In the spotlight: Lena Austin & Tuesday Richards

26 06 2008

Meet Tuesday Richards:

Severely ADHD Tuesday Richards AKA Phoenix Forrester as a tendency to do too much in too little time, including raising two children, going to college, writing and running a promotions company.  In her spare time she chases her husband around the house. 

        She presently lives in Colorado where she spent 17 years of her life, also spending time in Maryland and Florida as part of a military family. 

        By herself Tuesday writes action adventure but when her brain is welded together with co-author Lena Austin she writes Romantic Comedy…The mystery is still unsolved.  Her favorite quote of all time is “I’m not the only hell my mother ever raised…I have sisters!”




Meet Lena Austin:

Someone cursed Lena Austin with “may you have a life so full you’ll have many tales to tell your grandchildren.”  Lena’s a “fallen” society wench with a checkered past. She’s been a licensed minister, hairdresser, realtor, radio DJ, exotic dancer, telephone service tech, live-steel medievalist swordswoman, BDSM Mistress, and investment property manager. Not necessarily in that order. She never finished that degree in marine archaeology, but did learn to scuba — she’s got a lifetime of “Research material!”


Hey, why waste these stories on kids who won’t listen anyway? Writing them down is a nice way to spend her retirement. What? You expected an ex-BDSM Mistress to take up crocheting or something?


See all her books at

You can reach her by e-mail at





Now to get to really know these two talented authors:


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

 Tuesday says:

Night Critters 2: Faux Paws released June 19 and has had a fantastic response so far.  The one thing I think the readers will enjoy about this book is that it is funny and off kilter the way that Lena and I are.  LOL.  But it is a Romantic Comedy and with the way the world is today I think the readers would enjoy the laugh.

 Lena Says:

Faux Paws will release from Changeling Press in late June. This is the second in our Night Critters series, which is romantic comedy. We hope our readers get a laugh while enjoying hot sex with new shifters. Here’s the blurb:


Blurb: Lucky Thornburn, a Faux Paws, or shifter-born who can’t shift, meets a half-angel named Charm. Charm doesn’t need or want his chivalry, but she’s literally trouble on the wing. She wants to renovate her mother’s old house into a home for foster children just like Charm needed as a child before she was adopted. Lucky’s cold-hearted brother wants the same property for a shopping mall, so Lucky joins in Charm’s renovation project in defiance of his brother.


Once Lucky experiences Charm’s, well, charms, they become a team anyone would be fool to mess with. But JR isn’t going to give up so easily. And Charm? Well, Charm’s not going to give up at all. And Lucky’s coming right along with her, because he’s discovered something with the sexy Nephylum he never thought he’d find — which just might be enough to sway his nemesis of a brother.


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

Tuesday Says: I try to work as much as possible because my kids drive me nuts!  J/K!  Either I’m on the back of the motorcycle with my husband touring the mountains. Did you know that it is possible to make love in the snow if you lay down black plastic?  I am also the firm believer that motorcycles are the world’s biggest and most expensive vibrators!

I’m on the phone with Lena brainstorming ways to get ourselves in trouble, or I am catatonic in front of the television because I can no longer think.

Lena Says: Gardening, home renovation, faux stained glass, sewing, reading, research, visiting with grandchildren via webcam, and yakking on the phone for hours. You’d be surprised how much a writer misses the sound of human voices.

 What season is your favorite and why?

 Tuesday Says: My favorite season is in the Florida sun!  Being able to give the children to their grandmother and going to “bask” in the sun on the beach with my husband *wink*. 

I live in Colorado right now so I love the spring and summer months…it reminds me of home.  However I miss the beach and the sexiness *wink, wink* of the sunset in Florida.

Lena Says: Summer all the way, baby! Give me profusions of flowers, the beach, a cool tropical drink, and lots of sunshine.  

What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors?

 Tuesday Says: I don’t really have a favorite author; I read anything by anybody if the blurb on the back of the book catches my attention.  I currently house anything from erotic to horror/suspense.  Usually if it’s readable, I’ll read it!

Lena Says: Bookcases, honey. Plural. There are five main ones, and a few small ones spread throughout the house. They run the gamut from non-fiction for research through romance, science fiction/fantasy, to how-to books on just about everything. LOL!  

What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it?

 Tuesday Says: I read the combined print of books 3 and 4 in The Vampire Diaries by LJ Smith.  I absolutely loved this series.  It was the first vampire books I had read in a very long time and it turned my opinion around about the vampire books.

 I loved it and I highly recommend the books.

 Lena says: Mercedes Lackey.  

 What makes a good book?

 Tuesday Says: A good book is easy to read, grabs my attention and keeps it from the very first pages or with in the first chapter.  The characters are full of life and I can live their life through my imagination. 

 If I can read a book and see the characters unfold in my head like those in a movie then a book is really good.

 Lena Says: Great characters, a surprising plot, and enough conflict to make me feel their hearts and get into their heads.  

 What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?

 Tuesday Says: I have done many interesting things in my life but the one that stands out in my mind is a night trip on the motorcycle through the mountains with my DH on our 4th anniversary.  I had hidden some chocolate sauce in my backpack to warm, with a little lunch bag with some ice packs hiding some pineapple, whip cream, and a few cherries.

 We found a secluded spot and had a picnic dinner under the stars.  After dinner my DH handcuffed me to the cooled motorcycle and gave me the ride of my life! 

 After he released me I decided it was time for desert and turned the tables I handcuffed him to the bike, and then turned him into a chocolate sundae with layers of pineapple, whip cream and chocolate sauce with a cherry on top.

 Lena says: Working in the sex industry as a BDSM Mistress. It was hard work and took over my life, but people find it fascinating. It’s different than what people think. Everything about your life is centered on the submissives and their needs.

Boxers or briefs?

 Tuesday says: I like the best of both worlds, Boxer Briefs!

 Lena says: Briefs. If you’ve got it, show me that flesh. Boxers hide too much for my taste, and I despise the fad of having a man look like he doesn’t know how to dress because he wants to show off his boxers. Please! Pull up your pants, idiot!

 Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?

Tuesday says: Both! After they’re done saving the world then they get a nice reward for their trouble while I nurse all their wounds with kisses and chocolate sauce.

 Lena says: Can’t I have Sean Connery instead? Oh, if you insist. Ben Affleck.

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

 Tuesday says: I am a fun young woman, who enjoys spending time with her children and her animals.  I love to write and run my promotions company, having found my niche in life when for a long time I was so lost I couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.

 Then a lovely woman known as my mother told me to take my imagination and my life experiences and put them down on paper and that was the beginning of the end of Tuesday’s lost life!

 Lena says: Um…You don’t ask easy questions do you? I love fan mail, and I do answer when they’re sent to my email directly. I don’t always get mail sent to my blogs or website. Please contact me directly. I love, love, love it when readers ask me about secondary characters or demand to know more about a given story. Please ask for what you want. Sometimes it may take me awhile, but I do keep in mind reader requests.

Where are you published?

 Tuesday says: Changeling Press (

Fire Drakes Weyr (

Lena says: Changeling Press, Cerridwen Press, Loose Id, and coming later this year, Aspen Mountain Press.  


Thanks for coming! J













Join me on June 30th!

23 06 2008

The First Day of Summer is here or the day of Summer Solstice!

20 06 2008

Some cool facts and information on the Summer Solstice and where it originated from. 🙂

Depending on where you live, the Summer Solstice occurs this year —

  • in the Northern Hemisphere on: June 20, 2008 at 7:59 PM EDT; and in the UK on June 20, 2008 at 23:59 UTC. 

  • in the Southern Hemisphere on: December 21, 2008 at 10:04pm AEST.
As a major celestial event, the Summer Solstice results in the longest day and the shortest night of the year. The Northern Hemisphere celebrates in June, but the people on the Southern half of the earth have their longest summer day in December.


Early Celebrations

Awed by the great power of the sun, civilizations in the northern areas have for centuries celebrated the Summer Solstice, otherwise known as Midsummer (see Shakespeare), the Christian St. John’s Day, or the Wiccan Litha.

The Celts & Slavs celebrated with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun’s energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light.

Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids’ celebration of the day as the “wedding of Heaven and Earth”, resulting in the present day belief of a “lucky” wedding in June.


Today, the day is still celebrated around the world – most notably in England at Stonehenge and Avebury, where thousands still gather to welcome the sunrise on the Summer Solstice.

Pagan spirit gatherings or festivals are also common in June, when groups gather to light a sacred fire, and stay up all night to welcome the dawn.


Summer Solstice Fun Facts

  • Pagans called the Midsummer moon the “Honey Moon” for the mead made from fermented honey that was part of wedding ceremonies performed at the Summer Solstice. 

  • Ancient Pagans celebrated Midsummer with bonfires, when couples would leap through the flames, believing their crops would grow as high as the couples were able to jump. 

  • Midsummer was thought to be a time of magic, when evil spirits were said to appear. To thwart them, Pagans often wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers. One of the most powerful of them was a plant called ‘chase-devil’, which is known today as St. John’s Wort and still used by modern herbalists as a mood stabilizer.

June 20-21 is a very important day for our planet and its relationship with the sun. June 20-21 is one of two solstices, days when the rays of the sun directly strike one of the two tropical latitude lines. June 21 marks the beginning of summer in the northern hemisphere and simultaneously heralds the beginning of winter in the southern hemisphere. In 2008, the solstice occurs and summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere on June 20 at 7:59 p.m. EDT (23:59 UTC, one minute before midnight).

The earth spins around its axis, an imaginary line going right through the planet between the north and south poles. The axis is tilted somewhat off the plane of the earth’s revolution around the sun. The tilt of the axis is 23.5 degrees; thanks to this tilt, we enjoy the four seasons. For several months of the year, one half of the earth receives more direct rays of the sun than the other half.

When the axis tilts towards the sun, as it does between June and September, it is summer in the northern hemisphere but winter in the southern hemisphere. Alternatively, when the axis points away from the sun from December to March, the southern hemisphere enjoys the direct rays of the sun during their summer months.

June 21 is called the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and simultaneously the winter solstice in the Southern Hemisphere. Around December 21 the solstices are reversed and winter begins in the northern hemisphere.

On June 21, there are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle (66.5° north of the equator) and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle (66.5° south of the equator). The sun’s rays are directly overhead along the Tropic of Cancer (the latitude line at 23.5° north, passing through Mexico, Saharan Africa, and India) on June 21. 

From Matt Rosenberg,
Your Guide to Geography.






Contest I am involved in!

19 06 2008

Look for this symbol


Twin Flames of Imbolc


Cynnara Tregarth and Sharyn Tregarth

Release Date: June 19, 2008

Contest Dates: June 19-July 03




In honor of their June release of Twin Flames of Imbolc, Cynnara is holding a contest for two beautiful Ankh necklaces.  Twin Flames of Imbolc releases may be purchased from Red Rose Publishing ( To enter our contest go to under the author’s page to find this symbol    and the lyrics to “Walk Like an Egyptian”. To make it a bit easier we are naming a few of the authors that may have the symbol and the lyrics on their websites or blog spots.

Those authors are:

Sloane Taylor

Maura Anderson

Raine Delight

Emma Ray Garrett

Michelle Hasker

Lena Austin


The instructions for the contest are you locate the authors and the author’s pages that have the lyrics and the walk symbol .  You then email Cynnara’s manager at with the names of the authors and the URL of where you found the lyrics. You will need to have all four authors listed to be entered into the drawing. Cynnara and Merri will then chose two names in a random drawing for the Ankh necklaces. You can view a picture of the necklaces on the PRP website.  The winners will be announced on July 7, 2008 on Cynnara’s website (, the PRP website ( and Cynnara’s group website ( 


Good Luck!

In the Spotlight: Dawn Montgomery

19 06 2008

Writing is more than a passion, it’s a necessity.  I tell adult action adventure romances, hopefully well, and look forward to many more years doing so.  Without my family, I wouldn’t be here, doing what I do.




Getting to know Dawn:


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


In June I have a deliciously short vampire tale coming from Aspen Mountain Press.  It’s entitled Shadow Lies and involves an introduction to two hot and yummy characters.



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


Read, play with my toddler, bake lots of delicious goods, hang out with my husband or anything crafty…except models.  I don’t build models anymore.  Loooong story.


What season is your favorite and why?


Winter.  I remember walking outside my home when I lived in Alaska and the entire world was covered in a glittering blanket of snow.  Everything was so still and quiet…


If there’s no snow, then I’d have to say the fall in Texas.  The leaves turn these gorgeous shades of red and orange…


What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors?


An eclectic mix.  I have books spreading across the genres, sci fi, fantasy, medical thriller, military operation resources, you name it. 


Favorite authors…I have three who influenced me more than anyone else when it came to doing things my own way. 


Anne McCaffrey: her strong-willed heroines were a welcome necessity to a lonely girl.  LOL. 


Morgan Hawke: She taught me how to cull the crap and get to the meat of the story.  I’ve had the privilege of being mentored by her.  I love how action packed her stories are, how full of rich life. 


Lynn Viehl: Her writing story is filled with strength and courage and her ability to reach out to her readers and aspiring authors is unbelievable.  She’s a true inspiration.  I’ve read books under almost all of her pennames and I love how she creates these vibrant and beautiful worlds full of intrigue and powerhouse characters. 


What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it?


Last ebook: The Fire Within by Joely Sue Burkhart.  The book is available from Drollerie Press.  OMG, it was amazing!  She has a storytelling ability that makes you FEEL the scorching heat of the desert on your skin.  Her dragons and the desert people are full of fire and passion.  I loved it.  J


Last print book: Evermore by Lynn Viehl.  I loved it.  Jayr is a woman I admire.  As the sole woman in a man’s (Kyn’s) world, she has to keep the peace more often than not.  The Darkyn world is so rich and vibrant with amazing characters.  I love visiting it as often as possible.  LOL. 


What makes a good book?


Strong characters.  This doesn’t necessarily mean physically or emotionally.  I’m talking about the whole package.  The strength of character to continue on, despite the worst possible consequences for their actions. 


Intriguing plot.  You have to draw me into the story, make me gasp in horror or cry with pain. 


A believable villain.  LOL.  If you have one, make them believable.  I dislike black hat vs white hat stories. 


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?


I drove across the country to meet a man I’d never met (outside the internet), and I did it on a whim when my brother (who I had been in transit to visit with) had to leave town on business. 


I met his kids, his sister, his dad, everyone.  We had a blast…and a year later, we were married.  LOL.  Of course this time HE had to come see me.  *WEG*


Boxers or briefs?


Boxer briefs baby.  J


Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?


Matt Damon.  Hands down. 


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


Dawn Montgomery, my penname, is in honor of my grandmother who taught me that romance is beautiful, reading is as important as breathing, and life without sex is boring.  LOL.  Of course that last part she didn’t tell me until I was MUCH older.  ROFL.  She was scandalous. I loved her with all my heart, and still do.  I miss her so much. 


Where are you published?


Aspen Mountain Press

Changeling Press

Tease Publishing (2009)


Thanks for coming! J


Thanks for having me!



In the Spotlight: Emma Ray Garrett

16 06 2008

“…and I — I took the road less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”

-The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

The last line from award-winning author Emma Ray’s favorite poem pretty much sums up her life. Her tendency to do her own thing is what her friends and family love best, and least, about her. Chaos is a constant in the Garrett home, which currently houses three intelligent, energetic children, a devoted husband, and a very large, very lazy, white tom-cat.

No matter how busy, Emma Ray writes every day. If she didn’t, she says they’d put her in a white coat with buckles. Fans can contact her at or visit her website at


Getting to know Emma:

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


“Viva Los Regalos: Cocked Dice” is the follow up to Amy and Adyan’s story from “Viva Los Regalos: The Luxy Lady”. I hope readers have a great time with Amy, Adyan, and Vince and for those who’ve asked for more BDSM themes from me, well, I think they’ll be especially pleased, LOL.


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


I love to read, LOL, though I haven’t had time for much of that lately. I also enjoy hiking and going to the movies. Mostly, though, if I’m not working, I’m busy being the mother of three very energetic children, LOL!


What season is your favorite and why?


Fall is my favorite season. I grew up in Iowa, and live their now, and there’s nothing quite like autumn on the Mississippi River. Unlike a lot of my home state, where I live has a lot of trees, parks, and wild places, which really come to life when the leaves start to change and the days turn crisp. The smell of burning leaves, the smell of harvested corn, hot apple cider, those things are just some of the reasons I love fall.


What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors?


If you looked, you’d probably be surprised J I do have a lot of romance, don’t mistake me, but my tastes stretch across the palate. From Lori Copeland – light, fun, mostly sweet western romances- to Thea Devine and Robin Schone – extremely explicit period erotica. Angela Knight, Lori Foster, Johanna Lindsey, Bertrice Small, Kathleen E Woodiwiss, Emma Holly, ROFL, and many, many more.


What’s more surprising, probably to fans, is that the romance section of my shelves is a bit under filled compared to the size of the collection. I love Michael Crichton and I have every book he’s ever written. Dean Koontz, John Saul, Stephen King (though only a few, I’m particular about my King, LOL), F. Paul Wilson, James Patterson, Michael Gruber, Mercedes Lackey, Piers Anthony, “My War Gone By, I Miss It So” – one of less than a dozen non-fiction books, but one of my favorite books of all time-, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tess Gerritsen, Iris Johanson (both her romance and her thrillers), and many, many, many more.


If you asked what my favorite was, I could never answer. I can tell you that Michael Crichton is always high on the list, as is Robin Schone, Michael Gruber, and F. Paul Wilson.


What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it?


The last book I read was “Spaceport: Incognito” by Cat Marsters. I loved it! Cat is on my auto-buy list anywhere she has a book out. I simply adore her style J


What makes a good book?

For me that’s pretty simple. Write a story that draws me in, keeps me engaged, and entertains me. If an author gets the gears in my head turning that’s fantastic, but it’s equally wonderful to be taken away to somewhere or some when else, following a character or characters that I care about. I’m all about the entertainment, LOL, so as long as I’ve been entertained, the book was good.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?


Besides piercing my tongue? LOL, honest to goodness, getting married and having children. If that doesn’t make life interesting, nothin’ will. I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life, but that doesn’t make those acts interesting, per se, LOL! I never know for sure what each new day will bring with my children. They definitely keep me on my toes. That’s exciting and interesting J


Boxers or briefs?


None? ROFL, oh, um, either. Doesn’t matter to me at all. A snug pair of briefs can be delicious, but lounging in his boxers is just as lovely *BG*


Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?


Clive Owen? Gerard Butler? Seriously, while both Ben and Matt have their plusses, I can’t really buy either of them saving the world. I’d take Clive, any day, LOL!


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


I am asked about my name a lot, LOL. Do I want to be called Emma or Emma Ray? Truth is, I prefer Emma Ray, but either is perfectly fine, *grin*! As for my work, I love mixing up genres and themes and I intend to continue doing so for as long as there are publishers who will have me even though I don’t stick to any genre rules J


Where are you published?


Currently, I’m only with Changeling Press. The staff and my editor have kept me very busy over the last two years, LOL! However, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus to work on some longer pieces I hope to see published with different houses. I adore Changeling and thankfully, they understand I want to flex those long story muscles again, LOL.


Thanks for coming! J


Thank you for having me!



In the Spotlight: Cynnara Tregarth

12 06 2008

I was born in the heart of Chicago at a hospital on Labor Day many moons ago. According to my mom, even then I had a storyteller’s life. Then at the age of 4, I learned to read and write. They say that was when the genius within was unleashed. Reality was, mom didn’t want to hear me talking all the time and made me write my stories down. Little did she know how much influence it had—making me want to become a writer.


Currently I live in the penis state—I mean Florida. I get the joy of hot men, beautiful women, humidity and sunshine that turn you into leather…and NO SNOW!


If you ever want to know what I’m up to, come visit me at or at the League of Amazing Writers, If you’d like a semi-regular newsletter—





Getting to know Cynnara:


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


My upcoming release is with my soultwin, Sharyn Tregarth. It’s entitled Twin Flames of Imbolc. In the story, you get to meet the Twins. This is a prequel of sorts, since the Twins stories continue onward, but you also get a glimpse of some of my other characters in this story. I wanted to give readers something with a tinge of fantasy, yet linked to a contemporary setting. For me, I’d love to find Ambrosia Tavern.


The ebook will be available from


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


Reading books(currently, I’m reading the Anita Blake books for their plotting technique), swimming, belly dancing, movies, cooking (I’m such a Food Network fan!), and spending time with family and friends.


What season is your favorite and why?


I love spring the best, I think. Though autumn has some great moments, there’s nothing like seeing the creation of life. The blooming flowers, the bringing of baby animals. (I admit, I love baby animals, they’re soooooo cute!)


What would we find on your bookcase if we looked? What is one of your favorite authors?


Which bookcase? LMAO I have way too many, but never enough since my bookshelves are 2 deep in books. If you hit my nonfiction books, you’d see things about Paganism, ancient Egypt, the Celts. If you’re looking at my romance bookshelf- you’d see a lot of erotic romance and paranormal books. If you looked at my other case, you’d see all my fantasy, sci-fi and miscellaneous books.


Fave author—hmm, way too many. But of late, I have 3 major authors—Angela Knight, Joey Hill, and Lena Austin. Why? They all write characters I love and have stories that I literally fall into. I get so immersed into the story, I forget that I’m not part of it. Makes it tough when I get to “the end.”


What was the last book you read (e or print) and did you like it?


I read 2 books the past few days. The first was Predator by Patricia Cornwall. It’s a Kay Scarpetta novel. That said, I used to be a huge fan, but in this book, I didn’t like the way she used present tense at all. And I still find that the characters hadn’t grown or matured as much as I’d hope since I stopped reading the books 3 years ago. But that said, that woman can plot something FIERCE. The storyline itself was compelling and I had no idea who the baddie was at all until it played out.


As I mentioned earlier, I’m reading Anita Blake novels again. I’ve finished the first 2 and am on Laughing Corpse. I enjoyed many of LKH’s earlier books, before I got tired, though I’ve got to admit Cerulean Sins was damn good. So, it seems at least her characters are learning and growing while not having much of the Godlike stuff that had been going on for a while. Looking at the plotline and the revelation of things, LKH has this way that just amazes me. Simply amazes me. I can only dream of being ¼ as good as she is.


What makes a good book?


Honestly—for me, it’s a solid plot, good pacing, and characters I can imagine myself being with or being. If I can’t see myself as one of the major characters, then it’s a no go. I want to like the people in the story and I want a plot that makes the time fly. A solid plot is one that answers questions, makes you question yourself and at the same time, it makes you guess what’s to come, allows you to predict some aspects, then shocks you when it doesn’t.


What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done?


The time when I went with friends to an underground BDSM club. Little did they know about some of my more interesting proclivities. I had a good time showing people that there was more to sex than just traditional missionary, doggie, woman superior. Yeah, that was one heck of a time!


Boxers or briefs?

Boxer briefs or nothing at all. *nods furiously* Those boxer briefs mold REAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLY nicely.


Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?


Captain Jack Harkness and Dr. Who (David Tennant) with my help of course!


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


I’m slowly getting back into writing after a hard time, and if they’re hanging around the LAW group and some of the other places where I visit, they might just see some snippets of what I’m working on. I also want to thank them for their continued support.



Where are you published?


Thanks for coming! J