Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The Girl Most Likely - and a Guest Spot

Hi All,

First let me tell you thank you so much for a great weekend! Also, today I am over at Dawn's Blog today for a review of An Alpha's Path. Out Dec 5th. We are also running a contest there. So be sure to check it out.

Over here, though, I have the lovely Jana Richards in an Interview. :-)

Tell me about The Girl Most Likely.

Cara McLeod finds herself at a place she really doesn’t want to be. She’s forty-three, divorced, a single mother, and working an entry level job. And she’s overweight and out of shape. Her life wasn’t supposed to be like this. She had so many dreams in high school. She was going to have a high-profile, high salary career, while at the same time having the perfect marriage and being the perfect mother.
And then real life happens.
After high school she married Peter, her high school sweetheart. She put him through dentistry school by working menial jobs, with the understanding that it would be her turn to go to school once his studies were completed. But by that time, she was pregnant with her first daughter and becoming a high rolling financier didn’t seem so important anymore.
Fast forward several years. Cara now has two teenage daughters. On her fortieth birthday, Peter drops a bombshell: he wants a divorce. He wants more excitement in his life, and frankly he doesn’t find Cara attractive anymore. She’s devastated and humiliated, but for the sake of her children she carries on. After selling the house she shared with Peter she buys a small condo, and then gets a job as a junior assistant (aka gopher) at a local TV station. For three years things chug along in a predictable rut until she receives an invitation to attend her 25th  high school reunion. The invitation throws Cara into a panic; how can she attend this reunion twenty-five pounds overweight and divorced? She was supposed to be “the girl most likely”, the girl with the perfect life. Some perfect life.
Her first instinct is not to go to the reunion, but when she’s cajoled into attending by her daughters and her best friend, her pride demands she improve her appearance first. She enlists the help of personal trainer Finn Cooper, who she met at her TV station when he was a guest. She can’t deny she finds Finn attractive, but she can’t believe a younger, gorgeous man like Finn would ever reciprocate the feeling. There could never be anything between them. Could there?
Cara is everything Finn wants in a woman. She’s funny, kind, and beautiful. But unfortunately she can’t see how terrific she is. Finn sets aside his own insecurities to convince her that she’s the girl most likely to win his heart. 

Rate The Girl Most Likely in terms of steaminess.

I’d say that Finn and Cara rate at least 4 rumpled bedsheets out of 5!


Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance Author?

Suzanne Brockman is my favorite contemporary romance author. I love the strength of her characters, their humor, their humanity. They feel like real people to me, albeit, really good-looking, kick-ass real people!


What is your favorite Contemporary Romance series/book?

I’m really enjoying Brockman’s Seal Team 16 series right now. Over the years I’ve also enjoyed many of Nora Roberts’ contemporary series such as the Seaswept series set in the Chesapeake Bay area. I’m actually a sucker for series because it’s so great to find out what happens with characters I grow to love once they get to their happy ending.

Who is your favorite Contemporary Romance character? Why?

That’s a really tough question, I like so many characters. But one of my favorites is Tucker Longstreet, Nora Roberts’ hero in Carnal Innocence. I read the book years ago but Tucker’s character has stayed with me. The thing I found so fascinating about him, and what I suspect his love interest in the book, Caroline Waverly, also found intriguing, was that at the beginning of the book he comes off as some kind of shallow playboy. He acts like he doesn’t have a care in the world or a serious bone in his body. He makes sure his relationships with women are short and sweet. But then gradually we (and Caroline) start to see that he is much deeper than he likes to let on. He’s fiercely loyal to his family, and though he pretends not to care, he’s the one keeping the family business afloat. One of my favorite scenes is when he can’t provide an alibi after a murder because he was just at home alone, reading a book of poetry, and he knew no one would believe him!

I didn’t like Tucker much when I first started reading the book, but as Roberts skillfully peels back the layers of his character to reveal the true man, I fell in love. You always remember the ones you fall for real hard. Sigh.

If you could take that person out for a date, what would you do? Details Please!

Perhaps we’d talk about poetry. Or not. I hear that summer nights in the South are very, very hot and steamy!


Cara – What was your first impression of Finn?

That he was one of the most gorgeous men I’d ever met. He has the most beautiful blue eyes... It’s crazy, but for a moment when I first met him, I thought he was actually interested in me too. But then I realized his only interest in me was as a client. That brought me crashing back to earth in a hurry. What was I thinking? Why would someone as attractive – and as young – as Finn, be interested in someone like me?

Cara – What is your favorite part about him?

If we’re talking body parts, it’s a toss-up between his beautiful blue eyes and his buns of steel. If we’re talking character and personality, it’s the beauty of his soul. Finn is kind and gentle. He’s treated my daughters and me with compassion and understanding. But I’ve learned things about him that make me love his strength and determination.

Finn – What was your first impression of Cara?

That she was a beautiful woman hiding beneath baggy clothes. She was also tough and determined, with a self-deprecating sense of humor. I definitely wanted to get to know her better – if she’d let me.

Finn – What is your favorite part about her?

Her interest in other people, her willingness to listen, her fairness. I guess that’s more than one thing, but then there are many things I love about Cara.

Jana – What is next for you? Is The Girl Most Likely part of a series?

Actually, The Girl Most Likely is part of the Class of ’85 series from The Wild Rose Press. The series revolves around the graduates of Summerville High School as they return for their 25th reunion. This is a multi-author series and I’m thrilled to have my story included in this group.

What’s next for me is a step back in time. My novella Home Fires has just been contracted with The Wild Rose Press. British nurse Anne Wakefield travels to Canada in 1945 to marry her fiancé, a Canadian soldier she met during the war. But when she arrives, she finds that her fiancé has already married someone else. Devastated, Anne picks up the pieces of her life. The kindness of her ex-fiancé’s brother Eric helps to heal her pain. When his mother suggests marriage, she must decide whether to return to England, or to take a second chance on love – this time with Eric. But can he forget that Anne loved his brother first?
Carrie Ann, thank you for letting me visit your blog today to tell you a little about my new release. All the best!

Jana

Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy.  She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side.  She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.

When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.

Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, along with two university aged daughters and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou.

Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jana-Richards/157005711005866


Blurb:

Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own words, “fat, frumpy, and over forty.” The thought of facing former classmates—and the ex-husband who dumped her—at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal Trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help—but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous?

Finn thinks Cara is perfect just the way she is. She’s everything he wants in a woman, except for one thing—she can’t get past the fact that he's eight years younger. To Finn, age and weight are just numbers. But can he convince Cara the numbers she worries about add up to only one thing for him—love?

Excerpts:


“I think you’re beautiful. You know that, don’t you?”
No, she really didn’t know that, but she nodded anyway. What happened when he woke up one morning and realized that she had a few more lines on her face? Would he still think she was beautiful or would he tire of her, just as Peter had?
“Are you sorry about last night?”
Her head rose sharply. He looked away, not meeting her gaze. However mixed up she felt this morning, she couldn’t let Finn feel that he’d somehow failed her. Setting her mug on the night table on her side of the bed, she caressed his unshaven cheek.
“Of course I’m not sorry. I loved our night together. Don’t mind me, Finn. I’m in a mood this morning.”
He tugged at her sheet once more. “Then let go of the sheet and let me hold you before I have to go.”
Cara held her sheet tighter. It was one thing to get undressed in the dark and another to let him see her body in the cruel light of day. “No, please. I’d rather not.”
Would he look at her in the cold morning light and see all her imperfections, her scars, her forty-three years of living? Would he look at her and want to trade her in for a newer model? 




Monday, November 28, 2011

Guest Blogging with Jessica Subject

Hi All!

I'm over at Jessica Subject's today. We sat down and I anwered some questions about me and my world. Scary, I know. It's just one week until I become a published author! Whoot! Aren't you excited? Well I am.

I'm giving away a prize and talking about An Alpha's Path over at Jessica's. But I would like to know what were you feeling the week before your debut release? If you aren't an author, but a reader, what do you think about it? Talk to me!

Jump on over to Jessica's today too! Thank you so much!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

New Year BlogHop Sign Up

Hi All!

I will be running a New Year Blog Hop on Jan 4th!!!

I thought we all would write about our favorite New Year memory.

It will run throughout the day and I will be giving away a prize, and I hope other authors will as well.

Please sign up through the linky tool set if you want to join! Tell your friends! ALL authors and reviewers are welcome!

Blog Hops are a great way of meeting new people and free advertising! Email me at carrieannryanwrites@gmail.com if you have any questions.

Six Sentence Sunday - #20


Hi All, 

Below is a snippet from my upcoming release, An Alpha's Path. Out Dec 5th. Yep, a WEEK from tomorrow! :-)



He kissed her brow but heard no response as she was already peacefully asleep. He held her in his arms and whispered into her hair, “and soon baby, you are going to be my wife and my mate. No running, just hope.” He just needed to tell her that. Oh, and the fact that he was a hundred year old werewolf that wanted to bring her unsuspecting into his world. No problem there.






Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Soul Mates in Real Life





One of my dearest author friends, Rebecca Royce, is back to visit! Love her. She's the reason I put pen to paper, so please everyone give her a hand! 



Rebecca is giving away  a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour -- Please follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better yourchances of winning. Click the logo to find the tour dates




Soul Mates In Real Life

When I first met my husband, who is the love of my life and the reason, I believe, for all of my dreams coming true, it felt like the universe had shifted when we fell in love. How did a girl from small town New Jersey end up marrying a gorgeous southern boy from exotic New Orleans?  We had a dream wedding. It was fantastic. 

These days, my soul mate and I still have a wonderful life.  We have 3 beautiful boys, great friends, family, and activities we adore doing together. I am so so so lucky.

But, soul mates in real life can go something like this:

My husband: Rebecca, are you going to pick up your clothes?
Me: Um
My husband: Really? Are you?
Me: Um. 

He is neater than I am.  In our books, we don’t write about the trials of sharing chores and responsibility. Really, who would want to read about two people arguing about laundry?

In Love Beyond Sanity, there isn’t time for the mundane. Not while they are fighting for their lives. I actually like to think that if the Outsiders complete their task, they will have time to worry about who needs to do the dishes. 

Rebecca rocks. Just saying. I've read this series, and LOVE it. 

As a teenager, Rebecca Royce would hide in her room to read her favorite romance novels when she was supposed to be doing her homework. She hopes, these days, that her parents think it was well worth it.

Rebecca is the mother of three adorable boys and is fortunate to be married to her best friend. They live in northern New Jersey and try not to freeze too badly during the winter months.

She's in love with science fiction, fantasy, and the paranormal and tries to use all of these elements in her writing. She's been told she's a little bloodthirsty so she hopes that when you read her work you'll enjoy the action packed ride that always ends in romance. Rebecca loves to write series because she loves to see characters develop over time and it always makes her happy to see her favorite characters make guest appearances in other books.

In Rebecca Royce's world anything is possible, anything can happen, and you should suspect that it will.

http://www.rebeccaroyce.com
http://www.rebeccaroyce.blogspot.com

BLURB:
Eighteen years earlier, Charma lost her destined soul mate. Convinced he must be dead, she kept her fears to herself so as not to destroy the morale of the Outsiders who already live with a shaky prophecy as their only guide.
Dr. Jason Randall is a man used to getting what he wants. There has never been a problem he couldn't out think or a situation he wasn't capable of handling.
Now they are both hunted by not one but two demons as they lead the slowly forming group of Outsiders out of the darkness and back into the light. The two strong souls will have to decide if prophecy alone is enough reason to stay together through insane odds...or if love is their true fate.

EXCERPT:
Jason shook his head. This wasn't going to be easy. Maybe her arrival was a good thing. Maybe she was another piece of the puzzle he needed to solve his dilemma. "Self-loathing, the woman I've invented to come here and cause me tremendous pain as a way to punish myself for killing a man who assaulted me in the parking lot." Jason gestured around the hillside. "This whole thing is one giant guilt trip."
Standing up, her eyebrows pressed inward, and she held a confused look in her eyes. They seemed to be searching for something but he wasn't clear on what.
Finally, she spoke. "Listen to me very carefully. So much of what you just said makes no sense to me and we have zero time to sort it out. I'm not sure how to convince you that what I'm about to tell you is the absolute truth but it is. This is not some grand illusion. Not really."
"That's just what a falsehood that didn't want to be proven wrong would say."


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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Advice To Women About Men - From a Man

             I found RJ Silver's book online one day because of the title: The Princess and the Penis. O_o Yep, it was that amazing. Please go forth and read it. I mentioned it on twitter and one thing let to another and now RJ is here to give us his, ahem, wisdom. Love it. 



                                                         RJ’s Advice To Women About Men

Perusing the web looking for humorous subjects on men and women, as I often do, I couldn’t help notice the other day the enormous number of websites devoted to giving women advice on men.

Some resemble car maintenance sites, with headings like, “How to Make A Man Fall In Love With You”, “How To Get Him to Talk About His Feelings”, and the rather peculiar, “How to Get A Guy To Notice You When You’re Having Sex With Him”.

Excuse me for saying this, but if your guy doesn’t notice you when you’re having sex with him, you need a lot more than advice to tune him in. Try an alarm clock across the side of the head.

What struck me as particularly odd was that many of these articles were written by men, most as elaborate advertisements for an advice book. Apparently, guys will share their deepest feelings with you, but only if you provide a credit card first.

I was also struck by the varied female interpretations of male behavior. Having read numerous of these, it occurred to me that if a man was staring at the living room wall, twenty women would come up with twenty different explanations as to why, ranging from reliving childhood trauma to contemplating a breakup.

The truth? He’s probably worried you’re going to ask him to paint.

Otherwise, to understand what a man is thinking, you can use the following guide:
  1. If he’s asking about food or eating food, he’s thinking about food.
  2. If he’s watching sports or talking about sports, he’s thinking about sports.
  3. The rest of the time, he’s pretty much thinking about sex.
There is one exception to this: if he has a blank look on his face, that’s because he’s not thinking anything at all. This happens a couple of times a day when his DOS 2.1 brain freezes and requires a reboot. Do not pepper him with questions during a reboot, as his unresponsiveness will only irritate you. Simply wait until he beeps and then re-start the whole conversation over again.

I know what you’re thinking. It can’t be that easy. What about all the complexities of life? The nuances of love, relationships, family, and all that stuff?

Don’t you understand? That’s why us men so desperately need women in our lives. Those things are important to us, too, but without you, we don’t have a clue how to go about them. They’re like Mac OS 10.7, and, sorry, we’re just not capable of running such advanced software on our own.

A beautiful, chaste, and completely naive princess encounters a strange lump in her mattress. The lump soon morphs into a shape familiar to everyone but her, triggering her curiosity and her father’s greatest fears. He frantically tries to intervene, but having a large phantom phallus in a curious maiden’s bed is never a good combination.

Gerry Lankin has a problem. All his life, women have been hitting him over the head, usually for good reason. Recognizing he's at fault, he's about to make big changes in his life, when he bumps into three older men at the airport. They convince him that the key to romantic happiness isn't self-improvement; it's finding a woman with low expectations.
Gerry's about to discover just how wrong three old men can be.


A billionaire playboy uses his vast wealth to pursue fantasy-based relationships with women, most recently a ballerina, a gymnast, and a yoga master. Unfortunately, every time he obtains his fantasy, it evaporates on him in hilarious fashion. It takes an accidental encounter with Anna, a chocoholic poet, to show him the true meaning of love.









ABOUT RJ
I’m a little green alien who loves writing stories that cheer people up and add something positive to the world.
When I’m not doing that, I live in Bangkok, Thailand with my Thai fiancée, working toward helping underprivileged children there.
My artist’s name is Scott Fiander.




Monday, November 21, 2011

Redeemable Heroes: Fever with Joan Swan


FEVER

When Dr. Alyssa Foster is taken hostage by a prison inmate, she knows she's in deep trouble. Not just because Teague Creek is desperate for freedom, but because the moment his fingers brush against her skin, Alyssa feels a razor-sharp pang of need...



A man with a life sentence has nothing to lose. At least Teague doesn't, until his escape plan develops a fatal flaw: Alyssa. On the run from both the law and deadly undercover operatives, he can only give her lies, but every heated kiss tells him the fire between them could be just as devastating as the flames that changed him forever...



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I’d like to thank Carrie for having me today. People are always commenting on how busy I am and how much I do, but I can’t quite fathom how Carrie has kept everything together these last several weeks—her blog, her writing, her life—with everything that’s been going on with her husband’s health lately. I work in a teaching hospital and I see people like Carrie every day, living hours from home, sleeping on pull-out chairs, eating hospital cafeteria food, waking every couple hours as staff come in to tend to their family member. To say it’s a rough existence would be a severe understatement.





Kudos, Carrie. Your hubby is truly a lucky man.



My debut novel, FEVER, also begins in a hospital setting, not all that unusual considering I spend so much time there—write what you know, right? My heroine, Alyssa Foster, a radiology fellow, is abducted by a convicted murderer, Teague Creek, in an escape attempt. Yep, you guessed it—he’s my hero. And he’s not a nice guy. He’s got a life sentence. With nothing to lose. And he’s desperate.



I suppose it’s a risky way to start a book—with an unlikeable hero. I don’t recall giving that a lot of consideration while I was writing, though now, as I promote the book and post excerpts in hopes of drawing readers, I have to admit, I’ve done a bit of nail biting in fear of turning readers off.



But recently my agent said something that helped ease my apprehension. She said that one of my strengths is putting my characters in impossible situations in unique ways that compel readers to read on. Which, of course, is good, because Teague does become more likable when we switch to his point of view in chapter two.



What makes Teague unlikeable in chapter one?

  • He’s portrayed as a white supremacist
  • He’s portrayed as a murderer
  • He puts chain around Alyssa’s neck
  • He threatens her
  • He physically hurts her
  • He puts her in harm’s way

How do I take the edge off and give him at least a shadow of redeemable qualities?

  • He’s hot (come on, you know this counts!)
  • He doesn’t cause her any undo/additional harm or pain
  • He doesn’t cause the guards any harm or pain when he abducts her
  • He’s smooth, in control
  • He’s smart
  • In comparison to his partner (a fellow prisoner/escapee), he’s Prince Charming
  • He guards her against the psycho partner




Subtle elements in a character’s personality can keep a questionable character above that redemption line, though, there are many, many authors who don’t bother with redeemable characters in heroes. And many readers love a pure no-excuse, take-me-as-I-am Alpha. Many have been and continue to be best sellers.



Personally, that’s not me. I love strength and drive and passion, don’t get me wrong. I don’t even mind a little bullying or back talking when it suits the situation or the character arc (both Teague and Alyssa are strong and mouthy!), but I can’t fall for a hero without compassion or a kind spot in his soul for the woman he loves.




How about you? Are you a raw Alpha hero-lover? Or do you need a softer side in your heroes? 





BONUS: Get an extra entry if you head over to my website, read chapter one of FEVER and tell me if Teague has any redeeming qualities. (Be honest…saying yes doesn’t guarantee a win!)








Joan Swan is a triple RWA® Golden Heart finalist, and a double Kiss of Death Daphne Du Maurier finalist. She writes sexy romantic suspense with a paranormal twist, and her first novel with Kensington Brava, FEVER, debuts March, 2012. Her second book, BLAZE, follows in October, 2012.  Currently, she works as a sonographer at a one of the top ten medical facilities in the nation, and lives in magnificent wine country on the central coast of California with her husband and two daughters.



You can find Joan at her website, Twitter and Facebook.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - #19



From An Alpha's Path, Book 1 in the Redwood Pack series. (Out Dec 5th)





Ben and Jerry’s Karmal Sutra ice cream was manna. The creamy caramel and chocolate fudge ice creams surrounded a thick column of caramel goodness. Mel sighed in ecstasy as she let another spoonful melt on her tongue, the flavors cascading in an almost orgasmic symphony.


And this was as good as it got. Ice cream and the Discovery Channel on a Saturday night. No men or sex for her. 




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Friday, November 18, 2011

Come "Hang" with Casea Major - How Big is Too Big?

Hi All!
Many things going today. First off, I'm at the Gemma Parkes' blog today on the second stop of my An Alpha's Path Blog Tour! Come by and check it out at you can win a FREE ARC ecopy of An Alpha's Path!


And I'm happy to say that I have Casea Major on the Blog Today!




Come Hang with Casea Major as she asks – How big is too big?

WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS GRAPHIC LANGUAGE AND ADULT CONTENT.

Chio Pino, the hero in my current release Pinocchio Syndrome, has a fun problem.  His dick grows an inch every time he tells a lie, and oh, how the ladies love for Chio to lie. 
So today I'm asking the question, can a man be "too big"?
Think about it and let me know.  I'm giving away a copy of my book to one of the commentators.
In searching the internet, I found some interesting information (lots of it).  In general, when it comes to penises, (Yes. That is the plural.) men appear to be more concerned than women about the size of their member.
In surveys taken by various men's health organizations, statistics show the average erect male penis is between 5.5 to 6.5 inches in length with a circumference of 4.5 to 5.5 inches. 
What strikes me about these numbers is that the circumference is almost as long as the length.  Who knew?  I never imagined that most men are nearly as thick around as they are long.  Perhaps that doesn't come as a shock to some, but I find that a little hard to swallow. (Had to go there - LOL)
Researchers have also found that the average length of a woman's vaginal canal is 5 to 7 inches.  It seems the design of male and female bodies work in harmony, and while there are always variations, in general they fit together. 
Here is a map of average penis sizes around the world. Lot of food for thought in there.
What I also found was many of the message boards on the men's health sites reflected major concerns with the size of their penises.  Some bragged.  Others lamented, but the consensus was 'bigger is better'.  Unfortunately, this desire for a long or thick penis is misplaced, because what I found on the women's health boards was the exact opposite.  Many proclaimed, 'my man is too big, and it hurts to have sex'.
I don't know about you guys, but I think this is ironic.  Reality is such a paradigm shift from fantasy.  As an erotic romance author, my heroes sometime have large penises.  But in reality, unless the woman is used to large quantities of maleness, a penis over 8 inches can be painful.  Oral and anal sex can also be more difficult with an overly large member.
So men, take heart.  If what you have gets the job done, you don’t need industrial size.  Bigger is not always better.  So yes, size does matter but not necessarily in the way you think, and according to what I found a man can be too big.
So now you tell me, does size matter to you?  Can your partner be too big?  



You can find me at my blog: http://caseamajor.wordpress.com/
Pinocchio Syndrome, A Twisted Tale, is currently on SALE for .99 at AMAZON and ALL ROMANCE EBOOKS.  
Casea Major has taken the wonderful Italian fairy tale, Pinocchio, and blended it with contemporary language and sizzling love scenes to create an erotic retelling a' la The Sopranos. Chio's strong voice, funny and foul, is the primary source of humor that runs through the story. Don't miss this opportunity for a funny, sexy, hot summer romance.
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Wiseguy Chio Pino is assigned to protect the mob boss’ daughter, but she wants more than his protection. With her cleaver-wielding father on his ass, Chio’s problems are growing like his dick when he lies. Can he resist her advances, or will he lose his man part and his heart?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Finding Your Niche - Jimmy Petrosino


Welcome Guest Blogger Jimmy Petrosino!!!!

                                                                     Finding Your Niche


           The moment I saw the Baptism scene in “The Godfather” is the moment I fell in love with crime fiction. I had to be like 10 years old when I first saw that movie. I became instantly enthralled by the characters and the 1940’s setting. Years later I would finally read Mario Puzo’s novel of the same name and realized then there was so much more to the story than what the movie showed.

           Adding to my crime intrigue was my father’s background. He was a bank fraud investigator who comes from a long line of decorated NYC police detectives (his father, uncle and great uncle). His great uncle even has a park in Little Italy named after him.  During the holidays I would hear all kinds of stories regarding cops and gangsters from back in the day—NYC of the 1900s through 30’s. My father even had cousins who years later were mobbed up, allegedly. I could probably write my own "Boardwalk Empire" from the stories I’ve heard.

              Over the years I’ve read books from numerous crime authors like James Paterson, Michael Connelly and Karin Slaughter, and hardcore thriller writers like Dean Koontz. Their use of suspense and tension drew me in.  I began to write stories, living through it as either hero or the bad guy. Whether it be a beat down, heist, or a hit, being able take part in it in my make-believe world and not face the repercussions that would come with doing so in reality is not just fun but  also therapeutic. 
I can’t say that crime fiction or thrillers will always be my forte. I do love and write horror but my horror tends to be on the normal everyday person rather than zombies, vampires or ghouls.  I find the hit man from “No Country for Old Men” much more horrifying than the zombies from The Walking Dead. The Dean’s List has that person element; the horror of how people, in this case college kids, could have such a dark side and be a part of something so violent.

             Crime I see on the news or hear in stories makes for good material for crime fiction. But in no way do I wanna recreate the same old story and just  reconstruct it with a slight twist, then call it my own. The Dean’s List isn’t going to win top literary prizes anytime soon, but I did what I set out to do, that was to create an entertaining story that hadn’t been touched on yet, at least not in the crime genre. Maybe, after many more novels, I can have “The Dean’s List” synonymous with crime fiction. Hey, a man can dream can’t he?


In his debut novel The Dean's List, Jimmy Petrosino tells an exciting and fast-paced tale of a college student who becomes president of fraternity Phi Beta Regnum. Once he takes over the post, he begins to run the group, a cover for an undercover crime syndicate created by one of the most ruthless mobsters in the world, Alfred Calarone. Seeing how much revenue could be generated on a university campus, Calarone took his successful mafia blueprint and implemented it into the fraternity at Filmore University, using teenagers with troubled pasts to do his dirty work.
Dean Perrasani is captivated by his new role, hoping to build on the legacy of his older brother, Tyler, a former president of Regnum killed years before in a “car accident.” When Dean wants to run the organization as a legitimate enterprise, his bosses deem him too powerful and he begins to experience the violence and fear that comes with the job. The clock is ticking for Dean. In this “Godfather” meets “The Social Network” story, will he able to succeed in his ultimate goal—revenge for his brother’s murder?
About the Author
Jimmy Petrosino discovered his love for writing in his teens, therapeutically jotting his feelings down on paper. What started as a diary of poems and writing slogans in a brief stint with a greeting card company turned into screenplays, one of which is currently in development with Hollywood producers. The youngest of five brothers in an Italian American family, Jimmy grew up listening to exciting stories at the dinner table about family members who worked as detectives, and their battles with some of the city’s most notorious criminals. He was inspired to write The Dean's List by his father, who comes from a long line of dedicated New York City Police Detectives. His great uncle was Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino and has a park in Little Italy named after him. Jimmy recently finished a young adult thriller about a teenage boy who suffers a near death experience.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday - #18


From An Alpha's Path, Book 1 of the Redwood Pack series. (Out Dec 5th)




Rage swept through his system. Blood pounded in his ears as Kade let out a gut-wrenching howl.
Not again.
He thought he was done with this indecision and fighting shit when he gave up Tracy. Was fate cruel enough to repeat his pain? Apparently so. 






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Friday, November 11, 2011

One Knight in Brooklyn with Casea Major



Hi All! I have my friend and fellow author Casea Major with me today to talk about her novel One Knight in Brooklyn!

Tell me about One Knight in Brooklyn.
One Knight in Brooklyn stemmed from the idea of a 1-night stand with Robin Hood. It's a short erotic comedy romance with time travel and fantasy elements but with contemporary characters.
Most fairytales seem to be set during the Middle Ages.  That's where you find the lion's share of handsome princes or knights in shining armor, right?  That's what Marianne, my heroine thinks, too.
But I wondered what would a modern day knight look like and where might we find one?  Could we even find one?  You'll have to read the story for my take on the modern day KISA (Knight in shining armor)
My inspiration was to take an idealistic young woman and put her in a situation that, by all appearances looked like her fairytale fantasy come true.  Then I wanted to completely shatter her unrealistic ideas with a heavy dose of reality and see what would happen.  What ensues is a fun, zany adventure in Sherwood Forest that forces her to reevaluate her expectations.  It leads her to the conclusion that heroes come in all shapes and sizes and actions speak louder than words.

Why did you decide to join the 1 Night Stand series?

                This summer I saw a call for submissions for this thing called the 1-Night Stand Series. I had never heard of it, but I had heard of Decadent Publishing and knew I would love to be an in-house author for them.

The idea of a short story that centered around a one night stand and various pre-established places and characters sounded fun and ingenious. Apparently it did to a lot of people because my story is the 42nd in the series, and there are almost 60 in print now. In fact, three critique partners who read my story ended up writing one of their own.

Many of the authors write more than one. They are addictive to read and write. Usually fun, quick and sexy, they don't disappoint.

Do you believe you can find a soul mate in one night?

               That depends.  I think, yes it's possible, but rare. Madame Eve's unique abilities up the likelihood but it is interesting to see if it can happen.

Who is your favorite romance character?

                People who know me well know that Jamie Frasier is my all-time favorite romance hero. And for those few who are reading this post and have not yet experienced him I say – Go get Outlander by Diana Galbadon. Trust me. Rhett Butler is probably my second favorite.

If you could take that romance character on a date, what would you do? Details please! *wink*

              Well since I'm married, I'll have to keep it clean but I certainly would spend a lot of time looking him over. He is described in amazing detail and his person is written in such a way that makes him as real as many actual people I've met. In addition, the insight into his character is delicately hidden in his actions in the book. His subtlety is what adds dimension and complexity to him. I dream of writing a Hero as well defined and worthy of love.

Rate One Knight in Brooklyn in terms of hotness (Make up your own fun scale here J )

I love this question because One Knight in Brooklyn is super-hot. One a scale of 1-70, it would be a molten 69, and I mean that in every sense the number implies. But of course I wrote it, I would think that. You read it Carrie Ann.  What did you think?

Marianne - What was your first impression of Robert?
               Well, that is the question isn't it? Do you mean before or after I heard him speak? LOL
When I first saw him, I believed him to be a god sent from heaven just for me. But then he spoke and I thought somehow I'd been misdirected to a new episode of Jersey Shore.

Marianne - What is your favorite part about him?
               
             **giggles uncontrollably** Robert growls, What's so fuckin' funny, Dallas? **keeps giggling** Seriously, my favorite part about Robert is his caring nature and genuine desire to help.(and other things that are none of your business)
Robert - What was your first impression of Marianne?
               
           That she was a smokin' hot beautiful woman with a smart mouth and a fine, tight—
Marianne yells, Robert!
Robert - What is your favorite part about her?
                
             Everything. I knew she was the perfect girl for me the minute I laid her. Marianne snarls, Robert!                               **chuckles** I mean the minute I laid eyes on her.

Casea – Are you planning on writing more for the 1 Night Stand Series? Will you be writing more in the One Knight in Brooklyn world? What’s next for you?

I am currently working on another 1Night Stand called Night with a Dom. I hope to have it submitted by the end of November. Keep your fingers crossed it's accepted. It's a little more sexually daring but still with a strong emotional connection and I can't live without a little humor.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Getting Over Betrayal. Fiction vs Real Life. Is there a Difference?





Getting Over Betrayal. Fiction vs Real Life. Is there a Difference?

First of all, I’m thrilled to be here. Thank you so much, Carrie Ann, for hosting a leg of the “Rachel Dahlrumple” release tour!

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Betrayal. What is a story without betrayal in some form, and who can go through life without betraying someone, somewhere along the line? Or having it done to them?
I bet each person you talk to could tell at least five stories of betrayal right off the top of their heads. One would be horrendously hurtful and awful to the teller, the rest varying in degrees of hurt. I know I have one that springs to the top each time I think about it. I also choose to not think about such things very often. For the most part, it’s pointless. The person I’m holding a grudge against would surely tell a different side to the story, and before you know it, old wounds are open and the cold war deepens.
Do I dismiss the memories because I’ve forgiven and forgotten? Well, forgotten, or rather not, is a given. Forgiven, well, that’s trickier.
In fiction, however, if the hero and heroine are to move on and find their Happily Ever After, they must forgive one another. Otherwise, how can they be worthy of true love forever? In order to reach their goal, they must talk, forgive, and the best part, make up. The deeper the hurt, the sweeter the making up.
And isn’t that the reader pay-off? The keeping of the promise made at the beginning of the book? If only real life were so idyllic. However, conflict (i.e. often portrayed by a betrayal) is what kicks up the story, heightens the tension, glues the reader to the book, madly turning pages in their quest to see love triumph over all the tortures the author throws at their characters.
I also admit that torturing my characters is very difficult for me. I’m non-confrontational. (I can hear my crit partners now. They’re laughing their heads off. “What is the conflict? Huh? What is it?”) Conflict makes me squirm. I cringe when writing scenes that drive the hero and heroine apart. It rips my heart out. I’ve been known to cry when writing a particularly heartfelt scene.
In fact, there’s one scene in “Rachel Dahlrumple” where she’s talking with her father. I sobbed when I wrote it, I bawled the first three times I edited it. After that, I steeled my heart and now I can get through it with just a sniffle or two. If you got misty-eyed reading it, send me an email and let me know. I like to hear when scenes work so well it punches you in the gut, either with sorrow, pain, or happiness.
Question time. What I want to know is how you’ve dealt with betrayal, either in real life or fiction. How high do you like your tension? Have you witnessed something so strong it sticks in your memory? Now if we can have a discussion without getting all deep and angsty, I’ll be thrilled. What’s the deepest betrayal you can think of? Lover to lover? Friend to friend? Or between family members? Who do you trust and love more?

Shea McMaster
Traditional Romance for Modern Women

A Novel of Romantic Suspense. 
Her husband's death is just the beginning of her marital woes.


Also Available From Shea



Author Bio:

The softer, sweeter side of Morgan O’Reilly, Shea McMaster lives for traditional romance.

Born in New Orleans, raised in California, Shea/Morgan got moved to Alaska in 1977, where she attended high school before running back to California for college. Alas, once back home she met and fell in love with her own forever true hero, a born and raised Alaska man. Since then she’s had a love-hate relationship with America’s largest state.

With her one and only son half way through college, and mostly out of the house, Shea is fortunate to spend her days engaged in daydreaming and turning those dreams into romantic novels and novellas featuring damsels in distress rescued by their own brains and hunky heroes.




BLURB:

Her husband's death is just the beginning of her marital woes. 

Rachel's humiliation over the discovery of her late husband's affairs turns to fear when one of his mistresses sends her a poisoned bouquet. But finding the source of the killer flowers is only one step on her path to solving the mystery her husband left behind. 

Deputy Dan Weston is with Rachel when the bouquet arrives, and he's at her side as she deals with so many of the secrets that come to light after her husband's death. Dan has carried a torch for Rachel since puberty and he's not going to let her dead husband's vindictive girlfriends or his psychotic mother come between them now. But that means finding out who is sending snakes and poisoned posies before one kills Rachel.  

Excerpt:

Deputy Dan inhaled and cleared his throat. “Rachel… Your husband…Burt is… dead.”

“Oh.” Staring at Dan, I blinked. I sensed more than heard Cyndi speaking, as her hands clutched mine. I couldn’t hear over the bells of Notre Dame roaring in my ears, as if I stood in the belfry with a dozen different bells of all sizes swinging chaotically. No tune, just great ponderous, vibrating booms and spastic little tinkles filling in the spaces. I almost put my hands over my ears to block out the sound, only nothing could ever be loud enough to drown out just one thought.

Burt’s dead.

Burt. Dead.

Damn. I didn’t get to kick his ass out. I’d’ve killed him for that if I could.

Wait. He was already dead.

Dead.

Okay.

I inhaled deeply as I searched for something to say. “Well then, there are plans to adjust…”

“Rachel, you need to know…to understand…” Pity filled Dan’s eyes. Cyndi shoved a tissue wad into my hand, then used another to dab at her eyes.

“I understand,” I said. “He’s not coming home. I get it. That’s fine. The party can still go on. It’s not like he does much to help out.”

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