Thursday, January 29, 2015

Q&A with Lee Brazil!!

1. Tell us about your newest release.
 
The Ice King is a very short m/m romance. It's an office romance, a boss/secretary sort of thing. 


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2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?

 
I researched superstitions, because I wanted Rafe to be a little more quirky, a little more likeable. I learned 


3. Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?

 
*shifty eyes* no. Not at all. Why, what have you heard? Okay I do. I bake when my characters don't cooperate. It's not really a ritual, just a self -soothing process. 


4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?


I have to give credit to Havan Fellows here. I may have written some things before her advent into my life, but she is really to credit for the fact that I managed to get published. 


5. What does your family think about your career as a published author?

 
Heh. The ones who know are very supportive. The rest don't matter. 


6. Besides writing, what other interests do you have?


Reading, gardening, Top Chef… trying to discover where socks go when they enter the dryer but don't return.


7. Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?


I'm currently focused on Pulp Friction 2015 with my writing partners, Laura Harner, Havan Fellows, and Will Parkinson. PF is an intricate series of interlinked series of m/m romances.

8.  How can readers connect with you online?


Readers can find me at any of the following links, though I admit to hanging out on Face Book most of the time.
CONTACT LINKS:
FB http://www.facebook.com/lee.brazil
Twitter @leebrazil
Blog http://leebrazilauthor.blogspot.com/
Pinterest  http://pinterest.com/leebrazil/
You Tube http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKmjXLWlO4c2_5ZZQigbeZg?



Blurb:


CPA Rafe Montaigne's day is heading downhill fast and he hasn't even had a decent cup of coffee yet. What could make it worse? A secretary in a snit.


CPA Rafe Montaigne's day is heading downhill fast and he hasn't even had a decent cup of coffee yet. What could make it worse? A secretary in a snit.
Elian is efficient, attractive and cold as ice toward his boss, and he has been since Rafe's ex stopped by the office.
Rafe is a sophisticated player, a businessman who knows how to have fun and he's not particular about whether his playmates are male or female.
It seems Elian isn't quite so indiscriminate… What's a boss to do when his secretary won't play nice?


Excerpt:


The clack of computer keys signaled Elian's return to his desk, and Raphael grimaced as he realized he'd have to pass by that judgmental stare, those assessing eyes, to get to his own desk and the coffee. Should have taken the opportunity while the man talked to his plants to dash to his inner sanctum. He'd planned to be early, but one fiasco followed another, and of course, super secretary beat his ass to the office again. He ran a hand through his curly black hair, trying to make sure it was semi neat. Glanced down to check his clothes before he caught himself. Fuck. He was drenched to the skin. There was no way he looked like anything but a drowned rat. Who was the boss anyway?
He pushed open the heavy wood door that boasted Montaigne and Associates - though really, it was just him and Elian - and breezed through to the inner sanctum. The room was blessedly cool after the humid heat of the outdoors, and Elian had turned on the peaceful music he favored. Rafe made to step past Elian, whose gaze was focused on his computer screen.
Immediately the typing stopped, and the long elegant fingers fell into his lap. Rafe found his gaze locked on those hands, such soft, strong hands. Every nail was buffed to the perfect shine, trimmed to the perfect length, shaped by God into a perfect oval of healthy pink. He swallowed. He could nearly feel those nails digging into his muscles, scraping down his back, leaving fiery trails of sensation to burn their way to his groin.
"Your messages." Elian's icy voice jolted him from his fantasy not a moment too soon. Much longer and he would have been embarrassingly aroused, despite the fiasco of his morning.
More bad luck? In the beginning, Elian had addressed him in a much warmer tone. Once, he'd even had a good morning and a how was your evening for his boss. Since that day, though, it had been nothing but the cold shoulder.


Bio:


Somewhere in a small town in up-state New York are a librarian and a second grade teacher to whom I owe my life. That might be a touch dramatic, but it's nevertheless one hundred percent true.
Because they taught me the joy of reading, of escaping into worlds crafted of words.
Have you ever been nine years old and sure of nothing so much as that you don't belong? Looked at the world from behind glasses, and wondered why you don't fit?
Someone hands you a book, and then you turn the page and see... There you are, running from Injun Joe in a dark graveyard; there you are fencing with Athos; there you are...beneath the deep blue sea- marveling at exotic creatures with Captain Nemo.
I found myself between the pages of books, and that is why I write now. It's why I taught English and literature for so many years, and it's why my house contains more pounds of books than furniture.
If I'd had my way, I'd have been a fencer...or a starship captain, or a lawyer, or a detective solving crimes. But instead, I am a writer, and I've come to realize that's the best thing in the world to be, because as a writer, I can be all those things and more.
If I hadn't learned to value the stories between the pages, who knows what would have happened? Certainly not college...teaching...or writing.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

New Reviews!





New Reviews 1-27-2015                                                               
               
Anthologies
NIGHT SHIFT - Nalini Singh - Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, Milla Vane - 12/2014 - Jennifer - Urban Fantasy -New! 1-12-15

Contemporary Romance
ANGEL IN ARMANI - Melanie Scott - New York Saints Trilogy, Book 2 - 1/2015 - Patti -New! 1-21-15
BACK TO BEFORE - Tracy Solheim - Second Chances, Book 1 - 1/2015 - Jennifer - New! 1-21-15
BRANDED - Colette Auclair - The Aspen Valley Series, Book 3 -12/2014 - Jane - New! 1-12-15
IN THE CARDS - Jamie Beck - 12/2014 - Patti - New! 1-12-15
LAST CALL - Alica Clayton - A Cocktail Series Novella -1/2015 - Carolyn - New! 1-27-15
LOVE ME TENDER - Susan Fox - A Caribou Crossing Romance - 12/2014 - Patti - New! 1-12-15
MAI TAI'D UP - Alice Clayton - Cocktail Series, Book 4 - A Perfect 10 - 12/2014 - Carolyn - New! 1-12-15
OWNING VIOLET - Monica Murphy - The Fowler Sisters, Book 1 - 12/2014 - Robin - Erotic - New! 1-12-15
RAZED - Shiloh Walker - Barnes Brothers, Book 2 - 12/2014 - Jennifer - New! 1-12-15

Fantasy
HOT BLOODED - Donna Grant -Dark Kings, Book 4 - 1/2015 - Robin - New! 1-27-15

Fantasy Romance
DREAMER'S DAUGHTER - Lynn Kurland - A Nine Kingdoms Tale - A Perfect 10 -1/2015- JanI - New! 1-27-15
THE TEARS OF THE ROSE - Jeffe Kennedy -The Twelve Kingdoms, Book 2 - 12/2014 - Jani - New! 1-12-15

Historical Romance
NEVER JUDGE A LADY BY HER COVER - Sarah MacLean - The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels, - A Perfect 10 - 12/2014 - Jane - New! 1-12-15
THE DUKE'S GUIDE TO CORRECT BEHAVIOR - Megan Frampton - A Duke's Behaving Badly Novel, Book 1 - 12/2014 - Jane - New! 1-12-15

Inspirational Fiction
THE FORGIVEN - Marta Perry - Keepers of the Promise, Book 1 - 10/2014 - Diana - New!1-11-15
A SIMPLE CHARITY - Rosalind Lauer - Lancaster Crossroads, Book 3 -11-2014 - Diana - New! 1-11-15

New Adult
LEAD - Kylie Scott - A Stage Diva Novel, Book 3 - 12/2014 - Amanda - New! 1-12-15
WILD - Sophie Jordan - The Ivy Chronicles, Book 3 - 12/2014 - Patti - New!1-12-15

Regency
HOW TO PLAN A WEDDING FOR A ROYAL SPY - Vanessa Kelly -The Renegade Royals - 1/2015 - Jani - New! 1-27-15
A PITIFUL REMNANT - Judith B. Glad - 1/2015 - Jane - New! 1-21-15

Romantic Suspense
DANGEROUS ALLIANCE - Kyra Davis - 1/2015 - Jennifer -New! 1-27-15
IN HIS KEEPING - Maya Banks - Slow Burn, Book 2 - 1/2015 - Jennifer -New! 1-27-15

Series Romance
HER UNFORGETTABLE ROYAL LOVER - Merline Lovelace - Duchess Diaries, Book 3 - HD #2346 - Patti - New! 1-12-15
THE MISSING HEIR - Barbara Dunlop - Billioanires and Babies Series - HD #2343 - 12/2014- Patti - New! 1-12-15
PREGNANT BY THE TEXAN - Sara Orwig- Texas Cattleman's Club: After the Storm, Book 3 - HD# 2342- 12/2014 - Patti - New! 1-12-2015
SCANDALOUSLY EXPECTING HIS CHILD - Olivia Gates - The Billioanires Black Castle, Book 2 - HD #2345 - 12/2014 - Patti - New! 1-15-2015
THE SECRET AFFAIR - Brenda Jackson - Westmoreland Series - HD #2341 - 12/2014 - Patti - New! 1-15-2015

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Q & A wirh.... Mia Epsilon!!!



1.  Tell us about your newest release.
Wedding Belle Blues is my FIRST PRINT release so as you can see, I'm screaming and shouting and haven't stopped since I first heard this story was going into print.

Anna and Robin hold a very special place in my heart. They're best friends, much like my husband and I, who build a solid relationship before they cross the line into becoming lovers. Along the way Anna accepts a marriage proposal from another man. It's up to Robin to convince her best friends make the best marriage partners.


2.  What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your story?
Most surprising to me was discovering, as Anna does in the story, there's a huge (like several thousand dollars) fee for the chapel to host the wedding ceremony. While I understand the need to cover costs, it shocked me to realize places of worship charged for weddings. Guess I haven't planned a wedding in a long time!

3.  Do you have any interesting or quirks or rituals?
I have too many to name, sighs. Perhaps the most interesting is the music I play while editing. The Last of the Mohicans and Braveheart movie soundtracks plus Evanescence blast in the background when I go through my chapters before I submit them to my editor.
I always celebrate a new release coming on the market

4.  What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?
Jen Bradlee was my first editor and pushed me as a writer in a way no other person could have. She loved Anna and especially Robin from the very beginning and helped me tell their story. This book wouldn't be the novel it is without her. I'm a better writer because of her.

5.  What does your family think about your career as a published author?
They are excited to be able to hold an actual print book in their hands, almost as excited as I am. My best friend, who is like a sister to me, made book marks for me when I go for a book signing.

6.  Besides writing, what other interests do you have?
I read all the time, and just about anything published. I'm not sure what 'spare time' is but I keep looking for it. I also love to binge watch Doctor Who.

7.  Can you tell us what is coming up next for you?
Robin and Anna have another novel coming out in ebook form in February called 'Stuck on You'. I'm also currently editing Anna's brother's novel and he's giving me a devil of a time!

AUTHOR BIO:
Mia Epsilon lives with her enduring soul mate hubby in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Appalachian Mountains. She loves to read almost more than anything except eat chocolate and write. The Doctor (the Eleventh One) and Sherlock are her tv boyfriends. She can most often be found at her computer, spinning new stories, or in a quiet padded nook with her e reader.

BLURB:
What do you do when the woman you love is marrying the wrong man? Sabotage the wedding!
Anna is planning the perfect wedding, but she doesn't anticipate her future mother-in-law's offer of help' which translates into take over. Her groom-to-be avoids her and insists their growing problems are just 'bridal nerves'. Worst of all, her best friend, Robin, begins to act strange. Everyone around her has his or her own agenda. What's a girl to do when she begins to realize the perfect life she envisioned is all a lie?
Robin has two great loves in his life: his best friend Anna and his motorcycle. Not one to make a scene, he supports Anna in her plan to marry the wrong man and regrets she can't accept his 'dare devil' lifestyle. But when push comes to shove, he's more than willing to make the necessary sacrifice and prove he is the man she needs.
As the wedding date nears and plans shift into high gear, Robin and Anna grow closer and not just as friends. Each must decide what the perfect life truly means while trying to negotiate the maze of wedding plans, secrets, and hidden motives. Will someone be left singing the blues?
EXCERPT:
"Chasing you would be a wasted effort." Robin waved the half eaten slice before he set the crust back in the box.
Anna slammed the lid on his hand. "What do you mean? I'm not worth the chase?"
"Hey, starving teacher here." He knocked on the inside of the box and glared at her. "And don't be ridiculous. Of course you're worth a chase, but even I can recognize a no win situation regardless if I can't fully give up on it or you."
"What's that supposed to mean?" He was hiding something besides his hand in the box. "Robin?"
The liquid blue fire in his eyes singed her as he spoke. "I didn't give the let's-forget-this-ever-happened-and-just-be-friends speech. I didn't stay too afraid to see where our relationship might have gone. No win situation."
Stunned, she gaped at him. "I thought...but you never said...I mean we'd..."
He just stared at her, face unmoving, his chest rising and falling as his breaths increased. He was, she realized, getting angrier by the second.
She swallowed and tried to find words, any words, to defuse the tension. "I couldn't bear to think of losing you as my friend. We did the best thing for us."
"We did the best thing for you."
"But you...you agreed with me. You said you didn't want to risk our friendship either."
"What the hell could I say?" He shot to his feet, knocking the pizza box to the floor. "You didn't give me a choice. Either be your friend, only your friend, or leave your life."
"I never said we couldn't be friends or you had to leave my life." She whispered the words. Yet it had been close.
"Even now you won't face it." He muttered a curse which shocked her with the anger behind it. "Will you? You won't admit maybe we could have—"
"I faced it the morning after. I'm not an idiot, Robin. When you date a woman, it's like your skydiving adventures. You have a thrill, anything goes, and it's awesome and you're on the high of it all. Then you land and it's over. You never talk to the woman again, let alone have a friendship with her. I didn't want our friendship to be over. I still don't. I can't give more than I am. I can't."
"Why, Anna?" He stopped right in front of her, hands on his hips balled into fists. "Why can't you give more? Because of Doug Dufuss?"
"No. Because I can't just have sex with you and then watch you leave!"