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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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Interview with Alanea Alder

Author Spotlight – Alanea Alder

Alanea Alder

First I want to say ‘Thank You’ to Susan for featuring me in her Author Spotlight. It’s an honor to be here. For those who don’t know me, my name is Alanea Alder and I have been a published author for little over a year. You may have seen a picture of me pop up on Susan’s blog a couple weeks ago. We met at RomCon and had a blast at the multiple paranormal themed events they hosted. I had to seek her out since many of my readers had compared my writing to hers. I soon found out that Susan and I both write strong, quirky females. I’ve had more than one reader say “Riley and Rebecca (from my Kindred of Arkadia series) need to meet and take over the world.” I have come to realize that them meeting would probably be a scary thing.

Starting at the end of this year I will be making the transition to being a full time writer. I can’t wait for the days where I can devote all of my attention to writing, especially as I have a brand new paranormal series scheduled to be released starting in September. The series is called Bewitched and Bewildered. The ladies have been bewitched and the men are bewildered.

In book one you meet our delicious Alpha Unit leader Aiden McKenzie. When his mother brings up the topic of grandchildren during a weekly sewing circle the matriarchs of the founding families seek out the witch Elder to scry to see if their sons have mates. They are shocked to discover that many of their son’s mates are out in the world and are human!

Fearing that their future human daughter in laws will end up dead before being claimed and providing them with grandchildren to spoil, they convince their own mates that something must be done. After gathering all of the warriors together in a fake award ceremony the witch Elder casts a spell to pull the men’s mates to them, whether they want it or not.

Aiden is adamant that he doesn’t need a mate and that they would only get in the way, little does he realize Fate is sending him his mate first! He meets his destined mate Meryn Evans and things go downhill from there. In the first twenty four hours she kicks, screams and knocks her bear shifting mate unconscious. They eventually discover that life before finding each other may have been good, but life afterwards is perfect, even if it involves super soaker battles and accidentally discharging hand grenades.

I am having so much fun with this series, I can’t wait for it to hit Amazon. I always tell my readers that when you write something you’re excited about, it’s like purchasing the perfect gift for someone in February and having to wait all year for Christmas. For me it’s like that for every book release. If you’ve enjoyed my rambling even a little bit don’t hesitate to find me on Facebook or follow my Amazon author page. I love meeting new people and sharing my worlds with them.

Alanea Alder Books

Website: http://alaneaalder.com/
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alanea-Alder/e/B00D80G86O/
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Alanea-Alder/344117612371573
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AlaneaAlder
Blog: http://alaneaalder.com/blog/

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Interview with Deborah Cooke

Author Spotlight – Deborah Cooke

Deborah Cooke

Deborah is one of my favorite authors. I love her Dragonfire series. If you haven’t read any of them, you don’t know what you are missing! I was having a major fangirl moment when I first met her at RTC in Ottawa this past spring. She is an incredibly talented authors. My sister first introduced me to her books and I couldn’t get enough of them.

Bestselling and award-winning author Deborah Cooke has published over fifty novels and novellas, including historical romances, fantasy romances, fantasy novels with romantic elements, paranormal romances, contemporary romances, urban fantasy romances, time travel romances and paranormal young adult novels.

She writes as herself, Deborah Cooke, as Claire Delacroix, and has written as Claire Cross. She is nationally bestselling, #1 Kindle Bestselling, KOBO Bestselling, as well as a USA Today and New York Times’ Bestselling Author. Her Claire Delacroix medieval romance, The Beauty, was her first book to land on the New York Times List of Bestselling Books.

The Beauty

Deborah was the writer-in-residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2009, the first time TPL hosted a residency focused on the romance genre, and she was honored to receive the Romance Writers of America PRO Mentor of the Year Award in 2012. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America and of Novelists Inc. Deborah thinks a lot about publishing and writing, and also knits too much.

Kiss of Fire

One kiss can change the course of destiny… When ace accountant Sara Keegan decides to settle down and run her quirky aunt’s New Age bookstore, she’s not looking for adventure. She doesn’t believe in fate or the magic of tarot cards, but when she’s saved from a vicious attack by a man who has the ability to turn into a fire-breathing dragon, she questions whether she’s losing her mind – or about to lose her heart.

Self-reliant loner Quinn Tyrrell has long been distrustful of his fellow Pyr. When he feels the firestorm that signals his destined mate, he’s determined to protect and possess Sara, regardless of the cost. Then Sara’s true destiny is revealed and Quinn realizes he must risk everything – even Sara’s love – to fulfill their entwined fates.

Website: http://deborahcooke.com/

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Interview with Greta van der Rol

Author Spotlight – Greta van der Rol

Greta van der Rol

Thanks so much for having me here, Susan. It was great to chat with you recently about the stars and astrophotography. And just that one sentence says a lot about me. Although I have a degree in history and I can’t add up to save my life, I love reading about astronomy, exoplanets, Pluto, Rosetta and all the fascinating things happening in the universe. And I love my camera.

I suppose one of the reasons I write space opera is because of my interest in space. Who wouldn’t want to hop around the star systems having adventures? I adore Star Wars, can’t wait until December when Star Wars VII will hit the screens. Way back in the seventies I enjoyed the original Star Wars (A New Hope) and ABSOLUTELY ADORED The Empire Strikes Back. Saw it four times in the first week, I did – and many, many times since. Mind you, in my books I try to make my science a bit more realistic than George Lucas did. You can’t just hop over to the next planet if the hyperdrive dies.

I’ve always read science fiction – Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, McDevitt, Moon and the like. But I always felt that they glossed over, or ignored, the romance component of life as we know it, so my space opera includes a dollop of romance. My Iron Admiral books are set against the prospect of inter-species war (that’s the space opera bit) but they’re about two extraordinary people having to cope with each other, as well as the forces intent on causing a galactic catastrophe. They’re the first two of my Ptorix Empire series. My Morgan Selwood books are set in a universe where Humanity has faced the possibility of extinction at the hands of the machines, and rebuilt itself over thousands of years. That’s why Morgan is a very human cyborg. Nobody wants artificial intelligences to take over again. I introduced Morgan and her world in my novelette, Supertech. She goes on from there to star in a full length adventure, Morgan’s Choice, where she meets my favourite admiral, Ashkar Ravindra. I’m told I do hot admirals well. 🙂

The Demon's Eye
My most recent publication, The Demon’s Eye, has joined A Matter of Trust in The Dryden Universe. I’m one of a number of writers who have set our stories in a shared universe under a collective commons copyright. That means while I retain copyright for my story, other writers can use my settings and my characters in their own stories, rather like fan fiction. It’s an experiment. It worked for Star Wars, Star Trek etc. Dryden has more alien species than my other two universes. But you’ll find another hot admiral in AMoT. I can’t help myself.

Back to that camera. Photography is what I do when I’m not writing or cooking. My subjects are almost always landscapes or animals. I have a particular passion for photographing movement, capturing that moment in time that’s often too fast for us humans to actually see. Flying birds and breaching whales are special favourites. And because I love animals, I’ve also written a couple of paranormal books about weretigers. I donate any profits from those to two charities – the David Shepherd conservation group that helps wild tigers, and Carolina Tiger, a shelter in the USA that aids some of the many thousands of tigers in the USA which are bought as domestic pets by deluded people who soon find they can’t cope with a five hundred pound wild beast in their backyard.

I’m always happy to connect with readers. You’ll find me at http://gretavanderrol.net. There are links to my books, my photos (I sell some on Dreamstime, Canstock and RedBubble) and my social media profiles.

Please – come and say hi.

http://gretavanderrol.net/
http://twitter.com/GretavdR
http://www.facebook.com/Greta.J.vanderRol

**** I can’t help but note that I absolutely LOVE Greta’s books!!!

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Interview with Evelyn Lederman

Author Spotlight – Evelyn Lederman

Evelyn Lederman

People often ask how long I have wanted to be a writer. The answer is easy, never. Romance novels were my way to reduce work related stress. Escaping to Regency England or a world populated with vampires kept me sane.

When I retired my plan was to spend more time reading. I had planned to reread the first novel in series I had been reading for years. Novels such as Nalini Singh’s ‘Slave to Sensation’ or Shannon K. Butcher’s ‘Burning Alive’. It is said the best laid plans…

A little over two years ago I was driving to play tennis when a conversation that occurred a decade ago between my sister and a friend of mine popped into my brain. It dealt with String Theory and the existence of infinite parallel worlds. At the time I paid little attention to what they were discussing. I was the one driving through the mountains that flanked Sedona, Arizona when this was occurring. What was unique about this remembrance was five young women started to talk to me.

When I attended my first romance novel convention (Romcon 2010), I was amazed to hear author’s characters conversed with them. Actually, I thought they were nuts, until it started happening to me. Naturally, the girls did not tell their stories in chronological order. They shared bits and pieces. It was my job to place structure around the incredible tales they shared. The ‘Worlds Apart’ series contains the five books that tell their stories.

Worlds Apart Series

Could you imagine growing up on Earth, only to find out you were daughters of refugees from a parallel universe? That is what my first three characters discovered. Not only that, but in the parallel dimension their parents were from they would find the soul mates they were destined to love.

My soul mates are telepathic beings who when they finally make love evolve to their next telepathic state. Each of my young women obtain powers that help them navigate what turns out to be a dangerous world controlled by mind control telepaths.

One by one, my female characters make their way through the portal to the Troyk universe. Each finds secrets about their past and the promise of a bright future if they are willing to fight for it.

Now in my retirement I am playing tennis, hitting the beach, and writing about incredible women and their soul mates. So many ideas of worlds that exist on the other side of the portal in Sedona, Arizona are floating in my heard, I barely have time to get them all written. I hope you enjoy reading my stories as much as I enjoy writing them.

Please drop in and say hello at a few of my favorite places and let me know Susan sent you:

Website: www.EvelynLederman.com
Amazon: Amazon.com/author/evelynlederman
Facebook: http://facebook.com/Evelyn.Lederman.author
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ELedermanAuthor

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