Tuesday, October 21, 2014

V.S. Morgan creates shifters to die for!

Cate: Please welcome V.S. Morgan to my special Halloween celebration. V, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
V.S. Morgan:  I grew up in Oregon but have lived in Minnesota for the last 16 years. I’m married, and we celebrate our 20th anniversary next June. With hubby, son, and pets who are all male, I’m the queen of my home.  I enjoy nature, reading, and music. I work full-time as a Project Manager.

Cate: What do you love most about Halloween?
V.S. Morgan:  Halloween is magical. As a kid, it was the only time I could out and about after dark and for one night I could be anyone or anything I wanted. As an adult, I love decorating and seeing all the kids’ costumes as they trick-or-treat and checking out the houses that are majorly done-up. Halloween always makes me happy.

Cate: I completely agree :)  Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
V.S. Morgan:  There isn’t one that stands out in particular. Loved them all for different reasons.

Cate: Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
V.S. Morgan:  The night my great-grandfather died, I saw a shimmery image of him in my bedroom doorway. I didn’t even know he’d died until the next morning. To this day I believe he was saying goodbye.

Cate: So sweet, and sad. What frightens you the most?
V.S. Morgan:  Clowns freak me out.

Cate: *shivers* Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
V.S. Morgan:  I visited the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse in Oregon which had a ghost story associated with it. A teenager was murdered by pirates. Her body was never found because there was a secret passage but a long blood smear on the floor had been found. We went on the tour, and I bought a small book and read it over and over. Gave me the chills. I believe that story has been debunked but was still fun. Would love to visit more spooky places.

Cate: Very spooky! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
V.S. Morgan:  Hunter’s Mark is an interracial paranormal (shifter) story about an assassin who realizes his latest assignment violates his rules, so the hunter becomes the protector. It was a really fun story to write. 

Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
V.S. Morgan: 
Artist Casey Smith lives a quiet life, under the radar of his enemies, until one fateful night he loses control and the astonishing image of a wolf racing down a suburban street splashes all over social media.
Hunter’s bullet never misses its target. The assassin seeks out and kills his prey with a clear conscience by following two simple rules: 1) Don’t kill innocents 2) Don’t kill shifters. 
Realizing his latest assignment violates those rules, the hunter activates Princess Protocol and the assassin becomes the protector. Red hot attraction flares between the hit man and his former target. Can Hunter resist the sweet shifter in his care?

He stepped closer to Casey’s stall but stumbled over something small and furry. The toe of one Birkenstock caught on a clump of grass as he attempted not to trample the little beast, and he ass-planted with said beast jumping onto his chest to give him a broad doggie smile.
His buddy laughed piss-your-pants-hard in his ear. F**k a duck.
“Miss Priscilla!”
The target he’d worked so hard to observe remotely sank to the ground between his sprawled-out legs, peeling the tiny hairball off his chest and setting it on the ground.
“I’m so sorry! Are you okay?”
Big blue eyes fringed with long, pale lashes scanned his body while strong yet gentle hands moved over his ankles and legs, searching for an injury. Oh, a toucher. His wolf basked in the tactile attention. His breath hitched as those hands glided past his knees and skimmed his thighs.
Damn, he needed to get laid after this assignment.
“Oh, my, what a li’l sweetie. Look at those freckles! I wonder if he’s got them everywhere. I’d like to lick them,” Rex crowed in his ear.
He growled.
The other man chortled. “Possessive, much?”
He inhaled deeply, only to be slammed with the force of a Mack truck. Strawberries on a warm summer’s day and fresh-cut grass—s**t, his target smelled delicious. He took another breath, and his brain reeled. He’s a wolf shifter, too? F**k.
Casey’s brows furrowed. “Where are you hurt?”
He forced a smile. “I’m fine. No worries.”
Casey returned the smile, his wide and high beam combined with sparkling eyes. Hunter stared as warmth wrapped around him like a blanket. He had no ammo against such a happy, open expression. The guy freaking glowed.

Cate: I love reimagined fairy tales. :) What inspired you to write about the theme?
V.S. Morgan:  Decadent Publishing had an open call for re-tellings of fairytales. In order to avoid a hundred Cinderella stories, they randomly assigned stories. My assignment was Grimm’s “The Skillful Huntsman.” It was a blast to twist it into my own version.

Cate: Woot! V.S. has a fantastic giveaway for you guys!
V.S. Morgan:  I have a Rafflecopter giveaway $20 Amazon Gift Card

Cate: Thanks so much for partying with us, V.S.! Hope your Halloween is spooktacular!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Alexa Bourne will make your dreams come true!

Cate: Please welcome Alexa Bourne to my special Halloween celebration. Alexa, please tell us a little bit about yourself.

Alexa: Thanks for having me, Cate! I’m a middle school teacher by day and a writer by nights, weekends and all school holidays. I’ve been writing forever and published since 2012. I write mostly romantic suspense but I also have a few contemporary books as well. My favorite things to do when I’m not working on a story or grading papers, are to watch soccer, travel, read and think about exercising.

Cate: You're one busy woman! Haha, I think about exercising too. Maybe it's a writer thing, lol. What do you love most about Halloween?
Alexa: I love giving out candy, especially to the little kids who get so excited. I love seeing their cute costumes, too.

Cate: Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Alexa: I used to go out Trick or Treating with my cousin, who is quite a bit younger than I am. I loved getting to spend time with him.

Cate: Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain? 
Alexa: Yes, actually. I was having a medical procedure done just before my 7th birthday. It required me to be awake and stay still for a long time. There was a man who sat on my left side wearing scrubs and his glasses, and he talked to me. He kept me calm and helped me stay still. No one was able to answer when we asked who it was, not the hospital staff nor my own doctor.

Cate: Aw, your guardian angel. :) What frightens you the most?
Alexa: Clowns. After watching the movie for Stephen King’s It (as a college sophomore), I can’t even look at a clown anymore.

Cate: They are creepy *shudders* Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Alexa: I have been on ghost tours before. I went on one in Edinburgh, Scotland, which was amazing and creepy. Then I also went on an unofficial tour with some other authors at the Menger Hotel when I was in San Antonio for the Wild Wicked Weekend conference. I didn’t see any ghosts on either tour.

Cate: I never catch sight of any on ghost tours, either, but they are fun. :) Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
Alexa: I don’t have ANY recipes! I’m not the cook of the family. J

Cate: Lucky you! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
Alexa: Wake Me is a romantic suspense set in Austin, Texas. I’m very excited because it’s my first venture into anything with paranormal elements. Also, it’s the first book in my Hidden Destiny series, where a main character from each book will have some paranormal ability he or she must learn to accept.

Cate: Gorgeous cover! Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Alexa: Sure! 

Her psychic dreams come true.
Sarah McKinley’s attempts to take her foreknowledge of crimes to the Seattle Police Department marked her as a troublemaker and were never taken seriously. Starting over in Austin, she plans never to reveal her gift, but shortly after she arrives, the dreams begin again, and the local police want to know why she has knowledge only the killer could possess.

Detective Jesse Cordell watched his mother con people with her “psychic ability” all through his childhood. He hones in on Sarah, who has means, motive, and opportunity to have murdered the victim in his current investigation. Instinct tells him she didn’t commit the crime, but she definitely knows more than she’s letting on.

Can he put aside his doubts and join forces with her, against everything he believes in, to find the real killer? Or will he do his job and put her behind bars? After all, there’s no such thing as the “psychic ability.” Or is there? 

The buzz around her head grew louder as more students joined the crowd. Yellow tape secured the crime scene several yards away, but limbs still stuck over the cement edge of the water fountain.
A guy in plain clothes ducked under the tape and ventured toward them. A gold shield hung from his belt. “Can anybody tell me what happened?”
“She can!” a male voice from behind called out.
Hoping to take attention off herself, Sarah joined the other students in whirling around to see who the guy meant. Several voices rushed toward the man, accosting him with different versions of the crime. Sarah floated through the sea of people, away from the crowd.
For the nine months, she’d lived in Austin, she’d never mentioned a word about her so-called psychic gift. Almost a full year had passed. She’d started to think she would be normal again.
But a brand-new dream reminded her she would always be different.
Heading toward the street, she picked up her steps. Don’t look back. You’ve done enough damage. 
“Miss! Hey, wait up!”
“Damn.” She slowed her feet. No point in trying to run. She’d look guilty of something then the cops would have a reason to haul her off the school campus in cuffs.
Turning, she came face-to-face with the striking plain-clothes cop. “I’m Detective Cordell with Austin Police.” He stood at least six inches taller than she, his jet-black hair sheared in a standard cut for police. The bulk of his chest stretched the material of his short-sleeved dress shirt. With dark eyes and sexy confidence, he was all sorts of captivating. If he hadn’t been such a threat to her freedom, she might even have called him handsome. “Do you have a minute? I’d like to ask you some questions.”
There died his charm.

Wake Me is available from:

Cate: Love it. What inspired you to write about the theme?
Alexa:  The characters from the Hidden Destiny series have lived in my head for over a decade. When I first wrote their stories, only Wake Me had a paranormal element. Plus, I was still a new writer and I really couldn’t do the stories justice yet. So I kept the manuscripts and decided to “retell” the stories when I became a better writer. This past spring I decided it was time to tackle the series again and with some brainstorming help from my students, we came up with many of the details for the series. (Just a note: I talk to my students about the writing process and my writer duties in general terms. I don’t share my pen name or my book titles with them…at least not until they are 18!)

Cate: Very cool! Anything else you’d like to share?
Alexa: I invite readers to learn more about me and my books. Come visit my website! www.alexabourne.com.

Cate: Woot, you guys are so lucky - Alexa has a giveaway for you!
Alexa: I’m happy to giveaway a Wake Me treat! I have a beautiful dream catcher my best friend made, some other cool stuff, and I might be persuaded to throw in some Halloween candy, too!

Cate: Fun! Don't forget to leave your email address, everyone. 
Thanks for joining in the Halloween fun, Alexa!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Kitty Keswick makes a howling good Halloween!

Cate: Please welcome Kitty Keswick to my special Halloween celebration. Kitty, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
Kitty: Hi there, **waves** I’m Kitty Keswick. I have a few light YA paranormal romances published with Leap Books. Think girly with ghosts, werewolves, and British hotties. I’m also working on a super fun WIP. But, that’s top secret. So Shhhhh.

Cate: Mummy's the word. I mean mum! lol What do you love most about Halloween?
Kitty: Everything! I like to sew, so making costumes are super fun. I used to be an Interior Designer in my day job, so decorating is a blast for me, too. I bought stuff early this year and scored big. I can’t wait to decorate. I like vintage/classic designs that aren’t gory. My step son is still freaked out by scary…so we compromise and I still get to have my Halloween decor

Cate: lol, I can relate. The grandboys like Halloween "light" too. Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
Kitty: Every year this house not too far from where I live, does it up big time for Halloween. Last year, it was Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom. The front of the house was a maze, complete with huge rolling boulder, lava pit and the Ark. My hub and I had fun touring it. We can’t wait to see the theme for this year. If we didn’t live in a town home, I would love to turn my yard into something fun and crazy.

Cate: Wow, what fun neighbors! Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
Kitty: Yes, I lived back East, in PA. Many strange things would happen. Doors opened when nobody was there. A vase fell off my mantel, again no one there. Heard my name called when I was alone in the house. Freaky stuff that made me want my nightlight.

Cate: *shudders* I hope your house was far away from mine in central PA! lol What frightens you the most?
Kitty: Spiders. Hate them. Anything that can spin its own hotel and have room service in the same sticky web, just makes me shiver. Spiders seem to seek me out. Dangling over my bed, in the shower, hanging around my car side mirror, crawling straight for me on the carpet…


Cate: We have a multitude of spiders (and snakes) too. Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
Kitty: Yes, I did Gettysburg ghost tours and a ghost tour in London. Fun!

Cate: London - how cool! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online 
Kitty: I took a wee break from writing to get married and move to another state. My latest release will be Furry & Freaked, book two in the Freaksville series. It has a 2015 release date. http://leapbks.net/authors/g-l/kitty-keswick

Cate: Cool cover! Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
Kitty: Sixteen-year-old Kasey Maxwell left Freaksville behind when her family moved from California to rural Pennsylvania. But she didn’t leave her troubles behind. As her Valkyrie side grows, the spirits become more haunting. When her visions turn bloody, Kasey must trust new support systems—paranormal ones.
Someone at Kasey’s new high school wants to sink their claws into her, igniting an ancient feud. Kasey is torn between two loves and two natures—one that heeds the cool whispers of the dead and the other, a fierce predator lurking beneath, lying in wait. She needs all her allies and even her foes to save those she loves before the moon bleeds.
Thanks, Cate for having me!

Cate: Thanks for being part of the Halloween fun, Kitty!