Saturday, September 23, 2017

It's All About the Author #interview with @DarylDevore #romance #newrelease @eXtasybooks



 It's All About the Author with Daryl Devoré


So, let's get this party started, can you tell us 5 interesting facts about yourself that readers might not know about you …
- I have a 2nd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do
- I am a Raqs Sharki dancer (belly dancer)
- I am an only child
- I have a complete collection of Agatha Christie novels
- I write under 2 pen names

  Holy Buckets, some of that kind of explains what we want to know next lol but anyway, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Spare time??? Hmmm – I work in my garden, and veggie garden, I read, I go to yoga, I belly dance and when I am totally worn out- I watch TV.

I would definitely be worn out too. The gardening is probably 
my speed :) Is there one book that you love to read over and 
over again?    If so, what is it and what is it that keeps you 
coming back to it?
No there isn't one book. I have the complete works of several authors and when I am tired of edits and critiques, I go read one of those books. I love getting lost in the stories. It depends on my mood whether I get an Ellis Peters and go back to the 1100s or an Agatha Christie and settle into a late 19th century manor house or a Rex Stout and pop over to NY in the 40s.

I like the way you don't have just one. Keeps the mind alive ! 
So tell us, how did you get started writing and have you 
always wanted to be an author?
I started writing in gr. 10. In creative writing class, we were supposed to write a first chapter. Well chapter 1 turned into chapter 2 and along came chapter 3 and pretty soon I had a book.

 That's great, i wish more kids were that determined in high school. 
If you for some reason couldn’t be an author, 
what would your other choice be?
I'd love to be a baker. Create those fabulous cakes and desserts.

Baking would be a blast ! Were you one of those kids 
that liked school?  Were you a good student?

Loved school. And yes, I was a good student because once I had my work done, I picked up a book and started to read. Although I did get in trouble for reading Hamlet in gr 7. Was told it was inappropriate. My mother told the teacher off – it was great.

Yeah, seems like that would be a parent decision, not a teacher one. 
When you write, is there a specific way you have to write, 
ie:  certain room, noise or quiet, computer or paper etc…
I write mostly on my laptop as I am too lazy to write by hand and then retype it. Usually I have to have quiet with no one around. If someone is nearby, I am always on alert to see if they are going to suddenly start talking to me.
Although, I wrote a couple of chapters at a gate in an airport as we were called to seating. I kept writing even after the plane took off. I just got on a roll and went with it.

Sometimes you just need to write when the story is talking to you. 
If you could write a collaboration with another author,
 do you have one in mind and what would you write?
Oh jeez, no idea.  But I guess I could narrow it down, I'd love to write a murder mystery, so I'll go for Agatha Christie.

Kudos for being able to get through a murder mystery, i'm not sure i could lol. How do you come up with your story ideas?  
 
No idea. A song triggered What Happens in Bangkok which turned into a trilogy.
I once came up with the idea of a fabulous last line in a book – so I had to write the whole story to get to that point.

That's as good a way as any. Do the titles stump you or do 
they come easy?  When do you pick a title, before the story is 
written or when it’s done?
I am the definition of stumped when it comes to titles. I came up with a cute one for an earlier book and no one seems to get the pun. For What Happens in Bangkok, it was called the book with no name for over a year. For my latest, I actually came up with 4 titles and a friend emailed me and suggested something else and my 4 titles went flying out the window and Between Despair and Ecstasy was named.
And weirdly enough enough – I currently have a title for a book that I haven't even started yet.
So I'd say I am pretty much all over the place.

   All over the place isn't a bad thing, that just means your 
imagination is keeping you busy :) Do you keep a notebook 
near you for when new ideas pop into your head?
I have a journal that goes pretty much everywhere with me. I belong to a local writers group and was at a meeting and scribbling away like crazy because something triggered an idea for a scene and they weren't the slightest bit insulted that I was ignoring them.

     I think that's proof that they are a good writers group! If you write a series, do you re-read your previous books before you begin the new one?

I don't see how you couldn't. You have to keep all the little details straight. If your hero has green eyes, they suddenly can’t change to blue without a really good explanation.

 Very true, the extent of the details would confuse anyone 
I suppose.How does your family feel about your writing?

Meh. They are proud, but it's not something we talk about. An older aunt scolded me because of the language that one of my characters used. He was a gang member – gosh darn wasn't in his vocabulary.

Thanks for sharing “you as an author” with us !  
 We hope you’ll come back and visit again soon!

Would love to come back. It was fabulous being here.



Excerpt

Set – up- Darien and Erika have gone on a date to BBKs – Bo's Bitchin' Kitchen. They've met up with some friends and Sherise and Bo the owners.

Sherise grinned. “Your momma’s just the sweetest. You say hey back and tell her ‘n’ Patrick to get in here. It’s been longer than forever since we laid eyes on them two.”
Darien pointed to a door. “Bo in the back?”
“Yeah, g’won. He been smokin’ all day. I’ll set you up a table.”
Darien turned to Orion. “How many?”
Orion counted. “Me. Tami. Nathan. Elijah and the other singer, Randi. Five.”
Sherise grabbed some paper place mats. “I’ll put you in the big booth in the corner. Keep pryin’ eyes off ya, too. I’m guessin’ y’all want the monster platter?”
“Hell yes. No one comes to BBKs to eat bunny food.” Darien tapped Erika’s back. “Come meet Bo. I’d hire this guy in a sec to be my personal chef.”
He led Erika through a back hallway, past the busy kitchen and outside. Six large smokers filled the air with delicious fragrances. He closed his eyes and inhaled. If anything smelled like home, this was it.
“Darien, ya son of a bitch. What y’all doin’ here?” A former professional linebacker stood before him, with a grin from ear to ear.
“I needed me some BBKs.” Darien half turned and edged Erika closer. “Bo, this is Erika. My fiancée.”
She smiled and inhaled. “I’ve been in flower shops that don’t smell as fantastic as it does right here. My stomach’s just rumbling.”
Bo flashed a big grin, lifted the lid and pulled a strip off a roasting piece of meat. He handed it to her.
“Oh. Hot.” She blew on it then popped it into her mouth. Her eyes closed as she chewed. “Oh. My. God. That is one of the most incredible things I have ever eaten. Are we going to have some of that for dinner?”
Darien nodded. “I ordered a monster platter. Everything you smell will be on it, plus the North Carolina state vegetable.”
A momentary pang of jealousy shot through Darien as she licked her lips. He wanted to lick the barbecue sauce off her lips. Could dribble some down her belly. A little up her thigh.
“Okra?”
He hunched his shoulders. “What okra?”
“State veggie?”
Darien and Bo tossed back their heads and laughed.
“Northerner?” Bo asked.
“West Coast,” Darien smirked.

Tag - How can Erika prove to herself and Darien that she loves and trusts him? Simple. All she has to do is jump out of a plane.

Concerned for his fiancée, Erika Bailey’s safety, rock star Darien Scott races to Bangkok to protect her, only to discover his brother is missing. Fearing the worse, he contacts his nemesis, Gan, and makes a repulsive deal that will free his brother and protect Erika’s club, The Pink Flamingo. Or so he thought. When a python and Gan are involved, things go sour, and Darien sinks into a deep depression.

Erika is disheartened by the betrayal of her parents. Her father's destruction of her club, and the humiliation of her mother’s drunken behavior have her feeling down, but those are the least of her worries. She has a wedding to plan, but won’t. Having been betrayed too often, she’s scared to trust Darien.

How can Erika prove to herself and Darien that she loves and trusts him? Simple. All she has to do is jump out of a plane.




About the Author:

Daryl Devoré lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Daryl loves to take long walks up her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She's touched a moon rock, a mammoth and a meteorite. She's been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life's an adventure and Daryl's having fun living it.

Where to find Daryl Devoré

 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

#NewRelease Beta's Mark Anthology #paranormal #shifters #romance #shortstories #99¢





BETA'S MARK Anthology



Second to the Alpha, but always first in her heart, these stories will tug at your heart strings, steam up your kindle, and leave you panting for more.



Nine USA Today and International Best-Selling authors have created intriguing worlds where the Alpha’s second, is a position of respect and power. Wolves, cats, foxes, and other predators will fight their way through the human world and claim their true mates.



Featuring: Krista Ames, Nicole Morgan, Gracie Meadows, Bethan Shaw, Khloe Wren, Laura Hawks, Tamsin Baker, Sydney Lea, and Scarlett J Rose.





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A Lion's Claim by Sydney Lea
Cameron Murdock has returned to Avalon Bay and is ready to take on the role as his Pride’s Beta, only to discover that the new shifter in town is none other than his mate. Only problem is she has no idea who or what she is.
Hailey James moved to Avalon Bay in search of a quiet life. If only she had known when Mr. tall, dark and dreamy walked in, her whole world would change.
Now, with a group of hunters moving to break the treaty, and an unexpected surprise, Cameron will have to go to extraordinary lengths to stake his Lion’s claim.

Beta Trials by Gracie Meadows
It’s been a while since Wilder Monrow has been back home. Being a Liger made it difficult for him to be a part of the pride he grew up with. But when his best friend Rowdy Avans took Alpha, he is needed to come back and help with the Beta Trials. Making sure everything is a fair fight should be easy. But when a serious of accidents and a murder take place it set’s Wilder beast on edge. Oh, and the feisty blonde who has his body stirring in the process doesn’t help much either, as she is non-other than the Alpha’s baby sister.

Harper has fought tooth and claw for what she wanted in life. And what she wanted was to sit in the corner, read a book and not have anyone bother her. Well unless that someone was Wilder, the crush she had since she was a little girl. Now he’s back, stirring up her lioness in ways she knows she shouldn’t be. And during this all, she needs to be mindful as she is being watched by everyone, and she, in turn, is watching them.

The compound is on riled up as the trials keep going on, but at what cost? Will Wilder be able to keep Rowdy safe during the events? Can Harper pull in her animal in time before she does something she might regret? And when it all ends, who will remain victorious?

Megan’s Mate by Tamsin Baker
Alpha born female, Megan Nox, has a birthmark which should match her perfect mate's, yet no Alpha male in the Greensborough pack has that same mark. Her fated mate must be outside the pack and Megan is convinced he will be at the upcoming Spring Festival.
Lucas Noll is a Beta in the Robinvale pack which uses and abuses their underlings. The pack to which he is devoted, which should protect him, but which cut the birthmark from his belly. The mark to identify him to his mate. Megan is his mate. He knows it and she feels it, but without the proof, and Lucas’s own feelings of inadequacy, how are they ever going to be together?

Paxson: Call of the Beta by Krista Ames
Piper Halliday only wanted to get away from her every day, run of the mill, swamped life for a little vacation. What better way than staying in a cabin hidden away from the world, until she no longer feels safe.

Paxson Rivers led a quiet existence in the Windsor Woods. However, his days were numbered. He knew the moment she arrived and he couldn’t help but want her, he just didn’t know why. Linking to a human was against everything he’d ever known or understood.

When Paxson is forced to move in and protect Piper, will she accept her place in the pack or die fighting what she doesn’t understand?

Night Falls (Racinitine Pack 1) by Nicole Morgan
Paul Holton is the leader of the Racinitine Pack. Rising to his position from bloodline and destiny hadn’t been easy for the strong willed young man. Having sacrificed many of the things his kind long for in their reticent existence, Paul knew all he forfeited had been for the greater good.

Kinzey Sloane had been finding ways to get herself into trouble ever since she was a rambunctious young child. Now a reporter for the small press, The Grand Lake Gazette, she was determined to make a name for herself no matter what it costs.

When Paul crosses paths with the tenacious and gorgeous red head, Kinzey he knows he’s in trouble. Not only can he see the fire in her, but he can feel it as well. But when Kinzey gets too close to his secrets, he is faced with making a choice that could not only change his world, but the only life his pack has ever known.

Protective Instincts by Khloe Wren
Having a baby is never as simple as it sounds.
Getting snatched off the street wasn’t what Tina had in mind when she said she wanted a break from her over protective mate. And at eight and half months pregnant, she has no chance of fighting him off.
When Connor senses Tina's pain, he knows she’s gone into labor early. But he still has no idea where she is, or who’s with her. With his mate in danger and his Leap threatened, Connor's protective instincts surge into overdrive as he faces down an enemy he didn't see coming.

Protected by the Beta by Bethany Shaw
Essex Baker’s bloodline was hunted down and murdered when he was a small child. He is the last werewolf in the Baker pack and has a constant target on his back. Taken in by a North American pack that protects those pursued by evil, he has worked his way up the ranks to the position of beta. He has trained with MYTHS agents and is committed to protecting humans and supernaturals alike from the evils in the world. When witch, Haven Carson, is brought to the pack for protection, the need to keep her safe overpowers him. The same warlocks that murdered his family are chasing her. She too is the last of her coven. Haven’s essence calls to his wolf in a way that no woman ever has. She is his mate, but she’s harboring a dark secret, one that could destroy Essex.
Haven Carson is on the run. A madman is chasing her and intent on killing her. With nowhere else to turn, she asks her estranged adoptive father for help. He sends her to a little town in Tennessee to a man named Essex Baker. Being around Essex calls to something buried deep inside her. It scares her but also intrigues her.
She doesn’t believe in love. It is cruel and she’s seen firsthand how it can betray a person. Still, there is something about him that draws her in no matter how hard she tries to fight it. Secrets surround her and the more she is around Essex the more things begin to come to light.
Can she trust the man her heart desires or is he a part of the problem and helping the man determined to kill her?

Egyptian Destiny:  The Weight of her Feather by Laura Hawks
Archeologist Lyra Mayet has uncovered more than she bargained for when she finds the tomb of Horemheb's daughter, Namire. Hidden inside is the key that holds the balance of good.
Anubis' second, Asim has been given the mission by the Egyptian God's to retrieve the Feather of Justice before Set's followers destroy it and bring about a world of chaos.
Teaming up, the two race to reacquire the Feather from Chao's hands before it's too late. Will they succeed or will the world succumb to the Evil waiting to arise?

Beta Down by: Scarlett J. Rose
The Veil between worlds has broken. Otherkin - the Fae, Shifters, Vampires, have all invaded our world, taking slaves, destroying the world as we knew it.
Now, Humans struggle to survive in a world that is no longer theirs to rule. War with the Otherkin has taken so much. What will it take for peace? Harmony? Unity? Sanctuary?
For Jay, A human woman surviving in this harsh new life, it comes in the form of a wounded shifter, Bolt.
But will their people tear them apart, or will they find some way to be together as the Fates intended?