Author Interview, Giveaway and more with Beverly Ovalle

Today I’ve got an interview with fellow Red Hot Author Cafe writer Beverly Ovalle.

  1. What does your writing process look like? I usually have one tab open to the internet so I can look up anything I think I need while I write. I’ve been trying to work within a plotting framework but I’m a seat of the pants kind of girl.
  2. Do you have any strange writing habits? Can we say messy? I usually end up writing all snuggled in my bed in front of my laptop. I have an old hospital serving tray type thing that I picked up at the thrift store that is perfect for my laptop so it is in front of me with another section that holds my various beverages and a snack, my phone and kindle. Once I’m comfortable in my nest I start to write.
  3. What is your favorite/least favorite part of the writing process? Remembering my characters personal characteristics. I try to write the basics all down but if I forget I have to go back and read what I’ve written and end up editing everything to get back to where I left off.
  4. Is there a subject you would never write about? I would never write about cheating on a spouse. I don’t read them either.
  5. How important are names in your books? How do you select names? Sometimes they are just names I like, but most of the time, I search baby books to find a name that matches something about the character. I don’t always remember them though! But it is important to start the book that way for me.
  6. What literary character is most like you? Um, I’m a comic book kind of girl. So I’m going to say Wonder woman. <grins>
  7. What is something you want to accomplish before you die? I’m not sure so bear with me while I ramble. I’ve jumped off a cliff into a sink hole, I’ve climbed a pyramid in Mexico. I’ve travelled around the world with the US Navy. I’m married, have two children, written and published books. I’m in a career I enjoy. I’ve never wanted to climb mountains or jump out of planes. Maybe I would go to culinary school. I love to cook. And learn to properly can food. I’d love to be able to do that.
  8. Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t? Europe. Is that too broad? I want to visit a castle, see Piccadilly Square, walk in the Highlands, kiss the blarney stone, see that great art work in the Louvre and see the coliseum. I’d love to see Egypt but with the way the Middle East is, I don’t think I will ever go there.
  9. What books/authors have inspired you? Too many to name! Every author inspires me to create.
  10. What are you working on now? I am working on a dragon shifter book tentatively named A Dragon’s Treasure. I’m on the last chapter before sending it out to beta readers. Hopefully it will be out this year or early next year. I am also editing a military romance, Love Me Forever that will be coming in July in an anthology with Secret Cravings Publishing. I’m also working on edits on Stealing Hope A Dragon’s Fated Heart that will be coming to Ardent Books in August or September.

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BOOK SYNOPSIS

Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago needs to go home to reclaim the man he used to be. To be the man he was before Operation Enduring Freedom slowly hardened his heart. He needs to reconnect to the values and the reasons he is doing what he does. Saint also needs to try to forget the courageous woman he knows was meant to be his.

A Saints Salvation - Teaser 1Petty Officer Angelina Jones’ life changed the moment Saint saved her life. She survived the blast but now has to deal with the fact that she will never be whole. Knowing Saint received a ‘Dear John’ letter, Angelina has no intention of being his rebound romance. She needs to be loved for herself. She needs to forget about the one man she knows was meant to be hers.

They each try to find someone to help them forget.

But what does fate have planned for them?

 

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EXCERPT

A Saints Salvation - Teaser 2Nick quickly took advantage, pressing his hand deeper as he raised her up, her ass on his forearm. Angelina squirmed, rubbing against him. Nick bent and sucked a nipple into his mouth, teasing it through the silk. He slid a finger in and out of her heat, lightly rubbing her clit with his thumb. Angelina moaned and tightened around his finger. Pressing her close against him, Nick increased his thrusts. Nick bit her nipple and was rewarded with a cry as Angelina clamped down, drenching his hand as she came apart in his arms.

She placed her head against his shoulder, shivers running through her while her arms and legs tightened around him. Nick pulled his hand free from her warmth and licked his fingers clean, making smacking noises as he did.

“Pig.” It was so low Nick barely heard the comment. Nick chuckled as Angelina giggled in his arms.

“Did you want another glass of champagne?” Angelina shook her head and squirmed against him. Nick squeezed her to him, enjoying the feel of her, despite the tightness in his groin. “Are you ready for dinner? Or shall we just head straight to dessert?”

 

CHARACTER BIOS

A Saints Salvation - Teaser 4Corporal Nicholas ‘Saint’ Santiago
Saint is serving in Afghanistan when his heart is broken over a ‘Dear John’ letter. Everything seems to get worse at that point. Normally a happy go lucky kind of guy he seems to have lost his optimistic view of life. The only thing that stirs his interest is ‘Doc’ a female medic assigned to the FOB. Not wanting anymore entanglements, he ignores her. He knows that he needs to go home to find the place he belongs and bring back the man he was.

Angelina ‘Doc’ Jones
She had the hots for Santiago but everyone knew he’d been dumped. Doc didn’t want to be the rebound. She joined and became a corpsman against her parent’s wishes, knowing just that she had to serve. When the grenade changed her life, she needed reassurance and someone to love her despite her disability.

 

 

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Beverly Ovalle dabbled with writing on and off for years when her best friend finally dared her to submit a story to a writing contest. Beverly decided she had nothing to lose and since she’d always wanted to be an author sent it in and agonized for months waiting to hear back. Contract in hand she has never looked back.

Beverly has been obsessed with dragons and romance since she was a young girl, collecting dragon books and reading everything she could find on them even down to the care of real life dragons. She’s always been slightly panicked that the world as we know it will end, so has prepped for it, haunting survivalist pages and prepper projects she felt she needed in the event SHTF.

An avid fan of all romance, Beverly’s goal is to share her love of the written word and write the hot and erotic romances that she enjoys. She writes what she loves to read and it was only a matter of time before her obsessions crept into her writing for her to share. She hopes you enjoy her tales as much as she loves writing them.

A Navy Veteran, Beverly has traveled around the world and the United States enabling her to bring her settings to life, meeting and marrying her husband of twenty five years along the way for her own romance. Reading romances since the fourth grade she’s followed as the genre changed and spread into the vast cornucopia of romance offered today.

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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.

An Interview with cozy mystery author Amy Metz

Today I have the privilege to interview Amy Metz about her Goose Pimple Junction cozy mysteries.

Kayta: What does your writing process look like?

Amy: As soon as I have an idea of what I want the story to be, I sit down and get as much of it on paper/screen as fast as possible. I only worry about getting the bones down. Then I go back and add to the dialogue, scenery, and characters. At this point, I usually have some brave soul (or souls) read it and offer criticism. Then I go over it and edit and enhance again. The next step is to leave it alone for a few months and go back at it fresh. I edit and enhance some more, and then send it to a professional editor. When she’s done, I incorporate her suggestions, and send it to a proofreader. When I can’t stand to go over it one more time, I declare it ready to publish.

Katya: Do you have any strange writing habits?

Amy: Strange writing habits? No. Strange personality traits? Yes.

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

Amy: I love the middle part, after the bones are down but before any real editing takes place. I love going back and adding layers—kind of the skin and clothing. I like developing the characters and making the story come alive. My least favorite part is in the beginning, when I get stuck on the plot.

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

Amy: Lots of them! But I can’t write about them. Sorry, that was lame.

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

Amy: Names in the South are extremely important, so they’re equally important in my books. I keep a running list of names I come across and like. Sometimes a character is born with a name. Other times, I refer to the list and choose one that I think matches him or her.

Katya: What literary character is most like you?

Amy: Eeyore on a bad day, Piglet on a good day.

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

Amy: I’d like to be deeply, passionately in love and have that feeling returned. Is that an accomplishment?

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

Amy: The Redwood Forest.

Katya: What books/authors have inspired you?

Amy: Dennis Hart and Michael Lee West.

Katya: What are you working on now?

Amy: Rogues & Rascals in Goose Pimple Junction, the third book in the series.

Amy: Thank you so much for hosting me!


When Tess Tremaine starts a new life in the colorful town of Goose Pimple Junction, curiosity leads her to look into a seventy-five-year-old murder. Suddenly she’s learning the foreign language of southern speak, resisting her attraction to local celebrity Jackson Wright, and dealing with more mayhem than she can handle.

A bank robbery, murder, and family tragedy from the 1930s are pieces of the mystery that Tess attempts to solve. As she gets close to the truth, she encounters danger, mystery, a lot of southern charm, and a new temptation for which she’s not sure she’s ready.

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Goose Pimple Junction is just recovering from a kidnapping and a murder, its first major crimes in years, when trouble begins anew. Life is turned upside down in the quirky little Southern town with the arrival of several shifty hooligans: A philandering husband intent on getting his wife back, another murderer loose in town, a stalker intent on frightening Martha Maye, and a thief who’s stealing the town blind of their pumpkins, pies, and peace. Together, they’re scaring the living daylights out of the residents and keeping the new police chief busier than a set of jumper cables at a redneck picnic. Suddenly, he has his hands full trying to apprehend a killer, stop a stalker, and fight his feelings for the damsel in distress.

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About the author:

Amy Metz is the author of Murder & Mayhem In Goose Pimple Junction. She is a former first grade teacher and the mother of two sons. When not actively engaged in writing, enjoying her family, or surfing Facebook or Pinterest, Amy can usually be found with a mixing spoon, camera, or book in one hand and a glass of sweet tea in the other. Amy lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Interview with Desiree Holt

I’m honored to have interviewed the wonderful Desiree Holt as part of her blog tour for her soon-to-be-released book Finding Julia.

Katya: What books/authors have influenced your writing?

Desiree: First was Linda Howard, who made me realize that romantic suspense was so much more enjoyable to write (for me) than straight mystery. I still have my copy of Cry No More. Next was Joey Hill, who writes the MOST beautiful prose in the world and the MOST beautiful erotic scenes and taught me that BDSM can be incredible to write about. I like the quirky humor in books by Marie Force and Robyn Carr. I reread all these authors all the time.

Katya: What do you hope readers come away from this book with?

Desiree: I want them to understand that my heroine was trapped in a situation that turned out to be not what she expected and that she came into the marriage without the resources to fight it. While she may appear weak at times, she finally gathers her strength and in the end she is the real survivor. And I also want them to fall in love with the love story, knowing people can overcome great obstacles to be together.

Katya: What have you learned through writing your latest book? 

Desiree: I’ve learned that people have so many different facets to their character and, if I want my readers to fall in love with my h/h, I have to be sure they see every side of them. And I had the best time writing the love scenes.

Katya: How do you find inspiration for your stories?

Desiree: I find it everywhere. My stories are all character-driven, so I look at people or situations and play the What If game. What if he did this or she did that. One of my books came from a Letter to the Editor in our local paper. Others have come from my love of the military and covert ops. My brain is always busy with a lot of plots running around like gerbils on a treadmill. I have a sweatshirt that says “Be Careful. I Might Put You In My Next Book.”

Katya: What is your biggest challenge as a writer and how do you overcome it?

Desiree: Writing the first chapter. I want to grab the reader at once, give them enough but not too much information, and pull them into the story, all in one chapter. Once I get past this I’m good to go.

Katya: How would you characterize your writing style?

Desiree: Hmmm. Well, my stories are all character-driven and I think my voice is that of a story teller. I try to write crisp but not abrupt and to draw pictures with my words.

Katya: What is your favorite animal?

Desiree: Toss up between cats and horses, but since I can’t keep a horse in the house, I have three cats.

Katya: What is your favorite genre to read?

Desiree: I don’t think I have one favorite genre. I love romantic suspense, straight out romance and political thrillers the most.

Katya: Do you listen to music while your write? If yes, what’s currently on your playlist?

Desiree: Oh, lord no. I tried that before and kept stopping to sing along with the music. But if I could, it would be anything by Blake Shelton, Danielle Bradbery and a lot of the bands from the eighties and nineties.

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Can a moment of passion outlast years of secrets and misery?  For Julia Patterson, meeting Luke Buchanan awakens within her a passion she’s never dared dream possible. He claims her body and and helps her remember what it means to be a woman. But Fate has a twisted sense of humor. Just when Julia is ready to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life, her almost-ex-husband is diagnosed with a heart condition that puts her divorce on hold. Turning her back on Luke is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles discovers and uses against her. Years later, when Luke walks back into Julia’s life, the passion between them is just as explosive. But Charles is still controlling her from the grave, and the secret Julia has hidden for fourteen years could destroy their dreams forever.

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Desiree Holt has lived a life of excitement that brings the color to her writing. She spent several years in the music business representing every kind of artist from country singers to heavy metal rock bands. For several years she also ran her own public relations agency handling any client that interested her. She is twice a finalist for an EPIC E-Book Award, a nominee for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award, winner of the first 5 Heart Sweetheart of the Year Award at The Romance Studio, and is published by four different houses. Romance Junkies said of her work: “Desiree Holt is the most amazing erotica author of our time and each story is more fulfilling then the last.” When she’s not writing she’s traveling Texas and, in season, obsessively watching football.

You can find her at www.desireeholt.com and www.desireeholttellsall.com

Cherry Pie and Inspiration: An Interview with Janet Lane Walters

Today, I’m doing an interview exchange with Janet Lane Walters. You can see my interview by clicking here. An excerpt from my new novel To Growl or to Groan will be up on Saturday.

Katya: What is your favorite word and give us an example of how you have used it in your writing?

Janet: Would you believe I have no real favorite word? Just words in general. I fell in love with books and words when I was about three when my grandfather taught me how to read. From then I was off and running with reading. This led to writing and my love for words increased. I’ve spent ages with the thesaurus just seeing where one word will lead to the next.

Katya: What do you do to find inspiration?

Janet: Inspiration is the last thing I need. I watch people walking on the street. I see a picture that engages me. I listen to children and grandchildren talking. I remember things from the days I worked as a nurse. Just life in general inspires me. Music. I’m a classical fan and also like hard rock. Get inspired there, too. In art, I rather like Edward Hopper (his home is just a few blocks from mine). Sorting through all of life is and should be an inspiration to any writer.

Katya: What was the hardest part of writing your latest book?

Janet: For me the hardest part is the proofreading before I send the story off. How many question marks have I avoided to put in their place? How many of those real words aren’t the right words? I’m finishing a story right now that’s the second of my Moonchild series that I had to begin again when I realized this was the hero’s story since he had both the most to lose and the most to win if he didn’t change. Ripping out entire scenes was hard but necessary. Sometimes making the love scenes fresh is hard and they
may be re-written five or six times.

Katya: What was the easiest?

Janet: Plot is the easiest for me. My stories are more plot driven than character driven. Before I begin, in my head I know how the story will flow and then I begin to craft the characters needed to make the story work.

Katya: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Janet: Favorite author. There isn’t just one. There are many authors I like for different reasons. I bill myself as the eclectic writer and my reading habits are about the same. I don’t read horror or even attempt to write it. I’d like to write true science fiction or true action adventure but I don’t have the knowledge. I read Anna Karenina in third grade for a book report and really liked the convoluted plots of Tolstoy but I also like simpler plots. Jennifer Probst has great alpha heroes, Jane Toombs for just her way with words.

Katya: What is your favorite dessert?

Janet: Cherry Pie hands down–with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, especially if there’s just a hint of spice in the filling.

Blurb for her latest release: Born under a dark moon, Norna has to battle rumors that she is tainted by evil and unworthy of being anything more than a servant. Discarded by her mother, she runs away from her aunt, a priestess who wants her to enter the temple. Instead, Norna chooses to be a Healwoman, and a chance encounter with a novice hoping to be a priest helps her discover she has talents of water, air and fire at her disposal. With these gifts she is called on to battle treachery and attempts to prevent the promised prophecy of the god and goddess. As she battles evil powers, she loses her heart to Shandor, the man she met when her journey first began. She must come to grips with Britha who plots against her. Shandor has his own enemy Vorgan. When the pair of foes unite, the battles begin.
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