Sunday, January 30, 2011

Special Guest - Natalie Dae


Please welcome my special guest - Natalie Dae. She's going to discuss her recent release, Black Cougar Curse, co-authored with Tess MacKall. Take it away, Natalie........


When writing Black Cougar Curse with Tess MacKall, I discovered something. Although imagination is amazing and I can usually stretch myself into “seeing” something I’ve never actually seen, I knew next to nothing about mountainous areas. Hmm. See, I’m a small town girl who has only seen mountains from a distance or in pictures. To me they’re something on the horizon, these big old points of rock that look fab jutting into the sky. But Black Cougar Curse is set in the mountains, and it soon became clear that I had no clue what I was talking about.

Thank goodness for Tess. She knows her mountains, knows the terrain, the weather patterns, everything, so when I wrote about our heroine, Lucia, plodding along doing whatever she was doing, and I described the area…I got it totally wrong.

Bless me, for I had sinned. I hadn’t researched. Of course, Tess fixed my silly mistakes, explained what mountainous areas were like, and you know, I just couldn’t wrap my head around it. I think it’s one of those things where I’d have to go there to understand. I couldn’t comprehend that although mountains may look like they’re just these big rocks plonked on the ground, they’re not. Well, they say you learn something new every day, and I learned a whole lot co-authoring with Tess!

Blurb: Deep in the mountain wilderness, Lucia Chavez searches for closure to her father’s death, and the mythical black cougar he sought. Drop-dead sexy Cherokee Indian guide Sam Starr knows more than he’s telling. After he saves Lucia from being swept away in a mudslide, the bath they both need turns steamy indeed. Sam and Lucia are living proof that near-death experiences can bring two people closer together—they can’t keep their hands off each other.

Amidst danger and mystery, Sam and Lucia explore the lust that burns between them. If their desire gets any stronger it could bring down the mountains. Ancient secrets hold the key to their unbridled sexual need. Was their passion written in the stars?

One man. One woman. A curse that binds them—and could tear them apart.

Get your sexy on and read an excerpt here:

http://www.jasminejade.com/productspecs/9781419931062.htm

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Please welcome Jess Anatasi

Jess Anatasi is from Australia and my next guest as part of the All Romantic Suspense Authors Blog Tour. She writes a sensational mix of paranormal/science fiction romance, as well as romantic suspense novels. This author covers them all.


Jess, with the countless number of interview questions out there, let’s try something different. Tell us about yourself. How about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.

I don't know if I'd call it a full on phobia, but I don't like flying. I've only ever taken a couple of domestic flights here in Australia, so have never done the overseas thing. Just going to the airport makes me so nervous I feel sick, even if I'm just t

here picking people up. Don't ask me how I managed to actually get myself on a plane the couple of times I have flown! While I like to think that one day I'll make the trip to the US, I'm not sure how I'd handle flying that many hours to get there.

What genre do you write and what genre would you love to try?

At the moment I'm published in sci-fi romance and romantic suspense, though I wish I could write historical. I've had a go at it, but just don't think I can pull off a historical 'voice'. My characters always sound too modern when they talk.

Tell us about what you've had published.

My romantic suspense is a stand-alone, which has been getting some great reviews at places like Manic Readers and The Romance Studio. Yes, I was surprised! You see, I thought since there are already so many romantic suspense on the market, and more coming out all the time, what's one more? But it has been picked up for review and is doing quite nicely (so far). My other books, I call my Sanctuary series, are sci-fi romance with a bit of paranormal. It's based on an on-going four hundred year war between angels and demons, set 500 years in the future when humans have colonized other galaxies, but are on the verge of being wiped out.

Any works in progress?

Always! At the moment, I'm working on another romantic suspense and then I'll be writing the third book in the Sanctuary series.

What's your inspiration?

Honestly? It could be anything that sets me off. A TV show, a movie, a picture in a magazine, a snatch of conversation I overhear in the grocery store, or often a dream I wake up from in the morning.

What drives you as a writer?

I actually don't know. I just have this need to write. I've always had it, but obviously when I was younger I didn't really know what to do with it. I always said that no matter how long it took me to get published, there was no point giving up. Even if I tried to giver up, even if I wanted to stop, I knew I couldn't. Its just something I have to do.

How long have you been writing?

I've always been writing in some form or another. As a teenager, I kept journals, wrote poetry and short stories. The first novel I ever wrote was a year after I left high school

, so its been nine years now since I first decided I wanted to write books.

Do you have a dream man/cop/detective? Does he appear in your writing and if so, what does he look like?

I don't have any one in particular. Sometimes I might idolize a certain type of hero and want to write him, but all my characters have minds of their own and never quite turn out how I think they will.

Please tell

us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

My family. If I'm not writing, I'm trying to make sure I spend plenty of time with them.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

Dumb movies make me laugh. Dude, Where's My Car if one of my favorite movies! As for crying, the usual tear-jerker movies always set me off (like Brokeback Mountain. I blubbered in the end of that) so I tend to avoid them!

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

Watch DVDs, knit or crochet, play the Wii, do yoga… I have a lot of different things I like to do, just depends on my mood.

Sinful indulgence?

Chocolate! It's probably not really that sinful, but I have a bit of an addiction.

Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

I think after I managed to write an actual, whole, 95,500 word book I knew I was on to something.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. The floor is yours. Please tell us where to find your work, your website, your blog, book trailer, and anything else you care to share.

Web: www.jessanastasi.com

Blog: http://jessanastasi.blogspot.com/

FB: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jess-Anastasi/129441077081452

Twitter: @JessAnastasi

Noble Romance Publishing: http://www.nobleromance.com/BrowseListing.aspx?author=130

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=jess+anastasi.com

Blurb:

FBI Special Agent Ella Waverly is wrapping up one last assignment before heading off on her first holiday in five years. But thoughts of flip-flops and cocktails are the last thing on her mind when she meets the new team leader, Special Agent Bryce Lain, and finds out her long-planned-for holiday is being scuttled for an undercover assignment.

Agent Lain is gorgeous, the kind of gorgeous that guarantees he's an arrogant jerk. The news that he'll be her partner in the dangerous mission is almost enough to make her head explode. Before the day is out, Ella finds herself at Little Palm Island Resort in Florida, masquerading as a contestant on the latest reality TV show—Lord Bachelor. The bachelor in question, a disgraced British peer, is suspected of raping and murdering several women back in
London.

Though Ella knows it safer where her heart's concerned to deny it, the longer she's stuck with Bryce, the more she sees there could be a man worth loving beneath the impossibly good-looking exterior.

As humidity frizzes her hair beyond the help of any type of de-frizzing, smoothing, glossing product, Ella tries to wrangle working against nineteen husband-hungry bimbos, one suspected serial killer, and one seriously hot agent who's trying everything he can to get under her skin.









Sunday, January 23, 2011

Please welcome Rachel Haimowitz

Please welcome my third guest of the All Romantic Suspense Blog Tour. She hates tailgaters and loves to write.









Rachel, with the countless number of interview questions out there, let’s try something different. Tell us about yourself. How about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.

I hate tailgaters. I was an EMT for many years, and I cleaned up after far too many car accidents. Stupid aggression aside, I just don’t see the point of crawling so far up someone’s trunk that if they have to break suddenly for any reason, you’re going to hit them. I can only assume people who do that are compensating for other . . . shortcomings.

What genre do you write and what genre would you love to try?

I write in several genres, though most share a unifying thread of being M/M erotic romance. My first published novel, Counterpoint: Book I of Song of the Fallen, was fantasy M/M erom. My second, Anchored: Belonging Book One, was alternate-universe contemporary M/M erom (it features modern-day slavery). I recently co-wrote a story with Aleksandr Voiniv called Break and Enter, which is cyberpunk M/M erom. And I have a collection out called Sublime: Collected Shorts that is contemporary BDSM. So, kind of all over the map. Outside the romance genre, I’ve written a psychological thriller called White Lies, which is currently making the rounds with agents; and I have a pretty expansive idea in my head for another alternate world story with a huge cast of characters on an “other earth.”

Any works in progress?

Always. I’m currently working on Crescendo: Book II of Song of the Fallen (the sequel to Counterpoint), which is a little intimidating because I signed the contract for that before the book was even started. Looming deadlines are not my friend, but on the other hand, it’s quite the warm fuzzy feeling to know that the instant the book is done, it will have a home. I’m also in the outlining stages on a few other projects, including two stories in the Belonging world (one with Daniel, the main character from Anchored, and one with a whole new cast), and a story for a shifter anthology.

What drives you as a writer?

Mostly an inbred passion for the craft. I have stories in my head that get nasty when I don’t let them out for some fresh air and sunshine. Of course you can indulge all your own kinks and push your own buttons when you write too, especially in erotic romance. Sometimes I write to answer questions, like, “How would a man react when faced with X life-changing situation?” It’s fascinating to me that you can start from a place of zero knowledge or experience and write your way to an answer that feels 100% valid to yourself and your readers. I suppose I also write in part for vanity—for the rush of having someone say, “I read your book, and I loved it.”

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

I read a lot. I watch some good TV, and some really awful TV that happens to star men hot enough to justify sitting through it. (Yes, I am unashamedly shallow.) I enjoy complex board games (think Settlers of Cataan, Ticket to Ride, etc.), knit on rare occasion, and hike and camp the Appalachians.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. The floor is yours. Please tell us where to find your work, your website, your blog, book trailer, and anything else you care to share.

Thanks for having me! Let’s see . . . my website is RachelHaimowitz.com. I also have a blog at Rachel-Haimowitz.blogspot.com, which I try to update at least four or five days a week. I tend to let my hair down there, and even more so on twitter (twitter.com/rachelhaimowitz), where I’m as likely to discuss craft as I am to discuss pretty boys chained and beaten in my basement ;-) I’m also on Facebook (facebook.com/rachelhaimowitz), and I hang quite a bit in the M/M and romance forums on Goodreads (http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4165753.Rachel_Haimowitz).

I’ll leave you with the blurb from my latest release, Anchored, the modern-day slavery AU I mentioned earlier.

Network news anchor Daniel Halstrom is at the top of his field, but being at the bottom of the social ladder—being a slave—makes that hard to enjoy. Especially when NewWorld Media, the company who's owned him since childhood, decides to lease him on evenings and weekends to boost their flagging profits.

Daniel's not stupid; he knows there's only one reason a man would pay so much for what little free time he has, and it's got nothing to do with his knowledge of current events. But he's never been made to serve like that before, and he fears he won't survive the experience with his sanity intact.

He finds himself in the home of Carl Whitman, a talk show host whose words fail him time and again when it comes to ordering Daniel to bed. Daniel knows what Carl wants, but it seems as if Carl isn't willing to take it, and Daniel's not willing to give it freely. His recalcitrance costs him dearly, but with patience and some hard-won understanding, love just might flourish where once there'd been only fear and pain. Can Carl become the anchor in Daniel's turbulent life, or will he end up the weight that sinks his slave for good?

Read an excerpt or purchase Anchored at Noble Romance Publishing: http://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=229











Sunday, January 16, 2011

Welcome S.R. Claridge


Please refrain from snapping, put your hands together and help me welcome my next guest on the All Romantic Suspense Authors Blog Tour -- S.R. Claridge.









With the countless number of interview questions out there, let’s try something different. Tell us about yourself. How about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.

Snapping. I can’t stand when people snap to music… partly because it’s almost always off beat. It’s weird I know, but the snapping sound drives me nuts!

What genre do you write and what genre would you love to try?

Mystery and Romantic Suspense. I would love to be able to try something in the paranormal realm, but my brain just doesn’t work that way.

Tell us about what you've had published.

My first novel, published by Vanilla Heart Publishing, is a mystery/romantic suspense entitled,

No Easy Way.

BOOK BLURB:

Swerving with the kind of deliberate precision only blind rage can empower, the black pick-up crushes Kansas Oil Tycoon, Lou Martin Miller, leaving Miller’s widow with an impossible choice: Cover the sin that lead to her husband’s death and conceal the identity of his killer, or risk the destruction of her family. She carefully weaves a net of protection around her family, but the day she dies it begins to unravel, leaving her grandson, Tom, and his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Kate, in grave danger.

Missing evidence, mistaken identity and manipulation leave private investigator, Stephen Braznovich, trapped between white lies and dark lusts, as he races to piece together a family secret before the next victim falls prey to deep-rooted revenge. The trouble is anyone who gets close to the truth winds up dead.

On the verge of an unwanted divorce, Tom must decide between a confession that could save his marriage or lie to save himself. Tension mounts as Tom and Kate’s lives hang in a twisted balance of crossed lines and misunderstood motives, all pointing to one simple truth. There is No Easy Way.

Any works in progress?

I am currently working on a mystery series set in Chicago.

What's your inspiration?

God. I believe anything good in me comes from Him.


How long have you been writing?

When I was 13 years old my grandmother died and I wrote a poem about her. I started writing then and I’ve never stopped.

Do you have a dream man/cop/detective? Does he appear in your writing and if so, what does he look like?

My dream man is George Clooney… and no, he doesn’t appear in my books because I’m not sharing him… he’s all mine! LOL!

Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

My kids and my husband.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

I have a very “punny” humor so I’m always the girl laughing at jokes most people don’t find amusing. My kids make me laugh the most and life’s tender moments make me cry.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

Dance. I love to get down and get jiggy with it!

Sinful indulgence?

Grey Goose martini with a bleu cheese olive. Good for the mind and the soul.

Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

The day my first publishing contract arrived. I always knew I was a writer… but it took someone other than my family and friends believing in me to make me realize I was a “real” writer.


Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. The floor is yours. Please tell us where to find your work, your website, your blog, book trailer, and anything else you care to share.

Thank you for having me on your blog today. For more information on my books, please visit my website at: www.authorsrclaridge.com -or- my blog site: www.FeelingTheFiction.blogspot.com

Facebook Fan Page: http://tiny.cc/1rew4

Twitter: SrClaridgeWrite

VHP Author Page

http://www.vanillaheartbooksandauthors.com/S.R.html

READ A FREE EXCERPT

http://www.freado.com/book/8223/no-easy-way

AMAZON Paperback - NO EASY WAY

http://tinyurl.com/23tpk6a

Amazon Kindle US Edition

http://www.amazon.com/No-Easy-Way-ebook/dp/B00452V850

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Welcome Anne K. Albert


Please welcome my first guest on the All Romantic Suspense Authors Blog Tour -- Anne K. Albert.

Anne, with the countless number of interview questions out there, let’s try something different. Tell us about yourself. How about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.

AKA - Phobia, it is. I have this aversion to the tips of pointed objects facing me, and that includes cutlery! I have no idea why or when it began, but I absolutely cannot sit at the dinner table and enjoy the conversation if something pointed is directed at me.

What genre do you write and what genre would you love to try?

AKA - I write my own version of romantic suspense. It’s really more mystery than romance, because I focus more on solving the crime than the development of the romance, but there’s always a happy, romantic ending.

Tell us about what you've had published.

AKA - DEFENDING GLORY is the first of the Piedmont Island Trilogy. It’s set on a fictitious Minnesota island in the middle of Lake Superior where troubles outnumber residents.

My second novel, FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, is the first book of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries, and thanks to Muriel’s zany family contains a lot of humor.

Any works in progress?

AKA - Oh, yes! I’m working on the second installment of the Piedmont Island Trilogy. It’s called DEFENDING HOPE. I’m also thinking about what will happen in the second Muriel Reeves Mysteries book, VAL AND TYNE DAY’S MURDER. As you might guess by the zany title, it takes place in February.

What's your inspiration?

AKA - I write stories I like to read. Ones that entertain, and make me smile.

What drives you as a writer?

AKA - Writing is the only career I’ve ever held for more than seven years. It’s not that I did not enjoy teaching, selling display advertising at a small town weekly newspaper or working for a national brand water company. It’s just that writing “feels” right. It’s not a job!

How long have you been writing?

AKA - Decades! Unlike so many writers, I never knew I wanted to write until I reached middle age. I envy those authors, I might add, because they’ve got almost an entire lifetime of writing as a head start. It bothers me that time is on their side and I’ll never catch up.

Do you have a dream man/cop/detective? Does he appear in your writing and if so, what does he look like?

AKA - I saw an interview on television once with Barbara Cartland where she said all of her heroes were “tall, dark and handsome”. I have to agree. My heroes are also tall, dark and handsome...even if I’ve written them as a blond!

Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing.

AKA - I love to travel and people watch from a perfectly positioned sidewalk cafe table. I enjoy leisurely visits to art galleries, spending time with friends and family, drinking a glass of chardonnay and eating plain milk chocolate.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

AKA - I cry at anything and everything that touches a chord inside my heart. That can be a snippet from a television commercial to a verse inside an anniversary or birthday card. What makes me laugh is a totally different matter. I’m much more selective, and sadly there are a lot of comedians I just don’t “get”!

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

AKA - Did I mention that I love to travel? There are times when I honestly think I could be a nomad. As long as I’m staying at a hotel. J

Sinful indulgence?

AKA - Fifteen years ago while visiting the Caribbean I discovered a wonderful French perfume that just resonated with me. I wear it everyday. Even those days when I never leave the house!

Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

AKA - I was reading a well known author’s book and just could not get into it. I’d stop mid-sentence and desperately want to revise it! Finally, I realized there was no point in continuing. I tossed the book aside and said, “I can write better than that.” Whether or not that is true, of course, is up to the reader to decide, but it was at that moment I accepted the truth that for better or worse, I am a writer.

Thanks so much for taking the time to answer these questions. The floor is yours. Please tell us where to find your work, your website, your blog, book trailer, and anything else you care to share.

AKA - Thank you so much, Cassie, for having me. It was fun!

My website is http://www.AnneKAlbert.com.

My books are available at Amazon.com, Amazon,ca, and Amazon.co.uk as well as other book retailers listed on my blog http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com.

Story Blurb for DEFENDING GLORY:

Suffering from survivor's guilt and unable to resume his career with the FBI, Mac McKeown moves to northern Minnesota to start over as a general contractor and forget that fateful day that changed everything. When he discovers the body of his nemesis on Glory Palmer's property, along with a warning for her to leave while she still can and abandon her dream of building a Christian retreat, Mac realizes his past has come back to haunt him and an innocent woman's life is in grave danger. He vows to keep her safe during construction of the retreat... but how will he protect his heart?

Story Blurb for FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL:

What happens when a gullible intellectual reluctantly joins forces with her sexy high school nemesis, now an even sexier private investigator, to find a missing woman?

It’s the week before Christmas and the stress of the holiday season is enough to frazzle anyone's nerves. But Frank and Muriel must deal with an embezzler, femme fatale, kidnapper, and of course, Muriel's eccentric, but loveable family whose desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Award of the Year) trophy just might make them all crazy.







All Things Romantic Suspense Blog Tour

For the next 17 weeks, I'll be hosting Romantic Suspense Authors on my blog. Please stop by and show your support.

If you haven't read anything by these authors, now is the time to check out their books. I don't know about you, but let the suspense begin.


Cassie's Blog Schedule -

Week #1 - Anne K. Albert

Week #2 - S.R. Claridge

Week #3 - Rachel Haimowitz

Week #4 - Jess Anastasi

Week #5 - Marie-Nicole Ryan

Week #6 - Dawn Brown

Week #7 - Mindy MacKay

Week #8 - Ursula Grey

Week #9 - Veronica Lynch

Week # 10 - Elaina Lee

Week #11 - Jerri Drennen

Week # 12 - Kiki Howell

Week # 13 - Bri Clark

Week # 14 - Leanne Dyck

Week #15 - Sarah Ballance

Week #16 - Rachel Brimble

Week #17 - Chris Redding

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year -- New Attitude

Going to start off the New Year right. More blogging. More participation. More writing. Exciting news -- I've decided to open my doors to fellow authors. If you're interested let me know.

Have planned a series of helpful tips. Posting that soon.