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Friday, July 29, 2011

Deconstructing My Orgy by William Maltese

Yes, I confess, that I, just into puberty, had a very vivid (wet) dream, one night, in which I screamed out— “Bring on the Dancing Girls!” —and woke up my parents who came running to see what was up; although I succeeded in keeping from them what had been “up” and had created the resulted mess underneath my blanket and sheet.

In that dream, which, by the way, I still very vividly remember to this day, I was hosting a very decadent Roman orgy, filled to the brim with studly naked men, shapely naked women, debauched entertainment, exotic food, and flagons of wine.

My fascination with Rome, orgies, naked men, naked women, debauched entertainment, exotic food, and wine hasn’t abated and has benefited me tremendously in my writing career. My ancient Roman m/m novel, GAIUS MAXIMUS (1973), written by me as William Lambert III, was one of my earliest m/m erotic novels:

In fact, that fascination has led me, by the nose, all my lifetime, into the presence of myriad promiscuous naked men and women, debauched entertainment, bizarre foods, and excellent wines. Read almost any of my novels, and you’ll find therein one or more of the above, the result of my “research”.

I had orgiastic sex in the ruins directly across from the Roman Coliseum and used that experience in my mainstream novel INCIDENT AT BRIMZINSKY:

I had sex on a private island off the coast of Capri, and used that experience in my m/m novel I, DEBAUCHEE:

In the spirit of by-gone Roman orgies that served up flamingo tongue, humming-bird baked in clay, dormouse, peacock, and sea urchin, I never met a meal of Mopane caterpillars, durian, tarantulas, or codfish sperm that I could pass up. Out of one list of the world’s fifteen most bizarre foods, I’d sampled (but not necessarily enjoyed) eleven. Of each wine enjoyed by ancient Romans, including Falernum, Caecubum, Setinum, I’ve tried to sample each and every one, or, more literally, its present-day equivalent.

The result of all that food tasting, sees me having co-authored several cookbooks; THE GLUTEN-FREE WAY: MY WAY & BACK OF THE BOAT GOURMET COOKING …

… with my DINNER WITH CECILE AND WILLIAM in its editing stages; my THE HUCKELBERRY GOURMET even now being written.

The result of all my wine-tasting, has seen me writing and co-authoring a book series, the ongoing William Maltese Wine Tasting Diary, that presently includes the wines of Spokane/Pullman, Washington…and the Pinot-Gs of Australia’s Mornington Peninsula

Admittedly, I’ve not carried my fascination to the point where my home includes, like those of most ancient Roman villas, a vomitorium, a room specifically designed for orgy participants needing to upchuck full stomachs before resuming debauched dining and sexual promiscuousness. As a result, though, I do find myself presently proofing the book galleys for my co-authored EVEN GOURMANDS HAVE TO DIET help- and cook-book.

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Friday, July 22, 2011

NO MORE BLANK SCREEN: Blogging Ideas for Fiction Authors by Krista D. Ball



Title: NO MORE BLANK SCREEN: Blogging Ideas for Fiction Authors
Release Date: June 15, 2011
Author: Krista D. Ball
Author Website       
Genre: non-fiction/reference
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Blurb:
Blogging should never be a painful chore.

No More Blank Screen contains over two hundred blog post ideas.

The blog ideas and questions-to-ponder attempt to cover the full experience spectrum that is encountered along the path to publication and well beyond.

Along with the blog ideas, the basics of blog creation is covered, plus special notes on guest blogging and avoiding the dreaded "pretentious" label.

Regardless if you are a new writer or an experienced author, No More Blank Screen can help you expand your blogging experience.

Welcome Krista, I'm so thrilled to have you here!  To get started, what is your latest offering?
A bit of a stray from my usual fiction. I get asked a lot of questions about blogging and what to blog about. So, I decided to write a book about it!

What is No More Blank Screen all about?
It's an idea book. There's some information on getting started with a blog and things to consider. But, the bulk of the book is ideas to help writers especially come up with things to blog about.

That sounds like a book I need! Was there anything in particular that inspired this book, or did your muse come up with it?
I'm not sure why, but I get asked a lot about blogging at conventions and online. It isn't that I have a really popular blog or anything; I'm no Joe Konrath over here. But, for whatever reason, people have found my blogs interesting (I have three) and have asked how I keep it going. So, I decided that there was a place out there for this kind of niche book.

Who is your cover artist and how much input do you have in the design?
My good friend, Michelle (her blog), is taking time out of her world travels to work a bit before she scoots off on her next adventure. I asked her to do a very simple, basic design. She really wanted to go all out, but I'm a simply kinda gal J

If you could co-author a book with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
Jane Austen. Our combined snarky dialogue would make us rulers of the world.

What books are in your TBR pile?
Too many! Right now, I have just over a hundred. Some are my own and others are ones I've agreed to review. A bulk won't get reviewed until the fall, when my own schedule calms down. However, whenever I get a chance, I sit down and read another book.

When you begin a new book, do you write it straight through, or do you work on more than one story at a time?
I go in spurts. I work on one project until I'm mentally drained and switch to another until the gears start moving. I try to have one major project, with two side projects to fiddle with. Eventually, the side projects become the new major project, etc.

Right now, I'm working on more projects than I'd normally consider healthy. However, I'm planning on having a calmer 2012.

Tell me a little about your back list, and which of these is your own personal favorite?
My backlist right now is short. As in, all shorts. I've enjoyed all of the projects because I wrote them without an audience or publishing in mind. I simply wrote them for what was in my heart at the time.

My upcoming novels are really where I'm focused right now. I sold two novels this year, so I'll have a military SF out in November, an urban fantasy novella I'm self-publishing around Christmas, and an epic fantasy with Mundania Press in the early spring. I'm kinda in between right now - the world of shorts behind and the world of novels ahead.

What are you working on at the moment?
The major project I'm working on currently is the second book of my epic fantasy series, Tales of Tranquility. So, that means I have two side projects J The first one is the novella I'm planning to self-publish in December or thereabouts. The second is one of the short stories I wrote during NaNoWriMo 2010.

Thank you for joining me, Krista, if I twist your arm would you give us an excerpt? J
Sure! Here's a section of ideas, to help people get started on their own blogs!

EXCERPT:
Why Do You Write, Anyway?

The first time I was asked this question was in a blog interview. It stumped me. I had to think about it. Writing comes naturally to me. It just happens. Even when I'm not physically writing, I'm still writing in my head, jotting mental notes for later, sketching out scenes, and noting interesting things I come across. And let's not even discuss when I talk to myself, mumbling about zombies and Vikings.

Answering the following questions will help your readers understand what makes you tick. You might even learn something about yourself. Or, in my case, get even more confused about why I write.

1. Why do you write? Are the reasons different for each of your projects?
2. Do you write to entertain first, or make people think/challenge their opinions first? Have you ever written to educate readers?
3. When did you first discover you enjoyed writing?
4. What was the first negative thing ever said about your work? What was your reaction? How did you keep going?
5. What are your writing fears? These can change as time goes on so come back to them often.

Bonus idea: Would you compromise how or what you write for money? (A special thanks to A. "Merc" Rustad for this idea. ).

Friday, May 13, 2011

A Writer's Love Story by Robert Wacaster


Title:  A Writer’s Love Story   
Release Date:  August 28, 2009
Author:  Robert Wacaster
Genre:  Romance
Publisher: 


Blurb:

After finding out the man she was seeing is married, Katie is heartbroken. But the heartbreak doesn't last long when a best selling author named Robert walks into her life. He's charming, caring, and seems to be everything she's ever dreamed of in a man. But does she really know him? And can she handle a long distance relationship with Robert when he has to leave New York for California? Can Katie and Robert truly find happiness together? Or will this be just another "Writer's Love Story?"

Welcome Robert, I'm so thrilled to have you here! To get started, what is your latest offering?
Well, A Writer’s Love Story isn’t my latest offering, but it’s the book I decided I’d like you to profile (And believe me, I do appreciate it!). 
What is A Writer’s Love Story all about?
It’s the first book in a series about a best selling author who falls in love with an executive assistant at his publisher’s office.  He spends a weekend with her and then has to leave for California because a movie is being made out of his first book.  In a way, the book is about communication, and how it sometimes breaks down when you’re apart.
That sounds like it could be autobiographical. Was there anything in particular that inspired this book, or did your muse come up with it?
Funny story here.  Actually, one day I was watching movie trailers with my niece who was around 14 or so.  We were watching a few romantic comedy things and I mentioned that maybe I should try and write a romantic comedy.  She started laughing and told me there was no way I could write something like that.  That night I started writing the book.  *chuckle*  And it just kind of took off in my head after I wrote the first scene.
Who is your cover artist and how much input do you have in the design?
I’m a self-published author, and ended up doing the cover myself.  I probably should have looked for someone to do it for me, but just wanted to put the book out and see how it would do.  I’m not especially pleased with the cover anymore and have been thinking about finding another cover.  It’s actually pretty plain.
If you could co-author a book with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
That’s a very interesting question!  You know, thinking about it, I’m not really sure who I’d like to write with.  When you write with someone else, you don’t completely control the story.  I’ll have to think about that, but for right now I’ll have to say I’m not sure.
What books are in your TBR pile?
Oh geez.  I’m always reading and reviewing other self-published authors now.  There are a lot of really good independents out there!  I’m currently reading Immortalis:  Hunters and Prey by author Katie Salidas.  It’s the second book in her line of vampire books.  She’s really a good writer, and tells a great story!
When you begin a new book, do you write it straight through, or do you work on more than one story at a time?
Usually I’m working on at least two things at once.  I’m also notorious for starting something, not liking what I’ve done, and then moving on to something else.  I have went back and finished a couple of the stories, though.
Tell me a little about your backlist, and which of these is your own personal favorite?
Oh, if you mean things I’ve written, but haven’t finished?  There’s one called American Patriot Society that I’ve started about a group that follows congressmen and Senators and then using pictures they’ve taken, “persuades” the corrupt ones to resign their positions.  They eventually find out more than they bargain for.  Another one I really need to get back to is a murder mystery in a casino.  The hero is a security officer fired during a cover up.  Two good stories that I really should finish.
What are you working on at the moment?
At the moment, I just finished an erotic story called “Nerdgasm” about the office “nerd” who ends up using a few “techniques” to show a co-worker what a true orgasm can be like.  And the other thing I’m almost finished with is a book about a guy who finds himself in hell, but doesn’t remember anything.  He begins to escape hell and on his way out, remembers little by little what he did during his lifetime on earth.
Thank you for joining me, Robert. If I twist your arm would you give us an excerpt? J
Absolutely.

Chapter One

     Katie sat on the train thinking about Stewart.  Her mind flashed through the last couple of months with him.  Things had started out casually when he had wandered into the reception area where she worked, and had hit on her.  She had been broken up with her last boyfriend for several months and was enjoying the attention.  As they talked, he had gotten more and more physical with his advances.  Before she knew it, she had let things go further than she had really intended. 
     She had met up with Stewart three more times after that, each time he took her to dinner, and then they had ended up at some motel.  Each time, she had let him talk her into going a bit further than she had planned.  He rarely talked about himself during these dates, if you could really even call them that.  She would try and try to get him to talk about himself, but would eventually give up, surrendering to his forward advances.  She longed for a more meaningful relationship, and chose to ignore all the bad signs she saw in him. 
     After the last night they had spent together, he had invited her to a cabin with him for this coming weekend.  She had accepted, hoping to be able to maybe get some kind of commitment from him, to maybe find out what he really wanted.  A small part of her didn’t want to know what he really wanted.  Part of her saw all the bad signs, and knew.  The thought that she was just being used gnawed at her constantly, whenever she would think about him.  She was actually dreading the trip, as much as looking forward to it.
     She was getting older, 32 now in fact.  She had always received a lot of attention from men, but in her thirties it was seemingly harder and harder to meet anyone she really liked.  Most people her age seemed to either be married, or going out with someone else. 
     After her train pulled into Manhattan, she walked the rest of the way to work, a small company called B & W Publishing.  She was an executive assistant to Arthur Goldstein, one of the Editors. 
     She arrived at the publishing building and walked inside smiling.  It was Friday and her mind was buzzing with thoughts about Stewart and the cabin.  She saw Stewart talking to another woman she didn’t recognize.  She stopped, standing across the large lobby area and watched.
     He must have some kind of business with her, Katie thought to herself, I’m sure it’s nothing.  In the back of her mind though, warning bells were going off.
     The woman smiled, folded her arms around Stewart’s neck, and began to kiss him.  Katie was horrified.  She watched as Stewart leaned in to the woman and pulled her close.  She wanted to cry or scream, but promised herself she wouldn’t.  The couple finished kissing and as the woman walked away, Stewart said loudly to her, “I know this was a special occasion Carol, but remember, you can’t just come to my work place like this!”  He was smiling, but his face changed the instant he saw Katie.  He walked quickly towards her looking around suspiciously as he did.
     “Kitten, that wasn’t what you think, I can explain it.”
     “You were kissing her.” Katie said feeling emotion starting to well up inside her.
     “Ok yes, I was kissing her.  But there’s an explanation.”
     “Kissing her!” Katie repeated loudly, holding the tears back now by pure will.
     “I had to,” Stewart said looking around, “She’s…ok, she’s my wife.  But you don’t understand.”
     “You’re married?” Katie asked horrified.
     “Yes, but it’s a marriage of convenience!  I don’t love her!  We only stay together because of the kids!  I love you, it’s always been you!” Stewart said trying to take Katie’s hand.  She jerked it away from him.
     “You’re married and have kids?  You son of a bitch, how could you?  So all this time you’ve just been using me for sex?” She screamed.  She couldn’t hold the tears back anymore and they began to flow down her face.
     “Kitten, listen…it’s not what you think.”
     Katie slapped him and walked quickly towards the elevator crying.  She could hear him behind her, still calling her name.  How could she have not known he was married?  How could she have not realized he was just using her?   Why did she just ignore the signs?  Had she really been that desperate to find love?  As the elevator doors opened she climbed on, grateful there was no one else around to ride with her.  She dried her eyes as best she could on the ride up to floor 36.  The doors opened and she walked quickly towards her reception office, hoping Mr. Goldstein wasn’t in yet.  He wasn’t, the glass door to the reception area was still locked.  She used her keys to unlock the door, entered and quickly sat down behind her desk.
     She pulled out a tissue from a nearby box and dried her eyes again.  She put her head in her hands and after a minute slammed her fists down, trying to keep the tears back.  As she struck the desk, her watch band broke and it bounced and landed nearby on the floor.  She didn’t bother to pick it up. 
     Mr. Goldstein opened the door and walked quickly through the reception area towards his office, “Good morning Katie, thank goodness you’re here!  I have to meet with one of our authors this morning.  They tell me he’s very difficult, but he’s written a best seller so let me know the minute he gets here, ok?  His name is…” He looked at a paper in his hand, “Robert Wacaster.”
     “Yes Sir,” Katie answered, using a tissue to quickly wipe the tears from her cheeks.
     Mr. Goldstein looked up from the paper at her, “Are you ok?  Is something wrong?”
     “No Sir,” Katie smiled, “Just my allergies acting up.”
     He watched her closely for a minute, “Ok…if you’re sure.  I’ll be in my office, let me know the instant he gets here.”
     “Yes Sir.” She smiled again.  After he left, she dropped her head down onto her desk and tried not to cry.

Monday, May 9, 2011

A Ranger’s Tale by Mysti Parker



Title: A Ranger’s Tale
Release Date: January 29, 2011
Author: Mysti Parker
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Publisher: Melange-Books
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Blurb: Set in the fantasy world of Tallenmere, the high elf Caliphany Aranea longs to explore the world and escape from her controlling father. Her dreams are fulfilled when she meets ranger and ship captain Galadin Trudeaux. But, when secrets from the past bring tragedy to those she loves, Caliphany must fight to hold on to the life she's always wanted.

Welcome Mysti, I'm so thrilled to have you here!  To get started, what is your latest offering?
Thanks so much for having me! I’m so excited about my debut romance novel, A Ranger’s Tale. It’s the first in a series from the fantasy world of Tallenmere.
What is A Ranger’s Tale all about?
How about I give you the scoop? Not the whole scoop, mind you—I gotta save some secrets for later.
Above all else, A Ranger’s Tale a story of love, trust, and a quest for freedom. The high elf, Caliphany Aranea, nearly a century old, has never been allowed to travel farther than a few miles out of the capital city of Leogard. Her father, Sirius, leads the Mage Academy, and after losing his only son, he expects Caliphany to take his place one day. The trouble is, she doesn't want to study magic and doubts she'll ever be as good a wizard as her father. She dreams of leaving Leogard to explore the world and strike out on her own--lofty goals for Sirius' daughter, who also happens to be King Leopold's niece.

When two brutes at Leogard Harbor attempt to kidnap her while she dreams of faraway lands, half-elf ship captain and ranger, Galadin Trudeaux, comes to her rescue. She convinces him to train her in the ways of a ranger so she can survive on her own. Caliphany’s father learns of this and imprisons her with the intent of forcing her to marry a mage she doesn’t love. She escapes, takes refuge as a stowaway on Galadin’s ship, and forces him to take her to Faewood so she can outrun the search parties.
Galadin, though angry at first, can’t just leave her out there to fend for herself. He decides to remain with her until the search is called off, but in the meantime, they fall madly in love.
They soon learn, however, that happiness is fleeting. From their first chance encounter, to the finale, where Caliphany must decide where her heart truly lies, she and Galadin will face more adventure, more love, more heartache, than they ever thought possible. Through it all, they discover the power of forgiveness and of a love that stands the test of time.
That sounds like a great concept. Was there anything in particular that inspired this book, or did your muse come up with it?
My inspiration came from many sources, including a love of Lord of the Rings and all things romance, plus a very active imagination. My muse also has a strong desire to create realistic characters who make mistakes, but find redemption. My elves are far from whimsical and perfect.
Who is your cover artist and how much input do you have in the design?
Mae Powers at Melange Books designed my cover and did a fantastic job. She’s great at working with authors to customize the covers of their choice. She ran a few versions by me until I was happy with the current one.
If you could co-author a book with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I’d have to say Lillian Jackson Braun or Victoria Holt. The clever wit of Ms. Braun’s writing and the sweeping romantic suspense Ms. Holt wrote so well would be thrilling to witness first-hand.
What books are in your TBR pile?
There are too many to list, but a couple I am reading now is Guardian 2632 by Nora Weston and Purrfect Voyage by Ruth J Hartman.
I’ve met so many wonderful authors since I’ve started this endeavor. On my blog, I’ve been interviewing some fabulous writers, and they automatically go on my list. I’m just sad that I’m not a faster reader.
When you begin a new book, do you write it straight through, or do you work on more than one story at a time?
I write until I hit a block, then usually crank out a short story to stretch my writing muscles. Then, it’s right back to the main WIP. Momentum is everything.
This is your debut novel but I happen to know this isn't the only thing you have published. Tell me about that.
I have a fantasy romance novelette called Let There Be Love in the anthology Hearts of Tomorrow, also published by Melange Books.
What are you working on at the moment?
I’m working on Book 2 of the Tallenmere series. It’s called Serenya’s Song and picks up where A Ranger’s Tale ended. But don’t be fooled—it’ll be a novel that can stand alone. A Ranger’s Tale actually introduces several characters (many only briefly) that will appear in subsequent books.
Serenya’s Song takes us to the small town of Summerwind, where the wood elf, Jayden Ravenwing (who plays a prominent role in A Ranger's Tale) seeks a quieter life away from the bustle of Leogard and his first love, Caliphany. At the local tavern, he meets Serenya Crowe, who instantly sparks his interest. She's half-elf, half-something else, but she's everything he's ever wanted in a woman. Except he never expected to fall in love again so quickly, especially with the wife of the Earl of Summerwind. To complicate matters, a strange portal has appeared on the Crowe property, one that Jayden fears could lead to the death of Serenya and everyone in Summerwind, unless he can find a way to close it.
Thank you for joining me, Mysti if I twist your arm would you give us an excerpt? J
Sure.
Excerpt from Chapter 18:

Galadin

Cali stood and flung her bow over her shoulder.

I waved my hands at her. “Cali, I think you should stay here in the camp.”

“I will do no such thing.”

“The goblins aren’t to be taken lightly. They can swarm on you in an instant.”

“Which is all the more reason I should go along to help.”

There was no arguing with her, not with that stubborn set of her chin and those flashing blue eyes. Damn, she was beautiful when she set her mind to do something.

“All right, then, let’s go, but we have to be careful.”

We climbed the narrow path up the cliff side to the ancient temple. Bastivar was a crumbling, pillared fortress carved into the mountainside in honor of the goddess Innessa. Worshippers had long since vanished, and as long as anyone could remember, the only current inhabitants were goblins.

“Hidari mi compli,” we chanted, and sneaked inside. Our eyes adjusted to the dim light in the entryway.

“I’ll draw some of them out,” I whispered. “Stay concealed, and when you see one coming, shoot it.”

Down one corridor, a group of three goblins came toward me. I aimed and shot one, then ran back when the other two charged. Cali’s first arrow barely missed my head, but she got one. I shot the last one as she readied another arrow.

“Nicely done,” I whispered. “Now, we—”

“Achoo!” Cali couldn’t stop her sneeze in time. She whispered, “I’m sorry.”

A great snarling ensued from within the main corridor.

A horde of beady, yellow eyes came toward us.

“Cali, run!”

She fled, and we ran down the cliff side as fast as we could without falling off. We reached the forest floor, and I looked back. Goblins streamed out of the ruins, so many that some fell off the cliff. There had never been this many before. It must have been a long while since anyone had cleared them out. We sped through the underbrush. Thorns scratched our skin and snagged our leathers, but they were gaining on us.

We reached the main path, and I grabbed Cali. “Give me my father’s sword.”

She unsheathed it and handed it to me. “Galadin, there’s too many. We’ll never fight them off.”

“Conceal yourself and run. Now!”

She clutched my sleeve. “I won’t leave you here!”

For the brief moment while the goblins closed in, I met her panic-stricken eyes. I’d never met a woman I would die for, until then. “Go!”

I pushed her on, and she turned to run. Goblins burst through the bush, and I readied my sword. Right and left, I swung, impaling and kicking them off the blade, chopping off spindly gray limbs, a head when I could aim just right. Piles of jerking bodies began to pile at my feet. The onslaught lessened, but before I could catch my breath, another wave of them burst forth.

One of them latched onto my arm, its jagged teeth sinking in through the leather. I cried out. Then, an arrow sank into its ugly body. Cali had come back, her next arrow nocked and ready. I shook the goblin off my arm. Still, they came, yet another wave.

She threw down her bow and ran to my side. “Galadin, get back!”

“What? No, I told you to run!”

“No time.”

She pulled me back, stepped in front of me, and held out her hands. Blue fire burst from her palms, like flaming blasts of lightning, but continuous, and dreadfully hot. I had to back away from the intensity of the heat. The inferno charred the goblins, turning them from gray, to black, to piles of ashes before my eyes. The fire consumed every bush and weed, everything in its path, until the goblins in the rear decided they were outmatched. Shrieking, they turned and hightailed it back up the cliff and into Bastivar.

Cali stared at her smoking hands. I ran to her, relieved to see that she wasn’t burned. But, she was weakened. I embraced her, letting her catch her breath, her head on my shoulder. I ran my fingers along her braid.

“I didn’t know you could do that,” I said.

She raised her head and peered into my eyes. “I didn’t either.”

Then, our lips met, and nothing else mattered. 






Author Bio:
Mysti Parker is a full-time wife, mom of three, and a writer. Born and raised in Kentucky, writing has always been her first love. After many years of pursuing other things, she began her writing career in earnest in 2009. Look for more romantic tales from her fantasy world of Tallenmere, where magic, passion, murder, and mayhem are a part of everyday life.



Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Twice Cursed by Jacqueline Paige




Title: Twice Cursed
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Author: Jacqueline Paige
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press

  
Welcome Jacqueline, I'm so thrilled to have you here!  To get started, what is your latest offering?
Twice Cursed is my most recent release. 

What is Twice Cursed all about?
Rather than ramble on and give away too many details (a bad habit of mine), I’ll just give you the ‘blurb’.

Maddy is the oldest witchling to ever attend the Hidden Cove Academy, having been cursed as a teen; she’s forced to have a solitary life outside of her own magical community.  With her magic so dangerously unpredictable, she rarely takes the chance on mixing with the general public.

From one harmless trip to a museum she finds herself spellbound yet again by an invisible boundary, caused by a three hundred year old curse, dictating that Maddy must stay close to the stunningly sexy Colin.

Being stuck with a tall, dark, incredibly lick-able stranger can’t be all that bad, right? Until they discover if they get too close the spirits bound with the curse will take over their bodies ... at the same time if they’re too far from one another the curse will kill them both.

Will the curse's secrets be unraveled in time or does certain death await them both? 

That sounds like an enjoyable read. Was there anything in particular that inspired this book, or did your muse come up with it?
The idea of writing about a witch whose magic didn’t work quite right came to me out of nowhere, but by the time my muse was done with the plot, I had curses and spirits and things I hadn’t planned at all.

Who is your cover artist and how much input do you have in the design?
Gemini Judson did the cover and I love how she did it!  I sent a list of things that could be used to describe the story and she hit it dead on with the very first idea she sent me.

If you could co-author a book with anyone, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I don’t have a particular author in mind exactly, but I would have loved to go back pre-internet and television and work with an author that had to rely on nothing but their own imagination to build worlds and characters.  

Today we have it so easy — if our imagination is floundering around trying to come up with an image we can simply google it (or anything else) and there it is in living color right before our eyes.  My hats off to those writers that had nothing but their own brain power to run on when things weren’t fleshing out the way they wanted. 

What books are in your TBR pile?
I’ve actually tried to cut down my TBR pile – unsuccessfully I might add. I don’t have the time I used to have for reading L between my job and my own writing. The top of my pile though is reserved for those books in series’ that I have to read the day they hit the shelves!  Off the top of my head those authors would be Christine Feehan, Laurell K Hamilton, Cheyenne McCray, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charlaine Harris and the list goes on and on

When you begin a new book, do you write it straight through, or do you work on more than one story at a time?
When I first started writing I focused on one story at a time. Then my muse took over and the list of plots grew to a much longer list. I still try to work on one at a time, with writing, although I can be editing two or more on the side as I go — but sometimes in the middle of one wip an idea hits and I have to sit down and get it going. It’s this sort of madness that now has me doing re-writes on three books, editing two books and writing two at the same time!

Tell me a little about your back list, and which of these is your own personal favorite?
My first baby would be the Magic Seasons series. Book I – Beltane Magicand Book II – Solstice Heat were both published but presently the entire series is undergoing re-writes to be released in the future. This series was a huge undertaking with so many characters to keep track of it turned into five books filled with magic and mystery that it will always hold a special place in my heart.

I have a few shorter works that I had so much fun with that I may have to take the time to do something short and sassy again in the future. They are Behind the Mask, a Halloween erotic tale of a cursed with at Amira Press. I also did a two part series In Our Dream, a sexy Christmas story involving a cop and undercover cop that is filled with unexpected paranormal elements and From A Dream is the sequel because their story wasn’t finished.  These are both at Amira Press as well.

Most recently I had the first book in the Hidden Senses Trilogy, Mystic Perceptions, released at Class Act Books. This is a paranormal romantic-suspense with murder and psychic abilities.

Shortly after that Salvation was released at Eternal Press. This would be my favorite story about a sexy cursed pirate ghost who finds himself in a new era filled with numerous things he doesn’t quite understand, including a modern woman that both intrigues and frustrates him endlessly.

What are you working on at the moment?
Aside from the re-write I mentioned with Magic Seasons series I am editing two different books— the first in my Animal Trilogy, Heart.

Three women without knowledge of their true heritage...
Three men that have waited for their mate all of their lives...
Hearts and tempers collide with wild passions and animal instincts
in the Animal Trilogy  

And the second book in the Hidden Senses Trilogy, Dream Visions. 
What if you weren't considered normal to the rest of the world? Would you give up everything in your life to help someone, even if it meant starting over again?” 

On the writing table I am working on a first to yet another trilogy –Sisters of Heart, The Witch From Within — a story about a woman that has no idea what her ancestors did to protect their heritage until strange things start happening to her.

The second I’m working on is After the Silence— which was completely unplanned and has been something my muse decided I had to write immediately.  The very first line in the book became the tagline and it’s been exciting for me because it’s nothing like I’ve ever worked on before.

“I was nineteen when the world went crazy - nothing that was would ever be again.”

Thank you for joining me, Jacqueline, if I twist your arm would you give us an excerpt? J
Thanks so much for having me!!! 

EXCERPT: 
“There is just no way to tell you this without you thinking I’m completely insane.” He sat there giving her a puzzled look. “Do you believe in magic, Colin?”
He smirked. “Like a magician?”
Maddy shook her head. “Um, no. Although a few that play at that game of illusions do have special abilities. I’m talking about magical people, who can do spectacular things...”
Colin smirked again. “Like witches?” He chuckled. “Are you an actress; is that what you’re trying to tell me?”
The kettle whistled. Maddy turned to pour it. “No, I’m not an actress. I’m a hereditary witch.” She fiddled with the tea bags, not wanting to turn around and see his expression.
“I see.” He really had no idea what to say to that.
She knew by his tone he was probably plotting on how to leave as soon as possible now. “I’m not sure you do. Have you ever seen someone do something that you just couldn’t ex-plain? Or thought you were seeing things?” She shrugged. “We’re really not supposed to use magic in the general public, but some do, at a terrible risk.” She glanced over to look at him. His look said it all: he thought she was a weirdo.
“Okay. Uh, so is there a reason for telling me this?” Why did the beautiful ones always have to have some sort of mental flaw?
Maddy turned from the cups and crossed her arms over her chest. “Yes, actually I do.” She hesitated for a few seconds. “When we were leaving the museum I thought I felt a trace...that’s kind of a feeling you...my kind get when magic has been used close by or to you...”
“A trace?” He studied her for a moment. “Again, why are you...” He looked like he really wanted to give her a chance. Just in case she wasn’t insane.
She let out a quick breath. “I think something was done to us...the pains hitting, but then leaving just as quickly.”
Colin raised one eyebrow at her and crossed his arms. Now he probably just wanted to go home. “I’m sure there’s a much more...sane explanation for this.”
Sane? Of course he thought she was insane. How did she prove to him she wasn’t some lunatic?

Author Jacqueline Paige

BIO: Jacqueline Paige is a world class multi-tasker. She is a mother to five adventurous and unpredictable children, a cafe manager and a colossal imagination that allows her to step outside of reality into a world of paranormal romance with just a touch of suspense.  Her first book was published in 2009 and since then has published six, with the most recent being the first in her Hidden Senses Trilogy.