Friday, August 31, 2012

Romancing the Hop ~ !!!GIVEAWAY!!!

 Starting on Friday and ending on August 31st, over 100 Authors and Bloggers will share their favorite things about romance, reading romance, and dating.

And while we do that, we are EACH doing a giveaway. Yep. There will be over 100 giveaways on each blog hosted by that Author or Blogger.

But that's not all....

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 100 times!

Now what are those prizes?

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet
2nd Grand Prize: A $130 Amazon or B&N Gift Card
3rd Grand Prize: The following Swag Pack!

What is it about Romance that draws you in? 
It is that first spark between the hero and heroine? 
The journey of the relationship? 
Is it the passionate lovemaking? 
The Happily Ever After?

For me it's the journey and the feeling that they are mean to be together no matter what. I want the hero and heroine to overcome whatever problems arise. I want to feel their success through the crisis as their relationship grows stronger. The trust that is slowly built between them is the most important part of the romance for me. If I don't really feel their connection to each other, I feel so disappointed. 

My first book OPEN HOUSE is coming out October 19th! So be sure to follow my blog by email to be entered in my monthly drawings and to get the information for my new releases first. I'm so glad you hopped by my blog today. I love to connect with readers and writers.

One of my favorite authors is Julianne McLean. I have many favorite authors and books, but it would take too long to share them all. So here are a couple of my favorites by Julianne.

I am giving away a $5 Amazon giftcard to one lucky person who....

1) Shares with me why they like romance &
2) Shares with me one of their favorite authors &
3) ***Leaves their email address***

4) If you subscribe to my blog by email you will get your name in the randompicker hat twice for the $5 giftcard! Be sure to tell me you did, so I can check my list ;-)

Happy Reading
Happy Writing
Krystal Shannan

Guest Author Daria Miller

Please welcome Daria Miller to the blog today! She is a fellow newbie just getting started out.

Without further ado.....

Tell us a little about yourself. (Author bio)
I’m a law graduate, a professional number cruncher by day who aspires to be an author. I am highly opinionated and I do tend to rant on twitter, which I’m told can be equally annoying and endearing. In my free, non-writing time I cook and collect vintage paraphernalia, costume jewellery in particular.
Did you always want to be an author? What made you choose to write romance?
I have been making stories in my head since before I could read and write, I consider myself a storyteller first and a writer second. I hadn’t considered writing as a profession until I was in my late teen years. Even then, I didn’t consider it very seriously, hence why I didn’t study literature or creative writing. But I got hooked on writing during my university years and it’s a habit I can’t see me breaking any time soon.
I chose romance because even when I tried to write in other genres, the love story took the front seat and everything else was secondary. It’s the way I structure my stories, I think of the connection between two (or more) people first and then look to see what’s happening around them.
Tell us a little about your book. What inspired you to write it?
Nellie Bryant wakes up hangover in a Las Vegas hotel room to discover that in the last 24 hours she may not have won the prestigious Golden Apple competition for amateur cooks but she apparently got drunkenly married to a cowboy who wants to give the marriage a real shot, even if he doesn’t remember getting married either.
I love to cook and I watch all cooking shows and cooking competitions. I was watching Master Chef one night and these characters popped into my head, fully formed, expecting me to write their story. They even brought recipe inspiration. They were too nice to ignore.
Do you plot and outline or do you just write?  Plotter or Pantser?
A combination of both. I usually start with an outline for the beginning but I rarely know what happens in the middle. By the time I’m there, I could usually plot the other half but I rarely do.
I do keep a lot of notes on characters, scenes and bits of dialogue that pop in my head so even without a fully fledged outline, I know what happens when and how.
Do you have other book in mind to write after this one?
Yes, this is the first book in a series detailing the love lives of people in the culinary industry. And I also want to venture into writing paranormals at some point.
What is your favourite romance genre?
I started reading romances with Historical, and Regencies will always have a special place in my heart but I tend to read a lot of contemporaries and paranormals. I can’t pick just one genre, I’m afraid. I love a good love story, regardless of the ...
What are your feelings on self publishing vs. traditional publishing?
I think both are valid choices and have their pros and cons. One has a better support system whereas the other offers more flexibility. As a reader, I read both traditionally and self published books.
My only concern is how some authors try to cut corners and skip professional editing and formatting on their books, thus offering very low quality products. It’s a pity to see a great plot riddled with typos and format errors.
What route do you see yourself following?
 Possibly a combination of both. I will try to publish my full length novels traditionally and self publish my shorter stories, which are harder to publish traditionally and would be better suited as ebooks rather than print books.
What you like on a man - boxers or briefs? This is a hard one because either can look horrid. Boxerbriefs?
What’s your dessert of choice? French Fancies. And it is undoubtedly a good thing that I can’t find them often where I live.
What’s your favorite American comfort food? Macaroni and cheese.
Beer, Wine, or mixed drink? Cocktails. If I had to pick a favourite it would be a Manhattan.
Where to find you @
Websites, Blogs, Twitter, FaceBook, etc. (Scheduled to launch September 2012) twitter: @MsDeeCM
Thank you for sharing with us today, Daria. I look forward to having you back again to show off your book!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Author Christie Craig - Interview and Giveaway!

Help me welcome author Christie Craig! So happy to have you here today. Y'all be nice to her and leave lots of comments. If you haven't read her books, I highly recommend them! She is fabulous!

Without further ado......

Please tell us a little about yourself. (Author bio)
C.C.: Here’s my bio, but I have to tell you when I reread it, I thought…who is that person? LOL. What the bio doesn't say is that I’m a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and someone who feels dang blessed to make a living doing what I love—writing and making up stuff.
Christie Craig, an Alabama native, is an award-winning, multi-published writer, multi-published photo journalist, motivational speaker, writing teacher and recently reached her goal of hitting both the New York Times and USA Today list. Her romance fiction is widely acclaimed for combining witty humor and heart-felt emotions with a suspenseful, sexy tone. She currently writes for Grand Central/Forever. Her backlist titles are available wherever e-books are sold.
In addition, Craig writes romance-flavored non-fiction with Faye Hughes, including The Everything Guide To Writing A Romance Novel and Wild, Wicked and Wanton: 101 Ways to Love Like You Are in a Romance Novel, a humorous self-help relationship book. You can learn more about Christie's books with Faye at
Craig also writes the New York Times and USA Today best-selling young adult paranormal romance series, Shadow Falls, published by St. Martin's Press/Griffin. You can learn more about C.C.'s books at her Website .
Did you always want to be an author?
C.C.: No, I've always been a story teller, but being dyslexic, I didn't think I could do it.
What made you choose to write romance?
C.C.: A bad marriage. But seriously, that made me start dreaming up romances. Thankfully, my second hubby came around and rekindled my belief in real love.
What is your favorite part of being a writer/author?
C.C.: Staying in PJs all day, and hearing from readers that I’ve given them an escape with lots of laughter.  If I wasn’t a writer, I think I would have been a standup comedian.  I love giving people something to smile about.
Tell us a little about your book. What inspired you to write it?
C.C.: I love writing about Texas cops and Texas Private Investigators. I saw a news show about a cop who was arrested and claimed he was being framed and wham…I was hit with the idea for my Hotter in Texas series: three guys, ex-cops, now ex-cons, who were framed, arrested, and only after sixteen months, were they exonerated. Let down by the system, by the women they loved, they are determined not to give their hearts away again. Now they offer help to others in sticky legal situations. The hero in Blame It On Texas is about one of those three heroes and a girl, who after seeing her picture on television show, believes she is the kidnapped heiress of Texas Billionaire family.

A Hotter in Texas Novel
Blame It On Texas

Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, sitting alone on her couch munching popcorn and watching TV—until her life turns into a real-life episode of the Unsolved Mystery Hunters show she loves. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star state’s richest families and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez.
Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients’ personal affairs. Still, he can’t deny the attraction any more than he can deny that some of Zoe’s crazy story makes sense. But when she becomes a hit man’s target, this cold case really starts heating up. Suddenly, Tyler will do anything to protect Zoe—even if it means risking his heart.

Do you plot and outline or do you just write? Plotter or Pantser?
C.C.: For sure I’m a pantser! I never know what is going to happen next.
Can you tell us about the process of getting your first book published?
C.C.: Ten years of long hard work, and learning how to translate my story telling ability into writing ability.
What advice would you give new authors? What have you learned about the business?
C.C.: I am often asked to speak and give workshops to aspiring writers, and when I do, I tell them the same things I tell anyone who has a dream they cherish. Namely, believe in yourself. Believe in your dream. And don’t give up, no matter how many rejections you may accumulate. Stay strong and keep working toward your goals. If it’s writing, take writing classes, attend writers’ conferences and soak up as much knowledge as you can while you’re there. And read. Read widely. Read anything and everything you can get your hands on. And most of all, never let anyone steal your dream from you. Because I don’t care what the “experts” will tell you about the odds of making your dream a reality. I heard it all, too. I was a dyslexic high school drop-out when I decided I wanted to make my living as a writer. Believe me, the experts didn’t think I had a good chance of making it. If I’d listened to them, I never would have made it. But I listened to myself. I believed in myself. And I made it. You can, too. Oh…one other piece of advice. Do not work on the same book over and over—unless you are doing revisions for either an agent or editor. Finish the dang book! Rewrite it. Then, start something new. You learn something more every time you write a new book.
Do you have another book in the works?
C.C.: Oh, yes. I also write a YA series for St. Martin’s Griffin. So I write about three to three and a half books a year. I’ve always got another book in line. Right now, I’m finishing the last in my Shadow Falls series, Chosen at Nightfall, and then I start the last book in the Hotter in Texas series, Texas Hold ‘Em. And then I have a brand new YA series I have to start spitting out. Too many books to write and not enough time.
What do you like to do in your free time, besides read and write of course?
C.C.: I love to sip wine with good friends, walk my dog with my hubby and my neighbor, sit in a hot tub and get massages. Oh, and I like to cook when I’m not too snowed under by a deadline.
Where do you dream of going on vacation?
C.C.: Hmm, right now I would love to rent a beach house anywhere on the beach and just spend my time listening to the ocean and looking for seashells. If I have to name some specific place, I would say, I haven’t gone to Italy yet, and I've had that on my wish list for a while.
Boxers or Briefs?
C.C.: Commando. Tyler my hero in Blame in on Texas is a commando kind of guy.  It makes the scene of Strip Scrabble very interesting. LOL.
Cookies or cake?
C.C.: For sure cookies.
Pizza or hamburger?
C.C.: Pizza, of course.
Beer, Wine, or mixed drink?
C.C.: Wine, a good cab'. Give me some grapes, some cheese and some French bread to go with it and I'm in heaven.

Questions for Tyler and Zoe from Blame It On Texas:

What were your first impressions of each other?
Tyler: When I first laid eyes on Zoe, she was on her hands and knees under my desk and I spotted her from behind. All I could think was… nice view. Of course when she crawled out and I got a peak at her from the front, with her low scooped t-shirt, I wasn't sure which view I liked best. I thought she was the new receptionist. Of course, when she took one look at me and screamed to high-heaven, I thought she was a few eggs short of a grand slam breakfast. But short or not, she was still so dang pretty.
Zoe: I screamed because he was wearing a clown costume. And okay, fine, I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of a coulrophobic. (I have a fear of clowns.) And then there was the little fact that I’d just gotten caught trying to sneak some info from one of his files, but hey…I had a good reason to go snooping. But even slap dab in the middle of a panic attack, I couldn't help but notice his sexy brown eyes. Not that the eyes were enough to keep me there. I mean, I did the only logical thing a girl could do in my situation. I ran like hell.
What’s your favorite characteristic of each other?
Tyler: I love Zoe's ability to laugh in the face of adversity. I love how she opens herself up to everyone. Zoe is . . . genuine. I never met anyone quite like her before.
Zoe: Tyler is loyal and protective. You should see him with his niece and his family. Hey…even my cat Lucky likes him. And Lucky doesn't warm up to just anyone.
What are your plans for the near future?
Tyler: Well, according to C.C., she only writes happy endings. So we are going to live happily ever after. Have a few kids. Buy a house. And make the most of this life.

You can find Christie at:
Follow her on Twitter at @Christie_Craig and @CCHunter

Christie is giving away a $10 gift card to either Barnes & Noble or Amazon. So be sure to leave a comment.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Variety is the Spice of Life.... Scene and Structure #10

Halfway through the first week of school! It's going really smoothly so far and I'm looking forward to a great year with the kids. In case you didn't know, I moonlight as an elementary music teacher during the day, LOL. Teacher by day, writer by night! I'm trying to focus on patriotic songs this year. It amazed me how many kiddos can't sing the Star Spangled Banner or don't even know what it is...Yikes! So that's what this first month will drill into those precious impressionable minds.

Last week I talked about pacing your scenes and sequels. What's funny is that at my DARA RWA meeting last saturday, the speaker talked about Scene/Sequel/Pacing. LOL, maybe something was trying to give a hint.

This week Jack Bickham goes a little deeper into Scene/Sequel and discusses the variations you can take so that your writing doesn't always plod along the familiar beaten overused path.....

"Classic structure of a scene is goal ... conflict ... disaster in that order, and classic structure of a sequel is emotion ... thought ... decision ... action, also in that order."
 He makes a point of assuring his readers that a perfectly good novel can progress in classic form of scene #1 - sequel #1 - scene #2 - sequel #2 and so on and so forth. Once you have your basic plot points and everything laid out ... here are five variations in scene structure.

1) You can start your presentation somewhere other than at the classic and logical entering point, which is statement of goal
2) You can end somewhere short of a fully pronounced disaster.
3) You can interrupt the scene virtually anywhere by having other action intervene.
4) You can interrupt the conflict component by having the viewpoint character's internalization in response to a stimulus develop into "a sequel in the middle of things".
5) You can present the goal-conflict-disaster segments out of the natural order

Here are his five variations in sequel structure:
1) You can skip one or more parts, or portray a segment in only a word or two.
2) You can amplify any given portion out of all proportion to the others
3)You can mix up the normal presentation order of the component segments - i.e. emotion, thought, decision, action - if there is reason to do so.
4) You can interrupt a sequel with the unexpected onset of a new scene.
5) You can insert one or more remembered scenes within the though component (like a flashback).

Pretty much I'm learning that if I plan out my scenes and sequels I can rotate them around to do anything I want with them. But if I chose to write in the standard scene/sequel tradition that's ok too. It's just a little more predictable. He also mentioned that for newer writers it was often helpful not to change up too much structure and let yourself get really good at your craft. So the lesson this week is - There are fathomless ways to "mix" up your scenes and sequels, BUT! don't do it unless it feel natural to the story and you feel comfortable shaking up the structure.

So there's my two cents in a nutshell. More coming next week. Happy Hump Day!

Happy Reading
Happy Writing
Krystal Shannan

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday #17

Welcome back to SixSunday. Here's the next bit from Eshe and Darren's story PRIDE RULES.

Embarrassed and startled, Eshe pushed hard against his chest. It was like trying to push a car. He did politely respond to the pressure and took a step back.
“Are you okay?”
“I…” she craned her neck to look up at him. God, he was tall.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Fabulous Author Friday ~ Elysa Hendricks

Please help me welcome Elysa Hendricks to the blog today! So excited to have her back with us sharing about her new book!

Without further ado......

Tell us a little about yourself.

Well, I've been writing for over twenty years, which means I must have started when I was about five? Yep, that's about right, since once I hit thirty I started deducting a year from my age every other birthday. Then again, I'm not so good at math. Well, anyways, I've been writing for a long time and creating stories in my head for even longer.

Besides being an author I'm a wife of many, many, many years - more than the twenty I've been writing. I'm the mother of two wonderful young men. Actually, according to my math (counting on my fingers and toes) they're older than I am.

Did you always want to be an author?

I've always been a storyteller, spinning tales in my mind, but I didn't actually think about writing an actual book until the Christmas Eve my sister-in-law passed away. My husband and nine-year old son took my mother-in-law and went to Arizona for the funeral, leaving me home alone with our younger son. After putting him to bed I sat down to write what I thought would be a short contemporary romance. Strangely enough it turned out to be about a winged telepathic alien who stows away aboard a passing space craft. At that point I realized I wanted to write stories set in different worlds.

What is your favorite part of being a writer/author?

Being able to play God with my characters and their worlds. Unfortunately, it turns out all my characters are atheists.

Tell us a little about your book.

In THE SWORD AND THE PEN when his fictional creation, warrior woman Serilda  appears in his living room, Brandon Davis, an author of sword and sorcery novels, discovers that his characters are atheists too.

THE SWORD AND THE PEN was inspired by a combination of things - the Keenan Wynn Twilight Zone episode A World Of His Own, the TV show Xena The Warrior Princess and the movie Stranger Than Fiction. If your fantasy became reality, what would you do?

Oooooo... sounds fun!

What was your favorite part of the book?

I think the scene where poor Brandon finds himself surrounded by the things he fears most - women and small furry animals.

Rate your story in terms steaminess?

Probably comes in at about 7 out of 10 on the steaminess scale. There are several explicit love scenes. I'd rate it PG-13. 


Amazon Link:

If your fantasy became reality, what would you do?

It was time. After penning ten popular sword-and-sorcery novels, Brandon Alexander Davis was ready to move on. Ready to stop hiding in his fictional world. Ready to start living a real life. There was just one problem: as he plotted the noble death of Serilda D'Lar, his fictional creation, complete with mile-long sword, skimpy leather outfit and badass attitude, appeared in his study.

Was she nothing more than a crazy fan, or had Brandon finally cracked?

This warrior woman whom he knew so well, so strong yet vulnerable, was both fantasy and reality. She was an invitation to rediscover all he once knew--that life is an incredible, magical journey and, for love, any man can be a hero.



At first Brandon thought the shriek was an electronic whine that came from his computer. Panic threatened. When was the last time he'd backed up his files? It had been during that bad electrical storm three months ago when he'd almost lost everything, the same time his writing troubles began. Fortunately the freak power surge from a lightning strike only fried his monitor; his CPU hadn't been harmed. He should have learned from the experience, but writer's block had driven him past rational thought. The idea of losing what little work he'd managed to accomplish these last few weeks made him choke in fear. He scrambled to hit Save.

"Hell, no! Roark doesn't deserve a chance to defend himself. And even if he did, I'm not stupid enough to give him the opportunity to skewer me. That's something Donoval the Honorable would do."

At the sound of the familiar yet condemning voice behind him, Brandon whirled. He slipped off his chair and landed hard on his tailbone. Pain shot up his spine and blurred his vision.

"What?  How did you get in here? And who the hell are you?" He stared up at the woman and gulped. The sword in her hand pointed straight at his heart.

"You know damned well who I am."

The woman didn't sound happy-- and didn't look sane. She loomed over him. Her attire, a short, tight leather skirt, a leather bra, and knee-high boots left a lot of skin exposed to his view. The smell of leather, fresh air and warm woman teased his nostrils.

"What are you?" She poked him in the arm with the tip of her sword.

"Ow!" He scooted back, nearly under his desk.

"Warrior? Priest? Sorcerer?" She crouched down to rest on her heels, and stared at him. The position put her full breasts nearly in his face. "Definitely not a warrior." She pinched his arm. "You have muscle, but not enough to wield a sword in battle. No courage, either. Priest? Unlikely. They don't fear the sword. Only their god makes them cower.  Wizard? Perhaps, but not one of any power, or else I'd be at your feet. So…you're the wizard's assistant most likely." As if satisfied with her conclusion, she rose to her feet.

"Get up. I'll not harm you. I wish to speak to your master. He and I have business to discuss."

Brandon eyed the woman warily. Though her speech and clothing were odd, she sounded and looked extremely familiar. Why? Was she a crazy fan he'd somehow communicated with before?

To be honest, she bore a striking resemblance to Serilda, if shorter. She was five feet seven or eight inches, rather than six feet, and she was less buxom and had softer features than the character he'd ultimately developed. Actually, this woman was more like how he'd envisioned Serilda originally, when he'd introduced her in Donoval's second book: an extremely feminine woman forced to survive in a harsh world by denying her nature. Hillary had convinced him that in her own books Serilda needed to be stronger and have more sex appeal, hence the height and the bigger chest. The change hadn't sat well with him, but the public-- men and women-- loved her, and the books had hit all the bestseller lists. As a result, he had a thriving series, a pending movie deal and cash in his once empty bank account. Success was hard to argue with.

Despite the trampy clothing and hard scowl, she was attractive. Short reddish blonde curls framed an elfin face. Dark lashes fringed large, cat-like green eyes. Sun-kissed skin covered high cheekbones, and her lips, though currently set in a hard line, were full and red.

"I said get up!" She grabbed his arm and hauled him to his feet.

He was surprised that, when he stood, he topped her by a good six inches and probably outweighed her by sixty pounds. That size difference gave him a bit of confidence, but the nasty-looking sword she held with such self-assurance negated it. One could never trust the actions of a crazy person.

"Who are you?" She looked him up and down then seemed to dismiss him.

He pulled himself to his full height and stared down at her. "Brandon Alexander Davis. This is my home."

Unimpressed, she laughed. "Brandon? What kind of name is that? Bran is what I eat to ease my bowels."

Heat crept up Brandon's neck. Being compared to a laxative made him angry, which helped push fear away. "Who the hell are you? And what are you doing here in that ridiculous costume?"

"Who I am and" -- she paused, and two spots of color stained her cheeks-- "what I wear is a matter I will discuss with your master. Where is he? Has he run to hide from me? It will do him no good. I'm determined to find him and solve this."

"I don't have a master. I live here alone." Damn! Why had he told her that? He eased back from the lunatic toward the phone. Could he hit speed dial for 911 before she skewered him? Then what? Even if he succeeded, it would take the police a good fifteen to twenty minutes to reach his isolated home. Could he wrest the sword away from her before then?

His size would be an advantage, but even standing at ease, the woman radiated strength and skill. The odds seemed against him. To win he'd have to hit her-- hard-- and he doubted he could bring himself to do so. The lessons of chivalry his grandmother had taught were too deeply ingrained. In that way, he and Donoval were of one mind. No matter how greatly provoked, men didn't hit women.

Although, the thought of wrestling with this woman was appealing.

"No master? Do not lie to me." The lunatic's fingers flexed around the hilt of her sword.
"Why would I lie?" he snapped. "It's obvious your beef is with someone else. If I knew who and where he was, why would I protect him?"

"Because you're a coward. A powerful sorcerer inspires fear if not loyalty in his minions. But you should fear me more than him," she warned.

"There is no him! I'm the only one here. And I'm not a coward." Being called one triggered something inside him. Having phobias about crowds, insects and small furry animals didn't make him a coward. Not really.

She gave him a thoughtful look. "Is it possible? Are you the one?"

"The one what?"

She ignored his question and studied him. Her intense perusal made him squirm.
"Why didn't I see the resemblance?" she murmured.

"What resemblance?" He didn't like the turn of this conversation. Come to think of it, he hadn't liked the original direction, either.

"To Donoval. You are him-- in form at least." A bit of fear crossed her features, though anger quickly erased it. "I'm loath to believe it, but you are the wizard. Did you construct me so you could play God in my world? Does it give you pleasure to toy with me?"

"What the hell are you talking about? Play God? I'm just a writer trying to make a living. I write stories for people to read and enjoy. It's just entertainment."

LOVE the excerpt!

When did you start writing and when did you finish your first book?

I started writing that Christmas Eve and finished the first draft of that book three months later. Of course, then I spent the next three years learning how to write. That first book now resides under my bed guarded by killer dust bunnies. During those three years I wrote two western historical romances - THIS HEART FOR HIRE and HER WILD TEXAS HEART. Both of them are now available as ebooks.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Oh, I just send my muse to go pick ideas off the idea tree in my backyard. Actually, my inspirations come from everywhere - the news, books, movies, TV, conversation overheard in the grocery store checkout lane - everything I see, hear, taste, touch and smell triggers the What If response in my imagination.

I love the idea tree!

Do you plot and outline or do you just write?  Plotter or Pantser?

I used to say I was only a Pantser, but have realized that while I might not rigidly plot or outline my stories before I start writing them, once I've started I have to sit back and figure out where things are going before I can finish. So while I start off writing into the mist at some point I have to stop and check my GPS.

Can you tell us a little about the process of getting your first book published?

I sold my first book, a western historical romance called RAWHIDE SURRENDER (now available as THIS HEART FOR HIRE) to one of the first ebook publishing houses Hard Shell Word Factory. The process involved submitting my manuscript via email, which back in 1998 was revolutionary. The offer came via email as well. No first call for me.

Do you have another book in the works?

Right now I'm working on a contemporary adventure romance. TANGO IN PARADISE is set during a revolution in a small South American country. The heroine is an idealistic school teacher, the hero a jaded mercenary.

I'm also working on several other projects: another sci-fi adventure romance in my Star Chronicle series and a series of romances featuring a matchmaking cat.

A friend and I have also written a humorous mainstream fiction book together. GRANNIES AND TRANNIES: VEGAS OR BUST is The Golden Girls meets The Bird Cage on a wild, wacky and heartfelt road trip to Las Vegas to rescue a friend from the Mob. We're shopping it around to agents.

What advice would you give new authors?  What have you learned about the business?

 As far as advice - read, a lot! And write even more. Finish a book. Submit to publishers. And while you're waiting to hear write another book and another and another. The best and only way to learn the art and craft of writing is to write.

What I've learned is that I don't know what I don't know. Right now the whole of publishing is changing so fast it feels like a roller coaster ride and no one knows where it'll end up. But I think this is one of the best times to be an author.  The opportunities are there. You just have to reach out and grab them.

Boxers or Briefs?
For me or for my hero?
For me - white cotton, granny panties.
My hero - Commando. (Easier access)


Pizza or hamburger?
Definitely a hamburger or better yet a juicy rare steak.

Beer, Wine, or mixed drink?
Mixed drink - frozen Marguerita

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world, where would it be?  Would you write or read there, or do something else?

On a tropical beach with cute cabana boys bringing me my frozen Margueritas and shrimp cocktails. I'd keep busy with a bit of swimming, napping, some writing and reading, as well as a whole lot of other stuff.

(Character Questions)
What were your first impressions of each other?
Brandon: She nearly scared the life out of me, but at the same time I never felt more alive.
Seri: Well, at first look I found him to be a bit of a coward, but first impressions can be deceiving. When the time came Brandon has more courage and strength than any man I've ever known.

What’s your favorite characteristic of each other?
Seri: I love his sense of humor. He makes me laugh at the most inappropriate times.
Brandon: Seri is the strongest, most courageous person I've ever met. She's taught me how to live life rather than just endure it.

What are your plans for the near future?
Seri: Learn how to be a woman in Brandon's world rather than a warrior.
Brandon: Make sure Seri never regrets she gave up her world for mine.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Sun God Seeks ...Surrogate? !!!GIVEAWAY!!!

Series: (Book 3, Accidentally Yours Series)
Author: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff
Publisher: Self
Length: 295 Pages
Genres: Paranormal Romance (Action/Adventure, Comedy)
Heat Level: Sensual

Sequel to ACCIDENTALLY IN LOVE WITH…A GOD? and The New York Times Best Seller, ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED TO…A VAMPIRE?, this story has it all! Vampires, gods, and our favorite evil Mayan priests, the Maaskab.

5.0 out of 5 Stars on Amazon for “Sun God Seeks…Surrogate”!


When 24-year-old Penelope learns of a new miracle drug that could cure her ailing mother, it’s the answer to her prayers. Until she sees the cost. But for every door that closes, a window opens. In this case, the window calls herself Cimil, and she’s quite possibly the most insane person Penelope’s ever met. Could it be because this complete stranger just offered Penelope one million dollars to carry her wealthy brother’s baby?

But Cimil’s brother isn’t your everyday millionaire. In fact, he gives new meaning to the word hot.


Wondering which screw in her head had come loose this time, twenty-four-year-old Emma Keane strapped a parachute to her back in preparation for yet another fun-filled jungle mission.

“Dammit! Stop wiggling!” she barked over her shoulder. “And that had better be your flashlight!”

Well, actually, it was a cranky, rather large warrior named Brutus strapped to her back and wearing the parachute because she had yet to find time for skydiving lessons.


In any case, looking like a ridiculous, oversized baby kangaroo wasn’t enough to stop her from making this nocturnal leap into enemy territory—Maaskab territory. She had scores to settle.

Emma sucked in a deep breath, the roar of the plane’s large engines and Brutus’s growls making it difficult to find her center—the key to winning any battle. And not freak out.

Funny. If someone had told her a year ago that she’d end up here, an immortal demigoddess engaged to the infamous God of Death and War, she would have said, “Christ! Yep! That toootally sounds about right.”

Why the hell not? She’d lived the first twenty-two years of her life with Guy—a nickname she’d given her handsome god—obsessed with his seductive voice, a voice only she could hear. Turned out, after they finally met face-to-face, their connection ran blood deep. Universe deep, actually. A match made by fate.

Emma rubbed her hands together, summoning the divine power deep within her cells. One blast with her fingertips and she could split a man right down the middle.

“Careful where you put those,” Guy said, cupping himself.

Emma gazed up at his smiling face and couldn’t help but admire the glorious, masculine view. Sigh. She knew she’d been born to love him, flaws—enormous ego and otherworldly bossiness—and all.

His smile melted away. “Please change your mind, my sweet. Stay on the plane, and let me do your fighting.”

“Can’t do that,” she replied. “The Maaskab took my grandmother, and I’m going to be the one to get her back. Even if I have to kill Tommaso to do it.”

Guy shook his head. “No. You are to let me deal with him.”

Emma felt her immortal blood boil. She’d trusted Tommaso once, and he’d betrayed her. Almost gotten her killed, too. But she’d known—well, she’d thought—it wasn’t Tommaso’s fault. He’d been injected with liquid black jade, an evil substance that could darken the heart of an angel. That’s why, after he’d been captured and mortally wounded, she’d begged the gods to cure him.

Then she did the unthinkable: she’d put her faith in him again.

Stupid move.

He’d turned on her a second time, the bastard. Yes, his betrayal—done of his own free will—was her prize on that fateful night almost one year ago when her grandmother showed up on their doorstep in Italy, leading an army of evil Maaskab priests, her mind clearly poisoned.

“If Tommaso hadn’t helped her escape, we could’ve saved her,” she said purely to vent, because she really wanted to cry. But the fiancĂ©e of the God of Death and War didn’t cry. Especially in front of the hundred warriors riding shotgun on the plane tonight.

Okay, maybe one teeny tiny tear while no one’s looking.

“Do not give up hope, Emma.” Guy clutched her hand. “And do not forget…whatever happens, I love you. Until the last ray of sunlight. Until the last flicker of life inhabits this planet.”

Brutus groaned and rolled his eyes, clearly annoyed by the sappy chatter.

Emma elbowed him in the ribs. “Shush! And how can you, of all people, be uncomfortable with a little affection? Huh? You bunk with eight dudes every night. That’s gross by the way. Not the dude part. I’m cool with that. But eight, big, sweaty warriors all at once? Yuck. So don’t judge me because I’m into the one-man-at-a-time rule. That’s messed up, Brutus.”

Brutus growled and Guy chuckled.

In truth, Emma didn’t know what Brutus was into or how he and his elite team slept, but she loved teasing him. She figured that sooner or later she’d find the magic words to get Brutus to speak to her.

No luck yet.

Accepting a temporary defeat, she shrugged and turned her attention back to the task at hand. She took one last look at her delicious male—seven feet of solid muscle with thick blue-black waves of hair and bronzed skin. Sigh. “Okay. I’m ready,” she declared boldly. “Let’s kill some Scabs and get my granny!”

She glanced over her other shoulder at Penelope, their newest family member. Her dark hair was pulled into a tight ponytail that accentuated the anger simmering in her dark green eyes. Pissed would be a serious understatement.

Emma didn’t blame her. What a cluster.

“Ready?” Emma asked.

“You better believe it,” Penelope replied. “These clowns picked the wrong girl to mess with.”

Guy frowned as they leaped from the plane into the black night.

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(Book 1, Accidentally Yours Series)
Published on January 22, 2012
294 pages

147 *5-Star* Reviews on Amazon for “Accidentally in Love with…a God!”


Twenty-two-year-old Emma Keane has a secret friend. He’s powerful, mysterious, and devastatingly handsome. In her dreams, anyway.

In real life, he’s an enigma. Maybe just a teensie jealous. Definitely overbearing. He’s also a voice only she can hear.

So who or what is he? He won’t say. But if she wants to be free, to be normal, Emma will have to trek to the jungles once ruled by the Mayans and find the forgotten ruin holding the answers.

However, the ruthless deity she’s about to unknowingly unleash on the modern world might not be so easily extracted from her life. Bottom line, he’s got enemies, and now, so does she.

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(Book 2, Accidentally Yours Series)
Published on March 2, 2012
244 pages

USA TODAY and New York Times Best Seller!

95 *5-Star* Reviews at Amazon for “Accidentally Married to…a Vampire”


“If you love her, set her free. If she comes back, she’s yours. If she doesn’t…Christ! Stubborn woman! Hunt her down, and bring her the hell back; she’s still yours according to vampire law.”--Niccolo DiConti, General of the Vampire Queen’s Army.

THE DETERMINED VAMPIRE: Niccolo DiConti has faithfully served as leader of Her Majesty’s army for over a millennium, but he’d rather sunbathe in the Sahara than spend another grueling day under his demented queen’s command. However, no one has ever left her side and lived to tell. So when a powerful goddess prophesies he will meet his salvation—a human woman he must turn into a vampire with her consent—he eagerly rises to the challenge. After all, how hard could it be to seduce a human female into taking the immortal plunge? Harder than he thinks. Because his mate won’t be born for another three centuries, and when he wakes up in the goddess’ tomb, not only is his life a mess, but his destined female isn’t about to settle for a coldhearted vampire. Can he win her over before it’s too late? Not if his enemies have anything to do with it.

AN UNWILLING BRIDE: On the night Helena Strauss meets the fierce, devastatingly handsome vampire who saves her life in the jungles of Mexico, she knows her world will be forever changed. Because an attraction this mind blowing only comes along once in a lifetime—or existence. And when he claims she is his one true mate, destined to be his for all eternity, it’s a fairytale come true. So what if her knight in shining armor is a vampire? Nobody’s perfect. But discovering the powerful, overbearing immortal doesn’t “do love”? Deal breaker. Helena will flee and set out to accomplish the impossible…sever the otherworldly bond between them. And it turns out, Helena is just the leverage Niccolo’s enemies need to break the mighty warrior and wipe out his people.

WARNING: This book contains sexual content (For some of you, not enough. I know. I’ll try harder, I promise.), adult language, hot men with unrealistically large physical characteristics, female whining (What? I whine all the time. It’s a healthy form of venting!), silliness, snark, sarcasm, and blatant abuse of the English language.

Before taking up a permanent residence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mimi spent time living near NYC (became a shopaholic), in Mexico City (developed a taste for very spicy food), and Arizona (now hates jumping chollas, but pines for sherbet sunsets). Her love of pre-Hispanic culture, big cities, and romance inspires her to write when she’s not busy with kids, work, and life…or getting sucked into a juicy novel.

She hopes that someday, leather pants for men will make a big comeback and that her writing might make you laugh when you need it most.

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