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Winner: Terry Spear guest blog

Using List Randomizer at random.org,  the winner of an autographed copy of Legend of the White Wolf is:

Beth C.

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

There were 24 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Beth C.
  2. jacabur1
  3. Barb P
  4. Kirsten
  5. Diva Donna
  6. Cybercliper
  7. Teresa W.
  8. Tracey D
  9. Jeanette Juan
  10. Terri W.
  11. Raonaid Luckwell
  12. CrystalGB
  13. Karin
  14. Estella
  15. Chelsea B
  16. Quilt Lady
  17. Jessica
  18. Ina
  19. Martha Lawson
  20. Sherry S.
  21. Sheila Deeth
  22. Jen E
  23. Miranda
  24. Rachel A

Winner: Jax Cassidy Interview

Using List Randomizer at random.org,  the winner of a download copy of Brush Strokes is:

Sherry S.

Please email me at lillie80 @ gmail.com (without the spaces). Please include “Jax Cassidy book winner” in the subject line. The winner will have three days to contact me or another winner will be drawn.

There were 16 items in your list. Here they are in random order:

  1. Sherry S.
  2. Jane
  3. Rachel A
  4. JulieDestry
  5. Connie T
  6. calla
  7. Lisa Guertin
  8. Joder
  9. Miranda
  10. Tracey D
  11. Amanda
  12. Raonaid Luckwell
  13. Ilona
  14. Amy Kathryn
  15. Jeanette Juan
  16. Estella

Timestamp: 2010-01-31 05:09:19 UTC

Unclaimed prize

Since I have not heard from the winner of the Shelley Munro guest blog, I am moving on to the next name on the list.

Using List Randomizer at random.org,  the winner of either a download of Sex, Spies, and Sapphires or Wanderlust is:

Eva S

Please email me at lillie80 @ gmail.com (without the spaces) with your choice and preferred format. Please include “Shelley Munro book winner” in the subject line. The winner will have three days to contact me or another winner will be drawn.

Werewolves and Bigfoot and Hunters, Oh My! With Terry Spear

In this fourth in Spear’s series, Private Eye Cameron MacPherson and Faith O’Mallery are both on quests that lead them into the world of magical wolves…

Cameron arrives in the Canadian Arctic to search for his partners in his P.I. business who are late returning from a hunting trip. Faith is there to discover what her father had seen in the same area years earlier that had made him lose touch with reality—man-wolves, he called them.

The two tumble into an icy world of enemies bent on destroying the lupus garou kind. As they turn into lupus garou themselves, and bond with the pack that only they can rescue from destruction, Cameron and Faith find their soul mates in each other.

Werewolves and Bigfoot and Hunters, Oh My!

What would you do if you were swept up into the world of werewolves and found yourself hunted by those who were looking for the legendary Bigfoot, and decided you were a werewolf, and came after YOU instead?

Life tends to throw little obstacles in our path, creating havoc anyway. The other day I got off work at night and in the 16-degree weather, had a dead battery. One of my co-workers had cables, but alas, we couldn’t locate her battery. A hero stepped into help us. He couldn’t locate her battery either, so moved his truck next to mine, and we jumped the car. The next morning, after cleaning the rods with soda water and charging the battery with a charger all night, I went in to town and got a new battery (the other was 5 years old) and voila, can’t get into work. The lock at the library was frozen. I was in charge, no way to get in.

So yep, life can be full of stumbling blocks and that’s just what happened to Faith O’Mallery as she went into the wintry wilderness in Maine looking for the man who stole her father’s research. Secretive research.

But it didn’t begin there. Well, the theft did, but after that, it was the fact someone seemed to be stalking her, the hotel clerk giving her the key to the wrong room—an occupied room—and not occupied by a family or a single woman either, but a hunk of a hero type.

Yep, so the stumbling block there wasn’t exactly all that bad, at least at first. Until she left her jacket in his room, and locked her key in her own room, and…

Well some will say: stop! This isn’t realistic. But it is! I swear it! Just think back to my car battery going dead, not being able to find my co-worker’s battery, and then the next morning, coming to work and not being able to get in. It went on from there—the electric heat wasn’t working in the library, the water pipe in the men’s bathroom began to leak, three computers locked up without anyone’s express permission, and did I mention I was in charge that day?

So yes…it’s realistic. Have you ever had anyone walk into your hotel room when you were in it? Waving hand here! Twice, I’ve had that happen to me. One time I was in bed, and hadn’t remembered to use the “emergency” lock. The other time, I had, so they couldn’t open the door very far. One time the clerk gave me a key to someone else’s room and they were away for the day. So realistic? Yep!

Now, finding a single hunk in the hotel room, *smile*, that’s a fantasy dream come true. And when he’s going the same direction as Faith into the unknown wilderness to solve his own mysteries—his private investigator partners went on a hunt and never came back—we start the adventure that will change their lives forever.

So if you want to find a wolf that will warm your heart, maybe a werewolf will be the right one for you in Book 4, Legend of the White Wolf! What do you think? Do you believe in werewolves?

Thanks so much for having me, Greta! Hope everyone is staying warm in this wintry time of year!

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***Leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy Legend of the White Wolf by Terry. Good Luck 🙂

Q&A with Jax Cassidy!

For Sage, attending the Parisian sex club, Plaisirs Sombres, was the ultimate fantasy. So when the conservative gallery assistant is cloaked behind the velvet mask, she never expected to be the object of the club owner’s desire. Spurred on by D.S. Gregoire’s erotic and sensual brush strokes of the exclusive club, she gives into a brief liaison that leaves her breathless and wanting.

For Damien, known to the art world as D.S. Gregoire, his art has always been an adrenaline rush. But when an exotic and mysteriously uninhibited ’sex club virgin’ enters his establishment, he is willing to break his club rules for another taste of the dark pleasures she brings him.

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Jax, Thank-you for agreeing to an author interview today.

Thanks so much for inviting me, Greta!

Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

Before I wrote romance, I dabbled in acting, screenwriting, event planning, public relations, comic book modeling, music management, etc… As a creative person, I think it’s important to take the leap and experiment, even if it takes me out of my comfort zone. I love traveling and try to incorporate exotic locales into my writing as much as possible.

Besides being a freelance artist and graphic designer, I’m also Co-Founder of ROMANCE DIVAS, an award winning writer’s website and discussion forum. I’m a firm believer in giving back to the community whenever possible. Whether I’m actively involved with writers or charities, it provides a sense of purpose in my life.

How long have you been writing?

I’m going to sound like every author I know, I started writing as soon as I was able to string two sentences together. My mother is a great storyteller so naturally I was drawn to weaving stories. I wrote romances even before I knew what it was. If it weren’t for my middle school teacher who planted that seed into my head, I would have never pursued writing. I don’t think teachers get as much appreciation and recognition for their efforts. Thanks for the push, Ms. Cherry!

What is your writing process like?

Most authors have a routine but I don’t necessarily follow one. I pretty much write whenever I feel like writing. If I’m stuck I try to find a creative outlook like painting, graphic design, or crafts.

I’m an idea person. Whenever something triggers an idea, the entire story shapes up in my head then and there. I’m a true organic writer aka panster. I normally don’t write a synopsis or outline until after I’m done with the project, but I have been known to do it for the more challenging storylines. I guess I’m a rebel that way. I used to never brainstorm with others but nowadays I do it with my other half. Can’t beat having a personal editor!

Can you tell us about your newest release Brush Strokes?

This is probably one of my favorite short stories. Since Paris was my first international home, I enjoy using it as a backdrop whenever possible. I love writing about Europe, or other exotic settings, and I do my best to give my readers that jet setting experience.

Brush Strokes is about a conservative heroine with a hidden promiscuous streak and a brooding artist who is a combination of Mr. Darcy and the Beast.  Two of my favorite leading men. The story takes place in an exclusive sex club that is loosely based off of a real one in Paris. I took liberties in making it even sexier than it is.

You can find details about the release, blurb, and an excerpt here: http://jaxcassidy.com/books/brush-strokes/

Do you have any other books releasing this year?

At the moment, I don’t have another release set but it doesn’t mean there won’t be. 🙂  Stay tuned.

What are you currently working on?

I just wrapped up a paranormal series my agent is shopping around. I will have a contemporary and a YA that will be added to her plate as soon as I get it written. This is the year where I’m planning for the future and not faced with deadline hell as in past years. I’m also going to write a few paranormal novellas that will feature shape shifters, vampires, and psychics with an Asian flavor.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I get ideas from the real life, news, magazines, television, movies…just about anything really. Sometimes I have more ideas than I can write but it doesn’t mean I won’t try to attempt as many as possible.

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 a voracious reader. I guess one of the pitfalls of being contracted is that you spend more time writing and less time actually reading. I have a huge TBR list and it takes me a few months to get through a book. I enjoy contemporaries and historicals. I don’t read many paranormal books but when I do I’ve read Sherrilyn Kenyon and Karen Marie Moning. I’m a big fan of Lynn Kurland and her time travels, which is always an auto-buy for me.

What books are on your keeper shelf?

I’m a book hoarder. There are too many authors that I adore so I can’t just name a few. However, I can’t live without Pride & Prejudice.

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?
Gosh, I believe the very first romance I read was an excerpt of Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’  A ROSE IN WINTER in Cosmopolitan magazine. That’s the one story that got me hooked and fascinated about this whole genre. I would have to say that the first romance book I read cover to cover was one I lifted from my then sister-in-law during summer break. The Harlequin category was Satan’s Master by Carole Mortimer and I still have it today.

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

Hummmm, that’s tough. I would have to say Gerard Butler as Damien and Maggie Q as Sage.

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

I love all the heroines I write but I’m particularly fond of Diana in DOLCE & DIANA in the SUNSWEPT anthology. Secretly, I love to cook and growing up in the restaurant industry it was easy to dream about opening my own restaurant on a tropical island. I’d love to wake up to a killer ocean view and just enjoy each day in tranquility.

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

I don’t paint nearly as much as I used to and I miss doing art shows. I’m an abstract artist but I also love creating whimsical lifestyle art that empower women. I also enjoy photography but mostly I’m an adrenaline junkie. I’ve done everything from bungee jumping, skydiving, snorkeling to indoor rock climbing. I’ve slowed down a bit the last two years but I hope to be able to do more fun things in the future.

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

What can I write to get you hooked? 🙂

Where can readers find you on the internet?

Website: www.jaxcassidy.com
Blog: www.jaxadora.blogspot.com
Social Sites: www.romancedivas.com
www.twitter.com/jaxcassidy
www.facebook.com/jaxcassidy

***Leave a comment answering Jax’s question for a chance to win a download copy of Brush Strokes! Good luck 😀

Please welcome Tina Donahue!

A wickedly sensual feast…

Eden DeCarlo may have narrowly lost Miami’s best chef competition and the prize money she desperately needs, but she has caught the eye of dangerously virile Rafael Zayas, one of the judges and a wealthy restaurateur. Despite her vow not to let any man derail her life, Eden’s captivated by Rafe’s imposing masculinity, then challenged by the business deal he offers. He’ll invest in her new venture if, for one month, she can satisfy his culinary expectations and the sexual attraction they both feel.

Dominant and unashamed, Rafe knows what he wants when it comes to carnal pleasure and will spare no seduction to have Eden in all the ways he demands—naked, wanting, submissive.

Within thirty days, he will teach her the delights of yielding to passion, relinquishing all control to him and fulfilling her deepest, darkest and most delicious desires.

Hi Tina! Thank you for agreeing to an author interview today.


Hi, Lillie – thanks for asking me, I’m delighted to be here!


Can you tell everyone a little bit about yourself?

I’m a multi-published author (Kensington, Zebra, Ellora’s Cave) of contemporary, erotic and historical romance. I started out in Journalism – as the editor of a Midwestern weekly newspaper – then moved over to fiction. I’ve worked in Hollywood in Story Direction at a major production company (my work was shown on CBS-TV) and have freelanced for Prentice Hall publications. Currently, I work as the Managing Editor for a major business document concern and also write novels.

How long have you been writing?

Forever! I started when I was a kid, probably eight or nine years old. I have a baby brother and he kept whining that he wanted a letter from Santa. So, I wrote him one and illustrated it. He was thrilled. After that, I started writing children stories, which I also illustrated, and sold them to parents in my neighborhood, mainly for loose change.

What is your writing process like?

I either write or research 7 days a week. On the weekdays, I devote a few hours before and after work. On the weekends, I devote the same amount of time around my other obligations and activities. I begin with a premise – usually a ‘what if?’ scenario. What if a man kissed a woman he didn’t know simply because he saw her at the grocery store and found her attractive? What if a woman sends a guy an anonymous letter asking him to meet her in room 12 at the Hilton? Will he show up? Will she? Will he look for her if she doesn’t? From there, my mind goes a 100 miles an hour and the story starts to take shape.

Can you tell us about your newest release Deep, Dark, and Delicious?

It was a labor of love. Although it’s sexy as hell, it’s also emotionally rich. Both Eden and Rafe have had tough beginnings. Because of her mother abandoning her when she was a pre-teen, Eden’s afraid to trust in love. Rafe, on the other hand, has a loving family and knows the value of intimacy and commitment. As a wealthy restaurateur and an immigrant from Cuba, Rafe meets Eden when he judges the Master Chef contest in Miami. She’s one of the contestants. On his vote, she lost the competition. That’s just the beginning of their tale. Using his most persuasive seduction, Rafe convinces Eden to take a chance on him in the sexiest ways possible, which leads to an emotionally satisfying ride and conclusion.

Do you have other books releasing this year?

I’ve just finished up my next erotic romance and will have it on my editor’s desk by the end of January. So it will be my next release. Can’t say the title yet – don’t know if it will stick or if the publisher will want to change it. Given the quick releases with Adored and Deep, Dark, Delicious, this new one should be coming out in a few months.

What are you currently working on?

Right now, I’m looking to write a paranormal. Haven’t tried one of those yet. With my latest novel wrapping up edit-wise, I’ll probably be concentrating on this new paranormal one.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

Everywhere. I got the idea for Deep, Dark, Delicious while I was watching Iron Chef on The Food Network. The night in question, there was an incredibly handsome Latino chef on the show – tall, dark, smoldering good looks. I thought to myself – what if he wasn’t a contestant but was one of the judges? What if he was a celebrity – a rich restaurateur who could have anything and everything he wanted? What if one of the contestants was a young woman he desired? What if she was wary of him? The plot unfolded while I was watching the show. By the end of the hour, I had the basic structure in mind.

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

I like all genres except for heavy-duty sci-fi where the technological stuff is so detailed it’s like reading a manual. Then I get bored.

Auto buy authors would be (in no particular order): Dean Koonz, Patricia Grasso, Emma Holly, Stephen King, Hilma Wolitzer, Sol Stein, Lawrence Sanders (unfortunately gone), Lisa Plumley

What books are on your keeper shelf?

“Hearts” by Hilma Wolitzer; “Other People” by Sol Stein; “Seducing the Prince” by Patricia Grasso; “Odd Thomas” by Dean Koonz; “The Shining” by Stephen King; “Top of Her Game” by Emma Holly; “Love Songs” by Lawrence Sanders

What was the first romance book you read or the one book that has stood the test of time for you?

“Shanna” by Kathleen Woodiwiss – I was enchanted. That story simply swept me away.

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

Wow – what a concept! Well, for Eden, I see Jennifer Lopez, or a Jennifer Lopez type. Pretty, fiery, sultry. For Rafe, it’s a little harder to visualize. Unfortunately, there aren’t many young Latino male stars in films these days. Truthfully, I used the cosmetic surgeon Dr. Rey from Dr. 90210 as my prototype – if you’ve ever seen that show (I believe it’s on Bravo), you’ll know why I thought of Dr. Rey. He is one hot guy! If he ever decides to become a film star, I’d want him to play Rafe in the movie version of Deep, Dark, Delicious.

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

Probably Eden in Deep, Dark, Delicious. Why? Because she found the love of her life, a family she never had, she’s able to pursue her dream career and with Rafe’s wealth she’s going to be living the high life. What’s not to love?

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

Shopping, watching movies, travelling to places I’ve never been before, meeting new people and learning about new cultures (at least those new to me).

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

What makes a book memorable to you?

Where can readers find you on the internet?

My website addy:  http://www.tinadonahue.com/

My blog: http://www.tinadonahue.com/blog/

YouTube Video of Deep, Dark, Delicious: http://www.youtube.com/tinadonahue

One last question! How can our blog readers win a print copy of your novel Adored?

I’m hosting a scavenger hunt today. Periodically, throughout the day I’ll post a question – four in all. The answers can be found on my website. Readers should answer these questions as they come along and keep the answers until all four questions have been asked. Then, the first reader who emails me at tina@tinadonahue.com with the correct answers to all four questions will win a print copy of Adored.

Let the scavenger hunt begin!

SEAL and Demon winners!

Day One:

The winner of any one book from Stephanie Tyler’s backlist is:

Jackie B.


Day Two:

The winner of any one of the first 3 Demonica books or a Demonica bag is:

Amy S.


And the Grand Prize Winner of Hold On Tight, Ecstasy Unveiled, and the duckies is:

Isabel

Congrats to all the winners! Please contact me at lillie_applegarth @ yahoo.com (without the spaces) with your mailing address and (for Jackie and Amy) the book title of your choice. All winners will have one week to contact me or a new winner will be drawn.