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Monday, April 21, 2014

Big News from Renee Vincent:

So much is happening in my little world...

First off, my EMERALD ISLE TRILOGY Boxed Set is STILL an Amazon #1 bestseller for Viking Romance since its release a month ago and I want to thank each and every one of you for making this possible. I love my loyal fans and their support, and I hope you know how much it means for me to land on a bestseller list. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Secondly, I've totally remodeled my romance blog, DEEP IN THE HEART ROMANCE! I know, I know....I do this all the time. Heck, I even do it at home. My husband says it's a good thing he's not blind -- as many times as I move things around, he'd be hospitalized with head injuries from tripping over re-arranged furniture all the time. But I digress...

With a fresh, new look and more advertising options, I'm getting back into promoting my fellow authors and I hope you'll stop by for a visit. Let me know what you think of it!

And lastly, I apologize for being incognito but I've been in the editing/formatting cave for several weeks with the release of book 2 and 3 of the Jamett & Joseph Series fast approaching. The whole series just got brand new covers (*squee* I made them myself!) and I'm so excited for you to read them! Here are the blurbs:

THE START OF SOMETHING GOOD
Jamett & Joseph Series, book 1

Available now:
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Who knew Mr. Right lived right next door?

Jamie Sutherland, coffee shop owner and serial ruined-relationship survivor, moves into a beautiful loft apartment for a change of scenery. What she doesn’t plan on getting is an eye-full of her handsome next-door neighbor—in nothing but a towel—arguing with his significant other in the hallway.

Joseph Scarbrough's world crashes down on him one cruel morning when his childhood sweetheart rips his heart out of his chest and walks away. His humiliation isn't complete until he turns around to pick up the pieces and sees a beautiful brunette who just witnessed his Dear John moment. 

Caught in an awkward situation, the two backpedal into their separate worlds. But fate seems determined to make their worlds collide on a regular basis. Is it destiny just being clumsy when it comes to the two unlikely neighbors or is it the start of something good?



THE ROAD TO SOMETHING BETTER
Jamett & Joseph Series, book 2

Release date: April 28, 2014

The road less traveled never had so many bumps.

Jamie Sutherland never expects to connect with her sexy-as-sin neighbor, Joseph Scarbrough, especially after all the failed relationships she’s suffered. Not only does she find out he’s not quite “the player” she believed him to be, but that his heart bears scars much deeper than her own. Ready to take a chance on this unlikely match, she eagerly awaits their upcoming date and hopes that Joseph is the very companion she’s been waiting for all her life.


Time and time again, the comical sporadic encounters resume in their loft apartment complex and Joseph eventually reveals that he is the building superintendent in a very unforgettable, Lucky-in-the-Diet-Coke-commercial fashion.

While he's proficient in fixing Jamie’s clogged sink, he's not all that great at leaving his past behind. When Caroline, his yuppy ex-girlfriend, makes another surprise visit, Jamie's road to something better gets a little rocky.

Will Joseph choose the familiar woman with whom he had a history, or the loyal friend who's given him a future?


THE GIFT OF SOMETHING GRAND
Jamett & Joseph Series, book 3

Release date: May 5, 2014

When those three little words aren't enough.

Jamie Sutherland finds herself falling in love with her irresistible next-door neighbor, Joseph Scarbrough. No surprise there. But when she wakes up in his bed, she's stunned that even in her sleep, she can't resist him.

As their relationship heats up, Joseph gives Jamie a key to his apartment and he finally gives Caroline, his relentless ex-girlfriend, the boot. Jamie's excited to think he just might bethe one.

But how do you tell the man of your dreams you love him when he insists that he can't fall in love?


Author Bio:
RENEE VINCENT is a bestselling Contemporary & Historical Romance Author. From the daunting, charismatic Vikings, to the charming, brazen Alpha male heroes of modern day, you’ll be whisked away to a world filled with fast-paced adventure, unforgettable romance, and undying love.

She also writes lighthearted, fancy-free Chick Lit Romance as GRACIE LEE ROSE. For those who love to read fun, wholesome, and endearing romantic stories (with a smidgen of spunk.)

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Interview of Author Declan Sands

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author Declan Sands.

Latest Book: Discordant Lights
Buy Link: http://www.declansands.com/discordantlights.html

BIO:
Declan Sands writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Declan is the award-winning author of 40+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.

Q: How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
A: First, I re-read the email because I didn’t believe it. LOL Then I did my desk chair happy dance, which I reserve for only the best reviews and happy news like new contracts.

Q: What’s your writing schedule like?
A: Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
I set a daily writing goal for myself of around a thousand words. Most days I'll write more than that, some days less. I generally write 6 days a week--7 when I'm on deadline. That's pretty much it in a nutshell. There's no magic to my process, it's just sitting down and doing the work. A lot of days that's easier said than done! LOL

Q: What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
A: I spend a lot more time with my publisher hat on now. I’m indie-publishing a lot of original work, as well as books I've gotten back from publishers. Since I went out on my own I've learned so much about promoting and marketing my work and I've really enjoyed the artistic freedom being my own publisher has given me. I don't have anything at all against the traditional publishers. They brought me into the writing world and taught me a lot. And I'll continue to release books with these wonderful houses. But they're necessarily constricted by the need to deal with hundreds of authors and thousands of books. They aren't always the most flexible about new ideas. As the owner of Electric Prose Publications, I can be as creative as I want in where I place my books, how I market and package them, and how they're priced. I love the challenge and certainly can't argue with the results!

Q: How much of yourself is hidden in the characters in the book?
A: Oh lots. All of my characters are a little bit snarky. #:0) They share my values, my weaknesses, my strengths. And physically, they’re what I’d love to be.

Q: If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
A: It has a very different, edgy/snarky tone. It’s probably a good thing I can’t change it because I think the things that make me cringe just a little bit about the book are really its strengths in the marketplace. The book isn’t for everyone. People tend to either love it or hate it. But it is what it’s supposed to be and I’ve built a whole, popular series on its foundation.

Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: I listen to Pandora and try to match the music to the type of book I’m writing. Amazingly, because I’m a total chow hound, I don’t really eat a lot when I write. I eat breakfast and lunch at my desk but don’t really snack.

Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I have a well-used baby name book. I love using the book because it gives origins of the names as well as the meanings. So, for example, if I have a hero who’s a warrior I pick a warrior-based name. My readers might never realize how I’ve matched the name to the man, but I know, and it’s part of what brings the character to life for me.

Q: Covers. Ever get one you wish you could change?
A: Oh god, yes! But not as much now that I’m pubbing a lot of my books myself. In fact, it’s one of the reasons I began to pub my own books. One of my publishers in particular has the world’s worst covers and I know it hurts my sales. Covers are just too important to settle for bad if you can help it.

Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Don’t write in a certain genre just because you think it will sell. Be true to your passion and readers will respond favorably. Readers know if you don’t love what you’re writing and book acceptance will suffer for it.

Q: Out of your entire backlist, which book has the best opening line? What's the line?
A: That’s a toss-up. Here’s the first line of Oh! Hoaley Night! my 2013 Christmas novella for the Hoale Construction mystery series:
“That’s crazy talk, Ads. Visiting your family is not like being castrated with a rusty can opener.”

Then there’s the first line from Blood-Hound 4: SIZZLED:
“We need a zero-gravity chamber in your house.”
:0) I think they’re both interesting. LOL

Fun Stuff:
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Halloween. I love the idea of supernatural magic. I’ve written a lot of Halloween-based books.

Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I rescue dogs and have 13 of them.

I’m an A-type personality, driven, perfectionist, competitive to a fault.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A:I have no idea. When I hit my teens I knew I wanted to write. But the only things I remember from being a kid are the bad things. I remember cracking my head open, sewing through my thumb with the sewing machine, my sister slicing my chin trying to shave me. Being chased by a bull across a field. LOL Good times!

Q: Favorite food.
A: Fried potatoes in any form.

Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: Having my babies. They looked like little, pink aliens. So cute.

Q: Favorite drink.
A: I drink a LOT of water. But when I veer from the water I drink Coke Zero or wine.

Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Chilly winter nights. I’m not big on excessive heat.

Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: Making the USA and New York Times bestseller lists.

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: Space shifting. I could visit family across the state with just a thought. It would be awesome. I’d never be late again!

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
http://www.declansands.com/
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Declan-Sands/356221437734698?skip_nax_wizard=true
https://twitter.com/#!/Declan_Sands
http://declansandsmm.wordpress.com/
http://www.amazon.com/Declan-Sands/e/B0083G8XCA

BLURB:
When Chaos rules, only the fiercest love survives.

Bright City is growing increasingly discordant. Something dark and treacherous is stalking Rabb and Brant, creating havoc in both of their worlds. The Vampire Council is putting pressure on Brant to become an elder, using Rabb as bait to force him to comply. All the while, Rabb battles deadly fractures in pack alliances and fights his own personal vampire skirmish.

Will the packs fight an internal war to replace Rabb? Will the vampires force Brant to choose sides? War is on the horizon, and it might not only ravage the supes in Bright City, but also devastate the human population living ignorant and helpless among them.

EXCERPT: WARNING: Adult Language
Undeath wears a fine suit, and smells like expensive cologne.

Staring across the bar at the two cold-eyed men, Rabb almost smiled at the thought as his wolf scratched for release beneath his skin.

The bigger one, who imagined he knew Rabb well, tilted his head and spread his thin lips in an ugly smile. “No response, Rabb?” Magnus Olaf was nearly eight feet tall, with light brown hair that curled slightly against the back of his thick neck. It was longer than usual at the moment, and he’d tied it in a tidy tail. With a broad, slightly crooked nose, and a mouth that seemed too small for his wide face, he often looked petulant. As usual, Magnus was clean shaven except for a neat goatee.

The Norseman had lived during the Viking age and still had a Viking’s attitude. The elder vamp was beyond intimidating. In fact, since walking into the Bright City Lights bar a moment earlier, Magnus had managed to unsettle employees and patrons alike, earning him a nearly constant rotation of stares and glares as he stood sizing Rabb up in his own place.

Rabb shrugged. “I’ve already told you I won’t try to influence Brant’s decision, nothing’s changed.”

The vamp with Magnus was actually a fairly normal six foot tall but appeared small next to the Viking. His wide mouth and full lips were overly sensual and he had a nasty habit of giving Rabb hot eyes while running his tongue over his lower lip as if tasting him from afar. The guy made Rabb’s skin crawl.

“You won’t like the consequences if you don’t cooperate, mate.” The man’s English accent was refined and snooty, like he’d gone to Oxford before Oxford was Oxford and was convinced he was better than everybody else. Brie versus Velveeta better. The snotty accent didn’t go well with the lecherous demeanor.

Stepping closer, Rabb let his wolf bleed just a tiny bit into his gaze. The European vamp sucked in a breath and color flooded his cheeks. Bile rose in Rabb’s gut when he realized the flush wasn’t from fear. A warning growl throbbed in his throat. “I’ll say it one more time. This is my place. My territory. You don’t come into my place and threaten me or mine. If you suck factories want a war with us you can have it. Anytime. Anyplace. But for now, get the fuck out of my place.”

Tension throbbed on the air as the two vampires spilled angry energy into the room. Rabb’s magic didn’t need to climb any higher, he was already a growl away from going full wolf. His fingertips ached with the claws brimming just beneath the surface of his skin and he hungered to release his fangs.

Magnus’s eyes turned silver, a sure sign he was about to vamp out. But his companion reached over and grasped Magnus’s massive forearm, silently reminding him they had witnesses.

With an obvious effort, Magnus reigned back his vamp, his eyes darkening back to gray. A moment later the energy in the air thinned and Magnus smiled, inclining his head toward Rabb. “We’ll be in touch, canine. Very soon.”

“I can’t fucking wait.” Rabb watched the two vamps glide out of the bar and then turned to look at his new security guy, Mychael Broc. Standing a mere two feet away, the big man opened his brown eyes wide and shook his head, obviously relieved their guests had gone.

Rabb couldn’t find relief to draw on at the moment. The vamps were never really gone. They slithered away briefly every once and a while. But like an alcoholic living above a bar, they always came slinking back.


Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks so much for letting me crash your blog! It was tons of fun.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Adding Flavor To Stories

Think back to the last book you read or TV show watched.

Now, name a character.

What was memorable about that character or story line?

Is there a particular book or show you keep reading/watching over and over?  Why?

I just finished reading Mary Martinez's Beckett trilogy, and I instantly connected with the main character of the third book, Quiet, because within two pages you find out she's terrified of babies.  Has no desire to hold one, nor has any desire to have any of her own.  Plus, she's a little on the klutzy side.  Why did I connect so strongly with her?

I too was terrified of having kids, and if you spend any time around me, you'll discover I trip over things, or drop whatever I try to pick up.

But I digress.





When I think of quirky characters, the cast from M*A*S*H comes to mind. Radar always knew what the Colonel was going to say. Hawkeye and his mystery martinis and schemes. Frank's electric socks and his pursuit of Hot Lips. Klinger and his itch for a Section 8 discharge. Charles Winchester the Third. 

Any story has its main characters, but often it is the secondary ones which enrich the story or backdrop. Lumier and Cogsworth from Beauty and The Beast (or even Chip). Scuttle from Little Mermaid. Fargo in Eureka.



One of my favorite shows was Gilmore Girls. Sean Gunn (above) played the town oddball, Kirk. At first I found him extremely annoying, but then would tune in just to see what hairball scheme he'd concocted.

And the show Are You Being Served? OMG! We'd tune in just to see what color hair Mrs. Slocum had!

I don't know if I've given my characters any particular quirks; I may have to add some. But the bottom line is this: Make your characters memorable, not just cookie cutter Barbie and Ken. Readers will appreciate it.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Interview of Author J.L. Sheppard

Today I'm pleased to present an interview of romance author J.L. Sheppard.

Latest Book: Burdened by Desire
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BIO:
J.L. Sheppard was born and raised in Miami, Florida where she still lives with her husband.

As a child, her greatest aspiration was to become a writer. She read often, kept a journal and wrote countless poems. She attended Florida International University and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelors in Communications. During her senior year, she interned at NBC Miami, WTVJ. Following the internship, she was hired and worked in the News Department for three years.

It wasn’t until 2011 that she set her heart and mind into writing her first completed novel, Demon King’s Desire, which was published in January of 2013.

Besides reading and writing, she enjoys traveling and spending quality time with family and friends.

Q: How did you celebrate publishing your first book?
A: To celebrate publishing my first book, my husband took me to dinner.

Q: What’s your writing schedule like? Do you strive for a certain amount of words each day?
A: I write whenever I can and as much as I can. I always strive to write as much as possible, but it just doesn’t happen sometimes.

Q: Of all your characters, who’s your favorite, and why?
A: Cain is my favorite character. I created him as a secondary character for my series, Elemental Sisters. He’s a demon, definitely an alpha male with a big heart. By the time I finished the third book in the series, I jumped into creating a spin-off where he’d be the lead.

Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: I never eat comfort foods while writing. As for music, it depends on the day. Sometimes, I write better with music, so I listen. Other times, it distracts me, so I have to turn it off. I listen to all types of music, but generally when I’m writing I listen to melodic songs. Some of my favorites include: Radiohead, Oceansize, Bruno Mars, The Fray and Pink.

Q: How do you choose names for your characters?
A: I pick names I like.

Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Keep writing. Never stop.


Q: If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
A: “You can’t make people love you.”

Q: What genre would you like to try writing that you haven’t yet tried?
A: I love writing paranormal romances, but I wouldn’t mind taking a stab at writing a contemporary romance.

Q: Have you ever used an incident from your real life into one of your books?
A: I’ve never used incidents, but I have used dialogue from my personal life.

Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: I generally only write one book at a time. That said, I do get ideas for other books, which I’ve learned to write down immediately otherwise I risk forgetting. I keep a list of everything: ideas for books, plots, characters, dialogue, etc. I jolt them down and save them on my computer.

Answer all these, please. Fun Stuff:
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Christmas because it’s Christmas! LOL. I love big family gatherings, and Christmas is that special time a year where the whole family gets together.

Q:  What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A:  I'm 4 foot 11. Both my parents are Cuban.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A teacher.

Q: Favorite food.
A: Spaghetti.

Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: Graduating from college.

Q: Favorite drink.
A: Diet Coke.

Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Since I live in Miami, and it’s warm year around, I’d have to say, chilly winter nights.

Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: Have kids.

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: I’d love to be able to teleport. I love traveling and have done quite a bit of it, but I’m not a fan of flying especially long distances. Teleporting would make traveling so much easier, not to mention stress free.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
http://www.jlsheppard.com/
http://www.facebook.com/JLSheppardAuthor
https://twitter.com/JL_Sheppard
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6894176.J_L_Sheppard
http://pinterest.com/jlsheppard5/
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00CXDFEIK

BLURB: Burdened by Desire, J.L. Sheppard
Jocelyn, an Elemental, is stuck between the mortal and immortal worlds, yet not quite a part of either. Her power over the elements of the Earth won’t evolve until she meets her mate. Before then she’s an easy prey and a coveted possession for the Malums Inmortalis who wish to conquer the world.

Alpha werewolf, Landon, has been living with the knowledge his fated female, the one woman created for him, is just beyond his reach. For months he’s forsaken her, refusing to accept his mate because she can never grant him a much-needed heir for his nearly extinct pack.

Despite his decision Landon finds himself drawn to Jocelyn and when an attempt is made on her life, he realizes his destiny lies with her. Can they overcome the long-held prejudices of his kind and defeat their enemies in time to find what the future holds?

EXCERPT:
His heart-wrenching confession took Jocelyn by surprise. As his eyes continued to bore into hers, her heart skipped several beats. Was he being truthful? She wanted to believe he was. Maybe it was the way he stared at her, consuming her like nothing else mattered, like she was the center of his universe. She wanted to believe he was sorry and that she excited him. It would comfort her knowing he was as drawn to her as she was to him. But were the words he spoke true?

He pulled her a touch closer, his body rubbing close to her own, she felt every muscle on his chest and his heat, the warmth from his body soothing her. Her eyes settled on his lips and she imagined what would happened if he kissed her again? What would she do? She was supposed to be angry with him but the reason was beyond her grasp.

“Baby?”

The endearment caught her off guard, and her eyes drifted to his again. She fought to catch her breath as his gaze enveloped her. If she waited any longer, his scent would once again devour her. Was he waiting for, a response? What was she supposed to say? Did he ask a question? She couldn’t remember. All she wanted now was a kiss. Just one mind blowing, gut wrenching, searing kiss.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Was Lady Godiva really naked?


Did Lady Godiva really ride naked through the streets of Coventry? 

I spotted a book on that and other salacious tidbits, and naturally had to have it.  

Lady Godiva was the wife of Leofric, earl of Mercer. She also was wealthy in her own right, and did a great deal for religious and charitable enterprises. This much we know is true. She pleaded the causes of the poor with her husband, and here we descend into legend. She argued against a new and onerous tax he passed on the townspeople and he lost his temper, saying he'd lift the tax she day she rode nude through the streets of Coventry.

She did, and he kept his word. She is still celebrated to this day in the town, with her statue at its center, and her logo used to the city council. This last sentence at lease we know is true.

The naked ride is the legend. The truth might well be different. There is no mention of Lady Godiva in any history book of the period. The first account is in manuscripts written by Roger of Wendover about 150 years later. Other later versions embellished the story. In the 17th century the Lady now has long golden hair, which covered her more private parts. 

Another version of this same time period tells of how the earl ordered everyone in town to stay indoors behind shuttered windows. One curious soul called Tom peeked through the shutters and was struck blind by the gods. He is remembered as Peeping Tom.

 
Don't you love stories like this?  And of course I hope you like this excerpt from my just published Fearless Pursuit. My hero and heroines sometime get nude pretty quickly.

Here's an excerpt from Fearless Pursuit

"He found her in the music room, staring out the window into the dark night.

He came up behind her and turned her slowly in his arms until she faced him. Tears were running down her cheeks, and when she saw who held her she sobbed and laid her dark head on his shoulder.

Astonished at her acceptance of his embrace, he handed her a handkerchief and held her while she gulped, mopped at her tears, and then relaxed again in his arms. The feel of her beautiful body so close to his almost broke his control. He kissed her hair softly and sweetly as she nestled closer. Unable to stop himself, he lifted her face and claimed her mouth. Their kiss blazed into instant heat and he groaned as he ran his tongue around her soft lips, demanding she let him in. Her hesitancy surprised him. It seemed more as if she didn’t know what he wanted rather than the reluctance he’d expected. Gently nipping her lower lip, she gasped and he thrust his tongue in to finally taste her sweetness.

Dear lord of all the elves, she tasted better than butter and vanilla icing. He’d noticed before she always wore a scent that smelled like daffodils, and he sucked on her tongue as he breathed in the evocative fragrance. She caught on quickly, running her tongue around his lips as soon as he released it, and then allowing him to deepen the kiss.

Holding her tightly with one arm, he freed the other to caress her face and then her shoulders, and finally he let his hands roam along the sides of her breasts and down to her narrow waist. Afraid to truly explore her breasts and nipples, he contented himself with tracing the shape of the perfect rounds and cupping them in his hands.

She made no attempt to stop him, and his cock raged almost out of control. Dear elves, he didn’t want to shoot his cum in his pants, but he was very near to doing just that. She was so damned delectable, so perfect for him, that he pushed her against the wall and ground his rigid cock against her soft body.

A mistake. Whether the size of his cock frightened her he didn’t know, but she suddenly pushed him away and slid from under his arms.

“Rurik, I’m sorry, I don’t know what came over me. I didn’t mean to lead you on like that.”

He finally gulped in enough air to answer.

“My love, and you are my love, don’t look so startled. I’m the one to apologize. I pushed you much too fast. I can’t feel truly sorry, though, it was simply too wonderful to have you in my arms.”

She’d sped to stand half-way across the room and was eyeing him warily.

“You can’t mean that, it’s too soon. We barely know each other. I never should have encouraged you on like that. I’ve never acted like a slut before.”

Rurik believed her. Her every response had been innocence itself. He found the fact she’d apologized to him the most endearing words he could envision.

“As I said, Reina, I rushed you. You are not a slut in any sense of the word. You are my love."
 
Now do tell me what you think about Lady Godiva.  Was she naughty or extremely nice?
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Interview of Author Lena Hart

Today I'd like to present an interview of romance author Lena Hart.

Latest Book: BECAUSE THIS IS FOREVER
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Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hknL3KKDLDU

BIO:
Lena Hart writes sensual romances with alpha heroes and smart, sexy heroines. Though she enjoys romance stories of all kinds, she writes interracial romances with a hint of mystery and danger. She is a member of RWA/NYC and the special interest chapter, CIMRWA (Cultural, Interracial, Multicultural RWA). When she is not writing, reading, or conferring with her muse, you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, or blogging about everything and nothing.

Q: Your novel is being made into a TV series/movie. Who’s in your dream cast?
A: For Because This Is Forever, I would love to see Nicole Beharie (Sleepy Hollow) play Mia and Henry Cavill (Man of Steel) play Nate in a movie. =)

Q: What is the most important thing you do for your career now, as compared to when you first started writing?
A: I write for my characters first, myself second, and other last. In the beginning I drove myself crazy trying to write based on what publishing houses were looking for or what submission guidelines required. I was manipulating my characters to fit a mold and the result was terrible. So now I try to drown out the outside noise and write according to how my characters dictate. In end, some will love your work, some will hate it so it’s not worth the headache—or heartache—to try an write for the masses.

Q: If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
A: The length. I think my character Jake is misunderstood, lol, and I think a large part of that is because it’s a novella length story. I’m working on a prequel now to remedy that. Not to change who he is per se, but to provide some backstory.

Q: Do you eat comfort food/listen to music when writing?
A: I find myself reaching for snacks when I get stuck somewhere in the story. Usually I’m reaching for chips or Dove chocolates. But when I’m on a roll, there’s times I forget to eat! And I can only edit to music. I need complete silence to write.

Q: Covers. Ever get one you wish you could change?
A: Actually, yes. It was my second novella, Because You Are Mine. The cover was fine but all wrong for my story. I pulled the images I thought best represented my story and luckily my publisher’s book cover artist was great at changing it and creating a cover that ultimately won Affaire de Coeur’s cover contest in 2013.

Q: Give one advice tip to an aspiring author.
A: Keep writing. Seriously. Write when you’re inspired. Write when you don’t feel like it. Just write. Some days it’s going to seem hard—almost impossible to do—but you have to keep at it because the end result is so rewarding.

Q: If you could give a younger version of yourself advice, what would it be?
A: Follow your dreams.

Q: What genre would you like to try writing that you haven’t yet tried?
A: Historical Romances. And I’m actually working on a historical anthology so I’ll soon check that off my list!

Q: Have you ever used an incident from your real life into one of your books?
A: LOL, yes! But usually I used them as anecdotes, like when my heroine in Because You Are Mine tells her date about the time the cops showed up when she had been trying to make a long-distance call (that happened to me my first year away at college!). Or when my heroine’s son, Mikey, from Because This Is Forever had a habit of running out of the house naked when he was two (that was something my baby sister did when she was that age.)

Q: How many stories are swirling around in your head? Do you keep a mental list, a computer file, or a spiral notebook filled with the ideas?
A: Too many! I do keep a file on my computer with the many stories I plan to write and the days when a scene or piece of dialogue springs forward, I write it all down.

Fun Stuff:
Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?
A: Thanksgiving. Because I get to eat and spend time with my family. =)

Q: What are two things people might be surprised to know about you?
A: I teach English Composition at a college and I used to be afraid of toasters when I was young.

Q: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A: A lawyer—but that’s only because my mother kept telling me that’s what I would be.

Q: Favorite food.
A: Chicken, rice, and beans.

Q: Favorite happy memory.
A: Having my first full-length novel become a bestseller on Amazon and All Romance eBooks.

Q: Favorite drink.
A: Alcohol drink? It would be any sweet wine, mainly Moscatos. Non-alcoholic would be Chai tea with milk.

Q: Hot summer days or chilly winter nights?
A: Can I go with cool autumn afternoons? No? Okay, hot summer days. I’m a Floridian through and through…

Q: What is the top thing on your bucket list?
A: A cross-country road trip from NY to California.

Q: If you could have a super power, what would it be?
A: Freeze time.

Tell us where to find you: website(s), publisher’s page(s), blog(s), Facebook page(s), etc. List them all!
Website: http://www.lenahartsite.com/
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Lena-Hart/e/B008K4KL6Q/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
Blog: http://scatblogging.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6154731.Lena_Hart
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lenahartwrites
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lenahartwrites

BLURB:
The decision that tore them apart...

Former hopeless romantic, Mia Trent, is crushed when the love of her life, Nate McArthur, reveals that he doesn’t want to get married—or have children. But it’s too late. Mia is already pregnant and her dream of “happily ever after” is sharply put to an end when she decides she’d rather keep her pregnancy a secret then to force Nate into a life he doesn’t want.

The compromise that made them a family...

Five years later, Mia must reach out to Nate for help or risk losing her home and shelter for their son. Stunned and outraged by the sudden news of his child, Nate proposes a compromise: give him the summer to get to know his son and he’ll save her home. Yet with Mia back in his life, Nate isn't willing to lose her—or their son—again. What starts off as a temporary arrangement soon becomes a chance at rediscovery. Only Nate must convince his jaded dreamer that his love for her is true… and will last now and forever.

EXCERPT:
Nate walked up behind her and pulled her into his arms. Her light, sweet scent tickled his nose. “I’m sorry I wasn’t nice to your friend,” he whispered into her ear. She hesitated for a just heartbeat then leaned back against him, her hands resting over his crossed arms. He placed a quick kiss on the side of her neck. It felt good to just hold her in his arms again.

But hold her wasn’t all he wanted to do. He placed his hand under her sweatshirt and began inching it up.

“Nate,” she started, grabbing his hand, “before we hit the reset button, I have something I need to tell you.”

Nate groaned and pulled away from her. “Why do I have a feeling it’s nothing good.”

Mia turned to face him, a small smile on her lips. “Actually, I think it’s wonderful.” But the look on her face, the nervous tugging on her sleeve told him otherwise.

Nate braced himself. “Okay, let’s hear it.”

She hesitated, looking up at him with an odd expression on her face. Then she let out a deep sigh and her words spilled out in a long-winded rush.

“Nate, you know I love you, and even though you’ve never repeated the words back, I wouldn’t take them back. I’m actually glad you haven’t because I wouldn’t want you to parrot the words back to me if you’re not ready to say them. But even though I love you and always will, I need to know if you want me enough, if you care for me enough, to want a family.”

The muscles in his chest tightened as agitation and annoyance overwhelmed him. “Not this again,” he muttered sharply. “Why do you have to back me into a corner, huh? I care about you. I want you. Why can’t that be enough for now?”

She shook her head, looking away, her eyes bright but guarded. “Because it can’t,” she whispered.

A long and painful silence stretched between them. He didn’t know about love. Hell, he wasn’t sure he could love anyone. He never said those words to anyone, not even his parents. But he did know that he wanted her, wanted her more than he had ever wanted anything.

Yet what he wanted and what she expected were too far apart for them to find a common ground. And he wasn’t going to make promises he wasn’t prepared to keep.

“So that’s it?” he snapped. “I either marry you, have some kids, or we’re over?”

She stood there with her arms wrapped tightly around her center, saying nothing. Nate cursed.

“If I walk out of here,” he bit out, “I won’t come back.” Yet the thought of being without her, never seeing her again was almost unbearable.

“I won’t expect you to,” she whispered.


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