Hello! Thank you for joining us on our Winter in July Blog Hop! We’re excited to have you with us as we discuss our winter-set stories. Today we’re going to share with you what inspired us to write our winter books.
Paragraph: Christmas is one of the best times of the year and New York is one of my favorite cities in the whole world. Every year when I go home for the holidays, I exit the Amtrak Station and walk down 34th Street to the subway right across from Macy’s. The place is always a madhouse, that one block filled with shoppers and tourists and street vendors and Santas and traffic and music and laughter and frustration—a million stories just waiting to be written. And the place is legendary for its holiday magic after all. I couldn’t think of a better setting for a Christmas romance.
Bio: World-renowned neurosurgeon, jet fighter pilot, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all…in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.
Feedback, comments, opinions, words of wisdom, chocolate cake and the addresses of super hot men are always appreciated and encouraged. Please feel free to contact Lisa any time. www.LisaFoxRomance.com
Paragraph: My winter book, Simple Treasures, is set in Edinburgh, Scotland during Hogmanay, or New Year’s. This contemporary romantic suspense was inspired by my own trip to Edinburgh for New Year’s. Because that trip was at the start of the year I turned 40, I wanted my characters to experience life-changing events around the start of a new year as well. I included the rides, the concerts, the fireworks, the Torchlight Procession and every other cultural adventure I experienced. I hope my readers feel the excitement!
Bio: Alexa Bourne is a teacher by day and a romance writer by nights, weekends, and all school holidays. She also teaches online classes for writers throughout the year. She writes romantic suspense and contemporary romance and is thrilled to have the chance to share her love of Great Britain with readers everywhere. When she’s not concocting sinister plots and steamy love scenes or traveling and exploring new cultures, Alexa spends her time reading, watching brainless TV and thinking about exercising. She loves to interact with readers, so visit her web page (www.alexabourne.com), follow her on Twitter or drop her a note at Alexa@alexabourne.com!
Paragraph: Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always loved two things – vampires and redemption stories.
When I first started thinking about my 1Night Stand, my heroine came to me first, and she started telling me her side of the story. She explained the vampire attack and the resulting trauma. Then my hero piped up with his side of the story, and I knew that I had to write it. And the best part was that it fit into my favorite things. As far as setting the story in the frigid Albany cold, I have a secret love of winter. It’s beautiful and romantic (after all, more proposals occur in the winter months), a time for curling under a blanket with that special someone in front of a fireplace, and I thought it would be the perfect time of year for my characters to fall in love.
Bio: Catherine Peace has been telling stories for as long as she could remember. She often blames two things for her forays into speculative fiction—Syfy (when it was SciFi) channel Sundays with her dad and The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. She graduated in 2008 from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in English and is still chasing the dream of being super rich and famous, mostly so she can sit around in her PJs all day and write stories. When not being a slave to the people in her head, she’s a slave to two adorable dogs.
Paragraph: This one’s easy! Sometimes I have to travel north toward Albany on the New York State Thruway for work (and less occasionally, leisure: Hello, Woodbury Commons Outlet stores!) In the summer, there are sometimes Farmer’s Markets at the Thruway rest stops and I like to browse ‘em. There are always huge semis and 18-wheelers parked in the truck area, where the truckers can catch a few winks. A meal. Who knows what else? Hot plot bunnies hop around as I imagine what “who knows what else?” entails. Once, on the way back downstate, I got caught in a blizzard so bad that my knuckles whitened as I gripped the wheel and struggled to see the invisible taillights of the car in front of me. Driving in my car…to a little steamy Bruce ballad…in scary white-out conditions…thinking of sexy interludes at the rest stop to take my mind off the terror…that’s what inspired BLIZZARD!
Readers! We first meet Dagney Night, the heroine of FROST, in LIGHTNING, the first book in my Sleepy Hollow 1Night Stand series for Decadent Publishing. She is one of three sexy succubus sisters (Lily of LIGHTNING and ZENA, whose story you’ll get this summer in HEAT WAVE.) Dagney and Zena are trying to convince Lily that she desperately needs a hook-up. And they urge her to try Madame Eve’s exclusive dating service, 1Night Stand. Readers (and my editor) like Dag so much…she needed a story of her own!
Bio: Taryn Kincaid is a former award-winning reporter and columnist, covering everything from fires and homicides, to corrupt politicians and hero dogs. Nowadays, she haunts courthouses. Taryn reads all genres and writes paranormal and historical romance. She is the author of the Sleepy Hollow series–LIGHTNING, THUNDER, FROST, and coming soon HEAT WAVE — sexy paranormal romances for Decadent Publishing’s popular 1Night Stand series; BLIZZARD, a short erotic romance for Decadent’s The Edge line; HEALING HEARTS, a Regency romance from Carina Press, and SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS, an erotic paranormal romance from The Wild Rose Press.
Visit Taryn at her website http://tarynkincaid.com
Paragraph: Unlike several of the other authors, I didn’t have a wintertime book out already, so I decided to write a short story. Note: It’s darn hard to find inspiration for a freezing cold setting when it’s 100 degrees out and you’re sweating all over. Yes, it’s hot here in July. Very hot. So the thermometer was definitely not my friend. Luckily, I had written a story about two years ago about a Yeti. Yep, a snowman shape-shifter. Unfortunately, I’d never finished it.
So I dusted off the story and …. Added a little more and …. I just wasn’t feeling the Yeti. Nope. Nuh-uh. I was stuck. With the Yeti going nowhere fast and the deadline fast approaching, I went to Starbucks with a couple of writer friends and tried to pick their brains. Note: Be careful when you do that.
You see, one of my friends likes thieves for characters, and the other one suggested a solid gold dildo. I think you see where this is going. Let’s just say I had to be choosy about which plot elements to include…
Hope you think I made the right decisions!
Eva Lefoy writes and reads all kinds of romance, and is a certified Trekkie. She’s also terribly addicted to chocolate, tea, and hiking. One of these days, she’ll figure out the meaning of life, quit her job, and go travel the galaxy. Until then, she’s writing down all her dirty thoughts for the sake of future explorers.
Paragraph: For Two is Twice as Nice, I was inspired by a call for stories that either had a theme of either naughty or nice. While I was tossing around ideas, I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to focus on a bad boy or an all-American type hero. I had ideas for both, but nothing that really grabbed me and begged to be written. After a lot of false starts, I finally came to the conclusion that I didn’t need to decide between the two types of stories. I could write something that featured both! Thus, my first Christmas story and my first ménage were born.
Bio: Emily Cale spent the majority of her childhood as a visitor to the worlds of her favorite authors. With encouragement from her English teachers, she put pen to paper and began imagining her own stories. Preferring the fascinating lives of her characters, she majored in creative writing. When not lost in a manuscript or a good book, she enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and playing board games. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and a very spoiled cat.
Visit Emily on her website: www.emilycale.com
Buy Two is Twice as Nice: Amazon
*GIVEAWAY* All right! So, are you intrigued by any of these? Or all of them? Leave us a comment (with your email address) and you’ll be in the running for one of our awesome SIX prizes! We will be choosing 1 winner from each day of the blog hop and the person who comments the most during the blog hop will also win a prize! AND….if you want to see what else we’re up to or to leave comments on other days, here’s the list of our locations for this blog hop:
July 24th- Sara Brookes’ blog
July 25th- Literary Lagniappe (Hint: You’re already here)
July 26th- Get Lost in a Story Blog–
July 27th- Pink Fluffy Hearts Blog–
July 28th- Happily Ever After Thoughts blog–
Winners will be announced in the comment section after midnight EST on Sunday 7/28. (Literary Lagniappe winner will be announced on Monday at the normal time)