Author Spotlights by Jenny











all3booksJenny: Hi, Amber. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

Amber: I am 33 years old and have been writing since I was 11. I am married to my biggest fan, Jack (aka Billy) and we have 3 children together. I love the writing process. Growing up it was my escape from reality and it saved my life many times. Then when I met my husband, he became my hero, which sparked the light that caused my nightmare inspiring my first published book, Cursed Blood. I love doing things that are creative when I have the time. I love karaoke and yes, I can sing lol. At least everyone says I can.

Jenny: What inspired you to write your first romance?

Amber: It was actually by accident. When I wrote Cursed Blood it was suppose to be horror, and just horror. I was trying to write like Stephen King. I love his horror stories. But when I put the two main characters together (Donna and Agent Green), fireworks exploded causing a love story to blossom within the pages. The curse caused Donna’s heart to remain closed in hopes to save others but the more she knew the agent, the harder it was for her to keep her heart from falling for him. When I wrote the sequel which was just released, it was easier to keep the love story out and stay with the horror genre.

Now I am writing in the romance genre too which is something I never thought I would ever do. Writing this book opened my mind to accept romance on a unique level. Since I love twists, I try to find a way to add a twist in my stories, one way or another (small or big).

Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Amber: Well, I don’t really have a cd player except for what’s on my laptop. I do go to a website which I may store music on and find all the songs through. That way, I can hear what I like without buying any and I’m not downloading them or anything so it’s legal. That’s always cool lol. It’s called Deezer.

I have an assortment of music from “Lean on Me” by DC Talk, songs by Poison, Def Lepperd, Madonna, one song by Garth Brooks, a few older songs, and other Christian Rock, Rock n Roll songs. I love all types of music and sometimes when I write, I listen to them. It actually helps me get through some of my intense scenes when I write erotica.

Jenny: Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

Amber: When I’m not sitting at my computer writing, I am either working or playing lol. Of course, I am a full time writer which means I’m always working on something in my mind. And that happens 24-7, even in my sleep lol. So if I’m not at the desk putting words together, I am shopping, working, watching a movie, cleaning house, etc. I have a normal life. Sometimes I get with friends and have fun, sometimes I stay at home.

No two days have ever been the same. Once a week, I stay up all night and work on my books. But I also do other things with that like playing games on the computer. So there are times when I’m at the computer and I’m not writing lol. Internet sometimes does get in the way lol.

Jenny: What’s the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?

Amber: I’m not even sure. People ask me a lot of different things. One guy asked me to sign his girlfriend’s underwear lol. A couple people have asked me to write books about them or make my characters like them. I get asked for advice a lot. If someone paid me to write a book about them, I might consider it lol. No one has done that yet.

Jenny: What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels?

Amber: Published or unpublished? In one of my published books, my favorite scene is in Stolen Identity with the fireplace scene. I can’t go into it too much because it is a dirty scene lol. But the mood is very romantic. With the fireplace, there’s soft music playing in the background and candles lit. It’s a scene I’d love to have for real.

Jenny: What do you think makes the idea heroine/hero?

Amber: This character isn’t going to be perfect. There’s going to be flaws. I think the perfect hero is someone who is willing to take a chance, willing to get through the mistakes and keep trying for the sake of mankind. In Cursed Blood, Jack was the hero and it took one of my readers to show me how much he was like my husband lol. He didn’t let Donna give up and that’s what a hero does. It doesn’t matter if he’s good looking although Jack was. It doesn’t matter if he’s an FBI agent even though he was. A hero goes outside the box, outside his normal being. He was with Donna on her birthday, waiting to see if he would die or if the cure set the curse free. He was willing to die for her, revealing how much of a hero he was.

Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?

Amber: I have many books in the works right now. Mother of the Dragons is being edited. It is a fantasy romance. Then there’s Mistaken Identity which is erotica thriller. I also have Demon, I Thee Wed and it’s also erotica. Then there’s Peterson Estate which is fantasy. It’s being reviewed by a publisher right now. All my books are being written for adults although some books can be read by YA like Cursed Blood and Spawn of the Curse.

Jenny: Which comes first–the plot or the characters?

Amber: I’d have to say both, together at the same time lol. When I envision a new story, I imagine the character and the story intertwined. Through the writing process I develop the character more. Sometimes I change the plot through the story or make it more intense. In Peterson Estate, I use more than one plot—the main plot and several minor ones.

Jenny: Any new releases coming up?

Amber: I’m hoping so but I have to wait to see. Peterson Estate is being reviewed. I’m keeping my fingers crossed on this one. I began writing it when I was 12 years old so it’s a special story to me.

My newest release is Spawn of the Curse. It is the sequel to Cursed Blood (my first book). It’s available on Amazon along with Stolen Identity. Cursed Blood is available through Barnes N Noble, Books A Million, and more places.

Read on for an excerpt from Amber’s novel, Spawn of the Curse….

After waiting for an hour with no word, Jack went to the nurse’s station to find the answers. “I’m sorry, sir. As soon as we hear something, we will let you know. Wait a minute, here’s the doctor now. Doctor Reed, this man would like to know about his wife,” the nurse said as the doctor walked up to them.

“Her name?” he asked Jack.

“Donna Green. She came in here with a high fever,” Jack said.

“Yes, Mrs. Green. She’s stable now. Her temperature was an alarming one hundred five degrees and her blood pressure was extremely high as well. We were able to get some of the blood pressure down but her fever is still a little high. We would like to keep her here over night to keep an eye on her. She’s sleeping now but you may go in and see her,” the doctor said. As Jack was beginning to walk into her room, the doctor added on a comment. “It was a good thing you brought her in when you did, Mr. Green.”

Jack stopped where he was and turned around. He was scared to ask why. “What’s wrong with her?”

“Oh, there’s nothing wrong with her. I’m sorry to frighten you like that. She’s just pregnant,” he said as he looked over a file. Donna’s worst fear was a reality. How was Jack going to tell her? He was more frightened of that than the fact that she was pregnant. He wanted a child with her but knew it would never happen. And now he was going to have a son or daughter. Jack walked into the room while Doctor Reynolds waited in the hallway. Donna looked so peaceful as she lied in that bed, sleeping. He watched her sleep for a few minutes and left the room. He didn’t want to tell her just yet.

“So how is she, Jack?” the doctor asked him. Jack told Doctor Reynolds the news. “I know a great doctor that will help her. He has been a pediatrician for eighteen years now. I can call him if you’d like.”

“I don’t know. She isn’t going to like this,” Jack said. It was at that time when Jack told him about the dreams.

“Jack, you have nothing to worry about. We got the curse. She beat it. There is no way that that child will be in danger,” he told him. Jack wanted to believe that the doctor was right.

“What’s the doctor’s name?” he asked.

“Doctor Stoupe. I can call him later today if you want me to,” Doctor Reynolds said. Jack made up his mind that he was going to convince Donna to have this baby. He knew it would be hard but he also knew it would be worth it. He agreed to call Doctor Stoupe. A few hours later, when Donna woke up, Jack told her the news.

“A baby? No, I can’t have this baby. Jack, those dreams were real. That demon is going to come back and curse our daughter. I will not allow it. We have to get rid of it now before it’s too late,” she told him. Her eyes filled with tears. She became upset and an alarm went off as her blood pressure went back up. A couple nurses ran into the room and gave her some medication and asked Jack to leave the room. Donna needed to calm down before she killed herself.

A couple of hours passed by before Jack could see Donna again. Just before he returned to the room, J entered the hallway and saw Jack standing there. “I just heard. What’s wrong with her?”

“She’s fine, Dad. Her blood pressure was up and she had a fever. She’s better now. And she’s pregnant,” he said. J’s eyes lit up like he was a child again and he just got the perfect gift for Christmas. Jack hadn’t seen that look in a long time. “Give it up, Dad. She doesn’t want it.”

“What do you mean, she doesn’t want it? You can’t mean,” J began to say. “You let me talk to her. I bet I can talk some sense into her.” J really wanted a grand child. Jack was his only son and he knew Jack wanted a baby. He always liked Donna and he couldn’t pick a better woman to give a child to his son. He couldn’t hide his excitement knowing he would have the chance to be a grandfather. Donna was not going to take that away from him even if it frightened her. He could understand the fear but there was nothing there to support it. The curse was gone. She needed to know that and he wanted to tell her.

“You know how Donna is, Dad. Once she makes up her mind, she sticks to it. She’s just as stubborn as I am,” Jack said. He was right. Donna was very stubborn, sometimes too stubborn. It was how she was able to make her home the way it was. Jack didn’t like giving in the way he did but he just wanted his wife to be happy. This was his turn to be happy and he didn’t like the idea that she felt the way she did. He decided to give his father a chance to talk to her. Maybe, he could say something that Jack couldn’t. “Go ahead, talk to her. Just be careful not to upset her.”

J walked into the room and sat down next to Donna’s bed. She saw him and tried to smile but the thought of that baby inside of her chased the smile away like it was a disease. “I don’t want you to say anything right now, Donna. I just want you to listen to me. In that hallway is a man who cherishes you. He’s a good man and you’re a good woman. I know now that is why you were chosen for that curse. I also know that that curse is long gone and it will never hurt you anymore. Don’t say it, Donna,” he said. Donna really wanted to argue with him but she also knew not to argue with this man. She respected him too much for that. This was her father-in-law and she loved him almost as much as she loved Jack. “I know you are afraid of having this child. All parents go through that fear.”

“Yea but all parents don’t have this curse in their past either, J,” she said.

“That’s right; it’s in your past, Donna. Let it stay there. Start looking into the future and see things that are good now. Yes, you’re having a baby. That’s a good thing. She will have your beautiful smile and outrageous personality or he will have Jack’s strong back and his nose. Either way, this child will be very healthy. Please, keep this child and raise it as if that curse never existed,” he told her. Jack walked into the room. Donna smiled at him. If only that smile was real. She still couldn’t get over the curse. The dream was a warning and she couldn’t shake it no matter how hard she tried. She wanted to have a healthy baby but there was going to be no way that this child was going to be what everyone wanted. She knew that in her heart and feared it.

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Author Amber Rigby Grosjean is 33 years old and full of imagination, writing for adults in her horror, romance, erotica, and fantasy genres. Author of Cursed Blood, Stolen Identity, and her recent release Spawn of the Curse.

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annieCheatingDeathJenny: Hi, Annie. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

Annie: Well, I live in Texas with my partner of 12 years and I write erotica, primarily gay erotica. I moved to Texas, from Fort Lauderdale and I was born in the Big Easy, New Orleans. Other than that, my life is an open book really. We have 2 dogs and 3 cats that rule the house. I can be found chasing down ideas and wrestling them onto paper. Jenny: What inspired you to write your first romance? Annie: My first published book is For The Love Of Blood: A Hightower Introduction and Cheating Death, book 2 of the series was recently released by Extasy Books. I wrote it because I kept reading books and asking myself, what if… the heroine is a ruthless vampire everyone could fall in love with. What if… the plot wasn’t so predictable. What if… and then I thought, what if, I write it myself and low and behold the characters jumped out of me and onto the computer screen. LOL

Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Annie: Wow! Never thought about what I listen to. Okay, let’s see. Evanescence, who doesn’t have some of their stuff? Death Cab for Cutie, Metric, Pink, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Seether, Joan Osborn, and a new favorite of mine is Gabriella Cilmi

Jenny: Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

Annie: It starts like all the rest, Have to have my coffee, I’m nonfunctional without it. LOL and I sit and let my characters come to life. Of course in the process, I have to pay attention to the cats, who demand my attention and play with the dogs a little bit, it’s all par for the course in my house!

Jenny: What’s the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?

Annie: Oh my, that’s a loaded question! Really I don’t have one, so go ahead and ask me anything.

Jenny: What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels?

Annie: I would have to say the pearl scene with Tamara and Izzy. It shows a playful, loving yet devious side to the vampire Tamara, Master of the East Coast.

Jenny: What do you think makes the ideal heroine/hero?

Annie : Likeability! I mean, if you don’t like the heroine then why would you read the book?

Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?

Annie: I’m working on book 3 of the series, Dying to Live. It takes Izzy to a private Caribbean island then to New Orleans, she does a bit of traveling while trying to find Tamara – oops – I’ve said too much!

Jenny: Which comes first–the plot or the characters?

Annie: Both! Without a good plot, the characters won’t exist and vice-versa. You can’t have one without the other! LOL

Jenny: Any new releases coming up? Annie: Hopefully, I’ll get, Dying to Live, to my editor soon and we can all tag along with Izzy on her new adventure.

To see more of Annie, visit her at her website, www.anniealvarez.net




Jenny: Hi, Sheri. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

Sheri:  Hi Jenny and thank you for having me here.  I’m Sheri Lewis Wohl and I live in NE Washington State where there are lots of pine trees, mountains, lakes and rivers.  Unlike Seattle, we’re the dry side of the state!  I share my home with one husband, two very large dogs and one little calico cat.  I’ve worked for the federal government for the last 18 years and in my “spare” time write primarily paranormal romance.

Jenny: What inspired you to write your first romance?

Sheri:  It was just love of the genre.  There’s something hopeful about romances that you don’t see in other genres.  It’s no matter how bad or frightening things might get in a romance, it always has a happy ending.  Life might not always turn out that way in reality, but when reading a romance, our hearts are filled with hope.

Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Sheri:  I actually have an audio book right now.  Danielle Steel’s Dating Game.

Jenny: Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

Sheri: I write pretty much every day.  Usually I’m up before six and do about half an hour before I have to leave for the office.  I spend the vast majority of my lunch hours on my laptop and then about an hour every evening.  Weekends can vary depending on what’s going on in the rest of my world.

Jenny: What’s the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?

Sheri: What do you want to be when you grow up?

Jenny: What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels?

Sheri: I use my own city in a number of my books and that’s because it is a really pretty place.  Sometimes it’s easy to miss the beauty where you live and writing about it reminds how special Eastern Washington can really be.  Of course, since I have a masters degree in Gothic Fiction, I also love the Romanian setting in my book Necuratul 3: Blood Secrets.  It was really fun to research the homeland of Dracula and make it come to life.

Jenny: What do you think makes the idea heroine/hero?

Sheri: For me, it’s strength, courage and a willingness to open their hearts to love even when it scares them to death. That goes for both the hero and heroine.

Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?

Sheri: A gothic flavored romance set in an ocean-front estate on the Oregon coast.  There’s danger, deception, and of course…romance.

Jenny: Which comes first–the plot or the characters?

Sheri: Most of the time for me, it’s actually the plot.  Once I have the “what-if” in my head, the characters begin to make their arrivals.

Jenny: Any new releases coming up?

Sheri: On October 9, 2009, Bridge of Souls is being released by The Wild Rose Press.  It’s a story full of adventure, secret-identities and a ghost.

You can see more of Sheri at her webiste: www.sherilewiswohl.com

Read on for a tantalizing excerpt from Sheri’s upcoming release, Bridge of Souls…..Cover

After a little while, the conversation hit a lull. Bigs leaned toward her to touch his lips against hers. “I’ve wanted to do that all night.”

“Um,” was all she could say. The safe thing to do would be to say thanks and go home. She didn’t feel inclined to play safe tonight and so instead she brought her hand up and ran her fingers through his thick hair, pulling his face closer to hers. “Then do it,” she told him.

His eyes lit up at her words in a way that had her pulse racing. He kissed her again, this time deep and questioning. The tip of his tongue touched hers in a shot of fire. Maybe it was the wine, or maybe it was simply her overwhelming desire, but she answered him in a silent but undeniable yes. She wanted him with a fervor as primal as the wild animals still roaming much of the prairies outside. Adrian needed him, needed the touch of someone kind, gentle, and exciting all at the same time. She had been isolated for too long. The ice in her veins screamed for a thaw.

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Sheri Lewis Wohl has loved books since the moment she could pick one up.  Born in the flat lands of eastern Nebraska, Sheri was raised in Spokane, Washington.  She earned her BA at Eastern Washington University and a Masters Degree in literature at California State University.  For Sheri, few tales are truly complete without a touch of romance so even her scariest stories include a little love.

Sheri lives in Northeast Washington state with her husband Steve, two dogs–a rescued St. Bernard, a German shepherd–and a little rescued calico cat.



{June 11, 2009}  

Jenny: Hi, Margaret. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

Margaret:

Hi Jenny thanks for having me here.

I am pretty ordinary really, but my husband calls me a drama queen, all lies of course, no one could be calmer than me, except when I have a bad hair day.  I am married with three grown up sons.  I live in Melbourne Australia’s second largest city. I call myself a writer of historical romantic adventure stories, but for today I am going to showcase my only, so far, published contemporary romance called Holly and the Millionaire from The Wild Rose Press.

Jenny: What inspired you to write your first romance?

Margaret:

When my children were young hubby worked night shift, so I started reading romance novels to fill in time in the evenings, and as I have always loved writing short stories, I decided I could write a romance, so 8 published novels later, and a few others on the go, I think I now qualify to be called a romance writer.

Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3/player/cd?

Margaret:

Sorry but I’m a mental pygmy when it comes to electronic stuff and I hate to admit this, but I don’t have any of the above, except for a CD player which I never use, so hubby plays his favourite songs on it.

Jenny: Describe a typical (not typical) writing day?

Margaret:

I work 4 days a week as a Medical Audio-Typist, so I usually check my e-mails in the morning and the evenings.   I mainly write on the weekends, but I always carry a notebook and as I travel to work by train, as I often think of things and jot them down. Wouldn’t want to forget a good plot line.

Jenny: what’s the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?

Margaret:

Where can I buy a million copies of each of your books?

Jenny: What’s your favourite setting from one of your novels?

Margaret:

The 1st World War battlefields in France and Belgium, from my Whiskey Creek Press Novel, Devil’s Ridge and my The Wild Rose Press novel, Shattered Dreams.

Jenny: What do you think makes the ideal heroine/hero?

Margaret:

I think courage and integrity, without that you characters would be very unappealing and wishy-washy.

Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?

Margaret:

I am working on, that is revising a manuscript called ‘Storm Girl.’  It is set in the 1880’s. The hero thinks the heroine is on her way to work at a prestigious bordello, when she stumbles into his house during a storm. She has amnesia.  He takes her to his bed only to discover when it is too late, that she is a virgin, so he sets about turning her into the kind of women every man dreams of.  When he discovers who she is he is horrified, because she is the daughter of his mortal enemy.  By this time she is pregnant, and he does the honourable thing and marries her. Lots of twists and turns and dangerous encounters before he comes to realise that he loves his wife, but by that time he has banished her from his life and boy, does he have to work hard to get her back. Even laying his life on the line.

Jenny: Which comes first, the plot or the characters?

Margaret:

The plot. I have a vague idea about what I am going to write about, then the characters jump into my head and take over.

Jenny: Any new releases come up?

Margaret:

Yes, in February 2010 Wild Oats will be released by TWRP.  It is the prequel to The Trouble With Playboys.

You can see more of Margaret at her website: www.margarettanner.com

Read on for a tantalizing excerpt from Tanner’s bestseller, Holly and the Millionare…..

HOLLY AND THE MILLIONAIRE

Fleeing from her ruthless English in-laws who are intent on stealing her child, Holly Kirwan boards a flight home to Australia and meets Justin Devereux. They are instantly attracted to each other.

Justin doesn’t want a permanent woman in his life, particularly one with a baby in tow. Holly, still grieving for her soldier husband who was killed in Iraq, doesn’t want to be disloyal to his memory.

Can the young widow and the commitment shy tycoon ever find happiness together?

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Justin Devereux fumed as he strode on board the aircraft. Heads would roll over this debacle. If he hadn’t needed to get out of England so urgently, he would have waited for another flight. To hell with the risk of being grounded by a blizzard.

He showed his ticket to the flight attendant. He hadn’t flown in economy class for years, wouldn’t be doing it today either if he had any say in the matter.

“I’m so sorry about this mix-up, Mr. Devereux. The airline did everything it could to get you a last minute business-class seat, but like first class, it was booked out.”

Well, you didn’t try hard enough, he nearly said, but bit back the angry words. It wasn’t the flight attendant’s fault that his booking still floated around in cyberspace.

“We were able to get you an aisle seat near the front.”

“Thank goodness for that at least.”

On being shown to his seat, he took off his cashmere coat, folded it neatly and stowed it in the overhead locker. If he had even an ounce of luck, the seat beside him would remain empty, but he wouldn’t take bets on it. Setting his briefcase on the floor, he rested his laptop on the vacant seat. What a shocking few hours it had been.

At least it was a little more spacious here. He couldn’t understand why there was extra leg space and only one other seat when there would be normally at least three, sometimes four seats, jammed together.

Closing his eyes, he thought back on the last twenty-four hours. He didn’t care about Deanna dumping him for Simon as their relationship had just about run its course. Running off with millions of dollars of his employees’ pension funds? Now that was something else. Despicable and criminal, and they did it in such a way the blame fell on him. He was ruthless. He had to be to claw his way to the top of the business world, but he had always acted with integrity. There were only two choices in the short term. Risk tarnishing his good business reputation or discreetly pay the money back. He chose the latter.

I’ll hound them to the ends of the earth; I don’t care how long it takes. No one cheats Justin Devereux and gets away with it.

“Hell,” he yelped as something hard and sharp rammed into his groin. His eyes flew open. God, someone was trying to castrate him.

“S-sorry,” the wavering female voice said.

Justin looked up into a pair of blue eyes that were swimming in tears.

“Here, let me help,” he growled, pushing the weapon away from his crotch and handing it back to her. It was a wonder they let her bring the thing on board. She took the folded-up baby stroller but dropped a large pink bag onto his foot. Where were the attendants when you needed them? This was definitely going to be the flight from hell.



Front_Cover_-_Sweet_RedemptionR02Jenny: Hi, Nicole. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

Nicole: I am a married mother of two who juggles that along with my day job of marketing, writing, reading, editing and of course, reading.

Jenny: What inspired you to write your first romance?

Nicole: Well it all started one starry night…okay just kidding.  This is what really happened…

I have always enjoyed reading and had a secret love of writing which I kept to myself, not even telling my husband. Thinking it was merely a ‘pipe dream’ I chose to not pursue what brought me such hapiness.  In the Fall of 2008 a story kept popping up into my mind. I wanted to sit down and put it all on paper but felt that it was futile. How many authors were out there pouring out their hearts in the written word only to be rejected time and again, I asked myself?  The recurring plot kept playing itself out in my mind. Finally I gave in. One day I sat at my computer and began writing what is now known as SWEET REDEMPTION. When I finally finished my novel I edited it within an inch of it’s life and submitted it to a handful of publishers.

Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Nicole:  I have a wide array of music types on my iPod.  Let me give you just a handful of them to show you just how diverse my tastes are:  Motley Crue, Tim McGraw, Usher, James Ingram, Katy Perry, Kiss and George Strait.  Are you sensing the pattern here?  Well you’re right, there is absolutely no pattern.  I like almost all music.

Jenny: Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

Nicole:  That’s actually kind of funny.  A non-typical day would be me sitting down and writing because I know I should.  That very rarely happens though, because when I start a story it usually takes off for me.  So a more typical writing day is me getting lost in what’s playing out in my head as I type it into my computer.  This is also usually the day that my husband will want my undivided attention.  Ah, but it is what it is.  We have learned to live with and tolerate each other’s interests and love and respect each other more for them.

Jenny: What’s the one question no one ever asks that you wish they would?

Nicole:  “What does it feel like to be doing what you truly love?”  And my answer would be, “Amazing!  I can’t believe I’ve been given the opportunities that I have in this past year.  And the people/friends I have met along the way are just icing on the proverbial cake of it all.”

Jenny: What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels?

Nicole:  My favorite setting would be the gorgeous Craftsman style house that Rex and Shelby buy in SWEET SALVATION.

Jenny: What do you think makes the ideal heroine/hero?

Nicole:  To me the ideal heroine is someone that you can really like as a person.  I can’t stand a snotty heroine.  Someone that’s mad at the world all the time is unappealing to me.  I’ve read a few of those and they’re hard to like.  For me she has to be feminine, strong, independent but at the same time willing to give into her desires for that one man that she just can’t live without.

As for the hero, well of course he has to be down right gorgeous!  An incredible body, masculine features and rough and tumble.  The typical alpha male.  He needs to be strong enough both emotionally and physically so that he can take care of the heroine in every possible way.  But he also needs to be just a bit on the cocky side, confident in ALL of his abilities.  I’ve never liked a wishy washy man.

Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?

Nicole:  I actually have just finished two books that I have also recently finished editing.  They are titled LOVE KNOWS NO BOUNDARIES and INTIMATE PERSUASIONS.  At the time of this interview I have not submitted them for publishing yet, but hopefully you’ll see them soon!  (This is me crossing my fingers.)  In addition to that I do reviews occassionally for Rose Petal Reviews (www..rosepetalreviews.webs.com).  And most recently I have started doing editing for one of my publishers.

Jenny: Which comes first–the plot or the characters?

Nicole: For me it’s always the plot first, then the characters sort of blossom from that.  I get an idea of what I want to write about and then I have to figure out the rest.  Which can be funny, because in my first book, SWEET REDEMPTION, I had written in a character that was just horrible.  But in it’s sequel, SWEET SALVATION, I really dove into who she was and what made her who she was, and in the end you are left with no choice but to like her.

Jenny: Any new releases coming up?

Nicole:  Yes.  I have SWEET SALVATION, the sequel to SWEET REDEMPTION coming out sometime this summer, the date is still unknown at this time.  They are both through Hearts on Fire Books (www.heartsonfirebooks.com).  And I have another book, SUDDEN DEVOTION, due to be released August 11, 2009 through Wild Horse Press (www.wildhorsepress.webs.com).

You can find more of Nicole at www.nicolemorgan1.webs.com

Read on for a wonderful excerpt from Nicole’s novel, Sweet Redemption….

“What is it Jack?”

“Honey, did you hear your door bell ring last night, did you know I came by?”

What?  He had come by, why hadn’t Brent told her?  Lord knows he called her enough times today.  He knew how upset she was, he…oh that son of a bitch!  “Jack I didn’t know you came by I swear, what happened?”

“I wanted to apologize to you.  When you walked out of that bar my whole life flashed before my eyes. I realized in that moment I was in love with you.  There were no more doubts, I loved you.  I knew that when you slapped me I deserved it.”  She eyed the slight bruise on his cheek and winced.

“It’s all right sweetheart, I had it coming.  I knew I was way out of line and so did Rex.  Boy, did he tell me as much too.  Anyway, I drove around trying to find any floral shop that would be open so late on a Sunday night.  I had to finally settle on that supermarket near your place.  I bought all of the flowers they had in their case and a sweet little old lady helped me put them together and make a bigger bouquet.  I drove to your place.  I was going to tell you I loved you then.  I was going to tell you I was an ass.  I was going to beg and grovel for forgiveness.  But, I got there and…”  He stopped the memory of what he saw and what he thought when Brent opened the door hit him like a ton of bricks all over again.

Tamara could feel his tension seep back in.  “Jack please, go on, tell me what happened.”

Look at her Jack thought, she is so beautiful.  He hoped he would find the right words for her to forgive him.  “Brent opened the door.  He had no shirt on, his pants were undone, his hair was all messed up and he had smudges of that red lipstick I bought you last week on his face and neck.”  He said it all so fast without taking a breath.  It was hard for him to relive that feeling he had in his gut when he saw Brent standing there like that.

“Oh Jack.  Jack I swear to you nothing was going on.  I would never let him or any one else touch me.”  Tamara’s eyes were pleading with him, begging for his trust.  Jack felt ten feet tall at that declaration.

“I was sleeping.  I slept over twelve hours.  Those sleeping pills really knocked me out.  I had no idea you came.  I’m so sorry he let you think that.  Please believe me, please tell me that you believe me.”  She was desperate, she couldn’t lose him, she loved him.

“Honey, I do believe you.  But there’s more.  Please let me get it all out.  Okay?”  She nodded.  How much more could there be.  What more could Brent have done?

“He acted, I guess you could say happy.  He stepped outside with me.  He told me – in the most arrogant and condescending way he could come up with – that you two had worked out your problems, that I was your rebound guy while you were trying to get over him.  He told me that you had agreed to marry him!”

When he said the last sentence she could sense the hurt.  She knew it must have killed him to hear that.  “Jack, how could you believe such lies, especially from him?  I know I never told you before, but couldn’t you guess how much you meant to me?  I told you before that I never loved him.  Oh, I could just kill him.  I’m not going to pretend to understand what you felt, but I’m sure it was awful.  I’m so sorry Jack.”  She brought her hands back up to his face.  She ran her hands through his hair and leaned into him.  She started to kiss him then pulled away a little, looking into his eyes. “Jack, I love you.  Every man before you, every boyfriend, every kiss I have ever had has just been a prelude to the only person who’s ever mattered to me, you.”

She leaned into him again, she needed to feel his warm mouth against hers.  This time Jack pulled away.  He got up and paced the room several times, afraid to look at her. This was it.  He was so relieved that Tamara hadn’t slept with Brent but now he had to break her heart.  He knew the hurt she was going to feel when he told her about the woman he brought home last night.  All because he was too stupid to trust her.  Instead of listening to his heart he listened to that prick Townsend.

“Jack what’s wrong, did I say something wrong?”

He loved her so much.  She sat there eyeing him nervously, worried she had done something wrong.  This whole thing was his damn fault!  And he hated himself for it.  “Tamara, I have to tell you something.  But please believe me that I love you.  I would never do anything to intentionally hurt you, do you know that?”

She nodded.  Her nerves were getting the better of her and she was starting to shake.  “What is it, tell me please.  You said we had to be completely honest with each other.  So tell me.”

He came back to kneel in front of her again.  He put his hands on her shoulders and then slowly worked his way down until he was once again holding her hands in his and rubbing his thumbs across her knuckles.  He took a deep breath and stared into her eyes.

“Tamara, honey, after I left your place last night I thought I had lost you.  I had never felt an emptiness like that before in my entire life.  There was this ache in my chest, it hurt so bad.”  He thumped a fist against his chest in explanation of the pain.  “I knew that I loved you.  I thought that you loved me.  I was confused.  I wasn’t thinking.”  He stopped, he looked away.  Could he do this?

She could see the fear in his eyes.  Something was very wrong.  Tamara knew whatever he had to tell her wasn’t going to be good.  She got up from the bed and stood several feet away, looking down at him.  “What did you do Jack?”

BIO:

My first novel SWEET REDEMPTION has earned glowing customer reviews on various websites.

I have been fortunate to find two publishers who are wonderful to work with in my writing endeavors. I currently have two books due out in the Summer of 2009. SUDDEN DEVOTION is scheduled for release on August 11, 2009 through Wild Horse Press. And SWEET SALVATION the sequel to SWEET REDEMPTION is due out this year, with the exact date still unknown at this time through Hearts on Fire Books.



Jenny: Hi, Patty. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

Patty: I’m Patty Hardin. My husband, Eldon, and I are grandparents to 3 wonderful grandchildren. As for me, I collect ice-fishing decoys and anything shark-related. Eldon and I lived in the Marshall Islands for 8 years and I had several chances to swim up close and personal with sharks!

 Jenny: Where do you live? Do you like it?

 

Patty: We live in Long Beach, Washington, home of The World’s Longest Beach. Twenty-eight miles of hard-packed sand. Our house is about 2 miles from the beach, although if we traveled as the crow flies, it would only be about ¼ of a mile. I absolutely and completely love it here!

Jenny: What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Patty: I have a variety of music on my mp3, including classical, rock and roll and big band. However, since I started belly-dancing lessons last September, my favorite is Middle Eastern music.

Jenny: Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

Patty: A typical day consists of getting up between 6:30 and 7:00 in the morning. I’m nothing without that first cup of coffee, which I sometimes enjoy on our deck, weather permitting. My husband works a week on, a week off so on his off days we do fun stuff, yard work, or just laze around the house.

Jenny: Do you go by goals? Weekly? Daily? Monthly?

Patty: When I’m working on a project, I try for a minimum of 2 pages a day. I’ve learned to write anywhere so I usually have a notebook and pen with me.

Jenny: What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels? Why?

 Patty: My favorite setting is from my novel, Devil In Her Arms. Madeline Spencer asks Gavin Marshall to take her home from a little boy’s birthday party. The child is the son of Gavin’s best friend. Back at Madeline’s house, she and Gavin get into a shouting match and Gavin storms out to go back to the party. This scene illustrates the pain Gavin carries from his past and for the first time, Madeline might be aware of his pain.

Jenny: What advice would you give any new writers just starting out?

Patty: Don’t give up! And keep writing, whether it’s poetry, letters, writing in a journal, etc. By its nature writing is a solitary pursuit so it is especially important for new writers to attend conferences and get involved with critique groups.

Jenny: What are you working on at the moment?

 Patty: In addition to writing a poem (usually haiku) a day and editing a short story, I’m gathering stories from Vietnam veterans for inclusion in a book.

 Jenny: Where do you think the future of e-publishing is headed?

Patty: Although nothing will replace the feeling of holding a book, smelling the ink and reading words from the pages, e-publishing is here to stay and it will grow.

Jenny: Any new releases coming up?

Patty: I’m submitting my short story to The Wild Rose Press and working to get an agent for my picture book manuscript. No new releases in the near future, though.

 I don’t have a website yet, but I’m willing to answer questions from fellow writers and readers.

Read on for a titilating short excerpt from Patty’s novel, Devil in Her Arms….

Madeline Spencer lowered herself to the soft grass, tucking her legs under her skirt. The early morning air was already heavy with the scent of flowers. She trailed her fingertips over the headstone, just like she had done at least twice a month over the past twelve years.

    “Well, Scott, I accepted the partnership Joe offered me at his veterinary hospital and I found a house to rent. The entire thing needs to be cleaned, the kitchen needs to be painted and the blackberry vines are threatening to swallow the yard. I can clean and paint. No problem. But I am definitely hiring someone to fix the yard.” Her eyes focused once again on the headstone. Even though the words were burned in her memory, Madeline always read them out loud.
    “Scott Ryan Spencer. April 10, 1966. July 16, 1983. Racer.” The word Racer was in quotes. It was her brother’s nickname and also what he was.

Please email Jenny at jenny@jennygilliam.com if you have questions for Patty!



AngelsFear_comp21.)    Hi, Sunny. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.

I’m Sunny Frazier, Navy Veteran, former newspaper reporter with a degree in Journalism. In the early 80’s, when the paper folded, I went to work for the local Sheriff’s Department in the Central Valley of California. I was a secretary to a 10-man undercover narc team for 11 years. With that kind of background and stories, I decided I must be a mystery writer.

2.)    Where do you live? Do you like it?

I live in the San Joaquin Valley, also known as the Central Valley, in California. The “big city” is Fresno—think raisins. As a military brat, I’ve lived many places in my life, but this is home. It’s very agricultural, hot as hell in the summer, shrouded in fog in the winter. Few people bother writing about this area since Steinbeck covered it in “Grapes of Wrath,” but there’s still plenty of material to go around.

3.)    What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Um, nothing really. I like silence because I’m either reading or writing. However, in the car I’m getting fond of Lady Ga Ga (My Poker Face), and I find Kelly Perry amusing. PS: I went to high school with Steve Perry, so the old Journey is still a favorite.

4.)    Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

I get up early, feed the cats (5), clean litterboxes, grab some oatmeal and then settle in to check email. My business is all done through the Internet, so this is not social email. The next step makes people laugh, but I set a timer for 45 minutes and write until “ding!” For 15 minutes I get to clean the house (not much gets done!), watch TiVo, take a power nap, play with the cats, chat on the phone. This goes on all day. I get a lot accomplished without neglecting any part of my life. It may be a crazy system, but it works.

5.)    Do you go by goals? Weekly? Daily? Monthly?

Not really. I’m working on two novels with two different critique groups, so I basically want to have material in hand for our weekly meetings. I divide up the week and work on one book until the Wednesday group meets, change gears and work on the 2nd from Wednesday-Friday for the Friday Night Writers.

6.)    What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels? Why?

I set all of my writing in the San Joaquin Valley. Again, few others are writing about this area and we’re largely ignored because we’re caught between San Fransisco and Los Angeles. I believe many of my plots could ONLY exist in this area because of the rural isolation and the incredible cultural mix of people. My town is primarily Portuguese and dairy. Each small town has a founding ethnic group and a crop identified with the region. So much material to work with—why would I write about anywhere else?

7.)    What do you think makes the idea heroine/hero?

Well, I go against type. See, I don’t know any incredibly beautiful people with high-powered jobs. The people I know, and who I base my characters on, are people who struggle to get by. Christy Bristol, my astrologer, has a low-paying job as an office assistant with the sheriff’s department. She does astrology to supplement her income. She’s also very plain, although with each book and with the love of a good man, she is coming out of her shell and turning into a swan. Rodrigo, the love interest, is a hot, Hispanic DEA agent. But, he also plays against type. He is gentle with Christy, understanding, and trusts her completely, even when she puts herself in danger. Because his job also demands trust, their whole relationship is based on that factor. I think the ideal heroine/hero is honest, non-judgmental,  brave, intelligent, curious and adventurous.

8.)    What are you working on at the moment?

I’m working on the third astrology mystery, A SNITCH IN TIME. I’ve also dusted off a children’s book I wrote 30 years ago. It’s Pirates of the Caribbean meets the Food Channel: the history of food starting with the voyage to India for spices. At the time I wrote it, I was told by publishers that children wanted to read about space, not pirates. What do you say to that, Johnny Depp?

9.)    Are you a panster? A planner? A planster? Which method works best for you? Why?

A planster. All of my books are based on real cases I had a hand in while at the sheriff’s department. There’s really little to plan. So, I just sit down and write. I  used the real birthdates of the drug dealers for the astrology charts in the first novel FOOLS RUSH IN. For  WHERE ANGELS FEAR, I made up the birthdates. However, a very strange square occurred in each victim’s chart, something I didn’t see coming but worked it into the plot. Often, the astrology changes the path I’m going with the story. I leave some of the plot up to fate.

10.)    Any new releases coming up/already released?

WHERE ANGELS FEAR came out last month. I’m having a book launch in three weeks, one day before my birthday. Astrologically, it’s a good date.

Excerpt from WHERE ANGELS FEAR:

The smell of leather hit them as soon as they opened the door. It smelled like car upholstery and couches. Plastic mannequins in neon colors sported leather skirts and pants as tight as a matador’s.

“Welcome to my shop, ladies.”

Serrano was just as Christy remembered him at the Mexican restaurant. His eyes raked over her and made Christy feel like she’d been measured for one of the outfits hanging on the wall. The one with the V-neck cut to the navel.

“What can I do for you today?” Serrano said in velvet tones.

“We’re interested in what you can do for us tonight,” Lennie pulled out the matchbook and waved it flirtatiously.

Serrano smiled, a gold cuspid reflecting the light. “Ah, you’ve figured out what the matchbook means.”

“My girlfriend talked to Vince. He said you’d give us directions to the party. I thought maybe you could help us pick out some appropriate clothes.”

Serrano’s eyes narrowed to slits and his lips formed a tight smile. “Would you be going as the ‘S’ or the ‘M’?”

Without missing a beat, Lennie replied, “Guess I’m the ‘S’.”

Christy waited until Serrano disappeared into the back before she turned on Lennie. “I’m not going to be the ‘M’.”

“So don’t.” Lennie turned her attention to a rack of leather vests.

“You’re making me nervous. I never agreed to infiltrate the Sensani.” She fingered a leather jacket, surprised at how soft it felt.

“Let’s just play this out and see where it leads. Will you do that much?”

Before Christy could answer, Serrano came from the back and held a red leather jumpsuit out to Lennie. An array of chrome zippers slashed through the outfit at very strategic spots.

“For you.” He handed Christy two small pieces of black leather and showed them to adjoining dressing rooms.

Christy heard Lennie shedding her clothes in record time and grunt as she climbed into the jumpsuit. Christy turned her attention to the garment in her hands. It felt sinfully good. What would it feel like against her body? As she removed her sweater, Christy scanned the dressing room for a hidden camera.

The bustier laced up the front and was trimmed with black lace sleeves. The matching skirt, brief as an afterthought, was held together at the hips by satin laces. Underwear was going to be a problem.

“How you doin’ in there?” Lennie called out.

Everything Christy had on top was pushed into an impressive cleavage. The laces strained to contain what had previously been a fairly flat chest.

“I’m doing fine,” Christy called back, amazed at the reflection in the mirror.

“Just a few more zippers and I’ll model this jumpsuit for you,” Lennie promised.

The skirt was really too risqué, Christy decided, but it wouldn’t hurt to try it on. She dropped her pants and stepped into the leather skirt. It molded to her hips and flattened her tummy. Skin showed between the satin laces on the side, and her white cotton panties stood out like a flag of surrender. Definitely not the signal she wanted to send.

Lennie knocked on the door. “Show time!”

Christy poked her head out of the dressing room door. Lennie looked like something out of a super-hero comic book. Or an adolescent boy’s imagination.

“You look fantastic!” Christy managed.

“I know.” Lennie stroked the sides of the jumpsuit. “Leather makes me feel wild.”

“Flannel makes you feel wild.” But Christy felt it too. The bustier and skirt fit like a second skin, so tight and making her feel so loose.



Please welcome fellow RWR member E. Jamie for our very first Romance Writer’s in the Rough Author Spotlight!

1.) Hi, Nancy. Why don’t you introduce yourself and tell us a little about you.
Thanks for having me today! I write erotic romance as E. Jamie (www.ejamie.net) for Amira Press (www.amirapress.com) and I’m also a full time freelance writer, working from home which I love because I’m able to have time to work on my fiction as well as my freelance assignments!
2.) Where do you live? Do you like it?

I live in Toronto, Canada and I really do love it. I’m very much a city girl and Toronto is sort of the Candian NYC. I’d love to have a summer cottage or little vacation house in the country to get away from it all every once in a while but I definitely need to live in the city. I need the noise and vibrancy of it.

3.) What’s currently on your iPod/mp3 player/cd player?

Right now I’m listening to the new version of Hallelujah by Alexandre Burke. I love that song in all its version but that one is my new favorite. It’s just so big and powerful! I have a mix of songs as my tastes really run the gamut from Classical to Country. I can’t write in silence so it’s either the TV or music I’m listening to. Maybe this is a sign I’m getting older but lately I find it easier to write to classical or instrumental music. Anything without lyrics. Movie soundtracks are fantastic to write to! Used to be lyrics didn’t bother me but now they can sometimes distract me. (sighs) Yep, I’m getting on up there, I think.

4.) Describe a typical (or non-typical) writing day?

I had my first non-writing day in months this past Sunday as I had finished edits on my upcoming release Till Death Do Us Part so I decided that day that I was going to do nothing! Just fiddle around on line and do some reading. Then of course Monday came and I got sick. I am not a fan of irony. I used to have an outside day job so I had trained myself to write in the late afternoon/early evening. Now, I still find that easiest for me. I am sooo not a morning person so I spent the first half of the day doing e-mail stuff, catching up on blogs and promo stuff and then around 2 or so, I pull up the current WIP and get to it.

5.) Do you go by goals? Weekly? Daily? Monthly?

With my latest WIP, We’ll Meet Again I worked for 5 pages a day and managed to finish it in about 3 months. I wasn’t sure if that was fast or slow but with 350+ pages at the end of I was told that’s pretty good. That’s usually the page count I try and hit on a WIP, 5 pages a day, sometimes it works, sometimes I don’t. Life happens. I don’t really set goals beyond the day to day writing wise. I just take it one day at a time. But I’ll do that with the works themselves. For example, my last release Redemption hit #3 on my publisher’s bestseller list, so my goal with my current release Play ground Of The Gods is to have it hit number one. Next year a goal will be to have one of my books on bookstore shelves.

6.) What’s your favorite setting from one of your novels? Why?

Oh that has to be Texas in my novella Redemption. One word: cowboys!

7.) What advice would you give any new writers just starting out?

There’s the famous BIC (Butt In Chair) but I also say MYA (Move Your Ass) Get our there and submit! Keep submitting because there will always be a place for your work. Rejection is just a part of the game and I truly believe the only unsuccessful writers are the ones who quit and stopped submitting.

8.) What are you working on at the moment?

Right now I am taking a break between WIP’s as I’ve just finished a WW2 romance called We’ll Meet Again. It involves an American nurse and an English soldier and I’m hoping to get that published by either Harlequin Spice or Harlequin Historicals. Keeping my fingers crossed.

9.) Are you a panster? A planner? A planster? Which method works best for you? Why?
I’m very much a planner. (Plantser?)(laughs) I can’t imagine not knowing exactly what was going to happen when I sit down to write. Though of course, surprises happen that take me in new direction but the basic storyline stays the same. Does that make me a plantser then?
10.) Any new releases coming up?

Well my current release with Amira Press is a sci-fi/futuristic paranormal called Playground Of The Gods and I have Till Death Do Us Part coming out tentatively on June 5th with Amira in ebook and it will also come out soon after in print! It’ll be my first print release and I am very excited about that!



Visit E. Jamie’s Websites at:

http://ejamie.net
http://freelancewritingservices.net



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