Saturday Spotlight Shines on Author Jennifer Denys

Once again I’m thrilled to welcome another fellow Siren author. Jennifer Denys is here today to share a bit about herself and her latest release Chasing Emily. Jennifer has created an entire world where women are a rare commodity, dwindling in numbers with every childbirth. This is actually the second book in her Duoterra series and looks to be just as sizzling as the first.

Before we go any further into talking about the her books, let’s bring Jennifer out to join us here by the pool. The food and drinks are all ready, so grab some of your favorites and and one of the lounge chairs and let’s get started!

 

Are there recurring core issues in your stories?

Oh yes indeed and they go back to me as a reader. The ‘friends who fall in love’ theme is one of my favorites and all six women in the ‘Friends’ and in the ‘Doms’ series fall in love with someone they already know and love.

Why do you think you are drawn to these types of characters/plots again and again?

I have no idea why I love that so much?! As for characters – the heroine is often based on me, my feelings, my needs, my desires. I can then empathize with her. I try to make myself write about someone who is totally out of character for me – and it is hard! The heroine in Chasing Emily is a middle aged woman (like me) with middle aged body issues (like me) who much prefers younger men (like me!).

You and I are very much alike. I’m a middle aged woman with those same body issues and I simply ADORE younger men. Yep. I am a cougar! Fortunately for me, My husband fits the bill. 😉  What are your favorite fiction genres to read from? 

I’ve changed over the years. I used to love historical romance but it kinda went out of fashion (at least here in the UK). I then moved onto the Mills & Boon type romantic fiction but after a few years got bored with it and then I discovered erotic romance! Throughout I’ve always love sci-fi (preferably with romance in it).

What are your favorite non-fiction genres to read from? 

History! And the reason I haven’t attempted any historical novels so far is I know how much research you need to do to get it right!

I love history too. I’m partial to the US Civil War era but I don’t think I could tackle a historical set in that time period. I would love to read more of them though!  Besides reading and writing, what activities do you enjoy in your leisure time? 

For many years my passion was genealogy – my own, other people’s (I researched and wrote up Family Histories on commission), giving workshops in genealogy. These days I don’t have time for it as writing takes up so much of my time (writing, editing, promoting, checking figures/reviews/emails etc etc. A writer’s life is never done). I have plans for a series that will cover 80 years within one family drawing on my expertise in this field – but don’t know when I will get around to that

Now let’s get back to Chasing Emily. In one or two sentences, give the core premise behind your story.

The second in the Duoterra futuristic sci-fi series is set on a planet some sixty years after it has been colonized.  The entire series deals with what happens to that society when women start to die because of childbirth, death and disease and become something of a commodity in an increasingly patriarchal society.

What’s your heroine running away from (literally or figuratively)?

Haha!  Had to laugh at this question since in the book Emily is always running away! In Chasing Emily she is a middle aged woman used to freedom and when she is forced into a marriage she runs away only to be chased by her two lovers – who are at odds with each other.

What obstacles will she encounter in this story? From what I hear, the obstacles abound!

Obstacles include one lover who is jealous of the other, an infuriating judge determined to marry her off to keep her out of trouble, trying to avoid being sent to the state brothel, wolf-cats, spankings, and a dunking in the horse trough!

How many books to you anticipate will be in this series?

I am not entirely sure how many stories will be in the series but I will say the wolf-cats make an increasing appearance, the illness (only briefly mentioned in Chasing Emily) will make a recurrence, and men will get their comeuppance by the end!

What are you working on now?

I’m writing a werewolf BDSM story about an alpha wolf, three betas and a human woman. I am also working on a follow up story to bring together both the Friends & Doms series into one book as they had cross over characters. This one is set ten years on and life didn’t go the way they all expected. Oh and I have  a comedy sci-fi in the works, using one of the common themes of an alien abducting a human woman to be their mate I am a sucker for those types of story, but in this one the alien has ended up with a middle aged woman who is not playing ball and refuses to comply to his demands to take her clothes off – let alone have sex with him!

LOL! That last one in particular sounds like a hoot to write. I can’t wait to read the situations you put the alien and the woman in and their reactions to each other. Can you imagine what the poor alien is thinking when he gets such an uncooperative abductee? What’s coming soon for you? Is it one of those you’ve mentioned here today?

The next book out is my first collaboration. This is with lovely Finnish writer, Susan Laine, and it is an MMF werewolf story set in England and Finland (mostly the latter). We liked the idea of drawing on our mutual European roots for this story. It is due out mid-October through Evernight Publishing.

Fantastic! I’ll keep my eyes out for that one. Make sure you come back and visit with us again…especially when you release the alien abduction novel. 😉 I’m giggling already just picturing the possible situations you will come up for them.  

Thank you for sharing with us today, Jennifer! For those of you who wish to find out more about Chasing Emily, Jennifer will be my guest on Sassy Vixen Publishing blog on October 1st.

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Tentative Release Date for The Island

It looks like November 15th is the release date for The Island. That may change since everything so far is going ahead of schedule. I’ll keep you posted!

 

Thank you all for your support through all of this. It’s been a wild ride so far and I’m looking forward to many more to come!

 

Brightest Blessings!

Tammy

First Round of Edits for The Island…

I was really looking forward to the first round of edits for The Island.  Not only did I run through that manuscript multiple times with a critical eye, I wanted to be sure the lessons I learned from editing For the Love of Quinn came through. I didn’t want to see anymore of those little comment balloons pointing out the ever dreaded head hopping. Oh and don’t get me started with my overuse of the ellipses…

See what I mean?

So imagine my surprise when I opened up the file sent back from my publisher and editor to find very few corrections done to the entire thing! Not only that, but the editor gave me such wonderful words of encouragement stating that I handled the shifts between the characters points of view and also the flashbacks “deftly.” She said my story was “seamless.” Yep. SEAMLESS! I can tell you there was a lot of celebrating around our household that evening.

Today I made the few corrections needed and chose and adult and story excerpt to send back to my publisher. The last time they ended up going with a different adult excerpt, but it’s all good. I had trouble picking the story excerpt this time. I wanted to give a teaser without giving too much away right off the bat. Hopefully it will be the one they like too. I’ll let you know when they put the excerpts up on my Siren author page.

There should be one more round of edits, cover art approval and then the final copy approval all within the next few weeks. November is just around the corner!

I’ve been busy working on The Surrender of Julia throughout all of this too. Since that one has scenes that are also in The Island I have to be sure they flow well and that I don’t change anything other than it’s all going to be through Julia’s eyes now.

Watch for updates and teasers from both books over the next few weeks. Once I get the cover, I’ll get started on the video trailer. I have a rough idea of what I want to have in the video, but it has to go along with the cover. I’ve chosen the music. Now to find the “perfect” images to tell Jake and Quinn’s story.

Until next time, my friends. Brightest Blessings!

 

Saturday Spotlight Shines Brightly On Ann Everett

Welcome to the final stop on author Ann Everett’s tour of my blogs. Today we get to learn a little bit more about her and her latest release You’re Busting My Nuptials. For those of you who’ve followed Ann through her visits of my blogs, you know this book is the second of her Tizzy/Ridge series. From what I’ve read so far, I can’t wait for book three to come out! 

Now, make yourselves at home while I bring Ann out to join us for a drink or two so we can find out a bit more about her sassy Texas self.

 

Besides reading and writing, what do you do in your uh…spare time? I know I know like authors really have any spare time at all, but how do you fill the rest of your day when you aren’t working on your novels?

I’m at an age where I thought I’d have tons of leisure time, but I don’t. My day generally starts around 5:30 am. I take time to look at my emails and answer those I can, then I’m off to my son’s house to help get my four local grandchildren off to school. Once they’re gone, I make beds, do laundry, return umpteen pairs of shoes to their rightful closets, do more laundry, conduct the usual clean-up/straighten up routine, and then more laundry. 

Ah, the dreaded Mt. Laundry! I think we all have one of those. I swear my socks and underwear breed like rabbits.  How about your afternoons? Are they as busy as your mornings?

By early afternoon, I’ll be back at home answering emails, checking social media, blogging, critiquing chapters from the writing site I belong to, or chapters from members of our local group. I’ll try to work in some marketing, by scheduling book signings, or speaking engagements, or meeting with book clubs.

Once all that is done and depending on my husband’s work schedule, it may be evening before I actually sit down to write.

I was wondering when you squeezed in the time to work on your new projects. I’m all worn out listening to you talk about your day. I am definitely not a morning person. How do you fit all of that in? Do you have any time left over for anything else?

As busy as I am each day, I love my life. My grandchildren, ages 13, 10, 7, and 5 (the four who live near me…I have two more who live about 4 hours away) are the biggest joy in my life and the two youngest furnish me with endless dialogue for my character Gracie.

I also serve as director of our local writers’ conference which is held each April, but as anyone familiar with directing a conference knows it’s a full time job. So, part of each day deals with me contacting agents, authors, publishers, etc., trying to entice them to become part of our faculty.

When I do manage to steal a little time for myself and I’m not writing, I love going to movies and flea markets.

So tell us about your book You’re Breaking My Nuptials. What’s the core premise?

I focus on humor and add in a bit of steamy romance, and a light mystery. My main objective is to make you laugh.

When and where does your book take place?

Since I’m a Texas girl, You’re Busting My Nuptials takes place in my real hometown of Brownsboro, Texas. It’s just a spot in the road, with two red lights and one caution light. When I was growing up there, its population was about 400 and now all these years later, it only has about a thousand. The story is set in current time.

I lived in a small town too, but in Michigan. I love small towns but sometimes not so much when the neighbors always want to know your business. I guess that’s what makes for many tales to tell in our books!  

What is the theme at the heart of your story? 

I want to make the reader laugh until they cry. I rarely write a chapter without some humor in it…even my love scenes are funny. My goal is to show small town life. I write with a Texas voice. I don’t think I could write any other way. So, there’s lots of southern sass and Texas twang. Some city slickers may think my characters are cliché, but take my word for it, Pattiecake, Sugarpie, Saint, and all the others are based on people I know who actually go by those names!

I love those names! What message do you hope readers take away from this story?

I’m not really trying to send a message. My books won’t teach you how to grow a herb garden or change the oil in your car. They won’t get you to examine your innermost feelings or convince you to take a stand for any type of cause. I’m trying to furnish the reader with a few hours of entertainment that makes them laugh and lifts their mood, because that’s what laughter does. It’s good for the soul.

Is this book a part of a series?

You’re Busting My Nuptials is the second book in my Tizzy/Ridge Trilogy. The first installment, Laid Out and Candle Lit, came out about a year ago. Nuptials is hot off the presses. It should be available everywhere by September 2oth.

What is the theme of the overall series and how does this story fit into that?

The two main characters are Texas Ranger Ridge Cooper and local girl Tizzy Donovan. The story deals with the cases Ridge investigates and how Tizzy wants to get in on the action, all the while trying to raise a four-year-old daughter and work at her mom’s bakery. Tizzy also has a weird habit of being able to talk to the dead (a very small part of the book), so her first husband, Boone, who was killed in Iraq is also a character via conversations Tizzy has with him.

Will these characters show up in other books in this series?

You’re Busting My Nuptials introduces two new characters. One of Tizzy’s best friends from high school, Synola Harper and Tizzy’s first cousin, Jinx Monroe. These two will definitely be in the last installment. They got rave reviews from all the readers where I post my work for critique. I may even develop a trilogy for the two of them because my readers suggested it.

How many books to you anticipate will be in this series?

My publisher agreed to three. Beyond that, I’m not sure. If my readers want more of the characters, I’ll certainly oblige.

What are you working on now?

Characters, Pattiecake and Sugarpie, local owners of Sweet Thangs bakery, are currently working on a cookbook and I think that will be the next thing published. After that, the third and final installment of the trilogy will be released. However, I am working on a romantic comedy and it’s done, so it may come out before I end the Tizzy/Ridge series. It really depends on my readers and publisher and what they want. The readers of Laid Out and Candle Lit, the first book in the series, have been anxiously waiting for the release of You’re Busting My Nuptials, so they may insist I finish the series before I move on to the romantic comedy.

Do you have a question you’d like to ask the readers to generate comments?

I’d love for your readers to go to my website http://www.anneverett.com and read the first chapter of the third and final trilogy installment. I don’t have a title for this book yet and would invite them to enter the contest to name it. There isn’t a big prize involved other than they will get credit in the acknowledgements of the book when it’s published and receive a signed copy from me.

 

Ann, thank you once again for joining us here today and for taking the time to tour my blogs. Make sure you keep us in mind when the third book comes out. I would love to have you over again!

Make sure you leave a comment for Ann on today’s post and on the other two spots on her tour. Each comment wins you an entry in the contest to win an Amazon gift card. 

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It’s Thursday Thirteen with a Touch of Texas Twang

Welcome to Behind Closed Doors. Today you are in for a real treat. My special guest today is author Ann Everett whose smart and sassy humor shines through in everything she does, especially her writing.  Her current release, You’re Busting My Nuptials is no exception. This is the second book in her trilogy telling the crazy love story between Tizzy and Ridge. To set this up a bit, I thought I would share the video trailer from the first book in the series. Laid Out and Candle Lit.

 

 

 

Now that you know a little more of Tizzy and Ridge’s back story, here are the first thirteen sentences of You’re Busting My Nuptials.

Twenty-four hours ago Tizzy Donovan was naked in Ridge Cooper’s bed, screaming to get God’s attention. She loved everything about Ridge. How his dark hair curled at the nape of his neck when he needed a haircut. Steel blue eyes set against the hard lines of his face. Broad shoulders, thick chest, the way he held the steering wheel of his truck. God, she could see him, standing straight, thumbs hooked in his front jeans pockets, cowboy hat settled just right. The more vivid the image, the hotter she got.

A knock at the door snapped Tizzy from her daydream. She turned from the window, as Matron of Honor, Rayann Tatum, poked her head in. She was holding a large mug and offered it to Tizzy.

“Is he here?” Tizzy gasped, accepting the drink.

Rayann flipped her long blonde hair back and widened her green eyes. “Not yet.”

“He’s not coming.” Tizzy put the cup to her lips and took a big gulp. “Oh my God!

“Sorry, I should have warned you, that’s tequila, not punch.

 

Intrigued? So am I! Right now, this book is only available in print through Amazon, but Ann hopes that by September 20th, all formats will be available through Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords. Look for updates on her website for firm dates.

 

About the Author

Creator of the White-Trash-Face-Lift, halter tops, and beer-bling bracelets, Ann Everett is a fourth generation Texan and award winning author.

Ann grew up in rural small town Brownsboro, which is where her Tizzy/Ridge trilogy takes place. When she was a young girl, she couldn’t imagine anyone wanting to live anywhere but Brownsboro. It’s just a spot in the road, but will always be near and dear to her heart.

For many years, Ann enjoyed doing stand-up comedy for businesses, corporations, and non-profit organizations.

Ann writes laugh-out-loud romance mysteries, with the perfect combination of Southern Sass and Texas Twang.

She lives on a small lake in Northeast Texas with her “current” husband of 45 years, where she’s busy adding to her line of White-Trash beauty and fashion, as well as working on a cookbook and her third novel.

 

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A Sexy Marine Looks for an Escape and finds Love…Oh MY!

Welcome everyone! I have a fantastic treat for you today. Author Kendall McKenna is my guest today sharing her book Waves Break My Fall. Not only did she bring an excerpt that will melt your panties off, she’s agreed to answer questions about her heroes Kage and Zach. Trust me, once you here about them, you will be begging to learn more!

Oh! I nearly forgot. Kendall has one more surprise for one lucky visitor:  a free ebook copy of Waves Break My Fall. All you have to do is follow the directions on at the end of today’s post. It’s easy!

So let’s bring out Kendall and grill her a bit about her two hotties!  Welcome to Behind Closed Doors, Kendall. Why don’t you tell us a bit about yourself?

My name is Kendall McKenna and I write M/M Erotic Romance novels. I’m very partial to U.S. Marines and law enforcement officers so they make up the majority of my characters. Today, I’m going to talk about my second title, Waves Break My Fall.

In one or two sentences, give the core premise behind your story.

A U.S. Marine is home from Afghanistan and he’s not settling back into his life well, so he flees to Puerto Vallarta for a time. While he’s there, he encounters a young man who seems to get what he’s going through and just how to handle it.

When and where does your book take place?

Present day, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

How does the time and setting weave into the plot and persona of the characters?

This story is part of Silver Publishing’s Summer Heat series, so the setting is a huge part of the story. That was part of the submission requirement. The ocean acts almost as a matchmaker for the two heroes, pulling them to the beach so it can push them together. There is even one scene that takes place in the water, and it’s a huge character moment for one hero, and lays the groundwork for the ‘rightness’ of the relationship.

Who is hero #1?

That is Kage. He’s a Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps and less than two weeks out of Afghanistan.

What drives him?

Overall, Kage is driven by duty and honor. He’s good at being a Marine so he’s proud of being a Marine. More immediately, he’s suffering from PTSD, but has only just become symptomatic. He doesn’t feel at home in his own skin, so he can’t settle in at home, and it drives him to flee to Mexico.

What is he running away from (literally or figuratively)?

Kage is running from himself, the well-meaning and loving smothering attention of friends and family, memories, and nightmares.

What obstacles will he encounter in this story?

Kage’s PTSD symptoms are so powerful, and so new, they’re a constant burden for him. He’s also very aware that, while he’s proud to be a Marine and is not ashamed to have done his duty, he’s done some things in combat that would make civilians uncomfortable if they knew. As a result, he holds himself back to an extreme.

What draws him to the hero #2 in this story? What gives him that push away from him?

Immediately, Kage is drawn by simple, basic, primal, sexual attraction. His PTSD and his own insecurities have him pushing away.

What does he need to learn to make the happy ending possible?

Kage needs to learn that he’s worthy of being loved. That the man he’s falling in love with understands him, what he’s had to do, and isn’t horrified by any of it.

That can be a hard thing for anyone to overcome, especially someone who’s had to put his life on the line every moment of every day while in a war zone. What about Kage will make readers sympathetic to him?

He’s aware that he’s damaged, and he very much wants to overcome it, not succumb to it. He is also determined to conquer his issues because these issues stand between him and this wonderful man he’s just met.

So who is this wonderful hero #2?

That would Zach.

What drives him?

Ambition. Zach is a recent college graduate and he has goals and things he wants to achieve. He’s on the cusp of setting his plans into motion.

What is Zach running away from (literally or figuratively)?

He’s running from adulthood. He knows he has to go back at the end of summer and get is life started, but he’s really trying to prolong this period of his life.

Man, I remember that time in my life when it was finally time to stop being a student, put my big girl panties on and join the real world. What obstacles will Zach encounter in this story?

Zach keeps bumping into Kage’s issues! Kage’s PTSD and the emotional barriers he’s thrown up are difficult for Zach to overcome. He’s also got his own issues with past relationships and he’s struggling not to repeat his own mistakes.

What draws him to Kage? What gives him that push away from him?

Zach has the same primal sexual attraction to Kage that Kage has to him. It’s lust at first sight for them both. The push comes from Zach being a physically strong, intelligent, competent, capable, grown man, who likes his partners to be the same. He likes to be dominated in bed, but treated as an equal in life. His past partners haven’t respected that, and Zach is a little gun shy. Kage is about as big an alpha male as you can get, so you can imagine how nervous this makes Zach.

What does he need to learn to make the happy ending possible?

Zach needs to learn that Kage is the man who can dominate him in bed, but has no desire to dominate him in life. Zach has to realize that Kage doesn’t view him as weak because he likes a powerful lover. He also needs to learn that Kage is damaged and is going to be slow to heal, but Kage wants to heal.

What makes Kage infuriating to Zach, if anything?

Nothing. Kage frustrates Zach, because he’s emotionally reserved and a little insecure. Zach doesn’t understand why Kage doesn’t get just how awesome Zach thinks he is.

What makes this hero hot and lovable?

Zach is smart and sensitive and intuitive. He’s a tall, handsome man in a more traditional way, maybe a softer way than Kage is.

What about him will make readers sympathetic to him?

He’s a little bit embarrassed by his own sexual desires and it makes him endearing. He’s just so sensitive toward, and accommodating of, Kage’s issues, it’s hard not to love him.

Is the oppositional force in this story more external or internal or a little of both?

It’s all internal for them both. The ocean and Zach’s friends are all pushing these two together, but their own issues are the only real oppositional forces.

What is the theme at the heart of your story?

It’s about progress, not perfection. The right person will make you want to be a better person.

What message do you hope readers take away from this story?

Love yourself, warts and all, and others will love you, too.

That’s a lesson we all need to take to heart. It sounds like it would be the simplest thing in the world, but it is so much easier said than done. Is this book a part of a series?

Nope. It’s a one-off.  And that’s a complete lie! A lot of reviews have asked to find out what happens when Kage and Zach get home, and that’s a story I can tell. Zach’s new job and Kage dealing with PTSD is truly an entire story itself. Now, ask me if I have time to write it!

Oh I know all too well having way too many things to do and not enough time to do them in. I’m sure you will find the time at some point. Something tells me that Kage and Zach won’t let you keep them on the back burner for too long. What is the theme of the overall series and how does this story fit into that?

Relationships are hard. You have to want to do the work, you have to compromise, and you have to give more than you take.

Will these characters show up in other books in this series?

If I write it, yes, it will be all Zach and Kage Part II.

How many books do you anticipate will be in this series?

That depends on how much of their story these two tell me at any given time. It’s up to them.

What are you working on now?

I’m winding up the sequel to Brothers In Arms, and I’m about to start work on a special submission call I was asked to provide to MLR Press. It’s got a newly awakened Ancient Vampire and a newly re-born Ancient Warrior. They’re thrown together in the middle of combat in Afghanistan and for some reason, would rather make love than war. 😉

What’s coming soon?

Marine Corps Werewolves, a story called The Strength of the Pack. Also, the Ancient Vampire battling it out with the Ancient Warrior.

Wow! Paranormal Marines? Count me in! For those who want to pick up their own copy of Waves Break My Fall, where can they find it?

It’s available from Silver Publishing, but is also carried at Amazon, B&N, and ARe. Just click on the book cover at the beginning of the post, and you will be taken right to Silver Publishing’s website.

Let’s not forget. One lucky person will win a free copy of the book by following the directions in the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post. A winner will be chosen randomly on September 14th and Kendall will contact you with your prize! But before we get there, Kendall has one more treat for us. I know you’ve all been patiently waiting, so without further adieu…

Adult Excerpt

“I’m going to get you ready,” he whispered.

“I don’t need much.” Zach lifted his hips.

Kage shushed him, placing open-mouthed kisses along Zach’s jaw. Zach tilted his head back, seeking Kage’s lips. Kage kissed Zach, licking deep into his mouth. They were both breathing heavily now and the sound was loud in the otherwise quiet room.

Reaching into the drawer of the bedside table, Kage withdrew a small lube bottle and a condom. He steadied Zach with a hand on his hip and slid his fingers into Zach’s ass. If it was possible, Zach was even hotter than he had been earlier. His body opened easily for Kage’s fingers.

Twisting his wrist, Kage spread the slick inside of Zach’s tight channel. He slid his fingers out and pushed them back in to the last knuckles. Zach pushed back against him and groaned. Picking up the lube bottle again, Kage eased his fingers out of Zach’s hole.

“I’m good, I’m ready.” Zach gasped, looking over his shoulder as Kage added lube to his fingers.

“Not as ready as I want you to be,” replied Kage, pushing two slick fingers back into Zach’s ass.
Zach groaned like he was in pain and Kage almost stopped moving. “You’re gonna fucking kill me.”
Kage laughed softly. He worked his fingers in and out of Zach’s hole, ensuring a slick glide for his cock. This time, he pressed his fingertips downward into that firm gland he could find easily now.

“Oh, fuck,” Zach cried. He clutched at the pillow beneath him. “Kage.” His harsh whisper sounded like a plea.
Kage kissed the base of Zach’s spine. “I’ve got you.”

Withdrawing his fingers again, Kage lubed three of them this time. He pushed his fingers into Zach’s clenching hole, and it was like Zach’s body was drawing him in. He twisted his fingers and massaged Zach’s gland. This time, Zach shuddered violently.

“Oh, god!” Zach pleaded, “Now, please, Kage. I need you.”

Zach’s desperation hit Kage like a body blow. Blood surged into his own cock, and he was overwhelmed with the need to be inside of Zach. He eased his fingers from Zach’s hole and reached for the condom.

Struggling with trembling fingers, Kage rolled the condom onto his own hard cock. “Hold yourself open for me,” he said, trying to remember to breathe.

Zach pushed the pillow aside and drew up one knee. He hooked his arm behind his knee and pulled his leg higher, spreading his ass wide. Kage lay himself down on top of Zach, wanting to feel his heat.

“You’re so fucking gorgeous.” Kage breathed against the back of Zach’s neck. His cock ached, and he was desperate to push himself into Zach’s heat.

Reaching between their bodies, Kage lined himself up with Zach’s hole and flexed his hips. He pushed inward, slipping into Zach’s body. He groaned at the feel of Zach surrounding him and taking him in.

Zach fisted his free hand in the bedclothes. He moaned loudly, lifting his hips as if to get more of Kage’s cock inside. Kage braced his hands on either side of Zach and gave a hard thrust of his hips. He slid deep into Zach’s ass.

“Kage!” Zach’s cry was a desperate plea.

Once again, thank you for coming and sharing your writing and yummy heroes with us today, Kendall. I hope you will come back very soon and share your next release with us! Now for the contest. Some browsers will not show the full contest widget. Don’t worry! If you click on the link, it will take you directly to another page so you can get your entries. The only part of the Rafflecopter you have to do is leave a comment.  Make sure you leave your comment BEFORE you leave the page, just in case. 😉 The other ways to get entries are totally optional. At the end of the contest period, one winner will be chosen randomly from all the entries. I will post the winner here and Kendall will contact you will your prize!

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Behind Closed Doors Welcomes author K.B. Lever

Normally you would find ADULTS ONLY listed for all of my posts in this blog. I have to do that because there is explicit adult content throughout this website/blog. I write erotic romance and erotica and I don’t apologize for it. It’s my chosen genre for this pen name. That doesn’t mean from time to time I won’t host authors who write books that sort of fall in the gray zone.  My guest today is one of those. K.B. Lever writes paranormal suspense that does appeal to a young adult audience, but does have a bit of a dark side that appeals to adults. So before I go any further, I must warn any visitors.  

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K.B. Lever

 

Okay, now that we have that out of the way please help me welcome author K.B. Lever to Behind Closed Doors. It’s her turn to be under the spotlight this week to answer questions about herself, what motivates her as a writer and to talk about her brand new release Manipulating the List, the first book in her Immortal Companions series. When she’s not writing, Ms. Lever is a paramedic for a large municipality in North Carolina.  Since my “evil day job” is that of a full-time veterinarian, I know full well how hard it is to juggle a family, work and writing. If anything, it does give us more material for our stories!

Gather around my friends and let’s bring out our guest and get to know her a bit better, shall we?

What inspires you to write?

Writing has always been a lifelong passion of mine. From poetry to fiction, it brings me sheer enjoyment, relaxation, and a sense of accomplishment. The idea that people want to read my work, share my stories, and are excited to talk and meet with me, simply blows my mind! I love it! Setting an example for my daughter and entertaining my fans and readers are truly what inspire me to write.

Do your stories tend to be character driven or plot driven?
I am a very open and free-minded writer. I don’t do much pre-planning for my writing. I form a very lose idea about the major twists and turns of the book and then let the characters make their way to them. I guess that would make me more plot driven.

Do you listen to music while writing? What kinds of music work best for you? Do different types of music help you for different types of scenes?
I prefer to work better in silence. I find a comfortable spot around my home or at a beautiful outdoor location and let the words flow. With the radio on, I find myself singing the songs and typing the lyrics.

Tell us about the different types of characters you like to write about? Why are these types so appealing to you?
My favorite character to use thus far is Katherine from my Immortal Companion Series. She’s a little bit clumsy, a sarcastic sense of humor, and a little fearful. I like to develop a character that people can relate to. Since I like to write from the main character’s perspective, it helps that person to dive in and picture themselves doing what she’s doing and thinking what she’s thinking. My favorite type of story is one where the reader is pulled into the story, not simply reading the words.

In what ways are your characters like you? In what ways are your characters not like you?
I think in any story you write the characters each have a small part of you. Take for example, Manipulating the List. Katherine and I are extremely similar—sarcastic, clumsy, a hopeless romantic, and fearful of the unknown, but willing to give it a try. Jonathan, the Collector, is very playful and childlike a strong part of my personality that I hope not to lose the older I get. Liam shows the inside of my heart. He is what I believe a prince should be in a happily ever after type of story. Jennifer is the newly formed close friendship that is formed in the middle of tragedy. She shows the loyalty of a close friendship and how I would treat my friends should they ever run into trouble. To develop a great character, instead of a good character, you have to recognize a little of yourself in each of the characters. It’s important to relate, for the readers and writers.

What are your favorite fiction genres to read from?
I prefer to stay in the YA, Romance, Fantasy, and General Fiction lately, mainly because I’m writing a series that fits into all of those genres. It helps to know the audience you’re trying to target. I learn what they like and what they don’t like by watching the mainstream titles that fall into these genres.

What are your favorite non-fiction genres to read from?
I don’t read many non-fiction books. I like to read as an escape and fiction is better for my getaways! I find non-fiction events that I read about give me a launching pad to make my own story.
Who are some of your favorite authors and why do you think they appeal so much to you?
I have one favorite author in particular. Nicholas Sparks. That man is a genius! He somehow manages to pull at every one of my heartstrings with each of his novels. I’m a fool for fictional romance, but not too mushy or overly sexual stuff. He seems to write it perfectly, every time!

What kinds of stories are your comfort reads when you are sick or feeling low?
My comfort reads would be things in the fantasy genre. Take for example the Twilight Series. Obviously the characters cannot exist in real life. It gives me a world to escape to from my own reality for as long as I care to indulge.

Who is your favorite all time heroine? Why do they resonate so well with you?
Scarlet OHara. I absolutely can relate to the person she became and her “Failure is not an option” personality. She was stubborn, outgoing, and dedicated to success.

Who inspires you and why? (loved ones, friends, authors, public figures, historical figures, actors, teachers etc)
Inspires me in my general life? My parents, my grandparents, and my daughter. It’s amazing when you grow up and realize exactly how much you are like your parents! (The one thing we all said we would avoid!) My parents showed a tremendous dedication to one another throughout my entire life. They led by example, disciplined as needed, and loved me with the true definition of unconditional love. My grandparents, of course showed the same things as my parents, but also added in a very strong religious background. My daughter, Ava, who is only three, is the main reason I have learned patience, understanding, and reevaluated every aspect of my life. FAMILY. It is extremely important!

Besides reading and writing, what activities do you enjoy in your leisure time?
What’s your day job? Do you like it? Why or why not? How has your job affected your personal development? How has it affected your writing life?
I try to find new things to experience every week. I’m constantly scanning the newspapers, magazines, and Internet for new things to take my daughter to. I always learned by doing and my daughter seems to have the same learning style. I enjoy horseback riding, motorcycle riding, traveling, visiting with friends, comedy clubs, reading, coffee houses, and fishing. My next adventure I’m planning involves standup paddle boarding! I’m overly excited!

At my full-time job, I work third shift for a large municipality on an ambulance. I’m a paramedic and have been working in the EMS field since I was 18. I started my career as an EMT/Firefighter and progressed through the ranks to make a Lieutenant position in the Fire department (before the birth of my daughter). With further education, I became a Paramedic Crew Chief at the ambulance service. My compassion and my patience are reinforced every day I go to work. I see a lot of things in my field that most will never see. I think it helps to tell a good story. Any experience you can relate to for a story makes it more vivid for a reader.

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In one or two sentences, give the core premise behind your story.
Katherine is friends with an entity similar to Death (Jonathan aka. the Collector). He collects souls and tells Katherine about every person he collects until the day Katherine’s name appears on his list. Katherine must escape death while running from the law, falling in love, and fleeing from state to state and country to country.

When and where does your book take place?
The book takes the reader on travels around the world, but is mainly based in the United States and Australia. It takes you on a journey to places like North and South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, California, and multiple locations in Australia such as Hobart and Port Arthur.

How does the time and setting weave into the plot and persona of the characters?
The times and settings transition the characters through very different styles of life. Some of the events included in the story are based off of real life; large incidents that actually took place in history.

Who is the heroine?
Our beloved Katherine Elizabeth Sheppard. You’ll see her life transition from the age of 6 to 22.

What drives her?
What better to drive a heroine than her heart? She feels the need to help her best friend and stay with the love of her life.

What is she running away from (literally or figuratively)?
She wishes she could run away! This is where my story differs. She isn’t running away from anything, she’s running toward it. Katherine must assist the Collector in collecting souls. She has to help him find the next victims, meet them at the proper collection time, and hand them over to Jonathan.

So she has to do this in order to keep Jonathon from getting to her on the list…that has to be maddening for her at times.

What obstacles will she encounter in this story?
Katherine has to travel throughout multiple locations, run from the police, save her best friend, protect her love, and stay alive!

What draws her to the hero in this story? What gives her that push away from him?
Depends who you want to call the hero in the story. Is it her best friend or is it her heart’s true love? Jonathan or Liam?

This is where I’m partial. 😉 My muse/husband’s name is Liam so he is and will always be the hero for me. So when I see a character with his name, I automatically see him in that light. Hope he is that in your book!

What about her will make readers sympathetic toward Katherine?
The entire novel is an inner struggle within herself. Should she compromise her morals and assist in killing people simply to stay alive or should she allow herself to die and be transitioned into the afterlife? I believe everyone faces an inner struggle at some point in his or her life. Everyone eventually experiences death. It’s a struggle that everyone should be able to understand.

Is there a villain? Who is he? What’s he like? Why is he/she the way they are? What motivates him/her to cause oppositional force to the characters? Without giving any spoilers, can you give a hint as to what sort of opposition he/she gives to the main characters?
There are multiple villains in Manipulating the List. I don’t want to give much away, so I’ll refrain from saying much more.

Oh! You are such a tease!

What is the theme at the heart of your story?
Living your life to the fullest. Enjoying what you have.

What message do you hope readers take away from this story?
This story isn’t made to send a strong message. It’s simply made for entertainment. I want the story to end and the reader to be scrambling to find the 2nd book (which is set to release in Feb – if not sooner.)

Is this book a part of a series?
Yes, It’s the Immortal Companion Series. It’s a set of 3. Book 2 is currently in the works with about 5 chapters completed and I’m hoping to have it ready for release in Feb. 2013. We may press the date forward if we don’t get bogged down by the upcoming holidays.

What is the theme of the overall series and how does this story fit into that?
The theme changes slightly through each of the books, but unfortunately the books are so tightly woven to one another that I really can’t tell you much about the rest of the series for fear of ruining the first book! I’m really excited about the rest of the series. I thought book 1 was excellent, but really they’re only getting better as we go along!

Will these characters show up in other books in this series?
Absolutely!

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the Immortal Companion Series, but also am working on a YA romance novel that I hope to release in late 2013. I have a title picked, but I want to wait until the book gets a little further along to release it.

I’d like to add a general comment. Please provide feedback for my novels. I love to hear what my reader’s opinions are. Good or bad, they will help me become a better writer.

 

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Karen! I look forward to the next books in your Immortal Companions series and invite you to visit again with us soon.

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