Friday, May 31, 2013

FRIDAY FIRSTS WITH... Author Celia Breslin

The first five sentences of... HAVEN

If there’s one thing I hate more than a sake-induced hangover, it’s
getting attacked by a witch in my own home while I’m nursing a sake-induced hangover.

Fortunately, I was battle-ready when she broke into my house. I was pummeling the stuffing out of my home gym’s punching bag in an attempt to sweat out my headache when I heard the none-too-subtle click click click of heels on hardwood in the stairwell.

What kind of self-respecting witch wears high heels when she sneaks up on someone? Apparently, this one possessed less brains than a snail.

Coming July 2 from Champagne Books!

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Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote. Whatever happened to it?
 The first novel I ever wrote was a “Harlequin” romance. I read Harlequins at an early age, maybe age 12 or so? I snuck them from my mother’s bookshelf. After I’d read a few, I decided to write my own. It featured a college student who loved horses (as I did at that age) and a rancher’s son. “Amanda” went to spend a working summer on a ranch in Texas and, of course, met and fell in love with “Nick,” the youngest of three brothers. I don’t recall the title, but I remember I wrote it on pale grey construction paper. It’s probably in a box somewhere in the basement of my mother’s home. LOL.

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up in the morning (other than using the restroom LOL)?
Exercise. Yes, it’s true. I’m sooooo not a morning person. You don’t want to talk to me before eight a.m. unless you’re my boot camp instructor and we’re kicking some serious exercise butt!

What’s the first thing you notice on an attractive member of the opposite sex?
Eyes, definitely eyes. “Windows to the soul” and all that. Personality, intellect,’s all there in the eyes.  

Celia lives in California with her husband, daughter, and two feisty cats. She writes urban fantasy and paranormal romance, and has a particular fondness for vampires and the Fae. When not writing, you’ll find her exercising, reading a good book or indulging her addiction to Joss Whedon’s TV shows and movies.

Friday, May 10, 2013

FRIDAY FIRSTS with Joanna Fay

First Five Sentences of... 
Reunion: The Siaris
Quartet Book Two

Riana ran hard, folds of velvet whipping around her ankles. The fortress’s black walls pressed in close, dank and smothering. Her footsteps were muffled, all sounds eaten in the gloom. Her bare feet stung where they met the fierce cold of the floor. She veered around a twist in the corridor and rocked back on her heels.

Available now!

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Fun First Facts About Joanna

What was the first romance you ever read?
I suspect the first romance I read was a Mills&Boon, at the encouragement of school friends. The first romance I read that made a big enough impression to stay permanently in my memory was Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. I would not be the first to say that! In fact, I read it several times over, followed by her other novels, my favourite being Persuasion. After Austen came the Brontes, George Eliot, Wilkie Collins…you get the picture. 

Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote. Whatever happened to it?
The first novel I ever wrote has become the last three books of my epic fantasy sequence, The Siaris Quartet. I wrote a prequel novel, Daughter of Hope, which became Book One of the quartet, a couple of years ago (published last year by Musa Publishing). The rest of the material I ran past a critiquing group, who all told me it had to be at least three books. I started writing the Siaris story-world in my teens, some three decades ago, so it really is a lifelong passion, and I’m having a fantastic time now finishing the last novel in the quartet, and dreaming up sequels. 

What’s the first thing you do after you wake up in the morning?
Actually, I sit up in bed and do a meditation practice, using beautiful visualizations. Even if it’s only for five minutes (on weekdays), it always makes a difference to the whole day if I begin from that peaceful, settled space. I totally love it!

More about Joanna: Joanna Fay is a writer of fantasy novels, short stories and poetry. The first two novels of her epic fantasy sequence The Siaris Quartet, Daughter of Hope and Reunion, have been published by Musa Publishing. Six of her short stories have been published, three of which are set in the Siaris ‘story-world’, with two shortlisted in the International Aeon Award. Her poems have been much awarded and published. Joanna lives in the Perth hills, Western Australia, with her teenage son and a menagerie of small pets, including a magical white rabbit. She writes and works as a therapist by day, and keeps an eye on the sky for low-flying unidentified objects by night.

Even more about her here:

Friday, May 3, 2013


The First Few Sentences of... 

"Is this our home now, daddy?" 

Staring down at his five-year-old daughter, Seth Hall nodded. "Yeah, Ally. This is it."

This was it. Newport, New Hampshire. It was the home of maple sugar, apple orchards, and his oldest memories. He hadn't been back here since he'd left for college a little over eleven years ago.

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Who was your first love? 
My first love was actually my husband. The first and only person I have ever truly loved. We had known each other since we were kids, and when I was sixteen we started dating. Now we are married and have two gorgeous children. It’s not a fairy tale, we have our ups and our downs, but it is what I always pictured true love to be.

Tell me about the first novel you ever wrote? What ever happened to it? 
The first story I started writing was The Kayan’s Mage which was released in April. However, the first book I ever finished is the one being released tomorrow on May 4th – Always Been You with Silver publishing. 

What’s the first thing you notice on an attractive member of the opposite sex? 
I don’t know why, but arms. I’m a sucker for a nice set of arms on a man. The kind that are hard, yet soft when they mould around you.

More about Jess:
Hmmm, what can I say about myself...I was born and raised in New South Wales, Australia. I married my high school sweetheart and we live on the Central Coast with our two children. I am absolutely a hopeless romantic who loves stories about true love that sizzle with a happy ending (which is probably a good thing given what I write). I'm a huge fan of M/M and M/F romance—anything with hunky men in all their glory, whether they be Shifters, Vampires, Cowboys, or the boy next door. I'm a firm believer in soul mates, happily ever afters, and in love at first sight, but that sometimes people need a second or a third for the brain to catch up.