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Sunday, October 24, 2010

First Thanksgiving by Ronna Gage

Title: First Thanksgiving
Author: Ronna Gage
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Publisher: Romance Divine LLC
Genre: Sexy Short, Erotic Romance

It’s unlikely that the Pilgrims and American Indians included too much Tequila at their seminal event. Yet leave it to a creative Italian-American to try and pump up a traditional American holiday with the Mexican libation—and his own celebratory/sexual ideas. Gino and Valerie remember a moment that marked turning points in their lives, their First Thanksgiving.

Welcome to Sizzling Releases, Ronna. I’m so pleased you could join me today.
Thank you for having me.

What is your Sizzling Release?
A short micro, sexy read with lots of humor, First Thanksgiving.

What is First Thanksgiving all about?
A couple who has been married for fifteen years recall the time they celebrated their first Thanksgiving together as man and wife, and the sexual escapade that changed their lives… and his description of one of the most embarrassing nights of his life, as told to his brother.

That sounds hilarious. How did you come up with the idea?
It is based in part on a real life event of a friend. But in real life it wasn’t as dramatic, but just as funny.

As a multi-published author, what advice do you have for those just beginning a career as a writer?
Write every day. Even if it is something short as a single scene, write it down. You never know when or where that one passage may fit in your future works.

What was it like for you to write your first book and get published?
The first book I’ve ever written wasn’t the first published. But rather it is this eighth book. For the very first one published, the thrill is nothing I can ever describe; almost a sense of accomplishment.

Tell the readers about your backlist.
   Ronna Gage Titles:
    Afternoon Delight- A couple learn that the power of communication is motivating and sometimes it what you don’t say that conveys your heart the most.
    Tell Me a Lie- to get over one love; most seek that of a one night stand. What if the one night stand turns out to be the one you can’t forget?
     Mystic Journey- Can correcting a past mistake save a person’s life in the future? Is it impossible to imagine?
    Friends and Lovers- How far will you let curiosity rule your judgment? How far are you willing to go for friendship?
     Love Lessons- Living on the straight and narrow has its advantages, but what can you do when in a rut? Learn to overcome.
      Bare it All- A reputation isn’t all it is cracked up to be when you find yourself face to face with the one that got away.
What are you working on now?
A contemporary love story of how my husband and I met.

Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write?
I am a substitute teacher. I chose part time so I can have more time to write…and promote.

What is your creative process?
I take my son to school, come home, power up music in the background, and let my emotions and imagination fly. I edit when the chapter is done.

What does your family and friends think about you being a published author?
Not a lot of feed back on that one. They say they like it, but I think they are waiting for the big money to come in. LOL.

I’m an October baby and fall is my favorite time of year. What’s yours?
I was born in April, but I love the fall.

Halloween is coming up. Do you decorate or do anything special?
I do decorate for it…when I’m not under a deadline. This year the decorations are coming out late.

Do you have a favorite Halloween memory?
My son’s first one. When he realized he could get candy, it was awesome. Of course he thought he could go every night. He was 2 years old then.

Do you have a favorite Halloween candy?
Baby Ruth & Butterfinger are my faves.

Thank you so much for being here. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?
I do have a site page on Come by and say hello.

And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from First Thanksgiving?

Sure here you go.
Happy Halloween.

Gino’s mouth watered at the home cooked goodies she made for their Thanksgiving feast tomorrow and the evening meal tonight. When Valerie bent to check something in the oven; her tight taut butt stirred him to have her. He tip toed up behind her, wrapped his arms around her slender waist and kissed her on the neck. "What are you doing?" he whispered.
She looked up at him, sweat beaded her upper lip. Her brown eyes showed sass.  "I'm doing the laundry."
The Italian accent laced voice heightened his sense of want. "You know, for a little woman you talk awfully big."
She smiled and pushed him toward the table. "Sit down, Gino; I’ll fix you a plate."
He pulled her into a hug. "Hey, yo, I can make my own plate. Come and sit with me."
She reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck. "I will. Let me get our plates."
He released his hold on her waist, but let her body slip pass his finger tips, lingering on her skin.  "Let's have a glass of wine with dinner,” he suggested in true Italian tradition.
“It’s in the fridge. Pour us a glass."
The softened touch of her gaze showed her love and adoration, and his heart sped. He bent down to touch his lips to hers, and the gaze changed, displaying an aura of sass again.
"Oh, by the way, I am doing some laundry."
He chuckled, his heart swelling with pride. “My little Italian housewife.” He walked to the fridge, almost lighter than air with happiness. Pulling out a bottle of Merlot, he looked at her over his shoulder. Cooking all day for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner and she still finds time to cook a traditional Italian meal. God what a woman. He carried it to the table, popped the cork, and poured them a glass. He sat at his chair and watched while she placed the basket of garlic bread, a bottle of dressing, salad, and parmesan cheese on the table.
She walked back to the stove, spooned out a heaping helping of spaghetti onto the plate and carried them to the table.
In all the years that he and Valerie grew up, and in fifteen years of marriage, he’d never seen her look so beautiful.
"What are you thinking about, Gino?" she asked when she sat down at his right hand.
"How much you changed since we first married."
She chuckled, and then her eyes looked over him. "Yes, I see lots of changes in you too."
"Like what?" His curiosity to know what she thought of him after all these years got the better of him.
Her eyes grew sultry and bright. Her lips parted, the tip of her delicate tongue grazed her trembling top lip. "You aren’t the bean pole you used to be," she answered, the careless whisper of desire threaded her words.  She raised her glass. "Gino, here's to a new body that I enjoy every day.”
“…and twice on Sunday.”
She laughed. “Have I told you how much I love it?"
“Every day.” He looked down at the broad chest of a body builder. "When we married, momma called us a pot of pasta. You were ravioli and I was spaghetti."
Valerie laughed. "I was a little big back then."
"Yes, you were. What were you? Two hundred pounds?" he joked.
"Gino!" she slapped him on the arm. Her face turned a light color of red. "No! I only weighed one ninety. A tiny ten pounds more than you back then."
Gino looked at Valerie, remembering the young woman she was not too long ago. "Do you remember that first Thanksgiving fifteen years ago?"
Valerie smiled. "How can I forget? You told Vinnie you almost died that night."
Gino paused, thought for a moment, and shook his head. "I don't remember that. I almost died?"
“That's what you told your brother."
"I don't remember it that way. Tell me what Vinnie said."
"Well, after he stopped laughing, he said that I almost killed you."

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Romance Divine

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

South of the Border by Cherie De Sues

Title: South of the Border
Author: Cherie De Sues
Release Date: October 4, 2010
Publisher: Noble Romance Publishing
Genre: Romantic Thriller

Blurb: Agent Danielle La Rue got her first chance as a field agent on a low-risk assignment for the DEA. Her new reckless partner has the desire to avenge another agent's death, screwing up her opportunity to shine.

Agent Rick Tarrango long ago went Mustang as a field agent for the ATF. Rick doesn't like to follow the rules; they're more like guidelines. As Dani and he butt heads over a Mexican drug cartel blood bath, he's drawn to the sexy and smart ex-Navy SEAL. But Rick will do whatever he can to bring his friend's murderer down, even go against orders.

The leader of a drug cartel and an arms dealer are ready to do battle in a small coastal town in Mexico. Dani and Rick have to find the yacht carrying firearms in from Guatemala. Can Dani reel in Rick long enough to get the job done or will she trust her heart instead?

Welcome to Sizzling Releases, Cherie De Sues. I’m so pleased you could join me today. What is your Sizzling Release?

South of the Border and it's a steamy thriller.

What is South of the Border all about?

South of the Border is about a mustang ATF agent, Rick Tarrango who butts heads with Agent Danielle La Rue's first field assignment. A Mexican drug cartel is buying a shipload of guns from a buyer Rick has been after for three years. Rick's partner and friend was killed, now he wants revenge and tries to bully Dani to follow his lead. Oh hell no, Dani is an ex-Navy SEAL and she will go by the book on her first mission.

That sounds fascinating. How did you come up with the idea?

I'm ex-Navy and a scuba diver, I've spent a great deal of time in Mexico and wanted to share some of my experience with readers. My publisher asked her authors to start writing thrillers and I was…thrilled! I plan to write more.

As a multi-published author, what advice do you have for those just beginning a career as a writer?  Get the best beta readers and critique partners you can. Listen to and incorporate reviews on your works in progress without ego. If you wrote like Nora Roberts…you'd BE Nora Roberts. Get an author website right away and start gathering followers for your novels, readers love contests and lots of blogging!

Tell the readers about your backlist.

I have a diverse backlist of paranormal suspense, contemporary suspense and thrillers. Most romance readers can find something they will enjoy and give as a gift. Amazon carries most of my backlist and my newer stories are at Noble Romance Publishing.

I have a paranormal website called, Irish Gypsy's Parlor, where I add articles about being pagan, a witch, a gypsy and the supernatural. The site is a huge draw for anyone interested in the history, spells, ghosts and gypsy lore. I have contests and all my paranormal works in progress on that site.

What are you working on now?

Gosh, I'm working on several things at the same time. I have a new novel called, "West Salem: Witchhunters" that is near completion. This is a paranormal suspense novel that will become a series. I have a romantic horror fiction novel called, "Darkflight" that is too creepy to write in the dark…I love the characters and plot. I am working on the second of the series for "Tales of the Red Moon Clan" where Tse, Neol's cousin is shapeshifting to save a woman he's had his eye on. All in all, I'm keeping busy!

Do you have an evil day job, and if you do, how do you find time to write?

No evil day job, but I do take on work as a writer of medical articles for a company that allows me to freelance. I enjoy using my doctorate in this way to keep my hand and mind in the medical world.

What is your creative process?

I'm a dreamer. My dreams help me to plot a book, give me ideas about a new manuscript and get me out of corners I write myself into on occasion. I never have writer's block, I have WADD instead (writers attention deficit disorder). My mind swirls with ideas and I walk with my dog Reilly to clear my head. I stay up until 3-4 am sometimes, pounding away at the keys in a flurry then drop on the bed to ZZZZ.

What does your family and friends think about you being a published author?

I don't have much family to speak of, but my son is very proud of my new career path. He's quite an avid reader and has given me tips on "guy stuff" like guns, cars and motorcycles. My close friends are pleased that I've chosen an occupation that will allow me to write well into my retirement someday. Writing is something I enjoy tremendously and I'm a happier person to be around then when I was working in the operating room.

I’m an October baby and fall is my favorite time of year. What’s yours?

I agree, Fall is my favorite time of year. Samhain or Halloween to many is a time for the new wheel and the Pagan New Year. The leaves are falling the air is fresh with a cold snap to it and I enjoy the rain. San Diego doesn't get a lot of Fall changes, but enough to satisfy my thirst for the season. Pumpkins, going to circle at the beach close by and sharing hot cinnamon spiced apple cider is the best!

Halloween is coming up. Do you decorate or do anything special?

Actually I do many special things for the Samhain holiday. I wrote an article about the similar activities between the pagan holiday and Halloween. This is a time when the veil between the living and dead is the thinnest…so many pagans have a dumb or mute supper to call the recently deceased and share their blessings as their loved ones go toward Summerlands. Divining the future is a favorite pastime and many will use crystal balls and Tarot cards to see what their future holds. It's LOTS of fun.

Do you have a favorite Halloween memory?

Oh, so many great memories of harvest moon's, huge pagan fires in the center of the circle, wonderful food from late harvests of nuts, berries and other yummy things. Making masks, joining the family for gypsy dances and summoning ghosts.

Favorite Halloween candy?

Dark chocolate…love it!

Thank you so much for being here, Cherie. Is there anything else you’d like the readers to know?

Thank you so much for the invitation to join you in October Rie. I really enjoyed my visit and hope your readers will stop by my websites for contests, excepts and fun articles.

And before we go, can we get a juicy excerpt from South of the Border?

South of the Border by Cherie De Sues

Fifteen minutes later, he looked over at her with a grimace. "I'm not Carlos, he's dead." His ice-filled voice was full of friction.

A sharp twist of her heart sent adrenaline coursing through her bloodstream. They were in the middle of a desolate area, not a car in sight, and she traveled with a stranger.


She eased a hand down to her boot, wrapping her fingers around the handle of a long blade. Her fluid move brought the business end of the blade to lie on the man's neck. His reflexes were lightning fast. He caught her wrist and twisted smartly. She struggled against his strong grasp as he tapped the brakes, bringing the Jeep into soft sand on the edge of the road.

Dani fisted her free hand and sent a blow to the man's jaw. His head snapped back, pulling her with him into the sand. Her body flew out of the jeep to straddle his muscular thighs. With the jolt, she was able to pull against his hold on her wrist and angle the knife to his throat, easing the tip into his tanned skin.

Dani bent close to his face, feeling her heart pound enough to break a rib.

"Who are you?"

He grinned, and she pressed the tip of the knife against his neck. His hand gripped hers around the knife handle, and with a single tensing of his muscles, he flipped his weight to roll her under him with his hands on both her wrists.

"Ah, that's better."

Dani glared up into chocolate-brown eyes and full lips as she struggled. "For who?"

With the advantage of weight pressing her into the sand, he shook his head slowly at her. "I didn't kill Carlos, and you're not in any danger Agent La Rue." His eyes narrowed, and he stared at her as if waiting for her to understand.

Lying spread-eagle, his body pressed into hers, she couldn't think straight. She was in enough trouble, so why did her body betray her? And why did he have to fit her curves in every way? Part of her understood he may be an agent, but the female parts of her anatomy had a mind of their own. Her lips parted, his breath fanned across her face, and she willed the sensation to go away.

Dani relaxed her body, and the instant she sensed him loosen his grip, she head-butted him. In reaction, he released one hand, and she threw sand in his face.

She pushed his chest and slid half out from under his weight. He flattened out and regained control of her wrists, then wiped the trickle of blood from his lip onto his sleeve.

"Get off me and identify yourself."

He looked deeply into her eyes, his thick, dark lashes lowered. He appeared to like what he saw, and she could feel a hard stirring behind the zipper of his jeans.

"I said get off me." She tried to pull her hand away.

His jaw tightened. "Drop the knife, blue eyes."

With Dani's shake of her head, he squeezed hard on her wrist, sending pain along the nerves. She whimpered, but held on.

No one disarmed her. "Identify yourself first."

Neither wanted to give up, and his constantly flexing weight made her ache as she shifted beneath his chest. Her breasts rubbed against him, and she heard his sharp intake of breath as he moved his hips to pin her down.

"Give up, Agent La Rue, you aren't going anywhere."

She bit back a moan of pleasure as she tried to wiggle free and get her leg around his to give her advantage to move him. He counter-balanced her move, and she realized he was enjoying the foreplay. Heat and frustration flowed through her body.

His lazy smile mixed with humor. "You're a stubborn woman, Agent La Rue, and I'd like to do this all day, but I have a job to do." He leaned off enough for her to catch her breath. "I'm Carlos's replacement, Agent Rick Tarrango with the ATF."

Neither of them carried a badge—that would be too dangerous. Damn, she believed his story.

"Off, Agent Tarrango." She could see he didn't miss her breathlessness or the blush rising from her exposed skin as he peeled off and stood.