Monday, April 25, 2011

Interview with Megan Grooms


Debut author, Megan Grooms is here today to tell us about her new release, Finding Samantha. Please give her a warm welcome.

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Let's start out with you telling the readers a little about yourself:

Well my name is Megan Grooms. I grew up in a small town in Maine and moved to North Carolina about 6 years ago with my husband AJ who’s a Marine. We have four dogs and three cats. I work at an animal hospital during the day and write at night.

What inspired you to write Finding Samantha?

I’ve always loved horses and thought living on a ranch would be a great, this was my way of making that happen. I enjoy writing my characters and get so caught up in their lives it’s like I’m living it with them.

Tell the readers about Samantha. What inspired her to move to Rolling Hills Ranch? What is her first impression of Luke?

Samantha is tall, thin, has long brown hair and brown eyes. She has a dog named Zeus that is always with her and is her best friend. She was a police officer with her husband in New York City. He was killed on the job and two years later she isn’t over the death. Needing a change, she decides so go back to what she loves, horses. Rolling Hills was the first ranch to hire her. She is very attracted to Luke right way but is torn, feeling like she shouldn’t love anyone after her husband.

Tell the readers about Luke. What does he look like? What kind of man is he? What is his first impression when he meets Samantha?

Luke’s had trouble of his own in the romance department. Very worried that a woman will break his heart again, he hasn’t gone out with anyone. He wears a cowboy hat and boots. He’s tall and muscular, has black hair and blue eyes. Luke is a sweet guy. He wants to take care of those he loves. He works hard for a living and enjoys it. He cares for the horses and loves working with them. He finds Samantha attractive right away and quickly realizes that he’s willing to put himself out there again for her.

What are your current projects and works in progress?

Well, I have two short stories that are being edited for publication, first being Hestia’s Vacation the other is called Handsome Stranger. The next book for Rolling Hill is being written right now. It’s going to follow John. Each man on the ranch is going to have his own book.

What genre inspires your writing?

I read all different genres actually. I never really read romance until Cara North opened me up to a new world of books that I now love. I enjoy urban fantasy the most I think. Jacqueline Frank and Jeaniene Frost are two of my favorites and I have my own urban fantasy that I have been working on writing. I’m focusing on Rolling Hills at the moment, however.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

I am on Facebook under Megan Grooms. Twitter is @groomsbooks my website is http://groomsbooks.wordpress.com/ there you can actually read a sample of Finding Samantha and my two short stories. I’m also on Goodreads as an author and Finding Samantha has a review if anyone needs more feedback before reading the book. If anyone has any questions or comments I can be reached at groomsbooks@yahoo.com I enjoy hearing from everyone so shoot me an email.

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

I enjoyed writing Finding Samantha and I hope everyone enjoys reading it. There is nothing more inspiring to me than to hear someone talk about my book and my characters and how much they love them. I get to enjoy the Rolling Hills crew all the time with their stories in my head. Hearing other people enjoy them makes me want to write it down so that they can share in the love, laughter, and sometimes a little heartache.

Megan, thank you so much for being here today. I wish you the best with your books.


Friday, April 22, 2011

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Interview with Claire Ashgrove


Claire Ashgrove is the author of dark, sexy and timeless romances. She's here today to tell us about her new release, Waiting for Yes. She'll also share with us why the book cover is extra special to her. Let's give her a warm welcome!

** There will be a drawing today! Claire will be giving away a signed copy of her new release, Waiting for Yes! Read on and find out what you need to do. I promise, it's really easy. :)

Hi, Karen – thanks for having me here today!

First of all, tell the readers about yourself.

I’m going to give you the official bio because, while talking about my books is fun, talking about me – not so much!

Claire Ashgrove has been writing since her early teens and maintained the hobby for twenty years before deciding to leap into the professional world. Her first contemporary novel, Seduction's Stakes, sold to The Wild Rose Press in 2008, where she continues to write steamy, sexy stories for the Champagne line. Adding to these critically acclaimed contemporaries, Claire’s paranormal romance series about the Immortal Knights Templar will debut in January 2012 through Tor. For those who prefer the more erotic side of romance, she also writes under the pen name Tori St. Claire for Berkley Heat.

Claire lives on a small farm in Missouri with her two toddler sons, fifteen horses, four cats, and five dogs. In her “free” time, she enjoys cooking, winning at Rummy, studying Ancient Civilizations, and spending quiet moments with her family, including the critters.

Without giving too much away, tell us about your upcoming release, Waiting for Yes. What inspired the story?

Waiting For Yes, is one of those life-experience twists. I’ve raised Arabians, Thoroughbreds and Oldenburgs for several years, and my Straight Egyptian Arabian stallion was such a wonderful inspiration I wanted to plot something that related to him. I’d also done horse racing, and to a degree general breeding, in novels, and wanted something a little different. So I pulled on my background in showing Arabians, combined a few dreams, and… voila! And I even managed to land my stallion’s face on the cover, which really made the story special after he passed away.

Tell us about Gabrielle Warrenton. What is her dream and what made her decide to pursue it? When she first meets Jake Lindsey-Sullivan what does she think of him?

Gabrielle grew up in Arabians. Only, her father focused on Polish Arabians, and Gabrielle was enchanted with the Straight Egyptians. Tired of being under her father’s thumb and controlled, she struck out on her own to see her dream of establishing a premiere Straight Egyptian Arabian breeding program. When she meets Jake, she’s stunned by his good looks. His charm helps, and the fact he got her out of a sticky situation with an impromptu kiss doesn’t hurt at all!

Tell the readers about Jake. What does he look like? (It’s okay to make us drool. Lol) What is his first impression of Gabrielle?

Jake is tall, dark and handsome – hm. That’s not terribly interesting is it? He’s got black hair, a powerful but not over-done body, and the brightest blue eyes Gabrielle’s ever seen. He oozes confident strength.

Jake is rather spellbound by Gabrielle… until he discovers she comes from horses. Then, despite his body’s intentions, he’s convinced she’s a spoiled little rich girl who’s made foolish decisions that are going to get her killed. He learns… eventually. And when he does, he finds his world turned upside down and his worst nightmare coming true.

I love your website—Beautiful! I noticed you have Meet the Horses Who Inspired the Story. Tell the readers a little about this post.


Thank you very much! Hot Damn Designs did my website and I’m uber pleased with it.

Meet The Horses was something I put together to showcase the Arabian breed and those individuals I’ve had the pleasure of sharing back-breaking work, tears, and dreams with. Yes, I wanted to highlight my stallion, WDA Orion, but as I began to think how I could do this, I thought it would be a great opportunity to bring in other horses and show off the overall breed. There are several horses there who inspired those in the book, and several who flat-out inspire me.

This also started with the idea of using “real” horses in my book trailer. I can find all kinds of Arabian stock images, but it’s impossible to know, at a glance, who is Straight Egyptian, who’s not, who might be part. I put the call out to my fellow breeders asking if they’d like to put their horse in a trailer, and from there we went to the webpage. (The trailer’s available on my website too!)

What are your current projects and works in progress?

Current Projects… Well, I’m working on a multitude of things right now. I am anticipating the thumbs up to two Contemporary Novellas, and hopefully moving into edits there. One is a fun story about misunderstandings. The other is an emotional journey about a broken soldier’s Christmas homecoming.

I am also in edits for my Paranormal series about Immortal Knights Templar, which comes out through Tor in January, 2012. And my alter-ego is working on revisions for a new endeavor, an erotic romantic suspense, coming through Berkley in 2012.

As I have time, I’m working on some very short paranormal stories for The Wild Rose Press.

Anyone interested in knowing more should sign up through my website for my Newsletter! You’ll hear it first there.

What genre inspires your writing?

Nonfiction. I have little time to sit down and read cover to cover. I have a few select romance authors I follow, but even those, while I sing their praises, I find it difficult to read all the way through. So I tend to speed read so I can stay current on the series I started. If I am wanting to read, I have to be able to justify my time, so to speak, and that leads me back to nonfiction. History, Legend, and to a degree Social Sciences.

Do you have a favorite reference book or favorite website?

My favorite reference material is the History Channel International. I’ve lucked into many snippets there, which has led me into deeper research on topics. With shelves full of what’s, for the vast majority, reference material, it’s difficult to pick just one.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

My website is www.claireashgrove.com – there you can sign up for my newsletter and access my blog.

I also blog at Cascade Literary Agency and Romance Books R Us.

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

I love hearing from you. If you’ve read something you enjoy, or something’s struck your fancy, drop me a line!

To be entered in the drawing to win a print copy of Waiting for Yes, answer this question: Readers, what do you look for in a hero?

Don't forget to leave your email address so Claire may contact you if you should win. Good Luck!!

Again, Claire thank you so much for being here today!


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Monday, April 11, 2011

Interview with Mel Teshco!


I'm thrilled to have Mel Teshco here with us today. She pens tales for Ellora's Cave and Harlequin's Silhouette, Nocturne Bites. Her paranormal romances may be short stories, but they never lack in detail or depth as she draws the reader into her worlds. Please give Mel a warm welcome.


***Contest (for 18yrs or older only): Mel's been kind of enough to offer a free e-book to one lucky winner. All you have to do is answer the question at the end of the interview and you'll be entered to win. Good Luck!


Mel, why don't you start by telling us a little about yourself.

I’m a ‘life begins at 40’ mother of three girls (21,13 and 4), wife of a long suffering husband (g) – and of course, writer! I live in Australia (Queensland) on ex dairy country land, the rolling green hills of a small acreage with huge gum trees and enough room for our three horses and four cats =)

Without giving too much away, tell us about your new release, Moon Thrall.

Elyse is an almost 25 year old woman escaping from her violent ex-fiancée. She is drawn to a cabin in the vast inland of Australia, where she meets the enigmatic Dane Maddox. Despite her tormented emotions, she cannot resist him. What she doesn’t realize is not only is she a werewolf, she’s Dane’s weren—werewolf mate.

I’ll paste the book trailer : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4R8LTizr5KY

Tell us about your heroine, Elyse Wellston. What kind of woman is she? What is her first impression of Dane Maddox?

Elyse is strong—she lived with a fiancee who tried, unsuccessfully, to crush her spirit. Even so, she lives in fear of him, is aware she will need to keep a life on the run if she hopes to remain free. It’s only when she meets the gorgeous and irresistible Dane Maddox that she begins to wonder ‘what if’.

Tell us about Dane Maddox. What kind of man is he? What does he look like? It’s okay to make us drool. Lol What is his first impression when he meets Elyse?

Dane Maddox is a recluse, a very rich recluse! He’s an alpha you wouldn’t want to cross, but he’s also very fair. He has dark hair feathering to his shoulders (a little overlong...enough to run your hands through) is tall, strong and lean. He’s just…YUM! His first impression of her is in his werewolf form, so it’s pretty lustful and yearning =)

Your tale is about werewolves. Do you follow the traditional werewolf mythology or have you created your own back-story?

Being that this is a novella, I didn’t put a whole lot of focus on the werewolves back-story, just dropped little hints here and there. But no, aside from the full moon and its consequences, this is definitely not like traditional werewolf mythology.

What is a weren and what does it mean to be one?

A weren is the perfect female mate, a werewolf soul mate. But it is the weren’s responsibility to find her alpha wolf. Her beast instincts will be drawn to find him. It means a loving, lifetime commitment, something rarely found.

What do you find most rewarding about writing?

I’ve had a lot of ‘careers’ in my life and writing is definitely the only one that satisfies me on a deep level. To create new worlds, characters that readers care about, a plot that unravels and often, surprises even me—nothing out in the workforce beats that!

Do you have a favorite reference book or website?

I don’t do a lot of research, at least not until I’m in the thick of the book. As things flummox me (can’t believe I used that word LOL) I’ll use trusty google when I need to, or sometimes I’ll post a question on ROMAUS (romance writers of Australia) of which I’m a member. Or if it’s more paranormal related, I’ll post to the Darksiders blog: http://darksidedownunder.blogspot.com/ where other great speculative fiction writers are happy to help.

I occasionally (okay, more than that!) visit Brenda Hiatt’s ‘Show me the Money’ cause I like to keep track of publishers, and where I want my writing to head.

What are your current projects and works in progress?


Right now I’m close to finishing my third “Winged & Dangerous” gargoyle story. I’m also wrapping up a short novel which features three alien heroes, with a working title, Brothers of the Otherworld. I do have another shifter story ready to go, but not sure as yet where this one is headed.


You can find Mel at:

My website: http://www.melteshco.com/

My blog: http://melteshco.blogspot.com/

Lovecat blog: http://lovecatsdownunder.blogspot.com/

Darksiders blog: http://darksidedownunder.blogspot.com/

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

Thanks so much for reading my work, and I truly do appreciate each and every comment that is sent. I’m only happy people enjoy the vortex of words swirling in my head that I get to put on paper (g)

Thanks so much Karen for having me!

Buy link: http://www.jasminejade.com/p-9128-moon-thrall.aspx


Please check out her Gargoyle series, too. I loved these tales!


***Contest question: What do you love about a werewolf hero?


(PG 13) Excerpt: The werewolf sank onto his belly among the tall, brittle grass, staying motionless and ever watchful as he peered over the rim of a fissured escarpment knotted with weeds.

A log cabin some forty yards below sat smack bang in the middle of a bare paddock, scorched dry by a long gone Australian summer and a seemingly endless drought. Only a distant line of gum trees broke the desolation, framing the night sky like shadowy sentinels.

He shifted restlessly. His werewolf muscles, used to the flex and shift of a loping run, were stiff from his vigil that had seen him return here these last two nights.

Beneath his thick black pelt his skin prickled with anticipation. The waiting was the hardest. Sheer willpower alone kept him frozen in place even when he was primed to explode from the thicket of yellowed grasses. But there’d be no racing against fate.

With the moon big and fat on the horizon, soon there would be no more waiting, no more hiding.

There were no signs of life inside the cabin. No lights broke the darkness, no television screen flickered. Not even a wisp of fireplace smoke lingered in the crisp winter air.

A mortal would assume the dwelling was unoccupied. The werewolf knew better.

He slunk lower still in the tall, dry grass, whining low as his ears pricked forward, alert to the sudden movement inside the cabin.

The woman, his weren, had awakened.

Seconds later the door swung open. She appeared in the doorway, very much alone, the moonlight turning her long red-gold hair to flame.

The werewolf’s tongue slipped out, sweeping a semicircle around his whiskered muzzle.

She looked surreal in her virginal high-necked and long-sleeved sheer white dress. The full moon lit up her slender silhouette and showcased the swell of her breasts, her almost flat belly and the dark triangle of her p*** between her thighs.

A growl rumbled deep in his chest, his belly tightening.

But still he didn’t move, though he could feel the vibrations of her emotions—anxiety, confusion, lust. The latter would intensify very quickly after her change, until every other sentiment would cease to exist, cease to matter.

He had hoped she’d come to realize she wasn’t dreaming, hoped her subconscious would come to terms with her psyche long before she’d arrived here. But it was obvious she was clueless.

Most werewolf parents chose not to break the news to their children of their birthright, preferring they enjoy a normal childhood—and indeed, for a short time, adulthood—for as long as possible.

But in his experience, it was better a werewolf knew and accepted who they were well before their first complete transition on their twenty-fifth birthday. Well before the thrall of the full moon, and its sexual pull, overcame them.

Even now, unbeknownst to her, the male in him was stimulating her senses, inciting her change and a deep yearning for her wolf-mate.

His hunger for her was twofold.

He whined again, watching her stumble outside, her hands pressed to her belly. He lifted his snout, scenting the air, tasting her pheromones. Need lanced straight to his loins, turning his whine into a barely restrained howl.

But he would not approach her now. Her transition was almost upon her. The agony of change would, for a few minutes at least, override all else.

The woman abruptly flung back her head, the moonlight flooding her pale face. She spread her arms wide and laughed aloud, spinning like a top to a rhythm she had yet to understand.

His eyes narrowed, distorting the vivid abstract colors of his werewolf sight.

It was time to make himself known.

Elyse Wellston laughed again, the sound even more discordant and shrill. No surprise. She’d known these last few days she was going stir-crazy. Her emotions, already shot to pieces, had been seesawing right off the charts.

After close to five years living with a possessive, carefully masked madman, she’d chosen now to fall to pieces? She was only glad Caleb, her monster of a fiancé—ex-fiancé—hadn’t yet succeeded in tracking her down to witness her slide into insanity.

She swallowed. If she stuck to her plan, stayed solitary, invisible, she had at least half a chance to outmaneuver his far-reaching tentacles, his powerful influence.

Her belly cramped, much more painfully than what she’d experienced just minutes earlier. She bent over double. Laughter skidded into a strangled gasp, sweat beading on her forehead and upper lip. Pain, sharp and intense, exploded behind her eyes, a tunnel vision of swirling, too-brilliant colors.

Her legs collapsed beneath her and she slumped to her knees with a groan, her throat convulsing, her skin rippling.

What is happening to me?

What a excerpt! Thanks for sharing, Mel.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Interview with Julian Adorney



Today we have with us Julian Adorney. He's here today to tell us about his fascinating new release from Gypsy Shadows Publishing. Let's give him a warm welcome. Feel free to ask questions or leave a comment. He'd love to hear from you.

Good morning, Julian. Why don't you tell the readers about yourself.

I've been a writer since third grade, when I read Terry Brook’s ‘Sword of Shannara’ and decided I wanted to grow up to write epics like his. Now, I read voraciously: Terry Goodkind, Holly Lisle, and Mercedes Lackey are my three favorites right now. I write every day. When I’m not writing or reading, you can usually find me making new friends or exploring nature.

Without giving away too much, tell us about your newest release, ‘Freedom’ published by Gypsy Shadows Publishing.

‘Freedom’ was a really fun book to write. For people who don’t know, it deals with an adventurous young man (Brian) and his struggle to find his freedom and his dreams. It kind of parallels my own life and my struggle to go pro at this writing game. Of course, it also deals with issues of true love, control, and the corrosive influence of absolute power. It’s definitely my favorite story to date.

What was Brian’s first impression when he met Gloria? Love a first sight? What drew him to her?

Brian was enamored with her. Remember, she’s sweet and pretty, and she represented the kind of free-roaming lifestyle he’d dreamed of: going wherever she willed, beholden to no-one. It isn’t until later that he discovers the devil behind the mask.


What’s Gloria’s first impression of Brian?

She lusted for him, and I mean that on every level. She wanted his body, his mind, his spirit; but not in a loving way, more in an obsessive-stalker way. Throughout the story, she tries with varying success to satisfy her urges, as you’ll find out when you read it.


What inspired this fantasy short story?

I like my stories to mean something, not just be 20-page fight scenes. When I wrote ‘Freedom’, I was thinking about freedom (oddly enough) and how that – the freedom to do as we please, to stay or to go – is really what makes all our choices meaningful. What if you didn’t have that freedom? Could you truly be happy; could you truly be yourself? Then I threw in a dragon or two and I was done. J


Tell the readers where they can find you:

Manic Readers is the best place, it links to all my books and an updated bio. http://www.manicreaders.com/JulianAdorney/


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

It’s never too late to follow your dreams. If you yearn to do something, seize the day and start it now!

Readers can purchase a copy of Freedom at: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/42334

Julian, thank you so much for sharing your new release with us. I wish you the very best!