NEW WEBSITE & BLOG!!

31 08 2008

I am posting this as I have a brand spanking new website unveiling tonight and my blog is now being moved there. Check it out: http://authorrainedelight.com

This means all my blogging is at the website and you can get glimpses of excerpts and whatnot as well. Hope to see you there!





New Banner is debuted!

29 08 2008

I have just received my brand new banner and I have to throw myself in front of Marteeka Karland for the wonderful work she did. I also want to thank my Promotional Manager, Phoenix for finding the perfect Fairy pic. :)

Isn’t it a beaut???? Now if I can get the dang thing to animate on my blog on the top I will be in heaven!





New changes coming!

28 08 2008

Ok I had to blurt it out and announce some changes coming. I have been wanting a new website for ages now that reflect who I am as a writer and voila! I found someone who will work with me and see my vision of what I see in  my head *though the voices are about to kjill me here*. So coming soon is a brand new website with a new domain name since yahell refuses to change owners to me (a friend bought my first one and has had problems setting it u p so I can own it). So once I get all the particulars and the ok to unveil it, then you will hear all about it. It is a wordpress theme based site and I was told very simple to navigate and use. WOO HOO! I can not wait to see what Celia Kyle designs for me and I hope you check out her brand new site just for this at www.getcesigned.com

She is also my fabulous designer of my Fiery Magic cover so I am hooked on Celia’s designs. *passes Celia her bribe*. :)

I look forward to sharing the newest chapter in my evolution as a writer and I look forward to hearing your comments once the website is live!





In the Spotlight: Kelley Heckert

26 08 2008

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.

Ravenwolf is the sequel to Of Water and Dragons, which continues the story of Ambiorix and Nemu. Their idyllic life is shattered when spiteful goddesses seek to destroy Nemu, forcing her to confront a past life filled with betrayal, loss and revenge. These goddesses join forces with a renegade Roman legion led by Ambiorix’s old friend, Marcus. To protect his family from harm, Ambiorix has no choice but to join the Roman Army, once again commanding a cavalry unit, and torn between the soldier inside and being a husband and father. As Nemu’s past collides with her present life, she finds herself trapped in the Celtic Underworld by a god who was once obsessed with her. I hope readers will like the mix of fantasy and history plus the enduring romance between these two characters.   

 

If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?

Shapeshifting.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?

I like to play my bass guitar, read, swim and I am a television addict.

 

Bad boy/girl or perfect gentleman/woman to write about?

I like the bad boys and girls. Personally, I don’t believe that the perfect person exists. We all have a dark side and weaknesses. That’s what makes us human.

 

If you could visit any time and place, where and when would it be and why?

I would want to visit Neolithic Anatolia prior to invasions by northern raiders. I want to see if this time was really as peaceful and prosperous as some archaeologists claim.

 

If you could be a shapeshifter, what form would you take and why?

How funny. This was my magic power answer. I have a special affinity with wolves so I will pick the wolf for their intelligence, strength and beauty. I want to be able to roam free in the wild as a top predator.

Where are you published? Where can readers reach you?

I have three books published with Awe-Struck www.awe-struck.net and one short story with Freya’s Bower www.freyasbower.com. I can be reached through my website at www.kelleyheckart.com.

 

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?

I have a passion for Celtic mythology and the supernatural, which are key elements in my stories. I also like to mix fantasy with history, adding romance and conflict to my tales of long ago places. My characters range from fierce warriors and bold women to otherworldly creatures. 

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A sneak look into RAVENWOLF:

Faint sunlight trickled into the dense forest, and an unsettling quiet permeated the air around us. I dared to glance upward and saw eyes gleaming in the darkness–many eyes that were somewhere between human and beast, preternatural. The wolf sensed it too, lifting her snout skyward. I almost cried out, but something made me pause. The eyes held no malice in them, only curiosity. They would let us pass through their domain as long as we showed respect to the land.

 

Sunlight pierced the darkness up ahead. We left the strange forest behind and entered a clearing. A beautiful sight greeted us–a sandy cove nestled beneath rolling green hills and hugged by the sea. Gentle waves lapped at a shoreline covered in sparkling white sand.

 

Donnan rode on ahead and dismounted. He scanned the shoreline, kneeling to pick up something in the sand. I rode over to him and he showed me a piece of leather with a hand-size bronze plate attached to it. I shook my head. I did not know what it was.

 

“This is Roman. It is a piece of their armor.” He scowled, flinging it away as if it belonged in a compost heap.

 

I thought that this must be the place where Ambiorix had seen the Romans. My heart ached as I thought of him standing there, and breathing the same sea air I was breathing.

 

“Why would Roman soldiers be here?” Ceri stood next to me.

 

Donnan looked angry, his shaggy blond hair blowing in the sea wind. “They are probably looking for more lands to take and people to kill.”

 

Dubh pointed to some mountains toward the west. “We only have to reach those mountains and we will be at our destination.”

 

“It is getting late. Perhaps we should camp here tonight. We can get an early start in the morning,” Donnan suggested.

 

“I agree.” I looked to the others and they all nodded in agreement.

 

I wanted to be near Ambiorix and I wanted to stay where he had been. The gentle lapping of the water soothed my troubled mind. While the warriors hunted for food, Ceri and I walked along the shoreline, stretching our legs from the long ride. Bran ran along the shoreline searching for rocks and seashells. The she-wolf followed at my heels, never leaving my side as if she always belonged there.





In The Spotlight: Nina Pierce

21 08 2008

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.
I am very pleased that my erotic shifter novella, “Blue Moon Rising” will be available in September from Liquid Silver Books in the “Furry, Fluffy, and Wild” anthology.

 

 
It’s my first shifter story and I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed writing about these wolves. Of course our hero not only is the pack council leader, he’s also the Chief of Police working to solve both animal and shifter murders in his Montana town. When a beautiful stranger comes into Lonesome Fork, he wonders if her arrival days before the full moon is merely a coincidence or part of the elaborate scheme to dessimate the wolf shifter population.
 
This story is filled with intrigue, hot sex, and of course some sexy wolf shifters.
 
If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?
Wah … only one? Okay, I thought maybe super maid, does dishes, laundry, dusting and vacuuming in under five minutes, but then I’d have to do it for others and that wouldn’t be any fun (and I’d still never find time for writing).
 
So I think I’d like to have the power to whip any man into a romance machine. Not a sex machine … they’re already programmed for that *cackle* … but the hot, sexy guys we love to make of our heros. I could take your run of the mill guy and I’d zap his voice to be sexy and hot and sigh out just the right compliments at the right time. I’d transform those tired eyes and hands into dreamy, lustfilled eyes, and gentle touches that would make any woman swoon. And of course that would be a super-power service I wouldn’t mind sharing!

 
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love my family. The husband, the kids, my parents, my siblings, heck, I even love my mother-in-law! When I’m not writing I spend time with them at the beach or lake, playing games or just shooting the breeze. They are such a wonderful support system. I don’t know what I’d do without them.
 
Bad boy/girl or perfect gentleman/woman to write about?
Bad, bad, and more bad. Who doesn’t fantasize about tangling with that? I love that rough alpha-exterior on both men and women. But of course, they have to be all warm and gooey on the inside. Even if it’s only their significant other that knows the truth, they have to have a wonderful heart.
 
If you could visit any time and place, where and when would it be and why?
I’d love to go back to the American early west when it was just the Indians roaming the plains. I know they had a hard existence, but it also seemed so simple. It was all about the clan. I would just love to live off the land and be in a community where everyone took care of one another.
 
If you could be a shapeshifter, what form would you take and why?
Black panther. I love that sleek look, it’s so sensual. I like that the females are so respected in their pride. Besides, they have sharp teeth and claws … oh, the things a woman could do with that!

Where are you published? Where can readers reach you?
Currently all my books are with Liquid Silver Books, an electronic publisher of erotic fiction. They are an amazing company to work with. Extremely supportive of their authors. You can find me on their website http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com. But I also keep my readers up-to-date on my own website http://www.NinaPierce.com.
 
What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?
I am always writing. My stories have some element of suspense in them as well as the love story and erotica, though the genre may change. I’ve written science fiction, contemporary, and paranormal. I’m working on a possible historical erotica. I am currently working to get some of my books in print and hope to announce that as early as 2009.

Sneak look into Blind Love:

Her arms knotted across her chest for protection. A wounded heart? He’d have to tread carefully. The emerald eyes shimmering in the waning light telegraphed her pain, but her lips were pursed thin with determination. The woman was a walking enigma. Damon suspected she had no idea how damn sexy she looked standing there, inviting him to explain himself–daring him to breach her defenses.

 

“Look, Julie. I’m not going to lie to you. Demon Jones is very popular with the ladies. Damon Corey … not so much. If you’re looking for the person I was last night, well, you’re in for a big surprise. He’s as fake as Santa Claus.”

 

“I still believe in Santa Claus.”

 

She would. “The Easter bunny, then.”

 

“But he doesn’t try to pass himself off as anything but the chocolate peddler that he is. I don’t think any hearts have ever been broken by the Easter bunny.”

 

“Julie…” Damon’s hand found its way to her cheek, his fingers tangling in her hair. She smelled earthy and fresh, and he gulped in great breaths of heaven, not sure he could ever completely fill his lungs. When he pressed his lips to hers, she didn’t resist. Julie opened to him, and their tongues meshed and explored, and he walked her backward into the living room and shut out the neighbor’s prying eyes.

 

“Damon.” The husky way she spoke sent blood rushing from his head straight to his throbbing dick. He wanted her like no woman he’d known.

 

“Julie, I haven’t stopped thinking about you all day. You crawled into my head last night, and all I’ve thought about is how to get a repeat performance.”

 

She pulled from him, her lips swollen from his assault. “I don’t do this…” Her hand stirred the heated air between them. “…very well. I’ve been told I’m not good at it. I think you lucked out last night.”

 

He scooped her into his arms. “Oh, you let me be the judge of that. And your bedroom would be where?” He was already heading down the hall.

 




New Reviews and Interview News!

20 08 2008

New reviews were received for Fiery Magic and I got to say my week was turning out great!

First up, Realms on our Bookshelves gave me a sneak at the 3 star review and the reviewer said this about Fiery Magic: “I Would compare Fiery Magic to an utterly seductive Belgium chocolate. An aphrodisiac with a flavor that lingers on the taste buds which you want to savor but is to quickly gone.” I will let you know when this is live online at http://www.realmsonourbookshelves.com/

Next up was a marvelous review by Manic Readers. Krystal said this about Fiery Magic: “I would not mind checking out some other stories from this author as this one was well written and thought out. Even though this story is short it certainly isn’t lacking.” You can read the full review here

NEW INTERVIEW IS LIVE!

Dark Diva Reviews interviewed me and it is live today. Click on the picture above qand you will go to the interview. I had a fun time chatting with AJ and DDR. :)

That is it for now and I hope you check out the above places, leave a comment here and see what others are saying about Fiery Magic and Devon Falls. I am dancing here on air!





The Anniversary of a Legend’s Death-Aug. 16th

14 08 2008

Thirty years have passed since the hip shaking, silky smooth voice of Elvis Presley has graced our ears in the flesh and he still has the voice that keeps us spellbound. It has been almost 40 years alone for his spectacular 1968 Live TV special that was, at the time, special. Elvis was coming off a string of bad movies and getting back on the charts after a long dry spell. In the time he was gone, the US and the world was mooning over the beatles and loving the rifs from Jimi Hendrix. Then Elvis blew back in town and the world remembered the man who is “The King of Rock n’ Roll”.

Nervous about his reception by the public, a manager pushing for something totally different and a producer who believed in something that was pure gold; Elvis was a man with a golden singing voice before his decline into a world of drugs and heart disease but in 1968, he was fit, tan and looking yummier than ever in black leather. He jammed with a few freinds and select number of audience members and blew the world away. After this special, he was back in fine form,  hit the #1 on the chart with Suspiscious Minds, In the Ghetto and Kentucky Rain as well as others. He was a man in his prime who had the world at his fingertips and the women swooning.

I write this and I remember growing up listening to his music and watching his movies with my siblings. My uncle is a HUGE fan and saw one of his last concerts before drugs and heart disease took their toll and took him from us all. Regardless of what era you enjoy or hate, be thankful we had him for as long as we did, even with the models, movie starlettes and celebrity gossip that was the the beginings of tabloid news magazines. My favorite song of his is called If I can Dream and it is about dreams and life, a song that resonates with anyone who hears it with their own dreams, be it whimsical or practical. He always delivered something for everyone.

He delivered the world his brand of music, be it rock and roll, country or gospel, Elvis Presley is forever missed and remembered on this day, Aug. 16th as the day “the King” died and was forever lost to us. The question remains is: What would have happened if he lived and got clean? Would he still be making music or something else? Those plus other questions are always asked this time of the year and as you listen to your favorite Elvis tunes or watch a particular movie of his, take a few minutes of silence for this wildly talented man who sang like an angel and is forever mised by the world.





In the Spotlight: Lizzie T. Leaf

12 08 2008

Award winning author, Lizzie T. Leaf, is known for her ‘humor with heat.’  She has numerous e-books in varying lengths and a print book, Dead Done Right, is set to release this fall. Working madly to meet book contract deadlines for the rest of the year, she also writes articles for Women’s Edition Magazine.

 

Since discovering the fun of writing paranormal, that genre is her focus of the moment.  On the planning board for 2008 is additional paranormals and a women’s fiction that falls well outside her usual works.

 

When not chained to the computer keyboard, Lizzie enjoys time with her family, reading other authors and traveling with her husband. 

 

Lizzie’s Links:

www.lizzietleaf.com

http://home.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user

 

For newsletter: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LizziesTeaRoom/

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Getting to know Lizzie:

 

Tell us about your upcoming release and what you hope readers will enjoy about it.

Dead Faint released May 23rd by Aspen Mountain Press, a paranormal with humor that I hope readers will enjoy.

 

An expanded version of Call Me is scheduled to release June, 2008; a re-release of Boy Toy is set for July, 2008.  Hopefully the heat and the humor in both of these will make for fun reads.

 

What do you like to do when you’re not working?  Travel, travel and oh yeah, travel.  When not traveling, time with the family, reading, gardening and creating more fantasy worlds.

 

What season is your favorite and why?  Fall.  I love the crisp mornings and warm days.  When I can get back to the east coast during this time of year, I love the crunch of leaves under my feet when wandering through the woods and all the brilliant colors.

 

What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? A real potpourri of books.  Everything from biographies to horror and of course lots of romance.  What is one of your favorite authors?  One!  Only one???  No way. 

 

What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it? I just finished a book on marketing.  When I managed to stay awake.

 

What makes a good book?  For me, a good story, characters I enjoy and definitely an interesting story.

 

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?  Hmmm…requiring lots of thinking…man, do I have a headache.  Okay, the winner is getting married in Scotland at the same castle where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her honeymoon after her third marriage.

 

Boxers or briefs?  Have to go with boxers, make for easy access without damage to the jewels.

 

Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?  Matt Damon.  After all, Jason Bourne can take out a whole bunch of government agents after him and without remembering how he learned those talents.

 

What else would you like readers to know about you or your work?  I love my work and am delighted when I hear from readers who have enjoyed one of my books.

 

Where are you published?  Aspen Mountain Press.

 

Thanks for coming! J

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





New Review for Babes in Toyland II!

9 08 2008

The Romance Studio has reviewed Babes in Toyland II anthology and gave it a 5 heart review! WOO HOO!

Dee said this about the book as a whole: “Each author has imbued a hint of the magic of the season for us in their tale. This is well worth the read from first page to last.”

Read the full review here: http://theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/toyland2antho.htm

*Tosses confetti and strikes up the band*





A Note from Destiny Blaine about her contest!

6 08 2008

Hi!

 

I tried to post again last night but evidently didn’t have luck. In the past, I’ve had some connectivity problems since I live in a newly developed area but those have been rare now so I was unprepared! I sent a post through but don’t see it and I didn’t want to forget about our contest.

 

I want to thank Raine for having me as her blogging guest. I want to invite everyone who has posted prior to this post to send me an email today at destinyblaine@yahoo.com.

 

I have a free e-book to send all of our posters who stopped by to blog with us. Please send an email for the request (which will confirm you are over 18 and eligible for the adult romance). Everyone is a winner! Include Blog Winner in the subject line.

 

Thanks again to Raine and for everyone who posted or stopped by to read the interview!

 

Tonight, I have a chat at

 

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/The_Haunt_at_PNR from 6 until 10 PM EST so stop by and claim a prize or read lots of excerpts.

 

Hugs, Destiny  








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