Thursday, May 30, 2013

Scribhneoir Extraordinaire Ellie Potts Interviews ME

I am honoured that Ellie Potts - the amazing author of Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, and Horror such as Blood Witch, The Unicorn and the Serpent, and Flights of Delusion - asked to interview me about writing my novel Pulse and Prejudice.

She asked me about Vampire Darcy, Lord Byron, and all the pop culture references throughout the narrative. She even asked for a few pictures of me in my -eek! - Regency wear! I hope you'll take a look....
~Colette


Interview with Colette L. Saucier author of Pulse and Prejudice!


I am a huge fan of Pride and Prejudice and Colette L. Saucier offers a refreshing twist on it by doing the story through Mr. Darcy's eyes. But Mr. Darcy is a vampire! What I loved about this is that the vampire is not overdone. It is there with light traces. He is not shiny or too dark. He is Mr. Darcy. I loved them sitting around talking about life and music getting more into their past that wasn't touched on. I think I caught a few pop references in there as well that made me smile. But what really caught me off guard was the after Pride & Prejudice. The passion and how it played out. Still well done. I have read a few others, and of course Pride & Prejudice and Zombies and I loved this one sooo much it actually will be reread again.

Colette L. Saucier agreed to answer a few of my questions which sprang to mind after reading this. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did! And once again thank you Colette for letting me steal some of your time!

1. How did you come up with Mr. Darcy a vampire?
Really through my interest in Lord Byron – the man more so than the poet, although "The Giaour" always fascinated me (published the same year as Pride and Prejudice, by the way). What little we knew of the character of Mr. Darcy fit that concept of the “Byronic Hero” so well: arrogant, cynical, intelligent, introspective.

The notion of the “gentleman vampire” didn’t arise until John Polidori’s The Vampyre – before then, folklore defined them more like we describe zombies today – and Polidori based his vampire Lord Ruthven on Lord Byron. Much like with Mr. Darcy at the Meryton Assembly, Polidori similarly introduces the reader to Lord Ruthven skulking about a society gathering...


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Because You Are Mine by Lena Hart

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! This week on Coffee with Colette, fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Lena Hart has dropped by to tell you about her hot New Release, Because You Are Mine Plus, she reveals the secrets behind her hero and heroine, Drake and Cara (and even has pictures - yea!). Get an eyeful of Drake! Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Maybe we need ICE coffee...
~Colette


Introducing Cara and Drake!

 

Happy Tuesday! I first want to thank Colette for hosting me on her blog today. I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce the leading lady and man of my latest release, Because You Are Mine, a story essentially about broken bonds and betrayal…

Betrayal cuts deep, especially when it comes from someone you trust. And no one understands this better than Cara Sinclair’s old love, now new boss, Drake Ross. Growing up, these two shared an undeniable bond until they found themselves in a fight for their lives. Twelve years later, fate conspires to bring them back together. Yet, while Cara is torn between chasing a lost love, or pursuing another, Drake is left more uncertain of the truth and his feelings for the girl he believed betrayed him. But the love that binds them proves impenetrable. And when light is finally shed on the secrets that haunt them, Cara and Drake will soon discover that danger still lurks.....
and betrayal cuts deeper than they could have ever imagined.


Meet Cara Sinclair 

Age: Late 20’s
Height: 5’6
Physique: Dark-brown eyes, black curly hair, slender build

Cara SinclairCara is modest, gullible, and has a tendency to over-think and worry. Though she is caring, compassionate and always willing to help people, it is often to the point of overextending herself. She is usually saying "yes" when she should be saying "no". Cara hates confrontation, despite Drake’s efforts to provoke her. Once a lively and animated young girl, she is a bit more reserved and prefers peace and balance. Although life can get unsteady at times, she uses her inner strength to guide her through.

 

 

Meet Drake Ross

Age: Mid 30’s
Height: 6’2
Physique: Pale gold-colored eyes, dirty blonde hair, muscular build

Drake Ross Drake is patient and dependable, persistent and determined. He is also warmhearted and loving to those he care about. He has a tendency to be inflexible and argumentative, particularly with Cara, yet is also possessive and protective toward her. Although Drake is usually even-tempered, when provoked he can erupt with intense anger. He likes stability, time alone to think, and most importantly he appreciates honesty and reliability in others. He dislikes disruption and the feeling of confinement.



It was a joy to write Cara and Drake’s story and I’m excited to share it with you all! Please check out the excerpt below. Enjoy!

 

Sneak Peek (excerpt):


Drake was in a bad mood.

The monthly alignment meeting had proved to be a complete waste of time. He had more important things to do then sit around and re-discuss irrelevant material. He didn’t care who they selected to redesign the company’s website. He wanted to know how they planned to improve their network security and inefficient infrastructure.

He strode back to his office, irritated by the lost time.

As soon as he entered his office, he froze.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Tuxedo Junction

On Teens, Tuxedos, and Prom Dates

 

I remember the day I decided to be heterosexual so clearly. I think it was right around the same time I chose to have brown eyes and A-Positive blood. Oh, wait. That's right. I didn't choose to be heterosexual. Yet so many bigots homophobes zealots people still insist that homosexuality is a choice, like being a vegan. (I didn't choose that either.) To all of them, I ask: When did you choose not to be gay?

I am going to tell you a story about my daughter, but it's OK:  I got her permission. I have written before about my daughter "the muse" who helps me with my writing, but all of my daughters are spirited, strong women who will do the right thing not because of something written in a primeval book or the fear of punishment in the Afterworld. They choose to do what they believe is right even if they might face scorn and derision from others because, frankly, they just don't care what others think.

I was inspired to write this post after reading this appalling news story about girls being prohibited from wearing tuxedos to prom. I don't care if you're gay or straight, this is inherently stupid. Wasn't this boundary broken in 1930 by Marlena Dietrich? Or if she is a little too bi-curious for some tastes, how about pure-as-ivory-soap Doris Day in 1951's Lullaby of Broadway? The Rockettes have even been known to wear (half) a tuxedo in Radio City Music Hall. If this concept is so foreign, why are tuxedo dance costumes for girls so readily available?

So what gives? Simply put, homophobia. After the shocking 2011 case of the Mississippi school district choosing to cancel prom rather than allow a lesbian couple to attend ended with a $35,000 legal settlement, schools may have become reticent about banning gays and lesbians from school dances altogether. Instead, lesbians can attend the prom - as long as they don't look like lesbians. Is this how our society has elected to love and support its children?


The girl in the dress in the photo at left is my youngest daughter the night of her senior prom in 2006. She is not a lesbian, but her friend is. My daughter & her boyfriend had recently broken up, and she didn't want to spend her senior prom worried about impressing a date.

Her friend, the young lady in the tuxedo, had not gone to her own prom because her school wouldn't allow her to bring a girl as a date, so my daughter asked her to come to her prom.

I was, and still am, so incredibly proud of her. Don't they look adorable?

As this was seven years ago, I couldn't remember the details, so I "interviewed" her for this article.


Q: Did the school have any rules about same-sex couples at prom?
A: I don't think so, but I didn't pay attention.
Q: I know I didn't think of it, but did you ask if you could bring a girl as your date?
A: No, I just did it.
Q: Did they give you any grief when you got to the prom?
A: No.
Q: What about the other students? When they saw your date was a girl, did they hassle you?
A: No, they laughed and they thought we were cute.
Q: Were you worried people would think you were a lesbian?
A: I didn't give a shit if they did.

That's right:  She didn't give a shit. So why should we? And more importantly, why should schools give a shit about how girls dress for prom as long as it is formal attire?

In the words of M. H. McKee, "Wisdom is knowing the right path to take. Integrity is taking it." Maybe someday schools will start living by my daughter's example.


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Angels Among Us & Sacred Fires by Catherine Greenfeder

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! I hope you will join me in welcoming fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Catherine Greenfeder to this week's Coffee with Colette. She is joining me today to tell you about the inspiration behind her paranormal romances, Sacred Fires and her latest release Angels Among Us!
~Colette

Hello dear readers,
Thank you, Colette, for inviting me to visit on your blog.

Ideas behind My Books


My idea for Angels Among Us came from both my belief in angels and a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. I had been admiring the annual Christmas tree display in the Medieval exhibit when I thought I heard one of the angel ornaments ask when I would write her story. I wanted to write a sweet romance with an angel as a heroic, though not romantic, character who guarded the protagonist, a psychically gifted artist. I used my own experience with stained glass and knowledge of psychic phenomenon and psychic detective work to help with writing the plot.

Sacred Fires sprang from my interest in reincarnation and the idea of soul mates from ancient times reuniting to solve a mystery. I had been to Mexico and experienced déjà vu, a nightmare about Aztec sacrifices, and toured several museum exhibits, hence, the setting and the beginnings of the conflict in that book.

What follows is a bit about both books.

About Angels Among Us

 

At a young age, Kay Lassiter witnessed her parents’ murder, one made to look like an accident. Kay
and her brother survived that accident, but the post traumatic stress robbed her memory and increased her psychic awareness.

Now twenty-eight years old, Kay is picking up the pieces of her life after her more recent loss of her boyfriend, victim of a shootout, and starting a stained glass art business in New Jersey. She is visited by Eviance, her childhood guardian angel who knows the identity of her parents’ murderer and tries to warn her that the murderer has returned.

With courage, strength, and the help of her guardian angel, Kay begins to solve the murder mystery. She also begins to heal and trust as she rekindles a romance with Jake O’Malley, a childhood friend. Along the way Kay learns that despite the problems in this world, there are angels among us.
Now Available from Amazon for Kindle and Barnes & Noble for Nook and in all eBook formats from the Sweet Cravings Publishing Store.

About Sacred Fires

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Come See What's New in Today's Romance!

Greetings! Welcome to the Cuddle Up With a Contemporary Romance Blog Hop, where you can find out all about Upcoming and New Releases from Secret Cravings Authors! PLUS, all the authors will be giving away special prizes, so be sure to visit them all!
Today I am going to tell you about my upcoming Romantic Suspense Thriller Alicia's Possession! 
After having both a Paranormal Regency and a Contemporary Romance published last summer, this year I am jumping into a new sub-genre. Also, this novel contains a little light bondage and mild elements of Dominance and submission, which is a complete departure for me! Alicia's Possession will be released in July, so I do hope you will check it out. I don't have a cover yet, but most of the novel is set around lakes in Louisiana - so there you have it!

Now for my prize... As my new novel will not be available to give away until July, I picked out something related to the heroine Alicia. You see, she absolutely LOVES wine (no idea where I got the inspiration for that-LOL!), and, when strange things start happening in her home, she thinks a ghost is haunting her. Hence, I am giving away a book on wine entitled Decantations. (Get it? Like "incantations" to communicate with the dead?) So leave a comment letting me know what you think about my foray into romantic suspense for your chance to win a brand new hardcover edition of Decantations (and don't forget to leave your email address so I can let you know when you win). I will be drawing for a winner on Friday, May 24th. Then hop on over to the other authors' blogs to see what they have dreamed up for you!  Enjoy!
~Colette

 UPDATE: Congratulations to the WINNER of the giveaway - Decantations - as selected by Random.org, Catherine Lee! Thanks to everyone for commenting!

 

About Alicia's Possession
 

Haunted by a traumatic accident and her husband’s betrayal, Alicia believes she can never trust again. Now she must surrender her will to Mason if she wants to find out if the bizarre events terrorizing her are the work of the paranormal, her own paranoia, or something far more sinister.

After recovering from a freak car crash that put her in a coma for two months and left her with no memory of the accident, wealthy socialite Alicia Pageant becomes convinced there is a connection between the seemingly mysterious disappearance of her neighbor from across the lake and a series of bizarre occurrences inside her own house; but everyone, including the detective investigating the neighbor’s disappearance, thinks the woman’s head injury has left her unable to distinguish reality from fantasy.

When Detective Mason Crawley is called out to investigate this "suspicious incident," Alicia’s palpable sadness and vulnerability awaken his instinct to protect her and lead her into the light; but as her story begins to unravel, each new piece of information creates more questions than it answers. He begins to wonder if the woman he is falling in love with is a witness to a cleverly-concealed crime, dangerously delusional, or a murderer.
(Contains light bondage and mild elements of Dominance and submission.)

Excerpt


     “What do you want?” she asked. “I don’t know what you want from me.”
     Mason gripped her upper arms, forcing her eyes to meet his. He knew he’d made a mistake the moment her warmth bled through the silk of her robe and into his palms, sending a ripple of sensation up his arms and down his body.
     "Why did you lie about knowing Judith?" he asked, his voice low and gravelly but not in the terse tone he used to intimidate a witness.
      No, she might not recognize it, but he could hear his lust cradling each syllable.
     She squeezed her eyes tight as if to prevent her tears’ escape, but instead it forced them down her cheeks. “I wasn’t lying. I don’t know her. I don’t remember her. I don’t remember anything.”
     He lifted one hand from her arm and brushed the tears from her cheek with his thumb before running it across her bottom lip. Her eyes remained closed, and his chest rose and fell in rhythm with hers. He leaned in close enough to inhale her breath.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Love and the Economy by Carolyn Gibbs

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! This week on Coffee with Colette, fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Carolyn Gibbs has dropped by to tell you about her contemporary romance, Love and the Economy I have already read this timely novella and can give it an enthusiastic endorsement. I hope you'll check it out as well!
~Colette



Hello Everyone! First, I’d like to thank Colette for hosting me on her blog. I got the idea to write my novella Love and the Economy after viewing news stories about separating couples who were caught in the housing bubble, and couldn’t sell their houses and couldn’t afford to live in two households. I thought the premise of a divorced couple, forced to live together, would make an interesting romance story. My hero Daren was struggling to build an architecture firm and taking care of his growing family. His ex-wife Andrea, a web designer, is trying to move on with her life and has just begun dating again when she learns that Daren will be moving back home.

About Love and the Economy


Just when Andrea Elliot thought life was getting back to normal after the divorce, her ex, Daren is moving back home. While the ink on their divorce papers dried up, so did the U.S. economy, and Daren’s architecture firm. Since Daren can’t afford to support two households and a floundering business, his accountant advises the couple live together in the family home – just till the economy improves. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Andrea. She's just started to date again.

Daren still loves Andrea, and sees their new living arrangement as his opportunity to make things right. Once home he takes off his suit and puts on his work clothes, and gets busy re-building his reputation and his ex-wife’s home office. Can Daren see what Andrea desires, and be the present take-charge man she’s always needed, and can Andrea put her pride away and let him?

You can read an excerpt of Love and the Economy on her website at www.carolyngibbsbooks.com/excerpts.html

Now Available from Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook, and Secret Cravings Publishing for all eBook formats.


 About Carolyn Gibbs

Carolyn says she’s a recovering news professional who writes romance and women’s fiction. She lives in New York City, loves to go hiking and has a Kindle loaded with romance, fiction and philosophy. Find out her next project on her blog carolynwrites.blogspot.com

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day and Happy Birthday to My Muse!

I want to wish a warm and wonderful Mothers' Day to all the amazing moms out there. I hope you all have a great day.  I will be spending the day with my youngest daughter in the lovely house she just bought on a lake, and we are expecting perfect weather.

Today is special for another reason as well. Many of you know my daughter Gabrielle (on the left in this photo) has been my muse, helping me every step of the way since I began this writing venture, and today is her birthday as well! Were if not for her inspiration, I never would have written All My Tomorrows (now expanded and republished as The Proud and the Prejudiced), which not only helped me acquire a New York literary agent but also was selected a 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Semi-finalist!

Because she lives in Manhattan, I cannot be with her today (although my youngest daughter and I will be visiting next month), but in her honour, I am re-posting a blog I wrote for Austen Authors last year.

Happy birthday to my beautiful, talented daughter and magical muse!
~Mom

90% Inspiration


My daughters are adults now – thank heavens. I don’t mean they have turned eighteen; I mean adult-adults. They are of an age that I discourage them from calling me “Mom” in public. My youngest is a school teacher, for crying out loud. I cannot express the relief I feel in no longer having to portray some sort of idealized, Cleaverized version of motherhood, and we can just relate to one another as people. They actually seek out the wisdom of my experience rather than being offended if I offer it, and I even find myself asking their opinion on different topics to learn what is currently hip. (I am now being told that using the word “hip” is not hip.) Occasionally, we even have a bit of role reversal, such as when we went to Universal Orlando and I wanted to buy these magic tricks. My daughters tried to talk me out of it. “You know, you will only play with them a few times and get bored and never touch them again.” I whined until they gave in and let me buy them, but of course they were right.

Although we all share an irreverent sense of humor, my three daughters have seemingly split my other characteristics among them. My eldest most looks like me physically, both in features and coloring. My youngest inherited my sarcasm, brutal honesty, and inability to suffer fools lightly. My middle daughter, by curse or by fortune, shares my odd mixture of creativity and insanity, which must be how she has come to be my muse. It doesn’t hurt that we have similar tastes in literature (love Austen, hate zombies), music (Pink Floyd devotees, although we split on Led Zeppelin), films, and television. We both had the same reaction after the season two finale of Downton Abbey: I’m good now! I don’t need to see season three!

I do not mean to imply that I am closer to my muse than the others. My youngest daughter and I can get together for coffee and beignets and talk for hours about anything and everything happening in the “real” world; however, if I randomly told her that I think the letter Y is pretentious, she would think I have had too much wine, whereas my muse immediately agreed and we progressed into a lengthy debate as to whether the vowels are an oppressed minority or more of an Apartheid of the alphabet. Likewise, I doubt my muse has many friends to whom she could say, “Green peas are a notoriously confused vegetable,” and have them provide evidence to support her thesis as I did. A few years back we were on vacation together, walking around an amazing European city, but engrossed in a discussion on the differences between a dwarf and a gnome. (A portion of this conversation wound up in my upcoming sequel to Pulse and Prejudice. I might not use people in my life as characters in my novels, but anything anyone says is fair game!)

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Talent for Loving by Virginnia de Parté

Coffee with ColetteGood morning, dear readers! This week on Coffee with Colette, fellow Secret Cravings Publishing author Virginnia de Parté has dropped by (all the way from New Zealand!) to tell you about her latest futuristic romance, A Talent For Loving - plus an excerpt!  Reminds me of a cross between one of my favourite movies from my childhood - Logan's Run - and the TV show Fringe, which of course I adored. I can't wait to delve into Virginnia's world!
~Colette

About A Talent for Loving


Talents come in many guises.

William and Belinda, two genetically altered individuals meet years after leaving the government-rearing nursery for genetically altered infants. Their late development allowed them to escape a life devoted to the government's defence departments. If their skills are now discovered they are in danger of conscription by the government.

William, whose talent is to move through space between locations in the blink of an eye, has devoted his life to protecting other ex-nursery adults. Belinda occasionally uses her talent, lifting objects of great weight with her thoughts. Their meeting leads to love and a raft of problems both struggle to overcome.

Can they trust each other enough to allow love to bloom? Can they risk the renewed attention of the Defence Department?

A Talent for Loving explores an alternate reality and discovers the one talent neither Belinda nor William can control - love.

Now Available from Amazon for Kindle, Barnes & Noble for Nook, and other eBook formats at the Secret Cravings Store.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Pulse and Prejudice Audiobook on Cinco de Mayo Sunday - PLUS Margaritas!

Welcome to Sneak Peek Sunday for Cinco de Mayo! I will not be celebrating this year because I still have not recovered from last year's festivities. Am I the only one who thinks tequila makes people crazy?

BUT I so make the BEST margarita anyone who has ever had it says they've ever had. To commemorate today, I am sharing my recipe on my Facebook page, so go check it out. While you're there, be sure to click "Like" so you won't miss out on other recipes, along with complaints about my soul-sucking day job and my struggle to lose weight. Oh, and I also make balloon animals.

But I digress. The audiobook for Pulse and Prejudice - the adaptation of the Jane Austen Classic, which tells the story of Mr. Darcy, vampire - is now available! So for this week's Sneak Peek Sunday, I give you the option of reading this 2-minute scene or sit back, relax with your margarita, and listen to the amazing narration by Tim Campbell, who is not only an actor but also an opera singer! I think you will hear that quality in his voice, too.

Of course, it is still available in print and all eBook formats, but right now, you can get the audiobook from Amazon for FREE through their Special Offer with a free trial Audible new membership! FREE!

This scene is from when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth are forced to spend several under the same roof after her sister suddenly takes ill at Netherfield....

video 
Darcy turned just as the door opened and Elizabeth appeared. They cried out in surprise simultaneously.

“Mr. Darcy!”