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Winner – Shelley Munro post

Congratulations!

Chosen via random.org the winner their choice of a download copy of any of Shelley’s Middlemarch March books (Scarlet Woman, Peeping Tom, Stray Cat Strut, Assassin, Cat and Mouse, Leticia’s Lovers  is:

KARIN

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Winner – Dakota Cassidy post

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Chosen via random.org the winner of their choice of two books that Dakota has available for order in Mass Market or Trade Size print is:

NATASHA A

Dakota has request that your e-mail her at Dakota @ dakotacassidy .com (without the spaces). Please put in your subject heading "Winner from Greta’s blog"

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Immortal Danger, In life, Maya Black was one tough cop. In death…well, once bitten, twice the bitch. Creatures of the night-be afraid. www.cynthiaeden.com

Please welcome Shelley Munro

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

Thanks for inviting me. It’s good to get out because the writing cave gets a bit cold and lonely at times.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

My name is Shelley Munro, and I write mainly erotic romance for Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. I live in New Zealand with my husband and a bossy little dog who has trained me to produce food for her at regular intervals. I enjoy cycling, walking, rugby, travel and exploring new countries and of course, reading.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing seriously since 1998. I’d always wanted to write, but it wasn’t until I woke up one morning and decided if I didn’t begin writing soon, I’d never start or worse would run out of time, that I jumped into action. That week I enrolled in a romance writing course and joined Romance Writers of New Zealand and started my writing journey. I haven’t looked back.

What is your writing process like?

I’m not a writer who plots, that’s for sure. I tend to get a germ of an idea. It might be a character name, a title or a partial scene. I usually think about the idea for a while. It could be days or it might be weeks or months until I come up with strong conflict for my characters. Once my conflict is solid I start writing and go on a journey with the characters, never knowing for sure what will happen next. When I’m not writing I’m usually thinking about what will happen next so I don’t usually run into roadblocks. I write most days and feel really lost when I don’t have a project under way.

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Can you tell us about your latest release Leticia’s Lovers?

Leticia’s Lovers is book seven in my Middlemarch Mates series about a community of feline shifters. Leticia’s Lovers follows Leticia Huntingdon who I introduced in Stray Cat Strut. She’s a lion shifter and she and her brother were forced from their South African tribe after Leticia was attacked and infected with FIV, the feline version of aids. The local Middlemarch vet/feline doctor has treated Leticia and she’s been in remission. At the start of the book, she finds the disease has returned and she knows she was right to push Gavin Finlay away because she’s going to die.

Meantime Gavin is trying to hold his life together. He loves Leticia but she’s made it clear she’s not interested in him. He meets Charlie McKenzie, the new Middlemarch cop. The attraction between the two of them is instantaneous and they spend the night together. The next morning Leticia comes to see Gavin to discuss the return of the FIV and finds Gavin and Charlie together. She’s distraught and realizes she loves Gavin and now she’s lost him.

I don’t want to give away too much, but this is a threesome story and there is a happy ending. I cried while I was writing a couple of the scenes in this book so be prepared for an emotional journey in between page one and the end.

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

At present I have Tea For Two coming out in print in August from Samhain Publishing. I’ve also recently signed contracts with Ellora’s Cave for two new stories. I don’t have release dates for these yet, but they’re both reissues of older stories.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on a new Middlemarch Mates story. I have three Middlemarch stories I’d like to write this year and I also have a new series in mind – also a feline shifter series but a bit darker.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere! On TV, from songs, magazines and newspapers. Ideas are one thing that’s never in short supply.

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

I’ve always loved reading and I have lots of favorite authors. If pressed I’d have to say Lora Leigh, Erin McCarthy, Robyn Carr and Kristen Higgins are my particular favorites at the moment. In the ebook world I enjoy Lorelei James, Samantha Kane, Ally Blue, Jory Strong and Josh Lanyon.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

I have a lot of books on my keeper shelf. Christine Feehan, Robyn Carr, JD Robb and Amanda Quick are four I can think of offhand but there are heaps of others as well. My keeper shelf tends to be electronic these days because I buy more ebooks than paperbacks.  

Do you read books other than romance books?

Sometimes I swap genres and will read a thriller or mystery. I like cozy mysteries as well, although I prefer a romantic thread in anything I read.

What was the first romance book you read?

You know I can’t remember. I know I was spending time at the beach and I’d run out of books. I was about twelve or thirteen and in desperation, my mother gave me some Mills & Boon romances to read, more to keep her sanity than anything. They were pretty tame in those days. Times have changed!!

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?

This is something I’ve never considered. Hmm, it would have to be my Middlemarch series so that means Scarlet Woman first. The male actors need to be tall and dark, preferably with green eyes. LOL Maybe I’ll go for unknowns and make them famous. Kate Winslet might make a good Emily.

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

I have a real soft spot for Emily Mitchell. She makes an appearance in Scarlet Woman, book one of the Middlemarch Mates series and usually pops in to say hello in any Middlemarch book I write. She was the first woman to tame a Middlemarch man and she’s made them into a real family. Emily is all about family.

Do you have a day job?

These days I write full time but I used to work in the accountancy field. My last job before I started to write full time was as administration for the local McDonald’s franchisee.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

I think most writers are keen people-watchers. I sure am. Whenever I go out I watch people and catalogue their body language and the way they speak or move. I never base my characters on actual people I know but they might have bits and pieces of people I’ve observed over the years.

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

A few years ago my husband suggested we buy a bicycle each because there are loads of walking/cycle paths around where we live. Quite frankly I thought he was mad but I allowed him to convince me to get a bicycle. I was surprised to find how much I enjoy cycling and I go out most days. I also enjoy walking and my husband and I love to travel. We’ve explored quite a few parts of the world, and you can see photos of some of the places I’ve visited on my website.

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

I’m always interested in trends. Are there genres you enjoy reading that you’re not able to find readily? Are there genres you think I should be writing? Are there some genres that you’d like to see vanish from the shelves?

 

To find out more about Shelley, please visit her website: http://www.shelleymunro.com/

***Leave a comment for a chance to win a download e-book from Shelley Winner’s choice – of her Middlemarch Mates***

My guest today is Dakota Cassidy

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

Aw, thank you, darlin’! It’s a pleasure to be asked.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Well, let’s see-I’m forty two, a single parent of two boys (18 and 14). I live in TX, and I like cuddly kitties, long walks on the beach and fireside chats. No, I’m kidding. Well, not about the cats 🙂

How long have you been writing?

About five years now.

What is your writing process like?

Crazy. There’s nothing left to be said after that. LOL. No, seriously, I get an idea-my “what if” ideas, and usually those ideas are extreme, and then I call my BFF Renee George and she helps me plot out the “what if”.

Can you tell us about your latest release The Accidental Human?

This is the third in my Accidental series and it revolves around Wanda Schwartz. Kind of OCD, very together, and the sanest of the three friends in the series. And she’s dying.

I know!

But she has two friends who’re paranormal and can save her, but she’s too afraid to take fate into her own hands.  Plus a love interest who came to her by way of her job as a sales recruit for my fictional cosmetic company Bobbie-Sue. His name’s Heath, and he wants to sell makeup.

Again, I know!

Heath has a secret, too, and all I can tell you is this-while the title has the word “human” in it-it’s STILL paranormal 🙂

Will you have any more books in this series?

I have another coming out in Feb 2010, and that’s about Wanda’s sister Casey. It’s titled Accidentally Demonic.

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

Yep! Kiss and Hell is due out in June, and that’s about a medium and a demon who’s come to collect her and bring her back to Hell 🙂

What are you currently working on?

Right now I’m working on Accidentally Demonic.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Bed, Bath and Beyond. Really-get ye to one and find out what’s “beyond”. LOl. I honestly don’t know where they come from-they just happen because I’m always wondering what the lighter side of a bad situation is.

In your opinion, what are the most stressful and most exciting parts of the whole process? (From the time an idea or concept comes to you until the book can purchased in a store or on-line?)

The most stressful is whether my agent and editor will like the crazy I’ve cooked up. The most exciting is the middle of the book when I really know where I’m going and I just want to get it all out on paper. Then it gets stressful again because it’s due for release and I want to yark, worrying everyone will hate it. So, wash, rinse, repeat 🙂

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

Unfortunately, I don’t get to read as often as I’d like to because this writing thing consumes much of my time. However, when I do, I’m all about a Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Nina Bangs, Michele Bardsely, Mark Henry, Jeanne Stein, Renee George AKA Hannah Beckham, Jaye Wells, Toni McGee Causey. And these folks are ALL auto-buy for me.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

I know this is going to sound horrifying, but I only have one and it’s a signed copy of a Nina Bangs book. Clutter makes me nuts-so I share the wealth with friends and family-or the library.

Do you read books other than romance books?

Definitely. Dean and Stephen to name just two.

What was the first romance book you read?

It was an HQ, way back in the day when the books were all based in England and the women were all nannies to rich Sultans and stuff. LOL. The author was Charlotte Lamb, though I can’t remember the title of the book.

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’d love to be Nina in Accidentally Dead, and I’d want like John Cusack or maybe the guy who plays ‘Chuck” to be Greg and either Megan Fox or Sandra Bullock to play Nina.

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

Definitely Nina. She’s got the biggest, freshest mouth, and she seriously doesn’t care who she offends when she speaks the truth. I LOVE that in a girl-so yeah, I’d like to be her.

Are any of your characters based on real people?

Oh, hellz yeah. But mostly it’s just bits and pieces of several people. I was always an observer. I love, love to people watch-which can make me creepy to some, I guess. LOL. But it’s where I get my grasp on so many outlandish traits.

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

Sleeping. I don’t do that a lot 🙂 But if I’m not sleeping, I love to hangout with my man, catch a movie, garden, swim and play Guitar Hero World Tour. Go on. Laugh. It’s pathetic, but true. LOL

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

Can I borrow some money? LOLLOL. I’m kidding. I like to know all about readers-whether they read me or not. I like to know the day-to-day things about their lives, where they live, what they cook for dinner. Which makes me again, seem rather stalker-ish, eh? I just love people and enjoy interaction-especially people who read romance novels because they’re diverse and have big imaginations.

You can visit Dakota at her website: http://www.dakotacassidy.com/

***UPDATED: Dakota has graciously offered up to one commenter two print books–winners choice, as long as they’re available or available for pre-order and in m/m or Trade***

Blog Awards

I was recently awarded two blog awards:

The first

The Premio Dardas Award

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from Dani at http://confessionsofaromancebookaddict.wordpress.com

Thank you Dani. I read Dani’s blog daily. I love finding out what she is reading and I find to me authors from her.

So now to spread the love!

This award acknowledges the values that every blogger shows in his/her effort to transmit cultural, ethical, literary and personal values every day.

The rules to follow are:

1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person that has granted the award and his or her blog link.

2) Pass the award to other 15 blogs that are worthy of this acknowledgment. Remember to contact each of them to let them know they have been chosen for this award. (I’ll be contacting everyone later in the week. I’m on my laptop and don’t have access to all of e-mail addresses yet.)

Brandy – http://brenaereads.blogspot.com/

Lea – http://lea-closetwriter.blogspot.com/

Fatin – http://novelthoughts.wordpress.com

Cynthia Eden – http://www.cynthiaeden.com/blog/

Dakota Cassidy – http://www.dakotacassidy.net/

Hooked on Romance (Jax Cassidy, Naughty Nikki Duncan, & Abi McKenley) – http://hookedonromance.blogspot.com/

Jaci Burton – http://jaciburton.com/blog/

Jambrea – http://jambrea.wordpress.com

Jennifer A. Ray – http://blog.jenaray.com/

Wendy K. – http://mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com

Naughty Nikki Duncan – http://nikkiduncan.com/blog/

Amy C – http://romancebookwyrm.blogspot.com

Shape Shifter Romance – http://shapeshifterromance.wordpress.com/

Lauren Dane – http://www.laurendane.com/blog/

Shiloh Walker – http://shilohwalker.wordpress.com/

Second Award

Your Blog is Fabulous

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I received this award from Brandy of  http://brenaereads.blogspot.com/

I read Brandy’s blog daily she and I usually agree on our reviews and I’m always finding new to me authors on her blog.

So now to spread the love:

Rules are: Write 5 things I am addicted to and then nominate 5 other blogs to pass this award on to! (Again I will e-mail the individuals later this week)

5 things I’m addicted to:

1. Romance Books – was there any question?

2. Coffee & Diet Coke – I must have Coffee & Diet Coke every day

3. My internet families over at Writeminded Readers Group, Wicked Writers Yahoo Group, and Romance Reading Ladies

4. NASCAR – especially Matt Kenseth

5. My family and my cats as crazy as they are

Now for my five blogs:

Amy C – http://romancebookwyrm.blogspot.com

Wendy K. – http://mybookaddictionandmore.wordpress.com

Jambrea – http://jambrea.wordpress.com

Lea – http://lea-closetwriter.blogspot.com/

Hooked on Romance (Jax Cassidy, Naughty Nikki Duncan, & Abi McKenley) – http://hookedonromance.blogspot.com/  

Winner – M.J. Fredrick post

Congratulations!

Chosen via random.org the winner of a print copy of Hot Shot by M.J. Fredrick is:

THERESA W

Please contact me at gw12cats03 @ verizon. net (without the spaces) we can get your book to you.