Author Kay Berrisford & Lord of the Forest!

kayberrisfordMy guest today is talented UK-based author, Kay Berrisford. Kay and I first met (online)about a year ago when her first book was about to be released. Fast forward a few scant months and lo and behold Kay’s third novel, Lord of the Forest, will be released in April. Awesome job Kay!

Kay used to be a historian and press officer. Then she realized making stuff up and adding fantasy, sex, and BDSM fun was even more exciting than the “day job.” She loves writing stories set in any time and place where she can indulge her love for research while imagining two hot guys getting it on. She has a particular passion for English folklore.

Kay lives in Southampton, Hampshire, UK, with her beloved “other half,” in a very small flat that blesses them on occasion with outbreaks of moths and mould. When they aren’t both madly working, they enjoy drinking wine, visiting castles and gorgeous countryside, and stalking cats and greenfinches. Kay loves to hear from readers.

Take it away Kay!

Robin Hood – the ultimate hero?

Robin Hood has been about for eight hundred years. He’s passed the ultimate endurance test, so what’s his appeal? I’ve always been a huge fan, both of storybook and movie representations, and for me, the answer is obvious. He’s always the good guy, always on the side of right. He’s loyal and brave—he’ll fight to the death for the good cause he believes in, and of course, for the people he cares for. He’s the ultimate hero, but he’s also incredibly adaptable. Every generation has re-written his story in a different way, sometimes many times over. He’s been a common woodsman, an earl in disguise, a returned crusader, and many other incarnations (hey, Disney made him a fox!) He’s usually a great lover—and by no means only of Maid Marian. She was a late addition to the story, first mentioned in 1508.

Robin’s also a kick ass warrior, though not always the very best. Right from the earliest stories, Robin was usually a brilliant archer, but often bested in other forms of battle (sword and staff) and not beyond needing rescuing by his men—Little John et al—on occasion. Robin’s famous “band of brothers” have been there from nearly the start. One of Robin’s first historians, John Fordun, writing in 1341, tells of “Robin Hood and Little John” who lived with their companions as outlaws among woodlands and thickets, celebrated as heroes by the poor people they helped. The appeal of this image is obvious—especially to us writers and lovers of m/m romance. What a better place to escape the shackles of social and sexual conventions than in the forest realm, with all its mystery and magic?

When I decided to write Robin Hood as the hero of my new Greenwood novel, Lord of the Forest, I took these ideas as my starting points. My Robin is fighter for justice, who values friendship above all things, and always strives to do right. It’s a great way to live, but what if this ultimate hero never found true love? That’s the challenge I set Robin in Lord of the Forest, and I had a hell of a lot of fun throwing obstacles in his way. He falls for a royal spy, not exactly the ideal guy for an outlaw. Oh, and he’s got to save England from an evil baron and the forces of dark magic too, but hey, he takes that all in his stride. After all, he is Robin Hood!

Here are the first two books in the series:

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Lord of the Forest – blurb:
England, 1217. Dark forces are rising. In the Greenwood, foul spirits grow powerful, and greedy barons plunder the lands. Only one man dares fight back—Robin Hood.

Robin’s band of brothers is broken. Now a lone warrior, he denies his famous name and laments the friends and lovers he’s lost. When the fair folk capture Cal, a beautiful young forester descended from the Greenwood’s ancient protectors, Robin rescues him and forges a new alliance.

Despite a sizzling attraction, Robin senses Cal isn’t like his old comrades, and he’s right. Cal’s been raised as a royal spy. He plans to seduce and betray Robin, but can’t harm the man he’s falling hard for. Mistrust and arguments spill into passionate lovemaking, as Cal learns the meaning of loyalty, fighting beside Robin, the only friend he’s ever known. Even the enchanted forest seeks to bind Robin and the returned protector ever tighter.

Their connection will be tested by nature’s wildest forces, Robin’s past, Cal’s lies, and in a baron’s darkest dungeon. To survive, Robin and Cal must admit their love and embrace their true destinies. Only then can they save England and each other—and win their happiness ever after.

Lord of the Forest (The Greenwood) will be published by Loose Id in early April. The first two Greenwood novels (Bound for the Forest and Bound to the Beast) are out now, and the series can be read in any order.

All titles available from Loose Id: http://www.loose-id.com/authors/g-k/kay-berrisford.html
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Kay-Berrisford/e/B006JLQ4L8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1
All Romance: http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Kay+Berrisford

THE LORD OF THE FOREST BLOG TOUR DRAW!

If you’d like a chance to WIN your choice any of the current Greenwood novels, Bound for the Forest or Bound to the Beast, in your choice of paperback or ebook—PLUS a $20 Loose Id or All Romance voucher—all you need to do is leave a comment here, including your email (please spell this out e.g. katy@yahoo.com would be katy at yahoo dot com.) You can enter the draw as many times as you like at the different blogs I visit on my Lord of the Forest blog tour (for schedule visit http://kayberrisford.com). Two runners up prizes will be a choice of any of my back catalogue titles, excluding Lord of the Forest.

Comp closes midnight EST, 12th April.

Thanks to Jianne for allowing me to blog here today!

And my thanks to Kay for the intriguing post! Don’t forget to leave your email address in the comment!

Cheers,

Jianne

 

Alpha Me Not – Blog Barrage – March 27-28, 2013

amn-barragebannerToday and Tomorrow I’m on a Blog Barrage for Alpha Me Not courtesy of CBLS Promotions! Alpha Me Not was recently nominated for Best Book 2012 by The Romance Reviews!

 Here is the schedule:

March 27, 2013
Bea’s Book Nook
Books to Light Your Fire
Crazy Four Books (Review)
Harlie Williams, Writer
In Love with Romance
My Bookshelf
Veiled Secrets Reviews

March 28, 2013
A Little Fiction of Every Flavour
Brianna’s Bookshelf
Bunny’s Review
It’s All About the Romance!
Lindsay’s Scribblings
   Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Mystery and More!
Rachel Leigh – erotic romance
The Printed Fox (Review)

Follow this tour and enter at each participating stop for a chance to win an eBook copy of “Alpha Me Not”. More entries = More chances to win! Contest is tour-wide, open internationally and ends Apr 2. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter.

I hope you’ll drop by and enter and Good Luck in the contest!

Cheers,

Jianne

Vengeance Hammer – Title Me Not

logo - jiannecarlo4 for blogStrange title for a book – Vengeance Hammer, isn’t it? Over the last while, I’ve had a ton of people ask how the titles of my books come about and the honest answer is – usually they come from me. For some strange reason, I cannot begin writing a story until I have a title. I know it’s weird and, trust me, nothing about my creative process is normal or follows any kind of pattern.

In my day job, I am a numbers person, a totally logical A to B and then to C person. Throw in a tale and logic flies out the window. Being a normally (and I use that word with the utmost caution) rational individual, I have tried over and over to document and improve the way I write. What has this to do with titles, you ask?

Well the fact is I can’t start a book without a title.  Go figure. It may take weeks or months or a single second to come up with the right title – A Paratrooper in a Pear Tree took minutes, Alpha Me Not I labored over for months, and yet in one week this year, I came up with the ideas for not one, but seven books!!! And I cannot tell you how or why any single one of those came about.

It drives me batty.

There are times when I actively dislike this need to write- truly- it’s simply not explainable or in any way shape or form, logical. I like rationality, I relish predictability, I savor order- and none of that ever applies to how a book evolves in my head. Why do you ask am I telling you this? Because overnight the ideas for three new books sprouted.

Shoot me.

I can’t keep up with my poor, irrational, obsessive writer brain.

*Thunk, thunk* – that’s the sound of me hitting my head on the wall.

Stop. Stop. No more ideas.

That’s it – I’m off to write as fast as my hands and Dragon Naturally Speaking will allow me. BTW – I am in edits for Vengeance Hammer, and cannot start anything new – isn’t that justifiable suicide karma?

*Thunk, thunk*

Cheers,

Jianne

P.S. One of my best titles came from Georgia Woods – The Bear and The Bride – kudos G, and many thanks.

 

Interview with Kayelle Allen & Preview of Fifty Gays of Shade

Before I get into today’s post and guest author, I promised to post the winners of the Lucky in Love Blog hop and here they are:

            Winner of a copy of Manacled in Monaco – Ashley A

            Winner of a copy of The Bear and The Bride – Katharina, Ellen

Please contact me within 5 days to claim your prize. I’ll also be announcing this on Facebook & Twitter.

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It’s my pleasure today to interview award winning author, Kayelle Allen. Not only is Kayelle an EPIC award winner (2010 for Surrender Love), she is one of the most ardent proponents of writer support in the industry.

Kayelle is the founder of Marketing for Romance Writers and Romance Lives Forever, two author-centric Yahoo! Groups with well over a thousand members each, and the founder and CEO of The Author’s Secret a graphics design company providing ebook conversion and design services to authors.

You have to visit Kayelle’s website, however, to begin to understand the depths of her talents. Composed of over 100 pages, her site is—to me anyway—a portal to the world of her books. The detail and graphics that went into the creation of the Tarthian Tour Company alone boggles the mind.

Q. Kayelle – even the notion of creating such a complex and involved site scares me – did you start out with the idea of creating the world of your books online?

Thank you, Jianne. I created it to be a portal. Originally, I planned to write a companion book to go along with my SciFi books, but when I created the website, I realized it would be a perfect place to share some of that material. One thing I wanted was for readers to step out of the books and into the site and be able to visit the same places the characters did. There’s a tour of the empire, plus Imperinet, which is the Imperial Internet. Almost any place mentioned in the books has a page on the website. There are also some hidden places for readers to find. If you see something that looks out of place, point to it, and see what hint it offers. If you end up on the wrong page, you’ll see the Imperinet 404 page, which has a NETway technician’s humorous rant about inferior workers, union scabs, badly fitting parts, and those infernal rebel scum.

Q. Do you do all your own programming for the site? Are you self-taught?

Yes, I do all of it, and I did teach myself. I read, researched, practiced, did things terribly wrong wrong wrong and had to relearn some things that I’d been doing backwards. Most of the art is either by my son, or me. I’ve purchased a few stock pieces, but probably 95% is original. We didn’t do the book covers. Well, we did the ones on the Free Reads page, but not the others.

Q. Have you always wanted to write sci-fi?

Yes. I grew up reading it, watching it on TV, and hearing stories at home. I also love Regency Romance, Historicals, Contemporary, and non-fiction. I read several books a week.

Q. What was your inspiration for the Tarthian Empire?

I wrote a future history in (very) broad strokes to cover 10k years, and had the idea that genetic manipulation would cause mankind to divide into various camps. The “human pure” would stick to the Terran sector on this side of the galaxy, while the more radically altered would be isolated on the far side. The Tarthian Empire is mostly made up of humans, and in the current story line, the last twenty years have introduced non-humans to the fold. The Kin are catlike, the Tyran are like satyrs, and the Chiasmii are truly androgynous creatures who can switch genders every season. Swirling into the mix are immortals who were once Earth’s finest warriors, but who proved to be too dangerous. They were exiled and isolated on a far planet, and after thousands of years, have fought their way to freedom. Earth has relegated them to myth — but to the immortals, humans are due payback. I began the immortals’ story by setting it on Tarth. They plan to work their way across the galaxy to Earth, and are spreading out, infiltrating Earth’s allies who could stand against them when the time comes. So this is just the first wave of stories.

Q. You’ve created languages and races for your novels – what inspired you to do that and where do you get your ideas?

As a kid (maybe age 10 or 12), I read the book The Languages of Pao, by Jack Vance, which had the concept that you could create a civilization by tweaking its language. I thought what if you also tweaked the genetic make up of the inhabitants? If you gave them catlike qualities, and a language to match, how would they become different? That theory formed the basis for the languages of my Kin people. It’s a mix of French, Cherokee, Latin, and English, with other sounds added to create a catlike mix. They say “Ffffftt!” for the F-word. 😉 Some things are direct translations. “Wah doh” is Cherokee for thank you. That’s also the formal way of saying thanks in Felis, the Kin language. But when they’re being informal and friendly, they also say “Skah.” An H is used to indicate a breathy pause. The words “te hahr” mean “my heart” and it’s a term of endearment abbreviated to “t’hahr.” To say it, you would breathe the first H sound. The second one, at the end of the word, means to hold the vowel for a beat longer. I based it on the sounds of Cherokee (Tsalagi), and what I felt a cat might sound like if it was combined with human DNA to create a sentient being. I’m no linguist, but I did research how languages are formed, and how they’re recorded.

Q.  The graphics on the site are incredible, and I noticed that you now do book trailers, buttons, banners, and much more through The Author’s Secret – what motivated this venture?

I love doing this stuff, and one day I was thinking, “Gee, I wish I could get paid to do this for other people.” It hit me that there was no reason I couldn’t. I set up the company in 2011, and have been working at it ever since. I just added a partner to do ebook conversions as well. We’re about to launch that along with some other wonderful features.

Q.  Do you have any plans to write other genres?

I do. I have a Contemporary BDSM Romance coming out later this year from Ellora’s Cave. It’s called Keeper of My Pleasure, and is set in Atlanta Georgia. I live in the metro area, so it was fun to write about places and details that I know well. I also have an audiobook called The Last Vhalgenn, which is mainstream fantasy. Although to be honest, I’m thinking of doing a sequel to that and having it turn out the world they live on is inside the Tarthian Empire. It would be a cool first contact story.

Q. What’s your latest release? Can we get a sneak preview?

Fifty Gays of Shade is out from Torquere Press. The book is edited by Kiernan Kelly, with stories by Kiernan Kelly, Kayelle Allen, KC Burn, Lydian Harker, CR Guilano, Sascha Illyvich, Wt Prater, Emily Moreton, CC Bridges, Wade Kelly, CB Conwy, DC Juris, Amelia June, KC Wells, Winnie Jerome, PT Walden, and Sean Michael.

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Blurb:

Welcome to Shady Business, the hottest gay BDSM club in town. Owned by Grey Shade, it’s the place you want to be if you’re into leather, whips, crops, and hot and steamy sex.

Each story in this anthology takes the reader inside the club for a steamy, hot night filled with passion, sex, and leather. From love stories that pluck at the heartstrings with riding crops to subs masquerading as Doms, from virginal first-time forays into the scene, to tales of experienced members in the leather community, there’s something for every reader here. Top or bottom, Dom or sub, every need is met, every desire filled.

At Shady Business, no good deed ever goes unpunished.

My story is called “Bill Me.” When a member of Shady Business returns from a hiatus, and meets a new member searching for a proper identity — and a master who’ll help him find it.

Here’s a peek for you!

“Is that you, Erik?”

I turned to see who had used my name so freely in one of the country’s premier BDSM clubs, and found the club’s owner walking toward me. “Hello, Shade.” I accepted his firm handshake. “Long time no see. You look fit as always.” The man wore a black leather hat, black zipped leather shorts, boots, and had a chain wrapped around one wrist.

“I could say the same.” He raked his gaze down me. “Damn, man. Where the hell have you been? I heard you relocated again.”

I shrugged. “You know me. Never could settle anywhere.”

“Let’s grab a drink.” Shade led me deeper into the club, away from the noisy stage and DJ.

We passed the elevator, and sidestepped around a laughing couple exiting the bathroom. From their tousled appearance, it took little imagination to guess what they’d been doing in there. Had house rules changed? Shade rubbed a spot between his brows and pretended not to notice. He continued through reception, and used a keycard to open a passageway to his office and the play room area.

Gesturing between the two, he quirked his brows, giving me a choice of location. I opted for the privacy of his office, and he opened the door.

Little had changed here, other than a few additional awards on the wall. I sat in the leather chair opposite his desk. He flipped open a cabinet and withdrew a bottle of whiskey and two glasses, handing me one. Shade surprised me by dropping into the chair next to mine. He poured generously, set down the bottle, and leaned back.

“You want to tell me what’s up?” He gazed at me over the rim of the glass while he sipped.

I swirled the whiskey, gave it a sniff, and smiled over at him. “What do you mean?”

He pulled a face. “We going to play a head game or are you going to tell me what brings you here — wearing a three piece suit– after fifteen months away?”

“Fifteen months? What, were you counting the days?”

“You were here for my birthday party for the past five years, and then missed it last year. I happen to know yours is in three days. We always celebrated together when you were in town. So yeah, I fuckin’ know the number of days.” He downed the rest of his drink, set aside the glass, and folded his arms across his beefy chest. “What’s with the suit?”

“In town on business.” I hesitated, but remembered this was Shade I was talking to, and sighed. “Corey moved out six weeks ago.”

“No shit? You okay?”

“Yeah. Now.”

Shade shook his head. “I’m sorry, Erik. You here to get back in the saddle?”

I took a slug of the whiskey, wiped my mouth with the back of my hand, and then finished it. “Figured it’s time.”

He sat forward. “Looking for the same type?”

“Hell, no. Older. He was twenty when we met. I need someone a little less…” While I struggled for the best description, Shade supplied an apt one.

“Full of shit?”

We both laughed. He poured me another drink. The sound of the liquid sloshing into the glass filled the silence in my head.

“Yeah. That’d work.” I sipped.

“We’ve got some new talent. You walk in wearing that suit, and they’ll be licking your shoes.”

I polished off the drink, and refused another. “Not really what I want licked tonight.”

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Torquere Press http://is.gd/50gaysofshade

Amazon http://amzn.com/B00BFFPK86/

ARe http://is.gd/50gaysofshade_ARe

Author site http://kayelleallen.com/exc-fifty.html

ISBN 9781610404334

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Author Bio:

Kayelle Allen is a multi-published, EPIC Award winning author. She writes Contemporary Romance, Gay Romance, Erotic Science Fiction Romance, Mainstream Fantasy, BDSM, and non-fiction. She likes to attend Science Fiction conventions, and has been a speaker at DragonCon, Outlantacon, and Gaylaxicon. She is a US Navy Veteran, and founded her own graphics company. Kayelle is married to her personal hero. They make their home in the southeast.

Homeworld http://kayelleallen.com

Blog http://kayelleallen.blogspot.com

Twitter http://twitter.com/kayelleallen

Facebook http://facebook.com/kayelle.allen

Giveaway: Thank you for popping in to read today. As my gift, please accept The Tarthian Empire Companion Book, First Edition. This is 23 pages of images and info about Tarth and all the other places in the empire. When you click it, this will either offer you a download, or open in a new window, depending on your settings. To read it, you need Adobe Reader, available free.
.http://kayelleallen.com/media/TarthianEmpireCompanionFirstEdition.pdf

What a ride!

I am fascinated, intrigued, and bemused by the sheer amount of different Kayelle Allen talents – graphics, programming (self-taught too), design, and writing. I can only do one of those and sometimes question even that ability.

Thank you, thank you, Kayelle, for this beguiling peek into your world. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did.

Cheers,

Jianne

 

Alpha Me Not & Demon Seed nominated for Best Book 2012

2012nomineeWriters lead a solitary life in terms of their trade. So we tend to rely on outside sources for verification, that yes, someone (and it may be only one) is reading my work/blog/tweets …you get the gist. Reviews, awards, and nominations make us giddy with delight.

Giddy doesn’t begin to describe what it was like to receive two emails from Carole at The Romance Reviews informing me that not one but two of my books had been nominated for Best Book of 2012 by their reviewers. Whoo-Hooo!

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My congratulations go out to all the nominees. To me, simply being selected is an honor in itself, but to be included in the company of such illustrious authors as Emma Holly,  Lisa Renee Jones and the others listed below is truly humbling.

Here’s a list of the nominees for two categories (goto here to see the others: http://www.theromancereviews.com/bookvote.php)

 

Erotic Romance – Action-Adventure / Romantic Suspense

NOMINEES

A Little Harmless Fascination by Melissa Schroeder

Demon Seed by Jianne Carlo

Fever by Joan Swan

IF I WERE YOU by Lisa Renee Jones

The Devil’s Pawn by Elizabeth Finn

Erotic Romance – Paranormal Romance

NOMINEES

Alpha Me Not by Jianne Carlo

Bear Meets Girl by Shelly Laurenston

Enslave by Felicity Heaton

Hidden Crimes by Emma Holly

His Mortal Soul by a.c. Mason

Hunted by Rebecca Zanetti

The Protector by Ambrielle Kirk

Wild Things: Fanged by Jocelyn Michel

The winners are determined by vote and,in order to vote, you must login to The Romance Reviews. If you have the chance and feel the inclination, please do. If not—heck, I made the list!

Cheers,

 

Jianne