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Author Favorites – Part IV: Favorite Music

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

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

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16.   What’s your favorite genre of music?

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

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17.   What’s your favorite song?

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

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18.   Who is your favorite singer or band?

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

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19.   What’s your favorite music video?

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

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

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

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

And that concludes the Author Favorites series.

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

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

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11.   What’s your favorite movie?

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

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12.   What’s your favorite T.V. show?

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

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

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

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14.   Who is your favorite actor?

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

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15.   Who is your favorite actress?

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

Author Favorites – Part II: Misc.

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

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

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6.       What’s your favorite meal?

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

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

7.       What’s your favorite dessert?

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

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

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8.       What’s your favorite color?

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

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

It’s not easy being green.

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

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

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

 

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

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

The dark side.

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

Equal Opportunists

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

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9.       What’s your favorite animal?

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

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

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

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10.       What’s your favorite painting?

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

Author Favorites – Part I: Favorite Reads

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

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

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

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1.       What’s your favorite fiction genre?

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

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

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2.       Who is your favorite e-book author?

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

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

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

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4.       Who is your favorite classic writer?

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

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

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

A Pageant of Authors – Q9 & Q10

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

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

– Miss Congeniality

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Pageant of Authors – Q7 & Q8

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

“You want me to beat it out of her?”

– Miss Congeniality

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

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

– Allie Ritch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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

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

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“Can’t. It limits you.”

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

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“Can’t, ‘cause you usually can.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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

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

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

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

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

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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

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

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

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

– Allie Ritch

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

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

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

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

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“Passion.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Being independent, strong and compassionate.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A Pageant of Authors – Q5 & Q6

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

– Miss Congeniality

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

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

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

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

“I’d like to be more organized.”

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

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

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“Sometimes I can be too negative.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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“The computer chip. Need I say more?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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

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

A Pageant of Authors – Q3 & Q4

“Smilers wear a crown, losers wear a frown.”

– Victor Melling in Miss Congeniality

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And we’re back. Let’s find out more about our lovely pageant contestants…I mean scholarship candidates…no, wait, make that our wonderful romance authors and what they have to say about success and money. Thanks again to all of the writers for participating and for sharing their beautiful imaginations with readers. As for me, I just had to put my two cents in here and there. Hope you enjoy.

Question #3: How do you define success?

“Success is fulfilling your potential. It’s setting goals and reaching them, or at least knowing you gave it everything you had.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Reaching a level of achievement that is personally satisfying.”

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

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“Success at what? Success is defined by what you’re trying to accomplish. Without knowing what we’re talking about, it’s hard to quantify. Conan the Barbarian once said, in his famous movie from 1982, that what is best in life is, ‘To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women.’ I don’t know if that’s success, but it’s something I can get behind.”

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

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“Doing something interesting that you love and not starving.”

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

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“Success for me is a feeling I get when I accomplish what I set out to do and can still look at myself in the mirror with no negative emotions there. Or when I can finally afford to force my husband to retire and become my naked pool boy who waits on me hand and foot. His job is getting in the way of that. I guess when I can get him in those thongs and have him fan me while feeding me peeled grapes then I will consider myself successful. Believe me, I am still working hard to achieve that! I want him to do the dance of the pool boy for my amusement so badly! LOL”

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

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“I define success as being able to get up every day and do the thing I love. For me, that’s writing. But whatever it is a person loves to do, if they get to do it on a daily basis, they’re successful.”

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

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“This is an interesting question and one I ponder from time to time. For me, success is being respected by my peers, and reader’s positive responses to my books. I have no way of knowing how my books are being received unless I hear from my readers, because reviews don’t always tell the tale. I don’t always define the success of my books by how many I sell. There are stories I’ve written that are close to my heart but aren’t my biggest sellers.”

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

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“To me, success means knowing I have given my all. I may not always reach my goals, but I can be proud I tried my best.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Success is the ability to call the shots. For me that would mean being able to write full time from the location of my choosing. I’m a travel nut, so exotic locals are definitely on the menu!”

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

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“Success, to me, is when you are happy with your own accomplishments, however big or small they may seem to someone else.”

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

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“Success to me on a personal level is being happy, healthy, and in a loving relationship. On an author level, it’s steadily increasing my readership, finding readers who love my books, and making good royalties.”

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

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“Making enough money to hire a full time housekeeper.”

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

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“I measure how successful I am by how much joy is in my life.”

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

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“True success is finding balance between the three necessities of life: vocation, passion, and peace.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Have I met my goals—short, mid and long term.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Being able to do what you enjoy without feeling you need to compromise to make a living.”

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

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“Usually unrelated to the outside world, my definition changes all the time, usually to adjust to whatever I’m doing. No need to feel like a failure after all. Sometimes it’s writing 10 pages a day, other days it’s getting out of bed. I also start any to-do list with a couple of things I’ve already done so I can cross them out and feel like I’ve accomplished something.”

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

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“For me, success is about being happy, content, comfortable and loving whatever it is that is making you happy.  You could have the most incredible job, get paid a gazillion dollars, but if you’re not happy about, content that you’re doing what you love, and comfortable doing it.  Then, what part of that is successful?  But like everything else, attaining it, is very hard work.”

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

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“Being happy with your achievements, however small they might seem to others.”

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

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“Happiness.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“Being happy.”

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

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“Success for me it getting my book published and out there for people to read.  Extra success is when they like it enough to do a review for me.  I guess you could say I’m very successful.”

 – Cynthia Woolf
Website: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com
Blog: http://www.cynthiawoolf.com/blog
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Question #4: If you were given a dollar, what would you do with it?

“Put in my ‘change’ jar and save it for a rainy day.”

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

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“Thank the person who gave it to me and put it in my wallet. I mean, it’s a dollar. That’s not exactly retiring in Mexico money.”

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

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“Give it to one of my kids.”

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

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“Add it to the other dead presidents in my wallet! Right now I am full up of George Washington so this one will feel right at home with his three brothers. LOL I need all the money I can get to pay off my bills and maybe get my kids through college. Every dollar counts. Charity begins at home.”

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

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“Find the best cup of coffee one dollar can buy.”

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

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“I use my dollar bills for tips at the coffeehouse. The baristas deserve them for making such great cappuccinos!”

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

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“In the words of Bill Gates, ‘I’d spend it on PR.’”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“I’d probably try to figure out who lost it and give it back to them! Lol.”

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

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“One dollar? Buy a Twix bar. I really like Twix bars.”

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

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“Buy a Lotto ticket.”

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

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“Right now? Save it for retirement.”

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

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“I would put that dollar toward a Diet Coke!”

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

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“Hold onto it until I have two more. With three dollars I can take paratransit to one more karate lesson.”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“Give it away—I use them for tips.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Depends on where I am and if someone needs the dollar more than me.”

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

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“Buy a cheap e-book on Amazon. Or give it to one of the guys hanging around Times Square.”

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

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“Probably keep it. I have pat-rack tendencies.”

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

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“Give it to my children—we’re in the UK so we don’t see dollars very often.”

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

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“Find a way to pay it forward.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“I’d save it.”

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

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“Go to the dollar store and get paper to write on.”

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

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“Fold it into a ring and wear it. And maybe use it to buy lunch. I work at a school, they’re still cheap. Wait, I’d need two dollars. Score! Two rings.”

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

A Pageant of Authors – Q1 & Q2

Please describe your idea of a perfect date.”

“I’d have to say April 25th, because it’s not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket.”

– Miss Congeniality

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The movie Miss Congeniality made fun of beauty pageants—I mean, scholarship programs—but pageants are big business. Contestants get put in the hot seat with some interesting interview questions. I decided to pick ten of these questions and pose them to an incredible group of romance authors to find out what they had to say. These authors write at various heat levels in several different subgenres, including contemporary, sci-fi, Southern, multicultural, m/m, m/f, and many other categories. Before looking at what anyone else had to say, I also jumped in and answered a few questions myself. I was surprised by just how much I was on the same page as many of my fellow writers.

Thanks to the enthusiastic response to these questions, I’ve broken this topic into five parts. Be sure to catch the whole series. You definitely don’t want to miss some of these answers.

Question #1: What makes you blush?  There was definitely a very clear divide between blushers and non-blushers.

 “I know this sounds strange coming from an erotic romance writer, but I blush very easily. Just thinking about blushing can trigger it. Having someone then point at me and say, ‘Hey, you’re blushing,’ just makes me redder. The trick is making it work for me and not letting a little color in my cheeks stop me from saying and doing what I want.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Most dirty jokes make be blush if I’m in mixed company. Otherwise I can tell a dirty joke with the best of them.”

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

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“Compliments.”

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

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“Being made the center of attention.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“Tripping with people around, which I do often.”

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

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

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“Any moment I deem embarrassing. This can range from compliments to pranks where all the attention is on me.”

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

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“The list is too long. I’ve spent decades trying to overcome the blush but I expect I’ll be embarrassed on my deathbed.”

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

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“Talking in public. Any time I become the focus of people I blush because I just feel uneasy drawing peoples’ attention.”

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

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“Flattery. Always. I’m always so surprised and embarrassed by it.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Discovering that the heroes of whatever m/m novel I’m working on have names starting with ‘J’ and ‘A.’ My best friend and his partner’s names start with those letters, and somehow those letters keep cropping up… *bright blush*”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“There is one thing guaranteed to make me blush. I’m standing in line at the grocery store, pumping gas in my car, waiting at a stoplight and a sexy stranger makes eye contact. Damn, that gets me every time! That split second where he knows he’s caught me. Yep, I was looking and he gives that little curl of his lip to smile knowing I was checking him out. That makes me turn blazing red faster than anything.”

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

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“Shaking down the CEO of the company for his security badge because I didn’t recognize him. That was truly embarrassing, especially since it wasn’t really my job—other than in the abstract way that security is everyone’s job. At least he was nice about it.”

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

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“A lot of the stuff I say, LOL!”

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

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“My husband, he definitely knows how to embarrass me.”

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

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“Very little. I’m an erotic romance writer!”

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

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“Not much! When it happens, people tend to comment on it with, ‘I’ve never seen you blush before!’ Chances are, however, they have no idea what was going through my mind at the time—usually something unexpectedly sexual that takes me by surprise.”

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

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“Not much. I write erotic romances.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“Nothing much anymore! I don’t like to be complimented and sometimes that makes me blush.”

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

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“ROFL. Not much. Maybe getting caught staring at a man’s legs. But that’s what dark sunglasses are for, and I’m not afraid to use them.”

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

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“Nothing! WOO HOO HAHAHAHA! LOL Really, there is only one thing that can make me blush and it has been the same thing for years now. When my husband Dennis stops me when I know I am looking or feeling my worst, looks me in the eyes, and sincerely tells me how beautiful he finds me. I think he needs glasses, but the fact that after all these years, after all our children, after all that life has tossed at us, he still finds me beautiful makes my heart melt and reminds me why I love my wonderful man so much.”

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

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Question #2: What book are you reading?  We authors are usually voracious readers, so these answers probably became outdated the same day they were given.

“I most recently finished Jade Lee’s Engaged in Wickedness, Piper Vaughn’s Wanting, and Jayne Castle’s After Glow.”

– Allie Ritch

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“Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones”

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

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“Currently I’m reading Smiley’s People by John le Carre, The Queen’s Bastard by CE Murphy, Recipe for Submission by Sindra van Yssel, The Labors of Hercules by Agatha Christie and The UnTied Kingdom by Kate Johnson.”

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

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“The Saga of the Volsungs.”

– Jianne Carlo
Website: www.jiannecarlo.com

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“I’ve just read P2PC by Laurie Green—not published yet but I hope it will be soon!”

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

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“A JL Merrow. Love it.”

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

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“Multiple ones. Sarah McLean’s A Rogue By Any Other Name. Elisabeth Naughton’s Enraptured. Machiavelli’s The Prince.”

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

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“Since I just finished turning in two books, I’m on a break and reading—finished Penalty Box and starting Hanging Loose soon.”

– Lynn Lorenz
Website: www.lynnlorenz.com

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“Lisey’s Story, by Stephen King. (Whenever I’m in trouble, emotionally or spiritually, I seem to always find a fiction book about a strong woman. Go figure.)”

– Emily Carrington
Website: www.emilycarrington.com

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“I just finished Stealing Midnight by Tracy MacNish. It is a wonderful historical romance. I also read Born To Please by G.A. Hauser. It’s a BDSM, M/M erotic romance.”

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

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“Grave Secrets by Kathy Riechs. I love that forensic stuff.”

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

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“I’m reading an equestrian mystery called ‘Barnstorming’ written by a friend of mine, Laura Crum.”

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

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“The Lonely Dominant, about a man struggling with the beginning of a Dominant/submissive relationship. Great insight into the BDSM lifestyle. Hey, it’s not War and Peace, but that’s okay.”

– Cassandra Carr
Website: http://www.booksbycassandracarr.com
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“I just finished Duck! by Kim Dare. It’s the most unique shifter novel I’ve ever read, and the sweetest D/s novel too. I cried three times while reading it—likely a record for me. I think I can count the number of books I’ve cried over on one hand.”

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

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“Agnes and the Hitman by Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer. Very funny.”

– Casey Crow
Website: www.caseycrow.com

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“The Gay Man’s Kama Sutra. (For research of course).”

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

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“Linnea Sinclair’s Gabriel’s Ghost”

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

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“Who has time for that? I am too busy writing! LOL But I did recently slow down to read the latest in the Children of Earth series by Jean Auel. I waited eighteen years for this book and I was not impressed. Sniffle. But I am looking for something else to read in my down time other than edits. When I delve back into my TBR pile, and it is a huge pile, I’ll let you know.”

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

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“I just finished Silverfish, and am starting on Plymouth Colony (a recent release from new DB publishing author).”

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

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“‘The Affair’ by Lee Childs and ‘Tongues of Serpents’ by Naomi Novik. I have nothing quippy to add.”

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

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“I JUST finished Game Plan by Karla Doyle and Five Card Stud by Gem Sivad.”

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

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I have to say, I love Stephanie Burke’s answer about blushing the best. It was like reading a mini-romance in itself. Tarah, I actually met Linnea Sinclair at an RT Convention years ago. She’s very nice, a memorable character herself, and a self-proclaimed “jewelry whore.” I’ve read all of her SFR work and am torn between liking Hope’s Folly or An Accidental Goddess best. I love the idea of saluting a cat.

Stop back next Saturday for the next installment of beauty pageant questions posed to our authors. Find out what they have to say about money and success.