Tag Archive | Witches

Rended Hearts ~ Riza Curtis

 

 
Length: 35,000 words approx.
 
Blurb
 

After a life on the run, witch Gabriel just wants to enjoy having a home. He’s perfectly happy pottering around his garden and using magic to quietly help people. Then the Alpha of the local wolf pack is attacked by a member of the local coven, and everything changes. There’s no love lost between the witch and the wolves, but Gabriel saves the life of the Alpha in an attempt to keep the peace.


Simon finds his mate in the witch that saves his life, but the coven is coming for Gabriel, and they don’t care who gets in their way…

Excerpt



“That’s better.” Simon couldn’t help his own smile after seeing Gabriel’s joy. His face was flushed pink from laughing, and he looked radiant in the soft light of the clinic.


“What is?”


Simon took a chance and moved closer. Gabriel’s eyes widened as he startled, but he didn’t seem alarmed. “Seeing you smile.”


Gabriel flushed a deeper red, a hint of confusion displayed on his face.


Simon took another step closer so that he was face-to-face with a flustered Gabriel. He brought his hand up to gently touch the side of the Gabriel’s face. His skin was softer than Simon had thought possible.


“Are you—” Gabriel broke off the sentence and moved back. Simon dropped his hand immediately. He didn’t want to make Gabriel uncomfortable.


Gabriel glanced at Simon and took a hesitant breath. Simon tried to look reassuring.


“Forgive me if I’m wrong, but you’re flirting with me? Why?”


Simon chuckled. Gabriel was adorable. “Because I like you.”


Gabriel frowned before glancing away. He didn’t seem satisfied with the answer.


“But wolves have mates,” he interjected.


Simon’s eyes widened momentarily. He hadn’t thought Gabriel would know about mates, but maybe this would be a good thing—maybe Gabriel would be more receptive, more understanding about the situation.


“Why do you think I am flirting with you?” Simon asked, dropping his voice to no louder than a whisper, soft and alluring.


Gabriel inhaled sharply, and his eyes widened. “Surely not?”


Simon didn’t know if that was positive or negative, but he couldn’t take it back now. He nodded, moving closer and crowding Gabriel against the wall.


“Don’t you feel it too?” he asked. “My mate?”

 
Author Bio
 

Riza began writing stories at a young age to the a?n?n?o?y?a?n?c?e? delight of anyone she could b?u?l?l?y? persuade to read them. Now somewhat older, if not wiser, things haven’t really changed.


Riza lives in England where they enjoy adding extra letters to words, tea, and discussing the weather (it’s always raining). She has a FdSci in Manufacturing Engineering and is currently working towards her BEng. When she’s not writing, studying or doing her day job, Riza is obsessed with target archery and enjoys shooting barebow.

 

www.rizacurtis.com
Twitter: @rizacurtis
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Thirst Blood of my Blood ~ RP Channing

Book Title - Thirst Blood of my BloodThirst by R P Channing Cover240+ Pages
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~ Kira Sutherland ~

 

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her ‘boyfriend’), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated…), and being labeled as having ‘issues’ in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

 

  1. Continue her ‘therapy’ (where she’s told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often…)

 

Or

 

  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for “Crazies and Convicts” (as the social media sites call them.)

 

She chooses the latter…

 

~ Cory Rand ~

 

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother’s best friend…sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

 

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual – he has a weakness) he’s left with two choices:

 

  1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks…)

 

Or

 

  1. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he’ll get an education.

 

He chooses the latter…

 

It’s at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

 

Things he’s always ignored.

 

Until now.

 

Genres:

Young Adult Romance

Paranormal Romance

High School

Vampires, Demons, Witches

Dark Fantasy

Horror

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PROLOGUE -1-

The Puppy Eyes

My life was perfect.

I had the perfect shoes and the perfect friends and I lived in the perfect house. My nails were perfect and my hair was perfect (except on Sundays, it was always windy on Sundays) and I had the perfect clothes. My lips were a perfect red and my hair perfectly straight. My eyeshadow was perfect, my hips were…okay, and my waist…well…also okay. Nothing was wrong in my life.

But then there was Jack.

Jack was a problem.

He needed to go. I mean, when you’re dead, you’re dead! I had told him this endlessly. Somehow, Jack didn’t get it. I mean, I felt sorry for the guy. Sure. Being stuck between this life and the next. But just because I found him, does that mean I needed to keep him?

I think not!

Sadly, when Jack got that look in his eyes, that weary, almost teary (if his tearducts worked) look, I melted. I just couldn’t send him away. Not even Jack knew where he would go after he died.

Would he, like, die? As in — dead, nada, kaput, finito, gone, no more? Bye bye, sayonara, ciao, hasta la vista baby and all that? I couldn’t have that on my conscience. No way.

I lay on my bed, wondering what to do about him. “Jaaaaaaack,” I hollered.

“Jaaaaaaack!”

Still no answer.

“Jack!”

Jack…materialized.

His eyes rolled down to the ground. He was making those puppy eyes again. “Jack, I told you not to do that. I told you not to play on my sympathies.”

His puppy eyes became worse.

His skin was gray and, well, dead.

“Oh, brother,” I said. “I have to do something about you. If mom finds out I have another ‘imaginary friend’ — at my age — well, I’d die of embarrassment. But, like, really die. Not like you.” I wondered about this. Would I die? Was Jack a freak accident, or did all people live on like him? Think of the cemeteries…

The idea excited me somewhat.

“What would you have me do, Miss Kira?”

“Knock off the Miss Kira crap. I told you it’s just Kira.”

“Yes, Miss Kira.”

The dead. There’s just no reasoning.

“Fine, Miss Kira it is then.” Rover barked like a lunatic in the garden. No one else might be able to see Jack, but I was sure my dog could.

“I have to do something about this,” I mumbled.

-2- The Rat

Mike knocked on the door before I had time to leave the house. Mike was the guy I thought (at the time) was perfect.

“Who is it?”

“It’s me, baby.”

Baby, urgh — I wasn’t his baby. I dated Mike because he was the quarterback, because girls are supposed to like the quarterback, because it’s just so darn perfect to be seen with the quarterback, like we’re brainwashed into thinking these things from the first romantic doll set mom buys us.

This was my previous life.

“Mike.”

“Uh-huh. Gonna let me in?” So you can try rub me up and then complain when I don’t let you? This, dear reader, was the big problem with Mike. The second we first kissed, his hand went way too far south for me to be comfortable — and I pulled back.

Mike suddenly wasn’t so perfect.

“Uhm, I was just on my way out,” I said.

“Kira? C’mon, open the door.” He sounded upset. “Is there someone in there with you?”

Boys. As if.

I didn’t know much about love (nothing, actually) but I knew this wasn’t it. “Uhm, now’s not the time, Mike.”

“C’mon, Kira, what’s going on?” He banged harder.

When in doubt…lie. I opened the door a crack. “There’s a dead rat in the house, Mike. Been here for days. I gotta go get some detergent and stuff to handle the stench.”

Mike stepped back. He peered through the crack of the door.

“It’s really bad,” I said.

“I’ll drive you.”

“I’m afraid the smell” — I stuck my armpit to my nose — “has found its way all over me. I’ll drive myself.”

“O — okay. Fine.” And then he grinned like he wanted something. “Later? My place?”

Urgh. “Uhm, sure…er…later. Not sure when though.”

“Six.”

I fought the urge to roll my eyes. According to girls at school, he was apparently so damn good looking — theoretically. But for me personally, he did nothing. Moved nothing. Twisted nothing. “Look, I gotta go, Mike. I gotta — ”

“Kira.” His eyes grew stern. “You’ve been avoiding me…”

Bingo! Well done contestant number one! And what have you won? A brain!

I tilted my head. “Mike, look, this…rat — I need to deal with it. We’ll talk later, okay? Bye.” I closed the door, not waiting for an answer, and peered out the peep hole. Mike hung around for a second, shoulders wide and eyes glaring straight at me through the door. Could he see me? Did he know I was looking at him?

He kicked something off the ground, and I had the distinct impression he mouthed the word Bitch before leaving. But I wasn’t sure…

-3- The Mack

“Roll down the window, Jack.” Jack was recently dead, so he still had a smell about him. (Which only I could smell…)

I had purposely skipped breakfast. Maybe Jack would help me lose weight. I was (still am) a little wide, although it had never stopped guys flirting with me. I know how to dress.

But I could be skinnier.

Lucy Rogers was skinny. All bones and no boobs.

Charlene Carverton was a babe. Cheerleader. Big chest (which she pushed out generously with a push-up — if only guys knew). Toned thighs. Charlene only dated college boys (back then), which I still think is pretty gross for a girl her age.

“He’s not for you,” Jack said out the blue.

“Hmm?”

“This…Mike — he’s wrong for you, Miss Kira.” For all Jack’s faults (mainly, being dead), he has a good heart. Factually, probably it’s why I kept him around at first.

“You think I don’t know that?”

“Then why don’t you dump him?”

I braked at a stop sign. Looked left and right. “Because I’d look like an idiot. I flirted with him and showed interest, and one kiss later I can’t stand the sight of him.”

“So dump him.”

“It’s not that simple. Kids at school — they can be vicious. I have to let it fade slowly. If I drop the bomb on him, I’ll never hear the end of it through senior year.”

“And you care?”

Yes, I did.

Forget Guantanamo, schools are rough. “You don’t understand, Jack. Maybe school was different in your day. But in mine, well, we walk through metal detectors.”

“Schools weren’t too different in my day.” I noted the sadness in his voice.

“You okay?”

“I’m dead.”

Right. “You miss…your life?”

Jack shrugged. “I like being with you, Miss Kira. And I don’t remember much of my life. I think I’m in limbo.”

“Limbo?”

“Yes, like I have some unfinished business. If only I could remember…what…it is…” He scratched his head.

“Any ideas?”

“Well, it can’t be love. If it were love, I’d be a vampire. That’s who teenage girls fall in love with these days.”

“A vampire? That’s just what I need — two undead beings stalking me.”

“I feel I have something to do around you, Miss Kira. I don’t know what, but something. Something important.”

I looked over at him. “Me?”

I was still looking at him when I missed the stop sign.

The Mack truck drove straight into us

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Author Bio

R P Channing started writing three years ago, but never published anything even after churning out over a million words of fiction. Thirst: Blood of my Blood is the first book he dared to publish. When asked why, he said, “Because it’s the first thing I wrote that my wife actually enjoyed reading.” When not hammering away (most literally) at his keyboard, he can be found buried in a book, reading anything from romance to horror to young adult to non-fiction to comedy.

 

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http://blog.rpchanning.com

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@rpchanning

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Review – The Wicked – Thes Harrison

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The adventure of a lifetime might just end in turmoil, but when it includes meeting your future mate, who gives a hoot?

A Novella of the Elder Races

For a librarian with a focus on rare magic books, Olivia’s new job is a dream come true. She has been hired as part of a team to help manage the safe transportation of the collection of books owned by the Vampyre sorceress Carling Severan. The fact that the library is located on a mysterious island in an Other land only heightens the adventure.

Head of security for the expedition, Sebastian Hale is tired of his rootless life of adventure and finds himself attracted to the calm, beautiful librarian. But he is living a personal nightmare. He has been hit with a curse that is slowly taking away his sight, and he doesn’t know if he will survive the results.

But the powerful feelings growing between them, along with Sebastian’s inner turmoil, take a backseat when they learn there is a traitor lurking among their expedition team. With Elder Races politics and a priceless library on the line, they’ll have to rely on each other to survive the experience.

Warning: When a librarian who likes to nest meets an owl Wyr who has always lived for adventure, their romance won’t just be fly-by-night…

Tamara’s Review

I love the Elder races series, I’m not sure how I missed the release of this one, but I found it now! I love Thea’s writing style and her beautiful turn of a phrase.
The suspense is good, the love scenes hot and the characters likeable. I enjoyed getting to see a glimpse of Grace and Kahlill, though I would have liked to have seen more of the characters from the other Elder races books, in a short it really wasn’t feasible.
I love the fact that Thea’s heroes and heroines are different in more ways than just species. FOr instance our hero, Sebastian in Wicked is only about 5’6″ tall! He is still a sexy hunk, but not your standard “tall, dark and handsome.” And Olivia is a self-proclaimed nerd. Love is for everyone! Not just the beautiful people. lol
Take a ride to “the Wicked” side!

hearts 51Flames 4
SSLY recommended read

Decadent Tour ~ Hexed and Vexed ~ Rebecca Royce

Hexed-and-Vexed300x450Hexed and Vexed (3 flames) Fantasy, Contemporary, Erotic Romance

Olive White has had a terrible six months. It’s not bad enough that years earlier she earned the nickname “Worst Witch In Witching School,” she is now being forced to watch the love of her life, Campbell Bane, marry her sister Cindy. And she’s being asked to do so in a pink, puke-colored bridesmaid’s dress. Vexed doesn’t begin to describe how she feels.

Her powers pick the wedding as the perfect moment to turn on, zapping both her ex and her to a magical island not found on any map. Someone is bound to find them, but perhaps Olive can get some answers, once and for all.

When Campbell falls ill, she uses her considerable skills to save his life, but can she believe him when he tells her he still loves her and always has? Was he hexed, or is it all a flimsy excuse for breaking her heart?

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~Excerpt~

“Tell me again how we ended up here. And speak slowly so I can understand every word you say.” A muscle clenched in his jaw.

“Well.” She might have preferred Campbell not bringing up her tendency to rush through speech when she felt nervous. “I think I may have, completely unintentionally of course, zapped us here.”

“You. Zapped. Us. Here.” He nodded in between each word like he needed to make sense of all of them individually before he could move on. He ran a hand through his dark hair. Strands she herself had once caressed on a nightly basis before he’d gone and decided to marry her sister, thus destroying her life.

“Exactly.” She hitched up her pink monstrosity of a dress and walked toward the inviting waves. The sea air tingled against her skin.

Campbell grabbed her arm. “Olive White, you’ve never successfully performed one spell. Not even one.”

“Yes, you would know that since you were with me every single time I bumbled one. The worst witch in witching school.” She hated that phrase and obviously, she’d made a spell work. Even if she hadn’t meant to. Maybe she could finally lose the nickname.

“Yes.” He smiled at her, letting her arm go. For a second, she saw his brown eyes sparkle like they had when he used to look at her, in the days before the whole world had shifted sideways. But then as fast as the adoration had appeared it vanished. “Well, since you can suddenly make the gift of the ancestors work, zap us back.”

Campbell tapped his foot on the sand like she should hurry up and get the job done. She stifled a laugh, covering her mouth with her hand, at the image he portrayed.

He still wore his tuxedo. In the sand.

Dark hair, dark eyes, and dressed in a designer tuxedo, complete with a black bowtie that had to have been Cindy’s idea, he stood on the beach looking like a fish that had suddenly found itself in a bird’s nest. He really didn’t belong in his current habitat. At least not dressed like that.

Olive covered her mouth to hide her smile. Campbell always fit in wherever he went and even though it seemed mean to laugh, especially because it was her fault that he’d landed on the beach, she couldn’t help but find amusement in how uncomfortable he appeared. After her months of pain, he deserved the hours ahead of him.

He stood waiting for her to answer his declaration. Her sister’s fiancé wanted her to bring them back immediately if not sooner.

“I can’t undo the spell, Campbell. And I’m not sorry about it. Not even a little bit.”

Author Bio:

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She’s in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She’s been told she’s a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you’ll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce’s world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

Interview – Kathleen Ann Gallagher – Freya’s Spell

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Welcome my good friend Kathleen Ann Gallagher!
About Kathleen:
Kathleen writes contemporary, paranormal, and erotic romance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Joseph, and their two puppies, Chaz, and Luc. Her children are all grown, but her three grandsons keep her spirit energized. She is a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. Her passion for story telling began when she was a young girl. Since her father was a professional magician, she learned how to use her imagination while assisting him with his act. When Kathleen is not writing her favorite place to relax is down the Jersey Shore. You might find her under an umbrella, wearing a straw hat, dreaming of a new story.
Thanks so much for joining us today. So first why don’t you tell us a little about yourself.

Kathleen: It’s great to be here! Thank you for inviting me. I write contemporary, paranormal and erotic romance. I’m a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. When I’m home, you’ll find me at my computer with my two puppies at my feet.

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

Kathleen: Hands down, coffee!

Tamara: Now you know why we are friends! 🙂

Beverly: When did you start to write?

Kathleen: I remember writing poetry in the third grade. I was a hopeless romantic even back then.

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

Kathleen:
My idea of a hero is someone who respects and values women. If he treats his mother and sister well, he gets a vote from me. He should possess an honest and open heart. I like a hero who gives back to people who are in need. An added bonus is the ability to make me laugh.

Tamara: Oh, good answer!

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

Kathleen: It’s hard to choose a favorite. When I begin a new book, the characters who I’m writing about at the time become my favorites. I love all of them. My characters pop into my head. It’s like they pick me to tell their story.

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

Kathleen: The hardest scenes for me to write are the sex scenes. I have to make sure the heat is sizzling, but realistic. It’s important to remember your hero and heroine are not contortionists.

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

Kathleen: I fell in love with romance when I started reading Danielle Steel books. Although he’s not a romance author, Nicholas Sparks has also influenced my writing.

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

Kathleen: I swoon over Michael from Trinity, book one, in The Brethren Series. Have you seen the cover?

Tamara: Um, No, Hey Bev we better check it out.

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

Kathleen: The kinkiest thing I’ve done is jump in the backseat with my husband. Lol

Tamara: Ha ha, you and are about equal in kink. What are your favorite types of heroines? Do you like the damsel in distress who needs saving or the kick-ass variety? Why?

Kathleen: I prefer the strong, independent heroine. A girl who knows what she wants and works hard to get it is someone I want to write about. She may have conflicts in her life, but she’s not going to let anyone take away her dreams.

Beverly: What was your worst date ever?

Kathleen: My worse date was with a bachelor who took me to the golf course to watch him play eighteen holes. Who wants to watch a bunch of men hit a little ball around? Not me.

Tamara: My DH says, “golf is men in funny pants walking” um yeah! 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)

Kathleen: I’d have to have my flat iron, whipped cream, and lots of chocolate candy.

Tamara: Where are you going to plug in the flat iron?

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Kathleen: Don’t laugh. I have to have a can of whipped cream in the refrigerator at all times.

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

Kathleen: Maybe I aspire to be a talk show host. I might wind up the next Oprah. lol

Beverly: What was you most embarrassing moment?

Kathleen: I don’t really get embarrassed. We all make mistakes. Okay, maybe when I had a panic attack reading a story in front of the class in sixth grade.

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

Kathleen: I’d be hot pink. Who doesn’t want to be hot?

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

Kathleen: My parents taught me how to love. They were kind, compassion and giving people. I’ll never forget their unconditional love.

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

Kathleen: You love me, Tamara and Beverly! I love you, too!

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Boxers
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Blonde and buff.
Hairy chest or smooth? Hairy
Chocolate or Vanilla? If it’s ice cream, vanilla.
Kinky or Sweet? A little bit of both.
Fast or slow? Slow
Public or private? Just between us.
Top or bottom? Top

Check out Kathleen Ann’s newest release
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The passionate, sex-starved witch, Freya Meyer is tired of wasting time with unsatisfying lovers. She’s in search of a man who can keep up with her. Prospects are slim in Bartlett, the sleepy little town in the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire.

A sultry stranger with a French accent behind the counter at the Country Store is new to town. Family commitment and an unsettled past leads Paul Marton back to his childhood roots. On the rebound from a scandalous romance, Paul tries to ignore Freya’s advances, and he doesn’t let on how he falls prey to her seductive ways.

When Paul ignores her advances, Freya knows what she must do. A love spell is bound to cast the shy stranger straight into her arms. With the help of the full moon, Freya’s wishes may come to fruition.

Can a lonely witch capture one night with her dream lover… walk away, and never look back? Is there a way to tame a wild witch’s heart?

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Website.http://www.kathleenanngallagher.net/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Kathleenwrites

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Interviewing Casey Keen ~ I’ll Be Damned

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

My name is Casey Keen and I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.” I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the continuation of the Anna Wolfe Series.

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

Quiet & coffee… lots of both!

Beverly: When did you start to write?

I started writing my novel two years ago, but I’ve always written poetry.

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

A few important qualities that stick out in my mind when I think of a hero are accountability, selflessness and courage.

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 in I’ll Be Damned is Martello. He is fabulous, straight forward, and humorously witty. When I write, I let the characters define themselves. I start with my lead and then ask myself who would he/she surround themselves with? How would I want my supporting characters to influence her?

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

The most challenging scenes are the sexual ones. I’m not a prude, but putting passion on paper is a very tough feat and I applaud the hardcore romance writers!

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

H.P. Mallory’s Dulcie O’Neil series influenced how I write. I love her entertaining storylines and characters.

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

Knight from the Dulcie O’Neil series by H.P. Mallory. She did an excellent job of conjuring up the perfect fantasy man who is strong, loyal and ridiculously hot (at least I think ha ha)!!

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 like a mixture of both. I can’t stand when a heroine is whiney or emotionally unavailable. I like the writer to portray her as a strong woman, capable of experiencing “normal” thought processes and emotions us mundane folks go through. I think this healthy personality mix makes the heroine more relatable to the readers and might even inspire them in some small way.

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)

A boat, coffee and ice cold beers.

Beverly: What is your “guilty pleasure”?

Bravo TV (*cringe*)! I know it sounds horrible, but some of the shows are so addicting!

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

Yellow, because it’s a happy color and it also happens to be my favorite!

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

My mother – she has shown me the meaning of unconditional love no matter what happens in both of our lives.

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

The people currently in my life (and those who have passed) including – my mother, family, friends, my fiancée and last, but certainly not least, my adorable pug Gia!

Beverly: Oh I adore pugs!

Now for some quick fun questions:
Boxers or briefs? Definitely Briefs!
Coffee or Tea? Coffee, hands down!
Tall, dark and handsome or Blond and buff? Tall, dark and handsome!
Hairy chest or smooth? Smooth!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate!
Kinky or Sweet? Kinky!
Fast or slow? Fast!
Public or private? Private!
Top or bottom? Both!

CK-05I’ll Be Damned

Blurb:

A sister kidnapped.

An impending war between Heaven and Hell looming around the corner.

A Grand Witch who has no idea what she is.

The Prince of Darkness’s obsession in claiming her.

Two sinfully gorgeous men pulling her in two different directions.

As the owner of the coffee shop Deja Brew in Savannah, Georgia, Anna thought her life was ordinary. That is until her sister is kidnapped by a demon, prompting two handsome men to march into her life unexpectedly. Valen, the sinfully gorgeous, overprotective werewolf who is Anna’s sworn guardian and Roman, the most handsome and powerful Warlock in the entire Netherworld.

Suddenly, her world is stripped of everything she knows and replaced with frightening news about who she really is – a powerful Grand Witch. Now, it’s up to her to draw out her dormant magic, rescue her sister and stop an impending heavenly war threatening to eradicate the human race all while staying alive.

goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17693317-i-ll-be-damned

Buy Links:

Amazon, Kobo, Sony, Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:

I was born in Philadelphia, PA and grew up in the suburban outskirts of this amazing city. I love anything paranormal and/or supernatural – seriously I live in Philadelphia! For those of you who don’t know, this city is an awesomely haunted place! This healthy paranormal addiction has provided me the motivation to write my first book, “I’ll Be Damned.”

I graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and I’m currently working on the Anna Wolfe Series.

Author Links:

http://www.caseykeen.com
https://twitter.com/AnnaWolfeSeries
https://www.facebook.com/authorcasey.keen
http://www.amazon.com/Damned-Anna-Wolfe-Series-ebook/dp/B00C0UM3HG
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/ill-be-damned-casey-keen/1114910833?ean=2940016303505

Cover Reveal ~ Freya’s spell

FreyasSpell_LRGFREYA’S SPELL
BY KATHLEEN ANN GALLAGHER
COMING TO SECRET CRAVINGS PUBLISHING AUGUST 2013

BLURB
The passionate, sex-starved witch, Freya Meyer is tired of wasting time with unsatisfying lovers. She’s in search of a man who can keep up with her. Prospects are slim in Bartlett, the sleepy little town in the White Mountain Region of New Hampshire.

A sultry stranger with a French accent behind the counter at the Country Store is new to town. Family commitment and an unsettled past leads Paul Marton back to his childhood roots. On the rebound from a scandalous romance, Paul tries to ignore Freya’s advances, and he doesn’t let on how he falls prey to her seductive ways.

When Paul ignores her advances, Freya knows what she must do. A love spell is bound to cast the shy stranger straight into her arms. With the help of the full moon, Freya’s wishes may come to fruition. Can a lonely witch capture one night with her dream lover… walk away, and never look back? Is there a way to tame a wild witch’s heart?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAuthor bio:
Kathleen writes contemporary, paranormal, and erotic romance. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Joseph, and their two puppies, Chaz, and Luc. Her children are all grown, but her three grandsons keep her spirit energized. She is a registered nurse who works in an emergency room. Her passion for story telling began when she was a young girl. Since her father was a professional magician, she learned how to use her imagination while assisting him with his act. When Kathleen is not writing, her favorite place to relax is down the Jersey Shore. You might find her under an umbrella, wearing a straw hat, dreaming of a new story.

Here’s where you can find Kathleen.

Kathleen’s blog. http://kathleensplacetoreflect.blogspot.com/?zx=e33c25154ce308d9

Website.http://www.kathleenanngallagher.net/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Kathleenwrites

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