Monday, August 22, 2011

Author Interview - Louisa Bacio - Erotic Romance Author

Stay  A While & Meet Louisa Bacio

Winner is:  Laura Drake!

     I have the pleasure of introducing you to one busy woman/mother/professor/author...and those are just a few of her hats! All I can say is Wow! Grab yourself a beverage and come have a seat with us as we chat with Louisa!
     Louisa enjoys soaking up the sun in Southern California, and spending time with her family.
     For more thrills, check out Bacio’s f/f erotic contemporary Sex University: All-Girls Academy. Her story “Two’s Company” can be found in I Kissed a Girl: A Virgin Lesbian Anthology. For a short erotic paranormal tryst, “The Wait” can be found in Rekindled Fire: An Anthology of Reunited Lovers.
     In addition to writing and editing, Bacio teaches college courses in English, journalism, film studies and popular culture.

Tonya:  Louisa, welcome to my studio and thank you for taking time out to be with us this week. You are one busy woman! Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself?

Louisa:  Thank you for having me here. I look forward to chatting with your readers. My almost 5-year-old daughter asked me today how many jobs I had, and she added, “Two?” Seriously, I’m not sure if I could count all my jobs. I’m a freelance writer and I teach at three colleges. Now, that doesn’t include writing books and marketing. Oh, and volunteering on my local OCC/RWA chapter board. Most of the time, I can’t think of all that I do. Otherwise, the heart starts pumping. That said, I’d rather keep busy … 

Tonya:  The saying goes “if you want something done, find a busy person to do it” - they usually finish the job. Congratulations on such a busy life, though, wow! Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?

Louisa:  It all depends upon what I’m writing. Is it a super sexy scene? Well, then, maybe I’d like a glass of wine, some slow, alluring music and I’ll even write with my laptop in bed.
     Do I want to simply get my word count down for the day? Then, I better be at a desk that’s comfortable, without a lot of distractions happening.

Tonya:  Do you have a card file where you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?

Louisa:  Ray Bradbury published a book called Zen & The Art of Writing where he talks about the “other” story idea. You know, the one that’s so good, and distracts you from what you’re currently writing. That section is titled, “The Thing at the Top of the Stairs.” He suggests writing one sentence about the new idea and putting it aside for later use. I used to do that. Now, I’ll maybe dedicate a few pages to the new idea, and then keep it in an electronic file for some future time.
     My story ideas come from real life, dreams, fantasies … It all depends upon what I’m doing. I love watching people, and as a writer – and reporter – I’m pretty observant. So sometimes I’ll overhear a bit of conversation that’s out of context and it’ll trigger a story idea. While waiting for the latest Harry Potter premiere to start, I overheard a woman say something about a ninja-warrior coming out of her dream and they ‘did it.’ Now that’s a story waiting to happen!

Tonya:  People watching is a favorite of mine, too! Now, are you a daytime writer, nighttime writer, and do you have to be alone to write?

Louisa:  Totally a nighttime writer. As an only child, I tend to need to be alone to write. And, I often like it quiet. Since I’m now married, with kids, that means that I tend to stay up late in order to have that quiet alone time … when everyone else is asleep.

Tonya:  Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?

Louisa:  That’s a tough question, and I’m not sure. Sometimes I totally have a mental picture of what my character looks like. I’m currently working on the sequel to The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome. One character, Nick, is Creole and possesses this creamy mocha skin tone, and wears his golden blond hair in dreads. I can see him perfectly. I’ve looked for pictures to match, and haven’t had much luck … maybe when I go to New Orleans in October!

Tonya:  I’ll be there in mid-November and I can’t wait! Where can our readers find you and your books?

Louisa:  All the regular Online sellers, such as Amazon and All-Romance E-books. Also, my publisher, Ravenous Romance.

Tonya:  Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Louisa:  Truly, I believe that romance knows no bounds. Some people were taken aback in my first book, Sex University: Physical Education because while it’s predominately a male/female story, there’s also a m/m scene and a f/f storyline. The gender of the person doesn’t matter. It’s the individual that they fall in love with.

Tonya:  Let's go for some fun questions: What is your favorite nighttime snack?

Louisa:  Am I writing? Well, then probably Cinnamon Bears.

Tonya:  Do you like toppings on your ice cream?

Louisa:  Usually, I don’t eat ice cream. If I could though, it would be crumbled Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You gotta go all the way, right?

Tonya:  What’s your favorite meal - Italian, Mexican, Thai, etc?

Louisa:  Italian, all the way! I much prefer cooking at home, though. Usually the sauce at a restaurant is too sweet, and not slow-cooked long enough.

Tonya:  Readers, here's a bit about Louisa's newest book:


The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: Threesome in New Orleans

      Haunted by paranormal abilities that she can’t control, and plagued by nightmares about a demon that seeks her soul, Lily Anima travels to New Orleans in search of salvation.
     In the French Quarter, Lily dives into the paranormal world and enlists the help of an unlikely couple: a vampire, Lawrence Justice, and a werewolf, Trevor Pack.
     As the trio encounters ghosts, voodoo and unspeakable evil, will Trevor and Lawrence be able to help Lily turn her powers into a gift rather than a curse? And when Lily discovers that she needs to lose her virginity in order to embrace her powers and get the demon off her back, will the twosome be able to survive as a threesome?


Silver and gold curtains covered the large bookcases, with streamers of rich turquoise and vibrant purple. Hanging from the second floor, a strobe light threw out iridescent shimmers, illuminating streaks of glitter throughout the store. A few food tables and a mini bar—complete with a bartender handing out flutes of champagne—rested against the back wall.
The glass felt cool within her hand, and Lily took a sip, suppressing a sneeze as the fizzy alcohol tickled her nose. Tiny bubbles floated throughout the golden liquid. She sighed, surveying the party goers. The boys certainly knew how to throw a shindig, and the nightlife of New Orleans definitely had come out expecting a party.
A couple that only could be described as being dressed as a male peacock and his hen pecked their way by. Blue, green, and purple feathers streamed out of the man’s bottom, uh-hem, end, and the female proudly jutted out her almost bare breasts. Their painted turquoise with gold sparkles, they each wore a gold pointed-nose mask that resembled a delicate beak. As they passed, the woman laughed haughtily and gave Lily a knowing glance.
Unfortunately, Lily knew that look all too well. Alone in a sea of mostly couples, Lily was the competition. Women didn’t want to befriend her; they wanted to ditch her as quickly as possible. Female acquaintances always seemed to think that Lily was interested in stealing their boyfriends. Sure, she may be jealous of the intimacy and connection that others shared, but that never meant that she would ever think of destroying such a relationship.
Was it her fault that a few of those aforementioned boyfriends had happened to make a pass at Lily? No, she’d always made it clear that she wasn’t interested, and shot the lying, cheating ass down. Too often, though, she also ended up losing a friendship.
The thought of couples, and potentially coming between them, turned her mind to Law and Trevor. They made such a perfect pair. They balanced each other; yet at the same time, they seemed so different. Inherently, she—mostly because of popular mythology—had thought that a vampire and a werewolf would automatically hate each other. Common wisdom held that one was undead, the vamp, and the other simply transformed from the human shape, but kept his humanity intact, the were. True, but the similarities overcame the differences, as she’d seen.
From what she’d learned, both species were long-lived. They could easily outlive a regular mortal’s life. That thought alone made Lily sad. If possible, she’d like to have longer on the earth. A vampire could be immortal as long as they allowed it, and didn’t fall victim to a grisly demise. A werewolf? She was unsure. And then, what about her?
A warm hand slipped across the bare skin of her back. She turned toward the feeling, only to be met with a muscular body as he held her tight against him.
“You seem to be awfully deep in thought for a party-guest,” a hushed voice said in her ear. So close, it felt like his lips would nip her earlobe. “Especially when you’re the guest of honor.”
Senses afire, she took in a deep breath.
“I’m just taking everything in. You did just a fantastic job decorating the store, Trev.”
His body vibrated against her as he laughed. He loosened his hold on her waist and she turned to face him. A dark gray wolf mask covered the top of his face, while his pouty, full lips lay exposed. He wore a tight black leather vest that showed off the lines of muscles in his arms, and escaping curly hair on his chest. Lily held back from running her fingers through those curls, but she couldn’t help but imagine what it would feel like to have them rub against her bare breasts. She shook her head to break the fantasy and looked up into his eyes, which had taken on the same tone of gray as his mask.
Mentally, she flashed to their moment together in bed, with Trevor’s cock pumping in her hand. A shine of humor and mischief danced in the way his eyes creased up on the side, and he smiled. The young man possessed a light-hearted sense of humor, and an inner strength that matched his outer physical beauty. She thought that he, too, was thinking about the same encounter.
“What fun are you?” he asked. “You knew who I was right away.”
Now it was her turn to laugh. “Never could understand how someone wouldn’t recognize Batman or Superman. What type of disguise is a pair of glasses or a mask? At least Spiderman had a full mask, but I’d like to hope I would be able to know someone by his kiss …” Lily gushed.
Internally she groaned, and her cheeks turned red. Times like this, when she felt nervous and unsure, she tended to blab too much. It was one of those habits that she hoped to break quickly. Imagine being in bed with someone, at that moment of being romantic, and having one’s partner start blabbing on about superheroes? Someone, please help her now.
“Did you say something about a kiss?” Trev asked, leaning in closer.
She could feel his breath across her lips. If she stood up on her tiptoes just slightly, their lips would touch.
“Am I interrupting something?” Another body pressed up behind her, propelling her forward and up against Trev. Their lips brushed, and she pulled back, only to meet the unrelenting body behind her.

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CONTEST:  Comment to enter and please include your email address so I can contact you. Tell me your favorite late-night snack, and you can be entered to win an e-copy of either The Vampire, The Witch & The Werewolf: A New Orleans Threesome or my first novel, Sex University: Physical Education. (I also have a print copy of Physical Education, if someone prefers.)  Winner will be drawn Saturday morning, Aug. 27th.
      Also, if anyone wants copies of the Romance Trading Cards, fill out the form through my website,, and I’ll mail them out!

Tonya:  Thank you all for stopping in to read about Louisa Bacio. Please comment to be in her drawing and leave a question if you have one. She'll be around all week.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Enter My Book Tour Contest!!

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Author Interview - Lucy Felthouse - Erotic Romance Author

Help me welcome Lucy Felthouse!

The Winner is:   kimyunalesca

     Welcome to my cozy interview parlor where, this week, I have the honor of chatting with marketing guru and erotic author, Lucy Felthouse from the UK. Lucy, I can't tell you how excited I am to have you here for an in-depth chat about some of the things that make you tick. I hope our readers learn a few more things about you than they knew before and those who you are new to...will add you to their list of authors.
      Before we get started, I've posted a few of Lucy's books for your review. Her websites are listed at the end along with her contest info. Grab your drink of choice and have a seat with us. Things are about to begin!

Tonya:  Tell us a bit about yourself. Do you have a day job?

Lucy:  I'm 25 years old and a creative writing graduate. I started working in PR & Marketing on graduation, then four and a half years left that job to go it alone. I now work for myself running my business, Writer Marketing (, where I create websites and offer PR & Marketing services to writers.

Tonya:  That sounds exciting; I love anything to do with marketing and websites! Some of us have things we do to get into the writing frame of mind like music, or drinks. Do you have anything special you do to get into the writing mood?

Lucy:  Not really. Sometimes I'll sit down to write and feel more motivated than at other times, but on the whole I can usually push myself to get going unless I'm exhausted. If that's the case, I know I won't output anything decent, so I give it a rest.

Tonya:  Are you ever at a loss for ideas? What do you do to get past those time? I don’t have them often but being out in my yard and gardens helps me get creative.

Lucy:  It varies. Sometimes I have tons of ideas and no time to write, other times I can't think of an idea. But I have a note book where I write down all my ideas, so if I'm a loss, I can dip in there and work on some past inspiration.

Tonya:  Do you have a card file where you keep story ideas? Where do they come from?

Lucy:   Oops, think I just answered that question already! As for where the ideas come from – everywhere. It could be a name, a place, a person, a conversation – anything. The fun part is taking those snippets of ideas and turning them into a full piece of writing.

Tonya:  Tell us about a day in your life as a writer.

Lucy:  It's a constant juggle. Working for myself has allowed me to be more flexible – for example if something urgent comes up, I'm able to juggle work for clients in order to write or do edits. But generally, writing is slotted in between other projects, dependent on deadlines. I'm always doing something different every day and I don't have a 'routine' as such. It definitely keeps things exciting and fun.

Tonya:  Are you a daytime writer, night time writer, and do you have to be alone to write?

Lucy:  I'm an anytime writer. I'm finding that the more I write, the more I want to write, so I can do it anytime, anywhere. As for being alone – I'd say yes to ‘in the room’, but not in the house.

Tonya:  Do you have critique partners or ever been in a critique group? What was the best thing you learned from a critique?

Lucy:  No, I don't. I probably should, but I'm usually sailing so close to deadline with my work that I don't then have time to send it off for comments and criticism. Part of what I learnt at University was to become your own critic. To try and step away from the work and read it through fresh eyes and make changes for the better without being too precious over your creation.

Tonya:  Do you write better when you first have an idea of what your characters look like or do you write, then add character looks?

Lucy:  It varies. Sometimes characters wander into my head fully formed (possibly because they're my celebrity crushes!) and other times I get a vision of what they look like when I name them, or start to think about their character traits. Sometimes they don't even have a description if a story is very much about what's happening and in that case it can be nice to let the reader imagine what the characters look like.

Tonya:  I know reader opinion in that area varies as some like the book without a lot of character description. Do you always include HEA and is that type of ending important to you?

Lucy:  Noo! I'm more of an erotic writer than a romance writer. My stories tend to be sections of time, like a one night stand, or a hot sex scene. Therefore romantic feelings and happy-ever-afters don't often come into it. Having said that, I have written some more romantic tales. It's just that I don't write them all the time.

Tonya:  Where can our readers find you and your books?

Lucy:  The easiest way to find details on me and my books is on my website, There's a full listing of my published works there, including information on where you can buy them. I'm also on Facebook and Twitter.

Tonya:  Is there anything else you want to tell our readers?

Lucy:  Yes! I love to hear what you think of my work. Please leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, All Romance eBooks etc so I know what I'm doing right and wrong. That way I can improve!

Tonya:  Lucy, thank you so much for being with us this week. Readers, leave a comment for Lucy or a question, with your email address so we can contact the winner, because late Friday, Lucy will pick one commenter to win a choice of one of her backlist books! Okay, so who has a question or comment?


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Welcome to Blog Jog Day!!

Welcome to Blog Jog Day!

Winner is:  Brenda at msn!! 
     Please enjoy my site, book mark to return later, then click over to to see what the next Blog has to offer! Lost in the links? You can always go back to the main Blog Jog Day Blog at and find a new link to jog from. Thank you for stopping by my site!
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CONTEST:  Leave a comment with your email (ex: tonyakinzer at AND follow my blog. That's all I ask to get you into the contest. I will pull a winner on Monday morning and email the winner, by way of your posted addy, and will post the winner's name here. Good luck on entering all contests today, have fun, and thank you so much for stopping by mine!  Now go follow, then leave a comment!
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Author Interview - Jenn Nixon - Romanctic Suspense

Jenn Nixon - Romantic Suspense

     Thank you once again for joining me as we chat this week with suspense author Jenn Nixon! Come on in, grab your drink of choice at the bar over there and come sit with us. I'm so glad you stopped in. I know not all of you will comment and that's okay. I do hope you hop over to her sites and take a peek. She has several review comments on her books as well as other books she's written.
     We've left the interview questions up to the readers - leave a question or two for Jenn in the comments at the bottom and that will also get you into her drawing for Friday night! One lucky commenter will win the ebook for Chance of a Storm! Jenn, welcome and I'm excited for my readers to get to know you.
     Jenn Nixon resides in New Jersey. She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Liberty State Fiction Writers. Her love for thrillers and suspense often finds its way into her novels whether they are Science Fiction or Romance. When not writing, Jenn spends her free time reading, absorbing pop culture and current events, and social networking online. Current releases: Wild & Wicked and Chance of a Storm: Tease Publishing LLC.       

Blurb from Chance of a Storm, the sequel to: Wild & Wicked

     Mason Storm waited three agonizing months to hear from the wild Veronica Chance after she walked out of his life and back to her world. Instead her sister calls, sobbing, and begs him to come to California . He drops everything and takes the first plane across the country to find out what happened. After a chilly welcome from General Michael Chance, Mason learns Veronica was kidnapped along with her mother who is still being held hostage. Their initial meeting is short, but Veronica is determined to get her mother back safely and asks for Mason's help knowing he can get the job done. He's eager to get involved and carefully navigates his way into the investigation while trying to figure out exactly where in stands in Veronica's eyes.

Excerpt from Chance of a Storm, the sequel to: Wild & Wicked

     Keeping her focus off of Mason Storm grew harder each moment she breathed the same air as him. He constantly watched her. Pondering eyes studying every word, facial expression, and body movement she made. Feeling his arms around her once again threatened to drive the last bit of sanity from her mind. Veronica wanted to get swept away by the man. Spiral into the madness of lust with someone who already revved up her engine like no other man had.
        Veronica couldn’t afford madness now as much as it killed her.
     Her father continued his retreat into the house, up to the second floor, closing in on his library. She wouldn’t let him get away that easily. “You can’t give them that file and you know it.”
     “Then you condemn your mother to death.”
    “They’re playing the game. You have to play it back,” she said, grabbing his arm to stop him from going further, 
     “This isn’t a game, Roni!”
     “Same as last time—”
     “Enough!” her father snapped, dagger eyes digging into her soul.
     “You can’t give it to them! I won’t let you.”
     He grabbed her by the arms, lifting her to her tip toes, touching his nose to her. “I’ll decide what we will and will not do.”
     “General!” Storm shouted from behind. “Back off.”
     Her father’s eyes filled with fire, neck craning back. “You have no business here, Mr. Storm. I suggest you cut your losses and leave before I have my men remove you.”
     “Try it,” he said, way too calmly as he moved to her father’s side. “Your daughter wants me here. I can understand why, you don’t listen to her; you cut her off all the time, talk down to her and Valerie. If you’d paid attention, you’d see she’s as scared as you are.”
     He released her from the vice grip, straightened his shirt and stared down at her. Her anger threatened her wild tongue, but she stayed silent, shocked at Storm’s speech and keen observation. “I’m…sorry, Roni. I haven’t been thinking clearly since…”
     “I know,” she responded but didn’t reach out to offer him any comfort this time.
     “There’s nothing we can do tonight.” He frowned, running his hand through the silver strands on his head. “Let my men do their work…we’ll regroup in the morning.”
     “Okay,” she replied with a nod. “If I remember anything else, I’ll let you know.”
     “Very well,” he said, regarded Storm with a narrowing gaze then vanished inside his library.
     She sighed, covered her face and shook her head. “Such a mess.”
     “Yeah,” Storm replied. When she gazed up, his cheeks were still fiery with anger, hands clenched at his sides. “Are you okay?”
    “No, not really,” she answered. “This is…bad, Storm.”

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