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CURSED BY BLOOD SAGA BOOK TWO

MARIANNE MOREA

 Genre: URBAN FANTASY

 Publisher: COVENTRY PRESS LTD.

ISBN: 0988439603

ASIN: B009RYG86U

 Number of pages: 310

Word Count: 111,000

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 Book Description:

book cover Psychic investigator, Lily Saburi is no stranger to the supernatural. Tough as nails, she’s a hunter in her own right, a once self-proclaimed vigilante that has joined forces with the man she once sought to kill, and now can’t live without. Sexy, Sean Leighton, Alpha of the Brethren of Weres. Their passion surpassed every obstacle set in front of them, yet in the wake of a mysterious virus threatening everyone they love, they are embroiled in an unforgiving scheme of political double dealing, hidden agendas and assassination, with Lily and Sean as primary targets. To stay together, they are forced apart.

But treachery follows hard on Lily’s heels when she returns home to find New York City bathed in a series of bloodbaths. Baffled, the police have no leads, so they call in their last line of defense to work the case. Lily.

Thrown together with homicide detective, Ryan Martinez, dangerous sparks fly as the two uncover the undead truth behind the killings. Long hidden secrets are revealed, as are truths too unbelievable to accept when Lily is kidnapped and Sean and Ryan have to work together to find her.

Revenge and the struggle for power all play a part in this urban fantasy suspense, taking you from the rocky coast of Maine to the heart of New York City, the NYPD and the vampire underground, where Weres and Vampires are forced to work together to solve the mystery of what’s tearing their veiled world apart from the inside out.

About the Author:

authorMarianne Morea is a New Yorker, born and bred, and for the most part her stories and characters embody the grit and complexity of the city. An avid traveler, she uses her experiences from around the world in all her books. There isn’t a place her characters live or travel that she haven’t been herself, and through her words, tries to transport my readers. Like most authors, her love affair with the written word started as a child with the books she read. Even today, she loves to read almost as much as she loves to write. Marianne’s favorite stories are the ones that transport her, that bring her to places and introduces her to characters that leave readers breathless…the ones that spark the fire of her imagination, allowing her to dream in the world of‘what if?’She’s always been a scribbler, and from the time she could write her name, Marianne has been making up stories. So it was no surprise to family and friends when she earned degrees in both Journalism and Fine Art, but after working in the trenches of Madison Avenue as a Graphic Artist, she decided to do what she loves most fulltime.Write.

Her dark paranormal romance,Blood Legacy, is the first book in her Legacy Series, and takes you from New York City to the Costa del la Luz in Spain, to foggy London and the romance of Rome. The story also takes you back in time 300 years to a place rife with conflict and brutality, bringing an historical edge to my vampires, their lives, a love that spanned the centuries and the search for absolution and redemption that carries death in its wake.Hunter’s BloodandTwice Cursed are books one and two in Marianne Morea’s contemporary shifter series,Cursed by Blood. The story is set on the east coast of the U.S., taking you from the rocky coast of Maine to the heart of New York City, the NYPD and the vampire underground. Revenge and the struggle for power all play a part in this urban fantasy suspense, where Weres and Vampires are forced to work together to solve the mystery of what’s tearing their veiled world apart from the inside out.

In the meantime Marianne is also a founding member as well as a former President of The Paranormal Romance Guild,a not-for-profit organization for readers and authors of the genre. She’s now a PRG Board Member and Co-Chair of the PRG Event/Marketing Team. She is still writing, and when not sitting‘bichok’ (but in a chair hands on keyboard), she’s spending time with her husband and three kids, traveling to exciting, romantic places …for inspiration, of course! Who says dreams can’t come true?

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Interview One:

Character Interview with psychic, Lily Saburi, main character and heroine from Marianne Morea’s Urban Fantasy Saga, Cursed by Blood…

Interviewer: “I have wanted to meet you for so long. Tell me, Lily…most of the ladies think Sean is quite a hunk, is it true that when you first met him all you could think about was licking his thighs?”

[Lily blinks, open mouthed] “Boy, they told me you were direct…but jeez. Umm, yeah. Sean struck me immediately as a hottie. The way he walked toward me when I was in that hospital bed. It was entirely predatory, and he oozed sex appeal—I couldn’t help myself, but then again I was on heavy pain meds. I guess to answer your question, yes—he was, and is, mouthwateringly handsome.”

[Chuckling off set, Sean winks] “Back attcha, babe.”

Interviewer: “When Terry died, we all know how difficult that was for you, yet we really don’t see you cry. Where did you channel all that pain you so obviously felt?”

[Lily closes her eyes and exhales sadly before opening them again] “When something like that happens, you’re numb at first. You don’t know what to feel because the situation is just so unreal. And with everything else—the fact that I knew it was a Were that killed my best friend—it just made this unreality all the more unreal. I did cry. But my anger at the situation—at myself—was just too overwhelming at the time. Anyone who picks up the series knows that. I did cry, but just not where anyone could see.”

Interviewer: “You lost your family, but now you’ve inherited another through Sean. How are you adjusting?”

[Smiling, Lily glances over her shoulder at Sean] “Adjustment…that’s the perfect word to describe it. Things haven’t been smooth sailing for me and Sean since we got together. We didn’t just fall in love and ride off into the sunset together. We’ve had quite a bit of fine tuning and many heated moments. As Sean says, trouble is my middle name. Edward Parr…[Lily pauses, making a face]…he learned the hard way not to fuck with me and mine. But, I’ll leave that for you to find out. As to my family, I’ve still got Terry’s folks, and Sean’s family is now my family, so for the most part it’s all good.”

Interviewer: “Why do you suppose Ms. Morea titled the book Twice Cursed?”

[Lily tilts her head, thoughtfully] “I asked her that after she left us all hanging at the end of Hunter’s Blood. Big mistake, by the way. You think the readers hated that cliffhanger? Just ask the cast how we felt! But that’s another questions… I asked her why she picked Twice Cursed…I mean, she hadn’t even finished the outline and the book was named! She told me it was because of the vampires. You see, Weres are born dual natured. We are just another race akin to humankind. Marianne said that vampires were once human and so cursed into their existence, and what she was going to put them through in the book made them doubly cursed…so, Twice Cursed. Not bad, huh?”

Interviewer: “Tell me about Stephanie, Sean’s niece. She’s a psychic like you. Are you planning to help her develop her talents?”

[Lily shrugs, but glances over at Sean] “I didn’t come into my ‘talent’ as you call it until I was ten years old, after my parents died. Stephie was born with hers, so I’m not really sure if her senses work the same way as mine, but I will definitely be there for her. She is a lucky little girl, in that she had great people around her who love her. She’s only four years old, but man is she strong-minded, and the level of talent she’s exhibited already is a little scary. You should keep an eye out for her, there’s a story brewing there too!”

Interviewer: “What about you and Ryan and you and Jack? Doesn’t Sean ever get jealous?”

[Lily leans forward eyes narrowed at the interviewer] “I wouldn’t go there if I were you. I can’t stand it when people try to stir the shit. The subject of Jack Cochran is off limits, and I mean that. People can think what they like. Yeah, I’m over the top and some people might even say I’m a flirt, but that’s not true. I have very different, yet special relationships with both Jack and Ryan. You’ll just have to read the book to find out why and how…just don’t bring up Jack’s name to Sean…trust me on that. I know he told you I was hard to handle, but he’s the one who gets all alpha possessive. Do yourself a favor and ask me a different question.”

Interviewer [swallowing hard as she glances past Lily to see Sean’s suspicious scowl] “Okay then…moving on…You mentioned the vampires. What did you think when you first met them? Did they live up to your expectations or were they completely different from what you thought?”

[With half a smirk, Lily leans back in her chair and crosses her arms] “Wow. Who’da thought that talking about vampires would be a safer bet for a question? [She smiles at the interviewer] It’s okay, and that’s actually a good question. The vampires were a complete anomaly to me, nothing like I envisioned. They were eerily beautiful, but only on the surface. Their evil was patent, and anyone with any kind of intuitive nature would readily see it, and then immediately shit their pants. They are grace and civility, beauty in a sleek but deadly way, like a panther waiting to strike. Although I have to say that Remy has a story that is worthy of being told. His sorrow and his anguish is a tangible as his physical deformity. Makes me wonder what happened to him.”

Interviewer: “But don’t you and Sean have a close connection to the vampires now? Couldn’t you just ask Remy what happened?”

You would think so, but no. The is still a divide, and I would never have that kind of effrontery to assume to ask Remy something that personal. Perhaps we’ll all find out at some point in the saga. There’s a lot more to unfold…”

Interviewer: And my last question has to be…do you ever think you’ll choose pack life and race the moon with Sean?

[Lily shrugs, slyly] I don’t know yet. Guess we’ll both just have to wait and see.

Interviewer: Thank you, Lily, for sharing so much with us, and yes, there is much more to come, and I can’t wait!

Interview 2:

Character Interview with Sean Leighton, current Alpha of the Brethren of Weres and main character from Marianne Morea’s Urban Fantasy Saga, Cursed by Blood…

Interviewer: Tell about yourself, Sean…

[Chuckling, Sean raises an eyebrow] “What’s there to tell, really?” [He runs a hand through his hair, exhaling, sexy half smile teasing the corner of his mouth] “I’m a shape-shifter, someone blessed with dual natures. Other than that, I grew up not much differently than you. I had a mother and a father and a younger brother. Unfortunately, I’m all that’s left of my family.”

Interviewer: Didn’t your brother have a family, and let’s not forget about Lily…

[Sean snorts.] “I couldn’t forget Lily even if I wanted to! But, you’re right, of course…Jerard is survived by his wife, Rissa and their daughter Stephie, and that little one is something special—and not just because she’s my niece. She’s responsible in a huge way for saving more than one life, but you’ll have to read the story to find out about that.”

Interviewer: You still haven’t said a word about Lily. Trouble in paradise?

Lily’s middle name is trouble, so I would tread very carefully if I were you. As to my relationship with her: she’s headstrong and hard to handle, yet compassionate, super smart and fierce…not to mention beautiful…she’s everything I never knew I wanted and I wouldn’t change a thing. Trouble in paradise? With Lily, it wouldn’t be paradise unless there was trouble.”

Interviewer: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

[Shrugs] “I never really gave it much thought. In my world you are born into your dual nature and automatically part of a pack or pride or whatever the grouping is specific to your animal nature. I knew I was destined to be the Alpha of my pack because of my blood line. Challenges are far and few these days, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought I’d be the Alpha of something as unusual as the Brethren or that we’d have anything like our experimental Compound.”

Interviewer: Out of all the natures you were gifted with when you became Alpha, which is the most fun to shift into?

[A sheepish grin spreads across Sean’s face] My hunter’s will never let me live this down, but it has to be the gift of flight I received from the Avians. Flying is an unbelievable rush, the only thing that comes close is racing the full moon. Our Compound may be multi-specied, but each group still thinks their particular set of ‘skills’ is king. Me, I love being a wolf, but flying is amazing.

Interviewer: What are you passionate about these days?

[Smiling broadly now, he glances over his shoulder at the pretty honey blonde sitting off to the side of the interview set] “Lily. She’s my whole existence now, her and the survival of our Compound. Though I do wish she’d change her hair color back to her natural dark chestnut…”

[Lily blows a razzberry at him off set.]

Interviewer: [chuckling] “Well, you know what they say about blondes having more fun…

[Raising an eyebrow, Sean cocks his head to the side] “With Lily, you never go right to fun. [He winks at her.] But it’s definitely a rollercoaster ride worth taking.”

Interviewer: What is your favorite meal?

You’re kidding, right?” [With a sly grin, Sean leans forward in his chair, letting a bit of a growl rumble in his throat for effect] “I do enjoy a very, very, succulent…[the interviewer scoots back in her chair and Sean laughs out loud] “Sorry, I just couldn’t resist. I guess my favorite meal is what any carnivore would crave… a big, juicy steak.

Interviewer: What do you do to unwind and relax?

I run in wolf form through the forest. It calms me, and helps me to put things into perspective or clear my mind.” [Looking over his shoulder again, he smiles, shaking his head] “Lily hasn’t joined me yet, she’s still debating on whether or not she wants that particular part of our lunar driven world.”

Interviewer: If you could apologize to someone in your past, who would it be?

[Sean takes a deep breath, letting it out slowly] “I’m not really sure how to answer that question. I guess I would have to say, my brother, Jerard. With the Compound and the coming together of all the species of Were, I was preoccupied and didn’t see that his marriage was crumbling and that he had lost his way. If I had paid more attention, perhaps he’d still be alive.”

Interviewer: What is something people would be surprised about you?

That unlike Hollywood stereotypes, Weres are not bloodthirsty, mindless beasts come the full moon. We can shift any time, any day. We are as comfortable and as cognizant in our animal forms as we are when we’re in our human forms. We’re really not that different from anyone else—just like humans, we have our good days and our bad days. We get angry and vent, we laugh, we cry, we bleed when we’re hurt, we have prejudices that we need to rise above…we’re just trying to find our way in this world just like you.”

Interviewer: Thank you, Sean, for taking the time to meet with us this evening.

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Armand Inezian

Genre: Fantasy, Fantasy Thriller, or Dark Fantasy Thriller.

Publisher: Greyhart Press, Bromham UK.

ISBN: 978-1478279525

ASIN: B009FMWCF0

Number of pages: 310

Word Count: approximately 95,000

Cover Artist: Banchick Illustration.

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Jonathan Stoker is a reluctant vampire who wants nothing to do with the dark world that turned him. He isolates himself, sucking nonlethal quantities of blood from helpless drunks and making a marginal living. However after he learns that someone he holds dear has been lured to the VampCon, a cut-throat vampire summit, Jonathan is forced to deal with his kind again.

 

 

But Jonathan and company quickly discover that the VampCon is much more than a meeting. It’s a conspiracy that holds the key to both the creation and possible extinction of all vampires.

 

 

Now Jonathan has no choice but to come to terms with his own dark side while working with a small band of troublemakers to stop a nightmare from coming true.

 

 

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Armand Inezian resides in Boston with his wife, two children, and three cats. In addition to writing, he also works two day jobs, one in grants administration and the other in teaching English, and he is grateful for both. He graduated from Emerson College with an MFA in Creative Writing. His short stories have appeared in various literary journals including The Missouri Review and Glimmer Train. In 2003, his short story, Baer, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Another of his shorts, See Me, won the Glimmer Train Story Open in 2008. VampCon is his first completed novel.

 

 

Blog: https://armandinezian.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Interview with Lila Munro

How did you get into writing?

I’ve always known that on some level from the time I could say the ABC’s and I memorized The Little Red Hen. At that point I couldn’t write down stories, but I was really good at making them up. I had a very vivid imagination. When I was in sixth grade we traded teachers once a day in our teeny country school (I graduated in a class of fifty-two) and I was introduced to the world of creative writing by Mr. Trokey. I was very much taken in when he told me I had a knack for carrying a story line and that someday he knew he’d get the first signed copy of a book I’d written. I really doubt he thought that book would come in the form of an erotic romance. From there I tinkered with writing off and on until my muses went dormant when the children arrived. Apparently crying, screaming babies tend to terrify muses and they flee for the hills at the sound. Then one day I looked up and figured out I had turned forty and my dream was yet to be realized. It was at that point I dusted off the old notebook, found an idea or two and turned them into The Executive Officer’s Wife. And you know, it’s strange. I hear writers of our sort telling horror stories all the time about how they get accused of writing porn or worse and people shun them at every turn. I’ve never experienced this from a family member, friend or anyone I’ve met and told what I do. I have complete support, and my husband is my biggest fan.

How do you get into the writing mood? Music, movies, food, drinks, scents, specific place.

I usually don’t have to get in the mood, the mood is with me almost constantly by way of two very demanding muses. When I do need a boost however, I do my plotting in a hot bubble bath.

How long does it take you to finish a book?

That depends entirely on the book. I write, for the most part, novel length works. These usually take a few months from conception to edits.

Tell us about your new book.

Assumed Identity is book 3 in my Identity series and tells the story of one Julie Marie Hayden Chelsea Stevens. And her newly found lover Mason Seidler, Doctor of Psychology. Julie’s life up until age nineteen wasn’t the epitome of the white picket fence family and doubts about her place in the world plague her. As it turns out, Julie needs Mason in ways she never imagined possible to help her cope and maintain control of her world.

What’s next for you?

I’m currently working on book 4 in the Identity series, Assumed Master, which is the continuation of Julie’s story many years later. I also plan on finished my Slower Lower Love series this year and I have a brand new series in the works, The Sergeants of Echo Co.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

You know I used to truly believe I knew the answer to that question, but recent self-analysis shows I’m still deciding.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

If I told that, everyone would know they it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. J

Where is one place you’ve always wanted to visit? Or if you’ve already been there, your favorite place to visit.

Being a military wife I’ve pretty much traversed the globe, however, I want to do the European tour before I’m too old to enjoy it.

What made you pick your genre?

My genre picked me to an extent. My original intent was not to cross the line into the BDSM or ménage realms but after some thorough counseling from Bronwyn, naughty muse number two, here we are.

Do you ever combine or switch from this selection?

I do. I write some very sensual romance that can be simply labeled contemporary, that’s actually how I started, and later this year I’ll return to that a bit. It gets rave reviews and I enjoy writing it very much.

Where can readers find you on the web? Social media sites, blogging, website, etc.

I can be found at http://realmanticmoments.blogspot.com

Thanks so much for having me by today, Sara!

Zoey Matthews is in love. She’s been in love since the day she was dropped off by a social worker at yet another foster home on a back country road miles from nowhere, Missouri. At age ten, she met the men of her dreams. Over the course of sixteen years, Dane Cardwell, Jack Devereux and Ryan Wilkins fell in love with her, too. They’ve each told her they love her, they’ve shown her and each man has gone so far as to ask her to marry him. But what they don’t know is Zoey loves them all.

Her game of kiss and not tell all comes crashing down around her the night of her graduation from veterinary school and Zoey runs for the mountains. Of Colorado. Hoping to outrun her obsession with three men and forget them all together, she stays gone for ten years. But the wound has never healed. In fact, it’s done nothing but fester. Needing to clear the air, Zoey agrees to spend a few days back home with the boys never imagining it would turn into a week filled with comparison sex as Dane, Jack and Ryan each try to get Zoey to choose between them and their varied tastes.

When she finally tells the truth, a truth only one of them has known all along, Zoey fears the foursome will never be able to make a sharing relationship work. After all, aren’t there just too many personalities and desires to sort through? Add in the kink factor and things get really complicated. Zoey’s not convinced the truth has any merit, but there’s one thing she knows for sure…this time she’s playing for keeps.

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Guest Blogger Casey Crow

 Tell us about Can’t Fake This.

 Casey: CAN’T FAKE THIS started out on a whim. At the last minute, I decided to enter this 10,000 word contest. I’d written spicy mainstream, but this was my first dive into erotic waters. I didn’t win the contest, but after having what I thought was a good start, I added some more words and low and behold, this erotic became the first manuscript I sold.

The story is about a divorcee ready to reenter the dating world. Anna Ryan is determined to be the best “product on the market,” which requires a lot more experience so she propositions sexy police officer Chase Harris to teach her how to make hot, passionate love as opposed to just having sex. He takes it a step further, instructing each lesson based on The Twelve Days of Christmas.

I love that you incorporated the 12 Days of Christmas into this story! Is there a favorite “day” in your story that you’d like to share?

Casey: Chase gives Anna two Dove chocolate candies to symbolize Two Turtle Doves. This is my favorite day because it’s so different from the rest. It’s the only day they don’t make out. Anna would definitely disagree with me, and in fact gets in a huff because Chase makes her talk when she wants much more than that!

What was the most challenging part?

Casey: By far the most difficult part was coming up with so many detailed sex scenes and making each one fresh and unique. It sounds funny saying that because really there are worse things to have to write about than sex, you know? But twelve days equates to a lot of stripping down, and there are only so many ways you can take off your clothes. LOL

Since CAN’T FAKE THIS is a holiday-themed story, I’m curious…at what time of the year did you write the story? And if you wrote it in say June or March, how did you get yourself in the holiday spirit?

Casey: I wish I had a better story, but I didn’t have to break out the Christmas CDs in the middle of July. I wrote the original 10,000 words (for the contest) for a few weeks in October so as luck would have it, it was late November, early December when I decided to add more to the story. I do think writing CAN’T FAKE THIS added to my Christmas spirit. It’s such a fun story.

Describe your writing process.

Casey: I’m a plotter for sure, but the outline is very vague so if my characters want to take a detour, I’m okay with that. I’m also linear. As for as my schedule goes, after taking the children to school, I go to the gym (because if it doesn’t happen in the a.m., it’s not going to happen) then write until it’s time to return to “mom” mode. I usually squeeze in some time late at night, too.

What is the best writing advice you received?

Casey: I’ve been fortunate to have tremendous support, especially from my mentor, the fabulous RITA nominated Cynthia Eden, whom I bug all the time with questions. I’m pretty sure along my journey since joining RWA in 2009, Cynthia said, “Don’t give up.” Rejections are to be expected. Keep writing through them, and your writing will only get better.

What is the worst writing advice you received?

My writing is southern and sassy. Down-to-earth. I try to write like folks actually talk so those no-no’s you’ve heard about “was” and adverbs, I’ve learned to take in stride. You can’t let rules overrule your voice.

What are you currently reading?

 On my nightstand this week is Tangled up in Love by Heidi Betts.

You’ve long been a fan of romance novels. What prompted you to cross over to the writing side of things?

 Casey: In high school and college, I only read text books. I was a bit of a nerd. Okay, that’s a lie. I was a huge nerd so I didn’t even get started on romance until I was twenty-five. Oddly enough, my mom, an avid reader of all romance genres first encouraged me to write. About the time I started thinking, “I could do this,” she said, “You can.” Thank goodness too, because I love it and turned the hobby turned into a career when I joined Romance Writers of America in 2009.

You spent some time in pageant life. What was that like?

Casey: As a dancer and gymnast, I was on stage my whole life, but I began competing in pageants at fifteen to prepare for Jr. Miss (now Distinguished Young Woman). I’ve done everything from glitz to natural. I prefer youth development programs where talent is the primary focus. I’ve competed in the Miss America and Miss Universe systems. I have to say it was pretty cool being Miss University of Alabama, but my most memorable reign was Miss Motorsports, where I got to be a NASCAR spokesmodel and hang out with all the famous drivers.

Pageants typically have a negative connotation, but the friendships, public speaking skills, and confidence I gained make me a firm believer in the many positive aspects they provide. My eight-year-old daughter now competes and likes the fact that she has more nationals titles than me. She has sung in Branson, MO and opened a concert for CMA artist Ashton Shepherd. None of that would have been possible without her pageant experience. As a pageant coach for over twenty years, and I still get such an adrenaline rush teaching modeling and interview to girls of all ages. It’s incredibly rewarding to see one’s self-confidence grow with each lesson.

If you cook, do crafty stuff, or have a hobby, please share the details with readers.

Casey: I do cook and love crafts, but considering I’m about four years behind on scrapbooking, I don’t think it counts if it stays in a box under the bed. The one thing I truly do for just me is take a dance class. I used to own a dance studio so this is a great way for me to keep in shape and up-to-date for when I choreograph for my pageant students. I’m in a class with a bunch of other teachers and former dance competitors. It’s not easy by any means. The best part is that we rock the house during recital time. Old ladies, apparently, still have it.

Is there a genre you’d like to write?

Casey: I’d love to write YA. Over the years, I’ve worked with hundreds of teenagers either as a dance instructor or pageant coach, and it fascinates me how they flip flop between still being kids and being incredibly mature.

Any upcoming conferences?

Casey: I’m presenting my PITCH PERFECT workshop at Silken Sands, sponsored by the Gulf Coast Chapter of RWA, the sister chapter to Southern Magic. You can register at http://www.gccrwa.com/silkensands/ and enjoy March 16-18 on Pensacola Beach! Plus, the So. Magic contest winners will be announced there!

 I’ll also be hanging out with the cover hotties at the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in April in Chicago. I’ll present the same workshop and they have asked me to be a “Pitch Doctor” in the pitch room to help writers right before the pitch to editors and agents.

 What’s next for Casey Crow?

 Casey: Thanks for asking! I have two other manuscripts on submission right now with various agents and editors. HUSTLER’S DREAM is about a southern socialite pool shark who hustles the wrong guy, or is he? FEELS SO RIGHT is about a country music agent and her ex-boyfriend songwriter. I’m also half way finished with FAST DREAM, the sequel to HUSTLER’S DREAM, about a female NASCAR tire changer in love with the driver.

 I just signed with Siren Publishing for DANCE WITH A MILLIONAIRE, which features a ballerina. It will be out in e-book in March 2012 and print in July. This one, like my other works aside from CAN’T FAKE THIS, are spicy mainstream.

 I swear they’re not autobiographical! But, I’m passionate about the things I enjoy, and they invariably make their way into my writing. My tagline is “Sexy, Sass & Southern” and all my heroines are just that.

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Casey Crow is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile. Casey resides in south Alabama where she stays busy running her two young children to way too many activities. She also works as a dance choreographer, pageant coach of twenty years, professional emcee and model, and certified Miss America preliminary judge. In fact, she is a former Miss University of Alabama and NASCAR spokesmodel. She is addicted to CASTLE & REVENGE and works out constantly to compensate for her addiction to Barq’s root beer. She enjoys playing pool, tennis & golf, but never has the time and is therefore, pitiful at all three. Casey writes erotic and spicy contemporary romances with the tagline “Sexy, Southern & Sassy.”

 

 


Casey Crow is a Summa Cum Laude graduate from the University of Alabama with degrees in Business Management and Dance. She received her Master of Business Administration from the University of Mobile. Casey resides in south Alabama where she stays busy running her two young children to way too many activities. She also works as a dance choreographer, pageant coach of twenty years, professional emcee and model, and certified Miss America preliminary judge. In fact, she is a former Miss University of Alabama and NASCAR spokesmodel. She is addicted to CASTLE & REVENGE and works out constantly to compensate for her addiction to Barq’s root beer. She enjoys playing pool, tennis & golf, but never has the time and is therefore, pitiful at all three. Casey writes erotic and spicy contemporary romances with the tagline “Sexy, Southern & Sassy.”

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Guest Blogger Tom Mach

How I Came to Write An Innocent Murdered

One of the techniques I use, not only for An Innocent Murdered, but for other novels I’ve written as well, is to ask a key question: Whahut If? In the case of my murder mystery, I asked the question: What if a priest was thought to be a pedophile but wasn’t and what if he was killed because the media had already “convicted” him? This led me to another “what if” question: What if the case against a suspect was so strong that there seemed to be no possible way she could be innocent? And yet another question: How could someone else have done the crime in the face of such strong evidence against the suspect?

Those questions led me to my original draft for An Innocent Murdered, which I had first written in the 1990s. What compelled me to write this particular novel at that time was all the media publicity swirling about concerning priests who were accused of child molestation. I noticed that these few bad apples created incredible damage for priests in general—the vast majority of whom were God-fearing and loving men who never do such a thing. Yet the media appeared to paint them all with the same broad brush. That was totally unfair so I hoped my novel would open the eyes of people to the truth.

After setting my original draft aside for almost 15 years, I took a fresh look at it and had to change just about everything except the three main characters—the priest, the detective, and the person who was suspected of murder. When I sketched the outline for this novel, the skeletal part of the plot remained the same—there’s a murder of a priest, a suspect with strong evidence against her, and a detective who, at first, believes she is guilty but later has reason to think otherwise. Originally, I had the priest murdered in the first chapter, but then I asked myself if I were a reader, why would I care about this priest? I wouldn’t. It would be just another dead body. But I wanted the reader to care because this man was innocent of any wrongdoing. He was a good man. He truly cared about children. And I wanted to show that and not to tell that. Thus, the priest isn’t murdered until 12,000 words later. By that time, we know all about him—how he agonized over being falsely accused, how he felt when even another priest and nun scorned him, how he reminisced about sexual temptation as a teenager when another girl his age tried to seduce him.

When people ask me how I create a character, I tell them that I break some of the rules. I don’t use biographical sketches to force myself to create a character from scratch. I don’t agonize over all the physical characteristics of the person—the way he combs his hair into a bushy wave, the way her smile fades like an old painting, the way she wears her skirts so short you wonder how she hides her essentials when she sits, or the way he walks with a limp and has to rest after every block. Those physical attributes come out of my story anyway. What I try to do is to allow a movie to play in my head and as I “see” the characters acting and reacting to others and learn their hidden secrets deep in their minds, the characters come alive. Alive! I can’t really explain it unless I tell you how I created my first successful character in a historical novel I wrote called Sissy! My main character there was a 19th century woman named Jessica Radford. When I created this novel, I had an image of a 10-year-old slave girl crying out for her guardian angel whom she named Sissy. And I had an image of a young woman who went against the tide and insisted that all women be treated as equals with men—in 1862 !! I had Jessica so real that after a friend of mind asked me where Jessica was buried, I told him that she was a fictional character and he found it hard to believe. That’s how I knew I created a great character!

The other thing I had to do with An Innocent Murdered is to plant believable “red herrings” in the murder mystery. That is, there were others who could just as well have killed the priest. One in particular actually possessed the murder weapon itself! I had to plant clues in the novel which were so subtle that—when the reader finished the novel she would say to herself: “Aha, I should have known that all along.” Agatha Christie was a master at that, keeping you guessing until you got near the end of the book.

My novel involved two different locations—one was a mid-sized Kansas town (which is where I live) and the other was Chicago (where I was born and raised). I had the advantage of being intimately familiar with both towns so I felt comfortable in describing the scenes in my novel. For example, I was easily able to visualize where the abandoned rectory was in Chicago, even though I changed the name of the street, and I had a good sense where Rock Meadow, Kansas was (although a fictitious town) and where the police department would probably be located.

Even a contemporary novel requires research. I had to understand how a criminal investigation proceeds, how interrogations are made, and the importance of a flawless crime scene investigation. I had to know how long it would take for person to fly from Kansas City to Chicago, Illinois—as well as what airlines would fly there and what major hotels would be located not far from O’Hare airport.

As far as my writing routine is concerned, I rewrote the new draft of An Innocent Murdered in thirty days, using pressure exerted from the National Novel Writing Month (http://www.nanowrimo.org). But after those thirty days my novel was expanded from 55,000 words to 74,000 words and I spent the next several months editing it over and over until it was in great shape. I found that by collapsing the time frame on this book, I had to live continuously with this story—every day thinking about it, reworking it, coming up with revisions, so I think the artificial pressure I put upon myself help me craft a much better book.

This brings me to my last point. When a writer creates a novel, he should find great satisfaction in constantly rewriting it. There’s a certain delight in knowing, after your draft is completed, that you can now spend all of your time making your story much better than it was. You see things you haven’t noticed before. You notice omissions, you notice errors, and you notice room for improvement. The end result should be your best work. That’s what I hope An Innocent Murdered will prove to be.
Excerpt:
“No, I understand. Do you think Matt and I can have access to the former rectory? We’d like to look around.”
“Well, I guess not, but why in the world would you want to look around over there?”
Matt showed him his badge. “It’s part of an investigation we’re doing on the murder of that child.”
“By all means, check it out.” He opened a desk drawer and took out a key attached to a plastic tag. “Here, take this.”
Matt pocketed the key and was about to leave when the man stopped him.
“That place is haunted, you know,” the old man said.
“Haunted?”
Bio:
Tom Mach wrote two successful historical novels, Sissy! and All Parts Together, both of which have won rave reviews and were listed among the 150 best Kansas books in 2011.Sissy! won the J. Donald Coffin Memorial Book Award while All Parts Together was a viable entrant for the 2007 Pulitzer Prize Award. He also wrote a collection of short stories entitled Stories To Enjoy which received positive reviews. Tom’s other novels include: An Innocent Murdered, Advent, and Homer the Roamer.

His poetry collection, The Uni Verse, won the Nelson Poetry Book Award. In addition to several awards for his poetry, Writer’s Digest awarded him ninth place in a field of 3,000 entrants. His website is: http://www.TomMach.com He also has a popular blog for writers of both prose and verse at http://tommach.tumblr.com

Book Blurb:
Father O’Fallon has been murdered, and police officer Jacinta Perez is arrested and charged. Detective Matt Gunnison, however, is not convinced and with the help of Susan, an ex-nun, he discovers a fascinating link between the priest’s death and the death of a child 25 years ago. Will Matt be able to solve both murders? See video: http://t.co/H1siZOg
LINKS FOR VBT: AN INNOCENT MURDERED
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http://www.amazon.com/An-Innocent-Murdered

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Interview/Review with Aubrie Dionne

Aubrie DionneToday, I’m welcoming Aubrie Dionne back to my site for her second visit. Today, I’m hosting a review of her book, Paradise 21 and she’s answered some questions to give readers a chance

to learn more about the person behind the name.

I’m not much of a fantasy person but Paradise 21 helped change my mind. This story is placed in

Paradise 21

Paradise 21 by Aubrie Dionne

the future and follows a woman who’s determined to escape an arranged marriage in the sole purpose of procreation. I won’t give away spoilers but this story is an awesome read. I loved the futuristic nature, the passion of the characters, and the unique creatures. If you enjoy sci-fi romance, this is a book I’d suggest you pick up. I’ll be hosting a larger review of this book when I am not so cramped for time, due to internet malfunctions and a 72 hour virus.

Now, for the interview questions:

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1.) What is the highlight of your career?So far, my book signing at Barnes and Noble was definitely a highlight. All of my family and friends came, and I felt like I was living my dream. Getting my agent was another highlight. Finally, I felt like I wasn’t alone. (Even though I have supportive family members and critique partners.) The third highlight is all the five stars reviews I’ve been getting from readers! I’m so excited (and relieved) that so many people like Paradise 21.

2.) How did you come up with your story?I watched a lot of Star Wars and Star Trek growing up, so that definitely inspired me to write science fiction. I also worry about the end of the world (I’m such a worry wart), and what people will do when our resources run out. Paradise 21 is about a colony ship finding a new home and how that impacts individuality and the freedom of choice.

3.) How did you get into writing?I’ve written my entire life. My first poem was about a unicorn in grade school. I started writing seriously about six years ago when I wanted to read a certain blending of genres that I couldn’t find anywhere in the bookstore.

4.) What’s one thing you can’t live without?The internet! I use it for everything: to do research for my writing, to communicate with my agent, to keep up with my blog and Twitter, and to correspond with my writing partners! Just a few weeks ago we lost the internet during that Nor’easter in New England, and I was without internet for several hours. I felt so lost!

5.) What does it take to get your writing mojo to working?Watching an exciting movie usually sparks my imagination. Also, talking about the possibilities in my book with my agent or my editor.

6.) How long does it take to get a book finished?My first book took me way too long: Two and a half years! Now I can finish a book in six to seven months.

7.) Do you create an outline and write scene to scene or fly by the seat of your pants and write whatever scenes comes to you that day?I write in chapter order, but I don’t always have an outline, just a general idea of where I want to go. That way the story evolves naturally.

8.) What’s one thing about your characters that your readers don’t know?That they are all a part of me! Even the bad ones! At first I found that thought horrifying, but now I’m comes to terms with it. They have to come from somewhere, right? And if I draw on my own inner hopes, dreams, and fears, I think I can make them more real.

9.) What’s up next for you?I’ve currently working on the third book in the series, Haven 6. The second book, Tundra 37 comes out in January (for all of you who liked Paradise 21). Tundra 37 is about a matchmaker on a colony ship. Their pairing system is destroyed right after she finds herself matched to the handsome lieutenant and presses delete. This book has it all: cyber women, alien mammoths, laser battles, tragic love, everything! I think I like it even more than Paradise 21.

10.) What’s your biggest distraction when you write?The internet! I keep checking my email thinking there is someone I need to get back to!

11.) What’s in your TBR pile?The sequel to the Hunger Games: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. I loved the first book and can’t wait to see the movie version.

12.) What made you choose the genre you write for?I’ve always been drawn to science fiction and fantasy my whole life. I grew up watching Star Wars, Star Trek, The Last Unicorn, The Goonies, The Princess Bride, all sci fi fantasy movies. So, of course, that’s what came out when I started to write.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!

This book tour is hosted by Coffee Beans and Love Scenes. Coffee Beans and Love Scenes

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Guest Blogging For this Week

I’ve been blogging like crazy! Come visit my guest posts and comment. There’s a giveaway of my paranormal romance up for grabs on each site!

First, visit with me at Sit Here and Read as I talk about all my WIP and why Sit Here and Read

I choose to write the stories I do.

Then, come visit me as I talk with the Book Wenches about getting out of the comfort zone.

Tomorrow, I’ll be visiting Gabrielle Bisset so y’all go ahead and be ready to get that mouse to moving.

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Visit with Me

I’ve recently completed an author interview and guest blog spot with Sharon from Obsession With Books. I’d love to have commenters so come on by. There’s a free copy of my paranormal romance up for grabs. Heart Over Mind

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Author Spotlight Interview

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Guest Blogging

I’m guest blogging today at  Nice N Naughty Authors. Please come by and visit with me. One lucky commenter can win a free copy of my new paranormal romance Heart Over Mind.

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My Blog Tour Schedule

Here’s a schedule of my upcoming, and past guest blogging spots, as well as some folks who are visiting me. It’s a busy month with all this and NaNo going on. Sign up for my newsletter to find out all about the happenings in my crazy world.

November 3rd: Thursday Thirteen

November 4th Guest Blogger with Skhye Moncrief

November 6th Six Sentence Sunday

November 7th Seeing Night Reviews

November 10th Thursday Thirteen and Guest Blogger with Dawne Prochilo

November 11th Guest Blogger with Sherry Gloag

November 13th Six Sentence Sunday

November 14th Guest Blogger with Nice and Naughty

November 16th Guest Blogger with Obsession with Books

November 17th Guest Blogger with Long and Short of It

November 18th  Guest Blogger with Book Wenches

November 19th Guest Blogger with Sit Here and Read

November 20th Review and Interview with Aubrie Dionne

November 21st Guest Blogger with Gabrielle Bisset

November 23th Guest Blogger with Jean Joachim

November 25th Guest Visitor with Diana Duncan

November 26th Visitor with Kathleen Ann Gallagher

November 27th Guest Blogger with Jennie Marsland

November 28th Visited by Jean Joachim

November 30th Visited by Tom Mach

December 2nd Visited by Kat Flannery

December 3rd Visited by Kathleen Grieve

December 4th Interview with Books and Kisses

December 5th Guest Blogger with Some Write It Hot

December 7th Guest Blogger with Lindsay Downs

December 9th Visited by Tracy Cramer Kelly

December 16th Visited by Gabrielle Bisset

Blog Tours I’m Participating In:

Save A Turkey, Gobble Up a Book

Black Friday Book Bonanza

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