Friday, February 5, 2016

Throwback Thursday With LeTeisha Newton and Michelle Monkou

Each Thursday LeTeisha Newton and I have exchanged Q&A that will give a peek into our lives and our books, Kissed By A Warrior and LeTeisha's One Hour Girl.

Make sure you join the FB Release Day Party for the books HERE!


Kissed By A Warrior

Kissed By A Warrior is a romantic adventure set in post-modern Japan, where the criminal elements compete for the allegiance of a particular warrior, Kenzo Tenaka, because of his special gift.

Ken vows to protect his family and his true love, Nyah Reyes. But he must learn to navigate within the strict order of the clans or face the consequences of their displeasure.

As danger looms, Ken is forced to choose between duty or love. However, Nyah refuses to lose her warrior to ancient customs and clansmen’s whims.  Will they become a united front and face war or go their separate ways to maintain peace?

LeTeisha: What pet name does your family call you?
Michelle: Some members of my family call me Mich, but if an acquaintance or stranger randomly shortened my name, I’d probably get an eye twitch.

LeTeisha: What was your favorite show as a kid?
Michelle: Charlie’s Angels – I liked Jaclyn Smith and her character – Kelly Garrett.

LeTeisha: What movie song do you know ever word to?
Michelle: Any song in Sound of Music or Grease. I even know the dance steps.

LeTeisha: Who was your first crush?
Michelle: Crush in high school…? Heck, I can’t remember any names. As far as celebrity crush, well, I’m learning pretty quick that icons are crashing and burning. So I’ll just say that I don’t have any crushes.

LeTeisha: Did your mother say your whole name when you were in trouble?
Michelle: No. She only needed to say my first name for me to know, in that special tone, that I’d done something wrong.






One Hour Girl
He thinks I’m his forever girl, I saw it in his eyes. I wished I could have slapped the look off his face and hit him with the same jarring finality I’d learned I didn’t mean shit.

I’m not a forever sort of girl.

I’m not even his for the night.

He’ll be lucky if I’m his for the next hour if he doesn’t pay me for it.

And then Royce Mattherson stormed my defenses. Took all the poison inside of me and pushed it out through my pores. He tasted the taint on my skin and still decided to love me. He terrifies me. 

Exhilarates me. Frustrates me.

And he always gets what he wants

Always

Add it to your TBR Pile Now!


Michelle:  Do you have a nickname? Or did you ever want a nickname?
LeTeisha: Unfortunately, yes. I’ve had two in my life, one I loved and one that made me cringe when I heard it as a grown woman LOL. When I was a kid my uncle called me Newy Lou, a play of my last name, Newton. It, thankfully, took over Booby (from my mother). My second nickname stuck with me all through life. It’s Hazel, because of my eyes. Only problem, of course, was that there were people that didn’t know what my real name was LeTeisha. My dad HATED that when they called me and asked for Hazel while I was growing up.

Michelle: Favorite hobbies when you were a teenager?
LeTeisha: Got to say it was reading and gaming. I was a serious bookworm and nerd. If it was a fantasy novel or an RPG I was there. From Carey to Tolkien, or Feehan and Showalter, I was reading it. If it had anything to do with Final Fantasy or Kingdom Hearts I was addicted to playing it. Wait…I still do that. So, yeah LOL. Major nerd over here. Oh, that an Anime. I love Anime.

Michelle: Favorite movie(s) that you could watch on repeat?
LeTeisha: A lot of people don’t seem to remember The Fifth Element starring Gary Oldman, Bruce Willis, Mila Jovovich, and Chris Tucker. It was a Fantasy/Sci-Fi movie that I watched on serious repeat for years. I still can watch that movie at anytime, anyplace, and I don’t apologize for it.

Michelle: What did teachers write as your “needs improvement?”
LeTeisha: I was one of those students that everything came easy for. I was an International Baccalaureate (#IBProblems!) that didn’t have to study ever. So, my problem was procrastination. Why do the 5 page paper early when I could write it in no time the day it was due? Come on, college was a breeze after IB. Seriously.

Michelle: When did you know that writing was the career you wanted?

LeTeisha: I knew that in high school. I kept writing books in these spiral notebooks, and my mom gave me an old computer to type out what I wrote when I was ready. I loved creating stories, and everyone in my class would steal my notebooks to read in class. It was a game at how many people would like my story by the end of the day when I finally got my book back.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Make Someone Happy -- Author Sophia Knightly

My motto for 2016 is…”Make someone happy.”

Thank you for having me on your blog today, Michelle! In my personal and professional life, I’ve found that I’m happiest and feeling most fulfilled when I can do something to make someone happy. And that brings me to the reason I love writing romances. Not surprisingly, it fits in neatly with my motto for 2016. My greatest wish as a writer is to entertain readers with a story that will make them feel good at the end, one that exalts the human spirit and the belief that love is the most powerful, exciting, healing emotion of all.

We live in times that are challenging in so many ways. One way to escape the everyday grind is to indulge in a book that takes us on an emotional journey with a satisfying happily-ever-after for the characters we begin to root for from the first page.

It’s exciting to create flawed but loveable characters, thrust them on a journey of self-discovery and watch them fall in love—often against their will. Such is the case with Isabel and Linc’s love story in Wooed by You. I loved writing this book because Detective Linc Heller is a big, tough cop who is man enough to show his tender side when it comes to wooing the reluctant Isabel, who has valid reasons to push him away. The push and pull between these two stubborn characters was sometimes amusing, often frustrating, but ultimately hot and heartwarming! I hope you will enjoy the latest addition to my Tropical Heat Series in Wooed by You, the book that precedes all others in the series. 


Wooed by You blurb:

His hot pursuit was her undoing... 

Single mom Isabel Garcia's blood runs cold when an innocent dig in her garden unearths evidence of her late husband's criminal activity, one she knew nothing about! With her heart in her throat, she calls narcotics detective Linc Heller, and faces another shock-- her wild attraction to the hot detective.

Yet Linc's perilous profession makes him unsuitable as a potential husband and stepfather. Protecting her little daughter from further heartache, Isabel vows to avoid Linc. But the alpha lieutenant is determined to woo the elusive Latin beauty and show her some risks make life worth living. 

TROPICAL HEAT SERIES - Each book can be read as a STANDALONE.
Wooed by You: Linc and Isabel
Wild for You: Clay and Marisol
Sold on You: Marcos and Gabriela
Kissed by You: Alex and Georgiana

Wooed by You buy links:

Amazon US: http://bit.ly/1g8txU6

Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/1M9SwVp
iBooks: http://apple.co/1ibFx96
Nook: http://bit.ly/1LG2oDs
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/






SOPHIA KNIGHTLY – BIO

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author, Sophia Knightly cooks up hot romance and delicious humor in her sexy contemporary romances that pair hot, alpha heroes with strong, smart women and throw them on a challenging emotional journey. Traditionally published by St. Martin's Press, Kensington, and Samhain Publishing, her popular Tropical Heat Series and Heartthrob Series have consistently been on multiple best selling lists and sold over 150,000 copies.

Sophia loves writing books that end with a sigh and a smile. In addition to traveling, foodie adventures, and the arts in all forms, one of her favorite pastimes is simply watching people--especially those in love!

Write to her at: sophiaknightly@gmail.com
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Book Trailers:

WILD FOR YOU Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/XtVlFBdaHvs
SOLD ON YOU Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/X20NbJElrvM
GRILL ME, BABY Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/6Y07iUPt3rg

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sinful Eats and Drinks From Kissed By A Warrior and One Hour Girl

Welcome to the first installment of #SinfulEatsandDrinks! Each Wednesday you will enjoy some delicious treats and drinks enjoyed from my book, Kissed by a Warrior, and author LeTeisha Newton's One Hour Girl.

Kissed By A Warrior is a romantic adventure set in post-modern Japan, where the criminal elements compete for the allegiance of a particular warrior, Kenzo Tenaka, because of his special gift. 

Ken vows to protect his family and his true love, Nyah Reyes. But he must learn to navigate within the strict order of the clans or face the consequences of their displeasure.

As danger looms, Ken is forced to choose between duty or love. However, Nyah refuses to lose her warrior to ancient customs and clansmen's whims.  Will they become a united front and face war or go their separate ways to maintain peace?

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JAPANESE SUSHI



One Hour Girl

Add it to your TBR pile, right now.

He thinks I’m his forever girl, I saw it in his eyes. I wished I could have slapped the look off his face and hit him with the same jarring finality I’d learned I didn’t mean shit.

I’m not a forever sort of girl.

I’m not even his for the night.

He’ll be lucky if I’m his for the next hour if he doesn’t pay me for it.

And then Royce Mattherson stormed my defenses. Took all the poison inside of me and pushed it out through my pores. He tasted the taint on my skin and still decided to love me. He terrifies me. Exhilarates me. Frustrates me.

And he always gets what he wants.

Always.