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.

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In the Spotlight: Destiny Blaine and a contest from Destiny!

5 08 2008

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

 

Winning Virgin Love is the second story in the Winning Virgin series. A paranormal/urban fantasy, I hope everyone who reads Winning Virgin Love will want to go back and grab the first book too (Winning Virgin Blood). Books 1 and 2 cover the lives and stories of the Spenser twins (Almonzo and Orlando) and their little sister will have her own book also—Winning Virgin Lust (Coming in October). The ultimate ‘wish’ or hope will be for readers to follow this series through to the end.

 

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

 

The power to heal. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to possess healing powers? I think so. Imagine how it would feel to mend broken hearts and wounded souls one minute and a torn ligament or someone’s life-threatening disease, the next. 

 

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

 

Write. I’m paying my dues right now so most of the time I am writing but on the rare occasion when I’m not writing, I’m generally doing something with my teenagers and husband. We’re an active sports-oriented family so we’re usually on the go between ballgames and sports complex centers! Then there’s always the adult playgrounds—casinos! I love poker and craps so whenever I have a few days to run, I’m typically casino-bound!

 

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

 

LOL! Well, I grew up on a cattle ranch/farm so you know I have to love a southern gentleman but the truth is—I prefer the bad boys! From cowboys to vampires, I want my heroes downright naughty!

 

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

 

I’ve been working on a western series (Branded—eXtasy) so I have to say right now, my heart (not to mention current thoughts) tends to stray to the Old West. I think it would’ve been wonderful to live around Stockton, California during the Gold Rush. Between the excitement and the handsome cowboys, a cowgirl sure had a lot of inspiration.  

 

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

 

Ah, that’s easy—a bird. I could fly away whenever I wanted to go explore new worlds.

Where are you published?

 

 

Currently, I’m published with some of the best of the best and I know I’m one of the lucky ones. I feel very fortunate to be published by very reputable small and mid-size publishing houses in our industry. My new and upcoming releases are with Siren/BookStrand, Whispers Publishing, eXtasy Books, Resplendence Publishing, and Excessica Publishing. I also have some of my short stories with Amira Press.

 

Where can readers reach you?

 

The best way to keep in touch with me is through Just Another Paranormal Monday or by visiting my blog. I’ve included the information below.

 

In fact, stop by at any of the following places to post today, and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Winning Virgin Blood (Book One in the Winning Virgin Series). A PDF file will be sent to one lucky winner later today (August 5, 2008). Just click on the links below and post a comment. It’s that easy to enter and one lucky person will win!

 

www.destinyblaine.com

http://www.destinyblaine.blogspot.com/

www.myspace.com/destinyblaine

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/destinyblaine_romance

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ParanormalMonday

 

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

 

I love to write in all genres. I’m fickle when it comes to writing and it’s one of the things I love about this career. A writer can explore topics and worlds they typically wouldn’t visit any other way. Through writing for small presses and e-book publishers, an author has such a wide range of options and there are few ‘taboos’ to confine a writer. It’s a tough business but I wouldn’t change a thing now. I’ve met some wonderful people and made some lasting friendships. Plus, I’ve learned so much about myself and the rest of the world by researching various book topics. I have the best career in the world and thanks to the readers who read me, I get to do what I love—write!  

 

Thank you for allowing me to visit with you today. Since day one, you’ve been one of my favorite people and I’m lucky to count you as one of my friends in the business.

 

Hugs!
Destiny

 

A sneak look into Book 1, Winning Virgin Blood by Destiny Blaine and Siren Publishing:

“Mother, Father! There you are!” Constance ran in and interrupted the meeting they were about to have. “Mother, look at the jewelry Orlando bought me from this woman called Tiffany. Isn’t it beautiful? And guess what, Father?” She turned with a gaze full of life ready to spill her so-called truths as she believed them.

“What, my dear?” Her father played along. His voice matched her enthusiasm as he bent down to allow Constance a knee to perch upon as she told her story.

Orlando paid more for it than most people pay for a Jaguar car!” Her lips pursed at just the right places. Then, they fell open precisely the same way to make sure everyone gained a real understanding of its value.

Almonzo rubbed the back of his neck, releasing a sigh. “I warned you last night.” He chuckled. “By the second.”

Evidently unconcerned with her brother, she continued. Eyes grew larger with each bigger tale. “Oh and do you know what, Mother?”

“What?” Marion shot her husband a look of astonishment, eyeing the diamonds gleaming within their setting.

“I think this was probably more expensive than a Rolls Royce.” The comparison just rolled off her tongue almost as elegantly as the car itself, and again her mouth formed a tight line in a matter-of-fact gesture.

Almonzo leaned on the dresser behind him, crossing his arms as he did. “Here we go.”

“You do?” Her father’s amusement gave the young beauty fuel to continue.

“Yes, indeed. I think maybe even more than a Bentley, and if I was in a betting mood, I’d bet that this necklace was more expensive than a Bugatti.” She nodded and placed her hands on her tiny little hips. She loved to be the center of attention.

Constance?” Samuel Spenser was ready to move on to the next topic after he saw his daughter’s extreme exaggeration.

“Yes, Father?” Her eyelids batted quickly.

“The Bugatti is the most expensive car, or one of the more expensive cars in the world.”

Never indicating that she thought any different, the young girl danced as she screamed excitedly. “I know, Daddy! I know! Isn’t it wonderful?”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





In the Spotlight: Jey Mykles

29 07 2008

Jet’s been writing sex stories back as far as junior high. Back then, the stories involved her favorite pop icons of the time but she soon extended beyond that realm into making up characters of her own. To this day, she hasn’t stopped writing sex, although her knowledge on the subject has vastly improved.

 

An ardent fan of fantasy and science fiction sagas, Jet prefers to live in a world of imagination where dragons are real, elves are commonplace, vampires are just people with special diets and lycanthropes live next door. In her own mind, she’s the spunky heroine who gets the best of everyone and always attracts the lean, muscular lads. She aids this fantasy with visuals created through her other obsession: 3D graphic art. In this area, as in writing, Jet’s self-taught and thoroughly entranced, and now occasionally uses this art to illustrate her stories or her stories to expand upon her art.

 

In real life, Jet is a self-proclaimed hermit, living in southern California with her life partner. She has a bachelor’s degree in acting, but her loathing of auditions has kept her out of the limelight. So she turned to computers and currently works in product management for a software company, because even in real life, she can’t help but want to create something out of nothing.

 

 

LINKS:

Main website: http://www.jetmykles.com

http://www.fictionwithfriction.com

http://www.leagueofamazingwriters.com

http://jetm.livejournal.com/

http://www.myspace.com/jetmykles

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jetmykles_group/

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Getting to know Jet:

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

My June release is a story called One For The Team. It’s about a girl with four friends, all male, who set about showing her that she is, in fact, female. Jen’s a bit of a tomboy, you see, and she just got dumped by her first real boyfriend.

I hope readers will just find this one plain fun. That’s what it’s meant to be. Nothing too deep.

 

 

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

Usually, my artwork. Lately, however, with effectively three jobs, I don’t have a heck of a lot of non-work time. Mostly, my “free” time has been filled with writing and promotion.

 

 

What season is your favorite and why?

Spring. I like rain but I’m not too big on biting cold. Spring’s cool because you’re getting out of winter and into summer so it’s got that in-between temperature. Plus things are usually lush and green with that luster of “new” all about.

 

 

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

At the moment, not much. We’ve been renovating the house so most of my books are in boxes. My favorite authors? Oh boy. Laurell K Hamilton, Angela Knight, Morgan Hawke, Mercedes Lackey, Jacqueline Carey, Mickey Zuker Richert (sp?), Melanie Rawn, Laura Baumbach. My crit partners—JL Langley, Ally Blue, Willa Okati, Anne Cain, Luisa Prieto, Kimberly Gardner. There are more authors but that’s a good start.

 

 

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

I honestly can’t remember the last time I read a full book. It was probably the last Laurell K. Hamilton or Angela Knight book.

 

 

What makes a good book?

Characters. It’s all about the characters. I want to read a book about people I can follow and enjoy, whether I understand them or agree with them or not. I can read almost any genre as long as the character aspect is there.

 

  

Boxers or briefs?

On me or on men? Hmm, guess the answer’s the same in both cases. Boxers. Nice ones. Not big huge bulky ones.

 

 

Ben Affleck or Matt Damon to save the world?

Matt Damon

 

  

Where are you published?

Most of my books are at Loose Id, with the print versions available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’m now in two anthologies at MLR Press and I hope to have more stories with them in the future.

 

 

Thanks for coming! J