Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Fraterfamilias by Peter Ferrer (pseudonym of Judith Doloughan and Paula R. Stiles)


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?
Paul (Pavya) Farrell and Alan (Ayanke) Kedward

Why did you pick that name?
Pavya and Ayanke are names that are meant to sound ancient. I did some research on ancient Indo-European linguistic theory to get them right. The other names are modern versions that the two brothers adopted. Alan's first and last names are taken from different academics in history and prehistory, as a bit of a joke.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.
They are twins--fraternal not identical. So, there's a strong family resemblance, but if you knew them, you wouldn't mistake them for each other. Both are tall (close to six feet), dark-haired and rangy. Celtic-looking but with something else. Pavya has short, curly hair; Ayanke's is straight. They look to be in their mid to late forties. Ayanke is a little grayer and thinner than Pavya, but also more hyperactive.

Ayanke has a lateral scar under his left eye and wears glasses. Both start off the book clean-shaven, but Pavya later favors a beard. Pavya wears a turtleneck sweater, jeans and a dark-blue coat. Ayanke wears a shabby green Army-Navy jacket that's more than it seems, sweatshirt and jeans.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
Not at all. Like Jason Bourne, they are notable only in their ordinariness, and for similar reasons.
Who does he love? Why?
Pavya loves his dead wife Sarah. Ayanke also loves Sarah. As you can see, this is problematical, especially since Ayanke met her first and continues to communicate with her now she's dead. Both loved Sarah's exotic beauty (she was Cameroonian), her artistic talent and her love of life.

Does this person love him?
Yes, she loved them both.

Tell us about his family.
They have each other, of course, and Pavya was married to Sarah. Ayanke also has a grandson and Pavya...well, that would be telling. They also have friends whom they have adopted for family.

Are they important to him?
Absolutely. A central theme of the story is how far each one would go to protect family. It's pretty far.

Where is he from?
That is a bit of a mystery. Ayanke appears to be Russian and Pavya is apparently French. Ayanke has spent a lot of time in St. Petersburg while Pavya has favored Paris.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
They grew up in the wilderness. They have a lot of trouble adjusting to the fast, loud and overly controlled pace of modern life.

What does he want out of life?
They want to be left in peace. As far as their vocations in life, Pavya is a talented painter and Ayanke is an equally talented shaman.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)
That they are not quite what they seem to be.

Did you write more than one story about him?
Yes, we did. We've written three books so far, and parts of a few others.

How would he describe you?
Judith and I used to joke that if we were in the situation of these two brothers, that she would be Pavya and I would be Ayanke.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.
They're both very, very dangerous, but they're not evil.

Please provide your website link.
http://www.geocities.com/rpcv.geo/other.html

What is the link to buy your book?
http://www.virtualtales.com/StoryProducts~tn~Fraterfamilias.html

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.
And thanks to you, too.

By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?
'Fraid not, though we know who we'd cast them as in the movie.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Judi Moreo and Kim Baccelia - Virtual Tour Stops

Promotional Interview with Judi Moreo

This is the first author promotional interview that I've posted on my Self Promotion blog on the Inspired Author site. This is the first interview in a series that I'm doing with Kathleen Gage. She is posting some on her blog and I'll be posting all of the interviews on my site. To read about Judi Moreo's promotion - visit http://inspiredauthor.com/v3/promotional-interview-judi-moreo-0

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Kim Baccellia - Young Adult Author - Earrings of Ixtumea

Join Nikki Leigh and Muze as they interview young adult author Kim Baccelia about her book - Earrings of Ixtumea. This is the opening question of the interview -

Nikki & Muze – I was reading the synopsis for your book and was intrigued by the inner struggle that your character faces. It’s also interesting that she is confronted by the same cultural problems in the fantasy world. Can you give us some information about how you came up with this idea and what sort of problems she deals with in the story?

Kim –As a bilingual teacher in the later ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, I saw a lot with my second language students. I taught in a LA county school district, close to East LA. I also was researching my own family history at this time. I was bothered how each year my students would draw themselves blond, blue-eyed, and fair skinned. Click here to learn more about Kim and Earrings of Iztumeahttp://muzesmusings.blogspot.com/

Nikki Leigh – Fiction Author – www.nikkileigh.com
Book Promo 101 – www.nikkileigh.com/book_promo_101.htm
“Coastal Suspense with a Touch of Romance”

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Scion of the Dark Moon by Kingsley Montgomery


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

What's his name?

Bryn Tabral is the hero’s name in Scion of the Dark Moon.

Why did you pick that name?

“Bryn” sounded fairly harmless and kind, and the main character starts out as a na├»ve young nobleman. “Tabral” sounded somewhat aristocratic, strong, yet not menacing.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Bryn has long straight raven hair that falls to his shoulders and intelligent steel gray eyes that have a way of seeing past facades. His skin is white with a tinge of bronze that comes from spending a fair amount of time outdoors. His face is typical of his race, with aquiline features and thin lips, and his stature is tall and slender. He carries himself with the confident and energetic stride of a man who is comfortable with his ability to take care of himself. He is considered handsome by most.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

Bryn’s eyes are magnetic, and his emotions play out in their depths for those canny enough to notice. Other than that, he is of typical Arani noble stock.

Who does he love? Why?

Bryn loves two women, or at least thinks he does. One is Alyssa, a noble Arani sorceress apprentice with the Crown Robes. He loves her because she is intelligent, kind-hearted, and intensely loyal. The other is Yeva, an Ulari commoner and thief by circumstance. Bryn is attracted to her unbridled independence and fierce emotions, as well as her physical charms, which she uses to her advantage without regard for station or protocol. This is alluring to Bryn.

Does this person love him?

Both Alyssa and Yeva become enamored of Bryn, and this causes complications for them all.Tell us about his family.

Are they important to him?

Bryn is adopted. His adopted family is very important to him, and he is intensely loyal and loving to his adopted parents, and adores his little sister Vela. His older brother by adoption, Feran, on the other hand, despises Bryn and Bryn returns the feeling. Bryn does not know his birth parents. Though not a relative, his closest friend is his tutor, Nibiru, a hulking black man from the far South. Nibiru is also Bryn’s bodyguard and is in the employ of Bryn’s adopted father, Lord Earlen Tabral of Falcon Vale, though Nibiru’s past is a mystery.

Where is he from?

Bryn’s birthplace is unknown. He was raised as an orphan by Lord Earlen Tabral of Falcon Vale, a rural barony in the kingdom of Aralan . Falcon Vale is a collection of rural villages and a handful of border keeps situated in the Drakespire Mountains , on the fringes of the nation.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

Very much so. Falcon Vale is a rural barony and Bryn is the second son of the baron. He therefore does not have the responsibility of his older brother who will one day inherit the barony, nor does he have to deal with the daily intrigue of court life in the more settled parts of the kingdom. Therefore, Bryn is allowed much freedom. He hunts, practices archery, and helps out in judging disputes within the barony. Thanks to his tutor, Nibiru, he is also an accomplished swordsman, literate, and generally better educated than most folks in his barony, including the gentry.

What does he want out of life?

Though this changes significantly as the plot progresses, in the beginning Bryn simply wants to be happy with his life and his lot in it. He is content but restless. He knows there is something important he should be doing, but knows not what it is. Though he is aware Feran, his older brother, will inherit the barony one day, he fears what effect his callous brother will have on the people of Falcon Vale.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

His biggest secret is his uncanny sixth sense, which allows him to “see” things that others cannot, sometimes manifesting in dreams. This also gives him a strong connection with his canid Stalker, bordering on telepathy. (Canids are large intelligent wolf-like quadrupeds.)

Did you write more than one story about him?

Yes, Scion of the Dark Moon is only the first book in a trilogy.

How would he describe you?

He would see me as I am, as opposed to what I appear to be.

Is there anything else about your hero that we need to know? Feel free to share.

Guilt and responsibility weigh heavily on Bryn, which causes him to suffer internally more than most, especially when tragedy strikes those he loves.

Please provide your website link.

My book Web site is http://www.kvmbooks.com/.

What is the link to buy your book?

Scion of the Dark Moon can be bought on my Web site at http://www.kvmbooks.com/, via Amazon.com.

Kingsley Montgomery
Fantasy or sci-fi reader? Visit my author site at http://www.kvmbooks.com/

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Kelly Heckart - Of Water and Dragons


What's his name?

Ambiorix

Why did you pick that name?

He is a Roman/Celt and there was a real Celtic hero named Ambiorix who caused Julius Caesar problems. Give us a brief description of how he looks. Long dark blond hair and blue eyes that turn green when he is angry. He is six feet tall and has a sexy dimple on his chin. He is a soldier so he is in good shape--very masculine. Hot!

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?

I think it is his eyes because of the way they change color.

Who does he love? Why?

Nemu. She enchanted him from the first time they met. She is the only one who can raise his ire and his passion.

Does this person love him?

Yes.

Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

His father was a Roman general and governor of Britannia--a very powerful man and his mother is a Celtic princess. However, his birth father, who he did not know about until recently, was a Celtic king who died fighting the Roman legions. When he discovers the truth about his birth father, that changes everything for him. He is pretty close to his mother, but he does not see her often. They are very much alike.

Where is he from?

He was born in Britannia.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?

He was born in Camulodunum in 60 AD, the night of Boudica's rebellion and he grew up in Rome. All of his life, he considered himself Roman and fought against the Celts--that is until he met Nemu and learned the truth about his birth father. What does he want out of life? He is very conficted. Before he comes back to Britannia and meets Nemu, he is an ambitious soldier commanding a cavalry unit. He wants to command a legion some day. His destiny sort of knocks him down and he sympathizes with the Celts, starts having strange dreams, etc. His world is turned upside down. By the end of the story, his life changes so much. It's beyond his control.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Women continue to mystify him.

Did you write more than one story about him?

Yes. The next book, Ravenwolf, is more about him. The title is the name he is called by the Celts.

How would he describe you?

I would hope that he would describe me as a hot babe! I always develop a crush on my heroes.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

Kelley Heckart
Author of Of Water and Dragons

"an appealing amalgam of magic, erotica, military history, and romance that will leave readers breathless in its wake." Ellen Tanner Marsh, NYT best-selling author
http://http://www.kelleyheckart.com/

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Tempted by Rita Thedford


Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.


What's his name? Christian Delaford, the eight Duke of Haverton

Why did you pick that name?
Hm. Not really sure about that one. Guess I just liked the sound of it. He is a Duke so had to be the Duke of something. Give us a brief description of how he looks.

The heroine, Elizabeth, calls him “a beautiful but savage beast” and I suppose he is. Christian is a big man and very dark, perhaps from his travels in the Orient. He wears his hair longer than is fashionable in Regency England (ties it back at the nape of his neck) and isn’t the sort to wear evening gloves. He’d probably laugh in the face of anyone who dared suggest it! Oh, and that long hair? Black as sin. His eyelashes are perhaps the only pretty thing about the man. They are black, thick, and frame eyes the exact color of a rainy day. Yummy. Is there anything unusual about his appearance? Well, yes, his hair. He wears it longer than what was fashionable during that time period and tends to club it back.

Who does he love? Why? He loves several people, actually, besides Elizabeth, the heroine. His first love was his mother, who is deceased, but her memory is alive in his heart. He also loves, in a pure sense, An Li. Christian first saw her as a slave girl when he was on business in China. She is a tortured soul whom Christian rescues. He buys her freedom and brings her to England with him. It is Elizabeth whom he most loves. Yes, she is beautiful but there are plenty of beautiful women in England. No, he loves her fiery spirit and the loyalty she feels for those she loves.

Does this person love him?
Every woman in Christian’s life loves him. He is immensely loveable once you get past the powerful, masculine good looks. Elizabeth fears the things he makes her feel but she soon learns that beneath the surface of that very broad chest beats a chivalrous heart. She is mad for him! Tell us about his family. Are they important to him? His mother was vastly important to Christian and helped shape his views about women and his relationships to them. His father was a despicable adulterer who broke his mother’s heart. Every protective instinct he now possesses is due to the ill treatment of his beloved mother.

Where is he from? He is an Englishman and a member of the aristocracy. Though he is well-traveled, he has residences in London and several large estates scattered throughout England.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Absolutely not! Christian is a man of the world and not one who would give a fig what anyone thought about him. His travels have perhaps influenced his more liberal attitudes. What does he want out of life? I believe that more than anything, Christian wants to live in peace with the woman he loves. He wants her intelligence and wit challenging him daily. He wants to be free of intrigue and the manipulative ways of others. Christian is a man who would be perfectly content to grow old with his love by his side. If he did, on occasion, go adventuring, Elizabeth would be with him.

What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.)

Perhaps Christian’s biggest secret is that deep inside, he is a compassionate man. He is so big, tough, rich, and powerful that people view him with awe. Inside, he is a pussycat.

Did you write more than one story about him? No.

How would he describe you?

Christian finds me funny. Let me rephrase that…humorous. He finds me an amusing companion with whom he could share a joke or two and perhaps a glass of brandy by a crackling fire.

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.


By the way, do you have a picture of him that you'd like to share?

No. No pictures unfortunately but if I could describe him, he would look a bit like Clive Owen with a bit of Daniel Day Lewis’ intense eyes tossed in. Mmm. I love an intense hero with a heart of gold.

Tempted- by Rita Thedford
published by Wings ePress
Available now at http://www.wingsepress.com/
Paperback ISBN 978-1-59705-911-0
Ebook- ISBN 978-1-59705-098-9

The Daemonhold Curse

Okay -- its time to tell us about that hunky hero in your book.

The book is The Daemonhold Curse

What's his name?
Lord Erique Shoutte is the hero of a series of novels; the latest of which is The Daemonhold Curse” from ePress-Online.com

Why did you pick that name?
Its an ironic choice actually. He is a priest of a religion that must be sung, and at one point in his life, he is attacked by bandits who cut his throat, leaving him unable to speak in anything but a hoarse whisper. It automatically speaks to a certain poignancy.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.
Lunit sees him this way: He stood a muscular two meters tall with his black hair close cropped, save for the war lock that hung down his back. His mustache and goatee were trimmed neatly and completed a frame to a sun browned handsome face that was neither hard nor soft but capable of both degrees. His eyes, intense grey reflectors of his deepest thoughts, were focused into the sullen eyes of his opponent.
Then suddenly, without warning, Lunit's lover smiled. It was an inner motivated smile that revealed near perfect teeth, a myriad of laugh lines that softened his eyes from slate to twilight, and the soul of a small boy who, when he enjoyed a moment, did so completely and without reserve. As a young man he had long black hair to his waist, but by his mid forties elects for the above look.

Is there anything unusual about his appearance?
When he was ordained in his religion, the Kova, he received three separate diamond shaped brands in the center of his chest at the conclusion of each of the three phases of his training. Later, after the attack on him, he wears a jagged scar across his throat that is often described as looking like a ghastly necklace.

Who does he love?
He has two great loves in his life (besides his religion)—Myrran Yar San, whom he marries and who is killed in his arms when he receives his scar, and in his middle age, the singer Lunit.

Why?
Why does anyone love? Myrran is his young passionate companion, smart and funny. aLunit is a tough yet sensitive woman of the world.

Does this person love him?
Both love him passionately, Myrran enough to give her life for him and Lunit enough to give up her singing voice so he can sing his religion again. (how that happens is in the book ‘Tales of a Warrior Priest story: The Gift of Song)

Tell us about his family.
He is the first son of a Highland noble family with a younger brother and sister, both of whom he doesn’t get along with. His father dies when he is young and he is more influenced by an uncle who is a priest. He gives up his noble life, including his title as The Shoutte of Shoutte when he enters the priesthood.

Are they important to him?
Not really since he leaves home so early.

Where is he from?
The Highlands of the country of Umbria on the world of Altiva.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?
Yes and no. He is, of course, of the country, but he spends his years from fifteen to twenty five at the Academy Kova and that influences him more.

What does he want out of life?
To make a difference in a positive way in the world. A real hero in a very classic sense, he is truly motivated by a desire to do good. He’d better be, because he really believes in his religion and is trained as a healer.

What's his biggest secret?
A real fear that he isn’t doing enough—I think all devout people have that inner fear.

Did you write more than one story about him?
I’ve written some thirty stories about him, short stories,, novellas and novel length ( Death at Dragonthroat, Tales of a Warrior Priest, the Daemonhold Curse) that deal with him from age fifteen to in his eighties. Three of the books are out, one is on the way, and a lot more in my head waiting in line to come out…

How would he describe you?
He probably would find me not committed enough to life or disciplined enough. I know he’d make me do more sit ups than I’m willing to do on my own time…

It was wonderful to meet him. Thank you for bringing him to meet us.

Available in September - www.epress-online.com

The Coming Evil by Greg Mitchell


The Coming Evil

Book One: The Strange Man

by Greg Mitchell

What's his name?


Dras (drAHz) Weldon, slacker extraordinaire.

Why did you pick that name?


I wanted something you didn’t hear everyday. Something really unique.

Give us a brief description of how he looks.

Taken from the book: “With sandy-blonde hair that could never retain a coherent shape and a face young and untouched by the rigors of the world, Dras possessed that little brother quality that women always found attractive on a simply platonic level.” Is there anything unusual about his appearance? Unusual how? He doesn’t have, like, an unsightly mole or anything.

Who does he love? Why?


Well, that’s a loaded question. In the beginning, he loves only himself. But, as the story progresses, he realizes how much he loves his best-friend-since-the-embryonic-stage, Rosalyn Myers. She’s the one that the Strange Man is after. She’s the reason Dras chooses to fight.

Does this person love him?

Yes. How much she loves him, even she doesn’t realize.


Tell us about his family. Are they important to him?

His older brother Jeff is a major player in the series. Jeff pretty much got everything right that Dras got wrong. He’s responsible, happily married, well-liked, and just a good, decent guy. Needless to say, Dras is resentful of that, feeling that his brother is living his nice, shiny life in front of him as a way to rub it in. Dras’ parents are good, hard-working folk who are forever patient with Dras and his refusal to grow up, but, again, once he starts down this road that will lead to a showdown with the Strange Man, he begins to see his family in a new light and realizes how much they mean to him. Where is he from? He was born and raised in his little town of Greensboro, but many would argue he came from Mars.

Does his hometown affect his behavior, thoughts and attitude?


Absolutely. Greensboro is the town that never changes. While this has prompted many people Dras’ age to pull up stakes and find their fortunes elsewhere, Dras really sees his town as his sanctuary. It’s familiar to him. Safe. He surmises that, as long as he stays there, change will never find him. Boy, is he wrong…

What does he want out of life?

Play video games. Read comics. Hang with Rosalyn. Avoid responsibility wherever it might rear its ugly head. What's his biggest secret? (Only share if it isn't a spoiler in the story.) He doesn’t really have a big secret. He’s pretty much lived his misspent life in front of God and everybody without shame. Well, there was that time in third grade when he flooded the girls’ bathroom, but…

Did you write more than one story about him?


I wrote a whole trilogy dealing with the one fateful choice he made to “put away childish things” and take on the forces of darkness. It’s called The Coming Evil and you should really be reading it now.

How would he describe you?

Probably as really, really mean. I’m the one who upset his peaceful existence by introducing him to the Strange Man.


The Coming Evil, Book One: The Strange Man

"Evil comes for us all...and for some of us, it's already here."