Faye Hall Visits the ‘Verse: She’s Alot Like You

~Interview~

Skylar: When and why did you begin writing?

Faye: I always loved stories as a kid and it fascinated me how they were written. I would even try to write different endings to some of my fairy tales. By the time I started high school I was writing my own original poems and short stories. Several of my poems were published in local and international journals.

Skylar: Why/how did you start writing romance?

Faye: I was about 15 or 16 when I wrote my first romance story. It was barely more than a couple of pages written in the back of one of my school books. I loved how I could write about two peoples life struggles but always give them a happy ending. I instantly thought “This is for me!”

Skylar: What inspires you?

Faye: Movies, music, other authors, etc? I find a lot of inspiration in music…all types of music too…my collection ranges from 1960’s rock to opera to more modern heavy rock. In more recent years though I have been able to find just as much inspiration from certain TV series and movies.

Skylar: What are you working on at the moment?

Faye: At the moment I’m waiting for edits for a third script titled “Mistress of Purity”. So while I wait for that I’ve started writing a new script called “Passions in the Dust”. It’s about a man who lives on a cattle station in Bowen, Queensland, Australia who buys a mail order bride from England. When she arrives though he discovers her to have been one of his mistresses back in England. There are cattle rustlers and many disasters happening on his station too. So that is managing to keep me very busy.

Skylar:Who is your favorite character from one of your stories and why? Favorite character?

Faye: Is it bad of me to say I love them all lol. But if I had to choose only one I guess it would have to be Rush Mullens, the heroine from my debut eBook ‘My Gift To You’. She’s a gutsy little thing who just doesn’t give much of a damn about the restrictions of society.

Skylar: If you get writer’s block when you’re writing, how do you get around it?

Faye: My husband is wonderful for getting me through writers block! He starts asking me about whichever story I’m working on at that particular time and asking me ‘why is this there?’ or ‘what happens next?’. He gets me talking about things until the story just starts to flow again.

Skylar: What’s your biggest writing achievement? Why?

Faye: I see all my published works as a fantastic achievement. I’ve been writing and submitting works for about 15 years now, so I know quite well how hard it is to get into the very competitive market of romance. I still literally jump for joy with every acceptance letter I get for a script.

~Blurb~

ShesAlotLikeYou700X418Willow Jameson knew nothing of her family’s past or their connection to the Morgan family when she first met Re Morgan.  All she seen was his ruggedly handsome appearance, his gentle words luring her into his strong embrace.  What she found was a passion beyond compare.
She couldn’t have foreseen the lies and family betrayal that would inevitably rob her of the man she loved and forever change her life.

TEN YEARS LATER
Willow returned to the town life she loved so much, no longer ignorant to those who had separated her from the man she’d loved.  She was back now to make those responsible pay for all they’d taken from her.  In her search what she found was the hardened man Re Morgan had become…
…a man whose mere glance reignited a passion she had thought long since forgotten.
Re Morgan had left a horde of jilted lovers in his trail.  When he seen Willow again across the crowded dancehall, he wanted nothing more than to add her to this list.  Re wanted little more than a short, heated affair.
What he became involved in was far more scandalous than he could have ever imagined.

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~Excerpt~

Willow stood with her back to Re, never able to see his approach. She didn’t even see the look of horror on his face…nor did he see the gleam of tears on her cheeks. All he saw was her being held in Chris’s arms, her body only a breath away from his. It was a closeness he knew was far from accepted in polite society.

It was a closeness he shared with her…had thought to only share with her.

Looking to his friend, Re silently pleaded with him. He needed to hear him say it was all just a misunderstanding. He needed him to put at ease the quickly growing doubt in his heart.

But he didn’t hear any of this. All he saw was the obvious lust gleaming in the young man’s eyes.

Chris cocked his brow, as if it was obvious their reason for being together. When Re looked at him, begging to know the truth, Chris’s smile turned into an obvious sneer.

Slowly, he shrugged his shoulders.

“How could I refuse?” he muttered, his words almost a whisper.

Hearing this short statement through her distress, Willow knew someone had found them. Raising her tear-covered face from Chris’s shoulder she tried to free herself from his unrelenting grasp. Realising her struggles were useless, she turned in his arms to see who had approached them. Only too late did she realise just how suggestive her position would look.

Her eyes’ meeting the hurt and pain in Re’s eyes, Willow knew instantly what he was concluding of what he was seeing.

“Re,” she whispered, almost desperate.

His dark stare turned hateful.

“Damn you both to hell!” he spat at them, immediately turning back to make a quick return to the estate house.

“Re,’ she again called after him, struggling against Chris’s tight hold.

When Chris didn’t let her go despite her struggles, she turned slightly and pushed him away with all her might.

“You son of a bitch,’ she spat at him, suddenly realising this man’s intentions.

“I may be, madam,” he replied casually. “Yet even you can’t deny what you wanted when you lured me out here.”

Her dark eyes narrowed with hate.

“I hope you rot in hell, you bastard!”

Turning quickly, Willow ran after Re’s retreating figure. She knew what he must be thinking, but he had to know she played no willing part in it. He had to know the truth.

“Willow,” Chris called after her, slight anger in his tone. “Damn it, you know you want this as much as I do.”

But she never turned back to him. She only kept chasing the retreating figure of the man she loved.

FayeHallavatarFaye Hall is a published author of Historical Erotic Romance novels & e-books. Though her early published works include poetry, newspaper articles, and online local events reports, her passion has always been with her romantic tales set in late 19th Century Australia. Upon being contracted with Red Sage Publishing, her dream of being a published author became a reality.

Faye finds inspiration in the world around her and bases most of her characters on people she has met in her life.

After a whirl-wind romance, Faye married her childhood sweetheart early 2013. She currently lives in Queensland, Australia with her husband and their 9 children.

You can find Faye at:

website http://www.faye-hall.com

blog http://www.faye-hall.com/?cat=16

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Faye-Hall/174774709247649

Twitter https://twitter.com/FayeHall79

Goodreads http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6882637.Faye_Hall

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  • Creating unique, believable and fulfilling love stories
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Cover Reveal: @TaraLain’s Wolf in Gucci Loafers

Wolf in Gucci Loafers 
(Tales of the Harker Pack #2)
by Tara Lain
 
Blurb:
Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back — an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsy—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can’t have.
Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.
Release Date:
April 16, 2014
Available for Pre-Order on 
March 17, 2014
Excerpt

 “Lindsey, what’s wrong?”

“Nothing, sir. I’m doing well.”

“Come talk to me.” His grandfather turned
and walked into the living room.

Did he want to talk? He’d have to be careful, but yes. Pop-Pop was a smart man. He walked down the stairs and into the large, comfortable room. His grandfather sat on a love seat at one end of the room, so he took the identical seat across from him. He leaned back and crossed his legs. Look relaxed.

Pop-Pop sat forward. “Romantic troubles?”

Wow.
The old man had a way of diving to the truth. “Not exactly.”

“I heard you had a date with the Westerberg son. Your mother’s doing, I believe.” The old man could have been talking about a date with a girl, he was so comfortable with it.

“Yes, sir.”

“Did you like him?”

“Well enough.”

“Ah, so he’s not the issue.”

Lindsey grinned. His grandfather was enjoying the guessing game.

“So if it’s not exactly romantic troubles, what exactly is it?”

“I guess you could call it unrequited romantic interest.”

He rubbed his hands together. “Now this is interesting. I’ve seen you with many men over the years since you returned from school, but none of them lasted more than a few dates, and none of them ever sparked
what I would call romantic interest. How odd that you should affix your affection on one who 
doesn’t care about you. Have you considered it might be a form of self-protection? Only wanting the ones you can’t have has a way of keeping you single.”

Lindsey grinned. “I guess that’s possible sometimes, but not in this case. He’s just highly inappropriate. A tough cop I met while helping Dave with the kidnapping issue. Dave asked if I would take him to the polo match to give him a chance to investigate among people we know without being too obvious. So I did it.” Lindsey shrugged.

“And got caught in your own trap.”

He smiled, but it hurt around the edges. “Yes, I guess. I found him attractive from the start but assumed he was straight, so it was just a harmless flirtation. After the match, I found out he’s gay, so that made the vast expanse between us more real.”

Pop-Pop frowned. “It’s not like you to discriminate based on class.”

“Nothing like that, sir. He’s the one discriminating, I’m sure. I’m simply not at all his type. A bit too lavender silk for his black leather, shall we say.”

His grandfather steepled his fingers and stared over them. “You’re not just one thing, Lindsey. I’ve know many men in my life and you’re one of the very best. Smart, decisive, action-oriented, kind, and basically good. Unlike your father, I might add. You need a man who sees that. But you’ve got good judgment, so if you think this cop is romance-worthy, then my bet is there’s something there worth pursuing. Ride him down, son!” He laughed that big robust sound that had comforted Lindsey since the day he was born.



About the Author
Tara Lain writes the Beautiful Boys of Romance in LGBT erotic romance novels that star her unique, charismatic heroes. Her first novel was published in January of 2011 and she’s now somewhere around book 23. Her best­selling novels have garnered awards for Best Series, Best Contemporary Romance, Best Ménage, Best LGBT Romance, Best Gay Characters, and Tara has been named Best Writer of the Year in the LRC Awards. In her other job, Tara owns an advertising and public relations firm. She often does workshops on both author promotion and writing craft. She lives with her soul­mate husband and her soul­mate dog in Laguna Beach, California, a pretty seaside town where she sets a lot of her books. Passionate about diversity, justice, and new experiences, Tara says on her tombstone it will say “Yes”!

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Four truths and a secret about #MyWritingProcess

Thank you Sabrina Sol for including me in this blog tour!

1) What am I working on? Right now, I’m dividing my writing time between two projects. The first is another novella in the Maison Domine series, featuring Evan and Ellie–two characters you meet in Surrender to Fire. The second is a super secret project that I’m working on with a writing buddy. We’ll share details as things get moving!

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre? Each book, I want to do something that not only makes me uncomfortable (trying out a new plot device, writing a character who is challenging, setting a book in a new location) but something that pushes the reader to think differently about love and sexuality–whether its writing lesbian love or wax play.
3) Why do I write what I do? I write romance because love is beautiful and every story I read or write lets me fall in love all over again–and reminds me just how lucky I am to have found my One. I write delicious, dirty erotic romance because sex is beautiful, too. It’s a very physical expression not just of how much we love each other, but of how much we value our own pleasure.

(/steps onto  soap box) We should not be ashamed of our bodies or our desires–so long as they’re not dangerous and are consensual–and for too long sexuality, especially female or fringe, has been cast in a negative light. Erotic romance is my small way of pushing back against those ridiculous cultural norms (/jumps off soap box)

4) How does your writing process work? I spend a looooong time mulling over the characters and plot. When I get a new idea, I sketch out what I think will be the three turning points. I’ll write down basics about the characters–names, what they look like, their careers, maybe their favorite musical artists or where they grew up. Then I let it stew. Over the next days or weeks, the story grows in complexity as the backstories and goal/motivation/conflict of my characters interweaves for maximum conflict and emotional impact.

For a long time, I was a pantser, but thinking about it now gives me anxiety! I like knowing more about my characters and direction before I write. Usually, after the first big chunk of the book (Act I, most often) I tweak my plan and write the next chunk. So while I don’t always stick to the initial roadmap, it’s nice having it to fall back on in case of writer’s block. It’s hard to not know what to write if you have a plan for what’s happening next!

Don’t forget to visit Kate Davies next week in the My Writing Process blog tour!

Where in the world is Skylar Kade this week? On a blog tour!

I’m hosting a big giveaway for the release of Surrender to Fire. Winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and $30 Stockroom gift card! Increase your chances of winning by visiting these tour stops:

Tara Lain

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Rachel Leigh

We Love Kink

Harlie’s Books

 

 

 

 

5 Pervertibles from Damien Winter

SurrenderToFire72lgMeet Damien Winter, Dominant and hero of Surrender to Fire (coming Feb 18 from Samhain Publishing). Like all good Doms, he’s got a wickedly creative mind. He was kind enough to stop by the blog today and give me his 5 favorite pervertibles.

“What’s that?” you ask?

Damien, evil Dom grin on his face, explains: “A pervertible is something incredibly innocent that can be used in naughty ways in the bedroom–or wherever you decide to play.”

Damien Winter’s 5 Favorite Pervertibles

1. Ice: As I taught Camille [Skylar: she's the submissive who gives Damien a run for his money in Surrender to Fire], ice is for more than cooling your drinks. It can soothe bruised muscles, tease skin, and “torture” a sub when you’ve commanded her to stay still.

2. Novena candles: go for the white wax and you ARE going to research and practice on yourself first. But once you know what you’re doing, wax play is a cheap (messy though!) and fun part of your toy bag.

3. Tangerines: indulge all her senses. A blindfolded and bound sub is expecting impact play, not a juicy, tangy slice of citrus.putty knife

4. Putty knife: Cool the blade. Warm the blade. Drag the edge along her skin (be careful of the sharpness of the blade!). Smack her skin. This is a versatile tool for a creative Top.

5. Chains: anything metallic that can absorb hot/cold can be used in devious ways. For example, chill links in cold or hot water (test the chain’s temperature on your own skin first), then drape across a sub’s back.

I do feel obligated to include a caveat with all of this. Aside from the usual “Safe, sane, consensual” mandate that accompanies ALL kink play, you must research and practice (on yourself) and/or be trained by a more experienced player before trying something new. The least sexy thing in a scene is injury.

One scorching-hot lesson could leave her begging for more.

The Maison Chronicles, Book 3

Reeling from the double whammy of her Dom’s abandonment, and accusations of colluding with a plagiarizing author, all literary agent Camille Winter wants is some low-profile, drama-free quality time.

Just as she’s settling into a Maison Domine cabin with her to-be-read pile and a full slate of spa appointments, she finds herself sweet talked into playing topless assistant so some Dominant can run a BDSM educational demo.

Architect Damien Winter is on a relationship hiatus, so he focuses his dominant energies on teaching BDSM classes. A chance encounter in Maison’s parking lot with a woman who angrily insists she’s no sub—though every line of her body screams otherwise—turns shocking when she winds up as temporary replacement for his demonstration partner.

Damien is unprepared for the way her beautiful submission gets under his skin. And Camille never thought she’d fall, hard, for just the kind of man she’s sworn off. But when her ex’s vague threats turn serious, Damien fears he’s already lost the chance to claim her for his own.

Product Warnings

This book contains a fiery woman burned one too many times and the Dom who entices her to submit to the heat between them.

Writing Wednesday: Maison Domine updates

ImageSurrender to Fire, the 3rd book in The Maison Chronicles, comes out next Tuesday. I’m excited to return to the world of Maison Domine and can’t wait for you to meet Camille and Damien.

I’m also working on the next book in the series, featuring two characters you’ll briefly meet in Surrender to Fire. Not to be a tease, but here’s a little excerpt:

She shook against him. Damn it, he could be a grouch to this woman in the office and she’d just give a sweet smile back, but one moment of empathy and she broke down.

 A laugh burst from her, then another, until she was cracking up in his arms. Letting him go, she patted him on the chest. “Thanks. That was exactly what I needed.”

 Now he was confused and aroused. Rule #1: Don’t fuck the staff.

 Right now, though, he was tempted to change that to Rule #1: Fuck the rules. He had less than seven hours to get his head on straight before Los Angeles, because he’d never hear the end of it from Damien if he caught on.