Fall Into Darkness Preorder Tour and Interview with the cover model, Craig Geirish

I got to read Fall Into Darkness when it was a short story and loved it! I can’t wait to get my hands on the full story now. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom. There’s an awesome interview with the book’s cover model, Craig Giersh.

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Fall Into Darkness
By Valerie Twombly
Release Date: November 9, 2015
Genre: Paranormal Romance

Eli lives by his own rules and bows to no one, even when summoned before the Tribunal Seven. They deem the hunter has lost his humanity and sentence the angel to earth with one mission: find some compassion or be condemned to Hell.

Ashley considers herself a freak. With one glance into a person’s eyes, she foresees their death. When an attack brings a handsome stranger to her rescue, she can’t help but be drawn to his steel-blue gaze.

Fate will bring them together but desire could bond them for eternity.


Ashley wandered through Eli’s bedroom, noting how bare it was. Except for a queen four-poster bed, a dresser, and a fireplace, there was nothing else here. She wondered how lonely he must have been to never make a real home in one place. Eva had told her this small cabin in the north woods was always his favorite and that was why she’d asked to be brought here.

After stoking a fire, she donned the short red nightie that hardly covered her breasts and left her long legs exposed. There was no way he could resist, not if he were half as needful as she, and something told her he would be more so. She hoped he’d be so lust ridden he’d complete the bond. Guilt filled her for what she was about to do, but she’d do anything to save him. She’d worry about the aftermath later.

The double-winged tattoo on the back of her hip burned, and she’d learned it meant Eli was close by. Was he watching from a distance? She stepped into the soft light of the fire, knowing it cast a sensual glow across her skin. Yeah, she was pulling out all the stops. A cool breeze whispered across her skin causing her nipples to tighten.

He was here.

She turned, and when her gaze fell upon him standing in the shadows she gasped. His naked chest glistened in the firelight that reflected across the room. A thick rope of muscles coiled just under his skin, and her fingertips itched to touch him. Dark jeans, settled so low on his hips, she could see the dusting of hair that led to his sweet spot. However, it was the massive black wings that stretched out and brushed the ground that really drew her attention. Her fallen angel was dark and sinister, yet every fiber of her being said he’d never harm her. He’d come to her and she was determined to finish what they’d started.

She was determined to save his soul.

“Eli.” She took a step closer.

He flashed a set of fangs. “I’ve never been weak in my entire life, but with you… You are my weakness. Look at me Ashley, I’m one step away from claiming you. Being mated to me will be a fate worse than death.”

Another step. Careful not to scare him off, she stopped short of being able to reach out and touch him. Opening her mind, he could feel everything she did should he choose to. “You’re wrong. Walking away from you would be a worse fate. You’ve touched something deep inside me. Fate brought us together because we need each other.” She took the last step and placed her hands on his chest. He stiffened beneath her touch.

“I need you and I don’t mean just the physical. I mean emotionally as well. You have my heart as well as my body. All of me, it belongs to you.”

His adam’s apple rose and fell then he gripped her waist and tugged her close. He bent his head and slanted his mouth over hers. Sucking her bottom lip through his teeth, he gave a nibble; his fangs gently scraped her sensitive flesh before his tongue slipped inside. She dragged her nails down his chest, and he deepened the kiss. They both became lost in the moment.

Eli broke the kiss and licked his way down her neck and across her clavicle. Ashley tipped her head back on a moan.

“You have on too many clothes,” he whispered.

“Then I suggest you get rid of them,” she urged.

He wasted no time. Gripping the top of her nightie, he ripped it wide open then shoved the satin material off her shoulders and let it drop to the floor. She stood before him, her body bathed in only the firelight.

“You should be laid out on a bed of silk and worshipped. Instead, I tear your clothes from your body.” He unbuttoned his jeans and shoved them to the floor, stepping free from them before he kicked them aside. She started to reach for his erection, but he spun her and pinned her back against the wall. “I can’t stop myself. I’m so damn cold, and I need to feel your warmth wrapped around me.”

“Take what you need.”
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Award winning and bestselling author, Valerie Twombly grew up watching Dark Shadows over her mother’s shoulder, and from there her love of the fanged creatures blossomed. Today, Valerie has decided to take her darker, sensual side and put it to paper. When she is not busy creating a world full of steamy, hot men and strong, seductive women, she juggles her time between a full-time job, hubby, and her two German Shepherd dogs, in Northern IL. Valerie is a member of Romance Writers of America and Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal Romance Writers. She is also the founder of Sexy Scribblers, a group of romance writers who bring readers new and fresh stories every month.

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Interview with Craig Geirish

I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful photographer by the name of Eric David Battershell at RT Booklovers in Dallas this past May. After chatting with him I decided to try my first custom shoot for the cover of Fall Into Darkness. I saw Craig and instantly knew he was it. He fit the image I had of Eli perfectly. I have to say; I’ve grown very fond of him. Let’s face it, not only is he sexy, but smart, and determined. I hope you enjoy getting to know him as much as I have and I certainly hope you enjoy Eli and Ashley’s story.

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Interview with Eternal Flame’s Author, Valerie Twombly

Interview with Eternal Flame’s Author, Valerie Twombly




I had the pleasure of reading Eternal Flame before it was ever submitted for publishing and let me tell you this is one steamy story. Today, I have the pleasure of interviewing the story’s author, my dear friend, and fellow Coffee Talk Writer, Valerie Twombly.

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

V: Hi Kishan, I am so excited to be here. Hugs to you!

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

V: Well where to start. I have combined two of my favorite paranormal elements, vampires and dragons. Tossed in a few demons and Gods, mixed it up and came up with Eternal Flame.

This is book one in a series and is the story about one immortal guardian named Marcus who discovers his mate. Problem is she happens to be human.

In this first book the readers will get a glimpse into the world of the immortal guardians and the Gods who created them. Marcus and Cassie will struggle against an evil force that is trying to unleash all kinds of hell (literally) into the human world.

K: What was your inspiration for Eternal Flame?

V: I wanted to write about vampires, but needed it to be different from other books I have read. So I decided on the immortal guardians, but with a twist. Did you ever think your guardian angel might have fangs? *winks*

Aidyn, was the first character to come to me. I knew this could not be his book because I had bigger plans for him, so I came up with his second in command, Marcus. From there I put together the rest of the crew.

K: Speaking of the rest of the crew, Marcus and Cassie are very sexy and no-nonsense characters. They sizzled with sexual tension. Tell us a little about these two hotties.

V: Marcus was fairly easy to write, I knew his personality from the beginning. Loyal, stubborn and even a bit angry, but he has a heart of gold.

Cassie, on the other hand, she was more of a challenge. As it turned out the more I wrote her the more I got to know her. I think she grew tremendously from the beginning of the story. She is a soft hearted woman, both strong and weak. There were times when she would simply burst into tears and then she would show me strength I didn’t know she had. I think Cassie is not unlike many women I know. I really do have to give her credit, she handled the clashing of two worlds with finesse.

K: When I read the story, so many of your characters caught my attention and left me wanting to know more about them. I couldn’t help but feel that several of them deserved their own stories. Do you have any plans of making sequels?

V: *Squeals* I’m so glad you asked. Yes!

Actually I am working on book two right now, called Fatal Desire. I aim to have it completed by the end of the year and ready to turn into my editor. My hope is it will be published by Spring 2014. This book is Caleb’s story. You do get a small glimpse of this dragon shifter in Eternal Flame. He was very insistent that his story be next. He is a demanding dragon, but sexy as hell so I couldn’t say no. I think the fans will love him.

I plan on several books in this series and have already started jotting notes for book three.

K: What genre would Eternal Flame fall under?

V: Paranormal Romance.

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

V: I am excited and nervous. It really didn’t hit home until I saw the cover and I have to say I am still floored over it. The publisher did a fantastic job.

Now, I worry about my schedule. I have a two week blog tour coming up in October and I think life is going to get a little crazy.

K: That is one sexy cover 😉 You’re life is about to get a little crazy. Tell me a little about that life. What do you do when you’re not writing steamy paranormal romances?

V: I work a full-time job as an administrative assistant. I have a wonderful husband and two beautiful dogs I like to spend time with. I must admit, I’m still trying to find the best way to juggle my time.

Eternal Flame will be releasing on Oct 2, 2013 with Resplendence Publishing.

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Interview with Author DC Stone

Interview with Author DC Stone



K: Today I’m interviewing my dear friend and published author DC Stone (or Des as I’d like to call her). Thanks for taking the time to meet with me.

D: *smiles* Thank you for having me. *bounce*

K: I had the privilege of reading Armed and Desired in the early stages of the story. It was my first exposure to DC Stone and to erotica. To be honest, I expected it to be poorly written for no other reason than the genre it was in. I know that was very ignorant of me (hangs head in shame).

Let me tell you, Des, you blew those biases out the water with in five minutes of reading. I was blushing and totally sucked into the lovely Allyssa Bloom’s and sexy Nate Wilshire’s worlds.

Since then, I have read your other short story, High Scandal, and full length novel, Feral Craving, which is part of part of your Justice Demon series. Both of them so very polished and addictive. So first and foremost, thank you Des for, ahemm, enlightening me and for taking the time to hang out with me

D: Well, I should be thanking you for that introduction. I’m glad you liked it. It was certainly fun to write.

K: Before we get into Armed and Desired, tell us about the Justice Demon series and Feral Cravings.

D: Oh boy, the Justice Demon series is both my baby and my biggest heartache I have. It’s different from anything else I write, in the stance that it is paranormal romance. Of course this series still contains the whole Alpha male approach, with sexy men who fight against the ultimate battle in losing their hearts. They don’t want to fall, don’t think they are good enough, but we learn and prove to these cavemen that they are. The paranormal aspect is different from anywhere else in the industry. I’ve created a group of “Justice Demons” who are charged with keeping the good and evil of the world centered. Should the scales tip too much in either favor, then life on Earth as we know it, can end. The only way this is enforced is through these demons, who also live under the pretense as humans, and their ability to “read” souls.

K: Now you have a book releasing on September 10 and I’m so excited the rest of the world will get to know and fall in love with Alyssa and Nate. Tell us about that.

D: Armed and Desired is part of the booming 1NS series with Decadent. In my story, I put a spin on two police officers and opened the doors for them to either act, or sink, on the mutual attraction they have for one another.

K: Here’s a blurb about the story and if you scroll down, you’ll find an excerpt from the book.

Being a cop can be a dirty job … but somebody’s got to do it. Sergeant Alyssa Bloom, assigned as Patrolman Nate Wilshire’s trainer, knows what it means to stay in control, be alert to her surroundings, and keep a level head. Not so easy to do around the hot, young rookie.

Nate has the best job in the world—police officer with the sexiest partner a guy could ask for. Alyssa might be training him, but he has a few things he’d like to teach her. Unwilling to act on his desires and risk unprofessional conduct, he asks Madame Eve to find him someone to scratch the itch Alyssa can’t.

With the need to let loose hitting the red zone, Alyssa agrees to contact 1Night Stand. When her date is none other than her sexy partner, she has a decision to make—maintain professionalism and leave…or let her heart finally take control.

K: Alyssa is a very strong but sexy woman who should have no problem, you would think, in finding a man but yet she does. What or who inspired you to introduce the world to her?

D: Alyssa is based off a good friend of mine, same name. Lol. In my world, especially where I’m dealing with criminals and alpha cops all day, it isn’t unusual for a woman in the industry to push their feminine side to the back seat. It’s a world where we (as women) need to work twice as hard to prove ourselves. Alyssa is the true example of that. She’s a woman who thinks she has to be tough, be this cop (and not a woman) all the time. I wanted to show those outside the industry that they are just as sexual, and just as feminine.

K: So has your inspiration read the book?

D. Um, no. LOL But she does know it exists, and I’m sure she’ll be one of the first to pick it up. In true Alyssa fashion, the woman is working AND going to school, and that leaves very little playtime for her.

K: What do you think you like most about this story?

D. I like the concept that Valerie, Olivia, and Heather created with this. The ability for this Madam to push two people together and give them not only the time, but also the ability to see if sparks fly is intriguing.: I fell in love with Alyssa and Nate myself, and it’s nice to see these two finally get their HEA.

K: Thanks Des, I’m looking forward to getting a copy of Armed and Desired on September 10. You always seem to be in the middle of something new. What’s in store for DC Stone after this?

D: *laughs* It seems that way, doesn’t it? Well, at the moment I’m working on finding a home for my romantic suspense series, Blue Empire. This is something I hold very near and dear as it is going to be such a huge commitment. One I’m definitely looking forward to. Besides that, I’m working on book 2 in the Justice Demon series, which will be Mike’s book. And already, I’m seeing that I’ll be an emotional wreck through this entire story!

K: Both of those projects sound amazing. I can’t wait!! Tell us about what you do when you’re not writing about sexy strong women and hunky men.

D: Investigating! *laughs* I write what I know, and what I know is the world of crime. 😉 Now, if I told you anymore, than I’d have to …

K: Ha! Let’s not but what you can tell me is where can readers find your books and get connected with you.

D: The best place I can direct anyone who wishes to get in contact with me or find out what’s new is my website www.authordcstone.com

Thank you for having me again!


About DC Stone

D.C. Stone is an e-book author and full-time fraud investigator when she isn’t diving into the world of Fiction. She lives in the north-east with her incredibly supporting husband, two kids, and the all American black Labrador puppy. She’ll deny any association with the grumpy cat that also resides in the house, but he is there, never-the-less.

After serving eight years of service with the United States Air Force, she went on to transition into the world of Financial Crimes and became a lead investigator for many years.

Reading has always been a passion of hers, getting lost in a good, steamy romance one of her favorite past times. That passion took a back seat as soon as she discovered her own love for writing and recreating her own stories and characters. Her writing concentrates on Romance with specifics in Paranormal, Suspense, and Erotica.

Now, when she isn’t trying to solve a new puzzle in the world of fraud, she is engulfed with coffee, her laptop, and all those crazy characters in her head. Trying to keep up with that crazy bunch is a skill many would yearn to have.

She is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Kiss of Death, and the Liberty State Fiction Writers. Come stop by on Facebook, Twitter or her website and say hello!

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Excerpt from Armed and Desired


Nate waited at the floor-to-ceiling window of the hotel room and stared out across downtown San Diego. Tall skyscrapers soared around the city, their tops dusted with popping colors of green, blue, and red. Cars passed by in a blur, and with dusk only minutes past and the weekend kicking off, nightlife began to bloom along with his own anticipation.

He tucked his hands inside the charcoal dress pants and rocked back and forth in the uncomfortable black dress shoes. After spending days in his boots and uniform, the toes of the shoes pinched at his toes, and the soles unforgiving. He did not miss them. At all.

The door behind him clicked and a brush of air alerted him someone entered the room. He stilled, his heartbeat kicking out an erratic tempo in his throat, but he didn’t turn, instead watching a woman cross the threshold in the window’s reflection. She assessed the larger-than-normal hotel suite before her gaze settled on his back.

Perplexed, he tipped his head, recognizing her familiar features. She progressed with a lethal grace only a trained law enforcement officer would know, her steps purposeful, but silent, even in heels higher than he’d ever seen her in.

Standing to the side, she set her purse and a small black bag on a table, giving him her profile. A flash of deep red hair grabbed his attention. He sucked in a breath and pivoted in slow motion, refusing to allow hope to grow any more than it had, yet at the same time, fear sliced through. The one person he needed to get out of his system stood in the same room as he.

The night was about to go to hell.

Facing away from him, she took in the overwhelming luxury of the room. Desire slammed into him, he came to life with a kick against his fly.


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Interview with National Bestselling Author Carol Berg

Interview with National Bestselling Author Carol Berg


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Hi everyone!! Today’s blog post will be a copy of the interview I did with national bestselling author Carol Berg for Coffee Talk Writers.  I had so much fun with the interview, I decided to share it here as well.  Enjoy.

K: Today, I have the pleasure of introducing talented writer and award winning author Carol Berg. I was first introduced to Carol through her The Bridge of D’Arnath series. It was an amazing four book series depicting the trials and tribulations of Seri and Karon and the people who loved them. I have to tell you, Carol, your books sucked me in and I couldn’t put them down until all four were read cover to cover.

C: Thanks so much! I’m happy to be here. And it’s really nice to talk about the Bridge series. It has some of my favorite characters and it’s my only series where a woman is the heart and soul of every book. The fourth book, Daughter of Ancients is one of my most favorite of all my work.

K: Ooh, Daughter of Ancients is my favorite too!! Tell us a little about The Bridge of D’Arnath series.

C: I often start a book at the point where someone’s particular story seems to have ended, and I really like experiencing world changing events through a very personal lens. In this case, a young woman who had shown so much promise in her youth–intellect, passion, courage, and love–lives in an exile of pain and bitterness. She’s lost everything of meaning to her. Once wealthy and privileged, she has been reduced to poverty, left with only a rustic hovel and a trunkful of painful memories. When a strange young man appears in the vicinity, desperate, hunted, unable to speak or understand her or remember anything at all, she is tempted to leave him to his pursuers…until she realizes that his pursuers are the very people who caused her own sorrows. Son of Avonar is Seri’s journey to reclaim her life and her family by helping this young man discover his identity and his mission. In order to do this, she must relive the painful memories she has shut away for ten years.

The next three books take us on a journey through three worlds and eleven years, embroiling Seri and her stranger in a magical war that is at once intimate and worldshaking.

K: It really is an intense story and I loved every page of it. My favorite of your characters is Seri. She’s this strong, quiet woman who fights against unspeakable odds to protect the ones she loves. What inspired you to create her?

C: So much fantasy is written from a male perspective (I certainly do that a lot!) And it seemed like most heroines are either snarky, kick-ass twenty-somethings or naive ingenues with unbelievable magic. I wanted to create a different kind of heroine. Strong women don’t have to be fighters, although Seri certainly knows her way around a knife. And women who have been around for more than twenty years (Seri is 35) can have a lot of experience and resources to bring to an adventure – also some painful baggage of course. I also liked the idea of the central character of a magical war who has no magic of her own but the power of her own personality. That was a challenge!

K: “Strong women don’t have to be fighters.” I so love that statement. Your The Bridge of D’Arnath series is in the first person point of view. There’s a lot of debate about writing first person. What are your thoughts on the subject?

C: Personally, I just don’t see the debate. Many of my favorite books, both fantasy and other, happen to be first-person narratives. First person stories are so intimate. I love experiencing a grand adventure through that kind of personal lens. Of course, some first person is done well, some not – just like any other kind of story! Writing first person is both challenging (to avoid the common pitfalls) and enjoyable.

The real challenge in the Bridge series came in Guardians of the Keep, when I realized that my hero and my heroine had to take different paths through the story. I gulped and decided I needed both points of view. And then a child was kidnapped, and neither of my narrators could be with him, and I had to start thinking like a young boy who had grown up believing he was evil. Books 2, 3, and 4 all ended up with multiple FP points of view, and were great fun to write.

K: You have written a total of 13 epic fantasies thus far. For those of us who aren’t very familiar with that genre, tell me what is an epic fantasy.

C:Epic usually refers to big stories, usually spanning multiple volumes with continuing characters, and involving political, religious, or large scale conflicts. This can certainly include quest fantasy, the quintessential “road trip” like Lord of the Rings, but also many other kinds of heroic adventures – like the Bridge books. (Game of Thrones is certainly an epic.) I like my epics told from the aspect of a very personal story imposed atop the epic events.

K: How do you know when a series is done?

C: In the case of the Bridge series, I didn’t, at first. I wrote the three and believed the story was done at the end of The Soul Weaver. And yet I knew that Gerick, the youth we saw grow up in Guardians and Soul Weaver had a great deal left to learn. But then I wrote a bit of another story, about a young woman who walks out of the desert and a young man who has no understanding of love. I wasn’t sure whether this was the beginning of another series in the same world, or a fourth in the Bridge series. And then, one day when I was driving, the insight hit me – the twist that resolved Gerick’s story and the other threads left dangling from other three. I knew Daughter of Ancients had to be the fourth of four!

K: Carol, you’ve been recognized for your writing. Tell me, how many awards do you have under your belt currently?

C: My work has been honored with a number of awards that I appreciate very much, and I’ve been shortlisted for several others. The fourth Bridge novel, Daughter of Ancients, received the Prism Award for the Best Romantic Fantasy. And I’ve received three Colorado Book Awards for the best genre fiction novel by a Colorado author (which is not easy, as we have so many fine writers of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, romance, and horror in Colorado). But the award that humbled and thrilled me the most was the Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature that I received for my Lighthouse Duet – Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone. That put my name in the company of Tolkien and Neil Gaiman, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, and Mary Stewart–one of my inspirations. It still gives me goosebumps!

K: I’ve been hearing a lot about your Collegia Magica series. Tell me about them.

C: I call The Spirit Lens, the first Collegia Magica novel, my “double-agent murder mystery set in a kingdom that has experienced a grand renaissance, where science is forcing magic to the sidelines.” I’ve always had a particular fondness for murder mysteries and double-agent thrillers. I love the combination of reasoning and instinct needed to formulate a theory to fit a chain of evidence. And I enjoy watching the interplay of skills each particular investigator brings to a puzzle. As I was contemplating what to work on next when I concluded the Lighthouse Duet, it occurred to me that I had never written a story where a mystery and its investigation drove the plot. But an investigative mystery is a tricky challenge for a fantasy-adventure. You’ve got to make sure the possibilities of magic don’t make true investigative skills unnecessary.

It also happens that I love the tension that derives from mismatched people working together to a common purpose (eg. Holmes and Watson, Merlin and Arthur, and my own Seyonne and Aleksander of the Rai-kirah books). I already had one character who had lurked in my imagination for many years – a brooding practitioner of magic, a talented man with a big chip on his shoulder, a sorcerer on the verge of choosing whether to pursue his passion for magic into the dark or the light. His name was Dante. So then all I had to do was to go looking for a partner (or two!) and a good, juicy mystery. And so I found Portier, my serious librarian, and Ilario, the dandy chevalier, and sent them after a murderer.

Of course the story grows larger than a simple murder attempt, dealing with the nature of magic, and the lines that separate magic and myth and science and the divine. Also with mysterious cities in the desert, lots of people who are not what they seem, and a young woman who falls in love with a voice in her head! No, my stories aren’t simple.

K: So how does a software engineer and math major become an award winning writer? Are you still a software engineer by profession?

C: It was wholly by chance! I as always a reader, but I was convinced I could never write a whole story. (All that plotting and foreshadowing and leaving clues and such.) But a good friend of mine – a fellow engineer – and I had the habit of trading books and talking about them over lunch. One day we were talking about a fantasy story that had been told as a series of letters between two sisters. In a fit of midday madness, she suggested we each take a character and write letters to each other, as she had ambitions to write stories one day – our own little RPG!! Before I left work that afternoon, I started the first letter and produced TWENTY pages. No one was more surprised than I. I was already hooked. I left the day job behind in 2002, which means my software skills are hopelessly out of date. So I am now a full-time writer. I do find my software experience helps me a lot, whether using logic to connect the pieces of a complex plot or withstanding and responding to editorial critique (aka a design review!)

K: Do you have any advice for new writers out there who might read this blog?

C: My standard advice for aspiring writers is:
1. Think characters. What do they like; what do they dislike; what are they afraid of; why do they choose the paths they walk? Avoid all-powerful heroes, all-evil villains, and magic that can fix anything.
2. Another bit . . . read your work aloud. This reveals so much about flow of language and dialogue, about balance and clarity.
3. Find compatible peers to read your work and critique it. Don’t change things just because they say, but listen to their comments and let them teach you to read your story with new eyes.
4. Read, read, read. Inside your genre. Outside your genre. If you don’t read, why would you want to write?

K: Where can readers get copies of your books and find your blog?

C: My books can be found in brick and mortar bookstores. Ask, if you don’t see them there!

They can also be found at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Indiebound.

All of them are in print, ebook, and audio book (through Audible.com).

You can find me online at www.carolberg.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/carolberg


About the Author

Carol Berg calls writing the hobby that ate her life.  Though a devoted reader, she majored in mathematics at Rice University and computer science at the University of Colorado so she wouldn’t have to write papers. Somewhere in the middle of a software engineering career, she started writing for fun, and that was that.  Carol’s thirteen epic fantasy novels have won multiple Colorado Book Awards, the Prism Award for romantic fantasy, and the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.  They’ve been read, so readers tell her, on five continents, on a submarine under the Mediterranean, in the war zone of Iraq, and on the slopes of Denali.  Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews called her Novels of the Collegia Magica things like “compelling, intelligent, complex” and “superbly realized.  The latest is The Daemon Prism.  Next up is a new fantasy/mystery duology about a sorcerer who draws portraits of the dead.  First volume, Dust and Light, will be out from Roc Books in August 2014. Carol camps, hikes, and bikes in Colorado and lives on the internet at http://www.carolberg.com.

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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.


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.


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.

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