Tantalizing Tuesday with Camile Carson

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

I use the name Camile Carson for romance novels. I also write children’s books, thrillers and historical fiction. Can you imagine going to one website and seeing “Teaching Your Dinosaur to Count” beside my hot steamy stuff?

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

I love the new novel “Lovers and Saints” scheduled for release in April. My favorite author is Stephen King for his incredible character development. 11/22/63 was awesome.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

I tend to get more time to write in the summer. I ship my husband and the kids to the pool.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

I actually think I have boinked in more interesting places than my characters. I must rethink passages in my new book.

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

My characters seem to have a mind of their own and create themselves.

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

I am eating dry whole wheat toast as I write. I’m on yet another diet.

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.
I never thought romance writing could be such fun. The best part is the community. I’m amazed at the talent pool and support.

Author details:

Web: www.camilecarsonromancenovels.com

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Tantalizing Tuesday with Francene Carroll

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

I use a pen name because I really like the idea of having another identity. When I go into my romance writing state of mind I become Francene, and it’s a bit of an escape. I think it helps me to relax and be creative.

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

My favorite novel I’ve written is my new release Pleasure Island. It’s set on a reality tv show and both characters are very stubborn and flawed in different ways. They are complete opposites and really spark off each other. I had so much fun with them and when I finished writing the book it was hard to let them go.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

Yes! I’m very affected by my environment and I find it hard to write somewhere that is messy or unpleasant. I recently moved into an old house which is in need of renovations and this has posed a bit of a problem with inspiration.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

I write mainstream romance so my characters don’t get too hot and heavy in unusual places, but I do look forward to reading other authors’ answers to this question.

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

Totally! When I was writing Pleasure Island I based the character of Jack, who is an alcoholic and bad boy, on Charlie Sheen. The character of Allie has red hair and is a bit quirky, so I based her on the actress Judy Greer. I even make up Powerpoint presentations with images of the characters and settings to help me when I get writer’s block.

In my first book Shadows of Yesterday the character of Daniel Eastman was based on the delicious Aaron Eckhart – in my opinion one of the hottest men in Hollywood today.

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

Gluten-free museli with rice milk.


Author details:

Web: http://francenecarroll13.blogspot.com/

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Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5307267.Francene_Carroll

Tantalizing Tuesday with Avril Ashton

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

I do, only cause my real name sucks. I’m not ashamed of what I write, only of my name.

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

I read a lot. A lot. So any book that brings out the emotion in me is my fave at that moment. My favorite book that I’ve written varies, mostly it’s the book I’m writing at the time. Right now, it’s Love the Sinner, my upcoming MM with Ellora’s Cave.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

Not at all. I’m a homebody. I’m always inside so that doesn’t factor in.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

Surprisingly, my characters have kept the boinking to beds, desks, table tops, and against walls for the time being. Oh, in my Para/shifter novella, Till Abandon, my h/h did it in the woods, on the ground. Not that bizarre. Right? Man, I need to up my game on this.

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

Not really. I write the entire story just from my own vision, but when the story is over I look for a celebrity who most resembles the character image I already have in place.

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

Coffee.

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.

Thank you for having me 😀

Author details:

Web: http://www.avrilashton.webs.com

Blog: http://www.avril-ashton.blogspot.com

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Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/writeravrilashton

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/#!/AvrilAsh

Tantalizing Tuesday with Alexandra O’Hurley

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

I do, but only because IF I ever saw any kind of fame (haha) I would want to protect myself and my daughter some. It’s a way of being anonymous. Most of my friends and family know what I do and who I am, so it is definitely not a shame factor.

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

Written — would be a toss-up between The Lottery and Burlesque Trio. Read — that’s a harder one as my favorite seems to always move as I read more and more. Loving Kresley Cole right now, but if hard pressed – I would probably have to say The Corset Diaries by Katie MacAlister.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

The weather, absolutely. Last week we had a run on 70-80 degrees and I didn’t write one thing! I think my mojo is still sitting outside having a beer somewhere and needs to get the heck back here.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

Hmmm….I wouldn’t say I had a bizarre spot in any of my books. May have to fix that! Anyone who knows me KNOWS I am not quiet when it comes to talking sex…I’m almost embarrassed that I have no bizarre spot. Well, I DO…my characters don’t! LOL IDK – I have this thing about bathtubs that really make me hot, so almost all my books have a very sensual/sexual scene in a bath or shower.

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

Not necessarily celebs…but I do troll looking for hot pics as inspiration. One in particular pretty well started the ball rolling on my last contracted short story (link to the pic). [Erin’s comment: YUMMY]

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

A hunk of imitation crab meat cuz I worked through lunch! Man am I hungry. I’m getting ready for a trip for the EDJ and I’m typing up lose ends. Hopefully I get dinner.

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.

Last release? Was a double — Going Berserk, which is a free read available on the Evernight Publishing site, is a precursor to the next book in the Berserker Mate’s series, as well as Beauty and Her Beasts, the second book in that series.

Author details:

Web: www.alexandraohurley.com
FB: https://www.facebook.com/alexandraohurleyerotica
Blog: http://alexohurley.blogspot.com/

Tantalizing Tuesday with Kastil Eavenshade

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

Yes, I use a pen name. Two, in fact. When I started writing, I decided to create pen names for the different genres I write. Yes, I write anything for paranormal horror to erotic romance. I felt it was important, in developing a fanbase, to let the reader know what they’re getting. So I use my real name, Pam Bitner, for SciFi, Horror, Fantasy, Generic stuff. I use Olivia Devereaux for pure romance and Kastil Eavenshade for the erotic side. I’ve learned that not all romance readers go for the ‘raunchy’ stuff.

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

If I went with one I have published, and it’s not really a novel (I only have novella-sized stuff out there), it would be the piece I published under my real name in Pulp Empire’s Pirates & Swashbuckler’s Anthology titled ‘The Mark of the Brotherhood’. It’s novella sized and it has a touch of romance and a lot of action. My favorite book ever read is still David Morrell’s The Brotherhood of the Rose. The action and character building really pulled me in on that one.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

I have trouble writing when the family is in the same room as me. I’m a very private person when I’m first creating a story and I’ve always had an issue with people looking over my shoulder. Plus, I really don’t want my son sneaking a peek when I’m writing the naughty. I don’t make enough money for that level of therapy.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

I haven’t written any that are odd locations but I love the woodland scene. You never know if another hiker is going to catch you or when the raging bear will chase two nude characters through the forest or a bad-timing skunk. My muse is weird.

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

Nope, not really, but I’m an artist so I can create an idea of what the character looks like and if I’m ambitious, I’ll try and draw them.

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

Irish soda bread. Yum! I really need to learn to make it because the stores only have it during St Patty’s day month.

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.

Thank you so much for this opportunity! It’s always nice to reach new readers and connect with other writers.  [Erin’s reply: You’re welcome! Great to have you!]

Free Giveaway:

I’d like to offer up a free copy of my latest project out there—The Wolves of Argonne—to one of your lucky blog readers for you being so gracious with this interview.

Author details:

my blog, Kastil’s Cheeky Reviews & Babble Art

Tantalizing Tuesday with Josie Dennis

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

I do, for my Siren titles.  They’re much racier than my Historicals and Contemporaries written under my own name.

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

I think my favorite I’ve written is Tessa’s Redemption, Classics Rekindled 3.  I loved rewriting the heartbreaking ending of the classic it was inspired by, Tess of the d’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy.  Getting the two adversarial heroes to come to grudging respect for each other because of the woman they both love? Delicious, lol.

Favorite I’ve read? Always Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.  Read and loved most recently?  Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  Engrossing and transcendent.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

Not really.  My desk faces away from the windows, lol. I’ve written on a train, on a plane . . . oops, drifted into Seuss territory there.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

I have to say I love a good carriage love scene that rocks the springs and spooks the horses!

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

I almost never picture real people as my characters.  Every so often I’ll see an actor and realize they resemble one of my characters, though!

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

Sharks cheese crackers. Yum!

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.

Just a big thanks to Erin for this opportunity. [Erin’s reply: Oh, gee. *blush*]

Author details:

Josie Dennis at Bookstrand

Josie’s website

Tantalizing Tuesday with Tory Michaels

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

I’ve wanted to use Tory Michaels since I was in junior high. I don’t hide my real self, but I do most of my FB time now as Tory. I really should spend more time as me, but I feel more comfortable in being relaxed and a bit more, well, outgoing as Tory, and as Tory I don’t have many of the same friends (many of whom are starchy and probably wouldn’t approve of my more risqué, yet utterly bland compared to many of my fellow EP authors, comments/thoughts).

 

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

Probably Blood-Mage Rising (due out this month) because I got to explore and nudge a particularly nasty “evil” character who turned out to be more human than I gave him credit for with a much nicer side (though he’s still a sociopath) than I’d previously seen. Read, hrmm, there are so many recently. Probably Clockwork Angel, and I can’t put my finger on why. I’m still struggling to get into Clockwork Prince, but I had the same trouble at the start of Angel.

 

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

Nope.

 

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

Hehehe, you said boink. I thought I was the only one to use that word any more. I remember in my notes for an ancient history class talking about Minas’ wife boinking the bull ( I think it was Minas’ wife anyway). Ummm, I don’t really go very unusual places for those sorta things.

 

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who?

They don’t start out based on anyone in particular, but once I have a feel for them I usually look for a picture I can use to represent them. Jordan (Rising’s villainous hero) is represented by a fabulous picture of Eric Johnson (Rookie Blue/Call Me Mrs. Miracle), Chris (Rising’s heroine) is sort of a mishmash of Pauley Perrette (NCIS) and Katie McGrath (Morgana from Merlin). Dara (Blood Rage) resembles Amy Adams if you put about 30 pounds on her, and Anthony (Rage hero) is the man who played Sasha in 2012 (Don’t judge – I found the movie funny and a lot of fun to watch if you ignore the ark-sized plot holes) or possibly the guy who plays in the Mentalist as Simon (if you add about 6 inches to his height).

 

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

A fudge brownie.

 

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.

Hellooooooo out there, world!

 

Author Details:

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Evernight Author Page

 

Tantalizing Tuesday with Laurie Sorensen

Every week I will be posting interviews with awesome authors called my Tantalizing Tuesdays. This week we have Laurie Sorensen. Enjoy!

1. Do you use a pen name? If so, why?

Yes I use a pen name. My real name is Laura McCOmas, and I write under Laurie Sorensen. The reason I use a pen name is to honor my grandfather on my mother’s side. I was born out of wedlock and until age five my last name was Sorensen. My grandfather called me Laurie all the time, so that is how my pen name was born. It is me, before I got to be who I am today.

2. What is your favorite novel that you’ve written? Read?

The favorite novel I have written so far is one that will be coming out in May from Evernight Publishing. “The Pirate Princess” was designed to be a short story that was to go into an anthology about Pirate women before my last publisher closed its doors. Now, I get to expand the story slightly to make it longer and have it a release on its own. I am looking forward to the editing process and the adding of two or three scenes. The favorite book I have read would be anything written by Catherine Coulter. Her imagination is awesome and I count her as one of the main reasons I am published.

3. Does the environment affect your writing (where you live, the seasons, the weather, etc.)?

The environment doesn’t really affect my writing as much as my own mood does. The weather is a minor part of my writing. If it’s cold or rainy outside, I tend to write more, but sometimes I can just curl up on the couch with a good book or movie running in the DVD player instead of writing.

4. Where is your favorite/most bizarre place to have your characters boink?

This question I find funny, because the wedding night in my first book, Ravenwood: Night’s Salvation, takes place in a clearing in the woods on the grounds of the boyhood home of the groom. At this point, that scene is likely the oddest one to this point.

5. Do you base your heroines/heroes on photos of celebrities? If so, who? Include links if you like.

I don’t base my characters on celebrites at all, I base them on people I have known throughout my lifetime. I do, however, try to put celebrities in mind once the characters are written in case someone picks up the book to make a movie out of it…lol…but when I write, my characters just become who they are, because of the people in my life, both past and present.

6. Bonus question! What’s the last thing you ate today?

The last thing I ate today so far has been a handful of Muddy Buddies.

7. Bonus question! Anything you’d like to say.

Writing is like breathing for me. I have self-published one book but only because it had already been published by two other publishers, one of which didn’t renew the contract and the other closed. It is a book one of a series, so I had to re-release it to keep it out there so the others could come out after it. The title of the book is Ravenwood: Night’s Salvation and it can be bought in three different places right now.

Smashwords.com – http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/132680
All Romance – http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html
Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007BQMN24

Ravenwood

Duty, love and passion take flight on the wings of destiny. Compelled by honor and duty, Night Ravenwood leaves the only life he knows to return home after his brother’s death. He’s the new heir to Ravenwood Manor and the Earldom; at home an arranged marriage awaits him with a woman he’s never met. When tragedy strikes the newlywed couple, Night realizes he’s fallen in love with the beautiful Satine, but does she love him in return? Satine vows to make Night see his destiny includes her; meanwhile someone is willing to commit murder to keep them apart. Will love or murder shape the destiny of this love?

Free book giveaway!

Laurie is giving away a free ebook to a random commenter today. I will post the winner in the comments.

Author details:

Laurie’s website is www.lauriesorensen.com