Author Interview: C.H. Armstrong

With November coming to a close, I still have a couple more lovely authors to feature on my blog. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that historical fiction author C.H. Armstrong will be joining me to chat about her upcoming release. Just reading her answers here has made me super interested to devour the book, and I hope you feel the same!

Also, please join me in fangirling over her BEAUTIFUL COVER ART. #obsessed

Please give a warm welcome to C.H. Armstrong!


 

  1. Any advice for new writers?

Only the sage advice that was given to me countless times, all of which I ignored until I finally sat down to write:  Just write. Write whatever comes out of your head.  Don’t worry about how it sounds or how it reads — that can be fixed in the editing stage.  But you have to start somewhere, so just sit down and write whatever your heart leads you to write. Some of it you’ll keep and some if you won’t, but you’ll be surprised what you end up with when you finally step away from the keyboard.

  1.    What are your thoughts on e-books vs. “traditional” print, both as a reader and a writer?

First of all, I won’t lie:  I love traditional books.  Like a lot of people, I love the feel of them in my hands and the way they smell. BUT, I also love e-books and have transitioned over to doing the majority of my reading on e-books.  The reason is because it’s just so easy.  I can adjust the font size when I don’t have my glasses on, I can carry with me thousands of titles in under a pound, and I can even read in the dark.  And even better than all of that is that when I find a title I want to read, I can have it in my hands in about fifteen seconds.  So the answer is that I love both, but these days I’m loving e-books just a bit more.

  1. Tell me a little about your upcoming release.

The Edge of Nowhere is a work of historical fiction inspired by my own family’s experiences during the 1930s Oklahoma Dust Bowl and The Great Depression.  My grandmother married a man much older than herself, and then was left a widow at 28 with twelve children (five of whom were her stepchildren).  Everybody was poor in those days and times were hard, and she had it harder than most.  So the story centers around asking the central question of “what would a woman alone and with no resources do to provide for and protect her children?”  Similar to my grandmother, the main character is widowed at 28 with nine children and she makes some (arguably) reprehensible choices in the name of providing for her children.  This book is very personal to me because it helped me to understand the things my own grandmother may have endured, and many of the major elements are based upon family anecdotes.  The Edge of Nowhere is due out in paperback and e-book formats on January 19th.

  1. Do you see some of yourself in your main character? What traits have passed from you to them?

Oh gosh, yes!  And probably the biggest reason why is because the main character is loosely based upon my own grandmother.  She was a strong and assertive woman — aggressive, even, if the situation required it — and she refused to back down from even the worst adversity.  In many ways I take pride in the fact that I see a lot of my grandmother in myself.  In fact, I’d argue that most of my grandmother’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren have inherited this genetic predisposition to refuse to accept defeat and we’re all very proud of it.  So yes – like the main character, I’m definitely a strong and independent woman who values family above everything else.  Like her, there just isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for my children; and I’ve not encountered a situation  yet where I easily accepted defeat.

  1. What are you most excited about with this upcoming release?

Oh gosh, everything!  Obviously I’m excited because it’s my first release; but, I’m also excited — and a whole lot nervous — to see what my friends and family back in Oklahoma think of it. I’m an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota, but I’m an Okie at heart and consider Oklahoma to be “home.”  The book is set in my hometown of El Reno, OK (which is where my family was during the 1930s), and I’m both anxious and excited to get feedback from my hometown and the surrounding communities.  I’m headed back there in April, and I sincerely hope they’ll be kind to me. 🙂

Here’s a spot to pimp one of your writer friends… GO! (Or to gush about a recent fave read)

I love this! I get to gush about my favorite author(s)!  I have so many but, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that Cathy Lamb is probably my favorite author.  She just “gets” people and relationships.  I’ve read everything she’s written, and she never fails to make me laugh, then cry, then laugh through ugly tears. She has a true gift. I think my favorite books of hers are Julia’s ChocolatesSuch a Pretty Face, and The Last Time I Was Me.  See — I tried, but I just couldn’t choose one title!


 

FULL RESOLUTION EON

The year is 1992 and Victoria Hastings Harrison Greene—reviled matriarch of a sprawling family—is dying.

After surviving the Oklahoma Dust Bowl and the Great Depression, Victoria refuses to leave this earth before revealing the secrets she’s carried for decades.

Once the child of a loving family during peaceful times, a shocking death shattered her life. Victoria came face to face with the harshness of the world. As the warm days of childhood receded to distant memory, Victoria learns to survive.

No matter what it takes.

To keep her family alive in an Oklahoma blighted by dust storms and poverty, Victoria makes choices—harsh ones, desperate ones. Ones that eventually made her into the woman her grandchildren fear and whisper about. Ones that kept them all alive. Hers is a tale of tragedy, love, murder, and above all, the conviction to never stop fighting.


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C.H. (Cathie) Armstrong is an Oklahoma native transplanted in Minnesota for the last twenty-three years.  A 1992 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, she is a rabid Oklahoma Sooners football fan and can be found most Saturdays from September through December glued to the television or computer watching her alma mater play some good-old fashioned Oklahoma football.  Cathie is a prolific reader of most genres and is happiest when curled up between the pages of a great read.  The Edge of Nowhere is her first published novel.

Connect with C.H. on Twitter, Facebook, and her website!

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Author Interview: Emm Cole

So, if any of you have ever followed me when I talk about Emm Cole, you’ll know I’m absolutely obsessed with her. She’s a phenomenal author. The first book I read of hers was The Short Life of Sparrows, and she’s been kind enough to off a signed paperback copy along with this interview. It’s fucking fantastic, so you ALL should enter for a chance to win!

I won’t ramble on for too long, because I could go forever. Instead, allow me to present the stunning Emm Cole


1. What medium do you use to write? Desktop? Tablet? Pen and Paper?

I fill up a lot of notebooks with dialogue for important scenes, just because it’s quicker to jot it down while I’m remembering it. I also text myself ideas when I think of something I know one of my characters would say or do, but my actual draft is written on my desktop.

2. What are your thoughts on e-books vs. “traditional” print, both as a reader and a writer?

People seem to love e-books, and as a writer I love that e-books can be conveniently downloaded at a cheaper price. It’s all about getting your story out there to people, and e-books are a fantastic way to do so. As a reader I have to admit that I rarely read e-books. I just love having a tangible book in my hand, and there’s something sentimental about being able to put my favorites on a shelf where I can see them when I’m done reading. Occasionally I’ll read an e-book, but if you look at the shelves in my house it’s pretty clear I have an addiction to papebacks.

3. Tell me about your debut novel. Looking back, what are your feelings toward it now?

My first novel MERMINIA was about two warring mermaid clans and a mermaid who has the ability to heal wounds with her hands. She becomes a sort of pawn in the back and forth. It’s a darker take on mermaid lore with no humans in it, and it was a lot of fun to create an entire world beneath the waves with its own customs and culture.

There are probably countless things every writer learns the more books that they write. MERMINIA will always be special to me though, because it was the catalyst for realizing how much I love making mythical worlds and coming up with ominous twists.

4. What is the sweetest thing a reader has ever said about your work?

I had someone email me to say that they cried so hard after reading The Short Life of Sparrows that they had to call in sick to work the next day. It’s not that I set out to leave anybody in the fetal position, but I really was touched that my characters meant that much to a reader that they were that affected by how it all came together.

5. Who would you want your main character portrayed by in the film version of your book?

Karen

For the Short Life of Sparrows it would be Karen Gillan (from Doctor Who) for Calli.

Kit

Isaiah has loose, thick hair and dark eyes, so somebody like Kit Harrington.

Rowe

The only person I can picture from Hollywood that I think has Rowe’s swagger and nonchalant attitude would be Travis Femmel (who plays Ragnar on Vikings.)

Here’s a spot to pimp one of your writer friends… GO! (Or to gush about a recent fave read)

Sara Mack is one of those indies who knocks it out of the park. Her stuff is just an auto-buy for me after reading her Guardian series. Her two newest books are contemporary while Guardian is a paranormal romance trilogy with the coolest take on ghosts. Not many authors can switch up the genres like that, but Sara has this total knack with characters. I have read all five of her books, and every one of them has been one of those you read entirely in one day because you can’t put it down.


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The Nightbloods and Seers have many buried secrets, and some of them are deadly.

Does real love even stand a chance against the darkest of magic?

Emm Cole’s books are all available on Amazon. 


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Emm Cole is the author of THE SHORT LIFE OF SPARROWS, a Gothic Romance, which was an award winner for Readers’ Favorite in 2015 Supernatural books. She is also the author of MERMINIA and KEEPING MERMINIA, a Young Adult Dark Fantasy duology.

Emm is a self-admitted night owl who likes sweaters, rainy downpours, crazy prints on socks, way too much coffee, high stacks of books, Johnny Cash & The Rolling Stones at hideous decibels, the ocean, and movie marathons.

Her funky imagination tends to be equal parts whimsically pretty and morbidly sinister. Emm plans to keep developing unique magical realms, one book at a time.

For more on Emm’s books visit www.emmcole.com. Emm loves to interact with other writers and readers.

Emm is also on Twitter and Goodreads.

You can find her visual boards for her books on Pinterest.

MERMINIA & KEEPING MERMINIA

THE SHORT LIFE OF SPARROWS


 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

Did you like what you read about The Short Life of Sparrows? I highly recommend it, and you now have a chance to win a SIGNED PAPERBACK COPY from the author!

To thank Emm for offering such a sweet prize, I’ve also thrown in a $10 Amazon gift card — which you can then use to purchase The Short Life of Sparrows, right?

Don’t hesitate! Enter today!

Giveaway ends November 30th, 2015.

Author Interview: Holly Evans

My author interviews aren’t strictly for authors who are currently published. Meet Holly Evans, an indie author who specializes in the paranormal and is putting out the first book in her three part series soon! She’s an active little lady on twitter, so make sure you pop over and say haaaaay after the interview.

Without further ado, Miss Holly Evans, ladies and gents!


  1. What was your first experience with writing?

Hmm, I went to a Catholic school when I was very little (up until I was 9) and we had to write our own take on a Christian parable. We also had to write our own fairytale. It was an interesting challenge for a little kid, trying to make something new from something I was already so familiar with. I don’t remember the parable I worked with, but I know I loved the princess and the pea at the time (I was maybe 6) so that was the fairytale I went with.

  1. Did you enjoy writing in school?

We didn’t do much creative writing in school. I despised literature analysis, I felt as though the teacher was inserting themselves and their high flown ideas onto the text. They were looking for things that stroked their own ego. I did really enjoy writing essays and such though. I didn’t come to creative writing properly until I was in my 20’s.

  1. How do you get through days when you just can’t write a single thing?

I try to focus on other things, I’ll plan if I can form the ideas in my mind. Or I’ll walk away completely, get out the flat, head out to a bar, rant at my poor husband! I try to make sure that the pressure and the stress is minimal, it quickly becomes a vicious cycle if I’m not careful. So if I can’t write, I don’t force it, I step away and do other things. If it extends past a day then I usually end up going on a big reading kick where I devour books until i feel I can write again.

  1. Tell me a little about your upcoming release.

I’ll be releasing the first three books in the Infernal Hunt series. It’s a paranormal thriller series that follows the twins Evelyn and Quin. They’re hunters, their role is to keep the supernal community of Prague in line. Usually that’s as simple as putting down rogue lycans, keeping the redcaps from killing too many tourists, nothing too difficult. Of course everything changes with the first book, Infernal Ties. Quin heads out to put down a rogue lycan, but he doesn’t come back. That leads to Evie doing whatever it takes to get him back, the end result is the beginning of a much larger story where their lives are never the same again. I can’t say too much more! It is a quick-paced, actiony story that gets quite dark.

  1. What are you most excited about with this upcoming release?

Is it bad if I say getting the cover art? I love art, especially cover art. Aside from the art, it’s sharing the characters with the world and dancing around while I hope people love them as much as I do. I’m all about my characters and I really want a Lysander for myself!

Here’s a spot to pimp one of your writer friends… GO! (Or to gush about a recent fave read)

This is where I get to gush about a writer friend. It has to be Jessica Wynn, she’s currently writing Within, which is a tense, atmospheric, paranormal thriller. She’s serialised it and is posting chapters as she writes them on Juke Pop. The premise is really fun and interesting, I’m really enjoying how tense she makes everything and as a reader I’m not quite sure what’s going on – in the best possible way. I look forward to reading more chapters and definitely recommend it to everyone.


Infernal Ties: Book 1 of the Infernal Hunt series. 

Quin had gone out on a routine hunt. All he had to do was put down a rogue lycan. He didn’t come back.

Evie’s Quin’s twin. They’re hunters. They keep the supernal community of Prague in line, but this time they’ve failed, and someone (or something) has taken Quin. It’s down to Evie to turn the city upside down and do whatever it takes to get her twin back, before it’s too late.


Holly Evans is a bubbly, passionate writer of paranormal thrillers. She throws herself whole-heartedly into everything she does, whether that’s creating a delightfully evil elf or discovering new coffees to savour. When she isn’t writing she enjoys finding new bars, restaurants, and relaxing watching action movies with her husband.

Send Holly some love on Twitter or at her website!

Author Interview: Eliza Nolan

Now here’s an exciting YA release I can really get behind! Eliza Nolan is on my blog today chatting about her debut novel, Phoenix Awakens, an let’s just say, I’m foaming at the mouth to get a hold of her book. Plus Eliza‘s struggles are that of every author — aka #sorelatable #bookmarketingsucks.

Please give a warm welcome to Eliza Nolan, and don’t forget to give her debut a look at the end of the interview!


  1. Tell me a little about your recent release.

Phoenix Awakens is my debut. It’s a YA urban fantasy about a girl who finds herself in a fight with a secret society over magic. And there’s a cute boy, of course.

  1. What are your biggest fears about this release?

It’s my first release, so I have ALL the fears. My top two are:
Fear 1: Will people read it? (Please do!) There are a lot of books to chose from, and I worry that readers won’t be able to find my book amongst all the wonderful options out there.
Fear 2: Will readers like it? (I hope so.) I think this is every author’s biggest concern. We pour our hearts out in words on the page, then pull our hair out during revisions and edits,in hopes that we will make something that is not only worth others’ time, but also a wonderful experience for the reader.

  1. Do you see some of yourself in your main character? What traits have passed from you to them?

Julia started out as a high school version of myself. She has my insecurities, my desire to succeed, my inability to take charge…

But she also became her own person as she developed as a character, doing things I could only imagine. 😉

  1. What was your main character wearing to his/her Halloween party this year?

She’s a bit of a wallflower, so she wanted to stay home and hide. However, her friend, Samantha, wouldn’t let her, so she agreed to go as Katniss Everdeen. After all, she really does wish she could be a super strong hero.

  1. What has been the biggest struggle marketing your upcoming release?

Marketing is a full on struggle for me. I want people to see and read my book, but it feels weird trying to sell it to people. I would much rather have people stumble across it and decide to read it on their own. I know, I’m dreaming, but this is my struggle.
So feel free to stumble across it, and decide to read it. 😉

Here’s a spot to pimp one of your writer friends… GO! (Or to gush about a recent fave read)
I’m going to gush about my crit partner, Dawn Klehr’s new book, If You Wrong Us. I’m only part way through it, but I know it’s gonna rock. It’s a twisted YA thriller about some kids who plot revenge, and the insanity that follows. I read an earlier version of the beginning of this one, and I’m dying to know how the story ends. Check it out!


Julia Long is starting her senior year with an extra dose of crazy. The dreams of cultish, bloody rituals are weird enough, but the victim in her lifelike dreams is her new classmate, Southern charmer Graham.

Graham admits he was a Phoenix — part of a centuries old secret society — but swears he left it all behind. As Julia works with Graham to figure out why she is dreaming about his past, she’s discovering she has other abilities. She heals Graham’s migraines with a touch, and there’s her superhuman strength that comes and goes. Julia doesn’t know where her new talents come from, but there’s no denying that when Graham is near, her powers kick into overdrive.

But the Phoenix Society wants Graham back. They need his blood to awaken the magic they seek, and they’ll do whatever it takes to get it.

Can Julia uncover the truth behind her connection to Graham? How far will Julia go in order to save Graham and stop the Phoenixes from harnessing this powerful magic?

Get it on Amazon today!


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Eliza Nolan was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for a few years, after which she returned to icy Minnesota – where she now lives with her two unruly cats in a house smaller than your closet.

She is an avid reader and writer of YA. She has ghostwritten a novel or two, but also writes her own stuff, and is finally publishing her debut young adult urban fantasy novel, Phoenix Awakens.

Catch up with Eliza on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and her website!

Author Interview: Nikolas Rex

Attention fantasy fans! Nikolas Rex is on deck today carrying on with my author interview month. If you’re looking for a new author to creep, he’s someone I recommend!


  1. When did you know you wanted to write?

I always loved reading my whole life, but my freshman year in high school was when I discovered that I also loved to write.

  1. What was your first experience with writing?

My first experience with writing was quickly jotting down details of an amazing dream I had. Later that day, when reading what I had written, I wasn’t fully satisfied with what I had jotted down, as the memory of the dream was much cooler. So I filled in the details as best I could, creating pieces here and there and it morphed into a cool little short story which I actually entered into a local short story contest. I didn’t win anything, and sadly lost the short story, but the memory is still there.

  1. Where do you generally do most of your writing? Is there a specific room that has been dubbed “The Writer’s Cave”?

I have no “Writer’s Cave” to speak of, though having an office would be nice. I mostly write on my laptop wherever I can find a decent enough chair, desk space, and wifi (gotta love Pandora Radio for music to set the mood).

  1. What medium do you use to write? Desktop? Tablet? Pen and Paper?

My medium of choice when it comes to writing? Laptop. However, I’m never without a pen and notebook. Always have to be able to write down my thoughts and ideas whenever they come to mind.

  1. What’s your preferred genre to write in?

My preferred genre to write in is Fantasy. I love reading a good sci-fi (I’ve read Ender’s Game fifteen times in my life, now) but don’t think I’ll ever be able to write a good sci-fi since so much science is involved (a good sci-fi involves at least psuedo-science-y stuff in my opinion).

Here’s a spot to pimp one of your writer friends… GO! (Or to gush about a recent fave read)

A friend of mine recently gave me ALL the Dresden Files books by Jim Butcher to read. Magic meets Detective. They’re pretty good so far, I’m on the 4th one now.


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Wielder of the Flame:
On a far distant planet, a war fought with magic sends an enchanted sword hurtling through time and space to land on Earth, mysteriously linking the fates of both worlds, together. A young man named Marcus, whose only wish is to escape the bullies from school by running through a nearby park, instead stumbles upon a strange black cat that motions for him to follow it. The cat leads Marcus to an enchanted grove, wherein, at its center, lies that very sword, half-embedded in stone.

Marcus chooses to withdraw the blade and takes the first step on an unexpected but magnificent adventure that changes his life forever. He awakens to find himself in a place called Lyrridia, a realm of swords and magic. Along his path to uncover the reasons for his arrival in this new world he will make friends, fall in love, battle foes, and come face to face with his destiny.

Grab your copy on Amazon today!


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Nikolas Rex resides in Washington State with his wife and two daughters. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Digital Technology and Culture at Washington State University Tri-Cities and a minor in Fine Arts. He has a deep love for the written word and a passion for design. Aside from writing fantasy, his other hobbies and interests include sketching concept art, reading fantasy and science fiction, spending time with his family, and playing low-fi board games.

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Author Interview: Rosanna Leo

I’m thrilled to have the wonderfully talented author Rosanna Leo on my blog today! I first found Rosanna‘s work when I was just getting Maenad off the ground. In fact, I’m pretty sure I was still writing it, and I happened upon an author who wrote something quite similar to what I was playing with: gods in the modern world. I devoured all three of her god-centric pieces, and have since moved on to her most recent release, Night Lover, which is fantastic so far.

Super excited to have her here, so please give your full attention to the lovely Rosanna Leo!


  1. Where do you generally do most of your writing? Is there a specific room that has been dubbed “The Writer’s Cave”?

I do have a writing cave, and it’s known in our house, as “Spare Room.” (Very Narnia, isn’t it?) It really is just the spare bedroom, so there’s a bed there if I grow especially weary, or if I need to bash my head against pillows. However, I also write in the kitchen sometimes. Lots of light and lots of snacks. The snacks are not particularly conducive to writing, but they keep me happy.

  1. Any advice for writers about to be published?

My advice to writers about to be published is this: get yourself ready for a wild ride. There is no feeling in the world quite as special as seeing your first book published. The others are special, too, but the first one brings forth emotions you won’t expect. Embrace them. Be ready for highs and lows, however. As exhilarating as it can be to see your name in print or digital print, there are stresses as well. Bad reviews, looming deadlines, keeping up with family and job. All these things can bring you down. Try to keep it all in perspective and stay on an even keel, while enjoying the blissful moments as much as possible.

  1. Tell me about your debut novel. Looking back, what are your feelings toward it now?

My debut was a fun paranormal romance called For the Love of a God. This is the book my heart wrote. Would I write it exactly the same way now? Perhaps not, but I don’t regret the lessons learned. Besides, writing is a constant learning process. Writers improve with each book, with each paragraph. I still get lots of emails from readers who say they love that book, and that taught me something. If you believe in a story, others will, too. I am extremely proud of where and how I began and For the Love of a God is part of that story. In many ways, I wouldn’t change a thing.

  1. Tell me a little about your upcoming release.

My current release is another paranormal romance, and this one is called Night Lover. Featuring a classical soprano heroine, her dishy conductor and a naughty incubus, it explores the themes of grief, faith and redemption. Set against the backdrop of a music festival at an English country manor, it features the music of Mozart, a bit of Regency passion and foul murder. I’m so excited to share it with readers.

  1. What are you most excited about with this upcoming release?

I’m eager to share Night Lover because, at its heart, it’s about old-fashioned romance. It’s a story I’ve had in my head for over ten years and it’s taken a long time to bring to life. I’ll be very excited to see what readers think about it, and hope they fall in love as I did.

Here’s a spot to pimp one of your writer friends… GO! (Or to gush about a recent fave read)

I’m so glad you asked me to pimp a writer friend! I would love to let everyone know about historical romance author Jessica Cale. She writes books set in post-Fire London and I have fallen in love with her characters. Make sure you check out her books Tyburn and Virtue’s Lady!


Night Lover

Canadian soprano Renata Bruno is tired of waiting for her big break. Unfortunately, her boss, the conductor of a chamber ensemble, sees her as little more than background material. When she learns of an opportunity to sing solo with a different troupe in England, she knows she must seize it. Especially when she hears the group is to perform Mozart’s Requiem, her favorite work.

As soon as Renata decides to make her move, a strange, sultry presence invades her life. She begins dreaming of a man, one who makes love to her, bewitching her. It isn’t long before her night lover leaves startling proof of his nocturnal presence, making her doubt her senses.

To compound her discomfort, she learns her new conductor is the college boyfriend who broke her heart years ago. As Renata grapples with old hurts and renewed passion, she must also fend off the increasingly fervent advances of her night-time visitor. She realizes she is under the influence of an incubus, a sexual demon.

It becomes harder to resist the incubus when she learns he has a name and had a tragic history. The more she discovers about his past, the more she realizes they are linked in more ways than one. Renata begins to rediscover love and her sense of faith, but will it be enough to save her night lover from an evil curse? And will it destroy her in the process?

Excerpt:

When I saw the face in this painting, I gasped, feeling as if someone had punched me in the gut.

Him.

It was the portrait of a man, much in the style of a Gainsborough painting. Full-length, it displayed the man in Regency dress. Tall Hessian boots reached up over his pants, accentuating his height. A waistcoat peaked out from under his soft blue riding coat. I looked up to the face above the coat, clean-shaven and somehow boyish with its round features. His hair was the color of honey and quite curly, with long sideburns travelling down his cheeks. Although he bore a fashionably serious countenance, his blue eyes smiled.

It’s him.

The man from my recurring dream, the man from the theater mezzanine in Toronto. I blinked several times, not believing my eyes.

I couldn’t move. I returned the stare of the man in the portrait. A friendly face, it still managed to unnerve me. The artist must have been a master because its subject seemed to be looking right at me. His pale eyes bore into mine. As I continued to gaze at my dream man, other objects in the background began to blur. The portrait frame and the wallpaper behind him dissolved into nothingness. I could only make out the man, and his gaze seemed to issue me a challenge, daring me to look back at him. My head swam. My tongue grew thick. Pain shot through my stomach and I clutched it so I wouldn’t keel over.

Lizzy came out of nowhere and bounded up behind me. “What’s up? Ooh, he’s cute.” She, too, had noticed the portrait. She also saw how intently I stared. “Hey, are you okay?”

“No.” I couldn’t look away from him, couldn’t stop myself from raking my gaze over every painted inch. “It’s him. The man from my dream.”

“Yeah, right.” She frowned.

Finn walked up to us and put a hand on my back, oblivious to my shock. “So you’ve found the lord of the manor.”

“Huh?”

“Hugh Dawlish, scion of Dawlish Manor. The women in the ensemble love this portrait because they think he’s, ah…easy on the eyes. So, shall we rehearse?”

I let him lead me away, but I couldn’t stop looking back at Hugh Dawlish’s portrait.

He was real. Not a wraith from my imagination.

Real. And dead.

Lizzy elbowed me. “You look like you’re going to pass out.”

“I’m fine.”

As we left the room, I looked back once more. The eyes of Hugh Dawlish followed me. I shivered.

A slight smile played on his lips.

Buy Night Lover on Amazon and Kobo!


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Rosanna Leo is a multi-published, erotic romance author. Several of her books about Greek gods, selkies and shape shifters have been named Top Picks at Night Owl Romance and The Romance Reviews.

From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her long-suffering husband, their two hungry sons and a tabby cat named Sweetie. When not writing, she can be found haunting dusty library stacks or planning her next star-crossed love affair.

A library employee by day, she is honored to be a member of the league of naughty librarians who also happen to write romance. Rosanna blogs at www.rosannaleoauthor.wordpress.com

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