Interview with Alan Simon Author of The Chimera Legion

Cover_-_chimralegion_alansimonInterview with Alan Simon, Author of 3 Novels: To Live among Wolves, Wolf Trap and The Chimera Legion

What made you decide to be an author?
In the fourth grade, I recalled at the last minute a book report was due the following morning. I hadn’t even chosen a book. What to do? Why not write one. I immediately constructed a story in my mind, plot, characters, conflict and resolution.. Then, I wrote a report on that book. I titled it, “Big Red: the Story of a Boy and his Horse.” My mother helped me with the drawing on the cover. I got an A. And thus my humble beginnings as a writer.

What do you like best about being a writer?
I’m a solitary person. I’m not the type who has to be surrounded by a covey. I’m not the party-party type. I enjoy solitude and writing certainly offers solitude if nothing else. I’ve always been interested in language and I enjoy the challenge of taking something from my imagination and putting it into descriptive words. At the same time, I’m able to keep active what Agatha Christie’s Poirot calls, ‘the little gray cells’.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing Espionage thrillers?
After spending around 40 years conducting and supervising agent operations, teaching and practicing the skills necessary to keep both intelligence operative and agent safe, and consulting on espionage matters, I think I’m fairly well prepared to write about the subject.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?
This has happened with each of my novels and many of my short stories. If you know your characters well enough, you just give them free rein and write as quickly as you can, trying to catch up with them. I’ve learned that when I try to put one of my characters into a situation the character finds uncomfortable, the writing slows to a trickle. It’s only when I rip up those pages and once again, let the character do what is natural in the given situation that I hear the dictation in my mind once again.

You’ve written three (3) novels and are working on a fourth(4) novel and three (3) short stories. What’s your favorite time management tip?
I have no precise day or time of day I spend writing. Even when I’m not physically engaged in writing, I’m thinking and wondering where my characters are going to take me. When time permits, when the ideas are about to hatch, I put everything down on a lined pad, using my Agatha Christie Mont Blanc fountain pen. I have to write longhand at first. I find my fingers move more quickly over the keyboard than my mind can handle. So the leisurely pen is most appropriate. From the pad, it eventually goes into the computer. I guess the point is, if you have to be forced to write, you’re not a writer.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?
I stay far away from outlines, story boards and the like. They inhibit me. I mentally plan the general outlines of my protagonist’s mission. He discusses the parameters with his boss. If I approve, the novel is underway. If I disapprove, the start of the novel will wait another day.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?
You must be a student of human behavior. Until you understand what motivates people, how people meet challenges, how they meet with disappointments, successes, failures, it will not be easy to depict such events convincingly. You have to “feel the soul” of your characters in order to present them realistically to the reader.

Do you listen to music when you write? Do you have a theme song for this book? What music did you go back to over and over as you wrote it, or as you write, in general?
I found music to be a distraction. When I write, I need total silence. How else to hear my characters speak to me?

Tell me more about The Chimera Legion.
The Chimera Legion is an espionage thriller wherein my two protagonists battle against a malevolent al-Qaeda plan to inflict Western populations with Ebola-like viruses that will be incurable. CIA’s ‘Terminator’, Sean Brogan and Mossad’s senior Special Operations officer, Rachel Allon are assigned the mission to take whatever measures are necessary to ensure the al-Qaeda element does not succeed.

How about an excerpt from The Chimera Legion?

Wazir had a reputation as a strongman. He and his brother, Farooq, a man even more powerful than Wazir, had fought in almost every engagement against the Russian kafir invaders. His feats in battle were the stuff of legend. Mustapha Raza sat behind the counter of his small tea shop, thinking about this, uncertain of what to do. He was certain that he was the first human ever to see Wazir cry.

Teary-eyed, Wazir lifted his head and looked at the shopkeeper. “Mustapha, my friend, my brother is dying. My brother Farooq is dying a most horrible death,” he wailed, repeating his lament.

“What are you talking about? Since when?”

“I saw him at the hospital in Islamabad. It appeared as if blood was seeping through his skin—from his nose, his mouth, his ears. From his eyes, even. My brother Farooq was crying tears of blood.”

Mustapha stopped wiping down the small tables and stood upright at this improbable tale. “Which hospital, Wazir?” Mustapha asked. “Tell me, at which hospital did you see Farooq?”

“Around the corner from the Shifa International Hospital—a private clinic.”

Mustapha walked from behind his counter and went over to Wazir’s table. The oppressive heat lay upon the area like a smothering, down-filled comforter, making the slightest movement seem an effort. Wiping at the sweat pouring off his face with a less than clean dish towel, Mustapha took a seat across from Wazir.

“You must tell me what is happening, Wazir. I saw your brother only last month. He could have vanquished an ox.”

Wazir shrugged his shoulders in bafflement. “I cannot understand, either. His flesh seems to have melted. He—he is like a large balloon that has lost its air. His flesh lies upon his bones like loose rags.”

Mustapha gripped Wazir’s arm in an effort to comfort the man. “Could you speak with him—ask him what happened?”

Wazir shook his head. “No, not possible. They had placed his bed in a special, sealed room. I could look at him through a large window but he could not hear me. I was not certain if he was awake or not.”

“I do not understand, Wazir. You say he lies in a sealed room. How does he get care, medicines? How do the doctors treat him?”

“I saw two people in the room with Farooq. I could not tell who they were, men or women.”

“How could that be?” Mustapha asked.

“They wore special suits, special gloves, and boots. They had large hoods over their heads. I could see only part of their faces through the window in front of the hoods.”

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
A quick look at my web site will fill you in on who I am, what I’ve done and where I’ve done it. You can check me out on Amazon.com, I have a page there and you can learn something about my other two novels at the same time.

Website: www.alsimonbooks.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alan.p.simon
Blog: www.onetimespook.blogspot.com

Novel_Photo-1Author’s Note: I spent almost 30 years as an operations officer in the CIA, many of them as Chief of Station. During those years, I engaged in a wide variety of clandestine and covert operations in Southeast Asia, Western Europe and Central and West Africa. For another 10 years, I served as a consultant to the CIA, both as a tradecraft trainer and as a supervisor of counterterrorist operations in the CIA Counter Terrorist Center. Currently I consult on intelligence and national security issues.

 

Thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

New Release: Risky Business by Patricia Campbell

Risky Front CoverMariska Williston has a dream. She wants to rescue every orphaned dog in her home town, Simi Valley, California. Someday she’ll find a way to open a dog rescue and adoption center, so that no dog ever has to go to a kill shelter in her town again.

Risky has more dogs than the law allows at her late grandmother’s old homestead on Box Canyon Road, and she’s just a step ahead of the animal control officers. She and the vet she works for reunite lost dogs with their owners, and  place as many of the others as possible for adoption in loving homes.

Chet Jensen meets Risky at her uncle’s funeral. He’s surprised to be attracted to the bizarre and oddly beautiful brunette with gypsy eyes. They couldn’t be more different. She’s disorganized and unconventional. He’s the king of neat and order. Ms. Williston’s the polar opposite of every woman he’s ever been attracted to. And she gave him the brush-off.

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Interview with Angela Hayes, Author of Love’s Battle

????????????????????A married mother of two, Angela Hayes splits her time between bringing characters to life by computer, and yarn to life with needle and hook. You can find her at www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com and follow her on Pinterest at www.pinterest.com/imahayes or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/imahayes

What made you decide to be an author?
After thinking about it, I don’t know that I really decided to be an author, I kind of feel like it chose me. All I had to do was start writing down the many thoughts that kept popping into my head until they resembled something worth reading.

What do you like best about being a writer?
I like being able to take something from nothing, creating whole personnas for the characters that I’ve dreamt up and making them come to life.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing fantasy romance?
I think falling in love with books at a young age was the perfect experience for being able to write fantasy romance. I think it allowed my imagination to develop without any boundaries to hold it back.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?
That definitely happened with Love’s Battle and a paranormal romance I’m in the process of editing. I’m hopeful it will kick in again as I continue to pound away at the future books I have in mind.

You’ve written your first novel and are working on several more novels. What’s your favorite time management tip?
To stay off the internet, keep the tv off, and turn the radio up loud!!!!

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?
I am most definitely a plotter. I love to outline the books. The blurb or tagline of a book is usually what strikes me first, followed by a title, character inspiration, and then several dozen edits of outlines written as the book changes.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?
Gosh, I am terrible with advice, but I’ll have to go with the tried and true- write, re-write, repeat. Oh and have plenty of caffeine and snacks available when you do.

Do you listen to music when you write? Do you have a theme song for this book? What music did you go back to over and over as you wrote it, or as you write, in general?
I love listening to music, it’s soothing and inspirational at the same time. For Love’s Battle I chose I Think I’m Falling for You by Colbie Callait. I envision it playing during the final wedding scene if I’m ever lucky enough for it to become a Hallmark movie. I also listened a lot to Kelly Clarkson’s, I Do Not Hook Up.

Tell me more about Love’s Battle. LovesBattle_w7403_300_MED[1] (2)

“If love isn’t worth fighting for, what is?”

Love Howard has more than a knack for matchmaking. Born from a forbidden passion and a twelve-hundred-year-old promise, she and her sisters can literally see true love. And while Love has no problem bringing other couples together, her own romantic life could use a little help.

Danton DeAngelo has always been well grounded in reality. So it throws him for no small loop when the woman he’s fallen for believes that she’s been reincarnated eleven times and can actually see true love.

Now Danton is faced with the biggest decision of his life. Accept Love for who she really is, or walk away from her forever.

How about an excerpt from Love’s Battle?

The hand Love pressed to her brow was visibly shaking. “There’s something I need to tell you. I just need you to keep an open mind.”

“What is it? Are you sick?” Danton asked.

“No, I’m not sick.” Her voice trembled on a forced laugh. “It’s something else. Something I‘ve been trying to prepare you for. This would be so much easier if you believed in magic. If you could believe that what I’m about to tell you is the honest truth.”

Turning, Love opened the iron chest, the hinges groaning with the effort as specks of rust littered the floor. From its depths she pulled out a clear plastic bag that she held tight to her chest, eyes closed, before handing it to a confused Danton.

“This is my tartan, my plaid. Before it faded and was dinner for the moths, it was once patterned in checks of green, gray, and brown. The purple and white stripes that ran through the hem identified the wearer as part of the royal family.” Love tapped the plastic, her finger pointing out where each color should be. “It was a gift from my father. The first and only time my sister’s and I met him, he was on his deathbed, we were eighteen. A week later our mother died in the same moment he drew his last breath.” Needing the extra air Love drew a breath of her own. “That day was the thirteenth of February, eight-hundred and fifty-eight AD. My father was Cinaed mac Alpin, crowned king of the Picts and Gaels. He was Scotland’s first king.”

“Eight- hundred and fifty-eight?” That couldn’t be right, she was only twenty-five. “Don’t you mean Nineteen-eighty-seven?”

“No. I was born for the first time in Scotland during the middle of the ninth century.”

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
Twitter: https://twitter.com/imahayes
Blog: www.authorangelahayes.blogspot.com

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Thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Thank you for having me today Sharon, it’s been a pleasure.

Interview with Christy Effinger, Author of Say Nothing of What You See

Effinger PhotoChristy Effinger’s poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in various print and online publications. She lives near Indianapolis. Her website is www.christyeffinger.com.

What made you decide to be an author?
I fell in love with books at a young age. I wrote my first story at age seven and wanted to be an author ever since then. My love of literature and writing led me to study English in college.

What do you like best about being a writer?
I love the duality of writing. It’s a process of creation, but also a process of discovery. Writing has taught me to be observant, to stop and reflect on why humans act the way they do.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing a paranormal new adult novel?
I’ve long been interested in cults, communes, and other fringe groups, which played a part in the setting for Say Nothing. And I wrote the book when I was in my twenties, so it seemed natural and easy to write about a young woman in transition, struggling to find herself against a backdrop of darkness and deception.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?
Yes, there were times with Say Nothing when the words came easily to me. But there were other times when writing was difficult and slow. Writing my WIP has been much smoother. I hope that is a good sign! Perhaps each book will be easier than the last.

You’ve written one novel and are working on a second. What’s your favorite time management tip?
I think you have to fight for time to do what’s important to you. Time is a precious commodity and none of us have enough. Every day I prioritize my tasks, and writing comes in near the top, right after taking care of my daughter. The dust on my baseboards can wait.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?
I do a bit of both. I have a rough outline and notes to follow, but I also know that a story might move in a direction I could never anticipate. It’s important to stay flexible.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?
Write because you love to write. Anything that follows—publication, awards, money (ha!)—is just an added bonus. If you love what you do, that will carry you through the times of rejection, criticism, and self-doubt.

Do you listen to music when you write? Do you have a theme song for this book? What music did you go back to over and over as you wrote it, or as you write, in general?
When I wrote Say Nothing, I often listed to chill-out music such as Moby, Little People, and The xx. Now that I have a baby, I cherish those quiet moments when she’s asleep and I can write in peace. My theme song for Say Nothing would probably be “Cosmic Love” by Florence + The Machine.
Tell me more about Say Nothing of What You See.  perf5.000x8.000.indd
When her aunt steps off a grain elevator into the emptiness of a prairie evening, Mira Piper loses her one protector. Chloe, her flighty mother, impulsively drags her daughter to Bramblewood, an isolated spiritualist retreat in northern Michigan, run by the enigmatic Dr. Virgil Simon.

Chloe plans to train as a medium but it’s Mira who discovers she can communicate with the dead. When her mother abandons her, Mira discovers a darker aspect to Bramblewood: the seemingly kind doctor has a sinister side and a strange control over his students.

Then one winter’s day Troy Farrington arrives, to fulfill his mother’s dying wish and deliver her letter to the doctor. But calamity strikes and he finds himself a captive, tended by a sympathetic Mira. Haunted by her dead aunt and desperate to escape Bramblewood, Mira makes a devil’s deal with Dr. Simon. But fulfillment comes with a steep cost…betrayal.

How about an excerpt from Say Nothing of What You See?

“You are absolutely stunning, Mira.”

I stole another glance in the mirror. The material was a rich, shimmery gold that fell from my shoulders in folds of liquid light. It looked like something a Greek goddess might wear. Oh, how I wished the girls from Amberville High School could see me in this dress!

“When you came here,” said Dr. Simon, “I had a vision of you like this. I looked at the girl before me, but I saw the woman you are now.”

“Thank you,” I murmured, gesturing toward the piles of clothes on my bed. “You’ve been so generous. I know you’ve spent a good deal of money on me—”

“Money means nothing,” he interrupted abruptly. “I have more than I could ever spend, more than I know what to do with. Don’t consider the cost.”

His tone was brusque, and I wondered if I had offended him.

But the next moment Dr. Simon smiled. “I think of you as my charity case. You were like a doll thrown out in the garbage. I simply rescued you from the trash, cleaned you up, and dressed you in something decent. But the beauty was present all along.” He touched my cheek. “Here.” Then he touched my forehead. “Here.” Then he touched my chest. “And here.”

I knew he was referring to my heart, but even so, his hand on my chest made my face warm with discomfort.

“You blush so easily,” he laughed. “You’ll never be able hide anything, Mira, with such a transparent face.”

“That’s all right,” I said, taking a small step back. “I don’t have anything to hide.”

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?

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New Release TODAY: Vengeance from Eden by Toni V. Sweeney

Vengeance from Eden“…Vengeance from Eden puts a spell on you right from the beginning… you’ll find it both poignant and heartbreaking. You might think you’ve figured out what’s going to happen before you reach the end but you’ll probably miss the mark like I did, which leaves the ending completely unpredictable, just as it should be.” —Margaret Marr, nightsanweekends.com

Vengeance from Eden was my second venture into the Western genre. My steady date at the time liked Westerns and–like a typical Midwesterner—asked me why I didn’t write one instead of those “science fiction things.” So, to make him happy, I did. Well, the boyfriend’s long gone, riding off into the sunset (as boyfriends are prone to do) but the story’s still here, in various media forms.

When I started writing Vengeance from Eden, it played itself in my mind like an episode of Gunsmoke… a man walks into a saloon and in front of thirteen witnesses, guns down the owner, then waits to be arrested. At his trial, he refuses to give a defense, practically begs to be found guilty, in fact. Awaiting execution, he finally agrees to tell the young deputy guarding him why he committed cold-blooded murder, and what the boy learns makes him question whether justice is really about to be carried out.

The rest of the story is told in a flashback-within-a-flaskback…how Lucas Brennan’s father left his Georgia home because he and his own father had conflicting opinions about the upcoming War of Secession…how Michael Brennan and his wife died at their Nebraska ranch during a blizzard, leaving their son an orphan…the birth of Luke’s liaison with a Pawnee girl producing a child…his marriage to Marietta Sylvestre, a Southern belle half his age…and of the terrible event turning this gentle, honorable rancher’s life into tragedy within the space of a few hours, making a peaceful, family man into a stone-cold killer.

Romance? It’s there…but remember: first and foremost, this is a Western, and the love in it is as restrained and delicate as only the love of a shy, very emotionally-controlled man’s can be. Once it’s unleashed, however, it’s strong enough to change his life.

In some ways, not only Gunsmoke, but also every Western I’ve ever seen, from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly to The Unforgiven (and both those star Clint Eastwood, Westerner par excellence) helped me write this story.

Lucas Brennan is a typical mid-Westerner, descended from people born elsewhere, growing to manhood in a country where the weak never survive and the strong prevail through sheer power of will…fighting for and deserving every moment of happiness he receives.

Vengeance from Eden does have a sort of happy ending, to be sure—what I call a Toni Sweeney Happy Ending, hauntingly tinged with bittersweet. Still, it’s one with which readers won’t find fault, I think. And if you shed a few tears along the trail of Lucas’ journey, that’s okay, too.

In fact, it’s expected.

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Vengeance from Eden is being released TODAY by Class Act Books.

Interview with Jillian Jacobs, Author of Water’s Threshold, The Elementals Series, Book 1.

Waters ThresholdIn the spring of 2013, Jillian Jacobs changed her career path and became a romance writer. After reading for years, she figured writing a romance would be quick and easy. Nope! With the guidance of the Indiana Romance Writers of America chapter, she’s learned there are many “rules” to writing a proper romance. Being re-schooled has been an interesting journey, and she hopes the best trails are yet to be traveled.

Water’s Threshold, the first in Jillian’s Elementals series, was a finalist in Chicago-North’s 2014 Fire and Ice contest in the Women’s Fiction category. Jillian is a: Tea Guzzler, Polish Pottery Hoarder, and lover of all things Moose. The genres she writes under are: Paranormal and Contemporary with suspenseful elements.

What made you decide to be an author?
I’ve been reading romance forever, and thought I’d write a book I would enjoy reading.

What do you like best about being a writer?
The camaraderie with other authors. I also enjoy finishing the perfect sentence. It can sometimes take me an hour to write one paragraph.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing paranormal?

Well, I married a scientist, so that helped with the physics aspects of this book.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord?
No, although with the second in this series, a critical piece of the final book came out of nowhere.

You’ve written two novels, Water’s Threshold and Ember’s Center and are working on finishing, Fire’s Field. What’s your favorite time management tip?

Turn off social media! My day job is in marketing, so I have to turn off that side of my brain, as well.

Are you a plotter or a pantser, i.e., do you outline your books ahead of time or are you an “organic” writer?
Plotter. I prepare the outline, but then it changes a bit along the way.

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

Collaborate with other authors, and remember to push your BRAND!

Do you listen to music when you write?
No. I need intense quiet.

Do you have a theme song for this book?

For some reason, Queen’s “Crazy little thing called love”, comes to mind or “Love, Sex and Magic” by Ciara. Have you seen the video with Ciara and Justin Timberlake? Steamy!!

Tell me more about Water’s Threshold.
This is a paranormal with suspenseful elements. I would actually like to brand this as an eco-paranormal.

In a tourist town at the base of the Tetons, Maya Conway, a mythical being known as an Elemental, stands at a crossroads. On her current path, she is content using her life force—water—to protect humans and the environment. Her direction is altered when Mother Nature taps her to guide Terran Forrester, an analytical scientist, on his journey to become the next Elemental—Earth. If Maya crosses into his world, will her lonely heart find a partner or will his rational mind reject her otherworldly existence? When an ancient evil evolved from dark matter shadows their steps, which path will they choose—logic or love?

How about an excerpt from Water’s Threshold?

Landing in a place between dreams and consciousness, she healed, fed on water—Adam’s Ale—in order to renew. Sustenance flowed through her, and she breathed in water as if it were air. Though she preferred salt water, this fresh water spring served its purpose. Mother Nature had sent her to this mountainous region to conduct her Elemental duties—saving innocents and using her gifts for good.

Since arriving in Wyoming only a few months ago, Maya had experienced a strange energy pattern that interrupted her sense of peace. A consciousness never felt before, as if something attempted to anchor her in place—a pull unlike anything she had experienced since starting this new life nearly one hundred and fifteen years ago.

This internal strife was because of him—Terran Forrester. Mother had warned this would come. He was part of her purpose in being in this place at this time. Her orders were to guide him, because their destinies were entwined. Having Mother Nature set her up on a “fate date” left her feeling like a contestant on a game show. During her human life, Maya strove to control her own destiny, never handing over power. As an Elemental, she remained determined to give her all to their cause, but it chafed when Mother asked for more—to open her heart. Why now? Why was this burden of love thrust upon her with a mate she had not chosen?

Mate. What a ridiculous word.

Maya blew out a breath, causing a bevy of bubbles to dance their way to the surface. She couldn’t have children so Mother using that specific word made the whole idea more ludicrous. Yet, Mother’s wishes had come to fruition and that fact rankled. When spying on Terran, Maya experienced emotions surfacing she’d thought buried in a deep well long ago.

Her duties included watching him as he went about his daily human life. She enjoyed observing his frequent visits to the banks of the Snake River where he filled little glass vials. A soft hum raced through her body each time she spied him doing ordinary things, like working up a sweat at the gym or grabbing a cup of coffee at the local café. Since her last sexual adventure occurred in the free-love laced 70’s, she was more than overdue for male attention. Terran would, no doubt, approach sex with the same care he did his experiments—meticulously and thoroughly.

That trickle of lust thrummed especially strong tonight at the gas station, when he’d touched her shoulder, all concerned citizen, seeking to offer assistance to an unfamiliar woman. Her waterlogged heart had pumped like a steam engine traveling uphill.

There he’d stood—destiny’s eternal match—a tall, handsome, dark-haired scientist, wearing spectacles that seemed to have no frames.

Tonight, he’d smelled of sex, earthy and appealing. Peering into those dark brown eyes, she’d been drawn in, entranced by the stabilizing force surrounding him.

Thinking of Terran’s steady nature, perhaps she should verify he’d suffered no ill effects after tonight’s traumatic events. He wouldn’t remember anything after she’d disappeared out the back door. She had wiped his memories clean. And gotten him very wet.

A fountain of desire flowed through her as she remembered the way her body had molded to his, although only in fog. Kicking to the surface, Maya hauled herself out of the spring, sat nude along the edge, and dangled her feet in the water.

A clamping sensation tightened her chest and dryness wrinkled her skin.
How can this be?

Her lips puckered against her teeth as an intense wave of salt crossed over her tongue. Eyes burning, she blinked, attempting to remove the brackish substance drying her body. Seawater could renew her life force, but pure salt would desiccate her.

Someone had found her secluded spring—someone who meant her harm.

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Website: www.jillianjacobs.com
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Thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.
Thank you Sharon. I am so glad I found the Paranormal Romance Guild. You’ve all been nothing but kind. Best wishes in your own paranormal worlds.

Character Interview: Darach MacRath from Immortal Justice by Faith V. Smith

IMMORTAL_JUSTICE_FINAL_COVER[1] (2)Where are you from? Did you have a happy childhood?

I was born over a century ago in the Highlands of Scotland. My childhood was verra happy. I grew up being loved by me ma and da, and I became the laird of my clan, the MacRath’s. Me life up to a certain point would be called verra content. I married the woman I loved and sired an heir for my clan. Both Briene, my beloved, and Jamie me son were killed by a greedy and evil cousin. When Angus ended their lives, he also ended mine in a way worse than the death he gave me at his sword.

Where do you live now and what do you do for a living? Is there something you’d rather be doing?

I now live in New Orleans. I am an Immortal Executioner for the Archangel Michael. I fight demons as well as the evil amongst humans. And yes, instead of being interviewed, I would much rather be making love to my new wife, Abigail.

What’s going on in your life right now?

Dinnae I just tell ye I had a new wife? Oh, ye probably mean if I be fighting any particular demons at the moment, aye? Nae, I am on what ye modern people call a honeymoon. So…

Is there someone special in your life?

Aye, me wee wife, Abigail. A special lass with hair the color of moon beams and eyes the deep blue of the lochs back home. A tiny sprite of a woman with lovely female curves. And she holds the key to my heart and soul.

How did you meet? What’s his/her family like?

We met when Abigail decided to take on a demon who was attacking a woman. She fought him, and because of her efforts, the woman he would have assaulted and killed is alive. She had a vision that showed her the woman being attacked and she decided to stop it from happening. Abby does not have anyone mortal as family. Her grandmere died before we met. But she be happy with her immortal family. A group of executioners who fight to stop evil in the world.

What’s keeping you two apart?

At the moment, this interview is keeping us apart. “Darach, there is no need to be rude. You agreed to this interview with Ms. Buchbinder. A wonderful author I might add. I have read her books. So be nice or…” As I said, at the moment prior obligations, but as me wee sweet wife said, I have agreed to speak with ye, and I am verra sorry for being rude. Ye see, Abigail and I almost dinnae have a marriage, due to evil circumstances, so I be blessed and just a wee bit possessive of our time together.

What one thing could you do that would make you feel like the relationship will work out?

Our relationship, ye will learn when ye read, “Immortal Justice” was blessed on high. I doona fear it willna work out, but I do worry that in the future the job of executioner could separate us for a bit.

Any last comments?

Only this…there be evil afoot in the world and has been since the beginning of time. Watch ye back’s and know that although my boss, Michael, can be a verra big thorn at times, he does care about what happens on this mortal earth. And please do let me know by way of Faith V. Smith that ye like the sometimes up and down romance of Abby and meself.

About the Author Faith Smith

I started my career as an author in the trenches, doing reviews for a lovely magazine called Bridges. From there I honed my skills by writing reviews for Romantic Times Bookreviews Magazine. I have also had the pleasure of working with the wonderful staff at MyShelf.Com.

When not writing reviews, I have turned in my share of interviews with authors, cover models, and editors from different publishing houses. Actually, I have done my share of editing also. Not to mention penning a column for a local newspaper. So, when it comes to reading romance, I too like a book that takes me away from life’s troubles.
Look for all my published books at The Wild Rose Press, Siren BookStrand, and Amazon.com. Also please check out my author page on Amazon
Thanks for loving my books, and please keep reading!

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Over a millennium ago, Highlander Darach MacRath was murdered. Resurrected by the Archangel Michael to fight demons as an Immortal Executioner, Darach now opposes all evil in the mortal world. His life is solitary—but when he rescues a young woman who not only sees demons but battles them herself, he is captivated by her courage and beauty.

Abigail Dupree is not looking for love. But when a tall, dark demon fighter with a sexy brogue intervenes in her hunt, she’s fascinated. She should run away—but then his gentle yet sizzling touch ensnares her heart.

When a demon from Darach’s past sets his sights on Abby, Darach will do anything to protect her—but for Abby, losing him would be worse than death. Together they must fight the demons of past and present, and the possibility that evil could destroy them both, before they find the gift of love.

Excerpt

“Ye willna be needing a weapon, I will protect ye.”

His statement irritated Abby, but at the same time a part of her was just a tiny bit thrilled. It seemed immortal or not, a man always had the attitude of protecting the little woman—whether they needed it or not. Of course to be fair, he had saved her butt from the demon, but he needed to know she wasn’t some frightened babe in the woods.

“I beg to differ. If I’d had a knife I could have done some serious damage, and besides, you can’t protect me twenty-four-seven, Darach.”

“Ye will be protected at all times, Abby.”

“You’re missing the point. Maybe I don’t need a keeper. I have managed to take care of myself for over…” Abby decided he didn’t really have to know she was over thirty.

“And what about when you’re asleep? You do sleep don’t you?”

Darach frowned, but answered, “Aye, I do sleep, but ’tis usually during the daylight hours. However now I will be sleeping at night in your bed with ye.”

 

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Interview and Desserts with Lynn Reynolds

Lynn-Author Dark HairLynn Reynolds writes “Chick Noir,” a genre she describes as being “like chick lit, but with guns and dead bodies instead of shoes.” She’s the author of two published novels, with a third scheduled for release in 2015. RT Book Reviews called her debut novel Thirty-Nine Again, “a first-class mystery . . . and a first-class read.”

Lynn is also a contributor to Lois Winston’s Bake Love Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing.

In real life, Lynn works as a reporter and publicist. Her articles have appeared in The Baltimore Sun, Harford Magazine and Maryland’s Catholic Review. During her time in public relations at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Lynn received the Mayor’s Citation for her work with their Community Outreach Committee.

Her secret ambition is to be a wench at The Renaissance Faire.

What made you decide to be an author?
I’ve always loved pretending, making up imaginary worlds and telling stories.

What do you like best about being a writer?
Working from home, setting my own schedule, not having to put on makeup or comb my hair – well, unless I need to go do an interview, of course. Seriously, what’s not to like about that?

Tell me more about your new project. It’s not a novel, is it?
No, it’s not. Bake Love Write is a collection of recipes and advice on love and writing – quite a departure from “chick noir,” the contemporary romantic suspense genre I usually write. I’ve always dreamed of writing a cookbook, and I still hope to do one of my own eventually. But I belong to a mystery writers group (Sisters in Crime) and the very talented author Lois Winston is also a member. She came up with this idea to combine recipes from mystery and romance authors with advice on writing and love, and then she asked members of our chapter to volunteer. I jumped on it, because it was a lazy way to actually become a published cookbook author – or at least, a contributor. Lois really has done all the work of organizing the contributions and putting the book together.

What did you contribute to the book?
My contribution is called Lemon Victory Cake, an egg- and milk-free cake. It’s also known as “depression cake.” My mom passed the recipe down to me. It was popular in the Great Depression and also during World War Two when there was a lot of rationing. People also had “victory gardens” during WWII, so my mom called her cake Victory Cake. Just because it was more cheery than Depression Cake! I started making it again many years later, when my son and I developed allergies to milk and eggs.

How do you think your life experiences have prepared you for writing romantic suspense and mysteries?
They haven’t – and I hope they never do! I definitely don’t want to have a personal knowledge of murder and international crime rings. But I’ve always been intrigued by the puzzle aspect of mystery and suspense stories. I’ve also learned a lot researching my novels – even the ones that haven’t been published, so that’s another fun aspect of writing them.

Have you ever felt as if you were being dictated to while you wrote a book–as if the words came of their own accord? If yes, which book did that happen with?
That pretty much happens to me with every story I write. I’m a “pantser” not a plotter, so I’m constantly surprised by what my characters do and where my stories go!

You’ve published two novels and are working on a third, as well as a collection of short stories. And you also write for local magazines and newspapers. What’s your favorite time management tip?
Get off the Internet!

If you had one take away piece of advice for authors, what would it be?

The same advice I give in Bake Love Write: Finish the book! So many aspiring authors keep rewriting their first three chapters and never make it to the end of the story at all. That’s what first drafts are for. Just get the ideas down on paper, then go back and clean it up.

How about an excerpt from Bake Love Write? 4b0d8159e8b9d479cbbcd55684602cd4

Lemon Victory Cake (Dairy & Egg Free)
2 cups of sugar
2/3 cup of vegetable oil (I use canola. Avoid oils that have a strong flavor of their own,
like olive oil – unless you want an olive-flavored cake!)
3 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour
1 teaspoon of salt
2 teaspoons of baking soda
2 Tablespoons of lemon juice (or white vinegar)
1 1/2 – 2 cups of water (or almond milk)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)

Preheat oven to 350° Fahrenheit.
Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch rectangular cake pan.

Blend sugar and oil until smooth.
Blend in the flour and salt by hand or on low speed.
Mix the baking soda and lemon juice (or vinegar) together. Add the mixture to the cake batter.
Add the water (or almond milk) and blend on low speed until smooth.

Pour into cake pan and bake for about 35 minutes. Test the center with a toothpick to make sure the dough is baked all the way through. Cool the cake and frost. Or for a quick snack cake, just dust the top with powdered sugar.

For vanilla cake, use white vinegar instead of lemon juice and include the vanilla extract.

This cake can be a little dense, since it doesn’t have egg in it, but it has a great flavor. You can also add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and make a spiced snack cake with this recipe. My recipe in Bake Love Write also includes dairy-free frosting recipes for lemon or chocolate frosting.

And there are 104 other delicious recipes in the book, including Lois Winston’s yummy Apple Bundt Cake and Brenda Novak’s Caramel Apples, as well as lots of chocolatey goodness, like Debra Goldstein’s Velvet Nut Chocolate Pie and Jasmine Haynes Hot Chocolate Pudding Cake.

The holiday gift-giving season is fast approaching, and I think Bake Love Write will make a fabulous gift! The print edition is under ten dollars and the Kindle edition is only 99 cents.

Where can readers find more about your stories, books and you on the Internet?
Website: www.lynnreynolds.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorlynnreynolds
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wordsmithlynn
Blog: lynnreynolds.wordpress.com/blog

Buy Links for Lynn’s Novels:
My Books at Amazon: www.amazon.com/author/lynnreynolds
My Books at Barnes and Noble – Nook Books: http://bit.ly/10bNyBj
My Books at iBookStore: Thirty-Nine Again http://bit.ly/10bPdad and Love Capri Style http://bit.ly/1uhmEpw

Buy Links for Bake Love Write:
Amazon: http://amzn.to/1pyybIm
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/1DHhNwM
iBookStore: http://bit.ly/1wRWOal
Pinterest (Where you can see photos of many of the actual recipes!): http://bit.ly/1DHlgvp

Thank you so much for being with us here today. I know my readers will enjoy your work and your interview.

Character Interview: Julian Webb from Chaos Conquers All by Lula Diamond

Chaos Conquers ALLWhere are you from?

I grew up outside of Chicago in Kenilworth, but I spent most of my time in boarding school in Massachusetts.
Did you have a happy childhood?

Yes. I suppose. Happy enough. I’m never sure how to answer that question.

Where do you live now and what do you do for a living?

Center City, Philadelphia. I’m a professor at University of Pennsylvania. I teach Philosophy.

Is there something you’d rather be doing?

No. Not at all. I enjoy the research as much as the teaching. I practiced law for a year or two when I was younger, but I wasn’t suited for the profession. Philosophy is a much better fit.

What’s going on in your life right now?

The semester is winding down. I’ve recently returned from teaching a course in Madrid and I’m wading through my students’ papers. I’m also trying to meet my own publication deadline. And I’m speaking next month at the Philosophical Society luncheon.

Is there someone special in your life?

Hmm. I think so. Helen Ficklesham. Honesty, that’s her name. She is special, but I don’t know if she’s in my life or if I’m on the periphery of hers. I don’t know where I stand with her. It’s not the way my relationships, if you can call them that, usually go. She baffles me.

How did you meet?

Quite carelessly, she dropped her purse in Thirtieth Street station. Abandoned it really, running after someone. And I tripped on it. Nearly broke my nose. Then she stalked me to the emergency room, followed me home, and fell asleep at my house. I thought she was a lunatic. But she’s very hard to resist. Now I think I might be the crazy one.

What’s his/her family like?

Her father’s dead. But I gather they were close. Her mother sounds like a selfish diva. She judges Helen, but her own choices in life have been suspect. Helen loves her but they don’t have an easy relationship. However, my own family is no prize either.

What’s keeping you two apart?

My good judgment. Her flighty nature. My family. Her job.

What one thing could you do that would make you feel like the relationship will work out?

If I knew that, I’d have already done it. There are too many variables for me to control. She’s an unknown quantity. Very unpredictable.

Any last comments?

I’ve always been self-sufficient. It’s unsettling to have my happiness dependent on the whim of one woman. I’m not comfortable with the situation. Not at all. However, with the right manipulation, the right application of reason, I can have Helen without compromising my principles or subjecting myself to needless messy emotion. Yes, I’m confident I can. Fairly confident.

Book blurb

Tired of spinning through jobs and men with abandon, Helen Ficklesham decides to wrestle her life back on track. But when she trips a sexy stranger, she’s tempted to ditch her good intentions for another hot fling, one that may ruin her dream job and flatten her self-esteem.
Professor Julian Webb never knew what hit him, but now he’s caught in Helen’s whirlwind, protecting her from old enemies within his wealthy family, and considering commitment—both mental and marital. The problem is, while Helen wears her heart on her sleeve, he refuses to risk his. He wants her on his terms.
Helen can hold her own against her demanding boss, her diva mother, and Julian’s scheming relatives, but falling truly in love is the scariest thing she’s ever done. How can she know for sure what he feels? Is she willing to deny him to keep her career and independence? She’s a woman on the verge of a breakthrough. Take cover!

Excerpt

“I don’t usually go to such devious lengths to meet women.” Julian’s eyes twinkled in his serious face.

“Were you devious?” Devious appealed to Helen. She could relate to devious. Maybe he wasn’t as perfect as he seemed.

“How?”

“I can’t say. You might think less of me.”

Pride and secrecy. Better and better. “What other character flaws are you hiding?”

“Have dinner with me and find out.”

The two of them seated at a cozy table gazing into each other’s eyes? This was almost as good as the pirate fantasy, except he’d have to keep his shirt on in the restaurant.

“I’ll introduce you to my aunt. She’s curious to know what finally dragged me into her world.”

Oh. He meant the Kessler dinner. She flushed with embarrassment, her fantasy landing with a splat on the marble floor. From the adjacent gallery, voices approached, one of them Godfrey’s—the man who’d given her the job she wanted to keep.

“I can’t stay for the dinner. We were short one seat. Your seat.” Even if her boss allowed her to stay, she couldn’t sit and flirt with Julian, she’d be working.

And he was too distracting. Too tempting. Nothing but trouble.

He tapped a finger to his chin. “Plan A bites the dust. Unexpected, but not insurmountable.” He walked a slow circle around her, and she shivered under his cool gaze.

“Time for Plan B.”

“You assign letters to your plans? How many do you have?” She had one plan: Don’t screw up this job. It wasn’t very well thought out or durable. Hell, if he looked at her like that, it might not last the night.

His lips twitched, but he didn’t smile. “I like to keep my scheming organized.”

Maybe her plan should be flexible. “Should I be worried?”

Anxiety had never felt so delicious.

He lowered his lips to her ear. “Very,” he whispered.

About the Author: Lorena-10-200x300Lula Diamond lives in Maryland. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, Contemporary Romance Writers and Maryland Romance Writers. She publishes with The Wild Rose Press. Currently, she’s working on another novel about the powerful Webb clan of Philadelphia.

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New Release: Jamaican Temptation by Afton Locke

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Book Title: Jamaican Temptation
Author: Afton Locke
Release Date: November 6, 2014
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Jamaican Temptation – Can you resist!

Shopaholic Kyra Mays decides to shop for a rich man on her Jamaican vacation. Instead, she meets Justin Lance, a white reggae singer who’s nearly as poor as the orphans he devotes his life to helping. Overwhelmed by his magnetism, she decides to have a fling with him.

All that matters to Justin is being a perfect Rastafarian. He vows to avoid succumbing to temptation with the dark beauty at all costs. Unable to keep their hands off each other, they forge a bond that is just as emotional as physical as they explore their differences on the lush island of Jamaica. But Justin’s secret will put their ability to compromise through an impossible test.

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Afton Locke is a USA Today Bestselling Author who prefers romantic fantasies to everyday reality. Fantasies take her to different times, races, places, and beyond. She lives with her husband, dog, several unnamed dust bunnies, and a black cat that can be scary or cuddly, depending on the current book. When she’s not writing, Afton enjoys hiking, cooking, crafts, and reading.

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“You’re even more beautiful than I imagined,” he whispered.

His hungry gaze bathed her with warmth. Clearly, he wanted her more than he ever had. Telling him she’d experienced poverty earlier must have been the magic words. Ever since, he’d looked at her as if they were on the same team…as if they could have a relationship. But why? What difference did her background make?

Her thighs trembled in response to his heated stare, anticipating the sensation of his tongue on her folds. Instead of lowering his head, though, he looked away, shaking it.

“Am I really doing the right thing?” he asked. “I can justify it by saying I’m giving you pleasure, but I can’t help getting pleasure out of it as well.”

Kyra’s jaw tightened as she cupped a palm over her cleft to hide it. “Justin, this back and forth business is driving me crazy. A little pleasure isn’t going to make the world end.”

“The Rasta way of life is important to me,” he said. “I have to stay true to my faith every minute of every day, not just when I feel like it.”

She sighed. “I respect that. Hand me my pants so I can get dressed.”

Instead, he lowered his head. His blue eyes, clear with his decision, sought hers on the way down. Apparently, he planned to continue. A shiver of anticipation she couldn’t have suppressed if she’d wanted to coursed through her.

“Yes, Justin, yes,” she whispered. “It’s all right.”

He kissed the insides of her thighs first, as gently as he’d massaged her feet earlier. His slight beard brushed her tender skin, igniting icy-hot flames everywhere it touched. Devon used to take her fast and hard. Foreplay was usually as compressed as his busy schedule. Closing her eyes and surrendering to the titillating sensations, she wished Justin had been her first lover.

Maybe her only lover.

He gripped the undersides of her thighs and the bed squeaked as he shifted position. He must mean business. Perspiration broke out across her forehead and she opened her eyes. If he changed his mind, she swore she’d scream.

“I want to feel your hair…on me,” she demanded.

Where had that come from?

Without questioning her strange request, he gripped one of his locks and held it in front of his face with reverence. “Do you

know what the dreadlocks signify, Kyra?”

They signify something hot and sexy I want on my body. Now!

“They stand for everything natural and good. No scissors, combs, styling gadgets, or dye touches them. According to the Rasta faith, those things are the work of Babylon.”

Babylon must be the name of her hairdresser because her hair was cut, straightened, and highlighted. Before she could reply, he grasped the end of one lock and brushed it across her mound. It probably went without saying that her bikini wax was also up Babylon’s alley. She watched, breathless, as his hair mingled with the scanty tuft of hers.

Then he lowered the tantalizing lock, brushing it across her clit. She cried out as each of his silky hairs brushed her nerve endings. How could the man be so spiritual one minute and scorching hot the next? The combination was more potent than fire and gasoline.

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-Positive Vibration by Bob Marley
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgX48sbHLtE
This song embodies the Jamaican reggae flavor of the hero and setting. Bob Marley was my inspiration and muse for writing the story.

-This Woman’s Work by Maxwell
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkeCNeHcmXY
I pretty much had this song on an endless loop while writing the end of the book. The emotional tone matched perfectly, and struggling to make a relationship work is the theme of all romances.

-Heaven Must Be Like This by The Ohio Players
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAxsek1ovkA
Not only is this song romantic and sensual, its lyrics show how the physical can connect to the divine, which I really explored in this novel.

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