Monday, October 28, 2013

The Vampire and the Vixen


Today 2 Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome Debra St. John and Kelsey, heroine of The Vampire and the Vixen, an October release from The Wild Rose Press. Welcome Debra. First, we'll start with Kelsey.
Tell us a bit about The Vampire and the Vixen. I'm a librarian, and I had this great idea to hold a Halloween fundraiser where everyone dressed up as their favorite literary character. At the party, I kind of lost my head and kissed a mysterious stranger dressed as Dracula out on the balcony. Only afterwards did I find out he was my new boss. For most of the story I'm dealing with the consequences of my impulsive action that night. And I also have a sneaking suspicion my sexy new boss is a real vampire.
What did you think the first time you saw Rafe, the hero-boss-maybe vampire? I thought he was the sexiest man I'd ever seen.
And your second thought? What would his mouth feel like on mine?
Did you think it was love at first sight? More like lust at first sight in the beginning.
What do you like most about Rafe? Would you think I'm lying if I said everything? *lol* His dedication, his work ethic, his kindness, his leadership, his easy manner with children...
Always a winning combination in our book! How would you describe him? It's going to sound totally clichéd, but tall, dark, and handsome comes to mind. Rafe has soulful brown eyes, sinfully black hair, a voice as smooth and rich as chocolate covered caramel, and when he holds me I can snuggle my head against his shoulder. *sigh*
Ahhh, but how would he describe you? He thinks I worry too much about what other people think. He's probably right.
What made you choose library science as a profession? Libraries are magical places. Filled with so many books it boggles the mind. There's no end to the things you can discover and experience when you immerse yourself in a book. I wanted to be able to share that with others. To encourage and enable them to find their own joy in books.
What is your biggest fear, Kelsey? That people will think I got my promotion because I made out with the boss.
How do you relax? I curl up with a good book, of course! *grin*
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? That's not fair. It's too hard to choose! Which is why for Halloween I dressed as the heroine from the cover of a romance novel. Not a specific one...just all of them in general. Rafe said I played the vixen very well. *wink*
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? My best friend, Tracy, told me I should stop worrying about trivial things like what people were thinking about my promotion and focus on what’s really important, like unearthing the truth about Rafe.
Very nice, Kelsey, thanks. Now it's Debra's turn at bat. What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? I have always been a huge vampire fan. I first fell in love with vampire heroes in Linda Lael Miller's Forever and the Night and the two books that followed. Long before vampires became mainstream and paranormal romance became so popular, she captured my heart with her sexy story. Of course, I'm all for 'modern' vampires, too. I obsess over Stephanie Meyer's Edward and lust right along with Sookie for Charlaine Harris' Eric. At the moment I'm reading Kerrelyn Sparks' "Love at Stake" series. With my love of vampires, it was only a matter of time before I used the theme in a story of my own.
That is great, a lot because Kerrelyn is a past member of our writers' group here in Western New York! What a thrill it is to see a former pal still writing and doing it so well!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. I write for The Wild Rose Press. When I decided to get serious about my writing career, I asked a friend about her publisher. She wasn't thrilled with hers at the time, but had heard good things about TWRP. So, based on her recommendation, I looked them up on line and really liked what I saw.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. I submitted a query and within a couple of days I had a request for a partial. Within a month I had a request for a full. About three months later I was offered my first contract.
How long did it take from query to release? All told, my first book with them went from query to release in less than a year. Depending on the amount of edits and rewrites to be done, I find this to be a general rule there. All of the editors I've worked with (I write for different lines.) have always gotten back to me with a response to a query in less than a day. With The Vampire and the Vixen, the entire process happened at warp speed. I went from query to contract in less than a week!
Yowza; that is warp speed. Sounds like a winner to us. Thanks, Debra for joining us this week. We hope you had as much fun as we did.
Kat and Veronica
To learn more about Debra St. John and the stories she creates go to: www.debrastjohnromance.com
To purchase The Vampire and the Vixen, go to The Wild Rose Press or Amazon.

Here's a little peek at Kelsey and Rafe out on the balcony...
Nights like these are magical, aren’t they?” The words were as soft as the velvety darkness below.
Kelsey nodded. What other than magic could explain how she felt like she knew him, even though they’d never met before? As if their souls and bodies recognized one another, even if their minds didn’t. What else could explain her intense reaction to him? “Rafe. I…” She needed to get back inside before she did something stupid. She hated heroines who were too stupid to live. Kissing this stranger, which every instinct in her being clamored for her to do, put her right in that category. She stepped back.
Warm hands on her shoulders stopped her. “Grown- ups hardly ever get to play dress up. To…pretend…to be someone else for a while. It’s nice, don’t you think?”
“Rafe.”
“Shh.” His silken whisper skittered over her. “Let’s just pretend for a little while longer.” He lowered his head and his lips found hers.


Monday, October 21, 2013

A Man Like Him

Today, Wild Women Authors is pleased to welcome a long-time pal from the Class of '85 series, Rachel Brimble, who brings Chris Forrester from “A Man Like Him”, an August 2013 release from Harlequin Superromance. Welcome Rachel and Chris.
As always, we'll start with Chris who will tell us a bit about “A Man Like Him”. It’s about my escape after discovering my ex-fiancée’s infidelity and the life-changing events that happened thereafter. I went to stay with my sister in a small seaside town called Templeton Cove on the coast of southern England. I hadn’t been there long when a flash flood washed out the holiday park where I was staying. Angela, the park’s manager changed my life…
What did you think the first time you saw Angela? That she was as sexy as hell and how I needed to put some space between her and me before I did something stupid, like ask her back to my bed. The woman would’ve laughed in my face.
And your second thought? That I recognized the look of someone else running––but for her, it might be for her life…
Did you think it was love at first sight? More lust than love…the love came pretty damn quickly though.
What do you like most about Angela? Her strength and courage – she is a phenomenal woman who deals with the bad hand she’s been dealt with grace and integrity. She’s also full of incredible kindness.
How would you describe her? Strong, brave, loving and beautiful
How would she describe you? Stubborn, headstrong, reliable, and of course, sexy as hell
What made you choose being a swim instructor as a career? I’m a thinker, maybe even a bit of a brooder, and the time alone in the pool is sacred to me. Add the kids I teach into the mix and the job is one I’d do for free.
What is your biggest fear? Not being enough­­––I’ve made some dire mistakes in my life and turned away from my family when they needed me most. I will do everything in my power to never make that mistake again. Ever.
How do you relax? With Angela and/or my family, throw in some mellow swing music and a good glass of Merlot and I’m good to go
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Sherlock Holmes – he knows who he is, doesn’t make any apologies for being that man and thinks out of the box. I think confidence in yourself and your own mind is paramount as we make our way through life. It’s a jungle out there…
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? “Angela told you about something she most likely wouldn’t have if the entire world hadn’t gone crazy in a matter of hours. You owe it to her to listen.” This was from my sister, and I now apply it to everyone who talks to me. You never know when someone is crying out for help. Listen and read between the lines. You might be their last resort but the only one meant to help them.
Wow. That was something! A jock with a brain—and a heart. Thanks, Chris. Now it's Rachel's turn. Long time so talk, kiddo. Tell us about the movies or books that have had an impact on your writing. It’s more a case of authors impacting my work than an individual movie or book – I love everything by Nora Roberts, Jill Shalvis and Robyn Carr. I also admire Stephen King for his amazing characterization and seemingly effortless ability to create the most terrifying suspense. Genius!
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them. Well, everyone who reads romance should have heard of Harlequin! It was a dream come true when I received an email from my agent saying Harlequin wanted the first book in the Templeton Cove series, “Finding Justice”. Since then, I have gone on to sign four more books for the same series. I am beyond happy!
Tell us a bit about the submission process. How long did it take from query to release? My agent submitted the initial manuscript in Dec 2011, a contract was offered in April 2012 and that book [“Finding Justice”--see cover art below Rachel's photo] was released in Feb 2013. “A Man Like Him” came out this past August.
This has been such fun for us, rather like a reunion, heh heh. Inside joke, readers.
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Monday, October 14, 2013

In light of the season, meet a martini loving ghost


Bob at the Lake
“Trust me, it will hit you like a brick of gold.”
That’s Bob. He’s my ghost. Well, not my ghost since I’m sitting here writing, but the ghost who lives with me. Other women probably get muscleman ghosts who can fix plumbing and take out the garbage, or romantic ghosts who set their hearts a-flutter. Me, I get a ghost who’s middle-aged, plump, and who likes to lounge around the house in a silk smoking jacket from the nineteen-thirties. Not exactly the kind of ghost I’d ever imagined I’d get. I will admit, though, that Bob does make an amazing martini. A martini that, in fact, hits you like a brick of gold.
I found, unfortunately, the longer Bob lived at my place, the more I appreciated his skill with martinis. Which was probably not a great thing for my liver, or my relationships with my sisters, but what the heck.
Remember the Great Recession? According to the newspapers, some consumers seem to be wiping it from their memories, but it had a big impact on a lot of people, including me. That economy hurt. Lost jobs, lost houses, lost marriages, lost hopes—lives turned upside down in the flutter of a pink slip. People scrambling just to keep from drowning—couch surfing, penny pinching, living newly frugal lives.
Like millions of others, the economy sucked me into its undertow.

Today 2 Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome author Roz Murphy, who reluctantly brings with her Bob (the martini-loving ghost) from Bob at the Lake, a September release from Soul Mate Publishing.
Where are you from? (Roz here) I’m a recent transplant to the Finger Lakes from parts east. Bob is not really sure where he came from; he’s got some sort of ghost amnesia. After many confusing conversations, we suspect he spent time in Manhattan in the 1920s.
What is Bob at the Lake about? It’s the screwball cocktail created when you combine one part crabby woman of a certain age, one part kind grape-grower, and one part martini-loving ghost. (Bob asks me to add that he also likes rye and is developing a fondness for Finger Lakes rieslings. Like he needs to find more things to enjoy drinking…)
(To Bob) What made you choose haunting as a profession? I didn’t know I had a choice. (Bob takes a long pull from the flask he always keeps in his smoking jacket.) In fact, I’m pretty sure I didn’t have a choice.
Knowing what you know now, Bob, if you had it to do over again, would you stick with haunting or do something different? Don’t get me wrong, haunting has its positive aspects, especially if you’re not one of those young, thuggish, bullying sorts of ghosts. I get to help people make choices, which is good. But if I had my choice, I’d rather be a ballroom dancer.
So what's a ghost's biggest fear? Roz’s cousin Terri. She’s crazy.
And a ghost's favorite fictional character? I like opera. My favorite is the one with the Duke of Minnestrone and Rogolfo. I forget the name, though.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? It’s always 5 p.m. somewhere!
What a hoot!! Let's talk to Roz for a minute, or two. Which writer or character[s], from either books or movies, [or both] have had a major impact on your writing? I’ve always loved some of the women writers in England during World War II who wrote hysterical novels in which they fretted about hem lengths and food shortages while bombs fell around their ears. Joyce Dennys, who penned Henrietta’s War, comes immediately to mind.
With regard to research, where did you start for this novel? Did that lead you down different paths, thereby changing the original concept? Pieces of this novel fell into place over several years. I’ve always been fascinated by members of The Algonquin Round Table. At the same time, it’s always amazed me that observers tend to think that single women of a certain age lead boring, hum-drum lives. This novel gave me a chance to play with both themes.
Tell us a bit about your publisher. How did you hear about them? What influenced your decision to submit to them? Tell us a bit about their submission process. How long did it take from query to release? It’s been a pleasure working with Debby Gilbert [SMP's owner] and her hard-working team at Soul Mate Publishing. I pitched to Debby at a conference in November, 2012, had an offer in December, and signed contracts in January, 2013. Now here it is September and the book is available for Kindle readers on Amazon. Print copies will be available spring of 2014. For a Luddite like me, this is amazing!!!
Trust us, Roz. Less than 12 months from contract to release is more than amazing. Congratulations—and much luck with promotions and sales. Sounds to us like you've got yourself a winner—in the story and in Bob.
For updates on Roz Murphy and the stories she creates, please Like her (Roz Murphy Author) on Facebook. To purchase Bob at the Lake, just go to Amazon.



Monday, October 7, 2013

Get a Jump on Holiday Romance

We don't know about you but we're a sucker for a story that features a woman in a precarious situation with small kids to protect, a hunky hero who rescues her [or perhaps they rescue each other]. Throw in the holidays and We Are There.
Today Wild Women Authors are pleased to welcome Barbara Edwards, creator of Journey of the Magi, a holiday romance from The Wild Rose Press. Best yet, this darling story is free on kindle http://amzn.com/B00ES5DZEQ from October 8th through the 12th!!!
Welcome, Barbara. Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from? New England and as a snow bird live half the year in Florida. I love to travel so the life-style suits me.
What is Journey of the Magi about? Noel Martin is a widow, with two small children who desperately wants to give them a safe home. She promises they will reach Connecticut for the holidays but no money, a broken down car and meeting the man of her dreams threatens her plans.
What did Noel think the first time she saw the hero? Dan looked like a self-sufficient male with a strong work-ethic. He’s not handsome, but he is attractive.
And her second thought? He looked lonely or maybe just alone. Dan spends all of his time at his cafe, trying to make it a success. He doesn’t have time for love.
Did she think it was love at first sight? Oh yes. The spark was there from the first moment for both of them. And neither would admit they wanted the change.
What do you like most about Noel? She is a good, caring mother, determined to take her children back to the place she remembers as being a happy home for a lonely child.
How would you describe her? She has an elfin air, almost dainty, despite an inner strength.
What made you choose public administration as a profession? I was a bleeding heart liberal in my younger days. I wanted to save the world and didn’t understand I needed to save myself first; Then my family, then the neighborhood.
What is your biggest fear? I worry about my children. When I see terrible things on the television I have nightmares it will happen close to home
How do you relax? My husband would say I never relax, but I do. I totally enjoy being near moving water. I think because I’m a Pisces it feeds my soul and my muse and helps me to center myself.
Who is your favorite fictional character and why? Scarlett O’Hara has been my favorite since I read Gone with the Wind when I was twelve. I admired her determination to succeed in overcoming every day’s obstacles and wanted to be that strong.
What is the best piece of advice you ever received? Decide if you are a writer or an author. To a writer it’s a hobby, to an author it’s a career.
What movies or books have had an impact on your writing? The TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer enchanted me. I watched the characters develop and the plot split and twist until it clutched my guts.
Barbara brought along an excerpt from Journey of the Magi:
Is that job still open?”
I need a waitress.” His rich voice woke tingles of awareness that she’d forgotten, or maybe never knew.
Is that a yes or a no?” she asked impatiently. These unfamiliar feelings were scary and unwelcome. She was too tired to be diplomatic and this job was too important.
What are you going to do with them?” He jutted his chin toward her children.
I, I d-d-don’t know,” Noel stammered before she slumped onto the nearest stool. Leaning forward onto her elbows, she looked at her clasped hands. “I didn’t plan that far.”
Humph!”
Noel watched his long, strong fingers dexterously polish another glass. His wide palms held the heavy restaurant-ware like fine china. He had nice hands, a gentle touch. Instinct murmured he’d be as careful with a woman.
I guess I should move on. I…”
Could keep the kids next to the kitchen, there’s a place there. Then if they needed you, you’d be right close.” His deep voice was like an angel’s song.

Tell us a bit about your publisher. The Wild Rose Press is a great publisher. They are expanding into women’s fiction and have a branch for erotic fiction.
What influenced your decision to submit to them. I was looking for a publisher for my paranormal romance after contracting with a publisher that immediately went under. I wanted someone professional and in business long enough to have a good reputation with their authors.
Tell us a bit about the submission process. Its easy to submit. The website has the details. All queries go through Rhonda Penders who sends them to the appropriate editor.
How long did it take from query to release? It takes about a year to go through the editorial process.
To learn more about Barbara Edwards and the stories she creates go to: http://www.barbaraedwards.net

To purchase Journey of the Magi, go to http://amzn.com/B00ES5DZEQ
Free on Kindle October 8th to 12th.