In the Spotlight: Carol McPhee

19 02 2008

Something about the lady by Carol McPhee

An avid reader of romance novels ten years ago, I wondered why I could never find stories making use of the rugged beauty of Nova Scotia. I set out to create such a story, and then to get it out of my head, I began to write it down. After joining Romance Writers of America and helping form a chapter of the organization in Halifax, I was able to learn more about the techniques of presentation. My stories are the result of that first effort and speak of the invaluable help I received from husband, Karl, who taught me to use the computer and is my biggest fan. Workshops, other published authors, and most of all, my online critique groups have enabled me to bring my imagination to life in my quest to entertain readers. I still often write about Nova Scotia–None So Blind, Undercover Trouble and Means To An End, but I’ve widened my scope with settings in the Canadian Rockies, Alaska, and Maine. Please check out my published works on my website at: http://www.geocities.com/carolmcphee2003

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Tell us about your latest book and what you think readers will get out of it.

My latest book is Something About That Lady, published by Champagne Books in February 2008. 

Can you describe your characters to us? Do you pattern them after anyone you know or is it pure imagination?

The characters in most of my stories are straight from my imagination. I prefer strong, smart, sensuous heroines who are searching for happiness. Matched against alpha males conflict is sure to erupt, making the resolution the essence of an intriguing read. I may pattern the hero after someone I’m aware of which makes him more real, but the heroines develop as I go along.

  

What genre have you not done but want to in the future?

I’ve dabbed in history but would like to make a greater attempt at it. Of course it would ultimately work itself into a romance.  

Tell us about your most erotic romantic fantasy. If you could have a 24-hour romantic fling with anyone you wanted, anywhere you wanted, where would you go, what would you do and with whom would you do it?

Hmm. Hope my husband isn’t going to read this; he may have some objections. Let’s see: hands down it would be a fantasy involving Pierce Brosnan. We would go to an island off the coast of Nova Scotia and do whatever was done in my contemporary romance coming out in April from Champagne Books…A Spirited Affair.

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

To be able to eat as much chocolate as I want and not gain weight.

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

I would visit the south coast of Nova Scotia back in the 1700s to get fodder for an historical romance. 

Who’s more fun to write about, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?

Bad boys don’t interest me. Arrogant guys who need to be brought down a peg by a sassy heroine are my interest. 

Do you watch reality TV? If so, what is one of your guilty pleasures? If not, then what do you prefer to watch?

I only watch Grey’s Anatomy and the news.

 

Where can readers reach you?

They can reach me by signing and leaving their email address in my guestbook at http://www.geocities.com/carolmcphee2003  

Where are you published?

I am published with Wings ePress, Inc: www.wingsepress.com and with Champagne Books: www.champagnebooks.com  

 Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy yourself. J

Thanks for allowing me on your blog. Carol

 

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Raine’s February newsletter is here!

9 02 2008

 

Raine Delight’s Month of Love, Romance and Passion!

February Newsletter 2008 

Blog: http://Rainedelight.wordpress.com

Website: http://www.freewebs.com/raine_delight

My Space: www.myspace.com/raine_delight

Email: rainedelight@yahoo.com  

Please join me as I celebrate my new release, Devon Falls: Red Hot Magic, now available at Aspen Mountain Press. 

February: 

11th: Night Owl Romance Chat room (www.nightowlromance.com) @ 8 p.m. ET

 14th: RoRR Chatters Yahoo Loop 12-6 p.m> ET It’s a Valentine’s Party!http://groups.yahoo.com/group/RoRRChatters/?yguid=246433822 

19th: Literary Nymphs Loop chat 12-6 p.m. EThttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/LiteraryNymphsChat/?yguid=246433822 

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March: 13th: Two Lips Yahoo Loop 12-6 p.m ET http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TalkingTwoLips/ 

 I hope you can pop in and say hi as I will be giving away some awesome naughty prizes. 🙂**************************************************************

Now available at Aspen Mountain Press (www.aspenmountainpress.com):

 Devon Falls: Red Hot Magic 

Now available at Aspen Mountain Press http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/new-releases/devon-falls-red-hot-magic/prod_117.html 

ISBN: 978-1-60168-086-0
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Paranormal

 With the help of a charity fundraiser, Jenna sets her friend, Raven, up to find Mr. Perfect.  Raven though, has found Mr. Perfect…in her dreams. Now, if she could only find the sexy man in real life. 

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Devon Falls: Sticky Magic

In Babes in Toyland II Anthology 

Out now at Aspen Mountain Press

 http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/anthologies/winter-anthologies/babes-in-toyland-ii/prod_103.html 

Devon Falls will never be the same after this Christmas holiday. This is because one wish will change the course of one woman’s life and in return the lives around her in her friends and family. Join Jenna Stevens as she finds out that sometime Christmas Miracles will capture you completely by surprise. Jenna never expected to see the one man to make her heart spin and her body clench in repressed desire walk into her Candy Shoppe.

With just one look, Marc du Bree captures her elusive heart and takes her on a journey that will either make her his for all time or have her run as fast as she can away from him! Will Jenna be able to accept Marc’s secret or will Marc lose the one woman he has been searching for? See what Christmas surprises will be in store for the residents of Devon Falls!****************************************

WIP:

 Club Fantasy 

What happens when your deepest, darkest fantasies want to be let out and you have no idea where to turn? Is there a place where you can find several partners to enjoy, be punished by your master and enjoy it, or be able to dominate the man of your dreams?            

 Welcome to Club Fantasy where all your fantasies will be fulfilled in whatever manner you desire. Be warned once these doors open for you, you won’t want to go back! Each room delivers a different fantasy and whatever you desire will claim you: heart, body and soul! 

Del Fantasma: Sidecar 

What do you get when two werepanthers decide to check out the hip Del Fantasma Bar? They find the one woman who can make them complete except she has a secret of her own to hide. Will Marcel be able to let these two sexy men heal her heart and steal her soul? Will Kieran and Tyne be able to keep their woman safe? Check out Del Fantasma and see what happens. 





New Release Today!

8 02 2008

Aspen Mountain Press presents: Devon Falls: Red Hot Magic!

http://www.aspenmountainpress.com/new-releases/devon-falls-red-hot-magic/prod_117.html

 Red Hot Magic

With the help of a charity fundraiser, Jenna sets her friend, Raven, up to find Mr. Perfect.  Raven though, has found Mr. Perfect…in her dreams. Now, if she could only find the sexy man in real life.





In the Spotlight: Jeanne Barrack

7 02 2008

The Shimmering Flame by Jeanne Barrock

My love of fantasy began at the tender age of ten when, stuck in the house because of a blizzard, I ran out of stuff to read! Oh, the horror! Frantic, I got my hands on my older brother’s collection of Ray Bradbury’s books. “Dandelion Wine”, hmmm, just perfect for a snowy day in New York. I was hooked.My love of romance novels started when I read the galley proofs for a steamy Rosemary Rogers novel. For a brief delirious time, my hubby and I owned a children’s book store in Minneapolis and at our first American Booksellers convention we gobbled up any freebies we got, including stuff we’d never sell, like Rogers’ book. What a sexy thrill it was – warts and all! It was the beginning of a love affair that has never ended.
My first story was published by Loose Id in December 2004 and I’ve never stopped writing since then!
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Tell us about your latest book and what you think readers will get out of it.

 My latest book is The Shimmering Flame. It’s set in Liquid Silver Books’ Terran Realm world. Brigid Kawsantower and her husband Gabe travel to Ireland where she learns her true identity and the role she must play in saving the world from Nimhnach, an ancient madman. There, she also meets Ethan Clark, an Irish archeologist who was her lover at one time in the far distant past. All three of them must join forces to prevent Nimhnach’s plans from succeeding. All of the main characters in the story are members of the Terran race. How they use their special abilities is the major thrust of the story.   

Can you describe your characters to us? Do you pattern them after anyone you know or is it pure imagination?

 I knew right off the bat that Brigid had to be a mix of innocence and sensuality. Of athletic ability and intelligence. She had to be able to adapt quickly to situations and be open to the realm of the unlikely. Brigid came straight from my imagination as far as personality. I often have actors or performers in mind when I visualize characters; in her case I searched through thousands of online photos before I found just the right face. I don’t know the model’s name, but she fit the bill! Blonde, blue-eyed with an angelic aura, but a hint of sexiness. And that touch of sexiness comes out in some pretty vivid fantasies!

Gabe – Oh, man, Gabe! Strong- physically and mentally – caring, giving and sexy as hell! He’s a Terran Protector – this means he’s physically stronger than most humans. This has impacted on his relationship with Brigid because he’d really like to engage in some BDSM but he’s so afraid he’ll lose control and really hurt her – far beyond the safety limits – that he’s kept some of his passion in check until – well, read the book and find out! I thought of several actors  – Dominic Purcell from “Prison Break” and “John Doe”; the fellow from “Heroes” who played the bad guy, Sylar (yeah, that touch of bad guy <g>) I was looking for someone who combined a dangerous edge with intelligence.

Ethan – Forget Colin Farrell, forget Pierce Brosnan Ireland has a new sex symbol! Ethan is the embodiment of every Irishman I ever met! Especially his music ability. Oh, the darlin’ man. I grew up singing Irish music and hobnobbing with every Irishmen (it seemed<G>) in the five boroughs of New York City. Colin Farrell’s accent grates on my ears. Now Pierce’s is softer since he’s from the south of Ireland, but for soft beautiful accents there’s none can compare to the voice of one of Ireland’s classic folk singers – Liam Clancy. Tipperary born and with the soft lilt of the south. Every time Ethan speaks and sings in The Shimmering Flame I’d hear that voice in my head. He’s probably the closest to being patterned after someone I actually know. 

What genre have you not done but want to in the future?

I’d like to write something in romantic suspense.   

Tell us about your most erotic romantic fantasy. If you could have a 24-hour romantic fling with anyone you wanted, anywhere you wanted, where would you go, what would you do and with whom would you do it?

That’s actually easy. Hands down – Antonio Banderas. We’d go to Spain, to Barcelona, find a small, intimate hotel room, lock the door and spend the twenty- four hours in bed, making love, eating, singing together (oddly enough, my most erotic fantasy scenarios always includes music) making love in the shower, then back in the bed. For myself, I like a twosome – my characters, well, that’s another story! <G>

 If you could have one special super or magical power, what would it be?
The ability to snap my fingers and be anywhere in the world I wanted to be –

teleportation

 

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

Tough question – I love to write about foreign places and I love history. I’ve written stories set in Ireland – past and present – and Italy – past and present. I’d love to go to Israel and Spain. Hmmm. Oh, heck, I give up! I’d want a time/teleportation machine to whisk me anywhere I wanted any time I wanted. So, there! LOL

 

Who’s more fun to write about, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?

I like gentlemen who turn into bad boys when the right person(s) turns them on!  

Do you watch Reality TV? If so, what is one of your guilty pleasures? If not, then what do  you prefer to watch?

All the cooking reality shows; the dancing shows; Project Runway (!) And latest one – Make Me A Super Model – The last episode of that one had them paired with each other and one m/m and one f/f pairing! For photo shoots. Let me tell you, that episode was so hot!

 

VIN Diesel or Gerard Butler?

If forced to pick – Gerard Butler – only if he speaks with his normal accent!

Where can readers reach you?

 http://jeannebarrack.com

email silverfire@jeannebarrack.com

Where are you published?

Loose Id; Aspen Mountain Press and Liquid Silver Books

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy yourself. J 

 





In the Spotlight: Michelle Hasker

5 02 2008

Monkey Business by Michelle Hasker

 Michelle loves vampires and things that go bump in the night, so it’s no wonder her creations are truly paranormal. While most people only dream of finding love, Michelle’s characters find it, but in the most unexpected places.

Michelle lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, four children, assorted animals, and overactive imagination. She loves to hear from her readers.

Website: http://michellehasker.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/michellehasker

Blog: http://michellehasker.blogspot.com/

Newsletter: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/michellesmusings/

Chat group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/michellesedge/

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Tell us about your latest book and what you think readers will get out of it.

No Monkey’s Business released from Changeling on January 17th. It’s a fun romp I wrote to start off my Agency series at Changeling. Jess is trying to prove to her superiors that she is more than woman enough for a promotion. They’ve sent her to a practice mission to accomplish not only the same task as the other agents, but also an additional one. If she finishes both before anyone finishes the first one, then they will discuss her promotion. Chase has asked for this practice mission as soon as he learns Jessica will be there. He’s wanted to get in her pants since the first time he saw her at headquarters. He could care less about succeeding at the mission as long as he gets a chance to seduce the elusive agent. 

Can you describe your characters to us? Do you pattern them after anyone you know or is it pure imagination?

Sometimes people I know will inspire me, and then I’ll give a character some of their traits. In those cases I explain to my friends that I can and will take liberties with their character that they might not do in real life. If they have issues, I will change the character name, but once inspired, I go with it. 

What genre have you not done but want to in the future?

Sci-fi/futuristic 

Tell us about your most erotic romantic fantasy. If you could have a 24-hour romantic fling with anyone you wanted, anywhere you wanted, where would you go, what would you do and with whom would you do it?

I have four kids and no erotic fantasy…but since you are forcing me to answer this…. Can I have a vampire like Sorin from my bodyguard series? Or do you want me to pick a TV or movie star? I don’t generally lust after people (ignores my critique partners as I say that) Sometimes I fall in love with a singer’s voice…ok romantic makes me think long moonlit walks on a beach, tropical breeze, scantily dressed peeps 😉 A cruise maybe. And that’s all I can say that is acceptable for the general public 😉

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

 Hmm control the weather. 

If you could visit any time or place, which and where would it be and why? Ancient Ireland to see the druids and Stonehenge. 

What’s more fun to write about, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why? MMmm, depends on who is writing them. I enjoy writing stories with both types of men. 

Do you watch reality TV? If so, what is your one guilty pleasure? If not, what do you prefer to watch? 

I like Big Brother. I gave up on Survivor a few seasons ago. I like Ghost Hunters. 

VIN Diesel or Gerard Butler?

Vin Diesel

Where can readers reach you?

michelle@michellehasker.com

 Where are you published?

Loose Id, Changeling Press, Aspen Mountain Press, Whiskey Creek Press Torrid and Cobblestone Press. 

Thanks for stopping in and I hope you enjoy yourself. J

Oh I did, and now I want to go write a romantic tale of a druidic vampire… as if I needed more ideas 😉 Thank you!

 

  

 





Tuesday Author Spotlight: Michelle Hasker

2 02 2008

Check out Feb. 5th as Michelle Hasker is spotlighted!

Raine





Check out Club Fantasy!

31 01 2008

I started something new for me…a paranormal/light bondage/menage story that has benn racking in my brain all morning. I wrote over 1000 words in 30 minutes. 🙂 Her eis the premise and I look forward to sharing more with you!

Club Fantasy

Blurb:           What happens when your deepest, darkest fantasies want to be let out and you have no idea where to turn? Is there a place where you can find several partners to enjoy, be punished by your master and enjoy it, or be able to dominate the man of your dreams?            Welcome to Club Fantasy where all your fantasies will be fulfilled in whatever manner you desire. Be warned once these doors open for you, you won’t want to go back! Each room delivers a different fantasy and whatever you desire will claim you: heart, body and soul!   Ok that is all I am giving you right now so be warned…..those dark fantasies are going to explode!