Romancing September Across the World – Day 17 Monica La Porta

Monica La Porta:

An interview with Stephanie Hurt where I open up a bit.

Originally posted on Stephanie Hurt - Author/Accountant/Children's Minister:

Welcome to Day 17 of the 2nd Annual Romancing September Across The World Blog Tour. I’ve teamed up with Rosie Amber again this year. We’re promoting 30 awesome romance authors in 30 days. Help us out by cross promoting when you can and check out these authors.

Don’t forget to go over to Rosie Amber’s page and check out her page too.

Today my guest author is Monica La Porta and I want to thank her for blogging with me today. Here is a little about her and her book The Lost Centurion.

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  • What inspired you to write this book?

I’ve been wanting to write a series set in Rome for the longest time. There aren’t paranormal or urban fantasy series that are focussed on the Eternal City, and I’ve always thought that Rome is the perfect place for romance. Ancient and mysterious, elegant and decadent, but also joyous…

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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 17

Monica La Porta:

My interview with the lovely Rosie Amber.

Originally posted on Rosie Amber:

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Welcome to Day 17 of Romancing September Across The World Tour. Today our guest is Monica La Porta. Catch up with more from Monica in a few hours with the second part of our tour when Stephanie chats to her.

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Where is your home town?

I am from Rome, Italy, but I moved to Washington State in the summer of 2000.

How long have you been writing romance?

I’ve been writing love stories since I was a kid, but I started writing professionally five years ago.

What is your favourite sub-genre of romance?

I have several favourites, among them paranormal, urban fantasy, and science fiction romance.

Tell us who Marcus is?

Marcus is the main character in The Lost Centurion. Once a proud commander in the Imperial Roman Army with hundreds of men under his lead, Marcus is now a lonely renegade whose life is powered by a thirst for revenge consuming…

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Dying by the Hour by Kory M. Shrum is out!

A member of my critique group, the talented Kory Shrum has just released Dying by the Hour (A Jesse Sullivan Novel Book 2), and the story sounds so good, I’ll have to read Dying for a Living, the first book in the series ASAP. But judge for yourself:

UntitledAfter 83 deaths, Jesse Sullivan knows how to die. As a Necronite, she is one of the population’s rare 2% who can serve as a death replacement agent, dying so others don’t have to. But using her NRD to save lives is why she’s being hunted.

For Ally Gallagher, death is permanent. If she fails to protect Jesse again, there will be no third attempt. After a quiet year the signs of serious danger have returned. People connected to Jesse are disappearing. Her home is vandalized and threatening messages are turning up in the safest of places.

Then Jesse is taken and Ally has only hours to get her back. But no salvation comes without its price.”

Kory ha graciously accepted to answer my 8 questions:

When you were a kid you wanted to be…?

A marine biologist until about age 13. Then I wanted to be a vampire.

The first book you read was…?

I vaguely remember reading a picture book about animals—something about octopi and squids—but the first book I remember reading with relish was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time.

You discovered you were quite good at writing when…?

I’m sorry what? I haven’t discovered no such thing—yet.

As a reader, your favorite genre is…?

Science Fiction and Fantasy

No, really, what’s that title you’re hiding in your kindle…?

Amy Tan’s The Valley of Amazement or maybe Elizabeth Warren’s A Fighting Chance

You write…?

Science fiction/fantasy mostly. Also, poetry.

The praise about your writing you like the most is…?

Character development. When someone says that the character is “real” to them.

What’s next…?

A YA novel about a witch being haunted by her dead sister.

 

author photoYou can reach the lovely Kory here:

twitter: www.twitter.com/koryshrum
FB: www.facebook.com/korymshrum
blog: www.korymshrum.com

Don’t forget to enter her giveaway for a chance to win autographed paperbacks of her Dying for a Living, and Dying by the Hour!

Also, stay tuned because at the end of the tour, Kory will host a Facebook after party.

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The Dragon and The Vampire by A. K. Michaels is out!

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“As Director of the Supernatural Enforcement Bureau, powerful Vampire Ronan, thought he had seen it all…until he discovers that Dragons actually exist. Can he help the Dragon being hunted on his patch? He certainly has the means at his disposal…if they can find it first…before the dark magic-wielding Witches and their Vampire cohorts.

After seeing the magnificent beast with his own eyes he can’t turn from the task, even if he wanted to. Especially as his Sire, Josef, gives him a direct command to find the Dragon and keep it safe. No matter the cost.

With rogue Vampires and Witches on its trail, it’s only a matter of time before they capture it. That’s not something Ronan will allow…not on his watch! He will do whatever it takes to find and save the Dragon, using every powerful being at his disposal, including the dark and dangerous Creed.”

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I had the pleasure to read the ARC of The Dragon and The Vampire, and below are my thoughts on this story:

This is the first book I read of A. K. Michaels, and I love the paranormal world she envisioned. I’ll definitely go back and read the other titles in her series to get to know all the interesting characters mentioned in The Dragon and The Vampire. I don’t think I’ve ever read a novel about a dragon shifter, and that makes this story unique to me. Starr is larger than life. I like Ronan a great deal. His attitude–macho outside but soft-hearted inside–is very sweet and he speaks in a different language, which made the dialogues fun to read. I also tried to pronounce a few of the words, but I don’t think I came even close to the way they should be spoken. Then Starr appears. She steals the scene from the moment she enters the stage and she remains the absolute protagonist of the story. The artist who worked on the cover did an amazing job at capturing Starr, because the image matches how I painted her in my mind while I was reading the book. Thanks, Ava, for giving me the opportunity to read The Dragon and The Vampire before it comes out. It was a privilege and a pleasure. Can’t wait to read the next in this series.

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Elyse Salpeter’s Flying to the Fire is out!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00069]Elyse Salpeter’s newest release is finally out and it sounds like a fascinating read. Second in The Flying series, Flying to the Fire is a young adult, metaphysical suspense novel that follows the story of Danny, a deaf teenage with a special power: he knows what happens after a person die. On a personal note, I think the covers in this series are visually compelling, and they alone would have made me click to read more.

Flying to the Fire: Book #2 in the Flying Series

An evil black mass has burst through Danny Anderson’s nightmares to attack him in broad daylight. If it weren’t for his birds, he would have died. Danny soon realizes that this monster is not coming for him, but for his little sister, Katie…because while he looks up to a place of light and peace, Katie looks down into realms of darkness and cruelty. Time is running out. The monster grows stronger with each attempt to steal Katie away to these dark dimensions, forcing Danny into the fight of his life to save his sister–before she is lost to him forever.

 

Elyse, who is the author of seven novels and a host of short stories, likes mixing “the real with the fantastic” in her books. She loves taking different scenarios and creating worlds where things just aren’t what they appear to be.

Her New Adult Dark Fantasy Series, The World of Karow and The Ruby Amulet take us to other realms filled with magic and evil. Her contemporary adult thriller, The Hunt for Xanadu is about a young girl on a mission to avenge her parents, murdered in their quest to find the mystical land of Xanadu.

When she’s not writing, she’s cooking, working out, running after her twins and eating shock food in her Gastronaut Club. Please come on over and learn more about her at her webpage.

Flying to the Light: Book #1 in the Flying Series

flying to the lightSeventeen year old Michael Anderson and his deaf kid brother, Danny, find themselves in mortal danger after their parents are kidnapped. Michael discovers Danny has a special gift—he knows what happens after a person dies—and now others want to know too. The brothers must outwit and outrun Samuel Herrington, a lethal biophysicist, the FBI, and even fellow Americans in a harrowing cross-country chase, because whoever gets to Danny first will have the power to rule the world.

If you want to keep in touch with Elyse:

www.facebook.com/elysesalpeterauthor

www.twitter.com/elysesalpeter

www.elysesalpeter.wordpress.com

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Clare Davidson’s Shrouded Soul is out!

ShroudedSoulKindleCoverOne of my favorite authors, Clare Davidson has just published Shrouded Soul, the third title in her Hidden series. I have read and reviewed the first two, Reaper’s Rhythm and Broken Bargain, and I can’t wait to read the new chapter in this compelling and intelligent YA story. Clare has posted a snippet of Shrouded Soul on her blog to give you a taste of it. She has also graciously accepted to answer a question of mine regarding her writing.

Me: In your stories, you don’t shy away from topics that are somewhat controversial in YA literature, although they are an integral part in growing up, like sexuality, drug use, and depression. It is refreshing to read a story about teenagers who act like ones, not like the shallow, one-dimensional puppets society would like them to be. How do you keep up with a generation that seem to evolve at such a fast pace? Where do you get your inspiration for your characters?

Clare: When I started writing the Hidden series, I knew I didn’t want to shy away from topics that affect teenagers. Right from the start of Reaper’s Rhythm, the heroine, Kim, has to deal with grief, under-aged drinking, boys and bullying.

These are topics that often make adults uncomfortable. We don’t want to think about our children (not even teenagers) having to worry about them. We all like to think our children are perfect, that they’ll never be swayed to give into temptation and try something they shouldn’t, such as smoking or drinking. But if we shy away from these topics ourselves, too nervous to discuss them, where are teenagers going to get their education in these topics from?

School teachers? Yes, to a certain extent. In the UK, all pupils are given citizenship lessons, which include sex education, alcohol awareness and so on.

From their peers? Definitely. Whilst this can happen in a positive way, it can also happen in a negative way. I’m sure we all know how strong peer pressure can be. Most of us experience it on a daily basis, either in school, at work or within our friendship circles. Peer pressure is not age exclusive and depending on how firm we are within our own identities, it can be hard to resist.

Teenagers are going through a period of self-discovery. They are starting to explore who they are and what they want out of life. As a result, peer pressure can be all too easy to succumb to. The desire to fit in and be part of a group, rather than an individual is a compelling one.

Another place teenagers turn to is fiction, be it books, TV or films. They look for role models. Not perfect teenagers, but those who make mistakes and learn from them. They look for role models who are human, believable and whom they can relate to.

That’s what I wanted to achieve when I began writing Reaper’s Rhythm. I wanted Kim to be a multi-faceted character who makes mistakes. A girl who could be the reader’s best friend, peer, or daughter.

Kim is far from perfect. She makes mistakes. She does things she regrets. She unintentionally hurts others. But she learns and changes. She becomes a better, stronger person as the series progresses.

Will she be perfect by the end of the series? Of course not. None of us are and, to be honest, that’s what makes us beautiful individuals.

Shrouded Soul Blurb:

Keeping secrets. Telling lies. Kim is protecting everyone. Isn’t she?

Kim’s secrets are pushing Sophie away, whilst AJ’s fears are damaging their fledgling relationship. Kim tries to reassure him, but she knows he should be worried. He should be running. She keeps telling herself they can all have a normal life, free from the influence of the Baneem—but it’s the biggest lie of all.

The illusion Kim is clinging to is shattered when AJ vanishes. But he isn’t the only one put in danger by the information Kim is hiding. How can she defend everyone from enemies who keep growing stronger?

About the author:

Clare Davidson is a character driven fantasy writer, teacher and mother, from the UK. Clare was born in Northampton and lived in Malaysia for four and a half years as a child, before returning to the UK to settle in Leeds with her family. Whilst attending Lancaster University, Clare met her future husband. They now share their lives with their young daughter, their cats and Rukia the Finnish Lapphund.

Connect with Clare:

Website: http://www.claredavidson.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClareMDavidson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareMDavidson

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/ClareDavidson

Mailing List: http://eepurl.com/zpjGf

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The Immortal Greek is alive!

The Immortal Greek

The Immortal Greek is the second title in The Immortals series, and takes place one year after The Lost Centurion’s events. Alexander Drako, Marcus’s longtime friend and immortal himself, has lived a long and full life. Rich and famous, he is a carefree character until Ravenna, the Enforcer who brings the bad guys of the paranormal world to justice, enters his life. For Alexander, one day is parties and easy conquests, the next is death, deception, and unexpected love.

As for the previous title in the series, The Immortal Greek too is set in modern-day Rome, which makes it one of the few urban fantasy and paranormal novels that has The Eternal City as one of the characters. Alexander, Ravenna, and the rest of the immortals, vampires, and fallen angels populating the story have to deal with a crowded, loud, but ever so charming Rome as they try to find the truth about a series of suicides among the paranormal community.

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