September 14, 2014

InCharacter Interview: Author Piper Huguley




Author Piper Huguley


1. Piper thank you for being here today! When did you begin writing historical romance? 

Well, after a lifetime of loving to read this stuff, it struck me upside the head one day in 2011, that I had what I needed to write historical romance.  So I gave it a try. 


2. Where did the idea behind your Home to Milford College series come from?

The idea came from a contemporary romance of a new college president and the head librarian on campus who was the only no vote on the search committee.  I had to lay out the campus and name the buildings, which then made me curious about how they got there in the first place. That's how it all got started. 


3. Describe a Piper Huguley romance in three words? 


Loving, warm and dignified.


4. What attracts you to the Reconstruction Era and how do you draw in authenticity to reflect this time period

always wondered about those few African Americans who were credited with making strides just after the Civil War. What did they do and why couldn't they stay there?  What happened to their dreams when they were forced to go?  I read a lot of the contemporary records at the time and imagine how my characters would have reacted to those feelings/hostilities. No wonder people of the past had to be strong. 


5. What book are you dying to write and do you ever see yourself switching to contemporary fiction? 

There are a series of books in the five year plan.  I won't say what they are, but I am writing towards them as well as bringing "Home to Milford College" in the contemporary time setting. 


6. Which character would you say is your favorite? 

Hmmm.  Amanda is most like me, but Virgil is. His strength is awesome. 


7. Which celebrity would you base one of your heroes after and why? 

Hmmm.  I've been watching a television show called "The Knick" and the black doctor character on there reminds me a lot of Virgil.  He's played by Andre Holland. 


8. Whom would you say has influenced you the most in your writing? 

Hands down, Laura Ingalls Wilder.


9. What advice do you have for aspiring writers who are writing historical romance? 

Read the history. Read the history. Read the history. 


10. What can readers expect next from you? 

More Milford College stories and hopefully, a chance for the next series...:) 



                                           BLURB
1866: Amanda Stewart promised her dying father to use her education to uplift their race and teach newly-freed slaves. When she arrives in Milford, Georgia, blacksmith and town leader Virgil Smithson tells her female teachers aren’t welcome there. But Virgil made his own promise—he told his dying wife that their daughter would learn to read and write.  In Amanda, Virgil meets a woman whose will is as strong as the iron he fashions. These combatants must put aside their personal feelings to learn God has his own plan that comes from the promises they made to their loved ones.


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ABOUT PIPER

Piper G Huguley is the author of the “Home to Milford College” series which follows the building of a college from its founding in 1866. The Preacher’s Promise is book one in the series. On release, the prequel novella to the “Home to Milford College” series, The Lawyer’s Luck reached #1 Amazon Bestseller status on the African American Christian Fiction charts.

Huguley is also the author of “Migrations of the Heart,” a five-book series of inspirational historical romances set in the early 20th century featuring African American characters.  Book one in the series, A Virtuous Ruby won the Golden Rose contest in Historical Romance in 2013 and was a Golden Heart finalist in 2014.  Book four in the series, A Champion’s Heart, was a Golden Heart finalist in 2013.  She blogs about the history behind her novels at http://piperhuguley.com. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and son.





September 1, 2014

New Article : Bad boys...Lost Souls. I Have Love For Them All!


I hope everyone is enjoying their Labor Day weekend! After sip of something cold, check out my new article at BTS eMagazine. I'm talking on one my favorite subjects:  heroes ;) Lost souls, bad boys, alphas, betas, don't you just love em?



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.

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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 


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