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June 2010 Limelight author Lisa Alexander-Griffin

Posted in Past In the Spotlight Interviews on June 28, 2010 by kbhotromances

June is here! Can you believe it? We’re halfway through 2010!

Welcome Lisa Alexander-Griffin as June’s Author In the Limelight !

K: Tell us about yourself and your work, Lisa. What do you write? Are you writer first and mom and wife second or vice versa?

LAG: I live in rural North Alabama with my husband of thirty-four years and a twelve-year-old daughter.  I also have two older children who are no longer at home. As much as I’d like to say that my writing comes first, family does. I’m a stay-at-home mom with lots of responsibilities. Add to that, three grandchildren who keep me hopping, and I struggle for writing time. So far I’ve only delved into contemporary romance and a touch of fantasy.

K: What works do you have published?

LAG: Shattered Illusions, a standalone title in the Reunited Series is my newest, and it comes out in May from Pink Petal Books. Other works include: One Touch, One Glance, A Sweet Romance Anthology, and A Celtic Lover’s Magic. Both can be found at freyasbower.com

K: What was the inspiration Behind A Celtic Lover’s Magic?

LAG: I’ve always been interested in Ireland and Celtic Lore. My editor at the time ask me to write a story based on fairies, so I plunged myself into research, stumbled upon information about Tuatha de Dannan and the evil Fomhoire, and A Celtic Lover’s Magic was born. Not quite fairies, but a wonderful story all the same.

Here’s the blurb:

Liam Macauley inherits what he believes to be a mansion in Ireland from an uncle he’s never known. The moment he sets foot on Irish soil, nothing is as it seems.

Caileaan, descendent of the Sidhe, ancient gods of Eire, the Tuatha De Danann, longs to dig her toes into freshly turned earth, toil side by side with a husband, birth his children, know what it is to be loved and to live as one with humans.  In a battle of darkness and light, will the evil Fomhoire destroy the promise made to Caileaan and thwart Liam’s chance to gain his heart’s desire?

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K: Was the research difficult or was it something that came to you easily?

LAG: All research is hard for me, but it helps to like history, and I do. LOL. I’ll read a passage that sparks my imagination, then pieces of the story form in my mind. There are times when I search for specific information that no matter where I look I can’t find it. Time consuming and aggravating, but when the story comes together, it’s worth the headache.

K: What is your anthology story about? Was it difficult or easy to write?

LAG: My story in the anthology is titled The Unexpected Gift, and no, it wasn’t difficult to write. It was one of those stories that flowed effortlessly from my fingertips.

Here’s the blurb:

Elise, a widowed mother, finds attraction in the most unbelievable of forms—a toy store Santa with twinkling blue eyes.

Cade, drawn to mother and child, wars with inner demons from his past. Is his instant and emotional attachment due to the loss of his wife and child?

Both grieve extraordinary past losses. Will a Christmastime miracle heal Elise and Cade’s wounded souls, allowing them a second chance at love?

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K: If you had to give up writing or your favorite food, which would you give up?

LAG: Definitely food. I couldn’t live without writing, and missing a meal won’t kill me. LOL.

K: What would you describe as your perfect writing session?

LAG: Three hours of quiet time when the words just flow from my fingertips, a steaming cup of coffee, and no interruptions. But that rarely happens. J

K: Do you have any writing dreams?

LAG: I think any one of us would like to hit the NYTBS list. Although I’d love to make a living at it, I’d write regardless of whether I made money or not. My dreams are simple: to see a book or two in print, know I’ve brought enjoyment to readers and touched them in some way.

K: Any manuscripts in progress right now? If so, can you tell my readers a little about it/them?

LAG: I just landed a contract with Juniper Gardens Press through a contest at Avoid Writers Hell for the Reunited Series. Shattered Illusion has a tentative release date of May. Then there’s Perigee Moon, a Native American Historical, and my first try at this genre, but it’s nowhere near completion yet. And last, but far from least, Danielle’s Touch is in the self-editing stages and the story of my heart, which deals with domestic violence issues, learning to trust and love again after being betrayed in the cruelest of ways. I hope to have it polished and ready to send out in a couple weeks. Wish me luck!

K: What made you choose Native American History as a basis for a manuscript? That’s a lot of research, isn’t it?

LAG: I’ve always read Native American Historical, partially due to Cherokee heritage on both my mother and father’s sides of the family. Cassie Edwards is/was my favorite N.A. author, and I can lose myself to the magic between the pages. Research is hard, and time consuming, but so worthwhile when the story comes together.

K: Describe a typical day in the life of author Lisa Alexander-Griffin.

LAG: Oh my! I’m just a typical mom.  My day starts with a cup of coffee and getting my daughter off to school. I check email, then work on whatever manuscript I have going for three or four hours, then do some housework, like all mothers and wives do. By then, it’s time to pick my daughter up from the bus stop. The rest of the evening is spent cooking dinner and helping with homework. After Morgan is tucked into bed I try to write a little more.  Of course, that’s a typical day, but I have three grandchildren that come to visit regularly and my schedule gets thrown off quite often. Then, there are always errands to run. In summer I have less time to write because we plant a large garden. Hard work, but for me, gardening is a form of therapy. I look forward digging in the soil, planting seeds and watching the veggies grow.  J

K: If you could go anywhere in the world to research something for your writing, where would it be and why?

LAG: Egypt. The pyramids, seemingly shrouded in mystery, hold a fascination that I can’t explain. I would love to explore one.

K: I bet you enjoy programs on satellite like the Discovery and History Channels air. I’ve seen a lot of really juicy history on those channels. Ever watch them and use them for your research?

LAG: I’m working on a Native American Historical, Perigee Moon. Any time I find programs on the subject I’m glued to the TV. J Egypt and the pyramids as I said before, draw me as well.

K: Do you find that you write more in the warm months and less in the cold months or vice versa? Or does it matter since you live in Alabama? I’ve never been that far south in the States, so I’m kind of curious, lol.

LAG: I guess you could say I write more in the winter months as I hate the cold and tend to hibernate in winter. I joke that southerners have thin blood. Lol. In summer, I’m outside enjoying the sunshine, gardening or fishing whenever we have time. The weather is too gorgeous to be cooped up inside.

K: Are your kids aware that you write romance, and do they support your work?

LAG: My kids support whatever I do, although I’m just not sure they take my work seriously. And yes, they know I write romance. Shannon reads my stories, and seems to enjoy them. Dusty rolls his eyes thinking they’re too mushy, and Morgan is too young yet to read romance.  But she thinks it’s cool that her mother is an author.

K: What would be the one thing that has helped you the most in your writing?

LAG: Joining Avoid Writers Hell, an interactive group owned by Faith Bicknell-Brown. I’ve learned more there in the past two years than I did in any other online group in the previous six. Mini lessons are sent through, seasoned authors are there to help or answer questions. The camaraderie is phenomenal.

K: Now for the flip side of the question. What would you say hinders you the most?

LAG: Ha-ha…you would ask that question. J Daily chores, and raising a family. Trying to be a good mother. Running errands for my husband and children. Finding enough quiet time for my stories to percolate and take form.

K: Ms. Alexander-Griffin is a very talented author. If you want a great book to read, grab a copy of Shattered Illusions. I have placed the blurb and link below.

Shattered Illusions

After a ten year stint in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, a changed Cage Sinclair returns to his hometown. Hell-bent on clearing his name, he trusts no one—especially the woman now living in his deceased father’s house who loved and betrayed him all in the same breath.

Caught off guard by the man’s sudden appearance, and intent on protecting her son, Morgan O’Riley levels a shotgun on the amber-eyed stranger’s impressive chest. But with the revelation of Cage’s identity, caution shifts to desire, and on its heels, gut-wrenching trepidation.

Blackmail is an ugly word, and although Morgan still yearns for the love of her life to return, her own fear helped railroad him into prison. She has kept her silence to protect someone near and dear to her heart, but now that Cage is back, can he forgive her weakness as a frightened young woman or understand the reason behind her actions once a secret she’s carried for years is unearthed?

Inconceivable danger lurks in the shadows, but behind closed doors, embers ignite and old passions flame.

Amidst betrayal, deceit and shattered illusions, will the truth tear them apart or bind them together forever?

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Chasing the Mailman

Posted in Paranormal, What I'm Working On on June 27, 2010 by kbhotromances

Chasing the Mailman

An m/m paranormal mystery romance

For publication information and a blurb of this book, visit the Amber Redd Titles Page.

Like a Lightning Bolt

Posted in Fantasy/Sci-fi, Paranormal on June 26, 2010 by kbhotromances

Hm.. Pictures, Images and Photos

Have you ever had an item in your house that you just couldn’t toss but eventually it found a really cool use?

Sometimes writers have stories that are like that. I’ve had some I’ve started that took a few weeks or months before the plots came together in my mind, and I’ve had some tales I really couldn’t market anywhere, then came up with an idea that changed it enough I could place it.

Once upon a time, I had the first few pages of a story sitting on a cd for years. Truly, it just sat for years! But I could not bring myself to scrap it. I kept thinking I’d have a scene that would arise in a different story and those orphan pages would find a use. It never happened, though, and I kept hanging on to the first pages of this going-nowhere tale.

One day, as I was finishing up Blue Moon to submit to Breathless Press’s call for werewolf stories, I decided to comb through my idea folder where I keep bits and pieces of stories, ideas, characters, other things. There, once again, was the horror story I’d started. It even had a horribly inadequate title.

I clicked on it and started reading those pages. When I finished, I looked at my husband, who was sitting next to me on the patio, and said, “I just finished reading the start of a story I’ve never been able to proceed with for whatever reason, and you know what? It’s really good”

“So finish it,” he replied.

“I am because somehow the idea to finish it just suddenly hit me like a bolt of lightning.”

I closed Blue Moon’s file and scrolled through the orphaned story to where I’d stopped. I began typing and typed for about two hours. The next day I sat down on the patio and worked on it some more, and by the end of the week, I had the rough draft to an erotic paranormal/fantasy romance novella with a sci-fi slant.

That orphaned tale became Lady of the Lair, book one of the Alter-Human Series.

The characters swept me away. Alter-Humans are a step or two or three (lol) up on the evolutionary ladder. They’ve evolved into people with supernatural abilities, but in their evolution, they’ve been forced to live below the earth because normal humans fear them. They look like us while amongst us, but in their cavernous world, they wear their true humanoid forms. Creating the Alter-Human world was one of the most entertaining things I’ve done in a long time as a writer.

Dillon, the alpha hero, is smitten with Isis, who isn’t what she seems, but he just can’t help himself. His love for her drives him to throw caution to the wind and therefore he pays a hefty price. As I wrote about his feelings, I thought a lot about how love can truly be all consuming and make us do things we’d never imagine doing.

Isis is an interesting heroine, because not only does she fall in love with Dillon, she’s also driven by instinct, and instinct is something we can’t control. Mix overwhelming love with instinct, and I found myself creating a heroine who is a time bomb of emotion and sexuality. She’ll do anything to protect her men and her offspring.

And then there’s Rory, Isis’ primer mate. He’s laid back, easy going, but highly protective. However, he falls for Dillon, too, and he waits patiently for Dillon to realize his feelings reach farther than just to Isis. Rory is gentle, but fierce. He’s easy going, but intense.

Book two will show them as they try to live, love, and avoid the faux Lady of the Lair’s wicked deeds that will rip them apart and destroy their lives. The surprises in book one, lead to more surprises in book two, and I soooooo look forward to the actual writing process of book two. One way or another, Dillon, Isis, and Rory must defeat the wicked Lady of the Lair!

Maybe it took so long for Lady of the Lair to come together in my mind because it wasn’t time for it to be a story yet. Who knows? But the book was contracted within two weeks of submitting it, and it has been a joy watching it grow and awaiting its official release day.

Oh, and word of warning to gentle readers. If you buy this book, it’s full of very, very intense sexual content, which includes het, menage, and m/m scenes. Siren Publishing has listed my title as sextreme.

If you’re a writer with many orphans hanging out on various places of storage, or even if you’re not a writer, somehow, someway, those special orphans always find a use and even a home.

Writers, share with me and my readers your tales about your orphaned stories and pieces of stories. We’d love to hear them!

Non-writers, do you have a cool story to share about a piece of furniture, jewelry, or item of clothing that you couldn’t give up but it eventually found a wonderful use?

Sextreme Romance! Lady of the Lair

Posted in Erotica genres, Fantasy/Sci-fi, Paranormal, Uncategorized on June 25, 2010 by kbhotromances

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If you’re a fan of sextreme romance, and enjoy m/f/m as well as m/m, hang on to your thongs because Lady of the Lair will not only shock you, but leave you begging for more!

If you’d like to read an sextreme excerpt from Lady of the Lair, please
visit the pre-order page below this excerpt (and find a fire
extinguisher).

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[Ménage Amour: Erotic Fantasy Ménage a Trois Romance, M/F/M, with
M/M]

Mating with an Alter-Female is incredible, but Dillon discovers Isis is
next in line to rule the Community, and to do so, she needs a second
mate and an heir.

When he discovers Rory is her other genetic mate, he’s already
changing into an Alter-Male and there’s no returning Topside until
he assimilates. Only there’s one problem: Sareenah, the Lady of the
Lair and Isis’ aunt, has determined Dillon is also her second mate.
Sareenah imprisons Rory and gives Isis to Fanes, who doesn’t care
how he gets Isis back as long as he keeps her.

Dillon must appease Sareenah, or watch Isis suffer. When Rory is blamed
for murder, Dillon saves Isis, and together, they must find Rory and
prove his innocence, but at what price? Will the threesome love one
another again or be thwarted and face Ore, the lava demon?

Excerpt
“You two know one another?” Dillon asked. Jealousy nipped at
him. The thought of another guy homing in on his territory didn’t
sit well with him, but he sensed something from Isis, too. Did she have
a thing for the guide? Was she using him to make the guy jealous?
Whatever the case, the dude seemed too familiar with Isis. He steeled
himself for the competition he feared was coming.

“Me and my spelunking group chart the cavern system for the park, so
I’ve gotten to know Rory rather well.” Excitement gleamed in her
eyes. “Are you ready to go in? I can’t wait to show you the
sights.”

He glowered at Rory. “Isn’t he going with us?”

She laughed, the sound echoing in the far regions of the entrance.
“He’ll check on us later, especially if we’re late coming
out, but Rory is confident in my abilities as a guide.” She patted
his arm. “It’s okay, Dillon. I know what I’m doing.”

Relieved he wouldn’t be bothered by the guy, Dillon relaxed.
“But we didn’t bring any gear.”

She favored him with a patient expression. “Stop worrying. We’re
not going anywhere dangerous or uncharted.”

Rory grinned, and Dillon fought the sudden urge to wipe the smile off
the guy’s face. Slugging the jerk wasn’t the best of ideas. He
had to play it cool around Isis.

“You’re in very capable hands, dude,” Rory said. “Isis
has been doing this a long, long time. She and her spelunker friends
have been very useful to the park.”

“Okay.” Glad to be rid of him, Dillon took his date’s hand,
following her down the stone corridor. “I’m game.”

They progressed quietly, the only sounds their breathing and the crunch
of their boots on the sandy path. Lights anchored to the ceiling and
high on the granite walls offered Dillon little comfort. Something
tickled the back of his mind, as if a spider had crept into one of his
ears and up into his brain. He passed it off as a bit of claustrophobia
and the unease of being in a strange environment. The aroma of dampness
and dust invaded his nose. He sneezed twice and shook off his
discomfort, but he couldn’t shake off his unease about Isis and
Rory.

“How far are we going?” he asked, trying to keep his gaze off of
Isis’s round ass. He attempted to concentrate on the minerals
twinkling in the smooth passage walls, but his attention kept straying
to her butt.

“Just to the first small cavern.” Isis’s long, curly
ponytail swung to and fro in front of him. “Next time we’ll plan
for some serious spelunking.”

They descended farther into the bowels of the earth. The cool, damp air
increased, the temperature dropped, and the aroma of moisture and wet
minerals grew more prevalent. Stalactites and stalagmites glittered in
pointed columns of bizarre beauty and composed a dimension of dreamscape
proportions. Dillon thought of the Greek underworld and shivered.

I’ll shit a brick if we round a bend and run into Hades himself.

Isis paused and turned to look at Dillon. “Need to rest?”

“Yeah, if you don’t mind.” He sneezed again. “It’s
getting sort of difficult to breathe.”

“Are you claustrophobic?”

“Never have been before, but, then, I’ve never been in a place
like this before, either.”

Isis sat on a large stone jutting from the wall. She patted the spot
next to her. The lights strung along the center of the passage ceiling
glinted on her hair. Dillon liked the way it looked as if someone
threaded her locks with glistening strands of red and gold.

“Sit and relax,” she suggested and smiled, the expression soft,
seductive.

The moment Dillon caught the mischievous gleam in Isis’s eyes,
thoughts of the encroaching walls and millions of pounds of crushing
earth above him fled his brain. He knew he shouldn’t have allowed
himself to fall for the woman so quickly, but he had. Isis was all he
could think about. He dreamed about her at night, pined for her when she
was away, and couldn’t stand to leave her side when they were
together. Not only beautiful, Isis also possessed a keen intellect that
intrigued him. Her allure was beyond intoxicating. It was addictive.

Thoughts of her lips caressing his cock filtered across his mind’s
eye. He grew hard. Oh, how he wanted her, how he’d been patient the
last two weeks. For the thousandth time, he imagined what it would be
like to fondle her large breasts as his rod sank into her hot, silky
center. He wanted her as his woman. The idea of introducing her to all
his friends and family as his girlfriend or live-in tantalized him. What
would it be like to wake up to her naked body entwined with his, her
first smile of the day reserved only for him?
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News! News! More News!

Posted in Contemporary erotic Romance, Erotica genres, What I'm Working On on June 18, 2010 by kbhotromances

I swear, every time I think I have things on an even keel, something comes along to shake it all up. My computer has been on the fritz for the last two weeks, but finally, I was able to find someone who could find the problem and straighten it out.

When I was finally able to get online, I found so many emails I did not know where to start, so I began with business, and by doing so, I discovered several emails with good news.

First, my Siren Publishing title, Lady of the Lair, Book One of the Alter-Human Series, will be released June 30! The cover arrived with the release news, and I love it. It’s wicked, cool, and sexy (and if you’d like to see the large version, just go to my home page). I cannot wait for this book to go live! If you would like more information, please visit my Siren author page, which will be updated very soon. Here is the blurb for Lady of the Lair:

[Erotic Ménage a Trois Fantasy Romance M/F/M, with M/M] Sex with Isis is incredible, but Dillon discovers his girlfriend has an agenda. She’s an Alter-Female who needs two mates and an heir to rule the Community. Dillon adjusts to sharing Isis with Rory, her other mate, while he changes to an Alter-Male. But when Isis’ evil aunt decides she wants Dillon for herself, will the threesome’s love be strong enough to keep them together?

Second, my latest Breathless Press title, Strawberry Rendezvous, will be released August 20, and I have its cover too. And here is the blurb for this one:

An afternoon in a strawberry patch turns out to be quite exciting. Whoever said strawberry jam belongs only on bread hasn’t truly experienced it to its full extent.

Third, I sold my first full m/m novel to Dreamspinner Press and it will be published under my pen name of Amber Redd. This story involves werewolves and cowboys, so watch for details in the coming weeks!

Also, my book, Margie’s Room, is selling like crazy. Thank you one and all for purchasing it! That little book has really thrown me a curve ball, lol, but it has sure been a nice one! Several e-book distributors sell Margie’s Room (Two Lips Reviews gave it a Recommended Read), but you can find many of the buy links for it on my Available Titles page. Scroll to the bottom.

Anyway, I hope you’ll check back for more details about Lady of the Lair. The sex is scorching hot, the ménage m/f/m and m/m romance is a wild ride, and the twists and turns will keep you guessing.

I have lots and lots of catching up to do since my computer is fixed, so I will try to post more details soon. Keep watching this site!