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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!).

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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.

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

Violet: Chaotic.

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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!

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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.

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Where to buy Violet’s books:

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Siren-Bookstrand

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Where to find Violet:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Email

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lynne:  What is your favorite color?

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

Buy The Starlet from Siren-Bookstrand

How to Find Aurora Clairmont:

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Website

Goodreads

Twitter

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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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:

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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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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 Debra Ann Fisk

I’m kicking off a new blog series, one to help showcase many of the authors I know and love.  Each Wednesday I’ll have a different guest author share some of their “words.”  I hope you’ll join me every week as we meet and greet some wonderful word wranglers.

I’m so excited to introduce you to this week’s author, Debra Ann Fisk.  She is a very good friend of mine and a fellow member of my local RWA Chapter.  Her first book, Irresistibly Delicious, is a contemporary romance set in Cozy Cove.   And now without further adieu…here’s Debra.

irresistibly delicious, debra ann fiskThank you, Lynne.  I’m honored to be a guest on your blog.

This year has started off very exciting for me.  My first novel, Irresistibly Delicious, was released on December 31st.  What a way to ring in the New Year!  When I think back to what inspired me to write this novel there were a lot of components that went into it.

I love reading small town contemporary romance.  Jill Shalvis, Kristen Higgins, and Roxanne St. Claire are a few of my favorites.  The idea of this novel evolved completely from a few of my personal life circumstances.  My husband was finishing his medical rotations and wants to move out of Florida once they are completed.  I have lived in Florida for the past twenty years and don’t want to leave the sunshine for the colder weather.  That was the initial conflict.  I love to cook like Olivia Carson, my heroine, and of course my husband is the doctor like Brady Matthews.

When I sat down to write this story I wanted to write a book people would relate to.  I think my characters are likeable people with quirks and funny personalities like the family and friends we all know and love. I try not to include unrealistic goals, hopes or dreams. I like my stories to have a down-to-earth feeling, and I hope the readers will think I have achieved that.

Right now I’m working on book two in the series, which is the story of Cookie Lucas, Olivia’s best friend.  She meets a very hot and steamy guy and knowing Cookie more than paint will fly.  I hope to finish writing it by the end of the month.

 

Book Blurb:

One feisty Southern chef. One sexy city doctor. One thousand miles apart. Trauma draws them together, but will circumstances pull them apart?

Chef Olivia Carson’s painful past haunted her until she discovered the healing solace at the Cozy Cove Inn. She fell in love with the bed and breakfast and its owner, Myra. But her world is rocked to its core after Myra has a life threatening emergency.

When Brady Matthews, Myra’s son and a well-known cardiologist in NYC, shows up to care for his mother sparks fly in more ways than one. Olivia and Brady disagree about everything, all the while fighting the sexual attraction that draws them together. As Brady begins to reevaluate his life and Olivia creates a new career for herself, the risk of scandal and past secrets threatens to rip them apart.

Will a headstrong surgeon and a gourmet chef learn to accept love? Or will they choose professional success with a side order of loneliness?

Contact Info for Debra:

Author’s website:  www.debraannfisk.com

Public email address: debraannfisk@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/debraann.fisk also

https://www.facebook.com/debraannfiskauthor – my author fan page

Twitter: https://twitter.com/debra_fisk

Buy Link: http://www.bookstrand.com/irresistibly-delicious


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