Wednesday, May 23, 2012

5 Stars for Hint of Frost by Hailey Edwards

Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award

"Different, fresh, and wonderfully crafted"

Says Reviewer Angela about Hint of Frost

Title: A Hint of Frost
Author: Hailey Edwards
Release Date: April 17, 2012
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 193
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Series: Araneae Nation, Book 1
Format: ebook
ISBN: 978-1-60928-756-6
Posted: May 2012
Reviewer: Angela
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Heat Level: I

Summary/Blurb: (from When the head of the Araneidae clan is found poisoned in her nest, her eldest daughter, Lourdes, becomes their clan’s new maven. If her clan is to survive, she has but one choice: she must marry before her next is seized. All she needs is a warrior fierce enough to protect her city and safeguard her clansmen. Such a male is Rhys the Cold.

Born the youngest son of an impoverished maven, the only things Rhys has to his name are his sword and his mercenary reputation. His clan is starving, but their fondness for the flesh of fellow Araneaeans makes them unwelcome dinner guests. Torn between loyalty to his clan and fascination with his future bride, Rhys’s first taste of Lourdes threatens to melt the cold encasing his heart.

Amid the chaos of battle, Lourdes’s sister disappears and is feared captured. Lourdes and Rhys pursue their enemies into the southlands, where they discover an odd plague ravaging southern clans as it travels north, to Erania. Determined to survive, Lourdes will discover whether she’s worth her silk or if she’s spun the thread by which her clan will hang.

Review:I’m always on the lookout for a new fantasy romance. Surprisingly, they’re somewhat hard to find. So, good ones are even harder to find. In my quest, I stumbled onto a gem in Hailey Edwards's A Hint of Frost. The strong adventure plot pulled the story forward and kept me rapt with attention. Lourdes and Rhys are trying to find her missing sister and learn why her parents were murdered. This leads them on a journey that is always interesting where they can learn more about each other. And it’s so utterly refreshing with the fresh world and deeply-captivating characters right from the opening that immediately thrust the reader into the action with murder.

The heroine, Lourdes, is threatened when her mother is poisoned. The clan Lourdes' family trusted so long for protection is now trying to eradicate them. Desperate for help, Lourdes turns in a direction she might never have taken. And this forced decision reveals a heroine worth reading. Lourdes is a fantastic strong heroine. A truly strong female character that knows her limits is a rare thing these days. She quickly won me over in the beginning because Rhys hid her for her protection and told her to stay put. And she cooperates, recognizing that she’s not as strong. But don't let that point fool you. When threatened, she efficiently takes care of herself, proving to the reader that she has inner strength. Even better, when Rhys comes back admonishing that he told her not to move, she replies, "I heard you, but as I have a fondness for the way my head rests upon my neck, I decided some movement might be warranted." Her strength is in how she heeds advice and makes the best decisions. I also liked how once she made a decision she didn’t bemoan her choice or the fact that she had to make it. And then there's Rhys…

Rhys intrigued me right from the beginning as strong and deadly but honorable at the same time. He obviously has secrets. Learning those secrets kept me flipping pages late into the night. When you add in the way that he respects Lourdes and her decisions, understands her need to be herself as well as the reasons she makes some of her decisions, he definitely had me rooting for him to win Lourdes’s affections.

The one thing that kept this from being a five star read, and it was a hard call to make, is some of the lingering confusion about the story world and the specifics of the race of Araneae at the story's end. Lourdes' clan actually spins powerful threads, like spiders, from their hands where the spinnerets are located. But I had a hard time picturing this and how it coalesced into the everyday use of their hands. I’m sure this confusion just stems from my frustration in being unable to picture the character's hands, but the desire to figure that out plagued me throughout the book as one minor thing in the whole of the world building, which over all was fantastic. The different clans and their interactions, along with the journey within the world allowed me to learn this information organically. Plus there are dragons. I can’t resist dragons.

The story is really well-paced that even managed to surprise me a few times. Upon finishing A Hint of Frost, I quickly went and looked up all of Ms. Edwards' backlist, eager to read more. She has a deft hand developing the characters and world that I devoured. If you’re looking for something that’s different, fresh, and wonderfully crafted, read A Hint of Frost.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Interview with Author of Contemporary and Fantasy Romance Rachel Carrington

I like to introduce Author of Contemporary and Fantasy Romance Rachel Carrington. May was a very busy month for Rachel with three new releases in her new Vampire Destined series.

May 4th, the first book in the Vampires Destined series, Vampire Cursed.

May 31st, the second book in the Vampires Destined series, Vampire Forgotten.

Now I’m just a sucker (pun intended) for a good vampire story. So for me that news is very intriguing. But vampires aren’t all that Rachel’s writes about. Actually she usually has a book release almost every month. Yep you read that right. Which includes but is not limited to Paranormal Romance, Romantic Suspense, Fantasy, Contemporary Romance, and Historical Romance, I think you get the point.

Rachel Carrington began her career writing fantasy romances of powerful wizards and wicked witches. Since then, she has branched out into contemporary romance and romantic suspense and has had books published with Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, Red Sage Publishing, and more.

Currently, a freelance editor/writer residing in historical Charleston, South Carolina, Rachel has written non-fiction articles for Absolute Write, The Writer’s Journal, Writing for Dollars, Writer’s Magazine, and Writer’s Weekly.

Because she likes staying busy, Rachel has also taught classes for Suite 101 and for author groups regarding promoting, writing, starting your own business, and editing.

When not writing, Rachel loves to read romantic suspense (Lisa Gardner and Roxanne St. Claire are two of her favorites), rework old furniture, cross-stitch, cook, and drink lots of coffee.
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Welcome Rachel and thank you for joining us.

Shall we begin?

Q. When did you begin teaching author groups regarding promoting, writing, starting your own business, and editing?

I started writing many, many years ago when I was sixteen, but my first book didn’t get published until 2002. It took me three or four years to get to the point where I felt like I had something to offer other authors.

*Just for fun, how would you answer these questions if students in one of your classes ask them?

  • What makes a romance novel a great love story and how would you define "romance"?


      A great love story involves so much more than just two people coming together to find love. There has to be something that keeps them apart, prevents the two hearts from finding their happily ever after.

      Romance, to me, is something that stirs the heart like an elderly couple holding hands as they walk through fallen leaves or a just married couple leaving the church. I don’t think it can necessarily be defined in just the few sentences the dictionaries give it.
      A romance, to me, is a quintessential story of two hearts trying to find their way to happily ever after. The heroine and the hero usually don’t even know that’s what they’re looking for, and most of the time, it sneaks up on them. That sudden spark of "he/she’s the one for me" is timeless.

      A good love story makes you feel for the hero and heroine. A great love story makes you want to be one of those characters. 

  • When is it too soon for the characters in a book to have sex in a non-erotic story?

    • I don’t personally have a timeline. It’s all a matter of how the characters are connecting. When the time is right, I know it. I’ve had characters have sex at the beginning of a book and some not until the end.

  • Why do you think it is so easy to accept the factor of possession and surrender in books and not in real life?

    • I don’t think of it as possession and surrender as much as it’s a connection, a strong passion that makes both the hero and the heroine want to be with the other so desperately, they’re willing to lay aside any doubts or fears. They belong to each other so no one possesses the other, and there is no need for surrender.

  • …is it because the "Alpha" factor is ok when it's just a fantasy?
I think a true Alpha male is the one who believes in the heroine as much as he loves her. He doesn’t just want to possess her as much as unite with her to create a strong bond. Separate, they are strong. Together, they are unstoppable.

  • …or is there a "safety" factor that comes with reading as a way to explore maybe something deeper?

I do believe there is a safety factor that comes with reading. We can explore things outside the realm of possibility, things that just would not happen in our real lives and world. Any good writer will stretch the boundaries because he/she knows the reader wants to step outside his/her current world and enter a fiction reality.

*We now return you to your regular scheduled interview…*winks*

Q. When you completed your novels do you breathe a sigh of relief, or do you feel sad the experience has ended?

Definitely a sigh of relief. Because by the time I’m nearing the finish line, I’ve put those characters through the wringer. And I’m ready to give them their happily ever after.

Q. Do you, like many other writers, secretly harbor dreams of writing a NYT Best Seller? Or do you have another dream that signifies the top of the game to you?

I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t love that honor, but I know that as long as I’m writing and my readers enjoy what I write, I’m at the top of my game.

Q. What are your comfy clothes?

Pajamas, but the shirts have to have short sleeves. I’ve lost count of the number of pairs I own.

Q. As a child what dreams did you have of want you wanted to be when you grew up?

I actually had dreams of being a singer. I wanted to be that person who captures the attention of audiences much like Adele does now.

Q. Have you ever had one of those profound "AH-HA!" moments while you were writing? Would you be willing to share it?

I have. It was when I was writing Indigo Spell, the first book in my Hot Magic series. That story includes wizards and witches, and I remember stopping in the middle of a magical scene and realizing this is what I wanted to do. Not just write, but create these stories that are so magical readers will stop in the middle and have that same WOW moment.

Q. Did you have a hero as a child?

My third grade teacher, Mrs. Bridges, was my hero. She made class fun, took time with her students, and let us express ourselves in a non-judgmental way. She helped her students do so much more than learn; she helped them grow.

"What is a teacher? I'll tell you: it isn't someone who teaches something, but someone who inspires the student to give of her best in order to discover what she already knows."
Paulo Coelho,The Witch of Portobello

*I always like to end interviews with a question just for fun. This is the one I choose for you.

Q. If you could have one superhuman power, what would it be, and why?

I’d love to be able to fly because I love to travel, and I could save so much money on airfare. LOL

Rachel thanks so much for joining us! I hope you had a good time.

To find out more about Rachel Carrington and her work make sure to visit her website at




        Friday, May 18, 2012

        5 Star Review for Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Suzie D. Grant

        Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award
        "One of the best books I have ever read!"

         Says Reviewer Paula R.

        Title: Valkyrie’s Vengeance
        Author: Suzie D. Grant
        Release Date: 3/13/12
        Genre: Historical Romance
        Pages: 230
        Publisher: Night Shift Publishing
        Series: Maidens of the Shield (book #1)
        Format: E-Book
        ASIN: B007K1GO8Y
        Posted: May 12, 2012
        Reviewer: Paula R.
        Rating: 5
        Heat Level: 1


        Tyra Svensdottir shipwrecked in the land of the Saxons off the coast of England. She was only twelve years old and she wanted to accompany her older brother on a trading expedition, but her father forbade it. Her father was a Viking king. Tyra stole away on the ship. The ship wrecked and she was the only survivor. The Saxons tried to capture her, but she ran and found a place to hide. She managed to battle and kill one of the captors, but then came the other two that were after her. She killed the second one while the third ransacked a cabin she had come upon. Then the third one came and she was too exhausted to fight anymore. Just when she thought she would die, the old lady from the cabin rescued her by killing the third Saxon. The old lady reached out to Tyra and Tyra found someone to stay with. Enid was the old lady and she raised Tyra.

        Ten years later and Tyra went down to the shore. There she found a longboat, and Vikings. She has learned the Saxon ways in the ten years she has been with Enid. She followed the Vikings and was devastated to learn they were on a raid of the village. When she came upon a small boy whose mother has just been killed she showed her skills. All of a sudden Enid is there and the red headed Viking killed her because she raised a sword to him. Right then and there Tyra vowed vengeance on the red-headed Viking. Will Tyra be able to avenge Enid’s death? Where will her vengeance take her?


        When I went to find a book to review at Risqué Reviews, I discovered Valkyrie’s Vengeance by Suzie Grant. It didn’t have a summary. I almost didn’t check it out. Something told me to give it a try. Am I ever glad I did! Wow!! Sometimes I will go to Amazon and read the book description. But for some reason, I didn’t this time. If I had, I probably wouldn’t have checked this book out. I'm not a fan of Viking stories. But I love historical romance. This book began in 901 AD. Yet, the main storyline took place ten years later.

        The action had me from the very first sentence. Beyond the action-packed events from beginning to end, there are also tender parts as Rorik realized he is falling in love with the vengeful Valkyrie Tyra. Then, the more Tyra is around Rorik, the more she admires him. Add to that Grant's description of Norse cultural detail was wonderful. Grant teaches me a lot about how the Vikings and the Saxons lived through the description of Norse boats, weapons, and houses as well as Norse myth and gods. The story is interesting in Grant's portrayal of how the Vikings followed their beliefs. And don't forget about the tough heroine…

        Tyra is such a brave girl who learned to fight and take care of herself in a world where a woman must to survive. I especially like it when she met the dark Viking--her name for Rorik Thorlicksson. She meets Rorik at the end of swords and daggers in an act of revenge because his king had killed the only woman she had known as a mother--Enid. Rorik mocks her when she swears to have the head of his king after the Norse King killed Enid. Tyra swears vengeance on the Norse King, and the dark Viking as well. Unfortunately, time changes all things…

        Tyra was a Viking before she was raised Saxon by Enid. To follow through avenging Enid's death, she travels with Rorik to his homeland. They form a sort of bond. He secretly hopes to change her mind about his king. The journey leads to many different feelings as the story unfolds. I could feel her attraction to Rorik, but also her distrust of him because his people had raided and killed village people.

        So, this book proves readers should always give a book a chance. I would have missed out on one of the best books I’ve ever read had I not done so with Valkyrie’s Vengeance.

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        Tuesday, May 15, 2012

        Review for Moonlight Captivation by Angela Castle

        Just Released Today!

        "The Best Romance Formula Out There" 
        Says Reviewer Monica


        Winner of Risqué Reviews Top Pick Award

        Title: Moonlight Captivation
        Author: Angela Castle
        Release Date: May 15, 2012
        Genre: Paranormal Romance
        Pages: 182
        Publisher: Whiskey Creek Press
        Series: Moon Shadows Book 1
        Format: ebook
        ISBN: 978-1-61160-406-1
        Posted: May 15, 2012
        Reviewer: Monica
        Rating: 4.5 stars
        Heat Level: II (contains some scenes with M/m)


        There is a fracture in hell (known as the Lower Realms) that allows demons to enter the Human Realm. These demons commit countless atrocities against humans. Therefore, to save the Human Realm, the Outer Realm foretold a prophecy in which a powerful prince would be born and only he could seal the fracture. Of course, this means that the baby is a huge obstacle to the demons and must be gotten rid of.

        Neman is an ex-god and demon hunter. His job on the Human Realm is to hunt down all of the evil demons that have escaped hell. On one such night of hunting, he stumbles upon an intoxicated woman, Nessa, trying to coax a cat to come closer. The cat, however, is one of the demons Neman is hunting. When he intervenes, Nessa entices him and, unable to resist, he takes her back to his place. After the night, he takes her to her apartment and leaves.

        Nessa wakes up the following morning very confused and hazy on her actions. She remembers deciding to get drunk after witnessing her boyfriend sleeping with another woman but not much else. So imagine her surprise when she discovers only a few days later that she’s pregnant. Unfortunately, she’s unsure who the father is.

        Neman learns that she’s pregnant and that the child is also the Chosen One that is to fulfill the prophecy. He does his best to protect both and begins to fall in love. Add in a side romance of Slazzamar the Sneak, Neman’s friend, and Darrin, Nessa’s friend, and you have one excellent romance book.


        Angela Castle's, Moonlight Captivation completely encompasses all of the reasons why I enjoy romance--the perfect combination of passion, intrigue, drama, and sarcasm. The plot is unique and exciting. The characters are independent and courageous with natural and heartfelt emotions as well as witty and passionate interactions between them.


        Neman and Nessa make a very cute couple. They’re at each other’s throats one minute then making up very soon afterward. Despite these confrontations, the reader always knows they love each other. Their relationship progresses naturally, coming across as strong but flexible. I also think that the way they come to accept being parents is very realistic and bodes well for the future. But the story doesn't stop there. The Moonlight Captivation’s secondary characters are also written very well with depth, feelings, and their own point of views.

        Slazzamar and Darrin’s story is m/m--something I'm unaccustomed to reading. The m/m romance is both sweet and hot. M/m is a sub-genre I never thought I’d enjoy until I read this story. But their point of views aren't the only satisfying personas to connect with. The story's villainess, Jezebel, gets her own point of view. Isn't it refreshing to understand why someone is evil, even if you can’t relate to her worldview? Add these characters to the hero and heroine managing to block the fracture until the Chosen One can fulfill his destiny to find the ending warm and friendly. Then all of Neman’s brothers arrive at the end to foreshadow how there is definitely romance in each brother's future.

        Angela Castle wrote a very great story. I used to think all of the plots authors use now were clichéd. But Castle has thrown me for a spin. She incorporates the best romance formula out there. I, for one, will look for more of her stories. This series has me hooked!

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        Tuesday, May 1, 2012

        Interview with Sex and Seduction Erotic Romance Writer, Kristin Daniels

        Today Kristin Daniels talks about why she began writing erotic romance, and about her current battle with Breast Cancer.

        As an interviewer I’m happy to find authors intertesting in being interviewed. And thanks to my dear friend Dana Barnes Gudmundson and her chance meeting with Sex and Seduction Erotic Romance writer, Kristin Daniels will be joining us today.

        Let me fill you in on what happened. I got a call from Dana at it went a bit like this...

        "Barb you are not going to believe who I just met today. An author who writes the kind of stuff you like.

        I asked..."really and what kind of stuff is that"? " Oh you know that erotic sexy romance stuff, her name is Kristin Daniels. I didn’t know at first she was an author. I asked her what she did and that's when she told me she was an author. I asked if she wrote anything I may have read and she chuckled and said… "Do you read Erotic Romance"? And I thought of you. I told her you’ve got to meet my friend Barb she interviews authors who write what you do!!"

        Soon I hope to bring Dana on board that "erotic sexy romance stuff" because she doesn't know what she's missing...Do you hear me Dana???

        And from that chance meeting I had the great pleasure of getting to know Kristin. And this opportunity to share with you a bit about Kristin Daniels and what makes her tic.

        Until then, this is what her bio on her website tells us about her…

        I've always been a reader of romance, but it wasn’t until I discovered the erotic romance genre that I finally figured out what had been missing from all the books I'd read before. The heat, the passion, that was it! My love of reading (any genre, any format...really just anything) led to taking a chance on writing something of my own, and I've been hooked ever since. I call the suburbs of Chicago home, where I live with my own special hero, along with our three great kids.

        And now you will get a chance to find out a bit more about Kristin Daniels the author, but also the person behind the books. And if we’re very lucky maybe a little bit about her naughty side.

        Welcome, Kristin!  I’m so happy you’ve joined us! And thank you Dana for thinking of me, or none of this would have happened…

        Let's begin, shall we?

        In your bio you said:"…it wasn’t until I discovered the erotic romance genre that I finally figured out what had been missing from all the books I'd read before."

        Q. What specifically was missing?

        Simply put, the sex! Up until that point, I’d read a lot of mainstream fiction, science fiction or sweet romances. Once I picked up a book with some steamy sex in it – some explicit sex – I never looked back. There’s something about being so intimate with the characters of a book. You feel what they feel, experience what they experience. There’s nothing better than being taken away from the realities of life by a hot and steamy romance novel!

        Q. Do you, like many other writers, secretly harbor dreams of writing a NYT Best Seller? Or do you have another dream that signifies the top of the game to you?

        Being a NYT Best Seller would certainly be nice! But honestly, my goal is to write an emotionally driven, exciting story that people will love to read and want to talk about.

        Q. Your writing is indeed on the risqué side – what kind of future naughtiness can your readers expect?

        Oh, the story ideas that I have running through my head! I’m this close to finishing a BDSM-lite book and after that… Well, I could tell you but then I’d have to… you know. Let’s just say that passion, heat and danger all go hand-in-hand, right? That’s exactly what I have planned for my next few releases.

        Q. Have you ever had one of those profound "AH-HA!" moments while you were writing? Would you be willing to share it?

        Actually, I’ve had quite a few Ah-ha moments while writing. I’m what’s known as a pantser (meaning I write by the seat of my pants). I start at chapter one and plot as I go. Don’t get me wrong, I typically have a general idea of where the story is headed first, but every once in a while one of those Ah-ha moments grabs hold and changes the direction. Honestly, I love it when that happens!

        Q. How do you come up with the names for you characters?

        I like names that are common, but aren’t too ordinary. I think a simple character name makes the reading of the book flow easier. I typically go to baby name websites and just browse around. A name will eventually strike me, and that’s the one I have to use. There’s really no rhyme or reason to it, it’s just a feeling I get. But at the same time, I’ve also been known to change character names halfway through writing a book. Again, it’s a feeling. Sometimes the name I pick at the beginning of the book doesn’t fit once I know who the character is, once I get to know them better. So I end up changing it to one that works, and move on from there.

        Q. Do you believe a good life is attainable? Or is it something that is out of our control, i.e. subject to luck, etc.

        Oh man. I’m such a huge believer in fate. What will be, will be. Everything happens for a reason, that sort of thing. But at the same time, I also believe that we’re each in charge of our own destiny. Life is a challenge. You can’t just sit back and trust that life will bring you whatever it is you desire without ever having to lift a finger. Hard work is key. If you work hard, fate will respond. If you believe in yourself and your loved ones surrounding you, you can do anything you put your mind to. I absolutely believe that a good life is attainable, but you HAVE put effort into it. By doing so, it makes that good life all the sweeter!

        Q. Why do you think it is easy to accept the factor of possession and surrender in books and not in real life?

        …is it because the "Alpha" factor is ok when it's just a fantasy?

        …or is there a "safety" factor that comes with reading as a way to explore
        maybe something deeper?

        Actually, I believe there are many, many people who accept possession and submission in their real lives. But for those who don’t readily live that type of lifestyle, I think it’s the draw to the unknown, the heat and passion described in the books, and absolutely the pull of an Alpha male that attracts them. They get the chance to explore something so foreign to them, something they might not ever consider in their real lives. And then get to live vicariously through those characters who do. Reading erotic romance is, for a lot of women and men, all about the fantasy of it. To me, fantasy rules! And if a little of that fantasy, if a little of that "something deeper" seeps in to their real life as a result, well, I’m certainly all for that!

        Q. Who sees your manuscripts first?

        Typically, I have some very good author friends who will beta read my books for me before I send it off to my editor.

        Q. When is it time for SEX in a book?

        Anytime! Actually, I’m kidding. In erotic romance, the sex has to fit into its place in a book. I’ve started books with sex scenes, but I’ve also written books where it’s taken more than half of it for the main characters to even kiss. So much depends on the plot, the character’s emotions and sometimes even what they’ve experienced in their past or what’s coming up for them in the future that dictates when the sex will take place. Every book —to me—is a journey, one that is as individual as the characters are. As they develop, so does their love story, and in my books the sex is a natural part of that. A necessary part of that. If I write the sex in too soon, I’ll not only disrupt the flow of the love story, but also negate the fact that what I write is romance. And hellooooo, but romance RULES!

        I notice a post on your website "A few sexy sentences…" can I just say OH MAMA!

        Q. Would you mind stringing a few together for us?

        Hmmm… Let’s see. How about this one (which is from the same book, the one I’m writing now):

        Just like last night, he swooped her up into his arms, but his destination now wasn’t as far away as his bedroom. As he set her on the couch nearby, she didn’t question him or his motives, or murmur any kind of objection because they might be late. Instead, she laid back against the pillows and pulled him down on top of her. She was damn near breathless, and he hadn’t done anything more than kiss her.


        She fisted his shirt at his back and tugged. He helped her out by rearing back as she pulled it the rest of the way off, then lunged for the hem on hers. He had her shirt and bra stripped off in within a breath, yet he didn’t dive right back in to kiss her. He stayed there, on his knees between her thighs, dying a little as she cupped her own breasts. And a little more as she swept her thumbs over her nipples. And even more as she arched up toward him.


        Any notion he might’ve entertained about going slow with her, about taking his time and savoring every inch of her, flew straight out the fucking window. He flicked the button on her jeans and yanked down the zipper, slipping from the couch to land on his knees on the floor in front of her. He grabbed her jeans and panties all at once, jerking on them as she lifted her ass off the couch to make his job a little easier. She chanted breathy yeses and hurry’s as he tossed her jeans to the side.

        This time, he didn’t hesitate. He dove right back in, but not to kiss her. With a hand under each knee, he pressed her thighs high against her stomach, which raised her delectable pussy right in line with his mouth. He licked once, twice, God, three full times before he dared to breathe.

        Fucking hell, he’d been off. Way off. Sweet didn’t begin to describe how she tasted. Delectable, maybe. Nirvana, possibly.

        Perfection, definitely.

        (Ummm what? Oh god yes that works. Damn-it where did I put my fan…when did it get so hot in here?)

        Q. Also I have to know, was Ellora's Cave's RomantiCon as much fun as it looked on you website?

        God, yes. This has to be—hands down—my favorite con to attend. Not only are the guys they bring in as Cavemen sweet and nice and gentlemen to the end, but whoa. Well, just look at them. The word "hot" doesn’t begin to do them justice! But ultimately, it’s not the Cavemen that make this con so great (although they certainly help!). It’s the readers, the authors, and all of the EC staff. We’re all there because we have a single love in common—erotic romance. I’ve met some of my best friends at this con. The laughter never ends, the hugs and kisses are continual, and the support you get from everyone is absolutely priceless.

        If you don’t mind I’d like to share one of the pictures from your website…YUM!

        After everyone is done drooling over all those lick-o-licious loin clad men...Kristin's the sexy number in the animal print dress...

        Q. How was RT this year?

        Well… Even though RT was held pretty much in my back yard, I didn’t officially attend this year. I was able to attend Ellora’s Cave’s Hip Hop party Wednesday night and their private luncheon the next morning as one of their authors, but I decided to forgo the rest of the conference in lieu of my current health battles. It was great seeing so many friends and fellow authors at the party, though. I only wish I’d had the energy to attend the whole conference. Next year, though, I’ll be there for the whole thing. I grew up in Kansas City, and can’t wait to go back to visit and attend the RT con being held there.

        Which opens up a perfect avenue for my next set of questions about your current health battles. As some of your fans already know you are currently battling Breast Cancer.

        I am a survivor of Breast Cancer but will never forget the day when I first got the news. All I heard after my diagnosis was blah, blah, blah. And after the shock wore off, my thoughts went to my family and how this was going to affect them.

        Q. What happened when you first heard the word cancer?

        Honestly? Tears. Lots of tears. They never really said the word "cancer" in the moments following the mammogram and ultrasound. When I first visited my breast surgeon for the biopsy, however, I asked her point-blank afterward if she thought it was cancer. Her resolute "yes" will stay with me forever.

        Q. What helps you when it all becomes too much?

        I might sound like a broken record, and some people may not want to hear this, but again the answer is tears. I cry, and get it all out. Because seriously, if I held all of that in—the fear, the anger and all the rest—I know in my heart I’d be worse off than if I’d just take each wave as it hits me. The crying, for me, is so cathartic. Afterward, I pull myself up and face everything head-on once again. I’m a fighter, no doubt, but I also live by my emotions. What can I say, doing it that way works for me.

        Q. Do you feel there are areas this has affected more?

        Right now? I’m not sure.

        I’ve heard that so much about having cancer is discovered in hindsight. When you look back on treatments and surgeries and reconstruction, it will affect you in ways you wouldn’t expect. I’m so caught up in the "right here, right now" aspect of my treatments that I know I’m not taking in the whole picture. And I’m okay with that. My focus right now is me, then my family and close friends. I can’t look too far beyond that, which again, is okay. One step at a time, one day at a time. Hell, sometimes I take it all in one hour at a time.

        Kristen thank you for your williness to talk about your battle with Breat Cancer.

        Remember this fight isn't just for those who are in the mist of the battle. This fight is to find better and faster ways to detect Breast Cancer so there are more survivors. And if we are very lucky along the way a cure.  This is everyones battle...

        To learn more go to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc website

        What do you say we tie up this interview on a lighter note?

        Q. You suddenly realize you live in a haunted house. Do you: 

        a) run screaming for the door?
        b) bravely go to a church, load up on holy water and try to get rid of the ghost?
        c) set up ghost hunting equipment to capture the phenomenon?
        d) call in the Ghost Adventures crew so that you can ogle the lead guy Zac’s amazingly stiff hair when you’re not ogling his….physical attributes?
        e) deny you have a ghost and just let it scare the bejesus out of your visitors?

        Okay, let it be known that I’m a BIG chicken. HUGE. Hell, I have PTSD from watching the television version of The Exorcist. So I’m not going to lie when I say that I’d be the first one bolting for the door. Of course, if the Ghost Adventure guy Zac wanted to follow me out and take me to dinner to make sure I was okay, I wouldn’t complain one little bit!

        Alas, that brings us to the end of our interview with Kristin Daniels.

        Barb: I really enjoyed getting to know you, Kristin. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule to do this interview. And for being so open about your battle with Breast Cancer.

        Kristin: You’re very welcome! Thanks for having me!

        To learn more about Kristin and her books make sure to stop by her website.

        To read the posts I’ve mentioned in this interview just click on these links.
        A few Sexy Sentences and Ellora's Cave's RomantiCon