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Author Interview The Horse List

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I’m interviewing Anna Lores, author of erotic romance / romantic suspense “The Horse List” today. Welcome to my blog!

1) Have you been writing for a long time?

I’ve always done some kind of writing, but it was mostly love letters and poems for a special person in my life. It wasn’t until about five years ago I decided to write some of the novels I had inside my head. I called up a reader friend and began the ups and downs of the writing journey.

2) What inspired you to start a writing career?

In 2008, I began having trouble sleeping.  It turned out I had/have insomnia. I began reading more and more while everyone else was snoozing in the house. Ideas for worlds of my own, characters, plots, subplots, and more began developing in my mind. I grabbed my son’s laptop, compelled to write. I called a friend to read my stuff, knowing she would give honest feedback. She did and that is where it all started.

3) Is this book a stand alone or part of a series?

The Horse List is the first of a three-part series about Veterinarian Ava Black’s journey to fulfill her sexual fantasies. The second book, The Horse List Challenge, is being released April, 1, 2016. The last book in the trilogy, The Horse List Unveiled, will be released June 1, 2016.

4) Why did you choose erotic romance as a genre?

I’ve always been an avid reader. I’ve always gravitated toward the love story in novels. As a young girl, I made up my own spicy backstory of the characters in The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Erotic romance is a genre with wonderful plotlines, interesting characters, and can have light to heavy blow-your-mind spicy sex in it. I love that there is every sub-category in Erotica and the possibilities for stories are endless. Let’s just say, I connected as a reader with the fabulous erotic authors out there and wanted to join them as an author.

5) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

My advice is to write, write and write some more. Hone your craft. Find your voice or voices. Immerse yourself in your characters’ lives while you’re writing. Cry with them. Laugh with them. Put away the negative voices that keep you from writing what you want. Don’t forget that being a writer is as subjective a job as reading. We all don’t like the same things, that’s why we have a bazillion different genres, sub-genres, and authors. Find beta readers in your genre and be open to their feedback. They’re your target audience. Get a thick skin, if you don’t already have one, but not too thick. Never forget that feeling of pain, loss, heartache, joy, triumph, and love.  Those emotions let us know we’re alive, and with that, we have time left to write.

About the Book

TheHorseListcover.annaloresTitle: The Horse List

Author: Anna Lores

Genre: Erotic Romance / Romantic Suspense

Recently divorced from an abusive husband still intent to control her, Ava Black has two weeks before she moves back to her conservative hometown.

Encouraged by her best friend, she resurrects the wish list she started as a young girl when her number one desire was her very own horse. Over the years, The Horse List had become a mature list of her most erotic fantasies and a symbol of her rebirth as an independent woman. She can complete some of the items alone, but not everything. She needs an experienced partner with resources and the connections to places she’s only dreamed of going.

Could the handsome and wealthy artist Eric North be the partner she seeks? Will her drive to complete the list be enough to overcome her fear of him discovering the scars left from years of abuse? Will Eric protect her from her ex-husband, or will she go home to start over and give up her one chance to complete The Horse List?

Author Bio

Anna started writing romance as a by-product of insomnia. After a year of late night reading, she borrowed her son’s laptop after he went to bed each night, and set about breathing life to her very own characters. After a month of writing in the middle of the night, she was surprised with a new laptop of her own to pursue her dreams. With a B.A. in English Literature and a desire to fill her world with wonderful stories she and her close friends could not just talk about, but gush over, she shed her job as mom of three in the late night hours and assumed her alter ego of dirty girl.

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Author site: www.annaloresauthor.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/annalores

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Guest Post Unbreakable Tour

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Today’s guest post is written by Emma Scott, author of contemporary romance / romantic suspense “Unbreakable”. I hope you enjoy the guest post.

The Characters Are in Charge, I Just Work Here

This phenomenon is probably familiar to a lot of writers: You’re cruising along, maybe writing some dialogue and all of a sudden Character A busts out with something shocking or surprising, and the entire course of the scene–maybe the entire plot–is forever altered. Or you had planned for Character B to kill someone and instead they had an epiphany and rescued them instead. And the best part is, there is nothing you can do about it. 

To non-writers, that last part sounds insane. Or perhaps silly; as if it’s just a subconscious decision that we’ve made and if we don’t like it, we can always change it, no big whoop. But it doesn’t feel  like that, does it? It feels like the characters are running the show and when they veer off-script, we’re just helpless to do anything but let them go. You can’t change it, it would feel totally wrong! So now you have to work with it, to make it fit the rest of the novel, sorry, hands tied.

I actually love it when this happens. I think it’s what Stephen King said in his fabulously invaluable writing memoir/how-to On Writing when he said (paraphrasing) the story is a treasure buried in the ground and our job is not to make it but to dig it up. To chip away at the layers of dirt to get to it. In other words, we may have a pretty good idea of where we’re going, story-wise, but sometimes that’s not what happens. It’s not what’s not meant to happen. You go in thinking your going to dig up a Ming vase and instead it’s a pile of doubloons and there’s nothing you can do about it.

My characters did this recently. I have my hero working at a job-site with his fellow co-workers. It’s going along fine, according to plan, and all of a sudden a minor character (VERY minor) saunters in, starts mouthing off about the Hero’s woman and the next thing I know, a fist-fight has broken out and the hero is in danger of losing his job. BOOM. All of a sudden I’ve got extra conflict–is he going to become unemployed when he really cannot afford to be unemployed?–and character development–he’s defending the woman’s honor even when she’s not there to see it. Not planned. Not consciously included, and yet it happened and now I have to work with it.

“Just delete if it doesn’t work! It’s just letters on a page.”

Nope. Done is done, and to mess with it would be to dig up the treasure, chuck it over my shoulder, and just play in the dirt. No thanks.

Another weird way this manifests for me is in character naming. Not so much the bit-players but the leads. I do not name my leads, they name themselves. I don’t know how or why. I’m not particularly thrilled with it sometimes, as they don’t always pick names I like; they certainly don’t pick my favorites.

In my last book, the lead female, the heroine, was named Natalie and that’s all there was to it. I needed names for her parents and they popped into my head as if she had introduced us. In a way, I guess she had.

In this book, both leads told me their names. I had nothing to do with it.  Cory Bishop is the Hero. He told me his name even before I started writing and while I like Cory okay, Bishop was not my first choice. But then it wasn’t really my choice anyway.

The Heroine was worse. She introduced herself as Alex Gardener and I didn’t like either name. I figured I could live with Gardener, but Alex? Sure, it’s short for Alexandra but I didn’t like it for a romance heroine. And for you non-writers who think this is a mild form of insanity and might shout, “Just change it for god’s sake!” I TRIED. I actively tried to change her name and I couldn’t. I started writing scenes using two other names and both times it just devolved back to Alex. Out of my hands.

Then all of a sudden, I’m writing a scene where we learn that Alexandra is a title from ancient times meaning Defender of Men. I didn’t know that. I Googled it as a point of research for the scene. And lo and behold, that title fits several themes and plot points of story as if I had planned it that way.  As if I had consciously chosen her name and then worked in its origin to make it all fit in a neat, tidy package.

Except I didn’t. I just dug up the treasure.

Writer friends, you know how this works. It’s crazy to think we’re not completely in charge of what we write. After all we’re the ones creating the worlds and the people in them. Maybe it’s just a happy coincidence that Alex’s name worked out the way it did, or that Character B saving instead of killing Character A is just what your mystery needed to give it that extra oomph.  Maybe. Probably.

But it sure doesn’t feel that way, does it?

About the Book

frontONLY_LTitle: Unbreakable

Author: Emma Scott

Genre: Contemporary Romance / Romantic Suspense

Alex Gardener has her life planned out, down to the smallest detail. She has a skyrocketing career as a litigation attorney, a close group of socialite friends, and is engaged to one of the most successful businessmen in Beverly Hills. Everything is just as she wants it: comfortable, predictable, secure…if lacking passion. Fire.

Cory Bishop is a struggling working man, trying to make ends meet while fighting to keep custody his young daughter. He knows that working hard is the only way to achieve his goals, but lately it seems everything he wants hangs just out of reach.

The bank robbery changes everything.

Alex and Cory spend three harrowing days as hostages locked in a bank with fifty frightened people and six criminals who grow more desperate–and dangerous–by the hour. Alex and Cory find comfort and safety with each other and reveal their deepest hopes and fears and secrets, unknowingly building a bond forged out of desperation and fear, one that they can’t break, even once outside the bank’s walls.

Their lives are turned upside down, irrevocably altered, and they seek to move on and put the robbery–and each other–behind them.

But some bonds, once forged, cannot be broken.

Author Bio

me ringEmma Scott lives and works in the California Bay Area with her patient husband and two feisty little girls.

Links

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https://twitter.com/EmmaS_writes

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Author Interview Winterkill Tour

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Hosting authors on my blog is always a priviledge, so I’m glad to host P.H. Turner today, the author behind “Winterkill”, a romantic suspense story. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my interview questions.

1) How long have you been writing?

I wrote short stories as a child. Luckily, none of them as survived, but it was a good way to get started. Every time I met some unusual person, or a strong character they were added to my repository of people to write about it.  And as we say in the news business, what people really do is far stranger and dramatic than any fiction you could write.

2) Is Winterkill your first book? If not, please tell us a little about your first book.

Winterkill is my first book and I’m thrilled that Kensington chose to publish it.

3) Why did you choose romance as genre for your book?

Life is romantic suspense. We are all seeking love and life certainly is suspenseful- we cannot see what lies ahead. Loving and problem solving make life for more interesting and even better if you have a great guy or gal along for the ride.

4) Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

Just write. I heard Kevin Smith say that at a presentation at the National Association of Broadcasters in Las Vegas a couple of years ago.

5) Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?

Under the Dark Moon is the tale of Taylor’s investigation into human trafficking of girls out of Mexico into sexual slavery in America. Taylor finds eleven year old Sofia, who escaped her captor when he fell asleep. Captain Trace Yazzie of the Navaho Nation is Taylor’s lover and partner in finding the traffickers who took Sophia.

I have a fourth book that I am plotting in my head. Taylor and Trace will be together again and one of the minor characters in Under the Dark Moon will be a major character in this untitled book.

 

About Winterkill

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Author: P.H. Turner

Genre: Romantic Suspense

A beautiful reporter and a charming rancher are caught in a web of mayhem, murder…and lust.

Reporter Sawyer Cahill returns home to Cheyenne, Wyoming to report for the local station. But leaving behind the coverage of the gangland murders of San Antonio only lands her smack in the middle of the ritualistic animal mutilations. Harassed and threatened by the  freak behind the bizarre murders, Sawyer plunges into her investigation, reaping the attentions of two local ranchers.

Local rancher, Jake Spooner, tangles with a tug of war relationship with Sawyer. Tormented between his smoldering desire for Sawyer and his wish to keep her safe, their passion flames in a mountain snow storm.

Author Bio

PH TurnerTeaching and shooting news and documentaries took me to work on the East and West coasts, the Midwest and an island in the Gulf of Mexico. Born a fourth generation Texan, I live in Austin with an energetic mutt that waits patiently every day for me to come home and work on my second novel.

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Release Day Party Finding Amy

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We are Celebrating the release  day of romantic suspense novel Finding Amy. Come celebrate with us!

About Finding Amy

Finding Amy winterTitle: Finding Amy

Author: Carol Braswell

Genre: Romantic Suspense

What begins in Montana as routine for Texas Ranger Carson Garrett, quickly turns into a ‘run for your life’ chase in order to protect the two women and child he is returning to Texas.

How far would you go to protect the ones you love?

When Texas Ranger, Carson Garrett is assigned to locate and place in protective custody the wife of a man suspected of illegal activities with a Columbian drug lord, it turns into more than routine. The estranged husband has put out a hit on his wife and the only person who knows where she is hiding is her twin sister, Amy Summers.

Protecting the sister she loves may be the thing that destroys her…

It is a race against time for Carson to find Amy, convenience her of the imminent danger and get her to lead him to Jamie so he can escort both women and Jamie’s four-year-old child back to Texas.

Even if they make it can love on the run survive?

Besides the obvious problems of running from a man who is trying to kill them, Carson and Amy have an instant attraction to each other and it is clouding his usual sharp judgment and causing them both to make costly mistakes.

A determined hitman, a diabolical plan. There is only one way to stop them both…

Author Bio

I love to write. I love to put characters in situations that seems impossible to get out of. Almost. Then, out of the blue, along comes that sexy, breathtakingly, handsome hero who can and will save the day. Sometimes, (I like this part), it’s the heroine who steps up and saves the day. I love to write. Did I mention that? Anyway, I love mystery, suspense and the forever kind of love. When someone asks me, “what do you write?” I can’t say romance. It’s not that simple. I want action, adventure, suspense with caring, loving, sexy, characters that seem to find trouble wherever they go.
I am married to my real life sexy hero who finds my imagination intriguing, but refuses to read my books. Thank God. Our, live-at-home children greet us at the door with tongues hanging and tails wagging. They travel with us when we vacation and get depressed when we have to leave them. We have four grown children who live close enough for us to see often.

You can follow me on twitter – https://twitter.com/AuthorCarolB facebook;https://www.facebook.com/#!/carolbraswellauthor

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http://www.amazon.com/Finding-Amy-ebook/dp/B00EQNEIIC/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377517755&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=caroll+braswel

 

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