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Friday, June 26, 2015

Experience the Orient in Romance with Laura Kitchell

Hello, Laura Kitchell, welcome to SASSE Sheets. I appreciate you spending the day with us here. Before we get started with our talk tell me if you would like us to nibble on sushi or egg rolls while we chat?

Laura: Sushi. Definitely. Yum!

SASSE: I’m going to serve up a California roll for myself, with a side of ginger dressing instead of soy sauce. While you’re digging in, tell the readers a little about yourself. If you were not a romance writer, what would be your creative outlet?

Laura: If I didn’t write, I would draw. I enjoy sketching flora and fauna. I’ve also done a number of portraits from photos for pay.

SASSE: I’ve read other historical books by you and you’re a fantastic author, so I am really look forward to reading Lady of the Imperial City. How did your muse convince you to travel to Asia in your mind? What sparked this story to life?

Laura: Thank you for your kind words. I lived in Japan for three years and have been wanting to write Japanese historical fiction for a long time now. I did an extensive study of Heian high society and, as an enthusiastic reader of Regency Romance, was struck by the similarities between Regency England and Heian Japan in terms of society and attitude. Between the research and writing and revisions, this book was three years in the making. I consider it a masterpiece.

SASSE: Tell us about Lady Kirei. Who was your inspiration for crafting this character?

Laura: Lady Kirei is fashioned after an actual lady-in-waiting from this time period. Lady Murasaki wrote a famous novel, The Tale of Genji, which can be purchased in bookstores to this very day. You may also purchase and read The Diary of Lady Murasaki. She fascinated me because despite the fact that she was born into one of the finest bloodlines and the empress considered her a favorite, her country upbringing relegated her to second-class citizen. I explore what this meant to such a woman by placing my heroine, Lady Kirei, in the same circumstance.

SASSE:  If you had to pic and actor to play Yūkan, who would it be? Share your hero with us.  

Laura:  Huh. I had never considered matching Yūkan to an actor. If pressed, I’d have to choose Jin Akanishi. My hero, like my heroine, is born into the best bloodline and soon becomes a favorite of the emperor. His country upbringing and the fact that he worked to build his family’s wealth, make him undesirable in the eyes of the imperial city’s elite. He comes to the city to pave the way for his younger brother’s success, not with a mind to finding love. One look at the fine eyes of Lady Kirei, however, has him pausing in his focus.

SASSE: If a reader hasn’t really been into Asian romance, what movie would you suggest they watch to get them into a similar mood and understand of the culture and Lady of the Imperial City?

Laura: There aren’t many movies that depict life in high society at that time, unfortunately. There are some movies set in that era, but they focus on the discrimination against Korean immigrants into Japan or the beginning rise of the military class that takes rule later in the seventeenth century. There are some Anime that offer a glimpse into the elite society of Heian’s imperial city of Kyō. One is Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi, which is basically thirteen episodes of enacted poems written during the Heian period.

SASSE: Can you offer the readers a short sneak peak of the story?

Laura: Absolutely!  Here’s an excerpt.
 
      Lamplight created punctuated bright points against the orange glow of dusk along the wall surrounding the Fujiwara estate. At a line in the sky where brush-stroked clouds floated in stark contrast to gray nothingness beyond, a flock of birds silently crossed. Behind the distant peaks of Mount Hiei, cloud cover in coral hues bled finally into crimson against a purple dome.
On the veranda outside the mansion’s main entrance, her uncle assessed Kirei’s hair and attire. “I approve.”
She guessed he might not be so pleased were he to see her next to her resplendent cousin. Adjusting her fan a bit higher, she took in his beige silk decorated with a five-sided blue medallion print. He rarely dressed in such finery. In fact, she tried to recall when she had last seen him in anything but his robes of office.
“You’ll surely win Prince Hansamu’s heart.” He gestured to a servant who ran to the mansion’s wall gate and threw it open. On the busy Fourth Ward street beyond, an ox-pulled carriage appeared in the gateway.
“Ojisan, Prince Hansamu’s heart is fickle. I could only attract his favor for a short time. He has a wife and two consorts, none of whom he beds any longer. Is that what you want for me? A master who’ll ignore me? Leave me to rot while he spends his nights in other women’s beds?” She flicked her fan in agitation.
His eyes shifted to his waiting carriage, and he cleared his throat. “That’s not something you should concern yourself about.”
She glanced at his lighted conveyance, and it dawned on her where he headed. He was on his way to another woman’s bed. “Is this my future? Is this what I have to look forward to?”
He turned his back and accepted a wrapped gift from a servant who joined them on the mansion’s north veranda. Was that present bound for the hands of his lover? “Your only concern, Niece, should be in making the very best political and financial match. Do your family proud and bring us honor in choosing wisely. Once you’re bound, worry about being the very best companion. The very best mother. What your master does is his business.”
The temperature had steadily dropped over the past hour, and into the cold evening, he strode down a set of steps. He offered a wave over his shoulder without turning then passed out of the north gate.
She didn’t miss how he hadn’t given her a chance to reply. Frustration burned at the bottom of her stomach. She couldn’t hate him, however. He simply expressed what everyone seemed to believe. Everyone but her.
She didn’t move as he climbed in, causing the carriage to sway upon its large wheels. He cast her a final stern look out his window then gave the driver a curt wave. In seconds, he had disappeared amidst the flow of other carriages.
Before she turned to go collect Amai from her room, Kirei felt a draw. Tiny prickles dotted her nape, and hairs on her arms tried to stand on end under the weight of her eight layers of fabric. Lowering her fan, she searched the street for its source. Would she spy a ghost, or worse?
A carriage more elegant than her uncle’s approached in the sea of conveyances. It stood out because it was drawn by a horse and its driver sat on a seat near the roof rather than walking ahead. It slowed. Its black lacquered finish gleamed in the glow of torches lining the thoroughfare. Yellow light spilled from the carriage’s lush interior.
She held her breath. Who rode inside? The horse blatantly proclaimed him a foreigner. The good people of town would never have anything but proper oxen pull their carriages. Why did she care? And why couldn’t she take her eyes from it?
A man leaned forward and captured her gaze. The carriage’s window framed his square, masculine face. In her year in Kyō, she had never seen him, yet he was obviously a man of great riches. Was he a visitor from China? From Korea?
He wore his hair long, the black length smoothed into a high ponytail and reflecting lantern light rather than in a topknot hidden under a hat. His lips held no rouge yet had nice color and a fine, bow shape. He wore no cream or powder to lighten his skin tone, yet his brown hue didn’t offend her. On the contrary, it lent added strength to the power he exuded.
His spell held her enthralled until his carriage continued along the avenue and his black stare broke. She blinked. Too late, she realized she’d lowered her fan. He’d seen her face.

SASSE: I would like to thank you for the time to sit and chat. Keep up the excellent writing work!

Laura: Thank you so much for this chance to share my story, Lady of the Imperial City. If you enjoy this book, please look for my next Japanese historical fiction, Lady of the Bridge. Lady of the Bridge is the tale of a samurai and a warrior princess in seventeenth century Japan and is due to release in September 2015.

Connect with Laura Kitchell! 

            Website: https://www.laurakitchell.com
            FB Author Page:  https://www.facebook.com/laurakitchellbooks
 
 
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Monday, June 22, 2015

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Lanna Farrell is Bringing You Holiday Cheer


Hello SASSE Readers, I would like to welcome and introduce you to romance Author Lanna Farrell.

SASSE: Share a little about yourself. How did you start writing romance?

Lanna: I started writing romance in early 2003 with the help of many other authors I’ve written 15 books. With the start of my Steel Toes to Stilettos series, then continuing onto my Holiday Cheer Series I’ve enjoyed sharing my stories with my readers. As my friends and family will confirm I’m never far from a pen and paper.


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SASSE: Tell us about your Holiday Cheer series. What is the underline theme of these five stories in the set?

Lanna: This box set is a paranormal sweet romance series. I’ve based it on a security firm the Livingstons who have taken it upon themselves to keep the humans in their world safe.

The first book in the series The Spook and the Hacker is about a hacker, Mariah Livingston who is in love with a regular guy or so she thought until she finds out he is an undercover CIA agent who will stop at nothing to uncover her role as a hacker.

As the series takes off with book two, A Grateful Heart, Gabriel a military man who has retired to only suffer PTSD who can’t handle being around others until he meets Sophia a woman who can’t touch others for fear of reading their every thought and fear. She is a empathsis who takes on other’s pain. With book three, four and five it continues on the tale of the Livingstons Agency and its employees. From wolf, lion and dragon shifters.

SASSE: Are the stories standalone? If readers purchase the value set together can they read them out of order?

Lanna: Each book is a stand alone and is about two people who fall in love and end in a happy ever after story. They can be read in order or as a single story. I’ve had people tell me they love the entire series and that’s why I’ve decided to release them as a box set.

SASSE: I know like babies, a mother can’t say which is her favorite, but which of the five stories do you find yourself enjoying writing the most? Why?

Lanna: My favorite is book 5. Out of the Darkness. Mailaki is my dragon shifter and I absolutely love him. Through each book 1-5 he’s been everyone’s constant. So writing his story was special to me because I needed him to have someone to love as well love him.

SASSE: Thank you Lanna, this has been great sitting down and chatting with you. I enjoy your books as a reader and consider you a dear friend as an author. What is the next story readers can look for from you?

Lanna: You Belong to Me. This is book One of the Livingstons Agency Series. This is a spin off series from my Holiday Cheer Series only it is more of a flame level of a 3 :)

SASSE: How can readers connect with you socially?

Lanna: Yes of course, I’d be happy to get to know anyone who would want to follow me at facebook, twitter, my website. If they go to lannafarrell.com and send me a private message I’ll be happy to chat with them.

Website: lannafarrell.com
Twitter: @LannaFarrell67
Goodreads: Lanna Farrell
Facebook: lannafarell.facebook.com
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Monday, June 15, 2015

Oh...For Baby's Sake (shh...it's a sneak peek)

Hello SASSE Readers, let’s welcome Stephanie Morris to our SASSE World. I had the opportunity to read all three stories in the For Baby’s Sake series and really enjoyed them. So, I’m taking a moment to invite the author here to share about them with you.

SASSE: What inspired this series?

Stephanie: I have two wonderful friends that are currently married to men in the military. I also have several members of my family that have served as well. Over the years I have supported my family and friends during deployments. I’ve experienced the ups and downs, the stress and the worry over their safety. I wrote these books in tribute to them. I wanted to create stories that not only focused on military men and romance, but some of the real tension that comes along with being involved with one, especially when something unexpected happens along the way. I owe my family and friends a lot of thanks, because I used them to verify information about what is allowed and not allowed during deployments. I hope that this series gives the reader a new appreciation of  what the family members (and friends) that support our deployed service men and women go through.

SASSE: Can you tell the readers about the third and final story in the For Baby’s Sake series?

Stephanie: The MARINES Baby Gift is third book in the series. It is actually my favorite of the series. Zahra and Jarrett are friends who have become lovers due to disastrous relationships. However, a positive pregnancy test sets the wheels in motion for an adventure that Zahra and Jarrett never expected.
SASSE:  We all love a sneak peek. Can you give us a short excerpt of the story?

Stephanie:

“How long has it been?” Jarrett asked for the fiftieth time.
             Zahra picked up her cell phone and checked the timer she’d set. “One minute down. One to go.”
             “Are you sure it’s only been one minute?”
             “Yes, I’m sure.” Zahra couldn’t really fault Jarrett for sounding as stressed as he did. Two minutes had never felt like an eternity before not to her either. And her already small bathroom seemed to be closing in on her every second that ticked away. Both of them had been standing there, just inches apart for one full minute, waiting for an answer to the burning question.
             She looked over at him, but quickly averted her gaze. It was hard to bear the strained looked on his face. She wasn’t certain this was going to end well, no matter the outcome.
             Incapable of standing still any longer, she picked up the extra pregnancy test and stuffed it back into the box with the instructions. No way in the world was she going to torture herself by taking two.
             Whatever the results were, she’d already decided to make an appointment Monday morning with her OB/GYN to confirm either way. She put the box back on the counter, then began trying to figure out what else she could do as not to focus on the test stick. When she looked at Jarrett again, he stood in the open doorway to the bathroom. She saw him scowling at the pregnancy test as if that would make a difference.
             If it’d been one of the Marines under his command, she was positive the test would have stood at attention and yelled out the results with clear precision. If she hadn’t been so on edge, she’d laughed at her colorful imagery. Instead, Zahra hugged herself tightly, trying to ignore her nerves. She was sure this entire test thing would have been easier to deal with if she was in the bathroom by herself. But it was too late for that. Now all she had to do was remain sane while they waited for the results.
             Zahra watched him out of the corner of her eye. On edge, solemn, he was probably uttering every prayer he knew under his breath in hopes of keeping the test from revealing a positive.
             The more important question was, why wasn’t she doing the same?
             A loud beep rang out unexpectedly and Zahra jumped. Jarrett stepped further into the bathroom, reaching for her cell phone to silence it. Glancing over at her, he asked needlessly, “It’s supposed to say pregnant or not pregnant, right?”
             She nodded, knowing as well as he did that neither of them would never need instructions on how to take a pregnancy test ever again. They had already gone over them several times before she’d taken the test. Besides, there was a lot at stake. She released a pent-up breath and tried to steady herself against the emotions threatening to swamp her.
             “Do you want me to look,” Jarrett asked, “or do you want to?”
             “Be my guest.” She squeezed her eyes shut and waited. It didn’t matter who read the results, she told herself. The outcome would be the same. And her hope for solitude had already been blown out the water.  
 
SASSE: What is the next story on the desk of Stephanie Morris?

Stephanie: I am currently wrapping up edits on a four book Christmas series. Those who know me are well aware of the fact that I LOVE the holidays! I hope the readers find these stories hot enough to melt the snow, whether it is real or imaginary. J  Once I have finished the edits for the Christmas series, I will get back to work on the Valentine’s Day series that I was working on. So stay tuned. I plan to heat up the holidays.

SASSE: Thank you Stephanie, this has been great hanging out with you and discussing your series.

Stephanie: Thank you Yvette. It is always a pleasure to discuss books with you.

Readers, if you would like to learn more about Stephanie Morris and her books, connected with her these ways:

            Website: www.stephaniemorris.webs.com
            Twitter: https://twitter.com/smorrisbooks
            Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorstephaniemorris
 
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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Shades of Desire: JA COFFEY

Hello SASSE Readers, over the next 10 days I will be hosting a different author in the Shades of Desire into our SASSE World. Join me in learning more about these wonderful authors and their stories in this boxset. Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance; from spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Get enticed by your perfect shade of desire.
J.A. COFFEY BRINGS YOU...
 
LIAR, LIAR
Divorced certified fraud examiner Jessica Barlow catches liars for a living. Sparks fly when she’s assigned to investigate a dating website owned by a man determined to guarantee she finds love, even if he has to pretend to be a client!

SASSE: Tell the readers a little about yourself. Why did you decide to be a part of Shades of Desire with your fellow authors?

SoD Author J.A.:  I’m always interested in new and exciting ways to connect to readers. Grouping up with a bunch of talented authors seems like a great idea, so here I am!

SASSE: How did you come up with this story? What is your story about?

SoD Author J.A.: LIAR LIAR is about a divorcee who “gets her sexy back” in an online dating club. I got the idea as I had been divorced and feeling a bit glum about things. Writing this book was a great way to put a little sweetness back into my own life. And, I’m happy to say, I found my own happily ever after—on an online dating service. J

SASSE:  Do you use celebrity inspiration for your characters? If so, who inspired your hero and heroine?  

SoD Author J.A.: I grew up watching Days of Our Lives and was half in love with A Martinez, so the hero was loosely based on him. The heroine is a little suspicious and kinda klutzy, and she really heats up when seduced by a sexy alpha male, so we can just say she’s based on someone close to home. *winks*

SASSE: Is your story in the boxset part of a series? If it is, where does it fall in the line up?

SoD Author J.A.: LIAR LIAR is the first book of my Southern Seductions series. It’s a steamy contemporary romance series that caters to all kinds of appetites—from alpha heroes to headstrong heroines; each book includes a tempting original recipe that ties to the story! Subscribers to my VIP newsletter can get the second book, PANTS ON FIRE, and more recipes for free so be sure to sign up to get in on the good stuff.

SASSE: For fun, tell the readers an interesting factoid about you?

SoD Author J.A.: I’m a bonafide cupcake FREAK. Find me on Pinterest to peruse my boards of sexy men and all things cupcake. Also, I’m an avid gardener and am currently in process of ripping out my front lawn and converting it to edible landscaping. Now if I could just figure out a way to plant a cupcake garden, I would be all set….any suggestions?

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

SoD Author J.A.: Wow! Thanks so much for having me. Cyber cupcakes for everyone!

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Learn more about J.A. Coffey

J.A. Coffey’s books are lush, sensual and romantic. Her novel HETAERA hit the Amazon top five paid bestseller lists in Historical Fiction-Ancient Greek and Egyptian and she’s recently launched a fun, sexy contemporary romance series to cater to a broader audience.

She writes both sizzling and heartwarming contemporary romance and lush, gritty historical fiction with emotionally compelling characters that stay with you long after you turn the last page.

A complete cupcake addict, when she isn’t writing or reading, she can be found in trying to convert her front lawn to an edible landscape, test baking desserts, or “feathering her nest” with spruced up flea market finds. A 2014 Indie Book Awards Finalist and former RWA Golden Heart finalist in the “Best Manuscript with Romantic Elements” category, J.A. is currently working on her latest novel and trying not to get cupcake batter on her keyboard.

            Website:  www.JACoffey.com
            Twitter:  @authorJACoffey
            Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/httpwwwJACoffeycom
            Facebook: JACoffey.90 or on my fan page at JACoffey.7
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Saturday, June 06, 2015

Shades of Desire: WENDY ELY & CINDY STARK

 
Hello SASSE Readers, over the next 10 days I will be hosting a different author in the Shades of Desire into our SASSE World. Join me in learning more about these wonderful authors and their stories in this boxset. Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance; from spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Get enticed by your perfect shade of desire.
WENDY ELY BRINGS YOU...
DANGEROUS FLAMES
Sometimes good men are taught to do evil things and it takes the strength of a sheltered woman to make things right. When Gabi learns of her father, she is asked to leave for her own safety. Fine. She’ll go... but she is taking her secret love with her, even if it’s at gun-point.

SASSE: Tell the readers a little about yourself. Why did you decide to be a part of Shades of Desire with your fellow authors?

SoD Author Wendy:  After having success in other boxed sets, I decided to form this group. I asked the potential authors a lot of questions and picked those that I thought would be a good match. I really enjoy working with every single author in Shades of Desire.

SASSE: How did you come up with this story? What is your story about?

SoD Author Wendy: Gabrielle Medinis is the heroine in my story. I knew who she was before I even had the plot figured out. The hard part was that I didn’t know a single thing about the mafia but had to write a mafia story? Focusing on other projects didn’t work. Her story wouldn’t leave my head until I did the research and wrote Dangerous Flames.

SASSE:  Do you use celebrity inspiration for your characters? If so, who inspired your hero and heroine?  

SoD Author Wendy: I don’t usually. For me, I worry that the celebrity and my character would be too similar.

SASSE: Is your story in the boxset part of a series? If it is, where does it fall in the line up?

SoD Author Wendy: Yes! Dangerous Flames is the first book of my Mafia Hearts series.

SASSE: For fun, tell the readers and interesting factoid about you?

SoD Author Wendy: I think I’m part mermaid. I seriously love to swim and would swim every day of the year if I could. Our apartment complex’s pool hasn’t opened for the summer year (and it’s 105 outside!) which makes for a really unhappy author. I’ve been calling my friends and asking if I can swim at their houses.

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

Learn more about Wendy Ely
Wendy Ely is a USA Today bestselling author who writes some romantic suspense, really hot stories, and the wonderful happily-ever-after. She lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her own real-life hero, three teenagers, and two crazy cats. When she isn't busy writing new stories, she enjoys time outdoors by taking trips to the hot desert or swimming at the lake.
            Website:  www.wendyely.blogspot.com  
            Twitter:  @wendyelyauthor
            Goodreads:  https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3033257.Wendy_Ely
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorwendyely
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CINDY STARK BRINGS YOU...
WOUNDED
Battle-worn soldier, Jerry returns home intending to avoid his ex-fiancée. The shrapnel that wounded him pales in comparison to the gash she left in his heart. Kimber lost everything when she broke off her engagement, and she’ll fight to win him back.

SASSE: Tell the readers a little about yourself. Why did you decide to be a part of Shades of Desire with your fellow authors?

SoD Author Cindy:  I’d always wanted to participate in a boxset because I think it’s a fabulous way to introduce my readers to other great authors and also to give readers a chance to check out my writing without spending a ton of money upfront. It’s a win-win for everyone.
SASSE: How did you come up with this story? What is your story about?

SoD Author Cindy: My Aspen Series is centered around the sexy heroes in the fictional small town of Aspen, Utah. To me, there is nothing sexier than a man who’s willing to fight for his country. In Wounded, Jerry and Kimber were once engaged. But Kimber struggled with her fears while he was away fighting and broke off their engagement. She’s since realized her mistake, and though she fears she’s burned that bridge, she’s working to keep others from suffering the same fate.

Here’s the short blurb:
He’s fighting for peace…

Battle-bruised soldier, Jerry Tierno returns to his small hometown before heading back to war. Top on his list is avoiding his ex-fiancée at all costs. The shrapnel that sliced open his leg was nothing compared to the gash she left in his heart. Even if he has to cross the desert all over again, he’ll be damned if he’ll let her know how much she hurt him.

She’s fighting for love…

Kimber Reynolds made the worst mistake of her life when she broke off her engagement. It took her some time to conquer the fear and loneliness that made her question his love, but she’s strong now and determined to win back her sexy soldier. The only problem is his evasive manuevers outsmart her full-on attacks.

All is fair in love and war.

The town’s Fourth of July celebration is the perfect place to stage her battle for love. But before Kimber can win him over, she must prove she’s tough enough to be a soldier’s wife and convince Jerry she’ll be waiting the next time he returns home.

SASSE:  Do you use celebrity inspiration for your characters? If so, who inspired your hero and heroine?  

SoD Author Cindy: I do use celebrities for inspiration for characters. For this story, I used Joe Teti from Dual Survivor for Jerry because he’s such a hot military guy, and I used Lily Collins as Kimber. I love her expressive eyes.

SASSE: Is your story in the boxset part of a series? If it is, where does it fall in the line up?

SoD Author Cindy: Yes, this story is the first in the Aspen Series. There are nine books total in this series and one in a spin-off series.

SASSE: For fun, tell the readers an interesting factoid about you?

SoD Author Cindy: Hmm…I’m probably the most uninteresting person I know, which is why I love to study and write about others. I guess one thing that I like to laugh about is that I adore the ocean, hope to move to the Oregon Coast one day, but I hate seafood and I can’t swim. It’s crazy. I know. But walking the beaches of the Pacific Northwest calms and centers me like nothing else.

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

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Learn more about Cindy Stark

Cindy Stark lives with her family and a sweet Border Collie in a small town shadowed by the Rocky Mountains. She writes romantic suspense, contemporary romances, and paranormal romance. She loves to hear from readers so be sure to drop her line.
Website:  www.CindyStark.com      
Google +:    google.com/+CindyStark19
 

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Friday, June 05, 2015

Shades of Desire: CHANTA JEFFERSON RAND & VALERIE A TWOMBLY

Hello SASSE Readers, over the next 10 days I will be hosting a different author in the Shades of Desire into our SASSE World. Join me in learning more about these wonderful authors and their stories in this boxset. Ten titillating tales from USA Today, bestselling and award-winning authors. Step into the world of some of the freshest voices in romance; from spicy secrets to sweet second chances. Get enticed by your perfect shade of desire.
CHANTA JEFFERSON RAND BRINGS YOU... 
RESISTING DESTINY
Thrown together for ninety days by a spiteful judge, womanizing attorney, Cayson Sullivan and street-smart hustler, Destiny Jackson find the only thing they can agree on is their red-hot attraction for each other.

SASSE: Tell the readers a little about yourself. Why did you decide to be a part of Shades of Desire with your fellow authors?

SoD Author Chanta: I felt like I won the lotto when I got into this box set. And let me tell you, I never win anything. The last time I came close was when I was in second grade and I won a bundt cake at a school Halloween party. But I digress. I’m a member of a Yahoo Group called Indie Ink Romance Ink. This loop has fantastic tips about the craft of romance writing, as well as invaluable information about marketing and promoting.

Bestselling USA Today author, Wendy Ely, sent a request on the loop asking if anyone was interested in being in a box set. I immediately replied, giving her all of my credentials, and telling her how I felt I could contribute to the box set. To my amazement and delight, she contacted me back and said I was included! I think over one hundred authors responded, but she could only choose ten. So that’s why I felt like I won the lotto. Then, when I met the other talented authors in the set, I knew we had a winner with Shades of Desire.

SASSE: How did you come up with this story? What is your story about?

SoD Author Chanta: My story is called Resisting Destiny. It’s a hot, steamy interracial romance.

Cayson Sullivan thinks women are good for two things: Lovin’ and Leavin’. As the youngest attorney at one of St. Louis’s premier law firms, he plays to win both in and out of court. Destiny Jackson has seen hard times all of her life. She’s survived by using her wits and her sexuality.

Thrown together by a spiteful judge, Cayson is appointed Destiny’s guardian for ninety days. Taking care of her proves no easy task, especially since she comes with a cast of characters that continually push his buttons.

The two soon find that despite their backgrounds being as different as night and day, their attraction to each other is the one thing they can agree upon. The book is filled with witty dialogue and of course, lots of steamy sex.

SASSE:  Do you use celebrity inspiration for your characters? If so, who inspired your hero and heroine?  

SoD Author Chanta: I have used celebrity inspiration in the past. The evil socialite in my novella, Too Hot to Handle, was patterned after Kim Kardashian.  But for Resisting Destiny, I didn’t use a celebrity. Although for Cayson’s personality, I did try to channel Blair Underwood’s character from L.A. Law. I’m showing my age—that show was so long ago! But super sexy Blair made it hard to forget. Hmm…That’s a good book title. Hard to Forget. Mommie like!

SASSE: Is your story in the boxset part of a series? If it is, where does it fall in the line up?

SoD Author Chanta: Yes, it’s Book 3 in my Resisting Love series. But you don’t have to have read the other two books in the series, Resisting Cupid and Resisting Temptation. They all feature the Sullivan Brothers, who weren’t looking for love, but it found them!

SASSE: For fun, tell the readers and interesting factoid about you?

SoD Author: I’m a Walking Dead fan and comic book collector. I have the first issue of The Walking Dead comic. It originally sold for $3.99 back in 2003, and now it’s worth over $2,500 in mint condition. Not a bad investment. I’m still looking for that Amazing Fantasy #15 (first appearance of Spider Man – valued at $1 Million) and Action Comics #1 (first appearance of Superman – valued at $3.2 Million). So, if anyone finds one of these, call me—that’s the real lotto!

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

SoD Author Chanta: Thank you for having me. I want to give a shout out to all of the talented authors in the 12 Months 12 Alphas box set. I’m a fan of yours, and I also love me some Angie Daniels. I’ve had the pleasure of hosting Aliyah Burke and Maureen Smith on my show years ago. They are both phenomenal ladies. By the way, I already bought my copy!

Learn more about Chanta Jefferson Rand…
Chanta Jefferson Rand is an Emma Award winning Debut Author of the Year, a multi-published, best-selling author of sizzling-hot romance, and the former host of The Chanta Rand Show. An avid reader of all genres, she stepped onto the scene in 2010 with her first published historical romance, Pharaoh's Desire.

Chanta is a history junkie, a Walking Dead fan, and a recovering shoe addict. She never met a stiletto she didn't like! If you still want more, check her out at www.ChantaRand.com or email her at Chanta@chantarand.com.
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VALERIE TWOMBLY BRINGS YOU...
 SPANISH NIGHTS
Armand has lost everything. His magic and his freedom are taken when an evil curse is placed on the Jinn, but a newcomer to town may be his savior. When evil emerges from the shadows, Makayla learns she must choose between her mortality and Armand’s freedom.

SASSE: Tell the readers a little about yourself. Why did you decide to be a part of Shades of Desire with your fellow authors?

SoD Author Valerie:  I saw a call go out for interest in a box set and I answered. I couldn’t think of a better way to get my stories in front of more readers than collaborating with other authors.

SASSE: How did you come up with this story? What is your story about?

SoD Author Valerie: I was originally inspired by a photo of a sexy Spanish police office floating around Facebook. From there my crazy imagination took off and I decided to write about a Jinn who gets his power taken away and becomes stranded in Spain. Though I’ve never been to Spain, I find the country exotic and thought it would make a spicy story.

SASSE:  Do you use celebrity inspiration for your characters? If so, who inspired your hero and heroine?  

SoD Author Valerie: I can’t say that I have been inspired by a celebrity. Sexy photos tend to inspire me along with my imagination.

SASSE: Is your story in the boxset part of a series? If it is, where does it fall in the line up?

SoD Author Valerie: It will be, but this is the first book. I hope to have the second one out early 2016.

SASSE: For fun, tell the readers and interesting factoid about you?

SoD Author Valerie: I cry at those animal abuse commercials. My husband has to flip the channel when they come on.

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

Join Valerie Twombly and Chanta Rand today as she hosts the FB party. Click to attend: https://www.facebook.com/events/896834417055360/

Learn more about Valerie Twombly
Award winning and best selling author Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.

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