April 30, 2012

Dennis R Upkins Interview #Outlantacon

Denny, I'm pleased to have you here. Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! Tell us what made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
DRU: I had been attending Outlantacon for a few years and even then I was interested in becoming a guest. When my novel Hollowstone was released last summer, I especially knew I wanted to be a guest and share my experiences about being a novelist and aiming for more diversity in the media.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
DRU: If I'm not mistaken, I believe I heard about Outlantacon while I was at Dragoncon one year. I get down to Atlanta pretty regularly so I decided to make a weekend of it. I won't lie, I was very nervous. I didn't know anyone and I didn't know what to expect. But everyone was very warm and welcoming and you could tell everyone was just excited to be there. I was able to relax, make some friends, and I had a blast. I felt safe and as a queer POC that's very rare in LGBT settings. I've been coming back to Outlantacon ever since and they can't seem to get rid of me.
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
DRU: The comic book panel is always fun and I'm looking forward to whatever panel they put me on this year.
A view on the world
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
DRU: The only RPGs I ever play are video game RPGs and my favorites would include Final Fantasy 7 and the Kingdom Hearts series.
What new project are you working on now?
DRU: I'm currently working on a novella entitled West of Sunset. It features gay wizard detectives, vampire bikers, witchy heroines and it's all in Los Angeles. It's a light and fun romp. Another publisher is interested in it so that's taken priority for me at the moment.
How do you come up with ideas?
DRU: It's usually random but a good story will strike me. It can be a lyric from a song I hear or life experiences. I've found that more often than not, reality is lot more bizarre and over-the-top than what I can devise.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
DRU: The most important thing I can do for my career is stay true to my voice and true to myself.
What do you enjoy most about life?
DRU: As hokey as it sounds, I enjoy spending time with loved ones who make life worth living. I enjoy being able to immerse myself in creating art. That's usually when I truly feel alive.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
DRU: I learned early on the importance of managing your time because once it's gone, you can't get it back. For me, if I have a lot to do and very little time to do it, I prioritize and make a list of the things that need to get done and I proceed to do them and check them off the list while I complete them.
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
DRU: I honestly don't have any crazy childhood misadventure stories. As a kid I was pretty mild-mannered, reserved and lived in my head. Just to provide context, when I was a teen, I used to get lectures from my parents about loosening up and having more fun. That should tell you plenty right there.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice about life what would it be?
Denny with Hollowstone
DRU: It's okay to be human. You don't have to be perfect all the time. You are allowed to be happy and to be loved.
List two authors we would find you reading.
DRU: JK Rowling and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle immediately come to mind.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
DRU: Strange Days And All Things In Between
How do you respond to negative people?
DRU: Unfortunately negative people are something you have to contend with constantly throughout life, especially if you're aspiring to achieve some high goals like being a successful writer. You face all the more hatred and bigotry when you're a queer writer of color. Releasing Hollowstone last year was a sober reminder that not everyone is going to be happy for your success. I had friends, a lot of them aspiring writers, who begin to resent me and continuously make some cutting remarks. After awhile I realized there was a level of racism at play because the black guy accomplished what my white friends couldn't or wouldn't do.
Being outspoken and demanding better representation of people of color and LGBTQs, I've also been relentlessly harassed by racist trolls. But as loved ones have told me, I must be doing something right.
In my experience, the best thing to do is keep your eye on the prize, don't be derailed, keep heart, stand your ground and expend as little energy on the haters as possible.
One thing I learned about negative people is that they're expending all of this energy on trying (and failing) to shut me down because they're miserable, pathetic, and have nothing going for themselves. The best response is to let the fruit of your labors speak for you. At the end of the day, the fact remains I'm the one who released a great novel, I'm doing what I love, I'm making money, I'm being interviewed by extraordinary people, I'm being invited to conventions, I'm being blessed with all of these wonderful opportunities. Me, not them. And I'm just getting started.
What's the best way to say no?
DRU: "No." LOL!
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
DRU: Vancouver, BC. Hands down. Love the city. It is a beautiful city and when I visited, I did not want to leave.
Denny relaxing
What song would best describe your life?
"Take Good Care Of The Poor Boy" by Sloan
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
DRU: Electronics and books. It would probably be something akin to the Apple store meets Barnes & Noble or a really hipster comic book store.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
DRU: The creative writing classes and Awards Day because I usually racked up.
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. ^_^
DRU: A significant other? Oh yeah. About a year back an old flame and I were in the shower in his hotel room and we both learned the importance of placing the DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door, less risk interruption by an over-eager but very lovely house-keeping lady who didn't take the running shower as a hint not to enter the bathroom.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Please fill in the blanks
I love pizza with comic books.
I'm always ready for sex.
When I'm alone, I can finally recharge.
You'd never be able to tell, but I am very shy and introverted.
If I had a halo it would be a golden chakram similar to the one Xena used to use.
If I could train, I'd get back into gymnastics today, in a heartbeat.
I can never settle for mediocre because it's embedded in me to always overachieve.
Upcoming Projects
Denny Upkins
DRU: LOL! I had to think about that one for a moment. I'm actually excited and blessed to state that I've got a very full plate at the moment. I'm working on a few things with Parker Publishing. I can't go into specifics at this time but I'm pretty stoked about it and I can't wait until they're released.
I'm in the middle of writing my novella, West of Sunset which I hope to complete soon. I've also got another novella and a few other projects in the works.
Stay tuned.
The Public Can Find Me Here

April 27, 2012

Pizza Variations: What Authors Have for Dinner

Today is pizza day at Romance Lives Forever. When I interview authors, I like to ask everyone what they like on pizza. I also ask every interviewee to ask whatever question they wish I'd asked, and then answer it. Some day I'll post those, but for now, fire up the oven, lay out a tasty crust, spread it with tomato or white sauce, and get out the cheese. If you need ideas for more -- here's a list. Oh, and I'd stock up on the pepperoni if you plan to have an author over for dinner (especially me). All these authors have interviewed here over the last year. To read their original posts, click their name in the labels at the bottom of this entry.

Enjoy the yum...

Karen Cote'
I love pizza with pepperoni and pineapple. BBQ chicken pizza. Ooh, buffalo wing pizza! Great, now I’ve got a craving for dinner tonight.
Christi Barth

I love pizza with No one...coz when that doorbell rings and that pizza guy delivers that pie, I want nobody encroaching on my pepperoni. (Character Lily Delaney from Erotic Deception)
Karen Cote'

Camelia M. Skiba
I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And no cheese, cuz I'm weird.
TC Blue

I love pizza with feta and spinach and good company and cheer.
Eugie Foster

I love pizza with candlelight and Saurian brandy.
Moxie Magnus

I love pizza with pepperoni, onions, olives and ranch crust.
Kage Alan
Xavier Axelson

I love pizza with ham or bacon. (Character Major David Hunt from A World Apart)
Camelia M. Skiba
Moxie Magnus

I love pizza with extra cheese and good company.
Lee Martindale

I love pizza with meatballs. I like everything with meatballs!
Xavier Axelson

I love pizza with pineapple.
Paul Bright
J E Taylor

Jason Aaron Baca
(cover model)
I love pizza with mushrooms and lots of pepperoni.
Angelia Sparrow

Kayelle Allen
I love pizza with anchovies, linguica, and a side of blue cheese.
Jason Aaron Baca

I love pizza with lots of cheese.
Vonnie Davis

I love pizza with pepperoni.
Linda McMaken

I love pizza with pepperoni, pepperoni and some added pepperoni.
Bruce Jenvey
Kayelle Allen

April 26, 2012

TC Blue Interview #Outlantacon #Scifi

The Second Door. 
TC, Welcome to Romance Lives Forever! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
The wonderful Lee Martindale was kind enough to tell me about Outlantacon at a different convention last year. Once I knew about it, I couldn't imagine NOT being there. Being a guest only has me looking forward to it that much more.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
Ooops, think I already answered that!
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Good God, there are so many, and on so many topics, I honestly can't choose! I MAY have committed myself to more than I think. It's that whole 'eyes bigger than my stomach' thing.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I used to, but haven't in the last few years. When I did, most of the RPGs I involved myself with revolved around vampires, were-beasties, and a broad assortment of other supernatural beings. I know, I know… that could be just about ANY RPG, right? I'm sly like that.
What new project are you working on now?
I'm currently in final edits on the last book in my Fruit Basket series with Torquere Press. I'm all working on the final draft of a book in a different series, also for TQP. I have a futuristic thing I'm working on in fits and starts, as well as an urban-fantasyish story that's also not getting my full attention. Yep, I do tend to multi-task.
How do you come up with ideas?
To be honest, I have no clue. It's like walking, really. I mean, I get up and I just do it, right? If pressed, I could possibly give some half-arsed explanation of 'one foot in front of the other and these muscles do this, and these bones react by moving in this fashion, and there are ligaments and such involved', but that doesn't mean I actually understand it.
Ideas are lovely, in that they tend to simply appear. Sometimes more fully formed than others, but still. And they could come from ANYWHERE!
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I just keep writing and do my best to keep my relationships with my publishers friendly but professional. Above all, I keep writing. There is no writing career otherwise, right?
What do you enjoy most about life?
That's difficult to say, really. Today I love the solitude to get things done, but tomorrow I might love being in the middle of a crowd and screaming at the top of my lungs for a favorite team. I suppose my favorite thing is having the freedom to do what I do, and having friends and family who love and support me.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
A Game of Hearts
Balance? What's that?
What is the craziest thing you did as a kid?
I can't get too specific here (pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out, but there's no such thing as being too careful in some situations). I will say it involved an orange traffic cone, a welding mask, a poodle, and spaghetti. Let's just leave it at that.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Honestly? "Don't do that where other people can see you!" (And no, I'm NOT going to elaborate. That would be bad. :P)
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
I think it depends on the secret and whether it's mine or someone else's.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Charles DeLint and Robert Heinlein.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Don't Do This At Home!
How do you respond to negative people?
Generally, I don't.
What's the best way to say no?
No. Short, simple, and leaves very little room for misunderstanding.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Somewhere warm but not too hot year round, with a beach close by. Of course, all my close friends would need to live there too.
What song would best describe your life?
'I Want to Live' by This Mortal Coil. Thank God you didn't ask me why! J
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Probably whatever they didn't want to do themselves!
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Assorted bits and pieces of this and that. I'm a bit of a contradiction, to be honest.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Leaving at the end of the day. J
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. ^_^
How about a story telling how a significant other ran off with a pet, leaving me with neither? Not that I have a story like that, but if I did, it would be funny. Or sad. Probably funny, though. *hee*
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Swim at own risk.
What's the difference between a duck?
One of its feet is both the same. *nods* Swear!

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with spinach, broccoli, and artichokes. And no cheese, cuz I'm weird.
I'm always ready for trouble. In fact, I look forward to it the way some people look forward to birthdays.
When I'm alone, I read, write, and dream (sometimes all at once).
You'd never be able to tell, but I plan to someday take over the world with my trusty sidekick Pinky. *mwahahahaha*           
If I had a halo it would be rusty and resemble a heavily battered and abused pie tin.
If I could play guitar I'd be a rock star… or at least one of those people who THINKS they are and makes all their friends come see them play crappy shows at dive bars where it's possible to catch diseases just by walking through the door. I'm just that good.

Upcoming Projects

I always have five or six irons in the fire, so… as I said above, the next (and final) Fruit Basket book, Concord Grape: Unexpected, will be out mid-May.
I'm toying with starting a new series, though I'm not sure which publisher it'll be for, and I'm hoping to finish the futuristic sorta thing, as well as the urban fantasyish one.
Many other things in various stages, so… define 'upcoming' for me? Heh-heh.

The Public Can Find Me Here

Website: http:tcblue.wordpress.com

April 25, 2012

It's Kayelle Allen's Birthday, Nab Alitus

It's my birthday, but I don't want to cry. I'd rather give away a book! All day, on this blog and two others, I'll be sharing an excerpt or deleted scene. Leave a comment and you'll qualify for a drawing of Alitus in any ebook format.

If you leave your email, I'll send you a puzzle book in pdf just for hanging out. You're welcome to drop in at the other two spots and do the same thing, for two other books.
Romance Writers Behaving Badly 

In this scene from Alitus, Tales of the Chosen, Alitus is meeting Wulf Gabriel at the art gallery of Ms. Anne Cain, a friend of his growing up. On my website, there is a reproduction of items mentioned in this excerpt in the Yutai Art Gallery. The real life artist, Anne Cain, allowed me to use her name and work for the fictional character. You can visit the exclusive gallery by clicking the name below. Ironically, when I wrote for Loose Id, Anne Cain was my cover artist. The artist for the Tales of the Chosen trilogy (of which Alitus is book 2) is Laura Givens.

Tarth City, Top Tier District, Yutai Art Gallery
Sumertsag 73
Alitus strolled slowly through the gallery, pausing to absorb the color and hues of the pieces that appealed most. One he puzzled over for a long time.
It displayed a woman unlike any human he'd ever seen. She had pure white skin on her face and neck yet her arms were a pinkish gold. Her black and white dress had elaborate ties and bindings and showed a bit of red here and there. She strummed a stringed instrument with an exceedingly long neck. The alien aspect of the picture brought to mind a Tyran, though the physical differences were strikingly divergent.
"Like it?"
He turned, holding the bottom of the veil against his chest. If it swung when he turned, it hampered his vision. "Anne!" He held out his hands to his friend.
Anne Cain, the owner of Yutai Art, took his hands and leaned in to press her cheek against his through the veil. "How are you Alitus?"
"Good, good." He held her hands and leaned back to see her better. "How did you know it was me? There are other Betters in here."
"You're the only one with the Conqueror's goons following him."
He laughed. He'd forgotten his Praetorian escort. Luckily, they'd stayed outside once they'd ensured the building was secure. "Sorry. I hope they don't scare off paying customers."
"Don't be silly. Women love them, you know."
Anne Cain's art from the
Yutai Gallery
"Praetorian? I can't imagine why."
"Are you kidding? All that muscle and macho male attitude." She shivered. "Gives me goosebumps thinking about it."
It really does take all kinds. Alitus squeezed her hands and released them. "Whatever pleases you pleases me."
Anne grinned. "I'll bet you got to the top by saying that to the Conqueror."
She only laughed. "I don't care if you wear that veil thing, you know. You can take it off if you want. I hate the whole idea of Betters veiling."
Alitus smiled, even though his friend couldn't see it. "Thank you, but I'm not allowed."
"By who?"
"Whom," he corrected, just to push Anne's buttons. It worked; she popped him on the shoulder. Laughing, Alitus took her hand and walked at her side into one of the outer rooms of the gallery. "Her Majesty disallows me to appear in public without it."
"Yeah, well she's depriving women everywhere of a real treat." She linked her arm through his. "Thank you for coming today, Al."
"Alitus. You know how I hate that nickname."
Anne stuck out her tongue at him and laughed. "I'm so glad you came. Seriously. It means a lot to me."
He patted her hand on his arm. "We've known each other since we were three years old. I wouldn't miss this."
Anne's eyes flared wide; she licked her lips. "Ooh, not that you'll care, Alitus, but look what just strolled in." She nodded toward the door.
"There are a dozen people over there. Which person?"
"There, by the door. The guy picking up a program." She pressed her breast against his arm, no doubt not meaning to. Still, it made Alitus' heart stutter. He felt himself release pheromones; a natural occurrence when happy. "The guy with the dark hair. He-- Oh my God, Alitus. I think that's Wulf Gabriel behind him."
Feigning nonchalance when every fiber of his being rejoiced, Alitus cleared his throat. "Who?"
Anne gave his arm a small tug. "Don't you mean 'whom'?" With a chuckle, she put her mouth closer to his veil. "Wulf Gabriel. He was a supermodel years ago. He married that Kelthian warlord."
"Luc Saint-Cyr?" Alitus shook his head, remembered she couldn't see it. "He's not a warlord, Anne. He's an entrepreneur."
"Whatever you call it, he's filthy rich."
"And they're not married." Alitus followed Wulf with his gaze as the man moved to stand before a sculpture of an eagle. Wulf stood with arms folded, legs spread wide in a masculine stance. "They're life-partners."
"Oh, really?" She stuck her hand on a hip. "And you know this because..."
"Didn't you hear?" Holding back his veil, he leaned toward her. "I'm the new Minister of Imperial Intelligence. I'm supposed to know these things."
Anne giggled. "Is there such a thing as 'Imperial Intelligence'?"
Before he could respond, Wulf joined them. "You're Ms. Anne Cain, aren't you?" He bowed politely toward her. "Wulf Gabriel. You have a beautiful gallery."
"Thank you so much!" She held out her hand and Wulf bowed over it rather than shook it. "I know who you are, Mr. Gabriel. You had a rather celebrated career as a model. I can't imagine why you'd leave it."
"That's best left for another time." Wulf inclined his head to Alitus. "How are you, sir?"
"Now, Mr. Gabriel," Anne put in. "Don't be presumptuous. Better females dress exactly the same way, you know."
Great. Alitus rolled his eyes. Now I don't even have a gender?
Wulf narrowed his eyes, raking his discriminating gaze up and down Alitus' length. "While true, Ms. Cain, I do believe this Better is all male."
Anne laughed at his comment. Alitus held his head higher. He held out a gloved hand to Wulf. "Alitus Vivaldi. We've met."
"Ah!" Wulf shook his hand. "Of course. At the grand opening of Gabriel Stadium. I remember."
"You were there?" Anne folded her arms. "You never told me about that."
Alitus shrugged. He remembered to translate the gesture to words. "The Conqueror is invited to everything, Anne. I attend where she does."
"Must be nice. You always get to--" She broke off as a gorgeous woman nearly Alitus' height approached.
"Wulf! There you are." The woman looped one arm through Wulf's. "I've been all over this gallery looking for you."
Maybe if you took off your dark glasses you could see something. Alitus chided himself for such a catty remark; where had that come from? Still, it must be hard to see indoors in those things.
Wulf pulled free and put his arm around her back. "Fee, may I introduce Anne Cain, the owner of Yutai Art. And this is Alitus Vivaldi. This is Feeyona Joie. She was my modeling partner for several years in untold number of photo shoots."
Her skin shade nearly matched a creamy milk chocolate. She snugged herself up next to Wulf. "Wulf and I have been best friends for like ever." Her whimsical expression almost made Alitus like her -- quite against his will. "I quit modeling this year, though, to help Wulf and Mr. Saint-Cyr start a new division of Lucsondis Entertainment."
"So you work for Saint-Cyr?" Alitus clasped his hands behind him. How close is she to Wulf? Does she know what Saint-Cyr is? Wulf's expression gave nothing away.
"Yes and no. I'm an independent contractor, but he considers me part of his staff."
"I see."
Wulf hugged her closer. "Don't tell Alitus anything personal, Fee." He smiled at Alitus to show he jested. "He's the new Minister of Imperial Intelligence. You never know how or what you divulge could be used against you."
Alitus started to respond, but Fee cut him off. "Is there such a thing as 'Imperial Intelligence' Mr. Vivaldi?"
He clamped his jaws shut. Just as well no one could see him. He didn't have to hide his irritation with this veil in place. That joke was going to get old very fast. "If there is," he responded, "I'm it."
"It must make you terribly uncomfortable to be stuck inside that veil," she told him. "Although you work for the Conqueror and I doubt you have much say in the matter, I want you to know that I, personally, think veiling Betters is a disgrace."
Alitus bounced on the balls of his feet. Maybe she's not so bad after all. Holding back his veil, he bowed far deeper than required. "My thanks, Ms. Joie."
"Please, call me Fee."
"Alitus." He held out his hand.
When she shook it, she removed her dark glasses with her other hand. "I know what it's like to be singled out." Her eyes were the same solid black as Luc Saint-Cyr's. She blinked once, slowly, and they turned to the mottled grey and silver of a camera-droid's lenses. "I'm enhanced as well."
Anne came to attention. "Oh! Oh, my. I--" She glanced from Alitus to Wulf to Fee. "I'm so sorry, Ms. Joie, but I have to ask you to leave."
Alitus bit into his lip, head down. Wulf started to argue, but Fee put her glasses back on and squeezed his arm. "It's all right, Wulf. I understand. Really I do. She's worried that I might record her art and reproduce it."
"Ms. Cain," Wulf went on, "I assure you Fee is an ethical person. She handles all the photos and holos for artist resumes and portfolios at Lucsondis. There's no way she'd--"
"Wulf." Fee tugged his hand. "It's all right. I'll go. I'm sorry, Ms Cain. I promise you I didn't download any of your art. If you like, I'll be glad to imprint everything I've seen on a chip and give it to you as proof."
"No, that's quite all right. I--" Anne covered her mouth, then reached out to Fee. "It's nothing personal. I--"
Wulf Gabriel
"It's all right." Fee stood on tiptoe to kiss Wulf on the cheek. "Stay. Talk to your friends. I'll wait outside."
Alitus reached under his veil and pressed the tight place between his brows. All the joy felt washed out of him. Don't leave, Wulf. No-- perhaps he should. Just as quickly, he decided, If he goes, I'm going with him. He waited to see what Wulf would say or do.
Wulf watched Feeyona to the door, turned back and frowned toward Alitus. "I--"
"You know what?" Anne interrupted. "I'm going to tell her to come back." She held up both hands. "Here I was saying how it's wrong to discriminate against Betters. When you get down to it, cyborgs, and enhanced people are no different, no matter what their enhancement. Excuse me, gentlemen."
She moved quickly through the crowd of people toward the door.
Wulf turned to face the nearest painting. "Lovely art."
Alitus faced it as well, his heart lifting now that he knew Wulf would stay. "Yes, it is. They say the true measure of art is how it affects you. What does this one make you feel?"
The painting was by Eliot Taral, whom Alitus had learned only the day before was a resident neutral Sempervian. A lone tree with its branches shaped by wind stretched out over a cliff overhanging a stormy sea. A lonely, isolated scene of desolation -- yet determination.
Wulf rubbed his jaw. "It makes me want to suck cock."
Alitus burst into laughter, drawing the attention of the room. He made a fist and pressed it against his mouth underneath the veil.
Wulf grinned. "I wasn't kidding."
"You wouldn't."
"Suck cock?" Wulf slanted him a sidelong glance. "You know I would."
Choking back laughter, Alitus covered his mouth. "Stop that. I meant I know you weren't kidding."
"Damn straight. Come on. Let's go back to the front of the gallery and start this charade at the beginning."
With Wulf beside him, Alitus sauntered toward Anne and a radiantly smiling Feeyona Joie.
Alitus, Tales of the Chosen
Passion. Addiction. Loyalty. Can true love bare its heart forever?
Liquid Silver Books: http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/books/alitus.htm

April 23, 2012

Staring Into the Eyes of Chance - Kay Dee Royal

Staring into the Eyes of Chance.
Kay Dee Royal takes over the blog today with an interview of her hero, Chance. Welcome, Kay Dee!
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Hello Kayelle! Hi everyone, I’m so excited and honored to be hanging out at Romance Lives Forever. Thank you, Kayelle, for your invitation.
Before I get to the “Chance” part, let me introduce myself: I’m Kay Dee Royal, and I love to write paranormal and fantasy erotica romance, but I also enjoy penning contemporary erotica romance and plenty of shorties in those genre as well.
My muse enjoys being taken away by strong, intelligent, confident heroines and rescued by wild, rugged, beastly heroes, both of which harbor shadowy secrets of intrigue and fun. My muse lives for the escape (LOL), imagine that.
Okay ~ How about that “Chance”? Allow me to introduce this rugged, beastly story-hero of Staring Into the Eyes of Chance. He’s the Lycan Alpha of an awesome pack ~ all are operatives in the Lycan International Investigation Agency, also known as LIIA.
So, Chance Grayton, please tell us a little about “your” part in the story…
CG: Geez, Kay Dee, Kayelle…I’m not a story hero, first off. Simply doing my job and in the midst of it, found someone…Olivia. I stopped looking for a mate centuries ago, much to my packs dismay. I found out they actually thought I swung to the male side of love, not that I mind it, but I’m driven by a female, Olivia. Yeah, it surprised me, too, as she’s human.
I’d love it if you all would read it for yourselves…I’m still figuring out my part in the grand scheme of things…with more to come…
Well, there you have it ~ a hero, who’s also humble *smile* Oh, Chance, just gotta love ya.
We’ll let everyone read a bit about your story in a couple minutes, how’s that, Chance?
CG: Maybe have them check it out sooner…thanks for including me, Kay Dee, but I need to scoot. I just received some Intel and will have to run. Thank you everyone for popping in…not real sure why Kay Dee chose me for today…it should have been Olivia. She can make friends at the drop of a hat. *chuckles, waves, and dashes out*
Guess he was in a hurry (LOL)…so here’s a bit of Chance and Olivia’s story:
A LIIA (Lycan International Investigation Agency) Book (Series ~ Book One)
Paranormal Erotica Romance ~ Must be 18 or older, Explicit Love Scenes Rated Sizzling Hot (f/m)
Olivia swears off men until she meets Chance, a Lycan alpha. He ignites an undeniable hunger they can only sate together.
Olivia endures a thirty-four year passionless marriage, discovering her dead husband’s philandering history at his funeral. She devotes her energy and life-long sensitivity with animals to her wildlife refuge and preserve.
Chance, a Lycan alpha and leader of the Lycan International Investigation Agency (LIIA) throws himself into his investigations. He chooses to neglect his duty of finding a primal-mate after watching his father become an empty shell over the loss of his.
A murderous rogue pack draws Chance onto Olivia’s wildlife preserve, sending Olivia’s animal sensitivities into overdrive. Chance and Olivia discover a sizzling force driving them together.
Will they succumb to its enticing tether, or fight to resume their loveless lives apart?
Find out more about this book at Muse It Up Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/6rubdud
Kay Dee’s Links:

Kayelle, thank you for inviting me today, it has been fun. I know Chance is a busy guy, and I’m sure he’ll apologize to me later for cutting out so fast. He will want to know if you liked the excerpt of his story, though…I know he’ll ask. I’m in the process of finishing up the 2nd book in his story, Savage Smoke.

April 21, 2012

Interview with Eugie Foster #Outlantacon #scifi

Returning My Sister's Face.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Eugie! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
Outlantacon rocks. Also, Edward DeGruy plays a stylish game of Twister.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
I think I've been attending it since the inaugural one.
What panel are you looking forward to the most?
"Job by Day, Writer by Night," where I finally get to be on a panel with my friend, the fabulously talented and brilliant, Shae Conner!
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
Definitely! Currently D&D 3.5ed and 4ed, but I've played a gamut of RPGs. I started gaming as a 13-year-old geek-girl, and I never really stopped.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Keep writing and writing and writing.
What do you enjoy most about life?
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
Mortal Clay, Stone Heart
Typically with frantic and stress-filled benders of heightened productivity followed by binges of procrastination steeped in self-loathing and dread.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Take Latin not Russian in high school. Seriously. Also, have faith in the person you are.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
A Tale of Whimsy and Malice.
How do you respond to negative people?
With ire and exasperation. Except when it's me, then I'm smugly sardonic and insufferable.
What's the best way to say no?
Sinner Baker...
Firmly and directly. Or possibly with an elbow to the face.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Make corrections in red and purple ink. Oh, wait, I already do that…
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Miniature, Chihuahua-sized elephants and rhinoceri that charge at random targets and without warning; white-furred serpents who sing if you feed them cream and honey; and plump, winged fairy animals that get an itch mid-flight and abruptly plummet onto your lap when, in a frenzy of scratching, they forget to flap their wings.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Caution: Bites

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I love pizza with feta and spinach and good company and cheer.
Wish of the Demon
I'm always ready for coffee.
When I'm alone, I argue with the voices in my head.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm all but blind without corrective lenses…hang on, I got that backwards. I'd never be able to tell, being blind and all, but you probably would after I careened into a lamppost. Wait, that's still not right...
If I had a halo it would be askew.
If I could be a god I'd probably run out of lightning bolts.
I can never find which way is north because I overwrote the spatial orientation areas of my brain with grammar rules pertaining to commas.

Upcoming Projects

·         “Oranges, Lemons, and Thou Beside Me” in anthology When the Villain Comes Home, Gabrielle Harbowy and Ed Greenwood (eds.), Dragon Moon Press, Aug. 2012.
Eugie Foster
·         “The Wiggly People” in anthology The Best of Drabblecast.
·         “Requiem Duet, Concerto for Flute and Voodoo” in podcast Journey Into…

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April 18, 2012

Interview with Lee Martindale #Outlantacon #scifi

Ladies of Trade Town.
Welcome to Romance Lives Forever, Lee! What made you decide to become an Outlantacon guest?
That's an easy one: Outlantacon is one of those conventions I miss only under extreme duress. It's a near-perfect combination of con-comm and staff who know what a good convention, particular a good Southern convention, should be, good guests, great programming, and fans who make every minute a delight. In other words, it's a blast.
I've been an activist for human and civil rights, including GBLTQ rights, for more than 40 years. And I've been doing GBLTQ panels at regional conventions and WorldCons, for close to two decades. As long as the community is open to the idea of allies and having the "straight but couldn't be narrow in a +3 combat corset" viewpoint at the table, I'm there.
How did you hear about Outlantacon?
The first Gaylaxicon to which I was invited was the one held in Atlanta in (I think) 2006. Many of those same folks make up the con-comm for OutlantaCon.

What panel are you looking forward to the most?
Besides all of them? Well, I'm hoping to continue my run of occupying the "Fannie Flagg Memorial Seat" on the Match Game, and I look forward to being involved with the track for aspiring writers.
Do you play role playing games? Which ones?
I haven't played in quite a few years, but I used to. My introduction to RPGs came when I was being pulled into a test-play group in the early 1970s for a fantasy-based tabletop game, which came out later as the First Edition of "Dungeons and Dragons". I played more or less regularly until I started writing for a living in the mid-1990s.
What new project are you working on now?
Several new short stories, converting Prejudice By The Pound into ebook form, putting together a collection of my works-to-date, and adding to two novels to keep the folks who insist that I should write novels at bay. I'm also doing the preliminary work on a non-fiction guide to traveling for mobility-challenged people.
How do you come up with ideas?
The trick is *not* coming up with ideas, particularly when I already have works-in-progress on my plate. Something my husband says, a phrase from a song lyric, a news story, a snatch of overheard conversation, a photograph...any and all of these have tripped off story ideas at one time or another.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
Being professional.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Surprising people, especially people who look at me – old, fat, paraplegic, in a wheelchair – and see "easy target", "helpless", "dim-witted", and some other bit of stereotypical nonsense printed across my forehead. I take a great deal of pleasure in disavowing them of those erroneous notions.
How do you balance life with deadlines and work?
Prejudice by the Pound
Deadlines and work are a part of life and, to me, an enjoyable part of it. Without deadlines, without work, I'd be inhabiting an existence where I was a "dependent", and that scenario doesn't appeal to me at all. In practice, I treat my work as I did when I was working in the corporate world: more or less regular hours, with the occasional firedrill, death march, business trip, quiet period, and household time.
Do you think keeping secrets is good or bad?
Neither. Every secret is different and a case of situational ethics.
List two authors we would find you reading.
Anne McCaffrey and Jim Butcher.
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Hell on Wheels
What's the best way to say no?
Straight up. Beyond that, it depends on the circumstance. I've written a lot of rejection letters in the course of editing two anthologies and, while I don't have time to do a full critique when reading slush, I do try to give some idea of why a story is being rejected. In the case of a contracts, I tell them why I can't sign it. In the case of polite requests for my "company", I thank the individual for the compliment s/he's paid me before declining.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
The same area in which I live now. It suits me.
What song would best describe your life?
"Defying Gravity" from the musical Wicked.
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. ^_^
Sorry, no. The rule around here is that I get to do what I do and the husband and cats get to maintain their dignity.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
"That which does not kill me better make damned sure I don't get up."
What's currently on the shelves and where can it be found?
My latest work is an anthology I edited called The Ladies of Trade Town. Fifteen science fiction, fantasy, and related-genre stories, including works by Cecilia Tan, Catherine Lundoff, Jana Oliver, and me, centered on the women, men, and others who ply "the world's oldest profession". It's available trade paperback directly from HarpHaven Publishing and from Amazon.com, which also has it in ebook for the Kindle. For those who favor Nook ebooks, that can be found at BN.com.

Please fill in the blanks

I love pizza with extra cheese and good company.
Lee Martindale
I'm always ready for a nap.
When I'm alone, I hum, read out loud, and hold conversations with my cats.
You'd never be able to tell, but I have a secret life as a sex symbol.
If I had a halo it would be due to a serious mix-up in Front Office.
If I could walk I'd dance.
I can never accept "I was only joking" as an excuse to say mean things because deliberately hurting someone is no joke.

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