June 30, 2014

Character Interview: Virgina from Sweet Spot - Lucy Felthouse @cw1985 #RLFblog #LGBT

Sweet Spot 

About the Book

Title Sweet Spot
Genre F/F Erotic Sports Romance
Author Lucy Felthouse
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
A Raw Talent book
Virginia Miller is an up-and-coming tennis star. She's gone from a ratty tennis court in a park in south London, England, to the world's top training facility--Los Carlos Tennis Academy in California. In awe of the talent around her, Virginia is all the more determined to make the most of the opportunity and show that she's worthy of her place there. Her mentor, Nadia Gorlando, has every faith in her.
But Virginia finds herself distracted--Nadia, as well as being a top-notch tennis player, is seriously sexy, and Virginia's mind keeps wandering where it shouldn't. Will her crush get in the way of her career, or can she find a way to push the other woman out of her mind before it's too late?

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Interview with Virginia Miller

Tell us about yourself, please.
Hi, I'm Virginia Miller and I'm from London, England. I'm currently living in California, though--I can hardly believe it! I was accepted to train at Los Carlos Tennis Academy, and I'm now mingling with many of my idols. I have to keep pinching myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.
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?
I really, really want to tell Nadia Gorlando how I feel about her. She's a top tennis player, not just in the Academy, but in the world, and she's also my mentor. There are so many reasons I can't tell her, though. She's my mentor, we work closely together, I'm afraid. Plus, I don't even know if she's into women!
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Doubting my own abilities. I must be doing something right because I managed to get into the Academy, but I often find it difficult to believe that I could ever be a top tennis player. Nadia has a great deal of faith in me, however, so I'm slowly starting to believe in myself more.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Failure is pretty damn terrifying. I've worked damn hard to get even as far as the Academy, and now I'm here I want to go all the way. I know there's a lot of time and effort in front of me, and I don't mind. I just don't want to let myself, my parents, Nadia and the Academy down.
What is your family like?
They're great. My parents have always been very supportive, ever since the first moment I had a tennis racket in my hand and got hooked on the sport. They've been behind me every step of the way, and I owe them a lot--without them, I wouldn't be at the Academy at all. They wanted me to have a backup plan, though, and insisted I didn't rely wholly on tennis to get me through life and into a career--and threatened to stop paying for my tennis tuition if I didn't try hard in my school education and exams. I'm so glad they did, as education is so important.
What special skills do you rely on?
I don't. As I said above my parents refused to let me rely wholeheartedly on tennis to get me through life and a career, and as I grew up I realized they were absolutely right. Yes, my tennis playing has gotten me from a ratty court in south London to the world's top training facility, but that isn't just down to my tennis skills. It's down to hard work, sheer determination and the people I have supporting me. I'm so grateful for them.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Oh yes, absolutely. There were lots of ups and downs along the way, but the ending was certainly satisfactory. I'd really like to find out what happens next, though!
Lucy Felthouse Books 

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Lucy Felthouse is driven, supportive, writes lots of different stories, takes too much on and adores her readers and fellow Brit Babes.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I'm not sure, really. She didn't appear in the first Raw Talent book, Grand Slam, but Nadia Gorlando did. I was specifically wanting to write a F/F erotic romance novella for Ellora's Cave's Hot Pink series, so I figured it would be fun to take the character of Nadia, who'd had a few appearances in Grand Slam, and give her a love story of her own.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Giving Virginia what she really wanted made me very happy. But some of the stuff I put her through in the interim was pretty sad. Sorry, Virginia
Why do you write?
Because I can't not write! I get really grumpy if I don't.
What do you want to write next?
My next project is a M/M military erotic romance novella, called Desert Heat, which is going to be set in Afghanistan.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
Peter Ross is actually due his own story. Lily and I have been working on it, but I'm not sure when it'll get finished--things are crazy busy in both our worlds!
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Sort of. The Raw Talent series is a sports romance series by myself and Lily Harlem. We have both co-authored and solo projects in the series, and so far the books have had crossover between the other books--that is, you can read them as standalones, but certain characters and events will appear in more than one title. So there's definitely a chance that Virginia and Nadia will get another outing in future releases, but they probably won't be the main characters.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Yes--huge thanks to all of those that buy and read my books. I couldn't do this without you--you're totally awesome!

Author Bio

Lucy Felthouse 
Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9
subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 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

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June 29, 2014

Male Stripper Interview: Masked Man from Iron Rods @Brenna_Zinn #EroticRomance #Giveaway

Iron Rods 
Title Iron Rods Strip Club Series, Book 1.
Genre Erotic Romance
Author Brenna Zinn
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Hopefully you've already heard about Iron Rods, the best little fictional strip club for women in Texas. If you haven't let me fill you in.
Iron Rods is the first book in a series about a rundown strip club for women in Austin. At the beginning of Iron Rods, you learn that the club is a bone of contention between the owner, Austinite and half-crazy old man, Lyle Truitt and his estranged New Yorker son, Bennett Truitt. Suffering from neglect and mismanagement, the club is in bad shape, including the shoddy dancers. Then Tatum Reynolds, a down-on-her-luck University of Texas graduate with a Master of Dance degree, takes over and begins its slow return to its former glory.
In book one, several strippers, past and new, make an appearance. I'd like to give you an opportunity to meet one of them – my favorite – the Masked Man.
The Masked Man is exactly that. He auditions for a place on the stripper team wearing a mask and never takes it off. The only things Tatum knows about the mystery man is that his real name is Mack Garner, he speaks with a Scottish accent and he has to keep his true identity under wraps.

Interview

Interviewer: Hello Mack, if indeed that is your real name. Congratulations on being selected as one of the strippers for the new and improved Iron Rods.
Mack: Thank ye. And Mack is my real name. My accent may be as fake as a three dollar bill, but I carry it off well enough. Dinna ye think?
Interviewer wipes mouth from the pooling drool: Yes. Absolutely. Nothing like a good looking man with a Scottish accent.
Mack: The ladies seem to like it well enough. The more they like what they see and hear, the more they like to tip. Ye ken?
Interviewer: Oh. I ken, alright. So just between us and everyone reading this blog, why the need for all the secrecy? I mean, really. It's not like you're an FBI agent or a guy under the Witness Protection Program, right?
Mack: *chuckles* I ken what you're doing, Lass, and it won't work. What I will tell ye is that I have a job where my work as a stripper would be frowned upon. And I dinna want to lose my job.
Interviewer: Fair enough. Then let's talk about how you got into stripping. Have you done it long?
Mack: No, not at all. I've never stripped before, except maybe for a few lasses I dated. And then it was before I took them in my arms and had the kind of sex with them that curled their toes. But I have danced since I was a kid looking for something to do with my time. I grew up with my granddad, Jamie McKenzie, who truly is from Scotland, and I got into dancing after school to keep myself out of trouble until ol' Jamie could come fetch me.
Interviewer: No stripper experience? That's surprising. Didn't Tatum Reynolds, the manager of Iron Rods, make you the lead stripper?
Mack: Aye. She did. I'm as stunned as you. Clearly the woman has a keen eye.
Interviewer *swallows hard*: It wouldn't take a keen eye to see you're an extremely handsome man with talent. So, um, do you have a girlfriend? Any women in your life?
Mack: No girlfriend. The only woman in my life is my boss and she about drives me crazy. She has a stick up her backside that's hard to get past. I wish she would lighten up a bit. Get off my back and into my bed.
Interviewer: Excuse me? I didn't hear that last part.
Mack: I said I wish she would get off my back and smile a bit. The woman never smiles.
Interviewer: Now that you've had a chance to meet the other strippers, what do you think of the "Men of Iron Rods"?
Mack: For the most part, they're a fine group of fellas. There is one though that seems to have a pretty fair-sized chip on his shoulder. Not sure what his problem is – yet. But I have a feeling we may bump heads if he doesna watch his step.
Interviewer: Interesting. What's this man's name?
Mack: I dinna know what his real name is. Dinna care, really. His stage name is Archangel. Thinks he's the bloody star of the show. But we all know who that is, now don't we?
Interviewer *nodding furiously*: Yes we do. Speaking of stage name, what's yours?
Mack: Ack, well, we're still figuring that out. Tatum has been saying that the hot thing going on these days is BDSM. What the bloody hell is BDSM?
Interviewer: Does she mean Bondage, Domination, Sadism and Masochism?
Mack: Well, well now. I dinna ken for sure. Is that what that means? I had no bloody idea. Verra interesting.
Interviewer: Tatum is right, you know. BDSM is extremely popular these days. I'm curious to find out what she has in mind.
Mack: You and me both, Lass. You and me both.
Interviewer: That about does it for our time today. Anything you want to say before we wrap up this interview?
Mack: Aye. My story, Masked Secrets, is the second book in Brenna Zinn's Strip Club series. If you liked Iron Rods, book one. You're gonna love Masked Secrets.

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Brenna Zinn 

I remember reading about Texas in an Illinois grade school and thinking I probably would never see the great state where real cowboys ride their horses to work every day and everyone wears western hats and boots. Then again, I never dreamed I would elope in Gibraltar with a Navy man who hailed from the Lone Star state. But here I am, smack dab in the middle of Texas, still married to the same wonderful man and boasting not only the greatest daughter on the planet, but three dogs that are as big as long horns.
In between grade school and now, my journey through life has taken me all over the United States, as well as many places throughout the world. Using my travel experience as a guide and peppering in interesting characters I've met along the way, I love nothing better than weaving tales of romance and leaving readers yearning for adventures of their own.

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June 28, 2014

5 Easy Questions: Raine Delight @Raine_Delight #RLFblog #contemporary #LGBT

Moonlight Masquerade 
5 Easy Questions is an interview is designed to be quick, easy, and fun. Today's guest is Raine Delight.

What is your go-to meal to order when you dine out? Your favorite "I know it will hit the spot" item.
If I am at Olive Garden, I always get Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo as it is one of my favorites there and I just love their Alfredo sauce.
Who is your "book boyfriend"? You know, that hottie you read about and drool over.
Oh lord I have to pick just one??? Do you know how hard that is for me. *laughs* Well my all time favorite is Roark from J.D. Robb's In Death Series. This character hits all my love buttons and then some.
What were you like when you were in school?
Oh lord have mercy, I was that nerd who liked school and got school credit for volunteering in the school library all four years of High School.
Would you rather stay inside and watch snow falling, or get out in it and build a snowman?
For myself, I am not much of a cold weather person so I like to stay indoors and watch the snow fall while I read a book. My kids sometimes drag me out to help them in the winter to build snowmen or go sledding.
What was the last movie you watched (home or theater)?
Last movies were X-Men: Days of Future Past as well as The Amazing Spiderman at the local drive-in. X-men was really, really awesome and the new spiderman was okay though I am not a big spiderman fan.

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Title: Moonlight Masquerade
Genre Contemporary M/M Short Story
Author Name Raine Delight
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
It's Valentine's weekend and for Skylar Everclear, it's a holiday he wishes he could forget. Mysterious roses keep popping up on his doorstep. No idea what is going, a little disturbed by this secret admirer, he tries to forget it all since he just got rid of the latest line of loser boyfriends and just wants to do his job at the local bakery. But when he meets his new neighbor, Marc Douglas, he finds himself drawn to the quiet young man even as he tries to not let his libido take over. But on Valentine's Day, a mysterious rose again pops up with a note to meet his admirer that night. Will Skylar take a chance that love is right there waiting for him?

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June 27, 2014

How to Relax on a Deserted Island When Killers Are After You @TheGoddessNaomi #RLFblog #ParanormalRomance

Her Wild Protector 
There you are, on a tropical island, with a guy who practically kidnapped you. He says he has a plan to protect you, and so far he's done a good job of keeping you safe from two men, one who turns into a cheetah and another who becomes a panther. Oh, and both of them tried to kill you. This guy is sexy as hell and the more you learn about him, the more you like him, but that doesn't change the fact that he's irritatingly bossy. Throw in the minor problem that there are killers after you and you have a pretty good reason to be off-the-charts stressed out.
How about a session of Tai Chi? This non-aggressive form of martial art has many benefits, including improved posture, better flexibility and what you so desperately need, stress reduction. So when the hot guy (who looks even hotter when he's doing Tai Chi) suggests you join him in his workout, you agree. And surprise! After forty minutes of moving through the forms, you're calmer than you have been for days.
Tai Chi is a great form of exercise. I've done it a few times and wanted to learn a bit more for the scene in Her Wild Protector, where Marshall and Tara engage in this activity. I thoroughly enjoyed doing the research. Here are a few websites to check out if you want to see it in action:
A nice video on YouTube, showing a gold medal champion do The 24 Form:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejB-jBtZqqU
A very nicely put together video of a regular guy doing a Tai Chi warm up. At least I'm assuming he's a regular guy. He could actually be a marital art master!
Watch Jet Li rock his Tai Chi in this movie clip
How about you? What's your favorite way to reduce stress?

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Book Title: Her Wild Protector
Since waking up on the floor of her apartment after an electrical shock, Tara has felt…different. Colors a little off. Shadows where they shouldn't be. But hot guys glowing blue light and a cheetah drinking a cup of coffee? That's not something you see every day. And why doesn't anyone else seem to notice?
The pillar of blue light is Marshall, a Metamorph—a human who can change at will into an animal or energy form. His human form is damn fine-looking, but that doesn't mean he isn't crazy, with his stories about belonging to a secret government agency and rogue Metamorphs trying to kill her. Plus he wears sunglasses indoors—who still does that? But when there's a panther scratching at her door, she has no choice but to trust Marshall, even if it means her life will never be the same.

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Author Bio

Naomi lives in sunny Florida with the love of her life and a magical calico cat. She writes for various fiction and non-fiction markets but finds she is drawn to romance because her characters insist on canoodling and falling madly in love. So she lets them. Occasionally, however, they go to dark and strange places. She lets them do this also. Her interests include dancing, motorcycle riding, drumming, and creating healthy meals. She takes the opportunity to play and have fun whenever possible. Her motto: Never pass up the opportunity to have an adventure!
Naomi Bellina
Provocative tales of love, lust, passion and magic

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June 26, 2014

Cover Love: Shadow's Moon @JamiGrayAuthor #RLFblog #paranormalromance

Shadow's Moon 
Shadow's Moon: Book 3 of the Kyn Kronicles, 2013 Golden Claddaugh Finalist
Even a wild heart can be broken...
A blonde, a brunette and a monster walk into a bar and all hell breaks loose.
It should have been the start of a bad joke, but days from a full moon Xander Cade, Tracker for the Northwest Motoki Pack, finds nothing funny about confronting an enraged Shifter in a crowded Portland nightclub filled with unsuspecting humans. The resulting carnage frays an already thin veil of secrecy shielding the supernatural Kyn community from public scrutiny, and ensures she can't escape the one man she's been determined to avoid, her Alpha and mate, Warrick Vidis. Dominating, protective and compelling, Warrick threatens her individuality like no other.
As the Northwest Alpha wolf, compromise isn't in Warrick Vidis's vocabulary, but when his reluctant mate, Xander Cade, refuses to leave off the hunt for a killer, he has no qualms using whoever or whatever necessary to protect her or his pack. A series of unusual deaths involving lone wolves, along with anonymous threats against him and his Pack, begin to jeopardize his normal steely control. Add in Xander's continual reluctance to fully accept their Soul bond, and the line between intellect and instinct begins to blur, leaving him wondering if one woman's love and acceptance will be enough to save both man and wolf.
As the danger escalates, threatening not just their Pack but those closest to them, Warrick and Xander must find a way to trust each other and accept their rare bond or risk losing everything-their pack, their friends and each other.
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About the Author

Jami Gray is the award winning, multi-published author of the Urban Fantasy series, The Kyn Kronicles, and the Paranormal Romantic Suspense series, PSY-IV Teams. Her latest release, Shadow's Moon was a Golden Claddaugh Finalist, and the first in her newest series, Hunted by the Past, hits shelves in July 2014. She is surrounded by Star Wars obsessed males and a male lab, who masquerades as a floor rug as she plays with the voices in her head.

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June 25, 2014

Character Sketch: Jamie from Love Me Not @ReeseRyanWrites #RLFblog #contemporary

Love Me Not 
Title: Love Me Not
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author Name: Reese Ryan
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Abandoned by a mother who chose drugs over her, Jamie Charles barely got out of her own addiction alive. Now, she pours her pain into her art while pouring drinks at a local bar. To Jamie, love is a four-letter word—until she meets Miles, a charming ad exec with piercing blue eyes who makes no secret about his desire for her.
Miles Copeland has family demons of his own, but his unhappy upbringing drove him toward hard work and success. He's determined to win Jamie over, and when he finally does, it's worth every moment he spent waiting. But when he confesses that he's falling for her, she panics. Sex is one thing, but love requires more than she can give.
Jamie can't deny her feelings, but she's haunted by her past. Miles knows his heart, but Jamie's lingering doubts have him questioning their future. It might take the threat of losing him forever for her to realize that refusing to let love in is the worst mistake of all.

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About the Character

Name: Jamie Charles
Age: 31
Gender: Female
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio
Profession: Artist/Bartender
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Describe her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Jamie is average height with a curvy, well-toned body. Jamie has a nose piercing, tattoos and fair skin. At the beginning of the story her hair is long and black and she favors dramatic eyes shadow and lipstick. Later in the book she changes her style a bit.
Who is the significant other in your character's life?
Miles Copeland. He's dreamy, handsome, speaks his mind and it quite persistent. He isn't afraid of Jamie's tough, scarred exterior and he's determined to win her heart. Thankfully, he succeeds.
How does your heroine dress?
In the beginning of the book, Jamie favors a darker, edgier look. I'd describe it as Goth Girl Meets Motorcycle Chick. It fits her mood and the image she wants to project to the world. She relishes the fact that people find her unapproachable.
How educated is this character? Is she book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Jamie is a smart girl but she is self-taught and street smart. She is capable of much more, but deep down she holds the belief that she doesn't deserve more.
Does she scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Jamie is your typical starving artist, in many ways, but she's comfortable with her life as it is. However, when she starts dating Miles she becomes more aware of what she doesn't have. The difference in their income levels does add to her insecurities.
What does she have a knack for doing?
Jamie is a talented artist. She's especially skilled at drawing and painting. When she was ten-years-old, the man who Jamie considers to be her father bought her art supplies after she got in trouble for drawing on a desk at school.
What is your character's family like?
Jamie comes from a broken home and had a very difficult childhood. Her father left home when she was about ten. Her mother was an alcoholic and drug addict. Jamie had planned to run away from home at thirteen, but her best friend's family took her in and became her legal guardians. She loves them and is fiercely loyal to them. Yet, she trusts few other people.
Is she close to family?
Jamie is very close to her adopted family. However, she hasn't seen her biological father since she was ten and hasn't seen her biological mother in more than fifteen years.
If someone from your character's past showed up, who would she NOT want it to be, and why?
The last person in the world that Jamie would want to see is her biological mother, Josephine Charles. Yet, near the outset of the story, that is exactly what happens. Josephine is trying to get her life together and wants to make amends with Jamie. This sets off a series of events in which Jamie is forced to deal with extremely painful secrets from her past that neither she nor Josephine are truly prepared to face.
Can your heroine keep a secret?
Yes. Jamie has kept lots of secrets for the two women she considers her sisters. However, the biggest secret she's been keeping is about what happened to her as a young girl. It's slowly been eating away at her, like a poison, and making it difficult for her to form a true connection with or trust people outside of her small circle.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
Being abandoned by her father without so much as a word and watching her mother choose the man who hurt her over her has left Jamie with the belief that she is unlovable. She behaves accordingly and avoids relationships at all costs. Until she met Miles, she was content to live her life this way. Being loved by him slowly changes her perspective on the matter and her self-perception.

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
I was a minor character in her debut novel, Making the First Move, but we really hit it off. To be honest, she was sort of fascinated with me. She needed to understand what made me tick and to see it all play out. I think she was also a little taken with Miles and wanted to go back and write our love story as her way of secretly getting to spend some alone time with him.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
There are lots of things in my past that are painful and that I'm not especially proud of. Reese put it all out there. Honestly, I didn't appreciate it initially. Yet, if she hadn't I'd never have been able to truly love Miles. So I thank her for that. I also hope my story gives hope to other women who might be suffering from insecurity, self-loathing and self-doubt in the wake of a sexual assault.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
Learning the truth regarding my deeply-held beliefs about myself came as a surprise to me. I go on quite a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance in this story. However, I think Reese was just as surprised by the reasons behind some of my bad choices. This book was a collaboration between the two of us. I'm pretty sure my name should be listed as fictional co-author.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
There are three other characters in my story who also deserve their own happy endings: my friend, Lisa who works with me; Miles's little sister, Kari; and my other childhood friend, Xavier Hunt. There are some very emotional scenes between Ex and me in this story. Ex deserves to find a woman who will love him the way he deserves. Several readers have requested his story, so I hope Reese is sitting in her chair, plotting his story out right now.

Author Bio

Reese Ryan writes sexy, contemporary fiction filled with colorful characters and sinfully-sweet romance. She secretly enjoys torturing her heroines with family and career drama, reformed bad boys, revealed secrets, and the occasional identity crisis, but always rewards them with a happily ever after.

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June 24, 2014

Character Interview: Honor Castillo from Honor C @authorczampa #RLFblog #LGBT

Honor C 
Title Honor C
Genre Contemporary Romance Fiction
Author Name C. Zampa
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
When Honor Castillo convinces himself he isn't gay, he begins a new life. He ends his affair with his lover, Jorge Villagomez, and marries Rebecca to establish a life with her as a respected San Antonio businessman. They have a son and he tells himself he is happy.
Eleven years later, Jorge returns to San Antonio, and his path crosses with Honor's once more. The flame of their passion never died, and neither did Jorge's love for Honor.
When Jorge approaches Honor to design his studio, Honor believes he can walk the line between friendship and lovers. But when a sudden crisis threatens to take Jorge from him forever, Honor must choose between his duty and his heart. Most of all, he's forced to decide what he's willing to lose in order to be true to who he really is.

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Interview with Honor Castillo

Tell us about yourself, please.
I'm a successful Hispanic businessman in San Antonio. I'm married to my college sweetheart, Rebecca, and we have a son, Michael.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
All my life I've wanted to just be who and what I was. Gay.
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?
My love and loyalty to my wife and son. My fear of losing my family if I came out of the closet. My fear and shame that was beaten into me by my father when I was a boy, though, has been one of the biggest nails on my closet door.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
The pain, the horrible, pain that would be caused if I came out of the closet. My successful business position in the community and what would happen if I came out as a homosexual.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
The biggest complication to enter my life was a lover from my past. Jorge Villagomez. I'd left him behind long ago and locked myself in the closet, hoped he would always just be a secret from my past. But, when he returned to my world, I knew my love for him had never died. It was stronger than ever.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
At the risk of being hated, my life is divided between two significant others. My wife, Rebecca and Jorge. And that is my pain. A love and respect for the woman I married, who I truly love, and an equal love for the man I loved since I was a kid.
What would that person say about you?
Oddly, they would both say the same thing, but from different points of view. That, although I am a loyal, good man who would do anything for those I love, I am also a miserable mess. A man torn between two lives—my straight life and being the homosexual who I really am.
What is your family like?
We are a typical family. Happy. Deep into our Hispanic heritage.
What special skills do you rely on?
Skills. Funny, I never thought of having skills. I am, though, a talented and innovative architect.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
Jorge, of course. With him comes the pounding on my tight closet door. And, most of all, my father. A man who hated me, who was ashamed of me.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Very happy. It was a painful road, my coming out. I did hurt my wife, I confused my son. But, in time—because ultimately she loved me enough—Rebecca came to terms as best she could with my homosexuality. And, after an equally rocky road, I finally reunited with my soul mate, Jorge.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Ha! That's a good one! Let me see…Nah, I can't describe myself.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
I simply love Hispanic culture and the character was inspired by one of my favorite crushes, Hispanic actor Eduardo Yanez. Personality, looks, everything. It felt good to turn a passion for a type of man into a character.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you? When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad? Happy?
That he was beautiful. He was NOT perfect, as he was a big man, had been a big kid. Sad because of other imperfections. Sad because he was going to do some things, in his struggle to finally come out, that would hurt others, that would make him seem selfish, that would make him seem weak. But it was who he was, and it was real. Not easy to make a character have flaws that you knew readers would not like.
Why do you write?
I know it's cliché, but it's true: because I can't NOT write. But, then, too, I've always had this huge, huge world of folks in my head. And since I can't paint of sing about them, I have to produce them in the only other means I know. Writing them.
What do you want to write next?
I'm already into a story, another Hispanic set of characters, only a bit darker than 'Honor C'. A story where a horrific event that happened years ago ends up being an unsuspected bond between the two main characters.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
The supporting character, Gabriel Barbosa, who had loved one of the MC's (Jorge). Just one of those guys you write, who you don't plan to be awfully significant, but then—ouch—you kind of like him a lot and want to write him, to explore him further.
Are any sequels planned for this book?
Actually, there is a sequel. The book was left with what readers keep calling a 'happy for now'. I want to go beyond and let the readers have that conclusive happy ending.

Author Bio

C. Zampa's earliest stories were not written words, but drawings. Adventures, romances—all drawn in comic book style, complete with dialogue bubbles. Countless hours were spent in her room with her Mead Academie sketch pad and pencils. While the stereo headphones piped the classics into her ears, she feverishly sketched the wonderful characters who lived in her head, creating little vignettes for them.
Even her early drawings reflected romance as she felt it—erotic, sensual, natural, uninhibited.
In her pseudo-hippie days of high school, she began to write. Her teachers encouraged her to take her writing seriously, but to her it was strictly for pleasure. Once entering the working world, she left writing behind; but, a few years ago, overwhelmed by a need to create, she opened a blank document and began to write again and has not stopped since.

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June 23, 2014

Interview with June Kramin author of I Got Your Back, Hailey @junekramin #RLFblog #suspense

I Got Your Back, Hailey 
Genre: Romantic suspense
Author Name: June Kramin
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG

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Interview with June Kramin

Why did you write this book?
I only do what the voices in my head tell me to. ;) Honestly, I was in bed one night and a character name popped into my head. Sounds cheesy, but it was Parker Peters. Yup – Spiderman in reverse. I don't know why, but I was determined to write something around that. I was in the middle of another project at the time, but once I started – it just ran itself. It's by far the most action I've written and I loved the way it all fell together. I loved the mystery of Parker. Just like his name came to me with no clue who he was, he was just "there" and I wasn't sure who he would turn into. Hands down, he's my favorite male MC to date!
What is your favorite genre to read?
I like a lot of suspense. I love the "can't wait to turn the page" feeling.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
For many years now, it has been Lucas Davenport - John Sandford's main character in his Prey series.
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
We cancelled TV almost 10 years ago. We're not reality fans and it seemed that's all that was on. We are big movie people, though. We've gotten into a few TV shows that we found on Netflix. Currently we're catching up on Leverage and Castle. With my middle grade books, fun fantasies are also favorite. Once Upon a Time and Grimm are on the list as well.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
Like with my characters running the show, I let my fans bully me. I received an awesome e-mail about someone loving my novel: "Money Didn't Buy Her Love". She was hoping for a sequel so I wrote it. I was glad someone else's mind went where mine had gone with a secondary character. I'm on the last edits then it will be off to my editor. Same for "I Got Your Back, Hailey". My 1st two 5-star reviews mentioned wanting more so I am working on that as well. I love to follow a series. I hope I can keep the intensity up with Hailey and her crew and keep them coming. I do still have a few older novels that are easier romance reads on my laptop and the last few of my middle grade series. Eventually they will need to be beaten into shape and get out there as well. I always have a few pots on the fire.
Please tell us about your latest book.
I Got Your Back, Hailey is full of twists and turns and surprises. Parker and Hailey meet by chance, but he discovers she's who he'd been searching for. They find out that they share a connection to the man that wants her dead. Together they try to find ways to prove his guilt while trying to stay alive.
A jailbreak of some needed muscle, a sassy young pilot, a sexy stewardess, and a computer geek with a Gilligan's Island fetish make up my favorite list of secondary characters ever!
I love our summer road trips. Austin, Texas was last summer's destination for a convention. It made for a great scene here, as well as Las Vegas a few years prior. Hailey's distaste for California traffic stems from my experience a few years back as well. LOL. Guess if I'm going to complete the sequel, I'll need to road trip again. J
When Hailey stumbles upon a backpack full of money on her nightly jog, she is forced to flee the security of her secret identity.
Although the sudden appearance of a man that had been flirting with her earlier seems odd, Hailey accepts Parker's help in getting the heavy bag home. Within moments of arriving, they escape under gunfire. The men it was intended for want it back, and Hailey has now made herself a target.
Safe in a motel room, the two of them discover the truth: although their meeting was an accident, Parker had been involved in the bag's drop and she had been his assignment all along. Now, getting Hailey away safely is Parker's new mission. Together they struggle to put together the pieces of Hailey's past and discover that they have more in common than they thought.
Being on the run, keeping Hailey's family safe, and searching for clues to put away the man that wants her dead are hard enough. Falling in love in the middle of it all was the last thing either one of them expected.

Excerpt

"Exactly what is the plan here?" I asked after another long sip of beer.
"I'm not exactly sure now. The money is definitely not going to do what it was supposed to, and you have no business being involved in all of this."
"Pardon me, but that's your fault."
"Let's not do this again, okay? Are you forgetting I chose you over the money?"
My eyes lowered. "No. I'm really not sure of the etiquette on how many times I'm supposed to thank you for that."
"Let's drop it. What's done is done. I need to figure out what to do from here. How to get back on track and get you somewhere safe."
I walked over to the small refrigerator for another beer. "Parker? Is there a chance I can make a phone call?"
"That depends. You going to try to signal for help?"
"No. I…I think I need to let my mom know I'm okay. She normally calls me on Saturdays for an update. I'm worried she'll think something is wrong if I don't call soon."
"We'll go get you your makeup or whatever you want, and I'll get a new throwaway phone. You can call her from that. No giving away anything about our location."
I was getting tired of all this cloak-and-dagger shit. It was wearing on my last nerve. "Who exactly is following you? What was the money for, Parker? Or Gavin. Whatever your name is! This is no longer funny! You think they'd tap my mother's phone?" I rushed his chair and landed both hands hard on his chest. He grasped my wrists and held them tight as he stood.
"Whoa! Why would you think someone would want you back so bad as to post someone on your mother?"
I shook my arms, trying to get free. "Let me go."
"You going to be civil?"
"Yes. Please let me go."
Too nervous now to return to the chair, I stood and peered out of the crack in the curtain. "I need to know something and I need the truth." I faced him, needing to look into his eyes. The eyes always give it away.
"Fire away." He motioned that I should carry on with a wave of his hand.
"I think I tripped on this money by accident, but I need to know if I was set up."
"You? Set up? Why do you think you were set up? How could I have possibly pulled that off?"
"Things just don't add up. We flee under gunfire…you save me but don't take the money…"
"Back up. What do you know that you think someone would pay a million bucks for?"
"More like kill me for it."

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Author Bio

Wife, Mother, Writer, Lunatic. Not necessarily in that order.
"There is a fine line between genius and crazy... I like to use that line as a jump rope!"
June, who prefers to go by Bug, was born in Philadelphia but moved to Maui, Hawaii when she was four. She met her "Prince Charming" on Kauai and is currently living "Happily Ever After" in a small town in Minnesota.
Her son and daughter are her greatest accomplishments. She takes pride in embarrassing them every chance she gets.
Being hopelessly addicted to 80's music is her super power.

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June 22, 2014

Interview: Anne Kane author of Her Cyborg Lover @annekane #RLFblog #SciFiRomance

Her Cyborg Lover 
Title: Her Cyborg Lover
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Author Name: Anne Kane
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
Natalie's loved and lost and she's not so sure she wants to risk her heart again. She's willing to settle for a challenging career as a space-pilot instructor and a succession of no-strings attached lovers. But that's before her boss saddles her with the last thing she wants—a new partner.
Jebediah recognizes his perfect match in Natalie from the moment she seduces him on a dare. Everything that makes her a top-notch pilot, from her fearlessness to her passion, make a night in her bed both challenging and unforgettable. Too bad she cuts Jebediah off the moment they're assigned to a mission in the outer limits of Alliance space.
A dangerous confrontation with a brutal enemy, an exploding drive engine and a traitor close to home throw everything into perspective. Natalie is going to have to put the past behind her and risk it all, because when your partner is also your lover, failure is not an option.
A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

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Interview with Anne Kane

Why did you write this book?

Because I love to write, of course! I wanted to write a book with a strong heroine who wasn't afraid to embrace her passionate nature. One of the things I love the most about science fiction is that I can write strong female characters without having to sacrifice their feminine side. In Her Cyborg Lover I was able to have my heroine be a top fighter pilot, and interact with an equally strong hero. It made the growing relationship between the two very interesting!
What is your favorite genre to read?
My favorite genre is definitely romance, with a happily ever after ending. Having said that I like a lot of different sub genres. I think fantasy and science fiction would be the two top ones, followed by suspense, mystery and the occasional contemporary. I get enough reality in my day to day life, so I like the books I read to embrace all the possibilities of the author's imagination. Some of my favorite authors are Christine Feehan, Kelley Armstrong, Jayne Ann Krentz, Dakota Cassidy, Lori Handeland Patricia Briggs.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
My favorite fictional character? Oh, that's a tough one. I think it would be a toss-up between Elena Michaels (from Kelley Armstrong's Bitten series) or Mercedes Thompson (from Patricia Brigg's novels) These two actually have a lot of character traits in common, not the least of which is their ability to stand up for themselves. They also give the men in their lives a real run for their money. No hysterical, swooning female vapors for these two!
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I actually don't have a lot of time to watch TV, so a show really has to capture my attention if I'm going to go to the trouble of watching it. The most recent one to do that is Bitten – the series based on Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. I've also enjoyed the Firefly series (WHY did they cancel that??) Battlestar Galactica, all the incarnations of Star Trek, Star Wars, the Dollhouse, Andromeda….. Are you seeing a pattern here?
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
Right now I'm working a novella for a boxed series which will release in September. The boxed series is a collaboration with six other amazing authors and is titled Seductive Fortunes. I am really excited about this project as it is my first attempt at Indie Publishing!
Please tell us about your latest book.
Natalie's loved and lost and she's not so sure she wants to risk her heart again. She's willing to settle for a challenging career as a space-pilot instructor and a succession of no-strings attached lovers. But that's before her boss saddles her with the last thing she wants—a new partner.
Jebediah recognizes his perfect match in Natalie from the moment she seduces him on a dare. Everything that makes her a top-notch pilot, from her fearlessness to her passion, make a night in her bed both challenging and unforgettable. Too bad she cuts Jebediah off the moment they're assigned to a mission in the outer limits of Alliance space.
A dangerous confrontation with a brutal enemy, an exploding drive engine and a traitor close to home throw everything into perspective. Natalie is going to have to put the past behind her and risk it all, because when your partner is also your lover, failure is not an option.
A Romantica® science fiction erotic romance from Ellora's Cave

Excerpt

"Delta Class Scout ship. I order you to identify yourself, or be prepared to handle the consequences."
A deep male chuckle rolled through the comm link. Natalie blinked. Laughter? Was the idiot actually laughing at her? He was so going to eat her dust, and that would be before she grounded his sorry ass for the next decade or two.
Thirty years of practice gave her the edge every single time one of the cadets pulled a stupid stunt like this. Engaging the infrared overlay on the cerebral interface, she mentally plotted the other ship's most likely course. Only an experienced space jockey understood that the shortest route was rarely the quickest, or the easiest.
Sure enough, the idiot darted between the two large asteroids directly in front of him. A seasoned pilot would know that the combined gravitational fields of the rocks created a braking effect on any smaller object caught between the two of them. Real-life one on one versus theory in the classroom. She could almost feel sorry for the pilot as he struggled to wrest control of his ship from the two inanimate objects.
Almost, but not quite.
She circled around the trap, putting herself directly between the rocket jockey and home base. Let him watch her tail for a while before she slapped him into the brig. Waggling her wings in an insulting salute that the unfortunate pilot couldn't possibly miss, she veered toward home base.
She hadn't quite finished congratulating herself on such a swift victory when her ship careened sideways, almost colliding with one of the smaller asteroids in the field. What the hell?
She jerked her head up, hardly able to believe the display in front of her eyes. The smaller ship had freed itself of the gravity well and moved to parallel her before turning so that his thrusters aimed directly at her side. When he fired them, the shock hit the pilot ship with all the force of a herd of thundering moon-cats.
Crap! This kid had balls. Balls and the makings of a star-class fighter pilot—if she didn't kill him first.
Getting the ship back under control, she reined in her temper and concentrated on chasing the smaller ship. It had been a long time since anyone had actually given her a run for her money. She wasn't sure she liked it. "Pilot, you just bought yourself a serious amount of time dirt-side. Again, I say, identify yourself."
No answer.
"Who the hell are you?" Her voice harsh with suppressed rage, she gave the pilot one last chance to reply.
"Obviously a better pilot than you." His voice was smooth and low, with a trace of male humor showing through. Arrogant, definitely arrogant.
She felt a grudging respect for his lack of deference. He had her on the run and he knew it. "I doubt that. I got careless and you got lucky."
A disbelieving snort echoed through the com link. "I'm an excellent pilot. I don't need luck."
"And your name?" She didn't recall the last time she'd spent this much time trying to extract information from a cadet. Who the hell was this guy? A few seconds passed, and Natalie realized the cadet was going to ignore her yet again.
Turning the mode to private, she called up the avatar. "Can you get anything on that ship? A registration number? Something to trace the pilot?"
"Negative." If an avatar could shake its head, she was sure it would be. "There seems to be some type of blocking involved."
Natalie's eyebrows rose in surprise. Blocking identification protocols was strictly forbidden, and would require way more tech savvy than most of the cadets were capable of. "Can you identify the blocking procedures?"
Maybe she could get the man's identity in a round-about way. She snorted ruefully. When had she started thinking of the pilot as a man, not a boy? When he'd outmaneuvered her back there, or when he'd had the backbone to not answer her demands, not give her his name?
With that attitude, he'd go far in the military. Again, if she didn't kill him first.
Who the hell was he?

Author Bio

Anne Kane lives in the beautiful Okanagan Valley with a bouncy Jack Russell terrier, a cantankerous Himalayan cat, a bossy little calico cat and too many fish to count. She spent many years trying to fit in and act normal, but finally gave up the effort. She started writing romance, and her fate was sealed in 2008 when she won a publishing contract with Red Sage Publishing and just a month later Changeling Press accepted her first submission. Since then she had published more than thirty stories in a variety of sub-genres.
Her hobbies, when she's not playing with the characters in her head, include kayaking, hiking, motorcycles, swimming, skating, karate, playing guitar, singing and of course, reading.

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June 21, 2014

Character Interview: Amber from Fallen Leaves @AuthorTinaGayle #RLFblog #suspense

Fallen Leaves 
Title: Fallen Leaves (Family Tree book 2)
Genre: Romantic Suspense with Paranormal Elements
Author Name: Tina Gayle
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
As autumn comes to the Winston estate in Ohio, Amber Harrison learns further lessons in her new position as keeper for the spirits and ghosts who haunt the estate--and further lessons in love, too. She and her love, Carter Miller, grapple with the fears and passions of new love, while caught up in the storm of ancient family drama.
This is the second book in the unfolding saga of the psychics and talents associated with the Winston estate, a sheltered place where past, present, and future are woven into a single dramatic tapestry of love and desire. The tale spans multiple generations, multiple eras, and offers something special for all ages of reader. A sexy, erotic winner, with an assortment of couples to appeal to most tastes.

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Publisher: Tina Gayle

Interview with Amber Harrison

Tell us about yourself, please.
Hi everyone,
My name is Amber Harrison. I'm the Winston family keeper.
Right, and what's that you're probably asking?
It means that I'm guided by my family ancestors which are now my spiritual guides. They assigned me task that will help me grow and will help different members of my family. I'm very happy in my job, most of the time because I'm surrounded by very supportive people.
But this time, the family spirits have assigned me one heck of a task. I have to get my grandmother's ghost to let go and pass over into heaven.
Do you know how hard that is?
Especially with a ghost riddled with guilt.
Add in, I'm in love with an incredible guy who has no idea what I'm going through. Then you'll wonder why I just don't pack up my bags, head back to college, and sunny California. Oh, yeah, my parents, they want to rule my life.
Oh, but it's fun being me...not.
What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
To let go of the guilt I have of accidentally killing my grandfather. I loved him so much, then he died and left me all alone.
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?
I have to let go of the one man, I truly love to find the confidence to convince my grandmother to let go of her life as a ghost.
What inner doubt causes you the most difficulty?
Failing the family that loves me.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
Carter Miller is everything a girl could want tall, dark, and handsome with the most incredible bedroom-brown eyes. He can look at you and you want to melt. He works in construction and is remodeling the kitchen in Winston Manor. His only problem is he doesn't understand my connection to the spiritual world.
What would that person say about you?
He believes I'm beautiful. Even if I've been told by my mother, I could use to lose a few pounds. With blonde hair and blue eyes, I'm attractive and try to be a nice person. Though, his sister calls me a bimbo because I consume a great deal of her brother's time. Yeah, I can't help if he likes being with me.
What is your family like?
With a family of spirits surround me, I have more characters around me than I can shake a stick at (old says are repeated regularly at my house.) They are supportive as well as challenging.
My best friend, Mattie Winston Miller is the best and helps me with my job. She's the old family keeper and understands the challenges I face.
As for my parents, they are in California. We don't exactly get along, and I'm much happier living miles and miles away from them.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Yes, I met the task assigned to me by Jonathan, the head of the family spirits and I am committed to living the rest of my life with the man I love.
Granted, I still have challenges to face but I know I can meet them with the help of the family spirits and my friends.

About the Writer

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Creates heartwarming stories about women, their struggles, successes, hopes, and dreams. Romances that push the limit and touch your heart.
Why did you choose to write about this character?
Amber is a young woman searching for where she fits into the world. Her challenges stretch the limit of what we might achieve if we were given a task by spirit.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
Happy for her to find the strength to let go of the pain of the past and reach forward into a new future with Carter. Sad – She see the pain others experience and can't let it go, she shares the pain and works to help anyway she can.
Why do you write?
I want my readers to escape into a new world and discover new things that they can take into their world and make their life better.
What do you want to write next?
I'm working right now on the last book in my Executive Wives' Club series. Then I'll start on the next book in the Family Tree Series.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why? Are any sequels planned for this book?
This series shares the life adventures of not only Amber but Mattie and her daughter Lilia. A family saga, there is a great deal to share with each character growing and learning new things.
The next book will go into more of Lilia's life. She is a psychic, but she is not sure if she can embrace her gift or not. She has a challenge in the next book and will discover that having someone to love can make a world of difference in your outlook on life.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you, I am always amazed by my readers and their understanding of my stories.

Author Bio

Growing up, I didn't know what I wanted to be. Once when someone asked me about my dream job, I said I wanted to be a pretender.
That's why writing is the perfect job for me, because it allows me the flexablity to become a new person in every book. In truth, I went through a number of different jobs, before I decided to be a writer. I enjoy incorporating the heartaches, headaches and fun of being a mother into my books.
Currently, I'm working on a series about four executive wives. They combine elements of women fiction with the passion of romance. The first three books are available, Marketing Exec's Widow, IT Exec's Baby, and CFO's Affair. The last book CEO Widow's Decision will be out by the end of 2014.
Also, I have two books out in my Family Tree series...Summer's Growth and Fallen Leaves. (Paranormal Romantic Suspense)
When not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family and traveling around the country. I haven't hit every state yet, but hoping to some day.
Read the first chapter of any of my books by visiting my website.

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