My Chat with Rosanna Leo

Hello and welcome!

Today I have an amazing and sweet lady, a multi-published romance author whose specialty is “star-crossed loves”. I enjoyed many of her books and had a few of my book boyfriends join me on the chat, the yummy selkies Calan and Machar and former political journalist Patrick sigh

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Please welcome Rosanna Leo!

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Winner of the Reader’s Choice 2015 in Paranormal Romance for “Predator’s Fire”, book 5 in the Gemini Island Shifters series at ‘The Romance Reviews’, Rosanna draws on her love of mythology for her books on Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters. Her hot contemporary romance Vice was recently reviewed by Library Journal.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance.

Read on to find out more ….

Do you have a nickname?
I have a number of nicknames, but the one that has stuck the longest is “Lala.” When my younger brother was a toddler, he couldn’t pronounce Rosanna. Lala was the closest he could come. The name has lasted about 40 years now.

What is one word best describes you?
Optimistic. I’ve never been a believer in seeing the glass half empty. I’m a glass half full kind of woman.

What makes you laugh out loud?
Would it be horrible for me to admit bathroom humor cracks me up? Because it does… in a big way.

What is your favourite smell?
I have a couple of favorite smells.

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One is lilac, my favourite flower. The other is cocoa butter, which reminds me of the tropical vacations I’ve had. I love lounging on the beach, catching that scent on the breeze.

Favourite place to spend time in.
I have two favorite places to visit and could spend years exploring them to the fullest. London, England and the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Both are cherished vacation spots and I never grow tired of visiting.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
I don’t think I would refuse a genre without assessing specific books. I’d like to think I’d make my decision based on individual subject matter.

Writing! What started it?
A school essay when I was 12. I wrote about my grandfather’s experiences in WWII and got hooked. Since then, I have scribbled as much as possible. I’m so glad some of my scribbles have paid off and that audiences are listening.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
If I were smart, I’d pick something practical like computer programming, something for which I have no aptitude. However, I’d probably pick something just as “flighty” as writing. I’d be a musical theater actor or something in the arts.

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
I would love to have my books in audio format and it really is up to my publishers as to whether or not that happens. If this is something you’d like to see, let them know!
I would love to listen to Anton, the tiger shifter prince YUMYUM
…. or to Percy and Byron, the jaguar shifter twins OH MY!!!

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Love, always, as one might expect. However, I do touch on other themes. My books often explore the ideas of self-sacrifice and having to make the decision to put another person first. For some of my characters, it might be the first time they’re in this position. No matter what, it always changes their lives for the better.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
I wouldn’t say I write for a specific audience. Most romance readers are women, but I’ve been tickled to receive some lovely reviews from men. In fact, I once had a woman tell me she bought one of my books for her 22-year-old grandson! Apparently, he liked mythical romance. I just try to write the best book I can, something I would like to read, and trust the audience is out there.

What is next in your writing?
I have a few projects on the go. 2015 was a busy year for me, with 4 releases between February and November. This gives me the luxury of really being able to consider my next works and how I want to approach them. I’m working on the final two books in my Gemini Island Shifters series and am in the midst of plotting a new contemporary romance. I can’t wait to share more as the days go on.

Thank you Rosanna for joining me in my little corner of the blogging world. I am looking forward to reading more of your amazing stories. Hoping you can get Byron and Percy to come for a chat soon.

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Hope you enjoyed the chat, I sure did.

To keep in touch with Ms. Leo and check out all her yummy books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

Make sure you peek in her Pinterest folders, lots of yumminess there to be enjoyed 😉

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To start you on the journey into her book world, Ms. Leo is offering an ebook of winner’s choice from her backlist.

The lucky reader will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST Monday, December 14, 2015. GOOD LUCK!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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My Chat with AR Von

Hello and welcome!

Today I have a lady who I met before she became a famous published author. She is awesome and a riot, we shared many giggles over the years…. and she actually made me like zombie books… well.. almost-zombie actually 😉 I even had Pete, my “6 foot 3, and built like a well-oiled machine” hunk book boyfriend, for a chat over on my old blog. Will have to get him over to this one soon and have Tank join in too 😉

Please welcome AR Von!

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A.R. was born and raised in Bronx, NY and is the oldest daughter of two girls. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science and Information Technology, which was only briefly used.

She’s a mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom she considers her furry daughter.) She’s also a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man-beast. She loves anything dragon and fantasy related. In her free time she enjoys exercising, listening to music, hiking, cooking, dancing and writing. She also loves a great adventure in and out of a book!

She writes to free her mind of its constant wondering and priceless clutter. She thrives on the fact she can share some of it with readers that have the same passion for a great story.

She also loves to hear from her reader’s and chat away, so feel free to reach out to her any time.

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Her books are varied genres, my fave is the Wunder series, the almost-zombie series I mentioned above. Love the trailer made by the talented Leanore Elliott at Wicked Muse Productions.

And now onto the grilling… err… I mean chat…

Do you have a nickname?
‘Babe’ from my hubby and ‘mama dukes’ from my boys and ‘hey, hey you’ from strangers

What is one word best describes you?
Determined

What makes you laugh out loud?
Anything spontaneously funny … my pets get me almost daily.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Evergreen trees, the scent reminds me of the peace and family gathering I once experienced during the holidays when I was little. Boy do I miss those days sigh

Favourite place to spend time in.
The beach, when I can get there. At home, it’s my “dragon den” that you’ll find me in most.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Most historical non-fiction, I’m sorry for those fans of the genre, but what I’ve read has been truly depressing and puts me to sleep zzz

Writing! What started it?
Poetry! I started off at about 5 or 6 writing poetry for my mother. She once was my sun, moon and stars.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
I have two I’ve thought of in the past, drill sergeant or a female wrestler. I just love the thrill of either one LOL

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
Maybe once more people request them from me. So far, I’ve had none.
I would love to hear Pete’s voice sigh

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
Some does. One example is my based on a true story short: Listen, Just Once. It gives a look inside of an abused child’s mind, how she deals with it and how much she was “listened to”. I wrote it with hopes to give some out there holding in their past, or their present inside to let it out, raise their voice and move forward in life. Life is too short, and that’s too much pain to hold onto to truly live a happy life. I honestly hope the story helped even one person

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
Wow, I say my aim is for a diverse audience as I’ve written a few genres to date. Yes, most is paranormal, but I also have erotic, erotic thriller, contemporary romance and am adding on to the list as we speak ;)
 The reason why I do this? Well, why should I only allow my mind to express one single thing when it’s packed with so much to offer so many? I just can’t bring myself to do it and hope my readers find enjoyment in the variety that’s offered to them.

What is next in your writing?
I have a few in the works and I just released a paranormal romance titled Reap What You Sow.

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Yes, it sounds like it may be frightening and gory, but it’s not. It’s a sweet—different type of paranormal romance that also helped me to express one of my loves … you’ll have to read it to see for yourself hee hee
You are such a tease!!

Thank you so much for having me! I always feel at home in your company hugs

It is always a pleasure chatting with you Ava! I will be waiting for Pete and Tank to drop by 😉 Say hello to Wunder for me!

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Thank you for joining me today and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

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To keep in touch with Ms. Von and check out all her books, follow the links below and if you chat with her, tell her I said hi 😀

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GIVEAWAY
Four lucky readers, chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments, will win…

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2 winners win a wish bracelet/signed bookmark combo

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2 winners win an ebook copy of their choice of either the contemporary romance Jailhouse Rock or the erotic paranormal romance, Envy’s Curse.

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

Elven Chronicles’ Celebration of Life 2015 novella

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It has been three years since Branith has been home and a few of the Princes from the Free Lands have come with him. Things have changed and they are all quick to note the obvious ones. The young girls he remembered as cute little toddlers and scamps are developing curves, and he is suddenly feeling very protective. Where did that come from?

As Elves gather for the celebration, Daroth finds his Kingdom is being invaded by what seems like every high-ranking Elven family in the Empire. There are toddlers everywhere! He would ask where they all came from, but their ages point at only one possible answer: their conceptions can be traced back to the time when Gabriel and Eden conjured their spell in the High Elven Kingdom. It reminds him of when their children were toddlers, and with that in mind, he is ready to enjoy the party.

Can it be that simple?

 

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Today Wulfe and Christina’s story is available!

The Crusader's Heart by Claire Delacroix, a medieval romance and #2 in the Champions of Saint Euphemia series.A valiant warrior sworn to the order of the Knights Templar for life, Wulfe resents being dispatched on a quest to Paris just when the Latin Kingdoms are at their most vulnerable. He is determined to fulfill his duty as quickly as possible and return to fight for justice—but the courtesan he defends in Venice is resolved to remain at his side. The alluring and perceptive Christina will not be left behind, and soon Wulfe finds himself forced to choose between his vows and his heart…

First Chapter of Integration

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Read the first chapter in the newly released INTEGRATION, book 2 of Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham. Then go and get it at your fave store, find links here

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There were eight of them in total, all teenaged Human females stretched out in the grass. They were hidden in the rocks, close to the summit of a foothill, watching the young, winged Tantalarian males play an aerial game with a ball far overhead. Not one girl was standing guard to make sure they weren’t about to get caught, and they were getting frustrated by the lack of technology at their disposal. The Tantalarian men were too far away to see clearly without a really good set of binoculars, or a telescope. They had neither; although one did have a weak set of binoculars that they took turns trying to focus to get a clearer view.

“Jean, can’t you find something better to use than these binoculars? They are barely functional. Damn, this is frustrating.”

“If you aren’t satisfied with what we have, I know six others girls…

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Please help me make a THUNDER for M. A. Abraham. It is my first one, so I need all the help I can get 😉

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Releasing October 6, 2015!

INTEGRATION, book 2 of Tantalus series by M. A. Abraham

As the inhabitants of Tantalus work together to create a new home, the Arc Royal travels closer to the planet. No one is surprised to find out that the man that they call the Witch Hunter is on board and in command, although not visibly so. He doesn’t wait very long to make his presence known.

The Tantalarians continue to do what they can to help their new neighbors, including guarding those in need from danger. While this happens, new friendships develop, old ones strengthen and the two species begin to form more meaningful bonds. That doesn’t stop those who will not accept change to cause trouble for the others. The Witch Hunter is in the background adding to the animosity and the confusion.

Lieutenant Nobel greets her sister, but her sister’s eyes are glued on Synric, not her son, as Julia thinks they should be. Synric is not very pleased with the sudden attention, but his actions speak louder than words. She doesn’t know that he has been ordered to befriend her sister and it makes her wonder, is the man she is falling in love with what she believes, or is she making a mistake by trusting him?

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My Chat with Marianne Maguire

Hello and welcome!

Today I have an author I adore, especially her wicked mind. I had her heroes for a chat …. twice… once with Sabre and once with ALL four hunks. It is very hard to choose, read her books and you will understand 😉 I also had the honour of meeting her in person a few times.

Please welcome Marianne Maguire!

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Marianne Maguire was born on the Canadian prairies, when platform heels and bell bottom pants where groovy, while Johnny Cash and ABBA were what all the cool kids listened to on their record players. Often as a child she would go off on her own to explore the forest, armed only with her imaginary friends and a peanut butter sandwich, in search of wild adventures then come home to tell tall tales about what she had found to anyone that would listen.

Today you can often find Marianne on her acreage she shares with her husband of 20+ years near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, taming her gardens and usually with her band of merry four legged children. She still grooms and trains dogs, has a persistent preoccupation for reading and surfing the web and a huge obsession for anything undead. Visit her at http://www.mamaguire.com to find our what’s next in the Legacy Series.

Hello Marianne!

Do you have a nickname?
Yes, my darling husband calls me Wiggy. I’m not sure when this started or why but there it is. We’ve been together for over 20 years and in the beginning it drove me crazy but now I think it means wing nut or wigged out, cause I’m a little cray-cray y’all, lol.

What is one word that best describes you?
Unique, I have never followed what is expected, if my Mom was still with us today she would be shaking her head in agreement. I love being a free spirit with my own individuality. 

What makes you laugh out loud?
I love to laugh, almost anything my dogs, Rupert, Merlin and Buddy do gets me chuckling, seriously they are clowns.

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I love dry humor, or anything caused by my own clumsiness, I do some pretty dumb things.
They are so cute, I love Merlin especially, the gentle giant.

What is your favourite smell? What does it remind you of?
Funny you ask this, my husband is always making fun of me for smelling everything. He says, “Everything up the nose.”

But if I have to nail down one smell as a favourite, I would have to say the forest after a hard rain. Nature is my sanctuary, the place I have always gone to, even as a child, for comfort and after a rain storm it has a million fresh scents all in one that just make me feel like I’m safe and home. I have always lived close to a forest of some sort so I have many memories that come alive with that smell.
You are not alone in smelling everything, I do it too 😉

Favourite place to spend time in.
The outdoors, of course but also my office. If I’m not knee deep in my garden, covered in mud, twigs, bugs and God only knows what, than you’ll find me locked in my office with puppies at my feet while I tap away at my keyboard.

Is there a genre that you refuse to read?
Not that I have found as of yet, but of course I’m very partial to paranormal.

Writing! What started it?
I think I have always been a storyteller, even as a child. I would go off for the day into the woods to one of my forts or for walks deep into the trees by myself, no one would ever know where I went but I always came home with a tale and my family always listened. The writing came much later, only 4 years ago to be exact. I had just lost both my parents to cancer, a dark time for me. I felt very alone and at a loss as to who I was. I began to journal my thoughts to help me deal with what I was feeling at the time, it was an ugly mess at first but in time I got ideas from experiences I had or places I had been. In March of 2011, I sat at my desk and began to type, in a short 30 days I created my first manuscript, Born. I guess the rest, as they say, is history.

If you could choose another career what would it be?
I have worn many hats in my life, I studied to be a chef and worked in the industry for almost 20 years, not as a chef but as a waitress, bartender, and eventually I owned and operated my own pub. I also was a roofer, truck driver, shoe sales women, model, dog groomer, and business owner, there hasn’t been much I haven’t tried. I have never really chosen a career, I’ve been interested in many things and just tried them, the ones I really enjoyed are the ones I stuck with. So if I had to choose another career I would have to wait to see what came along so I could give it a go. I think I will stick with author though, it really is the best job ever and I can create any career I wish, whenever I want and when it gets boring, I’ll create another one.

Also, I prefer the word adventure over career, I think whatever you do in life, you have to enjoy it, be happy doing it. The word career does not sound happy and I see too many people with careers that are just plain miserable, that doesn’t seem fun at all. Find an adventure and be happy.

Audiobooks! Any plans to have any of your books in audio format?
I would love to have an audiobook but that is in the hands of my publisher. Sorry I can’t give you more than that.

Does your work convey a specific emotion or message?
I never set out to give any sort of message but I do write about strong women, that is very important to me. I was raised to believe I could do anything and I have tried to do just that in my own life, so I make sure that my characters are of the same mind set. All women are beautiful, creative, brave, strong, smart and incredible beings, no matter what shape, size, colour or race they are. If my books or even my own story help someone do better in life or get through something difficult, well, that will be a priceless moment for me and make this the best damn job in the world.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your books?
Anyone over 21 with a heartbeat, who loves a good story with many twists and turns in a fantasy world full of hot dreamy characters that enjoy steamy sex, because who wouldn’t want to read that.

What is next in your writing?
With Born and Inheritance, book 1 & 2 of the Legacy Series, out now, my readers will probably be excited to hear I am working on book 3 and hope to have it done by the end of this year. This one is from a different character’s point of view and is taking a little longer to write as I also must set up for book 4 and 5. Yes, I plan on continuing the series and hope to have many more books to come. Sorry, I am keeping the titles and characters secret for now, remember good things take time to create so please be patient with me. I promise it will be worth it!

Thank you so much Marianne for coming for this chat. I am so looking forward to reading the next book, especially that I have an inkling who is the main character. Can you write faster? 😀

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Thanks for dropping by and I hope you enjoyed the chat.

I really hope you will give a chance to the series. I recommend it to anybody who likes paranormal romance with a twist… or two and really hot scenes that warrant for some ice cold drinks and an industrial fan by your side. Check out the characters of the Legacy Series here. where is my bucket of ice cubes?

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my review: I thought I’ve read every sub genre of paranormal romance, but this book proves that I was mistaken. A unique take on the genre mixing vampire, wolf shifter, demon mixed with suspense, laughter and lots of hot, sexy scenes. Love September, her down to earth attitude and quirky comebacks that had me burst out laughing. She gets the surprise of her life when she finds out her legacy, but with the help of her court comprised of sexy hunks, Sabre, Gage, Magennis and Chris she comes out on top and out of her shell. A great debut novel to a series that shows we’ll have more entertainment coming our way.

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The second book, INHERITANCE was released on June 12, 2015 ….. it is sooooo yummy….

my review: Continuing the story from the first book, “Born”, Ms. Maguire takes us deeper in the intricate world surrounding September. Quite a few twists in the story and new revelations about her men who are her consorts, funny moments, romance, hot love scenes, intrigue and intense battle scene makes this a great read. I can’t wait for more!!!

Links to keep in touch with Ms. Maguire and her books, give her a like and if you chat with her, say hello from me. You should like her page on Facebook, she has posting days with sexy shoes and oh-so-yummy-drool-worthy Wet Wednesdays *sigh* among other sexy posts. Ms. Maguire’s Pinterest is a place worth checking out too.

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One lucky reader will win an ebook copy of “BORN”, courtesy of Ms. Maguire. The winner will be chosen by Sexy Mr. Random from the comments after 3pm EST on Monday, September 14, 2015. Good luck!

Until next time read a book, listen to a book and don’t forget to show your love by leaving a review!

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