Archive for August 2015 | Monthly archive page

OUR DEAL OF THE WEEK IS  CROSSED OUT by Kim Baccellia (YA paranormal). 

YOU CAN GET IT HERE AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING FOR ONLY .89 CENTS! THIS WEEK ONLY. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.

What it’s About:

Following the light can’t be that hard, right? So why don’t the dead just do it and leave Stephanie Stewart alone?

However nothing is ever as simple as it should be, as Stephanie learns when her hidden ‘gift’ becomes more than a nuisance, quickly turning unto a liability.

If she can’t learn to trust someone with her secret, the world as she knows it will go to hell. Literally. But if she doesn’t choose wisely, she might just end up learning firsthand how hard it is to follow that light.

Because she’s next on the list to be crossed out.

EXCERPT:

I couldn’t deal with Mom and her holier-than-thou attitude about decorating crosses. If she had any clue why I needed to do this, maybe she’d back off.

I pushed my hair aside and looked down at the wooden beams. My box of Sharpie pens lay close to my side. I had to get the design just right. Roses, or something plainer? It didn’t help that it was so cold in the garage.

Why was it so hard to help the dead go to the other side? It’d be a whole lot easier if they told me what they wanted on their crosses. Dead girl comes, asks for help, and tells me she’s into pink roses. Yes, that would make my job a lot easier.

But one thing I’ve learned is, life isn’t easy. Cliché, but true.

Figures, this was how I’d spend my time on a Saturday – sitting cross-legged on the floor in our garage, worrying about finishing a cross for some dead girl. In a few hours, Mom would drag me to Mrs. Swanson’s house for a sleepover. I didn’t really have time to decorate a cross.

And each time I tried to sketch, thoughts of the meeting drove any thought of the design out of my mind. I mean, how could I even think of helping others – albeit dead ones – when my own life was such a disaster?

I didn’t want to go. But Mom was using the whole sleepover as a way to get me to be around Hillary, whom she thought would be such a good example for me. But I couldn’t tell my mother the truth – I hated Hillary. Yes, we’d once been close, but it wasn’t as if we were BFFs anymore. No, Hillary made sure of that when I was stupid enough to trust her with my secret. A secret that was better left hidden. No one believed the dead could talk to you.

According to my last counselor, the only way that could happen is through serious Steven Spielberg special effects.

When I admitted to seeing one of my dead friends, he didn’t freak. No, he did something worse. He ended up suggesting to my parents that I needed to see a doctor – for serious psychological help. I mean, only crazy people see the dead.

And, I hate to say this, but the anti-anxiety meds and antidepressants don’t keep them away. Sometimes I wished the drug cocktail could just erase them. It sure would make my life a lot easier.

Sighing, I decided to go with pink roses. What girl didn’t like pink?

A sudden coldness permeated the garage. Jeez did Dad forget to close the back door again?

I pulled my hoodie tighter. Working in near darkness was bad enough without the drop in temperature.

Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh.

I dropped my black Sharpie.

Over in the corner of the garage loose papers and dust whirled around – a funnel growing larger and larger.

A light shone next to Mom’s holiday plastic boxes, illuminating some Christmas ornaments, tinsel, and wrapping paper.

“Stephanie…careful….”

The childish voice grew louder. A chill went up my back. I know that voice!

I blinked once and when I opened my eyes I saw the girl. Her long dirty blond hair was clumped into two pigtails, and her bikini top and cut-off Levis brought back memories of the YMCA pool three years ago where I‘d spent my summers.

Allison!

Omigod! I pushed the wooden cross aside. A tingling sensation burned through my whole body. Once I helped a dead person cross over, that was supposed to end the whole rescue scenario. The bright light appeared and poof! Well, not this time.

I scooted away, over the rough, cold pavement. This didn’t make sense. Though I was used to visits from the ―other‖ side, having Allison reappear scared me. I didn‘t know what to do.

“Allison, why are you here?” My voice broke.

She took a step toward me. Her lips trembled. “Careful…danger….”

Danger? Did that mean her murderer was out of prison? Just the thought of that perv touching or killing someone else made me want to hurl.

“No… another….”

Someone else?

“Allison, what are you trying to tell me?” I slowly got up off the ground. “Is the guy who killed you, out?”

Allison shook her head. It still freaked me out how much the dead looked like us, not fuzzy or semi- transparent like they show on TV. The ones I helped still looked the way they had when they‘d been killed, complete with all the blood and stuff.

Yet here was Allison. She should be in Heaven singing in one of those heavenly choirs Mom always talked about.

I bit my hangnail, ripping it off. I couldn‘t deal with this. Not now.

“Careful….”

The wind picked up, tossing loose papers everywhere. None of this affected Allison.

I had so many questions to ask her. I missed her. I knew she‘d understand me, even when others – including my mom – were clueless.

“Allison, what‘s it like to be…?”

The wind howled drowning out her answer. And just as quickly, Allison left. I felt as if something had punched me in the stomach. I pushed back the sickness threatening to escape.

What was going on? But even worse, I didn’t know what to do. One thing had been made perfectly clear. The rules had all changed and no one bothered to give me the new players’ guide.

Like what you’ve read? You can get Crossed Out at Lachesis Publishing FOR ONLY .89 CENTS THIS WEEK! You can also buy it on amazon, Barnes and NobleKobo, or iTunes.

Connect with Kim Baccellia on her web site and on facebook and twitter.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow us on twitter.

Vivienne Lorret

Continuing our ongoing series featuring bestselling authors we chat with the dynamic and delightful USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret. Vivienne writes delicious Regency romance for Avon Impulse Harper Collins. She is the author of two popular series called The Wallflower Wedding Series and the Rakes of Fallow Hall Series

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

VL: Winning Miss Wakefield (Wallflower Weddings, book 2) hit the USA TODAY Bestsellers List at #120. I was so surprised that I didn’t really believe my editor when she called. I started to hyperventilate and I think I might have asked her “Are you kidding me?” about three or four times. The great thing was, she wasn’t kidding. WMW stayed on the list for one glorious week of ear-to-ear grins and random squeals of delight. Then, poof it went away. Shortly thereafter, Finding Miss McFarland hit the list at the same number, for one week, and then poof. Coincidence or magic fairy dust?

When something awesome happens in your career do you celebrate with food, flowers, or fun? Details please. 

Happiness in a cup

VL: Life is short, so I celebrate as often as I can. When I begin a new book, I shop for office supplies—there’s just something about a new pack of Post-it’s, pens, and pencils that adds to the excitement. And since I’m out anyway, I might stop by Starbucks for a grande chai with whip.

When I finish a particularly tough chapter, or write a scene that makes me happy, I’ll do a little victory dance—though I try to steer clear of the windows so I don’t scare the neighbors. And since I’m already in motion, I might slip on my shoes, go for a drive, and grab a grande chai with whip.

When something BIG happens, like a book release or signing a contract for a new series, I usually buy myself flowers (roses or daisies), and maybe . . .  just maybe . . . stop by Starbucks.

What advice can you give authors who really want to hit a bestseller list but haven’t yet?

VL: I don’t think there’s a secret formula for hitting a bestseller list. If there were, I would have figured out how to stay on one, or how to hit the top 100. But I think having a support-team helps. I’ve been blessed with an incredibly supportive editor and publishing house, not to mention the amazing art department. In addition, it helps to write the book you want to read. After all, if you believe in your book, chances are that other people will too. From there, good things will happen. At the very least, you’ll be proud of the pages between the covers. That means a lot.

Promotion is an important part of every author’s work routine. Tell us one promotional approach that has worked well for you.

VL: Facebook is a wonderful way to keep in touch with your fan base—a quick note about the writing process, a picture of your latest hero or heroine, motivational phrases that inspire you, and random/whacky posts all work to make a personal connection to the people who support your career. Hosting rafflecopter contests on your page also helps. It’s important to give back and spread the love whenever possible.

What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

VL: I love writing. The act of touching the keyboard and watching the pictures in my head transform into words is pretty cool. Of course, there are days when that doesn’t happen easily and/or the words don’t quite match the pictures in my head. But those are the days when it’s time to fill up the writer’s well, and usually that’s a fun process.

Interruptions drive me bonkers. When I’m writing a scene, and my mind is traveling back to the Regency period, it’s difficult to tune out the lawn mowers, barking dogs, and the daily screaming contests in the neighborhood. Over the years, I’ve used different methods, from wearing gun-range earmuffs to buying a noise-cancelling machine. Then, there are the interruptions that happen within the walls of my writing domain. It’s harder to ignore “I don’t mean to interrupt, but . . .” The questions could be anything from “Have you seen my glasses?” to “Can you do me a favor and . . .” For years, I would stop what I was doing, help find the glasses, fix dinner, or run errands for anyone who asked. But then, I learned to say no. Not just a hem hawing no, either. A definite I’m-working-and-my-time-is-valuable no. It’s liberating. I highly recommend it.

Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

VL: Kristan Higgins because her books make me laugh so hard that I cry. Lisa Kleypas because her books touch my soul. Eloisa James, Tessa Dare, and Candis Terry because their books are simply fabulous (and they are super nice women, too).

What is the coolest/nicest thing a fan/reader has done for you or said to you?

VL: I received a personal email from a reader one day. She’d written me after spending a night in the hospital with her child. And while reassuring me that her son was fine, she also took a moment out of her life to tell me that my book had helped her through the night. I cried instantly, amazed and awed by this woman. With everything going on in her life, she chose to reach out to me. And I’m thankful each and every day that, in some small way, my book provided the distraction she needed.

Tell us about your latest release and what do you have coming down the road?

VL: My latest release, The Maddening Lord Montwood, came out in paperback on August 18th. Yay! I’m so excited about this book! TMLM is the third and final book in The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series. In the beginning, Lucan Montwood pulled his friends into a high-stakes wager, each of them vowing to be the last bachelor standing. Then one after the other, they started to find love. To me, it seemed fitting that the charming, manipulative Lucan would ultimately fall for a strong-willed woman who could see through his tricks. I loved writing Lucan and Frances’ story.

Coming down the road… I recently finished writing a novella for Avon’s Christmas anthology, All I Want for Christmas is a Duke. The Regency anthology will be out this year on December 1st.

My novella takes place during a Christmas house party. To the Duke of Vale, science is everything. He has invited all the right people in order to reveal a formula designed to generate a suitable marriage partner without engaging in the messy procedure of courting . . . (think of it as a Match.com in the Regency era). North’s method is clean and flawless. That is, until the impulsive Ivy Sutherland crosses his path. She makes him question all of his data, forcing him to admit that he failed to catalog one vital element for a perfect match . . . love.

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why? A. write/plot/creative B. social media/promotion C. email/admin

VL: Most of the time, a. I like to start writing with a fresh brain. Umm . . . that sort of makes me sound like a zombie. Mmm . . . fresh brains! Then again, that’s usually how I feel until I’ve had my first cup of tea.

So this is where all the Post-its went.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

VL: A lot of Post-its, pens, and papers. I’m in new-series-mode right now, so it’s kind of a mess. I have family trees, character sketches, and a calendar that serves as a ticking clock for each deadline. Beside my desk hangs a huge whiteboard full of story notes. Above my desk, I also keep a slew of notes, reminding myself to focus and to write the book I want to read, among other things. My office can be described as organized chaos.

BONUS: Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .

VL: I’m a writer because that’s the line I stood in when they were handing out souls.

Thanks for having me here today! This was fun and I loved your questions!

USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Vivienne Lorret loves romance novels, her pink laptop, her husband, and her two sons (not necessarily in that order … but there are days). Transforming copious amounts of tea into words, she is proud to be an Avon Impulse author of works including: Tempting Mr. Weatherstone, The Wallflower Wedding Series, and The Rakes of Fallow Hall Series.

Connect with Vivienne Lorret on her website, on facebook, on twitter, and on pinterest. 

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

Ever been to Santorini, Greece?

Yesterday, author Louise Clark blogged about her research trip to Boston for her contemporary paranormal romance Fighting Fate.

OUR QUESTION OF THE WEEK IS A TRAVEL ONE. 

What is a place that you have visited that really stands out in your memory. A place that would be a wonderful setting for a book (or is/will be). You could win a free e-book copy of  Fighting Fate by Louise Clark. 

Follow Louise Clark on facebook.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

Fighting Fate, my contemporary time travel with Lachesis Publishing takes place in Boston and the Boston area. When I wrote the first draft of Fighting Fate I was living across the country, on the west coast of Canada. I chose to set Fighting Fate in Boston because Uncle Andrew, my heroine Faith’s time traveling relative from the eighteenth century, is a man living on the cusp of major changes in his life and in his world. The American colonies are alight with frustrations against Great Britain and Andrew wants to know what happens if the colonies revolt. Will a rebellion succeed or fail? Will he live through it? When will it begin? It’s Faith’s job to make sure he doesn’t find the answers to these and other questions. But when Andrew is forced to flee his own time for for a lengthy visit to the twenty-first century, Faith must enlist the help of the enigmatic computer genius, Cody Simpson, to keep Andrew in line.

As Andrew, Faith, and Cody’s story unfolded, I had little choice but to set it in Boston. I had already visited Boston as a tourist, enjoying the city and its amazing energy and charm, but I hadn’t specifically been looking for locations in which the action in my novel could take place.

My first step was to decide, in a general way, where the action would take place. What could be invented and what needed to be real? Then I used my memories of the city to give me an idea of what I could use. I followed with Internet research that included specific and regional maps, photographs, and written information about different parts of the city. I also did some historical research to ensure that the places that were important to both the contemporary Faith and the eighteenth century Andrew fit together.

A lot can be discovered through books and the internet, but there’s nothing like being there to provide the kind of detail that makes a book hum, so I included a visit to Boston as part of a cross country road trip. Yup, west coast to east coast in one month. There’s a lot to see and it was an awesome vacation. Everyone should do it at some point in their lives. But back to Boston.

Beacon Hill

I’d already chosen the Beacon Hill area for Cody’s home, but it was wonderful to be able to wander the streets and soak up the ambiance while gawking at the lovely architecture. It was also great to snap photos, which I could then use to give me a stronger visual when I was back at the keyboard describing the exterior of the building. But my main focus was to find a location for Andrew’s farmhouse, which Faith now lived in.

I’d set Andrew’s farm outside the pre-Revolutionary city. Boston has, of course, sprawled deep into what was then the open countryside so I figured Faith would be living in what is now a suburb, or even part of the modern city. It just couldn’t be in the old city. The eighteenth century city.

Lexington

I finally settled on Lexington for several reasons. First it is a beautiful area, with the central green where the revolution started still preserved. The streets are treed with lots of older houses, including many that looked to me as if they had been built long ago. That fit with the kind of area I wanted Faith to live in and which I already half-envisioned in my mind.

It also fit with where she worked. Her office building was located in the MIT area of Cambridge, and Massachusetts Avenue is a key transportation route into the area. It’s also the route I used for Faith and Andrew’s first commute into work. If I hadn’t visited Boston and the surrounding area I wouldn’t have realized just how busy

Massachusetts Avenue

that road is, and the kind of stress Andrew’s antics would put on Faith.

The other important reason was to explore Lexington’s significant part in the revolution. Andrew was deep into the politics of the time and, as a leading landowner in the area, his input would have been important. That is part of what pushed his desire to learn the outcome of the revolution during his twenty-first century visit. He wanted to be sure he was doing the right thing.

Colonial style in Boston

I was only in Boston a couple of days on that cross continent trip, but the time I spent was invaluable as it both helped me to solidify the impressions I already had and it gave me ideas for new scenes. It was also just . . . fun. I love Boston. It’s a great city that merges its important historical past with a vibrant present. Well worth a visit, no matter what the reason!

YOU CAN GET Fighting Fate at Lachesis Publishing for only .89 cents! THIS WEEK ONLY! Click here to purchase. You can also get Fighting Fate  on Amazon, kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

Follow Louise Clark on facebook.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

Today’s Q and A is with Lachesis Publishing author Louise Clark.  Her book is called Fighting Fate, a contemporary romance with some paranormal twists and turns. YOU CAN GET Fighting Fate at Lachesis Publishing for only .89 cents! THIS WEEK ONLY! Click here to purchase.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what other kind of artistic medium would you like to attempt and why?

I had piano lessons as a kid, but I’m left handed and pianos are designed for right-handed people. Lefties face this issue all the time, of course, and learn to work around it, but I was never more than a piano plodder. I also tried the guitar, with similar results. I love music, though, so I sublimate by listening to music while I write. I may not be playing an instrument, but the music is part of my creative process.

What do you love about writing? And what do you hate about it?

I love the creative act, but putting those first few words on the page is brutal. I use all kinds of tricks to make it easier – writing long notes, blocking out the number of pages, giving myself a schedule and a word count for the day and week. All work to an certain extent, but I still panic at the sight of a blank page because I know filling it will be hard, exhausting work.

If you could meet any character from a book – who would it be and why?

The dust bunnies from Jayne Castle’s Harmony series. They are a lifetime of pets rolled into one, with the added benefit of personality plus. I want one!

Happy endings or cliff-hangers? Why?

Happy endings and cliff-hangers both have their place. A happy ending rounds off a story, leaving the reader with a sense of satisfaction and completion. I think a stand alone novel demands a happy ending. On the other hand, if you are writing a continuity series a cliff-hanger ending serves to keep readers interested and to bring them back for the next book in the series. An important thing to remember when writing a cliff-hanging ending is that the current story has to be carefully rounded out so that the reader is satisfied before the cliff-hanger ending. A series should have a series story arc and a book story arc. The smaller, book, arc has to be resolved satisfactorily before the cliff-hanger ending leading the reader on to the next book in the larger, series, arc.

What is the best/coolest/funniest/sweetest thing a reader/fan ever said/wrote to you or did for you?

The first book I wrote was a historical romance that was eventually published under the title Dangerous Desires. It was typed on a typewriter, so when I wanted to send it out to a publishing house, I had to get my final clean pages photocopied. I dropped it off at a little place on my way to work and picked the original and copy up on my way home. The shop was staffed by a young man in his late teens or early twenties. Definitely not a habitual reader of romances. After I’d paid for the copying, he confided that he spent most of the afternoon reading my novel. “It was really good,” he said, sounding both surprised and impressed. Then wished me success in finding a publisher. The conversation buoyed me up through the (long) search for a publisher for that book. It’s those little things that come out of nowhere that can mean so much.

Which book or series by another author do you think would make a great movie or TV series? Why?

I love time-travel, light sci fi and mystery. TV series like StarGate and Continuum are favourites as well as mysteries like Sherlock and Lewis. Over the past few years I’ve enjoyed the books Jane Ann Krentz based around people with unusual paranormal psychic talents. The stories are part of an organization she calls Arcane and this provides a link for her historical, contemporary and future/fantasy romances. I would like to see a limited series that focused on a contemporary paranormal problem in the Arcane world, but had linked episodes showing the historical origins and also ones that looked forward to a result in the future world of Harmony. Romances are hard to transfer from the written word to a visual stage, but complex story line and the kind of innovative structure a series like this would have, would pull the viewer in visually the way Krentz does it on the page.

When you’re stressed out on a deadline – what is your favorite comfort food and why?

image: www.clevelandseniors.com

Once it was chocolate. Sadly, I discovered chocolate was one of the cause of my migraines, so I turned to cinnamon buns. I came down with headaches from those too and I realized that for me stress and sugar don’t mix. Then I found computer solitaire and a whole host of similar games. Okay, so it’s not food, but it serves the same purpose. Procrastination. Avoidance. Busy work for a tired mind. I’d rather have chocolate, but hey, not with the headaches.

What do you love to sing in the shower?

I don’t sing in the shower, though some times I do talk to myself. Mostly I daydream. Or plot. Or visualize scenes.

You can get Fighting Fate at Lachesis PublishingYou can also get Fighting Fate  on Amazon, kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

Follow Louise Clark on facebook.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

This week’s Deal of the Week is by Lachesis Publishing author Louise Clark. Her book is called Fighting Fate, a contemporary romance with some paranormal twists and turns.

YOU CAN GET Fighting Fate at Lachesis Publishing for only .89 cents! THIS WEEK ONLY! Click here to purchase.

You can also get Fighting Fate  on Amazon, kobo, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

WHAT IT’S ABOUT:

Faith Hamilton is different. Blessed with the power to draw her ancestors from the past into the present, Faith formed a strong bond with Andrew Byrne, her charming rogue of a “relative” from pre-Revolutionary Boston. Andrew’s first visit when they were both teens led to many more over the years. But despite her close friendship with Andrew, Faith has always felt that her life would never be normal unless she made a drastic change. Now she avoids relationships with people outside her tight family circle, fearing she might be forced to reveal her ability. Instead, she tries to keep it a secret, and her private life hidden as she focuses on her career. For a while she succeeds, until she meets the sexy and dynamic Cody Simpson.

Cody is a mathematician, a man devoted to classifying and defining the world around him.  Once hurt by a woman whose sole focus was her career, not the people in her life, he swore he would never allow himself to be attracted to this kind of woman again—until he meets the beautiful and captivating Faith Hamilton.

Intrigued by Cody, Faith can’t stop her growing attraction to him. Nor can she keep that charming rogue, Andrew from popping into her life whenever he chooses. As she frantically schemes to keep the two men apart, her problems multiply at home, at work, and most of all in her relationship. How long can she keep up this double life? More importantly, what will Cody think if he finds out about her magical power?

EXCERPT:

Footsteps sounded on the staircase. Faith closed her mouth on what she’d planned to say as a male figure emerged from the upper level, running lightly down the stairs. Seeing the two women he hesitated briefly, then he flashed a grin and said, “Hi.

Black hair, blue eyes, muscles in all the right places, Cody Simpson was the kind of man Chloe would appreciate as a son-in-law. He was also the kind of man Faith avoided. She smiled blandly back at him. “Hi.”

“Nice day, isn’t it?” He glanced at Faith, sweeping her with a look that catalogued every part of her, from head-to-toe. Then he deliberately looked from Faith to Chloe, his eyebrows raised.

Very much aware that the slacks she was wearing did little to minimize her height and that her blond hair had started to stray from the restraints that kept it in a tight chignon, Faith wished she knew some way of escape. She didn’t want to introduce Cody to her mother, who she knew would be intrigued by the good-looking man. She knew Cody expected to be introduced and that he wouldn’t understand why a casual, ‘Cody this is my mother, Chloe. Mom, this is Cody Simpson,’ left her frozen in terror. Each and every one of the good manners drilled into her from the time she was tiny was actively demanding she make the simple introduction. Every survival instinct was fighting back, just as intensely, telling her that she’d be a fool to open that door, even a crack.

She swallowed hard, avoided Cody’s eyes, ignored the surprised curiosity emanating from her mother, and said, “Yup.”

Cody raised his brows, then shrugged. “See you later, then.”

“Sure,” Faith said, hoping she wasn’t blushing.

Cody nodded and headed off toward the NIT offices. Faith shoved open the front door.

Outside Chloe said cheerfully, “What a gorgeous male. Who is he?”

Faith shrugged. “Our new systems guy. He lives upstairs so we hardly ever see him.”

“You know him then?”

Faith shook her head. “Not really.” A wash of heat told her that now she really was blushing. Not surprising since she’d just told her mother a whopper. Well, not a complete whopper. What she knew about Cody came from Sue Green. She respected Sue’s opinion enough that she’d wasted more than an hour or two fantasizing about dating Cody Simpson, but she didn’t actually know him the way you do when you talk to someone. Nor was she going to allow herself to get to know him. As attractive as he was, Cody Simpson wasn’t for her. Not now. Not ever.

Like what you’ve read? You can get Fighting Fate at Lachesis Publishing or on amazon for .89 cents. This week only!

Follow Louise Clark on facebook.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

V. M. Black

Continuing our ongoing series featuring bestselling authors we chat with New York Times  and USA Today bestselling author V.M. Black. V.M. writes dark and sensual paranormal romance. V.M. has created a rich and compelling universe of aethers (superhuman races) in her ongoing series Aethereal Bonds.

What was your first book that hit a bestseller list? What was the list, where did the book rank when it first hit, and how high did your book get?

VMB: My first book hit a couple of minor lists under another name. Under this name, though, my first book to hit was an anthology that I co-ran called A Kiss of Christmas Magic. It hit on the main print and ebook NY Times bestseller list and on the extended ebook-only list. I honestly can’t remember the exact ranks . . . 13 and 11, I think?

What were you doing when you found out you hit the bestseller list? And how did you celebrate or mark the occasion?

VMB: I was asleep when my phone exploded because all of the other people in the anthology were so excited!

What does being a “successful author” mean to you?

VMB: To be able to support myself financially with my writing and to have an enthusiastic readership.

Some authors are great at it, while others can’t find the right formula, but in order to be a success in today’s market, you have to do promotion. So, what are the top three things that you do consistently when it comes to promotion?

VMB: Mailing list. Social media. Using advertising venues like Bookbub.

 What is one thing you absolutely LOVE about being an author and one thing that makes you BONKERS?

VMB: I love the freedom. I fear the uncertainty.

Who are some of your favourite authors and why?

VMB: I have so many! Lisa Kleypas’ early books are among my absolute favorites, along with Judith Ivory and Laura Kinsale. Emily Bronte. Anne McCaffrey’s early Pern books and, of course, Sassinak. Jane Austen, particularly Sense and Sensibility. Lois McMasters Bujold’s Mile Vorkosigan saga. Elizabeth Moon’s Paksenarrion books. Anne Rice. George R. R. Martin. Agatha Christie.

What are you currently working on?

VMB: More things in my Aethereal Bonds world!

In your daily work routine what do you do first and why? A. write/plot/creative  B. social media/promotion C. email/admin

Where the magic happens.

VMB: Writing first. Without writing, there is nothing to promote.

What would I find on your desk at this very moment?

VMB: Gum, daily time journal, color-coded pens, tea, and tissues. LOL. Keyboard and mouse, too.

Finish this sentence: I’m a writer because . . .

VMB: I’m not sensible enough to choose a more stable job.

You can connect with V.M. Black via her website, on facebook, YouTube, pinterest.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebookFollow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

 

This week we’ve been spotlighting JoMarie DeGioia a wonderful historical romance author who writes for Lachesis Publishing. Yesterday, JoMarie blogged about her favourite historical romances. Today we are asking the question: What’s on your keeper shelf? Tell us about one of your favourite books. A book that you love so much you can’t even begin to remember how many times you’ve read it.

I love romance novels, and I have a soft spot for historicals. I have many beloved books, but one of my favourites on my keeper shelf is ROMANCING MISTER BRIDGERTON by Julia Quinn (from the Bridgerton Family series. All the books in this series are yummy by the way.) The reason why I adore it is because the hero and heroine are friends and have known each other their entire lives. How do you go from that to a love story? Julia Quinn makes that happen so beautifully and seemingly effortlessly. Which is the mark of a damn good story – it reads as though it was plucked from the heavens and given to us to enjoy. I also love that the heroine has a job. In Regency England. I love that she’s not a raving beauty and isn’t physically perfect or petite or any of the qualities that heroines so often possess in historicals. I love that she supports the hero and wants his dreams to come true. I love that the hero sees her for who she truly is – from the inside out. This is what makes a wonderful, heart-stopping romance novel. At least in my book! So stop by and share what your favourite book is – romance or mystery or horror science fiction or literary fiction and tell us why? And you could win an e-copy ofPride and Fire by JoMarie DeGioia.

JoMarie DeGioia is the author of the Dashing Nobles Series, which follows the love stories of four dashing gentlemen of the ton in Regency England.

You can get her books right here at Lachesis Publishing, or on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Itunes.

OUR DEAL OF THE WEEK is Pride and Fire by JoMarie DeGioia. (Regency Romance)

GET IT FOR .99 CENTS RIGHT HERE AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING. THIS WEEK ONLY.

CLICK HERE TO BUY.

Connect with JoMarie DeGioia online on her web site and on facebook and on twitter.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

We all have a Keeper Shelf. Home to books that we have read and re-read many times over. Books that we would never part with. Books that will forever have a special place in a our hearts. Historical romance author JoMarie DeGioia shares her Top 5 favourite historical romance books – and what a list!

Rosehaven by Catherine Coulter

When heiress Hastings Trent is joined with warrior Severin Langthorne in marriage, she must uncover the mystery surrounding a secluded estate known as Rosehaven.

Come back to England in the year 1277 and meet Hastings of Trent and Severin of Langthorne, two strangers joined in marriage. Hastings is an heiress and Severin is the warrior whom the dying Earl of Oxborough has selected to assume his title, properties, possessions, and his daughter. It is Severin’s duty to sire children, to bring strong new blood to the line, and keep Oxborough powerful. Hastings thinks he’s cold-blooded, severe, merciless. Severin doesn’t smile, he looks capable of cruelty, he inspires fear. As for Hastings, Severin believes she should be obedient, submissive, malleable. She should speak softly and do whatever he wants, immediately. Both are in for a surprise. 

Yours Until Dawn by Teresa Medeiros

Gabriel Fairchild’s valor during battle earns him the reputation of hero, but costs him both his sight and his hope for the future. Abandoned by the fiancée he adored, the man who once walked like a prince among London’s elite secludes himself in his family’s mansion, cursing his way through dark days and darker nights.

Prim nurse Samantha Wickersham arrives at Fairchild Park to find her new charge behaving more like a beast than a man. Determined to do her duty, she engages the arrogant earl in a battle of both wit and wills. Although he claims she doesn’t possess an ounce of womanly softness, she can feel his heart racing at her slightest touch. As Samantha begins to let the light back into Gabriel’s life and his heart, they both discover that some secrets — and some pleasures — are best explored in the dark …

Lady Sarah’s Son by Gayle Wilson

Justin Tolbert was a war hero and the new Earl of Wynfield, but he was not the same man Lady Sarah Spense once knew . . . 

Suddenly, too vividly, Sarah remembered the night he had first asked her to dance. The London ballroom had been overcrowded, its heat stifling. Justin had been wearing his uniform, the handsome regimentals setting off the perfection of his strong body and his still-boyish face. She had thought then that there was no man more handsome in the room. She had stepped willingly into his arms, and when the music had begun, she had drifted, following his lead. They had moved together without conscious thought. As if the two of them had been created to dance together….Would they ever do that again . . . ?

Prince Charming by Julie Garwood

Only her beloved grandmother, Lady Esther, knew how devastated Taylor Stapleton had been when her fiancé eloped with Taylor’s cousin. Now dear Esther — one of London’s richest and most formidable matriarchs — lies dying. But first she was going to help Taylor pull off the scam of the season.

To escape becoming a ward of her unscrupulous uncle, Taylor would wed Lucas Ross, a rugged American rancher. Lady Esther’s money would enable Ross to return home to Montana. Taylor had her own urgent reason to go to America…a precious legacy she hadn’t revealed to Ross, for they had agreed to part ways once they reached Boston. But as her handsome new husband spoke of life in Montana, Taylor began planning a new future. To Taylor, the wide-open spaces of Montana sounded like paradise . . .

Candle in the Window by Christina Dodd

Lady Saura of Roget lives a lonely life of servitude–her fortune controlled by her cruel stepfather. Yet it is she who has been called upon to brighten the days of Sir William of Miraval, a proud and noble knight who once swore to live or perish by the sword . . . until his world was engulfed in agonizing darkness. Summoned to Sir William’s castle, the raven-haired innocent is overcome by desire and love for the magnificent, golden warrior who has laid siege to her heart.

But there is grave danger awaiting them both just beyond the castle walls . . . and a deadly price to be paid for surrendering to a fiery, all-consuming love.

To make this list I went to my keeper shelf, where real estate is pretty exclusive. It was tough picking one particular favorite by some of my favorite authors! A couple of these happen to also be the very first book I’d ever read by that author. I discovered Catherine Coulter on a pharmacy bookshelf. Gayle Wilson and Christina Dodd were new to me when I read their titles as well. As for Teresa Medieros and Julie Garwood, it was even tougher picking a favorite out of their titles on my keeper shelf. Julie Garwood takes up quite a bit of space all by herself!

The author voices are different in every one of these. The settings and situations also vary. There is one very important thing all of these titles have in common, however. These are all stories that gripped me when I first read them. When I reread them. And even now, years after I’ve read them, I can remember not only the stories but the feelings they evoked.

I hope to create emotion in my readers with my own Historical Romance series. To make readers care about my story people as much as I do as I’m writing them. And long after, just like the feelings I carry after reading my own favorites!

JoMarie DeGioia is the author of the Dashing Nobles Series, which follows the love stories of four dashing gentlemen of the ton in Regency England.

You can get her books right here at Lachesis Publishing, or on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Itunes.

Connect with JoMarie DeGioia online on her web site and on facebook and on twitter.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.

We continue our spotlight week on JoMarie DeGioia with a Q and A.  JoMarie writes sensual historical romances with a touch of mystery for Lachesis Publishing. Her Dashing Nobles series follows the love lives of four male friends in Regency London. 

OUR DEAL OF THE WEEK is Pride and Fire by JoMarie DeGioia GET IT FOR .99 CENTS RIGHT HERE AT LACHESIS PUBLISHING. THIS WEEK ONLY.

If you couldn’t be a writer, what other kind of artistic medium would you like to attempt and why?

I would love to be a dancer! I danced when I was little and made sure my girls took it up as soon as they could walk. I never mastered the spins, lol. I’d fall out of them really quick.

Tell us about one book that you’ve read that had an impact on you?

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It’s unlike any book I’d read up to that point, and captured me from the first page. There’s mystery and Nazi’s and romance. I read it years ago and can still remember so much about it. It made me laugh and cry and think.

What do you love about writing? And what do you hate about it?

I love creating story people and making them do what I want them to. Although I hate when they decide to have minds of their own!

If you could meet any character from a book – who would it be and why?

Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. I just think Lizzy and I would hit it off!

Happy endings or cliff-hangers? Why?

Happy endings all the time, please! There’s enough uncertainty in life. I want to know that the characters I fell in love with will be happy after I close the book!

What is the best/coolest/funniest/sweetest thing a reader/fan ever said/wrote to you or did for you?

A reader emailed me and told me she’d been sick for some time. She read all of my Dashing Nobles books one right after another, even staying up much later than she’d been able to do before discovering my series! She said that even her husband was happily surprised to see her up and reading. She also compared the series to Stephanie Laurens’s Cynster series, which thrilled me to my toes!

Which book or series by another author do you think would make a great movie or TV series? Why?

I love Susan Mallery’s Fools Gold series and think it would make a great series. Love and laughs and very interesting characters.

How do you try to boost sales of your books?

I make sure to back up whatever promo my publisher is doing by posting anywhere and everywhere! I’ve run contests for my books as well, and participated in those run by review sites.

When you’re stressed out on a deadline – what is your favorite comfort food and why?

I love to nosh on peanut-butter stuffed pretzel nuggets. Something about the salty shell and creamy inside just does it for me.

What do you love to sing in the shower?

I’ll sing kids’ songs but usually a lot of Journey and Elton John makes its way into my shower.

JoMarie DeGioia is the author of the Dashing Nobles Series, which follows the love stories of four dashing gentlemen of the ton in Regency England.

You can get her books right here at Lachesis Publishing, or on Amazon, Nook, Kobo and Itunes.

Connect with JoMarie DeGioia online on her web site and on facebook and on twitter.

Like our Lachesis Publishing page on facebook. Follow Lachesis Publishing on twitter.