Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Thrilling History! An Interview with Author, John Paul Davis

As a huge history fan, it’s great to welcome author, John Paul Davis. Firstly, you have had two works of non-fiction published, the first of which was the highly acclaimed history, Robin Hood: The Unknown Templar. Could you tell us something about it?

The Robin Hood book was my first completed manuscript and my first work accepted for publication. And it all happened by accident.
The Robin Hood connection actually came about when I was researching another book, a novel, now known as The Templar Agenda. I’ve always loved history and my dream was to write a novel that was based on a credible premise and this involved a lot of research. Before I started researching the Templars, I had never ascertained the possibility that Robin Hood could have been a historical Templar. I knew the films well and I was familiar with most of the ballads. As it turned out the ballads were the smoking gun. The Robin Hood of medieval literature is so far removed from the disinherited, freedom-fighting nobleman of the movies that I think few people really know what to expect from a historical Robin Hood. The ballads confirm the original Robin was little more than a commoner, with a tendency toward helping his fellow man and extremely devoted to his religion, far more so than a typical outlaw. The military structure of the merry men is also surprising for that of alleged cutthroats. Further still, the king of the ballads is an Edward.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Chasing Rainbows and Finding Success: Meet Bestselling Romance Author Kathleen Long

This weekend it is great to welcome another wonderful romance author, Kathleen Long. First of all Kathleen, congratulations on the huge success of your bestselling novel, Chasing Rainbows, an Amazon, USA Today and WSJ bestseller! Obviously you won’t want to give too much away, but for people who haven’t read it yet, could you tell us a bit about it?

Thank you, Katheryn! The past several weeks have been a humbling, exciting time in my life.

Chasing Rainbows is the story of Bernadette Murphy’s journey out of a life that’s stagnated into a life brimming with possibility.

Here’s the blurb:

What’s that saying about the devil you know? For Bernadette Murphy, it's the devil she never expected that changes everything. Her father’s sudden death leaves a gaping void in her life and is one in a series of events that rock her world. But with the discovery of her father’s book of cryptograms, Bernie realizes his encoded lessons in living may be exactly what she needs to survive.

When Bernie finds herself in trouble at home, out of work and banned from the mall after a confrontation at the cosmetic counter, she discovers what her father always knew. In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don’t.

For Bernie, the singing is about to begin.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Meet Cat Brown: Author and Romance Junkie

I’m thrilled to welcome romance junkie, Cat Brown, who is not only a romance author, but also the founder of Romance Junkies, the online site for everything to do with romance novels. First of all, you have published several romance novels using the name Samantha Storm, including Eye of the Storm, which has had brilliant reviews. Could you tell us a little bit about Eye of the Storm?  

It’s a 79,000 word paranormal.

Book Blurb: A car bomb hurls Katlin Campbell, a young redheaded beauty, into a world of chaos. She is forced to go on the run, her head filled with dangerous information passed onto her by a dying man.

Her only chance of survival — Ryker Duncan, a retired bodyguard. A sexy man with killer biceps who is only interested in keeping her alive long enough to find a way to retrieve and sell the information in her head to the highest bidder. Ryker can’t seem to keep his hands off Katlin, but he is torn between his growing feelings for her and the guilt he still carries over his wife’s death.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Mystery and Suspense with New York Times Bestselling Author, Chris Culver

It's great to be able to welcome bestselling author, Chris Culver. First of all, congratulations on the huge success of your New York Times bestselling murder mystery, The Abbey! For readers who haven’t read it, could you tell us a little bit about the story?

Thanks for the congratulations! The Abbey is a story about a Midwestern detective's investigation into his niece's very bizarre death. The more he investigates, though, the stranger and more dangerous his case becomes. With a body count ratcheting up with every other chapter, Ash realizes that if he doesn't solve his case quickly, his niece might not be his only family that dies.
The story straddles the line between being a mystery and a thriller, which, hopefully, makes it fun to read.  It was a lot of fun to write.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Love and Culture: An interview with romance author, Shewanda Pugh

Today, it’s great to be able to welcome Shewanda Pugh, the author of Crimson Footprints. First Shewanda, where did the idea for Crimson Footprints come from? 

Crimson Footprints began with a loathsome assignment in a graduate level fiction writing class at Nova Southeastern University. As part of the creation of a character sketch, I had to “people watch” at a public locale here in Miami until my muse was sparked. So, grudgingly I went to a local Barnes & Nobles and stayed there until someone piqued my interest. Let’s just say the guy in question had an “urban” look, complete with baggy clothes, an iPod and tattoos. He went over to the literary fiction section and stayed there for an hour. For me, that stranger was a memorable lesson in looking beyond the surface, and though they share virtually nothing in common, he nonetheless served as inspiration for Takumi Tanaka, the character which sparked the first seeds of the story. Some people find it surprising that it was the hero and not the heroine who I came up with first.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Free Love for Valentine’s Day!

With Valentine’s Day coming up on the 14th, what could be better than some free romance novels? To celebrate, I’m offering everyone the chance to win two FREE ebooks!

The first is Lucky Ducks by Jan Romes. It's a fun, fast contemporary romance "that will make you smile over and over again. Highly recommend!” (Amazon reviewer)

Friday, February 3, 2012

Lots of Free Love to Celebrate Valentine’s Day this February!

With Valentine’s Day, February is the month of love, so I’m giving everyone heaps of chances to win some FREE romance novels this month with not just one, but four giveaways! Here’s how you can win loads of great romance this month: