Christmas Awards 2011

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Relentless Desire


Bonnie Clarke/Relentless Desire/Whiskey Creek Press/ebook/150pgs

Brenna is escaping from a man she fears but his bullyboys are bent on taking her back. When she resists they try to rape her. Brenna kills one herself but there are too many for her until Jake turns up and sends them scurrying for cover. Brenna is scared but grateful to her savior, as she calls him.

Jake is falling in love with the wild tomboy with the beautiful black hair and soon discovers that she is as wild in bed as she is in other ways. However, the man who has claims on her and needs her fortune is hot in pursuit. Can Jake keep her safe and will they find what Brenna is searching for? Jake is a man who believes he doesn’t know how to love but perhaps his black haired witch can show him the way to the happiness he has never truly known.

This is a highly sensual, compelling love story. Erotic yes, but written in such a beautiful strong style that it makes you believe in the story and the characters. Bonnie Clarke is an excellent, talented writer. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Five red roses. Morna

Monday, 30 July 2007

Forbidden Passion


Dee Dawning/Forbidden Passion/Dark Eden Press/ebook/34pgs

Adelina goes to meet her lover in a meadow beside Caspia Sea. It is forbidden for even the King's son to make love with a Fala maiden. Reproduction is a clinical thing, because of the sickness that once destroyed so many of their people. So when Ada comes naked from the lake after they bath they are both arrested for breaking the ancient law.

This book is an erotic romp. I am not going to tell you any more because it is a short and I do not want to give the plot away. At its heart there is a love story and that is what makes it a good fun read. Dee is always a good writer and this science fiction story is no exception. If you enjoy your stories hot you will want this one! Five red roses. Anne
www.darkedenpress.com

Sunday, 29 July 2007

The Curse


Maddie James/The Curse/Resplendence Publishing/Ebook/272pgs

When Claire Winslow sought solitude on the outer banks off the Barrier Islands off the Carolina Close, she was trying to find a place where she could shrug off her unhappiness. She little dreamed that she would be swept into another time and place, caught up the story of Blackbeard the infamous pirate.

In another time, another century, Jack Porter is grieving for his lost wife Hannah who died after being raped and used by Blackbeard and his crew. When through the magic of ‘the stone’, Jack comes to claim Hannah Claire and take her back with him they are forced to play out something that has been ordained for them centuries before. Claire must solve the legend of the chalice of Blackbeard and risk losing that which she most loves before she can find happiness.

This is an intriguing and magical book that makes it possible to believe the power of love can overcome a curse and the centuries to bring the lovers back together again. Beautifully written, sensual and emotional, this is a compelling read. Five red roses, Anne

www.resplendencepublishing.com

http://www.resplendencepublishing.com/m8_view_item.html?m8:item=978-0-9795721-6-6

Interview for Jessica Joy


Tell us a little about yourself

Hm...It’s hard to know where to begin, so I’ll start with a brief overview. I’m a mother of three ‘grown’ children, living in Eastern Canada and have been married to the same great guy for 28 years. WOW! I can’t believe it’s been that long! I guess the old adage is true. Time flies when you are having fun. :o) I love writing, reading and crafting.

When my youngest left for university, I went to college and earned a diploma in Human Resources Management. A great field for a writer because so often you have to deal with the idiosyncrasies of people.

I’ve been scribbling stuff all my life, but it was about ten years ago I made a disciplined effort to put all the story ideas swirling around my head into words and started writing a novel instead of just writing down random ideas. Since then, I’ve taken three writing courses, and I’ve been writing part-time ever since. There were two or three years when I didn’t write much at all because I’d rejoined the work force.

What do you write?

I write romance in different flavours. I enjoy mysteries and often find myself writing romantic suspense, but I also enjoy a story that tugs at the heart strings, so I have a few more dramatic romances. I think closest to my heart is paranormal romance. Always a lover of fairy tales, creating tales with mystical creatures in magical location really fires up my imagination.

Why do you write?

Because I can’t “not write.” It’s often the first thing I think about in the morning and the last thing that I think about after I shut my eyes. Characters and their stories and their fictional worlds follow me around, demanding that I write their stories.

What are you writing now?

I’m working on edits of a novella called “Irrepressible”, a sequel to “Incorrigible” that was part of the Crimson Z Anthology. I have a couple other projects on the go. One is a ‘book of my heart’ called “Impractical Magic.” It’s that book that you write from the pure joy of writing it.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

I love comfy clothes, nothing that is binding or restricting.

Are you in love? Have you ever been?

Definitely and we’ve been married for almost 29 years

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?

My dream lover is definitely an Adrian Paul twin.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?

Dark chocolate...my #1 favourite is Belgium.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

I laugh a lot with my friends...we’re pretty goofy. I cry when another person is in pain. It just tugs at something inside me and the tears just flow.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

I love being creative – writing, sewing, cross-stitch, scrapbooking, and many other venues. I hate being idle...and sitting with nothing to do drives me crazy.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

Sensitivity and gentleness. There isn’t anything better than a look or a touch that tells you that you are loved. It doesn’t have to be overtly sensual, it could be a simple kiss on the side of the neck or cheek in the middle of a busy day.

What do you hate about life?

Hm...I love living, so it’s hard to think about something that I hate. I really don’t like battling insecurities everyday, which seems to be a never ending battle.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

It think this was best said by a ‘great spirit’ who was part of an animated Christmas production...when the youthful fellow who would become Saint Nicholas asked what was the purpose of life, the wise spirit said, “To leave the world a better place than when you came into it.” I hope that I can leave this world a better place – meaning that I can write something that will bring enjoyment to someone, recycle and be aware of preserving the earth, and generally be a support to people in need.

On the writing front, I think success comes every time someone says that they enjoyed your book.

What are you going to write next?

My current project is editing “Irrepressible.” After that, I’m going to spend some time just writing for fun and see if I can finish “Impractical Magic.” That is a story about a gal who finds out she has latent magical powers when she encounters a locket which has been a prison to a wizard for four hundred years.

Jessica is the author of Fool Me Once and also writes as Abby Blythe.

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Interview For Maddie James


I am reading The Curse now for review and it is wonderful!
Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a Midwest girl, grew up in Ohio, transplanted to Kentucky when I went to college. Some people would say Kentucky is south, but where I live it is still sorta Midwest. I have a hint of a southern accent but still a lot of Ohio in me. I have two grown children, a boy and a girl, and three adorable little grandbabies, ages 3, 2 and 1. Yes, my daughter is busy. I love to see them when I can and marvel at how much they grow and learn everyday.

I work full time for a non-profit literacy organization and spend a large majority of my time working in schools on American Indian reservations. So, I travel quite a bit and have learned to write on the laptop in airports and hotels quite handily.


What do you write?

I started out writing category romance back in the late 90’s for Kensington but my writing muse has turned me into a new direction the past few years. For the most part I’m writing light paranormal and romantic suspense/thrillers. Everything seems to have a suspense edge to it.

Why do you write?

Because I can’t not write! Back in 2000 I got a new day job. It was a huge learning curve for me. One of my coworkers described it as going back to graduate school. Yeah, it was like that. A lot of research and reading and writing and travelling. And I stopped writing. I was off-balance for four long years. Finally figured out what was going on. There were too many stories in my head! I had to get them out! It’s just a part of me and those stories just nag and nag, so they have to be told.

What are you writing now?

I’m working on a time-travel trilogy at the moment. The books are contracted so I’m on deadline. Book one, THE CURSE, will be released in November 07. I’m writing book two, now. I’m also working on a pretty hot romance/thriller, too, that is currently not contracted.


What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

It depends on the occasion. I’m usually pretty casual. My work on the reservations dictates what I wear there. Business casual is way to dressy. For the office, that’s fine. But what I REALLY like to wear is my jeans and comfy shirts and if it’s winter, I’ll be wearing my cowboy books, likely. I just love ‘em? Now, when I get home in the evening after work, I wear the slouchiest most comfortable sweats I can find, or maybe even a nice comfy nightgown!

Are you in love? Have you ever been?

I’m currently not in a relationship or in love. I lost someone I loved very much about a year ago. I’ve been in love before, yes, a few times.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?

I don’t know if I can describe what he would look likes as much as I could describe how he would make me feel. His love would be all-consuming, unconditional, and would just wrap me up with it.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?

Lasagna. Hands down. With a chocolate chaser.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

These days, lots of things! But we wont’ go into hormones. Small children make me laugh. Anything slightly emotional makes me cry anymore.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

When am I not working?  I leave the day job and come home to write most day. But, I love working outside in my yard, fiddling with the plants, getting my hands dirty. I walk, a lot. And I read and watch movies. Oh! I cook, too. Love to cook. I am working on a cookbook, too.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

The way he looks at me.

What do you hate about life?

I can’t say I hate anything about life. I usually roll with the punches and try to find the lesson learned or the message in just about everything.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

If my children remain successful adults I will be happy. If I can make a difference, even a small difference, in the lives of other people, I will be satisfied. If my stories make my readers feel something, that would please me.

What are you going to write next?

I have a plethora of projects going! Once the time-travel trilogy is finished, I have a little Cajun werewolf story that is waiting on me, and the thriller, and another romantic suspense, and a Native American story, a witch, and even a futuristic… See, they are all there in my head just begging for release!

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Interview with Elizabeth Rolls


Interview for Elizabeth Rolls

Tell us a little about yourself
Just a little? Okay, I live in the Adelaide Hills in South Australia. We’ve only been here for three years, after moving from Melbourne. We decided to have a complete change from city to country living, and we love it. We have five acres with a few alpacas and sheep to keep the grass down and several dogs and cats and now birds. It’s a lovely area surrounded by apple, pear and cherry orchards. Lots of bird life, parrots, cockatoos, galahs. They’re incredibly rowdy at times, but much less intrusive than city noises. We even see wedge-tailed eagles which is a huge thrill for the kids. They run in shrieking “The eagles are coming! The eagles are coming!” It sounds like something straight out of Tolkien.

What do you write?
I write Regency Historicals for Harlequin. I’ve always loved history, and I particularly enjoy the Regency period. I like the clothes then more than what followed so this tends to stop me at about 1825.

Why do you write?
Because I’d go completely mad now if I didn’t. Of course it’s entirely possible that my family would tell I’m already mad . . . I always have characters – no, people – walking around in my head, and I just have to tell their stories as best I can. I also enjoy the research – it’s nice to have a tax-proof, husband-proof, excuse for all the books I like to buy.

What are you writing now?
I’m finishing off another Regency. It picks up on a secondary character from my last two books. Quite a few readers have asked me about Julian, so I hope they enjoy his story. There’s a bit about him in the book I have out in North America in September, A Compromised Lady.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Would you believe I belong to a nudist colony? No, scrub that – generally whatever I find handy in the morning. Living on a small property as we do, I find jeans and sturdy boots the best bet most days unless I have to go into town in which case my town clothes and shoes are hauled out. Most of the time I just don’t worry much. I enjoy getting dressed up when necessary, but I’m probably most comfortable in pants and jumpers.



Are you in love? Have you ever been?
Who hasn’t? Honestly, I’d worry about anyone who hadn’t been in love. Yes. I suppose I fell in and out of love several times in my late teens, but I met my husband when I was nearly 21 and that was that. We’ve been married for over 18 years now and I can’t imagine being with anyone else.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?
Well if I did he’d look like Hugh Jackman, but don’t tell my husband. Although he probably knows! We were watching Leopold and Kate some years back and it got to the part where she has to jump off the Brooklyn Bridge to get back to him. I was sitting there yelling, “JUMP! For God’s sake, JUMP before it’s too late!” My husband just stared at me and said, “Um, this is the Brooklyn Bridge she’s got to jump off! Would you do it?”
To which my reply was; “For Hugh Jackman?? In a heartbeat!”

What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Chocolate works for me.

What makes you laugh? Cry?
Like the rest of the world, I’ve just been reading the last Harry Potter book. That certainly made me laugh and cry.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
Reading. Walking. Listening to music. I’m fairly busy with two children and all the animals around the place when I’m not working. Also I’ve ended up on several local committees which takes up some time.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
Kindness and humour. Honesty is important, but I do rather take that for granted. I mean if they aren’t honest then I’m not even going to like them.



What do you hate about life?
I honestly can’t think of anything I hate about life itself. I hate injustice of any sort in the world, but that’s not Life. Life itself is great and to a certain degree it is what you make it. The trick is to realise when you’re happy and well off and to enjoy what you’ve got rather than always wanting what the other person’s got. That’s not to say that you should sit back on your backside and never try to achieve anything, just that we have to enjoy our own lives without comparing them to others. I think. Works for me, anyway.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
I tend to think of life in five year lots and set a goal or plan for that time rather than having one over-riding plan. Things change. Right now apart from writing, my major focus is on my children. Raising them and trying to remember that being a good parent doesn’t necessarily mean having perfectly obedient children. At least I hope it doesn’t, otherwise I’ve crashed and burned already! I also tend to think of success as an ongoing thing. Not something we aspire to and then sit back and enjoy. It’s a bit like marriage I suppose. You have to keep working at it and earning it.

What are you going to write next?
I’ve got a couple of ideas floating around. One is a novella, the other two are full length historicals. I’ve started writing one of them so I’ll probably go with that and maybe work on the novella as well. I enjoy novellas for a change of weight and pace, both reading as well as writing.

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

The Novice Bride


Carol Townend/The Novice Bride/HMB / 0-37330526-1/paperback/$5.99 USA/$6.99 Can/Historical/ August 07 release


Lady Cecily of Fulford is a novice but has not yet taken her vows when her sister arrives at the convent and tells her that their mother is dead after giving birth to a baby boy. The manor has been given by Duke William of Normandy to one of his knights and the sisters fear for their brother’s life. However, the duke has ordered that Cecily’s elder sister shall marry Sir Adam Wymark, but Emma has other ideas. She is determined to run away and begs her sister to take her place. Cecily refuses her, but when Sir Adam comes looking for his runaway bride she is moved to offer herself in Emma’s place. She tells herself that is for her baby brother’s sake, but is that whole truth?

This is an exciting tale of the reality of conquest. We often hear about the Battle of Hastings and Harold’s death, but little is said of the period immediately following that time. This book brings reality to the story of a conquered people, their hopes fears and rebellions, sometimes small, sometimes larger. I very much enjoyed this tender love story and look forward to reading more from an excellent writer who was new to me. I award five red roses, Anne

Monday, 23 July 2007


Bound by Fate by Lee Rush/Black Velvet Seductions/ebook



Annie and James meet online in a chat room where they find they have similar interests. Over time they become intimate in their conversations and start playing out their fantasies online. Annie and James decide to meet in person at a restaurant. They talked through the evening until the restaurant closed. Leaving the restaurant they go to James’ friends’ house where he is staying. Here they physically play out their fantasies for the first time. As time goes on and they see more of each other and feel more for each other. Unexpectedly James ends their relationship. He won’t speak or write to Annie. This devastates Annie. She tries to put her life back together without James in it.



Two years later Annie is at a jazz festival, which James had told her about earlier when they were still together. Trying to decide where she would like to eat Annie stops briefly and finds herself in a middle of a scuffle. She is pushed from behind and loses her balance and falls to the ground hitting her head losing consciousness. While falling, she thinks she sees James out of the corner of her eye. Regaining consciousness Annie finds herself in the hospital with a very bad headache. The doctor tells her that while there appears to be no concussion, she is well enough to leave but only to the care of her friend. That friend turns out to be James. Annie doesn’t want to go with James after the way he treated her in the past. She reluctantly agrees to leave with James just to get out of the hospital. To avoid being hurt again Annie tries to keep some distance between James and herself. James thinks he understands why Annie is being aloof but is still frustrated by the circumstances that originally got in their way. He feels the problems that drove him away originally are still there, so he fights his feelings for Annie. Annie never knew what drove James away in the first place. She just remembers that it almost destroyed her when he left without a word. Annie feels that since she has to stay with James only a couple of days she can cope with the situation for that length of time. James takes care of Annie while there is the chance that she has a concussion from the fall. They still find an attraction for each other and start to pick up the relationship where it was before it ended. They find the easy friendship and love that they shared before is still there. While spending some quiet time together the phone rings and James goes to answer it to find it is the doctor calling to check on Annie and give her a clean bill of health. This leads to James, once again, trying to push her out of his life by coldly telling her that it is time for her to leave this reawakens all the pain and anguish that Annie had suffered the first time around. Annie goes to pack up her clothes to leave. After a while James thinks it has been too long so he goes look for her. He finds her partially filled suitcase but Annie is not around. James hears the shower running and finds her sitting under a stream of ice cold water sobbing. Finding her emotionally distraught James decides to talk to her instead kicking her out. As they talk James finds the complications that kept them apart are not there anymore and he asks why he was not told. Annie says he made it clear that he didn’t care so she felt he wouldn’t be interested in knowing. James tells Annie that he loved her then and still loves her now. After some discussion they decide to start over and try again.





This is an interesting book. You start to feel Annie’s emotional anguish and pain at James’ seemingly arbitrary and capricious behavior. It is worth the time to read. Some of the sexual fantasies some readers might find objectionable. All in all the book ends with a silver lining. LW

This is very definitely for eighteen plus! So be warned.

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Interview with Richard Savage


Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Richard Savage, I am an Artist and writer form Cambridgeshire in the England. My art background is in illustration fine art and technical drawing. I work mainly in acrylics, but am also happy working in oils, pastels, line and wash, watercolour and mixed media. I draw inspiration from classical art, and the styles of the contemporary artists Boris Vallejo and Jack Vettriano.

My current projects are concentrating on figurative art, for illustrations and book covers. I am working currently for four American publishing houses. I also undertake private commissions and consider most professional work. I have never shied away from provocative topics that include: fetish, BDSM, D/s, gothic, gay, lesbian, fantasy. And this also reflects in my writing.

What do you write?

I started with children’s stories, but I never really had any success with that. The topic that grabbed me, was the erotic, I have always been fascinated by what makes people tick. I like to get right into the characters and hopefully make them come alive emotionally. So my stories are usually erotically charged with what I hope are characters the reader will be able to relate to. A lot of my art explores the subject of power exchange and I guess in writing I take the exploration one step further, looking to delve into the nature of domination and submission. The whole subject seems natural to me. I see it portrayed in the media as a negative and scary thing, but my experience, with people I have known over the years, has shown that lifestyle to be a caring and loving one. In my writing, I hope that I capture something of the beauty of that way life and something of the normality of it.

Why do you write?

Why not? Being creative is what I do, either in writing or with art. Why do we eat and drink?


What are you writing now?

I have two stories on the go, at the moment. The first is a follow up story to the one I wrote for Black Velvet Seductions. It was “The Anniversary” in the anthology “The Crimson Z.” The new story "Temporally Yours" concerns a couple with busy lives and their struggle to get the time they needed, to commit to a loving D/s relationship. The second story I am working on is called "The Trainer." It is about a couple who fell in love, but took love for granted. It takes the help of "the trainer" to set them back on the path to true happiness.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

The right clothes for the right occasion. I am happy in a suit. At a black tie function, a tux. Working in the garden, jeans. When writing or creating art work I look for comfortable clothes, something loose fitting.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does she look like?

Well I fantasize, the same as everyone else, the woman in my mind can shift, she takes on the characteristics of the characters I am working on but has no form as such. I am less worried about the physical in fantasy. Personalities are much more important than physical appearance. The erotic comes from within. Not the physical.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?

Most things chocolate. I do like old traditional English dishes, both sweet and savoury. Favourites include “toad in the hole” Cornish pasties, treacle sponge. I will give you the recipes if you want to try them.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

A lot makes me laugh. I do like topical humour, I like old gags. But most things amuse me. I find humour in most things. For crying, that is something I didn’t do since childhood, typical repressed Englishman, but I had the emotional lid taken off last year when my father died, and I have been trying to get that lid back on for the past year.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
Not working?? What is that? I work about 80 - 100 hours a week and have done for the past 20 years. For amusement that is my work, I love what I do, would spend more time doing it if I could. Hobbies away from work? I am fond of my cat and my Bonsai trees.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

I like creative people who have a willingness to explore.

What do you hate about life?

I love life on the whole and I don’t have much time for hate. I do get irritated so here are my top 5 irritations.

1. Not enough time
2. Being hassled
3. Being interrupted
4. Impossible deadlines, causing me to work through the night (never missed a deadline to date)
5. Not enough time

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

What a question. Made me laugh out loud, sorry. Success how can you ever measure it? Success is measured by others really. To say I want to be a success implies a finish line. I have difficulty thinking in those terms. I want to be the best writer I can be and the best artist I can be. The only person I compete against is me. I try hard and I consider I work hard. This question will amuse my friend and publisher from Black Velvet Seductions, Laurie Sanders. We have joked about success in terms of us buying Ferraris, but it is just a joke, a metaphor for being financially buoyant enough to be able to waste money on something we don’t need.

What are you going to write next?

Well the next one to be finished is the story I mentioned, “The Trainer”. After that I have some ideas for another story or two. I usually have more ideas than I have time to work on them.

Thank you for inviting me to chat, it has been a pleasure.

Richard Savage






Publications

First published story “The Anniversary” in the anthology “The Crimson Z”, Black Velvet Seductions, publication date November 2006

Short story “The Key” Black Velvet Seductions, publication date February 2007

Short story “Temporally Yours” in the anthology “The Crimson Z two”, Black Velvet Seductions, publication date October 2007

First published Novel “The Trainer” Black Velvet Seductions, publication date winter 2007

Featured artist in “Jade” Magazine March – April 2007

Illustration published in Spiritual Transformation through BDSM; Stories and Submissions from Fellow Travelers
Edited by Sensuous Sadie June 2007


Organisations

Member of “The Guild of Erotic Artists”

Member of the SAA as a pro Member of the Society of All Artists
The British Museum of Erotic Art
http://www.britishmuseumoferoticart.com/savagerichard.html
Founding member of the “Fenland Visual Arts Collective” chair 2005-6
Member “Fenland Arts” Exec committee 2005-6

Past and current exhibitions

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington DC March—May 2005
Cambridge Open Studio Exhibition at Palace House, Newmarket June 18th - 23rd 2005
Cambridge Open Studio Solo Exhibition Savage Studio Chatteris July 2nd -3rd 2005
9th – 10th 16th – 17th 23rd – 24th 2005
Solo exhibition March Town Hall October 5th -19th 2005
Fenland Visual Arts collective Open Studios, September 2006
“100% pure” The Glass Box, Coventry September 2006
“The Expo” Skin Two, The Barbican Centre London, 0ctober 7th & 8th 2006
“Amora” - The London Academy of Sex and Relationships” 13 Coventry Street W1D 7DH www.amoralondon.com April 4th - August 30, 2007




Some examples can be seen at
http://www.swage.plus.com/art/illustrations/books/books_index.html

www.swage.net

Black Velvet Seductions http://www.blackvelvetseductions.com/

Friday, 20 July 2007

Only In Her Dreams


Veronica Towers/Only In her Dreams/Dark Castle
Sarah Montague's father was killed saving the life of another soldier. So when Captain Marcus Derning comes to her rescue and gives up his cabin for her on the shop back to England, he is returnin a favour. He does not expect to find himself enchanted by this young woman. Nor does he expect the carriage to have an accident and then to be shot at by...mysterious rogues. His teasing as they travel together causes Sarah to run off secretly, but he follows her to her cousin's mission in London. Marcus asks her to marry him but she refuses him. How could she expect to marry a man like that? She is the quartermaster's daughter and he is related to a duke! There will be a lot more dark twists before Sarah can expect to find happiness.

This is a good Regency story with plenty of pace and excitement. I enjoyed it. 4.5 red roses, Anne

Interview with Bonnie Clarke


Tell us a little about yourself

I grew up at a fishing and hunting resort, way up north where the mosquitoes can carry you away. I eventually became a fishing guide on a lake large enough and populated by so many islands, it was easy to get lost for anybody with untrained eyes. That lake was my backyard. It was my curse and my salvation for reasons I won't get into. But I will tell you something, I know the truth about how tough men really are. Imagine a young girl baiting a hook for a man and cleaning his fish for him! muahahaahahahahahahah Next time your man comes home and brags about what he did in the bush, remember my words. It could save your marriage.

What do you write?

Erotica, Ero-Romance, and Poetry of various genres and forms.

Why do you write?

Because I have to. I truly believe if I didn't let the monkey pick the creative flees from my brain, they would fester and my free spirit would die. Seriosuly, I would go crazy if I ignored the urge to tell all what lies within my mind. And there's a lot.

What are you writing now?

My first erotic thriller and regency erotica. It feels great to be a virgin again. lol

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

Jeans, tanktop, and flipflops, baby. Otherwise jogging pants or shorts at home. I've been known to put the garbage out in a negligee and drive uptown to check the mail in my housecoat. I don't give a damn what people think of how I look, can you tell? lol

Are you in love? Have you ever been?

Well, this man comes to my bed every night. I don't know how he figures he has the right to claim me, but he does. He is my mechanic after all, and pays for my car, so I don't argue with him. I just quietly accept his presence. Is this love that I'm feeling? Could be.*wg*

Do you have a dream lover-- and what does he look like?

Johnny Depp. Johnny, honey, someday... someday we will put the sun to shame.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?

Mushrooms

What makes you laugh? Cry?

I laugh a lot. There isn't much that I take too seriously, but I'd have to say what I laugh at the most is how hubby looks when he comes home from work. On a hot day he'll be wearing shorts and work socks and boots, with a old muscle short with (what looks like) gun shot holes all over it, and of course his face has smudge marks. The best part is seeing his nipples through the holes in the muscle shirt. LOL! He looks so cute, makes me want to jump him when he gets home.

As crazy as this sounds, I was raised not to cry-- unless I lose those near and dear to me. I can honestly say that I've lived by that rule, and I know it isn't healthy, old habits die hard as they say. My frustration with this tends to come out in my dialogue between feuding couples. I'm sure I'm due for a good sob one of these days and it will probably be from a sappy movie. lol

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

I'm fortunate to have great neighbors, who are dear friends. We are die-hards. Rain or shine, we are out in the back drinking beer round the barby. When the beer runs dry we walk just down the street to the strip bar for some entertainment. It's all good. :)

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on?

A smile attracts me like a moth to the flame, as well as hands. I like big strong hands. Ones that can harm you, yet touch you like you're a delicate flower. But there are so many things about men and women that are attractive, it depends on my mood, and my mood changes like the weather. lol

What do you hate about life?

I hate being bloated.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know you have been a success?

I will only be a success when my son has found his way in the world and is happy-- then I can put the whip down and relax. lol For myself, I want to be remembered as a writer who held nothing back and lived to see a few smiles from readers. I don't need to become the next famous author, I just want to be heard.

What are you going to write next?

A series about the street I live on which has a lot of history, mainly regarding the men who've lived here. I think it could be a x-rated soap opera! Would you watch a soap opera with porno tunes in the background, instead of the usual elevator music? HELL YEAH!!!!!

Interview for Roxanne Wells


Tell us a little about yourself
Well I grew up in California, I have a few chicklits running around and Adonis is my husband. I’m 5’7’’ …oh not that much detail. LOL sorry. Let’s see… something interesting about me? The jeopardy theme is playing. I love to travel and write about the places I’ve visited in the stories I create.

What do you write?
I just started writing erotic romance this year on a dare to myself. I giggled at the first sexy scene I wrote but after the first scene of incredible sexy with two men (AS YOU WISH) coming soon to Mardi Gras, I was okay with it and figured, Hey this is pretty good.

Why do you write?
I write as a hobby. It’s entertaining and I like to throw in a bit of comedy here and there. Laughter is a healing and sometimes life gets too serious.

What are you writing now?
I just finished Masterpiece releasing on the 27th of July with Dark Eden Press and I’m thinking Cowboys are in my future for my next story.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
I wear my red gown a lot accompanied by a white boa. My kids think I’m a freak but if they had only seen a Mae West movie I’d be their hero. Okay fine, I’ll tell the truth. I wear sweats and tank tops. Shhesh, the gown was more exciting.

Are you in love? Have you ever been?
Yes, Adonis is my husband. We dress up sometimes in togas and I feed him grapes. He feeds me something else, but…oh too much again..I’ll stop there. **smiling**

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?
Yeah two of Adonis. See my cover for Masterpiece.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?
California rolls and Rocky Road ice cream. NO, not together, yuck.

What makes you laugh? Cry?
A funny movie. When people die in movies. Titanic was awful! Adonis had to pick me up and drag me out of the theatre. Three times. Why I went back for more is beyond me.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
LOL! See above where it says Adonis and grapes.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
Women don’t turn me on, but in men…his smile, teeth. A man with beautiful teeth takes good care of himself.

What do you hate about life?
Death. The unknown about the afterlife. Oh and when I ride my bike and swallow a bug.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
When my kids don’t five dollar me to death. I’m picking off fives faster than the money tree can grow them back. Can you say Chuck E. Cheese..hey that was my first job!

What are you going to write next?
Cowboys…that aim to please.

Old Friends and New Fancies


Sybil G. Brinton/Old Friends and New Fancies/Sourcebooks/377pages/ ISBN 13:978-1-4022-0888-1/ US $14.95/Can$19.95/ Uk£7.95/ written in 1913

This absorbing book is the first sequel ever to Jane Austen’s novels. Although it takes Elizabeth (Mrs Darcy) as one of it’s principle characters it brings together many other characters from Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Northhanger Abbey, as well as Mrs Jane Bingley, and Miss Kitty Bennett. The characters are as delightful as ever they were, the humour nicely balanced and the plots bear similarities to many woven into the original Austen novels; though never mirror images they are familiar enough in tone and temperament to satisfy those who can never get enough of Miss Austen’s work. While Kitty is not Marianne, she is plunged into a situation not far different from that of poor Miss Dashwood when she believed herself loved, but with far less reason, and far less suffering; her sensibilities recover quite quickly once she returns to Mrs Bingley’s house and receives the flattering attention of Mr Moorland.

Sequels will always arouse controversy, because some people love them and others do not approve. However, I found this a charming read and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish. I would give it five red roses. Morna

Thursday, 19 July 2007

No Matter What


Jordana Ryan/No Matter What/Amira Press/167pgs/ebook

Cassandra wakes up to find a naked stranger in her bed and decides that she doesn’t want to go on living this way. She decides to go home, knowing that her departure three years earlier hurt a lot of people and she might not be welcome.

She goes first to stay with a friend, but it isn’t long before she meets Brendan, the man she loved and left. Cassandra walked out because she didn’t want to ruin his life. He had plans for college and she didn’t want to tie him down, but anger and disappointment have ruined it anyway. Brendan is furious when he discovers why she left. Can they find a way to get back together or is it already too late?

This is a strong love story. The lovemaking scenes are just that and it is a pleasant, well-written romance. Five red roses. Highly recommended for lovers of emotion packed fiction, Anne

Letters From Pemberley


Jane Dawkins/Letters From Pemberley/ Sourcebooks/Print/213pgs /ISBN13:978-14022-0906-2 /Canada/$13.95 /US $17.95/ Uk/£7.95

Elizabeth and Darcy are settling into their married life at Pemberley. The story of their first year together takes the form of some delightful letters from Lizzie to her sister Jane, Mrs Bingley. We hear about Georgiana, Lydia, Kitty, Colonel Fitzwilliam, Mr Bennett and of course Mrs Bennett’s nerves! Also there are quite a few neighbours, some of whom seem to fit nicely with characters from other Jane Austen novels.

The book has humour and charm, which one would expect from something written as a tribute to fans of the incomparable Jane Austen. Because it is in the form of letters written in the first person it is easier to read than some sequels and should therefore appeal to readers who may love the films but have not actually read the books and would find the original heavy going perhaps. This book flows along and I found it very enjoyable. It is interesting to read about what their life might have been like after marriage.

I think this book deserves five red roses. Morna

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Interview for Auburnimp


Tell us a little about yourself: I live with 4 cats in an English city called Manchester. I have two grown-up children and 3 grandchildren. I spend most of my time at the computer and I’m a really boring person! For anymore consult my author bio ^_^


What do you write? I write mainly yaoi although I will probably turn my keyboard to m/f at some point. I like to write stories with a paranormal or superpower twist of some kind, probably because I think in anime.


Why do you write? I simply can’t help myself. It’s something I’ve done for amusement all my life and finally I’ve had the courage to submit work.


What are you writing now? The third part of the Fallen Angels series, the second is finished and with my beta reader. I’m also working on a great deal of collaborative fiction with Michael Barnette which we are both very excited about.


What kind of clothes do you like to wear? I’m a jeans and sweaters girl. When I do dress up it tends to be goth style. I’m a weirdo!


Are you in love? Only with life.

Have you ever been? Twice and neither experience ended well so I gave up on real life love and put it into my books instead.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like? Oh yes! He’s the bassist of a j-rock band. Much too young for me but you did say dream lover!


What kind of comfort food do you like best? Depends on the season. In winter it’s a good thick stew with dumplings, in the summer its ice cream. Chocolate all year round but that’s a given.


What makes you laugh? Monty Python, the Princess Bride, Clue – I like witty humour.

Cry? West Side Story, the destruction of the planet, people who pretend to be friends, racism, intolerance. Wow, I got serious!


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working? Play Role Play games, watch anime, annoy people on IM’s, and play computer games. I’m never bored.


What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please! Honesty, respect, long hair, nice eyes and gentle hands.

What do you hate about life? Having very little money.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success? I hope to be able to make a reasonable living from writing and I’ll know I’ve achieved it when I can afford to have the kitchen roof fixed.

What are you going to write next? Probably another book with Michael, maybe fantasy or sci-fi who knows? We never do until it’s written! Oh and number four of Fallen Angels…
Aunimburp's book is published soon

Interview with Riane Lasair


Riane's book has been reviewed on here!

Tell us a little about yourself – Well I’m a single mother of one, living outside Seattle WA. I am an avid reader and writer and love my work.


What do you write?
Mainly I write whatever comes to mind but I would say its paranormal, sci-fi erotica lol.

Why do you write?
I write because the stories keep coming and won’t leave me alone until I put them down on paper. It’s just the way it is.

What are you writing now?
Right now I'm working on a ménage paranormal. The rest you will just have to wait and see.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
Mostly I wear sweats or shorts when I’m around the house, jeans when I absolutely have to leave the house.

Are you in love? Have you ever been?
I’m not in love now, have I ever been? That’s debatable lol, but I would like to think so.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?
I’ve had many dream lovers lol, each and every one of them has dark hair and dark eyes. Don’t know where it came from its just always been that way so I don’t question.

What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Japanese food is my favourite but when I need comfort food its Oreo cookies and BBQ potato chips lol.

What makes you laugh? Cry?
Cry is easy. The movie the colour purple and movies that have a lot of drama in it. Laughter? That’s harder because I enjoy so many types of funny movies. Anime, comedies even some cheesy horrors give me a giggle.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
I read, anything romance I can get my hands on, watch Anime movies, play video games

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
There has to be strength, of body as well as convictions. He has to be able to have a lot of patience because frankly I can be cranky at times lol.

What do you hate about life?
The useless destruction that one person can do to another and to the planet. People just don’t understand that we all have to live here and ones views aren’t right or wrong, just different.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
It’s an ongoing process. When someone reads one of my books and they’ve enjoyed it then I know I’ve been a success. Then it’s on to the next book.

What are you going to write next?
I have several works in progress and that’s all I’m gonna say lol, gotta keep people guessing.

Interview with Jordana Ryan



We are looking forward to reading Jordana's book soon
Tell us a little about yourself

I am a 30 year old single mom who has been writing most of her life. I started in grade school by writing poetry and thought for a long time I didn’t write much of anything, I never gave up my passion for good literature. I wrote my first novel after having surgery and needing to remain on bed rest for an extended period of time. Today, I continue to write and don’t see myself as ever giving it up. I have also worked with the chronically mentally ill and dually diagnosed clients, both adult and juvenile. I enjoy crocheting, making scrapbooks and memory posters. Reading, listening to music and watching good movies.


What do you write? I write contemporary romance and Erotic Romance. I am hoping in the future to delve into suspense and mystery, however at this time my heart lies with Romance.


Why do you write? I write because I enjoy it. It’s a way for me to express myself and entertain others. There’s nothing that makes me happier than curling up with my laptop and being able to let a story flow out of me.


What are you writing now? Right now I am working on a couple of things. Perfect Game is a contemporary romance that revolves around a Pitcher from the Santa Fe, Devils who faces a career threatening injury. While recovering he develops a relationship with the coach’s daughter who has recently come to town. It’s really a great novel that deals a lot with self esteem and being able to be yourself.
Also I am currently working on And So It Goes and am releasing one chapter a month of it to the Amira Press Yahoo Group, Destiny Blaine’s Yahoo Group and my Myspace page which is http://blog.myspace.com/PrincessCheygirl.


What kind of clothes do you like to wear? I like to wear casual but trendy clothes. I enjoy looking nice and buying new clothes LOL


Are you in love? Have you ever been? Not at this time. Yes I have been, or at least I thought I was.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like? I have a dream lover based on someone that I have a secret crush on. He’s tall, dark hair, brown eyes and oh so sexy.


What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Macaroni and Cheese 

What makes you laugh? Cry? My friends, Reality TV and my Daughter make me laugh. Actually, it’s easy to make me laugh…I believe life without humor isn’t worth living. Child Abuse, Racism and other unjust hatreds make me cry.


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
Depends on the day. Sometimes I read, Sometimes I listen to music or watch TV. Mostly spend time with my daughter especially since it’s summer time.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please! When a man looks at you and you can see it in his eyes that he is being sincere, that is the biggest turn on.

What do you hate about life? I hate that people have to suffer.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success? I hope to touch the lives of others. Every time someone has told me or will tell me that I have changed their life, I know that I am a success.

What are you going to write next? A mystery called Smoke and Mirrors. It will be different for me. Written in first person and also not of the Primarily romance genre, it will definitely be interesting.

Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Dark Descent


Dark Descent-Basilisk Tales-Book One/Riane Lasair/DarkEdenPress/Gay/Lesbian/Yaoi

In order to survive, two worlds come together to save their people. Brandish was sent to the underground city of Undernegra on a mission to help against a traitor. A traitor who planned to detroy the people of the Undernegra and the city itself. But as danger strikes and temptations and love comes just as threatening . Vee from Undernegra is assigned to assist Brandish in all ways possible. But can they keep their distances or should they give into their desires?

Riane Lasair has written a vivid story filled with danger and love. Sensuality and intrigue. Dark Descent is a different sort of story that's worth a try for those looking for something apealing and new. Or even if it's a theme a reader enjoys alot. I'm sure it would please any reader who likes these type of stories. Five Red Roses. MP.
Why not give it a try: www.darkedenpress.com

I think this is probably eighteen plus, Anne

Monday, 16 July 2007

Runners Moon: Jebaral


Linda Mooney/Runners Moon/Whiskey Creek Press/ebook/229 pages/Book one of a series

Jebaral Gittall Morr, his brother Simon and others, have escaped from certain death on Barandat. They hope that here on planet Earth the Arra will not find them and they may live in peace.

Hannah is a human and lives who Carl who mistreats her, but she is attracted to Jeb in his human form, which he assumes during the day. Jeb likes her very much but needs to keep on the move, because he has no real papers and, as an alien, he cannot take a blood test. He is planning to go away but then Hannah is badly beaten and Jeb knows he has to take her with him to protect her.

Jeb can tell by the scent that Hannah gives off that she is deeply attracted to him in his human form, but could she love him when he is Ruinos? He believes that he cannot make love to her in human form, and though Hannah shows her love he tries to avoid physical contact – and then one night Hannah discovers the truth. It is her ability to love despite the initial shock of discovery that makes this book a love story. But can they overcome all the difficulties of living and loving each other, and can they keep safe?

This imaginiative book is well written, and has the warmth and togetherness I expect from a good romance, and for that I give it 5 red roses, Anne

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Saturday, 14 July 2007

City Life


City Life/Dominique Le Selles/Contemporary/BDSM/DarkEdenPress/2007

City Life:

A high flying , beautiful and successful business woman Kristina is looking for something alot more wild to spice up her life. Being a stockbroker for the company called Wilkinson’s of London has brought her close to a million. Feeling the need to give herself a gift: Au pair called Stephanie. An new object of her fantasies. Now that she's got a taste of her rising desires. She wants alot more. Exploring a dark sensuality beyond her dreams. As her love grows for both Stephanie, James and the dark erotica that over comes her.

This story is much for those open minded about Erotica. Whether it's new to a reader or an old passion. It won't disappoint and well worth a try. It's vivid and alive with sensuality, fantasies and a whole lot more. Dominique Le Selles has done a great Erotica on City Life, that's contemporary, edgy, and wild. If your looking for a great Erotic story. Then City Life is something you would want to read! Five Red Roses. MP.

Friday, 13 July 2007

Bayou Summons


Missy Sue Hanson/Bayou Summons/ Dark Eden Press/ ebook/144 pgs

When Summer first sees Cayden sitting on the bench he thinks of as his own, she believes he is arrogant and wants nothing to do with him. She has come to Harvest, a small town in Louisiana, to research magic for her books. Wherever she turns, even in the small hours, Cayden seems to be there. He annoys her and yet she is drawn to him in a way she cannot explain. When he uses his magical powers to seduce her, she cannot resist him. However, there is another being who wants her. Alsandair, a demon of the underworld needs the power Summer hardly knows she has. Until now, she has thought of her gift as a curse, perhaps the prelude to madness. It is only with Cayden’s help that Summer can begin to understand herself, and to defeat the demon who is determined to enslave her in the underworld.

Warlocks, necromancers, witches and the King of the underworld are just some of the fantastic beings that Missy Sue Hanson brings to life in her exciting, sensual book. I was fascinated by the imagination behind this story, swept up in the excitement of the age-old struggle between good and evil. Throughout it all, the love element is strong and that is what gives this book its charm. I give this book five red roses and look forward to the next from this author, Anne.
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www.darkedenpress.com

Interview with Linda Mooney


We reviewed Linda's book recently and enjoyed it a lot!

Tell us a little about yourself

I’m a veteran Kindergarten and music teacher here in my little south Texas coastal town where my husband and I raised our two sons. I started writing when I was in elementary school, and have never let up.

It was only after my hubby’s heart transplant surgery in 2001 that I began writing romance stories in earnest, but didn’t have the courage to submit them until 2006. I’ve since had 4 books published, with 3 more due out before the end of 2007, and 3 more contracted (publishing dates unknown as I write this.) And that’s not counting the 5 other books out right now being looked at by other publishers.



What do you write?

I write lush romantic novels with a hint of science fiction or fantasy. They’re richly detailed, with sensuous love scenes that will warm your heart, action and adventure that will get your blood pumping, and characters who seem to leap off the pages as though you’re watching a movie in book form.

Every one of my books is different and unique. And sometimes my writing style is a little bit different as well, depending on the story.



Why do you write?

I write the kind of stories I want to read, basically. In the beginning my works were escape-isms for me. They still are.



What are you writing now?

I’m currently finishing up one book which is a paranormal love story about a dead cop who is searching for his killer and his missing body, and the blind psychic he falls in love with. I’m also writing a very gritty urban fantasy about a woman whose job it is to kill the creatures who inhabit mass murderers, which I would like to send to an agent if I can get up the nerve. LOL!



What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

Jeans and tops, mostly. Barefoot.



Are you in love? Have you ever been?

Oh, yeah. Hubby and I will celebrate 25 years next Jan. It’s amazing how much richer love grows when you almost lose someone you’re deeply connected to.



Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?

Umm... I guess you could say I vicariously live through my heroines when they love their lovers. Don’t we all?



What kind of comfort food do you like best?

Trail mix. Starbuck’s mocha frappicchinos. I practically live on the stuff when I’m writing. Otherwise I’m a fairly decent southern girl cook. My family’s never complained. Living spitting distance from the gulf coast, I eat lots of seafood, so I guess you could say it’s my weakness.



What makes you laugh? Cry?

Laugh? Spontaneous people who are honest and open.

Cry? Heart-wrenching love stories and movies with HEAs. And people who put me down because I write what my heart tells me to, and not what they think I should.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

Umm, ever own a pug? Seriously, I spend time with friends and family. I love to travel and wish I could do more.

What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

Honesty. Someone you won’t fear will turn on you, but who values you for you, and is willing to listen to you without judgment or prejudice.

What do you hate about life?

It’s brevity.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

I told my hubby I’m not looking or aiming to be on anyone’s best seller list. I just want to be able to walk into a drugstore or supermarket - or bookstore at the airport! - and see one of my books on the shelf. That’s all. Of course, I would have to be mass market produced, so that’s my ultimate goal. Like Barry Manilow once said, when he got into an elevator and heard his works piped through Musak, he knew he’d make it. LOL!

What are you going to write next?

I’m going to write a story about a woodland faery who has to take human form and save her beloved home from deforestation. She ends up falling in love with the forest ranger she’s forced to work with. It’s entitled A Faery’s Tale, and it’s already outlined and ready to start.

Thank you so very much for this opportunity to chat with you!



Linda

The Destined Queen


Deborah Hale/The Destined Queen/Harlequin-Luna/

The Destined Queen

A destiny is to be fullfilled as Maura has been choosen to protect her country after awakening the Waiting King. Setting off on a journy to learn about herself and newfound magic, and to find a magical staff. She must fight against the invaders come to claim her country. With promises to the king to keep and a world to save. And a love that's overpowering. Maura is still determind to win.

Deborah Hale has left her mark of magical reads. In both Luna/Harlequin to Historical/Harlequin books. Filled with enchanted love and adventurous romance. Dangerous worlds and the love that conquers all. The Destined Queen is one of those magical and beautifully written stories. Alive and catching to the imagination, so easily one is transported to a magical world. I really enjoy Deborah Hales stories and I highly recomend any of her reads!! Five Red Roses. MP.

Thursday, 12 July 2007

Heart Of The Healer


Heart of the Healer by Linda Mooney/DCL Publications/Australia/ebook/238pags



From the province of Skandia comes Mareesa a healer of remarkable power. As the old healer of the ruler of Bothe has died and they request Skandia for a new healer, Mareesa petitions the council of healers for the position. As Mareesa is of the royal house in Skandia her petition is accepted. This is her one chance to get away from the soldier that has abused her. When she arrives in Bothe Homes, who is the ruler, tests Mareesa to see how great her healing powers are by severely cutting his arm. Mareesa heals him but loses consciousness while doing so. Homes’ nephew Querl catches her when she falls and carries her to her room and watches over her until she regains consciousness. As Querl and Mareesa become closer they try to figure out who is trying to kill Homes and Querl. When Querl is attacked and almost killed Mareesa heals him at the risk of her own life. Querl rushes Mareesa back home to Skandia so the other healers can restore her health. She lives but is back in close proximity to the solider so her life is still in danger from him. Shortly after returning to Bothe Querl receives an urgent summons to return to Skandia. There he finds Mareesa in danger and must fight the soldier to save her. Querl takes her back to Bothe but they still need to find out who is behind the attacks. When it is reveled who is behind the attacks and why. It really makes for a great twist in the story.



This is a great book and a must read. The story keeps you enthralled to the point you don’t want to put it down. The author did a great job of building the characters and story line. I would love to read more from this author.



I give this book 4-1/2 red roses. Larena

Wednesday, 11 July 2007

Interview with Dee Dawning


Tell us a little about yourself

Born in Chicago, grew-up in Las Vegas, have lived in Phoenix the last eighteen years and haven’t melted yet. I’m a young fifty-fifteen, I’m about six foot, sandy brown hair, blue eyes, ruddy complexioned, a little overweight (like most of us) and if I’ve piqued your interest you can see my picture on www.myspace.com/deedawning

I started writing fiction about two years ago. I think of my writing as the third phase of my adult life, having been a Telephony Engineer and a home designer/builder.

What do you write?

A little of this and a little of that. Long, short, in between, thrillers, chick-lit, romance, paranormal and lascivious, erotica. Frankly, my writing has been all over the place. Eclectic, would be a good way to describe it. So far, the only common thread—and it’s a big one—is sex.


Why do you write?

Other than pleasing my readers, it’s probably an ego thing. I want to see how far I can go. I do need a good crit partner though. I have a tendency to…shall we say go over the top.

I wish I hadn’t waited so long. Now that I’ve started, I can’t and don’t want to stop. I surprised myself and keep surprising myself. Reading stories are fun, but they are not nearly as much fun as creating that story.


What are you writing now?

I’m finishing up one of those naughty little lascivious erotic teasers I mentioned called Gizmo. One of my crit-partners says it’s borderline disgusting and another says it’s an awesome piece of work. Nothing like controversy.

I’m also writing my first Paranormal, called Hollywood Witches. So far the test readers are digging it.

For the record I have another novel, Getting Naked at the Hilton, (A sexual romp, disguised as a romance) and a novelette, Forbidden, in pre-publication. Forbidden is scheduled for release this month from Dark Eden.

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

If you’re looking for fashion hints, you’re in the wrong place. Unless there’s something special going on, I dress casual, jeans and topsiders. No shorts or flipflops. Around my house, even more casual, pajama bottoms and a tee shirt.


Are you in love? Have you ever been?

Besides my fabulous wife? Once or twice a long time ago. January 8th was my twenty-fifth anniversary and I’ve been good.

Do you have a dream lover – and what does he or she look like?

If I was a gay man or a straight woman, I might think Hugh Jackman was interesting, but since I’m not, I’d have to say a composite of all my leading ladies, who not surprisingly are all pretty much good looking. Of course my wife, with her fantastic legs, is in the mix as well. Is it any wonder my last novel was entitled LEGS?



What kind of comfort food do you like best?

I’ll get even with you for this question! Hmmm? Let’s start with home made snack mix with macadamia and corn nuts, Nathan’s or Hebrew National hot dogs, Famous Amos chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip ice cream, chilli-cheese dip and Tostitos…hell that’s enough.

What makes you laugh? Cry?

Laugh - Bush jokes. Cry – Bush. Seriously, men don’t cry. Right?
Wrong. Confession time. I don’t cry like Waaaa waaaa unless I stub my toe, but parts of my books will make my eyes water profusely. Even thinking of the end of Legs will bring tears to my eyes.

What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

What? Oh, amuse. I thought you said…never mind. Serious. I’m a news junkie. And a music junkie. I use to read a lot but can’t find the time now, plus I’ve gotten in the habit of critiquing the Icons of literature.


What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

Legs. Can I say that again? Legs, remember the book!For me a woman doesn’t have to be gorgeous just pleasant looking and personally, I’m not into exaggerated shapes. I’m more into lean and mean.

I also like independence, intelligence, wit and vainity. I think a woman should be vain enough that she doesn’t let herself go as she gets older.

What do you hate about life?

Bills! I hate effing bills. Besides bills, there are difficult people. Religious elitists. But-in-skis. People with a me first attitude. People that drive…I better stop before I step on someone’s toes.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

I hope to be writing full time and eventually write something that makes the Times bestseller list. I think I can do it. Oh, did I mention above that I suffer from a confidence complex.

What are you going to write next?

I’ll probably try to finish some of my unfinished projects, to wit, a screenplay of my second book Fortune Cookies, A sequel to that same book called The Fellowship of Eros. A sequel, entitled A Woman of Valour, to my first book The Right Hand of Allah. A book about organized crime and religion called The Televangelist and last a book about a murder in a home I used to own called the Telemarketer.

Having read Legs, I look forward to more exciting stories from this author! Anne

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Interview with Missy Sue Hanson


Tell us a little about yourself

I’m not sure you want to know, lol. I’m 27, I live in Missouri with my five year old son whom I affectionately refer to as “Peanut”. He is the best thing I have ever and will ever do. I’m silly, clumsy and love Halloween. I collect witches. My kitchen is full of them, lol.

I love anything creative…..writing, painting, designing. I used to own a crafts business where I made and sold patterns for dolls and other fabric sculptures.


What do you write?

Paranormal all the way. I’m infatuated with anything un-real, lol. And, of course, it’s got to be romance!


Why do you write?

Escape. The same reason that I read. It takes me to a place where I can create anybody and anything I wish.


What are you writing now?

Right now I’m in the process of trying to finish one of my upcoming releases with Dark Eden Press. It’s called Sinless Rogue and is about a lady vamp who carries big burdens and also has other unworldly powers other than her vamp status (has to stay a secret, lol).


What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

Hanes all the way, lol. If it has elastic and no tag, I’m in it, rofl. Unless I’m riding my horses, then I’m in jeans, but I usually crawl out of them the minute I’m able.


Are you in love? Have you ever been?

Oh, boy, am I ever in love. A cowboy who was the first person to ever believe in me, through everything. He’s tall and looks a bit like Hugh Jackman, which is why I love the actor and all his movies, he reminds me of my sweetheart…..or is it the other way around??....rofl. My book, Bayou Summons, was dedicated to my love.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?

You know, I do have a dream lover, but I’ve never really paid too much attention to his face, lol. But, now thinking of it, I’d say he has really dark blonde hair and is tall, muscular with the chiselled face of every warrior hero.


What kind of comfort food do you like best?

Anything that is loaded with carbs and guaranteed to go straight to my hips, lol. I love biscuits and bread and green beans…YUM!


What makes you laugh? Cry?

My son makes me laugh. I cry for lots of different reasons, sometimes it’s just because I need to. I’m a big believer in emotions and showing them. Unless I’m mad, I never show those, lol.


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

My son and I have saber fights, does that count??.....lol…he usually wants to be Darth Vader, I keep telling him that he doesn’t want to be evil, but he doesn’t listen. The force is strong in that one, lol.


What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

I love hands……something about a man’s hands that drive me crazy. For me, they can make or break my attraction, lol.

What do you hate about life?

The realization that you really can’t protect your children from everything.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

My only hope is to support myself and my son. To be able to put aside money just in case he wants to go to college. For me, that would be ultimate satisfaction. If it was anything more than that, I’d probably die of a heart attack and not be able to enjoy it anyway, lol.

What are you going to write next?

I’m working on a book for Dark Eden Press that will probably release after Sinless Rogue, which would be September, I believe. The only thing I can say is that it might be different from what I’m used to…..*zipping lips*

I am looking forward to reading Bayou Summons, Anne!

The Roman Virgin's Mistress


The Roman's Virgin Mistress/Michelle Styles/ Harlequin Mills & Boon/Historical/ ISBN 978-0-263-85185-4/pb/296pgs

Silvana Junia knows that people gossip about her but she brushes this aside contemptuously until she meets Aurelius Fortis, a powerful rich Roman who has come to Baiae, ostensibly to enjoy himself and protect his nephew from this scandalous woman. He has another secret mission, which is to track down and destroy a notorious pirate.

From the start, when he pulls her from the sea at the harbour wall, they find each other too attractive to ignore, but because of the scandals surrounding Silvana they are destined to misunderstand each other. Despite a powerful attraction, Silvana is determined to save her pride and her honour, even when Fortis risks his life in a dangerous chariot race. Can she overcome her past to find love with the man who wants her, and can he win the woman he loves and end the reign of the dreaded pirates?

This is another beautifully researched love story from a masterful storyteller. It is well worth its five red roses. Roxy

Saving Sophie

Saving Sophie/Roxanne Wells/Ebook 2007/Dark Eden Press/Modern/

Saving Sophie is a fast paced adventure. Tinted with humour and sensuality.
Jesse is a taxi cab driver just doing his work when a beautiful and strong willed woman takes him on one wild ride of his life. Sophie lives on the wild side of life and knows what she wants. And that includes Jesse!

SavingSophieBlurb

Roxanne Wells did a fantastic job in writing this story. It's written in the man's (Jesse) point of veiw. So it is very different. Saving Sophie is edgy, hot and exciting. Absolutely recomended for those who are looking for something different to read. And doesn't mind the use of language and adult content. A story that's well worth a try! So what are you waiting for? Go check it out: www.darkedenpress.com . I give Five Red Roses. MP.
We thought this was so good we both reviewed it! Anne

Saving Sophie



Saving Sophie/Roxanne Wells/Dark Eden Press/ebook
Jesse's mother warned him that the murderer called the Cab Cutter was on the loose, but he laughed at her and got a slap on the ear for it, the way mother's do. Jesse was feeling low despite his brand new cab and good business, because his girlfriend deserted him for another girl! Then he met the beautiful Sophie, who had just been dumped by her fiance. She smells so gorgeous that his senses go reeling and he is already halfway in love with her, but before he could get to know her the Cab Cutter struck. He had decided to change his weapon to a gun for some mad reason, and shoots Jesse.

This is an out of body experience and had me in fits of laughter. Jesse manages to have a rather pleasant, dreamlike sensual sequence with the girl he loves, but his grandfather appears shortly after (has he been peeking?) and demands that Jesse gets on with the job of stopping Eddie (the Cab Cutter) instead of enjoying himself and then gives him a clip at the back of the head. Jesse seems to get a lot of this, but like all truly scrumptious guys who could flatten their assailant he doesn't, and that is why I love him. Can he get Eddie and the girl, or will Sophie's former boyfriend get her - and is Jesse truly a ghost? You have to buy this book and find out!

I adore this very funny, absolutely mad romp. Romp is a word normally reserved for Regency novels but in this case this beautifully crafted book deserves the accolade. I laughed until I ached. I award Saving Sophie a bouquet of fragrant red roses and hope that I shall have the pleasure of reading lots more of the same from this author, Anne

www.darkedenpress.com

Monday, 9 July 2007

Beauty For Ashes


Jane Anstey/Beauty For Ashes/ebook/ Wings -Epress/241pages

Luke had his friends Helen, Kevin and Dee to Christmas lunch at his home. He has been a movie actor and is very wealthy but his unhappiness hangs about him like a cloak. He cannot forget the young, innocent and beautiful girl Sammy. Luke believes he broke her heart one Christmas – the same Christmas his father died alone in hospital. Weighed down by guilt and loneliness Luke tries to take his own life by wading into the sea that night, but Dee is worried about Luke when she hears from Daniel who has arrived late to find him missing. Luke's life is saved but it is a long time before he begins to recover his spirits.

Meanwhile, unknown to Luke, Sammy's marriage is unhappy. Her husband Michael, suffering from a depressing illness is brooding on the way she has withdrawn from him, and blaming Luke – because he knows a secret that Sammy does not. A long time passes and Luke has to pass through many phases, including a brief and hurtful affair with Dee, who loves him, before ashes can turn to beauty for him. This is an epic love story with several intriguing sub plots and keeps the reader glued to the end.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of love that will not die and the turmoil of friends who are there for each other despite all that happens to rip them apart. Anstey is a promising writer who deserves success and should get it. I give this book five red roses. Anne

www.wings-press.com

Interview with Helen Ravell


We reviewed Helen's book on here, and thought it a good story, well worth reading.

Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a writer, (I love being able to say that), an English teacher who will defend to the death the validity of romantic fiction, a mother, a wife, a skier and sailor. Oh, and an ex-motorcycle racer and mechanic. I live on the shores of Australia’s largest coastal lake, and really can’t imagine ever being away from the water for long.


What do you write?
I write romantic comedy and romantic suspense, but even there I’ll try to put something in to make you laugh.


Why do you write?
I write because I have a compulsion to know that something I’m doing is making people feel good. I could have tried being a doctor I suppose, but I just can’t get past the pain thing. If anyone’s hurting I don’t want to be there. Also, the truth is, I love making up lies.


What are you writing now?
I’m working on a story, Best Before. It examines one woman’s fight against the way society ignores women when they reach a certain age. (I don’t know what on earth can have prompted that, but the next person who mentions the words 50th birthday DIES) Of course, since I am the author, and therefore all-powerful, the older woman gets the hot young hunk, the fantasy job and is publicly lauded for her everlasting beauty. Did I mention that I LOVE fiction?


What kind of clothes do you like to wear?
No frills, no fuss. Nothing that I’m going to mourn if it gets ruined. I never did manage to be the blue-eyed blonde angel my mother wanted. I grew up a tom-boy and it’s still reflected in my clothes. I do lust after boots. Purple ones, red ones, high heel tart ones. I don’t care. I want them all.


Are you in love? Have you ever been?
When I was 20 I met a man at a New Year’s Eve party. Everything screamed classic romantic bad-boy. Black leather, hot body, long hair. I was gone. We married four months later, (it took that long to get our parents to agree to sign the papers). My mother says it will never last. Who knows? Maybe she’s right because it hasn’t been long at all yet, only 30 years or so.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?
See above. I swear the sight of a man on a motor bike with helmet and leathers still makes me go all weak at the knees in remembrance.


What kind of comfort food do you like best?
Mashed potato. So sue me. It is my comfort food extraordinaire. I guess it’s just plain ordinary too.


What makes you laugh? Cry?
I love good comedy, especially Monty Python. It makes me cry that I can almost recite all of The Holy Grail.


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?
I write. I have a full time job and two kids. When am I not working? I do, however, always make time to get in some snow skiing in winter.


What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!
Besides intelligence and a sense of humour, I have a thing for voices. It partially explains my fascination with Alan Rickman. That voice. Yum.

What do you hate about life?
Life, I love. People who make judgements about those who enjoy different aspects of life, I don’t love. If it isn’t actually hurting you, but you don’t like it, look the other way. Let it go. Let people get on with their own lives. Violence and condemnation is never the answer.


What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?
When my children are grown and healthy and happy, that will be my greatest success. In my writing, one day I want to see someone reading one of my books. I’ll ask, “Do you like that?” If they say “Yes”, I’ll be able to say, “I wrote it.” That will feel good.

What are you going to write next?
A note to explain why my sixteen year old son is late with his History assignment I suspect. He was creating a Gothic style manga story instead. I don’t understand it. Where does he get this tendency to sit around writing when he should be doing more serious stuff? Excuse me, I have to go. My daughter just Instant Messaged me from upstairs to inform me that apparently children have been known to starve to death when their mother hasn’t done any grocery shopping for days.

Legs!



Dee Dawning/Legs/Amir Press/ ebook/126pgs

Drew Stevens followed Mallory (a beautiful and up and coming movie star) in a frantic car chase in West Hollywood. He had to meet her, get to know her, because he was on an assignment – and one he didn't particularly like. Shadowing her these past weeks he had come to like Mallory and now he wanted to protect her from the people he was working for.

Mallory was meeting a girl friend in a rowdy bar. After one drink she starts to leave but is accosted by a drunk. Naturally, Drew is the first to rescue her. This leads to a naughty interlude between two strangers. But Drew was sent for a purpose and by making love to her he has betrayed a powerful man. For this he could lose his life. The story hots up in more ways than one as an exciting chase/adventure story unfolds. This book is erotic but it has more than a few sexy scenes and from the way it ends, which is surprising, would probably make a compelling series. I think this writer tells a good story and I would like to read more books. I give 4.5 red roses to this particular book. Morna.

Saturday, 7 July 2007

Interview with Capri Montgomery


Tell us a little about yourself

I tend must be the most boring writer in the world. I haven’t jumped out of a plane, or out ran a police car. I didn’t experiment in college, and I’d rather be at home with an old movie than out partying on a Friday Night.

I think that comes with being an artist. I’m not outgoing, and it takes a lot for me to warm up to people. But I can get lost in my art so easily. I write and I do photography for art and, trying to start my own studio, and I’m constantly working. Amazingly, that suits me just fine right now.


What do you write?

I write multiple genres. I write some poetry, mystery, suspense, sci-fi, contemporary, and recently, erotic romance as well. Whatever’s going on in my head is usually what makes its way onto the paper.


Why do you write?

Because I can’t stop lol. Seriously, writing has always provided me with comfort. Not only do I get to transfer the movie in my head down to paper, but I also get free therapy in the process.


What are you writing now?

The list is too long to rattle off. I have at least fifteen and at most twenty-five stories in progress right now. Currently, I’m focusing on my next contemporary novel, Sleeping Inn.


What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

I like to wear things that I feel comfortable in and that complement my body. I love the fashions from old Hollywood, the fifties and the sixties—they really knew how to make clothes back then.


Are you in love? Have you ever been?

No, to both questions.


Do you have a dream lover – and what does he look like?

He would look like Michael Shanks from season three of Stargate SG-1. He’d have Hugh Jackman’s accent and Sean Connery’s charm lol. Seriously, I haven’t really given much thought to a dream lover. I’m too busy creating them for my characters. I think that I’d really focus on the inner package and not the outer. My taste in men has changed over the years, but the one thing that has remained the same is the inner package.


What kind of comfort food do you like best?

I don’t have comfort food. I’m one of those people, if I’m depressed I don’t eat.


What makes you laugh? Cry?

That’s hard to say. I’m amused at some of the strangest things. It just depends on how my brain links things together. When I drove down through California from Seattle, I passed a sign that read, “Weed Next 3 Exits” and I started laughing. I told you I’m amused by some of the strangest things.

As for what makes me cry, other people’s pain. It’s so hard to watch somebody suffer, be that emotionally or physically.


What do you do to amuse yourself when not working?

I’m not sure, other than sleeping, that there’s ever a time when I’m not working. I have my day job. I just contracted nine books—Ride A Cowboy being the first release of those nine contracts, and I’m an artist. When I’m not writing, I’m shooting pictures, and when I’m not shooting, I’m processing. There’s not much downtime in that schedule.


What is it in a man or woman that turns you on? The clean version please!

I look for confidence in a man, but not over confidence. I look for passion, intelligence and respect. I find those qualities attractive.

What do you hate about life?

Pain. I hate that anybody has to experience pain in their lives.

What do you hope to achieve in life and when will you know that you have been a success?

I would really love to find happiness in whatever I do. I figure, if I’m happy, then everything else falls into place.

I think I’m successful in my life. I have a good relationship with my family and friends. That takes hard work. I’d like to think I’m successful at it.

What are you going to write next?

I’m going to get some work done on the spin off from my novel, The Bride Wore Black. The wedding planning business offers a lot of room for storytelling.

I read Ride a cowboy and enjoyed this fun book, Anne