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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.
            Website:  www.chantarand.com
            Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ChantaRand
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChantaRand
            Google +:    https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChantaR/about
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.

            Website:  http://www.valerietwombly.com/
            Twitter:  https://twitter.com/fangedfantasy
            Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/vtwombly
            Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FangedFantasy
            Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/vtwombly/boards/ 
 

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