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Release: The Mercenary and the Shifters, by CD Hersh

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Announcing CD Hersh’s latest book: The Mercenary and the Shifters

(The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 4)

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When mercenary soldier Michael Corritore answers a desperate call from an ex-military buddy, he finds himself in the middle of a double kidnapping, caught in an ancient war between two shape shifter factions, and ensnared between two female shape shifters after the same thing … him.

Shape shifter Fiona Kayler will do anything to keep the shipping company her father left her, including getting in bed with the enemy. But when she believes the man trying to steal her company is involved with kidnapping her nephew, she must choose between family, fortune, and love. The problem is … she wants all three.

Title – The Mercenary and the Shifters, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book four

Author – C.D. Hersh

Genre – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense Romance

Heat Level – Sensual

Release Date: July 27th, 2016

Excerpt:

Mike Corritore wheeled up the circular drive of the impressive house on Lakeshore Road and cut the engine on his motorcycle. After a quick glance around, he shouldered the bags containing his clothes, ammo, pump shotgun, and talwar sword. Then he headed for the carved front door. The doorbell echoed inside indicating the mansion had a cavernous entry hall. He searched the entrance stoop for security cameras and found none.

What the heck had he gotten himself into? A rich bitch, with no security on her home, mixed up with a bad syndicate spelled major trouble. With this chintzy level of security, it would take more time than he originally anticipated to make her house and business secure.

After a couple of minutes the door opened.

“Can I help you?” asked an attractive redhead.

“I’m Mike Corritore. Here to see Fiona Kayler. Will you tell her I’ve arrived?”

The redhead looked him over, then braced her legs shoulder width apart and crossed her arms over her curvy bust. “Do you have identification, Mr. Corritore?”

Mike returned her once-over. Her porcelain complexion blushed pink at his bold examination, and she tossed her mane of wavy, mahogany hair defiantly.

Damn, she was gorgeous.

If she thought her insolent pose enough to keep him, or intruders out, she’d better reconsider.

“Hugh sent me.” He stepped forward but she blocked him.

“A driver’s license for your very expensive motorcycle will suffice,” she said, wiggling her fingers at him. When he didn’t comply, she stepped back and reached to the side of the door.

The distinct cachung of a gun cocking sent him flying to the right of the doorway.

“Identification, Mr. Corritore. Please,” she said as she leveled a pistol at him.

Mike dug in his rear pants’ pocket. “Hugh lied,” he said as he held out his driver’s license. “You don’t need protection.”

After inspecting his identification, she lowered her weapon and waved him inside. “For my business, Mr. Corritore. I’m capable of protecting my home, but I can’t draw my gun just anywhere.”

“You should get a conceal and carry license,” Mike said as he entered.

She put the safety on the gun and stashed the weapon in the table beside the front door.

“I take it you’re not the help,” he said, glancing around the entry hall.

She held out her hand. “Fiona Kayler. Nice to meet you, Mr. Corritore.”

“Mike,” he said, taking her hand. Her palm, warm and soft, told him she lived a life of leisure. But her strong grip screamed, No patsy. He held her hand a bit longer than he should have. She wriggled free and waved him to the left.

“Ladies first.”

With a nod, she led him toward a sumptuously decorated room. He followed, his eyes taking in the soft curves of her rear as she sashayed across the marble-tiled floor. Mike’s body reacted to the seductive wiggle of her bottom. She walked as sexy as she looked.

Keep your mind on the job, Corritore. He shifted his gaze away from temptation, searching the ceiling and corners of the entry for security cameras. If she had them, they were well hidden.

The measured click of her high heels on the hard marble tile floor disappeared as they stepped on the thick, white carpet of the living room. This room appeared cozier than the entry. A huge gold, gilt-edged mirror hung over the fireplace reflecting the scene outside the oversized plate-glass window.

She motioned to a seat beside the fireplace. Mike chose a location less exposed to the exterior, where he could watch the entrance to the room. Fiona dragged a side chair across the room to where he sat, positioning it at a right angle to his seat. Two vertical furrows appeared in the carpeting, bisecting their shoe impressions and the vacuumed paths in the thick fibers. Apparently, she didn’t use this room much.

“So, Ms. Kayler—”

“Fiona,” she corrected.

“Fiona, exactly what do you need me to do?” As he said the words, he had a lurid vision of what he’d like to do to this lovely woman. He shook it off. She was Hugh’s friend and in trouble. He had no business screwing around with damsels in distress. They were needy. The last thing he wanted.

“A couple of years ago I had a problem with smugglers. They brought in some hazardous materials which got me in trouble with Homeland Security and the FBI. They cleared me, but my business took a pretty big hit. To keep things afloat, I’ve had to get in bed with some rough characters recently.”

At the phrase get in bed with Mike cocked his eyebrow at her.

“Not literally,” she amended quickly, as a dusky pink blush crept over her pale complexion. “I need my security beefed up so I don’t have a replay of two years ago.”

“Any good security company could upgrade you.”

“I also need someone I can trust implicitly. Hugh vouched for you, and I trust Hugh.”

“We should start with your home security. I didn’t see surveillance cameras at the door.”

“My home is perfectly safe. It’s my business I’m concerned about.”

Fiona crossed her arms over her chest, her body language closing off to further suggestions. Mike followed her motions. As he did, he spotted a red dot on her chest. The dot wiggled.

“Get down!” Mike shouted as he dove for Fiona.

 

Amazon buy links for The Turning Stone Chronicles

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619353504

Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619358271

Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00XK3E172

The Mercenary and the Shifters (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 4):

eBook: https://amzn.com/B01I01W2JC

 

c d hersch

Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first four books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a Christmas novella, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow, with seven other authors.

Where you can find CD:

Website: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Blog: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/blog-2/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdhershauthor

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/CDHersh

 

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Unplugged

I’m just flying home from a fabulous week on the beach where I put my phone and tablet into the hotel room safe, and didn’t look back. It’s a funny thing in this day and age not to be constantly in touch with your friends, your family, the world. And it really is the world you are leaving behind. Because of the Internet I now am in daily contact with friends from all over; Canada, the U.K., everywhere. It’s amazing. But it’s also consuming.

When I told my brother that I didn’t think my phone would work out of the country and that I wasn’t going to be on the Internet much, but that I would try to check email every day he said, “Well I can contact you via Facebook, right?”

And I said, “No, I’m not going to be looking at Facebook.”

“Well then, we can do a Hangout, if I need to get ahold of you. That should work out of the country.”

I just shook my head. “What don’t you understand about not being on the Internet?”

It was almost inconceivable to him that I was truly unplugging.

It turned out that I checked my email a few times during the last eight days. Not every day. I kept forgetting. I was busy. Busy doing nothing.

And it felt fabulous.

I talked to people, face to face. I danced with my husband. I sat on the beach and soaked up the vitamin D and didn’t even read while I did it. Sometimes I think our new world, while amazing, takes over our lives. I love getting to know new people online. I love checking in and seeing what they are all doing. But I also loved checking out.

And you know what? I think I’m going to try to do it more often. Not because I don’t love all my FB friends and family, but because I loved getting to know that other side of myself. The side that shows up when I’m not frantically online, writing, reading, keeping up with all the things I “have” to do. The inner side of me.

As a writer I do look inside, but not as much as I used to before I become a Internet social butterfly. Writing is an internal thing, but it’s also inspired by what’s outside. But what if you start to look so far outside, you forget to look inside? What happens to my writing then?

And what about you? What have you done for that inner self lately? Whether you are a writer or not, consider nurturing it by taking some time and unplugging and seeing what the other world has in store for you. Your inner world, the one outside of all the hustle and bustle.

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Monday Craziness! And I’m Finally Finished With the Book!

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a check in blog for you curious cats

I’ve been AWOL. Between my incredible vacation to Jamaica and finishing up edits on the third book in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT fantasy romance series, BROKEN MIRROR, I gave up on trying to keep up with the blog. But I finally finished the book! WOOT!

Yes, that’s right. I was reading romance on the beach and spending one on one time with my sweetie. It took 14 hours to travel there, and another 14 hours to travel back, door-to-door, and it was worth every minute. Love the ocean. Love the atmosphere. And I love my sweetie!

Okay, back to reality.

We came back to rain, rain, rain. Grass that is out of control. And a sick kid, who promptly infected my husband. I’ve been holding it off until my edits are done. That’s a skill that women all over the world have, the ability to hold off the illness while the world falls apart. It doesn’t mean you don’t get sick, it just means you can be the last one to get it, after you’ve worn yourself out taking care of everyone else’s needs.

Crazy Week! And another Crazy Week! And then a third Crazy Week!

Why is it when you go on vacation, everything blows up so that when you get home you have to work three times as hard as normal? I thought work was going to be taken care of while I was gone, but it wasn’t, so I arrived home after traveling on Saturday (14 hours people) to work a nearly ten hour day on Monday. And the work still wasn’t done.

Plus, I had set aside this time to finish BROKEN MIRROR. It’s tough to write romance with a coughing sick child on the couch and work falling apart. But I kept at it. Okay, I sat too much with the child sipping tea and watching re-runs of Murder She Wrote and Midsommer Murders, because that’s how we roll.

And it lasted into the next week, and the next!

By golly, work still wasn’t taken care of by the following week. Parts didn’t arrive. Customers did. It was crazy! The child got better and the husband got sick. And I still had to edit. Add in driving for hours to help D2 pack up her dorm room and a flat tire in the rain during rush hour traffic. And another five hour trip the next day to pick up our pastured hog. (Well worth it as I cook my super delicious bacon and ham steaks.)

And I was still editing!

But now the hog is in the freezer. The eldest child is ensconced in the basement with all her gear. The husband is still sick, but back at work. And the book is put to bed.

So now it’s time for me to get sick, and boy can I feel it creeping in. I have that sore tickle in my throat, and I woke up with my lungs feeling yucky. And I know this is just the begining because I’ve watched them drop one-by-one. So, I hope to be blogging away next week, but I may be on my sick-bed watching Columbo and drinking Earl Grey. Don’t wait up!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola EstrellaBROKEN MIRROR has been sent off to the copy editor. It will come out on time on June 18th, but you can order it now using Amazon’s pre-order function.

I’m super excited to test out pre-order, but I don’t know if I’ll ever try it again. Worrying about hitting the deadline has made me crazy. And truthfully, I would have wanted one more week on the book.

But then again, all authors want just one more week, don’t they?

It’s just that crunch time hit right after my vacation when my day job was super busy and everyone in the house was getting sick. I also have so many family obligations and social activities this month, that I’m really looking forward to summer and not having things to do. Crazy, but true.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

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WOOT! I’ve Been Nominated for a PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award!

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I’m super excited! I was nominated for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award in the Sci-fi/Fantasy category and now I need your help!

All the participating books are nominated by reviewers, but after that, it’s up to popular vote as to who wins, so I’m asking all my readers to take a minute and go to the PRG Website and vote!

And it’s for both the dark huntsman by jessica aspenTHE DARK HUNTSMAN and PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE!prince by blood and bone by jessica aspen

WOOT!

Unfortunately I think you can only vote for one of them, but pick your favorite. I’m having a tough time deciding which one to get behind myself, but choices must be made. 🙂 Which book did you like the best?

And, TALES OF THE BLACK COURT was nominated in Sci-fi Fantasy series, so that helped. Only one to vote for there!

Voting is open for one week starting today and closing on 1/28/15

PRG 2104 Reviewer's Choice Awards

And, bonus this year! My crit partner, ML Guida has been nominated as well in three other categories, Paranormal Romance Shifters, Paranormal Romance Vampires AND Paranormal Romance Series. Whew! You can vote in each category, so for her’s you don’t need to choose. Lucky Mary!

Thanks to all of my readers for all of the fantastic support this year. You all rock! I’m looking forward to making 2015 a fabulous year and you are a huge part of that motivation.

Thank you!

Jessica

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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#Interview and #Giveaway – #Romance Author CD Hersh

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another amazing paranormal romance guest blog

Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing the amazing paranormal romance author CD Hersh. I love the fact that CD actually stands for Catherine and Donald, husband and wife, and that they work together as a team. Having both the male and female point of view for their books lends a terrific balance and unique read that I know my readers will love. And today, they’re giving away One readers choice of either The Promised One or Blood Brothers in ebook format. Just leave a comment to enter to win shifter romance!

Hi and thanks for guest blogging on JessicaAspen Writes.

Thanks for hosting us, Jessica. We’re glad to be here and share with your readers about our book and series.

AUTHOR’S PERSONAL SPECIFICS:

  • Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

We are a husband and wife writing team who’ve been writing together since the 90s when we first started writing drama for our church. We got into writing romance because Catherine gave Donald a romance book she thought he would like. He thought the hero did not react as a man would and told Catherine that we could do better. So we started looking for an idea for our book. We found one while brainstorming on a road trip when we passed a road sign that said Turning Stone NY. We tossed around the idea of what a turning stone would be, and came up with a different type of shape-shifter world, based on magic from a bloodstone given to three ancient Celtic families by Druid priests. Blood Brothers is the second book in the Turning Stone Chronicles series.

 

  • What is your writing environment like?

This depends on whether you are talking plotting, first draft, or revisions, as our writing environment is different for each stage. We tend to plot in the car on trips or in a restaurant over a meal. After much plotting and scene arrangement by Donald, first drafts are generally done in Catherine’s office, where she has control of the keyboard. When the first draft is done, we transfer the document to Donald’s computer, which has dual monitors so we can sit on opposite sides of the desk. At this point Donald has control of the keyboard. We revise together line by line, making sure sensory, setting, emotions, and any other items which create depth are in the story. We generally hole up in Donald’s office for at least a week doing this.

  • Give two random thoughts, quotes, or surprising tidbits about yourself, something that might surprise your readers

A quote Donald likes is “Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway.”

Catherine is fond of “UFOs.” Unfinished objects: unfinished quilts, unfinished knitting and crochet projects, unfinished gardening, unfinished you name it as she tends to procrastinate.

  • I like that one, I’m a procrastinator too! Tell us the story behind your pen name?

Our pen name is a combination of the letters of our first names and a shortened version of our last name. The only story behind our pen name is that when signing books we both sign part of the name. Readers often comment on that when we do a book signing.

WRITING BACKGROUND & THOUGHTS:

  • What do you want your readers to take from your books?

We want the reader to just have fun reading the books. We hope we make them laugh a little and maybe get involved enough to forget about the day to day troubles.

  • That’s nice. What is your favorite part about writing?

This is probably a toss-up between the plotting and the final line by line review when we add the depth to the story. During these times we are laughing, crying, or just generally having fun with the characters, and we’re working together.

  • Come on, dish…is there anything unusual about your writing habits?

When Catherine gets to within approximately 50 pages of the end of the first draft she won’t stop writing for anything. Since retirement, Donald stays up with her until she writes The End. Then we’ll take a nap, since it’s usually three or four in the morning, get up and go to brunch at Bob Evans to celebrate the finish of the first draft.

GENERAL WRITING INFORMATION:

  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

What we tend to come up with first is the title and the blurb. This gives us our outline to plot the stories that sometimes cause the blurb to change. LOL.

  • How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics?

Research is fun as we like to travel to the location to try and get as much direct information as possible, and if we can’t, we often use books or the internet. Our current stories primarily take place in Cleveland, Ohio. One year after actually visiting the city, Catherine had some questions about setting. So, we took a virtual tour of downtown Cleveland in Donald’s office via Google Maps. Several months later, while writing our Christmas newsletter, Catherine wrote we had traveled twice to Cleveland to research the book. Donald just about died laughing and had a hard time convincing her one was a virtual tour. LOL.

  • Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?

We have a schedule only if we have a contract deadline. We tend to be feast or famine when it comes to writing because we have so many projects going on at the same time. We’ve been known to take a laptop to the hospital when visiting family to keep writing on deadline. Our daughter has also learned not to call during deadline times as she will get very short answers or be sent to voice mail.

BOOK SPECIFICS:

  • Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?

For Catherine, that would be the fact that we didn’t travel to Cleveland twice. LOL. No, really, we were surprised at the timing of when Rhys discovered his animal ego. We knew what it was but hadn’t decided when it would occur in the book. It happened in the end-of-the-book, during the last 50 page run that Catherine always does.

  • Did you have a favorite character in this book?

You would think this would be one of the heroes or heroines, since we have two in each book, but it is actually a supporting character named Eli McCraigen. He’s an immortal, Scottish character who loves to speak in proverbs.

  • Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes, this is a series. This is the second of five planned books.

  • What are you releasing next, and when?

Son of the Moonless Night, (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3) is the next one in the series. We are currently working on edits for a possible release in 2015.

Thanks for the interview, Catherine and Donald.

And readers, CD Hersch is giving away a super prize today: One readers choice of either The Promised One or Blood Brothers in ebook format!

  Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book 2)

blood brothers by cd herschWhen Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.

The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.

Buy now at Amazon: http://www.amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

Title: Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book 2)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ASIN: B00OVNFC8W

Length: 406

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Release date: October 29th, 2014

BIO

c d herschPutting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.

CONTACT INFO:

Website: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cdhershauthor

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Amazon buy link for The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles):

ebook: http://t.co/yW59QqvkLh http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paper back: http://amzn.com/1619353504

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Veronica Scott MAGIC OF THE NILE

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a paranormal romance guest author day

Please welcome my guest author, Veronica Scot, to Jessica Aspen Writes. Veronica has been writing for several years now and I remember when I first heard of her Egyptian based series. It was a combonation of “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that!” and “Wow, I can’t wait to read it!” Please join me in welcoming talented and multi-published romance author, Veronica Scott.

And don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for a copy of MAGIC OF THE NILE

Thanks for having me as your guest today!  I write both science fiction romances and paranormal romances set in ancient Egypt. I try to work myth and mystery into the novels of either genre, although in the Egyptian stories, I use the actual legends and beliefs of the time as much as I can. I always wanted to write tales set thousands of years ago along the Nile but I wanted to have the gods and goddesses actively involved in the day to day events, much as the Egyptians believed and hoped they were. MAGIC OF THE NILE includes a number of the deities, from Sobek the Crocodile God to Tawaret the Hippo Goddess.  My heroine and hero are the main actors driving the story but the gods are integrally involved.

  • What is your writing environment like? I write in a corner of my bedroom, at a desk that belonged to my great grandmother. I like the feeling of family continuity! I use a laptop and of course my cats are always supervising whatever I’m doing. They insist I take periodic breaks to throw their toys down the stairs. One of my cats has as his main goal in life to shred my ergonomic writing chair so I regularly have to deflect him. I prefer to write in the morning, since I’m definitely a lark, but with the day job, I’m more likely to be getting in a few hours after dinner. I keep an ever rotating variety of action figures and knickknacks on top of the desk for inspiration. I have my book covers in frames on the wall above and I also have a framed poster for the 1950’s movie “Princess of the Nile.”
  • How do you respond to someone who says, “You write WHAT?” In fact, I recently revealed to my co-workers that I was a romance writer, which was fun. They were quite blown away that I have seven books published and more in the works, have won some awards, etc. The fact that my first two books were released by Carina, an imprint of Harlequin, made an impression on everyone. Even the guys have heard of Harlequin it seems! And if I could tell that the person I was talking to about being an author really didn’t “get” that I was seriously pursuing my writing career, I’d mention my USA Today column on the Happily Ever After blog and THEN they’d nod and be impressed. (I write about science fiction romance 2-3 times a month for them.) Funny anecdote – some not-so-savvy internet users looked me up to find out more after I revealed my writing career, but they’d gotten the name wrong and searched on “Veronica Mars”…! They were really confused by the results LOL! I have to say everyone at has been supportive overall. My day job is at a heavy duty rocket science kind of place so it’s nice that people are respecting my genre choice and that I’m following my dreams. The world always needs more romance!
  • What do you love about writing? Hate about it? The thing I love most is being able to share my stories and hope readers are enjoying them. There’s nothing like receiving an e mail from someone who says they can’t stop thinking about your book, or meeting a reader at an event who’s read all of the books in the series and wants more. I don’t hate anything about writing but it is frustrating to me to have so many stories and bits of ideas in my head and not enough time to write them all. Sometimes it’s hard to pick which one to work on next. I usually go with whichever story is energizing my creativity the most.
  • What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing? First of all, I wish I’d understood the need to be active on social media sooner. The day I received The Call that Carina was buying my first story, I had no social media presence at all. Looking back, I can’t believe it! I quickly established my blog, got on Facebook and Twitter, but I think it would have been good for me to have been blogging and tweeting sooner. It’s fun and you connect with so many wonderful people all over the world. The second thing I would have done is joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter sooner and probably the RWA Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal Special Interest Chapter as well. I did do both eventually and there are so many terrific people there who are willing to share lessons learned and encourage others.
  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? I usually start with the hero and heroine in my head, the opening scene, the ending and three or four major scenes along the way. I don’t plot, outline, use Scrivener or other tools…I’m strictly a write as I go person. I’m very superstitious about my Muse and how she works! I don’t examine my process too closely. I’ve also found that if I do too much prethinking about the story before I dive into writing it, then I’m not likely to ever write it, because in my mind, it’s been told. Usually I’ll print out the first draft once or twice while I’m still writing, read through it and think about what scenes might be missing. What do I know about the characters that I really haven’t shown the Readers in enough detail?
  • What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges? As I mentioned above, my first two ancient Egyptian paranormal novels were published as ebooks by Carina Press. I didn’t set out to be a self-publisher, but I had a novel nearly complete, which was loosely based on the sinking of the Titanic, set in the far future on a spaceliner. It dawned on me in early 2012 that the 100th anniversary of the sinking was right around the corner and I needed to get my novel out there. I didn’t have time to go through the submission process, not even with Carina, so I hired an editor, a cover artist, and a formatter and got WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM released myself. The book did very well, won several awards…and my career in self-publishing was launched. I love the control of self-publishing, being able to write exactly what I want, pick my own covers and to release my books on my own schedule. I wouldn’t mind being a hybrid author, perhaps have some books released by a publisher in the future but for now I’m focused on the self-pub route.

 

  • Did you have a favorite scene? One scene I particularly enjoyed writing was when the hero Sahure takes the heroine Tyema for a drive to town in his chariot. With her permission, he gives the horses their heads and they gallop down the road. She’s never gone anywhere so fast in her life and she revels in the sensations, deciding she has to get a chariot for herself. Sahure is pretty surprised by that! I had many readers tell me they were quite struck by the scene and that it really placed them in the ancient time frame, when not too many people went anywhere at a pace above walking speed. And women, even high priestesses, didn’t drive chariots. So one of the subplots is whether Tyema will or won’t get her chariot. Tyema is also suffering from anxiety relating to events in her childhood (which happen in PRIESTESS) and when she’s “flying” in the chariot, she feels free of all the cares and problems in her daily routine.
  • Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book? MAGIC OF THE NILE is my fourth novel set in this general time frame. It’s the latest entry in the “Gods of Egypt” series, which is a connected series, revolving around the same Pharaoh or events set in motion by him. MAGIC is a sequel to my first book, PRIESTESS OF THE NILE, but it’s a standalone. You don’t have to have read PRIESTESS first to enjoy the action and romance in MAGIC. There are some mild spoilers for PRIESTESS in this new book though. I’m currently working on GHOST OF THE NILE, which is set in the same general time frame, same pharaoh on the throne, but is standalone. I usually alternate, writing a science fiction romance and then one set in ancient Egypt.

 

MAGIC OF THE NILE

magic of the nile by veronica scottAfter a childhood spent scorned and ignored by her family because of her crippled foot, Tyema was magically healed then installed as the High Priestess of his temple by Sobek the Crocodile God. But Tyema is still haunted by her memories, scarred by the abuse she endured. Despite Sobek’s protection, as an adult she’s become a near recluse inside the temple grounds…

Until Captain Sahure arrives in her remote town, sent from Thebes on an urgent mission for Pharaoh, requiring High Priestess Tyema’s help. From that moment on, her quiet, safe life is upended in ways she never could have expected.

But after a whirlwind romance with Sahure, the two part as Pharaoh orders him to undertake another assignment on Egypt’s dangerous frontier, far from Tyema’s remote town.

Heart-broken, Tyema is ready to return to her life of loneliness, official duties and, now, regret. But the Crocodile God has other plans for his priestess: she must uncover the sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh’s life with black magic. Soon enough, Tyema finds herself thrown into the chaos of Pharoah’s court, neck deep in intrigue and danger. Just when she thinks she can’t take the pressures of a very public court life and her secret investigation for the Crocodile God any longer, Sahure re-enters the scene.

But is her former love there to help or to hinder? Can they resolve their differences and work together to find the dark sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh and Egypt?

MAGIC OF THE NILE is a paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt.  Self published, this novel is 115,512 words long and was released in March 2014. ISBN: 0989590364 The book trailer can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0skxQ0kmJM

Buy Links:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble  All Romance eBooks  iTunes   Google Play Books Kobo

BIO:

Veronica ScottVeronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories. Winner of the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and two SFR Galaxy Awards, she is also the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

CONTACT INFO:  Blog   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads   Amazon Author Page

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Lynn Cahoon-author The Tourist Trap Mysteries.

Whimsical Wednesdays

a blog delving into the mystery of our guest author

Today I’m interviewing multi-talented author, Lynn Cahoon. Lynn is a member of my amazing goal setting group and is one of the few people left from our original group who still posts her goals.  And I think that may be one reason why she’s so successful! Lynn writes romance featuring everything from bull riders to the fae, and while she’s a fabulous romance author, she’s here today talking about her third book in the Tourist Trap cozy mystery series which comes out on Monday, November 10th! I’m a huge fan of cozy mysteries, nothing like a murder to keep me entertained for hours, and I loved Lynn’s first book GUIDEBOOK TO MURDER. Please welcome Lynn Cahoon to Jessica Aspen Writes!

Hi, I’m Lynn Cahoon, author of The Tourist Trap mysteries along with several romances that feature hot cowboys, warlocks, and surfer dudes, not in the same book. Yet. My third release in the mystery series hits e-readers on November 10th and is called If the Shoe Kills.

    • The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

 

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

  • Hi Lynn, what are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?
    • My husband and I have made 2014 the year of fun. We bought ATV’s for trail riding for our anniversary. And now, we just purchased a lot and trailer (which from now on is officially called The Cabin) in a recreational subdivision in Central Missouri. I love finding flowers and animals while I ride.
    • I used to play darts 2-3 times a week and I’m pretty good, for a girl.
  • What made you decide to write and furthermore what pushed you to be a published author?
    • I knew I had stories to tell, but thought I’d do it someday. When the kid was grown, when I retired, when I wasn’t busy with life. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I realized someday may never come. So I started writing and selling essays and short stories. Then I tried my hand at novel writing. One victory spurred another and on June 4th, 2012 – my first full length book was published.
  • Give two random thoughts, quotes, or surprising tidbits about yourself, something that might surprise your readers
    • Positive thinking creates a doorway through which opportunity loves to walk.
    • Never give up, never surrender.
  • I love that quote, it’s one of my favorites too! Do you have a writing mentor? Do you mentor anyone?
    • I have a writing mentor which now has turned into more of a friendship/accountability partner. Laura Bradford, the author –not the agent, writes cozy mysteries and romance. Her first bit of advice she ever gave me? Finish a book. Any book. At that time I had 4-5 chapters on 4-5 projects.  Now we set and report weekly goals, successes and opportunities.  I’m blessed to have her in my life for the friendship as well as the career guidance.
  • Have you faced big challenges in your writing?
    • I feel like I’m challenged every time I start a book or hit the saggy middle in the WIP. I learned a big lesson with my last book that I just turned in on September 30th. If I write daily or consistently, I do better with the story and the edits. I’m not a binge writer. I need to set down every day and just start writing, even if I’m convinced I don’t know where the story is going. Writing will lead me down the right path, and if it’s a dead end? That’s for editing time.
  • Describe your working environment. You can include things about your day/schedule.
    • I have a day job, so I have to be protective of my off work hours. I ‘read’ by listening to audio books during my commute. I work each morning for at least a ½ hour, then again at night when I get home (after I work out.) My goal is 10,000 words a week – which if I get 2K a day, I don’t have to work weekends. But I typically do.  Except for Sunday. Sunday is up to me if I write or not, even if I haven’t met my weekly goal. I call it No-Guilt Sunday.
  • Pantser/Plotter/or both? Tell us how you work.
    • I think you can see from my answers above, I’m a Pantser. But I do outline, in my own way. I have a notebook page with 25 chapters written out on one side. Chap 1, Chap 2…Etc. Then under each chapter heading, I put in what I think is going to happen. Like Dead Body under Chapter 3’s heading. Even if I don’t put that in the specific chapter, I make sure I work in it somewhere. And I keep track of page numbers as I want my chapters to be at least 10 pages. Which is about 2500 words. Crazy, but it works for me. About 1/3 of the way through the book I write up a new cleaner list with only the chapters I need to write. So that page might start on chapter 12 and be two columns instead of three. As I finish a chapter, I cross it off.  Makes me feel like I’m moving forward. Then I do it again, especially if I’m  procrastinating writing.
  • Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them? How did they push you?
    • I’ve come so close with Harlequin American I could scream. I get great revise and resubmit letters. Of course, I didn’t understand them when I got the letter, but I think I’m honing in on what works for them. My theory is if you get rejected, you find somewhere else to send the story to or you self-publish. I’ve also been writing shorts for Woman’s World. That’s a graduate level course in rejection. I have sold two stories in the last three years, but I get many rejections due to ‘implausible’ plot or actions. With WW shorts, when a rejection comes in the mail, I write and send a new story out. I’m determined to crack the code again.
  • I tried with Women’s World. Congrats on getting in, they’re tough! Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?
    • I’d love to give you the secret, but I think it depends. I believe in balance. I only have a bit of time every day that I can write, however, I love the days when I can put down 2K a day for a week or so. It really keeps me in the story. I’ve mentioned before I have a goal accountability partner. I’m also on two different goal groups. I hate it when I have to admit my time has been spent more in front of the television than the computer screen. Right now I’m writing (or editing) first thing in the morning when I’m fresh. I write a blog at lunch at work (IF I take lunch) and then I either write at night to hit my word goal or write another blog. I spend way too much time refreshing Facebook and my email.
  • Are you self-publishing? Why or why not?
    • I am and I will in a bigger way in 2015. I released a winter novella set in The Bull Rider’s world of Shawnee Idaho. I wanted Cash, who gets dumped in book one, to have his own HEA. Shawnee Holiday is available exclusively on Kindle (for now.)
  • What’s unique about this particular book.
    • If The Shoe Kills features a work experience program called Work Today. I attended one of these how to find a job programs when I was fresh out of college. Combine my gratitude for their experience with my own work experience in the social service field, I have a lot of knowledge and respect for the programs. I hope others spread the Christmas spirit this year with those less fortunate.
  • Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?
    • I’m always surprised with the ending. J I typically know who the culprit is, but the why, that’s what I struggle with because I truly don’t think like a killer. At least on my good days.
  • Loved book number one, so let us know will there be any sequels to this book?
    • Yep, If the Shoe Kills is Book 3. Guidebook to Murder released in April and Mission to Murder in July. Both have hit the USA Today best seller list and Guidebook hit the NYT list at #21. I’ll release three more Tourist Trap Mysteries starting in March 2015.

 If The Shoe Kills

if the shoe kills by author lynn cahoonThe tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there’s no place like home for homicide. . .

As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liaison for a new work program, ’tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing’s worse than Ted Hendricks–the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill’s ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car–dead as a doornail. Officer Greg assumes it’s a suicide. Jill thinks it’s murder. And if the holidays weren’t stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess–before the other shoe drops. . .

IF THE SHOE KILLS

Cozy Mystery

ISBN-10: 1601833067

ISBN-13: 978-1601833068

214 pages

Amazon –  http://www.amazon.com/Shoe-Kills-Tourist-Trap-Mystery-ebook/dp/B00KM9O6SQ/ref=la_B0082PWOAO_1_3_title_0_main?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1413423386&sr=1-3 

Nook –  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/if-the-shoe-kills-lynn-cahoon/1119633675?ean=9781601832405&itm=1    

November 10, 2014

 

BIO

lynn cahoon authorUSA Today and New York Times, best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon is an Idaho native. If you’d visit the town where she grew up, you’d understand why her mysteries and romance novels focus around the depth and experience of small town life. Currently, she’s living in a small historic town on the banks of the Mississippi river where her imagination tends to wander. She lives with her husband and four fur babies.

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web or Blog Site: http://www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com

Facebook: – https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon

Amazon Author Page:  http://www.amazon.com/Lynn-Cahoon/e/B0082PWOAO/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

 

 

 

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Lexi Post #romance #author Interview and #Giveaway

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romance author interview

Purple stick 2Please welcome erotic romance author, Lexi Post to Jessica Aspen Writes. And today, Lexi is generously giving away a Venetian mask, so please read throug the post, answer Lexi’s question in the comments, and enter to win! Don’t forget to check out the sexy cover for her latest romance Passion of Sleepy Hollow. Yowza!

  • Hi Lexi, how long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre? Do you write in more than one genre and why?

I’ve been writing for about six years. I only write romance though I write many subgenres of it. All my current published books are erotic romance, though among those there are paranormals, a Sci-fi and a January 2015 release with a contemporary cowboy. I write in many subgenres because I write erotic romance inspired by the classics. So whatever the original story inspires is what I write. For example, when I decided to write Passion of Sleepy Hollow, I used Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” for my inspiration. That story just begged for a paranormal bent, so it not only had ghosts, a witch and a curse, it also had a hero from present day and a heroine trapped in the 1790s.

 

  • Tell us the story behind your pen name? Do you have more than one?

 

I only have one pen name, Lexi Post. Lexi came from my family. They called me Lexi when I was little and actually still do. When I was a teenager, my siblings started calling me Sexy Lexi which embarrassed me at the time, but it gave me the idea to use the name for my erotic romance. Post is actually the last name of my biological father. I figured that way I wouldn’t embarrass any of my family members. As it turns out, all of them, including my extended family are thrilled by my writing career.

 

  • What do you want your readers to take from your books?

 

I want my readers to feel completely satisfied to the point they have a “book hangover” as one of my fans stated. That’s what happens when you have read a great romance and the characters just stay with you and you are hesitant to pick up another romance right away because you are still emotionally connected to them. I love it when I get one of these and I’m absolutely thrilled when my readers have this happen.

 

Most of all, I want to reinforce the age old ideals that good wins over evil and love conquerors all, even if none of us our perfect. Having spent most of my life reading and teaching classic literature which 9 times out of 10 will have a sad ending, I wanted to write stories that would end happily and give hope.

 

  • What inspires you?

 

For my erotic romances, it is classic literature. I know, that sounds strange given what I just said.  But the fact is, the classics are classic for a reason. They are good. They just tend to have sad endings. So I get my inspiration from the original stories and write an entirely new story with pieces from the old that are key. In Passion of Sleepy Hollow, I kept the setting, the main characters (or their descendants) and the superstition that was prevalent in the original.

 

  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

 

I definitely start with my characters, deciding who from the original story will be used and what their goals, motivation and inner and outer conflicts will be. This is often simultaneous with deciding on my setting. Then I focus on what the pivotal black moment will be, that conflict in values that tears the couple apart. Once I have these pieces, I just start writing as I am a pantser at heart.

 

  • Are you self-publishing? Why or why not?

 

I am. I just released my first self-published novella that started my erotic sci-fi series; however, my agent will continue to submit to publishers. The reason I started with self-publishing was so I would have control over when some of my books come out. I didn’t want my readers to forget me :-} By time my second year anniversary of being published rolls around, I will have six books out, two of which are self-published. I am hoping that I can increase that number in my third year.

 

  • Did you have a favorite scene in Passion of Sleepy Hollow?

 

Yes, I did. It was a scene I hadn’t known would be in the story, but I just followed the characters, actually the hero, Braden. It is a very touching sex scene where he uses a mirror to show Katrina how beautiful she is. It isn’t that she has a poor image of herself. It is just that she’s never really thought about it with all her responsibilities. Braeden is absolutely wonderful as Kat realizes she’s pretty all over.

 

  • What are you releasing next, and when?

 

My next book is titled Cowboys Never Fold. It is a contemporary cowboy story that will be part of a multi-author Cowboy 12 Pack coming out in January. This novella was inspired by Bret Harte’s “Outcasts of Poker Flat” and takes place on a new nudist resort, a place this cowboy, Wade, isn’t excited about working at until he meets the owner, Kendra.

 In celebration of Halloween, I will give a hand decorated, Venetian mask made in Italy to one lucky commenter who tells me what genre of romance they like best.

 

Passion of Sleepy Hollow blurb:

 

passionofsleepyhollow_msr (2)Recluse Braeden Van Brunt is not happy to be the Headless Horseman…until he meets Katrina Van Tassel, owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, whose allure bewitches him from the front desk into the bedroom. When he discovers Kat and the village of Sleepy Hollow are cursed to exist in the present day for only one weekend a year, he realizes the sacrifice he must make if he wants to keep her.

 

Katrina Van Tassel lives between slivers of time. She thought she was through grieving her betrothed’s death, but her dreams flare to life when his mirror image arrives, requesting a room. Drawn to Braeden, she is taken to more erotic heights of intimacy than she ever imagined, but she can’t be sure if her heart is with him or the love from her past.

 

Knowing he has to conquer both time and ghosts to keep the only woman he’s ever loved, Braeden must put the past to rest. But the dead may not rest in Sleepy Hollow.

 

Link to Excerpt from Passion of Sleepy Hollow

 

About Lexi Post:

Lexi Post photo Lexi Post spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to the 20th century American epic The Grapes of Wrath, from War and Peace to the Bhagavad Gita, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi feels there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature for her sexy love stories. Her books are known as “erotic romance with a whole lot of story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat (unless she is going incognito).
To contact her, send an email to lexi.post@yahoo.com

 

PASSION OF SLEEPY HOLLOW  Buy Links

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Ellora’s Cave

All Romance eBooks

For more information about Lexi Post:

websitehttp://www.lexipostbooks.com/

Bloghttp://www.happilyeverafterthoughts.com/

twitter:   https://twitter.com/LexiPost

Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/lexipostbooks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6915542.Lexi_Post

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lexi-Post/e/B00EBLAFLI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1392417984&sr=1-2-ent

 

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Seduced by A Sinner

 Whimsical Wednesday

a blog to meet new authors!

Today I’m lucky enough to interview fellow romance author Cynthia Woolf here today on Jessica Aspen Writes. Cynthia has been on the blog before with her sci-fi romance, but she also writes killer western romances and is very well known for her Bride Series, including Tame a Wild Bride. She’s also a fellow member of Colorado Romance Writers and will be at our CRW tea in October partying it up and signing books.

Hi Cynthia, Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

I write historical western and sci-fi romance. I’m concentrating on the westerns because that is what sells. This book, Seduced by a Sinner, is the third in the Destiny in Deadwood series. It completes the story arc for the villain introduced in the first book, Redeemed by a Rebel. It also tells the story of Zach, the middle of the three Anderson brothers.

What is your writing environment like? I write at my desk and it’s totally cluttered with stuff. I have my keyboard in a tray underneath the desk, so the top of the desk holds research, calendars, calculator, snacks, whatever else I want or need.

Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer? My husband is my greatest cheerleader.

What do you love about writing? Hate about it? I love the initial writing of the story, but have a love/hate relationship with the editing portion. I love it in that I see the editing making my story stronger. I hate it in that I want the story done right now.

Pantser/Plotter/or both? Tell us how you work.  I’m a pantser. I write a little bit, maybe a page or two about the characters and the basic plot.

What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? The first thing I do it come up with the setting, then I do initial research on that. Second is the plot followed by the characters and the conflict. The title is last for me. One of my critique partners is the opposite. For her, she can’t do anything without the title first.

How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics? I use the internet a lot. If I can, I go visit the place, like Deadwood, SD for my latest work. Then I use the resource materials that I get at the location, history books, old newspapers, train schedules, whatever I need for the plot and character specifics.

Are you self-publishing? Why or why not? I am self publishing because I like the control. I like writing to my own schedule and answering only to myself.

What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges? I went the indie route because I was tired of trying to get published the traditional way and being told that westerns are dead or we can’t place you. The best part is being able to set your own pace and write what you want. The worst part about it is having to promote yourself so much, but I guess even those that are traditionally published have to do their own promotion these days. Unless, of course, you’re Nora Roberts.

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book? This is the third in the Destiny in Deadwood series. As to sequels, none are planned, but you just never know.

What are you releasing next, and when? My next series is about mail order brides in San Francisco in 1867, after the Civil War, when men were scarce in the east. The first of those books is titled The Brides of San Francisco – Nellie and will be out in November 2014.

Seduced by a Sinner

seduced by a sinner by cynthia woolfZach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.

Neither task is an easy one.

Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything.

Buy Links:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00O4QLPS2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seduced-by-a-sinner-cynthia-woolf/1120402919?ean=2940150463547

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/seduced-by-a-sinner

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seduced-by-a-sinner/id925857407?mt=11

Seduced by a Sinner, historical western romance, 978-1-938887-47-5, indie published, release date September 2014

BIO

cynthia woolf, authorCynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of nine historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.
Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

 

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

 

TITLES AVAILABLE:

SEDUCED BY A SINNER (Book 3, Destiny in Deadwood series)

HEALED BY A HEART (Book 2, Destiny in Deadwood series)

REDEEMED BY A REBEL (Book 1, Destiny in Deadwood series)

CAPITAL BRIDE (Book 1, Matchmaker & Co. series)

HEIRESS BRIDE (Book 2, Matchmaker & Co. series)

FIERY BRIDE (Book 3, Matchmaker & Co. series)

TAME A WILD HEART (Book 1, Tame series)

TAME A WILD WIND (Book 2, Tame series)

TAME A WILD BRIDE (Book 3, Tame series)

TAME A SUMMER HEART (short story, Tame series)

 

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web or Blog Site: www.cynthiawoolf.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CynthiaWoolf

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Woolf/e/B005O1ZXK2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1qBWhFQ

 

 

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Allie Quinn on Being a Writer

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Please welcome guest author, Allie Quinn. to Jessica Aspen Writes. Allie not only writes erotic romance about vampires, but she also moonlights in paranormal suspense under the pen name, Allie Harrison. Today she’s sharing with us what it’s like to write erotic in the real world.

 

under the cover of moonlight by allie quinnHi! I’m Allie Quinn.  I write erotic romance. I also write as paranormal/suspense as Allie Harrison. UNDER THE COVER OF MOONLIGHT by Allie Quinn, released June 10, 2014, by Loose Id, is the second in my Moonlight Assassins series. My Moonlight Assassins are the good guys. Never mind they are also vampires, and not your run of the mill vampires, either. No, my vamps can be out in the sunlight and can eat regular food. Do not get on the bad side of my vamps!

In UTCOM, Zack McCullin travels to a small mountain town determined to stop Rachel Maxwell, who he believes has stolen his research information. What he soon discovers—besides his attraction to Rachel—is something far more deadly.

I’m careful who I tell I’m a author, even more I’m an erotic writer. A fellow high school graduate congratulated me when I told him I was an author. When he introduced me to his wife, however, whom I’d never seen before, and told her I’m a published author, she looked at me and said, “Oh, I’ll bet you write smut.”

I smiled and said, “I write award-winning novels.”

Writing has always been my stress relief. After a bad day anywhere, I can sit down, place my fingers on the keyboard, fall deep into another world, and fall in love or kill off someone I don’t like. I miss gothic stories and Stephen King is my first true hero, creating stories I couldn’t stop reading until the end. My goal is to scare you like he does, but make you fall in love, too. I never planned to write erotic romance. It kind of fell into my lap with the rejection of a fun ghost story. So here I am. Some people make fun of erotic, but I can honestly say keeping the sex fresh is very hard (no pun intended).

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe sometimes the words come and sometimes they don’t. I don’t believe in wasting my time since I’m only given a certain number of minutes. So if the words aren’t coming, I get up and do something else. I keep a notebook, pen and flashlight by my bed for when the words come in the middle of the night. I prefer to write with colored pens, usually purple or blue. I also think the use of blues and purples on covers go over well.

I’m usually inspired by characters I see around me. I can stand in line at WalMart, watch people and play the ‘what if’ game.

Of course I’ve had rejections. If I get feedback from them, I use it. Such is the case when my ghost story was rejected. I see a rejection as a new path I’m supposed to take, not as a road block. It’s like getting laid off. You aren’t meant to be there. You’re meant to be somewhere better. Never be afraid to try a new path and never stop looking ahead.

Under Cover of Moonlight

When Zack McCullen thinks his research program has been stolen by Rachel Maxwell, he wants nothing more than to kill her. At the very least, he wants her arrested. But something about her photo haunts him and makes his heart pound. He even dreams about her. When he finally meets her in person, he’s blindsided by his burning desire for her. As hard as he fights it, with one touch of her hand, he loses the battle.

After one passion-filled night, Zack knows she’s the soulmate destiny has chosen for him. There’s no way in hell he can allow her to be taken from him, much less arrested; he can’t live without her. Then he discovers who the true thief is, and anger gives way to terror. Terror of the thief, but more, terror that neither he, nor the passion he’s discovered with Rachel, will survive under the cover of moonlight.

Find Under the Cover of Moonlight at:

Amazon and LooseId

Bio:
When Allie Quinn isn’t watering flowers, reading, doing crafts or other fun things with her kids and husband in Southern Illinois, she’s dreaming up the next spooky story.

Allie Quinn

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