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  • Laura Kaye Talks About the Hard Ink Series & Hard To Hold On To

    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 Laura Kaye! You’ve just released Hard to Hold On To.  Tell us a little bit about your story.  

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    Hard to Hold On To is a contemporary love story between a troubled Army veteran and the woman he recently saved. It is the third book in the Hard Ink series, which features the survivors of an Army Special Forces unit trying to recover their stolen honor after being unjustly discharged from the military. I am donating all of the proceeds of the first two weeks’ sales of the book to the Wounded Warrior Project.

    You also write books about vampires and Greek gods. Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy,  paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?

    EoE_500 newIn general, I consider the Vampire Warrior Kings and Hearts of the Anemoi series to be paranormal romance. The Hearts of the Anemoi is the series that focuses on Greek gods, and it’s sometimes deemed fantasy romance because gods and goddesses often represent a lighter form of paranormal, but the series gets quite dark as it progresses to the end in East of Ecstasy, which just released in the spring.

    I’ve been interested in the supernatural since I was a kid. My family totally believed in this stuff and there was a lot of supernatural lure in my family history. So it was natural that I’d start writing where I did most of my reading – in the paranormal realm. My vampire romance Forever Freed was the first piece of fiction I wrote and sold.

    Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels. 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 not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?

    My favorite all-time paranormal creature is the vampire. Immortal, powerful, animalistic, fangs! What’s not to love!

    Is Hard to Hold On To 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!

    Yes! Hard to Hold On To is the third story in the Hard Ink series. The series will ultimately have at least four full-length novels and three novellas. The next release, Hard to Come By, comes out on November 25.

    What else are you working on?

    I’m currently writing the last book in the Hard Ink series (currently untitled) and preparing to re-release a backlist title (Just Gotta Say). I also just submitted proposals for two new series to my agent!

    Of all the characters in your fictional world, which one or couple would you most like to hang out with over a long weekend? What would you do together?

    I really love all the characters in my Hard Ink world. I’d just really love to be able to hang out in the Hard Ink building with the whole big crew! *♥* The series really started with and around Nick Rixey and his brother Jeremy, and it would be a blast to have the pair of them give me some new ink! Ahem.

    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’m a total pantser. Now, I’ll confess that writing romantic suspense has required more plotting from me. But, in general, I plot as little as possible and usually only a few chapters ahead of where I am. The steps I take before diving into a new book? Um, I open Word? LOL

    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’m a fast writer, to a certain extent because my current deadline commitments require me to be. Under normal circumstances, I am for 3,000 words a day at least 5 days a week. If I hit that, I’ll produce 15,000 words a week, which means it should take me about 2-3 weeks to write a novella or about 6-8 weeks to write a full-length novel. However, I’ve written 100,000-word novels in 4-6 weeks on more than one occasion. I revise as I write. So, each day when I sit down, I re-read the previous 10-20 pages and revise it, and that gets me back into the flow of the story. When I reach the end, I’m done.

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

    1) BICHOK – Butt In Chair, Hands On Keyboard. You can’t revise what you haven’t written and you can’t sell what you haven’t written. So write EVERY DAY. Yes, every day. Even if you only commit to an hour a day or even 100 words a day, you need to get in the habit of making forward progress. And never underestimate the amazing power of getting to write “The End” and proving to yourself you can finish a whole book.

    2) Read, read, read. One of the best ways to learn how to WRITE is to READ extensively in your genre. Find books you think do a great job at characters or worldbuilding or suspense or pacing and study them (just be sure that your application of those techniques in your own work is in your original words!).

    3) Treat it like a profession, by which I mean join the professional organizations, do the work consistently, study and hone your craft, and always present yourself professionally (on social media, on your website, and in only submitting or publishing your work when it’s in the absolute best shape it can be).

    4) Find a critique partner, preferably someone else who is professionally pursuing publication and not just a friend who will tell you it’s great! Because it may be great, but everyone benefits from having other writers who know the craft and the genre give you feedback on your work. You can find critique partners through local and online writers groups.

    5) Don’t give up! At the beginning of your writing career, you will get a lot more nos and rejections than yeses and acceptances! Persevere and don’t give up! Every big name author you know experienced rejection at some point in their career.

    Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

    Edward “Easy” Cantrell knows better than most the pain of not being able to save those he loves—which is why he is not going to let Jenna Dean out of his sight.  He may have just met her, but Jenna’s the first person to make him feel alive since that devastating day in the desert more than a year ago.

    Jenna has never met anyone like Easy. She can’t describe how he makes her feel–and not just because he saved her life. No, the stirrings inside her reach far beyond gratitude.

    As the pair are thrust together while chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: the things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

    Excerpt:

    Jenna awoke with the immediate realization that she was wrapped so tightly around Easy that she might as well have been lying on him. But she couldn’t bring herself to feel bad or guilty or embarrassed about it in the least. Because his heat and his touch and his clean scent in her nose had allowed her to sleep without nightmares. And because she refused to regret something she wanted and might not get to have again.

    After all, he’d said he liked her, but she had no idea exactly how he liked her. Maybe he meant like a kid sister. Or maybe he meant as a friend.

    Except … his hips shifted under her leg, and she did not think she was imagining what she was feeling. He was hard. He was holding her, and he was hard.

    Jenna’s heart tripped into a sprint. Not out of fear but out of curiosity, amazement, interest. Because Easy made her feel safer than she’d ever felt in her life.

    He was hard. She was more than a little intrigued.

    Easy was patient and kind, and he made her feel special and cared for. And from his handsome face to his incredible muscles to the ink on his chest, he was totally, freaking gorgeous.

    And he’d saved her life.

    Couldn’t forget that.

    The simple act of thinking about the man in these terms made Jenna’s belly flip.

    And while she half expected to freak out at the idea of sex after she’d been pawed by Bruno’s assholes, when she looked at Easy, she didn’t see any of that, she didn’t feel it, she didn’t think about it.

    What she thought about instead was that, if those assholes had killed her, she would’ve died without ever knowing what it felt like to love a man. And be loved in return.

    She could’ve died.

    The realization made her feel like she’d never really been living. But now she could. Now she had a second chance.

    Jenna shifted herself closer, her body reacting to her thoughts and her closeness to his.

    A hand clamped down on her thigh.

    And Jenna’s heart turned into a hammer inside her chest.

    “Jenna,” Easy said, voice full of gravel and warning.

    She tilted her face upward, bringing her lips against his throat. And before she’d even thought about it, she kissed him. A long, soft press of her lips against the suddenly jumping pulse in his throat.

    He groaned, and it was a sound as sexy as it was tortured. Beneath her thigh, he hardened further.

    She kissed him again, dizziness threatening as her body slingshotted from sleepy to utterly, eagerly awake. And aroused.

    “Jenna,” he said again, though this time it came out as more of a plea. His hand slid up her thigh. His fingers pressed into her back, pulling her tighter against him.

    She slipped her fingers from his and gently cupped the other side of his neck as her lips found his skin again and again…

    Where can we find Hard to Hold On To online?

    Buy at Amazon | Amazon.ca | Amazon UK | B&N | iTunes | Kobo

    Hard to Hold On To on Goodreads

    Other Books in the Hard Ink Series:

    Hard As It Gets

    Hard As You Can

    Hard to Come By (11/25/14)

    Laura Kaye croppedLaura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over a dozen books in contemporary and paranormal romance. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. She lives in Maryland with her husband, two daughters, and cute-but-bad dog, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

     

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  • Interview With Angie Fox – New York Times Bestselling Author of Beverly Hills Demon Slayer

    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, Angie Fox! You’ve just released Beverly Hills Demon Slayer. Tell us a little bit about your story.  

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    Beverly Hills Demon Slayer is about a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has run off with her Grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right? I’m having so much fun with this series and this book is just the latest. All of the books are stand-alones and can be read in any order. In Beverly Hills Demon Slayer, an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills and Lizzie the demon slayer quickly realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. So she goes in undercover with the biker witches and things don’t quite go according to plan.

    Do you consider your book(s) urban fantasy, paranormal romance or something else? What attracted you to the genre?

    My books are usually shelved in paranormal romance because I have a full romantic story in every book, and of course – a happy ending. I don’t do cliffhangers. Each book is a complete story on its own.

    I love the genre because it’s an exciting, romantic, fun way to escape into another world.

    Let’s talk beasties. Do any monsters make appearances in your novels? 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 not, what makes your book paranormal, urban fantasy or science fiction?

    Yes. Lots of beasties. My favorite has to be Lizzie’s pet dog, Pirate. It’s funny because I never planned to write him. But in the second chapter of The Accidental Demon Slayer (which is free right now on Amazon by the way), when Lizzie learns she’s a demon slayer and all hell is after her, she takes comfort in her dog. As I was writing, I thought, “This is a sweet moment. Now how do I throw her off?” Simple. I made the dog say something to her. Nothing big. After all, he’s only after the fettuccine from last week. And he knows exactly where my heroine can find it (back of the fridge, to the left of the lettuce crisper, behind the mustard).

    It amused me, so I did it. Thanks to her unholy powers, my heroine can now understand her smart-mouthed Jack Russell Terrier. A lot of readers tell me Pirate is their favorite character.

    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!

    This is a series and I have at least three more books planned. Book 7, Night of the Living Demon Slayer, comes out early 2015.

    What else are you working on?

    I have a trilogy that just released called the Monster MASH series, about a paranormal MASH unit in the middle of a great immortal war. Two of the books in that series have been nominated for RITA awards (in 2013 and in 2014). I’m also working on a series about a ghost hunter. Spooky!

    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?

    The Accidental Demon SlayerI’d most like to hang out with the biker witches from the Accidental Demon Slayer books. They are some of the most fun characters to write because I never know what they’re going to do.

    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’m a plantser. I like to know where the plot is headed and, of course, why the characters do what they do. But I also like to leave it open for my characters to surprise me and tell their own stories. I go with what excites me, because if I’m entertained and can’t wait to get back to the keyboard every day, I know I’m writing a story my readers will get wrapped up in as well.

    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?

    Demon Slayer WeddingIt depends on the book. The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers took me the longest, probably because The Accidental Demon Slayer hit the mass market paperback New York Times bestseller list while I was writing and that freaked me out. Suddenly, I thought I had to write a New York Times bestseller-worthy book (whatever that means) and it totally locked me up.

    The least amount of time I took to write a book was three months for My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding. I’d been dying to write it and it just poured out onto the page. Editing usually takes a week or so. I write very tight first drafts. I don’t even start a new chapter until the chapter before is polished to the hilt.

    So I’ll write a draft, put it away for a month in order to get some distance, then I’ll read it over and edit before goes to my editor. After the editor finished, by that point I’ve had some distance and I’ll play with the manuscript for another week or two before sending it out for copyediting. The short answer is that I’d rather have it right than fast.

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

    Yes. Read a lot. That part is also a lot of fun.  J

    Can you give us a taste of what to expect? 

    A New York Times bestselling series!

    All that glitters is not gold…
    Demon slayer Lizzie Brown isn’t exactly a diamonds and champagne type of girl. But when an ancient cult becomes the “in” thing in Beverly Hills, she realizes there’s more to it than youth potions, parties, and priceless Egyptian artifacts. There’s a demon involved…and Lizzie’s not on the guest list.

    She goes in undercover, along with her sexy Greek shape-shifter husband, her biker witch buddies, and a dog that is way too fond of free appetizers and the red carpet lifestyle. Between dodging detection and uncovering ancient secrets, Lizzie has her hands full. And when the demon manages to hook his claws into Lizzie’s eternal soul, she’s afraid she may be stepping out for her final event.

    Where can we find you and your books online? 

    Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Facebook | Twitter

    AAngie Fox dining rm shotngie Fox is the New York Times bestselling author of several books about vampires, werewolves and things that go bump in the night. Her characters are fun and fearless, but in real life, Angie is afraid of basements, going up stairs when it’s dark behind her, and don’t even get her started on those scary puppets from 60’s-era holiday specials.

    She writes Accidental Demon Slayer series, are about a preschool teacher turned demon slayer who has to run off with her grandmother’s gang of biker witches. Happens all the time, right? She also writes a darker, sexier series about a paranormal M*A*S*H unit stuck in the middle of an immortal war. The first book in that trilogy, Immorally Yours, was a RITA finalist in 2013. The third book in that trilogy, Immortally Ever After, was a RITA finalist in 2014.

    Angie earned a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri. During that time, she also skipped class for an entire week so she could read Anne Rice’s vampire series from cover to cover.

    Angie makes her home in St. Louis, Missouri with a college football-addicted husband, two kids, and a dog named Moxie.