August 18, 2014

Zane "Tse Wauneka" Larson of Disorderly Cowboys


Character Crush
Because Authors have crushes too!


1.  My crush is on Zane Larson, aka Tse Wauneka, the hot, Native American werewolf part of a steamy menage in Disorderly Cowboys, book 6 of my Lone Wolves of Shay Falls series. He’s powerful, unwavering in his loyalty, and dependable almost to a fault—until forces greater than himself overtake his stoic will. And yeah, did I mention he’s hot?

2.  Would Zane ever date someone completely opposite from him? If he has, what happened?

Not by choice, but sometimes fate has other plans. The last time Zane met someone who was his complete opposite—cowboy to his Indian, free-wheelin’, outspoken, and impetuous—he didn’t just wind up dating him. They became bond mates in search of the woman they craved to make their pack union complete. When they find her, Lana is nothing like either of the men who want to claim her, and yet she and Zane share more in common than seems possible on the surface.

3.  If Zane could be anywhere in the world, where would he go?

Zane is now happily settled in his mate’s mountain hometown of Shay Falls, but his heart will always belong to New Mexico, where he lived for most of his life. Sedona, Arizona would be a close secondary choice.

4.  If Zane was deserted on an island, what would he take with him?

Assuming his mates were with him, nothing but maybe a (non-silver) knife and his own supernatural abilities. Having spent much of his life surviving inhospitable conditions, Zane would be quite in his element creating a new life on an island. That said, if he were stranded away from his mates, there would be nothing he could bring that would ease the pain and loneliness. Mated werewolves suffer when separated for too long.


5.  What is the one thing Zane wants most in the world and what will he do to get it?

Zane wants safety for his bond mates, something he will defend with his life, as well as to maintain and nurture the sense of family he’d long since forgotten. Sometimes, these two objectives clash, such as when Zane urges Jayson to return to his hometown in order to rekindle a relationship with the twin sister he left behind. Yet that town—as well as Jayson’s sister—pose a dire threat to the werewolves trying to live peaceful lives there. And when Zane’s fertility cycle kicks in, the imperative to create a family of his own becomes a force so powerful that neither the danger they face nor even a witch’s magic can stop him from claiming what he needs.
 
6.  Does Zane wish he were more like his best friend?

Absolutely not! While possessed of a sense of humor that reveals itself in unexpected moments, Zane is more of a straight arrow. His best friend and mate, Jayson, is loud, clumsy at times, and constantly joking around. In fact, it seems to Zane that his mate doesn’t take anything seriously at all—until he does and surprises everyone. On the other hand, his other best friend and mate, Lana, has a special connection to mystical energies that Zane not only believes in, but would probably like to channel better himself.

7.  What challenges did Zane have growing up?

After his village was massacred by werewolves in the 1800’s, tiny Tse was found wandering the desert. He was renamed Zane and taken in by a rancher, and the white townsfolk viewed him as an outsider. Later, he tried to return to a tribe of his people, only to be rejected again—and forced to live in hiding outside their camp in order to observe and learn about his heritage. It wasn’t until he found his mates over a century later that he finally knew where he belonged.

8.  Does Zane believe in taboos?

Absolutely. One example he tells his mate, Lana, about is his belief that no one should touch another’s hair without permission. He believes a person’s strength lies in their hair, and to approach it unbidden is not only disrespectful, but can be viewed as challenge or threat. It can weaken the warrior spirit, as can cutting hair off.


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About the Author:

J. Rose Allister is the author of more than twenty-five books, primarily romance and erotic romance. A former editor and submissions director, she now works as a mild-mannered hospital secretary by day, naughty writer by night. When not doing one or the other, she loves hanging out with readers and authors on her blog, Twitter, and Facebook.






August 16, 2014

Scarlet Ties: Taste


Now Available 

Scarlet Ties: Taste

Multicultural Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9781784301217
Word Count: 15015
Published By: Totally Bound Publishing

Welcome to the Scarlet Manor, where your every desire is provided for. The Scarlet Manor is the erotic resort of choice for those who dabble in passions that intertwine with multi-species alliances. 
A recluse vampire hotelier meets his match with a sexy reporter.

Reporter Ashlyn Douglas always gets what she wants. Her target—an interview with the elusive Rayven brother Cyrus, and to get the goods on the notoriously erotic-themed hotel that only a chosen few are able to visit. Ashlyn won’t admit to anyone the instant connection she feels towards Cyrus during her research on him and his twin brother, Coye. She has no intention of starting an affair. She plans to stick to the business at hand and get the truth behind the history of Rayven clan. But is Ashlyn ready for what Cyrus requests of her in return?

Cyrus Rayven isn’t a man of many words. His need for communication with the outside world left him the moment his mate, Jordana, died years ago. Though he has his choice of lovers, no woman has moved him since. That is until Ashley’s shapely curves and wicked tongue make everything within his cold vampire heart run scalding hot. He’ll grant the exclusive interview she seeks, but not before she spends five nights in his bed. Will Cyrus accept the newfound love between them?


Excerpt

The cries of passion vibrating through the lantern-lit hallways of The Scarlet Manor weren’t new to Master Cyrus Rayven. A mere human wouldn’t be able to hear the hoarse cries of pleasure through the soundproof rooms, but a Deiwalker—a vampire who withstood sunlight—could.

His was a heritage that held little satisfaction for him. Cyrus was well aware of the kinky fetishes and fantasies executed behind the heavy oak doors of the old mansion, which housed twenty-five suites. Many a liaison had occurred between those of the human populace and vampires of a primitive, more lustful, clan.

A cynical feeling consumed him. The passion between a human and a member of the undead was as ancient as the seductive beat of lovemaking, but the latter did not make Cyrus happy. Being a Deiwalker, outlivi ng anyone he’d loved, only served as a constant reminder of everything he’d lost and why he chose to remain a recluse, vastly different from the uninhibited existence his twin boasted about.

The Manor made no distinction when it came to how a client chose to execute their fantasies. They offered their services to an exclusive few, and the amenities afforded to those lucky enough to be chosen would keep the brothers in business for a long time to come. All clients were required to sign a waiver that forbade them to talk about their encounters with members of the media, and, as an extra precaution, patrons were driven to the facility blindfolded. So far, they had managed to avoid any major lawsuits or television coverage, not that the press and several magazines hadn’t tried every game in the book to gain access to the infamous Rayven brothers. If his brother, Coye, would be more discreet about his own affairs, their chances of keeping their secrets hidden would be even greater.

Cyrus scowled as he thought of his brother. Coye was never denied an opportunity to indulge. Sleeping with the mayor’s daughter had almost cost them their business a year ago. His sibling’s lack of restraint was merely one difference between them. Coye believed in utilizing his heritage as a Deiwalker to the hilt, while Cyrus saw it as a handicap.

Listening to others’ screams of pleasure left Cyrus hollow. He continued to walk down the hallway, his jaw clenched and his fists tight. He’d said goodbye to his own days of lust when his mate, Jordana, had been murdered at the hands of her jilted ex-love almost three years ago. Their union had been filled with wonder, an untamed love. When she’d died, a part of Cyrus had died with her.

He wasn’t blind to the fact that many a human and vampire had tried to finagle him into their bed over the years. Coye thought him insane. His twin loved everything about pursuing the sexual nature of lif e and everything pleasurable.
Just as Cyrus neared the end of the hallway, a door opened. Without looking, he felt his twin’s call. The hammering pulse of desire and the intimate heat of a female—in this case two—permeated his senses. He sighed.

He paused before turning to the sight of pure decadent debauchery. The Sultan’s Room was elaborately furnished in vibrant purples, cranberries, creams, reds and blues. Pillows of every size lined the octagon-shaped room. Erotic oils and gels had been placed in decorative vases, and feathers were displayed around the walls. The lanterns were dimmed low. A warm glow silhouetted the figures in the middle of the floor.

“There’s enough for two, brother.” Coye grinned as he gripped the silky hair of the buxom brunette.

COMING SOON 

 Every Southern belle knows how to get their man, but Noely Lamont ends up seducing the wrong Rayven brother.

Noely Lamont is a Southern Bell extraordinaire and every southern woman knows how to get their man. She’s chosen Cyrus Rayven, the man who vehemently ignored her advances. Noely will bring him down to his knees, but then she didn’t count on meeting her match in twin brother, Coye or the red-hot passion that he ignited in her body.
Coye Rayven couldn’t be more intrigued in the hellion that had her sights set on his recently engaged brother, Cyrus. He’d do him the service of taking care of Miss. Lamont – starting with her lusty appetite that revel his own. Coye finds himself tempted to have the beauty as his own. Body and Soul.


August 12, 2014

Eric Soares of Twenty-Five Years Ago Today


Character Crush 
Because Authors have crushes too!


1.   What attracts you to Eric and why is he your character crush?

My character is Eric Soares from my mystery/romantic suspense novel Twenty-Five Years Ago Today. He is my crush as he is good looking and has that bad boy thing going for him where he is in a band and wears a leather jacket, however, he is also the kind of guy you can rely on.  He is a down to earth high school teacher, is loyal to his family and friends, has a sense of humor, and is romantic. You can’t ask for much more than that.



2.   Does Eric believe in love?

He does, especially when he gets to know aspiring reporter Kris Langley, who is investigating the 25 year old unsolved murder of Eric’s aunt. At first he denies the attraction between them, as Eric is so irked that Kris is raising his grandmother’s hopes and stirring up the past, but soon he realizes that her intentions are pure. The more he gets to know her, the more he believes in love.


3.  What is the most enduring trait about Eric? Or maddening?

The most maddening trait is he is stubborn and always thinks he’s right.  This causes conflict when Eric first meets Kris as he thinks he’s got her pegged as a shallow reporter using his family to further her career. His most enduring trait, though, is that he is nurturing and takes care of his loved ones. Kris has been going through a tough time and he wants to support her.


4.  What challenges did Eric have growing up?

Eric grew up in a family impacted by tragedy. His aunt, Diana, was murdered when he was a toddler and it devastated his mother and grandmother. As a result, they were always overprotective of him and worried when he went out with friends. 


5.   What is the one thing Eric said he would never do, but did?

Eric said he would never help Kris with her newspaper story, but he soon finds himself sleuthing along with her and accompanying her to interview suspects from his aunt’s murder investigation.


6.   If Eric were doing a sexy photo shoot, what would he wear?

Sunglasses, his leather bomber jacket and a pair of jeans!


7.  What key childhood event occurred that changed the way Eric sees the world?

The unsolved murder of his aunt made him cynical and suspicious. Eric has a hard time trusting people, but once he does, then he will always go to bat for that person. He grew up feeling protective of his mother and grandmother, who had gone through so much hurt in their lives. As a result, he is also protective of his friends and girlfriend.


 ABOUT THE BOOK

Stacy Juba – Twenty-Five Years Ago Today - For twenty-five years, Diana Ferguson's killer has gotten away with murder. When rookie obit writer and newsroom editorial assistant Kris Langley investigates the cold case of the artistic young cocktail waitress who was obsessed with Greek and Roman mythology, not only does she fall in love with Diana's sexy nephew, but she must also fight to stay off the obituary page herself.

LINKS 

More information about the book can be found at: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/books-2/twenty-five-years-ago-today/
Meet Eric Soares in the book trailer: http://youtu.be/RyaCXgRzwbA
Author Website: http://stacyjuba.com/blog/
Amazon page: http://ow.ly/99G2J
Twitter: http://ow.ly/99G6J 


July 5, 2014

Josh Kleine of Parisian Amour






Character Crush
Because Authors have crushes too!




1.  What attracts you to Josh and why is he your character crush?

He’s my character crush today because he’s the Boy Next Door, the guy you just want to hang out with, who makes you feel comfortable, sets you at ease, and makes you laugh. He’s also ready for adventure. Just say the word!
2.   Does Josh believe in love?

He does believe in love, but at the start of the story has sworn it off because he’s been burned by love, well, by a woman who he thought was perfect for him.

3.  What actor or actress resembles Josh?

Josh looks a little like, ahem, James Magnussen, an Olympic swimmer from Australia, but with longer hair. Oh yeah. (See picture.)

4.  Use the first three words that pop into your mind to describe Josh?

Sexy. Adventurous. Faithful.


5.  Is there anything that can get a smile out of Josh no matter how sad or upset he is?

Oh yes. Indeed. Josh loves his dog Sally, a Bernese Mountain dog, and even talks to him on the phone from Paris. Sadly, he couldn’t take his dog on his business trip. Sally is being taken care of by Josh’s best friend and roommate, Liam MacAuley, from my previous paranormal romance novella, A Christmas Fling.


6.  Does Josh  believe in ghosts, the occult, aliens, or the supernatural?  If so, why?

Josh is open to magic and the supernatural, so when magical events start happening to him in Paris he’s accepting, way more than Sarah, the woman caught up in the magical chaotic events. Josh is open to magic because in his youth, he had a few visitations from his parents, who had passed on when he was a teen.

7.  What is the worst romantic relationship Josh has ever had?

He thought he’d found the love of his life, but then she practically stole his business from him. That’s why he isn’t so eager to fall in love again so soon when he meets Sarah in Paris.



ABOUT PARISIAN AMOUR

"A Hallmark-type romance with a twist of magic!" 


My character is Josh Kleine, the hero in Parisian Amour, my latest paranormal romance novella.

A sweet paranormal romance novella by award-winning author, Beth Barany. 
Sarah Redman, a bank project manager up to her neck with work, wants some adventure in her life. A career opportunity in Paris seems like a dream come true, but once she gets there nothing goes as planned. The job interview she thought she wanted falls through and her dreams about a crying dragon trouble her. To top it off, she gets lost in the tunnels of Paris with a man who attracts her more than she wants to admit. 

Trainer extraordinaire, Josh Kleine, needs to pull off a successful presentation at the Paris Transportation Conference to land more clients and save his company. But strange events in the tunnels under Paris drive him to distraction and into a strange, profound sadness. In search of answers under the city, he gets trapped below ground with a gorgeous woman who he desires like none before. But will the sadness tear him apart before he can convince himself and her that love does not only exist in fairy tales? 

Together they may hold the key to the strange disasters striking the City of Lights. Can Sarah unravel the secrets of the city and of her heart in time to save them all? 
***A short novel. This is a novella of approximately 20,000 words.*** 

Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible. 

OTHER STORIES IN THE MAGICAL TALES OF ROMANCE AND ADVENTURE SERIES 
Touchstone of Love (A time travel romance novella) 
A Christmas Fling (A bit of holiday magic, a novella) 

where to buy the book

Amazon Kindle: http://amzn.to/1ouv7BP



ABOUT BETH BARANY
Based in Oakland, California, Beth Barany writes magical tales of romance and adventure to transport readers to new worlds where anything is possible.

She's the award-winning author HENRIETTA THE DRAGON SLAYER, a young adult fantasy novel (Book 1 of the Five Kingdom series.)

Now out! HENRIETTA AND THE DRAGON STONE, (Book 2 of the Five Kingdom series.)

Beth is also the author of three sweet, paranormal romance novellas in the Magical Tales of Romance & Adventure series -- so far! Two more are due out in 2014.

In her off hours, Beth enjoys capoeira -- a Brazilian martial art/dance --, traveling, and watching movies with her husband, bestselling author Ezra Barany, and playing with their two cats, Kitty and Leo.

More about Beth at http://author.bethbarany.com.

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