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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

With Ed Williams



Title: ChristmaSin': A Juliette Christmas Epistle
Release Date: 11/1/2009
Author: Ed Williams
Author Website: www.ed-williams.com; www.christmasinthebook.com
Publisher: Champagne Books
Buy Link: http://www.champagnebooks.com/books/index.php?main_page=index&manufacturers_id=82&zenid=66c36dcf505f1d76085a6dee1e364f98
Genre: Mainstream Fiction/Humor


Blurb:

"The walk back into the house is a lot longer on account of toting this heavy-ass wood, and by the time we both get inside,we are hassling pretty hard. Ed Jr. turns, looks at us, laughs, and then tells us that he is going to recite an old Christmas poem for us that he’d heard many years ago. We know that it is going to be good, when he tells us to sort of listen out for Mama, and that if she happens to come into the room, mum’s the word. Once we all understand the ground rules, my dad clears his throat and recites this tender rhyme for us:

“Santa’s outfit is red and white, it’s all that he has, but it fits just right, his boots are black, his balls are blue, being cold all night does that to you.

He has a doll for Cindy, a dog for Fred, and a New Orleans woman, sittin’ in his sled.

He laughs so jolly, never sad nor whiny, now he’s off in his sleigh, to hone some Louisiana heiny.”


Welcome Ed, you hunkish thing, you! What is your latest offering?
Rie darlin', I've written a little rural Southern-themed Christmas novel called, ChristmaSin': A Juliette Christmas Epistle. I could say lots about it (and I hope you'll let me), but I can at least say here that it's definitely a bit different than the sugar plum and dancing fairies offerings that are so typical of this season.

What is ChristmaSin all about?
I grew up in a tiny southern community called Juliette, Georgia (its one claim to fame is that the movie Fried Green Tomatoes was filmed there). Most of the people who lived there didn't have a lot and struggled for whatever they did have. We had lots of things that happened during the Christmas season over the years, one example being the big cock fight that the men staged about a week before Christmas. Those who won their bets made their Christmas money for their families that year.
I got to thinking one day that what Christmases in small towns like Juliette were back then were lots different than what I've read in most southern Christmas literature. So, with that in mind, I got to thinking - what if I took things that really happened in Juliette during those Christmas seasons from long ago, blend them together with some BS, and tell it exactly like the 17 year old version of Ed Williams would have. I did just that, and ChristmaSin' was born.

That sounds delightful and a lot like the town I live in! How did you come up with the idea?
Honestly Rie, one day I was reading yet another southern Christmas book that made it sounded like a Waltons Christmas story. I could've gagged out loud, and my disgust actually fueled my desire to come up with something a tad more realistic.

Tell me about your past releases and a little something about yourself!
Rie, I'm kinda like the Forrest Gump of literature, truth be told. I never imagined I'd be writing books, but here I be. Past releases include:
1998 - Sex, Dead Dogs, and Me: The Juliette Journals
2000 - Sex, Dead Dogs, and Me: The Paperback!
2003 - Rough As A Cob: More From the Juliette Journals
2007 - My story, Sally the Screamer, was featured in the Southern humor anthology, Southern Fried Farce.
A little something about myself? I like Atomic Fireballs, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, riding mega roller coasters (I've ridden Kingda Ka, and front row), and goin' to Vegas anytime I can. I'm not allergic to women, either.


We have BTO and Roller Coasters in common, Ed. Now tell me what can we expect from you in the future?
Expect me to enjoy myself doin' the things I like to do. If the book sells and Ellen (Champagne Books owner/publisher) or some other publisher wants another one, then we'll talk and see what happens.


Thank you for joining me, Mr. Williams, it's been awesome. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
Yeah, please give my book a shot, it's pretty damned wild up until the end, then we do end it with a bit of a Christmas message. Happy holidays to one and all!
EXCERPT:
(During the annual Christmas celebration at the Juliette Methodist Church, December 1972, as told by a 17 year old Ed Williams. We pick it up at this tender point...)

You total these two women up, Miss Evelyn and Miss Annie Bell, and you have two solid women who don’t back off from a whole lot. And they don’t regarding this megaton fart that Miss Simulah has just put out. Miss Evelyn gets the ball rolling when she whispers loudly, "My goodness, someone needs to change their eating habits, I think we’ve been graced with the after effects of someone who’s enjoyed a lunch of red hots and baked beans." That is a shot aimed right at Miss Simulah, cause everyone knows she loves those damn cheap ass red hot sausages (Ed Jr. said one time that she likes them because she never gets a helping of some true pink trouser sausage, but Mama came in before he could say much more about that) more than anyone around these here parts. Miss Simulah blushes a tad and looks away from Miss Evelyn, trying to act like she didn’t hear what she’d said, and that’s when she looks right into Miss Annie Bell’s face. You can tell it sort of shakes Miss Simulah up to be looking right at Miss Annie Bell, and it gets even worse when Miss Annie Bell whispers, "Simulah, we are in the House of the Lord, and what I’m about to say isn’t very Christian, but it needs to be said. I can put up with your body stink, even though I shouldn’t have to, but when you blend in the fruit of your ass with it, why, it’s just too damned much. You can either excuse yourself and go home, or else we can have a real set-too right here. I mean it. I’m not whiffing your ass pearls for the rest of this night, dearie."

It’s hard to believe that Miss Annie Bell just comes right out and says that, but she does, and Miss Simulah shoots up out of her seat like a rocket. She then bustles down her pew, walks down the aisle and leaves the church, whispering something to the ushers about leaving her stove on at home. All of our suspicions that Miss Simulah is the church stinker proved to be correct as all of the funk and farts clear up right after she leaves. Miss Annie Bell notices it, too, ‘cause she leans over to Miss Evelyn and says, "Eve, it may not have been the right thing to point out Simulah’s problem, but maybe it will cause her to stand a bit closer to the washrag tonight." Miss Annie Bell nods in agreement, and then their conversation ends as Reverend Malkinski calls the service to order.

I know ya’ll are expecting me to say that I am bored as all hell at the service, but it actually isn’t too bad. Reverend Malkinski talks about how the birth of Jesus was the single most important event in the history of mankind, and you can’t argue too much with that. He also talks about living a good life and about being a good example to your family and friends, and I guess I’m a fairly decent example of that while the sun’s up, but at sunset I sort of turn into something different. Maybe I’m a tad like the Lon Chaney, Jr./Wolfman situation, or the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde one. Rev Malkinski also talks about Christmas being a season for children, and that we should all do everything we possibly can to be good to them this time of year. He says if we do that they’ll grow up associating positive things with Christmas, Christ, and the meaning of the holiday. He then reminds us all that there were some really poor people out in the world, children who would get nothing for Christmas and who might not even have decent clothes to wear or food to put inside their stomachs. Situations like that makes my stomach knot up inside, because any man with two balls ought to be able to put some food on the table, and I can’t stand to think about any small child suffering. This isn’t masculine worth a shit to say, but it makes me cry down inside to my soul to think about any child hurting needlessly. Just the thought is wrenching, and it makes me want to kill an adult who would deliberately cause a child to suffer because that adult ought to be willing to do just about anything to help that child.

I have to make myself stop thinking anymore about that ‘cause I will bust out crying in church, so I make myself focus back on what Reverend Malkinski is saying. That isn’t the best idea in the world as the good Reverend is now telling us this lame ass story about a Christmas a few years back where he bought his wife some glass sculpture type things for their dining room table. Apparently, he liked the glass stuff, but Mrs. Malkinski obviously thought they looked like shit because she gave him some cock and bull story about how nice they were and then she told him she was going to sacrifice and donate them all to the Salvation Army so that some other less fortunate family could have a better Christmas. The whole crowd laughs pretty hard, Mrs. Malkinski blushes, and I whisper to Jenny that the Reverend Malkinski is a really good preacher. That he is, but the main reason I bring it up is so I can score some brownie points from Jenny for being so attentive during the sermon. Normally, during any sermon I’ll think about most anything other than God--women are typically my first choice, then football, and if those two fail to keep my attention I just run some good old Elvis tunes through my head. Elvis is really doing good these days, he’s doing some concerts out in Vegas and all, and there are rumors going around that he might head back out on the road again. I would give ten years of my life to be able to see him in person, but there’s no way in hell he’ll ever find his way to Juliette. Hell, if he found Macon it would truly be a blessing from God, although I wonder if God would consider blessings and rock and roll in His same thought process. I’ve gotta start thinking about something else, ‘cause God might use me as a cue ball in a pool game with the devil if He starts paying attention to all this crazy ass shit going on in my head.

Reverend Malkinski speaks a little more about Jesus and the Christmas season, and you can see all the small children in the congregation getting antsier and antsier. The reason for this is that each year our church draws names (kids only) and buys a gift for whosever name they pick. We have lots of kids in our church, so this year there is a big stack of gifts waiting for them up under the tree, and they’re ready to tear into them. When the tension gets so bad that it seems like the whole church needs to burp, Reverend Malkinski says, "Wait just a second! I think I hear what? Are there some reindeer outside? Why in the world would any reindeer be here tonight?"

All the kids start ooohhhing and ahhhing, and Reverend Malkinski walks over to a side door, opens it, and in walks ole Santa himself! Well, it’s not really Santa, but it does happen to be my Uncle Dog who’s sweating it out in the red and white suit. It’s really pretty easy to tell who it is given the cheap ass Christmas outfit that they have "Santy" wearing. The britches are about eight sizes too big, the belt is made of the cheapest vinyl imaginable and keeps sliding all over Santa’s gut, and the beard honestly looks like one of those thick old woven carpet rugs that you see on the floor in a doctor’s office. I did notice that Santy has some real rosy cheeks tonight, but I have a feeling I know the true reason for them.

Santy has his bag over one shoulder and a walking stick clutched in his other hand. As he walks over to the church Christmas tree he turns to lower his bag to the floor. When he does, it causes his other hand to come around and thwack his walking stick right into the tree. It’s a pretty solid shot, several ornaments are popped or knocked out into the crowd, and a couple of tree limbs are broken and left dangling off the tree. Santy slips up for a second and said "damn" right out loud, which causes almost everyone there to start laughing and buzzing around like a bunch of yard flies over at Winn Dixie. The Reverend Malkinski is trying to cover it all up by saying "darn" two or three times, but nobody is buying his feeble attempt at a dodge. Ed Jr. is tickled as all hell with the way Santy has just expressed himself, but he has to hold in his laughter as my mom is staring at him like a condemned man does the clock during his final hour. Of course, him not being able to laugh forces Brother and I to share his fate, as we both know that we would tote the red ass if we slip up and laugh out loud. That’s the worst thing to me about church, you have to hold stuff in sometimes when you‘d really just love to let it all out. We can’t do that, though, because Ed Jr. told me one time that, "If men could do anything they wanted, the world would be nothing but farts, jism, sass talk, and women whose legs were spread wider than the Grand Canyon." He’s pretty much hitting that one on the head, although we guys don‘t wanna admit it.

The laughter finally dies down, and Santy goes over and sits down on a big wooden chair and starts handing out presents. He reads off each child’s name, and then that particular child comes up and receives their present. Most of the kids who come up are shy. They just get their gifts from Santy and walk back to their parents. One little girl, however, is different. Her name is Samantha Griffin, and when her name is called out she walks up and takes her gift from Santa. Then, instead of shying away or running off, she looks up at him and says, "Santa, I love you and God loves you. I didn’t get anything for Christmas last year 'cause my daddy got the cancer and died. Thank you for being so good to me." If that isn‘t enough to tug at your heart, the little girl then holds her arms open for Santa to hug her. Santy does, and there aren’t too many dry eyes in the congregation while the two of them embrace. The little girl then steps back, waves at Santa, and returns to her seat. With all due respect to the Reverend Malkinski, little Samantha probably did more to remind everyone of what the true Christmas spirit is all about than anything else presented during this evening. And then some.


Thursday, November 26, 2009

With Ronna Gage




Title: Mystic Journey
Release Date: 10/26/09           
Author: Ronna Gage
Author Website:  http://www.webs.com/ronnagage
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Paranormal/time-travel/historical

Blurb:
In the essence of time, few things are constant. However, two virtues remain steadfast, vengeance and love. One born of the other takes centuries to unravel and peace is nothing more than a tinge of silver lining the gray fog.



Welcome Ronna! What is your latest offering? 
Well, at this time I have 2 I’d like to tell you about. The first one is Mystic Journey, and the second is Friends and Lovers.

What is Mystic Journey all about? 
This one is very special to me. It is about 4 different characters that have many qualities in each other. We begin our journey in Medieval/Renaissance England in the year 1832, during the time of King Henry VIII’s reign. A young noble woman, Serena Willard is accused of witch craft and her execution starts our journey. Then, we go to present day Fort Worth, Texas where we meet the hero of our story. Detective Drake Boyd—Hot, virile, police officer with a gun, sharp wit, and a love for the medieval era. Drake unfortunately is shot in a drug bust gone bad. He’s shot in the head! I get choked up telling you about it. He is rushed to the hospital where we meet Dr. Sabine Williams, a young doctor plagued by recurring night mares. She is alerted to ER where she meets a man familiar to her, but her memory can’t place him. But when he stops breathing on her she is driven by something to save him. She beckons to him to stay with her. Then, our guy wakes up on a beach in some misty fog laced day. A woman dressed in black guides him to the past to mend a wrong and make it right. Trouble is; Drake wonders whose wrong for whose right. And finally, we meet Derek. He is distraught by the love of his life’s death or rather, execution. He dedicates his life to his country and fights to enforce law and order in England, life without Serena isn’t worth living. In all these characters, there is a will to live, a standard they pursuit, and a peace to gain.

That sounds like an intriguing read. How did you come up with the idea? 
In my mixed up mind, I created what-if-one-could-go-back-in-time-to-mend-a wrong-and-make-it-right scenario and took off with it.

4Tell me about your past releases and a little something about yourself!
Afternoon Delight and Tell Me A Lie are two short erotic tales from Freya’s Bower. I have received good reviews on both of these books and enjoyed writing them.

What can we expect from you in the future? 
I have a second review out right now. Friends and Lovers--a ménage F/M/F. Here is a quick blurb about it to get your taste buds rolling.
Blurb:
Kena Bass found the man of her dreams in Dan Madison, and she made sure those dreams came true. When good friend Elana suffers a personal crisis, Kena and Dan come to her rescue, helping her sort out her feelings. Passions and lust are cast away on a houseboat filled with Friends and Lovers.

This touches on lesbianism experience, multiple sex partners, trust in friendships, and of course masturbation. I got this idea from one of my good friends. She and I discussed what we would do if we were faced with the same situation and bam, the book’s synopsis was born.

Thank you for joining me, Ronna. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
Yes, You can buy my books from the publishers of course, but you can buy from other on–line bookstores, too.
**Mystic Journey**
**Friends and Lovers**
**this is for Friends and Lovers
And for the next year, I am writing/editing my Walking In The Shadows Series. Walking in the Shadows is living life just outside of the light of love, in the darkness just beyond our sight. It is interpreted in two stories (at this time, could be 3), but book one Her Deadly Secret deals with a recovering a anorectic who meets and falls in love with the former bad boy of rock and roll.
Book 2 Deaf Angel deals with the vanity celebrity life plays in rock music.
Thank you for having me. I hope you all the best and success for the Holiday Season. To you and all your fans.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

With CJ Black





Title: What You See
Release Date: 10/12/09
Author: CJ Black
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: contemporary, m/m, erotica


Blurb: When the older man starts frequenting the restaurant where Adam works, he doesn’t know what to think. Kent is everything that defines success and wealth. What could he possibly want with a college kid like Adam?


Kent is going through a bad divorce, but he knows what he wants and who he wants. He makes his move, but following a brief yet intense lovemaking session, Adam’s insecurities make him walk away.

Kent, refusing to let Adam go, decides to find a way to make the younger man see his worth and their need to be together.


Welcome to Author Offerings. I am so happy to have you here today and to find out what your author offerings are. What is your latest offering?
Thank you! I’m happy to be here. My most recent work is a M/M contemporary erotic short called What You See.

What is What You See all about?
You would think this is the easiest question to answer but it never is!  The story centers on Adam and Kent, two men who are as opposite as anyone can be.  Kent is an older professional gentleman; Adam is a college kid with a lot of ambition.  Kent sees this ambition in Adam and is confident that he wants him but Adam doesn’t agree.  Kent works to convince Adam that he’s wrong.

We read a lot of May/December romances involving m/f, how great that you've written a m/m! How did you come up with the idea?
Would you believe while sitting in sushi bar which is where What you See begins?  A few months back I stopped in after work to pick up dinner.  As I sat there and took in the atmosphere I thought what a lovely place to have a romantic liaison.  Normally I wouldn’t frequent a place like that because it was a little pricey which was why I thought of Kent, who was in a position to go and have whatever he wanted.

I know this isn't your first published work, CJ, so tell the readers a little about your other works.
I have several other stories out.  A M/F fantasy erotic short called Paint from Excessica Publishing as well as stories being featured in three anthologies presented by BetterSex.com.  A story of mine, A Little Knowledge was recently chosen as a weekly winner in the BetterSex.com Erotic Fiction Contest.  I also have a few free reads around published by Clean Sheets Magazine and Good Vibrations Magazine.

What can we expect from you in the future, CJ Black?
I have several story ideas in the works, including a contemporary erotic paranormal and another fantasy m/m erotic. Also, a little while ago, I finished a full-length fantasy m/m erotic novel.  I put it aside for a bit because I was having some trouble getting it like I wanted but it’s been on my mind a lot lately.  I’ve attempted in the past to find a critique partner for it because it needs work.

Thank you for joining me. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
You’re welcome.  Yes, I want to say to my fellow authors, no matter what “writing defeats” you may encounter, keep going.  Don’t lose your momentum.  Write as often as you can, every free moment you can.  That’s what you do.


EXCERPT:
I’d never seen an old man move so fast; he was on me in a flash, pressing me against the side of the car. He had me by the back of the neck and pulled my head forward while grinding his crotch against mine. I couldn’t believe how big he was. I was hard in a matter of minutes. I’d never gotten it up that fast in my life. He kissed me, his tongue intruding, taking over for a moment and then he pulled back.

I stared at him, with my jaw unhinged, probably looking like a complete idiot. “What—?”

“You think I didn’t see you looking at my cock before? And all those other times you’ve been looking at me? Are you going to stand here and tell me you don’t want me?”

I was still too out of it from the kiss. My throat was tight, so I cleared it. “Why me?”

“Why do you think?” He seemed annoyed. “If you tell me you don’t want me . . . .” He pressed his jaw against mine. “Then I’ll get in my car and drive away.”

With Laura Tolomei




Title: Bloody Passion
Release Date: Oct. 31, 2009
Author: Laura Tolomei
Author Website: www.lallagatta.com
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Buy Linkhttp://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage_comingsoon&product_id=6701&category_id=54&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44&vmcchk=1&Itemid=44 
GenreDark Fantasy, GLBT, Horror, Ménage, Paranormal, Shape Shifting, Halloween, m/f, m/m, m/m/m

BlurbThe Druid, the hunter, his apprentice: sex, power and transformation...what else? There’s a hidden treasure inside everyone. Some show it, but only a few can afford it. Sometimes, you only need to know how to manage other’s treasures, even if self-destructive. But in the end, it’s like seeing yourself in a mirror. So how to explain the violence?


Welcome to Author Offerings. I am so happy to have you here today and to find out what your author offerings are. What is your latest offering?

Just out on Halloween day, Bloody Passion, available at eXtasy Books.


What is Bloody Passion all about?

It’s about finding one’s true self and accepting it. It’s about a passion so great it can actually penetrate the soul to uncover the darkest secrets and turn them into something better. Its about the Halloween magic, when spirits take shape and transform our instincts into actions, whether they be good or evil. It’s about learning to share, secrets, power and sex in an intriguing mix that will lead to murder and salvation. That’s what my Druid, Cedric, the hunter, Rory, and his apprentice will learn along the way to catch a dangerous predator, a four-legged one first, then a much more threatening two-legged one, in 1st Century Britain.


That sounds rather gruesome. How did you come up with the idea?

The idea was running through my mind already since I love that period of history.  I’ve studied it, read about it, invented other stories on it, like Trespassing All Hallows Eve, my first release, but it all came together when eXtasy Books had a submission call for a Halloween novel.


Laura, I know you have quite a back list of published works. Would you tell us about some of them?


Yes, Rie, I have several new books available.
  • Spying the Alcove, novel, August 1, 2009
  • Roman Seduction, short story, June 1, 2009, eXtasy Books
  • Sacrificial Sex, novella, March 1, 2009, eXtasy Books
  • Divinitas, novel, Jan.1, 2009, eXtasy Books.
  • Trespassing All Hallow's Eve, novel, Oct. 152008, eXtasy Books

What can we expect from you in the future, Laura?

For Christmas, you can expect To Seduce a Soulmate, a completely different type of story from Bloody Passion, still in the M/M genre, and one of my favorites so far. Dedicated to all those who believe in destiny and in the existence of a soul mate, To Seduce a Soulmate is a delicious Christmas story, a bit off my usual fantasy/horror genre. But not to worry, like in my best traditions, it’s strictly M/M, even if it happens in modern day USA, Atlanta for that matter in the period that goes between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One month might seem exaggerated to seduce a soul mate, someone who by definition should have no reservations about falling in love with the one person destiny selected for him, but such is life, presenting us with difficult choices to make, particularly when it comes to love. And nothing felt more upsetting than discovering Martin was Pirate Drake’s soul mate. So dilemmas about gender, feelings, connections and sex made it all the more difficult to make a choice, if Drake would ever make one. Or maybe Martin’s ability would conquer him in the end? And what about the craving, the passion, the burning desire? Well, it’s all there in To Seduce a Soulmate, my Christmas release by eXtasy Books.

Then from January 2010, my new series will begin coming out, the Virtus Saga a complete set of 6 books on Sendar’s tales of self-discovery and sexual freedom. The first release, The Sex, should be out by February, followed by The Game.

Thank you for joining me. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?

Thank you for having me, Rie and I hope readers enjoy the following excerpt!

EXCERPT:



Newlyn hadn’t said a word, staring intently into the fire, apparently unaware of the conversation. But he didn’t fool me one bit. Upon coming to the scene, I had immediately perceived his body tensing from the strain to feel the hunter’s intimate touch, the same way I recognized his annoyance now at my presence, which obviously upset his plans.
Rory grinned, his eyes sparkling mischievously. “Too bad our young friend isn’t as receptive.”
“Come on, Red, it can’t be all that bad,” I teased, my gaze catching the hunter’s and holding it steady. “There must be something he’s good at.”
The green eyes flashed. “Well, maybe there is, but despite numerous…break-throughs, it’s still far from perfect,” Red added, his tone suddenly growing huskier. At his innuendo, everything faded in the background, the forest, the fire, even Newlyn, leaving Rory and I alone to play the seductive game of hunter and prey, where the latter was as yet unaware of its destiny. “In fact,” he continued, licking his lips, “I could use an extra hand to explain my technique in greater detail.”
 Feeling the excitement mount, my body having gone hungry for far too long, I stared even harder at Rory’s handsome face. “I thought hunting was a solitary game,” I provoked.
Rory reached out to tousle Newlyn’s hair. “Wrong, Druid. The more to play the game, the better it is as you must have learned from all your solitary observations in the forest.”
Very hot in the face, I understood he had known about my spying all along, not only liking it, but turning it into a game between us. “Some animals prefer not to be disturbed during their…playtime,” I argued reasonably.
Rory shook his head, his hairy red mass flying all around. “On the contrary, Druid, there are some that appreciate more players and not just silent watchers.”
“Tastes differ…” I started slowly.
“Nonsense! A game is a game,” the hunter scoffed, grabbing Newlyn and pulling him close. “Right, puppy?”
Taken aback, the young man fell on Rory’s crotch. “I guess so, Master,” he mumbled confused.
“And the game requires an active participation from all its players. Wouldn’t you agree, puppy?”
Probably getting the first inkling of Rory’s drift, I saw the young man’s body tense. “I’m not sure I do, Master.”
“Of course, you do, puppy.” Grabbing his hair, Rory pulled Newlyn’s head up. “Cedric, here, is a dear friend and he’s as much interested in your training as I am. Don’t you think it’s time to show him just how much you’ve learned?”
“The buck’s probably scared,” I challenged.
“I’m not!” Newlyn spat, sounding offended.
“Then he’s simply inexperienced,” I concluded.
The hunter fixed his gaze on Newlyn. “Are you going to let him believe such lies?”
The young man shook his head.
    “Then prove him wrong.” Rory threw him to me and Newlyn was quick to grab the opportunity.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

With C.R. Moss



Title: In the Spirit
Release Date: October 15, 2009
Author: C.R. Moss
Author Website: http://www.home.earthlink.net/~cr_moss/
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Buy Link: http://www.extasybooks.net/ebjmsite/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=ebook_flypage&product_id=6406&category_id=55&manufacturer_id=0&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=44&vmcchk=1&Itemid=44
Genre: Menage, Paranormal, Romance




BlurbCan love heal Death's soul?  Tresa Grauenvoll had the perfect life.  Beautiful, intelligent, engaged to Jurgen Elman, lord of a vast estate, she couldn’t have wished for more.  Then two weeks before her wedding, Tresa is accused of the ultimate betrayal--treason. Sentenced to die by the love of her life, she’s hanged for crimes she did not commit. As her life ebbs away, supernatural intervention transforms her from country gentry to Grim Reaper, exiles her to a foreign land and forces her to harvest souls.  For centuries she has waited for the man who condemned her to cross paths with her once again so she can exact her revenge.
Immortal Ned Odognagap and his girlfriend, Katie, are witnesses for Artim and Jenna’s Halloween wedding and conversion ceremony that will change Jenna from human to immortal. It’s the perfect time of year for the events since the veil between worlds is the thinnest and those who have passed can join the festivities.


Ned has one problem, though. Tresa, the woman he knew and loved when he was called Jurgen, has returned with a vengeance. Can Ned withstand Tresa’s torment long enough, without driving Katie insane in the process, to find out and explain what happened that fateful day and tell Tresa he loves her still? Or will he and Katie succumb to death’s ire?


Welcome to Author Offerings. I am so happy to have you here today and to find out what your author offerings are. What is your latest offering?

My latest release is In the Spirit.



What is In the Spirit all about?

It’s about a woman, Tresa, who was condemned to a life of loneliness as the Grim Reaper. Her love, Jurgen, accused her of something she didn’t do and another man who wanted her, and whom she spurned, turned her into the death spirit. In his guilt and distress, Jurgen becomes an immortal. When Tresa crosses paths with Jurgen, who had changed his name to Ned, and his girlfriend, life and death take an interesting turn.


That sounds kind of spooky! How did you come up with the idea?

It’s a sequel to a holiday story, Holiday SpiritsIn the Spirit revolves around the Halloween time period and the thinning of the veil. When the veil thins, spirits can come through easier and that’s how that idea started. 

I know you have quite a backlist, C.R. Tell the readers about some of your other work.


One of my main series revolves around a distant planet and its star system ~ the Si’Ludo books… When I first started writing Postponing Eternity (book 1 in the Si’Ludo Prophesy series), the novel was going to be a full-on vampire story, but it wasn’t flowing the way I really wanted it to. So I put it to the side and continued to work on a story line about Wiccan triplet sisters. When I learned eXtasy Books was looking for manuscripts I finished the sisters’ books with Postponing Eternity in mind. That’s when the whole idea for my Si’Ludo world morphed into what it is now. The Si’Ludo books (1st series: The Mystics, which comprises The Si’Ludo Sisters series and an extra story and the 2nd series: The Si’Ludo Prophesy) follow beings from another world who escaped from war and destruction in their star system to Earth. The good guys have special powers and psychic vampire abilities and the bad guys have special powers as well and are more like your blood sucking vampires. The Mystics (in print) comprise four erotic romance stories that tell about the lives of three sisters on earth and one lone woman exiled to an icy moon far from her home planet. The erotic series shows the people’s sexual natures. The Prophesy books deal more with why the beings came to earth, the battle between the separated Si’Ludoians and allude to their future. Of course there’s romance thrown in between the main characters as they deal with their alien-ness and humanity. I’m hoping to continue writing about the Si’Ludo system in a couple more series.
Other series of mine include:
~ Those that follow sexy demon, Ash. The stories in this series so far are (listed in order): Dirty Little Secret, Dirty Little Lie and Dirty Little Trip (& Dirty Little Girl will be available in May 2010)
~ Those that follow forgotten Gods and Goddesses. The stories in this series so far are (listed in order): Holiday Spirits and In the Spirit
~ Those that follow a family of vampires. These stories can be found in eXtasy’s anthologies (listed in order): Sanguinary Seductions – A Stone’s Throw: Addi, Emerald Envisage – A Stone’s Throw: Emma & coming Winter/Spring 2010 will be Café Nowhere – A Stone’s Throw: Miss Q
I also have two single titles available: Concealed Affairs, which is a contemporary romantic suspense, and The Decision, which is based off the Wheel of Fortune tarot card for eXtasy’s tarot series.


What can we expect from you in the future, C.R. Moss?

I have a series contracted with Devine Destinies titled Look What the Cat Dragged In. It’s about a black cat familiar who likes to play matchmaker with his mistress and her friends and family. Those books are due out in 2010. I also have a couple of other contracted stories with eXtasy Books for 2010 and I’m working on a shifter/vamp series.

Thank you for joining me. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?

Readers can find out more about me at my website and visiting www.themanyshades.blogspot.com on Mondays.


With T.M. Hunter




Title: Heroes Die Young
Release Date: September 1, 2008
Author: Todd Hunter (writing as T. M. Hunter)
Author Website: http://AstonWest.com
Publisher: Champagne Books
Genre: Science Fiction/Action-Adventure










Blurb: Space pirate Aston West is drawn into the intrigue surrounding a derelict freighter and its beautiful, mysterious Captain.


Welcome Todd! What is your latest offering?
Heroes Die Young, an action-packed piece of space opera (or as I like to call it, science fiction for the rest of us) featuring space pirate Aston West.


What is Heroes Die Young all about?
In Heroes Die Young, Aston stumbles upon what he believes is an abandoned freighter and being a pirate, tries to take the remaining cargo. Unfortunately, there’s one survivor on board, the beautiful Captain Rione Sc’lari. She doesn’t take too kindly to him being there, but circumstances dictate Aston has to save her from certain destruction. That sets off a chain reaction of events which leads Aston on a futile attempt to try his hardest at getting out of the situation, to continue on with his previous path of self-preservation. In the end, he discovers he’s stumbled into something far bigger than a simple cargo run gone wrong and has to make the ultimate choice whether to steer clear of trouble or become the hero he once was.


That sounds exciting. How did you come up with the idea?
Heroes Die Young actually started out from a dream I’d had, in which a spaceship was being destroyed all around someone. When I woke up, I immediately picked up my notepad and began jotting down notes based on the dream, questions to spur thoughts about what someone was doing on-board a ship, why the ship was there in the first place, and who was trying to destroy it. That led to even more questions and notes, and the process continued until I finally had a story fleshed out. Ultimately, the original dream became the basis for the last portion of the first chapter of the book (which can be found as a free excerpt over at my website).


Tell me about your past releases and a little something about yourself!
Heroes Die Young is actually my first released novel and has been a really popular book, picking up Champagne Books’ Best-Selling Book of 2008 Award (despite the fact it was only out for the last three months of the year). Most of my past publications, though, have been stories in electronic and print magazines such as Ray Gun Revival, Residential Aliens and Golden Visions Magazine, and the short story format is one I enjoy writing in far more than longer pieces. I have a bit of an attention span problem, so tend to get bogged down and bored easily when writing anything that takes a while to put together. All of my published stories are available on my website, through links to the magazines the stories appeared in.
As for myself, I came from fairly humble beginnings, raised in a rural area of northeast Kansas by my parents, both teachers. My mother taught English, which most likely explains my obsession with writing. Even so, I’ve always had a massive fascination with aircraft, spacecraft, travel to other worlds, you name it. In fact, all of that led me to eventually pick up a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. And as most writers know, our love for this business is rarely a money-maker, so I use my degree (and my day job) to support my writing obsession.


What can we expect from you in the future?
I do have several stories under contract with multiple magazines, but timing for some can be tricky since I sometimes don’t even know the story is scheduled for a specific issue until the actual issue comes out. The best way to keep track of what has come out would be to frequently visit my website, or follow me on my various social networking hangouts (Facebook, MySpace, or Twitter).
The biggest project I have on the way is my next Aston West novel, Friends in Deed, which is scheduled for release from Champagne Books in January 2010. This book is a bit darker than the first, but has everything fans of Aston West have come to expect and enjoy: Action, adventure, hints at romance, and an acerbic wit that Aston tends to have more often than not.
As for work in the pipeline, stories continue flowing out, and my third Aston West novel is nearing completion. I do have a few other pieces in work (notably my NaNo novel from last year) that are not directly Aston West-related, but it’s not polite to keep his fans waiting so my primary focus is going to be on his novel and stories. *smile*


Thank you for joining me, Todd. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
Thanks for having me! I enjoyed the interview!
For any readers out there, I thoroughly enjoy feedback, so feel free to contact me at any time (contact info is on the site, or through my online haunts) with questions or comments on my book, stories, or anything else that comes to mind. My website also has plenty of free material to peruse, so everyone should make sure to check it out. Enjoy the reads!


Sunday, November 22, 2009

With Gabriel Madison


Title: Three Seeds
Release Date: August 15, 2009
Author: Gabriel Madison
Author Website: www.gabrielmadison.com
Publisher: eTreasures Publishing
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Thriller














Buy Link: http://www.etreasurespublishing.com/gabriel-madison/three-seeds.htm


Blurb: An unnatural cold front grows each day, bewildering world leaders and scientists, while leaving people across the world in a state of panic. All of North America is covered in snow. Earth is slowly reverting into a frozen oasis, causing religious groups to scream of the end of days, while others believe it’s the beginning of a new and foretold era.

Rosemary Anderson finds herself working as a receptionist, living on an old southern plantation and wishing for excitement. David, the man claiming to have rescued her from a car wreck three years earlier, has maneuvered himself into her life, but only shows up occasionally to ask Rose strange and cryptic questions about a past she no longer remembers.

Rose’s desire for adventure comes true, when strange men arrives at her plantation, and suddenly assails her. Rose narrowly escapes with the help of her mysterious friend David. David flees to Atlanta as he leads Rose through a hidden and treacherous world filled with death, power, secrets and passion. While trying to protect her from immortals shrouded by shadows, an ancient secret society and antediluvian beings from a forgotten time determined to either capture... or kill her.


Welcome to Author Offerings. I am so happy to have you here today and to find out what your author offerings are. What is your latest offering? 
Three Seeds.

What is Three Seeds all about? 
Well, I like to say destiny. It’s about whether we choose our on destiny, or if it’s chosen for us. That’s what I believe my main character’s journey is about. Rose, my main character, had spent the last three years of her life living in a small town trying to remember something about her past. She’d awoken in a hospital with no memory of who she was or how she got there. All she had was the story the nurse and the guy who claimed to have saved her from a car accident told her. So, her world gets turned upside down when five men show up at her place and attacks her. David, the guy who claimed to have saved her from the car accident, rescues Rose and talks her into going on the run with him. During this time a strange snowstorm is slowly covering the world. There are those that believe Rose and the snowstorm are connected, and want to use or kill her because of it. So David has to protect Rose from supernatural creatures that resemble humans and a secret government that has existed since the time of Augustus Caesar, while trying to keep from her the fact that she isn’t human. Actually, she’s one of a kind, the only person to be born with all three bloodlines of mystical beings known as Seeds. You see, a Seed being born with all three bloodlines is like a human being born with three different souls. No one knows what Rose’s existence means.

That sounds fascinating and a little scary! How did you come up with the idea? 
I had the idea of a supernatural character being born a hybrid of some kind for awhile. I’m a huge vampire fan, so at first Rose was a mix of vampire, werewolf and mystic. Then I had this vision of a baby floating in the middle of an ocean surrounded by blood, and no one knowing what the existence of the baby meaning. The baby could be here to save us all, or destroy us. Those two stories were separate ideas. Then one day I went over to one of my cousin’s house and he got me hooked on this TV show named Carnivàle. From there came my obsession with secret societies and the paranormal world beyond vampires and the normal supernatural creatures. I merged my two ideas together, except I took out everything about vampires and werewolves and mystics, and created my own beings... Seeds. The other supernatural creatures in the book (the Guardians and Links) and the shadow Hunters I had in different short stories I’d wrote, and so I put them in my story about the hybrid baby destined to either save us or destroy us.

Is this your first author offering, or do you have other books the readers should know about? 
This is my first. I’m very excited and I hope the readers enjoy escaping into the world of Seeds as much as I enjoyed creating it.

What can we expect from you in the future, Gabriel? 
I’m working on a Young Adult Urban Fantasy about Angels. I only hope Angels aren’t over exposed by the time I finish it. I’m also working on a kids TV pilot and another TV pilot for a slightly older audience. I’m also thinking about the sequel to Three Seeds, and a spin off with one of the characters.

Thank you for joining me. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know? Yeah. It’s been a pleasure sharing Three Seeds with everyone. I’ve been writing for a long time but this is the first project that has been published for others to read. I have to admit, Three Seeds is my favorite creation because I put so much into it. Everything means something. I hope the readers get as much out of it as I put into it.