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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Cat Johnson

Please welcome Cat Johnson as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Cat Johnson


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Cat:  I've always written, since grade school. I won my first writing contest in First Grade and the prize was that I got to ride in the Chief of Police's car in the town's Memorial Day Parade. Once you stroke a writer's ego like that, it pretty much clinched it that I would always want to write. LOL

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Cat:  Conquering my tendency to procrastinate. It's easy to bargain with myself and say, Oh, I don't have to write today, I'll just write double tomorrow... All you fellow procrastinators out there know what I'm talking about. And it doesn't help that because I work from home, most often in my PJs with the laptop in bed, it doesn't seem like I'm working to my friends and relatives, even when I actually am, and disruptions are everywhere.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Cat:  Things in this business are so fleeting, I mean the sales ranks on Amazon.com literally change hourly, but I am very proud that my first cowboy menage Rough Stock reached #1 in the Western Romance Category on Amazon Canada. Obscure, I know, and it's possible I'm the only one that saw it there, but it was there. LOL. I've won a number of awards too and of course, I'm proud and amazed at every one of those. I was totally blown away at Authors After Dark Philly 2011 when I won the Bookie Award for Best Western Romance for UNRIDDEN. I was up against some very tough competition for that one.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Cat:  Even though it is fiction, I do research a lot to try and give it realism and accuracy--then sometimes I change things anyway to make the plot work. Writer's prerogative...

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Cat:  I just had 2 stories release in December: A Cowboy for Christmas which is a full length contemporary erotic romance novel from Ravenous Romance and a short story Cole (Book 5 in my Red, Hot & Blue series with Samhain). For February, Cowboy Shuffle released from All Romance eBooks on February 2nd. It's part of ARe's Perfect Strangers series that launched in February last year. Cowboy Shuffle is the sequel to my story from last year Texas Two-Step. Then also in February is Valentine Cowboys, a novella length threesome, a sequel to A Cowboy for Christmas from Ravenous Romance. I've been busy! LOL You can always keep up with me on my site at CatJohnson.net. There is a Coming Soon page as well as a Series Reading Order page.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Cat Johnson

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Cat:  Thank you for having me!!


About Cat

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Cat Johnson
As an author of contemporary romance in genres including military, cowboy, ménage and paranormal, Cat Johnson uses her computer so much she wore the letters off the keyboard within a year. As a self-proclaimed promo 'ho, she is known for her creative marketing and research practices. Consequently, Cat has sponsored bull riding rodeo cowboys, owns an entire collection of cowboy boots and camouflage shoes for book signings and a fair number of her consultants wear combat or cowboy boots for a living. In her real life, she's been a marketing manager, professional harpist, bartender, tour guide, radio show host, Junior League president, wife and avid animal lover. Find out more at www.CatJohnson.net

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Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Megan Grooms

Please welcome Megan Grooms as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Megan Grooms


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Megan:  I have been writing a long time, since middle school however meeting a wonderful woman at Tease Publishing where by books have been published has actually made my dream a reality. Tonya was great, taking me under her wing and telling me about the business well before I dared send her anything to publish. I just enjoy my characters so much I had to write their stories down and I wanted to share their stories with everyone else.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Megan:  Trying to make myself sit down and write for a set amount of time. I still struggle with that. I usually get writing done when my husband is gone but he's home more often now and it's been hard for me to pull myself away to write. I am hoping to get some kind of routine going but it's been elusive so far.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Megan:  Just getting the first book published. I am still quite new to writing and each time I learn how many books I've sold or had people contact me to tell me how wonderful they thought my book was is the best thing I could hear. It makes me want to sit down and write more on the next book in my series.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Megan:  I am writing romance right now and enjoy it but I have some Urban Fantasy and Science Fiction books that I would love to have published. I'm not just a romance writer. I also love series books so if there is one most likely there will be more to follow at least involving the people in the book you've already read. Like my Rolling Hills. The next book is about two other people on the Ranch but you will see Sam and Luke again.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Megan:  My only full length story is Finding Samantha. Set on Rolling Hills Ranch. Sam has to get away from her old life and memories and moves to the ranch where she meets Luke. It's a story about getting over the loss of someone and falling in love with someone else. The second book I'm working on right now is John's book. At the moment it's called Loving Allison and I hope to have it done soon to send to my publisher but he's being difficult and I've been procrastinating. I do have a three short stories on All Romance ebooks that I have been putting out while trying to get John's book written. They are Handsome Stranger, Hestia's Vacation and Halloween Madness.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Megan:  Thank you so much for having me. I hope everyone enjoyed my answers and feel free to ask any more questions. I will try to answer them for you.


About Finding Samantha

Finding Samantha
Rolling Hills Ranch 1
Tease Publishing, March 15, 2011
eBook

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Megan Grooms
After the death of her husband Samantha moves to Rolling Hills Ranch. She isn’t looking for love or even friendship.

Luke doesn’t trust any female after his wife left him. Then he meets Sam and feels something for her, something he thought he would never feel again.


ARe : Amazon



About Megan

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Megan Grooms
Megan Grooms was born in Maine and moved to North Carolina in 2005 with her husband. She now works at an animal hospital during the day, than weaves her literary magic at night. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her webpage http://groomsbooks.wordpress.com or on Twitter @groomsbooks





The Giveaway

THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win a PDF copy of Finding Samantha from Megan!

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

What are some of your favorite love stories (any genre)? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. You MUST leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Saturday, March 3, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Melanie Card

Please welcome Melanie Card as part of The Qwillery's Author After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Melanie Card


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Melanie:  Thanks for inviting me here today! Deciding to become a writer happened so early in my life I’m not sure if I was struck with inspiration or not. After I went through my “I want to be a babysitter” phase, my next response to “what do you want to be when you grow up” was “writer”. Books were always in my house growing up – packed in the basement, lined on shelves in the living room, piled in a corner in the family room, and in every bedroom. Everyone in my family read and I devoured books like the rest of them. I suspect, if I had even a glimmering of inclination to write, I would have become a writer.

Now that isn’t to say I didn’t stray from the idea of writing once I started to get older. I enjoyed music and art and theatre as well, and really had no idea what I wanted anymore by the time I went to university. I ended up in the psychology program—not necessarily a bad place for a writer to spend some time studying—and, faced with 3rd year statistics, realized I didn’t want to pursuer a career in psychology. I wanted to be a writer.

So I suppose you could say my less than fabulous math skills inspired me to be a writer, although I’m pretty sure it was in my blood all along.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Melanie:  Finding a balance between writing, editing, promoting, and my family. It can be a real juggling act. Some days I’m successful and some days I’m not.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Melanie:  I think the thing I’m most proud of is that my hero, Ward, found a home. He’s not a typical hero and I knew that when I wrote him. I also knew being unusual might make it difficult to find a publisher who believed in him as much as I did. And then Entangled Publishing came along and embraced my awkward, reluctant, endearing hero.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

My goal is to write fun, entertaining stories. I want to take my reader on an adventure and help them escape their everyday life, if only for a little while.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Melanie:

Ward Against Death

Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Melanie:  Thank you for having me!



Ward Against Death
Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer 1
Entangled Publishing, August 2, 2011
Trade Paperback and eBook, 286 pages
New Adult/Upper YA Fantasy

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Melanie Card
Twenty-year-old Ward de’Ath expected this to be a simple job—bring a nobleman’s daughter back from the dead for fifteen minutes, let her family say good-bye, and launch his fledgling career as a necromancer. Goddess knows he can’t be a surgeon—the Quayestri already branded him a criminal for trying—so bringing people back from the dead it is.

But when Ward wakes the beautiful Celia Carlyle, he gets more than he bargained for. Insistent that she’s been murdered, Celia begs Ward to keep her alive and help her find justice. By the time she drags him out her bedroom window and into the sewers, Ward can’t bring himself to break his damned physician’s Oath and desert her.

However, nothing is as it seems—including Celia. One second, she’s treating Ward like sewage, the next she’s kissing him. And for a nobleman’s daughter, she sure has a lot of enemies. If he could just convince his heart to give up on the infuriating beauty, he might get out of this alive…


About Melanie

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Melanie Card
Melanie has always been drawn to storytelling and can't remember a time when she wasn’t creating a story in her head. Her early stories were adventures with fairies and dragons and sword swinging princesses.

Today she continues to spin tales of magic in lands near and far, while her cat sits on the edge of her desk and supervises. When she’s not writing, you can find her pretending to be other people with her local community theatre groups.

Connect with Melanie: Facebook / Twitter @melaniecard / Goodreads / MelanieCard.com

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Boone Brux

Please welcome Boone Brux as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - Boone Brux


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Boone:  I didn't realize it until a few months ago, but I've dabbled in writing since my early twenties. Mostly journaling and a few frustrated attempts to put a story on paper. Mural painting was my creative outlet for many years. Then I got married, had kids, and turned to writing to find a little sanity. The paranormal genre had just exploded onto the scene and I finally had a direction that inspired me.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Boone:  Being productive when I do sit down to write. My goal is spending less time writing with better quality and productivity results. There's lots of room for improvement.

I've also noticed a direct link between my growing career and growing waistline. Having a sedentary job is forcing me to once again adjust my schedule and routine. I started Fluffy Fridays on my blog. I feature all things healthy and am publicly tracking my quest for health and balance. It could either be one of the smartest or most embarrassing things I've done.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud?

Boone:  It's been a few weeks since my first novel came out and I've begun to unwind from the pressure and excitement. I can honestly say, getting this first book written and published is what I'm most proud of. I certainly didn't do it alone. There's something pretty amazing about holding your book in your hands. Even if it's the only one I'll ever write, which it won't be, I still did it. Completing the process is a cross between the reaching for your dreams and hitting yourself in the head with a hammer.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Boone:  A lot of the scenes I write are inspired from actual events. I'm a people watcher and everything is fodder for my books. I warn you now.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Boone:  I've just finished a novella for Entangled Publishing titled Tweet for an anthology that will hopefully be out in April to benefit Autism Awareness.

I'm also working on the next two books in the Bringer and the Bane series. Both are due out in 2012.

And I'm painting murals in my kids rooms, but that's probably not what you meant.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Boone:  Thank you so much for having me and best of luck on your awesome Blogger of the Universe nomination for Authors After Dark 2012!

TQ:  Thank you. It was an honor being nominated!


About Bringer and the Bane

Shield of Fire
Bringer and the Bane 1
Entangled Publishing, December 13, 2011
Trade Paperback and Ebook
Historical Fantasy Romance

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - Boone Brux
Protecting humans is the Bringers’ duty. Sending demons to the Shadow World is their pleasure.

In one night, Ravyn’s life plunges from barely tolerable to deadly. Forced to flee the only home she’s known, she stumbles headlong into the clutches of Icarus, a powerful demon intent on stealing her powers. Unfortunately for him, she has no intention of cooperating.

When Rhys realizes the woman he’s rescued from the Bane Demon is no mere human, his obligation as a Bringer dictates he protect and train her in the ways of his people. But he’s unprepared for the intense desire he feels for the fiery Ravyn. To surrender to his need may mean her death.

As the Demon King’s desire for ultimate power escalates, fathers are slated against sons, and foes are made allies. The Bane threat upon them, Rhys and Ravyn must quest to unite the last of the Bringers—and explore a passion too powerful to ignore.


The cover for Kiss of the Betrayer (Bringer and the Bane 2):

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - Boone Brux



About Boone

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - Boone Brux
Boone lives in rugged Alaska with her vampire-pirate husband and her twin daughters, each of whom possesses the superpower to destroy a room in with a single pass. She began writing in a desperate attempt to counteract the in-stereo babbling from her toddlers and to fill the lack of adult conversation in her day. After seventeen years in bush Alaska, Boone and her family made the big move to civilization, where she joined the local chapter of Romance Writers of America and realized she knew nothing about writing. Steeped in the paranormal world, Boone has a particular love for demons, good, bad, or otherwise.

Boone's Links

Website
Twitter
Facebook
Blog 


More About Boone:  Read Boone's 2011 Debut Author Challenge Interview here.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - PJ Schnyder

Please welcome PJ Schnyder as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder



TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

PJ:  As far back as middle school, I used to doodle story ideas in the margins of my notebooks. I kept a notebook handy specifically for writing, poetry and random character ideas. The notebook evolved into computer files, but the writing continued. Finally, a few friends noticed I'd hit a sort of plateau in my writing development and I was hungry for more feedback to improve. They suggested I pursue publishing. Even if I didn't get published, I'd probably find writing groups and possibly receive feedback from professional editors and/or agents.

As I researched the ins and outs of pursuing publication, I become more and more challenged. And I do love challenge. The desire to share my stories to a wider audience, and grow as a writer as I did so, took hold with surprising force. So I have to thank my friends for nudging me in the direction and setting me on the path to share my stories. Without them, I'd have kept my stories to myself like so many diaries on a shelf.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

PJ:  Finding time. LOL

I am lucky enough to have a day job I love. It is every bit as demanding and challenging as writing, and it does require 90% travel for business. I find myself traveling twice a week at minimum on top of an average 50 hour work week. Staying fit and healthy is also very important to me, so I try to work out every day, twice a day.

All this means I need to be focused when I set myself to any given task. Rock it out and move on to the next. I go to great lengths to be organized and I make use of all those hours in the air or trapped at an airport to write or edit my work.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

PJ:  Making writing a part of my life. It's my creativity, my stress relief and my relaxation. I'm so very glad I've been able to make it a part of every single day. :)

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

There are always stories within my stories. I build a lot of background for my characters. There's usually a nifty side tangent or fun fact about how something ended up in my stories. For those who find them and smile over them, I hope they enjoy. :)

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

PJ:  Most recently, my first science fiction short came to print in the Gimme Shelter anthology. It's action and not romance, and still lots of fun.

Upcoming, I'm working on the sequel to Hunting Kat in the Triton Experiment series from Carina Press and Book 3 of the Terra's Guardians series from Decadent Publishing, as well as an all new paranormal romance. I've also been invited to contribute to a couple of very exciting steampunk projects, so look for announcements on those in the coming months!

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
As a mercenary, Kat Darah doesn’t have to pass for a normal human. On the edge of the solar system, she’s just another biped. Most of the time.

Nearing the end of his military tour, Lt. Christopher Rygard debates the idea of hanging up his uniform for good. Looking for answers at the bottom of a glass of scotch, he meets Kat.

One shared night of mutual desire seems harmless. But when their tryst is interrupted by attackers hunting Rygard, Kat must reveal her other form, the predator beneath the human façade.Together they embark on a dangerous mission—a race against time to meet the enemy’s demands, while trying to deny the passion between them. Rygard is faced with a terrible choice in the face of duty: Report the existence of a human turned shape-shifter. Or forget he ever met her.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

PJ:  Thank you for having me. :)



About PJ

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
Born and raised in the North East, PJ Schnyder spent her childhood pretending to study for the SATs by reading every fantasy and sci-fi novel she could borrow from the local and school libraries. She scored fairly high in the verbal portion.

She was introduced to the wonderful world of romance a decade later by her best friend at an anime convention in Seattle.

She now lives somewhere temperate watching the seasons go by with her two dogs and super stealthy ninja kitty, writing her stories.

PJ is represented by Louise Fury of the L. Perkins Agency.

Visit PJ on her blog: http://pjschnyder.com

Twitter: http://twitter.com/pjschnyder

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pjschnyder




The Giveaway



Winner's Choice of ecopy of
Heart's Sentinel
Terra's Guardians 1
Red's Wolf
Terra's Guardians 2
Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
In a post-apocalyptic world, humans rebuild cities of technology and shape shifters restore the wilds of nature. Mackenzie runs to the jaguars of River Gap pride in order to learn to live as something she never wanted to be – a shape shifter – and for sanctuary from the stalker who brutally Changed her.

Adam, a River Gap Sentinel, is assigned as her guard and mentor. Even though she ignites flames of primal desire in him, he holds himself back, well aware of his strength and how new she is to the shape shifter world. To survive the stalker, though, they both need to first battle their pasts and learn what it means to truly be the sentinels of each other’s hearts.




Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - PJ Schnyder
Carri has definitely caught the eye of the big bad wolf.

Visiting the Glacier Valley pack to get a little breathing room from life in the city, she uses her skills to help install a high tech airspace sensor array for her adoptive grandmother’s pack.

Jason is a lone wolf, good at doing his job and good at being alone. Sparks fly between them, igniting desire hotter than Carri’s red hood. But the Glacier Valley pack has made it clear that Carri is under their protection and off limits.

And yet, the heat between them is undeniable and when Carri makes her choice clear, Jason is ready to claim her as his. He’ll go against the pack and any rivals, even take down an alien hunter to have her and protect her.



THE RULES

What:  One commenter will win his or her choice of an ecopy of Heart's Sentinel or Red's Wolf from PJ.

How:  Leave a comment answering the following question:

Which genres or subgenres (for novels/novellas/short stories) do you like to read? 

Please remember - if you don't answer the question your entry will not be counted.

You may receive additional entries by:

1)   Being a Follower of The Qwillery.

2)   Mentioning the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter. Even if you mention the giveaway on both, you will get only one additional entry. You get only one additional entry even if you mention the giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter multiple times.

3)   Mentioning the giveaway on your on blog or website. It must be your own blog or website; not a website that belongs to someone else or a site where giveaways, contests, etc. are posted.

There are a total of 4 entries you may receive: Comment (1 entry), Follower (+1 entry), Facebook and/or Twitter (+ 1 entry), and personal blog/website mention (+1 entry). This is subject to change again in the future for future giveaways.

Please leave links for Facebook, Twitter, or blog/website mentions. In addition please leave a way to contact you.

Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm US Eastern Time on Friday, February 24, 2012. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

*Giveaway rules are subject to change.*

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Diana Castilleja

Please welcome Diana Castilleja as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - Diana Castilleja


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Diana:  Honestly, boredom. I was a stay at home mom with a two year-old toddler. I had a small mobile crafts business (think small city fairs and events), tent and everything. I'd pack the kid, enlist my BFF for company and spend the day hanging out. Unfortunately, we moved and sold the van I used, which left me at home. All day. Every day.

When I was younger, I had a job where I was pretty much left alone. I read. A lot. One of the books I read was by Jo Beverly, and I got it in my head I could write one like it. Uh... Yeah. No. Suffice it to say, the only thing that taught me was I couldn't write historical.

Fast forward to being at home with said child. Add one computer and hours alone. I went back to stuff I'd tinkered with and actually *gasp* finished something. Then I finished another. Then I wrote one from the word go. And I never looked back.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Diana:  Getting hung up or blocked. Oftentimes, I get interrupted and I won't be able to get back into the stream. It's not like watching a movie. I can't just take it off "pause" and start again. It's hard for those around me to really get that.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Diana:  Oh wow... Um, really, just being here, doing what I love. Nothing gets to me more than a note that someone read my stories, whether they loved or hated it. Regardless of how they reacted, they felt something that made them react to either the characters or the story. That tells me I'm doing my job right.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Diana:  Don't always think you know what's coming. I do my best to not write the same story twice, or to write "cookie-cutter" type stories. Not saying I'm perfect. I know I've written some bombs. We all have those struggles. I just hope I can continue to write entertaining stories. Happy endings are my ultimate goal.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Diana:  Right now, my latest and upcoming are both under my pseudonym, Diana DeRicci. TOUGHER TO LOVE is by Diana DeRicci, through Purple Sword Publications. There's nothing tougher than trying to love a man who hides from the world, and himself. When a small town cop meets that man, there's fireworks that no one could have expected, or kept under wraps.

Upcoming is GLITTER. For those who have read THE CHARLIE FACTOR and/or DOING LOVE RIGHT, this is Josh and Laurence's story, and how they came together. Funny how though they weren't planned, friends' stories happen.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Diana:  Thanks so much for having me! I enjoyed being here today.


About Diana

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview  - Diana Castilleja
With more than a dozen ebooks currently to her credit and her first print book released in 2008, Diana Castilleja has kept busy since she started writing professionally in late 2004. Diana currently resides in central Texas with her husband and son. When not focusing her energy on her family and her writing, she loves to travel and haunt bookstores. She's lived in several states across the south and midwest, as well as traveling to Mexico. With moving every year or changing schools since the fourth grade to her sophomore year, she learned reading was a fast escape. The freedom to read about anything and everything has fueled her adult imagination. She also enjoys romance, horses, and yes, still loves to read. Right now, she's probably attacking her keyboard writing her next book. If she's not, she should be!

Website
Diana's Author Loop
Twitter

Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview - Samantha Kane

Please welcome Samantha Kane as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview - Samantha Kane


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

Samantha:  Well, I've always loved writing. I wrote poems and stories when I was a child, always took creative writing in school, wrote for my school papers, and my college degrees were in liberal art subjects that required a great deal of research and writing. But the one thing that made me sit down and start writing my first book was the unexpected death of my beloved aunt and a young age (53). It was traumatizing and, cliche though it may be, made me realize you just never know if you're going to have the time to do all those things you've been promising yourself. So instead of putting off until tomorrow, I sat down and started writing. My boyfriend at the time, now my husband, encouraged my writing, too, which was a huge factor, I think, in getting past that initial hurdle of should I finish this or just let it drop?

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Samantha:  Starting a book. Not plotting it, but actually putting your butt in the chair and writing that first sentence. It's a little scary. Just because you have the blueprint doesn't mean it's any easier to build a story from scratch.

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Samantha:  Finishing my first book.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Samantha:  I write fiction. I try to stay true to historical accuracy, reality-based conflicts and resolutions, natural dialog, etc. But in the end, I write fiction. I don't write about your neighbors or your neighbors' dog. I write about people who are larger than life, and who find themselves in extraordinary situations that create a STORY. I make it up as I go along. Enjoy at your own risk. ;-)

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Samantha:  My most recent release is Love's Surrender, the 9th book in my erotic Regency historical romance series Brothers in Arms. Love's Surrender is a short novel in ebook, but it has just been released in a print anthology called Arms of Love with another short novel in that series called Love's Strategy.


Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview - Samantha Kane
Lady Vanessa Carlton-Smythe is from one of England’s most well respected families and the daughter of an earl. She has lived an exemplary life: the perfect daughter, the perfect lady. Until one Christmas Eve she meets two men who unleash her secret desires. She can’t surrender her heart, only her body, and only for the next twelve days. After Twelfth Night their affair must end and she will return to a life that is slowly suffocating her.

Veterans Nick and Oliver have been constant companions since Waterloo. They share everything, including women and a bad reputation. When Lady Vanessa catches them in a compromising position, they are seduced by the longing in her eyes. Cool, distant, unattainable—the more she protests, the more they want her. Vanessa’s desires prompt the two men to finally give in to their feelings and become lovers. When desire becomes love, can they convince Vanessa to leave her privileged life behind and surrender to them forever?

Note: Includes m/m/f and m/m scenes.
I've also got a brand new mainstream Regency historical romance series coming this year from Ballantine Bantam's new romance line Loveswept. The Saint's Devils is about a group of men who were friends in school, and because of their rakehell ways society has nicknamed them The Saint's Devils, based on the name of their unofficial leader, Sir Hilary St. John. Sir Hilary is a Sherlock Holmes type character who will help one of his friends solve a mystery involving his heroine in each book. The first book, The Devil's Thief, is about devil Alasdair Sharp and Miss Julianna Harte, a thief with a heart of gold, and it should be released in November of this year.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Samantha:  Thanks for inviting me! I'm looking forward to seeing you at AAD this August.


About Samantha

Authors After Dark Spotlight Interview - Samantha Kane
Samantha Kane lives in North Carolina with her husband of fifteen years and three children, two boys and one girl. She spent seven years as a high school history teacher before becoming a full time writer and mom. Ms. Kane has a Master's degree in American History.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - T.J. Michaels

Please welcome T.J. Michaels as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - T.J. Michaels


TQ:  What inspired you to become a writer?

T.J.:  Honestly, I was sitting around with a friend of mine reading 'Golden Surrender' by Heather Graham about 20 years ago. Seriously. And I thought, hey I can write that. So I sat down, wrote a ginormous book having no idea what I was doing, but had to sit it on the shelf for years and years while I raised children and settled into my career. Then, in 2005 I picked that book up again. My kids, who were almost grown by then, looked at me and said, "Hey, when are you going to do something with that big book?" And with their encouragement I sat down, wrote a new full-length novel called Primed to Pounce. It became my debut novel a year later. And I've been going ever since.

TQ:  What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

T.J.:  For me, it's balancing family and the day job. It's very very difficult. I don't have a husband or mate to lend support either emotionally or financially, so anything and everything that happens at my house is all on me. I spend a LOT of time working and traveling for the job that pays the bills. I write when I can and sometimes it's tough because I'm always so danged tired. All I can says is, COME ON LOTTERY...but I should probably buy a ticket first, eh?

TQ:  What writing achievement are you most proud of?

T.J.:  Actually there are three things - my debut novel received 4 stars from Romantic Times and that was huge for me. Also, the next two books after that were nominated for CAPA awards. It was amazing to me because I was up against some incredibly talented authors, such as NYT bestselling authors Lauren Dane, Cheyenne McCray and several others. In fact I was so busy 'fan girling' that I wasn't even disappointed when I didn't win. The nominations were a big enough honor.

TQ:  What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

T.J.:  Each book, so far, has bits and pieces of my life, the people I work with or come in contact with, as well as places I've been. Because I've traveled all over, that means you find characters with all kinds of backgrounds, beliefs and quirks. Some are dark, all of them are naughty *grin*. The women are kick-ass and their men are, well, kick-assier *grin* and there's always, ALWAYS a reason for the sex. it drives me nuts to read a book where the characters just fall in bed for no reason, so I try not to write that into my books.

TQ:  Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

T.J.:  I was watching the History Channel and program came on called "Lost Books of the Bible". One of the books caught my eye and I came up with an awesome idea for a book. After spending what felt like a bazillion years researching I finally finished a book where I had to actually create some of the mythology around the story and make it work with the existing information about the lost book. It's a book with nuances in the angel hierarchy that I've not seen in any other novel, though Fallen angel books seem to be coming out of the wood work (I love Fallen books but I'm not currently reading very many of them while I'm working on my own Fallen series). The series is called "Seals of Destiny". And it's gooooood.

TQ:  Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

T.J.:  Thanks bunches for having me! And let's be sure to find each other at the AAD conference!


About T.J. Michaels

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - T.J. Michaels
TJ is an avid reader and you'll find her with her head buried in a book every day of the week, whether it's her own creation or something snagged at the bookstore.

Writing like a madman, er, madwoman, TJ hasn't lost steam. Her mind? Yep, that's gone, but steam there is aplenty. A true Taurus, TJ isn't slowing down and she's definitely too stubborn to stop when she sees the fence!

T.J.'s Links:

Website
Twitter
Facebook Page

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Julia Talbot

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Julia Talbot


Please welcome Julia Talbot as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.


TQ: What inspired you to become a writer?

Julia: My mom was a campfire storyteller. From big fish stories to family history to, "No shit, there I was," tales, she taught me the value of character and pacing, I always wanted to be like her, but I also wanted to put my stories on paper and let so many more people explore them.

TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Julia: Getting the story finished. Once I know how it ends, it's hard for me to actually set it down on paper. I want to move on to the next story.

TQ: What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Julia: My first novel. I was so proud of finishing it, so excited to start shopping it. And it got published! You never get that same high again, no matter how much you write or publish.

TQ: What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Julia: That I like people. Just folks, even if they're werewolves or vampires or smoke-jumpers. My narrative is never formal; it's tight third person particular (and sometimes first person) and my boys and girls think like they talk.

TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Julia Talbot
Julia: My latest is a short story called Naughty: Popping the Cork, which is New Year's short for Torquere Press. It's a short, hot little werewolf tale about two guys who meet at a wedding. You can find it here: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=79_108&products_id=3479

Upcoming, I have a m/m/f shifter story coming out in February from Changeling Press called Outfoxed, a demon hunter story due in to Storm Moon Press, which is a romp with zombies, shifters, and lots of testosterone. For Torquere Press I have stories coming out in February in both Cereus: Opening, which is a paranormal series about a retreat for the things that go bump in the night, and in an anthology called Po Boys, about m/m romance in New Orleans.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Julia: Thanks so much for having me! I love getting out there and meeting the folks who love to read!


About Julia

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Julia Talbot
Julia Talbot has been assimilated by Texas, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and smoked brisket. A full time author, Julia has been published by Torquere Press, Suspect Thoughts, Pretty Things Press, and Changeling Press. She can most often be found in coffee shops and restaurants, scribbling in her notebook and entertaining other diners with her mutterings.

Julia's Links:

Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Beth Williamson

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Beth Williamson


Please welcome Beth Williamson as part of The Qwillery's Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interviews.

TQ: What inspired you to become a writer?

Beth:  I have always been a writer. I recognized it in third grade and knew that was my path in life. It's taken some interesting turns along the way, including working as a journalist, poet, short story writer, technical writer and novelist. I draw inspiration from everything around me - a snippet of a conversation, an old house, the name of a town, even a sunset - all of them can start a kernel of an idea.

TQ: What is the most challenging thing for you about writing?

Beth:  Balancing my "real" job, my family and writing. If had had the freedom to, I would write books full-time but that's not possible at this point in my life. Eventually yes, but for now, I'm challenged to find the time to write. I have small windows that I have to dive in head first and take advantage of. Sometimes I write 15K in one weekend (and nearly fry myself in the process) but that's the choice I make. I love to write and I'd do anything to be able to continue doing it.

TQ: What writing achievement are you most proud of?

Beth:  I was nominated, twice, for the Lifetime Achievement Award in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine in 2009 and 2010 - that means a lot to me. Considering how many books they've read and authors? It's a huge honor, ginormous even!

TQ: What one thing should everyone know about your writing?

Beth:  My characters are real people - those with flaws, disabilities, problems, addictions, etc. I don't write about imaginary perfect people - I write about you and me and everyday people. When you read one of my books, the characters will be someone you can empathize with because of the real quality of who they are and what they struggle with.

TQ: Please tell us about your latest and upcoming works.

Beth:  2012 starts off in February with a brand new series from Brava, THE CIRCLE EIGHT: MATTHEW. This is the first book in the series - it is set in the 1830s Republic of Texas. MATTHEW releases in trade paperback/ebook first, then releases in mass market in July/August. It's also a Rhapsody Book Club pick in January. Book 2, BRODY, releases in July in trade paperback/ebook. In March, DEVILS ON HORSEBACK: GIDEON releases in trade paperback from Samhain. This is the fifth and final book in that series.

TQ: Thank you for joining us at The Qwillery.

Beth:  Thank you for inviting me!!


Gideon
Devils On Horseback 5
Samhain Publishing, March 6, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Beth Williamson
Gideon Blackwood is on the run—from Tanger’s meddling matchmakers. With no intention of following the rest of the Devils down the aisle, he heads for the hills to reassess a life spent leading and caring for others…and runs smack into the business end of a shotgun. At the trigger: a curmudgeonly woman with a broken axle and a load of responsibility.

In Chloe Ruskin’s experience, men take what they want and leave a mess of trouble behind. The safety of two orphans and her granny is at stake, and the last thing she needs is Gideon’s “help”. This time, though, she has no choice but to allow the big cowboy to fix her wagon.

As they work into the night, grudging admiration grows into attraction—and desire. Gideon finds he can’t dig his boot heels in hard enough to avoid falling for the opinionated little female.

When Chloe’s family disappears, her suspicion threatens to destroy any spark of love before it catches fire. Gideon finds himself making promises his pride won’t let him break—even if it costs him the love of the woman who owns the missing half of his soul.

Product Warnings

Beware of a strong hero with a stubborn streak a mile wide and a heroine with enough gumption to fill the entire state of Texas. Discover love, hot sex and an amazing, dangerous adventure.

 Beth Williamson's books at Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository


Matthew
The Circle Eight 1
Brava, January 31, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Beth Williamson
It is a vast spread in the eastern wilds of the newly independent Republic of Texas, the ranch their parents fought for…and died for. To the eight Graham siblings, no matter how much hard work or hard love it takes, life is unthinkable without…

In the wake of his parents’ murder, Matthew Graham must take the reins at the Circle Eight. He also needs to find a wife in just thirty days, or risk losing it all. Plain but practical, Hannah Foley seems the perfect bride for him…until after the wedding night. Their marriage may make all the sense in the world, but neither one anticipates the jealousies that will result, the treacherous danger they’re walking into, or the wildfire of attraction that will sweep over them, changing their lives forever…

Brody
The Circle Eight 2
Brava, June 26, 2012

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Beth Williamson
A year after their family was brutally torn apart, the Graham siblings begin to put their lives back together at their ranch in East Texas. With their parents gone, their bonds will truly be tested…

Olivia Graham has worked hard to take care of her younger brothers and sisters at the Circle Eight Ranch. But their family circle was broken when their young brother Benjy disappeared. She can’t shake the feeling that he must be out there, somewhere. Brody Armstrong, a handsome but rough-around-the-edges Texas Ranger, has been working on their case for months, and now he has a promising lead. As Liv follows him across the rugged Texas landscape and into Mexico, she’ll begin to find the answers she needs—as Brody finds a passion he didn’t know he wanted…

Emma Lang's books at Amazon : Barnes and Noble : Book Depository


About Beth

Authors After Dark Author Spotlight Interview - Beth Williamson
Beth Williamson, who also writes as Emma Lang, is an award-winning, bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Her books range from sensual to scorching hot. She is a Career Achievement Award Nominee in Erotic Romance by Romantic Times Magazine, in both 2009 and 2010.

Beth has always been a dreamer, never able to escape her imagination. It led her to the craft of writing romance novels. She’s passionate about purple, books, and her family. She has a weakness for shoes and purses, as well as bookstores. Her path in life has taken several right turns, but she’s been with the man of her dreams for more than 20 years.

Beth works full-time and writes romance novels evening, weekends, early mornings and whenever there is a break in the madness. She is compassionate, funny, a bit reserved at times, tenacious and a little quirky. Her cowboys and western romances speak of a bygone era, bringing her readers to an age where men were honest, hard and packing heat. For a change of pace, she also dives into some smokin’ hot contemporaries, bringing you heat, romance and snappy dialogue.

Life might be chaotic, as life usually is, but Beth always keeps a smile on her face, a song in her heart, and a cowboy on her mind. ;)

Beth's (and Emma Lang's) Website:  http://www.bethwilliamson.com/
Twitter:  http://twitter.com/#!/authorbethw
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/bethwilliamson
Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/38231.Beth_Williamson


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