Thursday, August 27, 2015

A PIRATE'S TIME SERVED by Chris Malburg

A PIRATE’S TIME SERVED
by Chris Malburg

Careful what you wish for...

Sarah Schilling’s twelve year-old brother is wicked smart. But this? Pure genius. Brian snagged an invitation to spend the summer with their favorite aunt and uncle on St. Croix. Uncle Jack tells them, “There will probably be some swimming, some diving. We like to run. There’s a range, so maybe you’ll learn to shoot. Cooking. Your Aunt Helen is a classically trained chef. You knew that, right? There’s the Mallard seaplane, so maybe you’ll learn something about flying. That sort of thing.”

That sort of thing sounds like too much work for Sarah Schilling’s summer on the beach. Until Brian’s scuba regulator mysteriously fails sixty feet underwater. Her training snaps into laser focus. During Brian’s rescue they unearth the 250 year-old secret of Black Bart—the pirate and his ghost. The discovery launches them into a hurricane of peril at the hands of modern-day pirates. The Schilling family will not survive unless Brian and Sarah discover the most powerful weapon that is within themselves.

A Pirate’s Time Served is a Young Adult / Middle Grade thriller of a ghost story. It shows how two teens can dig deeper than they thought possible, discovering what it means to lead, to follow, and to never ever give up—especially on family.

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ABOUT CHRIS

Chris Malburg is a widely published author, with work spread over 11 popular business books--including How to Fire Your Boss (Berkley) and Surviving the Bond Bear Market (Wiley, March 2011). In his other life, Chris is a CPA/MBA, a former investment banker and now the CEO of Writers Resource Group, Inc., providers of professional financial literary content to corporations (www.WritersResourceGroup.com). That’s the professional side of Chris’ career. The fun side began when UCLA’s Writers’ school taught him to transition from biz-speak to fiction. GOD’S BANKER and the first installment in the Enforcement Division series, DEADLY ACCELERATION, both combine Chris’ natural talent for story telling with his professional command of the high-stakes investment world and what money and power do to some people.

GOD’S BANKER came to fruition from Chris’ hospital bed while recuperating from an athletic injury. As a long-time endurance athlete, Chris is no stranger to the surgeon’scalpal. Over 130,000 words later, GOD’S BANKER was complete. “It just poured out me,” says the author. “I carried my note pad to physical therapy; made plot notes during the hours in the gym doing rehab; even while on my long bicycle rides through the hills overlooking the Pacific Ocean where we live. Slowly endurance returned and with it, GOD’S BANKER.”

Chris Malburg lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Marilyn. Their hobby is raising service dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind. As of this writing, they have raised eight Labrador retrievers and have had three make the cut for placement with their disabled partners.

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Monday, August 24, 2015

MACHINES OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE by Tegon Maus

MACHINES OF THE LITTLE PEOPLE
by Tegon Maus

When Ben Harris' sister passes away, her husband, Roger Keswick, is mysteriously absent from her funeral. It's not until 6 months later that Ben is pulled back in to Roger's life, only to find that he's moved on. His new wife may be called Jessica, but she's the spitting image of Ben's sister. Things escalate when Roger claims there's a factory under his house run by little people called the Katoy.

EXCERPT
"What was the problem, Roger? Why are they here?" I asked, still trying to figure out what had happened to make him call the cops.

The officer shifted uncomfortably, staring at the ground but said nothing.

"Roger? Why are they here?" I asked, pulling him by the arm, turning him to face me.

"I heard voices under the house," he said flatly. It was clear his mind was struggling with it.

"What?" I couldn't believe my ears.

"I heard voices under the house," he repeated, giving me a stern look.

The officer kicked at the ground as if waiting for me to give him permission to leave.

"Roger," I began...

"They were talking about me. Three of them. I could hear them shushing each other. But, Ben... I heard them." His voice held a level of desperation. His face twisted, his eyes begging me to believe him. "Benjamin. I swear to you... I heard them." His voice, little more than a whisper, quivered.

Before I could react the harsh crackle of the officers walkie-talkie burst to life.

"Ten four," he said into his shoulder. His eyes, clearly serious, shot to me.

"Thank you, Officer." I barely got the words out of my mouth and he was marching toward the gate.

I turned to follow him but Roger made a beeline in the opposite direction.

"Benjamin, come over here. They've just begun working. Come on. I don't know how long it will last. Hurry," he called excitedly, running back and forth.

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ABOUT TEGON

I was raised pretty much the same as everyone else... devoted mother, strict father and all the imaginary friends I could conjure. Not that I wasn't friendly, I just wasn't "people orientated". Maybe I lived in my head way more than I should have, maybe not. I liked machines more than people, at least I did until I met my wife.

The first thing I can remember writing was for her. For the life of me I can't remember what it was about... something about dust bunnies under the bed and monsters in my closet. It must have been pretty good because she married me shortly after that. I spent a good number of years after inventing games and prototypes for a variety of ideas before I got back to writing.

It wasn't a deliberate conscious thought it was more of a stepping stone. My wife and I had joined a dream interpret group and we were encouraged to write down our dreams as they occurred. "Be as detailed as you can," we were told.

I was thrilled. If there is one thing I enjoy it's making people believe me and I like to exaggerate. Not a big exaggeration or an outright lie mine you, just a little step out of sync, just enough so you couldn't be sure if it were true or not. When I write, I always write with the effort of "it could happen" very much in mind and nothing, I guarantee you, nothing, makes me happier.

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Friday, August 21, 2015

THE RYO MYTHS by Perrin Pring

THE RYO MYTHS
by Perrin Pring

~Book 1: APPOINTMENT AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER

Filion felt safe in his role as a Dream Searcher. He was paid to venture into other’s dreams and exert influence over individuals whom he would never meet in the flesh.

But that was until he received The Summoning. Filion has been called to track down and protect Ryo, the last of the Chozen. She is the only hope of preventing a tide of evil driven by the Afortiori and the prospect of universal slavery if they aren’t stopped.

Time is ticking and Filion has no idea of how to find Ryo let alone how to protect her, yet destinies of planets rest in her hands. Enlisting the help of a rag-tag band of mercenaries, Filion will set out to search the wastes for Ryo. Together they will confront an evil whose power they just might have fatally underestimated.

~Book 2: TOMORROW IS TOO LATE

I was a natural flier, I could take a punch, and I was smarter than most. Within five years I was a full-fledged pilot. On my last assignment, I was Master Pilot Eri Everfar, commanding pilot of a class B Federal war ship, the Seeker, and that’s where I met him, Drakier Lu…

Filion and his new friends have escaped Bok and are stuck in an asteroid field that isn’t supposed to exist. They’ve almost run out of fuel, their water supply is seriously depleted, all of their food has been destroyed, and the girl they’d just risked everything to save, Ryo, is dead.

Captain Eri’s former lover, Drakier Lu, has been promoted to Master Commander of the entire Federal Fleet, and his assignment is to find and capture the Dark Horse. Captain Eri has been identified as a Tiori, and she and her associates have just become the Federation’s most wanted. Things aren’t what they seem though, and the line between good and evil blurs as the players’ true motivations come to light.

Filion and the crew return, traveling the galaxy and dodging the Federation and the Tioris, all the while searching for a rogue planet that may or may not be harboring the one person who can save them all…

~Book 3: THE DEGREES OF DESTINY

When I was on Lamu, I inhaled an Afortiori's vileness. That blackness will be what allows me to win. I will use their own evil against them. Because of this I am tainted. I am but a degree different from what I fight, but in that degree, hangs the balance between universal slavery and Free Will.

Having fled from Lamu only moments before its destruction, Filion and his friends find themselves hiding in the shadows as the Federation and the Afortiori mobilize against their worst enemy, The Etulosba and its crew. The Etulosba, Ryo, plans for her final battle. She was engineered to fight for Free Will, but to win that war, she will have to become what no Chozen was meant to be - an Afortiori. Caught in Ryo's wake, Captain Eri is torn between leading her crew and confronting Drakier Lu, her former lover and torturer. Will she be able to overcome what he did to her, or will she fail, thereby becoming what he made her and letting down Ryo, her crew, and ultimately, the universe? Filion and the crew return in the final installment of The Ryo Myths. Join them as they begin a journey that not all of them will survive.

EXCERPT
From APPOINTMENT AT THE EDGE OF FOREVER

She barreled blindly through the forest, not knowing where she was going, only that she had to go. She had to get away, away from whom she didn’t know, but she had to move. They were watching her.

Memories flooded through her. She was on a ship, she was in a car, she was healing the sick, she was giving orders, she was lost. These memories weren’t hers, yet they felt so natural. They felt so real. It was her, Ryo, in those memories, but she couldn’t recall any of them any more than one could truly recall a dream.

She stopped running. Her side ached from the exertion, and her right leg still bled painfully. She peeled back the dark, sticky dress. The cut was deep. It wasn’t going to heal on its own. Then the bubbling came back.

Her hands moved over her leg, and she gasped. The bubbling grew, the hotness, the confidence, the power; all of it came back. She closed her eyes and the pain peaked, then it was gone. She waited several breaths, and then finally opened her eyes. Other than the dried blood and torn dress, one would never have known her leg had been injured. The skin was flawless without even a hint of a scar. She looked at her hands. She had known exactly where to put them. It was as if she had done this every day of her life...

She stood up and quickly sat back down. Her legs shook, and her breathing was ragged. What was happening to her?

Who was she?

AN INTERVIEW WITH PERRIN
-What inspired you to become a writer?

I can’t ever remember not wanting to be a writer. From the time I was little, I was constantly reading and writing stories. There isn’t a time when I remember wanting to be anything else.

-If you could visit The Ryo Myths world for a day, what one thing would you do?

I’d love to watch a tsubasa game. In the third book, The Degrees of Destiny, the sport of tsubasa is introduced. It’s a game that is played by female ringers, who are essentially humans with wings. They fly the entire game, and they attempt to get differently sized balls into differently sized goals. There are also a variety of deadly obstacles the players have to avoid. The game is scored not only on how many goals are scored, but also on how graceful the players are. Sangfroid points are awarded to the most graceful plays of the game, and the Sangfroid points count in the final score. Watching a tsubasa game is like watching a deadly ballet, a ballet that involves balls, flying and obstacles that can eat you. I’d love to see a game.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching The Ryo Myths.

I first learned of rogue planets while researching The Ryo Myths’ second book, Tomorrow is Too Late. I remember reading an article in the BBC science section that was a basic overview of rogue planets, and I immediately knew I needed a rogue planet in The Ryo Myths.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I’d love to go out for drinks with the entire crew of the Dark Horse, although I imagine it’d get sloppy at some point. Red in particular is a known instigator, and the rest of the crew members have their own surly streaks. I imagine we’d have a good time, but we’d possibly get arrested.

-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?

It would be to stay positive, and believe in yourself. Really sell it on the query letters, and let all the confidence you have, and are faking, shine when you pitch your work. You’re good enough, you just have to convince others that you are.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I can’t see myself ever writing horror. I read Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, just to try an old classic, but that’s as far as I want to go in the genre. I have no desire to write purposely twisted things just to try and make someone ‘feel’ something. If I liked the horror genre I’d probably spend more time reading and watching the news. There’s enough scary stuff out there without me adding to it.

ABOUT PERRIN

Perrin is the author of The Ryo Myths, a sci-fi/fantasy trilogy that has been heralded to engage both nerds and non-nerds alike. Check out her books on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. When not writing, Perrin enjoys drinking coffee and swimming, although usually not at the same time.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

HEIR OF KORADIN by Lisa Dunn

HEIR OF KORADIN (Chasmaria, #2)
by Lisa Dunn

Dagger of Willow and Strike has waited a lifetime to return to the village of his birth. He’s been promised the throne of Koradin, but getting captured by his treacherous sire wasn’t part of the plan. Dagger needs a miracle to turn his childhood dreams into reality—And Grit of Berth and Stone might be that miracle.

Unfortunately for him, Grit’s stuck in the rival village of Thresh, and she’s in way over her head. Having bluffed her way into commanding an army of incompetents, she’s useless to Dagger if her new recruits don’t learn the right end of a sword. To make matters worse, Dagger’s sire seeks Grit’s life, and there’s no telling when he’ll return to Thresh to finish what he started when he killed her dame.

But freedom calls through shifting alliances, and neither Dagger’s disillusionment nor Grit’s doubt can keep the armies of Koradin and Thresh from war.

~Check out the first chapter here

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Also check out Chasmaria book 1: GRIT OF BERTH AND STONE

“ Grit's world is well-crafted and revealed to the reader through the story telling with just enough details to understand the world and story and to keep you intrigued and guessing about what is coming next.”

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ABOUT LISA

As a child, Lisa Dunn fell asleep to her father’s fanciful bedtime tales and played with her own stories during the daylight hours. She now resides in a small southern town with her husband and four children. Local librarians thank her for their job security.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

SAVAGE MAGIC by Judy Teel

SAVAGE MAGIC
by Judy Teel

A deadly disease from an unknown origin…

Addison Kittner and ex-FBI agent Cooper Daine arrive at Bone Clan expecting a warm welcome. Instead they’re imprisoned and placed under quarantine, where they discover that the werewolf mountain Clans are being decimated by a deadly plague which can’t be cured.

An old obligation that changes everything…

With only a few days to live, Cooper’s brother, Alpha of Bone Clan, asks Cooper to fulfill his promise, one that’s crucial to their Clan’s survival. But if he does, Cooper risks loosing Addison. Forever.

An ancient creature bred for genocide…

Determined to stop the plague and cure Cooper’s brother, Addison defies Clan law and sneaks away to an ancient ruin which might hold the key. There she discovers an unexpected link to her past and inadvertently calls forth an immortal monster that will destroy the paranormal races protecting humanity if it can’t be stopped.

But as Cooper and Addison battle to stop the annihilation of the Clans and the forces trying to tear their bond apart, something even more powerful and deadly gathers just out of sight…

And prepares to strike.

EXCERPT
The scent of blood got stronger, pulling my thoughts back and making my heart pound a little harder against my chest. Slipping a knife from the sheath inside my right boot, I watched the flutter of shadows on the path below where it turned and disappeared behind a thick wall of laurels. Slow breath in…Silent breath out…

Deeper shadows emerged and took shape — a man and a woman, both dressed for living outdoors and blending in. And there was Cooper, complacently allowing them to roughly pull him along between them, his nose and a cut on his cheek seeping blood. Weird. Cooper was built like an early twenty-first century Olympic gymnast and I’d seen him take out opponents in less than ten seconds without a single blow landing on him. How had they managed to subdue him?

I watched them come closer and pass below me. The woman on one side of Cooper was medium height with light skin and dark red hair that she’d pulled back into a short ponytail with a strip of leather. The man on the other side was tall and muscular with tanned skin, his bright red hair in a military cut.

I adjusted the soles of my logger boots against the branch under me to give myself a more solid launch, judged the distance — and jumped.

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SHIFTY MAGIC (book 1)
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UNDERCOVER MAGIC (book 2)
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SAVAGE MAGiC (book 3)
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AN INTERVIEW WITH JUDY
-What inspired you to become a writer?

An undeniable urge and need to create characters and their worlds, and to experience the adventures they would have in them.

-If you could visit your book’s world for a day, what one thing would you do?

Ride a hoverbus to Falcon’s store, Magical Gadgets and Bits. That would be fun!

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

I don’t know if I’d classify this particular research as “fun”, but it was kind of interesting, at least to me. For Savage Magic, I had to find out what happens if someone’s head gets taken off by a laser. I thought the cauterization would keep it from bleeding. But when I asked a biologist friend of mine who also volunteered a lot in ER when his father was a surgeon there, I found out that what happens in the book is the real result. Eww.

-Which of your characters would you go out for pizza with?

As nice as it would be to sit across from Cooper and just look at him, I wouldn’t want to risk Addison’s wrath, so I’ll say Dr. Barrett. He’s lived an interesting life and I’d love to hear some of his stories while sharing a pizza.

-If you could go back in time and give your pre-published self one piece of advice, what would it be?

Oh my goodness, just one piece? I made so many mistakes, it’s hard to choose! I guess it would be to write ahead a couple of books before releasing the first one in a series to create a nice buffer time-wise. Less stressful.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

I realized early on that as much as I love the romance genre, I could never write erotica. Too hard core for me. I like a lot of emotion and not so much the A goes into B aspect, however I did write sex scenes in my contemporary romance series and readers have told me I did a good job with them. Overall, I’m more comfortable with the level of disclosure in the Shifty series.

ABOUT JUDY

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Judy Teel was born in Virginia and moved to North Carolina just before middle school. She's a fiction author and novelist writing in the dystopian urban fantasy genre. Her stories deliver mystery with some thriller elements, a kick-butt heroine with a large dash of snark in her, a bit more than a touch of romance with a guy that makes readers' hearts beat a little faster, and a wild ride full of action and emotion from start to finish.

Shifty Magic is permanently free on all platforms and Undercover Magic is free as a thank you gift for anyone who signs up on my readers list.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

WHERE WOLVES TALK by D. L. Lewis

WHERE WOLVES TALK
by D. L. Lewis

Kitten, an American tabby residing in England, is a frustrated cat. He knows his place in the world: he was born to kill. Killing, after all, is what felines are supposed to do. Confined within his Lady's house, however, the young fellow is deprived of the opportunity to hunt live prey. The mansion is a sterile playground for a predator; offering nothing more than furniture which allows itself to be brutalized far too easily. The ambitious cat is bored and hungry for a challenge.

Kitten learns of a passage hidden in his Lady's library: the Door, which leads to an unknown world. The cat has been told that the source of all evil dwells openly in this place. The feline is eager to fight the sinister personage and goes through the Door with no hesitation.

The tabby finds himself in what appears to be a forest like any other in England. It doesn't take long for him to learn that this is a very different place.

Written in the basic style of classic stories like THE LORD OF THE RINGS, WATERSHIP DOWN, and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, this novel can be appreciated on different levels. To some readers, it's an allegorical tale: thought-provoking and filled with symbolism. To others, it's an adventure-filled page-turner.

EXCERPT
The little silver tiger tabby had everything, it seemed. The fortunate fellow had been blessed with a fabulous home in the country northeast of London; this grand mansion provided by his Lady, with over a hundred fascinating rooms to explore, and countless flights of stairs for dashing up and racing down. Along with the palatial digs came the exquisite sustenance the cooking staff lavished on the feline with loving care. Surely few cats were lucky enough to dine on food fit for royalty; delicacies such as sweet fresh salmon flown in via helicopter from a remote Scottish loch and poached into pink perfection by the household’s Swiss chef. This entrée was customarily followed by an antique plate of Sèvres porcelain bearing hunks of blue-veined Stilton. As Kitten licked the creamy cheese from his French dish’s illustrated surface, he could enjoy a painted scene depicting Hercules in the act of capturing Cerberus; the vicious three-headed canine of Greek myth. Snatched from his guard post at the entrance to the underworld, the hideous dog snarled and struggled in enameled vain under the sandpaper friction of the tabby’s rosy tongue.

Such an existence was the most pleasant and thoroughly civilized one a house cat could hope for; that much was certain. This particular house cat, however, spent a great deal of time at the mansion’s windows; his glowing amber eyes staring with relentless longing at the wildlife that moved about through his Lady’s forested garden. Yes; the wildlife: the Wild Life.

~Where Wolves Talk is on sale at 99 cents (for a limited time) at Kindle and iBooks.

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ABOUT D. L.

D. L. Lewis lives in northern California with a cello, four cats, and a crow named Harold. Where Wolves Talk is her first published novel; followed by Something in the House—California Gothic, Doppelgänger, and Fighting Back.

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Friday, August 14, 2015

KING STUD by Liv Rancourt

KING STUD
by Liv Rancourt

The hardest part of any remodel is avoiding the studs…

Danielle’s got three months to make her Grandmother’s rundown Craftsman house livable. Her game plan is to get in, get grubby, and get back home to L.A. She needs a carpenter, and her best friend’s younger brother is a good one. It’s hard to ignore the buffed body under Ryan’s paint-splattered sweatshirts, but her friend declares he’s off-limits so Danielle reluctantly agrees.

Ryan doesn’t have the cleanest record, anyway. His recently ex-ed girlfriend wants him back, and he has a reputation for brawling. He’s also had a crush on Danielle since he was a kid. Despite their nine-year age difference, he knows she’s worth pursuing.

Soon the paint under Danielle’s fingernails starts feeling more natural than the L.A. sunshine. She’ll have to navigate plumbing disasters, money problems, and one seriously cranky best friend to find something she hasn’t had before: a real home, and a man who loves her.

EXCERPT
“Right.” He flipped the ice pack from one hand to the other. “Why’d your grandmother leave you the house?”

“Because I’m cute.” She scraped back a stray hank of hair, her smile as blank as she could make it. Danielle suspected her grandmother had left her the house because it had always been her safe place, but Ryan didn’t need a rehash of her poor-little-rich-girl saga.

His eyes still held a question, but after a moment he nodded and stepped farther back. “Let’s get those boards.”

“Cool.”

They carried in the two-by-sixes, silence buffering their actions. Over the weekend, Ryan had widened the doorways on either end of the dining room, though the rough edges needed to be enclosed in trim. Once they carried in all the supplies, Ryan stroked the molding she’d sanded. “Nice work with these.” A half grin showed off his dimples. “This place is going to be sweet when we get it done.”

“I’ll take your word for it.” She went over to the kitchen sink, looking out over the old wooden porch to the Sound. A single light moved across the blackness. “Was it hard to open up the doorways?”

“Just had to work around the king studs.”

I bet I could work around your king stud just fine. “The what?” Danielle broke out a super-plastic smile, hoping Ryan couldn’t guess what was on her mind.

“The extra support beams framing the doors and windows.” He glanced at her, doing a quick double-take. “What?”

She dredged up willpower from some deep internal source, in need of every shred to keep pretending he was just a remodeling buddy. “Nothing.”

“The homeowner’s always right.” He chuckled and headed back into the living room. “If you’re happy with my work, next summer you can hire me to rebuild that nasty old porch out back.”

Danielle’s feet stuck as she got a sudden visual of Ryan, shirtless and sweaty, working in her backyard under the sun. By the time she could move again, he had his jacket on and was headed for the front door.

“Well, thanks for dropping stuff off,” she said.

“Need more ice on my shoulder.” He paused with his hand on the doorframe, assessing her with that perfectly controlled heat, an expression way too grown up for only twenty-four. “I’ll swing by tomorrow and work on the trim.”

Her fluttery response demonstrated all the maturity of a teenager.

“Oh, and while I’m thinking about it, Mom said to make sure you know you’re welcome to join us for Thanksgiving dinner,” he said.

Since she couldn’t hug Ryan, Danielle hugged herself. “Really? That’d be awesome.”

“Maeve didn’t mention it, did she?”

“No, but it’s not the night before.” She laughed, because Maeve had always sucked at planning things in advance. Her laugh made Ryan laugh, and then things were better. Almost.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH LIV
-What inspired you to become a writer?

Turning 48 (lol). I’d always known I would be a writer someday, and getting that close to the age of 50 made it clear that I was going to run out of time if I didn’t get busy. These five years have been the longest and most productive mid-life crisis I could ever imagine.

-What draws you to romance?

I write romance because I love happy endings. If I want grim, bleak, or bittersweet, I’ll work the day job or watch the evening news. One of the differences between genre fiction and literary fiction is that genre fiction focuses on how the protagonist faces challenges, with the underlying idea that the protagonist has the power to overcome them. Literary fiction focuses more on the process, and the ultimate outcome doesn’t necessarily have to involve the protagonist’s success. So I write genre rather than literary, because I believe in my protagonists, and I write romance because I believe in love.

-Give us a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book.

Most of my books are set in Seattle, and a lot of the action in King Stud takes place in the neighborhood of Magnolia on the northwest end of the city. Here are three cool things I dug up about Magnolia:

1. The area is named Magnolia because when Captain Cook sailed into the Puget Sound, he thought the madrona trees growing wild along the bluff were magnolias, and named the area after them. The name stuck – and there are still madrona trees taking advantage of the astonishing view of the water.
2. The neighborhood is accessible by three bridges, and it’s fairly self-contained. People who live there like that they never need to go off their little peninsula. Also, the wine section at the Magnolia Thriftway is AMAZING.
3. The house Danielle and Ryan are fixing up is on Perkins Lane, which runs along Puget Sound at the bottom of Magnolia Bluff. The first houses were built on Perkins Lane right around the start of the 20th century, and ever since our rainy winters have brought mudslides, damaging houses and wrecking the road. In the Seattle Times archives, there are pictures and stories from as far back as the 1910-20’s showing the result of these slides, but every time one hits, people clean up and rebuild. The view really is that good.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

That’s easy. I’d love to hang out with Ryan, because he’s handsome and genuinely nice, and he’d be handy to have around the house. Sorta like my husband…

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Butt in chair, babes. The only way to learn how to write is to write. And send your stuff out. And try not to freak when you get feedback you don’t agree with. Keep trying to make your stuff better, and it’ll find an audience.

-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?

As I said earlier, I don’t have much time for literary fiction. I’ll leave that to the angsty twenty-somethings who still have the energy to push the envelope. I’m glad they’re out there, but leave me my happy endings please.

ABOUT LIV

I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire…or sometimes demon…and I lean more towards funny than angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the homestead with three ferrets. Who steal things. Because they’re brats. I can be found on-line at all hours of the day and night at my website & blog (liv-rancourt.blogspot.com), on Facebook, or on Twitter @LivRancourt. Come find me. We’ll have fun!

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