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Mar
17

Author Interview & Giveaway – Lydia Dare

Author Interview & Giveaway – Lydia Dare Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Lydia Dare.  Lydia is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Their next two books will also feature gentleman vampires: In the Heat of the Bite (July 2011) and Never Been Bit (September 2011). Please help me welcome Lydia toThat’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Lydia, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Lydia (both of us): Thanks for having us. Twimom: Lydia is a pseudonym for two writers: Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. How long have you been writing together and how did you start? What are your inspirations? Lydia (Jodie): We started writing together in October 2008, not that I’m counting. Lyda (Tammy):  Oh, she counts. Don’t let her fool you.  X number of pages until I don’t have to deal with Tammy anymore. Then we decide to write another book.  As for inspiration, I think we both get inspired by our side-characters. They walk into a scene and then we just have to tell their stories.  That’s how William Westfield and Prisca came to be. And all the coven witches.  And Dashiel. Dash was such a bad boy that he just had to be redeemed. Twimom: Your new release, It Happened One Bite, is the first book in your new romance series featuring gentlemen vampires. What first attracted you to telling vampiric tales?  Lydia (Jodie): Well we started off telling wolfish tales, but after four Lycan books we wanted a little change. However Tammy is in charge of all things paranormal, so I’ll let her field that question. Lydia (Tammy):  The witches of the Coig were so strong in their own right, that I just felt like they could handle the super-sexy undead gentlemen.  We had actually tossed around the idea of vampyres when we first started mapping out our Regency paranormal world. But we decided Lycans would be fun, too, and we wrote them first.  The vampyres are a good addition to our world, and we hope the readers like the twist they bring with them. Twimom: Well, I for one agree that the vampyres are an excellent addition to your Regency world! Can you tell my readers more about your future plans for this new series? Lydia (Jodie): I’m really trying not to give too much away in the form of spoilers. So I’ll simply say...
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Jan
11

Author Interview – Jill Myles

Author Interview – Jill Myles Today I have the honor of bringing to you one of my favorite authors and tweeps, Jill Myles. Jill has been an incurable romantic since childhood. She reads all the ‘naughty parts’ of books first, looks for a dirty joke in just about everything, and thinks to this day that the Little House on the Prairie books should have been steamier. (Now you see why I *heart* Jill?!) After devouring hundreds of paperback romances, mythology books, and archaeological tomes, she decided to write a few books of her own – stories with a wild adventure, sharp banter, and lots of super-sexy situations. She prefers her heroes alpha and half-dressed, her heroines witty, and she loves nothing more than watching them overcome adversity to fall into bed together. Please help me welcome Jill to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Jill, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Jill:  Thank you! I’m happy to be here.  Twimom: Congratulations on the release of My Fair Succubi (my review HERE), your third book in the Succubus Diary Series. What were your inspirations for creating a story about the creation of a succubus using a vampire and fallen angel? Jill:  First, I should tell you how I work. You know how they say ‘spaghetti to the wall’ method? That’s kind of how I write. I throw stuff on the page and hope that it turns into something cool. Sometimes it really, really doesn’t, but sometimes it works out well. For the Succubus Diaries, I had a couple of different concepts swirling around – mostly fallen angels and vampires. And I thought to myself, well, if I want both of those in the story, it has to make sense. So I had to really think hard as to how they would all pull together. Inspiration hit when I was at a restaurant with my sister, and I realized that a succubus was the perfect ‘between’ character to be torn between the two parties. Twimom: Great writing method – it works for you! So… In your current release, your heroine, Jackie, makes a choice between her two hot males: Angel Noah and Vampire Zane. Without giving away anything, can you tell me which of the two characters is your favorite? Was one easier to write than the other? Jill:  It’s hard because I don’t have a favorite of those three. I really enjoy all three of them. That being said, I try to flip between the...
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Jan
3

Author Interview & Giveaway – Judi Fennell

Author Interview & Giveaway – Judi Fennell Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Judi Fennell.  Judi is an award-winning author and writes what she calls “fairy tales with a twist.” Her romance novels have been finalists in Gather.com’s First Chapters and First Chapters Romance contests, and have won numerous RWA Chapter Awards, including the FF&P Prism Award, and the New Jersey Golden Leaf Award. Judi lives with her family in suburban Philadelphia, PA, where she is working on the next book in the Genie Trilogy, Genie Knows Best, set for release in November 2011. Please help me welcome Judi to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Judi, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Judi: Thanks so much for having me! Twimom: How long have you been writing and how did you start? What are your inspirations? Judi:  I’ve always written. My first story was about a raindrop and written on that big, yellow, lined paper in first grade, complete with illustrations! I won Honorable Mention in a Caldecott Award contest, and wrote my first romance in 9th grade. But I started writing for publication in 2003, joined Romance Writers of America in 2004 and sold my first series in 2008. Twimom: You upcoming release, I Dream of Genies, is the first book in your new romance series featuring magical genies. What first attracted you to the concept of a heroine in a bottle?  Judi: I’m a child of the 60s and 70s. I grew up on Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, Addams Family… campy humor, magic, and love stories. As to what gave me the original idea, I honestly can’t pinpoint it. I just woke up one morning with an idea about a genie who got freed unexpectedly from her bottle, heard the Indiana Jones theme, and there you go. Twimom: I love all of those shows as well! Can you tell us more about your future plans for this new series? Judi: The nice thing about magic is that it has all sorts of possibilities. The bad thing about magic is that it has all sorts of possibilities. You have to be careful; magic can solve all your problems, so there has to be a reason for it not to work. I’m pretty surprised at all the ways you can have magic not work. There are two more stories under contract: Genie Knows Best and Leave It To Genie (you can see my sitcom influences), and a bunch of others floating...
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Dec
28

Author Interview & Giveaway – Terry Spear

Author Interview & Giveaway – Terry Spear Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Terry Spear.  With almost 70,000 copies sold, Terry Spear is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves. She received her MBA from Monmouth University. An eclectic writer, she dabbles in the paranormal as well as writing historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Terry lives in the heart of Texas. Please help me welcome Terry to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Terry, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Terry:  Thank you for inviting me here today. Twimom: How long have you been writing and how did you start? What are your inspirations? Terry:  I started when I was a kid, reading and dreaming up stories of my own! Not only was my father a great storyteller, who also had lots of adventures which sparked my own interest in creating stories, but when he died, I wrote about his 13th mission over Germany in WWII. That ended up being my first published work. So my dad definitely inspired me. Beyond that, loving to read stories and wanting to create my own, and then sharing these with readers who enjoy them and want to see more of the wolf world is an even greater inspiration for me. Twimom: You current release, Wolf Fever, is the 6th book in your romance series featuring werewolves. What first attracted you to the shape-shifting, paranormal genre?  Terry: When I was a kid, I loved “East of the Sun, West of the Moon,” which was a Norwegian tale about a prince cursed to be a polar bear by day and man at night. I loved that story. Later, I saw the movie, Ladyhawk, where the man was a wolf during the day and the woman a hawk at night… and again, it was a love story where the two would never be able to be together as man and woman. Note, the hero was a wolf, and of course I was in love with him. But how much better would it be if she was a wolf too? And they could be together either in their wolf or human states? In my stories, that’s definitely the case. No curses, they’re all very well-adjusted werewolves. For the most part! In the case of Wolf Fever, Carol isn’t accepting her werewolfism very well, but that’s to be expected. She foresees a future disaster within the pack and that pushes her...
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Oct
21

Author Interview – Stephanie Tyler

Author Interview – Stephanie Tyler Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Stephanie Tyler.  Stephanie is a New York Times bestselling author that writes what she loves to read – romantic suspense with military heroes – for Bantam Dell. She lives in New York with her husband, her daughter, her son, and her Weimaraner. She also writes paranormal erotic romance for Bantam Dell with Larissa Ione under the pen-name Sydney Croft. Stephanie tells me that she has the best job in the world! Please help me welcome Stephanie to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Steph, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Stephanie:  Thank you for inviting me here today. Twimom: How long have you been writing and how did you start? What are your inspirations? Stephanie:  I feel like I’ve been writing forever, but I didn’t start writing romance until my daughter was born with some serious medical problems, so about nine years ago.  At the time, I was teaching, and it didn’t look like I’d be going back, as she needed full-time care.  Writing was a way for me to escape from the stress while still being with her – and I’d started reading romance novels while she was in the hospital, as my usual fare of straight thrillers and literary fiction was just a little too real at the time.  I needed happy endings.  And as I read, I thought, I can do this…I want to write this.  And everything fell into place.  What I’d been writing before – poetry, short stories, etc., were just not as satisfying as writing what I’m writing now.  So it’s definitely more than a little bittersweet for me – I don’t think I would be writing as my full-time job if Lily hadn’t been sick and didn’t have continuing special needs.    My inspirations come from anywhere and everywhere – people, reading, TV, etc.  My characters are always sort of arriving in my head.  I keep a notebook with me at all times and I’m usually writing at least three books at once.   Twimom: Goodness, I hope you daughter is healthy, but it’s a wonderful story-thank you for sharing.  I notice that your stories involve mostly strong, type-A military men… Were you in the military? A family history? What is the attraction? (other than the obvious: Hot, sexy men!) Stephanie: My grandfather was in the Navy and I have a lot of friends who’ve served.  There’s just something so sexy...
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Oct
11

Author Interview – Shirley Wells

Author Interview – Shirley Wells Today I have the honor of bringing to you mystery/suspense author Shirley Wells (and a GIVEAWAY… Keep reading!).  Shirley lives in the UK and says she is “lucky enough to live in Lancashire where my novels are set. I say lucky because I’m very lazy when it comes to research so I like being on the spot.”  She also feels fortunate to be able to write full-time. She shares her home with her husband, two dogs and two cats. When the dogs aren’t taking her for long walks over the hills, they’re sleeping under her desk. She also notes that her cats are busy learning to type, and says “They’ve grasped the point of the Delete key but other than that, progress is painfully slow.” Please help me welcome Shirley to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Shirley, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Shirley:  Thank you, Jen. Twimom: How long have you been writing? How did you start? What are your inspirations? Shirley:  I’ve been writing for more years than I care to remember. I began writing short stories for women’s magazines, mostly romances and mostly published in the UK and Scandinavia. I’d had a couple of hundred of these published when an editor from a UK magazine asked me to write a full-length serial. My horrified response was “Don’t be silly, I couldn’t do that. My stories are between 2,000 and 5,000 words. I can’t write 60,000!” She was desperate persuasive though and I stumbled through my first full-length work for the magazine. And loved the process! To date, I’ve had around 600 short stories published and a dozen serials. In 2003 I remarried and found myself with a new name and a new home in the north of England. Lancashire to be precise.  Until then, I’d been writing as Shirley Worrall and none of the magazines were interested in publishing anything by this unknown Shirley Wells. Everything I wrote for them had to have my Shirley Worrall byline. I was determined to use my shiny new name, however, and decided to fool everyone by taking a complete change of direction. I’d always loved reading crime/mysteries and I began to wonder if I could write one.  In 2005, not knowing if it would ever see the light of day, I decided to go for it. I’m pleased to say my first mystery, Into the Shadows, was published in 2007. Twimom: Great story and good for you!...
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Oct
4

Author Interview – Meljean Brook

Author Interview – Meljean Brook Today I have the honor of bringing to you one of my favorite authors, Meljean Brook.  Meljean was raised in the middle of the woods, and hid under her blankets at night with fairy tales, comic books, and romances. She left the forest and went on a misguided tour through the world of accounting before focusing on her first loves, reading and writing–and she realized that monsters, superheroes, and happily-ever-afters are easily found between the covers, as well as under them, so she set out to make her own. Meljean lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and daughter. Please help me welcome Meljean to That’s What I’m Talking About. AND look for details on for a giveaway at the end of this post!! Twimom: Meljean, thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to join me at That’s What I’m Talking About. You have a new book – new series – new genre coming out tomorrow… How are you doing? Meljean: Pretty good. I haven’t been this nervous about a release since my first book came out, and I have a permanent caffeine IV, and I don’t sleep much anymore … but that’s kind of the life of a writer, I think, and I can’t think of any other life I’d want to have. So I’m swell, thank you! 😀  Twimom: I read that you have wanted to do “Steampunk” for quite some time. What inspired you in developing your Iron Seas world? Meljean: The first inspiration, and one that I don’t mention often, is simply historical romance. I love that genre, and yet I know that I could never write a historical that wasn’t twisted in some way … but steampunk is a historical (with a couple of big differences).  A more direct inspiration was Neal Stephenson’s THE DIAMOND AGE, and his Neo-Victorians. I just wanted them to be grittier, and to feel more industrial, and with technology that changes not just their setting but on a physical level (because of that, I’d say that China Miéville was an influence, too.)  Twimom: I recently described steampunk as “historical with a twist of sci-fi,” I hope I got it right!  With respect to the Iron Seas series, have you plotted out several adventures? Or is it book-to-book? Are you contracted to write more stories? If so, can you give my readers a hint what is ahead? Meljean: I plan to keep the books loosely connected, but...
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Sep
30

Author Interview – Teresa D’Amario

Author Interview – Teresa D’Amario Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Teresa D’Amario and her “friend,” Ryland Keegan, alpha male of a powerful wolven pack. Ryland recently discovered his True Mate, Nora, and together they turned a group of savage rouges to a functioning pack.  (You can read about Ryland and Nora in the book Dark Succession.) We’ll talk more with Ryland later… Teresa was born in Atlanta, the daughter of an Army Soldier during the early stages of the Viet Nam war, and she spent her childhood traveling from state to state, finally ending up overseas in Germany where she graduated high school six months early. Her writing career however began as a young Airman in the Air Force, writing monthly articles for the weekly base paper.  The articles ranged from climatological data to full center fold articles on the destructive forces of hurricanes.   But her early writing wasn’t limited only to the technological side.  She’s written multiple dog training and behavior articles for canine websites such as Sonora Canine Freestyle, and also the Ask Blackjack column, a fun training column in the voice of her labrador retriever, then a young pup.  She’s married to a wonderful man named Doug, who is also retired Air Force, and they just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.  They currently live in North Carolina with their two dogs. Please help me welcome Teresa to That’s What I’m Talking About.  Twimom: Teresa, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Teresa:  Thanks for having me Jen!  I love your blog and it’s always a pleasure to drop in!   Twimom: I am a big fan of your books–both the Maxey Wizard and True Mates Series.  Although they are two different series, they share similar traits and possibly occur in the same “universe.” Can you tell my readers a bit about your series? Teresa:  Oh, thank you so much. And yes, they are similar in some ways, but the primary difference is the setting.  The True Mates series is all about the pack – there’s very few outside influences, so you have a lot of the pack dynamics.  The Maxey wizards are usually lone shifters, who find their mates, and are preyed upon by the GSA (Short for Government control of Supernatural Activities).  So while family is a big part of both, how those families interact are very different.  Both are filled with hot, sensual connections, along with some serious danger.  I don’t think I...
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Sep
22

Author Interview – Eve Silver

Author Interview – Eve Silver Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Eve Silver and a GIVEAWAY (keep reading).  Eve is a national bestselling author who has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, plus two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, and in 2007 she received Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award. Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier, an exuberant border collie/shepherd and an enormous rabbit.  Please help me welcome Eve to That’s What I’m Talking About. AND look for a special giveaway at the end of this post!! Twimom: Eve, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Eve:  Hi Jen. Thanks very much for having me. Twimom: I have enjoyed reading your Otherkin Trilogy. It is loosely based on Egyptian mythology. Did your writing require a lot of research into Egyptian mythology? What about the other mythologies you mention in the books? Eve:  I did a ton of research for these books. I purchased numerous texts. My local museum actually had a rare and wonderful exhibit of the Book of the Dead and I had the opportunity to pore over it first hand and marvel at the beauty and wonder. But the mythology in these stories is not limited to Egyptian. There are elements of others cultures and civilizations and I researched those as well.  In addition, I was intrigued by the prospect of choosing the right names for these characters and I did research into meanings and pronunciations (and I have a brief guide on the FAQ page of my website). Twimom: I love how you mixed in all different mythologies.  What were your inspirations for the Otherkin Trilogy? Eve: There wasn’t a single inspiration, but rather flashes of insight and interest. I wondered how the mythologies and Underworld tales of all cultures and religions could fit into a single Underworld. I wondered about turning things upside down: What if the villains were the heroes? I wondered what would happen if the only person you could trust was your enemy. And I started writing SINS OF THE HEART (book 1). Then, as I followed threads of mythological reference and became immersed in stories and lore, the Japanese mythology I was reading about inspired many elements in SINS OF THE SOUL (book 2). By that point, the world was quite vast, and I drew on...
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Aug
9

Author Interview – Liz Fichera

Author Interview – Liz Fichera Today I have the honor of bringing to you author Liz Fichera. Liz is living in the Southwest by way of Chicago.  She likes to write stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things, oftentimes against the backdrop of Native American legends. Many of her novels and short stories are set in the American Southwest.  Her path from hobby writer to published writer was neither easy nor quick.  From the time of her first story till publication of her first novel, she has worked as a woefully bad receptionist, teacher, technical writer, project manager, and IT Director for a Fortune 500 firm.  Please help me welcome Liz to That’s What I’m Talking About. AND look for a special giveaway at the end of this post!! Twimom: Liz, welcome and thank you for stopping by. Liz:  Hi, Jen! Thanks so much for having me on your beautiful blog.  Love the blog’s new look, by the way! Thanks also for taking the time to read CAPTIVE SPIRIT. Twimom: Thank you for the compliments… and I enjoyed reading your book. This is your debut novel, congratulations… How long have you been writing? Is Captive Spirit your first book or have you written any unpublished works? Liz: CAPTIVE SPIRIT is my first published novel.  It’s also my first historical romance.  I’ve written several novels before CAPTIVE SPIRIT and am hopeful that at least one of them will be published.  I’ve been writing since I was about 10 years old, but I didn’t start to get serious about being published till about five years ago.  I write mostly young adult and women’s commercial fiction. Twimom: What were your inspirations for creating a story based on Native American culture? How much research did you need to complete for this story? How much of the day-to-day life and ceremonies that you describe in your story is based in truth vs. creative license? Liz: Living in the American Southwest, it’s hard not to be inspired by Native American culture.  For CAPTIVE SPIRIT, I did a lot of research online, in the library, and at a wonderful place called the Phoenix Heard Museum which has one of the most comprehensive Native American collections in the entire world.  CAPTIVE SPIRIT involves an intriguing people called the Hohokam Indians. When I first moved to Phoenix, Arizona, from Chicago, I remember learning that the Hohokam were the first inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert and of Phoenix, in particular.  They traveled to the desert from Mayan and...
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