Interview Roulette: Morgan Elektra

Today Morgan Elektra takes a spin!

 

  1. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be?

 

ME: James Marsters. Aside from the fact that I loved him as Spike in Buffy, but his reading of the Harry Dresden books is amazing. Plus, his voice is so sexy!

 

  1. What’s the longest road trip you’ve been on?

 

ME: Once, I flew out to Colorado to drive back home to New York with a friend who didn’t want to make the trip alone. There is a lot of beautiful, empty country out there. Driving through it is great for percolating ideas.

 

  1. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it?

ME: Andras (from my novella A Kiss of Brimstone) would get Ben some sort of blade. A knife forged by angels, perhaps. Something special that would help keep him safe. If we’re talking about Beau, Jackson, and Rafe from The Endless Knot–I can see Beau getting his paramours small, meaningful gifts that they wouldn’t think to get for themselves.

  1. Which house did the sorting hat put you in?

ME: Slytherin for life.

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

ME: I write a lot of vampires and the idea of one being allergic to a particular blood type is interesting to me. Would transfusion reactions like fever or dizziness be less significant or more deadly? How would they know who was safe to feed on? I think I would write different blood types perhaps having different tastes. Then they could give a first, testing bite to see if the donor is a match. It could serve dual purpose. An initial bite to verify blood type and introduce something aphrodisiac/anesthetic into the bloodstream.

  1. One of your characters has a guilty favorite TV show. Tell us about it.

ME: Jared Atherton (a proper and reserved Alpha in my WIP Protecting His Pack) loves reality TV. Competition shows like Master Chef and Project Runway. He watches them on his laptop when he’s alone. Very few people are aware of this predilection.

  1. Who are your favorite visual artists and why?

ME: There’s an artist named Lina Iris Viktor ( http://www.linaviktor.com/about/) whose work I absolutely adore. I read an article about female artists of color from last year that she was mentioned in and her painting stunned me. She manages to convey so much with color and shape. I could stare at one of her paintings for hours.

I’m also a long-time fan of Basil Gogos, who just recently passed away. As a horror fan I grew up with his work on magazine covers and thoroughly enjoy the depth he gives his portraits, especially.

And I feel like I’d be a little remiss here if I didn’t mention Bob Ross. I spent hours as a kid watching his show, listening to his soothing voice, and trying to emulate him. (Badly, I might add.) I don’t know if any of his paintings will ever hang in the Louvre, but any time I see one there is such a sense of peace about it for me.

 

Book blurb:

Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Penned by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre, Myths, Moons, and Mayhem is an eclectic mix of paranormal lust and polymythic beings that will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

Book buy links:   https://books2read.com/mythsmoons

Author bio:

Born in the artists’ community of Woodstock, NY, Morgan Elektra discovered her passion for writing at a young age, penning stories of witches, vampires, and monsters at the dining room table. After years working day jobs and moonlighting as a reviewer for popular horror website Dread Central, Morgan left the comfort of an office to follow her dreams of writing fiction. She spent the early twenty-teens as a freelance ghostwriter of erotica, but has now put aside the masks to write under her own name.

She currently lives near Savannah, GA with her husband, their cat Harlequin, and—if the rumours are to be believed (and she sincerely hopes they are)—an awful lot of ghosts.

Author contacts:

  • Website: https://bymorganelektra.wordpress.com/
  • Blog: https://bymorganelektra.wordpress.com/blog/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ByMorganElektra/
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/MorganElektra
  • Email: morganelektra@gmail.com

Interview Roulette: Ava Haydn

 

It’s Ava Haydn’s turn today!

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

In “The Timpanist and the Stagehand,” Christoph, an American now playing in the Oilton Philharmonic Orchestra up north in Alberta, Canada, has had a lifelong allergy to Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookies. (No, not explicitly stated in the book, but I wrote it, so I know.) Imagine how shocked he is to find that his new love, Ren, is a Girl Guide Chocolatey Mint Cookie fanatic, to the extent that he buys lots of boxes and stores the extras in his freezer to hide them from his nieces and nephews. (That part is in the book.) Amazingly, Christoph has no allergy symptoms at all to Chocolately Mint Cookies, which leads to a relationship crisis when Ren discovers that entire boxes have disappeared from his freezer.  The guys hash out their differences, have hot make-up sex, and learn that getting chocolate out of light-coloured sheets is a bitch. Ren doubles his Chocolatey Mint Cookie order the following year and buys another freezer to hold their backstock.  That way he’ll be sure to have plenty to offer to angsty teens who regularly show up at his house. (The preceding events all happen after “The End,” for those of you who read the book and are now wondering ‘what the hey?’)

And I have to add…. As a dual American-Canadian citizen and former Girl Scout who sold and consumed lots of Thin Mint Cookies in the States and who now buys Girl Guide Chocolately Mint Cookies—American folks, I’m sorry, but Chocolately Mint are better. Just sayin’…  Check out a pic on my Pinterest (that luscious white minty layer is even better frozen–seriously): https://www.pinterest.ca/avahaydenab/the-timpanist-and-the-stagehand/

 

  1. Which of your characters would send you screaming out into a blizzard before a week was up?

Ronan’s lynx self from “Daniel’s Lynx” might send me screaming if he kept gifting bits and pieces of squirrels, rabbits, and mice the way he does with Daniel. (Prrrprrrprrrprrr)

 

  1. Cats or dogs? Discuss.

In “Daniel’s Lynx,” Ronan asks, “Why do cats do anything?” Exactly. Dogs, well, if cats are inner-directed, dogs are the ultimate outer-directed creatures, except that the values and standards they are guided by are yours, not society’s. In that, cats and dogs are actually the same—neither gives a good goddamn if you’re a murderer or an embezzler. As long as you show up with food and head scratches, cats and dogs think you’re just grand.

Favorite cat in literature:  Jeoffry in “For I Will Consider My Cat Jeoffry” (Excerpt, “Jubilate Agno”), the poem by Christopher Smart.

Favorite dog in literature: Rowsby Woof in “Watership Down.” Did Richard Adams nail it or what? Doggiest dog ever.

  1. You can eat only one ice cream flavor for the rest of your life. Which is it?

Butter Brickle. But if I could only eat one ice cream flavo(u)r for the rest of my life, I would lose the will to live and fade away, so it would be a moot question.

 

  1. What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Slices of homemade bread with 1) avocado and mayo and 2) hummus. Also a banana.

 

  1. Which of your characters should run for US President?

I think Christoph in “The Timpanist and the Stagehand” is the only one eligible. All the others were born in Canada.

 

Blurb: Highballer (published October 25, 2017)

What happens when the man is as tempting as the money?

Remy Delacour’s family doesn’t believe in mainstream medicine, and when Remy’s boyfriend reveals that Remy is majoring in nursing, they cut him off. He has to find money to finish his education—fast. And he is so done with boyfriends.

Levi Aronson met the guy of his dreams and followed him to Australia. He knew the chances for a lasting romance were slim—and boy, was he right. Now he’s back in Canada, a year behind in his university program, and short of funds. He needs money, not another man.

Tree planting is a way to make a lot of money fast, but it’s one of the hardest jobs in the world. When Levi, an experienced planter, sees pretty, sloe-eyed Remy, Levi is certain he’ll never last.

They’ll have to pry Remy’s shovel from his cold, stiff fingers, because he won’t quit—or let anything take his eyes off the prize. When a storm brings Remy and Levi together, each finds the other a distraction from the big goal. But can anything develop between two men who have sworn off relationships?

World of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the globe.

 

Author Bio

Ava Hayden lives and writes in Canada but grew up in the southern United States.

When not writing, she loves reading yaoi manga and LGBTQ+ romance, taking afternoon tea, baking, seeing plays, hearing live music, and hiking (even though she once came face-to-face with two grizzlies on a trail). Most of the time her life isn’t that exciting (and doesn’t require her to carry bear spray), and she’s okay with that.

More about Ava

Ava Hayden Writes: https://avahayden.com/

Ava Hayden on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/avahayden.ab/

Ava Hayden on Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/avahaydenab/

Ava Hayden on Facebook: fb.me/avahayden.ab

Ava Hayden on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/avahayden

Ava Hayden on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/Ava_Hayden

Ava Hayden at Dreamspinner Press: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/authors/ava-hayden-812

Interview Roulette: Meghan Maslow

It’s Meghan Maslow’s turn at the wheel!

  1. What are you wearing right now?

At the moment, I’m freezing my butt off! So, I’m in a pair of jeans, a sweater, a jacket, and a big fuzzy pair of slippers. All I need is a scarf and mittens and I’m ready for winter. I really wanted to be able to say, “obviously a smoking jacket.” Nope. Think more along the lines of Randy in A Christmas Story.

2. If you could be granted instant virtuosity on a musical instrument you don’t now play, which one would it be, and why?

Since I can barely even carry a tune, this question reads like “what paranormal creature would you choose to be?” Complete fantasy. But if my Fairy Godmusician made me choose, I’d pick standing bass or possibly cello. I like the lower ranges and standing bass is just so badass. When someone rocks out on the standing bass, I could just watch/listen for hours.

3. Which of your characters would send you screaming out into a blizzard before a week was up?

Haha! Great question. And easy to answer. Auric Starfig, Twig’s father in my latest release, By Fairy Means or Foul. He’s the ultimate bureaucrat. Since I live in the greater DC Metro region I meet A LOT of his type. Ugh. I would definitely run out into a blizzard if he kept quoting regulations while simultaneously bragging about his sexual prowess the way he does to Twig.

4. Which would be your preferred vacation choice: a luxury hotel, an apartment in a historic building, or a tent?

At this moment, all sound amazing! It would depend on the location. I was fortunate enough to camp on Ngorongoro Crater many years ago (it’s not allowed anymore) and it was an experience I’ll remember for the rest of my life. My family did a lot of camping when I was growing up, but my kids are less than enthused. #epicparentfail

I also enjoy a lovely bed and breakfast, and to a lesser degree a luxury hotel. Pretty much anything with vacation attached to it gets a thumbs up.

5. What were your favorite childhood books?

I’ve always been a reader. Early books were anything Dr. Seuss, Esther Averill’s The Fire Cat, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, and Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children Mysteries. As I got a little older I added Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, all Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books, and James Howe’s Bunnicula to that list.

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

Can you say, “drunk dial?” I only ever did it once and I learned a valuable lesson. It doesn’t work. Enough said.

7. One of your characters comes to you for advice. Who is it, what does he ask, and what do you tell him?

I’m pretty sure it would be Bill, the Red Fury Demon. The poor guy has terrible taste in partners. It might be something about his black soul that just draws the worst sort. But Bill needs some serious love advice. I’d tell him to try dating someone. . . not evil. Or at least less evil. Baby steps.

 

Book blurb:

The last thing half-dragon, half-fairy private investigator Twig Starfig wants to do is retrieve a stolen enchanted horn from a treacherous fae, but there’s no denying the dazzlingly gorgeous unicorn who asks Twig to do just that. Literally, no denying, because compelling the reluctant detective is all part of a unicorn’s seductive magic.

To add to his woes, Twig is saddled with the unicorn’s cheeky indentured servant, Quinn Broomsparkle. Dragons are supposed to want to eat humans, but Twig’s half-dragon side only wants to gobble up Quinn in a more . . . personal way. Making matters worse, it’s obvious the smokin’ hot but untrustworthy sidekick is hiding something. Something big. And not what’s in his trousers. In the PI business, that means trouble with a capital Q.

Throw in gads of zombies, a creepy ghost pirate ship, a malfunctioning magic carpet, and Twig’s overbearing fairy father’s demands to live up to the illustrious Starfig name. Naturally, an old but abiding enemy chooses this time to resurface, too. Those inconveniences Twig can handle. The realization he’s falling for a human who isn’t free to return his affections and whose life may hang on the success of his latest case?

Not so much.

 

Book buy links:   

Will you please mention that the audiobook is now out too and that the narrator is Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux?

https://www.amazon.com/Fairy-Means-Foul-Starfig-Investigations-ebook/dp/B074M4WNTV/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509388399&sr=8-1&keywords=by+fairy+means+or+foul

Audiobook, narrated by Greg Tremblay/Boudreaux:

https://www.audible.com/pd/Romance/By-Fairy-Means-or-Foul-Audiobook/B076C18RTT/

Author bio:

Her initials say it all. . .

Meghan Maslow is truly a rare breed. No, not a unicorn (although that would be sooo cool). She’s a. . . gasp!. . . extroverted writer. It may seem counterintuitive that as someone who is energized by people, she spends most of her time alone. Yet, that’s the case. And she doesn’t mind.

Mostly.

If she gets writers block or starts to go a little stir crazy, she heads to a coffee shop, a restaurant, a friend’s place—anywhere to fill up her need for human contact. It also helps that she spends a lot of time with the voices in her head. Some of them are really quite opinionated.

She loves writing gay romance because she’s a sap for a happy ending, and she believes everyone—regardless of orientation—should be able to find books that have them.

She believes life is for living, kindness is contagious, and a good book makes the world a better place. She loves travel, reading, world music, Moscow Mules, awkward dancing, dreadlocks, her family, and um. . . writing.

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Interview Roulette: Dale Cameron Lowry

 

It’s Dale Cameron Lowry’s turn at the wheel today.

  1. What is your superpower? Your Kryptonite?

My superpower is being able to take any song and make it bawdy. My kryptonite is an interruption in my sleep schedule—that and colds. Both trigger migraines, so they’re almost literally kryptonite.

2. A tourist lands in your town. What should he or she see or do?

Oh gosh, I am the worst at this. In the summer, I’d probably suggest a farmers’ market. We claim to have the largest farmers’ market in the United States, held every Saturday morning around the state capitol, and it gets bigger each year. At this point, I tell guests if they want to go and actually be able to buy food, we need to get there before 8 a.m. or after 12 noon. Otherwise, it’s like trying to move through a DC Metro station at rush hour.

We also have lots of smaller farmers’ markets where the food is just as good and the crowds are not as crazy, so if your main goal is getting yummy produce or baked goods, go to one of those.

The Capitol building itself is pretty cool, but ever since 2011 it’s been tied in with a lot of negative emotional-political baggage, so I’m not as keen on visiting it as I used to be.

My in-laws always like to visit the student union, which has famous chairs.

Architecture buffs will want to visit anything designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in driving distance. Two popular sites are the First Unitarian Society meetinghouse and Taliesin.

But if it’s up to me, I’ll skip all that and take people birding or on a visit to Olbrich Botanical Gardens, where I used to be a volunteer pruner, or the International Crane Foundation headquarters (which isn’t in town, but is the only place in the world where you can see every living species of crane). If it’s summer, wrap it up with a visit to Michael’s Frozen Custard.

3. Where’s the weirdest place you’ve ever written?

I’m trying to remember if I’ve ever written on the toilet. … Probably. But I’m more likely to write while I’m in the shower. You know, be washing my hair, have an aha! moment, and have to turn off the water momentarily so I can make a note of whatever brilliant phrasing or plot contrivance just popped into my head.

I’ve also written in the car, while driving, by dictating into a handheld tape recorder. But that was when I was younger (obviously, if I was using a tape recorder) and had to drive a lot.

Talking about weird places to write reminds me of weird places to read. When the final Harry Potter book came out, I used to see this guy on the bike path holding the book with two hands and reading it with both eyes, all the while pedaling at 15 to 20 miles per hour. I really wanted to scream “Dumbledore dies!” at him, but I was worried about endangering everyone on the path even more than the present situation entailed.

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

When we were teenagers, I remember looking over my sister’s shoulder while she was writing in her notebook: “Am I clogged?”

I wondered what this new piece of slang meant. The only thing I could come up with was “drunk,” even though she obviously wasn’t.

She thought that was hilarious. “No, I was trying to figure out if the pen was clogged.” But ever since then, we have used the word “clogged” as a synonym for “drunk” or “loopy.”

We would feel totally cool if that caught on.

5. Pick a politician and give him or her one piece of really good advice.

Close your Twitter account.

 

Book blurb:

Myths, moons, and mayhem make the perfect threesome—and so do the men in this anthology.

Enjoy nine erotic stories of paranormal ménages a trois fueled by lust and magic, where mystical forces collide with the everyday world and even monsters have their own demons to conquer.

A werewolf gets a lust-fueled lesson on fitting in with the pack, a professor unlocks ancient secrets and two men’s hearts, and a pair of supernaturals find themselves at the erotic mercy of a remarkable human. Ghosts, fairies, aliens, and mere mortals test the boundaries of their desires, creating magic of their own.

Editor Dale Cameron Lowry brings you tales by favorite authors such as Rob Rosen and Clare London, as well as by newcomers to the genre. The paranormal lust and polymythic beings of Myths, Moons & Mayhem will spark your fantasies and fuel your bonfires.

 

Book buy links:

Author bio:

Dale Cameron Lowry’s number one goal in life is getting the cat to stop eating dish towels; number two is to write things that bring people joy. Dale is the author of Falling Hard: Stories of Men in Love and a contributor to more than a dozen anthologies.

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Interview Roulette: Gus Li

Gus Li joins us today!

 

  1. What were your favorite childhood books?

The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame

Watership Down, Richard Adams

Tolkien (I was a nerd early)

I also read everything our public library had about history and mythology. I’ve always loved reading about battles, strategy, and the evolution of weapons.

 

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

Wow, great question. I guess if I’m going there for below-the-board reasons, I have a wide range of morally grey characters to choose from. My Blessed Epoch mage Yarrow would be tempting, because magic, but since he is also a little too fond of a good time, he would probably get too drunk to be useful to me early on—probably get us kicked out of the casino too. So I guess I’ll go with Sasha, who can pick pockets, expertly manipulate people, and is hellfire in a fight 🙂

  1. What is your favorite appliance?

Anything I can use to make things: the Wacom tablet, the sewing machine, the MacBook.

  1. You’re being transported to the Middle Ages and can take with you a single piece of modern technology. What do you choose?

Firearms. Sorry. I know that’s not going to be a popular choice, but since I would almost certainly be on a quick trip to the stake in the Middle Ages, well…. And I could possibly save other interesting people doomed to be executed.

  1. Describe one of your characters’ deepest regrets.

The cat couldn’t bear to see the young monk being beaten, burned, and hurt. He was beautiful—outside and inside—and the cat could no longer stand by and watch him suffer. One night, after he offered the young man all the comforts and pleasures his body could provide, the cat made his way inside the fortress. He found the sorcerer’s chambers, and he proposed to the magician a bargain.

“Put an end to that young man’s suffering, and I will offer you my servitude for as long as you find it valuable.”

The wizard took the bargain, but he still needed to free himself from Tajo’s brutal control. He made another bargain with the powerful demon in the Dream Realm. He promised to see that mortals died in distress and became Phantoms, and in exchange the demon would destroy Tajo and free Kazuo from his control.

The monk was beheaded. The cat stood next to the ankle of his new master as the monk’s blood soaked the ground. His pain was gone, and that pleased the cat. But to free himself from Tajo, Kazuo needed the help of the Dream Demon. Kazuo fed souls to the demon—with the cat’s help. When it grew strong enough, it cut down the warlord Tajo in his dreams, but that meant Kazuo owed it a debt. Kazuo was not a fool, though, and he knew what he had unleashed. The last thing he wanted was to trade one master for another.

 

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

Can I choose a video game? I’m going to choose a video game. It’s a toss up between Elder Scrolls and Dragon Age. I like the idea of wandering around and finding treasure in caves. That beats the hell out of getting a crappy desk job all day! Also magic. By a fine margin, I’ll choose Dragon Age, for the added bonus of being able to bring down oppressive organized religion. F the Chantry.

  1. Which of your characters would make a good BFF?

Fox-Hat. Magically speaking, he isn’t the most powerful of my characters, but he makes up for it with cleverness. He is also less cutthroat than many of my characters and has the capacity to actually care about people he bonds to. But he’s enough of a bastard and a trickster to still be fun, and he’s no altar boy, so we could still do what we needed to do. Best of all, he’s a fox, so he could take fox form and I could pet a fox whenever I wanted.

Gus’s Links

Blog:

https://foxhatandfriends.wordpress.com/

FB

https://www.facebook.com/Ninja.Gus

Fox-Hat’s Den on FB

https://www.facebook.com/FoxHatsDen/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/Ninja_Gus

Tumblr

http://ninja-gus.tumblr.com/

Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/augustninja1816/

My books at Dreamspinner Press

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/searchresults?q=August+Li

At Harmony Ink

https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/authors/august-li-106

At DSP Publications

https://www.dsppublications.com/books/august-li-7-a

 

New book! Blog tour! Giveaway!

New release! Blog tour! General excitement! Exclamation points!

My newest novel (my 18th!) releases from Dreamspinner Press in two days. Ante Up is part of the Dreamspun Beyond line and offers vampires and a variety of other paranormal creatures. There’s danger, there’s humor, and of course there’s romance as well. It was hugely fun to write.

To celebrate, I have a blog tour going on. Each blog stop has unique commentary and tidbits about the book—or whatever else struck my fancy. There’s also a Rafflecopter giveaway, so be sure to comment and enter.

Nov. 13 On Top Down Under

Nov. 14 Open Skye

Nov. 15 My Fiction Nook

Nov. 16 A Novel Approach

Nov. 17 Happily Ever Chapter

Nov. 20 Dreamspinner Press blog

Nov. 20 Love Bytes

Nov. 21 Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words

Nov. 22 Dirty Books

I’ll be traveling over the next bunch of days—my first visit to Philadelphia. But I’ll be sure to touch bases with everyone as I wander.

Blurb:

Love is a high-stakes game.

A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.

An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?

Buy link:

https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/ante-up-by-kim-fielding-8952-b

 

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Interview Roulette: Nicki J. Markus

Nicki J. Markus joins us today!

 

  1. If you had to spend a week snowed in at a mountain cabin with one of your characters, who would you choose and why?

 

Loki from The Ragnarök Chronicles of course. I would happily be snowed in anywhere with him. We’d find plenty of ways to keep warm *wink* Just don’t tell my husband!

 

  1. Aliens kidnap you and put you in a zoo. What does the sign on your cage say?

 

Caution—May Bite If Provoked

Maintain Correct Grammar At All Times

 

  1. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage.

 

Lovely chocolate drink

Creamy, hot and rich delight

Please stay off my thighs

 

  1. Describe one especially fond childhood memory—for yourself or for one of your characters.

 

Visiting a forest filled with gnome statues with my parents and grandparents

 

  1. What is the dumbest thing one of your characters has ever done?

 

Loki deciding to join forces with someone who’s always wanted to kill him (The Ragnarök Chronicles)

 

  1. Describe your ideal writing environment.

 

Absolute quite in a room in which I’m surrounded by books

 

  1. Name two of your pet peeves.

 

Bad grammar and people who step out of shops without looking first

 

  1. What is the oddest thing on your music playlist?

 

Well, I have a pretty eclectic and wide taste in music, so what’s ‘odd’ on my playlist will depend on your own point of view and musical preferences.

I love musicals (including European shows), opera, classical, easy listening….

I guess some of the Czech folk rock stuff might be up there on the obscure scale.

Here’s a link to one of the songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNEeZV-W7zk

 

 

  1. Which of your characters would make a good BFF?

 

I guess Cassandra in The Ragnarök Chronicles, as many aspects of her personality and tastes are based on my own, so we should get along just fine. 🙂

 

  1. Describe a beloved item of clothing owned by one of your characters.

 

As a girl after my own heart, Cassandra would never be far from her favourite pair of comfy jeans!

For Ragnarök will be completed….

Nothing marks Cassandra out—except her visions. She’s only ever seen small, insignificant things. That is until the strange frost arrives.

With her normal life turned upside down, Cassandra is plunged into an extraordinary and terrifying world of Norse gods and rampaging giants, ancient feuds and broken prophecies.

A handsome stranger offers aid. But can Cassandra really trust him? More importantly, can she trust her own judgement when his slightest touch sets her heart and her body aflame?

 

Book buy links:

Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SW0TV46

Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/ dp/B00SW0TV46

Kobo:  http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/the-ragnarok-chronicles

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-ragnar-k-chronicles-nicki-j-markus/1121134764?ean=9780994234605

Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Ragnar%C3%B6k-Chronicles-Nicki-Markus/9780994234605

 

Author bio:

Nicki J. Markus (aka Asta Idonea) was born in England but now lives in Adelaide, South Australia. She has loved both reading and writing from a young age and is also a keen linguist, having studied several foreign languages.

Nicki launched her writing career in 2011 and divides her efforts not only between MM and mainstream works but also between traditional and indie publishing. Her works span the genres, from paranormal to historical and from contemporary to fantasy. It just depends what story and which characters spring into her mind!

As a day job, Nicki works as a freelance editor and proofreader, and in her spare time she enjoys music, theatre, cinema, photography, and sketching. She also loves history, folklore and mythology, pen-palling, and travel, all of which have provided plenty of inspiration for her writing.

 

Author contacts:

Blog: http://www.nickijmarkus.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/NickiJMarkus

Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickiJMarkus

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4567057.Nicki_J_Markus

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolamarkus

Amazon Author US: https://www.amazon.com/Nicki-J-Markus/e/B004JM0UC8

Amazon Author UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nicki-J-Markus/e/B004JM0UC8

Interview Roulette Tinnean

Today’s player is Tinnean!

  1. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? If you’d asked me this years ago, I’d have said Cher or Kathleen Turner or Sigourney Weaver. Who can forget Cher playing Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck, or Kathleen Turner as the femme fatale Matty Walker in Body Heat, or Sigourney Weaver as the totally badass Ripley in either Alien or Aliens? I know, I’m shallow, and I suppose I should say women like Hillary Clinton or Ruth Bader Ginsberg or even Judge Judy, who doesn’t take guff from anyone. But seriously? I’m happy with who I am right now, and even if it’s just for a single day, I wouldn’t want to be anyone else.
  2. You’re on a ship with Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Catherine the Great, David Bowie, Billie Holiday, and Gengis Khan. But oh no! The ship is sinking and the lifeboat only holds four people. You get to decide—who gets on that lifeboat? If I include me, that only leaves three, so I’d go with Albert Einstein, because we always need genius, Billie Holiday, because she was a fantastic singer, and Catherine the Great, because she was an enlightened ruler, even though the poorest of her people never fared well. So those are the three plus me. However, if we’re doing four plus me, that’s going to take a bit more thought. Genghis Khan? No way. He’s too brutal for my taste. I mean, who else chucked bodies of plague victims at his enemies to demoralize them? So that leaves Mark Twain and David Bowie. I never was a huge fan of Mark Twain, although I did enjoy The Adventures of Mark Twain, the movie about his life, and the only thing I kind of, sort of know about David Bowie—other than how hot he looked as the Goblin King in Labyrinth—is that his wife, Iman, starred in Exit to Eden with Rosie O’Donnell. Would it be too bad if I made them toss a coin? 😉
  3. What are you wearing right now? Fern-patterned shirt and sleep pants, even though it’s only 8:10 p.m.
  4. Which holiday is your favorite and why? Boxing Day, because then we have about eleven months before we need to start worrying about buying Christmas presents again.
  5. We all know about those big prizes such as the Nobel and Pulitzer and Academy Award. If someone invented a new prize that you were a shoe-in to win, what would it be? I’d love to be the first recipient of the Heinlein-L’Amour Award (named for Robert Heinlein and Louis L’Amour) for excellence in the Sci-fi/Western M/M genre. *cough*
  6. What did you have for lunch yesterday? I was really, really bad. I had left-over pizza, Cheez Doodles, and salt and vinegar potato chips. Told you I was bad.
  7. Describe your dream house. Pictures of it are on my desktop and both laptops, and I actually used it for inspiration for Josh’s house in Best Laid Plans. This is how I described it. Compared to the ranch it was tiny, but with its red tin roof and Savannah gray stone chimneys, it was a real gem. The expanse of roof was interrupted by twin gables as well as a chimney to the left and another in the center. A paved walk of red and gray stones wound up to a set of wooden stairs, which led to a banistered veranda that stretched across the front of the house. Large, multi-paned picture windows framed the white double door in the center of the house.

And while I have no pictures of the inside, this is how I imagined it, also from the book: The interior of the house was as incredible as the exterior. The foyer opened to a huge living room on the left. The windows at the front of the house let in an amazing amount of light. There wasn’t a lot of furniture, though, just a sectional sofa, a coffee table, a bookcase, and a TV sitting on an entertainment center set between two windows. To the rear of the room and off to the side were a pair of french doors. Two of the bedrooms on one side of the ground floor had been combined to make a large master with an en suite. The room was huge, with a king-size four-poster bed draped with mosquito netting, a pair of night tables, a triple dresser, and a rocker near another set of french doors that opened on to the veranda. A whitewashed brick fireplace was against the outside wall, between two windows that looked out on to the side yard and let in a lot of natural light.

The en suite bathroom was done in sea-foam-green subway tiles and had dual vessel sinks, a stand-alone shower, and a claw foot tub.

 

Book blurb: This is my latest Mann of My Dreams, You Were Made for Me.

Can things possibly run smoothly when a CIA spook moves in with a WBIS spy? If they’re Quinton Mann and Mark Vincent, they damned well better had.

Quinn, having resigned from the CIA after the debacle of a covert agent being outed, is now living with Mark. Over the next year and a half, they learn to navigate the seas of their relationship together, dealing with a death in the family and Quinn’s new career as a writer, while friends from Mark’s previous life reach out for help and the CIA tries to get Quinn back.

 

Book buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/You-Were-Made-Continuing-Adventures-ebook/dp/B0763XZ4VW/

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/you-were-made-for-me-tinnean/1127176105?ean=2940154573471

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/751346

 

Author bio:

Tinnean has been writing since the 3rd grade, where she was inspired to try her hand at epic poetry. Fortunately, that epic poem didn’t survive the passage of time; however, her love of writing not only survived but thrived, and in high school she became a member of the magazine staff, where she contributed a number of stories.

It was with the advent of the family’s second computer—the first intimidated everyone—that her writing took off, enhanced in part by fanfiction, but mostly by the wonder that is copy and paste.

While involved in fandom, she was nominated for both Rerun and Light My Fire Awards. Now, although she still dabbles in fanfiction on occasion, she concentrates on her original characters and has been published by Nazca Plains, Dreamspinner, JMS Books, Wilde City Press, and Less Than Three Press, as well as self-publishing five books to date. Recent novels have received honorable mention in the 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Rainbow Awards, and two of the 2014 submissions were finalists.

A New Yorker at heart, she resides in SW Florida with her husband and three computers.

Ernest Hemingway’s words reflect Tinnean’s devotion to her craft: Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.

Author contacts:

  • Website: www.angelfire.comfl5/tinnssinns/Welcome1.html
  • Blog: https://tinnean.dreamwidth.org/
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tinnean
  • Twitter: @tinneantoo
  • Email: tinneantoo@gmail.com

Interview Roulette: Sean Michael

Today’s Sean Michael’s turn at the wheel!

  1. Which would be your preferred vacation choice: a luxury hotel, an apartment in a historic building, or a tent?

Well, I can cross off the tent right away, because I am very much not a camper. Even the thought of ‘glamping’ makes me think, well why not just stay at a hotel. I like my visits to the beautiful outdoors to be day trips. And while I would love to visit a historic building because they’re quite often beautiful, I do like being comfortable. So I would have to say the luxury hotel.

  1. There’s Tumblr site called Describe a Film Plot Badly. Describe one (or more) of your own book plots badly, in no more than 140 characters.

Farmer’s son falls for tech nerd while searching for ghosts. – The Supers

  1. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it?

Blaine, from The Supers, would buy Flynn an expensive piece of ghost hunting tech.

  1. One of your characters has signed up to teach a 1-day workshop. What’s it on?

Flynn would totally sign up to teach a workshop on how to use technology to search out ghosts.

  1. What is your theme song?

Tom Petty’s Running Down a Dream. I listened to the album that’s from a lot during the time I was in New Zealand (Free Falling was played a lot around Bungee Jumping time!) I love the song, and the idea of running down your dreams.

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

I can actually think of a lot of made up words that ought to be real. But if I’m choosing just one… I’m going to go with dorkalicious. Which is wonderfully dorky – it would totally be a compliment to someone who is a dork.

  1. One of the characters in your most recent book wins a dream vacation to anywhere in the world. Where does he or she choose?

Oooo. I love dream vacations. I think Blaine would love to take Flynn to Europe where they could visit all the old castles.

  1. What is the most useless or frivolous thing you’ve ever bought?

Probably my blow up dragon whose wings flap. I put it up in the front yard every year and it makes me extremely happy.

  1. What was your favorite school subject? Least favorite?

I was very much a nerd in high school and there were very few subjects I did not like. While I enjoyed English very much, my absolute favorite was math. Loved math.

 

Blurb:

Hunting ghosts and finding more than they bargained for.

Blaine Franks is a member of the paranormal research group the Supernatural Explorers. When the group loses their techie to a cross-country move, newly graduated Flynn Huntington gets the job. Flynn fits in with the guys right off the bat, but when it comes to him and Blaine, it’s more than just getting along.

Things heat up between Blaine and Flynn as they explore their first haunted building together, an abandoned hospital. Their relationship isn’t all that progresses, though, and soon it seems that an odd bite on Blaine’s neck has become much more.

Hitchhiking ghosts, a tragic love story forgotten by time, and the mystery of room 204 round out a romance where the things that go bump in the night are real.

 

Buy links:

Dreamspinner Press:  https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-supers-by-sean-michael-8860-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Supers-Dreamspun-Beyond-Sean-Michael/dp/1635338891/ref=sr_1_cc_1?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1506354992&sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=the+supers+sean+michael

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-supers-sean-michael/1127079735?ean=9781635338898

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/the-supers

 

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.

 

Sean Michael on the web:

WEBSITE: http://www.seanmichaelwrites.com

BLOG: http://seanmichaelwrites.blogspot.ca

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMichaelWrites/

TWITTER: seanmichael09

INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/seanmichaelpics/

EMAIL: seanmichaelwrites@gmail.com

Interview Roulette: Louise Lyons

Louise Lyons takes a spin today!

  1. Pick any place in the world to spend the next 6 months. Where is it and why? This one’s easy! The Lake District, in the north-west of England. It’s my favourite place in the world and I hope to move there in maybe 5 or so years from now. I could spend every day of the six months hiking in the mountains, whatever the weather, and never get bored.
  2. Which of your characters is most likely to end up in the emergency room and why? Maybe Paul from my first novel, Conflicted. He has a bad temper and he got into a number of fights both prior to the start of the book, and during the first couple of chapters. It wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see him in the ER with a broken nose, or damaged knuckles. He calmed down a lot when he fell in love, but it wouldn’t take much to set him off again, especially if anyone hurt his lover, Greg.
  3. One of your characters has an allergy that’s proved problematic. Tell us about it. None of my characters so far have allergies, but Joel in Cervena was in a serious motorcycle accident years before the start of the book. He broke his leg and had to have pins put in it to support the break. He’s left with a slight limp, more pronounced when the weather is cold and damp, as that makes the old injury painful.
  4. If you could make anything edible, what would you choose? One of my favourite naughty treats is a recipe called Mount Nacheesmo that I got from the programme, Man v Food. It’s a huge pile of nachos covered with anything you like – usually I top them with shredded chicken, refried beans, jalapenos, tomatoes, red onion, green peppers, guacamole, sour cream, and cheese sauce. I don’t have a Man v Food sized portion, but it is very delicious (and loaded with calories!)
  5. Who are your favorite visual artists and why? I love the 19th Century German romantic landscape painter, Caspar David Freidrich. I have a print of one of his oil paintings hanging in my hallway, and two more upstairs. My favourite is called the Stages of Life and is based on his thoughts on his own mortality. It’s one of those pieces of art I can stand and stare at, and get lost in.
  6. Say you met your all-time favorite celebrity; would you play it cool? Or would you utterly humiliate yourself? I’d probably be cool and relaxed. About 13 years ago I met a person who was pretty famous some time before that, whom I admired at the time, and ended up being good friends with him for a couple of years, even acting as a kind of part time PA for a while. I got to attend a TV show he was on and sit in the Green Room watching, and accompany him to a couple of performances in a fancy car, and a few other things. Most of it was more mundane, though – such as hanging out at his mother’s house and ordering pizza! I’d like to think I’d be cool enough to act like that if I met someone like Dwayne Johnson!
  7. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? Liam Neeson, I love his voice.

 

Book blurb:

Can romance and rock ‘n’ roll dreams survive with a storm raging around them?

Alex Randall has always wanted to be a rock singer. When he answers an ad from a local band, his dream finally comes true. He loves the stage, and the group’s fans love him. Things couldn’t be better, except for the attraction he develops for the band’s guitarist, Lindsey. Alex is surprised and initially worried, since he only had one brief flirtation with a boy in his teens. But even though he and Lindsey become close and start seeing each other, Alex fears commitment, and Lindsey worries that Alex might only be experimenting.

When Lindsey’s ex contacts him following a health scare, fear and anger drives a wedge between Alex and Lindsey, which causes rifts within the band. Alex and Lindsey’s relationship is still new and fragile, and with Alex unwittingly blaming Lindsey for their problems, it becomes a true challenge for them to weather the storm.

Book buy links:

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Beautiful-Thunder-Louise-Lyons-ebook/dp/B014I2B0QS

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Thunder-Louise-Lyons-ebook/dp/B014I2B0QS

DSP: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/beautiful-thunder-by-louise-lyons-6196-b

Author bio:

Louise Lyons comes from a family of writers. Her mother has a number of poems published in poetry anthologies, her aunt wrote poems for the church, and her grandmother sparked her inspiration with tales of fantasy.

Louise first ventured into writing short stories at the grand old age of eight, mostly about little girls and ponies. She branched into romance in her teens, and MM romance a few years later, but none of her work saw the light of day until she discovered FanFiction in her late twenties. Posting stories based on some of her favourite movies, provoked a surprisingly positive response from readers. This gave Louise the confidence to submit some of her work to publishers, and made her take her writing “hobby” more seriously.

Louise lives in the UK, about an hour north of London, with a mad dog called Casper, and a collection of tropical fish and tarantulas. She works in the insurance industry by day, and spends every spare minute writing. She is a keen horse-rider, and loves to run long-distance. Some of her best writing inspiration comes to her, when her feet are pounding the open road. She often races home afterward, and grabs pen and paper to make notes.

Louise has always been a bit of a tomboy, and one of her other great loves is cars and motorcycles. Her car and bike are her pride and job, and she loves to exhibit the car at shows, and take off for long days out on the bike, with no one for company but herself.

Author contacts:

  • Website – http://www.louiselyonsauthor.com
  • Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/louiselyonsauthor
  • Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/louiselyons013
  • Email – louiselyons013@gmail.com