Author Interview: Tammy L. Grace (and her dog Zoe)

I’m happy to welcome Tammy L. Grace to share about her dog, her writing process, and what she’s got coming up next!

What does your writing process look like?

I’m most productive in the morning, so tend to write early in the day. I outline my ideas in a notebook, but write by typing directly into the computer in my home office. I usually have background music playing or the television. I typically make myself a cup of tea, a chai tea latte, or have a Coke Zero handy.

I usually read what I have written the day before to get back in the swing of the story before beginning. I use that time to fine tune or change things that don’t sound right. It takes some time but affords me the ability to do some proofing as I go and make sure the story flows correctly.

For Killer Music, I did a very detailed outline and plotted 90% of the book out before I started writing. For my other series of books, I wasn’t as detailed with my outline and added several things as I progressed through the story with the characters.

Do you have any strange writing habits?

Tammy’s dog Zoe celebrating her birthday.

Wow, I’m not sure, does talking to my dog count? Most people comment on the number of Sharpies I have on my desk. I tend to collect (hoard) the colorful markers and use them for notes, marking up drafts, and everything else. I love them and finally have an excuse to invest in all the colors, which makes editing easier.

What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process?

My favorite part of writing is developing the characters. I have the most fun inventing quirks and backstories for them. I enjoy creating them and making them into friends I’d want to know or sometimes people I’d rather avoid.

My least favorite part of writing would be editing. The process of re-reading and correcting wears me out. Even after my editor sends it back, I still go through it and tweak things. At some point an author has to stop editing and pronounce the project finished. I obsess at times and could see myself continuing to edit and correct, making improvements. I work well with deadlines, so generally give myself a date to complete the edits and finish.

Is there a subject you would never write about?

I don’t see myself writing in the science fiction genre. I tend to choose genres and subjects I enjoy reading myself, and I’ve never been a fan of science fiction.

How important are names in your books? How do select names?

Names are extremely important. I agonize over names for my characters and have a habit of spending a lot of time on this exercise. I maintain several lists of character names in my notebooks. I tend to shy away from names of people I know, but it’s almost impossible to do that. I always research names online, for popularity in the decade matching my character’s age. I also look for unusual names and in Killer Music enlisted the help of some friends from Tennessee who were kind enough to share a few family names with me. I changed the main character’s name in Killer Music to “Coop” more than halfway through the book. I’ve done that on a few of my books when I hear or find a name I really like that “fits” my character.

What literary character is most like you?

That’s a tough question, but one that comes to mind is Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. I’m a big nerd and was always one to raise my hand and answer questions. I love to study, read, and learn. I’d live in a library if I could. I’m calm in a crisis and tend to be the glue that holds things together. Hermione is all that and makes it seem much cooler than I do.

What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

I’d like to write a successful thriller.

Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t?

Only one, huh? I’ve wanted to visit Scotland for years and after watching Outlander, it’s moved to the top of my list.

What books/authors have inspired you?

I’ve consumed books since I was a child and consider reading my favorite hobby, so it’s tough to name just a few. I think the first book that inspired me to want to write a book was Little Women. I love books that suck the reader in and make me feel like I’m part of the story, immersed in the characters. Authors that come to mind that consistently do this are David Baldacci, Kristin Hannah, Nicholas Sparks, Lee Child, Debbie Macomber, and Diana Galbaldon.

What are you working on now?

I’ve started the fourth book in my Hometown Harbor Series. Like the previous three this will be set in Friday Harbor, off the coast of Washington. Readers will be reunited with the characters they’ve come to know and love, but the fourth book will focus on Ellie Carlson, the local baker and owner of Sweet Treats.


 

When private detective Cooper “Coop” Harrington meets record label mogul Grayson Taylor at a swank gathering of country music artists and politicians he never imagines he’ll be investigating his brutal murder less than twenty-four hours later.

The suspects are plentiful. More than a handful of people could have wanted him dead. Retained by Taylor’s widow, Coop works alongside his best friend and Chief of Detectives, Ben Mason. The investigation leads Coop and Ben to visit the luxurious mansions of recording industry magnates, navigate the murky undercurrents of the political world, and probe complicated family matters. Scandalous indiscretions, secrets, and hints of corruption swirl in the midst of their pursuit of the killer.

Coop’s faithful friend and assistant, Annabelle and his loyal golden retriever, Gus, both lend a hand during the investigation. Even his Aunt Camille mines the local gossip mill to unearth potential killers with motive. Yet the case seems hopeless until a crucial piece of evidence emerges that sends Coop and Ben on a race to catch the killer before someone else dies.

Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V0V4HP2

About the Author

Born and raised in Nevada, Tammy L. Grace loved reading at a young age. With the help of her middle school teacher, she discovered the joy of writing. After spending a career in local and state government service, she retired and finally has the time to dedicate to writing.

When Tammy isn’t working on ideas for a novel, she’s spending time with family and friends or supporting her addiction to books and chocolate. She and her husband have one grown son and a spoiled golden retriever.

Cover Reveal: Monica’s Match by Katya Armock

I’ve finally set a release date for my new book: April 14! You can pre-order it now from Amazon. This one starts a new series about the residents of Perry Grove, Michigan. It’s a sensual, contemporary romantic comedy, and I hope you’ll enjoy it. And now for the cover reveal:

Monica has the ability to see a guy’s aura light up the first time he touches his soul mate, but she’s kept it a secret since her parents shamed her as a child. Still, she decides to start her own matchmaking company—even if she doesn’t advertise her unique ability. Business is so-so until she gets a call to find matches for the singles of the small town of Perry Grove. She’s not looking for love herself but has an immediate attraction to one of her clients. Too bad another woman lit up his aura.

Hunky dairy farmer Jeremiah wants nothing to do with his grandpa’s hare-brained matchmaking scheme but agrees to play along to appease the man who raised him.  But when he meets the sexy matchmaker, he starts to rethink his single status. Too bad she’s intent on pairing him up with another woman. If there’s one thing he knows, though, it’s how to be stubborn.

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10 Questions with Author Meredith Bond

Katya: What does your writing process look like?

Meredith: I’m a plotter. I work out in detail my characters and plot before I ever start writing. I then put together an outline and try to write a scene every day.

I am more of a pantser.

Katya: Do you have any strange writing habits?

Meredith: I tend to pre-write. I start out my writing every day by writing a journal entry detailing what I want the scene to be about, what is going through the point of view character’s mind, how what happens will affect them or someone else. It’s me telling myself the story and the implications of it, but it gets me into character, into the point of view character’s head and usually my writing will slowly shift from telling to showing to actually writing the scene.

Katya: What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process?

Meredith: My favorite part is definitely the plotting. Figuring out what my characters want and need and how they’re going to get it, and, of course, what is going to stop them from getting it.

My least favorite part—editing! Ugh! I hate grammar. I hate re-reading and re-reading and fixing. I usually go through a book two or three times before I send it to my editor and then I’ll have to go through it at least two more times after that. I get so tired of it and usually by that point I just want to move on to the next book. 🙂

Katya: Is there a subject you would never write about?

Meredith: I’m not interested in writing about wealthy, famous people who are interested in their money and fame or building money and fame. My stories are usually about misfits. People who just don’t fit in to their world and how they deal with that.

Katya: How important are names in your books? How do you select names?

Meredith: Names are vitally important! In my new book, Bridging the Storm, I changed the name of my heroine three times before I found one that I felt fit her personality. She’s a strong person, so she needed a strong name. And she lived during the Regency, so I needed a common English name as well. I think, finally, the name Kate fit her very well. But the way she came across as a person was very tied to her name. When she had the wrong name, she didn’t come across very well. Once I found the right one, she really became the person I knew she could be.

Katya: What literary character is most like you?

Meredith: When I was a little girl I identified a lot with Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. She was very curious and always wanted to figure things out. She was initially selfish, but then learned that happiness came through helping others (and making things grow).

Katya: What is something you want to accomplish before you die?

Meredith: I want to see my children happily employed and with partners who fulfill them and make their lives as wonderful as my husband has made mine.

Katya: Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t?

Meredith: Australia. I’ve never been there, but I’d love to go—it’s just really far and takes a very long time to get to.

Katya: What books/authors have inspired you?

Meredith: Georgette Heyer is the author who got me started writing Regencies. Jo Beverly, Mary Jo Putney and Julia Quinn have all been big inspirations to me as well. I love their writing and hope to someday write half as well as they do.

Katya: What are you working on now?

Meredith: Right now I’ve just started editing and rewriting the fourth book in the Merry Men Quartet. I wrote it when my children were babies and I think I didn’t spend as much time working on developing the characters as I should have. It’s going to take a good amount of work to make it as good as I want it to be—I’m tearing the whole book apart, dissecting the characters and the plot and will put it back together again rewritten and probably with a lot of scenes added as well.


Meredith’s new novel releases March 15th, but you can pre-order now for only 99 cents!

Can a twenty year-old woman make life worth living for a man nearly a thousand years old?

Kate Cherington is certainly trying her best. The handsome and amusing Sir Arthur Dagonet does exactly what Kate has always dreamed of doing—travel the world, exploring new lands. He also may be her only path away from an aunt determined to keep Kate from having a life of her own. Kate knows that her only hope for the adventure she craves is to escape with Sir Arthur.
Sir Arthur has already lived through several lifetimes, thanks to the gift of immortality from the great Merlin. After centuries of adventure, he’s eager to rid himself of this gift, and to finally die. But meeting the brave and beautiful Kate brings back happy memories of long ago, he just not sure he’s ready to let go of his dreams.
From the mists of legend to the estates of the Regency, Kate and Sir Arthur tussle with a force unanticipated by either, and stronger than any desire for life or death—love.

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About the Author

Meredith Bond is an award-winning author of a series of traditionally published Regency romances and indie-published historical paranormal romances. Known for her characters “who slip readily into one’s heart”, Meredith’s romance novels include her new Medieval Fantasy series, the Children of Avalon, her Regency-set paranormal romances in the Storm series and traditional Regencies (without magic) in The Merry Men Quartet—the last one will be coming out in 2015. Meredith also teaches writing and publishing at her local community college. If you want a taste of her class in book form, Chapter One is available at your favorite e-retailer.

Find out more about Meredith, her books and her writing classes by following her on her WebsiteFacebook, or Twitter.

Book Spotlight + contest: Love Refocused by Nancy Corrigan #RHACafe

It’s my week to host some of my fellow Red Hot Authors Cafe authors. Up today is Nancy Corrigan with a hot release from Loose ID. Plus a contest, so keep reading for your chance to win! Check out book 2 of her Sander’s Valley series:

Wyn Sander is surprised when his brother Kyle asks him to be best man at his wedding. Wyn’s even more shocked to learn the woman who later walks into his garage is Ronnie’s half-sister, Iona. He’s instantly attracted to her. She’s sophisticated, beautiful, and confident. At least she is until Wyn stands up. She flinches and a look of terror passes over her face. It bothers him to see. Luckily, desire replaces it, but it doesn’t stop Wyn’s curiosity. For the first time in his life, he wants to find out what made Iona fearful and fix it.

Iona can’t believe her luck. The man she lusts after is her new sister’s soon to be brother-in-law. The kiss they share shatters her, but her attempt to stop any involvement with him ends up with her agreeing to three dates. She decides Wyn is unlike any man she’s ever known, and it’s unfortunate she can’t enjoy him. She isn’t in the market for a boyfriend. All she wants is sex. The only problem is—she doesn’t think Wyn sees things her way.

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Excerpt

She jerked her hand from his. “Where are we going?”

“Basement. Need you.” He reached for her.

She backed up. “We can’t. Your mom—”

He drew her against him. “You feel that? How hard I am?”

A soft sigh escaped her lips, his only answer.

He brushed his fingertip across them. “I ache, darling.”

She turned her head and sucked one of his fingers into her mouth. The tug connected with his balls. He wrenched his finger free and cupped her face between his hands. “I’m going to take you downstairs and fuck you, Iona. Hard and fast.” Her eyes widened. He loved the shock displayed in them. He brushed his lips over hers. “Then tonight, you’re coming home with me, and I’m going to love you real slow, until you beg me to fill you up.”

She shook her head. “No sleepovers. No commitments. I told you that. Besides, your mom is picking me up early. We’re going shopping.”

Her words danced through his head. Disappointment hit first, then excitement flared. “You didn’t say no to now.”

She swallowed hard. “I don’t know. I want you, but…”

“But what?”

She glanced in the direction of the living room. “What if somebody walks in on us? Your family will assume we’re in a relationship.”

“Nobody will catch us.” With a single finger, he turned her face toward him. “Do you trust me?”

Her cautious nod answered him.

“Good.” That was all he needed to know. He lifted her, a hand on her bottom.

“Wyn—”

He nipped her lip. “Quiet. We only have a few minutes.” He pulled the basement door shut behind them and turned the lock. “And I’m not wasting them talking.”

“You’re serious.” Her whisper matched her widened eyes.

He hurried down the stairs and dropped her bottom on the back of the sofa. “Yeah. I don’t think I’ll survive a whole day without you.”

She clutched at his shirt. “Oh.”

One word. Damn he loved how she reacted to him. He popped the button on her shorts and tugged the zipper. She lifted her bottom. No hesitation. No denial. He held her acceptance close.

“Next time, I’ll worship you. Head to toe. Eat you out. Lick your breasts. Give you everything.” Hand fisted around her waistband, he glanced at her. “You want that?”

She nodded. “Yes. I want.”

“Good, but tonight I need you. Just like this.”

Read a longer excerpt at the publisher’s site: Loose Id

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Contest

You can enter to win an ebook of Love Repeated, book 1 of the Sander’s Valley series, here.

About the Author

A true romantic at heart, Nancy Corrigan is convinced there’s a knight in shining armor for every woman (or man), but you won’t find damsels in distress in her stories. She adores pairing alpha heroes with women strong enough to match them and bring them to their knees. She also enjoys flipping the traditional roles in romances because her motto is—love and people should never be forced to conform to anyone’s norm.

She holds a degree in chemistry and has worked in research but now focuses on ensuring quality. She considers it the perfect outlet for her as she’s the first to admit she has some OCD tendencies. It carries over into her writing life too. While engrossed in a novel, she has a habit of forgetting to eat and sleep. Fortunately, she’s married to her own knight in shining armor who understands her oddities and loves her anyway. They reside in Pennsylvania with their three children, dog, snake and guinea pigs. Her other interests include tattoos, animals, classic cars and all things spooky and sexy.

Book Spotlight + Excerpt: Saving Attractions by Rebecca Airies

Adalyn Jameson fears she and her trade ship crewmates will die on the uninhabited planet where they’ve been stranded by pirates. Before panic sets in, Zarain shifters arrive to help them. Ada does not fight her intense attraction to one of the brawny shifters. A short, sizzling affair with this man is the perfect way to occupy her time before she goes back to normal life.

Jagger Antein thought babysitting a stranded crew until they could be evacuated from the planet would be an easy assignment. He never expected to find his mate among those he rescued. Now that he has, he’ll seduce her and keep her close before he claims her. When members of the crew are attacked again, he’ll have to discover who’s behind it and what they’re after if he hopes to keep his mate safe.

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Excerpt

“What do you want, Ada?” Jagger tried not to pull her closer, but his hand continued stroking her back. He’d have loved to make the touch more intimate, but he didn’t want her to say he’d coerced her with sex. Not when she was so close to making the decision on her own. Then he’d show her that she belonged with him.

“I don’t like you.” One of her hands clenched on his shirt, but the other smoothed over skin just above his pants.

He grinned at that blatant lie. She more than liked him. He could feel the intensity of her emotions but couldn’t read her thoughts. Not that he’d ever be able to truly do that. He’d be able to pick up focused thoughts when she learned to send to him or the very strong thoughts when she was agitated.

She didn’t like that everything wasn’t her choice. He’d had a few thoughts about that of his own and he’d expected to automatically be drawn to his mate. For someone who hadn’t expected it, it would take time to get accustomed to the idea even if they could feel the attraction.

“Tell me what you need.” He let her other hand go and cupped her cheek. Her muscles had relaxed and most of the scent of anger had dissipated. Through their connection, he could feel a little frustration, confusion and anger, but more arousal.

“You know I want you. You said you could smell it.” Her eyes narrowed on him.

And her scent was driving him insane with the desire to fuck her, take her and make sure she realized that she was his woman. He was going to make her face facts now. He stepped close to her and hooking a foot behind her ankle, took them both down to the blanket.

“I can and I’m going to taste it as well. You’re going to admit you’re my mate, Ada, over and over again.” He braced himself over her and looked down at her.

Her curly red hair fanned around her head on the blanket. A pink tint highlighted her cheekbones and her brown eyes seemed to glow. She was gorgeous. He lowered his head and nipped at her full lips. He wanted to strip off her clothes and drive his cock deep into her pussy, but he needed to hear those words even more.

As he moved down her body, he realized he should have stripped her clothes off before he took her to the blanket. Too late for that now. He backed away, just enough so that he could tug her into a sitting position. She frowned at him, confused. Grabbing the bottom of her shirt, he pulled it up without a word. She lifted her arms to let him draw the shirt over her head. He dropped it to the ground and pressed her back to the blanket.

“My woman. My mate.” He nibbled his way down her neck. The lure of the reddened nipples drew him.

He’d get her out of her pants and shoes a little later. First, he wanted to give some attention to those hardened peaks. Her hands stroked his shoulders. He lifted his head. He wasn’t going to let her distract him. He gripped her hands and pressed them down beside her hips.

“Keep them there.” He gave a slight squeeze on her wrists before he released them.

He returned his attention to the plump mounds with the darkened peaks. He licked his way up the creamy white skin. Her breath hitched as he swirled his tongue around the stiff peaks. The taste of her skin lured him back just as the deepening scent of her arousal urged him to do more.

He rubbed his lips over the peaks, lightly brushing them, not taking them in his mouth as he wanted. As he knew she wished he’d do. Her back arched, lifting her nipples against his mouth in silent urging.

He swiped his tongue over the right bud. She moaned. He smiled. He loved her reactions. Blowing a puff of air over the moistened peak, he set out to make her even wilder than she was now. He wanted her desperate. After what happened yesterday and her insistence that she couldn’t be his mate, he was aching to claim her.

“Jagger, damn you, suck my breast or stop playing around!” Her voice cracked as he trailed his tongue over the peak again.

He looked up at her and found her glaring down at him. Judging by that searing glance and the scent of her arousal, she was heating nicely. He was pleased that her hands hadn’t lifted from the blanket. “In time.”

He returned to his ministrations at her breast. Dragging his tongue over the stiff peak, he tormented her nipple. She moaned and arched, but her hands remained clenched on the blanket. Her body shivered when he finally put his mouth over her hardened nub. He drew on it hard before scraping his teeth over it and drawing back. He moved to the other side and treated it to the same slow torment.

She was trembling when he began to move down her body. As he did, he gripped the waistband of her pants and began to pull them down. He wanted to see and taste her sweet pussy and this was in the way. In any other circumstances, he would have ripped the garment off her, but she didn’t have anything else to wear back to camp.

“Jagger.” Her hips lifted and her thighs parted.

The inviting move sent more blood racing straight to his cock but didn’t help him get the last of her clothes off. He tugged off her shoes and tossed them over his shoulder. After he pulled her pants and underwear off, he stared down at her curvy, long legs. They parted, giving him a glimpse of her pussy. The lips glistened with her juices.

He moved up between them and swiped his tongue over the plump folds. Her hips wriggled. He gripped her hip with one hand as ran his tongue between the folds. Her taste and her scent flooded his senses and he wanted more. He wanted to feel her climax beneath his tongue and then to experience the ripple of her pussy over his cock as he fucked her. Mates. He had to remind himself that he needed to hear her say the words. She’d believe it and know that she was his.

About the Author

Rebecca Airies writes fantasy, paranormal and sci-fi romance. She’s been a dreamer all of her life. She loves getting lost in the lives of her characters and learning about them. In her free time, you might find her reading, writing (Yes, she write in her free time, too—bad poetry, flash fiction and you never know when the muse will strike), gardening, listening to music and spending time with family and friends.  A native Texan, she was raised in small town, but now lives in Abilene. Rebecca would love to hear from you, visit her website and drop her a note. You can find her books at Ellora’s Cave. Www.ellorascave.com

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