Sunday, August 26, 2012

Meet Crimson Author M.V. Freeman


Today I'd like to introduce a good friend of mine and fellow Crimson Author, M.V. Freeman. Her book Incandescent is being released today over at Crimson Romance. So without further ado, here's my interview with M.V.
Welcome, M. V.


Tessa, it a pleasure to be here! Thanks so much for inviting me.


You are so welcome. I'm going to start today with an easy question, Did you always know you wanted to become a writer or was it something that just sort of happened?

Yes, I always did. I was always scribbling down story ideas, but I had no discipline or purpose. It wasn’t until about 15 yrs ago (yes, that long) that I began to take it seriously. I started out
writing short stories and it grew until I started writing a book.


Awesome. How do you go about writing? Do you plot in three act play version or just put on the music and let it happen?

I’m what I call a “drunken squirrel”. I start with an idea—and usually one of the main characters. I brainstorm it and put in what I call “Tent-Poles” That is the turning point, the mid point, and the black moment—and ending. I suppose that’s a three act play—because it’s simpler. Then I write, I know where I’m going for about three chapters and I let my characters tell me what to do. BUT, I make sure I head toward those points. I think it’s the best of all worlds. When I
try to over plot my story—it becomes stilted and I don’t enjoy the outcome. (Music is always a must when I write)

I love the idea of a drunk squirrel! LOL Your story involves so many complex characters, what was the first inkling that you would involve so many paranormal characters?

I think the moment I created the hero, Mikhail Petrov. I knew things were going to get interesting. He was man that drew all sorts to him—and they would have to be paranormal. And if I’m truthful—the more I brainstormed—I knew that there was more than just thesurface story.

I have to admit it was the first time I felt sort of drawn to a Voltimort type hero. I'm usually the stary-eyed optimist kind of gal. He's a handful. Of all your characters in Incandescent, who is your favorite and why?

I have two—first is my hero, Mikhail Petrov, he is very Slavic, charming, and a realcpain. But he is motivated by desperation. I adore him. Even though he smokes way too many cigars and drinks a lot of vodka. The second is Mina, a secondary character—a quirky strange girl that drew me to her as I wrote her. By the time I was done, I knew her story would have to be told.

I'm so glad to hear you are doing her story. I know we've talked about this, but will there be a sequel or even a prequel to this story?

There will be a sequel—in fact I’ve planned two other books and possibly one Novella. The second story will bring in Mina, the quirky character I spoke about. I found the more I write in this world—the more things reveal themselves.

There are so many story lines in this tale, I can see you becoming the new J.K. Rowlings.

You make me blush. Thank you, that is true praisenindeed. J

For you what is the hardest part of writing? First draft? Editors edits? or Final Galley corrections?

You know, I could just be glib and say—oh it’s nothing. But ALL of it is hard for me. I have to fight for everything I write from first draft, to the many revisions, to editing and the final Galley. I am not a natural editor. But my drive to see the story told keeps me going forward.


What's your musical play list while writing?

Oooh, this is many and varied. I like Baroque and Celtic Music for the most part. BUT, when I’m trying to get emotional and violent scenes written—I listen to groups like: Arcade Fire, Red, GodSmack, Five Finger Death Punch, Theory of Deadman, Nickelback, Dev, Adele, Enya and Loreena Mckennitt (That’s just a few). Each group style of music has its purpose. I also like the blues…like Jace Everett and the late Amy Winehouse. Even some opera. I am what I like to think of as eclectic…

Where can readers find you?

Here are some places. J

Twitter: @MVFree

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/AuthorMVFreeman?

When should we look for your next release?

I am hoping to have my next one out sometime in 2013. I’d like to say before then—but I am realistic. It takes time for me to write. I’d like to say I can push the next story out quickly and in some ways it will be quicker than the last one..but when I write it is like working with dough. Its large, bulky an sticky. J

Thanks again for having me here Tessa! As a gift, I will give tea to one lucky commentator (My heroes favorite drink next to vodka.)


Here's a bit about her fantastic book Incandescent.

Incandescent:


Some gifts are unwanted, and Laurie’s Hudson’s affinity for fire is one she hates. It has destroyed her relationship with her family and she has few friends. She’s fought hard to keep the fire inside suppressed, living a low key life as a bartender, until a brutal and charming man blows into her life.
Around Mikhail Petrov, her careful control disintegrates. She is at once drawn to his urbane, cool demeanor and irritated by his overbearing manner. Her options are taken away when he kidnaps her, forcing her into a fight she wants nothing to do with.
As she learns to survive, Laurie faces the hardest choice of all, her freedom or the destruction of the frustrating man she’s come to care for.


Author Bio: M.V. Freeman is a native of Minnesota, but calls North Alabama her home. She is a member of RWA, and the chapters: Georgia Romance Writers, Southern Magic, and Heart of Dixie. By day her mind is filled with medical jargon at the local health clinic, but at night she finds herself exploring alternate worlds within our own. Heavily influenced by Slavic languages and culture, you will find she weaves these elements into her stories. Her award winning current story INCANDESCENT is the first in a series.

She is currently working on the second book in the series while plotting another project. When she is not writing, she’s reading, cooking, throwing around kettle bells, or making coffee.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Do you know What a Texas Girl Wants


I suppose Texas girls aren't much different from the rest of us, however Crimson Author Kristi Knight might have a better idea. Her contemporary novel was released on June 4 . It's in ebook form and soon to be in paperback.
What a Texas Girl Wants.
Kathleen Witte is a down-to-earth girl. She has to be, with the family ranch on the verge of
success. After seven months of keeping it all together by swearing off men, however, Kathleen needs a bit of fun in the sun. Waking up with a husband she can’t remember isn’t how she planned to blow off steam.
The last thing Jackson Taylor wants in his life is a down-to-earth girl. He has four weeks of
freedom in which to find his birth mother. He’s done well avoiding commitment until now, so when he wakes up on a Mexican beach with Kathleen his first reaction is curiosity. When he spies the matching wedding rings on their left hands curiosity turns to concern.
Neither Jacksonbnor Kathleen want to stay married, but when her family shows up, they have no
choice. Once back in Texas, however, can they keep this all-business marriage from turning into an all-consuming love?
This story is a great beach read or if you are relaxing on your patio or deck enjoying those last rays of summer.
Here's an excerpt:

"So the man calling you sweetheart on the patio isn't your husband?"
Kathleen blanched. "No, idiot. He's my grandfather. What do you think I am some Anna Nicole wannabe?"
"No, but. . .Well who else would call you sweetheart besides your husband?"
She glared at him. "Start talking, Cowboy. Am I remembering last night?"
"I'm not sure, either." When Kathleen would have socked him in the shoulder, he continued. "I was sent down here on a photo shoot for Sports Weekly last Monday. It wrapped and I decided to
stay for a few extra days. I have a show booked in New York in a couple of months and I thought some shots of the crowds on the Malecon would do well. That would have been. . .Wednesday. Then I woke up on the beach this morning with you. So assuming this is Thursday, yeah, we're both remembering the same night." "Kathleen?"
She ignored Grandfather and focused on Jackson. "You seriously don't remember how
this"-she wagged her right index finger between their left hands-"happened?" His only response was a slow shaking of his head from side to side. Wonderful. Wait. Wouldn't that make the annulment that much simpler? All the celebrities did it. Get drunk, get married, plead incompetence because of alcohol and get a quickie annulment. If it was good enough for
Britney it was good enough for Kathleen. As long as she could get the annulment ball rolling before Grandfather found out
If you'd like to find out more about Kristi Knight and her books please check her out at these sites.
Be sure to purchase your copy of What A Texas Girl Wants at:

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B&N - barnesandnoble.com/w/what-a-texas-girl-wants-kristina-knight/1110496096?ean=9781440544637






Friday, August 17, 2012

Come meet D'Ann Lindum, Crimson Author



Falling in love with romance novels the summer before sixth grade, D’Ann Lindun never thought about writing one until many years later when she took a how-to class at her local college. She was hooked! She began writing and never looked back. Romance appeals to her because there's just something so satisfying about writing a book guaranteed to have a happy ending.
D’Ann’s particular favorites usually feature cowboys and the women who love them. This is probably because she draws inspiration from the area where she lives, Western Colorado, her husband of twenty-nine years and their daughter. Composites of their small farm, herd of horses, five Australian shepherds, a Queensland heeler, eight ducks and cats of every shape and color often show up in her stories!
Let's meet D'Ann Lindum

When I was in the Seventh grade, I had a huge crush
on a boy named Randy. He was dark-haired with honey-brown eyes. He wore Levis
and glasses and he showed sheep in 4-H. And, sigh, he read Louis L’Amour novels. I wanted him to notice me, so I went to the library and checked out a few of those books to read when he was nearby.
All thought of impressing my crush by reading Louis L’Amour fell away as I lost myself in those westerns. I could identify with the heroines in Mr. L’Amour’s books because I have always
ridden horses, live in the west and can shoot a rifle. But those heroines didn’t have enough storylines, in my opinion. Years later, after I began writing romance, I always
wanted to write my own version of a Louis L’Amour book. The closest I’ve come is my new release, Shot Through the Heart.
It’s not a historical, and the hero, nor heroine, shoot anyone. But they do ride in the mountains chasing a bad guy. The hero is willing to shoot to protect the woman he loves. If that’s not a Louis L’Amour moment, I don’t know what is.

Excerpt:
Derrick’s gut twisted into a tight knot of rage. Who was Lawrence Porter to put this woman
through hell? When Derrick got hold of him, he would wring his scrawny neck. He yanked the front door open so hard it slammed against the wall. “Come out, Porter. Show yourself.”
Silence greeted him.
At his knee, Turbo whined.
“Come on, you bastard!” Derrick moved out of the doorway and looked around, but nothing moved. The barn stood like a silent sentinel, the outbuildings like foot soldiers. Turbo growled. Whoever was out there still lurked. “Stay,” he told the dog.
Lifting the pistol, Derrick stepped outside. He slipped alongside the house, searching the
dark for Lawrence.
Above his head, the yard light exploded.
Derrick hit the dirt and belly crawled toward the lilac bushes edging the walk. He rolled under the branches and shouted, “Come out, Porter. Stand up against a man, not a woman.”
A blast at Derrick’s feet threw dirt over his legs. Damn. Another inch closer and the bullet would’ve hit him. Lawrence meant business. Desperate to see the other man, Derrick searched the dark, but he couldn’t see anything but shadows.
A breeze stirred the pine trees, and something moved among them. He lifted the pistol, but
couldn’t get a clear view. Unwilling to shoot into the dark and hit something he didn’t mean to, Derrick didn’t fire. For what seemed ages, he lay still. Sweat trickled down his brow and his back as he waited. He prayed Laramie didn’t come looking for him.
In the distance, he heard an engine roar to life, then a vehicle drive away.
He jumped to his feet and ran inside.
Laramie met him, her face pale and eyes wide. She was dressed again. “I heard gunshots. Are you all right?”
He took her in his arms and smoothed a hand down her back. “Hey, there, it’s okay. I’m fine. Lawrence shot at me, but missed.”

Blurb:

When Laramie Porter’s sister-in-law Julie is beaten so badly by her husband she miscarries her baby, Laramie takes her home from the hospital. But just a few minutes after the women arrive home, Julie’s husband, who also happens to be a drug addict and the local police sheriff, shows up at the house on a murderous rampage.
He kills Julie and attempts to murder Laramie. When he doesn’t succeed, he hauls them into the mountains and throws them off a cliff. Julie’s body lands in a pond, but Laramie hits a ledge, where she perches, terrified.
Derrick Garrison is in the mountains moving his cattle when his dog finds Julie’s body in the pond. Creeped out, Derrick at first doesn’t believe his ears when he hears a girl crying for help. But he finds Laramie and pulls her to safety. Before she can tell him anything, a lightning strike starts a forest fire and they flee to a hidden valley.
To find out more about D'Ann or her fabulous books, please check these links


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Saturday Spotlight. Come and meet Lynn Cahoon



Who is Lynn Cahoon? She's a romance slash mystery writer who sets her stories in small town America. We all know the place, the kind that you want to build your home in and raise that family. A place where people can love you unconditionally no matter your flaws. Lynn does it perfectly. An active member of MORWA and RWA. She has recently signed with Crimson Romance and released her book The Bull Rider's Brother. She has signed a contract for the second book in her Bull Rider Series entitled: The Bull Riders Manager to be published by Crimson in November 2012. All of which is amazing considering, Lynn has accomplished all this while battling breast cancer.

When asked about that she says, "I'm a five year breast cancer survivor ( and just walked in the Komen Race for the Cure in June 2012). I'm married to my own hero who shaved his shoulder length hair when I love mine during chemo." Now, to me that's true love. So without further ado, here is a up and coming write, Lynn Cahoon.


Excerpt from The Bull Rider's Brother out now in ebook form from Crimson Romance –

“I‘ll be there in a minute.” James knelt down next to the kid. He had a new straw hat. Staring at the sheep, James picked up a piece of straw and put it in his mouth like a toothpick.

The kid watched James and mirrored his actions. He, too, picked up a piece of straw and started chewing.

James grinned. “You riding tonight?”

“Yep.”

“First time?”

“Yep. Gramps bought me a new hat. He says I‘m big enough.”

“I rode at your age.” James laid his arms on the rails of the pen.

“You did?” The boy cast a glance downward and away, kicking the dirt with his toe before he asked, “Were you scared?”

“Heck, yeah. I worried I‘d fall. Then I was scared I‘d make a fool of myself and bawl my eyes out.” James peered at the barn toward where his brother stood talking to group of men. “I didn‘t want my brother to tease me.”

“My mom doesn‘t know. Gramps said it was our secret.” The kid bent his head towards one of the men talking to Jesse. “Do you think it‘s okay to have a secret from your mom?”

“As long as it‘s a good secret. Is she coming to the rodeo? Will she be here to watch you?”

“Yep. Gramps says she‘ll shit a brick when she sees me.” The boy grinned.

“She probably will.” James laughed and held out his hand. “I‘m James.”

“I‘m JR.” The boy shook his hand, stood up from his crouch and headed toward the men near Jesse. Turning around, he called, “Are you going to the parade?”

“Wouldn‘t miss it.”

“I‘ll see you then. They throw lots of candy and you even get an ice cream cone at the end.” He waved and took off at a run. When he reached the crowd around Jesse, he grabbed an older man by the knees.

Now that’s love

If you want to find out more about Lynn or her books, please follow the links below.

Buy link – http://www.amazon.com/The-Bull-Riders-Brother-ebook/dp/B008195C2I

Contact her at her website: www.lynncahoon.wordpress.com

Or FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/LynnCahoonAuthor

Or Twitter: https://twitter.com/LynnCahoon