Friday, January 29, 2016

Meet Doris O'Connor-- Author of Sensual, Sassy, & Sexy Romantic Tales


Here's Doris O'Connor popping in from the U.K. to hang with us, as we get a peek into her writer life.
Please finish the sentence "Writing sexy romance stories makes me happy because ...."
I get to go on the journey with my characters, immerse myself in their lives and fall in love at the same time they do. It’s such a privilege to do that J
What's a memorable fan experience/feedback that touched your heart?
I recall a review I received for my story Through the Dom’s Lens, in which the reader thanked me for writing a story about a full figured lady, and for getting it right. She could utterly identify with my heroine’s insecurities, and that need to be loved for her. For someone to see past the body and to see the beautiful woman inside.
It made me sniff, I have to say.
If you could be the casting director for your current/upcoming release, who would play your hero and heroine?
Ah now, my last release was Auctioned to the Protective Dom, and there is only one man who could play Master Jonas and that is Alexander Skarsgard. He was, in fact the visual inspiration for him J
Shannyn Sossamon would make a good Rissa, I reckon.
Do you listen to music or watch TV while you write? If so, what's on your playlist? If not, you can answer -- what are a few of your favorite TV shows?
I can’t listen to music when I write, but I do have a number of fav TV shows.
At the moment I’m utterly obsessed with Grey’s Anatomy. My oldest son got me into it and I’m binge watching on Amazon like a crazy person. Such a brilliant show.
True Blood was a must see when it was on, and I’m quite enjoying Tyrant. We are nearing the end of season 2 in the UK right now.
Vikings is another favourite. I loved Downton Abbey, and we’re firm fans of Dr. Who and Sherlock Holmes in this house.
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Author Bio
Doris is a writer of sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get.  From contemporary to paranormal, Sci-fi, BDSM, F/F, M/M, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.

Happily married for the last twenty-five years, she lives with her husband and their brood of nine in a far too small house filled with love, laughter, and chaos.

Stalk her in these places.

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Monday, January 25, 2016

Starlight: A Falling Stars Novel -- Xio Axelrod



Welcome to author Xio Axelrod


What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2016?

XIO: Now that I have my Indie career underway, I plan to start querying. It’s part of my grand plan to become a hybrid author. I would love to be able to bring my stories to a wider audience.
In addition to that nerve-wracking move, which includes polishing a few manuscripts, I have several releases planned this year; two novellas and two full-length novels.

Can you describe your emotions on seeing your books in the hands of your readers?

XIO: It is truly indescribable. As you know, I’m also a songwriter and vocalist. I spend a year or more writing songs and recording them. When I release an album, EP, or single, I rarely get reviews or feedback. It’s so different with my writing. Readers are very forthcoming with their opinions, good and bad, and I love it. Even if someone hates what I’ve written, I consider it a result. If I’ve triggered a strong emotion, I consider my job accomplished. (Assuming they hate it for the right reasons, of course.) And when they love it, when they tell me how many times they’ve had to read one of my books, or that they read it in one sitting and are begging for the next one, that’s just an incredible feeling for me. If I can move someone with my words, my characters, I am fulfilled as a writer. I’m always surprised by it. I hope I always will be.

What are special qualities and characteristics about your hero and heroine? Any special significance to their names? 

XIO: Starlight, which is book two in my Falling Stars Series, is the conclusion of a story that began three years ago on my blog. The concept behind Sam and Valerie’s story is one that has fascinated me for a long time. I’ve never been celebrity-obsessed, but the idea behind celebrity fascinates me, especially when it comes to love and relationships. They’re people, just like us, and they’re flawed. They make bad decisions. They do perfectly normal, human things like fall in love with the wrong people. Only, they’re under constant scrutiny. Every word, every action, is thrust under a microscope. They’re held to impossibly high standards. My Sam is a throwback to an earlier era - think Paul Newman, Robert Redford – he’s old school. Val is a daughter of the new millennium. They’re complete opposites on the surface, but only on the surface.

What's your favorite snack to go along with (feel free to name) book or movie that you look forward to reading/seeing in 2016?

XIO: I’m one of thousands of people suffering from Outlander withdrawal. (My Calum Series was inspired by the books and the Starz series.) I think the show returns in April, which is stupidly far away. When I’m writing in the Calum universe, or watching my Outlander DVDs, I usually have a cup of tea (Brodie’s) and a bit of Walker’s shortbread or
 whisky fudge. I like to immerse myself in Scottish culture, complete with a tartan throw.


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AUTHOR BIO

Xio Axelrod, is an award-winning author of love stories, contemporary romance and (what she likes to call) strange, twisted tales. She also writes erotica and women’s fiction. Xio grew up in the music industry and began recording at a young age. When she isn’t writing stories, she can be found in the studio, writing songs, or performing on international stages (under a different, super-secret name of course). She lives in Philadelphia with one full-time husband and one part-time cat.
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Sunday, January 24, 2016

My World of Netflix and Books -- as of 1/23

This past week I enjoyed a few shows that I'd already viewed on Netflix. I'm on the second round of the Supernatural series. Can't get enough of those Winchester brothers. I'm a Team Dean fan.

But I'm also rewatching Sherlock for the third or fourth time. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman are great complementary actors who have solidified this contemporary interpretation for our hearts. Must add that the series was the perfect kickoff for the Christmas special: The Abominable Bride.

But the most memorable series for the week has been the British Gangsters: Faces Of The Underworld that showcases 14 episodes of the notorious crime lords and members of the various factions from the 60s through 80s and 90s. Heck, some might still be all caught up in the underworld. As these "characters" talked with smiles and misshapen noses, scars, and knitted bones, it was easy to forget that the stories were not fireside chats about a fantastical tale, but instead a confessional of injury, mayhem, and murder. Warning: the accents for the non-Brits might give your ear a workout in deciphering what exactly is being said. Still, the series does hold the attention.

As for the movies vs series shows, I saw Bruce Lee's first major movie--The Big Boss. You can see the potential of what was to come from this blossoming action star. And he solidified the superhero as a normal regular guy without special powers who through the right motivation (someone dishonoring his family) could kick ass if  needed to balance the scales of justice.

And then I have to show love to Donnie Yen's Kung Fu KillerReleased from prison, a kung-fu expert (Donnie Yen) tries to help the police find a vicious serial killer (Wang Baoqiang) who targets martial-arts masters.


Yen always pays homage to the martial arts--Wing Chun--that brought global attention to the movies coming out of Hong Kong and China.  For this movie, he won the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Fight Choreography and when you see the various fight sequences, you'll understand why he deserved the honor.

So what did I read this week? I seem to be stuck in the young adult fiction world. But it's not a bad place to hang for a while.

I finished another installment of Jennifer Estep's Mythos Academy series--Midnight Frost. I'm hooked on the series. It's one of those compulsions that I must complete the series because there is always another book to read. At least I'm at the tail end of it--I think. And now I'm just curious how it will wrap up. I have Killer Frost queued up for the next read.

After finishing up The Maze Runner series, I immediately jumped on to James Dashner's Eye Of The
Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, Book One).  Starting a new series isn't always a smooth jump for me. My brain is still debating the story elements in the previous series. But I plowed through and let myself patiently get into the rhythm of this new series. I have to say that Dashner can write the heck out of a fight scene. It's vivid and realistic. Those scenes and what they revealed about the characters' and their journeys were worth picking up this book. And yes, I'm ready to move onto the next book--The Rule of Thoughts.

So until next week, Netflix and Read.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Celebrate With Debut Author Kaia Danielle

Let's meet debut author Kaia Danielle:


What are you looking forward to accomplishing in 2016? 
Kaia: Writing my first full-length novel. Paying off my credit card. Getting rid of this gut. Learning how to sew my own wardrobe. Applying to (and hopefully attending) a writing residency in Martha’s Vineyard.

Can you describe your emotions on selling or seeing your first book published?
Kaia: Bewildered. In awe of myself. The “cha cha cha cha” moment when Celie got her childhood home back in The Color Purple. CeCe Peniston’s “Finally, It’s Happened To Me.” Relief.

What are special qualities and characteristics about your hero and heroine? Any special significance to their names?
Kaia: Kamaria’s name means “changes like the moon” in Swahili. I’ve been wanting to name a heroine that since I first saw it years ago. My favorite Kamaria line goes something like “I fell off the wagon. Now let me figure out how to climb back on it.” I love that she is determined to face her demons head on.

I was looking for an Italian last name for Jack. I chose Alderisi because it is similar to my maiden name. I chose the first name Jack because a strong, straight to the point man needs a strong, short and to the point name. Jack is my ode to the too nice for his own good guy who tend to get overlooked in real life.

What's your favorite snack to go along with (feel free to name) book or movie that you look forward to reading/seeing in 2016?
Kaia: Sangria. Most anticipated releases for 2016 are Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins and Captain America: Civil War.


Calling Her Bluff (Entangled Lovestruck):
Available on Amazon and at other digital retailers

He wasn’t the score she was looking for...

Romance author Kamaria Wilson came to Las Vegas with nothing to lose. A one-night stand with a delicious man is just the distraction she needs…until one night with him doesn’t feel like enough. Panicked, she skips out on the morning-after encore and hides out at the poker tables.

After his hot one-night stand goes MIA, security specialist Jack Aldirisi is sure he’ll never see her again. But when he’s called in to the casino for an unexpected “special assignment,” Lady Luck smiles down on Jack. For the rest of the weekend, he’ll be by his missing woman’s side.

She insists their powerful connection is nothing more than sex. He begs to differ. And this time, he’s calling her bluff.

Author bio:
Kaia Danielle writes romance, women’s fiction and a graphic novel that is resisting the revision process. She tweets about being a Jersey Girl in South Georgia and popular culture in general on her @kaiawrites handle. She is an alum of the VONA writing workshop.

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