1. Before we start talking about your book, why don’t you tell everybody a little bit about yourself?
Sure! First, though, let me thank you for having me here today. I’ve been an avid reader and writer my entire life. I know it’s cliché, but it’s true. I’ve worked in various career fields over the years, and have found that each one seems to be of great help with my writing. I’m lucky enough to be able to write full-time.
I live in southern Florida and must admit, I do like no major winter!
2. Besides writing, what other things do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Honestly, when I’m not writing, I’m usually reading. I read at least a book a day. Though, I’ll admit to a serious addiction to now-canceled TV shows such as Charmed that I watch on DVD whenever I get the time.
3. What is your daily routine as far as when you have an idea for your story?
I try to write down any new ideas as soon as I get them. I’ll even start a story if the idea is strong enough. I’m always working on more than one story at a time.
4. Where do you get your ideas from?
Everywhere. I get many of my ideas from just a great opening line that somehow sparks a story. Sometimes, it’s a song. I heard the song “Damn” by Matchbox20 and loved his voice. That sparked Once Bitten, believe it or not. Just his voice.
5. Out of all of the stories you’ve written so far, what would be your favorite and why?
I don’t really have a favorite story. I’m a huge fan of paranormal, though. I write romance, so all my books have a happy ending. That’s a requirement for my own writing. I think my favorite, though, is really one that is not even out yet. It’s titled DREAM LOVER at this point, though that’s subject to change. It’s about a man that has loved the same woman through every lifetime.
6. Tell us something funny about yourself that not a lot of people know about?
Funny? Hmm. I’m addicted to stuffed animals and Cabbage Patch dolls.
7. Does any of the stories you’ve written based on real life experiences or basically just from imagination?
Always from imagination. Of course, I use things I know in real life within the story as far as research goes, but my books are all fiction.
8. Does your ‘muse’ have a name and if so what is his/her name?
No name. I just have “Plot Bunnies”
9. What other genre besides the one you are writing about now would you like to venture into writing?
I want to do more romantic suspense. I’ve only published one, and want to do more.
10. Who are your favorite authors that are out now?
Nora Roberts, Sharon Sala, Linda Howard, Imogen Rose, Elizabeth A. Reeves, Jayne All Krentz, Lanie Jordan, HP Mallory…just to name a few.
11. Who is your favorite female and male characters from your books and why?
I love Cole from LINKED. I’m fond of the Alpha male that still has a heart of gold.
12. What do you think is the hardest thing about being a writer?
When you’re not working at a traditional job, my hardest thing is staying offline chatting and ON my computer writing!
13. What advice would you give someone who wants to start off being a writer?
Read. You can’t be a writer if you’re not a voracious reader in my opinion. Read in your genre and even in genres you don’t want to write. Write the story you want to tell, not the one that is currently a ‘hit’ on the Internet (because by the time you’re done with it, that will no longer be the case most likely) Always hire an editor when your book is done, but also make use of critique partners and beta-readers.
14. If you hadn’t become a writer, what do you think you would be doing right now?
I’ve worked in many professions in my life. I was a cop, EMT, journalist, and an English teacher. I’ve also owned my own business. I’m not really sure what I’d do if I couldn’t write for some reason.
15. What would be the perfect Romantic getaway?
A deserted beach with the man of my dreams. Blue water. Dolphins. Am I there yet?
Well now that we got the question and answer out of the way…..why don’t you tell us about your latest story you have out now?
I released HOLDING the LINK a few weeks ago. It’s the second book in the Prophecy Series. LINKED was intended to only be one book, but my readers seemed to want more of Lana and Cole, so I wrote a second book that is much longer than the first, and delves more into both their relationship and their quest to fight off….well, can’t say. I don’t to give the plot away!
HOLDING THE LINK
“It’s not over.”
Cole turned and looked at Lana, his dark eyes narrowed in concern. “What do you mean, it’s not over?” he asked.
Lana looked at Cole as he sat next to her on the couch. After they’d defeated Connall, the evil shifter, the month before, they’d both assumed that the danger was over. Lana put her hand against her still-flat stomach. “I don’t know, Cole. I just have a very bad feeling,” she said quietly.
Cole pulled her close and hugged her, pulling her head down so it rested on his shoulder. “Did you see something?” he asked quietly.
Lana shook her head. “No, nothing. I don’t know what’s wrong, but I just have a feeling that there is something not finished. When they’d defeated Connall, they had both been sure that there was nothing more to worry about. She’d thought her mother would have surely warned her if there was more danger. Now, though, she wasn’t so sure.
They’d moved into her mother’s house. It was large enough for the both of them, and for the family they’d soon have. Lana was already pregnant. She’d conceived the night before they’d had the battle with Connall. Both had been sure that their worries were over now.
In the days since, they’d spent the majority of their time getting to know one another. They had gotten together so fast; they really knew nothing about one another. They hadn’t even gone on a date yet.
Cole didn’t speak for a long moment. “What were you thinking about right before you had that feeling?” he asked.
“Nothing much, really. I was just thinking about our son,” she said quietly. It was still hard for her to believe that she was pregnant. Her hand moved automatically toward her stomach, shielding the small life within.
“Let’s not borrow trouble, then. Maybe you’re just anxious about the baby.”
Lana narrowed her eyes. “If you’re trying to say—”
Cole shook his head and put his hand gently over her lips. “I’m not saying anything, Lana. Lord knows, I have faith in your feelings, but still, are you sure it’s not possible that you’re just worried about everything that happened in light of your pregnancy? This all was pretty quick, I know.”
“I’m sure, Cole. I didn’t see anything, but I’m sure that it’s not over. Something else is going to happen.” She looked at him, her eyes grave, willing him to believe her.
Cole studied her for a long moment. “Alright then, what do you want to do?”
That surprised her. He was the one with the shifting experience and the experience as an investigator. She was a web designer, for heaven sakes. This was so far out of her realm of knowledge as to be absurd. “I don’t know!”
Cole put his hand over hers. “Lana, I don’t have the feelings you have. What I meant was, do you want us to go look for Connall out there? Do you think the danger is imminent?”
“Oh,” she said.
He chuckled. “Have I told you lately that you’re kind of moody?” he teased.
Lana glared. “I’m allowed to be.”
He grinned, showing her his even white teeth. “Yeah, you are. Doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to tease you, though.”
Lana suddenly knew what he was doing. He was trying to get her mind off of her concerns. In typical Cole fashion. He was a man from a different time in some respects. To him, it was his job to protect her—and she knew from experience he’d protect her with his life if necessary. While a big part of her admired him for that, another part wanted him to remember that she wasn’t some fragile flower to be coddled. “Cole, do you really think I’m worried over nothing.”
Cole studied her for a long moment before answering her. The problem was, he didn’t really think she was worrying over nothing. He’d had some of those same thoughts himself over the last few days, but hadn’t wanted to worry her.
It still amazed him that this beautiful, intelligent woman loved him just as he was. She’d accepted his being a shifter with very little concern—as well as her own newfound ability to shift, due to the child she held inside.
By nature, he was protective. He wanted to protect her from anything that could harm her.
If she was right, and it wasn’t over—and he was very afraid she was—then it meant that she was in danger, as was the child inside her.
He’d do anything to protect his family, and by God, she was his. He’d protect her, he vowed silently. With his life, though he knew that thought would irritate her. She was nothing if not self-sufficient.
Hell, even when her house had been broken into the month before, she’d climbed out the damn window instead of shrinking in terror as some would have. It was one of the first things he’d admired about her. She’d reacted intelligently, without, apparently, even thinking. She’d simply jumped out the window and ran toward help. He glanced over at her, and she was waiting for him to answer. He sighed. “No, darlin’, I don’t,” he admitted at length.
“So, you think something is still wrong?” she persisted.
“I’m not really sure what to think, Lana. I’ve had a bad feeling the last few days. Nothing really concrete I can sink my teeth into, though. I’m just feeling…anxious, I guess is the word.”
“Do you think it’s Connall?” she asked, her voice barely above a whisper.
That was just it. He just plain didn’t know what it was. But, like her, he just had the feeling that it wasn’t over. “I don’t know,” he replied honestly. “I wish the hell I did, though.”
“Is there anything we can do?”
Again, he didn’t really know how to respond to that. They’d had little luck in finding answers the month before when the evil shifter had come after her before. If it hadn’t been for Lana’s mother’s help, he honestly didn’t know if they’d have been able to defeat him. “I think we need to do more research,” he said quietly. “Maybe talk to some of the other shifters. I find it hard to believe someone doesn’t know more than we do. To be honest, in my family, it just didn’t seem that unusual. Though I was different, since I could shift when I wasn’t the right generation, shifting has just been a part of my family for too long.”
“Where do we start?” she asked quietly.
Cole took her hand and gave it a gentle squeeze. “We’ll go see my parents again. See if we can learn the location of some of the other shifters in the state.”
“Okay,” she agreed.
Cole smiled. “You don’t seem as worried as I thought you might be,” he said, gently stroking her soft hand.
She shrugged. “I guess I’m not. I have to believe that we’ll find out a way to win this—whatever this is.”
Cole nodded. “And we will. We’re not going to let anything happen to that baby inside you.”
Lana smiled and put her free hand on her stomach protectively. “I know.”
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Linked (Prophecy Book One)
Holding the Link (Prophecy Book Two)
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Once Bitten (The Hunted Book Two)
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My next release will be Dream Lover, a paranormal very steamy romance. The one following that will be the third book in the Hunted series, Once Hunted.