Give us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures)

I am a born and bred California girl. I have an amazing family who have always been very supportive.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your “must read” list?

My favorite authors are Anne Rice and J.R.R. Tolkien. I feel that people should also try to read the classics too. Like Edgar Allen Poe and Charles Dickens.

What is your favorite genre to write? 

I love to write any genre of fiction and fantasy. I believe in magic and the fantastic and I wan to make others believe it too—at least while they are reading.

What is your favorite genre to read? 

I enjoy reading all genres of fiction as well.

What got you started on your writing journey? 

Since I was a little girl, I wanted to write stories. Before I was old enough to write, I told stories.

Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance? Do you write steamy romance as well? 

I feel that romance doesn’t need to be steamy to reach people. I prefer the sweeter side of romance as that’s who I am.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the next year or so? 

I plan to write a sequel to In Gray and focus on a couple other reworks of older books.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 

I don’t self insert but my characters do seem to take on some personality traits of the people in my life. My own experiences do find their way into my books.

Where do your ideas come from?

My ideas come from all over but my biggest inspiration is a dream I call Adam. I have been dreaming of him as long as I can remember. I think I have found him somewhere in my husband. He has always been my muse.

Please share about your book

My book, In Gray focuses on the life of Daisy Carmichael. Daisy’s life is forever changed after a devastating car crash. Nobody remembers the boy who pulled her from the wreckage; the boy who saved her life. She believed she was crazy. That is, until the dreams started. The dreams that force Daisy into a role she never asked for.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? 

Stubborn, outspoken, brave, loving, artistic
Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

I love all my characters but I feel a certain connection with Kristoff, the brother of the hero.

SMT: The Rebels of Cordovia

The Revels of Cordovia Linda Weaver ClarkeHistorical Fiction

Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

SMT: The Rebels of Cordovia

The Revels of CordoviaLinda Weaver ClarkeHistorical Fiction

Centuries after the legendary Robin Hood, a group of men and women find themselves fighting for the same cause: for their rights, for freedom of speech, and equality. Robin’s Rebels realize they must fight against the tyranny of a wicked king and help the people survive this oppression. In the small country of Cordovia, small groups of rebels begin springing up, but its Robin’s Rebels who get the attention of the king.

In this battle for freedom, a tender love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

Scent of a Soul

Jennifer Thompson
Paranormal Romance

“Her dark hazel green eyes always looked greenest when she cried.  Red face.  Green eyes.  In a sad, yet comical way, Christmas came to mind.”

Lilliah needs to start over, even if that means doing in an unsavory part of a new city.  But her new home isn’t all bad, especially considering that Marek is her new neighbor.  From the moment they meet he seems to become her self-appointed guardian.  But as they grow closer, she’ll discover he has a sinister past, one she might not be up to living with.  Though the choice might not be hers to make as Marek’s dark past encroaches on their present and endangers their future.  Can they survive this battle of good and evil, and will their love last as well?

My Opinion: This was a wonderfully created story with aspects of almost an epic tale.  The story pulls you along from one section to another in a smooth story that makes you feel by the end like you’ve known the characters forever.  The story and romance is engaging and interesting.  Lilliah and Marek are both realistic and enjoyable.  Their romance was toe-curling and made you want to fall in love again alongside them.  Fabulously full side characters flushed out the main story while adding in their own side stories as well.  This was a powerful romance that you won’t want to miss.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Author Interview: Charissa Stastny

Welcome to my first author interview!  I hope you enjoy getting to know Charissa as much as I did.  First a bit about her book:

Eyes of LightCharissa Stastny

Eyes of Light takes opposites to a whole new level. From Hispanic drug capos to Mormon missionaries in Guatemala, this story shows the spectrum of the human soul. The protagonist, Suvi Goldstein, is smart and resourceful, yet unaware of her true potential. She tries to escape her past, but life’s whirlwinds suck her back into danger and intrigue as she falls for a man with secrets as deadly as her own.
When disaster strikes, she flees to leave her guilt behind, but finds herself in even greater peril. Torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another, Suvi must find her way toward salvation. But will she ever be free of the darkness that binds her? Can she ever forgive herself for what happened…so that she can love again?

Blog: http://joyinthemoments.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5840671.Charissa_Stastny
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Joy-in-the-Moments

Now, on to the interview!

A bit of background on Charissa:

Charissa Stastny lives in Meridian, Idaho with her husband, four kids, and her super mellow dog named Ginger. She and her family love camping, hiking, and biking. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from BYU, but is currently a proofreader and a grant writer. Eyes of Light is her first published novel. Her second book, Secret Keepers, is due out this fall.

Most writers are readers. What are some of the books you have on your nightstand and/or on your “must read” list?

Some of my favorite comfort books are: The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy, any of the Harry Potter books, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, and anything by C. S. Lewis. I read 50-60 books a year, but still have a daunting “To Read” list that I feel I will never get through. I TRY hard though.

What is one silly fact about you?

I was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, but am gambling-challenged. I haven’t ever pulled a handle of a slot machine, or thrown dice across a craps table, and I can’t shuffle cards to save my life.

What got you started on your writing journey?

I’ve dabbled with writing since I was a kid. I loved reading clean romance as a teen, and wrote out many cheesy scenes between handsome cowboys and beautiful milkmaids in my journal. The world will never see these!

Do you have a favorite comment or question from a reader?

After my husband read my first story, he commented, “It would have been better with a zombie in it?” Since then, the “search and find” feature on Word has become my best friend. I always use it before I send out drafts to readers, because, unfortunately, my husband is skilled at sneaking zombies into my scenes. There is nothing worse than when the masculine hunk in my story tells the girl of his dreams that “he wants to eat her brains.” Ugh!

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?

Quite a lot. There is always one character that I most identify with—usually the shy, awkward one that has a good heart, and doesn’t know how to accessorize. My cool characters are my dreams of how I wish I could be. It’s fun as a writer to live vicariously through our characters.

Where do your ideas come from?

My characters. Once a character is born in my head, then I watch them unfold on paper or the computer. Their depth and mystery always surprises me. A vivid character creates action, tension and stories!

Please share about your book

Eyes of Light is the first book in a trilogy that takes opposites to the extreme. From Hispanic drug capos to Mormon missionaries in Guatemala, this story shows the spectrum of the human soul. The protagonist, Suvi Goldstein, is smart and resourceful, yet unaware of her true potential. She tries to escape her past, but life’s whirlwinds suck her back into danger and intrigue as she falls for Austan, a man with secrets as deadly as her own.

When disaster strikes, she flees to leave her guilt behind, but finds herself in even greater peril. Torn between violent men in one world and a kind, forgiving man in another, Suvi must find her way toward redemption. But will she ever be free of the darkness that binds her? Can she ever forgive herself for what happened…so that she can love again?

Do you have a favorite character you have written so far?

Definitely Suvi. I wish I could meet her in real life.

If you could sum up your main character in five words, what would they be?

Impulsive, volatile, tender, confident, torn.

Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?

Two reasons: 1) Because I went to a lot of trouble to delete all “zombie” and “brain-eating” references from it, and 2) The characters are amazing! You will fall in love with Suvi, Austan, and James.

Thank you Charissa for being here with us today and letting us get to know you and your book! 

SMT: Dark One’s Mistress

Dark One’s MistressAldrea AlienFantasy Romance

For centuries, the people have lived under the protection of their so-called Dark Lord. Now, with news of his death reaching the quiet village of Everdark, rumour whispers that his son, Lucias, is hunting for a mistress to beget him an heir.

Clara doesn’t put much stock in village gossip, until she finds herself forcibly taken to the Lord’s fortress. Escape is not easy. She has no way out and, against a man with magic, little chance of fighting back. But the Lords are still men and the death of Lucias’ father is proof that they die just the same. And yet, if Lucias dies heirless, his army will be free to terrorize the land.

Such is the goal of Lenora of Ne’ermore, an old enemy and ex-prisoner of the kingdom. She is sending a man to slaughter Lucias and, to ensure there’s no chance of an heir, his mistress must die as well.

Caught between regaining her freedom or losing it for the good of the kingdom, Clara struggles to decide her path before certain death breaches the gates.

Author Interview: Lucinda Whitney

Lucinda Whitneyauthor, The Secret Life of DaydreamsGive us a bit of your background (where are you from, your family, traveling adventures) 

I’m from Portugal, born and raised, and I’ve been in the US for almost 20 years. When I lived at home, I had the chance to visit Spain and England.
Say your publisher has offered to fly you anywhere in the world to do research on an upcoming book, where would you most likely want to go? 

Hands down, that would be Italy. I’d love to spend 6 months there.

What is your favorite genre to write? 

Romance, of course.

What is your favorite genre to read? 

Also, romance. All types of romance.
What got you started on your writing journey? 

I’m the ultimate writer cliché. I knew I wanted to be a writer when I was in first grade. I wrote a lot of poetry when I was in high school and university but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I finally started writing fiction. My fascination with words and books has never ended.
Why do you choose to write clean/sweet romance?  

I chose to write clean romance because I wanted to be able to hand my book over to my daughter (or anyone else I know) and not worry about the content being appropriate, or having to make excuses for it. There’s so much more to a relationship than sex and I wanted my stories to explore everything that plays into the lives of two people when they’re thrown into each other’s lives, and how they deal with their attraction for the other when their circumstances are not ideal.

What other things do you have planned with your writing for the rest of the year? 

I’m now working on Simon and Isabel’s story, which I’m hoping to see published later this year. Simon is a professor who comes to the university in Braga to teach literature. He’s a quiet, introverted guy and likes books more than people. Isabel is a personal chef and housekeeper who has recently lost the grandmother who raised her. She’s hurting and she hides that pain. They couldn’t be more different from each other and I just love how they discover how perfect they are for one another.
How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing? 

I try not to add too much of my personality consciously. I want my characters to be have their own and for it to be clear to the reader. Life experiences are different in that I think they’re helpful for my writing. The more things I go through, the more I know how they feel. And when I know how they feel, then I can use that as a basis for my characters’ feelings.
Where do your ideas come from? 

My story ideas usually start with the male character. The more I find about who he is and what he does, the story starts to develop. The female main character comes along soon after. When I start having little snippets of dialogue and scenes playing in my head, then I take notes about them and little details emerge about the conflicts between them, their fears and their dreams. It’s a part of the process that I really enjoy.

If you could sum your main character into five words, what would they be? How about three words for each character? 

Josh is talented, honest, and confident. Sofia is dedicated, modest, and loyal. But they are also both stubborn and insecure.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like? 

Josh thinks he has his life where he wants it. He has a successful photography business and the freedom to travel where he wants. Then he arrives in Braga, Portugal, for an assignment and things change when he meets Sofia at his friend’s apartment. His old insecurities come back and that upsets his plans. Sofia is ready to start a new stage in her life but she’s very busy working as a teacher and caring for a mother with declining mental health. When she meets Josh, that careful balance is upended and she fights the attraction for him. I think deep down they are both scared because they get that glimpse of how happy they could be with the other one and they’re not ready to face those changes.

Book Tour: Crossing the Ice

Falling hard never felt so good.
Pair skaters Courtney and Mark have one shot left at their Olympic dream. They vow not to let anything get in their way, especially not Josh and Stephanie, the wealthy and talented brother and sister team.
The heart doesn’t always listen to reason, though…
The more time Courtney spends with sweet, shy Josh, the harder she falls for him. But they are on opposite sides of the competition, and their futures are headed in opposite directions. Will their friendship blossom into more or are their paths too different to cross?

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ABOUT THE AUTHORJennifer Comeaux is a tax accountant by day, writer by night. There aren’t any ice rinks near her home in south Louisiana, but she’s a diehard figure skating fan and loves to write stories of romance set in the world of competitive skating. One of her favorite pastimes is traveling to competitions, where she can experience all the glitz and drama that inspire her writing. 
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Noble Cause

Previously titled, Shades of Gray
Jessica James
Historical Romance

“And then she worried, just a little, that these were the only two possibilities for escape that appeared feasible to her at the moment.”

Andrea Evans has no problem posing as a boy to serve as a Union spy, intent to protect the country she loves and put a stop to those she sees as her enemy.  But what happens if she gets to know those whom she has vowed to stop.  Perhaps they aren’t all as evil as she had once thought.  Colonel Alexander Hunter has vowed to his men he would hunt down the Union spy who has been foiling them.  But what if this spy isn’t what he thought – or rather, who he thought.  As their paths are thrown together, both may find that the lines between north and south, friend and foe, enemy and ally – aren’t black and white.  Perhaps it’s all just a bunch of muddy shades of gray.  But when their loyalties are tested, what will they decide?

My Opinion: This was a simply fabulous book!  Something every historical fiction and every romance lover will enjoy.  James pulls you into a world of war, loyalties, and love in a wonderfully woven story of being true to your heart.  Alex is a strong male character that you fall in love with.  Andrea is an amazing woman whose moral dilemmas you feel in your own heart.  Their romance is strong and realistic and absolutely heart-wrenching.  To be pulled so strongly into a story with such wild and vicious issues and events left my heart racing long after I turned the final page.  A sturdy host of sub-characters filled out the war on both sides and gave credence to the internal struggles of loyalty to love and country.  Simply a fantastic read and one I would highly, highly recommend.

I received a free copy of this book to review.  No other compensation was given.  The summary and review are 100% my own.

Book Spotlight: By The Stars

By The StarsLindsay Ferguson

He was lost. Lost in those deep brown, beautiful eyes.
As clear as day, Cal heard a voice inside his head: “That is the girl you are going to marry.”

When Cal finally gets a chance with Kate, the girl he’s loved since grade school, their easy
friendship quickly blossoms into a meaningful romance. But World War II soon cuts their time far too short, and Cal prepares to part from her—possibly for good. With Kate’s memory willing him on, Cal must put his trust in God to survive if he hopes to ever return to her. Inspired by a true story, By the Stars is a romance that stands the test of time and the most intense obstacles.

“Present and past meld together in this richly crafted story. . . . As I finished the last page, I closed the cover, hugged the book close to my chest, and sighed with contentment as my new friend Cal finished telling me his story, and oh, what a story.”
—Kelly Dearth, founder of DeliciousReads.com
Author Bio: Lindsay Ferguson has been immersing herself in stories since her childhood days of sneaking a flashlight into her room and staying up reading The Babysitters Club series way past her bedtime, writing spinoffs of The Twelve Dancing Princesses, and imagining herself in fascinating, far-off places. She still dreams of traveling the world one day, and finds getting lost in a good book almost as absorbing as penning her own stories and experiencing them unfold. A Communication graduate from the University of Utah, she worked as a PR and marketing writer for a computer software company for several years before resigning to focus on raising her family. She has also contributed lifestyle articles to various media outlets. When she felt the itch to attempt novel writing a fascination with history created a natural inclination toward historical fiction, with a romantic flare, of course. She lives in a suburb of Salt Lake City with her husband and four children. By the Stars is her first novel.

Links: Website: www.lindsaybferguson.com
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/by-the-stars-lindsay-b-ferguson/1122925253?ean=9781462118151
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Twitter account: @lb_ferguson
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CLOSED Giveaway!!! Taylor Dean Books!

It’s giveaway time again!  Today we have a giveaway by one of our lovely August sponsors, Taylor Dean.  She is offering up two prizes: a paperback copy of her paranormal romance, Lancaster House, and a paperback copy of her romantic suspense, Sierra.  She’ll even autograph them! 

For Amazon’s description of Lancaster House, please click here.
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So, how do you enter to win?  It’s easy!  Just use the Rafflecopter form below!

Official Rules:  All entrants must be 18 years old or older.  This giveaway is open to anyone with a US mailing address.  This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM on Aug 16, 2012.  All entries must be submitted before then.  The winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.  If there is no response, a new winner will be chosen.