Friday, March 15, 2019

This week in The Loft: Author Christina Lynn Lambert!

Joining me today in The Loft is Christina Lynn Lambert. The author of the Stranger Creatures series, Christina writes dark, sexy, suspenseful romance. The Stranger Creatures series takes place in Great Oaks, VA, where shape shifters walk among regular humans, but everyone has secrets. She is currently working on the Guardians of Blackstone Beach series. When not writing, Christina enjoys spending time with her family.

Christina Lynn Lambert
Christina Lynn Lambert

S:  Why do you write romance?

C:
  Love is often overlooked at as an unnecessary afterthought or as a mistake by those who have been burned once or twice. I felt like it was important to create characters who were imperfect but had the courage to take a chance on love. I wanted to show that love is possibility for everyone, not just runway-perfect models or people who have never made mistakes. After reading a few modern romance novels--books by Shelley Laurentson, Nalini Singh, Shannon McKenna, and Rebecca Zanetti, for example--I knew for certain I wanted to be part of a genre that represented strong female characters who ask for what they want and play a key part in the relationship with their significant other, rather than simply settling for a role as someone's afterthought or inconvenience.


S:  The way women are portrayed in some romance novels has always bothered me. I think the weak, fickle female who can't handle life without a man propping her up misrepresents most love relationships and does readers a great disservice.

Tell me, where do you do your best thinking? 

C:  Often, I do my best thinking when I’m away from my computer. I get ideas when I’m driving or during a work-out, even while I’m in the shower. Since ideas tend to hit me at the most unexpected times, usually when I don’t have a pen or can’t write anything down, I just have to arrange and rearrange the possibilities and paragraphs in my head and try to remember as much as possible until I can sit down with a pen and paper. 

S:  (Laughs.) I know that feeling. I am always grabbing my phone in the middle of the night to record an idea. Otherwise, I can't sleep!

Name one person, book, or song that inspires your flights of fantasy. 

C:  "Learning to Fly" by Pink Floyd never fails to take my mind off the ordinary and make me imagine being weightless. The music mellows me out and this song, along with "Touch of Grey" by the Grateful Dead, is usually on whatever play list I listen to when I’m deep in my writer’s cave, trying to create the next chapter of a work-in-progress. 

S:  If you could live in any period of time, when would it be and why? 

C:  I would go back to the not too distant past (because I like running water and not having to kill my dinner and skin it myself) and explore the music scene of the 90s. I would hang out in bars and tiny little night clubs to see some of the bands and singers perform back before they were famous. 

S:  (Chuckles.) That sounds like fun! I imagine you'd also pick up some great material for a book!

What’s your favorite day of the year and why? 

C:  Halloween is my absolute favorite day of the year. I love that we get a chance to celebrate some of the macabre things that our imaginations can create. The idea that we can choose to celebrate the things we’ve left behind and the things that scare us, knowing we have the ultimate power over fear is so empowering to me. Also, I love the candy (except candy corn and fireballs).

S:  Oh, I'm with you on the candy corn. Yuck!

Tell me about your book, "Bear's Edge."

C:  Sure. "Bear's Edge" is a paranormal romance novel. It's the second book in the Stranger Creatures series. Here's the blurb--

A boss can't date her employee—simple as that. No matter how much Shayla wants to unravel a few of Grant's mysteries and take her friendship with the shy, sarcastic man to the next level, she's determined to keep her fantasies of him to herself.

After bear shifter Grant lost his girlfriend and three best friends in a fire, he did his best to shut himself off from everyone around him. Falling for Shayla wasn't part of his plan, but after a kiss that leaves them both speechless and hungry for more, Grant can't keep his desire for his boss under wraps any longer. When things between the two of them get hotter than he could have imagined, Grant wonders- will some of his darker desires be too much for Shayla or will she embrace the needs he’s kept hidden for so long?

An obnoxious reporter and Shayla's bitter ex have teamed up to chase down conspiracy theories that could destroy Shayla's business and worse, put her life in danger. To find their happily ever after, Shayla and Grant will have to trust in each other and find a way to crush all the obstacles standing in their way.


S:  Oh, I love shifter romances! Where can readers buy your book?

C:  It's available at all major booksellers, including--

Amazon:

Barnes and Noble:

Kobo:

Smashwords:

S:  Christina, thanks so much for joining me today! To learn more about Christina and her books, please visit--

Website: https://christinalynnlambertwordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/christinalynnlambert

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/chris4lamb

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/Christina-Lynn-Lambert/e/B01MCYK0K7

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/christinalynnlambert


Next week in The Loft: Author H K Carlton

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Enter to win Lee Collins' complete Men in Love And At War Series!

Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing eXtasy author Lee Collins (see post on December 21, 2018).  Lee writes M/M romance and has authored 14 books, including the Men In Love And At War Series and the Apparition Intervention Series. The Men in Love And At War Series is now on tour and Lee is offering an amazing giveaway!  Click on the link below and enter to win a complete eBook collection of this fascinating series!


An excerpt from the December 21, 2018 interview--

S:   Good morning, Lee! I must admit I am a bit in awe of a writer who lives in an actual paradise. I can't imagine what it must be like to be surrounded by beaches, eternal sunshine, a volcano, and the Atlantic Ocean. That seems to be enough inspiration for a lifetime!

Let's start with the basics. What would you like people to know about you?


L:  In brief, I am fifty-two. I was born and raised in London and worked as a successful management consultant until I was 35. Then I decided to move to Tenerife (one of the Canary Islands, which are a part of Spain) to pursue a relationship. I gave up my career, sold everything I owned in London in the hope that I’d found true love. BUT, it went horribly wrong. Seventeen years later I still live here and I have found a new prince charming, so yeah, it didn’t go that horribly wrong. Now comes the really tough part for me. I lost both my parents when I was 27 to cancer, so it’s been me and my older sister supporting each other from thereon in. Thankfully, we have a very loving relationship so life goes on and my memories of my parents will never die. If you really want to know me, then read my book Sun, Sea and a Contemporary Art Gallery. It is basically my memoirs, but a literary agent recommended that I rewrite it in third person, which I did. The main character is Berkeley and he took on a life of his own. Due to popular demand, I wrote another seven books featuring Berkeley. Now I’m in a really good place.



Author Lee Collins


S:  You made an incredible sacrifice for love! That took a lot of courage. I think many people fall in love when it's easy. Few are willing to make sacrifices to pursue it. 

Is that why you write romance?

L:  I write romance because I am a die-hard romantic. I have had a lot of relationships, fallen in love, had my heart broken more times than I care to mention, but for me, romance will never die. I also love to write books about how I wish a romance I’ve had should have gone. I also use it as a platform to vent my frustration. I live with my ex, but the love and bond between us is stronger than ever, so I’ve got my prince charming/knight in shining armour and I wouldn’t give him up for anybody.  I found true love, even if he is a pain in the, ahem, at times!

S:  (chuckles) They can be the love of your life, but that doesn't mean they're perfect! 

If someone wrote a song about you, what would it say?

L:  (Laughs) This is going to sound so corny, but I actually wrote some songs when I was in my 20’s and I wrote a song called ‘Making Rainbows," because I wanted to make rainbows for all my loved ones. It is featured in my first book, "Mistela." I would have to choose this one for that reason. The words mean so much to me--

Making Rainbows

There was a time
When I believed
That I’d been deceived
Because I didn’t have all of the things that I should
Then much to my surprise
I finally realised that nothing in life is free

When it comes to money and love
And when it comes to push and shove
You’re the one to make it happen

You have to make your own rainbow
If you’re looking for a pot of gold
You have to shoot cupid’s arrow
If you don’t want your heart left in the cold

So if no-one's gonna give
Then use your initiative
To get the things in life that you want

It’s a lesson to be learned
That all you want can be earned
Rather than waiting and never getting

You have to make your own rainbow
If you’re looking for a pot of gold
You have to shoot cupid’s arrow
If you don’t want your heart left in the cold

Mistela (Men in Love and at War Book 1) by [Collins, L.J.]
Mistela was Lee Collin's first book

S:  Wow. That's really beautiful. "You have to shoot cupid's arrow if you don't want your heart left in the cold." That's a lesson some never learn, but it is one of life's truths.


Complete this sentence for me. Writing is... 


L:  First and foremost a crazy experience, and one you have to be absolutely determined to pursue and succeed in! I sent my first book to about 40 publishers and literary agents and got turned down by all of them. I had balls and guts at the time and I refused to accept their judgment and decision so I kept on trying. Then I struck gold with eXtasy Books who specialize in the type of genre that I write in (MM romance). Fourteen books later it is now a question of when the fingers connect with the mind. I plan things—plots, stories, etcetera, in my head, but when the fingers take over something else comes out. (Chuckles) I can’t complain though. I think my subconscious takes over and I am always happy when it does. I go into a "zone’ when I’m writing and I have to be in that zone or I write a load of… Being a writer is not easy, but I love it, and I don’t have to do it for financial reasons. I do it for the love of being given the opportunity to be creative and express my inner being and thoughts. I get so much joy and satisfaction from it, and I hope you all will when you read my books.


(Want more? Refer back to the December 21, 2018 post!)
To win a complete eBook set of the Men in Love And At War Series, 
click on the link below!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Today in The Loft: Author Kayelle Allen!

Joining me today in The Loft is romance, suspense, and Sci-Fi author Kayelle Allen. Kayelle writes books with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. Because she believes people don't buy books, they buy experiences, she strives to create stories people read, get lost in, and think about long after the last page. Kayelle is also the founder and administrator of Marketing For Romance Writers, a group that assists writers of romance with promoting their books. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, Kayelle claims she's been married so long, she's tenured!


Author Kayelle Allen

S:  Good morning, Kayelle! Thanks so much for stopping by!

You seem to have a very active imagination. Can you name one person, book, or song who/that inspires flights of fantasy?

K:  Just one? Hmmmm. I'm going to go with Nik Nitsvetov, the Russian cosplayer who portrayed Pietas from "Bringer of Chaos" last year. He and I are planning another cosplay event this year. To see the kind of work Nik does, check out the Ritual of Strength video. This is taken from scenes in both my books. (https://kayelleallen.com/gateway/pietas-ritual/) If this guy doesn't inspire flights of fantasy, nothing will. I'm going to add a second inspirational person here, Zack Black. He's literally the voice in my head when I write Pietas. He narrates this video. Zack completely captured the way Pietas sounds and even his voice. Surreal to see the physical person I imagine and hear his voice -- both come to life. This was an incredible undertaking and I can't wait to do it again. Links to both men are on the page referenced above. Okay, and one more thing. I listen to a playlist of songs while I write and that is a huge inspiration. The music includes "Nameless Heroes"" by Audiomachine, "Master of Time" by Epic North, and "Asimov" by Nick Phoenix. There are more songs, but those get played over and over.

S:  What should people know about you?

K:  I am a super busy person. Who isn't? However, I love cosplay and most of the people I follow on Instagram are cosplayers. But I don't dress up or take part in cosplay myself. I just photograph and enjoy it. They should also know that I love art and create my own banners. I have a creative team of designers with whom I work, which includes Nik, Zack, NanoCore (a digital weaponsmith), and Zealot6 (a video designer). You'll be seeing more videos in the near future. I'm producing several. I also own two book publishing companies, each built to feature my own books. Romance titles come from Romance Lives Forever Books and future science fiction titles (without romance) will come from Lucsondis Books. I also manage Marketing for Romance Writers, a peer-mentoring group for authors, and host authors on my daily book blog, Romance Lives Forever.

S:  (Chuckles.) Geeesh! When do you find time to sleep?

Complete this sentence: "When one of my books is released, I..."

K:  ...I am amazed I actually finished the thing. I must write. It's in the blood. But it takes so much to create a book that it's just a miracle when it's finished. I can't just write it and throw it out there. I plot, plan, edit, rewrite, edit again, send the book through multiple channels of beta readers, story editors, and final editors. If needed, I repeat steps. I'm never satisfied until it's as exciting and as perfect as I can make it. So maybe I should say that when one of my books is released, I'm exhausted and ready for vacation.

S:  (Chuckles.) I don't believe my books have been published until I actually hold them in my hands.   

What's the best advice you have ever been given?

K:  Write what's in your heart. No one can write only what they know. If they did, there would be no science fiction, no ghost stories, no Arthurian legends -- you get the idea. We can prepare and research and speculate, but we can't know. So do what you can to be accurate, but you are a writer. You are the one who says "In my world, it works like this." Best advice ever. Despite my penchant for perfection, I believe this with all my heart. It's my world. If I want it, I make it happen.

S:  A little self-belief in your ideas goes a long way. What's the best advice you have ever given?

K:  If you want to be a writer, don't let anyone steal your dream. Don't quit. Don't give up. Don't stop. The people who keep going and finish are writers.

S:  Exactly. There are so many out there eager to crush your dreams. Believe in yourself and forge ahead!

If you could "seize the day," how would you do it?

K:  I would not be flat on my back in bed thinking about writing a story. I would be up writing it. Plotting it. Making notes. Time is getting away from me fast. I don't have time to waste thinking about what I want to do. I need to do it. Now. Today. That's how I seize the day. I just do it.

S:  (Smiles.)  Spoken like a true writer. Writing is not only what we do, it is who we are. 

Tell me about your book, "Origin of Pietas."

K:  This is Book 1 of the Bringer of Chaos Series, which is about military genetic engineering in a dystopian world. Here's the blurb--

A captive of the people he loathes, the immortal Pietas is left for dead on the planet Sempervia. Six, a human soldier who is abandoned with him, offers food and water. A human, offering friendship? Surely, this is another trap, but to survive, Pietas must do that which he most detests. Trust a human...

"Forged in Fire" (Book 2) continues the saga and "Watch Your Six" (Book 3) is in progress.


S:  Where can readers buy your book?

K:  It's available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited at--

S:  Kayelle, thanks so much for joining me today. To learn more about Kayelle, please visit--


You can also join one of Kayelle's Reader Groups, download four free books, and get news about books coming soon. You can unsubscribe at any time.  Here's the link--

Next week in The Loft: Christina Lynn Lambert!

Friday, March 1, 2019

The week in The Loft: Author Iris Blobel

Joining me today in The Loft is Australian author Iris Blobel. Born and raised in Germany, Iris immigrated to Australia in the 1990s. By day, Iris works at a private school and also presents a German program on local community radio. By night, she writes romance. Iris lives west of Melbourne with her huband, two daughters, and dog.


Author Iris Blobel
S:  Good morning, Iris! 

You've now written almost a dozen books. Why choose romance?

I:  I love romance. There’s so much hate in the world. I enjoy bringing people together in my books.

S:  Where do you do your best thinking?

I:  As in where do I come up with my best ideas for a book? (Seelie nods.) Holidays. Even better, holidays at the beach. I love it.

S:  (Nods.) I've often thought being able to write at the beach would be the perfect environment for an author, especially if there was a cabana boy to keep me supplied with umbrella drinks!

What or whom inspires your flights of fantasy?

I:  No hesitation. Cecelia Ahern’s book, "If You Could See Me Now." (Editor's note: Ahern is an Irish writer. This particulaw book was published in 2005 and is available in the U.S. under the title, "A Silver Lining."

S:  What’s your favorite day of the year? 

I:  Sunday afternoon in spring or autumn. Having a nice cup of tea n the backyard while reading a book or thinking of ideas for a new one.

S:  You are offered one of the following gifts:  A day back in time, a glimpse into heaven, or perfect health. Which would you take and why?  

I:  Perfect health. I’ve had my fair share of sickness. I’d love to wake up one day with no pain whatsoever.

S:  (Nods.)  People don't realize how important good health is until it's taken away.

Tell me about your re-release, "Innocent Tears."

I:  This book has undergone a rewrite and has a new cover. Here's the blurb--

Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn McCormack, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it pulls the feet right out from underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight. He didn’t know about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody.

With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’ ideas, and Emma is voicing her opinion, too, leaving Nadine right in the middle of it all, still grieving the loss of her mother. There’s no doubt she’s afraid about where and with whom she will settle.

Will a letter Flynn receives help him decide what to do?


Innocent Tears by [Blobel, Iris]

S:  Everyone knows I have a particular fondness for stories about lawyers, having played in the shark pond for many years!  This one sounds interesting! Where can people buy your book?

I:  The book is free for KU subscribers. It's also at--


S:  Iris, thanks for joining me today! If you'd like to learn more about Iris and her books, please visit--

Newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/bQ68rL
Website:  http://www.irisblobel.com/
Blog:  http://www.irisblobel.com/blog
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/_iris_b
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IrisBlobel
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4067254.Iris_Blobel
Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Iris-Blobel/e/B00FNFP3LI/

Joining me next week in The Loft:  Author Kayelle Allen!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Congratulations to eXtasy author Lynn Michaels on her latest release!


Blurb:

Kayden's gift allowed him a place at Watercrest Cannon Paranormal Consultants, but it shattered his future. Could his best friend, Bryan, pick up his pieces?

Kayden and Bryan find a way to deal with the demons that the consultants at WCPC can't handle.

WCPC handles all your paranormal needs. Poltergeists, ghosts, or mystical apparitions, we can help. We employ the most talented wranglers who can control even the toughest demons around. Call the consultants of Watercrest Cannon Paranormal Consultants to help.

Broody wrangler and tactile psychic take on the mystery at Brown-Blythe Manor-Sometimes Demons Whisper.

Buy links

Publisher:  https://www.extasybooks.com/978-1-4874-2294-3-sometimes-demons-whisper/

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Sometimes-Demons-Whisper-Paranormal-Consultants-ebook/dp/B07P3WN2CQ/

Barnes & Noble:   https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1130697569?ean=9781487423759

Friday, February 22, 2019

This week in The Loft: Author Kate McKeever!

Joining me today in The Loft is romance author Kate McKeever. Kate writes small town and paranormal romance. Born and raised in the south, Kate's books include the Brotherhood Protector series, as well a holiday romance and a paranormal romance anthology.

Author Kate McKeever

S:  Welcome, Kate! Thanks so much for joining me today!

What should people know about you? 

K:  That I’m full of ideas. I love writing and have always loved reading a variety of genres. Expect the unexpected from me when it comes to writing. For instance, I’ve written several books that are considered sweet, with no sex scenes. But I’ve also written paranormal romantic suspense and military romance that has steamy to sexy scenes. And there are other genres in my imagination that will probably see the light of day in the future. Stay tuned!
  
S:  Why write romance?

K:  I write romance because I grew up reading romance novels, sometimes in secret. I loved reading Harlequin romances when my mother took me to the beauty parlor with her and usually managed to sneak one out of the shop to borrow for a week. Through reading those romances, along with turn of the century ones my great aunt had and classics like Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice,  I began to love the journeys the hero and heroine went through in an effort to find their soul mates.

S:  I used to read my Mom's romance novels under the covers at night with a flashlight! I wish she would have let me read the ones at the beauty parlor! Where do you do your best thinking? 

K:  Ironically enough, I do my best thinking when I’m mowing the lawn or doing lawn work. I think it’s when I’m doing something mindless, something that doesn’t require a lot of analyzing or thinking that my brain goes into a zen space and ideas, scenes, even whole books come to me. And I love mowing the lawn!

S:  (Laughs.) That's a new one! What a great excuse to mow the lawn!

Complete this sentence--When one of my books are released, I...

K:  ...I pinch myself. I’ve written and woven stories as long as I can remember and it still thrills me when I see a book in print, as well as when I hear from readers. I’m not sure I’ll ever get over the joy of realizing other people enjoy my made up stories as much as I do.

S:  That really validates your writing, doesn't it? I get so excited when someone likes my books!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? 

K:  Take the opportunity to live life instead of riding through it. I haven’t taken a lot of chances in my life, when I balance it against other people, such as athletes, soldiers, and such, but for me, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone to do things I never thought I’d get to do, such as travel, publish books and get a higher education. For me, those things have been dreams that have been realized, but now I have other dreams to fill those slots and I’m looking forward to living life!

S:  (Nods.) I think so many people tend to forget that life should be lived, not simply survived. 

Tell me about your upcoming release, "Saint's Fall."

K:  Sure. "Saint's Fall" is another book in the Brotherhood Protector' series. Here's the blurb--

For Luc “Saint” Benatou, the military transformed him from a lost young kid into a fit, driven Seal. Now, forced out of service by an amputation, he is adrift and unsure of his future, his identity. Celie Kean comes to Eagle Rock, Montana to redefine herself. She spent her youth making all the wrong decisions and is determined to find a new way of life in the mountains, if she can escape her old “friends”. Saint and Celie find each other when she is almost killed. Can these two wounded souls start to heal and find love while trying to stay alive?

S:  Wow. That sounds like a complex story, learning to start over, learning to love again.

Where can readers find your book?

K:  My book will be released in April and will be available at all major booksellers.

S:  Kate, thanks so much for joining me today and best of luck with your new release!

If you would like to learn more about Kate, please visit--




Next week in The Loft: Author Iris Blobel!  

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Congratulations to Denise Wheatley on her latest release!


Blurb:

Even the most perfectly laid holiday plans sometimes go awry…

Entertainment industry “it” couple Sasha Williams and Drake Lancaster, who were first introduced in “A Naughty Jolly Christmas,” are still going strong. Sasha’s impeccable publicist skills have kept Drake on the A-list, helping him land the lead role in a major Valentine’s Day movie. When filming wraps, the twosome plan on heading to Cabo San Lucas, inviting both their families along to meet for the first time.

But plans go astray when Drake reverts back to his bad boy ways during filming and gets into a huge altercation with the director. He’s booted from the movie and replaced by Mitch Morrison, a hot young actor who’s recently taken Hollywood by storm.

While Drake struggles to repair his image, Mitch hires Sasha to help manage his burgeoning career. The move infuriates Drake, but Sasha insists it’s a great business opportunity. She doesn’t realize Drake’s threatened by Mitch’s good looks, charismatic personality and rising star.

The stress of it all puts a strain on the couple’s relationship, especially when Mitch admits to Sasha that he’s developed feelings for her and she realizes the sentiments may be mutual. With the pressures of Sasha and Drake’s rocky union continuing to mount, the anticipation of their families meeting, and Sasha’s elusive affections towards Mitch, the couple can’t help but wonder whether their once booming relationship is about to crash. In the end, they must figure out whether their love is strong enough to withstand these issues and carry them through this Valentine’s Day.

Buy links