March 27, 2012

A World Apart Hero Interview by Camelia M. Skiba

A World Apart 
Camelia Miron Skiba's hero, Major David Hunt in A World Apart, is the interviewee today. Let's meet this fascinating character!

Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Major David Hunt is a trauma surgeon for the US Air Force deployed to the Black Sea during the Iraq Invasion. His traits—service to God and country, sacrifice, professionalism, honor, courage, heroism, and compassion—epitomize our image of the American soldier. Yet, David is not infallible; he's stubborn, uncommunicative, and by-the-book to a fault.

If your main character was here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
Patriotism. Impeccable career as a fourth generation soldier and using his talent as a distinguished trauma surgeon to serve his country.

Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
He's weakness is clouded judgment caused by … Romanian Lt. Cassandra Toma trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army. She's deployed at the same military base as David. He's unable to resist her even when she breaks military procedures and is more stubborn than "the mother of all mules." Cassandra hates judgmental, arrogant, and rigid people, qualities she believes David embodies. He has no enemies.

What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
David is driven by his sense of honor and his duty as a soldier and as a doctor. His priorities are saving lives and keeping Cassandra safe at all costs. In doing so he becomes a controlling nut, butting heads with her, which drives them apart.

What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
Music—the thing that frees him from his leadership responsibilities if only for a short time. That and his love of Cassandra, which drives him to take actions that he never could have foreseen in himself.

Answered as Major David Hunt
If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?
I feel as if I lived many lives. War takes you to a different dimension, where life measures in fleeting moments, priceless in saving one's life. In the time that stretches between incoming casualties I feel old. When the Blackhawks are on approach and the adrenalin is kicking, I feel 18.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
As an active officer I'll live wherever my country needs me.

What song would best describe your life?
Bon Jovi's "It's My Life."

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
A scalpel–precise, wielded with skill, it's confident and serves a specific purpose.

Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
English is Cassandra's second language. She's actually cute saying something when she actually means something else. Once she told me to write her off instead of write her up. She calls jerky beef instead of beef jerky.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Just do it! Take no shit. Handle with care. Fragile. Hot to the touch. Keep out of reach of children. For adult use only. Store in a dry place. Harmful if swallowed. Refrigerate after opening. Can't touch this. Hammer time. Do what I say, not what I do. I'm too sexy for this shirt. If you don't know where you are, you don't belong here. Carpe Diem!

About the Author

I Write. I Love. I Dream. I Write.
I’m Chris’ wife, Patrick’s mom and Bella’s owner. During the day, I’m the assistant to the Director at SESE at Arizona State University, and romance’s slave at night.
I moved to the U.S eight years ago, following my heart and the man who stole it. I love comedies, historical dramas and happily-ever-after stories. English is not my native, not my second, but my third language.
Camelia M. Skiba
Some fun facts about me:
Each year I participate in one big event that requires me to physically train. My biggest sportive accomplishment was the 3-day 60-mile Susan G. Komen Walk.
Annually I pick a color I decree my favorite (this year it’s salmon).
I refused to text until 2010, always preferring to hear voices rather than sending emotionless messages. Politics bore me to death and I have no tolerance for arrogance.
“A World Apart” is my second book. My debut novel “Hidden Heart” came out March 2011.

Fill in the Blanks
I love pizza with ham or bacon.
I'm always ready for a comedy.
When I'm alone, I write.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm actually shy.
If I had a halo it would be a rainbow.
If I could clone my dog I'd do it.
I can never be drunk because I don't drink.

About the Book

In a war that’s not hers, she loses everything.
Everything she loses is because of him.
Forgiveness is not an option.
Or maybe...

Lieutenant Cassandra Toma, trauma surgeon in the Romanian National Army starts her deployment at a joint-unit air base on a wrong foot, clashing on her first day with her new commander, Major David Hunt. Her rebellious nature and sassiness rival her excellent performance in the operating room—the only reason why she's not reprimanded, or maybe not the only reason.

They meet. They clash. A forbidden passion consumes them with the intensity of an erupting volcano, leaving her heartbroken and him with tarnished honor and pride as an officer. The only way out for David is disappearing into the dangerous warzone in Iraq. Their flame was supposed to be over when destiny brings them back under the same roof, this time with a common goal—to find Cassandra's brother, Maj. Robert Toma, kidnapped by insurgents while on patrol.

To rescue Robert, Cassandra and David put aside their resentments, uniting forces against a common enemy. Trying to forget the painful past, Cassandra opens up to give David—and their love—another chance. What she doesn’t realize is that her anguish is the result of David’s impetuous action—one reckless choice he made for which she may never forgive him.

His mistake, his secret, could cost them both the love they've finally found. 

March 26, 2012

An Interview with CR Moss @CRMoss

Sunset Seduction.
C. R., Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What did you learn from writing your first book?
I was in a novel writing workshop when I was writing my first book so I learned all the basics of building a story, how to write in an active voice and how to clean up the manuscript. I also learned how to have faith in myself and set writing goals.
Would you consider self-publishing?
Yes. I actually have a number of books that were released back to me. I am planning on re-releasing them myself. There are two I'm hoping will be available by the end of April, but latest by mid-May.
How many hours a day do you spend writing?
It depends on where I'm at on a project. I shoot for at least an hour a day.
How do you balance a life outside of writing with deadlines and writing muses?
I make lists of things I have to do to help prioritize what needs to be done. I have a small notebook for this purpose, and whenever I think of something that I'll need to do, I write it down in the notebook and as I do the tasks, I cross them off. I also keep another to-do list in Tasks in Outlook along with the calendar. I also tend to do a lot of my writing at night so I can get other things done during the day.
Is your muse demanding?
Oh boy, he sure can be at times, especially if I'm on deadline for one project and he gets an idea in his head for another one. He keeps at me to work on the new stuff and I have to remind him that we have to finish one thing before doing anything else or else we won't get anything done.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
I don't know if I should mention the instances. Don't want to get in trouble! LOL! ;) But, yes, it's possible that the situations will end up in my books.
What are some jobs you've had that would end up in a book?
Real Estate agent, massage therapist, office admin
Fill in the blank:
If I had a halo it would be dangling from a horn.

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About Sunset Desires

A blind date. A hot tropical evening. She'll be someone he can't forget. He'll fulfill her ultimate fantasy.
Gwendolyn Tramonto is stunned to learn her cousin set her up with sex on the beach and it's not the drink. But after a several year dry spell of no relationships, no dates…no sex, Gwen decides to take her cousin up on her offer and go out on the blind date. For once, she'd like to indulge in a fantasy, be wined and dined instead of the other way around, and if she and the man ended up in bed together, that would be a nice bonus.
Evan Cadell is looking forward to the date his uncle arranged for him through an exclusive matchmaking service and taking a one night break from work, life and all its demands. From Gwen's profile, Evan knows what her fantasy is and believes he's the man who can make it come true.
But will one night in paradise be enough to satisfy their desires?

Contemporary, erotic romance, chick-lit (Heat level: 4; Word count – 11k)

Books coming soon
Coming soon to Decadent Publishing ~ Sunset Seduction! For more, visit:

March 22, 2012

Paranormal Elements, A Subtle Shade Of Supernatural by Mary Wilson

Paranormal Elements, A Subtle Shade of Supernatural
by Mary Wilson, publisher Pink Petal Books.

Paranormal Elements might not be an established sub-category of contemporary romance, but it has a long history under different names. When there’s the hint that something is watching in the darkness, though the revelation shows it to be nothing, or maybe a creature wild and untamed, yet completely, totally normal, that’s paranormal elements. When a house seems to take on a life of its own, yet nothing untoward happens, there you will find paranormal elements. In the gothic romances of yester-year and in the romantic suspense where things don’t seem to be quite what they really are, paranormal elements are at play.

As an editor and publisher, when I think of paranormal elements, there are always questions left unanswered. Was he a shifter, really, or is that just my overactive fantasy-reading imagination shining through? Could a ghost have inhabited the house, even though they saw nothing, or did the characters simply have an overactive mind? Paranormal elements make you think about a story, but in a gripping, page-turning, “I’m not too sure about this” sort of way.

The great thing about paranormal elements is that while we most commonly see them in contemporary books, such as our release this month, Wolf’s Storm by Vonna Harper, they can appear anywhere, even in science fiction or fantasy. A historical book, for example, where there might be a curse upon a mirror that’s a family legend, though the reader, and the characters aren’t quite sure the curse exists, would possibly contain paranormal elements. As long as the characters think something supernatural is happening, and it appears to be, it falls under this category.

As a reader, one of the best things I find about the hint of paranormal is that it keeps me guessing. I don’t know, and by the end of the book, I’ll spend time thinking about what might be happening, how or why. Since I enjoy fantasy, science fiction, and paranormal books, these supernatural happenings make me feel right at home as a reader. The disbelief is already suspended, and I’m along for a good read.

When it comes to editing and publishing these books, they defy categorization. But, one of the best things about ebooks is that they don’t have to be placed on one shelf, as it were. They can be shelved anywhere they fit, which makes these books fun to explore and fun to find.

Though as paranormal romance readers, we are firmly steeped in the strong traditions of vampires, magic, werewolves, and fantasy creatures, I hope that those same readers will find the paranormal elements just as exciting and just as page-turning. Think of them as just another kind of spice. Sometimes you want just a dash of nutmeg, and sometimes you want just a hint of paranormal in your otherwise contemporary, though no less erotic, romance.
Forced together by a mountain snowstorm and their smashed cars, two loners realize they have no choice but to spend the night together. As soon as the cabin door closes behind them, need takes over. They must have sex, only sex, not a relationship. But the dark wolves watching outside have their own agenda.  

Jake and Sarah want one thing, a night of sex. The wolves surrounding the remote cabin have another agenda.

Genre(s) contemporary with paranormal elements

March 21, 2012

Writing What You Know - The Great Debate by Lila Munro #RLFblog #writertips

Assumed Identity.
Before I get started, I would just like to thank Kayelle and the gang for hosting me today and allowing me to take over the blog here for a few hours today. The invite and space is much appreciated and I look forward to chatting it up with the readers here and coming back again soon. I most thoroughly enjoy meeting new people and talking about…what I know.
It's the great debate lately it seems. Writers are going back and forth constantly on all the social networks, duking it out about some of the oldest and wisest advice I've ever been given as an author by other seasoned and intelligent authors…writing what you know.

The most prevalent argument I've seen in the great debate is that writing what you know limits one's ability to tell the story for lack of material. Ummm…I must humbly disagree with that. For a few reasons, the first being you have a lifetime of experience to draw on for material. Unless you've sequestered yourself and lived as a hermit, you have more material to draw from than you can probably shake a stick at. Actually, if I were to be brutally honest here—and as is my way occasionally I will admit—saying your stories would be limited in content for lack of material if you wrote what you knew is in my opinion a bit self-degrading. Are you saying you know so little you can't draw from your knowledge base? Please, please, writers don't do that to yourselves. Give yourselves more credit than that.

I'll help…let's make a list of common life occurrences we can draw from and I'll share a list of my perhaps uncommon life occurrences and maybe you'll begin to see that writing what you know can be so easy if you just let it be. Here goes. Common life occurrences: being bullied (who hasn't been?), lived through puberty, dated the worst guy possible, dated the best guy possible, dated the worst girl possible, dated the best girl possible, visited a zoo, visited a museum, visited a circus, have been out to dinner, have attended at least one formal function, graduated—in some cases more than once—from some institution or other, had child or two or a dozen, married, divorced, bought a house, drank at least one alcoholic drink and probably before you were of age, lost your virginity, survived the first kiss, gone bowling, played a musical instrument, been to a concert, hated yourself the next day, looked in the mirror and wondered who the hell was looking back…

Any of that ring a bell? 

Now here are a few of my uncommon experiences at least in my opinion: lived in Okinawa, Japan, lived in four states in less than ten years, possessed driver's licenses in five states and an overseas driving permit, filed taxes federally and in three states in one year—yes it was a nightmare, tried SCUBA and chickened out before the final test, slept in the floor of the Seattle airport overnight waiting for a transport overseas—most uncomfortable, accidentally ate horse meat thanks to a "friend" who thought it was quite amusing…

You see writing what you know doesn't mean you need to be a brain surgeon. It means you need to be human with human experiences to draw from. Which brings me to another reason I disagree with the assessment that to write what we know would be limiting our material. How many of us are brain surgeons? **cue crickets** That's what I thought…me either. I'm a military wife in case you hadn't already figured that out from my uncommon experiences list. J So how does one write a brain surgeon if one is not?

It's so simple…research. Then you know. Writing is a learning experience as much as it is providing entertainment for others. Don't let what your know limit what you write because you can expand your what you know list every single day through research and living—which requires writers to leave their chairs and leave the confines of their homes, which I do often and enjoy it immensely…but that's a post for another day.

About Lila Munro

 Lila currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She's a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she's lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual to BDSM and ménage. When she's not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer's Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny's Fire, Salvation, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, and the Identity series. She's a member in good standing of RWA and Passionate Ink. Currently she's working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2012. And has a brand new line scheduled for winter 2012-13. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website or through Facebook at 

March 20, 2012

Character Interview with Anson from Earthly Concerns

Earthly Concerns. 
Welcome back to Romance Lives Forever, Xavier! Tell us about the main character in your current book. What is he like?
Anson the main character in Earthly Concerns, is sensitive, he is very intuitive and gifted with the ability to see beyond the world around him. Unfortunately, this gift seldom works on his behalf. He is flawed in that he loves passionately and is confused by anyone who is incapable of true love.

If your main character were here today, what would he say is his strongest point?
Anson's ability and willingness to help and forgive those who have hurt him and caused him heartache is remarkable. I envy him.

Does he think he has a weakness? (If so, what does he think it is? What does his lover think it is? What does his enemy think it is?)
Yes! He thinks he has a weakness! His need to find love and be loved blinds him to the damage caused by those he is seeking love from, causing him much emotional distress and pain. I would think his lover in this story thinks Anson's weakness is his ability to love selflessly.

What drives your hero to do the things he does? What makes him want to be the "good guy?"
Anson is motivated to help Barrett find his missing child for two reasons; he swore an oath to always help someone with his gift if he could and second, he truly believes in Barrett, he believes there is good inside of the man who has hurt him.

What's your main character's favorite guilty pleasure?
Barrett is definitely Anson's guilty pleasure.

If you didn't know how old you were how old would you be?

As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Nap time.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Careful! Contents are hot!

About the Author

Xavier Axelson is a writer and columnist living in Los Angeles. His columns include interviews with counterculture celebrities, artisans, singers, writers, performance artists, politicians, and activists. While his writing has been called, "raw, dirty, and absolutely beautiful," Xavier hopes to push boundaries of what is expected in the M/M erotic genres.


Christmas Eve at The Powers That Be Café
A Valentine for Evrain (Part of the Never Say Never Anthology)
Dutch's Boy
The Incident
The Birches
Earthly Concerns
Menage (Print Collection)

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with meatballs.
I'm always ready for meatballs.
When I'm alone, I eat meatballs.
You'd never be able to tell, but I love meatballs.
If I had a halo it would be made of meatballs.

Find Xavier Axelson Here


March 18, 2012

Outlantacon - Intro by Kayelle Allen

Outlantacon 2012. 
Outlantacon is the Southeast's Premiere Event for Queer Nerds. I'm pleased to introduce the guests for the upcoming convention here on Romance Lives Forever.

I'll be a guest myself. This will be my fourth year with the con. Kiernan Kelly and I were two of the guest authors the first year, and we've been back every year since. This year, I'll be interviewing as many as possible, and posting them here.

Here's where to find more info.
Here is the beginning of the schedule.

Uncanny X-Men
We are currently assembling our guest list for our 2012 show. Below are the guests who are confirmed so far. More will be added so watch this space!
  • Lee Martindale author, editor, musician
  • Eugie Foster — Nebula Award-winning author
  • Andrew Greenberg — game designer
  • Kayelle Allen — author
  • Kiernan Kelly — author
  • Sabrina Pandora — entertainer
  • Michael Liebmann — voice actor
  • Angelia Sparrow — author, librarian
  • Moxie MagnusStar Trek drag performer
  • Jevocas "Java" Green — actor / filmmaker
  • Eric Green — actor / filmmaker
  • Tony Gowell — actor (The Walking Dead, Zombieland), casting assistant
  • Hushicho — webcomics creator
  • Kage Alan — author
  • T. C. Blue — author
  • Shae Conner — author
  • Shawn Sellers — paranormal investigator, author
  • Paul Bright — Filmmaker
Check out the video trailer for Altitude Falling (Paul Bright). The film will be shown at the con, and he'll be screening his brand new film, Goliad Uprising.

Currently, I have interviews for several of these folks, and can't wait to share them with you. Join us on the con's Facebook page. Tomorrow is Paul Bright's day, so bookmark this page and come back!

March 16, 2012

What is Romance? By Margay Leah Justice

Sloane Wolf. 
It is the age-old question that is often posed in this fascinating realm we, as romance writers, find ourselves in. The question that is on the mind of every person who ever picked up a pen to write a tale – or every reader who ever picked up a book to enjoy it. What is romance?

What is it, indeed?

What defines romance? A handsome hero with a tragic past who, for reasons known only to him, cannot commit to loving the heroine. A beautiful heroine who also sprang up from a tragic past who knows that only her love can transform the hero into the well-deserving man she knows him to be. A rollicking story of a man who meets a woman whom he decides he cannot have – and then spends the next two hundred or so pages trying to convince himself and the heroine of this truth.

Truthfully? It's a little bit of all of the above. Not one specific element can totally define the phenomenon that is romance. It is a puzzle with many pieces and each one is vital in order for the romance to be true – and believable. It starts with a hero To Die For and a heroine he's willing to die for, who get caught up in a story that is, at its very core, a tale of their attraction and the inevitability of their pairing.

So how does the author construct a successful pairing and craft a beautiful romance? Simple. She falls in love with the hero herself. She crafts the man she would want for herself, flaws and all, teases out his tortured past, then throws him together with a woman she deems deserving of him. On the flip side, she also falls in love with her heroine, empathizes with her trials and tribulations in this tumultuous arena we call romance, and naturally wants to pair her with a man she deems deserving of the heroine. But of course, she doesn't make it easy for them. She makes it so they have to prove they deserve each other – not only to each other, but to her, as well. Only when she is convinced that they have proven themselves does the author finally relent and give her blessing to the union. But when she does…ahh, romance.

So what do you think? What defines romance for you?

Where to find Margay Leah Justice

March 15, 2012

Interview with Cover Model Jason Aaron Baca

Jason Aaron Baca
on the cover of Cybershock. 
Welcome Jason Aaron Baca! You're a published author as well as a cover model. Tell us the titles of the books, and provide buy links, please.
Journey of a Male Model (2004)
Overexposed (2007)

What are your books about?
Well my books were written in hopes of inspiring other models in the business. When I started out modeling there were never any resource books to turn to, I had to think of how to do things from the top of my head. This is why I wrote these books –

What made you decide to write your own book?
I was at my wits end when it came to finding a good resource so I was like You know, I'm going to make my own book for others. Surely there's got to be other frustrated models like me out there.

What advice do you have for authors, based on your own experience in writing?
Well I don't consider myself an author; these books were me having fun. The real authors are the ones that I'm on the covers of as a model. They are the ones to be asking those kinds of questions to.

Jason Aaron Baca
on Lisa Renee Jones' book Michael
What advice do you have for models, based on your own experience as a model?
To keep at it. If you aren't getting booked then there are still things you can be doing to promote yourself in the mean time.

As a cover model, it must take a great deal of discipline to stay in good physical condition. How strict are you with your eating/exercising when you're not preparing for a photo shoot?
Yes you are right! It takes extreme discipline with all this. Every day is a whole new mountain to climb and there are mornings that I wake up and say screw it, I'm going to eat French toast with butter and blueberry syrup. But then I stop myself and recognize my goals. So I end up eating a protein bar instead.

As for the exercising, yes, I exercise nearly every day. Even on the day off for the week I still find myself doing some sort of physical activity whether it be biking, hiking, or gardening. I just can't seem to sit still.

Do you have a particular type of program that you use to keep in shape? (Weights, swimming, running, etc.)
Jason- Yes I do. I perform a rigorous workout routine in the morning for 1 full hour. I use weights mainly but also do cardio on the Stairmaster. I do not end my workout until a full hour is completed in the gym. So if I had finished with my weight lifting early, then I just keep going. I do more of my weak point training.

Jason Aaron Baca
Some people have a five-year plan, but what do you see yourself doing twenty years from now?
Jason- I don't think like that. I concentrate on one thing at a time. Yes I invest in stocks and look to the future for that kind of thing, but when it comes to career goals, I do one thing only. When my mind begins to shift, then I can decide what I'll be doing then. This keeps me focused on my book cover goals and aspirations.

When you feel like quitting (and don't we all at some point?) what do you tell yourself to keep going?
I just put the Karate Kid theme song in my head "You're the best around, nothings gonna ever keep you down" And if I see a grey hair pop up on my head…. I pluck it!

Tell us about your social media habits. Which sites do you prefer?
Well I don't have a Facebook acct nor a Myspace. I have my regular website as well as this stock resource site that independent authors go to purchase photos for their covers of me -

A Jessica Deuck cover with Jason
What is your worst habit?
That is a tough question… because when it's you… You never know you have a bad habit. You think that you're all good… Probably that I obsess a little about my skin. But I believe in taking care of myself so I will not change.

Do you have a charity or organization that you support?
I would support any charity that deals with animal cruelty. I am an animal lover.

How do you respond to negative people?
I don't. I know that the only input that gets allowed into my brain is positive feedback. The negative stuff just bounces off, I don't understand it, nor do I attempt to. There have been a lot that have come at me but I just get confused on what they are getting at and move on.

What's the best way to say no?
Just say No!

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
It would say, How Can We Stop Him?

What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
Well my friends and I all were at a waterfall that was covered in moss. It was a 50yrd drop to the bottom. We didn't know how deep the water was at the bottom but I said I'll do it and slid down the waterfall… Lucky for me, it was very deep… Turned out to be a regular spot we'd slide down.
Jason with Jennifer Love Hewitt

What was your favorite subject in school?
Jason -PE of course… I was an athlete so that was my thing.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
I'll get back to you on this one… :)

What song would best describe your life?
The song called "In Too Deep" by Genesis and at other times "Land Of Confusion" also by Genesis. Of course there are different times in a person's life though when different songs would describe best.

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I'd be a jackhammer… And would be used to break through to people's minds so they understand their goals clearer.

Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
They'd come to me for herbal essence, scrubs, intensive skin therapy treatments, spa's exfoliants as well as plenty of moisturizers and anti-wrinkle crèmes to choose from.
Jason on Legacy Found

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
haha… it would have to say "Warning, do not attempt to open this package without protective wear. May explode upon opening"

When you're posing as a particular type of character for a book, how do psych yourself to "be the hero" you are portraying?
Jason- Well I don't actually psych myself up but I do get physically prepared. I take a shower and put on an ice pack so that if my face is puffy, it helps with that. I also use a variety of deep pore cleanser scrubs in the shower as well as moisturizing body washes. I always exfoliate to rid my body of any dead skin. I always let my facial hair grow a few days before a shoot and then the day of, shave using a Mach Triple Action Hydrating Razor for a clean close shave. Shaving also exfoliates my face.

After the shower I usually put on an anti aging eye balm put out by L'Oreal along with Clinique's facial moisturizer. Then final moisturizer after that. This all puts me into character for the day's shoot.

Which character that you portrayed did you identify with most? Why that hero?
I understood Michael in Legend of Michael by Lisa Renee Jones. Seems his character is an odd ball, interesting and unique… Which describes me to a T.

Jason on Dark Warriors
What is the modeling industry like? Is it competitive and cut throat, or cooperative and friendly?
Yes it is cut throat when you are just starting out. I have over 80 covers under my belt now though and am known by quite a few so its much easier for me to do this stuff then it was trying to get in.

Have you noticed an increase in demand for your covers with launch of ereaders?
Yes I have! 10 fold. It is excellent to be wanted and used like this.

Do you play Angry Birds? If so, what is it about the game that you like? If not, why not?
Never heard of it or know what an angry bird is.

Boxers, briefs, or commando? (yes, I was asked to ask you this) ^_^
Briefs… Because I like knowing where I am or where I'm going at all times.

If a publisher wants to use you for a cover, do you have an agent they can contact? If so, is there a link online?
Yes, they'd contact Halvorson Model Mgmt.
Jason on Her Only Hope

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with anchovies, linguica, and a side of blue cheese.

I'm always ready for the next big cover to be on.

When I'm alone, I imagine myself on a sandy beach in Maui in the warm summer with sea turtles swimming by in the bright blue ocean.

You'd never be able to tell, but I am a very down to earth kind of guy

If I had a halo it would be in heaven.

If I could head on over to the Bahamas right now I'd try wind surfing.
I can never snow ski because I screwed up back and was traumatized as a kid when I kept falling down in front of everyone.

Covers Where I Appear

They are all listed here –

Find Me Here

March 14, 2012

An Interview with June Kramin @junekramin #thriller

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
My last published novel is titled Hunter’s Find. It is a Thriller/Suspense but there are enough romantic elements to keep romance readers satisfied. I’ve had a few readers fighting over Hunter. Sorry, ladies. Mandy could take you. ;)

Helping your prisoner is one thing. Falling in love with her is another all together.
Blurb: Hunt is a small town Sheriff who finds himself in for more than he bargained for when he discovers Mandy beaten and unconscious. After repeated attempts of escaping him, he finds himself now her captive instead. Mandy convinces him she’s after her husband who has kidnapped their daughter and will stop at nothing to find her.
Although his instincts tell him differently, Hunt becomes involved with her and agrees to help. What he doesn’t know is there is no child. Mandy is hiding her involvement with the FBI and the mob, and after revenge. Hunt is in over his head tracking her husband to the isolated cabin and the backlash it causes a year later.
How do you come up with ideas?
If you ever find out, let me know. All of my novels have started from a single idea and I let my characters take it from there. I never outline – I just write. Hunter’s Find started out with a guy walking home from a bar and finding a woman in the bushes. I had no idea the twists it would take.

Would you consider self publishing?
No. I know a lot of people have had great success with it and I’ll never put down anyone that wants to do so, but I always needed to hear someone say, “I have to have this!” I am thrilled to have found the wonderful publishers I have. Even though I’ve learned a ton about editing and publishing, I won’t take that route.

Are your stories plot or character driven?
Character for sure. As I wrote Hunter’s Find, I knew something was up with Amanda, but I didn’t know what. Even as I wrote her saying, “He’ll want nothing to do with me when he knows what I am,” I had no idea what she was. My characters always surprise me. In Dustin Time – I had no idea Dusty could play the piano. Double Mocha – Ellie? You’re a twin? Nice to know. It’s as exciting for me writing my books as I hope it is for someone reading them. I can never wait to see what unfolds next.

What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
More than a few of the crazy things I’ve done have made its way into my books. Growing up on Maui offered a lot of ways to make people wonder if you had a living brain cell. If there was something warned against doing, we did it. Jumping off bridges, being pulled by a jeep around on a tire through a mud bug, swimming through tunnels… if my mother knew half of it, she would have been gray before her time. 

What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
Most of them have and I’m sure more are to come (I’ve had a lot of jobs). Kaitlyn in Dustin Time was a vet. I worked 4 years for vets. Ellie in Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number was a barista & Bix added computers. Hubby & I owned a cyber café for 7 years. Regina in Come and Talk to Me worked for a lumberyard. I did that for 4 years as well. OK, maybe I wasn’t a bad@ss FBI agent like Amanda in Hunter’s Find, but it was still fun to write!

List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Kelly Meding and Gini Koch are just a couple of writer friends that have been very successful. I look forward to every book in each series and get to them as soon as humanly possible.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Insanity. Not just for breakfast anymore.

What song would best describe your life?
Maybe not song but title for sure: Every day I Write the Books ~ Elvis Costello or
I Wanna Dance With Somebody ~ Whitney Houston

Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. 
I have always loved fish tanks. At one point I had 2-55 gal, 2-10 gal & 3-5 gal. After I moved, I never set myself up like that again. I did get a small 2-gal for my daughter when we moved from Maui to MN. Somewhere along the line I lost my touch in cleaning tanks and transferring the fish back into them. Of the sentences you never thought you’d hear yourself holler, I can now cross off: “Hon! Come quick! The fish is stuck to the side of the refrigerator!” 

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with   mushrooms .
I'm always ready for  doing the electric slide.
When I'm alone, I   watch movies no one else likes .
You'd never be able to tell, but     I'm a wee bit of a loon. Okay, you can tell. 
If I had a halo it would be    tarnished 10 ways from Sunday .
If I could    do it all again   I'd   do it all exactly the same .
I can never  sing karaoke  because  I'd hate to clean out the bar .

My Booklist

Dustin Time – A time travel romance
    Book trailer:
Double Mocha, Heavy on Your Phone Number – Romantic suspense
     Voted best romantic suspense of 2011 at LRC
Hunter’s Find – Thriller
Before Happily Ever After – A Middle Grade Fantasy Series

Books Coming Soon

Come and Talk to Me – May 2012
Dustin Time 2 – Dustin’s Turn: Sept. 2012
Hunter’s Find 2 – Amanda’s Return 2012

Find Me Here

Middle Grade Fantasy Series:

March 12, 2012

The Fifth Son by Blaine D. Arden

The Fifth Son.
Imagine, if you will, a place where almost everything is operated by magic: doors, windows, lights, ovens. Magic is an every day occurrence and everyone around you knows how to operate it. Imagine what it would be like for us non-magical creatures, to visit a place like that. Sounds wonderful, doesn't it?
But what if doors won't open for you? What if you can't make a simple cup of tea, because you don't have the ability to boil water? What if you have to ask someone else to turn on the lights when it gets dark? Doesn't seem as much fun, then, does it?
That is pretty much what life has been like for Llyskel. He was born magicless in a world where everyone possesses magic to some degree. Where every other child would come into their powers at the age of six, nothing happened to Llyskel, not even the slightest spark. Doors remained shut, lights remained off – or on in many cases. No running off to scour the castle on his own, like his older brothers often did. No playing at being soldiers, and worse, no playing with his brothers at all. Not with a set of over-protective parents (read: mother) who couldn't bear anything to happen to her precious youngest. All Llyskel could do was watch, watch and draw...

The Fifth Son is about Llyskel, the fifth son of a King, who, unlike his brothers, doesn't have a career in politics or the military to look forward to. In a world where everyone possesses magic to some degree or other, Llyskel is powerless, unable to perform even the smallest magic-based tasks. All his life, he's been under constant guard for his own protection from the magical world around him, much to his annoyance. The only time Llyskel feels free is when he paints, where the only spells he needs are the ones he weaves with brush and paint, capturing moments of beauty and giving them immortality on canvas.
 Llyskel harbors a secret wish, though, a dark desire that haunts his nights. Only Ariv, a captain in the King's army, seems to sense the truth of Llyskel's needs. The pull he feels to Llyskel is unavoidable, and the passion between them undeniable.  But Ariv isn't the only one interested in Llyskel. The Queen of a neighboring country expresses her interest in the boy's talents, but her true intent goes far beyond a love of art. And what she asks may be too high a price for any of them.
About the Author
Blaine is a purple haired, forty-something, writer of gay romance with a love of men, music, mystery, magic, fairies (the pointy eared ones), platform shoes and the colours black, purple and red, who sings her way through life.
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