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Gwyn Cready on Launch Week, Time Travel Romance, Maps and a Contest!

Launch week is always an exciting and odd time for a writer. Since there’s usually quite a bit of lag from the day you turn in your manuscript (October of 2009 for me) until the time book actually hits bookstores, it’s a little like giving birth then seeing your baby come walking through the door wearing his fraternity sweatshirt. You’re amazed everything’s turned out okay, but a part of you hopes he doesn’t ask too many questions about what his favorite foods were. I thoroughly confused a fan at an event two weeks ago when she asked where the omnipresent Madame K/Mrs. Kenney was lurking in Flirting with Forever, and I kept telling her she was the landlady at the boarding house where the hero and heroine stayed until the confused look on her face made me realize that boarding house is in Aching for Always.

In short, ask me anything, but don’t put a lot of faith in the answers.

Actually, a brief perusal of the back cover brings everything back nicely into my head. Aching for Always is my map story. I’m not sure if all writers work this way, but I have a number of things I know I will eventually build a story around. Maps was one. An art thief is another. A Celtic rock band. A stolen Easter Island maoi. The movie, To Catch a Thief. A 1949 Dior dress. You get the idea. Aching for Always is the culmination of a lifelong fascination with maps.

Here’s one of the first that I, like Joss, the heroine in Aching for Always, loved:

http://www.bolthy.com/pooh/images/100acre.jpg

To me maps are magical. They help us understand more about places we know and lands we don’t, but for every question they answer they give us two more to ask. Maps can also beautiful–hand-lettered and often hand-colored, and filled with representations as eye-catching as any piece of art.

In Aching for Always, one map can forever changes the lives of two people–Hugh Hawksmoor, a handsome, determined sea captain who has traveled from the eighteenth century to avenge his brother’s death, and Joss O’Mally, whose struggles to keep her mother’s mapmaking company afloat ties her to her own past. When they meet, there are fireworks–literally, and Joss finds herself falling for Hugh’s ample charms. But when he tricks her into returning to the past with him, each will face the hardest decision each has ever had to make.

Here’s a link to the book trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eeJ0Cv3zfmw

At this point, you have probably gathered that I write time travel romances. There are very few of us out there that do it, but I do love time travel stories. And if writing romance is about putting obstacles in front of your characters to make them prove they’re worthy of each other, what bigger obstacle could you put in front of a character knowing he has three choices: somehow convince his lover to stay in his time, give up everything he knows to be with her, or accept the fact they will never be together again? It’s the ultimate frame upon which to hang a plot from my point of view.

Feel free to ask me questions. I’ll be popping in all day to follow up. Please also consider entering my launch contest. The prize is a gorgeous Kate Spade handbag. The contest only lasts until October 4, 2010. Go to cready.com to find out more.

Let me kick things off by asking you a question: If you could travel to any point in time, where would you choose and why?

Gwyn                                                                                                  

A Chat with Sydney Somers

Sydney, you are one busy lady!  Thanks so much for taking the time to visit with us at Manic Readers.  How old are your lil’ darlings?

Thanks so much for having me! My kids are 8, 6 and 1 ½, so you can imagine the three of them keep me running most days.

Goodness yes,  I bet they do keep you on your toes & then some…

Could you please tell us a bit about Primal Pleasure, the third in your Pendragon Gargoyle series?  The first two~Primal Hunger and Primal Seduction will be available in an anthology this December, right?

Well Primal Pleasure is the third book in the series and picks up with the third brother, who’s been trapped in his stone gargoyle state for over a century. Since the blurb is much better at setting it up, here it is:

Emma is used to getting dragged into her twin sister’s magical messes, but this time her predicament is more than a minor annoyance. She’s chained to a cat shifter that her sister encased in a curse of stone. Worse, the unfortunate gargoyle’s waking up. And her sister’s not there to take the heat.

After a century suspended in stone, Cian would do anything to get his hands on the sorceress who put him there. Strangely, his dreams of revenge turn into an animal hunger to put his hands all over her—in every delightfully wicked way imaginable.

Never as talented as her sister, Emma doesn’t trust her own magic. But for now she must let Cian believe she’s the culprit in order to strike a bargain: to permanently lift the curse in exchange for his tracking skills to find her missing sister. The longer she is near him, though, the closer she comes to surrendering much more than her body to the brutal warrior.

As their attraction catches fire, Emma dreads what could happen when he learns the truth. If he will sacrifice her to break the spell…or fight for a love that goes beyond animal instinct.

And yes, Primal Hunger and Primal Attraction, which are available in eBook, will be releasing in a print anthology in December.

How on earth did you dream up an Arthurian gargoyle shifter series?

I had wanted to do a series around shapeshifters and other immortals for a while and was just waiting for the right mythology to make it all fall into place, and I happened to be channel surfing and came across King Arthur with the very yummy Clive Owen . I’ve always been fascinated with Arthurian Legend and the existing mythology gave me plenty of room to put my own unique spin on everything. It’s really been a lot of fun to work on.

What about the romantic suspense, Trust Me, set for release in November?

Trust Me is actually a rerelease of a book that was published a few years back and it’s about a detective, Maxine Walker, who’s on the run after being set up for murder, and Lucas McAllister, a freelance government operative who thinks she’s responsible for his partner’s death. It’s really fast-paces with loads of action, sexual tension and suspense. I should hopefully have an excerpt up on my website soon.

Is there anything interesting happening with your Shadow Destroyer (demon hunters) and Spellbound (witches) series?

The next Spellbound book (Darby and Bryce’s story) will be releasing next February actually, and the last Destroyer book (Darcy and Linc) should hopefully release next summer.

Are you in control of the book being written or do the characters tell the story?

I like to think I’m in control, at least I am when it comes to the technical aspects of storytelling, like the typing. J The rest though all depends. I can usually tell when something I had envisioned isn’t working for the characters, though, since the scene will just be painful to write. Usually after struggling with it for hours, or days in some cases, I’ll finally realize that it just didn’t fit with a character’s personality or motivation and then feel annoyed that I didn’t catch onto the problem sooner.

Do you have a favorite character or is that like asking which child is your favorite?

LOL. I love them all for different reasons, but I tend to be a little crazier for the ones I’m working on at the moment. And that’s one of the perks of writing series books—I get to revisit those older characters that I had so much fun with the first time around.

Does squeezing your creativity into nap times etc…hinder your inspirational flow or do you think it actually makes it better?

Depends on the day. LOL My writing career didn’t really get rolling until after my second son was born, so I’ve had to write around my kids schedules pretty much from the start and am pretty used to it. But if a chance to spend a day alone writing presents itself you won’t ever see me pass it up. J

As a reader do your prefer a series or stand alone?

Both. I read a lot of series books, especially since I read a lot of paranormal, but picking up a book where you don’t have to think about previous characters or story arc or whether or not you missed something can be a nice change of pace. But at the end of the day a good book is a good book and it doesn’t matter to me whether it reads on its own or is part of a series.

I see in your favorites that KMM is listed.  Are you anxiously awaiting, like me, the last in the Fever series or are you a Highlander fan that didn’t care for the Fever’s?

I CANNOT wait until January. It’s way too long to wait after the way Dreamfever ended. And I so need a Jericho Barrons fix.


I know, I’m dying here.  I have so many ideas on just what he is…

Did you have a favorite book as a child?  Teen?  Now?  Is there a genre you no longer read?

There wasn’t one in particular, but I was a huge fan of the Nancy Drew books. I’ve always been a sucker for a great mystery/suspense.

Are you currently reading anything?

Right now I’m reading Warrior by Zoe Archer. It’s very Indian Jones/The Mummy and I’m really enjoying it so far.

What a combination!  Sounds interesting.

Thanks again so much for being here and satisfying our curiosity a bit hon….I’ve enjoyed it.

You’re more than welcome. Thanks so much for having me. J

THE HAUNTING ERIN QUINN & A GIVEAWAY!

Hey Erin, thank you so much for being with us today at Manic Readers.

Are you all refreshed now after escaping to Hawaii?  It’s so beautiful there…

Alas, Hawaii came and went way too fast.  We did have a wonderful time but it was so hard to leave paradise though!

I confess I’ve never read Erin Grady but I love the Erin Quinn Haunting series and will more than likely look for the EG books.

Why the different names?  Because the books are so different?

The decision to use a different name for the Haunting Series came from my publisher.  Erin Grady books are set in the USA and Erin Quinn (so far) in Ireland.  Although my very first novel, WEB OF SMOKE, was a mystery, my other two were paranormal.  If you like my Erin Quinn books, I think you’ll like my Erin Grady books too.

Do you have a writing schedule or do you go with the flow of inspiration?

I have a very strict (and tight) writing schedule.  I’m not fortunate enough to be a full time writer—at least not yet—so I still have a day job.  I work full-time, but I have a 4 day work week, so I have one weekday and then weekends to get my books written.  There’s just not enough brainpower left in me at the end of my workday to write so I have to make do with those 3 days and I have to be diligent and focused when I’m wearing my writer’s hat.  J

Are you in control or do your characters take over to tell their story?

Hmm, that one is hard to answer.  I don’t ever try to BE in control when I write.  I usually have an idea of where I’m going, but I don’t have a set way I intend to get there.  I am often surprised, however, at what my characters say and do.  I have a small child in one of my books that I didn’t even know existed until my heroine scooped her up and out of danger.  She ended up being a major player in the story though.

It’s little details and information like that that fascinates me no end.

Some authors write characters based on people they know and love.  Do you do that?   Are they an amalgamation of people you know or have met or their own unique selves?

A very wise author once told me not to write what I know but write what I want to know.  I create people I’d like to meet.  Especially my heroes—I don’t try to create the perfect man, but I do try to create the perfect man for my heroine.  J

Good advice!  They all match so wonderfully too so for me, you’ve succeeded there.

Did the Haunting series come to you all of a piece or bits that you had to flesh out?  It’s such an intricate story arc I’m curious as to how it came to be.

Nothing ever comes to me in one piece.  I wish I was one of those authors who had the whole picture in my head before I started.  You would be amazed at some of the critical pieces I didn’t know going into this series.  One of the pivotal facts about Sean (hero of the first Haunting Book, HAUNTING BEAUTY) was unknown to me until I was ½ way through the first draft of the book.  (The BIG one about him if you’ve read it.)

I have and that never ceases to amaze me, the myriad paths creativity takes.  I love these tidbits of info about the whole process…

Can you tell us a bit about HAUNTING DESIRE and HAUNTING UNNAMED, the final two books in the series?

I love the concept of life going full circle.  I think I’ve been enthralled with this idea in all of my books.  HAUNTING DESIRE picks up where HAUNTING WARRIOR ends and tells Tiarnan’s story.  You met Tiarnan in Warrior and so you know he had a really rough ride through that book.  In HAUNTING DESIRE, he gets his chance for redemption, but of course there is a price.

HAUNTING UNNAMED brings the series back to its roots and, in typical fashion for me, ends at the beginning.  J  That’s all I can say about that right now.

See, now I’m gonna be trying to figure that out, “ends at the beginning.”   Should keep me busy & then I get to see if I was right or wrong when it’s finally realeased.  *S*

Are you still running the contest on your blog?  I’ve put my 2 cents in…couldn’t resist!

Yes I am.  I’ve picked one that I like best, but I haven’t sent them to my editor yet—I’m waiting for a couple of other things so I can send all at once.  As soon as she picks the one she likes best, I will post it!  (If you want to add your suggestions, it’s not too late.  Just stop by my blog: http://quinnessentials.blogspot.com/2010/06/writing-writing-writing.html and leave a suggestion.

I admit to being very partial to Bean.  Where does her character come from?

Bean is the exception to my rule—she’s based on a real life dog. My real life rescue dog.  She has issues and anyone who’s met her (real name, Buttercup) asks, “was Buttercup Bean?”  You can learn more about her on my website:  http://www.erinquinn.info/bean.htm She’s a crazy, freaky little dog.  But I do so love her.

Do you have anything in the works under EG?

Not at this time, but that’s just because I’m so darned busy trying to meet my next deadline.

Are you currently reading anything?

I read constantly and I read everything from historical to mystery to paranormal to urban fantasy.  My favorite Urban Fantasy lately is Ilona Andrews Magic Series.  Can’t wait for the next one.

Do you have any all-time favorite books?

Oh I have hundreds of them!  I couldn’t even begin to make a list.

Anything special you care to share with us?

I’d just like to say how much I appreciate the support of people like you, Ivy.  You can’t know how exciting it is to get a top review and when I read yours on Manic Readers, I was happy dancing all over.  Thank you.

I’m tickled I inspired a happy dance  *G*…I honestly loved HAUNTING BEAUTY & HAUNTING WARRIOR but especially HAUNTING WARRIOR……something about it just really got to me.

I love talking to readers—I’m on FB (http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Erin-Quinn/139495670625), I blog and I talk to readers groups.  Hope some of your readers will stop by and say hi.  You can email from the contact form on my site— www.erinquinnbooks.com where you’ll also find contest information.  J

Erin hon, thanks again for taking the time to be with Manic Readers today..I’ve really enjoyed it!

Ivy, thanks so much for inviting me.  I’d love to do a giveaway.  Autographed copy of  ECHOES, WHISPERS, HAUNTING BEAUTY OR HAUNTING WARRIOR—Reader’s choice of one for a randomly chosen meaningful comment.  J

Have a great day!

WARRIOR AVENGED & ADDISON FOX

Please join me in welcoming Addison Fox as she chats a bit about the much anticipated second book in her Sons of the Zodiac series, WARRIOR AVENGED.   Don’t y’all just love this cover?

Montague. Kane Montague. Scorpio Warrior of Themis at your service….

I have so been looking forward to visiting with everyone at Manic Readers.  Ivy has been an absolute champion of my work and I really appreciate the opportunity to come back and visit as my second release – WARRIOR AVENGED – hits the shelves.

WARRIOR AVENGED is the second book in the Sons of the Zodiac series and is focused on my Scorpio hero, Kane Montague.  Each of my warriors has a different role within the broader brotherhood and Kane’s a mercenary gun for hire, most lately for MI-6.  (For the record….I’ve always seen him as my “James Bond” hero!)  His infiltration of the espionage community also helps him get close to the world’s criminals – an essential skill within the warriors’ world.

Kane’s got a secret – several centuries ago he was cursed by a dark wizard who turned Kane’s scorpion on him, filling the warrior with the animal’s venom.  Although Kane can keep the poison at bay most of the time, the power of the poison rises each year on the zenith of the Antares star (in late May).  As the book begins, the poison is rising and Kane’s trying to fight it off, all the while determined to catch the female spy who burned him six months ago.

Not only was I fortunate to have a yummy, sexy, sensual hero with a huge streak of vulnerability (which he just hates), but the character of Ilsa was one of those gifts as a writer – she was so incredibly clear in my head.  Ilsa’s the most challenging heroine I’ve ever written – although she has a core of strength and decency, her life has dealt her some really bad hands and she’s a character in desperate need of redemption.

I had so much fun bringing these two characters together and making them really work to find their “happily ever after.”  I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoyed putting their story on the page!

To get the fun going today, what do you love about your heroes and heroines?  What traits do you believe are necessary to be called a “hero” or “heroine?”

WENDY STONE DROPS IN

Hey Wendy, thanks so much for taking the time to join us today.

What do you have going on currently?  New releases, projects in the works etc…

Writing, I’m trying to finish the newest of my Hunter novels.  It will make number eight in the series.  In September, The Gentle Highwayman is being released through Eternal Press.  It’s one of my favorites, a Hunter novel that is based in the time of the Revolutionary War.  To Tame a Wolf was released through Phaze and is also one of my favorites.  I love books that are based in the past.  I’m also beginning a pet project that deals with…my pets.  I have two purebred Pomeranians that I am going to be studding out, well at least until I can find a female to add to my family.  Riley and Bailey are my babies and they know it.

How long have you been writing?   What propelled you to really go for being published?

I started writing when I was nine.  I wrote a story through one of my English classes about time travel and a little boy and his dog that go forward in time.  I got an A on the paper and my teacher wanted to send it in for some contest or another.  I didn’t win but it was a huge high for me.  I returned to writing about thirteen years ago and wrote on an ancient word processor.  Then, when I got a computer, I wanted to start writing again.  I was told about a website online that you could send work to and it would be posted online for free reading.  I got addicted to the feedback.  After being told that I should be published, I finally held my breath and sent in the first manuscript.  Beastly Intentions was my first and it’s gone on from there.

How long between writing and actually being accepted and published?

My first publisher was Phaze.  Kat Lively was a wonderful lady to work with.  She had my acceptance email back to me in little under a week.  That was one email that had my head in the clouds.

How did you celebrate being accepted?  First time you saw your published book?

I think I took my youngest daughter out to dinner.  I think I was high on life for quite a while after that.  Being published in enovel is nothing like seeing my novels out in print.

Who controls the story, you or the characters?

I never try to control my novels.  I know some writers use outlines and try to actually decide then what is going to go on in each chapter.  I never know until I sit down and begin writing.  Most of my characters are strong willed and my best novels are the ones that I dream about the characters.  I try never to argue with them.

Do you have a preferred genre to write?  To read?

I love writing paranormal romances.  I also love to read them.

Your favorite book as a child?  Teen? Adult?

I can’t remember the title of my favorite as a child.  I remember it was about a young girl living in Russia and about the wolves that lived outside her home.  As far as teen and adult, I read voraciously.  I really don’t have a favorite.

Pet peeves?

I actually don’t have any that I can think of.  I’ve always been pretty laid back.  Maybe I get irritated by people who look down their noses at other people, for whatever reason.  I believe that all people have good traits and that everyone should be accepted for who he or she is.

One thing you would change/make happen if you were Empress of the Universe….

I would work to make animal abuse a thing of the past.

What are you currently reading?

I am reading Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Infinity.  I love her Dark Hunter books.

Anything you’d like to share with us I may have missed?

My most awesome and wonderful critics are my readers.  I’m always willing to reading feedback emails or critiques on my work.  I try not to let negative feedback bother me.  I love to hear from my readers and bless them for their support.

Thanks so much for visiting with us Wendy, I’ve enjoyed it!

A WHOPPIN’ WELCOME TO LYNSAY SANDS

Lynsay, thank you so much for taking time out of your hectic schedule to chat with us.  I really appreciate it.

Could you please tell us a bit about BORN TO BITE (8-31) and HUNGRY FOR YOU (11-30)?

Born To Bite is Armand’s story. It resolves the matter of how his wives died, and also clears up the matter of Nicholas and what happened the night he was found with a dead mortal. Unfortunately, I couldn’t explain what happened at the end of Nicholas’s story, The Renegade Hunter, without giving away all of Armand’s story so had to leave his story just saying he was innocent.  I actually wrote and finished Armand’s story exactly a month after Nicholas’s and was hoping they would be pubbed back to back like Vampires are Forever and Vampire, Interrupted were. However, it didn’t happen that way and they held onto it for an entire year!  I have been apologizing to my readers ever since as I too, would be desperate to know what happened.  Had I known the publishing dates, I would have skipped those two stories or done them differently.

The next story, Hungry For You, is the story of the last Willan sister, Alex. Sam’s biggest wish finally comes true, her last sister is a lifemate to an immortal. The problem is, in the middle of trying to expand her business, and finding the endeavor riddled with problems and setbacks, the last thing Alex is interested in is meeting another one of those weird guys her sister keeps introducing her to. But when the chef at her original restaurant unexpectedly quits, leaving her in the lurch, and Sam says the latest guy she wants her to meet is a chef, he seems to be the answer to a prayer. At least he is when it comes to business. The problem is avoiding getting personally involved. The last thing she needs on top of all her other problems is a sexual harassment suit.  As for Cale, he’s been alive a long time with no sign of a lifemate until now. But getting Alex’s attention away from her business troubles seems to be next to impossible. When the troubles and setbacks turn deadly, things get even stickier. Now he not only needs to help keep her business afloat, but keep her alive as well while trying to gain her frazzled attention long enough for her to see that he’s more than just the answer to her business needs.

They sound so good, I can barely wait!  The fella on the cover has some eyes, doesn’t he?

Do you have a writing routine or strike while the creative juices are flowing?  Anything special you need to get those juices flowing or to jump start them?

Hmm… mostly the creative juices flow when necessity hits, as in a deadline can be pretty darned inspiring.  I think it’s the adrenaline rush of terror at failing to meet it, lol.

Actually, it can take me a week or two of writing and rewriting the same first chapters to get into the flow of writing after time away with edits and promo and so on.  I’m not sure if that’s working out my writing muscle and getting it back into shape, or me trying to get a handle on my characters. Because if I don’t know my characters, who they are and how they’ll react to situations and things . . . well, I will end up scrapping the story pretty quickly.

As for routine, I definitely don’t have a normal one.  I seem to need to compartmentalize myself and the parts of my life. When I’m writing, I’m writing.  You’re heard of method actors?  Well, I think I’m a method writer. I’m in that story from the minute I get up until the minute I go to bed. I do not leave it until the story is done, at least not willingly, and I find it impossible to concentrate on other things until I finish. I think it helps me stay in the story, maybe, and complete them more quickly, because once I get past the first week or so of rewrites and into the flow of the book I can write a book in two weeks to a month.  If I follow it up with a second book I can usually bypass the rewrite phase altogether on that one.

Wow…

The first book I read by you was SINGLE WHITE VAMPIRE.  I immediately fell in love & laughed my way through it.  I also have the 3 original covers, the 3 brothers that Dorchester printed out of the order you intended.  How did the Argeneau family come into being?

Honestly the idea came while MSNing with some writer friends.  One of them suggested doing a vampire anthology with each of us doing our own take. I snorted and said if I did one, my vamp would have to faint at the sight of blood or something silly like that. We all laughed and I threw out a couple more ideas before the conversation moved on to something else.  We never did the anthology but those ideas stayed with me and new ideas kept coming. Still, I hesitated about writing the stories because I didn’t like the whole dead and soulless mythology of vampires. I found it hard to imagine a dead soulless person could love anyone, so I needed to create a reason why my characters would be recognizable as vampires and would require a regular blood intake for sustenance and yet still be living, breathing people who were not too much different from the rest of us. Nanos was my answer.

Which comes first, the character or the story?

The infamous chicken or egg question… LOL.

The character usually comes first as they end up being introduced in someone else’s story as a secondary character so there is always some character development first well before I start writing their story.   Although, I will say that often an idea strikes first.  A scene, or scenario, a story I want to tell, and then I see who would fit it character wise.

As a writer do you think it’s easier to write the shorter stories for anthologies or the full length books?

Definitely it’s easier to write full length novels.  As you can see by my answers I’m wordy as all get out at the best of times. Someone I know once said if you ask me the time, I’ll first explain how time works and how I came to my conclusion of what time it was.  (Grimace) I’m not quite that bad, but I really have trouble doing anthologies and find it easier to write full length books. (Side note: Even the full-length novels are getting shorter and shorter so at times I even find it hard to limit a story, like Nicholas’s. His was very hard to write in the 90,000 words my publisher now gives me.)

Do you prefer to write the historicals or the Argeneau series, or does it just depend on your mood?

Hmm… I started with Historicals so I do have a soft spot for my origins but the Argeneaus are like my children so it would be hard to choose either one or the other genre as my favorite.  The one thing that can be a bit tricky at times is keeping the facts straight when writing a series as one story can be so interconnected to another.  I have found this to be much harder with the Argeneaus as each story just builds more complexity and more facts for me to remember and keep straight into this series. I have the most horrible memory too, which doesn’t help.  Although now that many of my latest Historicals are part of a series, this is starting to happen in this genre too.

Do you have a favorite character or story?

Hmm… my favorite male character would likely be Lucian.  He has such a crusty coating but a soft center for his loved ones.  He is a protector and would do anything for his family.  Lucian is often judged a little harshly by others, as one person stated he’s ‘Captain Crabby’ but this has a lot to do with the responsibility he has.  As head of the North American Council, he must make hard decisions on a regular basis to protect both immortals and mortals alike. Decisions that others would not be able to make.

And my favorite female character would likely be Marguerite. She loves her family, and not just her children and relatives, but anyone who comes into her sphere of influence will be adopted into her family. She is strong and withstood a lot while being married to Jean Claude, but she has a huge capacity to love not to mention a little extra sensory perception, immortal style! She also, despite all she’s suffered, has hope and a basic optimism.  While she suffered a lot while married to Jean Claude, she chooses to focus on the good she gained, her four children. To her, they are worth the suffering, and it’s over now so not worth worrying about in her mind.

I’ve heard that the markets in England are really a must see, that you can find anything, and it’s just flat out fun.  Having lived by one was that the case for you?  I loved the pic of the Arcade in Leeds on your site.  I’d love to visit England and definitely Scotland.  Did you ever make it there while living in England?

The Arcade in Leeds was awesome. It’s beautiful.  And there was a market right by our flat and I used to wake to the bustle and sounds from it.  Mind you, when I was working until 4 AM, being woken by it at 6 or 7 AM as the vendors set up wasn’t that cool, lol.  But I did like it.  As for getting to Scotland, unfortunately no.  Wouldn’t you just know that would be the case?  LOL.  I was never really interested in England as a destination to visit, Scotland always held my interest more as 3/4s of our ancestry is Scottish, but I never got there. I shall have to make a trip there some day I guess.

I read somewhere that you’d had a close encounter with a bat.  I’ve had one of those too, they’re bad here.  Would you mind sharing the story with us?

A little over two years ago, just a couple of days before Christmas, I needed to go shopping. I was living in an old century home and the interior trim, doors, stairs and bookshelves were all this dark, cherry-stained wood.  This house was a fine example of ornate woodworking at it’s best but on an overcast day, it was dark!  So as I was saying, I needed to go shopping.  So my purse, which also happened to be a very dark color, was on top of my bookcase in the corner and had been sitting there since the day before.  I threw on my shoes and grabbed my purse to leave.  Ouch!  I felt a sharp pain on the fleshy part between my thumb and forefinger.  Letting go of the purse, I shouted and shook my hand frantically and a small black object hit the floor a few feet away.  I stood there for a good three seconds as my brain calculated what I was looking at and what had just happened.

-There was a small, stunned black mass on the floor that looked like a mouse with wings.

– It was a bat, I deduced with surprise. A bat had been perched on my purse and I’d picked it up with the purse. . . and it had bit or scratched me in retaliation

– I looked at my hand and sure enough, there were puncture marks between my thumb and forefinger. He bit me.

– And everyone knows that Bat bites mean Rabies shots!

I began to screech, not in terror at the bat who was really rather cute, but in outraged horror at the possibility that I might need rabies shots. I DETEST shots of any kind. There, now you know, I’m a big wussy girl when it comes to needles. I howled and shrieked and the bat began to flap its little wings weakly.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… oh the irony that a writer that writes a vampire series would get bitten by a bat.  But really, I don’t have batty vamps. I have nano vamps. Shouldn’t the damned bat have bit someone else, someone who actually incorporates bats in their vamp stories? (I thought this was highly unfair, myself.) And while it’s a good laugh now to think about it, it certainly wasn’t at the time as I waited in the ER with my bite and the bat in a box to see someone. Anyway, the bat was sent for testing and I was sent home to spend the entire Christmas holidays fretting over whether I’d have to get rabies shots.  You know the really painful shots that they give you in the deltoid muscle of your arm on four separate occasions. . . shudder.

In the end I didn’t need rabies shots and NO, I am not a vampire now. . . LOL.

Too funny.   I’m sure it wasn’t at the time (nor was mine and I didn’t get bit, Thank God!) but it gives you a great story to tell later!

Do you have favorite authors and genres you read?  Care to share your current or latest read?

Horror (Dean Koontz and J. F. Lewis) and Romance (Terri Garey, Suzanne Enoch, Stephanie Laurens and Sandra Hill). Such a contradiction huh? LOL.

My latest read would be Terri Garey’s book Silent Night, Haunted Night, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

I’m with you on the romance writers, SNHN is on the top of my TBR mountain.  I do have some Brother Odd’s to give Koontz another go….he lost me years ago with THE BAD PLACE.

Thanks again so much for visiting today Lynsay.  I’m looking forward to reading the latest Argeneau stories…..