Reap What You Sow Wednesday: Add me on Google+

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People wonder why I didn’t use a pen name for my writing. Google+ is just one example of a situation where even having only ONE name makes keeping track of things complicated.

I have two Gmail accounts. One personal and another for my author persona. While I use my real name, it still gets confusing. Google+ won’t let you combine accounts if you have more than one Gmail address soooooo two Gmail addresses means two Google+ accounts.

Make sure you add me at the correct account. I do not maintain my lisamedleyauthor Google+ account. If you’d like to keep up with me on Google+, add and follow me here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+LisaMedley/posts

Otherwise, you’ll just be flailing in the breeze, wondering why I haven’t posted in ages.

See you over there.

Gearing Up For RT Convention 2014

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This week I’m thinking a lot about the upcoming Romantic Times Convention.

I went to my first ever big reading/writing related convention last summer when RT Reviews held the convention in Kansas City, Missouri. MO is my home state so it was the perfect, low cost introduction to this convention. RT Reviews is the #1 romance industry review magazine. If you read and write romance…it’s where you want to be. And their convention?

I was blown away.

So many of my favorite authors were there, and they were all very kind, supportive and uplifting. It really stoked the flames of my writing this past year.

This year I’ll attend as a PUBLISHED author not an ASPIRING AUTHOR like last year. That’s pretty amazing in itself really. For the first time ever, I’ll also get to sign Reap & Repent in the GIANT BOOK FAIR on Saturday along with the likes of Charlaine Harris, Jeaniene Frost, Michele Hauf and HUNDREDS more including several of my Ozarks Romance Author peeps. I am thrilled to be on the same list as any of them.

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I have my table mostly ready to set up. I ordered a 3′ banner to hang along the front thanks to my friend Cara Bristol‘s advice. I also have candy. Lots and lots of candy. All part of my evil plan to lure in unsuspecting readers whilst brandishing my faux scythe.

While I’m in New Orleans, my BFF and I will be going on a Cemetery/Voodoo tourand then after dark a Ghost/Vampire tour. I’m pretty excited about both of those experiences. You never know where you’ll get your next big story idea.

I have a feeling NOLA will be full of them.

 

Author Interview with Lori Sjoberg

It’s Author Interview Friday. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Author Lori Sjoberg! You’ve just released Grave Destinations.  Tell us a little bit about your story.  Thank you for having me here today!  Grave Destinations is the story of Ruby Dawson, a reaper assigned to harvest a soul on a cruise ship.  Most reapers would love that kind of gig, but boats remind Ruby of the chain of events that resulted in her becoming a reaper.  She finds distraction in the form of smexy passenger Jack Deverell, but there’s more to him than meets the eye.  Jack’s harboring a few secrets, you see, including the curse that’s plagued him for nearly a century.  And when passengers who aren’t on Ruby’s list start showing up dead, Jack becomes the prime suspect.

Is this a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN! 

Grave Destinations is book two of the Grave series.  Each book can be read as a standalone without feeling lost, but a little bit more of the reaper world is revealed with each story.  I’m contracted for a total of four books, but there’s the potential for at least one more.  The next book in the series is scheduled for release in January, 2015.

What attracted you to the genre?

My older sisters were sci-fi and fantasy fans, so I watched tons of it growing up.  And when I entered my teens, I started watching soaps with my mom and got hooked on Days of Our Lives.  At some point, those two interests collided – kind of like when you put your peanut butter in my chocolate, or I put my chocolate in your peanut butter, and if you catch the reference, you’re as old as I am!

Let’s talk beasties. You write about reapers (a personal favorite!). What first attracted you to the idea of reapers and what worldbuilding aspects make your books unique? 

I’ve had a thing for reapers ever since I read On A Pale Horse back in the 90s.  My reapers are damned mortals who have been given one final chance to earn their salvation by collecting the souls of the recently departed.  They work under the direct authority of Fate, who is far from a gentle mistress.  The hours are long, the assignments are often dangerous, and they have to work under the radar to avoid human detection.  Each book focuses on a particular reaper and his/her journey toward a happily ever after.

Do any other monsters make appearances in your current or previous novels? If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. 

Reapers dominate the spotlight, but there are a few other supernatural players on board. So far, there have been witches, demons, and the occasional priestess.  Jack, the hero of Grave Destinations, is human, but he harbors an otherworldly secret that could put everyone on board in mortal danger.  (Don’t want to say too much and spoil it!)  I have to admit, he’s my current fave, but that might change by the time I’m finished writing the next book. ;-)

What else are you working on? 

Right now I’m working on book three of the series.  This one features Dmitri, a former KGB agent-turned-reaper.  He’s acted as a supporting character in the first two books and has been an absolute blast to write!  He’s surly, sexy, and alpha, but he’s met his match in the form of a woman from his past.

Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one character or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie? 

Just one?  Oh man, that’s so hard.  If I had to pick, I’d go with Jack & Ruby.  They both know how to live life to the fullest, so I’m sure they’d be a hoot to hang out with over a long weekend.  Ruby’s the kind of gal who’d talk you into dancing on top of the bar, but wouldn’t let you do anything you’d regret the next morning.  As for movie casting…do I have to tell?  I’d hate to ruin anyone’s mental image!

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book? 

I have to admit to a weird writing quirk – I write out of sequential order.  When I start a new book, I write scenes as they form in my mind, and honestly, at that point I have no idea where they’ll end up in the story.  It allows me to get to know my characters without trying to shoehorn them into a particular storyline.  By the time the characters solidify in my mind, I have a pretty good idea where I want to go with the plot.  From there, it’s research, research, research, and more writing out of order.  Usually, when I get to around 40,000 words, I start stringing the scenes together and switch from pantser to plotter.  I know, it doesn’t make much sense, but it’s how my brain is wired.

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel.  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world? 

I have to admit, I’m a pokey writer.  Typically, it takes me a year to finish a novel.  I tend to edit as I go, which slows things a bit, but in the end I usually don’t have to make as many revisions.  I have a critique group that picks at it with me during the process, and a couple beta readers who go over everything as well.  After that, it’s off to the editor!

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction? 

Never stop reading, and never stop writing.  Reading feeds the imagination, and the more you write, the better you’ll get.

Can you give us a taste of what to expect?

Blurb:

A luxury Caribbean cruise is Ruby Dawson’s idea of hell even under the best circumstances. Too many bad memories bubble up—especially of the wrenching injustice that made her a reaper. It doesn’t help that Jack Deverell is making this routine soul-collecting job twice as difficult with his devilish good looks and not-so-innocent questions. Now, as several unscheduled, unexplainable deaths throw passengers and crew into a panic, Jack becomes the prime suspect. The only way Ruby can save him is to challenge the decades-old curse threatening his soul. And as a malevolent unstoppable force turns their immortality into a fatal weakness, Ruby and Jack must risk their fragile humanity to save Fate’s delicate balance and their own unexpected destiny…

 

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“It’s taken me a while to figure you out,” Jack said, his tone conversational as he braced his forearms against the smooth wooden rail. He stood close now, so close she could smell the rich, musky fragrance of his aftershave. She took a deep breath and his scent filled her lungs, but she refused to acknowledge how much it soothed her weary soul. “It’s been driving me crazy. Ever since I met you, I knew you were something special.”

Ruby slanted a glance in Jack’s direction. If this turned into some cheesy pickup line, she was dumping the drink over his head. “Oh, you think?”

“I know.” He reached over, twining his fingers with hers. His grip was loose yet managed to convey a silent strength she found reassuring. “At first, I thought you might be a witch. Or a faerie.”

A reluctant smile tugged at the corners of her mouth. “If it makes you feel better, I don’t ride a broom and I’m not packing wings.”

“Good to know.” His thumb gently glided over the back of her hand, the subtle display of affection making her heart beat a little faster than normal. He leaned closer, his shoulder touching hers, his body so warm she had to fight the urge to snuggle up against him. “You did a good thing with that girl tonight, comforting her when you knew she was going to die anyway.”

Ruby shrugged, struggling for nonchalant while she blinked back the threatening tears. My God, she was practically a baby. She could only imagine what her parents were going through at this very moment. “What else was I supposed to do? Leave her there on the bathroom floor, all by herself?”

“That’s exactly what a lot of people would have done. But that’s not your way, is it?” He met her gaze then, his brown eyes nearly black in the moonlight. There was an undeniable intensity to his features, mingled with compassion and something else she couldn’t quite identify. “You’re a passionate woman. It must make your job hell on earth.”

Ruby’s muscles tensed. “I’m afraid I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“Sure you do.” When she turned away, he dipped two fingers beneath her chin and turned her head back in his direction. “When we first met, you told me that you were a collector. Now I know what you collect.”

No way. Impossible.

Jack leaned closer, his breath impossibly warm against her ear. His voice rumbled low, rough, when he uttered one word and rocked her world.

“Reaper.”

 

Where can we find you and your books online?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorLoriSjoberg

Goodreads: http://www.amazon.com/Lori-Sjoberg/e/B00A0XY5BM/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Twitter: @Lori_Sjoberg

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EF51IZC

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Lori Sjoberg is the award-winning author or GRAVE INTENTIONS and GRAVE DESTINATIONS.  After completing her first novel, she joined the Romance Writers of America and Central Florida Romance Writers. Now she exercises the analytical half of her brain at her day job, and the creative half writing sensual paranormal romance. Grim reapers are her specialty, but she loves to write about all creatures of the night.

The Reaper Series: Demons & Imps & Angels. Oh My!

Sometimes it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

Here’s a guide for book one, Reap & Repent, from Harlequin E, now available at all e-book retailers.

Demons: born of hell from the residue of damned souls.

  • Must inhabit a body (human) to walk the Earth otherwise in Hell they take the shape their master commands (only limited to his whim and imagination).
  • Can collect souls to steal for Hell but only one maybe two per body because their essence burns through a human body within a day or so. Quicker with more souls.
  • Cannot travel the consecrated subway or pass onto consecrated ground unless they ride a reaper.
  • Demons do not have a soul of their own.
  • Their essence never dissipates unless consumed by Grim.
  • If their host is decapitated or ruined, they bail out and stream to another host.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

The demon struggled to stay inside of the host body, but with no life force, there was nothing to keep it tethered. It streamed out and off to the balcony. Hovering in a formless black mist over the railing, it seemed hesitant to go any further into the red fog. There were worse things than death. 

Imps: Also born of Hell and demon minions which do their bidding. Look like black cats to non-supernatural and human entities.

  • Toad-like monsters with row up on row of needle sharp teeth. Can dispatch of and eat a human body in seconds.
  • Imps do not have souls.
  • Can be killed by decapitation

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

It took her eyes a few seconds to connect with her brain and formulate a response to the slimiest, foulest smelling, toad-like creature she could ever have imagined. The creature rose from the ashes to its full height of two feet, shook itself like a dog shaking off water and bared an impressive and terrifying collection of needle-pointed, three-inch long teeth.

Angels: Most are born of heaven, others ascend through promotions.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

“The guy in the purple robe is the angel Rashnu. The guy on the other end of the station? Also Rashnu. He’s split himself into two because he doesn’t trust anyone else to do the job right. He’s the sorter. The gates of Hell and Heaven are locked up tight. No soul gets through Purgatory except with his blessing. He’s rarely wrong, but once in a while a soul gets kicked back and…well, let’s hope that doesn’t happen today.”

Guardian Angels: Assigned to special cases. Low level angels

Fallen Angels: Considered fallen when they abandon Heaven and become consumed with the forces of evil and Hell.

Hellhound: Tracks demons and other supernatural nasties. Can dispatch and eat a body for disposal if needed. A hapless pet when not on the job.

Want to read more? You can buy Reap & Repent, available now from all e-book retailers. Don’t fear the reapers. My reapers are hot, hot, hot. You may not be that sad to meet one someday.

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Cara Bristol Author Interview: Breeder

It’s Author Interview Friday. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while… Welcome, Author Cara Bristol. You’ve just released Breeder, a sci-fi erotic romance with a twist.

Tell us a little bit about your story and what makes it different.  

CB_Breeder_coverin Thanks, Lisa. Thank you so much for having me today. Breeder is about love thriving in an alien, hostile male-dominated world. Women are relegated to the role of breeding slaves. Men and women are forbidden by law to pair up. One of five ruling Alpha Commanders purchases a female to produce his progeny—but he falls in love and violates the law he’s charged to uphold. Breeder mixes many genres in one: sci-fi romance, dystopian sci-fi, domestic discipline, and a touch of M/M—although the story is primarily M/F.  What attracted you to the genre? I conceive the story and then decide which genre to plug it into. I like the liberating nature of sci-fi (and that’s true of paranormal also) in that I am not bound by contemporary limits of what is possible. Let’s talk world-building. Where and when is your novel set. What, if anything, makes your setting unique. Breeder takes place on Parseon, a planet that resembles its ally Terra. It is populated by humanoid aliens (hero Dak is quite the sexy dude), but their culture is totally different from Earth. Breeder blends futuristic elements (lasered weapons, advanced communication, sky tram travel, contact with alien species) with anachronistic ones (travel by beast-drawn conveyance, fighting with daggers). But what’s truly unique is the degree of misogyny in which love manages to bloom—I don’t think I’ve run across that in any other sci-fi romance book. Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your current or other novels you’ve written. If so, tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it. If you don’t have any monsters making appearances, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction? There is one super creepy alien that makes a cameo appearance in Breeder, but other than that, all the characters are humanoid. The villains are monstrous enough without them being actual monsters. I didn’t pull any punches—and by the way, neither do my villains. As to monsters in general, I’m partial to vampires—the sexy kind—and did feature one in my short story, A Scent of Longing, published by Decadent. However, I’ve come to realize that vampires are so yesterday. I hear reapers are new trending paranormal creature. Is Breeder a part of a series? Stand-alone book? If it is a series, what does the future look like for this series? How many more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN! Breeder is part one of a trilogy. Book 2, Terran will be published mid May 2014. I’m writing the third book Warrior in hope of a fall publication 2014 date. I am toying with the idea of doing a “prequel” to the trilogy called Seer, which would tell how the Parseon society came to be so dominated by males and/or a “sequel” called Progeny, which would follow the stories of the adult children of Breeder characters. Although all the books are part of a series, they can be read as stand-alones. What else are you working on? I am in editing with my publishers on Terran (May release), and Long Shot (June release), a spanking romance novella. This year I also have to produce Warrior and want to finish the fifth Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline novel. Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie? I would like to meet Mark DeLuca, the deputy chief of police from Body Politics and take a tour of the Rod and Cane Society mansion. Oh. My. God. Mark is sexy. But he’s hooked up with Stephanie, the heroine, so I’d need a time machine to travel back before he meets her. Then again, maybe I could just rewrite the book and make Stephanie dump him for a plumber. Oh wait, I’m married. I guess I’ll just meet with both of them for dinner. As to who might play him in a movie, I need that time machine again, because a young Sean Connery would be a perfect choice. I daydream most of my plots. I have a sketchy idea of major plot points and then fill in the details day by day as I write. It’s the sky diving approach to writing a novel. Hm…should I have checked the parachute before I jumped? How long does it typically take for you to write a novel.  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world? I write the first draft at a speed of 30k to 40K per month. It takes me as long to edit/proof as it does to write a first draft. So I can whip out a polished 30K novella in two months. I did write 50K of Terran for Nanowrimo, and then took another nine days to wrap it up with another 12K. But that was humping it. Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction? There is so much that they need to know, but I’ll limit my advice to two things. No. 1, if you do nothing else, eliminate “was” from your manuscript. That alone will result in stronger writing. Rule of thumb: no more than an average of three wases per page. No. 2, get socially connected before you try to publish. Start a blog, build Twitter followers and Facebook friends, open a Goodreads account, get chatty with other authors, read strategically (in your genre). Can you give us a taste of what to expect? Breeder blurb To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love. Breeder explores the concepts of gender roles and social prohibitions against deviant behavior. It includes nonconsensual domestic discipline and M/F and M/M sexual practices. Breeder excerpt If not for the sneeze, Dak would have exited the musty, dank corridor. But the muffled sound caught his attention. When he squinted into the darkened cell, he spotted a female crouched on a straw mat in the corner. He hadn’t noticed her on his way into the Breeder Containment Facility; the habitation unit had appeared empty. Dak turned to the BCF director and sighed. “What about her?” The beta’s already crooked mouth drooped farther in distaste. “My apologies, Commander. You don’t want that one.” Sival’s disparagement piqued Dak’s interest. The director’s opinion had proven worthless; none of the breeders he’d preselected for inspection had rated close to satisfactory. “I would like to see her,” Dak insisted. “Very well, Commander.” Sival saluted and opened the habitation cell with a master entry card. Dak stepped into the small enclosure. The director followed, and the metal gate clanked shut. The naked female drew into a tighter ball and tucked her face deeper into the crook of her arm. Other breeders had preened as soon as they’d noticed him and his chest-insignia identification. He wasn’t just an alpha. He was the Alpha. This breeder’s lack of respect and failure to adhere to Protocol by acknowledging his presence struck him as odd. Dak frowned. “Is she mentally deficient?” Sival tightened his lips. “No, stubborn, ill behaved. She would not befit an Alpha Commander.” He nudged the female’s hip with the toe of his boot. “Rise to your feet.” She did not respond, and he moved to prod her again. Dak forestalled him with a wave and grasped the female’s arm. “You will stand.” He hauled her upright. She averted her face, so he grabbed her chin and forced her to look at him. Tangled hair the color of black heating stones fell back from an oval face to reveal eyes like the Parseon moon. The glimmer of intelligence that sparked within the violet depths aroused his interest more than anything else he’d seen so far. Nature had bestowed the Parseon people with an exceptionally strong immune system so that they rarely required medical intervention, but breeders by nature were weak, and so many of the ones he’d seen had seemed dull or ill or both. This one’s skin, when unsmudged by grime and dirt, probably glowed like the pale sands of the Ospian Sea. He supposed, as breeders went, she wasn’t unattractive, although the stench emanating from her was. His beta would throw a fit if he dragged such a creature into their domicile. “Why is she so filthy?” he asked. “She refuses to bathe.” As Dak scrutinized her facial features for shape and symmetry, he noted little imperfection or dysgenics other than her lack of hygiene and her gender. When cleaned up, she would please the eye, but to bear his sons, it mattered more that she be healthy and strong. He released her face, stepped back, and assessed her from head to toe. He exceeded the height of most males, alphas included, while she stood smaller than the average female. The top of her head failed to even meet his shoulder. She was thinner than other breeders too, although her chest bore an abundance of fatty breast tissue. In the chill of the cell, her nipples had puckered to hard points. Despite the coolness, he was experiencing a rise in temperature. A dormant lust chose that moment to kindle, causing heat to coil in his abdomen and groin. He could not remember the last time he’d experienced such a spontaneous reaction—if he ever had. With the pads of his fingers, he probed the sides of her neck for swollen areas. The way she trembled under his touch aroused a sliver of sympathy. Breeders lacked courage, and uncertainty frightened them. Not all alphas and their betas treated breeders well. If he chose her, she would be adequately fed and housed. His command consumed his time and energy, which left his beta alone for long stretches. A breeder would relieve Corren of household chores and provide him with a physical outlet as well. “What is she called?” Dak asked. “Her sire named her Omra.” Peace, it meant. He parted Omra’s lips with his fingers and slipped a digit into her mouth, running it along her upper gum line to check the solidness of her teeth. At a flash in her eyes, he jerked his hand away a centisecond before she snapped her jaws together, so that her incisor only grazed the tip of his finger. Sival’s face reddened. “Commander, I apologize. I will have her flogged.” “Unnecessary. I will take care of it.” He unclipped the sudon from his belt.   Where can we find you and your books online?  Amazon Buy Link BN Loose Id Buy Link ARe Buy Link Author website Amazon Author Page Twitter  @CaraBristol Facebook

Cara Bristol

Cara Bristol has written everything from mainstream long and short fiction to nonfiction magazine and newspaper articles. She sold her first erotic romance in 2009. Now multi-published, she has ten erotic romances and three anthologies to her name. The author of the popular Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series, Cara writes spanking fiction most often, but her published works also include contemporary and paranormal erotic romances. Breeder is her first science fiction novel and the start of a series. She lives in the Midwest United States with her husband. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading, traveling, and watching reality TV shows.

The Reaper Series Settings: Cities, Churches, Chapels, Houses & Hospitals

Today’s post is the last in the settings and location series. All places and locations in Reap & Repent are of course fictional, but I based many of them on real locations I’ve traveled to or visited many times. Here are a few of the places you’ll visit with me in Reap & Repent.

Meridian – the city of the demon invasion and the Deacon’s reaping territory.

  • Located in Steele County, Arkansas
  • Spiritually porous ground zero.
  • Most religious institutions per capita and acreage of any city its size in the world.
    • 12 Funeral homes
    • 28 urban cemeteries
    • 265 recognized churches
    • Easily traveled by reapers and other supernatural entities.

 

St. Mary’s Hospital – the hospital where Nate works, where Ruth’s mother died and where Deacon and Ruth meet for the first time.

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St. Mary’s Chapel – the hospital chapel within St. Mary’s Hospital where the reapers travel to and from.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

She smiled, circling her arms around his waist and stretching up for a kiss. He pulled her close and deepened the kiss. She almost forgot to concentrate on the hallway at all, but the next thing she knew they were spinning and swirling as her head grew light and swimmy. When she opened her eyes, they were inside the chapel at St. Mary’s Hospital.

Deacon grinned down at her. “See, no big deal.”

Right, she thought.

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St. Agnes Catholic Church – the church where the first demon portal opens.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

She walked nearly eight blocks before it began to sprinkle down a light rain. Spotting St. Agnes Cathedral, she headed that way. It was a Catholic church, and it was most likely locked up tight at this time of the night, but she had to give it a try. She was ready to go home. They’d done all they could for Kylen at this point. Right now, his care was beyond their abilities. He needed his physical injuries to be tended to by professionals, and then they could bring him back home and help him recover more quickly. The quicker the better. 

Huntsbury – city of Ruth’s youth .

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

“Huntsbury was a small town suburb of Meridian, about twenty-five miles away, with a population hovering near 5,000. She could pretty much accomplish everything she needed there.”

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Ruth’s House: her childhood home on 10 acres of woods adjacent to a patchwork of national forest.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

Late Saturday night, she pulled down the long tree-lined driveway to her childhood home. It was actually uncomfortable to even call it “home.” It certainly hadn’t ever felt homey. Love makes a house a home and this house had not had that necessary ingredient for a long time.

A bungalow, she supposed.

Realtors would use words like “charming” and “quaint.” It was actually a turn of the century, rock-sided house. Ruth always thought of it as a giraffe house because the large, flat sandstones that were mortared to its frame on all sides looked like the sides of a prehistoric giraffe.

This house once represented the hopes and dreams of her parents. Now it was much like her mother had been: functional but barely. It boasted all the basic trappings of a home—plumbing, electricity, furnishings—but it lacked any sort of warmth or personality because her mother gave up on it, as well as her daughter.

Want to read more? Reap & Repent, from Harlequin E, now available at all e-book retailers.

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New Cover Reveal for Reap & Repent

 

Reap & Repent final revised (647x1024)My heroine, Ruth Scott, is finally a brunette! Just like I created her. Check out the cover change for the single-title release of Reap & Repent on June 2.

I’m so happy. Those of you who bought the box set and/or got promo cards with the first cover now officially have a collector’s item worth…well…it’s pretty cool, right?

The second box set links are live on Amazon but the artwork and Reap & Redeem‘s covers are yet to be revealed. If you’d like to pre-order, you can find it here Harlequin E Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Box Set Volume 2.

I can’t wait to see them!

Stay tuned for a reveal soon!

Gwen Knight Author Interview: Harlequin Nocturne Cravings presents A Hunter’s Passion

It’s Author Interview Friday. This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes, get into the nitty-gritty of the many paranormal worlds and enter into the fertile imaginations of authors I love. Bring a flashlight. It’s sometimes dark in here, but so worth the trip. Remember, monsters need love too. Otherwise, how would we ever have baby monsters?

Think on THAT a while…

Welcome, Author Gwen Knight! You’ve just released A Hunter’s Passion.  Tell us a little bit about your story.A Hunter's Passion

Ryker Bennett has dedicated his life to hunting down—and eliminating—creatures of the dark. But his latest assignment has him questioning everything he’s ever believed in. Jenna Sinclair may be a witch, but she’s also the only woman Ryker has ever loved

Jenna thought leaving Ryker two years ago would save him from having to choose between their forbidden love and his sworn duty. But when he tracks her down, it’s clear the desire between them burns as hot as ever—and that they’ll have to walk through the flames to be together….

What attracted you to the genre?

Boredom! By the time I reached grade six, my concentration started… well, fading. I wanted something interesting, something dangerous to think about. Not exactly the best thing for an elementary student to think about, but hey, monsters definitely top the cake compared to math equations. From that moment on, I was a paranormal junkie.

Let’s talk beasties. You have one or several monsters making appearances in your novels. Tell us about a few of them. Do you have a favorite? Don’t lie. Every parent…erm…author…does. Spill it.

Vampires always make an appearance in whatever project I am working on. They were the first paranormal creature I read about, and I’m sure I will continue reading about them until I’m well into my graying years and blind. I’ll just need some vampires in brail then. In A HUNTER’S PASSION, vampires are only briefly mentioned. As much as I adore them, I did want to branch away from them since they are so popular. Other than vampires, necromancers are my next favorite. Maybe there’s one in my next project, maybe not…

Is this a series? Stand-alone book? What does the future look like for this series? Are there more books to come? What can we expect and more importantly…WHEN!

I’m definitely striving to make it a series! It’s my first, so it’s taking a bit of time to arrange everything. Should all go well, there will be a book per brother. As for when, well, that depends on when I can get it all out of my head.

What else are you working on?

Quite a bit, too much some might say! While tossing the Bennett brothers on a whirlwind adventure, I’ve been working on a romantic suspense AND a “reckoning”. There’s also another urban fantasy series brewing in my crowded head.

Of all the characters in your fictional word, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together? What actor or actress would play him/her in a movie?

Weston Bennett… That boy is my absolute favorite. In a movie, he’d be played by Chris Pine. As for the long weekend, what wouldn’t we do! I would definitely have him take me on a hunt.

Let’s talk about craft. Are you a plotter or pantser? What are the first steps you take before diving into the writing of the next book?

I used to be a pantser (is that a word?! lol!) until I realized that doesn’t work for me. Around midway through the book, I’d get stuck. So I’d much rather be stuck at the beginning, take the time to plot it all out, and then get down to the nitty-gritty. This is new for me, though, so I’m just realizing how much work goes into plotting! I used to do everything by the seat of my pants. In fact, A HUNTER’S PASSION was written that way. The last 4 brothers, however, being a series require a full breakdown.

How long does it typically take for you to write a novel.  Best case scenario? How about editing? How long will you pick at it before setting it free to the world?

Depends on length, I suppose. And how inspired I am, naturally. Usually I can pump out a chapter every two days or so (being that I work 8 -5). But that’s best scenario, if I were writing every single day. When I’m inspired, absolutely. Obviously, I’m not inspired every day. As for editing, I have 2 beta’s that help me with editing. They pick it to shreds, I stitch it back together, then we all take one final read through before it gets shunted off.

Do you have any advice to new authors or anyone considering writing fiction?

Stick with it. Writing a novel can be the hardest thing you do, but not writing it is even more difficult.

Where can we find you and your books online?

Links to Me:

Facebook Account: https://www.facebook.com/gwen.knight.the.writer

Facebook Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/GwenKnightx

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GwenKnightx

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Gwen-Knight/e/B00EMN2RX4/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1393856579&sr=8-2

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7216477.Gwen_Knight

Website: www.gwenknight.ca

 

Links to Book:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/A-Hunters-Passion-Gwen-Knight-ebook/dp/B00F12GYVG

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-CA/ebook/a-hunter-s-passion

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-hunters-passion-gwen-knight/1116863082?ean=9781460326398

Mills & Boon: http://www.millsandboon.co.uk/a-hunters-passion

Harlequin: http://www.harlequin.com/storeitem.html?iid=50166

 

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Gwen Knight is a northern Canadian girl currently living in Fort St. John, British Columbia. She graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Archaeology and Geography. Her interests consist of playing in the dirt, designing elaborate snow forts, boating, and archery. She enjoys meeting new people and can be followed at facebook.com/GwenKnightx and on Twitter @GwenKnightx.

 

 

 

 

 

Reap What We Sow Wednesday: Facebook

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This week I want to share my Facebook Author Page.

If you come on over and LIKE me, you’ll get all of the minute-by-minute updates including what goes on inside my head. Sorry about that.

I post daily so come on over and play.

Have you read Reap & Repent? If so, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and Goodreads. If not, well, here’s your chance!

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Five Real-Life Cemeteries That Inspired The Reaper Series

Cemeteries are integral to the characters of Reap & Repent who spend a lot of time traveling to, from, and through them. All of the cemeteries of The Reaper Series were inspired by real-life cemeteries near my own hometown. Here are a few fictionalized places you’ll be visiting in The Reaper Series.

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Good Springs Cemetery-  outside Huntsbury – rural cemetery two miles from Ruth’s home.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

He lingered longer than necessary in the window and for a second, she thought he was going to kiss her again. After a moment’s hesitation, he turned and walked through the Good Springs archway. He didn’t even look back as he grabbed hold of the first headstone he came to and swirled and shimmered in a mini tornado until poof, he was gone. Just like that.

Ruth rolled up her window and locked the doors. All of them. She was not ashamed to admit that she was more than a little scared. As far as she could tell at the moment, there wasn’t anything to actually be scared of in her immediate vicinity.

It’s the things you can’t see.

She backed her big-ass car out of the cemetery and headed into town with the radio blasting so that she couldn’t think too much.

 

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Meridian National Cemetery – downtown Meridian

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

She felt the pull, and in a few seconds they were in the middle of Meridian National Cemetery. The cemetery was situated along two very busy main roads in town. They landed in the middle of the grounds under a gazebo.

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Panther Valley Cemetery – where Ruth’s parents are buried.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

Panther Valley Cemetery is an old and rural cemetery in Steele County, Arkansas. Hundreds of similar cemeteries dotted the state. Since it was a week before Memorial Day, the grounds were neat and clipped. The headstones had been trimmed by the volunteer caretaker. The grounds were empty as they pulled up and through the gate. The entire area was bucolic with the rolling green hills, waist deep with the first growth of fescue of the year. A lush green line of trees demarked Panther Creek as it trickled through the bottom land.

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East Lawn Cemetery, Meridian: - outskirts of Meridian

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

East Lawn Cemetery was another one of the larger cemeteries in town but at least it was off the main streets. The cemetery covered more than eight acres. The street lights were far enough away that the numerous trees made it almost impossible to navigate until their eyes adjusted. One by one, the white headstones appeared out of the darkness like blooming moon flowers.

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Maple Park Cemetery, Meridian – near downtown neighborhood.

Excerpt from Reap & Repent

They landed in Maple Park Cemetery next, which was tiny in comparison but much darker. With no visible street traffic, they had about zero chance of being spotted as they made their way through the grounds, which was a relief. The entire cemetery covered a couple of wooded acres. It didn’t take long to find the next candidate: Evelyn Opal Carson, aged eighty-seven.  

Want to read more? Reap & Repent, from Harlequin E, now available at all e-book retailers.

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