Whose your favorite superhero?

I was thinking about heroes today,  superheroes that is.  One of my favorite questions to ask my guests here is “Who is your favorite superhero?”  It’s a question that anyone can answer easily.  Is there anyone out there who doesn’t love superheroes?  Haven’t we all wished for superpowers once (okay maybe some of us were five, but that still counts.)

When I was five, I wanted to be Wonder Woman because she was strong and beautiful. She wore glasses and no one dared pick on Diana.   Even better, she was a princess.  Superman was great because he’s just so dang honest and perfect and  he could fly–without the invisible plane.  He was also too perfect, just a little…boring.  (Stay tuned for villains turned heroes tomorrow.) Where’s the character building flaws? Moving on. Spidey’s cool. So are the X-Men. (Wolverine is my favorite out of that bunch.)

With the anime explosion (yes, I *heart* anime.) came more strong role models for girls.  My Anna was little when Sailor Moon first started airing in the U.S. ,  so between her and Kayla I’ve seen every episode countless times.  Cardcaptors, Digimon, Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon also made the list of must watch toons in our house.

Still, out of all the superheroes to choose from, Batman will always be my favorite. Why? He was just a guy. Yes, a rich guy, with Alfred’s genius skills and lots of toys, but…he was still just a guy with a tormented past. He stepped up, saved the day without a single super power.  He wasn’t perfect, didn’t pretend to be.  He was full of angst and grit, struggling to avenge without crossing a line he couldn’t come back from.  Batman=awesome.

If you’re a bat fan, then you should check out this short Batman Beyond film made in honor of the 75th anniversary of the bat.

I’m curious to know. Whose your favorite superhero?

 

 

Interview with Emma Shortt (The Seduction Game)

Emma Shortt Author picThank you for joining me in the shadows. Pay no attention to that odd silhouette over there. Weird things live here.  Where do you hail from?

I live in a small village on the west coast of England. My house is on the top of a hill and it’s a total to bitch to walk up to!

Tell me about your latest book. What makes it stand out from the crowd?

Well, I took one geek, added in a millionaire, gave them a good shake and waited to see what would come out the other end.

Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

I am working on the second book in my End of Days Love series. These are my very favorite books and after spending the last year writing pure romance it’s nice to get back to some horror.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Ignore the courses, ignore the groups, ignore everything but the story. You aren’t a writer until you write. So settle down and write. When you’re done write some more, and then some more. Do that for at least a year, more if you can, then come up for air.

It’ll be worth it believe me. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of writing, the end, after 400 pages!

How did you deal with rejection letters? Any tips for unpublished writers?

I have three publishers now that I am very happy with so it is unlikely I would go elsewhere. However…I remember very well how it felt to get those rejection letters. When I sent my first book out everything was done by snail mail and I would get home to see a brown envelope on the doormat…it was a depressing time! My advice would be to believe in yourself…but if you’re getting the same criticism over and over then murder your darlings! It’s the only way.

What tools of the trade are must-haves for you?

My laptop. I don’t need anything else.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done to research a story?

Oh lord…erm…one time I had to sit through an hour of, some quite odd, porn. It was a hard job but someone had to do it!

What do you like to read?

Everything! As a teenager I was in love with Anne Rice. In fact, the first book I ever wrote was an epic vampire love story. I also adore Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials, how I love Will and Lyra!), Bernard Cornwell, Susan Gregory, Hugh Howey, Paul Antony Jones and Stephen King.

As an author I read in every genre I possibly can but my true loves are post-apocalyptic, horror and sci-fi, they become something very special for me when a romance is thrown in

Who is your favorite author and why?

It’s impossible to have a favorite author. There are so many talented people out there! That being said, in the past I have contacted authors to let them know how much I enjoyed their work, or to ask for an ARC. I auto-buy the authors that responded, even if it was just a one line response.

Now for the fun questions.  Let’s strip away the veil of invisibility. Do you have a day job alongside writing and will you tell us about it?

I do indeed. I’m a math geek in my day job. I spend my time analyzing huge data sets and building mathematical models. It’s completely different to my writing world. It uses a different part of my brain but… There’s always a moment when you work out what the data is telling you and you get a ‘ha ha’ moment, it is very similar to when the plot comes together in a book. I remember…sorry I’m going to bore you now…when I was in my early teens and I realized the relationship between squared and cubed numbers…to bottle that feeling! Gah! I wish I could sprinkle it on everything.

If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have chosen?

Well I wanted to be an astronaut! It didn’t quite work out! But what I do not in my day career is something I enjoy and it compliments the two sides of my personality – the creative and the analytical. 

Who is your favorite superhero (or heroine)? Can be from a comic book, movie, novel, cartoon, video game or anywhere else heroes reign.

Lyra from His Dark Materials. I adore that book and her character growth. I adore how she is strong and yet she doesn’t even realize that she is until the later books. Philip Pullman, if you are reading this where the heck is The Book of Dust!

Your favorite book hero?

You know…in all honesty I don’t have one. I’m always drawn to the female characters. I can’t bear a weak minded heroine. Strong heroines are a must for me.

You finally have an evening free to spend any way you want. Money is no object. Where do you go? What would you do?

At home with my family, watching a movie, and eating whatever I like. My spare time is very precious, there is no one I prefer to spend it with than my husband and my children.

You’ve been gifted (or cursed) with the ability to shift into another form by a witch. What kind of shifter are you? Why?

I would like to spend the day with my cat. I’m always fascinated by what she gets up to. Sometimes she’ll be gone for hours and she comes back all self-satisfied. I’d like to know why.

Thanks so much for being my guest today! Anything else you’d like to share with my readers?  Don’t forget to give us links to your website etc.

Thanks for having me!

www.emmashortt.com

www.facebook.com/emmashortt

www.twitter.com/emmashortt

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The Seduction Game

By Emma Shortt

Synopsis:  When millionaire bad boy, Will Thornton, tries to buy computer-geek Kate Kelly’s building out from under her, she refuses to sell. Will might be uber rich, and super successful but she won’t be bullied. Trouble is, she didn’t expect Will to look like one of her fantasy heroes, or to make her heart beat a little too fast. She’s prepared to wait him out, but it’ll take every ounce of her self-control to win this game.

With millions of dollars on the line, Will is positive he can make Kate sell. He’s played the game better than anybody and charming is his middle name. Problem is, the snarky, geeky, computer-wiz is nothing like he imagined—impossibly cute and a match for him in every way.

The game is on but can two such radically different people come out winners in the game of seduction?

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Emma Shortt Author picAuthor Bio: As a kid Emma wanted to be an astronaut, or maybe Captain Janeway. Because she didn’t really think her career choices through very well she ended up in an everyday geek job, crunching numbers and sighing over syntax. It seemed a long way from the stars and in an effort to escape Emma decided to get serious about her other passion. Writing. Several years later and Emma has yet to walk on the moon or sit in the Captain’s chair, but she is still writing. She scribbles stories in all sorts of genres, contemporary, paranormal, post-apocalyptic, historical, sci-fi…if she hasn’t tried it yet she will before long. The only common theme is the romance. A hopeless romantic everything Emma writes has a love story in there somewhere.

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by Carmen Falcone

 

Synopsis: Before the end of the night, they’ll break all the rules.

For just one night, Georgia Taylor wants to forget about her demanding job and the everyday struggles of being a single mom. Her track record with men is pitiful, but that’s fine because her responsibilities don’t leave room for love anyway. The new online dating site is perfect for what she’s after.

 

But Georgia’s plans fly out the window when Brent Turner, aka Sexy Dad and father of her daughter’s classmate, turns out to be her Internet date, therefore, eliminating any possibility for a night without consequences.

 

All of Brent Turner’s honorable intentions fly out the window when he sees highly strung “Super Mom” waiting for her date at the bar. Determined to win Georgia’s trust and show her a good time, their no-strings evening promises to become so much more…until, that is, she discovers he’s really trying to win her vote.

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Photography created by www.CassStudios.comAuthor Bio:  Carmen Falcone learned at an early age that fantasizing about fictional characters beat doing math homework any day. Brazilian by birth and traveler by nature, she moved to Central Texas after college and met her broody Swiss husband, living proof that opposites attract. She found in writing her deepest passion and the best excuse to avoid the healthy lifestyle everyone keeps talking about. When she is not lost in the world of romance, she enjoys spending time with her two kids, being walked by her three crazy pugs, reading, catching up with friends, and chatting with random people in the checkout line.

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Check it out: Cold Day in Hell by Jerrie Alexander

Cold-Day-In-HellEbook200x300Check out this wicked new release from one of my author pals. Jerrie Alexander’s Cold Day in Hell is anything but chilly.

COLD DAY IN HELL

JERRIE ALEXANDER

Blurb:  Ex-Army Ranger Tyrell Castillo’s first mission for Lost and Found, Inc. goes awry when his contact is kidnapped, and he’s left scrambling for weapons and explosives. He’ll have to blow up a drug cartel’s compound, rescue the woman, and keep her safe while they cross the sweltering hot Colombian jungle.

Driven by the need for revenge, Ana Maria Vega Cisneros doesn’t want to be rescued. She wants revenge. She’ll risk her life to ensure the drug lord who killed her family suffers the same fate.

The cartel leaves a trail of blood on their hunt for Ty and Ana. When Ty receives the order to kill the drug lord with extreme prejudice, he and Ana will face the enemy head on. Can Ty protect the woman who’s hell bent on vengeance? The woman he’s grown to love?

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JerrieAlexanderBIO:  A student of  creative writing in her youth, Jerrie set aside her passion when life presented her with a John Wayne husband, and two wonderful children.  A career in logistics offered her the opportunity to travel to many beautiful locations in America, and she revisits them in her romantic suspense novels.

But the characters went with her, talked to her, and insisted she share their dark, sexy stories with others.  She writes alpha males and kick-ass women who weave their way through death and fear to emerge stronger because of, and on occasion in spite of, their love for each other.  She likes to torture people, make them suffer, and if they’re strong enough, they live happily ever after.

The author of THE GREEN-EYED DOLL, THE LAST EXECUTION, SOMONE TO WATCH OVER ME, HELL OR HIGH WATER, and COLD DAY in HELL, books 1 and 2 in the Lost and Found, Inc. series. Book 3, NO CHANCE in HELL is scheduled for release in early April.

Social media links:

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You Gotta Read needs reviewers!

Hi, all. A bit of news…
I started reviewing for You Gotta Read Reviews in 2008. In 2009, I took over for as the guest blog admin. Recently our site admin came to the tough decision to either close our doors or pass the reins. After spending so much time and energy into helping build our site, well, I just couldn’t let those doors close. So, since taking over, I’m stumbling around trying to make the transition as smooth as possible. My first order of business is to increase reviews, but our reviewers already have more than we can handle. We need several more reviewers.

REVIEWERS WANTED! Interested? Here’s the basic requirements. Read the full list here. http://yougottaread.com/become-a-reviewer/

Be able to commit to reviewing at least three books a month. (After an trial period, you’ll be able to request more than two at once.)

Have the ability to write a clear, honest review with tact. So basic grammar and punctuality are a must. I do editing on the reviews, but there are only so many hours in the day. If it looks like my 15 yr. old wrote it in text language…Well you get the idea.

You must be at least 18. Many of the book requests we receive are romance and erotic romance. Adult content is present to varying degrees in much of what we review. Reviews are not assigned and we do get titles with sweet heat levels too. You will be able to request what you are comfortable reviewing.

Reviews are due back in one month.

You need the ability to read a digital book. There are free apps for your computer or smart phone if you do not have an actual e-reader. We rarely get print books any more. It’s much easier for everyone to use digital galleys.

You MUST agree to never, ever share a book entrusted to you. I will not stand for piracy. Any reviewer caught will be out on their ear and they will be reported to the law and their name shared with the publisher.

Still interested? Fill out the form here. http://yougottaread.com/become-a-reviewer/

Spotlight: Fighting Love by Abby Niles

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Abby Niles

Talk about kicking a fighter while he’s down. 

Former Middleweight champion and confirmed bachelor Tommy “Lightning” Sparks has lost it all: his belt, his career, and now his home. After the devastating fire, he moves in with his drama-free best friend, Julie. One encounter changes everything and Julie is no longer the girl he’s spent his life protecting but a desirable woman he wants to take to his bed. Knowing his reputation, he’s determined to protect Julie more than ever—from himself.

Veterinarian Julie Rogers has been in love with Tommy since she was ten, but would love to get over the man. She’s quiet nights at home and a glass of wine. He’s clubbing all night and shots of tequila. As friends they work great. As a couple? No way in hell. She just can’t get her heart to agree. When she starts spending time with another fighter, the man who’s always treated her like a sister is suddenly not being very brotherly and enflames her body like never before.

Can two childhood friends make a relationship work, or will they lose everything because they stopped FIGHTING LOVE.

 

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Author Bio:  Abby Niles has always loved to read. After having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. She didn’t plan for writing to become an obsession, but it did. Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy? When Abby’s not writing, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list.

 

Website: http://www.abbynilesauthor.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abbynilesauthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/abbyniles

 

Giveaway:

The author is giving away a $50 Visa gift card.

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Welcome to the new site.

Hi!

Welcome to the new site.  I’ll be adding some things over the next few days, so I hope you’ll be patient as I rearrange things.  I want to integrate the guest blog here too, but I haven’t quite figured that out yet. (I may have mentioned I’m a DIY’er before. That applies to every task that might not get me killed and so add basic coding to my growing repertoire.)

See that little BOOKS tab at the top? Scroll over it and you’ll find a page for every book I have out or in progress. The calendar tab is the same as on the old site.

Anywhoo, have a look around and let me know what you think.

Take care,

Brynna

Entangled Covet – Breaking all the Rules

Covets have all the sexiness, emotion, and happily ever after that readers have come to expect and love from Entangled. They are firmly grounded in the contemporary world, but each novel brings in supernatural twists, breaking the contemporary and paranormal rules, alike. To find out more about their titles, chat with authors, participate in special events, and to find out what books you’ll be coveting next, visit the Entangled website, follow them on Twitter, LIKE their Facebook page, and join the Book Club.

Also, make sure to hop on over the Entangled in Romance blog to join in the fun as Covet challenges readers to share their worst date stories. The worse, the better, hold no punches!

Today I’m happy to be featuring Covet’s January releases:

Love at Stake by Victoria Davies

Abbey is the lone human working for Fated Match, a company that pairs members of the supernatural community with their eternal mates.

To snag a young vampire socialite as their next client, Abbey journeys to the home of Lucian Redgrave, the oldest vampire on the East Coast. But he’s not willing to allow his vampire daughter to use the agency… unless Abbey can first find his perfect match in a month.

As Abbey coaches Lucian through his dates, she can’t deny the chemistry between them. But humans are toys for vampires, and risking her heart isn’t a part of the plan.

Haunt Me by Heather Long

Recently divorced author MacKenzie Dillon has lost her writing mojo. When she inherits her great aunt’s haunted house in Virginia, she is determined to make a new start. The creepy old house provides inspiration but at what cost?

Successful architect and paranormal skeptic Justin Kent returns to Penny Hollow to fulfill his father’s dying wish of revitalizing their small town. To do that, he needs the allegedly haunted estate at Summerfield. Mac, the new owner, may be gorgeous and spunky, but she refuses to sell.

These two have a dangerous history that spans the ages, but will they discover the truth in time to save their lives?

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Burn for Me by Cynthia Eden

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Burn For Me
Phoenix Fire Series, Book One
Release Date: January 28, 2014
Publisher: Kensington Brava
Genre: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 0758284047 / 9780758284044
Under Fire
Eve Bradley was undercover looking for a story, not a cause. But something about the man they called Subject Thirteen got her involved. The scientists said he was a devil, and they had a decent case: Terrifying power. A bad attitude. And looks that could lead anyone to sin. . .
Cain O’Connor knows the minute he catches her candy scent that Eve could drive him wild. But she’s a threat–in a way no one has been for him in years. She’s safer away from him, too. But with a powerful conspiracy determined to shut Eve up for good, there’s no time to argue. All they can do is trust their instincts–and their hearts. . .
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USA Today Best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over twenty-five novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.
Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings.  She has always wanted to write (don’t most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters–vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters that populate her romantic suspense stories.
Cynthia’s foreign sales for her books include translations to Japan, Germany, Thailand, Greece, and Brazil.
(Back in the day…) Cynthia graduated summa cum laude from the University of South Alabama where she studied Sociology (because people interest her) and Communication (because she likes to write about said people).  Cynthia has worked as a college admissions counselor, a teacher, and as an editor. But now, Cynthia is thrilled to be spending her days making up stories.
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