Tuesday, March 27, 2012

New Cover Love for Seduced by the Vampire King!

Hi everyone! Very excited to share my shiny new cover and blurb for Book 2 in my Vampire Warrior Kings series, Seduced by the Vampire King.

Here's the blurb:
American exchange student Kate Bordessa has fled to Russia to escape her family's hopes that she'll become one of the Proffered, human women who feed and mate with elite vampire warriors. But when she stumbles upon a wounded vampire in the streets of Moscow, she's instinctively driven to protect him--and feels an undeniable spark of desire.

Grieving over the deaths of his brothers, Vampire Warrior King Nikolai Vasilyev has thrown himself into battling his enemies, focused only on vengeance. Until the attack that brought him to Kate. Their sexual attraction explodes into a night of uncontrolled passion--a night that marks them as mates. Is their connection strong enough to convince them to embrace a destiny neither of them was expecting?
And the cover:
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I'm so excited about this story, and I hope you will be, too! Now, we just all have to wait until June 1st... LOL

And if you haven't read Book 1, In the Service of the King [Amazon | Barnes & Noble], what are you waiting for??? *winks*

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Sunday, March 25, 2012

#SixSunday #50 A Scene from a #Vampire Mating Ceremony

Happy Sunday everyone! I'm excited to share another six from the mating ceremony in In the Service of the King!
Shayla gasped as her gaze trailed down to the golden skin of his chest, painted with red markings, and exhaled a needy moan she couldn’t restrain. “My lord?” she whimpered, completely overwhelmed by his scent. It was him, only magnified by a million, and she shook and panted, on the verge of begging for…she didn’t know.

“What do you want to do, Shayla? What urge are you fighting? Give in to it.”
It's been an exciting couple weeks for this book, which has become the bestselling Nocturne Craving and got all the way up to the #124 bestselling book on all of Barnes & Noble! I hope you'll check it out! Book 2 in the series, Seduced by the Vampire King, releases June 1!

Be sure to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter!

Thanks for reading and, hopefully, commenting, too!

Laura

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

#HeartsinDarkness is the EPIC 2012 Best Novella! + Announcement!

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Well, I've got great news and a fun announcement!

First, the good news!  
HEARTS IN DARKNESS won the EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella of 2012!!!
EPIC stands for The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition, and their eBook awards are the biggest ebook awards each year! The novella category was the category with the most finalists, so I was incredibly honored to win! And, I'll admit, I burst out into tears when I learned! LOL
HEARTS IN DARKNESS FUN FACTS!
Top 10 Romance Anthology Bestseller on Amazon
Top 100 Contemporary Romance Bestseller on Amazon
Top 100 Contemporary Romance Bestseller on B&N
HBARWA JABBIC Readers' Choice Award Winner for Sexiest Cover of 2012
EPIC eBook Award for Best Novella of 2012

Second, today is the 11-month publication anniversary of HEARTS IN DARKNESS, which means next month is the book's one-year anniversary. And that means 
MEGA ANNIVERSARY CONTEST!
April 20, 2012
I'm going to be offering a totally awesome Basket of Hearts with all kinds of goodies, plus some other special book swag items. So mark your calendars and be ready for the big event!

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading!

Laura

Monday, March 19, 2012

Welcome Guest Author P.J. O'Dwyer! #RomanticSuspense #Horses

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Welcome guest author
P.J. O'Dwyer
to the blog today!
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, P.J.! Please share a little about yourself, your genre, and any other pen names you use.

Laura, it’s so wonderful to be here with you today! I write romantic suspense as P.J. O’Dwyer and have loved reading romance ever since my mother gave me my first historical as a teenager. Back then, the voice that said “you should write” was ignored, unfortunately. Instead, I opted to travel the world as a travel counselor. But the yearning to put words to paper resurfaced years later.

My choice of genre was a given after I met and married my husband. It seems his dreams and aspirations had always been focused on law enforcement. Twenty-five years later, married to a state trooper, it was hard to avoid hearing about the day-to-day police work he was involved in (very exciting stuff), not to mention the camaraderie and hilarious stories, especially the interactions cops have with each other. So it was inevitable I would combine both of our passions: romance and murder. (Not that murder is his passion, only solving them.) It also helps to have a go-to guy (my husband) to assist me on the law enforcement side.

That’s awesome! I love the way your personal life has informed your writing! So, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

This is a very exciting time for me. My debut novel Relentless will be released April 15. This is the first book in the Fallon Sisters Trilogy where we meet Bren Ryan who is widowed, jaded, and searching for her husband’s killer by herself. That is until she meets up with sexy cowboy Rafe Langston who seems quite interested in her theory of murder—maybe a little too interested.

As an author, what surprised you about this story?

Well . . . I’d have to say, as in every story, it’s the characters themselves. It’s interesting, but as a writer you find the characters take on a life of their own, most times they dictate what’s going to happen next, and sometimes they even surprise me.  

That’s so true! What would readers be surprised to know about you?

This is embarrassing. I don’t count sheep when I’m trying to fall asleep at night. I make up stories—all with hot to-die-for guys and strong-willed, feisty women who give their men a workout in and out of the sheets.

It’s quite entertaining and has the desired effect—I fall asleep. Only frustrating. When I wake up, I never know the ending.

LOL That’s awesome! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

On a serious note, Relentless centers round a very controversial topic—horse slaughter. As a writer, there is a lot of research involved in any story, and this one was no exception. But I owed it to every horse rescuer and animal advocate to get it right. 

The hardest part for me was watching the barbaric slaughter of healthy, intelligent, majestic horses on YouTube and interviewing horse rescuers. They made me cry with their loss, and laugh at their wit and the lengths they will go, especially, to outsmart their nemesis “the kill buyer.”

OMG! I admire you for this so much. The heroine in my third Anemoi book runs a horse farm with mostly rescue horses, and the research that led me to that characterization was similar. Good for you for tackling that storyline! So, what are you working on right now?

The second book in the series Defiant, which is Kate’s story, will be released in September. Gorgeous as she is idealistic, she wants more than just horse pastures. Only she gets more than she bargains for with the man who charmed her, because now he controls her.

But she’s a Fallon and resourceful. She’ll find a way to escape multi-millionaire husband Jack Reynolds, even if he is the U.S. Attorney for Maryland.

Currently, I’m working on the third and final book of the series Forsaken. Dani is the sister neither Bren nor Kate know about, yet. That is until the beautiful Irish barmaid Dani Flynn finds her homeland just a spec on the horizon behind her and open seas dead ahead.

She’s poised to change everything Bren and Kate believe to be true. And they’re not the only ones. 

There was no way I couldn’t write a book about Bren’s best friend Kevin Bendix. More like the brother Bren never had, eventually, they would become family—even if it was by law.

I loved writing Kevin. Maybe it’s because I have one just like him at home. It was fun to ruffle this guy’s serious exterior. 

Here’s a sneak peek into the life and times of Mr. Law-and-Order:

Sheriff Kevin Bendix’s life is orderly and free of complications. That’s the way he likes it. But that’s all about to change with one gorgeous, blue-eyed brunette who can’t prove she’s in the U.S. legally. It’s his job to have her deported. Only his attraction to Dani Flynn is clouding his judgment. She isn’t your average law breaker. All of about five foot two with a face of an angel and a body of a sinner, she will be his undoing. It’s not only his heart she’ll steal. Loving this woman could cost them both their lives.

Oh, very intriguing! What a great premise for a series! Whose head do you like being in the most when you’re writing, the heroine or the hero?

I enjoy the heroine. I get to live out my hopes and my dreams with her. But I find the hero is the most fun.

Let’s face it, when do you get to be in your man’s head? Well . . . you hope he’s always thinking of you. But to know those intimate thoughts they don’t normally share is a rush.

I love writing heroes, too. So . . . you’re debut novel is about horses. Why horses?

I fell into that by accident, or so I originally thought. I love animals. But writing suspense something bad has to happen. And with Bren it had to be about the horses. I wanted my reader to care about Bren and her life’s work. I also wanted to expose the hidden truth about something so hideous. When I learned of horse slaughter, I had a hard time wrapping my brain around the senseless murders that happen every day to such a noble companion we know to be the horse. 

On a lighter side, I’ve been told I couldn’t avoid writing about horses if I wanted to. They tell me, those who have researched our Irish heritage, horses are in our blood. My father bet on them, my cousin and uncle own them, and back in Ireland they stole them. 

I guess the sparkling shores of freedom looked a might safer than an Irish jail cell. 

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us about RELENTLESS?

I’m so glad you asked. As a writer, I believe we are entrusted to entertain as well as educate. Relentless gave me the opportunity to do both. Relentless became a reality for me due to the gracious nature of horse rescuers who took a call from a stranger, listened and agreed with enthusiasm to read Bren’s story, and offer their insight and knowledge.

As a way to thank them for their kindness and because their fight has become mine, I am donating 5% to horse rescue for every book sold in the trilogy and any other future works.

The only catch—you must purchase the books on my website at www.pjodwyer.com. There is a list of rescues to choose from including most states, a fair amount of provinces in Canada, and a few in the UK to include my homeland of Ireland, as well as, Australia and New Zealand.

That’s awesome! Okay, now, just for fun: 

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Sweet not bitter

Salty or sweet? Actually, both.

Bed or Kitchen table? Bed. I like the feel of satin.

Beach or mountains? If it has a lake—mountain.

Give or receive? Definitely give. You get more in return . . .
Headstrong horse rescue director Bren Ryan has been a red-headed streak of trouble for more than one man in Clear Spring. She’s grown up needling local “kill buyer” Wes Connelly, and since the sheriff ruled her husband’s sudden death an accident, Bren’s been investigating things herself. She’s certain Tom was murdered, and she’s hell-bent on cornering his killer the only way she knows how—by tempting him to do it again. And she’s the bait.

Rafe Langston came to Maryland looking for land and a fresh start. Or so he says. The sexy cowboy isn’t generous with details, but Bren couldn’t care less—until he buys half her farm at auction and moves into her childhood home. Suddenly, the last man she should befriend becomes her only ally in solving her husband’s murder. 

Soon their cozy stakeouts sizzle with unexpected desire neither one can ignore, threatening his mysterious plans and her promise to never fall in love again—especially with a handsome stranger whose secrets could shatter what family she has left.
Thanks for coming on the blog, P.J.! Where can we find you on the web?
Giveaway!
Two commenters who leave their email address AND whether U.S./Int'l in the comments will win a prize! P.J. is offering 1) an autographed copy of the hardcover edition of RELENTLESS (open to U.S. only) and 2) a $25 Amazon gift card (open to U.S. & Int'l). Contest open through midnight EST on Sunday, April 1! No fooling! *winks* Winners to be chosen by random.org. Good luck!
Now, leave P.J. some new release love and, if you were like me as a kid, fess up if you had a childhood love affair with horses, unicorns or pegasuses! *grins*

Thanks for reading,
Laura & P.J.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

#SixSunday #49 - A Scene from a #Vampire Mating Ceremony

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Happy Sunday everyone! I'm sharing another six from my dark vampire romance In the Service of the King this weekend for three reasons: 1) It's set in Ireland, which makes it my perfect St. Patty's Day story, 2) The sequel, Seduced by the Vampire King, has gone up for pre-order, and 3) ITSOTK has been a bestseller at Barnes and Noble all week, even hitting the top 10 of all paranormal romance books and the top 50 of all romance titles! So, here's a scene from the mating ceremony that follows from last week's post:
As they knelt before one another, Kael began to speak. She didn’t know the ancient language, but she understood perfectly well the emotion behind the words. Her heart swelled at the passion with which he spoke. Tears bloomed in her eyes at the glassiness she saw in his. Their hands clutched tighter and the feeling was simply, fundamentally right.

She was so focused on Kael she didn’t even react when he paused and the warriors chanted in a fierce yell and fell to one knee around them.
See my blog up linked above for a chance to win this book!

Be sure to see the Others Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on Twitter. Thanks for reading and hopefully commenting, too!

Laura

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Small Press Treasures BlogHopGiveaway! VampireEBook!

HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY!

I'm celebrating this traditional Irish holiday with a super cool giveaway of a book set in Ireland as part of the  
Small Press Treasures Blog Hop!
I love the idea behind this hop. I'm published with three small presses: The Wild Rose Press, Decadent Publishing, and Entangled Publishing. Even the books I have with Harlequin are with one of their ebook-only lines. So, as you might guess, I'm a big fan of small presses and small-press-published authors! HUGS thanks to SER Awesomeness for celebrating us!

What you can win here!:
Complete the form below and have a chance to be one of FOUR entrants to win an ebook of my dark vampire romance set in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING, book 1 in the Vampire Warrior Kings series. AND, if you win and have already read this book, I'll let you choose another of my e-titles instead! Open to international. Winner to be chosen by random.org. Giveaway ends at midnight EST on March 24.
Kael, Warrior King of the Vampires, loathes the Night of the Proffering. He needs the blood of either his mate or a human virgin to maintain his strength, but hasn't enjoyed the ritual since he lost his mate centuries ago. Kael doesn't want a new companion, yet his resolve is tested when he lays eyes on his new offering, Shayla McKinnon. He is drawn to Shayla's beauty and poise...and the submission she offers. She is eager to give him anything he wishes, including her innocence, to please him. Will Kael give in to their overwhelming desire—even if it means risking Shayla's life?
IN THE SERVICE OF THE KING is the 58th bestselling overall romance and the 12th bestselling paranormal romance on Barnes and Noble (as of 3/17), so enter to see what all the buzz is about!
AND, if all that isn't cool enough, Book 2 in the series, Seduced by the Vampire King, releases June 1!

And the winners are:
Brooklynn Gibbs
Erica Pillera 
tammy ramey
Megan@Riverina Romantics 

ENTER HERE, THEN SEE DOWN BELOW FOR THE LIST OF OTHER PARTICIPATING SITES! AND THANKS SO MUCH FOR VISITING!

LAURA

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Check Out My Wonderful Cover Quote for #WestofWant!!!

One of the totally scary but awesome parts of being an author is getting another author to read your manuscript and agree to offer a cover quote for it. For North of Need, I had the totally wonderful Stephanie Draven agree to give me a great quote, and that was my first time ever making the ask. *Gulp* LOL 

For West of Want, another wonderful author of Greek-mythology-based paranormals agreed to read the book. And she gave me such a fantastic quote! And that author?

Author of the Eternal Guardians series books
Book 4 of which, ENRAPTURED, releases April 3!

And just what did Elisabeth have to say about West of Want? Here's the quote:
"Laura Kaye’s captivating writing and vibrant world-building will have readers hooked on the gods of the Anemoi. WEST OF WANT is steamy, spellbinding, and a must-read for all romance fantasy fans."

SQUEE!!!!!!

Just as cool, see how totally awesome it looks on the cover?!
 Pre-Order on Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Zeph's sexy muscles don't hurt, either... LOL

So, a HUGE thank you to Elisabeth for her generosity! I can't wait for everyone to read this book! July 10 can't get here soon enough! :)

Thanks for reading!
Laura

Monday, March 12, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Katee Robert! #SciFiRomance

Welcome guest author
Katee Robert
to the blog today!

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

Hiya! Thanks for having me!

I write sci fi romance and YA zombie novels, both under Katee Robert. I always joke that my muse has multiple personality disorder, and she’s only getting weirder as time goes on. I live and work in Eastern WA, and spend my time ogling men and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Because, you know, a girl’s gotta have her vices.

LOL Awesome! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I have a novella coming out this month called The High Priestess. It’s a prequel to my Sanctify series and tells the story of Marianna, a Diviner, and Gerard, a lieutenant of hate-group Sanctify. He takes her captive with the intent of purifying her, but she has no intention of going to her death without a fight.

Sounds great! Which character is your favorite and why?

Gerard. I have a thing for damaged characters, and he’s a doozy. He’s lived his entire life on Sanctus, being raised to hate anyone who isn’t completely human. Then he meets Marianna, and she proceeds to knock his entire world on its head. Watching him begin to question everything he’s ever known and come out of the better man for it… Oh yeah, I loves him.

Ooh, Gerard sounds delicious! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

I was kind of surprised by a side character, Fisk. I went in expecting to despise every aspect of Sanctify because they’re evil all around. But then I meet this guy who’s funny and kind and just a decent man all around. It was an interesting contradiction since he’s a member of one of the scariest hate-groups in the universe.

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

I have three full-length books under contract for the Sanctify series. The next one, Queen of Swords, is the story of Marianna and Gerard’s daughter, Ophelia. She’s a firecracker and every bit of her parent’s child.

Awesome! What was the hardest thing for you about writing this story?

This book was really difficult to write because I’d already written Queen of Swords (Book 2), in which Marianna and Gerard are parents. So going back and writing their story was odd for me because it was kind of like watching my parents make out. Which is… uncomfortable. LOL.

Oh, I bet that was interesting! What are you working on right now?

I’m actually toying with a contemporary romance (multiple personality disorder muse strikes again). It’s odd for me because I don’t know that I’ve ever written anything that didn’t have some sort of surreal element in it, but I love the characters completely.

Can’t wait to hear more! What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

Oh lordy. I wrote an epic fantasy called Mirror Mirror, and I pray to everything holy that no one ever reads it. It was well and truly terrible, but most first books are. Though there were some really smoking twins that I might bring back into a future work some day…

LOL What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I love writing romantic tension. That give and take between a couple as they get to know each other is different with each pair and completely fascinates me.

Alternately, the hardest stuff for me to write is the sex itself. Yes, yes, I know how ironic that a romance author has a difficult time writing sex, but there it is. Those particular scenes tend to take me three times as long to write.

I don’t think you’re alone in that… Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I don’t incorporate that stuff as much as random tidbits of conversation I hear. I’m quite the magpie with sayings and words—I collect them and they end up in my books as well.

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

Not consciously, though my women tend to be independent and strong (though not always physically). I think this is a reflection of my reading habits—if I don’t connect with the heroine, I won’t love it, regardless of how awesome the hero is. So I end up with women who can fend for themselves and who don’t need a man—then I give them the man they never knew they wanted.

Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. I am OBSESSED with them right now—and kicking myself for not having found them before now. She writes the kind of snarky, sexy action-packed stories that I aspire to. I want to be her when I grow up!

Oh, yes! Love! Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Hands down, it’s Jenny O’Keirna. She’s the little sister of the hero, Boone, in Queen of Swords, and she is a woman who worships her vices. She runs her mouth, plots crazy plans, and is deadly with damn near any weapon she lays hands on. But her level of snark is fantastic and so much fun to write.

Sounds great! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Milk chocolate all the way!

Salty or sweet? Depends on my mood, but definitely salty.

Bed or kitchen table? Kitchen table. Bow-chicka-wow-wow

Beach or mountains? Beach. I have a love affair with oceans and lakes.

Give or receive? Giving for sure. It makes me deliriously happy to do so.
Marianna Zain is in trouble. The handsome stranger she just kissed? He’s a member of the most terrifying hate-group in the universe. Even after he takes her captive, Marianna can’t shake her initial instincts that he’s a man of worth…and her only chance at escaping death.

One of Sanctify’s most decorated lieutenants, Gerard Leoni thought he had everything figured out. But then he crosses paths with a Diviner, the most despised of the alien races, and is honor-bound to bring her in. One night with Marianna makes him question everything he knows.

As the day of her scheduled execution draws near, Marianna forms a plan. She’s going to seduce Gerard—a task that would be simpler if she weren’t being seduced as well. But Sanctify doesn’t take kindly to their people cavorting with aliens, and instead of finding a savior, Marianna may be dragging Gerard to his death alongside her…
Thanks for coming on the blog, Katee! Where can we find you on the web?


Everyone, leave Katee some new release love! What do you like about science fiction romance?

Thanks for reading,
Laura & Katee

YA Cover Reveal: My Super Sweet 16th Century by Rachel Harris

I'm very excited to participate in my friend Rachel Harris's cover reveal for her awesome YA Romance
My Super Sweet 16th Century
which releases on September 11, 2012.

First the awesome cover:

My Super Sweet 16th Century, by Rachel Harris is available for pre-order on: Amazon | Barnes & Noble Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads!

How about a super cool excerpt, too?:

I hear their muffled whispers and understand every Italian word. Every witty comment made at my expense.

It’s like my brain is automatically translating.

I bunch the soft fabric of the dress in my hand and then reach up to feel the ribbon in my hair. I lightly skim my fingers over my chin and feel my lack of zit. I take in the costumes of the crowd, the stench of the animals, and the Italian I can now speak and understand.

And suddenly it hits me.

Reyna must have pulled some kind of gypsy mojo.

Maybe this is one of those nifty “change your life” magic scenarios like in the movies. I mean, mostly I’m still expecting to blink and be right back in the midst of overpriced, gaudy tourism, but for now, the gypsy-time-warp explanation is infinitely better than thinking I’ve lost my mind. As I decide to go with that option, I feel my frantic tension melt away.

The growing crowd seems to notice my change in demeanor and begins shooting one another amused looks, but I don’t care anymore. A smile stretches across my face.

Evidently, I was wrong earlier; Reyna is a psychic mind reader, because if this is her special brand of bibbity-bobbity-boo, then she made my exact daydream from earlier in the courtyard come to life.

The long red gown, the braided hair, the Italian merchant’s daughter, the time period. I am in Renaissance Florence.

I stare dumbly at the ground, the words and reality sinking in.

I’m in Renaissance Florence!


So, what d'ya think? Leave Rachel some new cover love!

Thanks for reading,
Laura

Sunday, March 11, 2012

#SixSunday #48 - A #vampire finds his mate...

Happy Sunday everyone! I was away at a writing retreat last weekend, which was wonderful, but I'm glad to be back to share some more of my paranormal romance, In the Service of the King:
Shayla’s gaze fell on Kael’s kneeling form and he was all she could see. The desire to run to him made it feel as if her insides were vibrating. She licked her lips and released a shaky breath, her left hand tingling in a maddening, arousing sensation.

Kael’s eyes glowed the brightest she’d ever seen. He was magnificent, regal, and more beautiful than she’d remembered after just a day’s painful separation. A fierce masculinity rolled off him and curled around her until she swore she could smell him, taste him, feel his touch on her skin.
Thanks so much for stopping by each week! Be sure to check out the Other Sixers' Posts and follow the #sixsunday hashtag on twitter!

Also, comment here to win a copy! :)

Thanks for reading and, hopefully, commenting, too!

:) Laura

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Welcome Guest Author Theresa Meyers! #Vampires #Nocturne

I'm very excited to welcome guest author
Theresa Meyers
to the blog today! 
See below for her giveaway!
Welcome, Theresa!  Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

First, thanks so much for inviting me to hang out with you today! Well, I’m Theresa Meyers. I started writing in junior high for the newspaper and thought I wanted to be a journalist all through school. I started my first novel when I was 17, mostly as a way to get a pretty cool self-designed elective along with two friends where all we had to do was produce pages to get an A in the class. But then stuff like college and life intervened and it wasn’t until 2003 that I started getting very serious about writing fiction. In that time I’ve been through two agents, had two children, lived in Oregon, Arizona and Washington, gone to college, worked a lot of different PR jobs, opened a public relations firm for ten years and written lots and lots of books. 

Right now I’m writing full time, mostly in paranormal romance, but also some in historical (including steampunk), and contemporary as well, and teaching classes online. Currently I’m writing the Sons of Midnight mini series which features vampires and werewolves for Harlequin Nocturne, the Legend Chronicles steampunk series for Kensington’s Zebra line, dark fae urban fantasy Shadow Sister series and several contemporary romances for Entangled Publishing.

Wow! What an inspiring career! Okay, tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

My March book is The Half-Breed Vampire from Harlequin’s Nocturne line. It’s the story of a vampire who thinks he knows precisely who he is until a mortal law enforcement officer asks for his help and during the course of their investigation they end up uncovering his past, which rips apart everything they both thought they knew about their worlds. Oh, and I got to mix my vampires and werewolves for the first time in the same character!

Here’s the bit from the back cover:
Ignorant of his true heritage, half-breed Slade Donovan is fated to feel like an outsider among his clan. Until a mysterious woman arrives with the ability to unlock his secrets—and make him crave a future he never believed he could have….

As a game warden, Raina Ravenwing has only one mission in the Cascade Mountains: to hunt down a pack of rare wolves that is terrorizing her tribe. Her instant attraction to Slade is a distraction the beautiful wolf whisperer can’t afford, unless she agrees to let him help her. Yet working so closely together only intensifies their passion…even as the unfolding truth of Slade’s identity threatens everything Raina holds sacred.
Aw, man! Sounds so good! So, which character is your favorite and why?

In this story, probably Slade, just because he’s so damn irreverent and a bad boy with a heart of gold. Every time he called the heroine “babe” in the story I could just feel her ire go up, and yet at the same time he’s very endearing. At the same time he’s a tragic hero. Here’s this incredibly strong guy who has his world ripped out from under him and he has to come to grips and accept that he isn’t who he thought he was.

Nothing like a tortured hero! As the author, what surprised you about this story?

Actually I was kind of shocked at how prejudiced my vampire society was against the werewolves. I know that in a lot of fiction vamps and weres don’t mix, kind of like paranormal oil and water, but in this case the vampires truly believed they were just different, but that they were far superior to the werewolves. They honestly believed that werewolves were less than human. That was a huge hurdle for my hero to deal with both for himself and then in relation to his standing in the vampire clan.

Such great conflict! Will there be any sequels or other books in the same series?

Yes! The next one in the Sons of Midnight mini series will be Her Big, Bad Wolf out in March 2013, which features secondary character Tyee from The Half-Breed Vampire as my next hero.

Congratulations! So, what are you working on right now?

Between now and the end of April I’m working on my last story in my steampunk romance Legend Chronicles trilogy for Kensington, then I’ll be moving on to writing a novella that will be included in the Holiday with a Vampire anthology coming out from Harlequin late this year. Then I’ll be moving on to several other projects already contracted to be finished this year including three contemporary romances for Entangled and two paranormal dark fae stories for my Shadow Sisters series for Entangled.

OMG! And I thought I was busy! *grins* What happened to the first book you ever wrote?

It’s a Victorian historical titled The Shanghaied Heart and it’s still sitting on my hard drive waiting for a cover and to be put online when I’m done with my other contracted books and have a moment to work on it.

Cool! What do you find easiest and hardest to write?

I think dialogue and description come easiest to me as a writer. I love listening to how different people talk, and when I’m really in the groove with my writing it’s like watching a movie unfold in my head, only I can back it up, pause and mine as smell-o-vision. 

The harder parts for me are the editing over and over again. My journalistic background kind of forces me to write the best material I can the first time out, almost like pre-editing when I write. Then when my editors ask me to change a scene I always sit there stumped for a bit thinking, “But I wrote it the best way I knew how the first time!” Then I peel apart their comments and see where they spied the gaps or bits that need more and get back to work. Editing is just as much part of the writing process as coming up with the original text in the first place.

Very interesting process—love seeing how authors tick. Have you incorporated actual events or people from your own life into your books?

I’ve incorporated experiences, but never whole people into my books. I may take the laughter or sarcastic wit from one person, the rhythm of speech from another or bits and pieces of the looks from a person, but in general my characters are just fictional beings. 

The only exception to this was when I wrote my Scottish historical, The Spellbound Bride. I spent three years doing research for that book and ended up incorporating a lot of actual historical events, including the words King James used when presiding over the actual North Berwick witch trial that’s portrayed in the book. In that context I did use some actual people, but fictionalized their behaviors, etc. and I certainly wasn’t around when they were!

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

I think the theme that tends to run most strongly through my work, whether it’s contemporary, paranormal, historical or YA, is acceptance – acceptance of who you really are, acceptance of other’s faults, acceptance that you can’t change the past, acceptance of the role you’re given in life, etc.

I love that! What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

I’m not nearly as glamorous as they think. LOL. No really, I’m the kind of person who likes to make her own jam, and sew for fun. I garden and every year I put up quarts of dill green beans from our garden, make blackberry jam, freeze quarts of blueberries and make a batch of blackberry wine with my husband. I also love to bake. We have a few acres so it’s kind of like a mini farm with a small orchard, big garden, chickens, rabbits, a horse, dog, cats, and two parakeets. My favorite thing to wait for in the spring is when the frogs start singing at night. Our neighbors have about five acres of wetlands as part of their property and I always know winter is truly over when the frogs start singing – and boy are they loud!

They just started singing at my house (there are wetlands right behind me)! Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?

Oh, you mean besides Harry Potter? LOL. I don’t really know. There’s a lot of books I enjoy reading that I think, “Wow, someday I hope I can write like that.” But then every writer is different and what makes my writing sing for a reader is different than another author. That’s what’s so fascinating about storytelling as a profession. 

I once did an writing experiment with a group of first graders where we all started stories with the same first paragraph and basic story idea. “Today started like any normal school day. But when it came time for lunch, I knew something was different. I opened my lunchbox and …” You should have seen all the wild stories that came out of that! There was one with bugs that crawled down and ate down the whole school, another with dolphins swimming in their lunchbox and yet another with a dinosaur egg that hatched in the lunchroom. My daughter ended up writing a historical romance where she was swept into a time portal through her lunch box and met up with a cowboy with “blue eyes like the Texas skies” -- I kid you not. And at the end they rode off on horses into the sunset “happily ever after”. I was so proud.

That is so awesome! Okay, now, just for fun:

Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Can’t I have both? Pretty please? We are talking chocolate after all.

Salty or sweet? SWEET!(see comment above, and please pass the chocolate)

Bed or kitchen table? Um, that kind of depends…are we talking chocolate to eat, or a chocolate massage bar from LUSH? I’ll take either.

Beach or mountains? Both, that’s why I live on the west coast. I can wiggle my toes in the sand one day and go hiking or camping up in the mountains the next.

Give or receive? GIVE!

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