Romancing September Across the World – Day 17 Monica La Porta

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

Stephanie Hurt - Romance Author

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 Across the World – Day 17 Monica La Porta

Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 17

My interview with the lovely Rosie Amber.

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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Romancing September #RomancingSeptember – Day 17

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.

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

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