Cate: Please welcome TL Reeve to my special Halloween celebration. TL, please tell us a little bit about yourself.
TL: Thank you for having me Cate, I’m super excited to be here. I’m a multi-genre author—mostly because my ADHD keeps my fluttering around. I’ve written everything from Action Adventure, to New Adult. I’m a mom to a beautiful and talented yet infuriating teenager. *LOL* In my spare time I like to read, and play video games. Usually 1st person shooter games like Resident Evil or Call of Duty.
Cate: Multi-genre authors rock! What do you love most about Halloween?
TL: Autumn. I love that it’s not too hot, but not freezing cold. I love the changing colors of the leaves. I also love the movie selections. TMC starts I believe two weeks before Halloween showing two black/white “scary movies,” a night. Vincent Price is one of my all-time favorite actors. And, since I grew up in Los Angeles, we also had the midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show…It’s one thing I wish I would have done before moving. However I do watch it from time to time. Let’s do the time warp again? *Grins*
Cate: Oh, I haven't been to a midnight Rocky Horror in too long. Do you have a favorite memory of a Halloween past?
TL: Hmm…I think all of my favorite Halloween’s have been trick or treating with my daughter. But, as a kid I think it was the time I went to a Halloween party and then went trick or treating. BEST TRIP EVER! *LOL*
Cate: Sweet! Have you ever had an unusual experience you couldn’t explain?
TL: You mean like unexplained noises or objects moving on their own? Well, kind of. In high school, I was in band. (Band geeks rule) We went to National City for a competition plus end of the year celebration. On the last day of our trip away, we went to the Winchester Mystery Mansion/Museum. That place is creepy. I didn’t like it. They took us up to the part of the house ravaged by the 1906 earthquake. The room didn’t feel right…too much negative energy. The minute we left, I felt better. But even in the bathrooms, you always felt like you were being watched.
Cate: Creepy! *shudders* What frightens you the most?
TL: Hmm…good question. I guess, dying before being able to tell my family how much I love them and how much I appreciate all of them.
Cate: Aw, how sweet. Ever gone on a ghost tour? Or ghost hunting on your own?
TL: Never (The Winchester Mansion, was just a walk through with a guide)…I want to go on one of the tours in Savannah or New Orleans. Both places are rich in history and paranormal activity.
Cate: Yes, New Orleans! I’d love to go on a ghost tour there. And Salem. So, now for the treat portion of the interview, mwahaha.... Any favorite Halloween recipes you’d care to share?
TL: Two actually. When I was younger, after I’d go trick or treating, we’d have warm apple cider with cinnamon and homemade sugar cookies.
Hot Apple Cider Recipe
6 cups apple cider
1/4 cup real maple syrup
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel, cut into strips
1 lemon peel, cut into strips
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Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups margarine
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup white sugar for decoration
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then the vanilla. Gradually stir in the dry ingredients until just blended. Roll the dough into walnut sized balls and roll the balls in remaining 1/4 cup of sugar. Place cookies 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets and flatten slightly.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, until lightly browned at the edges. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.
Cate: Yum! Sounds delicious. Now for the real treat! Tell us about your latest release, and where readers can find it online.
TL: My latest coming soon release is King of Her Heart. A falcon-shifter story about Archer Holt, a paramilitary/Mercenary falcon shifter who is sent to save the Secretary of State’s daughter Eira Larson, from Hugo Chavez, Alpha of the Wizards Cartel. It’s got everything. A little action, a little shifter hotness with a sexy twist. As of right now it’s still in edits. But hopefully soon it’ll be ready to go. :)
Cate: Care to share a blurb or excerpt?
TL: Sure, here is the blurb: Archer Holt—falcon-shifter and leader of a group of specially trained mercenaries—has been called up by the Secretary of State, Yrsa Larson.
His mission: Find her daughter, and bring her home.
Eira Larson isn't one to make waves. After taking an unsanctioned vacation to Belize, she's kidnapped and held in the home of the leader of the Wizard's cartel. She is supposed to be auctioned off into slavery to the highest bidder, but an enigmatic and sexy bodyguard has other plans for her.
Archer will do whatever it takes to protect Eira when he finds out the girl he's meant to protect is the woman he's destined to mate.
Cate: Sounds like a great read. What inspired you to write about the theme?
TL: I have always loved shifters, but I never thought I could write them. I got too caught up in the mechanics of shifters than the stories, so I never wrote them. My first shifter story was Craving Cameo and with a little guidance from Heather Long (you rock) I learned it's actually quite easy and I was worrying myself for no reason. So, then, I tried my hand at the Black Hills Wolves series and well…as you can see, I’ve been trying to push myself to see what else I can do. Falcons seemed like an interesting challenge, so I went with it. I’m happy with the way it came out. J
Cate: Anything else you’d like to share?
TL: Sure, I have a newsletter now, if you’d like to sign up you can do so here. In the next couple of months I’ll have some exciting things to share, including a couple of super-secret projects I’ve been working on. Plus, I have a group with my co-writer, Michele Ryan for our new series, Turnskin University, we’re working on with Decadent Publishing and the Decadent ROAR line. We share snippets of what we’re writing next, give updates, plus general tomfoolery for mine and Michele’s book, Unrequited Mate…and more.
Cate: Good luck with your project! And thanks for being part of the Halloween fun, TL!