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Did Someone Say Romance?

Welcome to the hop, everybody! Lots of romance for discussion on this one, huh? I love romance novels and I've always been a sucker for a love story. Be sure and check out the other blogs and enter for chances to win great prizes. See the photo of the swag pack! In fact, I even have a prize for you myself: an advanced reader e-copy of The Sky Pirate's Wife which won't be available to the public until September 17. The other prizes available are:
1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet 2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card 3rd Grand Prize: The Swag Pack!

Today, in keeping with the usual bid-ness around here, I'm presenting you with The Friday Five - Five Quotes About Love. Here we go:
♥ "Love is everything it's cracked up to be…It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for." - Erica Jong, O Magazine, February 2004
♥"One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love." - Sophocles (496 …

Get Ready to Hop This Weekend!

Morning, afternoon, evening and good night, y'all. I'm generic-ing out on you and posting the promo e-mail I received so  you don't have to listen to me blather. Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow the Romancing the Blog Hop starts, so be here and maybe win!

What is your favorite thing about Romance? Well, we authors are ready to share our romantic tips and favorite romance reads! Starting on Friday and ending on August 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance, reading romance, and dating.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet 2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card 3r…

Author Interview - Michelle Kopra

Hey, y'all, today I've got indie author Michelle Kopra for you. And her book is a real treat, so run right to Amazon and buy it after you read this interview. I swear, you will not be sorry!

What's your book/current WIP about?
Current WIP is Book 5, the last novella in the Shimmy and Steam Series.

Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
‘A ball of red flames burst from the heart of the ship. It rose like a phoenix rose into the brilliant blue sky. Then the Gypsy shattered into a thousand pieces.’

What's your next project?
Once I’ve completed this steam punk story, I will switch back to urban fantasy to work on “By the pricking of my thumbs, something witchy this way comes.” A bit of a mouthful I know, but it’s a story about three witchy sisters who compete to become the next leader of a magical community in Fairy, Texas.

Describe your writing in a sentence.
Gosh, with Hexes In Texas I tried to be funny and quirky.

Do you choose character names or do the chara…

Those Crazy Things Running Through My Head

There are always a couple of times when I'm writing a novel that I want to write something really ridiculous. Like the time in The Treasure Hunter's Lady when Abel is face-to-face with Uktena and you know some bad shit is about to go down. For some reason I always pictured this giant serpent as flamboyant. I kept picturing 'the making of' with Uktena sitting in one of those director chairs on a set, wearing a sparkly scarf and a beanie. It would be talking about this scene:

Without warning, Uktena struck. On sheer instinct, Abel slashed the knife across the Serpent's nose. Uktena drew back with a hiss, shock registering in its all-too-human eyes. Tarry black blood welled from the gash. A horrible rumble came from the Serpent's throat. It shook its head, causing droplets to splatter Abel and the ground.
But if this scene were an outtake in a very artistic serpent's POV, it would go something like this (time to use your imagination): 
Sidney: This was a difficu…

The Friday Five - Monsters In My Head

I'm doing research for my WIP on mythological creatures, because as you know (or don't know, but now you do!) the hero of the novel I just finished, Basil Tinwhistle, is one of an elite group of men who hunts paranormal entities. The next book, tentatively titled The Soul Catcher's Siren, isn't about Basil. It's about one of the characters from The Turncoat's Temptress, as with the other novels in the Legends and Lover Series. Typically the character who made a secondary appearance in a previous novel has been a male. This time I did it a little differently and selected a female character. She's a selkie, of no particular magical power, although she has some strange characteristics.

I'm trying to figure out what's special about the hero when it hits me! I'm not going to tell you because as soon as I did, I'd change my mind and make a liar out of myself. But I'm working on figuring out what kind of Big Bad is going to attempt to destroy …

Author Interview - Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy

What's your book/current WIP about?
My current release is a contemporary romance, Heart of the Ozarks. It’s about a man, Cole Celinksi, who lost his family, kids and estranged wife in an accident. He’s a television weatherman and his boss forced him to take some time off to get his head back on straight. Cole heads for the Ozarks, to an old resort he visited annually as a child because he can’t think of anywhere else to go. When he learns his old friend Maggie now runs the place, it’s an extra perk. Their old relationship revives and he begins to heal.

Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
He ached to use her like a whore and own her but deeper, Cole longed to become one with her, to twine not just bodies but merge souls.

What's your next project?
My next release is another historical romance, this time set in 1930’s Oklahoma. It’s called Dust Bowl Dreams and it’s the story of a desperate young man. As the novel opens, the family farm is about to be taken by the b…

Author Interview - D'Ann Lindun

I am so pleased to bring you my guest today! D'Ann is one of my critique partners and she is super talented! I got the opportunity to beta read her newest release, Shot Through The Heart and it is wonderful!

What's your book/current WIP about?
 A woman on the run from her brother, who is trying to kill her, and the cowboy who comes to her reluctant rescue.

Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
No, I’ll let you read it and see which lines you like best for yourself.

What's your next project?
Published is Vaquero, coming out on September 4th.  Unpublished, I’m bouncing between three projects. Two longer single titles and a shorter suspense.

Describe your writing in a sentence. 
Contemporary western suspense.

Do you choose character names or do the characters whisper them in your ears?
They whisper.  Last night, the name Cortez kept repeating in my head. I know who it belongs to, but that book is about six away, so Mr. Cortez is going to have to wait.

Plotter or pans…

The Friday Five - The Author's Exuberant Exhibit

I am wicked bad (as in really bad, not good like the kids with the slang) at titles, right? Today marks one month until The Sky Pirate's Wife hits Amazon and B&N. I want to share with you all things Sky Pirate Wife-y.

The cover:

The blurb: After a tragic airship wreck, Captain Alwin van Buren makes a drastic decision to obtain a wealthy bride in order to save his flagging business. He meets his match in Sophie Barnes, heiress to an airship empire. After he seduces her and ensures their marriage—igniting a rivalry with her godfather—he learns the green-eyed beauty is as headstrong as he is.
Sophie knows Van Buren's reputation based on a series of dime novels written about his adventures. Determined to be more than an end to a means, she despises him for luring her into marriage. In fiction, he's a no-nonsense captain on the verge of piracy, but the flesh-and-blood man wins her heart by proving she's worth more to him than her money.
Their love is threatened when Soph…

Author Interview - Carrie Ann Ryan

As part of the Dust of My Wings Tour we have author Carrie Ann Ryan on the blog today. Big hand, everybody! 
Hi! Thank you so much for having me and my latest book, Dust of My Wings, here!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I think its keeping your mind open to the possibilities of anything. Lily and Shade are as different as you can be. Shade is a 1000-year old warrior angel who would do anything to protect his brethren, while Lily is a human who doesn’t believe in the unbelievable. I want readers to fall in love with my characters, but really, don’t we all? LOL I’m introducing my readers to a group of seven human women, who after a shocking encounter, may not be as human as we thought. I want readers to believe in the unbelievable and fall in love.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
One that I know personally is Rebecca Royce, she gave me that final push to start writing and figure out what was going on with the voices in my …

Weekend Wonders

We went to the Shepherd of the Hills Super Summer Cruise Saturday night, but I didn't take any photos of the cars. Instead I wanted to bug you (pun!) with some photos of the praying mantises that have been hanging out at my house. These are two different ones, but originally I thought they were the same little guy. Clearly not.

In other news, I got pretty much nothing done on the writing front. I did write a prologue for a series I've been thinking about writing for a few months ago. There's a very good chance it sucks and God alone knows when I'll find time to do any more than that because I have other things that need doing, but it came to me and I couldn't help but write it down. So there's that. And I did finish my very first read through of The Turncoat's Temptress. It wasn't as bad as I figured it would be. It wasn't ready to publish, by any means, but there are some workable parts.

The Friday Five - Five Reasons My Back Is Up Over One Interview

I had a different blog post written for today. It was about mythical creatures and it featured horribly crude drawings by yours truly. But when I read an interview knocking self-publishing, I couldn't stop thinking about it. Here's the deets. New York Times Bestselling Author Sue Grafton had an interview published in her native state of Kentucky. Beautiful place, but I'm not sure what all the hype about blue grass is about. Maybe that's another TFF, things that are a “big deal”, but aren't really a big deal if you actually see them.
So today's TFF is about what Ms. Grafton said in her interview. You can read it here. Please return when you have finished, especially if you find yourself incensed by some of the answers to the interview questions.
Back? Great. Let's crack on.
1) I’m sure every writer suffers unkind reviews. What does that have to do with anything? I love my work and I’m happy being challenged.  Oh, likes challenges, does she? Good for her! No…

Author Interview - Kristen Beairsto

What's your book/current WIP about?
In Love Like Krazy, Kit Conner is returning to her hometown to be a bride’s maid for her best friend. But while back home, Kit is forced to confront the secrets from her past. All the while, she finds herself fighting an attraction to Ben Mathews, the older brother of her best friend's groom. Despite knowing little will come of an affair, Kit starts to see Ben as an anchor in her emotional storm.

Care to share your favorite line(s) from your story?
I have two favorite parts of the story. The first is the scene in the excerpt where Ben mistakes Kit for a stripper. The below part is another part I really love. Kit has just snuck into Ben’s house and woken him up. He wants to know how she got into the house.

“You’re talking to a girl who lived in New York for close to seven years,” she stated as though that explained everything.

“Making a living as a lock-pick?” Ben asked dryly as he pulled back to look at her face.

Laughing, Kit shook her head…