July 15, 2014

Interview: TD Hassett author of Darling's Desire @TDHassettauthor #RLFblog #Suspense

Darling's Desire 

About the Book

Title Darling's Desire
Genre Romantic Suspense
Author Name TD Hassett
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R
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Interview with TD Hassett

Why did you write this book?
I didn't mean to write this book, it just wouldn't leave me alone. I had been working on my first paranormal romance and this suspenseful love story kept bugging me. I couldn't stop thinking about Darling Roberts and her story. Maybe it was because I named my Siamese cat after her character but whatever, I couldn't get her situation out of my head.
Perhaps another reason the story wouldn't leave me alone was the setting. The story takes place primarily on a secluded lake in Connecticut where some folks have gone missing. I live on just such a lake, although to my knowledge no one has turned up murdered around here. For a variety of reasons the hero and heroine will have to weather a couple of weeks together in a spooky lake house. Passion, drama and mystery ensue. I promise a happy ending but I refuse to make it easy for this couple!

What is your favorite genre to read?
I love contemporary romance the most, followed closely by historical romance and mystery.
What is your favorite character from fiction (not including your own characters)?
I just finished reading another author's series and fell a little in love with Jack Storm. He's another sexy rock god with a good heart. What's not to like?
Do you enjoy films and/or TV shows? Which are your favorites?
I watch a lot of movies but not so much television. I did really enjoy Lost, especially all those episodes where Sawyer takes his shirt off. His character called to me.
What are you working on at the moment, and what are we likely to see from you in the coming months?
I am working on two books right now. One is about an Incubus that falls in love with a veterinary technician. Will his love be strong enough to let her go with her soul intact? I am also working on the prequel to my Love and Music Series. The band is just starting to get off the ground when Rick Houston is injured on stage. Troubled nurse, Jenni Mitchell can't stand this rude rocker and can't wait to get him off of her floor. Unfortunately for her, Rick is going to be sticking by her for a while and there's nothing she can do to change that, at least not for three months. She needs money after Rick's advice gets her fired and he needs a fiancé for a K1 visa to stay in the States. They're both hiding something from the other but neither will be brave enough to show their true selves. It has been fun writing about this opposite attracts couple.
Please tell us about your latest book.
Darling Roberts is going back to the lake house her mother disappeared from thirteen years ago. She needs to decide to stay or sell. The locals believe the place cursed, but her best friend thinks it would be a blast to spend the weekend there before heading to Europe. BFF Madison is determined to set Darling up even if that means dragging a recently widowed rock-and-roll drummer to the scene of a murder.
Ross Daniels has a secret. He can't stand the pitying looks well-wishers have given him since his wife's accidental death. The European leg of the Becket tour can't come soon enough. A weekend stay at a mutual friend's lake house seems like a decent way to kill a couple of days before hopping a plane, at least until he spends some time with temptation herself. Passions ignite and Ross feels his heart beginning to beat again. Darling isn't who he thought she was and he can't get enough of her sweet soul and lush curves.
Darling is determined to take charge of her life and the lake house is just the place to begin. Ross is a scrumptious distraction but she knows she has to keep things in perspective. Why would a world famous drummer want to hang out with her in a small town that even the locals want her run out of?

Excerpt

He might have dozed for a bit but was wide-awake at the sound of a splash coming from the lake. He leaped to his feet and ran down the steps to the dock. His heart pounded in his chest. He looked out into the black water with only the gibbous moon and some twinkling lights from the house's windows aiding his view. There, just a dozen feet away and a couple feet down in the water. He slowly started to breathe again. This was no sea monster or what he'd feared the most, a toddling William fallen into the lake. This was a sea nymph come back to haunt him again.
He waited on the dock, watching the slow strokes of her arms slice through the water until she emerged into the night air. "You gave me a scare. I didn't know skinny-dipping was part of the party plans." She startled at his voice and sucked in a little water. He gave her a wink and watched her try to regain her composure.
"I'm not skinny-dipping, and I thought you went to bed." She swam closer to the dock and rested a hand on the scuffed wood.
Darling heaved herself out of the water and twisted her body to sit gracefully on the scarred deck. "Could you hand me that towel?" she asked, pointing to the neatly folded pile by his foot. Ross forced his attention away from Darling as she toweled her bathing suit-clad body dry. She wrapped it around her body sarong-style and wrung the water out of her hair.
"You often go swimming this late at night? I mean, I just want to know what time to be out here for the show." Ross shifted his weight from one foot to the other, wondering why the hell he was torturing himself by staying out here with Darling practically naked. The moon shone down, steam rising off the lake providing a mysterious glow.
"I haven't been here since I was nine years old, but yes, back then we used to come down for night swimming." She shivered a bit, and he caught sight of a flush of goose bumps on her skin. Guess the night air isn't quite so warm after a dip in the lake.
"You're shivering. Come here." Ross pulled her into his arms and rubbed his warm hands up and down her bare limbs to warm her. He really shouldn't be doing this. He was playing with fire.
"I didn't mind the chill afterward when I was a kid. Brrr." She snuggled against him, and he knew all was lost. He moved his finger under her chin and tipped her head back, finding her parted lips with his own. She didn't move a muscle. At first, it was like she was a statue until he gently licked her upper lip and pressed his kiss deeper into her mouth. Darling let out a soft mew and began nibbling on his mouth and sliding her tongue against his. She tasted like vanilla and salt and smelled of the fresh outdoors and something that was all her own scent. He pulled her tighter against him, teasing his erection against her soft belly and already thinking about what he would like to do next. It had been so long since he'd felt desire, at least desire that he acted upon. He was separated from her lush body by a beach towel and scraps of featherlight fabric, and the thought was driving him wild. He swept his tongue deep in between her lips, thrusting and tasting the way he wanted to plunder other parts of her. In that moment, on that dock under the moonlight, he felt passion and longing like he'd never experienced before. Damn, I'm going to need a dip in a cold lake to shake this.
"Are you the deep-water person?" A shrill voice came out of the shadows from the beach, jolting Ross and Darling apart.
She jumped to the side of him, and he instinctively shoved her behind his body. Ross whipped his head toward the stranger. "Who the hell are you?" he barked, still feeling startled.
"No, you're not from the deep water. You're just a stranger. I'm David. I'm David." The figure came a bit closer to the end of the dock, and now Ross could see that the voice belonged to a teenage boy. He squinted his eyes in the dim light and made out more details about David. That boy has lost too many balls in the high weeds, poor bastard. He had dark hair and thick glasses. He wore a loose T-shirt and jean shorts with old, worn sneakers. He clasped and unclasped his hands nervously before repeating himself. "I said, I'm David. I'm David, and you're a stranger, you're a stranger."
"My name is Ross, and this here is Darling. Do you live nearby, David?" Ross questioned him gently, realizing that the boy was probably autistic or intellectually disabled and not some wandering psychopath who was going to hack them both to bits with a machete. Like his mom used to say about the wildlife, this boy was probably more nervous coming across them than they'd been surprised by him. Either way, Ross kept an eye on David. The boy kicked at the sand a few times with his old sneakers and glanced behind him toward the driveway.

Author Bio

T.D. Hassett grew up reading the romance greats--Jackie Collins, Julie Garwood, and Judith McNaught. She was certain that life should be like a romance novel, with lots of passion, some incredible adventures, and a guaranteed happily ever after. She attended college in New England, earning a B.A. in History and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology before changing her mind again and studying education. Currently Ms. Hassett lives in Connecticut with her very patient husband and two young children. Her rambunctious family shares their home with three crazy cats and a darling golden retriever named Delilah. Her eccentric relatives and their quest to make her feel like the only normal nut in the family tree inspire her writing.

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July 14, 2014

Cover Love: Passion's Sacred Dance @julidrevezzo #RLFblog #paranormalromance

Passion's Sacred Dance 

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Title Passion's Sacred Dance
Genre Paranormal Romance
Author Juli D. Revezzo
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): R

Blurb

Battling mounting debt, Stacy Macken is determined not to lose her historic art gallery. When Aaron Fielding appears and offers to help, she fights to keep the attraction sizzling between them from clouding her judgment. He may be her savior in disguise--but can she trust him?
Aaron intrigues her with tales of the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors who protect humanity from the monsters seeking their destruction. If Aaron can prove what he claims, she would give up anything to help--even the gallery he claims is sacred ground. But with her property set to stage the next epic battle, she needs answers. An old family diary will confirm the ancient legend is true, if only they can find it in time.
If the battle is lost, the enemy will take control of Earth for the next five hundred years. Stacy and Aaron's budding love might only complicate things.

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July 13, 2014

Character Interview: Maggie from Written in the Cards @LaurenLinwood #RLFblog #western

Written in the Cards 

About the Book

Title: Written in the Cards
Genre: western historical romance
Author Name: Lauren Linwood
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Maggie Rutherford jilts her too-perfect society groom at the altar and flees New York for the American West, where she turns her travels into dime novels that she writes and illustrates under the pen name Lud Madison.
After the Civil War, veteran Ben Morgan marries his childhood sweetheart and takes her to homestead on the Great Plains. Losing her and their unborn child in an Indian attack, Ben detaches from emotion and becomes a roaming gambler. When he kills a cheating opponent in self-defense, the man's gunslinger brother swears revenge upon Ben.
Ben hides on a cattle drive and brings in a herd to Abilene, where a waiting Maggie wants to find a rough and tumble cowboy to interview for her next story idea. Sparks fly as the dangerous drover and popular novelist wind up living in the same household, running a general store east of Abilene. But with Black Tex Lonnegan hot on his trail, will Ben run from his growing attraction to Maggie and the gunfighter's promise of death–or will he make a stand for his life–and love?

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Interview with Maggie Rutherford:

Tell us about yourself, please.
I'd be delighted to. My name is Maggie Rutherford, and I grew up in New York City. I was the
one who spoke up and objected to being married at my own wedding. I rushed out, leaving hundreds of society gossipers to rake me over the coals. I decided that I couldn't marry a man I didn't love or respect, and so I've made my way across the West. I write dime novels under a pen name for my family's publishing company. I thought my stories of adventure would sell better under a man's name, and I definitely didn't want my brother, the head of Rutherford House, to give me a pity publish.
What is your family like?
My mother died when I was quite young, so I don't remember her at all. Papa totally ignored me for his publishing empire, disappointed that I was a girl. I worshipped my older brother Marcus, and I'll admit he spoiled me rotten. I traipsed after him and his best friend Frank, who's truly family to me. If they rode, so did I. If they took fencing or boxing lessons, then I was their shadow and learned every move. My aunt Harriet feels she's failed me somehow because I'm not interested in needlepoint or the necessary social graces to be a success in society.
What special skills do you rely on?
Outlaw Muse
My brain is my largest muscle, and I flex it every chance I get! I don't understand these empty-headed females—or at least those who pretend to be empty-headed. I'm blessed with two skills that are helping me support myself since I've moved to the West. I have quite an imagination, and I draw upon it heavily as I write my dime novels. I'm also quite handy with pen and ink or charcoals, and so I also illustrate my books. The money I've made as a dime novelist has helped me pay my way without relying on my family's publishing fortune.
If someone from your past showed up, who would you NOT want it to be, and why?
I would not want to spend a single minute in the presence of my former fiancé. Richard was not the man I thought he was, and that was bitterly disappointing. He would never have let me spread my wings and soar. He wanted to keep me in a cage that would have become my prison.
Are you happy with the way your story ended? Why or why not?
I couldn't imagine being any happier than I am at this moment. I've found a career that I can be proud of. I've discovered the town I'm meant to settle down in, with my dearest friends Frank and his fiancée Rebecca, who's become as close as a sister to me. Most importantly, I plan to spend the rest of my days—and nights—with the man who has changed me for the better. Ben Morgan brought love and laughter into my life. He respects me. He challenges me. He's almost too good to be true. I can't wait to build a life and have a family with him.

About the Writer

Why did you choose to write about this character?
I thought it would be interesting to create a heroine who was a writer as I am. It's funny just how much we have in common as we try to research and write our stories—even if we're writing more than a hundred years apart. I've always loved the name Maggie and saw her in my head for a long time. She was smart, feisty, and talented, and I just loved her red hair! I simply had to wait till the right story for her came along.
Was there anything you discovered about this character that was a surprise to you?
Maggie was much more vocal (in my head) than some of my characters have been in the past. When I wanted to make Ben the dime novelist in my story, she wouldn't hear of it! She believed she had the talent and drive to be the writer—and she was exactly right. That freed Ben up to become a gambler on the run, and it made for a unique, stronger storyline.
When you wrote about this character, what made you the most happy? What made you the most sad?
I was always happy writing about when Maggie was experiencing new things, especially her growing attraction to Ben. Maggie's just as much a gambler as Ben is. She will try anything and relish the opportunity she's been given. It was hard to allow her to let Ben go when Black Tex Lonnegan came to town to kill him. Rationally, she knew he needed to leave to save his life . . . but giving him up was like cutting away pieces of her heart and soul. That was difficult to write.
Why do you write?
I am compelled to write. I feel I have so many stories to tell. I want to bring the kind of pleasure to my readers that I've known as I've read books over the years. I want readers to be entertained. To laugh aloud. To cry. To feel they've discovered new friends.
What other character from this book do you want to write about? Care to tell us why?
I might try to write Marcus's story one day. He's such a terrific older brother to Maggie. He's a good friend to Frank. He's a successful businessman. The US was on the brink of change at this time in history, and it might be interesting to see those changes through Marcus's eyes. Another character that would be fun to follow would be Tim, the teenager Marcus takes under his wing. To go from being the son of a hotel desk clerk to helping develop a new town and a publishing empire? Hmm…I'll have to think about this one!
A Game of Chance 
Is there anything you'd like to say to your readers?
I just want to express my gratitude to those readers who have bought my books and told me they've enjoyed my characters and their stories. That puts a smile on my face.

Author Bio

Lauren Linwood became a teacher who wrote on the side to maintain her sanity in a sea of teenage hormones. Her romances use history as a backdrop to place her characters in extraordinary circumstances, where their intense desire and yearning for one another grow into the deep, tender, treasured gift of love.
Lauren, a native Texan, lives in a Dallas suburb with her family. An avid reader, moviegoer, and sports fan, she manages stress by alternating yoga with five mile walks. She is thinking about starting a support group for Pinterest and House Hunters addicts.

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