Saturday, April 26, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
I bring you this wonderful author: SABLE HUNTER. Learn more about her and her work!
Let's start of by asking, what got you into writing?
I began writing for two reasons. First, to please myself.My writing served as a source of entertainment and as a source of escape. It gave me another world to visit when the world I lived in was not where I wanted to be. I could create an alternate reality and immerse myself in a life of love, adventure and sensuality. My writings are my fantasies – they are extremely personal. If you want to know me – read my books. I am the heroine in every one. All of the insecurities, failures, hopes and dreams of those women are all me. And the men….well, that’s the fantasy part of it. Second, I like to read a particular kind of book. I like alpha heroes and women with challenges in their life. And I want the hero to fall for the heroine hard – hook line and sinker. I want him to go to his knees at her feet and love her just the way she is. So, I couldn’t find that many of those types of books to write – so I wrote my own. I’m fortunate that other people enjoy visiting my fantasy world. That’s a blessing.
How did you decide to publish your work?
When I first started, I submitted to Harlequin but they said my work was too dark. My first novel dealt with abuse and a rape, it was aptly called TROUBLE. About that same time, Kindle Publishing on Amazon came to the forefront and I was one of the first who ventured into that world of self-publishing. I put out 8 books pretty quickly and to my shock, they began to sell. A published author introduced me to Secret Cravings and I gave them seven of those books. So I have been traditionally published and I put out another series on my own. I learned from both experiences. Since then, I’ve put out about 30 books, mostly self-published and made the huge leap to publishing other people’s work in BEAU COUP, which is the culmination of what I’ve learned all along the way. I see the value of both pathways and tried to lead people in the best journey for them. Writing is a lifestyle I wouldn’t trade for anything.
Tell us a little about yourself? Something readers might not know about you?
Well, I’ve been around awhile and told most everything on myself that could be known. I’m a private person. I don’t make public appearances. I don’t do book signings or conventions. I have never met a ‘fan’. Where I live, I’m mostly incognito. Sable Hunter is me, but I’m more than Sable. I’m a country girl. I grew up around cattle. Texas and Louisiana are both my homes, we have placesin each state. I cook – I’m a damn good cook. I believe in the supernatural. I ghosthunt for a hobby. Elvis Presley is my favorite singer, but I love rap music also. I play piano – classical. At one time I had 40 piano students. I’m also an accountant. But now I write full time and own BEAU COUP. I am an animal nut. I have six cats and three dogs. Flowers are a passion. My home in Texas has a yard full of old fashioned roses. I don’t like clear stones like diamonds, I prefer opaque stones. My favorite color is purple, but my houses are decorated in earth tones. I collect Beleek and Waterford. My favorite spot in my house is my shower – its huge and when I get stuck on a story line, I go in there and sit on the bench and get rained on. It has 14 showerheads and a waterfall and I could entertain a professional basketball team in there – its that big. Hmmmm – I like to drive fast. I like foreign cars. I’ve owned a Jag – my favorite, but now I drive a Lexus GFS Sport. My family is very small. I really only have Jess, but he’s enough. I travel by myself on research trips and I travel incognito. I’ve been tempted to put SABLE HUNTER on one side of my RV and SO MANY COWBOYS SO LITTLE ROPE on the other side – but I have refrained – ha!
Why romance books?
Love is one thing we all long for. And if we can’t have it in real life, we should be able to escape and enjoy it a little while in a book.
What drew you to write this type of book? –
Hmmm romance – I love happy endings, I think everyone deserves one. And I write erotic romance because sex is the icing – the very best part of life and I want as much of it as I can get.
What inspires you to write? Do you use real life events in your writing?
Poignant things – photos, songs, news stories – things like that inspire me to write. And yes, I do use real life events in my books – mostly things that have happened to me. Many of the funny and sad stories are mine – from the bull chasing the lady in Hot on Her Trail to Avery getting a microphone hung in her mouth in BADASS – all me. I even write Sable Hunter in my stories. I use my background, my ghost stories, my nana – my neighbors – if you live around me or do something funny – you’re in my book. After all, they say write what you know – so I do.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
My interest developed because I like to read. I never did play dolls or games – I read. When I was in Junior High, I would write stories about my friends and then let them read the finished product. I was a good student in school and writing was a strong point of mine – so I always knew I could do it. I just had to make myself be still enough to start.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I have several – Maya Banks, Lorelei James, Sarah McCarty, Shayla Black – and the one thing that I admired about their work was that they told a helluva story and it was so hot the kindle singed my fingers. So, I’ve taken up that banner. I write a story complete enough and compelling enough that if the sex were removed, it would still be good. But who wants to do without sex? Not me.
Who designed the covers?
For the most part – Barb, my assistant, makes my covers both for me and for the company. But the design and vision is my own. I try to bring a scene in the books to life and no one knows them better than I do.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part - - letting go. So, I solved that by letting my books be all interconnected. So, I never have to say goodbye to a character because their stories never end. I let each book be about a particular couple and I do give them a nice tidy HEA, but all of my characters still interact with one another so you get to revisit and catchup and be a part of their lives and their world – on and on.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Gracious me. Yes. Write. Write. But study your market and realize that you have to have a GOOD story to tell. As a publisher, I can assure you that I can fix- usually – a poorly written story, but I can do nothing for a well written boring piece of literature. Create an addictive world that people want to move into – and you’ll write a book that will sell. And develop your characters – spend time letting us know what made them the people they are at the time the story is taking place. Build their personalities and their past. And make sure that you allow the reader to see your story when they read it. So many times I read books that I can hear – and by that I mean there is dialogue and introspection, but there is no action or description or setting. And you have to do both. You want that reader to envision the book unfolding just as much as you do when you’re writing it. And EDITS – get your book edited if you are self-publishing. In Beau Coup, we go through a three prong edit process. And know this – a cover will attract a reader, but seldom does it sell a book. The BLURB is all powerful, that’s what attracts me – sell me on your book. The cover is bait, but it’s not the main thing. AND lastly – writing a book is the easy part. Marketing is the hard part and it has to be done. Not a choice. There are millions of books out there for readers to choose from so you have to do something to bring attention to your book – you have to move it from the back of the book store to the front – and that’s not an easy thing to do. Getting attention for your book is hardand its critical. But having said all of that – this is the time. There is no other more writer friendly time in our history than now. If you have a good, addictive, creative story – you can do well.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I love my readers. They are the most wonderful people in the world. I write for them, now, as much as I write for myself. So here is my commitment to you, readers of SABLE HUNTER and the HELL YEAH! Series. I promise to do my best to create for you tales that are meaningful. I will give you of myself when I do. I will foster hope that we all can be loved for ourselves – no matter what mountains we have to climb or difficulties we have to face. We all deserved to be loved. We all deserve a hero. I’m holding out for one – and I hope you do too.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Right now I’m working on several things. WELCOME TO MY WORLD – Hell Yeah! 14 will be about Bowie Travis Malone and Cassie Cartwright. Cassie is in a wheelchair. And when you find out how and why – it will break your heart. But their love is going to make a helluva tale.
Ryan and I are writing a 4th of July story called COME FOR ME about a girl, Lacy, who has been unlucky in love. Her ‘inadequate’ former boyfriend has convinced her she’s frigid. And she’s never had an orgasm. So she listens to her girlfriends talk and wishes she could know the joy of having someone in her life who would desire her. And don’t worry – we’ve created the perfect solution – and his name is JAKE. And I want him for myself!!
This book will kick off the DIXIE DREAMING series and introduce another couple who will carry the dream forward.
I have others too – my head is full of stories.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questionsfor us!
Check out Sable's work:
Hannah Montenegro is a woman who has sacrificed her life to help her family, never knowing the joys and freedom a young girl should enjoy. She lives in constant fear of being discovered in a country where she has no citizenship and no hope for the future.
But fate has a plan…the night Kyle comes back to Texas, they meet in a bar where he is drowning his sorrows and she is spreading her wings to learn how to fly. From the moment they touch, the heat between them is undeniable. But unfortunate circumstances separate them and neither dares dream they will see one another again.
Kyle is from a powerful Texas family. Because of his work with the Equalizers, his stance on stem-cell research and internet security, he is the only one surprised to find the people of the Lone Star state want him to run for Governor. Many get behind him, including the McCoys. But the one person he wants at his side eludes him.
Hannah is always on his mind. From the beginning their relationship is complicated, but when she comes back into his life, he grabs onto her with both hands. Politics, a sex tape, immigration issues and a baby complicates their pathway to happiness. But Kyle is the Thunderbird and Hannah is his soul mate in the truest sense of the word. Their journey to love is one you’ll never forget.
A modern day Cinderella story with a twist…
Sable Hunter writes erotic romance. She writes what she likes to read and enjoys putting her fantasies on paper. Her stories are emotional reads where the heroine is faced with challenges, like one of her favorite songs – she’s holding out for a hero – and boy, can she deliver a hero. Her aim is to write a story that will make you laugh, cry and sweat. If she can wring those emotions out of a reader, then she has done her job. She grew up in south Louisiana along the mysterious bayous where the Spanish moss hangs thickly over the dark waters. The culture of Louisiana has shaped her outlook on life and made its way into her novels where the supernatural is entirely normal. Presently, Sable lives in Texas and spends most of her time in wild and wonderful Austin. She is passionate about animals and has been known to charm creatures from a one ton bull to a family of racoons. For fun, Sable has been known to haunt cemeteries and battlefields armed with night-vision cameras and digital recorders hunting proof that love survives beyond the grave.She writes for Secret Cravings Publishing as well as publishes much of her own work. Join her in her world of magic, alpha heroes, sexy cowboys and hot, steamy, to-die-for sex. Step into the shoes of her heroines and escape to places where dreams can come true and orgasms only come in multiples.
Hello Ryan, thank you for taking the time to do this interview for Jen's Book Reviews
Let's start of by asking, what got you into writing? How did you decide to publish your work?
Hello, Jen. Great to be here, thanks for having me. Writing?Hmmmm. Well, I always say, “We all have a story inside of us that we want to tell and I think we should.” I know, it’s not a great saying, it won’t go down in history, but it’s how I feel. I always had these stories playing in my head, so I figured, why not take a stab at trying to write them down. So I did and here we are. As far as publishing them, well, I read an article online about how the ebook market was flourishing and how it was becoming easier to self-publish books online now, instead of relying on a publisher to publish for you, so I gave it a shot and again, here we are.
Tell us a little about yourself?
Not much to tell, I’m a pretty normal guy, I just happen to have an overactive imagination, so I write.
I will say I was surprised to see a male author whose work got me curious to read more. Have you gotten any other readers tell you this before?
I don’t hear much from people who have read my stuff. Which is fine, I don’t expect feedback, unless someone feels compelled to share. I will tell you that because of the genre I write, which is erotic, I do have the fear that a lot of potential female readers will see the male name on the cover and automatically dismiss it as porn, that the pages will be filled with nothing but guys getting blowjobs and having hot three-ways with co-eds, but that’s not what I write. Of course there is hot sex in there, at least I hope, but I try to make the stories about something more than just the sex. My favourite parts to write are the flirty moments, the exchanges between the male and female. Sure, the actual sex scenes are great, but the banter is the part I enjoy writing the most.
What genre would you describe your books to be?
Erotic. I liek sex and as such, I write sex.
What inspires you to write?
I can’t say anything ‘inspires’ me, I just write when I fell liek it, when there is a story in my head that I want to tell.
Do you outline your work before you begin writing or do you just let inspiration hit you?
There is always a plan. I usually have an ending in mind first, then work towards that. Outlines are great to have, but as most writers will tell you, you rarely stick to them.
Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was about twenty and bored. I was looking for a project, something to do, something interesting, so I decided to write a movie script. I can’t say for sure why I choose that, but I figured it would give me some sort of creative outlet, so I did. When that was done, I figured, why not write a book. So I did, and I’vebeen doing it for fun ever since.
Who is your favorite author in your genre and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Sable Hunter of course. Aside from the heat she brings to her stories, it’s the way she moves the reader, how she takes you on a rollercoaster. There’s humour and pain and triumph and defeat and at the end, you want to know more. I think every authourstrives to be able to write liek that, but few authours in this world have that kind of talent and Sable just has it.
I love the covers to your books, how do you come up with what you want on the cover?
I look at a ton of pictures on photo websites.
Anybody in particular that helps you design it?
Barb Caruso helps me, she puts the cover together based on the pics I find her, or she suggests to me. She does the first mock-up, then shows me and we work on it together, but there usually isn’t much to work on, because she does such a good job. Sable is also invaluable, she has great ideas and liek Barb, she just seems to have this talent and eye for covers. I’m a guy and my books are more geared towards women, and as such, it’s harder for me to come-up with a cover that would appeal to the female eye, so having Barb and Sable there to say, “No, Ryan. That’s too pornish,” or, “I think the font is a little too masculine,” is great, because I can’t see it the way they do.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write and be prepared to work extremely hard if you want to be a successful. And be realistic. A lot of first time writers think that they will write a book and it will sell a bazillion copies and they’ll become this overnight success story, but that’s not reality. It’s good to dream and to hope, but have your eyes open to the reality of writing for profit.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Who are your favorite authors to read?
Aside from Sable? Well, I read a lot of Stephen King.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Right now I’m working on a Fourth Of July story with Sable. I won’t tell you too much, but I will tell you it involves fireworks. Both in the sky and in the bedroom.
Thank you for taking the time to answer these questions for us!
J’s Closet & Happy To Be Stuck With You
J's Closet: Volume 1 includes 7 short stories about Travis and his wife J thus far.
No head games, just fun games. Come along with J and her swoon-worthy husband Travis, as this sexy married couple explores the contents of J's extensive wardrobe. Whether they're in Travis' Charger, on a beach in Mexico or at a hot yoga class, J's got the right outfit to make Travis sit up and beg.
*Content Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+
Love at first sight? Travis Ross didn’t believe in it until he laid his eyes on a mysterious brunette across the room at a party. From the very first word out of her mouth, Travis is smitten by this feisty little girl with the one letter name. Just back from Mexico, Travis’ mystery girl is full of surprises, some exquisite and some not so nice, but no matter what fate throws at them, Travis is determined to keep them together, determined to win her heart and make sure she’s happy to be stuck with him forever. Find out what happened before J got her closet.
All J's Closet Series of eBooks Nominated in Goodreads Indie Authors Everybody Should Read - April 1, 2013
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Kyle Avery, CEO of Mama Avery Foods, has been summoned to a special meeting by a note from her late mother, Virgilia Avery. When she arrives, she meets the elusive mogul Newton "Cass" Baxter, CEO of Baxter Chemicals and learns of the nearly forty year history her mother shared with Cass, as well as the obstacles they'd been forced to endure. As Kyle struggles to understand their history, she's forced to confront the man who loved and left her, Brandon Hall, VP of Baxter Chemicals and the adopted son of Cass Baxter. Kyle and Brandon unite in love, but separate in tragedy. They are forced to deal with the sad legacy of their parent's lives as well as their own heartbreak. It's up to them to finally break the chains which bind their hearts and find their own path to happiness.
When she finally got her ticket, she stood at the door, digging through her purse. Just as she reached for the handle, her hand touched someone else's. She looked up at him and felt a sudden jolt through her body. Their eyes locked for what seemed like an eternity.
Virgilia was suddenly lost in his warm emerald green eyes. He looked at her brown eyes and caught his breath.
"After you," he said, as she suddenly remembered where she was and why.
"Thank you," she managed to get out as she walked through the door he held open.
Neither of them had ever felt that way before and didn't know what to make of it. Was it a case of static? It felt a little too good to be just a random shock.
Virgilia tried to shake it off as she made her way into the theater. It was packed and she craned her head to find a possible seat. There were a couple of vacancies close to the front. Virgilia hated being that close to the screen, but as the saying goes, beggars can't be choosers. She found a seat and relaxed a bit. Not long after, her green-eyed doorman sat next to her.
"I'm not following you," he said, grinning at the look of surprise on her face. "This is just the only seat which seems to be left"
"Don't worry. I didn’t think you were following me"
"Why not? Aren't you worth following?" he flashed Virgilia a devastating smile which made her blush. Before she could even think of an answer, the lights dimmed.
She felt him lean in to her "We will continue this discussion later." Her stomach shivered as she cleared her throat and focused on the screen.
Throughout the movie, the audience’s reaction just heightened the tension of the scenes. Virgilia had no idea how big this shark was, but she knew the next time she decided to go to the beach, she would definitely rethink it.
A couple of times, the movie made her jump, much to the amusement of her doorman.
"Don't worry, Precious," he whispered. "I'll protect you"
Virgilia felt the pit of her stomach flutter when he called her "precious." If it were any other man, she would have been offended, even threatened. With him, it felt natural to hear him to call her that and she didn't even know his name.
When the movie ended, she stared at the screen, reading the credits. When she turned to glance at him, he was gone. Virgilia felt a pang of disappointment.
As she exited the theater, she felt a presence behind her. She turned to see him smiling at her.
"You never did answer my question. Don't you think you're worth following?"
"I will only answer questions from men whose names I know."
"Fair enough" he said as he extended his hand "My friends call me Cass."
"I'm Virgilia," she said as she shook his hand
"That's quite a name. I think I'll call you 'Lila' for short."Normally she hated it when people called her by some modification of her name, but this one seemed different. "Do you often change the name of the people you meet to suit yourself?"
"Only the special ones."
Virgilia felt her cheeks get hot and her stomach do backflips. No stranger had ever made her feel so at ease.
For his part, Cass was fascinated by this vision he saw before him. There was something about this woman, a light, a fire which drew him in and made him want to lose himself in those gorgeous brown eyes. He’d never felt anything like it before and was not going to let this opportunity pass him by.
"Yes," Virgilia said, suddenly.
"Yes, to Lila?"
"That too, but I meant the answer to your question." Cass looked a little lost and then she said, "I am worth following."
Cass felt his heart flip as he grinned. "Shall we?" he said offering his arm.
They walked around and talked for what felt like minutes, but turned out to be hours as evening turned to dusk. Virgilia's face hurt from smiling so much; she couldn't recall the last time she had such fun by herself or with anyone.
Cass found her smart and witty and even more beautiful than when he’d opened the door for her. He had met some stunning women in his life, but tonight, they seemed merely passable compared to Lila.
"It's getting late." She said "I had better get home"
"I'll walk you." he announced.
"No, I don't live too far from here."
He held his hand up. "I'm not letting any woman walk alone at night anywhere, no matter how close she lives."
They’d only just met, but the look on his face said he wasn't going to take ‘no’ for an answer. She thought better of starting an argument as they slowly made it to the gate of her house.
"Well, this is me," she said.
He nodded and looked at the house. It was small, modest, and held a bit of charm with the low white fence separating it from the house next door.
"Cass, I had a wonderful time."
"So did I," Cass said as his gaze moved from her eyes to her lips. "I want to do it again."
Virgilia wanted the same, but she had to be practical. "Maybe we should leave it at tonight."
Cass looked Virgilia straight in the eyes with a determination he felt deep within him. He was not used to hearing the word ‘no’ from a woman. But from this woman, the thought of not seeing her after tonight was completely unacceptable. "I don't believe you believe that. I can see it in your eyes…”
Grayson Baxter, first born of Julian and Joan, has always been the prodigal of the Baxter clan. He has also been heavily into drugs since he was a teenager. As his brother Cass enters a new phase in his life and is headed towards taking over the family business, Grayson’s drug use worsens. When he attempts to break away from the family that hates him, something goes terribly wrong. After tragedy strikes and with the help of a unique rehab facility, Grayson gets his life back. He discovers and pursues his desire to become a therapist and fall in love with Bindi Gail. Just as they start a life together, one fateful decision tears them apart. Through life’s twists and turns he finds his way from lost to found and learns to love again, Grayson’s journey to survive and realize his path as a Baxter makes his redemption more satisfying.
It was the day of Cass' return and even though the house seemed quiet, there was a little bit of a spark in the air. Julian was planning to have a party the next day, inviting some of the most elite of Gables society to show off his son. As Grayson walked downstairs to the pool, he met his father coming out of the home office.
Grayson grinned. "What's the matter, Father? Afraid I'll be fashionably late and upset the golden boy?"
Julian looked at his son steadily, unsmiling. He had no idea what he needed to do to get to Grayson, but one day he vowed he would before it was too late. Grayson looked at his father and then looked away. He hated being stared at, especially by the inscrutable Julian Baxter who saw everything and said little.
Grayson sighed and shook his head. "Fine." He could never get the better of the old man and there was no use in wasting time. Giving him one last look, Julian walked away. Grayson ambled to the patio and made a mental note to call Jerry. He needed a little extra boost to last him through his brother's return.
Grayson jumped in one of the cars and headed over to Jerry's place. He desperately needed a hit of something to take the edge off, and the only place he’d get some peace to enjoy it was outside of the manor.
"And then he looked at me and I just stood there," Grayson said as he took a hit of the weed.
"At least he gives a shit," Jerry replied. "Mine was too busy beating the shit out my mother and me to even say 'boo.' He blamed my mother for his sorry state. She worked her fingers to the bone and when she got pregnant, he beat her so bad she lost the baby. Then blamed her for it."
"Damn, man." Grayson was stunned. Grayson had known Jerry for over ten years and he rarely talked about his family life. It was only when they were in college that he learned Jerry’s father was dead and his mother was in jail, but he never knew why.
"The day my mother offed my father was the happiest day of my life." Jerry stared unblinking at nothing and Grayson could see the grip his memories held him in. "She’d just had enough of the beating, the screaming, the yelling...and she decided it as time." Grayson sat and listened. His life was a fairytale in comparison, and for a moment he felt like a brat. "But my mom was smart." Jerry leaned over and looked at Grayson with a smile on his face. "She’d gotten a special insurance policy on my father and made me the beneficiary. She set it up special so that when my father died, I’d be taken care of and the money wouldn’t be spent willy-nilly by my uncle." Jerry nodded, tapping his forefinger on his temple. "She set up some trust or whatever that paid for school and books and college. She set aside some money to pay my uncle to take care of me, but she did what she thought she needed to do."
Grayson listened and wondered if Joan would have ever done anything like that for him or any of his siblings. He didn't even have to answer because he already knew and it made him sick.