Monday, March 30, 2015

Grace Marshall ~ an interview and her novel ~ Interviewing Wade

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I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Grace Marshall

BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU


About K D Grace/Grace Marshall
Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, and a proud member of The Brit Babes, K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about?
When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.
KD has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, Fulfilling the Contract, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Witches trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available.
K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.

Q: How would you describe yourself as a color? Think personality here. Are you a light and airy pastel person, or more of a deep, dark, sultry and mysterious color?
A: First of all, can I just say thanks so much for hosting me on Books and Banter. I love your site and it’s a pleasure to be here!

As for color, I would be midnight blue with fire engine red polka dots. I’ve got a volatile temper with lots of deep dark and imaginative underneath. I’m moody and spend a lot of time with my thoughts, like most writers, I think.

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: Vegetables! Hubby and I are avid veg gardeners. Love to grow ‘em! Love to eat ‘em! Hubby’s motto is ‘if you can’t eat it, why plant it.’ And I have a reputation among my writer friends for writing ‘garden porn.’ Lots of my stories take place in gardens, and they’re often set in veg gardens.

Q: What kind of music do you listen to? Do you have an all time favorite song?
A: I’m a fan of most kinds of music. I even dabble at playing the piano, which I’m rubbish at. But I prefer quiet. For me, music requires all of my attention, which is attention well spent! But, I’m a writer first, and I like being alone with my own thoughts. If I’m outside, especially on a long walk, I want to hear the birds and the sounds around me.

Q: How do you feel about exercise?
A: I get twitchy and grouchy if I don’t exercise. I love kettle bells, which I discovered about a year ago, and have a very good teacher to show me proper technique. I love long distance walking. My husband and I walked across England a couple of years ago, something I hope to do again soon. We go to the gym together a couple of times a week. He’s a 3rd degree black belt in karate, with background in other marshal arts, which means I dabble and love it.

BOOKS – ABOUT THE CRAFT

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: I never get writer’s block. In fact for me the opposite is the case. I have way more novels in my head to write than I’ll ever have time to finish. I have a very active imagination and absolutely anything can inspire the next story.

Q: Have your characters ever taken the story in a different direction than you had originally planned? Do you have a for instance, for us?
A: Always! I give them free rein because they always know best. Wade has been a prime example of this. I thought he’d be much more secretive about revealing himself to me, and I thought I had him all figured out. I couldn’t have been more wrong about who he was and what was at the core of his reclusive life. It was as much of an adventure for me as I hope it will be fore readers.

Q: What geographical locations are your favorite and why?
A: I’m an outdoorsy person, and even if I don’t set my stories out of doors, there is always an element of nature. My favourite geographical locations, though, are the Lake District of England, which is one of the places I most love to go walking. I’ve set the Lakeland Witches Trilogy there. And, of course, I love the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Northwest, where I’ve set the Executive Decisions Trilogy and Interviewing Wade.

Q: How does the man in your life feel about the genre you write? Has he read any of your work?
A: He’s very proud of me. He tells his colleagues that I use him for research J He’s incredibly supportive of my work, and always there when I need him. I often question him when I’m not sure if I’m getting the male point of view right. He’s a huge help. He’s not read all of my novels because I’m very prolific and I write really fast, but he’s read a fair few of them

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Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I’m working on a paranormal urban fantasy set in Las Vegas, not in the glitz and glam, but down below. I’m very excited about it, though still in the very early stages.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: Interviewing Wade has only just been released. Actually Wade’s story has been on the horizon for a long time now. Ever since An Executive Decision, the first of Grace Marshall’s Executive Decisions novels, came out with Ellis and Dee’s story, readers, who loved the book have been clambering for reclusive, nerd genius, Wade Crittenden’s story. Wade plays an important role in all three of the other Executive Decisions novels, but as intrigued as I was by the idea of writing his story, I seriously doubted that Wade would allow me into his reclusive world any further than I’d already come, let alone open up and tell me his story. I was so wrong, as so surprised by what he shared with me. Writing Wade’s story turned out to be the most fun I’ve ever had writing a novel. But, three books in, while the readers loved the Executive Decisions books and the reviews were excellent, the unanimous opinion was that everyone wanted to read Wade’s story. 

Wade is the creative genius behind the fabulously progressive, green company, Pneuma, Inc, which he and Ellison Thorne founded together with the Late Beverly Neumann. He is socially challenged, to say the least, and he could teach most recluses a thing or two. While Ellis and Dee work in the light-filled, glass and steel executive suites of the Pneuma Building, which Wade designed, Wade’s realm is the extensive maze of basement and sub-floors of the building affectionately known by everyone else as Wade’s Dungeon.

What happens when the Northwest’s most intriguing, and richest recluse reluctantly agrees to be interviewed by the Northwest’s most talented pit bull of an investigative journalist, Carla Flannery? Carla always gets her story, but sometimes that means making enemies. Wade’s ulterior motive for allowing the interview is to keep her safe by keeping her close when her life is threatened by an unknown stalker. And OMG, do the sparks sizzle when the two are forced into each other’s space, up close and personal!


Interviewing Wade Blurb:
The Executive Decisions Trilogy may be over, but the story continues. Intrepid reporter, Carla Flannery, wants to interview Wade Crittenden, the secretive creative genius behind Pneuma Inc. But when, against all odds, Wade actually agrees to the interview, Carla suspects ulterior motives.

Carla has made a lot of enemies in her work and when Wade discovers she’s being stalked, he agrees to the interview to keep her close and safe. As the situation turns deadly, lives and hearts are on the line, and the interview reveals far more about both than either ever expected.

Excerpt:

The dining area smelled of Chinese food. Lynn had spread the feast on the coffee table in front of the ratty sofa. For a moment, Carla stood staring at the food, feeling slightly nauseated. ‘I’m not hungry,’ she said.

‘Come on, you need to eat. With your metabolism, being what it is, if you don’t you’ll have wasted completely away by morning.’ He settled her onto the least lumpy part of the couch and then sat down next to her. When she made no effort, he opened the waxed cardboard containers and surveyed their contents. Then he ladled up a spoonful of egg flower soup and totally surprised her by bringing it, with a steady hand, to her lips. ‘A little bit,’ he said. ‘You don’t want to hurt Lynn’s feelings, do you?’

She opened her mouth, and he carefully spooned it in and watched while she swallowed. ‘Since when have you cared about hurting anyone’s feelings,’ she said. The soup had felt good against her throat, and it wasn’t so difficult to open her mouth when he spooned up the next bite.

‘I don’t, really, and just for the record, Lynn doesn’t care about mine either, but I’m not above lying to get my way.’ He ladled another spoonful into her mouth and this time she made an mmm sound at the back of her throat as she swallowed.

‘And are you getting what you want?’

‘You’re eating, aren’t you?’

He gave a little gasp of surprise when she took the spoon away from him, dipped up a nice fat egg drop and pointed the utensil in his direction. When he stared at her like she had two heads, she laughed softly. ‘Come on Crittenden, open up. Here comes a choo-choo.’ She wasn’t sure if he opened his mouth for the soup or because he was about to say something rude. Either way she took advantage and shoved the spoon home. When he took the bite, holding her gaze as though he didn’t quite understand what kind of creature had assaulted him with a soup spoon, holding her gaze with absolutely no sexual innuendo, but her insides trembled and hollowed anyway.

‘It’s good,’ he said, his cheeks turning a warm shade of pink, as he took the spoon back and returned the favour, and this time he didn’t protest when it was his turn,– even as she picked up a pair of chopsticks and brazenly served up a sloppy mouthful of Singapore noodles while he sat with his mouth slightly open, making her think of a hungry nestling waiting for a worm. The thought made her giggle at the last instant, and he barely caught the end of an escaping noodle in time to slurp it off his chin and into his mouth. ‘You’re sloppy, Flannery,’ he said, licking his lips with two flicks of his tongue that made her breath catch and her nipples ache.

Dear Christ, he had no idea whatsoever what he did to her. This time, as she waited open-mouthed for her bite of soup, his hand was far less steady and at least half of it ended up in her cleavage. She yelped. ‘You did that on purpose.’

‘Did not’ he said. Handing her a napkin and watching wide-eyed as she dabbed away chicken broth.

‘Did so.’

‘Did not,’ he said. Then he filled the chopsticks dangerously full of noodles and brought them toward her mouth. ‘This –’ he fumbled the chopsticks and the whole bite slipped off the ends and right down between her breasts ‘—I did on purpose.’ 
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Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: Find Grace Marshall/ K D Grace Here:           
                http://www.thebritbabes.co.uk           
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KDGraceAuthor
Twitter: https://twitter.com/KD_Grace           



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Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again.
A: At the moment, I am participating in a two-week long blog tour and giveaway for Interviewing Wade. Here are details for the giveaway rafflecopter.

INTERVIEWING WADE TOUR GIVEAWAY:
At the end of the Interviewing Wade Blog Tour, Grace Marshall is giving away a $50/£30 Amazon gift card. All you have to do to enter is use the Rafflecopter at the end of the post to gain entries.

GIVEAWAY!
Use the Rafflecopter below to gain entry options. Be sure to follow the entire tour – as the more posts you comment on, the more chances you’ll have of winning: http://www.writermarketing.co.uk/prpromotion/blog-tours/currently-on-tour/grace-marshall-5/


Grace Marshall’s Interviewing Wade Blog Tour and Giveaway Tour Sites
March 23   L. C. Wilkinson  

March 24   Jan Graham 

March 25   Lynelle Clark

March 26   NiceLadies,NaughtyBooks

March 27   Love Bites & Silk Ties

March 30   Books and Banter

March 31   Case Sharidan

April 1   Lisabet Sarai

April 2   Gale Stanley

April 3   Illustrious Illusions

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Shrileen Davies ~ an interview and her novel Always Love You

 

I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR
Shirleen Davies
Bio:
Shirleen Davies writes romance—historical, contemporary, and romantic suspense. She grew up in Southern California, attended Oregon State University, and has degrees from San Diego State University and the University of Maryland. During the day she provides consulting services to small and mid-sized businesses. But her real passion is writing emotionally charged stories of flawed people who find redemption through love and acceptance.  She now lives with her husband in a beautiful town in northern Arizona.


BANTER – STUFF ABOUT YOU
Q: Are you a morning person, or a midnight candle burner?
A: Absolutely a morning person. I don’t rise at dawn, but close.

Q: How do you feel when a reader (or a fan) takes the time to contact you?
A: I love it! It is wonderful to learn reader’s thoughts about my storylines and characters. Some offer suggestions for future books or even suggest alternate endings for some they’ve already read. I welcome and respond to all reader emails.

Q: When you think of a garden, do you picture vegetables or flowers?
A: I’ve grown vegetables a good portion of my life. However, when I close my eyes and think of both, a field of vibrant wildflowers comes to mind. As a girl, my mother would walk with me in the spring and identify all the different wildflowers near where we lived. Her excitement at sharing her knowledge has stayed with me.

Q: Bedtime, relaxing so you can sleep sounds. Is your preference, white noise, TV, soft music, ocean waves, forest or meadow sounds, babbling brook, or something else?
 A: Hmmm…a babbling brook or ocean waves would be my first choices.

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Q: How did you come to write your genera of choice?
A: I love stories set in the western United States. The period between the American Revolution and the early 1900s has always been a favorite of mine, so historical western romances seems a natural choice. I also enjoy the vibrant and exciting storylines offered in contemporary romances set in the west.

Q: What is your favorite part of writing?
A: Coming up with the initial ideas and storyline. Ideas for stories pop into my head at all times, day and night. The hard part is finding time to flesh them out and determine if they are worth pursuing and if my readers will enjoy them.

Q: How do you handle a writer's block?
A: For my historicals, I have a wonderful set of books that highlight life in the Old West. When I’m stuck, I’ll often grab several of the books, find a quiet spot, and browse through them, making notes. It doesn’t take long to find renewed energy when I’m faced with so many ideas identified in these books.

Q: Do you write long hand first, or does it go straight into the computer?
A: I use spiral binders to jot down initial ideas and outline plots, then move to the computer. I keep the binders close at hand to jot down additional ideas, but most all my work is done on the computer.

BOOKS - NOW LETS PROMOTE – STRUT YOUR STUFF
Q: What are you working on now? Would you like to share anything about it?
A: I have three books in the works: a historical western romance which releases in June, a new series which is scheduled to start releasing in May, and book six of the MacLarens of Fire Mountain series, which will release mid-summer.

Q: Do you have a new book coming out soon? Tell us about it.
A: I am finishing book three of my historical western romance series, Redemption Mountain. Sunrise Ridge is scheduled for release in June.

Q: How can we find you? Do you have a web page, FaceBook page or any buy links?
A: I love to hear from my readers.
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 Q: Are you currently participating in a blog tour? If you are let’s tell everyone where you’re going to be so they can catch up with you again. Red Moon Tour. She also has the buy links for you.
A: Here is the entire tour schedule:    
   

March 23rd
A Tattered Cop


Spotlight

            
and

Ramblings of Cassie
Guest Post

March 24th
Cassandra M’s Place
Spotlight

March 25th
Just Contemporary Romance
Guest Post

March 26th
Pinky Pollock
Spotlight

March 27th
            Books and Banter
            http://locglin.blogspot.com
Interview

March 28th
Gwyneiira’s Book Blog
Spotlight

March 30th
Babs Book Bistro
            http://www.babsbookbistro.net
Guest Post

March 31st
           Hyper Ashley
           http://www.hyperashley.com/ 
Interview

April 1st
           Limelight Literature
            limelightliterature.wordpress.com
           Guest Post

April 2nd
         Happy Tails and Tales
         Spotlight


Book Description:
“Romance, adventure, motorcycles, cowboys, suspense—everything you want in a contemporary western romance novel.”
Eric Sinclair loves his bachelor status. His work at MacLaren Enterprises leaves him with plenty of time to ride his horse as well as his Harley…and date beautiful women without a thought to commitment.
Amber Anderson is the new person at MacLaren Enterprises. Her passion for marketing landed her what she believes to be the perfect job—until she steps into her first meeting to find the man she left, but still loves, sitting at the management table—his disdain for her clear.
Eric won’t allow the past to taint his professional behavior, nor will he repeat his mistakes with Amber, even though love for her pulses through him as strong as ever.
As they strive to mold a working relationship, unexpected danger confronts those close to them, pitting the MacLarens and Sinclairs against an evil who stalks one member but threatens them all.
Eric can’t get the memories of their passionate past out of his mind, while Amber wrestles with feelings she thought long buried. Will they be able to put the past behind them to reclaim the love lost years before?

Read, Always Love You, book five in the MacLarens of Fire Mountain Contemporary Romance series

Excerpt:
The trip to her apartment had been excruciating. Not so much because of where she sat, within arm’s reach of him. It had more to do with his acceptance he still loved Amber, wanted her back in his life and his bed—always. No other woman had been able to find a way into his heart the way she had, and there’d been many who’d tried.

He’d spent the drive trying to come up with the right words, something to make her understand he’d never stopped loving her. The fear she’d turn from him again began to fade as the need to find out if they could ever have a future took over. He’d seen the way she watched him when she thought he wasn’t looking. The regret he’d seen almost choked him.

It had taken all his willpower to unlock her door and step aside instead of taking her in his arms. Now he found his control falter as she stared up at him.

His chest squeezed as his breath caught. He reached for her hand, turning it over to press his mouth to her palm, never taking his gaze from hers. Her lips parted, her breathing quickened. The air around them pulsed as if they’d been enveloped in a magnetic force neither could escape.

“Amber…” He whispered her name a moment before lowering his head until his mouth came down on hers. The first touch seemed almost tentative before he wrapped his arms around her and tightened his hold. The kiss deepened, his mouth devouring hers, hot and moist.

He could feel her hands move up his arms to wrap around his neck, pulling him tight, melding her body to his. He groaned as her tongue traced his lips, sending a hot ache through him. Gathering her closer, he explored the recesses of her mouth until he pulled away on a ragged breath, letting his lips trace a path down her neck to the soft spot at the base. He sucked lightly before moving back up to reclaim her mouth.

Amber’s caution shattered at the first touch of his lips to hers. It had been so long and she wanted him so much. The feel of his mouth devouring hers sent waves of heat pulsing through her. She remembered how they used to be together and began to feel the same sense of urgency. Her hands moved under his jacket, splaying across his back.

“Ah, baby,” he groaned as fire roared through him. “God, I want you.”

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