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Loose Id Books: Where Are They Now?

One thing readers could always count on when they purchased a book from Loose Id was that they would get high-quality fiction. LI books were well edited and met a certain standard of storytelling. With the closure of Loose Id, my fellow authors and I wanted to let the readers know where they can now find some of those wonderful books. In most cases, these titles have been edited yet again before being re-released through other publishers or through indie publication, so you can be confident you’ll get a top-notch read. Without further ado, here is a catalog of former LI books and where to find them, organized by genre and then alphabetized by title.


CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

 

Best Vacation That Never Was by Lynn Lorenz,  available at Amazon │ Kobo │ B&N

When Troy Hastings’ plans for the vacation of his dreams literally goes up in smoke, he’s left homeless, alone, and wearing only a hospital gown. Jason Cooper, the firefighter who rescues him, can only think of what he’d like to do to Troy. Troy’s lost everything and Jason wants to help him get his life back. With each passing day, Jason wants that life to include him. But he only has seven days until Troy’s friends return from the trip to make Troy see that Jason is the man he’s been looking for all along.

Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; firefighter, gay, mild kink

 

Caly’s Game by Trinity,  available in E-book at Amazon │ B&N │ Kobo; and in Print at Amazon

Caly Arling is a headstrong, independent attorney who has always been the hunter when it came to getting men into bed. As a fat chick, she learned a long time ago to grab her world by the horns. She doesn’t do relationships; she takes what she wants and sends the man on his way.
When Caly meets sexy architect Evan Morrell, her world is thrown topsy-turvy. He doesn’t respond to her advances the way she’s used to men responding—yet he seems interested. Evan pulls her from her game of hunter/prey into his, which includes rope, blindfolds, and spanking benches. Can Caly break old habits in order to explore this powerfully sensual world with a man who inspires her most staggering emotions?

BDSM Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Erotica; m/f; alpha male, bondage, D/s,  strong woman, new to kink

 

The Dare Ménage Series 1: Double Dare  by Jeanne St. James, available at Books2Read │ AmazonB&NKoboiTunes

What could be better than waking up next to a hot guy? Waking up sandwiched between two of them. Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated? Logan Reed, a successful business owner, can’t believe that he’s attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she’s more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot too impaired to drive. He rescues her and takes her home. His home. The next morning Quinn’s conservative life turns on its ear when Logan introduces her to pleasures she never even considered before. And to make things more complicated, Logan already has a lover. Tyson White, ex-pro football player, is completely in love with Logan. He has mixed emotions when Logan brings home Quinn. But the dares keep coming… It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial Romance, LBGTQ; m/m/f; BDSM, Gay, Bisexual, polyamory, ménage, alpha male, sports

 

The Dare Ménage Series 2: Daring Proposal by Jeanne St. James, available at Books2Read │ AmazonB&NKoboiTunes

Never in her life has she been so bold to propose something so daring… Since losing her husband years ago in a tragic accident, Eve Sanders hasn’t dated. Her husband’s death proved life is short, so why waste time denying her unfulfilled desires. Eve desires two men, but not just any two. Both happen to be former Super Bowl champions and best friends. When both men participate in a Celebrity Date Night charity event, Eve’s determined to not only be the winning bidder for the retired NFL quarterback Lawrence “Long Arm” Landis, but also Cole Dixon, his former Boston Bulldog’s teammate. However, Ren not only has a problem with another man dating the same woman, but he definitely isn’t planning on sharing her in the same bed. Even if it’s with his best friend. Openly bi-sexual, Cole is sexually attracted to Ren and has secretly wanted him for years. He’s never acted upon it, assuming Ren wouldn’t want to be with another man. Eve’s daring proposal gives Cole hope his dream with Ren will come true. Being with two men is one of Eve’s fantasies, but never in her life has she been so bold. Not only is she nervous about proposing something so daring to the two men, but will both be willing? Note: This book in the series can be read as stand-alone. It includes an HEA ending. It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial Romance, LBGTQ; m/m/f; BDSM, Gay, Bisexual, polyamory, ménage,  alpha male, sports

 

Husbandry by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

After turning to Genetic Harmony Inc. for a husband, Fila Leonard doesn’t get just one man to meet her needs, but three! Chuck is the consummate handyman around the house, and he looks sexy in a tool belt and nothing else. Charles fills out a business suit to perfection and uses his alpha personality in the bedroom as well as the boardroom. As for Chad, he can seduce a woman in more than one language and turn even the worst cliché into a romantic fantasy. Fila should be deliriously happy. Instead, she’s having a hard time juggling everyone’s needs. Chuck is cooped up at home all day and anxious for children. Charles is a workaholic, and Chad is angry she hasn’t introduced the three of them to her parents. Oh, yeah, and Fila hasn’t told Mom and Dad about her genetically identical spouses yet.

Contemporary Romance, Polyamorous Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Erotic Romance; m/f/m/m; ménage à quatre, genetic engineering, SFR, polyamory

 

Ripping Off the Mask by Harper Jewel, available in E-Book at Amazon USAmazon UK B&NKoboSmashwords; and in Print at AmazonB&N

Can injured Sgt. Cooper Brandt, with the help of Dr. Westley James, rip off the mask he donned as self-imposed penance at the end of high school, or will fate determine a different path for both men? Thirteen years after high schooler Cooper Brandt suffered a life-altering tragedy, Newark Police Sergeant Cooper Brandt suffers yet another earthshaking misfortune while on duty. As a result, he lets the mask he donned because of his first grief-filled setback slip. When overwhelming guilt consumes him for a second time, an unexpected, and oftentimes unwanted, helping hand tries to force him into making a choice: face his demons and rip the mask off, or continue living a lie while his facade stays put. Upon his move to New Jersey, aqua therapist Dr. Westley James meets his toughest patient yet when a snarly police sergeant accuses him of duplicity at the start of their first session. When he discovers the reason for Cooper’s ornery attitude, an odd, empty feeling he’s lived with for as long as he can remember begins to fill in like missing pieces of a puzzle. As a fragile relationship between Cooper and Westley grows, an unhinged sociopath threatens to ruin everything. Will fate force the emotionally bruised sergeant to fasten his mask on even more tightly or will the couple’s blooming love and partnership be strong enough to help Cooper rip his mask off for good?

Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Doctor/Patient Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m;  sexual identity struggle, LGBT, policeman, doctor, bank robbers, sociopath, suspense, action, ghosts, HEA

 

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SCI-FI ROMANCE

 

Crossing Quinn by Gail Koger, available at AmazonB&NiTunes

Quinn Jones is a formidable Coletti warlord. His mission is to capture Xenia and bring her back to Tanith to be mated with a warrior the Overlord has chosen. Problem is, Quinn finds himself falling for the beautiful Farin. Her unusual “psychic powers, combat training and berserker abilities” make her the perfect mate for him. How does he convince Xenia and the Overlord that she’s meant to be his?Xenia and her parents are relic hunters who just discovered the fabled home world of the Nabateans. She isn’t about to leave the greatest find of the century to hook up with some Coletti. Not happening. Ever. No matter how many threats the Overlord makes or that he’s sending his best hunter to apprehend her. Okay, she’ll admit she’s drawn to the handsome warlord and she loves the way Quinn’s heavily muscled body fills out his black battle suit, but the egotistical jerk is about to get his ass handed to him.When the galaxy is threatened with annihilation, Xenia and Quinn join forces to stop the murderous Tai-Kok. Fate has brought them together and nothing will stand in the way of their victory or their love.

Science fiction, Sci-Fi Romance; M/F; space opera, aliens, galactic war, family, comedy, adventure

 

Game on Askole by Gail Koger, available at AmazonKoboB&NiTunes

Tihar travels to Earth to find and claim a Jones’ female. He knows they are fearless, psychic warriors and talented in bed sport. Ten minutes after meeting Sarah, Tihar knows the feisty, little human is the one he has been searching for. Now he must convince Sarah, she’s meant to be his.The first-time Sarah sees Tihar, she’s a bit freaked out. The Askole warrior has tentacles, snakelike features and black armored-plated skin. Even weirder she finds him strangely attractive. Tihar’s torso is sculpted perfection and his black scales are kind of sexy. Who knew challenging Tihar to combat would start the Askole mating dance. He thinks Earth girls are easy and he’s about to learn messing with a Jones female is never a good idea.As the two grow closer, their romance comes to a screeching halt when Askole rebels attack Tihar’s home world. He tells Sarah she is his heart’s destiny and he will love her to the end of time. He abruptly severs their mental bond and disappears. Reeling from shock, Sarah won’t let a galactic war stop her from hunting him down. Can the two of them find their way back into each other’s arms?

Science fiction, Sci-Fi Romance; M/F; space opera, aliens, cute alien babies, comedy, adventure

 

Just Desserts by Gail Koger, available at Amazon

Kaylee knew being a Coletti Warlord’s mate wasn’t going to be easy. Not only was Talree downright scary, he had a bossy streak a mile long and collected enemies like most men collected lovers. But while Kaylee’s life might not be perfect, Talree truly loved her.Flash forward nine months to a very pregnant, insanely hormonal and cranky as hell Kaylee. If the pregnancy wasn’t enough to drive her crazy, Talree’s enemies were tap dancing on her last nerve. The Shani Queen Mother, a psychotic alien with a bone to grind against Talree, decided she wanted the planet Tartum – a barren piece of crap loaded with Ditrum crystals, and part of the Coletti Empire. Her master plan? Kidnap Kaylee and hold her for ransom. If the Overlord refused to give the Queen Mother Tartum, she would feed Kaylee and her son to the Tai-Kok.She thinks Kaylee will beg for mercy. Boy, is the alien bitch in for a surprise. She’s about to meet a woman suffering from hormone overload and a serious lack of chocolate. The only one begging for mercy will be the Queen Mother.

Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Romance; M/F; space opera, babies, aliens, comedy, adventure

 

Reality Bites by Gail Koger, available at AmazonKoboB&NiTunes

Bree never thought her dimwit act, military grade mace, cattle prod, or dumping a ton of stinky manure on Jaylan’s head would encourage his pursuit. Who knew a Coletti warlord would think of being zapped with a cattle prod as foreplay? Or a determined opponent only heightened his enjoyment of the chase?The chase comes to an abrupt halt when the Tai-Kok attack Tucson, forcing Bree to team up with the Coletti warlord to stop them. Suddenly plucked from Earth by a crazed Tai-Kok commander, Jaylan and Bree find themselves stranded on a hostile alien world and being tracked by a deadly Askole assassin. It’s really not the time for the two of them to fall in love.

Science Fiction, Sci-Fi Romance; M/F; space opera, alien critters, comedy, adventure

 

Sons of Tallav 1: Shane: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste, available at Books2Read │ AmazonKoboB&NiTunes

Can’t a guy get a break? Shane Tiernan, the Beast of Tallavan aristocratic society, needs relief from the matriarchal rules that are destroying his life. His hope lies in a female companion, newly graduated from a top school of pleasure. From her resume, she seems perfect.Profile and real life collide when he arrives to collect her. He’s stunned when he spots her vaulting over a bar and snatching up an ice chipper to defend herself against the giant who is chasing her. Her combination of warrior spirit and long-limbed curves fires his imagination and the desire to bind her in his rope and have her under his complete control. Adrianna Pacquin may cede control in the bedroom, but don’t cross her outside it. She’s escaped the crime lord who plans to marry her once before. When it becomes clear he’s still after her, she doesn’t intend to get caught. A fortuitous decision to accept the contract of Tallavan Marshal Shane Tiernan promises safety until an attempt to murder him sets the pair on an investigation that will require complete trust in one another. With danger stalking their every step, the secrets they both hide could implode their blooming relationship and leave them exposed to their relentless foe.

Adventure Romance, BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance, Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi Romance; m/f ; action, alpha male, bondage, D/s,  interplanetary, SFR, human trafficking.

 

Sons of Tallav 2: Maon: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste, available at Books2Read │ AmazonKoboB&NiTunes

Maon Keefe has always been told he’s doomed to fail as a husband. Despite his dream of having his own family, he decides never to marry. Instead he lives life as a player and focuses on becoming a capable marshal of Tallav. Then he is shot, and the most-wanted criminal he’s escorting escapes his custody. Now he fears his career, his one success in life, is doomed. Assigned to ferret out the cause of missing shipments for a VIP aristocrat, he meets Selina Shirley. He finds himself inexplicably attracted to her despite her frumpy appearance. When he meets a hooded, masked, scorching-hot woman at his friend’s club, he’s torn between the two women. Both ignite his imagination. Either might be the woman to change him into successful husband material. Selina Shirley organizes her life like she organizes her business, taking control of all aspects of each. She’s concluded that she must marry to get an heir and that her future husband must be totally under her control. Hidden behind a hood and mask, as Lasair, she meets Maon and her instant attraction to him leads her to break her own rules and become involved with him. But he’s also the marshal assigned to investigate thefts at her company. When his broad streak of protective alpha male comes into play, it obvious he’ll never accept a wife ruling over him. To stick to her plan to marry the perfect husband, she must ignore her heart and dump Maon. Buy Now to read this fiery hot tale of two hearts struggling to balance their needs and desires.

Adventure Romance, BDSM Romance, Erotic Romance, Futuristic Romance, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi Romance; m/f; action, alpha male, male submissive, Domme, D/s, interplanetary, SFR, fashion, drug trafficking

 

Switching Positions by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UK Amazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

As a member of the dominant sex on Pandora II, Dalera is expected to marry a nice local boy and settle down. Instead, she finds herself falling for Radek Tyler, an off-world man who knows how to take charge. An interplanetary diplomat, Radek tries to adapt to Pandoran culture, but he’s far from submissive. He takes over in the bedroom and brings Dalera’s erotic fantasies to life, and he forces her to confront her preconceptions about how men and women should act. Can they have a future together? Or are they just from two different worlds?

Sci-Fi Romance, Futuristic Romance; m/f; FR, gender roles, interplanetary, businesswoman

 

Vexing Voss by Gail Koger, available at AmazonKoboB&NiTunes

For Voss, a Coletti Warlord, conquering the universe is a piece of cake. After all, he’s a master of psychic seduction; no one can resist him when he sets his mind to it.Zoey Jones is determined to find her mother’s killer. Surrendering to a fierce Coletti warrior is the last thing on her mind. When Voss is determined to make Zoey his mate, she unleashes her own brand of whoop-ass to discourage his pursuit. When her clever disguises, skunk perfume, stun gun, and smoke bombs fail to stop the ruthless warlord, she’s forced to negotiate her surrender: she would mate with him if he would help her find her mother’s killer.To Zoey’s surprise, Voss agrees, and the hunt is on. Their quest to bring the villain to justice leads to unlikely alliances in an interplanetary war, and more surprisingly, to love.

Science Fiction Romance, Adventure; M/F; Space Opera, comedy adventure

 

Wulf and the Bounty Hunter by Gail Koger, available at AmazonKoboB&NiTunes

Wulf knows Yakira is his soul mate. The only person he needs to convince is her, but with intergalactic terrorists on Yakira’s trail, there’s little time for romance. What’s a hot-blooded Coletti warlord to do?Yakira feels safe and cherished with Wulf, but he is a Coletti; the ultimate predator with a taste for blood, a passion for battle and the need to control everything in his life. The big question is; how does she make Wulf understand she’s a powerful psychic with kick-ass bionic limbs and quite capable of taking care of herself?

Science Fiction Romance; M/F; space opera, aliens, cute alien critters, comedy, adventure

 

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FANTASY ROMANCE

 

Dark Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

In Amaranth, the Wayfarers’ Guild attracts all kinds of custom. When Lucan the mage walks into the stable yard with a lame horse in the rain, slave boy Tam runs to serve him — and soon Tam wants to do nothing else. Ever.Lucan is demanding, ruthless, devastating, in bed and out: everything Tam ever yearned for in a master. He’s also master of the darkest arts, and not blind to Tam’s feelings, but heedless of them. Why would a free man care how a slave feels?When Tam’s mistress asks for the mage’s help because the guild is under attack, Master Lucan finds other uses for Tam: as a guide to the city, as payment to a demon in hell. But when he doesn’t come back to the guildhouse one night, Tam knows the great man is in trouble – and only an insignificant slave boy can save him…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Gambling Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Jay should be a very happy slave boy. His new master is young, hot, affectionate, and no stricter than he needs to be. Also rich now, thanks to one night’s hectic gambling. But the man who lost all that money – and his slave boy too – wants his revenge. He wants everything back, including Jay, and he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve his goal.It’s dangerous to challenge so much wealth and influence, let alone to defeat them – and that’s only the start of the trouble for Jay and his master Jensen. Jay has a secret, that he’s kept hidden from all the men who’ve owned him. Now that’s going to lead him and his master too down strange roads in stranger company, and into deadly danger, eventually into Hell itself…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Healing Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Coryn is the rarest of mages, a young man with the gift of healing. A chance encounter with a sick slave on the road leads to love unimagined, a match for his gentle heart, and the two to a town riven with plague. It’s too much for one inexperienced healer—but still, Coryn will break himself with trying and his new boy’s heart in the process. What will it take to heal a healer’s heart?

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Heart’s Hunt by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Once Martel was a thieftaker, an honourable young man working an honourable profession with his father, keeping the city safe. Then came revolution and chaos. Now he’s alone and living as a bounty hunter, as low as he can fall. Rumour says the last of the overthrown royal family is hiding in the forest that borders Amaranth. Prince Joslyn would be a better prize than runaway slaves and murderers; the price on that boy’s head would make Martel for life, and give him a chance to rebuild his reputation. When he rides into the charcoal-burner’s clearing, he doesn’t find a depraved young aristocrat hiding out with his loyal servant. Rather, he finds a displaced old man doing the best he can with only a slave to help. A willing, beautiful, poorly trained slave. From their first encounter, Martel can’t keep his hands off the boy – and sees no reason to, when the master doesn’t care and the inexperienced boy is sullen and frightened and eager all at once. This is the last thing he was looking for – but can one hot night change the course of a life, of two lives…?

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Hidden Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Tiffin is a slave boy, branded and chained, trained to serve and eager to please. That’s all he knows; his past life is a mystery, wiped from his mind. Sold to a grim fortress and facing a bleak future, he seeks comfort where he can find it, in the arms and at the feet of Sergeant Zander. He’s happy to give over control of his body to that dominant, delightful man — but someone else keeps stealing into his mind, taking over. Tiffin doesn’t know how or who. All he knows is how much trouble he’s in, and how much worse it’s going to get…unless Zander can help him discover what’s going on, before he literally loses his mind.

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Runaway Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

On a drunken bet, Marc broke into Baron Thiviers’ mansion to steal something precious. Discovered and almost caught, he’s being hunted by the baron and his hounds when Finn, the runaway slave boy, saves his life. Marc claims possession of Finn, to redeem that foolish bet–what’s more precious than a beautiful boy? But his so-called friends reject him, and the baron comes after him relentlessly, so he takes the boy and flees again.Yet it’s Finn the baron can track, by means of renegade magic, and in the end, Finn has no choice. He runs from the new young master he’s come to love and confronts the chasing baron, sacrificing himself to save Marc’s life. Except that Marc too is in love, and so comes after his errant boy, throwing his own life into danger yet again.

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Silken Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Ander wakes in a strange bed, in absolute darkness. He has a wound in his shoulder, a slave boy at his side, and no memory at all of how he came here. His ship has sailed, stranding him in the great imperial city of Amaranth. During a slow recovery, he learns that he was hurt saving the life of the Emperor’s ward, Leona–but his own life is now under threat. And so is his heart, as the hot sweet slave boy Brat wriggles his way ever deeper under his skin. But Ander has no job, no home, no clear future–and passion alone can never be enough. Leona has ideas, though; and in the end the Emperor himself will take a hand…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Wanderer’s Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Norton is a wanderer, rejected by family and community, headed for the great city of Amaranth because he can think of nowhere else to go. He encounters a pretty slave boy struggling with a log too heavy to lift, and stops to help him. This earns him a welcome from the boy Kim’s nomad clan and an invitation to a funeral feast, for the log is destined for the pyre of Kim’s late master. Kim is given to Norton in an act of casual generosity, and a night of passion bonds the two more strongly than a collar and chains–but Norton’s eyes are still on the far horizons, and leaving the clan will break his slave boy’s heart. There seems to be no answer that can leave them both happy. And then raiders from another clan steal Kim away…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Three Brothers Fair 1: Prince of Seas by Emily Carrington, available at Changeling PressAmazon │ B&NKobo

Prince Felimid wants nothing more than to have a kelpie in his family so that his own race will have some stronger blood to mix in and have a hope of keeping water demons from dying out altogether. What he gets is a shy, sneaky, and virginal kelpie whose seed has yet to be proven. Initially furious that he’s been tricked, Felimid can’t deny the courageous and lusty husband he’s accidentally won.

New Adult, LGBTQ, Fantasy Romance; m/m; shapeshifters

 

Three Brothers Fair 2: Prince of Land and Fire by Emily Carrington, available at Changeling PressAmazon │ B&NKobo

Against his will, Lord Tian has fallen for a magical land creature — a gnome. A prophecy says he must wed a land creature and become a destroyer and spy. But he can’t resist Alastair, or the BDSM games they play. Alastair is trying to spy on Tian’s mother and preserve the balance of the natural world. Needing Tian in his bed and in his heart does nothing but disrupt his plans. But prophecies are often both right, and misunderstood. When Tian and Alastair play at BDSM and love they set in motion the destruction of the status quo.

LGBTQ Romantic Fantasy; m/m; BDSM, fantasy, shapeshifters

 

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PARANORMAL ROMANCE

 

Common Powers 1: Soul Bonds by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

It’s not how big the power, it’s how you use it. Mitchell’s tired of one night stands and casual encounters. Sammi is a runaway sex slave who’ll do anything to stay free. When they meet in a bar, Mitchell can’t believe his luck. Sammi is sex on two legs and seems to know just what Mitchell wants from a lover. But Sammi’s owner Donovan isn’t going to let him go so easily. He’s prepared to destroy anyone who stands in his way to get back his prized slave. Is the bond between Mitchell and Sammi strong enough to stand up against the damage Donovan inflicts on their lives, or will it shatter?

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; sex slave, cowboy, private detective, powers, pushy sub, alphas, Texas

 

Common Powers 2: Rush in the Dark by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

Rush is so deep in the closet he can’t find the door, but meeting Brian might give him the courage to step out of it. When Brian and Rush meet in a dark alley, sparks fly. The attraction is fast and hard, but Rush is a rancher with a reputation to uphold and Brian is out and open. Both men have secrets, including the small powers they each have, and a relationship means they might have to share. It would require Rush coming out of his closet and putting his ranch and his friendships with the people around him at risk. For Brian, it means putting his heart on the line for a man who’s afraid of being himself. He’s been down that road before and Brian won’t go back in the closet, not even for Rush. Each time they’re together, Rush and Brian set the air around them on fire. As they move closer, both are still holding back, still unsure of each other. One of them will have to take the first step or this thing between them will flounder. For Rush, it’ll take a huge step and a lot of trust to risk his entire life in the small Texas town of Spring Lake. And once he’s out, there’s no going back. For Brian, his heart isn’t the only thing at risk. If he keeps seeing Rush, he knows he might just lose his life.

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; Texas

 

Common Powers 3: Edward, Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

Edward is on a mission to save his grandmother by using his power. Jack is on a mission to never come out of the closet. It’ll take a dog named Winston to bring them together. When Jack meets Edward at a traffic stop, his world is rocked—and not for the better. Edward is the gayest man he’s ever seen and Spring Lake is a small town just getting comfortable with its own new gay couple, Brian Russell and Rush Weston. Unlike Edward, Rush and Brian are big, strapping, manly men. But manly isn’t what turns Jack on. It’s Edward—everything about the younger man drives Jack wild with desire and the need to control Edward’s wild, impetuous spirit. For Edward, his attraction to ‘bad boys’ has been his romantic downfall. His heart’s been broken so many times he’s lost count. When he meets Jack, Edward falls for the all-American by-the-book lawman, but finds his attempts rebuffed and his pride severely wounded. Jack’s straight, or at least says he is, but Edward knows that look in Jack’s eyes—he’s seen it before in other men. How can a man so right be so wrong? Edward tempts Jack beyond anyone he’s ever met and his desire for Edward builds each time he encounters the younger man, until he can no longer deny it or himself. But Edward doesn’t want sex on the side, he wants forever. He wants the fairy tale. Can Jack give Edward what he wants or will Jack’s fear of being ridiculed for his choice of a partner keep them from their happily ever after?

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; Texas, lawman

 

Common Powers 4: Pushing Phillip by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

Jobless, homeless and alone at Christmas—can his new friends keep him from running? When the guys decide to spend Christmas together at the ranch, it’s going to be a time for catching up with each couple. Rush and Brian are hosting, Edward and Jack will be there and Mitchell and Sammi are coming in from Houston. When Brian and Rush take Phillip, a newly outed gay man, under their wings, they discover he’s got a power. But this power is one that makes all of them uncomfortable, along with the young man himself as issues of trust arise. Phillip finds himself jobless, homeless and alone for the holiday, and he’s run out of options. Just when he’s ready to move on, he finds new friends who are ready to give him a second chance at his dreams. Along with a second chance at love.

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; Texas, cowboy

 

Edge of Heaven by PG Forte, available at AmazonB&NKobo

Welcome to the afterlife, where men are men and the angels are fallen. It was a reckless act of passion that ended Edge’s life and left him in Limbo — literally. Now, he’s stuck here. While most of the other angels-in-training move quickly up the celestial ladder, Edge knows it can never be that simple for him. He’s dealing with issues that are a lot more complicated than a simple lack of closure. While Edge doesn’t know for sure what it will take to get him into Heaven, there is one thing he’s certain won’t help — his latest assignment guiding angel-baby Matteo Matinucci while the newbie find his wings. But twenty-something Mattie — sexy, beautiful, recently departed, and openly gay — could turn out to be the answer to all of Edge’s prayers, as well as the fulfillment of all his fantasies, even the hot, sweaty, secret ones he’s never confided to anyone. And by helping to send Mattie to Heaven, Edge just might end up saving both their souls.

Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance, Angel Romance; Angels/Demons, LGBT, Afterlife, Heaven, PNR

 

Tribal Shift by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Kalya has loved Rasik since they were children, and that love has followed them into adulthood. The only problem is he’s a caracal shifter, while she’s an omnimorph—a shifter capable of morphing into any animal on the planet of A’ata. Coveted and resented for centuries, her people stick to themselves and keep their abilities a secret. But when Kalya’s young cousin and Rasik’s brother run away together, she and Rasik are thrown together as they chase after them. Across the wilds of A’ata, they confront hostile shifter tribes, perilous terrain, and a passion that could reveal all their secrets. Can shifters from two different tribes become mates? Or will nature and their families keep them apart?

Shifter Romance, Paranormal Romance, Sci-Fi Romance; m/f; shifters, feline shifters, other shifters, SFR

 

Unmasked by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Kira has a unique psychic ability. She can control sexual desire. After being hurt by men in the past, she has decided to use her talent to interrogate them for information. She works freelance and does well in this lucrative business until she finally meets her match. Dixon Hazard is a political activist in possession of files that could damage several high-ranking officials. She works to uncover the location of those files, but she’s shocked to discover she’s not in control of the lust between them. Dixon sees beneath the mask Kira wears and uses the attraction between them to gain the upper hand. Is he just using her, or will he fulfill the dreams of romance she thought she’d abandoned?

Psychic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Erotic Romance; m/f; PNR, interrogation, light bondage

 

Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory south of his. Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing what vampire bodies can do.

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance; m/f; vampires, PNR, erotic romance, action, campy horror

 

Vampire Territory 2: Just My Type by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

There’s trouble in vampire territory, and Melody is right in the middle of it. A new arrival from Eastern Europe named Taspar Tong is out to take over her masters’ domains using the army he has at his command. Mel is a personal assistant, not a soldier, and big male vampires scare her. That includes Eryx, the dark-haired warrior who is always watching her and baiting her with his remarks. If only he didn’t look so sexy. Mel figures Wess Gage—their human captive—is a far safer love interest, although Wess is part of the Human Rebellion bent on exterminating all vampires. Can he really see past his prejudice, or will he turn on her? There are two dangerous men in Mel’s life. She just has to decide which of them is her type—the one who makes her feel human again, or the vampire who makes her blood boil?

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance; m/fvampires, PNR, erotic romance, action

 

Vampire Territory 3: After Hours by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AU B&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Built like an Amazon, Jaide has made a living as a soldier since she was turned into a vampire over a century ago. Now she has earned her place as a guard in the house of two master vampires, Alex Gage and Lucas Thane. Jaide is confident in herself as a fighter. She’s less sure of herself when it comes to a certain muscular, blue-eyed guard. Brasen sees the woman behind the warrior and is determined to make Jaide his own. He bombards her with flowers and candlelight and romance with the same single-minded devotion he uses in battle. Unfortunately, when Taspar Tong—a nasty born vampire with an army at his disposal—wages war against their territory, Brasen doesn’t have much time for courtship. He has to prove to Jaide that they’re as good together out in the field as they are in bed, but that’s not easy with a woman who can arouse him with just the scent of her hair. Lives are on the line, and they’ll have to save the loving for after hours.

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance; m/f; vampires, PNR, erotic romance, action, female warrior

 

Vampire Territory 4: Sucker Punch by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Wess Gage started the CRU, or Cooperative Response Unit, as a way to bring humans and vampires together to hunt evil bloodsuckers like Taspar Tong. He has the backing of his sister and brother-in-law—both master vampires—and he grows to like the vampires who serve them. That includes Natalia, a vampiress with a head for science who agrees to help the CRU develop new weaponry. What Wess doesn’t know is that Natalia is on the hunt for a traitor. Someone is leaking information to both Taspar Tong and the Human Rebellion—a group determined to exterminate all vampires. Wess and his friends are former Rebels, and his father is one of their greatest enemies. Could one of them be the culprit she’s after? As attraction flares and turns into something more serious, Natalia risks her heart and draws Wess deeper into the vampire world. They’ll need each other in order to survive, especially when violence rocks their world and the traitor is finally revealed.

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance; m/f ; vampires, PNR, erotic romance, action, scientist

 

Vampire Territory 5: Another Round by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Betrayed by their lover, Maribeth and Zander struggle to find balance in a relationship that’s just the two of them. As the only human in the household, Maribeth tries to take a more active role in helping the vampires, while Zander is focused on revenge. It isn’t until warm, easygoing Graham catches their attention that their passion is rekindled, and they come together to seduce the big vampire. Unfortunately, their traitorous ex isn’t done with them. Drew has joined their greatest enemy—an Eastern bloodsucker who is determined to take over power and enslave the area’s humans. He uses his knowledge of both the Human Rebellion and the master vampires’ household to play games and pit everyone against one another. After Drew orchestrates the assassination of one of their own, Zander isn’t the only one gunning for him. Can revenge heal betrayal? Or will an unlikely romance give Zander, Maribeth, and Graham the strength they need to take on an adversary who knows their secrets?

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance, Polyamorous Romance; m/f/m/ vampires, PNR, erotic romance, action, ménage à trois, LBGTQ, bisexual

 

Vampire Territory 6: Last Call by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Victor Rafe is built for war, not love. He has sworn to fight for Alex and Lucas—the master vampires he serves—but this battle is personal. Taspar Tong murdered his human family long ago, and now the Eastern vampire is plotting to take over Lucas’s territory. All Victor can think about is revenge…until a certain vampiress distracts him. Cierra refuses to play the fool for any man, even for the sexy warrior who makes her long for his kiss. She wants Taspar dead as much as anyone, but she won’t sit back and watch vengeance destroy Victor. The stubborn vampire is willing to fight for everything else. Why won’t he fight for her? Get caught up in the exciting finale to Allie Ritch’s paranormal romance series and find out who is left standing when the battle ends.

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance; m/f; vampires, PNR, erotic romance, action, vengeance

 

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HISTORICAL ROMANCE

 

Art & Discipline 1: The Westerman Affair by Regina Kammer, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NGoogle PlayiTunesKobo USKobo UKKobo CAKobo AU

An acclaimed painter. His provocative muse. Her obliging husband.
Charles Westerman, Victorian England’s most sought-after landscape painter, is finished with love affairs. Yet after a taste of forbidden passion at a private art exhibition, he knows he’s met his muse in Rosamund. Problem is she’s married. For the sake of his career, Charles simply cannot afford to be distracted by another disastrous entanglement, especially one with a married woman. Art curator Rosamund, Lady Threxton, needs a man to satisfy her predilection for spanking. Her husband, Jeremy, does not relish the role of chastiser and, besides, has his own mistress to please. Jeremy, however, is quite amenable to Rosamund seeking out another. Hired men from her favorite erotic club provide her with only a modicum of relief. The furtive fling with Charles, though, leaves Rosamund certain she’s found her perfect match. Rosamund and Jeremy’s marriage is curiously modern for stodgy Victorian society. Together, the couple try to entice Charles into an unusual arrangement. Will Charles risk the threat to his reputation to explore passions and proclivities he never knew existed—and discover desires he never knew he had? The Westerman Affair A tale of spanking and polyamory in the Victorian art world.

Historical Erotic Romance, Erotic Romance, Spanking Romance, BDSM Romance, Seasoned Romance [i.e., main characters are over 40 years old); m/f/m (but not ménage; instead is polyamory); Victorian historical romance, spanking, polyamory, voyeurism, multiple partners, older/mature characters, artist, aristocracy

 

In The Company of Men Boxed Set: The Mercenary’s Tale, Jackson’s Pride, Baymore’s Heir, Silent Lodge, and His Dukes’ Gift by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

In this interweaving gay medieval series, follow the lives and loves of men who have a deadly secret – they love another man. Starting with The Mercenary’s Tale and ending with His Duke’s Gift, these men live and fight for their lovers in a world where being caught together can mean death.

Historical Romance, Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m, mmm; gay, medieval, swashbuckler

 

Marital Duty by Ingrid Hahn, available at Amazon USAmazon UK

Marital duty has never been so satisfying… Each morning while pretending to be asleep, Evaline St. John, Lady Kingston, submits to her husband’s attentions. She can never dare admit she yearns for more…until her friend Selina, Lady Beaumont, initiates a conversation about what she does with her own husband in the bedroom. But Selina is bored with her intimate life and suggests that she and Evaline seduce their husbands. She will begin while Evaline will hide in the bedroom to watch. Evaline and Selina do more than make a pact, however. They give in to unspeakable desires and soon they are exploring each other’s bodies as they always dreamed. When Evaline is forced to confess her misdeeds to her husband, Lord Kingston, he is shocked, but also aroused. The admission changes everything he believed about his wife–for the better. Now, whatever Evaline demands, he happily delivers. Evaline and Selina realize they are falling in love–with each other–yet they still love their husbands. What are the two women to do? When Selina’s husband catches all of them together in bed, he flies into a jealous rage and forbids them from ever seeing each other again. Now, it’s up to Lord Kingston to issue the ultimatum to Beaumont: come to their bed or lose them forever. Kingston must show his former friend that he has nothing to fear…and everything to gain.

Historical Romance, Erotic Romance, Polyamorous Romance; m/f/f/m; polyamory, bisexual, voyeurism, group sex

 

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LGBTQ

 

Best Vacation That Never Was by Lynn Lorenz,  available at Amazon │ Kobo │ B&N

When Troy Hastings’ plans for the vacation of his dreams literally goes up in smoke, he’s left homeless, alone, and wearing only a hospital gown. Jason Cooper, the firefighter who rescues him, can only think of what he’d like to do to Troy. Troy’s lost everything and Jason wants to help him get his life back. With each passing day, Jason wants that life to include him. But he only has seven days until Troy’s friends return from the trip to make Troy see that Jason is the man he’s been looking for all along.

Adventure Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; firefighter, gay, mild kink

 

Common Powers 1: Soul Bonds by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

It’s not how big the power, it’s how you use it. Mitchell’s tired of one night stands and casual encounters. Sammi is a runaway sex slave who’ll do anything to stay free. When they meet in a bar, Mitchell can’t believe his luck. Sammi is sex on two legs and seems to know just what Mitchell wants from a lover. But Sammi’s owner Donovan isn’t going to let him go so easily. He’s prepared to destroy anyone who stands in his way to get back his prized slave. Is the bond between Mitchell and Sammi strong enough to stand up against the damage Donovan inflicts on their lives, or will it shatter?

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; sex slave, cowboy, private detective, powers, pushy sub, alphas, Texas

 

Common Powers 2: Rush in the Dark by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

Rush is so deep in the closet he can’t find the door, but meeting Brian might give him the courage to step out of it. When Brian and Rush meet in a dark alley, sparks fly. The attraction is fast and hard, but Rush is a rancher with a reputation to uphold and Brian is out and open. Both men have secrets, including the small powers they each have, and a relationship means they might have to share. It would require Rush coming out of his closet and putting his ranch and his friendships with the people around him at risk. For Brian, it means putting his heart on the line for a man who’s afraid of being himself. He’s been down that road before and Brian won’t go back in the closet, not even for Rush. Each time they’re together, Rush and Brian set the air around them on fire. As they move closer, both are still holding back, still unsure of each other. One of them will have to take the first step or this thing between them will flounder. For Rush, it’ll take a huge step and a lot of trust to risk his entire life in the small Texas town of Spring Lake. And once he’s out, there’s no going back. For Brian, his heart isn’t the only thing at risk. If he keeps seeing Rush, he knows he might just lose his life.

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; Texas

 

Common Powers 3: Edward, Unconditionally by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

Edward is on a mission to save his grandmother by using his power. Jack is on a mission to never come out of the closet. It’ll take a dog named Winston to bring them together. When Jack meets Edward at a traffic stop, his world is rocked—and not for the better. Edward is the gayest man he’s ever seen and Spring Lake is a small town just getting comfortable with its own new gay couple, Brian Russell and Rush Weston. Unlike Edward, Rush and Brian are big, strapping, manly men. But manly isn’t what turns Jack on. It’s Edward—everything about the younger man drives Jack wild with desire and the need to control Edward’s wild, impetuous spirit. For Edward, his attraction to ‘bad boys’ has been his romantic downfall. His heart’s been broken so many times he’s lost count. When he meets Jack, Edward falls for the all-American by-the-book lawman, but finds his attempts rebuffed and his pride severely wounded. Jack’s straight, or at least says he is, but Edward knows that look in Jack’s eyes—he’s seen it before in other men. How can a man so right be so wrong? Edward tempts Jack beyond anyone he’s ever met and his desire for Edward builds each time he encounters the younger man, until he can no longer deny it or himself. But Edward doesn’t want sex on the side, he wants forever. He wants the fairy tale. Can Jack give Edward what he wants or will Jack’s fear of being ridiculed for his choice of a partner keep them from their happily ever after?

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; Texas, lawman

 

Common Powers 4: Pushing Phillip by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes │ B&N

Jobless, homeless and alone at Christmas—can his new friends keep him from running? When the guys decide to spend Christmas together at the ranch, it’s going to be a time for catching up with each couple. Rush and Brian are hosting, Edward and Jack will be there and Mitchell and Sammi are coming in from Houston. When Brian and Rush take Phillip, a newly outed gay man, under their wings, they discover he’s got a power. But this power is one that makes all of them uncomfortable, along with the young man himself as issues of trust arise. Phillip finds himself jobless, homeless and alone for the holiday, and he’s run out of options. Just when he’s ready to move on, he finds new friends who are ready to give him a second chance at his dreams. Along with a second chance at love.

Paranormal Romance, Western Romance, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m; Texas, cowboy

 

 

The Dare Ménage Series 1: Double Dare  by Jeanne St. James, available at Books2Read │ AmazonB&NKoboiTunes

What could be better than waking up next to a hot guy? Waking up sandwiched between two of them. Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated? Logan Reed, a successful business owner, can’t believe that he’s attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she’s more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot too impaired to drive. He rescues her and takes her home. His home. The next morning Quinn’s conservative life turns on its ear when Logan introduces her to pleasures she never even considered before. And to make things more complicated, Logan already has a lover. Tyson White, ex-pro football player, is completely in love with Logan. He has mixed emotions when Logan brings home Quinn. But the dares keep coming… It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial Romance, LBGTQ; m/m/f; BDSM, Gay, Bisexual, polyamory, ménage, alpha male, sports

 

The Dare Ménage Series 2: Daring Proposal by Jeanne St. James, available at Books2Read │ AmazonB&NKoboiTunes

Never in her life has she been so bold to propose something so daring… Since losing her husband years ago in a tragic accident, Eve Sanders hasn’t dated. Her husband’s death proved life is short, so why waste time denying her unfulfilled desires. Eve desires two men, but not just any two. Both happen to be former Super Bowl champions and best friends. When both men participate in a Celebrity Date Night charity event, Eve’s determined to not only be the winning bidder for the retired NFL quarterback Lawrence “Long Arm” Landis, but also Cole Dixon, his former Boston Bulldog’s teammate. However, Ren not only has a problem with another man dating the same woman, but he definitely isn’t planning on sharing her in the same bed. Even if it’s with his best friend. Openly bi-sexual, Cole is sexually attracted to Ren and has secretly wanted him for years. He’s never acted upon it, assuming Ren wouldn’t want to be with another man. Eve’s daring proposal gives Cole hope his dream with Ren will come true. Being with two men is one of Eve’s fantasies, but never in her life has she been so bold. Not only is she nervous about proposing something so daring to the two men, but will both be willing? Note: This book in the series can be read as stand-alone. It includes an HEA ending. It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial Romance, LBGTQ; m/m/f; BDSM, Gay, Bisexual, polyamory, ménage,  alpha male, sports

 

Dark Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

In Amaranth, the Wayfarers’ Guild attracts all kinds of custom. When Lucan the mage walks into the stable yard with a lame horse in the rain, slave boy Tam runs to serve him — and soon Tam wants to do nothing else. Ever.Lucan is demanding, ruthless, devastating, in bed and out: everything Tam ever yearned for in a master. He’s also master of the darkest arts, and not blind to Tam’s feelings, but heedless of them. Why would a free man care how a slave feels?When Tam’s mistress asks for the mage’s help because the guild is under attack, Master Lucan finds other uses for Tam: as a guide to the city, as payment to a demon in hell. But when he doesn’t come back to the guildhouse one night, Tam knows the great man is in trouble – and only an insignificant slave boy can save him…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Edge of Heaven by PG Forte, available at AmazonB&NKobo

Welcome to the afterlife, where men are men and the angels are fallen. It was a reckless act of passion that ended Edge’s life and left him in Limbo — literally. Now, he’s stuck here. While most of the other angels-in-training move quickly up the celestial ladder, Edge knows it can never be that simple for him. He’s dealing with issues that are a lot more complicated than a simple lack of closure. While Edge doesn’t know for sure what it will take to get him into Heaven, there is one thing he’s certain won’t help — his latest assignment guiding angel-baby Matteo Matinucci while the newbie find his wings. But twenty-something Mattie — sexy, beautiful, recently departed, and openly gay — could turn out to be the answer to all of Edge’s prayers, as well as the fulfillment of all his fantasies, even the hot, sweaty, secret ones he’s never confided to anyone. And by helping to send Mattie to Heaven, Edge just might end up saving both their souls.

Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance, Angel Romance; Angels/Demons, LGBT, Afterlife, Heaven, PNR

 

Gambling Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Jay should be a very happy slave boy. His new master is young, hot, affectionate, and no stricter than he needs to be. Also rich now, thanks to one night’s hectic gambling. But the man who lost all that money – and his slave boy too – wants his revenge. He wants everything back, including Jay, and he’ll do whatever it takes to achieve his goal. It’s dangerous to challenge so much wealth and influence, let alone to defeat them – and that’s only the start of the trouble for Jay and his master Jensen. Jay has a secret, that he’s kept hidden from all the men who’ve owned him. Now that’s going to lead him and his master too down strange roads in stranger company, and into deadly danger, eventually into Hell itself…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Healing Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Coryn is the rarest of mages, a young man with the gift of healing. A chance encounter with a sick slave on the road leads to love unimagined, a match for his gentle heart, and the two to a town riven with plague. It’s too much for one inexperienced healer—but still, Coryn will break himself with trying and his new boy’s heart in the process. What will it take to heal a healer’s heart?

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Heart’s Hunt by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Once Martel was a thieftaker, an honourable young man working an honourable profession with his father, keeping the city safe. Then came revolution and chaos. Now he’s alone and living as a bounty hunter, as low as he can fall. Rumour says the last of the overthrown royal family is hiding in the forest that borders Amaranth. Prince Joslyn would be a better prize than runaway slaves and murderers; the price on that boy’s head would make Martel for life, and give him a chance to rebuild his reputation. When he rides into the charcoal-burner’s clearing, he doesn’t find a depraved young aristocrat hiding out with his loyal servant. Rather, he finds a displaced old man doing the best he can with only a slave to help. A willing, beautiful, poorly trained slave. From their first encounter, Martel can’t keep his hands off the boy – and sees no reason to, when the master doesn’t care and the inexperienced boy is sullen and frightened and eager all at once. This is the last thing he was looking for – but can one hot night change the course of a life, of two lives…?

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Hidden Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Tiffin is a slave boy, branded and chained, trained to serve and eager to please. That’s all he knows; his past life is a mystery, wiped from his mind. Sold to a grim fortress and facing a bleak future, he seeks comfort where he can find it, in the arms and at the feet of Sergeant Zander. He’s happy to give over control of his body to that dominant, delightful man — but someone else keeps stealing into his mind, taking over. Tiffin doesn’t know how or who. All he knows is how much trouble he’s in, and how much worse it’s going to get…unless Zander can help him discover what’s going on, before he literally loses his mind.

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

In The Company of Men Boxed Set: The Mercenary’s Tale, Jackson’s Pride, Baymore’s Heir, Silent Lodge, and His Dukes’ Gift by Lynn Lorenz, available at AmazonKoboiTunes

In this interweaving gay medieval series, follow the lives and loves of men who have a deadly secret – they love another man. Starting with The Mercenary’s Tale and ending with His Duke’s Gift, these men live and fight for their lovers in a world where being caught together can mean death.

Historical Romance, Adventure Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m, mmm; gay, medieval, swashbuckler

 

Ripping Off the Mask by Harper Jewel, available in E-Bookat Amazon USAmazon UK B&NKoboSmashwords; and in Print at AmazonB&N

Can injured Sgt. Cooper Brandt, with the help of Dr. Westley James, rip off the mask he donned as self-imposed penance at the end of high school, or will fate determine a different path for both men? Thirteen years after high schooler Cooper Brandt suffered a life-altering tragedy, Newark Police Sergeant Cooper Brandt suffers yet another earthshaking misfortune while on duty. As a result, he lets the mask he donned because of his first grief-filled setback slip. When overwhelming guilt consumes him for a second time, an unexpected, and oftentimes unwanted, helping hand tries to force him into making a choice: face his demons and rip the mask off, or continue living a lie while his facade stays put. Upon his move to New Jersey, aqua therapist Dr. Westley James meets his toughest patient yet when a snarly police sergeant accuses him of duplicity at the start of their first session. When he discovers the reason for Cooper’s ornery attitude, an odd, empty feeling he’s lived with for as long as he can remember begins to fill in like missing pieces of a puzzle. As a fragile relationship between Cooper and Westley grows, an unhinged sociopath threatens to ruin everything. Will fate force the emotionally bruised sergeant to fasten his mask on even more tightly or will the couple’s blooming love and partnership be strong enough to help Cooper rip his mask off for good?

Gay Romance, Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Doctor/Patient Romance, Erotic Romance; m/m;  sexual identity struggle, LGBT, policeman, doctor, bank robbers, sociopath, suspense, action, ghosts, HEA

 

Runaway Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

On a drunken bet, Marc broke into Baron Thiviers’ mansion to steal something precious. Discovered and almost caught, he’s being hunted by the baron and his hounds when Finn, the runaway slave boy, saves his life. Marc claims possession of Finn, to redeem that foolish bet–what’s more precious than a beautiful boy? But his so-called friends reject him, and the baron comes after him relentlessly, so he takes the boy and flees again.Yet it’s Finn the baron can track, by means of renegade magic, and in the end, Finn has no choice. He runs from the new young master he’s come to love and confronts the chasing baron, sacrificing himself to save Marc’s life. Except that Marc too is in love, and so comes after his errant boy, throwing his own life into danger yet again.

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Silken Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Ander wakes in a strange bed, in absolute darkness. He has a wound in his shoulder, a slave boy at his side, and no memory at all of how he came here. His ship has sailed, stranding him in the great imperial city of Amaranth. During a slow recovery, he learns that he was hurt saving the life of the Emperor’s ward, Leona–but his own life is now under threat. And so is his heart, as the hot sweet slave boy Brat wriggles his way ever deeper under his skin. But Ander has no job, no home, no clear future–and passion alone can never be enough. Leona has ideas, though; and in the end the Emperor himself will take a hand…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

Three Brothers Fair 1: Prince of Seas by Emily Carrington, available at Changeling PressAmazon │ B&NKobo

Prince Felimid wants nothing more than to have a kelpie in his family so that his own race will have some stronger blood to mix in and have a hope of keeping water demons from dying out altogether. What he gets is a shy, sneaky, and virginal kelpie whose seed has yet to be proven. Initially furious that he’s been tricked, Felimid can’t deny the courageous and lusty husband he’s accidentally won.

New Adult, LGBTQ, Fantasy Romance; m/m; shapeshifters

 

Three Brothers Fair 2: Prince of Land and Fire by Emily Carrington, available at Changeling PressAmazon │ B&NKobo

Against his will, Lord Tian has fallen for a magical land creature — a gnome. A prophecy says he must wed a land creature and become a destroyer and spy. But he can’t resist Alastair, or the BDSM games they play. Alastair is trying to spy on Tian’s mother and preserve the balance of the natural world. Needing Tian in his bed and in his heart does nothing but disrupt his plans. But prophecies are often both right, and misunderstood. When Tian and Alastair play at BDSM and love they set in motion the destruction of the status quo.

LGBTQ Romantic Fantasy; m/m; BDSM, fantasy, shapeshifters

 

Vampire Territory 5: Another Round by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Betrayed by their lover, Maribeth and Zander struggle to find balance in a relationship that’s just the two of them. As the only human in the household, Maribeth tries to take a more active role in helping the vampires, while Zander is focused on revenge. It isn’t until warm, easygoing Graham catches their attention that their passion is rekindled, and they come together to seduce the big vampire. Unfortunately, their traitorous ex isn’t done with them. Drew has joined their greatest enemy—an Eastern bloodsucker who is determined to take over power and enslave the area’s humans. He uses his knowledge of both the Human Rebellion and the master vampires’ household to play games and pit everyone against one another. After Drew orchestrates the assassination of one of their own, Zander isn’t the only one gunning for him. Can revenge heal betrayal? Or will an unlikely romance give Zander, Maribeth, and Graham the strength they need to take on an adversary who knows their secrets?

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance, Polyamorous Romance; m/f/m; vampires, PNR, erotic romance, action, ménage à trois, LBGTQ, bisexual

 

Wanderer’s Heart by Thom Lane, available at Amazon

Norton is a wanderer, rejected by family and community, headed for the great city of Amaranth because he can think of nowhere else to go. He encounters a pretty slave boy struggling with a log too heavy to lift, and stops to help him. This earns him a welcome from the boy Kim’s nomad clan and an invitation to a funeral feast, for the log is destined for the pyre of Kim’s late master. Kim is given to Norton in an act of casual generosity, and a night of passion bonds the two more strongly than a collar and chains–but Norton’s eyes are still on the far horizons, and leaving the clan will break his slave boy’s heart. There seems to be no answer that can leave them both happy. And then raiders from another clan steal Kim away…

Gay Romance, Fantasy Romance, master/slave romance;  m/m; bondage, erotic romance, action

 

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MÉNAGE and POLYAMORY

 

Art & Discipline 1: The Westerman Affair by Regina Kammer, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NGoogle PlayiTunesKobo USKobo UKKobo CAKobo AU

An acclaimed painter. His provocative muse. Her obliging husband.
Charles Westerman, Victorian England’s most sought-after landscape painter, is finished with love affairs. Yet after a taste of forbidden passion at a private art exhibition, he knows he’s met his muse in Rosamund. Problem is she’s married. For the sake of his career, Charles simply cannot afford to be distracted by another disastrous entanglement, especially one with a married woman. Art curator Rosamund, Lady Threxton, needs a man to satisfy her predilection for spanking. Her husband, Jeremy, does not relish the role of chastiser and, besides, has his own mistress to please. Jeremy, however, is quite amenable to Rosamund seeking out another. Hired men from her favorite erotic club provide her with only a modicum of relief. The furtive fling with Charles, though, leaves Rosamund certain she’s found her perfect match. Rosamund and Jeremy’s marriage is curiously modern for stodgy Victorian society. Together, the couple try to entice Charles into an unusual arrangement. Will Charles risk the threat to his reputation to explore passions and proclivities he never knew existed—and discover desires he never knew he had? The Westerman Affair A tale of spanking and polyamory in the Victorian art world.

Historical Erotic Romance, Erotic Romance, Spanking Romance, BDSM Romance, Seasoned Romance [i.e., main characters are over 40 years old); m/f/m (but not ménage; instead is polyamory); Victorian historical romance, spanking, polyamory, voyeurism, multiple partners, older/mature characters, artist, aristocracy

 

The Dare Ménage Series 1: Double Dare by Jeanne St. James, available at Books2Read

What could be better than waking up next to a hot guy? Waking up sandwiched between two of them. Quinn Preston, a financial analyst, is not happy when her friends dare her to pick up a handsome stranger at a wedding reception. What better reason to give up men when her previous long-term relationship had not only been lackluster in the bedroom but he had cheated? Logan Reed, a successful business owner, can’t believe that he’s attracted to the woman in the ugly, Pepto-Bismol pink bridesmaid dress. And to boot, she’s more than tipsy. After turning down her invitation for a one-night stand, he finds her in the parking lot too impaired to drive. He rescues her and takes her home. His home. The next morning Quinn’s conservative life turns on its ear when Logan introduces her to pleasures she never even considered before. And to make things more complicated, Logan already has a lover. Tyson White, ex-pro football player, is completely in love with Logan. He has mixed emotions when Logan brings home Quinn. But the dares keep coming… Note: This book in the series can be read as stand-alone. It includes an HEA ending. It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial Romance, LBGTQ; m/m/f; BDSM, Gay, Bisexual, polyamory, ménage, alpha male, sports

 

The Dare Ménage Series 2: Daring Proposal by Jeanne St. James, available at Books2Read

Never in her life has she been so bold to propose something so daring… Since losing her husband years ago in a tragic accident, Eve Sanders hasn’t dated. Her husband’s death proved life is short, so why waste time denying her unfulfilled desires. Eve desires two men, but not just any two. Both happen to be former Super Bowl champions and best friends. When both men participate in a Celebrity Date Night charity event, Eve’s determined to not only be the winning bidder for the retired NFL quarterback Lawrence “Long Arm” Landis, but also Cole Dixon, his former Boston Bulldog’s teammate. However, Ren not only has a problem with another man dating the same woman, but he definitely isn’t planning on sharing her in the same bed. Even if it’s with his best friend. Openly bi-sexual, Cole is sexually attracted to Ren and has secretly wanted him for years. He’s never acted upon it, assuming Ren wouldn’t want to be with another man. Eve’s daring proposal gives Cole hope his dream with Ren will come true. Being with two men is one of Eve’s fantasies, but never in her life has she been so bold. Not only is she nervous about proposing something so daring to the two men, but will both be willing? Note: This book in the series can be read as stand-alone. It includes an HEA ending. It is intended for audiences over 18 years of age since it includes MMF scenes between all three characters.

Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance, Multicultural/Interracial Romance, LBGTQ; m/m/f; BDSM, Gay, Bisexual, polyamory, ménage, alpha male, sports

 

Husbandry by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

After turning to Genetic Harmony Inc. for a husband, Fila Leonard doesn’t get just one man to meet her needs, but three! Chuck is the consummate handyman around the house, and he looks sexy in a tool belt and nothing else. Charles fills out a business suit to perfection and uses his alpha personality in the bedroom as well as the boardroom. As for Chad, he can seduce a woman in more than one language and turn even the worst cliché into a romantic fantasy. Fila should be deliriously happy. Instead, she’s having a hard time juggling everyone’s needs. Chuck is cooped up at home all day and anxious for children. Charles is a workaholic, and Chad is angry she hasn’t introduced the three of them to her parents. Oh, yeah, and Fila hasn’t told Mom and Dad about her genetically identical spouses yet.

Contemporary Romance, Polyamorous Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Erotic Romance; m/f/m/m; ménage à quatre, genetic engineering, SFR, polyamory

 

Marital Duty by Ingrid Hahn, available at Amazon USAmazon UK

Marital duty has never been so satisfying… Each morning while pretending to be asleep, Evaline St. John, Lady Kingston, submits to her husband’s attentions. She can never dare admit she yearns for more…until her friend Selina, Lady Beaumont, initiates a conversation about what she does with her own husband in the bedroom. But Selina is bored with her intimate life and suggests that she and Evaline seduce their husbands. She will begin while Evaline will hide in the bedroom to watch. Evaline and Selina do more than make a pact, however. They give in to unspeakable desires and soon they are exploring each other’s bodies as they always dreamed. When Evaline is forced to confess her misdeeds to her husband, Lord Kingston, he is shocked, but also aroused. The admission changes everything he believed about his wife–for the better. Now, whatever Evaline demands, he happily delivers. Evaline and Selina realize they are falling in love–with each other–yet they still love their husbands. What are the two women to do? When Selina’s husband catches all of them together in bed, he flies into a jealous rage and forbids them from ever seeing each other again. Now, it’s up to Lord Kingston to issue the ultimatum to Beaumont: come to their bed or lose them forever. Kingston must show his former friend that he has nothing to fear…and everything to gain.

Historical Romance, Erotic Romance, Polyamorous Romance; m/f/f/m; polyamory, bisexual, voyeurism, group sex

 

Vampire Territory 5: Another Round by Allie Ritch, available at Amazon USAmazon UKAmazon CAAmazon AUB&NKobo USKobo UKiTunes

Betrayed by their lover, Maribeth and Zander struggle to find balance in a relationship that’s just the two of them. As the only human in the household, Maribeth tries to take a more active role in helping the vampires, while Zander is focused on revenge. It isn’t until warm, easygoing Graham catches their attention that their passion is rekindled, and they come together to seduce the big vampire. Unfortunately, their traitorous ex isn’t done with them. Drew has joined their greatest enemy—an Eastern bloodsucker who is determined to take over power and enslave the area’s humans. He uses his knowledge of both the Human Rebellion and the master vampires’ household to play games and pit everyone against one another. After Drew orchestrates the assassination of one of their own, Zander isn’t the only one gunning for him. Can revenge heal betrayal? Or will an unlikely romance give Zander, Maribeth, and Graham the strength they need to take on an adversary who knows their secrets?

Vampire Romance, Paranormal Romance, Polyamorous Romance; m/f/m; vampires, erotic romance, action, ménage à trois, LBGTQ, bisexual

 

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Shifty Characters

Followers of my blog know I love a good one-liner. Since my shifter romance, Tribal Shift, released the same month as Halloween, I thought I’d pay special tribute to those characters who unleash their wild side. Whether they’re chatty cat shifters, murmuring mermen, or howling werewolves, shifters have something to say. Please welcome all the fantastic authors who have joined in this post to share these great shifter one-liners. Thanks, everybody!

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Her body warmed at the thought of Galen’s tenderness as he taught her to shift and embrace her future as Skinwalker Chieftess of their tribe.

– Lexia Torrance from A Skinwalker’s Legacy by Shae Wynters

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 “I saw you run through the tall grass on four legs, and I’ve never seen a more beautiful caracal.”

– Rasik in Tribal Shift by Allie Ritch

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“I’m still a normal guy, Mace, just a bit hairier at times.”

– Hal Sparks from Some Kind of Trouble by Christy Gissendaner

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The bond allowed only one form at a time. Since they were in Kheladin’s body, he still had the upper hand; the dragon didn’t think Lachlan was strong enough to force a shift without his help. There’d been a time when he could have but not now.

– Kheladin (the dragon part of a dragon shifter combo of Lachlan and him) from To Love a Highland Dragon by Ann Gimpel

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“If you had marked her, I would have killed you.”

“You would have tried.”

– Gao (werewolf) and David from Dragon Moon by Nulli Para Ora

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“I mean it. Swear to me. You said you’d protect me. If you care for me at all, if you love me even a little, please. Swear you’ll keep me from him, even if you have to kill me to do it.”

– Ashland from Werewolf Fight League: Ashland (Coming out Nov 19 from Loose Id) by Lynn Lorenz

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“The Lycans are the future of Skinwalkers.”

– Prince Damien from A Skinwalker’s Legacy by Shae Wynters

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Kneeling beside the skeletal remains of his wife and child, Ash dusted his hands in the soil around the bones and rubbed the precious dirt over his face and chest in renewed mourning.

– Ashkewheteasu (the ancient Native American shape-shifting shaman) in The Witchy Wolf and the Wendigo by Rose Anderson

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If Jenna MacLeod cried seven tears into the sea with Alex nearby, it was a binding contract of love or obsession — lasting love if he could win her heart, obsession and eventual suicide if he couldn’t.

– Alexander MacCodrum the Selkie from Enchanted Skye by Rose Anderson

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“They fell in love and in spite of the tension from both Skinwalker and Sith races, they consummated their union and I then came along.”

– Galen Cortes from A Skinwalker’s Legacy by Shae Wynters

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“You’re not too old for me to grab by the scruff of the neck, you know.”

Taj in Tribal Shift by Allie Ritch

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“Ready to meet my folks?”

– Duke Stevens from Second Moon by Theodora Lane

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“Answer me or I will f#@! you until next hibernation!”

– Joseph (bear shifter) from “Still the One” in Beneath a Spring Moon anthology by Nulli Para Ora

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“You want to mate with me?”

– Shila (Child of Nanook, a frost bear shifter) from Mating Season by Allie Ritch

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“We can’t do that; it’s depraved!”

“Everything I want to do to you is depraved.”

– Tarial (dragon shifter) and Lohin from Dragon Revealed by Nulli Para Ora

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“Your mother should have taught you not to be a peeping tomcat.”

– Kalya (omnimorph) in Tribal Shift by Allie Ritch

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“You want me to hunt you, my little tigress.”

– Nate (lion shifter) from “The Ties That Bind” in the Harvest Moon anthology by Nulli Para Ora

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“Never pull a lion’s tail, little cat.”

– Asad (lion shifter) in Tribal Shift by Allie Ritch

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“Don’t think I can’t smell you, little owl. I smell every last, precious drop.”

– Soren Snow (bear shifter and famous percussionist) from Predator’s Serenade, Gemini Island Shifters book 2, by Rosanna Leo

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His scent was incredible! He smelled of the forest and mountains, of man and musk and rainbows bouncing off the snow. She breathed him in until her chest felt tight and still couldn’t get enough.

– Miksa (Child of Nanook, a frost bear shifter) from In Season by Allie Ritch

Character Profiles: Heart of a Warrior by Theodora Lane

HeartOfAWarrior_TLane_500X800Nicodemus likes to kill vampires. A lot. But his nocturnal job as a bloodsucker exterminator makes dating rather … dangerous. Fiona has never needed a man to rescue her and just because vampires find the prospect of her virginity delicious doesn’t mean she is going to start now. When saving each other becomes a habit, Nic and Fiona start on a path that might make her less tasty and his lone hunter routine a thing of the past.
Once they pair up battling evil vampires, Nicodemus and Fiona know the only choice is to kill or be killed, and they have no intentions of becoming dinner tonight. Are they just partners or do they each hold their warrior’s heart?
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Theodora Lane (aka Lynn Lorenz) is here today with the characters from her vampire romance, Heart of a Warrior. Take it away!

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The main characters are Nicodemus, a vampire slayer who never thought he’d find a woman who wouldn’t go running when she found out what he did for a living, and Fiona, a kick-ass virgin who has never needed a man to rescue her, or found one who could win her trust.
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Nicodemus

Description: Nic is a killing machine, deadly with a sword, and his mission in life is to kill vampires. All of them. He’s big, built and Fiona blows his mind when he sees her moves.

Fav Quote after seeing Fiona fighting vampires: “Hell, I don’t smoke, but I think I need a cigarette.”

Fiona

Description: Fiona is not your ordinary virgin, she’s got a “don’t mess with me” attitude and the sword skills to back it up. She might be small, but she’s fierce, fiery, and ready to fight, naked or not.

Fav Quote, when she discovers she’s surrounded by vampires: I need a plan. Then I kick ass and forget about taking names.

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Excerpt

“This is your room, bath is that door. I’m down the hall.” Nic pointed to show Fiona the room as hestood in the hall. She opened the door and peered in.

“Great. Now, do you have something I can sleep in?” She tilted her head and looked up at him.

“Don’t want to sleep naked?” His lips curled up in a grin.

“I think I’ve had enough naked for tonight, Nic. A T-shirt will do just fine.” She flung her hand out and swatted his muscled stomach as she passed him.

“Yeah. One T-shirt coming right up.” He wanted her to touch him again, somewhere south of his stomach. Somewhere hard.

“Oh, and is there a spare toothbrush in the bathroom?” She sat on the edge of the bed. Damn, she looked so good. The urge to push her backward, pull the clothes off her, and bury himself deep inside her made his cock twitch. Whoa. Down, boy. She’s a self-proclaimed, dyed-in-the-wool, gen-u-wine virgin. Definitely off-limits. Against company policy.

“Should be, check the cabinets. I think you’ll find shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and a couple of new toothbrushes.” He leaned against the door frame to keep his distance.

“Bring a lot of virgins home?” She ran her hand over the quilt covering the bed. Was it his imagination playing games, or did she just invite him to sit next to her?

“Absolutely not.” He frowned. “The stuff is left over from when my brother, Zeke, was here a couple of months ago helping me to remodel the place.”

“You did a great job.” She looked around. “Zeke? Let me guess. Another Biblical name. For Ezekiel?”

“Right.” He stood there unwilling to say more, but it would be so easy to talk to her, tell her everything. She was dangerous.

“How about that T-shirt?”

“Right.” He hurried off to his room. Pulling open a drawer of his dresser, he sorted through the shirts trying to find one for her. Skipping all the shirts with beer logos on the front, he settled on his college football jersey and hurried back to her room.

“Try this.” He held it out to her. Fiona took the folded shirt from him. She opened it and held it against her body. It fell almost to her knees.

“This works. Alabama, huh? I didn’t picture you as a Southern boy.” She grinned at him as he stood in the door unable to take his eyes off her.

“But I am. Couldn’t you tell?” He revived the Southern drawl he’d worked hard to get rid of. “I thought my good manners gave me away.”

“Don’t you dare call me ma’am again.” She wagged her finger at him and he laughed.

“I wouldn’t dream of it. You’d probably kick my butt.”

“Don’t doubt it, Nic.” Fiona smirked and tossed her head. She cleared her throat, folded her arms, and waited. “This is your cue to politely leave, like a good

Southern gentleman,” she stage-whispered.

“Yes, ma’am.” His gaze held hers. Then it dropped to her lips. He wanted to press his mouth against hers. If she took just a step toward him, he’d sweep her up in his arms.

“Get out of here!” Fiona jerked her head and put her hands on her hips.

Nic held up his hands as if to ward her off. Backing out of the room, he fought the image of taking the fiery little brunette in his arms and making love to her while she wore his Crimson Tide jersey. His mind spun at the thought of his college fantasy coming true. Instead, he retreated down the hall to a safer distance.

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Fiona looked up, but Nic had left. She frowned. Good going, Fiona, you’ve pushed yet another man away.

She sighed.

Well, what the hell did he expect her to do? Fall weeping into his arms? Throw herself at his feet? Twist her ankle or faint? She groaned as she walked to the door and closed it.

Get over it, Nic. I don’t need a man to rescue me. 

She looked around the room. It seemed empty without his presence. Odd, being alone before had never really bothered her.

She had to stop doing this. Beth was right. At some point, she would have to give someone a chance.

Sure, when pigs fly.

Is this how she wanted to spend the rest of her life? Chasing men out of her bedroom and her life? She knew he’d been waiting for a sign from her. One look, a smile, and he would have taken her in his arms.

Fiona thought about the options. Casually giving her body to some smooth talking, sword-swinging Southern boy definitely was not going to happen. She’d protected her virginity her whole life and had no plans on stopping. Letting go was something she’d never been good at, and that included giving her heart away. She’d made a vow, and from the last report she’d heard, hell still hadn’t frozen over.

 

Theordora Lane / Lynn Lorenz

Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

Twitter: @lynnlorenz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lynn.lorenz.58

Her books are available at Amazon and publisher’s sites.

Author Favorites – Part IV: Favorite Music

Okay, here’s the final part of the Author Favorites series. I want to take a minute to thank the following authors for playing twenty questions with me and giving visitors a glimpse at who you are and what you like: Amber Skyze, Azure Boone, Becca Jameson, Cassandra Carr, Elizabeth Finn, Emilia Mancini, Emma Lai, Gray Peterson, Jami Davenport, Jessica Freely, Jessica Jordan, Kerry Freeman, Lex Valentine, Lynn Lorenz, M.C. Hana, Madeleine Ribbon, Nona Raines, Parker Kincade, Pippa Jay, Qwillia Rain, Rachell Nichole, Robin Danner, Rosanna Leo, Tara Lain, Viki Lyn, Vristen Pierce, and W.M. Kirkland. Thank you!

Now, there’s more than one medium in the arts and entertainment industry, and we writers have our opinions about music and dance. In conclusion, let’s find out what these authors think about these other arts.

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16.   What’s your favorite genre of music?

depends on mood…country rock, heavy metal, acid rock, classical, swing (especially Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller), hammered dulcimer, digiradoos, Andean pipes, and many movie sound tracks.
 – Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Classical
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
I love classical guitar — Villalobos
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Almost anything. Moody music, instrumental soundtracks (specifically Hans Zimmer, Lisa Gerrard), I’m particularly fond of a folksy/zydeco/bluegrass group called the Benjy Davis Project, I really could go on and on and on with this one. There is truly no one genre that I love over another. 
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
I’m an equal opportunity music lover. My iPod is filled with Rock, country, soul, blues, jazz, classical and new age…just to name a few. My favorite is whatever new CD I’m into – which is probably going to be Matchbox Twenty’s North CD by the time this hits the Internet.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
Country
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
I listen to a lot of jazz and soft rock.
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
Vocal Jazz
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Jazz or Country
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Brazilian Lounge
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
Anything from the 60’s to the 90’s and current country
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
80’s
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
tie between classic rock and 80’s glam
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Dance
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
pop
 – Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Classic rock
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Pop
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Indie pop, though I’ll listen to anything other than rap and gospel.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Pop Rock
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Right now it’s Americana/folk rock
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
I love so many, but my current favorites are progressive rock, blues, melodic electronica, and classical guitar.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Rock
– Amber Skyze
Website: http://www.amberskyze.com/
Blog: http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/
 
Symphonic rock
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Rock
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
All, but rock may be my favorite.
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Rock/alt/metal
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Heavy metal. Everything else is bit tepid.
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/

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17.   What’s your favorite song?

 Whatever
– Amber Skyze
 
“Angels On The Moon” by Thriving Ivory
– Azure Boone
 
“More than Words” – Extreme
– Cassandra Carr
 
All time favorite song is “Somebody Else” by the Benjy Davis Project from their Angie House album.
 – Elizabeth Finn
 
Daddy’s Hands
– Emma Lai
 
“Symptom of the Universe” by Black Sabbath.
– Gray Peterson
 
“Live Like You Were Dyin’”
– Jami Davenport
 
“It’s Not Unusual,” sung by Tom Jones
– Jessica Freely
 
“Time to Say Goodbye”
– Jessica Jordan
 
“Lego House” by Ed Sheeran
– Kerry Freeman
 
“Lost in Paradise” by Evanescence
– Lex Valentine
 
Now – Stronger
– Lynn Lorenz
 
“Bravado” by Rush.
– M.C. Hana
 
Right now? “Sail” by AWOLNATION. Though that’ll change in a few weeks. It always does.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
“It’s All Right” by The Traveling Wilburys
– Nona Raines
 
Right now, my favorite song is “Wipe Your Eyes” by Maroon 5.
– Parker Kincade
 
“Justify” by The Rasmus
– Pippa Jay
 
“If I only had a brain” (the Scarecrow’s song from Wizard of Oz)
 – Qwillia Rain
 
“Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw
– Rachell Nichole
 
Currently I am in love with Jason Mraz’s “I Won’t Give Up”
– Robin Danner
 
“Laila” by Derek and the Dominos
– Rosanna Leo
 
Ridiculous.  Big Yellow Taxi came to mind. The classic one by Joni Mitchell. I love Sting and The Beatles and Bob Dylan. I’m not old—just vintage.
– Tara Lain
 
This changes but right now: “Come Undone” by Duran Duran
– Viki Lyn
 
Currently, it’s “Lemme See” by Usher. It’s impossible for me to have a “favorite song ever”; I love way too many!
– Vristen Pierce
 
“Just Dance” by Lady Gaga
– W.M. Kirkland

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18.   Who is your favorite singer or band?

 Godsmack
– Amber Skyze
 
Pink Floyd
– Azure Boone
 
Billy Joel
– Becca Jameson
 
Dave Matthews Band
– Cassandra Carr
 
I suppose Benjy Davis Project, but I’m a big fan of Damien Rice, Alexi Murdoch, and Sigur Ros.
– Elizabeth Finn
 
I listen to a lot of different types of music so picking a favorite is hard, but I have to say Barry Manilow (yes, I said Barry Manilow) can do no wrong. Nor can Storm Large or Bette Midler or Pink Martini.
 – Emilia Mancini
 
Harry Connick, Jr.
– Emma Lai
 
The aforementioned Black Sabbath.
– Gray Peterson
 
Eagles
– Jami Davenport
 
The Eagles
– Rosanna Leo
 
Nightmares on Wax
– Jessica Freely
 
Adele
– Jessica Jordan
 
3-way tie: Ed Sheeran, The Civil Wars, and Adele
– Kerry Freeman
 
Motley Crue
– Lex Valentine
 
Kelly Clarkson and Rascal Flatts
– Lynn Lorenz
 
At the moment, either Rush or Tangerine Dream.
– M.C. Hana
 
Our Lady Peace. Their first few albums are my favorite, ever.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Ella Fitzgerald
– Nona Raines
 
Rob Thomas/Matchbox Twenty. 
– Parker Kincade
 
Lauri Ylonen, singer from The Rasmus
– Pippa Jay
 
Varies…Nickelback and Avenged Sevenfold right now
 – Qwillia Rain
 
Maroon 5
– Rachell Nichole
 
Otis Redding
– Robin Danner
 
Adam Lambert and Lady Gaga (I know, I know)
– Tara Lain
 
Lady Gaga
– W.M. Kirkland
 
Freddy Mercury *Queen*
– Viki Lyn
 
I love me some Tool. (Hehe) Maynard James Keenan is probably my favorite male singer.
– Vristen Pierce

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19.   What’s your favorite music video?

 I can name four: E.T. by Katy Perry, In the Dark by DEV, The Perfect Drug by Nine Inch Nails, and Evolution by Korn
– Allie Ritch
 
has to be House Of Flying Daggers Echo Dance video ASTONISHINGLY BEAUTIFUL
– Azure Boone
 
They still make those?
– Cassandra Carr
 
Do they actually still make these??? 😉 I really fell in love with Eminem and Rihanna’s video for Love the Way U Lie.
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Not really sure I know many music videos, but I’ll nominate Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.
– Gray Peterson
 
The Kill (Bury Me) by 30 Seconds to Mars
– Jessica Jordan
 
This one *heeheehee*
– Kerry Freeman
 
Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie
– Lex Valentine
 
Any Weird Al — White and Nerdy
– Lynn Lorenz
 
I haven’t watched a music video since 1987.
– M.C. Hana
 
I love just about any video OKGo puts out, though I think the big Rube Goldberg machine video for their song This Too Shall Pass is my favorite.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Oh god, how terrible, I don’t follow music videos at all!
– Nona Raines
 
I don’t really watch videos, so I’ll have to sit this one out.
– Parker Kincade
 
Nightwish – The Islander
– Pippa Jay
 
Celine Dion’sIt’s All Coming Back to me Now
– Rachell Nichole
 
Katy Perry’s Wide Awake
– Robin Danner
 
The Wild Boysby Duran Duran
– Rosanna Leo
 
Seldom watch them
– Tara Lain
 
Don’t watch them – last video I saw was on YouTube – Chow Down.
– Viki Lyn
 
Hmm… If I had to choose, it would be something awesomely eighties like the video to “I Ranby A Flock of Seagulls.
– Vristen Pierce
 
Born this way by Lady Gaga
– W.M. Kirkland
 
(Don’t watch them…but I like Thriller by Michael Jackson)
 – Qwillia Rain
 
Thriller
– Emma Lai
 
Thriller
– Jami Davenport

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20.   What’s your favorite dance or dance genre?

 I think it’s called Water Dancing, a type of Asian Ballet
– Azure Boone
 
Country
– Becca Jameson
 
Ballroom
– Cassandra Carr
 
I can’t dance at all… That said, I LOVE watching hip-hop and ballet.
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Crunk
– Emma Lai
 
Not really a dancer, unless shuffling-around-looking-embarrassed-until-the-song-ends is a new step.
– Gray Peterson
 
Disco
– Jami Davenport
 
Ballroom
– Jessica Jordan
 
Me? Dance? *looks at you like you’re nuts*
– Kerry Freeman
 
Ballet
– Lex Valentine
 
Folk dance to dance/ballroom to watch
– Lynn Lorenz
 
Swing.
– M.C. Hana
 
I love watching hip hop, especially popping and locking. Though krump is pretty amusing, too.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Ballroom dancing (watching it, I can’t dance for beans).
– Nona Raines
 
Any kind of Latin dance. I’m not ashamed to admit I dance to Ricky Martin and/or David Bisbal while I’m cooking or cleaning house. Now, there’s an image for you!
– Parker Kincade
 
freestyle street dance
– Pippa Jay
 
Anything that gets the heart pumping…
– Qwillia Rain
 
hip-hop
– Rachell Nichole
 
Boot Scootin Boogie…just kidding! I like contemporary!
– Robin Danner
 
Salsa
– Rosanna Leo
 
Ballet or contemporary
– Tara Lain
 
Modern dance
– Viki Lyn
 
I’m partial to Latin ballroom dances like the Rumba and the Cha Cha. I can’t do them—yet, but I love to watch others do them!
– Vristen Pierce
 
I don’t know. I just dance.
– W.M. Kirkland

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Thank you again to all the wonderful authors who participated in this blog series. It was fun to learn more about you all.

And that concludes the Author Favorites series.

Author Favorites – Part III: Favorite Movies & T.V.

And we’re back with the third installment of my Author Favorites series. Let’s find out what these writers like best in moving pictures.

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11.   What’s your favorite movie?

 Good Will Hunting
– Amber Skyze
Website: http://www.amberskyze.com/
Blog: http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/
 
I loved House Of Flying Daggers
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Dirty Dancing
 – Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
After the Wedding (It’s a Danish film starring Mads Mikkelsen)
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Anything with Diane Lane is probably worth watching.
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
latest Total Recall
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
The Mighty
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
The Godfather
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
This Means War
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Either The Fifth Element or Big Trouble in Little China.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Street of Shame (obscure foreign film)
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
I love old musicals. State Fair and Sound of Music are tied for my favorite old movies. Inception gets the nod for my favorite new(ish) movie.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
A Knight’s Tale
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Depends on my mood, but right now it’s Cowboys and Aliens, Quantum of Solace, and Casino Royale, and the Terminator series
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Drop Dead Fred
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Sommersby
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Bull Durham, Groundhog Day, Michael Clayton
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
This changes but for now Something Gotta Give
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
It’s a tie between Snatch and Jackie Brown, for sure.
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Fight Club
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Pride & Prejudice – BBC version
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress
 
Pride and Prejudice
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
Pretty Woman
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Pretty Woman
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
The Empire Strikes Back
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Empire Strikes Back. Star Wars 5. I’m a total nerd.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/

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12.   What’s your favorite T.V. show?

 Most of my favorite series have gone off the air. Right now, I’m enjoying some reality programs like So You Think You Can Dance, Project Runway, Undercover Boss, and Storage Wars.
– Allie Ritch
 
Project Runway
– Tara Lain
 
So you think you can dance or Castle
– Lynn Lorenz
 
I’m fanatical about Master Chef, and I can’t cook a thing!
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Big Bang Theory
– Amber Skyze
 
The Big Bang Theory
 – Becca Jameson
 
Big Bang Theory
– Emma Lai
 
My So-Called Life (I *was* Angela)
– Cassandra Carr
 
Warehouse 13. 
– Emilia Mancini
 
Doctor Who.  (You getting the picture I’m a nerd yet?)
– Gray Peterson
 
Dr. Who. I grew up with the Doctor, and I can’t help but love the cheesy awesomeness that keeps coming out of that show.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Criminal Minds
– Jami Davenport
 
Suits
– Jessica Freely
 
Vampire Diaries
– Jessica Jordan
 
Happy Endings
– Kerry Freeman
 
Firefly
– M.C. Hana
 
All in the Family
– Nona Raines
 
Leverage. The stories are original, creative and the dialogue is great. And Christian Kane is just hot.
– Parker Kincade
 
Farscape
– Pippa Jay
 
Depends on mood and if it’s Network or Cable, but for the most part it’s: Castle, Bones, Once Upon A Time, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Common Law, River Monsters, Notorious
– Qwillia Rain
 
Once Upon a Time
– Rosanna Leo
 
Sons of Anarchy
– Rachell Nichole
 
Drop Dead Diva, Kendra on Top, and Jeopardy!
– Robin Danner
 
Downton Abbey and Glee
– Viki Lyn
 
Overall, I guess it would have to be General Hospital even though I don’t watch it anymore. I was a diehard fan for about 22 years. Favorite show I still watch on a regular basis would have to be either Will & Grace or The King of Queens.
– Vristen Pierce
 
Homicide: Life On The Streets
– W.M. Kirkland
 
I don’t watch T.V.
– Azure Boone
 
Don’t watch TV.
– Lex Valentine

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13.   What’s your favorite line from a movie or T.V. show?

 “The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” – The Usual Suspects
– Allie Ritch
 
“Peanut butter fills the cracks of the heart” – Mall Cop
– Azure Boone
 
“I carried a watermelon!”
 – Becca Jameson
 
“That is the generally accepted format.” – from The Cutting Edge, and I’ve made it into a favorite saying of mine
– Cassandra Carr
 
From the Joy Luck Club (I sob every time I watch this scene): “All around this house I see the signs. My daughter looks but she does not see. This is a house that will break into pieces. It’s not too late. All my pains, my regrets, I will gather them together. My daughter will hear me calling, even though I’ve said no words. She will climb the stairs to find me. She will be scared because at first her eyes will see nothing. She will feel in her heart this place where she hides her fears. She will know I am waiting like a tiger in the trees, now ready to leap out and cut her spirit loose.”
– Elizabeth Finn
 
“Kiss your girlfriend good-bye, as long as she doesn’t mind where those lips have been.” – Lori Quaid, Total Recall (2012)
– Emma Lai
 
I’m going to be greedy and nominate a whole speech: President Bartlet in The West Wing demolishing a conservative radio host’s argument that the bible forbids homosexuality.  You can see it here at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX3gMDJCZ-4&noredirect=1
– Gray Peterson
 
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
– Jami Davenport
 
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
– Jessica Jordan
 
“Check out the big brain on Brett.”
– Kerry Freeman
 
“I get so lonely when that third attendance bell rings and all my students aren’t here.” Mr. Hand, Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
– Lex Valentine
 
“It’s just geography”- Pretty Woman
– Lynn Lorenz
 
From WKRP in Cincinnati: “As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!”
– M.C. Hana
 
“Nobody’s perfect.” From Some Like it Hot
– Nona Raines
 
“SQUIRREL!” – from the movie Up. This is so me sometimes!
– Parker Kincade
 
“Never give up – never surrender!” – Commander Quincy Taggart, Galaxy Quest
– Pippa Jay
 
“Do I see plastic wrap in your future?” – Dexter
– Rachell Nichole
 
“You know what ELSE everybody likes? Parfaits! Have you ever met a person, you say, ‘Let’s get some parfait,’ they say, ‘Hell no, I don’t like no parfait’? Parfaits are delicious!” – Donkey from Shrek
 – Robin Danner
 
From Once Upon a Time:
Snow White – “You found me.”
Prince Charming – “Did you ever doubt I would?”
 – Rosanna Leo
 
“Isn’t this a little excessive for the Carolina League?”  Bull Durham
– Tara Lain
 
Ah, romance! Lord of the Rings:
Aragorn: “You said you’d bind yourself to me, forsaking the immortal life of your people.”
Arwen: “And to that I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.”
– Viki Lyn
 
One of my favorites is from Karen Walker on W&G: “Rule number one. Unless you’re served in a frosted glass, never come within four feet of my lips.”
– Vristen Pierce
 
Homer: “Every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain! Remember when I learned how to make wine and I forgot how to drive?”
– W.M. Kirkland

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14.   Who is your favorite actor?

 Carey Grant
– Jessica Freely
 
Cary Grant
– Jessica Jordan
 
Daniel Craig
– Emma Lai
 
Daniel Craig, Viggo Mortenson, Harrison Ford, Jimmy Stewart
– Qwillia Rain
 
Vin Diesel
– Rachell Nichole
 
Vin Diesel
– W.M. Kirkland
 
George Clooney (And no, not just because he’s beautiful. He’s one of the most versatile actors out there in my humble opinion)
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Jack Nicholson
– Azure Boone
 
Matthew McConaughey
– Becca Jameson
 
Gale Harold
– Cassandra Carr
 
Daniel Auteil.
– Gray Peterson
 
John Wayne
– Jami Davenport
 
Jeremy Renner
– Kerry Freeman
 
Currently, Tom Hardy
– Lex Valentine
 
Alan Rickman
– Lynn Lorenz
 
John Cusack from his ‘High Fidelity’ and ‘Grosse Point Blank’ days.
– M.C. Hana
 
Ian McKellen. Everything he does is amazing.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Morgan Freeman
– Nona Raines
 
I’ll watch anything with Leonardo DiCaprio in it. More than his movies, his foundation works to better the planet. He’s the unsung gem of our time.
– Parker Kincade
 
Heath Ledger
– Pippa Jay
 
Richard Gere and Jonathan Rhys Meyers
– Robin Danner
 
Richard Armitage
– Rosanna Leo
 
Johnny Depp
– Tara Lain
 
Clint Eastwood
– Viki Lyn
 
Benicio Del Toro
– Vristen Pierce

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15.   Who is your favorite actress?

 It’s a tie between Kathy Bates and Maggie Smith. I really enjoyed both Unconditional Love and My House in Umbria.
– Allie Ritch
 
Maggie Smith
– Rosanna Leo
 
Audrey Hepburn
– Jessica Jordan
 
Jodi Foster
– Azure Boone
 
Meg Ryan
– Becca Jameson
 
Don’t have a favorite
– Cassandra Carr
 
Ellen Page (Specifically, her performance in Juno blew me away. I wouldn’t say she’s the most talented actress in the world, but that one performance alone really broke the mold)
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Zoe Saldana
– Emma Lai
 
Eliza Dushku (though this is more hormonal than anything).
– Gray Peterson
 
Meryl Streep
– Jami Davenport
 
Meryl Streep
– Viki Lyn
 
Gee, I don’t know. Helen Mirren
– Tara Lain
 
Helen Mirren
– Jessica Freely
 
Marion Cotillard
– Kerry Freeman
 
Don’t have one. Just actresses I don’t like. LOL
– Lex Valentine
 
Katherine Hepburn
– Lynn Lorenz
 
Morena Baccarin from “Firefly”
– M.C. Hana
 
Felicia Day. Her webisodes rock my world.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Julianne Moore
– Nona Raines
 
I’d have to go with Julia Roberts. She can rock a set of knee-high hooker boots.
– Parker Kincade
 
Anne Hathaway
– Pippa Jay
 
Gweneth Paltrow, Claire Danes, Myrna Loye, Katherine Hepburn
– Qwillia Rain
 
Sandra Bullock
– Rachell Nichole
 
Kate Winslet and Charlize Theron
– Robin Danner
 
Probably someone iconic like Marilyn Monroe.
– Vristen Pierce
 
Allyson Hannigan
– W.M. Kirkland

Author Favorites – Part II: Misc.

Some questions don’t fit in a neat category, so for this second installment of my Author Favorites series, I posed the miscellaneous queries—questions about favorite foods, color, animals, etc. The answers to the foremost made me hungry.

Participating authors include Amber Skyze, Azure Boone, Becca Jameson, Cassandra Carr, Elizabeth Finn, Emilia Mancini, Emma Lai, Gray Peterson, Jami Davenport, Jessica Freely, Jessica Jordan, Kerry Freeman, Lex Valentine, Lynn Lorenz, M.C. Hana, Madeleine Ribbon, Nona Raines, Parker Kincade, Pippa Jay, Qwillia Rain, Rachell Nichole, Robin Danner, Rosanna Leo, Tara Lain, Viki Lyn, Vristen Pierce, and W.M. Kirkland, and occasionally me, Allie Ritch.

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6.       What’s your favorite meal?

 These answers can mostly be split between seafood and meat. Either way, there are some serious carnivores out there among the writer population 🙂

Lobster, lobster and more lobster. I don’t even care if there is anything with it, but a salad and baked potato is always good.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
scallops with a nice white truffle risotto
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Scallops cooked with bacon pieces
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Stone Crab Claws, buttered biscuits, asparagus
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
crab legs
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Sushi
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
Seafood Gumbo
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Roast beef po’boy (w/ mayo on French bread)
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
Steak and sweet potato fries. I’m a midwestern girl with a sweet tooth.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
I’m going to be bloke-ish and say steak.  Rib-eye, medium rare.
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Steak
– Amber Skyze
Website: http://www.amberskyze.com/
Blog: http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/
 
A great steak with a yummy salad
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
While I should say salad, my favorite thing to eat is a thick juicy medium well steak and a loaded baked potato…wins me over every time!
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
Sirloin steak medium rare with baked potato and salad
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Steak and Potatoes (baked or mashed)
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Prime Rib and asparagus
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Breakfast for dinner. Bacon and scrambled eggs at night, anyone?
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
The best thing I ever ate (I’m starting to sound like a Food Network show) was pork belly at Woodfire Grill in ATL.
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
Pasties (not to be confused with nipple covers…) Family recipe, lots of pie crust, meat, taters and onion. Sounds simple, but it is gluttonously good!
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Pizza–thin crust pepperoni from Pizza Hut in fact
 – Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Anything pasta.
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
My mother’s gnocchi
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
I’m simple; give me some pizza or a chimichanga and I’m good.
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Taco Salad
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
I love breakfast and always want to go out for a veggie omelet with fresh fruit and a chai latte
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Thai – most any dish!
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Chicken & rice. It’s easy and I can cook it.
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com

7.       What’s your favorite dessert?

Okay, let’s start with the chocoholics and the cheesecake lovers and then work our way toward the more exotic dessert eaters.

 Oreo cookies and milk
– Azure Boone
 
Chocolate
– Becca Jameson
 
Anything chocolate
– Cassandra Carr
 
Molten chocolate lava cake
– Emma Lai
 
Anything with chocolate.
– Emilia Mancini
 
Chocolate soufflé
– Jessica Freely
 
Anything chocolate
– Pippa Jay
 
Gluten-free chocolate macaroons from Trader Joe’s.
– M.C. Hana
 
Cream Cheese Brownies (yum!)
– Robin Danner
 
Anything chocolate, extra credit if it has ice cream on it.
– Kerry Freeman
 
Ice cream is my greatest weakness. I’ll work out an extra hour a day just to have it. Favorite flavor? Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
– Parker Kincade
 
ice cream
– Rachell Nichole
 
Coconut ice cream
– Tara Lain
 
Ice cream cake or key lime pie
 – Qwillia Rain
 
I love cheesecake, esp. chocolate.
– Vristen Pierce
 
Homemade cheesecake
– Jessica Jordan
 
Anything with enough sugar to give me lift off. I’m a particular fan of lemon cheesecake at Chez Philippe at the Peabody Hotel in Memphis. Mmmm!
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Lemon meringue pie.
– Gray Peterson
 
Homemade from scratch lemon meringue pie
– Nona Raines
 
Lemon Coconut cake from Wild Flower Bakery
– Viki Lyn
 
Banana Cream Pie
– Amber Skyze
 
Crème Brule
– Jami Davenport
 
Crème brulee
– Lex Valentine
 
Creme brûlée or Hubigs Apple pie
– Lynn Lorenz
 
Tiramisu
– W.M. Kirkland
 
Bread pudding from London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields cafe in their crypt. To “die” for!
– Rosanna Leo
 
Dutch Letters–almond paste wrapped in flaky, delicious pastry.
– Madeleine Ribbon

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8.       What’s your favorite color?

Who’s singing the blues (so to speak)?

 Blue
– W.M. Kirkland
 
Blue 🙂
– Kerry Freeman
 
Sapphire blue. Preferably if it’s the eye color attached to a smokin’ hot alpha male.
– Parker Kincade
 
Blue—every shade from navy right into the blue-greens
– Allie Ritch
 
Turquoise
– Pippa Jay

It’s not easy being green.

Green. Granny Smith apple green, grass green, sage, pretty much any shade that’s not pastel or neon.
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Green
– Jami Davenport
 
Green!
– Jessica Freely
 
Green (with yellow in it)
– Tara Lain
 
Green. Olive, pea, baby-poo, it doesn’t matter. I’m a sucker for anything green.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
dark green (especially emerald or forest)
 – Qwillia Rain

Two-eyed, two-eared, writing purple people authors.

 Purple
– Amber Skyze
 
Purple
– Becca Jameson
 
Purple
– Cassandra Carr
 
Purple
– Emma Lai
 
Purple
– Jessica Jordan
 
Purple
– Lex Valentine
 
Purple
– Rachell Nichole
 
Purple
– Rosanna Leo

 

Pretty in pink or red hot and can’t be stopped.

 Pink, of course!
– Robin Danner
 
Red
– Azure Boone
 
Red
– Viki Lyn

The dark side.

 I like the soothing feeling of earth tones. I just painted my bathroom a nice dark brown but unfortunately instead of soothing, it came out so dark that it looks like a chocolate pudding cup threw up all over my bathroom!
– Emilia Mancini
 
Chocolate brown
– Lynn Lorenz
 
Black
– Vristen Pierce
 
Black.  Because it makes me look cool.  (That sniggering you hear is my wife’s.)
– Gray Peterson

Equal Opportunists

 All of them – I’m an artist, so my choices switch with my mood.
– M.C. Hana
 
Depends on what day you ask me.
– Nona Raines

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9.       What’s your favorite animal?

 These answers can be divvied up among felines, canines, and other. And there were some really unique others mentioned here. Honey badger? Really? Who wouldn’t want to check out an author whose favorite animal in the whole world is the badger? Or the penguin or rat or panda?

 White tiger. Unless we’re talking mythical, in which case dragon.
– Allie Ritch
 
I love my kitties.  Kitties are the best.
– Emilia Mancini
 
Cats. Though if I were to examine the relationship between me and my cats in human terms, it would definitely be classified as abusive.
– Gray Peterson
 
cat
– Lex Valentine
 
Panther
– Jessica Jordan
 
Cat
– Nona Raines
 
Real – big cats. Mythical – griffin
– Pippa Jay
 
panther
– Rachell Nichole
 
My kitty cat Sweetie
– Rosanna Leo
 
Leopard
– W.M. Kirkland
 
Stuffed white tiger cub
– Viki Lyn
 
Ruthie, my puppy
– Jessica Freely
 
Dog
– Amber Skyze
 
Dog
– Emma Lai
 
Dog, especially my two shelter pups
– Kerry Freeman
 
I’m an all around animal lover, but dogs are my favorite. My boxer is a hoot!
– Parker Kincade
 
My Oreo  (my doggie that died 3 years ago)
– Robin Danner
 
Cats and snakes. But specifically, my papillon, Jolie.
– Tara Lain
 
Horse
– Jami Davenport
 
horse, other than that, stuffed ones
– Azure Boone
 
Bunny
– Becca Jameson
 
Panda
– Cassandra Carr
 
Love me some elephants! They are smart as all get out.
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Honey badger
– Lynn Lorenz
 
Badger. There’s a story to that. Someday I might tell it.
– M.C. Hana
 
I’m a big fan of rats. They’re smart. They’ll survive just about anything. They’re incredible pets, if you can take the time to tame them.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Depends on my mood and what I’m writing…some of my favorites include: wolves, panthers, cats, dogs, snakes (although technically snakes are reptiles)
 – Qwillia Rain
 
All, but I’m extra fond of Emperor penguins for some reason.
– Vristen Pierce

Okay, I’ve got to ask, Azure and Viki. When you say “stuffed,” are we talking taxidermy or plushy toy animals? Please say toy.

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10.       What’s your favorite painting?

 If I’m in a darker mood, then “Sides of Beef” by Francis Bacon. Otherwise, I really like “Cupid and Psyche” by Paul Jacques Aimé Baudry.
– Allie Ritch
 
 
Study after Velazquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X by Francis Bacon. It’s creepy. Really creepy. It’s also one of the first paintings I remember seeing at our art museum as a child.
– Madeleine Ribbon
 
Hylas and the Nymphs” by John Williams Waterhouse
– Rosanna Leo
 
Anything from the Romantic period
– Jessica Jordan
 
Many but Miro’s Birth of the World is a great favorite
– Tara Lain
 
Monet’s Water Lilies
– Cassandra Carr
 
Red Poppy Field in a Valley at Giverny by Claude Monet
– Rachell Nichole
 
Munsch’s Scream, Dali’s Time, all of Da Vinci’s works including his war machines, as well as many of Boris Vallejo’s paintings prior to 1995
 – Qwillia Rain
 
The scream
– W.M. Kirkland
 
Anything my daughter paints!
 – Becca Jameson
 
My favorite painting is called “Diamonds” and it was done – for me – by a wonderful artist and cherished friend, Kellie Peters. Both painting and title have a significant meaning, but that’s another question all together!
– Parker Kincade
 
Renoir’s Luncheon of the Boating Party
– Emma Lai
 
Rembrandt’s The Night Watch. Saw this in the flesh at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. It’s stunning.
– Gray Peterson
 
The Secret Garden
– Jami Davenport
 
Anything by Edward Hopper or Van Gogh
– Emilia Mancini
 
Van Gogh’s Self Portrait with Straw Hat
– Jessica Freely
 
tie: Flaming June by Leighton and Starry Night by Van Gogh (which I recently saw at MoMA *sigh*)
– Kerry Freeman
 
Sargent/van Gogh
– Lynn Lorenz
 
Vincent Van Gogh Starry, Starry Night (need to see it in person to appreciate his work which is awesome!)
– Viki Lyn
 
The only one that springs to mind is “Starry Night” by Vincent Van Gogh.
– Vristen Pierce
 
the only one that comes to mind is …nothing, sorry
– Azure Boone
 
Polo by Yamagata (actually, it’s a serigraph)
– Lex Valentine
 
My doppelganger: ‘The Musician’ circa 1662, by Bartholomeus van der Helst. We could be sisters.
– M.C. Hana
 
Nighthawksby Edward Hopper
– Nona Raines
 
Good question… No idea. I prefer photography for art.
– Elizabeth Finn
 
Is it sad that I can’t think of a single name besides the Mona Lisa?
– Robin Danner

Author Favorites – Part I: Favorite Reads

Welcome to the first post in my Author Favorites series. This month, I’ll ask some of the hottest e-book authors what their preferences are in everything from music to paintings.

Every author is also an avid reader. Today, I’m starting off by exploring the category of reading—favorite writers, genres, and lines. Participating authors include Amber Skyze, Azure Boone, Becca Jameson, Cassandra Carr, Elizabeth Finn, Emilia Mancini, Emma Lai, Gray Peterson, Jami Davenport, Jessica Freely, Jessica Jordan, Kerry Freeman, Lex Valentine, Lynn Lorenz, M.C. Hana, Madeleine Ribbon, Nona Raines, Parker Kincade, Pippa Jay, Qwillia Rain, Rachell Nichole, Robin Danner, Rosanna Leo, Tara Lain, Viki Lyn, Vristen Pierce, and W.M. Kirkland. And yes, I may jump in and answer some of these questions myself.

So without further ado, let’s start playing twenty questions.

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1.       What’s your favorite fiction genre?

The most popular answer is “romance” by a landslide.

Romance
– Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Romance
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
Romance, of course!
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Romance
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Romance
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Romance!
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Romance all the way
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Romance, of course! Historical, contemporary, paranormal, fantasy, erotic…I love them all!
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
If people are falling in love and doing fun things together, I’m in. I’m a sucker for falling in love.
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Anything romantic…gay/straight/sweet/erotic..it doesn’t matter as long as someone falls in love.
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
M/M Romance
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
MM contemporary erotic romance
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Gay romance
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
tie: gay romance and YA paranormal
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
male/male contemporary romance and murder mysteries
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Erotic
– Amber Skyze
Website: http://www.amberskyze.com/
Blog: http://amberskyze.blogspot.com/
 
Paranormal Erotic Romance
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
I grew up reading science fiction and fantasy, but erotic romance is making inroads.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Romantic Suspense and Erotic Romance (especially those with BDSM elements)
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Can’t choose between science fiction, fantasy and romance
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Apocalyptic Sci-Fi. I love reading about the end of the world and whatever happens after that.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Science fiction
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Not a genre as such, but I like anything with a lot of humor in it.
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Contemporary Romance or Thrillers
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Historical Romance
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Romantic suspense
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Thrillers
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com

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2.       Who is your favorite e-book author?

Josh Lanyon
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Josh Lanyon
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
There are so many good ones! I think Josh Lanyon has to be at the top of the list, though.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Robin Danner is awesome!
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Vristen Pierce
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Kenra Daniels
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
LA Witt/Lauren Gallagher
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Chastity Bush – Just read Guarding Eden, and I loved it!
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Sandra Sookoo
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Scarlett Parrish
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Jane Lynn Daniels
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Ginn Hale
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
tie: Z.A. Maxfield and Sloan Parker
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
My buddy Z.A. Maxfield
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Joey W. Hill
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Nona Raines
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Jet Mykles
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Mackenzie McKade
– Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Mandy Harbin. Not only is she a talented writer, she’s a good friend and all around awesome person!
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
Liana Brooks
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Pauline Allan
– Rosanna Leo
 Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
So many to name on autobuy
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
It’s a secret.
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
I haven’t read enough yet to have any one favorite.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Too many to name
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/

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3.       Who is your favorite big-league author (e.g. on NY Times Bestseller list)?

I could easily name a dozen authors for this, but I’m going to go with Christine Feehan. Not only do I love her work, but I got to meet her at an RT convention once, and she was so nice.
– Allie Ritch
 
I have so many favorites! Oh, the pressure to pick just one…but I’m going to go with…JR Ward. If her name is on it, I’m going to read it.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
J R Ward
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
I really don’t like scary movies, but I love reading Dean Koontz and Stephen King.
– Emilia Mancini
Website: http://www.emiliamancini.com
 
Steven Erikson
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
John Mortimer
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Right now? Gosh, Gena Showalter popped in my head first, so, she wins.
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Jodi Picoult
– Becca Jameson
Website: http://beccajameson.com/
 
Maya Banks
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
J.K. Rowling – I’m a huge Harry Potter fan.
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Nora Roberts/J.K. Rowling
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
JK Rowling. I stood in line for most of the Harry Potter books because I just couldn’t get enough of her world.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Susan Elizabeth Phillips
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Alexander McCall Smith
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
tie: Margaret Stohl & Kami Garcia (Caster Chronicles series) and Beth Revis (Across the Universe trilogy)
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
Tessa Dare
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
never look at that list – but I loved Tony Hillerman
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
Terry Pratchett.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Mary Balogh
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
I don’t know if they’ve ever been on the NY Times list, but Jaine Fenn and Neal Asher.
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Suzanne Brockmann
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
Julia Quinn
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Diana Gabaldon
– Rosanna Leo
Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
*Right now? River of Darkness by Rennie Airth
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Can’t choose between Sandra Brown and Linda Howard!
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
James Patterson
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Too many to name
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/

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4.       Who is your favorite classic writer?

Charlotte Bronte—Jane Eyre is one of my favorites. Then again, I loved the Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, so it’s a toss-up.
– Allie Ritch
 
Charlotte Bronte
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
Charlotte Bronte
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Jane Austen.
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
Jane Austen
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
Jane Austen
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
Charles Dickens. Every Christmas I reread A Christmas Carol
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
Dickens
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com
 
Charles Dickens
– Rosanna Leo
Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Lewis Carroll
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
Alexandre Dumas
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
Lord Byron
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
Edgar Allan Poe. He was dark and delightful, and his stories always caught my attention.
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
Anton Chekhov
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was a childhood favorite.
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
Shakespeare, Da Vinci, Nostradamus and Dickens
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
Oscar Wilde and Emily Dickinson
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
Don’t have a true favorite, but I really like George Orwell’s stories.
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
Harper Lee
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
Harper Lee – she’s not classic but I don’t really have a favorite from those
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
Willa Cather.
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
Vonnegut
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com

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5.       What’s your favorite line from a book?

 “If they can’t take a f*ck, joke ‘em.” – Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole (going on memory here, but I think this was the Immortals After Dark book with this line). I can’t remember which Mageverse book this was, but I also loved Angela Knight’s T-shirt saying for Arthur: “Once a king, always a king, but once a knight’s enough.”
– Allie Ritch
 
“He shouted out his release, his cock working inside her like the power of life itself, viral and potent, creating mysteries beyond the desire for knowledge, taking them into the realm of blind faith.” (damn I love that!) Nature of Desire by Joey W. Hill
– Azure Boone
Website: http://motherfugnwriters.wordpress.com/
 
“You are mistaken, Mr. Darcy, if you suppose that the mode of your declaration affected me in any other way, than as it spared the concern which I have felt in refusing you, had you behaved in a more gentlemanlike manner.” – Elizabeth Bennet to Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice – to me, this is the ultimate set-down for a man like him at that time
– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com/
Blog: http://booksbycassandracarr.com/wordpress/
 
Jane Eyre: “I sometimes have a queer feeling with regard to you – especially when you are near me, as now: it is as if I had a string somewhere under my left ribs, tightly and inextricably knotted to a similar string situated in the corresponding quarter of your little frame. And if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land some broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly. As for you, – you’d forget me.
– Elizabeth Finn
Website/Blog: http://elizabethfinnfiction.com/
 
“Ah, tongue tied. Perhaps I can loosen it for you by letting you look your fill.” – Captain Adrian Westerbrooke, Act of Pardon by Sandra Sookoo
– Emma Lai
Website: http://www.emmalaiwrites.com/
Blog: http://emmalaiwrites.blogspot.com
 
The opening line of Pride and Prejudice: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” How could you not fall in love with the author after that?
– Gray Peterson
Website/Blog: http://graypeterson.wordpress.com/
 
“It wasn’t every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a road…” (Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Natural Born Charmer)
– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
 
“Winter comes to water as well as land, though there are no leaves to fall.”
– Jessica Freely
Website: http://jessicafreely.com/
 
“‘Yes,’ replied Darcy, who could contain himself no longer, ‘but that was only when I first knew her, for it is many months since I have considered her as one of the handsomest women of my acquaintance.’” (Pride & Prejudice)
– Jessica Jordan
Blog: http://marvelgirls.wordpress.com
 
“I was under the tragic spell of the South, which you’ve either felt or haven’t.” Pulphead: Essays by John Jeremiah Sullivan
– Kerry Freeman
Website: http://kerryfreeman.com/
 
“Yep. Totally gay. And I’m apparently a chick too, because here we are, talking instead of screwing.” – Crossing Borders by Z.A. Maxfield
– Lex Valentine
Website: http://lexvalentine.com/
Blog: http://sunlightsucks.com/
 
“twenty minutes after happily ever after…”- Cameron Dane
– Lynn Lorenz
Website: http://lynnlorenz.com/
 
“A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read.” (Terry Pratchett, Guards! Guards!)
– M.C. Hana
Blog: http://www.cranehanabooks.com/blog/
 
“The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water….” – Ray Bradbury, The Martian Chronicles
– Madeleine Ribbon
Website: http://www.madeleineribbon.com/
 
“That’s the deal. You got to find a way to make your life all your fault.” – Dope Sick by Walter Dean Myers
– Nona Raines
Website: http://www.nonaraines.com
 
Oh my gosh! That’s an easy one. It comes from JR Ward’s Lover Eternal.
It’s a conversation between Black Dagger Brother, Rhage and his mate-to-be, Mary.
Mary says: “You’re a manipulator.” To which Rhage responds: “I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”
Best. Line. Ever!
– Parker Kincade
Website: http://www.parkerkincade.com
Blog: http://www.parkerkincade.blogspot.com
 
“A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away…”
– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
 
“‘Tis a far, far better thing that I do now, than I have ever done. ‘Tis a far, far better place that I go to, than I have ever been.” (Sidney Carten’s last lines from Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities)
– Qwillia Rain
Website: http://www.authorqwilliarain.com/
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com/
 
This one’s really hard, so I’ll just pick a great one from the book I’m reading. “Long and hard and hot, his tongue in Robin’s mouth, his arms wrapped around him as he pushed this man whom he loved more than life itself clear out of the closet, until Robin’s back hit the bedroom wall.” From “Beginnings and Ends” a short story by Suzanne Brockmann.
– Rachell Nichole
Website: http://www.RachellNichole.com
Blog: http://www.DivasofDesire.blogspot.com
 
“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” – Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember
– Robin Danner
Website: http://robindanner.webs.com/
 
“‘When the day shall come that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, ‘if my last words are not “I love you”-ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.’” –The Fiery Cross, Diana Gabaldon
– Rosanna Leo
Blog: http://www.rosannaleo.blogspot.com/
 
Just read Z.A. Maxfield’s re-release of Family Unit and it has one of my all-time favorite lines:
Logan– “How does one dress to fire a shot across the bow of bourgeois, middle-class suburbia?”
Richard – “Before or after Labor Day?”
– Tara Lain
Website: http://www.taralain.com/
Blog: http://taralain.blogspot.com/
 
“Never laugh at live dragons.”  ― J.R.R. Tolkien
– Viki Lyn
Website/Blog: http://www.vikilyn.com/
 
A simple one I love, from A Clockwork Orange: “What’s it going to be then, eh?”
– Vristen Pierce
Website: http://www.vristenpierce.com/
 
“I sat at the kitchen counter, staring at the small TV. The news anchor peered out at me with grave accusation. Yep, felt like a Monday.” From Nevermore
– W.M. Kirkland
Website: http://wmkirkland.com

A Pageant of Authors – Q9 & Q10

“The interview is the single most important part of the pageant. It counts for 30 percent of your total score.”

“What’s the other 70 percent? Cleavage?”

– Miss Congeniality

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It’s the final round. Time to focus on some really serious topics: cartoons and birthdays.

Question #9: Which cartoon character would you like to be and why?Although this question was free-response, three characters got multiple votes. All the choices were interesting for different reasons.

“Wonder Woman. She’s smart, strong, has a rocking bod and an invisible plane. What is not to like?”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
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“Wonder Woman. She was strong and caring.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com
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“I’d like to be Wonder Woman, but I fear I’m more like Lucy from Peanuts.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
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“The Road Runner. He has fun and gets to screw with Wile E Coyote’s head all day long.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
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“The Roadrunner. Speed and snark without words.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com
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“Jessica Rabbit….duh…have you SEEN Jessica Rabbit???”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com
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“Jessica Rabbit. Heh heh. Yeah, she’s gorgeous, and she’s got that voice to die for. (What woman wouldn’t want Kathleen Turner’s voice?) But those reasons are only the symptoms behind why I would like to be Jessica Rabbit. Jessica said ‘I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.’ Gotta love a woman who knows her faults and deals with them.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/
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“Are we counting Miyazaki films as cartoons? If so, I’m torn between Ponyo and Chihiro. The first because I love the water and think it would be great fun to be a magical fish, and the second because I love how Chihiro’s character overcomes her fear and grows throughout the movie.”

– Allie Ritch
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“The Pink Panther—he is too cool for words.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com
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“In the mid 1970’s there was a cartoon called Battle of the Planets. Along with Speed Racer, it was one of the first Japanimation cartoons that came over to the States that I know of. I used to play Princess from BOTP on the playground with a bunch of boys in third grade and still have a certain fondness of those memories. I was the only girl allowed to play with a group of cute boys. What wasn’t to like?”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com
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“I would want to be a female Dark Schneider! If anyone is familiar with anime, they might know of Dark Schneider, the chaotic wizard who wanted to take over the world because he could. And he is the good guy! He has weaknesses that he is not ashamed of, power beyond all belief, and a sense of humor that is dark and outrageous. I would love to hold that much power and be aware that my actions could have a catastrophic effect on the world yet still choose to do the right thing. The anime is called Bastard!! and he can be one. But he can also be tender and loving. He is a complex character and is very self aware. I love that.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/
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“I’d like to be Cinderella because she gets her prince and does it with a killer pair of shoes.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com
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“Oh boy, I read DC comics, and I always thought it’d be so cool to be Batgirl.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com
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“LOL, depends which day. I can be either The Tasmanian Devil, or The Brain (with just as little success in conquering the world).”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/
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“Betty Boop. She always had the coolest shoes!”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com
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“Egon Spangler from the Real Ghostbusters (definitely the cartoon, not the movie): he was brilliant about science, endearing, and utterly clueless about relationships… but he loved life.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com
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“Which cartoon character would I like to be? That’s a no brainer! Alice in Wonderland, of course. Life is like the rabbit hole and I live each day finding new things along the journey.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com
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“Superman. I could disown all of humanity because I’d be an alien. I’d have a fortress of solitude. I could fly. I could repel bullets. Unless Superman, as an alien, also menstruates. Because if he does, the deal’s off.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20
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“I watch a lot of anime, so Motoko Kusinagi from Ghost in the Shell. She is just plain awesome. Strong and smart, she’s a kick butt heroine.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net
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Question #10: What do you want for your birthday this year?

“I want to sell a million books!  :-)”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
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“Gift Cards to B&N, Yankee Candle, LL Bean, Godiva, an ice cream cake and oh, yes, World Peace. Had to add in that last one. Couldn’t resist.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K
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“To cook dinner for the whole family.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com
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“Amazon.com gift cards so I can put yet more books on my Kindle.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
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“I’d love to go on a movie set for a day, just to observe. Film fascinates me from behind the scenes in all its aspects.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com
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“I want a week in Aruba! I want hot pink sands and crystal clear blue water! I want to bask on a beach and drink something made with rum out of a pineapple or a coconut shell! I want to be able to totally relax and let the worries and cares of the world drift away. And barring that, A TOR or Kensington contract would be great.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/
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“A coconut lemon birthday cake from Wildflower.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com
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“That would be next year. My birthday was in January. By then, I’ll want the most up to date Kindle. I’m amassing quite a collection of books and I plan to read every last one of them. They’ll probably bury me with the darn thing.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/
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“What I want every birthday, Pinky…giftcards to my bookstore and Amazon.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/
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“Another tattoo.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay
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“You know, I love simple things. Basic, practical things that I can use and re-use until it’s worn and old. This year, I’m dropping hints about a new monitor. I think this one is about to pack it in.”

– T. K. Toppin
Website/Blog: http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com
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“A real working Millennium Falcon, complete with Wookie co-pilot.”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com
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“The knowledge that I’ve released at least one (hopefully) two new books.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com
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“Last year, I had a quilt made for me—picked out the fabrics/block design/quilting design—for a bed warmer and matching bolster pillow (a narrow throw that goes across the foot of the bed.) This year, I want to do something else quilted—but I’m not sure.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com
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“I want the person I love to propose to me. (Is that asking too much? My birthday’s near Yule/Christmas/Hanukkah/Solstice: the season of miracles and everything!)”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com
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“I want sales for my birthday this year! I’m preparing to submit book two and want the readers to enjoy my characters as much as I do. So, yeah…I want sales!”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com
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“Ten million dollars.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20
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“I’d like the house my husband I and I are having built to be finished EARLY.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com
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“World peace (these are questions for beauty contests, right?). LOL. Okay, if I can’t have that, I’d like a trip to Washington State’s San Juan Islands because it’s my favorite place on earth.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/
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Oh, Jaleta, now I want a Millennium Falcon too! Think they go for more than $10 million, Clancy? Hopefully everybody will get their birthday wishes.

A final big thank you to all the authors who participated. You gals are terrific. I know my approach to interviewing guest authors was unique (Oddball? Who said oddball? I heard that!), but you really came through. I hope you had as much fun as I did. You’re all winners!

A Pageant of Authors – Q7 & Q8

“Just imagine that she’s me and there’s something you wanna know, but I don’t wanna talk about it. What would you do?”

“You want me to beat it out of her?”

– Miss Congeniality

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Question #7: Which word do you not like to hear at all? Why?  The responses to this one were really interesting. Overall, the verdict is that writers don’t like C-words. There’s more than one C-word we hate, though.

“That four-letter C-word applied to women and their genitals. I know it’s frequently used in erotic romance today, but I’ve heard it more often as an insult to women, so it has a bad connotation for me. That’s why you’ll never see it in my work. I don’t judge others for using it, but that’s my bugaboo.”

– Allie Ritch

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“C*nt is the most derogatory word I can think of. I hate hearing it and seeing it in a book, makes me throw the book at the wall. I HATE it.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“There is one bad ‘c’ word that I just hate, hate, hate. It’s demeaning and distasteful.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: http://www.pamlabud.net

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“Um, I can’t even TYPE it, I find it so offensive. It’s a nasty, slang term for a female body part.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“‘Can’t’ is such a nasty word. Think positive and ‘TRY’!”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“‘Can’t’  I hate it when people say can’t, because if you think you can’t, you’re right. So much of what we do is mental. If you think you can, then you’ll most likely find a way.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“Can’t. It limits you.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Can’t, ‘cause you usually can.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“‘Try’ or any version (tried, trying).”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“Should…oh boy, I say it enough in my head, but really, should I take that word seriously?”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“I hate the word no. When I hear it, I black out and wake up in a pile of drool and chocolate wrappers. LOL I really hate the word no. It is so final. And in my philosophy there are only two sure things—death and taxes. No means that there are no other options. That goes against my dogmatic nature. But I believe in that finality, it would make me not want to try. No is a bad word… unless it is used in some situations when someone is impugning your personal rights. Then scream no to the rafters.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“‘No.’ Because usually that means I’m not going to get something I want.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“Sorry (we’re out of ice cream.) Oops, that’s more than one word.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“‘Discoverability.’ I hear it all the time. It’s awkward, jargon-y—and important.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“Can I have words instead? I hate the phrase, ‘You need to understand that…’ They use it all the time on TV shows and it drives me insane. It’s such a controlling phrase. Why don’t they just say what it is they want the character to know?”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com

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“Gay, but only in a negative context, such as ‘That’s so gay.’ It’s the equivalent of the ‘n’ word or disparaging someone’s intelligence. All names that name one group lower than others remind me strongly of the Holocaust.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Faggot, because most of the time you hear it said by a homophobe, and someone who condemns another for loving who they love is not a person I want to know.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Words are meant to communicate. Almost any word is acceptable if it’s used to convey something that’s not hateful or threatening. The words I object to, however, are ones I can barely manage to type here because they epitomize hatred to me on such a dark and dangerous level. The ‘n’ word, for one, and anything having to do with Nazism makes me sick to my stomach.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Besides words used as racial slurs, I like pretty much all words.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Not sure. If I don’t like something I either turn away from it, take steps to change it, or investigate the reason why I don’t like it so I understand and can change it.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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Question #8: According to you, what is femininity?

“Hey, we all know from Kindergarten on that boys and girls are different. To me, femininity is not a stereotype or a constrained way of being, but it is that indefinable quality that unites our gender. Femininity can be soft or strong, nurturing or tough, dominant or submissive, but it will always have a different energy and flavor to it than masculinity.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Femininity is caring enough about yourself to be proud to be a woman and not want to be a man. I may want to be as physically strong as a man but that’s all. I like being a woman. I have the mental and emotional strength that men don’t have.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“Strength, Intelligence, sensuality, courage, cleverness, creativity and emotion.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“Passion.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“Femininity is the rendering of your gender or sexuality in your actions and words. It’s different for everybody because each person sees their gender/sexuality as something different.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“Femininity is a way of relating to the world that rounds off the hard edges. It softens even as it strengthens. A woman can be tough, but if after she’s done kicking ass and taking names she enjoys reading a romance novel in the bath? She’s as feminine as they come!”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Ack! That is a hard one to define. But for me, I guess femininity is the ability to accept and understand the part of me that is not the aggressor. Not to say femininity is weak or meek—I am a mother who has had to defend her children before and there is nothing weak about the way I went about it. More like the part of me that desires the calm and peace, the part that wants to be protected until I am ready to fight again, the part that knows and accepts my weaknesses and accepts they make up the facets of my femininity.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“I believe femininity is when a woman has the self-confidence to feel sexy. No matter her age, size, or what she’s wearing, nothing is hotter or more feminine than when she gives her man a saucy smile.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Being independent, strong and compassionate.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“Femininity is not working to prove you’re not feminine for fear of being perceived as weak if you show a softer side.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“Long answer: Quiet strength, strong touch with the inner female (compassionate, loving, understanding, patient, etc). Short answer: the opposite of me.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“It should mean being happy and confident in yourself as a woman and not being defined by your body size, shape, or someone’s unrealistic idea of beauty or behaviour.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“Ah, this is a good one. I didn’t realize what a big struggle I had with this until I wrote my SF series. The main character, Dace, grew up in a society where womanhood and anything associated with it meant second-class status, if that. Women were for creating the next generation of workers. When Dace escapes that world, she refutes anything that has to do with being female—she chops her hair short, wears baggy coveralls, and doesn’t have a clue how to handle a man being interested in her. Book 2, which will be coming out—I just got the contract signed, deals partly with her learning to be a little more feminine. I’ve had similar struggles, at least in my head. I love science and math and taking things apart. I’m a geek. I was voted an honorary guy by a group of male friends once and was very flattered by it. But as I grow older, I’ve come to terms with my female side. I’m still not big into makeup, hair, and shoes, but I’m happy with who I am these days.”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com

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“Whatever it wants to be. Often there’s an XX chromosome involved, but not always.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“A confidence in yourself and sticking to what you want out of life. It includes knowing your strengths and weaknesses and being willing to ask for help when you need it.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Inner beauty, inner strength, a sense of humor, and the good grace to make everyone welcome.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Anything pink? Just kidding. I’m with Leslie Feinberg on this one: it’s like masculinity: a narrow term which needs to be expanded. Or, failing that, it needs to be one term among dozens that women and men can use to describe themselves without fear.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Oh, I love this question! Femininity is power! It’s the soft curve of a round hip, the smell of honeysuckle in a strand of hair, the way a woman looks down and to the left when she asks her hero to kiss her because he’s too nervous to offend her sensibilities. It’s the way crimson lipstick is left on the rim of a white coffee mug, the way direct eye contact tells him more than words ever could. It’s that precious moment when her ass sinks against the mattress and the gorgeous man presses his hips against her to enter her for the first time. Yeah, femininity kicks ass!”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“An arcane concept meant for a binary world. Horribly outdated, often used for repression. The yoke of the man. Maybe I should change my answer to number 7, because this word is really pissing me off.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“Femininity is the expression of the softer, more giving side of humanity.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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“I think it’s embracing what it is to be female. It’s certainly the challenge we face in a gender separated world. We are equal to men, but we are still different. Our brains work different, we have more complicated thought processes. I think you can be a strong and smart woman and still be feminine. It’s also motherhood and sisterhood. It’s the ability to express one’s emotions and not being afraid to speak and listen. We are so much more than just the estrogen brigade.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net
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Fantastic answers, everybody. I think Pauline had one of the best definitions of femininity I’ve ever read, and Jaleta now has me super curious about her work.

Be sure to return for the last installment of interview questions. Whom do these authors identify with, and what are they looking forward to in the future? Find out next time.

A Pageant of Authors – Q5 & Q6

“I haven’t seen a walk like that since Jurassic Park!”

– Miss Congeniality

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Welcome again to my guest authors. Let’s get back to grilling them with some hardcore beauty pageant questions.

Question #5: What would you like to change in yourself and why?

“I’d like to change my body. I really hate my body but don’t hate it enough to do much about it. I’ve started exercising and that is helping, but I’d really like to wake up and have Raquel Welch’s body. Oops guess I dated myself there didn’t I. All right I’d like to wake up and have…um…Jennifer Lopez’s body. How’s that?”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

“I’d like to be more organized.”

– Selena Illyria
Website: www.selenaillyria.com
Amazon Central: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B0075NG31K

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“I’d like to be able to do 30 chin ups – the reason’s obvious.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“I’m sure a lot of my fellow writers would disagree, but I really wish I was more productive. I’m an excellent time waster!”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“I’d like to become less critical of myself and my work so I can take more enjoyment in the process.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“I would like to have a new back and a new knee. This pain thing can get out of control at times. It takes away from my goals of taking over the world one book at a time. LOL But I like the struggles I have been forced to fight my way through. They helped shape me into the person that I am today, and it took a lot of self discovery to learn to love myself, faults and all. If some painful event in my past changes, then I may not be the Stephanie Burke that I am today.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/

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“I’m at the stage in my life where I don’t want to change too much about myself. I’d rather learn to work with my strengths and weaknesses. I can be impulsive and curious about a lot of things. Sometimes I jump into things without really knowing what I’m doing! Like when I began writing a few years ago, I had no idea what I was getting into.  But I’m glad I was like the fool in the Tarot, just took a step off the cliff and never looked back!”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“I would give myself more patience. Why? Because I can be too impatient.”

– Tarah Scott
Website: http://www.tarahscott.com/

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“I don’t know if I’d change something. I’ve been trying hard to feel comfortable in my own skin and being okay with who I am. Well, maybe that is the ‘something’ I’d change…to be comfortable with myself.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“I wish I wouldn’t make snap judgments. I think it costs me sometimes.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“My purely lazy attitude. I live with a guy who wakes up at 5 to go exercise and kayak and . . . just writing it makes me exhausted.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“Become more fit mainly because my asthma bothers me less when I’m at a healthy weight and able to be physically active.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Sometimes I can be too negative.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“I judge myself too harshly, and in doing so I judge others the same way. I lose sleep, sometimes lose friends, and definitely lose the chance to smile more often all because I judge myself against impossible standards.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“I would change my obsessiveness over things I cannot change. I mull over things that are out of my control as if I actually have any control at all. I would definitely change that.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“I’d really like a faster metabolism and to have no ulcer. A faster metabolism, because then I could eat what I want and not worry about it. No ulcer because, well, that hurts a lot and makes me crabby. I assume you meant physically in myself, right? If not, I’d like to be a Time Lord.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20

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“I would be more outgoing. I’m far less shy than I used to be, but parties are still a little uncomfortable (not that I go to many parties!).”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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“I would be way more organized. Why? I use more energy trying to stay focused on one thing at a time.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net

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“My lack of patience. I want whatever I want, and I want it right now.”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“I’m 5’4” so I wish to be taller. I’d love some long, killer legs.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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Question #6: What do you think is the most important discovery of the last century? Why? There’s definitely a consensus on a few of these, and there are some more unique responses, too.

“Microwave ovens. They make life so much faster and easier. Microwave popcorn comes in a close second, followed by chocolate candies. And then there’s the neck basket. How did I ever get anything done without my neck basket?

There are so many discoveries in science, technology, exploration of the oceans and other planets, it would be hard to pick just one and say it’s the most important. All of them interconnect. Understanding one new discovery requires knowing about so many others.”

– Jaleta Clegg
Website: www.jaletac.com
Blog: http://jaletaclegg.blogspot.com

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“The microwave. See question 5. No, the computer—I’m a cruddy typist. I’d write ‘the vibrator’ but it was actually invented in the 1800s.”

– Kate Rothwell/Summer Devon
Website: http://katerothwell.com
Website: http://summerdevon.com

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“The Internet. It has completely changed people’s lives. Even those without a computer have had their lives changed, just in the way they shop and are offered products to buy.”

– Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog

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“The Internet and penicillin and the pill. Sorry, couldn’t pick just one. The Internet because I can now satisfy every curious whim, penicillin because it saves lives, and the pill because it gives us women choices.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“I would have to say the internet. It bridged the gap between so many people who otherwise never would have connected. Suddenly people from all over the world discovered that there are people out there who are just like them.  Be it people uniting in geekdome to people who had kinks that they felt no one would understand, the internet has brought them together. It gave rise to small press as it is evolving today, to information that would never have been accessible before, to cultures and people from a world away. And of course, porn. (I had to say it). But like any innovation, it can be abused. We have to be smart when navigating the cyber world and not be drawn in by a lot of negative people and false information. But overall, the internet has improved our way of life dramatically.”

– Stephanie Burke
Website/Blog: http://theflashcat.wordpress.com/
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“The Internet because this has made people think globally as well as locally. It’s also a curse at times, but everything has its yin and yang side.”

– Viki Lyn
Website: http://www.vikilyn.com
Blog: http://www.vikilynromance.blogspot.com

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“The internet. It connects people who would never have met, and allows anyone interaction no matter who they are or where.”

– Pippa Jay
Blog: http://pippajay.blogspot.com/
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5054558.Pippa_Jay

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“The most important discovery, I believe, is the internet. It has changed the way the world communicates and has opened the door for many communities and cultures to relate.”

– Pauline Allan
Website/Blog: www.paulineallan.com

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“The computer chip. Need I say more?”

– Jami Davenport
Website: http://www.jamidavenport.com/

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“Hands down, the computer and the internet. It changed the world. It led to ebooks, which opened up the publishing industry again.”

– Cara Bristol
Website: http://www.carabristol.com

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“Birth control pills because of the freedom it has given women to explore and express their sexuality.”

– Tibby Armstrong
Website: http://www.tibbyarmstrong.com

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“Birth control. Without it, women could not truly be a viable, steady workforce.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“DNA. The use of that information has so many applications, both factual and fictional. It can do so much good if used appropriately.”

– Qwillia Rain
Website: www.authorqwilliarain.com
Blog: http://authorqwilliarain.blogspot.com

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“Absolutely it’s the discovery of DNA and the advancement of medicine in general. Second, I’d pick the development of Computer technology and the internet. Kudos to those guys.”

– Pam Labud/Leigh Curtis
Website: www.pamlabud.net
Website: www.leighcurtis.net

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“The automobile. I think the invention of the automobile has, more than any other invention, changed the way we live our lives.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com

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“I still think Penicillin is the most important discover of the last century. It’ll be hard to beat that, not impossible but hard.”

– A. R. Norris
Blog: http://sci-fiadventures.blogspot.com/

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“Smart phones. I mean, really. Without the birth of smart phones, you wouldn’t have iPods, iPads, and whatever else that’s to come. Holding one of those devices makes you feel like you’re part of the future. I can’t wait to see what else comes along.”

– T. K. Toppin
Website/Blog: http://www.tktoppin.blogspot.com

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“Well, it’s a tossup between Velcro and Wet Wipes. Both for obvious reasons.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Pasteurization, I guess. Or maybe the ability to split atoms. Electricity? I dunno, they’re all pretty good.”

– Clancy Nacht
Website: http://clancynacht.com/
Amazon: http://astore.amazon.com/charlottesome-20