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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Black Passion by Lorie O’Clare

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Tell us a bit about Black Passion

Before I started Black Passion, I knew writing Ran's story, with him being the computer geek, Ran would need a woman perfectly created just for him. He was the middle boy in their family, his hair was longer, and he was the rebel with a cause. Mad computer skills and distracting, almost haunting good looks. Not just any lady would be able to snag this guy. Olivia began coming into play in my mind when I pictured a quiet, yet feisty lady, who was smart as hell but had more than just a little bite to her. She wouldn't be noticed in a crowd, but try pushing her into a corner and you'll walk away with your ass kicked. She doesn't take any crap, prefers numbers over people, but treat her just right and she'd start purring like a deadly erotic female cat. (Oh wait, she is a deadly erotic female cat.) Olivia was the perfect choice for Ran, so I started writing. :)

What's your favorite part of writing this book? Why?

I'm not sure if getting to know the characters in the book, or getting wrapped up in their turmoil and conflict means more to me. I get so intrigued learning about a character once they come to me. Olivia was that way. She was quiet--picture that deadly cat again--and could move around you without your even noticing her. But get her hackles up and she could scream and throw a fit better than my youngest son. :) And she was intelligent. So much smarter than me. I suck at numbers. I liked her right away.

But once she and I were good friends, and I learned to respect her boundaries, the trouble she and Ran found themselves in fascinated me so much I couldn't walk away from the story. I had to know what happens next.

So to answer your question, writing the book was my favorite part. :) Every aspect of it. From the very beginning to the end. I absolutely love exploring their world with them.

What can we look forward in the future from you?

As many of you have guessed, Rafe's story is next. Black Surrender is coming soon from EC. I'll have a release date for you soon. The fastest way to find it, and any release dates from me, is on my coming soon page. That page is always updated within a day of my learning a new release date.

Here is the link to my coming soon page. Bookmark it and check back frequently. It's updated often at least once a month. http://www.lorieoclare.com/comingsoon/

If you're like me and get so busy you forget to check on books, even when you can't wait for them to release, another way to get release dates and other information from me is through my newsletter. Jaded Sensations goes out once a month to once every other month, just depending on how much news there is to share. Here is the link to join that newsletter. Jaded_Sensations-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

There are at least two more Black Jag books after Black Surrender.

With my other publishers...

Get Lucky, my second bounty hunter book, Marc King's story, releases in March 2011. Stay Hungry, Jake King's story, releases in September 2011. I just turned in Natasha King's story to my editor.

Temptation Island is my third island book. The island books are all stand alones so can be read in any order. I'm working on edits with my Kensington publisher for Temptation Island. I'll have a release date for everyone probably here in the next month or so with that one. I also have a novella, Fight Fire With Fire, my first firefighter book, appearing in an anthology with Kensington, which releases May 2011. I should have the title of that anthology on my coming soon page here soon.

If you could change one thing about your publishing career, what would it be? Why?

Umm...all of my books would be blockbuster movies. :)

Seriously though, I am so incredibly blessed to be where I am right now it's hard to find anything to complain about. I've been very lucky so far as a writer. My characters never leave me alone. I'm never lonely. LOL. And my editors keep offering me more contracts. There really isn't much else a writer could ask for, well then for all of her readers to love her unconditionally.

Where can we find your website?

www.lorieoclare.com

If you would prefer to receive updates on my books through snail mail instead of in your in box, please email me at lorieoclare@aol.com. Send me your mailing address. Please put "newsletter" in the subject line.

As well, I love hearing from my readers. Feel free to email me anytime. I'm always willing to hear what you think of my books!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mortal Enemies by J. L. Farnsworth

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

Tell us a bit about Mortal Enemies

Mortal Enemies starts in the middle of my characters, Ryan and Tyler's, relationship. They have known each other for over four years, when Ryan, a trauma surgeon, saved Tyler's life. When Tyler, an undercover narcotics officer and "ex" Navy-Seal, and his police partner and childhood best friend, Tommy, go on what they believe is a simple drug bust, things quickly get out of hand, and they realize that Tyler's cover has somehow been blown. In the chaos that ensues, the suspected drug dealer gets away and we quickly learn that this man is out to seek revenge against Tyler, and not only wants him to die, but to die a very slow and very painful death. With a leak in the police force, tracking down this madman, Harry Jackson, proves to be extremely difficult, who continues to taunt and hunt Tyler throughout the book. As the story progresses, and new discoveries are made about who this man really is, Tyler's past begins to come back to haunt him. A past that Ryan wasn't fully aware of, which puts a strain on their relationship. When Jackson finally has enough of Tyler's continuous ability to slip out of each attempt to kidnap him, Jackson kidnaps Ryan instead and gives Tyler a choice, Tyler's life for Ryan's. Left with no other choice, Tyler, who would do anything to save Ryan, gives himself up to the psychotic killer. As he fights for not only his life, but Ryan's as well, even more of the past that Tyler had desperately tried to keep anyone from ever finding out, comes to the surface, and Tyler is left to explain a life he has kept so well hidden - from everyone - and deal with the repercussions his admittance to the truth of these accusations brings.

What's your favorite part of writing this book? Why?

I believe my favorite part of writing Mortal Enemies was how deeply the characters began to affect me. They could be anyone I wanted them to be, do anything I wanted them to, and they began to take on a life of their own. They took me on a whirlwind adventure that I hope continues for quite some time. To me, writing, just like reading, is an escape; it's an adventure that takes you away from your daily life, even if only for a little while. And in writing this book, I found that I could go anywhere, do anything, and create a world that I wanted to see.

What can we look forward to in the future from you?

I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on the second book in The Tyler Michaels Chronicles, and there will be several more that follows. I am also working on a children's series, and a young-adult series.

If you could change one thing about your publishing career, what would it be? Why?

I have been so pleased with my publishing career so far that at this point in time, I can't think of anything that I would change. My publisher, Dreamspinner Press, has been absolutely wonderful to work with, and I have been excited about the reactions Mortal Enemies has received.

J.L. Farnsworth
http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/