Monday, April 14, 2014

Renea Mason ~ Challenges and Writing ~ Paranormal Erotic Romance Author Guest Post



Hello everyoneJ We have a new face at my place this week ~ please welcome Renea Mason, paranormal erotic romance author of Symphony of Light and Winter, book 1 from her Symphony of Light Series.

Renea, thanks so much for being the featured author this week – your post gives us some insight into you, your life, and your writing career. Wow, hugs for working through your challenges and being such an inspiration for us all
: )

Take it away Renea Mason…

What types of challenges do you have to overcome to bring your characters to life?  

If you've ever read an interview with me, it shouldn't come as a surprise that being an author was not something I pursued, it chose me.  I'm thankful for this turn of fate, but destiny didn't bother to look to see what else I had going on. 

Managing a writing career while continuing another established career, raising two preschool-aged boys and a marriage is challenging enough, but when you throw in the management of a chronic illness, it adds another level of complication.  

In January, the ten-year anniversary of my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis, came and went.  Over time, the management of my condition has become second nature, but since I'm forever pushing my boundaries, the annoyance, pain, and frustration always lingers.  The important thing is not to let it win.  Keep pushing forward.  I often tell my husband that slowing down is not an option--I risk learning just how bad it sucks, so I always keep insanely busy.

I still have many years in my other career, but I will continue to write stories for my readers.  I haven't yet crossed the threshold to forty yet, so it will be sometime before I'll be sitting in my pajama's pumping out the twentieth installment of Symphony of Light. But thanks to my saint of a husband, I'll keep the tidbits coming.

Even though I enjoy writing deliciously smutty stories about supernatural sex gods, I suspect that someday I'll be using all I've learned for something far greater.  Until then it's possible that I may have been handed the perfect retirement strategy for someone with limitations but lacks the ability to sit still.  Gifts often come in the strangest packages.  

What are your challenges? 




About the Author:

Renea Mason writes steamy romances to help even out the estrogen to testosterone imbalance caused by living in a house full of men.

When she isn’t putting pen to paper crafting sensual stories filled with supernatural lovers, she spends time with her beyond-supportive husband, two wonderful sons and three loving but needy cats.

Her debut novel, Symphony of Light and Winter, finished second for Best New Paranormal Series of 2013 in Paranormal Cravings’ Battle of the Books and received a third place award for Best New Paranormal Romance of 2013 in The Paranormal Romance Guild’s Reviewers Choice Awards.

Renea is a member of Romance Writers of America, The Paranormal Romance Guild and The Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal subchapter of the Romance Writers of America.

She is also a founding member of Coffee Talk Writers and the Coffee Talk website–a site designed to support established writers and foster new talent.













Symphony of Light and Winter

Symphony of Light
Book One
Renea Mason

Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance

ISBN: 978-1-940223-10-0
Release Date: 06/21/2013

Word Count: 88,375
Page Count: 389

Blurb

One woman. Seven men. All bound by one man’s undying devotion.

Fundraiser Linden Hill has a knack for reading people. She always knows which conversations will put a prospect at ease, which drink will loosen a patron’s lips—or his wallet, and how cleavage will make a donor sweeten the deal. She’s even foreseen her dateless weekends four hundred and sixty-four times in a row.

But ten years after watching life drain from her former mentor’s and first love’s eyes, her skills for divining the predictable are lost. When Cyril returns, he’s still gorgeous, but this time he’s beyond human, far less dead, and pissed. His lack of memory drives him to desperate acts, and his turbulent re-acquaintance with Linden pulls her into his war with a creature hell-bent on his destruction. His group of six supernatural men share a tantalizing secret, but despite the hunger, it’s love that leads her to sacrifice everything to save him…      

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3rd Place – Best Paranormal Romance
Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewers Choice

2nd Place – Best New Paranormal Series
Paranormal Cravings Battle of the Books

Reviews

“Renea Mason’s book has everything you could want—a unique world, a panty dropping alpha male, a gripping plot and seamless writing that would never let on this was her first novel.”-      lbookbliss.com

“If you love Alexandra Ivy, Lara Adrian, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynsay Sands, Laura Wright, and all those other amazing paranormal authors that I absolutely love with all my heart…then you will LOVE Renea Mason and her brand new “Symphony of Light” Series.” -    BookReadsandReviews.com

“Linden is a feisty woman who is not afraid to stand up to Cyril, in spite of not knowing exactly what he is capable of. The book is keeps your interest throughout.  I recommend this book and hope that the next in the series comes out soon.” -Paranormalromanceguild.com





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Thursday, April 10, 2014

D.N. Simmons ~ The Pleasure Room ~ A sexy erotic BDSM thriller ~ Interview and Giveaway



Hello everyone – thanks for stopping in:) You’re in for a BDSM erotic romance treat with D.N. Simmons and her newest release The Pleasure Room. If you like a sizzling hot read, you’re going to love this one : ) D.N. shares her story-stars with us in the interview that follows – she’s also offering a sweet giveaway (details below). So, kick back and enjoy this little intro to D.N. Simmons and her newest hottie, The Pleasure Room…here’s a bit about D.N. before we get on to the interview...


D.N. Simmons lives in Chicago IL., with a rambunctious German Shepherd that's too big for his own good and mischievous cat that she affectionately calls "Itty-bitty". She is highly acclaimed for her groundbreaking, fast-paced and engaging novels winning “Author of the Month” at Warrior of Words, “New Voice Of Today” at Romance Reviews and “Rising Star” at Love Romance and More.

She has been nominated at Love Romances and More, for “Best Book” of 2012 and “Best Paranormal Book” of 2012.

When she isn't writing, D.N. loves to read, listen to music, watch movies and TV and hang out with friends.

To learn more, and have the opportunity to speak with the author personally, please visit her official website at www.dnsimmons.com. D.N. is always interesting in meeting new and wonderful people.




 Okay…onto the interview ;)

Please tell us how the idea came to you for The Pleasure Room. Please include all the fun details.

I wanted to have fun and write a sexy erotic BDSM romance with a suspenseful plot. I wanted to not have to hold back on my descriptions and just let go of my inhibitions. What you get is an extremely intense novel sure to leave you breathless.


Oh…I love the sound of that: )
What drives, motivates, and/or inspires Felicity?

She's ambitious and wants to move up in her place of employment which is the city's largest newspaper. She wants to make a name for herself and become a serious investigative journalist.


Who is Felicity to Alistair? Can you give us a bit about the first time they meet each other?

When they first meet, he sees a person who is intrigued by his world. Curious by it and above all, seduced by it. He takes it upon himself to introduce her to his lifestyle and what follows is a whirlwind ride of passion, heat and lots of pleasure.


Sounds yummy, D.N. : )
Is The Pleasure Room included in a series? If so, what series and can you give us titles and a tagline for other books in this series?

You know, I didn't intentionally write it for it to be a series. But once I released it, readers were begging for more stories involving these characters, they loved the book so much. So now, I have both a sequel and a prequel in the works.


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

I think the hardest thing about writing this novel was keeping up with the number of infractions. LOL! I kept thinking, “did Alistair give her 4 infractions or 5?”


What are you working on now?

I'm currently working in the second novel of my Dead War Series, Desperate Times. I write in different genres and this one is horror/dystopian dealing with vampires and zombies. :D

Would you share your writing schedule OR the best time of day / week to focus on writing?

I find that I enjoy writing at night when I can relax and listen to music as I let my imagination run wild.


Where is your best place to find readers?

There are readers everywhere. I have found many wonderful people on both Goodreads and Facebook.


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

I always tell aspiring authors to be original. Give readers the story they haven't already read before.


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










Quickie Quiz
       Getting to know D.N. Simmons…

2 Things you do to relax: Read or listen to music

Favorite movie: Too many to name, but I can give you the ones I've seen over 100 times. Fright Night, Terminator 1 &2 and Interview with the Vampire.

Cat or Dog or other: Both. I have both.

Place you’ve always wanted to go, but haven’t: Japan.


Favorite season ~ why: Summer. The city has the most fun this season. The days are longer, the nights are warm, and the city is alive.

What are your hobbies /past times (besides writing): Watching TV. I'm a huge movie/TV show buff.

Car OR Plane: Car

Favorite Author: Anne Rice and Stephen King

Beverage:  Sweet Tea

Fantasy/Paranormal Character: (ghost, witch, mermaid, shifter, vampire, etc.) My heart is with my bloodsuckers. Vampires.




The Pleasure Room
D.N. Simmons

Publisher: Rushmore Publishing
ISBN 13: 978-0615969459
Genre: Erotic Romance Thriller
Sub Genre: BDSM
Page Count: 321
Word Count: 98862
Heat Level: Extremely Hot

Book Description:

Felicity Summers is an ambitious reporter who's trying to make a name for herself as a serious investigative journalist with the biggest newspaper in the city; the Chicago Word.

When she catches wind of a rumor about the city’s mayor that might just be the hottest story of the decade, she jumps at the opportunity to expose the corrupt mayor and derail his chances at winning a second term. All she has to do is infiltrate a private BDSM club to catch him in the act. 

Simple right? Well, maybe it would have been if not for the club's extremely dominant, gorgeous and charming owner, Sir Alistair Montgomery-Piers. He takes notice of her at one of the scenes and sees something in Felicity that he wants to her to explore. Alistair makes her an offer neither she nor her body can refuse.

Can Felicity stay focused on her mission long enough to get the proof for her top secret story, or will Alistair completely take over her heart, mind, body and soul?

Reader Advisory- this novel contains the following warnings: Adult Themes. Strong Sexual Situations. Lots of Foul Language. Hot, Naked Bodies. Sexy Accents. Lusty Toys That Make You Beg For More. And a Whole Lot of Other Naughty Things That Will Send Your Libido Into Overdrive... Are Your Ready To Unleash Your Desires?

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Giveaway
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Up for grabs: Two key chains and One bracelet 




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