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.


"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. 

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

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.

June 26, 2014

My Writing Process

A big thanks to my talented best friend, Editor & Author Shonell Bacon for inviting me to take part in the "My Writing Process" Blog Tour!  She's a big part of my writing endeavors, keeps me in line with her editing whip (she's a softy, but don't tell her I said that) and without further ado here's how I do what I do...


Currently, I'm working on my new paranormal series, Scarlet Ties, the first book, Taste will be published by Totally Bound Publishing this summer. In the series, you'll come to learn about the sexy twin vampires, Cyrus and Coye Rayven, and their exclusive resort, The Scarlet Manor.  I'm also revamping my self-publishing imprint, Blush and two more series on the side of that. To find out more about The Scarlet Ties series click here.


I believe that every author has a unique voice and approach to writing, that's what makes it interesting to me. I'm currently reading Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Curry a interesting look on how artists, screenwriters, authors from Maya Angelou to Mozart worked amid the daily ebbs and flows of their day.  

For me, I believe being in a state of constant learning allows me  to keep my process fresh and alerts me as to what's working and what's not. I'm not afraid to start again, revise my methods and/or dig deeper within the creation of my characters or within myself.  


I enjoy writing sexy contemporary romance. The shorter format I usually write within works to provide the perfect backdrop for me to protray characters in a rich, thought-provoking manner. Mainly, I enjoy seeing two people come together despite the odds and connecting.


My writing process usually starts with my characters yelling for my attention. lol. Coffee. Morning and mid afternoon writing sessions.  Evenings usually don't work, unless I do writing sprints.  Story ideas start with a flash of a character, telling me of their woes, usually the hero/heroine that is working their last nerve. :)

 I get a strong sense of the protagonist's background or story setup and then I'm off to the races. Oh, and plenty of music. The process changes depending on the story, the character and how many secrets they may or may not be keeping.                 

Be sure to check out.... Shonell Bacon's My Writing Process entry here




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