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Oct
13

Author Guest Post + Excerpt: Terri Brisbin

Author Guest Post + Excerpt: Terri Brisbin Today we have author Terri Brisbin here celebrating her new title, Raging Sea (Stone Circles #2), and sharing a bit about those voices in her head. Please welcome Terri to That’s What I’m Talking About! The Voices in My Head Tell Me To Write It!  First, thanks for inviting me to visit today – I’ve been chained to my desk for the last two weeks finishing a book, so this is a real treat! I’ve been warned (by my husband and others – including a healthcare professional who looked over her glasses and said ‘hmmmmm – but do you HEAR the voices or just THINK them?’) not to talk about the voices in my head. But, over the 20 years since I began writing romances, the voices and I have come to a tacit truce. They stay quiet for weeks and months at a time, while allowing me to life my other life and while waiting for their chance to rule my writing life. Then, as my deadline approaches and a story must be told, the voices push and push and push until I can no longer ignore them. Over the years and the books, I’ve discovered that the voices stay mum for the first 100-120 pages of the story. What that means is that those pages are anguishing to write. I’m writing blind—having little or no idea of why the characters are doing or saying or thinking what they are doing and saying and thinking! I usually have a roughed out plan AKA a synopsis but during those dark days (and pages) every word is painful to create. Then, finally, I pass the magic number of pages and the voices kick in! So, it might take me 3-4 months to write those first 100-120 pages, but the rest of the book (another 200-300 pages) come tumbling out during the last weeks before my book is due. If I’m being candid, I write the last 100-200 pages in the last WEEK of my deadline binge. The characters are yelling at me to tell THEIR part of the story, their voices blend together into something too loud and clear to ignore—so I don’t! I call it deadline-binge-o’-writing-mania because that’s what it feels like to me. Story and scenes and dialogue and layers are swirling inside my brain and I try to capture it with my hands and type it on a page. Sometimes, I’m writing so fast, I don’t remember...
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Aug
26

Author Guest Post + #Giveaway: Marina Adair

Author Guest Post + #Giveaway: Marina Adair Marina Adair In celebration of her new release, A Taste of Sugar, Marina Adair is here to share her some of her favorite romance tropes. Please help me welcome her to That’s What I’m Talking About! Top 5 favorite romance tropes Enemies to Lovers. There is so much natural conflict that comes when two people who can’t stand each other—and also can’t seem to keep their hands off each other. Best Friend’s Sister/Brother. Nothing is nobler than walking away from the one person you want, but can’t have. And nothing is more heroic, and down right sexy, than when a man says screw the consequences and goes after the girl. It creates a complex hero who I always find myself rooting for. Friends to Lovers. When characters have a history, it makes finding the motivation for “why now” that much harder. It also makes that story that much more compelling, and their HEA that much more romantic. Fish Out of Water. Taking a big city girl and tossing her into a small town makes for a fun, funny, and flirty read. Especially when she’s paired with a small town, country boy who likes to ruffle her fancy, faux feathers. The One Who Got Away. This is my all time favorite trope, and happens to be what Charlotte is for Jace is my newest release A TASTE OF SUGAR. Only Charlotte can’t get too far since it turns out she’s still married to the wildest of the McGraw brothers. I love stories that explore second chances at first love, because the obstacles are always bigger, the emotions run deeper, and the hero and heroine will rip your heart out before they figure out how to find their HEA. About the Book: A TASTE OF SUGAR by Marina Adair (August 25, 2015; Forever Mass Market; Sugar, Georgia #3) A blast from her past… Charlotte Holden, Sugar’s favorite pediatrician, knows better than anyone that love only leads to heartbreak. Instead, she’s focused on creating the Grow Clinic, an outpatient center for children. All she has to do now is to host the best Founder’s Day Parade in the history of Sugar, Georgia, to win over a big-city donor. Easy as peach pie. Then sexy Jace McGraw blows back into town and utters those three words every woman dreads: we’re still married. …leads to tantalizing trouble Jace McGraw was making an offer on his dream business in Atlanta when he was told that...
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Jul
14

Author Guest Post + Exclusive Excerpt: Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn

Author Guest Post + Exclusive Excerpt: Trouble on Tap by Avery Flynn Book lovers unite! It’s time to play the Trouble on Tap Virtual Trading Card Game! By Avery Flynn To celebrate the release of Trouble on Tap (Sweet Salvation Brewery 3), I got together with some of my favorite author friends for a little virtual party and you could go home with the big prize! Oh yes, the grand prize for playing the game is 30 digital books (one from each of the featured authors and a few extra from me). All you have to do to play along is share the virtual trading cards featuring my author friends on your social media (such as Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, etc) and use the Rafflecopter giveaway below to record your entries. So where can you find the virtual trading cards? I’ve posted a few on my website to get you started. Plus you can find more at Read, Love, Blog, Fiction Vixen, The Book Nympho, Scandalicious Book Reviews and That’s What I’m Talking About. Those bloggers have exclusive excerpts from Trouble on Tap too, so you really should go check them out. Those sites are AWESOME! In addition, when you click on the Rafflecopter below, you’ll notice that there is a direct link to each author’s card in the entry option. For example, when you click the Share Laura Kaye’s Card option, you’ll see her name is underlined and blue. Just click that link and you’ll be taken directly to her virtual trading card. Then all you need to do is save the card on your computer/mobile device and then go share it on social media. Each virtual trading card you share is another entry for the grand prize of 30 digital books (just don’t forget to paste the link to your social media post in the Rafflecopter entry option for that author). Bam! Easy peasy! But that’s not the only awesomeness going on today. Join the Trouble on Tap release party on Facebook and you’ll get a chance to chat with the authors featured on the virtual trading cards, plus many of them are giving away even more books during the party! And if you haven’t gotten your copy of Trouble on Tap (Sweet Salvation Brewery 3) yet, what are you waiting for? It’s 99¢ during release week only and then the price goes up to $2.99, so grab it while it’s on sale! About the Book: What fun is life without a little bit of trouble?  Retired supermodel and forever wild child Olivia...
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May
11

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Matthew Quinn Martin

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Matthew Quinn Martin What I remember most about growing up in the ’80s is there were generally two things on every kid’s mind–the looming threat of nuclear annihilation, and scrounging up enough quarters to make a bike ride to the local arcade worth it. With video games available on every handheld device these days, it’s hard to remember (or even conceive, for younger readers) just how alluring and addictive those games were for us, crude as they were at the time. Not long ago a friend showed me a Dragon’s Lair App for the iPhone. I remember when that game came out there were lines lasting an hour just to play one single round. If you’d told me back then, that when I hit 40, I would be able to play as much Dragon’s Lair as I wanted, whenever and wherever I wanted, I would have said…”WOW! Am I going to be a millionaire?” Sadly…no. Now…I’ve never seen a Polybius cabinet (although some claim to). But back then, my personal favorite game was Tempest. Anyone else out there have a story about a favorite vintage game? Share it and you’re eligible for a free copy of NIGHTLIFE: HAZARDOUS MATERIAL (details below). Excerpt: One hour and three busted blades later, Jarrod and Ludwig found themselves in a long abandoned arcade still filled with videogames. The long-dark console games stood on either side of the low-ceilinged warren, facing each other like silent sentinels. And, as odd as it seemed, he couldn’t shake the feeling that they were judging him. And like the mural they’d torn down, something about this room was off. “Videogames. Real videogames, not that World of Warcrap.” Ludwig ran his hand across the chipped particleboard façade of one cabinet. A fold of dust bunched up, exposing the title. “Man…I used to live for these things when I was a kid. Look at ‘em now…just junk.” “Why are they all here?” Jarrod asked, unable to help himself. “It’s an arcade, Jare’ that’s where they put videogames.” “Yeah…but why are they all still here? Why was that door welded shut?” “Like I said…junk,” Ludwig answered, but his voice quavered with a new uncertainty. “More expensive to cart ‘em off, I bet. Seen a lot of things get walled off like this. People making their own private landfills. Found tons of crazy stuff over the years. Crazier than videogames.” Ludwig’s words went soft in Jarrod’s ear. The diminished to little more than a distant drone. Jarrod kept looking at the games. He wanted to step closer...
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Apr
14

Author Guest Post: Zara Cox

Author Guest Post: Zara Cox Zara Cox joins us today at That’s What I’m Talking About to share a special scene inspired by events in her newest title, Freefall. In the book, this scene was shared from the heroine’s (Keely) point-of-view. As a special treat for you all, she’s rewritten the scene from the hero’s (Mason) POV to share. I hope you enjoy! “My room is upstairs.” There are only two ways to get to my room—the kitchen and the front entrance. Both will be filled with guests, and I can tell she doesn’t want anyone to see her like this. Like me, she doesn’t want anything to ruin Bethany and Zach’s engagement party. “Come on, I’m staying in the pool house. You can use my bathroom,” I say. She rolls her eyes. “Hello, I’m from Brooklyn. Only stupid-ass women in B movies accept invitations like those. So, no, thanks.” I inhale to rid myself of the building exasperation. “If I wanted to harm you, I’d have done it on the beach, where I was less likely to be discovered.” “Maybe you like toying with your victims first,” she challenges. “You see yourself as a victim?” I ask, now less exasperated, and more amused. “Only one way to find out. Try something,” she dares me. My irritation slams back. I tug my fingers through my hair. “This is why I hate these things,” I mutter, not bothering to hide the bitterness in my voice. “What things?” she asks, reluctantly curious. I shake my head and walk up the steps. “I’m sure you know where the pool house is. If you’re interested in getting out of those wet clothes, feel free to come inside. If not, it’s been…interesting meeting you.” I walk away and leave her standing in the sand. I swear I’m not going to look back. But I can’t seem to help myself. I glance back and see her looking up at Bethany and Zach standing at the kitchen window, their eyes devouring each other, the sheer depth of their love a living thing I can almost reach out and touch. And neither Keely nor I can wreck their night with even a hint of our own personal drama. But I’m not responsible for Keely. I have enough demons dancing in my head to deal with. I trot up the steps and head for the pool house. A few minutes later, she knocks on my door. I throw down the wet clothes I’ve just taken off and...
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Mar
25

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Jan DeLima

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Jan DeLima I had the pleasure of meeting Jan DeLima this past February at Coastal Magic Con in Daytona, FL. After hearing her talk about her Celtic Wolves series, I immediately had to read the books, and I totally LOVED them. I’ve posted my review of the first book here on the blog. Please help me welcome Jan to That’s What I’m Talking About… Welcome to the official reveal of Brynmor Cottage, home of Ms. Hafwen. For those of you who aren’t familiar with my books, Ms. Hafwen is a character from my Celtic Wolves Series.  And if you’re wondering what this series is about, you need only imagine a world where the legends of Celtic lore still walk among us in secret.  It’s a place where warriors are also wolves and reality isn’t always what it seems.  Set in modern day, the stories are a mixture of both urban fantasy and romance.  Each installment has strong fantasy elements built around Celtic folklore, with a secondary romance between two new characters.  My books are written for adults and contain sensuality and battle scenes of a graphic nature, but they also have a few lighter moments, and this is one of them. Ms. Hafwen makes her first appearance at the very end of Summer Moon, the second book in the series, where she requests a house built of stone, mortar, and wood.  If you haven’t already guessed, Ms. Hafwen is a pixie–but until trust is earned, most people only see her as a winter wren. As you can see, I couldn’t resist actually building the house.  To give you some perspective on its size, that’s me in the photo standing next to the finished cottage. Luckily I have a patient husband who is used to my artistic endeavors in the name of a story.  (I’ll not get into the novel based around an apple orchard, or how many apples it took us to make one batch of apple wine.)  As for the pixie house, I will admit that we both expected to be hauling away a large lump of rocks and cement.  Well, I’m pleased to share that the pixie house came out better than I expected and remains nestled in my shade garden.  It was officially named Brynmor Cottage in Autumn Moon, the third book of the Celtic Wolves Series (coming September 2015). I thought you might like a photo tour of its construction… The Foundation Building the Walls Turret Taking Shape  Every...
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Mar
4

Author Guest Post: Christi Barth

Author Guest Post: Christi Barth Today I welcome Christi Barth to That’s What I’m Talking About. In celebration of her newest release, All for You (Carina Press, February 9, 2015), she’s here to tell us about the number one thing that drove her crazy while writing her book… Number One Thing That Drove Me Crazy Writing My Book Whoops-maybe that title isn’t a great hook to get you to want to read my latest, awesome release, ALL FOR YOU. But everyone always asks me about the writing process. Is it fun? Is it hard? Do you get stuck? (BTW, the answers are yes, yes, and YES.) So I thought I’d be totally honest with you guys. Show you a little behind-the-scenes crazypantsedness of what actually goes through a writer’s mind. I love writing. I especially loved writing All For You, because it is book 2 of a trilogy, which means returning to characters I’d already come to love as well as laying all sorts of sticky, interesting groundwork for book 3. I loved writing the banter, the growing sexual tension, the super-romantic scenes. There are, however, problematic days, when the words don’t flow quite right. How I had to delicately tread a fine line on the serious topic of cults in my light, romantic comedy plot. When it became difficult to keep both men likeable who pant after the heroine in the love triangle. And don’t get me started on deciding who needed to literally and figuratively be on top in the sex scene. But here is the #1 thing that drove me absolutely bonkers: Woodpeckers apparently don’t migrate. I know, I know, you’re wondering if you are still reading a post about a romance. But this little fact drove me nuts for DAYS. Here’s my original draft of a conversation between the hero and the heroine: “Your lectures are brilliant?” She piled the mocking on top of the word higher than Joel heaped whipped cream on top of his famous chocolate-red wine soufflé. Waited a minute to give Zane the chance to realize he’d ventured across the border into douchebag territory. But he didn’t retract it. “You’re so sure of that you want to announce it to the world?” “I’m not the only one announcing it. Every major book reviewer, college publication reviewer, and the stack of awards in my office all prove it. My brilliance is well-documented. Hiding it would be futile. It’s a fact.” He spun on his heel to point at the poster about the...
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Mar
3

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Leigh Evans

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Leigh Evans In celebration of today’s release of The Danger of Destiny, the fourth and final book in the awesome Mystwalker series, author Leigh Evans is here to share an interview from When Why and Were with my favorite Were, Cordelia. Plus, keep reading for your chance to win a set of the entire Mystwalker series! Please help me welcome Leigh to That’s What I’m Talking About… What follows is the transcript of When Why and Were’s interview with Cordelia La Rue, a prominent pack member of the Creemore wolves, and close confident of Hedi Peacock Stronghold and Robson Trowbridge. *** Cordelia, what was your first impression of Hedi Peacock Stronghold? I thought she was trouble with a capital “T.” I had never envisioned Robbie with a— I’m sorry to interrupt but for the benefit of our readers, who is Robbie? Robson Trowbridge, present Alpha of the combined Creemore Pack, and mate to the aforementioned Hedi Peacock. Ah. Most people usually refer to him as Alpha or “Trowbridge.”  How very manly. However, my association dates back to the period when he was known as “Young Robbie.” How old was he when you met him? A rather luscious sixteen. I’m trying to imagine the leader of the Creemore wolves as a teenager. He’s gorgeous now—what was he like then?  He was every woman’s walking dream. Could you tell us how you met him? That’s personal, poppet. The Trowbridge/Peacock union has really stirred a climate for change in the Were community at large. If it could give people an insight into the Alpha and his— Once more into the fray for the benefit of the pack, is it? Darling, before I spill my soul into your tape recorder for the curiosity of those who read When Why and Were, I suggest you find me something stronger than this glass of rather inferior white wine. (At this point, the interviewer paused the tape and ordered a premium bottle. After a few sips of scotch, Cordelia indicated that she was ready to resume. She leaned back in her wing chair and began…) I had isolated myself from the pack for several years, only choosing to visit Creemore very sporadically. I didn’t need them anymore. I had made a new life for myself in Toronto; a very full one with a following of my own. I was a performer, and I did quite well, earning good money with my act. You were a drag queen, weren’t you? No,...
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Feb
6

Author Guest Post: Sharon Lynn Fisher

Author Guest Post: Sharon Lynn Fisher Sharon Lynn Fisher Originally I had planned to write about what women bring to sci-fi, but the more I thought about that, the more I thought it would be easy to fall into the trap of stereotypes and generalizations. We’ve all heard it said that female-penned sci-fi focuses more on so-called soft science than the hard science preferred by their male counterparts. Whenever I hear this, I think about the sci-fi classic Stranger in a Strange Land (author Robert Heinlein), considered by some to be the greatest sci-fi novel ever written. I recall that book mostly being about relationships and culture and sex. In contrast, one of my favorite recent sci-fi romance reads (written by a woman), a story I judged for a contest, was the grittiest, techiest thing I’ve ever read. I’ve also heard it said that female authors’ characters have more depth. I had a much easier time identifying with Wool characters (author Hugh Howey) than with the protagonist of The Left Hand of Darkness (author Ursula K. Le Guin), who by the end I still didn’t feel like I understood on a personal level. And if you want to bring relationships into the discussion, whether romantic or platonic, Howey’s are of a far kinder, gentler variety than those written by literary sci-fi great Margaret Atwood. After pondering all this for a while, I came to the conclusion that people write how people write, and saying male authors are one way and females are another is not particularly useful because we either enjoy their storytelling or we don’t. I love Atwood’s writing, but if I’m looking for something uplifting it’s the last thing I’m going to pick up. But if we tweak this question a little bit I think it gets more interesting. What do romance writers, male or female, bring to sci-fi? How are their stories different than those classified as pure sci-fi? This I think I can speak to a little bit. Sci-fi romances are character-driven by their very nature. For a book to be characterized as sci-fi romance, the romance has to be central. Its development has to move the plot forward. External factors have a role as well — often a strong role; my own stories are about half and half — but the story is always moving toward a satisfying relationship outcome. While there can be a lot of variation in how strong the romantic tone of the book is, they all...
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Nov
4

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Hailey Edwards

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Hailey Edwards Today paranormal/urban fantasy author Hailey Edwards is here to share with us more about her new Black Dog series. Please help me welcome Hailey to That’s What I’m Talking About… Ominous Beginnings When the wisp of an idea for the Black Dog series floated through my mind, I dismissed it. My first thought being that fae in urban fantasy settings were overdone. (Not that it stops me from gobbling them down!) But whenever I sit back and try to tell myself what I shouldn’t write and why, the final decision ultimately boils down to Do I want to write this book? Me? Even if no one else ever reads it, will I be happier for having written it? For me, the answers were yes to all of the above. What’s the point of writing if not to enjoy it, right? So here we are. I wrote the series, and I used an unusual fae to do it. The heroine is named Thierry Thackeray, and she’s the daughter of the Black Dog of Faerie. She’s also half-human, and her powers are one part grim reaper and one part skinwalker. The Black Dog is the name for a death portent that appears most often as a huge dog (often calf-sized) with large glowing eyes. The color of the fur and the eyes vary, but the beast is most often black or green furred with green or red eyes. Stories of the dog are fairly common in European folklore and they’re frequently mentioned in Scottish and English lore. Sometimes called hellhounds, the spectral creatures usually haunt specific locations. Dark and winding roads are a favorite, as are crossroads. More than instruments of death, they’re also blamed for changes in weather patterns and occasionally charged with guarding treasures of great importance. The Black Dog series is built around the Cù-Sìth myth in particular. The Cù-Sìth is the Scottish name of a mythological hound. Its appearance is similar to that of a wolf with shaggy, dark green fur. It’s known for prowling the moors and highlands for its next victim. Similar to the grim reaper, the Cù-Sìth is a harbinger of death. They collect souls and escort them into the afterlife. It’s said they release three barks and no more. If you haven’t reached safety by the third bark, you literally die of fright. In Dog with a Bone, my heroine, Thierry, is the daughter of the Black Dog of Faerie. Half-bloods with Thierry’s skill set are given...
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