Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I be to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Marianne Williamson, A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tattered Pages Welcomes Author Barbara Edwards

Hi, Barbara! Thank you so much for visiting Tattered Pages today. But before we begin, first things first. Tell us about your June Contest!



That's fantastic. Make sure to comment so YOUR name is entered into the contest!


So Barbara, tell us how your writing career began.
I don’t think I made a conscious decision to be a writer. The knowledge I want to write grew slowly. I wrote poetry for years and never let anyone read it. When I decided to write a story, it became longer and longer, finally book length. I joined Romance Writers of America and knew I could do it. It just took a few years longer than I expected.


Do you stick to one genre or write across lines?
My stories are all over the place. I have two historical romances on set in New York the other in Kansas. I have a romantic suspense set in Africa and most recently two paranormal romances set in New England. My imagination jumps and I follow.


Wow! That's awesome! What’s the most important lesson you learned in your path to publication?
I learned not everyone will love my stories. I got a tough rejection from Leslie Wainger at Harlequin. I didn’t have the guts to ask her about it at the next conference, but she did tell a group of us that everything is subjective. One editor may hate what another loves.


Of your published works, which story is your favorite and why?
My favorite is always the most recent. Not. My favorite is Annie’s Heart. I still dream about my hero and heroine and wander how they are. They had so many conflicts to overcome and the future was still before them.

Have you ever considered self-publication?
No. I need the editing process to help me clearly see the flaws in my work and to fix them.

What are you working on now?
The third book in the Rhodes End series tentatively titled Ancient Artifact. The hero is The Broker, a secondary character in both previous books. He confronts a resurrected evil.

After finishing a manuscript, do you take some time off or dive right in to the next story?
I wish I could stop. So many stories, so little time to write is my mantra. I have to put them on paper or they haunt me constantly.

What are you reading now?
Since I’m writing, I have an ‘to be read’ pile. It includes a couple Jayne Castle paranormals and a Linda Howard book.
Who is the one person that most influenced your life?
My father. He instilled a love of books in me. When we were children he would read a chapter a night to us from the classics. I heard Robinson Cruso, The Count of Monte Cristo, Tarzan, Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and a dozen others. It was wonderful and I wanted to create those stories myself.

And now for some fun:
Does your husband/significant other read your work? What’s their reaction?
The one time I asked my husband to read a chapter to give me some advice, he fell asleep after two pages. Never again.

Jay Leno or Letterman?
Jay Leno is a favorite when I can’t sleep. He’s always good for a laugh.

Favorite cocktail?
Martini made with gin, very dry, with three olives.

What are your hobbies?
I am an avid Civil War re-enactor. We portray the Southern side with the 12th Georgia and The 3rd Florida. Both are great units with die-hard soldiers.

Any pets?
My Belgian Shepherd is the best dog in the world. She’s smart, protective and good company. She also takes me for walks so I don’t get fat and lazy.


Ancient Blood, a paranormal romance by Barbara, is available NOW from The Wild Rose Press!

Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.
Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.
Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.
Excerpt:
 “What makes you so important? Or is this another secret?”
Cole’s eyes darkened. “Lily. I’m pushing the line with you. Give me some slack.”
“I want answers, Cole.” She grabbed his arm as he turned and pulled him to a halt.
He gently, carefully drew her fierce grip into his grasp. His golden eyes heated as he lifted her hand to his lips. “I already told you, Lily. You’d have to mate with me to learn all my secrets.”
Urgent need raced from his lips to her center. His scorching gaze melted her from the inside out. All her being longed to step into his arms, to become one in a way she’d never known. She trembled as she recognized the danger.
BUY LINK:
Barbara's Blog Tour Schedule for the June Contest:
June 21, at AJ’s Tattered Pages
June 23, AJ Nuest is my guest at http://barbaraedwardscomments.wordpress.com/
June 25 at The Black Rose blog http://twrpblackrose.blogspot.com/
http://www.thewildrosepress.com/his-ship-her-fantasy-p-3597.html

Here's where you can find Barbara on the web: 
http://www.Facebook.com/BarbaraEdwards.Author
I’m giving away an e-book copy of Ancient Blood on June 30 to celebrate. It is available at the Wild Rose Press.  Just go to one of my June blog appearances and leave a comment where I’m appearing from June 1- June 30, 2011 or at my blog.  Enter often by leaving a comment. The winner will be randomly drawn on June 30, 2011 at midnight.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tattered Pages Welcomes the Talented Multi-Published Miranda Stowe!

Miranda writes erotic romance of the contemporary, paranormal and suspense variety. She lives with her wonderful, Brad-Pitt-lookalike husband (hey, they're both blond-haired and blue-eyed) and adorable still-needs-to-learn-the-meaning-of-NO toddler daughter on their spacious corn-field-and-cow-pasture-front property in Kansas. Librarian by day and author by night, she is also published in YA and contemporary mainstream romance under a different pen name.

Thank you so much for being with us today, Miranda! I know you've been published often, tell me, do you stick to one genre or write across several lines?
I stick with one genre—erotic romance—but I cross a couple sub-genres such as contemporary ménage and multicultural, as well as paranormal and suspense. Plus, I’m fiddling around with a fantasy, but we’ll have to wait to see how that goes. 

Ooo...I'm about to embark into the fantasy genre, myself.  So, what's the most important lesson you learned in your path to publication?
Never ever give up.

No matter what, I agree. What are you working on now?
Ooh, dangerous question.  Let’s see.  I have two series in which I’ve sold the first few stories. I’m working on book three of my paranormal shapeshifter series: The Half-breed Shifters. And I’m alternating between book two and three of my suspense series: The Snatcher Series. Then, there’s that fantasy book idea I keep going back to, for some reason.

With so many irons in the fire, after finishing a manuscript, do you take some time off or dive right in to the next story?
Since I usually work on three to eight stories at a time, I guess I’ll go with option two: I dive right off into the next.

And in your down time? Do you have a favorite author you like to read?
I’ve become obsessed with Eve Langlais stories. Once I get through all those, who knows what author I’ll attack next. Feel free to become my GoodReads buddy so we can exchange book recommendations! 

LOL! I'll definitely do that. Sounds like you've got a lot of good recommendations. So tell us who is the one person that most influenced your life?
My mom and one of my sisters…wait, did you say it could only be one person?

Oh, you sound just like me! What about your husband? Does he read your work? And if so, what's his reaction?
If I want my hubby to read a scene, I have to read to him after much pleading.  They’re usually kinky scenes, so I won’t tell you his reaction…hmm, lawdy-da, nothing to see here!

HA! You're too funny! Now for some fun stuff. What's your favorite cocktail?
Amaretto Sour.

Mmm...yummy. Any pets? 
Do sixteen-month-old daughters count?  Seriously, she piddles on the rugs, chews on shoes, eats crumbs off the floor and loves to whine at my legs.  Love her to death, though.

LOL! It's funny how similar small children are to pets, isn't it! Thank you so much for being my guest, Miranda! Here's where you can find her on the web:


And NOW for the good stuff! Read on for the blurb and excerpt from Miranda's latest release, Caught in Heat, from Cobblestone Press!

Buy Link:
http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/books/caughtinheat.htm
 Fearful of how she’ll react during her first mating heat, Riley Bane flees toward a sanctuary, hoping to arrive before her fever hits. But she’s caught in an animal trap set by hunter Shaw Griffin, and her fever begins, consuming her with lust. Determined to wipe out the entire shape shifting race after a wolf pack murdered his family, Shaw snares his first shifter, only to capture Riley begging him to fulfill every wicked desire pounding through her. As things turn hot and heavy, the scent of their mating attracts nearby shifters and soon brings Shaw’s monstrous past to their doorstep. 

Here's the excerpt, and hang onto your hats, cause it's a good one!

Sex, sex, sex, her hormones chanted. She needed sex so bad.

A warm, dry hand touched her brow as if checking for a temperature. Her eyes shot open as he hissed at the warmth emanating off her skin.

“You’re burning up.” Worry crinkled the skin around his eyes. He pressed his palm to the side of her cheek, only to find more heat. His mouth flattened. “Where does it hurt?” All anger was gone from his voice; he sounded nothing but concerned.

She licked her dry lips. “Everywhere,” she rasped.

His fingers felt good. Each place a digit stroked, her body scorched and burned for more. She wanted him to move his hands, caress her neck and glide down her shoulders. Over her breasts. Her nipples.

A hoarse groan left her mouth.

“You’re not suffering from the trap wound alone,” he surmised, his gaze flitting down her body in search of some visual wound.

She shook her head and squeezed her eyes closed again. “No.”

“Then what’s wrong?” A gentle command.

She didn’t want to tell him, but she couldn’t hide it. She needed relief soon or she’d go insane, maybe even die. She needed him. Now.

The words left her lips in a hoarse claim. “I’m in heat.”


If you want to read more go HERE for the prologue and first chapter: http://www.cobblestone-press.com/catalog/excerpt/caughtinheat.htm

And get this! You can watch the VIDEO:


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