Lisa Darling and THE HEART OF WAR with giveaway

I’ve been married for the last 26 years to my wonderful husband,Roy. We live in my hometown ofNew London,CT.

My writing career began in junior high, around the 7th grade. A fact that my fellow students adored—they often ran pages ‘hot off the presses’ using a mimeograph machine! However, often my little stories got me called down to the Guidance Counselor’s Office to discuss the adultness, the explicitness, and the violence in my stories. While the experience was never pleasant, I was not deterred by the counselors’ worries because their concerns were always tempered with wide-eyed stares, open mouths, and phrases such as; “This is really really good….but….”

I was spurred onward by their feedback and their concern for my well-being although it was unfounded. I had simply discovered Stephen King and Harold Robbins at the same time. It’s stories and genres such as though which eventually led to my ‘writing style’. I enjoy bringing conflict, passion, love, and suspense to unique couples through full-length novels. I’m never one to shy away from the less pleasant things in life. I believe that it is in the Darkness where Character is created, it is determined, and it is defined.  My heroes and heroines have their love tested by demons from within and without. As such, my novels are never for the faint of heart but rather for those who like their reading dark, adult, and gritty.

 

My main genre is ‘Immortal/Mythological Erotic Romance’ (that’s a mouthful, huh?), because I fell in love with the Greek Pantheon in high school and, most especially with Ares. I still adore the Legends of Ares and Aphrodite and I always felt he was a very misunderstood God. He got a bad rap that maybe he didn’t always deserve.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with him, off and on, over the last 30 years as a minor and semi-major character in various stories. In my latest series, “OF WAR”, Ares finally has the Starring Role. It’s larger than life.  In book #1 The Heart of War an erotic romance/thriller Ares God of War meets Magdalena MacLeod a half-fey half-human woman with whom Ares falls in love. This doesn’t please the other Olympians or her husband, Cernunnos. In book #2 Child of War-A God is Born, Ares and Alena settle down on Olympus to await the birth of their son, Raven. Again, the Olympians aren’t happy. They’re quite the wonderfully Divinely Dysfunctional Family, and I have to admit that they oodles of fun to work with. They really are.  In story #3, the short story enhancement Christmas Eve on Olympus the reader gets a glimpse into the first Christmas Eve ever on Mount Olympus. Book #3 (story #4) in the series, Child of War-Rising Son is Raven’s coming of age story. In order to prove toZeus and the others that he is worthy of being an Olympian, and in the hopes of making his Father proud, Raven has been instrumental in bringing about the total collapse of society.

 

 

 

 

At the heart of the entire series is always the love and relationship between Ares and Alena, the trials and tribulations they face and the ways they weather the blistering storms thrown at them by the Olympians. It’s all about enduring no matter what comes their way…or yours…it’s about holding on and knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.  You may not be able to see it yet but it is there.  If you just hold on a little longer you’ll see it, a little longer still and you’ll reach it. When you get there, you may be a little worse for wear but you’ll be wiser and stronger than you were before. You may be one of the walking-wounded for a little while, dazed and squinting against the light, but soon you’ll become one of the battle-hardened, walking tall and bearing your scars with pride. You’ll be buying green bananas and making it through another day with ease.

Never surrender.

 

 

 

“Child of War-Rising Son”

 

“War is going to break out any day, Alena, I have to go.  I have to make sure this doesn’t happen again and that the wrong people don’t rise to unimaginable power.”

Alena sat back down on the bed.  “You’re taking Raven with you, aren’t you?”

“Yes, he’s strong, and he has to see what his deception has brought, his stupidity, and then he has to do what he can to fix this.”

Alena nodded in agreement but her heart was sinking fast.  “You’ll be careful, you’ll watch out for him.”

“They can’t hurt us,” Ares assured.  “Don’t worry.  I’ll come back to the island as often as I can.  You and Rose and the women, you’ll be safe there.  It’s far from the fighting.  Safer than you will be on Olympus with Apollo.”  Ares brushed a long silky lock of gray hair behind her ear amazed at her strength and how she was able to stand up to Apollo even with all he’d done to her.  How very sweet it must have been for her to knock him like that in front of all of the Olympians.  But pissing off Apollo, whose mind was rapidly escaping him, could come with a heavy price.  “You’ve made a powerful enemy in him today.”

“Today?  Nah, he hated me already.”  Alena took his hand and held it to her cheek.  “I know you’re right.  I’ll be careful and I’ll still worry about you.  What kind of Wife would I be if I didn’t worry about my Husband gone off to war?”

“We still have tonight,” Ares said with a hopeful grin, “our last on Olympus and we are worry free.”  He watched her smile knowing she thought she’d never hear those words.  “We have a grand feast ahead of us, drinking, dancing, plate breaking, and, after that, we have a long night to make love.”

“Feast?  Are we having a party?”

“Oh, yes, you have done magnificently today, my Queen.”  Ares took the hand holding his to her cheek and brought it to his lips.  “You’ve filled me with so much pride I might explode.  We’re going to celebrate your victory with much abandon.”  He took her hand, pulled her off the bed, and led her down the stairs.

 

Lisa is giving away an ecopy of HEART OF WAR to one lucky commenter.  Do you enjoy mythology & what’s your favorite Pantheon?  Greek, Roman, Celtic, Egyptian or one not mentioned?  Giveaway ends @12am est 11-14-12.

 

 

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Have darts will travel with Lynn Cahoon

Have darts, will travel…

Parris McCall, the heroine of A Member of The Council, and I have a lot in common.  We both play darts in a league and both have been told we’re pretty good.  For a girl.

I started playing darts when I got divorced.  I loved the idea of getting together with a group of friends, meeting new people, having a few drinks, and playing. Darts have been good to me.  I met my husband during a dart match (of course neither one of us were playing at the time.) I’ve been to Chicago to play with in The Bull Shooter once, and to the international tournament inVegas, three times.  I love playing tournaments.  Especially singles. My husband and I got married in between matches the last time we shot inVegas.

When you are playing by yourself, people tend to typecast you.  As a girl, I wasn’t supposed to win.  As a girl, I wasn’t supposed to be the power player when I played mixed doubles, the guy was. So I got to relax. And when I relaxed, my throw became more consistent.

I think writing is like that.  I’m releasing my second and third book this November.  And, because they are being put out by digital or digital first publishers, I get a chance to try out new promotions. See what works for me.  If I had been published first by a Big 6 or traditional publisher, I think I’d be chewing my nails off.  What if I have a low sell through? What if I get a lot of returns?  What if they drop me after my first book?

With my digital publishers, I know they understand how to build a new author.  We might not be making the New York Times list (this book-LOL) but they saw enough merit in my writing and my promotion to contract a second book.

Do I still worry?  Do I check my stats at Amazon hourly? Sometimes.  But mostly, I know I’m building a career here.  And like most careers, you don’t start out with the window office.  But I’m working toward it.

So, Manic Readers – your turn.  What makes you take a chance on a new author?  Price point?  Name recognition? Or, is it all about the story?

 

A rogue hunter, a clueless witch and a mission to save an unknowing world. 

Parris McCall, owner of the dive bar, The Alibi, has finally constructed a life where her little quirks don’t show or matter to anyone. As for her grandmother’s warnings that she’s different, well, she’ll cross that bridge if she comes to it. But when Ty walks into her bar, both lives are instantly changed. 

Ty Wallace loves his life. How could he not? He’s a powerful human lawyer by day and the Magic Council’s rogue witch hunter by night. But after he agrees to substitute on his secretary’s dart team, all hell breaks loose. Now Ty has to help Parris admit who she is before her long-lost relatives kill her.

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Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters to modern cowboys. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that’s what they think they want.  She blogs at her website, A Fairy Tale Life.

 

Famous Actor Hides True Identity in Away from the Spotlight by Tamara Carlisle with Giveaway

In Away from the Spotlight, law student, Shannon Sutherland, meets Englishman, Will MacKenzie, at a pub in Santa Monica, California.  Unbeknownst to Shannon, Will is a very famous movie actor.  Will manages to keep this secret from Shannon for quite a while in the story.  In light of our media-obsessed culture, how is that possible?  The combination of a lot of effort on Will’s part and Shannon’s circumstances allow Will to hide this secret and engage in a normal relationship with Shannon for a while.

Shannon is a third-year law student, just about to graduate from law school.  Her life centers around attending classes, keeping up with the required law school reading, and working part-time for a local law firm.  It really isn’t an option to fall behind in the reading for class thanks to the use of the Socratic Method, requiring that law students be prepared to be questioned about the reading in class.  In light of the law student’s sedentary lifestyle and the volume of required reading, the very last thing a law student wants to do in his or her limited free time is read anything else or engage in other sedentary activities like watching television or going to the movies.  Shannon’s hobbies centered around music and frequenting local pubs.  Consequently, when she meets Will, she is not knowledgeable about the latest movies or famous actors.  While it was certainly possible that she heard Will’s name or about his movies in passing prior to meeting him, it would not have been important enough to remember in light of Shannon’s other priorities at the time.

Will takes great pains to lead as normal a life as possible.  He shares a house with friends in Pacific Palisades that, although located in a nice area, is not gated and not opulently furnished.  Most of Will’s friends are not actors, although a number work behind the scenes in the film industry.  He also hangs out with the guys from the local Rugby Club, which is not a group in which you would expect to find a famous actor.  Will does not frequent Hollywood hangouts unless required to do so for professional reasons.  Will meets Shannon at The Royalist, a British pub, and takes her to other places that are also not part of the Hollywood scene.  Will chooses places where he is less likely to be recognized and faces away from the crowd as much as possible.  It was only after Will repeatedly dodged questions about what he and his roommates did for a living that Shannon started to become suspicious.  And it was only when Shannon did something out of character for her that she found out his secret.

Ultimately, Will is found out, but Shannon’s circumstances and Will’s efforts allow Will to keep the secret for quite a while.  What happens when Shannon finds out?  This is the first of the hurdles Will and Shannon have to overcome in Away from the Spotlight. 

 

In the closing weeks of law school, Shannon Sutherland meets handsome and charming Englishman, Will MacKenzie.  Initially swept off her feet, Shannon finds that Will has a secret that, once discovered and the consequences realized, could destroy their fledgling relationship.  Will and Shannon take great pains to have a normal relationship but, ultimately, find it impossible to do so.  Will the pressures of their careers and the temptations of others drive Will and Shannon apart?  Can Will and Shannon live a happy life away from the spotlight?

Tamara Carlisle takes you on a romantic ride that explores the consequences of fame and a love that endures all.

 

I had barely stepped away from the bar to pass the end of the high table when I thought I heard someone say, “She’s behind you.”  At that moment, a middle-aged man in front of me pushed past me to get to an opening at the end of the bar and a guy to my right turned toward me and backed into my right arm.  As a result, the pint in my right hand tilted toward me and poured over my wrist and my hand.  Thankfully, my sleeves were pulled up so it didn’t soak my sweater and I had not gotten wet on my skirt or my legs.  Before I knew it, though, the pints were taken from my hands and the guy who backed into me had grabbed napkins from the high table and was dabbing my right wrist and hand.

“I am so sorry,” said the guy who was still dabbing at my wrist and hand in a beautiful London accent.

I looked up and I cannot imagine that I didn’t blush.  He was around my age, give or take a few years, and was very nice looking in an unusual, but very handsome way.  He had highlighted dark brown hair that was not long, but thick and layered, spiking somewhat on the top and at the sides.  He was probably a little over six-feet-tall with broad shoulders for his fairly narrow frame and what I imagined was a sculpted body underneath his shirt.  He had chiseled facial features, perfect teeth, piercing green eyes with bushy, but not out-of-control, eyebrows as well as long lashes.  Wisps of brown chest hair peeked out where his silvery-grey shirt was unbuttoned at the top.

I had always described my type as tall, dark and Irish-looking and, although he was English rather than Irish, he was what I considered beautiful in a man.

“I didn’t get you did I?”  I said with my very American accent.

“No, not at all,” he replied.  He grabbed my sticky hand and asked, “Will you marry me?” and then winked at me.

 

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S. L. Scott and NATURALLY CHARLIE with giveaway

Thanks for stopping by and giving us a chance to meet and learn more about you and your books, S.L.

Thank you for having me.

The burning question I have to ask first is, are your Sea Monkey’s like the ones that were always advertised in comic books and what are they really?

Okay, this question just made me burst out laughing. I love it! My kid’s sea monkeys are exactly like the ones advertised in comic books, but sadly they don’t wear crowns or come with tridents like the pictures show. 

What we thought was a gift that would last for two weeks has become a fourteen month commitment. I must say these little shrimp are thriving and really are kind of cool. But forewarning, tracking down sea monkey food is not always easy. *whispers* You can buy it at Toys R’Us.

Well hang, another balloon popped…

Do you want to write or have to write?

Both really, but have to always. I can’t not write (sorry for abusing the readers with that double negative).

It twists my insides when a story develops in my head and I start feeling all of the emotions of the characters and I have to get them out. Writing is my passion and never feels like a burden though.

 

How excited are you about your debut NATURALLY, CHARLIE?

I find that I use the word excited way too many times a day, but it really works so well. I’m so excited and yet completely surreal at the same time.

Can you tell us about NATURALLY, CHARLIE?  Perhaps share an excerpt, some interesting behind the book stories or such?

There are two Charlies in this story and when I talk about them, I refer to them as Girl Charlie and Charlie Boy. It’s just easier.

Something that amuses me is that Naturally, Charlie was actually developed in the first novel (unpublished) I wrote years ago. The characters in that story were actors and got the role of playing two Charlies in a movie. The scene they acted out was the one where they run into each other in the park around chapter 5 in NC. So it really was just a side concept, but I liked it and envisioned more growing from that encounter. Then I started writing it as its own complete story. I’m really glad I pursued the idea.

How about I share a little sneaky peek into that scene. Here’s an excerpt from NC:

I look straight ahead and notice a man in a well-tailored suit walking

toward me. As he gets a few steps closer, I realize I know him. That’s

Charlie. He smiles, recognizing me at the same time.

“Are you following me, or am I lucky enough to run into you three times

in . . . five days?” I realize how peculiar this must sound coming from a

perfect stranger, but it also feels like the exact thing I should say to him, to

Charlie. His name is becoming more comfortable than it should for how

well we don’t know each other.

His smile widens, lighting up his entire face. Stopping in front of me, our

eyes connect for a few silent seconds, and we laugh. It’s awkward and yet

somehow makes me feel giddy, happy. “I think I’m the lucky one. Are you

heading to work or playing hooky today?”

I look down, liking how he treats me like an old friend instead of

someone he just met briefly.

Was NATURALLY, CHARLIE the first manuscript you sent out or is it the honed result of learning from prior rejections?

I did have rejections on other manuscripts. If I got any advice or information inside the rejection, I took it. I’ve written a lot of stories between those rejections and Naturally, Charlie and each time I tried to take what I learned and use it.

Writers develop ticks in their writing and they can develop in one story all of the sudden and seemingly from nowhere. I pay attention to those habits we fall into that aren’t good and try not to further them.  It’s part of the natural growth of any writer, but I each story I write I try to make sure I don’t carry them into it.

Your musical tastes are pretty eclectic.  There were only a few on your playlist I knew.  Have your tastes always been so varied?

Probably. Music inspires me whether it’s the melody or the words. Certain songs strike a chord inside me where I relate to the core of the song in some way. That can happen with music as varied as Motown greats all the way to punk music. I don’t try to limit genres of music categorically. I’ll give them all a fair shake and then decide. I have trouble with bluegrass. Just never could get into that.

What does your muse require?

This is an interesting question. The easy answer: Time. But other than needing a lot more time, I try not to rely on a muse. I put the weight of writing and creating squarely on my shoulders. In another sense, I do rely on music. It inspires me, but also allows my mind to open a bit more and let the story flow.

How do you manage writing time with two young boys?  In my experience what one didn’t think of the other would so a constant watchful eye was always required.

I agree. They are pretty good most of the time I must admit though. I write in the living room which is in the center of everything so I’m near the kitchen, backyard, and front playing area. They are both in school now so I have the day hours to work on what I need to. After they go to bed and into the wee hours is prime writing/editing time for me though.

I loved the flats you created with the video game characters.  Adorable.  Willing to bet you got tons of compliments on them.  Do you always have such interesting side projects going on?

The shoes are super fun and adorable. Visually they turned out even better than I thought they would. I really loved them. Unfortunately, I learned I need to use shellac next time not just Modge Podge to seal them. We had to stand in wet grass at Comic Con that morning and that messed them up. It’s completely fixable though thank goodness.

I like to create in a lot of ways and it’s definitely nice to do something that’s ‘offline’ sometimes, to use my brain in a different way and that’s more hands on. I’m that mom who makes holiday treats for my kid’s classes and goes crazy with ideas for birthday parties. For me, it’s fun to try to put original twists on common themes and such.

I recently discovered this website, Thistlewood Farm. I want to crawl into her website and live in her home, so now I’m inspired to redecorate my house one craft project at a time. I have two projects going right now: etched martini glasses and a measuring chart to measure my boys as they grow. This sounds so random, but I’ve bought he supplies and am ready to try both of these.

Some of those are inspiring.  Some I wonder how the devil I’ll keep the dust cleaned out..:)

Why do you harvest jalapenos? Is it very involved?

Harvesting jalapenos is just my silly way of saying I grow them. I must confess, I had two jalapeno plants that popped up all on their own. I didn’t have to plant any this year which is great. The plants are taller than me and still covered in jalapenos. I love spicy food so that is a staple plant in my garden every year.  

Do you have a special guacamole recipe you prefer?

First of all, when eating guacamole, I find chips simply a vessel to get the guac into my gob. If I could eat it with a spoon and not be judged, I totally would. 

I wing my personal recipe and change it up all the time. Everything is to your taste preference and no measurements are needed. The basics are:

Avocados – mashed to your desired consistency

Diced onion – I like red/purple onion best

Diced tomatoes

Chopped jalapenos

Chopped cilantro

Dash of lime juice

Cumin

And instead of salt, I like to use Adobe Seasoning found in the Mexican aisle of your store.

Mix it all together. Eat and enjoy.

If you are more of a recipe follower then Dos Caminos has a great recipe. 

Rarely measure when I cook either.  I know many people love guacamole so this is for them.  I can’t stand avocado, it’s a texture thing, just yuk..

Is cooking something you enjoy?  Another creative outlet?

I do enjoy cooking, but dishes are a horrid side effect to that. I enjoy it most when I have time to appreciate the process of preparing a dish or a meal – the art of it.

Sad fact of life that there’s no dish fairy…

What do you like to read?  Particular genre you prefer?

I write what I like to read. I really enjoy contemporary romance/chick lit and the new wave of YA books out there. Like movies, I find I want to be entertained. With that said, I do love to read heavy drama too.

Is there a different genre you’d like to explore/attempt?

So much to explore, so little time, but an enthusiastic yes to new challenges and worlds. It’s nice to push myself into new territory and see what happens. I enjoy reading and have written some YA in the past. I might want to explore that more.

What can we look forward to from you in the future?  Do you have a WIP?

I do – several in fact. I’m excited to spend some time with the new characters and follow their journey with them.

I also just published a novelette called Morning Glory. It’s currently available for Kindle on Amazon.

Thanks heaps, S.L., for taking the tine to visit with me and all the Manic Readers.

I’ve enjoyed it.  Thank you so much for having me. This was a lot of fun.

TWCS is giving one lucky commentor an ecopy (epub or mobi) of NATURALLY CHARLIE.  Pertinent comments only, please. Giveaway ends @12 am est  11-9-12.  Winner announced shortly thereafter. Good luck y’all!

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Samantha Kane and THE DEVIL’S THIEF with giveaway

First off I’d like to say judging by the pics on your website you don’t look like you’re in your 40’s.  Romanitcon 2011 looked like a LOT of fun!  Y’all see what I mean? 🙂

Thanks! I’m actually on the downhill slide of my 40’s. And Romanticon 2011 was  serious, hardcore fun. It’s a reader event first and foremost, so I encourage all romance readers to go if they can.

How’s the move going?

Slow. I want the packing fairies to come and pack all our junk. We have too much stuff. Half my time is spent throwing old, useless stuff away because I do not want it to move with us. 

How does it feel to be the author of the first new historical book for Loveswept?

Exciting! A little nerve-wracking. I didn’t realize when I accepted the offer from Loveswept I’d be the first new historical release until I talked with my editor Sue Grimshaw. It’s an honor, especially when I think about following in the footsteps of great authors like Iris Johansen. There’s a bit of pressure there, I think, although it may only be the pressure I put on myself to do the best job possible to help the line succeed.  

 

Please tell us a bit about THE DEVIL’S THIEF and the series it begins, The Saint’s Devils.

The Devil’s Thief is the first book in a new Regency historical romance series called The Saint’s Devils. The Devils are a group of rakes that’ve been friends since their school days. Their unofficial leader is Sir Hilary St. John, a sort of brilliant, hedonistic Sherlock Holmes character who helps his friends solve mysteries surrounding their heroine in each book. The Devil’s Thief is about Alasdair Sharp, a well to-do gentleman whose famous family heirloom The Stewart Pearl is stolen by Miss Julianna Harte, who needs the money from the pearl to save the foundling home she sponsors. When Alasdair catches Julianna stealing the pearl she lies about her identity and he thinks she’s an experienced thief, a product of the underworld. So he offers her a bargain–one night in his bed for the pearl. He never means to keep the bargain, however. He plans to pay her off with something else in the morning and make her his mistress. But when morning comes Julianna has disappeared with his pearl and Alasdair has to enlist the aid of his friends to find her and his family heirloom.

 

Why did you choose the Regency period?

I’ve always loved to read Regency romance. Marion Chesney’s Six Sisters series is one of my all time favorites. So when I began writing it seemed a natural fit. My first series, Brothers in Arms, is an erotic Regency series. When I decided to write a mainstream, non-erotic series it was a logical step to stay within that historical period.

I have that series and adore Marion Chesney in all her incarnations…:)

Do you have a favorite historical period?

Well, I have my Master’s degree in 18th century American history, I write Regency historical romance, and I’ve written WWII romance. I also have a romance set in 1950s Hollywood that’s unpublished.  It’s safe to say those are all my favorites. I’ve always loved the 1920’s as well, and that lost generation right after WWI. I’m going to write a 20s romance one day.

The 1920’s, love that era too.

What prompted the expansion to more “mainstream sensuous” from erotica?

It was both an aesthetic choice and a business decision. The Devil’s Thief was originally written as an erotic romance for the NY market. But everyone who read that early version  told me it should be a mainstream romance, and it was unanimous. Industry professionals told me that the plot and characters all had mainstream appeal, and would draw a larger audience if the erotic plot was toned down. I’d never written a mainstream for publication, so it was an education. Even after Loveswept bought the book I had to do some more rewrites to tone down the sexuality even more. 

Do you ever miss teaching high school?

Every once in a while. I really enjoyed teaching. I had a lot of fun with it and got along well with my students. I don’t miss the paperwork, or the district mandated and often ridiculous training sessions, or the difficult parents. There are a lot of things about our educational system that are broken, but at the heart of it is still the thrill of teaching young kids who are eager to learn, and finding a way to instill a love of learning for learning’s sake. 

What made you decide to write full time instead of remaining in teaching?

I quit teaching after my first child was born and my husband took a job half way across the country at about the same time. We figured with a new baby in a new place I could take a year off. But I began writing and never went back to teaching. I loved being home with my son; I loved the freedom of setting my own hours and being my own boss.

Who’s in charge, you or your characters?

Me. I often say my stories are character driven, but by that I mean that my focus tends to be on character development rather than plot. (Which my critique partner is always telling me.) But while I think in terms of character, and the stories develop from characters, I dictate what happens all the way. My first couple of books were pantsers. That means I sat down and started writing and just went where the story led me. That was all right to a point. But I wanted more depth to my stories and I needed help with plot. So I’ve become a plotter. I outline the story scene by scene and what point-of-view each scene will be, my mid-point, my climax, my romantic conflict and character arcs. 

What aspect of writing is the most fun for you?

Dialogue. I love writing snappy, fun dialogue, or emotional, angsty dialogue. I just love to make my characters talk and talk and talk, lol. They get to have the comebacks that in real life we don’t think of until two or three days later.

What do you agonize over the most?

Everything. I’m a perfectionist. So I’ll go through a manuscript over and over tweaking a word here and a word there until I’m happy with it. 

Is there a genre you’d like to write that you haven’t?

I wish I could write paranormal. I love to read it, but my brain just doesn’t go there. Every time I’ve tried to plot a paranormal it just ends up being derivative and unimaginative. So I’ll keep reading and let great authors like JR Ward and Nalini Singh do the writing.

Love the BDB series…

What do you like to do in your down time?

I love to knit. It’s very zen. I’m not great at it, but I do it anyway and my kids happily wear the result.

Great kids!  I’m learning to knit. Crochet much better because I’ve been doing it forever…

What’s your favorite genre to read?

Paranormal. I love a great vampire or shape shifter romance.  

Have you read anything lately that you’d highly recommend?

Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh. Go Fetch by Shelley Laurenston.  

I hope your friend who was fighting breast cancer won.  Thanks for taking the time to visit with us Samantha. It’s been fun..:)

She did! It’s writer Kristin Daniels. She’s been very open on social media about her battle with cancer. She still has some reconstructive work to go through and will be on medication for a while, but she’s cancer free. Thanks for asking!

That’s so good to hear!

 

Samantha is giving away a Net Galley preview copy of THE DEVIL’S THIEF (expires in one (1) month) which means the winner gets to read it before it’s released. Woohoo, you’ll be ahead of everyone else! 

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