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Me, myself, and I

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Alice Gaines here. Dawn told me I could talk about whatever I wanted, so I thought I'd discuss my favorite subjects - me, myself, and I. Better yet, let's have them introduce themselves.

Myself: Good morning, or afternoon, depending on where you are.
Me: Aren't you getting all cute and geographical?
I: Starting out with the attitude already, eh?

Me: I see you're your usual snooty self.
Myself: Stop it, you two.

I: She started it.
Me: Mom liked you best.
Myself: No Smothers Brothers! You're dating us. Settle down. We're supposed to be talking about our two latest releases. I, why don't you go first?
Me: Yawn.
Myself: (Glares at both of them.)

I: Thank you. (Looks down her nose at Me.) My story is To Touch a Woman. It's in the series Three Kinds of Wicked from Red Sage Publishing.

My hero and heroine, Edward and Margaret Sinclair, are deeply in love with each other, but their marriage is in serious trouble. As good Victorians, neither of them learned anything about t…

WRITER'S WRITE...WRITING PARTNERS FEUD

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NURSERY HAM ON RHY...ME
By: Angelica Hart and Zi


Reflecting back on the period of time when we were writing KILLER DOLLS I recall during a Lamestorming session proposing something much like the following. Grand ideas find their genesis in the courage to present them. Lamestorming is the process we utilize where an idea is thrown on the table to see if it is viable or lame.

A: What are you doing with your dog?
Z: Correcting a mistake. (Zi was washing and drying the top of the dog's head. Apologizing and scolding)
A: Mistake? (Angelica looked perplexed)
Z: Unbeknownst to me the curious pup followed me into the bathroom and while I was splashing porcelain she put her head between my legs and well... thus the need for her cleansing.
A: Ick!!
Z: What about the story I left for you to read?
A: That was a ton of purple prose. Says nothing. Adds nothing. Just fills space.
Z: But I like it.
A: I like my date book but I would not try to publish it.
Z: Let me read it out loud to you. My great voice and…

Meet Author Allison Knight

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Tell us about your latest book/upcoming releases. Is it part of a series and if so, can we read it as a standalone or do we need to read the others in the series first? On the 5th of March, the second book of a Gothic Romance series will be available. This has no connection to the other books of the series, so it's a stay alone and a short to boot.  Only 20,000 words, or about 5 chapters. It's follows the theme of the series. Shadowed Hearts. It's a traditional gothic written in the first person, with the poor orphaned heroine. I won't say more, except this one has a supernatural being in the story, spelled a real for-sure ghost!  Maybe.  What makes a good book to you? Story? Characters? Exotic locations? I A good book to me has to have several characteristic. First, I have to care about the characters. There have to be something terrible wrong right at the beginning of the story. Locations are not that important but woo to the author if the story doesn't …

Meet Author Mychael Black

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Tell us about your latest book/upcoming releases. Is it part of a series and if so, can we read it as a standalone or do we need to read the others in the series first?
My latest release is The Lost Son, and it’s book 1 in the Secrets of Socendor series. It was previously published with another publisher, but I expanded and revised it for Samhain. It’s no secret that fantasy is my first literary love, and The Lost Son is my first full foray into the genre. It just happens to include gay men as the heroes.

What makes a good book to you? Story? Characters? Exotic locations?
All of the above, really. Though, if I HAD to pick one, I’d have to say characters. I have to feel for the characters in order to keep reading.
What's your favorite pizza toppings?
Hm, well, Papa John’s Pizza has this AWESOME BBQ Chicken & Bacon pizza that’s to die for.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done to one of your characters?
LOL Killed him. Of course, he’s an angel, so he came back, but at the time, it w…

Of Puppies and Publishing

For those of you following my blog or social networks, you know that in less than a month The Vampire Hunters will be published. It’s an exciting time. Reading the proofs and seeing how my book will look when published. Working with the publisher on drafting the cover art for the book, and anxiously waiting to see the final result. Enjoying the sense of anticipation of having a dream come true.

Coming to the grips with the harsh reality that getting published was the easy part.

The entire experience reminds me of when my school friend wanted nothing more than a puppy for his birthday.  He begged and pleaded, promised and cajoled, and hoped against hope. And on his birthday, he finally received his four-legged friend with those big brown eyes looking up longingly at him. He had finally obtained what he dreamed of for so long.

That’s when he realized there’s a lot of responsibility that goes along with that puppy. The puppy whined all night. It needed to be walked. It needed to be train…

Getting to know Author Christine McKay

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I’m a pretty demanding reader. I want heart-stopping action, authentic characters, well-rounded villains, and tear-jerking romance. I want to learn and I want anything that is written as a fact to really be a fact (or to be so farfetched I know it can’t possibly be a fact). A bay horse, for instance, better be brown with black points and not palomino, chestnut, pinto or something in between, though if it’s a unicorn, it’s your call as to what is an acceptable color. Get my point? If the hero or heroine is shooting a gun of some sort, unless it’s a prototype, you better count your casings ‘cause I know how many most clips can hold (and if I don’t, one of the men in my life does).
After studying those demands, you can envision a writer developing socially unfriendly stress habitstrying to meet them.
Luckily or unluckily I write. A lot. Nonfiction. Technical documents. Fiction…and more specifically romance. Odd combination? You wouldn’t be the first to tell me such. AndI hold myself to tho…

WRITERS WRITE... WRITING PARTNERS FEUD

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THE CLICHÉ TOUCHÉ
By: Angelica Hart and Zi


Z: All work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy. (Zi drank from his Big Dog mug, placed it on the desk, looked at it, looked at Angelica) Woof!
A: All's fair in love and war. Work can be war. Work. (She wagged that finger much like a dog did its tail... Zi would have preferred the wag of the tail... the dog's tail)
Z: So you are a proponent of all's well that ends well? (Avoiding the return to writing using diversion tactics of a great military mind he tried to engage her in conversation)
A: Attitude is determined by attitude. (Wicked eyes ripped from her desk to his, shredding dust moats)
Z: (Zi thought... poor little moats... mean Angelica... what bit her) So you want an arm and a leg? (Considering he felt she was bit by it-is-time-to-be-serious bug... and the bite had swollen enflamed ugly... so ugly Zi wanted to flee fearing a volcanic eruption of whipping and scolding... and get a witch doctor to exorcise her demons)
A: Oh, that&#…

Meet author Victoria Roder

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Were you an avid reader as a child? What type of books did you enjoy reading?      Sounds messed up, but I did a lot of babysitting and would read Stephen King after the kids were all tucked in, and the house was quiet, except for evening sounds.  At least I attempted to reassure myself it was just creaking boards and the howling wind.   
Tell us a bit about your latest book, and what inspired you to write such a story. Bolt Action releases in April 2010 from www.champagnebooks.com Secrets of the past, murder, mystery, revenge, deception, sexual tension, and the “State Quarter Killer”; Bolt Action offers it all.  In my Action Thriller, Bolt Action, Detective Leslie Bolt is a tough talking, gun hording, motorcycle riding investigator with as much insecurity as the rest of us.  After a childhood of abuse suffered at the hands of her father, Leslie stashes a collection of pistols, revolvers, and even keeps a Browning A-Bolt Stalker Rifle in her broom closet.  She is stand-offish and down ri…

Chatting with author Eve Summers

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SWEET OR SPICY?

Do you like your romance sweet or spicy? Eve Summers, published by Red Rose Publishing, offers a choice of both. Today, we will talk about her latest 'sweet' offering, Like A Virgin. This short e-book tells the story of Aurora, a school teacher so bored with her everyday personna that she chooses to spice up her avatar for an online dating site. But when the man of her dreams suggests a face-to-face date, Aurora shies away from skydiving....

EXCERPT:

The limousine --gosh, a limousine! -- was already waiting, door open. Aurora slipped in with the ease of a true Bond girl and looked at her Dream Mate.

The rich brown skin was mesmerizing against the creamy leather of the seats. His shoulders looked broader than in the photos, his eyes naughtier, the inside of his masculine lips vulnerably pink and totally irresistible.

"Hello there, stranger."

Aurora couldn't get a word out. Stop talking and kiss me already, her mind suddenly capable of operating on …

Why Horror?

My apologies for not blogging the past few weeks. Recently my life has been a perfect storm of distractions. Between new car hunting, all the work necessary in preparation for getting the first novel published, and shoveling out from Snowmeggedon (the name given to the three blizzards that pummeled northern Virginia in less than two weeks, dropping almost six feet of snow on us), I’ve been too preoccupied to think much about blogs. That’s all behind me now, so it’s back to the writing trenches.

This weekend saw the premier of the much anticipated re-imaging of the Universal classic The Wolfman. The movie has received plenty of publicity, not only in fan magazines and horror blogs, but even within the more traditional entertainment media that normally shuns such movies. The Wolfman follows on the heels of Zombieland, another horror movie that received a lot of mainstream attention.

Not that I’m complaining. For Monster Kids like myself, the more mainstream horror becomes in Hollywood …

Getting to know author Jeanne St. James

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Did you always want to become a writer?

As long as I can remember, I’ve loved to write. I don’t remember when I decided that I wanted to become published.

What is the most and the least interesting fact about writing?

The most interesting, in my opinion, is that writing is NOT as easy as some people think. I love when someone finds out that I write and they say “Oh, I want to write a memoir.” Really? You better make sure your life is really, really, really interesting! The least interesting fact is that once you are contracted there is still a lot of work to be done: editing, proofing, revisions, not to mention promoting. The work isn’t done when you write “the end.”

How did you celebrate your first release?

I really didn’t. I started working on my second and third right away. Once I released I could be published I was determined to go full speed ahead. I ended up having three contracts within a six month period, and then those three books came out within 5 months of each other.

Do you p…