Written in the Stars Blitz

Title: Written in the Stars

Author: Jennifer Martinez

Genre: Contemporary RomanceWITS BT Banner

Release Date: April 30, 2013



You’ve got to kiss a few frogs before you find your Prince.


Theme Song:

Just Give Me a Reason – Pink



Believers of fate, destiny, whatever, say that there are many paths to your one final destination. No matter what choices you make you will always end up right where you are supposed to be. Well I guess I took the road less traveled because God knows I’m broken, bruised, and damaged.

This is my story. It’s about all the wrong turns that led to the right destination. We were written in the stars from the very beginning and neither of us knew it. Love is something you can’t fight and can’t hide from no matter how bad you want to. This is my cosmic turn of love.


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I moved my curly brown hair over my shoulder as he began slowly unzipping my dress, savoring every inch of the skin he had never seen. As my dress fell to my feet I was completely open for him to see. I turned back around and we began kissing again as I fumbled with the buttons on his white dress shirt. Once I had the final button undone I traced my fingers up his washboard abs over his chest and onto his shoulders where I finally lifted the shirt of his solid frame. When his shirt finally shared a space next to my dress, he lifted me up and onto the bed. With both of us now on the bed, things continued to get hotter. His kisses no longer stopped at my collarbone and every time my breath would catch he would wait a second then continue. I took the time he was leaning over my exposed body to take him in in all his splendor. I traced every inch of his skin with my fingertips making sure I memorized every muscle and every dip. I finally snuck my finger inside the waistband of his jeans and we took the next step.

Now honestly I can’t tell you exactly what happened. I know that once I undid the button on his pants he stood up and let his jeans fall to the ground as he grabbed a condom from his bedside table and put it on. I can also tell you that he looked absolutely perfect with his red swollen lips, flushed face and perfect chest rising and falling with the excitement that hung in the air like a fog. When he climbed back on the bed he slowly removed my panties and then we were dancing. It was like the perfect waltz, slow and a little awkward at first while I learned the moves but once I was confident in my dance we were like Cinderella and Prince Charming at the ball. Dancing on clouds, perfectly content and in love. I didn’t say it that night and looking back, if I had things may have gone very differently. Fate’s kind of a bitch like that.



Interview of Singer/Songwriter Martina Desiree

We are conducting a little different of an experiment in the laboratory today. We are interviewing self-proclaimed singer/songwriter Martina Desiree. Martina, has lived in Maryland all her life. Music is her passion, and not a day goes by when she doesn’t pick up her guitar and play her heart out. She loves writing her own music, because she says it keeps her sane. “Each song I write has a little piece of me, it’s my way of expressing myself.”- Martina Desiree Quote. She is amazing and extremely talented. When I see a new song of hers, I get all giddy inside when I press play. Well, without further ado, I present Martina Desiree!

Just a Girl and Her Guitar Cover

Since you are a musician, let’s start with the obvious question… What is your favorite kind of music? Band? Artist?

Honestly, I love almost all kinds of music! Different genres of music in my opinion, express different emotions. So, my favorite artist’s go across the board from Mumford and sons, to Paramore, Macklemore, The Killers and many more.

That’s great! What inspires you to write and sing your beautiful songs?

The world! What is going on in it in the world in general or personal things that are happening in my life. Most of the time, the best way to express the emotions that I have bundled up inside of me is to write them down in lyrics.

Having an outlet like that is wonderful. That’s one way that you are the same as writers. What made you want to be a singer?

The fact that I love singing! It makes me happy!

It should make you happy. Your voice is beautiful! What kind of music did you listen to as a child and do you think that influences your music now?

I think what most influences my music is my mood and what I want to express. I just have a muse and follow it!

Did you always want to be a singer?

My mom jokes about me being under 9 months old singing my little heart out in Walmart and one of the customers commenting that I was going to grow up to be an opera singer.

IMG_20121020_132931Aw, I can just picture that! Which of your songs do you want people to remember most and why?

My song “How Many Times” because it is a Stop The Abuse Anti-Bullying & Domestic Violence song.

I love that song, it might be one of my favorites. Be a Father to Your Daughter is still my #1 favorite though. What is the best compliment you have gotten from a fan?

Hmmm, well it is always very flattering when someone says they loved my music but my favorite is when someone says that my songs were meaningful and powerful to them.

That’s why “Be a Father to Your Daughter” is my favorite. Besides singing or playing instruments, what is one of your other hobbies?

Art! I love art so much! I haven’t explored all art mediums yet, but I love Acrylics and I am working on a life size clay portrait sculpture right now! (First one ever!)

That sounds fascinating! I am an artist as well (see image posted below). What do you think is the most important piece of advice for singers?

Do it! If you love rocking out in the shower and have that muse, why not continue doing something you love?


What was the first song you ever performed in front of someone… If you can remember.

I was three years old and sang at a church talent show.

This next one was a fan asked question. Where do you compose your songs? Are there certain things you need to have around you when composing?

Anywhere and nothing! I have written songs in my house, sitting down all quiet, but I have also been at a loud dance party and gotten completely inspired so I wrote down lyrics on a napkin! Haha!

BONUS QUESTION: Coke or Pepsi? Coke

Hear more here: http://www.youtube.com/user/martinadesireemusic/videos?view=0

She even does covers:

Thank you so much for being my guest, Martina, and thank you for sharing your natural and beautiful talent with the world.


Interview of Author Krystal Shannan


Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you?
Just a little about me…. Well, I was born, raised, and currently live in TEXAS. I am married to a wonderful man who supports my dream of writing and allows me to spend many evening and weekend hours glued to my laptop. During the day I moonlight as an elementary music teacher. In addition to a doting husband, a young daughter is also part of the picture and keeps us both hopping! An ornery little Welsh Corgi completes our household. I’m also a member of RWA and my local chapter DARA.

Wow, busy woman! I was born in Texas as well, but we moved right after I was born. When and why did you start writing?
Well, I’ve been writing since…probably, middle school. But, I finally pushed myself out of my comfort zone and published my first book in October 2012. Since then it’s been a whirlwind. I have published three titles myself and sold two.
Why do I write…it’s like asking me why do I breathe. I have always needed to write. It’s cathartic for me, too. I’ve always had stories in my head and characters talking to me. The only way to get them to stop is to write their story…of course, then new ones continue to pop up. So I guess the cycle never really ends, but at least when I write, some of them take a break, lol. I’m happier when I write, too.

Who is your favorite author and why?
Again, with the really hard questions…I really enjoy reading Kallypso Masters. There’s something in her characters and what they experience that just really clicks with me. Plus she really knows how to create some HOT alpha males and anyone who knows me know I have to have HOT alphas, LOL. But my favorite book is ACHERON, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I haven’t read a lot of her other books. But I’ve read that one nearly a dozen times. Again, the intensity of the book is what really draws me in and she does an excellent job with intensity. Don’t get me wrong, I read lots of lighter, humorous romance, romantic suspense, etc, but my real passion does lie with the authors that just wrench your heart out for their characters.

That’s great. I’ll have to pick up some of those books. Do you feel that Master & Kenyon inspired your writing? Do you feel that your writing is modeled after him/her? I don’t think so, I mean, I do like to torture my characters to some extent, but I really like a touch of humor and snark in my writing. Which both authors do have, but I don’t think I model after either of them in particular. Masters is a relatively new Indie author and Kenyon has been around for quite sometime. But, I do think there are things to learn from both.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?
I mostly want to share my stories with people and earn a living at it. Right now, I work a 40hr a week full time job as a teacher and I try to write. It’s tough. I look forward to the day when my writing will replace my teaching income and I can do it full time instead.

I think we all look forward to that day. Traditional or self publishing and why?
I’m am good with both. I think there are pros and cons to both and I think each individual author should have a business plan and know what they want from the business and have a plan to get there. I don’t see myself traditionally published, I really like the versatility self publishing offers and I learn a lot working with the editors at the small presses where I’ve sold. I plan to continue doing both.

findinghopefinalTell us about your most recent book and why we should love or hate your characters.
My most recent book is FINDING HOPE. The sequel to OPEN HOUSE. Both are from my Pool of Souls series that is centered around the Titan Goddess Aphrodite and her love/hate affair with Ares. She is a match-maker and each book focuses on a new pair of human souls that she is trying to match. I love all my characters and would ask that you form your own opinions, LOL.

If your book had a soundtrack, what is the first 5 songs you would include?
Ooooh, good question…
1)      Kellie Pickler’s “Somebody to Love Me”
2)      Avril Lavigne’s “Keep Holding On”
3)      Sara Evans’ “I Could Not Ask for More”
4)      Carrie Underwood’s “Nobody Ever Told You”
5)      Carrie Underwood’s “Ever Ever After” (I love Disney!)

Woot! Country! I’m so glad to hear that you like country music. Maybe we’re kindred spirits lol. Aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime?
Cooking! I love to cook, bake, food in general is awesome, LOL.

Again, something we have in common! What is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list?
Visiting Greece!

Greece Mykonos

Get to it, Woman! Finally, what else would you like readers to know?
Please be sure to sign up for my newsletter HERE so you don’t miss my giveaways and announcements! Oh, and OPEN HOUSE: Pool of Souls Book 1 is free at most eRetailers!


Review of Mohawk Moon by N. Kuhn

A perfect mix of action, passion, and anticipation.



Janelle hasn’t been back to Fort Edward in ten years. All of a sudden, she’s dealing with her mothers death, her broken relationship with her sister, and a dark, sexy stranger following her. She doesn’t know whether to be scared, or excited.

Damien needs to restore his families honor. He wants to use Janelle to do it. There’s one problem, someone is standing in the way. He’s vowed that no one will stop him from getting what rightly belongs to his family. But, can he sacrifice Janelle for it?

Together they must try to save what’s left of both their families, and along the way, deal with what’s growing between them. Join Damien and Janelle on the beginning of their journey, under the Mohawk Moon.

The beautiful cover is mesmerizing and mysterious. The top oozes sexuality, while the bottom conveys the mystery of the story.

I really enjoyed this story. Damien was sexy as hell AND he can sing! I really enjoyed the suspense and the unexpected turns in this story. I didn’t see any of it coming! It was well written, well thought out, and the emotions that poured forth on every page were felt easily and smoothly. Everything about it was smooth and flowed nicely. I can’t wait to read the next one!


Interview of Author C.N Lesley



Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you?

I live in Central Alberta with my husband and two cats. Our three daughters are nearby. My day job used to be reporting editor for a local newspaper, but the publication folded after funding was cut. Since then I have been working on my books.


When and why did you start writing?

I guess I started to love written words in grade school, but never really wrote anything until I was a stay home mom with three girls of five and under. How shall I put this? Barney the dinosaur isn’t intellectually stimulating, but the kids loved that show. I started writing in part to zone out this program. The other reason was I am an avid reader and I had just finished a book I did not enjoy. I could see what was wrong with it and it irritated the heck out of me, so I thought I would give it a whirl. That first book is safely stowed away in some dark place reserved for the truly terrible. It did serve the purpose of clarifying what was good and bad, so not wasted time.


Who is your favorite author and why?

Frank Herbert, with his Dune books, or at least the first few. Dune was my first introduction to science fiction and I fell in love with the genre. I still have my first copy of the book. It is more or less in one piece after multiple rereads. What I love about Herbert is the way a person can keep going back and come across something they hadn’t noticed on previous reads.


Do you feel that Frank Herbert inspired your writing? Do you feel that your writing is modeled after him/her?

I was inspired by Dune to become a reader of science fiction and then found Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, which began my love of fantasy. No, I don’t believe my work is modeled after either of them. I deeply admire what they did and the way they did it, but my stuff is about my worlds and characters. In a nutshell, Dune is about taking on the mantle of power despite appalling circumstances. Lord of the Rings is about a quest to destroy something so powerful that it would end civilization if it returned to its master. Darkspire Reaches is about finding acceptance and accepting what cannot be changed, despite the fearful nature of the discovery and the impact it could have on a budding relationship.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I would like to share my characters and my worlds with others. My books are my other babies and I want them to grow up and find their place.

Traditional or self publishing and why?

Traditional with a small press publisher. Why? I guess I like being around others and having their support. I enjoy the perks, such as extra web exposure, editorial, the marketing materials, and my cover. I adore my cover.

Tell us about your most recent book and why we should love or hate your characters.

I shall cheat a little and give you a quote from my publishers. From Kristell Ink

Darkspire Reaches is a dark romantic fantasy, richly told and with characters so real, you cry for them. C N Lesley is masterful. This is for lovers of Ilona Andrews, Karen Chance, Sherrilyn Kenyon and such like. I guess my characters are alive for me and I see their world through their eyes.

If your book had a soundtrack, what is the first 5 songs you would include?


Aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime?

Painting watercolors when I get time. Also taking photographs.

What is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list?

It isn’t a where, it is a when. I would like to travel to exotic locations in a period of time when there was no strife and a person could relax and enjoy themselves. I think the ideal would be between 1923 and 1928 and I would have to travel first class. I suppose I have watched too many Agatha Christy movies. Grins. I would also like to skip into the future and take a trip out to Mars, but not if I had be be cooped up in a spaceship for years to get there and there was no return ticket.

Finally, what else would you like readers to know?

My next book to be released will be a Science Fantasy in November. Yes, it is cross genre and perhaps this is where my early reading is reflected, although not in the subject matter. Years back, a friend, who has gone on to become a NYT bestseller, said in a review on a work shop, “You are the only one who can put scales and gills on (Name Redacted) and get away with it”. So a little clue there. Yes, there are amphibious folk, and then there are those that live on the surface world … and those ones who are unseen manipulators. I will post a larger snippet on my website nearer the time of release. And yes, I am planning out a sequel to Darkspire Reaches. As it isn’t more than a few ideas at the moment, I have no idea of the release. Thanks very much for hosting me!

Thank you for being a guest!






Review of A Life Not My Own by T.M Brown

Powerful and emotional!



SSHHH, be quiet boy! You want to eat, don’t you? Just take the stuff on top and let’s go!”

“Who dat? Lil Tina and Mack, iz dat you?”

“Yes Ma’am”

“What yal doing down dere? What……. Yal come on up here right now!”

“See…I told you to be quiet! Now, we in trouble.” I said.

My mind was already thinking about the various ways this might play out. I don’t remember, or maybe I haven’t been able to remember, the circumstances that brought my brother Mack and I to this point. All I know is, to this day, I can still feel how hungry we were and how good those fish scraps looked when we found them wrapped in aluminum foil, sitting right on top of the trash below the lid of the first trashcan that we searched.

The cover for this book is intriguing and artful. It is a perfect representation of the mix of emotions presented in this story.

There isn’t much I can say, because I was so invested in the story and the lives of the characters that I paid no attention to the writing, editing, etc. In this book, it didn’t matter if a word was misspelled or grammar was incorrect; all that mattered was the emotion and the story. The author was able to effortlessly (or so it seemed) convey sympathy- along with other emotions- for the brothers from the very 1st page. I thank the author for this amazing book and I hope she keeps writing.


Review of Too Close to Home by Tressa Messenger

Suspenseful, heart-pounding, emotional!



When the body of a beautiful and popular senior head cheerleader, Melissa Cooley, is found brutally stabbed to death at the local high school it sends the small coastal county in North Carolina goes into frenzy. To make matters worse, another body, slacker boy named Ronald Marks, is found hanging from the field goal post only a day later. Pamlico County native Detective Carma Jones and her partner, Harold Green, set out on a search for this ruthless assailant who is wrecking so much havoc in her normally peaceful county. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. The twists and turns along the way lead them in a direction Carma would never have guessed. One that is filled with deep secrets that were meant to stay buried. Will she be too late to stop the real murderer from killing again?

The cover of this book makes sense, because it is a mystery, but it feels a little understated for the amazingness (is that even a word?) of this story. The title, however, is perfect for the story.

I’m usually really good at keeping my emotions in check during killings, rapes, etc (in books and TV shows), but as the victim was being “claimed” in this book my heart pounded in fear and I actually started crying for her. This read like I was watching an episode of a crime show! Crime scenes were realistic and the law enforcement wasn’t “glamorized”. It was unpredictable and there were a lot of unexpected twists and turns as we followed Carma (love the name, by the way) through her investigation. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I hope we will see a follow up.

The one and only note I have is that the author seemed to go back and forth with the name of the High School coach; a one minute he was Coach Brady and the next it was Coach Grady and kept changing.


Interview with Author C.M Stunich




Welcome to the laboratory, C.M. I’m happy to have you here as my guest! Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you?

Of course! As long as we don’t delve into that whole “vampire hunter thing”. I mean, yes, I hunted the little buggers, but I mean, who hasn’t experimented with career searching in their youth? Hmm. I’m sorry, but I cannot be blamed for a few missing blood suckers. Ahem. Anyway, I grew up in a little coastal California town called Eureka, migrated to another coastal town called Santa Cruz, and then ended up traveling the Oregon Trail (don’t know how historically accurate this reference is) to Eugene, Oregon where I have now settled into my career as hermit. I mean writer. I said writer, right?

*Laughter* Now, I know it’s a standard question that you’ve probably answered a million times, but let’s be honest it has to be asked. When and why did you start writing?

This question always gets me! See, I can’t seem to remember a time where I wasn’t writing. Seriously, I just packed up a closet full of old stuff and came across an entire box’s worth of old papers and notebooks filled with terrible stories titled such things as “The Pet Olympics” wherein two Labrador retrievers face off with a cat and a ferret to win the ultimate prize. Writing is just in my DNA, I think, something I’ve always done and always will do.

I used to write stories like that too! I’d rather they be shredded, but my mom is very sentimental, so I know they are in her closet somewhere lol. Who is your favorite author and why?

Another toughie! Well, I often like to credit the lovely Laurell K. Hamilton as one of my inspirations, but then I’d be nowhere without watching and admiring other greats like Anne Bishop or Garth Nix or PC Cast or Edgar Allan Poe (love that man). If I can cop out here and say that all authors hold a special place in my heart and whether I love a book or hate it, I’m always learning something new, I sure would like to do that.

You know, I’m very surprised at the number of authors who say that Edgar was a big inspiration to them. I mean, I know he’s brilliant, but still. Do you feel that Laurell K. Hamilton inspired your writing? Do you feel that your writing is modeled after her?

I do! Of course, I think that every writer influences me and that somehow, all books end up becoming models in a way. However, I did read Miss Hamilton’s work at a very critical age – somewhere between here and there – and I hold a special place in my heart for those first few ‘Anita Blake’ books. Without them, I’m not really sure where I’d be.

I haven’t read her books, but I feel the same way about Nancy Drew books. As a matter of fact, I’m thinking about toying with a Nancy Drew-esk book. But, enough about me. What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

I want to tell stories that entertain but that underneath, have an element that makes you think. Or teaches you something. Or helps you discover something about yourself. Innocuous stories wrapped up in half-truths and undiscovered feelings that burst out at the most inopportune moment and leave you gasping. That’s what I hope to accomplish.

Well, I’m pleased to inform you that that is what you accomplished with Losing Me, Finding You. At least, in my opinion. I was gasping in more ways than one 😉 Traditional or self publishing and why?

Self publishing, of course! I like to call it Indie publishing, but maybe that’s just me. And it all boils down to one thing – freedom. Freedom to choose my cover, my editor, to set my own release dates, to make up my own titles, to know that whatever it is that I write, it can see the world. There’s no fear that working on a book for years, infusing it with heart and soul, will lead to nothing. In self pubbing, whether it’s successful or not, there’s always something to be learned.

I totally agree, and actually most people call it Indie, but I’m still trying to get used to that lol…Tell us about your most recent bigbook and why we should love or hate your characters.

My most recent book is “Losing Me, Finding You” which is about an innocent preacher’s daughter (who’s kind of slutty at heart and reads romance novels by the truckload) who gets swept off her feet by naughty biker boy Austin Sparks. I should certainly hope that you would love Amy because she has a character of spirit that’s unlike anyone I’ve ever met. She’s innocent, but not naïve, and she’s willing to take risks and put herself out there to discover something new. And Austin, well, he’s a hottie and a half, so I should certainly hope you’d like him, too! There are some characters in the book poised to be hated, but I guess you’ll just have to read it to find out more! 😉

Yes, but there is also that one character that is borderline love AND hate; I couldn’t get Beck out of my head! If your book had a soundtrack, what is the first 5 songs you would include?

“Burn it to the Ground” by Nickelback

“S.E.X.” by Nickelback

“Take it to the Limit” by Hinder

“Me and My Girl” by Theory of a Deadman

“Goin’ Down” by Three Days Grace

Aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime?

Real estate. Sounds kind of weird, huh? But it’s true. I like to look at houses online, drive by for sale houses and amass flyers, and watch HGTV like a mad woman. If I ever got the chance, I’d love to flip old houses – especially Queen Anne Victorians and Craftsmen. Anything to do with property, I’m a sucker for.

*Smile* You and my mom would get along like besties at a barn dance! What is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list?

In referencing the above question, the #1 thing on my bucket list would be to own a home free and clear and get the chance to remodel it from top to bottom. It’s all about carving out a bit of my own space in the world, somewhere I can truly feel like I belong. I think that’s a pretty common dream, but it manifests in different ways. For me, I think it was shaped by my strange obsession with the property market.

There’s no such thing as a strange obsession… Wait, maybe there is. At any rate, I can assure you that yours is not one of them. Finally, what else would you like readers to know?

That I love them. That I can’t thank them enough. That my words come to life in their heads and my characters get more and more real each time their eyes flicker across the page in anticipation of that next sentence … that next chapter … until they’ve finished, and they’re sitting there with a million questions in their heads. Thank You. Truly.

No, we thank you. As your readers we are able to delve into some pretty amazing stories, settings, and make friends with some pretty amazing characters. Of course, that’s no surprise since these amazing characters come from such an amazing woman. Thank you, again, for being my guest today! I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know you better. Shall we move out to the deck for some coffee?


Readers, if you’d like to connect with C.M, here are the links.

Official Webpage: http://cmstunich.com

Facebook Friend Page: https://www.facebook.com/cmstunich

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/cmstunichauthor

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/C.M.-Stunich/e/B008FT7CAO/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&linkCode=ur2&qid=1363702802&sr=8-2-ent&tag=boobroandbar-20

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6432984.C_M_Stunich

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/cmstunich

Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/c/c.m.-stunich

Kobo: http://www.kobobooks.com/search/search.html?q=%22C.M.+Stunich%22&t=none&f=author&p=1&s=none&g=both



Review of Losing Me, Finding You by C.M Stunich




Twenty-one year old Amy Cross’s idea of a hot Saturday night is curling up with her favorite book boyfriend and secretly sneaking a bottle of her mother’s wine. That is, until she meets Austin Sparks, the biker boy with a past that burns like fire and a gaze she can’t look away from. Without knowing what she’s doing or why she’s doing it, Amy ends up on the road with Austin traveling from one city to another while learning things she’s only ever read about in romance novels.

At first it seems like Austin is Amy’s fantasy come true, but as their journey progresses, she starts to sense that Austin is running away from something. Amy knows that she’ll do whatever it takes to help him find himself. What she doesn’t expect is that she’ll lose herself in the process and how good it will feel to be free.

Alright, first of all, let’s talk about the cover. It’s gorgeous! I usually don’t like a guy with a lot of tattoos, but on this guy it’s sexy as hell! There are now three men with tattoos that I love and two are “fictional characters”; Reyes Farrow and Austin Sparks! The third on is a secret.

There isn’t much I can say about this book, because it was flat out fantastic! I’m not usually one to like bikers, but C.M has converted me! This book was well written, entertaining, and enjoyable. The ONLY thing that I couldn’t get past in it was the religious aspect, but that is a personal thing. Thank you C.M Stunich for introducing us to the hotties, Austin and Beck!



Interview with Author Mia Downing

Welcome to the crazy laboratory, Mia. Why don’t we start by telling the folks a little about you?

Hi, I’m Mia Downing and I write erotic romance. I’d love to say I write in lacy lingerie from a red velvet chaise lounge while service submissives tend to my every need, but as you can probably guess that’s all in my mind. In reality, I live I rural Connecticut on a small farm with cows, a horse and chickens. I have two awesome kids and have been married for 16 years. My friends and family know I write smutty stories but I think only my sister has actually read anything under my pen name. I do have something under my real name that’s Nana-approved.

Fun stuff: Croutons are my crack. I can juggle (sorta) make balloon animals and can face paint. I was the hit at 2 birthday parties (a friend and my niece.) Kids like balloon swords much more than they like swans, btw. I have a rubber band gun and have excellent aim. I also knit fabulous socks!

You sound like a blast! When and why did you start writing?

I’ve written since I knew what letters were, but my first book was a sequel to Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH because I hated how that story ended and I wanted a sequel then and there. I think I got 40 pages written in a notebook. I thought it was epic and my 4th grade teacher was pretty proud. It was all downhill from there.

I started writing romance in 2000, did the contest scene, submitted a lot and got lots of rejections. I decided to turn the writing into money and went into technical writing and editing. In 2012 I decided to finish a book, and the rest is history.

Who is your favorite author and why?

I don’t really have a favorite author per se. I have my go-to’s in a certain genre but I read so much over all genres it’s hard to nail down a favorite. For example, I love Abigail Roux’s Cut & Run series, which is

m/m (originally written with Madeline Urban.) I love Anne McCaffery and Terry Goodkind for fantasy. I love Julia Quinn for historical, and grew up reading all of Johanna Lindsey’s books, too. Tymber Dalton does BDSM with a loving, caring approach but I also love many others. My friend, Christi Snow, writes very real, honest characters within the romantic suspense genre.

Do you feel that these authors inspired your writing? Do you feel that your writing is modeled after them?

I think you take away inspiration with every book you read. I know I would love to build an awesome world like Anne McCaffery, or write such real and approachable historical characters as Julia Quinn. I think my writing captures snippets of all my favorites. I can’t wait to find new authors to emulate.

What do you hope to accomplish with your writing?

There is one thing you should know about me—I’m fairly lazy. The idea of accomplishing something is pretty overwhelming on some days. When I woke up January 1, 2012 with the New Year’s resolution to finish a book and submit it, I was truly questioning my sanity. The idea of finishing a book seemed hard enough. Six books later, I’m still afraid to jinx the whole thing by requiring myself to do more than finish a book. If readers are happy and it gets them reading instead of watching TV then I’m excited. But beyond that, I have no goal. Mark Twain and I are alike in that respect.

I would like to say I do like to challenge myself with every book. The first challenge was to write a book and submit, and get the goal, motivations and conflicts of the characters to work. I think I succeeded with Exceeding Boundaries. The second book (Trained for Seduction) I wanted to add more angst, suspense and a ménage. Lethal Limits tested a different layering of conflict and could I write a series? I also wrote two different m/m’s to test myself in that genre. Endgame will release very soon and that book tested finishing a series as well as other aspects.


Traditional or self-publishing and why?

Both. I will have 6 books out with The Wild Rose Press. I love that they take care of things for me, like editing, the covers, and formatting. They market and get it out to readers in a way that’s really hard to do when you self-publish. I do have one novella self-published because at the time The Wild Rose Press wasn’t taking erotica. You make better royalties self-published, but in all honesty, I’ve sold more books through the publisher because of the reach.

Tell us about your most recent book and why we should love or hate your characters.

Here’s the blurb from Spy Games: Endgame! It sums it up much better than I can, quickly.

Sexy assassin Charlotte Smith doesn’t go by the code name Dragon Queen because she’s sweet and cuddly. She’s cold, hard, and mean and has been training for the past five years to take down the men who destroyed her soul and left her burning for revenge. But when she meets her next assignment at a

wedding, her body protests there’s much more to life than kicking asses and taking names. Actor Aaron James is witty, hot as hell, and he smells divine. But women with suicidal endgames don’t indulge in casual sex, and they definitely don’t fall in love.

Since meeting Charlotte at his brother’s wedding, Aaron’s life has been nothing but trouble. He’s plagued by memories of the kiss he stole from her, and he senses underneath her aloof nature and frosty glare is a woman with passion and fire. When Charlotte is assigned as his bodyguard after a botched kidnapping attempt, he’s psyched. What better way to get in her panties than have her pretend she’s his girlfriend? Until Aaron realizes too late he wants more than her panties…he wants Charlotte’s heart.

What I love about this book is it’s very different than anything else I’ve read and both Charlotte and Aaron are very unique. Charlotte is cold and hard on the outside, but inside she’s broken and dying for someone to fix her. Aaron has his own bundle of issues, but he is the first man to see beneath Charlotte’s cold exterior to her soul. If you’ve read the series, you’ll see lots of Jake and Chase, the heroes from books one and two. You’ll probably hate Chase even more than you did in Lethal Limits, but beta readers assure me he redeems himself perfectly at the end.

If your book had a soundtrack, what are the first 5 songs you would include?

For Trained for Seduction:

1. Stronger by Kelly Clarkson (that’s always been Kate’s song.)

2. River Flows Through You by Yiruma. It’s a piano piece but very angsty.

3. International Love by Pittbull and Chris Brown is the ménage scene and anything including Jake.

4. With Or Without You by U2 for sex scenes.

5. Set Fire to the Third Bar by Snow Patrol (that was the song Chase listens to during one sex scene.)

Aside from writing or reading, what is your favorite pastime?

I was a professional horsewoman for years, so horses are a passion. We have one my daughter rides. I knit and do decorative painting. I was a chef in one lifetime, and I do enjoy cooking. My friends and fans on Facebook will tell you that I would rather poke them than do anything else. Feel free to join in.


What is the one thing you want to do, or the one place you want to go, that you would put at #1 on your bucket list?

Visit Egypt! I’d love to see the pyramids, the Sphinx and tour the Valley of the Kings. I wanted to be an Egyptologist in 4th grade, so it’s been a long time dream.

A more realistic bucket list item would be to see more of what we have here in the good old USA. I’d love to see the Grand Canyon, and my family loves steam trains and caves. On all of my journeys I make a point to visit friends I’ve met from the Internet. I’ve had waffles in Georgia, coffee in Pennsylvania and tea in Florida with online friends. So when I’m ready to go, I’ll make a list! Count yourself on it.


Finally, what else would you like readers to know?

I have met so many wonderful people in the past year, all so supportive of this little New Year’s resolution. I love hearing from them and cherish support. Don’t be afraid to friend me on GoodReads or Facebook, or give a shout out on the blog. And seriously, I love pokes! Make my day by poking me hard.

Thank you for being my guest! I enjoyed learning more about you. I hope my readers will as well.