Guest Interview - Azelea Moone

Saturday, 10 December 2016

If you've got the right mindset, every day is Halloween, right? Right! So I'm pleased to say hello to Azelea Moone today, who's here to talk about her Halloween romance, A HELL-HOUND'S TALE. Let's get to it!

Tell us a little bit about your newest release.

My newest release "A Hell-hound's Tale" is actually a re-released short story once offered in an anthology. It follows a couple of devil dogs on their journey during Halloween night.

Devil dog Ryu has always been interested in humans. Now that he has this chance to be off his leash for the night, he'd rather play than work on his job: collecting souls to take back to Hell. On his way, he meets Grant, a sexy gay man who's got a bit of a secret. Ryu's intrigued by the man and can't help but want to get closer to him.

Oh, but you'll have to read the book to learn the secret.

Is there any part of this story you absolutely love, and why?

I really love how playful the story is. By the synopsis, or my description above, you might think it's scary but not at all! It's really just a good time, with a little bit of aww at the end.

Ryu was a very fun character to write. I did some research into hellhounds, and decided to make him a little more exciting and frisky than hellhounds are meant to be. I think it came out very well.

I love hellhound mythology - so much to explore! Do you have a favourite genre to write in?

I've dabbled in several different genres through my career, but my favorite has to be M/M fantasy romance. In the past few years, I've devoured (read) tons of fantasy books with gay romance elements and I'm always looking for more.

If you could have dinner with any three writers, living or dead, who would they be?

Hmm, this might be a difficult one.

I think if I could have dinner with any three writers, I would choose L.A. Witt, cause you know, she's absolutely wonderful! Then, I would choose Anne Rice, because I have always admired her for the work she's done. And for the third writer, I would choose... Ha! I think would choose any writer cool with just sitting and chatting with me.

If you could recommend any book (beside your own) to everyone reading this, what would it be?

You know, I recently read a very interesting autobiography by Tatamkhulu Afrika called "Bitter Eden". It's a telling of a man who gets captured in WWII and spends a few years in POW camps in Italy and Germany. During that time, he deals with the emotions of being close to a couple other men, and eventually develops a close relationship with one of the men.

It's a lovely tale, if not a difficult one to read, and is definitely not a romance. If books like these are interesting to anyone, I'd say have a look!

Awesome. I love a good historical autobiography. Apart from writing, what are your great passions in life?

I've always been a computer nerd. After high school, I graduated with a degree in PC Support and Repair and from there, I continue to take an interest in other types of computer stuff: software, hardware, website programming, etc.

Recently though, I was introduced to the world of sewing. Oh my God! It is so fun to play around with fabric and make things. I've made pajamas for my kids so far, a few things for myself, and a little catnip pillow for my kitty. It's such a good time.

What else are you working on right now? What's up next from you?

Coming up next is the 3rd book in the Operation Wasteland series, "Redemption". It's the ending installment and a culmination of Randy, Leyton, and Preston's story as they make the final attempt to fight the military. And hope to escape back to their home in the wasteland.

Look for it sometime in October, available by Evernight Publishing!

Thanks, Azelea! You can find all Azalea's Evernight titles here
You can sign up for her mailing list here.
And you can find her Facebook page here. Go show her and her hellhounds some love!

Wednesday Snippet - He could bleed forever

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

All things being well (and there's no reason they shouldn't be), I am post this from the mountains of Morocco! That being the case, I'm going to get straight on with the snippet-sharing so I can get back to riding camels or eating tagine or whatever the hell I'm doing (I scheduled this to post before I left, you see, so I have no idea what I'm actually doing right now, because technically I'm in the past).

Anyway! Here's a teaser from Through Fire. Enjoy.

Thank you, lovely reader folks!

Monday, 5 December 2016

Well, the Evernight Readers' Choice awards are over, the votes are in, and if you saw my Facebook page or Twitter feed on Saturday, you already know, but I'm saying it again anyway!

I won!

Or rather, NIGHT AND CHAOS won Best Suspense! And DARK DAYS was the runner-up in Best Lesbian Romance <3 Thank you so much for voting for me. I like to pretend I'm all cool and laid back about these things, but it really means a hell of a lot to know people liked my books enough to vote for them. This is my third Readers' Choice award, and it's for a book that, at the start of this year, was tied up with an awful publisher. I wasn't supposed to get the rights back until some time in 2017, but through a convoluted series of events, I got them back early.

I feel like this book got rescued from purgatory this year, and winning an award for it is validation that it deserved better. So thank you, thank you, thank you! Look out for the rest of the trilogy (hopefully next year!).

And if you have't read the *ahem* ~award-winning~ first part of the Deva Chronicles trilogy, well, here's a teaser for you so you can see what it's all about!

Guest Blog - It's Irrefutably Ravenna Tate

Saturday, 3 December 2016

Looking for some dark romance? Ravenna Tate always has you covered! I'm delighted to welcome her today with a very hot excerpt from her Tortured Love series - come and meet Carolyn and Jagger!

IRREFUTABLE Tortured Love 2
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Ex-con Carolyn Lucchesi receives a shock nastier than another prison sentence when she discovers she inadvertently lied to the police. Uncle Tony had sworn to her the man in the photo taken from the video footage of a robbery at an art museum was none other than infamous ex-con and jewel thief Jagger Tyrell. But when Jagger confronts her in the park, he tells a different story. One that, if true, means her uncle lied to her and set her up for a parole violation. Jagger has spent nine years avoiding his former associates, and anything to do with prison or the police. When Carolyn’s lie thrusts him back into the spotlight, he uses everything at his disposal, including Carolyn’s body, to find out who is trying to frame him for a crime he did not commit, and why. But falling in love with Carolyn is not in the plans…

Read on for an excerpt!

“There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”

Friday, 2 December 2016

Robert Louis Stevenson

So another Friday is upon us! November, and thus Anti-Nano, is over and December is here, bringing me a broken boiler (bad) and a holiday to Morocco (good). Hopefully the boiler will be fixed before we go away next week. Otherwise, barring the odd crucial piece of office work that I actually can't do without either driving myself mad or killing someone else, we're all set to go. If I survive, next Wednesday, we'll be off enjoying these gorgeous views:

And hopefully I won't be attacked by a monkey! I can't wait. I know it's not been that long since I was on holiday in Iceland, but I think I've definitely earned this one (today I've certainly already earned a holiday and I've only been at work about an hour). And of course, it'll be Kyle's birthday while we're away and this just seems like a spectacular place to celebrate.

In the meantime, I've completed the first and second round edits for THROWN TO THE WOLVES and am hoping to hear about a release date and cover art soon (hopefully before we go away!). Pale Queen and Through Fire are coming along nicely, and I've scheduled a snippet from Through Fire for next week. I'm also debating changing the title, but that's by the by.

So now it's just a question of not killing anyone (metaphorically) and hanging in there until next week. The weekend promises to be a whirlwind of house work and teaching my younger brother how to look after Ket, and Monday and Tuesday will be mad, but then...but then...Escape!

Wednesday Snippet - THROWN TO THE WOLVES

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

So it's already getting hard to find snippets from Through Fire and Pale Queen that aren't spoilery. Luckily, I have a solution this week! I'm working through the first round edits for THROWN TO THE WOLVES, so this seems an ideal time to share a teaser from that. Here's the blurb in case you haven't seen it, and you can read on for a sneak peek!

Paige went to Romania looking for inspiration for a book. She found herself caught in a horror story. Attacked and left for dead by a vampire, Paige finds herself at the mercy of Kata, a beautiful, enigmatic werewolf. Their attraction is instant, but Paige's fate hangs in the balance. She may yet be turned into a vampire herself. Soon it's clear to Paige that the only way to save herself may be to return to the woman who attacked her...even if it means placing both herself and Kata in the greatest danger.

Monday Check-In: The Final One

Monday, 28 November 2016

So after feeling like a slacker last week and posting a Friday blog about how slacky I was, I promptly sat down and added 2k to Pale Queen that night, thus feeling much less slacky. Huzzahs! Apart from that the weekend was writing-lite. I added another 600 words to Pale Queen yesterday evening, but lost most of Sunday to watching Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, and then ranting about how I would have improved Suicide Squad to Kyle for hours. I might blog about that. I've got a lot of Feelings, idk.

I can't even remember what I did on Saturday apart from prep and ship perfume orders, which worries me slightly.

Oh! I lie - I went to the theatre with my BFF to see Lady Chatterley's Lover! I don't know how I forgot that as there was a good meal involved, and also a hell of a lot of nudity (on the part of the actors).

Anyway! Plans for this week on the writing front: pick up the pace, basically. I'm happy with the progress I'm making on Pale Queen and Through Fire, but would really like to be further along with both before I go away next Wednesday. I'm also still waiting for edits on THROWN TO THE WOLVES, which, probably, will come through while I'm in Morocco knowing my luck. That doesn't matter, as there's a two-week turn around for first round edits with Evernight, but I always like to get them done well before the deadline if I can. In among all this, I have to prepare for going on holiday, by which I mean I have to prepare my boss for me going on holiday, because as of last week she'd forgotten I was going on holiday. When I got back from Iceland, I had many emails from her along the lines of "thank god you're back, I barely coped, also my luggage is in Atlanta." Hopefully this time while I'm away, she won't have that problem.

Anyway! That's pretty much that. See you Wednesday for a snippet!