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Interview with Cynthia Lucas

Author Spotlight – Cynthia Lucas

Cynthia Lucas

First off I’d like to give a huge thank you to S.E. Smith for having me….I feel so honored and blessed to have to have her friendship and inspiration. S.E., you are phenomenal, and you have my love and congratulations on reaching the NY Times and USA Today’s Best Sellers lists (again) and for winning Best Sci Fi Book 2014 in the Kindle Hub Awards. Here’s to the many great things to come!

Now on to me….
I released my first book in 2010 and it’s been quite the ride ever since. I write fantasy/paranormal and time travel romance, and very recently tried my hand at my first sci-fi romance, with my newest release HUNTER. My ‘other job’ is being lead singer and keyboardist (and songwriter) for the musical act NORTH 2 SOUTH and when I’m not writing books you’ll find me entertaining on stages large and small in and around the Tampa Bay area close to home.

I love writing fantasy and ‘fairy tale’ types of stories with an interesting twist that takes the reader completely away into another world….and I love my stories to include themes of spiritual and personal growth for my characters because of the relationships and the love they experience. Oh, yeah…and there’s always plenty of sizzle to steam up the windows a little. LOL! 😉

Blood From a Stone

In 2013 my book BLOOD FROM A STONE (a story of an ancient curse that turned a man into a gargoyle and his quest to recapture his humanity through love) was a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and it was nominated for a RONE Award and was a finalist for Best Paranormal. Last year was also a really busy and fun year with the release of SMOKE & MIRRORZ which is a fairy tale romance about a Jinn (a genie) working as a carny here in the human world who saves a woman from a brutal abuser. I brought absolutely gorgeous model Grigoris Drakakis over from Greece to shoot the cover (you may recognize him from Best Selling Author Katie McAllister’s Much Ado About Vampires) and we also made a cinematic trailer for it. And in a bold move at age 50, I appeared with him on both the cover and in the trailer. Watch it:

Um…well, I guess that sort of makes me the world’s oldest romance cover model. LOL! But I figured perhaps it would help empower other women to realize that you too can have courage to believe in yourself and be whatever you’d like to be…no matter what your age…and MOST OF ALL: that you are ALL beautiful no matter your age, size, shape or ethnicity.

Anyway, thank you all so much for taking the time to get to know me a little and I hope to get to know some of you on my sites!! I LOVE interacting with new readers and making new friends….and I feel so blessed to have such a wonderful community of readers to share stories and fun with. I hope some of you will visit me, check out my books….and if you’ve read them, PLEASE leave reviews on my Amazon pages, as this is the greatest gift to us authors…it not only helps us know what stories you like the most, but also helps other readers find us. Wishing you all a beautiful and blessed year…and S.E., again, I thank you SO much. You are truly an inspiration.

Visit me at: www.cynthialucasromance.com
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Lucas/e/B0044YQBWY/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/cynthialucasromance
Twitter: www.twitter.com/clucasromance

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Interview with Viola Rivard

Author Spotlight – Viola Rivard

Viola Rivard

My name is Viola Rivard and I will have been published three years in February. While many authors say they’ve been writing since they could hold a pen, that wasn’t the case for me. I grew up in a rural and impoverished mountain region of western Virginia and was often lectured for “wasting paper” when I tried to write recreationally. So instead, I created elaborate fantasy worlds in my mind. My schoolteachers often reported to my confused mother that I was severely antisocial, but in reality I often had more fun imagining adventures on the playground than playing with the mere mortals of my first grade class.

I was eleven and it was the year I got my first computer. Well, it was actually the family computer. It used dial-up and ran slow as molasses, but it got me on the internet and expanded my universe. It was then that I discovered fanfiction.net and, craftily disguised as fan fiction of popular television shows, I began to tell my stories to the world.

Much like many of my current readers don’t realize I’m in my mid-twenties, none of my fans back then knew that I was a pre-teen girl. My romance fan fiction became wildly popular and it was then that I realized I had a knack for telling a good story.

Sadly, being that I was a pre-teen girl, I was at the mercy of greater forces in the universe. Over the course of the next year, my family endured an upheaval and by the time the dust settled, I’d forgotten all about fan fiction and my writing became limited to the notes I could scribble down in my composition books during school hours.

Not long after graduating high school, I was diagnosed with cancer and underwent nearly two years of chemotherapy. While I could never downplay how difficult cancer is, I’d have to say that the hardest part of my life was the year and a half that followed treatment. During my treatment I accumulated a lot of debt and couldn’t afford to go back to school. I was forced to take a series of entry-level jobs that I was overqualified for and any creativity I had left in me was horribly stifled.

Even so, I did my best to stay positive. I’d beaten cancer and I came out of it with a wonderful husband. Did I mention that Mr. Rivard (who was then my boyfriend of six months) proposed to me the night I was diagnosed with a cancer so rare we couldn’t even Google it? Yep, he’s my soul mate.

My breaking point came in January of 2014. Our car had stopped working five months prior and we couldn’t afford a new one, so I was walking about four miles a day in the snow to get to and from work. Do any New Englanders remember the winter of 2013-2014? In a word, it was atrocious. Not surprisingly, I caught the flu and was out of work for a few days. When I came back, my manager told me that my sick days, even a doctor’s note, counted as absences and I was at risk of being fired. To his credit, he was very nice about it.
So the very next week, I trudged to work in a snowstorm. Around the time that the fourth coworker of mine drove past me, splashing cold, dirty slush on me, I looked up at the sky and said “something’s gotta give.” Did I beat cancer just so that I could settle for a life in which I was unhappy? So, I turned around, called out of work (hah!), went home, and began writing my first book, Claimed by the Alphas: Part One.

Claimed by the Alphas: Part One

It was an idea I’d been bouncing around in my head for a while. I loved paranormal romance, but a lot of times the heroes seemed a little too perfect, almost like the author took two normal guys, excised all of their imperfections, and then stitched them together to make an unnervingly-flawless Franken-alpha. My idea was pretty simple. What if I took two sexy, but imperfect werewolves, and instead of creating a Twilight-esque love-triangle, make them share one lucky heroine in (almost) perfect harmony?

Apparently, I wasn’t the only one who thought this was a good idea, because my very first book became a bestseller, and so did every book after that! A week after publishing, I handed in my notice at work. Don’t tell my boss, but everyone who was lucky enough to get me as their phone rep those two weeks had ALL of their absurdly overpriced late fees waived.

So fast forward to now, a couple of  years later. My werewolf books are still selling like crazy and I have some pretty cool dragon books. I also hit New York Times and USA Today (with a bit of help from a lot of friends!) and I finally have a working car!

I hope my story is at least a little inspirational for anyone who’s waiting for their lucky break. Stop waiting and pursue your passion. People always say it’s never too late, I like to say it’s never too early. Oh, and check out my books, too. They’re pretty darn good, or so my fans tell me.

ViolaRivard.com

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Interview with Laurie Roma

Author Spotlight – Laurie Roma

Laurie Roma

First, I want to thank the fabulous S.E. Smith for graciously inviting me to be a guest for her author spotlight!

I love all book genres, especially all types of romance, but there is something about sci-fi romance that captivates me and makes me want to write it. As an author—and also a screenwriter—imagining scenes in a sci-fi/futuristic story are fueled with endless possibilities. While science fiction settings can be daunting to create, I love the freedom that comes with world building from scratch, and conjuring ideas onto a page that only exist in our imaginations. The future is whatever we want it to be, and that is what made the 3013 series so fun to create!

3013: MATED (3013: The Series Book 1)

All of the books in this series are set in the future during the year 3013. The first four books are; 3013: MATED and 3013: CLAIMED, written by me, and 3013: RENEGADE and 3013: STOWAWAY, written by Susan Hayes. There are also future books coming from Kali Argent and Jenika Snow, the two other authors that are part of the series. For the authors of the 3013 series, we are able to invent new technology, create new species, and travel the universe—all while focusing on the indomitable force of true love. Each story uses the same world as a backdrop, even though each book has a different leading cast. I am so pleased to share the 3013 world with Susan, Kali and Jenika, and I hope that as the series grows, our readers will fall in love with our world as much as we enjoy writing the books.

3013: SALVATION is Skylar Aris, Arik V’Dir and Dominic Stryker’s story. Skylar was introduced in 3013: MATED, the first book of the series, although her part was very small. This story has been so much fun to work on, taking me to new planets and space stations. Their love story is not an easy one, but ultimately all the trials and tribulations they go through will make their love stronger.

3013: CLAIMED has a special place in my heart. I fell in love with the heroes, Commanders Jax Spartan and Sullivan Archer, while I wrote 3013: MATED. I knew I wanted them to have a woman who could hold her own against them, and Serra Lysander is strong enough to do just that. I love characters that are flawed, who bring their own issues into a relationship because it makes them real. With that said, I’d like to think everyone can relate to the characters in my story, despite the fantastical settings of the 3013 world. Whatever happened in the past or how many obstacles life throws in anyone’s path, everyone deserves love and a chance to find their own happily ever after. Just as I was able to give Jax, Archer and Serra their happy ending, I wish that for all of you. Happy reading, and thank you for joining me on a journey into the future…

Blurb:
As one of Earth’s greatest leaders, Commander Jax Spartan lives his life by a strict code. Dedicated and alpha to the core, he is the epitome of what every Elite solider aspires to be. Second-in-command Sullivan Archer rules by his best friend’s side, and together they form an unstoppable force that few are foolish enough to challenge. Jax and Archer have always known they’d share their chosen, but their hearts have already been claimed by the woman they’ve vowed will belong to them.

Alliance scientist Serra Lysander is a genius who has kept the planet safe with her inventions. She’s lived a sheltered life, separated from society by her brilliant mind and her overprotective mother. The only time Serra has truly ever felt accepted is with the two men that will cost her everything…

When danger leads Serra straight into the arms of Jax and Archer, they will do anything to keep her safe, even claiming her despite the fact she is off limits. With the future of the Alliance on the line, will their love and dedication be enough to save them, or will they be too late to stop the growing threat from destroying them all?

Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1rhBP0u

A Little Bit About Laurie:
Laurie Roma lives in Chicago and mainly writes contemporary, romantic suspense, and sci-fi romance. She has always loved immersing herself in a good book and now enjoys the pleasure of creating her own. She can usually be found tapping away on her keyboard, creating worlds for her characters while she listens to music. Of course her playlist depends on her mood…but then again, so does her writing.

An avid reader of the romance genre, nothing bothers her more than annoying characters. Seriously, who wants a happy ending for someone that pisses you off? She loves tough alpha-male heroes and strong heroines that have brains as well as beauty. Her novels are filled with both passionate romance and down and dirty lust-driven interludes, as she believes both are essential to a good love story. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at laurieromabooks@gmail.com.

Website: www.laurieroma.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Laurie-Roma/179017578902388

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Laurie-Roma/e/B00APDXM98

The 3013 Series Blog: http://3013theseries.blogspot.com

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Interview with Anna Hackett

Author Spotlight – Anna Hackett

Anna Hacket

My name’s Anna Hackett and I’m passionate about action romance. I love stories that combine the thrill of falling in love with the excitement of action, danger and adventure. Stories like those in The Alliance books (by a certain sci-fi romance author we all know!), and Ruby Lionsdrake’s Mandrake Series, Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling series, and anything by Linnea Sinclair.

I’m a big reader. I was a reader long before I was a writer. It was my love of reading action-packed romance that inspired me to start writing it…and science fiction romance lets me find that perfect blend of action and romance, along with a cool world, hunky heroes and smart heroines.

I was inspired to write my first science fiction romance series because I wanted to write an Indiana Jones-in-space adventure. The idea took hold and wouldn’t let me go. The Phoenix Adventures was the result—adventures of some treasure-hunting brothers searching for relics from a now-destroyed Earth. And it went on to win a SFR Galaxy Award for Most Fun New Series!

It’s always a challenge to get the right balance of action and romance. No matter how many cool action scenes, fight sequences and awesome narrow escapes I dream up, my priority is to always give my readers a satisfying romance. For me, the best adventure is watching two strong characters fall in love.

Right now, I’m busy working on my newest series, Hell Squad. I’ve been having a blast writing these books. This is an alien invasion sci-fi romance series based on a tough team of commandos fighting for humanity’s survival. The heroes are sexy alphas and their smart heroines are also doing their bit to help save the world.

Now I have a giveaway for you! Over at my website, I’m giving away a FREE copy of the latest Phoenix Adventures novella, On a Cyborg Planet, for a limited time (yes, sexy cyborgs ahead).

Visit here to grab your copy:

http://www.annahackettbooks.com/free_download

And I’m always on the lookout for more great action-packed romances. If you have any recommendations for me (authors, series or books) please let me know and shoot me an email at anna@annahackettbooks.com

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Interview with Bevan Greer

Author Spotlight – Bevan Greer

Fenturi Fate

I love finding ‘new-to-me’ authors and some months back a friend shared a link to Bevan’s books with the words, “You have to read this!” I was thrilled when Bevan said yes to an interview and I hope you get the opportunity to discover Bevan’s books for yourself.

Susan: What inspired you to write your first book?
Bevan: I’ve always loved futuristic romance. But for a long time you could barely find them in the bookstores. Usually at the used books stores I’d grab them up. But there were still never enough around. So I decided to write the stories I wanted to read.

Susan: Where do you get your inspiration from?
Bevan: Everything. I’m a scifi, fantasy, and romance junkie. Movies, TV, books, you name it, I’m inspired from it. From nature especially, because there are so many creatures on Earth that are so fascinating. And many of them appear alien-like because they’re so small or buried deep in the ocean, far from us.

Susan: What do you think has been your biggest accomplishment?
Bevan: Not letting fear rule me and writing for my pleasure. It’s really personal to put yourself out there, then hear criticism about it. But you know, everyone’s different, and some books I love, others can’t stand. So I take any praise or criticism with a grain of salt. If I like the book I wrote, that’s really all that matters to me. But when someone else gets enjoyment out of it, my whole day is brighter.

Susan: Do you have a favorite author?
Bevan: I really, really, really like Nalini Singh. The world building, characters, and sexual tension in her stories are top-notch. I’m also a huge fan of Jayne Castle’s futuristics.

Susan: Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Bevan: Correcting past mistakes! I’m constantly learning, and I’m getting better as I go. I already sometimes cringe when I read my first books and see errors. Ack!

Susan: Are the experiences of your characters based on any of your own or people that you know?
Bevan: Ha. I wish. I’m still looking for my own alien hero to come to Earth and take me away. Oh yeah, and make me his queen on a land with chocolate mountains. *grin*

Susan: Is there a particular niche or direction you would like to expand your writing portfolio into?
Bevan: I’d like to do some erotic as well as some male/male scifi romance. I already have a series I’d like to do. But it’s very different from my more mainstream futuristic/scifi romance.

Susan: Describe your latest WIP.
Bevan: A new series about a human who gets in way over her head when she encounters creatures of myth that are all too real, and all too alien. The Bermuda Triangle is hiding extraterrestrial life, and they have a plan…

Susan: How can readers reach you?
Bevan: At my website, there’s a contact form: http://www.bevangreer.com/contact.html

You can also find out more about Bevan at:
Website: http://www.bevangreer.com
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9887299.Bevan_Greer
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Bevan-Greer/e/B00Q3YQYVQ/

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