Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Author Interview: Trinity Knight & Jim Richards

1. What are your favorite traits in a lead male character?

TK: Strength. Be it strength of body, mind or beliefs. I love a man who is honest enough with himself enough to know his limitations and is confident enough to know that asking for help is not a weakness.

JR: I guess, for myself, I like seeing a sense of honor in one form or another. And not necessarily always good. I do want to believe though if the lead male says he’s going to do something, well he does it. He follows through on his word, no matter what it might mean. (And Trinity stole my first answer! LOL)

2. What inspires your female character to do what she does – and that attracts the male?

TK: In Whirlwind, Tempest is a bit naive and that is probably what attracts Dellor the most. She is sunshine and light and believes there is something of value in everyone. She has this tremendous capacity to forgive and her approach to teaching Dellor the value of true love, is aggressively gentle. She is a challenge. He has never met anyone like her, which is probably a good thing for him. In Huntress, Kiera is strong enough to handle a man like Amris and stands up to him when she thinks he’s wrong.

JR: In Whirlwind, Tempest’s motives lie solely in keeping the people of the hamlet she lives in safe and healthy. She acts as a midwife, and as a healer, and that compassion and devotion are the triggers that draw her male suitor to her so rapidly. Dellor has always believed that compassion is a weakness, yet he could not conceive of Tempest without it, and it changes his own view of her and her place in his heart. In ‘Huntress’, our current project, Kiera’s determination to succeed, against the odds arrayed against her, make her a strong character. It’s that determination and courage that attracts Amris.

3. What or who inspired you to start writing?

TK: My family. One of my aunts, saw a potential in me and encouraged me to develop it. She was also a writer, though she never finished anything to submit for publication. She recently passed away and now will never have the opportunity. I did not want to be someone, that at my funeral, people said “She should have...”

JR: You know, oddly enough, I don’t really have any individual that inspired me. I have been reading from such a young age, I’ve had the opportunity to read all manner of books and stories. I guess if anything, my inspiration comes from knowing (hoping?) that one day my own stories and tales will touch someone the way I was touched in the past.

4. Do you base your lead characters on people that inspire you?

TK: No. While each one has traits I admire, I have not based any one character on any one person. They are all a mix of the people I know and their personalities are uniquely individual to the character.

JR: No, not really. I try to base my characters on emotions or personalities that inspire or intrigue me. I really find I focus more on the “why” that a character behaves a certain way, than trying to fit a character into how some real-life person may have reacted to those same circumstances. I guess that’s what helps keep my characters so unique. They really are “their own person”!

5. What are your writing habits? Do you write daily?

TK: I do now. Since meeting Jim, I have to write something every day, whether on one of our joint works or on a solo project. It keeps me awake at night if I have not spent some part of my day, writing.

JR: I try to write something every day. There was a time when I went through an extensive drought, and I struggled to put any kind of story together. But I was lucky in the last year to meet some wonderful writers on-line that snapped me out of it. Now Trinity and I are like…writing fiends! (LOL)

6. If you’ve ever been struck by writer’s block, how did you get around it?

TK: Absolutely. There are times I just look at the screen and watch the cursor blink. For me, it helps to talk it out. Usually if I can talk to someone about what is bothering me, either about a scene or just life in general, I can get past the block.

JR: Lately, I’ve found the best way around writer’s block is variety. I’m currently writing about eight different stories and threads, and in each of them the lead male is different from all the others. The settings are all different. Some are fantasy; some historical; some science fiction. And this tends to mean, by extension, that the plots are all different. If I get stuck on one, then normally working on the others gives me the inspiration I need. I also have to admit that like every writer, sometimes talking over where I am in a story, or what I think should develop next in a broad sense with a friend or fellow writer, goes a HUGE way towards breaking the block. I used to write so much stuff on my own, without wanting to share it, and I believe that’s what induces more blocks than not. By sharing ideas, and prompting new trains of thought about your story, that’s how you forge ahead.

7. What stories or novels are on your shelf at home? Or on your hard drive?

TK: I have everything Christine Feehan and Dean Koontz ever wrote. I love Iris Johansen, James Patterson and Nora Roberts. I love mysteries and have an extensive collection of books on forensics but those books with that little extra… something hold a place in my heart. Be it psychics, witches, vampires, werewolves, whatever, those that have that extra bit of fantasy are by far my favorites.

JR: I have an eclectic mix. Everything from military history, to Harlen Coben and Robert B. Parker, to Science Fiction anthologies. (LOL) There was even a period in my reading phases that I was heavily into Louis L’Amour westerns. I guess that’s all to say, if it looks interesting, I’ll probably give it a go. On my hard drive I have a collection of Lora Leigh books I got from a friend.

8. What’s the first book you can remember reading that inspired you to write what you do?

TK: Like many other authors, I don’t remember a time when I did not carry around a pencil and notebook for those odd ideas that come at the strangest times. I did not get really involved or interested in paranormal romance or fantasy romance, until I bought my first Christine Feehan book while I was pregnant with my second child.

JR: You know, I’ve been writing in one form or another since I was knee high to a grasshopper. I guess I’ve always wanted to write, no matter what I was reading. James Clavell’s “Shogun” would be the closest fit here to inspiration. Heaven knows I had to get a second copy because my first copy fell apart from so many re-readings!

9. What is your favorite word? Why? (It’s ok, you don’t have to know why.)

TK: Motivation. That is the key to everything as far as I’m concerned. Why this character did this or that character said that. The motivation behind each action and word is what makes a story good.

JR: This is a tough question…I’m going to have to say…wow, tough question. Trinity, do I even *have* a favorite word?

TK: Jim, your favorite word is “and”, though I have to admit I’m getting a little worried about this space bar fetish you have developed.

JR: This is pretty funny. I was going to say ‘and’ earlier, but it would have called for a huge explanation…AND we don’t really have the time.

10. When is your next release?

TK: Our next joint work to be released will be the first of a four part series. Hunters of the Pack Book 1: Huntress will be available through Mystic Moon Press in May. Jim has some solo projects that will be available before then but he’s been more industrious than I have so I don’t have anything ready for release on a solo front.

JR: Maybe more industrious on the writing front, but Trinity has been an amazing gift on the promo side of our project. I’m releasing two erotica shorts through Mystic Moon Press (shameless publishers’ plug!) in April and May of this year that I’ve done as solo pieces. Trinity and I are releasing the first book of a quartet some time around mid-May through MMP as well. It’s a bit of a unique take on the modern werewolf story. And yes, it will have plenty of hot, steamy sex, and plenty of action of the non-romantic kind. I am really pleased with it!

11. Are you currently working on any special projects you’d like to share?

TK: The Hunters of the Pack series has been a huge undertaking. Each book picks up within five minutes of the previous one finishing. The story itself is so massive it will take all four books to tell it all. However, the main focus of each book is a little different as we introduce a different set of main characters in each book; however characters met in the previous books are included as well.

JR: Well, with the first book of the series due out in less than three months, we’ve been hard at work cleaning up the second and third books of the series, while outlining the conclusion. It takes a lot of time from other projects, but I still think the end result; an entertaining, exciting story that is just fun to read, is worth it!

12. Whirlwind is your first book, and you can read an excerpt on your myspace page – - how does it feel? Anything you’d like to share with aspiring authors?

JR: It feels incredible. But even more incredible is reading high praise from a reviewer, or a stranger who was pleased enough with our book to share their feelings with us. As far as advice to give? Keep writing. Keep thinking of stories to tell, that you will enjoy telling. And read. Read. Read.

TK: It’s amazing to look at it sometimes and go “Wow, I did that.” I have to agree with Jim on this. Read. Take your favorite books from your favorite authors and read them all over again. Figure out what makes it a good story or makes a particular scene work in your mind. Look at it from a technical viewpoint, then try to incorporate some of those techniques into your own writing. No matter how good you may think you are, there is always room to grow.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Author Interview: Tracey H. Kitts

1. What are your favorite traits in a lead male character?
Charisma. Even if he’s not a prince, a man needs to be charming. I also like male characters who are kind. No matter how good he is or how bad he’s been, he needs to be capable of rescuing the heroine, even if she can rescue herself.

2. What inspires your female character to do what she does – and that attracts the male?
The women in my stories are strong, though certainly not perfect. In the case of Lilith Mercury, she is her own worst enemy. Lilith is motivated by a need to save everyone. She has what some might call a “hero complex.” Since she was attacked by werewolves at an early age, forever changing the course of her destiny, she seeks to prevent others from suffering her fate. Sometimes she puts herself at risk too much, but that’s her job. She is willing to sacrifice herself if it will save someone else.

The men in my stories are attracted to independent women. They look for an equal, a companion more than a “mate.” This is what attracts Marco to Lilith. It is also what attracts other men in my stories to the female lead.

3. What or who inspired you to start writing?
When my mother used to read me bedtime stories as a child I knew that I wanted to write. I thought it was so amazing to put all those wonderful elements on paper. I wanted to create my own universes and fantasy worlds. I couldn’t wait to share my ideas with others.

4. Do you base your lead characters on people that inspire you?
Sometimes. For the most part, Lilith Mercury is based on my personality. Needless to say, she isn’t perfect. But I think that’s what makes her human despite her genetics. Marco is a few different men I’ve known all pieced together and Alfred is actually based on a friend of mine named Alfred. He also gave me some pointers on speaking Italian.

5. What are your writing habits? Do you write daily?
I don’t always write daily. However, I do jot down ideas very frequently. I’m constantly planning my next book, whether in my head or on paper. When I’m working on a novel, then I write daily. I set a goal for myself each day, like writing 10 pages and I stick to it as much as possible.

6. If you’ve ever been struck by writer’s block, how did you get around it?
I have been very blessed in that I never run out of ideas. I may pause temporarily while trying to decide which idea to write next, but that’s about it.

7. What stories or novels are on your shelf at home? Or on your hard drive?
A complete collection of Edgar Allan Poe
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
The Inferno by Dante Alighieri
Interview with a vampire by Ann Rice
Shakespeare and the art of verbal seduction
Bullfinch’s Mythology

8. What’s the first book you can remember reading that inspired you to write what you do?
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

9. What is your favorite word? Why? (It’s ok, you don’t have to know why.)
At the moment, my favorite word is passion. It can be so many things. It can be sexual or it can be ambition. It is the force that drives us in more ways than one.

10. When is your next release?
I don’t have an exact release date, but The Dread Moon, book three in my werewolf hunter series will be out sometime this spring.

11. Are you currently working on any special projects you’d like to share?
At the moment, I’m making notes on five different books. Just as soon as I make up my mind which one to write I’ll get started. Ha ha ha.

12. Your site ( says that you’ll donate 10% of ALL your royalties to St. Jude Children's Hospital. That’s incredibly generous and noble, what inspired you to do this?
I am drawn very much to help children. My husband and I have lost relatives to cancer and it is something that is very close to my heart. More than anything, I would want to keep a child from suffering needlessly if I could.

Tracey H. Kitts is the author of the Lilith Mercury: Werewolf Hunter Series with New Concepts Publishing.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Midnight Becomes You

by Michelle O'Neill & Lindsey Bayer

Genre: Torrid Romance Science Fiction
EBook formats ISBN: 978-1-60313-066-0
Trade paperback ISBN: 978-1-60313-065-3

Rating: Erotic Romance - Explicit

Michelle O’Neill and Lindsey Bayer’s Midnight Becomes You begins with Lyric Sage’s rainy commute to work. The authors do a fantastic job of introducing readers to the world of the paranormal. Readers discover Lyric has gone through a testing process in hopes of being hired by the NSA. As she leaves her apartment for a job interview, she is surprised that her application with the NSA has brought FBI agents to her door. They aren’t there to offer her the position she applied for, though. Because of her perfect score on the precognition section of the test, they offer her a position with the NSA’s secret division, Midnight Underground. She makes a reckless decision, one of many in this story, and accepts.

Her first day with Midnight Underground brings her in contact with Lucifer Tanner. Lucifer’s telekinesis has an erotic impact on Lyric when she has a disturbing vision of them together in bed. Unwilling to admit she really has psychic abilities, despite all evidence to the contrary, Lyric fights Lucifer as he tries to force her to master her previously ignored skills. Lucifer forcing Lyric to use her psychic abilities becomes one of the main themes of the story.

It is a bit difficult to understand Lyric’s intense denial of her psychic abilities. Her motivation is weak, and her objections against using her abilities come across as forced. After several bad decisions, which do not endear this reader to the heroine, she finally gets passed her conflict with Lucifer and figures out her powers.

There is an odd scene where Lucifer takes Lyric to bed after she passes out during training. It appears as if he uses his telekinesis to sexually molest her. She objects at first, but the conflict doesn’t interfere with the pair’s attraction with each other, which seems odd. As he pushes her to use her powers, their attraction for each other comes to a peak, and they give in to their desires. During their sexual exploits, Lyric is able to use Lucifer to concentrate her power and increase the focus of her visions. As she does, she becomes the target of another psychic who wants to steal Lyric’s power.

Together, the pair face-off with a psychotic who is bent on their destruction.

3 1/2 Bees out of 5

Author Interview: Sandra Cox

1. What are your favorite traits in a lead male character?
I want a hero. Someone that’s ready to kick ass or lay down his life for the woman he loves or the cause he believes in. He doesn’t have to be a swaggering extrovert. He can be a scholarly type like Jack Wolfe in Boji Stones, but he has to have enough inner strength to get the job done.

2. What inspires your female character to do what she does – and that attracts the male?
My female characters are independent, strong women. They aren’t looking for love, though it always finds them:) This attracts their men. The fact that they come in a great looking package of course doesn’t hurt anything. Grin.

3. What or who inspired you to start writing?
I was such a bookworm growing up. I had my nose in a book constantly. I think writing is a natural progression. After reading stories that other people created, I wanted to create my own.

4. Do you base your lead characters on people that inspire you?
They are based on my ideas of what make up an inspirational person.

5. What are your writing habits? Do you write daily?
I work full time and I write full time. When I get home from work I usually grab a diet Pepsi, something to eat and head for the computer. And I write on weekends.

6. If you’ve ever been struck by writer’s block, how did you get around it?
I try to write through it. I’m a big believer in you can redo a bad piece of writing but you can’t rewrite a blank page. :)

7. What stories or novels are on your shelf at home? Or on your hard drive?
Last Man Standing by Janet Davies. Hundred Dollar Bill by Sherry Morris. To Love a Hero by Mona Risk. Heart of the Forsaken by Angela Verdenius. Cold Turkey by Janice Bennett. And I’m a big fan of Nora Roberts. She’s an amazing storyteller.

8. What’s the first book you can remember reading that inspired you to write what you do?
There’s not one book I can name. It’s been a combination of different authors and different writing styles.

9.What is your favorite word? Why? (It’s ok, you don’t have to know why.)
Good question. Wondrous. We all need a little wonder in our lives.

10. When is your next release?
Rose Quartz, a paranormal romance, is released March 20 at It’s the second in my amulet series. Thanks for asking.

11. Are you currently working on any special projects you’d like to share?
I’m working on three: the 4th in my magic amulet series, the 3rd in the Cats of Catarau series and another cat fantasy.

12. The Cats of Catarau – Shardai…I’m fascinated by this title and blurb, but I have no idea what to ask about it! Not being a cat lover, I don’t think I have any real knowledge of the matter, but tell us this – romance and cats?

Shardai is a YA fantasy that can be read by people of all ages. Most of my books are based on ‘what ifs’. What if an amulet had magic power? How would a modern day woman deal with that power? What if you really could see a handsome stranger in a crystal ball?

Shardai is based on the same concept. I lost my twelve year cat to cancer. I was grieving and wanted him back desperately. Those that have lost beloved pets will understand. Those that aren’t animal lovers will probably roll their eyes. Grin. So I wrote a ‘what if’. What if a cat could journey back from the afterlife to find his caregiver?

Thanks for having me. It’s been fun.

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