Thursday, June 27, 2013

June 27: ON THE FRONT PORCH WITH DEENA REMIEL

I'm pleased today to have fellow, Decadent Publishing /Tease author Deena Remiel with us to visit on the front porch.

Deena is a bestselling author of Gothic romance at Amazon and  is co-chair of the 2014 Arizona Dreamin' Event--Arizona's First Romance Reader event, May 30-June 1, 2014. Read more about Arizona Dreamin' here-registration is open!

So pull up a cozy spot and grab your fav summer beverage as we visit awhile with Deena!

Amanda: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Deena:

Deena: It was the mystique of Arizona’s history and landscape that called to me and catapulted my career as an author. When I'm not writing romance and urban
fantasy in the wee small hours of the morning or in the deep, dark of night, I teach language arts to middle school students.  I make my home Gilbert, Arizona with my husband and two children, but New Jersey will always tug at my heartstrings. 

I believe in angels and I love to connect with my reader fans. I invite readers to check out my web home at www.deenaremiel.com

Amanda: So one of the things I (and many readers) find curious is what inspired you to write this story?

Deena: What inspired me to write Burning Sage is a simple request from my editor- write me a story. Beyond that, the lush beauty of the island of Santorini drove my story line.

Amanda: Its a gorgeous cover! Would you share an excerpt with us?


Excerpt:
“Well, now what?” She brushed the sandy grit off her hands and sloshed her way to drier land. “I’m here. On a grumbling volcano. Alone. What the hell was I thinking?” She shook her head at her own audacity and stupidity.
“You were thinking of me, perhaps? I can only hope.”
Sage spun around at the sound of the low-timbred voice. “Emmanouel?”
He stepped out of the shadowy darkness and outstretched his arms in a welcoming gesture. “In the flesh. And you, Sage, are too, I see. Looking splendid.”
“Yes, much less dusty and grimy. It’s amazing what a shower and some clean clothes can do.” Really, Sage? That’s your big comeback?
He laughed lightly and sauntered closer to her. “So were you?”
“Was I what?”
“Thinking of me.”
“In a way.”
“In what way?”
“Annoyance, actually.”
“Why is that?”
“You disappeared on me earlier. You were following me out of the hole we were in, and then when I went to introduce you to a colleague, you were gone. I could have used some backup on my story about my face being injured and how you fixed it with that watery stuff of yours. See? It’s all gone. No cut, no bruise….”
“Just beautiful, soft skin that I long to touch.” His husky voice sent thrilling pulses through her body and a tingly sensation across her skin. He reached out, and with the back of his hand, tried to caress her cheek. Barely controlling her burgeoning lust, she stepped back.
“Now cut that out. I’m trying to be angry with you.”
“I’m sorry. Go ahead.”
“Well, I can’t now. You kinda fizzled it out of me.”
“Oh, good. So now I can touch you, yes?”
“No!” she huffed, and stepped farther out of his reach. “You can tell me where you went and why you’re here now. How did you know I’d be here?”
“I never left. I can never leave.”


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In order that everyone can spend time with their families, there will be no Front Porch visits on July 4th! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe time in the company of your friends and families!

"You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbee s  the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. "~Erma Bombeck


See you on July 11 when we'll be visiting with Decadent Tease author, BIANCA SARBLE!  

Until then, kindness matters~
Amanda





Thursday, June 20, 2013

June 20 : On The Front Porch with ALEXA BOURNE

Blessings for a happy summer solstice!!

Visiting with me today  on the FRONT PORCH is fellow DECADENT TEASE author, Alexa Bourne. Her new book CARRY ME HOME, is a sensual read straight from the Scottish Highlands! What better way to be swept away this summer! Please check it out after you've read a little bit more about this vivacious author!

Amanda: Welcome to the porch, Alexa! I have to tell you I am envious of this picture! It's beautiful! Tell us what's going on for you this summer!

ALEXA: Amanda, thank you for having me visit you here! I’m thrilled with the chance to talk about my latest release, CARRY ME HOME. This book is part of the new Decadent Publishing Tease series. And surprise, surprise. My Scottish contemporary romance takes place during summer in the Scottish Highlands, with some fabulous scenery and heavy emotion and of course, the perfect part of a summer read- a happily-ever-after! 

Amanda: This sounds fabulous! Who doesn't love Scottish romance?  Before we get into the meaty stuff;) tell readers a bit about you!

ALEXA: A teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. I also teach online classes for writers throughout the year. I write romantic suspense and contemporary romance and I'm thrilled to have the chance to share my love of Great Britain with readers everywhere. When I'm not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, I like to spend time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising.

Amanda: And thinking about exercise can be exhausting!;) One of the things that always intrigues me, is what inspires a writer to tell a particular story. What was it for you?

ALEXA: The hero and heroine of this book were secondary characters in my very first story, HER HIGHLAND CHAMPION. They were such awesome characters who had sooooo much life in them. Ever since I wrote that book they’ve been whispering to me that one day I’d write their story. When my senior editor asked me to be a part of the new Decadent Tease line, it was as if Jamie and Mary started shouting for glee inside my brain. Finally their story would have a chance to be told.

Amanda: Do you have a blurb and an excerpt that  you'd like to share?

ALEXA: Absolutely!

Mary MacDougall has returned to Glenhalish for one thing: her husband Jamie’s signature on their divorce papers. But Jamie has no intention of throwing away the partnership they’ve built since they were children. Can this marriage survive pride and grief to allow love to carry them home?

EXCERPT:
“What do you want, Jamie?” She’d not get caught up in his soulful amber eyes. No, she would not.
“You’ve had your bit of fun, but I want you to come home.” He tilted his head to
one side and drifted his fingertips along her bare arm.
She yanked away. “I’ve come to get my papers from you, to say good-bye to those I love, and to move on with my life.” She stepped around him and continued down the path to the center of Glenhalish. “I’ll be at the Kierlain House until Sunday. Please bring the forms and leave them with the front office.”
“I don’t have them.” He nearly shouted with glee. “I tossed them out.”
“I thought you might say that.” Smiling on the heels of another small victory, she fished through her handbag and pulled out another copy of the divorce papers. She’d come armed with a half-dozen copies just in case he chose to be difficult. She strode back to him with her chin held high and slapped the papers against his chest. “Here.”

Jamie stared at the lass’s fine arse strutting away from him. Her hair had been cut, straightened and the summer dress with the flowery print accentuated all the curves he’d fallen for so many years ago, the curves he knew so intimately. And those heels, for the love of St. Bridget, Mary hadn’t worn high heels like that since she left school. They’d brought her closer to his height, yet she still only reached his shoulders.
She’d left Glenhalish in January, a cold, distant housewife, and come back this alluring woman. For a moment, panic set inside his gut. He’d intended to convince her to come home so they could face their grief and move on together, but seeing how much happier, sexier, and sophisticated she was, perhaps Edinburgh was good for her, better than he could be.
But he wanted her back, wanted to get through this rough patch they’d strayed onto after the lad’s death, and return to the partnership they’d shared since primary school. They had too many years left. She couldn’t leave him. He wouldn’t survive without her. The lass may have plans to leave him forever, but Jamie MacDougall wouldn’t give her up without a fight.

BUY LINKS:
AMAZON
DECADENT PUBLISHING
ALL ROMANCE E-BOOKS
BARNES AND NOBLE
SMASHWORDS



Amanda: One last question I like to ask..do you have a favorite summertime drink, dessert or salad?

ALEXA: I love a good frozen margarita! And a recipe for it? Yikes! I don’t make them. I just taste-test for friends and family who make them. And I have to say I really haven’t met a margarita I didn’t like!

Amanda: I have to concur, Alexa! Thank you for joining us today! 

Next Week: June 27: Deena Remiel pays a visit to the Front Porch!

Until then, Happy solstice and remember,
kindness matters~
Amanda





Thursday, June 6, 2013

June 6: SUMMERS ON THE FRONT PORCH: Guest, CATE MASTERS!

While summer is not officially here, the weather here in the Midwest has been either cool and rainy, or cool and picture perfect 60-70 degree weather! You can hear the lawnmowers firing up between rain showers, and the weeds...well, let's stay on the porch and not go there just yet! :)

There is a definite mind-set to a front porch. Maybe its because I'm originally from the south that it speaks to me of a slower pace, an appreciation of the moment, listening to the gentle sounds of a neighborhood awakening, the soft patter of rain on the roof and the leaves, or maybe visiting with family and friends with a nice glass of tea or lemonade after a long day.

So come on up and take a moment here on my front porch, to visit with a lovely author--Cate Masters, whose book is helping to launch a new line by Decadent Publishing, called TEASE.  ALLURE (Paranormal) ENTICE (Contemporary) and CAPTIVATE (Historical) make up this exciting new line of shorter works that range from mild to spicy in heat , but always give us an HEA, or the hope of one!

Cate's book-CURSED--is part of the Tease ALLURE line.



Amanda: Welcome to the porch, Cate! First tell us a bit about yourself.
Cate: Thanks so much for having me over, Amanda! I looove your porch. I'll bet it's a wonderful reading spot. So relaxing! :) I've now call beautiful central Pennsylvania my home, but I'll always be a Jersey girl at heart. When I'm not spending time with my dear hubby, I can be found in my lair, concocting a magical brew of contemporary, historical, and fantasy/paranormal stories with my cat Chairman Maiow and dog Lily as company.  I'm always grateful for the opportunity to talk about what I love most: writing. I'm so thrilled that Cursed has finally released! And that Decadent selected it to launch its new Tease line.

Amanda: I'm always interested to hear what inspires an author to write a particular story--what was yours?
Cate: This story has been surprising me from day one. And day one was actually about two years ago. A line in a Goo Goo Dolls song stuck with me: "I'd give up forever to touch you." I started jotting notes, but nothing felt right. I'd already released a few stories about angels who gave up their wings for mortal love. I wanted something a little different.


I love to read odd articles, and a few of those stuck with me too. My brain, in its usual strange and wonderful way (my subconscious works overtime, lol), connected three very different news stories - one about Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man sketch (ta da! my hero emerged from it), another about the 10-day Carnevale festival in Venice (woot! the setting) and finally one about studies of the "love drug" hormone (yay, my heroine's a scientist!). And so it began unfurling. And kept unfurling. (*find more unfurling behind the scenes here!)

Another wonderful surprise of this story is that the more I learned about these characters, the more their world kept expanding. It absolutely hooked me. I had to find out more, so I kept writing. The result -- the second in the series, Charmed, is now in edits with Decadent! And I recently subbed the third, Claimed.

Amanda: It sounds like the muse smacked you well with her magic wand! Do you foresee any more books in this series?
Cate: The more I wrote, the more I fell in love with these characters. Not just the hero and heroine, either. There are so many great characters in this series. I hope to return to this world again and tell more of them. :)

Amanda: I like to ask guests to share two things when they visit--a recipe and a juicy excerpt, what treats did you bring us??
Cate: I don't know whether you've suffered the same heat wave, but here in Pennsylvania it's been almost tropical! Crazy weather. Unless I'm grilling, I hate to cook when it's so hot. But here's a little something that's perfect for those hot days when you just want something light and refreshing - and it's almost as yummy as my hero, Bruno. :)

Tri-berry Spinach Salad
Dressing
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon sugar
3 tablespoons frozen raspberry-lemonade concentrate
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
OR - to make this even easier, use bottled berry vinaigrette :)
Salad
1 (6-oz.) pkg. prewashed fresh baby spinach (about 7 cups)
1/3 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/3 cup fresh blueberries
1/3 cup fresh raspberries
1/4 cup sliced red onion, separated into rings
Make It
In small bowl, combine all dressing ingredients; mix well.
In large serving bowl, combine all salad ingredients. Pour dressing over salad; toss gently to coat.
And last, here's a sweet treat for dessert! A look at my paranormal, Cursed. A little different excerpt than the usual:

EXCERPT:

Melina should have stayed in her room. Finding him had seemed like such incredible luck. Now she wondered whether luck had turned against her.
That sound—almost an animal sound—had that come from him? Had she imagined it? Strange things went on during Carnevale, her online friends had said, some so inexplicable no science could explain them. She’d laughed when they warned her she might get in over her head. The sheer strength of his muscles, the raw power beneath his clothes, thrilled her. His pace conveyed the same urgency. Pressed to his side, nerves jangling, her foot slipped on the stone step.
In one fluid motion, he scooped her into his arms and continued hurrying along. “Are you all right?”
“Unless embarrassment leaves a mortal wound. I’m normally not so clumsy.” She settled against his broad chest. Such incredible stamina. An image pierced her mind: his muscular, naked torso above her, his hips rocking against hers. His presence overwhelmed her, and she was acutely aware of every motion, every breath.
At the bottom of the stone stairs, he set her on her feet but maintained his firm hold. “Dampness has a habit of lingering here. You’d best allow me to assist you.”
“Please.” She fitted herself against him, acutely aware of the way his body moved against hers.
“In these calle of San Samuele,” he said, “Giacomo Casanova spent his youth.”
“Calle?” She should have brushed up on her Italian.
He dipped his head closer. “Narrow alleyways.”
“Narrow and dark. I wonder how many trysts Casanova had in these alleys?” And Casanova had nothing on Bruno. Women probably flocked around him constantly. Acid flashed through her at the thought.
“Too many to recount.” He paused, then added, “If one believes the writings in his diary. His mentor, the poet Giorgio Baffe, lived just down there.”
“Mentor?” She didn’t recall Casanova writing poetry. Did Bruno as well? Or was he not romantic that way?
“Of a sort. The man who introduced Casanova to worldly pleasures.”
The way the last two words rolled off his tongue, so enticing. She glanced at the dark steps that led to deeper shadows beside the canal.
She surprised herself by steering him down there, tugging him to an abrupt halt. “Do such mentors still exist?”
He whirled her against a wall. “Why? Would you be interested?”
She let her hands wander across the contours of his chest. “You did offer to introduce me to the delights of Venice.”
The same growl as earlier rumbled in his throat, unmistakable this time. “You do like to play with fire, don’t you?”
And he knew how to ignite one.

Amanda: Indeed! This looks like a great read, just in time to add to your  summer must read list!!


I'd like to thank Cate for stopping by.Own a copy of  CURSED now through these fine distributors:

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Until next time, remember-
kindness matters, 
Amanda