Monday, September 1, 2014

Interview with Thomas Briar - author of A Lost Love Returns - Contemporary Erotic romance

Hello everyone – please welcome Thomas Briar, an amazing writer of erotic romance, whether contemporary or historical he’s got it down: ) He’s here today sharing his newest release, A Lost Love Returns. Thomas…thanks so much for spending time at my place…always a pleasure to hear more of what you’re working on as well: ) I’m an avid reader of Mr. Briar’s stories…they’ve all been excellent reads, stories-stars that resonate and a story that remains in thought and mind long after the book is finished.

Here’s his bio-line: Thomas Briar lives in South Georgia. He strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every erotic story he creates.

Okay Thomas…let’s get started picking your brain *grins*

Title and Genre of your book (include any tags that describe it): A Lost Love Returns  Tags:  M/F Contemporary Erotic Romance, Lost Love, Lust, Pirates, Sunken Treasure, Jewelry, Engagement, Happy Ending
Please tell us how the idea came to you for A Lost Love Returns. Please include all the fun details.

In all honesty, I saw Clarissa in my mind's eye first. She was sitting at a table in front of a sidewalk café, staring over her espresso. And when I looked back in on her an hour or so later, she was still staring. So I naturally wondered: what or who is she looking at? The story evolved from there.

What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Clarissa?

I'd have to say her great love for Jake. I mean, they were in love before his sudden abandonment of her; now he's returned. And she's angry at him for not returning sooner. But, if she didn't still love him, she wouldn't be angry, would she?

What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Jake?

Clarissa. All he wants is tell her what happened to him and then fulfill a promise he once made to her. And yes, he stills loves her.

Can you tell us about the first time they met each other?

They met in an old pirate's tavern. Clarissa made the acquaintance of Jake's brother, Danny, first. Then Danny promptly introduced her to Jake. Danny holds a special place in her heart because he always treated her like a beloved younger sister.

Why did you pick Key West, Florida for the setting of the story? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?

I picked Key West because it best fit the story. Also, the most successful treasure hunter of all time lived there.

Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?

The scene where Jake reveals to Clarissa what happened to him. You'll have to forgive me, but all I'll say here is that he had a good excuse for leaving and not returning sooner.

What are you working on now?

Nothing right this minute. Recently received confirmation that I'm getting a contract on the latest story I submitted. So that was great news. However, I do have to start a new short story in a few days. Presently, I'm letting it percolate so when I start writing everything will go hopefully go smoothly.

What tip or advice would you give to an aspiring author?

Write what you know and love. Don't give up. And once you get into a publishing company, trust the editors. They're only trying to help you.

Quickie Quiz
          Getting to know Thomas Briar…

2 Things you do to relax:
A cigarette works pretty well. But my all-time favorite thing to do to relax is to spend time with my wife. She truly is the most fun I've ever had.

Cat or Dog or other:
Cats. They're born with all the tools they need to survive on their own. And they can climb trees – that's always a bonus in the animal kingdom.

Favorite places to write:
Anywhere Sirius Octane is playing in the background.

Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t:
I'd like to go with my wife to Puerto Rico so she can take pictures of the old Spanish architecture. Yeah, I kind of got a thing for old architecture.

What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing):

Writers are allowed a hobby? I didn't know that...and I have to say that doesn't sound correct at all to me. This must be some kind of mistake.

So please send me the official documentation supporting this claim ASAP. Yeah, I'm going to need to see something in writing bearing an official seal before I let anything cut into my writing time. Just saying…

A Lost Love Returns

Book Blurb: Three years after her boyfriend's mysterious disappearance, Clarissa has finally recovered enough to move on with her life. She's graduated from college, found a good job, and is engaged to someone else now. She is happy once again.

So why has Jake, her long lost first love, suddenly turned back up in Key West, Florida at their favorite sidewalk café? Where had he been and what had he been doing during his absence? But most important of all, what could he possibly want from her after all this time?

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Book Review – A Lost Love Returns
Author: Thomas Briar
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance Short Story

First Line: Clarissa looked up from her expresso to suffer a shock of disbelief.

Clarissa lost the love of her life when he mysteriously disappeared. Everything changed for her in the three years after he vanished.

Jake is a dreamer and treasure hunter. He and his brother specialize in sunken ships, until something happens to shift his life forever.

Mr. Briar’s books are always packed with something new and bold, mixed with a couple twists for good measure. The title is perfect for the story—a splendid shorty with some sizzling hot tossed in and a super special ending. I loved it! A quickie that packs a steamy punch of blaze and banter, and I found most satisfying…like all of Mr. Briar’s stories.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

J.D. Brown - Interview and Giveaway - A Paranormal Urban Fantasy author

Hello everyone – got a great treat for this week. J.D. Brown, author of the Ema Marx series (Paranormal-Urban Fantasy Romance) has written a prequel with Leena and Jalmari’s beginnings in Athena’s Oracle – A Heirloom Vampyres Novella.

Not erotic romance, but sensual and sexy, and most definitely a love story, thriller, and page turner *grins* J.D. is offering a giveaway also – details below. Before we get to the interview questions, here’s a bit about my good friend and amazing author, J.D. Brown…

She knows that vampires exist because she’s dating one and no, he doesn’t sparkle. Unfortunately, he’s not immortal either (or maybe her standards are too low). A magnet for subcultures and weirdness, J.D. was that socially awkward girl with more fictional friends than real ones. As a child battling a hearing loss and a medical condition with no name, J.D. found comfort in books where strong women always saved the day and got the guy. An obsession with Charmed, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Buffy the Vampire Slayer led J.D. to believe that her mutated chromosome made her something more, not something less. Thus her stubborn flare to persevere was born.

A lover of fine cuisine, coffee, and shoes, J.D. never understood why shoe stores don’t serve Starbucks and soufflé. She resides in Wisconsin were she writes urban fantasy—aka vampires for adults—and has political debates with her dogs. She loves to hear from fans and is active on

Okay, J.D. let’s get on with sharing you and your story, Athena’s Oracle 

Please tell us how the idea came to you for Athena’s Oracle. Please include all the fun details.

It’s difficult to talk about without ruining the story for those who haven’t read Dark Heirloom yet, but Athena’s Oracle is the prequel to Dark Heirloom. It takes place in ancient Greece, thousands of years before the main character of Dark Heirloom, Ema Marx, is even born. I really wanted to tell the story of how Jalmari and Leena (two characters who are portrayed as ‘bad guys’ in Dark Heirloom) met and fell in love. Jalmari is such a complicated character. Like I said, in Dark Heirloom, he comes across as the villain, but it’s clear he wasn’t always that way. He and Leena have a complicated history, but we don’t get to see much of it through Ema’s eyes. I love Jalmari and Leena, and I really wanted to let my readers get to know them the way I know them, to see that there is good in these ‘villains’. There is more to them than evil for the sake of evil. Plus, like any good writer, I’ve factored it all in to events that will take place later in the series. I think my fans will appreciate that. :P

What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Jalmari and Leena in this book?

Athena’s Oracle begins with the death of Jalmari’s father, which brings about the curse that carries through the rest of the series. You see, Daddy was a master alchemist and a tyrant who liked to cheat death. He concocted a spell long ago, incase his physical body was ever extinguished, that would allow his essence (or soul, if you will) to hitch a ride in his son’s body. Not wanting to live possessed for the rest of his life, Jalmari travels to Greece in search of another alchemist who can undo this curse.  That’s how he ends up meeting Leena.

Leena is the daughter of a master alchemist in Athens, and has spent her whole life training to be the oracle of Athena; a job she doesn’t want. She’ll do just about anything to free herself of this burden, including using her father’s spell book to concoct a chancy love hex…

Can you tell us about the abilities of Leena? How do they help OR hinder?

Leena has a very special gift: she can hear people’s thoughts. This allows her to know when Jalmari is near, even when he is invisible. It is also the reason why she is set on the path of becoming an oracle; the people of Athens believe she is a demi-goddess. This is both annoying and fascinating to Jalmari. All my vampires have powers, but none of them are telepaths. It’s a challenge for him to actually converse with cattle…er, I mean humans…as if they were his equals. ;-)

Why this location? Anything in particular in real-life that made you select it?

It’s where Leena is from, and where Jalmari believes his father learned alchemy.

Is Athena’s Oracle included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?

Athena’s Oracle is the prequel to the Ema Marx series. Though Athena’s Oracle can be read independently at any point in the series, it is best read before book three, Dark Becoming. With that in mind, here is the full list of the books so far:

Dark Heirloom (book 1):  She wasn’t bitten. She’s not undead. So how did Ema Marx become a vampire?

Dark Liaison (book 2): Being a Romani-Vampyre with an ancestor who wants you dead isn’t normal. Neither is this sequel.

Athena’s Oracle (prequel): Her love was doomed from the start.

Dark Becoming (book 3 – available winter 2014/2015): Embracing motherhood and saving the world—all in a day’s work for Ema Marx.

Can you share anything about the vampires/vampyres in the story? What’s unique about them?

Anyone who’s read Dark Heirloom knows how different my vampyres are from the normal undead sparkly trope, but in Athena’s Oracle we get an up-close-and personal look at two very different clans: Jalmari’s home-clan in Scandinavia, and the Vyrkolakan clan in Greece. The interesting thing about Greek vampire lore, their vampires (called vrykolakas) had both vampire and werewolf traits. So, naturally, my Greek vampires can also shapeshift into wolves.

Which scene was your favorite to write? Can you share a little of it?

This is a scene from Jalmari’s point of view, one of the rare times we get to seen him act gentle. J

I pulled my lips between my teeth and scanned her from pretty face to tiny polished toe. The folds of her loose garment drove me insane. I wanted to shred them. To see if the skin underneath glowed with sunshine the way her arms and face did. Leena was as close to the sun as I’d ever get.

And just as dangerous.

The thought sent a shiver down my spine. Humans were never a danger to vampyres. We’d have to let them hurt us, and what sane vampyre would want to do that?

I did. With Leena. I wanted to let her wreck me.

I stood, staring like an oaf, consumed with my own foolish fantasy. She stared back, with a very different idea in mind, no doubt. She practically dissected me with her eyes, and not in the sultry way Shea sometimes did. No, my little oracle’s fascination stemmed purely from the innate need to study that which hunted her. It was a survival mechanism, nothing more. After all, while a vampyre may love a fruit fly, the fruit fly would surely never be capable of such a concept. I let my essence go, preparing to phase.

“Wait.” She reached out, and her hand went through my phantom chest. I was still visible to her, but only thinly, and the sensation, like a tsunami of heat, punched my heart and rippled outward, scorching the rest of my loosely gathered body.

It was a heavenly feeling, not unlike when I had phased us both and carried her home the night before, when my essence had enveloped hers. I closed my eyes and rejoiced in the waves of her heat as her hand lingered.

“Does-does it hurt?” she asked.

“No.” Gods, no.

“How-how are you able to do that?”

“It’s a power unique to my clan.”

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “And extremely convenient.”

I opened my eyes, a smile tugging my lips. “Would you care for a ride home?”

She pulled her hand back, slowly. Not frightened, just uncertain. Her bright brown eyes searched mine, and she tilted her head slightly. “Yes.”

I lifted a wispy half-phased hand toward her. She sucked in a breath, held it, and then reached out and laced her fingers with mine.

I phased her slowly this time, letting her experience the full sensation. Her hand shimmered and then broke apart, bit by tiny bit, like bees emerging from a hive. She watched in awe as my power climbed her arm, to her elbow, bicep, shoulder, collar bone, and then down her chest and across her torso. She gasped as the sensation reached her insides, rendering her organs useless. Soon she would have no need for breath as her lungs became one with the atmosphere.

“Do not panic,” I said. “It will feel like drowning, but you are not. You won’t need to breathe. Your blood will not need to circulate. It will be uncomfortable, but remember that it is swift and over in seconds. I won’t let any harm come to you during that time.”

Her gaze locked on my mine and a final breath trembled from her lips. “I know. I trust you.”

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a short story/novella for an anthology, which will feature a minor character from Dark Liaison. After that, I will work on book four, Dark Ascension, among many other projects that are sitting on the backburner…

Where can we find you? List all of your links.

I’m all over the web, though the best place is my Facebook page or my website. I love to hear from readers, so please don’t be shy! Here are my links:

·        Website
·        Facebook
·        Twitter
·        YouTube Channel
·        Amazon Profile
·        GoodReads Profile

Quickie Quiz
          Getting to know J.D. Brown

2 Things you do to relax: Hot bath and a good book!

Cat or Dog or other: Though I like cats, I have to go with dogs. I have two Pomeranians.

Breakfast drink: Coffee!!!

Favorite season ~ why: Fall. It’s not too hot or too cold, I love watching the leaves change color and fall, I love the smell, and I love Halloween.

Favorite Author: Right now, it’s Cassandra Clare.

Picnic or 5 star restaurant: I really like picnics, but I HATE bugs, so I’ll go with the 5 star restaurant. :P

Give Away Opportunity: )
J.D. is offering an ebook copy of Athena’s Oracle – one for three lucky winners. To be entered into the drawing you must leave a comment or question for J.D. along with your email address – the drawing will take place on Friday 8/29 any time after noon EST: ) J.D. will choose the winner/s and announce it in the comments of the blog post as well as on her Facebook page.    Take a moment to enter – it’s an excellent read…a real page-turner: )

Athena's Oracle - An Heirloom Vampyres Novella

Blurb: Leena’s ‘gift of sight’ secures her place as the next great oracle of Athena. Instead of being groomed for wifehood like other girls, Leena spends her days within the walls of the Acropolis, shuffled around by the clergy and doomed to be a virgin forever. Before her ascension, Leena decides to take matters into her own hands. With the help of her father’s book of alchemy, she casts an incantation calling forth her own personal hero. But when that hero turns out to be a rogue vampyre prince with a haunted past, Leena begins to question if her feelings for him are the work of divine intervention, or a love spell gone horribly wrong.

Athena’s Oracle is a prequel to the novels Dark Heirloom and Dark Liaison, also by J.D. Brown. Set in 4th century B.C.E., Athena’s Oracle chronicles the romance between Leena and Jalmari during the very early trials of their immortal lives.

Book ReviewAthena’s Oracle - An Heirloom Vampyres Novella
Author: J.D. Brown
Genre: Paranormal-Urban Fantasy Romance Novella

First Line: I followed the scent of blood here.

Jalmari, a vampyre and eldest son in line for kingship, faces his father and mother’s death before he’s ready to play king. Something happens with his merciless, evil father’s life essence – it takes residence inside Jalmari.

Now he’s in search of a way to rid the unnatural parasite and finds an Oracle, Leena, a lovely psychically gifted human.

No denying the sparks, but the best part of their story is the length of time they both are in denial of that very inevitable soul calling.

Ms. Brown writes crisp, clear scenes, the kind that kept me turning pages – each one leading to the next in a steady flow of visuals and emotions that took me on an amazing escape into the paranormal lives of Jalmari and Leena.

This is actually a prequel of Ms. Brown’s Ema Marx series – it gives life to Leena and a deeper understanding of who she and Jalmari were before Emma came into the picture. Leena is fresh, young, naive and yet truly wise, besides being gifted. Jalmari gets way more than he bargained for with her…and together they bring an honest love to light.

If you like paranormal-urban fantasy, a bit of a thriller, and romance, you’ll enjoy this one and most likely want to read more about the Heirloom Vampyres in her Ema Marx seriesDark Heirloom; Dark Liaison; and coming soon Dark Becoming.

A highly recommended story.

Kay Dee Royal

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