Friday, January 30, 2015

January Fave Fives: Reflections



It’s a new year, and we all have goals and resolutions, things we want to accomplish in the coming months. For January, though, I wanted to take a moment to look back on some of our favorite memories from 2014. Whether it was a new high in our careers, a personal achievement, a family vacation, or even the little things, I asked some of your favorite authors to tell me their most memorable moments from 2014. Check out what they had to say! 





Born with a silver tongue and a pen in her hand, Kali spends her days sleeping (she's part vampire) and her nights crafting scandalous romances with larger-than-life heroes.

Self-proclaimed patron goddess of reclusiveness, Kali currently resides in the Midwest with her oddly supportive family and tragically misunderstood cat. 

Seriously, though, the cat is evil.


  • I celebrated the big 3-0 in 2014!
  • I went to Vegas for the very first time!
  • Family vacation in the mountains of Tennessee!
  • When my husband served me breakfast in bed, along with a love letter -- just because. 
  • All the "Proud Mom" moments that are too numerous to list there. I have some seriously awesome kids. :)

Deep within the fortress of Pandora, Lieutenant Vane Schiva has spent millennium guarding precious artifacts and ancient secrets from around the universe. As the son of a decorated commander, he has always been a soldier first, putting the needs of his people before his own desires. So when the compound is breached and he’s sent across the galaxies to track down the thief, he never imagined the assignment would lead him to the only thing he’s ever wanted for himself. 

Growing up in New Orleans, Charlotte Rousseau has seen her share of the strange and unexplainable, but everything she thought she knew about the world is about to be tested. What started as any other day, quickly spirals into a nightmarish reality, leaving her no choice but to place her trust—and her life—in a stranger’s hands. Safety comes at a price, though, and Charlotte soon realizes her only chance at survival means leaving behind her fears and following Vane into the fire. 

Faced with the threat of war, new alliances are formed and old loyalties are tested in the midst of chaos and uncertainty. While emotions run high and sexual tensions simmer, Vane still guards a dangerous secret, one that could cost him everything in the end. He’ll do whatever it takes to protect Charlotte, though, even if that means turning his back on his own people. 

War is easy. Love takes courage.


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S.E. SMITH

S. E. Smith is a New York Times, USA TODAY and #1 International Amazon Bestselling author who has always been a romantic and a dreamer. An avid writer, she has spent years writing, although it has usually been technical papers for college. Now, she spends her days and weekends writing and her nights dreaming up new stories. An affirmed “geek,” she spends her days working on computers and other peripherals. She enjoys camping and traveling when she is not out on a date with her favorite romantic guy.


  • Making the USA TODAY 4 times and New York Times
  • Changing careers so I could write full time
  • Going to my first convention
  • Meeting new friends
  • And the best for last.... becoming a Nana for the second time on December 12th.


Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle, Washington for the past several years. Four years before the Earth received its first visitors from space causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, Jesse has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered the Earth.

The Trivators have taken control of the Earth to prevent the humans from destroying it in their fear. A world of warriors, they are sent out by the Alliance of Star Systems to seek out new worlds. Their mission is first contact. They are to establish communication with the leaders of the new worlds they find and bring them into the Alliance. Any resistance is to be quickly subdued to prevent unnecessary death of the inhabitants of the new worlds they find. Their payment comes from the success of their mission.

Hunter is what he is called. A hunter, one of the elite clans of the Trivators who seek out those who resist. His abilities to track, capture and eliminate those who try to harm any warrior is renowned. He finds the tables turned when he becomes the one captured by a group of ruthless humans.
Hunter is shocked when a strange human female risks her life to help him escape only to disappear into the ruins of the city. He now has a new mission, finding the female who saved his life. He is determined to find her before she is damaged by others of her kind.

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STACEY ESPINO
 
Stacey Espino resides in beautiful Ontario, Canada where she is busy raising her children and brood of chickens. She loves being a Canadian but could do without the brutal winters.

She enjoys writing erotic romance that will have you squirming in your seat. From hardcore cowboys to alpha shifters, she has you covered! 

Stacey also writes alternative m/m romance as Winona Wilder.

  • Romantic trip to Aruba with my husband
  • Taking the kids to Disney World Orlando for the first, and probably only, time. 
  • Winning the Readers' Choice Award for Best Western
  • My daughter getting her driving license—first shot
  • Finally completing our adoption home study


Eva Ford lives a sheltered life on her small rural farm. At twenty-two, she feels the need to spread her wings and start her own life, planning a trip to the city to show her prized cows. Colton and North McReed from the next ranch over are determined to make sure she stays out of trouble.

Twin brothers, Colton and North, have always loved little Eva. She's their rock in life, the one pure thing in their otherwise dark existence. Their abusive father ran out on the family years ago and their mother suffers from a serious addiction. They never look at Eva with desire...until they spend a week alone with her in the city.
Everything changes when Eva and the cowboys realize just how deep their love for each other runs. Once their passion is unleashed, it's impossible to contain. But can their unorthodox relationship last? Will sex ruin the friendship of a lifetime?

Be Warned: menage sex (MFM), anal sex, figging


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ROSANNA LEO

Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author with Liquid Silver Books. Several of her books about Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters have been named Night Owl Romance, Two Lips Recommended Reads and Top Picks at The Romance Reviews. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair. Her next contemporary romance, Vice, will be published this summer by Samhain Publishing.
   


Thanks to Kali for inviting me to share my Five Fives with you. In looking back at 2014, I realize I have so much to be thankful for, but it's hard to encapsulate it all. I've decided to concentrate on some of the nice writing moments I had last year...oh, and one celebrity-gawking moment. No particular order.

  • Being asked to take part as a panelist at Paths to Publishing, an event run by my local library. I was honored to share my publishing experience with an audience of writers seeking publication. It was a wonderful networking opportunity and it really helped me feel I'd "arrived."
  • Discovering Luther and Sherlock. Um, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch. Thank you very much. Every romance author needs inspiration and these gents will inspire a lot of it!
  • Seeing my paranormal romance Predator's Kiss, Gemini Island Shifters 1, hit a couple of bestseller lists. That was amazing.
  • Receiving a 5-star review and Top Pick from The Romance Reviews for another paranormal romance, Predator's Fire, Gemini Island Shifters 5.
  • Finally finishing and submitting Night Lover, a romance I've been working on for over ten years (in various forms). I can't tell you the sigh of relief I breathed when that one was done.


Failed actress Winn Busby is at the end of her rope. With no money and no prospects, she accepts the one job she never thought she’d see on her résumé. Professional bridesmaid. It should be easy. If only the idea of weddings and vows didn't give Winn a case of the hives. Her role becomes more challenging when she's told a reporter will shadow her work for a men's magazine article.

Working for Player Magazine is Patrick Lincoln's worst nightmare. A former political journalist, he used to write thoughtful columns for one of Toronto's most respected papers. That is, until he was blackballed for allegedly sleeping with the boss's wife. Overnight, Patrick becomes the city's most reviled bad boy. And now he's forced to write a seedy expose on, of all things, a bridesmaid.

Patrick begrudgingly accompanies Winn to a series of strange weddings. As they are forced to work together, he learns there is more to the stand-in bridesmaid than puffy dresses and pretty speeches. She, in turn, begins to question whether or not Patrick actually deserves the derision of his peers. As much as they fight their attraction, it begins to threaten their work and their sanity.

For so long, Winn has felt second-best. A stand-in. She finally meets a man who believes in her value. But can she let go of the past and accept him?


The Stand-In is available Feb. 9. Pre-Order Today!





JENIKA SNOW

Jenika Snow is a bestselling author of paranormal erotic, dark erotic, New adult, and many other sub-genres of erotic romance. She lives in the northwest with her husband and their two daughters. Before she started writing full-time she worked as a nurse. 
  

  • The biggest favorite moment I had is the fact I am able to still write full-time, and have my dream job of creating stories people want to read. I think that will always be a favorite of mine.
  • The second favorite moment in 2014 is when I bought my dream house. It is something I’ve always wanted (owning my own property) and we were able to accomplish that dream at the end of 2014. Definitely a huge milestone!
  • Of course I am always thankful (and of course it is a favorite) when my family is healthy and happy!
  • I’ve met a lot of knew readers, and love having the ability to connect with them.
  • And last, but not least, I was able to meet many new authors, and have been able to be included in new projects with them.


Danika is too young and innocent, but also the daughter of Damien’s best friend. He should stay away, but he’s imprinted on her, and that means he has to have her. 

Danika Harrison has loved Damien Locke since she knew what the emotion was. He might be older than her, but she doesn’t care because she wants him. When they share one night together and he tells her he has imprinted on her, she knows she is lost for the older man. 

Damien, a lion shifter, and friend of Danika’s father, forced himself to leave his mate behind for four years. He’s imprinted on her, and that means he can’t walk away again. Now that his animal has awakened for her, he is obsessed, possessive for Danika, and can’t let her go. She is his and she’ll wear his mark to prove it. 



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SUSAN HAYES

Susan lives out on the Canadian west coast surrounded by open water, dear family and good friends. She’s jumped out of perfectly good airplanes on purpose and accidently swum with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef.

If the world ends, she plans to survive as the spunky, comedic sidekick to the heroes of the new world, because she’s too damned short and out of shape to make it on her own for long.

To contact her about her books or to arrange end of the world team-ups, you can email her at susanhayesromance@gmail.com  
   


The past year was crammed with amazing memories, but these were the five that stood out for me.

  • I wrote and published 3013: RENEGADE, my first book in the 3013 Series. That’s led to so many great things, especially the friendship that now exists between everyone involved in that series.
  • I had the chance to spend time with my “honorary” niece, teaching her how to drive. It was fun and occasionally terrifying, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.
  • I treated my best friend (and mother of the aforementioned “honorary” niece) to a day at the local spa. We soaked, we steamed, we drank herbal teas, and had the most incredible massages, followed by pedicures and then dinner out. It was a well earned day of respite, and now that I’ve remembered it, I’ve decided we really need to do that again, soon.
  • I got a new tattoo! It’s been nearly ten years since my last one, and I was way overdue for new ink. This was the first time I had one done on my arm, so I actually got to watch the process instead of just feeling it.
  • In November I boarded a plane to Las Vegas and got to spend the better part of a week hanging out with some awesome friends and fellow writers at the Bellagio. It was an exhausting, fun-filled trip.

  
Sonja Grekov has spent her life in a gilded cage, trapped by her wealthy family’s expectations and the scroll tattoo on her face that declares her to be one of the coveted fertile women on Earth. No longer willing to be a pawn to further her parents’ ambition, she finally finds the courage to break free before she can be claimed in a loveless match. She is determined to set her own path, but never expected where it would take her...

Trevar Storm and Deacon Wilde are Alliance Elites, but there’s nothing elite about their current assignment. They crew one of the oldest freighters in the fleet, ferrying goods across Alliance controlled space with just each other for company. With a reputation for trouble and no chance at promotion, the two men are planning for the day they can go into business for themselves and leave their military lives behind.

A straightforward supply run turns into a life changing event when the two elites discover a treasure hidden in their cargo bay. Keeping their sexy stowaway may bring the full wrath of the Alliance down on their heads, but Trevar and Deacon won’t let her go without a fight. Will their journey end in heartache, or can three misfit hearts find love in the darkness between the stars?

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N.J. WALTERS

N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.
  

  • Saw Sarah McLachlan in concert.
  • Turned 50!
  • Celebrated my 10th anniversary as a published writer.
  • Published my 75th book.
  • Hit the NY Times and USA Today Best Sellers Lists in December.


Just when you thought the Devil had gotten his due, he’s back for more.

Now that the five-thousand-year curse that kept him and his fellow shapeshifting warriors trapped in animal form has been lifted, Mordecai doesn’t quite know what to do with himself. He is free—in theory.

Hell left its stain on his soul, and his relationship with the warriors who once trusted him is uneasy. The only bright spot in his life is Jessica, whose shining innocence he dare not taint with his inner darkness. But it’s getting harder and harder to stay away from her. 

Jessica longs for the days she and Mordecai shared an easy friendship. Now he seems as distant as the stars. He denies there’s a problem, but she’s determined to penetrate his shields.

Hades has been plotting his revenge from his prison. He can’t harm Mordecai without harming himself. But there’s nothing to stop him from wreaking havoc by hurting the one woman Mordecai would give his life to protect—Jessica.

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LACEY THORN

Lacey Thorn spends her days in small town Indiana the proud mother of three. When she is not busy with one of them she can be found typing away on her computer keyboard or burying her nose in a good book. Like every woman she knows just how chaotic life can be and how appealing that great escape can look. So toss aside the stress and tension of the never ending to do list. For now sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride with Lacey. It’s your world…unlaced.
  

  • My most favorite moment was the introduction of my Awakening Pride Series! I’m so in love with this series and so excited by readers reactions!
  • Deep breath! Here’s a confession. 2014 was my first year as a full-time writer, and I survived!!!  I’m hopeful 2015 will be even better.
  • I made my first appearance in a boxed set with a wonderful group of authors, and discovered I love it! Looking forward to more opportunities in 2015.
  • I made so many new friends in 2014! I love chatting with readers and consider many of them to be friends!
  • On a more personal note, I had a great year with my three children. I treasure every year with them. My son will graduate in 2016, which is just around the corner. Then the girls will follow close behind.  It makes every year that we’re all still under the same roof extra special!


A Primal Panther...

The injection of a feral virus surges through his veins, trapping him in the skin of his animal. He’s fighting for dominance, struggling not to lose himself to the beast. There’s only one thing that can save him, one person who can help set him free.

A Mate’s Love...

Diane left everything she knew behind to follow the Professor into the unknown. Now, she lives among people she never knew existed and fights daily to keep them alive and healthy. She’s felt a spark with Zane since the day he arrived, but his avoidance leaves her guessing.

Mine...

As the virus rages, only the touch of a mate can rescue the man trapped inside, leading Diane down a path she feels ill-prepared to take. If she’s not his mate, Zane might just kill her. If she is, then she’s the only one with a chance at saving the beast.

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SARANNA DEWYLDE

Saranna DeWylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she's published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, "Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it." So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.


  • Meeting one of my best friends in person for the first time and realizing our love was still so canon in person. I spent two weeks at her house and it was full of good food, good friends, and good conversation. Nicolasara forever.
  • Almost every email I've ever gotten about Fat where the reader told me how it touched them, changed them, and made them feel like they weren't so alone. It made me feel like I wasn't alone, either.
  • Mother's Day. It was the last conversation I had with my mom. I was in New Orleans and I called her. The very last thing I said to her was "I love you." We'd had a fight before I left and I wasn't going to call her. But something said I really needed to. So I did. I can live with that. I have no regrets and that's a gift.
  • Having pictures of myself that I don't want to burn with a hydrogen bomb. See #1.
  • New Year's Eve. Because it was over. '14 was one of the hardest years yet and I was so glad when the clock rolled over to '15. I shed so much in that single minute and I'm ready to face this new year with joy and passion.


“You’re a woman who is comfortable in her own sexuality. That necessarily means you must be labeled, categorized and filed away for everyone’s safety.”

Rebecca “Bex” Foxworth likes that description of herself. It makes her sound strong, dangerous, and powerful—like she’s standing against some grand injustice by using her body as she sees fit. That’s how her friend Claire Howard sees her and if Claire has taught her anything, it’s that labels are defined by the people who wear them, and not the other way around.

But SLUT is more than a label to Bex: it’s her armor. It protects her from ever having to share her true self. The loop in her head tells her she’s innately flawed and wholly unworthy. Why else would her parents insist she go under the knife for a new nose, a new body, and plastic perfection?

That’s something Thornton Henry Edgeleaf would never understand. Thornton is perfect, in every way—handsome, worldly, passionate—with just one unforgivable flaw: he’s utterly sincere. It makes Bex want to run screaming, back into the familiar, indifferent arms of men who won’t fail to dismiss and mistreat her. But nothing’s as easy as it used to be…

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LAURIE ROMA

Laurie Roma lives in Chicago and mainly writes contemporary, romantic suspense, and sci-fi romance. She has always loved immersing herself in a good book and now enjoys the pleasure of creating her own. She can usually be found tapping away on her keyboard, creating worlds for her characters while she listens to music. Of course her playlist depends on her mood...but then again, so does her writing.

An avid reader of the romance genre, nothing bothers her more than annoying characters. Seriously, who wants a happy ending for someone that pisses you off? She loves tough alpha-male heroes and strong heroines that have brains as well as beauty. Her novels are filled with both passionate romance and down and dirty lust-driven interludes, as she believes both are essential to a good love story. She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at laurieromabooks@gmail.com.


  • One of my favorite moments of 2014 was the creation of my Breakers' Bad Boys series. I love all the characters and the town itself, and was blessed to have Hammer be Evernight's Book Boyfriend of 2014.
  • I'm also very excited by the success of the 3013 series. I'm so honored and pleased that readers have embraced the 3013 world and the characters. It makes it a joy to write each new book in the series, and I am so happy that my good friends, Susan Hayes and Kali Argent, joined me in the series this past year.
  • My Vegas trip was another memorable time in 2014. I spent a wonderful week at the Bellagio, and got to hang out with some good friends. I also enjoyed my day at the spa there...and another when we got a cabana down by the pool. *sigh* I think another vacation sounds like a good idea right now...
  • Another highlight of 2014 was one of my best friend's wedding. She and I have known one another since we were 4 years old, and her wedding weekend was definitely one to remember!
  • Finally, I think the most important part of 2014 were the valuable lessons I learned. I could expand on this and write a novel...but let me just some it up by saying that even though last year was great, 2015 will be even better! :)


Officer Skylar Aris is a woman with a troubled past. As a Class-A Conduit, she is beautiful and deadly, making her stand out among the rest of the elite soldiers. She has worked hard to succeed as one of the only female interrogators in the Security and Interrogation Division, but everything she has dreamed of is put in jeopardy when she’s given an ultimatum that will change her fate.

Strong and dominant, Director Dominic Stryker is a man who doesn’t let anything stand in his way. When he meets Skylar, he knows she’s the woman he wants to claim, but he never expected she’d also be destined to belong to his best friend, D’Aire Ambassador Arik V’Dir. Two Alpha males, Dom and Arik don’t want to share, but they realize that it’s the only way they can have Skylar...if they can get her to agree.

When a mission forces Skylar to deal with her past, Dom and Arik are determined to stand by her side. But discovering where she comes from changes everything. Will their love be enough to give her salvation, or will the truth shatter their bond and take her beyond their reach?

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1 comment:

Rosanna Leo said...

Thanks so much for hosting us, Kali! A lovely event.