Thursday, February 23, 2017

Meet Paranormal Romance Author, Jenn Windrow

We'd like to welcome paranormal romance author, Jenn Windrow, to our hotseat today!
Jenn's newest release, PIERCED BY VENOM, released on Valentine's Day, book 2 from her series, A Redeeming Cupid Novel.



Who are some of your favorite authors?
  
Darynda Jones, Karen Marie Moning, A.G. Howard, Jaye Wells, Brinda Berry, Anne Bishop, Gena Showalter, Lewis Carol, Kim Harrison, Kelly Armstrong, Marrisa Meyer, Jeanninne Frost, J.R. Ward, and my latest obsession… Caroline Kepnes. 

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?

I’ve always played with stories in my head, sometimes I even got brave enough to put a few on paper, but it wasn’t until both of kids went to school that I realized I might actually want to share those stories for a living. I guess it took a long time for me to decide what I wanted to do when I grew up. Now I have notebooks full of ideas, just waiting for me to have enough time to write them all.           

What 3 words describe you as a person?

Quiet, shy, introverted.     

What 3 words describe you as a writer?
  
Sex, snark, supernatural sizzle.       

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
  
Spending time with my family, either at movies or out to eat, or just hanging. And when the kids go to bed, I curl up and READ. Seriously look at my list of favorite authors, I read anything I can.      

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
  
Bunnicula. I think it set the tone for my love of vampires, cause who doesn’t love a vampire bunny. We actually named our pet rabbit Bunnicula after that book.           

Describe your desk.
  
I am surrounded by pictures of my family and books and things that make me smile. I face a window where I have a humming bird feeder to watch and usually I have two cats sitting somewhere on the desk with me, making sure that I am writing and not surfing the internet.        

Who is the main character?
  
Gia Adler 

What’s her story?
  

Gia has chased Chris her whole life, wanted him to be the man who whisked her off her stiletto’s. Once she finally gets him she sees nothing but positive things in her future. Their marriage is everything she has ever wanted and he’s the man she always hoped for.

But secrets and lies creep up and take Gia on a journey that she doesn’t expect. Moving her out of her comfort zone of high society and dropping her into a Tijuana Drug tunnel with a man who has scared her both mentally and physically.

Gia must find a way to save herself from her past in order to have the future she always hoped for.   

Where/when does the story take place?
  
A Tijuana drug tunnel just outside of San Diego, contemporary setting           

How did the story come to you?
  
After writing Struck By Eros, I started to look into the other tragic Greek myths, this one was the next one that I was interested in twisting.  Coming up with the characters and having to match it to the myth, but give the story a happy ever after was fun, but challenging.        

Who is your target audience?
  
Woman between the age of 18 - 40. For the Paranormal romance reader who enjoys a strong female lead, humour, a contemporary setting, rich, well developed characters, and a Happily-ever-after. Readers of Darynda Jones and Jennifer Cruise will enjoy the writing and fresh story.              

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
  
Pierced By Venom is a modern day retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The Greek mythology background set sis apart from the normal Paranormal Romances on the market.             

What do your fans mean to you?
  
I love my fans. Well, I will when I actually have some that I am not related too.         

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
  
I guess I like to ask myself “what if” and see where that line of thought takes me.
  
Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
  
Don’t. Ever. Give. Up. No matter how many rejections letters you get, how many give you bad critiques, keep going because with enough hard work it will happen for you.   


She’ll willingly travel the highway to hell 
to bring back the man she loves. 
 
For Jenn Windrow's complete novel listing and information, please go HERE.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Interview with J.J. Stanley



Today we are thrilled to be interviewing 
Erotic M/M Romance author, J.J. Stanley.

Who are some of your favorite authors?
 
Anne Rice.
Matthew Reilly.

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
 
I have always had a huge imagination, since I was little. I loved to play in the yard, in my own little worlds.
My writing started, not long after I turned 13, when the family got its first computer.
I didn’t start writing full time, until 2008, when we moved out to a farm… and there was nothing else to do, because I was a stay at home mum.

What 3 words describe you as a person?
 
Quiet.
Imaginative.
Quirky.

What 3 words describe you as a writer?
 
Emotional.
Vibrant.
Dark.

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
 
Watching movies, playing video games, gardening… and I have 3 kids… they’re classed as a hobby… right?

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
 
I read Dragon Riders of Pern. By Anne McCaffery.
That book was the one that propelled me into wanting to be a writer. I can’t remember many before that.
I did love the Trixie Belden series, but Dragon Riders was the one which lit my imagination and sent me on a literary journey.

Describe your desk.
 
Basic.
Sits in the lounge room. I do get distracted easily…
I have my laptop, keyboard, monitor and whatever I am drinking at the time.

Who is the main character?
 
Troy Atkins

What’s his story?
 
Troy is a troubled young man. He is still not 100% comfortable with his sexuality. But he is trying to find his way and getting his heart broken along the journey.

Where/when does the story take place?
 
Houston, Texas.

How did the story come to you?
 
My husband has a gay brother and gay cousin. I know there is a lot of call for the homo-erotica style—thought I’d give it a try and hope for the best.

Who is your target audience?
 
I didn’t start out with an audience in mind… but as I have written, I have found a lot of women love the genre—so them?

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
 
I think combining sexuality, with an elite sport might set it apart from the rest… but it is a bit of a quagmire of books out there. I’d be happy just to hold my head above it.

What do your fans mean to you?
 
A lot. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to keep going. I love the idea that random strangers love my works and are willing to use their hard earned money to get what I put so much time into.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
 
Movies and video games. (Not this book though)
I love to sit and watch a movie and pick little parts, or sometimes characters and put them into different situations in my head. 9/10 ideas come from either a movie, or a video game.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
 
Stick at it.
Don’t send off the first piece you’ve written—from experience, you will be told to revise, unless it’s a masterpiece…
And edit!! Don’t send off your raw manuscript. It’s always better to have a break. Sit back for a month or two, then go back through it. You’ll find things that don’t sound right, or huge spelling mistakes.
If you see them, sure as anything—so will the publisher.

For more information on J.J. Stanley's series, please go HERE.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Interview with MJ LaBeff

We're thrilled to be showcasing suspense/thriller author, 
MJ LaBeff today.


Who are some of your favorite authors?
  
Mary Higgins Clark, Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Meg Gardiner

What motivated you to become a writer and at what age?
  
I’ve always been an avid reader and imagined what it would be like to create characters and stories of my own. I devoured books in grade school, high school and college and that dream of writing started at an early age. My favorite classes were English and history and I’m sure that’s because I loved writing book reports. Writing always made me happy and still does.

What 3 words describe you as a person?
  
Honest, generous, kind

What 3 words describe you as a writer?
  
Focused, detailed, determined

When not writing, how do you spend your time? Hobbies?
  
I work out and enjoy running and weight training, considering I spend a lot of time sitting in front of a computer I find exercising is great mental and physical stimulation. Often when I’m running I’ll resolve a scene or fill in a plot hole. I also volunteer for the American Cancer Society serving as a team leader for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk and I’m on the committee for the Climb to Conquer Cancer Walk. Being from northeastern Ohio, I’m a huge Cleveland Browns fan so during football season it’s game on!

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
  
My goodness, I’ve read so many wonderful books over the years. However, there are two books I read in grade school that I’ll never forget. The first is “Leo the Late Bloomer” by Robert Kraus. It was such a simple heart warming story but had so much meaning. The second is, “The Giving Tree”by Shel Silverstein. A beautifully written and thought provoking tale. Both books are literary classics for kids that have stood the test of time. I can’t imagine writing a piece of fiction that powerful with the ability to span generations. When I was in high school, I discovered author Mary Higgins Clark and devoured every book she had written. Two of my most favorite books by her are “Where Are The Children” and “A Cry in the Night.” It’s safe to say she has had the most influence on my desire to become a writer.

Describe your desk. 

         
Mostly organized. I have two computers- a netbook for writing and laptop for editing. It’s really two different mind sets for me so hence two computers. It’s a mental trigger. Much like some of the chachki lining the back of my desk- rocks, a piece of quartz, my gemstone necklace laden with creativity I wear while writing. The Eat, Sleep, Shop- Repeat plaque reflects another hobby- shopping! It really should say: Eat, Sleep, Write- Repeat. I also have a block of quotes that opens and folds. It’s pretty cool and serves as a bit of inspiration. Besides that I have my working file for my current work in progress and a file for marketing my current and past pubbed book.

Who is the main character?
  
Homicide Detective Rachel Hood

What’s her story?
  
Rachel’s mom abandoned their family when she was a little girl and that has greatly impacted her life. She’s followed in her dad’s footsteps and wants nothing more than retired lieutenant detective Joe Hood’s approval. Rachel is smart, ambitious and compassionate. She also has the unique paranormal gift of psychic empathy. A gift that comes to life when her sister, Amy is abducted and now four years later Rachel still hasn’t found Amy or three other missing women taken by the Summertime Slayer. Here’s where Rachel’s journey into the occult and the story of Last Summer’s Evil begins.

Where/when does the story take place?
  
In the fictitious town of Snug Harbor, Ohio in the year 2011.
  
Who is your target audience?
  
Fans of mystery/suspense/thriller perhaps a bit of horror- I’ve been told I scare people. I can’t imagine that!

What makes your book different from other similar ones?
  
The Last Cold Case series is best described as the TV shows Criminal Minds and Castle meets Ghostly Encounters. The current case being solved in Last Summer’s Evil is linked to several previous cold cases. What makes homicide detective Rachel Hood different than other detectives is the heart full of compassion and often deep personal connection she forges with victims of crime which brings her paranormal gift of psychic empathy to life. She feels every ounce of a victim’s pain but is powerless to save them. Using traditional investigative methods and her psychic empathy to hunt for clues and evidence is how she solves crimes. She’s gifted with a bit more than most investigators typical gut-intuition.

What do your fans mean to you?
  
I have fans? Wow! Seriously, readers mean more than words can express. There’s nothing like having someone say how much they enjoyed one of my books. I invite everyone to contact me via email or social media and really enjoy meeting people from all over the world, not only to talk about books but other interests we may share- exercise, dogs, shoes, sports, movies just plain old fun stuff.

Where do you get the inspirations for your book(s)?
  
Mostly from my dreams. When I was a little girl my mom called me “the night owl” because I didn’t want to go to bed. Now I know why. I have really vivid dreams and dream in color. Unlike so many people, I remember mine. Those snippets turn into full length novels. Obviously, being a suspense/thriller author I don’t have to explain my dreams are usually a bit frightening. What can I say? I work around the clock.

Any advice for new writers just beginning this trek down the wonderful world of publishing?
  
The best advice I can offer any new writer is this: write, and then write some more and break rules. The most important thing is to just write. Join a good writers group like Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime or Horror Writers Association where you can network with experienced writers and those just starting. Here’s where you’ll learn craft, rules of writing, tips, meet agents, editors, and hopefully find a gentle critique partner or group. Lastly, don’t get overwhelmed. Keep writing and learning and then be brave and submit your novel for publication.

Thank you, MJ, for your time. Always a pleasure talking with you.

A fearful city lies in wait. Summer is here. The solstice is near. Each time the serial killer strikes there are two more victims. One woman has already disappeared. It’s only a matter of time before another woman is murdered.


Homicide Detective Rachel Hood, a psychic empath, feels every ounce of a victim’s pain but is powerless to save her.

Psychic FBI Agent Nick Draven is a skilled profiler, specializing in occult crimes. Together, they must race against the clock to capture the psychopath terrorizing Snug Harbor, Ohio. Only one victim has escaped, but she can’t ID her attacker. What they do know is the sick signature the killer leaves behind. A handmade ragdoll crafted out of the previous victim’s clothes is found in the clutches of the deceased women.

Rachel’s obsession with the case deepens, and she devises a rogue plan to outsmart the killer. The risky plot puts her life in jeopardy. The serial killer has had years to master the crime. Nick only has hours to track down the killer and rescue Rachel before she dies in a ritualistic sacrifice at the hand of a knife wielding, blood thirsty murderer.

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