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Thursday, December 31, 2009

An Elf's Love by Lynn Crain




Title: An Elf’s Love
Release Date: December 15, 2009
Author: Lynn Crain
Author Website: www.extasybooks.com
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Genre: Fantasy Paranormal



Today I have the pleasure of welcoming Lynn Crain

Thanks for having me Rie!

What is your Sizzling Release?
Book five in the Santa's Elves series, An Elf's Love.


What is An Elf's Love all about?

When Treavor Haines attempts to kidnap Merna Locklin from her brother’s wedding, he is transported to an island paradise from which there appears to be no escape. Each day is an exquisite torture as he wants the young woman more and more. But Treavor needs to understand there is more to life than being the Dark Elf’s minion...will Merna be the elf to teach him?

Merna Locklin is terrified when she transports the man who tried to kidnap her and herself to a place she had always planned for a romantic retreat. But this is no honeymoon and Treavor Haines is no groom. Or is he?


Another Christmas has come and gone, so tell me what you asked Santa to bring you this year!
Books, eBooks and an eBook reader. I want either a Sony, a Nook or a Kindle. I get to choose exactly what now that Christmas is over. I can’t wait. LOL!


What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Party hardy or a quiet stay at home celebration with friends or your SO?
We were just discussing that...LOL! I have been gone for the last five years to relatives homes and am at a loss as what to do. None of my friends seem to be having a party and all my kids seem to be elsewhere. The hubby and I were talking about a nice fire, movies and an early night. That is, if I’m not writing...LOL!


Do you make New Year’s resolutions? If so, can you tell us what your resolution for 2010 is?
I don’t make resolutions per se but I do make a goal list for the year. I make a personal one and one for writing. On the writing list, I have things like sell to NYC and get an agent, whereas on the personal one I have thoughts about continuing my weight loss plan and taking better care of myself.


What are your plans, as far as your writing goes, for the New Year? Any hot releases coming up?
Again, I’d like a NYC contract as well as an agent. But so far, I have twenty-two deadlines, some on contracted work and others my own, with at least six of those having a publishing date in 2010. This coming year will see the end of my Santa’s Elves series and me working more on my science fiction romance series and singles titles. I hopefully will have my Protector series out with Loose Id. I’m not saying much as I’m writing all the books simultaneously and they are due February 1st. There’s five books in that series but I’m not sure just how many will be released this year. I will also be starting my series with Red Rose Publishing, The Movie Hunks, a series about those average guys who end the hottest on the planet. So, I have a lot coming up this year!


Thank you for joining me, Lynn. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
This year, readers can expect more giveaways and more books from me. I love hearing from them and will answer anything they ask, so they shouldn’t hesitate to contact me at lynncrain@cox.net. I love hearing from people. I also hope to get my newsletter going again and some new things on my blog. So drop by any time. Hope to see you all soon!
 














An Elf’s Love
Available NOW!!!
Book 5 in the Santa’s Elves Series


  His hand pushed down the cotton fabric covering her breasts and she shivered in the cool twilight air, her nipples erect. “You’re not cold are you?” His quite question brought her back to the moment.
  “Not really.”
  His thumb went around her nipple, plucking it into a tight bud before leaning in and putting his mouth there. As her moan resonated in the room, she arched into him wanting him to drag even more sensation from her body. This awareness was all new for her as her breasts tingled, one with his mouth on it, one with his hand. But there would be more, much more. “I have something else to tell you.” Her breathless whisper was full of suppressed emotion. She had to let him know, make him understand. “I’ve never—well—you know.”
  He drew on her nipple again before releasing it to look at her. “I know.”
  “You knew?”
  “From the moment you walked up to me. Part of what I do is reading people. Only the innocent act innocent in the way you did.” His infectious grin quirked his sensual mouth and made her insides feel like butter, all warm and gooey.
  “I don’t know what to say.” A flash of near embarrassment crossed her mind. It was a good thing her lover knew about her and her lack of experience.
  “Don’t say a thing…just feel.” His lips moved further down her body, removing the material as he went. He stopped when he found she had no underwear on. “Couldn’t find any panties?”
  She felt horrified for a moment. “They were all thongs,” she said in her defense. “While I appreciate just what they do for a man, they wouldn’t do a thing for me. I’d be uncomfortable and self-conscious.”
  “Uh- huh. Got it.”
  The roguish look on his face said he understood her feelings on the subject. Maybe after…. She knew what happened between men and woman, really she did. She just didn’t understand the hot need she had heard her sister and sisters-in-law talk about. They loved their husbands very much, but she would never allow a man to control so much of her. Ever. But she needed to concentrate on the here and now, the feelings she had and what she wanted.
  “I want to touch you.” She hoped the promise in her voice would prompt him to allow her access to his body. Those enjoyable moments reading all her romance novels were going to pay off if she could please her man. Her man. It had a nice ring to it.
  “Wonderful…I would like you to touch me.” He held his breath as she began her slow exploration of his body.
  While this wasn’t unknown territory for her, it was new and different, read about only in books, dreamed only since the moment she first saw him. She pushed his shirt out of the way and curved her body toward his. Her brows drew together in curiosity as she examined his body, starting with his chest. Placing her lips on his dark nipple, she drew her tongue over it, surprised when he gasped. “You’ll tell me if I do anything wrong, won’t you?” She turned wide eyes to him.
  “Baby,” he rasped, “Nothing you do right now would be wrong. Just go with the flow, do what you feel is right and it will be.” Grabbing her hair, he moved her back down to his body.



Sunday, December 20, 2009

From NRP's Sweetheart Line: WINTER KISSES




Title: Winter Kisses
Release Date: 12/21/2009
Authors: GR Bretz, Angela Nichelle, Kelley Heckart, Dena Celeste & Barbara Sheridan
Author Site: http://delightfullydisturbing.wordpress.com 
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Linkhttp://www.nobleromance.com/
Genre: Seasonal, holiday, romance


Blurb:
She’s the girl who lives in his dreams, but she’s so much more than that. She’s the girl he was supposed to meet, twice She’s the path he didn’t take, twice.That was forty years ago and you just can’t go back, except in dreams.






It’s Christmas day. Miracles have been known to happen. Who knows? The third time just might be the charm.


Welcome Glenn, it’s nice to have you here. What is your Sizzling Release?
It’s a short story called A Schrödinger Christmas


What is A Schrödinger Christmas all about?
This story is so surreal that it’s almost impossible to describe. It has to be experienced.


What was your inspiration for this holiday treat?
It was inspired by a beautiful young woman who kept popping up in my dreams.


Why contribute to an anthology? What’s the draw?
I like the idea of writing to a theme that someone else picked out. It challenges me and hopefully makes me a better writer.


Now for the good stuff! What is your favorite holiday memory?
When I was in eighth grade, my girlfriend gave me a blowjob for Christmas. It was my first. Fortunately for me, it wasn’t hers. I’ve thought about her every Christmas since then.


Ahem, well now, I guess I can...oh hell, moving on. Do you go all out with decorating for the holidays?
No, I don’t decorate.


What is your favorite way to spend Christmas day?
I usually relax around the house; take a day to catch my breath.


2010 will be upon us in the blink of an eye! Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
Yes, but I never keep them.


How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year?
I plan on getting very drunk.


And for the grand finale—tell everyone what you have planned, publishing wise, for the New Year. 
I have an upcoming novel with Noble Romance. It’s called Trill Song. It’s a fantasy/erotic romance about a society that is caught in a six hundred year cycle: three centuries of war and prosperity, followed by three centuries of peace and poverty. The turning of the cycles is always marked by the arrival of a Trill, a woman born with a magical singing voice.


In 2010 I plan on writing a lot of short stories for the speculative fiction genre.

From NRP's Sweetheart Line: WINTER KISSES



Title: Winter Kisses
Release Date: 12/21/2009
Authors: Dena Celeste, Nichelle Gregory, GR Bretz, Kelley Heckart & Barbara Sheridan
Author website: http://www.denaceleste.com
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Link: http://www.nobleromance.com/
Genre: Seasonal, holiday, romance
Blurb:  Abigail Bloch has been away at school for the last few years. Returning to her mother’s home renews her interest and need for the Jewish traditions. Unfortunately, the man who had been her best friend growing up, Joshua Cohen, gives her a chilly reception. Over the course of Chanukah, a time filled with food and family and friendship, the growing number of flames must melt away hostility and illuminate the love that can grow between them.


Welcome Dena! It’s nice to have you here. What is your Sizzling Release?
 Love In The Lights


What is Love in the Lights all about?
This is a story of faith and love, and how being away from home can teach you that everything you were looking for was right there in front of you all the time.


What was your inspiration for this holiday treat?
My inspiration was, mostly, my own faith. I’m Jewish, though new to some of the traditions, and I love the sense of history and connection that I have to my family back through the generations, as well as to every other Jewish person. We’re all family. And the traditions have remained and survived. That’s something powerful.


Why contribute to an anthology? What’s the draw?
The draw for me was getting a good, quality story out with other fabulous authors, as well as contributing something of my own faith to a holiday antho. It gave me the opportunity to do some learning, and to write a story in a completely different way. I’ve never written a sweet before! So this was a chance to stretch my imagination and my talent in a new way.


Now for the good stuff! What is your favorite holiday memory?
Probably lighting the Chanukah candles for the first time. I was with the love of my life, who as with Abigail’s Joshua, inspired me to want to be a better Jewish woman, to want to light the candles of Chanukah, as well as the candles of the Sabbath (since by the very nature of the 8-dayed holiday, it always has one night that falls on the Sabbath). It was dark and quiet, and we both prayed as I lit the candles. Sharing that with him was intimate and special.


Do you go all out with decorating for the holidays?
*grins* I like all of the shiny stuff that comes out at this time of year! So any excuse to have blinky lights and sparkly things around is good to me.


What is your favorite way to spend Chanukah? 
Well, as the holiday lasts 8 days, I have the chance to make each day special. Thankfully, if I don’t feel my best on one or two of the days, that’s okay. There’re more! I like to spend Chanukah with my loved ones around me and good food on the table.


2010 will be upon us in the blink of an eye! Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
I don’t make resolutions, per se. I try to consider what things I’d like to continue doing, and at least one way I can do something better, or to at least try something new. 


How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year?
I don’t know yet! I’m a procrastinator, so I probably won’t decide for a couple more weeks.


And for the grand finale—tell everyone what you have planned, publishing wise, for the New Year. 
I plan to finish up my tale Lady of the Pack! It’s still a WIP, but I love the idea so much. I’m still doing some outlining so that I at least have an idea of what’ll happen, but my characters can surprise me. I’m sure Cheri, the heroine, with her unrepentant sexuality and fiery nature, will keep me on my toes.
After that, who knows? I’ve still got my Serpent’s Daughter WIP to finish as well, so I won’t lack for things to write about!
I hope that everyone has a fabulous holiday season and a prosperous new year! 

From NRP's Sweetheart Line: WINTER KISSES




Title: Winter Kisses
Release Date: 12/21/2009
Authors: Kelley Heckart, Nichelle Gregory, GR Bretz, Barbara Sheridan & Dena Celeste
Author website: http://www.kelleyheckart.com
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Link: http://www.nobleromance.com/
Genre: Seasonal, holiday, romance


Blurb: When Brianna decides to attend the Winter Solstice masquerade ball, she never thought she would end up kissing a handsome knight beneath the mistletoe, but they part without exchanging names and phone numbers—how will they find each other again?

Welcome Kelley, it’s nice to have you here. What is your Sizzling Release? 
My Sizzling Release is called A Winter Solstice Kiss. A young widow, a handsome knight and a ghost…

What is A Winter Solstice Kiss all about? 
At a Winter Solstice masquerade ball, a young widow shares a kiss beneath the mistletoe with a handsome knight. The problem is they forgot to exchange names and phone numbers. How will they find each other again?

What was your inspiration for this holiday treat? 
Rie sent me the submission call for this anthology and I gave it some thought. I wanted to write something about the pagan Yule celebration. It's kind of magical really because the idea just sort of came together. I thought of a young widow and I went with a masquerade ball because I thought that would be really cool for a pagan gathering. I made my hero work as a knight at Medieval Times to give it that faery tale feeling. 

Why contribute to an anthology? What’s the draw? 
Sometimes I like to writer shorter stories to give myself a break between novels. With an anthology call, you also know what the publisher is looking for and can write to those guidelines. It's a great way to meet other people in the publishing industry. 

Now for the good stuff! What is your favorite holiday memory? 
My favorite holiday memories are those quiet, intimate Christmas mornings with just my husband and my dogs opening stockings and gifts. The dogs get so excited because they know they are getting a present. They have their own stockings. LOL It's kind of silly, but we don't have kids. 



Do you go all out with decorating for the holidays? 
I don't go too crazy anymore, but I put up a small fiber optic tree and decorate it. And it's not officially Christmas until I put up my singing Yukon Cornelius. Except he doesn't sing anymore much to the relief of my husband—Silver and gold…LOL My husband puts some lights outside on the house too to give it that festive look. 


Christmas tree—live or artificial? 
I love the smell of real trees, but we opt for the fake ones now. The one we have is really beautiful and I don't have to worry about it drying out and catching on fire. 

What is your favorite way to spend Christmas day? 
I celebrate a mix of Yule and Christmas with my lighted tree and pagan Santa (he wears a green cloak, carries a staff and wears antlers like the Lord of the Forest). On Christmas Eve we have dinner with my family—my parents, siblings, etc. and on Christmas morning it's my husband, my dogs and me. For me, this time of year is about being with family and for reflection. I am always more inspired in the Fall/Winter to write. 

2010 will be upon us in the blink of an eye! Do you make New Year’s resolutions?
I haven't made any New Year's resolutions in a long time. I have one though. I would like to make a resolution to write more. That's a good one for me.

How will you celebrate New Year’s Eve this year? 
I will probably stay home and I'm sure I will be asleep before midnight. I'm a real party animal. I can't drink anymore because of health reasons so it's better for me to stay home and away from alcohol. I remember going out on New Year's Eve when I was younger and not remembering what happened or waking up on some stranger's floor. I really don't miss that at all. 

And for the grand finale—tell everyone what you have planned, publishing wise, for the New Year.  
I have two books coming out in 2010 from Awe-Struck, possibly three. The first two are the second and third books from my Dark Goddess trilogy (Beltaine's Song and Winter's Requiem) that revolves around a curse, an ancient goddess, an ancient Greek vampire and an Irish clan. It's set in Dark Age Scotland, one of my favorite time periods. The third book that may come out in 2010 or early 2011 is Night's Daughter, which is the prequel to Of Water and Dragons and Ravenwolf. Night's Daughter is set in ancient Greece and is a new twist on the battle between the Titans and Olympic gods. Though this book belongs with a series, it is a stand-alone book.
  

From NRP's Sweetheart Line: WINTER KISSES






Title: Winter Kisses
Release Date: 12/21/2009
Authors: Barbara Sheridan, Angela Nichelle, Kelley Heckart, GR Bretz, & Dena Celeste
Author website:  http://www.barbarasheridan.com
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Link: http://www.nobleromance.com/
Genre: Seasonal, holiday, romance




Blurb: 
Ellie Bouchard died just after formulating a plan to see that her only child Remy would be reunited with the one person he was too stubborn to acknowledge as “The One”.

Determined to see her plan through, Ellie will do whatever it takes—including heavenly blackmail and a few sneaky tricks—to see her son reunited with his childhood companion Michael Carson.
 

Welcome Barbara, its nice to have you here. What is your Sizzling Release? 
Mine is Christmas Rush a paranormal M/M with a matchmaking ghost and the heir to a classy department store.
 

What is Christmas Rush all about?
My favorite story type, two people finding love and the person of their dreams when and where they least expect it.

What was your inspiration for this holiday treat?
I think I came up with the basic idea one particularly slow day while working in a department store.

Why contribute to an anthology? Whats the draw?
It’s fun to see how numerous people take the anthology theme and spin it their own particular ways.

Now for the good stuff! What is your favorite holiday memory?
The Christmas that amused me most was a few years back when I put my younger daughter through a bit of a scavenger hunt through the house to find the clues that led to her present.
 
Do you go all out with decorating for the holidays?
When my girls were little I decorated a bit, but not the past few years. 

Christmas treelive or artificial?  
Artificial works for me.

What is your favorite way to spend Christmas day? 
The big tradition is for everyone to gather at my brother’s to eat, talk and covet his FIOS and high def TV. 

2010 will be upon us in the blink of an eye! Do you make New Years resolutions?
I’m not much of a planner. I’m a deal with it when it hits person.

How will you celebrate New Years Eve this year?
Boringly at home as always, LOL

And for the grand finaletell everyone what you have planned, publishing wise, for the New Year. 
So far nothing, but I have one short story out on submission. * crosses fingers *

From NRP's Sweetheart Line: WINTER KISSES










Title: Winter Kisses
Release Date: 12/21/2009
Authors: Angela Nichelle, Kelley Heckart, GR Bretz, Barbara Sheridan & Dena Celeste
Author website: www.angelanichelle.com
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Buy Link: http://www.nobleromance.com/
Genre: Seasonal, holiday, romance


Blurb: Imagine losing the love of your life right before Christmas.  It's a nightmare Carol Christine Moore had to face two years ago.  Unable to cope with the pain of losing her fiancé so unexpectedly, Carol closes off her heart entirely.  She puts all of her time and energy into making the coffee shop she owns with her best friend a success.  Consumed with customers and the daily grind, Carol has convinced herself that she doesn't need anything or anyone else in her life. 


All that changes the day Grant walks into the Cafe Bean.  Carol squashes the instantaneous attraction she feels for this sexy, funny, and easy-going patron.  After sipping coffee and chatting casually together for months, Grant finally asks Carol out on a lunch date.  Both of them realize the sparks they feel are real, but Carol isn't sure she can let go of the past. 


The night before Christmas Eve, Grant gives Carol a ride home from work.  When he confronts her about his feelings, Carol is forced to face her own.  What happens next will delight and surprise you. A Christmas for Carol is a heart-warming tale about forgiveness, love, and second chances.




Welcome Angela, its nice to have you here. What is your Sizzling Release? 
A Christmas For Carol! 
 

What is A Christmas For Carol all about?
This story is about my heroine, Carol, whos closed off her heart to love and the holidays after losing her fiancé the day before Christmas two years ago.


What was your inspiration for this holiday treat?
Ive always enjoyed watching A Christmas Carol and the inspiration for this tale came from the beloved classic.  I love the concept of someone from the other side helping a loved one move forward with their life in the present.


Why contribute to an anthology? Whats the draw?
This is my first anthology and my second release as an author!  Honestly, I am just thrilled to be a part of NRPs first ever sweet romance Holiday Anthology!  Being included with Kelly, GR, and Dena is icing on the gingerbread cookie!  


Now for the good stuff! What is your favorite holiday memory?
I was about 4 or 5 and my younger sister and I woke up to Christmas music playing downstairs!  We came downstairs to see our first play kitchen with play food and dishes...it was the best!  Ill never forget it!


Do you go all out with decorating for the holidays?
Yes!  I put up garland, lights, plastic snowflakes, candy canes, and ornaments Ive had since I was a child.  Decorating for the season is part of the fun!


Christmas treelive or artificial? 
Artificial


What is your favorite way to spend Christmas day? 
At home with my family with good food, movies, and the pumpkin martinis my husband makes!


2010 will be upon us in the blink of an eye! Do you make New Years resolutions?
I do!   


How will you celebrate New Years Eve this year?
Not sure, but I know pumpkin martinis will be part of the fun! 


And for the grand finaletell everyone what you have planned, publishing wise, for the New Year. 
Im working on a paranormal romance novel thats just about finished. Ive got less than a month to finish another short and sweet tale for Valentines Day and Im really excited to hear back on a YA novel thats with Kimani Tru.  This has been an amazing year for me as a writer and I cant wait to see what 2010 will bring next! Thanks for having me!  ;0 



Saturday, December 19, 2009

The Secret Keeper by Dorien Grey



Title: The Secret Keeper
Release Date: 12-10-09
Author: Dorien Grey
Author Website: http://www.doriengrey.com
Publisher: Zumaya Boundless
Buy Link: In or on order from any bookstore or online bookseller, including Amazon.com
Genre: Mystery
Blurb: When P.I. Dick Hardesty's partner, Jonathan, is hired by an aging millionaire to help him with his garden, Dick finds himself following a trail of greed, dysfunction, possible murder, a missing will, and a secret Jonathan does not know he is keeping.

Welcome Dorien Grey! What is your Sizzling Release? If by "sizzling" you mean "hot off the press," that The Secret Keeper is. If you mean "sizzling" as in heavy-breathing eroticism, that it ain't. Not that there isn't an erotic element to all of my books, but I have always believed that being pointed in the direction of the bedroom, the reader can fill in the blanks far better than I can.
What is The Secret Keeper all about?
The blurb pretty much sums it up. My books tend to be about the characters and their relationships as much as the mystery they're caught up in. Those who have read all 13 books in the series have watched the characters develop and grow, though I take great care to be sure that a new reader can come in at any point without feeling confused as to who is who or what might have happened in earlier books.
It really shows the strength of an author when the reader can step into a series and understand the characters and plot without having to start at book one. Besides, I just love mysteries! How did you come up with the idea?
Because the continuing characters grow from book to book, I wanted to feature Jonathan, whose interest in plants was introduced in the same book in which he made his appearance, and evolved through going to college for a degree in horticulture while working for a nursery.  In The Secret Keeper  he is taking the next step in his development. Jonathan has always been a reader favorite, so setting his progress within the framework of a mystery, so making him a focus seemed the natural thing to do.
I realize this is your gazillioneth book to be published, but when you think back to your very first contract, do you remember what you felt, what you did to celebrate?
My first book contract came about as a fluke. I was, at the time, doing what I've done most of my professional life, editing books and magazines. I had convinced the publishing house for which I worked to start a line of gay fiction paperbacks, and we sent out a call for submissions. My boss's boss had a young nephew who fancied himself a writer, and who immediately gave him a contract for a book. The fact that the young man was straight and couldn't write a grocery list was of no consequence. The manuscript for which he had been paid sight-unseen proved to be unadulterated excrement. One line remains with me to this day. He (straight, remember) was writing a gay sex scene he probably thought was the epitome of the gay sexual experience. The line was: "They pressed their lips together and enjoyed it very much." I tossed it in the trash and convinced my immediate boss to issue me a contract to rewrite it from word one, which I did. And thus was my writing career born.
Now that The Secret Keeper has been released, what are you working on?
I'm currently about halfway through Caesar's Fall, the third book of my relatively new Elliott Smith paranormal mystery series. I've been alternating between the two series.

And for the grand finale—Now that The Secret Keeper has been released, what you have planned in addition to Caesar's Fall, publishing wise, for the New Year.

I have two other books in the publisher's pipeline: the re-release of The Bar Watcher, book #3 of the Dick Hardesty series, and A World Ago, a memoir of letters I wrote home while in the Navy during the height of the cold war. They are definitely not your "I am fine. How are you?" type letters. And as soon as Caesar's Fall is finished, I'll start the next Dick Hardesty.

Thank you for joining me. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
As a matter of fact, yes. I'd like to emphasize just how important readers are to a writer. Often I will hear someone say, "Oh, I'm just a reader." I want every reader to realize that they are the reason writers write, and they are the center of the writer's world. Without readers, writers would be nothing.
I'd also like to urge your readers, when they read a book they enjoy, to drop the writer a note. Contrary to popular belief, few writers live in ivory towers or travel among the rich and famous. They're hard working people who really appreciate hearing when someone enjoys their work. Because hearing from a reader makes my day, I've put my email address--doriengrey@att.net--on my website for just that purpose.
And finally, when a reader finishes a book, taking just a minute to post a simple comment on what they thought of it to Amazon or other sites which accept reader reviews can be a great help other readers in deciding whether to take a chance with the book.
And thank you yet again, Rie, for the opportunity to appear here.




Friday, December 18, 2009

Dare To Love In Oz/Melting The Slopes by William Maltese





Title: DARE TO LOVE IN OZ
Release Date: December 2009
Author: WILLIAM MALTESE
Author Website: 
http://www.williammaltese.com
http://www.myspace.com/williammaltese
Publisher: Savant Books and Publications, LLC
Buy Link: http://www.amazon.com/Dare-Love-Oz-William-Maltese/dp/0984117547/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1260653038&sr=1-1 
Genre: mainstream romantic adventure


Blurb: In the Australian outback (Oz), Gerald and Jane, venom toxicologists, are forced to face burgeoning love, deceit, a serial killer, and a horrendously devastating sandstorm.  










Title: MELTING THE SLOPES
Release Date: December 2009
Author: WILLIAM MALTESE
Author Website: 
http://www.williammaltese.com
http://www.myspace.com/williammaltese
Publisher: MLR Press
Buy Link: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=ANTHSLPE
Genre: m/m anthology (with Jason Edding and Ethan Day)


Blurb: How much heat do men need to melt so much snow? Erotic m/m tales based upon hot sex, cold snow, and hot drinks.






Welcome WILLIAM! What are your Sizzling Releases for December? 
I’ve two, this month, Rie.


DARE TO LOVE IN OZ, for Savant Books and Publications, is my return to mainstream romantic adventure, having been away from the genre ever since I had nine international best-sellers of it, including three Superromances (as Willa Lambert for Harlequin) that went into fourteen different foreign-language editions.


MELTING THE SLOPES, written with Jason Edding and Ethan Day, for MLR Press, is an anthology with m/m erotic short stories, each of which includes the ingredients hot sex, cold snow, and a hot drink.




What are DARE TO LOVE IN OZ and MELTING THE SLOPES all about? 
DARE TO LOVE IN OZ is a mainstream adventurous love story that takes place within a deadly Australian sandstorm, as two toxicologists try to reach, then reach, a desert laboratory where they find a serial killer on the loose.
MELTING THE SLOPES includes my Bottoms-Up as one of the anthology stories that had the editorial prerequisite of needing, hot m/m sex, cold snow, and a hot drink. My tale provides shots of espionage, intrigue, and true love, played out against the backdrop snowfalls of Berlin, London, Romania, Paris, and Aspen. My recurring drink is the warm and wondrous Pousse Café that everyone should drink, at least once in his or her lifetime, remembering to blow out the flame, as soon as it’s presented, or watch it all burn away.





It all sounds so intriguing! How did you come up with the ideas? 
DARE TO LOVE IN OZ is based upon an idea that came to me while I was in Australia, for not the first time, not that long ago, attending a seminar on all things, flora and fauna, indigenous to the continent and deadly as hell. Within that same time period, I dabbled in a bit of opal hunting, and had the great adventure (hairy-scary) of being subjected to one of the truly large sandstorms that sometimes blanket and sandblasts huge areas of the Australian terrain. All rather derring-do romantic, if daunting, and suddenly having had me eager, once again, to write a mainstream novel that explores true love managing to survive pretty much anything. Of course, I couldn’t help throwing in a serial killer for good measure.


Bottom’s Uin MELTING THE SLOPES is the direct result of the coincidence that had MLR Press editor Kris Jacen, along with Jason Edding, Ethan Day, and I, all together in the very same on-line chat room, one day. Kris suddenly brainstormed the whole idea, and, quite spontaneously, Jason, Ethan, and I, all leapt on board, with the approval of Laura Baumbach, publisher of MLR Press, who gave the book the official publishing go-ahead. The rest, as the cliché goes, is history.





I realize these are your two-hundred-plus-something and two-hundred-plus-something-else books to be published. Can you even remember what it was like when you received the news that Greenleaf Classics, back in the halcyon golden days of gay fiction, offered you your first contract? Did you do anything special to celebrate?
I was sunbathing in Seattle’s Volunteer Park at the time, not long out of having served my three-year enlistment in the U.S. Army; I’d been discharged at nearby Fort Lewis, and I was taking it easy for a couple summer months before heading off to advantage my university degree in Marketing/Advertising via interviews already set up for me in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The envelope, with the Greenleaf Classics’ contract enclosed, was hand-carried to me by a friend, definitely curious, with whom I was staying at the time. My immediate response, upon opening and reading the good news, was some joyful finger-pointing and all-and-out laughter; all aimed at my friend who had predicted my book would never be accepted. After that, we celebrated the publication, just as we’d on-going celebrated the writing, by getting piss-faced drunk and laughing up a storm while I read the sex-scenes from the manuscript.




Now that's something I'd like to see! :) But on with the interview, now that DARE TO LOVE IN OZ and MELTING THE SLOPES have been released, what are you working on?
My I, DEBAUCHEE, first book of my “William Maltese ‘I’ series” for MLR Press is already with my editor, Kris Jacen, who assure me that it’s next on her list and should be “out the door and to the printers” sometime this month. This has me hoping for its appearance on book shelves sometime just after the turn of the New Year.  Of course, you never can tell about these sorts of things. Kris has just moved to New York State from Hawaii, after all, and who knows but that the next couple of weeks might see her frozen to death before she gets her go-through of the book completed.


Also, somewhere in the hopefully not-too-distant future, will be the appearance of my m/m short story, Ludus Scaenicus Mortis Rubrae, scheduled for the MLR Press anthology RED. I’m looking forward to seeing this book make it’s appearance if just because I really am particularly fond of its cover  although I think the covers, fore and aft, that Deana Jamroz did for my I, DEBAUCHEE remains my favorite.





Thank you so much for joining me, Mr. Maltese. Is there anything else you'd like the readers to know?
I’d like your readers to keep a close look-out for the appearance on the scene, sometime next year, from Savant Books and Publications, of the print edition of my mainstream teen-angst vampire, werewolf, warlock, witch, shape-shifter, dragon, demon, candle-reader novel, FLICKER: TEEN-WARRIOR SAGA. First serialized by me and candle-maker Jfay on MySpace, where it gleaned over 6000 “friends”, and saw several truly magnificent candles and wax figurines made by Jfay to complement the story-line, this book, hopefully but one of many in a series, is a particular favorite of mine.


It, also, looks as if I’ll be involved in packaging at least three graphic novels for publication in 2010, one of which is a story of my very own, for a publisher who has, also, asked me to join in the formation of an exciting new on-line erotica destination. I’m hoping to make more of my short fiction available, through this hopefully soon-to-be-available new outlet, and bring along some of my fellow authors and their work to the party.


Finally, of course, if you need a special holiday gift, be sure to stop by The Pirates’ Booty Page to order up one of my William Maltese signature pirate T-shirts, “Dead Man’s Chest”, “Dead Man’s Chest and a Barrel of Rum”, and “En Gardehttp://www.theartistchallenge.com/the-pirates-booty/
Or, there’s always a pair of my SUCK! boxers 
http://www.williammaltese.com/draqualvampyres_1.html
inspired by my m/m novel SUCKS: FIRST OF THE DRAQUAL VAMPYRE CHRONICLES, and a hit on the fashion runway at the recent Halloween “Chiller Auction” for charity. 


Speaking of the holidays, Rie… Do let me wish you and yours, and all of your readers and mine, a very Merry and a genuinely Happy before I forget (my memory not being nearly what it once was).