Blog

Complete, now available for pre-sale

Screen Shot 2018-06-25 at 8.30.45 PM

Complete, Legatum Book 5

As far as Bobby is aware, he is the only one of his kind—a true lone wolf. He fills his days with running his bar, and his nights with emotionless encounters. After all, hooking up with him, the self-proclaimed town man-whore, is as easy as crashing into his buggy in the grocery store. Everything changes when he sees an angel.

When new math teacher Ramona moves to town, Bobby sees a glow around her and is convinced she’s the angel he can finally trust with what he really is. He just has to get her to trust him first…

Ramona is no angel; she’s run away from a relationship gone bad in the big city, to a small town where football is king. The last thing she needs or wants is the town playboy pursuing her. She doesn’t want a man. Doesn’t need one. Her focus is on making sure the star quarterback passes high school math. Her plans fly out the window when Bobby makes an oddball request.

Bobby finally finds a way to be with her—convincing her she can teach him how to be friends with a woman—he’s put himself in the worst position. He has Ramona, but not the way he wants. She’s learning to trust him, but his reputation is holding her back. Can Bobby trust her with the secret he’s managed to keep his whole life? Or will his past put Ramona in danger?

now available

Available now for 99 cent pre-sale!

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G758JRH?ref_=pe_3052080_276849420
KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/complete-10
NOOK – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/complete-lulu-m-sylvian/1129241045?ean=2940161586372
IBOOKS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/complete/id1422558244?mt=11
GOOGLE – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lulu_M_Sylvian_Complete?id=q1tnDwAAQBAJ

Interview with Pamela Gibson

It’s summer, and summer interviews are hot!
Where are we chilling out during our conversation? Are we under an umbrella poolside enjoying drinks with umbrellas, or are we hiding out inside with lots of air conditioning?

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 10.12.51 AM

My absolute favorite place to chill is on the aft deck of our Nordic Tug while anchored out in a beautiful cove or on a quiet river. But today I’m home in Sonoma, California, sitting out by the pool in our shady backyard.

Tell me about your Love in Wine Country novels.

The series has six spicy contemporary novels set in Napa and Sonoma Counties. Five are written, although one of the five is being revised and will be re-released in early August. The last book has been set aside for now. The novels follow three Hispanic sisters and their cousins, three Hispanic brothers, all part of the Reynoso family ruled by a fun-loving, pseudo-psychic grandmother they all call Nana. Most of the family is in the wine business—growing grapes, tending fields, making and selling wine. I loved showcasing the working families in wine country who overcome obstacles, resolve conflicts, and find love. The series will soon be joined by four novellas, former Kindle World books, which are being rewritten with some of my characters from my novels showing up.

If you could sit down and interview any character- yours or anyone’s- who would you want to interview?

Scarlett O’Hara from Gone With The Wind

What’s the single most burning question you would want to ask them?

What’s wrong with you, girl? A real man wants you and you still moon over that milquetoast Ashley. Do you want to be the dominant one in the relationship, is that it? Or has your spoiled-child upbringing clouded what’s really important. Thank God, you come to your senses at the end.

If you had the opportunity to have your work turned in to a film, which would you prefer Hallmark Channel or HBO miniseries?

I think the St. Helena Kindle World novellas are all suitable for Hallmark films, although readers tell me my other novels are, too. If there were questions at the end of each book—all resolved in the final book—then I might say HBO for the novels. But all of the books in my series are standalones. So Hallmark (with the sex scenes removed).

Of everyone that you have written, who is your favorite character and why?

My favorite character is Marcelina Reynoso, Nana to her grandchildren. She’s tough, independent, flamboyant, and not at all afraid to speak her mind. Plus she loves her Michael Jackson playlist and can moonwalk like a pro in her gold spandex pants with her sequined top and a gazillion bracelets on her arms. She has a smart-mouth, too, and thinks she can predict the future.

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 10.16.41 AM

When creating characters, do you get a strong visual/ physical sense of them or are they more personality and emotion?

I start with their personalities, then write their physical descriptions. Paige in A Kiss of Cabernet is a bit of an introvert, but overcomes her shyness by talking to herself to give herself courage. She meets her antagonist (the hero) head-on by using this technique when she tries to talk him out of selling his vineyard which she manages. Her cousin Sam in Sauvignon Blanc to Sigh For is a totally macho, controlling, gorgeous guy who’s a damn fine home winemaker. His best friend Sarah is a planner, a total nerd, who keeps him in check and helps him, even though she could kill him sometimes.

What got you into writing?

When I was six years old my little brother died of leukemia. I started making up stories, often with him alive and well in them. By the fourth grade I was writing stories, and by high school, I was working part-time for a newspaper. I gradually left non-fiction and went to fiction, writing stories with happy endings. News doesn’t always have happy endings.

What keeps you writing?

It’s almost a compulsion. Out of the blue, my fit, active, younger husband had a stroke last year. Now I am one hundred percent caregiver. Writing (usually 5 am is when I start) keeps me sane and centered and lets me escape when I need to.

You used to live on a boat, do you have plans on developing some characters who take on a similar adventure?

I have a non-fiction book underway called Confessions of a White-Knuckle Cruising Spouse. Yup, I was terrified most of the time we were on the water. The last trip was over five thousand miles in a 32-foot boat. I saw and did amazing things and tested my courage over and over. But it really should be non-fiction, to give other spouses encouragement to stick it out when their significant other has saltwater in their veins, and they’d rather be at Starbucks drinking lattes.

Who is your current favorite author?

Susan Elizabeth Phillips—she’s an auto-buy, although she hasn’t released anything lately.

Who was your favorite author as a kid?

I discovered old Carolyn Keene books when I was about nine. Camped out at the library whenever a new book came out, even though Nancy Drew was dated. I still thought the books amazing.

What are you reading these days?

My most recent small trad publisher is Soulmate and my editor loves my historicals. So I am reading Regencies and Westerns because she’s contracted for one book in both subgenres and I have two sequels in progress. I will probably keep my contemporaries Indie. I also like to read romantic suspense and small-town contemporary. Do you get the impression I like to read? You’re right.

Does pineapple belong on pizza?

I’ll eat it because I’m hungry or polite, depending on the situation, but I won’t order one like that.

As a self-proclaimed snacker, what is your favorite thing to munch on?

I do love chocolate—cookies with big chocolate chips, chocolate bars with nuts, chocolate ice cream for breakfast. I am a chocoholic. It got me through a rough ride on Delaware Bay and it helped me cope with a stormy Atlantic and a tornado tied to a lock wall on the Erie Canal. Chocolate anything is my go-to food for stress relief, including a bag of chocolate chips if there’s nothing else.

Thanks Lulu. This was so much fun.

Screen Shot 2018-06-29 at 10.08.32 AM

You can find Pamela online at:

http://pamelagibsonwrites.com/

https://www.facebook.com/pamgibsonwrites/

Burnout

burning-close-up-fire-45198

I read this article in the May 2018, Romance Writers Report “The Key to a Lifelong Career,” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and I totally recognized myself in it: new on the scene, obsessively working to get as much content out as possible.

I already realized that I put myself on a tight schedule, but it’s my first full year as a published author. I definitely did not read this article and say “that’s not me” when it is so me.

You see, I can bang out a complete book in six weeks without any problems. I know this because I’ve done it more than once. But what I haven’t done more than once before this year was write, edit, revise, and have released back to back to back novels. I can feel myself headed toward total deep fried burnout.

So, even though I am in the middle of a deadline, I took the day off. But not just from writing, from panicking about the writing. I actually took the advice of the article and took screen time off too. I didn’t record my day’s adventures for Facebook or Instagram. I took pictures of my kids for me. And at the end of the day, when we were all back home and exhausted, I didn’t scoop up the laptop to occupy half my brain while we sat around and watched movies. I watched the movies.

The next day I’m back at writing. I have a huge word count to meet, but I tend to work ahead of my deadlines (not up to my deadlines). I’m confident everything will get done on schedule. And I know that going forward I will take the time for self-care first. I will not schedule my edits so close together, I will not schedule my releases so tight unless I’ve managed to work way ahead of those dates.

You see, writing the story is actually the easy part. Six weeks to get a complete, cohesive story is easy, as long as that’s all I’m doing. Once I add in the hours for marketing, revising and editing a second or third story at the same time, while still working my two part-time desk jobs, six weeks is not enough time.

I failed to take into account life, and all that other stuff when putting this year’s schedule together. Fortunately, I think I figured it out before I hit burnout. I recognized the signs in myself. I am approaching work with a new attitude, and a new sense of balance. I already knew I needed a business plan, now I know a few things that will need to be included. I’m glad I figured this out now, and not after two or three years of pushing myself too hard too far.

Christmas in July!

Special July price of 99 cents for the ebook!

 

 

 

 

AMAZON – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074LSRL3T

KOBO – https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/the-twelve-strippers-of-christmas-1

NOOK – https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-twelve-strippers-of-christmas-lulu-sylvian/1127294593?ean=2940158682254

IBOOKS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-twelve-strippers-of-christmas/id1303627979?mt=11

GOOGLE – https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Lulu_M_Sylvian_The_Twelve_Strippers_of_Christmas?id=B-g7DwAAQBAJ&hl=en

WIP-it Wednesday: a little burlesque, and a lot of feathers

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 9.15.46 PM

Her eyes immediately were drawn to the two women in the middle of the open floor. They wore work out wear, and were posed knees bent, butts pushed out, chests up, arms lifting in large circles. Katie stopped and watched. They were the Poule dancers. Katie’s stomach did a flip. She was already all nerves to see Nick again after last night and this morning, would he still want her around? But now to see the burlesque dancers practicing was an extra thrill. After only having seen one show, they were her personal heroes.

Katie couldn’t take her eyes from the dancers. They stepped, turned and posed to the music. She didn’t move from inside the door until one of the dancers caught her eye in the mirror.

She stopped and faced Katie. “Who are you? This is a private dance studio.”

The words stuck in her throat. “I…” She pointed to where Nick worked. “I’m…Nick.”

“Katie-cat is my lover.” Nick announced as he crossed the studio to where she stood. Katie couldn’t take her eyes from his face. His wide smile and happy expression made her insides quiver. He pulled her into his embrace and claimed her lips in a searing kiss.

He broke the kiss and pivoted to face the dancers. Katie could only blink as she looked at his face. His words and actions claimed her like an object. An inkling in the back of her brain pointed to this as a prime example that he was never going to be emotionally invested in them as a future couple. Her heart smothered that inkling with a pillow, and shoved it far far away. She wanted to be his. More accurately she wanted him to be hers.

More holiday bump and grind this winter coming your way!
©2018 Lulu M Sylvian

If Only for the Moment by Ella Sheridan

He can tie up all her objections, but what about her heart?

Kennedy O’Connell’s life is perfect—a great job, plenty of friends, a brother who loves her. The chaos that ruled her childhood is gone, and she couldn’t be happier. Unfortunately, her mischievous streak tends to get her in trouble, and when she walks into her favorite spa to find a sexy Australian rock star taking her place, she can’t resist a little fun.

Isaac Anschau has spent five years chasing his dream. His rock royalty status can’t be denied, but his demons are catching up with him—he’s burned out, his creativity decimated. Until a redheaded vixen decides she wants to play, and he discovers a way to leave his nightmares behind. There’s just one problem: Kennedy is dead-set against submitting, despite the way she melts when his Dom side comes out.

They’ve got nothing to lose by walking away, and everything to gain if they give in to the raging hunger between them. Baring their bodies would take only a moment. Baring their souls could take a lifetime.

AmazonB&NKoboGoogle PlayiBooks 

Add to Goodreads

“I’m a rigger.”

“A what-er?”

“A rigger. A Dom who enjoys tying subs up.”

His eyes held hers captive as firmly as the cord held her arm, delving deep inside her, demanding something she wasn’t sure of—until it clicked. He thought her response to the rope was…

“Ah, Isaac, I’m not a sub.” No way, no how. A shiver rocked her spine.

One brow calmly rose. “How do you know?”

Isaac’s question got her redheaded temper going. “Because I have a Dom for a brother, and he’s not exactly quiet about it. I’d know if I was submissive.” She wasn’t.

Isaac shook his head as if he didn’t believe her. “Your brother isn’t in your bed, Ken.”

“Ew!”

He laughed at that, but continued. “My point is, he doesn’t know your needs. Only a lover can read you like that.”

I can read me like that, and I’m not submissive.” If she said it enough times, he’d finally get that she was telling the truth, right? So why did a flutter take up residence in her belly? There was no reason to panic, no—

“Can you now?”

“Yes!”

There. That was definitive. He’d understand now.

One long finger traced the web encompassing her hand. “Want to know what I see?”

“No.” Yes. But…no. And yet curiosity raised its ugly head. “Um…yes?”

The word was barely a whisper, but Isaac heard it. She knew because he nodded once even as he reached for her free hand. She knew she shouldn’t, knew she’d regret it, but she couldn’t resist giving it to him, watching, fascinated, as he used the free end of the cord to tie her wrists together with delicate knots, and then he was lifting her hands to hook them behind the headrest. When she tugged…

“Isaac?”

The sound of her breath was loud in the close confines of the SUV as he leaned over her, his big body taking up all the space, all the air. She pulled on her arms again. A thrill, part fear and part something she really didn’t want to acknowledge, shot through her.

“Shh…” Isaac laid a finger on her parted lips. He was so close she could see the green and yellow striations in his blue eyes. Fascinating. She strained toward him but, with her hands above her, got nowhere—and the thrill came again, this time settling in her nipples and between her legs.

Isaac’s gaze softened even as his own breath quickened. “Feel that, Kennedy?”

She shook her head.

“No? Then let me help.”

His parted lips settled on hers, warm and firm and so, so good. He laved her with his tongue, dipped in to mate with hers, taking her breath and making her take his. There was nothing she could do to escape his kiss, nothing she could do to protest. She could only accept what he gave her—his mouth, the hard press of his chest against her aching breasts, the hungry groan that escaped him when she sucked on his tongue. And it was all mixed with the lightning bolts of pleasure that sparked every time she tried to move and couldn’t. He had all the control, she had none, and she…

No, she didn’t like it. She didn’t.

When he paused to take a breath, she turned her head toward the window, needing to breathe, to escape—except she was tied and couldn’t, damn it.

For someone so famous, Isaac didn’t have a fragile ego. Rather than be offended, he gently lowered her hands and began to undo the knots. Faint impressions from the cord were left behind, a reminder she needed desperately to ignore as he settled back into his seat. “See? Interesting.”

“No, no it’s not,” she told him, her voice cracking on the last word. “Not interesting at all.”

Start the If Only series today!

Only for the Weekend, Book 1

Amazon USAmazon UKB&NiBooksKobo

Writing has been my passion since childhood, but like many writers, life got in the way. After earning a BA in

English Literature, I married and started a family. But the worlds and characters that swirled through my mind just

wouldn’t go away, and at a particularly difficult time in my life, I picked up pen and paper (or laptop) and tried to

release some of that difficulty onto the page. I’ve been writing ever since. Now I’m a member of Romance Writers

of America, run an accountability blog to help writers reach their goals, and am pursuing publication with the same

passion I feel for writing.

Nothing pleases me more than sharing the stories of my heart with you, the reader, and I hope, in some small way,

these stories will touch your heart too.

WebsiteFacebookTwitter

z

Author Interview Marina Adair

As a writer, Marina is devoted to giving her readers contemporary romance where the towns are small, the personalities large, and the romance explosive.  Her St Helena Vineyard series was the inspiration behind the Hallmark Original movie, Autumn in the Vineyard. (I totally snagged that from her website BTW)

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 8.09.10 PM

I like to set a scene for my interviews, gives us a chance to be somewhere, and not just words on a webpage. Are we in a tasting room in wine country? Or on an open patio by the beach somewhere?

We are sitting on a front porch, sipping a glass of Pino Gris and watching the clouds float over Mt Hood in Portland.

You have several small town series, in vastly different areas across the US, did you travel extensively to research the regions?

I love creating new towns for my characters. So even if a series is based on an actual town, I fictionalize it. That said, every series I have written has been based on a place I have lived or visited prior to starting the series. For example, The Eastons series follows five alpha brother is Portland, Oregon who inherit their dad’s brew house. I flew to Portland and explored the city for several days with a friend and fellow author before I started the series.

What drew you to creating these communities of characters and places?

I spent most of my childhood in my head, creating amazing places and stories. It is still something I do to this day. The fact that my job now is to create places I’d wasn’t to live or visit makes it the best job on earth.

Please tell us about the Eastons and your newest release.

The Eastons series follows five brothers who must overcome the loss of their father in order to open themselves up for true love. They don’t mind breaking the rules or testing the limits, but when it comes to matters of the heart … they play for keeps.

My upcoming release in the series, DRIVE ME MAD, which comes out this summer, follows the Assistant District Attorney, Josh Easton, as he finds himself in the run for DA, and going head to head with a sexy, ball-buster of a woman, who teaches him that all is fair in love and war. It is an enemies to lover story, where my hero and heroine can’t stand what the other represents, but can’t seem to keep their hands off each other.

What was your reaction when you found out the Hallmark Channel wanted to make Autumn in the Vineyard story into a movie?

I have an MFA in screenwriting, which was my first love. So when I switched to novels, I thought I had to give up the dream of seeing my work on the screen. So when Hallmark optioned the entire St Helena Series, I was able to fulfill that dream. And it was amazing!

Did you get to visit the set?

I did get to go to the set! It was filming in Canadian Wine Country, so Big Sexy and I took a trip up north. Rachael Leigh Cook was as sweet as she is talented, and the producer heading up the project was an amazing man to meet. The highlight though was Larry the Llama, who was so talented he played Mittens the Alpaca. (edit: don’t you just love how she calls her husband Big Sexy!)

As part of (the now defunct Kindle Worlds) what was it like from your side of the table, having all these authors continue to populate your world, and have new characters, and familiar characters take on new adventures?

I have been so blessed in my career being surrounded by successful and talented authors who helped me get to where I am today. Kindle Worlds was an amazing opportunity for me to help other new authors grow their reader base and write in my world. My readers were able to spend more time with characters they love, and explore new characters as well. It was a win-win for all involved.

ChiChi Ryo is quite the character from the St. Helena Vineyards books. I can almost imagine that this fierce nona came to you and began telling you all about her handsome grandsons, and beautiful granddaughter. I am fascinated with how different authors discover their characters. So, who came first? The DeLuca hotties or ChiChi?

The DeLucas are based on a real-life family from my childhood. My babysitter was the only sister among five older, Italian brothers, who made her dating life hell growing up. But ChiChi is lightly based on my own grandmother and her friends. So, I guess ChiChi would have come first.

If you could rewrite a piece of classic literature (I’ll let you decide what that definition means) which story would you take on? What big changes would you make?

I’m not sure I would re-write, but I would definitely love to play in Jane Austin’s world. In grad school I read, Wide Sargasso Sea, which is a parallel novel of Jane Eyre, and tells the story of Bertha. That book blew my mind and inspired me to read other parallel novels, such as Huck and The Hours. If the opportunity presented itself to write a parallel novel, I’d probably write a book from Mr. Darcy’s or Jane Bennett’s perspective.

Pineapple on pizza, yes or no?

Um YES!

Coke or Pepsi?

Beer

What’s the one question you always like when people ask authors?

“Where can I get your next book?” Lol.

Every Little Kiss comes out July 18, 2018

Screen Shot 2018-05-25 at 8.32.57 PM

 

Follow Marina, and find out where you can get her next book!

http://www.marinaadair.com/

www.facebook.com/marinaadairaauthor

www.twitter.com/MarinaEAdair

www.instagram.com/marinaadairauthor/

Complete: WIP-IT Wednesday

A pre-edited sneak peak at the 5th Legatum book.

tree-3352202_640

“Homework?” He asked, resting on the opposite bench for a moment.

“Yep, grading. I was hoping a change of scenery and some food would make this easier.” She rubbed the back of her neck.

“That sounds like it’s not working.”

“It’s not. I don’t know.” She rested her cheek in her palm, elbow resting on the table. She stared at the papers. “The students need an algebra brick upside their heads and I need a bubble bath.”

“The thing that always helped me with math, was context.” Bobby leaned back looking at the other customers, seeing if he was needed. He was. “I’ll be back.” He stood and left.

Ramona was still staring at the papers, she hadn’t moved when he returned with her french fries.

She popped a hot fry in her mouth, and chewed.

“As I was saying, context. I could care less about watermelons, but when Brad helped me he always put it into terms of the shop. How many cars how many parts, how to know what to order next. Have you tried that yet?”

“I need to. They were talking about that at my last school. How to prepare for the zombie apocalypse, food storage and stuff. How many cans of peaches to survive the first winter. How fast your gun shoots, how many bullets you need. That’s not a bad idea actually. I’m going to have to go over all of this again, why not. Thanks Bobby.” She popped another fry into her mouth, and smiled. “I’m going to need a burger for while I grade the rest of this.”

“BLT burger or you looking to branch out?”

“I’m going to live dangerously, can you add cheese to that?”

Bobby chuckled, “You are living dangerously.”

Ramona picked up the next paper in front of her. Teaching math with zombies, might actually work. She just hoped it wouldn’t get her into trouble with Principal Grover. He seemed to like to keep a tight reign on standards and how lessons were presented. The homework assignments seemed to get worse and worse as she continued grading.

Bobby arrived with her hamburger. “You’re still looking stressed.” He put the sandwich down in front of her, then reached behind her and began kneading her shoulders. Ramona felt like melting. Bobby’s hands were large and warm. His strong fingers dug into the tense muscles supporting her neck. “Your neck is like a rock.”

Ramona suppressed a groan, the massage felt so good. She felt like all of her muscles turned to jello. Bobby did know how to touch, okay this wasn’t the touch her friends seemed to seek out, but she would take it. “You need to go home and soak in a hot tub, that will help.” His thumbs continued to press circles next to her spine. Ramona could barely think.

“Ahh, I don’t have a tub, just a walk in shower. It sucks.”

Bobby continued working his hands over her shoulders.

“I think you missed your calling. You would make a killing as a masseuse.” Ramona almost purred.

His hands stopped, he patted Ramona on the shoulder. “I have a tub you can borrow.”

“What? Really? I don’t want to impose, but oh my God really?”

“Yeah, be right back.”

Ramona sat stunned. Bobby had a tub, and he was going to let her use it. Oh no, he’s hitting on me, wait Bobby never does that, he doesn’t need to. Her thoughts raced from the joy of a tub, to being worried if it was a come-on, and if she really wanted to be another notch on his belt or not. He was good looking, and nice, and that massage had felt so good. She wouldn’t mind a full body rub down. All the tension he had managed to work out of her neck returned. She shook her head, stop over thinking girl. She focused on eating her hamburger.

“Okay,” he was back. “I have an outdoor tub.”

“A hot tub?” Oh, that would be perfect she thought.

“No, just a tub. A really big tub. It has its own hot water heater, so it could be a hot tub, but no bubbles. I’m here all night, so if you wanted you could go over an use it.”

“Are you serious?” Ramona’s eyes were large saucers as she eagerly looked at Bobby. A tub! A bath!

“Yeah,” he chuckled. “Look my dogs will be out, but they won’t bother you. Just tell them to shut up, use their names so they think they know you.” He picked up the pencil she had been marking papers with, tore off a sheet from his order book, and scribbled down his address.

“I’m out on east 2280, dented white mailbox just past a red cattle gate. Una is the big brown hound, Deuce looks like a white pit, Tre is the gray mutt. They are all bark. Like I said, use their names tell them to shut up, and they will calm down. Tre might jump a bit, but they’re harmless.”

Ramona took the scribbled address. “Your dogs are named one-two-three?”

“And the cat is Cat.”

Interview with Reina Torres

Screen Shot 2018-04-27 at 5.41.34 PM

I like to set a scene for where the interview is taking place. I’ve never been to Hawaii so where should we go if we want to sit and chat and take in the scenery?

My favorite place to sit and watch the world go by is the overlook by the Makapu’u lighthouse… but the wind up there is wicked and doesn’t allow for much conversation if you don’t want to shout –

But if it’s quiet and scenery you’re looking for… Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden. So many different types of plants and I love to sit on the benches and enjoy the view and the fresh air.

You write a variety of romance from Shifter to Western to Contemporary. Do you have a favorite?

My gateway drug into Romance as a reader was Julie Garwood’s historicals – from there I was hooked 😀 but I like to read all kinds of romance… I chase the rush of a Happy Ever After

Your Westerns are labeled as “sweet,” how hot do your other styles run?

When people ask about the Westerns I tell them the only head in those stories would be the pot-bellied stove in the Mercantile. My other stories though… I leave the door wide open on the more personal scenes. I don’t think I shy away from the more heated moments and I hope the readers won’t either.

T2

You have a new release, please tell us about it, and how it fits in with your previous stories.

The Fighter is my newest release – it’s the Third in my Sylvan City Alphas Series – and there’s at least one more coming up. Maybe two. I was thrilled to write Cage’s book. He appeared in the first two books and a number of readers were asking about him… I knew I had to give him a woman who was strong but soft in all that ways that a hard man like him needed… it was so satisfying to see him a happy man with his family.

THUNDERCLAP

Do you listen to music when you write? What do you like to listen to?

Mostly soundtracks from films in that genre… unless it’s a sex/love scene. I have a specific song playlist for that. Two actually. One for the softer scenes and one for… the other *wink*

INS_Teaser_HUP01

What next do you have in store for your readers?

Always, Ellis” the fifth book in the Three Rivers Express Series, I’m writing the odd numbers. And right after that? “Stealing the Vixen’s Heart.” Which is a book about a female fox shifter – I’m using some of the legends about the Kitsune – Japanese Fox Spirits/shifters.

SPRINGCOVER_ellis-

What is your writing process? Are you a pantser, or a planner?

Ever developing. I ping pong all over the spectrum… I usually start as a pantser writing a few scenes to get a ‘feel’ for the story. Then I’ll sit down and plot out a few chapters… It starts as an outline and then it devolves or evolves, as the case may be, into more scenes. So I’m not strictly one or the other.

What currently compels you to write?

The voices – I write to quiet down the noise in my head. (This answer got me in trouble with a counselor once. I think she was determined to make a name off of the ‘crazy woman’) Sometimes I hear a snippet of conversation in my head… or a piece of music and that brings up an idea for a scene. I’ve been writing like this for more than twenty years… just getting the stories out of my head and onto paper… now a computer file.

Character development is a fascination of mine, where do your characters come from?

EVERYWHERE – sometimes it starts with a name. sometimes by the situation… Maybe I have the hero already in my head… I try to find the right woman to match him… it can be a bit of a weird science situation.

What is your secret party trick?

My fellow Glee Clubbers called me the Human Jukebox. There’s a song for every situation… Every situation has a sunny side (from 42nd street) see?
That and not so much of a party thing… I distract myself during blood tests or IV insertions by reciting the 50 states in alphabetical order (and yes, I learned it from a song)

You seem to be addicted to Chicago Fire, are there other favorite shows that you binge watch?

Hulu cued up Fire mid-season and the first episode I saw had me hooked 😀
What I watch over and over? Hmmm When I’m editing… I listen to old episodes of Hell’s Kitchen. Something about Gordon Ramsey screaming makes it easier to look at things with a less emotional eye, I guess.
When I’m writing. I usually pick a show that I’ve seen numerous times and let it play like white noise in the background. Xfiles, Roswell, CSI: Miami (I love hearing Calleigh’s voice), West Wing, Project Runway, Top Chef, The British Bake-off… and the Catherine Cookson Mini-Series from BBC and Austen series. My watching habits are just as across the board as my reading…

Whats the one question you always like when people ask authors?

I guess… what their favorite books are… I especially love hearing about childhood books. My favorite, the one that really got me reading and the first one up all night, under the cover, flashlight on, was Little Women.

What’s in your Wallet?

Beyond the couple of $ I keep in there… My tickets from visiting the Winchester House last year, a  Fortune Card from my trip to Sacramento when Marina and I consulted Zoltar and a good luck fortune from New Years. I’m sentimental – or just mental, you can decide

 

YOU CAN FIND REINA ONLINE HERE:

Reina Torres Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/ReinaTorresRomance/

Reina Torres Blog https://www.reinatorres.com

Twitter https://www.twitter.com/rtorresauthor

Amazon Page http://www.amazon.com/author/reinatorresromance

Join my all genre newsletter – http://eepurl.com/bZ87Uv

Or if you’re a Sweet Romance only reader… email me and I’ll add you to the specific list reinatorresauthor@gmail.com

Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15294691.Reina_Torres

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/reinatorresromance/

Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/reinatorresauth/