Elisabeth Naughton Guest Blogs…

Friday, August 7, 2009

Thanks everyone for the kind words on my last post…it means a lot.  Anyway, today I am thrilled to welcome author Elisabeth Naughton, whose latest release, STOLEN HEAT, is in stores now! 

Elisabeth NaughtonHere’s a little bio on Elisabeth:
A previous junior-high science teacher, Elisabeth Naughton now writes sexy romantic suspense and paranormal novels full time from her home in western Oregon where she lives with her husband and three children. Her debut release, Stolen Fury, was a 2007 Golden Heart Finalist and has been heralded by Publisher’s Weekly as “A rock-solid debut.” When not writing, Elisabeth can be found running, hanging out at the ball park or dreaming up new and exciting adventures. Visit the author’s website at www.elisabethnaughton.com

And here’s the blurb for her latest release:

STOLEN_HEAT_MECHBook Two in the Stolen Trilogy
On Sale: July 28, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-505-52794-3

His past tore them apart. Her lies thrust them back together. Now a killer’s out for revenge, but the biggest threat for both may just be the heat they thought they’d already lost…

Antiquities dealer Peter Kauffman walked a fine line between clean and corrupt for years. And then he met the woman who changed his life—Egyptologist Katherine Meyer. Their love affair burned white-hot in Egypt, until the day Pete’s lies and half-truths caught up with him. After that, their relationship imploded, Kat walked out, and before Pete could find her to make things right, he heard she’d died in a car bomb.

Six years later, the woman Pete thought he’d lost for good is suddenly back. The lies this time aren’t just his, though. The only way he and Kat will find the truth and evade a killer out for revenge is to work together—as long as they don’t find themselves burned by the heat each thought was stolen long ago…

“Exciting, action-packed and fast moving, this story seamlessly alternates from the present to the past. A first-rate mystery, it has well-developed characters and a suspenseful and satisfying climax. A fine romantic thread winds through it all.”
–RT BOOKReviews

“STOLEN HEAT is an awesome combination of deadly suspense, edgy action and a wonderful romance with characters that you’ll laugh, cry and yell with. I had a great time reading it and I’m definitely looking forward to more of Ms. Naughton’s books.”
–Wendy, Night Owl Romance

And now here’s Elisabeth…

 Thanks so much to Jennifer for having me here today!

Today wraps up my two week blog tour for the release of STOLEN HEAT, the second book in my Stolen Trilogy from Dorchester LoveSpell. I often wonder if readers think I’m just rambling about random topics, but I love talking books, so I’m thrilled to be here and everywhere spreading the word about this fun book.

I am an adventure lover at heart, so it makes sense all my books have some adventure element to them. Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone, The Mummy, Goonies, National Treasure, Lord of the Rings…these are the kind of movies you’ll find in my movie closet and they’re the movies my family tends to watch over and over. (I’m slowly turning my kids into adventure lovers as well). When I read, I gravitate toward action/adventure books that are fast paced and emotionally satisfying. Since the release of my Stolen books, I’ve been thrilled to hear of other romance authors who are writing romantic adventure books and growing this subgenre of romantic suspense.

So what, really, is the difference between romantic adventure and romantic suspense? I get asked this a lot, and though the two genres tend to blend together, there are a few distinct differences.

1) 1st Difference:

  • In a romantic suspense, the main characters are intent on solving a crime, and as a result, generally involve law enforcement of some kind, and spend the entire book chasing a bad guy.
  • In a romantic adventure, the characters may still be intent on solving a crime, but they’re often the target, not the other way around. They’re on the run from some dark force and don’t necessarily have to be law enforcement personnel (in fact, they’re often not).

2) 2nd Difference:

  • In a romantic suspense, the focus is on the whodunit aspect. These books are often dark, intense, and often scary.
  • In a romantic adventure, the focus is on the adventure. The tone is often lighter, less intense, and the entire book opens itself to more lighthearted moments.

3) 3rd Difference:

  • In a romantic suspense, the plot is the central aspect of the book, and the characters are there to enhance a complex plot.
  • In a romantic adventure, the characters are the central aspect of the book, and the adventure is there to enhance the characters.

Both types of books – romantic suspense and adventure – can seem similar, and both genres can blend together easily, which is why they’re shelved together. Both can be fast-paced, both can have whodunit elements, both can be intense in places. The difference is where the writes shifts the focus and how the story plays out. What’s driving the story? Is it the characters and their experiences, or is it the plot and the characters’ reactions?

My first book – STOLEN FURY – was very much a romantic adventure in every way, shape and form. STOLEN HEAT has more of the traditional romantic suspense elements – complex plot, whodunit aspect, it’s darker and more intense – but at the root it’s still an adventure. The characters are still looking for a treasure, they’re still on the run, and they’re still very much the focus of the book. I write the type of books I want to read, so it makes sense no matter what I write, there’ll always be a sense of adventure in there somewhere.

How about you? Are you a fan of romantic adventure? What was the last adventure book or movie you enjoyed?

To be entered into Elisabeth’s BIG STOLEN HEAT Release Contest go to www.elisabethnaughton.com/stolen_heat_contest.html. You could win a $100 VISA gift card and a whole host of other daily prizes!

Thanks Elisabeth for being my guest!

Readers, be sure to check out her website and her books!

And feel free to answer her questions…any adventure lovers out there?


A Reminder, June’s Book-of-the-Month Polls, and a giveaway…

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Just a reminder to check yesterday’s post’s comments to see if you are a winner.

I also wanted to remind you that for the next 5 days I will be posting my discussions of the previous Books-of-the-Month (I fell a bit behind due to computer problems and illness)…you can see the titles and covers by checking the sidebar.

 I will not be in town to comment on the discussions (I am actually at Disney World right now for the first time in my life…SQUEE!…Let’s hope I don’t cough all over the Mouse as I am still not 100%), but I look forward to reading the comments when I return.

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I also wanted to let you know that the polls for June’s Book-of-the-Month and eBook-of-the-Month are now open and can be found in the sidebar.  You might have noticed them already as I posted them before I left for my trip because I wouldn’t have computer access today.

 Below you will find info on your choices for June.

The book(s) that win the polls will be featured, read by me, and discussed during the month of June.

 I took a few of your suggestions (and added a few of my own) and the choices for June’s Print Book-of-the-Month are:his womanmoonlight warrior

His Woman by Diana Cosby

Moonlight Warrior by Janet Chapman 

 

  the texas twinsblack eagle  

Black Eagle by Gen Bailey

 

The Texas Twins by Tina Leonard

 

 in over her headmarked by passion

In Over Her Head by Judi Fennell


Marked by Passion by Kate Perry

 

 

And I didn’t get any new suggestions for eBook-of-the-Month so I came up with some of my own (from my TBR and Wishlist…some are my way of expanding my comfort zone) and your choices are: 

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With Caution

With Caution by J.L. Langley

 

 Seeing Eye Mate by Annmarie McKenna

 

alpha's matetame horse wild heartsTame Horses Wild Hearts by Alison Paige

 

Alpha’s Mate by Leah Brooke

 

it's raining menuntamed heartIt’s Raining Men by Crystal Jordan

 

Untamed Heart by Ally Blue

 

 There you go…click on the titles for more information and links to purchase.

The polls can be found in the sidebar and will close May 29.  I’ll announce June’s choices along with the dates of discussion on May 30.

 Be sure to check back to see if your pick wins.

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As I mentioned above, I am not getting as many suggestions that I usually get…especially eBooks.

So I would appreciate any suggestions you all could provide.  Even though my TBR runneth over, I have discovered quite a few new-to-me authors through these polls and your suggestions.
Authors, don’t be shy, feel free to suggest your own!

In fact, everyone who leaves a suggestion for a future Book-of-the-Month or eBook-of-the-Month below or through e-mail will be entered to win a surprise prize from my prize stash (not sure what yet, but it will definitely include a couple of books and other goodies).

Leave your suggestion below or e-mail me and I’ll randomly select a winner from everyone who leaves a suggestion and announce it on May 31.

 Here are the criteria for suggestions:

-Must be a romance, but can be any subgenre (as you can tell from the choices above I am not picky and read just about EVERY genre of romance)

-Can be print or eBook (I really need some eBook suggestions), but I would prefer it not be a hardcover

-Can be an old or new release, but must be available during the month of the discussion  (future releases are definitely welcome as suggestions)

 Just leave your suggestions below or e-mail me!


Special Guest Robin Kaye…

Thursday, May 14, 2009

First I have a couple of winners to announce…
The winner of a copy of Coming on Strong is:  Afshan N
The winner of a copy of Going Down Hard is:  Susan
Please e-mail me with your mailing info to claim your prize!

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 Now for our main attraction…

Today I am delighted to welcome author Robin Kaye to my blog.
Robin’s latest release Too Hot to Handle is in stores now.

Here’s Robin to tell you about her meeting with a very special person…

THTH_coverHi, I’m Robin Kaye, the author of Too Hot to Handle. Annabelle Ronaldi is the one of the heroines of the Domestic Gods series and I thought it would be fun to talk with Rose, her nosy, slightly zany, and possibly psychic aunt. I made an appointment to meet Aunt Rose at her favorite place—the bench by the duck pond in the middle of Greenwood Cemetery. Granted it’s an odd place to meet, but since I used to play there as a child and my aunt and uncle got engaged on that very bench, it didn’t seem odd to me until I began writing up the interview.

As walked over to meet Aunt Rose, I realized she hadn’t notice my arrival so announced myself. I didn’t want to startle an old lady in a cemetery. “Aunt Rose? Is that you?”

Aunt Rose looked up from the newspaper she was reading, “Of course it’s me. You were expecting one of the residents? My husband, Vito, is right over there.” She pointed toward the graves over her left shoulder.

I tried not to laugh as I sat beside her. She took her time folding the paper and placed it in her humongous black pocketbook. “So how are you?”

“Fine, fine. Why did you want to meet with me? You need more material for those books you write?”

“No, I’m writing a blog and thought you’d be an interesting interview.”

She waved her hand. “An old lady? Interesting? You don’t get out much, eh?” She rummaged through her bag and pulled out a thermos. “Demitasse?”

“You have cups?”

She nodded. “Sure, you think I’m a gonna drink out’a the cap? What do I look like? A bum?”

“If you have enough, I’d love a demitasse.”

She poured the steaming liquid into insulated cups and handed me what looked like a homemade biscotti. Just before I took a sip of the coffee, she held up a small silver flask. “Zoom Zoom?”

For those of you who don’t know, Zoom Zoom is usually liqueur, like sambuca. I smiled, “Please.” With that she poured a shot in, just enough to have a kick and add sweetness. I took a bite of biscotti and was in heaven. “Thank you.” I washed it down with some incredible demitasse and waited for her to finish chewing. “Tell me about Annabelle and Mike.”

“Those two, they got a lot of things to work out. Annabelle, she just wasn’t right in the head for the last couple of years. She thinks she hid everything so well.” Aunt Rose tapped her temple. “But I know what I know, and I saw she needed to get past the death of that old boyfriend of hers.”

“Chip, right?”

“What kind of name is that? Chip, it’s a break in a cup, that’sa no name for a man. Not that he was much of one. Better that she ended up with someone who can appreciate her, like her Michael. He’s such a nice boy, and a good doctor too. Annabelle, she needs someone who will take care of her and believe in her. She’s a nice girl, my Annabelle.

“You knew about Chip and didn’t tell the rest of the family?”

“Why? I knew it was a passing phase. It was going to end soon enough. Death can’t be avoided.” She crossed herself. “My Annabelle takes after her mama, she don’t like dealing with the hard things in life. She tried to pretend it never happened. But that don’t work. It took meeting Mike to get her to mind straight again.”

I nodded, not sure what to say to that. “Everyone wants to know if you’re psychic.”

“Me? I’m a’ no gypsy. I just know things. I don’t know how I know, I just do.”

“You’re very close to your nieces and your nephew. How does that affect your relationship with your sister?”

“Me and Maria, we don’t talk about it. She don’t like it so she acts like one of those animals who sticks her head in the sand.”

“An ostrich?”

“Si.” Rose took a sip of her demitasse. “She tries to do right by her children, but she don’t know what they need. Just you wait until she finds she’sa not the only woman in Richie’s life.”

“Oh!” I sat straighter on the bench. News! “Then Richie and Gina will work things out?”

Aunt Rose gave me one of her you’re-too-stupid-to-live looks. “Richie needs a woman who will love him in spite of himself. Gina, she’sa not that woman. But then Richie’s not the man for her, either. You’ll see. It’sa gonna be an interesting fall. You mark my words.”

“That’s all you’re going to tell me?”

“What? You want me to write your next book for you? No, you’ll have to wait and see how it all turns out. Somebody is gonna turn Richie’s life up’a-side-down. He’sa not gonna know what hit him.” Aunt Rose took the last bite of her biscotti and drained her demitasse. “It’sa been nice talking to you, Robin. You come back and visit sometime soon. Maybe after you write Richie’s book, eh?”

I didn’t want to let her go, but she was obviously finished talking to me. She was halfway to the Cemetery gate before I could say, “yes, thanks for meeting me.”

Aunt Rose held her hand up as if to say, “No a’need to thank.” The gesture left me with more questions than when the interview began.

So what do you think? Is Rich going to end up with Gina, or is there really another woman? Who is she?

Thanks Robin! 

Readers, be sure to look for Too Hot to Handle and to check out Robin’s website:  http://robinkayewrites.com/

We have a special giveaway today…one lucky winner will receive a copy of Too Hot to Handle.
Just leave a comment to be entered (US and Canada only…sorry).

I’ll announce the winner tomorrow (Friday) so be sure to return to see if you won!


Please Welcome Laurie Brown…

Monday, May 4, 2009

Today I welcome author Laurie Brown to the blog!
Laurie is the author of What Would Jane Austen Do? a fabulous new time travel romance which is now available!

wwjadHere’s a blurb for the book:
Surely Jane Austen would know how to handle such a rake…

From the author of Hundreds of Years to Reform a Rake, a new time travel romance featuring a modern day career woman swept back in time to Regency England, where she thwarts a Napoleonic spy, chats with Jane Austen, and falls in love with a notorious rake.

Eleanor is a costume designer in England for the Jane Austen festival, where her room at the inn is haunted. In the middle of the night she encounters two ghost sisters whose brother was killed in a duel over 200 years ago. They persuade her to travel back in time with them to prevent the duel. Eleanor is swept into a country house party, presided over by the charming Lord Shermont, where she encounters and befriends Jane Austen. But there’s much more to Lord Shermont than the ghosts knew, and as Eleanor dances and flirts with him, she begins to lose her heart.

Now here’s Laurie with a blog about some interesting research she conducted for this book…

The Rules of Dueling
By Laurie Brown

One of the things I like about reading historicals and time travels is learning interesting new facts. It should be no surprise then that one thing I love about writing them is doing the research. In my new release, What Would Jane Austen Do? the heroine must stop a duel from happening. Even though I’d read about duels in other books and seen them on TV and in the movies, I knew I needed to know more.

Dueling existed in one form or another dating back to medieval times (i.e. jousting). Duels could be fought with swords but from the 18th century on, pistols were the weapons most often chosen. Special sets of dueling pistols were used by the wealthy.

From the early 19th century duels were often technically illegal in Europe, though in practice participants in a fair duel were hardly ever prosecuted, and rarely convicted. Since only gentlemen were considered capable of having honor, only they could duel. There were many codes or sets of rules, changing with geography and available weaponry. During the Regency and into the early Victorian Age the Code Duello, formalized in 1777, was widely accepted. Young gentlemen learned the 25 (sometimes 26) rules of the Code as part of their education.

The goal of an honorable duel was not necessarily to kill the opponent but to restore one’s honor, to gain ‘satisfaction. A number of the rules therefore have to do with who should apologize and when. Rule 1 “The first offense requires the first apology, though the retort may have been more offensive than the insult.”

Avoidance of unnecessary or frivolous deaths appears to be the goal. For example, Rule 15 says, “Challenges are never to be delivered at night unless the party to be challenged intends leaving the place of offense before morning, for it is desirable to avoid all hot-headed proceedings.”

In certain instances a duel is not only condoned, but called for. Rule 5 “As a blow is strictly prohibited under any circumstances among gentlemen, no verbal apology can be received for such an insult. The alternatives, therefore- the offender handing a cane to the injured party, to be used on his own back, at the same time begging pardon; firing on until one or both are disabled; or exchanging three shots, ands then asking pardon without proffer of the cane. “ Rule 9 “All imputations of cheating at play, races, etc., to be considered equivalent to a blow; but may be reconciled after one shot, on admitting their falsehood and begging pardon publicly. And Rule 10 “Any insult to a lady under a gentleman’s care or protection to be considered as, by one degree, a greater offense than if given to the gentleman, and to be regulated accordingly.”

Firing into the air, a delope, was strictly prohibited by Rule 13. If the duel had gotten to that point the offense should have been serious enough to continue.  “…therefore, children’s play must be dishonorable on one side or the other…” That said, the delope was often used for milder refractions, honor having been restored simply by the act of being willing to place your life on the line for it. 

The challenger chose the terms of the duel, to first blood, until one man was so wounded as to be unable to continue, or to the death. In the case of pistols, the choice would be one, two, or three shots. More than three exchanges of fire was considered barbaric and, if no hits were achieved, somewhat ridiculous. The challenged had the choice of weapons.

Each party would name a trusted representative as his second. This wasn’t a duty accepted lightly. The seconds would decide on the “field of honor” and time, usually an isolated location and at dawn so they would not be interrupted. Seconds also checked the weapons to make sure they were of equal, loaded the pistols (if used), witnessed the duel, and were expected to continue the fight if honor had not been deemed satisfied. 

By the mid-Victorian Age, duels had gone out of fashion. Except in fiction. I’m glad my heroine was able to prevent the duel.
 

Thanks Laurie!

Readers, be sure to look for What Would Jane Austen Do? in stores now!

And be sure to check out Laurie’s website for updates:  http://www.lauriebrown.net

So What Would Jane Austen Do? involves time travel…what would you do if you found yourself transported back in time?
Would you want to go?


Devyn Quinn Spreads the Word about eBooks…

Thursday, April 30, 2009

cover-planetToday my guest is author Devyn Quinn.

Devyn is an ambassador for the Go Green/Read e campaign (you might have noticed the image in the sidebar) and today she is here to spread the word about eBooks…

 

Now here’s Devyn…

 

eBook Readers: Choosing the best one!

 

Before we get to today’s blog topic, I’d like to thank the Jennifer  for allowing me the chance to join her today. As some of you might know, All Romance eBooks is sponsoring a Go Green/Read an eBook campaign.  As one of their ambassadors, I am here to spread the word about eBooks and how fabulous they are.

 

As an author who has been in on the eBook revolution since it began in the early 90’s, I found myself fascinated by the idea of books in a portable, paperless format. I’m all for eBooks, and anything that gets people back to reading for entertainment.

 

There’s only one problem I’ve found and, for me, it’s been a big one. What is the best way to read an eBook? I have to admit that the idea of using my work computer is unattractive. After all, I sit behind the computer all day working on my own projects. When it comes time for pleasure reading, the last thing I want to do is look at the monitor some more! I could print the book—except that some eBooks disable the print function. Printing the book also defeats the purpose of eBooks. It wastes expensive ink and paper, something I’m not inclined to do in the first place. I purchased the book because of its portable format. It’s supposed to be easy and convenient to read. But it’s not! My problem is that I have yet to find the perfect eBook reader.

 

Therefore I am asking readers this question: What eBook reader do you use, and why? Leave a comment telling us about your favorite method for reading ebooks. Share your knowledge, the ups and downs and how you finally found the perfect e-reader.

 

Give us the specs and tell us how the device you’ve chosen is the perfect one for reading eBooks. In other words, convince me this is the reader for me!

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And since this is an eBook campaign, I’ll be giving away free PDF copies of my gothic novel, The Keeper of Eternity, to any reader who emails me, saying they saw this article at Jennifer’s Random Musings! Send your request to: admin@devynquinn.com.

 

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Devyn Quinn is a romance author and avid eBook reader, blogging this month for All Romance eBooks’ Go Green/Read e Campaign. Find out more about the Go Green/Read e Campaign at www.gogreenreade.com.  To learn more about Devyn, visit her website at www.devynquinn.com. You can find Devyn’s eBooks and thousands of other eBooks on-line at www.allromanceebooks.com.

 

Thanks Devyn!

 

Readers, do you have an eBook reader?  If so, tell us about it.  If not, is there one you’ve had your eye on?


Special Guest Kendra Leigh Castle…

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Today I am thrilled to welcome back author Kendra Leigh Castle!

 

Kendra’s latest is the fabulous Wild Highland Magic…

 

Layout 1Here’s a blurb:

As soon as she laid eyes on him, her animal instincts took over.

 

For generations, the MacInnes werewolves have been guarding the portal between Earth and the Drakkyn realm. Bastian and his sister came through the portal from Drakkyn, seeking sanctuary in the beautiful Scottish Highlands and relief from the curse that haunts him. Solitary and despairing, Bastian must find a way to break the curse or it will kill him.

 

A family squabble 25 years ago drove a rift between the MacInnes alpha and his brother, and Catrionna MacInnes has never met her MacInnes relatives nor had any guidance in how to be a werewolf. When her father brings his family to Scotland seeking reconciliation, Cat lays eyes on Bastian, and her most basic animal instincts kick in. Bastian tries to resist Cat – no good can come of their attraction – but she won’t take no for an answer. She knows that all she wants – what she must have – is to mark him as her own.

 

And now here’s Kendra…

 

Dreaming Up the Drakkyn

 

Thanks so much to the amazing Jennifer for having me back to blog!  It’s always great to come over and play J  Today she asked me to talk about my world-building, and I’m happy to oblige.  My new book, Wild Highland Magic, is the third and final book in my MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, and the otherworld of Coracin that I introduced way back in Call of the Highland Moon has grown and developed in ways I never imagined at the beginning.

 

So you may be asking, what on Earth is a Coracin and a Drakkyn?  Well, Coracin, to start, is a “where.”  When I began this series, I decided to use the famous Stone of Destiny, a Scottish relic upon which the earliest kings were crowned and whose origins have been mythologized, as the gateway into another world.  The Stone is guarded by a pack of Highland shapeshifters, the MacInneses, who were charged to guard it by Saint Columba hundreds of years ago.  That particular use of the Stone has been lost in the sands of time when we first meet the pack, though, and the discovery of the magical doorway to Coracin is a major piece of the story of Gideon MacInnes and Carly Silver, Call of the Highland Moon.

 

So that was the original building block, the idea of Coracin (from the Latin coracinus, which means “raven black”) as a dark otherworld that used the Stone of Destiny as a gateway.  How did I come up with that?  Umm…that would be a mystery for the ages.  I stumbled across a Scottish history webpage, a few random synapses fired, and Bam! Pow! Zap!  There you have it.  Magic J  Building Coracin, however, was another matter entirely.

 

First off, I never realized that I was going to have to take notes to remind myself of things like names of people, places, geography…but after a dozen or so times digging through my book for info I had forgotten, I figured it out.  I suppose I was heavily influenced by Tolkien in that I wanted my otherworld to have distinct races with varying magical ability, along with some people, more like Earth people, who have none.  That was how I came up with the Orinn, who are the non-magical peoples of Coracin and who go about their lives much like medieval humans (except, it must be said, not as dirty or smelly, because ew).  Then there are the tribes of the Drakkyn, each descended from a god or goddess who long ago walked that land and who have since vanished back into what they call the Higher Kingdoms.  These tribes are incredibly diverse, some revered, some feared.  One, of course, had been the ancestors of the MacInnes pack, who fled through the Stone to Earth after being enslaved by the power-hungry dragons.  The others, I created to suit my tastes in fantastic beings.  There are the shapeshifting dragons, dark and warlike, who aren’t necessarily evil but aren’t the good guys either.  It sort of depends on which of the noble families, or houses, is in power.  There are the daemon, foul and light-fearing, but incredibly powerful, who live in the wasted sands of the Blighted Kingdom and eat the flesh of their victims.  And there are the Dyadd Morgaine, a nomadic tribe of blood-drinking sorceresses who neither marry nor recognize the fathers of their children (and who, up until the birth of Bastian an Morgaine, did not give birth to boys).  That particular tribe is a favorite of mine, full of elemental female power and a sense of sisterhood I think most women will appreciate.  The heroine of Dark Highland Fire, Rowan, is the leader, the Dyana, of the Dyadd.  I was thinking, when I made them, of a bunch of legendarily beautiful gypsy witches, and I definitely think I got there! 

 

There are other tribes in Coracin as well, but these are the largest and most powerful of them.  One other, the ice mages called the Athin, had been very influential, but was wiped from the face of the world by a terrible daemon curse.  Legend has it that these mages, who lived in a frozen and isolated kingdom far in the North, had such incredible abilities as world-jumping, flipping from realm to realm at will.  But none of them are left to say.  Well…actually, one is. 

 

So this is Coracin, my dark kingdom, which has vast forests and frozen plains, jagged mountains, endless oceans, and foreboding deserts.  Each of the Drakkyn tribes has a home in one of them, and in many ways they match their surroundings, full of corresponding elemental power.  I don’t think it’s quite as awe-inspiring as, say, Middle Earth, but it is a place I’m proud of creating, a world that pulses with dark and sensual magic, and one I’d like to visit.  I hope, if my descriptions have caught your eye, that you’ll want to visit as well. 

 

My new release is called Wild Highland Magic, and is the third in a trilogy that entwines the Drakkyn tribes with the now-Earthly MacInnes pack of werewolves.  What happens when a beautiful, untrained werewolf on vacation in Scotland meets the cursed last son of the Athin?  Well…it involves a couple of meddling half-witch sisters, a sexy but ornery dragon, and an entire pack of protective werewolves.  Sound interesting?  It was quite a ride for me!  Hope you’ll check it out.

 

I’ll be here to chat all day, so please pop in and say hello!  And as added incentive to keep me company, I’m giving away a copy of Wild Highland Magic to one lucky commenter…just check back in the comments section tomorrow where I’ll announce the winner.  So tell me: what’s the best fantasy world you’ve visited?  Thanks for stopping by, and happy reading!

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-Kendra

 

Kendra Leigh Castle is the author of the MacInnes Werewolves trilogy, as well as the upcoming series The Fallen, coming from Harlequin Nocturne.  She lives in Maryland with her husband, three kids, and menagerie of pets, and loves to be visited online at www.kendraleighcastle.com

 

Thanks Kendra!

 

Readers, be sure to check out Kendra’s fabulous books and her website to learn more.

 

And as she mentioned, leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of Wild Highland Magic.  She’ll announce the winner in the comments section so be sure to check back tomorrow.


Special Guest…Libby Malin!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Today’s guest is the author of Fire Me…Libby Malin.

 

fm-coverHere’s a blurb for the book…

One day, a dysfunctional office, and a budding romance.

 

Anne Wyatt has finally had it with incompetent co-workers, a boss who runs hot and cold, and meaningless busywork with impossible deadlines. But the day she goes in determined to hand in her resignation, she learns that her boss is planning to let someone go. She changes course, deciding to try for the lay-off and the severance package that goes with it.

 

Throughout the day, she engages in hysterical antics designed to attract her boss’ negative evaluation, egged on by Ken, the handsome graphic designer in the next cubicle, who has his own ideas for liberation from the corporate grind. In the end, together Anne and Ken have to decide what is important in life, and what they need to discard without a second glance.

 

And now here is Libby to share the inspiration behind the book…

 

The Inspiration Behind Fire Me

 

Several years ago, I was chatting with a dear friend who was unsure about her career direction. Should she stay at her job or move on?  She was really in the throes of indecision, able to come up with excellent reasons for either choice, which only caused more mental anguish.

 

Joking around, I suggested she get rid of that anguish by….messing up so much at work she’d be fired! No more wrestling with the Big Decision – it would be taken entirely out of her hands.

 

And out of that silly suggestion came the idea for FIRE ME as I thought through what kinds of crazy stunts someone might play in order to earn their boss’ negative vibes and land the pink slip.

 

I thought it would be easy to come up with ideas, but soon discovered that fashioning a story around such a premise would require real thought and work. After all, why would someone TRY to get fired anyway?  Well, maybe if she knows her boss is going to lay off an employee by the end of the day and bestow on said employee a generous severance package, and, oh yes, what if she herself had planned on handing in her resignation that day anyway?

 

That is precisely what Fire Me’s protagonist, Anne Wyatt, does. Ready to move on to “greener pastures,” she’s about to break the news of her departure to her boss Mitch when he announces his lay-off-by-the-end-of-the-day plan.

 

Once the starting gun sounds, Anne is off, a woman on a mission to win the juicy check that goes with the lay-off before taking off for her next job. Little does she know that her crazy day will bring epiphanies that have her rethinking everything—past choices, future plans, love interests, and more.

 

Fire Me was a blast to write, but it was a challenge to think of activities for Anne to pursue that would immediately draw the attention of her boss while at the same time not pushing the envelope so far that she’d give her scheme away.

 

I hope Anne’s antics resonate with anyone who’s ever really wanted to say “take this job and….well, you know.”

 

For more information about Fire Me and my other books, check out my website at www.LibbysBooks.com

 

Thanks Libby!

 

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