Friday, 30 December 2011

DO YOU SUPPORT YOUR SPOUSE?



How well do you stick with the only person you took an oath to be with for life?

When your wife is anxious about work do you tell her not to bother or do you ignore her worries and fears?
If your husband is planning to ask his boss for a raise or setting up a business, or going for an interview, pray for his success and text to wish him luck. And when he returns, have ready words of celebration or encouragement depending on the outcome. Tell him you believe in his ability, that it’s only a question of time before he achieves his dream, or clinch his desired job. Say it until he believes it. He’ll remember your words of support in his quiet moment and he’ll draw strength from that. Husbands do the same for your wives.

Are you trying for a baby and is taking too long? Why don’t you explore the route of adoption? You’ll be doing more for humanity than you can ever realize. And in time you may have your own children. It’s a time to stick together, not to tear apart.

Husband and wife join hands to make your home a warm sanctuary, where you can return each day from the stress of daily living. A ready smile, a warm hug, a kiss on the lips, a rub on the back, a massage around the neck and shoulders to relieve tension and collecting the bag of shopping at the door will go a long way to show your love, comfort and support. Share your news and dreams - good or bad. Soften the blows others deal out to either of you.
Husband, heal your wife’s physical, social, spiritual or emotional wounds, above all believe in her.

Most importantly, women open your mouth with wisdom and let your tongue be filled with kind words. When you call your husband unprintable names for any reason, you show gross disrespect and display unwholesome values. One way out is to apologize and state exactly what you’re unhappy with.

A wife whose husband’s heart safely trusts in her, who does her husband good, not evil and who willingly works with her hand to financially support her family...her worth is far above precious stones, her children will rise up and call her blessed, her husband will praise her and her own works will praise her too. When they speak of women, you will be tooted as excelling them all.

When my husband calls me ‘My Beautiful One’ I feel like I’m floating in a cloudless sky.

Love isn’t love except you give it away.

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Thursday, 29 December 2011

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Monday, 26 December 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with JAMI GRAY

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

URBAN FANTASY AUTHOR of SHADOW'S EDGE

Author name: Jami Gray


About your family/background, your location:

I grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border. When I was adopted at the age of 14, I found myself as the fifth eldest of 37 children. I graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and three minors-History, English, and Theatre. Shortly after marrying my techie-geek hubby (who moonlighted as my best friend in high school) I completed a Masters in Organizational Management from University of Phoenix, Oregon. After a few stops along the west coast, I have settled in the Southwest. Currently I am outnumbered in my own home by two Star Wars obsessed boys, one Star Wars obsessed husband, and an overly-friendly, 105-pound male Labrador.

How and why did you decide to get published?
I’ve been writing since I was a teenager. It’s been a cheap form of therapy for me. I’ve had a couple of non-fiction pieces published over the years, but my main love has always been fiction. I didn’t start getting serious about submitting to publishers until I joined my critique group a few years back. They administered the swift kick in the butt, I needed to move forward with my writing.

What genre do you write? And why?

Urban Fantasy. Having worlds where magic exists has always fascinated me. Plus, I’ve always been drawn to heroines who have survived the crucibles of challenging pasts and emerged like finely honed blades on the other side. However, even the most beautiful weapons forged in searing heat have their own hidden flaws. I think these flaws make a character much more human. And you can’t have such strong women without providing equally strong partner to walk beside them.

What other genre interest you?

Murder mysteries, suspense and thrillers.

What is the story behind your book?

Conspiracy theories have always poked at my interest. I had read some article, I can’t remember where now, that discussed possible gene therapy on humans. It sparked a series of “What if…” questions. By the time I had exhausted my “What if’s” I had my world and an intriguing main character.

How do you decide your book cover?

I worked with Kim Killion and together we created a cover we thought would bring all the edginess and tension across to the readers.
Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?
I think covers and titles tend to be the thing that snags a reader’s attention. Once they pick it up, then the blurb can help finish reeling them in.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

My inspiration stems from trying to find explanations for those things and occurrences that have no logical reason for existing. I think it’s the same logic most Urban Fantasy writers use when they develop their stories. As for pieces of me in my writing? Maybe, but I’ll never tell!

Use one word/phrase to describe your book.

Hold on tight, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

How have you found the writing process?

I’m what’s called a “pantser”, I write by the seat of my pants. I know…I’m a type-A personality so you would expect detailed outlines, character sheets and PowerPoint graphs, but nope, I start with an overall idea, some appealing characters and an intriguing problem and let it go. It’s a frightening way to write, but I’ve found it works best for me. The more I outlined a plot, the farther away from it I went. My characters want to make their own stories, so I let them.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block?

Many times, but the key is to keep putting the words out there. Eventually, they’ll fall into place.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

My blog is at www.jamigray.wordpress.com and I’m part of the 7 Evil Dwarves. My blogs cover everything from writing to my everyday life.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Oh man! That could take up pages! I have so many books. Jim Butcher, CE Murphy, Laurell Hamilton, JR Ward, Patricia Briggs, Kelly Gay, Kelley Meding, Gena Showalter, Kerrilyn Sparks, Kresley Cole, Illona Andrews, Lloyd Alexander, Terry Brooks, Tami Hoag, the list goes on for eons!

Who’s your favourite author?

Too hard to pick…

What are you good at as an individual?

I would hope being a wife and mom, but also just being true to myself.
What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?
Besides reading? Listening to music, biking, yoga and spending time with my family.

Your favourite pet?

I absolutely adore my Labrador retriever! You can’t find better dogs.
What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?
Mexican.

What’s your music choice?

That list is about as long as my books. I have very eclectic tastes. Everyone from Enya and Tori Amos to Nine Inch Nails and Linkin Park. Sprinkle in some Depeche Mode, Seether, Nickleback, Three Days Grace and Toby Keith. It’s a very fun mix!

Name your favourite city in the world.

London.

Name your favourite world leader and why

Right now, I don’t have one.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

That our children will inherit a better world than we did.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

Compassion, there needs to be more of it now days.

What would you say you’re bad at?

This one is easy—anything having to do with maths.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

Hmmm…there’ve been a couple of incidents over the years. Probably the best—forgetting my marriage license the day we were married.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I am a huge fan of Leslie Nielsen from the Airplane movies.

What’s your favourite quote?

“I gave my life to become the person I am right now. Was it worth it?” Richard Bach

Why should a reader buy your book?

If you need to get your heart rate up, it’ll require less effort than working out!

What is your last word?
Humor.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:
Trade paperback and ebook format can be found at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Black Opal Books, plus you can find me at any off the following:

Buy Link: www.BlackOpalBooks.com
Website: www.JamiGray.com
Blogs: www.7EvilDwarves.wordpress.com or www.JamiGray.wordpress.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/jamigray.author
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/JamiGrayAuthor

Release date for Shadow's Edge: November 01 2011.

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Monday, 7 November 2011

Kimberley is seven years older. Can Derek keep his hands off? STORMY DEFENSE #Romance

A week later on the way from work, Kimberly stepped on the train. She’d missed riding with Debbie and her other colleagues because she‘d worked late.

'Excuse me. You’re squashing my breasts!' Rancorous laughter burst out spontaneously from every passenger standing in the jam packed train. Every eye turned to the woman making the frontal allegation.

She didn’t bat an eyelid. The question was who was she flinging her accusations at? The tension mounted after the laughter died off. Feeling his back tucking deeply against her chest, she felt like her breath was being knocked out of her from top to bottom.

‘Would that be me you’re referring to lady in black?’ he shot back at her. What an irritating description. ‘Lady in black’ indeed, she thought acidly. ‘Perhaps, if you attempt to move slightly…? I’ll be relieved. Thank you.’

‘There’s nowhere to move to,’ he replied indifferently.

'Give the woman some air,’ someone spoke up from down the aisle.

His charitable comment went totally ignored. Feeling completely chaffed, Kimberly struggled to drag her hands upwards. She placed both hands on his back, pushing as hard as she could, swiftly twisting around to change position to gain minimal comfort.

‘Blame the damned train companies for this mess,’ consoled one commuter.
The passenger that Kimberly had pushed wasn’t on the same page as the accommodating rail user.

‘You’re extremely rude and annoying. Shoving and pushing on a cluttered train is unacceptable. You owe me an apology,' he huffed. When she had pushed him, he’d also changed position, so they now had their shoulders side by side.

‘If you wanted to travel in style, this was a wrong choice, man in jeans!’ she parried. Another round of good natured mirth broke out in the train.
‘That’s one lady with some spunk,’ cheered one seated commuter. ‘She’ll give any man a run for his good money.’

Derek was usually good natured, possessing a sense of humour, but this glamorously dressed, cheeky woman was rubbing him the wrong way. And he didn’t fancy being made a laughing stock on London’s choked, public transport.

‘Why are you so saucy?’ he queried sarcastically, unable to shake off the irritation she’d caused him. Why any woman would set out to be so annoying in public puzzled him. Before he could get an answer, the train door opened and she stepped onto the platform.

She looked back at him, winked and swanked off in her black, stiletto high heels. Her flirty body language generated a rousing applause from the usually bored, fellow rail users and a fiery scowl from Derek.

Derek was miffed.

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Sunday, 16 October 2011

Are You Single and Searching? What If she isn’t Beautiful?


Are you single and searching for a wife? If so what are you looking for? What’s more important to you? An extremely attractive woman? Or a woman you can trust? A
woman who can turn heads wherever you go or one that you can laugh, argue and relax with?

What’s more important in choosing someone to spend the rest of your life with?

Check: Is she industrious, hardworking and seeking to make profit from her business? Is she able and willing to reach out to the needy? Or is she wrapped up in fine cloth of selfishness and self centeredness?

Does she take time to dress up in fine and graceful outer clothing? But her heart is as cold as ice! Is she honourable or will her attitude bring you disgrace? Does she speak with kindness and wisdom? Does she care about everyone in the family or she has eyes just for you? Above all, does she fear the LORD?

There are too many marriages splitting in two...

A sour relationship eats away at your bones. Remember, fleeting and fading beauty wrapped in deceitful charm will bring you abundant sorrow.

My advice: 

Go and find a woman who will complement you, laugh with you, cry with you, encourage you when you are down, celebrate with you when you’re up...and above all, a woman you will love, cherish, be faithful to and pray with all these days of your life.

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with BRYAN R. DENNIS

Author name: Bryan R. Dennis


About your family/background, your location:

I was born and raised in the cornfields of central Illinois, a rural farming community. I enlisted in the Army upon graduation from High School and served term overseas. Afterwards, I moved to Las Vegas, Nevada and enrolled in UNLV’s college of business. It took a degree in accounting, years of daydreaming in cubicles, and a collection of stories piling up in my hard drive to learn that I’m a writer and not an accountant. My writing style is influenced by authors such as Raymond Chandler and Carver, Philip K. Dick, Ray Bradbury, Charles Bukowski, and Haruki Murakami. But for the last 13 years I’ve lived in the city of Las Vegas, Nevada with my family. Feeling like a fish out of water has always given me plenty to write about.

How and why did you decide to get published?

I read a blog by Joe Konrath (A Newbie’s Guide to Publishing) which basically championed the indie e-publishing “revolution” and I thought he made a lot of sense. I looked into it more on my own and decided I liked the control over my work, among other benefits of self-publishing.

What genre do you write? And why?

While I write in different genres, I consider myself primarily a writer of speculative fiction because it’s what I enjoy reading and writing the most. I like escaping from the boredom of reality whenever I can. Speculative fiction is the perfect vehicle to accomplish this.

What other genre interest you?

I enjoy a good mystery or thriller-suspense story. Aside from thrills, these genres also often feature some of the best dialogue and quirky characters in fiction.

What is the story behind your book?


I’d achieved all the goals I’d set for myself in life and realized one day that they weren’t the right goals. I lassoed the materialistic version of the “American Dream” and found that it was like cotton candy -- once you bit into it, there wasn’t much there. The catalyst for this change in perception was an encounter I had with a coyote in the middle of an inner Vegas suburb shortly before its wild home was razed and buried beneath a clone army of cheaply-constructed McMansions. I included the scene with the coyote in the book almost exactly as I remembered it.

How do you decide your book cover?

I think of the theme and then I create visual metaphors that touch upon it.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

I think book cover weighs more heavily in the decision process. Authors have done quite well even using pre-existing titles by other authors.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

I’m inspired by the world around me, my past, people I’ve known, books I’ve read, movies I’ve watched, music I’ve listened to. You’ll find some of me in every character I write, but I like to hide by adding traits and observations that aren’t me. For instance, in Epitaph, Henry makes a bad remark about the accounting profession. Personally, I believe every man and woman should be proud of whatever it is they do no matter how unglamorous. But it’s important to the story that Henry comes to his opinion. In other words, I don’t want to espouse all of my views onto the world, so I often have characters believing things I don’t. Don’t get me wrong, much of what they believe is my opinion on things too, but only my close companions and people who know me well would be able to discern them.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

The American Dream just before its pants fell down.

How have you found the writing process?

A happy release of creativity. An exercise in isolation and loneliness. A fun journey. A tedious slog. A waste of time. A fulfilment of my life ambition. An excuse to commit suicide. A reason to live. Writing is all of these things, but overall, I love it and refuse to do anything else.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Yes. In a house with small children, I get writer’s block often. Distractions, chores, clean-up, sibling squabbles, stress, and time constraints combine to sap my imagination nearly every day. Sometimes it lasts longer than a month. I resuscitate the muse by reading, daydreaming, watching a movie, or listening to music.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

Two blogs: my author blog http://www.bryanrdennis.com and my book blog http://www.indiesnippets.blogspot.com. The author blog is for updates on my writing projects (though lately I’ve been using Twitter for this purpose). Indie Snippets is my book blog. Authors submit bite-sized passages of their stories to give readers a flavour of what to expect.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Nearly every book by Haruki Murakami, lots of Ray Bradbury collections, Raymond Carver, Philip K. Dick, and several classics. You can view my partial bookshelf at the bottom of my blog (bryanrdennis.com) or at Goodreads.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

An Epitaph for Coyote was a 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semi-finalist.

Who’s your favourite author?

Ray Bradbury

What are you good at as an individual?

I like to think I’m a good husband, father, and friend.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

I like drinking beer with friends and family in front of a crackling fire, with classical jazz or rock ‘n’ roll drifting from speakers, and the smell of a barbeque thick in the air. Reading and watching movies are my next best. Why? Well, I’m not really into sports, model cars or whittling, so I grew attached to these forms of entertainment by default, I guess.

What are your other interests?

Drinking hot coffee, dining on savoury and sweet home-cooked foods, listening to the timeless opus of nature, inhaling aromas of wet wood and green things. I also love travelling to distant lands.

Your favourite pet?

A happy, Yellow, Labrador Retriever named Daisy

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Sushi at a sushi bar attended by an old, Japanese, master chef

What’s your music choice?

Classical Jazz

Name your favourite city in the world.

A tie between Kyoto, Japan and Salzburg, Austria

If you had one wish, what would it be?

I would have plenty of time and the freedom to do what I want with it.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

I would’ve gotten started writing (seriously) earlier.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Multi-tasking and concentrating on small details outside of writing and reading. I’m a daydreamer, what can I say?

You’re squeamish to what?

Unpleasant bodily fluids from other people

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

It involves a former female acquaintance, a moment of passion, and her mother’s unexpected and unwelcome arrival.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

I’m the oldest of five children and can trace my lineage to a certain King of England whom literature and history hasn’t portrayed too kindly (think Robin Hood).

What’s your favourite quote?

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” -- Plato

Why should a reader buy your book?

It has the potential to make you laugh, cry, and learn, and it’s only the price of a beer.

What is your last word?

I conclude with a word of advice. Set an honest, ambitious goal and ask yourself, at the end of each and every day, this question: What did I do today to bring myself closer to my goal? Do this, and you’ll have a life of purpose. Whether you ever reach your goal, or not, is secondary. And you don’t have to stop at one goal -- have many.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/Epitaph-Coyote-Novel-ebook/dp/B00522PIQ2

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Epitaph-Coyote-Novel-ebook/dp/B00522PIQ2

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Friday, 19 August 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW with NANCY HADDOCK

LIGHT PARANORMAL MYSTERY- ROMANCE AUTHOR


Author name: Nancy Haddock

About your family/background, your location:
I’m married, and have four children in a blended family. My older two sons are married, and have two sons each. My youngest son and daughter are single. I was raised in Oklahoma and attended the University of Tulsa for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. I worked as a Speech and Language Pathologist in both private institutions and public school settings in Tulsa and the Dallas area, and also taught general and special subjects in a small private high school in Dallas. Now I reside in gorgeous, historic St. Augustine, Florida – the oldest continuously inhabited city in the US. I adore living here!

How and why did you decide to get published?

I began writing for publication forever ago, but took extended time off here and there to deal with family issues. Moving to St. Augustine re-energized my writing, and I sold my first two books in 2007. La Vida Vampire was published in 2008, Last Vampire Standing in 2009, and the latest, Always The Vampire, was published in May 2011.

What genre do you write? And why?
I write what I call light paranormal mystery-romance. I was working on a cozy mystery when a peanut butter commercial sparked the idea of a “Princess Vampire.” The idea wouldn’t leave me alone, so I ran with it. I’ve had a blast with the characters, and with doing even more research on St. Augustine history and the city’s ghosts. Of course, any excuse to hang out in town works for me!

What other genre interest you?
I adore cozy mysteries, so I continue to work on projects in that genre. Some have a paranormal aspect, some don’t. I’d also love to write Regency. It’s a period and a genre I’ve immersed myself in over and over.

What is the story behind your book?

I misheard a line in a Jif peanut butter commercial and that led to the “Princess Vampire” idea. A lot of “what if…,” thought, and research later and my heroine Cesca had taken shape and taken off on her first adventure. The story behind the new book, specifically, is that Cesca must confront her feelings for her first love but also come to terms with her own powers to defeat the Big Bad. She must accomplish this while keeping up with her maid of honour duties to her best friend.

How do you decide your book cover?
I don’t have much to do with developing my book covers. I supply my editor with a short synopsis, with a list of what the character wears in the books, and any “props” that are important in the books. The fabulous art department gets all the credit for my awesome covers!

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?
This is an excellent question. I’ve had many compliments of the covers, and some readers have said the covers attracted them to the books. However, a cover doesn’t make or break a book for me. I usually read the blurb and the first several pages of a book when I shop. If I’m pulled in – whether by the voice, the humour, or the situation, or whatever grabs me – I buy!

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?
You know, I didn’t know how much of me showed up in my writing until a childhood friend said the voice in my books was totally me. Funny how we sometimes don’t “hear” ourselves. So the voice is me, the sarcastic humour is me, and the even the few pratfalls have me in them. As for inspiration, living in and exploring St. Augustine truly is a huge factor. History and characters who’ve lived and died here combine to make a strong inspiration factor, but the city also seems permeated with creativity.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:
Fun!

How have you found the writing process?
Sometimes the writing is laborious, sometimes it flows. I do love seeing what my characters are up to each day, and they do surprise me. In the second book, Jo-Jo the Jester proved to be a delightful mix of a comic yet an earnest character.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block?
How did you tackle it? Many years ago, I had such severe writer’s block that I had to stop writing for a while. The culprit was my internal editor who wouldn’t let me write a sentence without changing it. I learned to lock her up for good, and to let first drafts be bad. In the last few years, I also decided to teach myself to paint. I stink at it, but it’s freeing to put swaths of colour on a canvas and not worry what the final result will be. I’ve applied that “swaths of colour” method to writing, and feel freer for it!

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?
I don’t have a blog, and don’t intend to do one at this point. Let’s face it: I’m rather boring. It’s better that I spend time writing fiction than stretching to come up with blog topics.

What books are on your shelf at home?
Oh, goodness, I have SO many! Books by Lorraine Heath, Jo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney, Laura Levine, Mary Stewart, Nancy Atherton. I must have 50 authors on my shelves and more in storage. And those are only a fraction of the authors I regularly read.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?
La Vida Vampire won the PRISM for Best First Book in 2009, and was a finalist and well placed in several other contests.

Who’s your favourite author?
Lorraine Heath is an all-time favourite, and Georgette Heyer’s Regencies sing to me. But I can’t tell you I have one absolute favourite author. I love too many to pick just one.

What are you good at as an individual?
Organizing. Give me your files, your bookshelf, your closet, your kitchen, and I’ll organize like a mad woman. The attraction of organizing for me is that it’s a hands-on task and I get immediate feedback and satisfaction of a job done.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?
Reading! That’s my favourite form of entertainment! I do watch certain TV shows and enjoy movies – especially classic films – but I don’t have a specific hobby right now.

What are your other interests?
I like to garden when the spirit moves me (and the weather is cool enough), and I still occasionally crochet and needlepoint. Exploring St. Augustine sites and history is always interesting, and I enjoy history period. The Napoleonic and Regency periods of British history are a huge draw for me.

Your favourite pet?
I don’t currently have a pet, but am waiting for the next one to come to me. Cat or dog. Or both. Meantime I enjoy my neighbour’s pets. One of them, a cat named Crystal, inspired a pet character in my second book.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?
I don’t have a very favourite restaurant, and my tastes change. I do love a good lasagne, and a southern meal of chicken fried steak, mashed potatoes, a biscuit, and cream gravy is a slice of heaven when it’s done right. I also have a thing for tomato bisque soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. And, oh, my! Don’t get me started on desserts!

What’s your music choice?
I love nearly all music, but I listen to Big Bands, 50s, and 60s music most often. I also listen to jazz and classical, though I don’t have an extensive collection of either. I don’t write to music, though. If it has a beat, I’m chair dancing. If I know the words, I’m singing along. Neither is conducive to my writing process.

Name your favourite city in the world.
Right now it has to be St. Augustine, FL. I’d love to visit England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Greece … among other places. Oh, and Tahiti. I’ve always been drawn to the Polynesian culture.

Name your favourite world leader and why.
I don’t have a current favourite.

If you had one wish, what would it be?
World peace and prosperity. Corny, maybe. True, absolutely.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?
I have to go back to the above question. I’d change the world so that everyone lived in true peace and prosperity.

What would you say you’re bad at?
Ack, Algebra. It baffles me.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?
It’s a story better told in person, but I drank myself under the table on four sips of homemade wine in Romania. Really. Extremely embarrassing! Fortunately, the incident took place in a private home, and the hostess was extremely gracious when she learned I am allergic to alcohol. (Yes, the hives and other side-effects came later).

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?
I love antiques and memorabilia. I especially love items from the Art Deco period.

What’s your favourite quote?
“This or something better.” I don’t know who to attribute that to, but they are words I live by.

Why should a reader buy your book?
For fun and for different take on vampires.

What is your last word?
Delight.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:
My books are in trade paperback and e-formats from all major outlets – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million. Links are on my website – http://wwwlnancyhaddock.com. I’m also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Haddock/86984510891, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/nancyhaddock

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Thursday, 11 August 2011

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Saturday, 6 August 2011

Flirty & Feisty Romance Donates Four Novels to Downham Library

Flirty & Feisty Romance donated four steaming titles: LOITERING SHADOWS, STORMY DEFENSE, BEYOND the LADY & THE GARDENER's ICE MAIDEN to local Library in Downham, Bromley, UK. To view photos, click on the title of this blog entry or visit our website. All photos can be viewed in the Gallery.

We urge readers to go on an unforgettable, pleasurable and an emotional journey with any of our titles.

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Thursday, 4 August 2011

THE GARDENER's ICE MAIDEN #Excerpt

In an out of character display of aggression, Olivia placed both hands on his shoulder
and shoved her gardener away.

It was her one grand mistake…

Wanting to give her the satisfaction of getting back at him, he fell on his backside. The minute she laid her fingers on him in that rare show of emotion, she crossed the line. And, he was going to make her pay back in full…

Oliver got up very slowly…keeping his eyes trained on his prey. Taking the few steps to where she stood panting, he grabbed her by both shoulders. Slamming her to his chest, he kissed her clamped mouth. She stood stiffly in his arms. That incensed his male pride.

Wanting to shake her down from her high horse, he held her jaw firmly with one hand and held her back with the other hand. Bringing down his head for a second time, he gave her a bite on her neck.

That seductively intimate act made her moan and her lips parted slightly. Going for the final onslaught, he poked his tongue into her mouth and she went limp in his arms, shutting her eyes. His tongue took permanent residence in the heat of her mouth and his tongue was scorched in the process.

Bringing up his hand to her face, he kissed her cheeks, her neck and would have gone downwards…

But suddenly, her brain received the message that she ought to stop this madness. Lifting up her hand, she hit him across his face. Instantly, he let her go.

Holding his face from the smack he knew he deserved, he turned his back on her. What he did was professionally unethical. He knew he’d gone way too far, but her vulnerability coupled with her infuriating stubbornness had pushed him over the edge.

Having her walk into his home late in the night, speaking to him as if being a gardener made him less than a person was a direct attack at his insecurities. The fact that she paid his salary didn’t give her the right to talk down at him.

He was nobody’s doormat, especially not Olivia’s!

‘I get it. So you come into my life to look for a job, I offer you what you want, you get rewarded, but that isn’t enough for you. You go ahead and warm your way into my son’s life. What is your plan? To wreck my already fragile reputation in New Ferry?’ she paused, trying to make sense of what she’d just experienced.

‘Now…now you lay your filthy…wretched fingers on me, pulling me like some dirty, street tart…’ she choked, trying to get her point across.

Olivia didn’t sleep at all the whole night. Restlessly, she walked up and down her bedroom floor. Every nerve in her body was stretched to breaking limit.

That explosive kiss…

One kiss…no, not one, two heart-melting and nerve jangling kisses... And oh, his lips had felt so warm, so hard, so demanding.

BOOK TITLE: THE GARDENER's ICE MAIDEN

GENRE: Fiction/Romance/Contemporary





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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Is Vanessa the Woman to Bring Fred down? BEYOND the LADY #Contemporary #Romance

Fred switched off the entire wall lights. He strained his ear to listen for any strange
sound…but there was none. There was only an eerie silence…

The clutter on the white dining table and chairs were a sorry sight to behold. Picking up the paper litter, he saw it bore the logo of a popular restaurant.

The striped, roller blind was still hanging sky high. He calmly wound down the blind. At least, she didn’t leave the windows and doors open. She has minimal sense of security, if nothing else.

Just to assuage his curiosity, he peeped into the kitchen. Every glass storage jar, cookware and utensil stayed neatly intact, just the way he’d left them.
Meaning? She’d entertained herself and who else?

She obviously hadn’t lifted her lazy, pampered hands to cook for herself. By now, his initial fear had totally seeped out of his spine.

He marched to each of the three bedrooms he’d shown her before he’d left for his business dinner. Only because she hadn’t stated exactly which one of the three she preferred.

She wasn’t in any of the three bedrooms.

At that minute, Fred shifted into panic gear. Did she make good her threat to desert his home? Is she really bent on living her life on the streets? No, not quite on the streets! But in the deluxe hotels around the UK, paid for by her revolting customers.

Where's he going to start looking for the reckless woman? Could she have gone back…?

Large balls of sweat broke out from every pore in his skin…his heart beat erratically. If she disappears into thin air, he would hold himself accountable…

Quickly deciding to go in search of her in the hotel the wealthy, old Charles had paid for, he walked into his bedroom.

And, he stopped short!

Fred lost his natural ability to supply his lungs with oxygen. And yes, he shut his eyes from the bewitching sight of the spread-eagled babe on his duvet cover.

Her hair highlights has changed from black to gold… Vanessa was covered in only tomato red, lace panties and bra.

Fortunately, she's lying face down and fast asleep. Or so he thought…

Her exposed spinal base is deliciously tattooed… His heavy feet moved to sneak a look at her tattoo.

He felt like a peeping Tom. But he's in his own bedroom!

Interestingly, her tattoos are a bow and an arrow. Why fighting images? This woman is an enigma.

Just for the records, he's struggling to ignore her backside, which looks firm and round and seriously inviting...

Vanessa's wanton, nutty and naughtily untamed. No…she's a prostitute!
He must always remember that petite fact. He isn’t keen on sharing his private space with a woman with an established high sexual notoriety.

Swinging into action, he flung open his walk-in-closet, and his bedside chest. Sighing with relief, he filled his arms with the clothes and underwear he needs for the next couple of days.

He didn’t welcome her intrusion into his bedroom but kicking her out isn’t feasible. Before today, he hardly ever allowed his girlfriend access to his room. That
rule didn't apply to this woman he picked up from a hotel who didn't even have the curtsey to ask for his permission before climbing into his bed.

As he took one long, last, look at her spread-eagled form, his bathroom door opened…

And a man about her height, fair skinned but obviously black with dark eyes strolled out of his en-suite bathroom in only boxers! His dark hair was long and wet from taking a shower...

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AUTHOR INTERVIEW with WODKE HAWKINSON

MULTIPLE GENRE AUTHORS: WODKE HAWKINSON

Author name: Wodke Hawkinson is the name under which Karen Wodke and PJ

Hawkinson produce their collaborated works.
About your family/background, your location:

I’m located in Kansas.

How and why did you decide to get published?

Love to write, don’t love to wait months or even years for traditional publishing. Decided to self publish so we could get our work out there. Also, there is great freedom in being at the helm of your own ship.

What genre do you write? And why?

Multiple genres. We just can’t stick to one thing. Probably a short attention span is to blame.

What other genre interest you?

Almost all genres, with a special affinity for science fiction, suspense, and anything different or a bit skewed. Not a fan of formulaic predictable tales.

What is the story behind your book?

Catch Her in the Rye is a collection of short stories. We wanted to

produce something at an affordable price to introduce readers to our work in advance of releasing our novels.

How do you decide your book cover?

For our short story collections, the cover is based on the final story in the book. For Catch Her in the Rye, we wanted to find a picture of a lovely woman in a field, one that had just the right look. When we found the photo we ultimately used, we knew right away it was the one. This photograph, while not a rye field, does come closest to the story. A woman, a white shawl, a field. We had to use it.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

Both. A cover draws readers in but the stories inside are really what matters.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

Inspiration can come from anywhere or anything. A person you pass on the street, a real life experience, or even a dream. There is something of the author in each story, but it might not always be readily apparent.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Entertaining.


How have you found the writing process?

Wonderful, frustrating, rewarding, enjoyable, and maddening.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Probably most writers experience dry spells. The fastest way to break a block is just to write, even if you are not producing your best material. You can always (and must always) go back and revise.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about? Karen: Yes, our blog, http://wodke-hawkinson.com/blog1/, is a mixed bag. One of our blog categories is “Fake Phony News”, which reveals a lot. Some of our blogging is serious, some silly. But one thing is for sure, we don’t blog as much as we should.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Too numerous to mention as I am addicted to reading. Here are a few: Tolkien, King, Koontz, a variety of self-published works (which we love), sci-fi, and suspense novels.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

We would share all of them… if we had any.

Who’s your favourite author?

Tolkien.

What are you good at as an individual?

Hopefully writing. Also I have a particular skill for collecting things no one else wants. I’m really quite good at it.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Reading, because it is an inexpensive vacation to places I could never afford to go and to realms no one can visit in reality.

What are your other interests?

Fishing, gardening and learning about other self-sustaining pursuits, home refurbishment.

Your favourite pet?

Cat.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Choice meal is steak, baked potato, and veggies. Favorite restaurant is any place that serves a good steak.

What’s your music choice?

Varied, but I really like to explore independent music created by self-produced artists.

Name your favourite city in the world:

Las Vegas.

Name your favourite world leader and why:

I’m not too crazy about any politicians at the moment, actually.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

To have as many wishes as I want.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

I would like to control time, go backward and forward at will.

What would you say you’re bad at?

There is not room on this form to adequately address this question.

You’re squeamish to what?

Certain bugs.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

I’d be embarrassed to tell you!

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

They probably don’t know I am addicted to Cappuccino, so addicted I wrote a song by that title.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Determine your own destiny’’.

Why should a reader buy your book?

Catch Her in the Rye gives a reader a variety of tales, some heart-warming, some a bit disturbing, but all compelling in one way or another.

What is your last word?

You mean I only get one last word?

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70099

http://www.amazon.com/

Thank you so much for taking time out to answer these questions.

Thank you, Wodke Hawkinson



Author name: Wodke Hawkinson is the name under which Karen Wodke and PJ Hawkinson produce their collaborated works.


About your family/background, your location:

I’m located in Kansas.

How and why did you decide to get published?

I decided I could write a different type of vampire book after enjoying the True Blood and Twilight series. After writing Half Bitten, I joined forces with Karen. We began writing Tangerine, and then we Betrayed, which will be the first novel we’ll release. During this time, we produced quite a few short stories and have released two short story volumes to date; Catch Her in the Rye and Blue.

What genre do you write? And why?

Multiple genres. We just can’t stick to one thing. Probably a short attention span is to blame.

What other genre interest you?

I also enjoy most genres but have a special affinity to mysteries, adult fairytales, and, yes, anything different and a bit skewed.

What is the story behind your book?

Catch Her in the Rye gives readers a variety of genres to choose from, allowing all readers to, hopefully, find the stories enjoyable.

How do you decide your book cover?

I agree with Karen’s reasons and would like to add that she found the picture of the old house we used for the cover of our 2nd short story volume and it generated the story Blue.

Do you think readers decide based on book cover or book title?

I myself am drawn mainly to the cover but admit the title follows closely.

If you write fiction; What’s the source of your inspiration? How much of YOU show up in your writing?

I agree to an extent; although, I don’t completely agree that there is something of the author in each story. As we go through life, we observe many characters and are able to put ourselves in their shoes, thus using something of them instead of ourselves.

Use one word/phrase to describe your book:

Rollercoaster.

How have you found the writing process?

Wonderful, frustrating, rewarding, enjoyable, and maddening.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? How did you tackle it?

Fortunately, I have not experienced the dire consequences of the sneaky, evil, and soul-sucking writer’s block. But, if I do someday face the villain, I hope Karen’s theory is right.

Do you have a blog? What do you write about?

Yes, our blog, http://wodke-hawkinson.com/blog1/, is a mixed bag. One of our blog categories is “Fake Phony News”, which reveals a lot. Some of our blogging is serious, some silly. But one thing is for sure, we don’t blog as much as we should.

What books are on your shelf at home?

Also an incredible variety on my shelves, which include the same as Karen’s and Rowling, P. Anthony, Heinlein, and A. Christie.

Any awards/achievement you want to share?

Sigh, no.

Who’s your favourite author?

I find that question nearly impossible to answer. I, like Karen, enjoy Tolkien. I have read the Hobbit and the Lord of the Ring trilogy probably seven times since being introduced to the series thirty years ago. But, I have also read the Xanth series by Piers Anthony at least four times, The Harry Potter series three times in addition to listening to them on my iPod once, and so many others. I can’t chose one author but I hear Wodke Hawkinson is going places.

What are you good at as an individual?

I try to listen if anyone needs an ear.

What form of entertainment do you enjoy most and why?

Like Karen, I enjoy reading; not only does it take you places you have never been, it takes you places impossible to go, places that never existed and never will.

What are your other interests?

I enjoy playing games, paint-by-numbers, and bass fishing.

Your favourite pet?

Cat. Oh, and lizards and possibly a sugar glider.

What’s your choice meal/favourite restaurant?

Favorite meal is meatloaf, baked potato, and green beans with a close runner up of tacos.

What’s your music choice?

Old time rock and roll and some country. I enjoy classical upon occasion and a little blues. Beatles, Kid Rock, Garth Brooks, Procol Harum, Dixie Chicks, and the list goes on.

Name your favourite city in the world:

Las Vegas rocks but I can’t really answer this question until I’ve been to them all.

Name your favourite world leader and why:

I am not into politics at all so can’t answer this question but I suspect it will be someone in the future.

If you had one wish, what would it be?

For my husband, kids, and grandkids to live a long healthy life.

If you can change one thing, what would it be?

The low dollar amount in my bank account. The number needs about six more zeros behind the total.

What would you say you’re bad at?

Eating properly, losing weight, playing instruments, acrobats, and art.

You’re squeamish to what?

Definitely centipedes, scorpions, and little black furry spiders.

What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve done?

There was something I did recently that was hilariously embarrassing. But I can’t remember what it was.

Anything else your readers don’t know about you?

Not that I can divulge.

What’s your favourite quote?

“Live and let live”.

Why should a reader buy your book?

Because the stories are funny, sad, strange, and unusual.

What is your last word?

THE often thought to be the first word, now known to be the last word, but quite possibly the only word.

Where can your book be found/bought/website:

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/70099

http://www.amazon.com/

Thank you so much for taking time out to answer these questions.

Thank you, Wodke Hawkinson



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Friday, 22 July 2011

SPARKLING DAWN - A #NEW RELEASE & #EXCERPT

Flirty & Feisty Romance 5th Novel, SPARKLING DAWN is out!


Sparkling Dawn by Stella Eromonsere-Ajanaku

Publication Date: July 22nd 2011

ISBN/EAN 13: 1495237931/9781495237935 (Paperback)

Genre / Categories: Fiction/Romance/Contemporary







Blurb







Dark Secrets…Waiting to Explode



Flirty & Feisty Romance…wild & windy



A passive girl turned into a sexy tigress?


It was all a secret and tender crush…that deepened into a severe ache and longing…which eventually evolved into a catastrophic incident. Never again would she trudge that route.
Chloe believed she’d been setup…made a ridicule of and abandoned. To preserve family ties, she’d kept the humiliating episode and her subsequent actions from everyone... That was years ago.
Now, hot and sweltering freelance fashion journalist, Chloe Anderson planned on living her jet-set life to the full. Having exhausted her emotion on a fourteen-year wait for Warren, she plunged herself into globe-trotting across the continent.



His unstable choice



His mother is an adulteress! After the disappointing near break-up of Warren’s parents’ marriage that he duly blamed on her high mobility journalist job, Warren swore not to give his heart so easily to any woman. As a successful, high profile, New York lawyer, his criteria for a wife is simple. An available woman with a stable career, perhaps a teacher will meet his needs.

When he insisted on co-habiting with Chloe, she was delighted at being handed her payback opportunity. Is there a way out of the swamp she’d sunk into?



A wild & windy expressive saga, laced with mind-boggling intrigues.


Excerpt




She struggled to pick out the richly dark, curly hair and sea weed pair of eyes belonging to the taller-than-life, tanned man that invited her from the sea of faces mingling around the decadent and dazzling foyer. As she circled around the crowd, she felt a strong hand at the small of her back.    


   Chloe froze in mid stride, her spine stiffening to breaking point.


   The soft bellow from the evening’s live music was totally lost on her. In a matter of a few seconds, her throat emerged parched dry. Her eardrum was receiving pounding drumbeats. If he didn’t take his hand off her right now, she would melt into his stunning, lean frame.

‘You’re early Chloe, just the way a real lady would behave. I’m really ecstatic you decided to come,’ he whispered into her left ear buried within her mass of sparkling, red hair.

And her heart thumped faster! She bit her lower lip to keep from giggling.


   His warm breath fanning her neck made the hairs on her neckline stand upright and uptight!

Afraid that he would hear her fast pumping heartbeat, she instantly jerked away from him.

 Her reaction thrilled him. A curly grin slashed across his sexy lips tearing his mouth open into a dandy smile. The indentation at the top of his upper lip was to die for.

Warren looked hot!

She suddenly wanted his sure hands to split her gown in two. To discover her secret place, and to possess her until she’s blown away by what she could only imagine would be a life transforming orgasm.


   Blind me! What pure hearted woman thinks like that?






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