January 31, 2014

Character Interview: Esmerelda from Saint's Devilish Deal @authorkristina #RLFblog

Saint's Devilish Deal 
Title The Saint's Devilish Deal
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Kristina Knight
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Esmerelda Quinn has been looking for a place to belong since her parents were killed in a car crash when she was young. The closest thing to home has always been Aunt Constance's villa in Puerto Vallarta, so after a string of dead-end hotellier jobs, she's coming home to run the villa.
Santiago Cruz has called the villa home for as long as he can remember. In between surfing events, Constance has always had a room for him. Color him surprised when Constance decides to retire - and leaves a joint interest in the villa to both Santiago and Esme.
Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the youngest Cruz brother - especially when she learns Santiago's brother has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away at school and soon she finds herself falling for the rich surfer down the hall -- all over again.

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Interview with Esmerelda

What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Santiago, in a single word. Oh, I love him -- always have -- but he's…complicated. And he's burned me before. So when I returned to Puerto Vallarta and found him -- literally -- sleeping in my bed, it was…freaky!
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Santiago, again! I already mentioned that he's complicated but at the heart of him is the most wonderful belief in the people he cares about. He didn't have the best childhood and his family is, well, dysfunctional. But he has created a family in the people at the villa and me.
What would that person say about you?
He would say I'm wound a little too tight, but that this sundress I'm wearing will help cool me off. Ha!
What is your family like?
My parents died in a car crash when I was young, so there was only me and my aunt, Constance. She is everything to me, and now we've added Santiago to our family unit and I couldn't be happier.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes, I got the guy, didn't I? And together we saved Casa Constance. Things aren't perfect, but we're working on that.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to write about this character?
I couldn't not write Esmerelda's story. She and Saint deserved to get things right. They were both wounded by their childhoods and it was so much fun to help them set things right.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
How unbusinesslike Esme really is. She puts up a good front, but at the core, she's fun and silly and adventurous.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Seeing her come alive again, try new things again made me the happiest, and even though her childhood still makes me sad, seeing her come to terms with it and learn from what happened also made me extremely happy.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I really want to tell Tobias' story next. He's Santiago's brother and he's very tightly wound, but in a different way than Saint is. I need to figure him out!
Are any sequels planned for this book?
As a matter of fact, yes! I'm just now digging into Tobias' story and I'm hoping to have it out to readers in the early spring.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I love and appreciate you all so much! Thank you for coming along on this crazy, writer ride!

Author Bio

Once upon a time, Kristina Knight spent her days running from car crash to fire to meetings with local police--no, she wasn't a troublemaker, she was a journalist. Her career took her all over the United States, writing about everything from a serial killer's capture to the National Finals Rodeo. Along the way she found her very own Knight in Shining Cowboy Boots and an abiding love for romance novels. Kristina writes contemporary romance with a smattering of sass, sex and (of course) drama, and she loves hearing from readers. And just like the characters from her favorite books, she's living her own happily ever after.

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January 29, 2014

Character Sketch: Big Mike from Bad Vibes @JDFaver_Author #RLFblog #Suspense

Bad Vibes 
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13

Darla came on deck clad in black body armor, her copper top hidden under a black Sheriff's Department cap with the bill turned backwards. She had her M-14 slung over her shoulder and a pack of extra magazines.
Damn! She looks so hot! Like Badass Barbie...
5 star Review~ "J.D. creates two characters in Mike and Darla that you'll be rooting for while simultaneously ratcheting up the suspense to the breaking point. The Texas Coast will *never* be the same by the time these two get done..."
When government agent Mike "The Iceman" Burke invades her South Padre Island turf, Deputy Darla Calhoun is assigned as liaison officer to his team. Her skills as a sniper come in handy when a gang of human traffickers strikes close to home, kidnapping local women including her best friend.
Darla is recovering from her husband's suicide and trying to be a good parent to her twin sons. The ICE assignment takes her out of her misery and plunges her into a dangerous mission and a steamy affair.
Mike and Darla tear up and down the Intracoastal Waterway in search of the kidnappers and the captive women while Rafael and Javier conduct their own investigation. Will they rescue the captive women or will the kidnappers slaughter them as they have done in the past? Two teams race to find the answers before it's too late.

About the Character

Name: Michael Thomas Burke (Mike/Big Mike)
Age: 32
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Maine
Profession: Federal agent on loan to ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement)
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): White male human
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 6'5" muscular frame; Tanned from the sun; Mikes most startling feature are his silvery-blue eyes and his ability to appear emotionless, earning him the title> The Iceman
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Mike has been a complete loner, until his ICE assignment on the lower Texas coast throws him into close proximity with a petite, red-headed local deputy assigned to his team as liaison officer. Darla raises his blood pressure and his libido from the moment they meet. She rousts him in his undercover disguise as a waterfront bum, disarms him and takes him into custody, which first alerts local law enforcement that there is a federal investigation into human trafficking using the Intra-coastal Waterway.
How does your hero dress?
Mike is known for his love of Hawaiian shirts, the louder the better. A pair of cargo shorts and flip-flops complete his outfit.
If you could only hear this character's voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
Mike has a deep, raspy voice. He doesn't waste words, sometimes barking out clipped orders. He's a man's man and not a ladies man, so he isn't skilled at "girlfriend-speak". Fortunately, his lady love is the only girl among seven brothers, so she can decipher his sometimes brusque verbage, and is also able to give him a smack upside his head when he needs it.
What special skills does your character rely on?
Mike is a former SEAL and is skilled in diving and underwater demolition. He is very intelligent and able to think on his feet.
What does he have a knack for doing?
Mike is a great guy, but he has a knack of pissing people off. Before long, he has Darla's brother and one of her fellow deputies ready to throw down with him.
What is your character's family like?
Mike's mother abandoned him at an early age to be brought up by his grandfather, who was a carpenter. He likes to work with his hands when not blowing up drug lords in Central America. He has no living family and immerses himself into his current assignment, whatever that might be. The ICE assignment, where he has to work with the local deputy, Darla Calhoun, shakes up his usual mode of operation. He tries to protect her, which just irks the daylights out of her, since she sees herself as a completely competent member of the team.
Does this character see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Mike has a very definite sense of right and wrong. He sees himself as the defender of the weak and the one to apprehend the bad guys. There is no try. There is do or die.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption?
Darla's brother, Calvin, a large, powerful man himself, describes Mike as "Big Mutha'." Darla is very attracted to him, but also doesn't want to get hurt when he moves on to his next assignment.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
Mike most definitely has abandonment issues, which he has dealt with in the past by not becoming too attached and by being the one to move on. However, for the first time, he sees himself settling down in this Texas coastal town and taking on a family, Darla and her twin sons.
What is your hero's biggest hopes and dreams?
At the outset, his goal is to rescue the kidnapped women and destroy the human trafficking gang. As he works with Darla, he begins to dream about nesting with her and providing for her and her sons.
What is your hero's biggest personal flaw?
Mike has absolutely horrible communication skills when it comes to romance.
How does your character handle challenges?
Head on! Fix it! Kill it! Move forward! Accomplish the objective!
How emotionally expressive is your character to others?
Have I mentioned how totally inept he is at expressing his emotions?

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Hell if I know? I'm a man of action. I don't have time to sit around writing pretty little stories.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
She had no right to go prying into my life, especially when I found the love of my life while on assignment. I'm a very private guy.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I know her books about the Texas coastal area are evolving, and there are plenty of characters to write about. But, seriously. . . just write them as they happen. Chloe and Rafael have hired me to update an old Victorian house that comes with its own set of mysteries, like the skeletons I dredge up in the murky fish pond. Write about that.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
She's written about my buds, Rafael, Javier and Zach, but our stories are unfolding, so I guess she should just keep telling our tales as they occur.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
Thanks for pairing me up with such a feisty and adorable love interest.

Previous Books

The Edge of Texas Series:
• Book 1-Bad Medicine
• Book 2-Bad Karma
• Book 3-Bad Vibes
• Book 4-Bad Dreams
• Book 5-A Sandcastle Christmas

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About the Author

J.D. Faver lives near Houston, Texas. She writes steamy contemporary romance and romantic thrillers/mystery/suspense. She loves to kill people...on virtual paper, that is. Although she writes daily, she still finds time to enjoy family and friends. She is a foodie and an adventurous cook. Determined to preserve generations of family recipes, she is publishing a series of cookbooks entitled A Texan in the Kitchen.
Gardening is another passion (and linked to the food thing) since she has an orchard of fruit trees and berry bushes/vines in her back yard. Tomatoes and other veggies round out her kitchen garden.
All other interests (painting, drawing, sewing, quilting, crocheting, weaving, stained glass and pottery) have taken a back seat since they require hands-on participation which is difficult if your fingers are always on the keyboard.
An active member of several Houston writer's organizations, she belongs to National RWA and is a member of Houston chapters.
She is owned by two cats and a small, yappy rescue dog. As a former educator and healthcare professional, she is an advocate for children, animals and elderly/disabled individuals.
She would rather be sailing or on a beach somewhere, but if not, you can probably find her with her fingers on a keyboard, pouring word images onto the virtual films playing in her head.

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January 27, 2014

Contemporary: Love and Other Games @aria_kane #RLFblog #Olympics

Love and Other Games 
Authors: Ana Blaze, Aria Kane, Kara Leigh Miller, Melinda Dozier
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R 
In the Winter Olympic Village, a powerful torch mysteriously appears -- every four years. No one knows the torch's history or where it comes from, but there are plenty of rumors. The one thing everyone agrees on: It's good luck to be in possession of it while you compete, but it's terrible luck to have it for more than a day.
For four athletes chasing gold, this superstition is something they can't afford to ignore.

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Interview with Aria Kane

Why did you write this book?
Honestly? I was watching the Olympic Games and thinking about all the gorgeous, tight-bodied people in such a small space… and as a romance writer, took that to its natural conclusion! ;-)
What is your favorite genre to read?
I really enjoy almost all genre fiction, but I do enjoy a great urban fantasy.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Gosh, this is a hard question to answer! Characters keep popping in and out of my head. I'm going to have to go with a classic and say Sherlock Holmes. He's only been reimagined so many times because he's such an interesting character!
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I do! Though I wish I had more time to watch them. Some of my all-time favorites include: Stargate, Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, and Sliders. My current favorites include: Almost Human (Michael Ealy was the inspiration for Brandon in LaOG!), Once Upon a Time, and Doctor Who.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am actually working on two more collaborations with the other authors of Love and Other Games, along with a few special guests! Look out for those in March and later this summer.
Please tell us about your latest book. (blurb up to 300 words here, plus an excerpt of up to 800 words)
In the Winter Olympic Village, a powerful torch mysteriously appears -- every four years. No one knows the torch's history or where it comes from, but there are plenty of rumors. The one thing everyone agrees on: It's good luck to be in possession of it while you compete, but it's terrible luck to have it for more than a day.
For four athletes chasing gold, this superstition is something they can't afford to ignore.
Excerpt from when Brandon and Lia first meet:
His eyes flashed to her raised eyebrow and he smiled again. She had a feeling that smile – and those oceanic eyes – would be her undoing.
"I'm sorry, I have you at a disadvantage. I know your name, so it's only fair you know mine." He placed his hand out. "Brandon James."
"Evangelia Milonas," she responded automatically, raising her empty hand to meet his.
His big, warm hand wrapped completely around hers, dwarfing it. As he held her hand – longer than what seemed truly necessary, Lia noticed – his eyes never left hers. An electric current tingled against her skin where they touched.
"Oh, I know who you are, Evangelia."
Her full name on his lips sent shivers from her neck down to her toes. She crossed her arms across her chest and flitted her gaze about the room.
"My friends call me Lia." Her words sounded lame to her ears, but Brandon's smile took on a wanton tilt.
"I hope to earn that right, then."
She giggled. Evangelia Milonas, tomboy and unlikeable athlete, giggled. What had this man done to her? Not knowing how to respond, and not wanting to giggle ever again, Lia took a sip of Brandon's beer. The flavor was light and crisp, but not nearly as strong as she usually liked.
He effortlessly picked a fresh beer off the tray of a passing waiter and raised his glass to toast. She made a move to clink her bottle against his, but he pulled it away.
"Nunhuh," he said. "Look me in the eyes when you toast."
Lia gave him a quizzical look, but did as he asked.
"Why?"
"It's a German and French superstition." His eyes bored into hers, not even flinching when he added, "Something about seven years bad sex."
Lia felt a flush warm her cheeks. "In that case … " She raised her glass to meet his, meticulously maintaining the eye contact.
They both took a slow drink, keeping their gazes locked the entire time.

Author Bio

Aria Kane is a recovering mechanical engineer and romance writer. As a military brat, she grew up all over the country, but now lives in sunny Florida with a 60 lb mutt who thinks he's a chihuahua.

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January 26, 2014

Character Interview: Christopher Gordon from Summertime Dream @BabetteJames #RLFblog

Summertime Dream 
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Name Babette James
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
The Fourth of July is over, but for these summer lovers the fireworks have just begun.
An unexpected inheritance brings business consultant Christopher Gordon from Los Angeles to quaint Falk's Bend. He's carved a week from his demanding schedule to list his great-grandparents' house for sale and explore his roots. However, disturbing family secrets and the sweet temptation of writer Margie Olsson derail his plans, challenging him to seize the elusive dream missing from his hectic life— love.
A recent brush with death shook Margie's life, but not her dreams and she's ready to move forward. Only, standing up to her loving, over-protective family isn't easy. Helping Christopher explore the derelict mansion and unravel his grandmother's mysterious past should be a harmless fun taste of independence. But when her experimental summer fling ignites into unexpected love, how can her small town dreams work with his big city life?

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Interview with Christopher Gordon

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
A life with contentment. A life involving more than constant work and running. Contentment eluded me. I took pride and pleasure in my work and my business successes, but couldn't say the last time I'd been content outside of those two weeks a year at Mohave. Even there, moments of contentment were hard-won in the effort to downshift from work mode to vacation mode and then, all too soon, leave and swing into full-speed work again.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I came to Falk's bend to unload a house I didn't need and didn't want. I was curious about my unknown relatives, but I only had a week to spare from my schedule. The first complication was Margie. I took one look at her and I didn't know what hit me. Then there was the house! What a mess. Margie's brother was an arrogant pain in the ass, too. My schedule was sent into shambles, I found myself falling for this woman and this town and the people. I told myself getting attached to any of it was a big mistake. What did I know?
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Meeting Margie turned my tidy, well-planned hectic life on end. If someone had told me I'd meet the love of my life in a place like Falk's Bend I would have said they were nuts. I used to think I wanted a cosmopolitan woman in tune with my face-paced business world. I thought I could settle for like. I was wrong. I learned I needed a woman who'd be my home and ground my life. I needed love. Margie's beautiful, sweet, optimistic, energetic, brave and smart. She writes these great cozy mysteries and makes an awesome apple pie. She's definitely made my life worth living.
What is your family like?
It's just my mom and I these days since Dad passed. She and I are close and talk often, and I visit her as often as I can. Dad was career Army and we traveled often, and while it made slipping into a rootless life too easy, it bonded us as a family. I miss him, but I'm thankful for the values he instilled in me and the freedom he gave me to make my own path in life. He understood when I chose against following in his footsteps and family tradition into the military.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I'm very happy with the way my story ended. I have Margie, I have love, I have contentment, and I'm learning to make room in my life for things other than work. Some of the facts I learned about my family were disturbing and a shock, but it's better knowing the truth.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to write about this character?
I fell for Christopher when he and Margie were just secondary characters in my first novel, Clear As Day. He was the quiet friend of Nate and Kay and so sweetly besotted with Margie. Originally I had no plans to write a story for them because they were already married and happily in love. I was pondering some backstory information for the new River novel when several ideas collided and Christopher and Margie's story took off like a firecracker. I had a blast learning more about Christopher. He's solid and kind, and has a good sense of humor. He's tough and dogged when he must be, and gentle enough to be the man Margie needs in her life. He appreciates a smart woman and the quiet everyday pleasures in life. He believes in love, and yearned for it in his own life.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Discovering his grandmother's mysterious past was a fascinating surprise and I enjoyed writing that story thread along with the main romance thread.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I have a short story idea tickling me for Margie's brother and sister-in-law and their road back to healing their marriage. I really felt for them and I'd enjoy writing their happy ever after.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Summertime Dream is the prequel to Clear As Day, the first novel released in my River series and I'm nearly finished with my next novel in this series, Love Burns, so fingers crossed for that one to be submitted soon. That story takes off right from where Clear As Day ends. I love this couple's chemistry, and while it's been a challenge to complete, I've enjoyed seeing their story come to life as they work through their personal trials and find their own happily ever after together. I have four other stories started for couples from the circle of friends in my River series.

Author Bio

Babette James writes sweetly scorching contemporary romance and loves reading nail-biting tales with a satisfying happily ever after. When not dreaming up stories, she enjoys playing with new bread recipes and dabbling with paints. As a teacher, she loves encouraging new readers and writers as they discover their growing abilities. Her class cheers when it's time for their spelling test! Born in New Jersey and raised in Southern California, she's had a life-long love of the desert and going down the shore. Babette now lives in New Jersey with her wonderfully patient husband and extremely spoiled cats.

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January 25, 2014

Author Interview: Diana Green On the Outside #RLFblog #SciFiRomance

On The Outside 
On The Outside by Diana Green
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG 13
In a not-so-distant future, the privileged live within protective walls, and the rest fend for themselves...on the outside.
From a life of relative comfort and safety, Orla is plunged into a struggle for survival. Her newly emerged phasing powers force her to become a fugitive, hunted by government agents, and driven to the edges of society.
In desperation Orla joins a band of smugglers. Their caravan could offer the perfect hiding place, or it could be her undoing. Much of that depends on Charlie, top gunslinger and 'teeth' of the operation. Will he prove to be a valuable ally or just another kind of trouble?

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Interview with Diana Green

Why did you write this book?
I was driving along in my car, when a song came on. It was The Ghost of Tom Joad by a Celtic group, Solas. Something about the lyrics, really gripped me. They painted a picture of a life living under railroad bridges and struggling to find enough food.
I started writing what I thought would be a short story about a young homeless woman, but the character and setting just kept evolving, until it grew to over a hundred pages. In the process the heroine, Orla, ended up with teleporting powers, and the setting became a dystopian future.
When I wrote about the smugglers' caravan, the story really took off. This setting provided such interesting characters. I had loads of fun with it.
What is your favorite genre to read?
I enjoy science fiction, fantasy, historical, romance, and combinations of those genres.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
Oh dear. That is impossible to answer with only one. I'll have to list a few of my favorites.
Tyrion Lannister from The Game of Thrones, Tehanu from the Earthsea Series, Temmeraire and Captain Laurence from His Majesty's Dragon, Bilbo Baggins from the Hobbit, and Katniss from The Hunger Games.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I don't watch much television, but I love movies. The Lord of the Rings trilogy was excellent. I also appreciate intelligent sci-fiction films like Moon. Good historic films like The King's Speech are another favorite of mine. I have a special place in my heart for uncommon westerns, such as The Gray Fox, A Thousand Pieces of Gold, Appaloosa, The Ballad of Little Jo, and Two Mules for Sister Sara.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am currently writing the second book in my Dragon Clan trilogy, for The Wild Rose Press. The first book, Dragon Wife, should be released sometime in the first half of 2014. The series is fantasy romance and follows a clan of dragon shifters.
Tell us about your latest book.
On the Outside is set in a dystopian future where the privileged live within walled cities, and the rest of the population struggles to survive with limited resources and technology. Some people have inherited special abilities like teleporting or telepathy. These individuals are hunted by the government, in order to be used for research.
The main character, Orla, is on the run because of her teleporting ability. She ends up finding shelter with a traveling caravan, but things are far from simple. Adjusting to life with the caravan and learning how to control her powers provide ample challenge.
To complicate matters, the caravan's top gunslinger, Charlie, takes an interest in her. He seems like a dangerous individual, and Orla is not at all certain how to handle his attention. To find out what happens, you'll need to read the book.

Author Bio
Diana Green

Since her childhood, growing up in New Zealand, Diana has been a storyteller, both with words and paintings. For years she enjoyed teaching art and special education, while continuing to write as a hobby. After she developed chronic fatigue syndrome, a career change was necessary, but happily this led to her becoming a professional author.
Diana's favorite genres are fantasy, science fiction, historical, and romance. She lives in beautiful Washington State, where she writes for Champagne Books and The Wild Rose Press.

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January 24, 2014

Character Sketch: Drawn Together - Graig Case @WendiZwaduk #RLFblog @ellorascave

Drawn Together 
Genre : Contemporary Erotic Romance
Author: Wendi Zwaduk
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Graig Case wants to teach history and coach baseball. Plain and simple. But nothing in his life has been simple. He's also got a secret. He loves to watch the sexy woman across the courtyard dance. He'd love for his fantasy girl to be his best friend, but fantasy and reality don't always mix.
Tessa Martin has given up on love. She's played second fiddle most of her life. Guys like hanging out with her. But being one of the guys doesn't keep her warm at night. Still, she indulges in her one treat—dancing naked at night for Graig. No emotions involved means no one gets hurt.
Except when they end up working in the same school, in the same hallway. Then all bets are off.
Inside Scoop: This lucky hero gets to take control when his new girl encourages him to spank her.

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About the Character

Name: Graig Case
Age: 35
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Profession: High School History Teacher
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): Human
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: 6'3' tall, muscular, baseball player build, 180 lbs, tanned from being outside, wide smile
Who is the significant other in your character's life (hero/heroine)? Tessa Bradley, high school art teacher
How educated is this character? Is he/she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced? He earned a Bachelor's Degree at Kent State University in education and played college baseball. He's travelled widely with the team and could've played pro ball, but decided he wanted to teach instead.
Does he/she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Graig lives very well, in his opinion. Others might not see his lifestyle as extravagant. He lives within his meansa teacher's salarybut he's not above pampering himself here and there. He likes to be comfortable, but not flaunt himself. He was raised to be thrifty.
What is your character's family like?
Graig isn't close to his family. His mother had an affair with a married man and the affair produced Graig. His father didn't want anything to do with him and his mother was too busy trying to win his father over, so Graig ended up low on the totem pole of life. As he got older, he decided he'd never treat his spouse and children the way he was treated as a child.
How do others perceive your character based upon looks? How true is this assumption?
His co-workers see him as an ex-jock because he's a coach. He's an ex-baseball player, but he's not identified as a former athlete. He wants to look nice and put together as well as looking like he keeps himself in shape. People also think he's a suave, hunky teacher. Females wonder if he's available and males see him as a threat. He doesn't believe he's suave, but he's not about to tell people otherwise.
What past event causes your character the most fear?
His childhood. He's worried he'll turn out like his emotionally distant parents.
Who in his/her life has the power to hurt this character the most? Why?
Tessa, his best friend and girlfriend. When she loses belief in him, it cuts him to the marrow. He's got confidence, but she sees the man beneath the suave teacher persona. She sees the real manflaws and all. When he unintentionally hurts her and she turns away from him, he sees his past coming back to haunt him. He refuses to be the same man his father was, so he works like heck to make things up to Tessa.

About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.

What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
I wish she hadn't shared the bits about my parents. I'm not proud of the knowledge my mother cheated with a married man. It's embarrassing.
When your writer is writing about you, what do you think makes him/her the most happy? What makes him/her the most sad?
I think she's happiest when I'm succeeding because she sees me growing in my life. I become a better man through the story. She's sad when I make a boneheaded decision and can't figure out how to rectify it right away.
What do you wish your writer would write next?
I wish she'd write more stories from Valley City High School. I've got some interesting co-workers and they deserve stories.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
There are a couple of characters I'd like her to write about. Adam Pallas is one character. He's got a very hang-dog, kicked puppy look to him, but I swear there's more to him than meets the eye. Yeah, he needs to get his girl and have a story told.

Author Bio

I've always dreamt of writing the stories in my head. Tall, dark, and handsome heroes are my favorites, as long as he has an independent woman keeping him in line. I love playing with words and letting the characters run wild.
NASCAR, Ohio farmland, dirt racing, animals and second chance romance all feature prominently in my books. I also write under the pen name of Megan Slayer. Come join me for this fantastic journey!
If you like my work, tell your friends and email me. I love hearing from readers!

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January 23, 2014

Character Interview: Nate O'Halloran from Public Affairs @Cassandra_Carr #RLFblog #contemporary

Public Affairs 
Cassandra Carr, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Nate O'Halloran from the book, Public Affairs.
Genre: Spicy contemporary romance
Publisher: C-Squared Publishing (indie)
Cover artist: Carey Abbott
Length: 53,000 words
Heat rating (based on movie ratings): R
Two worlds collide, focusing on one objective – to save a hospital.
Nate O'Halloran is a PR superstar, an expert in crisis management for his image-conscious celebrity clients. When his college roommate, now a hospital director in Buffalo, calls to beg for his help-- a cancer researcher on staff has disappeared with millions of dollars' worth of government research funds-- Nate agrees to help right away, though this situation is pretty small potatoes for him.
Val Chase, the hospital's PR director, is none too thrilled when Nate shows up; does it mean her boss doesn't trust her to handle this mess herself? Against her better judgment, Val decides she and Nate have to work together to save the hospital's reputation, though the explosive attraction they feel is making any actual "work" difficult...
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Nate O'Halloran; late 30's; PR guru to the stars
Val Chase; early 30's, PR director for Cancer Care Center

Interview with Nate O'Halloran

Tell us about yourself.
Going All In
Well, prior to meeting Val, I was one of those guys who celebrities turned to when there was something they needed to spin or to go away. Stuff like sex tapes, allegations of cheating…*wry smile* Yeah, I know it wasn't exactly high-brow stuff, but I was good at it.
Tell us about Val.
Val is absolutely amazing. When I first got to Buffalo to help my old college roommate and CEO of Cancer Care Center Doug out of a terrible situation when one of his docs made off with millions, I thought she might be a nice diversion while I was away from my "real life". But through her I realized how empty that supposed "real life" was.
What would Val say is your strongest point?
*smiling* No doubt my good looks and charm. Kidding. Probably how hard I work. I'm like a dog with a bone when I've got a problem to solve.
What would Val say is your biggest weakness?
Her. Very definitely her. I can't deny that woman anything. I even let her drive my '63 Porsche. That's love. *laughing*
What do you wish was different about your life?
I wish I hadn't spent so much of my life doing something that ultimately was so frivolous, in comparison to the work Val and Doug do. I wish I had been there for more of the fight, instead of wasting my life and my talent helping self-centered celebrities escape from their stupid mistakes.
If you were given your fondest wish, what would it be?
A year ago I might've said something different, but now- to cure cancer. Val and Doug both work so hard, day after day, alongside thousands of other employees all focused on one goal, to eradicate the world of a truly terrible disease. With people like the ones who work at Cancer Care Center, cancer can't win.
As a child, who was your best friend? Tell us about him/her.
Not as a child, but I'd love to tell you about Doug, who I met in college. I was going through a…rough time, and Doug was there for me when I needed a friend, even asking his parents to open their home to me. I'll never forget that he was the one who never, ever turned his back on me. So when he called me for help, it was a no-brainer. Of course I would do everything I could.

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About the Author

Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra's books have won numerous "Best Book Of" awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT's Reviewers' Choice Awards.
She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she'd particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.

Previous Books

For a list of Cassandra's books, check out the list on her website, http://booksbycassandracarr.com/books.html

Books Coming Soon

Released 1/6/14: Bring On the Heat
Released 1/18/14: Turnaround
Releasing 2/11/14: Hiding in Plain Sight
Releasing 2/25/14: Caught

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January 22, 2014

Character Interview: Bryce Tarunson from Cloak and Dagger @katehillromance #RLFblog

Cloak and Dagger 
Genre M/M Erotic Vampire Romance
Author Saloni Quinby
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
When police detective Bryce Tarunson arrests a man who's identical to his lover from two thousand years ago, he's pulled closer to the vampiric master he hates.
Vampire hunter Shane will do anything -- including tempt a vampire -- to rescue his brother who has fallen into enemy hands. He doesn't believe he's capable of falling for the object of his seduction, until he meets Bryce.
The bond between Bryce and Shane forces them into a battle that might end in the destruction of the Weapons of Redemption.

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Interview with Bryce Tarunson

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
My life and my lover, Ronan, back. Or at least that's what I've wanted for two thousand years. Shane has changed my outlook, though. I guess most of all I want revenge on Tarun, the monster who made me.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
It's complicated, but what isn't, right? Maybe the Ronan part isn't so complicated. He's been dead for about two thousand years. My friends and I have been trying for revenge against Tarun, but he's elusive. In the meantime, we dedicate ourselves to helping those who are victims, like we used to be.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
That I'll lose to Tarun again, that somehow no matter how hard I've fought he'll still overpower me.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Shane allowed me to love again after two thousand years. Ronan was my lover in my mortal life and when Shane and I first met, he was so much like Ronan it was both painful and wonderful. I don't know for sure if he's Ronan's reincarnation and it doesn't matter. He's the man I love and we've been through a lot together in a short time.
What would that person say about you?
I'd like to think he'd say that I proved to him not all vampires are evil. He'd say he loves me. I know he does.
What is your family like?
Brayden, Ansley, Rule and Guy are my family. They're my brothers. We weren't born to the same mortal family, but we were changed by Tarun. We've depended on each other, fought with each other and cared about each other. We've shared good times and endured rough times together. We're vampires, but I guess you could say that in a lot of ways we're a pretty average family.
What special skills do you rely on?
Gut instinct. Mind control is a powerful thing and I learned a lot about it from Tarun, but in the end I believe you have to go with your instincts.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Wow. Tarun. He's also the person I want to show up. Go figure.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I'm happy to be with Shane, but we're still in danger. Shane's brother is still in Tarun's clutches. Even worse, I lost a brother--or it seemed that way. He might be out there. If he is, we need to find him, so I won't be completely satisfied until we find out exactly what happened to Ansley.

About You: Questions for the writer.

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
I write characters I love, because if I don't like them, I can't expect anyone else to.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
It made me happy to give Bryce some peace and happiness with Shane, but it made me sad that he had to lose Ronan. Even I'm not entirely sure if Shane is Ronan reincarnated, but I do know that Bryce was finally able to find love again and I enjoyed exploring everything that brought him to it.
Why do you write?
I can't imagine not writing. Writing is so many things to me--an outlet, a lifestyle, and an intimate form of expression.
What do you want to write next?
Right now I'm working on two science fiction romances.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I truly wanted to write about Tarun and Adrian. It was so much fun to give them their own story in Fangs and Floggers. I love villains and antiheroes, so I really wanted to let Tarun tell his side of the story. From his vampiric sons' point of view, he's a monster, but like them he has a dark past and his own reasons for his actions.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you so much for your support. I hope you enjoy the stories!

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January 21, 2014

An Inspiration for Stately Pleasures by Lucy Felthouse @cw1985 #RLFblog

Stately Pleasures 
Although I don't remember where the actual idea for Stately Pleasures came from, as it's was in my head for so long before I wrote it, I can definitely tell you where my inspirations came from. Inspirations for setting and characters, that is.
The setting, Davenport Manor, is a totally fictional place made up of various real places I've been to and ones I imagined. It's like a patchwork quilt, or something. A facade from here, a maze from there, a schoolroom from X, servants' quarters from Y, a library from Z... you get the idea. It all pieced together nicely in my mind to make up a very rich and exciting place for my characters to play. I loved writing about the setting just as much as what was actually happening there!
As for character inspirations, well, that's easy. Imagine Jeremy Renner with a posh British accent and you have Jeremy Davenport. Imagine Jared Padalecki, also with a posh British accent, and you have Ethan Hayes. Told you it was easy ;)
Alice Brown is much more difficult. She's a curvy chick, and I looked around and couldn't find a Rubenesque celebrity I wanted to base her on. Sadly, there are also far too few Rubenesque celebrities around! So Alice is a total figment of my imagination, but if I got asked to select someone for casting in a film, I'd choose Melissa McCarthy.
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Blurb:

Alice Brown has just landed her dream job. Property manager at Davenport Manor, a British stately home. It's only a nine-month contract to cover maternity leave, but it's the boost up the career ladder she so desperately needs.
Unfortunately, things don't get off to the best start, when Alice finds her boss, Jeremy Davenport, in a compromising position. Far from being embarrassed by what's happened, Jeremy turns things around on Alice and makes her out to be the one in the wrong. So when he and his best friend and head of security, Ethan Hayes, then throw an ultimatum at her, she's so stunned and confused that she goes along with their indecent proposal.
When the dust settles and Alice has time to think about things, though, she realises that perhaps it isn't such a bad thing. There are worse things she could be doing to advance her career, after all.
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Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over eighty publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women's Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All http://eroticaforall.co.uk/ and is book editor for Cliterati http://cliterati.co.uk/

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January 20, 2014

Interview: Tina Donahue @tinadonahue Author Seven Sensuous Days #RLFblog @ellorascave

Seven Sensuous Days 

Seven Sensuous Days

Genre: Contemporary Erotic – Book Four, Appointment with Pleasure series
Author: Tina Donahue
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
At an erotic auction, she's his to bid on…to take…to command.
The night's sultry, filled with carnal promise as Tessa participates in an agency event to raise money for charity. She's chained and bared—as women were once displayed for a sultan's harem—her sweet looks and full figure offered to the wealthy and powerful men.
Among them is Logan. To him, Tessa is so different from his late wife, the seemingly perfect female who cruelly stole his hope and future. Wanting only to forget and have a good time, he wins Tessa, demanding she be his in every way possible, engaging in all wanton acts, though not only for an evening…for seven sensuous days at his secluded Virginia estate.
A provocative proposal with such a dangerously virile man.
A week that changes everything, with Tessa's exquisite vulnerability and Logan's suddenly unquenchable desire more than either bargained for.

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Interview with Tina Donahue

Why did you write this book?
I adore the story between Logan and Tessa. An event in Logan's past devastated him to the point where he doesn't want love any longer. He only seeks pleasure. As a full-figured woman, Tessa has been used to men ignoring her, but she still hopes for romance and love. When they meet, their attraction is undeniable and irresistible, though Logan does fight it. However, Tessa's a strong woman and is not about to give up on her man.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Hard to say. I love romance, but I also enjoy thrillers, horror, mainstream (The Lovely Bones is one of my all-time favs), dystopian works (Simply adore The Handmaid's Tale – wow, what a book), social message dramas (ala The Millennium Trilogy – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc. Amazing books). So, I guess you can say I like just about everything.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)? 
Salandar in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Unbelievably smart. She kicks some serious ass. Good for her.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I love movies. Just got into Hulu and have been watching them from my computer. A couple that really stuck with me (based on true stories) were Megan is Missing and An American Crime. Wow. Creepy stuff. Sad too.
For TV, I love Suits, Grey's Anatomy, Hoarders, Dance Mom's, The Glades, The Walking Dead, and Hell on Wheels (to name a few).Guess you could say my tastes are all over the place.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I'm working on a new series about Doms for one of my publishers. I just submitted a new series (romantic comedies) about paranormal creatures to another.

Author Bio

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Samhain Publishing, Ellora's Cave, and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher's Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work. Three of her erotic romances (Adored, Lush Velvet Nights, and Deep, Dark, Delicious) were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. The French review site, Blue Moon reviews, chose her erotic romance Sensual Stranger as their Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category). The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for Lush Velvet Nights, and two of her titles (The Yearning and Deep, Dark, Delicious) received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011 and 2012). Take Me Away and Adored both won second place in the NEC RWA contest (different years). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

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January 19, 2014

Character Interview: Roman Cardiff from Love Entwined @Danita_Minnis #RLFblog #paranormal

Love Entwined 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Danita Minnis
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Amelie's goal is the top of the jewelry designing world. Her orderly life comes undone when jewelry tycoon Roman steals her away on assignment to a remote English estate. He wants Amelie all to himself but St. Clair Manor's ghost has waited for her much longer than he has.
An unseen gunman takes a shot at Roman and he blames a business rival. But Amelie and Roman are to blame, for falling in love 200 years before in a time neither of them remember.
From the heartbreak of pre-Revolutionary France to modern day corporate wars, Amelie and Roman uncover a history of blood jewels, lust and demons.
When Amelie discovers her inner witch she learns the real reason she was summoned to St. Clair Manor. Il Dragone will kill to get her back. Amelie will kill if they do.

Interview with Roman Cardiff

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
I call it Amelie. She wants me, I know she does, but her inner demons won't let go. I'm taking her to Yorkshire where there won't be an office full of people for her to hide behind. Just me, her and about fifty bedrooms. Of course, I'm not a sadist; I'll give her a running start and wait until she's more comfortable with her conscience.
What's your internal limitation? Meaning, what is it about you that makes it so you cannot do what it is you need to do during this story?
All things point to Amelie being in league with my business rivals, the Garamonde family. I sued them last year for patent infringement and now it seems they've enlisted Amelie to take more of my jewelry designs. Am I mad for wanting this thief? I might be, but then you haven't seen Amelie. I start out to ruin her rising jewelry designing career and then … well, you'll have to see how it goes. I'm just a man after all and her curves are hotter than Hades.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
I must say I have always been a warrior of sorts. I'm a practical man and never would have thought I was a Roman warrior when I first met Amelie. We were sworn enemies back then, not much has changed in that regard. Add il Dragone demons to the mix and I'm struggling to remember what they are, what they want with my family. It's frustrating, how does a flesh and blood man fight demons? If only I could remember.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
I didn't have a fear until I met Amelie. Now that I know what we meant to each other in the past, I know why we've met again. I am beginning to realize a new fear: the Cardiff legacy of lust, murder and blood jewels and what will happen if I can't stop the cycle in this lifetime.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Amelie thinks she is all business on the way to the top of the designing world. I have to laugh at that. Oh, she's an excellent designer, number two, after me, but that's not all there is to life. When I get her out of that suit and, say, into the secluded hills of Yorkshire, she comes alive. Not only is her temper French but so is her inner witch. I don't think I will let her go home to the states.
What would that person say about you?
Amelie would call me a playboy and rightfully so, but at least I know how to have fun. As a matter of fact, I remember a particularly fun swim session we had one late night. She tried to hit me with a beach ball. She paid for that. Let's just say it got me a bit closer to my goal, breaking down that barrier she holds up against men.
What is your family like?
There is a tragic story. My mother died giving birth to my still born sister. After that, my father lost himself in the business of running Cardiff Jewels. When he died, I took over and everyone thought it would be a disaster. I am here to tell you that a playboy can run a business and run it well. Just look at my numbers. I have no competition. And, would someone please tell me why I'm expected to get married just because I'm thirty-four years old and the head of Cardiff Jewels? I know, all you mothers out there are saying; it the money, you need some heirs. In good time. For now, what is wrong with loving women, and loving them well? Ah, this question is for the men out there. I already know what the mothers think, thank you.
What special skills do you rely on?
I am a wicked businessman, born with the talent to design jewelry that woman will give their all for (and have). I am not boasting, I don't boast. I deliver. Did I mention my silver tongue?
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
There is a question. I wouldn't want it to be the High Priestess, that snake charmer who I seduced one night in the Roman camps. The one who wants my soul, the one who summons the preternatural enemy of the Cardiff family, the oldest demon who all il Dragone serves. There is just one problem with keeping the High Priestess away; Amelie is the High Priestess reincarnated.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Is it over? Read it and let me know what you think.

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You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Paranormal romancer living in the wrong era. I'm more comfortable around witches, soothsayers and ancient demons to conquer.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
Roman Cardiff literally came to me in a dream and would not go away. After three weeks of what I can only describe as my muse trying to get my attention in a very busy, real world, I succumbed.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I always knew Roman Cardiff was a powerful man. What I didn't realize was his family's connection to an ancient demon. As the story unfolded, it was clear Roman is not just an ordinary man, he is a Warrior of Light.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Excited about Roman Cardiff's jewelry empire and how it came about from a dream his ancestor had two hundred years before. As that ancestor is an important part of the story, it was that much more exciting to see Roman at the top of the game.
It was sad for me to write Roman and Amelie's tragic past life love story. It hurt as the truth does. I love these two and thought they'd been through enough over several lifetimes, but that's life.
Why do you write?
Writing is my passion. I enjoy creating worlds. I can't stop writing.
What do you want to write next?
I have a family who is bugging me. They have a ghost who lives with them and keeps interfering in their lives. They love the ghost, he loves one of their daughters and will leave only if she comes with him. That's what they need my help with so far. More to come!

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Author Bio

Danita Minnis grew up singing and once thought she would do that all her life. She soon found writing just as fulfilling and writes paranormal romance. She loves mystery, mysticism, the fantastic and the fey. She has published The Cardiff Novels, a series about one family's trials with vengeful demons, a legacy of ghosts and mysterious blood jewels. She is currently working on the third novel in the Cardiff series, which introduces the Cardiffs' connection to ancient vampires.
Danita is a member of Romance Writers of America. She is a lover of chocolate, a good, scary movie, kittens and pups - especially Siberian Huskies. When she is not writing, she exercises her lungs at her son's soccer matches and their favorite theme park, because everyone knows it's easier on the stomach to scream your way down a roller coaster.

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January 18, 2014

Author Interview: @dpdenman Dancer's Heart #RLFblog #LGBT Romance

Dancer's Heart 
Book: Dancer's Heart
Genre: Contemporary MM Romance
Author: DP Denman
Book heat level (based on movie ratings G, PG, PG13, R): R

Interview with DP Denman

Why did you write this book?
The idea for this story came out of research I was doing for grad school about domestic violence in the gay community. It's a widespread problem people don't hear much about because like a lot of things in the LGBT Nation, it's kept in the shadows.
What is your favorite genre to read?
Paranormal
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I'd have to say Deacon Chalk from James R. Tuck's Occult Bounty Hunter series. He's a tragically flawed good guy. I love those!
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I'm a big fan of TV…which probably sounds a bit odd since I don't own one. Netflix and I are the best of friends. My favs include My Name is Earl, 1950s movies, Simpsons, and American Dad.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I'm working on a new series called Saving Liam. The first book is due out in April 2014.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Simon Leander has a secret. His life is a lie he hides from his partner in a relationship he's determined to tolerate...jealousy, rants and all. Michael was supposed to be the love of his life and he's not ready to let go of that dream even though the romantic has turned tyrant.
Then Drew appears and a little at a time Simon's determination starts to waver. Drew is everything Michael used to be but isn't anymore. When the truth about Simon's double life bursts from the shadows, it sparks a violent attack leaving him battered and broken. He must decide whether he can trust Drew and if love deserves a second chance.

Excerpt

Drew stood a few feet from the stage, arms folded across his chest watching the rehearsal of the act that made Glitters famous. They were the hottest drag club in town and that routine had a lot to do with it. However, his attention wasn't on the choreography. It was on the man at the center of it.
Simon Leander had the sort of beauty hours in the gym couldn't manufacture. Dark blonde hair flowed to the shoulders of a wiry, toned body that came with dancing for a living. Sparkling blue eyes held something sweet and almost innocent and then there was his smile. He wanted to kiss that smile.
He watched the other men on the stage pass Simon from hand to hand with graceful gestures as they simulated thrusting against him. Hands slid across his body that looked almost naked in the flesh-tone costume petting him, folding him, bending him as they pretended to take him in time to the music. The act was both hot and disturbing and he scowled at the display. He knew it was just an act but it bothered him anyway. Simon deserved better. He could imagine the way it should have looked, tender kisses and gentle caresses, loving that body the way Simon deserved.
He jerked the fantasy to a halt and shifted his attention somewhere else. That wasn't going to do him any good.
"Hold it. Just stop!" Marshall bellowed over the music, waving his arms to get the attention of the kid running the sound.
An instant later, the song died in mid note and movement on the stage ground to a halt as Marshall stalked up the steps.
"What the hell are you people doing up here? Positions are wrong. Steps are late. Is everybody on their period or are you all just hung over?"
"We're hitting our marks," one of the dancers argued as he puffed for air, a hand on his hip.
"Oh really? Because from out there," Marshall jabbed a finger to the almost empty room, "you look like a bunch of buffalos doing the goddamn nutcracker!"
Marshall liked to yell and it didn't take new dancers long to figure that out. They had all learned not to take the volume too seriously but that day he had a valid reason to scream. The last rehearsal before a performance shouldn't look that rough.
"Simon, honey, you and Val are fine. You three," he turned a scathing glare on the others, "are going to do it again and again and again and if we have to stay here all night we will," he waved in the air, confident the sound guy would see it. "Again," he demanded.
The music started and the dancing continued from where they'd left off with Marshall screaming and clapping out the beats all the way through it, focusing his attention on the newest dancer in the group. It was his first attempt performing in the show's pre-eminent act and it wasn't going well.
"Stop!" Marshall waved at the sound kid again and the music cut off. "Alright, that's it. Out," he pointed off the stage.
"What?" The dancer panted.
"Out. Off the stage. Out the door. Go find another club."
"I'll get it," he insisted. "I just need a little more time, an hour."
"You've had the same amount of time as everyone else. Get off my stage and go find something that requires a bit less talent," Marshall huffed.
The kid huffed right back at him and stalked off the stage, snatching his bag from a spot near the wall and bursting out the door.
"Will someone go after the drama queen and get the costume back?" Marshall said with a put upon sigh and one of the other dancers milling around the room dashed out the door after him.
Drew cast a glance at the owner where she stood at the back of the room and watched Dinah drop her gaze to the floor, shaking her head. If she had any objections to the decision, she didn't say so. It wasn't the first time Marshall had fired someone during a rehearsal, not even the last dress rehearsal before the live performance.
Glitters wasn't an average drag club and neither Dinah nor Marshall put up with average performances. They wanted quality and in a city with an immense talent pool there was no reason to settle for less. Not even in a drag show. Every open audition saw a hundred people lined up at their door. Marshall could take his pick and the performers knew it. They either kept up or they were out on the street looking for a new job and someone else was wearing their costume at the next show.

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Author Bio

DP Denman is an M/M (gay) contemporary romance author from the soggy splendor of the Pacific Northwest. She is an eclectic reader, obsessed writer, and determined LGBT rights activist who lives with her fur babies and a pair of hyper-caffeinated muses.

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