Writeminded Week Winds Down with Stephanie Tyler

First, yesterday’s winner of a mini-Writeminded promo pack and goodies from me is: Ashley V (comment #2)
Congratulations!  Please e-mail me using the addy in the sidebar!


Writeminded Week is coming to a close and our final guest is Stephanie Tyler!


Stephanie’s upcoming release, Hot Nights, Dark Desires is an anthology, coming May 20th from Bantam Dell with novellas by Eden Bradley, Sydney Croft & Stephanie Tyler.
Stephanie is also one half (along with Larissa Ione) of Sydney Croft!



Inspired by the sultry heat and sensual ambiance of New Orleans, this steamy collection delves into the erotic underground of the Big Easy. Here is a tantalizing trio of stories by three rising stars that will tease your imagination—and seduce your senses.


Lush, haunting, and provocative, New Orleans has something to satisfy every desire—as three very lucky women are about to discover.

In “Shadow Play” (by Sydney Croft) an ex-supermodel desperate to revive her career seeks the help of a gorgeous, reclusive photographer with a special gift—and offers him anything he wants in return. The result is a series of erotic positions captured on film—along with a mind-blowing physical connection neither expected….

In “The Art of Desire” (by Eden Bradley) a sheltered young woman turned on by the idea of getting tattooed dares to make her fantasy a reality. But as her arousing sessions with a dangerously handsome tattoo artist move from the tattoo parlor to the bedroom, they make an impression that’s more than skin deep….


And in “Night Vision” (by Stephanie Tyler) when artist Catie Lanford hires professional cooler Bat Kelly to whip the failing bar she’s recently inherited into shape, she’s not looking for a lover—until she lays eyes on the sexy wild man. Soon they’ve agreed to mix business with pleasure, and Catie discovers that Bat is just what she needs to set her artist’s imagination—and her body—on fire.


Abandon your inhibitions and excite your spirit with a gathering of tales that’s as sexy and spicy as the city of New Orleans itself.


You can learn more about Stephanie and her books at her website:   http://www.stephanietyler.com/

You can learn about the Sydney Croft books here: http://sydneycroft.com/


Check out how Stephanie completed the sentences…


I am:  never sure what day of the week it is.

I like: chocolate

I love: Zoo, Lily and Gus

I dream:  sporadically when I’m sleeping, but I daydream constantly.

I wish: for more sleep.  Lots and lots of sleep.  Oh, and cigarettes without illness…

I pretend: I don’t need to wear glasses.  

I know: I’m clumsy.

I fear: escalators, wind chimes, butterflies and closed-minded people.

I appreciate: my friends

I hope: my daughter will walk unassisted one day.

I look: like my mom…I can get recognized all over town by people who knew her when she was my age.    

I read: everything and anything.

I want: more time to read and relax.

I need: a cake.

I will: bake more, because it relaxes me.

I can: balance dimes in my double jointed fingers

I dance to: anything, really – I love music – my taste runs from AC/DC to Mary J. Blige to Toby Keith…

I wish I had thought of: oh, dangerous question – I try not to covet things because it’s counterproductive…so I asked Zoo.  His answer?  Plastic.  *rolls eyes*

I cannot live without: my computer.

I am happy when: the phone isn’t ringing.

I would like to meet: Linda Howard, so I can gush to her about Wolf Mackenzie.

I am annoyed by: people who don’t think before they speak.

I have always wanted: to be a rock star.

I encourage people to: do what they think they can’t.

I think it would be cool if: I lived in Africa

I love to dance when no one is looking.

I write romance because: I believe in happy endings!

I would love to know what readers think of: books in a series – love ‘em, hate em’ or wish there was a definitive ‘end’ to an ongoing series…


Thanks so much, Stephanie!

So how about it, readers…what do you think of book series?

Love ‘em, hate ‘em? 
Do you like for them to go on and on?
Or would you rather there be an “end”?


Just like yesterday, if you comment below, you will be entered to win a mini-Writeminded promo pack with bookmarks, magnets, a pen, and goodies from me!

Tomorrow, I will announce the winner!  So please remember to come back!

30 Responses to Writeminded Week Winds Down with Stephanie Tyler

  1. Greta says:

    I would like to meet: Linda Howard, so I can gush to her about Wolf Mackenzie.

    I encourage people to: do what they think they can’t.

    Stephanie – Love your answers to these question –

    I love series books especially when secondary characters get their own stories. Like we need Rev’s story. I beleive the best series go about three four books – at the most. So authors can carry a series out to six or seven. You have to be a excellent author to carry the series out further than that.

  2. Jolene says:

    oh i have mixed feelings about series.. on one hand i love them.. i cant tell you how many times ive read a book that has a character that at the end i go what about them? what happens, i want their story.. doesnt even have to be on the same theme, just tell me their story..
    on the other hand, i hate when i have to wait, a year maybe more for the next installment, because if its not fresh in my brain, i forget about them and then oh yeah, i forgot to get that one and have to go back and find it….
    I d like to thank all the writeminded gals for coming to play and share.. love the blog and i visit and post alot…

  3. Lori T says:

    Good Morning Stephanie,

    I LOVE Wolf Mackenzie too. That is an amazing serires.

    I really love series…I like being able to visit old friends and get a look into their lives. If a book is a part of an ongoing series that is a draw for me.

    Have a great day everyone.

  4. azteclady says:

    Congrats, Ashley!

    Generally speaking I like series. I’m addicted to Eve and Roarke, for example; or Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters.

    However, it’s also important to me that any book along the series stands alone well–for those of us who catch on late, you know? 😀

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  5. Ann M. says:

    I love series. I have a hard time saying good bye to characters and love when I get to see them in additional books.

    I know that some people get intimidated when there are a lot of books in an ongoing like JD Robb’s In Death series. It is especially daunting for people who don’t like to start in the middle of a series.

    A good series ties its storyline up but leaves you wanting more of the characters. Sometimes a series gets draggy… and should be ended.

    I’M… HOME in the states. I’m actually posting on the day that it says instead of the next day.. when I was in OZ. 🙂

  6. limecello says:

    Hi Stephanie and Jennifer!

    Great interview + 5’s. As to series… I’m afraid I’m beginning to like them less and less :X. I do like them a lot – it’s fun to see “old friends” and character cameos. Also, to become familiar with a world. But sometimes, enough is enough, and everyone needs to be able to have their happily ever after *really* be an ending. I personally need closure and a happy ending each and every time, so each book needs to stand alone. I also don’t want it to get to the point where I’m wondering “will this ever end?!?!” I think that 9, at the max is enough for a series – and that’s being a little generous. I’d like the series to end at around 7. Maybe I’ll still want more, but I’d prefer that to wishing I’d never read a book, and having it taint all the previous ones. :X I guess I’m really picky.

  7. Virginia H. says:

    I enjoy books in a series. Because you can continue on with the charactors and see where there live goes. Sometimes its just hard to find all of the series or there is a long time between each book and you forget what is going on. I do enjoy reading them though.

  8. ThatBrunette says:

    My favorite: I need a cake. Doesn’t everyone? Shouldn’t everyone. I also like your reason for writing romance. Happy Endings, like cake, the world would be a better place if we had more of them.

  9. Beth R says:

    I love them you get to visit with characters you already have a history with

  10. kim h says:

    look very hot. ilove your seals and blazse books. do u do any reaseach for these books

  11. Blanche says:

    Hi Stephanie!!

    I love Wolf Mackenzie too….he is an amazing man!!

    I love series!! It is neat to “catch up” with favorite characters from other books in a series!!

  12. fedora says:

    Fun answers, Stephanie! And yes, I do tend to love a good series! My preference is for a new couple in each book, and not too much of a cliffhanger going on–I’m not a patient person, so I hate having to wait ages between books. I like when there’s sort of a natural number with closure coming up–for instance, with a set number of sibs in a family or three best friends, or something like that. I do think that a series can go on too long, and then it can start to feel repetitive and less interesting, which would dilute my pleasure in reading that author, sadly.

  13. Jane says:

    I love books in series. I think I prefer them to end, but I also hate to see them come to an end. Stephanie Laurens’ Cynster series is still going strong and it’s one of my favorites.

  14. trish says:

    love ’em when I can read them all in a row (fast and quick) I’m not very patient, so if I plan on reading a series I wait until 3 or 4 books are out, so I can get more “into the books” and NO wait is involved!

  15. cathy m says:

    I have a lot of book series that I auto-buy, JD Robb is an example of one that has continued to keep my interest. I would say in general, that it is good to have a set number in a series, to wrap things up while the writing and the characters are still interesting and fresh.

  16. Thanks, Greta! I’m so back and forth on series myself, which is why I asked – both reading and writing them past a certain point…but I do love subplots. And rev 🙂

    Hi Jolene – Thanks for dropping by! We have so much fun with all our WM readers on the blogs and the group and the chats – you guys are awesome! And I hear you on the waiting for the next installment – I usually try to do a quick reread of the previous book in that case, because my memory is shot…

    Hey LoriT – Wolf’s book is such a comfort read for me – it stands the test of time 🙂

    Hi Azteclady! I’ve never done the Eve/Roarke thing, mainly because I’m not crazy about series that feature the same characters in the lead roles…I like closure for the leads 🙂 Subplots, I don’t mind if they hang for a bit…

  17. Hi Ann M! Are you glad to be home?! Like I mentioned to azteclady, I have a tough time with ongoing series with the same characters – I even have a tough time with a new series on TV – sometimes, I won’t watch a season and then get the entire season on DVD so I can watch all at once. I’m SO impatient…and I like endings.

    Hey limecello! I don’t think you’re being picky – I feel the same way. I really like trilogies, with each book stand-alone but with some recurring characters – they’re my favorite to read and to write.

    Very true, Virginia H – I remember wanting to start Christine Feehan’s series, only to find some of the early books were out of print and really expensive used. Although, if you’re an eBook fan, a lot of those problems are eliminated. I’m still a big fan of the actual book…

  18. I wish I could hand out cake on the blog, ThatBrunette 🙂

    Hi BethR – I love when an author mentions couples from previous books too – it’s like visiting family…

    Thanks, kim h! And yes, I do a ton of research – reading and real life help – I have several military sources who are great – I can call them up and say things like, if you were going to shoot someone with a Sig Sauer…and they don’t get scared. Well, once they know me 🙂

  19. Stefanie D says:

    I love series if it’s about brothers and sisters and things like that. (The Black Dagger Brotherhood is very good for example)
    What I don’t like are series about mothers, sisters, childeren, grandchildren AND friends. That’s so very complicated!
    Oh and I also don’t like one book being a part of 2 series. Where do I put that book on my shelf? With serie A or serie B. And how do I read it? Serie A, book X, serie A? Or serie A, book X, serie B? That gets me really crazy!:P

  20. *waves to Blanche* WOLF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Fedora, you’re definitely like me in your preferences for series…altho I really do wish I liked the longer ones because, you know, more to read. Like my TBR pile isn’t threatening to collapse on me or anything…

    Hey Jane! I don’t think I’ve read any Stephanie Laurens…I might have to give her a try now 🙂

    LOL Trish – that is fun when you discover the series late and you can just glom 🙂

    Hi Cathy M – I think if anyone can keep a series fresh, it would be Nora. I haven’t read everything of hers, but everything I have read I’ve loved. My favorite of hers is Angels Fall…

  21. LOL, Stefanie D – I think I need you to come help me organize my shelves 🙂 Of the Black Dagger books, book 2 (Rhage) is my absolute favorite…

  22. Cherie J says:

    I love book series but I think sometimes that they should be limitted to 6 or 7 at most. Having to wait for the next book to come out is so hard. I am always afraid something will happen to the author and I will be left hanging. I am with fedora on hating cliffhangers as well.

  23. Jennifer Y says:

    Hi Steph and everyone else!

    Steph, we miss you over on the readers group if you want to stop by and say hello…or let us know you are still breathing….*g* Or have the SEALs kept you too busy?

  24. Cindi says:

    Happy Friday! I enjoy reading anthologies! Different authors, and different types of stories. Please enter me in your drawing. Thanks, Cindi

  25. Amelia says:

    I like reading series and single titles. It is alway interesting to read series because you get to know more about the characters.

  26. Hi Cherie J! Do you mind when subplots cliffhang, or just the main plots?

    {{{HUGS}}} to JennY! I’m trying to dig out so I can make my way over there in a few 🙂

    Hey Cindi – I’m glad to hear you like anthos 🙂 I do too!

    Hi Amelia! It’s true – you’ve got much more room as an author to explore character when you expand books into a series…

  27. Valerie Tibbs says:

    Hi Stephanie! Hi Jen! I love books in a series. It’s great to be able to go back and visit them and see what they’ve been up to.

    Love all your books Steph – I’m looking forward to the next Sydney book and this new anthology!

    Thanks to all the WM ladies and Jennifer for hosting this all week! It’s been really enjoyable! 😀


  28. RobynL says:

    I love book series if there are around 3 or 4; this way you can keep people from different books separated. I love getting to know the main players and others in the books and if there is a series you can get to know more about the friends you met in the first book or so.

  29. Thanks, Valerie!!!! I love hearing that you love the books 🙂

    Hi RobynL! I have trouble keeping track of things beyond 3 books (writing them, that is) – I can’ timagine how authors who go beyond that do it – they must be super organized – or at least have decent memories 🙂

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