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Spotlight Interview with Author Lorraine Pestell

Spotlight Interview with Author Lorraine Pestell

The JR Bunnies are happy to welcome Author Lorraine Pestell

What is your most current work out?Pestell

 

Part Three of my novel serial “A Life Singular” was released in August, deep in the Australian winter.  Well, as deep as winter gets down here…  It’s self-published via CreateSpace, for sale via my website and Amazon.  Sales proceeds go to two Australian children’s charities.

 

 

Tell us a little about “A Life Singular – Part Three”, what inspired you to write the “A Life Singular” serial?

 

A novel in six parts, “A Life Singular” is my life’s work, telling the story of a successful rock star writing his autobiography after the tragic loss of his wife.  Part Three takes readers back to the début of his spectacular career and sees him reunited with his dream girl, from whom he was separated at the end of Part Two.

 

I have suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, along with its various debilitating symptoms, for most of my life.  Therefore, using the universal theme of love and our fascination with celebrity, I hope to achieve two main goals by writing these books:  first, to inspire fellow sufferers to triumph over mental illness; and second, to encourage non-sufferers to tolerate, support and even love us as we try to live a “normal” life.

 

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

 

Since the idea for this story has been with me since my teens, I have all six parts plotted to varying levels of completion.  In fact, I have already written “THE END”!  I’m currently working on Part Four (How predictable! J), for which most chapters already have a clear structure.

 

However, whenever I dig deeper into the characters’ reactions to each situation, I am always amazed by the journey of discovery I take with them.  Sometimes I look back on a particular passage, knowing I had absolutely no intention of writing it when I first sat down at the computer.

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Spotlight Interview with Author Lisa Fox

Spotlight Interview with Author Lisa Fox

The JR Bunnies are happy to welcome Author Lisa Fox!

 

What is your most current work out ?One Kiss Lisa Fox

One Kiss with Harper Impulse. Soon to be in paperback!

 

Tell us a little about *** (above work), what inspired you to write ****(above work)? One Kiss is a friends-to-lovers contemporary romance set on New Year’s Eve in New York City. New Year’s is the perfect time for new beginnings and that midnight can be filled with so many wonderful possibilities!

 

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen? I never have anything plotted out. There’s no fun in that! I definitely let the characters determine where their stories go.

 

What inspired you to write in your genre?  Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one? I started out wanting to do something more along the lines of literary fiction, but everything I wrote kind of morphed into romance. I loved it so much, I just kept doing it!

 

Who was the toughest character for you to “get right” that you have written so far? So far, I think Stacy from Her Perfect Lips might be the one. I wanted her to be a very bubbly person, but also an aggressive businesswoman. Creating that balance was a bit of a challenge.

 

Do you draw inspiration for your characters from real life? Any fun stories you could share? My characters are wholly fictional, but they do take traits and backstories from people I’ve met in real life sometimes.

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Spotlight Interview with Author Jane O’Reilly

Spotlight Interview with Author Jane O’Reilly

The JR Bunnies are happy to welcome Author Jane O’Reilly!

What is your most current work out ?oreilly

 

I recently had a trilogy of erotic novellas out with Carina UK, the first of which is called Indecent Exposure.

 

Tell us a little about Indecent Exposure, what inspired you to write Indecent Exposure.

 

Indecent Exposure is about a photographer with a sideline in erotic photography who finds herself taking naughty pictures of her accountant. She’s had a crush on him forever, and it turns out that he has a bit of a thing for her, too. I really wanted to write some erotica that wasn’t based around a BDSM relationship, and I wanted to write about how women so often feel ashamed of their desires when they shouldn’t be.

 

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

 

Generally, I like to have some idea of the plot – it gives the writing direction. A story is more than a series of consecutive events. It’s important to have some idea of what a story is about and the goals of the main characters before you start. Story goals tell you what needs to happen. Writing the draft tells you how it happens.

 

What inspired you to write in your genre?  Is this the genre you started writing in or have you morphed to this one?

 

I started out writing contemporary romances, and I’ve had four of those published. I started writing erotica because I wanted to write the sort of sex I couldn’t write in a contemporary. And writing erotica is brilliant fun.

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Spotlight Interview with Author Bonnie Dee

Spotlight Interview with Author Bonnie Dee

The JR Bunnies are excited to welcome Author Bonnie Dee!

 

What is your most current work out?PeterandWendell500x750

In June I re-released a book previously published as Loving Peter. The new title is Peter and Wendell.

 

Here’s the blurb:

A historical romance with a wink and a nod toward Peter Pan.

 

Peter Woods is content to live a gadfly life, darting from one experience to the next with no thought of responsibility, commitment or the future. He has no desire to grow up.

 

Stable, sober banker Wendell Rhodes has only recently discovered an underground London club where men meet and briefly mingle. At Ever Lads, Wendell encounters Peter and flint strikes tinder. The two opposites discover in the other what each lacks, but the journey from lust to love isn’t easy.

 

Determined to make a man of his son at last, Peter’s father attempts to curtail his hedonistic lifestyle. When Wendell’s reputation is threatened, will Peter sacrifice his freedom to protect the man he’s grown to care deeply for, or is there another way for crafty Peter to save the day?

 

 

Tell us a little about *** (above work), what inspired you to write ****(above work)?

Peter Pan was my first love. When I was really small I adored Disney’s Pan, that carefree selfish boy who refused to grow up and who flew! I wanted to marry him when I grew up and I wanted to be him too. If you’ve never read JM Barrie’s original work, Peter and Wendy, I highly recommend checking out this charming piece of literature. It’s certainly not just for children.

 

I wanted to do something similar to Jungle Heat, my Tarzan reimagining, which was to take a familiar and beloved tale and twist it just a bit. I really loved using quotes from Peter and Wendy at the beginning of each chapter to illustrate what that chapter is about.

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Spotlight Interview with Author Denysé Bridger

Spotlight Interview with Author Denysé Bridger

The JR Bunnies are happy to welcome Author Denyse Bridger!

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What is your most current work out?

That would be Champagne and Chocolate, published by Naughty Nights Press.

 

Tell us a little about Champagne and Chocolate, what inspired you to write Champagne and Chocolate?

This story came about in odd ways, really. Part of it was written many years back, and the rest of it written last year. I love Westerns and even when I finish with a story, it continues to evolve in my mind for some reason. This doesn’t tend to happen with the contemporary books, or most of the fantasy stories.

The blurb sort of says it all: Austin Standish is a man of refined tastes. Intelligent and educated, Austin enjoys all of the best life has to offer. A gambler, a gunslinger, and a man who has plans to taste the sweetest prize at The Palace Casino and Saloon – the lovely owner, Chantille L’Amour, the most sought after jewel on the Barbary Coast.

          Running a high-class brothel and casino isn’t exactly the life she was born to but Chantille is determined to overcome the ruin her family was left in once the Civil War ended. But, she has chosen a difficult path… one that demands much and leaves her lonely. She’s noticed the handsome man who comes into her world from time to time, and when she chooses to give in to desire, the passion evoked by Austin’s touch may change her life forever…

 

When you start writing, do you already have the story plotted out or do you let the characters dictate what will happen?

I tend to have outlines in place, though in shorter stories those outlines can be as brief as a couple of paragraphs. New elements and threads always present themselves and add layers to the overall story, but for the most part, I always know where the story is going. I find if I don’t have at least a loose plot in place, the story can wander aimlessly… if the story is wandering, then I assume reader interest will do the same thing, so best to avoid it! ;)

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Interview & Giveaway with Author Sally Orr and THE RAKE’S HANDBOOK (Including Field Guide)

Interview & Giveaway with Author Sally Orr
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THE RAKE’S HANDBOOK (Including Field Guide)

Joyfully Reviewed is excited to welcome Sourcebooks Casablanca Author Sally Orr and her latest release THE RAKE’S HANDBOOK (Including Field Guide) THE RAKE’S HANDBOOK (Including Field Guide) by Sally Orr The definitive guide to seduction…   The Rake’s Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, RossContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview & Giveaway with Outing the Quarterback Author Tara Lain

Interview & Giveaway with Outing the Quarterback Author Tara Lain

I WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGIZE TO TODAY’S GUEST. DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THIS POST IS GOING UP LATE. Outing The Quarterback(Long Pass Chronicles Series, Bk #1) By Tara Lain Will Ashford lives in two closets. He meets his wealthy father’s goals as both the quarterback for the famous SCU football team and a business major,Continue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview with A WINTER WEDDING Author Amanda Forester!

Interview with A WINTER WEDDING Author Amanda Forester!

  A WINTER WEDDING by Amanda Forester This adventurous duke… The Duke of Marchford requires a suitable bride, but catching spies for the Foreign Office takes up most of his time. Not wanting to face another London season as an eligible man, he employs the notorious Madame X to find him a match. Has metContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview with ROMANCING ROBIN HOOD Author Jenny Kane!

Interview with ROMANCING ROBIN HOOD Author Jenny Kane!

Joyfully Reviewed Welcomes Author Jenny Kane and her latest release ROMANCING ROBIN HOOD!   ROMANCING ROBIN HOOD by Jenny Kane Dr Grace Harper has loved the stories of Robin Hood ever since she first saw them on TV as a girl. Now, with her fortieth birthday just around the corner, she’s a successful academic inContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Interview! HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte

Interview! HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte

Joyfully Reviewed is thrilled to welcome Author Marie Harte and her latest release HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER! HOW TO HANDLE A HEARTBREAKER by Marie Harte HE CAN’T GET HER OUT OF HIS HEAD It’s lust at first sight when Brody Singer first lays eyes on Abby Dunn. The dark-haired beauty looks a lot likeContinue Reading

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