Interview and Giveaway with Rebel Author, Lila Munro

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Welcome back to Anna’s World. Today I have the fabulous Lila Munro as my special guest. Lila is a fellow Rebel Ink Press author and I’m so glad she stopped by for a visit. She’s also doing a Giveaway, so be sure and sign up on Rafflecopter at the end of the interview. Let’s see what she has to say about writing and her new release, A Slower, Lower Leap. The title has me intrigued already, how about you?

Let’s get started. Lila, what inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Lila: Well, honestly, it chose me. I’ve been making up stories since before I could spell, but my entire life, writing was put on the back burner (even though at one point I was a journalism major/PR major—my husband says I’d have made a terrific speech writer, but alas, I digress…). My first inspiration came in the form of my creative writing instructor in sixth grade then by way of my English teacher in high school. It was in college I got my first cleat cut straight up my back from one of my writing instructors there. I’d never received less than an A my entire life and I walked away from his class by way of a C that semester because he believed me to hopeless a romantic to be a serious minded “real writer.” What prompted that? One assignment, which by the way he read aloud to the entire class (most of whom were seniors and I was a mere sophomore—yes, I was one of those advanced placement kids). He said the assignment was to describe positive attributes of someone in our lives whom we could observe in close proximity and make him believe in this person. His assessment was I couldn’t be objective because I was in love with my subject. I. Was. Horrified. I changed majors…again. I was 19. At age 40 with an empty nest, a husband who was (and still is!) away most of the time and the need for me to actually retain gainful employment a non-player, I was left to my own devices as to what to do besides mingle with the quilting “bees.” (one of my hobbies—wink) I thought, “Hey, don’t I have an old manuscript somewhere around here…aaahhh…yes, there’s that box!” **cue coughing, dust flying, and a few cuss words** Well, I didn’t use any of that old crap, but between those and reading romance a lifetime, I was inspired to pen my first work, The Executive Officer’s Wife, a contemporary romance. Of course, I’ve branched out into a few sub-genres since then, but contemporary characters do and will always hold  special place in my heart—I know I loved writing Logan’s and Lizzy’s story A Slower, Lower Leap and miss them now that they’re all grown up and gone to press.

AnnaI can relate to your love for contemporary romance characters. They hold a special place in my heart, as well. Now, a tough question, we all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Lila: When I first started I must have resembled some dancing voodoo chicken with its head cut off because quite frankly I was doing everything and managing nothing. I figured out the only way to do all these things and do them well is to treat my career like it’s a normal 9-5 job. Before I came to that resolve, I was up writing at all hours of the night (which was easy with no husband here and the kids all out on their own), sleeping when the mood struck or I just simply couldn’t hold my eyes open any longer, and eating when I remembered to do it and then it was something that wasn’t wholly good for me…the result? A fat-assed, frustrated, exhausted writer with high blood pressure. Not. Pretty. It was one doctor visit which helped me put it all in perspective and find the balance. Now I do treat my career like a job instead of a carnival ride. I get up at the same time every day, (I’ll be honest #2 on the list is supposed to be exercise, but I’ve been slack lately and am having a hard time getting back on that wagon), eat a healthy breakfast, spend the morning working on promotions, writing blog posts and that sort of thing, eat a healthy lunch, spend the afternoon writing on the current WIP, healthy dinner, then me time—reading, sewing, watching a favorite show. For me I had to be extreme and actually make myself a schedule and stick to it. I don’t like crazy, dancing voodoo chicken, but I love Lila J .

Anna: Sounds like you’ve found that balance now. We love Lila too, so we’re all happy about that. Tell me, who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

Lila: I read wide variety of genres and authors. Everything from classics to women’s fiction, at one point I did read paranormal until the vampires started sparkling then I stopped. And my favorites have varied over the years as widely as the genres they write. Early on it was Stephen King and Anne Rice, Robyn Carr is an auto-download for me, Susan Mallery, Maya Banks, Virginia Woolf (I know, where did that come from all of the sudden? Hehe)…Poe! Huge Poe fan and Hemingway. And did any of them inspire me? I would think if a writer is not inspired by other writers they aren’t really meant to be one. It was Stephen King who said…and this is a loose quote…If we don’t have time to read, we don’t have time to write. I see writers who say they don’t read…This concept just blows my mind! How can you attest such a love of the written word and not read it? Odd.

AnnaGive us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

Lila: LOL—Just one? Okay I’ll try…how about this? My husband allots me a purse allowance every month. (and it is a hefty amount) I’m a Vera Bradley fanatic and have a collection in our walk-in closet which actually is about to spill over into my husband’s side and send him packing to another closet…

Anna:  Being a purse freak myself, I love it, Lila!!  Now are you all ready for a little taste of Lila’s newest romance, A Slower, Lower Leap? I know I am.

A Slower, Lower Leap

Book 3, Slower Lower series

Rebel Ink Press

February 17, 2013

Purchase Links:

Amazon               ARe                        Barnes and Noble

Blurb:

When you’re the last man standing…

 Not only was Logan Delaney the last of his siblings to remain unmarried and unsettled, his entire family believed he’d never find a wife. The baby of eight, he’s been dubbed an irresponsible player and told he’ll never amount to a hill of beans. And at one time, Logan may have been okay with those descriptions, but no more. On a quest to prove his worth, he’s spent the entire summer learning the family business, staying in at night, and saving his money. And if his family would stop meddling in his affairs and trying to dictate who he should and shouldn’t be seeing, he might just show them he’s found the one, Lizzy Jenkins.

And have a bad reputation to blame…

Elizabeth Jenkins had always known Logan Delaney existed, but he’d never so much as turned one glance her way until she handed him his butt on a silver platter in three sentences or less over the phone. After that it seemed at every turn there he was and the more she resisted the heat building between them, the bigger the fire got. Until his family interfered. And why wouldn’t they? Between Logan’s legacy and her baggage, they were a disaster in the making.

Can you be trusted with a fragile heart?

But Logan doesn’t run when he finds out about Colby. In fact, he embraces Lizzy’s special needs son and defies the advice of everyone urging him to leave Lizzy alone. But after one moment of weakness, Logan finds himself knee deep in a marriage complete with the little boy whose father bailed before his birth and Lizzy’s grandfather, who needs constant care as well.  Then there’s the man who just might be the demise of it all.

Excerpt :

With a mixture of emotions swirling through her, Lizzy watched the same storm overtake Logan’s features which was brewing inside her. A veritable lightning bolt passed between them as soon as he’d touched her. She knew she’d always been attracted to Logan, but the instant heat still scalding her skin from his fingers left her unsettled. It was but a mere couple of hours prior she was trying to convince herself she could do with some sort of quickie sexual gratification, although she’d admitted it could never be with Logan, and now she wanted nothing more and the door to her emotions was wide open leaving her vulnerable and believing maybe they could have both. And just as she was trying to tell herself to stop trusting the lies her deprived body was concocting, Logan decided to try to convince her he might be interested in more as well.

 Where was Logan the player and who was the imposter sitting across the table from her who could probably talk her right into his bed with one sentence or less and keep her coming back heartbreak on the horizon or not?

 As her pulse slowed a bit, she turned to look at Colby and reminded herself why she couldn’t be playing horizontal Twister with anyone let alone Logan. And she sure couldn’t go letting Colby think there was a reason to get too comfortable around him. He seemed to like Logan and the Delaney herd of kids and she didn’t want him getting his feelings hurt because she couldn’t control her hormonal urges. What if she made the mistake of screwing Logan’s brains out, things didn’t work out, and that made it awkward to be coming around anymore? This was the first time anyone had really taken them in and welcomed them unconditionally and she didn’t want to rob Colby of it.

And here’s the scoop on Lila:

Bio:

Lila Munro currently resides on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and their two four-legged kids. She’s a military wife with an empty nest and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fifteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. Her genre of choice is contemporary romance that spans everything from the sensual softer read to BDSM and ménage. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Three for Keeps, the Force Recon series, the Slower Lower series, the Identity series, and the Private Collection. Currently she is working on two new series set to release summer of 2013, the At Your Service line and the Steele Image line. She’s a member in good standing of RWA. Ms. Munro loves to hear from her readers and can be found at Realmantic Moments   Facebook    Goodreads   Twitter You can also contact her via email at lilasromance@gmail.com and you can find all her works at: Amazon   ARe  Nook    Bookstrand

I hope you’ve enjoyed this interview as much as I have. Thanks so much, Lila, for visiting with us today and sharing a little about yourself and your book! Don’t forget to sign up for Lila’s giveaway!!

http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/c5869e2/

Until next week,

Love, Anna 🙂

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Interview With Rebel author, Joanne C. Berroa

Joanne Berroa

Welcome back to Anna’s World. Today I have another Rebel Ink Press author, JOANNE C. BERROA, with me. We’re chatting about her writing and her newest release, On Angel’s Wings. I’m also over at her place today, where she’s interviewing me about my writing and my newest release. We’ve  ‘traded spaces’ for the day. Let’s see what Joanne has to say.

 

Anna: What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

 

I always loved a good romance, whether it was a book or a motion picture, so it was natural that I would write about what moved me. I’ve been writing romance novels since I was 19.

Anna:  I think we’re going to find out we have a lot in common, Joanne. We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

           

I just “go with the flow.” If it feels like a writing day, I throw myself into it fully

and all else suffers, but I make up for it the next day, so it all balances itself out

in the long run.

Anna: Sounds like a plan. Now, tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

           

My heroes are strong, sexy, passionate and loving—the man we all want.

My heroines are also strong, smart, and daring. Of course, a little beauty doesn’t

hurt!

Anna: Sounds like my kind of reading. Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

Judith McNaught, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Rosemary Rogers, Anya Seton, and

Danielle Steel. Both Rosemary and Anya left indelible marks in my mind and

heart and thus inspired me.

Anna: I just knew we had a lot in common. I absolutely loved Kathleen Woodiwiss’s work. I also like Danielle Steel and Anya Seton. Joanne, what has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Dealing with rejection. Back in the 1970’s and 80’s I received enough rejection letters to wallpaper my living room walls.

Anna: I think we can all relate to that. Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence?

Iced coffee and flavored creamers. A little Russell Stover chocolates now and

then. I also have this “thing” about good Italian food.

Anna: I’m not much into the iced coffee, but love my hot coffee and flavored creamers. Now, I can’t wait to hear about your new release.  Tell us about your newest book.

On Angels’ Wings was written back in 1984 and shelved when it didn’t sell.

It is now completely rewritten and a far better book. Time only served to create

a better plot and more believable characters.

BLURB:

 

December 1940 found the world on the brink of a conflict greater than it could ever fathom but for Anne Miller, the days before Pearl Harbor find her world full of excitement and promise.  She’s left the comfort of family and friends back in Washington, DC to venture out into the foreign and beautiful Hawaiian landscape to make a new life for herself and her fiancé, Corporal Daniel Beiler.

Little did Anne know her perfect world was just an illusion.  She didn’t expect to fall in love with a Navy flier she’d meet at the USO dancehall on the eve of “the day that will live in infamy.”  Her love for Daniel is threatened while she fights new and strange emotions for the brave and reckless Lieutenant Johnny Morgan.  How can she love both men and remain true to either?  Will the outbreak of WWII tear their lives apart or pull them together on the rain-drenched islands of the South Pacific?    On Angels’ Wings is a story of desperation, hope, and fulfillment during the tumultuous years of World War II.

 

EXCERPT:

 

            Anne was dancing a fox-trot with a young man in a devil’s costume when she noticed a pair of crutches leaning against the side wall. They made her think of Johnny again and she sighed.

            Just then, a tall Robin Hood tapped the devil she danced with on the shoulder and said, “May I cut in?”He wore a green, half-face mask. The devil shrugged and released Anne.

            The green-costumed Robin Hood swept her up into his arms and pulled her close. Anne gasped as she looked into deep blue eyes. “Johnny?” she asked, breathlessly.

            “Robin.”

            She chuckled. “Johnny, you’re dancing.”

            “Uh-huh. I brought my crutches just in case.”

            “But you’re dancing without them. I’m thrilled.”

            The band signaled it was time for her to return to stage for the next set. Johnny released her then tipped his hat and strode away. She watched him go, noticing a slight limp, but otherwise he was walking without the aid of crutches. A strong sense of pride enveloped her and she almost flew up on stage she was so happy.

            She took the microphone and said to the group, “Excuse me, boys, I want to tell you a little story.” The commotion in the hall dimmed. “Someone I know has proven to me tonight he could move mountains and his courage is as big as his heart. When he was down and out with no hope, he said, ‘I’m not going to let this get me down,’ and today he’s accomplished his goal. Fellas, I give you Lieutenant John Morgan.”

            Clapping filled the room. Johnny sat in the rear of the hall at a table and shook his head, obviously embarrassed.

            “Come up on stage, Lieutenant Morgan. I have a song for you,” Anne said.

            Johnny gave up the ghost, pushed back his chair, and stood up. Slowly he made his way on stage and stood next to her. “I’ll get you for this,” he said good-naturedly to Anne.

            The band struck up the opening notes and moments later she was pouring her heart out to strains of Frank Sinatra’s Old Black Magic.

            “Sing, Lieutenant,” came a few shouts from the crowd.

            Johnny chuckled, but surprised Anne by belting out the lyrics to the song flawlessly, as though he’d practiced with her before. His baritone voice was loud and clear and they sounded good together. She sang happily, her eyes locked with his.

            He took her hand and held it as he sang, “For you’re the lover I have waited for.”

            “The mate that fate had me created for,” she sang.

            They finished the remainder of the song in perfect harmony. All during their duet the audience cheered, clapping wildly. Then Burt, on his trumpet, played a slow, romantic ballad called Moonlight Becomes You.

            Johnny pulled Anne into his arms. A large mirrored ball suspended from the ceiling rotated slowly as they danced on stage, casting prisms of flickering, bejeweled light cascading around the darkened hall. It shimmered across Johnny’s hair and mask like moon kisses.

            She closed her eyes and like the flickering of a hummingbird’s wings, Johnny’s lips brushed her cheek. Her heart beat wildly and she blinked. Though his lips were warm, she shivered.

            He pulled her even closer and she felt the heat of his hard, muscular chest wedged against her breasts, the firm pressure of his hands at the small of her back. There was noise and music, song and chatter, but she heard nothing but the excited beating of her own heart in harmony with his.

            The song ended and he stepped back. “Thank you, Annie,” he said, bowing to her. Without another word, he went back to his table.

CONTACT INFO:

www.joannecberroa.wordpress.com, www.joannecberroa.blogspot.com

PURCHASE LINKS:

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-onangels039wings-1052556-148.html

http://www.bookstrand.com/on-angels-wings

http://www.amazon.com/On-Angels-Wings-ebook/dp/B00B9Y02C2/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359859819&sr=8-2&keywords=joanne+c.+berroa

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/on-angels-wings-joanne-c-berroa/1114292648?ean=2940015990416&isbn=2940015990416

 

Thanks so much for joining me here today, Joanne. I’ve enjoyed it. Maybe we’ll share a release date again in the future, like we did with your On Angel’s Wings and my Unlikely Lovers.

Everyone else, thanks for stopping by. Leave a comment if you’d like and stop by Joanna’s place to see her interview with me. Next week, my guest will be the wonderful, Lila Munro, who just happens to be another fellow Rebel author.

Rebel Ink PressUntil next time,

Love,

Anna 🙂

Interview with Rebel Author, C.T. Nicholson

CT NicholsonWelcome back to Anna’s World. Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of my fellow Rebel authors, C.T. Nicholson. C.T.’s new vampire romance, Aiden’s Betrayal, was released on February 3rd. I’ve asked C.T. some questions about her writing, so let’s see what she has to say.

What inspired you to choose your genre (genres)?

Up until recently, I read only paranormal or sci-fi romance. So, I write what I know and what interest me. It helps that these genres are popular right now.

We all have issues with balancing our time between writing, editing, promoting, along with other obligations and personal time. What works best for you?

Nothing easy! I have a full time job with two boys, one’s almost 2 and the other 6. I usually take my kids to school and daycare and go to work early, where I work in my car on my writing/editing. Sometimes I’m there an hour to two hours early. I get more done that way. I usually end up staying up late too. I also set a writing goal that I want to reach each day and try to stick with it.

Tell us about your characters. What type of hero do you normally choose? What type of heroine?

My men are always tall, muscular, sexy as sin, and dominant. My females are beautiful, strong women who bring those dominant men to their knees.

Who are some of your favorite authors? Did they inspire you to write?

This is hard because there are many. I’ll name the ones I never miss books for. JR Ward, Lyndsay Sands, Christine Feehan, and Laurann Dohner. I think all the books I’ve read have inspired me to write.

What has been the most difficult aspect of your writing career?

Finishing a novel and trying to get over the fact that some people will not agree with my type of writing.

Give us a little dirt about yourself. What’s your favorite guilty indulgence? When I’m bored and there’s a bag of twizzlers around, it doesn’t last long. Same with brownies, or during Christmas, those Christmas tree cakes are addicting. I kept buying them and eventually my husband hid them so he could eat some.

Tell us about your newest book.

 Blurb

Aiden is a vampire, a Guardian for the Society, who spends his nights hunting down vampires who’ve turned rogue. He meets Elle, a human, the first woman to get his attention after losing his mate.
Elle’s a simple human who runs a bed and breakfast and ends up being dragged to a club with her friend. When she meets Aiden, he draws her to him like no other man ever has, but everything changes when she realizes he’s a vampire. Just like the one who killed her family and nearly killed her.

As fate intervenes, Aiden ends up bringing Elle into his world to protect her from a rogue who hunts them and both woman and vampire must adjust. Aiden has to get over his fear of losing another mate and Elle has get over her fear of vampires.

 My Links-

Website- http://www.ctnicholson.com/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=lf#!/profile.php?id=100001181526756

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17287893-aiden-s-betrayal

Amazon- http://www.amazon.com/CT-Nicholson/e/B00BA1TT2S/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

Thanks so much for joining me today, C.T. I’ve enjoyed talking with you!

Until next time….

Love,

Anna 🙂

Lots Happening In Anna’s Crazy World!

Anna Kristell

This week I begin hosting other authors on my blog, so you’ll want to stay tuned and check out all the wonderful authors coming up! On Wednesday, Feb. 13, I’ll be interviewing the fabulous C.T. Nicholson, a fellow Rebel author, who just released her first book, Aiden’s Betrayal! You won’t want to miss this one, especially if you’re into Vampire romance!

Crossroad to Love is on the Goodreads list: Best First Book By A New Author…hop on over there and vote for it, along with Unlikely Lovers, which is listed on the Best Books of February, 2013 list!!!!

So many new and exciting things coming up! I’ll be sharing soon!

Getting closer and closer to the release date for The Road to Her Heart, the second in my Fab Five series from LazyDay Publishing so if you haven’t read the first one, Crossroad to Love, you’d better get busy. The second book begins where the first one ends…

I’ve talked in the past about all the craziness that has taken over my life after signing my first publishing contract last August. Now that I’ve survived two release dates within two and a half weeks of each other, I can tell you that, without a doubt, it has all been worth it. I’ve met so many fellow authors and connected with so many old friends since all this started. I’ve had many, many other authors willing to give some sage advice to a newbie, and both my publishers have been amazing!! And the fun is just beginning as I have many more books coming soon and many more in the works.

I’m signing off now but be sure and stop back by on Wednesday for my interview with C.T. Nicholson. You won’t be disappointed, I can assure you!

Until then…

Love,crossroad-to-love-cover small

Anna 🙂

Anna Has Survived Another Release Day!!

Anna KristellHello and welcome back to Anna’s crazy world of writing. It’s been an exciting weekend, as my first romance with Rebel Ink Press was released today. I was just about recovered from the release of my Lazy Day Publishing romance, Crossroad to Love, from two weeks ago…

Needless to say, I’m learning a lot, asking a lot of questions, and having a lot of fun. Thanks to Sara Barnard, Tricia Drammeh, and Kate Roth for featuring Unlikely Lovers on your blogs. I’ll be on a few other blogs soon. And if any of you other authors out there would like a spot on this blog to promo a book or two, just let me know. Gotta get my feet wet sooner or later and start hosting…

I’ve already gotten some feedback from Unlikely Lovers…and it was good!!! That’s always a great feeling to know that something you’ve written is enjoyed by others.

There was a very nice write-up about me and my books in the local newspaper Friday evening and I was interviewed by my hometown newspaper a few days ago, so that article should be out soon.

Did you all see the post I did earlier in the week featuring all the Rebel releases for today? So proud of all of them and so happy to be a part of the Rebel family.

My next release will be in March, the second in the series from Lazy Day. The Road to Her Heart follows Crossroad to Love, so will be telling you a little more about it in the coming weeks.

This gal’s got lots to do yet tonight so going to sign off for now. Thanks to all who’ve been buying my books. I have a new page for all my buy links added to this blog now. Oh, by the way, how do you all like the new design? Leave some comments!!!!

Until next time…Rebel Ink Press

Love,

Anna