Friday, August 26, 2016

Interview With Brina Cary and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Brina Cary!  

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
That's a hard decision... I guess Lee Childs, Agatha Christie, Nora Roberts, Lynn Kurland, and BJ Daniels are my top five.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?

The Westing Game is my most favorite book because it's such a well-done mystery. Everything is tightly wound together throughout it and it ends with happiness. Mr. Westing's goal wasn't to terrorize anyone. In fact, he brought them all together and made them learn something. To me, the book is extremely teachable. To me, it's about finding your own happiness despite what else you've been through in life.

Who influenced your writing the most? Why?
Stephen King, Edgar Allen Poe, and my nephews. As a Veteran I've seen and experienced a lot of things. When I have a bad day I will actually sit down and go "ok, let's pull a terrifying escape." I'm not brave enough to show anyone my really dark stories, but they exist. A friend read one of my darkish stories once and demanded to know who upset me, so she could warn them. My nephews keep my stories light. They help me to remember that there's happy endings. So while there's a sad or angry part in my stories, there's always going to be a happy ending. After all, you can't tell a kid a story about pirates without making the pirates based off of the kid, and have them find the treasure. It just doesn't work that way. :)

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.

Honestly, I'm the most productive at a write-in, surrounded by other writers. Everywhere else and my ADD kicks in full gear. I get more non story things done in that time than I normally do.

Tells us a little about your current book?
My current book is an Alternative Universe (AU) Romance. Basically, if you take one thing and change it (in my case it would be that the Scottish vote for freedom in 2015 succeeded) then you've created an AU.

The vote had me on the edge of my seat because I love early English history (1776 and before), which means I adore both England and Scotland. One of the most wonderful concepts I learned in college was the principle of "He might be a bad king, but he's our king." That's how some Scottish rulers were seen. That concept is what sparked the idea as to what Scotland "could" have done if the vote had succeeded last year. In All Her Men Amelia MacRory becomes Queen because of this.

Amelia is the last direct descendant of Mary Queen of Scots, whom some consider the last true Scottish ruler. Unfortunately, Amelia is a wee bit unprepared to deal with everything that comes from the Referendum. There's an assassin or two, a jerk that is just plain evil, and a few other surprises. There's a bombing that will just tear your heart out too... Amelia is extremely lucky because her father set up a group of orphan mercenaries to be her guards, her men. One has loved Amelia, from afar, since they were both children.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.

“Through the tunnels?” Was he serious? “Tunnels, as in underground, with rats?” His lilting laughter greeted her in response. There was no recrimination for her. His face simply reflected mirth, as if he wasn’t sure what to make of her, but found humor in her words. “No, I’m not afraid of rats.”

“Of course.” He still grinned at her.

“Whatever.” She turned away from him. Her face hot from embarrassment and shame. “A flea on a rat caused the Black Death. I just don’t like being around them.”

“Ye think we would let ye succumb to the Plague?”

“The little slimy man might.” At his questioning look she clarified, “your nasty little SNP Leader.”

His body tensed and he began looking her over from head to toe. She began looking at herself too. Amelia had been extremely careful not to drop her breakfast on her, but maybe she had missed something. Upon not finding anything she looked back at him. His words sounded gravely and dangerous to her ears as he asked, “Did he hurt ye?”

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
For me, a guy is sexy if he has an intelligent mind and a dazzling personality. A man or woman can have all the looks, money, etc in the world and be duller than a box of rocks. It's when they can make me laugh and understand my crazy geeky or nerdy references, that I adore them forever.

Here's her short bio.
Brina Cary is a world weary traveler who has been to such faraway places as Guam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jebel Ali, Bahrain, etc. through a tour in the US Navy. While growing up surrounded by poverty Brina began to dream of the different avenues her life could take. She joined the Navy out of high school to find out what she wanted in life and have a bit of an adventure. Since then that adventure has taken her down the road to martial arts, private investigations, forensic anthropology, financial analysis, arson investigation, Egyptian curses, myths and legends, etc. Brina uses all this experience in her writing to create adventures for her readers!

Brina Cary is a member of RWA and the following RWA Chapters: Southern Magic, Celtic Hearts, Kiss of Death, and FF&P. She is also a member of Sisters in Crime and their Guppies Chapter.

Look for Brina at the following places.

Today's giveaway is a Zombie Apocalypse Partners necklace from Wishing Willow Metal Arts.

Question: What is the creepiest creature you try to avoid?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Monday in the comment section.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Interview With Suzanne Johnson and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Suzanne Johnson (writing as Susannah Sandlin)!  

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
The authors on my auto-buy list are Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, Alex Bledsoe, Rick Bragg, Kim Harrison. But I read all genres and also read a lot of nonfiction. A whole lot of nonfiction.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?
Stephen King’s The Stand. I couldn’t even tell you how many times I’ve read that book, beginning way back when it was first released. The older I get, the more I appreciate the universal themes of good versus evil, and the nuances of the characters. It’s still probably my favorite book of all time, but Sai King (in-joke for anyone who’s read The Dark Tower series) still can’t write romance worth a crap.

Who influenced your writing the most? Why?

I cut my teeth on Stephen King, obviously, so I guess if I had to point to an early influence it would be him, as well as the poetry of Kenneth Patchen and WB Yeats. Romance readers tend to write King off as a horror writer, but he writes really intriguing characters and rich stories. (Well, and horror.) But the authors who actually got me started writing fiction were Simon R. Green and Jim Butcher, and their Nightside and Dresden series, respectively. I binge-read both series beginning-to-current back in 2008 and said, “I want to write that genre.” I found them intellectually exciting and they began churning up all kinds of ideas and possibilities that I wanted to explore. The Nightside series almost made my brain explode (that’s a good thing!).

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.
It’s not so much a place, although I do the majority of my writing in my home office, but a state of mind in which I’m most productive: under deadline. Maybe it’s because the bulk of my career has been in journalism but I thrive under deadlines; even a tight deadline doesn’t freak me out—it just makes me work harder. If I don’t have a firm deadline, I find it difficult to motivate myself and I’ll end up doing something like what I did the entire, deadline-free month of July: binge-watching “The Deadliest Catch.” All twelve seasons, twenty episodes a season. LOL. So I need a hard, tight deadline or I will dawdle around imagining life as a Bering Sea crab fisherman. Despite the fact that I get motion sickness and can’t swim.

Tells us a little about your current book?
I’m currently dawdling over the fifth book of my Penton Legacy paranormal romance series, written as Susannah Sandlin, which might or might not involve Bering Sea crab fishermen. My next release, on October 18 (which I’ll have at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon!) is BLACK DIAMOND, also as Susannah Sandlin. It’s the second in my Wilds of the Bayou romantic suspense series set deep in the heart of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. The series follows a team of wildlife enforcement agents (the law-enforcement type of game warden) as they find danger and love in the wilds of the bayou. In BLACK DIAMOND, agent Jena Sinclair gets caught up investigating a series of aggressive alligator attacks that happen at the same time a dangerous designer drug called Black Diamond is flooding the parish. There’s also a sexy reclusive man living back in the bayou, way off the grid, who’s definitely involved…but how? Book five of my Sentinels of New Orleans series, BELLE CHASSE, written as Suzanne Johnson, comes out on November 8. Nice of my publishers to set release dates three weeks apart. Not!

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.

From BLACK DIAMOND…Both the hero and heroine are very damaged people, especially the hero, and their conversations tend to be intense. I couldn’t find one that didn’t have spoilers, so I chose this conversation between Jena and her partner, Mac. She’s planning to meet with the hero, Cole Ryan, who is living way off-grid and no one knows anything about him. He claims he has information about a drug called Black Diamond but will only talk to her. Mac is not a happy camper. I like this scene because it shows the growing friendship/partnership between Jena and Mac, who’ll be the hero of a future book in the series.

Mac waited until they were back in the truck and on their way to Gateau’s in Houma to ask her the obvious. “Why are you meeting with that Ryan guy today, and who’s your backup?”

“He left a note for me last night while I was at dinner. It was lying on the mat outside my front door.” Jena watched the passing scenery and didn’t look at Mac, which told him she was measuring her words and didn’t want her face to give anything away. “He says he has information on the Black Diamond case but he won’t talk to anyone but me. He wants to talk to me alone.”

Mac let that process for a minute. Maybe half a minute. Maybe ten seconds. “He left a note at your freaking house? How would he know where you live, Sinclair? That’s just one of a dozen reasons not to meet with him, much less alone.”

Jena gave him a brief glance. “Yeah, it bothers me too. I have an unlisted landline number. He called my cell from a pay phone, but didn’t leave a message. Instead, he drove to my house and left a note.”

“So I repeat, who’s your backup?”

“Mac, if he sees another officer there, he won’t talk. I can guarantee you that from my one conversation with him.”

He took a deep breath. She was his senior officer, but this had to be said. “Jena, there’s an easy solution to this. We call the sheriff’s office and tell them this Ryan guy could be a person of interest. Then you’re out of it. He’d never even have to know you had anything to do with it.”

She twisted in her seat to look at him, her hazel eyes serious. “No. I mean it, Mac. No. There’s something about this guy that’s on the level; I can just feel it. He’s . . . I don’t know . . . fragile.”

“Fragile? Fragile? He’s built like a solid f***ing tank, pardon my Français. He’s as fragile as a bull gator in a small bayou.”

“I don’t mean physically fragile. Obviously.” She smiled. “I mean emotionally fragile. We connected in some way the day I talked to him, and I don’t want to scare him off.”

“You are not talking to this guy alone, even if I have to park a half mile away and hide in the bushes.”
At that, she grinned. “Only if I get photos.”

He pointed at the laptop computer lying atop a pile of paperwork on the center armrest of the truck. “In the meantime, have you run a search on him? Even a simple Internet search? See if he shows up?”

“No, things have been too crazy with Jackson and . . .”

Jena pulled the computer into her lap and began to type and scroll. “Oh my God.” Her eyes widened more with each click of the keypad.

Mac almost lost control of the truck trying to crane his neck to see the screen. “Did you find him?”

She closed down the page she’d been reading and twisted the laptop back to its usual resting place. “Oh yeah, I found him, all right.”

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
A good sense of humor. Without that, it doesn’t matter how sexy they are physically. Humor makes up for most things with me, as long as it’s not humor at someone else’s expense.

Here's her short bio.
Chapter One: I am born. Oh, wait, I’m not Dickens, am I? The “boring official bio” is below [on my website]. In the unofficial bio, I am ridiculously nearsighted, have a weakness for reality shows (anyone for a marathon of “Cutthroat Kitchen?”) and am somewhat obsessive-compulsive. Well, okay, my critique partner calls me “Rain Man.” Whether writing as Suzanne Johnson or Susannah Sandlin, you can count on quirky characters and a lot of action.

Look for Suzanne at the following places.
Twitter     Facebook      Pinterest   Website

Today's giveaway is a $15 gift card to Amazon. 

Question: What is the last TV series (or Movie series) that you binge watched? 

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Saturday in the comment section.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Interview With Aidee Ladnier and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Aidee Ladnier!  

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

I’m so excited to be hosting a table at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon this year! When I was approached to answer a few interview questions, I couldn’t wait to reply to mine and hopefully find some readers who share my interests.

So, on to the questions:

Who are your top five authors to read? 
This is a really hard question to answer. The easiest answer is whoever I’m reading at the time. LOL!  Seriously, the authors I go back to again and again are:

Jane Davitt and Alexa Snow. These two writers collaborate on one of my favorite series, LAYING A GHOST. I love a good ghost story and their books are full of ghosts and romance. I love the thrill of the chase in a new romance, but this series follows just one couple as they ride out the highs and lows of a relationship—all while helping ghosts with their own set of problems move on to a better place. The relationship is real in their books.

 Jordan Castillo Price. I love her books! She’s so talented and writes paranormal police procedurals, my favorite of which is the PSYCOP series. Her characters are so flawed but still manage to have relationships, deal with ghosts, and solve murders. 

Amy Lane. With lush descriptions of landscapes, men, and knitting, Amy is my go to “feel good” read. My favorite series by her are the GRANBY KNITTING books. Big burly men with clicking knitting needles pushes all my buttons. LOL!

Lois McMaster Bujold. In addition to romance, I read a fair number of other genres. Lois has been a favorite of mine since high school. With sweeping space opera, political intrigue, a dash of mystery, and heartbreaking romance, she made science fiction the genre I gravitate to whenever I’m in the mood for adventure. Her VORKOSIGAN SAGA is a must read for any lover of science fiction and romance.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again? 
Do not laugh! Ever since I was a teenager, I pull out Jennifer Blake’s SOUTHERN RAPTURE when I want to have my historical itch scratched. I own a hardback, a paperback, and now even an ebook of it. It combines all my favorite things—a masked crusader for justice, a woman in love with two men who are secretly the same man, a deep enthralling view of the South and Southern history, a
heroine that knows her own mind and has opinions. It’s the perfect beach read, frothy and delicious.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write. 
I write best at my little gray desk. It has all my reference books close at hand. It has an ergonomic chair to help my back and also a ball if I want to bounce while I write. There’s origami paper to fold and a handy poster of the hero’s journey in case I get stuck on a plot.

Tell us a little about your current book? 
My current book is THE MOONLIGHT MARKET published in August by Loose Id. This story has a contemporary setting but contains elements of magical realism, dark fantasy and a little horror. In it, college senior Cory Long tracks his missing sister to the magical Moonlight Market to bring her home. But instead, he finds a disorienting world of performers and hawkers, bizarre sights and sounds, and one very familiar showman, Sanderson Beets. Like a drowning man, he latches onto Sanderson, trusting him to navigate the twists and turns of the Market as unerringly as he steered Cory to passion in their furtive trysts on campus. But Sanderson is tired of being the quickie in the alley. Sanderson Beets escaped the Moonlight Market to attend college, hoping to settle into a normal life, maybe meet someone and fall in love. To obtain that new life he made a dangerous bargain. And when the sinister woman known as the Weaver of Dreams is involved, second chances always come with strings attached…and sacrifices. Sanderson’s debt has comes due, and the only payment he has to offer is Cory, and their chance at a relationship.

Show us one of your favorite scenes from that book. 
 Sanderson halted in front of a plain white tent. A thin, gray-bearded man in a light-colored suit with a wand tucked under his arm was instructing a small boy on how to use a Jacob’s ladder. The ladder
clapped and clattered as its ribbon hinges let the wooden blocks cascade down its length.

“And wooden toys to tease your toddler.”

The old man handed the noisemaker to the boy and bowed to the effusive thanks of the parents. He spun around to greet Sanderson with a twinkle in his bright eyes.

“Sanderson Beets, my goodness, boy, you’ve grown a foot since last I saw you.”

“I have, Mr. Tuckfield.” Sanderson bowed bending low at his waist. “I haven’t seen you at the Market for at least five years.”

“Oh, I’ve been to the Far East, my boy. I have seen wonders—a man who can create fire from his fingertips and water from his eyes.” The old toymaker stroked his pointed beard, taking the wand from under his arm and placing it on the table beside him. “He was crying from the smoke, you see.”
The gentleman chuckled at his own joke. “Come, come.” He waved them closer. “Come see a treasure I found on my journey.”

The toymaker pulled aside the clean white curtain to reveal the cluttered interior of the tent piled high with crates and boxes and colorful painted shapes. In one corner, on a table holding an army of tin soldiers was a round lazy Susan with a squat metal cylinder atop it. Inside the cylinder, a smaller column covered in mirrors sat with a thin candle rising above it.

“It’s a praxinoscope.” Sanderson breathed the words against Cory’s ear, sending the secret shivering down his skin.

“Quite so, my boy. I bought it from a man who said he charmed the glow out of a lightning bug but had to return it during the next thunderstorm. Couldn’t keep it dry enough to light a candle.”
Mr. Tuckfield picked up the strange contraption and placed it on the table outside the tent flap. Then the toymaker set his index finger next to his mouth and blew on it.

Cory’s eyes widened as a flame sparked from the old man’s bony fingertip. The toymaker grinned, his face eerily illuminated by the small fire’s glimmer. It danced over his features like bright paint. He touched his finger to the candle above the mirrors. The wick caught with a sputter, intensifying to a warm yellow glow. The toymaker gave his finger a quick shake, and the flame disappeared. Cory wondered if he had seen the fire at all.

Over the candle, the old man positioned a paper shade and then, with a quick flick of his fingers, set the lazy Susan in motion. The flame cast its light into the well between the cylinders. Reflected on the mirrors, the drawings within the outer ring moved. Faster the table turned, and as it rotated, a reflected image of a small bird flew from the ground, flapping its wings. With each beat the bird morphed into a dragon before disappearing and reappearing again as a bird to begin its change anew.

 “Do you know the difference between a transformation and a metamorphosis, my boy?” The toymaker pinned Cory with his glittering eyes.

Cory stepped back from the whirling toy, and the old man halted its rotation. The candle went out as if snuffed.

“They’re the same thing, aren’t they?”

Cory glanced at Sanderson for confirmation, but he was watching the toymaker. The old man stroked his coarse gray beard again and then picked up the praxinoscope.

“A metamorphosis is the complete remaking of a being—think of the caterpillar. It in no way resembles the butterfly and therefore, must remake itself, cracking open skin and exposing brain to somehow become less and more than it once was.”

Mr. Tuckfield opened the tent flap with a flick and placed the device on the soldier-covered table. He clapped the dust off his hands and turned back to regard Cory and Sanderson.

“A transformation, that’s different. Transformation is the same animal with a few variables changed. A turn here, a flip there, a slide, and a little bird spouts fire and is a dragon.” The toymaker tilted his head to the side as he regarded Cory. “Mind you don’t miss your chance at transformation, my boy.”

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
 Like all romance writers, I think the perfect man is one that’s willing to change and grow. In a fantasy, I like a guy with abs that go on forever, strong arms to hold me, and maybe a tentacle or two to tease me. But in reality, the sexiest man is the one that supports me when I’m at my lowest. He’s the one that thinks I’m beautiful even when I disagree. He’s the one that makes me laugh and takes me to dinner when I’m willing to cook. Sexy is the guy who’s wants to stick around for the long haul, through thick and thin, the one that agrees to accompany me on my wacky adventures and when we fall to the ground, breathless and laughing, the one that kisses me and says he’s never wanted to be anywhere else.

Author Bio:
Aidee Ladnier, an award-winning author of speculative fiction, began writing at twelve years old but took a hiatus to be a magician’s assistant, ride in hot air balloons, produce independent movies, collect interesting shoes, and amass a secret file with the CIA. A lover of genre fiction, it has been a lifelong dream of Aidee's to write both romance and erotica with a little science fiction, fantasy, mystery, or the paranormal thrown in to add a zing.

Look for Aidee at the following places.
Twitter     Facebook     Goodreads    Website

Today's giveaway is a $10 Amazon gift card!

Question: What are YOUR five favorite books to re-read?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Saturday in the comment section.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Interview With Susan Carlisle and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Susan Carlisle!  

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
Linda Howard, Carol Burnside, Caro Carson, Fiona Lowe, Louisa George

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?
Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Who influenced your writing the most? Why?
Claudia White. She encourage me, helped me navigate through the publishing process and critiqued my work over and over. Without I wouldn’t be a published author.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.
At my mother’s lake house on Lake Weiss. There is nothing like propping my feet up on the deck rail and looking out over the water to be inspired.

Tells us a little about your current book?
It is about a busy doctor who hires a matchmaker to find him a wife. To his surprise and hers they turn out to be the perfect match.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.

His tires squealed as he quickly pulled into a parking lot next to the building. The group turned toward him. At least their attention was drawn away from Alderman Marsh. Kiefer hopped out and circled the truck, putting himself between her and the gang.

“Hey, man, who’re you?” growled the man Kiefer had pegged as the leader of the group. His dark hair was long and pulled back in a band. He wore a hoop in his ear.

“Dr. Kiefer Bradford. I’m the new clinic doctor.”

“We don’t need no more outsiders here.”

Ashley sidestepped Kiefer. He put his arm out to stop her without taking his eyes off the men in front of him. He felt more than saw her move around him and he dropped his arm in frustration.

“I can handle this,” she announced in a firm tone, confronting the guy in front of Kiefer. “Look, Marko, the clinic is to help the people around here, not to spy on you. What if your mother or sister needed medical care? Don’t you want them to have a place to get it? This will be a no-questions-asked place.”

It would be? That was the first Kiefer had heard of that.

“We don’t need…” Marko lifted his chin toward Kiefer “…no outsiders coming into our neighborhood.”

“This is my home as much as it is yours,” Ashley stated. “I’ve known your family all your life. I used to change your diapers.”

A couple of Marko’s buddies snickered. He glanced at them. Their faces sobered. “All your do-gooding isn’t going to work,” Marko said to Ashley.

“I’m trying to make the community better. The clinic is the first step in doing that.”

“Yeah, right, it’s your way of trying to change everything.” He spat on the ground then scowled. “I run this ’hood and if I don’t want you or your clinic, you’ll be gone.”

Kiefer took a step forward. “Don’t threaten the lady.”

Marko glowered at him. “Back off, mister, or you’ll regret it.”

A couple of Marko’s thugs moved toward him.

Ashley pulled at Kiefer’s arm, preventing him from going towards Marko. “He isn’t worth it.”

The horn of a police car had Marko’s gang scrambling, each running in a different direction and disappearing into the dwindling light.

“Is there a problem here?” the patrolman asked out the car window.

Ashley left Kiefer’s side and went to the car. “No, we’re fine, Carl.”

Carl looked at Kiefer and raised his chin. “Who’s this guy?”

“This is Dr. Bradford, the new director of the clinic.”

Kiefer nodded.

“Good to have you, Doc,” Carl said. “Never a dull moment in Southriver.”

“I’m finding that out.”

“Carl, don’t run him off before he even gets started,” Ashley said with a half-laugh.

“Sorry Alderman, that wasn’t my intention. Ya’ll have a good evening.” Carl’s partner drove the car on down the street.

After all the excitement Kiefer took a really good look at the woman beside him. Beneath the streetlight she wasn’t at all like the person on TV, more like a college co-ed and less like a hard-nosed politician. Of average height, with midnight-black hair she wore pulled back in a ponytail. Her jeans had holes in them; not as a fashion statement but from actual use would be his guess.

His attention went to her tight T-shirt, which did nothing to hide the generous breasts but, in fact, drew attention to them with ‘not here you don’t’ written across them. What captured his attention was the necklace lying between her breasts. It was the same one that the woman he’d kissed on St. Patrick’s Day had been wearing.

He looked into her dark eyes. Yes, those were the ones. He’d thought of that kiss and these very eyes many times since then.


Ashley gave him a quizzical look. “Yes. Me.”

She didn’t recognize him. But why should she? He’d worn a mask.


Ashley put her hands on her hips and glared at the man before her. “What were you thinking?”

He blinked a couple of time as if he’d forgotten where he was. “What do you mean?”

Dr. Bradford looked truly perplexed. As if he couldn’t imagine creating a situation that both she and he couldn’t get out of. Marko wasn’t someone to mess with. “Jumping in between Marko and me. I had things under control.”

“Yeah, I could see that. Six against one is always a fair number. I was only trying to help.”

What was it about his voice? Had she heard it before? That rich tone sounded so familiar. “You weren’t. If anything, you were making matters worse.”

Ashley clenched her jaw. She’d fought most of her life against being overprotected. To fight her own fights. After her childhood friend had been abducted it had seemed like her father hadn’t wanted to let her out of his sight. For years she’d had to beg to walk the two blocks to school. Even when he’d let her she’d caught him or her brother following her. It had taken going off to college to break away. She loved her father dearly but she would never return to that way of life. Having this doctor ride to the rescue wasn’t what she needed or wanted. She could take care of Marko and herself.

Dr. Bradford said sarcastically, “So, if I understand correctly, I should have just stood by while they scared you into doing whatever they wanted you to do, which by the way was what?”

“Marko doesn’t want the clinic to open. He believes it’s only here to keep tabs on him and his gang. You know, big brother watching and all that. What it amounts to is he’s afraid that if the people in Southriver have something positive, they’ll want more and stop letting him intimidate them. Push thugs like him out.”

“That’s what you want too, isn’t it?”

“Yes. I want to make this a good place to live.”

“Admirable. But if you’re not careful you won’t be around to see it happen.”

That might be true, but she’d spent so many years feeling cloistered and controlled, as if she couldn’t take care of herself, that as an adult she fought against it whenever it happened to her now. She wasn’t that brave in her personal life, always questioning her ability to judge if she was seeing the real person. Fighting to truly trust. Her being fooled before had destroyed someone’s life. She couldn’t let that happen again to her or anyone she cared about.

“Look around you.” She reached out an arm and directed it toward the buildings across the street. “Those were all businesses when I was growing up. Criminals like Marko slowly drove them away. I won’t be driven out. This clinic is the first step in bringing people back.”

“You have grand plans, Ms. Marsh.”

“I believe in dreaming big.”

“You have your work cut out for you.”

“Maybe so but when I ran for the city council I promised that I’d help make this area a better place to live and I intend to keep that promise.”

“Even if it kills you?”

She shrugged. “It won’t come to that. Let’s go in and I’ll show you around. Then we’ll get to work.” She turned toward the building. “By the way, don’t ever step between me and anyone again.”

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
Someone who enjoys having fun and laughing. It also doesn’t hurt for him to be willing to try something new as well.

Here's her short bio.
My love affair with books began when I made a bad grade in math in the sixth grade. Not allowed to watch TV until I brought the grade up, I filled my time with books. I turned my love of reading into a love of writing romance. If the hero is a smart, sexy and sinfully rich alpha male, he can be found in my books along with a strong heroine that captures the hero’s heart.

When I’m not writing I lead workshops on time management, promoting your books, learning to live with rejection, collaging your storyline and presenting a memorable workshop. For twenty years I was a high school substitute teacher and that is …another bio. I live near Atlanta, Georgia with my husband of over thirty years and have four grown children, and twin grandchildren. My youngest son received a heart transplant.

I love castles, traveling and sewing, crafting and read voraciously.

Look for Susan at the following places.
Twitter     Facebook     Goodreads    Website

Today's giveaway is a copy an autograph copy (both authors) of my duet White Wedding for a Southern Belle along with a Wedding Date for the Army Doc by Lynne Marshall. 

Question: When was the last time you tried something new and what was it? (Can be food, game, ride, etc.)

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Saturday in the comment section.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Interview With Candace Blevins and Giveaway

Southern Magic is proud to introduce Candace Blevins!

She will be at our luncheon in Hoover, Alabama November 5 with Jennifer Ashley, Hildie McQueen, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Lynn Raye Harris, Dianna Love and 20 plus authors.

Who are your top five authors to read?
Just five? I’d have to say Faith Hunter, Seanan McGuire, Annabel Joseph, Ilona Andrews, and Anthony Francis. No, wait, how do I fit Nalini Singh in? Okay, so that’s six. I should be spanked.

What is your go-to book to read over and over again?

For pure romance within a power exchange relationship, I think it has to be Rough Canvas by Joey W. Hill. It’s M/m and probably not for mainstream readers, but the emotions and scenes are breathtaking.

Who influenced your writing the most? Why?

JRR Tolkien and Johnny Gruelle, because they brought fantasy alive to me as a young child. Johnny Gruelle created Raggedy Ann and Andy, and if you have young kids or grandkids, find one of the original books and read it to them. The series is pure magic. I was an avid reader at a young age, and I found Tolkien as soon as I went to middle school and had access to the library. I knew some trees were jealous of people, and used their roots to trip us just because they could! It was like Tolkien and I shared this secret, and everyone else thought he’d just made it up — just as I’d known my dolls really came to life at night when I’d been younger. I was hooked on fantasy by these two authors, and now I enjoy creating paranormal worlds that make people wonder if the guy in the grocery store buying all that beef is really a werewolf, and no one else knows.

Describe where you are the most productive when you write.

In my bed with my laptop at six in the morning, when the rest of my family is asleep. The combination of still being close to the dream world, and total silence in the house — it’s magic.

Tells us a little about your current book?

An Unhuman Journey is the second book in my urban fantasy series, but since there are three series in the same universe, it’s actually the fifteenth book I’ve written in this universe. You can see the reading order for the entire world in the graphic below.

Kirsten O’Shea is human, but she has a few talents to help her hold her own amongst the supernaturals. She’s made some powerful friends, but when she finds herself alone in another realm with the bad guys she has to rely on her own resources.

I’m currently writing the next book in the Chattanooga Supernaturals. We met Britches in Gonzo’s book — she’s one of the rare children of a wolf and human who didn’t change during puberty. She was raised as a werewolf, only to find out she was human when she hit her teen years. Now she’s a woman and still trying to figure out who she is. She asked Gonzo to bite her, but he had too much going on to take on the responsibility of a new wolf. I’m having a lot of fun writing her story.

Show us your one favorite scene of dialogue from that book.
As you probably figured out from the first question, I have a lot of trouble when people ask me about my favorites. My brain just doesn’t work that way. How about I show you a few of the teasers for Unhuman Journey, will that work?

What do you believe makes a man sexy?
Before you get to know him, it’s the way he walks, the way he looks out of his eyes, his self-confidence, and even the way he helps the little old lady with her groceries when he sees her struggling.

Once you get to know him, it becomes more about who he is. It’s the kiss on the forehead, or having dinner ready when you step in the door and he knows it’s been a rough day, or giving you slow and easy sex because of the same rough day, but then getting rough with you once slow-and-easy isn’t working anymore, and he knows what you need. In a relationship, it’s when both people can open up and be honest, when both people can take care of each other. We go for the bad-boys because they’re so good in bed, but if you can find a nice guy who happens to be bad in bed, isn’t that the ultimate sexy?

Here's her short bio.
Candace writes urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and a motorcycle club series.

Look for Candace at the following places.
Twitter     Facebook     Pinterest    Website

Today's giveaway is one copy from Candace's ebooks: Only Human, Duke, or The Dragon King - winner's choice. 

Question: If you could shift into another creature, what would it be?

Leave an answer to be entered to win.  The winner will be announced this Monday in the comment section.