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Friday, December 12, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Bear and Bear Alike by @mariemasonwrite

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Book Blast


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Blackwood Brothers

Book Three

Marie Mason

Genre: paranormal, romantic erotica,

bbw romance, werewolves, shifters

Date of Publication: November 17, 2014

Word Count: 70,000

Book Description:

Ryland and Ryker Blackwood were twins. Identical, thigh clenching bear shifter twins who had no trouble getting women into their beds. Or bed. They’d shared just about everything in life, even women.

The scent of the cat shifter they found on their construction site was driving both Blackwood brothers crazy with lust. Or was it? Every time they thought they were getting closer to finding the woman who would be their mate, one of their bears backed away. The hot and cold feeling they were getting from their animals was confusing the shit out of them.

Was the cat shifter meant for one of them or both of them?


They were mates, but mates who knew almost nothing about each other. Ryland knew better than to rush her, so he eased into the kiss, tilting her head and aligning their mouths. His bear huffed at each hitch and shudder of her breath as he deepened their connection. His senses were attuned to every subtle movement her body made in response to his touch and he gloried in the shiver that ran though her and the softening of her body as she gave into her needs and leaned into him.

He finally gave into the temptation and swept his tongue into her mouth to taste. He sipped at her mouth, letting the flavors of his mate collide on his tongue, ensuring that he would never forget her. He’d thought he’d known what to expect. Strength. She had that in spades. Caution. Sweetness. Innocence. Passion. Orange blossoms and honey. Her taste exploded in his mouth.

The heat grew with each velvet slide of his tongue over hers. He smiled into the kiss when her hand rose and fisted in his hair. He obeyed the command behind the gesture to deepen the kiss, to drive them both a little crazy, and closer to the edge. The edge of no return where he took his mate, fucked her wet pussy and branded her as his.

She offered no resistance as he plundered her mouth. He thrust his tongue between her parted lips and took what he wanted. He licked at the roof of her mouth, skimming the along the row of her teeth before dipping down deep inside again. Finally, her tongue came out to tangle with his.

Emma knew she would soon be a goner. The feel of his mouth and tongue was doing wonderful things to her body. Her pussy moistened and her nipples pebbled and hardened. Goodness, how she wanted him. And she couldn’t have him. She tried to ease away, to break off the kiss but he growled and she sank back into his heat.

Why couldn’t she have this moment? This night?

Body shaking, she pulled back from the kiss. Kiss, huh. That was too tame of a description for what they had just shared. His lips were wet and moist, and redden. She knew if she looked in a mirror, hers would look the same. She licked her bottom lip, her tongue finding the slight cut where he had scraped it with his teeth.

“I, umm.” Not only did her legs feel like wet noodles, but her brain was fried from the heat of their passion. Ryker’s smile was smug. No doubt he could smell the arousal he’d created as well as see the effect of his touch. Her eyes were dilated and her body was shivering. She wanted him and he knew it. He continued to smile as he ushered her up the stairs. Two more flights and they were in front of the apartment.

Author Interview

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

At some point, I think writing goes hand and hand with reading. If you are a reader, you already have a vivid imagination, so…sometimes it leads you down the road to writing. I’ve never been fulfilled with any job I’ve had – which has been mostly clerical in nature. Now that I can actually write a story and know someon is reading them, it’s the most fulfilling thing in the world.

When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

Still, don’t, really. I guess I consider myself a writer—but not a full time author. I am so chicken**** it’s not funny. I just can’t seem to step off the ledge and say take this (day) job and shove it. Maybe 2015 will be that year.

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

Thanks to the indie publishing platform, not that long. Now, getting the courage to publish that first book was another story. It took years. I had written, many, many books before I said—let’s do this baby!

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

I’m in “administration” – a fancy word for a secretary. It’s boring, repetitive, but does allow me to daydream sometimes.

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

My latest book is Bear and Bear Alike, the story of Ryland and Ryker Blackwood, twin bear shifters whose mate is giving them a run for their money. Can I use the word hot twenty times in order to describe it?

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

I self-publish. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see my book on the shelves of a bookstore, but, self-publishing is very rewarding and downright freeing. Who is going to nix my idea of having a photojournalist as my hero—or a heroine? (A big occupational no-no back in the 1980s). The only one who is going to tell me that wasn’t a good idea is the reader—and I’ll listen to a reader over an editor any day of the week.

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

Well… Bear and Bear Alike are about four months overdue. In a good month, I an write about 30,000, in a bad month…I don’t write at all. I’ve had a couple of those months this past year. Bear and Bear Alike did become a longer book tha I anticipated. It is a little over 70,000 words.

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

I’m sticking to paranormal for now. I love me some alpha males and I love the paranormal genre. Add a little heat and I’m in heaven. They say write what you know, I’m writing what I like to read. Now, that’s not to say I don’t like cowboys and CEOs. Wouldn’t want any of my characters to get jealous.

What genre would you place your books into?

Paranormal…erotica? I’m really confused about the erotica part right now. Is it the language alone that makes a book erotic? Or the situations?

What made you decide to write that genre of book?

Love to read it, why not write it?

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

All three of the Blackwood brothers are my favorite… but if I were honest, I’d say Ryker is my favorite. He’s darker, broodier…and a little kinky (is spanking still considered kinky?)

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

I’ve been writing well over fifteen years. I guess I inspired myself to write. It’s a dream I’ve had for a very long time and I finally was in a place I could devote my free time (laugh with me here, ladies, cause who the heck has free time) to finally developing and following through with a story.

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

When my boss doesn’t catch me, I’m usually sitting in my office chair, listening to Pandora country music (Christmas music right now) or I’ve got my laptop on the couch trying to ignore my husband and the King of Queens rerun playing in the background.

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

Yep. I don’t like some of them, (especially if they say they don’t like the story line or the characters, these are my babies after all) but I take them all to heart and use them to improve my writing. I want to write better and write what readers want to read.

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

I usually get story idea first and the title usually just comes (giggle). My husband actually came up with Bear and Bear Alike.

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

I’ve actually started a list of names. If I happen upon one that I like, I try to add it before I forget it. Same with last names – those are a bitch to decide on. As for names of places, sometimes I make them up, sometimes I actually google the state and find the name of some obscure small town. I’ve never strayed too far from the borders of my home state, so I don’t feel comfortable writing about really famous places that readers might know a heck of a lot about. I figure small town living is small town living.

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

Sometimes I start a story with no character names in mind. I’ll use blanks or Joe or Sam and then do the replace and find feature later. It’s really exciting when the name kind of comes to you after you’ve written about the character for a while. Too bad, we can’t name our children that way – hand out with them to see if they are a Joe or a Cooper.

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

Yes. Most of my characters will always be shy, quiet, and curvy—with a splash of sass. Even when I read, I look for books with those same types of characters—a woman who hasn’t quite discovered her self-worth.

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..")

The moral of all my stories is…everyone deserves love and happiness.

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

I use to be a diehard paperback girl – I have shelves and shelves of paperback books I have “kept” over the years. I was reluctant at first to try the ereaders (sounds stupid now doesn’t it?). But now, I have to say I love them for several reasons. One, I can enlarge the print! Some of the paperbacks were getting down right ridiculous at the size of the font the publishers were using. Two, I love, love being able to download a book at two o’clock in the morning, and three, with an ereader my husband now has no idea how many books I actually own. And four, the ereader has opened up a whole new world to me as a writer, but more importantly as a reader. Over the last several years I have read some really wonderful books that I know would never have seen the light of day if the author had had to wait for the publishers to get their thumbs out of their **s and published them.

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

Mmm…that’s a tough one. Like I said I have a ton of books, most of which have been read more than once. I keep telling my best friend I’ve saved them so that when I’m old I’ll have forgotten them and I’ll have a whole library at my fingertips.

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

Unfortunately, Hollywood hasn’t discovered the untapped market of the romance movie. They want the comedy aspect or the mystery part of romance. Why can’t they just make a good old-fashioned romance? Girl meets boy, girl hates boy…What woman wouldn’t want to watch an adaptation of her favorite romance book? I’m telling you, there’s money to be made in a Romance Channel network.


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About The Author

Marie Mason has loved writing and reading her whole life. Everyone knows when you start to hear voices in your head, you’er destined to be admitted to the nearest mental ward—or become a writer. Marie decided to become writer instead of waiting for the men in white coats to come carry her away. She loves books about alpha males and especially alpha males who just happened to be a demon, wolf or a bear.

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