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Interview with Catherine Cade – Romance Author

Author Spotlight – Catherine Cade

Catherine Cade

  1. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been writing? What genre do you write?

    First, thanks so much to S.E. Smith, fabulous sci fi romance author for inviting me to guest here! Love SE’s stories, so I’m thrilled to meet her readers for a day.I’m Cathryn Cade. I grew up in Montana in the cowboy culture, taught school there, married and raised two wonderful sons. Now my husband and I live in the lake country of North Idaho, with a boat, bicycles and a love for brewpubs. When I’m not reading or writing, I’m usually quilting with colors as wild as my characters.I’ve been writing since I was old enough to hold a pencil! As a teen, I read my first romance and that was it — I became a romance reader & writer. I wrote scenes and snippets for years. In 2007 my husband, the boys and I moved to Portland OR, where I discovered Romance Writers of America. Then I learned how to construct a romance that other people would actually want to read, and how to get it before a publisher.
  2. What inspired you to write your first book?
    In 2007, Samhain Publishing put out a call for shifter novellas. I sat down and over spring break from teaching I wrote Tyger, Tyger, Burning Bryght, a 30K erotic sci fi romance. The book debuted in 2008 at #1 on Samhain and the #7 best-seller on Amazon. What a thrill that was!
  3. Where do you get your inspiration from?My space opera is just a short leap from the ‘horse opera’ westerns I loved as a child. My space captains are alpha heroes with lasers instead of six guns, my heroines wear fitted flight suits instead of petticoats and the Native Americans are planetary natives struggling to get Earthlings to behave when they show up uninvited on planet. I adore gadgets, so lasers, power shields and space ships are favorite aspects of my sci fi universe. I also love messing about with sexual mores and powers on the different planets—that’s just fun! Fiercely sexy alpha shifters, coolly arrogant empath-intuits, exotically beautiful desert-dwelling reptiloids … they all dwell in the Cade-iverse!
  4. What series/book did you write that has the biggest following.My current sexy, futuristic LodeStar Series has been very popular. Logan Stark, space billionaire and his two younger brothers Joran and Creed fight to hold their own against villainous space pirates, and win true love on a futuristic Earth II and beyond. These guys are alphas who are willing to get as down & dirty as it takes to show their feisty heroines where they belong—at their hero’s side and in his arms. The major romance arc of the series has wrapped up for Logan Stark, but I’m now giving some fave secondary characters their own stories, so watch for more LodeStar goodness.
  5. Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing?

    Can someone please, please clone me so I will have time to write all the series, characters and stories in my brain?? Recently a funny meme appeared on Facebook, that inside the mind of a writer are 25,000 screen tabs open all the time that cannot be closed. This is so true! I write sci fi, contemporary, contemporary paranormal and have too many ideas to count in all of these genres.
  6. Describe your latest WIP

    Cyborg Pleasure; the Space Madam’s Warrior, Book 6 in The LodeStar Series debuts in February 2016. Having a blast writing this one!
    She lost everything …Ilya Mondas once lived her dream — life with a band of space gypsies wandering the wild plains of Frontiera, the freedom to use her tech savvy to wreak mayhem on pirates and slavers, and her big, soft-spoken warrior Var, who adored her. Then she lost him, and the life she loved.She’ll do anything to get it all back …Now on her own, she must take over The Pleasure Palace, a ragtag space-station casino, home to hookers, gamblers and rogues. But one or all of them want her dead, and they have the monsters to do it — human-cyborg gladiators, created for the illegal fight ring hidden deep in the center of her new home. Where the biggest, baddest cyborg of all looks eerily like her dead husband.But can she trust him again?
  7. How can readers reach you?I’m easy to reach & love to chat with readers. I spend a lot of time on Facebook, and I have an email link on my website, where you can also find all the books, along with reviews, exclusive excerpts and more. To keep up with new releases & maybe win books and bling, sign up for my newsletter!
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The Old Dragon of the Mountain’s Christmas

The Old Dragon of the Mountain’s Christmas, Dragon Lords of Valdier Book 9

 

Blurb:

Born prematurely, Christoff wasn’t as big or as strong as his older brother or the other younglings in the village. Unable to fit in, he does the best he can, helping his father and mother on their farm. His life changes when the mountain near their farm awakens. Believing he is the only one who can quiet it, he retreats to the mountain to watch over the village that shunned him.

A hermit for centuries, he dreams of the day he can move on to his next life; a life that he hopes will give him a chance of finding his true mate. He knows his time has come when the mountain begins to tremble again. What he doesn’t expect is a group of younglings who suddenly appear in the hopes of saving a thing called Christmas. When the mountain erupts, he never expects to awaken on a strange planet light years away, or to meet an unusual woman who sees beneath his deformity to the warrior hidden within.

Can the love of a special woman and her family heal Christoff’s tortured soul? Find out what happens when the Goddess Aikaterina gives The Old Dragon his very own special Christmas.

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Watch the video below to see S.E. Smith talk about her inspiration for writing The Old Dragon of the Mountain’s Christmas.

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The Old Dragon of the Mountain’s Christmas video

Behind the Scenes: Where do the ideas come from?

I recently started doing author videos for each of my stories as I thought it might be good to share with everyone why I write the stories and to give a little behind the scenes look of how they came about. Nothing long and drawn out, but a little insight into how the worlds came to be. Your feedback shows that it was the right decision!

Mind you, it took 17 tries before I recorded one without stumbling too badly. I was making faces and doing the blah, blah, blah thing. When I am braver and have done a few more videos, I’ll have to post all the bloopers I made! (Some of them are really good! LOL)

The Old Dragon of the Mountain's ChristmasI think you will love Edna and Christoff’s story! I dedicated it to Dulcie and Jose (both are in their 80’s). I truly believe love can come when you least expect it and that it is just as real for older couples as it is for the younger. Perhaps more so in many ways because we can appreciate how fortunate we are when we are given another chance to find it.

I cried buckets while writing The Old Dragon of the Mountain’s Christmas, but I also laughed out loud. You will need a big box of tissues for this story, but I promise, it will leave you smiling. Christoff definitely deserves his HEA!

I loved Christoff and Edna’s story. Just think what can happen when you see a Dragon fly!

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Challenging Saber

 

Challenging Saber

Challenging Saber: The Alliance Book 4

Sometimes it takes losing the one thing closest to a warrior’s heart to wake the beast that lives inside him…

Saber, a wounded Trivator, believes he is no longer a fit warrior, much less strong enough to claim a mate. Scarred, he does everything in his power to push away the delicate human female he has fallen in love with. He knows that she deserves a warrior who can protect her, not one that will need her constant help.

Taylor Sampson may be human, but that doesn’t make her weak. She and her two older sisters survived living on Earth for four years after their world went crazy. She is all grown up now and has her eye on the one stubborn Trivator that captured her heart seven years before.

Taylor has one last requirement in order to complete her schooling. Once she finishes, she plans to show Saber that he is the man she wants, but when the planet she is on erupts into a civil war, she is trapped behind enemy lines. When Saber discovers that Taylor has been left behind, the warrior inside him refuses to think of her as collateral damage in a savage battle for power.

Journey to a lawless, alien world and discover what happens when the beast awakens inside a damaged Trivator warrior when the woman he loves is threatened.

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You have to listen to this! It is Saber and Taylor!

As soon as I heard Adele’s new song, I thought of Saber and Taylor.

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Interview with Veronica Scott – Get To Know Her

Author Spotlight – Veronica Scott

Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as your guest today! I love being the New Year’s Babe (uh, that was ‘babe’, right, not ‘baby’ LOL?) Happy 2015 at any rate and I’m honored to be here!

For those who haven’t met me, I’m a writer of science fiction romance, as well as ancient Egyptian paranormal romances; a voracious reader myself; a columnist for the USA Today Happily Ever After blog; wearer of long blingy earrings; lover of cats; mother to two and Gramma to one. Oh, and a totally addicted Twitteraholic. My day job is in the aerospace industry.

I started writing at the age of seven, a self-illustrated tale of princesses, flying cats and unicorns. Dad was a science fiction fan and gave me my first Andre Norton book at a young age, which I really think shaped my entire writing career from that moment on. Mom loved ancient history so we had all the sword and sandal novels and Time-Life books about Egypt, Greece and Rome. It seemed there were never enough SFR books to read (or novels set in ancient Egypt), so I started writing my own, but didn’t seriously pursue getting published until after my daughters were grown. I wrote PRIESTESS OF THE NILE in 2011, sent it off to the Carina Press slush pile and a few months later got The Call from Angela James. Now I self-publish both the SFR and the ancient Egyptian novels. Control freak here, love self-publishing!
I have a great support team of independent editors, cover artists and formatters, as well as a terrific audiobook narrator….

Priestess of the Nile

I like to create fully formed worlds containing their own mysteries and back story. I try to give the reader glimpses during the adventures, hopefully just enough to leave you wanting more. For the SFRs, which occur in a future galactic civilization called the Sectors, I ask myself “why this” and “how does that” and “if I lived on this planet what would I…” The novels may be science fiction, based in a technological, galactic civilization but I want there to be that element of something else, something mystical, that can’t quite be explained. By anyone!

The romance is really important to me when I’m reading a novel, and I love a strong heroine as well as an alpha male hero, so that’s what I write. Two of the heroines in my three published SFR’s to date are intergalactic businesswomen who don’t wait for anyone to rescue them, and who want to be equal partners insurmounting the danger and living the adventure. The third is a blind princess who surprises everyone with her strength in a crisis. The heroes in my books are Special Forces soldiers of the future, each with his own personal challenges, but courageous and caring – there’s nobody better to have at your back in a crisis.

WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM is a loose retelling of the Titanic, set in the far future…

ESCAPE FROM ZULAIRE is a story of a woman trapped behind enemy lines in an unexpected alien war, and the soldier charged with rescuing her…

MISSION TO MAHJUNDAR is about the blind Princess of Shadows and a soldier whose mission on her planet had nothing to do with saving her, until they fall into a forbidden love….

You can find out more about my books on my blog at http://veronicascott.wordpress.com/ They’re available as e books at all the usual online retailers and can also be ordered as paperbacks from Amazon. (Except for the two Carina Press Egyptian paranormal which are ebook only.) WRECK and ESCAPE are also available as audiobooks. The books are standalone and can be read in any order.

You can find me on:

Twitter as @vscotttheauthor

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Veronica-Scott/177217415659637?ref=hl

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https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5428500.Veronica_Scott

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http://www.amazon.com/Veronica-Scott/e/B006CUCJ92/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1419270822&sr=1-2-ent

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