15 January 2018

Faye Hall..Book 2 in the Sins of the Virtuous Series!

Hello Faye!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…


Q) How did you dream up the dynamics of your characters?

Indulgence & Temperance, Book 2 of Sins of the Virtuous series, has two strong leading characters – Beth Meridian and Daniel Raeburn.  Beth needed to represent temperance – a woman willing to give up what she had to for those around her.  Even her name means to take the middle ground.  Daniel is the opposite.  As his name defines, he had to be a gluttonous man, willing to indulge in anything and everything to the point of excess.  The hardest thing was to make Daniel gluttonous and not greedy – as that is the subject of the next book in the series.


Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

Yes, Indulgence and Temperance is Book 2 of the Sins of the Virtuous series.  Each book in the series has a blend of a seven deadly sin and it’s matching heavenly virtue.  Book 2 follows Beth and Daniel through Hellfire clubs, kidnapping and laudanum addiction.  Faced with never seeing his sister again, and loosing Beth, Daniel is forced into a position to choose between all the wealth and properties he has horded over the years and the women he loves.

Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book?

The names of the hotels in Rockhampton are real and still stand in the township to this day.


Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

I plan basic things like hair and eye color, the rest just develops as I write.

Q) How much real life do you put into or influences your books?

I try to put in as much local history as I can such as real hotel names and street names.  I also use some local family names for some of the minor characters.

Q) What are your upcoming projects?


I’m still in the process of finishing book number 3 in the series and hopefully it will be off the publishers in the next few months.



Indulgence and Temperance by Faye Hall


BLURB

Would you abandon the woman you love for your own indulgence?

Beth Meridian has returned home, hoping to leave her sordid past behind her and settle into a quiet life. When her childhood friend, Hannah Raeburn, offers her a place to stay, Beth knows it won’t be long until she runs into Hannah’s brother, Daniel. What she doesn’t expect is for him to reignite feelings deep in her heart, reminding her of the kiss they shared before she left town.

Daniel Raeburn’s past is scandalous, his sinful indulgences allowing him more wealth than he could ever need. Still, he wants more, and his gluttonous appetite for wealth and women leads him to buy into a partnership at the local hellfire club.

When Hannah goes missing, Beth and Daniel follow her trail through the Australian outback. Witnessing the womanizer Daniel is, Beth flees on a cattle train headed north. Desperate to explain his actions, Daniel follows her.

Arriving in the small town of Jarvisfield, Daniel is shocked to learn that Beth is now the owner of the largest cattle company in the area. He’s even more shocked to discover that the preacher controlling the town, and stealing from the townspeople, is his once business partner William Maxon. He’s convinced this man is also responsible for his sister’s disappearance. When he learns William has Beth picked out as his next victim, Daniel knows he must do whatever it takes to make her listen to the truth. But she has no interest in hearing anything he has to say.

Faced with losing the two women he loves, Daniel is forced to choose between their freedom and the possessions and wealth he has hoarded over the years. But even if he gives it all up, he still might lose everything.

Content Warning: contains sex, strong language, and some violence
Genre(s): Historical Romance


EXCERPT

“What would you have me do? Pretend that this man chasing my sister is genuine and not some money-grabbing monster?”
“You don’t know him,” she tried again.
“Neither does she,” he said, his voice raised. “And neither do you.”
She went to walk past him, following Hannah’s direction out the back of the house. He reached out, his hand on her forearm stopping her.
“I didn’t mean to sound so harsh, Beth,” he said. “I’m sorry.”
She nodded as if understanding. “I understand that you love your sister. So do I. I shan’t just sit back and watch her walk into a trap. Nor shall I stand by and watch as her brother robs her of a chance of what may be happiness.”
“How dare you presume to know what I want for my sister.”
She pulled away from him. “I dare because I grew up with you. Every time your sister wanted to do something you always had to interfere.”
“She is na├»ve,” he told her. “Had I not taken control of her life, heaven knows what would have happened to her.”
She raised her brow. “I understand you need to protect Hannah against lecherous men. That doesn’t explain why you had to be her constant chaperone when she was meeting up with me.”
He lowered his gaze. “I needed to go with her.”
“Do you think that I would also take advantage of your sister?” she asked. “That I have prolonged our friendship only so I might get my claws into her fortune?”
He shook his head, his gaze cautiously rising back to hers. “I know you would do anything for my sister, Beth.”
“Then why did you need to follow Hannah everywhere we went?”
“I did it for you,” he whispered, the words being dragged from him.
“What?” she asked.
He smiled softly. “I played chaperone for my sister so I might be able to see you,” he repeated. “In the hope that you would notice me.”
“All you ever had to do was ask,” she whispered. Approaching him, her lips gently fused to his.
His hands went to her upper arms, pushing her away. “What are you doing?” he asked. Trying desperately to grip onto what remained of his control, he reminded himself that being here with this woman so intimately was far from appropriate. No matter how much he desired her, he couldn’t afford to succumb to such passion. Not there, and certainly not now.
She shook off his hold, her fingers hesitantly going to the buttons of his shirt. Slowly, she began undoing them one by one. “Do you remember the last time we saw each other before I left town?” she asked.
His hands went to hers, stilling her movements. “The image of you that day…” His words drifted off. He didn’t understand why she was acting this way with him, but he couldn’t deny that her movements were ripping at his restraint. He had always hungered for this woman, but now that she was there with him like this, he couldn’t help but wonder why. “Why did you send for me that day?” he asked, his words strained.

“I wanted to see you before I left town,” she muttered. Shaking off his hands, she continued unbuttoning his shirt. “Do you ever wonder what would have happened had your sister not arrived?”


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There is corruption, deceit and murder, as well as cattle rustlers, slave traders and hell fire clubs. Explore townships of Jarvisfield and Inkerman, as well as Ravenswood and Bowen. One book even incorporates my great grandmothers cattle station 'Inkerman Downs Station'.

As well as an author, I am also the most spoilt wife in the world, and a very contented mother.
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12 January 2018

MY NEW RELEASE!....RECOVER ME


What inspired you to write this story?

Believe it or not, a song. An Olivia Newton-John song titled "Recovery" (Physical album 1981). The song is about a woman who has decided to live in her mind, her fantasy world, to avoid all the pain in the real world.  The chorus goes like this: “Don't worry about my recovery, 'Cause lover, you won't recover me, I'm not too low, I'm not too high, I'll get by makin' my recovery”


If you listen to the lyrics they are really amazing and speak on a level most songs don’t touch upon…mental illness.  I love the song and obviously I got the title from the chorus.





Did you do any interesting research for this book? 


I live in Nevada, and this beautiful state has amazing places to explore and hike, with many trails going through mountains and over desert terrain. It also has over a hundred ghost towns. With the rich history of silver and gold mining here, it’s considered one of the most haunted states in America. Several locations have been featured on the Travel Channel show Ghost Adventures, including one place in Tonopah, Nevada….the Clown Motel.

My boyfriend, Mike, and I decided to visit and explore Tonopah at the end of 2016, and we started at the visitors center. I really had no idea how entrenched in the mining history this town was until I sat watching a short film about its history. That’s where I got the idea of setting Recover Me in the early 1900’s, at the start of Tonopah’s glorious rise in the gold and silver mining that eventually produced  over $250,000,000 in precious metals.

Going that day to explore Tonopah gave me the back drop for my story, Recover Me, and we also visited that Clown Motel.  Yes, it’s creepy and to top it off…it’s right next to a cemetery.



What is your favorite line, or scene, that you wrote in the story?

            “Are you implying we’re perfect for each other?”
            “I think we’re damn well the most perfect couple in the entire fucking world.”  He ran a finger down her cheek.


Blurb:

Evie Duncan’s dreams are slowly taking over her life. Every night she falls in love with the man invading her subconscious, playing out scenes from a past life.  It becomes harder and harder to wake and leave her dream man behind.


Bishop Kain has devoted his life to protecting crime boss Sherman Groto, but when he spots Evie at an underground fight, all he can think about is her.  He tries to keep his distance, but like a moth to a flame, she’s a siren he can’t resist.

Danger is coming for Evie and her salvation lies somewhere in the truth of her past life.  If Bishop can save her, he may be the one man who can bring her into the light…and for once, she might be willing to stay there.




Excerpt:


As she threaded her way through the thick throng of bodies, a tingling awareness danced over her skin. The last time she’d experienced such a weird feeling, she’d slipped off a cliff and ended up in a hospital. Deciding to be cautious, she stopped and turned in a slow circle to study the people around her. As if an invisible hand guided her, Evie looked to her left.

A man moved through the crush of people, parting them as if he were Moses at the Red Sea. He was a complete stranger, and she had never seen him before, yet there was something about him that sparked a familiarity. She pushed forward, trying to get through the dense crowd to get a better view of his face. His height worked to her advantage because she was able to easily follow, but she halted once she saw him going up a set of concrete stairs guarded by a few big burly men. For a split second, he turned her way. Her heart thumped wildly in her chest and every fiber of her being wanted … needed … to touch him, but he disappeared out of sight. She searched the second level until he came into view once more, and she was able to breathe again.

John. 

He was here. He was real!

Subtle changes made this John a little different. A tad taller, which said something because he’d been tall in her dream world. Fantasy John had held a quiet strength that made people respect him. This John was so heavily muscled, with an aura of danger swirling around him, that people instinctively moved out of his path, giving him a wide berth. He had a militaristic look, with blunt-cut dark hair and a rigid posture any soldier would be envious of, but something told her he hadn’t been in any branch of service. She stared at him, unblinking, until he suddenly looked down and their gazes met.

The saliva dried up in her mouth as her heart thundered with a mixture of excitement and happiness. Any doubts she might have had about his identity disappeared instantly as the gossamer threads between them solidified. The people, the fight … everything disappeared, leaving them the only two people in the world. Curiosity filled his face. She reached out a hand but was bumped by someone walking by, abruptly pulling her out of the dream-like trance. She blinked and he was gone.


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Welcome Kory Steed! Book 3 in the Lightning Series releases!

Hello Kory!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…


Q) How did you dream up the dynamics of your characters?

I could never have imagined how much Jason and Aaron have changed from their introduction in From Lightning to Love, however, I’ve always loved the dynamics between characters who occupy different ends of the personality spectrum and how they cay play off each others strengths and weaknesses. On first appearances, Jason appears reserved, patient, and sensitive, but when someone he cares about is threatened he can become a force to be reckoned with. He’s also a thinker who weighs his options before he acts unless he’s thrown into a life and death situation.

At the other end is Aaron who appears outgoing, boisterous, and impulsive, but on the inside is a sensitive soul who is covering up for his insecurities. Because he is a decade younger than Jason, he hasn’t gained as many life experiences.

As the series has progressed, Jason has been pulled out of his shell by Aaron, and Aaron has matured greatly to the point where they are beginning to stand on equal footing. As a couple, they have become a force of nature who have a clear vision for the future and the wherewithal to get there.


Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

When Lightning Strikes Twice is the third book in my Lightning Series. It is the story of a gay, male couple who were forced together by chance, fell deeply in love, overcome obstacles to remain together, and have chosen to dedicate their lives towards the betterment of the gay community. The two MC’s are Jason Ackerman, a former army medic and Aaron Jaeger, a former professional football quarterback, and their story is about how the strength of the bonds of love can overcome any adversity.

In reaching book three, Jason and Aaron have surrounded themselves with a support system of caring individuals who believe in their mission. Adding their unique personalities to the storyline has provided me with a tremendous opportunity to incorporate the wonderful dynamics each of them brings.


Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book?

Yes. Nearly all of the recipes and dishes served in the all of the books come from my own culinary repertoire. I must admit, I have never cooked a crown roast.


Q) What gave you the inspiration for your book?

When I began, I had two goals. First, I wanted to tell a story about how diversity enhances our world and how we all draw on each others strengths while maintaining our individuality. Second, and this is not an original idea, but I wanted to show how we are so much more alike than we are different, and I continue to believe this.


Q) Do you have any habits that get you in the writing frame of mind?

I think I have some of the worst writing habits. When I write, it’s all consuming. I’ll often get a hint that something’s fermenting in my mind, but it can be weeks before it reveals itself. I’ve started writing one day, continued through the night, and worked well into the following day until I’ve mentally collapsed. After sleeping for twelve to fourteen hours, I’ll begin all over again. After several days of repeating this pattern I slow down and can then work at an even pace for several hours each day until the story is complete.


Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

They often develop on the fly, but there are times when a character comes to mind while I’m writing a scene who I believe will be useful later on. I’ll write down a few notes on them and then go back to what I was working on. At some point in writing a story I’ll often suddenly stop and go to one of the baby names web sites and select a list of twenty or thirty male and female names as possible characters to use later on in the story.


Q) How much real life do you put into or influences your books?

I’d say real life makes up about half of what I write. I love the author’s adage, “Careful how you treat me or you might just wind up in one of my novels.” Many of my characters personalities come from people I know or have known, but who have passed on. I often shroud them with different body types, different professions, or as the opposite sex, or, I’ll combine particular personality traits to make a completely unique character.

Nearly all of the medical conditions I include are ones I have professional experience with.


Q) What are your upcoming projects?

I have a new, spin-off series from Lightning called Family Men. It will be released soon (I’m hoping for Valentine’s Day). There is crossover of characters from Lightning, but it is a different kind of M/M Romance story with a completely different storyline. I believe it’s my best work to date. The first book’s manuscript is currently with my publisher’s copy editor. I’ve also just submitted my first Romance on the Go novella to my publisher, and I’m currently working on a second.





The Lightning Series, 3
Discharged from intensive care after an invasion and attempt on their lives, Jason and Aaron return to their home, but it has become a militarized, cocooned compound with a new security force and support staff hired to ensure that their dream for Nathan’s Promise, an LGBTQ physical rehab center, becomes a reality. 

Friends both old and new join them, and in the ensuing days and weeks, Nathan’s Promise begins to take shape. Jason experiences a bittersweet reunion with his beloved barn animals, and romance between two of their new friends burns to a fevered pitch, an ex-Marine comes out to his father, and a mass-casualty event ensues.

Jason, Aaron, and the remaining survivors struggle to treat the wounded before time runs out, but a freezing rainstorm has grounded their rescue by helicopter. Who will survive until morning? Has fate forced them to concede that their dream for the LGBTQ community has been shattered? And will the prediction of a new nemesis make their lives a hell on earth?
Be Warned: m/m sex, rimming, sex toys


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08 January 2018

A Steamy Romance from Sonia Stanizzo!

Hello Sonia!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…


Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book?

I think like a lot of writers, we dream up story ideas or a snippet of an idea and we turn it into a story.  That’s exactly what happened with The Trouble with Mr Pretty.  I had a dream of a woman sitting and watching New Year’s Eve fireworks and feeling a deep gut wrenching pain.  I woke up and immediately wrote down the scene and then continued on with the story.  The dream started off as a prologue but I thought it was too depressing so I threaded it through another scene instead.


Q) Do you have any habits that get you in the writing frame of mind?

I do like to light a white candle.  I don’t know why it needs to be white but I find it soothing.  Especially if I’m stuck on something that’s when I’m most likely to light it.


Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

I’m not a big planner though I do like to do a brief character description so I can get to know them better.  It helps me to know how they might react in a certain scene.  But sometimes I think they’ll do one thing and they turn around and do something completely different. 


Q) What are your upcoming projects?


I’ve written a story about a secondary character Ava, from The Trouble with Mr Pretty.  She’s been a lot of fun to write.  I’ve pulled her from her meticulous life into a messy one.  I’m still tweaking and editing it.  I’m hoping to get it finished soon.

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The Trouble with Mr. Pretty by Sonia Stanizzo

When the man you want to avoid is the one you really want, trouble is sure to follow.

Gift shop owner Lauren Moore’s motto is ‘never trust a pretty face.’ Following a disastrous affair with a handsome celebrity, she’s vowed to never fall for anyone like him again.

But when Australia’s sexiest ex-football player, Jack Henderson, barges into her shop late one night, displaying all the charismatic characteristics she wants to avoid, Lauren is unwillingly drawn to his seductive good looks and bad-boy smile.

When Lauren is forced to accept a job offer from Jack to pay her blackmailing sister, Jack shows her that he is more than just a pretty face. But as the two grow closer, Lauren remains resistant to Jack’s attempts to break down the barriers around her heart.

Can Lauren let go of the past and trust in love again?


EXCERPT
“I need something to get myself out of trouble,” His deep voice sounded as smooth as whiskey.
Heat sizzled and stirred around her, making the room feel like a sauna. Was the air conditioning off already? The need to get him out of the shop fast was crucial; otherwise, she feared she might melt into a steamy puddle at his feet.
“Does ‘getting you out of trouble’ have a price tag?” Lauren asked.
“After the mess I’m in, the sky’s the limit.” He grinned.
“A desperate man with lots to spend—you’re my favorite customer,” she joked, keeping it light while her insides turned to a quivering mush. “How much trouble are you in?”
One large shoulder shrugged as he dipped his head and dug his hands into the pockets of his jeans. “Enough for me to pound on your door after closing time.”
The devilish smile showed he knew how to get himself out of all sorts of trouble. Why did men think women could be appeased by a charming smile and expensive gifts? A stab of shame pierced Lauren’s thoughts as she remembered a time when she could be won over by sparkly trinkets and a dazzling smile. She’d learned the hard way that shiny things soon tarnished.
“We have beautiful lockets. What’s your wife’s style?”
“I’m not married.”
“Your girlfriend?”
“It’s for my mother,” he clarified.
“Oh.” She hadn’t seen that coming. A get-out-of-trouble gift was usually for a lover.
With stiff fingers, she touched the locket around her neck. It wasn’t one of the pretty gem-encrusted ones she sold, but to her it was much more valuable. Lauren had found the cheap silver locket years ago at a small seaside market she’d been aimlessly walking through. A precious yet painful reminder lay locked inside. A big reminder of why she kept away from men who looked too good to be true.
“These vases are lovely if you think your mother would like them.”
He ambled over to the cabinet, closing the distance between them. The smell of sunshine, sea breeze, and man surrounded her and sent her senses into overdrive. She stepped away, only for her back to press against the wall, giving her no more room to move.
As he looked inside the cabinet, oblivious to the turmoil he was causing her, Lauren examined his profile. The start of an afternoon shadow covered a square jawline. His long, narrow nose had a small bump on the bridge, the only flaw on his chiseled face. He bit his lower lip as he studied the vases, and for a moment, she wondered how they would taste. Where were these outrageous thoughts coming from?
Lauren desperately needed to put more space between them. Standing so close was making it impossible to think, but to move would involve brushing past him. Touching him wasn’t going to help with her jumbled thoughts and sensations.
She excused herself. He stepped back, giving her room to pass, but not enough to avoid contact, and her bare arm brushed the length of his strong, firm one. Another blast of heat shot from him and into her. Blinking up at him, their gazes locked, and she searched those piercing green orbs to see if he’d felt it too. His emerald eyes held hers.
A shrill tooting of horns outside broke the spell, and she glanced out the window. A bunch of excited New Year’s Eve revelers, with colorful hats and party horns, crowded the footpath in front of the shop.
“They’ve started early,” she said on a shaky breath, using the noisy distraction to move away from him. She scurried behind the counter, putting a safety barrier between them.
He flicked a glance over his shoulder at the partygoers. “It will be a great night for it.”
By his casual stance she would have believed him unaffected by the burning moment they’d just shared, but heat still smoldered in his eyes. Then, in a blink of an eye, it was gone. Could she have imagined it? It had been so long since anyone had come even close to looking at her that way that she probably read the signs wrong.
Needing to get back to the reason he was there, and not be distracted by that liquid green heat, she cleared her throat. “Do you see anything you like?” She relaxed a little because her voice sounded professional and not like the trembling mess simmering on the inside.
The liquid heat was back in his eyes and they raked over her in a way that said she was what he liked. A sharp breath caught in her lungs and her heart began to race. Surely she didn’t get that signal wrong?

Biography

Sonia Stanizzo is a romance writer who lives in the beautiful coastal city of Wollongong Australia. When Sonia’s not working with her husband in their motor mechanic business she can be found chauffeuring around her three kids, chasing after a hyperactive Beagle, taking pole dancing lessons (purely for the fun and exercise) and spending any free time reading and writing.



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05 January 2018

New MC Romance by Cecile Tellier!

Hello Cecile!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…


Q) How did you dream up the dynamics of your characters?

A) It’s actually funny that you should ask that, I have narcolepsy and I do quite literally dream all of my characters and stories.  Occasionally I’ll have a series of dreams about one story and the characters will evolve that way.  Most of the time I dream the entire story in one package.  It’s like watching a movie in my own head.

Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

A) It is the first book in my MC series.  I wanted to write something that was reflective of what happens when misfit children become misfit adults and find a family of their own.  Something like the Boxcar Children (by Gertrude Chandler Warner) if they’d grown up to start a motorcycle club. 

Q) Can you give a fun or interesting fact about your book?

A) I’m not sure if this is fun or interesting but Saint’s Mercy is my first contemporary book. I discovered that writing “real life” is actually harder than creating my own worlds. 

Q) How much real life do you put into or influences your books?

A) Other than real life rules (combat, laws, gravity) I am lucky to have had a lot of exposure to motorcycle clubs.  I’ve grown up around that culture and I always loved the family feeling.

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Lucien Rossi grew up on the streets of Santa Cruz, California.  He had little to nothing to call his own, and ran with a rough crowd.  He only had two things he cherished in his life, the most important was Luz Ramirez. When he met her he knew she was someone he would die to protect.  Years later and now a president of the Saint’s Mercy Motorcycle Club, he’s about to find out that Luz is still a grenade to his best intentions.

When her mother passed away, Luz Ramirez was given a second chance at a happy life with her foster mother.  What she didn’t count on was that she would meet the dangerous but magnetic Lucien.  Even after forcing herself to move away rather than become like her mother, it only takes a few days back for this bail bondswoman to recognize who her heart belongs to. 

Excerpt:
Leaning forward he pressed his forehead against hers with a smile he couldn’t hold back. "As to the state of my purity, don't ask questions you don't want the answers to. You live in a world of black and white where the guilty are punished and the innocent live happily-ever-after, but my world is and has always been full of shades of gray." 
Luz's eyes darkened to that near black as she looked into his. "I've not yet found a happily-ever-after, and I'm far from innocent. I don't need your charity, your pity, or your protection." 
Lucien saw the look of hurt flash over her face before she once again hid behind that blank mask she so often slipped on when she dealt with the outside world. He'd be damned if she'd use it on him, though. Before he could stop and think rationally about his next move he was kneeling on the floor in front of her. "I've never pitied you, and your acquaintance to me has been anything but charitable for you. My protection you will get, whether you like it or not, Luzzy. Even when I'm not there, I'll be damned if someone gets anywhere near you to hurt you." 
Luz opened her mouth, and before she could get a word out, Lucien’s impulse and need collided, resulting with his hands speared into her curls, and his mouth eating hungrily at hers. Her muffled shriek of surprise was quickly turned into a moan against his tongue as he took no time in plunging it between her lips when they opened. He knew this was the worst possible thing he could have done, as they'd always been like gas and fire when angry, but he couldn't deny himself. 

When her head snapped back he was certain she was going to slap him, or worse. Instead, she gasped for air briefly, then grabbed his ears and pulled him back in for another meeting of lips, teeth, and tongue. He'd never known Luz this way, not for lack of wishing, and he was quickly regretting that he'd not tried this sooner. The sound of persistent banging was the only thing that had him breaking the kiss and backing away from her.

02 January 2018

Oh my...Dragons! Welcome Leslie Chase!

Hello Leslie!  Thank you so much for visiting Written Butterfly with me today!  It’s such a pleasure to chat with you.  So tell me…


Q) Is this book part of a series?  If so, can you tell us about it?

It is! Dragon Lord’s Hope is book four of the Dragons of Mars series that I’m writing with Juno Wells. As the name suggests, the books are set on Mars where dragon shifting aliens have been hibernating for a thousand years. The first book, Dragon Prince’s Mate, was the story of how a human colonist woke them – and found that their leader was her fated mate!

Each of the books is about one of the dragon shifters, who are the last survivors of their civilization, finding their mate from amongst the human settlers on Mars.

Q) Do you have any habits that get you in the writing frame of mind?

Before I settle down to write, I stretch out, take some deep breaths, and try to calm my mind. Just let the story float around until it comes pouring out of my fingers and onto the page. At least that’s the theory, it often takes a lot more effort than that!

Q) Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

I try to plan everything ahead of time, but they always surprise me! In the end, I usually have to rewrite a lot of the early dialogue because of how the characters have changed as I got to know them.


Q) What are your upcoming projects?

Right now I’m working on a new, stand alone novel called Stolen for the Alien Prince. After that it’s back to the Dragons of Mars for the as-yet-unnamed book five with Juno.


Blurb:

Did he rescue me, or did I save him? Either way, he's trouble - big, sexy, dragon shifter trouble!

Gillian Willis isn't having an easy time running an ice farm at the Martian north pole. Her father's missing, the bank is breathing down her neck, and now dragons are attacking! If it wasn't for one gorgeous dragon shifter who puts himself between her and harm, she'd be in real trouble.

He's the sexiest man she's ever met, and the bravest. That's the good news. The bad news is that he claims to own the land her family's farm is built on. Even though he nearly got himself killed saving her from the other dragons, Gillian isn't sure she can trust him. But does she have a choice? 

Zardan, Dragon Lord of Herendar, has nothing left to live for. All his lands, his family, everything he knew and loved was buried a thousand years ago when the Dragon Empire fell. It's almost too much to bear - until Gillian drags him off the ice and he realizes that she is his mate. 

It should be impossible, it defies his understanding, but it's true. The feisty human female is his and he won't allow any harm to come to her. Will that be enough to rekindle the fire in his heart? Can he convince Gillian that they belong together? Or will the gulf between human and dragon shifter be too large for any sacrifice to bridge? 

DRAGON LORD’S HOPE is BOOK 4 of the DRAGONS OF MARS. You don't have to read them in order, but it will be a richer experience if you do!

No cheating, no cliffhanger - just a steamy dragon shifter science fiction romance with a happy ever after!

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Bio: Leslie Chase is an author from Scotland, whose reading habit has turned into a writing one. She

When not writing, she's busy thinking about what to write next or researching it - yes, damn it, looking at castles and swords and pictures of spaceships counts as research.
loves writing, and especially enjoys writing sexy romance. It lets her imagination run free and her ideas come to life! She's done a lot of things in her life, from working with the elderly to studying sword fighting to teaching tai chi. And, always, reading reading reading!

 
Twitter: @lchasewrites