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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.
Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Author Barbara Monajem
Barbara: We submit them – or at least that’s the case with the contests I’ve entered. It’s much like entering an unpublished contest – entry form, fee, and fingers crossed!
EBD: Under what category of the contest is your book and why?
Barbara: Paranormal, because Ophelia, the heroine, is a vampire. She’s not the usual undead type, though – I don’t find the idea of undead appealing. (Bad breath! Smell of rot!) Ophelia is a hereditary vampire. She grew fangs at puberty and became sexually irresistible, and it’s made life crazy, to say the least.
EBD: Can you give us its hook?
Barbara: Dark secrets abound in the town of Bayou Gavotte, Louisiana, from blackmail to fetish clubs to murder, and when blood-and-love starved vampire Ophelia Beliveau calls in the police to scare away whoever is desecrating her garden, Detective Gideon O'Toole unearths more than he ever dreamed...
EBD: How will winning a contest help an already published novel and its author?
Barbara: There are two advantages to entering a contest. One is that the judges have to read your book (g), so you get new readers, and if they like the book, they may want to read more. The other is that if you final (and especially if you win), your name and book title will be found in many places as a result – on writing loops, on website announcements, in magazines such as Romance Writers Report and Romantic Times. This differs from contest to contest, but the main thing is that the more often a reader sees a name or title, the more likely it is to stick in her mind.
EBD: The book is available in print and electronic versions. How do you like your publisher, Dorchester Publishing Company, and Love Spell, its imprint?
Barbara: Dorchester is undergoing a major reorganization at the moment. They switched from mass market paperback to e-book / trade paperback the very month my second book, Tastes of Love & Evil, came out. That was disappointing, because the trade paperback will not be out until this fall (a year late) and an anthology I was scheduled to be part of has been postponed. But apart from this, they’ve been great, particularly my editor, Christopher Keeslar, who’s delightful to work with.
EBD: I understand that this book is the first in your Bayou Gavotte Series, and that the second book of the series is now available as an eBook. What’s the title and hook?
Rose Fairburn is on the run. Her vampire nature can’t protect her from everything, especially not herself. Now, when she should be worried about escaping her past, she can only think about one thing. Her kind can’t live without blood or sex. Love they must forego.
Jack Tallis can slake her thirst. Tall. Handsome. Trustworthy. And not a man alive can resist a vamp’s allure. But…Jack can. And he has other secrets, like why underworld hit men are on his trail. How he can vanish into thin air. Love suddenly seems possible, but the shadows hide mysteries darker than Rose can even dream, and all will be revealed in the fetish clubs of one strange Louisiana town…
EBD: You also wrote an award winning historical novel. Tell us about this book. Will you continue to write in both genres?
Barbara: Notorious Eliza is a Regency e-novella published by Harlequin. Here’s a brief blurb:
Notorious Eliza paints nudes to support her young son.
They should resist their mutual attraction. (They don’t.)
They dare not fall in love. (They do.)
And they must not marry…for Eliza’s most scandalous secret will surface and destroy them all.
Another historical e-novella, The Wanton Governess, will be out in August. Here’s a blurb:
I have written the third book in the Bayou Gavotte series, and will be writing at least one more. I’m currently working on a couple more Regencies for Harlequin, both of which are sequels to The Wanton Governess.
After reading Sunrise in the Garden of Love & Evil, I can attest that Barbara’s writing is hot and spicy so you may want to sip a cool Mint Julep while reading this Southern flavored novel. Look for Barbara on Facebook, on Twitter @BarbaraMonajem, at her webpage.
E. B. Davis