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Guest Author & A Giveaway: Erica Ridley

Ladies (and Gentlem..en?) I can’t believe it’s September. Really really can’t. I need a pause button on life. I hope I’m not wrong in this but I met Erica Ridley for the first time in person this past July. She’s super fun, and when I grabbed her online I was like “you should guest here!” and since Erica is supergreat, she was like “okay I’m game!” And we emailed about Sir Arthur. (Who doesn’t exist?) So anyway, Erica decided to go with an author interview – and these are my questions and her answers! Enjoy!

Erica RidleyWhich celebrity is your “spirit animal?” Why?
I’m actually a total fail at recognizing/knowing celebrities. I have virtually never watched cable television, and I live in Costa Rica, which means the magazines in the checkout aisle are not your usual fare. So I’m going to go with Jane Austen on this one. Not because she’s still the most famous author in my genre, 200 years later, but because she wrote what she wanted and how she wanted. I hope I can always say the same.

Baby Erica Wonder WomanWhat would your superhero name be? And your super power? Now… what if you were an anti hero? What would your “anti super hero power” be?
My superhero name would be Diana Prince, because I have been a Wonder Woman nerd since I was two years old. (See: photo evidence.) An invisible jet would come in handy, but if I could have any super power, it would be the ability to pause time. If I need to choose a different super power for myself as an anti-hero, then I have to do mind control. As a hero, I find overriding free will reprehensible, but as an anti-hero… you gotta do what you gotta do.

You have to listen to the same song to 72 hours, or your family gets it. What song do you choose to listen to on repeat?
I’m pretty sure I actually did this when I was younger, back in my mixtape days. Hmm. After 72 hours of the same song, I would probably never listen to it again, but I have to go with one I love: “A Charming Spell” by Splashdown. The first time I heard that song, I was trying to park my car and I sat there with the engine running until the song was over.

What is one question you always wish as an author people would ask but nobody ever does?
“Here, would you like some free money?” I jest. (But like many authors, I’ve had book advances that were on par with a single month’s salary–and had to last an entire year.) A question I would personally love to ask other authors is, “What would you write if you didn’t have to worry about the market/money?” But don’t ask me that one. That’s what pseudonyms are for! 😉

The Brigadier's Runaway BrideWhat’s the most unique/strange silly skill your possess?
I always thought it was juggling, but since moving to Costa Rica, I’ve meet a statistically improbable number of other people who can juggle, so I have to scratch that off the list. Maybe yodeling? I haven’t met many people who (admit to) being able to yodel. If that’s not quite a nerdy enough answer, I also used to have contests with a coworker to see who could solve a Rubik’s cube the fastest.

What was the first concert you ever went to? Who did you go with? And – if they were (or are) still around – would you go again? 😀
I went to a hair metal concert, I believe, back in grade school. With my aunt. And I would absolutely go again. I love concerts, and would see anyone I liked, regardless of how long the band has been around. I saw Tommy James & the Shondells a few years back and those guys had more energy than I did.

What is the naughtiest thing you have done in school? At your job? At a conference?
Naughtiest thing I ever did in school was probably leave it to go play pool with my best friend during what was supposed to be an art class. (It was the period right after lunch, and our teacher didn’t believe in taking attendance.) At my job… probably lunch hours surfing Napster, before I understood how bad that really was. At a conference, I can’t think of anything naughty. Am I old now? Are my naughty days behind me??

The Major's Faux FianceeIf you were a cartoon, which one would you prefer being? Why?
I would like to be Sherman, so I could get to hang out with Mr. Peabody and travel in the way-back machine.

Would you rather be bitten by a radioactive spider or a vampire? Why?
Going by traditional novel/comic lore, radioactive spider all the way, baby. I would much rather have superpowers in this lifetime than to be saddled with bloodlust and sun-aversion for the rest of eternity.

If you were a serial killer, who would be your target? And what would be your M.O.?
If I were a serial killer, I’d have to be like Dexter and target monsters even worse than me. I wouldn’t take anything from the victims or leave anything behind at the crime scene–I’ve read enough mysteries to know that’s the fastest way to get caught!

Hostile alien invasion, or zombie apocalypse? Which one do you think is more likely to happen? Which one is scarier?
More likely, alien invasion. Scarier… man, that’s a tough call. Zombies, maybe, not because they’re the bigger threat, but because it would be too mind-blowing to wrap my head around, and I’d spend the whole time unsure if it was actually happening or if I’d just gone off my rockers. Aliens are ostensibly scarier, since they can do to us all the experiments we’ve done to other insects and animals—or worse. But I can conceptualize that. Doubting my own sanity would be the scariest thing of all.

The Captian's Bluestocking MistressIf you could switch places with someone for 72 hours, whose life would you want to live?
If I would be ghosting them (ie they would still be controlling their body and I’d just be along for the ride) then I’d like to experience what it’s like to be a daredevil, one of those people who does crazy parkour tricks or rides a one-wheeled mountain bike across the mouth of hell with his GoPro strapped to his forehead. I love seeing those videos, but there’s no way I’d do it in real life.

What TV show do you wish was still on the air?
“The Finder.” I think it only lasted for one season, but I liked the oddball characters (even if I wanted to shake them) coming together to solve crimes/mysteries in a quirky way.

What two movies from different genres would you most like to see combined in a mash up?
That reminds me of the time Netflix offered up “Zombie Strippers!” on its recently added queue. My reaction was “WHAT. EVEN.” but of course I had to watch it. If you’re curious, it’s ranked 4/10 on imdb—likely because the mashup doesn’t appeal to aficionados of either genre. Of course, in this question’s hypothetical situation, the only person who has to watch the mashup is me (and we’ve already established I have no taste) so… Titanic, featuring Gremlins. Tagline: “Shit goes down as the ship goes down.” Can we please make this happen??

The Earl's Defiant WallflowerWhich fairy tale would you most like to be in? least? Why? And which character would you be?
Hansel and Gretel, as the witch. Not because I have any interest in eating children (I’m a vegetarian) but I can’t say no to living in a house made of candy. I would least like to be Scheherazade in “One Thousand and One Nights.” I like making up stories, but man. That’s a lot of pressure.

What is your secret plan for world domination?
If I tell you, it won’t be secret! 😉

Hee! So what questions do you have for Erica? And now you know it’s a GA&AG so … there will be some sort of giveaway, but it’s too early for me to have things figured out and I’ll add that. RIGHT? WHEE!

ETA: This was scheduled to go live on September 1 but something clearly went terribly wrong and I was away so let’s just play nice with time bending please, shall we? Thanks all. Xxoo

Guest Author (& A Giveaway?): Dorothy F. Shaw

Hi friends! So we’re well into June [GAH!] – and this birthday month hasn’t felt very celebratory or anything, so I’m hoping that comes about soon. This is another good contribution though – as you see we’ve got Dorothy F. Shaw visiting with us today! She’s a first time guest so everyone give her a warm welcome!! Dorothy opted for an author interview – a style which was unique to ALBTALS when I started asking these zany questions, and it should be good – she’s a lot of fun. 😀

Unworthy HeartIf you could choose your age forever, what age would you choose and why?
Being the vain person that I am, I would choose age 29… because duh, at 29 everyone is wrinkle free (or they should be). However, I would HAVE to still know all that I know about life now.

If you had your human body, but the head of an animal, what animal would you pick? Why?
I used to have a tattoo on my hip of a female half bird/half human. However the artist didn’t do a very good job and she looked more like a harpy…(not pretty AT ALL. Go google it.) It’s been covered up by my now ex-husband who is an awesomely talented tattoo artist. So, does that count? Sort of? LOL Okay, fine. I’d be a cougar…because, yeah, 40s…Rawr.

Would you rather wake up with a different face with the same gender, or a different gender with the same face? What would your new look be?
Different face, same gender for sure. I would choose my mother’s skin rather than my father’s. Mom is half Italian, half Portuguese so she has fantastic skin! My new look would not include the matching set of luggage under my eyes or the eleven between my brows. =P

What is the funniest prank ever played on you? What is the best prank that you played on someone?
My sister is 9 years older than me and because our mother worked nights, she had to watch me a lot. This was in the mid to late seventies, and she had her own phone line. She used to prank call the house and make me answer the phone, claiming that she was talking to one of her friends and that it could be mommy calling. I’d answer, in complete fear and she’d say into the receiver “Have you checked the children?” In her most sinister sounding whisper. Now, if you don’t know what movie that quote is from then I’m done with you. LOL —I suppose I didn’t think it was funny (at the time) but she thought it was fucking hilarious. And still does.
Best prank I ever played was April fools 2014: I texted my boss that I got a 3 book deal with an advance so large I was going to be able to stop working. He totally fell for it. “Oh! Wow…um thats…good for you and not so good for me.” I laughed pretty damn hard before I finally answered him wishing him a happy April fools.

Three Times LuckyWhat is the naughtiest thing you have done in school? At your job? At a conference?
School: Smoking cigarettes in the bathroom and the parking lot. Kinda boring, huh?
Work: This is by far the naughtiest, but if I told you, I’d have to kill you. And then me. And a few people at the office. But rest assured, it was very naughty…And I’d do it again in a hot second.
Conference: Honestly, nothing yet. Sad but true. Until this past year, I was married and I was pretty damn well behaved. So…bring on the naughtiness!!!!
**I’ll add that most of the naughty things I did in my life were after high school and before I married my 1st and then 2nd husband. (I’m not looking for a 3rd) Basically: age 21 to 24. Booze and boys, darlin.

What’s the best admonishment your mom ever gave you, or that you’ve ever given a kid? e.g. if you make that face it’ll freeze like that. or… if you walk from the kitchen to the table w/ a fork in your mouth you’ll stab yourself through the throat and die.
My mother and my two aunts were all registered nurses, so I didn’t get too many of these far fetched things. However, my mother did say that you should never pop a zit thats right at the base of a nostril. You know those little ones that hurt so bad your eyes water if you touch them? Yeah, those…anyway, she used to say not to pop those because if you do you could shoot a clot (don’t ask me how) and get a brain aneurism. To this day, I have no idea if this is true.
My Noni used to tell my cousins and me when we were kids that if we didn’t behave then the wolf in the basement was going to wake up and come upstairs and get us. Apparently my family is all about terrorizing children.

What is a weird habit that you have?
I currently have 3 human cremains of family members and two Canine’s on the shelves in my family room.

If you could get away with it, what family member would you kill off and why? >.> What about author?
Holy shit…what if a family member reads this? LOL Do ex-husbands count? Nah, not them, I’m lucky in that I still like both of them. Ummm…Jeez this sounds so bad, but I’d probably kill off my father’s sister–she’s a bitter woman. And mean so I’d be doing her a favor.
As far as an author goes…Limecello, I’m convinced you might be a tad evil on the inside. LOL But then again, we did hang out in Denver once. Do you even remember that???

You get to take any animal you want home from the National Zoo. Which one do you pick? Why?
I’m not an animal person. Truly. Wait, my 12 yr old just said it would have to be something tame-able, soft and cuddly and wouldn’t interfere with our cat. Now, he’s saying, a Panda Bear – a baby one…and I just looked at him like he was nuts. He said, because they bleat like a goat, they’re cuddly and adorable, they sleep more than the cat so it wouldn’t bug her and uhhh…they’re black and white. (That all came from #2 demon spawn.) What? This just became a family interview. LOL

Spare HeartsWhat was the first concert you ever went to? Who did you go with? And – if they (the band and the people) are still around – would you go again?
Lita Ford/Britney Fox and Tesla – I went with my best friend, Marchelle and some other friends and her awesome mother who I always wanted to be my mother. I would totally see Lita and Tesla again, in fact, I’ve seen Tesla a bunch of times. =)

What would your street [nick]name be? Why?
Oh, I have a few. Wookiesgirl (But I got divorced so this one no longer applies, though there will only ever be one Wookies Girl.) The Red Queen because…yes. Queen Bitch, because, yep that too. And Tenacious D…but sadly my Unicorn doesn’t call me that anymore.

What’s the most unique/strange silly skill your possess? When or how did you acquire it?
I have the ability to attract broken people, from every corner of the earth. Even online. It’s a thing. I was born with it. I can also tap dance.

What is one question you always wish as an author people would ask but nobody ever does?
Okay, Limecello, this one stumped me. I’m still thinking………………….. Nope. Still nothing.

A twisted fairy offers you perfect health. You’ll never be sick or get a migraine again. The catch is you’ll break a bone every three years until your 75th birthday. Nothing crippling, but still a break. (Anything from a femur to your pinky toe.) Do you take the offer?
Fuck that!

What do you think is the best commercial of all time?
What new author do you know that has time to watch TV? I suppose I could name some Super Bowl commercial, but that would just be me BSing you. And thats just not my style. So, my answer is, what new author do you know that has time to watch TV? LOL

I think that about wraps it up. Thanks for letting me play, chica!

Since this is a technical Guest Author & A Giveaway – there should be some sort of giveaway attached – I think that got lost in the flurry of emails, so I’ll let you know what Dorothy is offering once we’ve got that sorted!

In the meantime, what questions do you have for Ms. Shaw? Anything you can think of is all fair game! 😉

*ETA: Dorothy is offering a $20 gift card to Amazon! Whoo! That’s a great prize right there! So … >.> nobody enter and it’s mine, mkay? *angelface*

Guest Author & A Giveaway: Patricia Sargeant aka Regina Hart Part I

Hi friends! Today we have Patricia Sargeant who also writes as Regina Hart visiting with us! And it’s the first Tuesday of the month, so we’re keeping on with the Guest Author & A Giveaway tradition! I wrote “Part I” at the top because I expect to be updating this with some more information in the near future, so please bear with me. (My mistake for not having all information.) I hope you enjoy the ALBTALBS style interview in the interim! 🙂

Wishing LakeWhat was the first concert you ever went to? Who did you go with? And – if they were (or are) still around – would you go again? 😀
My husband and I saw Patti LaBelle in concert and I would definitely go again. She was fabulous!

You get to take any animal you want home from the National Zoo. Which one do you pick?
I would free all of them!

An eccentric billionaire offers you a billion dollars. the only catch is that you have to own a professional [American] sports team. Do you take the money? If yes, what sport do you choose, what city will be its home base, and what will you name it? (If you take the money you create a new team.)
In honor of my Brooklyn Monarchs sports romance series, I would take the money, choose basketball, establish the team in Brooklyn, New York and name it the Brooklyn Monarchs. 🙂

You’re only allowed to read one book for the next year. Which book do you choose and why?
I would choose The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson. A couple of friends have highly recommended it – and it’s more than 600 pages long. I think I’d need the year to complete it.

Mystic ParkWhat would your superhero name be? And your super power? Now… what if you were an anti hero? What would your “anti super hero power” be?
OK. This question stumped me. I’m sorry. LOL!

Who are you choosing for your zombie apocalypse team? [Real, then fictional?]
My zombie apocalypse team, … OK … real would be Andrew Lincoln. He plays Rick Grimes on The Walking Dead. I’m hoping he’s picked up a thing or two. Fictional would be Alice from Resident Evil. She has awesome fighting powers.

If you could switch places with someone for 72 hours, whose life would you want to live?
I would want to live my own life but better. So hopefully, when the 72 hours are up, I’ll have a better idea of what I’m doing. LOL!

What five dead authors would you invite to a dinner party if you could?
L.A. Banks, Francis Ray, Gwynne Forster, Maya Angelou and Monica Jackson.

What is one question you always wish as an author people would ask but nobody ever does?
When do you sleep?

Heated RivalryWhat is your favorite Crayola crayon color? And what types of crayons were the best? (Scented, glitter, glow in the dark, etc.)
One of my favorite colors is burnt sienna; I’m pretty conservative so I’ll stick to the regular box of 64.

What’s your downfall?
I need sleep.

What would you put in your ideal candy bar?
I’d put caffeine in the bar and take calories out.

What’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you at school? Now what about at a conference?
The most embarrassing thing to ever happen to me anywhere and at anytime is forgetting people’s names. I hate when that happens and it happens more often than it should.

As a child which character/book(s) would you most want to be [or be in] a Laura Ingalls Wilder book, Madeline L’Engle, Lloyd Alexander, L.M. Montgomery? Or another book(s)?
I really enjoyed the Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators series.

So what questions do you have for Patricia/Regina? And remember to stay tuned because fingers crossed I’ll be adding to the post soon! Xoxo

Guest Author & A Giveaway: Miranda Neville

I absolutely cannot handle the fact that we’re into December. No. Unfortunately, it is what it is. (Which is a phrase I kinda hate but … it’s true, and fitting, and not a “passing the buck” when it comes to time. … Unless you’re Hermione. Or a Time Lord. Which is a Doctor Who thing, right?) Anyway. Today we have the fabulous Miranda Neville guesting with us!!! She has a book out at the end of the month so I decided to pounce on her early. You’re welcome. 😉

She also opted for a [non]traditional ALBTALBS author interview, because why not right? We only have 12 of these a year. If that.

The Importance of Being WickedEvery single book release you have from here on out will hit #1 on the NYT and USA Today best seller lists. The catch is you can only eat pizza for the rest of your life. You can have regular pizza, and dessert pizza… but it has to be pizza. Do you take that deal? [And what type of pizza would be your “go to”?]
Are you kidding? Of course! My favorite pizzas have vegetables, hold the sausage and pepperoni. I love basil, goat’s cheese and sun-dried tomatoes on a thin crust.

What would your street [nick]name be? why? 😀
Posh Spice. Wait, that’s been taken. Can I be Champagne Neville? I’m not really a motorcycle gang girl. I aspire to bubbly and limos rather than beer and bikes.

You have the opportunity to be part of any TV show for one episode. (One that is on or off the air.) Which one do you pick, and what is your role?
I’ve just glommed the entire two seasons of Alpha House, Gary Trudeau’s Washington sitcom. Janel Moloney (Donna from The West Wing) plays a Tea Party senator in a crazy over-the-top way that looks like she’s having a blast. I’ll be Psycho for a Day.

What’s the most unique/strange silly skill you possess?
I’m very good at lighting bonfires. My friends call me One-Match. Come to think of it, that could be my street name. One-Match Neville.

The Ruin of a RogueWhat is one question you always wish as an author people would ask but nobody ever does?
Why are you so brilliant?

Your next life you come back as a dog. What breed do you come back as and why?
A bichon frise, because they always seem happy and everyone loves them. But I wouldn’t want the poofed up grooming; keep the fur short, please.

Which celebrity is your “spirit animal?” Why?
Emma Thompson. Because my daughter says so. (I’d never heard of a spirit animal and had to ask her.)

If you were a serial killer, who would be your target? And what would be your MO? [“Calling card,” what memento would you take?] Target = old men, young men, school children, college aged women, etc.
People who weep on reality TV shows. Death by flying object. My calling card would be a photograph of Heidi Klum.

Hostile alien invasion, or zombie apocalypse? Which one do you think is more likely to happen? Which one is scarier?
Alien invasion is more likely but zombies are scarier.

Lady Windermere's LoverWhat’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done for research? what’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while doing research? In general, or for this book?
May I look into the future? I intend to take a balloon ride in preparation for a book about a Regency balloon race. I can’t really pick one interesting thing, but I can reveal that the Pantheon Opera House, built in London in the 1780s, had mahogany toilet seats in the ladies’ water closet. This fact does not appear in The Duke of Dark Desires.

Which do you choose – walk in pantry, walk in closet, or extra garage space?
Walk in closet.

Can you name at least three US Supreme Court Justices without looking?
Ginsberg, Sotormayor, Kagan, Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Kennedy…. OK now I need to go check.

How did you come up with your author name?
Neville is a family name. I picked Miranda because I like it.

What was your favorite book as a child?
It changed from year to year with my age. Anne of Green Gables was a perennial favorite.

What is the super power you would most like to have? and least like to have?
Most: Invisibility. Least: X-Ray vision. I’d like to be able to eavesdrop but not to see people naked.

Man I should’ve asked Miranda the spammer question, don’t you think? I bet she would’ve given a super entertaining answer. 😀 So now, it’s up to you. What outrageous and silly question do you have for Ms. Neville? Or you can definitely ask her about her writing and her books. Speaking of, this is the book that will be out on December 30th.

The Duke of Dark DesiresBook Four of The Wild Quartet
Wanted: Governess able to keep all hours . . .

Rebellious Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. Now in the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified–to become his mistress. Yet the alluring woman appears impervious to him. Somehow Julian must find a way to make her succumb to temptation . . . without losing his heart and revealing the haunting mistakes of his past.

Lady Jeanne de Falleron didn’t seek a position as a governess simply to fall into bed with the Duke of Denford. Under the alias of Jane Grey, she must learn which of the duke’s relatives is responsible for the death of her family–and take her revenge. She certainly can’t afford the distraction of her darkly irresistible employer, or the smoldering desire he ignites within her.

But as Jane discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she’s faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for Julian: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she’s sworn to kill?

You can order a copy of The Duke of Dark Desires here. And of course, some lucky commenter is going to win her choice of any of Miranda Neville’s backlist. In print or in electronic book form! Whee!

SAIHM Feature + Guest Author & A Giveaway: Yasmine Galenorn

My darlings it is November! How did that happen?! Also, it’s the first Tuesday! >.> Yes. *koffs* So – it’s time for our Guest Author & A Giveaway feature! Today we have Yasmine Galenorn, she’s a first time guest at ALBTALBS so everyone give her a warm welcome! I also loved her answers, and I hope you do too.

So without further ado … your typical ALBTALBS Author Interview with Yasmine Galenorn! \o/

Courting DarknessWhich would you most like to go to? A​ncient Greece, ​Rome, Egypt, China, Mesopotamia, Africa, or South America? Why?
Um…can I pick Finland? Because I have a special connection there—not by blood but by spirit. If not, then Mesopotamia, because I love the B52’s song. *grins*

Which fairy tale would you most like to be in? ​Least? Why (for both)?
Most: I’m picking Where the Wild Things Are. YES—I maintain it’s a modern fairy tale! I want to travel with Max to the island and meet the Wild Things. And some times, I want to stay there, because the concept of living on a magical island full of wild creatures who were also malleable sounds like a lot of fun.

Least: Cinderella. I don’t believe in Happily Ever After (though I do believe in Happy For Now), I don’t like housework, and I want my man to be an equal partner, not my rescuer. 😉

What’s the best book you read as a school assignment?
Watership Down. It’s still my favorite book. I absolutely love it, and see it as modern myth. I had to contrast/compare it to the Odyssey in 9th grade. I still cry over the end, no matter how many times I’ve read it, and my favorite character is Fiver.

What do you think about clowns?
Do we even have to go there? *shudders* Have NEVER liked clowns. They freak me out. They invade your boundaries and space and then victim-blame you for being a poor sport when you tell them to back off. I can’t imagine being married to a clown. That would be a deal breaker.

Night SeekerCelebrity/Author death match – who would you most want to take on? [you don’t have to say why ;)]
Oh hell, I dunno. Alyssa Day. Because I love the woman and no matter how it came out, I’d be happy . *laughing*

What did you do with the money from your first royalty check?
Bought a new desk and chair and got my first tattoo! WAY back in 1998.

What items have to be close by when writing & not just the sensible stuff like research notes, but the other perhaps slightly goofy stuff (bowl of m&ms, stuffed animal, stress ball, pot of coffee).
Other than my notebooks, research, Daytimer, dozens of pens and other office supplies…there are a number of trinkets I love but the ONE constant throughout my writing life has been Miss Kitty, the porcelain kitty I’ve had since I was 7 years old (and that is…a little over four decades). I traded a necklace for her at school. She’s been my writing mascot ever since. I have a lot of other baubles and things, but Miss Kitty? She has to be there.

If you had to become a bear, which type would you choose? Why?
I LOVE BEARS I LOVE THIS QUESTION…*calms down* Okay…Brown bear. I love brown bears. The goddess I’m a priestess of created the bear in the Finnish traditions/mythos and names him Otso. Bear is tattooed on my arm. I have three cave bear teeth that are 20,000 years old. I have statues of bears—including a very large one in my yard. I have pictures of bears. I have stuffed bears—I love the Gund Snuffles bears and collect them. Oh, you wanted to know why? Because brown bears are…bears. Isn’t that enough reason?

Shadow RisingA twisted fairy offers you perfect health. You’ll never be sick or get a migraine again. The catch is you’ll break a bone every three years until your 75th birthday. Nothing crippling, but still a break. (Anything from a femur to your pinky.) Do you take the offer? why or why not?
Um, sure. Considering that at most, I’d maybe, possibly, live 15 years after 75 years old, that’s five bones and none of them crippling? Okay. Fine. I won’t be going wind surfing or sky diving at that point. That’s fine. Even at my age, if all health concerns magically vanished until I was 75—sure.

If you were to become a spammer, what product would you peddle? And what would your message be? Come up with the most attention getting, creative, crazy thing. Yes, that’s a challenge.
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​T​ell us two truths and a lie. (The catch is you have to tell us what the lie is later in the comments)

  1. I lived in a converted school bus and slept with a hatchet by my head.
  2. I firmly believe I was an Egyptian Pharaoh in an earlier life.
  3. I never went on a date with any of my boyfriends/girlfriends/husband (and former husband) before I got involved with them romantically.

If you could be a super hero what would your super hero name be? And what would your nemesis be named? What would both of your super powers be?
The Empress of Dark Sparklies. My powers would be the ability to enchant and delight, with the darkest of sparkly magic. And my nemesis would be Grumpy Conservo-Dude, who has the power to drain the magic out of any gathering, and the fun out of any situation.

Night VisionIf you could switch places with someone for 72 hours, whose life would you want to live?
Honestly? Nobody. If I loved it more than my own, I’d regret coming back. If I hated it, I’d never be able to talk to that person again without thinking, “I know too much about what their life is like.”

What five other authors do you think more people need to be reading? (You can assume you’re already on the list ;))

  1. Shawntelle Madison.
  2. Kerry Schafer
  3. Karen Mahoney
  4. Holly Black (The Coldest Girl in Cold Town is one of my favorites as of late)
  5. Chloe Neill

Who are you choosing for your zombie apocalypse team? [Real, then fictional?]
Real:

  1. My friend Andrew. He’d be my choice for leader of the pack. If anybody can survive the zombie apocalypse, he can.
  2. I’d be the brains.
  3. Samwise—my husband—to run the underground communications/computer network.
  4. Marc and Andria, my assistants—both strong and handy.
  5. Carol, one of my best friends.
  6. Gary Numan—my favorite singer because we’re going to need entertainment. *koffs*celebritycrush*koffs*

Autumn WhispersFictional:

  1. Leonard McCoy from Star Trek: He can cure anything with that tricorder.
  2. Buffy: because she’s…Buffy.
  3. Daryl from the Walking Dead: Because besides being eye candy, you have to love a guy who can shoot a good cross bow and have no remorse.
  4. MacGyver: because he can create ANYTHING.
  5. Han Solo: because HAN SHOT FIRST!
  6. Thor: because he’s Thor, any other reason needed?

(Hey, you said ‘team’…to me a team means numbers!)

What a fun interview! But now I want to talk a little about Native American Indian Heritage month, and about how that relates to me. You might not know, but I’m (a significant) part Cherokee. I don’t talk about it much because honestly, I see it as just part of who I am. It doesn’t make me any more special or less special than someone who’s part Norwegian or part African American.

I’m one of those people who are kind of adrift about my family heritage. Most of the rest of my origin is Irish, but the honest truth is this: I don’t know much about a lot of my ancestors. I tried to investigate my Cherokee ancestry but my ancestors weren’t on the government rolls and that makes it difficult to pursue information.

Night's EndThe genealogy of my family wasn’t documented very well and with a great-grandma who outlived eight husbands, nobody really even knows what her original last name was, as far as I know. Our family? Not so close. Add to that, my blood father was my mother’s cousin (a long and involved story there. My mother left my stepfather for very good reasons, got pregnant with me, and then unfortunately went back to him)…and you begin to understand the complicated dynamics involved in my background.

However, I do know this: I grew up in a town where ethnicities weren’t accepted very well. I grew up hearing my stepfather refer to Native Americans as ‘warhoops’ (right in front of my mother and me), and Hispanics as ‘wetbacks.’ It didn’t make me ashamed of my background. In fact, his prejudice only served to make me leave that town and my family as soon as I could.

I also know that when my mother first married my stepfather, Grandma wouldn’t allow Mom to walk through the front door for a couple of years because she was part Cherokee. (Yes, I called—her Grandma. Blood related or not, she actually treated me pretty nicely though everybody knew I wasn’t actually H’s daughter. She didn’t take it out on me like he did—he abused me for just existing.)

Priestess DreamingMom was forced to go through the back door or the ‘servant’s entrance.’ After my stepfather finally spoke up—two years later—and his brother and sister argued with Grandma, she relented. But two years of being relegated to ‘servant’ status affected my mother’s already low self-esteem and I don’t think she ever recovered. When I heard the story, it made me that much more determined that I’d never let anybody stop me from what I wanted to do, just because of who I was.

Once I left home, I don’t believe I’ve ever suffered discrimination because of my ethnic background. I’ve been discriminated against because of my weight, being tattooed, and to some degree—being bisexual—more than anything else.

But yes, that, and the whole dynamic of knowing what happened to my mother, did affect my writing. In my books, there are hate groups and racism, even though it’s within an urban fantasy setting.

While some things in my world are idealized, others are not. In Otherworld, same-sex marriage? Legal and no problem to most people. Alternative lifestyles and sexualities? Maybe not the norm but just a matter-of-fact presence. But discrimination exists, and not only among the humans. My D’Artigo Sisters’ father hates one of Camille’s husbands simply because of his heritage. He’s prejudiced. And it causes a rift and he pays a price in losing his daughters’ respect.

Panther ProwlingI approach the themes of ‘other-ness’ and discrimination from a world-centric POV rather than taking it down to one ethnicity. Because I see racism and discrimination in every group, in every country, every continent, every religion, every gathering of like-individuals. There will always be a few who browbeat those who aren’t part of the ‘us’ in the us-and-them. So my writing focuses on oddballs and misfits, and those who live—like I do—a little bit on the fringe. In fact, I truly don’t know if I believe in ‘normal’ as truly existing.

I’ve always been on the outside, always been a ‘misfit’ in the norms of society. And that has made me realize how important subculture becomes. It’s also made me think about how important it is that those of us in the subculture not become exclusive. We cannot allow ourselves to take on the characteristics of those who would make us feel less-than-human, less-than-acceptable—whether it be for our ethnic heritage, or our weight, or the way we choose to portray ourselves.

So, next time you see a heavily tattooed fat chick wearing retro-pinup clothing, before making quick assumptions about her, remember: that could easily be me. ~grins~

So tell me, how do you see yourself against what is thought of as ‘normal’ in society? I’m giving a mini-book basket to one commenter (must be USA, I’m sorry), including the first three books in the Otherworld Series, the first book in the Indigo Court Series, and the first book in my Chintz ‘n China series.

You all know how this goes! Guess – which one is the lie that she told? What crazy question do you want to ask Yasmine? (Or you know, a reasonable one. Or something about her books.) And go go GO!

Guest Author & A Giveaway: Lorelie Brown

You guys!!!! So … I’m still kinda on hiatus cuz pretty much nothing is figured out. [Although nobody has died since I went on hiatus, so that’s good? I guess holding steady is all I can ask for?] BUT!!! June is birthday month and that’s you know like a big deal. So … we’ll see how this goes and I hope to have it done and we’ll DO THIS okay?

First up – by the seat of our pants, is the wonderful  Lorelie Brown. She wanted to do an author interview. Because well, who wouldn’t? 😉

And also? Today is release day for her! Whee!! So remember to congratulate her – don’t worry – I’ll add book info 😛 but without further ado, the interview!

One LessonI know you watch Investigation Discovery so … If you were a serial killer, who would be your target? And what would be your MO? [“Calling card,” what memento would you take?] Target = old men, young men, school children, college aged women, etc.
I think I’d go be a hooker, and then I’d kill anyone who treated me badly. Totally Eileen Wuornos style. Then I’d keep their keychains, because don’t you think there’s something personal about a set of keys? They’re the thing someone can’t leave the house without, you know?

 

Your next life you come back as a dog. What breed do you come back as and why?
I’d be a shih-tzu, but only if I could belong to an owner like me. Sleeping as many hours as I want, taken to the groomers regularly and getting free run of the furniture sounds pretty good to me. Much like my regular life, as a matter of fact.

Which celebrity is your “spirit animal?” Why?
Jennifer Lawrence. She’s me! See the faces she makes? JLaw Gif

Or this moment, with the mint spilling and hiding. JLaw Spill GifShe’s completely me. You know, except for the fact that she’s young and has Oscars and it so damn gorgeous and fit. Other than that stuff, we’re completely alike.

What badass female character from TV (or books/movies) do you most want to be?
As of last night, I want to be Kacy Catanzaro. What’s that? You don’t know who she is? Why, she’s the very first woman to conquer the qualifying round of American Ninja Warrior. (If you don’t watch this show, you totally should. Incredibly in-shape people of all shapes, sizes and creeds doing physical shit that will BLOW YOUR MIND. And there’s shirtless men *every* show.) She ran up a 15 foot, inward curved wall. She is AMAZING. And only 5 foot tall. Here, just watch this.

Do you speak any other languages? What [other] language would you most like to learn and why?
I speak French only so much as two years of high school French means you know how to speak a language. Which is to say, not really at all. I would like to know how to speak it properly though. Fluently. Mostly because it can be such a pretty language, but also because I’d like to go to Paris and eat pastry and pretend I’m a native.

Riding the WaveHostile alien invasion, or zombie apocalypse? Which one do you think is more likely to happen? Which one is scarier?
Probably a hostile alien invasion is more likely, but I think a zombie apocalypse would be scarier. Mostly because I live in suburbia boredom land. There’s no way the aliens would bother with my area. They’d be in the bigger, cooler places where they can annihilate more humans at once.

Who are you choosing for your zombie apocalypse team? [real, then fictional?]
For my real team, can I pick Tom Hiddleston? So we can repopulate the world with beautiful babies? Or at least die trying? I mean, he is real after all.

Fictional, I’ll go with anyone from a Helenkay Dimon book. Her people are always so kickass and resourceful. Then I’ll pick up Selena and Jim from 28 Days Later, since they’ve been through this already and they’ll keep us safe. (But no one from the cast of 28 Weeks Later, because I’d be afraid their stupidity would leach into me.)

Favorite “gotta have it” drink? Alcoholic? Non-alcoholic?
I miss Coca-Cola so very, very, very much. I quit it almost two years ago. Then I moved to diet coke for a while, but I even quit that about nine months ago. I’m pretty much addicted to Canada Dry Ten and A&W Ten though. They’re my diet go-tos. Alcoholic wise, I’ve been drinking bourbon sours lately. Is that hideously geeky or retro cool? I don’t even know. I just like ’em. And didja know that most bartenders in NOLA are very generous with the bourbon? Just sayin’.

Ahead in the HeatWhat five other authors do you think more people need to be reading?  (You can assume you’re already on the list :P)
Carrie Lofty. Bwahahaa! Anyone who knows me, knows that’s a cheater answer since she’s my co-writer too.

Cara McKenna. I don’t understand how she’s not a best-seller. Her books are emotional and smart and angsty. Plus omg-dirty-filthy. In the best kind of way.

Charlotte Stein. Her voice is one of a kind, I love it so very hard. There is nothing on earth like a Charlotte Stein book.

Jennifer Echols. She’s my YA reading standby, plus she’s moved into full fledged adult romance. I’m behind on my reading (because there’s not enough hours in the day!) and it’s *killing* me that I haven’t read her Stargazer series yet.

Maisey Yates. She’s my favorite Presents writer. I love how she flips the standard tropes with so much loving care.

What’s the most interesting thing you’ve ever done for research? what’s the most interesting thing you’ve learned while doing research? In general, or for this book?
Hanging out of my trunk, trying to make sure my heroine’s wrists could be zip-tied to a support strut while she got fucked? My job, it is a strange and awesome one sometimes.

Um, the research I did for this novella had mostly to do with beer pong. The rules, the variations. What it took to win a game. You know, that kind of deep research stuff. 😉

An Indiscreet DebutanteWould you rather win the largest SuperMegaZillions lottery in history or be #1 on the NYT Best Seller list for 25 weeks?
NYT Best Seller list. *g* If I make it ten times, my 13 year old made me promise to take him to Japan. Little does he know that hitting the list once and staying there forevah is probably better! LOL

What’s the best admonishment your mom ever gave you, or that you’ve ever given a kid? e.g. if you make that face it’ll freeze like that. or… if you walk from the kitchen to the table w/ a fork in your mouth you’ll stab yourself through the throat and die
“Don’t put your arm out the window or it’ll go home in someone else’s car.” I mean, really. Has she LOOKED at how far apart cars actually drive? Or does she think my arms are 12 feet long?

What’s your favorite tv show?
Game of Thrones. Even when G.R.R. Martin breaks my heart.

(Maybe especially then.)

Now your favorite guilty pleasure secret shame show. I’m talking real housewives, the kardashians, bridalplasty, jersey shore, etc. *shudders*
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. It’s like six year olds were given a dress budget and a pack of colored pens and told to design their dream wedding dresses. The results are AWESOMELY HIDEOUS.

OWNWhat’s the most embarrassing thing to ever happen to you at school? What about at a conference?
It was the time a boy sitting behind me in an assembly reached up and touched my hair and said “Wow, you use a lot of gel. Your hair is crispy.” And my brilliant response was “I don’t use gel.” Not like I mentioned the other half-dozen kinds of mousse and hairspray I used, so he made this completely disgusted face and wiped his hands off on his jeans. Ugh.

At my first conference, I walked up to an author at the Literacy signing. I was surprised she had no line, because I’d thought she was more popular. “I love your books about [redacted],” I gushed. “You mean her,” she replied, pointing to the table next to her, which was surrounded by a line three deep on all sides. I’d gotten the right last name, and slightly different first name.

I can be such an idiot sometimes.

What do you think is the best commercial of all time?
I…don’t think I can remember one. Any. Does that make me the worst American of all time?

 

One LessonIn this steamy novella, it’ll take just one surfing lesson from a sexy billionaire to turn a beautiful, buttoned-up lawyer’s life upside down…

As a lawyer for the surf company WavePro, Bethany Harmon prides herself on being a hardworking, rational woman. She isn’t easily swayed by a charming smile and handsome face. When she’s tasked with tracking down James “Jammer” Montcrief for failing to fulfill his contractual obligations, she knows that’s exactly what she’s up against. But when the sexy playboy promises to finish the tour and teach Bethany how to surf—if she beats him in a game of beer pong—she agrees. And sinks every cup.

Now James has to pay up. Not that he minds. Little does Bethany realize, he has an ulterior motive. With delicious plans for the buttoned-up brunette, James means to give her everything she’s demanded—and much, much more…

Lorelie is offering a kindle copy of One Lesson to a lucky commenter, or any of her Samhain backlist! Whee! So now – I want to see what zany questions you can come up with to ask her! Go go go!

Guest Author & A Giveaway: Ruthie Knox

My dears, it is April. I am not ok with this. I need a pause and rewind button. But! No pausing or rewinding today – we’re barreling forward with Ruthie Knox! She’s here, and she chose to do an author interview, and we’re excited about that! Whoo! Yes! 😉

Really she’ll be much more entertaining – so here you go.

Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure1. Your next life you come back as a dog. What breed do you come back as and why?
I come back as a mutt. Scrappy, medium size, with a slightly too large head. I never learn to walk on a leash, chew through collars, escape to roll in dead squirrels, steal pizza off your plate, and find and lick your panties when you are away from home. But I’m good-tempered, and the kids love me.

I’m not sure there is a why. Because that is the most awesome kind of dog to be?

2. What badass female character from TV (or books/movies) do you most want to be?
I will admit to a fondness for Sidney Bristow from Alias. Jennifer Garner’s just so cute, with her dimples and her Serious Spy Face and her badass disguises. Cannot resist her.

3. What would your superhero name be? What if you were an anti hero? What would your “anti super hero power” be?
My superhero name would need to include the suffix “licious.” Probably “Bootylicious,” because I have the booty. If I were an antihero, I would be Madame X, and my power would be to shrink people and make them live in tiny elaborate dollhouses of my own devising.

Truly4. Chocolate covered strawberries, salted caramel chocolates, or chocolate covered chips? Which do you go to?
Salted caramel chocolates. But I only have six, and then I switch to the chocolate-covered chips because mmm, sugarsaltfat.

5. You have a one way ticket to any place in the world you want to go – outside the United States. Where do you choose to go and why?
I would need more than one ticket, because if you gave me one and I couldn’t come back or take the people I love, I wouldn’t go. But if I can take all my people with me, and they are all perfectly compliant to my wishes, I think maybe I take them to Spain. I spent a couple weeks there as a teenager and liked it enough that I can imagine being happy there. Toledo, perhaps. Or somewhere in the hot, dry middle of the country.

6. What is your favorite food? Why? And what is your “signature dish”?
I’m terrible at favorites, but if I had to pick one food to eat over and over again forever, it would probably be refried bean and cheese burritos. So I guess that is my favorite food? Or, failing that, milk chocolate.

7. You have a pet rock. What do you name it and how do you decorate it?
I name it Thomasina, and I decorate it with rhinestones, frosty pink lipstick, and a short blond shag.

Room at the Inn8. What celebrity is your “spirit animal?” Why?
Jodie Foster is my spirit animal. She’s wicked smart, sharp, generous, courageous, and curious. She is extremely beautiful in a way that is genuine and unthreatening. And she has a refreshingly low tolerance for bullshit.

9. Sports – do you prefer participating, or spectating? And which?
I’d rather participate than spectate, but team sports are not my thing. I like all the ones you can do solitary or with a partner — running, hiking, yoga, biking, etc.

10. Do you speak any other languages? What [other] language would you most like to learn and why?
I don’t speak any languages other than English. I took a lot of Latin, which, yeah. I’d like to learn Spanish. It would make me feel like less of a privileged asshole.

11. You have to listen to the same song to 72 hours, or your family gets it. What song do you choose to listen to on repeat?
“Gotta Have You” by The Weepies.

Big Boy12. Tell us two truths and a lie. (The catch is you’ll have to tell us which is what in the comments.)

I’ve never taken an antibiotic.
I went to college when I was sixteen.
I gave birth at home.

13. You have to be part of a reality show. Which one do you pick? Which one do you absolutely refuse to be part of? Why?
I’ll assume I can be part of any reality show ever — I’d pick The Real World. I’d also choose to be twenty years old for this exercise. It would be fun to learn exactly what brand of crazy I turned out to be in that environment. I would refuse to be on Survivor, because I am intensely noncompetitive, and I would suck at every conceivable aspect of that contest.

14. You’re only allowed to read one book for the next year. Which book do you choose and why?
I’d choose Lois McMaster Bujold’s Miles in Love, which is cheating because it’s more than one book. I’d like to read and reread those books, because they’re great, but also perfect genre fiction, absolutely perfect and brilliant. I’d learn so much.

The Camelot Series15.  What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you at school? How about at a conference?
Once in high school, I went to the bathroom during lunch and came back to my regular (mixed-sex) lunch table to find everyone giggling and casting me furtive looks. I knew they’d been talking about me, but I couldn’t get them to tell me what for the longest time — and then finally one of them confessed that they’d been talking about what I would be like if I ever received oral sex, and one of the guys had done this firetruck siren noise and lifted both arms in the air like he was on a roller coaster.

Then I died.

At my first RWA conference, I met Miranda Neville and knew I’d read one of her books but couldn’t remember the name. Had her confused with Meredith Duran. Then went to the room, looked her up, still confused. Met her again later, told her which book, she pointed out that it was Meredith Duran’s book. Then I stared at her cleavage speechlessly, then left. She was very nice about it.

Isn’t Ruthie adorable? Ruthie is also very generously offering someone a copy of Roman Holiday: The Complete Adventure. (And yes – swear I will fucking pick winners! And you know … it’ll HAPPEN.)

So what questions do you have for Ms. Knox?