Release Day Interview: Brenda Huber

I’m very lucky today to be able to share the great thrill of an author’s release day, the day we send our babies off to the world to be loved or judged – hopefully the former. My guest today is the fantastic Brenda Huber, author of the Chronicles of the Fallen series (one I heartily recommend!) Book 4 in the series releases today! Let’s get down ‘n’ dirty with her, shall we? 😉

Hi, Brenda! Congratulations on your new release and I’m so pleased you could stop by on your busy, exciting day! Let’s start this interview by telling us something I wouldn’t be able to find out about you through Google.

Well, that’s certainly a loaded question! Lol. Um, I’ve held some interesting jobs. I was a youth counselor at a residential treatment facility. I’ve also worked as a bank teller, a jailer for the Sheriff’s Department, and a manager at a fashion boutique. And all the while I dreamed of writing.

Wow, a jailer? I definitely see a romance there. The bad boy accused of a crime etc. Plenty of material for your writing. 🙂 Speaking of, can you tell us a little bit about Demon of Vengeance?

Demon of Vengeance is book four in the Chronicles of the Fallen Series. Let’s just say it isn’t for the faint of heart! Lol.

FullSizeRender (6)Our heroine Phoebe is the independent no nonsense sort. She is a professor by profession, and a hereditary Guardian of one of the sacred relics that could bring about the apocalypse. She has a legacy to uphold and her family honor to restore. The last thing she is looking for is romance. But our sexy hero Sebastian is very…well, determined, if you get my drift.

In a nutshell, Sebastian is a reformed (sort of) demon who is working on redeeming himself and returning to his Heavenly home. He and his compatriots have uncovered a plot to overthrow Lucifer. Now, they hold no loyalty to the dark prince, however, if Lucifer falls, the barrier between earth and hell would crumble and humankind would perish…which would seriously undermine Sebastian’s plans of earning forgiveness. In the process of saving humanity, Sebastian meets his match in a beautiful professor with secrets of her own.

Picture it…exotic locations, steamy romance, an age old nemesis, epic battles, and the fate of all mankind. This book has it all!

Phew. *fans self* Sounds exciting in every sense 😉 And definitely on my TBR list. I love sparring between the hero and heroine. Leads to some great chemistry 🙂

If you could make a movie out of Demon of Vengeance, who would be your dream cast?

A dream cast? What author doesn’t go into this kind of proposition without some kind of…template in his or her head? A face they see when they close their eyes as they are imagining?alexander_skarsgard_-21happy-birthday-chris-8-things-you-didn-t-know-about-mr-hemsworth-aka-thor-god-of-thund-560217

 

So, for Sebastian I see… Chris Hemsworth, maybe. Or Alexander Skarsgard. A real Viking/Norse god type. Lol

And Phoebe, hmm, that’s a little tougher. Kate Beckinsale?

We think alike (and I’m sooo glad :)) I’m loving the inspirations. Kate B is always my go-to for sexy, kick ass heroines, and I’ve never met a woman who didn’t drool a little over Chris H. Those eyes…

Sorry, let’s move on! What’s your favourite part of writing?

That moment when you’re so deep in painting the scene, and it all feels so REAL that when you finish and you look up and drag in a deep breath, there is actually a moment of disorientation. A moment where you completely forgot where you are, forgot WHO you are.

It’s at that moment that I know the book I’m working on is good. Really good. It’s at that moment I personally make the connection.

I ❤ that. When it’s flowing an all, it’s better than a drug. Or cookies. Which, same thing in my house LOL. 

What other projects are you working on?

Aside from book five in the series? Lol. No, seriously. I’m working on a new book right now completely separate and away from the Chronicles of the Fallen series. It still hasn’t given all its secrets up to me. But I keep chipping away at them. (I’m completely a pantser!) I don’t want to give away too much too soon. Think something along the lines of…strong willed heroine with a controlling, obsessive ex meets sexy protective modern day cowboy. I’m very excited.

Intrigued! Love me some cowboys. 🙂 

Who are the biggest influences on how you write?

The first romance novel I ever picked up was Captive Bride by Johanna Lindsey. I was 14. I’ve been a loyal fan ever since, own every book she ever wrote! Lol. But I don’t think I could pinpoint one favorite. I love to read so I have many, though I tend to gravitate to romance. Paranormal, historical, western, suspense. Any and all romance. And author-wise..Kresley Cole, Lara Adrian, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Nora Roberts, Karen Marie Moning, Lisa Jackson, Stephanie Lauren’s, Kay Hooper, Linda Lael Miller, Theresa Medeiros, Rebecca Zanetti….I could go on and on.

I think you pretty much everyone you’ve listed is on my bookshelf! But there are a couple new ones there *runs away to add to list*

So out of all these amazing books, what one would you read over and over again?

I could take a photo of one of my bookcases, the one in my bedroom. I keep all my personal favorites in that one. Too many to count. Those are the ones I can, and have, reread. Most many times over. But if I had to name one… No, no. I can’t chose. Lol.

Wuss. 🙂 Not that I could choose…

For a little fun, what ice cream flavour best describes you?

Dark chocolate fudge brownie…oh,oh! With a swirl of sea salt caramel! Sweet but still a bit salty, smooth with hidden little surprises. Lol

Man, now I’m hungry 🙂 This has been a great getting-to-know you sesh – BUT just to end on, tell me your best pickup line.

Bwahahaha….

I have no game! Lol But I do have dimples! So all I need is my smile. 😉

And that’s really all you need!

Thanks so much for stopping by on your exciting day, Brenda! And make sure you check out Demon of Vengeance at Amazon, or to keep up to date, check her out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or her website 🙂 FullSizeRender (5)

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Brenda Huber enjoys writing spicy paranormal, historical, and contemporary romance. She lives in northern Iowa with her husband, two kids, and one very spoiled dog.

 

Review: WHAT A RICH WOMAN WANTS by Barbara Meyers

I’ve read some really good books since my last review, but none more so than WHAT A RICH WOMAN WANTS by Barbara Meyers. The book is from the same publishing house as me, but features more of a contemporary romance vibe with the same great humour all Samhain Publishing books possess. If you like sassy humour and sexy times, this is the book for you:

Madre de Dios,” he muttered.

“What does that mean?”

“It means you should come with a warning label.”

What a Rich Woman Wants, Barbara Meyers

28268227I could end this review with just the above quote. It tells a reader everything they could want to know about this book. Humour? Check. Sauciness? Check. Romance that goes the distance? Ahh, but that’d be telling. 🙂

I didn’t quite know what to expect with WARWW. From the first few pages, I was drawn in by the author’s light, easy control of language, and liked both of the mains from the introduction. Leslie has to be in control; she’s a working mom with a father who’s had a severe stroke and a son she can’t relate to. Enter Nico, a working cop with a group he wants to raise money for, who rubs her angles and is possibly the most gorgeous man written into fiction. Seriously. He cares about children, he puts himself out for people, he’s funny and serious and just plain awesome. These were two characters I couldn’t wait to see get together.

But there’s more in it than simple romance. Mystery, intrigue, surprise after surprise hits the reader as you go through the pages (in my case quickly and into the wee hours), and all the while is the romance we came for. Class divide features but not heavily so, which I was glad about because it always depresses me when society women in romances think too much about what people think if they date ‘a commoner’. I can never respect them after that, but Meyers weaved just enough to gift the romance a credible obstacle.

This book surprised me in the best possible way, even to the end. I was left with a warm, happy glow that only the best romances give me. I will definitely be browsing her backlist.

2015-02-06-22-14-14-4Find the book on Amazon, the Samhain website, and other booksellers! And check out Barbara Meyers here 🙂

Moor to Write

There’s nothing I love better than a good research trip (and a good pun!)

Recently my mum and step-dad bought a small house in the Yorkshire Dales as a second home and holiday let. They’ve been doing it up which means a lot of 2/3 hour car trips up and down from where we live. Usually the day job commands my presence, but this past week fell just right for me to have it off and to travel up there to help out.

I love York. I go every year on my birthday, and there’s something incredibly special about its cobbled streets and quaint shops. Almost like stepping back in time. So I was pleased when my mum told me the house they were going to buy was based in that area. Turns out, the Dales are as old fashioned and beautiful as its city.

As most keen readers know, the Brontes (I can’t work out how to get the dots over the ‘e’ so excuse the mistake) lived in the Yorkshire moors, not too far from where the house is. But so much to do, so few days, we didn’t actually get to see the exact moors fictional Cathy and Heathcliff roamed across. Next time! We did get to go on some gorgeous local walks with my spaniels though, and they went crazy over them.

You feel refreshed in Yorkshire. I can’t count how many times people said hello and held doors for you, genuinely friendly to strangers. It really had a great effect on my writing, like a shot of caffeine. It’s continuing even now I’m home – maybe something to do with the photos I took? When it wears off, I guess I’ll be heading back…for moor (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

I only put a few up, but if you want to see the photos, see my Instagram! 🙂