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Fun One-Liners

Today I have a great group of authors visiting with some of their best one-liners from their books. Participants include Allie Quinn, Bobbi Romans, Brynley Bush, Cailin Briste, Cara Bristol, Cynthia Sax, Errin Stevens, Eva Lefoy, Gail Koger, Haley Whitehall, Jeanne St. James, Jessica E. Subject, Jocelyn Dex, K.T. Black, Laurel Richards, Lisa M. Owens, Louisa Kelley, Marianne Rice, Megan Slayer, Pamela Moran, Pippa Jay, Shiloh Saddler, Sotia Lazu, Stephanie Lake, Susanna Eastman, Tami Lund, Tara Quan, TD Hassett, and Wendi Zwaduk. Plus I’m sharing a couple lines of my own. Thank you to all the authors who joined in. Now read on for fun one-liners that will make you smile, blush, and add to your TBR list.

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Enormous frost bears didn’t turn into gorgeous, naked men. Pleasure Season by Allie Ritch

 

“Sex magic, good for everything.” Nareen of the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“No, I do bite, but only if you want me to.” Together In Cedarwood by Megan Slayer

 

What she saw below his belt… Mmm, some things just couldn’t be tucked away and hidden. Shane: Marshal of Tallav by Cailin Briste

 

“You know what you need, don’t you? You need to get laid.” If Only… by Lisa M. Owens *See Lisa’s guest post for more about If Only…

 

“What kind of sex do you like?” His voice sounded low and gruff to his own ears.

“The kind when I get to come.” Double Dare by Jeanne St. James

 

“She breathed in the increasing smell of smoke and tried not to think of sex.” Lydia and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“Wow. It really was an orgy.” Updrift by Errin Stevens

 

“Men retain words better when they read them on boobs. I hear that’s how Dickens got started.” Hard Wolf Cafe (Sexy to Go Valentine’s Day edition) by Eva Lefoy

 

“Do my breasts feel the same as a New Earthling woman’s?” Alien Sex 101: Xindra and Quinn by Allie Ritch

 

“The neighbors probably wouldn’t look twice at a woman dressed as a fairy queen walking up and down their sidewalks at six o’clock in the morning.” Unbidden Dragon by Louisa Kelley

 

“Why did you carve your tree into a giant phallus?” The Clam Festival Murders by Laurel Richards

 

Then a man slid into her booth, put one arm around her shoulder and ran his other hand up her thigh while whispering desperately in her ear, “Please. Pretend you know me for the next five minutes.” Quickshot by Pippa Jay

 

“Hey, for all I know, you’re in some kind of kinky cult that requires members to, well, what are you supposed to do with my semen?” Araya’s Addiction by Jocelyn Dex

 

I will not google him, I will not google him. Isabel’s Awakening by TD Hassett *learn more about Isabel’s Awakening in this guest post

 

“Baby, you are the sexiest cat burglar I’ve ever seen.” The Fish Fry Fiasco by Laurel Richards

 

“Little circles. I like little circles.” Timeless Heat by Susanna Eastman (Coming soon)

 

“What a ride, you fantastic beast!” Cara and the Draca by Louisa Kelley

 

“Wow.” Her milk chocolate eyes darkened, and he imagined what they’d look like when he touched more than just her lips. Sweet on You by Marianne Rice

 

“Does your husband know of your propensity to taste other men’s lips?” His Second Chance (Second Chance Series 1) by Stephanie Lake

 

“Kiss me, and I’ll forgive you.” Submissive on Display by Tara Quan

 

“I told you to call me Dylan. But, it does kind of turn me on to hear you say, Mr. Holt.” His tone was suggestive, full of naughty implications. The Assistant: Afternoon Delights Collection by K.T. Black

 

He would spank her over this. And it wouldn’t be a pretty-please-spank-me-again-it-hurts-so-good kind of paddling. But a wailing-begging-sleep-on-her-stomach-afterwards spanking. Domestic Discipline by Cara Bristol (Release date: 9/6/2016)

 

Typical men, she thought. Give them food or sex and they’re happy. Pussy or cookies, just put them on a plate. Brothers in Blue: Max by Jeanne St. James (Release date: 9/27/2016)

 

And I was fighting to keep my anger in check. What I really wanted to do was to dip his dick in honey and cover it with an army of hungry fire ants. Or pull a Lorena Bobbitt and slice the son of a bitch off. What If… by Lisa M. Owens

 

Who knew a Coletti Warlord would think being zapped with a cattle prod was foreplay? Reality Bites by Gail Koger

 

“I’ve endured worse abuse from less beautiful beings.” Chasing Mayhem by Cynthia Sax

 

“Prince Charming is from a fairy tale, not a romance novel, but not to worry, charming you’re not.” Wulf and the Bounty Hunter by Gail Koger (Release Date: 10/18/2016)

 

“You’re more honest right after you come.” Submissive on the Run by Tara Quan

 

“You seem agitated. Too much so for the pink fortress to have been attacked last night.”

“I don’t even know what you’re saying, but I know you’re talking about sex.” — Mirror, Mirror by Tami Lund (Release date: 9/28/2016; advanced copies available FREE)

 

“You don’t have to court a shady lady, Dr. Steere.” She eased off his lap, flashed him a saucy smile, and took him by the hand, pulling him out of the chair. “I’ll show you to the bedroom.” Wild and Tender Care by Haley Whitehall

 

“Duh, I’m vanilla, not stupid.” Inhibition-X by Bobbi Romans

 

He’d had his share of fun and sowed plenty of wild oats, but he knew where he wanted to land and who he wanted in his bed—her. Between Us by Wendi Zwaduk

 

She stumbled, her legs going limp and collapsing beneath her as she struggled to latch onto the nearest armrest for support. But what she found instead was a solid muscled chest…DAMAGED by Lisa M. Owens

 

James complied, flashing him a cocky smile. “Guess I’ll hook my suspenders then. Make sure the shirt stays in place.” Labors of Love: Complete Box Set by Shiloh Saddler

 

“The first time I saw this scene… well, it was so sweetly erotic, I couldn’t sleep for three days.” — Breakwater by Errin Stevens (Release Date: 11/2016)

 

“I was unwed, and you weren’t of royal blood, weren’t anyone my parents would even consider marrying me off to.”  BRYCE (Galactic Defenders book one) by Jessica E. Subject *learn more about BRYCE in this guest post

 

Wrong man, Sure as hell the wrong time. Darkwater Echoes (PSI Sentinels: Darkwater Guardians) by Pamela Moran

 

Your disguise is very effective, little one, I shall enjoy discovering what is beneath it. Vexing Voss by Gail Koger

 

She wanted another man? The problem was the other man she wanted was also me. A Touch of Lavender by Allie Quinn

 

It’s a slow, deep kiss, the kind that reminds a woman that a man knows the secrets of her soul and plans to exploit them all, one by one. The Power Games by Brynley Bush

 

“He did not have a prissy official’s hands, nor an ambassador’s, but a fighter’s. Scarred, callused, rough. With those hands, he’d keep her safe.” Captured by the Cyborg by Cara Bristol

 

The lift of her lips matched the chill in her eyes. “Like you believe in prophecy.” Gavin’s Woman (A PSI Sentinel Novella) by Pamela Moran

 

I was alone with the kitchen with two men I was incredibly drawn to—whom I loved—and we had to discuss the possibility of me having sex with one while the other watched, so I could cut all ties to the former and maybe spend my human years with the latter. Just your usual Tuesday. Cherry Pie (Vampire Cherry, #3) by Sotia Lazu (Release date: 10/31/2016)

 

That initial reaction to seeing Gabe Nicholetti, the Harbinger of Death, sitting and waiting — who was going to die? Blind Sight (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, Book 2) by Pamela Moran

 

Moving up behind Chandler, Alex leaned forward until they were almost touching. She put her mouth close to Chandler’s right ear. “Do I make you nervous?” Wicked Magic: Spellbound Book 1 by K.T. Black

 

He could class himself as drop dead gorgeous and appreciate the utter literal nature of the phrase. No Angel by Pippa Jay

 

“If I really am dead, then someone must have killed me.” Stolen Spirit (PSI Sentinels: Guardians of the Psychic Realm, Book 1) by Pamela Moran

 

I wouldn’t feel half-crazy if I could actually see the ghost. If he really was eye candy, why not show himself to me? Caged Bird by Haley Whitehall

 

Invisible, she swirled upward, into the low hanging clouds, wrapped her essence in the moisture, pulled it into her being, then plunged into the ocean as a torrent of sudden rain beat down onto the sand and water in an unleashed assault of bent up frustration. Elemental Curse: Water House (Sexy To Go Paranormal Edition) by Pamela Moran

 

Somewhere, lurking among the ordinary humans, there was another Elemental in the crowd. In Her Element by Laurel Richards (Release date: 9/1/2016)

 

“What are you, Sebastian?” A fine tremor shook her, trembled along the edge of her soft voice. Elsie’s Secret (A PSI Sentinel Novella) by Pamela Moran

 

“No, but I haven’t wanted to get my opponent naked before.” Someone Like Him by Susanna Eastman

 

“Someone’s gotta see what that hunk of a man tastes like.” The Sinful Chocolatier by Bobbi Romans

 

Her words tempted his desire to ask for a deeper connection than a dollar of his time. Midnight Caller by Haley Whitehall

 

He longed to feel the captain’s bare skin against his, though the thought scared him—had scared him since the first day on the beach. Saltwater Lover by Shiloh Saddler

 

“People don’t belong in oceans. That’s why God invented swimming pools.” — Outrush by Errin Stevens (WIP)

 

“How awful if we had to do this, and it meant nothing.” Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman

 

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Want more one-liners? Check out these past posts:

 

One-liners (Part 1) https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2011/11/12/one-liners-part-1/

One-liners (Part 2) https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/one-liners-part-2/

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 1 https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/hooked-on-one-liners-part-1/

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 2 https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2013/03/23/hooked-on-one-liners-part-2/

Fall In Love with One-Liners https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/fall-in-love-with-one-liners/

Halloween One-Liners https://allieritch.wordpress.com/2015/10/03/halloween-one-liners/

 

It’s an Alien Invasion!

Pixabay_robot-157803_1280Aliens are invading my blog! And having just relaunched my Alien Sex Ed series, I welcome them. Today, we’ve got some great snippets from a wonderful group of SFR writers, including Cynthia Sax, Mahlee Ashwynn, Pippa Jay, Susanna Eastman, Daisy Banks, Jessica E. Subject, Laurel Richards, Shiloh Saddler, Gail Koger, and Melisse Aires. Their works span several heat levels, and their out-of-this-world teasers will have you adding to that TBR list. Thank you to all the authors who made this post so much fun.

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Releasing Rage_CompressedHe turned his head, locked his gaze with hers and she sucked in her breath. There were worlds of agony, of rage, in those bright blue eyes. This was no rational, logic-driven cyborg. This was a man, an animal, crazed by bloodlust and pain.

“They thought to pacify me with the use of a human female?” he thundered, his deep gravelly voice clawing across her skin, awakening parts in her she didn’t realize slept. “I’d kill you before I allowed you to touch me.”

Releasing Rage by Cynthia Sax

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OnTarget_MahleeAshwynneHis face was twisting and distorting. The shoulders stretched the once-loose shirt, arms elongating and his body augmenting in extended ripples. Her panicked inhalation brought a crooked smile to the new face before her.

“Aldien, what in the nyxtril are you?”

“A Chameleord.” His breath came out short and hard in that familiar baritone voice.

On Target by Mahlee Ashwynne

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PippaJay_KeirAt the center, T’rill alternated between surveying her somnolent entourage, her exuberant offspring, and admiring the play of sunlight on her skin, scaled in golden-green like the children’s. She contemplated removing the unnecessary weight of the twisted coronet of silver and pearls around her bare head, the only insignia of rank she wore—a token required by etiquette. J’dahzi, her most loyal, and yet most critical, courtier would scold her for doing so. Even though the thought amused her, she accepted the imagined reprimand and tolerated the burden. Lithe and muscular, she lay on a cloth of gold and green, a slight smile on her thin lips at each joyful squeal from her children. Dressed only in a short tunic of iridescent blue that left her slender arms and legs bare, T’rill, Queen of Metraxi, relaxed amongst the drowsy members of her court and her alert guardians, content and at peace, a day away from the rigors of duty and responsibility.

Keir: Book One of Redemption by Pippa Jay Available from Amazon (and other online retailers) for just $0.99 until the end of 2015!

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captiveheat_SusannaEastman“Touching me like this. It’s only a medical procedure to you?”

“It has to be.” His gaze darted around the shuttle before meeting her eyes again.

“It has to be?” Mia repeated his words. “You won’t feel anything?” she pressed, inching closer to him.

Captive Heat by Susanna Eastman

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SexyToGoV6_3DcoverTenderness warmed his heart for Elana needed him to discover herself. He would delight in the duty of caring for her. “You are perfect. The most desirable and disobedient female I’ve seen on this planet or any other is my mate. Tell me, do you really want to wear male clothing, such as I found you in? Do you wish to take on the elite of the Jagan world alone?”

“It wasn’t male clothing. I arrived in a shadow suit,” she snapped, interrupting him again.

Rewriting the Law in the Sexy To Go Boxed Sets by Daisy Banks

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AlienAtraction_JessicaSubject“Your girlfriend is a Lisivian, or at least half. And that means you’re going back to Earth.”

Chal’s heart raced. “But you said—”

“I know, but that was before I realized who we were dealing with.” Slade guided him to the single-person transporter in the corner.

Alien Attraction (Alien Next Door #3) by Jessica E. Subject

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PippaJay_Keir's FallShe trod the silver and black corridors of her vessel alone and barefoot, hunger burning in her belly. Despite the dark color, the walls shone, lit by shimmering veins that seemed to flow along the undulating surfaces. She ran her fingers along one wall possessively, to feel the distant throb of the engines like the pulse of an eager lover. All that vibrant energy thrumming through her ship, into her fingertips, shivering over her skin. She resisted the urge to press herself into the walls and feel it strum through her whole body. Jakhani must find her another human with more stamina or she’d be forced to seek the cold and passionless company of her own kind for the meager solace that would provide.

Keir’s Fall: Book Two of Redemption by Pippa Jay *Releasing very soon!

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stellaraffair_ebook_coverartThis was a precept? The guy looked like an ordinary man, not a monster or mutant. In fact, he was handsome and friendly looking. He couldn’t have been older than his early thirties. His hair was a fine light brown, and he had striking hazel eyes, which were now fixed on her. Under different circumstances, she might have attributed her fluttering pulse to something other than nerves. When she shook his hand, his fingers felt warm and soft and made her shiver.

A Stellar Affair by Laurel Richards

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Linatars-Pet_ShilohSaddlerMaster Dantfur’s eyes glowed golden, matching the color of his hair. He reached down and picked Andrew up, cradling him against his chest.

Andrew’s body prickled with fear and then a soothing wave of pleasure washed over him. Master Dantfur didn’t mean to hurt him. His strong arms surrounded him gently, careful to avoid the worst of his injuries.

Without thinking, Andrew nuzzled against the Linatar’s thick shoulder.

Master Dantfur let out a guttural hum. Was he purring?

Linatar’s Pet by Shiloh Saddler

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VexingVoss_GailKogerThe warlord’s stunned gaze swept over my greasy black hair that hung in clumps around my pale, zit-covered face, and paused for a minute on the black raccoon-like circles around my eyes. He eyed my Hunchback of Notre Dame outfit in outright horror, and his nose wrinkled in disgust as my eau de dead skunk perfume hit him.

It was all I could do not to giggle. Hideous didn’t even begin to describe me. There wasn’t a man or warlord alive who would want to touch me.

It is an honor to finally meet you, Zoey.” Baring his awesome fangs in a scarily polite smile, he held out his hand diplomatically.

What a liar. Time to get the fun started. I scuttled round the desk and hid behind the general. “Please, don’t let him eat me.”

Vexing Voss by Gail Koger

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alieninvasion1954_MelisseAiresHis face was human-like with a flared Roman nose, though his nostrils had notches on the side. High cheekbones, carved brown lips and a square jaw. He had aqua hair that was more like a pelt, thick and brushy. Eyebrows, of that same aqua shade. Inhuman eyes, almond shaped and faceted turquoise with no pupil, but set in human-like eye sockets with thick dark eyelashes.

His teeth—Oh my God, his teeth—Sharp and lots of them.

Alien Invasion, 1954 (Coming November 15, 2015) by Melisse Aires

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AlienSex101_coverartQuinn cupped her breasts with hungry palms and gave them one more squeeze before all his attention centered on the treasure between her legs. He cocked an eyebrow in surprise as he explored new territory. Unlike New Earthling women, she wasn’t curly and coarse down below. Instead, she had very short, perfectly straight hairs that formed a pelt over her mons. When he ran his fingers through this novel down, he discovered it was as fine and soft as cat’s fur and just as thick. He felt her shiver.

“A natural purple,” he mused, which made her chuckle.

Alien Sex 101: Xindra and Quinn by Allie Ritch – Alien Sex Ed books on sale for $0.99/each through November 30, 2015!

Halloween One-Liners

Halloween pumpkinOctober is the month for ghosts, ghouls, vampires, werewolves, witches, and the like. I thought I’d kick things off with this fun post of one-liners by this great group of paranormal romance authors.

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Brasen smiled, showing a glimpse of fangs. “Were you coming to see me?” Vampire Territory 3: After Hours by Allie Ritch

“I’m a maid, accountant, and shape-shifting witch with a clueless boss and very meddlesome sister.” Flirting with Fire by Tara Quan

Fay stepped into the moonlight. “Get your foggy mitts off my man, you … you … sex-soaked spirit!” Did the forest sprite understand English? A Bird in Vein by Mahlee Ashwynne

“It’s not every day you find out you’re a werewolf.” Wild Side by Laurel Richards

There’s real magic in the world, and there’s false magic, and it takes a genie private eye – Biff Andromeda – to know the difference. Genie for Hire: A Biff Andromeda Mystery by Neil Plakcy

“I’m in damn good condition…for a corpse.” Restless In Peaceville by Pippa Jay

Finding out werewolves lived nearby and that one of them was especially fine gave her happy goose bumps one minute and knots in her stomach the next. Sins of Long Ago by Naomi Bellina

“There’s no such thing as a love spell. Love is too powerful to be magically manipulated. Lust, on the hand, is different.” Wicked Magic: Spellbound Book 1 by K.T. Black

“Hodge, get in here now or I swear I’ll put an itching hex on you that’ll last a century!” Hallow’s Eve by Pippa Jay

“You know you’re not supposed to fly in the house.” Cosmic Desires (Phoenix Spanked) by Jessica E. Subject

“Merlin dropped onto one of the velvet couches and traded looks with Vlad. “Hang on. So you live in a world with the dead walking around doing their jobs every day, but your mind is blown over a wizard and a vampire? Oh, honey.” Pride & Justice by Clancy Nacht

“Of course. A labyrinth needed its monster.” Immortal Sins by Clancy Nacht & Thursday Euclid

Mary reached up and covered her eyes. There was definitely not a giant cat sitting near her, and it definitely hadn’t winked at her. Punished by Samantha Stone

“Don’t. Ever. Run. From. A. Tiger.” White Tiger Lover by Melisse Aires

“More,” Aiden demanded. “You said you were a monster. Prove it. Show me your wild side.” Half Soul by Shiloh Saddler

“I’d really like to continue what I hope was about to happen before she interrupted. Are you free after the coven meeting?” All’s Fair: Love & Warlocks, from the Bewitching Desires Anthology by Tami Lund

“I don’t care,” the monster breathed. “I want a lover with a cock.” — Dominated by his Monster by Eva Lefoy

“Dude, please put on a pair of pants or something, I love you and all, but I can’t take you seriously with sir F***s-a-lot waving a sword at me.” Soul Tie Seduction by K.D. Friedrich

“Take me,” he told the earth, all hope lost. “Take me.” — Darkest Flowers by Eva Lefoy

“You don’t have to worry about me, Red. Until you’re in fighting shape, I promise to be a perfect gentleman.” Catching Red by Tara Quan

He became a frightening mountain of muscle and fangs and claws—so big he cast a shadow over his opponent. — “Breeding Season” by Allie Ritch in Children of Nanook Boxed Set

Hooked on One-Liners – Part 1

One-liners hook your attention, pique your interest, and lure you into reading more. Some of the catchy ones stay with you long after you’ve read them. (Jianne Carlo’s “…sure as a hen dips snuff, I do the dirty with my hat on…” from Notorious in Nice comes to mind.)

This month, I’ve gathered together lines from a fabulous group of authors who write everything from SFR to m/m contemporary romance and just about everything in between. Some will make you smile, while others will make you lick your lips. I’ve also included a couple of lines from my erotic sci-fi ménage romance, Husbandry, to celebrate its upcoming release on March 26.

Enjoy!

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If the bulge in his blue jeans was anything to go by, the suspense was getting to him too.

 — Husbandry by Allie Ritch

The man who brought her in, walked her around the bed, as if presenting her to the various people watching.

The Rebound by Emilia Mancini

“Do be romantic and tie me to the posts and cut off my clothes.”

Earthly Desires by Leta Blake and Keira Andrews

She wanted to touch him, to dig her nails into his back, to suck at his lips, to bury her face against his throat, but she could only hang there, helpless and restrained, and take whatever was given her.

Dark Paradise (Paradise series, Book 1) by Cassidy Hunter

“This is what you didn’t specify—clothing, position, restraints.” Devil checked his watch. “Forty-five seconds have elapsed—I can keep you here as long as I want until I come in your mouth, latex covered as specified.”

Devil, Hades Squad Book #3 by Jianne Carlo

“Tonight I will show you all the different uses for whipped-cream filling, and I promise, you will be quite satisfied when I’m done.”

Sweet Cravings by Eva Lefoy

Fae cum didn’t taste of pixie sticks; that was for sure.

Close Quarter by Anna Zabo

“Goal: five orgasms. Strategy: make you beg for each and every one.”

Demon, Hades Squad Book #4 by Jianne Carlo

“The first time she’d done something spur-of-the-moment, and she’d ended up being fingerf**ked by an extraterrestrial.”

Satin Sheets in Space by Jessica E. Subject

Cassie was flooded with tenderness for Kyla, who would not be cheated of her orgasm, and for Jordan, who was so intent on satisfying both of them.

His and Hers and Hers by Nona Raines

“And here I thought you’d say you’d take me in because then you’d have 24-7 access to my slave labor and hot body.”

Somewhere I Belong by Wendi Zwaduk

He reached down between their bodies and squeezed Rion’s cock. “If I’m so unclean, why do I make you hard?”

Ascending Hearts by Keira Andrews & Leta Blake

“Circumspection? Isn’t that what happens to the men in Baleg village?”

Initiate by Nulli Para Ora

Her smile came like sunrise, golden and warming.

Keir by Pippa Jay

“I hope you don’t expect me to pop out babies like that… I have a uterus, not a clown car.

Dragon Moon, Book 1 by Nulli Para Ora

“I don’t want your friendship—that involves emotions. Now, there is an arrangement I might go for—the kind that involves a certain type of buddy.”

Alpha Me Not, White Wolf #3 by Jianne Carlo

Sex I was good at, but dating?

Just Perfect by Rowan McBride

“Love,” he gasped. “Sweetheart, I don’t do love. I do women, preferably in groups of three or four.”

Sweet Hell by Rosanna Leo

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.