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Friday, 18 July 2014

My World Guest Interview: Tara Quan

EM: Welcome to My World, Tara. Thank you so much for stopping by to play twenty questions with me :- )

Before we begin, could you tell us a little about yourself?

TQ: I’m a romance addict who likes to write bite-sized stories with ample helpings of (occasionally kinky) sex. At the time this post goes live, I’ll likely be twiddling my thumbs in a hotel while waiting for our flight to Rome (where all my worldly possessions should have theoretically arrived).

EM: Are you ready to play 20 questions? *rubs hands together*

TQ: Bring it on!

Which do you find harder to write?

1. First person POV or Third?

I’ve never published anything in 1st, if that’s any indication…

2. As a male or female?

Male. I constantly show portions of dialogue to my husband and ask: “Would a guy say this?” My most recent direct reference to Lembas (the Elvin bread in Lord of the Rings) caused him to roll on the floor with laughter.

3. Beginning, middle, or end of the story?

Beginning. Chapter 1 is the most painful part. Once I get over the initial hump, the words tend to flow.

4. Fight scenes or smex scenes?

Fight. Smex comes … umm … naturally.

5. Synopsis or blurb?

Words cannot describe how much I hate synopses.

As a writer, do you prefer:

6. Writing in the morning, afternoon or evening?

My most productive period seems to be between 9AM and 1PM.

7. Writing with music, or in peace?

In peace. I can live with chirping birds, but that’s about it.

8. Planning, or Improvising?

Planning. I pre-cast characters and create Scrivener/Storyist outlines. Since I recently wrote three 1-Night Stand stories in a row (all connected to each other), I even created a template.

9. Juggling a few projects, or concentrating on one at a time?

One at a time. Whenever I succumb to the impulse to pursue a side project, I end up trunking one of the two manuscripts.

10. Sticking to one genre, or exploring many?

Since I’m a staunch believer in happily ever afters, I only write romance. However, I’ve written three contemporary romances, two sci-fi romances, a fantasy romance, and three paranormal romances.

As a reader, do you prefer:

11. Story being told from female view or male?

I prefer a mixture of both.

12. Good guys or bad boys?

Bad boys (perhaps because my real life hero is such a goody-two-shoes).

13. Feisty females or fragile damsels?

While I tend to write heroines who save the day (or the hero, as the case may be), I enjoy reading both types. As long as the damsel isn’t too-stupid-to-live, I can find a way to root for her.

14. Stand alone stories or series?

I’m one of those crazy people who re-reads the entire Psy-Changeling series whenever Nalini Singh is about to release the next installment…

15. Quick reads or long stories?

It only now occurs to me that I write quick reads but read longer stories. No idea why.

16. Romance as a side dish or the main course?

Main course (but I’ll make exceptions for space operas and high fantasy).

17. Erotica or soft romance or something in-between?

I like reading sexy stories, but it needs to have romantic elements. I usually don’t differentiate between erotic romance and mainstream—the plot and characters matter more than the level of explicitness.

18. More action or humor?

Humor. I expect to giggle at least a couple of times over the course of a book.

Just for fun:

19. Vampires or Angels?

Oh dear… As a staunch Guild Hunter fangirl, I don’t think I can pick between Dmitri and Raphael.

20. Werewolves or Demons?

Werewolves (Kresley Cole’s Lycae, to be specific)

What are you currently working on?

I just contracted three paranormal romances (all part of Decadent’s 1-Night Stand series), and I should be starting the edits for those later this year. I’m also in the process of revising a Christmas-themed romantic suspense that’s been refusing to cooperate ever since I finished the first draft in January.

Do you have a current release?

I might…. Here’s the thing—since the move made Internet access a bit uncertain, I decided to pre-schedule all my stops for my upcoming release, Operation Owl. To the best of my knowledge (every aspect of the book is done), it should be available some time in July 2014. In either event, I’m giving away a $25 gift card to celebrate its completion.

You can find out how to enter on my website: http://www.TaraQuan.com/Owl OR Here’s the Rafflecopter widget:

And now, a word from my sponsor…

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

RBTL Tours: Sage by S.A. Huchton

If you could be a superhero in your series what would your power be?

I know a lot of people that would totally jump at the chance to have a really kick-butt superpower the way that Candace can control water, or that Jackson manipulates fire, but, to me, I find more appeal in the quieter, less explosive abilities. I have a few like that in the Evolution series that would suit me better than the massively powerful ones my main characters possess. They aren’t the type of abilities where someone can kill you with a thought, but just as needed in building a solid, reliable team of superheroes.

I’ve always held intelligent people in very high regard, so if I could pick an ability, I’d chose boosted brain-power. Every team needs a leader, and the ability to out-think any opponent would make my superhero team the sure victors!

In lieu of becoming an unparalleled mastermind, I’d go for a healing ability. Keeping the team in prime condition would allow them to keep fighting the good fight, plus in my off-time I could travel around the world helping regular people beat the injuries and diseases that take their lives too soon. There would always be frustration in knowing that I couldn’t save everyone, but to do what I can to help as many as possible would ease that frustration at least a little.

With every superpower come drawbacks, so it’s hard for me to think of one without overanalyzing every scenario in which disaster could strike. While I love the idea of being a superhero, I’m not entirely sure I’d want to be one. Having written them now, and knowing what comes with great power, I’m fairly content to be a normal human. 

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Title: Evolution: Sage
Author: S.A. Huchton
Series: The Evolution Series (#2)
Genre: Adult Superhero Romance
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: May 6 2014
Edition/Formats: eBook & Print


"Devastated by her choices, Candace Bristol is on the brink of losing it all: her mind, her hope, everything she thought she was.

But from the ruins rises new purpose. An enemy has emerged and it will take everything to combat this new threat. Broken as she is, picking up the pieces and carrying on might be the hardest battle to win, but it's either fight, or lose what little she has left.

Amongst the wreckage, hope still burns. The flicker of a flame kindles something within her she thought was dead.

Love can break you.

So, too, can it bring you back to life."

Book Links:

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Author Information:

A geek of all trades, Starla Huchton has been crafting stories in various genres since 2007. Her first novel, The Dreamer’s Thread was released as a full cast audiobook podcast, becoming a double-nominee and finalist for the 2010 Parsec Awards. After releasing short fiction of steampunk, noir fantasy, and other varieties, she released the first three books of the Sci-Fi Romance Endure series in 2013. All three books of the Evolution series will be released in 2014, as well as a Steampunk Fantasy novel, Master of Myth (the Antigone’s Wrath series, book 1), which was the first place winner of the Crested Butte Writers’ contest, The Sandy, in 2012.

When not writing, Starla trains three Minions, a black lab, and a military husband whilst designing book covers for independent authors and publishers at Designed by Starla.

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Tour-wide Give-away!

Prizes up for grabs are as follows:

Paperback copies of the entire Evolution series, 
a Captain America hat, 
an Avengers USB drive filled with eBooks (the entire Evolution series AND the Endure series), 
an Evolution: ANGEL mini-book necklace, 
Arch Nemesis Wanted necklace from Surlyramics, 
Captain America wristlet, 
a set of Avengers earrings, 
Models Own Sticky Fingers nail polish (black) with comic book decals, 
temporary tattoos, 
and superhero lip balm +pin sets

all in an X-Men tote bag

All you have to do is click the link and then leave an entry on the rafflecopter: