I'm very excited to welcome my chapter mate
to the blog today to celebrate her new release!
See her giveaway, below!
Welcome, Eliza! Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
Thank you so much for hosting me today! Here’s a little about me…
I’m a multi-published, award-winning author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. While not reading, writing or researching for my latest book, I chase after my three children. In my spare time (if there is such a thing…) I like daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. I live atop a small mountain, and enjoy cold winter nights when I can curl up in front of a roaring fire with my own knight in shining armor.
Awesome! Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Last week, my erotic time-travel novella (15K) HIGHLAND STEAM released with Ellora’s Cave. It is the first in a planned series of quickie reads featuring the Comyn Clan. Here’s the cover copy…
Tragedy strikes in the Highlands, making Drostan the laird of the Comyn clan and in need of a wife to placate his people. His only choice is to trust in magic and travel to the sacred circle of stones…where he must passionately lay claim to the woman Fate brings him.
Briana is lost and alone when magic lights up the night. She meets the man of her dreams, a man who rocks her to her very core with orgasm after orgasm and somehow manages to steal her heart. The problem? The man of her dreams lives eight hundred years in the past.
Oh, my, but with all those orgasms, who would notice? Love it! As the author, what surprised you about this story?
All of my time-travels have had a humorous element. My short time-travel HIGHLAND TRYST that released in December in the SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES VOL.1 anthology had a reviewer state she nearly peed her pants from reading. I was surprised while writing HIGHLAND STEAM that it was more of an emotional journey than humorous one.
LOL! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?
The hardest part of writing a short story, is trying to get the characterization down, make the plot believable and show the progression of the romance in a satisfying way in a small amount of space.
Yes! So true! What are you working on right now?
I am working on revisions for a medieval romance and an erotic Regency, as well as plotting out the second book in the Comyn Clan series.
Good luck with it all! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?
It is published! A LADY’S CHARADE is a medieval romance, more like the old school styles of Julie Garwood and Kathleen Woodiwiss. I had some really good feedback from editors, and almost had a contract, but it fell through at the last minute. Because it is the book of my heart, I wanted to share it with the world and so I self-published it. A LADY’S CHARADE has been sitting on the Top 100 Historical Romances at the Apple I-Bookstore since it was published.
That’s fantastic! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?
The easiest part of writing is coming up with the story. The hardest part is getting deep enough into the character’s head so that the reader connects. I agonize over emotional reactions, deep inner POV, etc…, just to make sure it’s on the page.
Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?
There are definitely bits and pieces, but not a whole person or event.
Is there a theme or message that runs through your work?
I think a running theme is that love conquers all—time, villains, differences, etc… Each story seems to have its own theme. I’ve studied conquering one’s own demons, abandonment, adultery, overcoming society dictates.
Interesting! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
Hmm… if I told you it wouldn’t be a surprise! LOL. Okay, they might be surprised to hear that when I’m not writing, I’m just a normal everyday mom. I go to the bus stop with the kids, love my coffee, make dinner, clean toilets.
Bwahaha! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
I don’t really wish I’d written anything that is already published because then I wouldn’t have enjoyed reading it so much, but I would LOVE to meet a few authors: Ken Follett, Philippa Gregory, Julie Garwood, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens…
Great way to look at it! Okay, now, just for fun:
Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Dark chocolate cover pomegranate seeds.
Salty or sweet? Sweet and Salty
Bed or kitchen table? Ooh! Both?
Beach or mountains? Both!
Give or receive? Most definitely both *grins*
Thanks for coming on the blog, Eliza!
Where can we find you on the web?
[mentioned in a recent Wall Street Journal article!]
Giveaway!One commenter who leaves their email address will win an ebook copy of Highland Steam! Contest through midnight EST on Sunday 3/4! Open to international! Winner to be chosen by random.org! Good luck!
Thanks for reading! Be sure to leave Eliza some new release love!
Laura & Eliza