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A Visit with Angie Fox

Please join us in welcoming Angie Fox to Manic Readers. Angie is the New York Times bestselling author who writes about biker witches, demon slayers and things that go bump in the night.

How did you get started writing paranormal romances?
I’ve always loved a good fairy tale and, really, that’s what paranormal are –  grown up fairy tales. Today’s paranormal romances take all of the adventure and otherworldliness of books like Harry Potter and add the clashing, dynamic excitement of an emerging romance. I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a good love story?

As far as how the Accidental Demon Slayer series began, I started with a kernel of an idea that amused me. What if a straight laced preschool teacher suddenly learns she’s a demon slayer? And what if she has to learn about her powers while on the run from a fifth level demon? And wouldn’t it be interesting if she’s running with her long-lost Grandma’s gang of geriatric biker witches?

I started writing and let the story evolve based on the characters and that central issue of what happens when a reluctant heroine is thrust into a series of extraordinary situations. And I knew the story was working when I couldn’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day.

Where do you get your ideas for your books?

I don’t have a formal process. Rather, I figure that if it amuses me, my readers will probably be amused too. A lot of what I write evolves on the page. Like when I sat down to write The Accidental Demon Slayer, I had no notes about a sidekick for my heroine. But in the second chapter, when Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer and there are some very scary, very angry creatures on her tail, she takes comfort in her dog. As I was writing, I thought, ‘This is a sweet moment. Now how do I throw her off?’

I made the dog say something to her. Nothing big. After all, he’s only after the fettuccine from last week. And he knows exactly where Lizzie can find it (back of the fridge, to the left of the lettuce crisper, behind the mustard). It tickled me, so I did it. Thanks to her unholy powers, Lizzie can now understand her smart-mouthed Jack Russell Terrier. I ended up having a ball with it. Pirate can say and do things that my heroine can’t. He’s such a kick to write.

Word has it you learned to ride a Harley for research.  Tell us about your experience.

I’ve had a ball with research for my Accidental Demon Slayer books. The biker witches ride Harleys, and I’d never been on a motorcycle before. Plus, I had to figure out how to get Pirate the dog onto a bike.

I went online and learned about the Biker Dogs Motorcycle Club, made up exclusively of Harley riders and their dogs. I ended up meeting some of them, along with a few other bikers along the way. These bikers were so great to me. They hoisted me onto the back of their Harleys (with dogs in tow). They took me to biker rallies (note to self: don’t wear pink). And they laughed at me when I tried to put my helmet on backwards (I still say I was distracted by the Pomeranian wearing a tiny pair of motorcycle glasses).

After a few outings with my new biker friends, I was able to make my geriatric biker witch characters a lot more realistic. And I took home some great pictures, too.

The Accidental Demon Slayer.

In A Tale Of Two Demon Slayers someone makes a clone of the main character in the book, a bad version of her, how did this come about?

Well, little did Lizzie know that the magic that her sexy griffin boyfriend used to find her in the first book has left her vulnerable. Sure it all worked out in The Accidental Demon Slayer, but while she was off fighting she-demons in The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers, the bad guys were stealing that precious bit of her magic.

It’s tough being a demon slayer, right? So in this third book, Lizzie has to find and eliminate her evil twin – before it kills her.

Oh and I know I’m making it sound like all the books are connected – and they are. But as a reader, I always like a complete story, so I write my books in a way that they can each stand on their own. You can pick up any one of them and know what is going on and have a complete story.

The beauty of the series, though, is that I can keep adding onto the world. And when you have a world populated by biker witches, demon slayers and a talking Jack Russell Terrier – there are a lot of places to go.

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4.  What has been the most exciting moment in your writing career?
That’s a tough one. The first thing that comes to mind is when my agent called to tell me The Accidental Demon Slayer had made the New York Times bestseller list. The phone rang on a Friday afternoon, as I was writing the climax of The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers. I almost didn’t answer. After all, who would call in smack dab in the middle of a demon invasion?

Luckily, I picked up because Jessica had such great news – that my first book would be on the New York Times list the next day. I didn’t know what to think. Heck, I’d just wanted to sell enough books so that I could keep writing about biker witches, demon slayers and talking terriers. I had to ask my agent to please email me too, just to make sure I wasn’t phone-hallucinating.

You have two books coming out in January. A Tale Of Two Demon Slayers and a story in the anthology My Zombie Valentine. What made you want to do a zombie romance?

First of all, the title cracked me up. When my editor called and said they wanted me for My Zombie Valentine, I just had to laugh. And then I thought about it – don’t zombies deserve love too?

Let me tell you right off the bat that my zombie is hot. It’s more of a time travel story. This is a hero who died in the late 1800’s and has been haunting the cemetery, waiting for true love to call him back to life. Now my heroine is a lonely New Orleans voodoo mamba. She lives in the modern city and is tired of party boys and guys who can’t commit. She needs a gentleman in her life. So she weaves a spell to call the “perfect man for her.” But she forgot to be specific and mention that her man needed to be alive.

Her love calls this 1800’s era bad boy back and he emerges from St. Louis Cemetery Number One, very sexy (if slightly dirty). When her hot zombie shows up at her door, our voodoo mamba is determined to put him back into the ground. He’s determined to make her fall for him. It’s really very sweet –  in a zombie sort of way.

Walk us through your typical writing day.

You mean after I get my massage and ogle a few pool boys? Actually, if that’s what my life was like, I doubt I’d get any writing done. As it stands, my writing days are brief, but productive. As soon as my two small kids go down for their afternoon naps, I whip out the laptop. I write in the same place – this green couch in our living room and I always have a Diet Coke on hand.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us?

Well I have a fun contest going on right now at www.angiefox.com. Take the highly-scientific What Supernatural Pet is Right for You? quiz and enter to win naming rights to a character in my next book!

What supernatural pet is right for you? Take the quiz and find out!
http://quiz.angiefox.com/supernatural-pet/

The Birth of Ideas with Cindi Myers

The Birth of Ideas

Where do you get your ideas? may be one of the questions most asked authors. I’ve certainly read books and wondered “How did the author ever think of that?” The birth of ideas is one of the magical things about writing.

I get ideas from a lot of places — from articles I read in the paper, conversations I overhear at restaurants, even dreams. And sometimes something in real life sparks an idea

The idea for my January Superromance, The Father For Her Son was triggered by a real-life event. A new guy hired on at the company where my husband was working a few years back. He and my dh really hit it off. They liked the same books, they had the same sense of humor. Turns out this guy — I’ll call him Joe — had just gotten out of prison. He was newly married and had a son and was determined to do right by his wife and son. He was clearly a devoted family man and I was struck by how different he was from what I would have assumed a guy who’d done some serious jail time would be like.

That started my imagination whirring and the result was the story of man who’d done wrong, done his time in prison, and come home to make things right for the woman he loved and their son. It’s a story about the true transformative power of love.

The real-life story has a happy ending, too. Joe and his wife are still together. He has a better job with more responsibility and better pay, a new home and a second child. Don’t you just love a happy, romantic ending? Do you know of any similar real life stories of transformation?

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THE FATHER FOR HER SON
Harlequin Superromance
January 2010
Life hasn’t been easy for single mom Marlee Britton, but she’s proud of her ability to look after herself and her son. Then old flame Troy Denton shows up after seven years, wanting to be a father to his son. and to rekindle his relationship with Marlee. While Troy struggles to prove himself trustworthy, Marlee wonders how she can ever give her heart to the man who broke it so long ago.

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MELTING POINT” in BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE
with Jennifer Greene and Merline Lovelace
Harlequin Anthology
January 2010
Kristjan Gunnarson is Iceland’s first ever Olympic medalist. Coloradoan Stacy Bristol thinks he’ll be the perfect model for her new advertising campaign, but she isn’t prepared for the impact handsome Kristjan has on her. As she supervises filming around Iceland, Stacy fights her attraction to Kristjan. Can a down-to-business American and a footloose Icelander find love in the land of ice and fire?

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Bio:
Cindi Myers became one of the most popular people in eighth grade when she and her best friend wrote and illustrated their own historical romance novel. The manuscript was eventually confiscated by her English teacher, who told her she should spend her time learning to properly conjugate a sentence. Since then, Cindi has gone on to write more than three dozen novels, both historical and contemporary. She also teaches writing and is a popular speaker and workshop presenter. She produces a weekly market newsletter at http://www.cindimyersmarketnews.wordpress..com Visit her website at http://www.CindiMyers.com

A VISIT WITH LACEY ALEXANDER

Lacey honey, Thanks so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to visit with us today.  We’re so glad you could make it.

Thanks for inviting me!

You travel a lot.  I was wondering if you had a favorite place you’ve visited?  Maybe one stateside and one overseas?

Overseas, definitely Italy – although I’ve only been abroad a couple of times.  Stateside, I’m waffling between Hawaii and the Canadian Rockies – two vastly different places, and they appeal to me in different ways.

Is there anywhere you’d like to go but haven’t made it to yet?

Yes – England.  And with any luck, I’ll get to mark that off my list this year.

As far as writing, do you have a routine or ritual or do you just go flat out when inspiration hits?  Anything you need to get those creative juices flowing?

Writing is my job, so I write pretty much every weekday, all day.  Fortunately, inspiration hits me faster than I can write, and I usually have it in abundance – I just need a few more hours each day, or maybe an extra month or two each year, to get it all onto the computer as quickly as I’d like to.

Do your characters ever just pop into your head asking or demanding you tell their story?  If so have you ever gotten annoyed with one?  Do you have a favorite or is that like asking someone who their favorite child is?

You know, I hear a lot of authors talking about their characters this way, but I have to admit that as much as I love mine, I see them as beings who I completely control.  I get to know them, yes, and I find out more about them through spending time with them in my head, but they never do anything I don’t want them to do. ; )  As for a favorite – gosh, that IS hard.  And maybe it IS like asking someone to pick among their children – that’s a good analogy.

Do you or have you ever blushed while writing one of your incredibly hot love/sex scenes?

Oh yes!  In real life, I’m a pretty mild-mannered chick – pretty much the last person who you would expect to write erotica.  But I have a rule when I’m writing as Lacey – I never censor myself.  If something pops into my head, I MAKE myself write it – I never back away from it.  So that creates plenty to blush over.

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In WHAT SHE NEEDS you went beyond what I’ve seen from you previously.  Was this preplanned or did the characters dictate that?

Thanks for noticing this, and yes, actually, it WAS kind of preplanned.  At the time I was writing the book, I was privately waffling over whether to continue my career as Lacey – due strictly to time constraints.  As both my writing careers grow, I find it increasingly challenging to juggle it all.  So when I wrote this book, I knew it was possible it might be the last one, and I figured I wanted to go out with a bang – no pun intended. ; )  It turns out that I’m NOT giving up the Lacey side of my career, but with my next book, I’ll be taking the work in a slightly different direction, so I’m still glad this book is a little more “out there” – it feels like a good bridge between my work up to now and the work to come.

Do you ever find it difficult to shift between Toni Blake and Lacey Alexander?

Actually, I really enjoy the shift, and that’s one reason I’m continuing to maintain both careers.  Bouncing back and forth between the two types of books keeps the work fresh for me, and keeps me challenged and fully engaged in what I’m working on at any given moment.

What and who do you enjoy reading?  Do you stay away from romances and erotica?

I read mostly romance – fluctuating between contemporary and historical.  And I occasionally read erotica, but will admit I enjoy writing it more than reading it.  I also read a little non-fiction, and a little historical fiction, and the occasional biography.  As for who, I read widely across the board with few particular favorites – so many books, so little time.  One of my goals for 2010 is to MAKE more time for reading.

What new goodies can we look forward to from Lacey and Toni?

My next Toni Blake book, SUGAR CREEK, Book 2 in the Destiny series, comes out in June, and I’m very excited about it.  Writing a closely connected series like this is a fairly new challenge for me, but one which I’m fully embracing.  SUGAR CREEK is the story of gruff cop Mike Romo and city-girl-returned-home Rachel Farris.  Their two families have been feuding for decades, but that’s only the start of their problems.  And like ONE RECKLESS SUMMER, the first book in the series, SUGAR CREEK is a quaint, charming small town story yet at the same time, it’s also super sexy, with ample sexual encounters between Mike and Rachel.

As for Lacey, I had five releases in 2009:  THE BIKINI DIARIES, WHAT SHE NEEDS, a novella in RED HOT HOLIDAYS, and the last two books in the City Heat series, ADRIANNA’S UNDIES and SCOTT’S SATIN SHEETS, were both released in e-book.  Next up, my novella, MARDI GRAS is being re-released as a stand-alone e-book later this month (it was previously sold only as part of an anthology) and I am about to start writing the first book is a new series for Penguin.  Like all Lacey books, it will be super erotic, and also a little bit dark in terms of the psychology involved with the characters.  I can’t say much more about it yet – but think “hot cops.”  I’m excited about writing it.

Thanks again for being here today Lacey.  I’ve really had fun chatting with you honey.

Thanks again for having me!  And let me wish a happy New Year to you and all your readers!

You too honey, health, love and success in all your endeavors.

Y’all feel free to visit Lacey anytime at her website…http://laceyalexander.net/

Spy Games by Gina Robinson

by Gina  Robinson Sleepless In SeattleReilly Peterson’s been many things in her thirty-two years: an athlete, a model, a sportswear executive. Her ex-boyfriend, however, has done a good job of making Reilly something she’s never been—scared. Now Reilly’s ready to protect herself with more than her sharp tongue. Fantasy Spy Camp’s Seattle-based Urban Ops division will train her to survive using everything from her bare hands to a submachine gun. But when she gets an eyeful of fellow camper Van Keller, all Reilly wants is to chill out, partner up, and go deep undercover…

Reilly Peterson is a successful woman who has done many things: an athlete, a model, a sportswear executive. Suddenly, Reilly finds herself doing something she never expected to do, running. Reilly’s ex-boyfrien… Read More

Point of Distraction Voulme III by Cindy Jacks

by Cindy  Jacks Ana�s back — and as bad as she wants to be!

Third collection in the Point of Distraction Series.

In Ghosts of Ana Past, Ana reconnects with an old flame who stirs up memories of a more carefree time in her life. Now that Eli�s set this fire, it�s up to Ana to contain the blaze.

Misadventures in cougar-ing plague Ana in Boy Toy. Jake�s hot, bold…and only twenty years old. But in the midst of a premature mid-life crisis, what�s a girl to do?

Friends with Benefits finds Ana reeling from a family emergency. When Nikhil provides a strong shoulder to cry on, it’s all too tempting to toss out that pesky platonic relationship and give in to romance.

This is the third book to Ms. Jacks’ Point of Distraction collection detailing events that Ana Welsh experiences. I highly recommend that you read this series as a whole in order to follow along.

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Semper Fi: Magnus by Jambrea J Jones

by Jambrea J Jones Marine Colonel Joe “Magnus” Rivers’ job is his reason for being. Protecting the
United States of America from all threats is his sole purpose in life. That life is turned
upside down when a woman is assigned to his team of elite Marines and his attraction to
her threatens his career.

NCIS Special Agent Emily Patterson’s orders: infiltrate Colonel Rivers’ team and
find the culprits behind a slate of kidnappings connected to a sex slave ring. Her mission
parameters didn’t include an attraction for Colonel Rivers but nothing in Emily’s career
could have prepared her for Magnus. Her job becomes more difficult as she gets to know
the man behind the uniform and Emily finds herself wanting to prove herself to him,
potentially exposing her identity before she clears Mag.

Mag and Emily struggle against their growing feelings for one another, both
knowing the consequences of giving in to lust. Mag is Emily’s team leader and
fraternizing is against the rules. Emily is investigating Mag and his team; getting
involved with him could ruin her investigation and her career.

Colonel Joe "Magnus" Rivers is a Marine, and they don’t suffer fools or foul-ups gladly. The newest addition to his unit, First Lieutenant Emily Patterson seems to do nothing BU… Read More

Yours For The Night by Jasmine Haynes

by Jasmine  Haynes Three steamy linked novellas.

Transformed into mistresses of the night, three women discover that sometimes fulfilling your deepest desire is the most dangerous thing you can do.

Meet Marianna Whitney, Dominique Lowe, and Noelle St. James-three ordinary women who discover that becoming modern-day courtesans can help them satisfy their clients’ most extraordinary fantasies, as well as their own.

In Yours for the Night you will find three stories about courtesans.

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A Hearing Heart by Bonnie Dee

by Bonnie  Dee The heart conveys messages beyond what ears can hear.

After the death of her fiancé, Catherine Johnson, a New York schoolteacher in 1902, travels to Nebraska to teach in a one-room school and escape her sad memories. One afternoon, violence erupts in the sleepy town. Catherine saves deaf stable hand, Jim Kinney from torture by drunken thugs.

As she takes charge of his education, teaching him to read and sign, attraction grows between them. The warmth and humor in this silent man transcends the need for speech and his eyes tell her all she needs to know about his feelings for her. But the obstacles of class difference and the stigma of his handicap are almost insurmountable barriers to their growing attachment.

Will Catherine flaunt society’s rules and allow herself to love again? Can Jim make his way out of poverty as a deaf man in a hearing world? And together will they beat the corrupt robber baron who has a stranglehold on the town? Romance, love and sensuality abound in this jam-packed, old-fashioned tale with plenty of heart and some steaming hot sex.
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Demon Forged by Meljean Brook

by Meljean  Brook fifth book in the Guardian series

Four centuries ago, two young guardians would have surrendered to t he desire burning between them-if a demon hadn’t shattered any possibility of their love. Now, a desperate plea for help thrusts them together, even as shocking betrayals threaten their reunion.

Demon Forged returns to the unique world created by Meljean Brook—a world where vampires, demons and guardians struggle for supremacy, while most of humanity is ignorant of the tempest th… Read More