Monday, May 31, 2010

AJ Hardcourt

Do you like m/m? Do you like it a little dirty, a lot sexy and curl your toes hot? Then hang on to your hat because I have an author that you need to check out. AJ has several titillating shorties that will leave you panting for more. Check out the review we posted for Extreme Meet and keep your eyes peeled for more reviews coming soon. Now, here is AJ ;)

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I like the idea of being a pantser, but I don’t think our meanings are the same. The seat of the pants is the best way to go.

How long have you been a writer?
I started writing in 2007. I published a couple of titles then life got in the way. I’m jumping back into the short story e-book market with a few new stories and rereleasing a few previously published titles.

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
No, my stories are my fantasies. But I’d say some traits and experiences of people in my real life have become fodder for my fantasies.

Describe to us you typical day.
Wake to the alarm, shower, coffee, breakfast, work, coffee, lunch, work, coffee, dinner, write, sleep.

What’s for dinner tonight?
Whatever you’re making. I suck in the kitchen. Oh and yeah, there is a pun in that statement somewhere.

What is sexier boxer or briefs?
Tight boxer briefs but I’d prefer to discover he’s gone commando.

What’s your favorite curse word?
Fuck – alone or in any combination with other words. Such as what the fuck do you want? Or What the fuck is that? Fuck can be used when life is fucking fantastic, or said when you’re pissed at yourself – fuck me. Fuck me is also a favorite demand in an erotic sexual encounter. And fuck off or fuck you are perfect when you’re pissed at someone else. Fuck is a multipurpose word that tends to slip from my lips a few times a day for a multitude of reasons.

What’s the perfect romantic evening?
Anything that starts with good conversation, has dinner and a drink somewhere in the middle and ends with sex.

What is your favorite candy bar?
Anything with nuts.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Merry Stahel

Folks, when I finished reading FAITH I was so emotional and in love with the story that I knew I needed to know more about the author who penned it. I went in search of Ms Stahel and asked her if she would like to do an interview with SR. Thank Goodness she said yes :) It has been a long time since I read an Inspy that took my breath away like this one. So it gives me great pleasure to introduce Ms Merry Stahel and share with you her interview questions :)

Do you have travel when researching your books? If yes, where is the most interesting place you’ve visited?
I don’t travel for researching books, but I have traveled all over the world. We’ve spent time in the Republic Of The Philippines, Guam, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Germany, Austria and Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia probably had the most effect on me. I had to wear an abaya, and at times the hijab (head covering). Germany was great, my brother lives there, so he took me all over the place. The Philippines was terrific, I loved being there, too. The other places were just flying visits, but it was all fun.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I used to be a pantser, but am now a plotter. I don’t write much down, but the story is pretty much developed before I start typing.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
That I believe in God and I believe that life is full of good things. Even in my darkest hours, something always happened that changed my circumstances. Sometimes I wasn’t aware of it until long after. I try to convey that sense of God and hope in all my books. They may be fiction, but often, they are based on a real-life spiritual element that brought me peace.

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
That despite what comes across in my writing, I am not organized, although I am obsessive-compulsive about some things. I can talk the hind-leg off a donkey, I am easily amused by silly things, I adore babies and dogs, and when I am reading something that captures my interest, my family says a bomb could go off and I’d not notice. I’m also very attached to my computer, to the point that during a tornado, my sister picked up my laptop, and I followed her to the shelter under their house, still typing as she walked backwards (it was an important message I was sending out!).

Do you work on one project at a time? Or do you multi-task?
I multi-task. We live rural, so I’m often invited to walk to the bridge with neighbors, we all pile in the car to go see the baby eagles, or visit an auction/yard sale. I’m active in our church, so we do things there, too. My daughter will call and offer to meet us halfway somewhere to go to a museum, archeological dig or some tacky tourist trap. We love to travel and be tourists. Writing gets squeezed between all that.

You can erase one embarrassing experience from your past. What will it be?
A verbal jury duty session. There were 95 of us in the room and rather than questionnaires, we were all asked to stand if any of the questions applied to us. I come from a colorful family, so I was bouncing up and down like a jack-in-the-box! I now live in a small community (only a few relatives nearby) and many of the people, including fellow church-goers were there. Now everyone knows a lot about my past, and I suspect some of those funny looks I get in town are because the gossip went around like wildfire. I spoke to the judge afterwards about using written questionnaires. He said he’d take it under consideration. After all that humiliation, I was NOT selected.

If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
Keep away from children and dogs. (As soon as I pick up a baby or puppy, my husband starts yelling, “No, no, no, no, no…we don’t want anymore!”).

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be?
I asked my husband and he said that “She Who Must Be Obeyed” is not a good title. I’m thinking that “Let Me Show You How To Do That” might be a good one – I constantly comment on how to fix things – American politics, dinner, training dogs, Toyota’s new ugly cars, television programming, how to re-pot a plant, organizing closets, drivers who can’t merge (I once threatened to stand on an on-ramp with a sandwich sign that said, “I will teach you how to merge”). Yes, I have a varied and verbal opinion on just about everything.

What is your favorite candy bar?
Right now it is a Butterfinger. I don’t like chocolate, except once in a while. My second favorite is a Payday. Because it has no chocolate in it.

*Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.

CHARITY - White Rose Publishing Summer 2010
HOPE – White Rose Publishing – Summer 2010
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Thank you to all who stopped by. Be sure to pop over and read the review for Faith. It really knocked my socks off :)

Romance Reader

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Darah Lace

I would like to thank Ms Lace for taking the time to do an interview for Seriously. We recently posted a review for Saddle Broke and loved it so much that we wanted to know more about the author. So without further ado, I give you the talented Darah Lace!

What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?
Escapism—while writing, I’m able to escape reality and live in the fantasy, just as I would when reading. The difference is, I get to decide where the fantasy goes. I can make it as emotional or as sexy or as whatever as I want it. The characters’ fates are in my hands.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding the time to write it. I might be a SAHM but I also work out of my house. Between my job and my family, I stay pretty busy. And then there’s the research. BDSM hasn’t found its way into my personal, other than using my imagination, I rely on the Internet for just the right techniques and equipment, which after hours and hours of browsing, I get a little worn out.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m definitely a pantser. For me, plotting takes the fun out of writing the story. I get bored. The story is told, at least in my mind, and I’m done. That said, I usually know where I want to go. It’s the “means of transportation”—how the characters find their way to that destination—that keeps me interested.

How much time did it take from writing your first book to having it published?
LOL My first book will never be published. It’s 800 pages of characters who meander from one scene to the next without accomplishing anything interesting. There were a few moments of good writing but even I become bored with hot sex if the story doesn’t work.

What sound drives you crazy?
The beeping noise my car makes when it thinks someone is sitting in the passenger seat and isn’t wearing a seatbelt. My purse isn’t THAT heavy.

If you were a tool, what would people use you for?
A ceiling fan. I’m always running around in circles.

What’s the perfect romantic evening?
I’ve always been a cheap date. Dinner and a movie and a little cuddling does it for me.

What’s for dinner tonight?
Whatever drive-thru the car decides to turn into. This time of year is really busy for me. We’re on the go so much that fast food is a given. I’m thinking Taco Bell tonight.

If you were a superhero, what special power would you have?
I’d direct traffic with my mind. I don’t deal well with road rage. I’m pretty mild mannered but put me behind the wheel and I become a maniac. People just don’t realize I have the right of way even when I’m wrong. 

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Kris Klein

Hello all! If you have not yet been introduced to Kris then please allow me. Everyone, this is Kris Klein. Kris, this is everyone :) One of our reviewers claims Kris is a "guilty pleasure" and the reviewer LOVES his work. We have posted numerous reviews for his work, which can all be seen here, and clamor for more. Without further ado I give you.....Kris Klein :)

What is your favorite thing about being a romance writer?
Being able to write my fantasies down; what I wish gay men were really capable of, far as monogamy and romance, in real life.

When writing your description of your hero/ine what feature do you start with?
Eyes, age, hair color, etc? The face. An intriguing face, amazing smile, or beautiful eyes, for me, is half the battle; I could work with anything else from there.

What do you hope readers take with them after reading one of your stories?
The hot sex is incredible … but falling in love is the Holy Grail.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Friends and fans tell me that if there is a “message” in my work, is that things aren’t necessarily what they seem. I guess that’s because many of my tales have some sort of (hopefully) unexpected twist toward/at the end.

Are any of your characters based on real people or events?
About 90% of the time, the object of lust/affection in each of my tales really existed in real life … often with the same first name as you’ll find on him in the story.

What’s something fans would find fascinating about you?
That I collect autographs of my favorite actors (I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of celebrity); that after all the sex I’ve had and written about, I’ve still yet to ever cheat on a man I’ve committed myself to.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Sex scenes. After selling/publishing over sixty short stories or erotica, I stress myself out over new, hotter ways to write the love scenes.

How do you come up with the titles?
Nearly everything I write branched off the title first – normally a twist on some phrase or title that makes it unique, and makes readers curious enough to buy or read it.
Please share with us your future projects and upcoming releases.
Working on a few longer stories right now, one exploring my own foot fetish … plus a novel-length soap opera type supernatural TV series (a la “Dante’s Cove”) I hope to eventually get on the web, at least.

What’s a guilty pleasure you have?
A foot fetish

A biography has been written about you. What do you think the title would be?
“Falling for Straight Guys”

What is sexier boxer or briefs?

Who’s more fun, bad boys or perfect gentlemen and why?
Perfect gentlemen; they often have way more naughtiness hidden inside them than the bad boys.

If you were a superhero, what special power would you have?
X-ray vision. In L.A., with all these hot-as-hell Hispanic men around, what else WOULD it be?

What’s number one on your list of things you hope to do before you die?
Visit Tokyo.

What is your favorite candy bar?
3 Musketeers

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