Monday, April 1, 2013

Tonya Kinzer - No BDSM this time - Just some 'good ole' Cowboy Erotic Romance! "Come Tame Me!"

Tonya:  Brenda and Steve, it's always great fun to hang out at your blog! I have a treat in store for our readers this week. I pinned Gabe Jackson down, asked him a few pointed questions and thought I'd share that interview here. Please welcome Gabe and should you have any questions, leave them in a comment and you'll also be included in a drawing I'll do on Sunday!

     Gabe, thank you for taking time out of your busy day to sit with me for a while. A woman who loves cowboys has to also love the smells of the barn and straw.

Gabe:  *gives Tonya his sexy smile* That's a true statement. I find it hard to believe a woman like you would be at home out here in the barn! The guys and I could wish that, but I can't envision you with a pitch fork in your hand, hon.

Tonya: I'd certainly give it a shot!

Gabe:  You'd break a nail, darlin'!

Tonya: *nodding* I probably I'll leave that to your cowgirls. Speaking of which, there seems to be one missing here at the ranch.

Gabe: *looking away toward the stalls, a sadness seeps into his features* She's been gone for ten years. The boss divorced her mother and took Cassi with her when she left. *Looking back at Tonya* We do have a few good women who clean the bunkhouse and cook for us though. We couldn't do without them!

Tonya: How long have you worked for Blake Mitchell? He's got quite a place here nestled in the Teton foothills.

Gabe: I've been with Blake for fifteen years. He's like a father to me. I've learned a lot about oil wells and investing thanks to him. *he twirls a piece of straw between his calloused fingers* I just wish he and Cassi could have gotten along better when she was here. Maybe because they're too much alike, who knows. She and I got along well and had a good relationship...a lot of good memories. *a huge smile is brightened by white teeth* I really think we could have had a good life if things hadn't gone bad just before she left.

Tonya: Can I ask what happened?

Gabe: *he shakes his head and looks at Tonya* It's not important...happened a long time ago and she asked me never to contact her again so....I've honored her wish. I've not tried to find her nor do I know where her mother took her. I do hope she's happy. I know Blake hasn't mentioned her whereabouts if he knows.

Tonya: Somehow I doubt you've moved on.

Gabe: My work here keeps me busy. Blake never had a son so I think I'm kind of that replacement for him. We do a lot together. He's taught me how to run the ranch, mend the fences, take care of the animals, birthing and a little bit of being a vet. Animals are a lot of work. I don't have time for a woman in my life right now. Blake needs me here. He's getting older and tries to keep up with the work but I've seen him slow down over the years. He's hard headed and stubborn.

Tonya: If you met the right woman, you might.

Gabe: That would mean I'd have to be looking...and I'm not. Watching the ranch thrive, teaching the guys how to ride so we can follow a few rodeos now and then keeps me busy. Blake's taken me with him a few times when he visits the oil fields and that's been eye-opening to someone who's been raised on a ranch. My family's in ranching over in Montana where my brother has taken over for my mother; dad passed several years ago. My brother isn't married yet either! Must run in the family maybe...

(A cowboy steps into the barn to ask Gabe for help with one of the bulls)

Tonya: Gabe, thanks for talking with me. Perhaps we can catch up again later.

Gabe: I'd like that *wink* Gotta run when the bulls get a bit unruly. Thank your readers for me. It's been fun! *he follows the other cowboy out to the pasture where a fence got broken and the bull ran off*

Tonya: *watching Gabe as he hurries away, his tight jeans surrounding a nice ass and thighs* Oh, sorry ladies! Damn! I sure wish each of you could meet him, too. I'll work harder to get book one, Come Tame Me, ready so you can download and meet Gabe on your own your own bed as you read perhaps! *wink* Thank you all for stopping in. I love to chat with you! Sign up for my newsletter on my websites! Muah!

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Monday, February 18, 2013

New Release! "The Wolf in the Neighborhood" by Phoenix Johnson

Brenda & Steve: Phoenix, welcome to our blog! We’re so excited you could join us for a chat. When did you first decide to submit your work to be published? Tell us what or who encouraged you to take this big step.

Phoenix: Hi, Brenda and Steve, great to be here!

I hadn’t written anything for quite some time, so when I finally took it back up, I was quite shy. Thankfully, my dear friend Vampirique Dezire helped me gain confidence, as did you both, and it was only a few months later that Naughty Nights Press began. It seemed kind of obvious, to me at least, that I should at least give it a go.

Brenda & Steve: Please tell us a little about your new release The Wolf in the Neighborhood without giving too much of a spoiler away.

Phoenix: This one actually came to me one night as I was drifting off to sleep. The first scene started playing itself in my head, and before I fell asleep and lost the idea, I wrote a note to myself on my phone.

It’s about a young author in Manhattan, Krissy; it’s about her sexy new neighbor with a dark secret, Derek. Their instant attraction is what they both need to heal hearts heavy from past relationships. However, through in a violent ex from Krissy’s past and a paranormal twist for Derek, and it makes for, what I believe, to be quite an interesting read!

Brenda & Steve: Love the cover! Do you plan all your characters out before you start a story or do they develop as you write?

Phoenix: I definitely prefer being a pantser. I can plan them out, but I find that the story flows a lot easier when I just let it flow. I love the surprises the characters have in store for me, means that hopefully the reader will be just as surprised! 

Brenda & Steve: How much research do you do for your books? Have you found any cool tidbits in your research?

Phoenix: It varies from book to book. With The Wolf in the Neighborhood, I had a friend who helped me with the military information, as well as another friend who helped me with the medical information. With the second book, I had to do some of my own research regarding city and town names, (I also did this in the first one), and then in the final one, I had to research the park they go camping in, as well as information on the known locations of Grey Wolves. Turns out there currently aren’t any in the New York area, like I needed. However, there are discussions to reintroduce the Grey Wolf to the Adirondack National Park. It was with this in mind that I settled on Adirondack; after all, for all we know, Wolf Smitten is set a few years in the future when there is an established pack in the forest. The freedom of fiction.

Brenda & Steve: Do you write full time? What did you do before you became a writer or still do?

Phoenix: I really wish I was! Unfortunately, I’ve started studying towards a Bachelor’s Degree, almost one year in. This has kept my writing time fairly limited. Throw in a 3-almost-4 year old, and it makes for an interesting time. However, I’m considering taking the next study session down to only one unit to give my brain a little rest, and so I can hopefully at least finish my first novel-length, stand-alone book, Persephone, as well as finish my cowboy themed short and get a good chuck of my first attempt at a Vampire novel written. So many to write, so little time!

Brenda & Steve: Oh, we know so well about 'so little time' for writing! LOL Please give us a sneak peek at your future books. What’s on the horizon?

Phoenix: Well, I did just mention three, so I’ll stick with these three and the remaining Wolf Smitten novellas. Once Bitten Twice Shy and Leader of The Pack sees Krissy and Derek face some more trials, and I’m pleased to say that Mike, the door attendant from the first book does come back. I really hope that readers find justice in the rest of their story. Once Bitten is waiting to be edited, I can’t wait to get this baby out there!

Persephone takes a step back to my “reading roots”; that is, similar to books I have been reading since I was a teenager. No, it’s not YA; I was an advanced reader. It’s paranormal, with a little romance and a lot of heartbreak. The things I’ve had to put Persephone through to get her where she needs to be… Let’s just say I’ve shed more than a few tears while writing this one.

Jeannie’s Cowboys (working title) is a short story with the cowboy theme. Jeannie is the manager for a cowboy themed kids restaurant, like Chucky Cheese. Chris and Tyler are two of the ‘cowboy’ entertainers; Chris grew up in the small town, while dark and mysterious Tyler is a hot-shot lawyer from the city, tired of the crowds and needing a slower paced life. I think you might be able to guess what happens here… A return to the naughtier side of story-telling.

Finally, The Coven. Think Underworld, but a totally different story line. I want The Coven to have the film noir feel to it, however. Arabella is the long lost Matriach of a great Vampire coven. After her grandmother’s murder, she went in to hiding from her enemy and former lover, Baylock. However, he finds her and is determined to drag her back to claim her throne, with him by her side. This is still in early stages, but I’m excited to see just what happens.

Brenda & Steve: Oh, all three sound like delicious reads. What is your favorite genre to read and who is your favorite author?

Phoenix: Paranormal, hands down. Whether it has elements from other genres or not, doesn’t faze me. But I love the ‘weird and wonderful’ that is part of paranormal. Just magical. I have a couple favorite paranormal authors; hands down number one is Anne Bishop with her Black Jewels novels. I can read them in any order, understand perfectly where in the story I am and cry helplessly every single time. Love it. A close second, however, is my dear fellow Aussie, Kim Faulks. Fire and Ice, No Angel, her series’ are gritty, fast paced and addictive. Wonderful blend, and her take on paranormal creatures is fascinating. She doesn’t change the fundamental elements, yet her creatures are still unique to her. Fabulous!

Brenda & Steve: (Brenda) I read Kim's book Reclaimed. I loved it! Is there anything else you would like to tell the readers we have not touched on?

Phoenix: I was a little stumped on this… So I put the question out there on my Facebook page. Had a great answer: personal dreams. So sure, a few of my personal dreams. Well, there’s the usual; own our own house, have a few horses, happy, healthy and all that. But then I also want to travel. We both want to go to Japan, but I’d also love to visit the states to meet some of my wonderful author friends, and go to England to see Tintagel, and the Harry Potter site-seeing spots. Oh, and of course do the nerdy New Zealand visit to where they shot The Lord of The Rings. I’m a big time nerd!

Brenda & Steve: Where can the readers learn more about you and find your books on the web? 

Phoenix: I run my blog, The Naughty Pages of The Phoenix, where most Wednesdays you can read a hook from one of my many stories, finished or still in progress. I also have my own Web site. Both of these have direct links to buy The Wolf in the Neighborhood from Naughty Nights Press, though it is also available at AllRomance eBooks, Amazon and Smashwords. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, and you can also request my authorgraph and even check out my AmazonAuthor Page.

Brenda & Steve: Phoenix, thank you for visiting with us this week. Readers, be sure to visit Phoenix's sites and follow her for updates on her future releases. Phoenix also provides book reviews on her blog. Find new authors and great books to read.

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Book One in The Wolf Smitten Series

What do you do when your past comes back to haunt you?
Could a dark secret revealed by a new lover be something you could overlook just to have him?
What kind of secrets could you learn to live with for true love?

Krissy has a hunky new neighbor with a dark secret; Derek is a vet with an interesting past. They hit it off quickly but when Krissy’s abusive ex, James comes to town, Derek shows a side Krissy never could have guessed, but James refuses to give up.

Can Derek’s secret save them, or will James have his revenge?

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Tonya Kinzer's WIP - Come Tame Me, Wild Fillies Book 1

Tonya Kinzer has a new release late March 2013! Tonya is busy writing, editing and promoting. She has a soft spot for a sexy cowboy and so will Cassandra in Come Tame Me. And look who is on the cover! Jimmy Thomas! Raise your hand if you liked to be tamed!  LOL

Cassandra's sharp shooting skills surpass even the men who compete and those same skills come in handy when she's presented with the challenge of taking back her father's ranch. She's been gone ten years and knows the men will think she's just a high-maintenance female from back east. They'll all have a surprise when she starts giving the orders and takes back what belongs to her!

You can read a chapter on fReado and keep an eye out for Tonya's updates on her blog.
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Tonya was a guest on Wild and Wicked Cowboys. Click here to learn more about Come Tame Me!