Archive | April 2, 2013

Interview ~ Priscilla Shay ~ Returning The Favor


Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY Priscilla. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself?

I was born in Guyana (South America) and raised in New York. I have a B.A. in English and I’m currently attending graduate school for a M.A. in History, working on a farm, and writing about 35839508 different stories. I like anything crafty of creative. Baking, cooking, knitting, crocheting, painting, drawing, origami. I’m trying to teach myself how to embroider. (It’s not working too well. My heroines would be ashamed!) My kneejerk reaction to everything is sarcasm. I often find myself in awkward situations – not all resulting from the sarcasm. I love animated movies – whoo Disney!

Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?

I need people around me, but not talking to me. If it’s too quiet my mind wanders. But, if you talk to me I get distracted.

Beverly: When did you start to write?

My senior year of high school. I started reading romances the summer before senior year and was hooked on historicals. By November of that year, I had finished all the college applications and had extra time (haven’t said that phrase since, by the way). I had also finished reading the entire Romance section of my local library. So, I started writing my own (it was before I discovered the interlibrary loans!)

Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?

This is a tough question because heroes are human. Whether they’ve always been good or had a rough path anyone can become a hero. My favorite “type” of heroes are the ones that start off as the antagonist or are seen as the moody misfit and later develop into heroes.

Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?

You’re asking me to chop off an arm here!

Beverly: LOL! Sorry!

Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?

Sex. Mostly because I blush my way through them. The first year I did NaNoWriMo , I wrote a sex scene toward the end of the story and a writing buddy was laughing at my face the entire time. (I haven’t been writing for that long – excuse my innocence!)

Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?

Lots! Nalini Singh, Shana Galen, Suzanne Enoch, Celeste Bradley, Julie James – too many to list.

Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?

There are so MANY! Hawke from Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh, Jack from Something About You by Julie James, Simon from The Pretender by Celeste Bradley, Tristan from The Rake by Suzanne Enoch – another infinite list.¬¬¬¬¬ Or harem. Hmm..

Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!

LOL I haven’t done anything. Would like to do? Hmm.. I don’t know. Something with whipped cream?

Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

It depends on my reading mood. I’m ok with DID and KA. I’m not a fan of kick-ass heroines who suddenly become damsels in distress once the heroine shows up though.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Um..So, here’s the thing. I’ve never been on a date 😡 (My entertainment for the day is imagining all your expressions)

Beverly: No rush! Too many people rush into things in this day and age!

Tamara: If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? (you have food, water, shelter, all the necessities, so nothing mundane)

Well, a few days ago my cousin told me if I was ever stranded on island with a cow I’d survive (because I learned how to churn butter at work).

Hmm. Well, I’d like Chris Hemsworth, Ian Somerhalder, and Henry Cavill. But, can we count them as one thing?

Pen and paper, yarn and needles, and the above mentioned…guests. 😉

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Chocolate. I have 10 different kinds hidden in the nooks and crannies of my room.

Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?

Sign with an agent and published a full length novel. (Getting closer though!)

Beverly: What was your most embarrassing moment? It can’t be worse than mine….

Oh, man. I have a few. But, in fifth grade, we had a mini-prom and I was talking to this guy outside the gymnasium asking if he was ok because he looked sick. He rewarded my concern by vomiting the bowl of cheese doodles he had down the front of my dress.

The others are for me and the people involved who have all been sworn to secrecy on pain of death 😛

Tamara: LOL! If you were a color what would you be and why?

A rainbow because I’m moody as hell. But, I’m most often found in blue. It’s bright and not too dark, but CAN be.

Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?

My friends and family. They’re a diverse group – different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds – yet the one thing they have in common is their belief in true love and the right to it.

Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you?

My friends and family and characters when I let them out the closet =] (As to what you were really asking, I’m unattached :P)

Now for some quick fun questions:

Boxers or briefs?

Coffee or Tea?
Tea, if I must. Don’t drink coffee at all though. I know, bad author.

Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff?
Tall, dark and handsome. I’ve noticed most of my crushes are in that vein. Although, I’m open to exceptions 😉

Hairy chest or smooth?

Chocolate or Vanilla?

Kinky or Sweet?
Lol, I’ll have to get back to you.

Fast or slow?

Public or private?

Top or bottom?
I’ll get back to you one that 😛


She is fascinated with all things historical and the only way she can explain it is by claiming she was – clearly – born in the wrong century. (Although, she has been dabbling in the Paranormal and Young Adult.) She holds a B.A. in English: Creative Writing, Honors (with a minor in History) and currently lives in New York pursing a M.A. in History. She is also a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America). When not writing she can be found in a corner crafting, drawing, or baking.

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Returning the Favor


Cat James fell out of a tree and into Colin Barringer’s heart. Now the viscount must make her fall again—for him.


Colin Barringer tried to convince himself he hated Lady Catherine James. Not with a minimal aversion or a smidgen of dislike. He needed an all-consuming hatred.

For some godforsaken reason, Colin, the newly minted Viscount Mannes sat in a darkened carriage as it rattled its way deeper into the country. He didn’t have to look outside to know he drew near the Trewin estate, the James family seat. The slight prickle at the back of his neck, the sweat beading on his upper lip and below his sideburns told him he was close.

Closer to her.

Colin groaned and scrubbed a hand over his face and wondered what had possessed him to accept the invitation to return for another summer. And after what had happened to Matt, what had possessed the James family to issue an invitation?

If only he truly hated Catherine. It would make his summer bearable. But any fool could probably see that he was in love with her. Her brother Matthew knew, even if he didn’t talk about it. It was because of that Colin had put this visit off for so long. It was bloody awkward to be lost in thought, conjuring inventive ways to defile Matthew’s little sister. Out of respect for Matt he tried to bury his feelings.

But, it was damned difficult.

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