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Katie Hayoz Giveaway and Interview

Paranormal and steampunk romance author Katie Hayoz is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss her newest release from The Clockwork Siren Series, Submerged. Please help me make her feel welcome.

*****Katie will be giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate. Be sure to leave a COMMENT (on Blog or Facebook), SHARE, and TAG a few friends in order to enter into the random drawing. Contest will close and winner will be drawn on October 29th, 2015 @ 8pmKatieH

Before we get into your book, let us talk about you. Katie grew up in Racine, Wisconsin where she acquired an irreversible nasal twang and an addiction for books with a slightly dark edge. She now lives in Geneva, Switzerland with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. She has been an avid reader of speculative fiction for years. While she has a penchant for the paranormal, she devours a range of books — along with popcorn and black licorice. She consumes all three in large quantities. Luckily, the books don’t stay on her hips.

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  • Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)?

**My critiquing group.  They are brutally honest about what I write, but that means they push me hard to do my absolute best.  They cheer me on and boost me whenever I have doubts.  I don’t know what I would do without them. (Don’t ever leave me, ladies!!!!)

  • If you weren’t an author what would you be? 

**The only other thing I would even want to be is a flamenco dancer. Love. It. OMG, the power and control of those dancers! In my next life I am starting flamenco lessons at age five.

  • If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why?

**For all the practical reasons like medicine, travel, communication and especially women’s rights, I’ll stay just where I am, thank you.  However, I sure wish we could bring back the female body ideal from the time of the Italian Renaissance!

  • How did you choose the genre you write in? 

**Almost everything I write has a dark and/or paranormal edge to it.  It’s what I like reading so it’s what I write.  I shy away from reality…even in real life.

  • Do you ever experience writer’s block? 

**All the time.  I force myself to work through it, because that’s really the only way forward for me.  But, holy moly, is it painful.

  • Do you work with an outline, or just write? 

**I just write.  I have tried over and over to work with an outline and can’t.  My method is the spew it then chew it method: put it on paper, then chew on the ideas a bit more before rewriting it into something cohesive.  Then rewrite. Rewrite. Rewrite.

  • How do you decompress after typing The End on a book

**I feel lost for a good week afterward and can’t write during that time.  So that’s when the housework gets done.  I figure if I can get two-three books out a year then the apartment gets cleaned at least every four to six months! 😉

Tell me about your book, Submerged.

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Give us a 30-word or less tagline:

         Monster hunter Melusine Dore’s deepest fear becomes reality when she must slay a beast in the one place she swore she’d never return to: home.

 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

           I’d recommend the series to anyone who likes a good time and who isn’t afraid of weird.  There is a lot of weird in here.  The romance is full of innuendo, but pretty clean, so though it is not considered YA it is “teen friendly”.  Melusine and Levi hunt monsters, so there is some violence, but it’s not gratuitous.  Both Immersed and Submerged are mash-ups of steampunk, fairy tale, romance, history and adventure.  I think they are serious romps but still have a bit of depth to them.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series? 

        The first book, Immersed, was part of a project with the Blazing Indie Collective.  We had to write a novella that had a mermaid in it somewhere—hence the title Immersed. (You can find all the mermaid novellas in an anthology here.) Submerged follows on the water theme, but also gets further into the grit of Melusine’s life, where she really does feel submerged.  I decided to call the series The Clockwork Siren Series so that the steampunk aspect would be clear from the start?

Tell me about your Hero and Heroine?

       Levi Cannon and Melusine Doré are monster hunters who live in a steampunk version of 1850s Chicago. They are opposite in a lot of ways—Levi comes from wealth, Melusine is trying to survive, Levi is in the business for revenge, Melusine is in it to rid the world of evil one creature at a time, Levi is a constant flirt, Melusine does not pretend for anyone. Melusine, however, also has a dark past full of lies and secrets. One very big secret in particular…and, she’ll soon discover, one very big lie.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

      Melusine. She is kickass.  And I don’t just mean in her dealings with monsters.  She clears her own path in the wilderness of a male-dominated society, she stands for what she believes in, she isn’t afraid to get dirty and she wears armored corsets. She has her weaknesses—especially when it comes to love—but I like that about her.  

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:

         I’ll give you at least two. You know that very popular chain of coffee houses with a mermaid on its logo?  Well, it’s not a mermaid; it’s a melusine.  Melusine comes from medieval myth, and though the story changes a bit for each country, she is usually depicted with two mermaid or serpentine tails.  Another cool thing about the series comes from the true history of Chicago.  In the 1850’s, Chicago was literally sinking.  The city was built on marshland, had no proper drainage and was a cesspool of disease.   So the city officials raised the streets up by several feet to put in underground plumbing.  Houses followed…though not everyone could afford to raise their home.  You can still see “sunken” houses in Chicago today!  That’s where Melusine lives and works—with steampunk gadgets and monsters to boot.  Submerged starts off in Chicago but then takes us down to Louisiana. The swampy area there is different, but still very vivid. I hope it comes through in the writing.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

          You can always contact me via email through my blog: http://www.katiehayoz.com

What can we expect from you in the future?

         I am working on Surfaced, the third book in the Clockwork Siren Series. It should be out by January at the latest. I may continue with a fourth, but not until I finish another project I’ve started: a YA trilogy called The Mask Between Us.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

          Review it.  Tell others.  Telling others is a big thing.  There are so many books out there that it is easy for one to get lost in the chaos.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?

          Thank you for having me on the blog!

And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

From Submerged, Chapter One:

The broadside under the heel of Melusine’s boot taunted, MELUSINE DORE: FRIEND OR FIEND? 

Good question, thought Melusine. It was the third headline this week that sought to put Melusine in the same category as the monsters she hunted.

She twisted her foot, the thin paper folding like an accordion and ripping under the pressure. She would worry about the accusations later. Now, she had a job to do.

She descended step by rotting step down a ladder and into a muddy trench. The air was ripe with the odor of insects and stagnant water and sewage. She tugged her chatelaine out from her corset and opened a tiny vial of rosemary oil, dotting a drop of it directly under her nose.

Her boots squelched in the muck, her hands out on either side, scrabbling the walls of the trench. The darkening night made it difficult to see; she scraped against newly laid pipes and tripped over littered debris. A fur-backed troll had taken up residence in the ditches dug for the new pipelines that were intended to clean up Chicago. The creature had been making meals of the workers, leaving nothing but picked-clean bones behind. If the city wanted to move forward on its project to raise itself out of squalor and sewage, the troll had to be taken care of.

An itch at the base of her skull told her she was close. Fingering her chatelaine again, she unhooked a bag of goblin powder from the links. She was at a crossroads of sorts, the trench tunneling both straight ahead and to the right. To the side, almost completely hidden in shadow, was a misshapen figure. Ahead of her was another one; she could just make out the two bulging orbs of its eyes. As it stepped forward, Melusine threw the goblin powder in its face. “Sweet dreams, little troll,” she said.

But instead of dropping into an instant deep sleep, the creature sneezed. Loudly. Once. Then twice. A voice Melusine knew well swore, “Tarnation! Mel, please tell me this isn’t goblin powder!”

Levi Cannon. Now that she was closer, Melusine saw the strange copper and glass contraption Levi wore strapped to his face. Night goggles, his inventor friend Zahn’s latest design. Levi sneezed three more times then took the glasses off. Already, even in the dim light, Melusine could see the pink stain of irritation from the powder blossoming on his face everywhere but where the goggles had been.

“I’m hunting a troll. Of course it’s goblin powder. What are you doing here?”

The sneezing was constant now, and Levi had to speak in gasps. “With the rumors…I just…wanted…to be positive…no one…would…try to hurt…you.” He sneezed an explosion, then yelled, “Behind you!”

But Melusine was ready. The back of her neck had been crawling at the monster’s approach. She yanked her dagger from the sheath on her thigh and whipped around, throwing the blade between the troll’s giant, milky eyes. The beast was pale, its yellow-blue skin wrinkled, translucent and hairless but for the thick rug of brown fur growing over its shoulders and down its back.

The dagger stunned it for a second, but then it let out a gurgled roar and raced for Melusine. She readied the dregs of the goblin powder, was just waiting for the creature to get close enough when clink, clink, clink, pop, pop, pop, she felt the whizz of bullets passing over her shoulder. The monster burst into a mess of fluids, tufts of brown fur covering Melusine like an itchy blanket.

“A crank gun?” she moaned. “You planned on making a mess. Admit it, Mr. Cannon.” She tried wiping the coarse fur off of her arms, but all she managed to do was spread it around.

“Not unless you admit that throwing the goblin powder my direction was not entirely an accident.” Levi was now scratching at his face, the pink blotches growing red. “Ow! Tonight of all nights! You know I have an appointment with a woman on Ashton Avenue to remove the gnome that’s taken up residence in her garden.”

Oh, yes, Melusine remembered the elegant and beautiful sophisticate who’d made the appointment. Who’d insisted that Levi come work alone. Melusine held back a twitch of a smile.

“That’s tonight?” She took her dagger from the troll’s skull and wiped the purple blood off on the leg of her trousers. Holding the blade up in front of her, she inspected its cleanliness, the tip pointed at Levi’s heart. “But what does it matter how you look? Surely, you were not planning on seducing the lady?”

Levi set a gloved finger on top of the blade and lowered it until the point was facing the ground. His eyes stayed trained on her face, the intensity of them tugging at a thread of longing stitched in Melusine’s chest.

“There’s only one woman who interests me,” he said. “I’d kiss her now if I could, but my lips are beginning to blister.”

Melusine’s spirits lifted like an airship at his admission. She shoved the dagger back in its sheath, coughed and avoided Levi’s gaze. “Yes, well,” she said. “The goblin powder’s effects will be gone in an hour or so. Perhaps she’d be willing to oblige then.”

Levi winked, its effect nearly lost under all the swelling. “I shall hold her to it.”

Buy links:

For Immersed: Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Immersed-Falling-Deep-Collection-Novella-ebook/dp/B00ZDVK02O/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Immersed-Falling-Deep-Collection-Novella-ebook/dp/B00ZDVK02O/

 

For Submerged: Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Submerged-Clockwork-Siren-Book-2-ebook/dp/B014211M5Y/

Amazon.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Submerged-Clockwork-Siren-Book-2-ebook/dp/B014211M5Y/

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Cordially Invited Blog Tour

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Cordially Invited

by Natasha Jackson

You are cordially invited…

After a mishap involving a stripper and a coffin, event planner Lucky Gould-Bang is fired for the third time in three months. When a position for Post Conviction Coordinator pops up at the Bureau of Prisons, Lucky jumps at the chance with no clue what it involves. Finding out she will be planning recently re-instated executions, Lucky finds herself dealing with an ambitious Governor, smarmy detah industry executives, protestors and a spree murderer cum pastor on a regular basis, all while trying to do the Governor’s bidding by putting on ‘family friendly’ executions.

At the Governor’s request, to attend the execution of…

Madison Madigan is tired of everyone seeing her as Lil’ Maddie, First Granddaughter of the state of Illinois. She’s Governor now and she will do anything to win the office on her own merit, even if she has to rely on voters from the other party get there. She reinstated the death penalty over her Party’s wishes and now she’s determined to make it something everyone is talking about…and not because a run of the mill death by electrocution turned into a barbecue. Her key to winning is Pastor Bishop Parsons–will she commute his sentence or won’t she–now all she has to do is make a decision.

On this day at the following time…

Pastor Bishop Parsons doesn’t deny his sordid past. A former drug addict on Death Row for the spree murders of ten people. But twenty years into his sentence he is a reformed man; Pastor of the largest e-church in the country, fundraiser for the upper crust and media darling. He’s not ready to die and he’ll do anything he can to stop it…even invoking religion.Cordially Invited teaser 1

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BUY LINKS:Cordially Invited

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UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0140LI0GK

AU: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B0140LI0GK/

Other Books

MUSTANG PRAIRIE

BOOK 1: CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Conflict-Interest-Mustang-Prairie-Romance-ebook/dp/B00NGUFXYE/

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00NGUFXYE

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00NGUFXYE

BOOK 2: A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00VCJPJF4

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00VCJPJF4

Amazon CA: http://www.amazon.ca/Little-Bit-Love-Mustang-Prairie-ebook/dp/B00VCJPJF4

About the Author

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Hey I’m Natasha! I’m originally from Chicago but I’ve lived all over the US and I’m making my way through Europe…and I love stories. I love to read them, to watch them and most of all I love to write them. I find people endlessly fascinating and frustrating, which makes for the most interesting stories!

I also love politics and true crime so in addition to writing romance, I also write political satire. It has been my dream to make a living as a writer since I was a kid and got lost in Judy Blume, The Babysitter’s Club and Sweet Valley High (is my age showing?!?!). When I’m not writing I can be found engaging in one-sided conversations with everyone from Rachel Maddow to the food I’m preparing, singing very loudly very badly and trying out new recipes from around the world.

I love to laugh, I gave my husband a sappy pet name and I think answers to most of life’s dilemmas can be found in an episode of Dawson’s Creek.

My first series, Mustang Prairie, is small town romance because I feel they offer a variety of fun characters whose lives are interconnected. It is based loosely on my college town, which was the smallest town I’ve ever lived in…Go Panthers!

My new novel, Cordially Invited is about my love of politics and how we as a society deal with matters of life and death.

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4 star review:

Lucky Gould-Bang is an event coordinator who has lost her third job in several months and is looking something new. When her friend Taryn comes to her with a possible job, Lucky is excited even though all she knows is that job is at the prison. When she goes in for the interview she is expecting to be hired to plan events for the prisoners, staff, warden and possibly the Governor. What she is not expecting is to be told that including in those duties she will be coordinating the deaths of inmates on death row. Lucky isn’t sure how she feels about this new revelation but decides to accept the job and see where it takes her. She must first change the feel of the death chamber as well as figure out how what types of new and better methods to use for executions that won’t fail the way the previous one did. Will she be able to handle having to coordinate other people’s deaths or it will it break her as it has so many others?

Madison Madigan is the Governor of Illinois and she is trying to create a separate persona for herself that doesn’t include being the former governor’s granddaughter. Her first step was to reinstate the death penalty but the first execution gets seriously screwed up. Now she is intent on hiring an outsider to become the first Post-Conviction Events Coordinator of the prison. She wants someone who can change the way public executions are done, make them infallible as well as family friendly. Madison is also looking for someone to help change her public image and get her off the worst dress lists around the world. Will she be able to win the re-elect for Governor or will her antics be too much for the people of Illinois? Will she give a stay to a beloved prisoner on death row or will she follow through with the sentence that was almost 20 years ago?

Taryn Micklesby works for the BoP and for the Warden and she has been delegated to handle the hiring of the new Events coordinator. Taryn is beautiful, intelligent and successful but she dreams of having more. She wants to good friends with the Governor as well as possibly becoming the Governor’s trusted Advisor. She will work any angle and use whatever manipulations necessary to reach her goals, including using lucky as the new coordinator and her stepsister Patrice aka Tricee as a professional stylist to help Madison to accomplish her goals.

Bishop Lamont Parsons has been sitting on death row for almost twenty years for being a serial killer and killing 10 people. During his time in prison, he has become a Pastor, an activist, started an E-Church, and won a Pulitzer Prize winner. Now that the death penalty has been reinstated Pastor Bishop has been informed he will be executed in 6 months’ time. He believes and wants everyone else to believe that he is a changed man since he is now a man of GOD he deserves a stay of execution and/or to have his sentence commuted. Pastor Bishop will do everything he can to try and make sure that he is successful in his cause even going as far as scheduling multiple media interviews, using his echurch followers to petition and protest on his behalf and also by staging the first ever behind bars internet press conference. Will he be able to convince the Governor that he is a changed man and deserves a second chance or will he lose his life the same way his victims did?

Natasha writes an intriguing and eye opening fictional book about the interworking of a prison and Governor’s office. She shows multiply dimensions to each of her characters as well as making them likable and hated at the same time. She allows the reader to imagine what goes behind closed doors all the while holding their attention by providing glimpses of what’s to come.  Ms. Jackson keeps the story light and makes the darkness acceptable. I read this story in a span of a few hours because I couldn’t put it done due to the need to know the outcome of each person’s story. With this book, your attention will be grabbed and held till the very last page.

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Are you ready to get Scandalous? We have three new releases today that are sure to tickle your palate.

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About the book:

London, 1784

Thea Worthington, Duchess of Wynchester divides her time between social engagements and playing her luck against fickle fortune. Yet every gamble is only a bluff—a means to hide from the pain deep within her, and the loss of a babe she never held in her arms. Now Thea’s luck is about to run out. Her estranged husband has returned and seeks a reunion…

Plagued with guilt over what happened to his wife three years ago, the Duke of Wynchester has kept his distance. The duke is resolved to piece his family back together, especially now that he’s discovered his beloved brother—long thought dead—still lives. But Thea’s lovely, porcelain facade is on the verge of cracking…spurred on by the duke’s brother’s secretive, malevolent animosity.

With everything riding on her future, Thea plays a daring game of chance for love and her marriage…and this time, the dice are most certainly rigged.

Find it online:

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oct 19-3

About the book:

All of Lady Abigail Hurst’s dreams seem to be coming true when at long last her childhood sweetheart asks for her hand. But when a maid is found dead, and her betrothed is the chief suspect, Abigail begins to wonder just what manner of man she’s marrying…

The Marquess of Longcroft, Edmund Townsend, has always preferred complex mathematical equations to the trappings of society. And love? Love is a non-quantifiable concept. Still, Lady Abigail is his sister’s friend, and he finds himself drawn into the mystery of her affianced…even as he begins to anticipate Lady Abigail’s company with unfathomable pleasure.

Investigating the murder may reveal more than the sordid truth.

It may just reveal the love Abigail always wanted…a little too late.

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oct 19-2

About the novella:

Catherine Linwood is amongst the favored of Tudor Queen Mary–until her physician father dies mysteriously. She’s distraught, shunned and desperate for answers. Catherine’s only ally is Sir Brandon FitzAlan…who is willing to risk his life to protect hers. While the handsome stranger’s courage and wit soon capture her heart, his true allegiance and purpose is uncertain.

Brand is well used to the lies and shadows of court. Yet nothing prepares him for his sizzling attraction to innocent Catherine, or the deadly plot she is tangled in, for her father took a secret to his grave that could tear Catholic England apart. With one chance at salvation, Brand and Catherine begin a cross-country journey that reveals the shocking truth…and a burning passion that could save or destroy them both.

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Interview with Lauren Smith and a spotlight on Wicked Designs

Award winning Romance author Lauren Smith is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss several of her books from each of the sub-genres that she writes in. She has numerous published books in the paranormal category as well as Historical and contemporary. Over the next week we will be exploring her books as well as getting to Lauren better. So without further ado please help give Lauren a warm and appreciative welcome.

Lauren will be giving away a signed print copy of Wicked Designs, the first book we’ll be showcasing over the next few days. Be sure to comment on the facebook post @ http://www.facebook.com/Alwyztroublereviews and invite your friends in order to enter into the random drawing. A winner will be drawn and announced on Friday Oct. 16th @ 8pm Est time

Here is a brief bio and personal interview on and with Lauren before we get into the first book we are going to showcase.                                                    

Lauren_Smith_2014 Amazon Best Selling author, Lauren Smith is an attorney by day, author by night, who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives with her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat and dapper little schnauzer. She’s won multiple awards in several romance subgenres including being an Amazon.com Breakthrough Novel Award Quarter-Finalist and a Semi-Finalist for the Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley Award.

What is your favorite color? – Cobalt blue

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (Besides writing)- I love to draw, I love photography and I’m hugely obsessed with movies and tv.

If you weren’t an author what would you be?-

If, I had the sudden qualifications for any job, I’d love to be an archeologist.

If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why? –

Late Victorian, the bustle gowns are my favorite, and even while it’s old-timey, they still had a lot of modern inventions.

How did you choose the genre you write in?-

 I’ve always loved love stories and was always writing love stories since I was in the third grade.

Is there a genre/subgenre that you haven’t written that you would like to try?

Someday I’d like to write literary fiction, but I know I’d sneak a love story into it.

What comes first, your characters story or the plot line for the book?-

 I almost always get the plot line first and the characters fit right into the plot I come up with.

Do you work with an outline, or just write?-

I always know the beginning, the end and the middle of a few major moments. The rest of it I just write.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published?

I had to learn about revisions, and plot consistency and character arcs. For me, it was learning how to polish all of these things into a working, close to flawless manuscript so an agent or editor could just enjoy the book and not see any glaring errors.

Who has been the hardest character to write about? What character has given you the most trouble?

My hardest character to write is Kat Roberts from my upcoming Her British Stepbrother serial. She’s the most like me in some ways. Just nineteen and starting out in college, she doesn’t know who she is yet or what her goals are, so writing a character that grows and changes was difficult for me when writing about Kat.

What character, that you haven’t written/released yet, are you most looking forward to sharing with your readers?

I’m really excited to share Wes Thorn with my readers. He’s coming out November 3rd in The Gilded Chain book. He’s a mysterious, brooding, handsome art expert with a flat in Paris, and a mansion on the Gold Coast. He’s a bit like The Great Gatsby, but in the end he gets the girl and offers the girl her dream on a silver platter.

How do you decompress after typing The End on a book?

I love to watch a bunch of TV and eat some Chinese take-out.

Tell me about your book Wicked Designs 

Give us a 30 word or less tagline for your book:

                    An innocent debutante is abducted by a handsome, brooding duke who has a plan for revenge against her uncle.

 Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

                  Anyone who loves a good romance with bad boy as a hero should definitely read this book. It’s a historical romance, but even if you think you don’t like historical romances, this story is engaging and exciting and it doesn’t bog you down in historical details.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series?

                 Well my editor at the time, not my current editor, didn’t like that I wanted to name each book after a hero’s name so she made me pick something generic that would work for any historical romance. The series name The League of Rogues is what I really love. The men in the series belong to this unofficial club of friendship and because they’re all bad boys, London dubs them the League of Rogues.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork?

              Kim Killion of Hot Damn Designs did an amazing job of bringing Godric and Emily to life on the cover. I love how Godric is looking right out at you and promising you he’ll seduce you.

Tell me about your Hero and Heroine?

                      The hero Godric is a brooding man with a tragic past. He protects what he cares about very passionately. He also is a bit vengeful to anyone who wrongs him. The heroine is Emily, she’s young but she’s very intelligent, compassionate and ready to fall for a man and look through his faults to good man he is inside.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why?

                       That’s tough. I’d have to say the League as a whole since the group of men acts as a cohesive unit when they are together, like a band of brothers. Something bad happened a long time ago and it bonded the men together and I love how deeply they care for each other.

What was your favorite chapter to write? Scene? Why?

                        I think I love it most when Emily and Godric go walking in the woods and they open their hearts to each other for the first time. He exposes his soul to Emily and gets her to talk about when she lost her parents. It really bonds them together.

 Do you have a least favorite character?

              What makes them your least favorite character? I’d definitely say the villain Blankenship. He’s awful. He used to love Emily’s mother but she married another man and he wants to possess Emily and own her the way he never could his mother.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why?

                  Oh gosh, I’m not sure. I really love it the way it is, but I know some people think Godric is a little too dark and that Emily should never have fallen in love with him. 9. Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series: Fun Fact, the regency heroes in the series all went to Cambridge for school. I also went to school at Cambridge and I wanted to write about a place I loved so much.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?

          You can visit my website at www.laurensmithbooks.com and it has all my social media links.

What can we expect from you in the future?

               More stories! I want to keep writing on all my different series so if you don’t like say historical, then you’ll be able to read my paranormal or contemporaries.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?

              Buying the book is the biggest thing. If you buy the book that helps support us so we can keep writing. We make so little on each book and readers often don’t realize that if we can’t make money, we can’t live. That’s why so many writers have to have day jobs to keep their houses and cars. Then we have to work two jobs and we’re tired and frustrated. So buying our books and sharing with friends really helps make us able to keep writing.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?

             My best advice is figure out what you love to write and then figure out what sells best in that genre and learn what those writers are doing that makes their books successful.

Think about your book. You realize that we all read books at different paces, with varying amounts of distractions.  Is there a particular part of your book that you want to highlight– not because it is your favorite – but because you want to encourage your readers to read it carefully and get all the details?

           Oh, I don’t know if there’s a particular thing to focus on, except maybe whenever the men are talking about League history because it plays into the larger series plot across the six primary books. 

 Is there anything else you’d like to say?

I hope you all enjoy my books!

And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

Emily yanked at the door handle. It didn’t budge. How on earth was she to get to out? She was locked inside. Trapped. Her body tensed as a wave of panic swept through her. She ran to the windows and pulled at the sill but it wouldn’t lift. To her horror, she noted a pair of nails embedded deep in the wood, sealing it. She frantically scanned the room, noticing a narrow, barely identifiable door to the left of her bed.

Where on earth does this lead to? A discrete servant’s entrance, perhaps? “Might as well try it.”

The handle gave way and swung inward to a second room.

A massive four-poster bed stood against one wall. Her eyes latched onto the body tangled in the sheets. She caught a wide view of a sun-kissed muscular back and a head of dark hair…the duke. He’d put her in an adjoining chamber. Emily padded softly to his door. It too was locked. She rushed over to his window and, like in her room, it refused to open.

She returned to his door, pressing herself against the wood, and debated screaming for help. Her lips parted, a shout on the tip of her tongue, then stopped. She was in his house, with his servants. There would be no help here, not for a captive of the duke. Anger replaced part of her fear, at least temporarily.

“Oh, for heaven’s sake,” she growled under her breath and turned back to face Godric.

The distant gleam of gold on the opposite side of the bed, near the wall, caught Emily’s eye. She tiptoed across the wooden floor, toward him. His breathing was soft and slow; still fast asleep.

“Ah, yes.” A small set of brass keys, secured to Godric’s wrist by a leather string, gleamed underneath the sunlight. Emily debated: wait until he woke on his own, or try to escape now and chance waking him in her attempt to snatch the keys.

The hand with the keys lay on the opposite side of the bed, which was a little too close to the wall for her to get to. To reach them, Emily had to crawl over him. Her pulse beat wildly and her blood roared in her ears as she tried to accept what she would have to do. She’d have to touch him, the man who’d kidnapped and drugged her. Not just touch him…but crawl over the length of his body…in his bed. Could she do this? Her father had always called her brave. But being so close to a man, alone and locked inside with him in a bedroom, was she brave enough to get the keys?

Her eyes closed and she summoned the courage she’d called upon so easily the night before.

I can do this. I must do this.

She lifted her skirts past her knees and put one foot on the oak bed frame as she climbed. Hands and knees far apart, she dispersed her weight. The last thing she needed was to dip the bed and waken the devil

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