Join me as I chat to Dellani Oakes in Florida about my newest release, One Night in Venice, #32 in the City Nights series from Tirgearr. The show is on at 4pm Eastern time (that’s 10pm in South Africa). I’ll be reading an extract, as well as answering questions like:
What’s the most challenging thing about writing?
It’s not getting discouraged, not taking criticism or feedback personally, even if it’s given in a less than diplomatic way. See the good, grab the advice, and take it to the finish line! People are there to help you. But stay true to what makes the project uniquely yours.
Which book have you really enjoyed writing?
I adored working on One Night in Venice because I’m absolutely in love with the hero. In real life I don’t necessarily like dark, moody men, but there is just something so sexy about a dark horse of a man – slightly aloof, slightly unavailable. And then my heroine gives him a run for his money! 🙂
Tune in at the link below to find out more…
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One Night in Venice by Eden Walker
City Nights #32
Steamy, seductive, a little bit taboo and oh so entertaining – this is the story of an artist and the art tutor that releases her creative juices…in more than one way.
When Kate Pollock arrives in Venice she is a little bit heartbroken and feeling a lot like she is not the best choice to have won the scholarship to a prestigious art school. She meets a number of new people that first day on campus but the one that she is smitten with is Marinez Di Ser Piero – her Practicals tutor. She is not sure what hit her between the eyes or why she is throbbing with lust all over BUT she is and when she determines that there may be reciprocation from his side – well – the fun begins. Will there be more than flirting? Will she find love? Will her art skills improve? Will she find someone worthy of giving her virginity to? Well, you will have to read this novella to find out and in so doing you might also hear about a city that you would like to one day visit.
Thank you to the author for the ARC – This is my honest review.
My dear readers
Forgive my long silence; I have been very busy getting this baby ready for publication! One Night in Venice, my first erotic romantic suspense, comes out with Tirgearr Publishing this Wednesday 27 September, and is available on pre-order now:
#32 in the scintillating City Nights series: travel across the globe with us, and enjoy every moment!
With love As Always
“Il sono molto pericoloso,” he said softly, “I am very dangerous—for you, caro—don’t you think?”
Kate Pollock is an average art student from London who, by sheer fluke, ends up in Venice on a scholarship. On her first day she spots sex-on-legs in the corridor, the illustrious Martinez Di Ser Piero, and is shocked to learn he’s her Practicals tutor. The last thing she expects is for him to be attracted to her, but after one kiss, she’s lost to this mysterious man.
Following a dry spell in his career, Kate inspires Martinez to paint again. When his latest work goes missing, she has to solve the crime as well as the enigma that is him. Kate thinks she’s falling in love with Martinez—could he be ‘the one’, or will his secret past break her heart?
You may have heard that I’ll be bringing out a new book with Tirgearr Publishing on 30 August (One Night in Venice for the City Nights Series). Well, here’s news of a FABULOUS book from the same publisher (they clearly have taste…) plus an interview with a wizard! Check out the world’s sexiest cover, in my opinion. Enjoy!
A Vampire’s Tale by Maya Tyler
The best laid plans…
Marisa Clements was never satisfied writing the ‘gossip column’ in the local paper and she quit her job to follow her dream of writing fiction. Floundering in an unforgiving industry, she wrote about vampires, a popular subject she considered fascinating but as real as unicorns, to pay the rent.
Corgan was tired of human misconceptions about vampires and ‘living’ as a vampire. He planned to tell Marisa his story and end his existence. It was no coincidence Corgan selected Marisa to write his story. With the ability to see the future, he knew she would be a major part of it. He knew if they met, she would help him die, but in doing so, she’d be doomed to the same fate. Once they met, their futures would be irrevocably intertwined.
Corgan began to care for Marisa and finally revealed the truth to her. He admitted his quest to atone for his past sins had put her in grave danger from a nest of revenge seeking vampires. Corgan must claim her for her own protection. But claiming her is not enough, he must ask for help from his wizard friends and his maker in order to destroy his enemy or Marisa will never be safe.
Let me introduce you to Waldor from A Vampire’s Tale. He’s your typical white-bearded, aged wizard and also Kurtis’ grandfather.
- Describe yourself in one word. Insightful
- If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would change my own selfishness. It drove my son away years ago and, now, I fear it’s driving my grandson away.
- What do you want most from life? I want my son to forgive me, and I want him to come home. Not just for me, but for his son. Kurtis needs his father.
- What is your greatest fear? I will die before I see my son again. The way we left things… We had a terrible fight. Over Kurtis. I wanted the best for Kurtis, and I see now that his father did too, in his own way. I couldn’t bear the thought of losing them. In the end, my son stormed out, leaving his own son behind.
- What is your greatest regret? My fight with my son. I should’ve tried harder with him. He’s such a hard-headed fool—like his father.
- How do you decide you can trust someone? I look deep into their eyes, and I know if they are to be trusted. Distrustful people cannot maintain eye contact without revealing the darkness in their souls.
- What unusual hobbies or interests do you have? Most wizards have a great distrust of vampires. I consider Corgan Halton, an ancient vampire, a trusted friend and ally. We have known each other a very long time, and, in addition to friendship, have a mutual understanding.
- What or who is the greatest love of your life? My sweet Meg. She traded her life for our son’s, and now I’ve let them both down.
If you enjoyed this character interview, then read more about Waldor, Kurtis, and their vampire friends in A Vampire’s Tale. Available now through amazon, smashwords, apple, nook, and kobo.
Maya Tyler is a romance author, blogger, wife, and mother. She has a degree in Commerce, but writing is her true passion. Her short story “Just for Tonight” is included in an anthology called With Love from Val and Tyne and her debut paranormal romance novella was Dream Hunter, published in December 2014. Her second paranormal romance novel A Vampire’s Tale released in March 2017. She writes paranormal romance with a twist and all her books have a common theme – happily ever after. When she’s not writing, you can find her having fun with her husband and sons.
Maya loves to hear from fellow authors and readers. Please visit her anytime!
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It is my pleasure to interview Onyinye Iwu today, who illustrates the covers of my books for Ankara Press. You’ll notice that they’re very different as romance covers go. Readers tell me that they really stand out. That’s because we’re a #newkindofromance!
Hi Onyinye, and thanks for chatting with me today –
Where do you live and how old are you?
I live in London UK and I am 26 years old.
Please tell us about the kind of work you do.
I do a variety of graphic work, from book covers, custom illustrations, to branding.
Who do you work for or are you freelance?
My day job is teaching, I teach design in a secondary school in London, so all my graphic design and illustration work is actually freelance. I have worked for many different clients, one of my main clients being Cassava Republic.
Where did you study or train?
I did a degree in Architecture at the University of Nottingham and PGCE in Design Technology, however I did study art and graphic design in secondary school.
What does your brief for Ankara entail?
I was lucky enough to be there at the very beginning of the Ankara press imprint, the brief was to create unapologetically strong African female protagonists for a series of romance novels. They needed to be confident, attractive and true to the amazing young women that populate the continent!
What is hard about doing romance covers and what do you like?
The hardest part of designing covers for romance novels is to capture such a rollercoaster of emotions in just one image, but I do love reading the stories and I adore dressing them in Ankara styles.
What is your favourite kind of work?
I have designed many book covers but my favourite work would be to create picture books and graphic novels which is something I am working on at the moment through personal and commissioned projects.
Please tell us about any awards you’ve won.
I won a CHUB award last year as best Graphic Designer.
What advice would you give illustrators starting out?
Find your illustration style, find the time to draw and don’t stop whatever anyone says. Illustration is such an amazing but competitive industry and you need the tenacity and resilience to overcome challenges!
Where can fans see more samples of your work?
You can follow me on Instagram @only_onyi
Where can future employers contact you?
My email address is email@example.com
From California! Bringing you news of an exciting new Irish-American love story by Kathleen Rowland – plus a tantalizing excerpt! Brought to you by my very own publisher, Tirgearr – leading the pack! Enjoy.
A decade ago, Tori Rourke, and her cousin, Vivienne, ran from the Irish mob after witnessing a brutal murder. Tori was framed by the mob, and while she served time in prison, she worried that the killer, Seamus McGinn, had kidnapped her missing cousin.
Attorney Grady D. Fletcher, defender of the wrongly condemned, appeals Tori’s case and wins her release. Now, going by Victoria Morningstar, she runs a food truck from a seedy waterfront neighborhood, hoping to find her cousin’s kidnapper.
When Grady agrees to defend a new client, Samuel Peterson, who’s been accused of beating to death the wife of a noted professor, the evidence mounts. The professor is missing, as well as his laptop that contains data dangerous to national security.
And Seamus McGinn is back, and rumors of a massive annihilation is about to begin. As they race to assist the FBI, the bonds between Grady and Tori are about to be tested. It becomes clear Grady and Tori are falling fast for each other, but what to do about it is a different story. He’s a divorced dad who wants more time with his kid. She brings danger to his front door.
Grady has questions of his own; Is Vivienne at the center of the mob’s operation? How much will it cost Tori before she learns the truth? All Grady knows is the biggest danger is the one standing right behind you.
“Don’t let the anxiety of freedom consume you.” Attorney Grady Donahue Fletcher clenched his teeth and rehearsed what he’d say to his client, Victoria Morningstar. He’d won her appeal and drove to pick her up at Gladstone Penitentiary. “At least you won’t be placed in solitary.” That was worse.
Six months earlier Grady had phoned a reporter at the Los Angeles Globe. “Drew Barker. Grady Fletcher here.”
“Ah, the lawyer. Calling about a tip?”
“I am. Here’s something you can investigate. Tori Morningstar, did she murder Irene Brennan?”
“I wrote that story many years back,” the journalist had said. “I assume you have new discoveries.”
“Fraud, illegal testimony. Do you want the story first?” A second passed. “Otherwise, I’ll call the Orange County Guardian.”
“Okay, okay. We want it.”
Three days later Grady had a hand in writing the first article in Drew Barker’s column. “The public labeled Tori Morningstar as an undesirable. Not black and poor, but disfavored, accused, incarcerated, and wrongly condemned. Her cellphone has been recovered. Her call to 911 identified her voice and substantiated screams of the victim in the background. Could she have beaten someone while speaking to dispatch at the same time?”
The reporter had written the second article. “People who get their ideas about criminal lawyers from TV probably would be disappointed in Grady Fletcher. He lacks flash but stands up straight, his posture neither ramrod nor slouched. He doesn’t smoke, doesn’t wear thousand dollar suits. His voice is soft and low, one of his assets. He speaks truth with a voice inviting confidences.”
As nice as that was, Grady’s stomach cramped over pressure and strain from Drew Barker’s final article with the headline, Tori Morningstar, Released Today. Picked up by the online service, Newser, KTLA, and CBS Los Angeles, they planned to broadcast his arrival to escort his client from Gladstone.
Tori’s decade-long prison sentence ended today but with a sobering fear over tomorrow.
When was a July morning this hot? Grady balanced her release papers on his lap as he rolled up one sleeve then the other while gripping the damp steering wheel. Sweat blossomed on his throbbing forehead, wrapped like a python’s grip. He adjusted the dial for the AC and embraced the challenge of helping another client get back on track. Embrace and conquer. Or at least sound like it.
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A little about Kathleen Rowland—
Book Buyers Best finalist Kathleen Rowland is devoted to giving her readers fast-paced, high-stakes suspense with a sizzling love story sure to melt their hearts. Writing a romantic suspense Irish American series for Tirgearr Publishing, Deadly Alliance is followed by Unholy Alliance with a release date of March 29, 2017. Keep an icy drink handy while reading these hot stories.
Other books are sweet new adult such as Lily’s Pad and the Intervenus Series: A Brand New Address and Betrayal at Crater’s Edge.
Kathleen used to write computer programs but now writes novels. She grew up in Iowa where she caught lightning bugs, ran barefoot, and raced her sailboat on Lake Okoboji. Now she wears flip-flops and sails with her husband, Gerry, on Newport Harbor but wishes there were lightning bugs in California.
Kathleen exists happily with her witty CPA husband, Gerry, in their 70’s poolside retreat in Southern California where she adores time spent with visiting grandchildren, dogs, one bunny, and noisy neighbors. While proud of their five children who’ve flown the coop, she appreciates the luxury of time to write. If you’d enjoy news, sign up for Kathleen’s newsletter at http://www.kathleenrowland.com/
I had the privilege of interviewing Amaka Azie, an exciting new author who writes contemporary romance fiction set in Africa, just like me! We met on Facebook. Yes, social media is amazing …
Please tell us something about yourself.
A: I was born in Lagos, Nigeria, West Africa. A middle child, with four siblings. I’m also a twin (I have a twin brother). I currently reside in England with my husband and daughters, where I practice as a part-time family doctor.
How did you get into writing?
A: It has always been a dream of mine since I was a teenager. I enjoyed reading a lot and would sometimes forget to eat because I was engrossed in a book, much to my mother’s irritation. My interests in writing intensified when I joined the press club in secondary school. I was responsible for putting up interesting news articles to read on assembly. This pushed me to also write short stories I passed around in class. I remember my classmates queuing up to read my stories.
I continued to ruminate about writing for a long time until I met a publisher last year, who encouraged me to follow my dreams. I have not looked back since then.
How do you develop your plots and characters?
A: I usually start off with an idea, write it down and then gradually work out how the plot progresses. I sometimes use flashbacks to give the characters depth. So that people can understand the characters more. A few times, the plot has taken a mind of its own and led me to a path very different from what I had originally planned. I guess sometimes, a story can take over the writer.
What inspires you to write?
A: Real life situations. I am a romance writer, but I like to integrate real life situations and struggles into my stories. I think everyday experiences of regular people are potential ideas for many stories.
I am a good listener, and I have found that people, even strangers, open up to me about their lives. Sometimes just seeing the emotions from people telling me their stories, puts an idea in my head.
Music is another inspiration. The song “I put a spell on you” by Nina Simone has filled my head with various ideas.
Who is your all-time favorite character (from your books) and why?
A: Chuma Obi, from Thorns and Roses. He is a complicated man, who has insight to his character flaws. He knows he is obsessive, manipulative and controlling. He sometimes tries to fight his natural obstinate behavior but fails most times.
He is also a kind, caring and loyal person, who will go all out to fight for people he cares about. I love that about his character. He never wants to see anyone he loves struggling.
Do you prefer coffee or tea?
What’s better than chocolate?
A: Cocktails… I’m a sucker for cocktails…
If you believed in this sort of thing and could channel an artist from the beyond, who would it be and why?
A: It would be Fela Kuti, a late Nigerian musician. He did not care what people thought about him. He spoke the truth about injustice through his music and was arrested by the Government multiple times.
I would channel his fearlessness and courage to speak the truth no matter what.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself in five years?
A: Hopefully with a Nigerian Writers Award… hahaha. And more bestsellers under my belt of course!
Any advice for those aspiring novelists out there?
A: Keep writing. Don’t give up. No one will read your stories if you don’t write. Also, don’t start out thinking about money. Start out with a burning desire to share your story.
Thanks for your time, Amaka! I’ll be reading Thorns and Roses, that’s for sure!
How can your readers contact you?
You can interact with Amaka Azie on: