Thursday, 18 December 2014

Geena Tillman...Blue Moon!

Woot! I'm so pleased to introduce you all to a talented debut author, Geena Tillman. Geena and I recently connected on Goodreads and I cannot wait to check out her book Blue Moon. Be sure to add it to your TBR list. This looks like the start of a very sexy series.

Welcome, Geena!

Growing up with a hippy mother had some advantages in life, a respect for all life on earth, a healthy dose of social justice, and the permissiveness that comes from a parent who really wants their children to grow up to follow their dreams rather than follow the traditional societal lines that define "success."

Which is how I ended up here, nearing my 30's with a degree in the fine arts and having just published a paranormal erotic novel. 

I've always had a deep love for the romance genre, loving to read romantic tales from a  young age. (I blame fairy tales and disney princesses for setting me on the path of romance obsession!) It evolved in my college years to a love of the erotic, usually with the elements of the supernatural or science fiction. I especially love shapeshifter stories, which is probably why my first novel is an erotic novel about werewolves! 

I wrote "Blue Moon" at the urgings of my editor, Ada Murphy (an aspiring author in her own right, though not of erotica) who had never read an erotic novel before diving into editing mine. I'm happy to say she is now a fan of the genre, and is going through my personal library as I write! She thought that I had a flare for the dramatic (I used to write screenplays for short films that never went anywhere, for my degree) and I should just sit down and finish one. 

And so I did. 

I hope to build off of the story of Blue Moon, as there are 4 more books planned in the series, the second one of which (Retribution) I am embroiled in writing at this moment, which I hope will be bigger and better than the first novel. 

I write at home, a massive cup of tea next to me, in my tiny little closet of an office. There is a certain satisfaction to having finished an novel, as though the world has opened up and I can write more, do more, be a little bit better at my life than I was before I finished a novel. For anyone out there who is currently working on something, keep at it! I wish everyone could have the same sort of satisfaction I feel at finishing a project! There's almost nothing like it.

If you want to read my novel, I hope that you'll enjoy it, and review it (even if you didn't!), or e-mail or tweet me to let me know what you thought! I love hearing from people, and would love to hear from any of you! 

Now for brass tacks, the synopses of my novel!

Dealing with the murder of his father, Packmaster Jason Bortelais doesn't have time for anything in his life except his pack. Elise Leigh is on the run from an abusive ex with a vendetta, and can't get mixed up with anyone who might get hurt. But when they meet in the woods, sparks fly and a heated romance cannot be denied. When threats to the pack increase, Jason and Elise need to hang on against all the outside forces looking to destroy them.

After discovering romance novels in her early teens, Geena enjoyed the fun and love attributed to the genre. However, she also loved magic, science fiction, and action movies to death, so tries to marry the two sides of her fiction passions in one. 

She lives in Canada with her husband and their three pets, despite being adverse to all things winter (a big problem for someone living in Canada!) This, however, gives her lots of time indoors to pursue writing during the long winter months. She doesn't like to take life too seriously, and is known as a bit of a joker.

Monday, 15 December 2014

Tami Lund...Dawning of Light!

What a pleasure to host Tami Lund on her release day! Her newest, Dawning of Light, looks wonderful. After reading the following interview with hero Finn, you will want to put this on your TBR list.

Thank you, Rosanna, for allowing Finn and I to take over your blog today. As it’s the release day for his book, I’m hopeful he will give us a sneak peek, so we know what to expect from the second book in the Lightbearer series, Dawning of Light.
Last month, I had the privilege of interviewing Tanner, the hero from Into the Light, the first book in the series. It was an awkward interview, as he wasn’t inclined to talk very much at all, let alone give me any inside information about his book. I’m hopeful Finn from Dawning of Light will be at least slightly more forthcoming.
Whereas Tanner and I met at a local brewpub, Finn has requested we meet at a small distillery. It is a vodka distillery, and he insists we do a shot together before we start the interview.
“To help us both relax,” he says.
Three shots later, I’m certainly relaxed, and faintly concerned that I will not be able to conduct this interview, let alone make it home afterward.
“You sure can belt them back,” I comment, as I signal to the waitress and request a glass of water. She is beautiful, her rather large assets displayed in a low cut shirt, her legs accentuated by a skirt that is short enough to barely qualify as such.
Finn doesn’t even notice.
“I have Irish blood,” he states, his gaze watching me steadily, his tone indicating that his words should explain everything.
“So … How’s life in the coterie treating you?”
He scowls. Apparently I have a knack for starting interviews on the wrong foot. The same thing happened when I interviewed Tanner.
“It’s … different,” he said, slowly, choosing his words with care. “I knew where I stood when I was part of Quentin Lyons’ pack. I’m still trying to figure it out in this Lightbearers’ pack.”
“Coterie. They call their secret, warded village a coterie. But I suppose it’s the same concept as a pack,” I add lamely, feeling guilty under his intense stare.
“It’s nothing at all like pack life,” he replies. “Hardly anyone knows how to fight, even though it seems like half the magical community is out to get them. You would think they would have planned better for their future. But they all relied way too heavily on their king and their magical wards. Well, their king’s a pansy and their wards can be broken.”
“Not by shifters,” I point out. “Your only magic is the ability to shift forms at will. Lightbearers can use their magic for all sorts of things.” I can tell instantly that I’ve said the wrong thing. He looks as if he is contemplating leaping across the small table and ripping out my throat. I grab my water, chug it.
“Tanner has magic,” he says, so softly I almost miss it. “He shares his mate’s magic.” He sounds wistful.
“Do you … Do you wish you were mated? To a lightbearer?”
“I may be open to mating with someone … someday. But not a lightbearer. No damn way.”
“Not even Cecilia?”
His job is to protect Cecilia, who has a propensity for slipping out of the coterie unnoticed, therefore putting her own life into danger on a regular basis. But I can tell by the look on his face, by the glow in his eyes, that there is more to it than simply keeping her safe.
“Cecilia isn’t interested in mating.”
“But if she were?”
“She isn’t. With anyone. It doesn’t matter who it is.”
“Are you…” My vodka-soaked brain struggles to find the right words. It is obvious he feels … something for the feisty lightbearer.
“She’s frustrating as hell,” he mutters before downing the shot perched on the table in front of him, and then signaling for another.
“She does seem like a bit of a free thinker,” I say.
“A bit?” He snorts. The sexy waitress returns and he leans around her to give me a disbelieving look. “Did you know her parents locked her in the basement for three days, when she was fifteen years old, because she snuck out of the coterie to meet a human boy?”
My eyes widen. “Lightbearers need sunlight,” I state the obvious. “If they go too long without sunlight, they’ll … they’ll die.”
“She almost did.” He sounds far too protective for someone who is just keeping an eye on the woman. Not to mention his eyes. They haven’t stopped glowing since we started on this subject. Shifters’ eyes only glow when their emotions are running high. I consider pressing for more information, and try to figure out how to ask.
“She must have some redeeming qualities,” I say.
He shrugs, leans back in his chair, rests one foot on the knee of his other leg.
“She’s beautiful, I suppose. Although she’s too damn skinny. And she’s loyal, especially to her cousin, Olivia, who is the Lightbearer princess. And I guess her free spirit or whatever the hell you want to call it isn’t really such a bad trait.” He sounds grudgingly appreciative of a trait of which her parents clearly disapprove.
“What about you? Your loyalties lie with your pack master, obviously, as you’re a shifter and that’s how shifters operate. But are you loyal to anyone else?”
He watches me with those glowing eyes. I try not to flinch under the scrutiny. I do not think I’ve asked such an inappropriate question, have I?
“To Cecilia,” he finally says. “If anyone hurts her, in any way, they will feel my wrath. I’ve killed before,” he adds before I can comment. “And I won’t hesitate to do it again.”
He abruptly stands and pulls the thin leather jacket off the back of the chair. “Be careful what you write about me,” he says, and then he strides away, through the clusters of humans who are tasting the various types of vodka the distillery has to offer. He does not exactly melt into the crowd – it would be impossible for him to melt into any crowd – but he does have an uncanny ability to simply … disappear.
I shift my gaze to the notes I’ve taken, and I cannot help but wonder, Do his feelings for Cecilia run deeper than even he is willing to admit?
Thank you for taking the time to read Finn’s interview. And thank you again, Rosanna, for letting us take over your blog today. It was truly a pleasure to be here. Finn and Cecilia’s story released on December 15th, if your readers want to learn more of what Finn hinted at in his interview.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Don't kill the fantasy in romance.

Recently, I've read several posts from folks who feel romance literature has become too much a thing of fantasy. That's there isn't enough realism in the genre. Here are a few of the complaints I've heard:

-Even when clearly flawed in some way, the heroes are too perfect. They don't resemble real men.
-Those heroes give their women too many orgasms. (Yeah, someone complained about that!)
-The scenarios are too implausible. No one falls in love under those circumstances.
-The relationships are too intense.

Whew. This gave me pause. After all, I've always read romance for the sense of fantasy. Even when reading "realistic" contemporary romance, I want something more than a slice of life. I want better than real life.

It's not to say real life can't be grand, but don't we enjoy those "implausible" scenarios because they take us away from our problems for a while?

As for those too-perfect heroes, bring them on. I am married to a wonderful real man. I wouldn't trade him in for the world. I'd never expect my husband to bear the traits of my heroes, and I don't need someone who looks like a GQ model. But when it comes to fantasy, yes, I want to be able to dream about the hunky dude with six-pack abs and rumbly voice. I'd be willing to bet when most men fantasize, they are dreaming about women who look like a young Sophia Loren. So I don't feel so guilty about dreaming about my Greek gods.

Multiple orgasms? Yes, please. Again, real life does not always provide this luxury for many women. We're tired. We're busy. We have work and families and commitments. So yes, in my romances, women will always get multiple orgasms. ;) They deserve every last spine-tingling one.

Are the relationships intense in romance novels? Yes, they can feel that way. However, in 200 pages, an author can only provide a glimpse of that relationship. Within those pages, we have to make the reader fall in love, right along with the couple. We have to deliver the emotion and a satisfying journey. I'm not going to tell you a story about a couple who meet under boring circumstances. I want to tell the story of the couple who meet and bam! Their worlds collide.

I can understand readers grow tired of reading certain elements in their books. However, does this mean I will ever stop delivering these crucial elements? No way.

The multiple orgasms stay,