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What to Read Wednesday

Happy Wednesday everyone! Today I’m excited because we have a very special guest on WHAT TO READ WEDNESDAY! Today we are featuring author Bryna Kranzler. Bryna is sharing an amazing true story about her grandfather based off the diary he kept during the Russo-Japanese War when he was a Russian soldier.

So please join me in welcoming Bryna!

Thanks for joining us on What to Read Wednesday. I’m excited to have you here. Tell us 5 facts about you the person and not the author. :)

  1. The building that used to be the hospital where I was born – Cedars of Sinai – has since become the headquarters for the Church of Scientology
  2. When I was about 5 years-old, Carl Reiner wanted me to have a recurring role on The Dick Van Dyke Show as Little Richie’s friend and next-door-neighbor
  3. I have an abysmal sense of direction, and my mechanism for accommodating it is no better. Typically I remember the color of the car that I park next to, but this has not proved to be a reliable way of locating my car again. (It’s even worse when I’m driving a rental and don’t even know the color of the car I rented).
  4. I love to experiment in the kitchen. When the writing isn’t going well or I can’t focus, I bake something to send to my children in NY and Miami. I try to come up with healthy variations of things they like, though for special occasions, like Thanksgiving, I’ll make something very decadent. My son is currently visiting for 2 weeks of R&R, and today the two of us had fun with a molecular gastronomy kit I had bought. We made balsamic spaghetti. Tomorrow we’re going to make goat cheese spheres to serve with it.
  5. One of my recent procrastination efforts turned into something bigger than I could have imagined. I started wondering whether there might be other women named ‘Bryna’ on Facebook; perhaps I’d start a group for the 4 or 5 us in which we could chat about the origin of our shared name. I found more than 3 or 4 others; in fact, I found over 1700 other Brynas on Facebook, alone. Now The Bryna Brigade has 122 members, each one of whom has said, “I never met anyone else with the same name.”

I love that you experiment in the kitchen, I enjoy that too! And I especially love that you started the Bryna Brigade. I remember when we met I mentioned to you that I really liked your name :)  Congrats on finding other Bryna’s out there!  Lol  Now back to our interview…I get sidetracked so easily :) Where is your favorite place to read?

On the beach, in a lounge chair, with a lot of ice water with lemon nearby! But practically speaking, I do a lot of my reading on the recumbent exercise bike.

What’s your favorite snack food?

Nuts! Mostly almonds, though I like all healthy nut, seed and raisin/cranberry mixes

Almonds are delish!  What genre (s) do you write?

  1. Fiction
  2. Non-Fiction
  3. Essays and OpEds
  4. I’m currently trying to write song lyrics

You have so many interesting facets Bryna :)  Describe your writing space.

Look for the most cluttered space in the house, and you’ll likely find me buried beneath it. My elbows rest a few inches off my desktop, because I haven’t seen the surface in a while. I briefly used the kitchen table (except that I couldn’t see the screen of my laptop during the day time), and for a few years, worked at a Starbucks and Panera because I realized that whenever I got to a tough spot in my writing, I heard the laundry or dinner calling me to attend to it.

Share the blurb from your latest release.

Latest press release? “Anarchy and Teamwork Win USA Best Books 2011 Awards.” After I formed my publishing company, Crosswalk Press, I took in two other authors and we formed an LLC Partnership. This press release refers to the fact that both of our books won awards in the USA Best Books of 2011 competition: Hers, in Cookbooks: General, and Gift and Specialty Books categories, and mine in Biography: Historical. I tried to come up with a catchy title for the press release.

Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…Choose 7 words that describe your story.

  1. War diary
  2. Family
  3. Jewish
  4. Eastern Europe
  5. Black humor
  6. History
  7. Russo-Japanese War

I know the behind the scenes story as to how you came about writing this book, will you please share it with our readers visiting today?

In 1905, my grandfather – a Jewish soldier, and later officer, in the Russian army during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-05), began keeping a diary documenting the many ways that the Czar had let down his own people. This included equipping some of the men with weapons, but completely different men with ammunition; making no provisions to feed the soldiers or provide warm clothing to survive winter in Manchuria; learning absolutely nothing about the enemy they were sent to fight (since the war was launched to distract the population from thoughts of revolution); and generally not caring that 99% of the population was starving and hungry while royalty and the nobility held all the power. The incidents my grandfather recorded in his diaries supported his decision, after the war, to get involved in overthrowing the Czar (for which my grandfather earned his 3rd death sentence, which he also evaded).

Give us 3 reasons why you think we should read your book.

  1. The book is about a little-known (in the U.S.) period of history which changed the balance of world power (Russia lost its superpower status, while Japan emerged as the first Asian nation to defeat a European nation).
  2. It shows how it is possible to survive the unthinkable by having a sense of humor, and being devoted to friends. And this aspect of my grandfather’s personality makes the book very funny.
  3. And it illustrates that hatred is not a survival skill; it is possible to treat one’s enemies with honor (even after they’ve proved they don’t deserve it) and still survive; in other words, without sacrificing one’s soul.

What was the hardest part of the book to write?

The hardest part was coming up with a narrative structure in which I could tell my grandfather’s story as a continuous story, and then organizing the elements to make sure they were in chronological (historical) order. There were several incidents that were similar but made the same point, so I consolidated those stories into a single incident. There were also other, wonderful stories that didn’t fit with the new narrative structure that I unfortunately had to omit from the book, but I published them on my blog so that they wouldn’t be lost (This is one of the stories: http://xsnerg-accidentalanarchist.blogspot.com/2009/12/samurai-of-vishigrod-and-very-small.html.)

The easiest?

The easiest part, surprisingly, was getting into my grandfather’s voice to write the parts I needed to create, fill in or flesh out.

Please share an excerpt of your book!

Let me set the scene: Following the Russo-Japanese War and my grandfather’s escape from Siberia (his third death sentence was commuted to ten years of hard labor in Siberia followed by permanent exile), he returned to Poland where he joined the Polish Revolutionary Underground (to free Poland from Russian control). This is how my grandfather described his first assignment as an ‘agent’ for the Polish underground:

“One morning, I was summoned to the Bristol Hotel. This, to be frank, was a place ordinarily a little out of my class. Its lobby, I saw at a glance, was so densely populated with Czarist agents, you could throw a stone in any direction and not hit one person who still spoke Polish, let alone Yiddish. My assignment was to make contact with someone holding one end of a broken match; I would carry the other half. After confirming that our pieces fit together, the man was to say to me in Polish, ‘Excuse me, sir, can you give me a light?’ To which I was to reply, ‘What brand of cigarettes, sir, do you smoke?’

“It did no good to point out that such a dialogue would be hard to mistake for a casual exchange between two normal human beings. To make things worse, I had been given a piece from the wrong match, meaning that both of us would arrive carrying a half with no head on it. My handler agreed there may have been a slipup, but it was too late now to alter the arrangements.

“So picture, if you will, two shabbily dressed strangers circulating in the crowded lobby of this elegant hotel, stooping over from time to time to gaze at what another person may be holding between his fingers.

“After sweating through I don’t know how many minutes of this little minuet, my contact and I finally noticed each other’s peculiar behavior and sheepishly flaunted our headless matches. We then recite our stilted passwords and manage to walk out together, all without for one moment arousing the suspicions of our excellent police force. Or, at least, without being arrested on the spot.”

Having thus met his ‘handler,’ my grandfather received his first assignment:

“In the street, my fellow-plotter, a jittery young man with bad skin, kept looking over his shoulder. Half a block away, feeling it finally safe to talk, he said, ‘Are you prepared to go on a mission?’

“At first I wondered if this were yet another password, or possibly a trap. But he repeated himself so impatiently that I assumed he wanted a straight answer, which was, ‘I don’t know. What kind of a mission?’

“He yanked me into a doorway. ‘I can’t tell you.’

“‘Then I’m not going.’

“‘Delivering supplies,’ he said grudgingly.

“‘Supplies of what?’

“Scowling with annoyance, he mumbled, ‘Ammunition,’ in a tone that let me know I had no business asking such an idiotic question.

“You might say that this task should have sounded harmless enough to someone of my background. But I knew of several comrades who were arrested while transporting such goods, and with very little fuss, sentenced and shot.

“But my contact allowed me no time for reflection. He snapped, ‘Wait here,’ and vanished across the street.

Trapped, I loitered in plain sight of the Bristol, straining to look invisible and braced, at any moment, for a heavy hand to fall on my shoulder.

“Instead, I saw a tall young woman make her way daintily through the traffic. Flustered, she stopped near me and looked around. This, I assumed, was my new contact since one would had to be blind in both eyes not to have spotted her instantly as a man in a poorly fitted horsehair wig. Nor was he too cleanly shaven.

“I tried to lose myself among the passing pedestrians, hoping this person would not be able, in his pavement-trailing skirt and high-heeled boots, to follow me.

“But the creature in the wig, having spotted me, caught up with me. Smiling through smudged lips, he motioned coquettishly with his finger. Resigned, I allowed him to capture my elbow and summon a droshky. We climbed in, and he directed the driver to a certain number on Shliska Street. The driver cracked his whip, giving no sign of having noticed that his orders came from a woman with a rather hairy voice.

“We pulled up at a shoemaker’s cellar where my guide/contact, with all the nonchalance of a commercial traveler on an expense account, ordered the droshky to wait, just as though we had not been warned time and again that some cab men also served as police informants.

“A minute later, I staggered back out into the street hauling two valises so heavy one of the handles promptly came off in my hand; my load crashed to the pavement.

“At this, the shoemaker turned white and then became hysterical. Hopping up and down, he cursed my clumsiness and consigned me to the seven depths of hell. I realized I was not carrying mere bullets but a more nervous kind of merchandise, like dynamite or even homemade bombs, the kind we cozily call ‘dumplings,’ some of which had been known to go off at inconvenient times.

“Still in his wig and padded dress, my guide ordered our driver to take us and our luggage to a windowless shack deep in the woods outside the city where, to my relief, a refreshing businesslike couple took delivery of the goods.”

What’s a memorable line from your book that you’re proud of?

I am most proud of the opening, which took me almost a month to get right: “I have no excuse, save for the ignorance of youth and a desire for grandadventure, which may have been one and the same thing. Consequently, the seemingly minor decision I made to end my education before the age of thirteen led me down a path from which each future choice was misdirected by the previous foolish one.”

What surprised you the most about becoming a published author?

That the really hard work was only beginning!

LOL…Love that…so true!  Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? :)

There are several projects that I’m juggling at the moment: An essay I’m writing based on a speech I’d like to give at a Tedx conference in San Diego; homework for a class I’m taking toward earning a certificate in Copyediting; preparing a presentation that my partners and I plan to give at SXSW (South by Southwest), if our panel is picked. (Voting is open till August 31. Please vote for us at: <a href="your panel URL"><img src="http://sxsw.com/sites/default/files/PP_VOTE_IDEA_SXSW2013.jpg" width="186" height="57" alt="" title="" />). Our presentation is: “The Cook, The Bitch and The Anarchist: Lessons Learned Between the Sheets, Beyond the Covers.” This is a panel presentation by my publishing partners and I about the business of self-publishing. Conveniently, this ties in to another one of my projects, which is writing an ebook about self-publishing, with a particularly emphasis on everything I did wrong because I didn’t know any better.

And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

So glad you asked: On my website: www.TheAccidentalAnarchist.com, where one can order a signed copy; at Amazon.com and BN.com; and at select bricks-and-mortar bookstores.

Thank you for joining me today on What to Read Wednesday Bryna, I’m honored that you shared your story with us and so glad you visited!

 
 

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Six Sentence Sunday 8/26/12

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  This week I’d like to share my 6th snippet from my contemporary romance Two-Timing the Boss which released in both ebook and print on Friday, August 24th with The Wild Rose Press.  WHOOT WHOOT…cue the ballons and streamers and the sexy shirtless men with glistening biceps and rippling abs pouring champagne :)

Whew…*fanning myself* Back to reality and controlling the need for a run on sentence! lol

I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my six.

QUICK SET UP: We’re still in Keller’s POV and he’s just offered Farah the position of personal assistant and she’s accepted. Farah—in total good employee mode—offers to start the next day. We start out with Keller’s response.

“Take the remainder of the week and get yourself situated then come in fresh Monday morning, seven-thirty.”

When her tongue flicked out to wet her lips, his insides shifted. The sunlight coming through the bank of windows touched the moistness her tongue left behind. He envisioned his thumb tracing the curve of her upper lip before he lowered his head to take a sample. She’d taste like sugar, of that he felt certain. At this point he just wasn’t sure if it’d be imitation or the real thing.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great snippets please go to SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.  Or join in the fun next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!

Christine

Two Timing the Boss @ The Wild Rose Press

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BLURB for Two-Timing the Boss:

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Happy Wednesday!!! Today, I’m excited because we’re starting something new on What to Read Wednesday. I like to shake things up once in awhile and decided it would be fun to offer the authors who appear the option of either writing a guest post or allowing me to interview them.

And today we have amazing author Marie-Nicole Ryan in the house and she’s written a beautiful post about the power of love between a pet and their person. Afterward she’s sharing a bit about herself and the links and blurb to her latest release–TAMING TALIA–published by Samhain Publishing.

As an extra bonus, please leave a comment and you’ll automatically be entered into a drawing for one of Marie-Nicole’s books and a set of romance trading cards :)

So, let’s get started!  Please join me in welcoming Marie-Nicole Ryan.

First of all, let me thank Christine for giving me the opportunity to talk about my favorite subject, Cassie the Wonder Sheltie, and how I came to adopt her. When my last dog had to be euthanized, I swore I didn’t want another dog. How could I replace Tazz? He was a darling cinnamon Chow Chow, and I’d inherited him from my son who moved out and couldn’t have a large dog in his apartment. Tazz was my best bud for the last several years of his life, so my heart was really broken when the time came to say good-bye.

That was in July 2006. I retired from my day job in October. Get another dog?  No way. I was far too busy with my new Samhain contract; I just didn’t have time for a dog. And I wasn’t over grieving for Tazz.

Then fast forward until September 2008. I went to visit friends in upstate New York, and they’d just been given a Maltese puppy. Darling Buffy became my lapdog for the week I spent up there, and I finally realized it was time to start thinking about getting a new companion.

This time it would be a rescue, a small female, and it would be my choice. But I had all these nagging worries. What if I picked a dog with issues? I’d be stuck because I’d never be able to give a dog back. Would I be destined to call Cesar Milan, The Dog Whisperer? Would I be, for the first time I must add, the alpha in the household?

Having a dog would curb my freedom to travel. Vet bills are almost as expensive as human doctor bills. Yes, I had many, many worries.

So I dithered and withered. I dilly-dallied. But that didn’t keep me from haunting the Maltese and Chow Chow dog breeder web sites. In my surfing I came across the Middle Tennessee Sheltie Rescue. Now a Sheltie is small. But they shed, and this time I sort of wanted a dog that didn’t. I must’ve filled out the organization’s adoption application two or three times, but finally the first of April 2009, I e-mailed it to the director, figuring it would take a while.

The very next day, I received a call from the director of the rescue organization, the wonderful Ann Acuff. She said she had a Sheltie in mind for me, one who would love to have a forever home and who was a bit of a diva. I told Ann I worked from home and had a fenced backyard. We made an appointment for me to meet Cassie. Oh, and Cassie was on a diet. She weighed twenty-seven pounds when she came to Ann in January and should only weigh 15-15 ½ pounds because she’s a tiny Sheltie.

I spent the next few days buying toys, a bed, leash, collar, and a halter/seatbelt kind of deal. Cassie took a trip to the groomer on Tuesday and I went to meet her on Wednesday. OMG! She was beautiful with the sweetest face you’ve ever seen. I’d seen her picture on the web site, so I knew she was a pretty little thing, but I had no idea just how beautiful she truly was. Her weight was already down to 20.4 pounds and I received many instructions on her care and diet.

I took notes—yes, I did.

Cassie and I played some fetch with a tennis ball, and I was allowed to bring her home. She spent a couple of days, sniffing every single corner of my house. Her nose was to the ground. It was twenty-four hours before she so much as barked. She quickly learned where her food and water bowls were and had no trouble telling me when she was ready to eat. LOL!  Ann was right about her being a diva, too.

Now that we’ve been together for three years, I can’t imagine my life without her sweet face. She’s spoiled rotten and sleeps on my bed, but for all that she’s still a very good little girl. In those three years, I sold my house (no more fenced-in backyard) and moved back to Kentucky to be closer to my aging mother. She and Cassie have a truly special bond. Mom calls Cassie her grand-dog, and Cassie is so excited to see her “Granny” each day.

Adopting or rescuing an animal is a responsibility. No doubt about it. But take it from me, it’s so worth it. Please consider it the next time you think about a new pet. Even if you can’t adopt or foster a dog or cat, there are numerous ways to support the selfless efforts of breed rescue organizations, your local humane society or the ASPCA.

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Marie-Nicole Ryan writes erotic historical western romance and contemporary romantic suspense. Her newest release from Samhain Publishing is Taming Talia, book two of her Loving the Lawman series. You can find out more about Marie-Nicole’s work at her web site, marienicoleryan.com or on Facebook. If you’d like to win one of her books and a set of romance trading cards, leave a comment here. Please check back to see if you won. 

BLURB for TAMING TALIA:

She’ll take her pleasure hot…until it burns its way to the cold truth.

Loving the Lawman, Book 2

Over her not-so-dearly-departed husband’s grave, newly widowed Natalia Montrose vows to shake off the memories of her abusive marriage by bedding the first suitable man she meets. Enter handsome, flirtatious Jared Fields, who offers to help her manage her assets.

Natalia has no intention of giving up control of the ranch her father traded away—along with her hand—for gold. But she intends to enjoy this stranger’s advances until all her desires are sated.

Jared is a rarity among Pinkerton agents. Well educated, the disowned black sheep of a wealthy New York City family, he enjoys the freedom afforded by his various assignments. But discovering whether the fiery Widow Montrose had her husband killed is a challenge with an unexpected twist. All he can think about is what he’ll do when he gets her in bed.

Natalia and Jared circle each other warily, feeling the pull of sensual heat. But when the Blizzard of 1889 hits, the sexual sparks may not be enough to keep them warm…or alive.

Warning: Contains a sex-starved widow and a saddled-hardened Pinkerton agent who set the sheets afire.

Buy Links:

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/taming-talia-marie-nicole-ryan/1110684911?ean=9781619211254

http://www.amazon.com/Taming-Talia-Loving-Lawman-ebook/dp/B008194788

 
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Six Sentence Sunday 8/19/12

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  This week I’d like to take up from where I left off last week and share my 5th snippet from my contemporary romance Two-Timing the Boss that officially releases August 24th with The Wild Rose Press.  That’s right…a mere 5 days from today.

I’ll let you in on a not so secret secret…lol, but the print version was released last week and this Friday the ebook will be out. I’m so excited :)

I’ve included the blurb at the end of today’s post to give you a better idea of what the story is about.

I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my six.

QUICK SET UP: We’re still in Keller’s POV and in the midst of him interviewing Farah. She’s playing it aloof and cool, though sweat dots her brow. This snippet starts out after Keller lets Farah know he spoke to her previous boss who raved about her. He basically wants to know why she didn’t return to her former position since her prior boss said he’d take her back in a heartbeat.

She smiled, but her eyes remained cool. “I appreciate his kindness, but sometimes you can’t go back.”

“Basically he called me a fool if I didn’t hire you.”

Farah arched one fine brow. “He’d be correct.”

Keller laughed outright, he’d always been a closet sci-fi fan and her emotionless expression along with one lifted eyebrow resembled a famous Vulcan. He liked her spunk-logic.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great snippets please go to SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.  Or join in the fun next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!

Christine

BLURB for Two-Timing the Boss:

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

 
 

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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to another week, another Wednesday and another chance to meet a wonderful author. Today on What to Read Wednesday we have a special guest. Please welcome Harlequin author Natalie Anderson to the hot seat! She’s here to share a little bit about herself and her latest release from Harlequin Presents WAKING UP IN THE WRONG BED. The title alone has my curiosity. :) and I love reading the Presents selections, they are definitely one of my favorites.

Hi Natalie. I’m so glad to have you here. Tell us 5 things about you the person and not the author. :)

  1. I’m terrified of heights but I LOVE the Giant Drop ride at Dreamworld in Australia – being vertically dropped 115 metres at a speed of 135km somehow really does it for me!
  2. I’m vegan and haven’t eaten meat for over 20 years. That said, I really don’t like parsnip.
  3. I love scootering to school with my kids. I’m the biggest kid on a scooter in the neighbourhood.
  4. I’ve brainwashed my kids into referring to me as SuperMummy.
  5. My favourite form of exercise is swimming but I don’t get to do it anywhere enough. When I win the lottery I’m putting in my own lap pool.

I love that your kids call you SuperMommy…nice job on your part. What’s your favorite word?

Oh there are too many wonderful words… but right now? Tantalise.

Good word. If we could see your book shelves or your tbr pile, what would it tell us about you?

That I have obsessions – if I’m thinking about something I’ll get every book I can out on the subject. There’s no half measures, if I’m into it, I’m into it all the way!

What genre (s) do you write?

Contemporary romance – I love to write sexy, fun stories about gorgeous (possibly slightly screwed up) peeps! But that’s not to say I wouldn’t write something completely different one day – I’ve promised the kids that I’ll write a story for them sometime and they’re insisting on monsters and toilet humour.

LOL…that’ll be quite a switch for you. Your kids sound fun. Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon or night?

Ideally in the morning—not super early, but once the family have left the house. But all too often I’m there in the middle of the night when everyone else is asleep and I’m wired on salt, sugar and caffeine, careering towards my deadline.

Please share your blurb from WAKING UP IN THE WRONG BED.

When film location scout Ellie Summers sneaks into a colleague’s hotel room with seduction in mind, she’s thrilled by her own daring!

But the smug morning-after glow morphs into red-faced mortification when she wakes in the arms of a total stranger! Ruben Theroux might be fine with the situation, but a flustered Ellie most definitely is not.

Ellie’s only defence against this very attractive guy is to insist they’re friends only–strictly no benefits! But Ruben isn’t a successful businessman for nothing–they’ll be good together, and he’s happy to play dirty to get what he wants….

Oooh, I think I like Ruben already! Let’s play LUCKY SEVEN…describe your book using 7 words.

Contemporary, sexy, sweet, funny, flirty, visual, fun!

I certainly get all of those words just from reading your blurb :) Tell us 2 things you love about your heroine.

I love Ellie’s resilience, and her genuine nature. She was truly, truly mortified… but she tried to do the right thing after!

Your hero?

I love Ruben’s wicked streak—I love that he’s playful and confident. And that he goes for what he wants!

What’s the best part of the writing process for you?

I fall in love with each stage once I get to it and then after a while I fall out of love with it! Like, I love the fast draft…then I hate it. I love getting into revisions… then I hate it… I love doing line-edits…. Then I hate them. Fortunately, the wheel keeps turning and I get to another good bit soon enough!

I think brainstorming is the most fun of all because that’s pure play—the hard graft comes later. And of course the absolute best is having your editor say it’s fab and  then getting great feedback from a reader!

Please share an excerpt from WAKING UP IN THE WRONG BED.

“Pay very close attention,” he drawled. “My bedroom is a mere three doors along. Same floor and everything. You can’t miss it. Even if there’s a power cut and it’s pitch black. Worst case just try them all, there’s no one else staying here, only me to be found.”

“Dream on.”

“Oh I do. Every night,” he shrugged, utterly unashamed. “Just as you do.”

“There’s a lock on this door, isn’t there?” she looked down at it as if to ensure it.

“There’s no full moon tonight,” he continued, ignoring her interruption. “Just as there wasn’t then. You don’t need to pretend you’re a horny were-woman, just do what you want to do.”

You’re not what I want to do,” she muttered, determined to believe it.

“I think I prefer it when you’re agitated and honest rather than trying to be cool and lie.”

She choked – torn between laughter and outrage. “You’re so up yourself.”

“No, I’m just not so uptight I can’t admit to something that feels good.”

She twitched. “Look, what happened was a mistake. I’m all for learning from my mistakes.”

“Well frankly I’m glad you made the wrong room mistake and saved yourself from a mess-up with that other guy.”

“What happened with you was a mistake too.”

“How can you say that?” His voice dropped lower still. A whisper that slid over her like the faintest, warmest of breezes. “You’re as in thrall as I am.”

She had to end this somehow, before she went up in a puff of smoke. “This is really flattering and all,” she sucked up some cool. “But I’m not available for anyone, or any kind of thing, right now. That night just showed what an idiot I was.”

“You weren’t an idiot.” He looked concerned. “That wasn’t the act of a desperate woman.”

“Wasn’t it?” Wasn’t it exactly that?

It was one of the few moments in the evening where his expression was serious. “There’s nothing wrong with having needs and giving them free expression. You know what I think of you?” he asked.

She really didn’t want to know.

“That you’re a spontaneous, fiery, passionate woman who’s as human as I am. Who makes mistakes, who has wants. It was refreshing. You were in total charge. You blew my –”

“Look, don’t try to make out like I’m some kind of sex goddess just because you want back in my pants.” Ellie breathed in desperately. “Truth is I don’t want any kind of a relationship right now. I’ve gotten a new job that I really don’t want to lose because I actually love it. I want to be in charge of both my career and my social life.”

“I don’t want a relationship either,” his shoulders lifted. “It’s impossible for me. I’m in the middle of a new deal, I’m away every week to another hotel,” he half-laughed. “And that’s not going to change anytime soon. And not for any one.”

“So there’s really nothing to talk about, right?”

“There is just this one small thing.” He leaned closer.

“You said you wouldn’t make a move.”

“I’m not.”

“You know you are,” she shook her head. “Why don’t you drive to the nearest bar or something. You could get sex anytime you want it.”

“You’re proving that statement wrong right this second.”

She swallowed.

“I have some fun when it feels right, but my field’s been empty a while.” He maintained his intent, fiery gaze on her. “I can admit to my needs, maybe you can’t. But your actions that night showed you have them.”

“It can’t happen.”

“Yes it can. Just once more can absolutely happen.”

Just once more. Oh so, so tempting.

“You promised you wouldn’t touch me unless I invited it.” Her whisper was invitation enough and they both knew it.

She looked down to stop the mesmerising effect of his easy smile and dangerous eyes. But it merely made it worse because now she could hear the molten chocolate quality in his words. She could feel his heat, her own instinct to draw nearer pulled.

“Look at me.”

Yowza, now that’s some great chemistry!  Nice excerpt :) What’s your favorite part of the book to write…dialogue or description or something else (sex scenes, fight scenes etc)?

I do really love writing dialogue. That often comes first—I just love it when my characters talk over/at/to me! And yeah, I do like writing sex scenes, they can be a lot of fun! And also a great challenge to keep fresh and to really ensure you’re showing the progression of the relationship.

I love choosing names for my main characters, how did you come about choosing yours?

I keep a list of possible hero names. I can come up with heroine names so easily, I can just flip through a naming book and find a dozen I love. But heroes are so much harder!!!! I really like my guys to have a ‘manly’ name. Plus it helps if it’s short so the heroine can scream it easy ;)

I have hero and heroine name lists too…and you are so right, heroine names are so easy but finding the perfect hero names can be a bit for challenging. What surprised you the most about becoming a published author?

That’s it’s true that is gets harder not easier—in a very different way. I feel so lucky to have had the path I’ve had and I’ve spent many years working very hard—but it definitely doesn’t get easier.

Natalie, would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? :)

I’ve been working on some novellas recently. A couple for Harlequin which I can’t say anything about yet (sorry!) and a novella trilogy which was a lot of fun to write—there’s a fake fiancée, a mistaken identity a highschool crush… and a dog named Mango.

I’m intrigued and want to know more about Mango!  lol And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Waking Up In The Wrong Bed is available from

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

And will be on the shelves in bookstore from Mid-August.

You can find out more about my other releases on my website http://www.natalie-anderson.com  and be sure to sign up for my newsletter as I often have subscriber only eTreats. I’m also on Twitter @authornataliea and Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/authornataliea

Thank you so much for visiting today, Natalie! I hope you had as good a time as we did :)

Thank you so much for having me, Christine!!!!

 
 

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Six Sentence Sunday 8/12/12

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  This week I’d like to take up from where I left off last week and share my 4th snippet from my contemporary romance Two-Timing the Boss that officially releases August 24th with The Wild Rose Press.

FUN ALERT! I just found out Two-Timing the Boss was released 2 weeks early in print format (the ebook will still be released on August 24th)…here are the links…I’m so excited!

The Wild Rose Press

Amazon

Now back to the regularly scheduled program…

I’ve included the blurb afterward to give you a better idea of what the story is about.

I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my six.

Quick setup:  Farah made her way into Keller Donovan’s office for her interview and had an unlucky mishap in her tower high heels. Before she kissed the floor, Keller caught her and saved her from embarrassment. She’s a little shaken and parts of her disguise aren’t quite secure as they were minutes ago. This snippet takes off from there in Keller’s POV…

“I can’t believe you still want to interview me,” she smiled, a slow parting of her slim, bow shaped lips revealed even white teeth.

He stood, captivated by the curve of her mouth until her smile wavered then disappeared. After giving himself a mental shake, he led her to one of the leather chairs. Instead of taking the seat beside her, or making his way around his desk, he perched on the ornate carved edge before her. Keller rubbed his chin between thumb and forefinger and regarded the latest candidate HR had sent up, a replica of his last three assistants. Either the only qualified graduates applying were tall blue-eyed blondes dressed in wool business suits, or the university on the other side of town was in mass production of administrative clones.

“Tell me why you’d like to work at Donovan Enterprises?”

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great snippets please go to SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY.  Or join in the fun next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!

Christine

BLURB for Two-Timing the Boss:

Farah Smith is on a mission: secure the funds for her twin sister’s surgery.  She’ll do whatever it takes to succeed.  Even if that means putting her values aside to work for a man she finds morally bankrupt.  But when the real Farah meets her new boss, she wonders if she’ll be able to resist his sexy advances long enough to help her sister.

From the blonde wig, to the stilettos strapped around her ankles, Farah’s a clone of Keller Donovan’s harem of past assistants.  She can’t believe she’s let herself be talked into the disguise, let alone working for the man planning to demolish the hospital her sister so desperately needs, but the salary he offers is the only way she’ll be able to afford her sister’s surgery.  The moment Farah meets Keller she realizes her most daunting task isn’t typing, spreadsheets or organizing travel arrangements, but fighting the growing attraction toward a man whose ruthlessness is legendary in the boardroom as well as the bedroom.

Determined not to end up in a disastrous marriage like his divorced parents, Keller believes all relationships should have a shelf life of sixth months or less.  But when he meets Farah, all bets are off.  He not only wants her to continue as his personal assistant, but his own private bed warmer.  Unfortunately, his offer of an affair doesn’t sit well with her fairytale dreams or the strangled hold gripping his heart.

 

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What to Read Wednesday

Another Wednesday is here already, which means time for What to Read Wednesday!  I’m excited to have author Alan Nayes joining us. He’s going to share some interesting facts about himself and his writing. He’ll also tell us about his latest release GIRL BLUE released with Samhain Publishing AND to top it off he’s giving away THREE ebook copies of GARGOYLES via way of smashwords coupons to 3 lucky commenters.

So let’s get started!

Hi Alan.  Welcome to What to Read Wednesday. Tell us about yourself in 30 words or less.

Thirty words—okay here goes. I’m from Texas but live in Southern California and love the outdoors, reading and writing. My goal is to write stories that entertain and enthrall readers, and yes I’m still working at this. Lol. I own eighty acres of land in Texas and one day I plan to spend three or four months in a small house on this rural land and write a first draft of a novel that will become a future bestseller—or at least sell one or two copies to family members and friends. Yeah, that’s a possibility.

Love it!  Board games or video games?

Neither—that was easy.

LOL…that was easy! What talent do you wish you had but don’t?

Run the 100 meters faster than any human in history. (Watch out Usain Bolt!)

From your enthusiasm I’m going to say you can do it :) What genre (s) do you write?

Christine, I write in several genres, including thriller, horror, romance, and I even wrote a children’s adventure story.

Wish I was as versatile! You give me something to aspire to Alan. Describe your writing space.

Pretty anemic—I write long hand so I have a little table just off my kitchen (love to snack when I write) that is near my computer so I can jump up and Google a topic if I need to. I write my initial drafts on paper then have a transcriptionist type them up. I know, not real exciting. But it works!

You have to go with what works best for you :) Share the blurb from your GIRL BLUE.

Renowned sculptor Jeremy Copper is determined that his latest work, Girl Blue, will be his masterpiece. He’s found the perfect stone for it, a rare block of blue granite from a quarry in Brazil. But this stone is special in more ways than one. The former owner of the great block was a woman named Franscesca, a witch in the 1920s who loved a talented young sculptor. He promised to carve her likeness, but when he betrayed her love she exacted a terrible vengeance and paid for it with her life.

Jeremy begins to fear for his sanity when he finds flakes of granite in his bedroom. Late at night, he hears strange noises coming from his locked studio. The sculpture continues to progress, even in his absence, a sinister form emerging beyond his control. But this frightening new version is not at all what Jeremy intended. Franscesca’s vengeful spirit lives on, and she’s more dangerous than ever.

Oooh, I love the sound of this story! What character in your book did you have the most fun writing and why?

Jeremy Copper. I enjoyed researching the world of sculpture and creating a character as dynamic and full of pathos as Jeremy.

Do you find you’re most creative in the morning, afternoon, or night?

I can write any time during the day—sometimes my most bizarre ideas though come to me late at night. That is what the small notebook and pen are for near my bed.

I have a notebook and pen beside my bed too!  Lol  What type of scene do you find the hardest to write?

Hardest—a scene with a lot of prose and description.

The easiest?

Easiest—fill that scene with dialogue. I love it when my characters talk to me and tell me what to write. Weird, huh.

Please share an excerpt from GIRL BLUE

Chapter 1

I am where I am because of my shortcomings. I am what I am because of my blessings, though the word implies the bestowing of a Supreme Being’s favor, which I don’t place much stock in. Not that I haven’t been favored. Quite the contrary. I have received my share of fortunes—more than my share, some would argue—in one lifetime. Most would label me talented. Others would even say I am gifted, though not many in the last several months, especially if they’d seen my two most recent endeavors.

My mother’s minister preaches I have fewer than fourteen months to “accept God”. He even sent a pretty acolyte to my studio to personally invite me over to a series of prayer meetings organized at my mother’s earnest behest. I wasn’t aware acolytes in the Protestant church could be females. And this young. Sarah couldn’t have been a year out of seminary school. Perhaps if I’d seen many more acolytes of Sarah’s quality, I might have attended a few more Christmas and Easter services. This girl was extraordinary—eyes and mouth in perfect proportion to her nose, lips with just enough fullness to demonstrate their sensuality, and the manner in which her nasal bridge was set under her brow all synergized to give her expression an undeniable beauty. I politely declined the prayer sessions and instead showed her to my drawing room where I offered to sketch her in charcoal, already silently debating how much shadow to shade under her shapely and well-formed breasts. You see, one of the most important foundations to becoming a good sculptor is the ability to draw. If you can’t draw, don’t take up sculpting. Drawing is the sine qua non. And as it so happens, one of my blessings is my ability to draw well. Very well.

“Without my clothes on, Jeremy?” she asked, obviously flustered, though not as flustered as I might have anticipated.

“Of course, Sarah,” I replied amiably. “I only draw in the nude. My subjects, that is,” I quickly added as if this last revelation would make everything kosher.

Sarah wasn’t Jewish and it didn’t.

After her polite declination, which I must admit was not unexpected, we shared some coffee—it was still morning—shared some thoughts on a few of my projects, and discussed a few political issues—I don’t recall which—all the while tacitly circumlocuting the very subject that had brought her to my studio in the first place. The fact that within fourteen months, I, Jeremy Copper, would be dead.

Great excerpt! Where were you when you came up with the idea for this story…what inspired you?

I was inspired by a friend who told me how he would go and get these sensual massages from sexy woman. This gave me an idea to write a story about a guy who gets addicted to erotic massages. But that idea wasn’t going anywhere until I read an article about Auguste Rodin, the great sculpture. Bam—I was hit with the idea of creating a character who sculpted nude women in stone. And then the rest just fell into place. Needless to say, some of my research included sensual massages—wow!

You’re proof positive that story ideas can come from anywhere…lol. What’s something that our readers today would be surprised to learn about you?

They would probably be surprised that I also relish sensual massages. Lol. Seriously, they might be surprised that I once swam ten miles across a lake in Wisconsin, fulfilling a childhood dream.

LOL…love your humor!  What’s been the highest point on your journey to publication?

Getting my first novel GARGOYLES published. Originally it was released by Tor/forge but I’ve since turned the concept into a trilogy and am releasing the books on my own.

Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? :)

Christine, I’m working on two books. Just completing a horror story titled HEMLOCK POND. HEMLOCK POND is about a woman and her young son who move into an old farmhouse with a haunted pond on the property. THE LEARNER is a paranormal romance that will be the first book in the Learner Series.

Those both sound good Alan! Congrats :) And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Website http://anayes.com/

BARBARY POINT

Amazon http://amzn.to/jwaVbN

Barnesandnoble.com http://bit.ly/j4mUlk

Smashwords http://bit.ly/kZwoq7

GARGOYLES (Book One of the Resurrection Trilogy)

Amazon http://amzn.to/nUMXs4

Barnesandnoble http://bit.ly/nBThYm

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/77758

THE UNNATURAL

Amazon http://amzn.to/oXRiNV

Barnesandnoble http://bit.ly/oxjm4S

Smashwords  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/80711

 

SMILODON

Amazon  http://amzn.to/nabkJD

Amazon.uk http://amzn.to/t1JAPj 

Barnesandnoble http://bit.ly/oucAdo

Smashwords  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/100497

PLAGUE

Amazon http://amzn.to/yYQHct

Amazon.uk http://amzn.to/xTKuoj

Barnesandnoble http://bit.ly/w5QeCP

Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/133178

GIRL BLUE

Amazon http://amzn.to/wEFi2A

Amazon.uk http://amzn.to/zUqn0q

Barnesandboble http://bit.ly/yJFVgU

Samhain http://bit.ly/yrNhox

RETURN TO UNDERLAND

Amazon  http://amzn.to/GDBTkq

Barnesandnoble http://bit.ly/LP2H18

Smashwords  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/172480

Goodreads  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/527589.Alan_Nayes

Facebook http://on.fb.me/ICI9Xe

Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/alannayes

Blog   http://alannayes.blogspot.com/

Thank you for hosting me today, Christine!

Thanks for visiting What to Read Wednesday Alan. It was wonderful to learn more about you and your books.

Remember everyone to please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Alan’s book GARGOYLES!  

 

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