Character Blog Hop

I’d like to thank Kate Curran for tagging me in the Character Blog Hop. The character blog hop consists of answering a few questions to let our readers know about the new characters we’ve got coming in the near future.

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Kate’s Bio:

My journey as a writer began when I turned 30, my youngest started kindergarten, and I went back to college. I took a class on fiction writing and the author was born—except it wasn’t a direct route to publishing my novels. I took a 20-year detour as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. Twenty years later I published my first book, but it wasn’t the romance novel I’d anticipated—it was a children’s book. Three more children’s books have followed and now, finally, my romance novels.

Contact Kate at on the web at: www.katecurran.net

Email Kate at: katecurran3@gmail.com

Like Kate at: www.facebook.com/katecurranauthor

Tweet Kate at:  https://twitter.com/Katecurran3Kate

Friend Kate at: www.goodreads.com/KateCurran

Be sure to stop by her blog and learn about her latest release Leave Me Breathless: http://katecurran3.blogspot.com/

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Now on to Angel’s story “Antics, Antidotes, and Angel” Book II of the Twisted Sisters Club series:

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1) What is the name of your character?

Hi my name is Angeline Talbot (Angel to my friends) and according to Deb I’m the heroine in Antics, Antidotes, and Angel, Book II of Deb’s Twisted Sisters Club series.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is in Sacramento, California, modern day, and much of it take place in my store “Angeline’s” in Old Sacramento. I own an adult store, and before I get any dirty looks or eye rolls, the purpose of my store is to bring couples closer together. I design my own lingerie and have a fabulous supply of ‘adult paraphernalia’ to help keep couples connected and the know how to help ANYONE…except myself. But we won’t go there…not today.

3) What should we know about Her?

I’ve thrown myself into my store because it’s easier than dealing with my own problems. I lost my virginity to a bet. And no, I knew nothing about it. Needless to say, I have trust issues and a troubled past that I’ve yet to really deal with, until I was introduced to Travis Wellington…now I’m in real trouble.

4) What is the main conflict?

My troubles were of my own making, that’s what I get for being so naive and while I take full responsibility for my actions, and what I had to do, those decisions didn’t come easy…I feel stronger since meeting Sabrina. She’s opened my eyes to a few things, and while she and her well meaning friends are out to help me, it’s the ladies in the Blue Haired Brigade” that make me feel loved while I continued to deal with the fall out. And Travis isn’t making it any easier. Have you met Travis yet?

What messes up his/her life?

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Meeting this man, Travis Wellington, may well be my undoing, because he has no intention of leaving me alone. One the one hand he represents everything I’ve been running from: He’s handsome, confident, and rich. On the other, he’s exactly what I want in a man. He truly cares about me and wants to help me, but I just can’t let myself go down that road. Don’t say it, I know, I’m fickle.

5) What is the personal goal of the character

When the economy tanked I had to close the doors to my bridal salon. It broke my heart. I’m hoping when the economy turns around I can re-open the doors. There is nothing more fulfilling that to make a gown for a bride, and all the under garments for her special day as well as her honeymoon.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Antics, Antidotes, and Angel is the working title or so I’ve been told.

To learn more about me and the other characters in the series by Deb Julienne check out her website: www.debjulienne.com

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

It’s in Deb’s editors precious hands. To keep up with the latest releases sign up for Deb’s newsletter at www.debjulienne.com

Find Deb at:

Website: www.debjulienne.com

Twitter: @debjulienne

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deb.julienne

Facebook author: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Deb-Julienne/752399544824095

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

Google +: https://plus.google.com/u/0/s/deb%20julienne

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7874605.Deb_Julienne

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Deb-Julienne/e/B00IRN9TKE/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Next up on the character blog hop is my friend Amy Burgess who write paranormal. Amy will be posting on September 8th, so don’t miss out on her blog!

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Author Bio:

Amy Lee Burgess lives and writes in Houston, Texas but her heart belongs to New England – especially in the autumn. Ruled by two dachshunds and addicted to Irish breakfast tea and the Walking Dead, she loves to write about vampires, wolf shifters, gargoyles and other assorted paranormal creatures. Amy loves to travel to places like London England, Edinburgh, Scotland, Paris France and Providence, Rhode Island where she stalks the coziest Irish pubs she can find. She writes to trance and house music by candlelight and welcomes email from her readers – especially if they want to talk about the supernatural.

Blood Gate Blurb:

Vampire Claire finds herself caught in the middle between her Master, Parker, and her Trigger, Andre. Little love is lost between the former friends, but somehow Claire must build a bridge between them when they are sent to Edgewood to settle their differences. The cost of her failure will be deadly.

Deep in the cellars of Edgewood, a game of sexual bondage unleashes unexpected dangers, twisting open, loving Andre into a secretive virtuoso of manipulation. Is this just another part of the game, or is he losing his mind? Parker will take desperate steps to protect his apprentice, but he won’t be dragged into the game with them.

Can Parker set aside forty years of bitter rivalry, or will he sacrifice Andre to save Claire?

Links to reach Amy Lee Burgess:
Main Website

http://amyleeburgess.blogspot.com/

@AmyLeeBurgess (Twitter)

Amyleeburgess99@gmail.com

Buy links

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Loose Id

Kobo

 

 

Escaping your comfort zone…

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I write romantic comedy, and I’ll be the first to admit…I totally suck at sex scenes. Why? Because what it boils down to is my comfort zone. I’m totally private about that part of my life. I can be open when talking to a single person, one-in-one, but to say it in public, that’s not comfortable…it’s not my norm.

I can read erotica, in fact, I love just about every genre of books, but for me to try to use the language, tone, words, descriptions of erotica just doesn’t work…it’s just not me. So how does a person who wants to add steam to a story go about finding that middle ground/tone to take?

Some days, I think it’s a generational thing…some days, I think it’s how I was raised, old-fashioned Southern Baptist. There’s good and bad, but it’s all a perception thing.

How do you teach a person to find a new comfort zone?

I consider myself a fairly open-minded person, but I won’t change for anyone, it has to be for me, with my understanding of why it’s necessary.

I can swear like a drunken sailor, but I usually only do that when I’m in private and 99 times out of 100 I’m swearing at my computer. I’ve slipped and dropped the “F” bomb occasionally and end up feeling horribly guilty.

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How do you let go of repression…whether it’s language, sex, or whatever, and still feel like you’re being true to yourself, evolving as a human being, a woman, even an aging woman? I’m almost at the point of feeling like I won’t find myself until I’m in my 80’s and can finally say WTF, nobody matters enough for me to watch it anymore…look out here I come.

I was recently told I needed to up my sexy quotient in my books. That’s all well and good, but what about my comfort zone? Telling me to write sexier is as good as telling me I’m not sexy. I don’t know of many women who are 100% comfortable with themselves, me included. I’d love to be skinnier. I’d love to be prettier. I’d love to say I have it all…not gonna happen.

I recently asked an author friend: Why can’t I feel my own value? What’s stifling me? Am I doing it to myself because of the beliefs drummed into me at an early age? What’s it gonna take to be able to finally say “screw it just do it”?

Her response was: it’s between your thighs GIGGLE! Sweetheart, only you can decide that. You have to do what YOU are comfortable with and it helps to push that envelope when you feel comfortable enough to do it. Start small and work your way up.

During our chat on the phone my answer became clear. She said you write romantic comedy…romantic comedy isn’t about your hoo-ha getting’ happy, it’s about the humor of the situations. Instead of worrying about the descriptions of what they’re feeling and doing, it’s about how crazy and wild they’re getting…like going at it so hard and fast they bang their heads together…to which I replied or going at it so hard one of them bangs the wall and leaves an imprint of their heads.

So to stay true to myself…I’ll keep writing, but at the same time I’ll keep my characters true to the genre and keep my mind open and keep moving forward, and let go of the stress.

Happy reading.

Deb

 

Blog Hopping

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Welcome on a brief journey into the world of Deb Julienne, no telling where we’ll end up.

First, I’d like to thank M.Q. Barber for tagging me in the Writing Process Blog Hop. She’s a fellow Lyrical/Kensington author working on the third book Healing the Wounds (neighborly Affection #3), sequel to the Playing the Game and Crossing the Lines. M.Q. Barber took us on a trip to the wild side, now it’s my turn to take you into the craziness that is mine.

What am I working on?

I’m finishing of the revisions of Antics, Antidotes, and Angel, (book 2 of the Twisted Sisters Club series) the sequel to Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aides, then onto book 3 Love, Lies, and Alibis, and book 4 Suckers, Soldiers and Mischief Makers. At the same time I’m plotting a nine book cowboy series I can’t wait to dig into.

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I classify my genre as romantic comedy.

What’s different about my stories or at least this series is that it’s about different kinds of revenge with a twist of comedy. Yes, I’m a Lucy junkie and proud of it. Who can forget all the situation Lucy managed to find herself in..all for the sake of those 4 little words: “I’ve got an idea.”

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In the first book of the series, it’s dealing with an innocent girl…don’t laugh, there are quite a few left in the world, even if they are a minority. Not everyone has lived a perfect life, fully informed with complete knowledge of every aspect of life, love, sex, men, and all things of the world. Sabrina considers herself a nice person. Being mean isn’t in her vocabulary. Neither is acting like something she’s not. The girl next door really does exist.

Give her some internal and external scars, a penchant for all things fashion, and you have Sabrina Thompson. Her world is turned upside down when she’s given an ultimatum, learn and write about LOVE and SEX or lose her job.

Think about it…go back to the last day of your own innocence. How would you suddenly learn about it? In my day we didn’t have the internet. There was no reality TV blatantly throwing it in your face. Step forward because Sabrina does live in a world of the internet, TV, reality TV, and you still have a problem. Who do you ask? Where do you go? It’s not like we’re given a manual with step-by-step instructions the second we start thinking about the opposite sex. We learn by trial and error. In Sabrina’s case it was baptism by flame-thrower, tossed into a situation she’s not prepared to deal with.

Sure Sabrina has Kat and Jill, but with an uncomfortable topic how do you EASE into it. Falling for Travis gave her a good start, but then what? Sex and love mean many things to people. She soon discovers it’s not just an act, it’s a pretense, an illusion that Sabrina must uncover for herself. When she discovers Travis has been lying to her, that he’s really the man she’s crushed on for years, there is only one thing to do…make him pay, dearly. Sabrina’s brand of vengeance teaches Trent a lesson he’ll never forget.

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Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aides started out as a single book. By the time I finished it Kat was ranting and screaming for her own story, “Why should Sabrina have all the fun?” And of course, Jill was jealous, “When do I get a man of my own.”

It was only AFTER I finished Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aides that my editor asked “What about Angel?”

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I actually hadn’t thought about her. And once I did her story took off like someone poured gasoline on it and lit it with a match. Instant inferno.

In Angel’s story, I consider her broken to some degree…too hurt to take chances. The only man who could convince her otherwise is a man who had been equally damaged, but was willing to take one last stab at a chance for love and a life with a woman he’s not willing to let get away. When his ex comes back into the picture, the lost girl finds her voice and turns heads and hearts defending the man she loves, but can Travis convince Angel she deserves his love as well?

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Kat’s story is about bullies. At a time where bullies are ever prominent, it’s not just children who deal with bullies, there are bullies of every kind in the adult world, and who but the outspoken Kat could deal with a bully and extract her own special style of revenge to protect the family business. I wrote this one with a real life friend in mind. She was married to a bully of her own, he was sneaky, low, and if I had my way about it he’d no longer be among the living. Since I’m a law abiding citizen, I let Kat have a crack at a slime ball and taught him a lesson every girl would love to dish out.

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In Jill’s story it’s a matter of life taking over. Her family is gone and she’s alone. Jill moves to the Time of Your Life Retirement home as the activities director to care for the seniors she’s come to love and genuinely care for. If you met the little old ladies in book I, you have a good idea of what I’m talking about. By book two the Blue-haired brigade is beginning to grow. By the time Jill’s story starts they’re fully formed and taking prisoners wherever they go. When someone kills one of the seniors she’s come to love, Jill’s revenge takes on a whole new meaning as she extinguishes them. Nobody messes with her family.

Why do I write what I do?

Well, let’s see…I’m 55 years old. I’ve been married for 33 years to a great guy, but life has given us some very real, very harsh things to deal with. He was on total disability at age 35 for degenerative disc disease. He’s my 2 million dollar man, without the bionics. He’s survived 12 surgeries: 7 back, 1 neck, 1 shoulder, 3 heart surgeries, including quadruple heart bypass, we’re dealing with diabetes, heart issues, and kidney issues. He’s died on me twice and luckily been brought back to life. We’ve raised 4 kids on a very limited budget. I’m the queen of making money stretch. I’ve been laid off twice and been told that if I didn’t get a job and get hubby back on insurance I’d lose him. I know all about panic, chaos, and how unfair life can be. I’m sick of the real life angst, meds vs food vs living. I’m tired of struggling every dad-gummed day, but I do it, life goes on. I’m fed up with the stupidity of with modern times…needless to say I hate reality TV. They need to try a day in my shoes…then get a life!

Yes, I’ve discovered just how strong I am. This is also why I write comedy. It’s my escape and my chance to create the kind of Karma I’d like to see.

How does my writing process work?

Here’s an example from Sex, Lies, and Beauty Aides: I get a glimmer of an idea. In this case, I had a female character, outwardly scarred and as a result, emotionally challenged. The actual scar she received as a teen and the torment she went through thanks to her peers, created the introvert she became, sending her into a self-imposed exile to escape from that torment, which led to an addiction to movies as her only outlet.

Years later, she now lives on a shoe-string, she masks her scars with an addiction to fashion, even though her wardrobe comes from thrift shops, granted they are high end, and the poor girl can’t even afford a decent mani/pedi. And yet she’s out to save the world, one beauty aide at a time. She’s fun, fun-loving, and smart, and while her female friends can be counted on one hand, they’re totally loyal. She can talk to guys but they don’t take her seriously because they view her as a little sister. Plus she’s utterly and completely naive about some things.

Then I had to decide how mean to be to her. I had to ask…what does she fear? What’s the worst thing that could happen to her…then let it happen. Some funny, some not so funny.

And of course, I had to create a man strong enough to could get beyond her mental barriers, remove her thorns, and help her blossom.

I started this story back in 2000. Then as usual my real life took over…when I got back to my story in 2010 I liked it, but it was missing something. My hero and heroine just didn’t sparkle as I wanted them to.

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I like to choose my characters from the actors and actresses I’ve seen and admired. I chose Paul Walker for my muse to model Trent/Travis after. I watched everything I could find with him in it. I also did some research on the man. What I found was a real life hero. Someone who was larger than life, who cared about his world, and gave of himself for the greater good. Once I started using his real life admirable qualities I could picture Trent so clearly that Paul became Trent and vice versa. I’d like to think I did him justice. I can’t wait for Paul’s movie “Hours” to come out. I have a feeling it’s going to have been his finest work. We miss you Paul!

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As for Sabrina, I tried a number of actresses, but it was only when I selected Autumn Reeser that Sabrina came alive. She had the sweet quality of my character. I could see her going through all of Sabrina’s trial and tribulations, only to come out stronger than she imagined. What’s funny, is that in book II she continues to evolve as a character.

I can’t wait to share the rest of the books with you!

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The Writing Process Blog Hop continues I’ve tagged three talented authors to follow me, so please check them out below and visit their site on Monday, April 7, for a peek at their writing processes.

Anise Rae:  Website          Facebook          Amazon

Anise Rae has no superpowers. To compensate, she dreams up alternative realities where magic rules, worlds that are populated with heroines who dare to stand up to society’s expectations and be true to themselves and heroes with plenty of savvy to fall in love with such brave women. She aims to live life like her characters do–with days full of love, adventure, and magic. In case that fails, and sometimes it does, she hits the escape button on her iPhone and reads a book. She’s well-prepared for such emergencies, always keeping all three e-reader apps fully stocked. Urban fantasy and paranormal and sci-fi romance are her genres of choice. Her debut novel, Syphon’s Song, is the first book in the Mayflower Mages series.

Catherine McGreevy:  Twitter          Facebook         Blog

Catherine McGreevy lives in Northern California. A former newspaper reporter and editor, she grew up in several countries overseas and is an avid historical enthusiast with particular interest in Gold Rush history. She has even been known to don period clothing to reenact the past at Sutter’s Fort and at the gold discovery site at Coloma!  Catherine writes both romantic suspense and historical, two of which are currently available on Kindle Select and Smashwords. The Jewelry Case is a romantic suspense novel about an opera singer caught up in a search for lost heirloom jewels, and The Gardener is a historical about an English gardener sentenced to hang for a crime he did not commit, who must rely on the help of a headstrong American girl to escape and finds love along the way! More novels are on the way!

Kathy Coatney:  Web         Facebook          Twitter          Goodreads          Blog

My journey as a writer began when I turned 30, my youngest started kindergarten, and I went back to college. I took a class on fiction writing and the author was born—except it wasn’t a direct route to publishing my novels. I took a 15-year detour as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. Twenty years later I published my first book, but it wasn’t the romance novel I’d anticipated—it was a children’s book. Three more children’s books have followed and now, finally, my first romance. This book is near and dear to my heart as Emma reflects all my years in agriculture and more than a decade sitting on the bleachers watching my children play baseball.