Sunday, November 16, 2014

SATURDAY & SUNDAY RECAP!

Greetings everyone!  This weekend was a bit frantic. We had a lovely but intimate birthday party for my mother-in-law. Then I spent time on homework, reading, and then hit the mattress for some sleep.  Today, it has been homework again.  I will be so glad for this semester to be over.

The diet has not been too bad.  I did lose about 3 pounds.  And I have not starved!  So, I will be trying to maintain the watching what I eat this week also.  

Thanksgiving is almost on top of us.  Why not stop off here and tell me what you are thankful for this year.

Until next time, read a good book, enjoy life, and don't forget to tell those you love, you love them!

Faith

Thursday, November 13, 2014

BE PREPARED TO BE MESMERIZED AS WE WELCOME GUEST AUTHOR SHARON BUCHBINDER

I met Sharon years ago, and not only is she a good friend, but a most talented author.  So, let's all get comfy and see what inroads we can make into the mind of this one awesome lady!





Faith: Please tell us a bit about yourself.


Sharon: My husband and I live in beautiful Baltimore, Hon, and live in purple clothes during the Ravens season (no, there are no other teams!) Dem O's are beginning to grow clothing in my closet, as well. We have a handsome son, beautiful daughter-in-law, a darling grandson and a menagerie of cats and dogs.

Faith: I know that you write text books, but when did you decide you wanted to do creative writing?

Sharon: I have always been a story-teller. As a child, I got into a lot of trouble for "making things up." Now, I get rewarded for making things up. I love being able create heroes and heroines readers can relate to—even crazy cat ladies. I've been writing fiction since I was in middle school and have the rejection slips to prove it. In high school, I even submitted a script to "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." on yellow-lined paper in pencil. Not surprisingly, that was rejected, too. I wanted to be a novelist, but my stomach always wanted to be fed, so I went into healthcare, a career choice I do not regret. I met my husband at a hospital (he was medical student and I was an intravenous therapist) and I've had a great career in healthcare and higher education. When I turned 52, I had my mid-life crisis. Some people buy sports cars. I "ran away" for a month to our second home in Florida and wrote the first draft of Some Other Child, which is now (almost ten years later!) in the Crimson Line of The Wild Rose Press.


Faith: Did you know that you wanted to write romance?


Sharon: Not right away. After I published some short stories in horror and mystery, a friend recommended I join the Maryland Romance Writers (MRW). I joined in 2005 and found friendship, support and the opportunity to develop as an author with MRW and the Romance Writers of America (RWA). I published my first short story in romance in 2007 with the Wild Rose Press, and I've been pecking away at the keyboard ever since, like one of Skinner's rats, going after the pellet of publication, blending my love of mystery, suspense, and the supernatural under the broad umbrella of romance. 

Faith: And your busy schedule of everyday life, how did you manage to find time to write?

Sharon: I confess, I write my fiction in sprints. I love research, and can fall down that rabbit hole pretty easily. However, I like to think that the end result justifies my deep dives into research. After I spend a lot of time in a subject area, I try to weave the material into the story without lecturing the reader. My best time to write, honestly, is on a long plane ride or in a hotel room when I have no distractions. The second best time is when we spend weekend or vacations in our home in Florida and I have mornings to write, and the afternoons to play. The rest of my life, I do sprints on weekends. And since my novels tend to run long (80-85K), that means it can take me a while to finish a novel. 

Faith: Tell us out of your romance books which is your favorite and why.


Sharon: Obsession is my favorite published novel. I enjoyed the research and the writing of that book. The ripped from the headlines human trafficking theme, combined with the cartel versus cult scenario, gave my heroine and hero a great romantic suspense plot plus the internal and external conflicts required for a good read. I also loved writing about the angels in the story.

Faith: Do you have a favorite character and if so why?

Sharon: The hero and heroine in Obsession. Alejandro Torres is tough, smart, sexy, and kind--all while under cover playing a cartel thug. Angie Edwards has overcome many obstacles in her life to become a strong person. Angie is motivated to be the best person she can be for the sake of her son, Jake, something every woman can relate to. 

Faith: What was your reason for writing Obsession what type of feedback have you gotten from writing about that subject?

Sharon: Social justice is very important to me and human trafficking, i.e., modern day slavery, is truly women's issue. Bringing this out of the shadows and into the light of day was one of the reasons I wanted to write this story. Women and children are the most vulnerable. We often think of men as the perpetrators of this transnational crime, however, women can be ringleaders and operators of trafficking syndicates, too. The feedback on the book has been excellent. Amazon and Goodreads reviews average over 4 stars, with 35 and 30 ratings, respectively. It was a finalist for an EPIC award for romantic suspense in 2014 and won second place in the 2013 Paranormal Romance Guild's reviewer's choice award. 
 
Faith: When you're not writing what do you like to do for pleasure?


Sharon: When attempting to make students, colleagues, and babies laugh, I can be found herding cats, waiting on a large gray dog, fishing, reading, going the movies (3D preferred!) or wining and dining with good friends.


Faith: Can you tell your fans anything about yourself that they don't already know?


Sharon: Fun fact: My husband and I used to breed and show cats. In 1982, we had the best Egyptian Mau (a spotted cat) in the United States. Her name was Tiye and she was a bronze Egyptian Mau. She loved to be shown and charmed judges all over the country. Here's a link to a photo of her http://www.egyptianmau.org/stars/grands/grands80_81.html


Faith: What type of advice would you give to would be authors?


Sharon: In addition to Winston Churchill's line, "Never, never, never give up," I would add "Don't try to be another author. Have your own voice." 


Faith: When did your first book come out and how did you feel when you saw the cover?


Sharon: When my novella, Kiss of the Silver Wolf, came out, I wept for joy. I first wrote the story in 2005, then re-wrote and re-wrote it. It was finally published by The Wild Rose Press in 2010.  The cover was breathtakingly beautiful and fit the story perfectly. It felt so wonderful and validating to have a good home for my book baby.

Faith: Can you give us an insight into what you're writing next?


Sharon: My most recently completed book is Kiss of the Virgin Queen, a retelling of the story of the relationship between the King Solomon and Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, and the impact of that epic romance on their current day descendant, jinni hunter Eliana Solomon and her love interest, jinni exorcising psychiatrist, Artie Shahani.  It is under review now (fingers crossed!)


Now I'm working on Kiss of the Burmese Prince, the story about a jinni hunter retracing her "crazy" grandmother's bedtime stories about her journey into the Jinni Realm during World War II in the China-Burma-India theatre. The jinni hunter follows her grandmother's journal and discovers the truth of her own origins and finds love along the way.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

KICKING AND SCREAMING!


Okay, instead of talking about my weekend, let’s talk about my week ahead.  I am going to go, kicking and screaming, on a diet.  YES!  A four-letter word that puts the fear in me. I am Southern to the bone, and I love my meat, potatoes, bread, and sweets. Yes, I know that in moderation they aren’t so bad, but I have a habit of wanting to overindulge in the food of my choice.



I am a writer, I am up late at night, and I get a “don’t care if it goes to my thighs” craving for sweets. So, here’s the deal.  My darling daughter, and yes, I still love her although she is forcing me to give up a lot of my COMFORT foods, and I will be trying to maintain a healthier eating style. Blech!  Nasty! But in order to stick around longer in life, and since as she says, “I’m her only living parent,” I am going to try to do as she asks.



Now, that doesn’t mean you might not hear me scream in your neck of the woods when she puts something made of fruit in front of me instead of gravy and biscuits, but I promise to try and keep my yelling and frustration to a minimum.  But, at the moment all I can see is the disappearance of bread, sweets, and YES, and this is going to be one of the hardest to give up, a decrease in my Diet Cokes.  I love my caffeine.  I don’t drink coffee, and I need that bit of zing to get me going in the morning and keep me going during the day.



So, if you happen to see one of my heroes or heroines begging for mercy, it means I am taking out my diet woes on them. 



Until next time, say a prayer that I won’t hurt someone who walks by me with the desired food I am used to consuming. Hey, I’m talking about big time hurt when it comes to separating me from the food I love. 



Now, tell me what is the one food you would hate to give up while on a diet?

And please come back on Thursday November 13th, for a wonderful time with guest author: Sharon Buchbinder. Her paranormal romance, "Kiss of the Silver Wolf" and her suspense romance, "Obsession" are riveting.


Hugs!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

SATURDAY & SUNDAY RECAP!


Wow, did the week fly by or not?  The good news is our new furnace is in, and although it’s cold in my neck of the South, I am warm and toasty.  I have been busy writing, but not writing what I want to. Three papers due for school, but now they are in the bag or shall we say the school’s website.  Yeah!  I have already fired off questions for the most talented and wonderful author Sharon Buchbinder, who will be my guest here on November 13th. She can truly write a great paranormal romance as well as suspense. I love reading her work.

So tell me, what type of weekend have you had?  Is it cold out your way?  Have you read any interesting books?  And if you haven’t why not? There is still time to check out The Wild Rose Press for their “Hauntings From the Garden” collage of books.  There are a lot of good authors who have participated in this series, and take it from me the pages are filled with romance and the substance needed to take one away from life’s troubles.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SATURDAY & SUNDAY RECAP!


Well, it’s been one heck of a weekend after one heck of a week.  Sorry for not posting earlier.  My dear, sweet, prayer partner, a seventy-nine year-old blind man, passed away early last Monday.  It was a shock, and it hurt to lose someone who has been like a dad to me. 

And on Thursday, I had cataract surgery on my left eye. The one that had a retina detachment back in February and caused me to go blind for almost three weeks.  Suffice it to say, I went back to day job, but still have a bit nausea and a headache. I put both those down to stress and too many Ibuprofens. 

Now, yesterday, my younger sister had a ruptured appendix, which required emergency surgery, but she is doing great.  Thank you Lord!

I hope to be back on track next week with my Thursday Pick Me Up.  I know I said I would try to do it and then just have it scheduled to post but that just did not happen.

So, until next time, read a good book.  Try one of mine if you have not already done so, and try buying from the publisher site itself.  It is an awesome way to get better deals and to help out the authors!

Hugs and God Bless!!!!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY RECAP!


Okay, yes, I missed posting my Pick Me Up Thursday blog.  I am so sorry, but it was not a good day for me. I found out I needed a new furnace, my eye drops could not be picked up for upcoming cataract surgery, and I lost my debit card.  Can we say ouch?

Things have now reconciled themselves, so I am ready to tell you what I’ve been doing. Homework, homework, and more homework.  GOTTA love the midterm of the semester. NOT!  On a lighter side, I did get to read a book and then start a new one.

How many of ya’ll like to relax by being taken away from everyday life?

Please stop by and let me know!

Hugs and since I will be having surgery on Thursday, I will try to get my blog finished and ready to be released before I leave home that morning.

Monday, October 13, 2014

PLEASE MAKE WELCOME, THE FABULOUSLY TALENTED AUTHOR ELIZA MARCH!


Let’s make welcome, a wonderful author of multiple genres, and one of my dearest friends. Not to mention a tremendously awesome critique partner. Eliza is a talent to be reckoned with. She can pop out an erotic romance, then switch to contemporary, or do a fascinating paranormal!  Today we are honored to have her with us on this first day of her newest release, “Witch’s Tattoo.”  
 
Hi, Faith and everyone visiting today! I’m ready for your interrogation, but when I saw the questions, I recalled you’re taking a criminology course. So shoot!
 
Faith: Please, tell us a little bit about yourself.
 
Eliza: There is no telling a little bit about me. I’m sixty-seven, and I have lived a very full life. Married to the same man I met when I was twenty, and five children, three grandchildren, and several business later, here I am. I didn’t began writing fiction until after my children were grown. Genealogy sparked my interest in fiction about eighteen years ago—along with years of reading and a lot of red wine. (Darn you, Harlequin Reader Service, those books, bookmarks, and wine glasses almost did me in.)

Faith: Have you always wanted to write, and if so at what age?

Eliza: I always feel so inept answering this question because the answer is “no” not really, but sort of. I always said, “Gee, someday I should write a book,” and rolled my eyes because…well, who doesn’t? And I guess I did actually write all my life, but it was journalistic, educational, and copy writing. When the day came that I did write fiction, it was nothing like what I’d thought about writing in the past.

Faith: Did you fall into writing erotic romance because it was something you've always wanted to do?

Eliza: Heck NO! I never even thought about it. I wrote my stories and my characters were just naughty! I was totally shocked by their behavior, (but apparently, I was good at telling it). While I was writing my first book, I believe I developed a great deal of sexual tension and, as a result, had to get it out of my system with my next several erotic romance novellas. WINK

Faith: What can you tell us about the flavor of your first erotic romance book? I believe that would be Hot Highland Fling? 


Eliza: That was the first book contracted, but was actually the second erotic book I’d written. I wrote it to The Wild Rose Press’ specifications. I had a snarky, American heroine, who was tired of dating the too-busy-climbing-the-ladder-to-success executives. In that novella, when she is assigned to write an article about a Highland lord, she begins imagining her own sexual revolution with some great looking men in kilts. Actually, the first erotic book I wrote was a paranormal ménage. I like the freedom of paranormal stories, but the world building is so much more difficult than contemporary writing where the reader knows all the rules.

Faith: Today is a very special day for you; your newest release, the Witch’s Tattoo is available now.

Eliza: Yes, it’s my first mainstream paranormal romance novella. I’m branching out. I wrote Witch’s Tattoo for The Wild Rose Press to be part of the Halloween in the Garden Anthology. Don’t get me wrong, it’s mainstream, but still hot’n’spicy. I had to learn how to write sexual tension all over again.

Faith: How much research did you do on this book?

Eliza: For such a short book, I found there was a great deal I needed to know about the subject matter. You may not experience the benefits of my research in this book, but you probably haven’t seen the end of my world of witches and warlocks.


Faith: Is there anything in particular that inspires you?

Eliza: Most of my stories are inspired by a singular scene—a flight of fancy. I see a vision and my imagination takes it from there. For instance, Hot Highland Fling was inspired by that age-old question about the kilt. And then the characters take over the story. More Than Stud (the story of a forty-something female executive with her biological clock ticking like a time bomb ready to go off) was inspired by a birthday cake with too many candles. Across a Crowded Room was inspired by two scenes in someone else’s book. One was the library scene in Linda Howard’s, All the Queen’s Men and the other one was the one in the ballroom. The books are completely dissimilar but inspiration only means that one thing stimulates your imagination.

Faith: I understand you have also written mainstream romance before?

Eliza: Yes. The very first book I wrote was Across a Crowded Room, a romantic suspense written under my Elizabeth Marchat pseudonym. It wasn’t published until several years after some of my other books. Also, I’ve been working on a mainstream fantasy series for quite a few years. I have a working title and two books in the series written, but I’d like to complete them all before trying to shop them around. I believe every author has her favorite book concept and this one is mine. I want to get it right. 
 

Faith: Can you tell us a little about your other books?

Eliza: My other erotic romances, published by Siren-Bookstrand are great fun, great sex, and great heroes. Any Way West and Dual Bondage: Roped and Tied are about the world of Hollywood Cowboys—the stuntmen who are the muscle and the brains behind the movie heroes. And The Enchanted Mountain series is a paranormal sexual fantasy ménage trip that takes place near Artic, CO. WereCat Fever was a finalist in the RomCon Reader’s Choice Royal Crown Awards last year and The Moon, The Madness, and The Magic was a Golden Quill Finalist the year before.

Faith: If you could only write one genre, what would that be?

Eliza: That’s easy. Paranormal. No boundaries. I play by the rules so having fewer restrictions suits me.

Faith: Can you tell us what book you’ve written is your favorite and why?

Eliza: That’s like asking me which is my favorite child. I’ll tell you what I tell them. I like each of them the best. Like my children, each of my books has something to commend it, a special feeling, and a certain quality I admire.

Faith:
Your favorite character?

Eliza: That’s impossible. Every one of my heroes is special to me…and I have so many of them. GRIN. So far, one of my favorite characters is a secondary character who keeps showing up in several of my books. Ramon Delavega is an unknown. Who he is and what he is remains a mystery. There are clues in every book, but so far, no one knows for certain. (Ramon, in Defeat the Darkness and Conquer the Highland Beast, will also play a significant role in Damn the Darkness.)

Faith: What are you planning for your next book?
Eliza: Since recently republishing The Leopard, The Lion, and The Wolf and Witch of Air and Fire, I have a commitment to finish the Hearts of Darkness series. I’ve left a few of the guys hanging on for dear life. I should probably wrap up their stories before moving on. I may try to put out one a year as long as the series holds up. I’d also like to write the story of Desmond and Marisa, the fallen angels from Witch’s Tattoo.


Faith: What advice would you give an aspiring author?

Eliza: Write for yourself. Learn your craft. Listen to your heart. Have patience. Don’t let anyone deter you from your dreams. Don’t read your reviews until you understand you can’t please everyone.

Faith: Which particular author has inspired you to write?

Eliza: Well, of course, as I said, Linda Howard. But Nora Roberts was probably the one author who made me believe I could do it.

Faith: Please tell us where we can find you and your books on the web.

Eliza: Please, follow my BLOG. I’ve been talking to myself
there for years. I love interacting with readers though, and we have no limitations like we do at so many of the social media sites. Here are my links:

 
 

Witch's Tattoo
by Eliza March
Rating: Hot
Excerpt:
 
Male heads turned and testosterone levels rose. Hard to miss all that sexual magnetism. Michael’s possessive instincts kicked in, and he had to garner control to force back the jealousy.

The skirt she wore barely covered her sexy ass—like a black leather napkin filled with wicked delights. Damn, the witch 
looked hot enough to melt ice-forged steel. He tortured himself with the image of her wearing just the pendant and the boots—thigh high, black leather cut in lacy patterns, exposing her creamy skin below.

The tips of her long black hair brushed her narrow waist the way it had the night he watched her in the scrying mirror. His fingers twitched with the desire to trace her plunging neckline. A neckline that bared her deep cleavage and the pendant. He marveled at the way the metal settled between 

her pale ivory mounds, and imagined how warm the medallion grew against her soft flesh.

As she planted herself in front of him with one hip cocked defiantly and her hand outstretched, he warred with his inner needs. Michael held back to inspect each lovely inch of her and savor the moment. He couldn’t wait for the inevitable. To touch, to taste, to conquer…and to surrender. But not here. Not now.

 






 

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