Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Forever Broken by Evangeline Anderson


Review: Forever Broken
Author: Evangeline Anderson
ISBN: 9781419930393
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Paranormal M/M Erotica
Format: E-Book
Price: $6.99

What do you get when you mix a male vampire of royal descent and a lowly werewolf? Two lovers who share a bond that goes against all grains. Laurent’s family wants him to marry a female vampire to continue the family line while Paul’s father wants him to take over the family business.
On a night where Laurent and Paul meet and touch hands, sparks light up and the duo realize that there’s more to their chemistry than normal. Paul refuses to admit he’s gay while Laurent has no problem with it and wants to prove it to his future mate.
Natural enemies, the two must face death to be together and could lose everyone in their lives they ever knew. Will either of them give up everything to share their hearts? Will the price be worth it?
There is enough love and passion in this story to make your heart sing. The plot keeps you turning pages and just when you think there are no answers to the problems, Evangeline Anderson sparks the desires of a forbidden relationship.
 
Bobbi gives this book

Review: Studenstein by Daisy Harris

Studenstein (Love-Bots #2)
by: Daisy Harris
ISBN#9781419936548
$5.60 e-book
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Paranormal Erotica
Released: September 2011




As a former illegal love-bot, Shani is determined to rescue and free other love-bots.  Problem is, snagging one is nearly impossible.  When her teams learns a love-bot will be at a public BDSM club, she races to save him.  When she gets there, she finds Royce doesn't want to be rescued, and is happy where he is.  Not giving him a choice, she kidnapps him and blocks his communication with his employers.  In doing so, however, she kicks in Royce's failsafes, which cause him unimaginable pain.  The only way to find relief is by repeated orgasm.  Because of her dark past, Shani has vowed to never have sex again.  But how can she say no to Royce when he's in such pain? 

As the two journey to Shani's team, Royce begins to realize how sweet freedom really is.  He's also starting to see his prickly captor in a new light.  With his employers bearing down on them, though, can he truly be free?



In this world, the dead are reanimated and given hardware and upgrades.  Some are used as workers, and some as prostitutes.  Shani spends most of the book fighting the demons of her past, and has a hard time opening up to Royce because of what was done to her.  She's spent years trying to save other love-bots.  Royce doesn't think freedom's so great until he gets a taste of it.  The two both have issues to work through, but the spark of attraction is definitely there.

Carla gives this book a

Review: Decadent Delights by Gail DeYoung

Decadent Delights
by: Gail DeYoung
ISBN#9781419936418
$7.50 e-book
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Contemporary Erotica
Released: September 2011



Dana's always had a thing for chocolate and sex, so why not combine them into an erotic candy store?  On opening day, the store seems to be a hit.  When she notices a man built for sex among the crowd, she can't wait to do a little flirting.  Too bad the sexy ex-model is also the owner of the rival candy store in town.  Figuring he's just trying to scope out the competition, she kicks him out.  But he's relentless, and also seems genuinely interested in her.  When sparks start to fly, she thinks she may have found the perfect man for her.  She wants to sculpt him, and he agrees.  When she finds out he has a twin brother, she convinces Trevor to let her sculpt them both.  By doing so, she finds herself in the middle of a bitter sibling rivalry.  Will the animosity between the brothers push her away, or will she get that happy ever after she's always dreamed about?


This story has chocolate and sex, what could be better?  I enjoyed watching Trevor and Dana come together, although I was kind of hoping for more with Trevor's twin.  The twin played less of a role in the story than I was hoping for.  Still, the budding romance between the two main characters was a good one.  I really liked the creative use of candy.  Sorry, gotta read it to find out what I mean.  ;)

Carla gives this book a


Review: Mistress in the Making by Lynne Silver

Mistress in the Making
by: Lynne Silver
ISBN#9781419936203
$6.50 e-book
Ellora's Cave Publishing
Historical Erotica
Released: September 2011




When poverty strikes Charlotte's family after the death of her father, she knows that unless she can find a way to make money, her younger sisters won't get their Seasons in London, and will lose out at the chance to marry well.  Determined to do everything she can to support her sisters, she allows herself to be trained as a mistress and auctioned off to the highest bidder.

Lucas only bid on the beauty on the auction block so his depraved brother couldn't have her.  He planned on buying her then sending her on her way.  He never anticipated her bold advances would make his blood boil, nor could he deny himself the pleasures of her body.  When he learns of her situation, he's more determined than ever to send her back to her family.  But now that he's had a taste for this passionate beauty, will he be able to let her go?


Charlotte is a very likable character, and we see throughout the story there's nothing she won't do to help her sisters, even if she's uncomfortable with the idea of being sold for sex to the highest bidder.  Lucas has good intentions, but those crumble in the face of his desire for her.  The two have a chemistry that leaps off the page at you, and you can see the two as puzzle pieces that seamlessly come together to make a whole.  It was a wonderful short story about how circumstances you never expected can lead you to your heart's desire, if only you have the strength to follow the path laid before you.

Carla gives this book a

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Review: Bitter Harvest by Kim Knox

Bitter Harvest
by: Kim Knox
ISBN#9781426893445
$3.99 ebook
Carina Press
Sci-Fi / Gay / Erotica
Released: March 2012



In the quest to cure the bee dilemma, scientists unwittingly unleashed a virus that took over millions of people, turning them into mindless beings with a hive-mind mentality.  Their only purpose was to spread the virus to everyone, and they used sex to do it.  Now the last remaining band of uninfected humans must make a final stand against those who would take their humanity by carnal means.

Lieutenant Sutton is used to interrogating prisoners, but when the man chained in front of him claims he's the only human to break free of the virus, Sutton suspects a trap.  Sure that Rider is an advance scout sent by the enemy, he knows no good can come of having Rider among them.  And yet, he can't help but be drawn to the loudmouthed flirt.  Knowing his reaction is caused from the dormant virus in the man's bloodstream, he tries to focus on the imminent invasion, only to keep coming back to thoughts of how the two of them, naked and sweaty, would be like. 

When the doctors confirm Rider's story, Sutton is still skeptical.  But personal feelings will have to wait.  Now, Sutton must stand with Rider against the mindless hordes, and hope that the tentative trust he's placed in the man won't destroy them all.


This is Kim Knox's first foray into gay erotica, and all I can say is, bravo.  She did an amazing job with not only her trademark sex scenes, but also with the foreplay, for lack of a better phrase.  The sexual tension and buildup between Sutton and Rider sucked you into the story and had you crossing your fingers, hoping for a happy ending.  I'm not often one for a zombie story, but this one was pretty good.  Scary enough, the thought that scientists would create some mutant virus to destroy us all is something I can easily picture.  Personally, I prefer the idea of the enemy screwing us as opposed to eating our brains.  What a way to go, huh. 


Carla gives this book a

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Interview with author Poppy Dennison


RomFan would like to welcome author Poppy Dennison for joining us today.


Tell me about your current book.

Mind Magic is a gay paranormal romance that explores what happens when different types of magic mix. Simon is an apprentice mage, and he’s been told to stay away from other magical breeds. When he psychically hears werewolf cubs crying out for help, he risks it all by going to rescue them.

Gray is an alpha werewolf whose son has been kidnapped. When Simon shows up with the missing cubs, sparks fly! Gray owes Simon, and offers his protection in return for his rescue of the cubs.

Simon is now an outcast from his fellow mages, but finds that life among the wolves may just be everything he’s been missing.


How would you describe your sense of humor? What makes you laugh?

I have 5 nephews and when I want a giggle, I hang out with one or more of them. I’ve not found anything more amusing than kid humor. Our favorite joke right now? “What would George Washington say if he were alive today?” Wait for it. “Help! Get me out of this coffin!” Hold on, I’ve got to giggle some more. That one really cracked me up. Another classic is “What’s invisible and smells like bananas?”… “Monkey burps”.


When did you discover your passion for writing?
 
My passion for writing started at an early age, through reading. I was absolutely crazy over the Trixie Belden mysteries. I’d never read about a girl like myself, raised on a farm, freckle-faced, and not always the best behaved. The early books in the series were hard to track down at that point. The first was published in 1948 and I didn’t start reading them until the mid 1980’s. My poor dad had to scour used books stores every time he went out of town for work. In between books, I’d make up mysteries of my own. I still have those written down somewhere!

Do you have a favorite personal mantra, quote, or saying that describes your outlook on life and the way you approach each day?

I saw this in an image on Facebook recently and made it my desktop wallpaper. “Three Simple Rules in life: 1. If you do not GO after what you want, you’ll never have it. 2.  If you do not ASK, the answer will always be NO. 3. If you do not step forward, you’ll always be in the same place.

I’ve lived by these rules for a while and didn’t even realize it. Number 2 should be mandatory for all writers. ASK. I love that. We have to ask questions to get a premise for our novel, ask questions for research. But it goes beyond that. We can ask our editors why they recommend a change, ask about the terms in our contract if they aren’t clear. Ask for promo opportunities. The list goes on. It leads into number 3, because if we aren’t asking questions, we aren’t learning and moving forward. Definitely rules to live by.

What inspired you to write Mind Magic?

I was inspired to write Mind Magic after a conversation with a dear friend. He loves paranormal romances (as do I) and we both love books with kids as important characters. We realized we couldn’t think of any gay paranormals where the characters had children and I wanted to explore that dynamic. What would an alpha werewolf be like if he had a child? What would make him different than other alphas?

Then came the challenge of finding an appropriate mate for Gray, my alpha. Simon, Gray’s love interest, is an apprentice mage and I loved the idea of mixing and matching magical abilities. Gray and Simon come from different worlds—and are forbidden from being together by both law and tradition. But when Simon rescues Gray’s son, they are thrown together and have to find a way to get their worlds to combine.


How can readers find out more about you and your books?

My website is the easiest place to track me down. www.poppydennison.com I’m also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/poppydennison, twitter @paranormalpoppy and my Goodreads  profile is http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5108648.Poppy_Dennison.


Blurb:
Magical species must never mix. According to the rules, Simon Osborne should ignore the children’s cries for help. After all, they’re werewolf cubs, and he’s an apprentice mage. But for once in his life, Simon breaks the rules and rescues the cubs, saving them from a demon intent on draining them of their magic.

Of course, all actions have consequences, and Simon’s bold move earns him the displeasure of his peers and the attention of the cubs’ alpha, a man named Gray Townsend.

The last thing Gray needs is a mage in his life, but Simon did save his son. Since Simon is now a friend of the pack, Gray doesn’t have much choice about it—or the forbidden attraction that goes along with it. Unfortunately for the alpha, he needs Simon’s help to track down the demon behind the kidnappings—before it strikes again. Simon and Gray must join forces to protect the pack, even as they struggle to resist the temptation that threatens to destroy them both.

Available now from Dreamspinner Press.
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=2887&cPath=55_602


Author Bio
:
A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years after a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Interview with author Yolanda Sfetsos


Today we have with us Paranormal, Urban Fantasy and Sci-Fi author Yolanda Sfetsos.

Welcome to RomFan Reviews Yolanda it is a great pleasure to have you with us today.

Thank you for having me. I’m very excited to be here.

Tell us a little about your new book A Patch of Darkness which is being released on May 15th.

A Patch of Darkness is the first book in my urban fantasy series set in a fictional suburb of Sydney, Australia. It’s about a woman called Sierra Fox, who happens to be a registered spook catcher. She has her own business and is called in by people who want pesky, trespassing ghosts removed. But the night she meets some fellow hunters, her world is turned upside down.

What do you have in the works that we can see from you in the future?

Well, the second book in the Sierra Fox series is now contracted with Samhain Publishing, so that will be released later this year. It’s called Split at the Seams and continues Sierra’s story.
I’ve also got another urban fantasy series coming soon from ImaJinn Books. I don’t have a release date yet, but post any updates on my website.
I’m also currently finishing another Recast novella, and will soon get stuck into the third Sierra Fox book soon. So I’ve always got something that I’m hoping to submit and have available.

Are you an author who has to do an outline first or do you write whatever pops into your head.

Once upon a time I was a pantser and found that I could write as I went, but when I got started on writing series books, it made it a bit harder. I take heaps of notes and set up Bibles for each series so that I don’t forget any important details.
Before starting any story I sit down and write heaps of notes, as well as cast characters and do any relevant research. I still don’t do a detailed outline, but write heaps of pages about what’s going to happen in the book and when. Even then, I find some things change/develop while I’m writing and then revising.

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?

The best thing about writing is the freedom to run with the ideas that pop into my head. I’ve always loved telling stories, and if I didn’t write I don’t know where all of these characters and situations would go. If I go too long without writing, I start to get irritated.
The hardest thing about writing is the waiting. There seems to be waiting at every point, and I’m not just talking about between submissions and publications. There’s plenty of waiting for the right moment to write a story, as well as getting enough distance to get back into revising it objectively.

How long did it take you to get published?

I’ve been writing since I was a teenager and used to write stories for myself and my friends. For years, I didn’t submit anything because I was scared of rejection. But one day, after my daughter was born, I decided it was time. Sure, the rejections did come, but I kept writing and eventually started getting acceptances from several online magazines.
That’s how it all began. I started writing and submitting short stories online, and eventually branched out into submitting novellas and novels to epublishers.
So, it took years.

If you were not an author what else would you be?

Oh gosh. Well, I was working in office administration and accounts before I had my daughter. So I guess I would still be there, grinding away at a 9-5 office job. Or maybe working in retail, I’m not sure. I knew I wanted to be a writer early on.
Either way, I’d still be a mother.

When you get some down time what would you be doing?

I love to spend time with my husband and daughter. We watch shows and movies together, go for walks, and even play video games. I also like to keep active with yoga and weights.
Oh, and reading. I absolutely love reading!

Who are some fellow authors you enjoy reading?

I have a lot of auto-buy authors: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Carrie Vaughn, Rachel Caine… to name a few. But I’m discovering new authors all the time. I’m hooked on the Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean and the Rhiannon’s Law series by J.A. Saare. Plus I can’t wait to read more books from Jenn Bennett, Jess Haines, Jennifer Estep, and Allison Pang.
So many awesome new books, so little time... ;)

Any advice you would like to give to future authors?

The best and only advice I can think of is to never give up, and keep writing. 

How can readers learn more about you and your books?

You can find me here:

Contest Time:
Yolanda will give one lucky commentor a copy of her ebook a Patch of Darkness.  Contest ends April 29th at 11:59pm EST.  You must include your email address in your comment to be entered in the contest.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Review: Destiny Calls by Samantha Wayland


Title: Destiny Calls
By: Samantha Wayland
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary Erotica
Format: Ebook/Trade Paperback
Cost: Ebook $6.99 Trade Paperback $16.99

When three best friends cross the line into love, chaos reigns. Of the two hunky cops, Patrick is straight, or so he thinks, while Brandon is bisexual and hides in his closet. Destiny loves them both but only as friends, trying to keep boundaries to protect her heart. 

One fateful night the two men kiss in a gay bar on a dare from a biker and Patrick is stunned to find that he enjoys it…a LOT! When they kiss a second time, Destiny watches and realizes she wants them both…at the same time! Patrick is freaked out, Brandon is terrified, and Destiny is thrilled at the prospect. The only problem is that they are the target of a religious cult who want to kill cops who cross the line into gay sin.

Now all the trio has to do is prove that love can beat all obstacles and come out on top. This book is a must for those who seek to read about characters loaded with charisma, passion, and who know no bounds in the bedroom.

Bobbi gives this book
 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Review: Coyote Whispers by Rhian Cayhill


Review: Coyote Whispers
Author: Rhian Cayhill
ISBN: 9781419936265
Publisher: Ellora‘s Cave
Genre: Paranormal
Format: E-Book
Price: $5.95

When ‘Doc‘ Gordie returns to Whispering Springs to run her father‘s clinic, she finds danger and love in the arms of Steve, a coyote shifter. Doc became a shifter through marriage to her deceased husband but felt guilt at loving Steve since her teens and therefore keeps him at arm‘s length.

Steve has built the house of his dreams up in the mountains but only one thing is missing. He wants Doc in his arms and in his bed as his mate for life. When her life is endangered, Steve does everything in his power to save her and stands by her side through it all.

A rogue coyote shifter, Marcus, is out to kill Doc after he is banished from the pack for good. At first she finds things missing or moved in her clinic and home but soon is attacked and nearly dies but for the intervention of Steve.

Finally, Steve gets what he wants but has to prove to Doc that she belongs with him. The greatest challenge is to help her find her coyote side and accept that she should stay.

This `tail` is a fast paced page turner filled with lots of hot romance and mystery. I highly recommend it as a good read.

Bobbi gives this book 4-1/2

Review: Loving Laney by Lorna Jean Roberts


Loving Laney
By: Lorna Jean Roberts
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
ISBN: 9781419930522
Genre: Paranormal
Format: E-Book
Price: $5.95

As the first installment of the “Shadowpeak Wolves” series by Lorna Jean Roberts did not disappoint me as a reader.  Cooper, the new Alpha for the Shadowpeak pack, stumbled upon a lone female wolf in the middle of nowhere in a rundown restaurant. He was immediately aware of her presence long before she knew he was there and watched her from afar.

Laney sensed him the minute she entered the dining area.  Fear racked her body and soul. How did he find her? Did Zachary send him? Rejecting his advances and finally getting the sexy stranger to leave her alone, Laney feared that Zachary had sent him to bring her home.  Her lucky star faded quickly when she found him leaning against her car as she left after work.

Cooper’s instinct as pack Alpha kicked in the moment he saw her. His need to protect her was overwhelming and it would take everything he had to convince her let him drive her home.  He needed to make sure she was safe. But, who was going to save Laney from Cooper.   After a night of intense passion and soul bearing, Laney awoke and her fear was consuming and smoothing.  Screaming and yelling, she forced Cooper to leave. Reluctantly, he left leaving her alone and unprotected.  

As the new Alpha to the Shadowpeak Wolves, Cooper had his hands full trying to resolve the tension left from his predecessor.   His enforcers were handpicked and trustworthy. Ryan, one of three brothers who served him, spoke one day of his sister, Delaney who was alone somewhere in the states. When pressed, Ryan told a story of punishment and terror his sister received at the hands of her father, Zachary, the packs prior Alpha.  Slowly, Cooper began piecing the pieces together…Delaney…???Laney.  Three weeks had passed since he laid eyes on her.  Quickly the pack teamed up to bring Laney home, but no one was prepared for what they found when they got there.  Cooper nursed Laney back to health and as he did, their love grew, but he had no idea how her past would haunt them both.

I absolutely love this storyline. Lorna creates desirable and sexy men who crave the most unsuspecting women to fall in love with.  The Shadowpeak Wolves are fiercely protective, passionate lovers.  The sex is swoon-worthy and leaves you squirming in your seat. I love the character Laney. She embraces her inner brat and provokes Cooper into doing the most sinfully delicious things to her as punishment….if that is what you want to call it. This series leaves the door open for so many possibilities. 

Michele gives this book
 

Monday, April 16, 2012

Contest Winners!!!

We have drawn our winners using random.org for both Elisabeth Naughton and Sara Humphreys and the winners are:

Elisabeth Naughton Winners
Laura
June

Sara Humphreys Winners
Missy
Gamistress66

Congratulations to all of the winners and I hope you enjoy your books.

Happy Reading!!!
~Annette~

One of our winners from Elisabeth Naughton's interview has already won a copy so a new winner name was selected and that is:
DonnaS

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Interview with Paranormal Romance author Elisabeth Naughton


Welcome back to RomFan Reviews Elisabeth, it is a pleasure to have you with us again.
 
Thanks so much for inviting me to stop by again! Thrilled to be here.

Tell us a little about your new release book four in your series The Eternal Guardians Enraptured.

EN: For those who are new to the Eternal Guardians series, the Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven strongest heroes in all of ancient Greece. They defend both their world—Argolea—and the human realm from threats born of the Underworld—specifically, one evil goddess by the name of Atalanta who was herself once a hero but who made a deal with Hades for immortality and the chance to command an army of daemons for a shot at revenge.

Orpheus is the hero in ENRAPTURED. He is not a guardian by birth. He’s the older brother of Gryphon, one of the seven chosen guardians, and he harbors a secret even his younger brother doesn’t know—he’s half daemon. When Gryphon’s soul is sent to the Underworld, Orpheus finds the markings of the Eternal Guardians have passed to him. He has no desire to serve the order, knows he doesn’t deserve it because of his daemon half, and has only one desire: to find a way to rescue his brother. But that goal is thwarted when a mysterious woman enters his life, one who’s very purpose it to stop him from reaching his goal.

Next up in The Eternal Guardians series is Enslaved can you tell us a little about it?

EN: ENSLAVED picks up right where ENRAPTURED ends. There’s a mini cliffhanger in the end of ENRAPTURED. You don’t know what happens with Orpheus’s brother Gryphon. ENSLAVED was a really hard book to write mostly because Gryphon has been through so much, he’s a much more damaged hero than any I’ve written about before. But I have to say…I really love the way that book turned out, and hopefully readers will love it too.

What is the hardest thing about writing your books? 

EN: The hardest part for me at this point is not disappointing readers. In a long-running series, readers are so invested in the characters, I don’t want them to say, “Ugh…I really loved him before but I hate what she did with him in his book.” As a reader, I’ve said that before when reading a series I loved, so I work extra hard to stay true to the characters and tell their stories in a way (hopefully) readers will continue to love.

Keeping track of everything that’s happening, what happened before and who’s plotting what is also hard in this series! I have lots of spreadsheets. There’s so much going on!


Is there anything special you do to get in the mood to write?

EN: I used to play several hands of solitaire on my laptop before I’d settle in to write, but when I got my new Mac the game didn’t come loaded – which is a GOOD thing as it’s a time suck for me – and I purposely haven’t downloaded it.

I really don’t have a “routine” to get myself writing except to read the last scene I wrote and move forward from there. Oh, and to just MAKE myself do it. It’s a whole lot easier to daydream about a scene than it is to actually write it.

How long did it take you to get published?

EN: Five years and five manuscripts.


If you had it to do all over again is there anything you would change on your road to being published?

EN: Hm…that’s a hard question. I try not to second guess my decisions—it just makes you live in the past and I’m all about moving forward. If I’d had a crystal ball way back when to see what was happening with Dorchester (my first publisher), I might not have signed with them. But I picked up a lot of readers because of Dorchester, two RITA nominations and I started the Eternal Guardians series there. I also met my fabulous editor who not only loves my books but who is a great supporter of my work. It was sad what happened to Dorchester because they were one of the last publishers to really take chances on out of the box books, and I hate what they were doing to authors (not paying them) but I’m of a mindset that everything happens for a reason. I would not be where I am today had I not signed that first contract with Dorchester back in 2008. And who knows? Maybe readers wouldn’t have the Eternal Guardians either.

Who is your favorite author?

EN: I don’t have just one. And it really depends on the genre.

In contemporary romance I love Susan Elizabeth Phillips. In historicals, Galen Foley. In romantic suspense, Elizabeth Lowell and Joan Swan. In fantasy, George R.R. Martin and J.R. Tolkien. I could go on and on…

What advice would you give to someone just starting out writing?

EN: Don’t give up. If writing is what you want to do, make your dream come true. There were so many times during those first five years when I was struggling to sell that I wanted to quit. Every time I’d hear sale news for another writer I’d get depressed. But I had this driving desire to eventually sell, and that persistence still hasn’t let up. It took me a long time to master the craft. You don’t have to be an AWESOME writer right out of the gate. But if you are a persistent author, who keeps working hard to get better and doesn’t give up, you will eventually sell.

How do you come up with your titles?

EN: Not easily! I start off brainstorming a list of titles I think work for a story. Then I run that list by my core writer group. After that we narrow the list down, then I send the list to my editor. Ultimately, the publisher has the final say, but I’ve been really lucky in that most of my titles have been ones I’ve originally come up with and my publishers have eventually approved.

How can readers find out more about you and your books?

EN: I love hearing from readers! Visit me on the web at:
Website:
www.elisabethnaughton.com
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/elisabeth.naughton1
Twitter: www.twitter.com/ElisNaughton
And a brand new website I’m a part of: www.rockitreads.com (more info about this coming soon on the above sites!)


Thank you so much Elisabeth for spending some time with us it was a pleasure having you here and we hope you come back again soon and I look forward to your next Guardian adventure.

Thank you so much! And thanks to all the readers who have bought ENRAPTURED so far! For those who haven’t…what are you waiting for? Run out and buy it today!



ENRAPTURED BY ELISABETH NAUGHTON – IN STORES APRIL 2012
Orpheus—To most he's an enigma, a devil-may-care rogue who does whatever he pleases whenever he wants. Now this loose cannon is part of the Eternal Guardians—elite warriors assigned to protect the human realm—whether he likes it or not.

Orpheus has just one goal: to rescue his brother from the Underworld. He's not expecting a woman to get in the way. Especially not a Siren as gorgeous as Skyla. He has no idea she's an assassin sent by Zeus to seduce, entrap, and ultimately destroy him.

Yet Skyla herself might have the most to lose. There's a reason Orpheus feels so familiar to her, a reason her body seems to crave him. Perhaps he's not the man everyone thinks... The truth could reveal a deadly secret as old as the Eternal Guardians themselves

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
A former junior high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton traded in her red pen and test-tube set for a laptop and research books. She now writes sexy romantic adventure and paranormal novels full-time from her home in western Oregon, where she lives with her husband and three children. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, including the prestigious RITA Awards of Romance Writers of America, the Australian Romance Reader Awards, the Golden Leaf, and the Golden Heart. When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park, or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit her at www.elisabethnaughton.com to learn more about her and her books. Her next book in the Eternal Guardians series, Enslaved, will be in stores in November 2012.

CONTEST TIME:
 For two lucky people Elisabeth is giving away two copies of Enraptured just leave a comment along with your email address to be entered.  Contest ends at 11:59pm EST April 15 and is open to US and Canada residents only.  You must include your email within your comment to be entered.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Interview with Paranormal author Sara Humphreys


Welcome back to RomFan Reviews Sara it is a great honor to have you with us today. 

Tell us a little about your new release Untouched?

SH: You bet! Untouched is the second book in the Amoveo Legend series but it could be read as a stand-alone. The series is about the Amoveo—a secret society of dream-walking, telepathic shape-shifters made up of 10 different animal clans (Lion, Tiger, Cheetah, Panther, Wolf, Coyote, Falcon, Eagle, Bear and Fox). They are in search of their one true mate and if they don’t find them by the age of thirty they begin to lose their abilities and die.

Untouched is about two characters who were introduced in Unleashed, Dante Coltari, a pure blooded Amoveo from the Fox Clan, and Kerry Smithson a plus-sized supermodel with a secret. Dante is psyched because he’s finally found his mate—Kerry. However, she has zero idea that the Amoveo exist, let alone that she herself is a human/Amoveo hybrid and that there are purist Amoveo who want to hunt her down and exterminate her for being, what they consider to be, an abomination to their race.

Kerry has the gift of second sight and with one touch she can see your darkest secrets but the touch also brings blinding pain. The only person she could ever touch without pain was her best friend, Samantha and the only vision she would see was the image of a wolf.  As a result, she avoids as much human contact as possible. However, once Dante finds her….well…let’s just say that she doesn’t remain untouched for long. Kerry’s friends hire Dante to serve as her bodyguard on her photo shoot in New Orleans and it doesn’t take long for things to heat up down in the Big Easy.

What is next in the Amoveo Series?

SH: There will be three more books in the Amoveo series. Untamed will be released in November and in 2013 there will be two more. Untamed is about two characters the readers will meet in Untouched…I wonder if they’ll be able to guess who it is?

What is your favorite thing about writing paranormal romance?

SH: The freedom to make a world where anything and everything is possible. There are no rules other than the ones you create for your world.

What is the most challenging thing you have encountered when trying to write a story?

SH: Keeping it fresh. Each book in the series has to connect but you don’t want the reader to feel like they’re reading the same old story. I want each book to be a new experience but at the same time I want there to be a certain familiarity. It’s a delicate balance.

When creating your characters what comes first their physical description or their personality?

SH: Personality always comes first and their appearance forms in my head as their character develops. I find that the physical attributes are reflective of their personalities.

Are any of your characters based on a real person?

SH: Maybe :-) Truth be told, I pull names from my family tree and there are definitely personality traits that come through from the people I love….or loathe. There is something cathartic about vilifying a nemesis through fiction. It doesn’t hurt anyone and it’s a great way to just “get it out”.

What tools do you feel are a must have for a writer?

SH: A laptop. An open mind. A sense of humor. Good judge of character. But most of all….time, time and more time.

How do you handle writer’s block?

SH: I step away from the project for a little while and just let my imagination roll wild. Music is very helpful as well. I’ve gotten some of my best ideas from songs while driving in the car.

Do you write under any pseudonyms?  If so what are they?

SH: Nope. But if I did I think I would use one of those goofy formulas to find it. Y’know…like to find your stripper name take the street you grew up on and the name of your pet. So mine would be Cooper Dunham.

How can readers find out more about you and your books?

SH: They can find tons of information on my website http://www.sarahumphreys.com and I’m easily found on Facebook http://www.facebooks.com/Amoveo and twitter @authorsara. I’ll be blogging all over cyberspace the entire month of April and I’ve even got a book tour going on which includes the RT 2012 Convention in Chicago next week. I can’t wait!  I hope folks will come on by and say hello. I’ve got contests running every week on my website and a Grand Prize will be given out on April 30th.

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


UNTOUCHED BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES APRIL 2012

She should be seen, but never touched…
Kerry Smithson's modeling career ensures that she will be admired from afar, which is essential since mere human touch sparks blinding pain and terrifying visions.

Every good model needs a heavenly bodyguard…
Dante Coltari is hired to protect Kerry from those who know who she is—or more importantly what she is—and want her dead because of it. Nothing could have prepared him for the challenge of keeping her safe. But, strangely, his lightest touch brings her exquisite pleasure rather than pain, and Dante and Kerry have an otherwordly connection that might just pull them through.

“Red-hot love scenes punctuate a well-plotted suspense story that will keep readers turning pages as fast as they can.”
Publishers Weekly Starred Review

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives with her husband--who is very considerate of her double life--and four amazing boys, in Bronxville, New York. For more information, please visit http://sarahumphreys.com, Like her on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/Amoveo and follow her on Twitter https://twitter.com/#!/authorsara




Now for two lucky people who leave their comment as well as their email address Sara is giving away two copies of Untouched. Contest ends at 11:59pm EST on Tuesday, April 10th.  Contest is open to US and Canada residents.  Remember to include your email address to be entered.