Interview Roulette: Sean Michael

Guess what! It’s Sean Michael’s turn at the wheel!

 

  1. What’s your writing style—slow and steady or full speed ahead?

I’m definitely full speed ahead.

 

  1. Write a short ode to your favorite virus or bacterium.

Ah, the plague with your black death and spores

Ah, the plague with your posies in pockets and mores

Ah, the plague with your bring me your dead whores

Ah, the plague thank god you’re no mores.

 

  1. What are three books in your keeper pile?

Just three? That’s cruel. Can I pick three authors?

Sephen King, BA Tortuga, Timothy Findlay

 

  1. Your letter from Hogwarts never arrived. Now what?

Now I join Star Fleet!

  1. Share an awkward teenage memory—your own or one of your character’s.

Almost all of my teenage memories are awkward! I had the same two boys sitting behind me in almost all my classes and when they were bored, they would try to get me giggling, and once I got giggling, I couldn’t stop. They disrupted classes this way all the time – to my great embarrassment!

 

  1. One of your characters has an allergy that’s proved problematic. Tell us about it.

Hmm, well Rock of the Jarheads is allergic to talking about his feelings. Lucky for him Rig and Dick both speak Rock and usually can figure things out without Rock having to say a word.

 

  1. If you could make anything edible, what would you choose?

Wouldn’t it be great if dirt was edible and was delicious? That’s what I would choose.

 

  1. Which of your characters is going to Vegas with you and why?

I think King and Dusty from Protectin Detail would be great fun to take with Vegas. First of all those guys are bodyguards so I wouldn’t have to worry about being safe. Secondly, I think they would both have a great time there, so that would enhance my time.

 

  1. What is your least favorite writing trope, cliché, or character archetype, and why?

Hmmm… If I answer this, some character’s going to come along and insist I write exactly that. So I’m going to plead the fifth on this one.

 

Book blurb:

Tenor Abriole has just finished his stint as nanny for the Wilsons. He was with the family for twenty-one years, ever since he was eighteen. Now he’s looking for a new family, but finding that at thirty-nine, many people think he’s too old, and those who don’t think that’s a problem are balking at the fact that he’s a man, or that he’s gay, or both. He finally turns to Mannies Inc. for help finding a new position.

Daniel Thorpe is a well-known composer who lives and breathes music. He very much wants to be a father, so he goes the surrogate route, and winds up with triplets on the way. He turns to Mannies Inc. well before his girls are born, but so far has not been happy with any of the men who have applied, until Tenor shows up for an interview. Tenor’s experience being nanny to five children, as well as the fact that he stayed with a single family that long are both pluses in Daniel’s book.

Could it be that Tenor is the last note Daniel needs to compose his greatest work yet – his family?

 

Book buy links:

Evil Plot Bunny: http://www.evilplotbunny.com/index.php/composing-family-mannies-incorporated-novel-book-6-mm/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B078H9VJ7Z/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1513700628&sr=1-1&keywords=composing+a+family+sean+michael

 

Author bio:

 

Best-selling author Sean Michael is a maple leaf–loving Canadian who spends hours hiding out in used book stores. With far more ideas than time, Sean keeps several documents open at all times. From romance to fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi, Sean is limited only by the need for sleep—and the periodic Beaver Tail.

Sean fantasizes about one day retiring on a secluded island populated entirely by horseshoe crabs after inventing a brain-to-computer dictation system. Until then, Sean will continue to write the old-fashioned way.

 

Author contacts:

  • Website: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com
  • Blog: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/
  • Twitter: seanmichael09
  • Email: seanmichaelwrites@gmail.com
  • Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/seanmichaelpics/

 

 

Interview Roulette: BD Roca

 BD Roca joins us today!

  1. What is your favorite footwear? Boots. As Nancy Sinatra sang, they’re made for walking (& other purposes). Boots or not, I always feel better with black nail polish on my toenails. Barefoot is definitely okay once I’m wearing it.
  2. One of your characters writes a poem to his beloved. Broken Sun’s Luc would definitely write one to Morgan. He knows what a true, utter romantic Morgan is under all the surface toughness. Luc being Luc though, it would be a bit like a Sex Pistols song only with more anarchy, mentions of how good Morgan looks in his biker leathers but how much better out of them, creative and obscene use of rhyme, and images for a new tat for Morgan drawn in around the words. The tat would definitely have to be inked on a portion of Morgan’s skin not generally seen in public. And as for Morgan’s reaction, well, the poem would provoke exactly the response Luc desired. He knows exactly what makes Morgan tick 😉
  3. Which of your characters is going to Vegas with you and why? Nick from Happy Birthday, the first in the City to City stories. His days as an enforcer for a bikie gang are long behind him, but he can still turn on the threat. Because he’s a buddy, he’s going to pull someone into line for me. And his partner Jake is going to teach me how to play poker because I am seriously bad at it. Both of them have their own brand of stone-cold cool and I need some of that!
  4. What is your favorite mythological creature? An honest politician.
  5. What is your favorite procrastination method? ‘Research’ on the net. Because it matters so, so much at first draft level about the detail of a car/piece of music/what exact cologne some guy might wear—wait, the cologne does matter! It really, really does, people! In Romance Land and in real life. I personally have a preference for colognes and perfumes with a dry leather undertone to them… you see what I did there? Is wandering off-topic a form of procrastination? Really, I can’t stop myself. Apologies.
  6. Warm weather or cold? Cold.
  7. What is the oddest thing on your music playlist? I don’t know if it’s exactly odd, but Willkommen from the Cabaret soundtrack (Alan Cumming’s version). It’s funny and filthy and he’s total sexy genius. Musicals don’t do it for me but I’d kill to have seen Alan Cumming playing in that role. YouTube footage just gives a tease of how great that production would have been.
  8. Pick a politician and give him or her one piece of really good advice. OMG. Take a wild guess on both scores. It’s too depressing to even begin to answer, but I’d tactlessly (and fruitlessly) suggest try walking a mile in the shoes of those very people they’re pissing on. It would be a soggy experience for them, but a game changer. Anyway, I’m the kind of really awful dinner guest who gets cranky and argues politics across the roast chicken and 3 veg. Bread rolls get thrown, wine spluttered. You know the deal. It’s not pretty, but it’s not boring.
  9. If you could go back in time and change something in your life, what would it be? I’d leave home in my mid teens. Absolutely.
  10. What is a positive personality quality you share with one of your characters? A sense of humour. Even the worst situations often have a darkly funny edge to them. Sometimes finding that dark edge is about the only thing that makes it tolerable, and when wonderful things are happening, well, that just makes the moment even more joyful.

 

 

 

A City to City novel:

James Morgan: outlaw in a ruthless biker club, the Bastard Legion. Willing to do whatever he must to claw his way to the top of the club’s hierarchy.

Two things stand in the way of his ambitions: his heroin-addicted brother and his bisexuality. In Morgan’s world, his attraction to men is a death sentence, and he has no desire to pursue it… until he tangles with Luc Sinclair.

Luc Sinclair: fellow Bastard Legion biker. Tattoo artist. Rebel who wants out of a club he’s grown to despise.

Luc has a sister he’s protecting from a Legion ex-boyfriend. Saving her makes him a target. Morgan intervenes, and all bets are off. The sex is as fierce and passionate as it is dangerous. But when Morgan’s junkie brother learns of the relationship, he sees a way to advance in the Legion and take out a brother he hates. Their three worlds collide—one is left for dead, another fighting for life, and the bond between them broken.

In a dark and violent world where it’s every man for himself, finding their way back to each other and the only truth they’ve ever found will be a long, hard fight.

 

Book buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/broken-sun-by-bd-roca-9020-b

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B076XYY2VS

https://www.kobo.com/au/en/ebook/broken-sun

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/broken-sun-bd-roca/1127309363

 

Author bio:

BD Roca loves flawed, gritty characters and smartass one liners. She spent her early years in Brisbane, and between the crumbling houses, feral cats, steamy heat and quirky characters around her, it was pure Australian gothic. Naturally her first stories were all about the dark and mysterious until she discovered writing romance, which is a lot more fun even with a touch of the wicked stirred in.

Author contacts:

https://twitter.com/bd_roca

https://bdroca.wordpress.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/BDRoca

Interview Roulette: Jaime Samms

Today Jaime Samms spins the wheel!

Don’t miss the giveaway at the end!

 

  1. If you had to become a character in a cartoon, which cartoon would you like to exist in?

Howl’s Moving Castle. Or maybe Totoro. Studio Gibli has some of my very favourite animations, and who wouldn’t want to live in a world where there’s such cool magic? Of course, I’d prefer Howl’s universe after the war, because that’s just common sense.

  1. Recommend 3 books by other authors that everyone should read.

Temeraire, by Naomi Novik. I have so many dragon shifter romances in my head after reading the first few books in that series, you don’t even know. http://www.naominovik.com/temeraire/

The Imperfection of Swans by Brandon Witt. It’s as sweet a romance as any you’ll find, with the added bonus of truly wonderful characters with a lot of depth and real-life stakes rather than manufactured berries to getting together.

Anything by Clare London. I have never read a Clare London book that didn’t give me a fun or fractious glimpse of love and romance from a new and memorable angle. No cookie-cutter romance for her, and I love that so much.

  1. Paper or plastic?

Canvas. I am an environmental vigilante. Nothing goes in the landfill, if I can help it. Well. As little as possible. I recycle Christmas wrap. I am that hippie.

  1. Invent a roadside attraction you’d like to run (like the World’s Biggest Ball of String).

The world’s most elaborate tree village. Like, think some kind of cross between the realm of the wood elves and an Ewok village. Everything grown out of the treetops, interlinked and magical, and high above the ground. You never said it had to be an achievable goal.

  1. Which of your characters is going to Vegas with you and why?

Since Vegas is really not my scene at all, I expect Laurie, from Stained Glass, and his crew, because a) they seem like the type of people to do a group excursion like that, and b) since Laurie is a recovering alcoholic, he wouldn’t mind exploring other aspects of the city off the strip with me.

  1. One of your characters is attending a Halloween party. What’s their costume?

Mac, from Still Life dressed as his best, fem, frilly, lacey self. He could go to anyone’s Halloween party, feel like himself, completely comfortable, and not get a lot of strange looks or questions because he’s wearing the shortest, flirtiest skirt in the room.

 

 

Book blurb:

Overcoming past hurts and letting love back in sometimes means reinventing everything about yourself, and sometimes means loving who you already are despite the jagged edges.

Rikki’s past is ugly, painful and full of blood. Simon is getting over a lover who only saw him for his uses, but had no use for his heart. From the outside, they seem like a disaster waiting to happen.

From the moment Simon moves into the same house, they seem to be exactly what the other needs. Except for one small detail. Simon has never been—or wanted to be—the one in charge in the bedroom. And Rikki doesn’t trust himself to keep Simon safe. So when Simon demands independence in all other things, Rikki is sure he’ll have to accept a life of solitude and hold himself inside his cold shell.

Meanwhile, as Simon waits for Rikki to bring the heat, his old lover is still hoping to use him one more time. Rikki is going to have to trust his instincts—and all the deadly skills he’s grown to loathe and fear—to keep his Simon safe.

 

Book buy links:

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/safe-and-sound

Author bio:

Jaime has been writing for various publishers since the fall of 2008, although she’s been writing for herself far longer. Her Stories about men falling in love are the stories that she loves to read, so it seemed to make sense if she was going to write, they would also be the stories she wrote.

These days, you can find plenty of free reading on her website. She also writes for Various Publishers.

Spare time, when it can be found rolled into a ball at the back of the dryer or cavorting with the dust bunnies in the corners, is spent crocheting, drawing, gardening (weather permitting, of course, since she is Canadian!), or watching movies. She has a day job, as well, which she loves, and two kids, but thankfully, also a wonderful husband who shoulders more than his fair share of household and child-care responsibilities.

She graduated some time ago from college with a fine arts diploma, and a major in textile arts, which basically qualifies her to draw pictures and create things with string and fabric. One always needs an official slip of paper to fall back on after all . . .

 

Website: http://jaime-samms.com

facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000982219151&ref=tn_tnmn

Twitter:https://twitter.com/#!/JaimeSamms

Deviantart: http://dontkickmycane.deviantart.com/

Amazon Author page: amazon.com/author/jaimesamms

 

One lucky commenter will win an e-copy of the first book in the series, Hotwired Heart, and a print copy of the second book, Finder’s Keepers. Just leave a comment here for a chance to win. Winner will be randomly chosen on Jan 19.

Interview Roulette: Pat Henshaw

Pat Henshaw spins the wheel today!

 

Interview Roulette questions:

  1. What is your favorite appliance?

I can’t decide between the refrigerator and the microwave, but since I love iced tea so much, I’ll have to go with the fridge. Besides the fridge has the extra benefit of the freezer, and I’ve been on a kick of having a cup of ice cream after dinner lately. So, yes, definitely, the answer would be the fridge.

  1. What’s your perfect day, time-wise?

I’d get up late by most people’s standards, around 10-ish, stumble around for an hour or so eating a cereal and milk breakfast while thinking about my current writing project, and finally make my way into my office. I’d work there until 1-ish when I’d take a break and go out to lunch for a couple of hours. Returning home, I’d take a nap of an hour or so. Then I’d work on the writing project for a few hours and then have dinner around 7 or 7:30. After dinner, I’d go back to the writing room and finish my day around 11. That’s my perfect day. Oddly, that’s most days for me now that I’ve retired. Sigh.

  1. You’ve just met an alien from a planet where there’s no such thing as fiction writing. Explain to him/her/it/them why humans read made-up stories.

Earthlings are curious beings. We want to know not only about our own lives and the lives of those around us but also about the lives of others whom we will never meet in person. We want to know what core qualities make us human and why we act the way we do, all the while knowing that we are all very, very different. While through non-fiction we can learn about others, fiction—made up stories about others—explores our interpretations of the core qualities and helps us make sense of ourselves and others around us. We read fiction in order to understand ourselves.

  1. What’s one event in your life or on your travels that you wish you’d caught on film?

My husband and I visited Egypt with a wonderful guide, and I wish I’d been able to catch that tour on film. We toured Cairo, visiting museums, a mosque, a synagogue, and other amazing places. We had dinner with an extended Egyptian family and got to get to know them. We toured down the Nile, stopping at ancient cities and ruins along the way. And we flew to the incredible Abu Simbel where a temple carved into a mountain was moved before the Aswan Dam was built. I took photos, lots of photos, but on film I would be able to remember what the guide said about each place and be able to relive the history overload until I could absorb it properly.

  1. In your opinion, what should be the Seven Deadly Sins?

The classic list is Gula (gluttony), Luxuria/Fornicatio (lust, fornication), Avaritia (avarice/greed), Superbia (pride, hubris), Tristitia (sorrow/despair/despondency), Ira (wrath), Vanagloria (vainglory), and Acedia (sloth). I’d keep avarice/greed, pride, wrath, and sloth but also add hypocricy, malevolent hatred, and disloyalty. I’d have to come up with names for them that are as interesting as the classic ones. But that is a chore for another day. (Hmmm, is that sloth in action?)

  1. One of your characters has just been arrested and calls you to bail him out. Who is it and what did he get busted for?

Guy Stone and Jimmy Patterson (from What’s in a Name?) were picked up for wildly careening around mountain roads in the Sierra Nevada foothills on their motorcycles. Guy says that they were just letting off a little steam as Jimmy had purchased a building in a nearby resort town to establish his third coffee shop. I’d call my daughter, Becca, who’s an attorney, to advise them on preparing their case. If nothing else, she and I would have a great time hanging out with Guy and Jimmy and trying to get them out of jail.

  1. What is your theme song?

“Don’t Talk about Me When I’m Gone” by Arlo Guthrie. It kind of says it all in my case. I’m hoping it and “Closing Time” by Leonard Cohen are played at my memorial service.

 

Book blurb:

When recent horticulture graduate Dr. Fenton Miller arrives in Stone Acres, California, he thinks his only concern is which job offer to accept after spending the holidays working at his cousin’s plant nursery. But after he rents a room from another shorter-than-average man, sous-chef John Barton, Fen falls in lust.

While he’s attracted to Fen, John’s got bigger concerns when two men from his past arrive in town and pressure him to return to San Francisco. Although John tries to stop Fen from getting involved, Fen realizes his lover is in trouble and is determined to protect him.

As the holidays get closer and Fen makes his own enemy, the joy of the season gets lost in the ill will around them. To ensure love triumphs, Fen and John must stand tall to show that short, dark, and handsome is a recipe for love.

Book buy links:

Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/short-order-by-pat-henshaw-9143-b

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36603793-short-order?ac=1&from_search=true

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Short-Order-Foothills-Pride-Book-ebook/dp/B077SHHRGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512002567&sr=8-1&keywords=short+order+by+pat+henshaw

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Short-Order-Foothills-Pride-Book-ebook/dp/B077SHHRGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512002912&sr=8-1&keywords=short+order+by+pat+henshaw

Amazon Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Short-Order-Foothills-Pride-Book-ebook/dp/B077SHHRGG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512002963&sr=8-1&keywords=short+order+by+pat+henshaw

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/short-order

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/short-order-pat-henshaw/1127548169?ean=2940158833687

Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Pat_Henshaw_Short_Order?id=d-E8DwAAQBAJ

Author bio:

Pat Henshaw, author of the Foothills Pride Stories, has spent her life surrounded by words:  Teaching English composition at the junior college level; writing book reviews for newspapers, magazines, and websites; helping students find information as a librarian; and promoting PBS television programs.

Pat was born and raised in Nebraska where she  promptly left the cold and snow after college, living at various times in Texas, Colorado, Northern Virginia, and Northern California.  Pat enjoys travel, having visited Mexico, Canada, Europe, Nicaragua, Thailand, and Egypt, and Europe, including a cruise down the Danube.

Her triumphs are raising two incredible daughters who daily amaze her with their power and compassion.  Fortunately, her incredibly supportive husband keeps her grounded in reality when she threatens to drift away while writing fiction.

 

Author contacts:

Website: http://patbooked.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pat.henshaw.10

Twitter: https://twitter.com/phenshaw

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Pat-Henshaw/e/B00BPDEDEA/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1436131610&sr=8-1

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6998437.Pat_Henshaw

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+PatHenshaw

Email: patoisca@yahoo.com

 

Interview Roulette: C.C. Dado

Please join CC Dado at the wheel!

 

  1. Which of your characters would you most like to be romantically involved with?

Out of all of my characters Levi from ‘Say it with ink’ is the one I am most drawn to as a character. Hot guys with tattoos and emotional love secrets…. Mmm…

 

  1. If you had to live in a movie, TV show, or book, which would you choose and why?

Dazed and Confused. Nights like those are an amazing, and scary rite of passage.

  1. What advice would you give your 17-year-old self?
  • When someone suggests you get tattoos together just hang up the phone… like seriously, for the love of god, hang up the phone.
  • Life choices made drunk in a bar aren’t always bad… just go with it.
  • Apply for scholarships or find a semi legal, well-paying side job, cause I’m literally still paying for our education and it sucks.

 

  1. The letter E has been made illegal. Write a description of your latest book without running afoul of the law.

L#vi can r#m#mb#r th# #xact mom#nt th# proj#ction of his lif# chang#d #ntir#ly, from hom#l#ss dropout to coll#g# graduat#. It was th# day h# found Jami# Donovan standing on his front porch—th# boy L#vi had s#cr#tly drool#d ov#r from afar would b#com# th# b#st fri#nd h# s#cr#tly drool#d ov#r up clos#.

Wh#n L#vi g#ts a full rid# scholarship but Jami# do#sn’t, Jami# b#com#s an #xotic danc#r to h#lp pay his tuition. Watching Jami# p#rform is pur# tortur# for L#vi, and hiding how h# r#ally f##ls starts to tak# its toll. And wh#n th# hot n#w guy from his #con class hits on him, L#vi has to d#cid# just how long h#’s going to stay d#vot#d to his straight b#st fri#nd.

 

  1. If you could instantly learn another language, which would you choose and why?

Swiss-Italian, it is the language spoken in the small village on the border of Sweden and Italy that my ancestors came from.

 

Book blurb:

Levi can remember the exact moment the projection of his life changed entirely, from homeless dropout to college graduate. It was the day he found Jamie Donovan standing on his front porch—the boy Levi had secretly drooled over from afar would become the best friend he secretly drooled over up close.

When Levi gets a full ride scholarship but Jamie doesn’t, Jamie becomes an exotic dancer to help pay his tuition. Watching Jamie perform is pure torture for Levi, and hiding how he really feels starts to take its toll. And when the hot new guy from his Econ class hits on him, Levi has to decide just how long he’s going to stay devoted to his straight best friend.

Book buy links:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cc-dado-528-a

Author bio:

I write about painfully awkward, usually embarrassing, romance because long confident gazes followed by sexy dancing never happens to me. I am a native of the Pacific Northwest, and will probably never leave. I’m like a hypochondriac sundae, with claustrophobic sprinkles, and a big cherry of anxiety on top, so I don’t travel much. I read to relax my mind, so I love getting lost in someone else’s story, even if it is only for a little while.

Author contacts:

  • Twitter: @C_C_Dado

Interview Roulette: Angel Martinez

Today Angel Martinez takes her chances at the wheel.

 

  1. Make up a new word you really wish would catch on. What is it and what does it mean?

Snorgle (v.) – to half choke upon, half snort a laugh during those occasions where a person is unable to prevent the laugh but also feels some shame regarding the laughter escaping or feels it comes at a supremely inappropriate moment. (He snorgled at the viewing when he realized he was wearing the same suit as the deceased.)

  1. What did you have for lunch yesterday?

I actually had a peanut butter and Nutella sandwich. Yes, I’m eight years old and yes, sometimes I fall hard off the healthier eating wagon. Though peanut butter is a protein and with bread it’s a complete protein, so not entirely bad? Until you factor in that the bread is the white, gluey stuff, and there are other substances involved like chocolate spreads or marshmallow fluff… yeah, can’t claim the nutritional high ground there.

  1. One of your books is being made into a movie. Who would you cast for the major roles?

I’m not an author who likes to pick out actors or models for my characters. Having a living person as the face of the character messes what’s in my head for that character and I’d prefer readers be able to build their own visuals of them. That said, acting is often more about ability to play the role than appearance.

We’ll take Books, Bulls and Bacchanals from the Brandywine Investigations series. (With a bit of time traveling for the casting.) I’d want a young Gary Oldman to play Dionysus. He’s the right size and has an uncanny transformative ability to play literally anyone. Police commissioner, Dracula, yep, he’s got it. For the minotaur, Leander, I’d like a young Ron Perlman. Actually, he could still play the part since there would be heavy makeup involved. Again, he’s sized correctly and is more than capable of playing the shy minotaur librarian convincingly.

  1. You are permitted to place ONE ITEM in a time capsule chest to be buried and unearthed 100 years from now. What would it be, and why?

It would have to be a fidget spinner. Without context, sociologists of the time would be left to wonder, what is this for? There’s nothing more fun than confounding socio/anthropologists. Of course, I’m assuming some sort of catastrophic data loss in the next hundred years or they could just look it up. Cheaters.

  1. If you had a time machine, where/when would you go and why?

I’d go to Renaissance Italy. Leonardo, I have so many questions. Always dangerous, of course. I could let information slip that he shouldn’t have and change everything forever. Come to think of it, I wonder if someone from the future did visit Leonardo. That would explain so much.

  1. One of your characters is running for political office. Who is it and what’s the office?

So many of my characters are non-humans living in human controlled spaces – elected office isn’t really an option for them. I mean Hades would probably be an excellent, if not terribly politic, mayor of Wilmington, but it would be far too much visibility for him. Vikash Soren, one of the police officers in Offbeat Crimes, would do well in city planning, though. He has the scope of vision, the curiosity, and the natural diplomacy necessary for the position. It’s not elected, but it’s a vital appointment in a city that’s constantly struggling to renew.

  1. One of your characters has an allergy that’s proved problematic. Tell us about it.

Oh, this is actually a thing! Kyle Monroe, police officer assigned to Philadelphia’s paranormal precinct and one of the main characters in the first two Offbeat Crimes books, has a meat allergy. It’s an allergy one of my friends suffers from and I wanted to give homage to some of that frustration – people don’t take it seriously, don’t understand that preparation and cross-contamination matter, and so on. Especially problematic in restaurants where the same oil or same surface or same utensils is used to cook both meat and vegetables. The problematic proteins remain even if the meat itself has been removed.

 

Book blurb:

‘Old actors never die’ shouldn’t be literally true.

Carrington Loveless III, skim-blood vampire and senior officer of Philly’s paranormal police department, has long suspected that someone’s targeting his squad. The increasingly bizarre and dangerous entities invading their city can’t be a coincidence. So when a walking corpse spouting Oscar Wilde attacks one of his officers, Carrington’s determined to uncover the evil mind behind it all.

As a rare books librarian, Erasmus Graham thought he understood some of the stranger things in life. Sharing a life with Carrington has shown him he didn’t know the half of it. They’ve survived attack books and deadly dust bunnies together and got through mostly unscathed. Now his world and his vampire’s appear ready to collide again. Books are missing from the Rare Book collection—old tomes of magic containing dangerous summonings and necromancy. He’s certain whoever has been stalking the Seventy-Seventh is composing their end game. It’s going to take a consolidated effort from paranormal police, librarians and some not-quite-authorized civilians to head off the impending catastrophe.

 

Book buy links:

Ebook:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0783PL72N

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/all-the-worlds-an-undead-stage

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-the-worlds-an-undead-stage-angel-martinez/1127528065?ean=9781786516602

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/all-the-world-s-an-undead-stage

 

Paperback:

https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/all-the-worlds-an-undead-stage-print

Author bio:

The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.

Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.

She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.

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Interview Roulette: Keelan Ellis

Keelan Ellis spins the wheel today!

 

  1. If you were on a cruise ship for a week, what would you spend your time doing?

I have been on a cruise for a week, and most of my time was spent trying to find a moment to myself. If I could manage it, I would spend most of my days in a shady spot on the deck, writing my next book. Also, stuffing my face and drinking too much, because let’s face it—that’s what cruises are for, right?

2. Which Disney character most closely resembles you?

Maybe Sleeping Beauty? I really enjoy a long nap.

3. What is your favorite appliance?

These days, my slow cooker. I resisted for many years, but once I started using it, I fell in love.

4. One of your characters had—much to everyone’s shock—suddenly become leader of a small country. What are that character’s first actions?

What a terrifying thought! If Terry Blackwood, lead singer of the Vulgar Details, had to run a country, the first thing he’d do is set aside plenty of land for national parks, because he’s a low key NP nerd. After that, he’d appoint Henry to make all the decisions for him.

5. If you could communicate perfectly with one species of animal, what would it be?

Birds. They get to see things from such a different perspective than earthbound creatures and I think it would be interesting. Also, they’d make great spies.

6. If you could build any kind of structure to live in, what would you choose and why?

A treehouse. I’ve always wanted a huge, totally tricked out treehouse.

7. What invention would you love to see created in order to make your life easier?

Fantasy invention? I want something to dictate the dialogue I write in my head when I’m in the car or the shower. I can never get it just right when I try to write it down later. Either that or a robot servant who is programmed to be a master chef.

8. In your opinion, what should be the Seven Deadly Sins?

  1. Hacky stand up comedy
  2. Inconsiderate driving
  3. MAGA hats
  4. Wine mom memes
  5. Playing games on your phone in a waiting room with the sound on
  6. Humblebragging
  7. Unsolicited dick pics

9. What is the most obnoxious thing you have ever done to try to impress someone you really liked?

Once, back in the 90s, I pretended to love ska.

10. Who would win in a fight – A monkey with a jet pack or a dog with Hitler’s brain?

Hitler lost even in a human body and an entire army, so clearly I have to go with the monkey.

 

Book blurb:

Talented studio musician, Henry Cole, is offered the dream job of touring with popular rock band, the Vulgar Details. Things aren’t all rosy, though, as he is hired to replace Dell Miller, creative force behind the band, who recently flamed-out in a car accident.

Henry is all too aware that he’s no replacement for someone like Dell. He’s not the only one who feels that way, either. Terry Blackwood, band front man, has been giving him a hard time even before the tour start. He seems to resent Henry’s presence beyond all reason. What Henry doesn’t know is that Terry and Dell’s relationship was both intensely close and fraught with conflict.

Terry’s grief over Dell’s death is overwhelming and threatens to destroy not only the band but his life. It doesn’t help that the new member of the band makes him feel things he doesn’t want to. Worse, when he sings, Henry sounds just like the man Terry cared so deeply for.

With so much at stake, everything could come crashing down around them and mean the end for the Vulgar Details. Or, just maybe, Henry and Terry will find the one thing they need most.

 

Book buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/One-Thing-I-Know-ebook/dp/B0747Z79FG/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/the-one-thing-i-know/

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/738383

 

Author bio:

Keelan Ellis is an author of romance and detective fiction, who is always seeking to expand her literary horizons. She is a lover of music and food, and has an intense love/hate relationship with politics. Her stories reflect her passions.

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Happy New Year!

I think most of us are pleased to see the last of 2017 and to welcome in a brand-new year!

I spent the past week in Vegas with family. My adventures included riding 120 mph in a Ferrari, escaping an escape room, touring the Neon Museum, seeing penis puppetry, getting a lap dance from a female stripper, and getting locked in a sex museum. So the vacation was a success!

Right now, I’m working on a book with a Feb 1 deadline. A light contemporary about a lifestyle guru. That one won’t be out until 2019, but I have plenty in store or you this year. Some highlights of what’s to come:

  • The audio version of Ante Up will be available any moment now, narrated by Andy McFerrin.
  • In March, The Little Library releases from Riptide. This is a contemporary about a guy who loves books and an ex-cop.
  • In April, we’ll have A Full Plate, a light contemporary from the Dreamspun Desires line. Big city lawyer meets small town cook.
  • Sometime this spring, I’ll have a third installment in The Bureau series. Also, Joel Leslie will be narrating all three installments!
  • In July or August, Dreamspinner will release Blyd and Pearce, a noir/private eye novel in a medieval fantasy setting.
  • In October or November, another Dreamspun Desires book, this one called The Spy’s Love Song. Jaded rock star and a spy get trapped in an oppressive dictatorship.
  • I also have a variety of translations due out in Spanish, Italian, and French, so keep an eye out for those!

This year, I also plan to make some personal appearances: at Salon Livre in Paris, at RT in Reno, and at GRL in Virginia. I hope I see some of you there.

Finally, I have lots more rounds of Interview Roulette set for this blog, so check in frequently.

Here’s wishing you a wonderful new year!