Sweet Gone South & Alicia Hunter Pace

sweetfinalcoverWe are very excited to be here for our first post on the Ladies in Red blog. We have both really enjoyed reading everyone’s posts and feel fortunate to be part of the Crimson team with the release of our debut book, Sweet Gone South.

Our series is set in a small Alabama town called Merritt. The books feature the stories of four women who form a book club. Like many book clubs these women sometimes talk about books but more often spend their time together catching  up with each other about the highs and lows of their lives. In fact, in one of the books one of the men  says they should call the club, “The Drink Wine,Gossip and Eat Club” rather than a book club. The women in the book club discover that through life’s ups and downs the women of the book club are there for each other.  These women support each other through pregnancies, adoptions, marriages, and, of course, break ups. They learn that although they each bring strengths to the group that  together they have a wonderful bond that simply can’t be beaten!

Have you ever been part of a circle of friends that made you stronger than you were alone?

AliciaHunterPace

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Meet Lady in Red: Terri Herman-Ponce

Wow. I’m feeling a little overwhelmed these days, with my debut today for IN THIS LIFE, and I’m just so excited to be here. I’m operating on little sleep – excitement and lots of writing and pre-release work will do that to you! – but that’s okay. I’m raring to go.

So, to celebrate my book’s birthday this week, I’m going to indulge you with some tidbits about myself. Ready? Good. So am I.

Single, married, divorced?
Married – for 26 years! Been with my man for 31 years now. I know. I can’t believe it myself. There are days I swear I’m still in my twenties and there’s no way all that time has passed.

Children?
Yep. A son, our only, and he’s seventeen. That means getting ready for college, driving and having to let go. Which is an interesting thing, you know? Writing a book and releasing it to the world is just like having a child and watching it grow up and mature, knowing one day you’ll have to let go of it, too. And when you do, it’s with nerves and a lot of hope, but also a lot of love.

What’s your secret passion?
Ancient Egypt. Those beautiful people and that period of time fascinate me. I recognize that a lot of my love for the ancients is romanticized, but I can’t help it. Their culture was rich and colorful, and it set the stage for who we are today. I swore to myself that one day I’ll get a tattoo – and it’s going to be an ankh.

If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?
My husband and I talk sometimes of moving to Europe and a simpler life. I don’t know if we’d ever do it, but if I had the chance? I’d probably give it a try. Italy’s my love. Never been there but SO would love to spend the time.

Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?
Oh, I write about where I live. I’m a Long Islander at heart – love the wine country and the East End! – and that background always makes its way into my books.

Why do you write romance novels?
Shhhh. I have a secret for you. I didn’t start out as a romance writer. I’m more a paranormal suspense writer with romance thrown in as a side dish. I’m in love with my two protagonists, David and Lottie, and have been since the day they were born in my head, oh, 7 or 8 years ago. And I always wanted to write strong suspense with them, but I also wanted to test their relationship to see how they would resolve their issues and stay together. So I push them, and challenge them, and make them sweat it out. Why? Because, in real life, I love to watch couples who are the best of friends and the most intimate of lovers work their way through the worst and come out stronger for it. And so rather than write about couples getting together, I write about couples staying together.

What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?
Yikes. Now that’s a question I’m not sure how to answer. Hmm. Well, there’s the Long Island backdrop and … oh! I know what it is. It’s my love of red wine. David and Lottie both love to drink red wine. In fact, David drinks an Amarone in In This Life, which is a favorite of mine. They have a wine rack in their den filled with all kinds of reds, but I have to tell you that they love to drink tequila, too. I have no idea where that adoration came from, but they insisted it was there and so I let them have it.

With that said, how about I give you a bit more about In This Life:
Psychologist Lottie Morgan knows something is wrong when she starts reliving memories of a lover she’s never had. At first, she attributes them to fever-induced dreams. But when the fever disappears and the visions don’t, Lottie thinks she may need therapy of her own.

Then she meets Galen. Their first encounter is as intense as it is eye-opening, and Lottie is unprepared for the fire Galen arouses in her. His revelation that they shared a passionate relationship thousands of years ago explains the memories and entices Lottie into wanting to learn more about her past. Her decision, however, comes at a price. Galen may hold the answers but he’s a growing temptation as well. One that could destroy the devoted, lifelong relationship Lottie has with her current lover, David. One that could also cost her life. Someone else knows of Lottie’s past and is determined to stop her from uncovering secrets they want kept hidden.

As parallels between both of her lives emerge and the memories escalate, Lottie becomes caught between two lifetimes, two men and long-buried deceptions that present an opportunity to right previous wrongs. Unless Lottie repeats her past mistakes.  

Thanks for having me today!

Hugs, kisses and good reading,
Terri Herman-Poncé

For more info I can be found at http://terriponce.com/

In This Life can be found on Amazon: http://amzn.to/OX5y6e
And on Goodreads: http://bit.ly/PRzly7

Meet Lady in Red: Laura Simcox

See my smiling face? That’s because I’m thrilled to be here introducing myself as a Crimson Romance author. My debut novel is ‘Summer Promises’. It’s the story of a young woman (Carly Foster) who has promised herself that her upcoming summer theater job will be a working vacation. No romance allowed. That is…until Asher Day walks into her world with a wink that melts her heart. It releases on September 17.

My name is Laura Simcox (my real name and I’m sticking to it…well…actually, I couldn’t decide on a pen name. Maybe someday? Who knows what the future holds.)

I write contemporary romance with a lot of humor thrown into the mix. I can’t resist making my heroes and heroines flirt outrageously. While I’d rather talk about them, I’m supposed to be telling you about me. (Focus, Laura.) So here we go! I picked 13 questions because I’m feeling lucky. 😉

 

1. Single, married, divorced, widowed?

I am married…twelve years ago last week, in fact. It was 99 degrees Fahrenheit on my wedding day and I ditched my stockings with glee and marched up the aisle bare-legged. Haven’t looked back and am incredibly lucky to be married to a patient, sweet man. He’s smarter than me and that’s irritating…but I get over it.

2. Parent?

Yes! Our son turned three a couple of months ago. He’s frolicking in preschool right now which is why I’m even in front of my computer.

Living where?

We live in North Carolina.

3. Doing what, other than writing?

Sigh. Potty training. But you don’t want to hear about that. At the moment, writing and walking up the steep curve of learning about social media is taking most of my time. In a former life, I was a professional costume designer for theater. I also taught college theater.

4. One—just one—physical characteristic

Tiny size 6 feet. I’d trade that size for my dress size but….well. I’d look awfully funny. 🙂

5. What’s your secret passion?

Oooh. Pirates!

6. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My education. I was fortunate to go to an excellent public high school in Kansas and a great small college in Missouri. Grad school was the icing on the cake. I know I’m lucky.

7. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

I’d live in St. Louis. It’s my favorite city…not too big, not too small. Great people, food and baseball.

8. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

I write about places I’ve been. Places I’ve stayed long enough to soak up the local culture.

9. What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

When I was a little kid, I wrote and illustrated stories while sitting in the backseat of the family car. We took epic vacations to national parks once a year and I had a lot of car time. I remember that one was about a pack of bluejays that stole all of our hot dogs.

10. What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

My heroine, Carly, is fed UP with her lifestyle driving from theater to theater and not having a home or a man to call home. She’s unlucky in love…but that will change! It did for me, too. 🙂

11. Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

Yes, I identify with Ross, Carly’s best friend. He lives in the moment but is also pragmatic.

12. The best part about my writing life is:

I’m a good boss. I let myself drink iced tea all day long and avoid laundry.

13. Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

OK! I’m working on another contemporary, but with a twist. Here’s a little blurb:

In 1780, a thief snatched one of the world’s rarest documents…a previously undiscovered Shakespeare manuscript. The thief jumped on a ship and sailed for America with privateers and pirates hot on the trail. Just before reaching the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a hurricane swept them all into oblivion. Or did it? Treasure hunter Horatio Alexander doesn’t think so, because he’s discovered a portal to a mysterious island and all signs point toward this place as the location of the fabled manuscript. But he can’t go there alone. Two people are needed to operate the portal. So what’s a daredevil to do? Put a help wanted ad on the internet, of course. Budding archeologist Miranda Perry is looking for adventure and her long lost parents. What better place to search than the place where her parents went missing? The job she runs across online for a ‘research assistant’ is the perfect fit. Packing her bags takes no time! But what she discovers when she arrives at the dig site is beyond her wildest fantasies…

I’m excited about this one because it combines adventure and the opportunity to create some wacky characters. I love me some wacky.

Thanks, readers for stopping by to read my post. For more info, check out ‘Summer Promises’ on Amazon. Here’s a pic of the cover, too!

I love visitors. Here are some links:

Laura’s website

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Meet the Lady in Red–Shay Lacy

My name is Shay Lacy. I feel a bit decadent being called a Lady in Red. Shay is my pen name, chosen after a long, arduous Internet search. It’s amazing how many cool names are already taken by strippers. I eliminated my first twenty choices for that reason. I chose a pen name because my first novels were erotic romance and I wanted to misdirect any stalkers my novels might attract. I write erotic shapeshifter romance, futuristic romance, contemporary romance, and romantic suspense.

I’ve been married to the same man for 31 years. I chose him instead of the Army, thinking he’d be the bigger challenge. After I put my two cats to sleep last year, he demanded a fur-free home. Since that hadn’t been in our marriage contract, I was rethinking that Army decision. Alas, I had passed the maximum age for enlistment. When I see a cat commercial on TV my heart goes pitter pat. He says I’ll outlive him and then I can have cats once more. I’m not sure he realizes I write romantic suspense and can think of lots of ways to hasten a man’s demise. And if somebody offered me a free Maine Coon…

I’m a secretary by day. If you work outside the home, you know that dictatorial bosses and irritating co-workers are excellent fodder for novels. I like to make them victims and villains in my stories. And some of what goes on in the working world you just can’t pay to imagine. Truth can be stranger than fiction. Although not in some of my short stories.

Beyond writing I’m an amateur photographer. I bake fairly well. Cooking—in truth, I collect recipes and attempt them. My husband thinks I’m trying to poison him. I wouldn’t have to try—I own a textbook on poisons. I collect rocks and glass paperweights and unusual names. And, of course, I love to read.

My secret passion is glass. I love the way it looks, the way it refracts light. I love its many forms and variations. I love watching glass artisans at work. I love old glass dishes and glass goblets. I have to be careful not to become a hoarder with my passion.

If I didn’t live in northern Ohio, I’d live someplace slightly warmer where there were hills. Not too warm, though, because I love the fall, the changing colors of the leaves. But I could skip winter. I’d like to live on a lake where no gas-powered boats could roar up and down. Recently I attended a party at a lakefront condo. The side of the house facing the lake was nearly all glass. The wife had a second-floor office that looked out over the lake. I could write lots of novels from an office like that.

I write romance because I need the happily ever after. My first love is fantasy, but not every character in those books survives. If I take a journey with a character, and grow to care for them, I want to know they survived and thrived, and that they had someone to love along the way.

After vacationing in Watkins Glen, New York, the setting of my novel, Hero Needed, which Crimson will release on October 22nd, I knew I had to write a story set in that town with that crazy, unprotected train track. I included photography in the story, which my husband does as a professional, and I’m an amateur.

When I write, I find my personal traits in at least one of my characters, sometimes the hero, sometimes the heroine. Often the emotional trials in my life find their way into my writing. I didn’t have to cut anything from Hero Needed, but another novel I’m editing will have to have huge tracts severed from it. I’ve delayed because these tracts are very dear to me. The hero’s grandmother, who raised him, has dementia and is failing. I wrote this novel when my mother-in-law had to be confined to a nursing home with dementia. I know it will hurt a lot to lose any part of this story.

The best part of my writing life is being able to ask people the craziest, most outlandish, most off-limits questions for my books. People who aren’t writers or reporters have boundaries. But writers are nosy. I HAVE to know things. Even if it’s not for a work-in-progress, I know I’ll use it in a future book. The worst part of my writing life, besides having to work nights and weekends, is having so many story ideas and not enough time to write all of them. While five ideas wait their turn, five more ideas take root in my brain.

So I have a lot of stories in the works. I don’t know which I’ll work on next. It will probably be romantic suspense because I love a hunky hero helping a smart heroine figure out who done it.

You can see more of Shay Lacy at my website, http://www.shaylacy.com/.

Check in on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/welcomeback/requests/#!/shay.lacy.7

Catch me on Twitter, https://twitter.com/ShayLacy1

Meet the Ladies in Red – Lisa White

 

Hello Friends!  This day is huge for me because THE LAWS OF LOVE released today!!!  As my fellow Crimson Romance Authors have done in the past, I am introducing myself on our group blog by answering the standard questions posed to all our authors.  It may sound fun to most, but this shy girl from Virginia does not like to talk about herself so the task is a little daunting – but here goes:

1. Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?  I write under my real name – Lisa White.  I used my real name for two reasons.  First, it is easier to market to friends and family with my real name.  They don’t have to remember anything special and can look me up and, hopefully, buy the book without doing too much research.  And since I have a very, very big family spread all over the country, they will help boost sales!  Second, for me it was important to use my real name to keep my writing true to me personally.  When writing a scene or developing a character, I have to ask myself: Would I want my name associated with this scene/character?  Is it good enough or would it embarrass me to have my name associated with it?  My grandfather Crockett always told me that all we really have in life is our good name.  By using my real name, I am making sure I am only giving my readers the best I have.

2. Let’s get the details out-of-the-way:

Single, married, divorced, widowed? Married to a wonderful man who makes me laugh every day.

Parent? We are blessed with two children who totally understand when mommy hides with her computer to “play with her characters”.

Living where? Southwest Virginia

Doing what, other than writing? Lawyer

One—just one—physical characteristic: Eyes?

3. What’s your secret passion? I would say writing but I guess the cat is out of the bag now!

4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change. This is a tough one because I cannot think of anything.  I believe everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for each of us.  If I were to change something, I would not be the same person I am now – and I am pretty happy most of the time.  Optimism is a powerful tool.

5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why? Another tough one.  Southwest Virginia is beautiful – mountains, rivers, lakes – and the people are fantastic.  I like to travel and experience new things, but coming home is always the best part of an adventure.

6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live? I write about where I live.  For me, small towns have the best stories and characters.  My hope is that readers can relate to at least one of my characters – or at least see a similarity to someone they know from their own hometown.

7. What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class? Writing poetry in elementary school.  One Christmas I even wrote a book of poems for my grandparents – do you know how many words rhyme with “cat”?

8. Why do you write romance novels? Because I love happy endings.  When I first joined Romance Writers of America, I remember being told that, in order to be classified as a romance, my novel had to have an “emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending”.  For me, with all the heartache in the world, why would I want to write anything else?  I want readers to escape with my writing – to get away from everything going on around them – even if just for ten minutes or one page at a time.

9. What else do you write? So far, just poetry and romance – but I love a good suspense so if I can come up with a good storyline, I might try that.  But of course, the suspense must have a happy ending!

10. What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience? In THE LAWS OF LOVE, the protagonist, Livi Miller is a corporate attorney who has a hard time balancing her love life with her career.  I can totally relate to that aspect of Livi’s life.  Being single and trying to have a career was not easy.  Maybe that is why I did not get married until I was thirty-four years old.

11. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part? I had what I thought was a great line: “She excelled professionally thanks to this work ethic but her personal life became collateral damage”.  I loved the “collateral damage” phrase – but my editor thought the idea had already been established and the line was unnecessary.  She was exactly right – but I still hated cutting it.

12. Do you identify closely with one particular character? How? See answer to 10 above.  This idea has already been established so this question is unnecessary (see Jennifer, I did learn something!).

13. The best part about my writing life is: Taking the stories in my head and heart and putting them to paper (or computer screen as the case may be).  I just finished my second novel, have started my third and have outlines for three more.  I can’t wait to flesh out all the scenes and see where the characters take me.

14. The worst part about my writing life is:  Not enough time to write.  My writing time typically starts after 9:00 p.m when everyone else’s day is ending.  But sitting at my computer is one of the best parts of my day.

Okay – so I answered all the questions.  But if you want to know more, or simply just want to say “Hi”, you can find me on the web as noted below.  Thanks for your time and I hope you enjoy THE LAWS OF LOVE.

Best Wishes, Lisa White

www.lisawhiteauthor.com

http://www.amazon.com/author/lisawhite

Meet the Ladies in Red: Nikkie Locke

I’m so excited to be finally introducing myself! This is such a wonderful group of ladies here, and I’m delighted to be able to include myself among them.

1. Introduce yourself, please. Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

My name is Nikkie Locke. It is, in fact, a pen name. I’m planning on working as a high school English teacher and would prefer not to listen to high school boys read my love scenes aloud during class. What? You think that wouldn’t happen? As the girl who had the book she was reading stolen daily so the boys could do exactly that, I think it’s safe to say it will. 🙂

2. Let’s get the details out of the way: Single, married, divorced, widowed? Parent? Living where? Doing what, other than writing?

I’m engaged to the most brilliant man in the whole world. He’s also the handsomest. I like to have it all. 🙂 Seriously though, my fiancé and I have been dating for the past five years and engaged for the last year. We’re high school sweethearts. We attended separate colleges for our undergraduate degrees and are currently attending different schools again while I work on my teacher certification and he attends physician assistant school.

Our only children are actually mine. Both of them have four legs and a tail. Well, actually, my cat doesn’t have a tail… But that is an entirely different story. I have a cat named Athena, affectionately called Ani and “Nikkie, I’m going to F’in kill your cat.” I have a dog named Perseus, affectionately called Percy, Perce, P, and “Sit.”

I live in Missouri and am currently splitting time between my house in my hometown and an apartment with some girlfriends where I attend school. Other than writing, I spend my time in classes or at home with my family.

3. What’s your secret passion?

My secret passion? I don’t keep secrets very well.

4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My wonderful, helpful girlfriends were not so helpful with this question. They suggested a physical attribute which I’ve decided not to share…

I think the one thing I’d never change about myself is my imagination. Even in the middle of the night, when I’m huddling under my blankie freaking out because there are monsters outside my window, I still value that sense of imagination.

5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

I love living in a small town. It’s fantastic. If I had to choose somewhere else to live though, it would probably be New Orleans. The people, the atmosphere, the music—I love it all. Besides, that’s where all the paranormal creatures live, right?

6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

I do write about where I live. My characters actually live in a fictional small town named Hartsville, but their small town is a lot like mine. Theirs is bigger than mine and probably prettier, but the atmosphere of the small town is still there.

7. Why do you write romance novels?

For me, my writing has always been romance. There are really great answers to this question- life is hard enough, the world is a better with love, happy ever after- and those are all true. I think in addition to that, I have to say, why not romance novels?

8. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

I have always had a laid back attitude about editing and the editor’s opinion. They just want to make your book the best book it can be, right? Why wouldn’t you listen to them? When I received Unbound back for its first round of edits, I looked at all the red and panicked, though. I closed the file and didn’t look at again for several hours.

After lots of deep breathing and a long pep talk, I opened the file and read through all of her suggested edits. I was feeling okay, but not great. Then, I read one of the editor’s notes. She was questioning a character’s motivation and used the word “creeptastic” in her note. I laughed so hard and fell a little bit in love with a woman I didn’t know. I realized she was a person just like me, and her goal really was to make the book the best it could be.

I threw myself into edits after that. I cut most of the original four chapters even though some of my favorite dialogue was there. When I finished, I realized she was right. That soothed most of the ache. Besides, now I have deleted scenes to share. 🙂

9. The best part about my writing life is: There are no limits. You want to have a villain who chops people up and eats them? Go for it! A werewolf who is allergic to dog hair? Do it! You want to write about a woman with limitless powers who accidently turns her lover into a frog? Awesome! As long as your story follows some kind of logic and you can explain your characters’ motivations, there’s nothing you can’t do. Nothing.

10. The worst part about my writing life is: Not having enough time! It seems like everybody gives that answer. It’s so true though. There are nights I stay up late to write even though I know I’ll be tired the next day. Right this minute, I’m considering skipping a class to stay home and write. Of course, my mother will be reading this so that idea is shot. I promise I’ll go to class, Mom. Cross my heart.

11. Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

The next book is still in the writing stage. It’s about some very minor secondary characters from Unbound. It’s about a writer and the high school sweetheart she dumped four years before. Ryleigh and Jonah have a lot of personal issues to overcome, but they are also in for some exciting suspense as well. 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this as much as I did! My first book, Unbound, comes out July 16th. I can’t wait to hear what you think of it.

You can find me at my personal website, http://nikkielocke.weebly.com, or on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/NikkieLocke.

Alicia Dean – Author of Soul Seducer

Introduce yourself, please (name you write under). Is this a pen or personal name? Why did you make the choice to write under that name?

I’m Alicia Dean. This is a pen name, but ‘Alicia’ is a variation of my real first name, Alice, and ‘Dean’ was my father’s first name. He passed away in ’94 before I was published. He knew about my dream and would have been so thrilled to see it come true. I chose my pen name as a tribute to him.

2. Let’s get the details out of the way:

Single, married, divorced, widowed?

Happily divorced for almost 17 years. Still friendly with ex, though.

Parent?

Proud parent of two beautiful daughters, Lana and Lacey, and a handsome, wonderful son, Presley. They’re all grown now, but we spend a lot of time together and I love it.

Living where?

Edmond, Oklahoma

Doing what, other than writing?

I’m a legal assistant for a family law firm.

One—just one—physical characteristic:

Dark hair and eyes. (Have to color the grey to keep the hair ‘dark’ <g>)

3. What’s your secret passion?

None of my passions are secret. I share them all. (Elvis fan, MLB, NFL, Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Dexter, Justified, etc)

4. Tell us one thing about yourself you’d never change.

My closeness with family and friends.

5. If you didn’t live where you do, where would you live? Why?

I’d live somewhere cold, because I love winter.

6. Do you write about where you live or where you’d like to live?

Mostly where I live or have lived.

7. What’s the first creative writing you remember doing outside a class?

I wrote a romance when I was about 11. The hero looked just like Elvis Presley, which was actually how I described him. :-)  I still have that story.

8. Why do you write romance novels?

They have a happy ending, and people love to read them.

9. What else do you write?

Suspense/mystery with just a hint of romance.

10. What one thing from your book did you take from personal experience?

My heroine’s love of baseball and Elvis music.

11. What did you cut from your book that felt like severing a body part?

Scenes from my serial killer’s POV.

12. Do you identify closely with one particular character? How?

Not particularly, but I would LOVE to identify closely with Audra. Dimitri is a hottie bad boy. :-)

13. The best part about my writing life is:

Hearing back from readers. Whether they liked my book(s) or didn’t, it’s a thrill to realize that complete strangers are reading something I created.

14. The worst part about my writing life is:

Not having NEAR enough time to write.

15. Give us a hint about what the next book’s like.

I’m working on a sequel to Soul Seducer, featuring my heroine’s best friend, Riley.