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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun. :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Chrys Fey! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4, and then an excerpt of her book Hurricane Crimes. :)  Amazing cover Chrys….love it!

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First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Floridian and a vegetarian. Hurricane Crimes is my debut, which I am thrilled to share with you. I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey, but one of my sisters let me borrow the trilogy. I guess you could say I’m a little skeptical about reading them, so tell me . . . did you read them? What did you think?

I have them on my Nook, but I haven’t read them yet. From what I hear you either love them or hate them….hmmm.  What genre (s) do you write?

Romantic-suspense, supernatural-thrillers, and romance. I also dabble in fantasy and sci-fi.

You sound like a busy writer! Share your blurb for Hurricane Crimes!

After her car breaks down, Beth Kennedy is forced to stay in Florida, the target of Hurricane Sabrina. She stocks up supplies, boards up windows, and hunkers down to wait out the storm, but her plan unravels when she witnesses a car accident. Risking her life, she braves the winds to save the driver. Just when she believes they are safe, she finds out the man she saved could possibly be more dangerous than the severe weather.

Donovan Goldwyn only wanted to hide from the police, but the hurricane shoved his car into a tree. Now he’s trapped with a beautiful woman while the evidence that can prove his innocence to a brutal crime is out there for anyone to find.

As Hurricane Sabrina wreaks havoc, Beth has no other choice but to trust Donovan to stay alive. But will she survive, or will she become another hurricane crime?

What’s a genre you don’t write but would like to try?

I don’t write horror. I can write suspense and gore, but I just don’t think I have that scary bone in my body. If someone could teach me how to scare my readers, I’d definitely take the opportunity.

I’m the same, I think I would add too much funny in there somewhere lol. Where do you prefer to write?

I have a desk nestled in the corner of my apartment where I can see out the sliding glass door and take a peek at the TV. I spend quite a bit of time here pounding away at the keyboard, but I also love to curl up on the couch with a notebook and pen.

Sounds like a good writing spot! What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

Getting story ideas. I get story ideas when I’m trying to fall asleep, when I’m watching TV, and especially when I’m trying not to get story ideas. I have a list of books I need to write and it keeps getting longer.

What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

My favorite part was creating Hurricane Sabrina. I tried to make the storm as human as possible by giving it characteristics many people, and especially women, have. There are only three characters in my book, so Hurricane Sabrina was my fourth character.

I don’t have a least favorite, but I will admit that I did have a bit of a problem with the POV, but after I got that squared away everything was fine.

Why should we read your book?

I would never want to claim anyone should or has to read my book, so instead I’ll say why someone may want to read my book . . . I think people who love suspense will have fun trying to figure out if Donovan is a killer. I think romance lovers will enjoy the tension and passion between Donovan and Beth. I believe women will enjoy rooting for Beth during her insane moments of strength. I also think avid readers will be satisfied with Hurricane Crimes because it is a quick read and thorough story.

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish HURRICANE CRIMES?

I hope readers will finish my book feeling entertained. More than that, I want them to feel as though they can battle a hurricane like Beth did, even if the hurricane takes shapes as another hardship in their life.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

Absolutely! I am editing my next eBook, 30 Seconds, which is about a woman who finds herself in the middle of a war between a police force and a deadly mob. I am also writing a book about a wrestler and a librarian. This WIP is titled, In the Ring, and is a romance story with intense situations involving wrestling matches and family conflict.

Great titles….looking forward to learning more about them :)

Now the 4:

How would people communicate in a perfect world?

In a perfect world people would communicate with eye contact. With a simple locking of eyes you can have a complete conversation and even understand someone’s mood/emotional state. This would probably work better in a sci-fi novel though. Now there’s another story idea! ;)

All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?

My addiction is Scandal, so I would definitely pick that show to run on repeat for a whole year. It has everything a person could want: murder, crimes, irresistible romance, intensity, shocking twists, a great storyline, amazing characters, and, of course, scandal!

You were in a head on collision with Santa and his reindeer! Whew…everyone is okay, but the accident was caused by you running a red light! Now you’re in court and Judge Judy sentences you to a year of duties where you’ll need to take the place of one of the following holiday mascots….who will you choose? The Easter Bunny, The Tooth fairy, The Grim Reaper, Santa, Uncle Sam, Cupid…or another. And why did you choose the one you did?

I would choose to be the Tooth Fairy because I’d get to wear a cute costume. I’d also have real wings and an endless supply of money! ;) Plus, I’d enjoy visiting toothless boys and girls, especially my nephews, and rewarding them for losing a piece of their childhood.

What’s the most amount of money you’ve found while doing laundry?

Fifty cents. I’m never lucky enough to find forgotten bills.

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4, Chrys Fey Please share an excerpt from HURRICANE CRIMES! :)

On the television set, which was fighting to stay alive, was breaking news. She caught bits and pieces of it as she emptied the bowl of blood-tainted water and threw out the cloth. It was about a high-speed chase that had occurred about a half-hour ago. Beth shook her head. Apparently, Donovan wasn’t the only idiot driving around during a hurricane.

She went back into the living room and began replacing all the medical supplies into the first-aid kit. Behind her, a reporter was explaining that the driver of the car was believed to be a murder suspect.

“The name of the—”

The lights flashed, prompting Beth to snatch up her flashlight.

“Donovan Goldwyn.”

Her fingers went cold around the plastic tube as ice frosted her veins. She straightened her spine and turned stiffly to the television, her heart wasn’t beating in her chest. On the screen was the picture of the man who was right now changing in her bedroom. Above it was a caption in bold letters that read—SUSPECT.

She gripped the flashlight in her frozen fingers. Her heart thudded fearfully. She stared into the immobilized violet eyes through the glass.

“Oh my god,” she gasped.

She had brought a murderer into her home!

Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online. :)

Thank you for having me, Christine! I had a blast!

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Here are my links. I hope to see all of you around. :)

Amazon Book Link: http://amzn.com/B00GVK921G

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18757793-hurricane-crimes

Facebook: www.facebook.com/chrysfey

Blog: www.writewithfey.blogspot.com

Google +: www.google.com/+ChrysFey

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts

 

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10 – 4 Tuesday

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Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Naima Simone!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt from her book SECRETS AND SINS: MALACHIM :)

Naima is also offering a treasure chest of amazing GIVEAWAYS….click here for more deets and to enter!!Entangled September 2013 Releases

Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday Naima!!! 

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

Hi, Christine! And thank you for having me on 10 – 4 Tuesday! About me. I’m a domestically-challenged wife and very patient mother—just ask the kids and they’d better say yes if they know what’s good for them!—an identical twin—the smarter, prettier half, just ask me—a devourer of romance books, Cherry Cokes and Symphony chocolate bars, and yes, a romance writer!

Love it!!! What’s genre (s) do you write?

A few. Contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal. And since I was first published in 2009 with Ellora’s Cave a good number of those are erotic. I still get my naughty on! ;-D

Are there any other genres you’d like to write or are thinking about?

Honestly, I would like to one day write a Christian fiction book along the lines of Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress or C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Of course mine will be a love story, have “relations” in it…but I could definitely see talking animals in it…that shapeshift…

Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day, or are you one of those lucky authors who can write wherever and whenever?

When I have a deadline looming like the last day of sunlight before a period of night when carnivorous aliens will burst out of the ground and feast on human flesh, yes, I am one of those lucky authors. At other times I prefer the morning and afternoon. Um, did anyone else catch that Pitch Black reference… Hee-hee!

What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

I don’t know if it’s easy or if it’s the part I most enjoy, but the characterization is the best part for me. Shaping my characters, defining who they are, where they come from, their issues, why they have them. I love that. Might be the psychology major in me…or because I’m reeeaaaally nosy! LOL!

What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

Malachim was a little more difficult for me because it’s the sophomore book in the series. I knew what my characters’ stories were, I knew the suspense part of the book, and roughly what was going to happen. But I had a hard time finding their voices individually and together as a couple falling for each other. So again, my favorite part was figuring out who they were as people and why they were. And my least favorite was winging their story in some instances. As their voices started coming to me I had to go back and change several parts of the book to line up with that. But now that the book is finished and their story is complete, I wouldn’t change the process for the world!

Why should we read your book?

I can only tell you from my point of view, which—granted—is a bit biased. It’s a story of two wounded and guarded people who somehow find their way to each other. A story of forgiveness and healing. But most of all it’s a story of love, trust, and power. All that AND a mystery to solve!

You definitely leave me wanting to read your story! What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?

As cliché as it sounds, I hope they walk away with the belief that love conquers all. And I want them to walk away with my story still in their head.

Love that :) Do you have a writing companion or something you must have when writing…such as a candle burning, a pet sitting by your side, a certain song playing, or your lucky socks cozying up your feet?

My writing companion is music. And coffee. The three of us have this weird writing ménage going on that is so dysfunctional but addictive.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

My current is the third book in the Secrets and Sins series, Raphael, who’s the tattooed, pierced bad boy of the four friends. When a one-night-stand turns up pregnant four months, he has to face wounds from the past as well as protect this woman who calls to his heart and body from an unknown danger stalking her and their unborn child.

Now the 4:

If your life was a book what genre would it fall under and what would the title be?

LOL!! It would definitely fall under romantic comedy, and the name would be Sh*t Happens.

LOL…I think a lot of us could use that title! What kitchen utensil would you be and why?

Okay, I’m loving these questions! My mother has this scale thing with two arms where she weighs her food. That’s me, because I’m always trying to balance things and have to weigh the priority of what needs to get done now and what can take a back seat. I’m pleading the fifth on whether the balancing is sometimes out of whack…

Okay, now I’m curious if you are a Libra! lol The world’s axis is off kilter and everyone has been thrown off as well. There are four changes that have affected the people of earth and the lucky thing is that they can choose their oddity. Either they have to walk and drive in reverse, sing instead of speak, sleep standing on their head, or never taste anything they eat. Which oddity would you pick?

Definitely not tasting whatever I eat! That’s just cruel! I would choose sing instead of speak. Personally, I think I was born to star in a musical so this would be right up my alley!

You have to vacate your house in 60 seconds and can only take one thing…all of your family and pets are already outside waiting for you…what do you grab?

Ain’t gonna lie. My laptop! It has my books, work, and music. The Kindle is stuffed down the back of my panties… Yes, I did just cheat! LOL!!

Teehee…loved that you cheated…I would’ve too! Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4, Naima!  I’m so excited you joined me for 10 – 4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online :)

Thank you so much for having me for 10-4 Tuesday, Christine! I had a ball! I do have some links to share where I can be found:

Website: http://www.naimasimone.com

Email: nsimonebooks@aol.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/naima.simone.3

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Naima_Simone

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Naima Simone is a multi-published author in contemporary and erotic romance. She’s a member of RWA’s Southern Magic chapter, mother of the Dynamic Duo, lover of everything Vin Diesel and wife to the fabulous husband who tolerates this affair.

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When Danielle Warren shows up on Boston attorney Malachim Jerrod’s doorstep looking for a job, his first thought is trouble. Well, actually his first thought is how does a woman with the face of a saint have the voice of a sex phone operator? But sexy trouble or not, he’s desperate for a paralegal to help keep his struggling law office afloat. Can the boss keep his distance from the silk of his employee’s skin, the siren lure of her body…or ignore the haunting vulnerability in her eyes.

Danielle can’t remember her own name, because it belongs to someone else. The new identity has afforded a fresh start and a new job. She’s taking control, making her own decisions, and refuses to allow anything to distract her—even her unwanted desire for her boss. Because distraction is dangerous and letting her guard down is not an option. Especially with a shadowy figure stalking her every move.

Danger is on the hunt, threatening the boss she’s falling in love with. Should she fight for the future of her dreams or flee to save Malachim’s life? Danielle must make a decision. Because her lies are unraveling. And some secrets can kill

EXCERPT:

Silence reigned in the cab. Malachim wedged his body into the corner of the backseat, sprawling his legs as far as the cramped space would allow. In the close quarters, he studied her exotic profile. The high brow; thin, aristocratic nose just a shade too long by conventional beauty standards; the wide mouth with its full bottom lip; and the small, stubborn chin. His gaze dropped to the elegant, tightly clenched hands on her lap. Even in the shadows, he noted the paler skin stretched over her knuckles. Did she fear him? God, the thought caused the alcohol in his gut to roil and pitch.

“Danielle.” He’d deliberately softened his voice, yet she flinched as if he’d roared her name.

“Yes,” she said, keeping her head averted, continuing to stare out the side window.

“Look at me.” He paused. “Please.”

Her shoulders stiffened, and her fingers were clenched so hard, he feared they wouldn’t easily straighten. After several seconds, when her head turned in his direction, his lungs relaxed.

God, he longed to touch her.

Yes, he would be a eunuch and a flaming liar if he denied he wanted her beneath him, straining against his body as he thrust deep into soft, hot flesh he knew would squeeze his cock in the sweetest, tightest embrace. He craved it. Woke up in cold sweats from dreaming about it. But this… This need swelling within his chest now was gentler but no less hungry. No less desperate.

He yearned to rub his thumb over the hard line her mouth had become, coaxing the sensual fullness to appear once again. More than the next critical beat of his heart, he desired to brush his lips over her brow, ease the panic and pain in her eyes, and replace them with pleasure. With wonder. With joy.

What would Danielle look like carefree, laughing…unburdened?

Jesus, he wanted to know.

He straightened from his slouch, at the same time shifting closer to her. Carefully, unhurriedly, determined not to spook her. Not to threaten her.

In the darkness, her eyes widened, and her breath quickened. At any other time, he would’ve backed off. But not tonight. As much as he needed to have her sun-kissed skin under his fingers, she needed to understand—believe—he would take a blade to his own hand before harming her.

Gently, he cupped the nape of her neck. Pressed a thumb into the side of her throat and circled. She went rigid beneath his hand and loosed a tiny whimper.

“Shh,” he crooned. “No, look at me,” he tenderly ordered when her lashes fluttered. He had to see her eyes, had to be able to detect if his caress became too much for her to bear. Even more, he had to see the moment the fear bled from her beautiful dark gaze and trust entered.

“Thank you,” he murmured, staring into the brown depths. Yes, panic still lingered, but so did another emotion…an emotion that set his heart racing for his throat. “I would never hurt you,” he said. “Not that way. I may be an asshole sometimes and kick the hell out of your feelings, but I’ll never hurt you in the way that makes you shake under my hand.” He slid his hand into her hair, loosening the bun and cradling her head. And had to bite back his groan at the sensuous glide of her heavy hair over his hand and wrist. “You’re safe with me. I promise,” he said hoarsely.

 

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10 – 4 Tuesday

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Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Caridad Pineiro!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book To Catch A Princess :)

She’s also offering a wonderful giveaway including a $25 Amazon Gift card….click here and scroll down to find the rafflecopter and enter :)

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself. 

I’m a Jersey Girl who loves to write, spend time with family and friends and laze away her summers on the Jersey Shore.

What’s genre (s) do you write?

I write paranormals, contemporary romances, erotica and romantic suspense.

Share your blurb for TO CATCH A PRINCESS!

Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!

Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…

When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief…or trust the heart of her true love.

Are there any other genres that you write?

I write in a lot of different genres since I like to challenge myself, but I haven’t done a Young Adult yet.  I’d love to give that atry some day.

What was your first sale as an author?

My first sale was a book titled NOW AND ALWAYS.  It was a contemporary romance set in Miami’s glamorous South Beach and actually, I just re-released that book in June of this year.  I’m excited to see it back on the shelves along with its sequel, FAITH IN YOU.

Tell us one thing that was most surprising to you about becoming a published author.

What I found surprising was how much work was needed after finishing the book.  Revisions, copyedits, promotion.  So many other things take a great deal of time and effort to try and make the book a success.

What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

My favorite part about writing this book was finding out more about Monaco and all the lovely things there.  My least favorite part was not being able to go to Monaco myself to see all those things!  LOL!

Why is this book different than other books in the same genre?

I think that the locale and the different elements of the book – a marriage bargain and a high jewelry heist – are a mix of old elements that create a new and emotional story line.  It was fascinating to me to explore why the hero was hiding his royal history and how that affects his relationship with the woman he is growing to love, who just happens to be the woman his father has arranged for him to marry.  I also loved the whole setup of the thief and his heists.  I know I’ll be revisiting him in the future.

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?

A big smile on their faces.  I really hope they’ll love what happens to Peter and Tatiana, but also wondering about what happens to Shea, the thief in the story.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

I am currently working two things:  an erotica novella that will be part of a 4 book series of novellas and THE SHATTERED, the next book in the SIN HUNTER series.  I hope THE SHATTERED will be done for release in early 2014.

Now the 4:

Starting today you can only eat one type of food for the rest of your life. What would you choose?

Cheese (and maybe some wine, please?)

You have the awesome opportunity to travel back in time and make yourself the inventor of anything….what would you choose to invent?

Wow, that’s a good question.  I think I’d choose the elevator.  Imagine how many tall buildings wouldn’t be around if we didn’t have elevators!  Of course, I’m scared of heights so having control over something like that would also be helpful.

YAY!!! You’ve just won a contest and are going to appear on your favorite television show as a fill in for one of the main characters. Which show is it and who is the character you’ll be acting for?

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and I’d love to be Buffy!!!

What’s the most amount of money you’ve found while doing laundry?

I have a deep dark secret to share.  I don’t do laundry.  After turning the first few loads pink, hubby decided he’d better do the wash!  LOL!

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 and playing along!

About To Catch a Princess

To Catch a Princess 450Untold wealth, a loving family, a solid career in America: the only thing Princess Tatiana lacks is the one thing she really doesn’t want—a husband. Unfortunately, her parents have just arranged her marriage to a royal from the old country. Are they kidding? It’s the twenty-first century!

Police Detective Peter Roman is a royal living incognito … and escaping a secret that has haunted his family for years. He’s been quietly in love with his best friend Prince Alexander’s sister for as long as he can remember. Little does she know that he is secretly the Grand Duke to whom she is unwillingly betrothed…

When a series of high-end jewelry heists threatens Tatiana’s exclusive charity exhibition in glamorous Monaco, the two must trap the clever jewel thief before he strikes again. In a fight for their lives, Peter’s secret identity is revealed. With danger and passion increasing to the breaking point, she must decide: catch a thief…or trust the heart of her true love.

EXCERPT:

Tatiana opened the incoming message and tapped to open the picture that was attached.  She made it full screen and shared it with Peter.

“It’s a girl,” she said happily and grinned with joy for her brother and sister-in-law.

“Beautiful,” he said, surprising her. It was not the word she would have used to describe the messy baby still covered in who knew what goo.

But as she met his gaze, it hit her.

He hadn’t been talking about the baby.

“Does that line work on all your women?” she said, losing some of the brightness of the moment. He chuckled and shook his head. “All my women? Do you think I’m a player or what?”

“A man who looks like you—”

“Now who’s giving me a line?” he jumped in, tossing her own words back at her. But the sexy grin on his face took the sting out of what would otherwise have been a dis.

“—and has that whole bad-boy-don’t-give-a-damn—” she continued without pause until he laid a finger on her lips to silence her.

“I do give a damn, Tatochka. A lot. Especially when it comes to people I care about.”

The touch of that one digit was potent as any caress, especially when coupled with the intense way he gazed at her, his golden green eyes darkening with emotion.

Unnerved, she eased away and tried to re-establish the lighter mood they had been experiencing earlier. Raising her smartphone again to pull up the second picture Alexander sent, this one of Kathleen and him holding the baby, she said, “They make a beautiful family don’t they?”

Peter nodded and smiled. “They do. I’m glad fate brought Alexander and Kathleen together.”

“Fate? I would have thought a logical type like you wouldn’t put much store in fate.”

Peter shrugged and held out the bag with the last of the nuts. “Logic only explains so much, Tatiana.”

She should know better than to ask, but something about him just made it impossible to hold back. “So what do you think fate has planned for us?”

He grinned and shrugged nonchalantly once more to hide what she suspected was a well of deep emotions. “You know what they say about plans?”

“No, what do they say?”

“God laughs at men who make plans. So I guess we’ll just have to wing it.”

About Caridad Pineiro

caridad pineiroNew York Times and USA Today bestselling paranormal and romantic suspense author Caridad Pineiro wrote her first novel in the fifth grade when her teacher assigned a project – to write a book for a class lending library. Bitten by the writing bug, Caridad continued with her passion for the written word and in 1999, Caridad’s first novel was released. Over a decade later, Caridad is the author of more than thirty published novels and novellas. When not writing, Caridad is an attorney, wife and mother to an aspiring writer and fashionista.

To Catch a Princess by Caridad Pineiro

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts

 

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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Melissa Bourbon Ramirez!  She’ll be sharing her 10 followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book, Curse of Passion. :)

ALSO…please click on this link and scroll down to enter the rafflecopter for 1 e-book copy of Melissa’s book SACRIFICE OF PASSION. There will be 1 copy awarded at each tour stop!

Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday  Melissa!!!

Thanks for having me!

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First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a mother of 5 (ages 10-20, one girl, four boys), a wife, a writer, a Publicity Director for Entangled Publishing, a lover of vintage and my new, old Victorian house, and so much more!

You’re definitely a busy lady :) What’s genre (s) do you write?

I write romantic suspense, cozy mystery, caper mystery, and sometimes light paranormal romance.

Share your blurb for Curse of Passion!

The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.

 

Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.

 

With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts…?

Are there any other genres that you write?

I adore the cozy mystery series I write.  It’s A Magical Dressmaking Mystery and also takes place in Texas (just like Curse of Passion).  Harlow Cassidy is a dressmaker and back in her hometown of Bliss, Texas.  She’s a descendent of Butch Cassidy and therefore has a magical charm (you have to read the book for more about that).  It’s a bestselling series and book 4 just came out in July (A Custom-Fit Crime).

Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day, or are you one of those lucky authors who can write wherever and whenever?

With my family and busy schedule, I tend to write more in the evenings.  Daytime is for the day job, which is very demanding.  I work in writing time whenever I can, and definitely on a daily basis.

What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

Revising!  Yes, that’s right.  I’m one of the strange people that actually likes the revision process more than the initial creation process. :)

I agree. I love the edits and watching my story improve and tighten. What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

This was my first romantic suspense (although Sacrifice of Passion, which I wrote second, actually came out first) so learning elements of writing romantic suspense was a challenge.  But despite the frustrations along the way, I loved writing the book, love the legend it centers around, and love the story.

Why should we read your book?

Haha!  If you enjoy romance, suspense, and a unique setup that isn’t seen in the typical romantic suspense, then you’ll love Curse of Passion (and Sacrifice of Passion).  They are both centered around Mexican legends which lend themselves so beautifully to suspense novels.  These two books have passionate and powerful relationships between the hero and heroine.  I’ve reread each of the books and love them more now than when I first wrote them, and I think that’s saying something.

In short, read them because they’re good!

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?

I would be thrilled to learn that a reader had a deep, contented sigh upon finishing my books.  I want them to feel as if they know the characters, as if they’re friends.  I want them to have rooted for the love story and to feel satisfied with how it all played out.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

Right now I’m finishing revisions for the 5th Magical Dressmaking book, A Killing Notion, and getting started on the 6th in the series.

I have another Lola Cruz mystery to write (another series of mine).

Now the 4:

Aliens land in your backyard and they are on vacation. What 3 places would you tell them to visit?

LOL  I’d have them stick around my house for the next family reunion, which will definitely be a blast.  I’d have them go to the San Francisco Bay Area (where I grew up).  And finally, I’d say the Pacific Northwest just because I adore that region.

You’re stuck in a day that will repeat over and over, like the movie GROUNDHOG DAY. Which day would you pick to relive?

Wow, that’s a tough one!  I think it would be a random day when my kids were all home, mother and father were over, husband is grilling, we’re all swimming and laughing and just enjoying being together.  I never get tired of spending time with my family!

That sounds like a wonderful day!

All the television stations pooled together and chose one person to pick a show to run 24/7 for 365 days…and you won. What television show would you pick to run over and over again?

The TV version of Lola Cruz (it got several reads for TV by Jennifer Lopez’s production company, so it’s not that far-fetched!).  Okay, since that can’t happen, I’ll choose The Walking Dead.  I’m not a zombie apocalypse girl, but I do love that show!

Very exciting about Lola Cruz. And, I love The Walking Dead too, which my family and friend don’t understand because I’m not a zombie girl either. lol

You were part of a horrific scientific experiment that went wrong. You’re skin is now a flashing neon green, you can’t eat anything unless it’s through a straw, and you can only speak five words. Which five words would you be able to speak?

Give me my soy mocha!

LOL..love it, Misa. Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 and playing along!

Thank you!  This was fun :)

About Curse of Passion

Curse of Passion 250The ghost of la Llorona is said to haunt the riverbanks, always searching for her drowned child. She also haunts high school teacher Johanna Rios, whose own mother believed so deeply in the legend she tried to drown her daughters. And now the ghost has become real, a young woman murdered, and the safe world Jo created is falling apart.

Since returning home from his last tour of duty to become a school principal, Ray Vargas has fought his attraction for his employee, the sensual woman who’d once been the girl next door. But the Llorona Killer will not stop until he claims his final victim—Johanna—and Ray will do anything to protect the woman he’s come to love.

With a serial killer out to prove the curse is real, will Ray and Johanna’s future be drowned in the ghostly waters of the past? Or will the power of their love give them the strength to stop a killer…and heal their wounded hearts.

The Excerpt

Johanna paced and turned toward him, but still hadn’t noticed Ray in the doorway. He catalogued her features. She was thirty-two, with honey-colored skin, cheekbones that gave her an exotic look, long, dark hair…

As it often did, his gaze hitched at her full, red lips. He couldn’t remember the last time he’d kissed lips like that. Maybe never.

The sliver of skin showing between her sweater and her pants drew his eyes. She looked far hotter than any teacher had a right to—certainly hotter than any teacher he’d ever had. Thank God, or he’d never have graduated.

He felt his eyes pinch and blinked hard to break the drugged feeling that suddenly slid over him. He’d done his best to steer clear of her for years, and after this conversation, he’d go back to staying away.

“Who is this? What do you want?” Johanna’s voice held fear, tinged with anger.

That was not a tone Ray associated with Johanna. He froze in place. He’d been trained well by the Army. Freeze first. Assess. Decide. Then move.

She spoke again, her voice rising in pitch. “Would you just stop calling?” she demanded, her voice shaking.

Distressed. Johanna was distressed. Time to act. Ray moved then, coming into the classroom, bumping a desk as he came toward her, startling her.

She whipped around, gasping as she saw him. Her face paled, and a second later she dropped her cell phone on her desk. She speared her hand through her hair, her fingers bending until they looked like claws digging into her scalp.

His heart pumped hard. What the hell? “Johanna,” he said, aware his voice was gruffer than he’d intended. “What was that about?”

She stared at him, her eyes wide, like a damn deer caught in the headlights. One second. Two seconds. Three seconds.

“Prank caller,” she finally said, snapping out of her trance.

Ray ran the pads of his fingers over his goatee. Prank caller, my ass. She’d been engaged in that conversation, had been responding to the person on the other end of the line. But her eyes stayed wary and he decided to let it go. He was here for a purpose. Marianne’s murder needed his attention, and he wanted to know Johanna’s secret.

“Sorry for barging in,” he said, “but I’d like to continue the conversation we started back in my office.”

She raised an eyebrow at him. “You mean about Marianne? Are the deputies coming back?”

He shook his head. “They’re gone.” She looked puzzled as he continued. “You brought up la Llorona.”

“Yes,” she said flatly.

Her voice had lost the shaky edge it had held a moment ago on the phone. Hell, now it almost sounded like it could freeze water. Her own form of self-preservation, he supposed. “You wrote your master’s thesis on her?”

Johanna slumped against her desk and ran one hand over her face, down her neck, let it settle on her chest. “Yes.”

“Why?”

She hesitated, and for a moment looked like she wasn’t going to respond. Then she spoke, her voice softer, more thoughtful. “My mother believed in her.”

Odd. Johanna had placed a strange emphasis on the word believed. Hadn’t her mother simply known about the story? Why would she believe in a ghost tale? “La Llorona is a legend,” he said.

“A legend based on a real woman who lived five hundred years ago.”

“It’s a kid’s story. Like the boogieman and the chupacabra.”

Johanna shook her head. “My mother believed la Llorona was real. Because of that, I’ve always been…curious…about the legend.”

She started when her cell phone rang. Her sudden jerk sent the tips of her fingers slipping under the vee of her sweater. His eyes followed the path as her hand settled on the swell of her breast. He swallowed, narrowing his eyes as he forced his gaze back to her face. Her phone, playing a traditional cumbia rather than a regular ring tone, continued for a full ten seconds while she stood frozen. She didn’t even look at where it sat on the desk.

He tried not to think about whatever might be going on in her personal life that warranted heated phone calls. A bad break-up, maybe? He hadn’t heard she was dating anyone, but she might be. Much as he hated to admit it to himself, he didn’t want her to have a personal life. It messed with his fantasy.

Enough. He had to get his head back in the game. Had to focus on why he was here —and that reason was not to stare at her breasts or get jealous over imaginary lovers or remind himself of the fantasies he’d had of her—fantasies featuring her naked. Her hot mouth on his. Her skin sliding sinuously under his.

About Melissa Bourbon Ramirez

Melissa Bourbon RamirezMelissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.

She is the Marketing Director with Entangled Publishing, is the founder of Books on the House, the co-founder of The Naked Hero, and is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, and A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL. She also has two romantic suspense novels, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox, all to be released in 2012/2013.

Genre: Romantic Suspense

 
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10 – 4 Tuesday and GIVEAWAY

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Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! 

10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to welcome Sarah Belle!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book HINDSIGHT. :)

GIVEAWAY DEETS: Sarah is also giving away one digital copy of HINDSIGHT on each of her tour stops…yep, that’s right…you can win a copy right here. (Amazon or iTunes only) All you have to do it leave a comment with your email address so that we can contact you and let us know what your favorite genre is! Easy-peasy :)

Hi Sarah!!! Thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday :)

Thanks so much for having me, Christine!

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I live in sub tropical Queensland, Australia with my hubby and four young sons, where we own a family business. I gave up full time work when I had my fourth child because I just didn’t know how to manage work, kids aged 0-6 and a house without going crazy. Then I found writing, and haven’t stopped since!

Love your writing journey story Sarah :) What’s genre (s) do you write?

I don’t know that there is a genre name for what I write – perhaps we need to invent one? Does anyone have any suggestions for romantic comedy with a hint of magic / time travel? Maybe ‘romagic comedy’?

I love romagic…perfect! Share your blurb for HINDSIGHT!

CoverHumour, wit, and just a touch of humility: the swinging 60s as you’ve never seen them before!

The universe has sent Juliette a sign. She wishes it had been an email instead…

Juliette’s career is on fire, her marriage and family are in melt-down, and a red-hot goddess wants her husband. But those are the least of her worries when she wakes up on her lounge room floor in the year 1961.

Without any of her modern conveniences — nanny, housekeeper, surgically attached     mobile phone, designer wardrobe, and intravenous lattes — Juliette is just over fifty years out of her comfort zone. But as she takes on the role of a 1961 housewife, with gritted liberated teeth, she discovers an unexpected truth: slower doesn’t mean boring, at home doesn’t mean dull, and priorities don’t mean sacrifices.

As she finds unexpected friendships, a resuscitated love life, tragedy and triumph, Juliette begins to wonder if she really wants to return home after all.

Are there any other genres that you write?

Not yet – HINDSIGHT is my first, but I am keen to explore other genres.

Do you prefer to write at a certain time of day, or are you one of those lucky authors who can write wherever and whenever?

I write whenever I don’t have a child hanging off me! Actually, I still write, even if one is sitting on my knee. That part usually requires extra editing!

LOL…I can imagine. What’s the easiest part of writing for you?

I guess I find coming up with crazy, magical scenarios the easiest. Getting it out of my head is another matter.

I know exactly what you are saying. It’s a blessing and a curse. What was your favorite and least favorite part about writing this book?

My favourite part was…hmmm…good question! Probably the entire 1961 component because my mum used to tell me stories when I was a kid and it sounded like a great time to live in. My least favourite part would have to be actually getting it all down in the first draft – I find that really hard.

I love that HINDSIGHT is set in the early 60′s. So, your book might be considered an historical as well. So maybe your genre is Hisromagic or Romagicistorial? teehee Why should we read HINDSIGHT?

HINDSIGHT will make you laugh out loud and then have you reaching for the tissues. My hope is that readers sink into the book and emerge with a smile on their face.

What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?

Hopefully the motivation to slow down a bit, enjoy the moment. One reviewer actually wrote that she was going to turn off her electronic devices when she got home from work so that she could spend more time with her family and friends. It was the best review I could ever have asked for.

Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?

A woman buys a spell off the internet and casts it on an ex-boyfriend. Of course, it goes horribly wrong and she’s left trying to get her life back on track. It’s another ‘romagic comedy’! (do you think that term will catch on?)

Now the 4:

Everything you write suddenly starts coming true and you want to use your powers for good…what would your next book be about?

Ohhhh, that’s a goodie. A shooting star that covers the earth in magical dust that brings about world peace, feeds starving children and saves all endangered animals? Of course there would have to be a villain who would try to stop it, but wouldn’t succeed. Oh and the star would also take all of the fat and calories out of chocolate.

You’re stuck in a day that will repeat over and over, like the movie GROUNDHOG DAY. Which day would you pick to relive?

Certainly none of the days I gave birth! Ouch! I’d have to go for my wedding day, because even though none of my children were around then, it was a great day, I had much less grey hair, no wrinkles and a complete absence of bags under my eyes!

You can appear on any reality television show of your choosing…which one would you select and why!

These questions are so hard! I’d go for a home renovation show because I like to keep busy and I can’t sing or dance or pout.

If you could only sing instead of talk, dance instead of walk, or drink instead of eat which would you choose and why?

And I thought the last question was hard! Ummm…drink instead of eat. I could be like Patsy on ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ and only drink champagne!

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 Sarah!  Please share an excerpt from HINDSIGHT :)

The newspaper on the table in front of me catches my attention and my one working eye is instantly drawn to the date under the main headline. Within a nanosecond the desire to faint again, swear profusely and lose control of my bladder simultaneously is overwhelming. No, that cannot be right! No possible way is that date correct. April 1st, 1961? This has to be a joke, a well-organised, perfectly executed practical joke. This paper is clearly a reprint — like the ones you can give as a birthday gift, because that is not today’s date.

But then there’s the lounge and kitchen — how could it be redecorated while I lay asleep on the floor? Admittedly, a minor civil war could have raged in there without waking me. Chris always says that my level of unconsciousness during sleep surpasses that of death. But even so…

There is a high possibility of me succumbing to another dizzy spell as I lurch out of the kitchen and race off to inspect the rest of the house. It comes as no real surprise to find that every room of the house is also in its pre-renovation state. Ethan’s room with bunk beds, Callum’s room with a cot, as well as our master bedroom, sans ensuite, and the front room is still a formal dining room, not Chris’s office. The same old furniture and lino flooring continues throughout the entire house. My heart rate resembles a berserk drum solo, complete with clashing cymbals and thumping bass drum that reverberates around my entire body causing uncontrolled muscle spasms. I must look like Joe Cocker dancing.

Back in the kitchen, hyperventilating, I have to ask the one question that will make Chris question my sanity.  But there’s no other option. The terrifying thought that’s rushing through my head has to be confirmed

 “The date. What is the date?” I say clearly and slowly so that he understands me. The only thing that keeps me vertical is being able to rest my hands on the back of a chair.

“It’s April 1st. Juliette, are you OK?”

“No, no! The year, what year is it?” Pins and needles climb up my legs until my body ceases to exist from the waist down.

 “Juliette…?”

“What year?” My arms and hands begin to tingle and lose their firm grip on the back of the chair.

“1961.”

Silence fills the intervals between peaks of panic.

There, it’s been said now; the practical joke can end. I await with a level of anticipation that is aneurism-inducing. Now he can tell me that the joke is over and I can tell him how convincing it was, and that he really had me going because 1961 is over fifty years in the past and it is freaking impossible to travel back through time. But he doesn’t say anything. He just stands there and looks at me.

Buy Links

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Hindsight-ebook/dp/B00D5G5614/ref=la_B00DCEP7K4_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1371960576&sr=1-1

Escape: http://www.escapepublishing.com.au/product/9780857990587

I’m so excited that we met Sarah. You’ve been terrific to interview and I’m glad you joined me for for 10 –4 Tuesday!  Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online :)

Thank you for having me, Christine. It’s been great fun. You ask some amazingly tough questions!

Sarah

Author Info

Sarah Belle started her professional life in the hospitality industry, working in some of the roughest hotels in Melbourne in the late Eighties, surrounded by drug dealers, prostitutes, pimps, and undercover police. Tiring of the inherent dangers of her working environment, Sarah completed a business degree and went on to work in the recruitment industry and the Department of Defence, where she met and married the man of her dreams: a dashing, Army Blackhawk pilot. They have four young sons and live on the beautiful Queensland coast, where Sarah’s days are spent being a frazzled mum, writer, Bikram Yoga devotee and the only woman in a house of five males.

 

Author Links

Facebook   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Belle-Author/181235018692696?ref=hl

Twitter link   https://twitter.com/SarahBelle44

Website : www.lovesarahbelle.com

Blog:  www.sarahbelle.me

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/Sarah-Belle44

Link to Follow the Tour:http://tastybooktours.blogspot.com/2013/05/now-booking-tasty-virtual-book-tour-for_25.html

 
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