Author Interview with Tanya Bird

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presents:

Tanya Bird

Today, Books, Blogs, & Bits has the pleasure of introducing you to Tanya Bird. 

Tanya is a writer, mom, and Lego expert who lives in Melbourne, Australia. Prior to her three wonderful children and an accidental six-year stint in media/advertising, she studied professional writing and set about writing bad novels on a laptop she could not afford. (LOL! “Bad novels” those are her words, not mine.) But, there was a nagging problem – she needed to eat. Like many of us do, creative endeavors were put on hold as she went about making money. But she eventually realized that writing is an illness, and one can only numb the symptoms for so long before the words begin to decay inside of you. 

Thankfully she returned to writing and the decay is no more!

Without further adieu, here is Ms. Tanya Bird 🙂

BBB: Describe yourself in five words.

Tanya: Motivated, witty, chocoholic, uncoordinated, dreamer.

BBB: How many children do you have?

Tanya: Three (way too energetic) boys, aged seven, four and two.

BBB: How do you juggle your writing with being a mom to three young boys?

Tanya: I don’t have the luxury that some other writers have of scheduled time and being in the right mindset. Over the past few years I have had small windows of opportunity and that is it. Use them or lose them. Writing is often done in small bursts. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than not writing. I have become used to writing when I’m tired. In the evenings I often think my brain is done for the day, but once I start, I come good.

BBB: What would be your ideal Mother’s Day?

Tanya: A sleep-in. A late (sugar-laden) breakfast with my boys that is prepared by someone else. The rest of the day reading books in the sun. Finish the day with no-one complaining at the dinner table and someone else wrestling the kids into bed. Best. Day. Ever.

BBB: What are you reading at the moment?

Tanya: Colleen Hoover’s, It Ends With Us and Hannah Kent’s, The Good People.

BBB: You have just launched your first romance novel. What is THE book that made you fall in love with romance as a genre?

Tanya: I would have to say Paulina Simons’ The Bronze Horseman. Hands-down the most intense love story I have ever read and the only book I have ever re-read immediately after finishing it.

BBB: How did The Royal Companion come about? 

Tanya: When I was pregnant with my second son, I was prone to really vivid dreams that would stay with me for days. One particular dream stayed with me for much (much) longer, and is now my first published novel.

BBB: What can readers expect from the book?

Tanya: It’s a Royal Romance, though I struggle to fit it neatly into one sub-genre. Its court setting and characters will appeal to regency romance readers, but the story also contains medieval and fantasy elements. Throw in some horses and action, and you have quite the Romance hybrid.

BBB: That is great, Tanya. I understand you also have a gift for our readers?

Tanya: As a special Mother’s Day gift, Books, Blogs and Bits readers can download The Royal Companion for free up until midnight on Sunday 14 May. So grab a copy (and a fishbowl of wine) and enjoy.

 Click here to download your free copy of The Royal Companion.

Thank you so much, Tanya! Come back soon and Happy Mother’s Day to you! 

If you’d like to learn more about Tanya, be sure to check out her blog by clicking here.

 

Author Interview with Nanea Knott

Books, Blogs, & Bits is proud to present:

Nanea Knott

Knott_HawaiianCoverNanea was born and raised in Hawaii and has gravitated to the paranormal and supernatural since childhood. An avid reader, she spent a lot of time devouring books on Hawaiian legends which are filled with supernatural creatures. The progression from reading to writing was natural and instead of just reading legends, in her own way, she now writes them.She has a unique perspective on creating characters and making the impossible, believable. Her bachelor’s degree in Psychology fuels the need to make the impractical, logical.  Above all, she believes, life isn’t life without humor and her writing reflects her quirky sense of it. When she’s not writing, she’s working, reading, singing, and if there’s time, she sleeps.

Let’s start the interview, I can’t wait!

BB&B: Your bio says that you were born and raised in Hawaii, and have since moved to Seattle. I love both of these areas. Can you tell us a little bit about both of your homes?

Nanea: Hawaii is and will always be home. I was blessed with having the sun on my face and a gentle breeze in my hair for most of my life. Some of my most cherished memories were of being at the beach just enjoying the sand and sea. Being a Native Hawaiian, preserving my culture became important to me and even more so when I left.

I moved to Seattle because there were places to see, people to meet, and new experiences to be had. If I wanted those things, I needed to get off the rock in the middle of the ocean. A friend of mine lived in Seattle and asked if I wanted to visit. I told him I would stay for two weeks. I haven’t left yet. It’s been over 15 years.

Seattle is fun, and quirky. There’s a troll under one of the bridges and The Summer Solstice Parade with the Naked Bicyclists are an annual favorite. I like it because the thing that Hawaii and Seattle have in common is diversity. I enjoy learning about and participating in cultural activities from all cultures. Being from Hawaii taught me to appreciate the differences in others and Seattle does the same.

BB&B: When did you start writing and when did first realize you wanted to be a published author?

Nanea: I started writing in high school. It was the typical angsty teenage poetic drivel. I still have some of my early writings and the last time I saw them I laughed remembering how serious it all was back then. Perspective is an interesting thing. In 2007, a friend of mine decided to publish and I was introduced to print on demand. In 2008, I published my first book. I’ve been plugging away at it since then. To date I have 1 non-fiction, 7 novels and 1 short story published under different names and genres.

BB&B: What sparked your interest in paranormal/supernatural characters?

Nanea: Anything can happen in the paranormal. Imagination can create anything at anytime and it can change the way someone looks at life. Supernatural characters require us to accept other explanations for how people are meant to be, act like, and look. I love the paranormal for its tendency to challenge me to suspend belief if only for a short while.

BB&B: What would you say is your favorite paranormal/supernatural creature? Why?

Nanea: I have always liked vampires. They are powerful icons of confidence and passion wiling to risk it all for the chance to rise again. They live for the moment knowing that something as simple as a single ray of sunlight could destroy them. Despite years of life, and many deaths, in a lot of ways, they are still just like the humans they feed on. They are also usually dang sexy.

BB&B: I recently read I’ll Never Forget You the prequel to your Sex Demon Series. Can you tell us what Nanea Knott coverinspired this story?

Nanea: I actually wrote the prequel after I wrote Remember Me which is Book 1 in the series. Celeste played a role in the overarching story line in book 1 and I wanted to give my readers some history as to why she had done what she did.

The idea of writing about sex demons was actually inspired by the TV show Lost Girl. I liked the idea of succubi and incubi living among humans, but I wanted to focus on how they lived life in every day human terms. I also wanted my characters to find something most demons didn’t, their mates.

BB&B: Celeste, the female lead in I’ll Never Forget You has a great determination about her. Is she modeled after anyone you know? Who inspired Celeste for you?

Nanea: I don’t know anyone that stubborn. LOL. Actually in some ways she is my opposite. I sometimes lack faith about the things in my life. Celeste on the other hand lives on faith. She believes with her heart and soul that it’s her responsibility to help Tanner. She‘s driven by the belief that he is her mate and she’s going to save him, no matter what it takes.

BB&B: What about Tanner, Celeste’s love? How did you come up with his character? I’m kinda hoping you’ll leave him in Hell, but at the same time, I feel like there’s something more going on there. Hmmm? Can you reveal anything?

Nanea: I like Tanner, not much is known about him because I wanted to focus on Celeste for the time being. She is a human with a succubus sister. She is also intense in her emotional makeup. Her mate, in his own way, had to match her fierceness of spirit. Tanner is that man. They are committed to their beliefs, even when they know there are consequences. When their story is revealed, readers will see why they’re meant to be together.

This is what is so great about being an Indie writer. I can change my mind. I’ve been toying with the idea of expanding the prequel to a novella and close the story for them. When I wrote it, I planned for a full book later in the series. I haven’t decided which I want to do yet, maybe I’ll let the readers decide.

There is a lot more to come with Tanner and Celeste. As far as revealing anything? Tanner’s in Hell, and he’s made the decision to stay until something happens and he needs to get out. All of the books feature young demons, but there are older demons, hundreds of years old, still walking the earth. Tanner and Celeste’s story is tied to one of the old ones.

BB&B: Looking ahead to the next book, can you give us a hint of what to expect? No spoilers please.

Nanea: The next book is Unforgettable. It features Shelly Graham a gorgeous succubus who gets into a car accident and Dr. Kevin Nettle, the sexy blond doctor who saves her life. Kevin is offered a job by one of his patients, and after he makes a bad decision, he’s thinking of accepting. Shelly gets out of the hospital, but something is wrong, and she ends up back there. Kevin cares for her again, but she’s a target, and now that Kevin is involved with her, so is he.

BB&B: Can you tell us about any future projects or WIPs?

Mating SeasonCoverNanea: The Sex Demon Series has at least 6 more books in the works. Most of them are in the first draft stage. I have different series and next on my list is to release another novel in the BBW Bear shifter series to go with the first book, Mating Season. After that I will probably release another Sex Demon series book, I expect it will be done after the first of the year.

BB&B: Any last words for your fans?

Nanea: I want them to know I appreciate them for being willing to try a new author. I write books I like to read and I love being able to share them. Thanks for sharing them with me.


BB&B: Thank you for spending some time with us, Nanea! Best wishes on all your future endeavors and visit again soon!

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OVERVIEW: Sex, Lies and Betrayal. Celeste’s whole life seems to be about those three things. Her sister is a succubus, but Celeste is human. She knows that finding a mate is something most sex demons never do, but she’s found hers. She’s in love with an incubus, and she knows Tanner is her mate, but no one believes her, not even Tanner.

When reports of unthinkable crimes surface, Tanner is accused, and she begs for his life. She gets her wish, but there is a price. Tanner is being sent to where she will never see him again.

She vows to get him released. She doesn’t see how until she meets someone that is considered an enemy. He gives her hope of saving Tanner, but she must make a choice. How far will she go to save her mate?

 

I’ll Never Forget You is part of the erotic paranormal romance Sex Demon Series by Nanea Knott. 

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Assassins by: Nancy Brooks

NEW RELEASE!!

ASSASSINS

by: Nancy Brooks

Assasins-EbookLegend has it that Humans and Non-Humans once shared this land we now call Earth. Truth is, they still do. Most Nons are descendants, half-humans, living undetected on every continent. They like it here. They want to stay. This is their home.

It wasn’t always like that. Back when legend was being written, Nons wanted this land for themselves. They hated humans and would do anything to force them out of this world. They’re the reason why the Milesian Army was formed. With the Milesians leading the battle, almost every immortal was exiled into the Otherworld. Those who managed to escape were considered violators. 
 
The M.A.’s off the grid. No one really knows who or where they are. They capture, contain, and exile every Non they can find. They make sure the average person lives in ignorance, unaware that immortals exist; they hire assassins to make sure the secret stays hidden.
 
My name is Eric LaSalle. I am one of those assassins…
NEW RELEASE!!
DARK SKIES
by: Cecily Magnon
dark skies ebook_coverPassions are erupting…
Cryptic alliances are forming…
Armies are gathering…
And the fabric between good and evil is slowly tearing open…Time is running out on Elysa and The Order of the Anakim. A gathering gloom hangs heavy over their mystic realm as the demon hordes measure a final deathblow in their age-old struggle. Step by step, the demons murder, capture, and conjure their way to a realm unified by utter darkness. Their ruthless queen Ashtaroth – guided only by ambition and her voracious thirst for carnal pleasures, masterminds their rising tide of evil.

The Order must unify its splintering members to meet the defining challenge of their history… or pass forever into oblivion. (To read more click here)

Is there a difference between erotica and steamy romance?

Couple Kissing at SunsetWell… I have been pondering this question for some time now. Why? Because, I admit it, I read a lot of romance novels of all heat levels — all the way up to erotica; and I have noticed that the difference between erotica and steamy romance is very blurred.

I would say there is a difference, but at times it’s really hard to pick out and even harder to explain, but I’m going to try. The differences are based on my observations only and certainly not something I’ve scientifically researched.

So, what are the differences?

  • Descriptive word use
    • In erotica, you get a full frontal assault and there is no questioning what body part is receiving attention and what is getting done to that body part. The body part is glorified in all its splendor and there is no shame in the words used to pay it homage.
    • Steamy romance — the choice of words are softer, more subtle, not actually naming the part, but perhaps pointing to its location. Yes, there is plenty of loving attention to the body part as well, but attention is shown in a more “flowery” kind of way, but with a mix of a good “pounding” when needed. Catch my drift?
  • Frequency of sex
    • In erotica, all the time, all ways, any ways.
    • Steamy romance, there’s a buildup in the story that leads to the sex scene. In some stories, the couple may not get together until half way through the book — the peak if you will 🙂 LOL! I crack me up.
  • Focus
    • In erotica, the point of the story is the sex. The best way to describe this is with erotica anthologies. The focus of each short story is the sex — the how, when, and where, doesn’t really matter, but you know that in each story, that the couple will end up boinking.  Why, because that’s the point of the story. There is no plot twist, except maybe if the alpha male twists something on alpha female, but that’s it. The goal is for the couple to succumb to their lust and have brain numbing sex while they’re together.
    • Steamy erotica, like I said above, there’s a build up to the sexual encounter. The plot moves and winds for the couple to overcome certain things together and sex just happens to be one of the things that brings them closer. In most stories, the sex is the act that solidifies their bond and brings out their feelings of love. That’s where the “romance” comes in 🙂

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Here’s a few more related questions:

Can steamy romance have “explicit” language and scenes? Yes.

Then shouldn’t it be called “erotica?” Perhaps.

So is there really a difference, if steamy romance can have the same type of scenes that erotica can have? The difference may be miniscule and the only difference, may be in the way the author and/or publisher decide how to categorize the story and  market it.

Either way, as a reader, whether you purchase a book categorized under erotica or romance, I think it’s fair to say that you’re going to be reading some scenes that can have you wiggling in your pants — and really isn’t that the point of both these categories because when it comes down to it, a great author regardless of genre, will make you feel the characters — in this case the feel includes pleasure.

Happy reading!

 

Poetry by: Miyaoaxochitl

 Books, Blogs, and Bits

is proud to present;

free flow poetry by the talented:

Miyaoaxochitl or Miya (for short)

Pink RoseSELF-ESTEEM

Look at you, you’re so beautiful—how strange, must be the lighting

I want to love the way your skin shimmers in the sun;

the way your pudgy nose compliments your face exactly

Your brown eyes full of tragedy raise a million questions

The remnants of the oldest of nations rest on your head, out of control always; in perfect harmony with your soul

I want to love your blemishes, your scars, for they show the barriers in the way

Your stretch marks are the stratum which tell of your struggles

I want to love your humble intellect

The flab under your arms… it might give you flight some day

Your very own essence tastes…

It tastes like tobacco

It tastes like coffee, red wine, and marijane

All concocted to make you an addictive substance

Too dangerous to savor

Too tempting not to

~Miyaoaxochitl

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Mi amor por ti es suavecito,

like a gentle caress.

Mi amor por ti es paciente,

te esperaría una eternidad si me dieras el sí.

Your presence is putting on an old coat,

you’re familiar, comfortable.

Llegaste sin prender la alarma,

like a thief in the night.

Y de repente me encontré vulnerable,

without my armor.

Pero de ti no tengo miedo.

Me gusta verte sonreír, pues alegra el día.

Me fascina tu voz, tiene la potencia de derretir mi ropa.

Me intriga tu mente, porque enciende la mía.

Amo tu alma, pues puede cambiar el mundo.

Y así, suavecito, sigue mi amor.

Esperando que por fin aterrices en mi corazón.

~Miyaoaxochitl

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