Five on Friday: Interview with Author Rita Delude #amreading #romance @cravepub

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEM (6)Rita Delude, author of “At First Sight” in Craving: One Night Anthology stopped by today for a mini interview and an in deeper peek into her story. 

  1. Do you consider writing a gift or a curse? Being a writer is a gift because not everyone can write well enough to entice complete strangers to read their words. Being a writer is a curse because it’s a sedentary career, and since I’ve started writing full time, I’ve gained weight. But much like dark chocolate, I love it.
  2. What is the best compliment you’ve ever received as an author? The best compliment I ever received as a writer was when a reader of my contemporary romance book, Kaleidoscope, was so inspired by the book in which Alice, the protagonist, opens a quilting studio, that she created a quilted wall hanging that looks like a kaleidoscope of fabrics. My words inspired her art. I was so thrilled for both of us.
  3. How old were you when you have your first kiss? I was twelve when I had my first kiss. We were playing spin the bottle at a birthday party chaperoned only by an older sister. There were no parents in sight. My mom would have “killed me” if she knew. The couple who got picked went to a closet and kissed. I still remember it even though it was a very innocent touching of lips to lips. It thrills me still to think about, even though I can’t even remember the boy’s name.
  4. Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the “good” or “bad” ones? Yes, I read my book reviews. I bask in the good ones. If the “bad” ones have suggestions of what I should have done, I try to incorporate that into my future writing. Then, I move on. You can’t please everyone in writing or in life. I feel the same about rejection letters. I take the advice of the publisher and work to improve every day.
  5. Do you prefer traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks and why? I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve pretty much given up on print books; I love my Kindle. I can adjust the print size, take it everywhere, and purchase books at a low cost. Yet, I’m always listening to audio books, too, especially when I quilt and drive.

To learn more about this amazing author, visit her website at: https://ritadelude.wixsite.com/mysite

Rita also gave us an in depth look in her story At First Sight Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]from Craving: One Night…

When I first heard the theme for Craving: One Night, I was excited because I believe in “love at first” and “happily ever after.” Many years ago, I fell in love with my husband on our first date—a blind date. I knew that very first night that he was the one I’d spend the rest of my life with. And I have.

Just a simple tip of a cap or an intense look, as Matthew gives to Julia when they enter an airplane can be the spark that starts a love affair. Also, Julia’s sensation of being “home” and safe when they first hold hands is what I remember of my “one night,” so I worked those feelings into a romantic story set on a cruise ship.

Adding humor to my work is something I normally do, so for this story Julia and Matthew take part in the Entertainment Director’s version of an old TV show called The Dating Game where a lady picks a date by asking questions of three potential gentlemen and without seeing what they look like. You may laugh at some of the crazy answers the guys create to impress Julie.

Here’s a snippet of humor from “At First Sight” from Craving One Night from just as The Dating Game begins:

“Folks, welcome Julia, here all the way from frigid Nashua, New Hampshire. But you’re never cold on a Leisure Line Cruise in the Caribbean.”

The applause was deafening.

Here goes, she thought, and read the first question in a voice that she used to get everyone’s attention at meetings. People hushed.

She so wished she could wear a sign that read: “I did not create these questions!”

“Bachelor Number One, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?”

Bachelor Number One: “I’d be a banana, so we could have some fun peeling me.”

The audience roared.

“Bachelor Number Two, if you were a fruit or vegetable, what would you be and why?”

Bachelor Number Two: “I’d be a strawberry, so you could suck its juices while drinking champagne and having the pleasure of both tastes in one.”

The crowd laughed.

“Bachelor Number Three, same question, please.”

Bachelor Number Three: “I’d be a long, wide zucchini to mix with your freshest salad until you were wild with desire.”

The viewers were raucous.

Julia blushed. Two more questions to go and she could escape. Relax. You’re here to have fun.

“Bachelor Number One, if you could take me on a first date to anywhere, where would it be and why?”

I hope you enjoy “At First Sight,” and I wish you your own special “one night” with someone to love.

Want to read Rita’s story and more? …download Craving: One Night for only .99¢ or for Free with an Kindle Unlimited subscription here: https://www.amazon.com/Craving-One-Night-Book-ebook/dp/B07D5JT24T/

 

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Five on Friday: Interview with Author G.M. House

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEMCrave author G.M. House joins us for a quick 5 question interview. Her story is featured in our Craving One Night anthology.

  1. Do you Google yourself?

*Laughs* Yes, I have and it was no surprise that G.M. and House pulled separate items. My sir name, House, pulls up three companies that draw house plans. G.M., of course, pulls up General Motors. I’ve been told many times over, that my name is rather masculine and it is fun to play that up every once in a while. So, it was no surprise that my Google search turned up masculine things.

  1. Do you prefer reading traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebooks? Why?

I prefer traditional paperbacks or hard cover. My all-time favorite book “Pride and Prejudice” is a hard cover, that shows its age/usage and I absolutely love that. It has been a well-loved classic. Plus, I’m a proud member of the book sniffers club and ebook does not offer the same experience for me as a traditional book. The smell of a book only adds to the journey while I read. However, for organizational reasons I can see why ebooks are popular.

  1. How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Ironically, two characters I did not see publishing, are getting published and first of all things. They were a half-baked idea. Aside from that, I have two unpublished books, one of which is three quarters of the way completed, and three proposal stories that I might breathe life into down the road. The hoard of napkins and notepads that have notes jotted down on them, tell a different narrative on my half-finished unpublished works.

  1. What is the sexiest accent?

Hmm…that is a tough one. I’d say Scottish hands down. With the exception of Humphrey Bogart or Sean Connery. Wait…I could honestly, listen to Gerard Butler talk all day.

  1. Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

It is a double edged sword. On one hand, it is amazing to sit down, pen a swoon worthy story for the readers to enjoy and give them a relatable experience. On the other hand, I do not fit into the status quo, because I see life in a more creative manner and some feel awkward around me since I’m not in the same box.

G.M. House also provided us with an in depth look into her story One Night with a Boss from Craving: One Night

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000447_00006]“Hi, Ian Thompson here with my favorite author in the universe, G… G.M. House. We’re here today to give you a deeper look into One Night with a Boss. Isn’t that right G?”

“Please don’t call me G, we’ve talked about this. Yes, I’m excited that you could join me in giving this review.” For those of you who haven’t met Ian, let me introduce you. He will quickly become your favorite douchebag. “Ian, meet the readers, readers met Ian.”

“Thanks, G. I know I’m your favorite douchebag,” winks flirtatiously at me. Waves at the readers. “Nice to meet you all.”

“You really are my favorite,” I reach out and pat his arm. “Where should we begin?”

“Tell them how I got my start in the graphics scene,”

“That’s a good starting point.” Ian comes from a middle class family, both parents work, and he has always admired his dad’s drive in the work world. After Ian graduate’s college with a degree in graphic design, he gets a job with a small local firm. A major client books a consult, the firm being extremely short staffed at the time throws rookie Ian in the lead role for the meeting and this move sets him on the path to douchebag status. Ian, of course, lands this client and catapults his firm into new territory with the two-million-dollar advertising deal. Keep in mind, Ian beat competitor Brooks Design Graphics out of this deal. When a job opening comes up at Brooks, Ian arrogantly fills out an application for fun. Not really expecting anything to come of it.

“I told the client my boss was an asshat, that’s how I landed the deal.”

I cut my eyes over to him, “Ian!”

“Well, I did, G,” he reaches up, pretends to zip his lips, locks them and throws away the key.

“I know you did.” Anyways, that’s how we end up where the story starts.

“So, what is the inspiration behind my story?”

“Your story?”

“Fine, the story overall,” he rolls his eyes.

I had an obsession at the time with the names Ian and Ryley. I knew somehow I had to have characters with those names, but they could not be any characters. These two would be equals, somehow Ian and Ryley would be a match on every level except for power. In the real world I’m a rather powerful lady, so I thought it would be fun to echo that into a female character and have the male character be attracted to a powerful woman. What started as a fun idea, ended up becoming a fun, sexy, short story about one night and I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

“Trust me G, they will enjoy it,” he wags his eyebrows at me.

“Behave yourself.”

“Yes ma’am,” he pauses, “Do you plan on giving me my own book one day?”

Smiles “You know, you’re a lot to handle Ian. I’m not sure, I, or anyone can handle a full length story with your douchebaggery.”

He chuckles, “Com’on G, you know they want more of all this!” he runs his hands over his torso seductively.

“See what I’m talking about?” One day perhaps I will give this short story a full length book, guess it depends on how demanding Ian gets.

“Don’t make me pull out the big douchebag guns G, because I will!”

Throws hands up in surrender, “Please don’t,” I beg.

“Fine, you’re safe this time, but next time I might tie you up… or maybe one of your readers would like for me to tie her up?”

“Sir Douche…” takes a breath, “Never mind, I’m sure a lucky lady would love to be tied up by you,” I smile wide at him. “Moving on. Why don’t you explain the douchebag title Ian?”

“I’d love to. So, G has this long standing joke about a guy in white Oakley shades. He is instantly a douchebag. Maybe not, maybe he’s a pansy in a pair of shades his mom bought him because they were cool,” he chuckles. “Let me define G’s definition of douchebag, A guy who typically gets what he wants, knows it all, drives a stunning vehicle, usually well-groomed and good looking. The shades are a symbol, if you will, that said guy, in this case me, is a get what he wants kind of male. Which I am a get what I want kind of guy. The job I want, got it. The woman that… I’ll stop there with that one. Well-groomed and I’m fine as hell. Jacked up truck. See I tick all the boxes and I also have a pair of white Oakley’s as the icing on the cake. Did I cover it G?”

“Yeah, you nailed it.”

“I forgot to mention that my favorite author looks damn good in her douchebag shades.”

Instantly my cheeks heat, “Thanks Ian,” embarrassment in my voice.

“You’re welcome G.”

“Oaky Ian I think that about finishes our time here with all the readers.”

“G, come on, they want more.”

Giggles “They will have to read the story to get more.”

“Fine.” He rolls his eyes.

Thank you all for joining Ian and I today. I hope you will enjoy “One Night with a Boss”.

Want to read more about Ian? …download Craving: One Night for only .99¢ or for Free with an Kindle Unlimited subscription here: https://www.amazon.com/Craving-One-Night-Book-ebook/dp/B07D5JT24T/

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Five On Friday Interview with Author J.S. Andersen

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEM (4)Crave author J.S. Andersen joins us today for a quick 5 question interview. Her story Chained is featured in the Craving: Loyalty anthology. Available for only 99 pennies or read free with Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/Craving-Loyalty-Book-7-ebook/dp/B07BH2VH37/ 

Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?
Both – I can go weeks with no thought, but when it hits, I go days of nonstop writing. I wish I could be more balanced.
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? Five
What is your favorite childhood book(s)?
I added the s. I can’t pin down my favorite, but I loved the Little House on the Prairie series along with Betsy and Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace.
What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
Facebook? LOL. I’d have to give up a few other hobbies I have along with work to have more time.
Do you prefer reading traditional paperback/hard cover books or ebook? Why?
Hand held books all the way. Love the feel of holding a book and putting in a bookmark or doggy ear when needed. 
To learn more about J.S., visit her website: http://www.jsandersen.net/

Five on Friday: Interview with Author Elsa Kurt

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEM (5)Elsa Kurt joins us today for a quick 5 question interview. Elsa’s story The Devil’s Own Brotherhood is featured in our Craving Loyalty anthology. Available for only 99 pennies or read free with Kindle Unlimited: https://www.amazon.com/Craving-Loyalty-Book-7-ebook/dp/B07BH2VH37/

 

1)      What is your favorite childhood book?

So many to choose from, but the one I love most of all is The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (and subsequently, the whole Narnia Chronicles). I can’t tell you how many times I climbed into my grandparent’s wardrobe hoping that I burst through the snow-capped trees and see the lamppost and Mr. Tumnus!

2)      Do you Google yourself?

I confess, I do. Vanity? Yes. Curiosity? Yes. Showing off to friends? Afraid so.

3)      What is the sexiest accent?

Bloody hell, I’d say an English accent. I think I literally swoon when I hear one.

4)      What is your favorite romance sub-genre to write and read?

I’m a big sap for sweet romance, both for writing and reading. I’m, by nature, a super awkward human (my protagonists often are, too) so—while they’re not off limits—steamy sex scenes are not generally my ‘thing.’

5)      What is the best compliment you’ve received about your writing?

This might sound bad, but the best compliment was when someone called me a jerk for making them cry. The greatest thing you can accomplish as a writer is to make the reader feel something deeply, so when I’ve written a scene that I’ve cried writing, I hope that the emotion conveys. When it does, it’s like winning a million dollars!

To learn about this amazing author, please visit her website at: http://modernmelly.com/home/

Five On Friday: Interview with Author Carolyn LaRoche

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEMAuthor Carolyn LaRoche joins us today for a quick 5 question interview. You can check her story Fallen Star in Craving: Country (myBook.to/CravingCountry Available for .99¢)

  1. How long on average, does it take for you to write a book?

  During the summer, when I am not working, I can write and edit a complete book in about four weeks. During the school year, when I am teaching, it takes about twice as long.

2. Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

    Evie Ward, the heroine of All She Never Wanted is my absolute favorite. She is a survivor. She never loses her sense of self and learns to move forward from a great loss with a sense of strength and class. And even though she has plenty of her own baggage, she whips Landon into shape and shows him how to let his go.

3. If someone offered to option one of your books or stories for a movie or TV series, which one would you choose?

   I would definitely choose Undercover in Six Inch Stilettos! It is full of colorful characters that would trasnslate very well to either television or the screen. It would make an amazing mystery series on TV.

4. Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

    Can I say it’s both? It is such a gift to be able to tell stories that people actually enjoy reading. The cursed side of it though has to be all the voices in my head all time demanding attention! Sometimes the reality in my head gets confused with the reality of my actual life. Not that I would ever change a thing though.

5. Which one of your characters would you want to date and why?

    I suppose I would choose Kaiden James in my book Homeland Security. I’m a sucker for men in uniform anyway but Kaiden has the kind of sense of humor and easy confidence I find extremely sexy in a man.

Learn more about Carolyn on her website: https://carolynlarocheauthor.blogspot.com/

Five On Friday: Interview with Author Sara Dobie Bauer

RECEIVE A FREE EBOOK, CRAVING_ MAYHEM (3)Crave author Sara Dobie Bauer joins us today for a quick 5 question interview. Her story Must Love Grapes is featured in the Craving: Country anthology. (myBook.to/CravingCountry Available for .99¢)
1. Best writing advice you ever received?

Don’t compare yourself to other writers.

2. Which one of your characters is your favorite and why?

Imogene from the Bite Somebody series because she’s brave, funny, and doesn’t give a hoot what anyone thinks.

3. What’s one of the craziest things that’s ever happened to you?

I met my husband in a bar. I always said I would never meet my husband in a bar.
4. Which one of your characters would you want to date and why?
Nicholas from the Bite Somebody series because he’s a sexy British vampire who wears bespoke suits and is an absolute animal in the sack.
5. What’s something you are really good at that only a few people know about?
Climbing trees.
Learn more about Sara on her website: https://saradobiebauer.com/