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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 along with a few personal things and then 4 questions for fun 🙂  So let’s get started.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Vonnie Davis!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an Mom2excerpt of her book MONA LISA’S ROOM.

Hi Vonnie, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4  Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂 because I’m ready to get to know you better.

Thanks for having me guest today! And, hon, I’m always up for a bit of fun.

I know already that you’re my kind of gal! lol

First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

Me? You want to talk about me? I thought we were going to have fun. Drats, and I’m so boring, too. I’m a retired technical writer who’s traded her tailored office clothes for the feathered boa of a romance writer. Both my husband and I are published authors and retired from outside jobs. We spend our days writing and feeding the cat, otherwise known as the “Bottomless Pit.” Calvin has Jazzie on a diet because when he runs, his stomach swings from side to side—the cat’s, not Calvin’s. Jazzie has a fashion for going on twitter and begging for treats. If you ever see one of his tweets, please ignore him. He can sing a sad song, but he’s not starving as he claims. Never give your pet a twitter account. They tend to go amuck with it.

LMBO….if you wear a boa and have a cat with a twitter account, you’re far from boring! What’s genre (s) do you write?

I write what I love, which is romance. The characters determine the sub-genre—contemporary, historical or romantic suspense.

Nice answer! Share your blurb from MONA LISA’S ROOM! (which by the way has a fab cover…and I should know because I’m a total cover junkie)

MonaLisasRoom _w6782_300Oh, I’d love to. It’s in the form of an email from my heroine in Paris to her sister back home in Asheville, North Carolina.

Gwen,

You won’t believe this email. I’m sitting in a French safe house, eating caviar and drinking champagne with a handsome government agent, Niko Reynard. He’s wearing nothing but silk pajama bottoms and mega doses of sex appeal. I’m in big trouble, little sister. He’s kissed me several times and given me a foot massage that nearly caused spontaneous combustion. I’m feeling strangely virginal compared to the sexual prowess this thirty-year-old man exudes.

When I came to Paris for a bit of adventure, I never imagined I’d foil a bombing attempt, karate-kick two men, and run from terrorists while wearing a new pair of stilettos. I’ve met a German musician, a gay poet from Australia, and the most delightful older French woman.

Don’t worry. I’m safe–the jury’s still out on yummy Niko, though. The more champagne I drink, the less reserved I feel. What an unforgettable fortieth birthday!

Alyson

I love that you put your blurb in the form of an email…very nicely done! How many books do you have published and if more than 1 would you please share the titles?

My debut contemporary, STORM’S INTERLUDE, was nominated as book of the year at Long and Short Reviews.

THOSE VIOLET EYES is part of the Honky Tonk Hearts series, and I have another entry in the series waiting for a release date—BACK WHERE YOU BELONG.

TUMBLEWEED LETTERS, a novella in the Love Letters series.

A TASTE OF CHOCOLATE, a magical short story.

A MAN FOR ANNALEE is a western historical set for release on the 19th. Oh, I do love my cowboys.

Book two in the trilogy with MONA LISA’S ROOM releases on June 14th—RAIN IS A LOVE SONG.

Congrats on all your success Vonnie! Describe Mona Lisa’s Room using 5 words.

Dangerous…Humorous…Passionate…Family…Surprises.

What’s the first line from Mona Lisa’s Room? A grim-faced guard stepped in front of Alyson Moore when she raised her camera to take a picture.

Now the last?

“Yes, my potent stud muffin, yes.”

Okay, that last line really intrigues me! lol How did you choose your hero and heroine’s name?

For my heroine, I wanted a name that didn’t necessarily lend itself to a nickname and then have the hero shorten it to annoy her. Which he did. Alyson became Aly. Niko was chosen for two reasons. His mother is Italian and his father French. And Niko suited him so well.

The name Niko definitely is stuf muffin worthy! lol What’s your favorite part about the writing process?

The opening scene. I love new beginnings. Developing a scene that will hook the reader in a few paragraphs. Each one is written and rewritten about twenty times to get just the right word and feel.

When did you truly feel like an author?

I felt something shift inside when I read the first review for my debut book. The reviewer praised my writing and gave me five-stars. I was totally blown away and cried like a baby.

What’s your current WIP?

Actually, I’m working on three. I tend to keep multiple projects on the go, so when I hit a rough spot in one I pop over to another for awhile until my subconscious works through the rough spot. I’m two-thirds finished with the final book in this romantic suspense trilogy. It’s titled JAZZBEAT OF SURRENDER. My other projects are SANTA WORE LEATHERS and ROSANNA’S BRACELET.

Love your titles Vonnie…nice job 🙂

Now the 4:

If you could compete on any game show—past or present—which one would you choose and why?

The Newlywed Game. I always loved the humor that popped out at the most unexpected moments.

You’ve just won the lottery but due to some crazy personal reasons you can’t keep any of it and have to donate it to a charity for displaced authors down on their luck. The groups of authors are divided into the genres they write. Which genre would you choose to receive your good fortune?

Since romance writers are usually regarded as the red-headed step-children of the literary world, I’d donate to all the lovely romance writers.

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.

Winston William Charles and for a girl, Victoria Elizabeth Grace.

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?

Mary in MACKENZIE’S MOUNTAIN. There’s something about Wolf…sigh…

Loved your answers and totally agree with you about The Newlywed Game…always a lot of laughs. Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4.  Please share an excerpt from Mona Lisa’s Room.

Oh, I’d love to. I call this scene “seduction in a shoe store.”

Niko perched on the stool at Alyson’s feet, opened the first box and deftly flicked back the tissue paper on a pair of black kidskin pumps with skinny gold looking heels. “It’s rumored Da Vinci invented the high heel.” He removed her flip flops and placed her bare foot on his thigh. Warmth from his muscled leg flowed up hers, causing her foot to give an involuntary wiggle.

His gaze lifted to hers and locked. Slowly he slid his hand from her heel up her leg to cup her calf. Thank God she shaved her legs that morning. “Stop.” The rawness of her voice surprised her. His touch made her very aware of her body, and her body was very aware of him. She couldn’t count the years since she was touched in such a manner—if ever.

Still, it was nice to know she could respond to a man’s touch. Thanks to her ex-husband’s avoidance, she thought herself sexually dead, certainly sexually unappealing.

“High heels do wonders for a woman’s figure, Aly. They make the legs look long and shapely, lift the bottom and make the hips sway.” His hands moved in a descriptive manner while he talked. “They make a woman look sexy and confident. Men’s eyes naturally pivot to a woman in stilettos.” Niko shrugged. “We can’t help it. We are men, after all. Weakened by women.”

Alyson stared at him. Men made weak by women? She’d never heard such talk, especially from a male, a very virile male if looks meant anything. He was gorgeous, arrogant as all get out, but gorgeous just the same.

Niko slipped the shoes onto her feet, stood and extended his hand. “Stand. See how you like the feel.” His gaze focused on hers again and for a second or two, when she looked into his eyes, her world stopped.

Ten minutes later, Alyson wobbled in front of the cashier ready to pay for the black kidskin three-inch Pradas she wore. As soon as she saw the bow at the back of the heel, she fell in love with the shoes. Gwen called her a “bow freak.” When Niko reached for his wallet, she elbowed him. “Look, as long as they take Visa, I’ll pay for my own shoes.”

“Please, allow me.”

“Absolutely not. I planned on having an expensive birthday meal at the Eiffel Tower Restaurant tomorrow. With all that’s happened today, that plan is ruined, too. So I’m rationalizing since I won’t be paying for my birthday meal, I can pay this ungodly amount for the shoes.”

Niko placed his hand over hers. “I don’t mind. Let me treat you since I goaded you into buying them.”

“Really, that’s not necessary. Even my husband…er…ex-husband never bought me things. I’ve always paid my own way.”

He leaned an elbow on the glass counter and looked at her. “You’re kidding me. He never bought you little surprises? Little treats? A woman like you should be spoiled, treasured—” his voice lowered as he slowly trailed a finger up her arm  “—loved often and well.” Merciful heavens, he was trying to seduce her in a shoe store. Gwen would squeal in delight when she told her about this.

“Down, buster. American women are different than French women. We’re not so easily seduced by glib words or smooth moves.”

His eyebrow arched and his demeanor turned insolent. “You think I’m trying to seduce you?”

Typical male. He touched her almost nonstop since they stepped into Minelli’s. Now that she called him on it, he wanted to deny everything. “I think you’re toying with me, seeing if you can make an old, lonely American woman quiver at your feet.”

“First of all, you’re not old. Second, if you’re lonely, that’s your fault. Third, if I wanted to make you quiver—” he leaned in, his lips against her ear  “—I damn well could.”

 

Great excerpt! 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.

View this Book Trailer: http://bit.ly/MonaTrailer

BUY LINKS:

THE WILD ROSE PRESS (digital) — http://bit.ly/MonaLisaDigital

THE WILD ROSE PRESS (paperback) — http://bit.ly/MonaLisasRoom

AMAZON (paperback) — http://amzn.to/QQZGyD

AMAZON (eBook) — http://bit.ly/MonaLisasRoomeBook

 

FIND ME ONLINE AT http://www.vonniedavis.com

BLOGGING AT http://www.vintagevonnie.blogspot.com

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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 Jerrie Alexander! She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt from her book The Green-Eyed Doll 🙂

Hi Jerrie, thanks for joining me for 10 – 4  Tuesday…I hope you’re ready for some fun 🙂Jerrie Alexander

Good morning, Christine. Thanks for having me over this morning. I’m always ready to have fun! Bring on those questions!

I knew it! lol First the 10:

To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a pretty boring person! Not much to know about me, except writing and reading books have been part of me as far back as I can remember. And girl, that’s a long time. I live in the semi-country with my own personal John Wayne husband, who still opens my car door for me. Our daughter married a Tom Selleck look-alike and they gifted us with the best ever granddaughter. Oh, and a half-dead stray dog adopted us a while back. He’s well now, and as we say here in Texas, “He rules the roost!”

Doesn’t sound boring to me! What’s genre do you write?

Romantic suspense

AlexanderTheGreen-EyedDollCoverShare your blurb from The Green-Eyed Doll!

Catherine McCoy is on the run. For the past year, she’s been on the move, hiding the secrets and guilt in her heart. When she lands in small-town Texas and meets Sheriff Matt Ballard, he ignites a flame she thought lost forever.

Matt has scars of his own. He left the big city after an undercover operation went bad and his partner was killed. Now, as Matt hunts for a serial killer who paints his victims’ faces like porcelain dolls, Catherine becomes a safe haven for him. Two tortured souls finding comfort in each other’s arms—until he uncovers her secret, and their bond of trust is broken.

When Catherine disappears, Matt races to find her, fearing the murderer has found his next green-eyed doll. But the killer has a surprise coming. Catherine will fight to the death before she’ll be a victim again. Will her determination be enough?

How did you come up with the idea for this story?

I had the hero and heroine backgrounds developed, added the hottest summer on record combined with the longest drought and then started researching FBI profiles for a serial killer who could add addition conflict and misery on my H/H. My daughter was visiting and while we kicked around scenarios, she mentioned the doll. That was it…everything fell into place.

How did you come up with your hero and heroine’s names?

Trial and error. I decide their background, ancestry and age. Then I’ll research names until I find one that fits what I believe the character will be. It’s a lot of work, but by the time I have names, their profiles are almost finished.

Tell us how a typical writing day goes for you.

Coffee and social media first. I try to catch up on what friends, family and readers have posted first thing. Then I write. Whether it’s on a work in progress or a future post for my blog, I’m at the keyboard most of the day.

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

Realism was the first word that came to mind. I research until the world looks level! Question anyone and everyone who might have expertise in the field I’m writing about. Even to contacting the FBI to clarify a point. The last thing I want is for a reader to be pulled out of a story because I hadn’t done my due diligence.

What’s your favorite part about the writing process?

Before The Green-Eyed Doll was released, I would’ve said typing ‘The end’! But then I received a review from a total stranger who loved the story. It was the most rewarding feeling I’ve had in years to know I’d moved someone with my words. The euphoria hasn’t worn off yet.

Love it! When did you truly feel like an author?

When I held a print copy in my hand. I waited 15 months for The Green-Eyed Doll to come out and actually holding the book in my hand made it real.

What’s your current WIP?

The Last Teardrop is still in the planning stage. I don’t plot but I plan and you guessed it…I research.

Now the 4:

YAY!!! You’ve won the fifty-fifty drawing at the local school carnival to appear on a reality television show. You can pick one of these 3 shows—the outdoorsy last person standing show SURVIVOR, a reality cooking show CHOPPED where you compete against top chefs in cooking challenges, or DANCING WITH THE STARS.  Which one will you choose and why?

Ha! My idea of SURVIVOR is a Holiday Inn without a restaurant! A few years ago, I’d have picked DANCING WITH THE STARS, but age and wisdom warned me that my rhythm isn’t what it used to be. So I’d have to choose CHOPPED. I love to bake and could hold my own at least for a while.

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

Now that’s a tough one. I’ve been blessed to have a lot of many good things happen to me over the years. Maybe meeting my husband would be that day. An hour after being introduced to him, I told my best friend, I was going to marry him!

Love that Jerrie…romance at it’s best!

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 why.

I’d name the boy Harold as tribute to Harry, who by being born second will never be king. The girl has to be named Diana after William’s mother.

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?

“No more liquid mashed potatoes.”

LOL…I didn’t see that coming!!

Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4.  Please share an excerpt from The Green-Eyed Doll:

“Seriously, if you’ve got a lady with you, and we both know how seldom you have one, I won’t keep you.”

“Jealousy doesn’t become you. Don’t make me come to the boonies and kick your ass.” Hunter’s smartass tone shifted to serious. “What’s up? How’s the head?”

Matt’s decision to ask for expert help had been easy. His old partner had an uncanny skill for sniffing out homicide clues. Ash’s training in the field far surpassed Matt’s or any of his men. Asking for help didn’t hurt his pride, he had a murderer to catch.

“Just peachy. The ‘boonies’ are what I want to talk to you about.” He skirted Hunter’s question about Matt’s brain-crushing headaches. The ones the shrink had assured him would go away when he dealt with his self-induced stress and misplaced guilt. “I have an offer to make.”

“Couldn’t be better than the one I got last night.”

“Yeah, right.” Matt chuckled and envisioned the smirk across his buddy’s face. “I need your help.”

“Talk to me.”

In work mode, Hunter was possibly the coldest hearted bastard alive.

“What are the odds of your boss loaning you out on temporary assignment? Could be a few weeks—a couple of months.”

“Makes no difference. If he says no, I’ll take time off. You need me—I’m there. Is this about the missing woman you mentioned a few weeks back?”

“Yes and no. She’s dead. Found propped up on the side of the road  naked except for a red bow tied around her neck.”

“Sorry to hear it.” The rustle in the background said Hunter was out of bed and on his feet. “Keep talking. I gotta fix some coffee.”

“A second woman went missing five days ago.” Matt refused to utter the word serial, but his mind had no qualms about screaming it inside his head. “She didn’t come home after work. No trace of her.”

“You think it’s the same perp. Don’t you?”

“Yeah. I’d bet good money. And we’re pounding our heads against a wall. How many times can I interview the same people? Nothing’s breaking loose.”

“What have you got in mind for me?”

“I’m running out of time. Annie Travers is running out of time.

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 online 🙂

Buy links:

http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=191&products_id=5067

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=jerrie+alexander+

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-green-eyed-doll-alexander-jerrie/1113957378?ean=2940015802665

Contact me links:

http://www.jerriealexander.com – website

http://www.jerriealexander.com/category/blog/

http://www.twitter.com/jerriealexander

http://www.facebook.com/JerrieAlexanderAuthor

http://www.goodreads.com/jerriealexander

http://pinterest.com/jerriealexander/

Christine, thank you again for hosting me today. I had a great time! 🙂

And I loved having you visit and learning more about you Jerrie!!! HAPPY SALES!

 

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Six Sentence Sunday 7/29/12

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thank you for taking the time to visit.  This week I’d like to take up from where I left off last week and share my 2nd snippet from my contemporary romance Two-Timing the Boss that is releasing August 24th with The Wild Rose Press.

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

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

Thankful the receptionist led the way; Farah had time to double-check her appearance, for the tenth time in the same amount of minutes. She straightened shoulder length blonde tresses with flat palms, making sure her wig hadn’t shifted. She didn’t need the extra stress of losing her hair during an interview. Just the thought made her smile, until she caught a glimpse of herself in a mirrored wall panel.

Sure, the wig her twin sister Karah had selected changed her hair from auburn to blonde, opaque contacts covered her warm brown eyes, and smoky shadow enhanced the now brilliant blue color outlined by eye-popping black liner, but her lips sealed the deal. They burst with a wet red cherry gloss, becoming the focal point on her pale face.

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

Happy Reading!

Christine

BLURB for Two-Timing the Boss:

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

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

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

 

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What to Read Wednesday

WOW…is it really midweek and time for What to Read Wednesday? It certainly is and I know you’re going to be as thrilled as me when you find out who is joining us today!

We have debut author Cera DuBois and she’s here to tell us some fun facts about herself as well as her book A HUNTER’S ANGEL (book 1 of The Hunter’s Dagger Series).  Also, she’s brought along chances to win prizes…yes PRIZE(S) complete with an S…meaning more than 1 way to win.  So let’s get started!

Cera, tell us about yourself in 30 words or less 🙂

Hi, Christine!  Thank you for having me here today.  Considering I’m usually a wordy person, 30 words or less is asking a lot…LOL  Well, here it is…

I live in Central Pennsylvania with my hubby and two teenagers. I grew up on a farm that I couldn’t wait to get away from when I went to college…but now I write Westerns because I miss that way of life. I’ve been writing with the hope of publication for about four years.

I just drove through PA and it’s beautiful! What would someone learn about you from looking at your book shelves or tbr pile?

I love a lot of different things. I read mostly paranormals and contemporary Westerns, not surprising since these are the two genres I write. I also am a huge Rachel Gibson fan and have all of her books. And in another book case is my Star Wars collection. The other case has my historicals—my John Jakes collection and my People of the Earth series.

Variety is good 🙂 If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?

Oh, this is a really hard question because I’m not very well traveled and I want to go everywhere…LOL. But if we are talking dream trip here, I’d love to visit the British Isles—Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland. The why of it is simply that I have a lot of Irish, Scotch and Welsh blood in me. The other place would be Germany for the same reason.

Well, when you make this awesome trip, call me and I’ll tag along. They all are on my list too!  What genre (s) do you write?

I write paranormals under the pen name of Cera duBois and contemporary Westerns under my real name, Sara Walter Ellwood.

How did you get started writing?

I always had a very active imagination and was always making up stories in my head, I’m not one of those writers who have been reading and writing since pre-school. I hated to read. HATED it. But when you’re dyslexic reading isn’t easy. Writing was even less fun. Reading still isn’t always enjoyable to me. I didn’t actually learn how to read until I was in fourth grade when I was diagnosed with a learning disability and put into special education. I struggled with school and reading/writing until eighth grade. That’s when I finally read my first novel for enjoyment. It was the novelization of the TV miniseries THE BLUE AND THE GRAY. I was hooked.  But I think what really hooked me was the history of the Civil War. I read several other books, some of them non-fiction.

Then I started making up my own stories about Southern belles and dashing heroes dressed in blue and gray. I started writing my first novel, a Civil War romance, in ninth grade, which eventually transformed into the novel I wrote for my eleventh grade English class.

Who’ve had an incredible journey…I’m impressed.  Please share a blurb from A Hunter’s Angel.

The serial killer stalking Clayton, Pennsylvania, isn’t all that has Chief of Police Grace Wallace worried. For a year, she’s tried to forget Special Agent Ian McHenry and now he’s the expert the FBI sent to catch the killer. She can’t stay away from him, but something primal is telling her to run to save much more than just her heart. Despite the strict code of ethics Ian vowed to follow as a vampire hunter, he craves Grace’s blood above all others. If he chooses to stay, Ian risks losing his chance at divine forgiveness. But if he leaves Grace unprotected from the evil he’s hunted for over a century, he loses more than just his soul…

Love your blurb…really perks my interest…and your cover.  Oh, I can’t even tell you how much I love it!  What’s one of your favorite sentences from your book?

This exchange is between Grace and Ben (her best friend and lieutenant)

Grace: “How many bugs do you think are in here?”

Ben: “Bugs? There are two bad ass, crazy vampires out there and you’re afraid of bugs?”

LOL…love it! What’s the most interesting thing you’ve done in the name of research?

I’m mostly a computer/book researcher, so I’d have to say the most interesting thing in the way of actually talking to someone I’ve done has been dropping questions to the soldiers/officers I work with about different things concerning the military that pop up in my books.

Which is the hardest for you to write and why…beginning, middle or end?

Oh, the beginning. I hate starting a new book. I’m mostly a pantser, so to me looking at a new story is like entering a large dark forest where the path is obscured. I know there are landmarks (the things I want in the story or the turning points) but the plot is as blind to me as path through the forest.

Please share an excerpt from A HUNTER’S ANGEL!

“I’m in love with the man inside the vampire.” Grace moved her hand to thread through his silky hair. When she rested the other over his heart, a soft sigh escaped his lips. Underneath her palm, the slow beat was barely noticeable.

His thumb grazed her cheekbone and slowly trailed down to the hollow of her throat. Her breathing quickened at the zinging anticipation as he caressed the pulse point where he’d claimed to have taken blood from her. He glanced at the spot with eyes as haunted as he sounded. “I’m not a man.”

“But you were once.”

He met her gaze again. “Yes, once.”

His fingers lingered over her pulse. Her heart raced under his touch. She tilted her neck as if his touch awakened some base instinct to offer the sacrifice. “Do you still want my blood?”

Ian stepped away and locked his wide-eyed gaze onto hers. At last, he rasped, “No, I don’t want your blood. Oh, God, I still crave it. You have the sweetest I’ve ever had, but I will never hurt you again.”

She didn’t know what possessed her to do so, but she whispered, “You can take…some of it.”

He closed his eyes, and when he opened them, he acidly said, “No, Grace. I can never taste your blood again. It would kill you.”

Fear of what she’d wanted him to do tumbled through her. She stepped away, and for a moment, she considered telling him to leave. How did she know any of this was real? She couldn’t imagine she’d ever freely offer a vampire her blood. Did she really believe him? He was sucking her into his insanity. But if this was true and he could make people do things against their will, maybe he could control her feelings.

“Maybe I should go?” Ian backed away another step and headed toward the counter where he’d left his dagger. He turned back to her with the sheath in his hand. Her heart shattered with the knowledge that, if he walked out the front door, she’d never see him again. “Goodbye, my sweet angel.”

His jagged murmur ripped at her soul as his eyes took on a blazing intensity and snared hers. She felt a pressure in her mind, and she knew what he intended to do. He wanted to erase her memories of him.

No!

What 2 attributes do you like most about your hero?

I love Ian’s honor. I also love his compassion for others that he doesn’t see.

Your heroine?

Of Grace, I love her strength and her kick-ass attitude.

I love picking out character names when I’m starting a new story…do the names you chose for your hero or heroine have a special meaning to you, or how did you go about choosing them?

I love picking names too. And for the most part they do have meanings. Both Grace and Ian have deep meanings, but I can’t give them away or I’d slip something about the story…*evil grin*

Ooh…nicely done Cera, now I’m more intrigued J If a newbie author asked you the best way to go about promoting a new book—or what worked best for you, what would you tell them?

Well, since I’m still brand spanking new at this game myself, I have no idea.  If someone can tell me what works, I’d love it!

Darn it, I thought you’d have a hidden tip…lol.  Care to give us a little hint on what you’re working on now? 🙂

I actually have several irons in the fire, as my grandma would say.  I’m in the midst of writing A Hunter’s Wings (book three of my Hunter’s Dagger series) and I’m editing/revising Book 2 of my Colton Gamblers series (book one—Gambling On a Secret is due out early next year and is my first Western).  Also I’m working on edits for my two contracted Westerns.

Whew, you’re busy, busy, busy! And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?

Website Links:

Website: http://www.ceradubois.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sarawalterellwood.ceradubois/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/sara_w_ellwood

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Buy Links:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=980

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=cera+dubois

Thank you so much for coming by Cera….

Thanks for having me, Christine… I had a ball!

Everyone, please read on a little further and find out the how you can win some awesome prizes from Cera 🙂

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To find out more about A Hunter’s Angel, check out my website (http://ceradubois.wordpress.com/a-hunters-angel-the-book-tour/) for a schedule of my blog stops during the book tour. I will be presenting a series of short stories called The Vampire Encounters. Follow me as I interview Ian McHenry, Master Vampire Lucas Pomeroy, Vivian van Dyke Pomeroy, and have a scary run-in with Shane Chamberlain. Hope to see you along the way.

Contest: (Sorry, only USA and Canada residents are eligible for any prize that needs to be mailed. Non-residents and residents of USA are eligible for free PDF copy.)

Two Lucky Posters will get a PDF copy of Bloodwine. (for info on this short story check out my website)

1st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing for either a custom-made pair of angel wing earrings, charm bracelet, or necklace (check out my website for photos).

2st Stalker Prize: Every Poster will also be entered into a drawing of a $10 gift card from either Amazon or Barnes and Noble (winner’s choice)—drawing to happen on September 1.

 

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What to Read Wednesday & review

Happy Wednesday and thank you for taking the time to join me for another What To Read Wednesday.  I have a huge HUGE treat for you today.  I have a wonderful friend of mine joining us with her debut release…and she’s also doing a giveaway!  All you have to do to win a copy of Teresa Blue’s debut novella from THE WILD ROSE PRESS is comment and leave your email address.  Yep, that easy.

Before we get started I wanted to share my short review of Teresa’s novella NIGHT BIRD…then we’ll get on with the interview:

My review

I highly recommend this novella.  I don’t like to give away too much in any review I write, and I won’t make an exception here, but I can tell you that you will not be disappointed with this read!

From the very first paragraph I was invested in this story.  I was drawn into the mood and the characters.  Emma is the perfect heroine for this story and Travis is not only sexy and manly as the hero, but tender and vulnerable at the same time.

Teresa Blue has a wonderful way of weaving her words together to bring her characters to life and put the reader right into the scene.  Each word she used to describe what was happening was so well chosen, it made everything so crisp and easy to visualize.  Top it off with Emma’s emotion and caring attitude to her past, her present and her future and I was a goner.  I didn’t put this story down until I reached the end.

Beautifully written with twists and turns I didn’t expect, I loved following along with Emma and Travis as they revealed themselves to each other…and the story was revealed to the reader.  There were several times I was caught by surprise and that’s a real treat when reading a story.

I’m not a professional reviewer, but if I were, I’d give this 2 thumbs up, 5 stars and lots of satisfied sighs!

Now, on with our interview 🙂

Hi Teresa, thank you for joining us!  Please share a little bit about yourself and your writing journey.

I’m thrilled to be here, Christine and will start right off with telling you how I started writing early in the 90’s with mostly poems and children’s stories. Then in 1999 I joined RWA and by early 2000 had completed my first novel. I returned home from a writer’s conference to a yard full of people and several fire trucks. My house was a pile of ash and everything I had ever written along with it. That set me back a year or two while I put a home together.

Oh Teresa, that’s scary.  I’m glad nobody was hurt.  I’m one of those people that deals with stress (and that would be a stressful situation) by indulging in good eats.  Naughty me.  So, tell us what’s in your fridge right now. lol

Right now, homemade cocoanut cream pie, leftover rotisserie chicken and marinating venison steaks.

YUM…now that all sounds good.  But I know you are one awesome cook!  Tell us one thing you hate, one thing you fear and one thing you love.

One thing I hate is how quick the morning hours fly by. I’m barely settled into a scene then glance and the clock and realize I need to get dressed. What’s my biggest fear? To loose my sight or the use of my fingers. My totally passion is reading those wonderful old bodice rippers. I absolutely love anything by Kathleen Woodiwiss or Johanna Lindsey.

I have a secret addiction to those old bodice rippers too…can’t explain it, but I just love to read them.  What genre or genres do you write?

My first novel was a historical but the second one I started more a light hearted contemporary that I wrote in long hand while living in the camper. I was naïve in thinking contemp. wouldn’t require any research. At the moment I’m writing contemporary, but I like to write paranormal and romantic suspense, too.

Tantalize us with a blurb from NIGHT BIRD.

Travis Howland washes up on the shores of Lost Isle and into the arms of an angel. Known as the Night Bird, Emma Samson dedicates her afterlife to a solitary existence on Lost Isle, easing the passage of the dying. When she finds Travis weak and desperate, she gives him the only gift she has—a few more days to settle his affairs before his death. Sorely lacking in faith, Travis lives life with no thought for the future. When his lovely rescuer claims he has died, he can’t believe it. He must warn his father that their ship was plundered by a greedy business partner, but only a leap of faith can save him. Together, Emma and Travis use his last few hours to avenge the traitorous deeds that torment him, and along the way discover that love can be found in any stage of life…even after death.

I truly loved this story!  Share with us your favorite sentence from your book.

Hard to chose just one. 🙂  “Tell me, exactly what has transpired these past few days to change me from a man to a…monster?”

Very intriguing sentence!  Love it.  What’s the most exciting part of writing?

The most exciting thing to me about writing is the opportunity to be anywhere in the world with people I adore. After all, I give them the physical as well as characteristic traits that please me, even my villains. And when they begin talking to me, it’s a writer’s rush.

How did you come up with the title NIGHT BIRD?

The title actually came from the song, Night Bird, by Eva Cassidy. A haunting melody, filled with beautiful lyrics about a woman who found a man down on his luck in New Orleans and she took him in and taught him how to fly.    http://youtu.be/EU4OKZTlPI0

Love that Teresa!  Share an excerpt with us please 🙂

A crashing wave knocked Emma off her feet and plunged her beneath the water, grains of sand biting her skin as the gushing tide tossed her upon the shore. She struggled to break the ocean’s grip, her sodden skirt throttling her ankles as she tried to stand. Another rushing wave pushed her to her knees. A heavy object slammed against her side and drove them both aground.

     A man.

     Foamy bubbles gathered in a small pool of water where his body lay indented in the sand. Her heart roared in her ears, drowning out the pounding surf. In the past, she’d witnessed countless felons jump ship rather than face the adversity of chains, starvation, and brutal prison beatings. Many saw the island’s wide cove as a passage to freedom and often died trying to swim across.

The dark shape lay unmoving beside her. After only a brief glance she knew he was different. He had strong, classic feature and a think robust body. She couldn’t squelch her curiosity. Who was this man? A ship’s captain, perhaps? Or a meager fisherman with a run of bad luck? Maybe he’d ignored the dangerous winds and threatening clouds, driven by the greed she’d seen in eyes of other men. Fishing boats of all sizes had been destroyed upon the deceptive coral reefs, led on by the tempestuous sea witch that lured them beyond the next horizon.

      Emma pushed aside the drenched charcoal locks covering the man’s eyes and revealed thick brows and a strong forehead. His cheeks bore stubbles of whiskers.

The white tailored shirt, although frayed and worn, was that of a whaleman sailor, its hem floating up to expose heavy, coarse trousers. Suddenly, his fingers caught the fabric of her bodice and gave the slightest tug to draw her near.

      “Help me,” he pleaded, his voice barely more than a whisper as his arm dropped to his side.

       Moisture blurred her vision at the helplessness she’d heard, the desperation that filled his eyes. She blinked back tears. How much longer must she witness death? Emma was unable to actually save life, but could offer a brief reprieve for the tormented lost one. Usually the men she encountered were the blackest of the lot: convicts, murderers, and thieves were among those needing her most.

         But this man’s appearance didn’t seem to be that of a weak or starved convict. Instead, his body looked firm, reasonably fit. Perhaps the made his living on the water. Lately, she’d witnessed many Yankee whalers drawn to the Pacific, all eager to fill their casks with valuable sperm oil.

     His breath came out weak and unsure as his chest labored and fell. A strong will to survive etched deep across his face and the vulnerable expression played on her heart. He was someone’s son, perhaps a father, but clearly a man unable to let go. With each painful gasp, his eyes pleaded, asking the impossible.

    But she knew…death was inescapable. It was the after life she hoped to change.  Already the icy water had stiffened his body, his breathing faltered. Emma measure each one his last. Even if she did manage to warm him, he would die of fever, the life-taking chill never leaving his body.

      He’d asked for her help…but was his need to survive strong enough to carry the burden to eternity?

    Precious seconds passed. The uneven rise and fall of his chest warned her it was nearly too late. Is she didn’t decide soon, he’d be left to face the judgment he’d earned in life without having the chance to reconcile whatever desperate burdens were holding him back.

     Emma lowered her head. No breath came from his lips, his eyes faded as death stole over him. Swiftly, she pressed her lips against his neck; a metallic taste filled her mouth when she pierced his skin. It took only seconds to exchange his blood with the substance flowing in her veins. The wind howled in protest and sprayed them with a mist of salt-drenched water while the waves crashed around them.

     It seemed forever and then…he moved.

     “My crewman. Where is my crew?” he whispered.

    Although his eyes shone with gratitude, would he still be grateful after learning the conditions of his survival?

Your excerpt was awesome…puts the reader right there!  Using only 5 words, describe Travis, your hero.

Travis is handsome, strong, loyal, courageous and persistent.

Now your heroine Emma.

Emma is a nurturer, tender-hearted, faithful, sincere and obstinate.

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part is getting into a new story. It takes me awhile to convince myself I’m not wasting my time and ignore that pesky gremlin whispering in my ear. My first drafts tend to be kind of skimpy.

The easiest?

I find the easiest part of writing to be dialogue, once my characters come together they never stop talking. Which is pure joy.

I like dialogue too!  I think it flows smooth when you really know your characters.  When is your favorite time to write, morning, afternoon, or nights?

In the morning, sitting down at the computer with my coffee and still in my pajamas. Once I get dressed it’s official I’ve got ‘other’ things to do and usually can’t switch back to the creative mode as easily.

I feel the same way.  What’s your current WIP?

I’m working on a contemporary romance, the second in a series that’s kind of been put on the back burner while I promote Night Bird. It’s proving to be a fun story and I’m anxious to get back to it.

Please share some writerly wisdom with any new authors out there or anyone just beginning their writing journey.

Take all the so-called rules you hear with a grain of salt. For everyone who says not to do it this way, they’ll be another who proves them wrong. Don’t be afraid to blaze your own trail; originality sells. And don’t sweat the small stuff. Cliché’ for a reason.

Great advice and so true.  When you first start out it’s so hard to know what to believe and what to go against the grain with.  Teresa, where can we find you and your debut release?  

Teresa Blue: author The Wild Rose Press  here’s the link to NIGHT BIRD on The Wild Rose Press Site & AMAZON

Visit me at my blog: http://tereasa-thingfinder.blogspot.com/

Friend me on Facebook: Tereasa Bellew, twitter: @teab123Blue, Goodreads

I’m so glad you took the time to visit!  And everyone, please remember, one lucky commenter is going to receive a copy of Teresa’s novella NIGHT BIRD!

Thank you so much for having me Christine! I love What To Read Wednesdays and it’s so exciting to be a guest.

 

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Sweet Blog Award

First off I want to thank the awesome Calisa Rhose for nominating me for THE IRRESISTIBLY SWEET BLOG AWARD!  Who knew?  I mean I know I’m sweet and irresistible, but I didn’t know Calisa thought so too!  lol  Calisa is one of my TWRP sisters and she’s awesome.  She recently celebrated the release of her debut book with The Wild Rose Press titled HOME.  Actually, she was on What to Read Wednesday just a few short weeks ago sharing her story and lots of intimate details about herself.  She’s an awesome friend and writer…check out her blog and get to know her  http://calisarhose.wordpress.com/chit-chat/

Check out the cool new badge I can now display on my blog proving how irresistibly sweet I am…Thanks again Calisa 🙂

 

 

Now Calisa asked that I nominate 10 other blogs for this award and then share seven secrets about myself…hmmm (that’ll be a challenge).  Anyway, hopefully my 7 secrets will be something you didn’t know about me, but if they are just pretend you never heard them before and ooohhh and aaaahhh…lol  🙂

Here’s my 7 secrets:

1. I have 3 amazing kids (1 daughter and 2 sons) who I adore and feel so blessed to have in my life.  As they get older it’s nice to have them as more than my children, but my friends.

2. I can tear up so easily…movies, Hallmark commercials, and old episodes of Little House on the Prairie.  My family gets a big kick out of this…lol

3. My debut book Some Like it in Handcuffs releases 60 days from today (cue the streamers and balloons)!!!

4. I was just contracted with The Wild Rose Press for my 2nd book titled Two-Timing the Boss and also offered a contract from Lori Wilde’s Induglence line through Entangled Publishing 1 week ago today.  Both contemporary romances.  (cue more streamers, balloons and feel free to grab a noise maker)

5. My sister is not only my sister, but my best friend and we talk at least once a day 🙂

6. I enjoy cooking, it relaxes me 🙂

7. I love to laugh…as often as possible!

Now for the 10 awesome blogs I’m nominating!!!!…and let me tell you this was no easy feat…10 is definitely not enough 🙂

1. Katherine Grey http://katherinegrey.blogspot.com/

2. Sarah Ballance http://sarahballance.wordpress.com/

3. Ann Montclair http://annmontclair.wordpress.com/

4. Jennifer Lowery http://jenniferloweryauthor.wordpress.com/blog-2/

5. Mirriam Smyth http://mirriamsmyth.wordpress.com/

6. Cheryl Yeko http://www.cherylyeko.com/

7. Brenda Dyer http://www.brendamdyer.com/

8. Tabitha Blake http://tabithablake.blogspot.com/?zx=3b241839b5fbcd5c

9. Sharon Cullen https://sharonwritesromance.wordpress.com/

10. Ceri Hebert http://cerihebert.wordpress.com/

Now I’m off to email these awesome ladies so that they can pick up their award. Then it’s their turn to share seven things, post the badge on their site and choose ten blogs to award. I’ll be sure to have them double check their selections so they don’t end up choosing the same ones I have.

Thank you so much, Calisa!  I’m thrilled to be nominated and loving my new badge 🙂

 

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What to Read Wednesday

If today is your first visit thank you for joining us, and if you’re a repeat offender…I’m so glad you came back.  lol  Welcome to What to Read Wednesday!…the first Wednesday in the new year!    I’m excited to have author Katherine Grey with us today.  So sit back and relax while we learn about Katherine and her book Impetuous.

I’m excited to have you here Katherine.  Please tell us five random things about you the person, not the author. 🙂

I’m 5’11” tall, I have 5 tattoos, I’ve lived in upstate NY my entire life, toast is my favorite food, and large crowds of people make me uncomfortable.

I’m not fond of crowds too much either, and toast is awesome…lol What’s your favorite time of the year?

Summer.  I really love the month of June.  The weather isn’t too hot or cold, there’s not a lot of rain and the flowers are in bloom.

I can’t wait for June…sunshine and flowers…perfect.  What book are you reading now?

I’m reading Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis for pleasure and Twitter for Dummies for promotional purposes.  I’m technologically inept and need all the help I can get.

I heard Twitter for Dummies is full of great info 🙂  When did you first consider yourself a writer?  And have you always wanted to be an author?

I didn’t refer to myself as a writer until I was in my early twenties and then only to trusted confidants, but I was always writing stories in notebooks.  I never really thought about trying to get anything published until I met a writer who belonged to a former local RWA chapter.

Describe your writing space.

My writing space is the dining room table.  It’s a big table that seats 8 that my mother bought soon after her wedding in the late 1950’s.  I have room to spread out my notes, research material etc but have to gather everything up when I’m done writing for the day so we can use it for meals.

What genre or genres do you write?

I write historical romance primarily set in the Regency period.  I have an idea for a contemporary series that I’m eager to start after I finish revisions on my latest WIP.

Tell us about your latest release?

My latest release is my only release so far.  Impetuous is set in 1820 London, England and involves an impoverished Spanish Count, Mateo de Montayas, who is searching for a stolen heirloom and bent on vengeance.  Once he arrives in London, he learns his nemesis has died but decides to use the man’s daughter as a means of revenge while he tries to recover the heirloom.

 

I love the premise!  And your cover…I’m speechless…well only for a second…lol.  It’s awesome.  Why this story?  What was your inspiration?

I’m not sure I can answer the first question other than the characters wouldn’t leave me alone.  They were always pushing their way into my thoughts at the most inopportune times.  My inspiration for the story was all the wonderful Regency romances I read by great authors.  They pushed me to make the book the best I could.

What two attributes do you like most about your hero? 

His loyalty to his family and his determination to do what was right regardless of the cost to himself.

Your heroine? 

I admired Teresa’s loyalty to her family as well.  She risks life and limb to protect her father’s reputation and to keep any type of scandal from touching her ailing mother and although it costs her a great deal, I like her willingness to be who she is regardless of how others treat her.

Now let’s play LUCKY SEVEN….Pick seven words to describe your book.

Adventurous, fast paced, surprising, touching, sexy, funny, and it has an unusual twist.  That was harder than I expected it to be.

Lol…Sorry, I bet it was hard just choosing 7 words 🙂  What comes first for you when you are developing a story…plot or characters?

For me, it’s always the characters.  They come to me and urge me to tell their stories.

Please share an excerpt of your book!

Moonlight cast shadows along enormous

bookcases lining the walls. The balcony doors stood

open, the pale silk drapes fluttering in the breeze.


“Well, well, isn’t this a surprise?”


Teresa stiffened at the sound of the deep, husky

voice. She would know that arrogant tone anywhere.

Her heart picked up speed. Slowly, she met his gaze.

He wore the mask and clothes of black as he had

done in their previous encounter.

 

He released her with an impudent grin.

 

Eager to put space between them, she crossed

the room and stood with her arms folded on the back

of a chair. “What are you doing here? This is too

much to be a coincidence.”

 

“I agree. Why do you always seem to appear

where I am?”

 

“Me?” She gestured to herself in outrage. “I am a

guest here. I have been a guest at every occasion

that we’ve had the misfortune to meet.”

 

“But why are you here and not in the ballroom

with the others?” He moved toward her, gliding

across the room like a shadow. “Perhaps, you were

searching for me, eh?”

 

“And perhaps I took a knock in the cradle when

I was a child,” Teresa snapped. “Do you think me

completely addle-brained? Why would I be searching

for you when I didn’t know you would appear like

some wraith out of the mist?” Anger drained away

her normal reserve around members of the opposite

sex. She moved closer and stabbed him in the chest

with her finger. “If I knew you’d be here, in this

house, I wouldn’t have come within a day’s journey

of it.”

 

He grabbed her hand as she poked him again.

“And why is that?”

 

“Because,” she nearly shouted, “you cut up my

peace. I can’t concentrate on my studies. I’ve become

completely muddle-headed. I even mislaid my

notebook. I never mislay my notebook.” Her mouth

snapped shut as she realized what she’d said.

 

He pulled her closer, laying a finger against her

lips. “Then perhaps,” he whispered, lowering his

head, “I have come in search of you.”

 

He brushed his mouth over hers, a light touch

that hinted at things to come. Teresa pushed at his

chest. Propriety ruled her head for the moment but

for how much longer?

Great excerpt Katherine.  What was the hardest part of this story to write?

The hardest part was explaining why the heirloom meant so much to Mateo and his family and writing what happened to it.

The easiest?

The easiest was the last 3 chapters.  I had those written long before the rest of the story.  It’s the only thing I’ve ever written out of sequence.

What do you have in the works for 2012?

I have a novella entitled The Muse coming out in 2012.  It revolves around a secondary character from Impetuous.  I also hope to have revisions of my current WIP completed and the entire manuscript sent to my editor by the end of January so I’m hoping I’ll have another sale before 2012 is over.

Fingers crossed for you!  Sounds like 2012 will be an exciting year for you.  What’s something you discovered in your journey to publication that surprised you the most?

That it’s really hard to stop tweaking things here and there and pronounce the manuscript finished.  Having a deadline helps keep me from changing a word here and there only to change it back again in a later revision.  Once I start doing that, I know it’s done.

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

You can find me at my blog or on Facebook. 

Blog: http://katherinegrey.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katherine-Grey/265375626827267?sk=wall

You can find my books at the following places:

The Wild Rose Press: http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=905&zenid=db620686c91c17f56d2def7e6c42cc68

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Impetuous-ebook/dp/B005J7K52M/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/impetuous-katherine-grey/1105052736?ean=2940013040984&itm=4&usri=impetuous#CustomerReviews

Thank you so much for chatting with us today Katherine!  I know we’ll be hearing more about you and your books in the near future!  And to everyone else HAPPY READING!!!!

 

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