Sunday, July 31, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #21! + Treasure Hunt Winners!

Happy Sunday, everyone! Can you believe it's the last day of July? Where the heck is the summer going? *grins* In celebration of my (thanks to all of you!) hugely successful Treasure Hunt Giveaway, I'm returning to six sentences from my contemporary romance, Hearts in Darkness:
          Saving them the awkward conversation, Makenna flopped her right arm out on the bed and pointed to her night stand. “Drawer. Condom. On you. Now.”
            “Mmm, yes, ma’am,” he said with a grin as he pushed himself into a standing position and kicked off the jeans which still hung around his knees.
Aw, man, I just love these two! Love revisiting them, and I hope you do, too!

Okay, be sure to read the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter.

Images this week provided by readers who shared the pictures with me because they reminded them of my story. Awesomeness!

So, to those here for Six Sentence Sunday I say, thank you for reading and please consider commenting--I always read and enjoy every one!

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If you're also here to learn who won the prizes in my National Talk in an Elevator Day Treasure Hunt Giveaway, then by all means, READ ON!

And, the winners are...
GRAND PRIZE: $50 Amazon gift certificate Sue/katsrus
FIRST RUNNER UP: $20 Digibooks Cafe gift certificate Karen Nutt
SECOND RUNNER UP: Bag of Hearts swag bag MissyB
BLOG POST COMMENT WINNER: $10 Amazon gift certificate books4me
HEARTS IN DARKNESS EBOOK Giveaway at For the Love of Books Blog Still Open through 8/1, TBA 8/3

All winners will receive separate emails today with information on how to claim your prizes!

Thanks to one and all for participating in the hunt, or for tweeting it, facebooking it, or otherwise coming along for the ride! Your support and interest means so much to me, truly! 

Along those lines, I must absolute say thanks to the ten authors and bloggers who made the hunt possible for me by hosting:
  1. For the Loveof Books 
  2. Book Wenches 
  3. My EclecticBookshelf 
  4. MyVampFiction 
  5. Where’s my Muse? 
  6. Author AJ Nuest
  7. Author Jill James
  8. Author Joya Fields
  9. Author Sarah Grimm
  10. Author Sharon Buchbinder
Thanks for reading,
Laura

Friday, July 29, 2011

National Talk in an Elevator Day Treasure Hunt!

It's here! It's here! 
July 29 is National Talk in an Elevator Day! 
And since Hearts in Darkness is set in an elevator, what better day to celebrate???

So, I've hidden a secret Hearts-related word at ten blogger/author friends' sites around the web. Your mission, should you accept it, is to go forth and seek the hidden words and try to claim some treasure!

Here’s how to play:
  1. Find the hidden word on each of the participating sites, usually 1 page off the main page
  2. Keep track of the sites/words as you search
  3. Email your findings to laurakayepromotions AT gmail DOT com and put Treasure Hunt in the subject heading. Entries accepted through 12 noon PST Saturday 7/30!
What can you win???
GRAND PRIZE: $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE 
FIRST RUNNER-UP: $20 DIGIBOOKS CAFÉ GIFT CERTIFICATE W/20% OFF CODE 
SECOND RUNNER-UP: BAG OF HEARTS swag bag

**NOTE: If I get at least 50 entries, I'll up that grand prize to $75--so spread the word!

Here’s where the treasure is buried:
(Status: as of 9:15 AM EST on 7/29 ALL posts/hidden words are up!)
  1. For the Loveof Books 
  2. Book Wenches 
  3. My EclecticBookshelf 
  4. MyVampFiction 
  5. Where’s my Muse? 
  6. Author AJ Nuest
  7. Author Jill James
  8. Author Joya Fields
  9. Author Sarah Grimm
  10. Author Sharon Buchbinder (psst...click on Laura's name at bottom of Sharon's post where it says "Categories")
But, wait! That's not all!

Every person who comments on THIS post AND follows my blog (see the Google Friend Connect doohicky over there on the righthand column), will be entered to win a separate $10 Amazon gift certificate! If I get more than 30 commenters/followers, I'll make it $20.

And what should you comment about? So glad you asked! Please share a story of a conversation you had with a stranger in an elevator. If that conversation happened TODAY, in honor of the holiday and all, it'll earn you a second entry in the giveaway! So, go forth and talk people up (even just say 'hi' and tell them what the date is!) while you're riding in elevators, then come back here and share!

So, thanks for reading and playing! And don’t forget to comment for the giveaway here (and leave your email address!)!

Laura
Read the Hearts in Darkness reviews here!
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Winners will be announced HERE on Sunday, July 31!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Countdown to My Treasure Hunt!

Coming this Friday, July 29!
National Talk in an Elevator Day Treasure Hunt Extravaganza!

What better way to celebrate Hearts in Darkness???
 
Here’s how you'll play:

1) Find the hidden word on each of the ten participating sites, usually 1 page off the main page
2) Keep track of the sites/words as you search
3) Email your findings to laurakayepromotions AT gmail DOT com and put Treasure Hunt in the subject heading. Entries will be accepted through 12 noon PST Saturday 7/30!

  Here's what you'll win:
 
GRAND PRIZE: $50 AMAZON GIFT CERTIFICATE
FIRST RUNNER-UP: $20 DIGIBOOKS CAFÉ GIFT CERTIFICATE W/20% OFF CODE
SECOND RUNNER-UP: BAG OF HEARTS swag bag
PLUS There will be a related giveaway going on at my blog in conjunction with the Treasure Hunt!
 
So mark your calendars, please spread the word, and don't miss out on the treasure hunt madness this coming Friday!
 
Thanks for reading,
Laura

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday #20! Woot!

Wow! I can't believe I've been hangin' with y'all on Sunday mornings for four straight months now! That's awesome! Okay, I have six more for ya from my December-ish dark paranormal, In the Service of the King. How's this for a first impression?
          Kael pierced his tongue with his fangs to keep from making an utterance he had no business making, but for the love of all that was holy, the creature before him was magnificent.  Perfectly posed despite the thundering sprint of her heart, her long black-brown hair was braided and intertwined in the traditional way, ribbons and flowers threaded throughout.  The sheerest of white silk robes did little to hide from his vision the sexy muscularity of her body.  She was not thin, which pleased him.  He had once turned away a Proffered for being too thin—he was 250 pounds and nearly feral once blooded, so he preferred women like the one kneeling in his chamber, strong and athletic.  She was young, to be sure, but also womanly, with curves where women should have curves, with rounded flesh that would fill his exploring hands and strong grip.
I love this stock image I found - great representation of Shayla, the heroine in this story.

Okay, hope you enjoy - would love your thoughts in a comment! - and don't forget to check out the Other Sixers' posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter!

Hey, and a quick head's up! 
Don't miss my TREASURE HUNT on Friday the 29th - 
$100+ in prizes!

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Friday, July 22, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Janet Mullany! & Giveaway!

I'm so pleased to welcome guest author and MRW chapter mate Janet Mullany 
to the blog today!

***See you down below for a giveaway!***

Welcome, Janet!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Thanks for having me as a guest, Laura! I’ve mostly written odd historicals, odd because the majority of them were written in first person present tense in both the hero’s and heroine’s POV, and they were funny. Naturally a UK publisher bought them, although the first one, The Rules of Gentility, was first published by HarperCollins. I’ve dabbled in the paranormal with two books about Jane Austen as a vampire, Jane and the Damned (2010) and Jane Austen: Blood Persuasion (October 2011) but I’m not really a paranormal writer. I’m not sure I’m a romance writer either but this is such a huge genre I can carve myself out a niche or two. I’ve also published an erotic historical, a dirty and subversive version of Jane Eyre, Reader, I Married Him (2010).

I loved Jane and the Damned. Definitely one everyone should check out! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I’m making a full length erotic contemporary debut with Tell Me More, which is a novel about fantasy and reality and what happens when the two overlap, and about seeking out sexual adventures for the hell of it. Because I can’t help myself, it’s also funny. So far people love it or hate it.

That sounds fantastic! Which character is your favorite and why?

My heroine, Jo. She’s such a smartass, fearless and tough for most of the book, taking risks and living dangerously. Some of those might come over as foolish or plain stupid, but this is erotica although there is an implied HEA. I think nearly all of my books have a HEA which is equivalent to the characters jumping off a cliff. I love to think of them hurling themselves into the next chapter of their lives, because commitment and/or marriage are incredibly risky undertakings.

That’s a very cool way of looking at it. So, what was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

Sounding American! My formative years were in England and I’ve never developed much of an ear for US speech patterns, and in writing historicals I had a definite edge. I had a critique partner early on who helped me (big thanks to Robin L. Rotham) and I asked my editor (who is Canadian!) to help me out too. I eventually gave up and made the hero Irish, possibly digging myself into more holes with his diction. I did a lot of eavesdropping on other people’s conversations too but was lucky enough not to get caught blatantly listening in.

Irish. You’re hero’s Irish?? *Goes immediately in search of this book…pre-orders…taps fingers* Er, sorry, I’m back! What are you working on right now?

The second book in the series which is called Subtext and has some Austen themes in it. Basically it’s a standard erotic romance trope where you get a crowd of hot people together in one place and let them romp.

LOL! Awesome! Okay, I have to ask, what happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Oh, that would be my Black Beauty plagiarism where I got bored after a time and didn’t know what would happen next so I abandoned it and didn’t think about writing for … decades.

Aw, I love Black Beauty! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest: dialogue. Hardest: making transitions from one scene to another. I figure readers will guess but in revisions I nearly always have to go back and insert sentences describing where we are now.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

There’s a lot of me in Jo—I too was a (much better behaved) radio announcer and I used to live in Colorado where the book is set without actually mentioning many place names. The book is dedicated to a cat who used to fall over if he liked people, and he liked everyone. He was the feline equivalent of a fainting goat.

OMG you are killing me! That’s hilarious! And very, very cool about you and Jo! Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

I like to write about grownups dealing with bad situations (frequently of their own making) and learning a bit more about themselves. In my books the characters’ problems nearly always start when they fall in love. I see love as a catalyst for change.

That’s a great theme. Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

All of Charles Dickens’ works, because think how rich I’d be. He’s such a pantser and a rulebreaker and can turn on a dime from making you laugh to making you cry.

Good choice! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Probably Adam, the hero of my first published book, Dedication (2005), which I’m rewriting for publication by Loose-Id. I don’t have a release date yet. I’m desperately trying to shoehorn in more sex, a bit difficult with a celibate (for a time) hero. He’s a smartass, very loyal to his family, an old lefty finding the world has changed.

Oh, he sounds interesting! Keep us posted on that one! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark but basically anything on offer.

Salty or sweet? Salty

Bed or kitchen table? I love eating in bed! Is that what you meant?

Beach or mountains? Mountains

Give or receive? Give. I love surprising people.
Jo Hutchinson is obsessed with a man she’s never seen—only heard. Her late-night calls to the mysterious “Mr. D.” grow increasingly intimate, until they finally become full-blown phone sex. Still, Jo doesn’t dare meet him. Instead, she embarks on a series of sizzling sexual escapades with other guys, sharing every sweaty moment with Mr. D. afterward, a passion-by-proxy arrangement they both get off on. But even as she’s charting brave new naughty worlds, Jo knows that it’s all really for Mr. D. Every pleasure she experiences—eagerly, athletically, vocally—is to please him.
Immersed in fantasy, reality just slips away—even the chance at that elusive combination of love and lust. Her new tenant, Patrick, an Irish hunk in geek’s clothing, is totally into her. And in her lucid moments, Jo knows she feels the same. Can she tear herself away from her kinky dreamworld long enough to appreciate what’s right in front of her? Or has Mr. D. ruined her for real life?
Wow! I’m totally fanning myself here! Phew! Where can we find you on the web?
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING MY GUEST, JANET!

Thank you!
Folks, leave Janet some comment love for a chance to win a copy of Tell Me More! (Email address required!)

Thanks for reading,
Laura & Janet

Thursday, July 21, 2011

#3 !!!!

Okay, guys, I'm so excited about this I can't even tell you! With 30 5-star and 5 4-star reviews on amazon,  
Hearts in Darkness is now the 
#3 Top-Rated Kindle Contemporary Romance!
And if that wasn't squeeworthy enough...Hearts in Darkness is also:

#18 Top-Rated Kindle Romance on amazon!

#68 Top-Rated Kindle Overall Genre Fiction on amazon!

#4 Best-selling recent ebook on Fictionwise.com!

#23 Best-selling ebook on Fictionwise.com for the past 6 months!

I am so totally thrilled!

If you'd like to check Hearts in Darkness out for free, go check out my contest/giveaway...it's running for a few more hours!

Wow wow wow!

All thanks to you, guys, seriously!

Thanks for reading,
Laura


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Sandra Sookoo!

I'm very excited to welcome guest author Sandra Sookoo 
on her latest release day!

***Don't miss her giveaway, detailed below!***

Welcome, Sandra!  Please share a little about yourself.

Hi there, and thanks for having me on your blog today!  I'm a thirty-something wife to my computer geek hubby.  I live in Indiana and spend my days with writing, baking and all things Disney.  I'm a crappy housekeeper, forget the laundry in the washer a lot, and if I'm on a writing jag, dinner flies right by me too.  Luckily, my husband doesn't mind and knows to bring home something LOL!  All in all, life's pretty good.

Releases today!!!
That does sound pretty good! And ditto on the laundry-in-washer thing! LOL Tell us a little about the book you have releasing TODAY!

It's called WINGING IT, and it's a contemporary/paranormal blend.  It's the story of an Afghanistan vet--Dev--who's having trouble acclimating himself to civilian life and survivor's guilt, etc.  When he meets Lia--a fairy--he has to deal with a whole new world.  Of course, he thinks she's crazy for awhile, but she wears him down as does their attraction.  Unfortunately, the pair are only puppets in a bigger game.  Read an excerpt here!


Ooh, sounds great! Which character is your favorite and why?

Oh, by far it's Dev.  He's an alpha man, raised with a military background.  He knows things in black and white.  His shrink suggested he get a dog to help him learn "softer" feelings, yet the dog and Lia's arrival make him go from anal to annoyed in six seconds LOL!  Underneath it all, he really does want to find "normal" and if that means accepting what and who Lia is, he's ultimately fine with it.

As the author, what surprised you about this story?

That the story wasn't about the two of them equally.  That is was more Dev's story and his acceptance of things he can't control and things he had preconceptions about.  I love how with each new day he learns something about himself as well as Lia.

That’s really interesting. I don’t think a story has to treat the hero/heroine equally to be compelling. And so often we love the guy’s story more, anyway! So, will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Nope.  This is a stand-alone book.  I had an idea about Dev for a long time.  He gets his HEA and it'll make people smile.  That's enough for me.

I love that attitude! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

The amount of emotional/mental angst of the hero.  He's seen a lot in the war, did a lot of stuff he's not proud of, but somehow he has to keep on living despite this.  He has to adjust to a new life now, while dealing with not only Afghanistan's memories but also his fractured family life while trying to keep up with the arrival of Lia.  It's harsh and raw and consuming--kinda like real life.

Wow! Winging It certainly sounds like one for the TBR pile, folks! So, what are you working on right now?

At the moment I filled out these questions I'm trying to decide between a re-worked fairy tale or a historical pirate tale.  Both are really interesting to me so I'm hoping to decide by week's end.

Very cool! I totally identify for having competing stories demanding to be told! LOL What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

LOL I believe I literally burned it because it was so bad!  There's about ten years worth of "writing" tucked away in a box in a closet that will never, ever see the light of day (at least while I'm alive). The first actual historical book I completed is now gutted of names, locations and bits of the plot.  That one will never get out of this house either LOL.

Hmm…is that some blackmail material I see??? *evil grin* What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

Easiest--historicals, emotional drive, descriptive settings.  Hardest--sometimes love scenes, reaching plot arcs and sci-fi situations at times.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

Of course!  Especially if I'm writing contemporary books, I draw from my own life.  If I can't laugh at myself, who can I laugh at?  And yes, for other books I have put either people I know or aspects of their personalities/quirks in my stories.  All the world's a stage!

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Yes, it's almost always some form of acceptance.  Funny how that works.
                  
Yes, totally. What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I don't like dogs or roller coasters.  Or, I've never been to a funeral.

Gasp! No dogs??? What about Pluto? Or Goofy??? *winks* Which romance book or series do you wish you had written?

I don't wish I'd written any of them, actually.  I sometimes wish I had other authors' success, but then I think I'm pretty successful in my own right.  As a general rule, reading romance equates to only 40% of what I read in my spare time.  I'm more of a mystery/thriller kind of girl in my reading preferences LOL

I’d say you’re definitely successful in your own right! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Hands down, Braeden from DRAGONS AT DAWN.  That man was vexing to write at every turn, but he was the best anti-hero ever.  Even if no one else read that book, I still like him.

Woo, I’m intrigued! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate?  Dark
Salty or sweet?  Salty
Bed or kitchen table?  Bed
Beach or mountains?  Beach
Give or receive?  Give
Joy and despair, light and dark, you can’t have one without the other.

Devlin Addams has recently returned home from Afghanistan.  Haunted by memories that he survived the fighting while his buddies didn't, as well as chased by the knowledge his mom is crazy, he’s having trouble acclimating himself to civilian life. Now, armed with a dog and a therapist, he constantly battles the urge to end it all.

Lia Farry—because her Fae name is a mouthful—has tumbled into the Mortal Realm through the Veil between worlds by mysterious circumstances.  Thrust into a new and harsh human existence, finding anything to be happy about is hard. If she can’t go home, she’ll have to make it work.

Forced to interact, Dev’s protective instincts kick in, but he’s unprepared for the onslaught of lust Lia represents.  He wants a normal life but not at the expense of getting involved.  Lia knows she soothes his torment yet she’s battling her own problems. Desiring Dev is a dangerous prospect.  Add in a meddling Fae queen and suddenly life as they know it will change forever.  Love is at stake.  A leap of faith is all they have to depend on.
 Chance to win swag (one random commenter)--What would you do if you encountered a fairy?

Thanks for being coming on the blog! Where can we find you on the web?
Thanks everyone for stopping by! Please leave Sandra some comment love to enter her giveaway! Runs through 7/21 midnight EST!

Thanks for reading,
Laura & Sandra
And if that wasn't exciting enough, don't miss the giveaway Laura's offering in celebration of the publication anniversary of both HEARTS IN DARKNESS and FOREVER FREED! Play the quick, fun game to enter to win! Go! Play! Whatcha waiting for??? :D

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Win a Kindle Summer Hunt!

I'm one of 12 Wild Rose Press authors participating in the Kindle Summer Hunt over at Digibooks Cafe! All you have to do is visit the participating authors' websites or blogs and find the hidden book-related word. It's easy and fun! Once you've found all 12 words, email them to marketing@digibookscafe.com. Click on the link below the graphic to go to the Hunt main page and get all the details!

http://www.digibookscafe.com/index.php?main_page=page&id=9
And don't forget to find the hidden word on my site!

Happy hunting!
Laura

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Blogfest 2011!!! July 15 - 17!!!

Very excited to be a part of A Journey of Book's 2011 Blogfest Extravaganza!

How to work through the Blogfest: Either go to the Blogfest Master Link List and work through the alphabetical list there, or start HERE and follow the alphabetical listing of links at each blog back around through the beginning of the alphabet. Here are the five blogs you can visit after me:
But wait! Don't forget my giveaway as part of this here event:

Two commenters who leave their email address in their comment AND follow me on twitter will receive their choice of one of my two ebooks (pictured covers), PLUS Siren Song, a paranormal romance ebook from my good friend Stephanie Draven, AND a package of swag (pens, bumper stickers, signed romance trading cards, etc.--whatever fun stuff I find to include!)

(For an EXTRA entry in my giveaway, follow my blog!)

Not sure what to say in your comment? Let's have a monster popularity contest! Tell me your favorite supernatural creature and why!

Also, be sure to track your blog visits at the BlogFest 2011 tracking site to earn extra chances to win fun prizes.  Each blog you track as having visited earns you another entry into a special giveaway! 

Thanks for reading and for playing along!
Laura

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Wild Rose Press Tweet-4-All!

 Howdy ho! Today, me and my fellow authors from The Wild Rose Press 
are launching a
#TWRP Author Tweet-4-All!

Look out all day for fun quotes and links to excerpts and favorite lines from Wild Rose Press titles, like these...

Hearts in Darkness 
contemporary romance

Caden pulled back a little and rubbed his rough cheek against hers. “I want to make you feel good.”
“I feel so good with you.”
“Mmm…can I make you feel even better?”
Makenna’s head grew dizzy from the promise of what he was offering. She couldn’t believe she was even considering it, but her body screamed at her for thinking she might turn him down. She nodded her face against his.
“Tell me, Red, you gotta say it out loud. I can’t see your face or your eyes, and I don’t want to make any mistakes here.”
        If she’d been just a little unsure a moment ago, she wasn’t any longer.
Read the reviews for Hearts!
Buy on amazon | TWRP | Digibooks Cafe (20% off w/code e3d9d10a3c)
Forever Freed
paranormal romance

We looked at each other for a long while. I finally managed, in a whisper, “Sam, please think this through carefully. I couldn’t bear it if you changed your mind. It would break me completely.”
“I won’t. I promise. I’m only sorry I didn’t come to these realizations sooner.”
I froze and used every means at my disposal to evaluate her. She was sincere. But I was still concerned about her reasoning.
She cupped her hands around my face. Her fingers worried for a moment over the faint mark of the forehead wound. She searched my eyes for a long moment. Forever came and went while I waited for her to speak.
Finally she smiled. A warmth so healing rushed through me I had to close my eyes at the goodness of it. “All that I am, Lucien, all that I have…it’s yours. And it feels like it always has been.”
My eyes flew open. I sucked in a breath. That was all I’d needed to hear. I pulled her into my arms and pressed kisses onto her hair and face, then leaned back so I could look into her eyes.
“Thank you, Sam, thank God. Your acceptance of me…it eases the burden I have carried for the sin of what I am. Your love has helped me forgive myself. And that is a gift, Samantha, a priceless gift, this feeling of absolution. I have been searching for it my whole life.”
Read the reviews on FF! 
Buy on amazon | TWRP | Digibooks Cafe (20% off w/code e3d9d10a3c)
Thanks for reading and following the #TWRP tweet-4-all!
Laura

Monday, July 11, 2011

Welcome Guest Author Shiela Stewart!

I'm so pleased to welcome fellow 
Decadent Publishing author 
Shiela Stewart!

Welcome, Shiela!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Hello everyone! Thank you Laura for having me here today.

I’m mainly a paranormal romance author but I do dabble occasionally in contemporary romance. I’ve been published since 2006 with 17 books under my belt including three sets of series. Some have gone to print but currently my books are available as ebook only. My longest series to date is my Darkness series, which consists of 8 books in total.  I don’t use a pen name. I decided to use my real name with my first book simply because I wanted to see my real name attached to my published work.

Aside from writing I’ve been married for 25 years with three mostly grown children ages 23,19 and 16. I love creating in other ways such as painting, drawing, gardening, and crocheting.

How prolific you are! What an inspiration! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My latest release is AWAKEN THE DEMON and is the first book in the series. It was written eight years ago after having a nightmare about demons and a woman who discovers she too is a demon. The nightmare was so strong that when I sat down to write it, I couldn’t put it down. This was my first step into the paranormal and I was hooked from then on.

Wow, cool story about the inspiration behind that book! Which character is your favorite and why?

That’s a tough one because I have so many. I can give you a few of my favorites.

Cassie Evans from DISCOVERY IN PASSION is one. She’s a buxom blonde who is anything but stupid. She’s a strong independent woman that knows what she wants and doesn’t stop until she gets it.

Victor Davis from ESCAPE IN PASSION is another. He’s a ladies’ man who knows every come-on line ever written and knows just the right thing to say to the women. He’s an FBI agent with a past that leaves him vulnerable. It’s his slick ways and determination to protect that draws me to him.

Trinity Ford from SEDUCING THE DARKNESS is a vampire who despite being shunned by her kind, protect the humans from being vampire feeding victims. She’s strong but has a vulnerable side for her true love even after he cheats on her. She becomes the races queen and fights to protect the city she lives in from being over-run by vampires.

And lastly. Draco from AWAKEN THE DEMON. He is a demon who was born and raised in the pits of hell. After years of being a Soul Catcher for Satan, he decides he wants a normal life. He’s a very strong demanding man who isn’t opposed to using his demonic powers for his benefit.  He’s happy living his life until Missy Green enters it. He’s such a fearsome creature but inside he is a softy. It takes a woman to bring it out. I love a man that can be tamed by a good woman. LOL

That’s a lot of great characters! Folks, you have to check out all these titles! And, man, do I also love when a woman can tame a powerful creature! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

How persistent it was to be written. It was almost like I was possessed by the story. There was never a moment while writing that I had to stop and figure out where it should go. It practically wrote itself.

Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

I’m a series gal. LOL I can’t help myself. I sit down to write a book and before it’s even half done I have the sequel in mind. There are three books in total in the Demon series. Book 2 is OFFER THE DEMON and takes place twenty-three years after book one with the child of Missy and Draco being enlisted to collect souls for Satan. Aurora Starr hates her job and decides to protest by working at a shelter for substance abuse where she meets and falls in love with Scott Monroe. But Satan doesn’t let go easily as Aurora is soon to find out.

Book three is CONQUER THE DEMON. It takes places twenty-eight years after OFFER THE DEMON and is the story of Aurora and Scott Monroe’s son Mick. He’s a rock star who has been guided by Satan since he was a youth on becoming a world famous rocker. He’s had a life of getting what he wants, having any woman he desires until he meets Officer Lacy Harris. She gives him a run for his money but before he falls head over heels in love with her, he finds himself becoming attached to her eight-year-old son. Wanting a better life for his soon to be new family, Mick rebels against Satan with the help of his family. Unfortunately it has dire consequences.

That sounds like a great series! What are you working on right now?

Right now I am editing A TASTE FOR HUMANITY for Decadent Publishing’s 1NightStand series. It’s a short story about a couple, Penny Parker and Cade O’Donnell, who are matched up by Madame Evangeline. It’s a night of wild fun and incredible sex. But there is always a catch which Penny is soon to learn.

Decadent’s 1NS series is great! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s still sitting in a binder in my closet. It was written when I was sixteen about a young girl caught up in black magic. It has a decent premise but I doubt I’ll ever rewrite it. Just too flawed. LOL

What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

The easiest part is creating the characters and making them blossom. The hardest part would be doing the research and keeping it authentic.

Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

LOL, oh definitely. Any of the haunting stories I took from real life experience of living in a haunted house in my youth. I also use a lot of the humor in my characters that my husband and I share with each other.

Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?

Strong women. Growing up I was always told I would amount to nothing, that I was made to be a wife and mother. I always wanted more but was too timid to reach out for. That’s why I write strong women who know what they want and aren’t afraid to get it.

That’s a great message! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m actually a very shy person and insecure of myself. I’m also claustrophobic in large crowds.

Really interesting answers, Shiela. Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk by far.

Salty or sweet? Salty

Bed or kitchen table? Oooh…definitely the kitchen table but since the kids came around our table has been neglected. J

Beach or mountains? Mountains. I am such a sucker for a mountain scene.

Give or receive? Give. To see other people’s faces light up is a gift to me alone.
Running from an abusive fiancé, changing her name, Missy Green is looking for a new life. Taking temporary refuge in a group called The StarrGazers, she does her best to blend in. Problem is, the owner, Draco Starr has put his sights on her.

Born and raised in the pits of hell, Draco was sent to earth to collect souls for Satan. Having served his time he starts his own business. When word gets out that a child born from demon and human is alive, he is determined to find her and make her his own.

Discovering who Draco really is terrifies Missy, but it’s nothing compared to finding out she too is a demon. Coming to terms with who she is, dealing with her attraction to Draco, Missy begins to embrace her new life. Until her fiancé enters the picture and changes her life forever.
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Laura & Shiela