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Monthly Archives: October 2012

 

Tmonique Stephens, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s
talk about your book, Eternity
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy links:
Publisher: Soulmate Publishing
Cover artist: Steena Holmes at The Authors Red Room
Length: 271 pages
Heat rating: 4
Tagline: Only a cursed man would wait 2000 years for one woman
Blurb: Cursed for 2000 years, Roman Nicolis has tracked his lovers’
soul through each reincarnation only to lose her horribly every time. Reclaiming
their love is his only salvation. He’s been her friend, her father, her neighbor,
but never again her lover until now.
A late night walk home throws Stella Walker into the path of
a killer. The last thing she remembers are the deep blue eyes of the man trying
to kill her—and the first things she sees after a seven day coma are the same blue
eyes in the handsome face of the man hired to protect her. Is he truly the owner
of a security firm assigned to protect her or the man who wants to finish her off?
Is it fears she feels when Roman touches her or the memory of something sweeter?
She will have to push past her fears and reclaim a love that has lasted two millennia.
Past secrets haunt them. An angry demon stalks them.
Roman will do anything to recover what they had. Though Stella’s
ruined childhood has made her close her heart and body to any man, he must get past
the walls around her to gain her love and trust, for it will take their union to
defeat an unexpected enemy sent from the Egyptian Gods. A man Romans respects, and
Stella trusts.
Two hearts – one soul. For all eternity.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Roman Nicolis: 35ish, CEO of Nicolis Security/Mercenary
Stella Walker: 24, Waitress/Student

Interview

Where do you start when
writing? Research, plotting, outline, or…?
Tmonique Stephens: I always start with an idea. What if… Those
two words takes my imagination down the Yellow Brick Road to my hero and heroine,
my opening scene, plot, conflict and ultimately my story’s happily ever after.
Tell us about your latest
book, including its genre. Does it cross over to other genres? If so, what are they?
Eternity is about a group of men who descend from the Egyptian
gods. Their heritage has been hidden, but slowly come to light along with a multitude
of consequences. Though Eternity is a paranormal romance, there are elements of
suspense and mystery as the two lovers are hunted by an unknown enemy.
How do you come up with
ideas?
Tmonique Stephens: My ideas usually come to me right before I
fall asleep. My mind seems to be more open and relaxed. I get my best ideas that
way. I just have to remember to record or write them down before I pass out.
What did you learn from
writing your first book?
Tmonique Stephens: I learned technique, conflict and my writing
style. I’m still working on trusting my instinct, but I believe that will come with
time.
Would you consider self-publishing?
Tmonique Stephens: Yes, I’m working on a novella which will tie
into my Egyptian series that I plan on self-publishing. I’m looking forward to getting
my feet wet.
How many hours a day to
you spend writing?
Tmonique Stephens: Since I work full-time during the week I usually
write three hours per day after I get home from work and six to ten hours per day
on the weekend.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Tmonique Stephens: I wrote consistently until I graduated from
college in the late 1980’s. After graduation life and all its complexities interfered
with my writing and I didn’t writing anything until I got serious in 2007. I would
tell the younger me to not be afraid of rejection and to keep writing even when
I didn’t feel like it.
List two authors we would
find you reading when taking a break from your own writing.
Tmonique Stephens: My favorite authors are JR Ward and Stephen
King. I will always pick them first to read. I also love Kresley Cole and Karen
Marie Moning.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Tmonique Stephens: I would love a house in Atlanta,
an apartment in Manhattan
and a time share in St. Thomas USVI.
What song would best describe
your life?
Tmonique Stephens: Different songs apply to me at different times
in my life. Currently, the song that best categorizes me is Gym Class Heroes The Fighter and Phillip Phillips Home.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Tmonique Stephens: Walmart would be a good depiction of my current
lifestyle, but at heart I’m a Neiman Marcus kinda girl.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
Tmonique Stephens: I learned to love reading and writing in school.
Books have always taken me to another place or world where my imagination could
break free from the confines of reality.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Tmonique Stephens: Addictive reading hazard. Read at you own
risk.
Tmonique Stephens

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I love pizza with roma tomatoes, fresh basil and gouda cheese.
I’m always ready for a party.
When I’m alone, I write and plot.
You’d never be able to tell, but I love alternative music.
If I had a halo it would be slightly
crooked.
If I could travel I’d never come home.

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Awakening the Fire.

Ally Shields, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch Book One).
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Romantic Paranormal
Buy links: Amazon (US): http://amzn.to/Nr8jko
Amazon (UK):
http://amzn.to/Rt0zkb
Barnes and Nobel: http://bit.ly/RPrJ45
All Romance Ebooks: http://bit.ly/U25Q0G
Publisher: Etopia Press
Cover artist: Annie Melton
Length: 83,000 words, 245 pages (approx.)
Heat rating: Sexual tension, PG-13, M/F
Tagline:
While fire witch cop Ari Calin races to stop the violence triggered
by an exotic drug, a werewolf pack is intent on starting a supernatural war.
Blurb:
Ari Calin has sworn to keep the peace in the Olde Town
district of Riverdale, and most of the time the Otherworlders cooperate. The vampires,
werewolves and other magical creatures go about their own business, living side
by side with humans, until the foreign werewolves arrive and an virtual reality
drug hits the streets. When violence erupts, Ari needs more than her witch fire,
weapons and potions to stop the madness.
Teaming with a human police lieutenant and a way-too-sexy vampire
singer, Ari hunts for the enemy—from the vampire strip clubs to the caverns under
the city. Every step draws Ari and her companions deeper into an old feud and closer
to the brink of a supernatural war.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Arianna Calin, 23, is
a fire witch and a cop for the Magic Council, the ruling authority for Otherworlders.
Andreas De Luca is a
vampire who sings in a vampire supper club—and so much more. Andreas was born in
1786 but he was 29 when he became a vampire and will look 29 and yummy forever.
Lt. Ryan Foster, 34,
is Ari’s partner among the human cops. They work joint cases for the Magic Council
and the Riverdale Police Department.

Interview

What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I network. When I began writing full time four years ago, my
friends and family didn’t understand why I was doing this. I felt rather lost until
I discovered other writers. Now I network for support and promotion, knowing there
are many out there sharing the same triumphs and frustrations.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
Almost everything. Seriously! I’ve always been curious and enjoy
seeing and experiencing new things, from climbing the pyramids to horseback-riding
through the Arizona
desert. I suppose that’s why writing, reading and traveling top my list of things
I love to do. It’s a way to experience many new worlds. But sometimes it’s the little
things that really catch you off guard. The butterfly in the garden, a particularly
good wine, a sailboat on the lake at sunset.
If you could give the
younger version of yourself advice what would it be?
Get serious about your writing much earlier in life. I wrote
my first book when I was nine—all about a palomino horse. Imagine how many books
I could have written if life hadn’t distracted me along the way! It takes time to
learn the craft. Write, rewrite, and then do it all over again.
Do things your family
or friends do ever end up in a book?
OMG, yes, but they don’t know it! Mannerisms mostly, and sometimes
parts of funny conversations. I try to disguise them so they won’t guess. :) But
I even use people on the street. No one is safe.
What are some jobs you’ve
done before (or while) you were a writer?
I began full-time employment as an English teacher, then a practicing
lawyer and finally a Juvenile Court Officer. The most fascinating years were spent
as a member of C.A.T.T, the Child Abuse Trauma Team that investigated severe child
abuse cases.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I can’t read urban fantasy while I’m working on a new book, so
I usually turn to mysteries like those of J.D. Robb, thrillers like Vince Flynn,
or a light romance. If I need cheering up, I re-read Georgette Heyer to laugh at
her witty dialogue.
In between manuscripts, I catch up with new paranormal releases
from Laurell K Hamilton, Kim Harrison, Charlaine Harris, and anyone else that catches
my eye. I tend to like vampires!
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?
My laptop, so I could write and check-in by email and Twitter.
My kindle for obvious reasons. Lightweight clothing and my camera. I would return
to Egypt for the fourth time,
do the Nile trip again and see Luxor and Karnak. I love that place!
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Thanksgiving. Everyone comes home for Thanksgiving just to enjoy
the good food and conversation. No pre-holiday shopping, fighting through the malls,
wrapping packages, or holiday programs to detract from family time. And I rather
like the pumpkin pie, too.
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.”
I’m definitely the ten day tour, and I’ve been on several! If
something needs to be done, I want it done now. I’ll stay up all night to finish.
And I have no patience whatsoever with delayed gratification. Now, now, now. As
soon as this task is done, I can move on to the next challenge, the next fascinating
riddle to solve.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni and mushrooms.
I’m always ready for chocolate!
When I’m alone, I read or play tug-a-war with my miniature
pinscher, Ranger
.
You’d never be able to tell, but I have an earring collection
in the hundreds!
If I had a halo it would be tarnished.
:-D
If I could be an astronaut, I’d go to the moon or mars.
I can never watch a movie where the hero or heroine dies,
because I cry too much. It’s embarrassing!

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Holding on to Heaven.

Please welcome Keta Diablo as she takes over Romance Lives Forever for the day.

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Hi everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by Romance Lives
Forever.

Some readers have asked me why I wrote Holding on to Heaven
so I thought I’d speak to that here. I’ve always loved history about the Civil War
– the battles, the thousands of lives lost and the boundaries that were often crossed
when family members choose sides. It wasn’t uncommon to find cousin fighting against
cousin or neighbor against neighbor. The Civil War was a deeply personal war for
many, and yet in the end, many didn’t know why they were fighting. I can’t think
of anything more horrible than to have our country divided over ideals, beliefs,
or principles to the point we take up arms against our brethren.
Dark Night of the Moon
Imagine drawing a line across the United States – the top half of the
states fight for one side and the bottom for the other. And suppose you had family
down in Texas when you live in Wisconsin? I’m sure you can
see what the Civil War was one of our darkest times in history.
Holding on two Heaven is, in essence, about a woman
named Lauren McCain who was raised in the deep South and moves to the North just
before the war broke out. Her loyalties are divided. She’s fallen in love with a
Northerner, carries his child, and yet her father and family hail from North Carolina. Now, toss
in the Dakota Sioux uprising in Minnesota
at the same time and the entire country is ablaze with fire and terror.
Holding on to Heaven is an emotional story about
betrayal, grief, fate, and abiding passion. If you like reading about the Civil
War, I think you’ll love the story of brothers who love the same woman and yet,
love each other too (note: this is not a ménage and not a gay fiction). Oh, yes,
and there are a few twists and turns in the story. There is a happily-for-now ending,
but here’s the good news: Dark Night of the Moon, the sequel to Holding on to Heaven
was released January 2012. I promise there is a happy resolution to
the continuing saga.
“Comanche Ghost”
Namaste, Keta

About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest
part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening
she loves to commune with nature.
Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay
fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated
for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. Keta’s books
have also received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards
from the top professional review sites.
You can find her on the net at the following places:
The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
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Love Comes Silently.

Andrew Grey, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, Love Comes Silently.

Genre: M/M Contemporary
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover artist: L. C. Chase
Length: 61,000 words
Heat rating: Three Flames
Buy links:
How do you say “I Love You” when you can’t say the words?
Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is
overwhelming—especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton’s
partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna,
hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don’t
qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna’s tired life—and so does
Ken’s neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.
For two years Patrick hasn’t been able to focus on anything but
the life he should have had. An injury robbed him of his voice, and the idea of
introducing himself to new people intimidates him. But over the past months, he’s
watched as his neighbor nursed his sick child, and once he meets Ken, Patrick starts
to crave a life with him—a life he isn’t sure he can have.
Ken doesn’t realize he’s fallen in love until the doctors send
Hanna home, saying there’s nothing more they can do: Hanna will either recover or
succumb. Ken’s heart is set on a new beginning—with both Patrick and Hanna. But
Patrick’s silence leaves Ken wondering what Patrick wants.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Patrick is in his late
twenties and makes furniture. He used to be an opera singer until an accident robbed
him of his ability to speak.
Ken is an artist, about
thirty and he’s taking care of his five year old daughter with Leukemia.

Interview With Patrick

Tell us about yourself.
What are you like?
I used to be outgoing. Now I spend most of my days working in
my wood shop or taking care of my yard. Julianne, my cousin says I morose and a
pain in the ass, but that’s because she loves me. Now I stay away from most people
and try to live my life as quietly as possible.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
I lost my strongest point. I used to be an opera singer. I performed
all over the country and my career was just beginning to take off when I was in
an accident. I regained consciousness and was told I was lucky to be alive, but
I would never talk again.
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?)
Yes. I suppose you could say I’m a stubborn mule. But a weakness,
it has to be the little bald girl across the street. She’s been sick for a while
and I want her to be happy. See unlike most other people in town, she talks to me
like I’m a regular person.
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
I wish I knew. I’m just myself. The little girl across the street
was so sad and I wanted to cheer her up so I brought her things to make her happy.
I also liked the way her daddy smiles when she’s happy.
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Probably chocolate. Although if I were truthful, then… Ken is
probably my guilty pleasure. Winks naughtily.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
Fifty two. I feel like I’ve lived a long time already.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Learning to Speak Without Words.
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Tahiti. I’d take Ken and Hanna
there and we’d lay on the beach. Ken could paint like Gauguin, Hanna could play
in the warm water to her heart’s content and at night, Ken and I would make love
to the sound of the ocean.
What song would best describe
your life?
I really try not to think of music. But if I had to pick one
I’d say The Humming Chorus form Madame Butterfly. It’s the only song I can still
sing if I concentrate.
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Julianne would say people would use my head to pound nails.
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
It’s not a store but I’d be a library. It’s introspective and
quiet.
As a child, what was your favorite thing about school?
Music
class. I lived for music and band. Given what I do now, I probably should have taken
shop.
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Silent but deadly. No, still waters run deep.

Please Fill in the Blanks as Patrick

I love pizza with lots of meat.
I’m always ready for a quiet evening with Ken and Hanna. I
know I’m totally boring o=in the wild and crazy department.
When I’m alone, I build beautiful furniture.
You’d never be able to tell, but I always wished I could fly.
If I had a halo it would be
silver.
If I could sing again just once I’d sing Hanna to sleep.
I never learned to sign because I’m too damned stubborn.

About the Author

Andrew grew up in western Michigan with a father who loved to tell stories
and a mother who loved to read them. Since then he has lived throughout the country
and traveled throughout the world. He has a master’s degree from the University
of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and works in information systems for a large corporation.
Andrew’s hobbies include collecting antiques, gardening, and leaving his dirty dishes
anywhere but in the sink (particularly when writing) He considers himself blessed
with an accepting family, fantastic friends, and the world’s most supportive and
loving partner. Andrew currently lives in beautiful, historic Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

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Welcome AR Norris to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s talk about
your book, End of Eternity (The Telomere Trilogy, #3). Your heroine is from an all female planet. Tell us abou that!
Genre: Science Fiction Romance
Buy links:
Books on Board: http://is.gd/2M7AM4
Barnes and Noble http://is.gd/bPY1HL
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Cover artist: Jenifer Ranieri
Length: Novel-length
Heat rating: Sensual
Tagline:
Can a woman raised on an all female planet learn to trust and
open her heart to a man? Can a man living alone with only his duty step into the
galaxy and acknowledge his feelings for an untrusting woman?

Blurb:

Luna thought her journey away from her people’s world was over.
Now, she’s forced to join the lost daughter in her journey with Captain Noah Bonney’s
crew to learn why these women coexist with men. Something unbelievable to the all
woman race. Adding to the confusing change in Dokkaebi directive and teachings,
is the presence of the gold-eyed man that stirred something in her heart. A forbidden
attraction that goes against all her teachings and her people’s ways.
Damani Wassack isn’t happy with the situation either. Telomere
Watchers lead secluded and separate lives. Yet now, he and the other watchers must
come to the surface, show all their secrets and work with outsiders. If that weren’t
enough, he can’t get that sneer from the man-hating warrior woman out of his mind.
Or her fierce dedication, strong spirit, and sense of duty and honor. The package
is appealing, and completely impossible.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
The Dokkaebi, Luna, is in her early 20s and a fierce warrior
trained from childhood to defend her planet, her people and the all-encompassing
Essence.
Damani Wassack is in his mid-thirties and a Watcher, a secret
society who silently watch the remaining Telomere’s. The moment the Telomere loses
their soul it is the duty of the watcher to kill the Telomere and see them off to
the new plan of existence.
How did you get your start
in the industry?
I got my start with short and flash stories contributions in
ezines and anthologies back in 2009. It wasn’t until 2010 that my first novel was
accepted by a small independent press of ebooks.
What is the most important
thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
I outline against a plot arch. When I first started, I just blurted
out the story in a big blob and it took twice as long to organize and revise the
story into some semblance of logic. It also left me cutting out huge sections of
content that by that time I’d become attached to, even though it made no sense for
the story. By learning how to follow a sound plot arch and outline I can get the
story in my head out on paper with little pain and more success.
What do you enjoy most
about life?
Oh, lots of things. I had a brain tumor in 2011 and it put everything
in perspective. Mostly I enjoy being able to wake up in the morning and have another
day of the chaos that is life. My crazy teenagers and their constant woes and victories
towards becoming adults. My even crazier little boys who are learning the ways of
kid-dome. Then, of course, there’s the two stupid canine babies and the sadistically
evil cat. Through all of it is Hubby at my side, my constant partner.
Do you have a muse? Describe
this person, please.
Yes, her name is Anthor and she’s the scary demon that is my
subconscious. On good days, she’s flirting with me and connecting the research dots
of documentaries and reports my ideas sparked from.
On bad days – which are more often than I’d like – she’s glaring
at me with her purple glowing eyes and fury-wielding whip. She’s beating the crap
out of me, pushing me along with no reason or end result in sight. If I get off
track, she gives me this icy silent treatment that often brings me to tears and
leaves me begging her to speak to me.
What kind of books do
you read when taking a break from your own writing?
I read SF mostly, but love murder mysteries, horror, and contemporary
paranormal/speculative romance. I have a passion for older works, like stories from
late 1800s all the way through 1950s. I just love watching the evolution of words
and story structures.
What do you think is the
future of epublishing?
Will print go extinct? No, but I’m practical about the trend.
Literature needs to follow the reader’s preferred medium to stay alive. Most people
use the electronic medium now more than print. Letters have evolved to email. Phone
chatter has evolved to text/instant messaging. Newspaper distribution is evolving
to internet. Magazines are evolving to ezines. In line with this trend, print runs
are evolving to epublishing.
None of those original things – letters, phones, magazines and
newspapers – are going away any time soon but they are becoming less important in
today’s society.
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?
Definitely head to a beach along the Mexico coast. I’d
hollar at hubby and the kids to pack and then grab my Kindle, swimsuits, shorts,
t-shirts, and my hygiene stuff. The rest of the time would be spent ensuring the
family has everything they need and making a list of things to buy on the way or
when we get there.
What is your favorite
holiday and why?
Thanksgiving, without a doubt. It’s always been my favorite because
it’s the holiday where the only expectation is to gather your family and friends
to eat and hang out. There’s no stress of gift giving, dressing up to the nines,
or fulfilling childhood dreams.
What do you like to do
when you’re bored?
I have time to get bored? LOL, in the rare moments I have nothing
to do and nowhere to go, I usually pick up a book and dive in.

Please Fill in the Blanks

I love pizza with pepperoni.
I’m always ready for a Bruce Lee movie or a trip to the beach.
When I’m alone, I know the kids are up to something.
You’d never be able to tell, but love scenes embarrass me.
If I had a halo it would be very,
very crooked and slightly smudged
.
If I could do anything I’d take a long nap.
I can never go on an international trip because I’m
too picky of an eater
.

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Charlie Cochrane, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let’s
talk about your book, Tumble Turn.

Genre: Contemporary m/m romance
Publisher: MLR
Cover artist: Deana C. Jamroz
Length: 84 pages, 28,000 words
Heat rating: Mild
Tagline: Winning isn’t everything…except when everything rides
on being first.
Blurb: Ben Edwards is the rising star of British Paralympic swimming,
with a medal at London 2012 firmly in his sights. Love isn’t going to be allowed
to get in the way — until he meets Nick, who proves to be a big distraction from
training. With his times sliding, and a family illness, to worry him, it looks like
Ben’s Olympic dreams are in tatters. Until Nick comes up with the most outrageous
incentive for winning.
What are your main characters’ names, ages, and occupations?
Ben Edwards is 21, has
just graduated with a degree in Psychology from Cardiff University,
and is a professional paralympic swimmer, on the elite funding programme.
Nick Prior is 22, in
his last year studying languages at Warwick
university.

Interview with Ben Edwards

Tell us about yourself.
What are you like?
Ben: A bit shy (no, honestly) and a bit lacking in self confidence
at times. You might think that’s a load of rubbish, if you’ve seen me tearing up
the pool and punching the air like mad when I win. But if you’ve watched my post
race interviews and seen how tongue tied I get maybe you’d believe it.
People tell me I’m good looking, but if I look at myself in the
mirror first thing of a morning or when I’ve just finished a hard training session,
I’m not so sure. My physique’s good though, even my dodgy left hand side.
What do you think is your
strongest point?
Ben: Determination. I’ve always believed in having dreams and
trying to make them come true. Right from when I heard that London was getting the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics,
I wanted to take part.
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?)
Ben: I suppose most people would say my cerebral palsy was a
weakness, but I wasn’t brought up to think of it as that. Nick would agree—it just
makes me different, in the way he’s different because he can’t spell to save his
life. I’d say my Achilles’ heel is being too easily distracted, like Nick distracted
me in the run up to the Paralympics. My coach would have the same opinion. (Don’t
you make out I’m implying my coach is my enemy!)
What drives you to do
the things you do? What makes you want to be the “good guy?”
Ben: Because what’s the alternative? I guess my mum and dad brought
me up to think about other people and to always try to do the next right thing.
Maybe I’m naive but I can’t imagine doing anything different.
What’s your favorite guilty
pleasure?
Ben: Biscuits, especially custard creams or chocolate Hob Nobs.
If you didn’t know how
old you were how old would you be?
Ben: I don’t think I understand the question. Does it mean what
age would I ideally be? Forever 21 I suppose.
A biography has been written
about you. What do you think the title would be in six words or less?
Ben: Touching First. (Because I always want to be first to touch
the wall in my races.)
If money were not an object,
where would you most like to live?
Ben: Maybe one of the great big houses at Sandbanks, near Bournemouth, where we used to go on holidays when I was a
little boy. Or a really posh flat at Cardiff
Bay, so I could get my swimming
training in. Either would do, so long as Nick could get over easily enough to visit
me.
What song would best describe
your life?
Ben: It would be too much of a cliché to go with “I am What I
am”, although you can’t imagine what a buzz I got when they used that in the Paralympic
opening ceremony. “Ain’t no Mountain High Enough”, maybe, because I like overcoming
challenges. Had plenty of practice!
If you were a tool, what
would people use you to do?
Ben: Um, clean their cars because I’m great in the water?
Picture yourself as a
store. Considering your personality and lifestyle, what type of products would be
sold there?
Ben: I’d be one of those stores that sell all sorts of fun things.
Like Hawkin’s Bazaar used to. Sports stuff, games, puzzles, jokey things. That’s
me to a t.
As a child, what was your
favorite thing about school?
Ben: Playtime, of course. I was clever enough that lessons weren’t
that hard work, but once the bell went and we could let off some steam – playing
football or just haring around the playground – I was happy as a pig in dirt.
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. ^_^
Ben: This is really
embarrassing. When I was little I tried to shave our dog, because I thought his
hair was too long. Luckily dad caught me and put a stop to things. The dog was such
a daft thing he just let me!
If you came with a warning
label, what would it say?
Ben: “Dangerous when wet”?

Please Fill in the Blanks as Ben Edwards

I love pizza with ham and pineapple.
I’m always ready for watching sport. Live or TV, bring it on!
When I’m alone, I play games on my laptop. I’ve always been a
bit of a games nerd.
You’d never be able to tell, but I got straight A grades at A
level.
If I had a halo it would be stuck
on, so I didn’t lose it.
If I could fly, I’d give up swimming.
Maybe.
I can never be a boxer because my left side has a habit of going
weak on me.

About the Author

As Charlie Cochrane couldn’t be trusted to do any of her jobs
of choice—like managing a rugby team—she writes. Her favourite genre is gay fiction,
predominantly historical romances/mysteries. She lives near Romsey but has yet to
use that as a setting for her stories, choosing to write about Cambridge,
Bath, London and the
Channel Islands, all of which are places she knows
and loves well.
Charlie’s a member of the Romantic
Novelists’ Association, Mystery People and International Thriller Writers Inc, with
titles published by Carina, MLR, Noble Romance and Cheyenne. Charlie’s Cambridge Fellows Series,
set in Edwardian England, was instrumental in her being named Author of the Year
2009 by the review site Speak Its Name.

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Twitter: CharlieCochrane
Other sites: Goodreads
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Shifting Hearts.

 

Dominique Eastwick welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Tell us
about Shifting Hearts: Wiccan Haus.
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Tagline: Sometimes it takes losing everything to find the one
thing you need.
Blurb:
The last of his kind… Rekkus is the last of the great Black
Tiger weres and he is happy to stay that way. Working as security for the Wiccan
Haus, a magical spa for inner healing, he has enough danger – and women – to keep
him busy. Unfortunately, the Fates are not content with him being comfortable.
Alone and discouraged… Dana has walked away from all she has
known, her fiancé, family, apartment, and job. Now, having a ticket to the Wiccan
Haus may be the only way she can move on. But what she finds isn’t what she expects,
nor is it what she thought she was looking for.
Meet the unusual residents of the Wiccan Haus. The staff can
get a little hairy and not all of the guests eat what’s served in the dining hall.
But the proprietors always do what they can to make the resort into a place of healing
and peace, using all of their years of practice. At the Haus, where humans and Paras
reside side-by-side, everyone in need of the Rowan siblings’ services are welcome.
Welcome to the Wiccan Haus.
Buy links:

Interview with Rekkus (from Shifting Hearts)

Thank you for coming to
chat with us today. Why do you think Dominique Eastwick choose you to represent
her?
I didn’t really have a choice as she is one of the high members
of the Syndicate which rules the Para’s.
Paras?
Yea Paranormals, witches, weres, vamps, fae, non humans.
And one group rules them
all?
That’s what they think.
Tell us a little about
yourself?
I am head of Security for the Wiccan Haus, as well as the protector
of the Rowan Family.
And?
And what?
Could you tell us what
the Wiccan Haus is?
Didn’t you do your research before coming to interview me? No?
Fine–the Wiccan Haus is a resort and spa for the emotional and physical healing
of those in need. We are located off the coast of Maine. Contact Myron if you want more information
or research it yourself at http://thewiccanhaus.blogspot.com/
. Is that enough information for you?
I suppose it will have
to do. Where do you live?
At the Wiccan Haus. Is this really necessary I have work to do.
Your accent isn’t American
and certainly isn’t from Maine.
Where are you from originally?
You really mean to go through with this interview don’t you?
Fine, I am from Wales.
But it’s been a very long time since I lived there.
What do you wish people
would know about you?
I wish people didn’t know about me at all.
Okay then, what music
do you listen too?
I like Jazz and traditional Irish folk music.
Will we be seeing more
of you or are you stepping out of the lime light?
I can only hope to step out of the lime light but I don’t see
that happening. I do seem to show up in every book in one form or another.
Where have we seen you
before?
If you had seen me before you would not be here now.
What is your perfect evening?
Any evening I spend with Dana. ALONE. Without drama.
Is there anything you
wish Dominique Eastwick had kept her mouth shut about?
Are you kidding me? First Hell Yes. Second I’m not a fool to
bad mouth Dominique or any member of the Syndicate now am I?
Do you feel you were portrayed
fairly?
Yes actually I was. I am exactly like that. I am surprise you
didn’t get the hint not to come chat with me.
Tell us about Dana what
drew you to her? (interviewers note, he genuinely softened at this point in the
interview)
Fate would be the simple answer, that she is my soul mate just
as simple. But it’s her fragility that made me love her.
What’s your favorite sports
team?
Manchester
United. Don’t tell anyone I sneak to the computer in the office and check on the
scores.
What’s you biggest turn
ons?
Dana, in any state of dress or undress.
What are your biggest
turn offs?
Weak Para’s and Trixie’s deep
breathing class.
What’s your favorite ice
cream flavor, chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry?
I do like a bowl of cream every now and then. I would have to
go with strawberry; Sage makes some killer strawberry ice cream on the Island.
What is your biggest fear?
Having anything happen to the Rowan siblings or Dana. They are
my family and I protect them with my life. Now if it’s all the same to you I have
work to do. Next time interview Cyrus and Sarka I am sure they would LOVE to chat
with you.
(Interviewer’s side note
having approached both Cyrus and Sarka it’s this Interviewers opinion that unless
one wants to take their life into their own hands it would be well advised to stay
away from those two siblings.)
To learn more about the Wiccan Haus come visit us here http://thewiccanhaus.blogspot.com/
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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

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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