The lovely ladies of HMK have invited me to share some stuff with you! I thought we'd talk about things that have impacted my creativity. The very first instance I can remember of this was watching the Disney cartoon Sleeping Beauty. When the movie starts, and they give the credits with all the beautiful colors and scenery...then they have the beautiful jeweled book that opens the story...I was blown away. I wanted to create beautiful things too. It started a love of drawing and a definite love of colors. On a side note, I saw that jeweled book at Disneyland for the first time almost two years ago and I nearly cried. My love of writing came from my fourth grade teacher Mrs. Walton. She made us journal everyday on whatever she put on the board. I still have that very first notebook and love to look at it. I piddled around with stories in high school and one summer wrote a thrilling twenty page suspense about me and my closest friends that has not seen the light of day and never will. I'd be giving eulogies because they laughed themselves to death over that poor thing. I have all kinds of stories started from that time (including a fun Mulder and Scully type story that revolves around the four corners) and in my early twenties that were never finished. It was maddening and it wasn't until years later that I figured out why I couldn't finish them. My first release Binding Elements: Discoveries was almost shoved in the proverbial drawer. Frustration was high and it wasn't until I read the preface of Christine Feehan's Dark Desire back in 2006 that the light bulb clicked on. She stated that she'd had this characters story planned out but as she tried to write it, it refused to go where she wanted. She fought him until finally she gave up and listened to him. The story came after that with all kinds of wonderful things she hadn't planned. This was a major eye opener to me. Super popular paranormal author had the same trouble I did? I'm not crazy? I know, quit laughing, I couldn't type that with a straight face. I did however do what she did and listened to my characters and not only did they tell me a story, they told me secrets and facts I hadn't known which spawned a second book before the first was finished and a third as I worked the second. A trilogy wasn't planned and it still amazes me that my "DAMN IT, JUST FINISH SOMETHING!!" project has become what it is. I can't wait to share those secrets with you in the upcoming books. They're fascinating...lol I won't take up much more of your time and will spill some, not unknown but slightly lesser known, things about me. First, I'm a die hard pro wrestling fan. Bret 'Hitman' Hart to the death , baby! My dad took me to my first matches at the age of five and that was that. I had the, probably, once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in WrestleMania weekend back in '11 and all I can say and keep it short is...OMG, I'll never be the same. Next would be that one of my greatest inspirations to keep writing is JK Rowling. Yes, I'm an HP fan but it was an interview she did with Oprah that did it for me. If you have the chance to watch it, I highly recommend it. The LOTR extended edition movies are what I have in the background as I'm writing. They're so familiar they act as a sort of focusing agent for me rather than a distraction. The same with HP but not the Battle for Hogwarts...that rips me out of whatever I'm working on everytime...LOL My favorite color is green, chocolate is a necessity in life and I do not like walking on the beach in the moonlight, though I wouldn't say no to a walk in the moonlight to the nearest bookstore. Got a question? Shoot it to me! I'd love to chat with my readers and (hopefully) soon to be readers. Hugs and love! -Lynn
She thought it was over… Five hundred years ago, Aurora lost everything…including Lucas, the love of her life, when he refused to let go of the past. After centuries of clashes with him, the peace she’s found in the small town of Summer Gate is shattered when Lucas finds her again. Now, she’ll need her control of fire to protect not just herself but also her best friend. He’s going to show her it’s only just begun… Lucas walked away from Aurora when she gave up on their quest for justice. Realizing he gave up the most important thing in his life, he went in search of her. Now, almost two centuries after their last fight, he’s tracked her down. With Aurora furious and fighting hard, Lucas will need every ounce of his ice powers to get what he’s after. It’s here… The battle brewing for five centuries is here. Before it’s over someone will be ruthlessly attacked, another gravely injured and more than one person will disappear. Enemies Aurora didn’t know existed will emerge from the shadows. It will take all of her Elemental training, and powers she’s kept hidden, to make it through alive
Lynn Peters is a native of Sin City and has been jotting ideas and pieces of stories down since the fourth grade. Binding Elements: Discoveries is her first published work and she’s looking forward to continuing sharing her fun imagination with the world. Lynn loves professional wrestling, crocheting and dragons. She is currently working 40 a week, raising her mini-me and teasing the dog.
I'm very excited about this theme because I love dressing up. Below are some quick ideas for a few costumes. I'll be added more throughout the year. Not all of them are from fairy tales but they are certainly dark and wicked.
Wicked Bride ready for her groom?
Sleeping Beauty's dark queen Maleficent is perfectly wicked
Hi everyone! I’m here today as one of the spotlight authors of HMK 2015 and am happy to tell you all a bit about myself and my most recent C.R. Moss release.
First a small Q & A about me…
1) Please tell us 5 interesting facts about yourself that readers might not know about you …
I used to crew for a balloon pilot. I watch most of the RHO_ shows on Bravo. I used to dance. I used to compete in twirling competitions. I’m planning on going for my Concealed Carry Permit.
2) What do you like to do in your spare time?
I read, crochet, play cards with friends and family and travel.
3) How did you get started writing and have you always wanted to be an author? For a very brief period of time, I had ideas of becoming a teacher or an astronaut. Both occurred before the age of ten. But for the most part, I knew I wanted to write at a young age, as early as I learned to read. I was always cooking up stories to entertain myself in the rural area I lived in. Had to since there were no other kids around to play with. My defining moment came when I received an A in English in grade school. I was just shy of being a teenager when I had my ‘calling.’ Ever since then, most of my choices in life have revolved around my goal of becoming a full-time fiction writer and being published.
Upon my ‘calling,’ I had written a story for a magazine. It’d been rejected, but that was my start. After that, I began studying the craft of writing. It started with working on the school newspaper in middle school to creative writing classes and Teens Art Festivals in high school. I received a BA in Communications, Information and Library Studies from Rutgers College with a strong concentration in English Lit/Writing and Interpersonal Communications/PR. Studying under the mentorship of Terri Valentine (author of ‘Sands of Time,’ a Zebra Historical Romance), I honed my novel writing skills. In the mid to late 2000s, I finally put my foot down, got over my nerves and took the plunge into submitting stories to publishers. I’ve been published since 2008, and as for the craft, I’m still learning things by taking the occasional online class, attending industry conferences, and devouring all the writing how-to books I can get my hands on.
4) If you for some reason couldn’t be an author, what would your other choice be?
I’ve worked as a massage therapist, real estate agent and as an office admin/executive assistant. Most of my choices in life have revolved around my goal of becoming a full-time fiction writer and being published. Writing is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a kid. It’s like breathing and eating. It’s intrinsic, a must do or I’ll go crazy type thing. I’m an author in my soul. But, if I had no choice and couldn’t be a writer, I’d probably fall back on what I’ve done in the past.
My bio: An eccentric and eclectic writer, C.R. Moss pens stories for the
mainstream and erotic romance markets, giving readers Worlds of Possibilities.
More about C.R. Moss:
So what does she write? She writes stories from the light and sweet to the dark and deadly with varying degrees of sexual heat. Writing as C.R. Moss gives her and her muses the freedom to explore worlds of possibilities when it comes to love. And where does the tag line “Love & Lust in the Wild West” fit in? Well, for one, she lives in NV. Two, her stories take place, either in part or in full, in and around the Las Vegas area. In fact, even this website sports “a look of home.” The background picture was taken in an area just a few miles west of Las Vegas and happens to be the inspiration for the setting of the Double D Ranch Tales saga.
She also has a passion for penning dark fiction. Writing under the name Casey Moss allows her to slate other stories under Horror ~ Paranormal ~ Suspense ~ Thriller ~ Urban Fantasy. Visit: Casey Moss website
My most recent C.R. Moss release is A Wish Across Time and the heroine wanted to share a peek of herself and her playlist with you all.
Hi! I’m Cassandra VanAlder. I was born and raised in Nevada, and with a friend, run a nice boutique serving the community’s mystical needs. You’ve seen glimpses of me and my feline familiar, Myrddin, in Evelyn and Julie’s stories, and now, in my story A Wish Across Time, you’ll learn how I became the woman I am today. Ever been asked if you have a playlist for your life? Well, I have. It’s not necessarily a playlist for my whole life but for a particular of it, and I’m happy to share it with you today.
…A couple of songs I thought about when I encountered a man from my past… 10. Heartbreaker by Pat Benatar from the album, “In the Heat of the Night”
09. Over You by Ingrid Michaelson (feat. A Great Big World) from the album, “Lights Out”
…Which brings up what happened between us back then and songs I felt relative…
08. I Just Died In Your Arms by Cutting Crew from the album, “Broadcast”
07. Wicked Game by Chris Isaak from the album, “Best of Chris Isaak”
06. Separate Way by Journey from the album, “Frontiers”
05. Why Should I Cry for You by Sting from the album, “The Soul Cages”
…And now some songs that cover what’s going on between him and I in the present…
04. Just Breathe by Addie Hamilton from the album, “Heavy Hitters Music”
03. Stay by Rihanna (Feat. Mikky Ekko) from the album, “Unapologetic”
02. That Was Yesterday by Foreigner from the album, “Agent Provocateur”
01. Disappear 'Demo Version' by Mikky Ekko. It’s a single. You can find all these songs online. :) Happy listening! Here’s the info for the story!
Blurb: Raritan Manor Ranch, 3 A woman once shunned. A man now changed. There’s a thin line between love and hate.
When Wiccan practitioner Cassandra VanAlder encounters a man from her past who’d broken her heart, she casts some spells to help herself while wishing karma would deal out some payback. The spells turn against her, and before she knows it, she finds herself falling for him again.
Ryan Keene finds Cassandra enchanting and feels he’s met her somewhere before. She and her best friend, Debi, won’t give him any clues as to her identity. He loves challenges and doesn’t plan to back off from her until he finds the answers he seeks. He's told he has three dates to win her over.
Will she close off her heart or will she allow herself to feel again?
Moments later, he jerked out and away from her, then pulled her up from the floor. In a quick turn, he spun and thrust her back against the wall. His mouth claimed hers with unapologetic force. He fumbled with the fastens of her jeans, then when they were undone, tugged the material down her legs.
“Commando, huh?” Not letting her answer, he positioned his head between her legs and swept his tongue over her pussy.
Fleeting imaginings of her family and friends coming home and being welcomed by the sight of her and Ryan fucking at the foot of the stairs danced through her mind. If it happened, so be it. Getting caught only added to the heightened state of arousal she was already in.
His tongue and fingers stroked her. Her heartbeat sped up, as did her breathing. He seemed to have mastered the technique of cunnilingus if the way her nerves caught fire and flamed up from her pussy to the rest of her body were any indication. She panted. She clasped his head, ready to feel an orgasm rip through her body.
He stopped, stood, and reached into his back pocket. He pulled out his wallet, and from it, the all too familiar foil packet. Ryan held it up. “Yes?”
“Yes.” She nodded as well to emphasize the point.
In a few quick motions, he had himself sheathed and pressed up against her body. “You are one sexy lady. Anyone ever tell you that?”
She bobbed her head again and guided his cock into her pussy.
“Put your legs around me,” he demanded.
Supported by the wall and his hands on her ass, she wrapped one leg then the other around him and found the position to be quite enjoyable. Ryan pumped into her as he kissed and sucked her shoulder. She rode him, feeling the sexual energy build between them.
Her ex had never been so passionate. In fact, their lovemaking had been so normal and ordinary he never would have considered taking her up against a wall, and especially not in a location where they could get caught. It was nice being with a man who exuded confidence and gave into desire, even if it was Ryan.
From the time I was little I wanted to be a writer. I was forever penciling stories in a beat up notebook while on the school bus. Instead of paying attention in classes—any classes—I would hide behind my school books and dream up a new adventure for my characters.
Legacy of Deception started off as a modern take on Sleeping Beauty. This story went through at least four variations and took over five years to complete. Frankie was supposed to be a stodgy attorney with a cameo appearance, but he very quickly shed the stuffy persona and burst to life in sequins and feathers. Through many critiques, tears, and hair pulling, these characters helped me shape this book into a story I am proud to claim.
Legacy of Deception
Blurb: Becca Mendelson finds a letter, written in her deceased mother's hand, describing events and circumstances so unbelievable, she travels thousands of miles to a strange country to discover the truth about her heritage. Gannon Tavish has one mission--to protect the royal family and his country at any cost. When a beautiful stranger, looking a lot like the queen, shows up in the country's capitol researching a twenty-five year old kidnapping, his instincts go on high alert. Can Gannon put aside personal suspicions and solve the cold case, or will the wicked unknown destroy everything Becca's searched for her entire life?
“Excuse me,” she said in a soft timber. “I, um, I know this will sound weird, but, you look so familiar to me.”
He realized then she wasn’t talking to him, but her comment had been addressed to Derek.
“Hello, Becca. This is my friend—”
“Derk, right?” She shook his hand.
Gannon’s mouth dropped open. No one had used that childhood nickname in almost twenty-five years. And no one outside of the royal family knew it.
“Who are you?” Derek demanded.
Becca blinked. Her eyes flashed to a spot over Derek’s shoulder and she gasped. “I’m sorry. So sorry.” She turned on her heel and fled back to her table.
“Derek,” a familiar voice called out. Both men turned to see Queen Elsbeth and her entourage of four crossing the street toward them.
Good Lord. If she saw Becca, she’d have a million questions, questions to which Gannon didn’t have answers.
“What are you two up to out and about town?”
Derek cleared his throat and took a step closer to Gannon. “We were just grabbing a bit to eat. And Gannon was following up on a lead on a case.”
Curiosity sparked in her gray eyes. “Really? Anything interesting?”
Gannon shot a guilty look at Derek, and glanced back to Becca’s table. He did a double take. She and her friend were gone.
He needed to track this woman down and find out who she was before she got the whole country in an uproar.
About the Author:
I met my very own romance novel hero at the tender age of sixteen. Joe sat in front of me in Geometry class and it was love at first sight...poor guy. We married in 1998, and have been through our share of trials and celebrations, and I wouldn't have it any other way. My critique partners are greatful for Joe because he hides my chainsaw, and any other sharp objects I might try to play with. Not to mention keeping me satisfied with an endless supply of Dove Milk Chocolate and Riesling.