January 16, 2014

Character Sketch: Warren Murphy from Intimate Seductions @mornic1 #RLFblog #Texas

Intimate Seductions 
Genre Erotic Romance
Author Nicole Morgan
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Warren Murphy spent his adult years working for Leroy Jenkins, the local cattle baron. He loved his job almost as much as he did women. He was loving life as one of the most sought-after bachelors in the county.
Amber Jenkins is the only heir to the Jenkins fortune and the apple of her granddaddy's eye. Years of growing up around Warren turned her teenage girl fantasies into a love that she couldn't ignore. Despite her attempts at seduction, he pushes her away and out of his life.
Tragedy soon strikes and the two are face-to-face with one another on a daily basis. Warren finds it increasingly hard to deny his attraction toward Amber and is left with a choice. Does he give in to something he craves so desperately? Or does he let her go, knowing that he has never known a seduction as intimate and sweet as hers?

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About the Character

Name: Warren Murphy
Age: 38 years old
Gender: Male
Birthplace: Texas
Profession: Ranch Boss
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): American
Describe his body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Brown eyes, brown hair, 6' and about 200 lbs. of solid muscle (the kind from working on a ranch day in and day out).
Who is the significant other in your character's life (hero)? Amber Jenkins

How does your hero dress?
Warren is a jeans and button up shirt or t-shirt kind of guy. He doesn't have many 'fancy duds' in his wardrobe and you'll never find him out of his cowboy boots. Well, except for when he's in bed.
How educated is this character? Is he book smart, self-taught, widely-experienced?
Warren was not college educated. He finished high school and spent most of his younger years learning the ropes on the ranches. His wisdom comes from years of hard work and he offers the type of intelligence that his leading lady cannot find in the college boys she meets while away at school.
What is your character's viewpoint on wealth? Not necessary, nice to have, important, obtain at all costs?
Warren lives comfortably and sets a little bit of his income aside every month, but he doesn't live his life by money or what he can gain. His greatest loves in life cannot be bought with a dollar.
What is your character's family like? Is he close to family?
He doesn't have a family. He is pretty much a loner, and close to his boss as though the man was a father.
What inner doubt causes your character the most difficulty?
His love for Amber has been unrelenting for as long as he can remember. He does his best to push her away, but she always seems to sneak back into his subconscious. It is a constant struggle for him, as he works for her grandfather and is so close to him.

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

Why do you think your writer chose to write about you?
Probably because I'm a man who wears many hats, but rarely shows his true self.
What do you wish your writer had not told others about you?
She – against my wishes – showed everyone my one weakness… Amber.
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
She's a goofy gal that one. I think she writes to make sense out of the voices in her head.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your writer?
She's pretty bashful so she probably wouldn't admit this herself, but she's pretty awesome!

Author Bio

Nicole Morgan is an author of erotic romance novels, which more often than not have a suspenseful back story. Erotic romance mixed with good old-fashioned whodunit. While she's written everything from contemporary to paranormal her leading men will more than likely be wearing a uniform of some kind. From military to police officers, she has a love for writing about those who protect and serve. From her very first novel (which turned into a four book series) about Navy SEALs to her more recent releases you will be sure to find a few twists and turns you were not expecting.
She also has a recurring monthly column in Book & Trailer Showcase's eMagazine, and is a proud member of the wonderful group of gals, Four Seduced Muses and is honored to be a part of Romance Books 4 Us Gold Authors.
Find out more about Nicole and her books by visiting her website, blog, Google + Page, Twitter, Facebook and her Yahoo Group, Nicole's Think Tank.

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January 15, 2014

Character Interview: Samantha Brown from Name the Day @SherryGloag #RLFblog

Name the Day 
Genre Contemporary Romance
Author Sherry Gloag
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Renowned portrait artist Samantha Brown is through with men. After dealing with an overbearing father and cheating ex-fiance, Samantha is not in the market for romance, of any kind. Give her a blank canvas, some paints and brushes and she's in charge of her life. There was no room in her life for love, so why did she find herself giving in to Rafael Santini's outrageous demand that she paint his portrait?
Satisfied with his upcoming marriage of convenience Rafael Santini isn't in the market for love. So, how come he finds the pint-sized artist stirring up emotions he didn't have time for?
An accident forces Rafael to re-evaluate his life and wonder whether he can teach Samantha the art of love.

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Interview with Samantha Brown

What is it that you want, but cannot have? Authors call this the conflict of the story.
Hello, I am Samantha Brown, and I managed to persuade Sherry Gloag to share my story, Name The Day, with you. In answer to this question though, trust in a close and loving relationship is something I have fantasized about all my life.
What's your external complication? In the story world your author created, explain what it is you fear most.
Close relationships is something I have learned will only turn round and bite your butt. Therefore, I suppose you could say the thing I fear most is losing my hard won independence.
Tell us about your significant other, that person who makes living worthwhile.
When I first met Rafael Santini he was a pain in the posterior. Always phoning up, demanding I paint his portrait in time for Christmas. I mean I was booked solid and He refused to accept I would not cancel another commission in order to fit him in.
But, as I got to know him, he intrigued and infuriated me in equal measures. He loved his family nothing was too much for them. I treasure my solitude. Don't get me wrong, I like people, as long as they shut the door behind them when they leave at the end of my working day.
It took me a long time to trust Rafael, and when I did, he left. I was devastated. But his leaving forced me to look into my future with new eyes. I didn't like what I saw.
What would that person say about you?
Now there's a question! *Samantha laughs*. Uncooperative would be his first impression, because I refused to cow-tow to his outrageous demands. Spoilt probably, because he has no idea how much work, time and effort goes into creating an excellent portrait. As he got to know me better, I hope he'd recognize my strengths, and probably, though I don't like the thought, he sees my weaknesses, too. He is, underneath that obsession to please everyone and to do it his way, a kind man. I have a hard time with that. We argue a lot, so I suppose he'd mention that too. If you asked him, I hope he'd say he liked me.
What is your family like?
I'm sure you've heard about the 'family form hell'? Well, that describes mine perfectly. My father forbade me to call him by anything other than his given name. From my earliest memory he has claimed, when he feels like it, that he is not my father, and yet when something goes wrong in his life he never hesitates to tell everyone 'his daughter is to blame'. He is a controlling, and self-centered man. And as I was to discover, those were the least of his crimes.
My stepmother, while pleasant enough is not a person to go to when in need of a cuddle or support.
It took me several years before I could break free and make my own way in the world. You may think under those circumstances I would find nothing positive to say about them but I have. They taught me to be independent and that stood me in good stead when I left home to make a life for myself.
What special skills do you rely on?
I am a successful portrait artist, so I relay on my ability to sum up my client fairly quickly. I have to be a good listener, which includes the silent sub-text of any conversation they offer about themselves. Looking at my client is not enough to see into their souls, and to create a unique portrait that depicts the inner truth of my client entails reaching into the depth of the person sitting in front of me so I can transfer that to my canvas.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
My former fiance, Harold, who accepted money from my father as a bribe to marry me, and become my father's heir to his business.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
Oh, yes. *sigh*. I love the seaside as much as I hate Christmas, so when I found myself alone on Christmas day I jumped in my car and headed for the coast. I didn't relies Rafael followed me, but that scene on the beach? Christmas has become my favourite time of year. I found love, heart and soul-deep happiness and family. *Offers a huge, wide smile* Yes, I'm delighted with the way my story ended. Thank you for asking.

About the Writer
Sherry Gloag 

You have the length of a tweet (140 characters) to describe yourself as a writer. Let's see what you can do.
Since 2006, Sherry Gloag writes to The Heart of Romance. Spanning the elegance of Regency to the freedom of contemporary, with a touch of mystery
Why did you choose to write about this character?
Samantha brown turned up, gave me just a enough information to catch my interest and proceeded to change her name almost every day until we settled on Samantha Brown.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
I am a 'pantser' writer so everything about my characters and their actions is a constant surprise, and often a real inconvenience too.
What do you want to write next?
I am working on several projects right now, One is a series of storiesunder the umbrella title of The Magpie Chronicles, and the other is Born Again. The first is based on superstitions and myths the second on the heroine's discovery that the life she held so dear was based on a pack of lies.
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
Thank you for joining me on my writing adventure. I treasure your company and love hearing from you.

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January 14, 2014

Alpha Mine, a vampire romance @brenda_sparks #RLFblog #contemporary

The danger she can't escape ... The past she can't remember ... The one man who can save her from both ...

In the shadows of the night, there exists a band of warriors--a group of vampires, known as the Alpha Council. Their formidable leader, Stephan von Haas, has vowed to protect not only his kind, but the humans existing alongside them. His duty comes before all else--until a sassy blonde saunters into his life.

When a sensual, dark-haired stranger walks into Katrina Spencer's life, he stirs her deepest desires and sweeps her into a world beyond her wildest dreams. But when Katrina is targeted by Stephan's enemies, reality shifts into something violent and deadly, as she is thrust into a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and vengeance is coming for her.
Together they will confront an extraordinary destiny of peril, passion, and dark pleasures. But when one horrid mistake brings retribution, their love may pay the price.

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