Monday, August 21, 2017

Demon Cursed ~ Bentley Love


Gin Crawford, the world's newest demon huntress, just wants to enjoy a football game, but finds herself hunting a serial killer minion instead. When his victims turn out to be the local football star’s female fans, she must determine if the player has joined forces with the minion, but her efforts lead her deeper into danger. 

When her mentor, Aidan Smythe, is attacked, Gin resolves to go to any lengths to save him, even if it exposes her most tightly held secret. Minions and demons, however, aren't the only terrors she faces. Will she realize the greatest danger lies within—before it's too late?

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ANGI: What's your most favorite thing to do in your state?
KARILYN: We moved last year from Texas to Colorado and I've got to admit, there are way more things to do outside here. We love to ski in the winter and hike in the summer.

ANGI: What drinks or snacks are always on your desk when you’re writing?
KARILYN: I like to drink tea or water (usually tea) when I write. No food.

ANGI: Where do you read and how often?
KARILYN: I try to read a book a week, but it doesn't always happen.

ANGI: If you had a superpower, what would it be?
KARILYN: While I wouldn't mind being a fly on a wall for certain conversations, I'd love to be able to move things with my mind. Imagine the possibilities. I could sit on the couch reading a book while the dusting and vacuuming gets done. Wouldn't that be fun?

ANGI: Why a series about a Demon Huntress?
KARILYN: I know you hear this all the time, but the character just appeared in my head one day. I kept seeing a scene where a doctor was shot in the hospital. Originally this was part of another story written years ago (as in the first book I wrote, which is currently hiding inside a box in the closet never again to see the light of day) and I loved the scene but couldn't figure out the rest of the story (or at least the rest of the story someone would want to read. Trust me, no one wants to read that hiding-in-a-box book!). One day I was writing on this funny scene which took place in a hospital and thought, huh, what if I joined the two using the heroine from the funny scene and made the doctor a secondary character? Then the story took off. It turned a dark corner and stumbled into the realm of demons and a woman who hunts them. And the Demon Huntress series was born. It's one part mystery, one part humor, and one part action.

ANGI: What do you like about the heroine of your book?
KARILYN: Gin is snarky and does things I'd never consider doing. But what I like most of all about her is she overcame a lot in her life and keeps on going.

ANGI: What might we find in your heroine's purse?
KARILYN: Her phone and lip balm.

ANGI: What’s your favorite scene from DEMON CURSED?
KARILYN: While there are many scenes I like, the opening lines are my favorite. Here goes:
     My stomach slams into a metal railing as surgically enhanced double D’s press into my back. Cheap beer soaks my arm. A not-so-feminine yell shatters my eardrums. For a second, a similar incident during my whiskey-fueled college years flitters in my mind. I shove the memory back into hiding, and return to the present. Quick reflexes stop me from tumbling over the railing to land on the pissed-off crowd below our box seats. Jackie lets loose a string of obscenities directed at the ref on the field below us, but at least she moves her body off mine.
     Thank God. Death by double D’s at a football game is not the way I thought I’d go.

ANGI: What do you have coming next?
KARILYN: The fourth book in the series, Devil Take Me, has been contracted and should be out early next year. I'm currently writing the fifth and final book in the series, title unknown. It should also be out next year. Then I have to figure out a new series. J Stay tuned!

KARILYN BENTLEY'S love of reading stories and preference of sitting in front of a computer at home instead of in a cube, drove her to pen her own works, blending fantasy and romance mixed with a touch of funny. Her paranormal romance novella, Werewolves in London, placed in the Got Wolf contest and started her writing career as an author of sexy heroes and lush fantasy worlds. Karilyn lives in Colorado with her own hunky hero, a crazy dog nicknamed The Kraken, and a handful of colorful saltwater fish.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Return to Good Hope and a GIVEAWAY with CINDY KIRK!

Happy Friday everyone!  Please join me in welcoming Cindy Kirk to the blog today!  Her latest release is out now, and takes us back to the town of Good Hope.  Read on to learn more, and leave a comment for your chance to win one of the first three books in the series!
Forever in Good Hope
ISBN: 978-1477848777
In the fourth installment of Cindy Kirk’s beloved Good Hope series, a ruse with an old flame grows into romance.
Delphinium “Fin” Bloom returns to her hometown with one goal: get the mayor—her former flame—to approve a location shoot in Good Hope. But business turns personal when the two become entangled in a fake engagement to comfort his ailing grandmother.
For Jeremy, the romantic façade hits close to his heart. Still reeling from the way things ended between Fin and him all those years ago, he sees the fake engagement as an opportunity to get her out of his system once and for all. But instead of laying the past to rest, Jeremy quickly discovers he can’t envision a life without her.

Now engaged to another man, Fin had long ago given up on the dream of a life with Jeremy. Why is it, then, that her fake engagement feels more genuine than her real one? As the sleepy days of summer come to a close in Good Hope, will Fin and Jeremy give love a second chance? Or will the revelation of a devastating secret put an end to the fairy tale?

Read an excerpt here!

Meet Cindy!

Cindy Kirk started writing after taking a class at a local community college. But her interest in words began years earlier, when she was in her teens. At sixteen she wrote in her diary: “I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t be a writer.” After her daughter went to college, she returned to her passion and jumped straight into composing book-length fiction. She loves reading and writing romance novels because she believes in the undeniable power of love and in the promise of the happily ever after. An incurable romantic and an eternal optimist, Kirk creates characters who grow and learn from their mistakes while achieving happy endings in the process. She lives in Nebraska with her high-school-sweetheart husband. 

Lara: How often to you get lost in a story?
Cindy: It’s always my goal when I start reading a book to get lost in the story. I know that it’s happened when I stay up all night not wanting to go to bed until that last page is turned.

In terms of the books I write, I know that I’m lost in the story when my fingers are flying across the keyboard.   
Lara: Which of your characters would you most/least to invite to dinner, and why?
Cindy: I’d love to invite the Bloom sisters to dinner. They’re all so different, but so intriguing and there’s always so much laughter and fun when they’re together. The two people I’d least like to invite would be Eliza Shaw and Anita Fishback.  If you’ve read any of the books, you’d know why those two are on my do-not-invite list.

Lara: What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing?
Cindy: I was able to quit my full-time job to write full-time. But the best part is  I’m able to make a living doing what I love.  My passion is writing and I absolutely love it.

Lara: What’s your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
Cindy:  A romance (either historical or contemporary) with well-developed characters and a fully fleshed out plot.

Lara: What do you do to unwind and relax?
Cindy:  I like to exercise. I walk my Dorkie (dachshund/Yorkie mix), Chico, every day, take a dance aerobics class three times a week and do some strength training.

Lara: What drew you to write in the genre(s) you do?
Cindy:  While I love to read historical romance, all the stories that come to me have always been contemporary.  Someday I may try to write a historical, perhaps something set in the 1920’s. For some reason, that era fascinates me.

Lara: What inspires you daily?
Cindy: I find the idea that I’ve built a whole community of characters that people love (Good Hope) very inspiring. It makes me push forward and make my next series the best it can be.

Lara: Do you write while listening to music? If so what kind?
Cindy: I edit my pages listening to piano or cello instrumental but I usually prefer quiet when writing new pages.

Lara: Who’s your favorite villain?
Cindy: I don’t like to read books with “real” villains (the Hannibal Lecter variety)—because when I do, thoughts of them creep into my dreams.  In my books, I’d have to say Anita Fishback is as close to a villain as it gets.

Lara’s GOTTA ASK:  What are the next five books on your ‘to be read’ pile?

Cindy’s GOTTA ANSWER: I’ll be listening to my own book, Forever in Good Hope on audio.  I know it sounds crazy, but I love to listen to them on audio (the narrator does a terrific job!)  JD Robb has Secrets in Death coming out next month so I’ll be reading that one. (I’ve read all the others in her In Death series and I’m not about to stop now) I have a lot of unread books on my Kindle but I’m writing a lot of new pages now, so I think I’ll be doing good to get these two books “read.”

Where can you find Cindy?

What's next for Cindy?

Say I Do in Good Hope. 2/15/18

Sometimes love is right on your doorstep...

Eliza Shaw has never met a crisis she couldn’t manage. If her father thinks she’s going to take his attempt at selling the family home out from underneath her, then he clearly doesn’t know her at all. She‘ll chain herself to the banister if she has to...  

Kyle Kendrick doesn’t have time for the hassle of an eviction. He definitely doesn’t have time for Eliza Shaw’s drama – even if she does look distractingly gorgeous when she’s furious.  His sister is arriving in Good Hope and he needs a home. Now.  

Neither Kyle nor Eliza is thrilled at the idea of sharing the house, but it’s the only sensible solution. Now if they could each just stop fantasizing about their new roommate this crazy plan might just work.  And if they’re lucky, what started out as playing house could end up giving them the home and family they’ve both desperately yearned for.  

Don't miss the first books in the Good Hope series!

Cindy is giving FIVE ebooks (Kindle) drawn from those leaving comments. Winners will get their choice of one of the first three books in the series. 

Thanks for stopping by today, Cindy!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Through My Lens: a Favorite Dinner

Angi & Tim 2017 Cupecoy

One of the best dinners or I guess you can officially call it a picnic was on the cliffs of Cupecoy in Saint Martin.

We grabbed some local pork BBQ (which I think is the official island food) and found some flattish rocks to sit on and watch the sunset.

Since there was barely a hidden beach (about 200 yards away) I don't think there were more than four other people there exploring.

We had a great view of a catamaran as the sun dipped into the Caribbean.

No radios or sounds of people...just crashing waves.

It. . . . Was. . . . Awesome!

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