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Tall, Dark and Alpha Boxed Set Escape into Warmth

Special thanks to Rachel Smith and Bitten by Books for having the Tall, Dark and Alpha  boxed set authors here! We are so excited to hang with you all.

It has been a record-breaking winter this year. Many of these low temps haven’t been seen since the 90s. While the Tall, Dark and Alpha heroines have their delicious Alpha men to curl up with, we authors are struggling with cold fingers, cramped muscles, and the dreams of warmer weather.

Since spring has arrived, we decided to set our sights on our favorite outside places to curl up with a book.
Several authors in the Tall, Dark and Alpha Boxed set provided their special reading nooks and crannies.

Afton Locke, author of the Stimulating Paranormal Romance, ROCK MY BOAT, loves to curl up on a chaise under a tree.

Dawn Montgomery, author of the Seductive Sci Fi Romance, SILVER TONGUED DEVILS, loves curling up next to an open window (with a screen, of course) and listening to the crickets while she reads her summer nights away.

Delaney Diamond, author of the Delicious Contemporary Romance, FIGHT FOR LOVE, lounges on the sofa in her den. She says all the windows in the room have to be open.

USA TODAY Bestselling author Eve Langlais, creator of the Divine Paranormal Vampire Romance, CRAZY (VAMPIRE LOVE), takes her reading time in an Adirondack chair by the water.

Eve Vaughn, author of the Intensely Sensual Contemporary Romance, SEX WITH AN EX, curls up in a comfy chair on her patio with her favorite book boyfriend.

Farrah Rochon, author of the Decadently Delicious Contemporary Romance, IN HER WILDEST DREAMS, serves her reading time on the sun porch with a cup of coffee and a great book.

Koko Brown, author of the Competitive and Sexy Contemporary Romance, PLAYER’S CHALLENGE, takes it to Barnes and Noble for a cushioned chair and hours of enjoyment.

Sam Cheever, author of the Wickedly Amazing Paranormal Romance, TALL, DARK AND APOCALYPTIC, prefers a porch swing overlooking the pond.

What about you all? What’s your favorite place to curl up and read during the warm months?

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These HOT alphas are ready to take charge.

Are you ready for the decadence and allure of an alpha’s dark charm? The bad boys in these 10 sizzling stories will make your heart pound. Against these dominant seducers, the heroines don’t stand a chance. Prepare to fall in lust—and love.

Delve into the sensual worlds of award-winning authors: Randi Alexander, Koko Brown, Sam Cheever, Delaney Diamond, Eve Langlais, Afton Locke, Dawn Montgomery, Farrah Rochon, Paige Tyler, and Eve Vaughn. Immerse yourself in the alpha male experience.

Rock My Boat by Afton Locke: Once addicted to the sea, you can’t escape its pleasures.

Silver Tongued Devils by Dawn Montgomery: She was always one step from hell until she found redemption in their arms.

Fight for Love by Delaney Diamond: A former pro wrestler fights to hold onto the woman he lost, but still loves, and the son he never knew existed.

Crazy (Vampire Love) by Eve Langlais: Ella hears voices and they don’t like anyone. But not even poltergeists can stand in the way of a vampire in love.

Sex with an Ex by Eve Vaughn: When two divorcees reunite in the bedroom, the sex is hotter than ever, but can their hearts survive the second time around?

In Her Wildest Dreams by Farrah Rochon : When the woman of his dreams asks him to create a Valentine’s Day fantasy, Gavin plans to show her just how sweet their reality could be.

Player’s Challenge by Koko Brown: Sports agent Gemma Clarke must face the biggest challenge of her young career: represent her former lover and bad boy footballer, Devin Spencer. Their passionate love affair ended badly. Now he’s back to prove to Gemma he’s changed and convince her to give them one more chance.

Two Cops, a Girl, and a Pair of Handcuffs by Paige Tyler: Working the late shift just got a whole lot more fun!

Chase and Seduction by Randi Alexander: Come backstage and get your hands on country superstar Chase Tanner!

Tall, Dark and Apocalyptic by Sam Cheever: A grand passion in an apocalyptic world. A love beyond reason and without boundaries.

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  1. Eve Vaughn, what would you say is your biggest writing influence?

    • Thanks for the question Kimberly. Hmmm, that’s really hard to say because I’ve been inspired by so many, my mother gave me a love for reading, and I used to love harlequin/mills boon authors like Penny Jordan and Charlotte Lamb, Sandra Kitt and then the historical authors like Catherine Coulter and Joanna Lindsey. And of course the erotic authors like Marilyn Lee, Angela Knight, Jade Black, Emma Holly. The list goes on and on and on. There’s so many more.

    • My biggest writing influences are Johanna Lindsey, Kathleen Woodwiss and the 100 or so other authors who were in Zebra’s Historical Romance division. As a teenager, my mother gave me the best gift. A book club membership for Zebra publishing where they sent you four books a month. To prevent a pile up of books, I would trade them in at the local used bookstore for other books.

  2. Welcome to all the Tall, Dark and Alpha authors. Thank you SO much for partying here today with us.

    This is a question for any or all of you. What was it like coordinating an effort to create this amazing set? Did you have one focal person? Was it easy or like herding cats? LOL I know how incredibly busy all authors are, so I am wondering if you had a special way you handled it?

    • We all contribute ideas and suggestions, and then Koko Brown, our cat hoarder (that sounds dirty for some reason, Lol) puts it all together.

    • Working with these wonderful authors was really amazing. So much organization and enthusiasm! After having coordinated two boxed sets myself, I know how much work it is, and this set came together flawlessly.

  3. My question is for Dawn Montgomery (SILVER TONGUED DEVILS): How do you come up with such great FMCs who have one foot in Hades and the other on the banana peel–yet are not shallow? They are hot, and the MMCs they attract just make me drool.


    • LOL! I start with with three basic questions for my characters. Who (or What) am I? What do I want? What’s the worst thing that can happen to me? When I do that for all of my main characters (and a villain, if I have one), I have the bones of a pretty intricate plot. The main characters want something they can’t have (without effort) and have to overcome their worst case scenario to get it.

      Once I have that established, I make sure my ladies can hold their own in the world I’ve built. Even if they’re at a loss, or floundering, they take action. It can be the wrong choice, but by moving forward on their own, they seem to have a large core of strength (despite being scared out of their wits at times).

      Awesome question! <3

  4. What is your favorite genre to write or read and why?

    • I LOVE to write anything Romance speculative fiction: Fantasy, Paranormal, Science Fiction, you name it.

      I’ll read just about anything. Romance (of all types) is still my favorite to read. 😀 Urban Fantasy is close behind.

    • Debra, I love to write paranormal the best. Paranormal is fun because there are really no rules except that the author has to be able to sell whatever she comes up with to the reader. LOL Imagination rules. I can create whatever I want as long as it makes sense as a package. It’s great fun.

      I read a lot of romantic suspense and I also write suspense/mystery. It’s my second favorite genre to write, only because it’s harder to get right. LOL Where paranormal is almost pure mind candy, the suspense/mystery requires the reader to pay attention. It’s an active genre that feeds the mind. I love that aspect of it!

    • Cowboy Romance and Cowboy Erotic Romance are my favorites, Debra. Something about the quiet sexiness of a cowboy, the boots and jeans. Hard working and strong. Can’t get enough!

    • My favorite is a combo of paranormal and romantic suspense!


    • My favorite genre is historical. I’ve always enjoyed the genre even as a child. Blame it on my mother who had a bookshelf filled with Johanna Lindsey and Rosemary Rogers books.

  5. Pamela Leonhardt

    For all the authors.. Do you get attached to your characters, and if so which is your favorite character?

    • I have become attached before, but that usually ends badly. I find that if I get too close to them, it’s hard to make them end up in a bad place. And they definitely need conflict. My favorite characters are the ones I’m writing at the time. Once I finish a book, I set their story aside in my heart so I can revisit it again with new eyes. 🙂

    • I get attached to all my characters, I couldn’t possibly pick favorites. LOL

    • Hi Pamela,

      Great question! I do tend to get attached to characters, especially those in series. My small-town series set on the Louisiana bayou, the Bayou Dreams series published by Harlequin’s Kimani Romance line, was supposed to end at three books. However, I’m about to start writing book five in the series. The same goes for my New York Sabers football series. I love revisiting the characters.

    • All of my characters are dragged kicking and screaming from my very frightening mind so dealing with them can be a frustrating process. LOL They hardly ever cooperate (maybe because I’m always torturing them) and they’re very stubborn…I wonder where they get that from? (blinks, looking innocent) I don’t love them all, but they all rip a piece out of me so I’ll forever be tied to them. I think it’s safe to say we have a complex and unstable relationship that somehow works. #:0)

    • Pamela, I do get attached while I’m writing the story, particularly if it’s a very emotional one. My favorite characters tend to be the last ones I wrote about. Right now it’s Tomas Molina and Talia Jackson in The Wrong Man. It was fun writing the dialogue as they went back and forth insulting each other. Their chemistry was unmistakeable, even if they didn’t realize they were crushing on each other at first. And Tomas was just good for Talia. He gave her the nudge she needed to make a major change in her life.

    • Oooh, good question, Pamela. I do get attached to them, but I’m fickle. Once I move on to writing my next story, that’s my favorite character.

    • I totally get attached! My favorites are my characters from my upcoming military/paranormal/romantic-suspense X-OPS Series! I love hanging out with them!


    • I think I’m more attached to characters who’s books I haven’t written yet. They seem to bug me constantly to pick up their story and finish it. Once I’ve finished a book I rarely look back.

    • I get extremely attached to some of my books and characters, thinking I’ll never love any future ones as much. I’m glad I’m always wrong about that! Falling in love over and over again, especially when it feels like the first time, is awesome.


  7. Favorite summer reading nook…
    The beach! waves, music, cooler with beer…some hot hunk rubbing my feet.
    (Okay, that last part is my fantasy.)



    • Kimberly,

      I would tell a new author to write what they love. It’s hard, but never write what you think is popular because then the story will read like what readers call “phoning it in”.

  9. Are you considering a second volume for Tall, Dark and Alpha? You know we can never have enough of them!

    • Honestly, we’ve all been so swamped we haven’t even discussed it. I hope we’ll continue to work together in some form. It’s been a fun and educational experience and I feel like I’ve made 9 new friends!

      • I can only imagine how busy you all are – I have a hard enough time just writing a comment like this so I can’t even imagine what it takes to get a book done…plus all the other “real world” responsibilities you all have! I know I for one appreciate these boxed sets, so it would be awesome if you end up doing another one!

    • We should get another set together, Margaret. Maybe for the end-of-year holidays!

      • A holiday set would be awesome! I love these boxed sets – gives me a chance to read authors I already know and love and get to know some new ones! So thank you for putting this set together!

    • I have had such an amazing time with these ladies. Learned so much! Sam had it right when she said we’re all so swamped now that no one’s mentioned anything. I do know that several of the ladies in the set have others coming this year. Thank you for your awesome support. I looooove finding new authors in boxed sets!

  10. Why are all the books out now are mostly series?

    • All the books in what? In general? I read almost as many standalone books as I do series, but I actively search for them to give my mind (and pocketbook) a break.

      From a writer’s perspective, when you build a world for your characters to play in (space colonies, ships, small towns, shifter packs, etc.), you put a lot of work into it. If you’ve invested that much time in creating this place, it’s easier to set a new book in it. Creating a new world for the characters in my books can take months. I do my best, however, to make sure each book I write can stand on it’s on and be read in any order.

    • Mercedes, probably because so many readers ask for series. They want more of the same characters and want to drop in on their lives in other books, even if there’s a new hero and heroine.

    • Good question, Mercedes! I don’t write series, so I decided to try my hand at one with the boxed set because we weren’t required to have a long word count. Ironically, Player’s Challenge ended up being over 40K. The whole writing experience was definitely worth it because I now realize writing a series and reconnecting all the dots of past characters wasn’t as hard as I’d assumed it to be.

    • My local writing group has a psychic author visit now and then to give readings. More than once she’s told me — you know this is going to be a series — and she’s been right.

  11. My favorite place to curl up and read in on my couch with a nice warm blanket

  12. Question for any/all authors– Is it difficult to end a series and say goodbye to the characters?

  13. My favorite place to curl up and read is on the couch wrapped up in my snuggie.

  14. Will there be a second vollumn to the series of tall dark and alpha

  15. I love to curl up in bed with my iPad

  16. To any of the authors with a go to answer. =) Who is your favorite author? Someone you know your will be buying even before a book is released?

  17. My question is, if you could choose any fictional character ever, who would you have lunch with, who would you sleep with, who would you marry and who would you kill?

    • I’d love to have lunch with Dracula. 😀 As long as I’m NOT lunch…that is.

      I can’t commit to one book boyfriend, though there are many on the “sleep” list.

      I would kill Seth Westmoreland from my novel, Thunder and Roses. He was a baaaaaaaaaaaaaad guy. And needed to be killed a lot.

    • The answer to the first three is a toss up between Sam Starrett from Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooter series and Matt Farrell from Judith McNaught’s PARADISE. I’ve hated some fictional character, but not enough to kill any of them, lol.

    • I would have lunch with Alex Cross, sleep with Eric Northman and marry Tyrion Lannister.

    • I would have lunch with Pecola Breedlove from Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye so I could hug her and tell her God doesn’t make mistakes. I would sleep with Stanley Kowalski from Streetcar Named Desire and I would kill Tom and Daisy from The Great Gatsby.

  18. My favorite reading spot in warm months is on my front porch

  19. my favorite place to curl up and read is in a bay window on a rainy day with a fireplace nearby, sadly I don’t have these in my home. LOL

  20. I think we must have overwhelmed Amazon. I ordered the box set 10 min ago and it’s still saying pending. BAH, it never takes this long.

    • LOL! I really hope it went through, hon! I get so frustrated when I’m waiting. Remember the days when you’d have to wait for everything in the mail or go from store to store looking for your favorite books? 😀 That doesn’t help me be less frustrated, but it does make me thankful for technology! I can get my read fix on the go. 😀

  21. My favorite place to curl is my bed!!! 😀

  22. How did you choose the genre you write in?

    • Too lazy to research historicals, lol. Honestly, I love writing contemporary romances. It fits my writing voice.

      • LOL! I get exhausted thinking about writing historicals. I’m always afraid I’ll mess up everything.

        I love writing in worlds that I create. Contemporary romance intimidates me for some reason, but I love LOVE reading it!

    • Hey, Kimberly, good question. It kind of chose me. I went to a country concert with some girlfriends and wondered what it would be like to be picked out of the audience by the hunky singer and brought backstage. From that daydream, I wrote Chase and Seduction, and I’ve been loving cowboys ever since.

    • I write in a lot of genres, but my favorite is romantic suspense (now with a some paranormal tossed in!). That’s my favorite genre to read, too, which is why I enjoy writing it.


    • Kimberly,

      I’m a HUGE sports fan so lately my heroes are involved with sports in some shape or form.

    • That’s just it. I can’t choose! I like to read and write contemporary, historical, and paranormal. I’m writing my second book with a musician hero. I’m into music lately like Koko is into sports.

    • I love paranormal romance and sci-fi stuff, so writing in that genre just comes naturally!

  23. How easy (or difficult) is it to write about alhpa men??? (any author willing to answer!)

  24. Danniell Hampton

    Does it matter to an author the length or depth of a review?

    • I’m thrilled any time a reader is willing to take time out of their day to say anything about my work. It’s up to the reader how in-depth they want to get.

    • The length doesn’t matter as long as its fair. I think the only reviews I take exception to are the ones that go after other reviewers or the ones where the literally include a personal attack that had nothing to do with the book.

    • Danniell, Length doesn’t matter to me. I’m happy someone purchased my book and appreciative that they took time out to write a review.

    • Length doesn’t matter to me either. The fact that a reader wanted to say something about the book always makes my heart soar.

    • I love it when readers take the time to leave a review of the book. One line or paragraphs. Doesn’t matter. I think it’s great if the story made enough of an impact they wanted to say something.

  25. Do you listen to music when you write? If so, what’s your fave music to listen to?

    • Faith, I used to listen to instrumental but found myself humming along with it and getting distracted. I’ll sometimes listen to music before I write in order to create the emotional atmosphere needed for a big scene. However, http://www.simplynoise.com saves my sanity. I’m able to tune out the world when I listen to white noise.

    • I love listening to music while I write. It keeps me going. 😀

    • I create music soundtracks using Spotify. When I’m in intense/difficult to write scenes, I’ll use pink noise to keep my focus high.

    • I totally listen to music! In fact, I write faster with it!


    • Yes, I play music almost the whole time. What I play depends on the book. For the Jamaican book I wrote this summer, I played 2 Bob Marley tunes a lot along with some others. For the book I’m writing now, a time travel to the 1970s, I’m playing some other Marley tunes. I tried playing the other 2 songs, but it didn’t work — my muse yelled: wrong book!

  26. Who would you like to collaborate with if you had a chance

  27. I would like to know which story in the collection is their favorite (not including their own).

    • a tie between Dawn Montgomery’s Silver Tongue Devils and Koko Brown’s Players Challenge although they’re all really tough to pick from. 😀

    • I’m still reading the set and it’s really tough to choose because they’re all wonderful. So far, I’m partial to Farrah Rochon’s In Her Wildest Dreams (because I love New Orleans and chocolate) and Eve Langlais’ Crazy because of the unique world. Favorite line from that is when Ella asks the hero why he comes to the asylum — Sometimes I like to dine out.

  28. My fave place to curl up and read is my couch, with a cup of coffee.. Or snuggled up in bed 🙂

  29. Dawn Montgomery What made you want to be a writer and are you a planner or pantser?

    • Well, I always loved telling stories. When I was younger, I’d write out scripts and all the kids would put on plays during our summer visits at our grandmother’s house. I started writing stories when I was a teenager, but it wasn’t until 2004 that I decided to try my hand at writing seriously. I was in the military and teaching at the time. Every 28 days we’d get a new class in and we’d have to teach the same stuff over and over. It got boring so I’d fill in the downtime with stories (based on true events, slightly altered to create suspense and humor). My stories became so popular other classes would stop by on their way to break to hear new ones. It got to be a really big thing and my boss at the time suggested I write some of these down.

      I decided I’d try it and it turns out I love writing romance more than any other genre. My grandmother had loved romance more than any woman I’ve ever known and her biggest regret was not penning her own. We talked about it a few months before she passed away. She told me if I ever got started in writing to do it and never look back. So I haven’t. 🙂

      I’m kind of a planster. LOL! I plan key events in the story but kind of improvise how I get there. Great questions!

  30. My favorite place to curl up and read during the warm months is usually out on my patio while the dogs play in the yard.

    (Any Author) When you contribute to these type of anthologies is it easier to create a new character/world or do you like to pull from a world you have already developed?

    • That’s a good question. I think anthologies are great ways to launch a series and, also, a great treat for an already established series. For me it’s easier to create a new world in the anthology, but I get so excited when I read novellas from my favorite author universes.

      From a red tape perspective, sometimes publishers hold exclusive rights to series you’ve created so that may play a factor in whether you create something new or play in a world you’ve already set up.

  31. Emily Kirkpatrick (@emilyk52281)

    My favorite place to read in warm months is outside in the sunshine!

  32. Do any of you write as a full-time occupation? I love to lay on the beach and read. In winter months I curl up in bed and read.

    • I’m lucky enough to write full-time. However, because it’s my full-time job it’s hard for me to take time off. I feel as if I should constantly write. It’s a good thing I love this job, lol.

    • I write full time. Best job in the world, at least for me. If you do something that you love, it’s never a job. 😀

    • Charilene, For the last 15 months I’ve been blessed to be able to write full time. And, although I work longer hours and more days than I ever did when I worked for Corporate America, I consider myself very blessed to do what I love to do.

    • I write full-time. Some days it’s 8 hours, some days 16, but I really love what I’m doing, so it’s a pleasure.

    • I’m another gal who writes full-time! I was injured when I served in the military. My recovery was long and difficult. During that time two things were made very clear to me…I wouldn’t be able to remain in the military (they retired me) and I needed to find a job that would be flexible for my bad days. Everyone encouraged me to step up from writing part time to full time, and I have!

      It’s been one of the most amazing experiences. Though I put in long, tough, and thankless hours in the military, I’ve never worked as hard every day as I do writing full-time. I look back on my service as an amazing and wonderful experience. While I’m not exactly thankful for the medical issues that put me on the path to writing full-time, I AM thankful for the emotional support that lifted me up and let me take on this job.

      For me, it’s the best job in the world. Even my worst days writing trump my best days in the service and I LOVED being in the military.

    • Someday, I hope! Day job + writing = some pretty long hours 7 days a week. When I travel, though, I truly get a break.

    • I also write full-time. Leaving my job was the best decision I’ve made. I love the freedom of being my own boss and the flexibility to travel whenever I want, which is one of my passions.

  33. My favorite place to curl up in the summer months is under my shade tree with a book and a beer. =)

  34. Sam Cheever, which of your books has been hardest to write?

    • Without question the book that will release next month, The Biggest Poser. It was difficult because it’s a spoof on The Biggest Loser reality show with a mystery thrown in to sweeten the plot. There were so many aspects to the book, it was challenging to keep it all straight. First there was creating a realistic spoof of the popular TV show with all its quirks and parts. Then there was the romance aspect. Then, since I’m basically masochistic I added in the mystery element. LOL I just about made myself crazy on that one. But I’m thrilled with the way it turned out!

  35. Farrah Rochon, who are 3 people that you would like to meet and fangirl over?

    • I’ve been lucky enough to meet some of my very favorite authors (Judith McNaught, Julie Garwood, Suzanne Brockmann), but if I were ever to meet Sandra Brown, LaVyrle Spencer or John Grishman in person you would probably have to call the paramedics. Faint city, baby.

  36. Robert Friedrich

    Funniest thing that happened during writing of the book was?

    • While writing IN HER WILDEST DREAMS I tried my hand at making chocolates like my hero, Gavin. It didn’t turn out that well (apparently you can burn chocolate if you don’t know how to use a double boiler). Ended up visiting Godiva to conduct my “research”. Do you see why I love this job?

    • Funniest part of writing this book although it wasn’t funny at the time, I forgot to save a major passage in the book and I lost a chunk of it and said, Oh s**t! Unfortunately my toddler was around when I said it and that was her new word of the week. It was so embarrassing when she yelled it in the grocery store

    • It was a lovely day in January. I’d put in a pretty hefty word count on two books in one day on top of major edits for a novel, and my brain was definitely fried. I’d dealth with fifteen different character names and three genres by that point. I was on the phone with my critique partner, Cynnara Tregarth, and was talking out a scene I was stuck on.

      Here I was chatting away when I said something like. “So then he needs to do this and then he’ll have this happen.” (Of course I mentioned what was supposed to happen in the scene)

      Cynnara, bless her heart was like. “Okay, which him?” (I have two heroes in SILVER TONGUED DEVILS)

      Me: “You know, HIM.”

      Cynnara: “Which one? The captain or the other guy?”

      Me: “The one with stripes. ARGH. I think my brain is fried.”

      She laughed at me. We both agreed I needed sleep. I woke up the next day and, strangely enough, I could remember my characters’ names without an issue.

  37. Pamela Leonhardt

    My favorite place to curl up and read is in my bed,unless its warm outside. I liked to read in my garden

  38. Eve Langlais, what is the hardest thing for you to write about?

    • @Kimberly, Hardest thing to write about? A believable sexy and romantic sex scene. The mechanics are easy, but getting that emotional connection in there and some believable dialogue is harder than it looks lol.

  39. Eve, do you have a fave genre to write about?

  40. To any authors: What’s your least favorite part of the writing process, and how do you get through that part?

    • Maire, that first draft is always tough. Keeping the characters sorted out, the plot flowing, dealing with detours that take the book off in wild directions. To get through it, I do a lot of daydreaming, visualizing the next scene. I write on a laptop in a recliner, so you can imagine how many naps I get to take! LOL

    • First three chapters are always easy for me. I can knock that out in one sitting. After that its an uphill climb.

    • My least favorite part of the writing process is when my head knows that I need the characters to get from point A to point B but can’t figure out how to get them there. I’ll get stuck in scenes for days that way.

      How I usually break through it: I’ll write the scene several ways and stop when I find one that sticks, or I’ll block out the action sequences (sometimes using notecards, or maps, or anything else I need), and if neither of those work, I’ll send it in desperation to one of three people I trust more than anything to read it and tell me what’s going wrong. We’ll usually talk it out until I can lay out the scene.

    • The polishing/layering phase when I make a huge list of things that need to be added or fixed. It’s very daunting at first, but once I dig in, I enjoy the process of making the rough draft a better book. Same thing happens when getting a long list of substantial edits back from an editor.

    • The first draft is always the toughest. It’s only after I have the entire story written and go back through to edit does the story really come to life for me.

    • I hate the hump. The hump hit’s me about 1/3 to halfway through the book. The beginning flows smooth, the climax, the conclusion, but it’s getting from point A to point C that usually makes me stumble.

  41. Fave place to curl up is on the sofa with a quilt.

  42. My favorite place to read in the warm summer months is curled up on the couch in a well-air-conditioned room. 🙂

  43. What books/authors have influenced your writing and what books are you looking forward to this year?

    • Johanna Lindsey has been the biggest influence in my writing career. She’s one of the reasons I love to write historical romances. I’m not really looking forward to any books this year because I don’t get the chance to read as much as I did when I was a reader. That’s one of the biggest downsides of being an author.

    • Anne McCaffrey – I sent her an email about wanting to write (this was when I was in my late teens). She responded with such warmth and excitement about my message that I was completely in awe.

      Nora Roberts: I read the Nora Roberts companion shortly after I returned from a very difficult deployment. I was still considering writing, but I wasn’t sure if it was for me. When I read her advice and how she got started, I began researching how to “become” a writer.

      Morgan Hawke: Everything I learned about storytelling with a tight wordcount I learned from her. When I was new to writing she taught a very tough course on writing. It kicked my butt, but I became a better storyteller thanks to it.

      Lynn Viehl: Her generosity amazes me. She demystified so much of the writing process and gave me a roadmap on how to write. Holly Lisle taught me how to organize my writing time. Both ladies have been amazing resources since I started writing full time.

      I’m really looking forward to Dakota Cassidy’s Call Girls series (TALK THIS WAY comes out April 1st!). Madeline Pryce’s Crimson Sins. I’m really looking forward to the end of Ditter Kellen’s Seeker series. That takes me to summer. 😀 I’ve preordered tons for the summer months, but I have to plan my reading time (otherwise writing would take over my entire life). So I just focus on a few months at a time.

    • I read the classics, and they inspire me a lot. Romance authors who have impacted me: Victoria Holt (plot/suspense, Anne Rivers Siddons (setting), Diana Gabaldon (history), Barbara Samuel (5 senses).

    • I love the humor and alpha men as depicted by Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter. I don’t know how much they influence my style though as I’m pretty sure they never imagined pairing a bunny and a bear, or a croc and a fox lolol.

  44. During the warm months I enjoy reading at the beach.

  45. @Sam Cheever: How do you approach writing m/f alphas versus m/m ones, and do you find the m/m ones more (for lack of a better word) alpha-y?

    • Hey Trix!

      That’s a great question. It can be a bit of a challenge. With m/f there’s always that tension you can play off of that comes from the differences between men and women. With m/m you don’t have that. So I tend to create two strong heroes but each one has a flaw that the other one offsets. I also use a lot of self-deprecating humor, which I think men do very well.

  46. To all of the Authors: Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?

  47. The backyard is tempting, but there’s always too much wind for some reason! Outdoor cafes can be fun, though…

  48. My favorite reading spot to curl up in in warm months is out on my deck – unfortunately there are only about 3 days where the black flies and/or mosquitos are not out in full force, so unless it is a bit breezy, I don’t get to do that too often. I have my “reading chair” in the living room, but for some reason my kids insist on trying to claim it from me – good thing they are easily distracted so I can get them involved in something else!

    What are your favorite spots?

    • I like to make a nest in my bed using a body pillow and a few blankets and things. I’ve also been known to create a reading tent out of whatever’s available. 😀 It usually gets a few laughs from the kids.

    • Anywhere it’s quiet. The tub is a favorite spot. With the door locked. Even then I often get the pounding and the shouted, “Mom! What are you doing?”

  49. To all the Authors: How do you combat book piracy?

    • Book piracy sucks and its a draining process to have your books removed from sharing forums. So, I pretend it doesn’t happen until another author mentions it then I go hunting to have my books removed. Off to find my books…

    • I go trolling the well known pirates and send take down notices

    • Take down notices. My publishers have dedicated personnel for that kind of thing. I’ll usually report it to them and then everything gets taken care of.

      It hurts my heart to see it because this job pays my bills and puts food in my kids’ mouths. Without my writing income we’d be in dire straights.

    • It’s a constant struggle. And it makes me mad. I just know if I walked into the pirate’s house and took his/her favorite thing just because I wanted it, he or she would be incensed. Yet they don’t understand that’s what they do to authors when they give away our hard earned royalties. I try not to focus on it too much because negativity is death to my writing. I just get the books taken down when I find them and refocus on the important thing, which is writing more books. At least I can make the pirates work for their dirty trade.

    • I sent a few take down notices, but it’s such a daunting task. I’m just grateful for the fans that do respect my work enough to pay for it.

    • I don’t. I think it’s sad that some people would rather steal from me than pay me a small dividend for my work, especially since I would never steal from them.

  50. Question for Delaney :Who did you model your hero after and do you work with a vision board when writing or are you more of a pantser?

    • Karen, my hero in Fight for Love is loosely based on someone I dated a long time ago. Shhh, don’t tell! My ex wasn’t a wrestler like Rafael, but he is Mexican. Then I tossed in some of the alpha traits I love so much–determination, possessiveness, etc., and my hero was born.

      No vision boards or outlining for me. I’m a pantser. The more I write a story, the more vivid it becomes and then I start making little notes and moving scenes around in my head. I’ve tried outlining, but it doesn’t work for me. It’s just easier for me to get started with a general idea and go for it.

  51. Do you read the same genre of books that you write?

    • Absolutely! And then some. I also love historicals but I’m not ready to write one yet. There’s too much research and I have too many books waiting to be written. #:0) I’d rather spend the time writing than researching. But someday I’m determined to write books based on early American history. With big, tough alpha settlers to make the history go down easy! LOL

    • I do, but not at the same time I’m writing them. 🙂

    • Yes. I love contemporary romance and that’s what I write. I also enjoy historical romance, and I would love to write a historical one day. I have to admit the research intimidates me, though.

    • Yup. Love paranormal romance, but devour urban fantasy series.

  52. OK this question goes out to all the authors…Was there a specific event that made you, or influenced you to sit down and actually write your story with the intent of publishing it?

    • I got inspired to write Rock My Boat from a cruise I took. This boxed set is the first time I committed to the publication of a story I hadn’t yet written. Usually I write, submit, then sell. Getting it completed over the holidays took self-discipline.

    • I was in the middle of writing a novel and my head needed a break. So I decided to sit down and spin a tale that I’d want to read. I did all the planning in March of last year but sat on it because deadlines for other books kept pressing in. When Eve Vaughn contacted me for the boxed set, I realized I had the perfect opportunity to write that book. So I did!

    • Love this question. I alway wrote stories, but never considered being a writer. However, in college, in a “Writing in Psychology” class, we were told to write about our most fearful life-event. I wrote about the time I nearly passed out after having to speak in front of a large group for the first time. My professor said she had chills as she read my essay and thought that in the grand scheme of things I was meant to be a writer. I took out a 3-subject notebook and began writing my very first novel that very afternoon.

    • My reason for starting to write? I read a horrible book. When it hit the wall, (back before I had an ereader lol), hubby dared me to write something better. Like I’d let him win a wager (rolls her eyes lol). Over 50 books later, I think I can safely say, I won! 🙂

  53. Raonaid Luckwell

    Say you were allowed only to give one piece of advice to newbie writers and authors. What advice do you think is the most important to give.

  54. Raonaid Luckwell

    What about you all? What’s your favorite place to curl up and read during the warm months?

    Outside, in a shady spot with the breeze lightly ruffling my hair.

  55. What movies and books (other than your own) coming out in 2014 are you really looking forward to?

    • As for movies, I tend to like the old stuff more than what’s coming out.

      Lisa Richards, I’ve been trying to get in touch with you because you’re the What IS Alpha blog tour winner! Email me at aftonlocke AT aol DOT com to claim your prize.

    • Maleficent. The Maze Runner. The Guardians of the Galaxy. The Edge of Tomorrow. Expendables 3. Annie. How to Tame Your Dragon 2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

      Of course I’ll wait until I can watch them in my own home with the family. 😀

      I’m looking forward to the end of Ditter Kellen’s The Seeker series. Crimson Sins by Madeline Pryce. Talk this Way by Dakota Cassidy. There are tons more. I’ve preordered many. 😀

    • MUPPETS. Yeah, I’m a freak. lolol.

  56. What is the motivation for wanting to be a part of writing a collaboration and what challenges have you found in doing it?

  57. For any of you, do have preconceived ideas of the men you choose or do they just develop as characters as you go?

    • Sometimes I know what kind of man I’ll have in the book and other times he surprises me. 😀

    • Funny, but for me, once I pick a name, the character begins to flow. For instance, Chase is a guy who goes after what he wants. Steele is rather buttoned-up and conservative, and Ryder is totally a hound dog!

    • Hmmm, I always go into a story knowing the hero is going to be awesome, but his true character –jokester, serious, leader, devoted or true caveman–develops as I go along.

  58. I must say ladies that I have enjoyed reading all the comments. I LOL’d at some of them and gained some insight into some of you. I am a big fan of some of you and just learning about some of you. I love to curl up in front of the fire during the winter and outside on the patio during the summer and read read read.
    My question is to all the authors.

    If you could “do over” one of your charactors, which one would it be and why?

    Just picked up my copy of Tall, Dark and Alpha, so I gotta go read now. 😀

    i sincerely hope you awesome ladies will do another anthology/boxed set soon.

    • That’s a very good question. One of my earlier books, Bound in Lust, started out as a novella trilogy. I was very new to the writing world and made some mistakes in characterization for the hero. He wasn’t powerful or commanding enough. I would love to give him another go. 🙂

    • I wrote a fun little paranormal for Changeling entitled, Splintered. I love the story and the characters, but my hero is more beta than alpha. I’d change that given the chance. #:0)

    • I don’t know if I would change any of them, even the heroines that peeved readers off. I find each character becomes their own person as I write. They develop personality traits that while perhaps not appealing to me will resonate with someone who reads it.

  59. hi Eve, do you have a good luck charm to help you?

  60. Do you plan on a second boxed set?

  61. Paige Tyler have you always wanted to be a writing? TIA

  62. I love to relax on a chaise lounge by my swimming pool to read during the summer! 🙂

  63. Thank you for the chance to win such a fabulous giveaway!
    This question is for any of the authors.
    Do you have time to read books that are just for your own pleasure or are you too busy writing? If you do have time to read, do you read books just in the genre you write in or do you read a lot of different genres?

    • Reading is my favorite pastime, so I always make time for it. I’m a morning person, so I write in the morning because that’s what works. I like to read at lunch hour and right before bed to relax. I read different genres and like to read different authors for variety.

    • I love to read. I have to wrangle time to make it happen though. I read in a lot of different genres. Adore nonfiction, especially cool and obscure time periods.

    • I have so little time to read now, and I truly miss it. My guilty pleasure is Harlequin books. I buy them by the boxful at garage sales and read them whenever I get a free moment. I also never miss a Michael Connolly book – love that Harry Bosch!

    • I love to read but as a writer its hard to read a book for enjoyment anymore. When I’m reading someone else’s work, the creative side of my brain is triggered. So, I usually end up putting the book down and going back to my manuscript.

    • I have to read a little something, even if it’s just a couple of pages, before falling asleep. I don’t get to read nearly as much as I used to, but reading is like breathing for me. I have to do it.

    • I enjoy reading. It’s one of my favorite pastimes, so I still do it regularly. I don’t only read in my genre. I like thrillers and mysteries, too. I also read historical romance, but I don’t write in that genre. I enjoy getting swept away in another author’s story!

    • I still read, but boy oh boy am I ever pickier now. I DNF a lot more than I used to as the writer in me can’t stand plot holes in storylines lol. It makes my hubby laugh when I get frustrated by the little details.

  64. When it is warm I like reading on my porch.

  65. Question for all Authors what age where you when you decided to become a Author?

    • I was 26 when I submitted my first story on a whim. It was accepted. At 27 I’d had three more acceptances and I realized that I wanted to actually do this for real.

    • I started writing novellas as a teenager, but I didn’t think about it in career terms. I just enjoyed doing it. When I was 17, I set out to write a historical romance and even did massive research at the library. I didn’t finish that one but wrote another at 22. I didn’t get published until much later.

    • I was 34. I never wanted to become a writer of novels. I was trained to write for editorials so I had aspirations of becoming a PR guru or an editor for a fashion magazine.

    • Sophomore in college (so 19?) when I started writing my first real novel. Sold the 5th one I’d written at 29. What a journey it has been. Still loving every minute of it.

    • 36. I guess you could say it was my midlife crisis lol. I wasn’t satisfied with my job. I wasn’t happy with the books I was reading. So, I took a chance.

  66. my favorite place to curl up and read is in bed witch does keep me from sleeping some time.LOL

  67. I get into my favorite chair, and have a cup of green tea, a book that I am reading. If it is cool I have a blanket, and I can do that for hours on end.

  68. For any of the authors who want to answer:…..if you could pick another author’s series and write the next book which series would you pick?

  69. Which part of the writing process makes you the most nervous/anxious?

    • Hey Dawn,

      Great question! For me, the hardest part is letting it go once I’ve written it. Because then it’s beyond the sphere of my control and into the critical arena. Think lions and Christians. I always worry about two things. First, did I miss some detail that readers will discover the moment they turn the first page? LOL And second, how will the book be received? For me, the hardest part is letting it go once I’ve written it. Because then it’s beyond the sphere of my control and into the critical arena. Think lions and Christians. LOL That’s nail biting time for me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi Dawn!

      Definitely an awesome question. Wondering if the characters I’m writing will appeal to readers or if I’ve missed the mark. I always seem to convince myself that the current book is the worst thing I’ve ever written. It’s very nerve wracking until I get the first review. After that, for better or worse, I seem to calm down and then it’s time to get back to work on the next book. 🙂

    • The part that makes me the most nervous is having someone critique it.

    • For me, it’s marketing. It’s hard to choose what to do or how much to do, especially when there are so many choices and technology keeps changing the game. You’re never done, so you have to decide when you’re done. I always wonder if I did enough and did it well.

    • Launching the book is definitely hardest. Not knowing how readers will receive it–love/hate–it never gets any easier no matter how many books I write.

  70. To all of the authors: Good morning/afternoon to you. You all have a different style of writing. How hard was it to get this box set coordinated?

    • Hey Kimberly! It wasn’t hard at all from the book-side. Once the theme was chosen (voted on) we were given firm deadlines for submission. Everything else was all Koko Brown’s amazing skills at organization.

    • Having a marketing plan and using Facebook as a collaboration platform helped immensely.

    • lol, I kind of just did what I was told. Koko spearheaded the organizing part and the rest was done by just posting a subject thread and then us all commenting on it. It came together better than expected.

  71. What about you all? What’s your favorite place to curl up and read during the warm months?

    In general, any place, any time is my fav. But during warm weather, I tend to pile up in the hammock outside at the pool to do most of my reading.

  72. to all authors do you have an book signing tours planned or any reader/author get together you are going to be signing at.

    • I know a couple ladies will be at Romantic Times (New Orleans) in May and Romance Writers of America Nationals (in my current home town of San Antonio) in July. Sam Cheever will be at Lori Foster’s in June. Eve Vaughn will be at Romanticon in October. (I’m hoping to be there as well). I’ll be at Dittercon New Orleans in October. Those are off the top of my head. 🙂

    • I’m going to RAGT (Lori Foster’s Reader and Author Get Together) in June 🙂 I can’t wait to give out books and swags there. I’m also going to IRC in Lebanon TN in September, and I’m hosting the first ever Romancing the Capital in Ottawa, Ontario next April!

    • Like Dawn mentioned, I’ll be at Romanticon in October and Romance Slam Jam in may, like RT it’s also in New Orleans. RT is lots of fun, but I love the intimacy of smaller conferences because you have more of an opportunity to interact with your readers.

    • I’m participating in a Southern Affair, a readers meet and greet weekend, October 10-12 in Atlanta. brabonline.ticketleap.com/a-readers-retreats-a-southern-affair/details

    • Lots of us hang out at RomantiCon every October in Canton, Ohio. Everyone who wants to gets to pose with sexy male cover models in the fantasy photo shoot. (One of those inspired my book Stripper With Spice.) The men put on great performances, and there’s a big book signing with entertainment. I enjoy the zumba classes (taught by the guys), fun workshops, and the evening parties where we get to dress up. This year it’s country western hoe-down one night and urban throwdown the next. http://ecromanticon.com/

    • I’m a New Orleans native, so I’ll definitely be at the RT Convention. I’m also attending the Romance Writers of America’s annual conference in San Antonio, and an event held by contemporary and paranormal author A.C. Arthur in August. It’s at my favorite place in the world, Walt Disney World!

  73. my favorite place to read is curled up in my recliner

  74. Do your ideas for storylines and characters come easily for you or do you have to work to discover where each one will end up? What is the most difficult character you ever wrote?

    • Some are easier than others, Carly. The hero I’m writing now has been difficult until I realized that’s just his nature. Once I accepted that and went with the flow, he’s finally revealing his layers.

    • I’m going to have to go with Afton on this one. It depends on the character and the story. Some of them flow like a river, others are a desert. LOL.

      The most difficult character I ever wrote was Dakota Thunder from Thunder and Roses. He had a very difficult and traumatic past so it took me some time to let down my walls and work the story from his perspective.

  75. For all the authors:
    What is your preference, paperback, hardback or e-book?

  76. What about you all? What’s your favorite place to curl up and read during the warm months?
    I can read anywhere; although I prefer a big comfy chair that rocks with a footrest, a big fluffy blanket and a cup of hot tea.

  77. What is the first novel you remember reading?

    • Hey Liz!

      Great question. I couldn’t tell you the title, but it was a science fiction novel I stole from my dad’s library. It’s funny now, thinking of my dad reading science fiction. LOL He was a Lt. Colonel in the Air National Guard, which doesn’t exactly scream Sci Fi to me. But in a way it makes sense. Most Sci Fi novels are about some kind of intergalactic battle.

    • Does the Laura Ingalls Wilder series count? I learned to love the library at a very early age!

    • Darkangel by Meredith Anne Pierce. My first vampire. 😀 I was in the 5th grade.

  78. When you write your books do you already have the book playing out in your head or do you start with you characters and they tell you the story?

    • Thanks for stopping by Mellena!

      I usually have a very high level idea of the story but the detail really emerges as I write it. I have a friend who’s a fellow author and she can tell you the entire life story of each of her characters before she writes the book. LOL I barely know my character’s names when I start. But as they grow and flesh out in my mind the story wraps around them. It’s really a process of discovery for me, which can make for some very interesting plot snags, let me tell you. LOL

    • Mellena, by the time I start writing, the book is already playing out in my head. I don’t start writing until that point because I don’t plot my stories. The more I write, the more the story develops, the background of the characters, etc.

    • It’s a little bit of both for me. Usually, the characters tell me their story!


    • I will usually start with a situation and then build characters based on the situation. Very rarely do I have a character come to me first. When that happens, it usually takes me a long time to find a place to put him/her so I prefer knowing the story first. It plays out in my head like a movie. 😀

  79. Do you get to choose which story you want to put in the boxed set? Does any of the author’s know if there will possibly be a second volume for Tall, Dark and Alpha?


  80. My question is for anyone who wants to take a whack at it… What IS it about vampires that folk go nuts over? Let’s face it, Vampires have gone from disease ridden, soul stealing, horrific vultures to steamy sex gods that we not only welcome into our bedrooms, we BEG the overly testosterone ridden critters to come and have their wicked way with us.

    AND if Vampires can become heroes and desirable… what’s next? How about zombies? Anybody think they can take a Zombie with its tendency to eat brains and leave parts of itself behind and make it something to sigh and dream over… HA! What if it left the business end of a steamy romance behind… OMG.. LOOK MA! My Lover left his penis behind… ROFLMAO!

    • Caetlyn Rose,

      This is a great question. I actually think Paige Tyler has created a zombie hero in Dead Sexy! I’ll let her tell you if he leaves any parts behind though. LOL!

      As for vampire love, I believe even the earliest vampire stories had a sexual component. I’m picturing a dapper, dark-eyed Dracula draped over a beautiful woman, reclining in her bed, the pale column of her throat mere inches from his fangs. We’ve certainly taken the concept to the next level, though. To many of us, there’s nothing sexier that a vampire romance. I’m just gonna take a leap here and suggest it might have something to do with the biting the neck thing. The neck is a true erogenous zone and having somebody nibble on it is just plain sexy. #:0)

    • Hi Caetlyn!

      Sam’s right, I do have a zombie romance with a zombie hero! Now, before you run for the hills screaming, I should tell you that he’s only a zombie sometimes. Thing is, he never knows when he’s going to turn into one. But don’t worry, he doesn’t eat anything icky, and he doesn’t run around terrorizing people like on Walking Dead. Actually, he’s quite the tortured hero. Think Beauty and the Beast, only he was cursed by an evil Voodoo priestess. Here’s the link if you want to check it out!



    • Interesting question because in Bram Stoker’s Dracula novel, Dracula was an older man and not portrayed as sexy at all. However, there was some sexual symbolism going on when describing the women’s experience of being bitten and turned into vampires — Victorian innocent lady to wanton woman. Then the movie came out, showing a man with sex appeal and sexual looking scenes. I think it has evolved from there. Blood symbolizes the loss of virginity as well as life itself, so it’s inherently sexy. Zombies might evolve the same way. Not so sure about detachable body parts, though, LOL.

    • LOL!!! I love your questions!

      The 90s became vampire sex god central with the 1992 Dracula, Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Kindred the Embraced (Vampire the Masquerade). 1985 was Fright Night. Even the 1988 horror/comedy Waxwork pulled out super sexy vampires.

      I won’t even get into the cult classics.

      I think it’s a fascination between sex and danger. Seduction of the innocent by the dark. LOL!

      I’ll take Paige’s version of a voodoo zombie hero over the Walking Dead versions any day! 😀

  81. My question is this: If you had a time travel machine and could go back to when you first hit the publish button, would you change anything(story line, genre, characters)?

    • Hey Lori!

      I’d definitely be tempted to change my books. The hardest thing I do as a writer is hit that Publish button because I always worry that there’s something I’ve missed…that something could be better. Having said that, though, I really think there are only a couple of stories I would change. Those are from my earlier days as a writer. I like to think I’ve grown a lot since then.

      Thanks for the great question!

    • Most of those skeletons in my closet have been pulled from circulation. 😀 I wouldn’t change publishing, but I would have chosen to be less naive about who I first published with. 🙂 I had a rocky start.

  82. Delaney Diamond
    Who is your favorite author ?

    • Lavonne, one of my favorites is Maureen Smith. I love the way she writes her heroes and the stories are always interesting. They hold my attention until the end. Another is Nia Forrester. She’s an indie author. She has such a fluid writing style, I get sucked into the stories and feel as if I’m a part of them.

  83. Thank you for your well thought out replies. Which came first, the chicken or the egg… The provocative book or movie. I ask because… visually we have “Nosferatu”, then Grandpa in the Munsters (who’s vampirism is only touched upon, vaguely), then we go to “Love at First Bite” to books upon books of the now socially acceptable yet tormented Blood sucker, so while my question about Zombies was rather ludicrous (I was baking 3 berry muffins to get the kids off to school with something warm in their gullets) the serious component is… right now, Zombies are the whipping critters for writers for all sorts of Genres (Paige’s tormented Zombie aside… hot stuff there sugar!), at some point will they too become the subject of sighs and romance… They’re going to have to overcome the brain eating stigma as well as the subplot of leaving bits of themselves behind… let’s face it, finding bits of your zombie lover every morning is a bit of a turn off… and Hygiene you romantic lunks, take a shower, change your underwear and SPEAK ENGLISH! Getting tired of hitting Z for a translation… course it’s always the same thing… “Me Zombie, me eat your brains out!”… Okay, shutting up. Thank you again for your answers!

    • Caetlyn Rose,

      Knowing the great creative minds of my author friends, I don’t doubt we’ll find ways to make zombies sexy! From making them a different kind of zombie like Yeira in my box set story, Tall, Dark & Apocalyptic to giving them a handy and entertaining curse like Paige’s sexy hunk. The overriding issue, I think, is that zombies are fast becoming the new vampire. Shows like The Walking Dead and movies like World War Z have tapped into the public’s need for something new and interesting in paranormal. Personally I love the zombie concept and I plan to continue writing them. In face I have plans to create a reborn hero in a future Apocalyptic book. Like you, I’m interested in seeing where this passion for Zs goes! Thanks so much for stopping by, I always love talking Paranormal!

  84. For all the authors,
    Do you guys think about doing more combined novels. I really appreciate the variety in one buy. Also I may know one author in the set so I buy and end up loving the new authors I found.

    • Tracey,

      We haven’t had a chance to talk about further sets but I wouldn’t rule it out! We’ve gotten a lot of comments like yours from readers. People love the diversity in the stories. I’ll admit the box set concept was new to me when the lovely and talented Koko Brown approached me with it. But I’ve loved being part of it and would definitely look at doing another one in the future.

      Thanks for the questions and for stopping by!

    • I’ve loved anthologies for as long as I can remember for just that reason! It’s a nice way to find new authors. 😀 It’s how I found Charlaine Harris, Jet Mykles, Bianca D’Arc, Laurann Dohner, and so many others.

    • Like Sam, I wouldn’t rule it out, Tracey. It’s been a great learning experience for me, and it’s an opportunity for us as authors to cross promote and find new readers. In the past, I’ve enjoyed reading anthologies for the same reason you said – the variety.

  85. What is your favorite food?

  86. I like to curl up and read on my bed.