Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Interview with Ellora's Cave author Regina Carlysle


Today we have with us Ellora’s Cave author Regina Carlysle (pictured with l-r Desiree Holt, Cerise Deland and Regina) who we had the great pleasure of meeting at EC Romanticon.  Thank you Regina for joining us at EC week!!

Can you tell us a little about your book Return of the Daredevil which was released in August?
 Return of the Daredevil is book two of the Delight, Texas series and tells the story of the younger Dobbs brother, T and his homecoming during the town of Delight’s Peach Festival. There he hooks up with Melanie Honeycutt, the great love of his life. Melanie is Delight’s girls basketball coach and the reluctant co-ordinator of the annual Miss Peach Delight contest. The first book in the series featured the middle Dobbs brother, Cooper, and his reunion with cowboy boot designer Harley June Baker. This book released at EC in the spring and I’m currently working on the final book in the series, Return to Ransom. Ransom is the oldest Dobbs brother. 



What can we look forward to next from you?
My next release is in EC’s anthology, Something Wicked This Way Comes, Volume 2, featuring bestselling author and owner of Ellora’s Cave, Jaid Black. My story is a paranormal shifter/ménage called Tinderbox which is a sequel to Jaguar Hunger (EC, 2010).  I’m not quite sure about the release date yet but I suspect it’ll come out sometime around the first of the year. I’m also working on Return to Ransom (book 3 of the Delight, Texas series) and Santana’s Touch, a paranormal shifter ménage and book 3 of the Savage Sanctuary series.

Do you get to have any part in the covers that grace your books?
Sort of! EC’s cover artists are incredible. I usually give them an idea of the ‘tone’ of the story, the setting, and a vague description of the hero and heroine and they take it from there.

We learned at Romanticon how Desiree Holt does her research of sexual positions using Barbie and Ken dolls many now with broken body parts. How do you do your research?  I warned you I had a good one inspired by Desiree lol.
SNICKER…nothing Desiree does surprises me. I don’t use dolls and such. Nothing all that exciting! I pull my sex scenes straight from my imagination.

When you get some down time what would we find you doing?
Down time? Ha. What’s that? I read, of course, and sometimes chill out with a movie. Most of my free time is spent on assorted decorating projects around my house. At the moment, I’m redoing my kitchen and a small bathroom. We’ve also just bought a vacation home. It’s a gorgeous Mediterranean style house overlooking a blue, blue Texas lake and it’s basically empty right now so I’m scouring furniture stores, etc. This stuff keeps me plenty busy. I also love spending time with my college-aged daughter and son! Sometimes when things get overwhelming, I head off to spend a few days with them just to catch up on the happenings in their lives. Yes…sigh…I’m an empty-nester and it sucks sometimes.

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?
I love love all the authors of the Sassy Seven. They are my favorites and I know that everything they write is smokin’ hot and well written. These ladies write good, good stuff!

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?
Keep writing. Getting that first book published usually doesn’t happen overnight. Read lots of different genres and don’t let rejections discourage you. This is a tough business requiring a tough skin. What one publisher may hate, another may LOVE. Sign up for one or two writing workshops. There are plenty of good ones out there where you’ll find encouragement and hints to make your writing shine.

How can readers learn more about you and your books?
That’s easy! Here are links where you can find me:
You can also find me killing time on both Facebook and Twitter. Come and “friend” me!

Thank you Regina for your time both at Romanticon and here today I look forward to seeing you again at Romanticon next year.
I’ll be there. Just booked my room! YAY!
 
You can read my review of Return to Delight (here)
Read my review of Return of the Daredevil (here)

Now for one lucky person Regina is giving away a copy of one of her books from her backlist.  Just leave a comment with your email and you are entered to win.  Contest is open until December 3rd at 11:59 pm and you MUST leave an email address to be entered.

 And remember RomFan is also giving away a $25 Ellora's Cave Gift Certificate to one person see details (here)

Review: Return of the Daredevil by Regina Carlysle


Review: Return of the Daredevil
Author: Regina Carlysle
ISBN: 9781419935701
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Format: E-book
Price: $4.45




"Scrumptious scoundrel. Daredevil T Dobbs, the sexiest cowboy to ever walk the streets of Delight, Texas, headed out of town, taking Melanie Honeycutt’s heart with him. But now he’s back and hotter than ever. Trust him? Her head says no but her body has other ideas.

Stubborn woman. She was the girl T never forgot and the woman he yearns for in the deepest part of his heart. But what’s a man to do when she doesn’t believe he’s home for good? T knows his way around dangerous curves, and Mel’s are hot enough to burn a man. He figures it’ll take a slow hand and some downright smokin’-hot sex to melt her reserve but he’s definitely up for the challenge."

Regina Carlysle’s follow-up to Return to Delight, Return of the Daredevil will keep you hooked.  When T Dobbs comes back to town and he has his sites set on Mel.  But, she is going to give him a run for his money or at least make every attempt at it.  Steaming, passionate and such an enjoyable book that I can read it again and again. 

Annette gives this book

Review: Return to Delight by Regina Carlysle


Review: Return to Delight
Author: Regina Carlysle
ISBN: 9781419933837
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Format: E-book
Price: $4.45




"Harley June Baker left Delight thinking never to return, but when circumstances draw her back to this tiny town and straight into Cooper’s strong arms, she knows she’s in deep trouble. The man she’d loved and left behind is now one sexy devil-in-denim and hotter than a Texas summer night. With his every wicked touch throwing her senses into overdrive, how could any sane woman resist?

Cooper Dobbs is a man on a mission. He let Harley get away once, but never again. Knowing it’s time to burn up some sheets with the delectable woman, Cooper plies her with a raw, savage passion that threatens to incinerate them both. It’s gonna take plenty of panty-drenching sex and a fair amount of sweet-talkin’ to make Harley his, but Cooper reckons he’s up to the challenge."

Regina Carlysle continues to keep us entertained with her stories.  Sexy cowboy going after what he wants and the woman he wants and refuses to let go.  Hot, fun and everything you could ever want in a book.  Keep it up Regina!!

Annette gives this book

Review: Justice (New Species Book 4) by Laurann Dohner

Review: Justice (New Species Book 4)
Author: Laurann Dohner
ISBN: 9781419937569
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $7.99


“Justice North is the face of New Species. Seeing him up close makes Jessie’s heart race. He’s the ultimate alpha male—big, muscular, exotically beautiful…and dangerous. Of course he’s off limits. But then the sexy man purrs and all bets are off.

Jessie Dupree is a mouthy, fiery human female who brings out the animal in Justice. She wants to show him how to relax, and he’s all for anything she wants to do, but Justice has sworn to protect his people and to take a Species mate. He’s torn between the woman he wants and the oath he’s taken.

Jessie knows a relationship between them probably won’t end well; heartbreak is inevitable. But that won’t stop her from freeing the wildness inside Justice and spending every moment she can steal wrapped around his hot body, making him roar with passion.”


Laurann Dohner continues her New Species series with the leader of the group Justice. I will admit I have been waiting for his story and I was not disappointed. I enjoy how Ms. Dohner gives each one of her characters such personalities and continues to entertain. I thoroughly enjoy how Jessie never backs down regardless of how angry Justice may get and at times it can be quite humorous. All I can say is keep writing and keep them coming.


Annette gives this book

Review: Valiant (New Species Book 3) by Laurann Dohner

Review: Valiant (New Species Book 3)
Author: Laurann Dohner
ISBN: 9781419936005
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $6.99


“Tammy has always tried to be prepared for any calamity life might send her way but she never imagined a sexy, lion man-beast in her future. He’s huge, got the most exotic, golden cat-eyes she’s ever seen, and she’s so terrified she’s speechless for the first time in her life. He’s stalking closer, growling at her, and she’s too terrified to even flee.

Valiant hates humans. But when he gets a whiff of the adorable human female who has invaded his territory, he starts rethinking. Her fear scents of pure, sweet temptation and the closer he gets, the more appealing she becomes. Once he’s got his hands on her, he isn’t about to let her go. One thought will change his life. MINE!

Before Tammy can regain her senses, she’s flat on her back in Valiant’s bed. Now he just has to use every inch of his big, buff body to convince her that she should stay with him forever.”

Book 3 in the New Species series was at first a little harder for me to read then all the others in the series. Valiant is more dominate and more in touch with his animal DNA that when it came to Tammy he was overbearing, with that said, I completely understand why the character had to be written that way and overall I still enjoyed the storyline. There were parts of the book that had me chuckling and if you have not read any of the books in the series just let me say do not put a man mixed with lion DNA in a hotel room


Annette gives this book

Review: Slade (New Species Book 2) by Luarann Dohner

Review: Slade (New Species Book 2)
Author: Laurann Dohner
ISBN: 9781419935831
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $6.99

"Dr. Trisha Norbit is flat on her back in a hospital bed, pinned under a really big New Species male. Though drugged out of his mind, he promises her ecstasy and is determined to deliver—but hospital staff intervenes. 215 is a man Trisha will never forget. But, when she meets him again at Homeland…he doesn’t even remember her!


The nosy new doctor wants to know all about the breeding habits between humans and Species. Slade proposes a hands-on education but she’s not interested in a one-night stand. He can’t offer more because he’s haunted by the memory of a woman he once tried to claim. He’s shocked when he realizes they are one and the same. He’s blown it—she’ll never give him a chance now.

But, when her life is in danger, he’s the only one who can save her. As they flee through the wilderness, their desire ignites and cannot be denied. Hot sex, on the run, has consequences that are even more dangerous and will change their lives forever."

The next book in Laurann Dohner’s series Slade is has a sense of humor that you would not normally find in one of the New Species after all they have been through. But, somehow he has managed to overcome the hell he lived through. The chemistry between Trisha and Slade is such a joy to read. There is no stopping Ms. Dohner she is on a roll and I say keep them coming.


Annette gives this book

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interview with Ellora's Cave Editor Kahli Reid


While we were at the Ellora's Cave Romanticon 2011, we were fortunate enough to sit down with one of their editors and ask her some questions.  Kahli Reid is a newer addition to the Ellora's Cave editorial team, but not to the world of editing.  We were able to learn much for listening to her, and hope any of you aspiring authors out there do as well.

Please note, this isn't word for word what she said, but rather the gist of it.  Any mistakes are my own.



1. What exactly does an editor do?

There are two different types of editors, the Content Editor and the Line Editor.  The Content Editor works one on one with the author to make sure the story is cohesive, the characters make sense, the sex is hot, and also makes sure there's no ick factors to turn the reader off of a book.  The Line Editor's job is to go through the manuscript line by line and make sure not only the grammar and punctuation is correct, but also that everything is consistant.  For instance, that the word blonde is used for a woman, and blond is used for men.

An editor's job is to not only help with the technical aspect of the book, but for Ellora's Cave editors it's also to nurture the authors to help them become the best they can be.  It's about finding the diamond in the rough.  Ellora's Cave takes care of their authors, and it shows in the finished books that are published.

2. How did you get your start in editing?

Kahli Reid started off as a writer, spending more than twenty years writing everything from children's books to technical journals to romance novels.  Since she spent so much time personally editing things for friends and coworkers, when she saw the Twitter post that Ellora's Cave was looking for editors, she jumped at the chance.  Now she gets paid to do something she loves.

3. The day and life of an editor

Most editors get to work from home, so she's lucky enough to work in her pajamas if she chooses.  Her day consists of tons of emails to go through, submissions to look at, and searching for authors to publish.  When looking at a submission, she'll spend time looking to see if that person has any kind of online presence, and if they do, what are they doing to get their name out there to potential readers.  She looks to see if the person is serious about being an author. 

Then there's the actual editing of manuscripts.  A lot of what an editor looks for is not just grammar and punctuation, but a lot of show vs. tell.  For example, don't tell us that the character's angry.  Show us by having him stomp into the room, slam the door, then pick up the lamp and throw it into the wall.  In that way, the reader can see in their minds what's happening as opposed to just reading about it.  Her advice is that the editing process is one of the most valuable experiences an author can have.  You can hear or read about the things editors will look for, but until you have it applied to your book you don't truly understand.  There are freelance editors out there who will professionally edit your book for a fee, and it's a good idea to have the first even the first fifty pages done of your manuscript. 

Most people (myself included) don't realize that editors don't get paid until a book they're working on goes to print.  For that reason, make sure your book is as polished as you can make it.  You may have a better shot of getting accepted if your book doesn't need a lot of work.

She also says she's looking for historical paranormal, such as vampires in the 1500s.  So if you've got a story, send it in to her.

4. What is the process once a book is accepted and submitted?

The first thing to happen is the contract.  Editors can't begin to suggest changes to your manuscript without a contract in place.  Once the contract is settled, then she goes through the overview of the story to make sure it flows smoothly and there are no discrepencies.  Once suggestions are made, sent to the author, then fixed and returned, she goes through it line by line.  She makes sure the changes or corrections were addressed, and makes sure the story is tight, interesting, and the characters are sound.  As an author, you can fight for certain things the editors want to change, but you'll need a solid reason for doing so.  Remember though, the editor's job is not to change your story but make it tighter and better so that it'll fly off the shelves (or into the online shopping cart) once it's published.  A book is not a read, it's an experience, and it's the editor's job to ensure that comes true.

5. After edits are done, what happens next?

Once the Content Editor is done, they send the manuscript over to the Line Editor.  The Line Editor goes over it line by line to make sure the grammar, spelling and punctuation is correct, and that words and other details are consistent throughout the story.  Once they're done with it the manuscript goes to the Production Department, where it will be given a cover, assigned an ISBN# and turned into a book. 

Authors have very little control over the title or the cover.  For the title, if you want to keep the title you came up with, then do your research.  Make sure there's not a book already that has the same title, because every publisher wants each book to have a unique title.  Also, look at the other book titles in the genre you want to write.  Make sure it's short and to the point, and goes well with the type of story you're writing. 

6. What are three common mistakes you see right away when you get a manuscript?

The first one is, please learn to write a synopsis.  When you write a synopsis, don't put every detail of your book in it.  The goal of a synopsis should be to seduce the editor into reading your book.  Your synopsis should give them the highlights of your story, yet at the same time tease the editor enough that they have to have your story to read and find out all the details. 

The second one is please submit a clean manuscript.  Not only with the technical aspect of grammar and punctuation, but also with the flow of the story.  Are there any gaps in the story, are the characters consistant, is the story tight and does it flow smoothly. 

The third one is please write what you know.  Don't write a medical drama if you have no idea what a doctor does.  Don't write a police procedural if you've never dealt with law enforcement before.  If you do want to write something out of your element, then do your research on it.  When readers pick up a historical, for example, they expect the story to be historically accurate, and will become upset if it's not.  Readers check for these things, so make sure you've done your homework before you write, or else stick with what you know.  It also helps to read several books in the genre you want to write.  If you want to write a paranormal, then read paranormal.  That way when you write, you can make sure your book isn't one giant cliche and you can move past those to develop something truly unique.

 And remember RomFan is also giving away a $25 Ellora's Cave Gift Certificate to one person see details (here)

Review: Fury (New Species Book 1) by Laurann Dohner

Review: Fury (New Species Book 1)
Author: Laurann Dohner
ISBN: 9781419935954
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Paranormal Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $7.99


Ellie has just found that the company she works for is experimenting on humans with animal DNA. And one of those experiments is Fury, a man that keeps drawing her back to his cell and when she witnesses the abuse he undergoes she takes matters into her own hands.


Fury has never known kindness from humans only pain except for Ellie. That is until he thinks she betrayed him now he wants her dead at his hands, now that he is free and will take out his revenge on the woman he trusted.

Ellie will put her life in danger to prove to Fury that she did not betray him and that her feelings are much stronger. She is set on a course that could either kill her or win the man she loves.

Laurann Dohner has the beginning to an amazing series. Strong men who have no idea what it is like to feel kindness let alone love. Fury will draw you into this new world of a group of people that you will feel their pain and their hatred for the race that created them. Fury is a rollercoaster ride that you will not want to get off. Now I will admit that there is a sense of reading a Lora Leigh Breeds book so if you enjoy her books you will love Luarann Dohner’s New Species series as well.

Annette gives this book

Review: Bad Lady Baronton by Meta Mathews

Review: Bad Lady Baronton
Author: Meta Mathews
ISBN: 9781419936517
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Historical Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $4.45

Lady Madelina has no plans to marry the Earl of Baronton so she comes up with a plan to pretend that she is not an innocent lady but a woman of experience.

Garrett Anderson soon finds himself the heir to and Earldom and a fiancée to go with it, a woman he has never met nor does he wish to marry. In an attempt to find out more about her he decides to go to his new property under an assumed name and learn what he can about her.


When their paths finally cross Madelina knows who Garrett is regardless of the name he is using but she cannot resist the man after all and when Garrett offers her the opportunity to discover what it is like to be in a man’s arms she cannot tell him no. But, what happens when Garrett discovers the woman in his bed is actually his intended and not a woman to be a man’s mistress?

Bad Lady Baronton is full of hot sex, deceit and falling in love and I wish it would have never ended. Maddie and Garrett together really heat up the pages both in and out of the bed.

Annette gives this book


Monday, November 28, 2011

Interview with EC author Shoshanna Evers


Today we have with us Ellora’s Cave author Shoshanna Evers who we had the great pleasure of meeting at EC Romanticon in Akron, OH recently.  Thank you Shoshanna for joining us at EC week!!


Can you tell us a little about your upcoming release Bedhead? 


Thanks for having me, Annette. Bedhead is part of the new multi-author Ellora’s Cave Skin Deep Series. The heroine has been bald most of her life as a result of a medical condition, and she’s so self-conscious about it that she’s still a virgin. The book focuses on how her sex life heats up when she’s ready to let go of her insecurities and take control of her sex life.


I know it seems these two questions are always asked but readers and future writers like to know.  What do you like most about writing?  What do you dislike about it?


I love losing myself in another world. Anything can happen if I just type it…I can go places I’ve never been, do things I’ve never done (ahem), and fall in love over and over again with each of my characters. As for what I dislike about writing, I’d say the back pain I tend to experience after sitting hunched over my computer for hours at a time. I think I need to buy a better chair, LOL.


Who or what inspired you to begin writing?


I’ve always loved reading, and that’s what inspired me to write. I have “books” that I handwrote on lined school paper and stapled on the sides. They all start with “Chapter One” even though they might be about three handwritten pages each. So I’ve been writing for a while J


What can we look forward to next from you?


After Bedhead, I’ve got a trilogy of short novellas called The Dominatrix Fantasy Series coming up: Spanked, Denied, and Collared. I’ll be releasing all three at once for my readers who read fast and don’t like to wait for the next in a series, LOL. The series follows the same couple at different stages in their relationship, however each book stands alone as well. If anyone wants to receive an email when my next books come out, please sign up for my mailing list at the bottom of my website, http://ShoshannaEvers.com/
 

You also have an advice column. What is the craziest question you have ever had? 


I don’t think any question is overly crazy in the sense that most of the questions I pick to answer are relatable to many people. They’re about problems in the family or relationships or at work, that sort of thing. The really crazy questions are the ones I can’t print in the newspaper, and are usually sexual in nature. But as erotic as my fiction gets, my advice column is more of a general all-audiences thing.


When you get some down time what would we find you doing?


Down time? What is this down time you speak of? LOL I run after my toddler all day, and I write at night. If I decide to completely relax and do “nothing” then I’m reading. I love to read more than I love to write, and that’s saying a lot because I really love to write.


Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?


Oh gosh, I get this question a lot. I used to start listing my favorite authors, but since many of my favorite authors are also my friends, the line gets fuzzy regarding recommendations. I also risk hurting someone’s feelings if I don’t list them, and even if I love their books I may forget. One way to guess some of my favorite erotica authors is to look at the authors I picked to be in my non-fiction writing book How to Write Hot Sex: Tips from Multi-Published Erotica Authors. Those girls really know what they’re talking about.


Any advice you would like to give to future authors?


Yes! First, read in your genre. Second, read about writing. If you write romance or erotica then you might find my book How to Write Hot Sex helpful (it’s available in ebook and in print). Third, get on Twitter and search the hashtag #amwriting and #pubwrite to find some like-minded writers. Fourth, get a critique group. And finally, if you love writing then don’t give up. At the same time, don’t self-publish the first thing you write, because the tenth thing you write is going to be much better, and you don’t want to lose your readership before your career has even started.


How can readers learn more about you and your books?


You can go to my website and sign up for my newsletter, follow me on Twitter (@ShoshannaEvers) - I follow back! - and friend me on Facebook. I also welcome emails from readers – my email address is shoshanna.evers@yahoo.com. If we’re not friends yet, we will be soon!


Thank you Shoshanna for your time both at Romanticon and here today I look forward to seeing you again at Romanticon next year.


Thank you so much for having me! I’m giving away an e-copy of Bedhead to one commenter, so please leave your email address and preferred format in your comments!

Read my review of Bedhead (here)

Now as Shoshanna mentioned she is giving away a copy of her new release Bedhead to one lucky person so leave a comment with your email and the format you would like you ebook in.  Contest ends December 3rd at 11:59 pm.  You must leave your email addy to be entered.

And remember RomFan is also giving away a $25 Ellora's Cave Gift Certificate to one person see details (here)

Review: Bedhead by Shoshanna Evers


Review: Bedhead
Author: Shoshanna Evers
ISBN: 9781419935466
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $4.45
 
Michelle Peterson is not your typical twenty-eight year old, Michelle is still a virgin, not because she wants to be but because she is afraid any man she gets involved with will learn her secret.  Until she meets Andrew Calhoun in the corner market and when he asks her to join him for a drink Michelle decides to live a little and hope for the best.

Andrew is fascinated with Michelle but when things start to heat up he soon learns what she has been hiding Michelle is bald.  But, to his surprise he still wants her, now he has to prove it to Michelle.

When Michelle is told that she has been offered a chance to have transplant surgery she cannot wait to share the news with Andrew.  What she discovers is that Andrew is not as happy about the news as she is.  Will Andrew be able to convince Michelle to give up on her plan for surgery or will he lose her forever?

What to say about Bedhead?  One word comes to mind “real” we all go through our own personal fears so it is easy to relate to Michelle and her fear of a man finding out that her hair is a wig. I found myself feeling bad for Andrew as he always seemed to stick his foot in his mouth one too many times that I found I would just chuckle and shake my head saying “stupid man”.  It is nice to finally read a book that the hero and/or heroine are not picture perfect, that they have faults either internal or external. Shoshanna Evers has a new fan in her writing.  

Annette gives this book

Ellora's Cave Week

All this week we will be highlighting publisher Ellora's Cave and their authors, editors and the hot men who grace their covers.
For those who have no idea who EC is well, they are an award winning publisher of Romantica.  What is Romantica?  According to Ellora's Cave who own the rights to the term defines it as:

Romantica® is the name for the line of erotic romance novels published by Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Erotic romance is defined by us as: any work of literature that is both romantic and sexually explicit in nature. Within this genre, the main protagonists develop "in love" feelings for one another that culminate in a monogamous relationship.
Romantica® doesn't begin from the premise that women's sexual experiences are dirty and therefore in need of being perfumed up by flowery phrases. The premise of Romantica™ is that women's sexual experiences are legitimate, positive, and beautiful.
Ellora's Cave Romantica® must be both erotic and romantic.

~ The sexual relationship must be integral to and an important element of the storyline and the character development. Sex scenes should contribute to furthering the plot or affecting the development of the romantic relationship or the growth of the characters.

~ The story must include abundant and explicit sex and sexual tension, starting early and continuing throughout. Sex scenes must be described in graphic detail and explicit wording, not delicate euphemisms or purple prose.

~ The story must meet the definition of a romance novel: the primary focus must be on the development of a romantic relationship, and there must be an emotionally satisfying committed ending for the main characters.
We also publish  EXOTIKA™, our line of quality erotica for women. These stories focus on a woman’s sexual journey or adventures. Although they may contain a romance, they do not have to include that as the primary focus, the relationship does not need to be monogamous or end with commitment.

As it continues to grow Ellora's Cave plans to launch an Ellora's Cave for men real soon.  Find out more at their website and while you are there do some shopping http://www.jasminejade.com/default.aspx 

Also, Ellora's Cave puts on an amazing party for readers, authors and everyone in between called Romanticon if you have never been to one you need to check it out.  Next year's dates have already been set for October 11th-14th to learn more go to the Romanticon website here I will be there again, just booked my hotel *woohoo* so come and join the fun. Just to give you a hint of what you will see....

We here at RomFan Reviews are happy to spotlight this amazing publisher, authors, editing staff and look for a Dishy Guy Friday post on the men who grace their book covers. Ellora's Cave now has gift certificates so we will be giving away a $25 gift certificate to one lucky commenter!!  We will take all the comments from all of our posts and interviews and draw one lucky person to win the gift certificate.  So, leave your comments and to up your odds come back everyday and leave a comment on each of our posts (reviews excluded) one comment per post will be counted.  Contest ends December 3rd at 11:59 pm you MUST leave your email address to be eligible.  
*Disclaimer* This contest is being run by RomFan Reviews and is in no part connected to Ellora's Cave.


~Annette~

Monday, November 21, 2011

Interview with Paranormal Romance author D.B. Reynolds


Today we have with us Paranormal Romance author and my friend D.B. Reynolds!!
Welcome back to RomFan Reviews D.B. thank you so much for joining us today on such short notice.  


Thank you, Annette. It’s great to be here as always!







DUNCAN made his appearance early and was released on November 15th, can you tell us about his story?


My readers all know Duncan as Raphael’s lieutenant, where he’s been for nearly the entire 150 years that he’s been a vampire. Raphael is his Sire, the vampire who turned him. But now it’s time for Duncan to claim his own territory, and he wants Washington, D.C., which is ruled over by an ancient Vampire Lord named Victor. The Vampire way for Duncan to claim the territory is to defeat Victor, which means killing him in a one-on-one challenge. After defeating the powerful vampire lord, Duncan discovers the depths of Victor’s depravity and sets out to dig it out at the roots, even if that means getting rid of the corrupt humans who are in it up to their ears!  While Duncan is doing this, he meets Emma Duquet. Emma’s roommate has been playing with Victor, which is a very dangerous game indeed, and now she’s disappeared. Emma is determined to find out what’s happened to her roommate. She storms the official Vampire residence in D.C., thinking to confront Victor, and finds Duncan instead. As the two of them fall in lust and eventually love, they dig into Victor’s affairs, confronting treacherous vampires and murderous humans in their quest to learn the truth. 


     Your next book is going to be about another Vampire in America Lucas, what can you tell us so far?


Lucas is Lord of the Plains Territory, which sits next to Raphael’s Western Territory. He is another of Raphael’s vampire children, although hardly anyone knows this, since Lucas was made Vampire by Raphael before they came to this country. Raphael and Lucas don’t advertise their bond, preferring to keep it a secret whenever possible. Lucas is irreverent, with a wicked sense of humor, but when push comes to shove, he’s a formidable enemy. He can turn from wicked bad boy into powerful vampire lord in the blink of an eye, and you’ll never see it coming. He’s also sexy as hell and loves women of all shapes, sizes and ages. And they love him back.  When Lucas’s book begins, he’s in the middle of a war with the Midwestern Vampire Lord, so be prepared for some vampire bloodfests. At the same time, Lucas has to deal with a visit from the FBI in the person of Katherine Hunter who’s chasing down a missing person she believes has disappeared into the vampire community. Lucas looks at Katherine and sees a challenge. Katherine looks at Lucas and knows she should run, not walk, straight back to her tidy home in Virginia.  


Will we be seeing more Vampires in America in the future?


My current contract is for eight books. Duncan is #5. But my publisher and I are discussing a future beyond those eight. In the meantime, in response to reader demand, I’ll be writing a series of novellas featuring Raphael and Cyn. The other characters might pop up here and there, but the novellas will center around just Raphael and Cyn. They’ll be released in between future books, and will initially be in e-format only, although we will eventually combine two or more novellas into a single print book, as well. I also have an e-anthology of my Vampire Vignettes coming out for Valentine’s Day, which will include all of the existing Vignettes, plus two original, and much longer, Vignettes which will only appear in the e-anthology, and which will include Raj and Sarah’s wedding weekend. 


     When you start writing do you outline your story first or do you just go with the flow and start typing?


I always outline my stories ahead of time, even the novellas and Vignettes, but my outlines are flexible. If the story wants to go a different direction, I’ll go there. But I always know how the story will begin and how it will end, and I usually outline all the major scenes in between.


Many authors have both a daytime job and their writing how about you?


I don’t work full-time anymore, although I used to. I was in television/movie post-production, where 12 hour days are the norm, and at certain times of the year, 7 days a week. When my darling husband decided to retire early, he wanted someone to play with, so I quit my job, too. And that’s when I really started writing.
 

When you take a break from writing what are some of the things you enjoy doing?


Mostly I enjoy reading and movies. But I also like to travel. There are many places I want to see and things I want to do before the end! I also work out regularly, but I don’t enjoy that, so it doesn’t count!!


Any advice you would like to give to future authors trying to get their start?


I always say the same thing when asked this question. If you want to be a writer, you have to write, and you have to let others see your writing. Not your mom and dad, or your significant other, but other writers who will give you honest critiques. One of the toughest things to accept when a writer first gets started is the need to throw away some of your favorite scenes, because they just don’t work for the reader. You have to be willing to listen to your fellow writers and see that maybe what made sense in your head doesn’t work as well to anyone else!  And then you have to submit your work to editors/agents, often deal with rejection, and keep writing anyway.


I am going to do something a little different just a few quickie questions:


      Background noise or quiet while writing?


Generally quiet, although I can work anywhere. But I don’t play music of my own when I write. It’s too distracting.


      Ebook or the real deal?


I was one of those who couldn’t imagine giving up my paper books, but now I utterly and completely love my Kindle. I pretty much don’t buy paper books anymore at all. I do occasionally acquire a signed copy of a book for a keepsake, but then I buy the e-version to read.


      Favorite Color?


Black. Or if I must wear a color, then probably blue.


      Coffee or Tea? Or like me neither one lol…


I don’t like the taste of either one! Not even in desserts or candy or ice cream, or anything else. I especially don’t like coffee. It smells great, but tastes awful.


Where can readers find out more about your books and contact you?


They can visit my blog at http://dbreynolds.wordpress.com


Thank you so much D.B. for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here with us today and for your amazing friendship. 
Thank you, Annette! I love your blog and love visiting with you.  Hugs!

 
You can read my reviews of D.B.’s books at the following links: (note Raphael and Jabril are from my reviews written for PNR Romance)







    Also her book Heart of the Wolf http://www.romfanreviews.com/2010/06/review-heart-of-wolf.html 
Now for one lucky person who leaves a comment D.B. will be giving away a copy of one of her books winner's choice either in E-Book or Print.  Contest ends November 30th at 11:59 pm EST you must include your email address in your comment to be entered and contest is open internationally.

*NOTE* We have been having some issues while leaving comments so I have extended the contest.  If you are unable to leave a comment on this post please send me your email information with DB Reynolds Interview in the subject line to annette@romfanreviews.com

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Duncan( Vampires in America Book 5) by D.B. Reynolds


Review: Duncan (Vampires in America Book 5)
Author: D.B. Reynolds
ISBN: 978-1-61026-083-1
Publisher: ImaJinn Books
Genre: Paranmormal Romance
Format: E-Book & Print
Price: $6.00 & $10.50

Duncan has been with his Sire Raphael for 150 years, now it is time for Duncan to get his own territory and he has his sights set on the country’s capital Washington D.C.  But, first Duncan must defeat the current Vampire Lord of the Territory.  Once Duncan succeeds he soon discovers that he has his work cut out for him as his predecessor was using his power to commit unspeakable horrors to the humans and vampires.

Emma Duquet finds herself at the doorstep of the Vampire Lord looking for her friend and roommate who is missing and believes vampires are involved.  She will do whatever it takes to find her even put her own life and body in the hands of the handsome Vampire Lord Duncan.

While Duncan tries to get control of his territory now he also has a human woman to contend with and what a woman.  Duncan cannot deny the instant attraction to Emma and he will do whatever it takes to keep her safe and with him.

Duncan is the 5th and long anticipated book in the Vampires in America series, at least for me; I have been waiting for Duncan to get his own book since book one which was Raphael and Cyn’s story.  D.B. Reynolds is on a roll I could not put Duncan down it was full of thrills, humor and of course romance.  I strongly suggest you read not just Duncan but every book in this series you will not be disappointed.  Bring on Lucas!!!

Annette gives this book

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grace Burrowes Contest Winners!!

We have drawn our winners from our interview with Grace Burrowes using Random.org each winner will receive a copy of Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish and the winners are:
Nichole & Barbara

Congratulations to you both and Happy Reading!!

~Annette~

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Interview: Historical Romance Author Grace Burrowes

Today we have with us historical romance author Grace Burrowes.  Welcome to RomFan Reviews Grace it is a great honor to have you with us today. 

        Last month was the release of Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish; can you tell us about the book?
I would love to! Lady Sophie is the sensible Windham sister, and yet, she’s fed up with holiday festivities that for her no longer resonate with genuine joy. She finagles a few days of solitude at the Windham town house, only to find herself snowed in with an abandoned infant. Being a lady, Sophie has no idea how to care for wee Kit, but handsome Vim Charpentier knows all about looking after babies…. There’s mistletoe involved, and Sophie’s three nosey brothers, and of course, a happily ever after for all. 


      Your next release is about Sophie’s brother Valentine who also made his appearance known in The Heir and The Soldier.  Can you tell us about The Virtuoso?
 Authors are frequently admonished to torture our romance heroes, so when it came time to write Valentine’s story, I knew I had to take his music away from him. This tortured me, but wonderful things began to happen when Val took on the challenges facing his pretty, widowed neighbor, Ellen Markham. Very soon, music of the heart could be heard even when Valentine’s pianistic skill was no longer in evidence.

 

       Will you be continuing your Regency Series and writing about the rest of the Windham family?
 But of course! And also their neighbors and friends and maybe even—this would be a Georgian, of course—the story of how the Duke and Duchess of Moreland courted and wed.

     You are also a lawyer; how do you juggle two careers? 
     Balance, more than juggle. As a child welfare attorney, I see a lot of lives that are far from a happily ever after. The writing gives me a place to counterbalance that reality, and it restores my optimism and joie de vivre. The office gives me a break from the creative challenges of the writing, and it keeps me grateful for the privilege of writing for publication.

     What’s been the best experience in your writing career?
I have made friends through my books, and I’ve heard from readers that my stories give them a little breathing room, a smile, amid life’s challenges. Romance authors have done that for me for decades. To think that I can pass on such a gift is profoundly satisfying.

      What’s been the worst experience in your writing career?
I’m a beginner again at age 52. This is not a bad experience, but it demands courage and resilience of a type I haven’t had to call on for a while. Maybe beginning a creative endeavor after age fifty should be mandatory, because it’s wonderfully rewarding.

     Since your books are based on the Regency era how do you do all your research and where do you get some of your information from?
    The web is an invaluable tool, as are other books. I always have a Georgette Heyer in progress, and I read as widely as I can among sources original to the period. I’ve also made some trips to England and Scotland, and God willing, I’d like to make many more.

     How long have you been writing?  And how long did it take for you to get published?
My parents got me an Olivetti typewriter for Christmas when I was eight, but that’s not what you mean, is it? I started messing around with Regency stories about six years ago, when my daughter moved out. Four years later, I decided to see if any of my completed manuscripts could catch an editor’s eye. The first person I pitched was Deb Werksman, of Sourcebooks, Inc., and she ended up offering me a multiple book deal. It isn’t supposed to work like that, I know, and yet, I did read romance for forty years at a voracious rate, too. Maybe that gave me an edge?

    Who are some of the authors we would find on your bookshelf?
The author who taught me the meaning of keeper is Judith Ivory, but I have many, many keepers: Mary Balogh, Loretta Chase, Carolyn Jewel, Jennifer Ashley, Eloisa James, Julia Quinn, Meredith Duran, Julie Ann Long, Sophia Nash, JR Ward (yes, you read that right), and Joanna Bourne—if you’ve already picked up The Virtuoso, or even if you haven’t, treat yourself to Joanna Bourne’s The Black Hawk, released this month. Scrumptious.

    Is there any advice you would give to those who are looking to write their own books?
I’ve blogged about this a few times on my website. I’d say my advice comes down to three things: First, enjoy the writing. Once you’re published, you can’t focus on it in the same pure, passionate fashion, so enjoy it now. Second, don’t be daunted by the people who talk about writing, and conference about it, and quote craft books about it. While they’re flapping around and dropping names, you finish your WIP. There are many roads to Rome, and yours might be one nobody else has ever traveled. Third, never, never, never give up. Never. When you think you’re going to give up, email me and I’ll give you a pep talk.

    Where can readers go to learn more about you and your books? 
    Thanks to the genius talents at Wax Creative, Inc., I am now the proud owner of a gorgeous new website at www.graceburrowes.com. Book covers, blogs, excerpts, deleted scenes, my bio and pics, the newsletter sign up, and much more await anybody who visits the site. I’m also on Facebook and on Twitter @graceburrowes.

Thank you so much Grace for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again soon.

Lady Sophie’s Christmas Wish by Grace Burrowes – In Stores NOW!
A luminous holiday tale of romance, passion, and dreams come true from rising star Grace Burrowes, whose award-winning Regency romances are capturing hearts worldwide.

All she wants is peace and anonymity…
Lady Sophie Windham has maneuvered a few days to herself at the ducal mansion in London before she must join her family for Christmas in Kent. Suddenly trapped by a London snowstorm, she finds herself with an abandoned baby and only the assistance of a kind, handsome stranger standing between her and complete disaster.

But Sophie’s holiday is about to heat up…
With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits—but when Sophie’s brothers whisk her away, Vim’s most painful holiday memories are reawakened.

It seems Sophie’s been keeping secrets, and now it will take much more than a mistletoe kiss to make her deepest wishes come true… 

The Virtuoso by Grace Burrowes – In Stores November 2011
A genius with a terrible loss…
Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father’s obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.

A widow with a heartbreaking secret…
Grieving Ellen Markham has hidden herself away, looking for safety in solitude. Her curious new neighbor offers a kindred lonely soul whose desperation is matched only by his desire, but Ellen’s devastating secret could be the one thing that destroys them both.

Together they’ll find there’s no rescue from the past, but sometimes losing everything can help you find what you need most.

About the Author
Grace Burrowes is the pen name for an award-winning author of historical romances. The Heir, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Booklist, and was selected as a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year for 2010. Both The Heir and its follow-up, The Solider, are New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. She is a practicing attorney specializing in family law and lives in a restored log cabin in western Maryland without a TV, DVD or radio because she's too busy working on her next books. For more information, please visit http://www.graceburrowes.com/.


Read my reviews of Grace Burrowes wonderful tales set in the Regency era
The Heir
The Soldier
Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish
The Virtuoso

Now for two lucky people Grace is giving away two copies of Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish just leave a comment with your email address by November 13th at 11:59 PM Est and we will draw the winners.  Contest open to US and Canada and you must leave your email address to be qualified.