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Wednesday Words with Violet Joicey-Cowen

The Choosing, Violet Joicey-Cowen, erotic romance, romance, m/m, manlove, siren publishing, siren-bookstrand, joicey-cowenI’m so excited to welcome author, Violet Joicey-Cowen to Wednesday Words. Her latest book, The Choosing, has just released today at Siren-Bookstrand. Now she’s here to share a few things with us and maybe we’ll even get a hint of what is coming up soon.

Q & A with Violet Joicey-Cowen

Lynne St. James: Welcome Violet, I’m so glad you could join us.

Violet Joicey-Cowen: Hi Lynne, thank you so much for having me on your blog today, it’s great to be here!


Lynne: Can you tell us a little about your background and how you started writing?

Violet: I have been a bookworm since I was tiny. My love of reading was encouraged by my grandmother. I was an only child living on a farm in the middle of nowhere and began writing stories down when I was about ten or eleven as entertainment– very tweeny self-indulgent stuff, but I was enjoying myself, and I still have most of it! I hope my writing style has evolved a little since then, though!


Lynne: How did you get started writing M/M (Male/Male) stories?

Violet: I read one. Lol, it was that simple! Once I read my first, I couldn’t get enough and two weeks later I had my first character jump into my head. That was Charlie from my first Whithowe Forest Pack book, Alpha Second.


Lynne: Your latest book, The Choosing, releases today. Can you tell us a bit about your main characters?

Violet: The main characters in The Choosing are called Korin and Ansen. Korin is one of three brothers (who aren’t actually brothers, more cousins, but they think of each other as brothers) who are all princes who start with equal rank in the line for the throne.

Korin is the caretaker of the three brothers and loves the other two so much. There is a lot of pressure on him with being the eldest of the three and he desperately needed the time away that he is at the end of at the beginning of the book. He also loves the captain of his guard, Ansen, but has not realised it yet.

Ansen has known he loved Korin for years but never thought he would have a chance with him. He loves Korin so deeply and though he thinks he will never be with him, still wants to do everything in his power to protect him and look after him. It doesn’t even occur to him to leave and go do something else, somewhere else.

Lynne:  I think we’re falling in love with them already!


Lynne: The Choosing is the first book in your series, how many books will there be?

Violet: This book is the first in a trilogy. Each of the princes will get their own book, but after that there are further trilogies planned, each with a different setting. At the moment there will be four trilogies (so twelve books) and one short story. There are more details on my blog and website.

Lynne:  That’s a great concept and will give us plenty to look forward to.


Lynne: If you could meet one author, who would it be and why?

Violet: One? I have been a bookworm since I was four years old! How am I supposed to only pick ONE author I could meet? *grumbling and muttering* oh okay… I suppose Anne Mccaffrey has always been one of my favourites and she wrote such diverse worlds with many books to her name. I would love to have met her and learned where she got the ideas for her books from and how she developed them into her detailed, fantastic worlds.


Lynne: Do you write in story order or hop around?

Violet: I have only written one story that I didn’t write linearly, and that was only the one scene that I wrote first then went back to the start. I much prefer to write the story in order and have it unfold as I go. I find it difficult to hop about and then connect the scenes in a way that makes sense.


Lynne: What do you find hardest about writing? Easiest?

Violet: My self-organisation skills suck. So remembering all the other things I have to do is one of the hardest things for me. I have to make lists for everything, multiple lists because I lose half of them. I love the ‘sticky notes’ app and have a load of notes on my desktop including one with my writing to-do list with dates everything is due by. Easiest? I have never had a problem with getting ideas for new stories (yet! Oh, my muse, please don’t abandon me!).


Lynne: Do you have a specific writing “ritual?”

Violet: I like to have a cup of tea when I write, earl grey specifically, and I am very fussy about how I take it! But as to an actual ritual? No, not really. I write in several places, curled up on my bed against a mound of pillows, in my study, in a lawn chair when it is sunny out, in my dining room, in a coffee shop, in a bar, pretty much anywhere I can take my laptop.


Lynne: What one word would you use to describe yourself to a complete stranger?

Violet: Chaotic.


Lynne: If you were shipwrecked on a desert island and only could bring one book, which one would it be?

Violet: Again with the only one? That’s just mean! Can I have the complete works of William Shakespeare? It would keep me going for a while at least… If I can’t have that, then no books, just an awful lot of paper and a good supply of something to write with. One book would get rather boring no matter how much I loved it at the start, but if I could write my own while there, I would be constantly entertained! Hang on… Desert Island, peace and quiet to write… sign me up!

Lynne:  I can’t help it, I couldn’t pick just one either, but it’s fun to torture errr ask anyway!


The Blurb:  The Choosing

[Warning: For mature audiences only (Over 18) Erotic Alernative Historical Fantasy Romance, M/M, HEA]

Thinking his duty and heart lead in different directions, what will Prince Korin of Nilan’dane decide to do? A letter arrives from Korin’s father, summoning him home for the Choosing after a year’s freedom in the desert, and Korin must face the fact that he is deeply in love with his best friend, the captain of his guard, Ansen.

Ansen has known for years that he loves Korin but never spoke of his feelings because he knew the duty Korin must perform, marrying and producing an heir for the kingdom. He never dared hope Korin would not only return those feelings, but actually be able to choose him.

Their brief happiness is ripped apart through the machinations of the twisted brother of one of Korin’s other suitors, and they must fight to hold on to the hope that they will see each other, and the baby Korin was carrying, again.


Where to buy Violet’s books:

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Once again I want to thank Violet Joicey-Cowen for joining us today on Wednesday Words.  I hope you have enjoyed her visit as much as I have, and don’t forget to check out The Choosing available now at Siren-Bookstrand.

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Wednesday Words with Aurora Clairmont

aurora clairmont, clairmont, The Starlet, romance, erotic romance, menage, siren-bookstrand, siren publishing, books, wednesday words, words.  debut author, authorWelcome to this week’s installment of Wednesday Words. Today I am happy to have debut author, Aurora Clairmont. Her first book, The Starlet, was recently released by Siren-Bookstrand.

The Interview:

Lynne St. James:  Aurora, can you tell us a little about your writing?

Aurora Clairmont:  This is my first novel, but I am not new to writing. I have been role-playing seriously for over eight years. When I say first novel, I mean first novel. I hadn’t written a book before at all. The first draft of my first book was accepted with minimal edits. I head hopped in a few sentences, so the rest was grammatical. Believe me, I am not perfect and am in fact a little lazy with my ‘casual’ words.

I like to write down the right words the first time. If that means stewing for a month and only creating the concept and outlining in my mind in order for it to flow, that is what I do. I finished writing half the book of The Starlet in about a month after stewing for several previously. Not stuck really, just sitting with it and thinking about what I wanted to do. I write in order from beginning to end, picking through what I wrote already as I move forward and planning for what I want to happen next.

I don’t want to talk too much about my real life, BUT! I do have an interesting link in with the topic for my book.


Lynne:  Can you give us some insight into Diana Winters, your heroine?  What makes her so special?

Aurora:  She is one of those naturally talented people who is also very down to earth and relatable. Think Jenifer Lawrence. Diana isn’t based on her per se, but she has that grace and ease. Except, when she falls it is generally due to her night blindness in lower lighting.


Lynne:  Is The Starlet going to be part of a series?  If so can you tell us about the series?

Aurora:  The Starlet is the very first book in the Set in the Old West series. The series setting is on the sets of western films and focuses on a group of actresses and actors who overlap into each other’s stories. There are five books planned, the first three take place during the filming of the film series that is kicked off in The Starlet. The final two books take place separately from the first three, but are all tied together by theme and recurring characters.


Lynne:  What are you working on now?  Can you tell us a little about it?

Aurora:  The Director is in the works. It is the second book in the Set in the Old West Series and features the ‘bad guy’ from the first book. Carolyn Cole, the director of the film series my story follows. She is a complicated woman and a bit of an anti-heroine. I am having a blast writing her and redeeming her character by unraveling the reason she is who she is and why she does what she does.


Lynne:  What do you find hardest about writing?  Easiest?

Aurora:  The hardest thing is pinning myself down. The easiest thing is that when I do sit down and write it just flows out. I like to stew over my ideas and get it right the first time I write it. Otherwise I fuss and obsess and end up wasting so much time reworking that if I had just waited and let it come to me I would have had more ideas. Better ideas.


Lynne:  Do you write more than one book at a time?

Aurora:  I have the next four books in this series ready to write. Not outlined, but I know where it starts, the resolution I want, who the characters are and their motivations. I just have to put it all together and see what happens. Let them tell me their story. I am going to focus on a book at a time, but whenever I have an idea for one of the others I write it down for when I can get to it.


Lynne:  What is your favorite color?

Aurora:  I don’t have a favorite color, but my favorite color combination is red and gold.


Lynne:  What are your favorite and least favorite foods?

Aurora:  I love ethnic food! Least favorite would have to be the spinach ice cream my dad used to tease me about.


Lynne:  What is your favorite Movie?  TV Show?  Book?

Aurora:  As far as how many times I have actually watched, seen and read it would have to be:  Disney’s Tangled, Pride and Prejudice Mini Series with Colin Firth and The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind. Yes. I am all over the place. You should see my playlist!


Lynne:  What is your favorite curse word?

Aurora:  I don’t have one exactly. I like strange ones, made up ones and of course the classics can be very satisfying to say. Shakespeare came up with many an interesting insult.


The Blurb for The Starlet:

Starlet Diana Winters arrives on set of the Western she is starring in, completely naïve to the fact her world is about to be turned upside down when she meets her two handsome costars.

Jason Lance plays the sweet ranch hand Jimmy Wes, and the infamous Cody Hartley plays the Wild Red Samson.

When the camera turns on, so does she. Diana’s attraction to each is apparent and goes beyond her acting out her character’s feelings for each of theirs. Diana’s heart and body is torn between her two painfully handsome male leads. Each man has so much to offer, and she wants it all. Who will she choose? Does she really have to? A voice in the back of her mind is refusing to accept that as the only option.

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Once again I want to thank Aurora Clairmont for visiting with us for today’s Wednesday Words. I hope you’ll check out her brand new book The Starlet.


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Wednesday Words with AK Kinley

I’m very happy to have ManLove author, AK Kinley join us for the week’s Wednesday Words.  Tomorrow his latest book, Something Beautiful, will be released by Siren-Bookstrand.  Andrew was kind enough to stop by today to answer a few of my questions.

Meet Author AK Kinley

andrew k kinley, ak kinley, author, manlove, romance, loveLynne St. James: First off, thank you so much for joining us today and congratulations on your new book, Something Beautiful. Can you tell us where you got the idea for this story?

AK Kinley:  Thank you, Lynne. Also, thank you for having me as a guest today on your blog.

Something Beautiful began as a short story titled, Playboy28. The short was published on the ManLove Authors Website in July, 2013. During that summer, my partner and I were discussing publicly coming out that fall. With that realization, I decided to turn Playboy28 into a full-length book, including the short story as the prologue. There is not a great deal of literature written about transgender characters, particularly gay transmen such as myself. I wanted to show a transgender hero in a real situation of life and love.


Lynne:  Do you base any of your stories on parts of your life?

Andrew:  I infuse not only my stories, but characters, with small bits and pieces of myself and parts of my life. Still yet, my characters are original creations.


Lynne:  Who would you say is the one person outside of your family that influenced your life the most?

Andrew:  A university professor, which I studied under, once said that institutional marks hold little value in the true knowledge that an individual holds. He believed that an educated person was one who, ten years from now, would be able to meet him at a sidewalk Paris bistro, sit down for a cup of espresso, and have an intelligent conversation about life. His classes weren’t the usual stylized lectures, but interactive experiences between teacher and student, where ideas and theories were discussed as a group. Formal exams were not given, as he preferred to assign grades based on student opinions and interpretations of the material. As a result, I believe that this professor taught others to think outside of the box, nothing is as it seems, and to quote him, “the woes of tortured academic matters.”


Lynne:  When you’re writing, do your characters ever surprise you? If so, do you allow them to have their way with the story or do you try to reign them in?

Andrew:  My characters write their own lives, or so to speak. While I provide them with literary direction, they ultimately make their own decisions. Once an idea for a book begins to form, I feel compelled to see it through to completion. The characters that I write about demand that their stories be told as uniquely as they are forming in my memory.


Lynne:  What has been the hardest part of being an author? When did you first realize it was your calling?

Andrew:  I don’t believe I ever had an epiphany that writing was my calling. I began my career as a freelance journalist and photographer, and became a ManLove erotic romance author in November, 2012 upon the publication of my first book Ripped with Siren-BookStrand Publishing. So, in a sense, I’ve always been a writer, in one form or another.


Lynne:  Which of your books is your favorite, and why?

Andrew:  My favorite book is my upcoming release, Something Beautiful. The story is complex, intense, and mysterious, but tender and passionate. All of which are traits that I use to describe myself.


Lynne:  Have you ever learned anything from your characters?

Andrew:  I have learned that love and eroticism are two very important and powerful emotions that drive not only my characters, but my style of writing as well. In their purest forms, I have seen those concepts transform my characters into better individuals.


Lynne:  Do you spend a lot of time on research for your books?

Andrew:  To date, all of my books have been set in Arkansas, my home state. The individual towns are either places I have lived or visited. This has helped in terms of setting descriptions. As far as character occupations, I have spent some time in research. However, ninety-percent of any story that I create focuses on the romance between the characters. I try to make setting and occupational descriptions more of a secondary aspect.


Lynne:  Have you ever gone back and read one of your books and wished you could change it?

Andrew:  I try not to go back and read any of my books in their entirety. As I continue to grow as a writer, I am almost certain that I would find flaws, as any of us would, within my words.


Lynne:  Do you have a favorite author? A favorite book?

Andrew:  I consider poets to be authors. I am fond of the Romantic Poets: Wordsworth, Keats, Bryon, Coleridge, and Shelley. The favorite works among them would be far too many to list.


Lynne:  Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?

Andrew:  I get writer’s block all the time. In addition, I am a slow writer. My theory for coping is when a story is ready to be told I will write it. I cannot force the process.


Lynne:  Do you have any routine for writing, like listening to certain music, or total quiet, snacks, etc.?

Andrew:  I like routines, but I also enjoy spontaneity. I’ve written under different circumstances and surroundings so it would be hard to pinpoint just one.


Lynne:  What advice would you offer to new authors?

Andrew:  The first step is getting published. The next? Promote, promote, promote! Also when writing, don’t be afraid to share your thoughts. There will be people out there who respect you, not only for your ideas, but for your honesty.


Lynne:  Can you share with us what you’re working on now?

Andrew:  All of my upcoming WIP are ManLove erotic romances. They include the second book in the Rock Stars series, which continues the story of the 80’s style glam band, Rock Hard. In addition, I am writing Midnight Angel. This title will explore the story of two men, both angels, and the love they had experienced for fifty thousand years. Finally, I am working on The Confessional. Father Anthony Rossi has created a world of romantic fantasy in the hopes that it will be enough to satisfy his desires for a romantic relationship with another man.

Something Beautiful – The Blurb:

ak kinley, kinley, something beautiful, manlove, siren, romance, book, release, love, menage,

Warning:  This book is for mature audiences only and contains scenes of double anal penetration. 

Transman, Reed Collins and his partner, Levon Kruger, an openly gay drummer for the heavy metal band Hardcore, have been in a committed relationship for eight months. The couple is continuing to explore the love and passion that began in an online chat program a year ago. Recently, they further defined that commitment as a marriage.

While on their honeymoon, Avery Gaines walks into their lives in what he calls, “a chance meeting.” The couple is immediately attracted to the tall, dark-haired stranger, with deep green eyes. Reed is the first to admit his love for Avery, but Levon holds his emotions in check. Avery wants the trio to share love and a commitment, not readily understanding Levon’s reservations.

The romantic triangle goes through a period of conflict and turmoil, until Levon finally reveals a promise that he made to Reed, and how loving Avery would call into question the very foundation of the marriage he shares with his partner.

Something Beautiful – The Trailer:


Where to find AK Kinley:

Andrew K Kinley’s Webpage

Andrew K Kinley’s Blog

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Andrew K Kinley on Manic Readers 

I want to thank you again, Andrew, for joining us today.  I hope you all will take the time to check out his new release Something Beautiful.  If you have any questions Andrew will be with us today to answer them.

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Wednesday Words with Avery Gale and the Prairie Winds Girls

Masters of the Prairie Winds Club, Prairie Winds Club, Saving Grace, Avery Gale, fantasy, erotic romance, authorWe have a special treat today for Wednesday Words! Not only do we have the talented Avery Gale with us to talk about her latest release, Saving Grace, but she brought along some of her “crew” from the Prairie Winds Club! Bonus! If you haven’t read any of Avery’s books you’re missing out. But rather than me going on about them, let’s get this party started!  Oh but one more thing.  The girls convinced Avery to give away a copy of Saving Grace.  So don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win!  ***Oh you are all so lucky!  Avery will give you the choice of either Saving Grace now or Jen’s Journey the day before it’s released to everyone else.  It will be winners choice!  How cool is that?  So don’t forget to leave a comment for your chance to win.***

Meet Avery and “The Girls”

Lynne:  I’m chatting with the wild and wacky women from Avery Gale’s Masters of the Prairie Winds Club.  They’ve agreed to answer a few questions and there are several things I’m curious about, so let’s get started.   Lilly, you have made the comment that you found Tobi for your sons, what do you mean by that?

Lilly:  Oh honey, I mean exactly that.  I was in the editor’s office at Austin Home magazine when this petite blonde ball of energy stormed in ranting and raving about my sons not returning her calls.  Of course she didn’t know who I was and that was what made it so perfect.  She was absolutely right, they had been avoiding her, but I knew in an instant she was perfect for them.  From that point on it was just about arranging things.

Lynne:  So you arranged it for them to meet?

(Libby West starts to answer but is steamrolled by her dynamic daughter-in-law)

Tobi:   Well, not exactly.  She made sure Kent called me.  My meeting Kyle on the highway was just a comedy of errors.  Basically the normal chaos that seems to follow me around.

Lynne:   Gracie, yours is the next story in the series.  Are you nervous people reading all those juicy and intimate details of your private life?

Gracie:  Well, a few months ago I would have been that’s for sure.  But after becoming romantically and sexually involved with two Doms and making friends with these women, I’ve managed to overcome almost all of my shyness.

Tobi:  That is such a crock.  She still blushes every time she opens a box of vibes or just about anything else for the Forum Shops.

(With a look of mock disapproval to Tobi and a sly grin at Gracie, Lilly responds)

Lilly:  Tobi, be kind.  She opened a box of condoms the other day and only got slightly pink.

(All the women break out in the giggles and it takes several minutes to restore some measure of decorum.)

Lynne:  Gracie, I know from reading the first book of the Masters of the Prairie Winds series that you aren’t really that shy, so I don’t understand why it’s an issue.

Gracie:  Well, I’m like a lot of other people, I think.  I’m more than willing to really get in your face about certain things, for example when Micah was asking our neighbors and the building super about Tobi the night of the fire?  Oh yeah, it was game on baby.  But then the rest of the time I feel held back by my lack of social experience.  You have to remember, up until recently, I led a very sheltered adult life because I was always hiding from Raphael.  Hiding means you don’t go out and interact with people your age much because you want to lay low.  And without a lot of social exposure, I didn’t get a chance to become bold in other areas…well, until now.  My hotties encourage me to learn something new every day and they almost always check on it.  But you know, they empower me to take chances and learn, because I know they are always there to catch me.  And really, to tell you the truth the sex is so amazing, who wants to even think about not exploring.  (By now Gracie’s face is absolutely crimson and she is giggling like a school girl.)

Tobi:    You just watch…this has “Tobi’s fault” written all over it.  I’m gonna take the blame for “The Fall of Grace” you just watch and see.  Hell, I’ll probably get my ass paddled.  And I better like it too or I’m gonna be pissed.  Shit.  I swear I’m hopeless on this no cursing thing.  Frack, we really should have scheduled this interview someplace besides the club.  I’m so busted.

Lynne:  For those not yet familiar with the Club can you take us on a tour?

Tobi:   Sure.  The top floor of the main building is where I live with my two hottie hubbies.  The rest of the building is devoted to the club itself, including a large area for socializing.  The bar and dance floor are in what we call the main lounge.  That is where members can meet to negotiate scenes or just catch up with each other.  There are several demonstration-exhibition-punishment stages.  I’ve discovered what they are called depends on whether you are a Dom or a sub…and whether or not you’re in trouble.

(The room erupts into fits of laughter.  Finally Regi speaks up.)

Regi:  And we don’t want to forget about the new Forum Shops.  They were added at the back of the club and house all sorts of wonder small shops featuring specialty items for our club members.  And I’m telling you, there are some really incredible things in those shops.  Our club members are thrilled to be able to actually look at merchandise before buying and the personally fitted corsets have been a huge hit.

Mary:  Says you!  Masters Ash and Dex think it is just a-okay to cinch me up like a Thanksgiving turkey in those things.  Holy crap I could barely breathe last time.

Noelle:  This from our resident pain slut.  Until I see you weaving on our feet sister, you aren’t getting any sympathy from me.

Mary(Looking anything but contrite.)  Like I’d expect any sympathy from a hard-nose prosecutor.

Lynne:  Gracie, can you tell us a little about what it’s like to be with two hotties like Jax and Micah?

Gracie:  Well, like I said, the sex is amazing.  I don’t think my imagination will ever be able to come up with something they haven’t already mentioned.  But they have been very patient with me because they know my background.  It was Jax’s patience the first night I came to the club that won me over.  But I still say, the best thing is the way they push me to be more today than I was yesterday and I think readers will see that in my story.

Lynne:  I think we need to get Avery in here too.  Since she plays such a key part in getting y’all to tell your stories.   So Avery, what’s next for the Prairie Wind Club, can you give us a hint?

Avery:  Absolutely.  The third book is Jen’s Journey and it follows the story of a young woman that Jax considers another sister.  She is patterned off of a very real young woman who is every bit as bold and adventurous as her fictional counterpart.  Book three has been finished and is in my editors hands, and I don’t have a release date or cover to share yet…sorry.     But I would like to thank each and every one of my readers!  It is their kind words and support that make writing so much fun, and I want them to know how much they are appreciated!

Lynne:  Thank you all for coming today.  This has been a blast! I can’t wait to read your story Gracie and I’m already anxiously awaiting Jen’s story next.  Y’all are welcome back anytime!

Saving Grace, Masters of the Prairie Winds Club, Avery Gale, author, erotic romance, romance, western, fantasyThe Blurb for Saving Grace – Masters of the Prairie Winds Club 2

Warning: For Mature Adult Audiences.  Contains wording and actions some may deem offensive.  Sexually explicit content.  Ménage – MFM

In book two of Masters of the Prairie Winds Club: When Gracie comes to Micah Drake’s attention he believes he has just met the woman he and his best friend Jax McDonald have been looking for—even though the curvy Latin bombshell is nothing like any other woman they have ever shared, he knows she is perfect for them.

Gracie is on the run and when her past catches up with her it takes the entire Prairie Winds Club security team, plus one very unlikely ally to keep her safe.

Where to Buy:


All Romance e-Books

Barnes & Noble

JK Publishing


How to Find Avery Gale:

Twitter:   @avery_gale


Email Avery

Facebook Fan Page

Facebook Profile

Word Press Blog

Once again I’d like to thank Avery Gale and her “Girls” for joining us today for a fun-filled interview. Saving Grace, Masters of the Prairie Winds Club 2 sounds amazing and I can’t wait to sink my teeth into it.  Also, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win your very own copy of Saving Grace or a copy of Jen’s Journey, the day before it’s released!

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Wednesday Words with Alice Brown & Lady V

sapphamire, dragons of dragonose, dragons, lady v, alice brown, paranormal, jk publishingI’m very excited to welcome not only two very talented authors but also mother and daughter!  Alice Brown and Lady V – thank you for joining Wednesday Words this week.

Hi Lynne, thank you for having us on your blog today.  Hopefully we can share a bit about who we are as authors, and also discuss our soon-to-be-released book, Sapphamire, Dragons of Dragonose 1.

The Interview:

Lynne:  I’m so glad to have you both here today.  First off, can you tell me when did the two of you get started writing?

Lady V:  Both mom and I started about three years ago.  I guess you could say that we got each other into writing, because she was urging me to try creative writing as a way of releasing pent up emotions and I was in-turn telling her she needed to practice what she preached!

Lynne:  Oh wow!  Mom, do you have anything to add to that?

Alice Brown:  (Laughs) Leave it to Lady V to shoot straight from the hip!  We did push each other into trying our hand at writing.  Yes, I knew what type of imagination Lady V had, and knew if I could just get her to sit down long enough and put it in words, it would be a fantastic read!  She in turn just thought that mom could write about anything (which I strongly disagree with, but we won’t go there) and urged me to give it a try also.  My response, “what in the world would I write about?”

I clearly remember this conversation as if it was yesterday.  We were actually walking into our local Wendy’s for lunch, complaining that our favorite vampire show, Moonlight, had been cancelled after only one season.  So when I asked her the question, she replied, “write about your life!”

Right, like anyone wanted to hear about a forty-something, stay-at-home, military wife that homeschools her daughter.  Not.  Then she turned to look at me and I knew from the look on her face that something outrageous was getting ready to come out.  “I know!  Write about vampires!”  And that is how it all got started.  By the time we walked out of the restaurant, I had gone through every scrap of paper I could find in my purse and then turned to using napkins as we came up with the story line for what turned out to be my first published book, Vampires Among Us.

Lynne:  So you both started writing separately, I am assuming.  What made you want to write Sapphamire together?

Lady V:  You need to know our family dynamics to understand what brought this story on.  Dad has a great love for anything science fiction and fantasy.  Mom is a great story writer once she gets a storyline started, but dad and I are better at coming up with ideas for books.  So, quite often we can be found sitting around the den, dining room table, restaurant, wherever, and discussing ideas either for future books or hammering out storylines for current works in progress.  It was on one such occasion that the subject of dragons was brought up.

Alice:  (shakes head) I can’t even remember who brought it up first to be honest.  I do remember Lady V being interested, but stated that she had so many other books partially written, that it would have to be put on the back burner.  When I suggested we work on it together, she jumped on it.  And we both owe a thank you to Mr. Brown, who helped contribute to the developing of the Dragonose realm.   I do a lot of “behind-the-scenes” proofing and helping Lady V anyway; so as far as I was concerned, this was far from our first joint project, although it did turn out to be our first published project.

Lynne:  Is Sapphamire the only co-written book the two of you have planned?

Lady V:  No, Sapphamire is the first in a series, of which we are already working on both book two, Fire and Ice, and book three, Ivormantis.  We also have story lines lined up for books four and five, but haven’t started those yet.

Lynne:  What can readers expect from you both in the future?

Lady V:  We hope to have the next four books for Dragons of Dragonose series done this year.  I am also working diligently at completing some of my “half-finished” projects, and hope to have several of those published this year also.

Alice:  I will be working with Lady V on the Dragons of Dragonose series, but I have also started a new series, Texas Vampire Rangers.  The first book is in editing now, and have plans to continue that series at least another three books.  After that, not sure at the moment.  I have a few other storylines out there, including a start of a werewolf series that I would like to get back to.  I can tell you that as much fun as we are having working on the Dragonose series, it will be far from the only series that is co-written.

Lynne:  Lady V brought up part of my next question a moment ago.  Since you are a mother/daughter team, tell us a little about your private life.  What is an average day in your household like?

Lady V:  Mom and I have been in each other’s work since the beginning.  I have a bad habit of starting a book, getting part the way finished, and then getting another storyline in my head and ditch the current work in progress for the new story.  Needless to say, I have a LOT of unfinished stories that we are trying to get finished so they can be published.

And yes, as I stated earlier, we can often be found sitting around hammering out story ideas.  But our usual day?  Our usual day is mom sitting at one end of the house and I on the other, working on our books until one of us needs another opinion, rewording, etc. and then depending on how lazy we are feeling as to whether we get up and go to the other person or simply yell across the house.  Want to know what makes dad roll his eyes at the two of us?  It’s when he realizes we are texting one another so we don’t have to get up from our work but can still communicate.  “But you are in the same house!”  he grips.

“Mom’s response:  ‘So, what’s that got to do with anything!’  It is quite comical.”

When I am not writing, I am usually spending time with my animals.  Three cats, a puppy, and a bearded dragon keeps me busy!

Alice:  Yes, for some reason, the two of us texting really gets to Mr. Brown, who can usually be found working on one of our websites, advertising, etc., and sitting somewhere in the middle of the house and his two writers.  It truly is a family affair!

Lynne:  Can you tell us something about your upcoming book?  When will it be available?

Lady V:  Sapphamire, Dragons of Dragonose is set to be released February 27.   Blain Barrymire is a dragon shifter from the land of Dragonose.  His dragon’s name is Sapphamire.  Blain came to earth to find his mate about eight years ago.  He runs a powerful business out of his castle in Iceland.

Interviewing for the position of personal assistant, Natasha Clayton leaves a few minor details out of her resume.  Arriving for the interview, Blain is stunned to realize that not only is he interviewing a female that he had originally thought was a male, but that female is his mate!

Natasha is out of options and time.  The High Council of Others considers her a ticking time bomb because her powers didn’t manifest in the usual timeframe.  She’s part demon, part pixie, and part angel.  The council is confused and frankly scared that her powers haven’t come to light yet.  She has no idea of the life altering events that are ahead of her.

But Blain and Natasha will soon face much larger problems than the Council of Others or Natasha’s hidden powers.  King Thoran has called Blain home to defend Dragonose against a long-standing enemy’s attack.  Sapphamire is injured during the battle, and life for both Blain and his dragon will be forever changed.  They must learn to depend on Natasha’s love and new-found abilities to see them through.

Lynne:  I understand that you are offering a give-away today to one lucky commenter?

Alice:  Yes we are!  Thank you for mentioning it.  We’ll select a random winner from all the commenters today and they will win a Sapphamire mousepad and an autographed bookmark.

Lynne:  What a great treat today!  Good luck everyone.

The Trailer:

Contact Info for Alice and Lady V:


Alice Brown: http://authoralicebrown.com/

Lady V:   http://AuthorLadyV.com

I want to thank both Lady V and Alice Brown for visiting with us today on Wednesday Words. I hope you enjoyed their visit as much as I have!  I can’t wait for February 27th when their book Sapphamire releases from JK Publishing and all ebook locations.   Oh, and don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win the mousepad and autographed bookmark.

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Wednesday Words with Jessica Anderson

Please join me in welcoming author Jessica Anderson today for Wednesday Words.  She is the author of the Stealing A Pirates Heart series with JK Publishing and book four, Capturing His Heart, released yesterday.

The Interview:

Hi Jessica, I’m so glad you could join us today.    We were wondering if you could tell us a little bit about yourself?

I love baking but I don’t usually eat whatever I make.  I love cheesecake and love watching Disney movies with my kids.

How do you get your ideas?

Most of my ideas come from my dreams.

Do you plot out your books ahead of time or just go for it?

I just go for it!

Is there an author who most inspires you?

Patricia Briggs

What was your favorite books as a child?

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Which is your favorite – chocolate or vanilla?


Cookies or cake?

Can it be cheesecake?  If not then cookies.

Favorite curse word?


Before I let you get back to your busy day, can you tell us what you’re working on next?

The fifth installment in the Stealing A Pirates Heart series.

I love pirates and I will definitely be checking out this series soon.  Below is a blurb for Jessica’s latest book.

The Blurb:

capturing his heart, pirates, romance, jessica anderson, jk publishing, erotic romance, pirates, love, heartWarning: For Mature Adult Audiences. Contains language and actions some may deem offensive. Sexually explicit content. MF

In book four of Stealing a Pirate’s Heart: Hector was born into a family that loved the sea and everything to do with it. He followed in their footsteps, but never content with his choice. An injury sent him on a different path than that of his family. Hector chooses to train as a doctor, finding out quickly that it is much harder keeping people from death than facing his own as a pirate.

Amelia finds herself in a situation that has her injured more than not. She is put in a position of visiting different doctors to keep her secret of how she comes by the injuries, well, until she meets Hector. She finds herself drawn to him and unable to stay away, risking him learning her secrets.

Will Hector find out in time what is really going on with Amelia before it’s too late? Will Amelia finally trust the ones trying to help her?  

Join in and watch as Hector struggles with the oath that he has taken as a doctor and giving in to the fire burning in his heart for the beautiful young woman who haunts his every waking moments.

The Trailer:


Where to buy Jessica’s Books:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Anderson/e/B00B7PUEVW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1392041218&sr=8-2

JK Publishing:  http://www.shop.jkpublishingbooks.com/Jessica-Anderson_c194.htm

Where to find Jessica:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Anderson-Author/192175464211953

Website:  http://jessicaandersonauthor.weebly.com/

Thank you again for visiting with us today, Jessica!  I know I can’t wait to read your latest release, Capturing His Heart!

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Ménage Romance 2014 Fan Choice Awards

2014 best menage, romance, vampires, mary menage whispers, lynne st. james, voteI’m so excited, thrilled, ecstatic and in awe that my fans nominated Twice Bitten and Bewitched for the Ménage Romance 2014 Fan Choice Awards for Best Ménage Romance in the Vampire Series category! I can’t thank you all enough for your love and support over the past year as a new author. Thank you for taking a chance on me and my Vampires of Eternity Series.

There are so many amazing authors out there who write ménage and to be in the same category as them is truly amazing for me.  So please vote, even if it isn’t for my book, let’s show our support to all the ménage authors out there.

The voting is open until February 7, 2014, and you can vote for your favorite books, authors, covers, and publishers.

None of this would be possible without Mary Ménage Whispers! She works so hard to support all the ménage authors and get our names out there by reviewing, blogging and posting. Thank you so much, Mary!

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