BY JAX CASSIDY
Several years ago, Kristen Painter and I were interviewed by Laurie Kahn of Blueberry Hill Productions. She was working on a powerful documentary about the romance industry called LOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS. This was a fabulous way to educate the world about a multi-billion dollar industry that has not been given the credit it deserved. Of course, we were ecstatic that we could talk about Romance Divas, the writing community we created and love so much. Although our segment didn’t make it into the film, it was still exciting to participate in such an amazing movie that really captured the writer’s journey. I was fortunate enough to see a screening before the video was released and it’s truly a wonderful and thoughtful piece. I hope it will broaden the minds of those who have been misinformed about the romance world. I encourage anyone who may be interested in learning more about this subject to support this film by purchasing a copy. Heck, have a screening party or a video night to watch with friends and family. It will be a perfect way to start a discussion and hopefully provide a better understanding of why new and seasoned writers and authors pursue this creative path. This documentary will definitely shed light on romance and hopefully erase the misconceptions and stigmas once and for all!
Want to know the origin story of Romance Divas? Take a look at this video from Love Between the Covers of me and Kristen Painter! The documentary film is available now. http://radi.al/LBTC & lov
BY ANYA SUMMERS
Writing for me has always been something that came naturally. Not that I didn’t have to work on my craft, on grammar, and develop my voice over the years, because I definitely have for the better part of my life and will likely continue to for the rest of it. Except, when it came to story development, I’ve always been what we in the writing world call a pantster. Which basically means, I jump into a story not having a clearly defined journey for my protagonist. I just know that they have to get from point A to point Z and allow my protagonist to drive the story forward.
Gargoyles! Diablo Fairies! And Nymphs. Oh My!
Welcome to The Royal Protector Academy.
Paranormal Romance is my reading drug of choice, especially in the summer. Those of us obsessed with urban fantasy and paranormal romance stories understand the pull and fascination readers have with sexy, brooding, supernatural beings. After all, angels, demons, vampires and werewolves aren’t the only supernatural creatures we’re obsessed with these days.
Where did you get the inspiration for your series/book?
The inspiration for the Sole Survivor Series came from a combination of ideas that have always fascinated me. Acquired Savant Syndrome, a rare condition in which a person develops remarkable mathematical, musical, or artistic abilities following some type of head trauma, provided an ample source of inspiration. Paranormal ability, survivor’s guilt, consuming grief, and superstition were all tossed into the mix. When added to the “what ifs” in my head, an intriguing premise for the stories began percolating in my mind—a series featuring ordinary women who acquire extraordinary abilities in the wake of surviving separate traumas.
BY OLIVIA DADE
Somewhere around the time I started plotting Ready to Fall, the fourth book of my Lovestruck Librarians series, I realized something important about my writing: I really enjoy describing sex scenes gone wonky.
I’m not necessarily talking about bad sex. The vast majority of the time, my heroes and heroines end up very well-satisfied. But I don’t tend to write about perfect physical unions, consummated by two people who understand and fulfill each other’s desires without saying a single word.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Chase Manning. The only other name(s) I go by are Sir and Master.
Where were you born? Where have you lived since then? Where do you call home?
I’m a Kentucky boy who was fortunate to get a scholarship to Cornell and entrance into their architectural program. Right now, I make my home in Manhattan.
What is one strong memory that has stuck with you from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
Building houses with my dad as a teen. It’s where I learned to love working with my hands. Figure out how to take a blank piece of wood and create the extraordinary.
Thank you for doing an interview with us today. Please tell the audience your name and a little bit about yourself.
“My name is Kelly Jackson, and I’m the new manager of Redwood Cove Bed and Breakfast. I grew up on a combination cattle and guest ranch in Wyoming.”
What brought you here?
“I spent most of my life working on the ranch. I loved it, but I decided I wanted something of my own, something I earned.” I remembered how hard it had been for my mom to understand why I wanted to leave.
Do you have any goals for this new phase in your life?
“I want the inn to be a favorite destination for people. I’m excited about the response to the theme rooms I’ve created.” I was so glad Michael Corrigan, my boss, had liked my idea.
I’ve got a new book coming out. INTO THE WHILWIND is Megan O’Brien and Dirk Reynolds’s story, the second book in my BOSS Inc. trilogy. When Meg’s three-year-old son is kidnapped, the former lingerie model goes to the only man she trusts, private investigator, Dirk Reynolds, her former bodyguard, the man who was still owns her heart. Desperate for Dirk’s help, Meg is willing to risk everything to save little Charlie.
I don’t like to read reviews. It’s hard enough staring at a blank screen, trying to come up with plots and characters, finding just the right words without reading a negative review that makes me afraid to write at all. I’ve learned to avoid them as much as possible so I can keep my confidence level high enough to actually write a novel and finish it.
BY LISA A. OLECH
A special thanks for the Divas for letting me come by to celebrate my new release, WITHIN A CAPTAIN’S TREASURE!!
So I wanted this post to be original and exciting. Something new. So I turned to my fans and asked for original interview questions. Hmmm….this may have been a mistake.
I should have learned my lesson when a year or so ago I was writing and was trying to come up with a scent. An intoxicating smell of a women. (Picture Al Paccino saying “HoooYa!”) So I asked. Men. On my Facebook page. “What is your favorite scent on a woman?”
I was shocked. Do you have any idea what the number one answer was? Come on think… Men. Women. Scent.
Would you believe BACON?!?
BY ANYA SUMMERS
It’s fitting I guess that the release of my latest book, To Master & Defend, coincides with the month we tend to remember all the military men and women who have fought and died defending our country. I have always been intrigued by military men, by soldiers who embody ideologies of loyalty, honor, and courage in defense of their country and way of life.
It was in high school that I first became fascinated with soldiers. I had always been intrigued by them, but it was a Civil War history class that tipped the scales and opened the door for me to study the multitude of wars both in the United States and abroad. I studied just about every war in the western world from antiquity up through modern age. As a history buff and historian, war is a large part of our history as a species, which I’m still not entirely sure what that says about us. But it was also what drove invention, and helped shape the world we live in today.