Bella Jeanisse hails from New York City. At 10 years old, Bella picked up her first guitar. She was instantly hooked. Because of her deep passion for tall men, rock music, tattoos and motorcycles, she has gotten to know many musicians and roadies over the years–in every possible way. And although she has been writing risqué stories about musicians for many years, she has just recently taken these tales to the next level revealing, through her protagonists, the hold some of these men still have on her. They have inspired more than they ever imagined.
The few limits Bella puts on her love-life may be found as but a shadow in her writing.
Crystal Atkinson plays bass in the band Triple Threat, and her best friend Chad McLoughlin plays guitar. But that’s not all they play together.
When Crystal makes a deal for “no-strings-attached” sex with Chad, she thinks she’s written the perfect arrangement for them. But two beats strike dissonant notes: Chad’s been in love with Crystal for years, and Giovanni Saracino joins the band on drums.
Soon, Crystal’s finding herself caught between the warring impulses of her body and her soul. She’ll never be in love with Chad the way he wants, but no-one else has ever made love to her like he does. Giovanni’s got a heart bigger than his outsized biceps, and Crystal responds to that in ways she never imagined.
Torn between the two men, both with plenty to offer her, Crystal has to choose between the needs of her heart and the aching demands from the rest of her body.
THIS BOOK IS EXPLICIT IN NATURE. ADULTS ONLY.
Bella Jeanisse’s Blog: http://rrn.me/10EOir9
Bella Jeanisse – Amazon: http://rrn.me/12Rmp0P
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Bella Jeanisse – Goodreads: http://rrn.me/15BcN1c
Bella Jeanisse Interview Show Running Time: 29 minutes, 30 seconds
Kathryn grew up on a farm in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. Upon graduation from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Kathryn landed the ingénue lead in the classic Gothic daytime drama Dark Shadows (ABC, 1966-1971), and starred in the 1971 MGM feature, House of Dark Shadows. Kathryn played four roles in the series: Maggie Evans, Josette du Pres, Lady Kitty Hampshire and Rachel Drummond. Realizing that the enduring and innovative series still has a tremendous following in syndicated reruns throughout the world, Kathryn wrote Dark Shadows Memories to coincide with its 20th anniversary and Dark Shadows Companion as a 25th anniversary tribute. Both were book club favorites, and combined sales (Hardcover, Trade, audio CD) exceed 65,000 copies. Kathryn appears in a cameo role in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. Her latest nonfiction title is Dark Shadows: Return to Collinwood, currently in its third printing and available as an ebook.
Kathryn maintains homes in Los Angeles and New York. She was married to the late Geoff Miller, founding editor and later publisher of Los Angeles magazine, the first city magazine in the country.
Down and Out in Beverly Heels:
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PO Box 17217
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Kathryn Leigh Scott Interview Running Time: 32 minutes, 40 seconds
been there, done that… use it all
I’ve been a uniformed schoolgirl, a slouching activist, world traveler, marathoner, smoker and club maven in the days of CBGB, WaWa Hut, Mudd Club, Paradise Garage… I’m a novelist, psychologist, professor, filmmaker, gay when it wasn’t cool. Awed by the Renaissance, there’s little I don’t try. I hang out in universities as a professor and a student. I travel to learn what I can from whatever and whoever is there. Africa, Europe, and especially Rome, Florence, Amsterdam are my latest targets for chasing more of everything.
I’m from Detroit – the best place because it taught me, and it has a gritty glory no matter what. But I’m a New Yorker, from back when SoHo artists lived in cavernous lofts with mice or worse, and you knew everyone at openings. It was a time of seaplanes to Fire Island when we pretended coke wasn’t addictive and AIDS hadn’t changed everything yet.
So I’ve been there, done that, and I use it all. If you’re a writer you have to…
Everything in me is in the writing. That’s why I’m a devotee of do or die – and have the scars to prove it. I chase life-altering experiences. Or, they find me.
A car ran a red light and sent me flying off my bicycle on Christopher Street. I was lucky. That first accident forced me to write.
I was a student at CUNY’s Graduate Center in the rarefied embrace of its Environmental Psychology Program. But I had no money so when I met an agent who said, if you write romances I can sell them; it was an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Historical romances? Why not? To me they were like the operas I learned as a kid. Pure melodrama. Or is that just another word for nothing left to lose?
Living full made me, makes any writer, uncover our personality facets. Characters. Plots. We store them up then spew them out, transformed by that unique black box in our heads.
I used everything and wrote ten successful romances, under pseudonyms, to pay my way through graduate school. Then I walked away. I practiced psychology, but couldn’t let go of writing. So I dropped everything and followed the dream to UCLA’s School of Theater Film and Television.
I turned some of my novels into screenplays. I won awards, placed in every competition and still have my scripts optioned.
With all this being, doing and some silliness, I’ve piled up stories. I’ve come back to writing as a user, using it all.
From murders to romances, from French Connection drug smuggling to science fiction, it’s all me. As any writer will admit, we have to use all the facets of ourselves we hide inside. They come out no matter how hard we deny them. It’s this mash-up of experience and creating that I use in every book and that I teach in every class, whether it’s psychology or writing.
I look for more to learn, re-tool, try again. It’s fun. In the language of the Renaissance, it’s coraggio.
So to fellow heretics and artists:
be, do, use… everything
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Roberta Degnore at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Roberta-Degnore/e/B00881CJJS
Until You See Me at Amazon: http://rrn.me/10IKurd
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Roberta Degnore at Facebook: http://rrn.me/10IOMQd
Roberta Degnore’s Interview Running Time: 42 minutes, 10 seconds
It was delightful speaking with Lucy-anne about her first published book, Betrayal, and how she started writing. Her tenacity and willfulness pushed her through many years working on the same book. Many would have given up during this time, but she had this drive carrying her five years working on Betrayal.
Her book is character driven with the cast full-on realized–each with their own foibles and attributes. This is an interesting, well done book, especially as it’s her first. While I have read some reviews taking her to task over her British colloquialisms, Lucy-anne is from the U.K. and like a writer from New Orleans, here in the U.S., or from the mid-west, the book wouldn’t make a whole lotta sense if she had British characters speaking as if they were from the Bronx, New York.
Life in the English suburbs has always been boring and loveless for Bethenny Anne Dempsey. When her sister Samantha returns from America with tall, tanned new boyfriend Russell in tow, Beth’s life no longer seems so dull.
The Californian stirs forbidden desires within her. Desires that would surely destroy her family. Desires upon which she and Russell must not act. Fleeing to a Swiss ski resort, Beth tries desperately to purge her heart, body and mind of Russell. While there, she throws herself headlong into a rebound romance whose final destination, Beth hopes, will be the altar. But, Beth and Russell’s desperate yearning for one another ignites a firestorm of deceit that threatens to consume their entire world.
Will Beth be left being the one who commits the worst betrayal of all?
Lucy-anne Smith Web Page: http://rrn.me/13LLzmE
Betrayal – Amazon US: http://rrn.me/YLuC71
Betrayal – Amazon UK: http://rrn.me/VTwgF4
Lucy-anne Smith on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lucyannesmith1
Lucy-anne Smith on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lucyas
Lucy-anne Smith Interview Running Time: 31 minutes, 00 seconds
Another outstanding author interview. This one is different as Jade Kerrion’s Double Helix series is more science fiction, but there is a wee bit of romance in there, keeping me honest. You’ll find Jade to be open in sharing herself during our discussion and I loved her quick wit.
Jade Kerrion, an award-winning author, got her start in fan fiction. She developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars. She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too?
So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time.
She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren’t their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they’re not.)
Perfection Unleashed (Double Helix Series 1) blurb:
Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it.
Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted–a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.
When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives–the in vitros, clones, and mutants–collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab’s search for perfection, descend upon Washington D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.
Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.
Jade Kerrion / Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jade-Kerrion/e/B008EEIG1Y
Jade Kerrion / Barnes and Noble: http://rrn.me/Tq2Iv8
Jade Kerrion / Smashwords: http://rrn.me/12PRwMk
Jade Kerrion Interview Show Running Time: 30 minutes, 00 seconds
Hope Tarr is the award-winning author of 20 historical and contemporary romance novels, including OPERATION CINDERELLA, the launch to her contemporary fairytale-themed “Suddenly Cinderella” Series for Entangled Publishing. Hope is also a co-founder and current principal of Lady Jane’s Salon, New York City’s first–and so far only–monthly romance fiction reading series, now in its fourth year with four satellite Salons nationwide. Find Hope online at www.HopeTarr.com, www.LadyJaneSalonNYC.com, on Twitter as @HopeTarr and on Facebook — www.Facebook.com/HopeC.Tarr.
Hope Tarr bio:
I suppose you could say I’ve always been a dreamer. In my mind’s eye, I can still see my first-grade teacher shaking her head and scolding, “Hope, stop daydreaming and pay attention!”
I tried, really I did. But how could the dreary assignment on the chalkboard begin to lure me away from the dashing Disney fairy-tale figures populating my head? Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty and Pr—
Well, you get the picture.
In middle school, I “graduated” from romance a la Walt Disney to grownup love stories by the likes of Victoria Holt, Anya Seton, and Daphne Du Maurier. Someday, I promised myself as I thumbed through my dog-eared copy of “Forever Amber,” I’d write a romance novel of my very own.
That dream has weathered a Master’s degree in Psychology, a Ph.D. in Education, a four year stint as a federal government research consultant, and several years as a freelance writer. In 1994 I finally packed up my graduate school texts, purchased Kathryn Falk’s small, pink paperback entitled How to Write a Romance and Get It Published and joined the Romance Writers of America. I’ve never looked back.
Operation Cinderella blurb:
Magazine editor Macie Graham always gets her story—and she needs dirt on smokin’ hot radio personality Ross Mannon. After he trashes one of her articles, she goes undercover to get revenge on the infuriating Texan.
Ross wants a housekeeper and role model for his teenage daughter. When the perfect woman shows up, Ross is relieved. What he didn’t expect was an attraction to his gorgeous, red-stiletto-wearing employee.
“Operation Cinderella” was a foolproof plan, but Ross proves he’s as perfect behind-the-scenes as he is in public—until Macie uncovers a secret that could destroy his reputation. Should she chance losing her job or the fairy-tale ending she didn’t even know she wanted?
Operation Cinderella – Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009R82US6/
Operation Cinderella – Barnes and Noble: http://rrn.me/UZY1GV
Hope Tarr Interview Running Time: 25 minutes, 00 seconds
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I am so happy Catherine Bybee graced me with her time! Really though, for someone who could be such a Diva, she is completely opposite: humorous, intelligent, and talented. Our discussion, as you’ll hear, is lively and full of laughter.
I gave her book, Not Quite Dating, five Desmonds for the characters, setting and especially the story. As I said to her, I read it with barely a break from beginning to end. The words take you into the book and and next to the characters, as if you’re watching a play while sitting in the stage.
Catherine Bybee’s Bio:
Just a little blurb about me. First and always I’m a wife and a mother. Second, I’m a writer… anything and everything romance. If it doesn’t have a happily ever after, I’m not interested. Lets face it. Life is full of… well… life. Having spent over a decade of my life working as a RN in urban Emergency Rooms, I want to escape when I pick up a book. And I now create those worlds for you to escape into.
Visit me at www.catherinebybee.com
Not Quite Dating blurb:
Waitress and single mom Jessica “Jessie” Mann is practical to a fault. Even if she had time to date, which she doesn’t, she’d be determined to provide her son with a more secure upbringing than the one she had—and that would mean a husband with big bucks. When Jack Morrison—a sexy-as-sin, seemingly broke customer with a cowboy hat and a seductive grin—tries to flirt with her, she shoots him down. She doubts a carefree dreamer like Jack can provide the financial stability she needs. Yet with Christmas just weeks away, and Jessie not wanting to spend it alone, the charming Texan is proving hard to resist.
As the heir to the Morrison luxury hotel empire, Jack is used to being fawned over. But Jack needs someone who will fall in love with him—not his wealth. He’s set his sights on Jessie, though her hardened heart just might get in the way…To be sure, he conceals his true identity and offers to help Jessie find the rich husband she seeks. But Jack’s daring charade may rob him of the holiday wish he wants most of all…
Catherine Bybee at Amazon: http://rrn.me/UYh9YY
Catherine Bybee’s blog: http://rrn.me/QYSqDw
Catherine Bybee at facebook: http://rrn.me/UsUbpC
Catherine Bybee on Twitter: https://twitter.com/catherinebybee
Catherine Bybee at Smashwords: http://rrn.me/Z6pCOb
Catherine Bybee Interview Audio Running Time: 38 minutes, 26 seconds
I have the honor of welcoming Lisa Kessler back to my show. Besides being such a wonderful writer, she has a fantastic sense of humor, which is quite evident in our discussion.
As I said during the interview, her writing is amazing, almost poetic and it draws the reader into the story as if you’re an invisible participant. We discuss her Night Series, including Night Thief, what she has been doing since we last talked and what’s coming soon. You don’t want to miss this interview!
I have always loved to make up stories. My first published work was The Wonders of Unicorn Creek in 6th grade. The 9 page epic was published by my tiny elementary school.
Since then I’ve published short stories in anthologies like: Dead Souls, Ladies of Horror 2009, Hell Hath No Fury, and magazines like: Sinisteria, Horrorfind, Twilight Times, The Writers Hood, Savage Night, The Murder Hole, Behold and Shadowkeepzine.
My story ”Immortal Beloved” was a finalist for a Bram Stoker award, and my story “The Third King” won second place in Behold’s short story contest.
Night Thief blurb:
After the fall of the Mayan civilization, Kane, an immortal Night Walker, has taken refuge in France for over 800 years. The modern world holds little interest for him until the night he meets the Golden Thief and is robbed of much more than his pocket watch.
Marguerite Rousseau is living a double life. By day she is the assistant to an eccentric French artist, Antoine Berjon, and by night she dons elegant evening gowns to woo French dignitaries before lifting their wallets.
Sparks ignite when Kane captures the thief, but Marguerite harbors a dark secret that could ruin them both.
Night Thief at Amazon: http://rrn.me/UFMzTN
Night Thief at Barnes and Noble: http://rrn.me/THS4k3
Lisa’s Web Site: http://lisaslair.com/
Lisa’s Blog: http://lisakessler.wordpress.com/
Lisa / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LisaKesslerWriter
Lisa / Twitter: https://twitter.com/LdyDisney
Audio Interview Show Running Time: 46 minutes, 31 seconds
MJ Schiller Biography:
I was born in Overland Park, KS, grew up in St. Louis, MO, went to school at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and moved to Bloomington, IL fresh out of college. I worked as a high school/junior college teacher, personnel recruiter, office manager of a jewelry store, and, for the past ten years, as a lunch lady. I like to karaoke and attend rock concerts. I’m also actively involved at church and spend too much time on Facebook. I am the mother of a seventeen-year-old, fifteen-year-old triplets, and have been married to my husband, Don, for over twenty-four years.
I have been a writer all my life. My first book, which was co-written with Mary Ellen Murphey in second grade, was titled The Black Cat, and was written on blue hotel stationary, hole-punched, and bound by white yarn. I believe it is currently out of circulation.
When I turned forty, I had an epiphany of sorts. I realized those bigwig publishing houses in New York were now probably run by people younger than me, so I shouldn’t be intimidated by them. At about the same time, I was watching one of those award shows, and Jaclyn Smith got up to give a posthumous award to Aaron Spelling. She credited him for encouraging her to go into acting, saying something brilliant like, “Reach for your dreams.” Nothing new. Almost even seems a little Jiminy Cricketish. But, for some reason, it struck me that night. When Aaron Spelling was thirteen, he was probably just like any other acned thirteen-year-old. But he worked to achieve his dreams, and became a household name. So, I began to write. Once I finished my first book,I wasn’t able to stop. I would rather write than do just about anything else. After all, I get to make people (characters) do what I want, and design their happy endings. What power! And what a privilege.
Taken by Storm:
Born from the fire of a palace coup, the relationship between the king of Avistad’s son Prince Tahj and the captive girl Bashea burns with a passion that neither of them quite understands. The pair is drawn closer together as they face enemy soldiers, a screaming panther, even the scathing winds of a desert storm.
After what she has been through, Bashea is afraid to trust and her fiery nature is both what appeals to Tahj and what drives him crazy. It takes a long separation to bring them back to each other, but when Tahj does return, it is once again during a battle with his greatest enemy, Lord Boltar. But now Lord Boltar, who has been forced beyond reason by Tahj’s success in retaking the throne, is an even more dangerous threat than before. Reunited, will Tahj and Bashea be strong enough to defeat their twisted and powerful enemy?
MJ Schiller Web Site: http://www.mjschiller.com/#!home/mainPage
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ibook store: http://bit.ly/ibookstoretakenbystorm
Audio Interview Running Time: 33 minutes, 25 seconds
For the new/restarted Romance Radio Network interviews, I interviewed an old friend, Jennie Marsland. She has been on this show a while back with her two books, McShannon’s Chance and McShannon’s Heart. I may have said this before, but I believe Jennie has the heart of a poet because of te way she write.
Examples from Jennie Marsland’s book Shattered:
“Alice stepped aside to let Georgie in, then stood in the doorway while Liam‘s form merged with the darkness. A few uneven steps and he‘d disappeared.”
“All she could think of was the hurt on her mother‘s face when she discovered that her son was here but that he hadn‘t really come home to her at all.”
“the wind had played with her hair like a lover‘s fingers”
“Was dreaming of him worth the disappointment of waking?”
Shattered is a historical novel, set in Nova Scotia starting in September 1917, near the end of the first world war. Liam Cochrane came home wounded in both body and spirit. While he has his family to help, he is weighted down by witnessing the death of his younger brother.
After dating Georgie O’Neill for a bit, they decide to go their separate ways, but Liam realizes he is pulled towards Georgie’s sister, Alice. Alice has got her own demons to fight, dyslexia is but one.
On December 6th of that year, two ships in the harbour collide resulting in the largest standard munitions explosion ever, almost leveling Halifax (killing over 2,000 souls). Jennie uses this real event as background, weaving it masterfully through the story.
Liam Cochrane no longer belongs. He lost his youth and his brother at the Battle of the Somme. Now he’s home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, dulling his pain with liquor and the occasional willing woman. The only thing Liam can call his own is time. Alice O’Neill has never belonged. Able to read notes, but not words, she dreams of escaping from her life as the family housekeeper to teach music. She also dreams of Liam, who’s held her heart for years and never known.
In that fall of 1917, Halifax is on a collision course with fate. On December sixth, the most powerful man-made, non-atomic explosion in history will occur in Halifax Harbour. What will be left for Liam and Alice when their world is shattered?
Show running time = 49 minutes, 00 seconds
An avid reader of all types of books, I read my first romance even before I was a teenager. I must have been a very precocious young lady! I still remember the book, if not the title. It was about a Southern man during the years before the Civil War and his illicit affair with one of the slaves of a woman he “frequented”. I remember vividly reading the word “manhood” often in the book, and the slave’s name was Sukie. Isn’t it amazing what the mind can remember?
Fast forward a couple dozen years and I’m a college history instructor. I still love history as much as that romantic young woman did, so I teach it to college students, and the romantic streak has never gone away. Now I get to do things that have to do with my other favorite love: romance novels.
The idea for my first book came to me in a dream. I know that seems almost cliched, but it did. I woke up one morning after having an extremely vivid dream and began to jot things down that I was able to remember. Days later, I had the first pages written and the ideas that I had dreamed about had become the characters in my first book. Those characters are the basis for the first series I’ve written, The Destined Ones Series, about a people called Aeveren who have lived side by side with humans since almost the beginning of recorded time. The first book in that series, Stolen Destiny, was published in June.
I’m still working on The Destined Ones books, and I look forward to what my imagination has waiting for me next. The second book about Aeveren, Destiny Redeemed, is scheduled to be released on October 13. I’ve finished the Victorian Erotic Romance Trilogy, three erotic novellas set in Victorian England. The first one, Vampire Dreams, is a paranormal erotic romance. The second novella, another erotic romance but an historical, Love’s Master, involves some light BDSM. The third novella, Masquerade, is a straight historical, no kink or paranormal. After that, a paranormal romance set in the great city of New Orleans is up in December–Blood Avenged. Anyone who read Vampire Dreams will remember Vasilije, Brandon’s sire. Blood Avenged is his story.
After that? Well, I’m in the planning stages of another trilogy, this time maybe novel length, that will come out in 2012. But one thing’s for sure: no matter what the story is, it will involve gorgeous, Alpha male heroes; strong heroines; and steamy romance!
Sentenced to spend the rest of his three remaining lifetimes in Nil, Amon Kalins is freed with the help of his Sidhe servant, Gethen, but now he must accept his life is never to be his again as the Council won’t rest until he’s safely back imprisoned within Nil’s cold walls. Broken and nearly dead from his time in prison, Amon is saved by an Aeveren healer named Althea Forester. As a healer, Thea has served her people for 45 lifetimes, never having a destined one and always knowing each lifetime would ultimately end with her alone. But destiny hasn’t forgotten her.
Drawn to the seductive Amon, Thea quickly becomes a pawn the Council uses to trap him. Taken prisoner by the sadistic leader of the rebel group, the Soren, Thea must survive the vicious world of the people hellbent on taking her destined one away forever, and Amon must risk everything dear to him to free her from those who would sacrifice her to claim the bigger prize and return him to Ni.
Gabrielle Bisset’s Web Site: http://www.gabriellebisset.com/index.html
Gabrielle Bisset’s Blog: http://gbisset.blogspot.com/?zx=4194a73f222b5202
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Gabrielle Bisset at Siren Publishing: http://www.bookstrand.com/gabrielle-bisset
The Gabreille Bisset Interview Show Running Time: 31 minutes, 00 seconds