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Winner: Cynthia Eden guest blog

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Using List Randomizer at random.org the winner of an autographed copy of Belong To The Night by Cynthia Eden is:

Jambrea

There were 37 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Jambrea
  2. Morning Glow
  3. Willa
  4. MarnieColette
  5. Lillie A
  6. blodeuedd
  7. Chelsea B
  8. Eva
  9. Joder
  10. Teresa W
  11. Terri W
  12. Michelle
  13. Jeffe
  14. Pam P
  15. Armenia
  16. Jeanette Juan
  17. Raelena
  18. Flygirl
  19. Donna S
  20. Taylor Z
  21. Noelle S
  22. Pamk
  23. Anna
  24. Jamie
  25. Frana
  26. Tami Blackroze37
  27. Karen H in NC
  28. Lori T
  29. JK Choi
  30. Amy Kathryn
  31. Jen E
  32. Ashley V
  33. saydegrace
  34. Chris
  35. Mitzi Hinkey
  36. Cybercliper
  37. Llehn

Timestamp: 2009-08-31 01:35:20 UTC

Please e-mail me at gw12cats03 @ charter. net (without the spaces) with your mailing address so I can forward the information to Cynthia. Please include “Cynthia Eden Book Winner” in the subject line. The winner will have seven days to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

Angel or Spike … Cynthia Eden wants to know

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The great debate:  Angel or Spike

Hi, everyone! (A big thanks to Greta for inviting me over—and for giving me such a great topic for the blog!)

When it comes to vampires, there is often a great debate among fans. Just which vamp is supreme? (And, no, Edward Cullen does not fall into the discussion; this is a Buffy discussion, and, well, if you want to know what Buffy would think of Edward, check out this link: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZwM3GvaTRM

When it comes to vampires…two sexy fictional vampires are often the studs of choice: Angel and Spike.  For me,  there’s never been any real competition between these vamps—I’d choose Spike any day of the week. Why? Let me just tell you my top 5 reasons:

  1. That accent—SEXY.  I loved it whenever he said, “Bugger.” I know, “Bugger” shouldn’t be sexy, but with his voice, it oh-so was.
  2. The man fought for his soul. He fought to prove that he was good enough for the woman he loved. He didn’t luck up and get cursed with a soul.  He shed blood for it. That’s sexy.
  3. He was a bad boy, twenty-four seven. I like bad boys.  Angel only let his bad side come out and play if he got too touchy-feely with Buffy.
  4. I think blondes do have more fun. Spike seemed to, anyway.
  5. Underneath that pale skin, the man had the heart of a poet.  And he could sing—anyone see the musical episode of Buffy, “Once More With Feeling”?  So good.

Those are just a few of my reasons for loving Spike. Why do you love him?  Or, if you are in the *shudder* Angel camp, why do you like your guy?

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.  The lovely Greta can pick one winner  to receive an autographed copy of BELONG TO THE NIGHT, my new paranormal romance anthology. The anthology features my story, “In the Dark”—a tale about my vampire, Liam. And, yes, I do think Liam could give Spike a run for his money in the sexy department.

Thanks!

Cynthia Eden

www.cynthiaeden.com

BELONG TO THE NIGHT—Available now from Kensington Brava

Winner: Anne Rainey guest blog

Anne Rainey randomly selected and e-mailed me the winner’s name:

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Chelsea B

You win your choice of one of Anne Rainey books form her booklist at: http://annerainey.com/bookshelf/ . Please e-mail Anne at anne @ annerainey.com (without the spaces) with your choice. Please include “Winner at Greta’s blog” in the subject line.

A Day In The Life of Anne Rainey…

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A hard man is good to find…and impossible to resist.

The Vaughn Series, Book 4

Since a car accident left her unable to have children, Grace Vaughn has hidden her heart behind a wall. So far it’s held strong, and no one complains much—except the few men she dates.

Now that fortress is crumbling thanks to Jackson Hill, an annoyingly attractive man who makes her imagination go wild just watching him in the office. He’s practically bullied her into attending a Vegas conference with him. Three days alone with the delicious Jackson—in Sin City, no less—is sure to push her right over the edge.

With a loving family, a decent bank account, a nice set of clubs, Jackson’s life is almost complete. Except for the missing piece. Grace. She sets a fire in his blood, and the conference is the perfect crowbar to get past her defense mechanisms. It’s time to see if the bump-and-grind potential in that booty of hers can be channeled into something a little more satisfying than looking.

He’s got just the tactic to get her to let down her guard—and hopefully her panties. A wicked bet. Because if there’s one thing he knows about Grace, she can’t resist a double-dog-dare…

Buy Link: http://new.mybookstoreandmore.com/shop/product.da/tempting-grace

I’ve often wondered, what do authors do? I mean, do they just get up, sit down at the computer and start writing? How exactly do they get those creative juices flowing anyway? And is it different for romance authors? Do they listen to soft love songs to get…in the mood? LOL

Well, I can’t tell you what every author does, but I can give you a glimpse inside my own life. How about it? Do you want to know what a typical day for Anne Rainey is?

First I have my maid, Margaret, wake me at 5am with a gentle nudge and a tray laden with muffins, fresh coffee and fresh fruit. Once I’ve satisfied my hunger, I head for the shower where my houseboy, Antonio, has my bath ready. After I’ve bathed, I’m softly toweled off and Antonio sees about massaging my aches and pains (it gets tense sitting at the computer all day). Once he’s finished, my dear Margaret reappears, almost like magic, to dress me in my favorite silk lounging set and slippers. Then, around 7am I head up to my loft, where my computer is already booted up and another cup of fresh coffee awaits.  As I listen to the birds singing outside my open window, my muse come to life and stories are created. At the end of the day, Antonio, the darling that he is, takes me out to the hot tub, where I soak and drink a glass of Chianti and ponder the words I’ve written throughout the day. I tend to forget the time at this point, but lucky for me Antonio is so very efficient. He helps me from the tub and takes me to bed, where he spends the next two hours relaxing me in a wholly different way.

Okay, maybe that’s all make believe. LOL There is no Margaret. There’s definitely no Antonio (though I wish!).  The truth is, I get up, iron my husbands clothes that he’s going to wear for the day, get my cranky kids up and drive them to school. Somewhere in here I’ve had to let the dogs out so they could do their thing, and I’ve made sure no one is leaving hungry, shirtless, or without cell phones. Once everyone is out of the house, I grab my coffee, boot up the computer and begin sifting through about a million emails. Once that arduous task is finished, I’m ready to break out the work-in-progress and get some REAL work done. I eat lunch at my computer, and then somewhere around 2pm I pick up the kids. Then the rest of the fun begins. Homework, after school activities (I’m the chauffer), dinner, and chores. With luck I can move quick enough that I get an hour in front of the television before it’s time to rush to bed.

Then it starts all over again the next day.

I used to think the life of a writer would be exciting and creative. Days spent with characters and having wild adventures. My muse coming out to play for hours on end. In truth, it IS that, but life does tend to intrude. Phone calls. Family emergencies. Kids nudging me ‘where’re my shoes?!’ Of course, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world. I love my family. I love writing. I love my characters. I love when readers email me to say, “I loved this story!” Of course,  if Margaret and Antonio suddenly showed up on my doorstep, I SO wouldn’t turn them away! LOL

For more information on Anne Rainey and her books please visit her website at: http://annerainey.com/. In additional she blogs regularly at: http://threewickedwriters.blogspot.com/ and at http://fierceromance.blogspot.com/.

***Leave a comment asking Anne a question about her day for a chance to win one of Anne’s books. Good Luck 🙂

Winner: Jess Granger guest interview

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Using List Randomizer at random.org the winner of a copy of Beyond The Rain by Jess Granger is:

Jeanette Juan

There were 37 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Jeanette Juan
  2. Jessica Kennedy
  3. L2
  4. Linda Henderson
  5. Chelsea B
  6. Estella
  7. Willa
  8. Michelle
  9. Cathy M
  10. Heather Brewer
  11. Valorie
  12. Teresa W
  13. Karen H in NC
  14. Book Junkie
  15. Armenia
  16. Barb P
  17. Lisa Freeman
  18. Amy M
  19. blodeuedd
  20. Suzette
  21. Morning Glow
  22. Ilona
  23. Lynda
  24. Carol
  25. Blanche
  26. Flygirl
  27. Mitzi Hinkey
  28. Jen E
  29. Bella
  30. Marjana Kaly
  31. Natasha A
  32. Cybercliper
  33. Jody F
  34. Llehn
  35. Lori T
  36. Fedora
  37. PamK

Timestamp: 2009-08-23 02:27:33 UTC

Please e-mail me at gw12cats03 @ charter.net with your mailing address so I can forward the information to Jess. Please include “Jess Granger Book Winner” in the subject line. The winner will have seven days to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.

Winner: Because of You by Mari Carr

 Mari Carr – used random.org and e-mail me the name of the winner:

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BELLA

I have forwarded your email address to Mari and she will be contacting you. Enjoy 🙂

Please welcome Jess Granger

Beyond The Rain

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

It’s a pleasure to be here.  Thanks for having me.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

There’s really not much to say about me.  I’m a little bit goofy.  I twist balloon animals.  I have a vast well of completely useless knowledge that always seems to come back to haunt me.  I smile way too much, and I like to create butterfly gardens.

How long have you been writing?

Let’s not count the attempts at writing when I was eight.  It was pretty pathetic.  I enjoyed writing as stress relief and as an outlet in high school, but ignored it until my last semester in college where I took a fiction writing class for fun.  After I graduated in 2000, I decided I’d pursue a career.  So officially, it’s been a lifetime, or nine years, depending on how you count.

What is your writing process like?

I start out by just thinking.  I observe all sorts of things with a potential lead character in mind.  I’m searching for anything that will spark a little inspiration.  Once I’m interested in the story, I figure out the conflict and the main plot arc.  After that, I interview my main characters to get to know them and what drives them a little.

After that, I start the plotting process.  I write out the story as if I was telling it to myself in an old green notebook.  I write out anything that comes to mind that I want to add in the story and try to work out the emotions, cause and effect, plot arcs, romantic arcs, subplots, and how everything comes together.  After that, I use that messy jumble of handwritten junk to write the formal synopsis for my editor.  Then I take it and I break it down into chapter chunks and look at the pacing of the novel.  Once all that is done, I sit down and write, using the sloppy synopsis and the chapter break-down as a guide.  I write straight through passing chapters back and forth with my critique partner as I finish them, and eventually I have a really clean book to turn in to my editor.

So I guess I’m a plotter.

Can you tell us about your newest release Beyond The Rain?

Beyond the Rain is a story of sacrifice.  On the outside, it is a dark and exciting space opera.  In it, a warrior nun gets caught behind enemy lines with an unlikely compatriot, a slave forced to endure terrible torture as his captors leeched his hormones to create illegal sexual narcotics.  As they fight to find a way home, the forbidden ties between them grow, until the consequences of their love become deadly.

I loved the two main characters of this story, because I created each one to break the stereotypes of typical paranormal romance characters.  The heroine is a kick-butt heroine, but she never wanted to be.  It does not define her, and it is not the core of her being.  She hasn’t been so corrupted by darkness that she can no longer be a pure and caring person, she’s just trapped in a position within her society that gives her no freedom and no choice.  She is warm, caring, loving, and sensual, but expected to fit into a mold that is hard, cold, and completely free of personal connection to anyone or anything.  She is a soldier by occupation only.  It was fun to use the romantic arc to break her open and reconnect her to the true core of her soul.

As for Soren, the hero, well, you’ll have to read the book to discover what makes him so special, but I’ve never run across another hero like him.

This is your first published book correct? Excited, Nervous, Anxious, Relieved, or All The Above?

Wow, yes this is my first book.  I’ve run the gamut of emotions.  When I signed my first contract, I was relieved to move to a new stage in my writing career.  Now most of the time I feel a little overwhelmed but excited.  It is surreal to think people are out there reading my words, but I love that thought so much.

Do you have any other books coming out this year?

Beyond the Shadows, the sequel to Beyond the Rain should be out in May.  It is hot and thrilling.  It was such a fun book to write, and I can’t wait for it to hit the shelves.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently writing the sloppy synopsis for a third book in the series, then turning my attention to an idea I have for a YA novel.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Oh man, that’s a fun question.  I get them from everywhere.  Parts of Beyond the Rain were inspired by the mating habits of African weaver birds I saw in an aviary at the zoo.  The third book was inspired by the greenhouses in Epcot.  Vicca and Tuz, my two scouts, were inspired by my cat Suki, and my aunt’s cat Jackhammer.  I never know where the inspiration for things will come from.  I’m a very curious soul, and that helps.

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

I used to be an avid reader, and was a Comparative Literature major in college.  I deeply love reading, but I sink so deeply into it, I don’t come up for air.  Unfortunately, that doesn’t mix well with young children afoot.  When they are both in school, I’m hoping I’ll be able to read more again.  I enjoy lots of romance, especially historicals that really capture the honest tone of the time instead of a fantasy of what the time was like.  I love reading YA novels, and middle grade novels.  I can finish them quickly and they are always entertaining.

Right now, my only auto-buys are anything by J.K. Rowling, Nalini Singh, and Susan Grant.  Since J.K. Rowling is rolling in her dough and not exactly writing, I’m down to Nalini and Susan.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

Julie Kenner’s old superhero novels, and The Cat’s Fancy, everything Susan Grant has ever written, Elizabeth Hoyt’s “Prince” trilogy, Christine Feehan’s first five Carpathian novels, autographed with the original covers, and a couple of books that really struck me as awesome.

What was the first romance book you read?

I don’t know if it was the first one I actually read, but it is certainly the first one I re-read over and over, and hid under my bed, and kept until it was in tatters.

Savage Thunder by Johanna Lindsey, with the Fabio cover.  Oh yeah, baby!  That was awesome.  I’m not entirely sure some of the antics were physically possible, but they were certainly entertaining.

If one of your book was made into a movie which actors would like to see as the lead characters?

Shoot, I’m not good at this game.  Hmmmm, probably Sean Bean (Boromir from Lord of the Rings) for Soren.  I know he played a semi-bad guy in that, but he looks like Soren to me, and he had such a great tormented element to his acting I really enjoyed.  He turned a character I never liked into one I understood and empathized with.

Cyani’s a little harder.  There aren’t enough women cast as strong soldier heroines.  I think she looks a little like Catherine Zeta-Jones.  Perhaps she could pull it off.

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

Tuz, the war cat.  I’m terrible to my characters.  I don’t think I have a single one who isn’t tortured in some way shape or form, except Tuz.  No matter what sort of Hell is raining down around him, he manages to come out unscathed and ornery as anything.  If turning into a war cat with attitude is a stretch, I’d like to be Lai, a Makkolen queen.  She’s powerful, she’s sexy.  She ages so beautifully and she uses her matronly elegance to enhance her power and allure.  Yeah, it would be nice to be Lai.

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

I enjoy working in my butterfly garden.  I just moved to a new house, so I’ve got a new challenge.  The weeds in the flowerbed I’m going to turn into my new garden are almost as tall as I am, so cleaning out and replanting should be interesting.  I also like going to amusement parks and zoos, making beer, and I’ve got an itch to do some cross-stitching.

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

What makes you keep a book and read it again?

To find out more information about Jess Granger and her books please visit her website at: http://www.jessgranger.com/ or http://www.myspace.com/jessgranger

***Leave a comment answering Jess’s question for a chance to win a copy of Beyond The Rain. Good Luck 🙂