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Please Welcome Margay Leah Justice

mailgooglecomMargay, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

You’re welcome, Greta. I’m happy to be here.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I am a mother of two daughters and the author of Nora’s Soul, which is my first published book.

How long have you been writing?

For as long as I could hold a pen. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t write. But I’ve been actively pursuing publication for about the last five years or so.

What is your writing process like?

A lot of planning. I like to have an outline when I start to write, which can be pretty detailed at times, including dialog – I affectionately refer to that as my first draft. Then I usually start writing it out longhand (sometimes I do the whole book longhand first, though not as often anymore), but once I sit down at the computer, I could be there for hours before I get up again. I once wrote almost 39,000 words on a work in progress in seven days. Crazy!

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Can you tell us about your release Nora’s Soul?

Here’s a blurb:

 When angels of light and dark collide on earth…

Once he held a favored position in the heavens. But one moment of weakness casts Dante out and now he is cursed to walk the earth, collecting the souls of vulnerable women to buy his way into hell.

All hell breaks loose…

But standing in his way is Peter, an angel of light. Peter is everything Dante is not. Pure, above reproach. And determined to prevent Dante from achieving his goals. Peter will stop at nothing to protect the souls in his charge, even if it means achieving the impossible – leading Dante back onto the right path.

And no one is safe from the fall-out.

Nora Kendall believed in angels. Once. But then she lost her brother to cancer despite all of her prayers – and she lost her faith in all things angelic. Now, she is a lost soul who wanders through life like a sleepwalker, playing it safe and leaving the risk-taking to others.

Kyle Cameron is one of those risks. Burned by a bad marriage, his only concern now is providing a stable life for his children, who are left motherless by the unexpected death of his wife. This means working overtime to grow his architectural firm into a viable business – and leaving the care of his children to the care of someone he trusts. Despite his past connection with Nora, Kyle isn’t certain that she’s the right person for the job. He also doesn’t want to reconnect with her and repeat history.

But fate – and the machinations of two angels – has other ideas.

What is the title of your next book and when will it be release?

The next book is called Sloane Wolf, but it’s still in the production phase, so I don’t have an exact date for it yet.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently working on the next book in the Dante Chronicle series.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

My ideas come from everywhere! Nora’s Soul materialized out of two dreams I had one night that were so vivid, they demanded to be written into a story. Others come from a turn of a phrase that inspires an interesting title I then feel compelled to add a story to, or even from experiences in my own life.

Do you characters talk to you? If so who talks the most heroes or heroines?

My characters do talk to me, some more so than others! Currently, Dante from Nora’s Soul is the most vocal. After I thought I was done telling the story, he corrected me by showing up in my dreams until I realized that the story was really about him – and Nora was just a pawn to get my attention – and that it would take more than one book to tell it.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

Oh, absolutely! I am a shameless book junkie. I often say that if my to be read pile gets any bigger, people are going to start climbing it instead of Mount Everest. My auto-buy authors are Julia Quinn, Stephenie Meyer, Lisa Kleypas, and Luanne Rice, currently, but I’m always adding to that list!

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Anything by Julia Quinn and Stephenie Meyer. And my book of complete Shakespeare plays, of course.

Do you read books other than romance books?

I try to. YA is new to me and I’m finding that I love it; there are some really great YA authors out there and the stories that they have to tell are fabulous. I do read some reference books for research – right now, I’m reading up on Asperger’s syndrome for research purposes and because my younger daughter was recently diagnosed with it – and some thrillers, though not a lot. I have also recently discovered the paranormal genre; I’m really liking the different ways authors are depicting vampires and werewolves. Genius.

What was the first romance book you read?

I have read so many books in that genre, I am sorry to say that I can’t remember the title of the first one. I can tell you that the first romance author who became an auto buy for me was Jude Devereaux. I loved her Montgomery men!

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Oh, that’s not fair! I love them all. But since Nora’s Soul is my first published book – and Dante won’t leave me alone until every aspect of his story is told – I will pick Nora’s Soul as the book I’d like to see made into a movie. As for the actors…I could see Evangeline Lilly as Nora, Hal Ozsan (if you don’t know who he is, watch ABCFamily’s miniseries Fallen) as Dante, Simon Baker as Peter, and Patrick Dempsey as Kyle.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

I wouldn’t mind switching with Peter because he gets to change peoples’ lives in a positive way and who wouldn’t want to do that?

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

Knitting! What can I say, I just love creating things. I also just like hanging out with my family, going to the movies with my daughters.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

Oh, that’s a good question! I would love to know this: If an author was running a contest to help her decide what to write about next, what would you suggest? What kind of book do you want to read that hasn’t been written yet?

Family & Holidays

Hey everyone – sorry I haven’t been around. Holidays & Family have been keeping me busy. Things will pick up again next week. I have two guest authors lined up and a book review. So please check back.

Hope everyone has a safe & happy holidays.

Greta

Congrats – Winner of Unraveled

Congratulations the winner of a download copy of Unraveled by Jaci Burton chosen via random. org is:

DARLA

Darla please e-mail me at gw12cats03@ verizon.net (without the spaces) with the format of you prefer to receive in e-books.

 

Jaci Burton takes over today

I am super excited because my guest today is Jaci Burton.

Jaci, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thanks for having me here, Greta!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I live on an acre and a half in Oklahoma with my husband and five dogs. Between my husband and I we have three children—one in college, one who’s a teacher, one in sales. We also have a 5 year old granddaughter who’s our pride and joy.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been seriously writing for about 7 years now, published for 5.

What is your writing process like?

I typically write every day, though lately I’m trying to take weekends off—unless I’m on deadline. I do my best writing in the mornings and afternoons, then I crash around 3:30 and need a break for awhile. I can write again in the early evening. But really, my writing is pretty flexible around whatever else is going on in my life. The book gets done no matter what else is going on.

Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming release Unraveled? This is Mitch & Greta’s book, correct.

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Unraveled

Yes it is. Unraveled takes a character—Mitch—who appeared in last year’s holiday book, Unwrapped. A lot of my readers really liked Mitch and wanted me to give him his own story, so I created Unraveled for him. Mitch is a millionaire, a former world class surfer and a man who definitely needed a woman to fall in love with. I think he found that with Greta, a woman from his home town. She’s nothing like the women he typically associates with so Mitch is kind of out of his element with Greta. She changes his entire perspective on life and romance. It was a fun book to write, very sexy and yet very romantic and family oriented too.

I know you have written paranormal romances, contemporary romances, and erotic romances, do you write in any other romance sub-genre? If not would you like to and if so what sub-genres?

I’ve written in almost every sub-genre except historical, and that’s not a genre I’d like to tackle. I might like to do horror someday. Or a thriller. But really, I’m very grounded in romance and I think I’ll stay here. The idea of writing a book without a romance currently has no appeal to me.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere and anywhere. An idea for a story will usually just pop into my head, usually when I’m relaxed and my mind is clear. It’s really hard to say where the idea comes from, because it really does come from nowhere. I might be watching tv and an idea will just pop into my head, or I’ll be in the car or lying in bed and there it is—a story idea.

Now, I happen to understand that your characters talk to you. Who talks the loudest your heroes or heroines?

Depends on what scene I need to write. If it’s a heavy hero scene then the hero will dominate—or if it’s a heavy heroine scene then she will. Or if I’m struggling with a scene, sometimes both characters will dominate my mind so I can get a clear picture of where a scene needs to go.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I have so many auto buy authors, so many that I love reading. Of course since I’m part of the Writeminded author group I loved all the authors’ books—Larissa Ione, Stephanie Tyler, Maya Banks and Amy Knupp are all tremendous authors. I also love Nalini Singh, Meljean Brook, Lara Adrian, Kristan Higgins, Lora Leigh, Lauren Dane, Roxanne St Claire, Nora Roberts, JD Robb, Linda Howard and the list could go on and on… lol

What books are on your keep shelf?

Any book an author has signed for me goes on my keeper shelf. I also have several old Elizabeth Lowell and Kathleen Woodiwiss books that I still treasure and reread because they’re my favorites.

Do you read books other than romance books?

Sometimes, not very often. I do like to read suspense so occasionally I’ll step out of romance and read those.

What was the first romance book you read?

Kathleen Woodiwiss’s The Flame And The Flower

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

I think Surviving Demon Island, the first book in my Demon Hunter series, would make a great movie. I’d cast Gerard Butler as Derek and Angelina Jolie as Gina.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

This is always such a tough question. Probably Lily from Riding Wild. She’s a private investigator and knows her way around a gun, plus she gets to ride with Mac on his Harley. Fun stuff. J

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on Riding The Edge (tentative title), the 4th book in my Wild Riders biker series for Berkley Heat. It’s a novella and will be paired in a duet anthology with Lora Leigh, and will be released late next year.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

I love watching tv—it’s how I relax. I can’t get enough of reality television. Survivor, The Bachelor, The Amazing Race, America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol—these are my fun relaxation shows. I also love to ride on the Harley with my husband, I love to read and travel—anyplace with an ocean and beach and I’m there!

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

I always love to know what they’re reading, who their favorite authors are, and what books they recommend.

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Please Welcome – Zoe Winters

Please welcome my guest today Zoe Winters

Zoe, Thanks for agreeing to be a guest on my blog.

Thanks for having me!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

How much time do you have?  I guess I could go with the standard.  I’m a big Buffy fan,and I write paranormal romance.  And some erotica, though for the most part that’s going under a different name.

How long have you been writing?

I really can’t remember.  It was pretty organic, there wasn’t a specific time I can remember starting, though I do remember writing my first novel in 8th grade.  I wanted to be R.L. Stine back then.

What is your writing process like?

I do an outline first.  Then I write the crap draft.  I’m such an anal retentive psycho, that every time my story goes in a different direction than my outline, I revise my outline.  By the time I get to the end, I’ve gone through about 5 outlines.  Then I revise and send it out the door to beta readers.  I don’t really have special rituals, or things I have to do to write.  I just try to sit down and do it.  Usually I go by a word count quota and I try to stay on a schedule for the rough draft so I finish it.  Not a very sexy process, I know.

Can you tell us about Kept?

My main character, Greta is a werecat.  She’s just found out that her tribe intends to sacrifice her, and she’s been given the name of the only person strong enough to protect her from them.  Except that he’s a sorcerer with a badass reputation named Dayne Wickham.  He once killed most of the tribe.  It was self defense, but Greta doesn’t know that.  He was trying to save Greta’s adoptive mother at the time.  He was so hurt by Jaden’s betrayal, that he allowed the rumors about his evil to persist so he’d just be left alone by most people.  He didn’t want to be betrayed again.  Then he’s got Greta showing up on his doorstep, supposedly in distress, and it looks like deception part 2 to him. So he’s a little cranky about it.

I know you just recently placed in a writing competition. Can you tell us something about this? 

I wrote an erotic short story and submitted it to this contest, the Better Sex Erotic fiction contest.  I got through the initial screening and into the voting round.  It’s set up for 14 weeks of voting.  Each week has three stories in it.  If you win your week (through reader votes), You get $100, into the print anthology, and into the Semi-Finals.  I won my week, yay! (Thanks to those who voted for me), so now I’m up to Semi-Finals which aren’t until February.  If I make it into the finals, I’ll have a 1 in 3 shot of the $3,000 grand prize. 

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I have no idea.  Once I was driving down the road and practically an entire plot fell into my head.  I wish there was some way I could explain it, but it would take a full blog post just to start speculating.  And I’d still be talking out of my ass.

Do you characters talk to you? If so who talks the most heroes or heroines? 

I know a lot of writers talk about that, but I’m not sure I relate to my characters quite in that way.  It’s more like they leave their story lying around and I find it and tell it.

As an author, you must be an avid reader. What books do you enjoy reading? Who are your auto-buy authors?

I don’t have auto-buy authors, because if I did, I’d be eating Pork and Beans out of a can and my husband would divorce me.  I have a serious book buying problem.  Some of my favorite authors though are: Cynthia Eden, Charlaine Harris, Kresley Cole.  I’m also a big fan of kinky erotica.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Story of O, A Hunger Like No Other, Topping From Below, Blood and Chocolate, and a lot more.  I have a hard time parting with books.  A new book I’m reading by a friend of mine, The Proviso is on the keeper shelf now. All books by my friends are on the keeper shelf.

Do you read books other than romance books?

I read a lot of nonfiction.  Lots of business books, occassionally philosophy.  Lots of how-to type books.  Lots of books on publishing and marketing.  And Erotica of course.  Then I read the occasional literary or mainstream fiction and some urban fantasy.  I think Joyce Carol Oates is wonderful.  (She writes literary, not urban fantasy hehe.)

What was the first romance book you read? 

I wish I could remember.  I think I sort of slid into paranormal romance from Chick Lit.  It started with me being a crazy Buffy fan, and then reading a lot of fanfic and writing a lot of bad fanfic.  Then when I got tired of that, I stumbled upon the Undead series by Mary Janice Davidson, then it sort of split off into paranormal romance from there.  So I’m fairly new to romance as a genre.  I was pretty snobby about it when I was younger.  My 8th grade Lit teacher really supported my writing dreams and she told me about her published friend who wrote romances, and I remember thinking how those weren’t real books, lol.  Now here I am.

If one of your books was made into a movie, which book would you like it to be and which actors would like to see as the lead characters? 

Well just KEPT is out right now, but definitely SAVE MY SOUL  I just think it’s a big enough story to go on a screen.  Not sure who would play Luc, but I saw Gerard Butler (back when he was in Dracula 2000) very much as Luc.

If you could switch lives with one of your characters who would if be & why?

Probably Greta, from KEPT.  I mean, she can turn into a cat.  That’s pretty cool. 

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m trying to map out the third novella in the series.  The first print release is going to be a novella trilogy with KEPT, and two others.  The second one is written (but not yet edited) and right now I’m working on the third one.

When you are not writing or reading, what do you enjoying doing in your spare time?

What spare time? haha!  Bellydance when I have time.

If you could ask readers anyone question, what would it be?

Clinch covers, yay or nay?  I’m really obsessed with this issue.

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