Friday, June 26, 2020

This week in The Loft: Author Elizabeth Black!

Joining me today in The Loft is fellow eXtasy author, Elizabeth Black! Elizabeth writes erotica, erotic romance, speculative fiction, fantasy, dark fiction, and horror. She also enjoys reworking fairy tales, resulting in tomes such as "Trouble in Thigh High Boots" (Puss In Boots) and "Climbing Her Tower" (Rapunzel). She has written a a column on sex for the ezine, nuts4chics, and her articles about sex, erotica, and relationships have appeared in publications that include Good Vibrations Magazine, CarnalNation, and On The Issues. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, son, and three cats.


Author Elizabeth Black

S:  Good morning, Elizabeth! I am so pleased you could join me today!

What attracts you to the romance genre?

E:  I'm rather surprised I write romance. My first love is horror, which is far removed from romance! I saw a submission call about a decade ago for short stories to be published by Scarlet Magazine, which was from the U. K. Scarlet published erotica and erotic romance. I had an idea in my head for quite awhile – what happened to Cinderella after her Happily Ever After ending? I had to give it a try. Suffice to say Cinderella wasn't happy with her Handsome Prince. The shine had worn off, and her sex life blew chunks. She was visited by a Magical Sex Coach who taught her to enjoy her sexuality rather than trying to please her man all the time. The change of focus did the trick. The Handsome Prince and Cinderella fell in love all over again, and the sex was hot. I had so much fun writing that story that I wrote more romances, mostly short stories. I still write horror, but I also love writing romance and erotica.

S:  What is your perfect romantic evening?

E:  There are so many ways to answer this question. I love to have dinner with my husband at a nice restaurant where I order local, fresh seafood. I live on the Massachusetts coast, so seafood is very good here. I'd drink a glass of champagne--my favorite alcoholic drink--and then iced tea with sugar and lemon. Weather permitting and if the sun hasn't completely set, my husband and I would go for a walk on the beach. I love beach walks, especially at sunset. We'd end the evening at home with a bottle of champagne or beer and something fun on TV, like a cozy mystery or a comedy.

S:  What was your worst date ever?

E:  I wouldn't exactly call it a date. I was seeing an immunologist who worked at the National Institutes for Health. He was horrid. While driving, he kept putting his hand on my crotch, and wouldn't remove it when I wanted him to. I was too scared to make an issue of it. He wanted to make out in the car and that was gross. When he took me to his apartment, he was mad his roommate was there, since he wanted to have sex and I didn't. I was glad the roommate was there. I was trapped and I couldn't get away. I couldn't leave without ending up stranded far from my college dorm with no way of getting home. Somehow, I made it through that dreadful experience in one piece without getting assaulted. I later read in the newspaper that he was fired for sexually harassing women at NIH. I wasn't surprised. I never saw him again although he kept pestering me by phone to go out. No. I was done. I never found myself in such a position ever again. 

S:  (Grimaces.) Wow. That's pretty horrifying. Too bad you weren't packing pepper spray. He certainly deserved it!

What attracted you to your current partner?

E:  We met at a science fiction convention over 20 years ago. I was dressed as Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation and he was holding a copy of Harry Harrison's The Stainless Steel Rat. The book caught my attention since I read it years ago and loved it. We spent a good deal of the weekend talking. He didn't try to hit on me and wasn't threatening in any way. Later that night, we went to a con party in one of the hotel rooms. I was still dressed as Troi. He painted something odd on his face, and I couldn't figure out what it was. I asked him why he had a Baked Alaska on his forehead, and he said he was supposed to be a zombie, LOL. After the con, we kept in touch. Spent a lot of time talking on the phone. I felt comfortable with him, and it later grew into love.

S:  (Smiles.) That's the best kind of relationship. Friendship blossoming into love.

What would you like to people know about you?

E:  In the early 1990s, I had worked as a gaffer, scenic artist, and makeup artist including FX for TV, movies, concerts, and stage. I was in a stagehand's union. I'm proud to have done lighting for the movies, 12 Monkeys and Die Hard With A Vengeance. I also did makeup, including FX, for the acclaimed TV show, Homicide: Life On The Street. The concerts were great fun to work since I saw the acts for free. Those concerts included The Rolling Stones, The Eagles, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton, Barbra Streisand, and Judy Collins. My husband was jealous I not only got to work Aerosmith and see the show for free, but I also stood a few feet away from Steve Tyler while working backstage. He was average height and wiry. Nice guy, too. Mick Jagger waved at me when I waved at him from the stage. Those were fun gigs. All of these experiences influenced my GLBT paranormal shifter romance, Full Moon Fever, which is set in the theater world.

S:  Sounds like an exciting life!  The Die Hard movies are among my favorites. I can't imagine what it was like to be on set.

What are you currently working on?

E: I’m working on a collection of erotic retellings of fairy tales, including The Pied Piper, Cinderella, Snow White, The Shoemaker and the Elves, The Little Mermaid, and Red Riding Hood. These stories are great fun to write. 

S:  Tell me about your book, "Full Moon Fever."

E:  It's a GLBT paranormal shifter romance. Here's the blurb--

William Shakespeare said All the world’s a stage, but he hadn’t counted on shifters under a theater’s hot lights. Lovers Sam Hightower and Grant Newsome live for the stage. Although they have enjoyed the wanderlust of traveling theater for many years, each has grown tired of the road and wants to settle down. They also have a secret. As shifters and no part of any pack, they are lone wolves in every sense of the word. The full moon brings out the beast in them.

Even though their work as gaffers—lighting techs—puts them in contact with a large variety of willing, sexy men and women to share their love, they prefer men. They find a dancer, Luke Pearce, who makes their blood run hot, but Luke has a secret of his own to test them. Add scenic artists and lovers Charlotte and Lina to the mix, and you have a wild and sexy fivesome.

To spoil their fun and to their surprise, Sam and Grant discover another shifter in their midst, but this young person is so inexperienced and terrified she could expose them to the human hunters and get them killed. How can Sam and Grant protect themselves as well as the people they love?



S:  That sounds exciting and tantalizing! Where can readers buy your book?

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



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

Newsletter:  http://eepurl.com/b76GWD

Friday, June 19, 2020

This week in The Loft: Barbara Mountjoy!

Joining me today in The Loft is  Barbara Mountjoy, who writes as Alana Lorens and Lyndi Alexander. The author of the Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers series, Barbara is a former family law attorney and also worked as a journalist in south Florida. Writing professionally for more than 40 years, Barbara spins tales of contemporary romance, romantic suspense, and science fiction/space opera. She currently resides in Asheville, N.C. with her daughter--the youngest of seven children--and five crotchety cats!


Author Barbara Mountjoy

S:  Good morning, Barbara! Welcome to The Loft. It's always a pleasure to chat with a fellow attorney/journalist who also happens to be a romance author!

If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to write books?

B:  Yes, because I didn’t choose to write books. I am a writer, period. I wrote my first novel at 14, and have written approximately 31 since. I’ve written short stories, the occasional poem, articles, and I was a professional journalist for seven years in south Florida. I’ve got two novels in progress now, one a sci-fi romance with a gender-shifting alien, and a contemporary romance set at a high-school reunion. I don’t think I’ll ever stop!

S:  (Chuckles.) Oh, those high school reunions! The possibilities are endless.

Do you write in other genres? 

B:  I do write in other genres. I don’t write to formula. I write whatever stories come to me. So on the romance side, I have contemporary romance and romantic suspense, written as Alana Lorens, and science fiction romance, science fiction/space opera, fantasy and YA post apocalyptic fiction, written as Lyndi Alexander.

S:  That quite a range--a sign of a very creative mind!

Do you remember your first kiss?

B: I was six-years-old, in the playground down the hill from my house in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. David Miller kissed me under the slide. It was mushy and wet. Couldn’t see all the appeal of it, at the time.

S:  At least you didn't almost get expelled from kindergarten. (Blushes.) Kissing in the coatroom at age five is apparently a grave offense!

You have accomplished so much. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

B:  While I’d love to say my international bestseller, I don’t have one, and it wouldn’t be true anyway. I birthed three amazing daughters who have grown up to be humans I admire thoroughly, who are raising their kids to be awesome. I have had many non-biological children, stepdaughters, adopted boys and girls, and others who passed through from time to time, who have also gone on to be successful. I think producing a strong next generation-whether as a mother, father, teacher or dear friend-- is the best thing anyone can do.

S:  (Nods.) Touching the life of a child--in your case, many children--is one of the most fulfilling accomplishments there is.

Do you ever have a problem ending a book?

B: Oh, gosh, yes. Endings are hard. Not because I just want the story to go on and on, but because you want to stop at exactly the right place, something moving, and clever, and rewarding. It takes awhile to choose the right words and the action that brings your story to a close.

S:  The prefect ending is the goal, but sometimes, it can be elusive.

Tell me about your book, "That Girl's the One I Love."

B:  It's a contemporary novella written under my pseudonym, Alana Lorens.

Here's the blurb--

Leyla Brand has one perfect day in her life: the day she meets rock singer Arran Lake at the Bele Chere Festival in Asheville. They have so much in common, Leyla is sure they are soulmates and will have a future together.

The very next morning, when Arran receives the call to hit the big time, he vanishes into the world of California rock and roll to become an international star, leaving her behind. Only a few phone calls keep them in touch — until his phone is disconnected. After that, all she has of him is every new song that hits the charts.

Five years later, she gets a message on the Internet from an unfamiliar address. Someone wants to know if she’s the Leyla of Bele Chere. Should she open that door and discover who this might be? Who else could it be? And if it is Arran, why does he want to contact her now, after all this time? Will he just break her heart again?  



S:  (Smiles.) Sometimes, love can be reignited with a single step--if you're brave enough to take it.

Where can readers purchase your book?

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

Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/That-Girls-One-I-Love-ebook/dp/B009ADS5KA/
Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/that-girls-the-one-i-love-alana-lorens/1112989182?ean=2940015628388

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

Website:  https://wordpress.com/page/alana-lorens.com/21
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AlanaLorens/
Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4829967.Alana_Lorens
Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Alana-Lorens/e/B005GE0WBC/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1


Friday, June 12, 2020

This week in The Loft: Author Amber Daulton!

Joining me today in The Loft is author Amber Daulton. Amber wrote the romantic suspense series, Arresting Onyx, and has also contributed to the Deerbourne Inn and Timeless series. In addition, she has authored several standalone novels. Her books have been published in eBook, print on demand, audio, and foreign language formats. Amber lives in North Carolina with her husband and three demanding cats.


Author Amber Daulton

S: Welcome, Amber! I'm pleased you could join me today!

Why did you become a writer?

A:  I read my first romance book when I was 12, after I snuck a Harlequin paperback out of my mom’s bedroom. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to create my own story about two people having an adventure and falling in love. I wrote with pencil in a spiral-bound notebook and finished that 200-plus page story in about six months. It’s my first attempt at writing, and though I've revised the manuscript several times over the years, it’s currently not published.

S:  Wow, that's quite an accomplishment. I hope we get a chance to read it! 

What attracts you to the romance genre?

A:  The versatility. Most romance books nowadays are more than simple love stories. All sorts of plot devices are used, such as action, danger, mystery, emotional upheaval, and physical trauma, to name a few. If you take away the falling in love aspect from a romantic suspense story, for example, you have a suspense/action/thriller story. The romance genre is so widespread that I’ve heard of men reading and enjoying various books without realizing those books are classified as romance.

S:  What attracted you to your current partner?

A:  I met Greg, my husband, back in college. The first thing I noticed about him was his spiky hair, leather jacket, and moody attitude. I’m attracted to the bad boy type--most of my heroes fall into that category--so after a lot of flirting and waiting for Greg to ask me out on a date, I did the modern woman thing and asked him.

S:  If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to write books?

A:  Definitely. If I wasn’t writing, I don’t know what I would do with my life. I do, however, wish I could pass on some useful advice to my younger self. When I first started writing, back in the late 90s and 2000s, as a teenager, I was reading books published in the 1980s. The writing styles that were accepted back then are frowned upon now, but that’s how I taught myself to write. I didn’t realize passive voice and head hopping was no longer deemed correct, so now I’ve become crazy strict in writing in active voice and using proper scene breaks when switching a character's point of view.


Arresting Mason (Arresting Onyx Book 1) by [Amber Daulton]

S:  What’s the best advice you have ever given?

A:  I think what I said previously works well here, too. For new authors, read modern books, what’s been published in the last five years. Publishing guidelines and styles change all the time, so you need to stay updated on what’s acceptable by reading newer books.

S:  What’s the best advice you have ever been given?

A:  Just keep trying, even when you’re feeling bad about yourself and the quality of your work. No one is perfect. Don’t rush a project. Give it the love and attention it needs to be the best it can be. You as the writer, the book itself, and the readers deserve it.

S:  That's good advice. You have to believe in yourself  or no one else will.

What inspires you?

A:  Everything around me. Sometimes I watch a TV show or read a book, and I think of a story idea that’s both completely different and along the same lines. When this happens, the characters keep talking to me in my head, and I cannot think about anything else until I at least write down a basic plot or idea. Inspiration often strikes when I’m sleeping. My dreams are usually pretty vivid, so I take what I can from the dream world and create a story around it.


Timeless Honor (Mirrors of Time Book 3)

S:  How many books do you average a year?

A:  I write a lot faster than my editor edits, so I have a lot of manuscripts gathering digital dust on my PC. On average, I can usually research, write. and edit a novella--15 to 35,000 words--in about two months or so. For a full-length novel--80,000 words or more--I usually take three or four months to finish. I don’t set a word count quota for myself, but I do set personal deadlines in which I try to have chapters done on a certain date, so I can have the entire story completed by another date. Sometimes, I make it. Sometimes, I don’t. I do my best to not get down on myself when I miss my deadlines.

S:  Do you ever have a problem ending a book?

A:  Sometimes. I’m more of a plotter than a panster, so I plot the whole story from beginning to end before I start writing. I usually have trouble ending a story in the plotting stage, but I can work through plot holes and tie up loose endings after bouncing ideas off my husband.

S:  What are you currently working on?

A:  The second installment in the Arresting Onyx Series is with my editor now and should be out in late 2020. "Arresting Jeremiah" follows hard-nosed parole officer Jim Borden and his obsession, Calista Barlow, as they stick their noses where they don’t belong and fall deep into the trouble with the criminal organization known as Onyx. This sexy, dirty-talking romantic suspense series spans five books with a standalone Happily Ever After (HEA) for each rough-and-tumble hero and their spunky heroines. The first book, "Arresting Mason," is already published.

S:  Tell me about your book, "Lyrical Embrace."

A:  "Lyrical Embrace" is Book 4 in the Deerbourne Inn Series, a multi-author collaboration of  novellas all set in the small fictional town of Willow Springs, Vermont.

Here's the blurb--

Out-of-work violinist Erica Timberly decides enough is enough. She leaves her abusive boyfriend and flees the big city, but then her car breaks down in the middle of the night. Though wary of men, she accepts help from Dylan Haynes, a stranger driving by on the road, and soon recognizes him as the sexy former drummer of her favorite indie rock band. Maybe, just maybe, her run of bad luck is finally turning around.

Music teacher Dylan Haynes knows Erica is in trouble, and her black eye is only the first clue. The stubborn yet vulnerable woman needs a friend, but he’s determined to give her everything she deserves.

Will Erica listen to the music in her heart and trust Dylan, or will her past always threaten her future?


S:  Where can readers buy your book?

A:  It's available in multiple formats from major booksellers, including--

Audio/Amazon:  https:/amzn.to/37zlyKx
Audio/Audible: https://adbl.co/36q03LL
Audio: iTunes: https://apple.co/2RILmVH

S:  Amber, thanks so much for joining me today. If you'd like to learn more about Amber and her books, please visit--

Amazon Author Page:  http://amzn.to/14JoZff

Friday, June 5, 2020

This week in The Loft: Australian Author Jan Selbourne!

Joining me today in The Loft is a friend from "down under," author Jan Selbourne! Born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Jan spent some time toiling away in the business world before finding her calling as an author. The world of dusty ledgers and accounting led her to Victoria, Queensland and the United Kingdom, but upon retirement, she settled in Maitland, New South Wales. Jan's tales of historical romance draw on war, battles, spies, and other intrigue.


Author Jan Selbourne

S:  Good morning, Jan! Thanks so much for joining me today!

Why did you become a writer?

J:  I've always loved writing, but career, marriage, children, and everything else seemed to come first. When I retired, it was "me time." I was ready, but I didn't know what to write about. Inspiration came from an article in a magazine and my grandfather's war service records. "Behind the Clouds," set in Belgium during the early days of WWI, was published in 2015.



S:  How many books do you average a year?

J:  One. My fourth book, "The Woman Behind the Mirror," was published in April 2020. A lot of time is spent on research. With historical novels, I believe we should try to provide an authentic as possible background of the era. We can't just drop out characters into, say, the Tudor era and hope for the best.

S:  (Nods.) Kudos for that. I am a bit of a history buff. I think it is important to pay attention to details, not just dress someone up in costumes from the era and hope no one notices all the factual errors.

What attracted you to the romance genre?

J:  We are all romantics at heart, and the romance genre lets us escape to our hero and heroine’s world, be with them through their difficulties and then, happiness. It makes us feel good and we all need that.

S:  If you had to do it all over again, would you still choose to write books?

J:  Definitely, although I’d be more prepared. When I began writing, I had no idea there was such a thing as Point of View. I head-hopped all over the place. A reader would be seasick lurching between my character’s heads. I look back and cringe. Why didn’t I see that?

S:  (Laughs.) The first time I was told I was "head-hopping," I didn't even know what it meant! Now, when I see it in other books, I just cringe.

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

J:  When we are in a distressing situation or difficult relationship, we have choices. We can walk away and take a new road in life. Or, we can stay.  If we choose to stay, don’t complain later. It was your choice.

S:  (Nods.) Far better to make a choice, than to settle.

Do you ever have a problem ending a book?

J:  Yes. I think by the time I’m halfway through my book, the story is taking me along with it. The end is always different to what I’d envisaged. 

S:  (Smiles.) I know that feeling. My characters take over and tell me how they want the book to end. Most times, it's a surprise.

Tell me about your book, "The Woman Behind the Mirror."

J:  Here's the blurb--

Because of an arranged marriage to a man who repulses her, Sarah Forsythe runs away with the son of a minister. Not to Gretna Green, to the New World. Instead of a country filled with hope and possibilities, Sarah finds broken promises, abandonment, and shame. And her timing couldn’t be worse! After the infamous “tea party,” the siege of Boston worsens as the Americans rebel against Great Britain. Desperate for money, Sarah breaks open a safe only to find a bundle of Bank of England documents. Sensing they are of value, she guards them during the long, difficult journey from Boston back to England.

Bank investigator Neil McAlister doesn’t believe this woman who claims she “found” the documents and wants a reward in exchange for them—until he’s faced with two men using the same name and sharing nearly identical stories, each saying the documents belong to him. Who is lying? In time, Neil becomes aware that something is very wrong. As his feelings for her grow, he needs to know who wants the beautiful, defiant, and secretive Sarah dead?




S:  I love that story line! So intriguing!

Where can readers buy your book?

J:  It's available at major booksellers, including--


S:  Jan, thanks so much for joining me today. Please stay safe out there!

If you would like to learn more about Jan and her books, please visit--


Thursday, May 28, 2020

It's release day!



Coming soon to all major booksellers!

This week in The Loft: Author Kate Barnett!

Joining me today in The Loft is author Kate Barnett. Kate writes contemporary romance. She spins tales about strong women who are not afraid to pursue their dreams and the men who love them for it. Kate believes love is a theme which all people have in common. She resides in New York City with her husband and family.
Author Kate Barnett


S:  Good morning, Kate! Thanks so much for joining me today.

What's your favorite thing about writing romance?

K:  My favorite part of writing romance stories is offering lots of juicy payoffs to the reader. As romance novel fans, we navigate alongside our heroes and heroines through plots loaded with tension, and plagued by strife. We feel those characters’ frustration right along with them, so we deserve the moments of satisfaction that make it all worthwhile. I love writing those scenes that readers wait for, whether it be the build-up to a tender first kiss, or red-hot sex with bodice tearing and buttons flying, or simply a long-awaited, honest conversation. Often, these are among the first scenes I write, and I structure the rest of the story around them.

S:  What was your worst date ever?

K:  My worst date ever, by far, was with a guy I liked a lot. I have been seeing him for a while. I was all dressed up for a fancy dinner, which never happened. When he arrived at my door, rather than take me out, he broke up with me! I was crushed. Flattened. Less than a year later, I had my best date ever, with the man who is now my husband, and the love of my life. So I really ought to thank that other guy!

S:  (Grimaces.) I think many have experienced those kind of break-ups. At least yours has a happy ending!

What attracted you to your current partner?

K:  My husband and I met in a bar, where we both were separately out with friends. The first thing I noticed was his sexy English accent, which stood out in that local neighbor-hood place in Brooklyn. Of course, I had to talk to him, and three hours later, we were still at the bar talking! The accent first caught my attention, but our endless shared interests and easy conversation were the big winner. It was the most effortless date I’d ever had, and it wasn’t even a real date! He called me the next day, and almost 15 years later, the rest is history.

S:  (Fans self.) It's sure hard to resist a British accent! 

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

K:  The best advice I have received is very simple: Put down the cell phone and put people first. Look your lover, child, parent, or friend in the eye, and have a conversation. Find out how they’re doing. Share a funny story. Ask for advice. Live in the moment. Watch a dance recital or soccer game without using the lens of your iPhone camera. Remember that a real hug feels a whole lot better than a “like” on social media.

S:  (Nods.) Sound advice. I hate it when someone is looking at their phone, pretending to be interested a conversation with me. It's just plain rude.

What are you currently working on?

K:  I always have lots of plot outlines, character profiles, and semi-written scenes in various stages of completion. The work I do on one book often influences what will happen in another. For example, "Hard to Break," which was published at the end of 2019, is the first book in a series of four. I am primarily focused on finishing Book Two right now, but as I write, I get lots of ideas for the following two books. So I digress occasionally, fleshing out those other outlines some more, and often writing whole scenes for the other books. I also have the beginnings of a spin-off series brewing, so there are plenty of projects on my plate right now. The hard part is staying disciplined and focusing on the primary book at hand.

S:  What can you tell me about "Hard to Break?"

K:  Well, as I said, it's the first book in my contemporary romance series. 

Here's the blurb--

Miranda Reed is a busy young marketing executive living in New York City. She has an active social life, a casual boyfriend, a fast track career, and a lot of confidence in herself. If she lacks real passion for her lifestyle and her work, she is too busy to notice. Adam Taylor lives life in the fast lane, focused on growing his real estate development business. He’s never met a woman who tempts him to carve out a place for her… until he meets Miranda.

When Miranda and her sister inherit their grandparents’ country estate, they are faced with a difficult choice. The property is too expensive to keep as a family retreat, but Miranda can’t bear to sell the place, with her fondest memories attached to it. Finding a creative solution to keep the manor provides a sense of purpose she’d never realized was missing.

The moment Adam and Miranda meet, their mutual attraction offers a tempting reprieve from her constant hard work. But when he becomes the unwanted management consultant running her renovation project, the prospect of a steamy affair becomes a lot more complicated. Still, Adam and Miranda cannot ignore the gravitational pull between them, and when they do come crashing together, the chemistry blows their minds. Inevitably, what starts out as a physical outlet for both of them evolves into a whole lot more.

By the time Adam and Miranda realize they belong together, their future is abruptly threatened. Miranda is viciously attacked by a malicious rival, and betrayed by somebody she trusts. Suddenly unsure of Adam’s loyalty, she shuts herself off from the closeness they shared. Adam is desperate to avenge the assault on Miranda and win back her trust, but after everything they have endured, is their love strong enough to survive?



S:  Wow. That's sounds pretty intense!

Where can readers buy your book?

K:  It's available at major booksellers, including--

Publisher:  https://www.eredsage.com/store/HardtoBreak.html
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07YLW3SXQ
Barnes and Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/hard-to-break-kate-barnett/1133865145?ean=2940160814018

S:  Kate, thanks for much for joining me today!

If you'd like to learn more about Kate and her books, please visit--

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/katebar30124379
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/kate.barnett.9212301 

Friday, May 22, 2020

Today in The Loft: Author Karen Cino!

Joining me today in The Loft is romance author Karen Cino. Karen enjoys writing about local places that people can relate to. These days, she finds her inspiration for tales of romance, cozy mysteries, and women's fiction from walks along the Jersey shore.  The mother of two children, Karen and her husband reside in Toms River, New Jersey.


Author Karen Cino

S:  Good morning, Karen! Thanks for much visiting me today!

Tell me, what attracts you to the romance genre?

K:  I love happy endings and writing about the struggles the heroine goes through to find her happiness.

S:  Ah, the happy ending! I think that's what pulls many romance authors in.

What's your favorite thing about writing romance?

K:  That's an excellent question. I enjoy creating truer than life characters as I set up the perfect romance, or not so perfect, as they go through different stages in their relationship.

S:  What's your perfect romantic evening?

K: For me, sitting on the beach with a glass of wine and watching the sun set. 

S:  Do you remember your first kiss? What was memorable about it?

K:  I remember my first kiss, but it was my first kiss with someone else many years later that I remember. When I close my eyes, I can still feel the magic. That kiss will always be a part of my heart.


S:  What was your worst date ever?

K:  Oh dear, that would be a comedy act. I was fixed up on a date and when I went to meet the man, he showed up in tights. He was coming from his job. I didn't know he owned a Cinderella pumpkin and horse. He sat in the restaurant dressed in his knight in shining armor costume and everyone was staring at us. Then he started talking really loudly, drawing even more attention.

S:  (Giggles.) I think that story tops all the others I've heard! I guess you're lucky he didn't arrive on a white horse!

Do you believe in love at first sight?

K:  Absolutely. It goes right back to that first kiss. 



S:  What would you like people to know about you?

K:  I love sitting on the beach and walking every morning My hobbies consist of my vegetable garden, reading, and buying clothes and toys for my granddaughter. 

S:  (Smiles.) You must have so much fun with a granddaughter. You are so lucky!

If you had to do it all over again, would you still write books?

K:  Yes, I would. I don't write books to make money, I write them to release my inner soul, to share my stories, hoping to touch many people's souls. Writing is who I am. It's what defines me.

S:  How do you want to be remembered?

K:  I would love to be remembered for stories that have helped people get through rough times in their lives. I want to be the author whose books have touched so many hearts.



S:  What are you currently working on?

K:   I'm working on Book 6 in my Cookie Cutter Cozy Mystery Series, doing edits on my women's fiction romance, Down at the Shore, and I'm writing a romantic mystery.

S:  What do you consider your greatest achievement?

K:  My greatest achievement was bringing up my son and daughter, watching both of them transform into wonderful, respectful adults. Both my kids are in the arts. My son is a singer/songwriter/musician and my daughter is a photographer. Supporting their dreams has been a dream of my own. I could sell a million books, but witnessing my adult children's success is my biggest achievement.

S:  Karen, thanks so much for chatting with me today! If you would like to learn more about Karen and her books, please visit--

Website:  https://www.karencino.com/
Blog:  https://karencinobooks.blogspot.com/
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/karencino
Facebook Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/Karen-Cino-296585170371401/?ref=aymt_homepage_pane
Amazon Author Page:  https://www.amazon.com/Karen-Cino/e/B008LCG31Y