Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Series Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Love And Series by Mary Kate Kopec

Love and Series Banner 851 x 315_thumb[1]


Series Blast



clip_image002_thumb[1]Love and Bullets

Love And Series

Book One

Mary Kate Kopec

Genre: Romantic Action Suspense

ISBN: 978-0615968957


Book Description:

Three years ago Giffin Reese fell for the man of her dreams. But it wasn't meant to be. She was already married to a good man. A man who believed in her. Needed her. Loved her. Sometimes in life we do what it calls upon us to do.

It wasn't your everyday protection detail of a Senator plus trophy wife. First, she was no trophy. She came with brains and an attitude. Just what he liked. And two, the case was all kinds of screwed up. A threat with no name on it. Maybe even a leak. And it all turned to hell when the Senator got taken down by a sniper shot.

Devon Monroe still doesn't know what the hell went wrong that day. But he's not going to let it happen again. Someone's serious with an itchy trigger finger, and this time the target is squarely pointed at a certain Senator's beautiful widow. But not if he can help it. It'll take everything he has to set things right, clear his conscience, and prove himself to her. Even if it means dying, trying.

Love and Bullets is an action packed steamroller of mystery, suspense, and rekindled desire. Come join Devon and Giffin as they race against the clock, explore their hearts, and dodge bullets in this story of secrets, deception, betrayal, and love.

Sparks fly and so do the bullets!

Book Trailer:

Available at Amazon




clip_image004_thumb[1]Love and Leaving

Love And Series

Book Two

Mary Kate Kopec

Genre: Romantic Action Suspense

ISBN: 978-0615988610


Book Description:

Emma June Carter’s life is as normal as can be. All except the part where once upon a time she was Miss Michigan and a finalist for the Miss American Sunshine pageant. She's a baker and a co-owner of Delectable Delights, a sweet treats bakery that she loves. She has good friends. A best friend. And it was all going so well - until her boyfriend dumped her. The boyfriend that had hinted at love and a life together - and then disappeared.

Detective Jack Haley is good at his job, likes life, and knows how to laugh. Poker and his luxury ride with perfect performance and buttery soft leather seats take the edge off of the grit and grime of his work in property crimes.

For them, it was any other day. Until he got the call. And she went out for one last drink to shake off the breakup. A chance meeting in a bar, and neither gets what they came for. They get so much more. Neither know it, but danger is trailing Emma's footsteps, and her life is about to go from normal to hell in six seconds, flat. It doesn't take long before their paths cross again, and this time it won't be so easy leaving.

Love and Leaving is a story about nothing being safe, but in life, having everything to gain . . . at a cost. Jack and Emma will have to decide what is worth it and what isn't.

He's coming, and she's leaving!

Book Trailer:

Available at Amazon




clip_image006_thumb[1]Love and Revenge

Love And Series

Book Three

Mary Kate Kopec

Genre: Romantic Action Suspense

ISBN: 978-0692212103


Book Description:

Maddie Monroe has had better days. And made better choices. When she wakes up kidnapped--used for bait--and in more danger than she could have ever imagined, it's all she can do to hope that she'll live to regret telling Seamus no.

Ex-Navy Seal Seamus Kincaid knows that the only easy day was yesterday. And in his line of work, enemies happen. He just never thought anyone would use Maddie to get to him. And now her life is on the line.

Maddie's dimples bring hard men to their knees, and her smoothies make them beg for more. She's smart, funny, and just one of the guys. She wields a computer like Seamus wields a knife. And she's a spunky ray of sunshine in skinny jeans and a bop-tail who gives his serious, get-it-done attitude the adjustment it needs. She's happiness in his life, until he scares the hell out of her on a mission gone bad, and she can't deal. Letting her go won't be easy, but losing her forever is unacceptable

Love and Revenge is a story about facing your fears, fighting for what's important, and learning that you can't control life--you can only decide which life you want to live.

Fight for love - die for revenge!

Book Trailer:

Available at Amazon

Character Interview


Character Name:  Madison “Maddie” Monroe

Character Bio:  Maddie Monroe is a happy, hardworking thirty-something who has found family and acceptance working with her brother, Devon Monroe, at his private security firm, Secure Technologies Incorporated.  She is the primary Operations Controller for all missions, which means she provides the necessary background info needed to prep, and she is the primary point of contact at STI for their men in the field when the operations go live.

At 5’9”, she’s tall, thin, fine-featured, and fit with long brown wavy hair that she usually wears up in a high-arching ponytail, and her eyes are a bright, striking shade of blue-gray.  Maddie is by nature a highly energetic, cheerful optimist with dimples and an exuberant smile that have been known to bring strong men to their knees.  Which is helpful, given that she works with forty ex-Special Forces types, and someone needs to wrangle them into submission.  Toting a blender and having a flair for clean living, the guys love her for her good humor, sassy attitude, and delicious smoothies.  No one interrupts her yoga time.  But when it’s time to get down to business, they respect her for her mad skills with computers.  She is a hacker-extraordinaire.  

***It should be noted that this interview took place prior to the events documented in Love AND Revenge.***


Describe yourself what is your worst and vest quality?

Where I work—STI—the guys are all generally pretty serious.  It’s the work they’ve done and the work they do.  So I like it that I can make them smile, and I can help lighten their day.  And when they’re in the field, they know they can trust me to have their backs from the informational standpoint.

I don’t know that I’d call it my “worst quality,” I try to be very introspective, and when I find things I’m not liking about myself, I try to tackle them.  But a “weakness,” if I can it that instead, that I haven’t been able to overcome is that I worry.  I almost lost my brother, Devon.  He nearly died on an op, and ever since then, when he’s in the field I worry.  I hate how the anxiety makes me feel.

What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?

I’m pretty much an open book to the people I care about.  Which is my family at STI.  We have to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, so we can depend on each other.  Given our 24/7 schedule, most of us live and work under the same roof.  I think they know me pretty well, inside and out.  Although, if the guys are reading this … Hey, with all your big muscles, I wouldn’t think a little itty bitty dishwasher door would be such an obstacle.  Hint, hint.  *chuckles*

What is your biggest secret something no one knows about?

Well, if I told you, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore. *grins widely*

What are you most afraid of?

One of the guys getting killed in action.  My dad was FBI, and he was killed in the field.  I never got to say goodbye. And I told you about Devon already.  And recently a group of our guys got caught in a Hellfire firefight.  They made it out, but it shook me up pretty bad.

What do you want more than anything?

Health and happiness.  Love and respect.

What is your relationship status?

It’s complicated.

You know how I was telling you about the Hellfire firefight?  Well, my boyfriend—or rather, now ex-boyfriend, Seamus—well, he was in the group.  I haven’t been able get over how scared I got, and now—well, I called it off.  It’s breaking my heart, and his.  I love him, and I want back in my life.  But I just can’t take the fear I feel every time he goes into the field.  So I’m making myself move on.  I’m seeing a new guy, Max Stone.  He’s not in security.  *shrugs*  He’s nice.  And funny.  He treats me really well.  I like him.  I’m hoping I can love him instead.

How would you describe your sense of fashion?

Fashion?  *chuckles*  Where I work?  My “uniform” of the day is skinny jeans, a tank or tee, and runners.  I wear a hoodie or sweater if it’s chilly.  Mind you.  I do like my clothes to fit and complement my shape.  I don’t walk around looking like a guy or anything.  My clothes are feminine.  And when I’m off the clock and looking for comfort, it’s yoga pants.

How much of a rebel are you?

That’s a loaded question.  *laughs*  I’ll tell you this.  I don’t have anything to rebel against, except maybe the occasional firewall or two.  I’m certainly not out to draw attention to myself or my actions. 

What do you considered to be your greatest achievement?

Educationally, I earned two Bachelor’s and two Master’s degrees in six years.  My undergrad was in Informatics and Org. Studies.  I have an MBA, and my second Master’s is in Computer Science.  However, that was all way easier than getting field certified to work at STI.  I had to become a marksman level shooter with my sidearm, learn emergency field medicine, and conquer the grueling “confidence” course.  Yeah, that sucked.  *laughs*

What is your idea of happiness?

Something I can’t have.  Seamus without the danger.

What is your current state of mind?

Happy with my health and life.  Love my work.  Love being at STI with my brother and the guys.  Trying to find love with a new guy.

What is your most treasured possession?

Wow, that’s a personal question.  ...Um.  …Well, it’s this little, white flower I dried and kept from one of my dates with Seamus.  *blinks back a tear*  He took me on a nighttime hike under the full moon.  The sky was so black, and a zillion bright stars, despite the moon, twinkled like magic.  We came across these little white flowers that only bloom in the moonlight.  He picked one for me.  It was the first time he told me he loved me. 

What is your most marked characteristic?

Probably that I am usually a happy person.

What is it that you, most dislike?

Personally speaking.  Insincere, disingenuous people.  Cruelty.

Which living person do you, most despise?

Living?  No one. 

What is your greatest regret?

I try not to have regrets.  You know, live a better life from lessons learned.  But I do wish I could have been there when my dad died.  I could have held his hand.  Talked to him.  Something.  So he wouldn’t have had to die alone.

What is the quality you most like in a man?

As in what I find sexy?  Confidence.  As in what I want from a coworker?  Reliability.  But from a partner in love and life, I want someone who will love me for who I am.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Genuine friendship.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?

Gabriel Vaughn.  He was the hero of a TV show called Intelligence.  It got cancelled.  But the hero was played by Josh Holloway.  And Josh looks a lot like Seamus.  So that was kind of fun.

Which living person do you most admire?

Actually, that would probably be Giffin, Devon’s wife.  She helps people that most other people have forgotten about.  She helps them get back on their feet and find their lives again.  That’s pretty admirable.

If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

The fear.  The worry. 

What is your motto?

Live to play another day.




a Rafflecopter giveaway

About The Author


Mary Kate Kopec creates steamy character driven stories of hopeful love. She thinks love and life are worth fighting for and that at times both are filled with hard bits and messy emotions. She likes a good mystery, lots of action, and a heavy dollop of humor to lighten the mood. She writes what she loves and wishes you great enjoyment in everything you read.




Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & More: Always Rayne by @karenmbryson


Presented by:
Sparkle Blog Button

covergifTitle: Always Rayne
Series: Always Sometimes Never Rock Star Romance Series #1
Author: Sierra Avalon
Audience: New Adult 18 +
Genre: Romance
Formats: E-Book
Publisher: Short on Time Books
Cover by: Viola Estrella
Editor: Shirley Pearson
Pages: 178 pages
Date Published: June 20, 2014

Would you spend ten days traveling the country with someone you despised if he promised to pay off your student loans?
Recent college graduate, Harper Leigh, can barely make ends meet working as the books editor for a new online entertainment magazine, Chatter. With $85,000 of student loan debt about to go into repayment, she has no idea how she’ll get by.
Just when she thinks things couldn’t get worse, Harper’s boss decides to embed her in the North American tour for the hot rock band, Always Rayne. Ten days on the road with the band for her to get an exclusive story. But Harper’s a homebody and the last thing she wants to do is go on the road with a rock band. And she definitely doesn’t want to spend ten days with the notorious bad boy and band front man, Nic Rayne.
When Nic proves to be too much for Harper to handle and she threatens to quit the assignment, Nic decides to sweeten the pot. If she stays with the tour for all ten days, he’ll pay off all of her student loan debt….but there’s one small catch.
Harper also has to sleep in his bed every night.

THE ALWAYS SOMETIMES NEVER series continues with:
SOMETIMES BROOKE (Brooke & Leo’s Story)
NEVER RAVEN (Raven & Xander’s Story)
Due to mature LANGUAGE and CONTENT, ALWAYS RAYNE is recommended for readers aged 18+.
WARNING: The characters say the “f” word…a lot. If you don’t like the “f” word, please don’t 1-click the book.


Brooke and I are wearing those plastic backstage passes around our necks and when two really big body guards standing at the backstage entrance see them they let us pass right through the door.
As I glance around at all the other people with backstage passes I notice they all look a lot more like Brooke than I expected. All of the girls are wearing ultra-short, skin-tight skirts with barely there tops.
The guys all look like they just stepped out of the band themselves. They’re all young and hot and they seem to know it.
There’s definitely no shortage of arrogance in the room.
“I’m definitely going after Leo,” Brooke whispers to me as we approach the band.
All three of the band members are standing next to each other drinking beers and talking with a bevy of blondes.
Maybe this isn’t the best place for Brooke to be hanging out. She hasn’t been sober very long and I don’t want her to fall into temptation. I have a feeling if Leo handed her a beer she wouldn’t say no.
“I’m getting tired,” I say and fake a big yawn.
“You are not going to wimp out on me.” Brooke gives me a cold glare. “We’re not leaving here until we meet Always Rayne. All of them.”
Nic Rayne looks like he’s getting bored with the blondes. He’s glancing around the room rather than paying attention to what the girls are saying.
As soon as Nic’s eyes land on me I can see his expression change. His brows are furrowed and he looks puzzled. I’m sure he’s wondering what someone who looks like me is doing backstage.
Disappointment crosses over the faces of the two girls vying for Nic’s attention when he walks away from them and heads in my direction.
“You,” he points to me. At least I think he’s pointing at me. When I look around and realize I’m standing alone, I know he’s pointing at me.
Then I panic because I’m standing alone. Where the hell is my roommate? The one who dragged me here in the first place practically kicking and screaming. She completely abandoned me. I also notice that one of Nic Rayne’s bandmates seems to have vanished just as quickly.
It isn’t possible for Brooke to hook up with someone that fast, is it?
This is Brooke we’re talking about. Not only is it possible, it’s highly probable.
Nic Rayne is now glaring at me. It’s like he can’t believe I didn’t jump as soon as he pointed to me. I can already tell this guy is a piece of work. He’s probably used to getting any girl he wants with the snap of his finger. Hell, he’s probably used to getting anything he wants the second the demand comes out of this mouth.
I can see him let out an exasperated breath and then head in my direction. I quickly scan the room to see if I can spot an exit but by the time my eyes land on one, it’s too late. Nic Rayne has already entered my personal space.
And he’s not just close to me; he’s practically on top of me. And I don’t like it. He makes me extremely uncomfortable. I’d rather be anywhere than standing next to Nic Rayne. I’d rather be back in Economics class at the university and I hate Economics. It’s the only class I ever got a C in.
“What’s up?” Nic says.
I’ve seen him in movies so I knew he was tall and muscular. I guess it never occurred to me how tall and muscular he really is. The guy is towering over me and I’m not that short. I’m five feet six inches. Nic has got to be at least six inches taller than me.
“Did you see where my friend went?”
He nods but doesn’t say anything else.
“Okay. Would you mind telling me where she went?”
“With Leo.”
I assume he means Leo Donovan, his cousin and the guitar player in Always Rayne.
“Hey, Rayne.” Xander Donovan, Nic’s other cousin, and the band’s drummer, places a hand on Nic’s shoulder. “Pick the girl you want and let’s go. We’re all headed over to Troy.”
Troy is the trendiest club in the city. I’ve heard a lot about it but haven’t been able to afford the stiff cover charge and the fifteen dollar drinks.
“Come on,” Nic says and turns to leave as if I’m supposed to follow him.
He takes a few steps before he realizes that I’m not following him. Then he turns back around and gives me an odd look. “Aren’t you coming?”
I shake my head.
“Why not?” He actually looks puzzled.
“Do you want a list?”
His eyes narrow and then he walks back over to me. He gets so close I can smell his masculine scent and what’s left of his spicy cologne. “What’s the list?”
I gulp. I wasn’t actually expecting him to ask for the list. I thought he’d just get disgusted and find some other girl to go with him.
“Well, you’re not my type. I don’t find you remotely attractive. Or particularly interesting. I don’t like your music at all. And you don’t seem very smart. And I don’t sleep with guys I don’t know. So, maybe you should just find some other girl to take to Troy.”
He’s doing his best to bite back a grin. The smug asshole actually finds what I’ve said funny. I didn’t think I could dislike him more but he’s really pushing my buttons.
“I’m not your type, huh?” He leans in even closer. So close, I can feel his breath on my neck. “I’m everybody’s type.”
I try to swallow but I feel like there’s a golf ball stuck in my throat.
“You don’t find me attractive, huh? Then why are you sweating?” He places his hand right over my heart. “And your heart is beating a mile a minute. Maybe you should listen to what your body wants instead of what your brain is telling you.”
I take a step back and try to collect myself. I wipe my brow and realize I really am sweating. And he’s right, my heart is racing. What the hell is going on?
“I’m not some groupie who’s going to do whatever you want because you snapped your fingers.”
He looks me up and down. “I can see that.”
I place my hands on my hips. “What is that supposed to mean?”
He actually has the audacity to laugh. “No one would ever mistake you for a groupie that’s for sure.”
“Why do you say that?”
“Your clothes are like some crazy mash-up between a hippie and a school librarian.”
I glance down at my flowered skirt and strappy sandals. He has a point. I’m not exactly a fashion whore like my roommate. Not that I have the money to update my wardrobe even if I wanted to.
He steps closer again. He’s got a habit of getting right into my personal space and it makes me uncomfortable every time he does it. When I look into his deep brown eyes, I have the feeling that he’s doing it just to get a rise out of me.
“What are you doing here?” he asks. For the first time since we’ve met, he actually sounds sincere.
“I came with my roommate. She won tickets from the radio station. She wanted to see you. And your cousins.”
“I asked what you’re doing here.”
“I guess I’m here for moral support,” I stammer. And I have a press pass.”
I’m not sure why I tell him that. I guess I feel like I need some kind of excuse to be here because I’m definitely not here for the music.
“Why am I not surprised? You look like a writer. Or a librarian.”
I dig around in my purse and pull out my press pass. To my surprise, he grabs it from my hand. “Chatter. Never heard of it.”
“It’s an online magazine. A start up.”
He nods then hands me back my credentials.
“Do you like it?”
“Like what?” I’m surprised by the question.
“Writing. Working for a magazine.”
I shrug. “I’ve never thought about doing anything else. My parents named me Harper Leigh. I was kind of destined to be a writer.”
He’s looking at me with a blank stare. Maybe he really is as brainless as I think. And for some strange reason that disappoints me.
“Harper Leigh,” I repeat. “I spell my name differently but she was a writer.”
He’s still looking at me with a blank expression.
“She won the Pulitzer Prize.”
Then he smiles. “I know who Harper Lee is. To Kill a Mocking Bird. Won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. She was also good friends with Truman Capote. She helped him with the research for In Cold Blood.”
I can feel my jaw drop.
“I guess I’m smarter than you think.” He leans in close again. “And I’m also a great actor apparently because I had you fooled.”
I want to say something in response but no words come out of my mouth.
“Rayne.” It’s Xander again. “Come on. We’ve got to bounce.”
“Does everyone call you Rayne?”
character bio's
Creep (Radiohead)
Glycerine (Bush)
Only the Good Die Young (Billy Joel)
It’s Been a While (Staind)
Simple Man (Shinedown)
Avalon (Roxy Music)
Fade Into You (Mazzy Star)
1 x $25 Amazon Gift Card
clip_image007SIERRA AVALON writes contemporary romance novels with a little sass and lots of spice. She lives in a small town outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and their bloodhounds.
Blog / Facebook / Twitter

Tour Schedule - One Month Blog Tour Always Rayne by Sierra Avalon from July 21 to Aug 21, 2014.
July 21
G The Book Diva Blog - Promo
Bound 2 Escape - Promo
Coffee Books & Art - Promo, Top Ten & Playlist
July 22
Rusty's Reading - Promo & Dream Cast
For The Love of Books - Review
Clarissa Wild's Blog - Promo
Sassy Southern Book Blog - Promo & Review
This Redhead Loves Books - Promo, Top Ten, Playlist & Character Bio's
 July 23
Books, Brownies and Barkers - Review
July 24
Our New Generation for Reading - Promo
July 25
Booky Ramblings of a Neurotic Mom - Promo
July 28
Indy Book Fairy - Promo & Character Bio's
July 29
The Shadow Realm - Promo & Character Bio's
July 30
A Cauldron of Books - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist
July 31
Angels with Attitude Book Reviews - Promo, Author Interview & Playlist
Aug 1
Books, Authors, Blogs - Promo
Aug 3
A One-click Addict's Book Blog - Promo & Playlist
Aug 4
The Idle Musings of a Writer's Mind - Promo & Author Interview
Aug 5
Patricia D. Eddy - Promo
Aug 6
The Phantom Paragrapher - Promo
Aug 7
Tattooed Book Review - Promo & Playlist
Aug 8
Night Owl Reviews - Promo
Aug 9
Sweet Treat Reading Reviews - Promo
Aug 11
Bajgajka Loves Books And Giveaways - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist
Aug 12
Fiction Dreams - Promo
Aug 13
The Avid Reader - Promo, Author Interview, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist
Aug 14
Eclipse Reviews - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist
Aug 15
Crazy Beautiful Reviews - Promo
Aug 18
Just Booked - Promo, Review, Playlist, Character Bio's & Dream Cast
iHeart Books by MiLo18 - Promo, Review & Playlist
Aug 19
Portals to new Worlds - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist
Aug 20
Mommas Secret Book Obsession - Promo, Review, Top Ten, Playlist, Character Bio's & Dream Cast
Mean Girls Luv Books - Promo & Review
Aug 21
Crystal's Many Reviewers - Review
Darkest Cravings - Promo, Dream Cast, Character Bio's & Playlist

Monday, August 18, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Emerald Fire by @fangedfantasy

Emerald Fire Banner 851 x 315_thumb[1]

Book Blast


clip_image002_thumb[1]Emerald Fire

Demon Heat

Book 2

Valerie Twombly

Genre: Paranormal Erotica

Publisher: Resplendence

Date of Publication: 7/2/14

ISBN: 978-1-60735-787-2


Number of pages: 103

Word Count: 30K

Cover Artist: Les Byerley

Book Description:

Ever since Brock lost his mate and son in a tragic murder, he’s been unable to move on. When urged to go back home and bury his past, he never expected to meet Sarah. The demon is strong, sexy, and kind-hearted. Everything a man could want in a woman.

Sarah has longed to discover the mate who completes her and finds herself wondering about the demon who left the house next door shrouded in magic. After he appears in her camera lens, it’s an instant attraction and doesn’t take long to realize he belongs to her.

When Elias steps into the picture, Sarah must fight the urges he stirs inside her. She can’t believe fate has given her two mates. Now she is faced with a decision. Choose the one who promises nights of passion and undying love, or the other who can only offer her his broken heart.

Available at Amazon Resplendence and ARe


Sarah stood outside the house and watched while Brock unraveled the magic woven around it. The demon fidgeted and paced, and on more than one occasion, she worried he would run from her. She hoped, once inside, he would be able to find peace. Something in her gut told her his jitters were not all due to the opening of old wounds. She realized she actually made him nervous. When she’d caught him admiring her assets, she’d been anything but angry. His roving eyes had sent moisture between her thighs and a longing that nearly had her shoving him to the floor to sate her desire. Hot, inviting, he made her mouth water. She wondered if he tasted anything like the spicy cinnamon scent she inhaled every time she got near him and decided she needed to find out. Would it be in poor taste to seduce him when he was at his weakest? For some reason, she didn’t care, and that was really out of character for her.


She looked up and met his dark, brown eyes, noting a twinkle of mischief in them.

“Find something you like?” he chuckled.

Shit. She’d been caught staring at his ass. Well, it wasn’t her fault he filled out a pair of jeans like nobody’s business. Not to mention he was standing two steps up from her which put the muscular perfection right at eye level. She curled her lips upward. “As a matter of fact, yes. Yes, I did.” There, let him chew on that! She hoped he’d take it as a hint of her interest.

He tipped back his head in laughter. “Well, I guess I deserve that after I gawked at you.”

He pushed the door open, his features immediately schooled. Her heart ached for him and longed to see the sexy smile again. Her new goal was to get him through this and help him move on. She wanted to get to know the real Brock. The one who wasn’t in pain. “I’ll go first just to make sure it’s safe.” He slipped past the threshold and disappeared. Sarah remained on the first step, waiting for him to give her the all clear. Minutes later, he stuck his head out, his face ashen. “You can come in.”

She made her way up the remaining steps and through the doorway, not sure what she would find inside and half expecting her senses to be assaulted. She took in a deep breath and found the air to be crisp and clean. She must have had a puzzled look on her face.

“The spell kept everything out so there’s no mildew or mold,” he stated matter of fact.

She glanced around the spacious kitchen and felt as if she’d stepped back in time. The white porcelain refrigerator and gas range with its side storage compartment were state of the art for the period when the house had been previously occupied. Everything glistened as if freshly cleaned, waiting for the museum patrons to walk through the time capsule. She noticed Brock no longer stood next to her so she moved across the linoleum floor to the beige carpeted living room. She found him standing in the center, staring down at the floor.

“Brock?” She walked up and stood next to him. He didn’t respond and almost seemed to be mesmerized except that his hands balled into fists then released, only to repeat the process. Her heart fractured. Clearly, this was where he had found his mate. She reached out to touch him but hesitated unsure how he would respond. “Brock, maybe this wasn’t a good idea. I think we should leave.”

He lifted his head and glanced around the room. “No. I need to face my ghosts. I guess I wasn’t expecting it to be this difficult.” He ran his fingers through his short, blond hair. “Hell, I’m not really sure what I was expecting.”

It was heartbreaking to see him so vulnerable. This time, she didn’t stop herself from placing a hand on his arm.

“Is this where…?” She couldn’t finish the question without her voice giving away her emotions.

Author Interview

Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

When I was little, I actually wanted to be a vet. I realized later in life I hate blood. So no, I didn’t want to be a writer until very late in life.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

After my first publication, Eternal Flame.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

From the start of the story to release date, it was approximately 18 months.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

I actually work in an office as an Admin.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Emerald Fire, Demon Heat #2.

A seductive, steamy read that involves, lust, love and chocolate, and ends with a happy ever after.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

Resplendence Publishing

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

It depends on the length. A novella I can do in about 3 months. A novel takes a little longer. If I really push, I just completed a novella in about 8 weeks.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I love paranormal romance so you will continue to see stories in that genre. The next few I have planned will be more on the steamy and less on the erotic side.  My next release will be in Sept. Spanish Nights, A Jinn’s Seduction is a novella about a Jinn and his curse. Guardians #3, has a tentative date of Jan 2015.

What genre would you place your books into?

Paranormal romance

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

I love vampires and when I started reading this genre I fell in love with all of it. It’s also a genre where you can build your own world and make your own rules.

Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?

I have to say that Brock, from Emerald Fire is a huge favorite. He is so wounded and willing to give up the woman he loves because he feels she can do better. He is a gentle alpha, when he wants to be of course.

How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?

A little over 2 years. My husband actually when one day he asked me why I didn’t try writing my own stories since I loved to read so much.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I used to require absolute silence. Now I can pretty much write any place. I don’t really have a routine.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

I read as many as I can.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

I have done both, but pretty much now I do the title first.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

Google, lol. Depends on what I’m looking for. I’ll use baby names for the characters and for places I often use some of the many generators you can find for writer online.

Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?

I have to have all that done before I write, otherwise I get stuck if I don’t have a name for something. It messes with my muse, lol.

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

Each character is different. Some I know right away who they are and how the will act. Others I get a better feel as I write the story.

Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")

It is whatever a reader takes from the story. As far as do I plot hidden messages? No.

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I love ebooks. Would never read near as much if not for my Kindle. There is something to be said for paper especially when it’s signed by the author.

What is your favorite book and Why?  Have you read it more than once?

Acheron, by Sherrilyn Kenyon. I was such an emotional wreck at the end of that book and impressed that she was so talented to leave me in that state. I don’t usually read books more than once since I have a huge TBR list.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

The only one I can think where I read the book and saw the move was ET. No, it’s hard to convey many of the emotions and images you get from a book. I never go back either and read the books after I saw the movie.

Your favorite food is?

Big fat juicy cheeseburger.

Your favorite singer/group is?

I don’t really have one favorite. I like a blend of music.

Your favorite color is?


Your favorite Author is?

I have so many, but…Rebecca Zanetti.



a Rafflecopter giveaway


  About The Author


As a child, Valerie would often get into trouble for peeking at her mother’s favorite TV show, Dark Shadows. She can still hear her mother saying “It will give you nightmares.” She was right of course, but that did not stop Valerie from watching. As an adult, her love of the fanged creatures never waned. She would watch any vampire movie she could find.

Being a true romantic, Valerie was thrilled when she discovered the genre of paranormal romance. Her first read was one of Lara Adrian’s, Midnight Breed Series and from there she was hooked.

Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby and her two German shepherd dogs, in Northern IL.

Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers.