Monthly Archives: January 2014
Welcome to the Secret Cravings Publishing Winter Wonderland Blog Event! There are lots of prizes to win on both the main blog and each author’s blogs to celebrating our third anniversary. How do you win on the Secret Cravings Publishing blog? It’s very simple! Find the missing letter on each author’s blog then e-mail your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org for your chance to win!!
And how do you win on my blog? Just comment below!! And what could you win? You could win a copy of either Black Irish (Black Irish #), Queen of Savon or Breaking the Cycle!! I will be picking three lucky winners on the evening of January 30th!!
This is Secret Cravings Publishing’s third year of romance and this is my first year with them. This has been the most incredible year. I have published five books (soon to be six!), I have met fans and other Secret Craving’s authors. I have been interviewed and have done some interviewing. I have become a radio show host and an E-zine editor. My dream since I was little was to be a writer. Now I am leaving my dream times ten. Let me give you a taste of what I have published this year.
Black Irish (Black Irish #1)
Released May 8, 2013
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Abbey couldn’t believe he was gay. She nearly ran away from her dreams of being a children’s book writer when she was introduced to her illustrator Sloan O’Riley, a dark, sensual Irishman with incredible blue eyes. He certainly couldn’t be good for Abbey’s relationship with her boyfriend back in Iowa. How could she stay in New York and work with the sinfully sexy Sloan even if he was gay? And when Sloan is threatened to be deported, how far would Abbey go to keep him in the US?
Sloan was forced to tell a little white lie. He had no choice. He couldn’t let the sweet, beautiful, Abbey Wright flee from his life – not without a chance to explore the sudden desire he felt for her. But what would Abbey do if she ever discovered the truth about Sloan’s sexuality – or learned the deeper, darker secret he’s been hiding?
Queen of Savon
Released June 11, 2013
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Cassandra is brought to the palace by her grandfather, the sorcerer Malicar, after her parents are brutally murdered. After being presented to King Thomas she is raised alongside two boys – Thomas’s son, Matthew and Victor, the young man chosen to be Matthew’s commander of the army.
However her life in the royal palace comes at a price. She is vowed into a life of servitude Matthew’s advisor, forfeiting the dream of having a husband and children of her own.
As they mature into adults, childhood curiosities turn to jealousy and burning desire. Cassandra finds herself caught between the two men and forced to make a decision – to throw away her vows for the life she dreamt about with a man she does not love or to stay shackled to the promises she made as a child to be with the man she wants with her heart, body and soul but cannot have.
Heartland (Black Irish #2)
Released August 6, 2013
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Sloan and Abbey move to Abbey’s hometown of Mount Vernon, Iowa, to start their new lives together away from the chaos of New York City. And they are not alone – they are joined by Gordon, Maggie, and Bartholomew each looking for a fresh start and new love in the small rural town.
Their marriage is put to the test by the reappearance of Abbey’s father, bullies from her high school days, a business opportunity in Miami, and a new baby on the way. When a person from their past comes back looking to make Abbey his own again, will he be able to tear Sloan and Abbey apart forever?
The Troubles (Black Irish #3)
Released November 24, 2013
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While Sloan and Abbey are in Las Vegas to celebrate Gordon and Mary’s wedding, a enemy from Sloan’s past nearly kills her. Sloan is forced to do the unthinkable – he files for divorce. He moves Sloan Enterprises to Switzerland far away from the woman he loves to save her.
Three years pass. When Sloan invites Robert to Switzerland to celebrate his fortieth birthday, he learns shocking news – Robert is living with Abbey. Refusing to lose Abbey, Sloan relocates the company to Minneapolis, Minnesota where Abbey is living and makes her the Chief Operating Officer. He fights against his desire for her as he contends with her two new beaus, his own new girlfriend, her hostile family and Amelia, his four-year-old daughter.
When his enemy makes another attempt on Abbey’s life, will Sloan be able to save her – or is this a war he just can’t win?
Breaking the Cycle
Released January 13, 2014
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Max is excited when Chloe, a girl that works for the same gym he does, agrees to go on a date with him. He is disturbed, though, when she becomes violently ill after he kisses her. Max can’t shake how he feels about her. He sacrifices his job and does everything he can to find an answer to her illness. But is it enough to save their relationship – and save her?
Chloe can’t believe Max Thomas, the hottest guy at Roadie’s Gym, wants to go out with her. When their date is a disaster, she thinks she’ll never see him again. She is stunned when he reappears in her life and tries to find the answer behind whatever has made her sick since she was a child. However, will he stick around or abandon her like her father did? Can she trust him enough to let him into her heart?
And coming in February 2014…
The Thirteenth Knight
Life is simple in the village when Thatcher and Miranda realize that their lifelong friendship has turned to love. Their world is turned upside down when Miranda’s true identity is revealed – she is the niece of the kingdom and the next heir to the throne. She is swept away to the palace giving Thatcher the only solution available to him. He will become one of the King’s knights and therefore worthy of Miranda’s hand.
When dark magic strikes the kingdom, it is Thatcher’s bravery that saves the King and the kingdom. Yet being a knight is not enough nobility to marry the woman he loves. When the source of the dark magic captures the palace and vows to make Miranda his bride, both Miranda and Thatcher work to overthrow him. Will it be enough to bring them together – or will dark magic and the King himself keep them apart?
And we can’t forget my free serial read that is updated every Sunday on the Sweet Cravings Publishing site, Innocent ’til Proven Guilty!
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Livvy Randall won’t let anything stop her chance at a journalism career in Chicago. That is until the passenger train she is riding in breaks down in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a town not much bigger than her home in Lincoln, Nebraska. She acquires a room at the Hotel Montrose where she meets the devilishly handsome Frankie O’Carney, an Irish bad boy working in maintenance at the hotel.
When Frankie is accused of murdering the wealthy H.M. Goodrich, Livvy does everything she can to clear his name. With danger at every turn, Livvy searches for answers to the questions plaguing her. Is Frankie with the quiet, brooding Poppy? Why, when the Irishman is near, does her heart beat out of control? Will she get out of Cedar Rapids and back on the train to Chicago with her heart intact? And – is Frankie really innocent…or is he guilty?
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Happy Tuesday! It’s once again time for Tuesday Tales! Today our word prompt is “satin” and we are back to our untitled Steampunk romance. When we left last week, Gideon had confessed he was going to use the humidor to murder General Hellwig? What will Edgar do with the news? Let’s find out!
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The deafening silence dominated the room. The only sound was the rustle of satin from Emma’s gown as she quietly sobbed. Finally Gideon turned towards Edgar, stepping to him until they were standing toe to toe. “You need to keep this to yourself, Edgar. Please do not report this to anyone.”
“Gideon, I still do not believe General Hellwig had anything to do with Sophia and Toby’s murder. He is a good man. You know this,” Edgar pleaded.
“And his wife knows him better than anyone. What reason should she have to lie?”
Edgar stared at him for several moments then sighed. “All right. But please reconsider, my brother. I beg you.”
“I will consider it for you. Thank you.”
Edgar gave him a small smile. He cast one final glance at Emma then turned towards the door. Gideon walked with him to escort him out. Once he saw Edgar out and closed the large, weathered door, he faced Emma. Tears cut paths down her cheeks. Her lower lip trembled. She wrung her fingers as she heaved a shuddering breath. Instinct took Gideon over.
He strode across the wood plank floor to her, his boot steps thundering with each step. He swept her into his arms, holding her tight against him. He felt her whimper against his chest as she wrapped her tiny arms tight around his neck. He gently soothed her as she cried. She felt right in his embrace, her body pressed tight against his. It felt natural, like she should stay there with him forever. Finally with a few final sniffles she looked up with him with a forced smile.
Gideon slowly released her then crossed to his workbench. He picked up the emerald green bottle and poured some of the contents into a glass. He handed Emma the glass of absinthe. She took a couple slips. Slowly her smile grew relaxed. He watched her for a few moments more before he slipped out the back for more wood.
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Breaking the Cycle is available at Sweet Cravings Publishing!!
Today on my blog I have someone on who is near and dear to my heart – H.N. Sieverding! She’s a great friend (even though we have never met face to face – and we live an hour away!). She is also my co-host of our WON Radio show, Freshly Booked and she designed the cover to my new release.
And she didn’t come alone. She brought Caleb Mason with her, the hero of her Nightwalkers Series! Yum….*fans self**swoons*
Better get started with the interviews…
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m a writer and freelance graphic designer. I’ve written a HUGE amount of books and am partial to horror and paranormal romance (most are also contemporary as well). I have a degree in art and though most people know me for my graphic design, my specialty is sculpture. I’m also a mom and have a four year old son. Oh, yeah! And I host this radio show with you 😉
2. How did you start writing?
When I was in grade school, I couldn’t really write yet, so I made comic books. When we got our first computer, I vowed to write my first book. And I did. I sat at the computer in my parent’s crowded kitchen and wrote it. After that, writing books became an obsession for me. I call it my “obsession” because I can’t get away from it. I don’t think I could stop writing if I wanted to.
In college, I would spend every minute of my free time writing. I didn’t have a computer, so I would hand-write all of my stories. Some of my favorite memories of being a writer is sitting in the library working on my books.
3. Who are your favorite authors?
Besides myself? Hmm…this one is hard. I’d have to say my favorite authors are my author friends, because their books are the only I really read. I’ve always had a hard time settling my mind down enough to concentrate and loose myself in a book. I always seem to get distracted or can’t remember what I had been reading. I blame it on my concentration issues (I have ADD) or my anxious personality. So, when I do read, it’s usually when I’m waiting for something or can’t get to my laptop and I only read short bits at a time. If my laptop is there, it’s a too much of a tease and I won’t read anything. I’ll be working on a book-or messing around with a design in photoshop.
4. Where do you find inspiration for your books?
I don’t have a certain place or thing that inspires me. If you need an “answer”, it’s an idle mind. The best times are when I’m on a road trip, gazing out the window or doing a mindless task at work or home.
5. Tell me about your muse.
I don’t have one.
6. Do you carefully plot out what you are about to write or do you just go for it?
I don’t write outlines and sometimes I can’t predict where a book it going to end up. Sure, at first I think I know, but my characters always change everything on me. That’s okay though, because I love them. The closest thing I do to outlining is taking notes as I’m going along to keep things straight, but that’s about it. I don’t even do that much. To me, outlining takes all the fun out of the story.
7. How do you get prepared to write? (Do you put on music? Make a pot of coffee?)
This is weird. In every other aspect of my life, I have a hard time concentrating on anything. But when I’m writing or working on a piece of art, I can actually zone out and get into it. Nothing distracts me when I’m in the writing mood, so because of that I don’t have any rituals besides opening my laptop. But if I’m trying to write an email or something un-novelish? You better shut up because I can’t concentrate when you’re talking.
8. How have your real life experiences influenced your writing?
I don’t want that awkward moment where someone asks, “Is that based on me?”, so I try not to write about anything real. The closest I’ve come is using names. Besides, my life is rather boring, my stories aren’t.
9. Tell me about your main characters.
Ooo….I like this question. How did you know I like to talk about my books?
Ashleigh: She’s a horror/romance writer, who is known for her bestselling vampire series, Nightwalkers (hence the name of the series). She uses the pen name, Victoria Allure, and there is a huge cult following for her books. After her father’s death, she was raised by her grandparents. She has a mother, but you don’t met her until Book 2. Her grandfather hints that her mother has vampire tendencies, but not much else is mentioned about her other than Ashleigh hates her.
Ashleigh has a huge crush Caleb, a celebrity, who she mirrored the hero in her books after. You don’t meet the man she bases her villain on until the second book, but Ashleigh mentions that he killed her father.
Caleb: He’s the lead singer of the hard rock band, Armageddon, that he formed with his two childhood friends. He’s a dare devil and has a very bold personality that often gets him in trouble. But he’s friendly, generous and outgoing. Though he doesn’t seem like the “reading” type, he’s actually a huge fan of the Nightwalkers series.
Natalie: Ashleigh’s best friend and roommate. She and Ashleigh work in a bookstore that their grandfathers opened together.
Spencer: He’s the first vampire Ashleigh meets. He tries to seduce her throughout the book, but I won’t tell you if he succeeds or not. He’s a hunter, and brings home the dinner for the vampire Elders. His master hired Nathan and him to find Ashleigh. He also becomes one of
Ashleigh’s good friends, though for the most part he seems like a stalker.
Kris: Caleb’s best friend. He’s Armageddon’s guitarist. He lives the classic rock star lifestyle and it’s hinted that he’s an alcoholic. Otherwise, he’s a lot like Caleb and is very outgoing. He’s also like Caleb’s shadow and spends the majority of his free time at Caleb’s house playing video games.
Robert: He’s been Caleb’s guardian since he was a child. Caleb regards him as a father figure and the pair is usually always together. Like Nathan and Spencer, he’s a hunter and serves an Elder vampire.
Aiden: An Elder vampire. He has a bet going with another Elder to see who can seduce Victoria Allure first. He falls in love with Ashleigh from her books, and is extremely wealthy. He’s a huge snob, and philanthropist. He tries to buy Ashleigh’s publishing company to find out the identity of New Castle’s mystery author, Victoria Allure.
Nathan: He’s not exactly a main character in this the first book, but he’s in the rest of the series. He becomes Ashleigh’s guardian in the second book, Forever Black and Blood War. In Blood Kisses, he works for the same man as Spencer. Natalie is in love with him, but Nathan doesn’t return her affections.
The Count: He’s the villain of the series and knows the secret behind the storyline in Ashleigh’s Nightwalkers series (he calls her out viciously in Forever Black). He’s also the first vampire and is immortal, unlike the other vampires. He’s known for his poetic lines and is very princely in nature, unlike Caleb, who is childish and immature in a lot of ways.
Zander: Ashleigh’s son. Caleb and Kris nicknamed him, “Wolf Boy” because he likes to bite people. He’s usually seen chewing on his grandmother’s “homemade” suckers to curb the urge. He’s makes an appearance briefly in Forever Black, but is a main character in Blood War.
10. Describe you favorite place to write.
On my laptop
11. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
Graphic design, playing video games and traveling. I’m a huge Fallout fan. The game. Not the band.
12. Does your main hero/heroine have an interesting quirk?
Not that I can think of.
13. What advice do you have for other writers starting on this path?
Get an editor. It’s amazing how much you don’t know about writing and can learn from an editor. It’ll improve your writing immensely.
14. What celebrity would you chose to play the main character(s) in the movie rendition of your book?
This one’s easy. Jared Leto would be Caleb 😀
15. How do you feel about your character (the one you are being interviewed with)?
I love him! He’s one of my favorite characters.
Now for some hot and naughty questions…
1. Which of your characters would you like wrapped in a bow and nothing else?
Ha! I love this one. But it’s hard to pick just one. So, I’m picking two. First, would be Caleb from Nightwalkers. If he’s naked, then I can see ALL his tattoos, but his guitar would have to be an accessory he came with. Second, would be Levi from The Doll Shoppe Murders. Except he’d have to strip for me first. Why? Because I’d love to see him peal that uniform off his sexy self. In the book, he poses for a beefcake calendar with some of his fellow police officers.
2. What kind of man/woman makes you purr? Do you have any examples (celebrities?)
I think thick, muscular guys with tattoos are super hot. One who can pick me up and play rough. And if they have a devilish grin? That has me sold. I love bad boys.
3. What part of a man/woman’s body makes you drool?
Eyes. It’s the first thing I look at on a guy.
Hmmm…I’d have to agree. Now, onto our sexy guest. Caleb…
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m in a band called Armageddon. Maybe you heard of us? (laughs)
2. Who is the most important person in your life? Tell me about them.
My fiancé and my son. I don’t think I could live without either of them.
3. When you have five minutes of free time, what do you like to do?
Well, with my hectic schedule, I don’t get much of that. But if I do, I unwind by playing my guitar.
4. What do you do for a living?
I’m livin’ the dream. But seriously, I’m really lucky. So, I’d like to send a shout out to my fans. (waves) You guys are awesome and thanks for supporting my music.
5. What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Feed Wolf Boy, so he doesn’t eat the first thing he sees.
6. What is the last thing you do before you go to sleep?
Cuddle my girl
7. Tell us about your author. What do you think of him/her?
8. What makes you happy?
My fans, coming home to my family and….something I can’t mention.
9. Do you have any regrets?
10. Are you afraid of anything?
11. What kind of music do you listen to?
12. If you could convince your author to write a superpower for you, what would it be?
Mind reading, that’d be awesome.
13. Describe yourself to our readers. If you looked like a celebrity, who would it be?
I’m Caleb Mason from Armageddon and I am a celebrity.
14. What was the most significant moment of your life?
Almost losing everything, then taking it back.
15. Where do you want to be in five years?
Still on the top ten
Very nice! It’s so great talking to both of you! If you would like to get more of Caleb, you can find him here:
Blood Kisses (Nightwalkers Book #1)
Hey everyone! We are back with more Tuesday Tales! This week’s word prompt is “toes”. After a few weeks off we are back with Gideon in my untitled Steampunk romance. Edgar has stopped by and has just met Gideon’s new friend, Emma. How will each man react? Let’s see…
**A little warning – there are a couple foul words in this segment.**
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Gideon shut the door then turned to face his friend. He crossed his arms over his broad chest, hoping Edgar would get the hint he was not welcome.
Edgar’s eyes raked over Emma as she bent over to look in the wood crate beside the workbench. She straightened herself, revealing the metallic rabbit cradled in her hand. She gently stroked its smooth bronze fur. It wiggled its steel toes happily in response.
Gideon shifted from one foot to another as he watched her. He could imagine her fingers not stroking the rabbit but his flesh instead. His mind was suddenly filled with all sorts of unholy thoughts all involving Emma naked in his bed. He shook himself back to his senses.
“Gideon?” Edgar questioned.
“When I left you a few days ago, wild horses couldn’t drag you from this house.” Edgar glanced back at Emma. “Since then you’ve made a friend. I’m glad. I’m just curious of your change of heart.”
“Emma is helping me with a project.”
“We are building a humidor for General Hellwig,” Emma piped.
Edgar grinned at her. “That is fantastic. The general is a good man. I would love to help.”
“No, thank you,” Gideon declined quietly.
Edgar’s smile quickly faded. “And why not?”
“Because I am building it air tight so poison can be pumped in. To kill him.”
“Why on earth would you want to kill the general? He holds you in such high esteem.”
Gideon crossed the room until he was toe to toe with his friend. “The bastard killed Sophia and Toby.”
“He couldn’t have.”
“Katarina Hellwig informed me he did.”
Edgar’s face turned a shade pale at the news. “I can’t let you destroy your life like this, Gideon.”
“Don’t you worry. When I am paid for the humidor, I am using the money to buy an airship ticket. I am getting the hell out of England.”
A gasp from the corner of the room caught Gideon’s attention. He met Emma’s tear-filled eyes. Is she bothered by my crass language? Or is she upset that I’m leaving?
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