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Laila Raimes Author Interview and Giveaway

Paranormal erotic/romance author Laila Raimes is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss her newest release from her Shifter Fates Series entitled Elle’s Justice.  Please help me make her feel welcome.

Laila will be giving away a full set of the first three books of the series.  Book 1 Elle’s Claim, Book 2 Adolf’s Request, Book 3 Declan’s Descent and $5.00 Amazon GC.   Be sure to Comment on blog post and tell your friends  in order to enter into the random drawing. A winner will be drawn and announced on Dec.23rd @ 5pm est.

Before we get into your book, let us talk about you.

I grew up in the Bronx and moved to upstate NY for my last year of high school.  I’m a single mom now living in upstate NY with my soon to be 12 year-old son. I’m mostly an indie author–except for the Alt World Series– I write about strong heroines who have lived through or experienced something horrible from abuse whether physical, sexual, or emotional, to depression, but fight, struggle and conquer it all, in a paranormal erotica/romance setting.

  1. Do you have a day job as well? Yes, I work as a customer service rep during the day.
  2. What is your favorite color? Green.
  3. Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (besides writing) Knitting
  4. How do you spend your spare time? With my soon to be 12 year old son and writing/reading.
  5. Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)? My youngest sister and my brother who is older than me.
  6. If you weren’t an author what would you be? A single mom with more time on her hands J
  7. If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why?
  8. When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?       Started writing about 15 years ago.       First book finished 14 years ago.
  9. How did you choose the genre you write in? I read a lot of different genres, but always loved the paranormal because anything is possible. I can allow my imagination to run wild without limits.
  10. Is there a genre/subgenre that you haven’t written that you would like to try? New adult.
  11. Where do you get your ideas? The first book I wrote which is not published is a sci-fi book and it came to me in a dream. But the others have come from thoughts I’ve had in the past, or things I would like to read.
  12. What comes first, your characters story or the plot line for the book?       The main characters background.
  13. Do you ever experience writer’s block? Yes.
  14. Do you work with an outline, or just write? I’m what I call a free-flow writer or a winger. I do not use an outline. I see where I want the story to go, I see the setting, and scenes. And I let the characters take me there.
  15. Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? I love the Pip and Flinx series by Alan Dean Foster when I was younger. That was if not the first book, surely the most memorable book that I visualized and experienced as I read it.
  16. Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? Writing a salivating query. Those are so difficult for me.
  17. If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? Honestly, if I realized self-publishing before having one of my series traditionally published, I would’ve gone that route for so many reasons.
  18. How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre? Marketing/promoting is definitely one of the toughest tasks in the business. I have a PA who is amazing, Nathalie Raven of Raven PA. But I also post promos to over a hundred FB groups in search of a wider audience. It is not only time consuming it is mind numbingly boring. But has to be done. I also join events and parties of other authors or blogs or just about anything that will have me. That I love doing because I can interact with readers and meet new people.
  19. Have you written a book you love that you have not been able to get published? With self-publishing being a new route there really isn’t a reason you can’t be published if you want to be.       However, my sci-fi book that was the first that I wrote hasn’t been picked up when I tried to have it traditionally published years ago.
  20. Can you tell us about your upcoming book? I am finishing the fourth and final book for my self-published Shifter Fates series. This book will delve into the war and bring the readers into realms never before visited. It has twists that so far even I haven’t seen coming.
  21. Who has been your favorite character thus far? Sundry from Tiny Tragedies – The Sundry Files (An Alt World Book) she’s gone through so much in her short lifetime and she’ll experience so many highs and lows before she finally finds out who she really is.       But in the end she’ll be so much stronger for it.
  22. Who has been the hardest character to write about? Declan from my Shifter Fates series. What character has given you the most trouble? Declan, because I’ve had to try and bring the readers into his world without him actually voicing his point of view, while at the same time allowing his actions and behavioral traits draw you in so that you come to care for him as well as the other main characters.
  23. What character, that you haven’t written/released yet, are you most looking forward to sharing with your readers? Cami, she’s going to be an interesting one to finish writing. Her difficulties will stem from someone close to home and she’ll lose the ones that love her at a very young age. Nothing in her life will be happy, or come easy, not until she’s freed and meets her Governed Mate. BTW, that is the name of my next series. Governed Mates. Each book will be a standalone, but most likely interconnected.
  24. If you could be any one of your characters who would you choose? Micah Everheart from Mate-Staken Identity Why? She’s an abomination according to most. Being a dual natured shifter is her first ‘mistake,’ but Micah also has many other ‘freaky’ powers, some that I would love to have, like telekinesis, telepathy, and more.
  25. What project are you working on now? The final book in the Shifter Fates main story entitled Elle’s Justice. Though this main story will be done, there are supporting characters that are yelling at me to give them their own books that will most likely be novellas.
  26. What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? One of the first reviews left on Goodreads.com was a reader who absolutely despised Shifter Fates – Elle’s Claim to the point that she boycotted all of my books and suggested that everyone else should too!
  27. What has been the best compliment? I had a friend/blogger tell me that my Mate-Staken Identity book renewed her love of paranormal books. She stated she’d stopped reading them after being disappointed with the ending of the Charlene Harris, Suki books.
  28. What is the last book you read? Last book I read was ‘Never love an outlaw by Nicole Snow.’ Are reading now? No, I’ve been threatened with a whip if I don’t finish up Elle’s Justice. Looking forward to reading? Yes, very much so.       I have a long list of TBRs in my Kindle so it will be nice reading for a change.
  29. How do you decompress after typing The End on a book?       Decompress? What’s that?
  30. What is the best way to celebrate are a book release? With friends and family, a good FB event and lots of games, interaction, and giveaways!

 

Tell me about your book/release, (title).  Shifter Fates – Elle’s Justice

  1. Give us a 30-word or less tagline: In the final chapter of Elle and her three mates, not only is the war for the Earthly realm ongoing, but the full extent of Tiel’s treachery is revealed.
  2. Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? Lovers of Paranormal Erotica/Romance, those who love myths and fairy tales.
  3. How did you come up with the title of your book or series? I knew the series had something to do with someone messing with the ‘fate’ of shifters so it seemed pretty easy. The subtitles were also meant to reveal a small bit about what that book would entail.
  4. Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? Jackie Sheets designed the cover and while it is not yet out for this interview it will be spectacular.
  5. Tell me about your Hero and Heroine? Ealera, aka Elle is a hybrid supernatural, won’t tell you exactly what, because you only find that out in the end of the first book Elle’s Claim. But she is or thought she was the 2nd most powerful being in the Earthly realm. Turned out she was wrong. She has three mates all wolf shifters, one named Cole, the oldest, Jaxon the second sibling, and Declan the third and youngest by 3 minutes… Yes triplets that look nothing alike. More than that, is that Declan is not solely shifter. He’s actually part Daemon, or Daemon-god to be exact.

Tiel her uncle has started tearing the earthly realm apart and has opened up some of the others. But the question is, was the Earthly realm the goal he set out to enslave, or did he have his sights set on a loftier location?

  1. Who is your favorite character from your book and why? Elle of course. Why is because, she thought she was the strongest out there, yet there were outside forces that in a way caused her to humble herself. She never knew her parents, both died the day she was born. She was raised by her uncle Tiel, who was her mother Leara’s brother. In the beginning of the first book, she is the 2nd strongest being in the realm. And still she finds herself kidnapped, beaten and raped. She loses her memory and it take her three mates to help her remember who she is. She’s tough enough to decide not to let that experience stop her from being happy and living her life. In book two, she has another heartbreak in the form of losing a loved one. Again, she does her best to pick up the pieces. She goes through her daily life outwardly mourning while still taking care of her children and her massive pack. Book three she finds out just how far her uncle Tiel’s deception has gone in the revelation that not only does her mate Declan have daemon blood in him, but he’s The Daemon, the one and only Mercurial. You’ll have to read the 4th to see what this means and what happens.
  2.  Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series: This is the ‘first generation’ series. Elle is pregnant with 5 pups that have an interesting set of DNA, so all I can say is there will be good, bad, and some downright ugly situations these kids get themselves into in the future.
  3. How can we contact you or find out more about your books? Aside from the links I’ve listed, I love meeting new friends and hearing from readers. So I’m always available to drop a quick email or to chat at Laila.Raimes@gmail.com

Facebook Author Pagehttps://www.facebook.com/LailaRaimesAuthor

Website – http://lailaraimes.weebly.com/

Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8645398.Laila_Raimes

Amazon Author page – http://www.amazon.com/Laila-Raimes/e/B00O3IDRPK/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1442265924&sr=8-1

Twitter – @raimes_laila

9. What can we expect from you in the future?  The sequel to Tiny Tragedies has about 6% left before I send it to my editor.  Then I have a sequel to Mate-Staken Identity (A Micah Everheart Novel) which will be a fun ride as it goes past the mating ritual and into their lives as agents of the SIA-supernatural intelligence agency-in the fight against the Shanks.  I have a new series entitled Governed Mates in which each book will be a standalone novel, the first book will be subtitled Purrfect Hell.   

10.What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?  Leaving a review on amazon.com and goodreads.com goes a long way and it means so much to me and all authors.  Also telling friends/family who have the same tastes in books is helpful.

11. Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?  Persevere if you want to be traditionally published.  Work harder if you’re going for self-publishing.  The indie community is so supportive it’s amazing.  But remember the readers who take a chance are comparing self-published to traditionally published and they expect the same quality.  It was a learning experience for me, and I would do a lot of things differently if I could start over.  In fact, I’m currently working on what I feel needs to be updated.  Write a good story, get it edited, take the time to find a cover artist, join groups on FB, ask other authors/readers for advice.  Don’t be afraid to get a bad review.  I got a particularly nasty one for Elle’s Claim in which the reviewer not only boycotted any future books, but was rallying for others to do the same.  I laugh at it now, but I it stung in the beginning.  Know that not everyone is going to like your book, and that’s ok.  It’s also ok if you never become a bestseller.  I’m not but I still enjoy what I do.  I love meeting new people and those that like my books.  It’s those relationships that seem to make me feel like an author.  And above all, keep striving to become better.  Read between writing, must keep feeding your brain.  I think that’s enough, lol.

  1. 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? 

  2. Is there anything else you’d like to say? I want to thank all my readers, my street team Laila’s Fierce Females, my PA Nathalie Raven, my PA supporters who while I don’t pay them, they support me and help promote me when they can.  All my author friends who have encouraged me, friended me, supported me and even taken a chance on me.  And all the blogs that have taken the time to read/review my books and interview me.  Thank you all with all my heart.  XO.
  3.  And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us:

The last book Declan’s Descent ended with Elle here:

Elle

 

My thoughts seemed to be swimming in a pool of fog and oil. I couldn’t put a clear thought together except that I was shivering; freezing.

And then I wasn’t.

Warmth spread over me and into me until my temperature returned to normal. Little by little my head cleared. The first realization I had was that I was wrapped in someones arms. I felt so comfortable I leaned into them and released a soft sigh as I closed my eyes. Quickly however, I was trying to free myself of the arms as my second realization came to me and all the memories flooded back to me and I began struggling in earnest.

The arms released me and I stumbled to my feet and began running until I realized I had no idea where I was. I turned around and there He was. Calmly standing there, gaging my reaction with a slight gleam in his eye.

My hand moved to rest over my throat and as my legs gave out, I slid to the ground. Closing my eyes I recalled the story of the onetime Heaven and Hell joined forces. Were forced to join forces if they were to survive. Survive from Hellfire’s reign of terror in each and every realm, including Hell and Heaven. Survive from The Daemon-god born from Hellfire. The one that could tip the scale of power and unbalance the universe. The one that could have ended it all.

“Mercurial,” I whispered.

Then, he smiled.

 

Elle’s Justice

Chapter 4

Elle

As quickly as that twinge of fear came, it left, and was replaced by nothing short of utter rage. I didn’t bother getting to my feet. I Sifted. Remaining invisible I shoved the fiery body that was Mercurial/Declan, or who-the-fuck-ever and yelled, “Who the fuck do you think you are?” But it wasn’t my voice that came out of my mouth. At least, not a voice I’d ever heard before. Everything shook and rumbled. Even the air seemed to jitter. But Mercurial didn’t budge. His nine foot four flaming body remained stagnant. The strength I put behind the shove meant nothing to him. He just stood there. Looking at me.

Looking. At. Me.

He could still see me even though I was supposed to be invisible. A surge of rage thrummed through my body, my muscles tightened, my hands fisted, and I released a roar so primal that it startled even me. There was no distinct single animal in it. It wasn’t just wolf. It was as if every single beast that had previously lived expressed their anger through me.

There was no point in remaining visibly invisible so I showed myself. I was breathing heavy, every muscle taut, my claws digging into my palms in an effort to keep from losing my mind and unleashing the fury I felt within my blood on… I looked around. Where the fuck am I?

I heard the crackling of flames die down. When I faced my newest nemesis I was no longer looking at a flaming body, but a male. An oh-so-very-sexy, hot, desirable male.

A flutter tickled in my lower belly. Heat spread from my core outward. My breath caught. I took a few steps back. I did not want to have these feelings for this daemon-god. How long my mind would remain sensible was yet to be seen. I was pretty sure it wouldn’t be long. For each step I took back, he took one forward until he must’ve decided he had enough of this cat and mouse game and I hit a wall.

An invisible wall.

Then he caged me in. His massive hands on the wall on either side of my face, his enormous body acting like a door. It was clear. I wouldn’t be exiting this situation anytime soon.

I kept my eyes on his lower chest refusing to look into his extremely perfect face or eyes. If I did, I knew I would’ve crawled up his massive body, freed his equally massive cock and had my wicked, deliriously, pleasurable way with him.

But he wasn’t having any of that. A thick, long, very sexy hand cupped my chin and gently lifted my face until I met his eyes.

I whimpered. “No, no, no,” I whispered.

His face was chiseled perfection. Sharp cheekbones, a granite jawline, a cleft in his chin, plush, soft looking lips. And his eyes. Oh gods, his eyes. They were close to a clear amber with molten gold flecks that seemed to shimmer and throb brighter every so often. His hair was past shoulder length, wavy, thick and a dark maroon with gold streaks sporadically placed within. I wanted to touch it. I wanted to run my hands through it. Help me. I wanted to yank his head back as I was fiercely riding him and bite that perfect jaw.

Oh no.

He smiled.

I groaned.

His eyes pulsed. The amber darkened. The molten gold brightened. And I knew I was lost to him. Because this here was not just Mercurial but also Declan. I felt him in his touch. The soft way he cupped my chin. The soft look in his yearning eyes. My Declan was in there. I just had to find out how to bring him back to me.

“Please. Don’t,” I whimpered out as I tried to pry my face away from his hand. He shook his head—slowly—from side to side, giving me the only warning I would get. But of course me being me, I had to find out the hard way.

I yanked my head to the side while pushing him with my powers. That did the trick. He flew backwards but maneuvered himself so that his feet stopped his momentum and he slid to a halt. He threw his head back and released a disappointed breath. When he lifted his head, it was to look at me with a scorching hot smoldering gaze.

I knew that gaze. Fuck. I may have been wearing the same one. I leaned farther into the invisible wall and spread my arms to my sides, reaching for an opening for me to slip through. But there was none.

It was my turn to shake my head. But all he did was give me a disarming smile and say, “Mine.”

Then he was on me. Silencing any protests with such a searing kiss I almost came on the spot. When he pulled away—leaving me a hot, needy, panting mess—he said, “Mine,” in a tone that was an affirmation.

But I was in love and one seriously hot daemon-god wasn’t enough to make me forget my mates. “And Jaxon’s, and Cole’s too,” I said.

“No. Mine.”

I ignored the smooth baritone voice of his and said, “I’m Declan’s, Cole’s, and Jaxon’s. You are a hitchhiker.” I crossed my arms.

He looked at my motion with confusion on his face and asked, “Why?”

“Because they’re mine.”

“I’m yours.” He nuzzled into the crook of my neck. I shivered.

“Declan is mine,” my voice was very breathy.

“I am Declan,” the huskiness of his voice was nearly my undoing.

“Are you?” I asked, ignoring the fact that my hands went to his hips. And trying to ignore the fact that his moan made my insides quiver.

“We are one.” His dipped his tongue out and tasted my skin.

I moaned.

“No you are both occupying the same space, but you are not yet one. Not quite,” it all came out as a whisper. He ran his nose and lips up my neck and I squeezed my thighs together trying to dull the ache. This is wrong. So wrong.

“Stop,” I whispered. “Please,” that one was a little louder, a little sturdier.

Mercurial pulled back slightly, his nose grazing mine and stared into my eyes.

It was weird. I saw Declan in there. I didn’t have to use my mind’s eye to look for him, he was there. And I needed him desperately.

“Declan, please,” I knew I didn’t have to say anything else. I wanted him, Mercurial, but it felt wrong. They weren’t fully one. The proof was that I could see Declan within Mercurial’s eyes. No matter how my soul and body told me he was meant to be mine, it felt…like I was cheating. So, no. I couldn’t go through with this. Not with him. Not with Mercurial.

Mercurial dipped his head and took my lips in an intense kiss that I was powerless to stop. Then he pulled back with an expression that was both pained and understanding. His eyes morphed into a dark amber with flecks of gold and I knew that he had slipped into the background allowing Declan to surface.

The instant I knew he was there I jumped up his taller body and hugged him fiercely. He reciprocated, his arms now comparable to the size of original Declan’s legs. Huge. But proportionate.

I whimpered my need to him and thankfully he didn’t judge me. I felt horrible as it was knowing he was in there, watching me look like a sex-starved hussy.

“Don’t,” he said. I knew he had read my mind and while I was thankful that he didn’t blame me, I still blamed me. I nuzzled into his neck inhaling his scent, now stronger than ever before. I needed him so much. I couldn’t lose him. I had to find a way to either merge the two—imagine that…merging—or get rid of Mercurial so my Declan can return, fully. But I knew in my entire being that the latter was impossible. I wouldn’t be able to, I couldn’t disconnect the two. I had to face the facts. I just wasn’t strong enough.

A sharp nip to my neck tore me from my thoughts. Declan’s eyes were still with me though his body was new. And I desired him like nothing before. More so than when I was in heat, more so than when we mated.

Then I had a thought. And with that I attacked.

 

 

 

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Bronwen Evans’ Blog Tour

Welcome to Stop 2 on Bronwen’s blog tour.

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Lady Marisa Hawkestone’s nightmare is just beginning when she wakes up naked, with no memory of the night before, lying next to Maitland Spencer, the Duke of Lyttleton—a man so aloof and rational he’s nicknamed “the Cold Duke.” A scandal ensues, in which Marisa’s beloved beau deserts her. As a compromised woman, Marisa agrees to marry Maitland. But on her wedding night, Marisa discovers the one place the duke shows emotion: in the bedroom, where the man positively scorches the sheets.

Taught from a young age to take duty seriously, Maitland cannot understand his new wife’s demands on his love and affection. Marisa’s hot-blooded spirit, however, does have its attractions—especially at night. In retrospect, it seems quite silly that he didn’t marry sooner. But being one of the Libertine Scholars requires constant vigilance, even more so when the enemy with a grudge against his closest friends targets Marisa. Now Maitland must save the woman who sets his heart aflame—or die trying.

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Author Bronwen Evans USA Today Bestselling author, Bronwen Evans (Bron), loves story-telling – gobbling up movies, reading books and attending the theater. Her head is always filled with characters and stories, particularly lovers in angst. Is it any wonder she’s a proud romance writer.

Bronwen attended Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand earning a bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Administration, majoring in Marketing and Accounting. She was all set on building herself a business career (which she did along the way).

But life never turns out exactly as one thinks. After working for a few years in marketing roles within New Zealand financial institutions, she left for a 6 month overseas experience in London, England. She loved England. She spent several years living in London, using it as a base to be able to work and travel from. She visited all four corners of the world. Her most interesting trips were a camel safari in the Sahara, a trip through Russia, a safari through Africa with her mother, and three months in the Mediterranean.

It was while living and working in London she discovered the offices of Mills & Boon and the germ of an idea to embark on a romance writing career was born.

 Almost eight years later, on her return to New Zealand, encouraged by a close friend battling a life-threatening illness, Bronwen finally started down the path to publication by joining RWA, The Beau Monde, RW Australia and RWNZ.

 Bronwen’s first manuscript, INVITATION TO RUIN, was completed late 2009, and was sold to Kensington Publishing early 2010, in a two book deal. Her debut novel, INVITATION TO RUIN, received a 4.5 star rating from RT Book Reviews and was nominated in the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards – Best First Historical. Invitation to Ruin was also won the RomCon Readers Crown Best Historical 2012.

 Bron’s first contemporary, The Reluctant Wife, also won the RomCon Readers Crown, Best Short Contemporary 2013.

 Her first book in her Disgraced Lords series hit the USA Today bestsellers list and she has hit it several times since.

 She lives in New Zealand in sunny Hawkes Bay with her Cavoodle named Brandy.

 

Author Spotlight: MT MAGEE Interview and Giveaway

Today we will be interviewing first time author MT Magee. Her first book The Treasure of Gwenlais: The Rienfield Chronicles was released September 17th, 2015. It currently has all 5 star reviews and in my opinion it deserves every single one. Please help me give her a WARM WELCOME and a HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on your release.

MT will be giving away an e-book copy of The Treasure of Gwenlais: The Reinfield Chronicles as well as gift set of Irish tea and shortbread. Be sure to leave a COMMENT and ASK a QUESTION here or on Facebook in order to be entered into the random drawing. MT is looking forward to reading and answering all of your questions about herself and her book. A winner will be drawn and announced on Monday November 17th, 2015 @ 8pm est.

Before we get into your book, let us get to know you better

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Hi Everyone, My name is M.T. Magee and I live in New England on our small farm with my husband and son. We raise an assortment of silly goats, quiet rabbits, far too many ducks and chickens, and a high strung Border collie cross named Gronk. I have always loved fantasy and fell in love with Tolkien at age eleven. I read all of his works at age twelve. I have been writing stories since I was ten years old and have always wanted to be an author. After fulfilling my dream of becoming a nurse, marrying the love of my life and having two wonderful sons, I have finally been able to fulfill my first dream of publishing my first book. My youngest son is severely disabled and I am his full-time caregiver. The long winter months here in New England make it virtually impossible to go out very often, so I used this time to begin my story The Treasure of Gwenlais. Fifteen months and 1144 pages later I am very happy to present my story to all of you. I love strong female characters, who are still able to convey a sense of vulnerability and be very relatable. I also love strong male leads who are not afraid to show their soft side. Love of family is important to me as I am sure it is to everyone and I convey this in my story. So welcome to the world I have created and I hope you enjoy visiting often. I hope you all enjoy the brilliant work of my cover artist Tyler Donnelly. The world I have created, comes from the inspiration of both my Scottish heritage and my husband’s Irish descent, with pride and respect for both cultures. The beauty of the Scottish Highlands, as well as the lush rolling meadows of Ireland, serve as a backdrop for the mythical realm of Rienfield. Many of the names of villages and towns that are used are actual names of towns and villages of Scotland and Ireland. They are used in direct correlation for what their rich past made them known for and is applied with loving respect for their history in the story. Many of the names of the characters are Irish, Scottish, or Gaelic, again showing my love and admiration for our heritages. The characters also speak Old Irish, from time to time, referring to it as ‘old speak.’ I hope you will find this as fascinating and beautiful as I did. You will find the Kingdoms of Gwenlais and Heathwin filled with wonder, danger, adventure, romance, love of family as well as betrayal. The people, races, and beings, will beckon you to return and visit, over and again, sharing in their joys, sorrows, tragedies and triumphs. Richard Armitage, physical inspiration for my male lead Caleb, is actually a funny story. My husband and oldest son were watching BBC’s Robin Hood. I looked up from my computer and said ” Oh my gosh that’s Caleb!”

Both son and husband look at each other and then me in total confusion. “No hon, this is Guy of Gisborne,” my husband informed me. I then preceded to explain, that the character Caleb in my book looks just like that. Both husband and son look at each other again smirking, then turn back to watch the show. That is when I started paying more attention to Richard Armitage. I was able to create my female lead Laurel, in The Treasure of Gwenlais, by going to a makeover site, looked for a model who resembled what I had envisioned Laurel to look like. I adjusted eye color, skin tone, hair style and color, eyebrow shape. Then Laurel was born.

 

Do you have a day job?  Yes, I am the full time caregiver for my son and I work on my farm.

What is your favorite color? I have 2. Any shade of green and mauve.

Tell us about your grandest adventure? My husband and I were married for 6 months and we slept in a lean-to on an island on Lake Champlain, during a thunder storm.

What is your greatest accomplishment? I have been married to the love of my life for 31 years, I was barely 21. And raised two awesome sons.

What is your biggest fear in life? Not being good enough at what I am passionate about.

Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (besides writing) I can mimic Peppa Pig to help my son through an autistic meltdown.

How do you spend your spare time? Sleep! I don’t have much spare time.

Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)? My hubby!!!

What made you decide to put pen to paper and write your first novel? I’ve been writing since I was 11. When it became possible to be an Indie author I knew it was time.

How did you choose the genre you write in? I love the journey that fantasy takes you on and wanted to do the same for readers.

Where and how did you come up with the concept for your first book? I was taking a walk through our pasture, it was misty and mysterious looking and I thought, hey this reminds me of pictures I’ve seen of Ireland and Scotland, land of fantasy. I just went from there.

What comes first, your characters story or the plot line for the book? The character story, then I just let the character develop until his or her story begins to shape the plot. It helps me to make the plot more plausible for the characters.

Did you work with an outline, or just write? I just write and let the story unfold, it keeps my imagination flowing.

What process did you use to research for your book? Even though my book is a work of fantasy, I wanted it to have as much real facts such as names of places and the mind set and family dynamics of 12 to 15th century Scotland and Ireland as possible.  So I looked up the old Irish language, primarily the Connacht dialect. I studied documents written by historians who studied the social structure of the times, and looked up wonderful places in Scotland and Ireland and the history behind them.

Who was the hardest character to write about? Given you the most trouble? The easiest? Actually there were two characters that gave me trouble. The heroine Laurel was very hard because I wanted the reader to watch her grow and evolve in the first book. She is a bit spoiled and sheltered in the beginning and you had to grow to love her, so writing her personality took effort because I had to keep her growing and adapting to all the changes going on around her. The second character was Morene the hero’s first wife. She is brutal and hateful, but she has reasons for being that way and I wanted the readers to understand where she came from without completely hating her. The easiest was Caleb. My husband is the heart and soul of this character and I know him better than anyone. Developing him was a joy, I took aspects of my real love and aspects of what I thought readers would love, and combined them.

If you could be any one of your characters who would you choose? Why? Queen Alana of Heathwin. She has watched her family and her people struggle through the most difficult and often heart wrenching of times. And each time she did this with dignity, grace, compassion and a sense of humor. I would like to always be that way in real life.

Can you tell us about your challenges in getting your first book published? The biggest challenge for me was time, as so much was going on then. Things have settled down a bit so the next book should be easier to deal with. Not to mention just the terror and self-doubt you feel with putting yourself out there for the first time.

If you had to go back and do it all over, is there any aspect of your novel or getting it published that you would change? Using more than one platform in the very beginning.

If you could go back and experience any time period, which would you choose and why? Medieval 15th century Ireland and Scotland. It was a harsh and difficult time but it was also beautiful and romantic. The castles, the woodlands and mountains, would have been so wonderful to see.

Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult? I have three. All the works of Tolkien. Anything from Jane Austen and North and South from Elizabeth Gaskell. 

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for you? Facebook, Twitter, Word slinger and Book Bear.  Facebook has been very helpful and has introduced me to many wonderful writers and readers.

Can you tell us about any upcoming books you may have? Yes my 2nd book in my series will be out in the spring, continuing the saga I have started with the same characters and some new surprises. Lots of adventure and of course romance.

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published? Stay true to yourself and write what is in your heart no matter what the trends may dictate.

What character, that you haven’t written/released yet, are you most looking forward to sharing with your readers? A very interesting little Kedesh male. Also the Yak Women, all that is grand and glorious about being kick butt and scary. I think readers are going to really enjoy them.

What has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment? When I was younger writing essays and short stories for contest etc. and being told I would never accomplish anything with my silly writing.  My best compliments were being told by several readers they were reading my book again because they either missed certain characters or I gave them a nice place to go back to. I loved that.

What is the last book you read? Are reading now? Looking forward to reading? The last book I read was North and South again to get back into the prose. I’m not reading anything else at this time as I am back in the writing zone. When I write I only read research material, that way I’m not distracted. When I’m finished I want to read Leigh Lee’s Vows of Pain and Passion.

If you had to the opportunity to turn this book into a movie who would you cast in the leading roles? Because he is the right age Aidan Turner as Caleb, with blue contacts of course. Irish actor Ben Barnes as Aiden. Irish actress Sarah Bolger as Laurel because she looks just like Laurel would. Richard Armitage as King Fergus, Irish actress Orla Brady as Queen Alana, and Welsh actor Ioan Gruffudd as Phineas.

How do you decompress after typing ‘The End’ on a book? Give myself a facial then take a long hot shower.

How did you celebrate the publishing of your first book? My sweet husband went to our favorite restaurant we don’t have the chance to go too often, ordered a wonderful meal and brought it home. Then we put our son to bed a bit earlier and snuggled reading the book together.

Tell me about your book 

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Give us a 30-word or less tagline: The Treasure of Gwenlais, is an epic romantic fantasy adventure. It is filled with wonderful warm, and sometimes frightening characters. They live in a fantastical realm filled with beauty, excitement and danger.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? Anyone really who loves an epic fantasy. But it is my hope that women read my book, as I feel they will fall in love with the characters, especially the Hero, and be able to relate to what many of the characters experience. Fantasy is also still a male dominated world that doesn’t always fulfill what the female reader is looking for. I also think that fantasy is not always kind to its female characters or on the other end of the spectrum does not allow the female characters to be what makes women wonderful and unique. By not allowing women to be women, instead making us more like men. I feel it is time we embrace and express our femininity, as it is truly where our beauty and strength comes from as it is what makes us special. I wanted to give women that, as well as male characters that love and appreciate women. I also wanted to express how important love of family is, as so often fantasy often makes families mistrust and even hate each other.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series? Gwenlais is an old Gaelic word meaning home in the field or glen. It was important to me to find a name that would be truly unique and correlate very closely to the story. To allow the reader to discover for themselves why I picked the name that I did.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? It was a combined effort of both my husband and I, and our cover artist Tyler Donelly. I wanted to have an actual scene from the book be on the cover. Have it framed as if the reader were looking in on the world in front of them. I wish to follow this design concept with each book in my series. 

Tell me about your Hero and Heroine? Caleb is the Prince of Heathwin and heir to the throne. He is not only a skilled warrior, but also intelligent, compassionate and insightful. He has a temper that sometimes gets the best of him, but is man enough to admit if he is wrong. He is fiercely loyal to all he loves and to his people, and can be bit domineering at times. He is also very passionate and is not afraid to show his feelings. He is very proud of his lineage and has a charming sense of humor. Laurel is the Princess of Gwenlais. She is feisty, sometimes stubborn, but loves her people and cares deeply how others are treated. Laurel is also complex and sensitive. She stays true to her convictions and loves completely the people in her life. Once Laurel overcomes her pain and grief, she becomes more involved with what is going on in her world and how important her role becomes.

How did you come up with your characters names? I wanted most of the names of the character, including the horse, to be Scottish, Irish, or Gaelic. I looked up names and their meanings to have the names correlate as much as I could with either their physical features, personalities or both.

Are your Characters modeled after any one in your life? Caleb as I mentioned earlier is closely modeled after my husband. Laurel and Queen Alana share a bit of my personality and physical traits. The rest are just bits and pieces of people I have known and just imagination.

Who is your favorite character from your book and why? I would have to say Caleb. Because he holds my heart and I wanted also to make a Hero that women would fall in love with and I feel with Caleb, I have accomplished this. I took all that I fell in love with and added nuances that I felt others would love and feel connected to as well.  

Do you have a least favorite character?  What makes them your least favorite character? Tramaine. He is all that is hateful and cruel in the human spirit. He only has in own interest in mind and will stop at nothing to see his agenda played out.

What was your favorite chapter to write? Scene? Why? I have two favorite chapters actually. The River Crossing, because it gives the readers a chance to see the passion and dynamics of Caleb and Laurel’s relationship as well as a real look into the mysterious life of the Rabkins, and Caleb’s connection to them. Wendell the Scribe is the other. It gives a great overview of all the main characters personalities, the good and the bad. It also gives an interesting perspective on Caleb’s kingdom of Heathwin. My favorite scene was in The River Crossing, when Laurel is thrown from her horse into the flooded river and loses something precious to her. Caleb picks her up before she is washed away, but she reacts angrily because of losing a particular item. His reaction is not typical to how men would have reacted in that place in time. It again shows what makes his character so, as one reader put it, “swoon worthy”.  Loved hearing that, as that is exactly what I was trying to accomplish.

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be?  Why? This is a tough question as I don’t wish to sound full of myself. I thought at first I would make it a bit shorter, but in doing that I would not have been able to tell the story I feel completely. So I guess I wouldn’t change anything.

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series: Even though it is a fantasy world my backdrops are Scottish Highlands and forest for Heathwin. And the lush green meadows and mossy woods of Ireland for Gwenlais. All the names of the Rabkins are Welsh. When you see the words italicized in the book it means they are speaking either, old speak, Kedesh, or Rabkin. Caleb can speak four languages. His own, which is old speak, Kedesh, Rabkin, and common, which is what the majority speak. I combined both Scottish an Irish wedding traditions for the wedding chapter and had them recite actual old Irish vows. The world of Rienfield, where the entire story takes place, has twin moons.  

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? My website is still in the works so for now here is my Facebook author page where you can leave a comment or ask a question and I’ll get back to you. As soon as my website is finished I’ll be placing that link on my author page. https://www.facebook.com/therienfieldchronicles/

What can we expect from you in the future? More books to add to the series, lots of romance, adventure and intrigue. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful? Tell everyone!! LOL!! Let others know what you thought and what you liked about it. I loved how one reader told me she didn’t read fantasy but that she loved my slant on the genre. That was just wonderful to be told that.

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?  Yes actually there is it is a very small part but it gives a glimpse of what is to come and here it is: The towering figure walked hurriedly down the wide corridor, the moons’ glow shining in from the windows above. His long robes fluttering softly behind him with his fluid gait, the nerves pulsating in his round head could clearly be seen on his hairless grey skin. He paused to take a deep breath before he entered the private chamber, walking in without knocking as he was being expected. Walking up to his Master’s spacious chaise, he did not speak, as he waited for his presence to be acknowledged. The two females dressed in the usual harem slave garb, the tall, slender human female, was massaging his neck, the other a Rabkin female her long multiple braids bound back by a copper band, was feeding the Master dainty pieces of melon. The Master hissed softly opening his black, unfeeling eyes, similar to the soulless eyes of a serpent, as he looked over at his steward, standing anxiously nearby.

“Has the grey falcon returned Gruffudd?” the Master asked, seemingly calm.

“Yes, Master it has,” Gruffudd answered with a tense hiss, his long grey tongue flicked out nervously.

“Was the mission successful?” the Master asked, looking at his steward intensely.

“No Master. She still lives. Our acquaintance blames the Rabkins and the barbarians of the west,” Gruffudd replied with trepidation, as he stepped back slightly.

The Master hissed again, becoming more intense until he rose to his full height, his hiss becoming a roar of rage as he threw his goblet across the room, causing the two females to run into a corner huddling together.

“Send the slayers to the Rabkin homestead! Have them kill all the younglings and females of the ones who were sent. This will show them that failure will not be tolerated,” the Master bellowed, his voice echoing through the spacious chamber.

“As you wish Master,” Gruffudd said with a deep bow, leaving the room as quickly as he could, not wanting to face his master’s wrath any longer.

Is there anything else you’d like to say? I would like to say thank you for this wonderful interview and the chance to basically introduce myself and my book to everyone. I would also like to thank my readers and those who have left wonderful reviews and all the warm encouragement. This has been an amazing journey and I look forward to see where it leads me. 

And now, before you go, how about a snippet from your book that is meant to intrigue and tantalize us: This is a scene where Caleb is just beginning to get a glimpse of the danger and intrigue his beloved Laurel faces, as well as both of their Kingdoms. Clust paced nervously back and forth, his escorts watching him with irritation, they had no respect for the smuggler and only guarded him as it was requested by the Master to do so. They found Clust to be cowardly, pathetic, pompous, but having very little confidence. His brown curly hair always appeared wild and unkempt, he took no pride in his appearance, his clothes often dirty and stained, from whatever he had eaten last.  He complained incessantly, especially before each new group of slaves was brought to them. His small stature made him look quite insignificant, his only assets being, he knew a wide array of slavers and raiders, and hidden roadways and trails.

“I hate this infernal marsh. Why must we always meet the despicable slavers here? It is well past dawn, they should have been here already. Why are they not here?” Clust asked, raising his arms in exasperation.

He stopped his pacing just long enough to look at the stoic faces of his guards, their large golden eyes showing nothing but contempt, as they remained speechless.

“Why do I ask you abominations anything? Aside from being able to kill anyone in an instant, you are worthless. Do not hiss at me, you freakish thing. Just my luck, I abhor felines and I am forced to work with beings that resemble them. Oh…wait, what is that?” Clust asked nervously as he turned around looking at the tree line just in front of them. “Good, you are here. It is about damned time!” Clust shouted angrily, as the hooded figures approaching slowly on horseback.

The group slowly emerged from the forest, a large group of riders, and a very large and strong group of slaves, their hands bound in front of them, with heavy twine, heads bowed slightly not making eye contact. Clust gave an evil grin, impressed with how healthy and vital these slaves appeared. He began to look about, and when not finding what he was seeking, looked up at the three hooded riders in front of him, with a bemused expression.

“Where is Gibby?” Clust asked nervous annoyance.

“Gibby had an unfortunate mishap on the trail,” the hooded rider answered in a low deep voice.

“Unfortunate mishap? What kind of mishap?” Clust asked again, with an indignant tone, as his escorts began to glance about nervously.

“It seems his head was removed from his shoulders,” the rider replied, too casually for Clust liking.

“Well how did that happen?” Clust demanded in a frantic voice, his eyes wide with his growing panic.

The rider lowered his hood, smiling down at Clust mockingly, and his intense blue eyes flashing with contempt.

“Quite simply. I cut it off,” Caleb replied, with the same smile.

Suddenly without warning the ‘slaves’, suddenly sprang into action, pulling out swords strapped in back of them, revealing their hands were not bound after all.

Sentinels appeared out of nowhere all around them, bursting out of the forest on horseback, surrounding and overwhelming Clust’s guards in moments. Though the group of a dozen guards fought ferociously, they were only able to get off a few shots, of no consequence. They were cut down brutally and quickly, all three Hunters also being released, breaking the necks of three of the guards attempting to flee into the marsh. It was over it seemed, in a matter of moments, as Clust lay whimpering on the ground pitifully clutching on to the arrow in his shoulder shot by Aiden’s crossbow. Caleb walked up to him, getting down on one knee then reached over and pulled the arrow from Clust’s shoulder in one swift movement. The smuggler’s scream echoed throughout the marsh, as he looked up at Caleb with shock and fear.

“Now perhaps you and I could have a chat, with you telling me what I wish to hear,” Caleb stated in a calm and unfeeling voice.

“Anything! I will tell you anything!” Clust yelled out in frantic desperation, still clutching his bleeding shoulder.

“Very good. The first thing I wish to know is, where do you take the slaves?” Caleb asked him in the same low indifferent tone.

“We…we bring them to Achzib. They are tuned over to someone else. I do not know where they go from there,” Clust replied in a shaking voice.

“Clust, truly you must understand I find that very hard to believe,” Caleb answered back, shoving him hard in his side.

“No! No I swear I do not know! I am only told to bring them to Achzib. I hand them over to this tall gruesome looking fellow. He does not give his name, and he is dressed in long flowing robes and cloaks, and never fully shows his face.  All I know of him is that he has many guards, comes off of a strange looking ship. He walks about as if he is someone of great importance, and those guards of his treat him as such, so do the harbor masters,” Clust continued his voice becoming weaker from the loss of blood, as he began to close his eyes.

“Hey now Clust! Open your eyes, I am not done with our chat yet,” Caleb said raising his voice slightly, smacking the side of Clust’s face twice, to wake him up.

Clust opened his eyes wide looking disoriented, and confused.

“I have another question for you. What are the slaves used for?” Caleb asked watching the smuggler’s expressions carefully.

“I…I am not sure. It is something that requires much work and it is dangerous. Many die each month, that is why there is such a need for them,” Clust stated with a ragged breath.

“Who is it that demands these slaves? Is it someone called the Master?” Caleb’s question causing Clust’s eyes to widen in surprise.

“Yes…that is what he is called. He is obsessed with obtaining more slaves and all who speak of him, are terrified of him,” Clust replied his voice becoming weaker.

“He sent Rabkins from another realm here. They spoke of the Master, wishing to destroy us all, wishing to kill the child Ollam. Why?” Caleb asked this simple question with such passion and anger, it caused all in hearing range to glance at each other.

“I…I do not know,” Clust answered his eyes filling with fear as he saw Caleb becoming angrier.

“You expect me to believe this?! You filthy insect, you do business with him, do you not? How can you not know something of this, of his plans?” Caleb demanded, grabbing him by the front of his tunic and shaking him roughly.

“No! I only know he is mad with power, and obsessed with killing this Ollam. I do not know why. Who would kill an Ollam?” Clust asked in desperation.

Then without warning, Clust began to convulse and foam at his mouth, his eyes rolling to the back of his head, then suddenly he went lip, his last breath coming out in a long hiss. Caleb and the others looked at him in shock, then saw a small dart sticking into his neck, Caleb looked over into the forest and could see a dark figure running off into the marsh. He stood up quickly, running forward to try and see better who it was, two Sentinels began to pursue the attacker, only to be called back by Caleb.

“Do not bother. They know the marsh well by now, it is too dangerous, they could fire the dart rom anywhere and there may be more than one. Let them return, let them tell what they have seen. Perhaps it will slow things down a bit,” Caleb said, walking back over to Clust body, examining it closer.

Thank you so much for being here with us today MT. Can not wait for your next release.

Buy link:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B015IQ0LW2?keywords=t%20magee&qid=1447472720&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

 

 

Press Release for American Mail Order Bride Series

Wow. This is an amazing feat that 45 authors have accomplished. Below you will find the press releases for the Sooper Sekrit project titled The American Mail-Order Bride Series that Kirsten Osbourne and fellow authors have been working on. You will find a link to the free prequel and this book covers for each other and their state. When you click on the cover of each book it will take you to the author’s amazon page where you can preorder 24 books of the 50 books coming out.

http://www.newwesternromance.com/

This went to RT

Be a part of an unprecedented event as forty-five authors come together to bring you a new series of epic proportions. On fifty consecutive days beginning November 19, 2015, a romance will be published featuring a mail order bride, one set in each of the fifty states. The books will be released in the order they were admitted to the union. The stories all take place in 1890, when a factory fire in the East burns to the ground, leaving these women unemployed. Share the experiences of these women as they seek love and new lives across the United States.

This went to USA Today

This is a 50 book project, with 45 or so authors, each releasing a 35-45k book with a connecting initial premise. There will be an initial kickoff on November 1, with a Facebook party and release of the prequel. Then on November 19, the first book, by Kit Morgan will be released and every day, through January 7, a different book will be released, each set in a different state or territory, and the order of release corresponds with the order that state became a state.

The year is 1890, and the initial premise, with a prequel written by USA Today best-selling author, Kirsten Osbourne, is that these girls all work together in the Mill town of Lawrence, MA in a sweat shop environment where they are all seamstresses. A fire that levels the building and business puts the girls all out of work and without many options. In Beckham, MA, there is a match-maker, Elizabeth that plants the idea with the girls of becoming mail-order brides. Each girl moves to a different state as a mail-order bride, and eventually finds love.

We are really excited about this project, which includes many bestselling authors, even a few New York Times and USA Today top sellers such as Debra Holland, Kirsten Osbourne, Callie Hutton and branching out from success in the cozy mystery genre, Leighann Dobbs. There are also many new rising stars in the western historical genre such as Cindy Caldwell, Hildie McQueen, Amelia Adams and Ashley Merrick, and many more.

The books share a common cover template of an American flag draped down the left side, for branding purposes and when the project launches in November, there will also be a dedicated page with all the covers in order of release and buy links.

FIRST FOUR BOOKS OF THE SERIES

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Author List

Amelia Adams

Mia Blackwood

Bella Bowen

E.E. Burke

Cindy Caldwell

Patricia Carroll

Linda Carroll-Bradd

Emily Claire

Clemmons, Caroline

Carra Copelin

Katie Crabapple

Janelle Daniels

Diane Darcy

Leighann Dobbs

Penny Estelle

Merry Farmer

Lorrie Farrely

Trinity Ford

Rose Gordon

Lily Graison

Shanna Hatfield

Cassie Hayes

Peggy L. Henderson

Debra Holland

Kirstin Holt

Heather Horrocks

Susan Horsnell

Linda Hubalek

Callie Hutton

Clara Kincaid

Ciara Knight

Kirsten Lynn

Kristy McCaffrey

Sylvia McDaniel

Hildie McQueen

Ashley Merrick

Kit Morgan

Kirsten Osbourne

Debra Parmley

Jacquie Rogers

Margery Scott

Margaret Tanner

Heidi Vanlandingham

Carre White

Cindy Woolf

Spotlight Interview and Giveaway with Amanda Mariel

Historical romance author Amanda Mariel is here today with a fantastic interview. She is here to discuss her newest release from The World of the De Wolfe Pack, Love’s Legacy. Please help me make her feel welcome.

Amanda will be giving away a signed print book from her back list: ether Scandalous Endeavors or Scandalous Intentions. Be sure to Comment, Share, Like Page, and Tag friends in order to enter into the random drawing. A winner will be drawn and announced on 11/5/2015 @8pm

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Before we get into your book, let us talk about you. Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

  • Do you have a day job as well? I have two! LOL. I work as a substitute teacher at my kid’s school and as a content editor for Lyrical Press.
  • What is your favorite color? Green, I love deep dark greens and bright cheery ones too.
  • Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? (besides writing) Unique, no. Hobbies, yes. I love photography and baking. I also like to scrapbook and crochet when I have time for it.
  • How do you spend your spare time? What spare time? LOL. Between my jobs, writing, and kiddo’s there is not much. I can be found late at night playing candy crush or reading a book I did not write.
  • Who is/are your biggest supporter(s)? My parents, husband, and kids are fabulous cheerleaders! They are always happy to offer encouragement and to motivate me. However, I also have fabulous fans and readers who drive me on. I love getting feedback from readers and being asked when my next book is coming out. The readers and fans keep me motivated and happy.
  • If you weren’t an author what would you be? As a kid I wanted to be an attorney. By high school I wanted to be a teacher, more specifically a college professor. Despite all of that, I think if I were not a writer I would just be an editor and substitute teacher.
  • If you could live in any time period which would you choose and why? Probably the Victorian period. Technology was advanced enough that I would not lack hygiene but I could also enjoy the simpler and more gallant life style.
  • How did you choose the genre you write in? I have always loved historical romance and so when I decided I wanted to write it was the only genre I considered. I love getting lost in a different time and place. Writing historical allows me to do that while telling a great story that others will hopefully get lost in as well.
  • Is there a genre/subgenre that you haven’t written that you would like to try? I am currently trying my hand at medieval romance. It is still historical but far different from my Victorian and Regency works.
  • Where do you get your ideas? They come from all over! Sometimes it is something I hear someone or do say that sparks my idea. Other times an idea just pops into my head and it demands to be used. My kids are great for giving me material. They are very imaginative!
  • Do you work with an outline, or just write? I use a very loose and always changing out line including character descriptions and relationships as well as quick plot notes.
  • Can you tell us about your upcoming book? Love’s Legacy is part of Kathryn Le Veque’s World of the De Wolfe. It is a Regency historical and borrows elements from Kathryn’s Walls of Babylon. Babylon Castle accounts for part of the setting and I turned Lady Nicola and Sir Kenton into a legend.

Here is the blurb:

Can love’s legacy bring two war weary souls together?

 Drawn by a flicker of light coming from the ruins of Babylon Castle, Rebecca Summerfield is driven to investigate. The last thing she expects to find is the castle’s owner, a Captain in the British Army. Still devastated from her brother’s death in battle, she despises all things military.

 Having survived Waterloo, Captain Camden Le Bec isn’t in the market for romance. He stops at Babylon Castle, the perfect place to gather his thoughts, only for the spirited Rebecca to storm his castle and demand he leave at once. Her fearless defiance and selfless heart awaken a desire Camden has never known. He’s determined to possess her, but Rebecca refuses to risk another broken heart.

Will they find solace in each other’s arms, or has war pushed them both beyond any hope?

 

  • What project are you working on now? I have three in progress. The first one is a #SecretProject Regency titled Enchanted by the Earl which will release in February, 2016. The second is a medieval romance, titled (for now) Once A Lady, which I hope to release in either December or January. My third project is book three in my Ladies and Scoundrels series: Scandalous Redemption. My publisher is in charge of release date on this one so I can’t say for sure, but I think it will come in either January or March, 2016.

 

  • What is the last book you read? Are reading now? Looking forward to reading? I most recently read Walls of Babylon by Kathryn Le Veque and it was wonderful. I am now reading Rules for Reforming a Rake by Meara Platt and loving every page turning moment! I look forward to reading so many that I could fill a novel with authors and titles. I will tell you that titles by Glynnis Campbell, Suzan Tisdale, Monica Burns, Christi Caldwell, and Mary Balogh are on my reading list. There are so many great authors and books it is hard to decide what to read next!

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Tell me about your book/release, Love’s Legacy 

Give us a 30-word or less tagline: Can love’s legacy bring two war weary souls together?

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book? Historical romance fans and fans of Kathryn Le Veque’s De Wolfe Pack series.

How did you come up with the title of your book or series? I had several in mind was not sure which worked best. I asked my street team for their opinions and chatted about it with Kathryn Le Veque. Ultimately I decided on Love’s Legacy.

Tell us a little bit about your cover art. Who designed it? Why did you go with that particular image/artwork? Covers by Lily designed my cover and Lily did an amazing job! I basically told her about my book and then turned her loose. She choose the models and back ground elements as well as the font. When she sent me the mockup I was in awe at its perfection! With very little guidance, Lily created the perfect cover for Love’s Legacy.

How can we contact you or find out more about your books? There are lots of ways to contact me and keep up with my work. Here are my links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorAmandaMarie1

Twitter www.twitter.com/AmandaMarieAuth

Amazon Author Page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00RKDC3CI

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10209362.Amanda_Marie

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

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Excerpt:

A sharp intake of air drew his attention across the stable. He glanced away from his task searching for its source. His heart skipped a beat. A woman stood in the doorway, pale skirts billowing in the breeze. He did not believe in ghosts but the woman before him fit the description he’d been given of Lady Nicola Aubrey-Thorne. She was tall and lean with honey-colored hair and piercing green eyes. The sun’s rays cut through the fog casting her in an eerie glow. He blinked but she did not disappear.

Once he recovered from the shock, he noticed her modern clothing. The lady wore a flowing mint day gown with a high waistline and short sleeves. A bonnet framed her heart-shaped face, its ribbons tied beneath her chin. She was no spirit. He opened his mouth to speak.

She marched toward him, wagging one gloved finger. “You have no right here, intruder. This is private property. I insist you gather your mount and depart.”

Her fearless approach held him captive. He studied her tall frame and blazing eyes, her words barely registered through his fascination. What had she called him? An intruder?

She came to a halt before him placing her hands on her hips. She peered at him through the loveliest green eyes he’d ever beheld. “What have you to say for yourself?”

“Are you the owner of this castle?” He searched the depths of her gaze.

She steeled her back, anger flashing in her eyes.

“Answer me!” He rested one hand on the wall leaning against it.

“No, I am not the owner.” She pointed one finger at him holding it just inches from his chest. “But neither are you.”

He could have set her straight right then. Told her he owned Babylon Castle. Instead he smirked, the urge to bait the chit too strong to ignore. “In that case it seems you are an intruder.”

Her cheeks tinted a becoming shade of pink, yet she did not avert her gaze. “I have far more right to be here than you do.”

He dropped his hand from the cool stone wall and took a step closer to the spirited beauty. Her scent wrapped around him, enticing his senses with lavender and jasmine. It had been a long time since he’d smelled a woman’s flowery scents. “How so?”

Camden expected her to back away at his intrusion of her personal space, but instead she held her ground, those stormy eyes never leaving his. “Not that I owe you an explanation, but I reside in the area and saw light coming from the windows last evening. I felt it my duty to check on the castle.”

“And your husband allowed you to march over here and confront an unknown intruder?” The words left his mouth before he had time to consider them. It was a pointless question. He did not care whether she was married or not. Courting was the furthest thing from his mind.

“My parents did not know my intentions.”

A smile spread across his face of its own volition though he could not imagine why. He certainly did not want the viper-tongued lady for himself. Still, he rather enjoyed verbally sparring with her. He angled his head so his lips hovered just in front of her ear. “I could be dangerous.”

She flinched but did not step away from him. “I am not afraid of you.”

“You should be.” He straightened, meeting her gaze once again. Not a hint of fear reflected back at him. The chit was either daft or made of steel.

“I will not allow you to intimidate me.”

He leaned back against the wall, his gaze locked on hers. “I am Captain Camden Le Bec, descendent of Sir Kenton Le Bec and rightful owner of Babylon Castle.”

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Review by Karen Simpson:

‘Loves Legacy,’ by Amanda Mariel

Drawn like a moth to its light, Rebecca Summerfield is fascinated by both the light and the mystery that surrounds the ruins of Babylon Castle. Rebecca immerses herself in the solitude of its walls thinking of the mystery of the original owners’ lives. On one of her visits, she runs into Camden Le Bec. Feeling protective of these ruins, she orders Mr. Le Bec away from the ruins, not realizing that he is the owner.

Camden had not planned to stay, but his run-in with Rebecca Summerfield and her fascination with Babylon Castle, peaks his own interest with the ruins. He decides to stay and do some renovations. He also decides he should look into the mystery of the ruins. This also provides him an excuse to stick around and get to know Ms. Summerfield.

There is an immediate attraction; however, both Camden and Rebecca reject it for different reasons. Rebecca, upon meeting Camden, realizes he is Captain Camden Le Bec. He is a soldier! Ever since her brother died at Waterloo, Rebecca swears that she will never marry anyone connected with the military. Her brother left a small baby and a young widow. Rebecca hates the pain that her bother’s death causes her sister-in-law. She knows that that kind of pain could happen to her if she marries a soldier. Camden isn’t looking for a wife. Stopping at the ruins was originally part of just clearing his head after a long ad difficult war assignment. However, after meeting the viper-tongued chit, he finds he wants to know more about this green-eyed blonde who vexes him so much. “Know your enemy,” he convinces himself, and he accepts her father’s invitation to a hunt.

Symbolically, the day of the hunt becomes the day that Rebecca and Camden recognize their attraction for one another. A relationship sparks slowly and starts to heat up behind the walls of the castle, as they both Rebecca and Camden work together to uncover the mystery of the castle’s original occupants. But once they realize that something has bloomed, Rebecca ends the relationship. She is not willing to have any permanent bond to a military man.

Just what is the mystery of the ruin? Or will it drive them further apart? The author Amanda Mariel does a very good job with her character development. Both Rebecca and Camden’s characters are very well written. Her story carefully highlights the social mores of the era. At the same time, Mariel takes liberties with the creativity of a wonderfully imaginative storyline, and brings her readers along for the ride. Well worth the investment of your time. I give this novella five stars, mostly for its creativity.

Karen Simpson

 

 

BLOG TOUR: LOVE’S LEGACY (De Wolf Pack, Kindle World)

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Love’s Legacy

Amanda Mariel

Release Date: October 29, 2015

Publisher: Amazon Worlds (World of the De Wolfe Pack)

Length: 20k/ novella

Heat Rating: 1

Genre: Historical Romance, Regency

 

Short blurb:

Rebecca wants all reminders of the war that claimed her brother’s life to disappear. Camden Le Bec has other ideas. Can love’s legacy bring their war weary souls together?

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Long Blurb:

Can love’s legacy bring two war weary souls together?

Drawn by a flicker of light coming from the ruins of Babylon Castle, Rebecca Sumerfield is driven to investigate. The last thing she expects to find is the castle’s owner, a Captain in the British Army. Still devastated from her brother’s death in battle, she despises all things military.

Having survived Waterloo, Captain Camden Le Bec isn’t in the market for romance. He stops at Babylon Castle, the perfect place to gather his thoughts, only for the spirited Rebecca to storm his castle and demand he leave at once. Her fearless defiance and selfless heart awaken a desire Camden has never known. He’s determined to possess her, but Rebecca refuses to risk another broken heart.

Will they find solace in each other’s arms, or has war pushed them both beyond any hope?

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Excerpt:

A sharp intake of air drew his attention across the stable. He glanced away from his task searching for its source. His heart skipped a beat. A woman stood in the doorway, pale skirts billowing in the breeze. He did not believe in ghosts but the woman before him fit the description he’d been given of Lady Nicola Aubrey-Thorne. She was tall and lean with honey-colored hair and piercing green eyes. The sun’s rays cut through the fog casting her in an eerie glow. He blinked but she did not disappear.

Once he recovered from the shock, he noticed her modern clothing. The lady wore a flowing mint day gown with a high waistline and short sleeves. A bonnet framed her heart-shaped face, its ribbons tied beneath her chin. She was no spirit. He opened his mouth to speak.

She marched toward him, wagging one gloved finger. “You have no right here, intruder. This is private property. I insist you gather your mount and depart.”

Her fearless approach held him captive. He studied her tall frame and blazing eyes, her words barely registered through his fascination. What had she called him? An intruder?

She came to a halt before him placing her hands on her hips. She peered at him through the loveliest green eyes he’d ever beheld. “What have you to say for yourself?”

“Are you the owner of this castle?” He searched the depths of her gaze.

She steeled her back, anger flashing in her eyes.

“Answer me!” He rested one hand on the wall leaning against it.

“No, I am not the owner.” She pointed one finger at him holding it just inches from his chest. “But neither are you.”

He could have set her straight right then. Told her he owned Babylon Castle. Instead he smirked, the urge to bait the chit too strong to ignore. “In that case it seems you are an intruder.”

Her cheeks tinted a becoming shade of pink, yet she did not avert her gaze. “I have far more right to be here than you do.”

He dropped his hand from the cool stone wall and took a step closer to the spirited beauty. Her scent wrapped around him, enticing his senses with lavender and jasmine. It had been a long time since he’d smelled a woman’s flowery scents. “How so?”

Camden expected her to back away at his intrusion of her personal space, but instead she held her ground, those stormy eyes never leaving his. “Not that I owe you an explanation, but I reside in the area and saw light coming from the windows last evening. I felt it my duty to check on the castle.”

“And your husband allowed you to march over here and confront an unknown intruder?” The words left his mouth before he had time to consider them. It was a pointless question. He did not care whether she was married or not. Courting was the furthest thing from his mind.

“My parents did not know my intentions.”

A smile spread across his face of its own volition though he could not imagine why. He certainly did not want the viper-tongued lady for himself. Still, he rather enjoyed verbally sparring with her. He angled his head so his lips hovered just in front of her ear. “I could be dangerous.”

She flinched but did not step away from him. “I am not afraid of you.”

“You should be.” He straightened, meeting her gaze once again. Not a hint of fear reflected back at him. The chit was either daft or made of steel.

“I will not allow you to intimidate me.”

He leaned back against the wall, his gaze locked on hers. “I am Captain Camden Le Bec, descendent of Sir Kenton Le Bec and rightful owner of Babylon Castle.”

Author Bio and Links

Amanda Mariel dreams of days gone by when life moved at a slower pace. She enjoys taking pen to paper and exploring historical time periods through her imagination and the written word. When she is not writing she can be found reading, crocheting, traveling, practicing her photography skills, or spending time with her family.

Amanda lives along the Lake Huron shoreline in northern Michigan with her husband and two kids. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts Degree with a concentration in literature and has a long-standing love affair with sugary junk food.

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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.”

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For Submerged: Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/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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MUSTANG PRAIRIE

BOOK 1: CONFLICT OF INTEREST

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BOOK 2: A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE

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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.

Cordially Invited N.D. Jackson

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

oct 19

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.

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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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