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Happy Tuesday everyone.

As I told the lovely winners via email, I wont beat around the bush or delay the inevitable as it were. I am here to announce the winners for the Shana Galen give away.

And the Winners are…

 

Lisa Richards and Sharon Abraham for the Shana Galen give away of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride.

Yay! Congratulations.

 Now, the winners have 24 hours to respond to the email I sent them, and if I don’t hear back, the give away will continue and new winners will be drawn. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope you all try again. (Winners were drawn using random.org and chosen through no decision of my own)

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Shana Galen is the author of five Regency historicals, including the Rita-nominated Blackthorne’s Bride. Her books have been sold in Brazil, Russia, and the Netherlands and featured in the Rhapsody and Doubleday Book Clubs. A former English teacher in Houston’s inner city, Shana now writes full time. She is a happily married wife and mother of a daughter and a spoiled cat and lives in Houston, Texas, where she is working on her next regency romance series.
LLW: Thanks for coming to Laugh Love Write Shana, it’s an absolute pleasure to have you… to get right to the point, how did you come up with the premise for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?

SG:Thank you so much for having me!

The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is the third in a series about three brothers who are separated as children during the French Revolution. As I was writing the first and second books, I didn’t really know what had happened to Bastien, but when I read the manuscripts over, I noticed I had mentioned how he liked to play a pirate called Captain Cutlass when he was a boy. I decided he ran off and became a pirate. I’d always wanted to write a pirate hero.

LLW: I love knowing how authors envision their characters because everyone’s imagination is so very different, so, if The Rogue Pirate’s Bride gained a movie deal, who would you cast in the character roles?

SG:First of all, The Rogue Pirate’s Bride has not been auctioned for a movie, so if anyone reading this would like to make an offer, I’m all ears!

I think Henry Cavill would make a great Bastien. In The Tudors, he really has the look of Bastien—roguish and charming. Ewa da Cruz is an actress and the model on the cover of my last book, Lord and Lady Spy. I think she looks a lot like I envisioned Raeven. I’d want to cast William Moseley in the role of Raeven’s friend Percy. Moseley was Peter in the Narnia movies. Finally, I’d pick Jim Carter, who plays Mr. Carson in Downton Abbey, as Raeven’s father, Admiral Russell.

  <—- Henry Cavill (very nice choice indeed)

            Ewa De Cruz (cropped from Lord and Lady Spy book cover)—–>

LLW: Thinking about my favorite scene in The Rogue Pirate’s Bride was very difficult because there are so many great ones to choose from, maybe Raeven’s first escape from Bastien perhaps, or their first fight sequence, or gosh! I don’t know…what is your favorite scene?

SG:My favorite scene is when Raeven has sneaked on board Bastien’s ship in an effort to steal her sword back from him (that’s her story, anyway). She’s caught and Bastien tells her this is her last chance to get what she really came for (i.e. a night with him), and she says she’d rather kill him. So he basically says, “Go ahead.” It turned into a very sexy, fun scene. I loved writing Raeven’s inner turmoil in that scene.

LLW: I know the French Revolution is your favorite historical era and have done much research for your novels, did you have to research anything special for The Rogue Pirate’s Bride?

SG: Oh, yes. I had to research a lot about ships and sailing. The book actually takes place in 1802, so I didn’t need to know hardly anything about the French Revolution, which is too bad because I know a lot! But I pretty much knew nothing about naval warfare. Fortunately, my dad is a sailor and offered to help me make sense of all the books and research materials.

LLW: The 1st book in your new series The Fallen Ladies will be released in September 2012, can you tell us about When You Give a Duke a Diamond?

SG:Wow! You did your research! When You Give a Duke a Diamond is the first in a series of books about three glamorous courtesans in Regency London who get mixed up with some very dangerous diamonds and some equally dangerous men. In this first book, Juliet, the courtesan nicknamed the Duchess of Dalliance, witnesses the murder of the fiancée of the powerful Duke of Pelham. She realizes she’s the killer’s next target, and she and Pelham have to work together to protect her and find the murderer.

LLW: In your opinion, what do you think makes a good story?

SG:I like all kinds of books, but the best ones are those where the reader can really connect with the hero and/or heroine. The reader is thinking, “I’ve felt like that” or “I wish I would say something like that.” Many of us read to imagine ourselves as someone else, maybe living in another place or era, and we want that sense of escapism. A good book let’s us step into another person’s shoes for a little while.

LLW: When you are writing a book, do you still read other books? And if so, do you stay away from your genre?

SG: I am always trying to find time to read because there are so many authors whose work I love, and many of my friends are authors. I do try and stay away from historical romance when I’m writing, but since it seems I’m always working on a new book, I do sometimes read an historical while I’m working on a new book. The Rogue Pirate’s Bride is my eleventh book, so I’m a lot less worried about being influenced by another author’s voice now than I was when I had only written a few historical romances.

LLW: What do you think is the most important thing an aspiring writer should know when it comes to writing or getting published?

SG: In the words of Winston Churchill, “Never, never, never give up.”

LLW: To get to know you a little better, I have som fun flash questions for you to answer. Don’t think about the answers, just tell us what first comes to mind.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
    SG: an opera singer
  • What was the last movie you saw?
    SG: Crazy, Stupid Love
  • Biggest TV addiction?
    SG: Downton Abbey
  • Guilty Pleasure?
    SG: Sleeping
  • Fruits or veggies?
    SG: Fruits
  • Favorite childhood toy?
    SG: Star Wars action figures
  • What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten?
    SG: Brussels sprouts
  • What’s your karaoke song of choice?
    SG: Never done karaoke, but I’d probably pick something by Sheryl Crow or Jewel.

Thank you so much taking the time to answer these questions here at Laugh Love Write. Write On!

THE ROGUE PIRATE’S BRIDE BY SHANA GALEN – IN STORES FEBRUARY 2012

Revenge should be sweet, but it may cost him everything…
Out to avenge the death of his mentor, Bastien discovers himself astonishingly out of his depth when confronted with a beautiful, daring young woman who is out for his blood…

Forgiveness is unthinkable, but may be her only hope…
British Admiral’s daughter Raeven Russell believes Bastien responsible for her fiancé’s death. But once the fiery beauty crosses swords with Bastien, she’s not so sure she really wants him to change his wicked ways…
Enter for your chance to win a free copy of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride by Shana Galen

The amazingly generous Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. is giving away one copies of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride to two lucky winners. USA/Canada only. To enter all you have to do is fill out this form and comment on this post with your answer to the following question… Who is your favorite kind of hero? (Do you fall for those nerdy guys with an incredible physique, alpha males with a dominating streak, or maybe it’s those bloodsucking vampires who get you all hot and bothered) Contest ends February 20.

Read my review of The Rogue Pirate’s Bride…here.

 

 

 

The time to enter the Cover Me by Catherine Mann give away has elapsed and without further delay, it is time to announce the two lucky winners…

And the Winners are…

 

Jennifer and Lisa

Yay! Congratulations.

 Now, the winners have 24 hours to respond to the email I sent them, and if I don’t hear back, the give away will continue and a new winner(s) will be drawn. Thank you to everyone who entered and I hope you all try again. (Winners were drawn using random.org and chosen through no decision of my own)

Also, I have another winner to announce…

The winner of the Helen Hollick Blog Tour is…

mamabunny13

Congratulations!

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Bring It Close by Helen Hollick
Being the Third Voyage of Cpt. Jesamiah Acorne & his ship, Sea Witch
ISBN: 9781906236625 
Published by: SilverWood Books
Price £ 10.99 $18.50 (US)

Back cover blurb :

Jesamiah Acorne, Captain of the Sea Witch, has accepted a pardon of amnesty against his misdeeds of piracy, but old enemies do not forget the past. In particular Edward Teach – Blackbeard himself – has a bone to pick with Acorne.
Following an indiscretion with an old flame, Jesamiah finds his fiancée, the midwife and white witch, Tiola Oldstagh, has gone to North Carolina to help with a difficult birth: the problem, that is where Blackbeard now resides. He must not discover that Tiola is Jesamiah’s woman. She will have to hide her gift of Craft from the black-hearted pirate who has sold his soul to the devil.
With Sea Witch damaged and himself wounded, Jesamiah must take stock of the situation – but arrested for acts of piracy how is he to clear his name, avoid the noose, keep Tiola safe and put an end to Blackbeard – all while being haunted by the ghost of his father?
From the Bahamas to North Carolina and Williamsburg in Virginia Bring It Close moves at a swashbuckling pace. There is intrigue, misunderstandings, romance and adventure – all wrapped up in a blend of supernatural fantasy and a sailor’s yarn of a good read!

What I think of Bring it Close

So, it was with a sad heart I turned the last page of Bring it Close. Already bereft of a friend I had found in the Sea Witch series.

Having read the first two books in the series, I have already established a relationship with the Sea Witch characters. Jesamiah, naturally, but also Tiola, Rue, Isiah, and even Finch weaved his way into my heart just as he did Jesamiah’s. The characters become like old friends, ones you can count on to lift your spirits, distract you from your own life and always be there when you need them. So, it was with a sad heart I turned the last page of Bring it Close. Already bereft of a friend I had found in the Sea Witch series.
But, enough of my loss, I can only re-read these adventures, and wait with bated breath for the fourth installment. So, onto what I thought of the book. In general, Bring it Close was a very climatic third book in the series. Lots of loose ends were tied and issues were accurately sorted to appease readers. As usual with Helen’s work, historical fact is perfectly interwoven with fiction to create something so real, and yet so unbelievable enough, to become a perfect piece of literature for readers to escape into. What I love about this series, is the realness of it. The descriptive details really captivate readers senses, allowing you to almost feel what the characters are feeling. The pirate jargon, so expertly researched, adds such an amazing touch to the story that it just wouldn’t be nearly as good without it.

As far as characters are concerned. I did like Tiola more in this novel, and was only mad at her once; when she let Jesamiah get away with adultery too easily. But, at the same time, that event lent such a realistic image to Jesamiah, being the swashbuckling pirate that he is, that I also forgave him not long after his stupid mistake. I was very pleased with Helen’s introduction and inclusion of the dreaded pirate Blackbeard. He, alone, gave a new depth to the novel. Blackbeard reached a new level of sinister villainy in Bring it Close, and it made for an entirely intriguing novel, while also causing readers to become more emotionally invested in the characters. Once readers are introduced to Blackbeard, you won’t be able to help acknowledging the dangers the heroes find themselves in, and rooting for their outcome while holding your breath. I was also struck by the loyalty of the Sea Witch crew too. They alone make the book worth reading.

The action, adventure, horror, fantasy, and romance of this novel was monumental. I am always enthralled with how Helen Hollick so expertly brings the past to life, and this novel certainly didn’t disappoint. I couldn’t recommend it anymore as a book worth reading. I am glad to have reviewed it, and am certain it will not be long on my shelf before I need my next Jesamiah fix.

If you want to know about the blog tour, or enter the Helen Hollick Give Away, just click on the tour button above and read on!

As we near the close of the Helen Hollick Blog Tour, I have a little map to show you Jesamiah Acorne fans. For anyone wondering where exactly he sets sail to and from, here is a map of the places mentioned in the Sea Witch Trilogy. This map is actually featured in Sea Witch.


New map – featured in Sea Witch published by SilverWood Books UK
Designed by http://www.avalongraphics.org

If you want to know about the blog tour, or enter the Helen Hollick Give Away, just click on the tour button above and read on!

Four-time RITA Award nominee and Golden Heart Award winner Stephanie Rowe is a national bestselling author of paranormal romance, and has written more than twenty-five novels. Stephanie has charmed reviewers with her unique blend of humor and otherworldly magic. She lives outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she is working on Book 3 in the Soulfire Series, Hold Me If You Can (January 2011).

Thanks for coming to Laugh Love Write today. To get to know you better, I figured we could do a round of quick flash questions, don’t forget to answer the first thing that comes to your mind.

What was the first romance novel you remember reading?
SR: It’s OK if You Don’t Love Me. I have no idea who the author was.
What is something you will never do again?
SR: I will never ignore it when my gut tells me something. Or at least, I will try.
What is the most unusual thing that has ever happened to you?
SR: Honestly, I can’t think of anything that’s unusual enough to qualify for this question!
What is your favorite word and why?
SR: Plethora. I don’t know why. I just love saying it. It rolls so nicely off the tongue.
If you could trade places with one person for a day, who would it be & why?
SR: Kim Clijsters, the professional tennis player. She has achieved all the success in the world professionally, and she has a great home life and family. She has always inspired me with her positive attitude, no matter what is going on in her life, and I admire that so much. I would love to feel what it’s like to be her.
As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
SR: Well, when I was a teenager, I was pretty sure I was going to be a psychiatrist. I was the one who all my friends came to when they were upset and wanted advice. I loved delving into the whys of what made people tick. I never went that route, but I feel like that same attraction to the inner workings of the human spirit carries through into my writing, as I delve into the depths of my character’s souls.
What was the last movie you saw?
SR: Pirates of the Caribbean IV. I love Captain Jack Sparrow!
Biggest TV addiction?
SR: Dancing with the Stars. I stumbled upon it accidentally with my daughter one night, and we both became addicted. I think I love it for three reasons: (1) I love the dancing (2) it is inspiring to watch the contestants dig deep to reach levels they didn’t think they could manage (3) I love the romance between the man and the woman while they are dancing.
Guilty Pleasure?
SR: Chocolate chip cookie dough.
Fruits or veggies?
SR: Fruit all the way! I actually eat a lot of veggies too, but I eat them out of duty. I eat the fruit because I LOVE it.
Favorite childhood toy?
SR: My model horses. I had a stable and I made blankets for them and spent hours and hours with them. No riders. No people. Just the horses.
Finish this sentence: Writing is like…
SR: …a gift of beauty that resonates all the way through my spirit.

Now, getting right into things, can you tell us how the story for Touch If You Dare came about?
SR:  My goal with the Soulfire series was to create a story that took the paranormal genre and twisted it into new, unpredictable directions. I wanted to surprise the reader, by creating a powerful, sexy story about the triumph of love in the most unusual of circumstances. For example, the dark, alpha tortured hero is deliciously yummy, but I wanted to do something more. I wanted to give these guys an unexpectedly soft side that torments them as much as it gives them peace. Each warrior in this series has his own special talent, one that he’s embarrassingly addicted to for his mental well-being, be it knitting, cross-stitching or flower arranging. I wanted to show that a man can be a bad ass warrior, and still tap into his gentle nature without losing that which makes him so powerful and appealing.

In Touch If You Dare, Jarvis Swain is an immortal warrior with a talent for French braiding, who is also the Guardian of Hate.  He’s on the fast track toward succumbing to the hate in an explosion that will be not-so-good for the world at large. His only chance to save the world? Get some love from his wayward brother, Cupid, who is more interested in his new future as a Death’s premiere assassin than love. Jarvis’s only chance? Teaming up with Reina Fleming, Death’s tender-hearted assistant, who will either bring him to his knees or save him forever.

 If Touch If You Dare gained a movie deal, which actors would you cast in the character roles?
SR:  Hugh Jackman for Jarvis. He can be so dark and sexy, but with a soft side beneath. For the heroine, it would have to be Drew Barrymore, because no matter how tough she tries to be, you always see that gentle heart of hers.

 In Touch If You Dare there are a couple of sexual scenes, do you find those hard to write?
SR: Back when I first started writing, I wasn’t comfortable with the love scenes. Now, I love them, because now, when I write them, I put myself into my character’s souls, and I feel what that moment means to them. And then, it becomes beautiful and poignant and an important moment that needs to be shared.

 I heard the Soulfire series will continue in January 2012 with Nigel’s story, Hold Me If  You Can. Can you tell us about it?
SR: Nigel Aquarian is the only warrior who is entirely at peace with his softer side. Give him a sketch pad and some markers, and he’s happy. But those that giveth taketh away, and Nigel suddenly finds that his art has become deadly to those he loves. Without his art, Nigel has no outlet for his darker side. He has to find a way to regain control before he kills everyone he loves, and the only woman who can help him is Natalie Fleming, a passionate woman with a talent for chocolate, demons and maybe, just maybe, his salvation. If, of course, they don’t kill each other first.

Which of the books in the Soulfire series was the easiest/hardest to write?
SR:  Touch If You Dare was definitely the hardest for me to write. I was going through a really difficult time in my life personally, and I had a really hard time believing in the words that I was writing. I kept doubting myself and starting over. In the end, however, I feel like the book came out great. Sometimes, it’s from the darkest places that light can shine the brightest.  The easiest for me to write was the first book in the series, Kiss at Your Own Risk. I think that was easy because I had no agenda with that book. It was the first one in the series, so I could do anything I wanted and just play. That freedom allowed me to create without judgment or pressure, and so the words flowed effortlessly.

 Out of the characters in the Soulfire series, which one would you say is/was the hardest to write and why?
SR: I think the hero of the third book, Hold Me If You Can, was the toughest for me to write. His situation was complex, and it was a challenge to convey his issues the way I wanted to. But he was such a lovely hero that I feel like his beauty shines forth in the end.

What sorts of things do you research for your novel, and what was the weirdest thing you found while searching?
SR: I do some research up front, during the brainstorming process, and I also do research along the way, when I encounter something new. There are so many different aspects to research: it may be researching the geography of the setting, it may be learning about weapons, or how fire works, what time the sun sets, or researching the impact of traumatic life events on real people. The topic of my research affects what resources I turn to.

 I read once that you put in a lot of planning before beginning a book, can you walk us through that process?
SR: About six years ago, after I’d endured three books in a row that required extensive rewriting both during the writing process and after I turned them into my editor, I decided that I need to develop a better strategy for getting the book right the first time through. I then dedicated the next four years to attending every workshop & lecture I could find on plotting and pre-work. I took the ideas that I liked, and I began to create assorted brainstorming documents for myself. I now have a set of eight or so different documents. I start with the first one, and as I work through that, it gives me ideas for the next one, which then builds to the next one and so on. By the time I’m done, my characters are vibrating with life, and I have a really solid chart of significant plot events, and I’m ready to start writing.

What do you read while writing and does it influence or interfere with your own writing?
SR: When I’m preparing to brainstorm a new book, I will read a bunch in that genre. I find that helps my mind settle into the direction I want to go. Once the brainstorming gains momentum and the story starts claiming a life of its own, I stop reading in that genre so that the story can go its own way and not be influenced into a certain direction by the other books. Then I usually switch to historical romances b/c that’s my favorite to read, and I never write it, so it’s my escape. I also find that historical romances are often the most romantic stories, so by reading them, I keep that feel of romance and love in my heart as I write my own stories.

 And last but not least, is there anything else you would like your writers to know about your or the books you write?
SR: I just want to say thank you to all the readers who have supported my books over the years. There’s nothing I love more than hearing from a reader about how one of my books has touched their heart.

Thank you so much taking the time to answer these questions here at Laugh Love Write. Write On!

TOUCH IF YOU DARE BY STEPHANIE ROWE—IN STORES JULY 2011

He’s just about the hottest warrior she’s ever seen…
Reina Fleming really appreciates a man who’s on a mission—especially when he’s a badass warrior doing his best to impress her. And Jarvis is charmed by the way Reina’s magic touch can soothe his dark side.

But when Jarvis’s attention puts her job, her home, and her family in danger, Reina has to decide whether love is worth the price…

Enter the nonstop, action-packed world of Stephanie Rowe’s love stories—you’ll never think of the manly arts in the same way again.

Enter for your chance to win a free copy of Touch if You Dare by Stephanie Rowe

The always wonderful Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. is giving away one copy of Touch if You Dare to two lucky winners. USA/Canada only. To enter all you have to do is fill out this form and comment on this post with your answer to the following question…Who is your favorite supernatural entity? Contest ends August 10.

Today, I am pleased to welcome award-winning author Catherine Mann to Laugh Love Write. For those of you who don’t know, Catherine Mann writes romantic suspense novels with heartstopping men-in-uniform from branches of our Armed Services. Out now, is the first book in her new Elite Forces series, Cover Me. Two-time USA Today bestselling author Catherine Mann’s military romances have sold over 2 million copies and also been on the WaldenBooks bestsellers list. She has won the RITA, Bookseller’s Best Award, and finaled for RT Reviewer’s Choice, the Maggie, and the RITA (five times.) Her husband is an Air Force Colonel and they live near Pensacola, FL.So sit back and re/introduce yourself to this amazing woman.

LLW: Thanks for coming to Laugh Love Write Catherine, it is an honor indeed… to get right to the point, I read that you gained inspiration for the setting of Cover Me from a magazine, how do you usually come up with your stories?

Catherine Mann: Thank you for inviting me to hang out here today!  I’m thrilled to visit with folks on your blog.  In answer to your question, for me, stories can be found everywhere – magazines, news, real life, even just a flash of something that starts my imagination going.  I have more ideas for books than I have time to write!

LLW: I read in a long-ago interview of yours that you have visuals/pictures of your characters before/as you write them, who did you visualize for the characters of Cover Me?

Catherine Mann: In the cover art information I sent to my publisher for Cover Me, I included a photo of a bare chested Collin Farrell for the hero Wade Rocha, and a pensive photo of Olivia Wilde for the heroine Sunny Foster.

**For your viewing pleasure, I added a picture of both Colin Farrell and Olivia Wilde**

LLW: Now I know my favorite scene in Cover Me, if I had to choose, is a certain helicopter ride scene involving a sneeze, I laughed so hard…what would you say is your favorite scene?

Catherine Mann: Ahhh!  Great question!  I sat on the edge of my seat, feet bouncing with energy as I wrote the scene where Wade chases Sunny through the snow, they fall into a crevice in the ice tangled up together, begin kissing explosively – and then see a dead body frozen in the ice.

LLW: I am sure it helps to have an airman has a husband, but did you have to do any other special research for Cover Me or any of your previous novels?

Catherine Mann: My chiropractor is a former pararescueman and he has been awesome about sharing amazing stories from his days on active duty.  I’ve also interviewed people my husband works with.  I recall one time in particular when I was working on Anything, Anywhere, Anytime I had a secondary character who’s an Army Ranger.  My husband immediately chimed in that he worked with a former Ranger medic who’d swapped to the Air Force.  We invited the guy to supper and in exchange for his stories, the lieutenant got to watch my then lieutenant colonel husband do the dishes. By the way, Anything, Anywhere, Anytime and a number of my extensive military romantic suspense backlist have been re-issued in ebook form.  For more information on those, check out the books page on my website:  http://www.catherinemann.com/category/books/

LLW: The 2nd book in the Elite Forces series, Hot Zone is expected out December 2011, can you tell us about it?

Catherine Mann: Here’s an early draft of the back cover copy!  “For Pararescueman Master Sergeant Hugh Franco, it’s all about saving other people’s lives. Then he moves on. But when he pulls beautiful Amelia Bailey and her adopted nephew from the rubble of a catastrophic earthquake, he finds himself entangled in their lives in ways he could never have imagined… Amelia’s trip to the Bahamas to help with an international adoption has been no vacation, but the hardest part is yet to come. As Amelia and Hugh are pulled unawares into a deadly smuggling scheme, simmering beneath their growing need to protect each other is a compelling attraction they’re both determined to deny!”

Catherine Mann on Writing

LLW: In your opinion, what do you think makes a good story?

Catherine Mann: Characters! Characters!!  Characters!!!  I believe a keeper shelf story hinges on a relatable hero and heroine that we care about.  And as for the villain, he/she needs to be multidimensional with motivations of his/her own, twisted though they may be.  The more complex the villain, the scarier the threat.

LLW: When you are writing a book, do you still read other books? And if so, do you stay away from your genre?

Catherine Mann: I read from all genres, all the time.  I have my Kindle loaded and my bedside table stacked with paperbacks and hardbacks.  Although, you’re right, I do tend to save the Harlequin Desires and military romances for when I’m between projects.  Recently, I’ve read The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Love You More by Lisa Gardner, Faithful Place by Tana French, Call Me Irresistible by Susan Elizabeth Phillips and Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros. Other romance authors I enjoy, Olivia Gates, Joanne Rock, Jules Bennett, Day LeClaire, Suzanne Brockmann, Cindy Gerard, Lori Foster, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Dianna Love…my list could go on and on!

LLW: Having a Marine as a dad, I certainly take away something special from your books, but What do you want readers to take away from your stories?

Catherine Mann: I want readers to envision a human face for our men and women who serve in uniform.  I hope that readers will see the vast missions and sacrifices made by service members and their families.  And most of all, I hope readers will lose themselves in the stories and savor the read as I have done with so many books by my favorite authors.

Catherine Mann gets Personal

LLW: To get to know you a little better, I have som fun flash questions for you to answer. Don’t think about the answers, just tell us what first comes to mind.

  • As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up? A teacher and a writer.
  • What was the last movie you saw? Sunshine Cleaning (on Netflix.)  I love movies but just don’t have the time to go to the theater.  So I often keep the TV running while I’m writing.  I’m a HUGE Netflix fan!  I’m always on the lookout for a new movie or series to watch.  I periodically ask folks on Facebook for recommendations.
  • Biggest TV addiction? I adore Law and Order: SVU.  I’m heartbroken to hear that Elliot Stabler/Christopher Meloni is leaving the show.
  • Guilty Pleasure? Cinnamon red hots.  I know every place in town that sells them.
  • Fruits or veggies? I’m a picky, picky eater and there are a lot of foods I really don’t care for.  If I have to choose though, I would generally say I like more fruits than veggies.
  • Favorite childhood toy? An easel chalkboard and my swing set.
  • What’s the worst thing you’ve ever eaten? Peas.  I despise them.  Lima beans too.  Ick.  Any kind of beans really.  (Childish, I know.)
  • What’s your karaoke song of choice? LOL!  So funny you should ask!  We just had a 4th of July neighborhood picnic and I sang “Wild Thing.”
  • If they made a movie of your life, who would play you? I have a Master’s Degree in theater.  Can I play myself?

Again, thanks so much for coming to Laugh Love Write, I can’t wait for Hot Zone.

COVER ME BY CATHERINE MANN—IN STORES JULY 2011

It should have been a simple mission…
Pararescuman Wade Rocha fast ropes from the back of a helicopter into a blizzard to save a climber stranded on an Aleutian Island, but Sunny Foster insists she can take care of herself just fine…

But when it comes to passion, nothing is ever simple…
With the snowstorm kicking into overdrive, Sunny and Wade hunker down in a cave and barely resist the urge to keep each other warm… until they discover the frozen remains of a horrific crime…

Unable to trust the local police force, Sunny and Wade investigate, while their irresistible passion for each other gets them more and more dangerously entangled…

Enter for your chance to win a free copy of Cover Me by Catherine Mann

The always wonderful Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. is giving away one copy of Cover Me to two lucky winners. USA/Canada only. To enter all you have to do is fill out this form and comment on this post with your answer to the following question…Who is your favorite man-in-uniform?

 

 

Also click on the following blog tour button to enter for your chance to win a copy of your choice from the Sea Witch Voyages by Helen Hollick.

Ahoy Mateys! Today is the day we board the Sea Witch, sail away from the safe harbor and begin our voyage with Captain Jesamiah Acorne. For those of you landlubbers yet to brave the seas, here is a yarn them pirates be tellin’…

Helen Hollick’s Blog Tour has now begun!

What better way to start the tour than providing all the details you will need, concerning Helen’s tour and her amazing novels about the seafaring journeys of Captain Jesamiah Acorne.

Firstly, About Helen Hollick

Helen was born in North East London, England, and started writing pony stories as a young teenager. She moved onto science fiction and fantasy and then discovered the delight of writing historical fiction.
Published in the UK and the US with her books about King Arthur and the 1066 Battle of Hastings, Helen also writes a series of historical adventure seafaring books inspired by her love of the Golden Age of Piracy.
Helen still lives on the outskirts of London with her husband, Ron, adult daughter Kathy and a variety of pets, including a dog, a cat, and three horses.
Links you may want for Helen:
Main Website: http://www.helenhollick.net
Muse and Views Blog: http://www.helenhollick.blogspot.com
Monthly Journal: http://www.helenhollick.net/journal.html
Blog profile: http://www.acorne.blogspot.com
Picture Diary Blog: http://helenhollicksdiarydates.blogspot.com
Guest Page: http://helen-myguests.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helen.hollick   
Twitter: http://twitter.com/HelenHollick

Secondly, What is the Tour

Around the blogosphere will be interviews, give aways, reviews, guest posts, and so very much more, all pertaining to Helen Hollick and her Pirate tales.
What can you expect at Laugh Love Write during the month of July:

  • Reviews of the Jesamiah Acorne books, beginning this weekend with book 1, Sea Witch.
  • An interview with Helen Hollick on the 29th of this month.
  • A give away to be drawn on July 31st to end the month with a bang. See below for details.
  • Various posts concerning the author and her books, including a message for her readers.

And this is just what is happening here at Laugh Love Write, numerous blogs are also taking part in this tour and are hosting just as much stuff, giving you more chances to win and more opportunities to enjoy. So stow away as we set sail for an adventure you simply won’t want to miss.
Be Warned: Reading these Books and following this tour may have you speaking, acting and referring to yourself as a pirate, Arrr, when you aren’t daydreaming of the handsome ones of course.

Give Away Info

The amazing Helen Hollick is giving away a special prize to one lucky Laugh Love Write reader. The winner may choose out of two prizes:

  • Prize 1: A novel of Jesamiah Acorne’s first voyage, book 1 Sea Witch
  • Prize 2: An eBook copy of either book 2 or book 3. Along with a personalized gift.

 The winner can be international. To enter for your chance to win this great prize, fill out the form and leave a comment telling us your favorite pirate tale. Winner will be chosen using random.org to keep it fair.


 
Tour Dates

July 2…………………..Passages to the Past with Amy Bruno
July 4…………………..Scribbles!  with Pauline Barclay
July 6…………………..Katzenhaus Books with Carolyn Schriber
July 7…………………..the Red Room with Christopher Gortner
July 8…………………..Deb’s Book Bag  with Debbie Lester
(stop here also on the 15th and 22nd)
July 9……………………VVB32 Reads  with Velvet
(stop here also on the 14th, 20th, and 27th)
July 11……………The Long and the Short of It  with Marianne and Judy
(stop here also on the 18th and 25th)
July 12……….. …..Richard’s Ramblings with Richard Denning
July 14…………………..VVB32 Reads  with Velvet
July 15……………………Deb’s Book Bag  with Debbie Lester
July 16……………………Mrs Q Book Addict  with Jennifer Robinson Quirion
(stop here also on the 23rd and 30th)
and…………………………Laura’s Reviews  with Laura Gerold
(stop here also tomorrow, the 17th)
July 17…………………..Shelf and Stuff  with Daphne
July 17…………………. Laura’s Reviews  with Laura Gerold
July 18…………………..Rundpinne  with Jennifer Higgins
July 18……………The Long and the Short of It  with Marianne and Judy
July 19……………………Books by the Willow Tree with Marie Z. Johansen
(stop here also on the 20th and 21st)
July 20……………………VVB32 Reads  with Velvet
July 20………….Books by the Willow Tree with Marie Z. Johansen
July 21………….Books by the Willow Tree with Marie Z. Johansen 
July 22……………………Laugh, Love, Write  with Jessica Hastings
(stop here also on the 29th)
July 22…………………….Deb’s Book Bag  with Debbie Lester
July 23………….Mrs Q Book Addict  with Jennifer Robinson Quirion
July 24……………………..Books for Life with Linda Akerman
(stop here also on the 25th, 26th, and 27th)
July 25………………The Long and the Short of It  with Marianne and Judy
July 25……………………..Books for Life with Linda Akerman
July 26……………………..Bibliophilic Book Blog  with Monica Schroeder
July 26………………………Books for Life with Linda Akerman
July 27………………………VVB32 Reads  with Velvet
July 27………………………Books for Life with Linda Akerman
July 28 ….Helen Hollick’s Guests - Bronwen Harrison, music for a Sea Witch
July 29……………………….Laugh, Love, Write  with Jessica Hastings
July 30……………Mrs Q Book Addict  with Jennifer Robinson Quirion
July 31……………………….Historical Fiction with Carla Nayland
Unspecified…………………Bookworm’s Dinner with Wisteria Leigh
Unspecified…………………  Floor to Ceiling  with Amanda Rutter
Unspecified………………….A Writer’s Life with Christy English

Well, that is all for now, check back for more info and be prepared for a hardy July, full of pirates, rum, romance, action, adventure and everything in between.

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This woman doesn’t need much of an introduction. Her witty romances featuring hunky cowboys have made it big and her awards are racking up. But, in the case that you have been living under a rock, here is a little bit about the fantabulous Carolyn Brown:

Carolyn Brown is an award-winning author who has published 36 bestselling romances for the library market. She now writes bestselling single title cowboy and country music mass market romances. Born in Texas and raised in southern Oklahoma, Carolyn and her husband now make their home in the town of Davis, Oklahoma. Carolyn’s next book, Red’s Hot Cowboy will be in stores in August 2011, followed by Darn Good Cowboy Christmas in October 2011.

So without beatin’ around the bush any further. I warmly give a country welcome to the tried and true Carolyn Brown.
Carolyn Brown: Good mornin’ everyone! Gorgeous sunny day, isn’t it? Grab a chunk of that apple pie over there and some watermelon wine and let’s talk about the characters in Love Drunk Cowboy.

I’ve been asked to discuss character emotions today and how they develop for me. Give me just a minute while I refill my glass with watermelon wine and swallow this last bite of apple pie and I’ll speechify until you turn off the microphone and make me sit down. I love talking about emotions. I’m a firm believer that if my readers feel my characters emotions, if they share their tears and their giggles that they’ll feel like they are walking right into the book and they’ll be eager for the rest of the series.

Which by the way is Red’s Hot Cowboy (Sept.) and Darn Good Cowboy Christmas (Oct.) and then four more after that that have not had their titles decided yet.

Okay, I’ve sucked down half a glass of watermelon wine and I’m ready to visit.

Characters come to me all grown up with their baggage, faults and tempers intact. Take Austin in Love Drunk Cowboy. She’s built her whole life around her goal to make it to the top of the corporate ladder. She dresses smartly for the part, has the level head, an ability to do the job for the promotion she is about to receive, and already has her foot on the next ladder round. I know her and she’s going to go down to Terral, Oklahoma, stamp “finished” on the job she has to do which involves selling the farm and disposing of her granny’s things. She comes from a long line of career minded women. There is no way she’ll ever be anything else.

Whoa! Not so fast! She gets to Terral, tosses Granny Lanier’s ashes out over the Red River and goes to lunch with Granny’s friend, Pearlita. And boom, Rye O’Donnell swaggers in wearing boots, a cowboy hat and a barbed wire tat around his muscular bicep. And suddenly Austin is on an emotional roller coaster that won’t slow down, won’t let her off and is taking her breath away. One minute she thinks she’s got it all under control and is hanging on tight and then the roller coaster changes directions and her heart is in the cowboy boots that she’s bought at the second hand store up the road from Terral.

I might have gotten a big surprise out of Austin, but Rye was a steady, rough cowboy and there were no surprises there. He had both boots firmly grounded in the red dust of Terral. He knew who he was and where his life was headed and had no time for another woman to break his heart like that one did ten years before. He didn’t believe in such hogwash as love-at-first sight. That kind of silly talk was for women who wrote those big romance books his sisters read.

Yep, I had him all figured out.

Draw up those reins again! Rye took one look at Austin and his whole world turned inside out. In a split second he was plumb love drunk! He couldn’t wipe that crazy grin off his face and couldn’t think of anything but her. His emotions were running away and he felt like he was back on the back of a bull. Only the ride wasn’t ending in eight seconds. It kept on bucking and throwing itself around until he just knew he was going to land face down in the dirt.

How did a rancher and rodeo stock handler convince a city gal like Austin that he was truly in love with her? And even if he did how did he know that she would be happy in a whole different world? After all his boots had spurs and hers had spike heels.

Emotions run rampant through Love Drunk Cowboy from page one when Austin’s heart is heavy as she lets her grandmother’s ashes sift through her fingers. From the time Rye admits that he has to admit that he’s in love with Austin and wants her to stay in Terral.
And just when I think I’ve got everything figured out, that roller coaster makes a dip and Austin’s heart goes with it; or that bucking wild bull kicks up his back feet and Rye has to hang on for dear life.

Yep, they continued to surprise me all the way to the end of the book. I’d tell you exactly how but I don’t want to spoil the big moment for you. Will she stay and ride the roller coaster through life or go back to her corporate rut? Will he get off that bull and opt for a saner, safer woman?

Some of y’all have read the book since it’s been in the book stores all month. Tell me what emotions did it set off for you? And those who haven’t read it…tell me what emotions you like to feel when you read a good romance?

LOVE DRUNK COWBOY BY CAROLYN BROWN – IN STORES MAY 2011

She’s a Self-Made City Girl…
High-powered career woman Austin Lanier suddenly finds herself saddled with an inherited watermelon farm deep in the countryside. She’s determined to sell the farm, until her new, drop-dead sexy neighbor Rye O’Donnell shows up…

He’s as Intoxicating as Can Be…
Rancher Rye O’Donnell thinks he’s going to get a good deal on his dream property—until he meets the fiery new owner. Rye is knocked sideways when he realizes that not only is Granny Lanier’s city-slicker granddaughter a savvy businesswoman, she’s also sexy as hell…

Suddenly Rye is a whole lost less interested in real estate and a whole lot more focused on getting Austin to set aside her stiletto heels.

Win a Free Copy of Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

The always stunningly generous Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. Publishing House is giving away a copy of Love Drunk Cowboy to 2 winners, US and Canada only. To enter for your chance to win this great prize, just comment on this post with your answer to the question Carolyn poses at the end of her guest post. *Remember to include your email address*or you can Email me (with “love drunk give away” in the subject line) at jkhastings at yahoo dot com. Contest ends June 10 and winners will be chosen using random.org to keep it fair.
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Other cowboy romances worth reading:

Happy hump day readers! To help you get through the rest of the week we have an interview with one very talented author and a special give away of her new book; Wickedly Charming.
If you don’t know Kristine Grayson, let me give you a quick heads up:
Before turning to romance writing, Kristine Grayson edited the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fictionand ran Pulphouse Publishing (which won her a World Fantasy Award). She has won the Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and, under her real name, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, the prestigious Hugo award. She lives with her own Prince Charming, writer Dean Wesley Smith, in Portland, Oregon. Her next book from Sourcebooks Casablanca, Utterly Charming will be in stores in October 2011.

So, now that you know who we are talking to let’s jump right in shall we?

LLW: Your newest book; Wickedly Charming was released this month! What is your favorite thing about it?
Kristine Grayson: That it exists at all.  My husband Dean talked me into finishing it after a bad experience with the short story, and I am forever grateful to him.

LLW: I really loved that you told such a different tale of Cinderella’s Prince Charming and the various “evil” stepmothers. How did you come up with the idea?
Kristine Grayson:  My mind doesn’t work the way other people’s minds do.  I never go down a linear path, so when you say “Prince Charming” and “Evil Stepmother,” I think “True Love?”

LLW: If Wickedly Charming gained a movie deal, which actors (dead, alive, younger or older—your dream cast!) would you cast in the character roles?
Kristine Grayson: First the dead actor cast:  Prince Charming: Cary Grant.  (Of course!)  Mellie: Katharine Hepburn.  (I know she doesn’t look the part, but she & Grant were pure rom/com magic.)  The live actor cast: Charming: George Clooney.  Mellie:  Michelle Pfeiffer (Again, not a brunette, but she could do the thin, brittle, heartbroken thing beautifully.)

 LLW: Every character was entirely captivating. I especially liked Charming’s girls; Imperia and Grace. Do you think you will write any stories about them in the future? Hint Hint ;)
Kristine Grayson: Oh, yes.  I have a short story that I need to write about them, and the conflict at their school.  That might even be a YA novel.  Then I have several YA novel ideas with them.  I love Imperia and Grace.

LLW: What other Charming’s do you include in your novels and how do they differ one from the other?
Kristine Grayson: Sourcebooks is publishing 4 Charming books. The first two are actual Prince Charmings—Cinderella’s Charming in Wickedly Charming and Sleeping Beauty’s Charming in Utterly Charming (in stores in October 2011). The third book has a regular guy, because regular guys can be Prince Charming, only he falls in love with poor abandoned Sleeping Beauty, Thoroughly Kissed (Spring 2012).  And the fourth book, which I’m writing this summer, has a surprise Prince Charming: Bluebeard.  You might remember him from his cameo in Wickedly Charming.  That book is called Charming Blue (Fall 2012).

LLW: Which of your characters (out of any story you have written) would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Kristine Grayson: Not a fair question! I’d love to invite Smokey Dalton from my Kris Nelscott mysteries, and Miles Flint from my Kristine Kathryn Rusch Retrieval Artist novels and Boss from my Diving novels. From the romances—well, I’d probably get along really well with this Prince Charming, and Blackthorne from Utterly Charming.  But I’d have the most fun with Nora from Utterly Charming.  So I’d have a few lovely private dinners, since I suspect these characters wouldn’t get along with each other.

LLW: I know you are not finished with the Charmings and the Kingdoms, your next book, a re-release, is Utterly Charming, can you tell us about it?
Kristine Grayson: Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Charming falls in love with Sleeping Beauty’s lawyer, and strangeness ensues.  (Plus love.)

LLW: Taking a look at your complete bibliography is impressive and a little staggering. How do you find the time to write so much? How do you balance everything?
Kristine Grayson: Well, I don’t do much else.  I write. I read. Occasionally I go out in public. :-)   Seriously, I love to write almost as much as I love to read.  So I’m happy doing a lot.

LLW: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
Kristine Grayson:  I have found there’s no such thing as writer’s block. There’s only project block, and that means you’re stuck somewhere in the plot. I just go to another project for a while, and then come back to the one I can’t figure out.

LLW: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
Kristine Grayson: How different they all are—not just from the reading experience, but from the creating experience.  Each book gets written differently.  I seem to have no patterns.

LLW: And last but not least, is there anything else you would like your readers to know about you or the books you write?
Kristine Grayson: I love having readers, and I love hearing from them.  So thanks to everyone who has picked up a book of mine.  You make it possible to do what I do, and I am profoundly grateful.

Thanks so much for stopping by Laugh Love Write. It was such an honor having you and I look forward to getting my hands on a copy of Utterly Charming.
Kristine Grayson: Thanks so much for inviting me onto the blog!

WICKEDLY CHARMING BY KRISTINE GRAYSON – IN STORES MAY 2011

He’s Given Up on Happily-Ever-After…
Cinderella’s Prince Charming is divorced and at a dead end. The new owner of a bookstore, Charming has given up on women, royalty, and anything that smacks of a future. That is until he meets up with Mellie…

But She Might Be the Key to Happily-Right-Now…
Mellie is sick and tired of stepmothers being misunderstood. Vampires have redeemed their reputation, why shouldn’t stepmothers do the same? Then she runs into the handsomest, most charming man she’s ever met and discovers she’s going about her mission all wrong…

It’s only natural that sparks fly and magic ensues when these two fairy tale refugees put their heads—and vulnerable hearts—together…

 
Win a Free Copy of Wickedly Charming by Kristine Grayson
The always wonderful Danielle at Sourcebooks Inc. Publishing House is giving away a copy of Wickedly Charming to 2 winners, US and Canada only. To enter for your chance to win this great prize, just comment on this post and tell us your idea of Prince Charming. *Remember to include your email address*or you can Email me (with “Charming give away” in the subject line) at jkhastings at yahoo dot com. Contest ends May 30 and winners will be chosen using random.org to keep it fair.
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+3 – Subscribing to Laugh Love Write (email subscription is on the right)
+1 – Tweeting this post
+1 – Posting a link on your blog
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+1 – Adding a Laugh Love Write button to your blog
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