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INTERVIEW with Alicia Dean author of RUINED ~ Giveaway

Please help me welcome author Alicia Dean to the blog today. I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her a little better as she takes the hot seat and lets me interview her. Afterward, please check out her latest release RUINED and then enter her giveaway :) I love the sounds of this book because it takes place in the 20s, one of my favorite time periods.

Let’s get started!


Describe yourself in 3 sentences.

I am a mother, a writer, an editor, and an Elvis fan. I have a bad habit of saying ‘yes,’ and therefore, I way overbook myself, but I love what I do. I am probably a little too interested in murder and mayhem.

What’s the first thing we see when we walk in your door?

My bar area with my knick knacks (some are Elvis-related J). Beyond that, my kitchen. But please don’t look too closely, it’s a mess.

What makes you buy a book…the author, cover, blurb, first paragraph, or something else?

The cover catches my attention, then I read the blurb. If I’m still engaged, I read the excerpt, and if I am not drawn in right away, I don’t buy it. I have too many books to read, and write, and too little time to read a book that doesn’t grab me.

What character in your book did you have the most fun writing and why?

My heroine, actually. I’ve never written anyone like her. First of all, it’s set in the 1920s, and I’ve never written in that era. Secondly, she’s from England, and all my other characters have been American. But, the main reasons I had fun was that she was a prostitute, she lied a lot, and she didn’t read all that well, she was close to illiterate. Definitely a different character than I’m used to writing about.

What inspired you to write your latest release?

I would say it was a combination of the Martini Lounge where I meet friends for drinks every Friday, and those friends; Kathy L Wheeler, Amanda McCabe, and Krysta Scott. We had the idea to write novellas centered around an establishment like the Martini Lounge, and the Martini Club 4 Series was born. RUINED is my contribution to the project.

Where do you write?

In my bedroom at my desktop and in my recliner on my laptop. I always tell myself I need to get out of the house and write in different environments, but I’m a bit of a hermit.

Describe your hero in 5 words.

Strong, loyal, hot-tempered, former boxer, rugged.

Now your heroine.

Survivor, gullible, dishonest, caring, British

As a writer I love choosing character names. Tell us how you chose the names for your hero and heroine.

For my heroine, I looked at a list of 1920s names, and Eliza seemed to fit. For my hero, a friend of my son’s, Vincent, passed away not long before I started writing the story. I named my hero Vincent as a tribute. It’s funny, but it fits him perfectly. For the last names, I just ran a list through my head until something seemed to fit.

Describe your writing day.

I usually prepare the night before for whatever I’ll be writing. I don’t normally get an entire ‘day’ for writing, but I try to get as many hours in as possible. I will often silence my cell phone because distractions can completely take me out of the zone. I can’t sit for several hours at a time, so I usually write for an hour or two (much of that time is spent banging my head against the desk in an effort to shake the words loose), then I have to get up and do something. I wish I could say I get up and clean house, but that’s doesn’t usually happen. :)

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Ruined (Martini Club 4 – The 1920’s)
by Alicia Dean
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Genre: Vintage Historical Romance
Release Date: February 26, 2015
Length: 120 Pages

She vowed she’d be no man’s doxy, but fate had other plans…

After the Earl of Goodwin attempts to force himself on her, housemaid Eliza Gilbert flees England for New York, hoping to build a better life. But the land of opportunity proves as harsh as the London docks, and she finds herself in a situation more dreadful than the one she escaped.

When Vince Taggart’s childhood friend disappears, he heads to New York in search of her and meets Eliza, a woman with a less than honorable reputation. Inexplicably captivated, Vince can’t force himself to stay away, especially when he learns Eliza may be the key to finding his missing friend.


Eliza sat on a barstool at Club 501, her legs crossed, sipping a White Lady. The joint was wall to wall people. There weren’t many places as nice as Club 501 that sold liquor. Most were seedy, dangerous. Club 501 had opened a few days ago. The two level speakeasy was as luxurious as a palace with its rich gold and mauve tones, velvet upholstery, and long oak bar.

Meggie was on stage singing “Crazy Blues.” She wore a one-shoulder peach calf-length gown with a scalloped hemline trimmed in shimmery silver braid. Her eyes were half closed, blonde curls glistening beneath the spotlight.

Eliza closed her eyes and let the loveliness of Meggie’s voice soothe her. Uncanny how she could sing without the hint of an accent.

In the worst of times, Eliza used a mind trick where she traveled to another place and removed herself from whatever was happening. She’d had to use the trick many times as a scullery maid, and when Lord Renwald had trapped her in the barn, but the night he’d nearly raped her, that had been something altogether different. Rather than using a mind trick, she’d fully escaped. Meggie’s voice brought her that kind of escape. She was transported to another place.

The song ended, and Eliza opened her eyes, clapping more loudly than anyone else in the place. Meggie winked and curtsied, then went into her next number. Some day, she was going to make it big, Eliza just knew it.

“Need anything else?” Charli appeared at her shoulder, holding a tray full of empty glasses at shoulder level. She wore the Club 501 uniform—a mauve dress that came to mid-thigh with sheer voile that fell to her ankles. She’d acquired a position as cocktail waitress a few days after Meggie had been hired as a singer.

“No, thank you. Last night was a late one. I ought to take it slowly.”

Charli wrinkled her pert nose. “What a sweet deal you landed, while I’m stuck in this dive slinging booze.”

Eliza pursed her lips. “Now, Charli, this is hardly a dive. Serving drinks here might not be the wealthy lifestyle you’re accustomed to, but things could be worse—much worse.”

Sympathy shone in Charli’s brown eyes. “I know, luv. Selfish of me. I know what you’ve been through, how awful things were for you before we found you on the docks, then again when you arrived and had to take a position at that ghastly old factory.” She let out a sigh. “It’s just that I had such high hopes. I wanted so much to start a great life doing what I love most.”

Eliza squeezed her friend’s hand. “You’ll get your bakery, I know you will. You keep schmoozing Mrs. Carter, and you’re a shoo in.” Mrs. Carter was a successful businesswoman who owned a string of department stores. Charli all but panted after the woman.

Charli giggled and playfully slapped Eliza’s knee. “I do not schmooze her. I just find her interesting.” She glanced over her shoulder. “Sorry, gotta run. These blokes might perish if I don’t keep the hooch flowing.” She cocked an impish grin. “See ya, luv.”

Eliza scanned the crowd. Jess was supposed to come in, but so far, Eliza hadn’t seen her. She was feeling slightly abandoned. At least Oscar wasn’t present. Now that he was her employer, she could barely relax when he was at Club 501. She always felt she was on the clock.

Her gaze bounced over a man, then zeroed back. The bloke was looking directly at her. She caught her breath. He was leaning on the bar a few stools down, talking to Charli. He had this…magnetism, some kind of forceful presence that made it impossible to look away.

He was broad, muscular and dressed like a dock worker with brown suspenders over a yellow shirt and a newsboy cap over his dark blond hair, but what caught her attention right off was his smile. His white teeth flashed, and a dimple creased the right side of his face.

Charli moved away, and the man looked up and caught Eliza staring at him. His grin widened. His eyes were so blue—so electrifying, that Eliza could feel their allure even in the dimly lit, smoky bar.

He winked and gave her a finger salute off the brim of his cap.

A tingle ran from her toes, all the way through her body, making her head swim. My, but he was a fresh one. With superhuman effort, she dragged her attention away, but it didn’t keep her heart from racing faster than a thoroughbred at Churchill Downs.

She swallowed and took a deep breath, fingering the pendant at her neck, trying to slow her heart rate. What on earth was wrong with her? She met plenty of handsome men—men more pleasing to the eye than he with his workmen clothing and slightly crooked nose. But never had any man sent her blood rushing through her veins like this.

She gulped from her glass. Get ahold of yourself. She was not the kind of girl to pick up strange men in bars—even if they did have a devil of a smile and eyes like an angel.

About Alicia Dean
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Award-winning, multi-published author Alicia Dean began writing stories as a child. At age 11, she wrote her first ever romance (featuring a hero who looked just like Elvis Presley, and who happened to share the name of Elvis’ character in the movie, Tickle Me), and she still has the tattered, pencil-written copy. Alicia is from Moore, Oklahoma and now lives in Edmond. She has three grown children and a huge network of supportive friends and family. She writes mostly contempo.

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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.


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


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


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10 – 4 Tuesday and GIVEAWAY


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.


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


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.

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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!


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.


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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts


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What to Read Wednesday

Welcome to What to Read Wednesday! Today we’re shaking it up a bit again–you know how I love to switch things around! I’d love it if you’d help me welcome Rose Wynters!

Rose is joining us and sharing a bit about her latest paranormal release Rubenesque Rapture The EndurersSeries: Book 1 by letting us behind the scenes with a character interview! And you are definitely going to find ARCH interesting…

Take it away Rose!!

Character Interview with Arch Leader of the Endurers by Rose Wynters

Hi, this is Rose Wynters. I’ve decided to interview Arch Leader of the Endurers today. Arch makes me a little nervous because he’s just so powerful. When he gives you just one glance with his blazing blue eyes, you feel unsettled. Almost as if someone has sucked your entire past, present, and future from your body with just one look. Nobody quite knows how far-reaching his powers really are, or even how old he truly is. You just hope and pray he never finds a bone to pick with you.

I hear my office door opening. He’s here. *Fanning myself with my hand in a desperate attempt to calm myself down.

Arch walks into the interview room as I stand up to greet him. I gasp. He’s actually dressed in jeans that hug his tight, splendid rear, and a long-sleeved button down shirt in a blue that matches his eyes. He looks elegant, sexy, and powerful.

Me: Swallowing hard at his appearance. I’m not sure if I’m swallowing because of the air of danger about him, or just how sexy he looks. I make a spur of the moment decision to make this interview a short one. Hi, Arch. Thanks for joining me today for an interview. If you’ll take a seat over here, we’ll  get started!

Arch: He nods and focuses on me for a long moment, before moving over to the chair. Somehow I know he has just read my intentions, and I give him a nervous smile. He’s so strong and powerfully built that his body seems to overwhelm the seat.  With a return smile that doesn’t reach his eyes, he says deeply, Thank you for having me.

Me: Clearing my throat. So Arch, in the series  you are definitely the go-to guy. How does that make you feel?

Arch: Useful, but there is also a lot of pressure. Sometimes it’s very hard to please everyone, and sometimes you have to make decisions that hurt. In the end though, everything usually works out.

Me: Have you undergone any dramatic physical transformations in your life?

Arch: For just a moment, his expression is unguarded. His eyes look like he’s somewhere very far away, possibly in another time and place. It’s gone quickly. Several times, more than I would have ever wanted. It’s a funny thing about someone that has to have a dramatic transformation….. It’s usually due to a very, very unpleasant circumstance. One so bad, you have to completely change who you are to attempt to escape it. He grows silent, not quite looking at me.

Me: Realizing he’s done. Could you tell us more?

Arch: Shaking his head. Believe me, you wouldn’t want to know.

Me: I’m completely bewildered, but I move on. What secret would you feel the most vulnerable sharing with anyone?

Arch: He gives me a chiding look, and I nearly feel ridiculous for asking the question. Finally he answers, slightly exasperated. If I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore.

Me: Okay. I sit there, mentally sorting through the questions I intended on asking him. What would you never do, no matter the price?

Arch: He looks me straight in the eyes, completely serious. I would never sacrifice a human to Hell, no matter the circumstances. Ever.

Me: Shaking my head in agreement. That’s very noble of you.

Arch: His expression is unreadable. Try saying that when you’re held within the depths of Hell, with a constant rotation of demons torturing you. There’s nothing noble in that. It’s just a matter of not wanting someone else to ever experience that unbearable horror and agony.

Me: Aghast. You’ve been in Hell?

Arch: He nods curtly, the overhead light making his black hair gleam. Not to cut this short, but I’m due somewhere else in five minutes and ten seconds. It’s a matter of life and death.

Me: Wow. Okay, just one last one. Why should the reader care about your story?

Arch: He gives me a droll look. It’s never been about me, has it? Ask me that question when you decide to rectify that matter.

Me: Flustered. Sorry.

Arch: Looking appeased as he stands up. I will say this. The Endurers is about the lives of men that had their mortal lives destroyed by Hell. The real story is what they decide to do with their immortal lives. When you see the worst Hell has to offer on a daily basis, you start to lose hope. These books are the stories of strong men, both physically and mentally, that find a reason to have hope again.

Me: Beaming at him. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thanks for joining me today! Good luck with saving the life and all.

Arch: He gives me a smile, full of self-confidence. Believe me, it doesn’t have anything to do with luck. With a wink, he disappears.

See more of Arch in my paranormal romance series, The Endurers. These books wouldn’t be complete without him. Arch is almost like a fairy godfather that any of us would be lucky to have. You can read more about the characters on my website at

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The EndurersSeries: Book 1


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Blurb: When demons from her past come back to collect on a debt, the lusty but virginal Anna goes on the run with a sexy Endurer that is determined to put her past to rest and her full-figured body in his bed. 

Excerpt :


Two taller, grotesque creatures started towards them, their red eyes gleaming unnaturally in the twilight of the evening.

Shayne was ready for them, an ornately carved dagger in each hand. “You girls looking to play?” he asked, his velvety, deep voice cutting through the night. “I know I am. Look, I’m even wearing my play clothes.” He was dressed completely in black.

The two glanced at each other before charging him as one. Shayne met them in a running leap just seconds before the two screamed in pain. The daggers moved quickly and immediately one of the demons fell, smoke rising from its body.

He glanced over to the last one standing and shook his head in disgust. His knife had carved deeply into the side of his face, leaving the flesh gaping open. Copious amounts of black fluid poured out, and he was missing an ear.

“Damn,” he said as his lip curled up in a sneer. “You guys just get uglier and uglier, don’t you? It looks like your face caught on fire and someone tried to put it out with a fork.”

He could see three more hellions spread out in the parking lot, but they paused at his words. They knew he was an Endurer, with the full backing of Heaven behind him. The evil inside of them naturally recoiled from the purity contained within his daggers and sword. It didn’t stop the demon in front of him though.

“What a great idea,” he growled at Shayne. “I’ll have fun trying it out on you in Hell.”

Shayne beckoned with his hand as he said mockingly, “You, I’m going to kill just to put you out of your misery.”

All pretense at humanity faded. The white skin darkened to a disgusting shade of dark green, and thick horns erupted from its skull. This was the true form of the minion, and it wasn’t pretty.

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About the Author: I’ve always had a love of the paranormal and romance, and I’m a true romantic at heart. I love taking romance to the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. The hotter the better! You’re going to see some pretty wild and crazy stuff in my books, so be prepared!

When not writing, I enjoy traveling and exploring the mysteries of the world. I also like to camp, swim, and even fish. I’m a firm believer that life is meant to be lived, not passing you by!

I have several books that will be released this year. I’m currently working on Book Two for The Endurers series. Look for it towards the end of May. I will also be releasing a werewolf romance series, and a book contains four short stories regarding a fairy trapped in our world. It’s going to get very exciting.


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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where I’ll feature an author  who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun :)  Today I’m excited to have my wonderful friend Sheri Fredricks visiting. Author Image 3

Sheri will be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book Troll-y Yours, Book 2 of the Centaur series. :)

Before we get started, let’s stop, scroll down and celebrate Sheri’s AWESOME cover with a moment of silence. Before you scroll down, grab a tissue from the sidebar for drool control. And don’t forget to scroll back up here to continue :)

Okay, now that we have that taken care of…

Hi Sheri, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun :)

You bet I am, Christine. Lay it on me!

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I live on the California central coast and after working fulltime for more years than I’d like to remember, I became a stay-at-home mom…then quickly became bored. I help run my husband’s contracting business, but once the kids were in school, I found myself with needing something more. Enter romance writing!

I live on a small ranch with my husband and two boys. We have horses, sheep, and way too many dogs.

What genre(s) do you write?

I’m published in Fantasy Romance, but I also have a time-travel western romance in the works.

A time-travel western romance sounds fun! Share your blurb from Troll-y Yours!


Determined to forge a better life, Ella launches her new business with high hopes—until a sexy Centaur bumps into her and throws her life off course. Voted “Most Eligible Bachelor in Boronda”, Aleksander shakes up her world and tilts her in more ways than one.


Years of warfare and countless bedroom encounters have stolen Kempor Aleksander’s luster for life. He never expects to rediscover his zeal in the small, redheaded form of Ella the Troll, who fires his blood hotter than the deepest caverns in the forest.


But as trouble lingers in their midst—and edges ever closer—Alek and Ella spiral into troubled terrain. Turning to each other, the pair face down dangers that run impenetrably deep in their mythological world. But will the two lovers discover a passion that runs even deeper?

Describe your book using five words.

1.      Nonstereotypical

2.      Sensual

3.      Overcoming

4.      Fantastistical

5.      Love

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

I love to edit the completed rough draft. All the hard work is done and now I get to touch up the finished product!

I love the title of your book…and the awesome cover. How did you come up with the title? And do titles generally come pretty easy to you?

Troll-y Yours is a play on words. Ella, the heroine, has a new business in the Centaur kingdom — a speed-date business. And since she’s a Troll…the name came to me that way. The title of this book is the name of her business.

I’ve been fortunate. Titles do come to me easily.

What makes Troll-y Yours different than other books in the same genre?

You take a shape-shifting Centaur, match him with a Troll who can disappear underground, plop them into a modern world, and wah-la! The ingredients for a story unlike anything you’ve ever read before.

Tell us the best advice you’ve been given in regards to your writing career.

Don’t worry so much about promoting…just write the next book.

Wise advice, but hard to do at times :) Have you ever thought about venturing into another genre and if so, which one?

Enter my time-travel western romance. It’s so completely different from what I’m currently writing, it gives me a nice mental break when I need.

What’s your current WIP?

A Wood Nymph novella, a Centaur novella, Book 3 of the Centaur series, and the time-travel.

Now the 4:

How do you make a tuna fish sandwich?

I open a can of albacore, mix it with a dab of Best Foods olive oil mayonnaise, add a dash of salt, five cranks on the pepper mill, and lay it over whole wheat bread. Mmm-mmm, good!

You travel back in time and get stuck in 1983 for six months. When it’s time to come back to the present, you’re able to take one of the fads from ’83 and bring it back with you…and it’ll be a huge sensation. What fad will you bring back and why?

I never let the fad go! LOL I love big hair! The why of it is because I’m short. When I crank my hair up a good two or three inches, I can ditch the platform heels and still be tall.

Teehee…I couldn’t resist throwing in something about big hair and the 80’s lol What would your mother say about today’s underwear choice? Now, what would your hubby say? ;)

Today, as in what I’m wearing right now? LOL My mother would tell me I spent too much money on a scrap of nothing that only cost pennies to make. The Hubs would give me a huge smile  his two thumbs up…he bought the panties for me :)

An amusement park is opening in your town and you were chosen to name it and also ride any ride in the park for free for life. What would you name the park and which ride would you choose?

I’d name the park The Pacific Ravine. My free for life ride would be the Zip Line!

You’re awesome Sheri! Thanks for being such a good sport and for sharing your 10 and your 4. Please share an excerpt of your book :)

Aleksander straightened his shoulders and stepped into the Neigh Café the same way he entered a briefing room—absolute and purposeful. The glittering scowl that crossed Ms. Troll’s features gave him a sense of satisfaction. His enjoyment with her impatience climbed when she stalked toward him.

“Are you following me?”

Alek eyed the clipboard she held before her as if it were a warrior’s shield. “Do you always talk to potential clients that way?”

“You’re not a client for another thirty minutes.”

“What’s your name, sweet-thing?”

Stubborn, she crossed her arms and locked her jaw, refusing to answer.

“Ella?” Apron-clad Sacha stood near the swing doors holding a silver water pitcher. He raised his brows in their direction. “May I see you a moment, please?”

Cute as a bunny, her mouth tightened before she answered over her shoulder. “I’ll be right there.”

Aleksander flashed his grin, knowing from mirrored practice it was dazzling against his tanned olive skin.

While Ella’s reaction was a subtle softening to her clenched jaw, her eyes narrowed on him.

A worthy challenge, but I likes me a good game.

By nature, Trolls were volatile mythics. Probably the reason he found himself drawn to them over the years. With nothing other than uprising rebels to fight the last few years, it answered the question he’d asked himself when he walked through the café door—why was he here?

“Look, unless you’re here on Her Majesty’s business, I’m busy.” She tilted her head and her little foot tapped the floor.

“You could say I am. What time—?”

“What are you, the Head Palace Guard or something?” Ella rolled her eyes and huffed out a laugh.

“Well, actually—”

“I’m booked for tonight’s sessions. I’ll have another in a few weeks. Do you want to be on the waiting list for that?” Tiny red-gold tendrils escaped the silken mass pulled back from her oval face. Her pen clicked and she poised her hand over a sheet of lined paper. “Name?”

     He shrugged to hide his confusion. Why weren’t his charms working? Didn’t his battery recharge this afternoon? “Kempor Aleksander. Head Cen—”

     “Aleksander Hedson. Got it. Payment will be due prior to your session. And, Al…?” Her smile lacked warmth. “Please don’t be late.”

Love It! 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(s) online :)

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Posted by on June 11, 2013 in 10 - 4 Tuesday, Book Excerpts


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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!  This is a forum where I’ll feature an author  who will answer 10 questions about their book and a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun :)  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Nerine Dorman!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book Camdeboo Nights :)

And take a peek at her amazing cover…I’m sending my cover love her way…GORGEOUS!

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Hi Nerine, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4 Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun :)

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

Firstly, I’m a really grumpy newspaper sub-editor by day, who morphs into a slightly less grumpy fiction editor by night. Somewhere, between all the madness, I find time to write, play guitar and assist my husband’s film production company. Oh, and I am a South African currently based in Cape Town, right at the bottom of Africa.

You’re life sounds very interesting! What’s genre (s) do you write?

It totally depends. I loosely term myself as a SFF/H author who occasionally dabbles in romance. Or there will sometimes be strong romantic elements in my other novels… With lots of grit.

Share your blurb from Camdeboo Nights. Picture

Helen Ashfield’s world is about to be turned upside down. Is she ready?

Helen Ashfield’s life is complicated. Not only must she adjust to her parents’ divorce, but she has to come to grips with her new school in the small South African Karoo town of Graaff-Reinet. She’s sorely mistaken if she thinks she’s going to slot seamlessly into her new life. Her growing magical powers have attracted the unwanted attention of Trystan, a vampire, who may not have her best interests at heart.

Outcast from his kind for drinking another vampire’s blood, Trystan has been on the run for almost a hundred years from Mantis–the closest thing their kind has to an enforcer. All Trystan wants is an existence of quiet anonymity, but Helen turns his world upside down. Helen’s powers also mark her as one of Mantis’s targets. If Mantis gets control of Helen, she’ll change the course of history…for the worse.

What 5 words best describe your book?

Mystery, mayhem, monsters, madness, magic.

Way to use those “M” words. lol Do you have a “must have” item when you write? For example, a certain drink that must be within reach, a candle burning, music in the background, or complete silence…or something else.

The severed heads of my mortal enemies? LOL! Just kidding. So long as I have my trusty computer and an internet connection, and a nice, cosy place to sit, I’m happy. Music is always a plus, but it’s not essential. Coffee or hot chocolate helps.

LOL…you had me running scared for a second! Where were you when you first came up with the idea for this book?

I have a nagging suspicion I was going for a walk with a close friend of mine and I was talking off the top of my head again. Like I normally do. And get ideas.

What makes Camdeboo Nights different than other books in the same genre?

Firstly, the setting – contemporary South Africa. I usually tell my overseas readers that if they’re looking for cheap thrills and a DIY roadtrip, then read my books. I write travel stories as part of what I do for my day job, and I’m pretty darn good at making people feel like they can *be* there in my stories.

Love that. Tell us the best advice you’ve been given in regards to your writing career.

Don’t be precious about your words. Don’t be afraid to cut them and add new ones. Oh, and to read outside of my genre.

Have you ever thought about venturing into another genre, and, if so, which one?

Probably straight-up historical fiction without the supernatural elements. However I always have this desire to add supernatural elements of some sort. I’m never satisfied with reality as it is.

What’s your current WIP?

Something involving faeries and strong LGBT themes. But I’ve also got a middle grade fantasy novel I need to finish editing, as well as a straight-up secondary world fantasy novel featuring a talking griffin… I simply don’t have much time for my own stuff.

Now the 4:

How do you make a tuna fish sandwich?

I don’t. The cats usually blackmail me for half then I eat the rest out of the tin ’cos I don’t really eat bread.

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

The Cederberg, the Camdeboo and the Skeleton Coast.

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?

Urgh… This is difficult. I don’t really like TV. I think I’d make it so people can phone in and request *their* favourite episodes and find new and unusual ways to motivate me to pander to their whims and I’d send teams to film the results.

Unique answer…I like it :)

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?

I’ll go for singing instead of speaking. I do that already when I’m under stress.

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4.  Please share an excerpt of your book :)

The girl recovered her composure first and approached him. She smelled of honey and he fought the need to close the distance between them. She stopped a meter before him, that gaze flicking from his face down to his too-long nails. The thrum of her pulse was the sound of the ocean breaking on rocks, which made him think of the taste of salt on his lips.

The hunger stirred in his belly, hot and fierce–this girl was one of those rare individuals found once every hundred years. She burned on an aetheric level.

The perfect victim. He could drink her down to the last drop of her Essence tonight and not need to hunt for weeks, perhaps months if he were clever about it.

Or, she could take the blood and it would catch, something malicious in him suggested.

“No,” Trystan said in a low voice. “I won’t.”

“Excuse me? What did you say?” Her eyes were so large, gray streaked with green accents. He could stare into them for eternity.

About Nerine Dorman


An editor and multi-published author, Nerine Dorman currently resides in Cape Town, South Africa, with her visual artist husband. Some of the publishers with whom she works include Dark Continents Publishing and eKhaya (an imprint of Random House Struik). She has been involved in the media industry for more than a decade, with a background in magazine and newspaper publishing, commercial fiction, and print production management within a below-the-line marketing environment. Her book reviews, as well as travel, entertainment and lifestyle editorial regularly appear in national newspapers. A few of her interests include music travel, history (with emphasis on Egypt), psychology, philosophy, magic and the natural world.

:) So excited you joined me for 10 – 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(s) online :)

Camdeboo Nights by Nerine Dorman
Genre: Paranormal Romance


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


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10 – 4 Tuesday

Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday! This is a forum where we’ll feature an author and their latest release. I’ll ask our guest to share 10 things about their book and then 4 questions for fun :) So let’s get started.

Today I’m excited to have author Jenna Jaxon on the blog. I’ve gotten to know Jenna from few loops we each belong to as well as facebook. She’s a wonderful person and her latest book is in my tbr pile. She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4, and then an excerpt from her book Betrothal, Book 1 of Time Enough to Love. :)

Hi Jenna, thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday :) Betrothal with Logo-1

First the 10:

To start out, share your author bio with us…that wonderful grouping of words that is in every one of your books :)

Jenna Jaxon is a multi-published author of historical and contemporary romance.  Her historical romance, Only Scandal Will Do, the first in a series of five interconnecting novels, was released in July 2012. Her contemporary works include Hog Wild, Almost Perfect, and 7 Days of Seduction.  She is a PAN member of Romance Writers of America as well as a member of Chesapeake Romance Writers. Her medieval romance, Time Enough to Love, is being published this summer as a series of three novellas.  The first book, Betrothal, released on April 19th.

Jenna has been reading and writing historical romance since she was a teenager.  A romantic herself, she has always loved a dark side to the genre, a twist, suspense, a surprise.  She tries to incorporate all of these elements into her own stories. She lives in Virginia with her family and a small menagerie of pets.  When not reading or writing, she indulges her passion for the theatre, working with local theatres as a director.  She often feels she is directing her characters on their own private stage.

She has equated her writing to an addiction to chocolate because once she starts she just can’t stop.

What’s genre (s) do you write?

I write primarily historical romance, though I do dabble in erotic contemporary romance also.

Share the blurb from Betrothal!

Lady Alyse de Courcy has fallen in love with Lord Braeton, a nobleman in King Edward III’s court and a man to whom she has barely spoken. Fate, however, has decreed her betrothal to his best friend, Sir Geoffrey Longford—a handsome and imposing knight, yet hardly the man she wants to wed.

When Sir Geoffrey is bound in betrothal by his father, he could not have expected the beautiful stranger to win his heart the moment they meet. Nevertheless, the fascinating Lady Alyse has done exactly that, and his feelings for her only grow as he learns more of her gentle yet spirited nature. But Alyse’s infatuation with his friend casts doubt on whether she can ever return his regard and their wedding day is fast approaching…

Will he have time enough to win her love?

Love that blurb…especially the last line! Tell us the oddest, funniest, or strangest thing that has happened to you while wearing your author hat! 

Last year at my chapter’s retreat we were all sitting in the basement, around a table, writing busily.  When we broke for dinner, I started talking to one of my close friends and she said, “Did you see Mike? (her fiancé)”  I said, “He was here?  Where?”  She said, “He came right up to the door on his motorcycle.  I went over and talked to him.  You didn’t see him?”

And I said, “I didn’t even see you leave the table.”  I was so absorbed in my revision (it was actually Betrothal) I didn’t know a thing that had happened in about two hours.

Love it, you were in the zone! What are your top 5 writing tips?

1.  Finish the damn book! (Don’t stop until you write The End)

2.  Time yourself when on Twitter or Facebook (one hour each–use an egg timer)

3.  Write something every day.

4.  Don’t take reviews (either good or bad) too much to heart.

5.  Join an online critique group and find a good crit partner.

Great tips, especially the one involving facebook/twitter…therein lies my dilemma! lol When did you know you wanted to be a writer? Did you just always know, or was there a “moment”?

I’ve always loved to write (first short story was in 3rd grade), but the “moment” occurred when I’d just read Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s Everlasting, and thought, “I can write a book like that.”

What was your favorite part about writing Betrothal

Falling in love with my characters.  They’ve become so real to me I think of them as people.  I also loved the research.

What makes your book different from other books written in the same genre?

I’ve chosen the medieval period that encompasses the advent of the Bubonic Plague, and the plague figures prominently in Book 3 of the series, which I think sets it apart.  I’ve also broken a few of the “unwritten rules” of romance–especially in Book 2.  Stay tuned for those. :)

Was there a scene in your book that gave you a lot of trouble and you just felt like you couldn’t get it right? If so, how did you work through it?

The ending of the book gave me some trouble because it’s not really the ending.  Betrothal is the first part of the book Time Enough to Love, so this part isn’t really the end.  But I needed to give the novella closure, so I kept trying different ways for it to end until I came up with something that satisfied both me and my editor.

What’s your current WIP?

I’m finishing up the 3rd revision of Betrayal, Book 2 of Time Enough to Love. But I’ve also just finished the second book in my House of Pleasure series, Only Marriage Will Do.  And this coming weekend I’m starting to expand my historical romance short story Heart of Deception into a novella.

Now the 4:

Congratulations, you were chosen by the royal family to name William and Kate’s first child. Tell us what name you’d choose for a boy and also a girl and then why you picked those names :)

For a boy, I’d choose Phillip after grandpapa (I really like that name too) and for a girl, Diana (yes, I would go there), especially because one day she would rule England. :)

I like Diana too…nice choices!

You were part of a horrific scientific experiment that went wrong. Your 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?

Someone just kill me now!

LOL! I didn’t expect that :)

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?

Grey’s Anatomy–I’m a huge fan of their writing and I would watch it 24/7 if I could.

A magic genie offers you the chance to live the life of any fictional character in any book for one week. Which book and which character would you choose?

Jo Beverley’s Devilish and I would, of course, be Diana, Countess of Arradale.

Thanks for sharing your 10 and your 4 Jenna.  Please share an excerpt of your book BETHROTHAL.

Geoffrey knew he had displeased her once more and cursed inwardly. He was ruining this opportunity but could not fathom how to repair the damage. She walked beside him woodenly, her hand like a dry stick on his arm.

I have faced enemy troops with less trepidation than this.

As they wound their way toward the chapel, thoughts of battle strategies filled his head and he decided to seize the offensive tack. He doubted he could make things worse.

“You have been at court but a short while, Lady Alyse? I did not meet you here last Christmas.” Not only a ploy to get her to talk, but to learn about her as well. If she would take the bait.

“No, sir. We did not meet.” She looked up at him and some of the fear retreated from her face. “I arrived at Windsor but two months ago. Before that, I was in the household of Lord Penburthy, in service to his wife, Lady Elizabeth. I have lived in the north these past ten years.”

He had not heard her speak so much at one time. Her low-pitched voice had a melodious quality—a pleasure to listen to. “Were you excited, then, to come to court?” Geoffrey experienced a giddy rush when he saw a tentative smile play about her lips.

“Aye, my lord, I came here eagerly. ’Tis very grand, especially after Merwyck Castle, near the Scottish border. A place beautiful, but wild. The castle did not have as many comforts as I find here.”

“What comforts?” He was fascinated by the way she blossomed before his eyes.

“Oh, warmth for one. Being so far north, the castle stayed cold always, even in summer. There were four other girls who served Lady Elizabeth, and we slept all in one room. Very noisy at night. To share with only one person here is like heaven.”

Geoffrey held his breath, for as soon as the words were out she colored prettily and darted a fearful glance at him. He had valiantly bitten back his amusement, yet still she noticed.

A delicate black eyebrow lifted. “You have a comment, my lord?”

Geoffrey laughed. As they arrived at the chapel, he took her hand, feeling that almost familiar rush of fire through his. “I would say, my lady, you are indeed perceptive. To share a room, or bed, with one other person can be like heaven.” He lifted her fingers to his lips, tingles firing off like sparks, and handed her into the chapel.

He watched with a hunger in his belly as Alyse’s luscious blue-clad form sped down the aisle to her place with the princess. Before she pushed past Lady Anne, she paused to throw a look over her shoulder at him. He nodded his farewell, intensely aware that his hunger would go unappeased a while longer.

:) 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.

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