Which writers inspire you?
I am inspired by so many writers, for a variety of reasons (voice, story, longevity of career).
Scott O’Dell was the first author to spark my writing fire (at age 7). Authors such as Stephen King, John Grisham, Nicholas Sparks, and the late Kathleen Woodiwiss dominated my shelves as a young adult. I remain inspired by the careers and talent of these writers and often re-read their novels. Other writers who inspire me today are JR Ward, Cara McKenna, Brad Thor, and James Patterson.
What genre are your books?
I currently write in three different sub-genres of romance. Romantic suspense, (contemporary) sports romance, and (contemporary) western romance.
What draws you to this genre?
I write what I love to read. I love the heart-thumping intricate weave of a good suspense plot. I love the drive, dedication, and stamina of the athletes in sports romance. And I love the hard-working, hard-loving cowboys of western romance. No matter the genre, I love a good alpha male who’s found his match. (Something you’ll find in all of my books).
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
Mmm … great question! Chris Evans would be great as Tyler Brady. He’s got the build, the smile, and definitely displays the kind of charisma Tyler has in spades.
Give us an insight into your main character. What makes him/her so special?
Tyler isn’t the kind of guy to run from what he feels. He might downplay it for a while, but he’s true to himself. He knows what he wants, and he’s not afraid to own it, to take a chance. What I love most about Tyler is his ability to overcome adversity (a tyrannical father, his injury), while maintaining the capacity to love with his whole heart.
How much research do you do?
Research really depends on the subject matter for the novel. My latest novel didn’t require a lot of research, since I have extensive knowledge about sports therapy, as well as the game of baseball. On the flip side, I can spend weeks researching when I write a romantic suspense novel. I want the details to be as authentic as possible, so I’ll spend whatever research time is necessary to get them right.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
I’m not structured at all. It really depends on the day of the week, and what is happening in my house on any given day. On an average day, I’ll start writing around 10:00am. I’ll break around 1:00pm. I start again around 4:00pm and write until I hit my daily word count goal.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea takes you?
I don’t formally outline or plot. When I start a book, I know who my characters are (I do detailed character profiles), what conflicts they will face, and how the book will end. Romantic suspense takes a little more thought and planning than the other genres I write due to the complexity of the stories (lots of twists and turns). But for the most part, the story takes shape while I’m writing.
When did you decide to become a writer?
I was seven the first time I remember telling my dad I was going to be a writer. Writing is something I’ve always done, but didn’t pursue it as a serious career until I turned forty. I just celebrated my third publishing anniversary.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Keep writing. It’s easy to get discouraged in this business, but keep writing. Every day. Don’t give up. You can do it.
Study your craft (practice makes perfect). Read craft books. Take classes. Attend workshops. You can establish your voice and style as you go, but never stop working toward becoming the best writer you can be.
Don’t be a diva – listen to and learn from those who know more than you (industry professionals, professional editors, authors who have been there, etc.). So often I see aspiring writers dismiss critiques for reasons solely based on ego and vanity (and not on what’s best for the story). It’s hard to take criticism (believe me, I know), but the best writers will learn from feedback. You might not always agree, but you should seriously consider any feedback you might get. And then be grateful to the person who took the time to help you.
Chateau Seductions Book 0.5
by Lisa Carlisle
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Part 0.5 of Chateau
Antoine Chevalier harbors a secret. Born a gargoyle
shifter, he wants nothing more than to cultivate his art. His hard work pays off the
night he completes his greatest sculpture. But the excitement of his accomplishment
He’s drawn the eye of the wrong group—a
clan of vampires. Antoine wakes into darkness, changed. Shattered. His dream
of becoming a renowned sculptor is destroyed.
One question remains—how will he ever survive an
eternity of darkness alone?
Darkness Rising is part 0.5 of the Chateau Seductions
series by USA Today Bestselling author Lisa Carlisle. Readers have requested more
on the dark and mysterious Antoine. In this short story, Antoine tells his tale, which
continues in the series with Dark Velvet. Dark Velvet is written from Savannah’s
perspective as a newcomer to an art colony who is intrigued by the
Carlisle is a USA Today Bestselling author of romance and suspense. She loves
stories with dark, brooding heroes and independent, caring heroines. Lisa feels very
honored to be a multi-published author since she’s wanted to write since the sixth
grade. Her travels have provided her with inspiration for various settings in her
novels. She backpacked alone through Europe, and lived in Paris before returning to
the U.S. Now she lives in New England with her husband, two children, a cat, and
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Bambi’s Rockstar Review:
This was a very good, hot, sex book. I love the whole BDSM plot and how it shows people being taken care of. I wish that maybe they told more of the back story of Olivia and some of Adam’s military things but it is a good plot and Smoking sex. I look forward to reading more of this author’s work as this is the first one I have read. She spun a great read and had me wanting more from what she told of the characters filling the book.
“You a lady, with a capital L but I don’t want a lady in my bed.”
Adam Kessler an ex-marine who owns a gym and over watch. He also has a mystery job working with fellow Dom Simone. He was raised in east L.A. he was raised hard. When walking on the board walk he sees a woman that catches more than his eye. But he doubts she would ever give him the time of day. Until on the way back from his run he hears a scream and saves said woman.
Dr. Olivia Hampton a therapist out to lunch with her collage best friend at 44 she had all but given up on finding a mister right. Raised wealthy she turned her back on that life. When Adam saves her she doesn’t want things to end.
Can he get over thinking she is slumming or will she embrace the world he opens up in her?
When she finds out everything about him will she accept all the bad and treasure the man she has?
Her Purrfect Match
by Milly Taiden
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Tour Organizer: N K Author Services
Grayson Green needs a mate. Fast. But he refuses to be pushed into anything. That is, until a curvy funny woman shows up in his territory saying she’s there for him. Who is he to argue with someone as delectable as Alyssa decides she wants to give herself to him?
Of course, not all is at it seems and some people want Alyssa gone and Gray dead. If Gray mates, the future of his pride will be sealed and no one can argue his place as leader. Unless it can be stopped before they ever get a chance to make some cubs. He will have to work hard at convincing a human she’s the only one for him or lose his pride and his mate.
Reader Warning: This book contains lots of scorching sex (the kind that will make you sweat and need ice cream), adult language (he’s a very dirty talker and we like it), and violence. If this is not the kind of stuff you like to read, skip this book. However, if you like dirty, raunchy sex with a growly tiger on one funny curvy girl, then this is right up your alley. Enjoy!