Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Tabitha Barret

Here is my author interview with Tabitha Barret for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring The Third Throne Series which includes Angel of Darkness, Angel of Death, Angel of Vengeance and Angel of Fear so make sure to grab your copy today! We will also be highlighting her book We Were Ghosts: The Secret Life of a Survivor which is up for PRE-ORDER.  The entire Third Throne Series is available for FREE with KU!

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I believe that people can easily identify with romance, being in love, or wanting to be in love. Writing a fantasy, paranormal, or YA story is sometimes easier when you add an element of romance. It helps the readers to engage with the characters because we all want a happy ending. We all want to see the characters kiss in the end and have what we sometimes can’t have.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
I recently wrote a book inspired by the events of my life as a teenager. I didn’t have an easy life back then, and I wanted to write about my experiences with abuse. I found that writing it through the eyes of a girl in love was the best way to approach the subject. I was able to add an element of hope through their relationship. Alicia finds a way to deal with her trauma after she meets a boy who understands her plight, because he has a secret too.
The name of the book is, We Were Ghosts – The Secret Life of a Survivor. I chose this title because when you have a terrible secret, you can feel like you don’t exist, or worse, you feel that you have to hide away from everyone. I wanted readers to understand the trauma associated with abuse, but give them hope that things can get better.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
On my website, I have a link for my NEWSLETTER.
I also have a number of fan pages for my books, including a number of up and coming series that I am writing. Those links can be found on my Up and Coming Section on my website.

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
In my Paranormal Romance Series, The Third Throne, I have fans who have fallen in love with different characters. One of the most loved is actually a villain. He’s the Wolf God, Fenris, in The Third Throne: Angel of Fear. I’ve had people tell me that they want to adopt him. He, and a few of the other angels, have become fan favorites. Honorable mention would have to go to Alazar, the Angel of Death, or Sacha, the Angel of Deception. Both of them have distinct personalities and have gone through some terrible things. The other is Hades, Second-in-Command of Hell. He’s one of those characters that you love to hate. It’s a truly amazing experience to hear the readers talk about my characters as if they were real. It makes me smile and laugh because they are very real to me. I’m glad that I get to share them with my readers.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become to much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
When I need a break, I hang out with my kids and regroup. We watch movies and TV, so that we can relax and have fun. It’s sometimes hard to leave them to go back to the computer, but I can’t always turn off the voices.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
I work exclusively with Amazon and have my Third Throne series in the Kindle Unlimited program, where I have found much success. I’m considering going broader with my new book, We Were Ghosts, but I haven’t made the leap yet.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Cynthia Diamond

Here is my author interview with Cynthia Diamond for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her books Dryad’s Vine and Alchemy’s Hunger so make sure to grab your copy today!

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I find it VERY easy. Romance is a universal topic and can be mixed with just about anything. It’s part of why I love the genre and have enjoyed writing in it! The challenging part though is not making the romance feel like a tacked on afterthought.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
I think both can do it well. I’ve read women authors who really are amazing at getting into the mind of a male character. In turn, I’ve also met men who not only give a fresh perspective on romance but also write female characters with amazing sensitivity. Besides, there’s definitely enough room in the pool for all, in my opinion.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
So, I opened this question up to my friends and was bombarded with titles filled with hilarious in jokes only we would get. This made me realize one thing; my husband and I are very strange people. So instead I’m going to say our title would be Wyrd Love, the same title of my paranormal romance series. The series is a lot like us; love stories about quirky yet strong ladies, and alpha males who are funny, odd, and have huge hearts. Well, they do say write what you know, right?

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
It was my wedding anniversary and I was coming home from an awful day. I was just delivered some horrible news about a relative’s health, got caught in the rain, and work was completely miserable. I had already texted my husband saying let’s just stay in for the night and was in no mood to celebrate. When I got home, our wedding CD was playing on the stereo. The house was dim save for the candlelight flickering on the dinner table. The fine china was set. My husband had cooked my favorite comfort food (grilled cheese sandwiches and homemade tomato soup) for our anniversary dinner and was sitting at the table, holding a bouquet of fresh cut roses. I burst into tears on the spot and kissed him like there was no tomorrow.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Oh, I’m a BIG time romantic. Despite never being the type to have their wedding day planned out (I was surprised I even GOT married!) I always loved the concept of love. There’s something about finding the one person on earth who “gets” you that grabs my heart, probably because I have always been someone who others never quite understood. That connection, which was so rare in my case, facinated me.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
*LOL* I’m almost embarassed to admit this, but I hever never been big on the ol’ V-day. Weird, considering I write romance, I know. For that special day, the hubby and I just chill on the couch and watch action movies after work. But the day after, which is half-price chocolate day? Oh, yeah. That is my jam!

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
Yes! You can check out my Newsletter! If you sign up, you get a free copy of Siren’s Song, the first book in the Wyrd Love series as a thank you!

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
I will have to say, right out the gate, a reader favorite has been Phoebe Constance; the baby sister of two of my heroines and the lead in Dryad’s Vine. Phoebe is funny, awkward, and at times, very neurotic. She has a tendancy to put her foot in her mouth and fly into a panic, but deep down, she is extremely strong, clever, capable. It was fun trying to find a good foil for a character who was completely different from what I had written before.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become to much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
Celebrate your victories! What we do isn’t easy and putting it out there in the world is even harder. So take the time to celebrate doing what you do. Finished your first draft? Go out to dinner! Published your first book? Have a party or go to a movie or just do something nice for yourself, anything to say “Hooray! I did this!” Its important to acknowledge that writing a book is not an every day occurrence. Be proud of yourself!

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
eBooks are amazing and I find I’m able to reach out to so many folks who otherwise would never have access to my stories. I can’t celebrate the invention of the eReader enough! But, I know how many folks love paperbacks, so I make sure my books are available in that format too. Theres just something wonderful about holding a book in your hand.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – T.K. Lawyer

Here is my author interview with T.K. Lawyer for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her book Apollo so make sure to check it out.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
Well, I think there are some genres that romance doesn’t mix well with or fit but then that’s my own opinion because there are some genres I don’t particularly care for. However, I think for the most part, romance can be paired with quite a few genres very easily. Love is universal and anything that you can think of is possible.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
I’ve always been partial to women (sorry guys) and I want to lean toward women writing better romance novels because they can write deeper, more intense, passionate scenes that don’t always involve sex. Romance has a lot to do with emotions, feelings, and perceptions and sometimes I don’t think men get that part but then, I am a woman. Lol. I think it mainly depends on who is writing the book and their particular writing style plus the readers’ own preferences.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Hahaha. That’s an interesting question. I would have to go with something like “It’s Complicated” or “The Loving, Stubborn, Nutjob.” Lol. I’m not sure if my life would qualify for a romance story, more like a drama and a comedy of errors.

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
My first boyfriend, when we were dating asked me on the phone what I thought about this plan his best friend was going to do for the girl he liked for Valentine’s Day. He detailed everything he was going to do: decorate the outside of her door by placing a heart on the door, leave a vase with roses and a box of chocolates on the doormat, and hang streamers from the railing outside the door. He asked me what I thought. I exclaimed with delight that I thought it was really sweet. Well, on Valentine’s day the guy I was dating did everything he said his friend would, but for me. I came home to find all the decorations outside my door.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Yes. I try to show appreciation for those I love and I try to give gifts that don’t necessarily coincide with traditional holidays at sporadic times throughout the year.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
I try to buy a few gifts for my hubby to celebrate the day but I don’t celebrate the day or looked forward to it like I used to.

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
Jasper from Jasper, the Guardian League Series. He is very popular and shares the spotlight with Josh from Nightfall (currently out of print but coming back, soon).

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
Separate yourself from your books and from promoting and marketing. Sometimes it’s best to have someone else do some of the extra work for you instead of you doing it all yourself- this gives you a chance to do other things. Writer’s block is a necessary evil and when it does occur, you also need to separate yourself and take time off and do something different. This is also good to do because you get ideas for your books by seeing, hearing and experiencing new things. So take a break and immerse yourself in society which is always fresh for ideas for scenes in upcoming books.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
Facebook and blog tours, when I can afford it.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – N.D. Jackson

Here is my author interview with N.D. Jackson for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her Mustang Prairie Romance Book Series which includes Conflict of Interest, A Little Bit In Love, Feels Like Love and It Must Be Love so make sure to check out the series today.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I think romance works well with just about any other genre because let’s face it, there’s always room for love. Intense situations make for intense emotions, but something as mundane as lunch with dear old mom can be the day you meet the love of your life. Sometimes, in the case of suspense, it takes a bit more finesse to keep the intensity level up and then have them pause for a roll in the sheets. But I’ve read some really good ones so I know it can be done.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
Obviously women do it better! Haha, no I’m kidding but I do think women have a distinct edge in that we are more in tune with our emotions as well as others and I think even talented male writers struggle more. Women have been obsessing over relationships since were young girls so we have lots of experience to use as source material.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Partners In Crime.
If I’m up to no good, then so is he!

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
Since I was about 11 years old I have been a total Francophile. I had several colorful berets, smoked French cigarettes and even took French in high school so when I say I was overboard, I was WAY overboard. Knowing this when we planned our first trip to Paris as a kind of second honeymoon, I planned to be a total tourist so I could see and experience everything.
Especially the Eiffel Tower, because…Eiffel Tower. So we went up and did it with a tour guide, but later that night we did it again while it was all lit up and had a bottle—not a glass—of champagne at the top. It wasn’t over the top romance but it was my version of it.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Hahaha, not at all! Wait, does saying that ruin my street cred? Anyway I am what you’d call a closet romantic. Not that I’m ashamed of it but on TV and movies, and in books I eat up romance. Whether its cheesy or not, I will gobble it up like Swiss chocolate.
In real life though, my version of romance is my husband buying me Bob Dylan tickets and then arranging for one of my friends to go with me because he’s not a fan. I’m cynical by nature so I don’t trust entertainment romance but I think its incredibly romantic for my guy to do things that matter to me. Don’t give me roses, give me sunflowers or stargazer lilies. Skip the chocolates and give me Salt & Vinegar kettle chips. Better yet, sit down and watch the prom episode of Dawson’s Creek with me!

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
Yes but we’re weird and morbid so we both comb through history to see what events—usually horrific—happened on Valentine’s Day and we talk about them over dinner. I’m a bit of a history lover so it’s always a fun time and I love that he still gets in the spirit of it with me.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
Yes! I’m trying to get my reader’s group/street team off the ground so pretty please JOIN The Cocktail Lounge!
And sign up for my NEWSLETTER and I promise not to fill your inbox with junk!

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
I would have to say Trixie from It Must Be Love. I thought for sure it would be Sadie since she’s my favorite but nope, the rainbow haired sort of hippie has won the readers over!

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become to much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
I get away. Go out and be in nature, in the world without my mobile data on! I need to observe the world, absorb it and soak it in without interference. If I need to document something, I keep a tiny notebook in my purse, otherwise its just me and people in the world.
If that doesn’t work I get my friends together and listen to them talk about their loves. The good and the bad helps spark an idea or just zoning out while they complain often (don’t tell!) helps me work out whatever it was that kept me stuck.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
My e-books have done much better than paperbacks, which only my family members really buy because they don’t do digital. I’m looking into exploring other digital options now that I have a few years and a few titles under my belt.
It can get crazy confusing and sometimes I just don’t have the time for a major change.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Brantwijn Serrah

Here is my author interview with Brantwijn Serrah for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be highlighting her book Blood and Fire Series which currently includes Lotus Petals, Satin and Steel and Angels Keeping so make sure to grab your copy today.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre, and with romance being mixed with so many other genres, do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be incorporate, or is it challenging to bring together with other genres?
I’ve never found it challenging. I love genre and speculative fiction. When I write erotica, I look at it a speculative sexual fiction—I like to explore sexuality against different backdrops, and genre offers a wide range to explore. Romance is different, but also similar. I don’t think of trying to incorporate elements of the romance genre into other genres. I simply like writing about love, relationships, and sex. Each of these unfolds in lots of varying settings…writing about it from different angles and with different trappings is exploratory and fun.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better? Women or men and why?
I don’t think gender has anything to do with creative talent. It gives each author a different perspective from which to begin, but I’ve read gorgeous sweet romance written by men and fearless, bold, and twisted erotica written by the quietest and most introverted women. I’ve read stories written by genderqueer authors exploring themselves and their relationships from a unique point-of-view. I usually write from the point-of-view of women, but I’ve had incredible fun writing from the point-of-view of a man. What’s important, I think, is how much the author loves their own story. That’s what comes out the most to me.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Making You Laugh

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
My partner was never the romantic type when we were young…trying to get him to buy me flowers or ask me to dance was practically impossible. Nowadays, though…if he notices stress in my voice, or if he knows I’ve had a rough day at work, he has a bunch of roses waiting for me when I get home, and some favorite treat. Just recently, when I had an important job interview making me restless and anxious, and I couldn’t even concentrate on my prep material, I came home to a fresh bouquet of red, red flowers, and a slice of simple grocery-store white cake with vanilla frosting and sprinkles. Just those little gestures are the best things anyone’s ever done for me.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Oh, I am most definitely a romantic. I didn’t ever really plan on writing romance novels, but that’s the part of me that inevitably takes center stage. I simply love romance, relationships, and sex.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
Oh, yes. Yes, we always plan a special date. We have our favorite places and favorite things to do, sometimes the zoo, sometimes a museum…but Valentine’s day is an excuse for me to get dressed up and focus on my best friend and partner, and the special place we hold in each other’s hearts.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
You can always drop in at my website, Strange Ways Station at www.brantwijn.com! We love visitors.

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
I think either Rhiannon, from my Blood and Fire series, or Finn, from my Chronicles of the Four Courts, probably strike the biggest chord with my readers. Rhiannon’s dark and dangerous, and a little tragic, but I think readers see a heroic streak in her that makes her lovable. Finn, on the other hand, is a classic knight in shining armor—literally. He goes to the ends of the earth for his beloved princesses. I’ve gotten feedback from readers who just love his passionate devotion. Plus he’s a rugged Irish warrior with a salacious sexual appetite, so that’s icing on the cake.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or when you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
I’m not sure I’ve ever felt the need to get away from my voices! Usually they’re the ones getting me away from everything else. It is important to take breaks, though, and let your writer’s eyes have a rest from your own work. I enjoy nighttime walks with my dog and a playlist of good music, or an audiobook from one of my favorite authors. It really gives me a chance to refresh.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
Well, most of my books have only been available in e-book so far, though all my full-length novels are now coming to print at Champagne Books. I think e-book works really well for lots of people. I enjoy it just fine myself. But there is something special about holding the weight of pages in your hand. I wouldn’t say it’s better or worse… storytelling is terrific in any medium…but I personally love my paperbacks.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Here is my author interview with Traci Wooden-Carlisle for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be highlighting her book Missing Destiny so make sure to grab your copy.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I love romance so I feel like it is versatile and able to mix with other genres. One of my favorite genres is romantic suspense because they are both emotional and cerebral.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
If we were speaking in general terms I would say women because most of them seem to express emotions and feelings better, but there are a few men that do a great job at writing romance and it is refreshing because their perspective is different.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Counting My Blessings

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
My husband is a comic book fan who is funny and pretty much the kindest person I know. This year I have been keeping a journal so I can create a comic book filled with funny things he’s said to me that have caused me to roll with laughter and some of the sweet things he does just because. It will be one of his Christmas presents.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
I am a hopeless romantic. I always want there to be a happy ending even when it’s better for everyone else that the hero and heroine don’t get together. Romance is like bacon. To me, it makes every story better. LOL

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
I will buy a card and something I know my husband will like, but otherwise I watch it go by. I like making gestures of love better when he least expects it.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
I would appreciate if people would sign up for my newsletter http://www.tawcarlisle.com/blog and Bookbub. https://goo.gl/WMGebX

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
I would have to say Paige from the Promises to Zion Series. She is straightforward about her feelings even though she is complex. She loves God and loves His people and it shows.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
San Diego is great for getting away because there are so many sights. There is the beach, museums and cultural events, great hiking spots and art & craft communities. I have played tourist many times but the thing that allows me to unplug is watching the planes lift off from the Naval Airbase across the bay. It’s easy to get lost in imagining where they are going.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
I have had the best results from Amazon so far.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Hope Daniels/Alicia Dawn

Here is my author interview with Hope Daniels & Alicia Dawn for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring their book Hell On The Heart so make sure to grab your copy today!

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
Alicia: I do believe romance is versatile. That its easy to incorporate and be written into any genre.

Hope: Romance is everywhere as it should be. If you look around you, you’ll see romance blossoming in the oddest of places. Haven’t you ever noticed a couple who are totally in love and thought how did the two of them get together because they just didn’t seem to be a likely match? We are finally catching up with life in books. We have far to go with multi-racial lead characters, but maybe authors will finally get their heads out of their behinds.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
Alicia: I don’t think being female or male writer matter. As long as the story being told draws the reader in an enchants them into their world, thatch all that matters.

Hope: HA! Trick question. Romance can be written well by both men and women. Honestly, are Nicholas Sparks books any better than Tara Sivec, Meghan March, Katy Regnery or our books for that matter? No, he just hit the market at the right time with the proper promotional tools and the budget to do so behind him. Yes, his work is awesome, but so is ours. 🙂

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Alicia: “Love me as I am”

Hope: “Not What We Were Searching For”

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
Alicia: The most romantic thing I’ve experienced is being treated to dinner and a movie on my birthday. Its was a simple gesture but I had fun an enjoyed it just the same.

Hope: Wow, this is a tough question. My hubby is not the romantic type for the most part. However, this past Christmas, he went above and beyond by buying me Terry Redlin prints I have been wanting for a long time. He made me cry. I think it was the first time he has ever really gotten me what I could say was what I really wanted.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Alicia: At heart, yes I do consider myself a romantic.

Hope: Yes, I am a romantic. I would love the big house with all the romantic trimmings to it, although reality is much different and life has a way of reminding you why we write fiction in the first place.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
Alicia: No not really anymore. When I was younger yes every year.

Hope: I’m with Alicia on this one. I used to make the effort. Buy a card, make a special meal, dress up and wear sexy lingerie. Now, it’s not that I don’t want to, but will both grown adults and their families moved back in the house with their kids, it is hard to be romantic.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
Hope Daniels

Newsletter

Alicia Dawn

 

Hope’s Facebook Page

Alicia’s Facebook Page

Facebook Page

Hope’s Twitter

Alicia’s Twitter

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
Alicia: That would have to be Hope and I’s first book. Ryan an Zoey. We love them both a lot.

Hope: Definitely Ryan and Zoey so far, although we are getting a lot of great feedback about our new couple J.T. and Tessa.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become to much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
Alicia: I would say to new writers enjoy the freedom of creating stories from their voices. Because that’s what I believe writing is about. But also find something you personally enjoy to take a break when it became to much. My break from them, I either knit or catch up on my tv shows and movies.

Hope: First of all, if you want this to be your job, take business and marketing courses. If you want this to be your passion, write. Write, write and write even more. If you find your passion needs to become your job, learn from other authors. Remember if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It will bite you in the ass later. When the voices stop talking get out of your head and out of your house/office. You cannot write about people if you are not amongst them. Read. Live life. Laugh when you can and always share the moonshine. I am still trying to find a way to get my break. I am either watching grandkids or writing. I guess my break will be going to book events. I look forward to it with a virgins passion on her wedding night.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
Ebooks are selling the best for us right now via Amazon. However, we do offer a reduced rate to US residents who purchase our books directly from us via paypal, square or cash at our book events. The first one is coming soon!

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Laurie Olerich

Here is my author interview with Laurie Olerich for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring her book Benn so make sure to grab your copy.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I’ve seen romance—in some fashion—included in all of the books I’ve read. Even buddy adventures usually include some romance or at least meaningless sex or an ex someone is trying to forget! The genre lines are becoming more and more blurred now that indie authors (like moi!) aren’t tied to traditional publishing templates and formats. My stories are a crossgenre blend of urban fantasy, romance, and action/adventure. Some books have the romantic relationship as the absolute center of the story. In others, the romance is an organic part of the plot but the mystery, crisis, or apocalypse is nearly equally as important to the book. As a reader, I want to see some romance because it’s fun to watch the tension between the two characters (or three, or four…). I don’t think it’s always necessary to have a lot of sex scenes in every story though. Don’t get me wrong—I love a good shagging as much as the next reader—but, it should be natural to the plot.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
I’ve never read a romance novel that’s been written by a man—at least not knowingly. I could assume women write it better, but only if I’m looking at romance from a female point of view… lots of deep emotion and angstiness. I tend to like funnier, playful characters who don’t spend a lot of time in emotional drainage so I’d probably enjoy a romance written by a man. Wow! That sounds a little sexist… in any case, I’m sure that male romance authors have a certain something they bring to the book.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Ha! My romantic life is a horror story! The best title would be “Where did all the penises go?” Subtitle: They were harder when I was younger!”

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
My first husband was very romantic. On my birthday one year, he put together a picnic of cheese and bread and champagne. He took me into the woods to drink and eat. It was February and the woods were filled with two feet of snow. It was magical. It was cold as shit. He got lucky that night though!

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Depends on the day! When I’m in the middle of a romantic scene and my characters are connecting and loving on each other, I’m a puddle of mushy and love. Yay, romance!

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
I bake. It’s what I do. For this holiday, I usually make cupcakes or cookies. Pink frosting, of course. I always do a little something for my son because he’s an awesome kid and will always be my valentine.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
Sure! People can follow me all over the internet planet! I’m very sociable and love chatting with readers, especially if they want to talk about books! I have a newsletter too. People should sign up for that. I’m starting a bunch of fun contests in July.

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Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
Hands down my most beloved character is my Primani Declan Manning. He’s a core character in every Primani Series book. Dec’s the healer; the funny one; the sweet natured bad ass demon killer who makes everyone sigh. He’s everyone’s favorite book boyfriend. The funny thing is, he wasn’t supposed to be the most beloved character! When I started the series, he was a minor character. I thought Sean would be the favorite, but he’s not. It’s always been Dec. I’ll admit to having a soft spot for him too. He’s just the sweet, funny, sensual immortal you want to take to bed and keep there for eternity.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
I listen to music or take my dog for a walk in the country. Music is my biggest escape AND also my biggest inspiration for my writing. Each author is different, of course, so we all have to find what works for us. The idea is to give your brain a break—do something that lets your thoughts roam without purpose. Some people go for a drive. That works too.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
I sell most of my books through Amazon though iTunes is a close second. I love meeting readers in person though so I always have a table at Comic Con.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Desiree Cox

Here is my author interview with Desiree Cox for the Celebrating Romance Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring Desiree’s very first Paranormal erotic romance is available now for pre-order! Holt, book 11 in the multi-author series A Wolf’s Hunger is just $0.99.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
I think there is so much versatility of the romance genre that it does make it really easy to write so many subgenres. An author’s flexibility is virtually limitless.

When it comes to writing romance who do you think does it better women or men and why?
There are so many women authors who write romance really well, but for the men who write romance, they do a phenomenal job, too. I can’t say which gender does it better, I love reading both male and female authors.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
Unbreakable Vows

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
I can’t say this is necessarily the most romantic, but for our 25th wedding anniversary, hubby and I got matching tattoos that say “In this life together” and ours names. Next month we will be renewing our vows while on our family vacation.
I also think it’s very romantic when we are in the mall, and hubby holds my hand.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
I definitely consider myself a romantic. Not someone who wants flowers every week or cards or anything like that, but to me, a romantic weekend can be spent with my hubby talking while we work on projects around the house. I may tell him I love him and give him a kiss, or vice versa, but it’s the quality time together.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
Every day is Valentine’s Day for us. We don’t do anything elaborate for that specific day.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
I’d love it if I could get people to follow me on Amazon and support my Thunderclap for my very first paranormal romance coming Aug 4th.
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Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
Sky, from the Lust, Desire, and Love trilogy book 1 is a reader favorite, for sure.

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
When I need a break from writing, I workout and read. And I don’t let myself feel any guild if I step away for weeks, which I’ve done. When I get back to writing, I feel refreshed and ready to go.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
I find Amazon works best for me. Almost all of my stories are exclusively there.

Celebrating Romance Authors Interview – Robin Rance

Here is my author interview with Robin Rance for the Celebrating Authors & Their Books Event. We will be featuring Her Mid-Life Cravings book so make sure to check it out.

Romance in itself is so much more than a genre and with romance being mixed with so many other genres do you find that romance is versatile and can easily be mixed or challenging to incorporate with other genres?
Romance can be found in any genre. I love, love and the possibilities of writing about it are endless

When it comes to writing romance, who do you think does it better women or men and why?
I would think a woman would be better at writing about romance. It is she who fantasizes about love and all the trimmings. I not sure if a man could capture those feelings the right way.

If you had to write a romance novel about your own life what would the title be?
“It was so close, I could almost taste it”

What is the most romantic thing you have ever done for someone or had done for you?
I had a man who I was dating at one time who was the head of security for a popular club. He had invited me out for dinner and at the last minute he had to work. He asked me to meet him at the club and had the staff checking on me all night long, and he had set the table up with candles and flowers for me. He stopped by every chance he could get to make sure I was well taken care of. It was heavenly.

Would you consider yourself a romantic and if so why or why not?
Absolutely, I love romance and it is something that I’ve searched for in all of my past relationships, but I just can’t seem to hold onto it. Romance can hold a couple together if they both work on it, or tear it apart if they don’t.

Just for fun everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is all about romance and while we are a few months past that I am curious to know if you get into the spirit of things?
I used to, but the romance has been gone for many years in my relationship.

Do you have any special links that you would like people to follow or signup for?
My author page

My Facebook page

My readers group;
The Robinators Readers and Dreamers

Who is your most beloved character based on reader feedback?
It would be either John Smith, or Lexi Bella. They are both fan favorites

For those authors out there just starting out what advice can you give them as far as when it may become too much or you just need a break from the voices. What do you do when you just need to get away?
I like to take a few days before I start on another project to read a book. Otherwise, my mind doesn’t let go of the book that was just finished. All stories never end, it’s up to you to decide where to stop it temporarily.

What platform have you found works the best for your books?
ARC readers are great to use, but I have found over half never leave a review. Facebook is the most powerful tool by doing book promotions and takeover events.

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