Friday, April 29, 2011

Blog-a-li-cious Interviews!

Holy double interviews!

Seriously when scheduling guest blogs, I try not to overlap and overwhelm friends, readers and the writing community. Today, though, I’m double-booked on two fantastic author blogs, each with her own dynamic personality.

Please stop by for a visit at Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Author Rosalie Lario’s site for a look into the mystery and craft behind the writing of “The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome.”

(And don’t forget to congratulate Rosalie on the news of signing a 3-book contract!)

And then join me on Lani Rhea sassy’s blog For Your Eyes Only, for some tongue-in-cheek questions, such as erotic or vanilla romance (please!) and fetishes!

Happy Friday!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Guest Blog: The Last Soul

Today, we've got a special guest blogger. Please welcome Carolyn Rosewood discussing her new release, "The Last Soul." Is that cover hot! Happy Friday!

The Last Soul
Carolyn Rosewood
Evernight Publishing

Faina has been dead for one hundred and fifty years, but she’s about to become human again. All she has to do is seduce Jace Blackmon, the most honest financier ever to grace the city of angels, into signing away his soul.

Jace Blackmon has fallen in love with his fantasy woman. But when he realizes she was tricked by a demon to bring about his ruin, including the revelation of a long-buried secret to the media, he must choose between his heart or life without her.


Faina donned a Betsey Johnson flowered dress and wedge sandals, then materialized a few blocks from where Jace worked.
            It felt so good to be outdoors. The warm air was soothing, the traffic noises and bustling crowds reminding her of New York City. Faina didn’t often get nostalgic for her human life, but today she did. If she succeeded in this mission, she’d be human again. Warm weather, noisy crowds and city life would be her reality, not simply the realm in which she was allowed to work.
            Unless Mastema had tricked her. No. She wouldn’t think about that now. She had a job to do. She took her time, peering in shop windows and trying to look like just another California trust fund babe out for a stroll on a bright summer day. The fact nearly every man pounding the pavement tripped over his own two feet as she strolled past wasn’t lost on her. She didn’t have the baby face, long blonde curls, and legs up to there for nothing.
            She avoided eye contact. It was enough to leave them with her scent, they’d have trouble getting it out of their head for weeks, but to look them in the eyes would be downright cruel. Even when she’d been alive all she’d had to do was turn her baby blues in a man’s direction and he followed her around like a dog in heat. She’d made more money for Madame Lily during her first six months than most of her girls made over the course of two years.
            As she made her way to the entrance of the 770 Wilshire Building, she caught a whiff of burned toast. She ducked into the nearest shop and pressed her nose to the plate glass window, scanning the crowd for a familiar face. She’d only seen Mastema appear once in human form. He’d looked ridiculous dressed in a long coat and cowboy hat on the streets of Aurora Nebraska, population four thousand two hundred and twenty-five as of last year. His bad-boy Western get-up would have been more appropriate for Arizona in the late nineteenth century.
            Either Mastema hadn’t been the demon she smelled or he’d already evaporated. The sidewalks were filled with six foot blondes and men who looked like they walked off the cover of GQ. Not a weird outfit or menacing swagger in sight.
            “Help you, Miss? You need mani and pedi today? We have new summer colors look perfect on you.”
            Faina whirled around to face the ancient Vietnamese woman. She’d ducked into a nail salon. Her senses had been so focused on the burnt toast smell and Mastema’s human form she hadn’t noticed the acrid smell of nail polish.
            “No, not today. I’m sorry. I’ve got to go.”
            Faina opened the door and strode to the parking garage entrance of the building. On the way a clock struck five. The smell of burnt toast wafted from a nearby taco stand. Had that been what she smelled? Tacos? She was jumping at shadows. That wasn’t like her.
            She made her way to Jace’s sports car by visualizing it. As the flood of workers poured into the garage, she hoped Jace would stay calm when he saw her. She was taking a risk as there would be plenty of witnesses if he wigged out.
            He was busy scrolling through messages on his phone as he sauntered to his car, and didn’t see her until she stepped in front of him as he was about to open the door.
            “Oh Jesus. Holy fu—” His warm brown eyes opened wide and he visibly swallowed. “How did you... you’re real. Holy shit.”
            “Get in your car, Jace. People are staring. One of them looks like he’s going to take a picture with his cell.”
            The lie snapped him out of his trance. He unlocked the doors and she slid into the passenger seat. “Start the car but don’t move yet.”
            He stared straight ahead as the engine roared to life. Beads of sweat pooled at his hairline. She could hear his heart pounding. When she reached up to wipe his forehead he moaned. “It’s all right, Jace. Just try to relax.”
            “I don’t understand.” His voice shook.
            “You don’t need to. Wait until the garage clears out a bit. Then we’ll leave.”
            “I... I have a dinner date. A family friend. I have to go. I don’t want to but… I… I should.”
            “Do you want me to leave?”
            He looked into her eyes with the most desperate longing she’d ever seen on a human face. A flash of apprehension shivered down her spine, unbalancing her. She was going to hurt him. Badly. He’d lose everything. His home, the Foundation, his dinner date, maybe even this fancy sports car. And some kid wouldn’t have a place to sleep on a cold, winter night, or a youth group to keep him off the streets.
            The men she brought to Mastema were bad-to-the-bone to begin with. They just needed a little help to push them in the right direction. The inevitable direction, as he liked to call it. But Jace Blackmon was a good guy.
            Then why does Apollyon want him? But what if he didn’t want Jace? What if Jahi was right and Mastema had forged the contract?
            “Faina.” His whisper pulled her back to the present. Until she had proof to the contrary, it was Jace’s soul or her eternal torment as one of Mastema’s sex slaves. This was self-preservation. Nothing more.
            She looked into his eyes and smiled “Yes, Jace?”
“Please don’t leave, Faina.”

Carolyn Rosewood read her first romance novel at age 19 and was hooked. But it took a devastating tornado in her city to spur her into action. Realizing everything can change in an instant, she also realized if she didn't pursue her dream of being a published romance writer, it would never come true.
She joined the Romance Writers of America, and last year attended her first writing conference, their National Conference in Orlando Florida. It changed her life, and lit a fire that's still burning. Carolyn has also written contemporary romance, but she's drawn to the spicy paranormal stories and loves writing them.
She's a PRO member of the RWA, and serves as Treasurer for the Nashville Tennessee RWA chapter, the Music City Romance Writers. Married to her real life hero, they have a daughter in college and a cat named Shadow who loves to watch Carolyn type.

Want more? Check out Evernight Publishing for The Last Soul.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Got Ghosts?

In the darkness of night, the seam between reality and The Other blurs. The trip to New Orleans mixed business with pleasure. While visiting, I hoped to find inspiration and gather information on setting for my latest novel The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome.

Little did I know that I’d get way more than I wanted.

Read the rest of the story on my guest column on the Book Boost Blog.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Guest Blog: The Mystery of a Veil…

Lisa Kessler kicks off our new Feature Friday guest column where fellow authors discuss their work, and some of the process that went into the story. Let's give her a warm welcome. 
The Mystery of a Veil…
Veils are one of the most versatile illusions, aren’t they?  They’re often worn by brides as they walk down the aisle.  When she reaches the groom, her father lifts the veil, revealing her smiling face to her future husband in a symbolic gesture as she is “given” to her husband.
But that’s certainly not the only use for a veil. 
Some cultures use veils to hide a woman’s face from all but her closest family.  Belly dance performers often use veils to enhance the beauty of their dance, and sometimes a veil isn’t really a fabric at all. 
I love the image of a “veil” between our human world and Summerland, the old world of magic where the Fae still dance in the moonlight.  What if one of the faerie folk crossed the veil into our world?  Would we recognize them?  And why would they give up the world of magic to live with us?
These were some of the questions that crossed my mind as I wrote Across the Veil. 
Across the Veil blurb:
Princess Talia from Summerland has been hiding across the veil in the human world for the past five years.

Starring in a hit television show as human actress, Natalie Thurmont, her charmed new life is shattered when the past comes knocking on her door.
You can see the Book Trailer here:
Across the Veil is available for all eReaders on Amazon and Smashwords.  You can also download the Kindle for PC program for free to read the story without an eReader.
About Lisa Kessler 
Lisa Kessler has published short stories in print anthologies and magazines. Her story, Immortal Beloved was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award and is currently a part of the Dead Souls anthology from Morrigan Books.Her Night Trilogy: Night Walker, Night Demon, and Night Child. Will be released later this year from Entangled Publishing along with a novella, Night Thief! She’s also working on a new werewolf Moon Series. Lisa lives with her husband and two great teens in San Diego. You can learn more on her website: or on her blog:
If you'd like to take over an upcoming blog, please contact me via email.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Release Day: Romance Trading Cards Giveaway

Blogging over at the Romance Studio Party, in celebration of the release of THE VAMPIRE, THE WEREWOLF & THE WITCH: A New Orleans Threesome. Leave me a comment, and friend me on Facebook, and I'll send you a set of three cards.

Lawrence -- The Sexy Vampire
Trevor -- The Soulful Werewolf
Lily -- The Electrifying Witch

Which will be your favorite?

A New Orleans Threesome is available now via Ravenous Romance.

Louisa Bacio

Saturday, April 2, 2011

The Hunt is On!

Ready to get your hunt on? Who can resist is good treasure hunt? Especially when the treasure is filled with exciting locations, sexy heroes and heroines, and a lot of adventure and fun to fill the hours. We hope you have fun uncovering the characters and plots of the stories each author has provided a clue to:

  1. Each day a group of authors will post the answers to their clues.
  2. You must use the clues to find your way to the author’s blog/website or FB and find the answer to their question. Answers can be found in the excerpts/blurbs posted on the sites.
  3. All the answers will be posted by Friday 04/08/11.
  4. Once you have all the answers then you must go to TRS website and click on the Treasure Hunt logo to submit your answers.
  5. All answers must be submitted by Saturday 04/09/11.
  6. The person with the most correct answers wins the Kindle. In cause of tie, a random winner will be picked from the group of top answers. Other prizes drawn at random.
  7. First prize is a Kindle. Other prizes include 10 print romance titles, many of the authors will be giving away a copy of their ebook to a commenter on their blog/site, and $25 gift card to Amazon.

Release Date: "The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome"

I've been given a release date of Thursday, April 7 for The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome. Stay tuned for more information. Will be available through Ravenous Romance.