Interview Roulette: Jenna Kendrick

Please welcome Jenna Kendrick!

  1. Somebody gives you $10,000 with the proviso that you can’t save it and you can’t spend it on anything altruistic or practical. What do you do? If I couldn’t use it on anything charitable or practical, I’d buy a plane ticket to Australia. I’ve always wanted to visit, and that might be my only opportunity.
  2. Should he stay or should he go? He should most definitely stay. My husband and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary, and he’s my true-life romance hero.
  3. 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. I’d explain that our society is filled with imperfection, and storytelling is our way of processing those problems. Whether the storyteller tries to create a good outcome, like in my romances, or takes an issue to its worst extreme, or finds a middle ground—all of it is a way to come to terms with the world around us.
  4. One of the characters in your latest book buys a birthday present for another. What is it? In On and Off (coming out June 22), Mitchell is a retired figure skater with a notorious bad boy reputation. Jackson, his partner, would buy Mitchell a Dr. Who Sonic Screwdriver because he’s one of the few people who’ve taken the time to get to know Mitchell well enough to know he’s secretly a geek.
  5. Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage. Coffee, sustainer Late night writing, two-three cups Without you, I sleep.
  6. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite? I detest mopping. White kitchen tile plus four pets (one dog, three cats) equals a floor that gets dirty within minutes of mopping, so it seems like a thankless task. My favorite is folding laundry. Clean clothes tend to just pile up in the laundry basket, but when I actually decide to catch up, it becomes a big experience, complete with loud music and dancing around the bedroom.
  7. If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? I tell everyone I’ve forgiven you. I’m lying.
  8. What are you wearing right now? Gray sweats, black t-shirt that saying Read with Pride, and purple socks because I was breaking in my hiking boots earlier. But I’m usually barefoot at this time of year. I’m not leaving the house today even for the $10,000 in question 1!

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The Assignment: Discover if forced proximity leads to increased intimacy by being handcuffed to a partner for five days.

Jamie O’Connor’s closet is tightly closed and full of secrets. Attending college on a baseball scholarship, he’s hiding an injury along with his sexuality. A college degree is the key to escaping his family’s oppressive expectations. Until he graduates, he needs to play ball, both on the field and off. Being partnered with an openly gay classmate for a sociology project threatens to put more than just his free college ride at risk.

Seth Lerner’s closet is empty, but that’s because his baggage is always right by his side. Managing his severe ADHD while trying to overcome an earlier setback leaves him little time for any kind of social life, much less a relationship. He certainly can’t afford the distraction of falling for his closeted project partner.

Neither Jamie nor Seth plan on letting this assignment get in the way of their objectives. But secrets come out and goals change when you’re stuck together.

 

Book buy links:

http://amzn.to/2f5p1bJ — Available for Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Author bio:

Jenna Kendrick is the author of the Hawaiian Haven and Reinvented series, contemporary and new adult romances about smart guys with a propensity for snark. Jenna went to a small college in the woods of Western Massachusetts, where she alternated between bare feet and hiking boots and used dining hall trays as a mode of transportation in the winter. She fell in love with creative writing after writing a satirical essay to get out of yet another literary analysis assignment. Unable to choose a coast or climate zone, she bounced around the country before settling in Upstate New York, where she lives with her husband and several furry creatives.

 

Author contacts:

  • Website – http://www.jennakendrick.com
  • Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/jennakendrickauthor
  • Twitter – https://twitter.com/jennakendauth
  • Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/jennakendrickauthor

Interview Roulette: Kelly Jensen

Welcome this week’s player, Kelly Jensen!

If you were forced at gunpoint to sing Karaoke, what song would you choose?

I’m going to begin my answer with a story which should serve as a warning. My family LOVES playing Guitar Hero. Even after everyone else packed their dusty guitars away, we kept playing. Daughter on bass, me on guitar and Hubs on vocals. I sang once. After I mutilated “Beat It” by Michael Jackson (I really thought there were more words, and another chorus, like maybe before the actual one?), I was asked to never sing again. I kinda took that to heart.

I do actually love to sing, and I sing in the car all the time. Daughter hates it. But as a fifteen-year-old, she’s pretty much obligated to hate everything I do at this point. So, if I had to choose a song, at gunpoint, would I reprise “Beat It” and hopefully disturb my abductor so much they quietly left the building? Nope. I’d sing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” by Aerosmith because that’s the song Hubs and I danced to at our wedding. We always sing it when it comes on in the car (whether Daughter is scowling or not), I know all the words, and I just kinda love it. I don’t think I could ruin a song like that. (Maybe.)

Which of your characters should run for US President?

None of them. Seriously. My guys are ridiculous. They’re barely making sense of their own lives and you want one of them to run the country? Wait, they couldn’t do a worse job than… Okay, hmm. You know, I’m tempted to nominate Jake’s sister, Willa. She GETS THINGS DONE. But I have other plans for her. So… maybe Marc? He’s the most capable guy I know and not afraid of a challenge. He’s also able to admit when he’s made a mistake.

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

You want me to choose just one? Okay, how about this octopus tea infuser. It’s ridiculously hard to use because the opening where you load the tea is too small for a spoon. You literally have to stuff tea leaves in there with a finger. I love it, though. It’s orange. And it has tentacles.

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

Japanese so I could read manga in its original language.

What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

Skipping class(es).

  • In first grade, I had most of the staff out looking for me and my friend when we got so involved in our game of make believe that we didn’t hear the bell. It took them so long to find us that parents and the authorities had been notified. We were in a narrow alleyway behind the cafeteria pretending we were escaping from a castle.
  • In fourth grade I was hauled out of a tree house, back over the fence and straight to the headmaster’s office. The back of my legs stung for days.
  • The song “Manic Monday” by the Bangles always conjures the image of me and Karen in her dad’s convertible (top down) driving down to Great Falls National Park on a perfect spring day, instead of, you know, going to school. Jumping off the rocks into the river was much more fun.
  • Likewise, any day with good light would find me on the hill behind the art room painting rather than learning about the U.S. presidents.
  • Senior year of high school I had to write a letter to my history teacher apologizing for my many absences and listing the reasons why he should let me graduate.
  • College—when I got my first boyfriend, I missed so many classes in one subject, I had to retake it the next semester.

I could go on, but I think you’re getting the idea. 😉

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

Henry. He can probably count cards. He counts everything else.

What is your favorite insect?

Cicadas. The sound of them always makes me think of hot and lazy afternoons, and long summer evenings.

Book blurb:

Counting Down (Counting #2)

It’s been a week since a Christmas Eve blizzard changed the course of Marcus Winnamore’s life. Plan A is now Plan B, and the first item on his new agenda is taking Henry Auttenberg on a date. They’ve been invited to a New Year’s Eve party, and Marc is counting down the hours until midnight… until he can kiss Henry in front of his colleagues and friends.

Things don’t quite work out to plan. Finding the elevator out of service, Marc and Henry check the stairs, only to choose the wrong door, and become locked in the basement. Close quarters once again make for close conversation, and as they explore every avenue of escape, they also explore the deepening attraction between them. For Marc, this isn’t an experiment. Will he still feel that way when he has to admit to someone other than Henry that he’s gay?

 

Book buy links:

Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Dreamspinner Press

 

Author bio:

If aliens ever do land on Earth, Kelly will not be prepared, despite having read over a hundred stories of the apocalypse. Still, she will pack her precious books into a box and carry them with her as she strives to survive. It’s what bibliophiles do.

Kelly is the author of a number of novels, novellas and short stories, including the Chaos Station series, co-written with Jenn Burke. Some of what she writes is speculative in nature, but mostly it’s just about a guy losing his socks and/or burning dinner. Because life isn’t all conquering aliens and mountain peaks. Sometimes finding a happy ever after is all the adventure we need.

 

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Interview Roulette: Hunter Frost

Please welcome our newest player, Hunter Frost!

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

Can I admit I already love these questions?

Okay, I’ve probably bought tons of frivolous things in my nearly 40 years on this earth, but I believe if it makes you happy, why not? Within reason, of course. I wouldn’t blow my life savings on something shiny and pretty if I knew it wasn’t a sound investment for the future, or that I wouldn’t have enough money to eat the next day.

So, in that vein, I’m going to go with extravagant meals. I’m not a foodie by any means, but when I’m in the mood for something, I want it. And I want the good quality stuff. And if you’re with me and don’t have the money to spend, it’s on me, bro. Since it’s my craving I’ll pick up the tab. This got me into some trouble in college when I wasn’t working full-time, but I don’t regret any of those experiences. Not one.

  • What advice would you give your 17-year-old self?

Enjoy the shit out of everything! Try anything at least once. Taste, touch, smell, listen, and look… It doesn’t matter what we look like doing it or what others think. We have a finite time in this world – explore and experience as much as you can, before you can’t.

  • Write a haiku poem about your favorite beverage.

Coffee is soul juice

Smooth dark roasted beans of love

Death to decaf, blech!

  • Which (living) celebrity would you most want to have dinner with?

Tom Hiddleston, for sure. I love British men. My god, the accents! But I’d be so nervous, I don’t know how I could eat. However, just staring at him might freak him out a little.

  • What’s something you—or one of your characters—got in trouble for while in school?

One of my earliest memories is being punished for smacking a girl on the back when she was choking. I was in pre-school and the teachers thought I hit her for no reason. I guess I couldn’t explain properly that she was choking and my parents had always hit me on the back when I was choking to help dislodge whatever it was. I had to sit in the corner for a while. It must have sucked because I still remember it to this day.

  • Describe a memorable dream—or nightmare!

I don’t have a specific dream or nightmare that I can recall, but I often have a common type of dream. Apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic. Yeah, it’s intense. Typically, I dream that something horrific is happening or has happened, like a zombie breakout, or a huge earthquake, and then I’m running for my life, or trying to survive. I’ve been trapped on an ocean-liner with serial killers, hiding in burnt out buildings from zombies, and stuck in my parents’ house when a huge flood hits. Sometimes I’m alone, but most of the time I am with a vast array of old friends and family that change as the dream moves on. I tell myself this is my writer’s brain defragging, and not a cause for concern. Sounds legit, right? Right?

  • Warm weather or cold?

Warm all the way! Though I can’t stand the dry, blistering heat of Las Vegas, I’m definitely made for warm weather. My husband says I only have a five degree range in which I’m truly comfortable. I think it’s more like ten. 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit. I’m from Southern California originally – what can I say?

Book blurb: Cemeteries by Moonlight

When a serious bout of writer’s block threatens to delay mystery author Drew Daniels’s newest book, his aunt offers her New Orleans apartment in the heart of the French Quarter as a writing retreat. She neglects to mention that it’s occupied by the enigmatic and sexy Finn Murphy, a cemetery tour guide with a penchant for Victorian attire and a Cajun accent.

A body discovered in an open crypt forces reclusive Drew to deal with Finn’s eccentric group of friends and his underlying attraction to the hot Cajun—despite warnings about Finn’s violent past. Drew might write this stuff, but he’s never had to solve a real-life murder. With a deadline looming and a killer on the loose, this retreat is proving to be anything but helpful for Drew’s novel. Drew can only hope he won’t end up a tragic tale for the Ghostly Legends & Lore, Inc. haunted tour.

States of Love: Stories of romance that span every corner of the United States.

Book buy links:

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/cemeteries-by-moonlight-by-hunter-frost-8046-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Cemeteries-Moonlight-States-Love-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7NLYY0/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1483326375&sr=1-2

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/cemeteries-by-moonlight-hunter-frost/1125413990?ean=2940157463328

 

Author bio:

Hunter’s early addiction to the smell of printed books led her to spend most of her childhood in libraries and bookstores. There she fell in love with stories featuring medieval castles, ghosts, and handsome heroes. Though writing has always been a part of her life, after college she went on to explore careers in graphic design, the culinary arts, and dog grooming before returning to graduate school to get her MA in British history. To pay the bills, she spends her days working for the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, but to appease her overactive muse, she writes the kind of fiction that keeps her sane. She adores romance in all forms, but prefers her stories with two heroes that find their happily-ever-after with each other.

Hunter would rather watch Spaceballs (or any Mel Brooks movies really), despite being born in the same year as Star Wars. She loves Monty Python, MST3K, and cheesy rom-coms from the eighties and nineties. Her wacky sense of humor is only paralleled by her hopeless romanticism. She’s a goth at heart and a sucker for men with long hair. She adores everything British, but insists tea be drunk without milk. She’s a pescetarian with vegan tendencies and has two fat little cats named after her favorite beverage—Latte and Java. She dreams of coastal living, marshmallows, and Matt Bomer.

Feel free to connect with her through any of her social media accounts or send her an e-mail. She welcomes messages from readers and/or Brits looking to adopt.

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Interview Roulette: Cody Kennedy

Cody Kennedy joins us for Interview Roulette this week!

    1. What’s your writing style—slow and steady or full speed ahead? I have four writing speeds:
      • It’s full speed ahead through the first draft without regard to traffic signals, stop signs, yield signs, medians, curbs, bike lanes, crosswalks, people walking pets… and pets walking people.
      • In the second draft, I pay attention to the rules of drivingwriting and work on sentence structure and grammar.
      • In the third draft, my OCD kicks in, and it’s slow and steady, looking for continuity errors, and checking plot points, character emphasis, and arcs.
      • In the final read-through before submission, I’m like a young teen in his first stick-shift truck. Forward, jerk—fix that—forward, jerk—edit that—forward, jerk—that has no story value, delete that—forward, jerk—I like that, beef it up—and so on.
      • My grandfather used to say young people should be recalled as unsafe at any speed. Though now old(er), I may still qualify for being recalled.
    2. What is your spirit animal? I have a spirit herd. A unicorn, a fairy, a taco, but mostly, the Diet Coke is strong in me.
    3. Describe one of your weird or quirky habits. One? Just one?
    4. What was your favorite school subject? Least favorite? Mathematics and sciences were equal faves. My least favorite was English, and anything related thereto, including but not limited to, grammar, composition, and speech. *cringe*
    5. What is the strangest food you like to eat? Steak Taretare. #TrueStory
    6. Are you a nerd and/or a geek? Provide evidence to support your answer. Both. I am absolutely an expert in almost no fields (who cares about forensic accounting?—no, that does not mean that I work with dead numbers). I spend hours doing research only to ensure I understand things. And I am most certainly socially inept (I am a recluse. Period. End of report. My social skills extend to conversing with my three parrots.)

Don’t miss the dramatic conclusion of the Elpída Series! Elpída releases May 30th!

Michael and Christy attended prom, graduated high school, and Michael leads the USATF tryouts. With Oxford University on the horizon, his future looks bright and he believes life has returned to normal after Christy’s rescue. He couldn’t be more wrong.

Christy has been free from a life of slavery for more than a year and made remarkable progress due in no small part to the love he found with Michael. But the recent prosecution of a past abuser has shattered the life he so painstakingly built out of nothing but a mountain of horror. He now faces the daunting task of building a new life—yet again.

Twelve-year-old Thimi has been missing since Christy left Greece and, unbeknownst to everyone, has hidden out in a vacant mansion in Glyfada. Learning of Christy’s survival is the only thing that brings him out of hiding. People, open spaces, even the most common of sounds frighten him beyond reason. A mere ghost of a boy, Thimi arrives in the US with no knowledge of the outside world—the only constant in his life a purple marble.

Lost, shattered, and afraid, only hope gives them the strength and courage they need to begin anew.

 

Book buy links:

Dreamspinner Press https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/elpida-by-c-cody-kennedy-8395-b

Harmony Ink Press https://www.harmonyinkpress.com/books/elpida-378-s

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Elpida-C-Kennedy-ebook/dp/B071NLDMNM/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1493834608&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=Elpida+Series

Barnes & Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/elpida-c-kennedy/1126301129?ean=2940157511418

Google Play https://play.google.com/store/books/details/C_Kennedy_Elpida?id=FQ9aDgAAQBAJ&hl=en

Kobo https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/elpida

iTunes/iBooks https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/elpida/id1216056012?mt=11

Author bio:

Cody is an author who lives on the East Coast of the United States. Cody also writes adult mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, and romance as Aisling Mancy.

Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.

Cody’s blog, FacebookTwitter @CodyKAuthor, PinterestTumblrGoogle+Ello, GoodreadsMediumBooklikes, and read my free serial story, Fairy.

Find Ash on blogTwitter @AislingMancy, FacebookGoogle+GoodreadsBooklikes, Dreamspinner Press Author Page, and Amazon and Ash does respond to emails because, after all, it is all about you, the reader.

Author contacts:

  • Website/Blog http://ckennedyauthor.blogspot.com/
  • Facebook https://www.facebook.com/cody.kennedy.942
  • Twitter @CodyKAuthor https://twitter.com/CodyKAuthor
  • Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5816900.C_Kennedy
  • Amazon Author Page https://www.amazon.com/C.-Kennedy/e/B00M9XIB48/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

 

Online auction for LGBT victims in Chechnya

In case you were unaware, LGBT people–gay men in particular–are being persecuted in Chechnya. Reliable reports say they’re being detained, tortured, and murdered. You can read a summary here.

In response, a group of writers, readers, artists, and publishers are raising money for organizations that are seeking to evacuate potential victims out of Chechnya. Some authors are donating a portion of their royalties and some are taking part in an online auction May 5-13. All proceeds from the auction will go toward these organizations.

My contribution to the auction is below: signed paperbacks of three of my books, plus a T-shirt with art from the Japanese edition of “Speechless.” Unfortunately, I can only ship to US addresses, but other donors will ship elsewhere.

Here’s information on how you can bid and get involved in other ways.

Interview Roulette: Silvia Violet

Today Silvia Violet takes a spin of the wheel!

  1. Name two of your pet peeves. People not responding to emails or texts in a reasonable amount of time and people listening to music through the speakers instead of using headphones in a coffee shop or restaurant.
  2. What is the oddest thing on your music playlist? My Broadway playlist which ranges from Beauty and the Beast to Book of Mormon.
  3. If you were magically transported into one of your own books, which one would you choose and why? A book in my Thorne and Dash series because I’d love to bake with Dash/Riley and know someone with a lifestyle like Thorne’s.
  4. Warm weather or cold? Warm, definitely.
  5. If you were to become a street performer, what would you do to entertain people and earn some money? I wish I could do acrobatics, but if I had to go with something I can do in real life, I’d be a bard and tell stories.
  6. If you could become a full-time university student without worrying about future career prospects, what would you major in? Culinary arts
  7. What is the most useless or frivolous thing you’ve ever bought? Frivolous: very pricey tickets to Hamilton (and I’d do it again in a heartbeat)

Book blurb:

Well-Tailored by Silvia Violet

Marc longs for a grand romance, but he doubts he’ll ever be that lucky. Then he meets Darius, an arrogant tailor who pushes all his buttons. When Darius offers him a job, Marc hesitates—he needs a direction for the future, not another man who doesn’t believe in relationships.

Darius lives by a few unbreakable rules: never sleep with employees, fashion should be simple, and romance is for fools. Marc, with his shimmery sweater collection, makes him want to break every single one.

They quickly give in to desire, but Darius wants to protect himself and Marc refuses to repeat past mistakes. It’s only when they let go of assumptions, that love has a chance to take hold.

Book buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Well-Tailored-Thorne-Dash-Companion-Story-ebook/dp/B06Y6H49HY

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/well-tailored-a-thorne-and-dash-companion-story/id1225872565?mt=11

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/well-tailored

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/well-tailored-silvia-violet/1126227309

 

Author bio:

Silvia Violet writes erotic romance in a variety of genres including paranormal, contemporary, and historical. She can be found haunting coffee shops looking for the darkest, strongest cup of coffee she can find. Once equipped with the needed fuel, she can happily sit for hours pounding away at her laptop. Silvia typically leaves home disguised as a suburban stay-at-home-mom, and other coffee shop patrons tend to ask her hilarious questions like “Do you write children’s books?” She loves watching the looks on their faces when they learn what she’s actually up to. When not writing, Silvia enjoys baking sinfully delicious treats, exploring new styles of cooking, and reading to her incorrigible offspring.

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Interview Roulette: Jenn Burke

Today’s player is Jenn Burke!

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

That would be Zed—Zander Anatolius—from the Chaos Station series. He’s already got the experience of being the emissary and mouthpiece for the Guardians, the mysterious omnipotent race that no one knows anything about. He’d never seek out a political position, but if he thought there was a need for him to step up and be president or ambassador or whatever—yeah, he’d totally do it. Grumbling the whole time, but he’d do it.

2. Shopping—love it or leave it?

It depends on my mood! I’m not a fan of Christmastime shopping in malls—too many people! But shopping for new summertime clothes? Especially pretty dresses? Yes, I’m all over that!

3. Describe one time someone surprised you.

When my dad read my first book! Her Sexy Sentinel is a paranormal romance, and he is so not a romance reader. But he read it, and he enjoyed it! Except he didn’t like the sexual tension. He asked, “Why don’t they just DO IT?”

4. Warm weather or cold?

Cold. Which is good, because Canadian.

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

Zed would buy Felix anything his heart desired, and if he had free rein…I could see him buying Felix an old clunker of a ship for Felix to tinker with and fix up.

6. What did you have for lunch yesterday?

Uh…McDonald’s. Which isn’t a regular thing! But I was caught up working on my website and missed lunch, so I grabbed something on the way back from the dog park in the afternoon.

7. What is your most dreaded household chore? Your favorite?

Wait…people have favourite household chores? Can they come over here and work on my place? LOL.

Most dreaded…cleaning the kitchen. I hate it.

My favourite—and keep in mind I’m using that term very loosely—is laundry. Unless washing the car counts, then we’ll go with that.

Book blurb:

Phase Shift (Book Five of the Chaos Station Series)

Zander and Felix’s relationship has always pushed boundaries—personal and professional alike—but their love and commitment is stronger than ever. So strong that Zander’s ready to ask commitment-shy Felix the question of a lifetime when he’s interrupted. The Chaos is being hacked, and crucial, top secret information about the project that created Zander—and his fellow super soldiers—has been leaked.

Neither man could have expected the enormity of what’s discovered at the end of the data trail:  an entire colony of super soldiers run by the very doctor who changed Zander’s life forever. And now she needs them both—Zander to train her new crop of soldiers, and Felix’s new crystalline arm to stabilize their body chemistry.

With help from the unlikeliest of allies, Zander, Felix and the Chaos crew must destroy the project and all its ill-gotten information. But when the team is split up and Felix is MIA after a dangerous run, galactic disaster is a very real possibility…and Zander may have missed his chance to ask for forever.

Book buy links:

Amazon | Amazon UK | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Carina Press

 

Author bio:

Jenn has loved out-of-this-world romance since she first read about heroes and heroines kicking ass and falling in love as a preteen. Now that she’s an author, that’s what she writes, and she couldn’t be happier.

Jenn is the co-author of the critically acclaimed Chaos Station science fiction romance series (with Kelly Jensen) from Carina Press, and the author of Her Sexy Sentinel, a paranormal romance from Entangled Publishing. She’s also the author of the upcoming paranormal romance, The Gryphon King’s Consort, from Dreamspinner Press.

She’s been called a pint-sized and puntastic Canadian on social media, and she’ll happily own that label. Jenn lives just outside Ottawa, Ontario, with her husband, two kids, and two dogs named after video game characters…because her geekiness knows no bounds.

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Interview Roulette: Lou Sylvre

Today’s player is Lou Sylvre!

  1. What were your favorite books when you were a teenager? I can’t remember a lot of them, but the few I do recall are quite a mix! Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Tolkien), Gormenghast Series (Peake), Island of the Blue Dolphins (O’Dell), Call of the Wild (London), Confessions of Nat Turner (Styron), The Adventurers (Robbins), Watership Down (Adams), 1984 and Animal Farm (Orwell), Earthsea series (LeGuin), The Outsiders (Hinton).
  2. If one of your characters sent something in to PostSecret, what would it be? “I secretly think my father murdered my mother.”
  3. What was your favorite school subject? Least favorite? I can’t answer that straight up, because every year my favorite subject depended on my teacher. I loved science and PE in 8th grade, algebra and English in 9th, for instance. I can say the most awful class I remember was 8th grade social studies—Mr. C. made it so boring I actually got sent to the principal the only time in my life because I couldn’t stop myself from protesting. I can also tell you my number one favorite place in all years and all seven schools I attended, though—the Library.
  4. You have just won a lifetime supply of Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco treat. Your response? I have too much experience of poverty in my lifetime to be anything but grateful.
  5. If you could be any other living person for a single day, who would you be? A five-year-old living in a beach town in Southern California.
  6. Which of your characters would make a good BFF? Sonny Bly James leaps to my mind. 😊
  7. If you could choose anyone on the planet to narrate an audio version of your latest book, who would it be? I know it’s not very imaginative, but I’d have to say Greg Tremblay.
  8. Describe one of your weird or quirky habits. I was going to tell you that I converse with my cats, but everybody does that… right? So here’s one: I pick up random rocks, and frequently get really excited about them and I have boxes with them all organized and such. Every few years I say to myself, “Hey, they’re rocks for the gods’ sakes,” and toss (most of) them outside. Usually they end up in my tiny yard, and I have strong suspicion that over the next few years they make their way back into my collection.

Book blurb:

Vasquez and James Book Bundle (Six stories by Lou Sylvre)

Loving Luki Vasquez: Reclusive weaver Sonny Bly James and ex-ATF agent and all-around badass Luki Vasquez can run from desire, but they can’t hide from the evil that hunts them. Sonny and Luki will have to call a truce and work together to fight an enemy intent on making sure loving Luki Vasquez is the last mistake Sonny will ever make.

Delsyn’s Blues: While dealing with newly formed barriers between them, Sonny and Luki become the target of a new threat from outside: an escalating and unexplainable rash of break-ins and assaults.

Finding Jackie: When Luki’s teenage nephew, Jackie, is lured into capture and torture by a sadistic killer, the honeymoon is well and truly over. The couple must put aside their differences to find Jackie before it’s too late.

Saving Sonny James: The events of the last couple of years have begun to catch up with Luki, who must break free of the subsequent PTSD and depression and get to France fit and ready in time to save his husband’s life.

Yes: From their first days together, Sonny and Luki stood united against deadly enemies and prevailed. But now the deadly enemy they face is the cancer thriving inside Luki, consuming his lungs.

Because of Jade: Luki and Sonny must combat self-doubt and fear and help each other learn to parent an unexpected child—and they must also nourish the love that has kept them whole for the past ten years.

 

Book buy links:

Dreamspinner: https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/vasquez-james-stories-bundle-by-lou-sylvre-2664-b

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Vasquez-James-Stories-Dreamspinner-Bundles-ebook/dp/B017GGC3F0

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1119228592

 

Author bio:

I love romance (with all its ups and downs), and I love writing it. The lovers on my pages are men They end up loving each other, and it’s all pretty sexy. How cool is that?

I live in the narrow strip of rainy land in the northwest corner of the USA. We get some sunshine, but not enough to interfere with my writing, which I do in front of a big window that lets me look out at the rain whenever my cat is not in the way.

 

Author contacts:

  • Website: http://www.rainbow-gate.com
  • Blog: http://www.sylvre.rainbow-gate.com
  • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLouSylvre
  • Twitter: https://twitter.com/sylvre
  • Email: lou.sylvre@gmail.com

Your input needed!

I need your input, please! Read to the end for my question.

Things may seem a bit slow from me on your end right now, but really they’re not! I’ve been super busy. I have three novels sitting in various levels of publishing purgatory. Three! One of them, A Full Plate, is a contemporary in the Dreamspun Desires line, and it has a publication date of May 2018 (!!). The second one is a private eye noir in a medieval fantasy setting, and the third is a paranormal (vampires!). I’ll keep you updated.

Here’s what else is going on.

Flux will release on audio this month, narrated by Joel Leslie. I just listened over the weekend and he did an amazing job.

–Any minute now, my short story “Standby” will re-release with a new cover, and with all my royalties going to Doctors Without Borders.

Buried Bones comes out in Italian in May and on audio (in English!) in June, with John Solo narrating.

–I’m finishing up a Christmas story. How about a fireman from Kansas? This one is a longish short story.

–I’m working on my 21st novel, a contemporary about a book addict. 🙂

I have another project going too–and I’d love your input, please! What would you think about a series of paranormal/fantasy short stories/novellas, all focusing on the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs, each set in a different decade? Kind of dark stories, a bit noir-ish, but with HEAs. The first story, “Corruption,” appeared in an anthology, but I’ll be re-releasing it soon by itself. The other stories will all be brand new, and I’ll release one every couple of months. Proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. Would you be on board for this? Please let me know!

Bakersfield

My apologies in advance to anyone who adores Bakersfield, California, but I just… don’t.

Usually, Bakersfield’s a place I zoom through on the way to somewhere else. But I swear it’s cursed. Once, our car blew a tire on I-5 there, and my entire family ended up stranded at the Bakersfield Sears for over 3 hours while the Worst Tire People in the Universe replaced it.

Sometimes I stop in Bakersfield to grab something caffeinated and use a bathroom. On one of these stops, I bought a venti iced coffee at Starbucks. But the lid was put on improperly. While I was pulling away, I went to take a sip and the cup geysered, drenching me in cold coffee. I had to drive 200 miles home like that.

This week, I was in Bakersfield in meetings when my husband texted to inform me he was in the hospital. Having apparently decided our lives weren’t interesting enough, he had a heart attack. He’s doing okay now–with less bacon and potato chips in his future, I suspect–but it hasn’t been a fun experience. I blame Bakersfield.

So now perhaps you’ll understand why, in one of my upcoming novels, Bakersfield is the gateway to Hell.