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KB Interview: Allysa Hart

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Allysa Hart

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am a full-time mom to a sassy, strong-willed, loveable little girl. Okay, so she is all me. I am on the wrong side of 30, and I have been married to my best friend for over eight years. Like most couples, we have our ups and downs, but I could not imagine doing life with anyone else by my side. We are Southern California transplants, currently residing in a very rural part of the east coast. I have two crazy dogs that I adore, even though they drive me out of my ever-loving mind, most days.

I have recently rediscovered my love of words and decided to become a writer. My first story is my heart and soul, and it reaches into the depths of all that is me. I also create covers, promos, and logos for  authors. I have met some amazing friends on this journey that I now happily call family. Without my family members, whether biological or chosen, I would not be half the person I am today. Their constant love and support keep me afloat.

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

Fiona Burelli is a 22 year old socialite living a fast paced privileged lifestyle where she believes she is untouchable. Her father, Vincent Burelli, is a wealthy politician with questionable ethics. Even though she can’t stand the man, she loves the money and the power that came with being a Burelli.

When Vincent is arrested, all of her possessions are seized and assets are frozen and Fiona has no choice but to seek out her family for help or end up on the streets.

She quickly learns the only person willing to take her in is an estranged aunt she has only met once in her entire life.

Fi is forced to trade in her credit cards and designer shoes for a broom and dust pan as she learns how the lower classes live, but she constantly reminds herself, the change is only temporary.

Stumbling into a hidden room of the antique shop, she let’s her curiosity gets the best of her and ends up in the company of  a sexy, nonsense genie with a penchant for discipline.

Being in the small town with the unique older woman and sexy genie, she learns more than just how to do laundry and dishes.

KB: Tell us about your first kiss.

Ha! It was awful! I was sixteen and it was a truth or dare with a guy I had a major crush on. We had to kiss for thirty seconds and all I remember is his teeth hitting mine. I’m dying laughing just thinking about it.

KB: What made you want to become a writer?

I have always loved writing. I used to pen stories in elementary school, but I was hopeless at illustrations so I stopped. After college I rediscovered my love for reading and started devouring romance books like crazy. The stories started coming to me and I just followed suit and began writing. Best decision I have ever made.

KB: Describe how you create characters.

I don’t create them, they come to me and tell me their stories, I just write them down.

KB: What kinds of female characters do you prefer to write?

Strong, sassy, adorable brats who are in dire need of a sound spanking. Although the newest character that has been speaking to me is too serious for her own good.

KB: What kinds of male characters do you prefer to write?

Loving, dominant, alpha males. I love a man who will open doors and put their woman first, but will not hesitate if he needs to take her to task for naughty or dangerous behavior.

KB: What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your writing?

Going indie. I used to work with a small publisher, but made the decision to strike out on my own. This book is the first release without anyone backing it.

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

In real life I am painfully shy, but when I put on my AllyCat hat, I feel like I could take on any social situation that is thrown my way.

 

Include up to 5 links:

Blog: http://allysahart.wordpress.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorallysahart/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allycat602/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Allysa-Hart/e/B01M747C3A/

Email: allycat5765@gmail.com

KB Interview: Running Wild Anthology

Kissing Bandits Interview with Lisa Diane Kastner

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

Thank you for having me.  I’m the founder and executive editor of Running Wild Press. I’m also an author of fiction, nonfiction, articles, and essays. For the Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 1, I’m the editor and I have a piece within the anthology.

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

The Running Wild Anthology of Stories, Volume 1 was developed with the desire to provide great stories with wonderful voices from some authors you may have heard and others that may be totally new to you.  The anthology consists of a wide variety of story types from humorous non-fiction to a narrative poem to mystery/horror to literary fiction to a Tom Sawyer-esque fictional outing.  With the intent that everyone will find something to enjoy. And even better, the eBook of the anthology is for sale during the virtual tour for 99 cents!

KB: What has been the most exquisite moment of your life?

The day I met my husband. I had given up on dating and decided to focus on work and my friends and myself.  He and I met at a coffee shop in downtown Philadelphia. I saw him and thought he was the most gorgeous man I had ever seen. Then he started talking to me and here was this tremendous soul, brilliant and kind man. I felt privileged to call him a friend.  That day, I met my best friend, my soul mate, my heart, and my partner in life.

KB: What was your defining moment as a writer?

The day I decided to jump into the deep end and submitted the first short story I had written as an adult to the Philadelphia Writers Conference. I attended the conference because at the time the instructor would critique your work.  For me, this was the ultimate test.  If the instructor said it was crap then I would ditch writing.  If the instructor said it was good or okay, then I would keep working at it.

My instructor pulled me (and a few others) aside and said he had to talk to us one on one. I was terrified. I thought I must have written the worst piece he had ever seen. During a break, he pulled me into an empty conference room and took out my short story. He told me I was a natural story teller and meant to be a writer. He glowed about all the elements he loved about the piece. I nearly cried.

Throughout my writing and editing career I have had pivotal moments like this and I’m blessed for each one.

KB: What are your top three guilty pleasures?

Wow, only three?

Okay, in no particular order – manicures and pedicures from Oasis Spa in Burbank, Ca.  The environment is magical, the people are lovely, and after 90 minutes in that chair, I am butter.

My next guilty pleasure is right down the street from Oasis and it’s a well known establishment in Los Angeles called Portos. It’s a family-owned and operated bakery and restaurant with some of the most fantastic sandwiches and pastries bar-none.  Everything has a Cuban flare. Well worth the trip.

My third guilty pleasure is wearing my husband’s t-shirts to bed. We both travel extensively for work so when we can’t be together I like to have him with me even if it’s via a hole-ridden t-shirt.

KB: What kinds of female characters do you prefer to write?

I prefer to write fun, quirky, smart female characters that figure things out. They may not start off as the strongest or the most independent or the best but by the end of the story they have learned something or grown in ways that readers can identify with.

KB: What is the biggest risk you’ve taken in your writing?

I read all genres and forms. You can find a great story in every one. By reading broadly this enables me to use techniques and learn from storylines that I may not otherwise be exposed to if I limited myself to only a few genres. I’m a true believer that innovative ideas and stories come from learning in the most unexpected ways and typically I don’t find the unexpected unless I put myself out there to experience it.

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

I’m not sure. Most people are surprised I’m an introvert. I really work to put myself out there in front of others.

Running Wild Anthology of Stories: Volume 1

By Various Authors:  Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges and Gary Zenker

GENRE: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry (narrative)

BLURB:

This gripping collection of stories – fiction, nonfiction, and narrative poem – will make your imagination run wild! Featuring stories by Sarah Smith Ducksworth, Elaine Crauder, Luanne Smith, Keith R. Fentonmiller, Lisa Montagne, Ann Stolinsky, A.J. O’Connell, Aimee LaBrie, Kristan Campbell, Jack Hillman, Bill Scruggs, Joshua Hedges, Gary Zenker. You will travel alternative planets, run away away like teens in search of adventure, solve a murderous mystery, come to grips with your fears, and much more.

Excerpt:

“Susan winks at me as she says to her mother, “We’re going to the playground. We’ll be back in a couple of hours.”

“Don’t be too late. It looks like rain. Come home at the first sign of drops, OK my girls?” Her mother gathers us in an embrace. Her mother is tall and massive. I’ve heard people call her “zaftig.” Her many folds of skin almost choke me as she puts her fat over my face. I kiss her face as soon as I can breathe again.

I look at Susan, her blue eyes shine, her mouth pursed in a conspiratorial smile. Her copper red hair bounces as she shakes her head, and puts her finger to her lips. She cocks her head into her mother’s plump side as she mouths, “don’t tell.”

Susan’s my friend, my best friend. I know she’s lying to her mother, yet I say nothing. I believe we’re going to the playground like I believe I’ll be 6’ 5” when I grow up. At 12 years old and 4’10”, with parents who barely top 5’1”, the answer is the same, fat chance.”

From Ann Stolinsky’s “Don’t Tell”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

https://www.facebook.com/runningwildpress/

Elaine Crauder’s fiction is also in Cooweescoowee, The Boston Literary Magazine, The Eastern Iowa Review , and Penumbra. Another story received the Westmoreland Short Story Award. Eleven of her short stories have been finalists or semi-finalists in contests, including finalists in the Tobias Wolff and Mark Twain House contests. ”The Price Of A Pony,” under the title”Christmas the Hard Way,” was a semi-finalist for both Ruminate Magazine’s  short story prize and for the Salem College Center for Women Writers Reynolds Price short fiction award.

Richard D. “Ky” Owen is a lawyer with Goodwin & Goodwin, LLP, in Charleston, West Virginia. He earned a B.A. in journalism from Michigan State University in 1981 and a J.D. from Hamline University in 1984. Coming from a family of writers, he considers himself a “writer by birth.” He is the author of

None Call Me Dad and he blogs about parenting and Michigan State sports on his website, http://www.nonecallmedad.com.

Keith R. Fentonmiller is a consumer protection attorney for the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Before graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, he toured with a professional comedy troupe, writing and performing sketch comedy at colleges in the Mid-Atlantic States. His Pushcart-nominated short story was recently published in the Stonecoast Review. His debut novel, Kasper Mützenmacher’s Cursed Hat, will be published March 20, 2017 by Curiosity Quills Press.

Based in Southern California, Dr. Lisa Montagne currently divides her time between writing poetry and prose, teaching writing to (mostly) willing college students, and overseeing educational technology projects and support at Fullerton College. She is also a Swing, Blues, and Argentine Tango dancer, host, DJ, and instructor. She likes to drink Champagne in as many places as she can, including Europe; to read poetry aloud to anybody who will listen; to cook for anybody who is willing to sit down long enough to enjoy her food; to dabble in drawing, painting, and photography; and to read anything plopped in front of her, ranging from D.H. Lawrence to Vogue magazine. She also likes to watch television and movies, and to imagine how much better she would have produced them herself. She lived in Las Vegas at one time, so she likes to tell people that she was a stripper there. She was really just a graduate student and high school teacher, but it’s more fun to let people wonder. Although rumored to be a direct descendent of Oompa Loompas, Lisa is actually the offspring of a college professor and a circus dwarf. You can find some more of her writing at archive405.com and lisamontagne.com, and see evidence of her adventures @lisamlore on Instagram.

Ann Stolinsky is a Pennsylvania-based word and game expert. She is the founder and owner of Gontza Games, an independent board and card game company, and three of her games are currently in the marketplace:

“MINDFIELD, The Game of United States Military Trivia”; “Pass the Grogger!”; and “Christmas Cards.”

Check out her website at http://www.gontzagames.com. She is also a partner in Gemini Wordsmiths, a full-service copyediting and content creating company. Visit http://www.geminiwordsmiths.com for more information and testimonials. Ann reviews books for Amazing Stories Magazine, an online sci-fi magazine which can be found at http://www.amazingstoriesmag.com, and is an Assistant Editor for Red Sun Magazine, http://www.redsunmagazine.com. Her most recent publishing credit is a poem in the Fall 2015 issue of Space and Time Magazine. She is a graduate of the Bram Stoker award-winning author Jonathan Maberry’s short story writing class.

Lisa Diane Kastner is a former correspondent for the Philadelphia Theatre Review and Features Editor for the Picolata Review, her short stories have appeared in magazines and journals such as StraightJackets Magazine and HESA Inprint. In 2007 Kastner was featured in the Fresh Lines @ Fresh Nine, a public reading hosted by Gross McCleaf Art Gallery. She founded Running Wild Writers and is the former president of Pennwriters, Inc. (www.pennwriters.com). She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MBA from Pennsylvania State and her BS from Drexel University (She’s definitely full of it). Her novel THE KEEPER OF LOST THINGS was shortlisted in the fiction category of the William Faulkner Words and Wisdom Award and her memoir BREATHE was a semi-finalist in the nonfiction category of the same award. Born and raised in Camden, New Jersey she migrated to Philadelphia in her twenties and eventually transported to Los Angeles, California with her partner-in-crime and ever-talented husband. They nurture two felonious felines who anxiously engage in little sparks of anarchy.

Aimee LaBrie works as a communications director at Rutgers University. She earned her MFA in fiction from Penn State, and her MLA from University of Pennsylvania. Her short story collection, Wonderful Girl, was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Fiction and published by the University of North Texas Press in 2007. Her second collection of stories, A Good Thing, placed as a finalist in the BOA Short Fiction Contest. Her short stories have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in Pleiades, Minnesota Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Permafrost, and other literary journals. In 2012, she won first place in Zoetrope’s All-Story Fiction contest. You can read her blog at http://www.butcallmebetsy.blogspot.com.

Kristan Campbell is a short story writer born in Washington, D.C. but has only visited her grandmother there during some of the summers of her childhood. She’s more familiar with Philadelphia, New York City, and Paris than her native city and aims to weave her experiences in those places into tales based on places and people that are out of the ordinary. She studied Journalism at Temple University (what seemed like a practical approach to writing at the time) and Comparative Literature at Hunter College (which seemed like a fun idea at the time) before accepting that she should have been an English major all along. Kristan completed her B.A. in English at Temple University in 2010 and an MFA in Fiction at Fairfield

University in 2016. She’s currently attempting to eke out a living doing freelance editing with the help of her cat, Fishy, who manages her desktop printer with enthusiasm.

Bill Ed Scruggs spent his younger years meeting the Southern mountain countryside and exploring the people, taking time out as needed for work in various occupations. He lives (temporarily) in Connecticut and has one child, a psychiatrist. Presently he is reconstructing his memories and imaginings in a series of novels and short stories (Facebook page Foothills Fiction – Bill Ed Scruggs) Warrensburg is a fictional photo of a country village in the illumination of fireflies.

Joshua Hedges is a debut Science Fiction writer from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from The University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Computer Science. When he’s not writing stories or code, he ventures outdoors with his wife and three-year-old son to hunt dragons in the forest.

Gary Zenker is a marketing professional whose days are filled with creating business and marketing plans, and writing ad copy and media content. By night, he applies his imagination to flash fiction tales that cross genre and focus on revealing various facets of human nature. He is the author of Meetup Leader, a book on running successful groups; is editor and publisher of 19 books in the rock & roll Archives series; and co-author of Says Seth, a humorous collection written with his then six-year-old son. His work has earned a dozen marketing awards and placed in four writers’ contests, including a first place recognition from Oxford University Press. He founded and continues to lead two writers groups in southeastern PA, assisting others to develop their skills and achieve their writing goals. http://www.zenkermarketing.com

ONLY THE E-BOOK IS $0.99 DURING THE TOUR

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KB Interview: Food Junkies by Vera Tarman & Phil Werdell

KB Welcomes Food Junkies!

  1. What is something you’ve lied about?

mediakit_bookcover_foodjunkiesOh yes, I have lied about my food – the choices, the amount, the actual way I have eaten. My book Food Junkies: The Truth about Food Addiction is all about how we, as food addicts, behave in the same sneaky and conniving way how other addicts do with their drugs. I have lied about how much I ate, what I ate, the way that I ate – often by omission, but sometimes just frank outright lies. My book is one of the first times I have admitted to some of these ‘secrets’  – those dark places that my food addiction has led me to.

  1. Who is the last person you hugged?

My partner! We try to hug daily. Though, probably I hug my dog most frequently – she gets many more hugs than anyone else!

  1. What are you reading now?

I always have a fiction and a non-fiction going simultaneously and an audible book as well. So the audible book is about the Gut, the non-fiction is called Girls and Se (about sexuality in the younger women of today), and the fiction is a crime drama – John Hart’s King of Lies.

  1. How do you come up with the titles to your books?

My editor came up with the title Food Junkies: the Truth About Food Addiction.  I loved it as soon as I heard it, since I work with opiate addicts, which we call junkies. I know that both addictions are similar on many levels.

  1. Share your dream cast for your book.

If this is referring to people who would be cast for the book, should it be a movie – Oprah! She would have to be one of the food addicts. And Ellen DE ‘Generous ‘s girlfriend, who struggles with food as well.

If this question means instead: what do I want or dream about happening for the book? My hope is that it becomes the known primer for food addiction. That all students in the social services be required to read it; that all treatment centers, personal trainers, obesity and diet clinics use this book for their work and ask that everyone read it. That every women who worries about her weight and tries to tame her food cravings with diets (that never work and just make things worse), read the book and find relief.

BLURB:

Is it possible to be addicted to food? When does indulging in ‘comfort’ food become substance abuse? Is it possible that there is more than a lack of will power at work when someone can’t stop eating? In Food Junkies, Vera Tarman and Phil Werdell explain what is – and isn’t – food addiction, tackling this complex and poorly understood problem through the stories of many survivors and from the perspectives of medical researchers/practitioners. They break down the science behind the research so that anyone can understand it, and take a fresh look at obesity, overeating, binge eating, anorexia and bulimia. For people struggling with these issues — and their families — recognizing the condition is the first step to gaining the kind of support and advice they need.

Food Junkies (finalist in the 2016 Voice Arts Awards) offers hope and guidance. Read by Lisa Bunting, according to one audible customer review, her “calming voice assists with decreasing the shame so often found with addiction and can open the listener up to actually hearing,” while another noted the audiobook version “brought the science to life in a different way than the book. It made it even more real as one can’t ‘skim’ or ‘rush’ through the life-changing content.”

Excerpt:

AUDIO EXCEPRT:   https://soundcloud.com/post-hypnotic-press/audiobook-food-junkies-the-truth-about-food-addiction

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Vera Tarman is a medical practitioner who focuses on addictions. She is the medical director of Renascent, an addictions treatment centre. Dr. Tarman conducts workshops and speaking engagements on the science of food addiction and “comfort food” abuse. She has reached audiences across the world. She lives in Toronto.

Phil Werdell is a recovering food addict, a social work clinician, and an educator. He is the primary organizer of the Food Addiction Institute and the International Society of Food Addiction Professionals, and is Director of ACORN’s Professional Training Program. Phil currently teaches Addictions Studies at Springfield College, School of Human Services, Tampa. He lives in Florida.

NARRATORS BIO:

Lisa Bunting is a stage, screen and voice actor, drama instructor, audition coach, and professional skills development simulator.  For Post Hypnotic Press, she has narrated the non-fiction self-help titles The Woman Who Changed Her Brain, The Remarriage Blueprint, Voice Arts Awards-nominated Food Junkies and the forthcoming i-Minds. She was named Best Supporting Actress at LA’s Focus International Film Festival, Winter 2015. She is a member of Canadian Actors’ Equity and ACTRA.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

BOOK: http://addictionsunplugged.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Addictions-Unplugged-115629771844679/

Vera Tarman: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/925163.Vera_Tarman

Phil Werdell: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8591529.Phillip_Werdell

Lisa Bunting: https://twitter.com/foodaddictman

Post Hypnotic Press: http://www.posthypnoticpress.com

https://www.facebook.com/PostHypnoticPress

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Kissing Bandits Interview: Meadows Shore Series by Eva Charles

KB welcomes Eva Charles, author of the Meadows Shore series

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Interview:

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

First, thank you so very much for having me today! I’m the author of the Meadows Shore series, sweet contemporary romance with some sizzle. Before embarking on my writing journey last year, I spent decades as an advocate, counselor and attorney, working on behalf of women and children, most of it in the field of domestic violence, and child abuse and neglect. I have two adult sons, and I live with the love of my life and two adorable dogs in Western Massachusetts.

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

The most recent release is Petite Madeleine, a second chance romance. Cassie and Drew were college sweethearts, separated by tragedy, but after ten long years they meet again by chance. He’s now the sexy general manager of the Boston Blues baseball team, and she’s an award-winning baker in Baltimore. But ten years is a long time, and while Drew’s life is back on track, Cassie is struggling with the aftermath of breast cancer.

KB: Describe how you came up with the idea for your series?

My own ethnicity was the inspiration for the series. I gave the characters a Portuguese heritage because there are few, if any, romance novels written in the United States about Portuguese families. As a first generation Portuguese-American woman, the series has afforded me an opportunity to share bits and pieces about the culture, like the food, customs, and the central role that family plays in the lives of individuals. Some of the books have more cultural references than others, but family plays a significant role in each story.

If you could have drinks with anybody (real/fiction, living/dead,) who would you choose and why? What would be the topic of conversation?

Mary Rose Tudor, the fun-loving youngest sister of Henry VIII. I’m a history buff, especially drawn toward the role women played in shaping our world. I’m currently revisiting the Tudor era through the eyes of Antonia Fraser, whose work is flawless. As the darling of Henry’s Court, Mary enjoyed an unusual amount of freedom, and was privy to many things that others were not privy to. She wasn’t afraid to stand up to the king, and risked everything to be with the man she loved. I would ask her about her relationship with Katherine of Aragon, Henry’s first wife, and beg her to dish on Anne Boleyn

What is something nobody would guess about you?

I collect perfume—especially hard to find perfume. If you rummage through my bedroom, you’ll find my vast collection in the second drawer of an antique dresser, away from damaging light. I hoard it, wear it, and occasionally share it with others who are drawn to scent. My harmless addiction shows up in all my books. I try to match the character with the kind of scent that best suits her personality. For example, classy Sophie Clayton wears the light and beautiful Après L’Ondee on her wedding day, Alexa Petersen falls in love with Aqua Allegoria Pamplelune, a dark grapefruit fragrance, and Ella Clayton will wear Tobacco Vanilla and Carnal Flower in an upcoming book that takes place in New Orleans.

Tell us about your first kiss.

My very first kiss was during a game of spin the bottle, played in a friend’s basement after school. We were twelve, and the only thing special about it was that it was illicit. My real first kiss happened a few years later on a deserted beach, behind the seawall, under a moonlit sky. The boy was two years older, and had a lot of experience with kissing. I still remember the breathless feeling, and the heat that swept through me while his mouth explored mine. His kisses were intoxicating. I often summon that night when I’m writing about a first kiss.

BLURB:

mediakit_bookcover_mysweetsashaPrepare to fall in love with the Claytons and Harringtons and their rich Portuguese heritage. A Wedding at Meadows Shore is the first book in the series. In it, you’ll meet the family and visit their beloved Meadows Shore nestled along the moody Atlantic in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor.

It all begins with Sophie’s story, where she discards the past and learns to trust herself and others. The series follows the lives of her sisters and cousins while they, too, sort through their baggage and fall in love. Travel with them on their romantic journeys, stopping in rural Minnesota, New Orleans, and other enchanted places along the way.

They are wealthy and powerful, but suffer pain and loss much like the rest of us. Even great privilege can’t shield them from those experiences. But despite their wealth and power, I think you’ll find them approachable and down-to-earth—or as Cole Harrington would say: “We put our pants on one leg at a time, same as everybody else.”

There’s an old Portuguese adage, “the rooster crows loudly, but it’s the hen who’s in charge.” And so it is with the Claytons and Harringtons: strong women, alpha males, and of course, Avó Angelina, the family matriarch who keeps them all on their best behavior.

Bem vindo à família, Welcome to the family!

Excerpt Three:

Petite Madeleine

mediakit_bookcover_petitemadeleineThe waitress brought a dish of plump dumplings with golden, crispy skins. “These little suckers are amazing. Close your eyes,” he said carefully lifting the plumpest dumpling off the plate with chopsticks, and giving it a quick dunk in the sauce.

“Close my eyes?”

“Yeah. Everything’s better with your eyes closed. Your sense of smell, and all the sensations on your tongue, will be heightened.”

She leaned toward him, resting a hand on his thigh. “Are we talking about dumplings? Because I remember that you liked me to keep my eyes open.”

His groan sent a shudder, a powerful surge through him that nearly dislodged the dumpling from the chopsticks and sent it toppling into her lap.

His Adam’s apple bobbed, and he leaned closer to her. “We’ll try it both ways, first with your eyes open so I can watch you come apart, and then you’ll close them, and I’ll use my imagination when you begin to tumble…” He leaned in even closer. “But I’m not sure if I can trust you not to peek, we may need a blindfold to keep you honest.”

She gulped softly, and a small moan escaped from her lips.

He smiled. “Just remember, I’m not the one who keeps steering the conversation in that direction. Now close ‘em,” he commanded, bringing the succulent morsel to her mouth.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

mediakit_bookcover_aweddingatmeadowsshoreEva Charles is the author of the multi-titled Meadows Shore Series chronicling the lives and loves of the Clayton-Harrington family. She invites you to visit their beloved Meadows Shore, nestled in the charming seaside town of Fair Harbor, where you’ll enjoy love, laughter, loyalty, and an abundance of mouth-watering food, Portuguese style.

After being a confirmed city-girl for more than thirty-five years, Eva moved to beautiful western Massachusetts in 2014. There, she found herself living in the woods with no job, no friends (unless you count the turkeys, deer, and coyotes roaming the backyard), and no children underfoot, wondering what on earth she’d been thinking. But as it turned out, it was the perfect setting to take all those yarns spinning in her head and weave them into a romantic tale.

When she’s not writing, trying to squeeze information out of her tight-lipped sons or playing with the two cutest dogs you’ve ever seen, Eva’s creating chapters in her own love story.

Website:   evacharles.com

Amazon author page:  https://www.amazon.com/Eva-Charles/e/B0140FZ442

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/evacharlesauthor/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14223913.Eva_Charles

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

Eva Charles will be awarding a $75 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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Kissing Bandits Interview: Bella Juarez

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Bella Juarez

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1. Tell us about your first kiss:

In Out of Order the first kiss was explosive and leads to a chain reaction of unspoken passion and  it’s a defining moment in their story.  For Lars, who is a confirmed bachelor, he believes  he may have found someone who could understand him and for Marianna it’s the moment she begins to heal and move on from her departed husband.

2. Share one line from your story. What do you love about it?

When Lars says to Marianna “Trust me, Marie,”  This is a difficult moment in the novel.   Marianna finds out Lars isn’t what he seems.  It’s a very difficult and confusing moment and leaves the two of them divided.

3. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

Releasing a novel.  It’s a nail bitter every time I do it.  You would think after awhile, it would be easy but no matter how much I want to believe it’s just a business, there’s still a piece of my heart that I pour in to it.

What is Out of Order about?

Dom Persusions CoverJournalist Marianna Banta embarks on a search for a faceless drug lord who gunned down her husband, and submissive.  When Marianna follows the killer’s bloody trail to Tampa, she finds herself face to face with a man who could derail her quest.

Green Beret MSGT Lars Nielson has returned from the battlefields of the Middle East. Memories of violent, missions have taken up residence in his tortured mind, leaving him broken.  He comes to Tampa on a secret quest of his own and finds a challenge.  When he takes a job as a bartender at a local BDSM club, he becomes fascinated by the fine art of Shibari, and while tying the intricate knots, his troubled mind finds peace.

When Lars and Marianna meet at her family’s BDSM club, there is an instant attraction they can’t deny.  Can Lars coax a lifelong Domme into the coils of his Shibari ropes?

Enjoy this excerpt from Out of Order by Bella Juarez–Featured in the Dominant Persuasions Anthology

Bella Juarez“Mari—“

“Shush, just hold me,” she whispered against his lips.

Without another word, Lars seized her in a hungry kiss. Liquid heat coursed through every inch of his being and set every nerve on fire when they connected. He slid his tongue along her upper lip, and she opened to him. He growled in response, sliding his hand up to her nape where he tangled his fingers through a handful of her hair. He kissed her deeper, exploring and savoring the taste of her. He’d hold her; he could spend a lifetime holding her. No other woman had ever had such a sudden impact on him as Marianna. Even though every rational thought told him to run the other direction, he defied it—just like a moth toward the flame that would eventually destroy it. One hand mapped her body while the other held her secure against him. He squeezed tighter, and her low, sensual moan let him know he was doing it right.

Wicked thoughts of fucking her once then leaving crept into his mind. She would be his undoing in so many ways. He broke their kiss. He had to stop before this situation went completely sideways for him. He cupped her face hoping she would be the voice of reason.

“Do you think this a good idea?” he asked.

“No, I get the feeling we’re both pretty fucked up.”

Who the hell was he kidding? He gripped her shoulder in an attempt to push her away. Once would never be enough. He had to muster his control and focus. He still had a job to do. Marianna dug her nails into his back and gently bit his lower lip.

It was as if she’d thrown gasoline on dying fire.

Something small and dangerous ignited the soul he thought he’d lost long ago. The simple act of creating pain and pleasure made him react in a way he never thought possible. Pushing logic away, he gave himself over to greedy lust. Resistance to her erotic call would be an exercise in futility and the slight pain of her nails with the bite whispered temptations he’d fought since seeing her casually sipping a glass of wine. She was the woman of his dreams, resilient and so taboo, a mystery to unravel and peel back layer by sweet layer. She was a woman who embodied sin and delight to a degree he hadn’t allowed himself to imagine was possible.

The call to his dark side was irresistible. He’d disregarded the appeal of what he’d seen at the club because he didn’t want to understand it. The honesty of it painfully pointed out the flaws in his relationships with women. In an instant, Marianna brought it all into crystal clarity. Submission and Domination were a beautiful dance of trust and surrender by both sides. Lars had been courting the wrong sort of woman. He needed a strong, determined woman who could take care of herself not a weak, co-dependent, manipulative bitch who used him to get what she wanted. He’d find a way to make this work and with a capable, intelligent partner he’d finally find the peace and happiness that had eluded him for so long. He’d give his queen the security she needed, and he hoped she’d give him acceptance he’d never had.

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Submission Dance by Lori King

Out of Order by Bella Juarez

Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan

Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips

Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor

Broken by Julia Sykes

The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn

In His Hands by Raven McAllan

Indulge by Sherri Hayes

Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham

Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock

Yes, Justin (Expanded Edition) by Michele Zurlo

Kissing Bandits Interview: Sherri Hayes

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Sherri Hayes

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  1. Tell us about your first kiss (novel or RL)

My first kiss was with a boy I didn’t like. So why was I kissing him, you ask? Because we were in a school production together and that’s what the script called for. A kiss. And unfortunately, because it was a production I had to kiss him at least a dozen times before it was all said and done.
2. Share one line from your story. What do you love about it?

He owned my heart and I wanted to give my whole self to him for more than just a few hours at a time.

I think this line in the story shows the depth of Logan and Lily’s relationship and their connection.
3. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?

What is Indulge about?

Dom Persusions CoverThat would probably be publishing my first novel. I didn’t grow up thinking I’d be a writer. It’s something I sort of fell into. Putting my first novel out into the world where people would actually pay to read my words was filled with anxiety.

Logan Mattson has been dating Lily Adams for a year and he wants to do something special for their anniversary. What better way to celebrate than to take her away for the weekend and indulge in all her kinky desires?

 

Enjoy this excerpt of Indulge by Sherri Hayes–Featured in the Dominant Persuasions Anthology

indulge-2“Are you cold?”

I shook my head. Even though I was wearing a skirt, there was heat in the tramcar. Besides, I was used to my legs being uncovered most of the time. I wore a skirt to the office almost every day.

He bent his head to kiss me. It was soft and full of gentle suction.

There was a slight jerk as the tramcar eased up next to a booth similar to the one at the bottom of the mountain. A woman approached us and opened the door so we could exit.

Logan went first and then helped me out.

“Thank you, Sir.” The woman seemed unfazed by my response. She probably figured it was said in teasing because he was being a gentleman helping me out.

He grinned and tucked my hand in the crook of his elbow as we strolled into the chalet. It reminded me of our cabin with all the wood everywhere, but it was larger. There was a place for people to buy souvenirs, tables where people could sit and eat, and even a small sitting area.

We browsed the souvenirs but didn’t find anything that interested us. Eventually we ended up out on the deck that overlooked Lake Superior. He stood behind me, his arms wrapped around my waist.

“It’s so peaceful here,” I whispered.

Logan hummed as he rested his chin on top of my hair.

“Can I ask you something?”

He gave me a little squeeze. “You can ask me anything.”

“If it hadn’t been for Stephan, would you have embarked on this lifestyle with me? I mean, if we’d just met randomly, dated, and then I told you that’s what I was into, would you have given it a try? Or would you have run away from me as fast as your feet could take you?”

I felt his chest vibrate a little before his lips pressed against the top of my head. “I wish I could say that I still would have given us a shot, but I don’t know. When we met, there was this instant connection I felt to you . . . one I couldn’t explain. Maybe that would have been enough for me to try and give you what you needed. I’d like to think so.”

I turned in his arms and laced my fingers behind his neck. “But?”

Logan smiled. “But having Stephan to help me understand the hows and whys certainly make it easier. I don’t think we’d be where we are today without his assistance.”

Standing up on my tiptoes, I brushed my lips against Logan’s. “Guess I owe him a big thank you, huh? Maybe do something special for him?”

Logan dug his fingers into my skin and a sound almost like a growl bubbled up from his chest. He pressed my body flush against his. He knew I was teasing, but there was a part of him that still got jealous when it came to Stephan and me. I had played with Stephan first, after all.

I rubbed my hands up and down Logan’s back. His pupils dilated and I felt myself grow wetter. Why did his acting like this turn me on so much? I knew as an independent woman it shouldn’t, but that didn’t make the evidence to the contrary go away.

He grabbed my ass and plunged his tongue inside my mouth at the same time. “Mine.” He gasped as he came up for air and then dove back in. It was a good thing we were the only ones out on the deck at the moment.

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Submission Dance by Lori King

Out of Order by Bella Juarez

Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan

Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips

Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor

Broken by Julia Sykes

The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn

In His Hands by Raven McAllan

Indulge by Sherri Hayes

Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham

Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock

Yes, Justin (Expanded Edition) by Michele Zurlo

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Kissing Bandits Interview: Lori King

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Lori King

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1. Tell us about your first kiss?
My very first kiss was in Kindergarten!  His name was Joe and he kissed me behind the merry-go-round. It was a bit wet for my tastes. LOL
2. Share one line from your story. What do you love about it?
“Everyone knows the black knight steals away the princess at her first ball and seduces her.” – Lex Gregory
I think this line exemplifies the story. Marley comes in very innocent and naïve to the reality of BDSM, and Lex is experienced, but such a romantic at heart.
3. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken?
Leaving full-time work in banking for my writing career. It was scary as hell, but it worked out beautifully, thank God!

What is Submission Dance about?

Dom Persusions CoverMarley Saltzman has a secret fantasy. She wants to let go of everything, and submit to a Dominant. Intrigued by her friends BDSM lifestyle, she convinces him to put her on the guest list for his monthly fetish party. She had no idea how far out of her element she would be until she came face to face with an experienced Dom.

Lex Gregory has been nursing heartache and raising his daughter alone for so long he barely remembers what a submissive feels like at his feet. When he meets Marley, he can’t believe that the naïve woman ever thought she could handle kink. All too quickly his need for her refreshing innocence and lack of preconceived notions grows, and he has to have her.

The two begin a subtle dance of sexual submission and wit that leads to a night of passion and unanswered questions. Will this dance end in heartache, or will they both find their darkest fantasies fulfilled?

Enjoy this excerpt of Submission Dance by Lori King–Featured in the Dominant Persuasions Anthology

Lori KingThere was a wicked glint in his eyes that did strange things to her body. Her heart was racing and her palms were as damp as her panties. She was almost afraid to stand up from her seat again for fear she might now have a damp spot on the back of her skirt.

“Would you like to dance, Marley?” Lex asked, rising from the low slung chair. The height of her own seat put her face almost dead even with his crotch, and there was a distinct bulge under his zipper that she found very intriguing, but he didn’t seem to notice her predicament.

“I’m really not much of a dancer…” She stammered for an excuse not to get closer to him. He was too magnetic and charming for her. She was almost afraid that if she let him pull her onto the sparsely populated dance floor, she would turn into putty in his hands and never find herself again.

“The music is slow, and I know what I’m doing. Trust me to lead, and you’ll be fine.” She wasn’t sure if he intended the double meaning behind his words or not, but her clit certainly heard it.

Holding out his hand, he waited for her to lay her palm against his and then he tugged her to her feet. She swayed slightly, and he steadied her with a hand on her lower back just above the curve of her ass. Immediately, she had to fight the urge to press herself against his long muscular body. Certainly he already thought her an easy mark after that steaming kiss; rubbing against him like a cat in heat wouldn’t help her circumstance.

He led her onto the dance floor without another word, and before she could turn to face him, he spun her around once, and then twice, so that her balance was off and she fell into him.

With an arrogant grin on his face, he wrapped his arms around her back, and steadied them on the curve of her spine, but within proper distance from her ass. “Better, now just relax and let me guide you.  That’s right, sway with me. Dancing is like making love. It’s sensual, and there’s an exchange of power between every couple. You trust me to lead you in the right movements, and I trust you to follow me, but at any point you can walk away.” His hot breath whispered over her ear from above, and her cheek brushed the smooth silk of his shirt. “You have all the control, Marley.”

Lex continued to murmur instructions to her, softly seducing her with his body and his innuendos. Her breasts grew heavy and achy, and her nipples were diamond hard points that she knew were probably poking through the thin material covering them. She tipped her head back to look up into his deep blue eyes, and her knees grew weak at the intense lust burning there.

“Careful. If you slip I get to carry you off and say I swept you off your feet. That would make you my rightful prize to do with as I pleased for the night,” he whispered.

Marley snorted out a laugh, “Is that a party rule?”

“No, but everyone knows the black knight steals away the princess at her first ball and seduces her.”

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Submission Dance by Lori King

Out of Order by Bella Juarez

Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan

Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips

Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor

Broken by Julia Sykes

The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn

In His Hands by Raven McAllan

Indulge by Sherri Hayes

Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham

Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock

Yes, Justin (Expanded Edition) by Michele Zurlo

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Kissing Bandits Interview: Julia Sykes

Kissing Bandits Welcomes Julia Sykes

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1. Tell us about your first kiss (novel or RL) When I was twelve, my first boyfriend took me out on the beach in North Carolina on a beautiful summer night and kissed me in the moonlight. Romance factor: 10. Kiss Factor: 2. It was our first time, after all!

2. Share one line from your story. What do you love about it? “This is how I am. I don’t know another way to be. But if that’s not what you need, then tell me how to be.” Okay, so that’s a few lines. I really like this part, because up until this point Damien has been fairly unyielding with Gwen. He wants to break through her emotional walls, but he worries he’s pushed her too hard. This is a softer, more insecure side of him that shows he cares more about her wellbeing than his own desire to have her.

3. What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken? Quitting my PhD to write romance novels!

What is Broken about?

Dom Persusions CoverGwen may bartend at Dark Grove Plantation BDSM club, but she sure as hell doesn’t participate in the kinky acts going on around her. Not anymore. She’s been hurt too many times before.

But everything changes when sexy Dom Damien shows up at Dark Grove and locks his sights on her. He senses her submissive nature and is intrigued when she rebuffs his advances. Determined to take on the challenge, Damien resolves that Gwen will submit to him, no matter what it takes.

Can she resist the unbending Dom who is determined to help her heal? Or will she remain broken?

Enjoy this excerpt from Broken by Julia Sykes–Featured in the Dominant Persuasions Anthology

“Hello, Gwen.”

Julia SykesShe yelped in surprise, and the barstool she was holding clattered loudly to the floor.

No. Surely this wasn’t happening. He couldn’t be here. Taking a deep breath, she turned slowly. Her stomach dropped. Sure enough, there he was, striding across the bar, exuding that dominant aura that so disconcerted her. His masculine scent infused the air around her, tangling her thoughts.

“What…” she began shakily. “What are you doing here, Damien? We’re closed.”

“Gerald told me it’s okay for me to stay late and talk to you,” he countered smoothly.

He entered her personal space, and she tried to back away from him. But her lower back hit the bar behind her, blocking her escape. His strong arms braced on the polished wood on either side of her, hemming her in. She swallowed hard as she looked up into his black eyes, his expression unreadable.

“You can’t run this time,” he said softly. “I know you want me. You can sense this connection between us. Why are you denying it?”

Gwen didn’t respond. Her heart leapt into her throat, choking off her words. She didn’t have any to give him, anyway. She couldn’t do this, couldn’t let him in. If she did, he would surely rip another hole in her ravaged heart.

“Answer me,” he half-growled, his tone threatening. He seemed to grow impossibly taller, towering over her.

She quivered under his hard gaze, trembling in fear. Or was it a pleasurable shiver? She couldn’t deny his effect on her, the way his demanding nature threated to overwhelm her, to break her. And a part of her wanted that, wanted the release from the constant strain of concealing her needs. But she managed to shake her head weakly, refusing to open up to him and make herself vulnerable.

He leaned into her slowly, until his lips were at her ear. “You will yield to me, Gwen. I won’t allow you to run from me any longer. I know what you desire, even if you won’t admit it to yourself. You want to submit to me.”

Despite herself, Gwen couldn’t stifle a small groan at his words. Her panties were wet, her sex pulsing.

“I’m going to give you one chance,” he continued softly. “I won’t take you if you’re not willing. If you truly don’t want this, tell me now. Otherwise, there’s no going back.”

Oh, god. He was going to fuck her. Right here. What would he do to her? Did she want that?

More than anything. Surely it couldn’t hurt to give in just this once…?

She pursed her lips, resolving not to refuse him, although part of her brain was screaming at her that this was a mistake. She ignored it; her primal needs overcoming her fear.

Damien waited for the space of a few heartbeats. “Good girl.”

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Out of Order by Bella Juarez

Surrender Her Inhibitions by Nicole Morgan

Make Believe Submissive by Daisy Philips

Under His Protection by Doris O’Connor

Broken by Julia Sykes

The Sub That Got Away by Amy J. Hawthorn

In His Hands by Raven McAllan

Indulge by Sherri Hayes

Submitting To Temptation by Jan Graham

Fire and Ice (An Excerpt from KNOTTED) by Juliet Braddock

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Kissing Bandits Interview: Liz Lazarus

VBT_TourBanner_FreeOfMaliceKB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

MediaKit_AuthorPhoto_FreeOfMaliceI’m the author of “Free of Malice,” a psychological, legal thriller loosely based on my personal experience and a series of ‘what if’ questions that trace the after effects of a foiled attack; a woman healing, and grappling with the legal system to acknowledge her right to self-defense.

I was born in Valdosta, Georgia, graduated from Georgia Tech with an engineering degree and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern with an MBA in their executive master’s program. I spent most of my career at General Electric’s Healthcare division and am currently a Managing Director at a strategic planning consulting firm in addition to being an author.

Free of Malice is my debut novel, set in Atlanta, and supplemented by extensive research with both therapists and criminal defense attorneys. I currently live in Brookhaven, GA, with my fiancé, Richard, and our very spoiled orange tabby, Buckwheat.

MediaKit_BookCover_FreeOfMaliceKB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

Laura Holland awakes in the middle of the night to see a stranger standing in her bedroom doorway. She manages to defend herself from the would-be rapist, though he threatens to return as he retreats. Traumatized with recurring nightmares, Laura seeks therapy and is exposed to a unique treatment called EMDR. She also seeks self-protection—buying a gun against the wishes of her husband. When Laura learns she could have gone to prison had she shot her fleeing assailant, she decides to write a hypothetical legal case using the details of that night. She enlists the help of a criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Bennett, who proves to be well versed in the justice system but has an uncanny resemblance to her attacker. As the two work together to develop the story, Laura’s discomfort escalates, particularly when Thomas seems to know more about that night than he should. Reality and fiction soon merge as her real life drama begins to mirror the fiction she’s trying to create.

KB: Pick out one of the best lines in your novel. What do you love about it?

He sounded sincere. But there was this little nagging voice inside of me–aren’t most psychopaths also charmers?

I love this line because it embodies Laura’s inner turmoil in the novel. She wants to trust Thomas – he sounded sincere – but she doesn’t know if she can. What makes matters worse is she doesn’t know if she can trust herself. Her compass, the ability to distinguish reality from fantasy, has been completely upended since the attack. The sixth sense that she ignored that fateful night is now triggering all the time so she can’t rely on herself to figure out what is real.

KB: What are your top three guilty pleasures?

Watching Dr. Phil, eating potato chips and snuggling with my cat.

KB: Which of your characters do you connect with the most and why?

Like Laura, I went to Georgia Tech for an engineering degree, though I graduated. Laura transferred to the University of Georgia for a journalism degree. Also like Laura, I live in Atlanta, have an older sister and lost my dad to a heart attack. I suppose all writers have portions of ourselves in the characters we portray, which makes us vulnerable but was the only way I knew to tell the story and be authentic.

KB: Describe how you create characters.

The young, black lawyer character in my book is loosely based on my best friend from college, Thomas Barnette. We met our first day at Georgia Tech when we both got lost trying to find the civil engineering building and we’ve been close ever since. Back then, I had no idea that Thomas was such a talented signer—he kept that part of his life hidden. One day after we had graduated, he played a CD for me in his car and the man’s voice was amazing, kind of a Seal meets U2. I literally didn’t believe it was Thomas so he had to sing to me to prove it. From that day on, we talked about producing a music CD. Ironically, right after I took my leave of absence from work to write my book, a check arrived for some salary I had deferred and it was the exact amount we needed for the CD.

Adbiblio AdIn my novel, the lawyer character takes the stage at Eddie’s Attic, one of the many Atlanta locations that I feature. Here, readers can either pull out their QR app and hear the real Thomas singing Let Me Breathe or go to my website, www.freeofmalice.com and hear it online. To me, it adds another dimension to the book, to hear the character’s voice. Thomas also sang at my launch party and we are planning a few joint events throughout the year.

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

Mom with book1My age – thanks to great genes from my mom and staying out of the sun, I look much younger than I am.  Thanks, mom!

Here she is with an advance reader copy of “Free of Malice” – turning 90 years old this year!

Excerpt:

Excerpt Two:

We looked at each other for a moment. Then he propped himself up on his elbow and said softly, “Laura, I feel so helpless. I know it’s only been a month, but…”

He hesitated.

“What?” I asked.

“It’s just as bad as that first night. After it happened. Look, I want to make you feel safe again, but I don’t know how.”

He rubbed his eyes and looked away. I waited, staring at him.

What isn’t he saying?

“I know you don’t want to see a therapist, but seeing someone doesn’t mean you’re crazy. Therapists don’t treat just crazy people. They help people who have been through traumas and you have. Hell, no one even has to know.”

He paused for a second.

“Don’t be mad at me, but yesterday I made an appointment for you. I was going to talk to you about it in the morning if you had another bad dream. I found a woman who is downtown by my office. She’s been practicing for about twenty years, got her doctorate from Emory and comes with really good patient reviews.”

He looked for my reaction and continued. “I made the appointment for you at 4:00 so we can go to dinner afterward. You know what you always say. You’ll try anything once, right?”

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Kissing Bandits Interviews Dorothy Callahan

KB: Welcome to Kissing Bandits Blog! Tell us a little bit about yourself!

author photoDC: Hi, Michele, and thank you for the invitation! My name is Dorothy Callahan, and I’ve been writing since high school (we’ll pretend that was only 5 years ago, despite all the reunions my graduating class has had) but only published since 2013. I love “love” and all of the nuances involved with it. I don’t limit myself to one genre, since the characters who demand I tell their stories don’t care if it’s a time travel, paranormal, contemporary or even historical. I write what the story (and characters) demand. Basically, I’m a slave to imaginary people.

I adore kittens and get my “fix” by fostering for our local humane society. My husband and I have fostered 16 litters since we moved here, but I’ve been fostering since 2001. We built a pen in the finished basement complete with yellow walls, window dressings, and multiple cat trees and posts. I love knowing that my efforts not only save lives, but also keep these babies from growing up wild and contributing to the feral cat population.

I also started a book group called READ AND RESCUE, where one can find animal-loving authors who support their own favorite shelters and causes. Every book on the site earns money for animals!

KB: Tell us a little bit about your most recent release.

DC: I’m going to thank our temporary Fed Ex guy for my latest release. He was seriously the hottest guy I’ve ever met. (Have you ever met a man who made you blush? As as adult? When you’re happily married to your best friend?) I took one look at him and thought “HOLLYWOOD ACTION HERO,” so I set about creating this new character’s and conflict.

TCASAMZ ecover 72dpi-1500x2000In “To Catch a Star,” Rex Ronin gets shipwrecked in Hawaii when his filming session turns into a tragedy. He washes ashore on a wildlife reserve where his agent wants him to build a resort in his name. But the scarred woman who saves him is so unlike his life of glamour that he’s immediately reminded of his life back home in Idaho. If Rex wants to ensure his fame and forturne, he’ll need to destroy Tori. And if Tori falls in love with Rex, he’ll want her to live in society, where everyone will notice the scars that drove her to work in solitude.

Was their shipwrecked encounter a disaster, or their destiny?

KB: What was your defining moment as a writer?

DC: I’d have to say it was the moment I opened up the email from Crimson Romance stating they wanted to buy my manuscript. I felt my jaw drop open, and even though I read it and reread it, the words hadn’t changed. They really wanted it! I kept saying, “Oh, my God. Oh, my God,” until my husband came up and asked if everything was okay. And then every word I ever knew spilled out of my mouth, and I started screaming that they wanted to buy my story, and suddenly I had to call my mom, and his mom, and my friend, and then another friend, and another and another and….

It exhausts and invigorates me every time I think on it.

KB: Pick out one of the best lines in your novel. What do you love about it?

DC: “I can’t compete with the world, Rex.”

“No, Tori, it’s the world who can’t compete with you.”

Tori is so self-conscious about the scars on her face from the car accident that she can’t believe anyone can see past them. But Rex has been so intrigued with her white-blue eyes, her gentle disposition, and her unity with nature that he doesn’t see them and has fallen in love. But how can the hottest man in America love a woman as scarred as Tori?

KB: What are your top three guilty pleasures?

DC: Chocolate, chocolate, and chocolate. No, that’s not exactly right.

Chocolate, cats, and chocolate. Um, close… but no cigar.

Chocolate, cats, and shopping for antiques. Well, I don’t need to buy any, actually, just window shop. Does window shopping count as guilt, since it’s free?

Cats, reading, and chocolate? Maybe.

Cats, writing, and chocolate ice cream.

Writing, chocolate ice cream, and surrounding myself with cats.

DING DING DING! We have a winner!

KB: What kinds of male characters do you prefer to write?

DC: I’m a big fan of the “Best Friend” archetype. I love my men to be supportive and am so lucky to have that in my personal life. I love “Warriors” as an archetype, too, so most of my heroes don’t mind kicking a little butt when necessary. Is that a Warrior trait, or simply being a Best Friend? They’re protective and strong and determined. They love their women unequivocally and always want to do what’s best for them and make them happy.  In my world, THAT’S a good man!

KB: What is something nobody would guess about you?

DC: I love shocking people with the fact that I both have and can play bagpipes. The next story I’m working on has a master piper as the hero. (He’s swoon-worthy, ladies, I promise!)

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog. It’s been fun hanging out with you and I hope we can catch up sometime! If you want to find me, I’m at www.dorothycallahan.com, on Facebook at Dorothy Callahan Author, and also Pinterest at: callahan3768.  Hope to see you soon!