Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Guest blogger: Terry Spear


A Hauntingly Good Time Is Near 
by Terry Spear

The wind is howling…or is that wolves? The temperature and humidity have dropped from hot and humid to cold and dry. It’s not even nighttime and things are going bump in the day. The bugs crawl in, but they don’t crawl out if they know what’s good for them.

It’s time for the ghost and goblins and trolls, for werewolves and other shapeshifters, for vampires and zombies and others to visit us mortal creatures at this time of year. So who is scarier? Them? Or us?
Maybe they'll make us into them and then we’ll be much more acceptable to them. And maybe we’ll even like ourselves better!

Just think—you take on the shifting abilities of the wolf and no longer have to worry about your mate straying. And instead of just you having to keep up with your kids, you’ll have a whole pack of aunts and uncles who love them just as much. Babysitters extraordinaire!

You work together, play together, and stay together. Oh, sure, there’s this little problem if you’re newly turned and can’t control the shift into the wolf. Hopefully you’re at home when it happens. Just don’t go out when there’s a full moon. What? There’s a full moon out tonight?

Grab takeout and stay home. Or better yet, let your alpha male cook for you tonight, get the pack members to take the kids off your hands, and throw yourself a lovely little PRIVATE party.

Now, this works for werewolves. But what about jaguar shifters? Well, they’re a little different. Jaguars cat around. So you’ll have to find that special jaguar who will scratch your itch. Clawed, toothy and delicious. Dangerous, too, but that’s for the bad guy to worry about. Your alpha will watch your back and make it worthwhile. He’s just as territorial as the wolves, loves the water, and to hunt, but he also 
climbs trees. This is great if you need to get off the jungle floor in a hurry.

So for Halloween, it’s time for some shifter love.

What about the rest of the ghoulish characters? You’re on your own there. Sure, I know some great vampires, hot, sexy, fun with a bite, but not all of them are safe to be with. Not that all werewolves and jaguar shifters are either. You have to make safe choices.

So now I know you love them all, but you have to make a choice. If you were to win a copy of one of my autographed books, which would you prefer to join? A wolf pack or would you like to get really exotic and mix it up with a jaguar?

Thanks to the Lady Scribes for having me here today, and one lucky person who answers my question will have a chance to win a copy of SAVAGE HUNGER OR one of any of my wolf books: Heart of the Wolf, Destiny of the Wolf, To Tempt the Wolf, Legend of the White Wolf, Seduced by the Wolf, Heart of the Highland Wolf, Wolf Fever, Dreaming of the Wolf, A SEAL in Wolf’s Clothing—winner’s choice.US/Canada Addresses Only.

Savage Hunger
(Book 1)

Sourcebooks

October 2012

In the heat of the jungle, jaguars are clawed, dangerous, and hungry for love. With hopes of overcoming night terrors and thanking the man who saved her life, Kathleen McKnight returns to the Amazon. A jaguar at heart, Connor Anderson doesn’t just protect her, but wants to claim her for his own.

About the Author
USA Today bestselling and an award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval romantic suspense, Terry Spear also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, that are personalized that have found homes all over the world. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses or gardening. Her family has roots in the Highlands of Scotland where her love of all things Scottish came into being. Originally from California, she’s lived in eight states and now resides in the heart of Texas. She is the author of the Heart of the Wolf series and the Heart of the Jaguar series, plus numerous other paranormal romance and historical romance novels. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .

To Buy Savage Hunger:   Amazon  |  Barnes and Noble



Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Don’t be Afraid…




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“I talk to dead people.” 
Five little words and they strike terror into your heart.  Your mind immediately flashes to a scared little boy desperate for help and you tense, just a little.  Ahhh, scary stories.  How I love them.  And that’s why I love writing Paranormal Romance.  Not only can we write scintillating stories that get our blood pumping, but throw a hot guy in there to ride to the rescue and life is good.
One of my stories, Black Magic Lover, is set deep in a Louisiana swamp where things definitely go bump in the night.  We have voodoo magick and creepy stalkers and, yes, a hero who can see dead people.  Even though he wishes to God he didn’t.  And what’s worse, he can see those touched by Death’s decrepit hand himself.  Those who are about to die.
Just thinking about it gives me chills.   What gives you chills? How about a cemetery where all the graves are above ground, a swamp so thick with algae, even the trees stand up on their knees.  A house so old, the wood creaks and groans, begging for release.  And yet, people live there.  People thrive there.  And you have to wonder, how?  Why?  What secrets are locked away behind their dark doors?
Ahhh, yes, I love Louisiana.  Love the swamps.  The history.  The exotic mysticism.  And, of course, New Orleans.   Birthplace of Lestat, the Witches of Mayfair, and so many other wonderful titillating tales. 
What are your favorite scary stories?  What keeps you up at night?  What has you turning the pages because you’re afraid to turn out the lights? 
Afraid to breathe….


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Cynthia Cooke is an award-winning, multi-published author who has published 11 books and short stories for Harlequin/Silhouette and Steeple Hill. Her latest novel, Deadly Secrets, Loving Lies was one of the launch books for Entangled Publishing’s Romantic Suspense line Dead Sexy Books. Cynthia lives in North Carolina with her husband and three teenage kids. She has a deep affection for horror movies, thrillers and all things that go bump in the night. And in the South with its thick woods, creepy crawlers and graveyards haunting every corner, there is a lot of bumping to stir the imagination. Cynthia is best known for writing page-turners that will keep her readers up late into the night.  So if you choose to take that ride into the dark, don’t forget to turn on the lights. Cynthia Cooke’s books aren’t sweet and they aren’t for the faint of heart. 
Enjoy the Dark Seduction.
Connect with Cynthia at: Her Website | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads

Monday, October 29, 2012

An Interview with Inspirational Author Margaret Daley

Hi everyone!

I am so thrilled to be hosting inspirational author Margaret Daley. When my first book was released, I was a mess--I had no idea how to promote it or what to expect. My editor at the time was Melissa Endlich, and she put me in touch with Margaret. And it was awesome that she did. Margaret is a fount of information and support for all of us struggling Love Inspired authors, as well as a pretty darn fantastic writer on her own. 

Author Margaret Daley. Photograph provided by Ms. Daley.

If you've been living under a rock and never heard of Margaret, here's a little background information:

 
Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-three books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.

Forty years?!? I thought I was doing well with my seventeen! Congratulations to Margaret and her husband.

You can also catch up with Margaret via all her social media links:



Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/margaretdaleybooks
And now, on to the interview!

LG: What made you choose to write inspy romance?
MD: The Lord gave me a story I could only tell as an inspirational romance. That started my journey writing for the Lord, and I haven't regretted or looked back since.

LG: How do you get in the mood to write?
MD: I'm organized, disciplined and stay on a schedule. I write so many words a week. If I don't make my word count for the day, that's all right. I can make it up the next day. Less stress than using a daily word count as my goal.

LG: Have you considered writing in another genre?
MD: No. I like a story with a romantic thread. I write several different kinds of romances--contemporary, suspense and historical.

LG: Name 1 historical figure who inspires you and why.
MD: Mother Teresa because she was giving and caring to others--such an inspiring woman.

LG: Finish this sentence: "If I couldn't write, I would..."
MD: I would teach--I was a teacher before I retired to write full-time.

And now, the lightning round! Choose 1:

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla
Diamonds or pearls? Diamonds--the stone for the month I'm born in.
Dogs or cats? Sorry can't pick one. I've had both dogs and cats and love them equally.
Brad Pitt or George Clooney? Brad Pitt--recently saw him on the TV in a perfume commercial. He was dynamite!

Margaret is so prolific--she has two books out now. Here's a little taste of each one:

Shattered Silence. Cover image furnished by Ms. Daley.
 
A serial killer is targeting illegal aliens in southern Texas. Texas Ranger Cody Jackson is paired with a local police officer, Liliana Rodriguez, to investigate the murders. 



While the case brings Cody and Liliana ever closer, the tension between Americans and Mexican Americans heightens. As Cody and Liliana race to discover who is behind the murders and bring peace to the area, what they uncover isn’t what they expected. Will Cody and Liliana’s faith and love be strong enough to survive the storm of violence?

Christmas Stalking. Cover image supplied by Ms. Daley.

Bodyguard Ellie St. James has one objective: protect her client…without letting her know. Pretending to be Rachel "Winnie" Winfield's assistant lets Ellie stay close, but there's an unexpected complication—Colt Winfield. Winnie's grandson wasn't in on the plans, and the suspicious marine biologist isn't easy to fool. When the truth comes out, so do more threats to Winnie's life. Trapped on a Colorado mountain, Ellie and Colt must trust each other to guard Winnie and find the stalker. Before this Christmas becomes their last.

Margaret is very generously giving away an autographed copy of each book at Lady Scribes today! To be eligible to enter the giveaway, leave a relevant comment below and be sure to include your email address. Thank you for stopping by today, Margaret!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Don't Fear the Reaper, baby...



...by Olivia Kelly

Hello everyone! I'm so pleased to announce that Darynda Jones, NYT best selling author, Rita and Golden Heart winner, is here today! 


I just happened to be browsing my local library's shelves earlier this year and stumbled across Darynda's third novel in her Charley Davidson series, Third Grave Dead Ahead. I had never read any of the series before, and didn't even realize it was a series, so I brought it home.

One of the best decisions I've ever made.  

I'm being serious. I love when I discover a new (to me) author and quickly become attached to the characters in her/his stories. I devoured Third Grave, then went back and got First Grave on the Right and Second Grave on the Left, and swallowed them whole. Then I embarked on an aggressive conversion campaign that encouraged (rabidly) everyone I know, including my mailman, to read them. 

That's how I roll. 

So when Ms. Jones agreed to blog with us today, I was so excited I silently screamed for, like, five minutes. Okay, maybe not so silently. ANYWAY, she has a new book in the series coming out on October 30th (more kinda silent screams) called Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet



Since she was doing a round-robin of blogs, Darynda was nice enough to add us to her list. So, I sent her a bunch of questions (Olivia's Infamous Interview Queries!), which she answered with a minimum of eyerolling. I assume. I mean, I didn't actually see her answering them, but...

Okay! On to the interview!

Hi Darynda! Thanks for dropping by Lady Scribes. We are thrilled you are here! Can you give us a quick rundown on Charley and her unusual life for our readers who haven't read your series yet? 

Absolutely! Charley Davidson is a female PI who was born the grim reaper. As a result, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters is her intensely hot love interest and Charley learns that dodging bullets isn’t nearly as dangerous as falling in love. 

Now that you have four Charley Davidson books under your belt, can you tell us which was your favorite to write? Which was the hardest? 

You know, I’d have to say First Grave on the Right was probably the hardest, but that’s really due to the fact that I tried to mess with my ‘process.’ I learned a huge lesson. Don’t fix what ain’t broke. I am a plotter and I write a certain way. I messed with that and it took me way longer to finish that book than it should have. I actually don’t have a favorite book out of the four. I do, however, have a favorite scene. There is a rather explicit torture scene at the end of Third Grave. I am immensely proud of it, because I didn’t know if I’d be able to pull it off. I think it worked beautifully, and for some reason, it’s still my favorite scene even though Fourth has a couple of scenes that rival it. 

The idea of Charley as the Grim Reaper is such a fun idea. Was it something you mulled over or did she just pop up one day, demanding her fair share of a page?

Both, in a way. Charley herself popped into my head one day, literally. She was just there in all her demanding glory. However, at first she wasn’t the grim reaper. She was more like a snarky version of the Ghost Whisperer. But the story needed more oomph, and the grim reaper was born. 

You recently branched out to Young Adult with the Darklight series (which looks really cool and is near the very top of my TBR pile), but stuck with the Grime Reaper theme, sort of. Can you tell us a little about Lorelei and her world?

Certainly. Death and the Girl Next Door is about sophomore Lorelei MacAlister. Ten years ago, Lorelei's parents disappeared without a trace. Raised by her grandparents and leaningon the support of her best friends, Lorelei is finally beginning to accept the fact thather parents are never coming home. Life goes on and is as normal as can be until a new guy—terrifying, tough, sexy Jared Kovach—comes to school and he seems to have a specific interest in Lorelei, something that never happens. To complicate matters even further, the school's designated loner, Cameron Lusk, begins to stalk her, turning up where she least expects it, standing outside her house in the dark, night after night. Jared and Cameron instantly despise each other and Lorelei seems to be the reason for their animosity. What does Jared know about her parents? Why does Cameron tell Jared he can't have Lorelei? And what will any of them do when Death comes knocking for real?

I know I can't be the only Charley and Reyes (Omg. *dies*) fan out there waiting oh-so-patiently for your next book. When will that be? And please say there will be more Charley books!

Thank you! With the release of Fourth Grave Beneath my Feet October 30th, we will definitely get more of Charley and Reyes. Their rocky relationship develops nicely in this book, though the rocks get sharper. And Fifth Grave Past the Light will drop in July 2013. But the series is open-ended, so who knows how many there will be when the dust settles? I am hoping quite a few. I even have a spin-off in mind. 

OH THANK GOD. More Reyes! I mean...wonderful! I look forward to reading them. Would you being willing to share an excerpt of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet with us? 

Since you asked nicely...


With renewed energy, I pulled back onto Academy— after hitting a
drive- through for a mocha latte— and had just started for home when
my phone rang.
“Yes?” I said, illegally talking on the phone while driving within the
city limits. Scoping for cops, I waited for Uncle Bob to stop talking to
whomever he was talking to and get back to me.
My uncle Bob, or Ubie as I most often referred to him, was a detective
for APD, and I helped him on cases from time to time. He knew I
could see the departed and used that to his advantage. Not that I could
blame him.
“Get that to her, then call the ME ay- sap.”
“Okay,” I said, “but I’m not sure what calling the medical examiner
ay- sap is going to accomplish. I’m pretty sure his name is George.”
“Oh, hey, Charley.”
“Hey, Uncle Bob. What’s up?”
“Are you driving?”
“No.”
“Have you heard anything?”
Our conversations often went like this. Uncle Bob with his random
questions. Me with my trying to come up with answers just as random.
Not that I had to try very hard. “I heard that Tiff any Gorham, a girl I
knew in grade school, still stuffs her bra. But that’s just a rumor.”
“About the case,” he said through clenched teeth. I could tell his teeth
were clenched because his words were suddenly forced. That meant he
was frustrated. Too bad I had no idea what he was talking about.
“I wasn’t aware that we had a case.”
“Oh, didn’t Cookie call you?”
“She called me a doody-head once.”
“About the case.” His teeth were totally clenched again.
“We have a case?”
But I’d lost him. He was talking to another officer. Or a detective. Or
a hooker, depending on his location and accessibility to cash. Though I
doubted he would tell a hooker to check the status of the DOA’s autopsy
report. Unless he was way kinkier than I’d ever given him credit for.
I found his calling me only to talk to other people very challenging.
“I’ll call you right back,” he said. No idea to whom.
The call disconnected as I sat at a light, wondering what guacamole
would look like if avocados were orange.
I finally shifted my attention to the dead kid in my backseat. He had
shoulder-length blond hair and bright blue eyes and looked somewhere
between fifteen and seventeen.
“You come here often?” I asked him, but my phone rang before he
could say anything. That was okay. He had a vacant stare, so I doubted
he would have answered me anyway.
“Sorry about that,” Uncle Bob said. “Do you want to discuss the
case?”
“We have a case?” I said again, perking up.
“How are you?”
He asked me that every time he called now. “Peachy. Am I the case? If
so, I can solve this puppy in about three seconds. I’m heading down San
Mateo toward Central in a cherry red Jeep Wrangler with a questionable
exhaust system.”
“Charley.”
“Hurry, before I get away!”



How many days again until the 30th? Too many! 

But, now comes my favorite part of the blog where I torture...umm...nicely ask our guest author to answer a few questions. *Evil laugh*

1) Plane, train, automobile or boat? Love trains! 

2) Dark chocolate or milk? (Please, please don't say white. That isn't chocolate.) White??? Ick. Dark all the way, baby. 

3) Cat, Dog, Fish, Snake or Bird? Pet, I mean. Not dinner. LOL, dogs and more dogs.

4) Place you would most want to vacation in. Place you would least want to vacation in. Most: Great Britain; Least: Saturn, because it is a frozen ball of ice with winds up to 2000 mph. I’m just not that fond of wind.  

5) If you had a choice, would you rather time travel to Renaissance Italy or the Roaring Twenties in Chicago? Or somewhere else entirely? I would have to toss a coin on that one. While I love the Renaissance, I am fascinated with the twenties and thirties and even have a YA series set in that time period. 

6) Would you rather explore the ocean's bottom like Jacques or space jump, a la Felix? I am utterly enthralled with Felix right now! I have to admit, if I could, I would totally skydive, albeit he actually space dives. So utterly cool! However, given the choice between the two, I think I’d have to explore the ocean’s bottom. I grew up watching Jacques and wanted to be a marine biologist for years because that’s what he was. Then I found out it requires lots of science.

Thank you so much for dropping by and hanging out with us today!
Thank you so much for having me! 

That's me! Stalking...er...meeting Darynda at RWA this summer! ;D

Have you read the Charley Davidson series, and if not, have you seen a doctor for that? And what would you rather do- space jump, dive-sea dive or shop Best Buy on Black Friday?