March 28, 2012

Interview with Kage Alan #Outlantacon

Humor by Kage Alan.
Kage, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. I just want to say up front that after reading the "fill in the blanks" part of your interview, I understand why you write humor. It was a true gigglefest and I enjoyed it! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
First, it sounded like tremendous fun! It’s also the first opportunity I’ve had to attend a convention specifically geared towards an LGBT audience. What’s not to like about that? It’ll also be a wonderful opportunity to network, meet and interact with folks from all over. That’s the kind of fuel that can feed an author to keep writing.

How did you hear about Outlantacon?
A moderator on the Writer’s Track at DragonCon, Lee Martindale, told author T.C. Blue and I about it last year during a panel we participated in. It sounded like incredible fun, especially since OutlantaCon is still in the early growing process. Conventions at this stage tend to be far easier to connect with folks, get to know people, and establish relationships with them that carry on into future years.

What panel are you looking forward to the most?
The general LGBT writing panel. The focus in LGBT lit these days tends to be on Romance. While my novels have romantic elements in them, they’re mainly comedies and tend to have less attention paid to them because of that. A panel like this is a welcome opportunity to still address romance, but also introduce other sub-genres within the gay genre.

Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
Not technically, but my husband often tells me what my role is and how I should be playing it. Does that count?
A Funny Thing Happened...

What new project are you working on now?
I’m currently working on the second book in the Gaylias comedy series.  The first book clicked with readers and they’ve asked for more adventures with the Asian/white couple, Anthony and Nicholas. Unfortunately, it’s taking considerably longer to write at the moment because I’ve become a caregiver for my father, who’s suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s. I work a reduced amount of hours at my day job, then care for dad and when I have time, do all the lovely housework and chores that need to be done, then hopefully get a little writing done.

How do you come up with ideas?
There are times when I’ll get a nugget of an idea from a dream. Most other times, though, I’ll be listening to a song and it becomes like watching a film trailer in my head. Each section of the song inspires an image or action in my head and that starts to translate into a story. Gaylias started because of a song called Dancing Into Danger by German artist Inker & Hamilton. I loved the song and knew there was a really fun story to tell about an Asian/white couple sent on a government mission together, only I couldn’t come up with a single plot point. I knew the characters very well, only I didn’t have anything for them to do.

I was visiting my guy in Philadelphia two months later and heard (for the first time) a song called Thunderspell by female rocker Doro. Every single plot point fell completely into place and I knew exactly how the book was going to go. Music inspires me and I’ll go with that as long as it lasts.

What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I’d have to say keeping myself grounded. I probably don’t have much of a choice because my friends, family and husband would never let publishing go to my head. They’d bring me back down to earth quite forcefully if I ever showed any egotistical tendencies and I’m quite thankful for this. But, I also police myself.

I’ve seen authors who publish their first novel, then start to churn out advice to any and every other author as if what they’re saying is the gospel. It’s not gospel. It’s annoying. If asked, I’m more than happy to share information about something that’s either worked or not worked for me. Or, if I really think I have something to add, I’ll ask if they’d like to know.

I’m also always thankful when someone reads one of my books. They’ve got a huge selection out there to choose from, so if they’ve given one of my novels a try, then they’ve made it worth whatever I’ve gone through to make it available.

What do you enjoy most about life?
The laughter. Life is pretty dramatic on its own to the point where folks will create their own drama in the absence of it just because they feel there should be some. But when people experience happiness, something that makes them smile—especially when it’s out of character for them—those are just magical moments. I find I seek these instances out. I’m also a huge prankster, so if I see someone creating unnecessary drama, I’ll go out of my way to create a little excessive levity. It’s one of the reasons I write comedy.

Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
Gonna have to go with good on this one. Part of Chinese culture I’ve learned over the past 17 years is assisting family keep face. Nobody likes having their dirty laundry aired, so when something presents itself as undesirable information, it’s prudent to keep one’s mouth shut. Fortunately, this can work in your favor, too, if you ever find yourself on the end of needing help. It can also reinforce trust since you’ve proven you can keep your mouth shut, which is a desirable trait in most families.

As for one-on-one secrets, I find that keeping serious things from my partner to be both unwise and… Let’s leave it at unwise. Now, playful secrets? I love those, especially when they irritate him! And turnabout it always foreplay.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Author Gets Lost In Blu-Ray Collection

How do you respond to negative people?
Gaylias - Operation Thunderspell
It truly depends on the level of negativity. If we’re talking a low, general sense of negativity, I’ll be polite and attempt to make witty remarks to get them to lighten up. Do that often enough and someone will alter their behavior around you. Hopefully. If they’re in the middle area of negativity, I will attempt to assist them in solving the issue of why they’re being negative. If we can, great! If we can’t, then I will attempt to be positive reinforcement for them moving forward in coming up with a way to solve the negativity issue. Now, when it comes to downright high level negativity, I’ll simply remove myself from the equation. I choose not to be around it and if they choose to try and include me in their misery, I’ll let them know in no uncertain terms, though politely, that I won’t be a party to it.

Finally, you have the real nasty negative folks who enjoy negativity for the sake of being negative and won’t do anything to change their situation. I’m not as nice with these folks anymore. If you don’t want to improve your situation, then go bring somebody else down, not me and mine.

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
We’d split our time between Michigan (where our folks live), Hong Kong (where his evil Grandmonster lives and where some of the best shopping is) and the Virgin Islands (where he currently works). Then, too, San Diego is quite nice provided we could afford to stay at the Del whenever we wanted. Florida might be nice, preferably Key West so we could have friends want to visit on a regular basis. I kinda have a soft spot for Toronto now that I think about it…and Chicago wasn’t awful. Plus we just got married in Manhattan and the Chelsea area is quite lovely. Definitely wouldn’t want to live there year round, though. As long as there’s a Best Buy close by, I’m pretty sure we could be happy almost anywhere. Just not Philadelphia. There are some crazy ass drivers there.

What song would best describe your life?
Lovers in a Dangerous Time by Bruce Cockburn. My hubby played it for me very early on in the relationship and while I’m sure it was never written to address the struggle for gay folks to have their relationships acknowledged, plus the inherent threat of physical violence for being in one, the lyrics fit. We knew there would be a chance of people reacting badly to the two of us as a couple, so we always felt the need to be extra cautious in who we told.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Wash twice daily on delicate cycle unless with half Asian counterpart, in which case wash twice daily with half Asian counterpart and allow for passive-aggressive nature of the aforementioned half Asian counterpart to color, annoy and, ultimately, iron original article flat. Wear original article only in casual situations as article has a tendency to make non-stop sarcastic quips to lighten moods and irritate people for the pure sake of keeping edges sharp. Any discomfort with article can be smoothed over by presenting it a gift of Blu-Ray, which will make it as soft and warm as fleece.

Please fill in the blanks
I love pizza with pepperoni, onions, olives and ranch crust.
I'm always ready for the artistic, sarcastic response that I might perfect and use it in a book.
When I'm alone, I listen to very loud music and pretend I’m actually a far better singer than I am. And I’m a HORRIBLE singer. No melody, no rhythm and no vocal range. It’s sad, really.
Kage Alan
You'd never be able to tell, but my half Asian husband’s Grandmonster who lives in Hong Kong will one day take over Hell.
If I had a halo it would be edible…in case I need a snack.
If I could have multiple orgasms I'd quit my job and stay home all day.
I can never tell my guy “no” because he claims I’m not allowed to say that to him per a contract I don’t recall signing and never received a copy of.

The Public Can Find Me Here

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!

INTERVIEW:


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.
CBLS Blog Tours Presents A World Apart


PERSONAL INFO:   (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.


Booklist
Hidden Heart - March 2011
A World Apart- December 2011

Books Coming Soon
Not until December. It's called "Counterfeited Spotlight", although it might change…
 
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.


BLURB:
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 C. R. Moss


Sunset Seduction.
C. R., Wecome 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 upon 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.

Contacting C.R. Moss:

About Sunset Desires:
Blurb:
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?

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

For Excerpt and to purchase, visit: http://bit.ly/SunsetDesiresbyCRMoss

Books coming soon
Coming soon to Decadent Publishing ~ Sunset Seduction! For more, visit: http://www.crmoss.net/SunsetSeduction.htm

March 24, 2012

Blogging – A new form of self-imposed torture


A couple of heroes.
Blogging – A new form of self-imposed torture
By L. M. Brown

Blogging:  Official Definition: A frequent, chronological publication of personal thoughts and Web links.

Blogging:  My Definition: The ability to come up with something interesting, readable and engaging when you have nothing whatever to say.

I have come to the conclusion blogging is something I need to work on, since I well and truly suck at it.  My excuse is that all my creativity goes into my stories, so there isn’t much left over for blogging.

Trying to come up with a topic to talk about is harder than writing my heroes out of the messes I put them into.  Ghost of a dead guy wanting some love – no problem, I can fix that.  Forbidden love between angels and demons – easy-peasy. 

Blog about something interesting - cue the blank Word document.
 
You would think, being a writer, it would be easy to pluck a topic out of thin air and wax poetic about it for just long enough to make it a blog post rather than a tweet.  But it is tough, and from what I have seen around the internet, I’m not the only one to think so. 

It isn’t that there are a lack of topics to talk about, far from it, the problem is what hasn’t been talked about already?

Writer's Block.
Take the current hot topics in the publishing industry (at least at the time of writing this)…

PayPal and the Credit Card companies throwing their weight around and trying to censor what we read.  There are dozens of bloggers talking about this, so what would I add to the forum?  Nothing that hasn’t already been said I’m afraid… can probably be summed up in write and tell them what you think and sign the petition that’s doing the rounds.

Or what about the latest author plagiarism scandal?  Is there really any need to prolong the agony that all parties to that must be going through?  I don’t think so, so I leave well enough alone.

Recycling blog posts and talking about topics that have already been hashed out by all and sundry has got to be even more redundant than recycling the plots in our stories.  And maybe that is why so many of us struggle to come up with blog posts. 

We strive to be original in our works of fiction because the public demands it.  If you choose to write about werewolf shifters and their mating rituals you better have one hell of a new slant on the idea to even get a publishing contract because the readers have read it all before and want and deserve something originally refreshing to read.

When it comes to blogs we are equally determined to provide the readers with something fresh and new.  We probably can’t help it.  The difficulty is, with so many bloggers posting on so many subjects, every single day, how do you stand out from the crowd?

You can be amazingly funny, brilliantly insightful or ground-breaking in originality… and still not make so much as a wave in the world of bloggers.

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And if all else fails, pictures of gorgeous men are sure to at least grab some attention because, let’s face it, sex sells!   A gorgeous cover will always sell more books than one that is plain.  Thankfully for me, Reese Dante does amazing covers, as you can see for yourself just a little below.

Anyway, for someone who couldn’t think of something to talk about, I seem to have rattled on for more than long enough, so I’ll thank Kayelle for letting me blog here today, and leave you with an excerpt from my novel, if you can tear your eyes away from the cover long enough to read it. 

And be sure to at least scroll down to the end if you would like to enter my contest to win an ebook copy of Between Heaven and Hell. 

L.M. Brown
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Between Heaven and Hell

Blurb

Angel Machidiel and demon Alastor have been denying the attraction they feel for each other for centuries because relationships between angels and demons are forbidden.

Things change forever when they both fall for the same mortal man and begin a relationship with him. Together with Tristan, the ménage they form is filled with jealousy and insecurities, passion and love.

Only time will tell if the relationship they have forged together is made in Heaven or Hell.


Genre(s)
Contemporary, Fantasy, Gay, Menage, Romance
Excerpt
Tristan moved the computer mouse over the play button and clicked it. The video stream began with an out-of-focus shot of what appeared like the carpet in the study. Then the image panned out and he saw the face on the screen. It was the face that looked back at him from the mirror, yet he had no recollection of making this recording. Of course, that had been the whole point, hadn't it?

"Er, hi," the man on the screen said awkwardly. "I'm Tristan Garrett and in a matter of hours I'm going to lose my memory. But I guess you already know that.

"Your parents and the rest of your relatives should believe you're dead by now, so don't go looking them up or anything like that. Your parents were..."

Tristan watched himself falter on the screen.

"Damn, this is pointless," the recorded Tristan said. "I can't tell you all about your life in just a few hours. There'd be stuff missing and it'd be like a half-written story with gaps and plot holes. So here's the important stuff. The stuff you really need to know. It all started on Halloween night the year before last...
* * * *

Tristan Garrett could feel the man's eyes on him as he moved away from the bar. Like many of the men in The Inferno, the stranger had gone all out for Halloween and was the very image of a sexy, badass devil. He wore a pair of fake red horns atop his head; they poked out from his shoulder-length, ebony hair and the lights of the club caught them each time he turned to survey the crowded room.

Even from a distance, he looked amazing. Tristan admired the way his tight leather trousers hugged his shapely arse, and his hands itched to trace the washboard abs that were only partially covered by the black vest.

Tristan wasn't the only man in the club following the devil's movements. Several had approached him only to be turned away after only a moment. The direct approach didn't seem to be working for this guy.

"He's out of your league," teased Lawrence, Tristan's best friend and former lover, when he caught Tristan checking out the devil for the third time in under ten minutes.

"No such thing," Tristan replied lightly. "You're the one who taught me to go after what I want and not let anyone tell me I'm not good enough for them."

Lawrence took a swig from his pint of beer before he answered. "Fifty quid says you can't pull him."

Tristan watched as the devil rebuffed the latest man to approach him. The devil smiled in his direction and even though he hadn't said a word, Tristan sensed he might have a chance if he were to try his luck.

"I'll take that bet," Tristan replied quietly. Maintaining eye contact with the devil, he slowly finished his beer and put his glass down on a nearby table. Turning back to Lawrence, he nodded towards the dance floor. They had played this game countless times, and it almost always worked. Lawrence led the way and Tristan followed. Moulding their bodies together, Tristan's back to Lawrence's front, they began to slowly move in time to the pulsing beat of the music.

Tristan closed his eyes and rested his head back on Lawrence's shoulder, letting the taller man set the pace. He knew his fair-skinned looks and spiky strawberry blond hair were complemented by the contrast as he nestled against Lawrence's dark hair and bulkier frame. He was a fit and healthy twenty-seven year old man, and while he wasn't the best built guy in town, he knew how to draw attention to himself when he wanted to. Right now he wanted the attention of the devil focused on him. He wasn't going to chase the other man to win the bet; the devil would come to him. He was absolutely sure of it.

Lawrence whispered the devil's movements in his ear. "He's watching us. We're turning him on. He's watching me grinding my cock into your arse and wishing it was his."

Tristan moved back against Lawrence as the other man's fingers slowly rubbed their way closer to his groin. He guessed that within five minutes the devil would be approaching him, just as they had planned. The devil wouldn't care he was with another man right now; he'd step in and claim what he wanted, no matter who stood in his way. "Soon," he whispered, as the slow beat of the music changed to a faster, insistent pace.

Sure enough, just a few minutes later, a hand on his chest caused him to open his eyes. "May I cut in?" the man in front of him asked politely.

Driving Me Crazy
Tristan blinked in surprise. It wasn't the devil who stood before him. Instead, a blond Adonis was asking him to dance. Piercing blue eyes pinned him to the spot and he nodded mutely. The man pulled him into his arms so they were dancing face to face, and close enough for their erections to touch through the material of their jeans.

Lawrence looked slightly unsure as he stepped away. Tristan shrugged and smiled. "Guess I owe you," he said. The dark-haired devil had left his spot near the bar and disappeared into the crowd. Tristan realised he must have misjudged his potential conquest. He should have kept eye contact with him.

Still, the evening wasn't a complete loss, not if he ended up going home with the man who was holding him close right now. The devil was forgotten as Tristan gave himself up to the music and the man who held him in his arms.

Reviews
Serena Yates for QMOBooks - This book held my attention from the first page to the last. The balance between paranormal/fantasy and real-life issues is great, and all three characters totally fascinated me. One of the few examples of a three-way making sense for more than the ‘fun’ bits between the sheets, it brings up issues of faith and morality in a fresh way. If you like stories with some meat to them, if angels and demons and their relationships with each other and humans interest you, and if you’re ready for an emotional roller coaster watching these three men struggle with each other and their ‘fated’ roles, you will like this book. I loved it!

Full review - http://qmobooks.com/index.php/component/content/article/42945-between-heaven-and-hell-heavenly-sins-1-by-l-m-brown

Backlist
Touch of a Ghost – male/male paranormal contemporary romance
Driving Me Crazy – male/male contemporary romance
Gift of Love Anthology (with Lydia Nyx and Shawn Bailey) – male/male contemporary romance
Contest information
To win a copy of the ebook Between Heaven and Hell all you have to do is comment on this post and tell me the best blog post you can ever remember reading.  Don’t worry, I won’t be offended if it isn’t mine. ;-) 

Buy links
Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Between-Heaven-Hell-Heavenly-ebook/dp/B007H9VQ3W
Kobo http://kobobooks.com/ebook/Between-Heaven-Hell-Heavenly-Sins/book-ha7w1StXREO2dMOCaJUXSA/page1.html

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March 23, 2012

Sabrina Pandora Interview #Outlantacon


Sabrina Pandora.
I'm turning over the blog to our Outlantcon guest, the amazing Sabrina Pandora. She is one fun person, and I enjoyed getting to meet her at the con last year.

Hello there! I'm Sabrina Pandora, an Atlanta-based comedienne, author, columnist, emcee personality and party girl. I'm a big girl with a deep voice who spends a lot of time wisecracking around the periphery of a number of the 'scenes' who always has a number of irons in the fire. I live in the south side of Atlanta with my partner Wendie and our two daschunds, Hansel and Gretel.

What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
I was invited to participate in the game shows by Edward Degruy Darren, Charles and Scott because they wanted pseudo-celebrities to come and wisecrack and keep those games lively, and they immediately thought of me. I've been involved to some degree ever since, and I keep coming back year after year, staggering in with a cocktail in my hand slurring my words and asking "Heyyyy, where ya want me ta be? >hic!<"

How did you hear about Outlantacon?
Through the Outworlders, Atlanta's gay gaming community. I actually never show up for any of the fun activities that they sponsor throughout the year, but this is one that I never pass up.

What panel are you looking forward to the most?
I think I am on a Star Trek panel this year? I'm not positive… whatever panel that I am expected to be sitting in on and running my mouth. I love a microphone and a crowd…

Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I do, actually! I am of course a veteran AD&D player, having been through 1st, 2nd, and 3rd edition and still having character folders from thirty years ago sitting on my shelves and painted miniatures of long-retired characters proudly on display on my desk. I've played so many beer and pretzel games that I've lost track, and long ago I was instrumental in creating Superbabes: The Femforce RPG. Today I run a tabletop DC Adventures game set on Earth 24.

Oh, and I avoid the MMORPG games- I spent about 2 years in Everquest, and about 5 years on City of Heroes. These days I figured out that I have two choices, given my addict's mindset- either I can be in a relationship or I can be a part of an online MMORPG. I, uh, chose the relationship…

The Public Can Find Me Here

Website: Down for maintainence, but I am preparing to launch http://GiantGirlAdventures.com
Blog: I pretty much maintain my blog on Facebook anymore, but I did maintain a blog for many years on LiveJournal as Sabrina Pandora


What new project are you working on now?
I have recently created a story and decided to launch my own webcomic. I have a deep and abiding passion for comic books and superheroes, and in the modern day you no longer need to rely upon selling your idea to a publisher or getting established in the field so that someone will take a chance on your idea. Instead, if you can find a way to illustrate it, you can self-publish and promote on the web and circumvent distribution and printing entirely. We can be our own publishers, and for the intellectual properties game this is a very exciting time to be alive. We're at the border of a very new and exciting frontier, and I very much want to be a part of that.

Sabrina Pandora
So the script is with the artist right now, and as soon as I have a sufficient backlog of pages to insure that there won't be an interruption in the publishing schedule in case of emergency or setback (I hate webcomics who miss updates- you really can't call yourself a professional if you fall down on the job regularly, and you lose readership that way) I'll have the website set up and Giant Girl Adventures will be off and running!

How do you come up with ideas?
Inspiration can come from a number of places, but really my best inspiration has always been RPGs. By creating a playable character, I inevitably examine that person from any number of angles, and that tends to lend itself to crafting a world around that character and a cast that lends itself to fun and interesting storytelling. So that's my process in a nutshell- create an alter ego and watch them take on a life of their own.

What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Advertise. Right now I am also in the process of starting a salon here in Atlanta, and while marketing will be key to its success, advertising to let people know that there is something new and exciting that they need to come and try is easily the most important thing I can recommend. I can craft the most brilliant idea on Earth, but if no one knows about it, it isn't going to do anyone any good.

What do you enjoy most about life?
To dwive my enemies befoah me and hear the lamentations of de wimmins? I'm actually fond of cosplay, dressing up and playing the fool at parties and events, collecting comics and action figures, writing, performing… heck, I just enjoy most things in life. I have a wonderful and supportive partner, a home, little furry children, my health, a great rack… what's not to enjoy?

How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
Prioritize. I write when I can, I spend time with Wendie when I can, I play when I can, and I work around everything else. If you keep perspective on everything then managing it tends to be pretty easy I've found.

What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
That list is just too darn long to narrow down… I was a wild child and a misfit, so I did a LOT of crazy things.

If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Hang in there, kid. You can make your dreams come true if you believe they are possible, and if you have the will to see them through!

Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
It depends on the secret. If it will cause a worse consequence then I'd say it is best to let it out… otherwise don't enter into a confidence if you aren't willing to maintain it.

List two authors we would find you reading.
Chuck Pahluniak and Ryan Sohmner.

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
"Sabrina Pandora: Super, thanks for asking!"

How do you respond to negative people?
With negativity and anger, usually. I'm particularly susceptible to being negative myself, so when people are negative to me, I tend to find my well of good feelings pretty dry and I have a tendency to lash out. I would prefer it otherwise, but that's where I am these days. Hopefully by this time next year things will be different!

What's the best way to say no?
Plainly, clearly and with emphasis relative to the situation. "Are you a man?" ">sigh< No." "Hey, you wanna engage in this amazingly stupid idea?" "NO." "Will it always be this bad?" "Oh sweety… no. No, it won't… it'll get better."

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
I am an urbanite, so I prefer the city living to be certain. A better question would be where I would maintain a getaway, and that would be on the Maldives. Underwater bedroom in crystal clear waters and perfect beaches? Count me in!

What song would best describe your life?
"Satisfaction Guaranteed by The Firm"

Mystery surrounds me, and I wonder where I'm goin
There's a cloud above me and it seems to hide the way.
I'm goin straight ahead, cuz it's the only way I know.
I'm gonna leave the past, and live just for today!

If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
I would be a torque wrench. People would use me to apply force to things that could not be moved without mechanical advantage, and I would bring great force to bear to yield amazing results!

Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Oh, no question. I would be a comic book store, selling comics, comics merchandise, t-shirts, posters, graphic novels, game books, videos and action figures galore!

As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
The final bell- I was a social misfit and did not blend well with my peer group, and I was bored by scholastics, so I generally just wanted to be anywhere else.

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. ^_^
I had a pet ferret once that I thought was being affectionate until it pierced my nose by biting me. Not so funny at the time but funny now…

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Caution: contents may be caustic. Do not handle without proper preparation and protective gear.

Why do you write?
I write to express myself and create worlds with my words… sometimes a world within this one that is just a little better place, to my eye, than the one that currently exists. And sometimes to craft a flight of fancy and build a world that is far different than this one, but one that I find amazing. Because what we cannot dream, we cannot achieve… but by dreaming, we all of us, in our own way, shape reality.

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese and sausage!
I'm always ready for lunch!
When I'm alone, I daydream and create within my own mind.
You'd never be able to tell, but I sing Elvis songs like a Vegas lounge singer.
Superwoman Sabrina Pandora
If I had a halo it would be black light and a bit askew
If I could have any one superpower I'd be the Tony Stark power-super invention. Why limit yourself to one thing when you could invent any device you wanted that could duplicate any other power?
I can never lose weight because I love food too much and I am far too lazy to exercise effectively.

Upcoming Projects

Giant Girl Adventures
Graduating from beauty school
OutlantaCon
Frolicon
Lose 30 pounds
Knock out a hell of a costume lineup this year for convention season
Build a massive credit rating
Succeed!

March 22, 2012

Paranormal Elements, A Subtle Shade Of Supernatural by Mary Wilson


Wolf's Storm
from Pink Petal Books.
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.

Blurb

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.  

Tag
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
Books coming soon – Wolf’s Wind, coming in April


Excerpt
Weak light spilled out from the lamp. Otherwise, the room was in shadows. Just the same, Jake had no trouble making out Sarah’s form. His overactive imagination stripped away her bulky clothing. Under the layers awaited a slim woman with smallish breasts and hips designed to drive a man crazy. Her thighs were muscular and slightly padded. She was small waisted, her shoulders wider than he’d expected them to be, and her neck so long and narrow, he could easily cup his hands around it.
Once he captured her throat, he’d propel her backward. She’d tumble onto the bed, her arms snaking around him as she fell so that they landed together. He’d remain on top, his knee forcing her legs apart, his weight pinning her. At first, she’d be limp and waiting under him, but as his greater weight and commanding knee made their impact, she’d start struggling.
Get off me, she’d say. What kind of oaf do you think you are?
The kind who gets what he wants.
The threat/promise would make her fight even more. She’d pound her fists against his back, scratch his arms, even try to choke him. Instead of compelling him to let her go, though, her struggles would reach him in deeper places. Primal places. Releasing her throat, he’d capture her wrists and force her arms over her head. Certain she couldn’t break free, he’d pin both wrists with a single hand and start in on her clothes. A harsh yank, and he’d render the zipper on her coat useless. Another jerk, and he’d shed her sweater. Ignoring her curses, but not the wildly thrashing body under him, he’d expose her bra.
When he lowered his head and lapped at the swollen flesh above her bra, all resistance would flow out of her. Moaning like something wild, she’d stare up at him, mouth open and legs gaping.
He had her. She was his to mount.
“Jake?”
Rocked by the quiet word, he shook his head. Bit by bit, the disturbing image he’d created seeped away to be replaced by the reality of the woman who’d rendered his rig inoperable. The last time someone had stared at him that intently, it had been his brother, his leg anchored under the tree that had twisted unexpectedly as it fell, leaving Brett trapped beneath, in shock and incomprehensible.
Damn it, the last thing he needed right now was a reminder of that horrendous time.
“I’m sorry,” he managed. “Long day. I keep forgetting what I’m supposed to be doing.”
“I didn’t—do you think you’ve suffered a concussion?”
It took him a moment to realize she was talking about the crash. “Hardly. There wasn’t enough force. Like I said, it’s been a long day.”
“Me too. I’m feeling a little, I don’t know, punchy.”
Punchy was as good a word as any. It was certainly easier to face than admitting he wanted nothing more than to fuck her. He said something he hoped sounded intelligent, about her needing to get some sleep, but as the words spilled from him, a different image entirely entered his mind.
Perhaps she’d sleep in her panties, the rest of her naked between the sheets, the limp cotton linen sliding over her ripe body. Instead of diving straight into sleep, she’d cradle her breasts and play with her nipples until they knotted. She was playing with herself because she couldn’t stop thinking about him, wanting and needing him.
Damn it, what was wrong with him?
Although maybe, just maybe, everything was right.
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Pink Petal Books
Contest information – download of any paranormal ebook from PPB to one lucky commenter (winner will be chosen 03/23)


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