Guest author: C R Moss #guestauthor

Hi peeps!

Today, we have C R Moss stopping by the blog, telling us all about her new release, LOVERS AND THE FIEND. Take it away, CR!
 
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Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of LOVERS AND THE FIEND! Would you tell us a little about it?
C R Moss: This is a story in Evernight Publishing’s Naughty Fairy Tale line. The characters, Jack and Kristina, appeared in my short story – Chasing Miss Kringle – that’s in an Evernight Publishing anthology – Stockings and Suspenders. This is the first of a handful of stories I have planned for the NFT line that revolve around the world started in CMK and Lovers. You don’t have to read the anthology story to read Lovers, but it’d be nice if you did. 😉 This story is based off of the tale Beauty and the Beast.

CD: What inspired you to write LOVERS AND THE FIEND?
CRM: As for why I wanted to write LOVERS AND THE FIEND, I wanted to submit something to the Naughty Fairy Tale line and thought that the characters and their jobs that were mentioned in Chasing Miss Kringle would make good material for longer stories.

CD: What did you find easiest/most difficult about writing LOVERS AND THE FIEND?
CRM: The story part flowed pretty easily. It was the more intimate scenes that were a bit more tricky for me.

CD: You write westerns, just like me! How do you go about writing in this genre?
CRM: I write in this particular genre with my writing partner. We draw upon the rugged area outside of the city limits and our love of strong heroes. Doesn’t hurt that I used to ride and had a love of westerns and such when I was younger.

CD: You also write in other genres. Do you find it difficult switching between them?
CRM: Nope. I like to explore different genres when I write. It keeps me open to whatever the characters may want for a particular story.

CD: What is your writing process?
CRM: First thing I normally do is check email, then I’ll do Triberr and check Facebook. Next I’ll get to my writing projects. When I’m working on a story, I’ll reread and do editing on the parts I haven’t edited yet to catch myself up. I’ll make the font a color other than black to keep track of what I’ve already gone through. Then I’ll write the new material. If I’m starting a new project, I do an information dump and outline as much of the story that’s in my head first thing. Then I work off the outline, fleshing out all the ideas and stuff as per above. But then, when I’m really focused on a project, I tend to just plough through it and focus only on getting it done…staying up late writing, getting up early and getting back to the story, eating when I think I can get away from my desk without ruining the flow… The house and social life suffers, but I’m a slave to my art. 🙂

CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
CRM: Making the characters as real as possible and being true and honest and as close to real life as possible.

CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
CRM: Plan your work and work your plan.

CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
CRM: Plant butt in chair and write. (Granted, I’m not always good at taking that advice…)

CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?
CRM: The early works of Stephen King, like The Shining, Pet Sematary, Carrie and Christine, turned me on to writing and started me on writing horror and then in the early 90’s I read Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor which started me on romances and romance writing. Terri Valentine was a big influence, too, since she was my mentor.

CD: What do you enjoy reading?
CRM: Anything really. I have an eclectic taste. 🙂

CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
CRM: This is a tough one. When it comes to television, it depends upon where we’re at in the year. At the beginning of the year it was American Horror Story: Asylum. Now it’s Spartacus: War of the Damned. Eventually it’ll be Breaking Bad and Mad Men. I’m into Being Human as well. As for movies, depends upon the genre because I don’t have an all-time favourite.

CD: If you were stranded in the middle of the prairie with only a cowboy to keep you warm, what three things would you wish were with you?
CRM: A Gerber Multi-Plier 400 Tool; a plastic tarp; wax covered matches.

CD: Where can readers find you?
CRM: Find C.R. Moss here ~

 
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Ex-cop turned private investigator, Jack Vorst, learns his elf girlfriend Kristina has been missing for a few days after being invited to an underground vampire club. He, too, is summoned to visit club Hexenringe and is taken captive.

Jack finds Kristina bound and gagged in a human sized bird cage. They’re both thrust into a kinky world at the hands of Kol, the club owner. Kol, a vampiric beast, shifts into human form to be with Jack and Kristina and needs them to remember their pasts and to love him so he can return to what he used to be.

Can Kol make the pair fall in love with him despite his current situation and the fact he’s keeping them captive or will they leave, making it too late for him to change all their fates?

Warning: ménage a trios, M/M, bondage, anal sex, sex toys, public exhibition
 
 

~ Excerpt ~

A peek into the beginning of the story…

Chapter One

I have your woman. A nice piece of ass she is, too. She tells me you’re not bad yourself. I would love for you to join us later. A car will be waiting for you outside your office at noon today where my assistant will fill you in on some details. If you know what’s good for you and your gal, you’ll take advantage of this invitation. See you soon. ~ Kol Ainmire

Jack Vorst’s temper went full tilt within a second. His blood pounded hard through his head and body. He’d told Kristina to be careful when she went out on her cases, but it seemed she still had gotten herself in trouble. Not good.

“Vic! Get in here!” Trying to check and rein in his anger before he popped a vessel, Jack grabbed the letter he’d found on his desk while going through a stack of mail and a couple of case files. The paper crinkled within his one clenched hand, and the envelope it’d come in bunched up in his other.

He kept his gaze downcast, ground his teeth. No sense in looking at the tan colored walls that were littered with stenciling in his office and be more irritated than he already was. The design and colors reminded him of the Native American beaded belts people sold at roadside stands.

Vic’s wife, Malory, who worked in the adjoining office suites, loved her southwestern motifs. All the rooms for both divisions of the business were decorated to represent Arizona and New Mexico. The decorating style with too many colors and crazy patterns made his head swim, gave him a headache. He hated headaches.

Staring at the crumpled papers in his hands, he sighed. Truth be told, Kristina’s whereabouts and her lack of checking in for several days only concerned him a little. She was able to take care of herself, and he trusted her. He loved her, wanted her to be safe, so of course he worried some. But being an elf gave her an advantage that mere humans didn’t have­—the ability to escape situations by simply disappearing and reappearing elsewhere.

Except this time.

 

Guest Author: Cate Masters #giveaway

Hi peeps!

Today, we have author Cate Masters visiting the blog, chatting with us about her release, A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM. Check out the interview below, and there’s a GIVEAWAY at the end!
 
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Cassandra Dean: Congratulations on the release of A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM! Would you tell us a little about it?
Thanks so much Cassandra! I’m excited that Book Strand released it last April. It’s a Western historical with a nod to one of my favorite Shakespeare plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
 
CD: What inspired you to write A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM?
Westerns were some of my favorite shows while growing up – Bonanza, The Rifleman, The Virginian and The Lone Ranger. A few years ago, I read about Jim Bridger, a mountain man who explored the Wild West before much of it was settled. Though illiterate, he loved Shakespeare and recited passages in mining camps and to Native American tribes. Many stories have already been written about Jim Bridger, but the notion of a mountain man loving Shakespeare stayed with me. So I created Jebediah Greene, who’s also a tribute to one of my ancestors, Peter LeVert, who was a fur trapper in the 1800s. Greene is the Anglicized version of his last name, and was my grandmother’s maiden name.
 
CD: Oh wow, that’s so cool! What do you find easiest/most difficult about writing Westerns historicals?
The answer to both is – the research. I’m a bit of a research addict, and can get carried away with it. I absolutely love it, and I love bringing history to life with vibrant characters and unusual settings. But writing historicals in general is a bit more difficult than other genres because the details must be accurate and authentic to give the right atmosphere. Oh yeah, and a hot cowboy is fun to write, lol.
 
CD: Yes, Hot Cowboys are fun to write! You write lots of different genres. How do you juggle them all?
Hm, maybe it also goes back to my childhood. In addition to Westerns, I also was a huge fan of shows like The Monkees and Dark Shadows, so it seems natural for me to write contemporaries and paranormal/fantasies.
Any story idea that hits me hard enough to make me excited, I simply follow it to see where it goes. Sometimes it crosses genres, sometimes mashes them. I don’t think of stories as any particular genre while writing. I just aim to make the story as good as I can!
 
CD: Do you have plans to write a book in any genre you haven’t written in before?
I’d love to write a steampunk story! I have a vague idea in mind for one but it’s way down on the currently overcrowded WIP list, lol.
 
CD: Ah, the overcrowded WIP list. I know it well 🙂 What is your writing process?
It depends on the story. Sometimes just a name will spark a story to build around it. Usually I do begin with a vague plot in mind, and sometimes I will create a draft outline, but I’m mostly a pantser and let the characters lead me where they will. They’re very stubborn when I resist! 
 
CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?
For me, the characters have to feel real, and readers have to care about them. Oh wait, that’s two, sorry. 🙂 But they’re equal in importance.
 
CD: No probs, Cate! What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
My Dad always told me, Stop dreaming your life away. Excellent advice as far as real life goes, but for writing, it definitely comes in handy, lol.
 
CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
To keep writing. Simple but true, because the more you write, the better you write.
 
CD: Totally agree with that! Who is your greatest writing influence?
Oh, a toughie. I don’t think I could pinpoint any one writer. I love so many, and the list keeps growing all the time.
 
CD: What do you enjoy reading?
Pretty much anything. I have three bookcases in my house overloaded with poetry books, short story anthologies, literary, fantasy, sci-fi, stories of magic and real life, you name it. Which also explains my eclectic writing!
 
CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?
I’m usually not big on television, but Grimm has me absolutely hooked. It’s the one show I make a point to watch, though at this writing it’s in between seasons and I’m waiting eagerly for the new one to begin.
Movie, wow – I can’t pick only one. It changes as new movies are released, lol. The one that put me in awe in the past few years was Avatar – the theme, the world-building, the characters, the premise kept me intrigued long after I stopped watching, so I’d watch again later. (But no, I wasn’t one of those people who wanted to live in that world.) 🙂
 
CD: If you were stranded in the wild, wild West, what three things would you wish were with you?
Ha! Oh, what a great question. A horse would be a must-have, I suppose (I’ve always wanted one!). I absolutely hate guns, but I imagine those would also be handy. And I’d have to have a multi-talented cowboy like Jeb, who’s intelligent, resourceful, multilingual, and easy on the eyes!
 
CD: Where can readers find you?
They can catch up to me here:
My Blog ~ Blog for readers ~ Facebook ~ Google+ ~ Twitter ~ Goodreads
 

 
A Midwest Summer Night's Dream by Cate Masters

Open sky, Shakespeare, solitude. All Jebediah Greene needs. Alone since his teens, he’s never known loneliness, until he leaves Winona Young in California. Worse, he fears she’ll trap herself in a loveless marriage of convenience. After acting as her guide to San Francisco, how far will Jeb go to win her heart?

Reading provides escape for Winona Young. Usually. Fleeing Philadelphia, she learns her distant suitor isn’t who he seemed. Neither is her mountain man guide, in a good way. Intelligent, but mule-headed, Jeb’s impossible to speak to, in any language. Winona falls in love with the stunning beauty of the wilderness, with the simple ways of the Osage people, and with Jeb. But books can’t teach her how to tame a mountain man.
 

~Excerpt ~

Curses flew through Jeb’s head all day, but he cut them off before they reached his tongue. Stubborn woman. She’d cornered him like a fox in a hen house. Her chances were slim, but not impossible.
The mere thought of riding beside her, wind rifling through her hair… Oh, what a pickle. He sure could use the cash, but the strain of avoiding her might do him in. He’d have to ride upwind so as not to catch her lilac scent, or the constant erection hitting the saddle might kill him.

When she approached him that night as he relaxed on the porch swing, her sheepish expression said it all. “No luck?”

“Not yet. But I’ll find one soon. When I do, will you be my guide?”

Time to try a different tack. “What makes you think I’m trustworthy? I might be the kind of man who takes advantage of a lady in such a situation.”

“You are trustworthy. Mrs. Wilson said so. I have implicit faith in her good opinion of you.”

Why had he introduced the two women? Dealing with a single woman didn’t present a problem, not usually, but get two or more together, and damned if trouble didn’t brew in the kitchen right along with the coffee.

At his silence, she folded her arms, and stole glances at him. Never a good sign. He could see the spokes of her brain working behind those dark eyes.

“Perhaps you don’t have the gumption necessary for such an assignment.” She tilted her head, exposing her gracefully arched neck.

His mouth watered, longing to taste it. A laugh burst from him. “Gumption?” He scratched his chin. “Or perhaps my foresight is keener than yours, Miss Young. Do you have any idea what such a trip entails?”

“If you’re worried I can’t keep up with you—”

“You can’t keep up, you can’t pitch in. You can’t even cook, can you?”

She glanced away. “Well, I—”

“If I shoot a rabbit for dinner, how would you prepare it?”

She winced. “A rabbit?”

“A saddle can get mighty uncomfortable after an hour. What would you do after three hours? Or five?” The image of her rubbing her sore rear stirred him. Mighty tempting to offer to rub it for her. His voice cracked as he said, “If you want to be in San Francisco sooner than the coach, we’d have to make good time. Six, seven, maybe eight hours’ riding every day. And if we get caught in a storm, or held up somehow, we’d have to make up the time.”

Her jaw set hard, her lips pressed into a thin line.

“I’m sorry, Miss Young. You are not cut out for that kind of hardship.” Nor was he built to resist such temptation, the kind that carried a long-term sentence. Not that he wouldn’t enjoy carrying it out; yes, just thinking of sharing a bedroll with her heated his insides and turned his brain to mush. Another strike against such a trip; he might lead them in circles, staring at her rather than the path ahead.

She stepped closer, her eyes ablaze. “You think I don’t know hardship? You’re wrong, Mr. Greene. No, not the kind you face in your travels. I would think those hardships would be easier to bear than…” She looked away with glazed eyes. “Forgive me.”

Her sudden fury gave him pause, and aroused his curiosity. She had mettle in her bones, a steel reserve of strength in her sinewy frame. He had no doubt she’d experienced something terrible, terrible enough to make her leave her home. Her stubbornness might fade in the face of the long trail.

“I mean no disrespect.”

“Your kind never do.”

“Ma’am, believe it or not, I am not ignorant of the rules of civilization. I am well able to prevent myself from committing social blunders.”

“I’m sorry. I don’t mean to be unkind. My nerves have been on edge since we left Philadelphia. A woman traveling alone can’t take too many precautions.”

“I don’t expect you’d encounter many willing to take up the challenge of threatening you, ma’am.” He regretted his words when he saw how she flinched under their sting. He wished her no harm, but everything she said provoked him in some way.

GIVEAWAY#
I’ll give an ebook of A Midwest Summer Night’s Dream to a commenter who shares what they love most about Westerns. Please leave your email address so I can contact you.

Thanks so much for having me as a guest, Cassandra! It’s been a pleasure.

CD: Thanks for stopping by, Cate! Make sure you check out A MIDWEST SUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM, peeps!
 

Cate Masters has made beautiful central Pennsylvania her home for the past 20 years, but she’ll always be a Jersey girl at heart.

Most days, she can be found in her lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with her cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company.
Look for her at http://catemasters.blogspot.com, and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.

 
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Only one entry per ISP address. Entrants must be over 18 years of age. By entering, you agree Cassandra and Cate can use your name when announcing the winner if you should win. If potential prize winner forfeits or does not claim the prize, prize will be re-awarded, in Sponsor’s sole discretion. All prizes will be awarded. International entries are welcome. No purchase necessary to enter. Odds of winning depend on number of entries received. Void where prohibited by law.

Quick update from the salty word mine

Hey peeps!

The writing is going quite well, so I thought I’d check in:

  • Roman Man – 8 (very crap) chapters. First draft 65-ish% done.
  • WTF 2: The Reckoning – Just over 1000 very rough words. Currently in banter mode. I do love banter mode (and not banger mode, as I just tried to write. Although, banger mode does have its time and place)
  • Duchess & Tutor – Stalled, but percolating

 
In other news, edits on ROUGH DIAMOND are almost complete, and we’re on track for a September release date. I hope to have some more info real soon!

Also, have you seen that TEACH ME is available all over the place in PRINT?? Check out TEACH ME‘s page for linkage and the like.

Finally, this weekend I’m headed off to Sydney for an historical fashion exhibit. Looks to be some awesomesauce things on offer!

Right, that’s about it, peeps! Stay tuned on the blog for blog hops and interviews and stuff, such as:

Cassandra
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Welcome to the blog, Tamara Gill!

Hi peeps,

Please join me in welcoming romance author Tamara Gill to the blog. Tamara’s latest book, A STOLEN SEASON, is available TODAY! Let’s have a little chat with her, shall we?
 

A Stolen Season by Romance Author Tamara GillCassandra Dean: Welcome to the blog, Tamara, and congratulations on the release of A STOLEN SEASON! Would you tell us a little about it?

Tamara Gill: Hi Cass, first I’d like to thank you for having me today and helping me celebrate the release of my latest book! A STOLEN SEASON is a Regency time travel romance where my heroine Sarah travels back to 1818 and gets herself into a whole lot of trouble. Here’s the blurb to wet your appetite:

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter had a clear directive: travel back to nineteenth century London to retrieve the measuring device she left behind. But her bungled attempt at thievery left an English Earl dead and his brother bent on revenge. Sarah must once again go back in time to find the device and return to her own time before her tragic mistake puts a noose around her neck. Unfortunately, the only way to get close to the device is to befriend the very man who wants her dead.

Eric, the new Earl of Earnston, was determined to catch the woman who killed his brother, but she’d disappeared without a trace. Twelve months on and there are still no clues to her whereabouts. As luck would have it, he finds a distraction. A new family have arrived in town and Miss Sarah Baxter is a delightful diversion among the stale debutantes in the ton.

Sarah knows it is madness to seduce the man who would want her dead should he know who she was, but the Earl is an alarmingly persistent gentleman. Can Sarah procure the device without her secret being revealed? And what will the Earl do when he finds out the woman he’s in love with is not the woman he thought he knew?

CD: What inspired you to write A STOLEN SEASON?

TG: A STOLEN SEASON was the very fist story I ever wrote. So it’s really my baby of books. I don’t know what inspired me so much to write this story, but lets just say reading romance novels which sometimes included time travel novels certainly helped. I LOVE this story and have always believed in the premise even though the first few drafts were horribly written. I let the manuscript sit in a drawer for a few years and came back to it last year planning on doing a full re-write. I completed the re-write and had terrific contest feedback, so I subbed it to Crimson Romance. They wanted it and so I sold it and I can’t wait for everyone to read A STOLEN SEASON and hopefully fall in love with Sarah and Eric as much as I have.

CD: In A STOLEN SEASON, you combine paranormal (time-travel) elements with historical. How did you go about melding the two?

TG: I had to be careful not to make my twenty-first century heroine slip into Regency narrative. She spoke when speaking to people from 1818 in their tone, but otherwise she was very modern in her thoughts and communication with her time travelling partner Richard. I love mixing these two elements and some of my favorite books are time travels so hopefully what I’ve done will work for readers.

CD: What is it that you love about writing historicals? Do you have plans to write a book exclusively in another genre?

TG: Believe it or not I originally started writing in the Regency period solely due to the Empire style gown. I love the cut of this dress, its so feminine and elegant and that’s why I choose Regency. That and because I love Stephanie Laurens’ books. I’m currently working on a Regency series which I’m editing book two of at the moment. Book three is my WIP. So keep an eye out for these in the future, I’m determined to have these published as well.

CD: What is your writing process?

TG: What’s that??? No seriously, I write when my kids are in bed or at school. I have a ten month old at home too, so time is a little tight in our household, but I write whenever I can.

CD: What do you believe to be the most important factor in portraying a believable romantic relationship?

TG: I think growth of the characters (or arc) that shows the character may start off in one direction and believing something entirely different to what they want and believe by the end of the book.

CD: You’re published with several different publishers. What made you choose to do so?

TG: I wanted to have broad readership really, which is why I’ve pubbed with three e-publishers so far. It’s sort of worked out well because Noble Romance Publishing have my erotic stories, Decadent Publishing have a sweet one and Crimson have my time travels. Who knows who’ll get my Regencies. ;p

CD: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

TG: Keep writing and take all the feedback you receive with a pinch of salt.

CD: What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?

TG: Get a critique partner who’s strong with my writing weaknesses.

CD: Who is your greatest writing influence?

TG: Karen Marie Moning. I LOVE HER!!!

CD: What do you enjoy reading?

TG: Karen Marie Moning and any one who writes Regency or historical romance.

CD: What’s your favourite television show? Favourite movie?

TG: Gone with the Wind. Love that movie!

CD: You live in the Barossa Valley, one of Australia’s premier wine-producing regions. Do you drink wine and, if so, what’s your favourite? ;p

TG: You’ll never believe this but I hate wine and champagne. I know…I think I’m an alien. ;p

CD: If you were stranded in the middle of London in 1816 through the magic of television (or time-travel, whatevs ;p), what three things would you wish were with you?

TG: Money. Letters of introduction. Lots of money. 😀

CD: Where can readers find you?

TG: Website http://www.tamaragillromanceauthor.com

Blog: http://tamaragill.blogspot.com

Links to facebook and twitter can be found at both sites.

CD: Thanks so much for stopping by, Tamara, and the very best of luck with A STOLEN SEASON!

 

A Stolen Season by Romance Author Tamara Gill

Archaeologist Sarah Baxter had a clear directive: travel back to nineteenth century London to retrieve the measuring device she left behind. But her bungled attempt at thievery left an English Earl dead and his brother bent on revenge. Sarah must once again go back in time to find the device and return to her own time before their tragic mistake puts a noose around her neck. Unfortunately, the only way to get close to the device is to befriend the very man who wants her dead.

Eric the new Earl of Earnston was determined to catch the woman who killed his brother, but she’d disappeared without a trace. Twelve months on and there are still no clues to her whereabouts. As luck would have it, he finds a distraction. A new family have arrived in town and Miss Sarah Baxter is a delightful diversion among the stale debutantes in the ton.

Sarah knows it is madness to seduce the man who would want her dead should he know who she was, but the Earl is an alarmingly persistent gentleman. Can Sarah procure the device without her secret being revealed? And what will the Earl do when he finds out the woman he’s in love with is not the woman he thought he knew.

Now available from Crimson Romance, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and more!

For more information and buy links, please visit Tamara’s website.

Tamara Gill’s love of history started from an early age, but her reading of historical romances only began when home on maternity leave with her second son. Her writing career started as a hobby but soon turned into an obsession—just ask the members of her family, who have suffered many a whipped up, burnt meal.

Member of Romance Writers of Australia, Romance Writers of America, South Australian Romance Authors and The Beau Monde keep her occupied and focused on her craft and the changing trends of readers. Tamara lives in the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia and enjoys hearing from readers and writers alike.