Posted by Jeanne Adams Jul 21 2013, 12:32 am in #RWA13, #RWA2013, Addison Fox, Bruce Kelly, Claudia Dain, Dee Davis, dianna Love, Golden Heart Awards, Jeanne Adams, Jill Shalvis, Kristin Higgins, Laura Griffin, Leslie Kelly, Mr. Marriott, Nancy Northcott, Nora Roberts, purses, Red Carpet, Rhonda Nelson, Rita Awards, roxanne st. claire, Sharon Wray, Shoes
Hello from HOTLANTA!!!
This is your roving Romance Bandits Reporter, coming to you (somewhat) live from the awesome, major, fabulous Rita and Golden Heart Awards Ceremony!! WOOHOOOO!!!!
There are Bandits in full force here, from the awesome Nancy Northcott to Donna MacMeans, Suz Ferrell and Susan Sey to…well a LOT of Banditas! Many of our favorite guests are here too, and all are decked out in their finery for one of Romance Writing’s finest hours. (This is, from L to R, Gerri Russell, a frequent Guest; board member and outstanding writer Dee Davis; “Mr. Marriott” – the hotel’s Atlanta Ambassador!; Bandita Nancy, and frequent Guest, TICD, AKA Claudia Dain!)
Nominees are nervous, former winners are more relaxed, even though they’re giving awards out, and more and more people fill the ballroom. As with any Red Carpet Event, it’s about the gorgeous dresses and the fabulous shoes. So here’s an amazing selection…I didn’t get all my subject’s names, but I asked them to come on the blog and identify themselves, or their purses and shoes!!
Much as I wanted to, I didn’t list Golden Heart finalists and winners because their books are not yet available. :> But some of these shoes and dresses belong to finalists!!
RITA Finalists include: (Winner marked with asterisks!)
Contemporary Single Title:
About Last Night by Ruthie Knox
Barefoot in the Sand by Roxie St. Claire – one of our guests! – (pictured to the left in coral with her editor, Micki Nuding!
(1) Forever and a Day; (2) Lucky in Love by Jill Shalvis
Melt into You by Roni Loren
Sugar Springs by Kim Law
**The Way Back home by Barbara Freethy
Zoe’s Muster by Barbara Hannay
Beauty and the Bounty Hunter by Lori Austin
Bride by Mistake by Anne Gracie – another of our frequent guests!!
Defiant by Pamela Clare
A Lady Never Surrenders by frequent guest Sabrina Jeffries
The Recruit by Monica McCarty
**A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean
(Just so you know, Pride and Prejudice over there on the right, is a PURSE!!)
Too Dangerous to Desire by Cara Elliott
Wedded in Sin by Jade Lee
(To the left is me with the elegant Sharon Wray whom I know from Washington Romance Writers!)
**Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Betrayal by Robin Lee Hatcher
An Heiress at Heart by Jennifer Delamere
A House Full of Hope by Missy Tippens (Missy finaled in the Golden Heart with us in 2006!)
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade
Naomi’s Christmas by Marta Perry
The Soldier’s Wife by Cheryl Reavis
The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck (Gorgeous cover on this one!!)
(To the right is Laura Griffin who won the Romantic Suspense category, holding her lovely, lovely RITA!)
A Cold Creek Noel by RaeAnne Thayne
From Father to Son; and Making Her Way Home by Janice Kay Johnson
**A Gift for All Seasons by Karen Templeton (now a member of the prestigious Honor Roll!)
A Life Rebuilt; and A Texas Chance by Jean Brashear
No Ordinary Joe by Michelle Celmer
Out of the Depths by Pamela Hearon
(The ever-popular-on-the-Bandit-Blog-Guest, Dianna Love, who was a presenter, looking FABULOUS, dahling!)
Novel with Strong Romantic Elements:
The Anatomist’s Wife by Anna Le Huber (Also up for BEST FIRST BOOK)
Before and Ever Since by Sharla Lovelace
Bridge of Scarlet Leaves by Kristina McMorris
A Girl Like You by Maria Geraci
**The Haunting of Maddy Clare by Simone St. James (Also Won BEST FIRST BOOK)
Time’s Echo by Pamela Hartshorne
The Welcome Committee of Butternut Creek by Jane Myers Perrine
(Check out that AB-FAB fascinator!! Hope this lovely lady will come on the blog and give a shout out!)
Angel in Chains by Cynthia Eden
Edge of Oblivion by J.T. Geissinger
Immortally Yours by Angie Fox
(1) Lothaire; and (2) ** Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole
(With this win, Kresley is ALSO now a member of the prestigious RWA Honor Roll after tonight!!)
Mark of the Witch by Maggie Shayne
Moonglow by Kristen Callihan
Rogue Rider by Larissa Ione
(The totally cool purse on the left is currently Bandita Nancy’s but Cassondra and I both covet it….beware, Nancy, beware!)
Breathless by Sophie Jordan
The Duchess of Love by Sally MacKenzie
Room at the Inn by Ruthie Knox
**Seduced by a Pirate by Eloisa James
(Check out these AMAZING dresses and fascinators to the right!! LOVE it! Ladies, I hope you’ll come on the blog and say hellow and identify yourselves!!)
Sleeping with a Beauty by my good friend Leslie Kelly
The Valentine’s Curse by Jodi Thomas
Celebrity in Death by JD Robb (Remember, Nora Roberts Writing Institute in two weeks….Grins)
Dead Heat by Bronwyn Parry
Don’t Cry for Me by the fabulous Sharon Sala
Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Last Man Standing by Cindy Gerard
(1) **Scorched; and (2) Twisted by Laura Griffin (See the picture above of Laura with her lovely RITA!)
Vortex by Cherry Adair
(To the left here, check out the lovely Rita Nominee Leslie Kelly and her handsome hubby!!)
Short Contemporary Romance Series:
Becoming Dante by Day Leclaire
Cowboy in the Crossfire by Robin Perini
The Last Single Maverick by Christine Rimmer
(Those totally hot shoes are red suede at the back and a black harlequin pattern across the front strap! GORGEOUS!!)
A Marriage Worth Fighting For by Lillian Darcy
**A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan
Surgeon Sheik’s Rescue by my dear friend, Loreth Anne White
The Tycoon’s Secret Daughter by Susan Meier
We’ll Always Have Paris by Jessica Hart
(The ever-popular Guest, Addison Fox to the left there, was gorgeous in an off the shoulder number. Go, Addison!!)
And last but never least, Young Adult Romance!
Bound by Erica O’Rourke
**The Farm by Emily McKay
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (Also up for BEST FIRST BOOK)
(To the left, check out the wonderfully funny ladies, Jill Shalvis (front) and photobomber Kristin Higgins!!)
Several up for BEST FIRST BOOK which did not final in a category:
Crazy Little Thing by Tracy Brogan
Firelight by Kristen Callihan
Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan
Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
That’s a great list of books! (Winners are marked with a double asterisk!)
(Just so you know, The Haunting of Maddy Clare won BEST FIRST BOOK!)
So, Banditas and Buddies….
What’s your favorite of these Red Carpet looks this evening?
And for you, do you go for Basic Black?
Or are you a color-all-the-way gal?
Have you read any of the finalists’ books?
Any great recommendations from either the finalist list or winners?
(All of the photos are mine, and taken with everyone’s permission. This totally cool purse on the right is a champagne bottle in a champagne bucket, but it’s a PURSE! Totally COOL!! I wish I could have used ALL the pictures I took!!)
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Nov 28 2012, 11:30 pm in Addison Fox, Come Fly With Me, prizes, Suzanne Ferrell
The lucky winners of a signed copy of Addison Fox’s newest book, COME FLY WITH ME, are Helen and Amy Conley!
Please send your email addy’s to me at suzanne AT suzanneferrell DOT com and I’ll be sure Addison gets those books to you ASAP!
Posted by Christina Brooke Nov 1 2012, 12:01 am in Addison Fox, Anna Campbell, Catherine Gayle, coming attractions, contests, Jessica Andersen, Miranda Neville, Nancy Robards, Tiffany Clare, vanessa kelly
While we Aussies are getting out our swimming cossies and slapping on the sunscreen, soon, all our American friends will be hauling out their winter woollies and gearing up for Thanksgiving.
(Perhaps some will be shivering sooner than others. There’s been some extreme weather up there. We hope our Bandita Buddies and their loved ones are all safe and sound!)
Whether you’re trying to beat the heat or getting warm by the fire, it’s a balmy day poolside in the lair.
Here’s what we have coming up for you this month:
On November 2, Catherine Gayle will chat to us about her book SEVEN MINUTES IN DEVON.
November 3 brings a very special guest–Lorna Doone from Suzanne Ferrell’s new small town contemporary romance, CLOSE TO HOME.
Lorna runs the Peaches ‘N Cream cafe, the local hangout where all the good stuff happens (you know the mayor tends to hold court there, most dates start or end there, and any good gossip can be found there), and Lorna has no problem sticking her foot into people’s private or not-so-private business. So if you’re in the mood for a gossip and a good dose of Lorna’s medicine, drop by on Saturday. You’re in for a treat!
What a very special event we have coming up on November 6! It’s Election Day in the US and party time in the Lair as Jeanne interviews Nancy to launch RENEGADE.
Join us as we celebrate the Bad Bandita’s highly anticipated debut!
All good things must come to an end, and SPELLFIRE, the book Nightkeepers fans have been waiting for, will close that series. On November 8, Jessica Anderson joins Nancy to chat about the finale.
On Friday, 9th November, Tiffany Clare is returning to the lair to tell us about her fabulous new series, the Dangerous Rogues, and to introduce her new release WICKED NIGHTS WITH A PROPER LADY.
November 12 brings Vanessa Kelly back to the lair with HIS MISTLETOE BRIDE:
“This holiday, seduction is the sweetest gift of all.”
On Friday, 16th November, Nancy Robards Thompson and Katherine Garbera visit the lair to tell us all about their latest releases TEXAS CHRISTMAS and CALLING ALL THE SHOTS.
This should be a lot of fun!
Addison Fox visits the lair on November 21st to chat with Suz about COME FLY WITH ME.
On Tuesday, 27th November, lair favorite Miranda Neville will visit to tell us all about her great new series and her latest release THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING WICKED
Anna Campbell is running a Women of Style Unite to Win Totes! contest on her website. This contest gives TWO lucky people the chance to win a matching SEVEN NIGHTS IN A ROGUE’S BED tote bag and signed book. All you need to do is tell Anna the name of book 2 in the Sons of Sin series. You might just find the answer in her November latest news. Just email Anna on annacampbellhistorical @hotmail.com (no spaces) with your answer to be in the draw.
The contest closes 31st December, 2012, and entry is open internationally. For more information, please check out Anna’s contest page.
To celebrate the launch of Renegade, Nancy Northcott is giving away an Everyday Magic prize package and a couple of smaller prizes. For details, visit Nancy’s website.
Nancy also is running a contest on Fresh Fiction for a dragon goblet, a Keeper Kase with a collection of cards, and a Kindle or Nook download of Renegade. to enter, visit her contest page at Fresh Fiction.
And of course, don’t forget to sign up for our monthly newsletter which offers a treasure chest of prizes to be won each month!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Mar 5 2012, 12:02 am in Addison Fox, Alpha Pack series, Ellora's Cave, JD Tyler, novellas, paranomal romances, Penguin publishing, Sons of the Zodiac series, Suzanne Ferrell, THE SURRENDER OF LACY MORGAN
JD Tyler and Suz are sitting at the Lair’s new bar sipping on drinks from the pitcher of mojitos Sven has mixed up for them when in walks Addison Fox.
Suz, reaching to pour a third glass of the delicious cocktail:Over here, Addison!
JD: Hey Addison! Bout time you showed up, girlfriend.
Addison: I am so excited to spend the day with you guys and the Banditas! The Lair is always one of the most fun – and hopping – places on the web!
JD, lifting her glass in a toast: I’ll drink to that!
Clinking of glasses sound, followed by laughter. Sven, one eyebrow lifted in question, turns to see if the trio is going to start trouble, which sends the friends into another set of devious laughter. Obviously he knows their shenanigans from previous visits.
Suz sets her glass down and turns to her friends: I’ve started writing an erotic novella. I was wondering, you both have been multi published in novel length books. What was different about writing a novella set in your paranormal series?
Addison: I’d actually start with what is the same. The world of my zodiac warriors is consistent book to book – that part was actually quite easy to get back into. What was different was finding a way in WAVE OF MEMORIES to put my hero and heroine together quickly vs. the canvas of a full-length novel to get them together. I’m not ashamed to say I used that age-old tactic to help get them together quickly….they’ve got a history with each other!
JD: I’ve read many novellas, but I had never written one until BLACK MAGIC. When my editor asked me to write one set in the Alpha Pack’s world, I was both excited and nervous. The idea of squeezing a story into five or so chapters was daunting to me—sort of like trying to fit an elephant into a marble sack. I think “big” story, so that was different for me. I knew I wanted to write a novella for Kalen Black and Mackenzie, but I also knew they would have a full-length book. I’ll explain more about how I worked that in a bit.
A cabana boy wanders past and the trio stop to admire the hitch in his gait.
Suz, clearing her throat and getting back to the subject of their visit: I’ve been approaching this as a challenge to see if I can tell a complete story in a shorter format. What do you two think are the pros about writing a novella?
Addison: Getting to revisit my warriors in WAVE OF MEMORIES and having a chance to put more stories in front of readers, hands down. I absolutely love everything about crafting an entire novel, but the realities of time means there is a wait time between books. As a voracious reader myself, I love when my wait time I shortened and it’s just as much fun as a writer!
JD: I get to spend more time with those characters, in this case the heroes of the Pack! I also got to tease the reader with the promise of HUGE things to come when they read Kalen and Mackenzie’s full-length book BLACK MOON, which releases in December. Yes, I’m evil that way.
Suz: To being evil!
The trio grin and again clink glasses.
Suz: Like I said, this is a challenge for me. Having to be very tight in my writing. What do you consider the cons to writing a novella?
Addison: The only con is that you don’t get to spend as much time with these characters on the page because you pretty much have their love story on high speed!
JD: I didn’t find a con with writing this one. Mostly because Kalen and Mac’s story isn’t over, it’s just beginning…
Suz: Just beginning? Oooo sounds intriguing!
JD smirks in that usual mischievous way of hers and reaches for the pitcher of mojitos.
Suz: Since I write for Ellora’s Cave, all my stuff comes out as strictly an e-book at first. How do you feel about your novellas being just offered as an e-book?
Addison: I’m excited that digital publishing is making more options available to authors. While there is a component of universal availability that comes from being in print and digital, the fact that my publisher can put books/stories out more quickly is a benefit to me and my readers.
That said, recognizing the story won’t be universally available, I did ensure that the novella weaves in with the broader world I’ve created, yet also stands alone. I think that’s actually a really important component in any book in a series – the story needs to be a stand-alone story first – but it is especially true with an e-only novella.
JD: I think being offered as an eBook makes perfect sense for not just my novella, but all of the Penguin eSpecials. Readers can buy instantly and begin to enjoy the story right on their eReader, tablet, or computer, and that convenience is a very good thing.
Suz: Well my experimental novella is NOT related to my book The Surrender of Lacy Morgan, but it is an American Historical that takes place after the Civil War. Tell me about your novellas…
Addison: WAVE OF MEMORIES is Aidan’s story. Aidan is my Aquarius Warrior and he’s got a wonderfully angsty backstory with Megaera (“Meg” for short), one of the Furies. An old enemy of both of them has come after Meg and the only person she can turn to for help is Aidan, her former lover (don’t ya just love it when that happens?!?!) Of course in WAVE OF MEMORIES, the tables are turned on our dear stubborn Aidan pretty quickly when his old feelings for Meg come roaring back to life.
JD: Kalen Black and Dr. Mackenzie Grant first met in PRIMAL LAW when Kalen was recruited to join the Alpha Pack. BLACK MAGIC (releasing on March 6) is the beginning of Kalen and Mackenzie’s story, to be concluded in December 2012 with their full-length book, BLACK MOON. In BLACK MAGIC, Sorcerer/Necromancer/black panther shifter Kalen Black and Dr. Mackenzie Grant battle a lethal enemy and come together in an explosion of passion. One night will set in motion dire consequences not only for the couple, but for the entire Pack. Those consequences will reach their full, devastating potential in BLACK MOON. As the Pack’s commander/PreCog Nick Westfall predicted, a terrible storm is coming, and Kalen will face not only a battle within himself, but a war on the horizon that could end them all…
For those of you who are wondering, the novella IS a stand-alone story. Readers won’t have to read the novella to fully enjoy Kalen and Mackenzie’s full-length book. Yet reading the events in the novella first-hand, knowing exactly what happened the night Kalen and Mac first gave in to their passion, will greatly enhance enjoyment of their journey. I hope my readers love the ride!
Suz, turns to look at the pool where several cabana boys and one sexy cowboy are swimming: Speaking of rides, have y’all tried the slide over by the pool?
Sven returns with a second pitcher of drinks and a platter of nachos, hiding a smile, knowing this trio is about to drift into less literary topics and more sensual debate.
So, readers, while me, JD and Addison oogle the males in the Lair, how about telling us what you like about novellas? Does having a “special” ebook in a series wet your appetites for more?
We have prizes from both JD and Addison for several commenters today.
JD is giving print or e-copy of Primal Law to one reader and Addison is giving an e copy of the novella and a printed or e version of Warrior Enchanted when it comes out to another reader
**Okay, so Amazon wasn’t being nice to me when I wanted to add click throughs so y’all could purchase Jo’s novella which is available to preorder today or buy tomorrow. Click on this smaller version of her book and it will take you right to the site!**
Posted by Jeanne Adams Mar 1 2012, 12:23 am in Addison Fox, Anna Campbell, Annie West, coming attractions, Diane Kelly, Jana Oliver, JD Tyler, Jo Robertson, Joan Swan, Jules Bennett, Kate Carlisle, Robin Perini, Teresa Morgan, Trish Milburn
Wheeeeeee! Welcome to March!
Is it blowing in like a Lion where you are, or as mild as the proverbial Lamb? Aas usual, we’ve got a great lineup for March and a lot of exciting things going on. There’s also the Ides of March and the ever popular, green-beer-drinking joy of St. Patrick’s Day! WOOHOO!
We’ll all be lifting glasses of Guiness in March (or other beverages of choice…Irish Coffee, perhaps?) to celebrate book releases and MAJOR MILESTONES!
Lesseeee, where do I start? Bandita Trish has a fabulous new book coming out with Harlequin American. Her March release is COWBOY TO THE RESCUE, second in her Teagues of Texas trilogy.
Bandita Jo’s wonderful FRAIL BLOOD will hit the market later this month as well. It’s another brilliant read from Bandita Jo! (And I’m dying to get it b/c I only got to read a little bit….)
Our own Bandita Kate has a great new book out, ONE BOOK IN THE GRAVE, and yes, I know we talked about it last month, but did you know it hit the
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER LIST!? Kate’s latest debuted on the list at #15!! She also hit PUBLISHERS WEEKLY! Garnering a Starred review (nearly impossible!) and making a splashy #9 debut on THEIR list of great books!!
WOOT!!! Party Hats and Shamrock stew for EVERYONE!!!
Let’s see…ahem…okay, back to our regularly scheduled Coming Attractions pot….
So, what’s up in MARVELOUS MARCH?
Look out tomorrow, March 2, becauase our own Anna Campbell is coming on with the fabulous Annie West! (www.Annie-west.com) It’ll be a rocking day in the Bandit Lair with those two! Annie’s popping in to tell us about her latest American release, teh fabulous GIRL IN THE BEDOUIN TENT. Get out your Lawrence of Arabia gear for this wonderful sheikh romance, gals!
I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for (har, har!) a great read from Annie West! And when you get Anna and Annie together, in the same blog space….WATCH OUT!!
Diane Kelly makes her Lair debut on Saturday, March 3, with Bandita Nancy.I f you’ve never seen the humor in the IRS, prepare to have your eyes opened. Diane’s second mystery, DEATH, TAXES, AND A SKINNY NO-WHIP LATTE features the return of IRS agent Tara Holloway. Diane and Nancy will chat about Tara’s adventures and the hunky boyfriend she romances when the bullets aren’t flying.
Now you KNOW you want to be here for that! I’m betting that something goes BOOM! in this book, so I’m going to be front and center on Saturday to chat with Diane!
Now, as much fun as that’s going to be, brace yourselves for the wild and wonderful trio of authors coming on March 5! JD Tyler and Addision Fox visit with Bandita Suz to talk about their forthcoming e-novellas BLACK MAGIC and WAVE OF MEMORIES. A lot of you have your e-readers poised and ready to go for this one, I know. With all the wonderful success of Suz’s book, and the fabulous following both JD and Addison have garnered, this should be a fabulous day to tune in and hear about the amazing world of the e-novella!
March 6 is going to be yet another rockin’ day as Joan Swan (www.JoanSwan.com) visits the Lair with Anna Campbell again acting as hostess! This is Joan’s debut visit to the Lair with her debut book. She’ll be telling us all about her hot new romantic suspense, FEVER. Wow, that’s some cover!
On March 8, join Bandita Nancy for a Reader-Writer-Roundtable! Nancy hosts Maureen Hardgree, Eilis Flynn, Gerri Russell, Louisa Cornell, and Barbara Monajem for a discussion of who’s reading (and writing) what this month. I know you’ll want to join in THAT as all the Banditas, and Bandita Buddies are constantly updating their To Be Read piles!
Then we’re headed back to the dessert climes as Teresa Morgan, author of CINDERELLA AND THE SHEIKH, HANDCUFFED TO THE SHEIKH, AND SHEIKH WITH BENEFITS will guest with Jo on March 12. She’ll be discussing “What’s Your Hero Fetish?”
Oh my, THAT should get some interesting posts going, don’t you think? Hmmmmm? Grins.
Be sure to stop in. Sven and the gang are making hummus, importing a wide variety of olives, dates and other “desert-y” foods. (But don’t worry, if you don’t like hummus, he’ll have his usual array of other delicious delicacies!)
And Bandita Donna brings Jules Bennett to the lair on the 16th for an inaugural visit! Woot! We love meeting new authors in the Lair!! Jules new book IN THE SPOTLIGHT will be out this month from Harlequin Desire.
The ever-popular and well known Robin Perini guests with Nancy on the 18th, celebrating the release of her first Harlequin Intrigue, Finding Her Son.
And last but not least, join Bandita Nancy again on the 21st as she welcomes Jana Oliver to the Lair. Jana Oliver will return to the Lair with her demon-trapping heroine, 17-year-old Riley Blackthorne. Jana and Nancy will talk about Riley’s latest adventure, FORGIVEN.
Contest, contest, contest! Check it out!
In March and April, Bandita Anna Campbell is running a Catch Up on the Campbells Contest. Anna’s giving FIVE lucky people the chance to win a book of their choice from her backlist. That’s CLAIMING THE COURTESAN, UNTOUCHED, TEMPT THE DEVIL, CAPTIVE OF SIN, MY RECKLESS SURRENDER or the Australian Romance Readers Association’s favorite historical romance of 2011, MIDNIGHT’S WILD PASSION. Just email Anna on email@example.com and tell her which book you’d like and you go into the draw. The contest closes 30th April, 2012, and entry is open internationally. For more information, please check out Anna’s contest page: http://annacampbell.info/contest.html
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Nov 3 2011, 12:01 am in Addison Fox, Alaska, Bachelor Auction, contemporary romance, Suzanne Ferrell, Warriors of the Zodiac
interview with Suz
She’s been a guest with us before and always accompanied by the hottest Warriors of the Zodiac with her. This time Addison Fox has something different for us. She’s going cold…really, really cold! Her new triology is straight contemporary romance and set in a small town in Alaska!
Please welcome my friend, Addison Fox!
Addison: My deepest thanks to Suz and the Banditas for having me back to visit! I love hanging with you ladies and your new lair is absolutely gorgeous!!!
Suz: This is a departure from your first romantic subgenre, why the change?
Addison: I am a huge reader in addition to being a writer and have always read across the romance genre. As I think about my career goals, they’re all based around writing the romances I’m interested in telling. For me, it’s been less about picking one sub-genre and more about telling the stories that I have a need to tell.
Suz: How was writing contemporary romance different from writing the Sons of the Zodiac series?
Addison: I can’t say the writing was all that different. To my point above, I enjoy reading different subgenres across romance (as well as Urban Fantasy, mysteries, thrillers – I’m an equal-opportunity gal!).
I’m a very character driven writer and I find the joy of telling a romance is less about the world they inhabit and more about the characters that I’m putting together. I’m grateful my publisher agrees!
Suz: How did you come up with the concept of a Bachelor’s auction for the basis of the Alaskan Nights series?
Addison: The idea for the book sparked off of a small article I read one day about an annual bachelor competition in Alaska. The article captured my imagination immediately and I just *saw* this world in my head, very rich with stories. I’ve always been a big fan of trilogies and I immediately saw three different women, all brought together in an unexpected way.
One of the things I really loved playing with in the book was the concept of expectations. I think it’s all too easy to think a city-dweller behaves or thinks one way and someone who lives in a small town thinks and behaves in another. And the reality is that we all have ideas and thoughts and valuable opinions that may be shaped by our circumstances but don’t need to be defined by them.
Suz: Your paranormal series is very hero driven, BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE seems more female driven to me. Was that intentional?
Addison: I can honestly say it wasn’t intentional, but rather, flowed very naturally out of the story. From the very first moment the idea for the series struck me, I saw three women and three stories. The funny part is, in the very same way, I can recall the moment I thought of the Sons of the Zodiac and I saw this band of brothers and this very male-driven world.
If I can point to something in my process that just makes sense to me, it’s the fact that the characters drive the story. Once I know who they are, the rest is about getting it on paper!
Suz: How does your heroine, big-city-NY-girl Sloan McKinley end up in Alaska?
Addison: Sloan’s best friend Grier is up in Indigo, Alaska dealing with an inheritance from her estranged father. The locals haven’t been all that friendly (nor has Grier’s recently-discovered half-sister) and Sloan goes up to help out.
Once there, Sloan falls in love with the town, all the while helping the locals see what a great person Grier is. And, of course, there’s a very good reason for her to love Indigo in the form of town lawyer, Walker Montgomery.
Suz: In BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE, your hero Walker Montgomery isn’t interested in his grandmother’s machinations to get him “auctioned off”. Why?
Addison: I can’t give up all of Walker’s angsty back story, but suffice it to say, he’s got some very large family baggage that’s kept him firmly out of the marriage market.
Suz: Did you do any special research for BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE?
Addison: I’ve spent a lot of time online researching Alaska. I’m also lucky to have a friend, Barb Dunlop, who lives in the Yukon Territory. Barb gave me some great descriptions of both the aurora borealis as well as what the daylight is like in winter in that part of the world.
Suz: What’s next in the Alaskan Nights series? How many books are planned? Do we get to meet any of the heroes or heroines in the first book?
Addison: The next book is Grier and Mick’s story. We see quite a bit of them in book one and they’ve got a lot of unfinished business between the two of them (lots of yummy, unfinished business). I’m in the home stretch, working on their story now.
The third book has been pitched as well and it will be Avery and Roman’s story (both of whom we meet in book 1 as well). Avery’s my hometown girl and Roman’s her high school sweetheart who broke her heart when he went off to the join the NHL.
The original series was pitched as a trilogy, but I’m not opposed to spending more time in Indigo after the series finishes!
Suz: Any news for your Sons of the Zodiac series fans?
Addison: I’m so excited to confirm that there are two Sons of the Zodiac stories in the works! The next full-length novel, WARRIOR ENCHANTED, will be out in May 2012. This is Drake, my Pisces’s story. For those of you who have read the other books in the series, Drake’s had his eye on the white witch who lives next door to Warrior Central, Emerson Carano. She’s been leading him on a merry chase and it’s about time to find out if she’s ready to get caught.
I had an absolute blast raising the stakes for the warriors and I’m especially excited about the big ‘ole hook that ends the book. (At the risk of sounding horrifically self-serving, I made myself cry as I wrote the ending and that’s never happened to me before!!!)
I also have a Penguin e-special out the month before, called WAVE OF MEMORIES. This is my Aquarius – Aidan’s – story. Aidan’s been rather MIA of late and he’s pulled back home to help deal with an ancient enemy who just happens to have his sights set on Aidan’s disastrous first love.
I’m so excited about both stories. I have such a fun time playing in the world of my zodiac warriors and I am truly indebted to how supportive everyone’s been of the series!
As always, thanks so much for having me in the Lair for a visit. I look forward to talking to everyone today and I’m excited to give away a copy of BABY IT’S COLD OUTSIDE to a lucky poster on the blog.
So, dear readers, if you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you choose? Some place warm and sunny? Some place cold and crisp? Somewhere in the mountains? Somewhere near the beach? Camping or room service?
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Sep 21 2010, 5:18 am in Addison Fox, Jo Beverley, scorpios, Sons of the Zodiac series, Warrior heroes
interview with Suzanne
**sensing a little deja vu? I had a bit of a brain fart yesterday and managed to post this a day early! Ack…too much wine and too little sleep over the weekend! But yes Addison is visiting us today!!**
I met Addison Fox years before she sold her first book, Warrior Ascended. There was something special about this woman with her contagious smile and always positive attitude. So when she sold her first book to Signet, along with the whole Sons of the Zodiac series, I was thrilled. Now, I’m even more thrilled to welcome my good friend back to tell us about the second book in her series!
Suz: Welcome back to the Lair, Addison! And thank you for writing the very sexy, WARRIOR AVANGED! For those who haven’t had a chance to pick up the first book in your Sons Of The Zodiac series from Signet, can you give them a brief overview of the series premise?
Addison: Thanks so much for having me back in the Lair! I love visiting with the Banditas!!
Millennia ago, the goddess of justice, Themis, created a race of fierce warriors, each imbued with a special power of the zodiac and charged with protecting humanity from the evils of the world.
Suz: We met the hero of this book, Kane Montague, in the first book, Warrior Ascended. What is his sign and how does that first encounter play into Warrior Avenged?
Addison: Kane is my Scorpio warrior and for those of you who read WARRIOR ASCENDED, you know that Kane was burned in book one by a fellow secret agent at MI-6. The fact that said agent is the delectable female spy, Ilsa…AND the fact that she burned him at a *most* indelicate moment is the set up for WARRIOR AVENGED. Kane’s out for revenge – even as he can’t wait to get his hands on her again!
Suz: Mmmmmmm, love me my Scorpios. (By the way, we Scorpios are very sexy…hehehe). Uhm. So, yeah Ilsa was an interesting name for your heroine to use, but it isn’t her first cover name, is it?
Addison: Ilsa actually has three names (Adrasteia, Nemesis and Ilsa) and each ties to her backstory and what’s brought her to the point in time where the book starts. I love this heroine – she’s the most flawed, challenged heroine I’ve ever written and I had so much fun writing her and wringing as much emotion out of her as I could.
Suz: Kane isn’t just any warrior, he’s a warrior with a major problem. What is it and how does it affect his abilities?
Addison: Three centuries ago, Kane went up against a very dark sorcerer who found a way to turn Kane’s scorpion against him. The scorpion’s venom lives in his system and rises each year when the Antares star is at its zenith in late May. Antares is the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation and it was one of those fun little elements I found as I did research for the story.
Suz: How do you see the Zodiac Warrior’s war with Enyo progressing throughout the series?
Addison: I’m actually having a ton of fun with that part. Although the warriors and Enyo are all very clear characters in my mind, how their battle is going to play out is still a work in progress for me. Certainly, I expect the stakes to continue to rise and the battles to get more fierce, but exactly what form that is going to take is part of the fun for me!
Suz: Have you met the hero who will step forward for the next book in this series?
Addison: Not only have I met him, but my readers have met him too! The hero of WARRIOR BETRAYED, which is the third book in the series out next May, is my Taurus warrior, Quinn Tanner. As Kane’s story finishes up, Quinn’s got some baggage he needs to overcome. His stubborn Taurus personality has put some distance between he and his brothers and he’s going to spend much of WARRIOR BETRAYED looking to atone for that.
Suz: And do you have any news for us in regards to the future of Addison Fox? (Girl, you know you want to tell everyone!)
Addison: Thank you for letting me share my news!!!! (Of course I want to tell!!!)
I am so excited to continue writing the Sons of the Zodiac series for NAL/Signet Eclipse. I’m also very excited to announce that I will be writing a contemporary trilogy for them set in Alaska. Here’s a quick blurb on the first book:
THE BACHELOR GAME, set in a small Alaska town whose three matriarchs, in a not-so-secret ploy to get their grandsons happily married off, host an annual contest that teams the town’s rugged bachelors with women from the Lower 48.
I’m working on that right now and it’s due out late 2011.
Thank you so much for having me today. I am so looking forward to visiting with everyone in the Lair!!!
Suz: Addison will be giving away a signed copy of WARRIOR ASCENDED to one lucky commenter.
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Mar 3 2010, 5:00 am in Addison Fox, paranormal romance, Sons of the Zodiac series, Suz Welsh
interview with Suz
Bandits, Bandit Buddies and all our readers, y’all are in for a treat. Today you will get a look at a brand-spanking-new paranormal series and the author, who is not only a dear friend of mine, but a very creative writer! Welcome, Addison Fox. Pull up a lounge chair and we’ll have the cabana boys bring some wine.
Suz: Congratulations on your first book, WARRIOR ASCENDED, hitting the bookstore shelves! We love a call story at the Bandit Lair, so please tell us how this first sale happened?
Addison: I love telling this story – thank you for letting me share it!!!
The call came on November 20, 2008. I was at work and I got an email from my agent, asking, “Are you going to be around tonight?” NAL had the overall series proposal and a proposal on the first book. I’d already made one round of revisions on the proposal and they’d agreed to look at it again and now we were just waiting to hear.
I immediately called my sister (hey – if my productivity was shot for the day, hers could be, too!) and we spent quite a bit of time on the phone and in email trying to figure out the outcome. Fortunately it didn’t take all day and my agent called me around 2 to let me know NAL wanted to buy it. I had to slip out of a meeting to take the call and hide behind a wall of cubicles. So here I am, trying to take notes and not scream and jump up and down.
I then started calling and emailing everyone I knew!
Suz: I love the premise for the Sons Of The Zodiac series. Can you fill our readers in on it and how you came up with the idea?
Addison: I wish I could explain the moment of connection, but I was sitting there on the couch watching TV, not even thinking about plotting and this idea of the zodiac and warriors popped into my head.
Truly – it was this rare, “gift moment” that I have no idea where it came from. That said, never one to look a “gift moment” in the mouth – I immediately jumped online and started googling the zodiac. I quickly found the connection between modern-day Western astrology and Greek mythology and I was off to the races.
What’s been the most fun part of the series is the richness available from a world-building perspective. The zodiac is unique and balanced so there are a multitude of traits to pull on from a character perspective. And then the Greek mythology component adds this really neat layer of world building that’s incredibly fun to draw from.
Suz: These guys are all alpha males to the nth degree, just my favorite kind. Brody is the Leo Warrior. With 13 warriors to write about what made you decide to start with him?
Addison: Brody was the other gift in the series. He was the image in my mind as I put the zodiac/warrior connection together. Although he isn’t a shape shifter, the idea of the Lion was immediately sexy and appealing and brings to mind a very powerful, very alpha male.
Suz: Your heroine, Ava Harrison, starts out as a shy work-oriented woman, trying to hide any femininity behind drab clothes. How does she first meet Brody? And how does she react to his invasion of her life?
Addison: Ava’s got a lot of baggage. Her father – a world famous archaeologist who discovered the famed Summoning Stones of Egypt – was murdered in front of her when she was young. The murder was always believed random, but it shook the very foundation of her life.
She had a dream to follow in his footsteps, but from a more academic perspective as her fear of leaving the safe world she’s built around her has always kept her from field work. So instead, she’s put her love of archaeology into a career as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History.
Brody is an overwhelming force in her life, but one she’s deeply attracted to. He also arrives at an incredibly important moment – she’s bringing her father’s work to a major exhibit at the museum. Although Brody’s presence in the museum is explained under the guise of museum security, she senses immediately he’s more than he seems.
His presence also coincides with something else. Ava’s never told anyone, but she has horrible visions when she gets anywhere near the Stones. Although she’s suspicious of Brody’s sudden arrival, she quickly realizes she needs an ally as the power of the stones – and the visions they cause only her – grows stronger.
Suz: Can you explain what the summoning stones are?
Addison: The Summoning Stones are a very powerful piece of magic from the reign of Thutmose the III in ancient Egypt. Five, equally shaped stones, about the size of a woman’s hand, that were placed in museums around the world after their discovery. Ava’s exhibit is the first time they will be all brought back together.
Each stone possesses a different quality – life, death, love, sexuality, infinity. When put together, they have the power to grant the one who can harness them – a “Chosen One” in every age – power over everything.
While I don’t want to give anything away, betcha can’t guess who is the “Chosen One” of this age?.
Suz: What’s next for the Sons Of The Zodiac?
Addison: Ooooh – my Scorpio’s up next – Kane Montague. I love all my warriors, but Kane’s got a special place in my heart. When we meet him in WARRIOR ASCENDED, he’s just been duped (in a very sexy way) by a secret agent, going by the name of Ilsa.
WARRIOR AVENGED begins six months later, when Kane finally runs down the sexy operative he’s not been able to get out of his head. Of course, both of them have some fairly large secrets and it’s going to take a whole lot of together time to make them realize they work far better together than alone.
Suz: Ooooooooo Scropio…uh, just happens to be my favorite birth sign!! And Kane is yummo, ladies!! I love your heroes and love the feature interview you do with Brody on your website at http://www.addisonfox.com/index.php/leo/
*whispering to the Bandits and friends…I’m waiting to see what she posts about Kane*
Addison: So I’ve got a question for everyone. I absolutely love reading about astrology and I’m a total horoscope junkie. Do you all believe the stars influence our personalities or that there are traits that we hold that come from the sign we’re born under?
Suz: Addison is giving away a signed copy of WARRIOR ASCENDED to one lucky commenter.
P.S. And as always, if you click on the book, you can go to Amazon.com to order your own copy. And don’t forget, clicking on the Bandit books will do the same…and check out Bandit websites and my online story blog by clicking our pics!
Posted by Suzanne Ferrell Nov 28 2009, 6:19 am in Addison Fox, Jane Graves, Jo Davis, Julie Garwood, laughter, romanitc comedies, Sandy Blair, SEP, T-shirts
No, I’m not asking for your best Internet forward joke…although I have a great one best told in a bar with an Irish accent. What I want, what I’m craving is a funny book to read. A light-hearted fare or one where there are brilliant moments of comic relief.
The first Susan Elizabeth Phillips (SEP) book I ever read was NOBODY‘S BABY, BUT MINE. Now, this wasn’t a slap-stick funny book. But when she removes all the marshmallows from the cereal box to make it more healthy for him and he says, “I’ve married a cereal killer!”, I cracked up! When she insists on driving up the North Carolina mountain in a storm to have her baby, yep, got me laughing out loud! And it also had me back at the bookstore the next day buying everyone of SEP’s back list.
My friend, Jo Davis,(author of TRIAL BY FIRE, UNDER FIRE and HIDDEN FIRE), who reads mostly suspense, claims AIN’T SHE SWEET was the funniest book she can remember reading. One of her favorite parts? When the dog in the front seat beside the heroine farts at her. The heroine thinks, “yep, even the dog hates me.
Another author who mixes great characters, good story telling, some suspense and comic relief is Julie Garwood. In SAVING GRACE , two clans are trying to live on the same land under the same laird, only they refuse to merge into one clan. Many funny episodes occur as the heroine uses quiet defiance and even tosses shattered crockery to get her point across. I chuckle my way through that book every time I read it. (28 at a last reading.)
Another dear friend, Sandy Blair, (author of A MAN IN A KILT, A ROUGE IN A KILT, A THIEF IN A KILT and A HIGHLANDER FOR CHRISTMAS) says the funniest book she can remember was Garwood’s THE GIFT. What makes it so funny? Sandy says it’s knowing what’s coming next from the heroine’s POV and the hero’s exasperated reaction to what he perceives as illogical. Garwood sprinkles these gems throughout all her books. One of the reasons she’s one of our favorite feel-good authors.
Addison Fox, (author of WARRIOR ASCENDED: The Sons of the Zodiac, coming in March 2010), couldn’t pinpoint a specific book by Nora Roberts, but says one of her favorite reasons to read Nora’s books is her ability to have witty dialogue that relieves some of the suspense and have her readers chuckling in different places throughout her books.
One of the funniest books I’ve ever read was Linda Howard’s TO DIE FOR. This book works in so many ways. First it is in first person, (not my usual cup of tea), and because we’re mostly in the heroine’s head we understand why she does the things she does, even if she admits they’re stupid. We also get to see the hero’s frustrations at her actions, he’s banging his head on his desk. This is also a different kind of suspense for Ms. Howard, totally at odds with her usual dark fare. When I was reading it, Rocky-the-wonder-dog was parked on the bed beside me. I laughed so hard the bed shook and he gave me that irritated male dog look (very reminiscent of irritated male human look). I had to stop reading long enough to stop laughing in order to read some more!
Jane Graves, a romantic comedy author, (HOT WHEELS AND HIGH HEELS, TALL TALES AND WEDDING VEILS), points to any book by Jennifer Crusie. Jane says, “I always feel a special sense of delight at her word choice, her sentence structure, and especially her dialogue. Her books are just flat-out fun to read, sentence after sentence, page after page. They’re not funny in a laugh-out-loud way, at least not to me. They’re just…fun. She’s one of the few authors out there who can entertain me with almost every sentence she writes.” My daughter, Alison, agrees whole heartily.
In fact, the idea for this blog originally titled, “where have all the funny books gone?”, came from my daughter. She was going through a pregnancy, was home on maternity leave a few weeks early and was looking for books to read. She asked me, “Mom, I’m tired of reading serious, dark books. I want to laugh. I need a funny book, do you know of any?”
So, I need some help.
Who would you like to read? What writer makes you laugh? Who do you read when you want a good chuckle or to relieve some of the stress in your own life?