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09
August
2013

Interview with Symphony of Light and Winter’s Author Renea Mason

Interview with Symphony of Light and Winter’s Author Renea Mason

Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to my good friend, fellow Coffee Talk Writer, and published author, Renea Mason. Her book Symphony of Light and Winter was published this summer. Since then, she has received a ton of amazing reviews and developed a strong fan base. Some have said that Symphony of Light and Winter is 50 Shades meets Twilight and The Black Dagger Brotherhood. The work is expected to be in print in the next few months.

I have to tell you, Symphony was a story I couldn’t put down. Every chapter kept me hungry for more and ever since I finished, I’ve been waiting for the sequel.

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K: Hi Renea, Thank you for joining me today.

R: Hi, Kish. Thanks for having me.

K: For those out there who haven’t read the book, tell our readers about the story.

R: It’s the story of Linden, a woman who suffered a tragic past.  She coped with her losses, only to have them return in the form of her once dead, beyond sexy, first love, Cyril. He’s back and he’s pissed.

Their turbulent re-acquaintance fueled by Cyril suspicion; leads to love, lust and sacrifice when Cyril’s nemesis makes Linden the pawn in his game.

K: See and that’s one of the things I enjoyed about the book, the emotional strength of your characters. Not to mention the umm, beyond sexiness of them.

R: The beyond sexiness of them…Hmm…Can I quote that?

K: Of course.   What was your inspiration for Symphony?

R: That’s hard to say.  I kept having a few of the scenes flash through my mind from time to time and one day I decided to write them and then tie them all together.

Beyond that, I have a love of music and alpha males in paranormal stories. I combined them and Symphony was born.

I heard once that the best advice is to write what you would like to read.  That’s what I did.

 K: Linden and Cyril are very unique characters.  Tell us a little about these two powerful individuals.

R: Cyril was created by an all-powerful Goddess to be her lover after she developed a fascination with human procreation.  She took all of the best attributes found in men, conjured Cyril and embellished him so that he would be equipped to please a goddess.

Linden is your average businesswoman running from her proverbial demons, only to find that her past doesn’t compare to the tragedy and strife her future holds.

K: A fascination for human procreation. (chuckles) Many humans find that fascinating as well. So we’ve got an alpha male created to pleasure a goddess obsessed with sex and a hottie who happens to be a kick butt independent woman. Sounds like a great combination.

R: I’d like to think so.

K: Cyril has a, ahem, unique family.  If you could spend time with one of them, which would it be?

R: Besides Cyril? (she winks) Overton for sure.

K: Overton, of course. (smiles)  Now, how did you know when your story was done?

R: It told me.

K: Really that’s the best answer you can give me?

R:(Laughs) I don’t want to spoil the end but the idea was to keep the readers wanting more without leaving them dissatisfied. When I wrote the final sentence, I knew this volume was complete.

K: So this is your first published novel. What’s that like?

R: Crazy. The process is crazy. The commitment is crazy, and most of all I’m crazy. It has been a very exciting time of my life, but it is also a big commitment. Writing the book was the easy part. Then came querying, waiting, and the endless marketing and promotion while you’re trying to complete the next installment. Mastering time management is a must, unless you can dedicate all of your attention to writing. I have another full-time career and a family so it’s a challenge but one I love.

K: And speaking of sequels.

R: I thought I was talking about my crazy life. (laughs)

K: Well you were but I wanted to talk about sequels. Will there be one? And what could we expect?

R: Yes. The sequel is in the works. The second novel explores a bit more about Overton.

K: You also have a fan club established. Can you tell our readers, how they can join.

R :  Yes.  I hate the name fan club.  It makes me think of Tiger Beat Magazine but I guess that’s what it is.  Anyone interested is welcome to join.  They can visit my website and click the Fan Club link at the top of the page. http://reneamason.com/fan-club/

K: Thanks for taking the time out of your fabulous published author life to meet with me. By the way, what does your fabulous published author life look like?

R: (Laughs and smooths down her hair) What does it look like?

Probably a bit like my garden—a whole lot of stuff growing, some creative elements peaking through and the constant feeling of “what the f*** am I doing” permeating the entire process.  Yep, that’s about it.

K: Here’s some more important information about the book.

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Symphony of Light and Winter from Etopia Press – released June 21st, 2013

One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.

Fundraiser Linden Hill has a knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.

But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…

About the Author

Renea Mason writes steamy romances to help even out the estrogen to testosterone imbalance caused by living in a house full of men.

When she isn’t putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and three loving but needy cats.

Buy the Book

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06
August
2013

Fear

Fear

 

As I near the completion of my first novel, I’m finding my level of anxiety increasing.  Which didn’t make any sense, shouldn’t I be excited to be this close to the end?

It’s because the story is at its climax.  It’s because I’m juggling too many things.  My explanations for the feeling were endless, at first.  But even as I came up with them, I knew they weren’t the reasons.  Just couldn’t put my finger on what was.  Until the other day, when I sat in front of my laptop and realization hit.

It was fear.

The reality is that once this story is done, I will find out if it’s worthy.  Isn’t that weird?  I love my story and the characters have become a part of me.  But in the end, it’s not if I like it as much as if the agents, publishers, and readers do.  I was terrified of rejection.

I have been fortunate enough to have developed some amazing relationships with several talented writers.  I reached out to them to understand if I was alone in feeling this way.  It turned out, I wasn’t.  Their experiences with it were no different than mine.

“Fear starts with fear of rejection from publishers. Even now, after it has been accepted, it’s now fear of reader rejection” (Valerie Twombly).  Over and over the same themes popped up.  What if someone will think my story is stupid?  What if I get bad reviews?  What if I’m wasting my time?

Micheala Miles had this to say about her own struggles with the feeling: “For me fear and doubt starts from word one. Can I write what’s in my head? Will it work on paper? Will I enjoy writing it? And from there, it changes with each stage. Is this really believable? Can the ending still work? Can I show this to other people? Will I ever be happy enough with it to let an editor or agent see it?”

In the end, it helped me see that I’m not alone and that if these very confident and talented women were scared, then I’m probably doing something right.  So how do I defeat this sometimes debilitating emotion?  I turned to a quote from spiritual author, Pema Chodron, to find the answer to that question.

Once there was a young warrior. Her teacher told her that she had to do battle with fear. She didn’t want to do that. It seemed too aggressive; it was scary; it seemed unfriendly. But the teacher said she had to do it and gave her the instructions for the battle. The day arrived. The student warrior stood on one side, and fear stood on the other. The warrior was feeling very small, and fear was looking big and wrathful. They both had their weapons. The young warrior roused herself and went toward fear, prostrated three times, and asked, “May I have permission to go into battle with you?” Fear said, “Thank you for showing me so much respect that you ask permission.” Then the young warrior said, “How can I defeat you?” Fear replied, “My weapons are that I talk fast, and I get very close to your face. Then you get completely unnerved, and you do whatever I say. If you don’t do what I tell you, I have no power. You can listen to me, and you can have respect for me. You can even be convinced by me. But if you don’t do what I say, I have no power.” In that way, the student warrior learned how to defeat fear. ” Pema Chödrön, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times

Like the warrior Chodron mentions in her story, I must also learn how to combat fear.  It will always be there, sometimes a whisper and sometimes a forceful voice.  Regardless, I will finish my story and I will know that I did not allow my insecurities to defeat me.

Chödrön, Pema. When things fall apart : heart advice for difficult times. Boston: Shambhala Distributed in the U.S. by Random House, 2000. Print.

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20
February
2013

Interview with Kidnapped Hearts’ Author, Cait Jarrod

Interview with Kidnapped Hearts’ Author, Cait Jarrod

 

Today I have the pleasure of interviewing a good friend,  fellow member of Coffee Talk Writers, and an up and coming new author, Cait Jarrod. 

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Hi Cait. Thank you for taking the time to sit with me and talk about Kidnapped Hearts.

1). Tell me a little about the story.

Small town girl and owner of The Memory Café, Pamela Young, regales in her life with her friends, aptly named the Band of Friends until her life is turned upside down with stolen bearer bonds mysteriously coming into her possession.

After a five-year disappearing act, Jake Gibson returns home retired from the FBI, and ready to make a mends with his estranged family. A freelance case falls into his lap, involving the woman he’d resisted years ago. He will do anything to protect Pamela, even put his life in jeopardy along with his heart.

2). What makes Pamela so special? Why should I root for her?

She’s a sweet, honest woman who becomes a victim of circumstance because of her stepfather’s criminal activity, resulting in her being put in harm’s way with a known terrorist. She has to learn to defend herself or get hurt.

Wow, so she has to be everything she’s not in order to survive. Sounds like she had to experience a great deal of disappointment to get there. Some writers say they feel their character’s emotions when they write a scene. Did you feel her pain as you wrote parts of it?

Yes, I try to get inside the character’s head, so the reader feels everything they do, hence, I smile, laugh, get scared and yes my eyes water when they’re sad. I’ve had to take breaks from writing a scene when the emotions have gotten too strong.

3). How did you know when the story was done?

When the plot is resolved, all the pieces have been tied off, and the couple has their ending.

4). So this is your first published novel. Tell me what that’s like for you.

I have a range of emotions. I was happy and excited, then there was the flipside, sad and scared. I’m happy and excited for obvious reasons. Sad because I wish my mother was here to share this with me, and not knowing how readers will perceive the book is somewhat scary.

3). Thank you for answering my questions and I can’t wait to hear what the readers think of Kidnapped Hearts. Tell us where we can pick ourselves up a copy and how we can let you know what we think.

Kidnapped Hearts can be found on several links. Two of the most popular are below. The book will be available at Barnes and Noble soon.

http://www.evernightpublishing.com/kidnapped-hearts-by-cait-jarrod/

http://www.amazon.com/Kidnapped-Hearts-Band-Friends-ebook/dp/B00BH78B7Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361230473&sr=8-1&keywords=cait+jarrod

There are several places you can contact me. To sign up for future notices ‘like’ my Facebook page, follow me on Twitter, go to my webpage and follow by blog, or email me. All of these places you can leave a review as well. Amazon even has a place to give the book a star rating.

Webpage: caitjarrod.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CaitJarrod

FB: https://www.facebook.com/cait.jarrod

Email: cait.jarrod@aol.com

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17
February
2013

Cait Jarrod – Kidnapped Hearts

Cait Jarrod – Kidnapped Hearts

 

Hello all.  Check out up and coming new author, Cait Jarrod.  She is an excellent writer and her book comes out February 28, 2013.  Grab a copy.  It’ s a must read!!

Kidnapped Hearts

By

Cait Jarrod

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Small town girl and owner of The Memory Café, Pamela Young, regales in her life with her friends, aptly named the Band of Friends until her life is turned upside down with stolen bearer bonds mysteriously coming into her possession.

After a five-year disappearing act, Jake Gibson returns home retired from the FBI, and ready to make a mends with his estranged family. A freelance case falls into his lap, involving the woman he’d resisted years ago. He will do anything to protect Pamela, even put his life in jeopardy along with his heart.

Excerpt:

A scream shot Jake out of the bathroom. He’d been spying on Pamela in a bathing suit that barely covered her luscious breasts ever since she snuck out of the house until nature called him away. In his underwear, he dashed through the sliding doors in his bedroom and spotted a silhouette walking out of the water. Looking through the binoculars, he released a breath. Pamela was okay.

There was something sensual about surveilling her through binoculars. Not quite the upstanding thing to do. Then again, it was his job to watch over her. Outside of tying her to a bed, which wasn’t a terrible idea, he didn’t have any other choice.

Pamela’s next movement shocked him. She unfastened the top of her bathing suit. The discarded top landed on the sandy beach.

Jake sucked in a breath and leaned forward against the railing, supporting his weak knees. Pamela pulled the strings on each side of her too tight bikini bottoms. It slipped away.

Hard as a rock, he observed a butt naked Pamela dash into the water. Jake swallowed as her firm mounds disappeared. The sight hypnotized him until a strange prickling at the base of his neck occurred, his hair standing on end. He surveyed the stretch of beach. Nothing. He focused back on Pamela.

“Damn it.” The realization smacked him in the head like a tree branch. He had been so engrossed keeping an eye on her that he forgot agents roamed the area.

After lobbing his binoculars in a nearby chaise, he descended the deck stairs, bounded down the boardwalk, and scrambled through the sand. “Pamela!” Crap, he should have yelled Betty. The concern dissipated as his mouth watered and his dick twitched. Pamela faced him. Her lush globes swayed, beckoning him. His eyes drifted south as her waist broke the water’s surface. The moon illuminated the dark hair of her mound.

He shoved his lust aside as anger rose. “Anyone could see you.” He grabbed her beach towel from the ground. Within seconds, he stood in front of her, blocking her luscious body from anyone who roamed in the shadows. The problem was he had a direct visual of her feminine form. Like a divining rod looking for water, his male anatomy pointed directly at what it wanted.

He groaned and pressed his hand against the unthinking part of him. The ache made him cranky. “What the hell are you doing?” He moved his hand and touched her arms; her naked breasts touched his bare chest. They both stilled. He wasn’t this strong. No man was. “God, Pamela,” he said on a sigh.

The hunger in her eyes drove him crazy. He wanted his lips on hers, his hands on her firm breasts.

She shifted, and her nipples stroked his skin.

“For the love of God,” he groaned. His voice sounded strained, even to him.

“Should I remain patient?”

His eyes lifted from her breasts that begged to be touched, landing on the mischievous gleam in her eye. “No. Yes. Damn it.” He raked his hand through his hair and sucked in a mouthful of fortified air. “I can’t … but yes, we both need to be patient.”

He grasped her shoulders, turning her until her back faced him. “Raise your arms.” He wrapped the towel around her, commanding his hands not to stray from her shoulders. Despite his efforts not to touch her, he kissed the back of her neck.

She eased away and faced him, her lips turning up at the corners. “Remember, be patient.” She whisked by him.

His body pulsed with need. Wiping his hand down his face, he followed her out of the bay.

Holding her towel firmly, Pamela trotted up the boardwalk toward the house. Jake’s footsteps sounded behind her. She wanted to reach her bedroom before he could say another word. What had she been thinking to disrobe the way she had? The discarded bathing suit lying on the beach flashed in her mind. Tomorrow, she’d unearth it. Hopefully, the tide wouldn’t sweep it into the water. If it did, she’d leave some money in the drawer with a note of apology.

She edged around the group of flowering bushes hiding the outdoor shower and washed her feet, then turned to ascend the steps. A hand on her waist stopped her. Jake had caught up with her. “I don’t want to talk about it.”

The hand dropped, and the voice that responded made her skin crawl. “It’s nice to see you, Pamela.”

Cait Jarrod

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Born and raised in Virginia, I spend my time between being a mom, a taxi for my children, and writing. As a child, I had an active imagination. As an adult, I loved to escape into romance books and movies. Put the two together and you have a writer of romantic suspense novels.

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