Tuesday Author Talk!

Hi all! This week, we have Angelique Armae, and I can’t wait for you guys to meet her. So just let me get out of the way and you can see for yourself what a wonderful guest we have here!

BIO: Angelique Armae is a native New Yorker who’s as zany as the city she grew up in. As a child her favorite toy was Emerald The Witch, a small doll with green eyes, green hair and purple skin.

Miss Armae is published with Diversion Books and ImaJinn Books. Her books have garnered numerous awards and nominations, including the Sapphire Award, P.E.A.R.L. Award and Word Weaving Award. Angelique’s first novel, COME THE NIGHT, made Fictionwise’s Best of the Best list, rounding out the top five best selling dark fantasy books of the year. Her current book is SHADOWS OF THE SOUL, a novel about angels, demons, vampires and the humans who interact with them.

Aside from writing, Angelique also dabbles in digital art. She is the recipient and two time nominee of the Dream Realm Award for best cover art.

When not working, Ms. Armae enjoys traveling, learning about the ancient Celts, exploring history and learning new languages. Angelique studied history and French literature at Skidmore College.

And here’s the interview!
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?

As a kid I read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books (Little House on the Prairie) in one sitting.  I loved those books!  But as I grew older, my tastes changed. My introduction to Romance novels were Historicals.  I devoured Amanda Quick novels, couldn’t get enough of them.  I was also a huge fan of Patricia Grasso’s books.  I still read both authors today, but I’m now also a Paranormal and Urban Fantasy fan.  My TBR pile consists of Romance, Fantasy and YA books with a splattering of non-fiction.  

2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?

My grandfather was a writer, so I’ve always been encouraged to write.  I can’t think of a time when I didn’t want to be a writer.  To me, there’s nothing better than creating a fantastical world and filling it with inventive characters.  You get to control what those characters do and they don’t answer back!  (well, sometimes they do, but you gotta love your characters even when they take your book in a different direction than you originally planned)

3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?

I do warn my family – ‘Do that again and it’s going in a book!’  As for my writer-esque quirks, I always have to have my desk cleared off.  I have a two tiered, way out of fashion metal desk.  The top tier can be messy, but the keyboard shelf HAS to be neat and cleared off.  I also type with my keyboard at an angle. 

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…

The clown tries to cheer the other two, the priest prays for the other two, and the writer has the last laugh since she controls their written destiny.

5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other:

I put my choices in RED. 

Chocolate                  or         flowers

Talk                            or         Text

Mountains                  or         Beach

Cowboy                      or         Marine

Wine                           or         Beer

Cats                            or         Dogs

Ebooks                       or         Paperbacks

Pantser                                    or         Plotter

Batman                       or         Superman

Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible

Prius                           or         Hemmie

Follow the rules         or         Break the rules

TV                              or         Movies

NY                              or         LA

Vampires                     or         Angels

Fall                              or         Spring

Neat                            or         Messy

Werewolf                   or         Genie

Tell jokes                    or         Pull pranks

Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant

 Come enjoy her latest release… 

SHADOWS OF THE SOUL
(Book 1 of the Paradisian Chronicles)
By Angelique Armae
ISBN: 978-0-9845151-4-1
Publisher: Diversion Books

When a Grigori prince and a demon huntress team up to find the antidote to a supernatural disease, the balance between good and evil is forever altered.

A fallen angel…
A human scholar…
A race against time…

Isabel Godfroie Heart is a Paradisian Scholar-an immortal human trained in the ways of Heaven and Hell-who’s suffering from memory loss. During her last battle, a dark force erased specific portions of her past life memories. Now she remembers little of times past, save for the fact she’s a demon slayer mentored by the archangel Gabriel. When ordered to a new post to help translate a volume of ancient text from a forbidden verse, Isabel is forced to work with the dark prince Nicolai Valentine, a soul who may or may not be responsible for her memory loss. If only she didn’t find the tempting creature so hard to resist…

Born to a fallen angel and a mortal mother, Nicolai Valentine is a prince of the Grigorcov, the children of the fallen sons of God. Searching for the lost chalice that will save his kin from eternal damnation, Nicky unknowingly unleashes the Hadean Virus, a dark entity targeting members of the Grigorcov. Now the entity has been unleashed on man’s world and Nicky’s in a race against time to find the antidote that will stop this deadly parasite. But in order to keep the Hadean virus from attacking again, Nicolai must enlist the help of Isabel Godfroie Heart, the Paradisian Scholar he was unable to save from the wrath of Hell centuries ago…

WEBSITE:  http://www.angeliquearmae.com

Six Sentence Sunday

Hey all!
You know the drill. Six sentences from your work in progress or one of your books. Then link back here.

Here’s mine!

Her clearly displayed NSSO tag added five years to her service contracts automatically. Especially in the Outback. Several times at dinner, the captain of the vessel had suggested as gently as possible, that should she remove such a stipulation from her contracts, her term for service would instantly be reduced. Not only that, but she would find employment a thousand times sooner. He even hinted that he would be interested in her himself should the NSSO be lifted. But she remained firm, the non-sexual services only clause would stay or she wouldn’t be contracted. 

Jane Toomb’s Tuesday Talk!

I would like to welcome author Jane Toombs to my bloggisphere! I was really honoured Jane said she’d drop by. Don’t forget to leave a comment so you have a chance to win her ebook, Shadows on the Floor,  the first in her Dangerous Darkness series from Red Rose Publishing! Here’s a little bit about her in case you didn’t know…
      Jane Toombs lives with the Viking from her past and their calico grandcat, Kinko, across the road from the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula wilderness. Jane’s written some ninety published books if you include both novels and novellas. Though she writes in all genres except men’s action and erotica, her favorite is paranormal suspense romance. She has many different publishers.
1.   Who was your first author crush and why?

    

Edgar Allan Poe at the age of seven.  I didnt always understand him at that age, but I loved saying his poems our loud, loved the way his words sounded.  I never found a more haunting phrase  than the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.I kept reading him as I got older and hes still a great favorite of mine, though now mostly for his poetry. 

 2.  What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known? 

 

I guess it was short,  because after I could read and write, my father taught me to use his big old L. C. Smith typewriter, but told me I had to write him a story now that I could type.  I never occurred to me I couldnt write a story, so I was seven when I wrote my first one about him bringing me my first cat, a half-starved kitten hed found in the woods.  Because of the stories Id read, it knew it had to have a title so I called it Merriweather because hed named the cat after the place where hed found him.  And, yes, I had to have help spelling that.  I wrote my Dad lots of stories and he applauded each one before showing me ways it could be improved–both marks of the perfect critiquer.  I guess I must have simply always assumed I was a writer, since he seemed to think so. 

3.   What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say thats going in a book, isnt it? 

I never write until Im dressed  in whatever Im going to wear for the day.   My folks werent much for for kids lollygagging (my dadss word) around in their pajamas, so I never got in the habit.  Though I do sometimes read email in my nightgown.  Otherwise I don’t have any particular quirks about writing. As for something funny happening, yes, Ive heard the above comment more than once.  But you know what?  I dont ever recall using one of those episodes.     

4. Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator

I am not good at creating jokes.  Love them and often pass on funny ones Ive seen or heard.   Humors hard for me to write.

5.   Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 

Chocolate                    or         flowers X

Talk  X                        or         Text

Mountains                   or         Beach X

Cowboy                      or         Marine  X

Wine    (allergic to the sulfites in it) or Beer (dislike  the taste)  prefer vodka tonics

Cats     X                     or         Dogs

Ebooks         or     Paperbacks  (Either)

Pantser                                    or         Plotter X

Batman                        or         Superman X

Ability to fly X                       or         Power to be invisible

Prius                ?          or         Hemmie  ?

Follow the rules          or        Break the rules (I do both)

TV                               or         Movies X

NY      X                     or         LA

Vampires         X         or         Angels

Fall                              or         Spring X

Neat                            or         Messy X

Werewolf  X               or         Genie

Tell jokes         X         or         Pull pranks

Home cooked meals    X or     Go out to a restaurant

                                      Don’t forget to comment so you have a chance to win!

New releases: Taken In, the first book of the DAGON HOUSE TRILOGY, which is paranormal suspense romance,  from Champagne Books.  And 13 WEST from Books We Love, Ltd. 

All my books, with buy links for the newer ones, can be found on my website: www.JaneToombs,com

Six Sentence Sunday

Here’s the deal.
1. Pick 6 sentences from your work, published or WIP.
2.Link Here. That’s it. Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

And without further ado, my 6 from my Steampunk rough draft…

There was a wintery wind blowin dust off the red rock again. It scowered his skin from his face, but Aldwyn Stockard didn’t pull up the O2 filter to save his flesh. The banada he had from his son worked just as well and saved the battery for time better spent in his mines. It’s not like he had to be pretty. He wasn’t going to meet the ship that was firing its atmospheric thrusters over head to meet a wife. He’d had one of those and look where it’d got him.

Tuesday’s Talk

For today’s Tuesday Talk, I am absolutely thrilled to have Tina Donahue! Here’s her bio in case you haven’t heard of her (and how did that happen?).

ABOUT ME:

Tina Donahue is an award-winning, bestselling novelist in erotic, paranormal, contemporary and historical romance for Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing and Kensington. Booklist, Publisher’s Weekly, Romantic Times and numerous online sites have praised her work; she has reached finals and/or placed in numerous RWA–sponsored contests. Three of her erotic novels were named finalists in the 2011 EPIC competition. Sensual Stranger, her erotic romance, was chosen Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) at the French review site, Blue Moon reviews. The Golden Nib Award at Miz Love Loves Books was created specifically for her erotic romance Lush Velvet Nights; and Deep, Dark, Delicious (erotic romance) recently received an Award of Merit in the RWA Holt Medallion competition (2011). Tina is featured in the 2012 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market. She was the editor of an award–winning Midwestern newspaper and worked in Story Direction for a Hollywood production company.

Thanks, Tina for being a guest! Without further ado…
1.      Who was your first author crush and why?  Charles Dickens. Read Great Expectations when I was in the fourth grade. Loved the way Dickens described the moors. Totally caught up in the story. Thought Dickens was a God. 

2.      What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?  I started writing so early I believe I always knew. When I was eight or nine I wrote my first book and illustrated it, then went around the neighborhood selling it to parents for some spare change. My first book tour! 

3.      What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)? My only quirks are that I write daily except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. I write five pages a day no matter what.

4.      Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…’going down?’ the priest asks suspiciously of the studly Alpha writer while the hot female Cirque du Soleil clown murmurs ‘we can only pray.’ J

5.      Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 

Chocolate                  or         flowers

Talk                            or         Text

Mountains                   or         Beach

Cowboy                      or         Marine

Wine                           or         Beer

Cats                            or         Dogs

Ebooks                       or         Paperbacks

Pantser                                    or         Plotter

Batman                       or         Superman

Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible

Prius                           or         Hemmie

Follow the rules          or         Break the rules

TV                               or         Movies

NY                              or         LA

Vampires                    or         Angels

Fall                              or         Spring

Neat                            or         Messy

Werewolf                   or         Genie

Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks

Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant

Further places to meet and greet Tina are:

Website/blog: www.tinadonahue.com

Six Sentence Sunday

Here are the rules…play nice kiddies 🙂
1. Pick six sentences of yours (WIP, latest release, whatever…).
2. Post ’em
3. Link back here

That’s it folks! Now, onto my Raven’s Blood snippet…

Until I figured out a few things, I didn’t want to talk to anybody. The leather of North’s chair squeaked and shifted.

“What’s the verdict?” she said softly.

“Well,” her partner whispered back and both paused. I had the feeling they were looking at me to check to see if I was awake.

Keep still, don’t let them see your breathing change.

Tuesday Author Talk

I’m happy to have debut author, Donna Steele here today! Tell us a little bit about yourself, Donna.

A little about me, well I’ve been writing my whole life and I’m finally going to let someone read it. I write science fiction/paranormal romance. Rth Rising is my first published novel. It’s being published as an eBook through Rebel Ink Press (thank you E!)

                      

My own personal delicious hero and I are now empty nesters and love it. Money stays in my purse and we can eat what we want instead of what they want.

Who was your first author crush and why?

Geez, there were a lot – I suppose Julie Campbell who wrote the Trixie Belden books – I owned everyone of them and read them to tatters. I couldn’t wait to be 13 like she was and on my 13th birthday I got the book where she turned 14…. sigh

What was your first clue you were a writer? Was it a long journey or a short one? Have you always known?

I’ve always known – I was writing stories in first grade. I just didn’t let anyone read anything for years and years. They were just for me.

What are some of your writer-esque quirks (do you have to be in your pjs? always facing the door? Do people look at you after something funny happens and say ‘that’s going in a book, isn’t it?’)?

I don’t have an office at home. I have what my husband refers to as my “nest”. It’s a big chair and a half recliner, with everything stacked around me. That’s my most productive place to write. When I’m stuck, I do pull out a pen and pad and feel the words rather than typing them. And I ignore my husband when he wants me to “clean up” my nest.




Oh yes, my boss even makes that comment now – and he’s right.

Finish this joke: A clown, a priest and a writer all get onto an elevator…

Okay, no matter what I try I still can’t finish it. Of course, I can’t remember a punch line long enough to walk around my desk . . .

                                                                                           

Speed round: Without giving it too much thought, pick which one you favour over the other: 

Chocolate                    or         flowers

Talk                             or         Text

Mountains                   or         Beach

Cowboy                      or         Marine

Wine                            or         Beer

Cats                             or         Dogs

Ebooks                        or         Paperbacks

Pantser                                    or         Plotter

Batman                        or         Superman

Ability to fly               or         Power to be invisible

Prius                            or         Hemmie

Follow the rules          or         Break the rules

TV                               or         Movies

NY                              or         LA

Vampires                     or         Angels

Fall                              or         Spring

Neat                            or         Messy

Werewolf                    or         Genie

Tell jokes                     or         Pull pranks

Home cooked meals    or         Go out to a restaurant

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