January 22, 2013

Prelude to the Night @loveunleashed #RLFblog #LGBT

Prelude to the Night
Angela Plowman, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, Prelude to the Night
Genre: Gay Romance, Victorian Vampires
Publisher: LooseID
Length: 34,000
Heat rating: Medium/Hot
Tagline: Victorian gentleman Christian Fitzgerald’s main passion is music - until he meets a mysterious older man. Once Christian is introduced to possibilities he never knew existed, he must decide if he is ready to enter into a dangerous duet.
Blurb:
Victorian England is a place of double standards and hidden mysteries. A chance meeting at the opera propels dutiful, innocent Christian into the seductive arms of an older man.
Valentine has come to England searching for a reason to live. He walks in the darkness listening for that siren's song which will recall him to life. He may have found it in beautiful young Christian but can he persuade Christian to give up the conventions of society and walk a more dangerous path?
Between the two there are perils in the London fog which could separate them forever.
The conflict of his comfortable life on one side and the dangers of loving Valentine on the other threaten to tear Christian apart. Whichever path he chooses, listening to the music of the night is likely to cost Christian his soul.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Christian “Kit” Fitzgerald - Gentleman 21
Count Valentine Basarab - traveling vampire - age unknown.

Interview

If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I wish I could get it finished! Seriously, the first book I started writing is still incomplete after 4 years! My Muse Years resolution is to complete it.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the creative process; in particular creating characters. I admit I usually start with an actor’s pretty face and the character grows around that. With “Wolf in the Fold”, it was Paul Telfer who did a couple of guest spots in NCIS. Not the buffed up body but that pretty twink face. So Gabriel was born. As I worked more on the character, and he evolved as I wrote I fell totally in love with him. I am prouder of Gabriel than of any of my other characters. To think that I managed to create him - little devil that he is - in all his perfection; loyal, passionate, intelligent, devoted and an absolute little teasing rogue.
Then I got to do all sorts of naughty things with him. I actually made myself blush a couple of times and the mere mention of candles makes me come over all hot and bothered. I am not going to tell you what happened with the candle as that would be a spoiler. You’ve have to read “Wolf in the Fold” to find out. I can be a tease too…. I cannot believe I wrote that scene!
The character I most want to sweep me off my feet is Richard Rochefort, the Highwayman himself. He is totally Jeffrey Dean Morgan - that twinkling smile could only be his. And his boy is based on a young and skinny Ben Whishaw.
This time around, I have a dark and mysterious character in the form of Valentine. He is ancient, wise and yet vulnerable in his search for something to live for - some one to inspire passion in him again - some one to love.
If you could choose anyone to be your mentor, who would it be?
Saki - his ability to create these sparkling, so alive characters and to paint a scene with just a few descriptive words. And his versatility - he can give you the creeps and having you laughing a moment later. The fact that he is firmly entrenched in my favorite period - gay Victorian England. Actually I would like one of his characters - the devilishly charming Reginald to be me mentor. He moves through any society with such grace and knowledge and cares not a jot what people think of him.
What is your work ethic when it comes to writing?
Ha ha! Don’t make me laugh. I don’t have one. It is a total miracle anything ever gets written at all. Firstly, I can never come up with ideas. “Wolf in the Fold” came from an idea from a short story by Saki. “The Highwayman” is a retelling of Alfred Noyses poem of the same name - only with a lead character getting a sex change. “Prelude to the Night” was from an idea I had in a dream.
I make Douglas Adams look like a dedicated speed writer. Do you remember his quote about how he loved deadlines - the noise they make when they rush by? Well, thank all the gods of writing I don’t have deadlines or they would never be met. About once a year, I get a sudden rush of urgency and write solidly for two weeks. I’m driven, it flows, and I love it.
The rest of the year I think it would be great to do some writing, and so I tidy up my desk, and then start tidying the rest of the room. My house is really tidy - It’s why I can only ever write novellas. I have several Olympic medals in procrastination.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
Valium. No seriously - I cope very badly with stress of any kind. I fret and procrastinate so much I let it build up until it overwhelms me. That ought to be the competition. Leave a comment with or with out a stress busting tip for authors and I will pick one at random to win the title of their choice from my extensive catalogue of three books. Can we do that?
Do things your family or friends do ever end up in a book?
Blimey! I hope not. I don’t have any friends like that.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
“Wolf in the Fold” from LooseID. It was my first published book and it has many faults I wish I could go back and clear up but it also has Gabriel in it and I love him so. I’m not sure many people got that it was meant to be a comedy too - or at least deeply tongue in cheek.
What do you wish I had asked you? Please ask and answer it now.
What other titles have you come up with for your books?
“Wolf in the Fold” will always be “Buggering heights” for me. Emily Bronte with gays.
“Prelude to the Night” had the most alternative titles. “There’s a Vamp in my Pants”, “Buggerers Opera”, and “Capre Antinouse” (Seize the gay).
I have hell coming up with titles. Comic ones - no problem.
What was the proudest moment of your life so far?
When “Wolf in the Fold” came out with LooseID I was off on holiday with my dad. We decided to have one big posh holiday before his passport expired and it gets too expensive to get insurance for him. We went on a Nile cruise and it was amazing. A very small party of people on the tour - and I came up to breakfast to find my dad talking about me being a published author.
Okay - I also nearly died of embarrassment. Dad knew it was a romance but not what sort of romance…
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?
Love this question just because it makes me think. - That would be so liberating. No anxiety, just an hour to pack. Actually, can I have just ten minutes? I know where everything is.
Knickers - because I am a practical girl.
Nighty - am modest too.
Bedsocks - my feet get cold.
Pashmina - always take a pashmina. It’s like a HitchHikers Guide to the Galaxy thing but more chic than a towel.
Toothbrush.
Spare contact lenses - because I hate wearing my glasses.
Glasses - because sometimes you have to do what you hate.
Moisturizer - because I am a lady of a certain age.
Shampoo - hotel ones always make my head itch.
Netty my trusty netbook which has all my extensive e book collection on it and my works in progress.
Credit card - because with only an hour to pack I will now have the excuse to buy lots of stuff while away.
Camera.
Destination? One of those places with the silver sand, blue sea and palm trees. I’m not sure where it is but I can just see Sean Connery stepping out of the waves in his blue swim trunks. Nowhere too crowded, and with stuff to explore - preferably historical.

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with my partner.
I'm always ready for trouble.
When I'm alone, I feel sad.
You'd never be able to tell, but if you cut me open I would have “GEEK” written right though me.
If I had a halo, it would be slipping.
If I could, I would.

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January 20, 2013

Interview: Dangerous Velvet @xaviersaxel #RLFblog


Xavier Axelson, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book!
Title: Velvet
Publisher: Seventh Window
Genre: Historical, Gay Romance, Erotic Romance
Publisher: Seventh Window Publications
Cover artist: Ken Harrison
Length: 253 Pages
Heat rating: Scorching
Tagline: Nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.
Blurb:
The first novel from Xavier Axelson is set against a backdrop of decadence, privilege, and intrigue. Virago, the royal tailor, makes a discovery that will test the bonds of brotherhood, unravel the forbidden secrets of his heart, and threaten the very fabric of his existence.
In a land where cruelty is disguised as allegiance, loyalty is masked by obligation, and the laws of sumptuary govern the people, nothing is more dangerous than Velvet.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Virago/Tailor/22
Seton/Musician/22
Duir/King/21
Sylvain/Animal Trainer/20

Interview

What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I now give my mind the permission to relax between books; this gives my imagination and spirit time to recharge and rest.
What websites do you visit daily?
Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube
If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
The title.
What do you enjoy most about life?
The ability to write and share my work is a gift. I truly find writing to be a great joy.
If you could give the younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Write more.
What does "balance" mean to you as a writer?
It means finding time everyday to write but also reaching a place where you can shut your writer off and enjoy nature, family, friends and good food.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I love 1940's-!960's British literature.
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?
I'd take a pad, a fine tip pen and worry about the rest when I got there. I'd go directly to Stockholm, Sweden.
What is your favorite holiday and why?
I really love St. Patty's Day. I love celebrating the Irish part of me, or maybe its because I love Guinness and corned beef.
If your life became a movie, who would you want to play you?
Cary Grant
If you were a color, what color would you be?
Red
Which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with everything on it.
I'm always ready for what's next.
When I'm alone, I listen to audiobooks.

Previous Books

Xavier Axelson
Lily
Cravings (Part of the First Time Dead 3 Anthology)
Menage (Print Collection)
Earthly Concerns
Dutch's Boy
The Incident
The Birches
A Valentine for Evrain (Part of the Never Say Never Anthology)
Christmas Eve at The Powers That Be Cafe
Books Coming Soon
Sons of Orion (Part of the Tricks of the Trade Anthology)

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January 19, 2013

Character Interview: Black Cat @katehillromance #RLFblog

Black Cat
Kate Hill, welcome back to Romance Lives Forever. We're excited to interview your character, Edmond Chancellor from the book, Black Cat.
Genre: Gay Romance Erotic Paranormal
Publisher: Changeling Press
Cover artist: Zuri
Length: Novella
Heat rating: Erotic
Tagline: Time is precious, even to men who are practically immortal.
Blurb:
Vampire Edmond Chancellor and cat shifter Tobias Crawford have had a not-so-secret affair for over three hundred years. Edmond wants to bond with Tobias permanently, but Tobias has reasons for keeping his distance.
On a chilly December night, both men turn to past memories for guidance, but it’s a present danger that makes them realize that time is precious, even to men who are practically immortal.
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Edmond Chancellor, vampire, is over a thousand years old and is an antiques dealer.
Tobias Crawford, cat shifter, is over two thousand years old and earns his living through investments. He is also a hotel owner.

Interview with Edmond Chancellor

Tell us about yourself. What are you like?
Edmond: I’m what’s called a rogue vampire, one who has broken ties with my family. I dislike being told what to do and I dislike judging others based on their species or being judged on mine.
What do you think is your strongest point?
Edmond: My ability to break away from my vampire family. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Contrary to popular belief, vampires aren’t solitary and I’ve been quite lonely living as a rogue.
What would your author say is your biggest weakness?
Edmond: Tobias has been my biggest weakness since the moment we met. My author knows this.
What drives you to do the things you do? What makes you want to be the "good guy?"
Edmond: During the first few decades of my life, I was very much like my vampire family, infected by their violence and prejudices. In 1066, an event in my life changed everything. Since then, I’ve proved that vampires don’t need to kill.
If money were not an object, where would you most like to live?
Edmond: For me money isn’t an object and I’ve chosen to live in what I believe is the best town in the world, Whisper. I founded it, so I might be a bit biased, of course.
If you were a tool, what would people use you to do?
Edmond: I hope they would use me to protect those who need it.
Picture yourself as a store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be sold there?
Edmond: I’m an antiques dealer, so I actually have several stores. My favorite is here in Whisper and it specializes in antique weapons, in particular swords.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Edmond: I didn’t attend school like many children nowadays. I greatly enjoyed the study of swordsmanship.
Tell us a secret about your significant other.
Edmond: Tobias is the most beautiful, enticing, stubborn man I’ve ever met. He’s a cat shifter and doesn’t easily reveal his emotions to others, even to me. I know he might never pledge his heart solely to me, but I’m willing to wait and see.
If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Edmond: Contents under pressure.

Please complete the sentences as Edmond Chancellor

I love pizza with -- I can’t eat pizza. I’m on a liquid diet.
I'm always ready for defense against those who threaten Whisper.
When I'm alone, I wonder how long it will take before Tobias accepts my proposal.
You'd never be able to tell, but I want to be loved.
If I had a halo it would be frightening to think someone with my past could have a halo.
If I could choose one person to share my life I'd pick Tobias.
I can never return to my vampire family because they would demand I kill or be killed.

About the Author

Always a fan of romance and the paranormal, Kate Hill started writing over twenty years ago for pleasure. Her first story, a short erotic vampire tale, was accepted for publication in 1996. Since then she has sold over one hundred short stories, novellas, and novels.
When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out and spending time with her family and pets. She enjoys hearing from readers.

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