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I love romance and writing it is one of my greatest pleasures. Along with writing romance, I love sitting back and talking with authors that love romance just as much as I do. Since I've been reading romance since I was sixteen years old I am a book lover that still reads lots of books in a month. So, weekly I will also post my book picks. They may be picks that are new releases or maybe a favorite book of mine. On this blog you will see books featured by ALL romance genres.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

New Romance Releases!


Lance Edison, a soccer player, feels like his life is finally coming together when he gets drafted into the professional soccer league. As he attempts to settle in his new city and focus on his career a familiar face appears expectantly. Does he take a chance on love?

Zoe Andrews, a waitress, was excited about receiving her marketing degree. This waitress turn marketing executive is offered her dream job that requires her to move. She thinks she finally finds balance in life. She never expected to have an old customer as a new client. The joy and passion of navigating a new relationship becomes dampened when lies and deceit from one of their past starts to tear at the new found trust they have begun to build with each other.

Will they be able put their past behind them to work together toward the same goal?
 

 
 
T.J. Sommers does not believe in love, relationships or happy endings. She has not had any that did not crush her more than the last. She has resolved herself to being alone and single. After all, it’s not so bad. That is until she meets Giovanni Vincenzo. He is promising her things she thought long forgotten, hot steamy days and hotter steamier nights. Will she be able to look beyond her past and broken heart to see what’s in front of her?

Giovanni fell in love with T.J. the moment he laid eyes on her and the first time he smelled her, tasted her, she was cemented into his heart and his soul. But he’s got a secret that could rip them apart. Will he be able to put his play boy façade away to capture the one woman who has brought him to his knees or will the secrets he’s holding in his back pocket rip her from his arms forever. 
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A Weekend with Yvette Hines featuring Angie Daniels

Hello my SASSE Readers and those that live in the Tidewater area. As you know, I will be having my event A Weekend with Yvette Hines. Well, this year I have asked a few local authors to stop by to meet you all as well as be available for a mini book signing. Over the next few days I will be introducing some of you to these talented five ladies (Aliyah Burke, Angie Daniels, Bridget Midway, Denise Jeffries and Di Topaz). So, you will know what books they will be signing and offering for sale in either paperback or kindle.

ANGIE DANIELS/SASHA CAMPBELL

Freelance photographer Kaelyn Chambers knows exactly what she wants her future to look like—kinky and hot with a no-strings attached relationship. After a late night of karaoke, she’s awakened by a sexy voice that leaves more than just her curiosity aroused. When Kayla finally meets delivery driver, Ashton Kilmer, he’s gorgeous and the attraction is explosive. And In a matter of hours, she realizes an afternoon fling comes with scandalous consequences, especially since Ashton’s determined to pleasure her in every way imaginable. But will Mr. Right become Mr. Wrong when she discovers who he really is? This is a 35,000 word erotic novella.


These two bestselling authors team up to introduce a sizzling new series....
After years of failed relationships, two sexy single best friends decide to take their chances at on-line dating. At first the experiences are interesting and exciting, but it isn’t long before the women discover things aren’t always as they seem…

Air Force officer Nyree Dawson meets Jeremy Samuels online, and as far as she’s concerned, he’s everything she’s ever wanted in a man. He’s spiritual, educated, and a beast in the bedroom. She thinks the ex-wife is a fool for divorcing such an amazing man, and before long they start planning a future together. It isn’t until after the couple is married that the lies begin to surface, and the relationship goes from “I do” to what in the world have I done?

Restaurant owner, Janelle Fox has always had a spare boo in her back pocket, but when she meets Kaleb Kerrington on a dating site, the rules suddenly change. He’s gorgeous and wealthy and she can’t believe her luck. Only Kaleb has been burned so many times he doesn’t trust his woman any further than he can see her. At first Janelle finds the jealousy cute and she’s determined to be the one to teach him how to trust. However, after a while the accusations get to be too much and she realizes the confident man she craved is insecure and unforgiving. And that’s only the beginning…


Peyton Powell is unhappily married to a man who doesn’t give the attention her body craves. The only excitement in her life was raising her twins and clipping coupons until she lands a job at Independent Woman magazine writing a column that explores women’s sexuality. Peyton’s never felt anything close to what she’s read in those supermarket romance novels, and with a husband who’s quick and selfish in bed, she isn’t sure she’s up for the challenge. But then everything changes…she’s asked to join an exclusive club and the initiation introduces her to an erotic world, a sisterhood, and a sexy, dominant stranger who has every intention of showing her the meaning of obedience and submission.However, once the blindfold comes off, and his identity is revealed, her life will never be the same again.
 
Check out all the other books Angie/Sasha has to offer at her website: www.angiedaniels.com
 
BOOK SIGNING DETAILS: http://yvettehines.com/a-weekend-with-yvette-hines/
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Enjoying a chat about the Bennetts with Kennedy Ryan


Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Kennedy Ryan to our SASSE World. Pull up a chair and tell me if you prefer pizza or grilled chicken salad on fresh spinach leaves for our little chat.

Kennedy:   Unfortunately, pizza is my all-time favorite food! Toppings: feta, mushrooms & spinach, please! J

SASSE: Oh, yes, serve me up a slice. My daughter and I have it every Friday. Now that our mouths are full of ooey-gooey, cheesy delight, tell the readers a little about yourself. How did you get into writing? Have you always thought you would be a romance writer?

Kennedy:  I always knew I would write fiction. As a little girl, while the other kids were playing kick ball, I would go to my grandmother’s back porch, use her mop as my long-haired heroine, and make up stories. I started writing poetry, editorials, short stories for newspapers in high school, and my degree is in journalism, so I got sidetracked by true stories for awhile. I still do some non-fiction, but am really enjoying writing love stories.

SASSE: What was the first romance book you ever read? What did you think? What was your first impression of the genre?

Kennedy: Gosh, I think it was Kathleen Woodiwiss, The Wolf and the Dove. I was blown away. I love history, so the medieval era fascinated me. And I loved Wulfgar, of course. Woodiwiss is a pioneer in the romance genre, so I started with the best! I had to smuggle them into my house because my mom wouldn’t let me read them. So they were always tucked under mattresses and stashed in closets. I devoured them. I’d read literally until the sun came up, roll out of bed, go right to school. I loved them.

SASSE:  How did you come up with the idea about the Bennett series?  

Kennedy: I had put my dream of writing fiction on the shelf. My son has autism, and assisting him and then starting a foundation for families living with autism consumed the last decade of my life. Everything I read was about Autism and advocacy. My son, like a lot of ASD kids, adores water, and during the summer, we are at some body of water every night. Two summers ago, it was the Chatahoochee River. This scene came to me of a girl standing between these two best friends ready to come to blows over her. I started fleshing that out every night we’d go, and their story took place in a fictional town called Rivermont, inspired by those long summer nights entertaining my son by the river.

SASSE: Are there more Bennetts to come after the first two?

Kennedy: Oh, gosh, yes. Well, one more. I just turned book 3, BE MINE FOREVER, in to my editor. It releases on my son’s birthday, February 3! It is part of the series, but will be able to be read as a standalone.

SASSE: Contemporary romance is a classic, what do bring in your stories to keep it fresh?

Kennedy: I like to step outside of some of the boxes people expect. I don’t rescue my characters from those situations that make them, and often the reader, uncomfortable. For example, and you could find this out in a preview on Amazon, so it’s not much of a spoiler. WHEN YOU ARE MINE opens with the hero, Walsh, offering the best man toast at his best friend’s wedding…to the heroine, Kerris. The woman Walsh is in love with. I tell you from the beginning, this is going to be messy. No one is going to stop this wedding at the last minute. She’s going through with it, and you’ll have to sort this out with me. I think making those decisions, taking those turns that readers don’t expect, keeps things fresh. I also love diverse casts. So often, stories are homogenous, which is fine, but we are less and less homogenous as a society. The lines are blurrled and blended. I choose to write stories that reflect those different hues and that cultural shift. Kerris and Cam, her husband, are both multi-racial characters. It is mentioned, you know it, but it is not the focal point of the story. You’ll always find characters of diverse backgrounds in my books.

SASSE: In When You are Mine, Kerris and Walsh has such strong chemistry and found themselves in a situation that seems impossible. How hard of a challenge was it to write such a complicated love situation as theirs? Make readers root for them.

Kennedy: The first thing I had to do was set aside my judgments. I allowed the story to unfold between them without judging their emotions. I was also very disciplined in how much of Cam’s, Kerris’s husband and Walsh’s best friend’s,  perspective you were allowed as readers. When you only hear from Walsh and Kerris, it becomes easier to sympathize with them because you are a part of their struggle. How hard they fight their feelings for one another. So many readers said they hated how I made them want something they shouldn’t want: For Kerris to choose Walsh over her husband. I would never want that in real life either! But I needed readers to feel the pull as strongly as the characters did so they would understand the tension they’re experiencing.

SASSE: Tell the readers what they can expect with book two Loving You Always when it comes out October 7th.

Kennedy:  Book 1 is pretty angsty. There is more of that, but you can expect a lot of growth from these characters. The three books span about six years. Book 1 introduces the characters at their genesis. They are the most immature in this first book, fresh out of college. LOVING YOU ALWAYS picks up mere weeks after WHEN YOU ARE MINE ends. Kerris especially has to figure out what she really wants, how to make things right in the wake of mistakes she made.  Everything comes to a head in this book. It is not an easy road to happily ever after, wherever she lands, and there are no easy choices. Everyone will be hurt, and she has to take responsibility for her feelings and actions.

SASSE: Thank you Kennedy, this has been just delightful to sit back with you and learn a little more about you and your story.

 SASSE READERS DON'T MISS THE PARTY AND CONTEST!!

 Two-Week Book Party!!

There’s a group reading WHEN YOU ARE MINE together! Everyone in the group qualifies to win a $100 VISA Gift Card, or a prize pack of signed books from Kristen Ashley, Jill Shalvis, Rochelle Alers, and Jessica Sorensen. We’ll award prizes EVERY DAY! Great guest authors will make appearances EVERY DAY!


Learn more about Kennedy Ryan:

Kennedy Ryan writes contemporary romance and women's fiction. She always give her characters their happily ever after, but loves to make them work for it! In an alternative universe and under her government issue name, Tina Dula, she is a wife to the love of her life, mom to a special, beautiful son, and a friend to those living with autism through her foundation Myles-A-Part, serving Georgia families.

Her writings on Autism have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, and she has been featured on the Montel Williams Show, NPR, Headline News and others. She is splitting 25% of  her royalties between donations for her foundation, and to her national charitable partner, Talk About Curing Autism (TACA). 

            Website:  http://kennedyryanwrites.com/

            Twitter:  https://twitter.com/kennedyrwrites


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Monday, September 22, 2014

A Weekend with Yvette Hines: Featuring Denise Jeffries and Alexis Ke

Hello my SASSE Readers and those that live in the Tidewater area. As you know, I will be having my event A Weekend with Yvette Hines. Well, this year I have asked a few local authors to stop by to meet you all as well as be available for a mini book signing. Over the next few days I will be introducing some of you to these talented five ladies (Aliyah Burke, Angie Daniels, Bridget Midway, Denise Jeffries and Di Topaz). So, you will know what books they will be signing and offering for sale in either paperback or kindle.

DENISE JEFFRIES/Alexis Ke 
 
(New Release September 27th)
Finche’ ci incontriamo di nuovo (Until We Meet Again)
T.J. Sommers doesn’t believe in love, relationships or happy endings. She hasn’t had any that didn’t crush her more than the last. She has resolved herself to being alone and single. After all, it’s not so bad. That is until she meets Giovanni Vincenzo. He is promising her things she thought long forgotten, hot steamy days and hotter steamier nights. Will she be able to look beyond her past and broken heart to see what’s in front of her?
Giovanni fell in love with T.J. the moment he laid eyes on her and the first time he smelled her, tasted her, she was cemented into his heart and his soul. But he’s got a secret that could rip them apart. Will he be able to put his play boy façade away to capture the one woman who has brought him to his knees or will the secrets he’s holding in his back pocket rip her from his arms forever.

Until history is brought into the light the days will remain in the dark.

Lies…
Everything they lived, believed and fought for was a lie. Now the one thing Deatra fears the most must come to light. Can she break free and awaken her true self or will the lies destroy her forever.

Redemption…
Promises are meant to be broken. History could push Xavier into the arms of another woman and away from the one he truly desires, loves. How far is he willing to go to get what he wants? To get his mate? How much of his heart, his soul is he willing to give up?

Love…
Yesterday’s Promises are not what they seemed. With nothing in their favor, will there be enough love to finally break the curse that has plagued them for centuries? Is it enough to tear away the shadows clouding what they want, desire, need?

As worlds collide only one will survive.

Learn more about Alexis Ke...friend her on FB:  https://www.facebook.com/alexis.ke.3
Or follow Denise Jeffries on Pintrest: http://www.pinterest.com/dpjeffriesthewr/denise-jeffries-the-author/


BOOK SIGNING DETAILS: http://yvettehines.com/a-weekend-with-yvette-hines/

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Weekend with Yvette Hines: Featuring Bridget Midway

Hello my SASSE Readers and those that live in the Tidewater area. As you know, I will be having my event A Weekend with Yvette Hines. Well, this year I have asked a few local authors to stop by to meet you all as well as be available for a mini book signing. Over the next few days I will be introducing some of you to these talented five ladies (Aliyah Burke, Angie Daniels, Bridget Midway, Denise Jeffries and Di Topaz). So, you will know what books they will be signing and offering for sale in either paperback or kindle.

BRIDGET MIDWAY

The game of love has never been this hard or hot...

Concrete inspector Zennifer Morse has problems. During her monthly video conference calls, she has to see the man who dumped her during their one and only trip to Las Vegas. When her boss asks her to take his place at an upcoming conference in the same hotel, she hesitates before agreeing to go. She just hopes her ex is not there.

Jackson Duke wanted to take his relationship with Zennifer to the next level when he invited her to a weekend away in Vegas. As a BDSM dominant, he never knows how a woman will respond to the news. Seeing the very conservative Zennifer during the weekend had Jackson changing his mind. Now that he sees her at the same conference, he decides Zennifer can use a bit of discipline especially when she makes a dig about how he runs his business.

When Jackson tells Zennifer about his other lifestyle, she doesn't believe him until he disciplines her. After that, she finds a new side of herself as a submissive.

When Zennifer discovers the real reason Jackson wanted to rekindle relationship, does her heart turn back to concrete? Can Jackson soften enough to let the right woman into his life?



Former BDSM Dom, Dakota "Dak" Ricci is a part of a BDSM group called S.A.F.E., which means Security Away From Extremists. The group concentrates on saving abused slaves and submissives from their Doms and Dommes. After an emotional save, he decides that that's it. However, his friend and fellow Dom has another plan for him. He wants Dak to do one last save.

Brea Oliphant pushes her Dom to the limit to get the abuse she thinks she deserves. When a Domme sees what she perceives as abuse during a BDSM luncheon, she contacts S.A.F.E. to help this submissive.

Dak decides to help her when he finds out that this submissive is with the Dom who his former submissive goes to after leaving him. He's going to make this save be about revenge.

As soon as Brea and Dak get together, they find that they help each other more than they thought. And the sexual tension between them is so palpable that they both rethink their BDSM roles. But when the truth about Dak's involvement in her save and Brea's past comes to light, will their connection be enough to keep them bound together?

Discover more about Bridget Midway at her website: http://bridgetmidway.com
BOOK SIGNING DETAILS: http://yvettehines.com/a-weekend-with-yvette-hines/

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Weekend with Yvette Hines featuring Aliyah Burke

Hello my SASSE Readers and those that live in the Tidewater area. As you know, I will be having my event A Weekend with Yvette Hines. Well, this year I have asked a few local authors to stop by to meet you all as well as be available for a mini book signing. Over the next few days I will be introducing some of you to these talented five ladies (Angie Daniels, Di Topaz, Aliyah Burke, Bridget Midway, Denise Jeffries). So, you will know what books they will be signing and offering for sale in either paperback or eBook.

ALIYAH BURKE

 
Despite differences and difficulties, love is always capable of finding a way to take root and bloom.
 
Ivan Vinokourov wasn’t sure he'd ever get over losing the love of his life to another man. However, after he's kidnapped, the woman sent to rescue him stirs emotions he’d believed gone forever.

Bailey Hyde is an assassin for Theta Corps, that’s what she does, so she’s not understanding why she’s being sent in for a retrieval. The man she’s tasked with rescuing is different and she finds herself attracted to him. He’s a scientist, not the type she usually goes after, still, he intrigues her.

Despite her misgivings about being involved with someone she rescued, they begin a relationship. He is amazing yet they continue to butt heads over her work. When her past is revealed Bailey isn’t sure of anything anymore, even Ivan. Can what they have withstand that they are polar opposites? Or are they destined to go back to being alone?

A man whose wedding day was destroyed by betrayal meets a woman from his past who begins to renew his belief in true love and with her in his life, he may be willing to try that step once again.

After calling off his wedding on the day of, rancher Dustin Kane meets a woman who’s in the wrong place at the wrong time. He’s in no mood for company, but she’s different and makes him feel things he shouldn’t. By the time she leaves him, he’s more intrigued and wants to see her again.

Samantha ‘Finn’ Finley had returned to Branchwater, Texas for the sole purpose of helping her injured father. Running into the man she’s loved since high school was never part of the plan.

Drawn together time and time again, neither can ignore the sparks between them. When it comes time for her to leave, will Dustin be able to let her return to her new life or will he do all he can to get her to come back to where she belongs, home…with him?


Check out her website and what more she has to offer! www.aliyah-burke.com 

BOOK SIGNING DETAILS: http://yvettehines.com/a-weekend-with-yvette-hines/

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It is the one-two punch of romance with Mallery Malone.

 
Hello, Mallery Malone, welcome to SASSE Sheets. I appreciate you spending the day with us here. Before we get started with our talk on these tough guys, do you prefer hot wings or veggie platter?

Mallery: It’s a wing thing in my house!

SASSE: Now that we have our fingers dripping and coated with red sauce, tell the readers a little about yourself. If you were not a romance writer, what would be your creative outlet?

Mallery: I would belly dance with an occasional foray into spinning fire.

SASSE: What was the first romance book you ever read? What did you think? What was your first impression of the genre?

Mallery: My first romance was one of those Harlequins from the late 70’s early 80’s. I was a preteen. I thought the guys were jerks. When I came back to it in my twenties I read one by Johanna Lindsey, followed by an Amanda Quick. I was hooked from then on.

SASSE:  Can you explain to the readers about the The Billionaire’s Club: New Orleans series? How did you come up with the idea for it?  Why Nawlins?

Mallery: I have to give the hat tip for the concept to my editor, Monique Patterson. There are Billionaire’s Clubs in Chicago and NYC as well. She had me at Nawlins, though. I’ve always wanted to set a series there. These billionaire clubs are bad boys, best friends, alpha males who are ruthless in love and business. I loved the idea of three guys bonding through brawling. My guys are kings of the ring, masters of money, and legendary lovers, but each one lost the love of their life. When they’re reunited, each one moves heaven and earth to win his woman back.

SASSE: What did you do to understand the fighting world? Any interesting research for it?

Mallery: My grandmother got me hooked on wrestling when I was a kid. Andre the Giant and Abdullah the Butcher were my favorites! These days though, the hubby and I watch lots of MMA fights on Spike TV, and one of my neighbors also fights on an amateur circuit.

SASSE: What was the most emotional challenging book to write out of the three of them?

Mallery: All three of them lost their loves in heartbreaking ways, but I’d say the most emotional one was Power Play, Raphael and Macy’s story. Their heartbreak was pretty gut wrenching, and the way Raphael won her back had me all misty-eyed!

SASSE: When readers read your stories, what is a common theme that you want them to walk away with?

Mallery: Don’t be afraid to take a second chance on love!
 
 
Learn more about Mallery Malone!

Mallery Malone is the author of contemporary and historical romance of all heat levels. An avid reader, she loves to discover new worlds and characters that strike a deep emotional connection.

Mallery lives on the outskirts of Atlanta with her guitar hero husband, several cannibal fish, and two standard poodles who think they are lapdogs. When not working the day job, she spends her time hanging out with friends, people watching, and working on her next writing project.

            Website: www.malerymalone.com
            Twitter: @mallerymalone
            FB Author Page (if you have one): https://www.facebook.com/mallery.malone


Monday, September 15, 2014

New Historical Romance Author to Watch: Piper Huguley

If you love historical romance then this is one new author you want to put on your list to watch.
 


One chance meeting can change your life from what you thought you wanted….to what you really need.  Start your collection here. 

Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Piper Huguley to our SASSE World. Pull up a chair and tell me if you prefer a milk shake or fruit smoothie for our little chat.

Piper:  Fruit smoothie, please!

SASSE: I have a heart for fruit smoothies too. I enjoy one every morning. Tell the readers a little about yourself. How did you get into writing? Have you always thought you would be a romance writer?

Piper: I’ve been writing ever since I was 12.  Life kept getting in the way, of course.  For a long time, I’ve thought that my voice was more genre based and that genre was romance. This didn’t serve me well when I was in graduate school and I was supposed to write in a more literary vein (boring!).  I managed to graduate with a women’s fiction book, but I’ve always had a pull toward romance.

SASSE: What was the first romance book you read that you just couldn’t get out of your mind; that book that started your “keeper shelf”?

Piper: The Endearment. Then anything by LaVyrle Spencer.  She’s just an awesome writer. I’m sorry she’s not doing it anymore, but then, I guess she doesn’t have to….

SASSE:  Can you explain to the readers about the A Home to Milford College series? How did you come up with this series, what it is about?

Piper: Milford College is a fictitious HBCU (Historically Black College and University).  On my recent path back to writing, when my son reached a certain age of independence, I tried to write a contemporary series based on a college campus.  As I developed the map of the campus and named the buildings, I discovered they each had a name and I wanted to know who those people were.  So that started my quest to uncover the history of the school.

SASSE: Bring us into the world of your latest release The Preacher’s Promise. Introduce the readers to Virgil and Amanda.

Piper:  Amanda is a young woman who just graduated from college and is pursuing her first job of starting a school that will teach the recently enslaved how to read and write.  Virgil is the mayor of the town where the school will be located.  He wanted a male schoolmaster, but Amanda shows up instead.  He wants her to go back to where she came from, but she has no home. She’s stuck in Milford and he’s just going to have to deal with it. 

SASSE:  When you wrote the first book, did you know The Lawyer’s Luck, Lawrence and Aurelia story, would come out of it?

Piper:  I had some idea of who would be Amanda’s father, who had to be highly educated for her to be highly educated as a college graduate in 1866. I didn’t know who her mother was, and that’s why I wrote The Lawyer’s Luck—to find out about her mother.

SASSE: What is the most challenging thing when it comes to writing for you?

Piper: The whole aspect of “show don’t tell and deep point of view”.  Not easy.  

SASSE: What can readers expect next from you? Are you planning to continue this series?

Piper:  I am continuing this series now that I am writing The Mayor’s Mission.  I am also shopping my other historical series around to publishers. 

SASSE: Thank you, Piper, this has been just delightful to sit back with you and learn a little more about you and your story.

Piper: Thank you for having me! It’s been a pleasure!

Learn more about Piper G. Huguley!
Piper G Huguley is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series which follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. The Preacher’s Promise is book one in the series. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts
Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters.  Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014.  Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013. 

Twitter: @writerpiper
Facebook: Piper Huguley
Home to Milford College

Amanda and Virgil must put aside their enmity, unite for the sake of a newly-created community in a troubling age, and do things they never imagined. Don't forget to pick up the next one!

 




Friday, September 12, 2014

Curling Up in the Den with a Shifter Author Kassanna

 Do you hear the growling? If you do, that must mean that Kassanna and her pack are in the room.
 
Buy it! (free download at Amazon)
 

Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Kassanna to our SASSE World. Pull up a chair and tell me if you prefer ice cream or cake for our little chat.

Kassanna: Cake, vanilla with that ridiculously rich icing that makes your teeth hurt afterwards but tastes so flipping good.

SASSE: Yum! That cake is making me drool! LOL. Tell the readers a little about yourself. How did you get into writing? Have you always thought you would be a romance writer?

Kassanna: I have always written things, looks short stories, created characters as imaginary friends. Narrated stories in my head but I ever thought I would actually become a published author. My husband took a look at all my notebooks I the closet one day and told me I needed to do something about my hobby. To be published and have readers is humbling and beyond a dream come true for me.

SASSE: What was the first romance book you ever read? What did you think? What was your first impression of the genre?

Kassanna: This Calder Ranch by Janet Daily. I loved that book and must have re-read it a hundred times. I wanted to live on that ranch in that world. To read romance and get lost in the fantasy was is much better than my reality sometimes

SASSE:  Can you explain to the readers about the Pride Riders? How did you come up with this series?

Kassanna: Pride Riders are a motorcycle club of big cat shifters. Transplants from Africa, they are just trying to live like everybody else and things just keep going wrong. I got the idea from watching a Hells Angel documentary and thought what if they were all cats with sexy accents?

SASSE: Are there more Pride Riders to come?

Kassanna: Yeah, Prowl, which is Ari’s story will be net in the series. As the resident comedian I am finding his story to be hilarious.

SASSE: You are one of the “shifter queens of romance” with dragons, snakes, bears, wolves…oh, my, my, my…are there any animals you can’t imagine making into a shifter in one of your romances?

Kassanna: Rabbits, small creatures, as Ettienne and Myka put it in Pack Rulez. If a bunny was a shifter a predator would be conflicted, he wouldn’t know whether to eat or screw his or her mate. I don’t want to put my characters through that kind of trama. LOL! And thank you. I never thought of myself as one of the queens of shifter romance. That made me giggle.

SASSE: What gets you all choked up or emotionally charged in a story you write?

Kassanna: When the villain get away with whatever he or she is doing wrong. I never know how a story will turn out or who the next book will be about. In that aspect you can call me a true pantzer so when I open up my wip I’m never quite sure who will emerge or what they have to say. Sometimes I like it, sometimes I don’t but it’s not my story to tell, ya know, I’m just the vessel to get it done.

SASSE: If you could write in any genre that you have never written in before what would it be?

Kassanna: A YA steampunk. I think it would be fun.

SASSE: Thank you Kassanna, this has been just delightful to sit back with you and learn a little more about you and your story.

Kassanna: Thanks for having me it’s always a pleasure talking, love connecting with people.

Learn more about Kassanna!

Kassanna is a strong believer in love at first sight and happily ever afters. After meeting her husband in November and marrying him three months later in February the two have survived and mostly enjoyed every adventure life has thrown their way. Ten years, two children, a couple of dogs and a wild turkey that came out the woods and somehow adopted them - later- the adventure continues.

Writing has always been her passion but fate sometimes has other roads that must first be taken . Navigating the road less traveled was not only unexpected but in the end extremely rewarding. Her books are mainly contemporary romance but she has delved into the paranormal and plans on expanding into other areas as the ideas come to her. Right now she is enjoying life and seeing her work come into fruition make it that much more pleasurable especially when her books make others smile. Kassanna wouldn't have it any other way.

            Website: http://www.flavorfullove.com/

            Twitter: https://twitter.com/Author_Kassanna



 




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jumping on the romance shuttle to do an interview with Evangeline Anderson that is out of this world.


Don't you just love amazing romance series that takes you on a journey, over and over again? Well, then Evangeline Anderson is the author for you!


Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Evangeline Anderson to our SASSE World. Pull up a chair and tell me if you prefer a plate of sushi or worms that taste like chocolate for our little chat.

Evangeline:  Ha--you must be talking about the Grieza worms I feature in several of my Kindred novels. They are fat free, all protein and they taste like dark chocolate. Unfortunately they look like worms but if you can get past that, you've got an unbeatable snack. I love making up weird new foods for my heroines to try in all the Kindred books--it's a little part of every book and who knows what I might come up with next?

SASSE: I will tell you, every time I read about those grieza worms I do want to try them. LOL. I know, call me crazy. Well, now that we are snacking, tell the readers a little about yourself. How did you get into writing? When was that one moment when you felt ‘Oh, my, I’m really a romance writer.’?

Evangeline: Well, I took a writing class at my local community college in 2003 and started writing and submitting and publishing in 2004. I didn't get into self publishing until 2011 and I was able to quit my day job as an MRI tech (though I still work Saturdays to keep my skills sharp) in 2012. I guess that is when I considered myself a full time author. I can pay the mortgage with my writing, so that's my profession.

SASSE: What was the first romance book you read that you just couldn’t get out of your mind; that book that started your “keeper shelf”?

Evangeline: Wow, well I have to say I LOVE JR Ward's Black Dagger series. In fact, I modeled the Kindred series after that. I love how each character gets his or her own book in turn but you still get to see what's happening in the lives of past heroes and heroines. I also love the Sookie Stackhouse books by Charlain Harris.

SASSE: How did you get into writing sci-fi romance? Are you a Trekki?

Evangeline: I just write what I love to read! Yes, I'm a Trekki and every other kind of nerd. I have always loved sci-fi and fantasy novels, shows, movies, and books. I don't think I could write a straight contemporary romance novel if I tried. It has to have some kind of weird sci-fi, fantasy, or paranormal twist or element or I'm bored.

SASSE: Tell us how The Brides of the Kindred series got started. Was it originally supposed to be a series or one book?

Evangeline:  It started as a book I couldn't finish. I wrote half of it and put it away for something like 3-4 years before picking it up again. I self published it as an experiment, urged by my good friend Barb who is now my editor. And the series just took off--people loved it. So I started writing more. Originally I planned 4 books but since sci-fi is limitless, the series just grew and grew. I hope I never run out of ideas because I love writing in this world and readers seem to really love reading it.

SASSE: Writing sci-fi might be one of the most difficult genres to write. Your Kindred world is so complex and fun at the same time, what is the most challenging aspect to write?

Evangeline: Oh my, I think that sci-fi is the EASIEST genre to write! Anything you need, you can just make it up. I would never attempt to write historical fiction for instance--there is way too much research involved. But with sci-fi you can let your imagination run away with you. It's endless.

SASSE: What can readers expect next from you? Already at twelve great books, do you know how many books will be in this series?

Evangeline: I'm writing book 13, Cursed, which I hope to have out on Halloween this year. I like the symmetry there since it's the 13th book and the name is Cursed. Cool, huh? And I already have ideas for book 14, although I don't know the name of it yet. But that one will probably come out at the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. After that, who knows? The sky is always the limit.

SASSE: Out of the different type of Kindred men you have created, which is your favorite?

Evangeline:  I'd have to say the Blood Kindred since I really have a thing for vampires--so sexy and strong. Sylvan, the hero of Hunted which is book 2, is a recurring character in all the books because he is one of my favorite Kindred. Six, the hero from Enhanced which is book 12 was fun to write too because he was a Dark Kindred and they have no emotions. Until, of course, he started having them all over the place.  I really enjoyed writing all the angst that his journey to personal discovery involved.

SASSE: Thank you, Evangeline, this has been just delightful to sit back with you and learn a little more about you and your story.

Learn more about Evangeline Anderson!

Evangeline Anderson is a registered MRI tech who would rather be writing. And yes, she is nerdy enough to have a bumper sticker that says “I’d rather be writing.” Honk if you see her! She is thirty-something and lives in Florida with a husband, a son, and two cats. She had been writing erotic fiction for her own gratification for a number of years before it occurred to her to try and get paid for it. To her delight, she found that it was actually possible to get money for having a dirty mind and she has been writing paranormal and Sci-fi erotica steadily ever since.

You can find her online at her website www.evangelineanderson.com

Come visit for some free reads and to find out what’s coming soon. You can also connect with her on  FaceBook tweet her on Twitter  or find her pins on Pinterest (check out the Kindred Quotes where readers can suggest quotes from their favorite Kindred books and see them turned into pins with credit given to the finder!)   

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Monday, September 08, 2014

IT'S GAME TIME! Let talk romance and football with Alexandra O'Hurley


Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Alexandra O’Hurley to our SASSE World. Pull up a chair and tell me if you prefer Martini or Beer for our little chat.

Alexandra: Hmmm…How about a Mojito instead?  I’ve become a huge fan of Blueberry ones after Aliyah Burke and I went to New Orleans for RT.  I’ll share… promise!

SASSE: Blueberry Mojitos and football, making a note of it for the season. Tell the readers a little about yourself. How did you get into writing? Have you always thought you would be a romance writer?

Alexandra: I was an avid erotic romance reader and I came across a couple of books that were just terribly written and thought to myself, I could even do better than that!  So I put my money where my mouth was and sat down to give it a try.  I’d always loved to write, but poetry had always been my genre of choice prior to that day.  Two weeks later, I had a 60,000 word first draft and I was shocked I’d finished it.

SASSE: What was the first romance book you ever read? What did you think? What was your first impression of the genre?

Alexandra: I couldn’t tell you the title, but it was one of those bodice rippers I actually found in my high school library when I was about 16 or 17.  I was hooked from that day forward.  I had always been an avid reader prior to, but Historical romance really took me away like nothing I’d ever read before.
 
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SASSE:  Can you explain to the readers about the Football Fantasies series? How did you come up with this series? Are you a football-aholic? I sure am.

Alexandra: I’m a huge football fan.  I love my Baltimore Ravens and their last season was the catalyst for this series (which had only been meant to be one book at first!).  When the Ravens lost their chances to get into the playoffs for the first time in years, the idea for Sacking the Quarterback was born in those moments.  In my story, our QB Rhett is embroiled in a very public, ugly divorce, and his head’s not in the game.  He’s one of the main reasons his team doesn’t make it to the Big Game and he decides to go back home to his small town to get his head straight—and runs into the very grown up little sister of his best friend, who’d had a crush on him in high school. Although he wants to avoid women at all costs, he’s drawn to her and can’t ignore his desires.

SASSE: If you had to think of a tagline for each of the three books in this series what would it be?

Alexandra: I am terrible at tag lines! Those and blurbs, lol.

            Sacking the Quarterback: He’s home to mend a broken heart only to get sacked by the girl who’d always loved him

            Catching the Pass: Ready to recognize his long-lost NFL dream, he needs her to find the path, yet only wants to get lost in her arms

            Tackling Her Heart: Benched for defending his sister, he runs to paradise, not knowing he’s being chased by the one woman who can handle his dark demons

SASSE: Do the stories need to be read in order?

Alexandra: No, they can be read out of order, but would probably be enjoyed more in.

SASSE: I know that stories are like a parent’s children…you just can’t choose one, however, which of the three stories in the series was your favorite to write? Why?

Alexandra: The final, Tackling Her Heart. The characters just seemed a little richer. All three were a real departure for me. They’re very erotic, focusing on the sensual. I know some of my readers might’ve been shocked.  I’ve always written erotic romance, but these stories bordered on erotica versus romance. Tackling Her Heart was the most erotic of the three.

SASSE: If you could write in any genre that you have never written in before what would it be?

Alexandra: I’ve already written all over the genre map – paranormal, Historical, and contemporary.  I’ve only written one Historical, and I’d love to be able to write more.  The amount of research involved to truly do the genre justice is daunting, though, and I’m already working 12-14 hour days as is.  A lot of my paranormals have Immortal heroes just so I can go back in time and show a little of their past in another era.  That helps satisfy my craving a little. But one day…

SASSE: Thank you Alexandra, this has been just delightful to sit back with you and learn a little more about you and your writing.

Alexandra:  Thank you for having me!

Learn a little more about Author Alexandra O’Hurley

Alexandra is a best-selling author originally from small town Maryland, who moved to Hampton Roads, Virginia when she was still young. An avid reader and poet, she turned to erotic fiction after falling in love with the genre over a decade ago.

When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her older teen, painting, sketching, graphic design, and really loud rock music.

            Website: www.alexandraohurley.com

            Twitter: https://twitter.com/alexohurley

            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alexandraohurleyerotica

 
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