Beverly and Tamara: Welcome to SSLY. Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.
I live in central Pennsylvania with my husband, two dogs and a rabbit. All my children are grown with my youngest still in college.
Tamara: What do you HAVE to have when you are writing?
Lots of coffee and my music.
Beverly: When did you start to write?
I started seriously writing about a year and a half ago when my daughter left for college.
Tamara: What do you think are the qualities that make up a “hero”?
I love a smart hero, someone who has brains as well as brawn. A confident man who stands up for the underdog.
Beverly: Can you describe your favorite character? And which of your books is he/she in? How do you come up with your characters?
My favorite character is Eldridge from my upcoming January release, Eldridge’s Submission. It’s a BDSM story that focuses on friendship and trust. I tend to let my mind wander and daydream and then images of people just pop into my head. The next thing I know I’m writing notes on a particular person. I put it on the back burner until the story comes to me, and then I let loose.
Tamara: What are the hardest scenes for you to write? Suspense? Sex? Dialogue? And why?
I have a hard time writing a lot of dialogue. I always want to describe instead of allowing for the characters to speak. I’m working on this
Beverly: What writer, if any, influenced how you write?
I’m not sure if any one writer has influenced how I write as my taste is wide. My favorite all time author is Leon Uris, historical books, but if we are talking about M/M romance I am a huge fan of RJ Scott, SE Jakes and Gabrielle Evans. Of course I could go on with that list.
Tamara: Who would you choose as your “book boyfriend”? From what book? Author?
Riley from RJ Scott’s Texas series. I love the way he loves, if that makes sense? He’s bold and forward yet shy and reserved. He loves his man with every ounce in his body and had fierceness about him. Everyone deserves to be loved with such gusto as Riley loves Jack.
Beverly: What is the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done? Or would like to? What? We are all about the love!
Kinky? Love kinky…but I think that should remain a mystery, don’t you?
Tamara: What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?
I am all about the kick-ass woman. I think that’s a cultural thing. My parents did not raise a wall flower. They raised an independent woman who blazed her own way in the world. Luckily I met a great man along the way and we took the ride together.
Beverly: What was your worst date ever?
I can’t say that I have had a worse date, but I can say the first time I met the man that would marry; it was NOT love at first site. In fact, he made me so mad the first time we met that I threw an ash tray at him. We must have seen something in each other because we have been married for almost 30 years.
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)
Can I have my Kindle and make it solar power? I have to be able to read. I need my hubby. He’s my best friend and companion. We have fun together and he’s very handy. And since I can’t choose between my three kids, I’ll leave it just the hubby and I.
Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?
Dark chocolate in a cup of coffee. I come home from work and will make a cup and enjoy.
Tamara: What dream or goal have you yet to realize?
I have to say that I am really content in my life. I work at a job that I love to do and I also get to write. My husband and I are in a good place in our lives that we can just go and do, no babies at home except for the pets. I think I am living my dream right now!
Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?
Oh Lord, here it is. I came out of the bathroom at work and my skirt was in my tights and guess what was showing? You guessed it, my butt. Not getting too personal but I wear thongs with my tights so it was not pretty. Good thing one of the girls that I work with noticed right away.
Tamara: If you were a color what would you be and why?
Purple…love the color…it can be bright one moment and dark the next, sort of like me. I tend to be pretty easy going with a streak of sarcasm. In fact, if you ask my sister she will tell you I am a “f-ing ray of sunshine”
Beverly: Who has influenced how you perceive love? Why?
I come from a loving and strong Latin family, where my parents were affectionate with each other, my siblings and I, and family and friends. Kissing everyone hello/goodbye even if we met you for the first time is a common practice in my culture.
Tamara and Beverly: Okay. We are SSLY so I have to ask. Who loves you? OF course my hubby! Even with all my flaws.
Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers…loose and free
Coffee or Tea? Oh hell yeah coffee!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? I’m Latina, of course tall, dark, and handsome
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Kinky or Sweet? I like to start at kinky but end sweet
Fast or slow? Fast, but make it count
Public or private? Public
Top or bottom? Top
Evelise is sharing a bit of her latest release with us today
Cyril Eona always had a hard life; born with a deformity and growing up in the system until he meets Devon Haley; the man of his dreams, who becomes the love of his life. But soon, their wonderful world gets turned upside down by an unexpected arrival; a daughter.
Life changes; a couple becomes three and fatherhood looms. Can Cyril get past all his insecurities and allow Devon to show him that although life as two was wonderful, life as daddy can be ultimately fulfilling?
We are Daddy was a short but steamy. This erotic novel about two gay men, Cyril and Devon, who got a letter saying Cyril was a father and the 2 year old’s mother had died. Cyril was born with deformation and was insecure but caring and kind. Devon was definitely the rock in the relationship, he was strong, understanding, considerate, supportive and caring. This was good quick read that sweet as well as Steamy.
Genre- YA Contemporary Romance
During her abduction and assault, Audrey begins to hear a voice. She hopes she’s not going crazy, because after what she’s experienced, that’s the most logical explanation. However, as she begins to listen to the voice, Audrey realizes that someone may be telepathically trying to help her.
Unfortunately, rescue isn’t all she needs. In order to leave behind the constant reminders, she flees to her Aunt Kate’s house in San Diego, and assumes a new identity. It works until the eighteen-year-old twin boys who live next door threaten to break through the protective walls she’s worked so hard to build.
Between Caleb going out of his way to befriend her and Justin avoiding her at all costs, Audrey doesn’t know if normalcy will ever find her again. But one thing is certain: When a familiar danger resurfaces, it’s the same voice that she turns to — a voice that is not only real, but a lot closer than she realizes.
Gripping and tastefully told, The Voice is a story of healing, trust, and courage.
Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her high school sweetheart, worked as a legal assistant, and taught high school English. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids’ creativity.
My heart cried out for the pain that Audrey feels. The horror of what she had to endure was awful. The emotional security that every child should feel was torn from her, compounded by the fact that she knew something was wrong but no one in her family believed her. Saved by the voice she hears during her ordeal, she falls apart when it leaves her and it seems like just another betrayal to her.
The Voice had me caught up in it from page one. An enthralling YA book, emotional turmoil abounds. The words flow so well I felt as if I was there with Audrey. A dark subject matter but unfortunately darkness abounds in life. I was hooked and didn’t put The Voice down until I was done.
I would definitely recommend this to those who like YA and even to those who don’t! The Voice is well written and sure to catch and keep your attention.
5 Heart’s for sure!
The Voice was a beautifully written story about painful subjects, kidnapping and sexual assault. I was very apprehensive about reading this story but I am glad I did. Audrey survives her horrific experiences to go live with her aunt, who has issues of her own to deal with. Audrey meets fraternal twin boys, who live next door to her aunt. Calab and Justin helped Audrey, in different ways, to overcome her fears and anxiety and start living again. Davis did an amazing job of taking an uncomfortable topic and turning it into a must read book. The writing was captivating and the heartbreak was intense. The characters felt real. The paranormal aspect with the voice in Audrey’s head was well done. It added a little spice to the whole story. The climax of the story happened really fast. I wish the author had taken her time and added more suspense to the ending. It was like she ran out of steam and just ended it.
I give this story 5 hearts. It is a must read and the author should definitely be on a favorites list for the future.