Friday, September 26, 2014

Character Interview - Apolo Choice

Note: I decided to add something new from time to time. Character interviews. I'm starting off with Apolo Choice from Choice Matters, though the content is fastforwarded to the second book of the series, Choice Affairs. It is short, but then Apolo Choice is not one to sit and talk about things he would consider gossip. Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you think.

Today I've got Apolo Choice in the studio for a one on one, face to face interview. Something, his people tell me he does rarely, if ever.

JS:  Good morning, Apolo, and welcome. May I call you Apolo?

AC: *snorts* Yes of course.

JS:  I understand you don't give interviews very often, so thank you for agreeing to this one.

AC: You're welcome. Yes, you're right. I don't give interviews, because I find them tedious, monotonous, and boring. However, now that I'm a United States senator, I have been advised to do more. Let the people get to know the real me, that sort of thing.

JS:  And do you show people the real you?

AC: *laughs* That is for you all to decide.

JS:  Okay, fair enough. Let's get to it then. You became a billionaire before you turned thirty. Not an easy feat, and not too many men have done it...

AC: *interrupting* No, it isn't, and the ones who have done it are usually your Silicon Valley techno geeks. While I do have some interests in technology, that's not the bread and butter of Choice Enterprises.

JS:  So tell us, how did you do it? If not in technology or software, or even social media, how did Apolo Choice become a billionaire so quickly?

AC:  I had a plan from early on, which I began in high school I believe. I stuck to it, tweaking it as necessary. As soon as I graduated college, I set things in motion. Not too hard actually if you work hard and know what you're after. More importantly, go after it.

JS:  And now you're a senator. I know you're taking over and finishing a vacated seat. Any plans yet as to whether you'll run for reelection? This time you'll have to convince the voters you're the man for the job.

AC:  No decisions have been made. I do have a small team who are evaluating the possibility right now. And I'm sure the voters will need no convincing Apolo Choice is their man should I decide to  run for reelection.
JS:  I understand you got married recently as well. I can imagine this is a huge adjustment for both of you. Adjusting to married life, and the move to Washington.

AC:  Yes, Caitlyn and I got married right before I started my new position. It has been an adjustment for both of us. Politics however, isn't much different than running a business. Caitlyn has gotten involved in several projects and is enjoying it immensely.

JS:  I read in your media kit that the disabled are a major interest to both of you, partially because you became physically disabled as an adult. Care to elaborate?

AC: Yes, both Caitlyn and I are interested not only in disabled veterans, but any disabled person. We have focused so much on the wounded warriors, we sometimes forget there are everyday people who suffer from similar things. Perhaps they weren't wounded in combat, but something did happen to them to put them in the same position as a veteran.
As far as what happened to myself, it is not as important as all the other less fortunate people. What happened to me was a freak accident. It made me even more determined to do what it was I've accomplished with my life.

JS:  I'd love to have you and Caitlyn on to discuss this in more detail. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule.

AC: We'd love to. And as much as I would love to sit and chat some more, I do have a full schedule today. Thank you for having me. *stands up and shakes my hand, turning to his associate to discuss where his next meeting is*

JS:  So there we have Apolo Choice. Billionaire and now senator. Be watching for our next interview with hopefully the senator's wife as well will join us.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Breaking The Silence by Tricia Andersen

Breaking The Silence (Hard Drive Series #2)

Release Date: September 17, 2014
Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing (
Genre: Contemporary/Sports/Sweet Romance Novel
MMA Bad Boy Rico Choate falls for Avery, a deaf Marine – but will she stick around when she learns of his career in the octagon?

Rico Choate is a MMA bad boy with a love them and leave them attitude.  That is until he meets Avery Walker, a deaf Marine who lost her hearing when her transport is destroyed in an I.E.D explosion in Afghanistan.  He falls hard for her, even learning sign language from his friend, Chloe, so he can talk to her.  However, Avery’s hatred for all celebrities forces Rico to keep his career in mixed martial arts a secret.  How long can he keep such huge parts of his life separate?  And if she does find out will she leave him or put her stubborn pride aside to stay with the man she loves?

The next day didn’t fare much better for Rico. Another late shipment meant another afternoon arriving late at the gym. Fortunately, there was no class for him to teach. It was just a night to work out and answer questions, if need be. And it was the last day he needed to worry. By noon tomorrow, Max would be home and back at the helm of his own ship.
At the off ramp red light Rico noticed a text message. He clicked to open it.

Can you pick me up a cup of coffee on your way here?

Rico sighed. Now I’m Chloe’s delivery service? I didn’t agree to this. He quickly typed on the screen.

From where?

He waited for a response. As the light turned green, his phone chimed. He glanced at it before the traffic moved.

That cute coffee shop down the road. Thank you.

Rico sighed as he tossed his cell on the passenger seat. Driving past the gym with a growl, he didn’t stop until he reached the strip mall.
He stepped into the small shop with a gleaming smile. He glanced around. The dark stained shelves were lined with mugs, bags of coffee, and other trinkets. Another set of shelves was lined with books for patrons to read. Sofas and overstuffed recliners were scattered among the tables with mismatched chairs. Sitting on those chairs and sofas were lovely ladies already cooing at his presence. He laughed. I might just have to get a date or two before I leave.
Rico sauntered to the counter, where a tall, lanky redhead waited to take his order. After paying for a cup of coffee, he stepped back, winking at a girl sipping on a glass of iced tea. His eyes raked over her as she giggled. He grinned then glanced up behind the counter again.
He lost his breath. He felt his pulse pick up a notch. The last thing on earth he believed in was love at first sight. But in this moment, he was a true convert.
The barista barely came to his chest. Her long, blonde hair wisped in curls around her shoulders. Her frame was small, with perfect curves in all the right places. Her lips were a soft, very kissable pink. And when she looked up at him to hand him his drink, her eyes glittered a clear, crystal blue. She smiled then turned to fulfill the next order.
She never said one word to him. Him. Rico Choate. MMA superstar Rico Choate. His picture was on posters, in magazines.
And she didn’t say one word.
He was baffled. He gripped the coffee and rushed out the door. It wasn’t until he parked his Jeep at Hard Drive that he realized he hadn’t gotten one number, not from any of the women in the shop.
He rubbed his forehead, puzzled. He didn’t want any number. He just wanted the barista’s. But for the first time in his life, a woman wasn’t interested in him. He was still shaking his head when he strode into gym and plopped the paper cup down in front of an equally perplexed Chloe. Before she could even utter a syllable, he stormed out of her office and onto the mats.
Rico spent the rest of the afternoon working the speed and punching bags, hoping for a little bit of relief from his memory of the barista. He couldn’t get her out of his head. After a couple of hours, he couldn’t take it anymore. He jogged up the steps two at a time then ducked his head into the office.
“Need another cup of coffee?” he volunteered.
Chloe lifted up the empty cup. “I just finished this one. I’m—”
“Another cup coming right up.” Before Chloe could object, he was down the stairs and out the door. He hopped in the front seat of the Jeep, fired it on, and sped away. He brushed his fingers through his thick, brown hair as he waited at the lone stop light that separated Hard Drive from the coffee shop. He glanced at his reflection in the rearview mirror.
Then, he checked again. Yes, he looked incredible. The barista may have been able to blow him off before. She certainly wouldn’t miss him this time.
Rico stepped inside the cool, dimly lit store and glanced around. There were fewer people lounging than there were earlier. A couple of girls that had been there before waved in his direction. He ignored them as he approached the counter, frowning as he did so. The redhead greeted him with a goofy grin. “Need another jolt of java, bro?”
“Ummm…yeah.” Rico scanned behind the counter as he paid for the coffee. “Where’s the blonde who was here earlier?”
The redhead shot him a puzzled look. “Avery? You know her?”
“Not yet. But I’d like to.”
“Her shift is over. She’s heading to class. She just left to wait for the bus.” The barista handed him a paper cup. “Hey, aren’t you that MMA guy? I think I’ve seen you fight.”
“Yeah, probably.” Rico grabbed the drink and raced outside, never looking at the girls who now were vying for his attention. He searched up and down the sidewalk for the blonde barista. He picked up his pace again as his eyes landed on her standing at the corner, still dressed in her white blouse and khakis from the restaurant. A large, sky blue backpack nearly bursting at the seams was slung over her shoulder. She checked her watch as the bus crawled to a stop before her.
“Hey! Hey!” Rico shouted as she stepped on. She never turned, never acknowledged him. The door closed behind her, and the large beast chugged on its journey, leaving a dumbfounded Rico behind.

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Author’s Bio:
Tricia Andersen lives in Iowa with her husband, Brian and her three children – her sons, Jake and Jon, and her daughter, Alex.  She graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in English and from Kirkwood Community College with an Associate of Arts degree in Communications Media/Public Relations.  Along with writing (which she loves to do), Tricia practices mixed martial arts, coaches and participates in track and field, reads, sews and is involved in many of her children's activities.
Tricia is one of the hosts of the Blog Talk Radio show Freshly Booked, a part of Writers Online Network.  She is also a member of the Romance Writers of America.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Because of Jacqueline by Cynthia Pomranz

Today I have Cynthia Pomranz in the house doing not only an interview about her new book Because of Jacqueline, but also an interesting perspective as to why the book is written in the first-person.

Why Because of Jacqueline is written in first-person from the heroine’s perspective.
First person fiction has been around for hundreds of years.  For example, one of my all-time favorite love stories is Jane Eyre, written in 1847 by Charlotte Bronte.  As a child, I adored The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, written by Mark Twain and told through young Huck’s narrative.  To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee and The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald round out my list of best-loved first person classics.

Books written in the first-person are a hot commodity, and they're currently enjoying great success. The Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy by E. L. James still holds a place on the best-seller list. Would millions of women identified with Anastia if the books weren't written in first person?  Unlikely.

Today’s readers want to be immediately tied to the main character.  First person allows the audience to step into the heroine’s head, forming a direct link between her the audience. Due to the connection, there is an inherent believability that is created through the first person perspective. The reader senses that they are getting a direct account of the events.

Because of Jacqueline is written in the first person to satisfy the reader's craving to experience emotions in the moment. Through Jackie’s thoughts, the audience shares her hopes, dreams, and fears.  

An interview with Jackie Simms, the heroine from Because of Jacqueline.
1. Do you have a pet? I have a Maltese mix, named Moxie.  My daughters and I rescued her from a shelter six years ago.  All the other pups in the litter were timid, but she pranced up to us and let out a bark to announce herself.  I told my girls the pup had moxie and the name stuck.  I love her…she’s my third child!

2. Jackie, can you tell me something interesting about you, something I might not ever guess? I love power tools, and I’m not afraid to use them!  My best friend, Trish calls me the DIY girl. With a little luck, I’m planning to purchase a fixer-upper and tackle the home renovations myself.

3. What do you avoid doing?  I never like to look at myself in the mirror naked.  Does any woman? J  I’m afraid what I might see. With the perfect undergarments (I’m a lingerie junkie) and the right outfit, I’ll take a look a discerning look.

4. What is the most important thing to you? Family, of course!  I have twin teen daughters, Grace and Eden, who are spending the summer with their dad. I hope the come visit before their boarding school starts in the fall.

5. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d like to have perfect posture.  As a kid, I tended to slump my shoulders whenever I felt self-conscious.  Sometimes, I catch myself reverting back to the old habit.

6.  Are you a sports fan? Yes! I love to watch the Cardinals on my big splurge, a flat screen TV.  I hope to get to a game at Busch stadium this summer. My hero, Marc, also loves the Cards, and we like to debate the team manager’s game strategies.

7. What is your favorite type of book to read? I love to read about American history. I’ve always had a thing for George Washington.  He was devoted to his wife, Martha, and wore a miniature of her around his neck suspended from a gold chain for all the years of his marriage. 

8.  Do you like to cook? If so, what is your favorite recipe?  I love to cook!  One of my favorite things to make is Dragon’s Breath Chili.  It’s hot and spicy, like the love scenes in Because of Jacqueline.

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Elodie Parkes - Love at First Sigh

Today I have the lovely Elodie Parkes on my blog with her brand new release, Love at First Sigh. . .

 Thank you for inviting me to your blog with my new Hot Ink Press release,
Love at First Sigh

The first thing people ask me concerning this release is about the title. They say ‘is that a typo, shouldn’t it be Love at First Sight?’ No, it’s not a typo (smiles). This book is a duo of red-hot contemporary romance stories, Pina Colada and Handy Hubby Hire. The stories feature a love at first sight thread, but initially it’s huge physical attraction to each other when the couples meet. They sigh with lust and then the romance develops.
Here’s the blurb for Handy Hubby Hire
Tired of the maintenance jobs mounting up in her house, Sara hires a handyman. She never dreams someone like Griffen Fox will show up to fix the faucets and back yard gate. Sparks fly, but will they lose their heart to each other?
And for Pina Colada
When Emma takes a long weekend vacation in a warm beach resort, she meets the very handsome Matt Tyler. They spend an idyllic few days together. Will this only be a holiday romance?

I wanted my male characters in the two stories to be very different personalities and yet still similarly alpha enough to go for the girl they wanted sexually right away.
Matt Tyler in Pina Colada is fun and almost dares the heroine, Emma, to engage in lust driven sex. He also gives her romantically exactly what she needs on her holiday break in the sun. Picture the white sandy beaches, the pale green almost transparent ocean, frangipani perfumed, warm night air and a drop-dead gorgeous man, who wants you…bad.
Griffen Fox in Handy Hubby Hire is visually a bad boy, muscled with a swirling black tattoo and an old truck. He’s capable and calm, but underneath the professional exterior simmers…sex…lust…red-hot desire for the heroine, Sara, as soon as he sees her.
He tells her what he’s going to do. He gives her what she’s longing for and then…something happens to him…something unexpected.

As the writer I like Matt very much, but Griffen, well, he’s an absolute darling.

I designed and produced the book cover using Handy Hubby Hire as the inspiration. It took some time tracing the stock photography of the truck and had other people in it, which I edited out and then I found my couple. I love this premise, with the sexy guy holding his lover up against him and nuzzling her neck. I hope it gives a feel for the originality of the stories, their heroes and heroines that could be you and the sexually charged atmosphere of hot summer encounters.

Read an excerpt of each story
Pina Colada: General rating
Her third floor room provided a balcony that overlooked the glittering pool below, and the warm, azure ocean beyond. Emma opened the sliding glass door, and walked onto the balcony. It contained a tiny white metal table, two folding chairs, placed close to the rail, and a lush, broad-leaved plant growing in a massive terracotta pot next to the door.
She hung over the rail and took in the scene below. Bronzed people lay stretched out on the gaudy loungers that the hotel arranged around the pool. A few striped sun umbrellas flapped in the soft breeze. Even from her vantage point on the third floor, the distinctive smell of coconut oil, and other exotic suntan lotions wafted by. The atmosphere was sun-drenched, exciting, and pungent with promise.
Emma turned to go back into her room and saw him. About a meter away on the balcony of the adjacent room, a man stood silently staring down at the pool. Emma took in his gorgeous profile, his dark hair falling attractively over his forehead, his perfect nose, and his jaw with just the right amount of stubble. She sighed over his muscular body shown off perfectly in his low riding shorts. A Celtic design tattoo snaked on the top of his arm. It looked incredibly sexy, a short sleeve of swirling ink on his muscle. She paused to stare at him.
He looked her way. His dark blue eyes met hers. He held her gaze and something passed between them, a silent appraisal of each other. They both liked what they saw.
She knew she’d sparked his interest from the expression on his face, but Emma, suddenly shy around such a sexy man, stepped into her room.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2014 Hot Ink Press All rights Reserved
Handy Hubby Hire 18+
Griffen Fox drew a deep breath as he watched Sara walk down the hall to her office. He grinned as he took in the sight of her soft ass in her cutoff jeans. Made for grabbing…she’s made for fucking. Pretty, beautiful eyes, lips that make you want to bite them hard as you ram her onto your cock. Damn, Griff, that’s a little over the top, get a grip, and start work. He opened the front door, clicked up the catch so that it wouldn’t lock him out, and went to his truck. An old F500, he’d covered the tray top and made space there for tools and supplies. It proved a good workhorse. Griffen calculated the time it would take to do the jobs in the house — not long really, pesky jobs, but not hard or time consuming, as in a week, unless he strung them out. He’d be there most of the day and one more morning. He looked back at the house from his vantage point on the gravel drive. It’s a nice place. She seems to live there alone. What’s a lovely woman like that doing with no man in her life? Maybe there is one. Maybe I’ll ask her.
Griffen took his tools and supplies in the house and started work. He hummed as he worked. He thought about Sara too, as he rehung the backyard gate. He liked the way her nipples peaked in that tight, white T-shirt, before she covered them up. She’d gazed hungrily at him too. There was something needy about her that made him want to pick her up, crush her to his body, kiss her tenderly and then fuck her hard. Fuck away that fleeting sadness in her eyes. Fuck a smile onto that pretty face. Have those fingers of hers curl around my cock… have those full lips suck it. Hell, I’m getting an erection. I’d like to kiss her. I like her. I do. I bet she tastes sweet.
He jumped when her voice interrupted his thoughts.
“I’m making coffee. Would you like a cup?”
She stood behind him and he turned. The sunlight caught her hair and lit it up with golden streaks. Her T-shirt skimmed the top of her low riding, cutoff jeans. Griffen stared at the flat expanse of stomach on display as she reached up and plucked a few dead twigs off the young tree nearby. He ran his tongue along his top lip as he saw the muscles in her thighs tighten when she stood on tiptoe. She’s lovely… Her nearness made him shake a little.
“I’d love a cup of coffee, thank you.” He steadied his voice, and followed her to the kitchen.
Copyright Elodie Parkes 2014 Hot Ink Press, All right Reserved
About Elodie:

Elodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy — cool stories and hot love scenes.
Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique emporium by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.
Elodie writes for, Hot Ink PressMoon Rose PublishingEternal PressSecret Cravings, Evernight, and Siren Publishing.
She has also released titles as an individual indie author.
Find Elodie online: Blog  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter 

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