Thursday, September 12, 2019

Blog: Steven B King interview and the third in his Glimpse trilogy

It's always an honor to have Steven B. King on my blog. Today, he's here with the third book in his Glimpse trilogy - Glimpse, The Tender Killer


Glimpse, The Tender Killer (Book 3 of The Deadly Glimpses Trilogy Series) is released on September 11th

Criminal psychologist Patricia Holmes is now a detective paired with Detective Sergeant Rick McCoy. Together they hunt The Biblical Killer, so named for the quotes left on walls written in the victim's blood.

To lure the murderer out they join the Tender Nights internet dating site, openly making themselves targets. Rick and Pat have fought their desire for each other for months. Can they now survive their lust and an insane murderer intent on vengeance?

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Excerpt:

She glared at him in response; he had said the wrong thing. This was her dream; to be at the coalface, and of being an investigator in a major crime.  Nothing was going to stop her seeing the body. He smiled and winked, then yanked the hood up over his hair, and pulled the draw-string tight. He slid the face mask over his nose and mouth and waited patiently for her to catch up. Once they resembled scientists in a germ-free lab, they put on white latex surgical gloves, and Rick led the way through the front door, where another officer stood guard.
Inside the entrance hallway he stopped suddenly and Pat walked into his back and rebounded off him. In front of them on the wall, was a message which looked as if it had been written in blood, complete with runs and droplets so that rivulets from above ran into words written below.

But You, O God, will bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Men of bloodshed and deceit will not live out half their days

               “What do you make of that, Pat?” He asked in a hushed voice.
“Hmmm, worrying on several fronts. Some sort of God complex? Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord; that kind of thing. It’s not going to be pretty; I’d know that from the message, even if we hadn’t been told what to expect. It’s not just this is boasting; it’s a warning to others, and that, is scary.”
He turned to look, her face was flushed around the mask she wore, her eyes shone, and it was almost as if she were turned on. “What do you mean by that?”
Men, plural, more than one. Also, them, again plural. This is like telling everyone who is a liar or cheat they will face his wrath; he will kill them halfway through their lifetime. On the other hand, he is saying that God, not him, is the one killing. That infers schizophrenia, and a very angry one at that. I wonder what deceit our victim is guilty of. Clearly, our Mr. Byron Banks has upset someone by being violent, or by lying to them.”
Rick shook his head in amazement, once again, she had surprised him with being able to make sense of something that could have taken him days of investigation to uncover. “Should be easy to catch him, or her then, if they know the victim well enough to know he’s a liar.”



*** My heart pounds, knowing what's going to happen.***
If you're not totally convinced - here is my review.


Now, I have a few questions for the author.

                              

We all have a special relationship with books and writing. Each is different. We’d like to know more about how you developed your relationship.

1-     Were either of your parents avid readers? Did they read to you when you were a small child.
    I don’t ever recall seeing either of my parents reading a book when I was a child, however I do have nice memories of primary school readers, and sitting on my mother’s lap.

2-     Can you remember when you began choosing books to read on your own? What kind of books were they?
   As a child I discovered the wonderful Enid Blyton adventure stories, like The Famous Five and Secret Seven books. I paid homage to those very stories when describing the childhood of Bobby and Martine; the central characters in my new release Glimpse, The Tender Killer. As a teenager I loved all things science fiction with books such as John Wyndam’s The Midwich Cuckoos, Day of the Triffids, and everything by E. E. Doc Smith. Then came all the required reading books at school like Lord of the Flies, Robinson Caruso and King Solomon’s Mines, all of which I lapped up. Much later, I discovered my namesake, the other Stephen King, and to this day I think he is the finest novelist of our time in the way he can bring characters to life. Whether you like the genre he chooses to write in or not, his characterizations are the best. If I could write one tenth as well as him, I’d die a happy author.

3-     What kind of student were you in school? How would your teachers and friends describe you then?
   I was a terrible student in every subject but one. My reports were littered with comments such as Stephen could do so much better if he tried! Actually, I could have done so much better if I was there, but it was the late sixties and I’d discovered rock music, girls, and drugs. The only subject I never ducked was English, and I was Mrs. Stewart’s favorite. By then I was writing horror as my subject of choice. I was never violent at school and I think most people liked me, but I just didn’t want to be there – life was for living, not schooling.

4-     How many books would you say you read in a month’s time after you left home and before you started writing?
    There was a decent chunk of my life I didn’t read much at all once I left school. Reason being I became a guitarist and spent a few years playing in bands and living life to the full. Once I gave that life up to get married, and I had children, again my reading time was minimal. But, I always found time for a Stephen King novel though.

5-     What kind of books did you prefer as an adult?
   I like the genre I write in myself, dark psychological thrillers, especially crime based. I like a raft of Scandinavian authors, Patricia Cornwall, Val McDermid, and anyone else who can delve into the character well so well you feel like they are your best friends.

6-     When was the first time you imagined a story you wanted to write and actually picked up a pen?
   Virtually all my life I wanted to write. Poems, short stories and several times I tried a book in my younger days. Then in my rock band era I wrote music and lyrics, but still felt the urge to write that elusive book. But it was when I heard a Leonard Cohen song called Nevermind that inspiration hit me like a bold of lightning, and what felt like a need to tell a tale. My first published book was born, at age fifty-nine. It was called Forever Night, about a wounded SAS soldier who became a serial killer in the hunt for his estranged wife.

7-     Now that you’re writing and working a full-time job, how often do you get a chance to read?
    Hardly ever now, but, I am heavily into audio. I have over an hour and a half in the car a day, six days a week to and from work (I manage a Kia Dealership). I think it’s important for any writer to be an avid reader, and audio books allows me to do that.

8-     Now that you’ve completed your trilogy, what’s next?
    Firstly, I’ve just completed the second re-write for a book I adore (Yeah okay, I know I’m biased but I think it’s the best thing I’ve written). It’s called Winter at the Light, and it’s a romantic thriller set in 1952 on a remote lighthouse. A young women agrees to look after the lighthouse when her father breaks his leg and it’s the only way he can keep his job. During a devastating storm a life raft washes ashore with a man who has lost his memory, or has he? When two men turn up to hunt for him a few days later when the storm eases, she discovers on a lighthouse, there is nowhere to hide. Secondly, I’ve had several people who have read the Deadly Glimpses trilogy tell me they loved it, but boy they have given me a hard time pestering me for what happens next. I only ever envisioned it as the three books, but my editor, and the narrator for the audio version, and three beta readers have demanded a sequel. So, Glimpse, The Angel Shot is now around 30,000 words, and the words are pouring out of me like a tap I can’t turn off. Who knew a trilogy could be four books?




Thursday, August 22, 2019

Getting to know Karilyn Bentley

We've all heard a lot about Karilyn Bentley's fabulous new book, The Shadowheart Curse. Who's not biting fingernails waiting for the filming to start? Before we talk about the book though, I want to find out more about the author. Here are a few questions I asked her.


1 – When did you first put pen to paper to start your first manuscript? Tell us about that story.

The very first story I wrote was in 4th grade and was very similar to a Nancy Drew mystery (can you tell what I used to read as a kid? ). But the first story I wrote as an adult was about a kid and his life story that was loosely based off of someone I used to go to school with. It sucked and is currently occupying a spot under the bed never to see the light of day.

2 – What made you decide to become a writer? We all know it’s a crazy business.

I used to work in a cube farm (you know, the office where there are a bunch of desks and people and it's noisy?) and decided I wanted to do something else in my life. There were all these ideas rolling around in my head wanting to escape so I started writing them down. But I have to admit, when I first started writing I thought all authors were rich and lived in mansions. You can stop laughing now.

3 – I love the paranormal genre. Why did you decide to go in that direction?

I love it too! Anything having to do with mysteries and paranormal is right up my alley. I've always been drawn to magic and paranormal and what better way to express that love than writing stories featuring the supernatural?

4 – I love ghost stories best. Have you ever had an encounter with a ghost?

I have. I saw my grandfather for several months after he died. Then he stopped visiting and I haven't seen him since.

5 – What kind of support system do you have as a writer?

I have author friends who I talk to about things going on in the publishing world. I'm also a member of RWA and used to be a member of DARA (Dallas Area Romance Authors) until I moved to Colorado.

6 – What do your friends and family think of you being a writer?

They find it fascinating! But most don't read what I write. My hubby read my Urban Fantasy series and seemed to enjoy it and he'll watch The Shadowheart Curse when it comes out as a movie. My mom has yet to read a whole book but she encourages me to keep on writing.

7 – Did you know any other writers before you started?

No, I didn't. But I know a lot of them now!

8 – What do you like best about being in this crazy business?

Being able to share the stories I love with the world.

9 – What surprised you the most when you published for the first time?

Refer back to question 2. I was not instantly rich. It's kinda funny now though!

10 – What is something you’d still like to accomplish as a writer?

I'd like to make the NY Times bestseller list. 


BIO:
Karilyn Bentley's love of reading stories and preference for sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny.

Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds.

Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, two crazy dogs, aka The Kraken and Sir Barks-A-Lot, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.

Where to find Karilyn:
Website:              www.karilynbentley.com
Newsletter:      https://eepurl.com/ba_0Rf
Facebook:           https://www.facebook.com/KarilynBentleyAuthor
Twitter:                https://www.twitter.com/karilynbentley1
Pinterest:            https://www.pinterest.com/karilynbentley

Now, what we've all been waiting for.



BLURB:
Escaping New York after a client’s untimely death, medium Adrianna Sinclair flees to her family property in Italy. All she wants is to avoid ghosts, but an attractive one tempts her in ways she never knew possible.  Luca Fausto has been trapped on the Romani property for over a century for a crime he didn’t commit.  Adrianna may be the answer to breaking the curse that keeps him bound.  Standing in their way is a demonic spirit's plan for revenge.  Will they prevail or will Luca be cursed to the shadows forever? 

EXCERPT:
Lights drew her attention to the opposite wing of the mill, where a man stood staring at her window. At her. Breath caught in her lungs as she froze.
But only for a brief moment until she realized it wasn’t a man, at least not a living one. Her breath escaped on a whoosh of relief. Intuition whispered the man was the spirit who’d watched her last night.
The one from her dream.
Shadows clung to his body, ghostly fingers releasing as he stepped into the dim slash of moonlight. Lights flickered from behind him, like the dying gasps of sputtering candles. Dressed in a white shirt with an old-fashioned high collar, sleeves rolled halfway up his forearms, and dark trousers, he reminded her of a working man in a World War I photograph. As if he had removed his coat and tie and rolled up his sleeves to get to work.
Except the men in those photos didn’t sport the wide-eyed, happy look of this man. Ghost. Whatever. Yeah, he wasn’t the only one surprised. She’d sworn never to see a ghost again, yet there stood a ghost, captured by her gaze. The man was hot, in an old-fashioned way. At least he didn’t sport a handle-bar mustache.
He gestured to her, his hand beckoning in a “come here” motion.
She squeezed the bridge of her nose. Was she actually thinking of heading his way? Judging by the way her feet pointed toward the door, she’d already decided. Dammit. She might not want to see a ghost or speak to a spirit, but past experience told her if she ignored them, they ramped up the annoying factor.
       How bad could it be to talk to an attractive spirit?

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Denise Carbo with Scent of Betrayal

I'd like to welcome another Wild Rose Press author to the blog for the first time. I'm excited to meet Denise Carbo and hear about her new book, SCENT OF BETRAYAL.



Tell us a little about your book, Denise.

Blurb: Wolf shifter, Davis Campbell is on a mission. His job is to babysit a woman from a rival clan. He believes all he has to do is get her back to Scotland. What he doesn't figure on is her possibly being his mate.
Bethany Leitner, an owl shifter, has been betrayed, attacked, framed, and left for dead. Trust in herself and others is hard to find. So when her self-appointed guardian begins to bark orders, she is ready to show her talons.

That sounds exciting! Can you give us a peek at what we'll find between the covers?


Excerpt:  Davis snorted. “Yeah, well, the little peacemaker
tried to get rid of me when I didn’t kowtow to Aaron
and the advisor. I don’t think she fully realizes the
precarious position she and her clan are in right now.”

“On the contrary, I am quite aware, which is why I
don’t see the need to make the matter worse by
antagonizing everyone around me.”

Davis slowly swiveled his head to meet Bethany’s
glare. She stood in the open doorway to the bathroom
with her arms wrapped tightly around her waist. Her
dark gaze pinned on him. She’d changed into a blue
dress. It accentuated her tiny waist, skimming just
below her knees, allowing him an appreciative view of
her trim legs. Her pursed lips only accentuated the pink
little bow of her mouth. He couldn’t help but imagine
what it might be like to grab a taste.

An amused chuckle sounded in his ear. “She
doesn’t sound very happy with you, Davis. Are you
sure you want to stay?”
“Yeah, I’m sure.”

That does sound intriguing. 
To get to know your main characters better, I'd like to ask what their first impressions were of each other.

Davis Campbell: “First impression? She was naked and a few breaths shy of death’s door.” He rubs the back of his neck and stares at the floor. “Like a fallen angel cast to Earth.”

Bethany Leitner: “I’m afraid my first impression of Davis is rather vague. All I recall is a blurry image of a tall man with an angry visage looming over me.”

This book sounds too fabulous for words. Where can we buy it?

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Tell us a little about yourself, Denise, and how we can contact you.

Bio:   Denise Carbo writes Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, and Contemporary Romance. She is a voracious reader, loves to travel, is fascinated by the supernatural, and enjoys figuring out the culprit of books and movies before the ending is revealed.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing and lives in a small, picturesque New England town with her high school sweetheart and their three amazing sons.

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It's wonderful to meet a new author, make a new friend, and find a great book.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Peggy Jaeger with Dirty Damsels


DIRTY DAMSELS ( DotComGirls Series Book 1)

This isn’t your childhood version of Cinderella, folks, but a 2019 retelling of the fairy tale with a few modern twists.

Ella Jones is the CEO of an exclusive cleaning company titled DIRTY DAMSELS. With a $150,00 business loan and a sound business plan, Ella’s company has grown in leaps and bounds since she first started it in college. You know you’ve made it in the business world when someone wants to acquire what you’ve built, and now Ella’s fighting a corporate takeover. As she fights for her company, she also fighting not to lose her heart to the one person who could take everything she’s worked for away.



Blurb:
When I first saw Cynderella all covered in soot in that sexy maid uniform, I knew I wanted to be her Prince.

She’s a small and savvy businesswoman who’s built her cleaning company from the ground up. But now that Dirty Damsels is booming, I’ve been hired to arrange a hostile takeover.

But the temptation of having her was too much to ignore… We ended up spending one night together—a night neither of will forget. Now, I want more. I need more. I want to spend every night, skin-on-skin, with my beautiful Ella.

Problem is, when she finds out who I really am, she’ll never forgive me.

Excerpt:
“Where do you live?” I asked, the rhythmic motions of his fingers finally serving to quell my shaking.
“I’m headquartered in D.C. right now, but I’ve been looking to relocate. I need a change.”
“Any reason?”
He shrugged and drank some of his coffee. “Getting bored with my current location. I figure a change of scene might help.”
“Any place in particular?”
While I finally took a sip of my coffee – and let me tell you how excellent it was, because it was amazing – he said, “New York’s pretty high up on the list right at this moment.”
“Why?”
He didn’t answer, just kept peering intently at me. In the few seconds that passed, my mind went through a series of questions and answers, all of which had to do with this charming man sitting opposite me.
“You feel it too, don’t you?” he asked softly, the pressure on my hand tightening a little. “I’m not wrong, am I?”
            I shook my head and sighed. “No.” I admitted



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Bio

Peggy Jaeger is a contemporary romance writer who writes Romantic Comedies about strong women, the families who support them, and the men who can’t live without them. If she can make you cry on one page and bring you out of tears rolling with laughter the next, she’s done her job as a writer!

Family and food play huge roles in Peggy’s stories because she believes there is nothing that holds a family structure together like sharing a meal…or two…or ten. Dotted with humor and characters that are as real as they are loving, she brings all topics of daily life into her stories: life, death, sibling rivalry, illness and the desire for everyone to find their own happily ever after. Growing up the only child of divorced parents she longed for sisters, brothers and a family that vowed to stick together no matter what came their way. Through her books, she’s created the families she wanted as that lonely child.

When she’s not writing Peggy is usually painting, crafting, scrapbooking or decoupaging old steamer trunks she finds at rummage stores and garage sales.

A lifelong and avid romance reader and writer, Peggy is a member of RWA and her local New Hampshire RWA Chapter.

As a lifelong diarist, she caught the blogging bug early on, and you can visit her at peggyjaeger.com where she blogs daily about life, writing, and stuff that makes her go "What??!"

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Sadira Stone with what inspired the Book Nirvana Series


 Runaway Love Story by Sadira Stone, Book Two in the Book Nirvana Series






Genre: Steamy Contemporary Romance (Explicit love scenes, M/F, no kink)
Setting: Eugene, Oregon




High school history teacher Doug Garvey is trying to enjoy his last few weeks of summer vacation, but receiving his final divorce decree hits him harder than expected. After a brief fling fizzles, he fears love just isn't in the cards for him. If only he could find someone who's real, someone interested in something beyond herself…maybe a new running partner who can keep up with his more carnal appetite. When sexy, straight-talking Laurel runs across his path, he dares to hope again.

He's done with social-climbing posers...she's ambitious and has big dreams.

Fired from an art gallery, Laurel Jepsen shelves her pursuit of an art career in San Francisco to help her beloved great aunt Maxie move into assisted living. While out on a morning run, she's harassed by a group of teens until a tall, broad-shouldered hottie steps in, pretending to be her boyfriend with a kiss that makes her wish it were true. But she's only passing through, not looking for a relationship.


Their fierce chemistry burns up the sheets—and the couch, the shower, the forest—but falling in love would ruin everything. Laurel can't stay in Eugene, and he can't leave. Doug's only hope is to convince her the glittery life she's after could blind her to the opportunities already in her path.

Excerpt:
                “I’m sorry she called you the S word.”
                “Huh?”
                “Sensible.”
                She laughed. “Yeah. That’s a curse word, as far as I’m concerned.” She leaned her head on his shoulder. 
                “I’ll strike it from my vocabulary. Your S word is sparkle.” He traced her jawline with a feather-light touch. “Look at you, Laurel. You’re blinding.” His twilight-blue gaze made her heart dance—a steamy tango with swirls and dangerous dips. He kissed her, and, for a moment, she forgot all about caution, about cutting things off before they became too serious, about San Francisco. Her focus narrowed to his lips on hers, his nearness heating her whole body, opening her like a blossom, soft and willing. Ripe for the plucking.
                “God, I’ve missed you.” He scooped her legs across his lap. One hand cradling her nape, the other gripping her thigh, he kissed her senseless. His velvet tongue teased her lips apart. He tasted of sugary coffee. The world around them faded—just two bodies, calling and answering, breathing in sync, their pulses beating the same rhythm.


I have never had so much fun with a writing project! My first steamy romance, Through the Red Door, nearly wrote itself, though it damned sure didn't edit itself. I've totally immersed myself in the world of romance, gobbling books like popcorn, filling my ears with romance podcasts, and joining the Romance Writers of America. From skeptic to romance mega-fan in two short years, I’m totally addicted to passionate, heartfelt stories with happy endings. 

Why set the series in a bookshop? Ever since I was a wee lass, I dreamed of owning one. Add to that my fascination with historical erotic art and literature, and you’ve got the Book Nirvana series, set in an indie bookshop with an extensive erotica collection behind a locked red door.

I love stories in which a couple’s powerful physical attraction leads them to consider a partner outside their usual M.O.—one who just might turn out to be their perfect match. That’s how it happened for my husband and me, and my romance fiction contains that element.

I sort of pulled the setting out of a hat. I wanted to set my series in a college town. I’d heard that Eugene, home of the University of Oregon, has a lively arts scene and a rich counterculture legacy from the hippie era. After much online research, correspondence, and hours on Google Earth, I finally made the trip. Eugene is even lovelier than I’d imagined. Kate Rock, a resident author, kindly shared her knowledge of the city’s history and the flavor of the different neighborhoods. I look forward to many return trips. 

Book tropes and themes:
Seasoned romance (hero is 39), beta hero, teacher hero, artistic heroine, opposites attract, indie bookshop, unsupportive family, dealing with dementia, caretaking for elderly relatives, social media, small-town vs. big-city, ambition vs. family obligations, feisty old lady, heroine with commitment issues, divorced hero, running, inconvenient attraction, irresistible chemistry

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Author Bio:
Ever since her first kiss, Sadira’s been spinning steamy tales in her head. After leaving her teaching career in Germany, she finally tried her hand at writing one. Now she’s a happy citizen of Romancelandia, penning contemporary romance and cozy mysteries from her home in Washington State. When not writing, which is seldom, she explores the Pacific Northwest with her charming husband, enjoys the local music scene, belly dances, plays guitar badly, and gobbles all the books. Visit Sadira at www.sadirastone.com.

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Press:

Praise for Through the Red Door (Book One in the Book Nirvana Series):
"…a beautiful love story filled with wonderful characters and if you like your romance hot, hot, hot look no further. It is a story about being able to begin anew and still love the one you lost." 
            -- Linda Tonis, RWA Paranormal Romance Review Team

"The erotic scenes in this book were off the charts - even the ones that were only Clara's "dreams." Ms. Stone's debut novel is a rich mix of love, sex, and thoughtful introspection as she tries to move on with her life." Peggy Jaeger, author of Christmas and Cannolis

“This book is in a class by itself...from the graphic descriptions of the erotica collection that's locked in a room of widow Claire's bookstore to the hot-hot-hot interactions she has with a certain hot-hot-hot widowed professor with an intellectual interest in that collection...
What elevates this book is the excellent writing, the memorable characters, and the captivating story. PLUS...parts of it are verrrry funny. I mean laugh-out-loud funny. There are also some very touching parts, too. Parts that'll bring tears to your eyes.”
                                                Susan Flett Swiderski, author of Hot Flashes and Cold Lemonade