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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

GUEST: Wendi Zwaduk

He’s her kinkiest desire, if she’s willing to open her heart and believe in him...

With that intriguing beginning, please welcome the author, Wendi Zwaduk... We'll begin with a brief interview, then have a look at Wendi's exciting new release!

How long have you been writing?

Seven years with the goal of publication. I’ve been published for almost a year now, but ever since I was a kid, I’ve had stories in my head and wanted to share with others.

How long have you been a published author?

It’ll be a year in April.

What titles do you have available?

From Total-E-Bound:
Learning How to Bend
Must Be Doing Something Right
My Immortal
You’ll Think of Me
Tangled Up
Careless Whisper

From the Wild Rose Press
Right Where I Need to Be

Do you have any new titles coming soon?

I’ve got some subs in the works, but as of right now....well, we’ll see.

What is your favourite genre and why?

I love them all, but I’d have to say MF contemporary with racing undertones. I love racing and NASCAR, so any way to work it into the book, especially when it’s completely organic. I love adding little snippets of the race world and even better when I’ve been able to go research racing beforehand. Give me a little dirt racing and I’m a happy girl.

What, to you, is the most exciting part of the writing process?

The most exciting part of writing for me is finding out the little nuances of the characters. For example, in My Immortal I had no idea Storm, the hero, was a vampire. I had him pegged as a plain old private investigator. Same thing happened with Ryan in Careless Whisper. I was watching yet another ghost hunting type show in marathon form and he says, ‘hey, that’s what I do’. Oh...well, doesn’t that change things. It did, but it actually made the story richer because it wasn’t just boy chases girl, it was boy chases girl and both are chasing ghosts, but really, she wants nothing to do with boy.

It’s exciting because they give me curveballs I don’t expect and make me work for the story to come out in a somewhat linear fashion. Those little changes and nuances are a lot of fun.

If you could co-author a book with anyone, who would you choose and why?

I’d love to write with my BF’s Kealie Shay and Megan Slayer. I think we could come up with fantastic paranormal stories. We have some in the works, so we’ll see.

Where can readers find you on the web?

http://www.wendizwaduk.com/
http://www.wendizwaduk.blogspot.com/
as well as Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks so much for being my guest, Wendi - and now let's have a look at your newest release!

The dead don’t always rest in peace. Some stick around to make the lives of the living hell on Earth. Ryan Black knows the frustration of dealing with the dead. He’s a Ghost Explorer. He’s conquered houses filled with apparitions, abandoned school buildings that house angry vermin, and managed to woo the female population of Snake Falls, Ohio. But he’s about to face his toughest challenge, convincing sceptical Samara Jacobs she not only shares his gift, but holds his heart.

Women fall at Ryan Black’s feet and Samara’s determined not to be one of the many—that is until she’s forced to work with him. He’s certain ghosts exist and willing to prove it. The more she gets to know the man behind the television persona, she decides the handsome klutz who chases things that go bump in the night isn’t so silly after all. But is he worthy of her love?




Monday, February 14, 2011

4 NEW RELEASES in one weekend!

I think this must be unheard of, especially for me, but this weekend saw the release of FOUR new titles to my catalogue, so I'm not going to be too detailed in my blurbs, but I will share some gorgeous covers with you, and the links where you can pop over and learn more!! I have a fantasy collection, Historical erotic with a vampire twist, a sweetly sensual Valentine tale written with my wonderful partner in Rome, Italy - and lastly, a hotter than hell ménage tale - my first! So, let's get to the goods!


BEYOND THE GATEWAYS
is a fantasy Collection - tales of epic adventure, and some paranormal dark fantasy, new from XoXo Publishing™ - Check it out HERE



STRANDED!
is my first release with New Dawning International Book Fair, and it's also my first m/f/m ménage tale - a desert island fantasy of the most erotic kind, and you can grab a copy HERE, or at ARe Romance Books, on sale right now!



LOVE TELLS ALL
For Valentine's Day, why not a collection of sweet and spicy tales - another title from XoXo Publishing™ - get it HERE



WHOM GODS HAVE FAVORED
Lastly, for those of you who enjoy an erotic Historical, with a vampire twist, this novella of ancient Pompeii has just been re-released. With a cover that is stunning and appropriate at last, this one is also new to the catalogue at XoXo Publishing™ - and you can get it HERE



All in all, one amazing weekend! And there is more to come, and very soon! Including my first release with Ellora's Cave - HIDE AND SECRET - a contemporary romance that will singe your eyes!! Will keep ya posted!!

Happy Valentine's Day to all - celebrate it with love, whether you are part of a couple, or indulging yourself...





Friday, February 04, 2011

Guest: BECKY DUE

Today my guest is author Becky Due, who is going to chat about why she loves Contemporary Romance, as an writer, and a reader! Welcome Becky!

Why I Love (and Write) Contemporary Romance:

When I started writing, I never imagined I would write a contemporary romance novel, because my first novel, The Gentlemen’s Club: A Story for All Women, deals with serious women’s issues. However, every novel after my first has been a wonderful contemporary love story mix in with the struggles we go through as women.

I love and write contemporary romance because dreaming about love is good for the soul. A sweet romance novel can be a wonderful escape from our daily stressful lives as wife, mother, and daughter. We can fall into the quick-moving story and forget about bills, heartache, and loneliness for a little while. A good romance may stir up memories of our first loves, or make us want to curl up on the couch with our husbands. There is nothing more energizing, motivating or inspiring than a wonderful story about love.

I love and write contemporary romance because with this genre, we can often celebrate women through humor. In my latest novel, The Dumpster: One Woman’s Search for Love, we get to laugh at the crazy, sometimes embarrassing things we do for love. I was so guilty of making a fool of myself, playing games and slightly losing touch with reality in my quest for love, so when I see others, even fictional characters, making the same mistakes, I don’t feel so alone and I open myself up to laughter. In contemporary romance novels, the lead women are always just like every woman I’ve ever known; they are fun, smart, kind, beautiful, stubborn, independent and full of life. These novels offer a wonderful way to celebrate women—our friends and ourselves.

I love and write contemporary romance because I am a true romantic, and I love everything about romance. For years, I imagined I would spend my life as a single woman; I would grow old alone. I was independent, loved my life, and dated a little here and there. I couldn’t imagine a man special enough to make me want to change my path, but that amazing man came along and thought I was special too. Today I’m living my own wonderful contemporary romance with my husband.

The contemporary romance novels I love and write give examples of strong independent women who want love and romance but also want to keep balance in their lives while staying true to themselves. The heroines get creative about reevaluating their lives when things are not working out as they had planned. They have great friends who encourage and support them. And most importantly, they are happy with or without men, nevertheless they always get their perfect gentlemen in the end.

About the Author:

Becky Due is becoming the new voice of women’s fiction. She has the courage, honesty and writing style for today’s busy women, and she does not cringe away from hard issues. She will leave you feeling strong, self-confident, independent, and in control of your life.

Her books have been finalists in several independent competitions including the 2010 National Indie Excellence Awards and the 2009 IPPY Awards.

Her novels include The Gentlemen’s Club: A Story for All Women, Touchable Love: An Untraditional Love Story, Returning Injury: A Suspense Celebrating Women’s Strength and The Dumpster: One Woman’s Search for Love

You can find Becky Due’s novels wherever books are sold: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Chapters, Borders and your Independent Booksellers

Learn more about Author Becky Due at: http://www.beckydue.com/
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Thursday, February 03, 2011

Truly, Madly, Deeply Romance Authors


So, you may have seen this on my pages recently, and this is the deal:

We are launching Valentine's Day weekend,
February 12th, 2011!!


Apart from 26 amazing authors offering you FREE READS - one a week for an entire year - we have CONTESTS to keep you coming back for more. Have a look at what you can expect to hear lots about in the coming weeks:

Contest 1 - Website Scavenger Hunt - To enter you have to find the special icon we've hidden somewhere on each of our websites. Once you've found them all, you send CJ England the links for confirmation. (womanofthewind1@yahoo.com) You are then entered in the drawing to win. The prize will be an ebook bundle... One book from each author in the project. (A fantabulous prize!!!!) This contest will run from Feb 5 - Feb 19. The icon you'll be looking for is the crystal block that says Truly Madly Deeply. It will be on all the author websites by February 5th.

Contest 2- Google Follow and Feedburner Notification - To enter this contest, readers must both google follow us AND subscribe to our feedburner email notice about when we have a new blog. That's it... Anyone who subscribes to BOTH (and it has to be BOTH) by February 26th is entered. Winner will receive a guest basket of different author given treats. There will also be a runner up to this contest who will receive a smaller basket of goodies.

Contest 3- Comment Contest - Each month, the authors blogging will give a special treat to the reader whose name is drawn from all the comments. This contest will be a constant, with authors blogging that month sending a special something to one drawn winner.

There will be many other contests announced as the year progresses, so get on board with this early, and you won't miss out on anything!

BLOG: http://trulymadlydeeplyromanceauthors.blogspot.com/