Monday, September 27, 2010

Interview with Laura Tolomei


Laura, thank you for visiting KMN Books Blogspot again and sharing your Torrid Romance with us today.

It’s my pleasure to be here, Karen, with you and all your wonderful friends.

*Contest: There will be a drawing to win a copy Tasting Leon's Mark. all you need to do is leave a comment or ask a questions. Don't forget to leave your email so Laura may contact you if you should win. Good Luck!

Laura, tell us a little about yourself:

Born 1965 in Rome, Italy, I grew up in Nigeria, US and India, returning to Rome to complete my studies and start a working career. In 2008 I published my first short story in eXtasy’s Anthology Atlantis Allure and have been writing and publishing since then in both Italian and English. Still a fairly new author, I have already published several full length novels and short stories at eXtasy Books, with more yet to come also on Whiskey Creek Torrid and Romance Divine.

You reside in Rome, Italy, a city full of historical wonders. What’s one of your favorite places to visit? Is there a place in particular that has inspired your writing?

In Rome there are so many interesting sites, it’s hard to make a choice, so for me it depends on the mood of the moment. If it’s an historical one, I simply go to the Coliseum—it’s only a 45 min. walk from my home—with the Forum and Circus Maximus next to it, which brings me straight back into I Century A.D. If it’s a spiritual mood, I can visit any number of churches—big, small, ancient, baroque, modern, glamorous, humble—starting from St. Peter’s, probably the world’s most famous church, to St. Paul, St. John, St. Pietro in Vincoli, or…well, there’s just so many of them, I couldn’t possibly name them all. If I’m in an architectural mood, I usually go to Prati, a famous Roman corner with imposing buildings of the beginning of the XIX Century, which remind me of Paris, or the monumental EUR district, built by Mussolini to host the 1940 edition of the International Expo, which was cancelled due to World War II. Or else, I like to take long walks in some of the most celebrated places in the world like Piazza di Spagna, Piazza Navona, Fontana di Trevi, Piazza Barberini, Via Nazionale, all located in the center of Rome.

As far as inspiration goes, I have to say Rome is the reason I started writing back in high school, the very beginning of my writing career, though I didn’t know it would become so until a long time later. While living in Atlanta, GA, I missed my native city I wrote a short piece about it, titled “Nostalgia”, which was accepted by the school’s journal, thereby becoming my first released work ever.

Tasting Leon's Mark, deals with reincarnation. Without giving too much away, tell us about Leon and Sean’s lives past and present.

Well, Karen, I certainly can’t afford to give any of it away because the prequel to their story, Re-Scue - however you lived your past, today you’re the key to changing your future, is about to be released @ Romance Divine. Safe to say, they started their journey a long time back in a place that has nothing to do with Earth, born as man and woman on Byoldar, a futuristic city on an advanced planet, but their story ended tragically. Then again, they meet as a predator and a gazelle with the predictable ending only reaffirming their bloody connection. Yes, because what keeps them tied life after exciting life is a sensually erotic game of sex and knife, pain and pleasure mixed together in a sort of bloody ritual neither can do without, the hunter and his chosen prey inevitably tied in spite of the tragic outcomes. No feelings is the only rule the hunter warn, but his prey always falls in love with him, can never help it, fascinated as she/he is of the magnetic attraction she/he feels for the only man capable of dominating her/him. So they return as Rhodri and Aural in a rural planet, but only the incarnations of Leon and Sean manage to go beyond the original game and reach some sort of fragile balance that they test in Tasting Leon’s Mark, stretching their limits and boundaries to a new awareness, thanks to the intervention of a woman, a special one of course, in their mix.

Tell us a little about Janet. What does she think of Leon and Sean? How does she know of their past lives?

She’s too caught up by them to think clearly, or else she’d have realized she was part of their repeated life cycles. Instead, she only has visions and extra-sensorial perceptions about other people, which is how she knows about their ongoing relationship through time and space, her sense flooded by Sean’s feelings and memories. Of herself, she knows nothing, not her past, not her future and sometimes not even her present, and this prevents any in-depth analysis concerning her involvement, blinded and fascinated as she is by their incredible beauty, not to mention their amazing story.

When writing your description of your hero or heroine what feature do you start with? Eyes, age, hair color, etc?

The features I imagine most about my characters, both men and women, is their height—they’re all tall—and hair, usually long if my hero is dark-haired, shorter if he’s blond. As for eye color, I tend to use clear ones, the shades of blue and green like my own, the same I used in Sean’s and Leon’s case. But truth is I’m not very good at characterizations for I have poor eyesight, so rarely see people in their details. In my mind, the hero or heroine is mostly a voice in my head, and I rely on my husband to tell me how he sees them, then go with his description to get my covers done.

What are your current projects and works in progress?

Like I said, I’m working on Re-Scue right now, doing the final reading for an estimated release within the next few months. In addition, I’m working hard at my Virtus Saga, which already has three releases out and more to come.

The story begins in Book 1 The Sex with Duncan lost while returning home from a neighboring town. Before night falls though, he finds shelter in Ylianor’s rundown shack. The beautiful woman has a very familiar air, but for the life of him, he cannot remember who she is or resist the attraction he feels, despite his aristocratic tastes. So he offers her a job at Black Rose, his family’s estate, only to discover she’s the daughter of his father’s mistress. And his lover, Chris, isn’t too happy about her either, being fiercely determined to hold on to his prince against the hated rival he had already driven away from his lover’s side. But since life has the strange habit of surprising people, the lovers will be forced to take her along with them on a journey that will test their limits, particularly in Book 2 The Game where they’ll have to play masters or slaves in a vortex of sexual commands and passionate submissions. And even if with Duncan, Chris and Ylianor it’s easy to guess who will play what, the far reaching consequences of their game will change their lives, and that of their world, forever. Then in Book 3 The Festival everything comes together, the responsibilities and the relationships finally falling into place thanks to their new awareness of what their world is all about. And if the secret is to be as one whilst still remaining three…well, it’s something they’ll have to explore further in Book 4 The Leader, coming later 2010, with more exciting developments, twists and turns in and out of bed.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

First of all, it’s been a pleasure to be here with you. When I started out on this writing adventure, I had no idea it would involve such an extended social context, even if only through the Internet, until I realized there’s a whole world out there just hungering for news. And I’ve met such nice, incredible, gifted, lucky people out there that I’m glad I got into writing if for nothing else, to have the chance to meet them. So thank you, Karen, for this ulterior opportunity to reach more wonderful people and here’s where you can find me:

My Pages

Website www.lallagatta.com

GoodReads Author Page http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2903352.Laura_Tolomei

Amazon Author Page

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002DBFPDQ

Authors Island

http://www.authorisland.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=shop.flypage&product_id=874&category_id=27&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44

Whiskey Torrid Publishing Author Page

http://whiskeycreekpresstorrid.com/authors/Laura_Tolomei.shtml

Coffee Time Romance feature page

http://www.coffeetimeromance.com/OurAuthors/LauraTolomei.html

Authors Den http://www.authorsden.com/visit/author.asp?authorid=93230,

Biblio Scribe

http://www.biblioscribe.com/profiles/LallaGatta/

Networking

MySpace

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=152533159

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1464230924#!/profile.php?id=1554716201&ref=nf

Twitter http://twitter.com/LallaGatta

Goodreads Friendship requests

http://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1025370-laura-tolomei

Gay Starta http://www.bebo.com/c/home/index.html

The Blood Bank (Bitten by Books)

http://bittenbybooks.ning.com/profile/LauraTolomei

Erotic Romance Writers & Readers

http://eroticromance.ning.com/profile/LauraTolomei

Here under is book info and PG-13 excerpt

Tasting Leon’s Mark

GENRE: Contemporary

THEMES: GLBT, Gay, Ménage, Paranormal, m/m, m/f, m/m/f

ISBN 978-1-60313-690-7

RATING: Erotic, Controversial

RELEASE DATE: April 15th, 2010

PUBLISHER: Whiskey Creek Press Torrid http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/

BLURB

The world is full of hunters and their prey. But some prey can become hunters themselves while others have hidden claws. And surrender isn’t necessarily the loser’s choice. Surprisingly, it can turn out to create new connections or balance pre-existing ones.

So will Sean accept anything for another taste of Leon?

BUY LINKS

Publisher Whiskey Creek Press Torrid

http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com/torrid/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=499&zenid=47c5e836051ffbe648cdd24366b03fdf

Amazon Kindle

http://www.amazon.com/Tasting-Leons-Mark-ebook/dp/B003HV0TVO/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&m=A3KSZ402CI2EG1&s=digital-text&qid=1281133657&sr=8-9

ARE – All Romance Ebooks

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Fictionwise

http://www.fictionwise.com/ebooks/b108523/Tasting-Leons-Mark/Laura-Tolomei/?si=0

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http://www.ebookwise.com/ebooks/b108523/Tasting-Leons-Mark/Laura-Tolomei/?si=43

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PG EXCERPT

Leon grinned. “I’m glad to know I was right all along.” He reached to touch his prey’s limp cock. “Your reactions were surprising to say the least.”

“For me, too.” The blond beauty took a deep breath. “I’ve always believed women didn’t attract me. When I saw them half-naked at the beach or on magazines, I didn’t feel anything, physically I mean. When I see a man, instead, every sense becomes alert, my mind starts picturing sex with him, even if I don’t like him that much. This has never happened with a woman.”

“If it makes you feel better, it didn’t this time either. You liked one woman, which doesn’t mean you have to like them all. Like me, I only feel something for you, not for men in general.”

The blond beauty was silent for a while. “Maybe you’re right, but I don’t know—”

Leon forced him to turn around and look straight into his eyes. “You’re just worried you’ll lose your gay identity if you admit you like a woman. But I know you’re much too intelligent to let generalizations blind you. Gay doesn’t define you. It simply limits your choices. You’re a person, first of all, who happens to have his own particular tastes, which should never, ever become a label.”

The dazzling blue eyes flashed in anger. “Funny of you to talk like this since you’re the first to deny our relationship, afraid to let people know you’re doing it with a man.”

Leon searched the beautiful face for a moment. “You’re right, it’s my problem, too. If I haven’t told anyone, except Janet—”

“The Kitty?”

Leon grinned at the appellative. “Right. I guess in a way I have the same problem, as if by admitting I liked you, I was denying what I always felt was my heterosexual nature.”

“That’s what defines us, lover.”

“Well, it shouldn’t because we miss out on life’s infinite possibilities. And we, above anyone else, should make it true for our current lives since we denied it in our previous ones.”

Leon searched the beautiful face for a moment. “You’re right, it’s my problem, too. I guess in a way I think along the same exclusive lines as if fucking one gender automatically excludes the other, as if by admitting I like you, I denied my heterosexual nature.”

“That’s what defines us, lover.”

“Well, it shouldn’t because we miss out on life’s infinite possibilities. And we, above anyone else, should make it true for our current lives since we spurned it in our previous ones.”

Monday, September 20, 2010

Interview with Jacqueline Paige


Paranormal Romance Author, Jacqueline Paige is here today tell us about her Hidden Senses Trilogy. Let's give her a warm welcome.


*Contest: Info below.


Why don’t you start with telling us a little about yourself?

I am a mother to five, but thankfully they are all at least half grown or more now. I also manage a café/eatery for a franchise corporation. (I have a never ending supply of coffees, lattes and cake!)

When I’m not doing all of the above, I write and read with each spare second I can squeeze out of my life.


Tell us how your tales differ from other paranormal romances.

I don’t follow the most popular in the genre, I like to mix it up a bit. I prefer witch stories, and no, not the scary cackling witches. My witches could walk right by you on the street and you’d never know it. Also outside of the popular category I’ve written a pirate ghost story, a curse story (actually come to think of it more than one story of mine involve a curse or two)


Mystic Perceptions is your new release. Tell us a about your heroine, Jacinda Brown and the ability she wishes to keep secret.

Jacinda (Jac) is one of my favorite heroines. She a bit older than the perfect twenty something age, she’s not naïve and may be a bit sassy with a touch of temper, but I think she’s allowed that and more with the lonely life she’s had to live all because she’s a little different than the rest of us.


Jac has a special gift that she doesn’t want and because of it she can’t touch others in case they’re not feeling happy thoughts. She can feel emotions that other people are having and if she’s not extremely careful with whom she comes in contact with she could end up very ill or possibly unconscious. The worst part to this is it’s not just people that this happens with, but sometimes objects too.

If I were her I’d probably live in a sealed house and never go out in public again.


Tell us about your hero, Reid Merrit. What’s he like? Is he your dream man conjured from your imagination or is he someone you know or a combination of both?

I’m not sure where Reid came from, or his personality. He reminds me of a cowboy, even though he’s a Detective in the city. I do know he’s not my dream man. He’s quiet and a little too moody for me. He does however have a quality that Jac finds quite appealing. With his job he deals with a lot of things most people would never be able to handle or would just like to forget they ever knew and from this he is able to turn off his emotions and only let what he wants to be known.


Mystic Perceptions is the first book in the Hidden Senses Trilogy, what other stories are in the works for this fascinating series?

The second story in the Trilogy is Dream Visions. In Dream Visions Felicity Dante also has an ability that isolates her from a leading a normal life. She often goes into almost a trans like state while visions overtake her and she becomes someone else, somewhere that is reaching out for help.


Do you use pictures to help inspire you when you write?

I have used the odd picture from time to time, but not very often. Music is my key when I’m writing. I have been accused to use it only to drown out the kids, but that’s not it at all. When I’m having trouble finding an emotion I need a character to take on I’ll play the music that brings me that emotion and puts me into the frame of mind I need to be in.


What is your favorite reference book and why?

For all of my writing I would have to say a thesaurus, for those times when I really don’t want to use the same word over and over again and the word is right there on the edge of my brain but I can’t get it out.


For my writing with witches involved or magic, I quite often use a crystal and stone reference book.


What are your current projects and works in progress?

Presently I am completely wrapped up in a new Trilogy I’m writing. The Animal Trilogy. The first story (Heart) was close to complete and I’m not sure why even now but I decided one day to re-write the entire manuscript in the first person point of view. This is the first attempt in this point of view for me and it’s been challenging but I like the end result much more. Hopefully in the near future I will have some good news in relation to this.

I also have two more books coming out in the next six months, Salvation (my pirate ghost) and Twice Cursed. The third story in the Magic Seasons series has just been contracted as well, so I will hopefully have a date shortly on when everyone can read Steven and Rachel’s story.


Tell the readers where they can find you:

http://jacqpaige.webs.com/

http://jacqpaige.blogspot.com/

The links for the various sites (fictionwise, amazon etc…) are on my website.

Mystic Perceptions Blurb:

Jacinda Brown keeps to her safe existence doing investigative research, avoiding people and places with people. To most, it appears she has a normal life; blending completely undetected in her lonely continuation. She doesn’t investigate people; she can’t get that close. Through her hand she can feel emotions, thoughts. With a touch she can see what has been.

Unfortunately fate tosses her into a situation where her carefully guarded secret and her own conscience are at war when she finds herself working with detectives to find a killer. Jacinda clashes with the very strongly grounded detective, Reid Merritt, destiny has forced her to work with. At some point he begins to matter, making her decision harder. Will he look at her with abhorrence, like she’s some sort of freak when she’s through?

When the fifth murder happens, Jacinda makes the decision to use her gift to find the killer. She doesn’t let herself think of how she’s going to suffer afterward, the consequences that will curse her again, the chance she’ll be giving up everything and starting all over. She just thinks of finding some justice and stopping a killer.

What will be the price, this time, for the ability she doesn’t want?

Excerpt:

Jac looked around the empty parking lot. Not even sure why anyone would ever be here. She glanced back at the two men sitting in the car. They’re going to think you’re crazy. She turned and walked over to the spot that had been pointed out to her.

It wouldn’t be the first time someone thought she was crazy, she frowned at the broken asphalt ground – it probably wouldn’t be the last.

Taking a deep breath, she knelt down and placed both hands on the ground. There were glimmers of vibrations. She focused harder, nothing solid enough to grab a hold of. Moving her hands slowly, she tried a few more places.

~*~

“What is she doing?” Reid growled.

Brent shrugged. “I’m not sure.” He looked over in the direction she was looking. “Does she see something in the field?”

Reid frowned. “Maybe.”

Brent looked away from her and studied his partner. “Why exactly are we doing this again?”

Reid rubbed his forehead quickly, and then glanced back to her. “Because we’re out of ideas – and she has looked at the same things we’ve looked at all along and come up with something to follow every time.”

Brent nodded and turned back to look at her. “She’s presently looking at an empty field, surrounded by nothing – pretty sure she’s seeing the same thing we did here.” She was walking slowly back towards them. “Why do we have to wait in the car?”

Reid shook his head. “I don’t know.”

Both men swung around in their seat and looked at her when she got in the back seat. She smiled. “Next.”

Brent gave Reid a scoffing look as he turned back around.

Now for the Contest: Follow Jacqueline Paige
http://jacqpaige.webs.com/ at her blog to win a tote bag full of prizes.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Interview with Carol North


Carol North pens tales with captivating characters that you'll think about long after you close the book and she's here today to tell us about her new release. Let's give her a warm welcome.


***Contest: Carol will be giving away one PDF copy of Eternally His as the prize today. All you have to do to be entered in the drawing is leave a comment or ask a question. For extra points, become a follower to this blog. If you're already a follower, fantastic! Just state you are a follower in the comments. Don't forget to leave your email so Carol may contact you if you should win. Good Luck!


Savannah Heat is your new release. Without giving too much away, tell us about the story.

Miss Bisque is living a hand-to-mouth existence because her deceased husband set up his estate to hide his indiscretions. Colonel Parker Hill, helps Miss Bisque become a successful artist, and teaches her about love and sex. When accused of murder, she needs more help than even the colonel can provide.

Tell us a about the heroine of the story, Miss Bisque. What is she like? Naive is the first word that comes to mind. She’s a true Southern gentlewoman, who was raised to support the males in the family. Her mama said, “A good marriage is the best retirement plan a woman can have.” Miss Bisque’s late husband proved mama wrong by setting up his estate so only a pittance was doled out to his widow. The rest was set up to prevent her and anyone else from learning about his secret life.


Tell us about Colonel Parker Hill? What kind of man is he?

Hot! But a gentleman about it. The colonel lost a leg in Desert Storm. He owes his life to a female soldier who died taking fire meant for him. Consequently, he loves women. Perhaps, he loves too many women, which is the reason for his nickname “The Casanova of Savannah.”

I love the nickname!


What is his first impression of Miss Bisque? What’s Miss Bisque’s first impression of the Colonel?

She walks in on him kissing the neck of a much younger woman, and thinks he’s a womanizer.


The colonel is embarrassed about being caught in a compromising situation, but recognizes Miss Bisque’s talent and wants to help her.


What inspired you to write about a murder?

Surviving the experience was the best way in which Miss Bisque could prove she’s now a strong and powerful woman. The murder is a symbolic killing of negative beliefs.


How much research went into writing Savannah Heat?

Savannah Heat was inspired by a problem I encountered. It had to do with the way some daughters, sisters, and females in general are treated as less valuable than males. I told several girlfriends who admitted having similar problems. Smelling a story, I interviewed every woman who’d talk with me to isolate recurring challenges, then gave all of them to Miss Bisque to rise above. Maybe I wrote Savannah Heat to make sense of my own experience and to overcome negative attitudes placed on women.


Strange thing is—men love the story. I’ve had many gushing reviews from males. (Is it the sensual scenes they like?) It would be interesting to ask them. :)


Do you have a favorite research book or website?

Not really. I’m all over the internet when I research. I purchase used copies of important research books from Amazon. That’s quite a cost savings.


My current work in progress is a historical spanning four decades. Wow! That requires a lot of research.


You’ve also written a ghost story, Eternally His. (By the way, I loved this story!) Do you believe in ghosts? Have you ever seen one?

Karen, thanks for the kind words about Eternally His, which takes place in a haunted bridal salon. A copy of the eBook is the prize in a drawing from among those leaving a comment on this blog.


To my knowledge, I haven’t seen a ghost. Good thing, because I’d be screaming-scared if I did. I do believe in ghosts; one of my favorite TV shows is the “Ghosthunters.” That’s as close as I ever want to get to a ghost.


What are your current projects and works in progress?

My major work-in-progress is Little Dove, a historical novel. It opens with a young girl being displaced from her family and country because of a revolution.

Another project is the second in a “Goddess” series of novellas. The first, “Gifts for the Goddess,” will be released by eTreasures Publishing in September.


Tell the readers where they can find you:

· Web site: http://carolnorth.com

· YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/caroljnorth

· Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/people/Carol-North/845552961

Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

Thank you to everyone who reads my books.

Also, I’d like to invite everyone to my web site to enter drawings and download and request free stuff. Go to www.carolnorth.com. Click on the Stories and Fun Stuff links at the top of the page.

Don’t forget to add an excerpt, links to buy the book, etc.

Savannah Heat and my other books can be purchased at the following link:

http://carolnorth.com/order-books.htm


An adult, but not erotic, excerpt:

Savannah Heat

Miss Bisque Buys Necessities

I took only one break from painting, and went to a drugstore in a neighboring town where no one knew me. I dressed in jeans and an old blouse, covered my hair with a gardening hat, and put on sunglasses. Then drove thirty-five miles to Hinesville and found a drugstore.

Trying to appear confident, I straightened my back and walked up and down the aisles looking for the condoms. Yes, condoms. Several store clerks asked if they could help me. I politely replied "no" to all offers.

By the end of the first, and fruitless, search through the store, I felt perspiration running down my sides and wetting my blouse. My head ached with doubts. Was I being a conceited ass? Was I arrogant to think a woman of my age could be desirable to a man of the colonel's stature? Yes, I was conceited and arrogant, I told myself.

Thinking my hopes were false, I turned toward the exit door. Before I could take two steps, I recalled the gossip about the colonel, about him bedding anything in a skirt, and went back to searching for condoms. I wondered if the colonel always had a condom in his pocket and I was needlessly experiencing all this humiliation. Then decided I needed to have a stock of condoms for future use. If the colonel didn't become my lover, surely someone else would.

On my second search through the store, I found the condoms in a locked cabinet between the athlete's foot creams and the elastic bandages. I stood staring at the packages behind the glass, and felt my cheeks color.

A clerk, she looked young, I guessed twenty-five, walked into the aisle and stood beside me. "Can I help you?" she asked.

After a pause and clearing my throat, I said, "Yes. I'd like to buy some...condoms." I heard the jingle of keys and stepped aside so she could open the case, taking care to turn my face away from her.

"What kind?"

"Kind?"

"Lubricated?"

Lubricated? Being I hadn't had sex in years, lubrication was probably necessary. "Yes, lubricated, please." I felt my cheeks burning with embarrassment.

"Do you want a color?"

Color? Did she mean like red or blue? I imagined a man's erect organ encased in a fire-engine red condom. "Skin color would be nice."

"Okay. What size?"

Size? I recalled the colonel's dark blue jeans with the part over his privates rubbed a pale blue. It appeared large to me, but then I had no experience in the size of men's privates. "Ah..."

"Medium is our biggest seller."

"Yes. A happy medium."

"How many? There are three in a package."

Since I never wanted to have to buy condoms again, I said, "A dozen packages, please."

"Oh..." She sounded surprised. "One...two..." The clerk counted the packages as she handed them to me. "Six."

A package fell to the floor. I picked it up.

"You should have a buggy. I'll get one." The clerk turned and soon returned with the buggy. She dropped six more condom packages into it. "Have a nice day." She smirked and walked away.

I dropped my six packages into the buggy, purchased all twelve packages and two romance novels with cash, then drove home.

***

In closing:

Karen:

Thank you so much for this opportunity to discuss my books on your busy blog. I greatly appreciate it. And many thanks to the visitors to the blog.

Carol North


It's been a pleasure having you here! I wish you well in all you do.


Friday, September 10, 2010

Blog Fest 2010

BlogFest 2010

It's Time to Play the Blog Hopping Game!

Don't forget about the massive BlogFest 2010 grand giveaway! Head on over to http://ajourneyofbooks.halfzero.net/ and click on the Tracking Site link to head to our own exclusive tracking site. Once there you can register with a valid email address (to be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winner). This site will allow you to track your progress through BlogFest 2010! You can log on from anywhere at any time and continue where you left off. The best part is that every blog that you visit and mark off through this tracking site will give you one entry into the massive giveaway! We have a great collection of books, goodies and other swag that is looking for a new home!
Link to the next blog: Rae Summers

The link for the tracking site: http://www.ajourneyofbooks.com/blogfest/
My giveaway: An Autograph copy of Eli:Warriors for the Light to one Lucky winner. Everyone who follows my blog and leaves a comment will have a chance to win.


Monday, September 6, 2010

Interview with Amylynn Bright




Amylynn Bright weaves tales about a handsome pirate on the high sea and takes you to heaven with her Archangel romance. Let's give her a warm welcome.


***Contest:

Amylynn will be giving away a free copy of one of her books in a random drawing (the winner's choice). All you have to do to enter is leave a comment or ask a question. Don't forget to leave your email so Amylynn may contact you if you should win. Good Luck!

Tell us a little about yourself (Bio.) Amylynn Bright was reading well before kindergarten and has had a book in her hands ever since. In fact, she once swallowed a bug while walking home from school because she was too busy reading.

The natural progression from reading to writing began with the completion of her first novel, The Lonely Crayon, in the third grade. A poignant character drama of the white crayon, it won first place in a school competition. With novel-writing firmly in her grasp, she evolved to writing screen plays to entertain her girl-scout troop, and advanced to a soap-opera worthy drama in high school.

Amylynn was sure that her masterful theatrical skills would translate into a Hollywood career, so she entered film school and wrote several screen plays which are safely tucked away where no one will ever see them until she’s dead. She also enjoyed writing murder mystery scripts for a theater company, but was somehow unfulfilled when the characters constantly ended up dead.

She’s dabbled in horror (the endings are happy but gory), poetry (for about twenty minutes on a particularly angst-filled day in her teens), suspense (much too difficult), children’s books and, laughably, music lyrics.

One day, a dear friend handed Amylynn a romance novel and told her to read it. The literary snob in her rebelled, but thanks to an exceptionally long stop light, she picked it up and angels sang. Thanks to Julia Quinn, Amylynn fell in love, so to speak, with romance. She has read approximately 564,493 romance novels since that fated stop light moment and figured she’d give romance writing a go.

….And they all lived happily ever after

I love angel stories and was thrilled to find out you’ve written one. Out of Heaven is about the Archangel Gabriel and his love for a human woman. Why is Gabriel intrigued with a human? What draws him to her? Tell us about the heroine. Is it love at first sight for her? Gabriel and this woman have been in love for literally eons. When she’s in the spirit world they can be together but, she leaves him often to lead human lives. Gabriel yearns for the opportunity to live one human life with her. That’s where this story begins. I’m not sure if it’s love at first sight for Jane, but it’s certainly lust at first sight.


Will you write another angel story in the future? I haven’t considered another angel story, but nothing is outside with realm of possibility.


Pirates are another personal favorite. In The Sea Rose, Roselyn’s fiancé is a minister. What are Roselyn’s first thoughts upon meeting a pirate? I believe her very first thought was “Holy Cow, he’s hot!” or perhaps something a little more 1700 English. Roselyn’s fiancé is a jerk. The pirate is not. Yet, she is still engaged….


Handsome Jack—hmm, the name probably says it all, but tell us anyway what the hero of this story looks like. (Make us long for the sea.) What’s Jack’s first impression of Roselyn? Jack is everything that is tall, dark, handsome and naughty. Unfortunately, his first impression of Roselyn is of a drowned rat since he rescues her from a life boat after a terrible storm. The good news is, she cleans up well.



So you’re a TV celebrity now. Tell us how your interview with Meeting the Writers went? HA! The next blog post told of how I was saved at the 11th hour. The cable access program was cancelled due to lack of funds. We didn’t find out until we had driven all the way down there. I’ve never felt more relieved. Seriously.


Oh, no. I'm so sorry you made the drive for nothing. I wouldn't have been too pleased. It was there loss. You're the star of the show today!!!


What do you find most rewarding about writing? I love creating the setting and the story and playing God with my characters. It’s outrageously fun.


Are there any new writers that have grasped your interest? There are always new writers to be found. Right now, I’m reading a lot of Karen Hawkins and Sabrina Jeffries. Julia Quinn is my all time favorite historical writer.


What are your current projects and works in progress? Right now, my agent is preparing to send my first novel out to editors. In order to keep my anxiety level down and to keep myself from harassing her constantly for updates, I’m writing the sequel to that book. They are both set in Regency England – my favorite historical era.


Tell the readers where they can find you: Both of my novellas can be found at: www.wickedinkpress.com.


Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers? Come read me. My books are funny and hot and a good time.


Amylynn's blog: www.thequillsisters.com is where you’ll find me daily. I try to post every day. Website is www.amylynnbright.com.


Excerpt for Out of Heaven:

The instant he left her, a screaming infant under the bright lights in a modern hospital room, he return and demanded an interview with Michael.


"I'm going. You know the love I have with her is different. One life is all I want. I have watched her leave me and return for eons, and this time I'm going whether you approve or not."


Michael studied Gabriel. "Oh Gabriel ….Why do you want to go? Humans are only mortal. They are lesser beings than our kind."


"As you say," Gabriel nodded, "but, humans are also more than you give them credit for.

Otherwise, she would not be compelled to return back there, especially not after the last horrid life. Why would a soul willfully return to pain unless the passion is more than you or I can imagine?"


Michael deliberated. Gabriel spoke with such ferocity, making it difficult not to consider his request and, being a warrior himself, Michael could appreciate his friend putting up a fight for what he wanted. Michael sat forward in his chair, steepled his fingers, and gazed at the other Archangel.


“What you ask is too dangerous, Gabriel.” Michael shook his head. “There’s no way to predict what could happen. Once they hear you’re down there . . . we couldn’t protect you.”


“I’m willing to accept the risk.”


“I’m glad to hear you are, but I’m not sure I want to accept the risks with you.”


Gabriel sighed in frustration. “Please allow me the chance. Just one life with her. I want to hold her with my arms and make love to her the way mortal men can."


After a long silence, Michael sat back in his chair, his polished armor gleaming in the ethereal light from the Astral Plane, and nodded. "One life. But, due to the risks, there will be rules and conditions."


"Anything."


"You have one earth cycle to entice the mortal woman to fall in love with you, true love. And you may not reveal your identity to her under any circumstances." Michael paused, probably for effect. He was not only the most powerful Archangel, but also the most dramatic. He stood and sheathed his massive sword. "If you fail, you will immediately return to the Akasha and there will be no other similar opportunity." His tone didn't allow for negotiation.


Only twenty-four hours. That amount of time would have to be enough time. "Thank you,


Michael," he told the retreating warrior.


"God speed," Michael called over his shoulder. "And good luck."