Here's one from October 18, 2011 that was at Reader Girls blog.
Thank you for asking me to visit your blog. I love seeing
families reading together. My reading gene came from my dad and his dad. Then I
passed it on to one of my daughters. We keep hoping to bring the college
student into the fold once she graduates. Then again, she’s a professional
student. So we have no idea when that will happen. She has promised to read my
book. Isn’t that sweet? But we do plan to have a defibrillator nearby when she
does. She’s destined to have a heart attack when she reads certain scenes in
Your question to me was how does it feel to compete with established writers?
You’re living on the edge by allowing me free rein in deciding what to
post. But I’ll behave and do what I love to do more often than I like to admit.
Make up lists. Yes. My OCD is showing. To make it a little less dry, I’ve
decided to let my two main characters in Circle of Desire, Olivia St. Vincent
and Collin Ryker, help out.
Tell us a bit
about yourself (50 words or less).
It’s no surprise that I love to write as I grew up with a dad who loved
to entertain us with stories about his youth in a long ago era of lonely two
lane highways and strong men protecting their families. With that rich history,
I turned to writing romance.
This post was at Black Seductions on October 19, 2011. What I especially loved about this interview was the comments I received. Lots of them and some really interesting answers. Go and check them out. Oh, before I forget, some of the sites I'm sending you to are for people 18 and older. So if you're at work looking at them, be sure no one is around as they often have book covers that make mine look tame.
I deleted the blurb of the book, but the rest of the post is here. Be sure to FOLLOW them on Twitter: @BVSBooks .
Thank you for inviting me to your blog. Like most authors, I
enjoy talking about my books and love the opportunity.
You had asked, “What steps did I take to make my heroine
someone the reader would like?”
I've been doing the blog tour thang on and off since October. Mostly off than on, but I've enjoyed every stop, some more than others. One thing about blogging elsewhere, even though I place a link here, people forget or blogs die or whatever. So I decided to repost them here. For the next few days you'll see them in full or partial and including links back to the original blog/post. But please comment here (better chance of me seeing it now).
Here's the first one at Among The Muses. (October 17, 2011.) A great interview/review website. And it's not just because they gave me such a good review or that I like the ladies who run it, but because the site is easy on the eyes and they keep it up. Gives you confidence in knowing that your work is respected when the site is professinal looking. Anyway, I always liked New Jersey people.
What inspired you to write this
One of my all-time favorite TV series was Le Femme Nikita and my go-to-book of Linda Howard’s is ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN. Both deal with mercenaries, spies and assassins, and I find them fascinating. When I was writing the hero, Collin, for CIRCLE OF DESIRE, I was channeling Michael, the dangerous über spy from Nikita. His soft spoken, yet deadly voice always sent delicious chills down my back to my … uh, I made sure to listen to hear every word he said. I wanted my book to have those layers of danger and sexiness filling every page.
Am I the only one in the world that didn't know Walgreens sold . . . uh . . . "Sexual Wellness" items on line? Blew my mind. Click here to check it out. Now for me to check their prices. Ooops! Did I type that?
You know sometimes the best presents are the small ones. After updating iTunes's software on my desktop, I decided to check on my book. Yep. My book can be found on iTunes. Cool, isn't it? Anyway, last time I looked there were no reviews or ratings. My book looked so sad and lonesome.
Well, there is now. Fifty-six ratings and three reviews. Thank goodness the reviews were awesome! And I didn't know any of the people. YAY!
That was a nice little Christmas present to me. Thank you whoever you are with an iPod or iPad or iPhone!
Yep. The non-domesticated woman is talking about a girly-girly subject. But most of you know why. I've lost a lot of weight and hope to continue to do so. Come and see what I have to say about it on Chicklets In The Kitchen blog. See you there!
WOW! I finished Circle of Danger today. Whew! The last scene and half took it out of me. Not so much the action but all the emotion and trying to not be sappy. I can't tell you how many books I scan over the last few pages. The sappy emotion drives me nuts. I guess that why I aways like to set up the next book during that scene. You still get the I Love Yous in without making your teeth hurt.. :-)
Now to send off to my betas. They have their work cut out for them. Though I was careful and had edited on the way, I know there are probably spots that need work. They'll catch places where I don't tell enough info or drag it out. Looking forward to what they have to say. Considering this time they will be doing it for a published author. LOL!!!!
The week has slipped by and it's the weekend again. Thank goodness. I need to get back to working on my book. So close. So very close to the end. I feel like I've been saying that for months, but this is REALLY close. Two more scenes. Technically, one and half scenes, as I'm half through with one. The climatic one at the end. Then the next scene will be the wrap up (Smoochie..I love you...No, I love you more) and the set up for the third book. That will be Rex and A.J.'s book.
One thing that’s been surprising about my book being published is the number of men who are willing to read it. It is a romance. So far I know of two men who have read it or they said they did. And a couple others are claiming to be reading it or plan to read it. That’s cool.
No, I didn’t ask them about the hot scenes. Funny thing is I like hearing what the women think about them. Usually, that consists of “Oh, wow! That was hot!” But I would be a little uncomfortable discussing any aspect of those scenes with a man, except for my husband. Now if I could get him to read it (NOT!), I’d gladly talk about them.
My kids love to tease me on how I love for the interior walls of my house to be white. So I gave in, and my husband and I painted the living room, kitchen, hallway and bathroom a sandy tan color. They turned out rather nice.
The reason I mention this is I was thinking today about some of the things people say in my book's reviews. I know. I'm to ignore the reviews and write what I like. And I do love my story. If someone else had written Circle of Desire, I would've placed the book on my keeper shelf and look for more books from that author.
Let me tell you why.
I love books where the hero and heroine are different from the hundreds of other books out there. I like the guy to be really good and really bad and all in the same book. He's not vanilla. He doesn't always do the right thing for the right reason. He's human. He's influenced by what has happened to him in the past and what is going on in his life at the time and how he wants the future to be. The only part of the book I want to be the same as all other romances is that when he falls in love, he falls hard. That helps the happy ending to be believable.
The heroine needs to be strong but not bitchy. She voices her opinion when and how she likes. She doesn't bite her tongue, unless she wants the guy to stick his foot into his own mouth. She can stand toe to toe with the hero and still come out being her own person. BUT, I want the book to be believable when it comes to life. I know that when a woman and a man are trained in martial arts, most men can beat women. Not always, but men are made to be strong. That's just the way they're built. (THANK YOU, GOD!) I don't want my men to be dumb as I want the women to be smart. So women are smart enough not to try to beat a guy with strength but with her brains. And sometimes, when the woman falls in love, she doesn't mind the man being stronger. There is nothing wrong with that. I want my woman (beginning to sound weird, but you know I'm talking about the heroines I write in my books. LOL!) to love being a woman. She doesn't want to be a man. She can do a man's job, but still be a woman at the end of the day and be happy about it.
None of my heroines are abused by the heroes. Especially in Circle of Desire, Olivia loves to play rough with Collin. She likes that he gets turned on when they fight. They're not hitting each other in the face. Actually, it's more like wrestling, with one tripping the other and a lot of rubbing of one body against the other. She's not afraid of Collin. She knows he's a good guy having to do a hard job.
If you want goody two-shoes heroes and heroines who whine about how their high school sweetheart cheated on them or how their daddies didn't get them their ponies when they were little, go read the vanilla books. Please don't read mine.
Or just grow up.
[By the way, if you like Circle of Desire, please go to Amazon and Barnes & Noble and/or anywhere you can rate it and do so. And if you feel like it, say one sentence of something positive. If you didn't like it, then why in the heck are you reading my blog? LOL!]