AuThursday – Fran Lee

Dictated By Fate by Fran Lee

Dictated By Fate by Fran Lee

 

 

 

I’d like to welcome our Guest Fran Lee who is also published with my newest publisher Resplendence Publishing.  One of the great things about getting another pub is it expands the guest I lure to the Clog Blog. Well lets get to it shall we?

Welcome Fran!  Would you tell us a little about your most recent book?

 A:   Wow!  I have a couple of recent books, but I assume you are asking about the one that will be released July 31, Hallie’s Cats?  It is a shape shifter about a divorced gal who moves to a small Nebraska town to escape bad memories and a nasty ex.  What she doesn’t realize is that when she randomly picked her destination for her escape, she picked the very town where her destiny awaits.  And her destiny is in the form of a hot pair of brothers who are not exactly what they appear to be.

 

 Q: What was the most difficult aspect of this book?

 A:  The most difficult aspect?  I would say it was stopping long enough for bathroom breaks and yogurt.  Once I got started, I didn’t stop writing until it was finished.

 

Q: How much research did you conduct for this book and what was the most interesting thing you did while conducting your research?

A:  How much research? About ten minutes worth, I think.  I got onto the Internet to research cat sexual behaviors. I wanted to know why cat sex seems to be so painful. LOL!  But when I Googled “cat sexuality” I got some pretty gnarly sex sites popping up. Not exactly interesting, but educational!

 

Q: How do you make time to write?

A:  I have few distractions.  I spend about 9-12 hours each day at my computer since writing is currently my “job”, and I take an hour here and an hour there to brush up stories that I wrote many years ago and stockpiled.  I wrote a great number of romance novels long ago when I was in need of hot distraction from life.  I write mainly in the wee hours. With Cats, I simply sat down at 1:00 a.m. and started typing.  Didn’t budge until it was finished.  I set it aside and got back to it a week later to read and decide whether to toss it or submit it.  Decided to submit it.

 

Q:  When you are writing, who is in control? You or your characters?

A:   Neither!  I sit down to write, and things just start flowing out.  I have said many times, ‘I don’t write books…I channel them’!  It’s like something takes over completely and the words just keep flowing.  Very weird. 

 

Q: What advice do you have for other writers?

 A:  My advice to other writers would be, “Don’t listen to any advice Fran gives you.  She is a total nut case and you would do well to avoid her if you wish to maintain a modicum of sanity.”  Kidding!  I would advise other writers to realize their greater potential…and get involved!  I know we are all terribly busy, but unless we extend our circles and become more socially acclimated to a degree with other authors, readers, and publishers, we tend to be so insular that we miss many great opportunities to be better known and to have so many great friends!

 

Q: Would you tell us your story of getting “the call?”

 A:  I was in sixth grade.  I had just read 1,000+ pages of Tolstoy’s War and Peace that I had found in a “to be burned” trash heap and pulled out.  I was so impressed, I sat right down to write my own epic!  I got eight pages out, and decided I didn’t know enough about Russian history to finish it.  ROFL!  But I kept writing little stories about Halloween and Christmas…things that capture a kid’s imagination.  But at fourteen I discovered I had a flair for romance.  I guess you could say that was the actual “call”.

 

 Q: What was the most exciting thing that happened to you after you signed your contract?

 A:  Besides getting so excited I fell off my chair? Hmmm.  I would have to say, signing the second contract.  Then the third…and the fourth.  My life isn’t very conducive to excitement, you know.  I only write about hot romance.  Oh…and I ogled a bunch of hot cover models.  Does that count?

 

Q: If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

 A:  Reading romance.

 

Q: What books can we expect to see in the near future?

 A:  I have a full length romance titled Dictated by Fate coming in August from Resplendence Publishing.  I also have an anthology piece coming in November from RP, titled “Carnal Reunions ~ First and Ten”.  In February 2010 RP will release A Brief Moment of Pleasure.  I have a couple of short novels in edits with Ellora’s Cave, but have no release dates.  And, I am once again picking old writings out of my stack and reviewing and editing (now that I know how to submit properly!) so that I can submit them, as well.

 

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

 A:   My primary website is at:  http://www.franleeromance.com

I am also on Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube.  (I create cover trailers)

I have two blogs:  http://franleesromanceblog.blogspot.com

And  http://franleesbookreviews.blogspot.com

Join me on Saturday when we read an excerpt from Hallie’s Cats by Fran Lee.

Until then Be Naughty!

Tina

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Saturday Sexcerpt

Cat's Curse by Kelley Eckhart.

Cat's Curse by Kelley Eckhart.

Here’s a Naughty Nibble from Kelley Heckart’s book, Cat’s curse.

 

Setup: Cardea is captured by a Pict king who is infatuated with her, knowing she is different. She thinks Aedan has given her to him to gain the king’s alliance. 

 Excerpt:

Cardea lowered herself into the large basin, washing the filth from her body, enjoying the tingling sensation of having clean skin. Sitting on the carved bench near the fire, Galan watched her with undisguised yearning. She rubbed her breasts clean in slow circles, enjoying the look of pure lust on his face. Rising from the bath, she stood before him, naked and unashamed.

 Galan came to her drying her with a soft cloth. “Your skin is so soft,” he whispered.

He pulled her into his arms. “Will you bite me again?”

 “Do you want me to, my lord?” She touched the healed puncture marks on his neck. “I did not kill you.”

 “I know that if you wanted to kill me, they would be burying me right now.” He gazed at her with a glimmer of affection and trust. “The biting…it was a strange feeling, almost pleasurable.”

 “I can do it at just the right moment…” She brushed her naked body up against him. “I promise not to take too much blood.”

 He gazed at her with desire and trust in his eyes, placing her on the bed and tearing his clothes off. He stood before her tall and proud, his body rippling with lean muscle like a powerful, dangerous lion. Dark blue tattoos coiled all over his lean, muscular body–serpents and other creatures ready to pounce. Her demon half brimmed with desire for him, her body surrendering to his ravenous kisses. Galan’s kisses spoke of passion and lust, so unlike Aedan’s passionate, tender kisses that spoke of love. 

 Mounting her, he licked a trail down to her throbbing sex, stopping just before he reached her sensitive bud. His long hair brushed her body, caressing her skin. He bit her inner thigh, drawing blood, sending shockwaves throughout her body. Her demon half writhed with need, her body betraying her. He licked the blood on her thigh, his silky tongue causing her to quiver all over. Moaning, she arched her hips, aching for him to plunge into her. 

 “I have never wanted a woman as much as I want you right now.” His pale green eyes flickered with want, the tattoos on his face giving him a fierce, exciting look.

 “I am not a woman, my lord,” she purred, rubbing her sex against his erection, all restraint gone. 

 He impaled her with roaring passion, driving himself deep into her willing sheath. The fierceness of his thrusts fed her bloodlust, filling her demon half with untold pleasure. Their bodies joined, entwining like writhing serpents, slick and blazing, born from the fires of the Underworld.

 Their furious coupling raged on, the room spinning above her as her orgasm climbed to the surface, eager for release. Cardea cried out, biting her lower lip, drawing blood.

 He licked the blood from her lip, grinning at her.

 She’d never known such a man.

 Rough bites pinched her nipples, laving them in thrilling nips that left her quivering with delight. Galan’s neck emerged before her, stirring her senses. The pulsing vein called to her, roaring and unrelenting. He aroused the bloodlust inside of her like no other. Still entwined together, she rolled him over, straddling him, the power of the demon awakened. Her body thrummed with the singing of his blood. Blood. Sweet, warm. Powerful, blessed blood. Her eyeteeth lengthened, arcing downward toward his exposed neck.

 “Be gentle, my pet,” he begged, his thrusts growing more urgent.

 As the orgasm claimed them both, she pierced his neck, the warm blood bubbling in her veins like tender strokes. Her sex throbbed with release as the orgasm washed over her in violent waves. He was the first man who willingly allowed her to take his blood. It took all her willpower, but she pulled away just before she took too much blood from him thus honoring her word.

 With rough hands, he flipped her over onto her knees and took her from behind like a rutting beast. His fingers dug into her hips, pinching her. The pain of his hard thrusts excited her, raising her bloodlust again. Overwhelmed by arousal, she thrust her hand between her thighs and caressed herself to orgasm. He came in a violent jerk, roaring with pleasure. They lay on the bed, naked and sweating from the rutting. Her bruised body ached with satiation.

 “You are exquisite,” he whispered, staring at her with deep affection. 

 Galan trusted her, allowing her to feed on him. She stared into his eyes, wondering if she could love a man like Galan, a man much like herself. Perhaps she was supposed to be with a man like him–after all, she was a demon.

 Then why does Aedan command my thoughts?

Why indeed!  Thanks to Kelley for sharing such a delicious delight. Join me on Tuesday when I post one of Kelley’s trailer’s

Tina

AuThursday – Kelley Heckert

Hey Naughty Boys and Girls Kelly Heckert joins us today to share a bit about her and her new book, Cat’s Curse at Awe-Struck.

Q: How long have you been writing?

I have been writing for a long time—since I was a teenager. I started out writing songs/lyrics, then short stories and then I decided to tackle a novel. I didn’t take writing books seriously until about 2002.

Q: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Yes, I do suffer from the occasional writer’s block. Music helps me get motivated and creative. Lately, it is Icelandic metal that breaks the writer’s block–bands like Nightwish and Apocalyptica.

Q: How do you develop your plots and characters? Do you use any set formula?

 I usually come up with the main characters first and then a basic plot. I get ideas from mythology and information I come across while doing research. The story grows from there. I don’t use outlines, but I have a notebook I use to write down ideas and before I start writing, I usually have an idea of how the story will end.

Q: What were your feelings when your first novel was accepted/when you first saw the cover of the finished product?

I was in shock, wondering if I read the email response correctly. I think I still have it saved somewhere. 

Q: What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

A list of strong verbs is very helpful to a writer. I refer to that list all the time. A good dictionary and thesaurus are must-haves. I use the online Merriam-Webster, but I also have an old dictionary with a lot of archaic words in it. Every writer should have a good grammar book. The Elements of Style by William Strunk is another helpful book for writers that I would recommend for writers of all stages.

Q: Are you working on any books/projects that you would like to share with us?

I have a new release called Cat’s Curse. This is the first book is a trilogy titled Dark Goddess. The series is about an Irish clan whose destiny is entangled with that of Cailleach, a Fae/goddess. Cat’s Curse is my first book with a vampire, but not an ordinary vampire. She is a Lamia, half-woman, half-serpent. This is also my first book based on an actual person in history. Aedan mac Gabrain was a sixth century Irish warlord who is mentioned in Adomnan’s Life of St. Columba and in the Welsh poems. His younger years were shadowy and he may have fathered a king of the Picts. He caught my interest and I imagined what his younger years may have been like and what kind of woman he would be drawn to.

I also have another book coming out August 28, 2009 called Night’s Daughter. This one is the prequel to Of Water and Dragons and Ravenwolf, but can be read separate. Night’s Daughter is a historical romance/fantasy set in ancient Greece amid the battle between the Titans and Olympian gods. The heroine in the story is one of Night’s Daughters, which is another name for the Roman Furies and Greek Erinyes.

On November 13, 2009 the second book in my Dark Goddess trilogy will be available. This one is titled Beltaine’s Song and continues the story from Book One. Beltaine’s Song covers the time when Aedan is finally king of Dal Riata. Of course, being a king isn’t an easy task especially with a Dark Goddess trying to destroy you, and having to contend with earthly foes as well. I also introduce another being who is somehow associated with Cat Anna (Cailleach). Their son, Gartnait, is one of the few people who can see her, but she may or may not be a threat. I had a theme going on through this second book that although spring brings about new life, it is also the time when clans battled one another so spring also brings about the harsh sound of the battle horn, and danger.

 

The third book, Winter’s Requiem, brings foes together to try to break the ancient curse that has plagued Aedan’s clan and the three women–Cailleach, Brigit and Domelch (who used to be Cardea). The title of this third book has to do with Cailleach because she sleeps in spring and awakens in winter. This final book is where I reveal who she really is and how she came to be imprisoned by the seasons. There is a lot of heartache and self-discovery in this book, but of course there will be a HEA or at least a HFN. I wouldn’t want to disappoint anyone. All the questions are answered in the final book and there are some surprises for readers.

 

All of my books can be found at www.awe-struck.net and other online bookstores.

Q: Any recent appearances that you would like to share with us about/any upcoming ones?

I will be at the Flagstaff Celtic festival this Saturday, July 18, all day at the Tea & Sympathy booth signing copies of my books. On Saturday, November 7, I will be at the Tucson Celtic festival all day at the Tea & Sympathy booth signing copies of my books. Info for both can be found on my website at www.kelleyheckart.com.

Q: If you could leave your readers with one legacy, what would you want it to be?

Oh wow, I guess I would want them to remember me for my stories and knowledge of the ancient Celts and mythology.

Q: Do you have a favorite hero in all your books? For any particular reason?

I love all my heroes so it’s hard to pick a favorite. I actually have a favorite that is not a hero, but actually his nemesis. He is a Pict king named Galan who appears in the first two books of my Dark Goddess trilogy. I love him for his unpredictability and for his unending love of the heroine who cannot love him.

Q:  Where can readers find you on the World Wide Web?

I can be found online at www.kelleyheckart.com, www.myspace.com/phantomqueen3, www.facebook.com/kelley.heckart, and http://twitter.com/CelticChick.

Join me on Saturday Naughty Boys and Girls to read an excerpt from Kelley’s newest book, Cat’s Curse.

Until then be Naughty 🙂

Tina