Thursday, September 25, 2008

Somewhere My Love - Beth Trissel

Please welcome my special guest this week, 2008 Golden Heart finalist Beth Trissel, whose book, Somewhere My Love, is being released by The Wild Rose Press today!

Thanks so much for having me as a guest! I’m excited to be here and will pop in and respond to any comments or questions your visitors might have.

A bit about Beth:

My fascination with Colonial America, particularly stirring tales of the frontier and the Shawnee Indians, is an early and abiding one. My English, Scot-Irish ancestors had interactions with this tribe, including family members taken captive. These accounts inspired my passion. Intrigued with all things Celtic, much of my writing features these early Scot-Irish forebears who settled in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and surrounding mountains, spreading into Tennessee and the Carolinas. Through the Fire, my Golden Heart ® final, grew out of this absorption, release date TBD. Daughter of the Wind, my light paranormal with strong Native American elements, also spun out of my focus on the colonial frontier, release date TBD.

My passion for Colonial America extends to the high drama of the Revolution. I have ancestors who fought and loved on both sides of that sweeping conflict. Extensive research into the Southern face of the war was partly inspired by my great-great-great grandfather, Sam Houston, uncle of the famous Sam, who kept a journal of the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, 1781, that is used by historians today. Enemy of the King is my Revolutionary War romance novel, release date TBD.

Moreover, I'm ever intrigued by ghost stories, and Virginia has more tales than any other state. I find myself asking if the folk who’ve gone before us are truly gone, or do some still have unfinished business in this realm? And what of the young lovers whose time was tragically cut short, do they somehow find a way?

Love conquers all, so I answer ‘yes.’ This is how my light paranormal romance, Somewhere My Love, came to be, the first of four novels I've signed for with the Wild Rose Press. I write historical and light paranormal romance and a mix of both. My short Free Read Nighthawk is available for download now at the Wild Rose Press:

Can you tell us a little about your book, Somewhere My Love?

Somewhere My Love, a departure from my historical romance novels, is a murder mystery/ghost story with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia. My first light paranormal romance and debut novel, ‘Somewhere’ is coming to the Wild Rose Press in digital download on Sept. 26!

Please take a look at the trailer for Somewhere My Love on Youtube. It has a phenomenal number of hits for a new author. I’m delighted.

How did the idea for the plot come about?

The idea for the story came to me after I toured old Virginia plantation Homes along the James River, the setting for ‘Somewhere.’ I’m also very influenced by my family’s Virginia home place circa 1816.

I love sale stories (ok I am just nosy!!) so can you tell us about your road to publication - and your call story?

I’ve written vignettes about country life for years and took up historical romance novels with a passion at 40. Life truly does begin at 40. J I’ve had more than one exciting call with contest finals, culminating in the 2008 Golden Heart®. I was invited to submit to the Wild Rose earlier this year and received with great enthusiasm, most gratifying. At the WRP ‘the call’ comes in the form of a much sought after email and I’m thrilled to be a part of this wonderful romance company. I’m writing for two lines, the American Rose and Faery Rose.

We are all about the love here, so please share your fave books, movies, TV shows or current fantasy squeeze (it's all in the line of research!)

I’m shamefully behind in my TBR pile, spent time this summer watching Netflix with my daughter. I’m a big fan of Clive Owen and Gerard Butler. My all time favorite hero is Daniel Day Lewis in The Last of the Mohicans.

What are you working on now?

The next story in my ‘Somewhere’ series, a Scottish time travel entitled Somewhere My Lass, another departure for me. I’m branching out. I also have sequels in the works for several of my historical. Yikes, I better get back to work.

How can readers keep up with your writing and books?

My website:

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Release Date!!!

It's official! I heard today from my wonderful editor, Angela Anderson, that my paranormal Scarlet Rosette from The Wild Rose Press Foretaste of Forever has a Digital Release Date of October 24th 2008!

So it will be a Halloween release, and I'm thrilled to bits by that, since this story is a dark erotic romance between a beautiful witch and her deeply tortured lover.
Elyesha, last surviving descendant of a line of powerful witches, finally finds the only man she's ever loved, the man who deserted her countless years before. But Ben is torn between desire and despair when Elyesha eventually penetrates his protective retreat. He knows what she wants, but the price for their love is too high. At midnight, on the beach, a battle of wills and erotic seduction ensues as each confronts the other's darkest fears.
Adult rated excerpt here

Monday, September 22, 2008

Clive Owen and Doctor Who

Okay... so after chatting with a fellow writer over the weekend (you know who you are!!!) I realised it had been a while since I'd posted any photos of my fave fantasy squeeze. So here he is, the utterly adorable Clive Owen (and I am not a good sharer when it comes to Clive... hehehehe)

I know I've posted these pics before but I can't seem to find any new ones of him, although I did discover a nekkid-ish one which was a bit of a thrill. Besides, when it comes to Clive I'm quite happy staring at these ones!!

Anyway, as to my other fantasy squeeze, David Tennant. We have finally reached the two part grand finale of Doctor Who and ooooooERRRR!!!! Excitements. I confess I've found some of the episodes of this series a bit iffy, but all is now forgiven. I did cheat a bit some weeks ago and read on Debs blog what happens in

the very last episode, but that's ok as I often read the last pages of novels so I don't end up with any nasty surprises (I'm trying to curb that because it's quite an annoying habit). Personally I've loved the UST between the Doctor and Rose and I'm sure it won't be resolved. *Happy sigh*

On the writing front I'm relieved my Roman is behaving himself (in other words he is so NOT) so all is good there!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

No Funny Stuff! - Michele Hart

Please welcome my special guest this week, Michele Hart, whose book No Funny Stuff! was recently released by The Wild Rose Press and spent three weeks at the top of the bestseller's list!

Thanks for popping in today, Michele!

Hi, Christina,

Thank you so much for the opportunity to spread my brand.
Here are the answers to your questions:

Can you tell us a little about your book, No Funny Stuff!?

No Funny Stuff!, a tale for the Muse of Comedy, is a very special project. Before NFS!, I’d only written my own ideas and in full-length novels. But then, I was invited into the Song of the Muses anthology, 9 Tales of Romance for the 9 Muses of Inspiration, and suddenly I was handed a preformed structure, Thalia’s story and the entire realm of Greek Mythology, and I had to do it in 35,000 words. It was a tall challenge for me to write so short. And I never wrote a comedy.

But it’s been an incredible experience. I love the Muse writers, and I’m lucky to be in their midst. Several of us have become close. I’m proud of NFS!, and the other Muse stories. I hope you’ll check them out @ Meet the Muses.

How did the idea for the plot come about?

For the very first time in my writing, the ending came to me before much else! Then it was just a matter of time and writing to get the characters there.

No Funny Stuff!’s doing very well holding #3 for three weeks on The Wild Rose Press’s Current Bestsellers, and it’s getting a great reception.

I love sale stories (ok I am just nosy!!) so can you tell us about your road to publication - and your call story?

I wrote in 1990-95, then was swept off my feet by a handsome guy, and the writing took a back seat. I started again on 2003, determined to see publication. And I found EVERYTHING has changed in Romance. Everything from the ‘90s, author rights and respect, the advent of e-publishers, big changes in RWA. So I reshuffled my game plan.

I quickly wrote my Erotic Romantic Suspense, Looks Are Deceiving, and sold it twice, the first e-publisher who’d folded in the first round of e-publisher crashes. I was very lucky they rushed me to print just before they closed and didn’t have to, so it was a bittersweet happening. They believed in me and made sure I was published before they drowned. I appreciate that. Very soon, Siren Publishing picked LAD up and it’s done very well, hitting #2 on Siren’s Bestsellers List. It all moved quite fast. I’d received 3 contracts be e-mail in a week for 3 different projects. That’s enough to make a writer’s head spin.

I came into the Song of the Muses anthology a few days later than most of the Muse writers, so I had 3 of the Muses from which to choose. It was never a battle in my mind. I was inspired to take Comedy, and I was probably a numbskull to have chosen it! I knew Thalia would be a very hard Muse to write. Sense would have made me choose another, but I had none! I’ve always had great respect for the Comedy Romance authors, but that’s doubled since this project. All hail Katie Macalister! I want to be her!

We are all about the love here, so please share your fave books, movies, TV shows or current fantasy squeeze (it's all in the line of research!)

I love everything futuristic. My current favorite movie is Equilibrium, very poignant and emotional film, one of Christian Bale’s very best, but somehow it didn’t get as big as it should have. Fantastic movie. I love Historicals. Who didn’t say Wow over Dangerous Liasons?
I rarely watch TV, hardly have an idea what’s on. When I watch, it’s real-life crime and forensics shows so I’ll learn something or get some brain and plotting exercise thinking out and solving the crime. I won’t watch the dramas. They often present untruths, and I don’t want false info in my head. The Daily Show and The Colbert Report are the most important shows on TV right now, IMO. And cartoons. I watch Adult Swim on the Cartoon Channel every night.

What are you working on now?

I’m editing a SF Romance short story called Zero-G, and then I’ll be getting back to my full-size SF Romance, Alien Whip. I’m really looking forward to writing AW again. It’s about a group of people who are abducted by aliens. Here’s a little on that project:

How can readers keep up with your writing and books?

I can be found forever at:
Please stop by and take the tour.

No Funny Stuff!, a tale for the Muse of Comedy
Watch the Book Trailer, Discover the Excerpts, Check out the Reviews!

Looks Are Deceiving, an Erotic Romantic Suspense
Dive into Steamy Excerpts, Look out for the Fantastic Reviews. Book Trailer, too.

Have a magical day,
Michele HartSci-Fi/Fantasy Romance Author Walk Another World ~~~ * * * * * * * * *Available NOW! * NO FUNNY STUFF! * a tale for the Muse of Comedy!

SONG OF THE MUSES * 9 Inspirations of Romance * coming October '08AMUSE ME * another tale for the Muse of Comedy * coming 2009!~ ~ ~ ~ Available NOW! * LOOKS ARE DECEIVING * a Siren Bestseller!

Monday, September 15, 2008


Phew. The verdict from the witches is my new erotic romance is on the right track. Thankfully they understood exactly what was going on (unlike one partial I sent them earlier this year! that one needed a major overhaul!!)

Tonight I joined Manic Readers and uploaded my author's page. It looks a fun site, and I'm sure there're a lot of other things I can add onto my page once I figure it all out!

In other news my editor thinks we'll have a Fall release date for Foretaste of Forever, which is very exciting! I've added the excerpt to my webpage.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Anam Cara - Keena Kincaid

Please welcome my special guest today, Keena Kincaid, whose book, Anam Cara, has recently been released by The Wild Rose Press.

Keena grew up on an Ohio farm slightly to the left of nowhere and learned to read by picking words out of an old history book that vividly recounted the past through short stories centered on children of the age: The Grecian slave boy. The girl from Pompeii. The knight’s squire in England. The stories stayed with her. After honing her writing skills as a newspaper reporter and editor, she switched to public relations and began writing fiction. When not working or writing romance, Keena regales her niece and nephews with stories of quick-thinking ladies, mathematically challenged knights, and ill-mannered dragons that chew with their mouths open.

Keena, thanks for joining us today!

Can you tell us a little about your book, Anam Cara?

Anam Cara is first and foremost a story of atonement and grace. Bran and Liza are bound by love, separated by betrayal, and trapped on the wheel of time by vows of redemption for a crime many would consider irredeemable.

Branwyn ap Owen (Bran) suffers a fate of his own making. His hell is to live again and again until he fulfills his vow to right an ancient wrong. Even worse, he remembers the past and his crime even as he sees the future. And he always remembers—and looks for—her.

Liza of Carlisle remembers nothing of the past or the vow trapping her in Bran’s repetitive cycle. Yet some aspects of her personality are constant. Still fiercely independent, she defies the conventions of 1161 society to live on her terms as a brewer and innkeeper. When Bran walks into her inn, their instant connection unnerves her. She fights the attraction, knowing instinctively that if she lets him, this wandering bard will forever change the life she loves.

In each previous life, Bran tried and failed to atone for his crimes. Determined to make this life the one in which he finally repairs the damage of his first betrayal, he uses the knowledge gained over a thousand years to woo and win her. Yet just when he has regained her heart, a fresh betrayal destroys his last hope for love.

How did the idea for the plot come about?

Originally, I sat down to write a medieval murder-mystery with Bran as the hero. However, I hiked Hadrian’s Wall one weekend and when I stopped for refreshments at this little place, I noticed the foundation stones looked suspiciously like Roman-cut limestone. I immediately wondered what stories the stones would tell, and the idea of a 2000-year-old pub came to mind. At that moment, Bran tapped me on the shoulder and said, “I’m here for her.”

“Who?” I asked.

“Her,” he said, gesturing.

That’s when Liza entered the story. Needless to say, the whole murder-mystery went by the wayside after that conversation.

I love sale stories (ok I am just nosy!!) so can you tell us about your road to publication - and your call story?

I was sitting in a coffee shop telling my best friend about Liza and Bran when an eavesdropping agent tapped me on the shoulder and said… OK. I’ll keep my daydream to myself. Like most writers, I learned how to query through trial and error. Marketing a book to an agent or editor requires a skill different from storytelling, but I eventually figured out how to best position ANAM CARA.

I was shaking with excitement when I got the email offer for a contract—then I got a second one a few days later! I weighed my options, and decided to go with The Wild Rose Press.

We are all about the love here, so please share your fave books, movies, TV shows or current fantasy squeeze (it's all in the line of research!)

Mmm…this is always tricky because my favorites tend to change with my moods. But here goes:
Movies: French Kiss and Lion in Winter (although A Knight’s Tale always sucks me in when it’s on TV)

Books: This varies, to be honest. I think I will always have Shakespeare, the Bible and the Oxford English Dictionary on my shelf. I also love Robin Hobb’s voice and have been reading a lot of Kresley Cole lately. My TBR pile is huge.

TV shows: My current must-see show is Mad Men on AMC. I just love the messy interpersonal relationships between the employees of Sterling Cooper. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer is one of my all-time favorites. Could those relationships have been any messier?

Fantasy squeeze: Methos from the Highlander series. He may not have been the sexiest man on the show, but he was the smartest, and I am a sucker for smart men. Plus, can you imagine the bedtime stories he could tell?

What are you working on now?

I am working on a two-book story that covers a plot by Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine to assassinate her husband, Henry II, and rule as regent for her son. Crucial to her defeat are Aedan ap Owen (Bran’s brother whom we meet in ANAM CARA) and his sister, Amilia of Ravenglas. They are druids out of place in a modern world, but possess the power to save the kingdom. Such magic comes with a price, however, and only when love provides a ballast in their lives are they able to wield power without losing themselves to it. For Aedan and Amilia, finding and keeping love may turn out to be a matter of life and death.

How can readers keep up with your writing and books?

There are several ways reader can keep up with me. The easiest is probably through updates on my Web site: I’m also on Facebook and MySpace and post updates there. Or just email me at and ask. I will always answer.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Spent this morning moving everything into the office (that was a job and a half and honestly where do all those dust dinosaurs come from? Anyone would think I never do any housework... oh wait that's right - I never do) anyway, as soon as my clever husband had got the internet working again I logged on to discover my galleys have arrived!

OMG how exciting! Foretaste of Forever is all set out like a proper book!!!

I wonder if I can persuade hubby to get takeaway tonight!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Research Black Hole

I always moan to my cps about how much I hate research (I believe they tune out now when I start going on about it!!!) but it's not really true. I love research. I just hate the way it sucks up so much time.

Currently I'm researching the Roman period (and does anyone know of those Horrible History books they are brilliant! Thanks to them (and various x-box games which we will totally ignore) my son knows quite a bit about the Romans.) But anyway. The research is fascinating, and I've learned loads about the organisation of the Roman Imperial Legion (my hero is a centurion. In case you didn't guess!)

The problem is, I end up reading about it all for ages. And that, of course, means I have less actual writing time. I have tried doing as Amanda's frequently suggested and just put *** in places where I need to go back and clarify when the book is finished but it claws at the back of my brain. The following day I have to hop online and research for the missing pieces - which often takes three hours just to fill in half a blank sentence. And although before I start I try and print out all the info I think I'm going to need, don't you just know it - there's always something new that pops up!

Monday, September 08, 2008

Office in Sight

My eldest daughter moved out four weeks ago, and we've finally emptied out her room (I don't know where she packed all the stuff, the things she left behind now take up half the space in the family room. Tardis springs to mind) As always nothing is straightforward, and daughter #2 decided she wanted to move into that room. She started moving her things yesterday and I have slender hopes she might finish the procedure by the weekend *sigh*

However, this means that eventually there will be a spare room going again. It's the smallest room and no way will we get two desks in there. My darling husband conceded the other night that I could have it as my office. YAY!!! I'm so excited. An office all of my own, where I can put up the framed cover of my book and gaze at it for inspiration!!!

Just over a year ago, hubby and I shared an office for five months (when both our daughters moved out for a while... they came back again... must be all my delicious home cooking) (um sorry did I hear laughter in the peanut gallery there???) anyway, during those five months I loved going in that room but basically didn't write a bloody thing.

I promise to do better this time!!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Seduced in Seoul - Helen Hardt

Please welcome my special guest today, fellow debut Scarlet Rose author Helen Hardt! Helen's book, Seduced in Seoul, was recently released and is a bestseller on the Wilder Roses Press - over 18s only, please!!

Thanks for joining me today, Helen!

Can you tell us a little about your debut book, Seduced in Seoul?

Of course! It's a short story in the Destination Pleasure series in Scarlet Rose, the erotic line at The Wild Rose Press. The series publishes shorts only, and all must be set in an exotic locale with an American heroine. The hero can be foreign or American. Here's my blurb:

The last thing Allison Sanchez expects when she arrives in Seoul is the Asian god waiting for her at the airport. Right away it's obvious he can't understand a word she says. But body language is universal, and Allison soon casts aside her inhibitions in favor of engaging in one of her secret fantasies with the hot chauffeur. Talking dirty during sex takes Allison to an all new high until she discovers her exotic lover is only half Korean--and her brother's American roommate.

How did the idea for the plot come about?

The Destination Pleasure series intrigued me because I often build stories around places I've visited. My husband, sons, and I are all blackbelts in taekwondo, and we visited Seoul two years ago with our taekwondo master. I thought it would make a unique setting for an erotic short, especially when I came up with the premise.

I love sale stories (ok I am just nosy!!) so can you tell us about your road to publication - and your call story?

I've wanted to write since I was in the first grade, but I didn't get serious about it until a few years ago. After completing a young adult fantasy fiction manuscript, I needed a fun read for a plane ride and picked up a romance for the first time in a decade. I got hooked all over again and decided to give romance writing a try. I've written about 400,000 words of romance in the last two years. Of course, it helps that my sons are now teenagers and I have a lot more flexibility.

The call? I actually got the email, LOL. But it was just as exciting. As I experiemented with romance, it became clear that I write to the steamy side ;). One day, when I was struggling with writer's block, I decided to write an erotic short to clear the fog. It worked, and that attempt became Seduced in Seoul. I submitted it to The Wild Rose Press, and my editor accepted it within a few weeks.

We are all about the love here, so please share your fave books, movies, TV shows or current fantasy squeeze (it's all in the line of research!)

Well, anyone who knows me won't be surprised. One of my favorite books is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, due solely to her marvelous hero, Jamie Fraser. And my fantasy squeeze? Gerard Butler. Check out my blog to see a wonderful picture of Gerard as Jamie Fraser. The best of both worlds, LOL!

What are you working on now?

My current WIP is an American western historical novella with a Native American hero. I'm also working on polishing a contemporary western that Silhouette requested at RWA Nationals.

How can readers keep up with your writing and books?

Go to my website,, where you'll find information on all my completed works and works in progress. I also have a myspace,, so please friend me! And my blog,, where I chat with authors about their heroes, post hunks on Wednesday, and share other information that (I hope) readers find interesting. I also have a free erotic short, Under the Moon, available at

Monday, September 01, 2008

Coming Soon!

I've hit my stride with my next erotic romance. The characters won't leave me alone, and I'm thinking about them at all sorts of inappropriate moments, such as when I'm supposed to be helping my son with his homework or chatting to my daughters or husband. Luckily they're used to me living in my own little world and don't get too miffed when I'm clearly not with them!!

I had a little squeee moment over the weekend when I was browsing through the Wild Rose Press site and came upon My book! and Me! in the Coming Soon section! Yes that was a definite omg moment. So much so that I had to wake my husband up and drag him to the computer so he could witness this event!! I'm of the mind that there are so many setbacks along this road, that we have to take every little good thing and celebrate!!