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Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Pumpkin Fest and Sax


My Halloween fantasy to celebrate a contract for my romantic suspense Inked, the first of the series From the CIA, began with a trip to Door County, WI, the little New England of the Midwest.  I did not encounter ghouls and witches, but rather friendly ghosts and entertainers.

Walking the avenues of Egg Harbor, painted pumpkins and bursts of fall colored mums sprang from every doorway, rock, and turn of the street.

Artists of every kind line the booths set up for the enjoyment of a truly talented area.  Painters of every style and color, local authors, woodwork, pottery, beads, antiques, and a fantastic local band filled the air with a mixture of R&B, blues, jazz, and classic rock.

I have to talk a little more about the band, Big Mouth and the Power Tool Horns, because I always get a little goofy around great music, with or without alcohol.

Amongst a fabulous combination of guitars, drums, and brass , the guys had the only female, Jamie Fletcher, hidden behind the brass section with her keyboard.  Here’s the cool thing, I immediately wanted to meet her because she looked so much like our lovely Lexi Post, erotic romance author extraordinaire!

I may have embarrassed Jamie when I took a load of photos of the whole band, and then zeroed in on her with a request of the hot trombone player to take our picture.  Just wait till he finds out he’ll be on a romance blog! 

We all need a little of that romance no matter what the season, no matter whether it’s from music, atmosphere, or the reliable paperback stuffed in our suitcase wherever we go.

Just make sure to watch out for the vampires and witches after darkJ, and I’ll talk more about my new book series in January as the ebook is a Jan. release and the paperback is for May!!


Enjoy the dark!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Interview with Erin Quinn and a Giveaway!

Alexis: Today we have award-winning paranormal romance author, Erin Quinn who is giving away an ecopy of THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE to one lucky commenter! Welcome Erin.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

Erin: I learned to read before Kindergarten.  I decided to be a writer somewhere between Green Eggs and Ham and Charlotte’s Web. 

Alexis: Wow, that is young! What made you chose your title?

Erin: THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE is my most recent book and one of the few with a title that I chose (and got to keep).  Roxanne’s story is the anchor to my new series which continues next year with THE THREE FATES OF RYAN LOVE and THE SEVEN SINS OF RUBY LOVE.  I’ve always struggled to title my work, but with this series, the titles came first and they’ve driven the stories.  My original ideas changed over the course of writing them, but the titles kept me on track.  I wish I’d have more inspired moments like that, ha ha. 

Alexis: Everyone has their own writing process…how they come up with ideas, how they name their characters, how they choose the setting. Can you describe your writing process?

Erin: Here’s the recipe to my process.  1 part chaos, 1 part hope, 2 parts blood, sweat and tears.  Serve hot in the wee hours of the deadline morning.  Here’s a picture that pretty much says it all.  

Alexis: Yikes! That sounds and looks a little stressful. What are you working on now?

Erin: I am finishing the final revisions of THE THREE FATES OF RYAN LOVE and making crazy notes on THE SEVEN SINS OF RUBY LOVE.  It’s an exciting time when I feel one story finally coming together and the other one starting to blossom.

Alexis: What are your favorite traits of the two main characters?

Erin: In THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE the hero and heroine are opposites.  He’s a reaper who’s come to earth to reap (once and for all) the woman who’s evaded him.  She’s a human who’s had three miraculous near-death experiences and is about to have her fourth.  Santo (the reaper) expects to come, take, go.  He confiscates the body of a police detective in the moments before he commits suicide and the instant he steps into Santo’s skin, the reaper begins to feel.  He never expected it and he doesn’t like it, but when his feelings involve Roxanne Love, he can’t resist them…or her. 

Roxanne has been living in a fishbowl her entire life.  She and her twin brother are considered miracles by some, but not all.  The suspicions and accusations from cults and fanatics have made her withdraw until Santo enters her life and forces her to confront herself and life.

What I loved about writing these two was the layered conflict between them.  A woman who can’t die and the reaper meant to kill her.  A love that blooms out of control without a future.  Trust that neither one is prepared to give but must extend in order to survive.  All of those elements combined to infuse this story with emotion and conflict that I loved writing. 

Alexis: This sounds like an awesome story! And you are an awesome lady :-) Thank you so much for spending time with us.

Check out this great excerpt from THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE:

The reaper—Santo—listened to the soft sounds of Roxanne disrobing. The whoosh of leather sliding down her arms as she peeled off his jacket. The rustle as she set it aside. She gave a sharp gasp after that. Had she pulled at her wound when she took off her shirt? Should he have helped her?

He pictured himself there, his dark fingers pushing the hem of her shirt up and over her breasts. They would be soft. He would be hard.

The faucet cranked on, followed by the metallic hiss of the shower curtain opening and closing again. The water sounded different when it hit her body. Welcoming. Beguiling. She’d be naked beneath it.

Carnal. His own erotic thoughts stunned him. As much as violence made sense to the reaper, passion had completely bewildered him. He’d never understood the depth of emotion that drove humans to spend their lives together.

Until now.

He ordered food for them both, so focused on the pitch of the spray that the desk clerk on the phone had to “sir” him twice to get a response. He finished speaking and hung up thinking about her skin, how smooth and slippery it might feel beneath his touch, his body a dark shadow against the whiteness of hers.

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About the author:

Erin Quinn is an award winning author who writes haunting romance for the thinking reader.  Her books have been called “riveting,” “brilliantly plotted” and “beautifully written” and have won, placed or showed in the Booksellers Best, WILLA Award for Historical fiction, the Orange Rose, Readers Crown, Golden Quill, Best Books, and Award of Excellence.  Look for Erin’s latest release from Pocket Books, THE FIVE DEATHS OF ROXANNE LOVE, available now.  Go to for more information. 
Twitter: @ErinQuinnAuthor

Alexis: Be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this amazing book :-)

Friday, October 25, 2013

Lexi Post at Romanticon 2013

I recently returned from my first Ellora’s Cave’s Romanticon Convention. Wow, that was quite an experience. Preparing for the more than three day event was the first challenge. What to wear? What to wear? 

When we arrived, my husband and I, it was nighttime. We checked in and I got my first surprise. The room keys themselves were Romanticon room keys! In fact, they looked a lot like the Ellora’s Cave bus which was parked outside the McKinley Grand Hotel as I discovered the next day. So I just had to have a photo taken next to it :-)

The set-up of the convention was amazing! There was the Presidential Hall, which looked very sharp, but it was New Bollywood night that blew me away. 

First, the room was decorated to perfection. 
Second, all the cavemen entertained us with a great routine. 


And third, authors and readers alike got into the spirit of the night with beautiful costumes. I’m so glad I’d been lifting weights, or I would have never fit in mine.


On Old Hollywood night, my wonderful husband bought corsages for myself, my editor, and five of my friends. Plus, he put on his tux and added a fedora to make the look complete. My night was made when I received my second surprise and was given a Rising Star award. It’s hard to get a photo of because it lights up and the colors change. I love it!
On the final day was the book signing. This was so exciting. The room was once again decorated and the Cavemen did a number of routines along with belly dancers and pole dancers. But the thrill for me was seeing my first book in the print for the very first time. Both PASSION’S POISON and MASQUE were available as eBooks, but to see MASQUE in print and actually sign it for those who purchased it was the icing on the cake :-)
This was such a unique experience. I had the chance to chat with my publisher, hang out with my editor, dance with my husband, and make a bunch of new friends that I hope to see in person again very soon. I am so thankful I was able to experience my first Romanticon :-)

Always, Lexi

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

New Contracts!!!!!

     Whoooo-hoooo! I have recently signed contracts for two new historical romances and I’m so excited. As most of you know, I have a special fondness for westerns and cowboys and good guys in white hats, but these two novels are completely different.

     The first one, which I am now in the process of editing, is A Treasure Worth Keeping. I’m expecting its release late December 2013. Set in 1850 in the Caribbean and England, my heroine, Caralyn, has always been promised she would never be forced into marriage, that she could marry for love as her parents did, so it is a complete betrayal when her beloved father announces a marriage has been arranged to a man she doesn’t know…..but she’s led to believe she can buy herself out of this marriage…if she can find Izzy’s Fortune. Toward that end, she hires Captain Trey, the legendary treasure hunter to help her find the treasure. Captain Trey, AKA Tristan Youngblood, agrees as he realizes this may be his last adventure before he must return home to an arranged marriage. What neither one of them knows is that an enemy of Tristan’s past is determined to have Izzy’s Fortune for himself and will do anything to make that happen, even thwart the plans of Caralyn’s and Tristan’s meddling fathers who want their children to find true happiness.

I don’t have a cover yet. That’s in the works so stay tuned.

The second is Mischief and Magnolias. In this novel, the year is 1863 and Natchez, Mississippi, has peacefully surrendered to the Union Army—not everyone surrenders peacefully, especially not my heroine, Shaelyn. With both her brother and her intended off to war, her home Magnolia House, and her beloved steamboats are taken over by Major Harte and his small contingent of men. Shae will use every mischievous weapon at her disposal to show Major Harte he has chosen unwisely. She begins by putting vinegar in his coffee…instead of being upset at finding vinegar in his coffee and later, molasses in his boots, Major Harte is intrigued. Actually, he finds Shae’s attempts to make him leave her home amusing, to her disappointment and frustration.  
            The Major also feels a growing attraction, one that Shae shares as well, despite the fact she is a spoken for southern woman and he is most definitely an available northern man. Making circumstances worse are accusations of espionage toward Shae and a traitor in their midst.

I have not begun editing on this novel yet, nor do I have a cover. It isn’t expected to be released until March of next year.

And there they are…..two new romances coming soon….and I am so excited!

As always, happy reading!