October 10, 2012

Klutzy Love Paranormal Romance with @SharonKleve #amwriting




Klutzy Love.
Sharon Kleve, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Klutzy Love.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Books To Go Now
Cover artist: Books To Go Now
Length: 100 pages
Heat rating: Low simmer
Tagline: Clothes are Flying and People are Dying
Blurb:
Corny is a hot chick with a great job that she loves. All that changed in the blink of an eye when her boss had an accident involving an oversized rubber band. She’s still a hot chick, but her boss is dead.
Steve Spears is a seasoned narcotics cop who ends up wanting to strangle Corny on a regular basis. After finding out Corny’s dream of opening a pet detective business, he decides he doesn’t want a girlfriend who routinely puts herself in danger. That’s his job!
Corny misses Steve, but she’s getting on with her life. She decides to get a month’s worth of dating out of the way in a single night, by combining her three favorite things—men, food, and alcohol.
Steve’s big gun and cop’s intuition saves Corny’s life, but not from another trip to the emergency room. He makes Corny promise never to get hurt again—she agreed, but has her fingers crossed behind her back.
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Corny Myers, 29, Pet Detective
Steve Spears, 30, Narcotics cop

Excerpt:

I raised my salty-rimmed margarita, "Let's make a toast to Mr. Langfield; he was kind, kooky, and had poor taste in women."
"Here, here. God bless the silly romantic fool," Kitty cheered and twirled her hair around her finger.
"I second that," Brenda clinked her glass to ours and munched on chips and salsa.
After a sip from my drink my sexy-guy radar started to beep. I did a quick scan of the restaurant and spotted my target. I discreetly waved my hand above my head and said, "Target acquired... target acquired." We laughed until we about peed our pants and then I leaned forward and quietly asked, "Do you think he heard me?" then giggled more. "I've seen my share of gorgeous men, but that guy is smok’n hot."
"Oh boy, is he ever," Kitty and Brenda said in unison and fanned their faces dramatically.
"He's been looking my way. I'm giving him my, 'you can buy me a drink' look."
All of a sudden Kitty rolled her eyes toward the bar and whispered, "Holy moly, he's coming this way."
Sure enough he made his way through the crowd on the dance floor towards our table. Before I hyperventilated from excitement, Kitty kicked me in the shin. "Thanks, I needed that." Kitty could be pretty levelheaded in stressful situations.

Interview

Tell us about your latest book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Klutzy Love, book three of The Corny Myers Series is a paranormal romance. Klutzy Love goes back to the beginning when Corny and Steve first meet. All three books have strong humor elements, lot's of interaction with animals and a sexy cop.
How do you come up with ideas?
Every Saturday and Sunday morning my husband and I take a long walk and talk about the crazy things Corny should do with her sidekicks (animals). He's says he's not a romantic guy but he comes up with creative ideas that I would've never thought of. The other walkers must think we're crazy.
What is the most important thing you do for your career?
I joined Romance Writers of America and the local chapter, Peninsula Romance Writers of America. I go every month to our meetings and seminars. I volunteer as the chapter Treasurer. I went to the Emerald City Writers conference last year and met the most incredible women and a few men. I guess my answer is I spend time with other authors and keep educating myself.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
It makes me extremely happy…I crack myself up.
What do you enjoy most about life?
Besides writing; my husband, my cat, and cooking. Most recently I befriended a neighbor's male Mallard duck. We have deep conversations and he agrees with everything I say. He nods his head up and down and says, "Quuack, quuack" I love a man who thinks I'm right all the time.
Would you consider self publishing?
Be Mine
Not right now. I feel a strong loyalty to Jenni Conner at Books To Go Now. This is a tough industry to be in. Every review is very personal and you can get crushed pretty easy. She's always there to listen and put a positive spin on things. If it wasn't for Jenni, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
How many hours a day to you spend writing?
I have a day job, but I'm able to squeeze in at least two-four hours daily and I write four to five hours on Saturday. Writing fulfills me like nothing else ever has.
What do you hope readers take with them after reading your work?
A big laugh, a big smile and a better appreciation for animals… ha ah!
List two authors we would find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Janet Evanovich & J.D. Robb. In both series, the authors create wonderful and exciting relationships between the heroine and the hero.
Why do you write?
Why do I write? Well, because the little voices in my head tell me to—seriously, I’ve always talked to myself—now I put the voices on paper.
I was a late bloomer and didn’t start my love of reading until I was in my twenties and then I couldn’t get enough of the wonderfully, smutty Harlequin books.
I’ve worked in the government sector for fifteen years and always dreamed of having a job that I could work from home. This crazy idea came to me one night, after reading a particularly sizzling romance. Why not try my hand at writing one? So, out of the blue I told my husband I was going to write a Harlequin novel. He said, “Okay.”
I figured I’d read enough of them, I could write one—no problem. Eight thousand words later; I realized it was harder than I thought. I also realized, I wasn’t writing what I was most comfortable with—animals.
I put my Harlequin attempt on the back burner and started writing “The Boss from Hell”. My boss, who I adored, had been fired and his replacement was a living-terror. It was really easy to come up with material to write about and of course I threw in a bunch of romance and of course animals. Ninety thousand words later I was still optimistic that I could write for a living, but I’d need a lot of support, my cat couldn’t give me. The support came in the form of Romance Writers of America and all the people involved in the local chapter.
Several of the members of my local chapter read my book and made numerous suggestions, one of them came from an independent publisher—Books to Go Now. She told me to put the novel aside for now and try my hand at a short story. That’s where I incorporated the paranormal aspect to my writing and it really clicked for me.
I submitted ‘Flamingo Blues’, as a Christmas short story to Books to Go Now and I was offered my first contract. ‘Be Mine’, a Valentine short story, is book two of ‘The Corny Meyers Series’ and in addition to a contract, I won the holiday contest too. Woo hoo! Klutzy Love is book three of ‘The Corny Myers Series’, which came out in August 2012.
I’ve been a jack-of-all-trades and master-of-none, my whole life. I’ve worked in restaurants, weight loss centers, worked in a fish cannery and even worked in a top salon in Seattle, but none of that was as satisfying as seeing my own words in print.
That is why I write….
Flamingo Blues
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Italy. I would sit in a relaxing chair in my beautifully manicured garden. Eat bruschetta made from my home grown tomatoes, basil, and olive oil, on warm baguettes. Well, to be honest, I do that now, but Italy would be awesome.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
It would be an unusual book store, only selling eBooks. You could bring in your Kindle or Nook, and sit in a comfy chair and read through the latest eBook menu. You'd select your download and then come to the counter and purchase a gourmet sandwich, salad, wine, or beer and then enjoy your read.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Show and tell; I could always find a bug or frog to bring in and talk about. My love of animals hasn't diminished over the years, only gotten stronger.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
"Warning: May be nuts."

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with roasted garlic, andouille sausage, mushrooms, and black olives.
I'm always ready for a good steamy romance and a glass of chardonnay.
When I'm alone, I think about my husband and what I'm going to feed him for dinner.
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm not a natural red head.
If I had a halo it would be a pitch fork.
If I could be an animal, I'd be a bald eagle and rule over all the other birds.
I can never bungee jump because I'm afraid of heights.

Previous Books

Sharon Kleve
Flamingo Blues December 2011 (The Corny Myers Series)
Be Mine February 2012 (The Corny Myers Series)

Books Coming Soon

St. Patrick with a Bite (The Corny Myers Series)

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October 5, 2012

Saint's Devilish Deal by @authorkristina #amreading

The Saint's Devilish Deal
Kristina Knight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your new book, The Saint's Devilish Deal
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Cover artist: Crimson Romance
Length (words): 52,000 words
Heat rating: R
Tagline: Sometimes the thing you least want is the person you most need.
Blurb:
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 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 leaves him with a joint interest in the villa - along with her niece Esmerelda.
Esme isn't thrilled to share ownership of the villa with the the youngest Cruz brother - especially as the Cruz family has been after the villa for years. But Santiago has grown up while she's been away and soon she finds herself falling for the rich boy down the hall - all over again.
Buy links:
What are your main characters' names, ages and occupations?
Santiago (Saint) and Esmerelda (Esme), ages 29 and 26. Saint is an ex-surfer, Esme is a bed and breakfast manager.

Interview

How did you get your start in the industry?
The Saint's Devilish Deal is my second book, so I kind of feel like I'm still getting my start. I've been telling stories for as long as I can remember, and it's an amazing rush to know that I can share my stories with people I've never even met.
What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
Scheduling. I know, not a sexy answer. Before I was published I could write for me, as it fit into my schedule. Now I have deadlines set by other people so it's important that I turn everything off except the writing from time to time.
What websites do you visit daily?
Facebook and Twitter are my writers-crack. I'm totally addicted. I spend the bulk of my time 'talking' to fictional characters or dealing with toddler drama…so checking in with real people is heaven. Plus there are usually pictures of shirtless men to be found.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor who would it be?
It would totally be Nora Roberts. She is amazeballs. I have no idea how she writes all the books that she does, how she meets her deadlines, and she has a full family life, her family has the Inn. I'd take massive notes, wear out my highlighter and probably she'd toss me out of her office on my bum in about five minutes … but those 5 minutes would be excellent.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
That I can do this writing thing. I was under the assumption (for a lot of years) that you had to have had This Life to be a 'real writer' – and since I've lived in smallish towns my whole life I was quite certain I didn't have This Life. Now I realize I did all along.
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
The funny stuff, yeah. And we have a lot of goofy things happen to us. I do change the names to protect the innocent, though.
What are some jobs you've done before (or while) you were a writer?
I've been a counter-girl at McDonalds, a radio DJ (still am), a TV reporter, a freelance journalist, a babysitter, a mom (still am and it’s the hardest job I've ever had), a retail girl…the list goes one, but we'll stop there.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
The Saint's Devilish Deal – I just love this book. I like that the characters are a little outside the box, I like that there is family drama and illness involved. I just love the book.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read a LOT of romance, across all sub-genres..and I love John Grisham. He's great for getting my mind off my own books.
What do you think is the future of epublishing?
I think publishing in general is in a state of change and I think it's a good change. Epublishing is a great way for readers to find new authors, try out new genres and find a renewed love of reading without breaking the bank. Some of the most innovative books I've read have been from e-pubbed writers, and I can't wait to get back to my Kindle and find some more.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
I should say graduating college or publishing my first book…but my proudest moment is the day we finalized the adoption of our daughter. My husband and I expected a long, drawn-out day, and it was the fastest 5 minutes of our lives. But I'm so happy that we stuck out the adoption road. I wouldn't change our family for the world.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
bathing suits, sunscreen, my husband & daughter and we're totally hitting a sunny, warm beach with some waves.
Where were you at midnight, on December 31st when the new century started?
I was standing in a ballroom in North Platte, Nebraska with my camera equipment getting ready for a special report for the nightly news. I was so tired and all I wanted to do was kick off my heels and have an adult beverage, but instead I got to scream into a microphone with no idea what the anchors back at the station were saying to me.
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
This is so me. I make my family crazy because it takes a LOT to get me overly freaked out. Once I'm freaked, though, there is no coming back.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with Canadian bacon.
I'm always ready for vacation.
When I'm alone, I read
You'd never be able to tell, but I'm usually daydreaming.
If I had a halo it would be crooked.
If I could fly I'd never come down from the clouds.
I can never leave a fortune cookie unopened because I have to know what's inside.
What a Texas
Girl Wants

My Current Books

What a Texas Girl Wants
The Saint's Devilish Deal

Books Coming Soon

What a Texas Girl Needs
What a Texas Girl Dreams

Contests

I'm having a contest to help launch The Saint's Devilish Deal – details are on my blog.

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October 3, 2012

Character Interview Connor Anderson @TerrySpear



Savage Hunger.

Welcome Terry Spear, USA Today bestselling author. We're glad to have you on Romance Lives Forever. I'm anxious to meet your hero, Connor Anderson, and learn more about his jaguar side. Let's jump right in.
Book title: Savage Hunger
Author: Terry Spear
Genre: Jaguar shifter romance
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Cover artist: Sourcebooks
Length (words): 352 pages
Heat rating: R
Buy links:
Tagline: Out here they play by his rules...
Blurb:
As a jaguar he is graceful and gorgeous...
Speedy and stealthy...
Fierce, independent, and wild...
As a man he is passionate and powerful...
What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Connor Anderson, 30, Owner of garden nursery
Maya Anderson, twin sister, co-owner of garden nursery
Kathleen McKnight, 26, former US Army officer, currently unemployed

Excerpt:

She shrugged as if it made no difference although it did and she was having a hard time hiding her feelings. “Roger stuck it out with me for a while, figuring I’d return to my former self. But I had flashbacks of the killings, night terrors so vivid that I beat on him in my sleep, trying to make the bad go away.”
Connor cast her an elusive smile. Standing next to the wash basin with a soapy scrub brush and a frying pan caked with burned fish remnants, he had an appealing quality about him. Any man who would clean a frying pan that was that much of a mess had to have some good in him.
“Hey,” Kat admonished him for giving her such a smug smile. “If I slept with you and began beating on you in the middle of the night, I bet you wouldn’t stick around either.”
“Try me.”
Connor looked dead serious. Maya looked genuinely astonished, but then she quickly looked away, attempting to hide a smile.
Even Kat’s mouth gaped before she could recover. “You wouldn’t say that if you were in a deep sleep and I slugged you.”
“I bet we could come to some kind of arrangement that would mutually satisfy our need to sleep.”
Just the wicked gleam in his eyes said he wasn’t thinking about sleep.
“Yeah, right.” Kat quickly changed the subject. “When are you returning home?” She hoped she wasn’t delaying their own trip home for her sake. If she was, no matter what her condition, she was out of here so she could let them get on with their trip plans. All they needed to do was point her in the right direction.
“We’ll be leaving you off at the resort, then we’ll go home from there,” Connor said, his voice taking on a business-like tone. It was clear he wanted her out of their lives. Pronto.
Feeling like a party crasher, Kat figured his attitude was because she had messed up their vacation to such an extent. How could they have had any fun out here, spending so much time caring for a sick person they hadn’t even known?
Jaguar Fever
But Maya looked crestfallen. And Kat felt terrible about it. She seemed genuinely to like her, and Kat could really use a friend like that. She had left the Army and now was totally free—no permanent job, no home, just a few Army friends, who didn’t know about her final mission, that lived so far away, she might not ever see them again. She sighed. After this trip to the jungle, she had planned to set down roots this time, unlike with the military that had moved her around so much. Or foster care.
Kat smiled at Maya, ignoring Connor’s gruffness. She was just as tanned as Connor, just in as great a shape as him, really pretty, and Kat’s petite height. Despite Connor’s male posturing, Kat would not be intimidated. He could go prune his plants, for all she cared. Kat and Maya could have an all girls’ night out. Or whatever else Maya liked to do.
“Let me know when it would be a good time to visit you at your home in Texas, Maya. I’m…in between jobs right now. So I want to take the time to travel a bit before I start the job hunt all over again and try to figure out where I want to settle down.”
“Then you’re coming home with us,” Maya said, chin up, arms folded, defying Connor to say no.
Connor glowered at his sister, but didn’t say anything for a minute as if he was hoping Kat would decline the invitation, and he wouldn’t have to butt in and say no to the visit.
“I’d love to,” Kat said, assuming then that Maya owned half of the nursery and the home, and had to have half raised the cats also. “I won’t stay long, just a couple of days. But…I’d really enjoy that.” Of course she meant to do so after she went to the resort and did everything else she had planned to do on some other guided tours before she got lost in the jungle and came down with a fever. She really had hoped subsequent pleasant trips to the Amazon would help to get rid of her flashbacks.
Maya beamed, but she didn’t dare look at Connor.
Connor growled something about leaving it alone, which Kat didn’t understand. Then he left the hut, and Kat figured he was going to get away from the females who were wreaking havoc with his ability to exert his male dominance over all.

Interview with Connor Anderson

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
Some would say I’m tenderhearted as in if you’re sick, I’ll bring you through it. My sister sometimes says I’m growly when I don’t get my way. I tend to be territorial, so if someone encroaches, I’ll do something about it. I’m alpha all the way and don’t back down. Kathleen would say I’m possessive, which goes along with being territorial. I’m a great cook and will even wash the pots and pans. Or I’ll catch supper even when doing so is dangerous to one’s health. Kathleen thinks I’m hot and sexy, so if you think you might want to take a waterfall shower alone, forget that. I’ll wash your back and lots more.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Protector of those who can’t protect themselves, or even when they can!
Do you have a weakness? (If so, what do you think it is? What does your lover think it is? What does your enemy think it is?)
My weakness is Kathleen. She’s human, which means, paws off. I want her, but I have to fight that which I know I can’t have.
Kathleen isn’t sure what my problem is. She knows I really like her, care for her, lust after her. But something is holding me back, but I can’t let her in on the secret.
My enemies think I’m only human. Only a tourist. Only a man who’s saddled with two women I must protect at all costs.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
I believe in the simple life—sharing my love of nature with my sister at their garden nursery in Texas and visit the jungle when we want to run on the wild side. We’ve had our fair share of dealing with drug runners in the Amazon, but when Kathleen joins the party, the stakes get much higher. She’s an innocent, although she tried to help take down the bad guys when she was in the Army. Now I’m there to protect her…it’s the nature of the beast. Protect what’s mine that which is part of my territory.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Cleaning up in the waterfall with a sexy human woman I want to make my own when I should be keeping my paws off!
A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Savage Hunger at Its Best
Tell us an embarrassing story that has to do with a pet. If you have no pets, a story about a significant other will do. ^_^
A snapping turtle bit my sister, Maya, in the lake on our property. I got out of the lake as quickly as possible, leaving her behind and she’s never let me live it down. She told Kathleen about it. But the thing of it was, I did go back later and make turtle soap out of it.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Hot, dangerous, wild, and could change your life significantly.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with Pepperoni -- jaguars love meat.
I'm always ready for a romp in the jungle.
When I'm alone, I think of you, hot, sexy, and ready for me. .
You'd never be able to tell, but I have a thing for women who get lost in my neck of the jungle.
If I had a halo it would be because I protect those in my territory, no matter what the danger.
If I could convince you of how wonderful being a shifter is, letting that primal part of us roam free I'd turn you in a heartbeat so you could share my world with me.
I can never commit to a human woman, who was not willing to be one of my kind because she would need to share my love of all things jaguar.

About the Author

USA Today bestselling and an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, that are personalized that have found homes all over the world. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses or gardening. Her family has roots in the Highlands of Scotland where her love of all things Scottish came into being. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of the Heart of the Wolf series and the Heart of the Jaguar series, plus numerous other paranormal romance and historical romance novels.

Previous Books

A Howl for a
Highlander
Heart of the Wolf
Destiny of the Wolf
To Tempt the Wolf
Legend of the White Wolf
Seduced by the Wolf
Wolf Fever
Heart of the Highland Wolf
Dreaming of the Wolf
A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing

Books Coming Soon

Savage Hunger (Oct 1, 2012)
A Howl for a Highlander (Feb 1, 2013)
A Highland Werewolf Wedding (May 1, 2013)
Jaguar Fever (Aug 1, 2013)
A SEAL Wolf Christmas (Oct 1, 2013)

Contests

One copy of Savage Hunger, US/Canada address only.

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