Interview: Harlequin Author Katie Meyer

http://michelleguzman.com/

Today I welcome fellow Hearts on Paper: Writers Supporting Writers member Katie Meyer!

1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

Well, I’m a Florida girl, so if you ever run into me I’ll probably be in shorts and a t-shirt, no matter what time of year it is. What else…oh, I’m an animal lover. I actually worked in veterinary clinics for about twenty years, starting when I was just out of high school, and some of my best friends are still in that field. I also had my own dog training business for a while, which was a ton of fun. Sometimes I miss it, but I am plenty busy—I’m homeschooling my three children, and of course, there’s my writing.

In true confessions, I only really started writing a little over a year ago, and had never actually finished a novel before Harlequin’s So You Think You Can Write contest. I thought writing was something other, smarter, more talented people did. I have always been a reader though, and grew up with a nose constantly in a book. I even used to read while riding my bike home from school!

3. What project are you most excited about right now?

I’m really excited about my current work in progress, the third book in the Paradise Animal Clinic series. Mollie, the main character, is really spunky and that makes her a blast to write. And the premise is kind of unusual, Noah, the hero of the story, is on a solo honeymoon after his fiancé ditched him. He drowns his sorrows on the plane to Florida and lets just say he’s a bit unsteady on his feet when he meets Mollie for the first time. I actually got the idea one day when I was driving in the car and Dierks Bentley’s song, “Drunk on a Plane” came on. In fact, I’m pretty sure there is at least one novel waiting to be written in most country songs.

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.

Oh goodness! I do tend to binge read, mostly romantic suspense. I’d say some favorite authors in that genre are Melinda Leigh, Kendra Elliot, and Lisa Jackson. I also recently started reading Toni Anderson, and her stuff is great too. For slightly less scary stuff I’m in love with Rosalind Jame’s Kincaid family books, as well as the newer one set in Paradise, Iowa. Catherine Anderson is an old favorite, I like the family bonds shown in her books. As for Harlequin authors, Regina Kyle and Jesse Hayworth keep me coming back for more.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?

That’s a tough one. The Puppy Proposal has a lot of gorgeous scenery, and Murphy the mischievous border collie would be fun to see onscreen. But, on the other hand A Valentine for the Veterinarian (expected release date in Feb. 2016) might be even better. It has a smart but vulnerable heroine, a cute kid, a heroic dog, and a very sexy cop. Then there is my current project, with a lot of funny situations that would be great on film. Maybe it can be a trilogy?

*Sounds like a nice romance trilogy, Hollywood should look into that! Thank you for stopping by Katie*

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Buy link:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0373659180?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creativeASIN=0373659180&linkCode=xm2&tag=katiemeyernet-20

Where you can find Katie:
http://www.katiemeyer.net
@Ktgrok
Www.facebook.com/katiemeyerbook

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Interview: Author Leela Atherton

Pleased welcome Leela on Inside These Lines today 🙂

 

Tell me a bit about yourself?

As a teenager growing up in Johannesburg, I was addicted to Mills & Boon romances – Anne Mather being my favourite author – she rocked my youthful little world! Later on, while living in London, I began reading and writing Modern Romances, but all those rejections eventually took their toll and I stopped writing and concentrated on my career as a youth counsellor. When the Twilight series, and Fifty Shades of Grey, finally revealed to the world, the fact that women wanted to read romance, loved romantic fiction, I began writing again, in my spare time.

*I’m mad about the Twilight series myself. Sparkling vampires? Who can resist?* *smile*

What inspires you to write?
Difficult question. Passion, I guess, Also, I have a bad habit of starting a story, publishing the first few chapters on smashwords.com for free and then having readers contacting me and asking; when are you going to finish this story? I need to know what happens next! So I am obviously obliged to complete these stories, or I’ll disappoint my readers. And I hate letting people down.

What project are you most excited about right now?
Passion & Denial, Book Two in the Passion Trilogy, which I’m in the process of editing right now. Book One: Passion & Deceit was published in ebook and paperback last year, October. I’m hoping to complete the editing of Book Two: Passion & Denial, by Oct/Nov so that it can be published before the end of this year.

Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations?
I haven’t had much time to read lately, so am a bit out of touch. I enjoy Lynn Graham, a Mills & Boon Modern Romance writer, as well as Julia James and Caitlin Crews, also M&B writers. I enjoyed Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight Saga, but the first book of the series (and the first film) was, by far, my favourite. I loved the Fifty Shades Trilogy and look forward to reading her latest novel, ‘Grey’, although I did find the film to be a disappointment.

*Okay, confession time. I’m a Twi-hard, as in I-can-quote-the-movies-and-books kind of fan. And I have to say, I’m also mad about the first movie, though book-Bella’s a bit tame for me. I like Kirsten’s interpretation of her more.*

If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?
Passion & Deceit, without a doubt, would be my choice for a Bollywood movie. My hero, Rajiv, is Anglo-Indian, so I can picture him and my heroine, Maya, dancing, singing, and falling in love, in full-on Bollywood style.

Passion & Deceit

Blurb

She wants him, but she knows he’s going to marry someone else…
When Maya Stewart arrives in London to visit her best friend Jay, she’s aware that he’s keeping the fact that he’s gay a secret from his traditional Indian family. However, deceiving his dangerously good-looking older brother, Rajiv, is something Maya hadn’t expected to deal with. The attraction between her and Rajiv is intense and immediate. But after being warned by Jay of Rajiv’s reputation as a player and womaniser, Maya tries her utmost to keep her distance from him—although Rajiv doesn’t give up easily.
He wants her, but he’s sure that she’s his brother’s lover…
Rajiv Maddox has demons of his own to battle, including a darker side to his tortured soul. Highly suspicious of Maya, he thinks that she could be the reason for Jay’s suicidal depression, yet Rajiv can’t deny his attraction to this beautiful flame-haired Scottish girl. But one thing he knows for sure—if she finds out what a monster he really is, she’ll run fast and hard in the other direction.
Can two people from two different cultures and such dissimilar worlds find any common ground or has fate doomed their love from the beginning?

You can contact Leela here:

http://amazon.com/author/leelaatherton

http://www.mshardcoreromance.com

http://www.facebook.com/leelaatherton

Interview: Literary Agent Andrea Somberg

Romance writers’ Organization of South Africa is having their annual romance conference (for more info: http://www.romancewriters.co.za/), and this year it will be held in the lush wine region and university town Stellenbosch (go Maties! Yes I form part of the alumni *smile*). The conference will have a variety of sessions to choose from, and pitching opportunities with publishers and agents. Literary Agent Andrea Somberg was kind enough to come on Inside These Lines, and tell us more about herself, as well as what she’s going to look for at #ROSACon2015

 

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An agent for over 15 years, I represent a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. My clients’ books have been NYTimes and USABestsellers, as well as nominated for RITA awards, The Governor General’s Award, the Lambda Award and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award. I also teach courses for MediaBistro and Writers Digest.

1) What are you looking for in a piece of fiction?

For fiction I am looking for an engaging narrative voice and compelling, multi-dimensional characters.

2) When you’re looking at query letters/pitches, what are some things that make you sit up and pay attention?

There are two things that I’m most interested in learning from your query letter:
Who are your protagonists, and what makes them sympathetic and unique?
What is the primary conflict of your book?
I also love when authors include the opening pages so I can get a sense of their writing and narrative style.

3) Tell us five things in the query process that can make you want to reject something immediately.

I’m pretty forgiving! If someone is confrontational, I tend to steer clear, but other than that I give serious consideration to every query.

4) Describe the perfect approach from a prospective client.

The best way for someone to contact me is to send an email to andrea@harveyklinger.com including a query letter and some sample pages in the body of an email.

5) What’s your advice to the authors who will be pitching to you at #ROSACon2015?

Be prepared to tell me about your protagonists and the conflict of your book. There needs to be something keeping your hero and heroine apart–what is it? Other than that, have fun! I know that this can be a nerve-wracking process, but I understand that, just because you might not be great at talking about your book, doesn’t mean you’re not a great writer!

*Thank you Andrea for stopping by!*

 

Want to know more about Andrea, you can connect with her here:
http://www.harveyklinger.com
http://www.andreasomberg.com
Twitter: @andreasomberg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Andrea-Somberg-NYC-Literary-Agent-at-Harvey-Klinger/199888223384030

Multi-Award Winning SA Author Jayne Bauling

Today I’m interviewing Jayne Bauling, who will be a Speaker at the #ROSACon2015 (for more info:http://www.romancewriters.co.za ). If you’re attending the conference, Jayne’s session on Lessons I learned from Writing Romance will be on Saturday the 26th of September. So without further introduction, here’s Jayne.

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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

I’m the author of twenty-one novels and one non-fiction book, and even after so many books, I still experience moments of amazement, when it hits me all over again, that hey, I really am a writer, the career I decided on when I was about five, with no idea what being a writer actually entailed! The first seventeen of those novels were romances, published by Mills & Boon, since when I have moved on to writing YA novels, four so far. My short stories, for both adults and youth, have been published in a number of anthologies. I grew up in Johannesburg, and now live in White River, Mpumalanga, close enough to the Kruger Park to drop in for a morning and get home in time for an afternoon’s writing. I adore cats, and used to breed Siamese, and I love reading, red wine and bird-watching.

*Truly an amazing career*

2. What inspires you to write?

Everyone I meet, everywhere I go, snatches of conversation overheard, sights glimpsed, issues and events in the news: all fuel my imagination. It’s the idea of being able to share my stories with others that motivates me and stops me procrastinating … well, eventually.

3. What project are you most excited about right now?

My latest YA novel, Soccer Secrets, from Cover2Cover Books, because it has just been published, and there are plenty of events happening around its release, in Gauteng, the Western Cape and Mpumalanga. It’s the story of Zinzi, a teen who is brilliant at soccer but is hiding a terrible secret; Luyanda senses she’s in trouble, but he is finding it impossible to get her to open up to him, and he needs to do some detective work to confirm his suspicions. Cover2Cover are linking the book’s release to a great Reading for Pleasure campaign.

*That’s wonderful and sounds like a interesting story*

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.

I’ve just read The Cuckoo’s Calling by J K Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith and I’m in awe of her talent for creating fascinating characters you genuinely care about, so I can’t wait to read more of her Cormoran Strike books. I’ve also recently started reading Cat Hellisen’s fantasy fiction; she writes so gorgeously.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?

I keep changing my mind about the answer to this one, one of my romances set in the world of mountaineering, or one of my YAs, which a number of people have suggested would make really edgy movies? Let me go with Dreaming of Light (Tafelberg), because it includes the drama and danger of life in an illegal gold mine, the psychological effect of such a life on the young men and boys forced to work there, the adventure of escape, and a journey made in hope, as the cynical 18-year-old Regile gets drawn into the belief of the younger Taiba and their abusive handler’s daughter, Katekani, that a better life is possible. Then there’s Regile’s awkward but tender relationship with Katekani, so there would be something for everyone in such a movie!

*Thank you Jayne, it was great getting to know you. Conference goers have a lovely Speaker to look forward to*

 

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DREAMING OF LIGHT: BOOK BLURB
“ It’s a story like smoke, I think. No one can catch it because there’s nothing there.”
In the heat and darkness underground, Regile Dlamini has stopped believing in anything much. Boys trafficked from their home countries, kept captive and con¬trolled by a man they call Papa Mavuso, forced to work in an illegal gold mine near Barberton: their lives are brutal, terrifying and frequently short.
In contrast to Regile, the young Taiba Nhaca steadfastly believes in the legend of Spike Maphosa, a zama zama who is said to have escaped the horror of life in a mine. The inhumane conditions and savage beatings cannot shake Taiba’s faith, something Regile finds disturb¬ing. Above ground, Papa Mavuso’s daughter Katekani shares Taiba’s belief that their lives can change for the better, but Regile wants nothing to do with their unrealistic dreaming.
Is Katekani right when she tells him the mine has stolen his soul? Or is it his humanity that is lost?

Links to where you can buy Soccer Secrets and Dreaming of Light:

http://www.loot.co.za/product/jayne-bauling-soccer-secrets/fsjb-3267-g550
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreaming-Light-Jayne-Bauling/dp/0624056260
http://www.takealot.com/dreaming-of-light/PLID36453137

Trailer for Dreaming of Light:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2P_Rdpx-4Y

Jayne Bauling Writer on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jayne-Bauling-Writer/165514616870712

Follow @JayneBauling on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JayneBauling

 

Inside These Lines welcomes Author Leenna Naidoo

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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

The writer in me dabbles in a little bit of most things: romance, suspense, sci-fi, fantasy, and everything in between. In the real world, I dabble in design, teaching and, occasionally, baking for very special people.

2. What inspires you to write?

Places, people, imagined incidents…anything really:-D

The desert, in Yulin (China), was one place which inspired me greatly. It was truly amazing to write Situation No Win–set in some of the places I was then exploring–during my stay there. Coffee-shops also inspire me; especially if they are set on a corner and have a view of the sky. For me, that creates good writing chi 😀

3. What project are you most excited about right now?

It’s exciting to be relaunching Situation No Win. It’s a little nerve-wracking because I’m way behind schedule. I still have to redesign the cover and complete the new edit. I’m in two minds about this whole project because, while I love the story and believe it needs to be reintroduced to more readers, I still want to complete my other novel for the year, The Incident At Wolfe Creek, which also began as a NanoWriMo attempt.

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.

These past two months I haven’t been able to read as much as I’d like to, so I’m still in a historical fiction mood. I loved Millie Thom’s Shadow of the Raven and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
On my current TBR list are: A Love That Never Tires by Allyson Jeleyne, and Silent In The Grave by Deanna Raybourn; both of which look like they will satisfy my craving for an Elizabeth Peters style story.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?

Settle Down Now without a doubt. It’s fun, quirky, PG and set in some of my favourite scenic places–the North coast of Durban, Scotland, and the Indian Ocean. There’s lots of action and romance to satisfy everyone. I also think Charmaine and Rob speak to all of us who are flawed and coping with our situations the best we can.

 

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Find out more about Settle Down Now here: https://leennanaidoo.wordpress.com/whats-on-with-charmaine-and-rob/

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/373390

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/settle-down-now/id979315878?mt=11

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/settle-down-now

You can find Leenna on her blog: http://www.leennanaidoo.wordpress.com

Excerpt:

Nathan chuckled.

Gillian continued, “Just to give you an idea, Surf City, Nathan is being likened to a cross between Adonis and Charming Tantrum by our producer. Charmaine’s sitting across from me, her hair standing up on end more than ever, looking pale and nervous, like that girl at the dance who never gets noticed–Wallpaper Girl. What do you have to say to her, then Nate? You going to ask her to dance?”

The production assistant had materialised beside me with Joss’s note. ‘Speak! Ask him questions. Be interested. Remember what I taught you. Smile. And don’t screw this up. He’s utterly, gorgeously hot! And very photogenic.’ Thanks for nothing Joss. That’s exactly what I didn’t need to know.

“Of course I am, Mike. She’s the most interesting girl in the room.” Nathan chuckled again, sounding amazingly seductive for someone who claimed to have just come off a twelve hour shift on a stressful job.

“Well, Nate, what are you waiting for. Go talk to her!” commanded Gillian.

Nathan obeyed. “So, Charmaine. I know you don’t know me from Jack, but I’d really like to get to know you better. You seem genuine, down to earth and love dogs as much as I do. I think we have a lot more in common and I’d like to at least be friends.” Joss was jumping up and down in excitement. Nathan, it seemed was everyone’s dream come true.

There was an awkward silence. It took a second or two for me to realise that I was the one everyone was looking at. Gillian was gesticulating meaningfully to the forgotten sheet of prepared questions. “Er.., that sound’s great, Nathan. But do you mind if I ask you a few questions first?”

“Not at all, Charmaine. Shoot?”

“Great. Thanks. Erm…,” I scanned the sheet. ‘What would be your perfect date? Who is the person you admire the most? What is your biggest dream?’ And so the list went. Superficial, useless… “Erm, yes,” I decided to ad-lib, “So, Nathan, why did you break up with your last girlfriend?”

Harlequin Escape Publishing Author: Robyn Rychards

I met Robyn through Hearts on Paper: Writers Supporting Writers, a Facebook group I joined last year when I entered sytycw14. The group originated from the competition entrants and have since become so much more. I love this group because the main focus is on everything Harlequin. So without further introduction, here’s Robyn.

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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
First of all, I want to say thanks Inge, for having me as a guest on your blog! Also, for the record, I hate talking about myself. It seems SO boring. I was born and raised in Colorado, USA and still live there. I grew up in Boulder, CO, the granola bowl of the US. A town filled with fruits, flakes and nuts! A fun place to be and fits well with the artistic side of me. Up until a few months ago, though I’ve travelled the US extensively, I’d never seen a place other than Colorado that I’d rather live. Until I visited London. Now, I’d gladly move to Notting Hill if the possibility arose. (There is a one in a gazillion chance of this happening, FYI) I’ve been writing romance since I was a teenager and I started doing it because I couldn’t find enough romances to read! Now I’m thrilled to be published by Harlequin’s Escape Publishing. It’s a dream come true!

*That’s wonderful Robyn! I love it when dreams come true. And I’m with you, I don’t like talking about myself either! I’ve also travelled in my country (SA) but love my hometown, where I still am. Nothing beats its majestic mountains and beautiful nature scenes. And strange enough Robyn, I kid you not, we’re also known for our fruits and nuts. Especially dried fruit.*

2. What inspires you to write?
For me, I never know when the inspiration will hit. Sometimes it happens when I’m people watching. Sometimes it comes from a place I’m visiting, sometimes a book I’ve read, or something I’ve watched on TV. Music lyrics have gotten the creative juices flowing too.

3. What project are you most excited about right now?
I have two projects going right now and it’s hard to pick one because they’re so different. One is a romantic suspense that takes place on a cruise ship. The other is a sweet romance with a dance celebrity hero.

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.
Harlequin Presents is my favorite line and I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite there. I enjoy Jennifer Hayward, Dani Collins, Michelle Smart and Victoria Parker.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?
It would have to be my latest release, Escape to Paradise. All the glamour of a tropical island, Hollywood, and Aspen. Add in the music because the hero is a rock star. Everything I love in a movie!
*Oh yes, me too!*

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Buy links:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UMNQIEM

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/escape-to-paradise/id976860549?mt=11

https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/escape-to-paradise-4

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1121462070?ean=2940046634082

You can find Robyn here:
http://www.robynrychards.com/

https://www.facebook.com/robynrychardsauthor

*Thank you Robyn for stopping by!*

Inside These Lines welcomes Kat McIntyre: Friday Author Interview

Today I’m welcoming Kat McIntyre to ‘Inside These Lines’*smile* I’ve recently been interviewed on Kat’s blog and actually got inspired by her sharing her platform with other authors, to also do an interview/feature on mine. So without me yakking on, here’s Kat!

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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

My friends call me a real life Leslie Knope (a character from the show Parks and Rec), mostly due to my neuroticism, relentless enthusiasm, and the fact that I love people and wish everyone could work together to create one big harmonious future. Most of what I do involves working with people, and I couldn’t be happier. My day job is working as a massage therapist, and as an author, telling stories allows me to connect with others and share feelings and experiences. Apart from that, I’m a huge geek with a million and one rotating obsessions, and I run a tea company, Solstice Brews—including blends based on my books of course!

* Three careers, that’s amazing!*

2. What inspires you to write?

I draw inspiration from so many different sources. Sometimes it’s longing for places I’ve never been, and other times it’s a wish to return to places I love. Other times, I read a book or watch a show and I’m so emotionally stirred that I want to share that feeling with others. A song might hit me the right way and inspire the scenes on a page, or a conversation with a friend. I’ve found inspiration in the tough times too, and they tend to find their way on paper whether I realize it or not. With my most recent story, Soul Solution, when I received the fairy tale, String of Pearls, I found myself inspired by the setting, but that was only one component. A mixture of 90s alt music (think the sort of music they played at the Bronze in Buffy) really helped me capture the nostalgic sense of longing that I wanted to convey in this story.

3. What project are you most excited about right now?

Looking forward to Soul Solution’s release, because I adore the story, but also because I find Mina’s practicality and sass endlessly entertaining. I veer towards banter a lot in my stories, but this didn’t have as much, because there was something consuming and beautiful in the brevity of Mina and Erik’s experience together. I’m finishing up some cool manuscripts at the moment too, a creepy winter fairytale, as well as an urban fantasy set in Philly involving hunters, fae, and falling in love.

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.

Love Richelle Mead’s latest series, Gameboard of the Gods, and I’m anxiously awaiting the next book due to come out next year. I’m a diehard scifi/fantasy addict, but I prefer mine character focused, so her novels appeal to me. I’m also waiting for the next Dresden Files book by Jim Butcher, as well as the next Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. In between, I tend to jump around a lot, reading whatever jumps out at me. I DID happen to read a lot of the Beyond Fairytales compilations Decadent Publishing put out—they’re a total blast, and I’m so happy to be a part of this series.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?

While I may love reading paranormal romances and the sort, if I had to choose one of my books for the big screen, it’d be An Airship Named Desire, hands down. It’s nonstop action from the beginning to end, with big, bold characters, and a dramatic arc. Plus, I’d love to see the airship battles on the big screen, because I think it would be a thrilling thing to watch and a great opportunity to see some breathtaking views.

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http://www.amazon.com/Katherine-McIntyre/e/B00J8U4VNU

Where you can find Kat:

Author Website: http://www.katherine-mcintyre.com

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/pixierants

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kmcintyreauthor

Tumblr: http://www.booksteacoffee.tumblr.com

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/kmcintyremt

*It was great having you on today Kat! And I’d also love to see those battles, especially amongst the white clouds, with the ships going out of view for a couple of tense heart thundering moments and boom!* *laughs*

Author Interview/Feature with Marie Dry

Today I welcome fellow ROSA Marie Dry to my blog.

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1. Tell me a bit about yourself.

I have been writing since I was seven years old and making up stories every since I can remember. When I was about eleven I discovered my sister’s romance books and I never looked back. They were category style romances written in Afrikaans and the library couldn’t stay ahead supplying. I love to travel and I lived in Zambia, Morocco and Spain and did short tours to Mozambique, Portugal, Brazil, Italy and Zimbabwe. I’m a bit of a couch potato and love reading and watching television. My absolute favorite thing to do is writing the stories of the characters living in my head.

2. What inspires you to write?

Everything. Movies, conversations sometimes even a look on someone’s face. I love the people in my head who plague me to write their stories all the time.

3. What project are you most excited about right now?

I am excited about several I have written and are editing. I wish I could clone myself and do them all at once. Next up is Alien Betrayed and can’t wait to get back to it and finish editing. I have also written a gargoyle story and one about a very arrogant but endearing dragon who walk into a camp of dragons who refuse to accept her as one of them.

*Ooh gargoyles and dragons!*

4. Which authors are you currently hooked on? Any recommendations.

I love Nalini Singh and read each and every book that she puts out. Jayne Anne Krentz has been an auto buy for me since I was in high school. I have almost all her books, even the ones she wrote as Jayne Bentley. Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kristen Ashley, Kresley Cole, G.A. Aiken, Shelley Laurentson and so many more.

5. If one of your books could be made into a movie, which one? And why?

Maybe my first book but only if time and money is spent on a good script writer. I have noticed that most romances does not translate well to the movie screen. Or rather are not made into good movies.

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And here’s an excerpt:

Slowly, slowly, she turned her head.
Red, devilish eyes stared at her with unblinking menace from the mouth of the cave.
Natalie froze. The most savage gaze she’d ever seen followed her trembling hand as it crept up to cover her vulnerable neck.
He growled, and she nearly jumped out of her skin.
The temperature dropped, as if the very air was terrified. The sound of the wind, slapping against the canvas over the entrance, died as the alien continued to stare at her, sitting with his hands still tied to the wall.
Her mind screamed at her to move, to get dressed, to render him unconscious once more. Anything but stand there frozen, with her hand against her throat. His gaze traveled down her body to settle on her bare breasts. She could feel the heat of his eyes, searing her flesh. At last, her muscles obeyed and she dived behind the stack of crates. Drawing her knees to her chest, Natalie closed her eyes and pressed her back against the boxes.
I tied him up, he can’t hurt me.
She peeked around the corner of the containers, straight into his unblinking red eyes.
“Uh, hello?” She waved hesitantly then cringed. “Um, excuse me while I, um—”
Hiding behind the boxes again, she fumbled for her knitted blue sweater, slipping it over her head before pulling on the thick woollen pants. Resting her head on her knees, she closed her eyes for a moment then dried her palms on her thighs. She took a deep breath, squared her shoulders, then stood up and walked around the stacked boxes.
He watched her every step, like a predator stalking its prey. His nostrils flared, as if he could smell her from such a distance. Could he hear the sound of her heart, beating in intense panic, as well?
What did one ask an alien? Especially one you’d clobbered and tied up?
“Do—do you speak English?” She barely heard her own voice over the pounding of her heart in her ears. The cold, in the surrounding air and rising up from the floor of the cave, seeped into her bare feet until her knees ached. She reached for her boots, never taking her eyes off him.
His expression didn’t change.
If only she could believe he was more scared of her than she was of him. This alien, this male didn’t fear anything, did he?
Desperate to get her boots on, to feel less vulnerable, she moved to sit down on the cave floor, but her sore muscles protested and she lost her balance. The empty boxes scattered as she tried to right herself, her bum landing with a faint thump. She half expected the alien to start laughing at her clumsiness, but he only continued to watch her with his intense gaze.
Natalie retrieved one of the scarred leather boots and jammed her left foot inside, only to realize it was the wrong foot. She hastily jerked the boot onto her right foot and reached for the other one. As if she wasn’t frantic enough, his gaze, following her every move, was making her more self-conscious.
“Well, do you? Speak English, I mean?”

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Inge Saunders

Katherine McIntyre

Writers work long hours, pouring their souls into their work, and slaving away at the keyboard. And behind each and every e-book you download, or print copy you pick up at the bookstore is an author trying to tell a story. Hence why I’m beginning Meet the Writer Wednesday, a way to get to know some of the hardworking writers out there and the stories they pen!

Today, I’m welcoming Inge Saunders to the blog!

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First off, what’s your favorite quote about writing? There are thousands, but usually one or two stick in the mind longer than others.

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.” – Stephen King.

Every writer has their own unique brand of inspiration–what tends to inspire you?

Anything. Everything. It`s such a cliché, but it`s true.

I`m a lover of music and lyrics, so many a time a light bulb would go off…

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