Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Cerise DeLand!!

Good morning! I'm thrilled to have Cerise DeLand with me today as my Wonder Writer. Whether it's steamy hot historicals or smoking contemporaries, Cerise has a lot of solid, satisfying storytelling to please just about any romance reader -- it sure pleases me!

So here's this week's interview:

Cerise, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

Early birds get the worm! Long ago, when I first started to write fiction, I had three little people, three bathrooms I scrubbed, one hubbie who worked a lot—and no TIME! I told myself to dream my plots as I slept. This is still a practice. (Want to know what I dreamt last night? AH, well….) Up by 7 at the latest, I have had my meditation and yoga, plus 3 cups of java! Brain does not work without java. Then by 9, I am at my computer. Usually, I warm up with a bit of email, and then I am writing until I drop…or I have an appointment! By 5, I am done, baby, done! And it is cocktail hour! Plus time to cook. I am an excellent cook and hubbie and I do dine usually every evening. Then, we are off to the back patio in the summer for our coffee and up to watch something wonderful on tv. Then it is off to bed…where I dream up my work for the next day!

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

Just the dreaming!

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

Inspiration has to hit me to work a story. I have to see and feel the characters, then I know the outlines of the plot. But I let the plot surprise me. I must be entertained by what happens…and if I am not, then I stop. Full stop. I analyze, agonize, and then get back to work. Suspense takes me longer to iron the wrinkles. But for the most part, the hard part for me is letting the story come to me, as they say, full blown!

What are you working on now?

I am finishing a contemporary romantic suspense, a sequel to a story that debuted Jan. 20 at EC, titled LAID BARE. This sequel is LAID HOT and I am within breathing space of writing THE END! I am also working on the first of a new series for Resplendence, starring a family whose curse is to never have happy marriages! This is The Stanhope Challenge, set in the Regency era in London. Want to come into my parlor for those stories?

What’s your favorite genre to write?

Oh, I am everywhere I want to be! Contemporary has fewer challenges than historical, but if one writes romantic suspense, the facts better be correct! Killing people is an art form! And I tend not to do it easily!

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I am a reader of mysteries that thrill me. I am deep into Donna Leon’s Venetian police inspector mysteries now. I also love historical mystery author, Ariana Franklin. Two of my favorites are Englishwoman Minette Walters who writes single title contemporary mystery and Jacqueline Winspear who writes about an Englishwoman who was once a World War I nurse, now investigator.

But I adore non-fiction, too. Currently I read the Monument Men about those American charged with finding art the Nazis stole from their captors. Delicious.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

I have many long time friends in the industry who have made it to the top of the game. I admire and respect their tenacity. This is no business for the weak of heart.

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

Ah, age 8 was my recognition that I wanted to become a writer. (That age for some reason is one many writers say is the time they understood what they were meant to do. Wonder why that is?) I wrote freelance to earn my chops. Wrote for The Washington Post, NYT, and many magazines. Then went to work in the corporate world as a writer! Learned a lot! Too much, perhaps, about corporate America. Then I was published in 1991 in print and have had 18 novels out over on that side of the aisle. They range from historical romance to mystery to mainstream. I love writing them all!

How many books have you had published and for whom?

As Cerise DeLand, I am debuted my 7th novel yesterday with Resplendence Publishing. Titled FALLING FAST, this is a tale about a rodeo manager and the PR consultant he hires to improve the rodeo’s image!

I am happily published by Resplendence, Ellora’s Cave, Total-e-Bound and Wild Rose Press.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

FALLING FAST comes from my past 14 years living in Texas! As an East Coast gal, Texas is a real change and a delightful one. What inspires me most about Texas is the humor of the men and women here. They are just knee-slapping funny. It’s in the water, I swear!

What’s your writing space like?

Fortunate me! I have an office on the top floor of our home and it is huge at 24 x 20. Quiet, sun-filled with a view of the Hill Country of Texas, the room is a scrumptious place to go each morning and spend the day.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

READ and watch movies and tv miniseries. I am so deep into THE WIRE at the moment that I speak with a Bal’mer accent!


Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Last questions…
Coke or Pepsi? DIET COKE!

Bronte or Austen? OUIIIIIIIIIE. Both! I have written 1st person gothics and Austen types!

Star Trek or Star Wars? TREK. TREK. TREK.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Huh?

McDonalds or Burger King? Both!!!!!!!!

Cerise, thank you for being here! Readers, you can find Cerise at:

http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com/

http://www.myspace.com/cerisedeland

(Note on the non-cover pictures above: 1. Mounted Texas Color Guard at the 4th of July Parade, 2. Gage Hotel in Marathon TX., 3. Where Cerise's office is located, 4. Old SPanish Trail Restaurant in Bandera TX)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Featured Book: Falling Fast by Cerise DeLand

Hey everyone! Today, I'm pleased to feature a smoking HOT new book by Cerise DeLand (out today at Resplendence Publishing). Falling Fast will leave you fanning yourself! And here's a little more about this satisfying read.

BLURB:
When Shana Carpenter meets Kade Stapleton years after she ruined his bronc busting career, she wants to make amends to him by building his reputation as a rodeo manager. But her plans go haywire when she faces him and is stunned by her irresistible desire for him. Making love to him, though, cannot erase her guilt. And when she realizes she loves him, she finds herself with a bigger problem. Can she ever forgive herself for what she did? Can he ever forgive her? And can he ever wholly love her?

EXCERPT:
If Shana Carpenter had forgotten Kade Stapleton was eye candy, it was definitely because she’d feared for weeks now that he’d realize who she really was when they met this morning. That he’d call her callus and unethical, throw her out of his office, and slam the door to any apology she might make for how she’d ruined him.

But here he stood. Cool and business-like, he blinked at the sight of her, seeming more stunned at her appearance than angry. Good. Great, in fact.

She’d dressed for success, and if he were eating her alive with his heavy-lidded, lime-green gaze then she rivaled him for ravenous.

What a man. Every inch a hard-muscular dream machine, Kade stood maybe ten inches taller than she. He’d bulked up since last she’d seen him four years ago in the ring. Sculpted and golden, the former rodeo star stared down at her, and damn, did he make her mouth water. He even smelled good. Spicy and musky.

She’d never gotten as close to him as this—except in her dreams. Recently, they’d begun to come with stunning frequency.

But here he was, striding toward her. Meeting her for the first time. Her heart picked up a beat at the sight of his rolling gait, his lean hips, the broad-as-a-barn shoulders he’d honed from working in the saddle ten hours every day—every day, until four years ago, when he’d quit. All because of her.

She winced, fearing he might know that Shana Carpenter was really S.J. Carpenter, the reporter who’d killed his career, but he smiled at her pleasantly. In one mad rush, all Shana’s nighttime fantasies of being adored by the champion bronc buster fired up like a giant heat wave.

Better yet, her pussy gushed with warm cream at his welcome, and she beamed at him, knowing she’d been right not to wear any panties today. To feel free. Free of the past.

“How do you do, Mr. Stapleton?” She gave him her neon smile, plunked her briefcase on the floor and put out her hand.

“Hello, Miz Carpenter,” he crooned in a Texas drawl that rumbled all the way down her body to tease her swollen little clit. “Nice of you to travel all this way to meet with me,” he murmured as he took a long gander into her eyes, and she hoped he saw that she admired his looks. He grasped her hand, and a sizzle sparked between them that jarred them both.

“Wow! Sorry!” he exclaimed and grabbed hold of her forearm with his other big hand.

“It’s okay,” she told him, but she lied. The static was similar to the one that traveled between them every time he touched her. In her dreams.

“This old building,” he said and shook his head ruefully. “It began life as a trailer. Never was very well grounded.”

“Ah, I see,” she declared, unsteady on her feet due to the jolt and wanting to tell him that maybe this current between them was more than her wish-fulfillment.

Reaching out with two hands, he steadied her with a mighty grip that made her wish she could strip off her linen suit. Better yet, he could strip it off. Like he strips me down in my bed each night as I toss and turn, making love to him and making up to him for how I ruined him.
He threw her a polite grin now that made her yearn to taste his lips. Come kiss me with that rugged mouth. Growl how you missed me and need to be inside me.

But instead, he seemed to fight not to glance down her body. Most men, she knew from years of experience, liked her figure. Lithe and long–legged, she had a toned ass and pert breasts men drooled to have, but only a few had. How I’d love to give them to you, Kade.

He nodded toward the chair opposite his desk. “Have a seat, Miz Carpenter.”

Shana stepped backward, said thank you and sat down like the top-notch PR consultant she truly was. This was an interview for her firm to do a promotion for his rodeo, not an opportunity to seduce him. But I’m dying to reach out and lick your skin there at the hollow of your throat.

“Ah, well, let’s begin,” he offered in a hoarse voice as if he had forgotten why she was here. “Hot in here, I know.” He cleared his throat. “Sorry the air conditioner is broken. Again.” He grinned, fast and tight, his generous mouth making her hungry for a nibble of his lips. “Can I offer you a drink?”

That and anything else you want to give me. Like you do at night, when you climb into bed and hover over me with your thick shaft already hard and ready to take me.

She vibrated with desire, pushing away her urge to leap up and peel away his pale denim shirt and low-slung jeans. Then she’d see if his chest was as broad as she thought and if his cock was as long as she’d dreamed.

“Miz Carpenter?” He called her from her reverie. “Drink?”

“Ah. Yes, thank you, I will.” She settled herself back into the rickety folding chair, crossed one leg over the other and smoothed her suit’s skirt to her knee. Her pussy needed petting, that was for sure, but she couldn’t say, “hey, pardon me while I show you how pink and demanding my little cat is,” could she?

Copyright 2010 Cerise DeLand All rights reserved. http://cerisedeland.blogspot.com

Check out Cerise's book at Resplendence Publishing today! And while you're there, you might see a hot little number from Brynn Paulin too ;-)

AND... Come back tomorrow and check out Cerise's Wonder Writer interview!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Excerpt - Blood of the Wolf

Hi everyone! Here's the unedited excerpt for Blood of the Wolf:

Lucan Aventech tapped his fingers on the steering wheel of his midnight-blue Porsche as he navigated twisting mountain roads by rote. Though he should probably be paying more attention to the familiar route, his mind lingered on the intimate scene he’d played out with Meda that morning.

God, he loved her. Every day with her seemed the greatest gift a man could be given.
The love they’d shared this morning surpassed any other. He wanted to turn around and get another dose of that perfection.

That was his life. Perfection.

Great job. Fantastic woman. Wonderful home. A promising future… And hopefully soon, a family on the way. Not bad for a man who’d started out with nothing as an abandoned infant.
He navigated another turn which would take him east toward town. The sun was beginning to break the horizon, the glorious beams of dawn promising another balmy, cloudless, blue-skied day. Maybe he and Meda could eat outside on their deck tonight. It might be slightly chilly, but he was aching to use his new grill.

Absently, he pulled his sunglasses from the visor before the growing light blinded him.

“Man, it’s hot this morning,” he muttered. He rolled down the window, wondering why he was so warm when the forecast had called for sixty-degree weather. The fresh air rushing past the car did little to help cool him. As he went around a slight curve and sunlight filtered through the open window, he was unable to contain his bellow of pain.

On fire! He was on fire! His skin bubbled under the sunlight. Tongues of flame erupted down his arms, and he screamed, his voice in a higher, more terrified pitch than he would ever have imagined. Almost immediately, his clothing ignited and the scent of scorched skin and hair filled the vehicle. He clawed at his garments to get the material off his body and slapped at the out of control blaze engulfing him.

Unable to recognize anything through the blinding pain and the desperation to make it stop, he couldn’t avoid the guardrail designed to keep travelers from plummeting down the sheer cliff as they navigated hairpin turns. The screech of metal ripping metal melded with his shrieks as the car tore through the barrier and the smell of scorched flesh filled the air.
And he knew as he fell and blackness overcame him…he would die. And he’d never hold Meda again.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Oooooooh! New Cover!

Hey y'all! I got the new cover for my book that comes out Tuesday at Resplendence Publishing. I'm so excited for this release. This book was so fun to write and the artist did a great job on my cover.


Blurb:
Prim Natalia Cooper lives life on the straight and narrow, never veering into naughty territory. But she wants to. One night, years ago, her boyfriend gave her a few swats on the rear as part of their sex play and she loved it. She wants more. But he’s long gone and she hasn’t been spanked since. When she learns of a club where she can get exactly what she needs—anonymously—she’s so turned on and ready she can hardly bear it.

For Ethan Tavish, The Dungeon has served as a place to exert his dominance without making lasting commitments. He can hardly believe his eyes when he enters the play area to find his secretary, Natalia, bent over the spanking bench in a school girl uniform. They’re both masked, but he’d recognize her anywhere. In an instant, he has a plan to give them what they both want…and perhaps a whole lot more.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Lacey Thorn!!

I'm pleased to have a very special guest with me today--my good friend, Ms. Lacey Thorn. Trust me, when you go to a conference, you want to hang with Lacey. This woman is F.U.N! So without further ado, the interview:

Lacey, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

LOL Nothing really exciting here. Mornings are rushed as I get myself and my three kids ready for school and out the door. Then I teach until noon and home to write until time to do after school pickup. Homework, dinner and maybe a little time for WOW after they go to bed.

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

NO. I wish. I can be super organized for a week and then it all disappears until I stress and try to be more structured again.

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

All over the place. I may write a book in two days or over the course of several ( and I do mean several) months. I try to write every day but some days are just more creative ones for me.

What are you working on now?

I am working on the next Bare Love book as well as the second in a new series for Total E Bound. I am also working on the next Debtor’s Daughters book and the third Marquetti book.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

Paranormal/Fantasy

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I love Diane Palmer! LOL I rarely read any fantasy books. I like romance, mystery, and horror. Big Stephen King fan.

Do you have a favourite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

Way too many to list…but I’ll give you a few. Lora Leigh, Cheyenne McCray, Linda Howard, Nora Roberts, Linda Lael Miller, Lori Foster, and I am hooked on Janet Evanovich!

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

Well I’ve always said that I wanted to write a book. I’ve been an avid reader all my life and “just knew I could do it.” LOL Not as easy as it looks. I finally began writing my first book in the summer of 2006. It took me almost five months to finish it. I sent it off to Ellora’s Cave before I could talk myself out of it. That was His Bare Obsession and it was my first published work. It debuted on Feb 21, 2007. I have been very lucky and have since continued to publish for both Ellora’s Cave and Total E Bound publishing.

How many books have you had published and for whom?

I have sixteen e-books and five print books out with Ellora’s Cave. I have nine e-books, three print books, and one audio book with Total E Bound.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

My latest release is Into The Mist. It is the follow up to my Ellora’s Cave Caveman book, Mystic Valley. It is a paranormal/werewolf book. I’ve always loved paranormal and especially the werewolf. So this was a long love affair coming to fruition.

What’s your writing space like?

Cramped and uncomfortable until I move into the new house! LOL. But I can make do anywhere as long as I have my laptop with me.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Work, read, have adventures with my kids and play games. I am a big time gamer geek! LOL

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

Just that dreams will always stay dreams until you take that first step. I did and I’ve been happier ever since.

Last questions…
Coke or Pepsi? Coke ( though actually it is usually Dr. Pepper)
Bronte or Austen? Austen
Star Trek or Star Wars? Believe it or not…neither…..LOL
Team Edward or Team Jacob? Having read all the books (force was required on a couple of them) I will say Team Jacob
McDonalds or Burger King? Ummmm…..Can I say “Yo quiero Taco Bell!”

Thanks for being her Lacey!!! Readers, you can find her at:

Website: http://www.lacythorn.com/

Blog: http://unlacedwithlaceythorn.blogspot.com/

~~Brynn

Monday, February 15, 2010

Blood of the Dragon - Coming Soon!!!

Hey everyone! The book's gonna be here before you know it! Here's the blurb:

Until a few months before his twenty-sixth birthday, Lucan Aventech thought he was human. Then the day of his changing arrived. As his skin ignited and he shifted to Dragon form for the first time, he was in a horrific accident—or so it appeared. Lucan survived, but everyone, including his beloved Meda, believed him dead.

Now that he’s finally come to terms with being a Dragon shifter and he’s no longer a danger to others, he’s ready to reclaim his life and reclaim Meda. Reigniting the love between them should be easy, right? But Meda’s deep-seated anger and pain as she comes to terms with who he is and the fact that he abandoned her makes things far more difficult than Lucan ever imagined. Nevertheless, nothing can stop the passion still burning between them. And that will have to do until Lucan can convince her nothing will separate them again.

Have a great day! I'll post up an excerpt for the book tomorrow.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

It's Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day to you! It's been a sweet one here. I woke up to the sweetest card, chocolate and roses from my husband. Best guy ever! I'm so lucky!!

It's also been a good week for reviews!!! I got this one for Blood Bought:

Filled with smoldering eroticism and enough action to keep the reader turning pages, Cruentus Dragons 2: Blood Bought by Brynn Paulin is a perfect one-sitting read. The deliciously dark plot carried over from book one flows smoothly, and the incredible chemistry between the two main characters nearly singes the pages. I absolutely loved the scene in the car trunk!

Athena is sassy, opinionated and passionate, whether spitting and clawing like a wild cat or moaning and gasping in the throes of sexual pleasure. And of course, Jonah is just the man to give her pleasure. A take command kind of guy, he knows that a challenging, hot-blooded woman like Athena is just the woman for him.

This book contains graphic language, explicit intimacy and mild BDSM. It can be read as a stand-alone, but since much more understanding of dragon nature and the mating call can be found in book one, Dragon's Blood, I recommend reading it first for continuity. Hopefully, there will be several more books in this series. Ms. Paulin dropped names in this one for at least two more.

Reviewed by: Merrylee
[Thank you Merrylee from Fallen Angel Reviews!!! Here's the link for the full review]

Whoot!!! And then as a follow-up, I got this one the next day for Heart of Ice:

Heart of Ice is a hot or should I say cold little number. Yeah, I had to go there. Brynn Paulin writes an erotic twist on the Snow Queen fairytale.

I enjoyed Kai. He has a noble quality that makes him think of his family before himself; to resign himself to a future he will hate, so that his father doesn't suffer. Once he is sure his family will be safe he gives into his love of Winter. Wyn is lonely, and craving things she can't get from just any lover. Yet to make her predicament worse no human can touch her without dying from the cold. The creative ways Kai comes up with to work around this were extraordinary and added to the erotic quality of the book.

Brynn Paulin is a talented writer, who turns this fairytale into an erotic story that is well written and enthralling. She draws the reader in with an imaginative beginning and keeps them reading with a tantalizing plot. I hope Ms Paulin will bring the other seasons to life, in the same way.

Rated 5 Delightful Divas by Autumn!
[Thank you thank you thank you Autumn from Dark Diva Reviews!!! Here's the link for the full review.]

In more news, I got my cover for Blood of the Wolf my next book from Resplendence Publishing and I want to share it with you. I'm so pleased with how it turned out and so excited for the release of this book in a couple weeks. Blood of the Wolf is book 3 in the Cruentus Dragon series.

And in annoying news... I will be redoing my blog AGAIN in the next week or so. For some reason, my comments are stuck at the top of my posts and nothing I do is fixing that problem. So it's back to the HTML drawing board. When I'm done, the blog should look as it does now, but if you stop by and it looks all jacked up...give it an hour and it should be fixed. Thanks for your patience as I work through this great big pain!

Have a great Valentine's and give your sweeties big squeezes, whether they're the platonic, not so platonic or family sweetheart types. We could all use more hugs!

Hugs to you!! Brynn

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Kim Dare!!

Hey everyone! It's been busy busy busy around here finishing up two books, but I'm not too busy to welcome another Wonder Writer, the amazingly prolific Kim Dare! Seriously, when I say "amazingly" I'm not kidding. This woman is seriously...amazing!!!

So here's Kim's interview:

Kim, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

I’m lucky enough to be able to devote most of my time to my writing at the moment. I write best late at night, so I try to edit during the day before diving into my current writing wip [work in progress] when the sun goes down.

Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

I’m a complete spreadsheet geek. I have all my stories and word counts listed—each one colour coordinated and everything, lol.

I tend to glance at them every day before I settle down to write or edit. Knowing exactly where I am on my to do list, and feeling sure that I’m on track and working on the right project really helps to get my mind focused on the task at hand.

What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

Writing wise—I get odd days where I go mad and write 5-8k, but most of the time, I’m one of the steady ones. I write a minimum of 1000 words a day of my current writing wip no matter what. Anything extra is a bonus.

In terms of editing those words up into something I’d be willing to send to an editor—rightly or wrongly, I always get the impression that other writers are far faster than me. I’m always reading how some writers type up the story, read it through once and press send. I’ve never managed to send off anything less than a fourth draft, lol.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently writing the second book in my Thrown to the Lions series—Marrick’s Promise. It’s an M/M/M, BDSM, Erotic romance featuring the two really bratty lions from Ryland’s Sacrifice—they’re both meeting their match in Marrick! I’m hoping to finish the first draft this month.

The next one on my list of writing projects is an M/M, BDSM retelling of The Ugly Duckling—really looking forward to working on that one.

Editing wise—I’m working on the last two books in my G-A-Y Lust Bite series. Hopefully they’ll both be ready to send off by the end of the month.

What’s your favourite genre to write?

Male/Male, BDSM stories tend to come most easily to me. I really enjoy writing about characters in dominant/submissive relationships.

I’m also quietly obsessed with shifter stories at the moment, not so much with the fact that the guys in the books can turn into animals, but with the idea I can create whole communities of shifters that live among us, yet who also live by different traditions and different rules. Pack and Pride dynamics have me completely fascinated.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

For fantasy, comedy and satire—Terry Pratchett can’t be beaten.

For feel good romances— it has to be Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer—although I mostly listen to them on audio books now.

For poetry—Kipling or Sophie Hannah.

I also like a bit of non-fiction now and again—especially history and philosophy

Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.
I’d always toyed with writing, but I finally started to take it seriously November 2006. I’d done nanowrimo twice before, but that year, I decided to stop trying to write something I thought other people would like to read. I let my mind have free reign to go in whatever direction it wanted to. I ended up writing an M/M, BDSM, paranormal story. And, for the first time, I kept on writing it long after November ended.

I wrote like mad for the next year. Just over a million words later (believe me, people who keep spreadsheets know these kind of things, lol) I decided to see if there was anyone out there who would publish the kind of stories I’d discovered that I loved writing. Surprisingly enough, there was! I set myself the goal of submitting something before my twenty-fifth birthday, and hopefully getting something accepted while I was still twenty-five.

TEB accepted my first submission to them—Turquoise and Leather—in June 2008, one month before my twenty-fifth birthday. Since then, everything has sort of snowballed—it’s been one hell of a fun ride.

How many books have you had published and for whom?

I’ve had twenty e-books published with Total-e-bound. Five of those stories have also made their way into print anthologies.

As of yesterday, I’ve had one e-book published for Resplendence publishing.

And as of today, I also have one audio book with TEB.

I’ve got another sixteen titles either contracted for, or penciled in for, publication this year.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

Ryland’s Sacrifice came out yesterday with Resplendence Publishing. It’s an M/M, BDSM, werelion book and it’s the start of a series called Thrown to the Lions.

I’m never entirely sure where the ideas come from. I think in this case, the starting point was a call for submission for a collection of were-cat stories. For one reason or another, I ended up deciding not to submit to the collection, but by then Ryland had already taken up residence inside my head, along with the lion he falls for, and all the other lions in the pride. They refused to leave me in peace until I wrote their stories. Eventually I gave in.

Here’s the blurb for Ryland’s Sacrifice:

Principles don’t pay tuition fees. When Ryland’s math scholarship disappears overnight, he has two choices. He can borrow money from fellow student Jason Burrows, who has very interesting ways of collecting debts. Or, he can volunteer to be thrown to the werelions.

One night spent playing the part of a willing human sacrifice will give him enough money to finish his PhD. It seems like a good deal—right up until the moment he finds himself naked, blindfolded, bound and surrounded by lions.

You can read an excerpt and find out a bit more about it here.

What’s your writing space like?

I’m spoilt enough to have my own writing room. You can take a peek around it here.

What do you do when you’re not writing?

Good question. I’m not entirely sure I’ve done anything but write over the last year or two. That’s actually something I’m working on at the moment—trying to remember to make time to do other things.

So, what will I be making time for? I like going to the theatre, musicals in particular. I like sewing, crocheting, patchwork, black work—pretty much any sort of crafting really.

I like studying all different subjects—I was part way through two different undergraduate degrees (one BA and one BSc) when I decided to set them both to one side to concentrate on my writing. That’s something I’ll go back to one day, although not just yet.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

You can keep up to date with me on my blog: www.kimdare.blogspot.com or on my website: www.kimdare.com. Or you can get in touch with me directly at kim@kimdare.com

Last questions…

Coke or Pepsi? Can’t tell the difference, lol.

Bronte or Austen? Austen, every time.

Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Trek—all the series.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Who? Um—one’s a vampire and one’s a werewolf, right? I guess I’ll be team werewolf, whichever that one is. Vampires are very nice, but I’m all about shifters at the moment. That said, if you turned up in one of my books, they’d probably stop fighting over the girl by the first chapter and be living happily ever after together by the end of the book.

McDonalds or Burger King? Burger King – but only in motorway service stations.

Thank you, Kim, for being here today! I look forward to seeing more of your work!!

~~Brynn

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Wednesday Wonder Writer - Kris Norris!!

Hey everyone! Please help me to welcome the super-wonderful, multi-talented Kris Norris to my blog today! When you're done reading, please leave a comment. Blogger is doing strange things to my blog so the comment link is now at the top of the post instead of at the bottom (if someone can tell me how to fix it, I'll send them a free book)

And now the interview:

Kris, author’s lives intrigue readers and other writers. Tell me about your typical daily schedule.

First off, thanks for letting me drop by. I promise to wipe my shoes at the door.

Typical? I have three kids, so there isn’t such a thing as a ‘typical’ day at our house. On a good one, I get the kids up at 7:00 and out to the bus for 7:40…and buses, surprisingly, don’t wait… who knew…Then, I go for a run. That’s probably the single most important part of the day. Getting my head cleared and my dog out on the trails. If I don’t run her, Bandit pouts the entire day, following me from room to room until I break down. So it’s best just to bite the bullet and go first thing. This way, I’m hopefully back and writing by 9:30.

Of course by “writing” I mean on the computer, quite often doing every thing BUT writing. I check emails, visit a couple of blogs, do some searches. But eventually I’ll write until the kids get home around 2:30. After that, the rest of the day is a crapshoot. On the ones where I roll a seven, I get a few more hours to write, but some days that’s it until the kids are down for the night…and with a budding teenager, you can imagine what time he finally calls it quits. After that, I try to write until the scene starts to blur and I find myself writing paragraphs of the letter “s.”


Do you have a pre-writing routine to prepare yourself to get down to business?

Absolutely. I never, ever, start typing without at least one can of diet Coke beside me. A girl needs her vices, ya know. But you start writing at 9:30 you say? Well, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere…one of the crowning mottos in our house. I actually have the kids trained so all I have to do is tell them to “hook a sister up” and they go and grab me another can. I love having children.

Oh, and I try to grab a phone so I can check out the name before I pick up. Isn’t technology wonderful?

I will admit, that if I’m having trouble with a scene or just getting in the mood to write, I’ll read a chapter of a novel I like to get my thoughts straight. I’m not sure why this helps, but quite often it sets my head straight to write my own stuff.


What’s your writing style? Slow and steady? Quick and prolific? All over the place?

Ohhhh, are we talking writing style or sex style, cause I love that last one… all over the place. Like on the couch, against the wall, on the counter… Okay, sorry, you were talking writing style.
For me, it really depends how much of the story is in my head. If I don’t have to fight with it, then it comes like a teenage porn star, quick and prolific. But if it’s an effort just to determine which chapter I’m at, then slow and steady, much like the rest of the world.

But I think most authors are probably a mix. Some parts are easier than others, so all over the place is definitely my overall style… see, I told you I loved it.


What are you working on now?

Oh, I liked Mia’s answer… can I work on her hard, hot man?

Actually, I have a list, yes a list, of projects I’m determined to get finished for this year. I just finished an erotic futuristic for Resplendence and will be working on a Handcuffs and Lace story for them shortly. I’m also working on the second book in two of my series for Total-e-Bound (hoping the like them, of course). The first is the next instalment in my Dark Prophecy series… this time there’s two vampires on the hunt for their talisman and it looks like the lucky girl is going to get double the pleasure. I’m also working on the next book in my Enchanted Lover series… Tiana’s back and she’s all fired up. Then there’s a ménage novella, a free read, and another thriller… yup, I’ve got a list.

What’s your favorite genre to write?

I think my ultimate favorite is suspense/thriller. There’s nothing I love more than evil villains and fast-paced action, all revolving around mystery and intrigue. But I have to admit, I love putting other elements in there as well. I love the paranormal, so I’m finding that even my thrillers have characters who have some kind of “gift” if you will. I think cross genre writing is more exciting, because you get to take the best elements from both worlds and put them together.

I find a lot of authors like to read outside their chosen genre. What do you like to read?

I love reading just about anything, though to be honest, I’m not a huge historical kind of girl. I love shifters, and fantasy and anything involving cops or special agents. I choose erotic romance most of the time, but if I decide to go mainstream, my all-time favorite author is still Stephen King… I know, but I really am that geeky.

Do you have a favorite author or someone you look up to in the industry?

Favorite authors? I’m just discovering a whole new world of favorite authors. Okay, so I’ve admitted to loving Stephen King, but then I have a feeling you either love the guy, or hate him. Not much middle ground.

As for new favorite authors… dare I say, Bronwyn Green, Brynn Paulin (oh, that’s you isn’t it), Lora Leigh, Tielle St. Clare, and I’m just reading an Anthology and I think I might have a few more to add to my list very soon.


Tell me your writing story…when did you decide this was what you want to do? How long did it take you to get “the call”? When were you first published? Etc.

Oh, I got the call not even a year ago, from Total-e-Bound, though it was an email, not a call, lol. I remember reading it thinking, oh my God, it’s not a rejection letter!!! I must have read that email a dozen times just to make sure I wasn’t dreaming. Then I called everyone I could think of… just my luck not a single soul was home… the first time in my life I actually have exciting news and the only one I could tell was the dog! Gotta love life. I swear, I was scared to email my editor back in case she’d made a mistake or something.

My first story came out October 26th 2009. Sacred Talisman was part of TEB’s Voracious Vamps collection and is the first book in my vampire series, Dark Prophecy. It was followed two weeks later by my first full-length novel, Deadly Vision.

How many books have you had published and for whom?

I currently have five books out. I have four with Total-e-Bound and one with Resplendence Publishing. I’m hoping to more than double that by the end of this year.

What’s your latest release? Can you tell us about the book and how you got the idea?

I actually have two releases out this month. One, Deadly Vision, is my first print book, while my latest new release is Healing Hands, both with Total-e-Bound. Healing Hands is an erotic fantasy, medieval story that is the first book in my series, Enchanted Lovers. The story came through my love of witches and healers. It takes place in a mythical land, but I envisioned it to be very similar to the medieval period. Here’s the blurb…

Mira has only five days to lose her virginity, or face certain death… and only one man is up for the job.

Shunned by her Kingdom because she’s been given the gift of healing over fire, Mira anxiously awaits her freedom. All she has to do is complete her Rite of Passage and pass the auspicious Ritual of Sisterhood. There’s just one catch. If she doesn’t lose her virginity before the Ritual begins, she’ll be killed. And just her luck, none of the Kingdom’s tutors will touch her.

Hoping to ensure failure, Mira’s been given a tutor with a curse of his own. Hailing from Garinth, Keegan’s plagued with a serious problem. His body only reacts to women who possess certain qualities. So when he wakes to find himself imprisoned in a Kingdom ruled by witches, he can’t imagine how any of them measure up. But then, he never counted on Mira, or on the way his body comes to life, filling his head with delicious images of seduction. He’d love nothing more than to tame this pretty little witch, but can he claim her before their time runs out?

What’s your writing space like?

Oh, I have this awesome studio, with a huge desk and a fabulous leather chair, and…

Okay, if you must know I usually write on my bed with my laptop on a pillow on my lap… I only wish I had the posh office with a fancy desk and a vibrating chair… but then I might never get anything done.

If I need to keep an eye on the kids, then I’ll curl up on the sofa in the family room where I have a clear view of the back yard and all the trouble my devil spawn, I mean loving children, can get into.


What do you do when you’re not writing?

You mean people have a life beyond writing?

I’m sure I’m like most authors and trying to find the time to write is more of a challenge. At any given time I’ll be sitting at an ice rink or driving a bunch of energetic kids (that’s the politically right term) to or from art, swimming, gymnastics… you name it. But hockey and ringette take up most of our spare time. I’m also the school PAC chair (that’s the Parent Advisory Council here in Canada, the same as your PTA), so I’m at the school a lot helping with hot lunches, class trips, art projects and just about anything else.

Other than that, I’m out on the trails running, or mountain bike riding, or on rare occasions, watching TV, though there are very few shows I actually watch.


Is there anything else you’d like to share with readers?

I’m very excited to be attending the Author’s After Dark conference this year in New Jersey from Sept 16–19th. I’d love to meet anyone and everyone, and look forward to expanding my publishing horizons. Of course, four days away from the kids won’t hurt either.

Last questions…

Coke or Pepsi? Coke, hands down, only it has to be Diet Coke. No really… a must have.

Bronte or Austen? Geesh, I had to look that up. Sorry, not up on the literary classics I suppose. But If I had to choose, I guess Austen.

Star Trek or Star Wars? Oh, hard one. I hate to admit, but I was a Trekie before they started calling it a Treker… Damn it Jim, I’m a novelist not a brick layer… like anyone laid bricks out in space.

But you gotta love the original Star Wars trilogy. One of the first blockbusters to actually end a motion picture with a cliff-hanger. Gotta love Lucas. But the new Star Trek movie rocked, so I think I’m going to take the coward’s way out and say it’s a tie.

Team Edward or Team Jacob? Okay the fact I had to read this like a hundred times and still didn’t get it until my kids enlightened me tells you something. Sorry, but vamps just shouldn’t sparkle. Really, they shouldn’t, so let’s go with the furry guy. That’s Jacob, right?

McDonalds or Burger King? Hey, I’m Canadian, and it’s sacrilege to answer anything but… Tim Hortons. I think it might actually be a crime, no really, with really steep fines and possible jail time.

Kris, thanks so much for being with me today! I thoroughly enjoyed your interview (and I must say, reading my Wonder Writers' answers to the Team Edward/Team Jacob question is getting to be very enlightening, lol)

Readers, you can find Kris at:

Her MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/kris_norris

Her Blog: http://krisnorris.blogspot.com/

Her WEBSITE

You can learn more about Kris over on Bronwyn's blog too!

Kris thanks again for being here!!! Everyone, please leave your comments! Don't forget the link for commenting is now at the top of the post.