Apr 142014
 

I am thrilled to be touring around the blogosphere introducing everyone to my new book Bound to Be a Groom! I loved researching and writing this steamy story and can’t wait for readers to get their hands on it. Speaking of hands…while a reviewer was reading an advance copy of the book a few weeks ago, she bemoaned the fact that she had run out of double AA batteries. This led to a hilarious conversation on Twitter about the wide range of sex toys and vibrators at our disposal and my editor, to whom I defer on all things technical, said the Hitachi Magic Wand was the be-all-and-end-all of “personal massagers” (<-that’s the technical name, just in case you were wondering). It never runs out of batteries…because it plugs in! So, of course I went online and bought one (which also involved research because there are cheap imitations galore…do not be fooled!). And holy hell! Okay. First of all, it is loud and heavy and enormous…there is no pretending you are just *whistles innocently* hanging out in bed with a good book. It’s more like shouting, “OKAY NOW I AM GOING TO PLUG IN THE BROBDINGNAGIAN VIBRATOR AND HAVE AN ORGASM!” Which is also fine. So, yeah, I tried it. Two times. And then I realized it was really an excellent, LITERAL, personal massager. I sit at a desk eight hours a day and have tons of muscle strain in my neck and shoulder. And the Hitachi is AMAZING for that shit. I’m not joking. Give me five minutes on low, right there at the base of my neck…and I’m ready to walk upstairs and have sex with my partner.

 

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Apr 102014
 

TOUR BUTTON - DARK ANGEL Blog Tour - ChristinePope

christine_red_rocks_headshotA native of Southern California, Christine Pope has been writing stories ever since she commandeered her family’s Smith-Corona typewriter back in the sixth grade. Her short fiction has appeared in Astonishing Adventures, Luna Station Quarterly, and the journal of dark fiction, Dark Valentine. Two of her short stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.

Christine writes as the mood takes her, and her work includes paranormal romance, and fantasy and science fiction/space opera romance. She blames this on being easily distracted by bright, shiny objects, which could also account for the size of her shoe collection. After spending many years in the magazine publishing industry, she now works as a freelance editor and graphic designer in addition to writing fiction. She fell in love with Sedona, Arizona, while researching the Sedona Trilogy and now makes her home there, surrounded by the red rocks. No alien sightings, though…not yet, anyway!

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Apr 012014
 

The Shadow Prince Blog Tour Button

 

Tell us about the elemental world you created in your MORTAL ENCHANTMENT series.

In my series, elementals exist all over the world, but their home base is Avalon. Their power is strongest within the isle. It’s located in the Atlantic Ocean and is about the size of Ireland. The left side of the isle is considered the air court territory. It’s made up of sparse forests and mountain ranges. The middle of the isle is where you’ll find the woodland court. This area has lush forests, thick greenery, streams, and a waterfall. To the far right is the fire court territory. It is mostly dry lands with one inactive volcano. Water surrounds the isle and streams run throughout. Those areas are considered the water court territory. A mystical veil hides the isle from mortal view. Only an elemental can see Avalon. There are pathways (portals) to Avalon all over the mortal world, but only elementals can see them. The magical powers of the veil prevent aging. As long as you stay in Avalon, you will not age. But if you leave, time will catch-up with you. The veil also protects Avalon from harsh weather conditions. It’s pretty much seventy to eighty degrees every day. Sounds pretty nice, huh? ;-)

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Mar 272014
 

BETTING THE RAINBOW began when a character walked into my office (figuratively speaking), sat down and told me her story.  That’s how I met Ronny Logan. I knew I wanted to write about Ronny Logan since she’d been with me in Harmony for several books.  I felt like I’d grown up with her from the shy postal worker who wouldn’t talk to anyone in town to a world traveler trying to run away from her grief.

Only I didn’t know Dusti Delaney when I started.  She and her sister had put their lives on hold to come home and take care of a dying mother.  By the time she finally passed they’d lost everything except the small farm on Rainbow Lane.  They were barely holding on with no hope of reclaiming their former lives. Then, Dusti heard about a charity poker game.  If she won she might be able to afford to make their dreams come true.  Only problem was, the one man who could teach her to play had flown in to win the game.

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Mar 192014
 

Venture into a world of fae, demons, and shifters in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series by Felicity Heaton

It’s great to be here at Romancing the Book today as part of the Claimed by a Demon King Book Tour celebrating the release of the second book in my new Eternal Mates series of paranormal romance novels.

Today, I’m going to talk more about the species in the world where the Eternal Mates, and my Vampire Erotic theatre, series is set.

But before we get to the main event, I want to introduce myself. I’m a British paranormal romance author and a USA Today best-seller. I have been writing since 2005, and went indie in 2006. I love to write big worlds, populated by vampires, shifters, demons, fae and angels, and I have several series. This tour is about the Eternal Mates series, which is actually a spin-off from my Vampire Erotic Theatre series. That series focused on a family of vampires at one theatre in London but it had glimpses into the wider world outside the theatre. It’s that world of fae, dark elves, demons, witches, shifters, and other incredible species that the Eternal Mates focuses on.

 

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Mar 182014
 

The Dragon Horde

“We’re dragons. We don’t do the mushy friend thing.” – Daniel

The dragon-shifter king will do anything to keep his mate alive…even if it means war.

After millennia as king of the dragon-shifters, Daniel Ashborne wants a little peace and quiet, especially from the beautiful Hollywood starlet who haunts his memories. His escape tactics end abruptly when he is called to the ER to save the one woman he wants to forget, but who now bears his mark.

Shelby Kincade’s life and movie career were nearly destroyed when Daniel vanished a year ago. Now he’s back, claiming they have been accidentally mated. Getting over him once was hard enough, but she must choose either the life of her dreams or the man she can’t live without. With peace finally on the horizon between the dragon-shifters and the Hunters, an assassination attempt on the dragon king and his mate shatters everything. Tensions rebuild as Daniel and his loyal team of shifters try to discover who put out the hit. Enemy and ally lines are crossed, but in the end–after the battle ash has settled–no one could have foreseen who has plotted for their own gain.

 

I didn’t always set out to write dragon-shifter romances, but when Daniel became one, one by one some of my other, older characters immediately followed suit. Today we’re talking about them.

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Mar 122014
 

Just What is this New Adult stuff anyway?

I’ve begun to wonder if NA hasn’t taken off in an entirely different direction than it was in the beginning. Not necessarily in a good way, either. Some of the very first NA books I read were Slammed, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, etc. They were beautifully written books, and yes, there was sex, but the books weren’t just filled with sex scenes for the sake of writing a book.

I think initially NA was like YA, only grown up a little bit, and there was more freedom to write about sex. Somewhere along the lines, this got confused to mean that NA HAS TO HAVE sex in order to be labeled NA. Like YA, NA books are books written about age specific heroes and heroines. NA including ages 18-26 (? not entirely sure on the exact age bracket.) About young men and women who are just starting out in college, or post high school life.

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Mar 062014
 

As a reader, and a very visual person, I enjoy picturing the characters and the settings as well as the clothing and the décor of the books I read. As a matter of fact, when it comes to setting, unless I can clearly picture where the characters are, I have this vague sensation that I, along with them, am just floating in the blackness of space. But it’s a careful balance for every author to ensure that they don’t bog down the pace of a book with too much description.

However, while I’m writing, being a very visual person, I need visuals—photos of my characters, blueprints of my rooms, pictures of my locations, snapshots of dogs and doodads—some to verify details, some just for the inspiration. When I first started writing, I gathered these visual prompts into folders on my computer—until I discovered Pinterest!

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Mar 052014
 

TOUR BUTTON - Dial M for Menage Tour

Long-Distance Love in 2014

In 2005, I met the man who would eventually become my husband. I met him on the internet way before online dating became socially acceptable. Back then, if you had an “online boyfriend” people gave you a side-eye and wondered what was wrong with you. When people asked me how I met him, I didn’t say “in a gaming chat room,” I said, “Oh, I knew him from…” or “Oh, we have friends in common…” or I’d just try to avoid the “how did you meet” situation altogether.

In 2014, online match-ups happen in a totally different social culture. I bet you have met a romantic interest online, and if you haven’t, I bet you know somebody who has (and you didn’t bat an eyelash at the news). And I bet you or your long-distance-relationship friends have given a lot of thought to keeping in touch and maintaining a healthy relationship while living in different cities, states, or even hemispheres.

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Mar 042014
 

The Matchmaking Chef Collection Tour Banner

 

What’s in a Title?   Which came first, the title or the story?

In the case of the books in the Matchmaking Chef series, the title came first, every time. More than the characters and definitely more than the setting, each of the eight titles in the series set the tone of the story.

I knew that the launch story for the collection would need to represent not only that story, but lay the groundwork for what was to come. The title Perfectly Matched, was just that—perfect.

Not only is that the title of the first novella, but for the entire collection. And, coming later this year, the companion cookbook by the same title. In fact, Suzie, the matchmaking chef, references this cookbook in the first story.

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