Monday, July 25, 2011

Interview with Gabrielle Bissett

There's nothing better than romancing your dark side with a sensual erotic tale. Let's give paranormal author, Gabrielle Bisset a warm welcome! Ask her a question or leave a comment, she'd love to hear from you.

Karen: Gabrielle, why don't you tell the readers a little about yourself:

Gabrielle: I’m a college history professor by day and an erotic romance writer by nights and weekends. My first novel, Stolen Destiny, is out now from Siren Publishing, and I have two novellas, Vampire Dreams and Love’s Master, out now too. I live in Pennsylvania with my son and five cats (I’m a sucker for stray kitties.)

Karen: Your new release is Stolen Destiny. Tell us a little about your tale. What inspired you to write the story? How much research went into it?

Gabrielle: I woke up one morning last summer after having a very vivid dream and the idea of Aeveren was in my head. Aeveren are the race of people I created for the Destined Ones Series, of which Stolen Destiny is the first book. They live fifty lives through reincarnation, carrying their memories of their past lifetimes with them as they move through their reincarnation cycle. They also have destined ones, other Aeveren they are drawn to across distance and time, and some Aeveren have powers, such as telepathy, teleportation, mind control, and even the ability to manipulate time.

As Stolen Destiny is a paranormal erotic romance centered around a type of character I created, it took a while to flesh out the main structure of the Aeveren world. Also, since each character can remember their past lifetimes and their pasts are often showcased in flashbacks, I had to research to make sure the historical details of each flashback were accurate.

Karen: Tell us about Callia. What kind of woman is she? What does she like about Varek? What doesn’t she like?

Gabrielle: Callia is the girl next door. She’s sweet and kind, and she loves children and animals. She’s never had a destined one in the six lifetimes she’s lived before, so she’s begun to wonder why. She finds Varek’s darkness appealing. Because he’s spent time in Nil, he’s guarded and unsure he wants to take a chance on love again. Once she realizes how she feels about him, her strength of mind helps her focus on her goal of showing him that destiny was correct in bringing them together.

She doesn’t like that he’s stubborn, however. That’s probably because she’s stubborn, and that always causes conflict between two people.

Karen: What does she think of Amon?

Gabrielle: Callia sees Amon as the opposite of Varek. Later, when she finds out that he’s very manipulative, she regrets caring for him, but that’s just her nature. She’s a kind soul.

Karen: What kind of man is Varek? What does he like about Callia? What doesn’t he like?

Gabrielle: Varek is a man whose past haunts him. He made a terrible mistake that harmed not only him, but his first destined one and their baby girl, and he can’t forgive himself for that. He’s spent time in Nil, so he’s not trusting, but he can’t help but let his guard down with Callia because she is so open and kind from the moment they meet.

Varek loves Callia because she shows him how to love again. Before her, he had spent three lifetimes alone and had told himself he deserved that. Just a short time with her and he wanted to love again.

What he doesn’t like about her is that she’s as stubborn as he is. He’s not used to people standing up to him after three lifetimes in Nil.

Karen: What are your current projects and works in progress?

Gabrielle: I’m currently finishing edits on the final novella in the erotic romance trilogy set in Victorian England. Masquerade will be released in late August and will join Vampire Dreams, a paranormal erotic romance, and Love’s Master, an historical with a dash of BDSM. In addition, the sequel to Stolen Destiny, entitled Destiny Redeemed, will be released this fall. It’s been through first edits, and I’ll be returning to do more editing after Masquerade’s release. Finally, I’ve begun a novel about Vasilije, the villain in Vampire Dreams. That’s in the very early stages, so readers can look for that possibly early next year.

Tell the readers where they can find you:

Gabrielle: Readers can find me at my blog at, at my website at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter at!/gabriellebisset

Karen: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

Gabrielle: I love to hear from readers, so please feel free to visit me at any of the above places or drop me a note at

PG13 Excerpt:

Varek returned to the orphanage at six o’clock and sensed instantly as he turned the doorknob on the orphanage’s front door that she was there. He closed his eyes, steadied himself, and entered the building, darting his eyes left and right to look for her.

Jessica Anders greeted him and took him into her office, closing the door behind her. “Please sit down. Now that I know you are working for the Council, I’m happy to help.”

Taking a seat, Varek began. “Has anyone spoken to the children before they arrived here? Maybe Family Services?”

“Family Services? Just how long have you been in Nil, Varek?”

He sat stonily as she reminded him of the reality of the Aeveren and human worlds.

“It’s been a very long time since we Aeveren had to deal with human governmental agencies. We may not have an Aeveren in the White House yet or one of us in the state house currently, but we have people in power and always have. Family Services is a human entity.”

“I guess that explains how an orphanage can exist in this day and age.”

“Exactly. Whether they know we exist or not, they see this place as somewhere that’s always been here, always been a place for children who had nowhere else to go. It’s been my experience that humans don’t spend a great deal of time on things that don’t seem to concern them. And even if they did ask, the mayor and other important people in New Hope are Aeveren.”

“Others? Any police? That would be a huge help.”

“No, unfortunately, none of the police are Aeveren, but the coroner is, a man named Gene Dizer. He should be able to give you some information.”

“Is there anything else you can tell me?”

Jessica handed him a folder he saw contained the addresses of the families the murderer had attacked.

“These may help you. I wish I had more.”

As Varek stood to leave, Jessica stopped him. “Please do all that you can to stop this madman. I know why you were sent to Nil, but I also know you were a policeman before.”

Varek simply nodded and said good-bye as he quickly flung open her office door to see Tia standing there, her green eyes wide and staring up at him. She reached up to grab his finger again and smiled as she said his name.

In an instant the forces of Aeveren biology took over and presented him with his destiny.

“Tia? Where are you, sweetheart?” a female voice called down the hall. In just five words, Varek’s life changed.

Gabrielle, Thank you so much for joining us today! I wish you the very best!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Interview with Amie Louellen

Amie Louellen has won several awards for her writing including: First Place in TARA’s First Impressions Contest, the Central Ohio Fiction Writers’ Ignite the Flame Contest and North Houston RWA’s Lone Star Writing Competition. She’s here today to tell us about her new release Brodie’s Bride. Let’s give her a warm welcome! Don't be shy. Ask her questions. She'd love to hear from you. :)

Thank you for joining us, Amie. Why don't you start with telling the readers a little about yourself:

Amie: I grew up in the deep South, but I now live in Oklahoma with my husband and son, a really old cat and an incredibly fat beagle. When I’m not at the ‘day job’, doing someone’s laundry, or taxiing the little man to baseball or guitar practice, I carve out a piece of my day to put on the paper these people who live in my head. I guess you could say I’m an avid reader, but I also enjoy gardening, counted cross stitch, swimming, and pretty much anything else that can get me out of doing housework! I’m a Virgo, I love tacos, and I’m shamefully addicted to anything Harry Potter. Please don’t ask me how many times I’ve read the series, it’s embarrassing! LOL

Karen: Your new release is Brodie’s Bride. Tell us what inspired the story?

Amie: I find that music is a great inspiration. There’s an old country song by Shelly West called “Jose Quervo”. It’s an upbeat song about going out and over indulging. One chorus in the song says, “Now wait a minute
Things don't look to familiar
Who is the cowboy who’s sleeping beside me
Well he's awful cute
But how'd I get his shirt on?
I had too much tequila last night”

What would happen if my heroine went out and ended up in bed with a man she didn’t know. And what if they had gotten married…in Vegas? But this is a romance and there are certain rules. That’s when the Muse takes over and says, “How can I write this story and make it work for a romance?” And Brodie’s Bride was born.

Karen: Savanna Morgan married a man she didn’t love. Why would she do such a rash act? What kind of woman is she? What was her first impression when she met her husband to be?

Amie: Savanna is desperate. All she has ever wanted is her father’s approval. Her father wants her to marry Parker Kilgore, but Savanna doesn’t trust Parker and with good reason. Savanna is very spoiled. She is accustomed to having everything she’s ever wanted. And she has a lot of growing up to do. Brodie is her way out of an impossible situation—a very handsome way out!

Karen: Brodie Harper has his own reasons for marrying Savanna. Gives us some insight to why. What kind of man is he? What’s his first impression of Savanna?

Amie: Brodie has been abandoned by every woman he has ever loved (or so he believes). His mother, his ex-wife…He wants what everyone else has—lasting love—but he doesn’t think it’s for him. After a little too much tequila, his defenses are down and his real desires and needs surface. Before he knows what hit him, he’s in front of the Justice of the Peace with Savanna at his side. Brodie is a good man. He’s family oriented and has sacrificed a great deal to ensure that his grandmother and aunt—the women who raised him—are well cared for. As for his first impression of Savanna…Well, he thinks she’s a hooker!

Karen: Oh, no he didn't. lol Talk about awkward.
Would you ever marry a man you didn’t love if the circumstance called for it? Would you marry Brodie?

Amie: I think I would marry a man I didn’t love if the situation called for it. Luckily I got to marry my soul mate and the hero of my own love story. (Don’t swoon too much. He’s also the bane of my existence and a total PITB, but I wouldn’t know what to do without him! J) I would DEFINITELY marry Brodie. I mean he’s…well, you’ll just have to read the book to find out. But shhh…don’t tell my husband I said that!

Karen: Don't worry, your secret is safe with me.
You also create book trailers. About how long does it take you to create one? How can authors contact you if they would like one made?

Amie: The longest process of making the trailer is finding the pictures. That’s also the most fun part as well. Once the pictures are found and the music is set, it doesn’t take long depending on the length of the trailer. Of course I have to work around my writing schedule and the day job, so each project varies. If anyone is interested, I can be reached on my website The trailers I have made are also posted there. Or they can email me at

Karen: What are your current projects and works in progress?

Amie: I just signed my second contract with TWRP for a manuscript currently titled Love Potion Me, Baby. (Yay!) It’s the classic story of girl meets boy. Boy drinks shampoo and falls in love with girl. Girl marries boy and the next morning he can’t remember her name. Standard stuff! LOL

Karen: Congratulations on your second contract! How exciting!
Tell the readers where they can find you:

And on Twitter!/AmieLouellen


Karen: Is there anything else you’d like to tell the readers?

Amie: Oh, gosh…I would like to tell everyone that I’m currently waiting on an offer and contract from a Christian publisher on an Amish romance series that my agent pitched to them. It’s totally different than Brodie and Love Potion, but it’s a great story complete with a tortured hero and a poor little rich girl. Cross your fingers, please, and maybe I’ll get the contract this week! J

Thanks for allowing me to take your blog for my own sinister purposes!

Karen: You're very welcome!
Now enjoy Amie's book video production!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Welcome to Blogfest 2011!

It's Time to Play the Blog Hopping Game!

Don't forget about the massive BlogFest 2011 grand giveaway! Head on over to and click on the Tracking Site link to head to our own exclusive tracking site. Once there you can register with a valid email address (to be used solely for the purpose of contacting the winner). This site will allow you to track your progress through BlogFest 2011! You can log on from anywhere at any time and continue where you left off. The best part is that every blog that you visit and mark off through this tracking site will give you one entry into the massive giveaway! We have a great collection of books, goodies and other swag that is looking for a new home!

****My giveaway: One e-book copy of any on my books available. (Books listed below.) All you need to do is tell me which book you'd like to read and why. So simple. If you'd like, blurbs and excerpts for my books, they're available on my website:

Don't forget to leave me your email address so I may contact you if you should win.

Good Luck!!

The Next Blogs on the List to Visit!

Kritters Ramblings
#96 Lady Lit Reviews
#97 Lale on Lit
#98 Laura Kaye
#99 Laurie's Thoughts & Reviews

For the Master List for Blogfest 2011, please visit:

***Choose A E-book below that you would like to read and why. It's that easy to enter the contest.

Westerns/Paranormal: Wanted (light paranormal)

OtherWorldly Romances
Moon Shifter

Short Stories/Anthologies
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Time Travels
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Watchers For the Light Series (Fallen Angels) First Book is Eli (there were two book covers for this book); Book 2 is Lucca

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Come by and Chat with us on Thursday, July 14th!

Victory Tales Press, Western Trail Blazers and Rebecca J. Vickery Publishing will be chatting at:

July 14, 2011- Victory Tales Press at Love Romance Cafe Yahoo Group

Find out what's new. We'd love to have you!

Romance, Historical, Suspense, Mystery, Adventure, Action, Horror, and all the varieties of Western reading you could wish for will be presented by Western Trail Blazer authors.


We are a select group of authors joining together for the purpose of publishing romance based anthologies. Our readers will always find a M/F couple, interesting situations, and if not a happy-ever-after, at least a happy-for-now somewhere in the tale.


The publishing company's work is especially designed for those who love to kick back at the end of a hard day and escape from their problems and worries for a while with a great read.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Guest Author Today is the Award Winning Terry Spear!!

Terry Spear currently has written ten books of the werewolf series based on real wolves, a vampire romance, two Highland medieval romances and a western time-travel ghostly romance coming in December.

She also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and a Bachelors in Business and Distinguished Military Graduate of West Texas A & M. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses.

Let's give her a warm welcome. Contest info is at the end of the post. :)

Kissing a Highland Wolf

(AKA Heart of the Highland Wolf)


Terry Spear

First, thanks to Karen for having me on her blog today. Mondays are really awful at work, so I’ll stop in during the morning beforehand, and after work and say hi!

Who would ever have thought that going to the Highlands could be such a wolfish experience! The experience is one to cherish in any respect if you can make a trip to a Scottish castle, but what if the residents were all wolf? Hmm-hmm.

Excerpt from Heart of the Highland Wolf by Terry Spear

Julia Wildthorn and her friend have had a car accident, tromped through the wilderness in the pouring rain to reach a pub in the Highlands, fearing that Ian MacNeill, who has been tracking them, might be someone dangerous.

So here’s the excerpt:

“They’re staying at Baird Cottage. They wanted to know how far it was from here,” the waitress said to Ian, then turned her attention to the women and smiled.

They gave her tense smiles back, as if they were trying to make a show of it, but they still looked apprehensive.

Ian took a short draught of whisky and caught the redhead’s eye. She challenged him right back, her gaze intense. Without his consent, his mouth quirked into a bit of a smile. A blush extended from her face all the way down her naked neck as she looked away. His gaze drew lower to her breasts again. Hell, if he’d had a dry shirt, he’d have offered it to her. He noted the other men were looking her way, too. That really irked him.

She glanced at him again. Something about her lowered lashes, the way her gaze fetched his, made him consciously aware of her interest in him, as though she was reconsidering her initial thoughts about him. His smile broadened. But she pulled her gaze away from him almost dismissively. He’d never been interested in a woman who fawned over him. Something about a lass who challenged him appealed so much more.

In this case, he wasn’t about to fall into that quagmire. Not as much as he hated the idea of having the film production anywhere on his grounds. In his view, anyone participating in the venture was the enemy. But Ian and his pack desperately needed the money—they were in a financial mess.

The dark-haired woman glanced over her shoulder at Ian, raised her brows, and then spoke softly to the redhead. “He’s the one who followed us, Julia.”

Julia’s voice also was hushed. “But was he trying to help us, or was he after us?”


Okay, so what do you think? Is Ian MacNeill planning to help the ladies out or is he after them???

Hmm, he’s a gray wolf, Julia’s a red wolf, Maria is an Iberian wolf…how could he let a couple of female wolves get away?

And that’s his dilemma. They’re with the film crew. He doesn’t want to have anything to do with them as much as he can help it. But Julia—she’s not like any other wolf he’s ever known. And he’s pretty sure she’s the one who was running through his woods as a wolf too. He’d like no better than to track her down—except the film crew is on site, and he couldn’t allow anyone to see that he’s a wolf either.

So what’s a Highland laird to do? He comes up with some interesting notions. After all, he truly is all wolf.

Because of my Scottish heritage, I’d always wanted to write a Highland wolf story, so this is the first about four brothers who run the pack and Argent Castle. In Gaelic, argent means silver, so it seemed appropriate.

The youngest brother has his story next in the Highland series. He’s trying to track down the thief who stole their money in The Highland Wolf in Paradise (title to change).

But not only do we have wolf woes galore, jaguar shifters are coming on the scene. What do they think about werewolves? They don’t exist. Of course werewolves don’t believe in jaguar shifters either. Cats and dog fights come to mind. But don’t ever let a werewolf hear you say that. They are canines, not dogs. Dogs have the morals of an alley cat.

Which can present a problem with any of the big cats. They don’t take a mate for life. Although jaguar shifters are a different story.

So if you have a yearning for a Highland kiss, please drop by at the contest at ARe Books and vote for Ian MacNeill. He’s puckered up just for you!

When you vote, you also have a chance to win $25 from ARe Books.

****Contest: But also, comment here on what you would do if you saw Ian in the pub smiling at you, for a chance at a free book, any that you so choose.

One winner either from the US or Canada.

Thanks again to Karen for having me here today!

Terry Spear

“Giving new meaning to the term alpha male.”

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Art of Decorating a Christmas Tree

I'm at Happily Ever After for our Christmas in July Celebration.
Do you like homemade ornaments or store bought. Find out where decorating Christmas trees all began.

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Friday, July 8, 2011

Join us for Christmas in July Event!

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Please join us as we spread some Christmas cheer in July.
There is a list of participating sites, blogs, and authors at my blog along with discounts. All commenters will be entered in a variety of drawings.

Every visitor receives a free dessert recipe ebook.
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Saturday, July 2, 2011

At Martha’s Bookshelf Celebration: I’m in the Spotlight today!!

At Martha’s Bookshelf Celebration: I’m in the Spotlight today!!

Martha's Two Year Blogoversary Celebration has begun!

Check the Giveaways - ELEVEN with more to come next week!

I'm giving away pdf copies of Book one, Eli: Warriors for the Light and Book two, Lucca: Warriors for the Light
of my Fallen Angels Series. (Open worldwide.)
Stop by and find out how easy it is to enter!


Freedom to Read Sale!!

Our Freedom to Read Sale begins July 1 and ends July 31.
Here are the links for the Freedom to Read Sale pages where the sale titles, discounts, and coupons for free reads can be found:
Also visit and leave a comment and contact info. Random drawings will be held throughout the month for free reads and prizes.