February 4, 2012

Interview with Xavier Axelson

Lily - by Xavier Axelson.
 Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Being a single Dad is hard enough but when Pryor loses his daughter Lily in an unthinkable event he thinks he has experienced the ultimate horror but it's when Lily returns he realizes his nightmare has only just begun.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Other: Contemporary, Family & Relationships, Gay, Paranormal/Alternate World, Romance, Shape-Shifter, Werewolves

How do you come up with ideas?
The ideas come up with me. But I am inspired by the world around me; nature, creation, destruction and magic.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?
Being true to my characters, I feel obligated to tell their story to the best of my ability.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
The fact that I learn something every time I write.

Where do you start when writing? Research, plotting, outline, or...?
I don't really know but I do know it is never plotting or an outline. It's usually a bolt from the blue kind of thing.

What did you learn from writing your first book? 
I learned about my dedication to my work.

Would you consider self publishing?
I don't think so.

How many hours a day to you spend writing?

Is your muse demanding?
Does fire burn? Demanding doesn't begin to describe it.

Are your stories plot or character driven?

What is the craziest thing you did as a kid, and would it ever end up in a book?
Oye, I'm not sure, I was a pretty crazy kid. I think the non-crazy things could go in a book, though it would be a short story.

What are some jobs you've done that would end up in a book?
A friend of mine just told me I needed to write a book about my careers in porn and the adult world. My response: BORING so I doubt it.

If I was a first time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with and why?
The Birches by Xavier Axelson
I'd say go in chronological order, you'll see my progress and experience the journey as I have. Start with Christmas Eve at the Powers That Be Café, tell me what you think!

What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A sense of freedom.

List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Peter Straub and Jane Austen

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Still-life with Gravy

If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?

What song would best describe your life?
Where Eagles Dare by The Misfits
Never Say Never Anthology

Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with mushrooms.
I'm always ready for cocktails.
When I'm alone, I sleep.
Christmas Eve at The Powers That Be Café
A Valentine for Evrain (Part of the Never Say Never Anthology)
Dutch's Boy
The Incident
The Birches
Books Coming Soon
Earthly Concerns with Seventh Window Publishing
Find Xavier Here

February 3, 2012

With This Kiss - Victoria Lynne

With This Kiss.
With This Kiss
Beauty and the beast: they were the scandal of the ton.  All eyes feasted on the beautiful flame-haired gambler in London’s most infamous club.  But Julia Prentisse was interested only in the rake-turned-recluse whom they now called “The Beast.”  She lured him out of the crowded club to a deserted warehouse, where she made her scandalous offer: If he married her and protected her from her uncle, she would help him capture the arsonist who had ruined his life.

An act of heroism had left Morgan St. James burned, scarred for life, but Julia’s bold gaze lit other fires he had long suppressed.  And now this glorious stranger was his bride.  But when he tried to claim his husbandly rights, she demanded three months grace—three months to know a stranger’s mind, to touch a stranger’s soul, to go where no woman had ever gone before.  Into his heart…

Smashwords (All Formats):  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/68828

With This Kiss — A Romantic Times ‘Top Pick’!
“Ms. Lynne weaves her magic to bring the reader a bit of poignancy along with a sexually charged romance in this very satisfying historical romantic suspense.  Find a place for this one on your special shelf.”  —Romantic Times
Nominated for Romantic Times  “Best Historical Romance”
“A smoldering Victorian era romance.”  —Booklist
“The unexpected twists in Ms. Lynne’s newest historical entertain and satisfy.”  —Publisher’s Weekly
“…Trust me: A fun read for lovers of romance, and CERTAINLY for lovers of the Beauty/Beast type story (which I am).  This is the only book of Ms. Lynne’s that I’ve read, but based on my enjoyment, I shall surely seek more.”
“An excellent read—I loved it!  I have never read Victoria Lynne before this book.  You can bet I will from now on.  This book was excellent and I couldn’t put it down… If you like Jude Deveraux or Kathleen Woodiwiss, pick up this book!”
“This book is as great as the reviews!  I am happy to say that it was a pleasure to read a romance that fulfills everything I look for in a novel…This was my first book by this author but I will by all means be looking for more.”
“Surprisingly good!  I received this book from my sister and thought it would prove to be just another trite formula romance.  She said it was “really good,” so I gave it a chance.  She was right.  It does have all of those necessary facets that make it a romance novel, but the writing is crisp and talented, the characters sizzle with a never flagging sexual tension, and the plot never sinks to feeling contrived or phoney.  I enjoyed every page!”
“I loved this.  I could write a long review of this book, but I won’t.  I will sum it up in as few words as possible.  This story contained two extremely likeable characters.  The dialogue between them was so entertaining and well-worded.  I loved every encounter between them.  Everything about this novel was real.  I loved it, and I can truly say it is one of my favorite novels.”
“Fabulous!  With This Kiss had everything I look for in a romance—a tender hero, touching love scenes, a strong heroine, and even a mystery to solve.  I will be hunting down this author’s backlist.”
“Fresh and rewarding…definitely get you hands on this book.”
“This was an extremely well-written book, with believable characters and an interesting plot…”

Victoria Lynne
Victoria Lynne is the author of five historical romance novels.  She’s received two RITA Award nominations, and has consistently earned Romantic Times’ “Top Pick” award.  Called “A Fabulous Storyteller!” by Rendezvous Magazine, her work consistently draws rave reviews and continues to attract new readers.  Her books have been translated into German, Italian, and Spanish, and are currently available online through Kindle and Nook.  
Ms. Lynne lives in Vermont with her husband and two children.  When she’s not plotting her next novel, she loves to get away from her keyboard to ski and hike.
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February 1, 2012

RLF Gems - Blog Stats for 2011 and Jan 2012

RLF Gems 
Ever wondered who and what brings people to a blog? When you post somewhere, do you wish you could see your stats? If you post here, and you want to know what your stats are for the time you were visiting, email me and I'll let you know. I download a monthly spreadsheet with the basic info every month.

I thought I'd start sharing some of that info. This is minus the numbers, because those are private, but here are the top five posts for 2011, and for 2012 so far, and who posted them. Links are provided to the top posts so you can go back and take another look if you want to know made them unique. Each will open in a new window so you can read and then come back.

I'll be posting these on a regular basis. They are presented In order of page loads.

1. Alexandr Voinov http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/10/interview-with-alexandr-voinov.html
2. Jannine Corti Petska  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/05/author-interview-jannine-corti-petska.html
3. Salute to Author Veterans http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/11/salute-to-author-veterans-2011.html
4. Jevocas "Java" Green http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/11/interview-with-jevocas-java-green.html
5. K D Grace  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2011/10/pet-shop-by-k-d-grace.html

Others in the top ranking for 2011: Cornelia Grey, Blaine D. Arden, Tara Lain, Sharon Noble, Selena Illyria, Christie Barth. A number of the top ranking authors were from Storm Moon Press.

2012 (Jan)

1. Amy McCorkle http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/no-ordinary-love.html
2. Heidi Belleau | Violetta Vane  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-heidi-belleau-and.html
3 Angelia Sparrow http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/interview-with-angelia-sparrow.html
4. S A Reid  http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/something-different-by-s-reid.html
5. Mimi Barbour http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/12-steps-to-self-publish-your-book-mimi.html

One of my own posts was in the top five, but I left it out to feature the first five guests.
Kayelle Allen http://romancelivesforever.blogspot.com/2012/01/will-your-book-make-money.html

My thanks to these authors for making Romance Lives Forever a great blog to visit.