Thursday, September 19, 2013

Author Spotlight: Renee Charles, Paranormal Romance Author

Please welcome Renee Charles who joins us today. Congratulations on your new release, Only Love Survives, Renee. Please sit down a spell. Let's get to know YOU:)

How many books have you written?
Oh that’s a funny question to ask an author. Do you mean published? Or do we count box under my desk full of notebooks because I have been writing since I was a kid? LOL I have one published novella with TWRP. This is my first full length novel, and the sequel is in the works.

What works best to keep you focused and on track?
I have taken to writing a master list of goals, and breaking those goals down into bite size pieces in a planner that I can scribble all over and check off as I go. I live for those check marks. LOL

Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?
I have always written because I am compelled to do so. I enjoy the process, like women who make quilts, only I use words instead of scraps of fabric. Now if someone wants to read what I have created it brings me joy, like a quilt maker winning a ribbon at a county fair. If I can one day support my family doing this, well then I guess I would say “Hell ya!  Thank you!”

What is your favorite holiday? And why?
Halloween, for sure. Spiders, bats, and monsters! What’s not to love. Between the smells and crisp bite in the air of fall it is my favorite season. Then there is dressing my kids up in costumes, which angers them now that they are taller than me. LOL

When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?”
It was the password to get into my computer for a good year before I could say it out loud, my built in daily affirmation so to speak. Then, the day I signed my first contract with TWRP, my husband and friend took me out for a cocktail in celebration. They toasted me at the bar, and when the barkeep asked why, I said for the very first time, “Because I am a writer.” I got a horay out of everyone and it was very cool.

That's a great story, Renee. What an awesome feeling that must have been.

What type of stories do you like to write and why?
Romance first, of course. But love can happen anywhere to anyone…and that is the key. I like to
write dire/dark circumstances ie: Zombie Apocalypse, with a love triumphs at the end kind of book. Pure Cheese, but I love it.

What type of stories do you like to read and why?
I like twisted stories. Ones where the outcome is inevitable, but you cannot for the life of you figure out how we are going to get there from where we start. That is when an author becomes one of my favorites. If I can predict the outcome easily I lose interest. Nor, do I like long drawn out stories that never get anywhere. Give me a story that slaps me at the end and takes a while to shake off.

Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?
Oh yeah. I can attribute many of the arguments between the hero and heroine to my hubby and I. If it’s not something we have actually said, I just imagine my hubby’s response to something my leading lady would say and voila! That is one of the perks of being married 20 years.

How long did you write seriously before your first book was published?
See now there is the right word, “seriously." I have always written. And I thought because I exceled in language arts I was throwing down goal on every piece of paper I touched. Then I got serious and decided if I was going to do this, I ought to take the time to learn how to do it well. Four years after that point I signed a contract, but that’s because I had a full time job and kids at home. I always figured their homework came before mine.

What type of music do you favor? 
Oh I like everything. If anyone stole my MP3 player they would think I was a little touched. I have everything from Dean Martin and Louis Armstrong to Rob Zombie and ACDC on there.

Oh boy, that is too funny! I am the same way except for ACDC that is:)

Give us some personal information about yourself if you don't mind.
My favorite hobby and pass times are anything outdoors. We camp and fish (well, the guys fish. I hang out on the shore and read in the sunshine.) We also snow mobile, which I love. My favorite is hill climbs, a little bit steep, but not like you see on X games. The only problem is I hate coming down. My hubby and boys wait at the bottom (they don’t care for hill climbs) and laugh because they can hear me scream the entire way down over the top of my sled motor.

About the book...

Only Love Survives Amidst an epidemic ravaging the world, all Megan Fletcher's hopes for the future lie in getting to LasVegas where  newscasts reported scientists were gathering to search for a cure for the modern plague. After rescuing her from a rooftop surrounded by Zombies, Sam Woods appoints himself her escort.  While he knows she is determined to get to Vegas no matter the cost, he doesn't know her secret. And with his hatred of all things Zombie, she doesn't dare tell him the truth. The more he kisses her, the harder it is for Megan to hide her growing feelings...and the bite-shaped scar. But Vegas is not the haven it was promised to be, and when Megan's immunity to the disease is discovered, she realizesher future and her heart belong to Sam, if he will trust her.
An idealistic school teacher and ex-corporate mogul manage to find love despite a looming worldwide catastrophe. Can their love survive while everything around them is dying? Will they learn that when facing the end of the world, Only Love Survives?
Available now. Get your copy!

Stay tuned. Renee has a surprise for one lucky commenter today. Someone will receive this very cool handcrafted necklace designed by a local artist especially for Renee.


More about the author:
Author, Renee Charles believes all love is legendary. Being the only female in a house full of giants (husband and two teenage boys) she tends to lean toward the strange and unusual, but inevitably the softer side shines through.

Whether life leads her to a snow covered mountain top, sun dappled forest, or the bottom of a ravine (yes, ditches happen) she always has a pen and note pad ready so wherever the next adventure takes her, she can take notes.

Her own romance began in an insane asylum. Luckily, both she and her husband only worked there. But it makes sense her romance novels have strange beginnings that lead to passionate endings. Romance with a dark twist. In the face of zombies, werewolves, and big foot she always seems to find a happily ever after to leave you with a sigh at the end.






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Wednesday, September 18, 2013


Author Spotlight: Marianne Willis




Hello, Marianne!  Welcome to the Black Rose Blog’s author spotlight segment. It is great that you could join us today!!!  Help yourself to a comfy chair, some tea or coffee and don't forget the cookies!!!

Tell me about yourself. What makes you angry, happy, sad, snoopy dance?

I’m twenty-six, live in Sydney Australia with my husband, and I write full-time. I’m always joking and laughing with my friends and family. What makes me angry? I must admit I’m not a morning person…instead, I’m a grumpy zombie until I’ve had my coffee. lol

Hmmm... I don't recall zombies in any of your stories but maybe you have some hidden surprises??  I am not a morning person myself so I completely understand!!

How many books have you written?

I’ve written several, but I’ve published two so far with The Wild Rose Press. And who knows what the future holds, maybe I’ll be inspired to write about zombies one day.  

 Your first book Save me Sinfully, was a wonderful wild read.  Definitely one that was hard to put down!!!  

 

What is your favorite vacation? And why?                                             

Recently I went to Italy. I loved meeting family I had never met before, and seeing where my parents grew up. My favorite site was the old fountain where my grandparents first met and fell in love. There was so much personal history, and now I have my own fond memories.

What a wonderful story.  I hope you took a lot of pictures!!!  It is amazing how visiting somewhere can really bring history to life, especially when it is YOUR history. 

What type of stories do you like to write and why?

Paranormal Romance! Vampires, werewolves, witches, and demons…there’s so much potential with these supernatural beings, and I love imagining the type of world they live in.

Oh I agree!!  There is unlimited potential!!  It is wonderful to pick up a book and find a richly crafted world. 

When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)

Normally during the day, and sometimes at night. But a few times a scene would strike out of nowhere, like when I’m vacuuming, or showering, or cooking. When these moments occur, I rush for a pen and paper, and note down what I saw/heard/felt, so I won’t forget it later.

It is so easy to forget that perfect story idea if we don't stop to write it down.  I have to say though it takes dedication to rush out of the shower.  :)

Where did you get the inspiration for Killer Temptation?  

I always said “I’ll never write a vampire book.” And here I am. Lol. With the hype on vampire books/tv shows I had gotten over it pretty quickly. One morning I was on a public train, on my way to work and day-dreaming (as I usually do). The train had entered a tunnel, and I imagined a blonde woman frightened by a dark, cave-like surrounding, but she was more frightened by the livid man in front of her. That’s how Killer Temptation started, and the first scene I had imagined of Brianna and Tristan is in chapter 5. I couldn’t ignore how much Tristan looked like a vampire. I had to fight with my mind to make him some other supernatural being, but my mind won, and so Tristan remained a vampire.

I for one am glad that your mind won.  Tristan makes one hot and hunky vampire!!

How do you come up with your title and main characters’ names?

I struggle with titles the most and tend to come up with dozens as I write a book. Usually I type several words that relate to the storyline and try to throw two words together and see if it works. For this book, I had sent a group of friends a text with a list of titles and asked them to vote. Character names are much easier, and I find those online baby-name websites really helpful because I can see the name, meaning and origin behind it.

Oh man, I can spend hours lost on those baby name websites.  I start innocently looking and suddenly I'm hundreds of pages in!!!

Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?

Not really, my characters become their own person with their own struggles. But, sometimes thinking back to a happy or sad moment in my life can help me explain what emotions the character is feeling.

I think that is something that really makes writing come alive, when an author really "feels" what their character is going through.  This in return makes the characters come alive for the reader. 

Why do you write?

To me, writing is breathing. I love losing myself in the world of my characters and sharing their stories. Even if I were to stop writing one day, that would never cease the stories in my mind.

I think that is something only a true writer can understand.  The need to put words on a page or an ending to a story. 

Do you have an upcoming release from the The Wild Rose Press?  You do! Oh please tell us all about itJ

 My story Killer Temptation is the first book in a series called The Bonded. Witches, werewolves, and vampires have fought for centuries, but have now made a peace agreement. To celebrate their truce, the three species meet at an annual gathering each year. Brianna, a human, attends the function with her witchy family, and meets the handsome French Vampire, Tristan Delacroix. Love at first bite quickly turns into hatred when Brianna discovers Tristan murdered her sister. Lust and revenge is something readers can sink their teeth into with Killer Temptation. I’m currently working on book two, which involves other characters readers will meet in this first book.



 

Here’s the blurb to Killer Temptation:

Brianna Johnson did not expect to fall for Tristan Delacroix. But she never thought he would kill her sister either. Despite her feelings for him she must act. With a spell created for deadly revenge, one kiss will end her vampire lover's life...or will it?

From the first bite, Tristan knew Brianna was his moitie --the other half of his soul, his mate. Now that he's tasted her blood no other will do. But how can he capture her heart when she detests him? His time is running out and more than love is on the line.

Confined to his underground city, Brianna must fight the temptations she feels or risk losing not only her loyalty to her family but her heart as well.

I look forward to reading the next chapter :)

Are any of your characters modeled after people you know?  

No, but after I’ve created a character, I’d see an actor or model on TV and think “Wow, he’d make a good Tristan Delacroix” or “She has the same style hair I pictured for Brianna.” I tend to do that with a lot of my characters.

Isn't it funny how you see someone and suddenly think they could totally be your character?  I know I do the same thing when I'm reading a book.

Do you use music as a motivational source when writing?

I sure do. I love listening to a lot of rock songs. Especially Breaking Benjamin, and We are the fallen.

You are much better than I am at multi-tasking!! I would love to listen to music while I am working but as another author pointed out I find myself more involved in singing along then actually working :)

What are some of your favorite things?

Favorite Author – Simone Elkeles

Food – Stir fry noodles

Perfume – Versace, Bright Crystal

 

I’d love to hear from my readers, or anyone who has questions about my work, or writing in general. Feel free to contact me by email at write2marianne@hotmail.com.

 


 

Author Bio:

 

I don't ignore the characters in my mind. Instead, I allow them to show me their story. Writing is my passion and something I immensely enjoy. I live in Sydney, Australia, with my husband. I love hanging out with friends, going to the movies, reading, and spending time with my loud, funny, feed-you-until-you-can't-breathe family.

 

Excerpt:

 

"How old do I look?" he teased, and she was relieved he did not ask her about being adopted.

"At least thirty."

 

"Bon, that's how old I should look. But I am in fact three hundred years old."

 

"Jeepers!" Her gaze danced over his face, searching for a wrinkle, maybe even an age spot. Vampire or not, how could he be three hundred years old and still flawless?

 

One brow rose at her blatant observation. "Is there something on my face?"

 

"Not sure yet."

 

He laughed, encircling her wrist and tugging her close. The scent of labdanum and jasmine filled her nose. "Let me guess yours now...I'd say you are twenty-four."

 

The corner of her mouth quirked upward. "Close, twenty-five."

"Oh, I'm good."

 

"Well, what do you expect after three hundred years of practice?"

 

His lips brushed the sensitive skin of her wrist. "Oui, practice does make perfect."

 

She forced herself to breathe. The deep, foreign acuteness of his tone sank beneath her skin and sent shivers down her spine. She'd never have to worry about zoning out on a conversation with this man. She could listen to him for hours.

His arm wrapped around her waist and tugged her against the warmth of his body. Her insides became molten, fervent to be closer. She wanted to be so close, to all but sink inside him. Why did he make her feel like this? They just met. This wasn't normal! Was it?

 

Blurb:

 

Brianna Johnson did not expect to fall for Tristan Delacroix.  But she never thought he would kill her sister either.  Despite her feelings for him she must act.  With a spell created for deadly revenge, one kiss will end her vampire lover's life...or will it?

 

From the first bite, Tristan knew Brianna was his moitie --the other half of his soul, his mate.  Now that he's tasted her blood no other will do.  But how can he capture her heart when she detests him?  His time is running out and  more than love is on the line.

 

Confined to his underground city, Brianna must fight the temptations she feels or risk losing not only her loyalty to her family but her heart as well.

 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Author Spotlight: Julia Laque


Hello, Julia!  Welcome to the Black Rose Blog’s author spotlight segment. We are excited to learn more about you.  Pull up a comfy chair and grab some snacks and let's get chatting!!!

What inspired you to write your first book?

 
My first manuscript was a contemporary novel loosely based on my life.

During a sleepless night in college I tossed and turned, anxious over a big teacher exam the next day. That night, my first novel presented itself. The whole story! It was amazing. From that moment on, story upon story would keep me up at night beginning my days as an insomniac. I was truly overwhelmed with ideas that I didn’t know where to begin. I started a journal to record all my stories, but it would take years for me to finally put my first to paper.

 Once I finished my first manuscript, I immediately began researching publishers. Unfortunately, I started this process when the recession hit. I received great feedback, but no contract. One publisher suggested I find what’s hot on the market and throw my hat in the ring. Trueblood and Twilight were all the rage and I thought, why not try out fantasy?

I had just finished a paranormal series and being the avid reader that I am, was sad to see it come to an end. That night, an image of a beautiful woman and a werewolf sitting by a tree came to mind and I knew the brute had kidnapped her. It was amazing how fast this world came to me. For several weeks it felt like I was watching a long movie in my head, wondering what would happen next. Tortured Soul, my first novel was born.

I can say with all honesty that I am happy that the stories kept coming and you kept writing.  We look forward to seeing more of your stories in the future.

How many books have you written?

I’ve written two books. My first, This Moment was shelved when I could not get it published. Funny thing is, I want to keep it there. This story is so personal to me, that I’m happy to keep it to myself. My second, Tortured Soul is published and set to release in September. I am currently working on my third, the next book in the Tortured series.

Isn't it funny how sometimes the words need to find their way onto the page not for readers but for ourselves?  I am anxiously awaiting the continuation of the Tortured Series.  You  did a wonderful job of tying up the first part of the story while leaving us wanting more!!!

When was the first moment you felt comfortable saying, “I am a writer?”

 This is still hard for me. I feel like a fraud every time I say it, which is not often. Once I have my first novel in my hands (my author copy is on its way) I will say those words again and hopefully really feel like one.

You are definitely not a fraud!!!  A lot of authors struggle with this feeling and I think it is completely normal.  But you ARE a writer and one with a soon-to-be-released book!!!!

What type of stories do you like to write and why?

Romance baby! Growing up I was always boy crazy and a hopeless romantic. Writing romance gives me a chance to have fun with the hero and heroine and describe my most hidden desires and experiences. ; )

There is something exciting about being the one in charge of creating a romance!!!  The ultimate match-maker and who wouldn't love crafting romantic moments and fulfilling fantasies!!

What type of stories do you like to read and why?

Romance, of course. I’m also a big fan of fantasy. As a teacher, I love to read anything with magic and dragons.

I would have LOVED having you as a teacher when I was a kid and so would my children!!!  There doesn't seem to be enough fantasy-loving teachers out there in the world.

When do you write (daytime, nighttime, on your lunch hour, before the kids get up, after everyone is asleep?  In large chunks of time or stolen snippets?)

Although I try not to do this too much, I always end up writing at night. Every time I do, though, that little clock on the corner of my computer jumps from 9:00 to 3:00 way too quickly. I get ideas at weird times of the day. If I’m at work, I’ll send myself a quick email. If I’m out, I’ll jot it down in my notes app on my iphone. My favorite time to write, however, is on a Saturday afternoon with a steaming hot cup of coffee.

Isn't it funny how time seems to run away when you are immersed in writing?  I like how you've woven writing into your everyday life with the assistance of modern technology :)

Are you someone who can write on demand? Or do you have to stew and coax an idea before you sit down and write?  Or maybe you write when the muse knocks you upside your head?

Considering my tight schedule, I have no choice but to write on demand. I don’t start a story unless I have completed an outline, so I basically know what I’m going to write. When I sit at the computer my characters take the lead and I just type.

Ahhh... an outline type of girl.  I admit to being horrible at outlines and even resorted to creating them AFTER finishing assignments back in my school days.  I truly admire those who can sort out their thoughts prior to putting their fingers to the keyboard!!!

Where do you write?

I write at home in my office. Surrounded by blue walls, my desk faces the window where I sit for hours staring out at nothing. My cocker spaniel is the only one allowed in there. The hubby was banned when I started on book three. He’d disrupted the flow one too many times and being the understanding guy that he is, he’s complied.

LOL!!!  Do you have a sign on the door that says no hubby allowed???   I've often thought about putting one of those up myself when I am working. 

How do you come up with your title and main characters’ names?

Most of my characters pretty much introduce themselves to me, their names coming right out. I don’t have a hard time finding names. Adam is one of my favorite names for a boy so it was only fitting to name my hero this. The few times I have had a hard time, I searched online for ones with meaning. For instance, Cyrus means lord, which fits a vampire king.

A friend suggested the title, Tortured Soul, although she didn’t know it at the time. When I was jotting down the outline one evening, she texted me to go check out a band called Tortured Soul. I can’t remember if I ever texted her back, but I loved the name and wrote it down. I never saw the band that night. Once I got my contract, I did listen to their music on itunes and toasted them with a glass of wine.

That is wonderful that you don't struggle for names and an interesting turn of events with the title of Tortured Soul as the title truly does fit the story. 

Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?

Tortured Soul is set in Illinois where I live, but other than that, not really. My hero and heroine do share a frozen pizza and my husband and I simply love a good Tombstone at least twice a week.

Everyone should enjoy a nice frozen pizza now and then!!!  Though your characters do it with much more passion and zing then you find at my dinner table!!!

How long did it take you to get your first project sold?  And was the project your first actual completed manuscript?

Tortured Soul was not my first completed novel. My first is shelved and the more time passes, I’m thankful it did not get picked up. It was loosely based on my life, and I’d rather not share those memories now, as some were not so nice. I finished Tortured Soul in January of 2012 and signed my contract in July.

While I can completely understand your feelings about keeping your first work private and on your personal shelf I am very glad you decided to take a chance and share Tortured Soul with us!

Do you use music as a motivational source when writing?

When I write I always listen to classical music. I can’t listen to music with lyrics because I either start singing or dancing.

I can't help but smile at the thought of you suddenly jumping from your chair and dancing around the room.  Now we know the real reason you've locked hubby out!!!  :)

You have an upcoming release from The Wild Rose Press don't you? Can you tell us a bit about it?  
 

 Why, yes I do. Tortured Soul will be released September 13, 2013. (My grandmother’s birthday.) It’s a contemporary paranormal romance about a werewolf falling head over heels for a human.

Fun question (possible blackmail material down the line, LOL) What is the most uncharacteristic thing you have ever done? Please, no censoring? I have no qualms about placing a content warning on my blog!

No comment! ; )

Ahhh... well maybe with your next release we can delve deeper and find out the answer to that question!!!

Do you have any goodies you'd like to share with our readers?  

I do!!!  I have a signed copy of Tortured Soul ready to go out to a reader.  I love reader feedback and would love to hear from you.  Please leave a comment and I will choose a name at random (maybe even let hubby choose it!!!).
 

BIO:

Julia Laque holds a B.S. in Education and an M.A. in School Administration. She is entering her tenth year of teaching fourth graders while working on her next novel. She lives in Chicago, Illinois with her family.

Visit Julia at

Website - www.julialaque.com

Twitter - @julialaque

Facebook – Julia Laque

Goodreads - http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7144942.Julia_Laque

BLURB:

After Evangeline Wolcott learns her family is in trouble with the Vampire King of North America, she reluctantly agrees to marry the blackmailing vampire in an attempt to save them from financial ruin. This act spurs Adam Perez, the King's avowed enemy, into action.

Adam, leader of the Blacktail werewolf pack, believes Cyrus kidnapped his sister in retaliation over attacks against his coven. Fueled by hatred for this fiend, Adam takes something of his, a spirited beauty who sets his soul on fire.

Wrought with grief over her predicament, Evangeline soon finds herself falling for her enigmatic captor. Will Adam and Evangeline's love prevail when she is destined to belong to his enemy?

EXCERPT:

Adam walked into the bathroom and shut the
door to keep the warm air in. “I told you to call me if
you needed anything,” he said roughly as he grabbed
the towel from the hook and threw it over his shoulder.
He stepped to the tub, keeping his eyes leveled on her
face and reached out to help her up.

She jerked away from him. “Wait.” Her wide eyes
met his. A flush filled her high cheekbones as she
licked her succulent, wet lips. She had no idea how
damn provocative her simple action was and he went
hard instantly. Thank God he was hunched over.

“Aren’t you going to close your eyes?”

He snorted. “Then I won’t see what I’m grabbing.
Besides, it’s nothing I haven’t seen before.”

“You haven’t seen me!” she said angrily, her eyes
blazing.

Yet, he thought. He shook his head. What the hell
was wrong with him? “Fine. I’ll close my eyes and you
lead my hands, but if I knock you into the sink, it’s your
own fault.”

“Okay,” she uttered meekly.

He closed his eyes and felt her pull his hands into
the water and place them on her rib cage. She fit
perfectly in his hands and he took his time lifting her
out of the water, reluctant to let go of her sleek, soft
skin. When he set her down, he let go unwillingly and
grabbed the towel from his shoulder, holding it out to
her with his eyes still shut.

She took it from him. “Thank you. You can open
your eyes now.” Evangeline stood before him with the
beige towel wrapped around her torso, her hair dripping
wet, sending droplets down her shoulders.

This woman would be the death of him.

 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Author Spotlight: Dylan Newton, Parnormal Romance Author



Hello, Dylan!  Welcome to the Black Rose Blog’s author spotlight segment. We are anxious to learn more about you so get comfortable, grab some cookies, and let’s get to it, shall we?                                                                   How many books have you written?
I’ve written four books so far. Two of the books are paranormal romances that have been published with The Wild Rose Press (Despite the Ghosts and my novella Any Witch Way). The third book (also a paranormal romance) is currently under contract with TWRP, and features a tough female werewolf—the title is Despite the Fangs and it is due out in 2014. The last book was actually my first book I ever wrote, and is a Young Adult paranormal which I absolutely love, but haven’t found a home for…yet!

We are certainly happy to have your current published/contracted works with us here at the TWRP. But I am sending up a wish out there that your YA finds a home soon.

What works best to keep you focused and on track?
I’m a writer that NEEDS deadlines. I work best if I know someone is waiting to read my book, so critique partners are helpful for me, as are editors that nudge me and ask when that next book is going to be done, already (big thank you to TWRP editor, Callie Lynn Wolfe, who somehow straddles that line between ‘caring/loving editor’ and ‘get that new manuscript to me ASAP, Dylan!’ without missing a beat.)

What a wonderful compliment to your editor, Dylan. In the same token, we editors, are thrilled to continue to receive such wonderful tales from our talented authors.

Do you write to make money or for the love of writing?
I think if you go into writing with the thought of making money to keep you on pace and motivated, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Do I like my royalty checks? You bet your boots! But that’s not what makes me ‘apply the butt glue’ as my writing group likes to say, and sit and write for hours. It’s the pure joy of writing…and, at the risk of sounding certifiable, writing is the only way I’ve found to quiet the voices in my head. (Character voices, that is!!)

Voices, I hear voices…oooh…sorry went off track a moment.  Wait! Isn’t there a song there somewhere? Good point, Dylan, about writing not being a get rich scheme.  Anyone who has published knows this, unless of course, you are someone like Heather Graham, Stephanie Meyer, Laurel Hamilton. You get my pointJ

What is your favorite holiday? And why?
Halloween, of course! I write paranormals for a reason: I looove to be scared. My hubby and I, along with our two girls, host an annual Halloween party, but it’s not for the faint of heart! Last year, we hosted a Zombie Prom, and you weren’t allowed on premise unless you were in full-on zombie prom costume. Even our 70-year old neighbors came as Zombie chaperones! We had a zombie dance contest, zombie prom pictures and a ‘total blackout’ touch tank game where you had to identify the goopy, horrid things you were touching for a prize. Ahh, the memories of those screaming kids. J  Seriously, we have a blast every Halloween.

Wow! Sounds like Halloween is awesome at the Newton house.  And, of course, Halloween is a definite favorite around here. 

What type of stories do you like to write and why?
Writing paranormal romances is like eating chocolate and peanut butter--they're both delicious alone, but when you add them together...scrumptious!
Writing paranormal allows me to escape with my readers to a world where other versions of “normal” exist—a world that's a little “nuttier” (hence the peanut butter reference) than our own. I love exploring the “what if” scenario for my heroine--what if she discovers she's possessed by a demon (as happens in ANY WITCH WAY)? What if she's a psychic who is stalked by a ghost client who needs her help to solve the mystery surrounding his death (as happens in DESPITE THE GHOSTS)?
And when you add the Romance, it's like coating the Paranormal genre with a thick, gooey layer of fine milk chocolate. In a Romance, you're guaranteed a happily ever after, which is satisfying in and of itself. But then you add in some scenes with a yummy level of sexual heat, and...

Mmm, mmm, mmm! Who's ready for dessert? J

We are. We are!

When do you read?  Where?
I read whenever I get the chance, and try to not stick to my own genre (paranormal romance) as I believe it stifles your growth as a writer. I have two school-age daughters, so there is only so much time in the day for ‘leisure’ activities of any sort. I always have a physical book going, typically have a book going on my Kindle, and I am a big, big fan of listening to audio books in the car. There’s something special about being read to while you’re pulling into the school pick-up line that feels to me like a treat—like being pampered. Also, because I’m an auditory learner, I pick up writing tricks from listening to how other authors handle things, like transitioning scenes or using dialogue to move a scene forward. Involving other senses when I read has helped me grow as a writer.

Where did you get the inspiration for ANY WITCH WAY?
As I am a huge fan of the band, "Godsmack," (hard rock band) whose lead singer is purported to be Wiccan, curiosity compelled me to look into the Wiccan religion. I stumbled across a passage I fell in love with in the religion's creed (called the Wiccan Rede):

"With a fool no season spend,
Lest ye be counted as his friend.
Merry meet and merry part,
bright the cheeks and warm the heart."

That passage inspired the first scene where my Wiccan hero and young, troubled heroine first meet, and once I'd begun my research and found a sweet, but deliciously sexy-sounding ritual called the "Five Fold Kiss"...well, I knew I'd have to write this book!

Do you put pieces of yourself or your life in your stories?
I think most authors write based on their own life—you write what you know, right? For example, my stories are typically set in Upstate, NY—which is where I’m from originally. All of my heroines are strong, modern women who can function very well on their own, thank you very much. This comes from my experience being raised by a single mother. Watching my mother provide for my sister and I (and send us both to college!) with only a high school education, a barely-over minimum wage job, and a dead-beat ex taught me that women can and do succeed alone. All it takes is determination, love for your family, and enough moxie to scoff at the obstacles life throws at you, and go after what you want anyway. I was fortunate enough to have married my high school sweetheart, so of course, the ‘true love’ and ‘soul mate’ themes abound in my writing, as well. J

Please tell us more about your upcoming release, Dylan. In fact, that is due out this week isn’t
it? 
Yes! My spicy little paranormal romance ANY WITCH WAY, from The Wild Rose Press, will be released in all formats on August 21, 2013. It’s by far the hottest book I’ve ever written, and quite a bit darker than the others—I love it! Also, I have another novel coming out in 2014 (also with TWRP) called DESPITE THE FANGS featuring a female werewolf with a bad attitude who meets her match with a mysterious hottie who blackmails her into finding his missing son.

 What TV shows do you watch? 
I don’t have much time for TV, and have absolutely no memory of when shows come on, or what channel, so I’m pretty worthless with the DVR, too. But…I do have a guilty little pleasure. “Glee.” And it’s all my teenage daughter’s fault for introducing it to me. I mean, what’s not to like? Singing, dancing, drama and every episode almost always ends with a “happily for now” ending. I am a Gleek, and although I can’t seem to ever watch the thing live, we’ve bought all the seasons on DVD and my daughter and I have weekly marathon sessions where we watch episodes until we’re bleary-eyed!

Some personal information. Please choose a couple of these questions to include:

Favorite music? I’m into hard rock—favorite bands include Godsmack, Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold and Three Days Grace.

Author? I’m a very eclectic reader, but two of my all-time fav authors are Stephen King (horror) and Elizabeth Berg (women’s fiction). In my genre, I’m a huge Gena Showalter fan!

Hobby? I love to scrapbook, kickbox, and I run marathons (and half-marathons)—all forms of therapy for me!

Food? Does dessert count, because all of my fav foods fall into that category! My favorite dessert is the “Original Cheesecake” by Cheesecake Factory. In fact, I’m offering a $25 gift certificate to Cheesecake Factory to one lucky commenter on this blog! Mmmm…cheesecake! Check back here to see if you’ve won!

 Dylan Newton Bio and Contact/Buy Links:

Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town in Upstate New York where the local library was her favorite hang-out. Despite earning a degree in English Literature, Dylan spent more than a decade sidetracked by an executive position in corporate America where she swears she contracted testosterone poisoning. After leaving, she dedicated herself to more estrogen-rich passions, like motherhood, writing romance novels and her never-ending quest for the perfect date night.

 Dylan married her high-school sweetheart and they are busy living out their own happily ever after in sunny Florida with their two incredible daughters and a snoring Shiz-Tsu. 

Author Website:
http://www.dylannewton.com/

Author Blog:
http://www.dylannewtonwrites.blogspot.com/

Pinterest:
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Facebook:
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Goodreads (for Any Witch Way):
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18130230-any-witch-way

Amazon.com (Any Witch Way):
http://www.amazon.com/Any-Witch-Pagan-Holiday-ebook/dp/B00CGOLO7Q/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1373035167&sr=1-2

The Wild Rose Press Link for ANY WITCH WAY:

ANY WITCH WAY blurb:

Graduate student Lily Andrews resigned herself to a life of perpetual virginity. With her recent twisted appetites and weird fugues hospitalizing every would-be boyfriend, it's no wonder she uses her coursework as an excuse not to date.

Then, she meets a witch.

Joshua enters Lily's life to complete penance for a deadly spell he cast centuries ago. Joshua must counter Lily's demon-wrought fugues with his own Wiccan magick, or lose her forever. 

As the pivotal Wiccan holiday, Samhain, approaches, time is running out. Together, they must battle an ancient dark force, fighting for their lives and their new-found love…ANY WITCH WAY they can.