Monday, April 25, 2011

Please welcome Rachel Brimble

 How about something that hasn’t been previously stated?

I held the fastest female time for running 1,500 meters in my school for over six years.

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

I write every sub-genre of romance except Paranormal so I guess at some point in the future, I will want to try that too!

Tell us about what you've had published.

I’ve had two romantic suspense novels published by The Wild Rose Press, a romantic comedy by Eternal Press, a Victorian historical romance again by The Wild Rose Press and two contemporary romances (the second comes out in September) by Lyrical Press.

Any works in progress?

I am currently working on my third romantic suspense novel about the murder of the hero and heroine’s friend and their journey to find her killer. It is set in the mountainous region of Wales where I go every summer and I am thoroughly enjoying writing it.

What's your inspiration?

Too much to mention! The world around me inspires me, global news inspires me, my children inspire me. I am a complete people watcher and draw inspiration from a million and one places. I will never be stuck for story ideas, that’s for sure! And writer’s block is not allowed in my vocabulary. End of.

What drives you as a writer?

Writing is more like a compulsion that a vocation for me. I HAVE to write – ask my family what I am like to live with when I haven’t written for 48 hours and the answer will not be complimentary, LOL!!

How long have you been writing?

Since I was small but seriously with publication in mind, that started in earnest once my youngest daughter started school full-time six years ago.

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

Matthew McConaughey seems to flash up a lot in my mind when I’m writing for some reason ; ) but other than that all my heroes are my dream men in some shape or form. They all have a job to do and they are the perfect man to get it done and fall in love with my heroine along the way.

There is no way I could pick a favorite hero of mine – I love them all!

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

My husband and children, definitely – they are my life and I’d be lost without them.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

My husband makes me laugh more than anybody else on the planet, he makes me do the ‘ugly’ laugh far, far too much, LOL! Other than him, I crack up at EVERY episode of Modern Family, love that show!

As for crying? My kids would say everything! I am a bit of blubber, whether than be films, friends sadnesses, TV shows….and when I’ve had one to many wines, watch out!

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

Read, walk with my dog and family through the beautiful Wiltshire countryside here in the UK and knit.

Sinful indulgence?

That would be too much white wine (lord, didn’t I mention wine before??).

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

 The first time I held a paperback copy of my first novel, Searching For Sophie in my hands. I will never ever forget that feeling and still enjoy it with every book. There is nothing more satisfying than realizing your dreams.



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.

Here are the buy links for my latest contemporary and historical novels but feel free to go to my website for the others!






Sunday, April 17, 2011

Please welcome special guest Sarah Ballance

Please welcome my next guest Sarah Ballance as part of the All Romantic Suspense Authors Blog Tour. Sarah is a fascinating victim, I meant author to interview. Amazing actually.

Sarah, please sit and relax. You home school your children and still find time to write? Kudos to you. I applaud you. Let the Interview begin....


Tell us about yourself, Sarah. Then how about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.

I'm a stay at home mom of six kids ranging in age from 12 years down to 10 months and we are a homeschooling family.  That said, I write because it gives me a reason to lock myself in a closet for a few minutes of *alone* time, lol.  My husband and I have been married for almost 14 absolutely wonderful years, and he's the best "research" partner in the world when it comes to the "good parts," as he calls them.  As an author, I am insanely, painfully shy.  The idea of being the center of attention horrifies me, so I'm grateful I can hide behind my computer.

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

I've found my "dream genre" in romantic suspense.  I love putting together the crime, laying the clues, and toying with my characters in diabolical ways.  My first novel was romance and I'm working on a short story for charity that is a romance, but most of my work will stay in the romantic suspense genre.  When I wrote my first suspense, it felt as if that last little missing piece of me fell into place and I "found myself" in the author sense.

Tell us about what you've had published.

My first book, DOWN IN FLAMES, is a contemporary romance.  I turned the "sweet" HEA around a bit, and the novel ends on a rather awesome note of revenge—good-natured, but still very much a surprise at the end.  My second novel, RUN TO YOU, is a romantic suspense set on an off-season resort beach with a twisted killer and a mystery that's much deeper than it first appears.

Any works in progress?

I'm working on a series with three books to kick it off.  The first is called UNFORGIVEN and the plot centers around two old lovers who are reacquainted after he finds his brother murdered … and proof she pulled the trigger.  He greets her at gunpoint, and from there, things get a little wild. ;c) 

What's your inspiration?

I find inspiration for my stories in songs.  I didn't plan it that way and in fact didn't notice until recently, but each of my stories has a "theme song."  I don't borrow the plot of the story from the song lyrics; rather, the song captures the heart and the feel of the story.

What drives you as a writer?

I write for the feeling of accomplishment.  My "mom"  life is full of things that are never finished:  laundry, dishes, cooking, cleaning, and school work—all but the latter for a family of eight.  Whether I finish a scene, a chapter, or a book, it doesn't tend to undo itself the next time a tornado of kids pass through.  There are always edits, of course, but at some point I can call it done.  The "mom" thing, not so much.  (Not for a few years, anyway.)

How long have you been writing? 

I started writing fiction in 2008.  I'd written a bit of nonfiction for the extra income, and a friend suggested I try writing a novel.  My response was "I can't do that."  It hit me not long after that I'd said "I can't" and it didn't sit well with me.  I decided to give it a try, and DOWN IN FLAMES was the result. (Yep, my first work of fiction since grade school is out there for the world to see.) 

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

My husband is my dream guy.  We act like a couple of teenagers, even though we're way, way older, LOL.  I can't help but think it helps to feel that squirmy first love feeling right along with my characters, and there's a bit of my H in every hero I write.  There's not a thing in this world I'd change about him and I find him mega hot in every possible way.  My heroes all have personalities of their own, but I bet if you asked me what my favorite qualities of each guy were, I'd name things I love about my hubby.

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

I love hanging out with my family.  We do a lot of things together.  Boating is probably the group favorite (we have a couple of boats and are building a couple more), but anything outdoors is nice because it gets me away from the computer.  I also decorate cakes and cross stitch.  (I'm a real party animal, huh?)

What makes you laugh? Cry?

I laugh about just about anything—the more inappropriate, the more likely I am to laugh.  Like when one of my kids ran over the other with a power wheels jeep, I think I was supposed to run over and make sure the one on the ground under the jeep was okay, but I turned my back and laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my face (as did my husband).  I mean, c'mon.  We TOLD him to move.  Who stands in front of a three-year-old when she's behind the wheel?  (My six-year-old genius, that's who.)  Crying?  That can happen for absolutely no reason when I'm super stressed out.  As you can imagine, that happens on occasion around here.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

I'm a full time writer (you know, when I manage to evade the kids) and when I'm not writing it's all about the house and the family.  I find ways to make that amusing, LOL.  Seriously, I've got a funny group.  We're always laughing.  And when I need a break, I read or go outside and play badminton.  It's easy to rock when you're playing a bunch of short people.

Sinful indulgence?

Ben and Jerry's Half Baked OR jalapeno potato chips with Coke or Dr. Pepper to wash 'em down.  Touch either one, my friends, and THAT is when I stop laughing.

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

I don't think I even entertained the idea until after the release of my first novel.  (Yep, after.)  It probably really sank in after I receive the contract for my second book.  Suddenly I felt "in."  And on that note …

Readers, if you love author swag I've got plenty of prizes left to give away on the Noble Authors Blog Tour!  Every one of my remaining interviews on the tour—whether I'm hosting or guesting—is an opportunity to win promotional items, including RUN TO YOU shirts, DOWN IN FLAMES totes, and all sorts of other goodies.  Even better, every time you leave a comment with your email address you'll earn another entry into the grand prize drawing for a $100 gift certificate to EDEN FANTASYS.  Please visit http://nobleromanceauthorsblogtour.blogspot.com/ for tour dates and further details.  Hope to see you there!


Sarah Ballance author links:






RUN TO YOU buy links: 

Blurb

Mattie James can't pinpoint exactly when she lost control of her life, but the moment she decided to take it back made the front page of the local paper. Desperate to dodge the fallout— and the tabloids—she jumps at the chance to spend an off-season week in a tiny resort community by the sea. Making the trip with her ex-lover is a complication she can live with; coming face to face with a dead woman is not.

The last thing Sheriff Wyatt Reed expected to find on the storm-ravaged beach was a beautiful blonde with a jealous sidekick, but one look at Mattie left him wanting more. Their first date takes an ominous turn when he gets the call that a woman was found murdered. With a killer on the loose and a troubling lack of suspects or motive, Wyatt has to put his feelings aside to focus on the case. But his vow not to become personally involved is shattered when he discovers Mattie's life is on the line, and this time the truth leaves her with a deadly choice . . . and nowhere to run.

Excerpt

Wyatt didn’t say a word. He didn’t have to. As soon as they made it through the door, he pulled her as close as skin and clothing would allow. When his lips met hers, her mouth was already open to him. He was hungry, eager, and reckless with his need of this woman, and she matched him move for move.

He laced his fingers through hers and used the gentle hold to pin her arms over her head against the rough exterior of the building. The move left them both helpless to reach for more, but the suggestion of danger made him dizzy with desire. The way she bit her lip and whispered his name led him to believe she shared his excitement.

The night moved around them. The ocean waves washed the beach a couple of blocks to the east, the distant hush of the tide setting the pace for the ragged cadence of their breaths. Salt hung in the air, and unkempt dune grasses swished in a chorus under a star-studded sky. Music drifted from the bar on the heels of cigarette smoke. Mattie’s skin was fire against the cool night, and she tasted of beer and woman. The combination made him crazy.

She crooked her leg around his, sliding her bare calf and thigh against his own leg—a dangerous move with his limbs growing weaker by the second.

He released his grasp of her fingers and let his hands trail down the flesh of her arms, past the generous swell of her breasts and the feminine curve of her waist. When he got a little lower, he slipped his arms around her, lifting her off her feet.

She wrapped her legs around his hips, clinging to him like she was meant to be there all along. Her fingers caught in his hair; her soft cheek grazed his rough one.

He didn’t know how he made it across the sand without stumbling. He couldn't guess how he got the truck door open with her nibbling at his neck and his earlobes. He still didn’t know much of anything about her. He just knew that he wanted her, and the planets must have aligned up there somewhere because damned if she didn’t want him, too.

They still hadn’t spoken. Not since she’d sunk that last eight ball on Arnie, and now he couldn’t even remember what he’d said. He was fairly certain he hadn’t mentioned a quickie in the parking lot, but she’d accepted the unspoken invitation nonetheless. The little bit of denim between her legs did nothing to hide her arousal, and there wasn’t anything in the world that could hide the evidence of his need.

Effortlessly, he lifted her into the cab and let her fall backward on the bench seat. He climbed up after her and pushed between her legs, the ache of his erection antagonized when he felt her heat through their clothes.

She reached for him and fisted his shirt, pulling him on top of her. One kiss tumbled into another—a hot, seductive dance of tongues and need that left him on the verge of an explosion.

He found enough space between them to slide one hand under her shirt, and the softness of her skin taunted him. He took his revenge on her hard nipples, pinching and rolling one with his fingers and bringing his mouth down on the other through her shirt.

Mattie moaned and raked her fingers across his back. Desire shot through Wyatt as she worked her way to his abdomen, then ended in an explosion when she found his zipper and unbuttoned his pants.. He didn’t move his mouth off her shirt or release the breast he mauled through it when she grasped him. Wyatt didn't think; he sailed, letting the power of his need overwhelm him.

His cell phone rang, startling them both. Son of a bitch. Panting, he fumbled for it. Mattie didn’t relent her grasp, and he wished more than anything he didn’t have an obligation to answer the phone. Finally, he found it on the floor and glanced at the caller ID. Dwight.

He flipped the phone open and tried not to sound breathless, but Mattie still stroked him shamelessly, grinning like a cat.

"This better be good, Edmunds," he told the deputy by way of greeting.

"Good, bad, whatever you call it, it’s worth a phone call." Dwight sounded a little breathless himself. And distraught.

"What’s wrong?" Wyatt sat up, disengaging himself from Mattie’s grasp. For a moment, he wondered if the concern on her face was a reflection of his own and flashed her a quick expression of apology. So much for not playing sheriff for the night.

Dwight sounded like hell, though. Years of experience on the sleepy, crime-free island, and not once had a late-night call hit Wyatt with such urgency.

"You’d better get out here." Dwight paused as a siren wailed over the line. "There’s a dead woman on the beach, Sheriff, and this was no accident—she was murdered."

Monday, April 11, 2011

Welcome Leanne Dyck


Please help me welcome, Leanne Dyck.

Leanne, how about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve.

Me? I don’t have any, but…

My muse’s pet peeve is my writing sped. She swears she could generate a lot more brilliant ideas if I were a faster scribe. I’m trying to learn to work with her instead of against, by questioning less and trusting more.

I know what you mean, my muse thinks she rules me and is my boss. Well, she's not. Ooops. Excuse me, I have to go write for a little bit, "Be nice to muse....be nice to muse...be nice to muse..." *sniff* Enough of that, what genre do you write and what genre would you love to try?

For me, writing is like walking into a candy store—I want to try it all. I’ve written fiction (most genres), non-fiction, speculative non-fiction and poetry.

Tell us about what you've had published.

My most recent book is The Sweater Curse—released by Decadent Publishing.

Blurb:

Aspiring knitwear designer Gwen Bjarnson is stuck in Purgatory. To escape, she must re-examine her life, journey through her past and right a wrong. But which wrong?

Young and in love, she works to establish her career, except fate has different plans. One rash act and she loses everything. Never resting, always seeking, and yearning for what she can no longer have, Gwen faces the truth: if she remains, others are destined to die. How will she solve the mystery before it is too late?

Excerpt:

This isn’t Heaven. It isn’t Hell. And I’m not alive.

Picture this: a bus stop, tons of people packed into the same small space all waiting to continue their journey. Many buses stop here. Some passengers get off, others get on. Young children with sickly white complexions huddle together in the shelter. Teenagers with rope burns around their necks get off the bus. Old men with bullet holes climb on.

Throughout this confusion, the only constant is me. I remain alone.

Why?

I don’t know, but I must find the reason. I must examine my life to discover the momentary lapse. The wrong I’ve committed. The task I’ve neglected. It’s my only means of escape.

Reviews

‘Stitch by colorful stitch, Leanne Dyck knits a tale of intrigue with The Sweater Curse.’

–Laurie Buchanan

‘Leanne Dyck has crafted a tale as exotic and existential as Danish author Isak Dinesen’s…This book defies genre definitions as it finds its unique place on the fiction shelves. Here’s hoping Leanne Dyck returns many times to the intriguing roots of her family’s past.’

-Mystery author Lou Allin

‘Go out and pick this one up, you’ll find yourself immersed as well.’

-Deborah Warner reviewer for By the Book

(read more http://sweatercured.blogspot.com/p/reviews.html)

Any works in progress?

Turning

Struggling with dyslexia and raised by overprotective parents, nineteen-year-old Lyndi longs for a boyfriend, an adventure, a life. Hoping to fulfill her dreams, she enlists in a youth group.

This story is loosely based on my experiences a Katimavik volunteer.

The Sweater Curse sequel

Why did Aster’s husband leave her? Though she ages by day, month and year, the question remains.

To her, nothing else matters. Will she be able to face the truth and learn to live on without him or will she continue in her malingering suicide?

What's your inspiration or drives you as a writer?

My muse—when she plays her harp I dance.

How long have you been writing?

I’ve been writing since I was a teenager—for approximately thirty-six years.

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

Jaron Cardew, the hero of The Sweater Curse, is my dream guy. For me, appearance is less important than characteristics. Jaron is positive, self-confident, caring, devoted and responsible.

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

I’m passionate about my family, my spirituality, my community (where I live and who I align myself with), my country and my world.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

Laugh: stand-up comedians

Cry: memories

Sinful indulgence?

Reality TV

Me too! I love Survivor! Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer?

Shortly after I published my cozy mystery, a man stopped me. “I’m not a reader. I don’t like books,” he said. “I glanced at your book, flipped through it, sat down started reading and didn’t stop until the last page.”

That’s when I knew I was a “real” writer.

Beautiful story, thanks for sharing that, Leanne

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.

You’re most welcome. It was a pleasure visiting with you here.

Buy links:

Decadent Publishing http://www.decadentpublishing.com/product_info.php?products_id=203&osCsid=ep6jlbnir3bacfp9floeovjqt7

Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/The-Sweater-Curse-ebook/dp/B004IPPJQ8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AZC9TZ4UC9CFC&s=merchant-items&qid=1295645546&sr=1-1

Smashwords

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/36891

Author Links:

Website: www.oknitting.com

Blog: http://sweatercursed.blogspot.com

Each Wednesday on this blog I offer a Podcast reading from The Sweater Curse.

Author bio

Short stories, flash fiction and blogging kindled Leanne Dyck’s writing flame. The fire began to roar when her writing appeared in knitting and business magazines. Sparks flew high when her writing appeared in Island Writer literary journal and Kaleidoscope. Firefighters were alerted when, in June 2009, she self-published Maynely A Mystery. Now that Decadent Publishing has published The Sweater Curse, the fire refuses to be contained.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Let's hear it for Bri Clark!

Welcome my guest, Bri Clark, author of paranormal romance, romantic fantasy and romantic suspense.



Tell us about yourself, Bri. How about something that hasn’t been previously stated? Maybe a phobia or pet peeve. I have too much confidence that in turn makes it hard for me to lose weight. I know the irony. LOL

What genre do you write and what genre would you love to try? I write paranormal romance, romantic fantasy and romantic suspense. I would love to do a thriller. I’m pretty sure my mentor would be thrilled since that’s what he writes.


Tell us about what you've had published. I have a introductory short published called Caffe’s Seduzine that is the sort of preface to a novel called Mafia Seduzione. Both are romantic suspense that puts a new spin emotional fidelity and love triangles. Familial Witch is a novella that is again a prelude to a novel that is still untitled, it’s a paranormal romance set in a world I made up.


Any works in progress? Glazier is my first full length novel that will be releasing at the end of May. A romantic fantasy based on a soccer mom turned supernatural spy.


What's your inspiration or drives you as a writer? Books, my own imagination, music, other authors, the control that creating your own story enables you to have.


How long have you been writing? Since I was a child.


Do you have a dream man/cop/detective? Does he appear in your writing and if so, what does he look like? Idk about dream man. It seems that every character that turns out to be like my husband I always end up killing off. I tell him it’s because I don’t like to share.


Please tell us what you are most passionate about outside of writing. Exercise, religion, family, service


What makes you laugh? Cry? Dry humor, cruelty


Sinful indulgence? Books


Can you describe the time you realized you were indeed a "real" writer? When I finished my first novel.


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.




Marie Kincaid suffering the greatest loss a woman can know runs from the pain. Falling asleep deep within the fo

rest she awakes in an infirmary with a loss of memory and a power, she’s always possessed yet never known: Glazier. Glazier enables Marie to embark on a new life free of pain but most importantly free of the past. Heightened senses, accelerated strength, speed, and learning abilities make Marie a perfect candidate to be a spy…also a perfect companion for Henry Tenison…the only other known Glazier.


Henry, a loner and proud rogue finds his world upended when his connection to Marie is forged through Glazier. Unsure of how to progress with any relationship with her he endeavors to keep it strictly platonic and professional. As far away, missions and romantic surroundings entice him into pursuing his deeper desires he caves. However, Marie’ love changes everything.


Determined to free them both of the spy world and hold Abram their superior has over them Henry implements a plot to disappear. However, when things become dangerous in their latest mission, their first undercover, and memories of Marie’s past surface suggesting another man…will Henry’s efforts prove to come too late? If Marie remembers her past, will she still want their future?

Check out Bri's blog: briclarkthebelleofboise.blogspot.com

Her book, Glazier, will be available at the end of May for your reading pleasure at the following link:

http://www.astraeapress.com/index.html#ecwid:category=662267&mode=product&product=3028751

About our guest:

Bri Clark is a real example of redemption and renewal. Growing up penniless in the South, Bri learned street smarts while caring for her brother in a broken home. She watched her mother work several jobs to care for their small family. Once her brother could fend for himself, Bri moved on to a series of bad choices including leaving school and living on her own.

Rebelliousness was a strong understatement to describe those formative years. As a teenager, her wakeup call came from a fight using brass knuckles and a judge that gave her a choice of shaping up or spending time in jail. She took that opportunity and found a way to move up from the streets.

She ended up co-owning an extremely successful construction business. She lived the high life until the real estate crash when she lost everything. She moved west and found herself living with her husband and 4 kids in a 900 square foot apartment.

She now fills her time, writing, blogging, leading a group of frugal shoppers and sharing her southern culture. Her unique background gives her writing a raw sensibility. She understands what it takes to overcome life’s obstacles. She often tells friends, “I can do poor. I’m good at poor. It’s prosperity that I’m not used to.”

Bri and her husband Chris live in Boise. Bri is known as the Belle of Boise for her true southern accent, bold demeanor and hospitable nature.