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Guest Author Interview – Ginger Ring

Published December 6, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s Sunday, hope you’re all having a lovely weekend. I know mine is getting better because I have the fab Ginger Ring dropping in for a chat, and to tell us all about her new release, The Gangster’s Woman.

Author Pic - Ginger RingWelcome Ginger, it’s great having you here. So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m an eclectic, hat-loving Midwestern girl with a weakness for cheese, dark chocolate, and the Green Bay Packers. I love reading, playing with my cats, watching great movies, and I have a quirky sense of humor. Publishing a book has been a lifelong dream of mine. My heroines are classy, sassy and in search of love and adventure. When I’m not tracking down old gangster haunts or stopping at historical landmarks, you can find me on the backwaters of the Mississippi River fishing with my husband.

That sounds like a fabulous place to live – am getting jealous. Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I have always wanted to be a writer but it wasn’t until I entered a writing contest a few years ago and got great feedback that I decided to go for it.

Sometimes it’s just that bit of outside encouragement that give you a  push, right? Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Not really. I usually write on the weekends and I try to listen to the same sound track of music or music from the era that I am writing.

Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I have done contemporary but the gangster trilogy is from the 20’s, 30’s and 1950. I love the style and history of those eras.

Ooh, me too, it would be a wonderful period to step back into. Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I have always loved LaVryle Spencer. She is a true storyteller and I have enjoyed all her books. Recently I have been reading Brenda Novak and Mary Burton as I hope to write suspense someday.

I remember reading LaVryle Spencer when I was first getting in romance, I was probably only a teenager but I really enjoyed the deeper stories as compared to what I suppose you would class as more ‘bodice-rippers’ lol. What five things could you never do without?

A home, my husband, my kindle, food, and my car.

I think that’s the essentials, right? 😉 So, tell us a bit about your new release.

The Gangster’s Woman is the second book in a trilogy. It takes place back in the 1930s. Our hero has been searching for a woman for a long time and she is not what he expected to find.

Ooh, you don’t seem to see a lot of 1930s set stories, I’m intrigued already! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

I heard about a painting of a woman that hangs above the fireplace at an old gangster haunt in Madison. I visited there and decided that that woman needed a story and she became the gangster’s woman.

That sounds fun, I do love imagining the stories behind real-life items and history. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Creating a story that I always wanted to read.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Actually sitting down and writing.

Lol, true that does tend to be the killer! Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I like Michael. He is very set in his ways and meeting Eryn turns his life upside down.

Hehe, I do like to see a man being kept on his toes. So, if we’re not convinced already, why should we run out and buy it right now? 🙂

Why should we run out and buy it right now? J Because it is probably different than anything else you have read before and I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did creating it.

Well, if you’re wanting to know more, the book details are here:

Cover - The Gangsters WomanBlurb

Now that prohibition was over, FBI agent Michael Flynn hoped to enjoy the quiet life and a chance to finally concentrate on finding his best friend’s sister. He’d been in love with her since he first laid eyes on her picture. Unfortunately, the more he searched the more he realized she wasn’t just missing. Eryn was hiding from one of the most notorious gangsters around. One who wouldn’t rest until he knew she was dead.

Eryn O’Malley had been moving around for years, doing whatever legal, or illegal job she could find to survive. No time for romance or a normal life. A one night stand with a handsome man at the county fair seemed like just the ticket to escape for a moment from her troubled life. However, finding out he was a G-man wasn’t part of the plan. Now he was on her trail. Whether to arrest or rescue her, she wasn’t sure, and she couldn’t wait around to find out. If he caught her, would he forgive her checkered past or would he always think of her as the gangster’s woman?

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A big thanks to Ginger for visiting today, and hope you all have a great Sunday x

Guest Author Interview – Matthew J Metzger

Published November 27, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, it’s been a busy week but yay for weekend. Today, I have the fab Matthew J Metzger visiting, for the first time I might add, so am very excited to find out more about him 🙂

WelcomeMatthew *waves* So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Well, I’m an asexual transman with six tattoos (and counting!) and a distinct lack of height. I’ve just moved back to Yorkshire in the UK, and my accent is slipping accordingly! I’ve been writing since I was three, and my first book came out when I was twenty-two. I write primarily LGBT fiction, both adult and young adult. When I’m not writing, I’m usually working or planning to travel. My next major holiday is going to be a month in New Zealand, but I’m hoping to make some of the US romance conferences before then. Will that do?

That will do fine! I’m a Lancashire lass originally, but shall try not to hold the Yorkshire thing against you 😉 Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

No. Like I said, I was making up stories when I was still figuring out what my feet were for (clue: not putting in my mouth) and writing them down since I could hold a pen. Writing books was more or less a natural extension for me. And as I never wanted to make a living or a career out of it, I never had that ‘aha!’ moment for it.

Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

Again, no (wow, I am really boring…). I just kind of…do it. Mostly in bits and pieces after work, but I’ve lost a few weekends here and there. There’s no real rituals or special places I do it.

Lol, don’t worry, I tend to be the same way – my writing rotuine consists of ‘when I have time to do it’. Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write primarily LGBT romance. Romance because it’s so character-focused, and LGBT because I’m queer as hell myself and I always had more interest in writing queer characters. I write both adult and young adult books, usually just depending on what the particular story wants to be. And I write a surprising amount of sex for an asexual guy…

It’s interesting what comes out that you don’t expect, isn’t it? Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I…don’t read much. Haven’t for years. And I never read romance to begin with, so…yeah. I’m a bit of a strange one in this genre.

Hehe, well at least you know you aren’t being influenced by any other writings – though I must admit I don’t know how I’d cope sometimes without a good book to destress with. If you’re not a big reader then, what five things could you never do without?

The internet, my phone and my laptop. Easily the top three, not in any particular order. I’d probably put the laptop first because I can’t write without it. I think my day job as well, I absolutely love it and it keeps me happy when the writing world can drive me mad and make me distinctly unhappy at times. And for the fifth…I don’t really know. My lungs? Pretty sure I couldn’t do without my lungs.

Nope, I think they might be on the necessary list 😉 So, tell us a bit about your new release.

Thicker Than Bone is a story about Ali, a perpetually nice kind of guy, being asked to donate bone narrow to his older brother, Tony, who has cancer. And usually, Ali wouldn’t even need to be asked for a stranger, never mind his own brother. Except that Tony is an extreme racist, and nearly murdered Ali’s partner several years earlier for being of Muslim extraction.

The book is really a joint look at the phrase ‘blood is thicker than water’ and the ethical question ‘if you could save a life, no matter whose it was, would you?’ And Ali faces both. He has to decide whether blood is thicker than water, or whether his love for Yazid is even thicker than that. And he has to decide whether he can ethically save or condemn the man who nearly killed his boyfriend.

It was a lot of fun to write in many ways, this juggling act between love and family that Ali is undertaking, and the balance between the very dark and serious aspect of their lives in relation to Tony, and the much more light-hearted, fun and loving way that Ali and his partner, Yazid, interact with each other.

Wow, that definitely sounds like a thought-provoking read. Where did your inspiration for it come from?

The oddest little place — I had a daydream in my head with a guy at a kitchen counter, doing something. I didn’t know what he looked like, who he was, or what he was doing, but he was there. And in sneaks his boyfriend, who just tiptoes up behind him and then attack-hugs him. It was just this silly, slice-of-life scene about this two guys messing around and being a bit daft.

Only the intruder was definitely, right from the very beginning, from the Middle East. I just knew that, the moment he appeared in the daydream. And I found myself asking what his story was, this happy guy with a boyfriend and a nice kitchen. Who was he? Where was he from? What religion was he? Did his family know? Did his boyfriend’s family like him? Were they both British, or was he an immigrant? From where? Did they live somewhere with racial tensions, or was it all fine in their immediate area? Did he still practice any religion?

Thicker Than Bone was born around that scene, and yet, weirdly, that scene never appeared in the final book!

It’s weird isn’t it, how the smallest little snippet can spark so much 🙂 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Weirdly, Tony. Tony was awesome to write. He was just so openly vile that I enjoyed every minute of him, and how the other characters reacted to him. I had strangers in bars telling him to shut up, I had Yazid being very withering about him even while his presence was understandably frightening for Yazid. I even had to Google more racist terms for Muslims because I ran out, and yet I could create these great scenes of Yazid being really scathing in return because Tony is so utterly stupid.

Lol, sometimes I find it quite liberating to write truly horrible characters, perhaps it’s about letting all my pent-up irritations out! What was the hardest part about writing it then?

Ali’s decision-making process. I’m a much colder person than Ali, and very quick to decide about ethical dilemmas. Ali’s prizing of family is a bit unfamiliar to me personally, so there were times I wanted to shake him and say, ‘Jesus, man up already! He nearly killed your boyfriend, strangle him with his own IV!’ But that wasn’t Ali, the character utterly refused to sway from his own morals, so I had to let him have his way. Git.

*sighs* characters – they never seem to do what you want them to! Speaking of which, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

Yazid. Easily. He’s fun, he’s lively, he’s really still celebrating being alive. He’s the emotional bedrock of the novel, he provides Ali with both support and a kick up the backside when he needs one. He was just so completely likeable from the very beginning, finding a bit of humour in everything and being so upbeat when he had every reason to have walked out on the whole mess years ago. I loved him from start to finish, and he is probably my second favourite character of all time, and definitely the favourite in this book!

Aww, he kinda sounds like the friend we all wish we had. Just in case we’re not convinced already – why should we run out and buy it right now? 

Because there’s a scene where Yazid dresses up as Princess Jasmine and gets utterly hammered at a party. And another where, after Tony walks in on them, Yazid loses his patience and threatens to give Tony a naked hug to make him go away. And a third in which Ali likens Yazid’s night-time cuddling to sharing a bed with an octopus. You kind of want to see how those three can fit in the same story, right? (Hint: it’s Yazid.)

Plus, there’s simply tons of hurt/comfort, so if that’s your thing, this is your book.

Hehe, well I think I definitely need to read those scenes. If you’re feeling the same way, the book details are here.

Thicker Than Bone coverBlurb

If you could save someone’s life, would you? Anyone’s?

Ali’s older brother has a swastika tattooed on his knuckles, a prison ID number for nearly beating a man to death for the crime of being Middle Eastern, and spent his teenage years ruthlessly persecuting Ali for being gay.

Blood may be thicker than water, but Ali has spent most of his life desperate to prove that he is nothing like Tony. A committed vegetarian, charity-supporter, and blood donor, Ali would do anything for anyone, and is frequently teased by his partner, Yazid, for being too soft-hearted. Ali may share parentage with Tony, but he is determined not to share anything else if he can help it.

So when Tony contracts leukaemia, and Ali is the only match for the urgently-needed bone marrow transplant, Ali is caught between two equally awful choices: to refuse, and condemn a man to death, or to donate.

And in donating, save the life of the man who nearly murdered Ali’s Iraq-born boyfriend?

Click here to find out more, read a sample, and (of course) buy a copy of your own.

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Have a great Friday 🙂

Guest Author Interview with Carolyn LaRoche

Published November 22, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Apologies, I’m running a little late today – but don’t worry it’s worth the wait because I have the lovely Carolyn LaRoche dropping in for a chat, and to tell us all about her new release, Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos. (Trust me, as someone who can barely walk in any heels, I’m impressed already!)

Carolyn LaRoche Author pictureThank you to Shelli for having me as a guest on her blog today. I am very excited to share my new release, Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos with all of you today.

It’s wonderful to have you here 🙂 So, let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

I’m a little bit like Clark Kent/Superman with dual lives- during the day I work as a high school science teacher, a mom to two sons with active baseball schedules and wife to a hard working police officer. At night, on the weekends and every other free waking moment I write.

Hehe, I’m definitely getting a superman/woman vibe if you’re managing to juggle all that! Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I have always been a writer in that I write all the time. Always have. Now, if you asked me when I thought maybe I stood a chance of getting my work out there for people to read, that would have been maybe five years ago. A friend read one of my stories and her first words were something like you better do something with this.

That’s probably the first time I actually considered writing as a career.

Sounds a like a great friend 🙂 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

The only real routine I have is procrastinating as much as possible before writing anything! I also like to have music playing while I work. It helps me concentrate because it blocks out everything around me.

I feel you on the procrastination, Facebook and the internet in general tend to be my downfall *sighs* Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write both contemporary romance and mystery/intrigue with a hint of romantic conflict. I love reading about happy endings as much as I love a story that keeps me guessing so it sort of works well that I like to write them also.

Yup, I’m a sucker for a HEA! Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

I read everything and anything I can from mainstream, commercial fiction to an advance review copy passed to me by an indie author. The inspiration to me is that these people write entire stories that keep me up until the wee hours of the morning because I don’t want to put the book down. That makes me want to write stories that keep people awake at night.

It is one of the nicest compliments you can get as a writer, I think 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

Not counting people, the five things in my life I couldn’t live without are the internet, my laptop, my books, my kindle and my very first smart phone that I am finally learning how to use.

Hehe, yup, I gave in and finally got a smart phone at the end of the last year, and still have no idea what most of the things on it do! So,tell us a bit about your new release.

Cyndi Mills is married to a very overly protective, safety motivated, danger prepared police officer. They are totally hot for each other, have a beautiful daughter and a really good life, despite Jason’s quirks. Cyndi still finds herself looking for a little fun-call it a midlife crisis, maybe? She finds herself wrapped up in a very unexpected job that requires her to keep secrets from her husband. Those same secrets land her in a heap of trouble.

Ooh, sounds interesting! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

Last year I co-wrote a non-fiction book with a friend of mine. We are both married to police officers and wanted to put together a book that would help the wives of officers new to the job adjust to the unusual lifestyle. We turned to a group we belonged to on Facebook for their stories and input and the idea came up for a fiction book that highlighted some of the unique and fun things about being married to a cop. (Believe me, there are many!) That’s how Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos came to be.

Aww, that’s lovely that there was so much real-life inspiration behind it. What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

Most people are afraid of or dislike cops. After all, if one pulls you over or shows up at your door, it’s not usually to say hi. What I enjoyed was being able to show some of the fun that goes along with it. Most people don’t realize it but cops tend to be very funny people. They have to have a good sense of humor to survive. I loved being able to show some of the fun we have through Cyndi and Jason’s relationships. In fact, every book in the series has a hints and bits of our real life that to be honest, you just can’t make that stuff up.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

Of all the books I have written, this one was the easiest. I don’t think I really struggled with any of it. Jason’s character was easy since I live with his muse. Cyndi is nothing like me but she is a perfect complement to Jason. Their banter and interactions just rolled right onto the page.

It’s nice when it just flows like that, isn’t it? Who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

I have to admit, I love Johnny the bartender. You have to read him to appreciate him but when you do, you will love him too. Even as I answer this question, he is making me smile.

Ooh, we’re intrigued now. Why should we run out and buy it right now?

To meet Johnny

Hehe, well I think I’m convinced 😉 Let’s have a look at the book details:

Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos CoverBlurb

Every woman has secrets, and Cyndi Mills is no exception…
Cyndi has a beautiful daughter, and her husband Jason is totally hot for her, but something is missing. As a cop, Jason is extremely vigilant about safety and security, and Cyndi longs for some time to herself, so she takes a Friday night job.
Jason thinks she’s cleaning offices, when she’s actually dancing in a red bustier and six-inch stilettos at a club called Sugar Shakers, something only her three best friends, also police wives, know.
When club employees start disappearing, the truth comes out…
A young runaway, Jade, and a military widow, Lola, vanish, and Lola’s body is later found in the ocean. Cyndi begins investigating—with some help from her friends—but when anonymous threats put her daughter in jeopardy, she has no choice but to confess her lie to Jason, rocking their previously solid marriage.
Jason is furious, but Cyndi has to ask for even more if she hopes to solve the mystery…
Cyndi convinces Jason to sign her up as a confidential informant, and she officially goes undercover at the club, while Jason struggles to control his jealousy. As the evidence mounts and the danger becomes all too real, Jason fights to keep Cyndi safe.
But no amount of security can protect someone when lies are more common than the truth and no one is who they appear to be.

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Have a great Sunday x

Author Interview with Casey Sheridan

Published October 11, 2015 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Hope your weekend is going well. I’m very excited to be joined here today by the lovely Casey Sheridan – and since I’m on the nosey side (hey, it comes with the writer territory!) I get to ask all about her, and her latest release, Number 69.

Author Avatar Casey SheridanWell, the kettle’s boiled and the biccies are out, so let’s start with you telling us a bit about yourself.

Casey: Thanks, Shelli, for having me on your blog today!

I like to write erotic, fun, and romantic fiction. I’m an introvert and a chocolate lover, but I also like reading and watching movies. I love animals and I volunteer to care for feral/outdoor kitty pals. And this month (Oct 1-31), I’m donating all my book royalties to Alley Cat Allies to help educate others about feral cats and the things they can do to help make their lives happy and healthy.

Aww, well that’s definitely a cause close to my heart, my own little furbaby was found abandoned as a stray – though you’d never guess it from the attitude these days 🙂

Was there a specific moment where you first knew that you wanted to be a writer?

I’ve been writing since I was just a kid and I used to daydream about being a famous author, or famous musician, or famous actor. Since I’m terrified of being the center of attention, musician and actor were not an option. I didn’t really take writing seriously until later in life when I wrote a short story and submitted it. Even though it was rejected, I was inspired to keep going.

Ooh, could have been talking to a famous actress instead 😉 Do you have a particular writing routine, or any special rituals?

I know many authors like to write with music playing, but for me, I need it to be as quiet as possible. Not completely dead silent, but not noisy either. Music and television distract me. I end up dancing around my living room if music is playing. Lol

Otherwise, my routine is to have my laptop, a bottle of water, and my dictionary, thesaurus, and Emotional Thesaurus nearby and I can write all day.

Hehe, I have a similar problem, people laugh when I tell them I have to have ‘just in the middle’ tv, not too bad, but too good as then I get caught up in it! Tell us about the genre you write in, and what drew you to it.

I write erotica and erotic romance, or erotica with romance. What drew me to it was the challenge of writing it and writing it well. Many people say writing is easy, and I guess it really is, but writing well, developing three dimensional characters, describing the setting, and having a plot that flows are all hard things to do. Writing a sex scene, and writing it well, is even more difficult. I like that challenge. I love being absorbed in the process of writing.

Are there any particular authors or books that have really inspired you?

When I first started writing seriously, author Shelli Stevens was a big inspiration for me. I read everything of hers.

There’s also author Eden Baylee. I love her work especially her latest mysteries/thrillers such as Stranger at Sunset, A Snake in Paradise, and Seal of a Monk.

Of course, classic authors like Jane Austen, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Edgar Allen Poe.

Oh, I do love some classic literature – am a huge Austenite 🙂 What five things could you never do without?

1) My cat, Cecil (or any of the cats, really) 2) Chocolate 3) My laptop 4) Electricity. How else am I going to charge my laptop? 5) Pen and paper (that counts as one, right?)

Of course, I think they have to be included together 😉 So, tell us a bit about your new release.

Number 69 is an erotic romance and it’s about how Melodie meets the mysterious man holding the remote to her vibrating panties.

Wow, okay, that definitely brings some interesting scenarios to mind! Where did your inspiration for it come from?

When a fellow author entered her short story into a contest, one of the prizes was a pair of vibrating panties. That got me asking myself all sorts of “What if” questions such as, what if they had a remote control? What if someone else had the remote? And so on.

It’s certainly an… intriguing concept 😉 What did you find most enjoyable about writing it?

I loved envisioning the hotel where the match making party takes place. Mentally walking through it and seeing what my character was seeing was a lot of fun.

What was the hardest part about writing it?

The ending. I always have a hard time with endings.

Me too – I hate saying having to wave goodbye to my characters. Speaking of which, who’s your favourite character in it? (I know, I know, favouritism!)

This is a bit unorthodox, but my favorite character in the book is Cecil, the cat. Yes, I put my cat in the book. He’s in the first chapter, so, of course, he’s my favorite character.

Aww, so you’re now going to have a famous kitty as well! So, sum up for us – why should we run out and buy it right now?

Number 69 is a fun read and I think it has delightful characters (especially Cecil – lol). It’s not your typical erotic romance. Also, like I mentioned before, my book royalties for this month are being donated to help kitties. So, if you buy the book, you’re helping me help kitties to live happier and healthier lives.

So, a fun, erotic adventure and you’re helping save cat lives. I think I’m sold 🙂 Thanks so much for joining us today.

Hope you’ve all enjoyed chatting to Casey as much as I have, and if you want to get hold of her new release, Number 69, (and don’t forget it’s helping Alley Cat Allies charity) then read on for the details 🙂

Number 69_CaseySheridan 650x429Blurb

A matchmaking party was not Melodie’s idea of fun, and wearing vibrating panties was just plain weird. Or was it?

Should she go to the party? After all, she just might meet Mr. Right. And if he doesn’t show, she has the vibrating panties to keep things interesting.


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