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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ParanormalRomance Author Gretchen S.B.

Wow! I can’t believe how many AMAZING authors I’ve gotten to interview so far. I can’t wait to meet all of them at Passion In Portland on September 12th!

Next up is paranormal AND contemporary romance author, Gretchen S. B.

What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

I was working on the first book in the series and realized there should be more books about other characters. Once that thought crossed my mind it was followed by ‘I want to tell Viking’s story next.’

 Tell us about your hero and heroine? What makes them and their story unique?

What makes these to special is he belongs to the Night World, which is explored in the first book of the series. While Mia is just a regular gal. So when she is introduced to the Night World and all the characters in it we see people from the first book in a new light.

 Why do you write Romance? Why your specific sub-genre of romance?

I love writing in general. I write several sub-genres: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and I am hoping to have m first contemporary Romance out in the next few months. I just like telling stories, any story that strikes my fancy. I mainly enjoy creating my own world, which is why I write mostly paranormal and urban.

 What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you at a signing?

Passion in Portland is my first true signing event. I have had a table and Emerald City Comicon and had an author event at Third Place Books. But out of those the funniest thing would be when we got to the questions and answer period at third place books and one of the attendees told me I was so entertaining and she wanted to see me have my own sitcom. :) I am still not sure what to make of that.

 Now for the Lightening Round! Answer these fast and quick (ala the Hot Seat questions on Inside the Actor’s Studio)

 Chocolate or vanilla?

Chocolate, unless it is coffee.

 Where do you write?


 Favorite romance novel plot device?

Surprise baby! I am a sucker for the one night stand reunites years later and there is a baby he didn’t know about. It is a goal of mine to someday write one.

 What trait in a man do you find most sexy?

A smirk, yes I know it is cliche!

 Least sexy?

Being condescending. Something about it makes me want to be violent.

 Your book is going to be made into a movie! Who plays the lead roles?

I don’t know! Ah, the pressure. I have no idea. I am drawing a complete blank.

VikingSensitivity_GSB_500X700Blurb for Viking Sensitivity:

Viking was not sure what to do with himself with Gwen in Montana. That is until his path crosses with Mia’s. She is a beautiful sensitive who is being haunted by a strange being Viking has never heard of.

Mia Jones might not have an exciting life as the owner of an independent book store, but she is okay with that. Then she meets Viking and it is as if her life goes tumbling down a rabbit hole.

Mia and Viking must pull together to fight off the being that is haunting her. As Mia adjust to the Night World it appears this being might not be working along

You can get the first book in the series HERE.

GretchenAuthor Bio:

Gretchen is a Seattleite that loves her home. She has a day job as a Program Coordinator a local university. She is a struggling Indie Author, struggling as in she is trying to make her living writing books. She loves to read, write and create characters. As well as knit and binge watch Netflix. She is also on a sporadic book blog and internet radio show with some of her college friends. She currently lives with her husband and their mischievous Rotti mix, who always seems to find something new she shouldn’t be chewing on.

Find Gretchen on her website.

#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ContemporaryRomance Author Ava O’Shay

avaoshayThe next author on our Passion in Portland tour is Ava O’Shay. Ava writes what she refers to as “Upper YA Contemporary Romance.” You can get a copy of her book, Serenity, for just 99cents! (More about the book below!)

Here’s my interview with Ava:

What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

The idea for the Serenity series was sparked by a little girl I had in one of my classes. Her story is similar and with the addition of other students I have had in the past, I was able to develop the story. As well as one of my characters suffered a concussion and I too was suffering the ill effects of one so had some first-hand experience to add to the story. 
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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ParanormalRomance Author Brandy L. Rivers

assion in Portland is looming ever closer. And guess who is going to be there? The super awesome paranormal romance author, Brandy L. Rivers. She’s got a new book coming out August 31st, but more about that later. For now, let’s get inside her brain (figuratively, of course!):
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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ContemporaryRomance Author Mariah Dietz


Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

Another new author on ye olde blog today. Well, new to me. Can’t wait to meet her at Passion in Portland.  I sat her down (virtually, of course) and asked her some deep questions about all things romance. Because I’m nosy like that.

What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

I don’t think I’ve ever had an ah-ha moment! Maybe that would make me a faster writer ;) Generally, a character pops into my mind and slowly develops; introducing me to more characters and the dynamic they each share.

The characters of the His Series haunted my thoughts for months before I sat down and wrote them, and I wrote all three of the novels at the same time as different parts came to me. It was a very interesting adventure because I wrote the end of the third book, Finding Me, before I had finished the first book, Becoming His.

 Tell us about your hero and heroine? What makes them and their story unique?

Max is introduced as your typical alpha: a little rough around the edges, super hot, horrible with discussing his thoughts and/or feelings. While Ace, the heroine in the His Series, is very bright, cultured, but has some insecurities that even she isn’t fully aware of.
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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ParanormalRomance Author Sarah Cradit

Continuing on with the Passion in Portland attending author theme, I’d like to introduce you all to the amazing Sarah Cradit. Not only is Sarah a USA Bestseller and a fellow Oregonian, she’s also a total history geek, like me! I love that and I can’t wait to meet her!

What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

I write for a single series/saga, so the storylines often progress in very natural (though often unexpected ways). For the last release I have coming out in October, Myths of Midwinter (Volume 6), I deviate a bit from the main storyline in order to bring in some new characters and concepts. It was a fun creative shift.

 Tell us about your hero and heroine? What makes them and their story unique?
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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ParanormalRomance Author Stace Lee

Staceys IPhone 704Our next Passion in Portland author, Stace Lee, is no stranger to this blog. She’s had a guest spot before for her awesome paranormal romance. And she hangs out with me every month at the Portland Peeps (where a bunch of us crazy authors and bloggers get together to get plastered  have dinner and chat).

What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

Well, I’ve always wanted to write and I’ve been told by a few different people such as Psychic’s and Empath’s, that I carry emotions that aren’t my own. This really sparked the idea of writing “Broken”.  A story about a girl who takes on emotions that don’t belong to her and she doesn’t understand what is wrong with her. We see her struggles and how she overcomes them.
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Next up on ye olde blog is Crystal Perkins. She’ll be attending Passion in Portland and I’m looking forward to meeting her in person! Crystal writes romantic suspense novels about female spies. Frankly, that sounds fabulous!

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00072]What sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

Tending Their SECRET is the 8th book in my Corrigan & Co. series. Ellie and Aiden were already reader favorites, and I knew I had to go big with them.  Since they were continuing characters, I had set up a little bit of their background in other books, but I wanted a big shock at the beginning of the book, so that’s what I gave the reader—an opening prologue that would be completely unexpected.

I will also say that I had a cold, so my cold medicine and all the Magic Mike XXL commercials I kept seeing while writing, may have inspired a specific scene!
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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #ContemporaryRomance Author Lisa Survallis

Next up on our whirlwind Passion In Portland author tour is the lovely Lisa Survallis. I haven’t met her in person yet, so PiP will be my first time. I’m looking forward to it. Let’s dive in…

What sparked the idea for your most recent novels? Were there specific “Ah—ha!” moments?

My last novel which will be released on September 28th, was inspired by the cover photo.  I loved the picture and wanted to write a story for it.  I can’t share too much about it because the cover is going to be revealed on August 31st. It’s called A Soldier’s Dawning and is part of The Happy Endings Resort Series.
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#PassionInPortland Author Spotlight: #Fantasy Author Miranda Mayer

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard of the super amazing romance author/reader event, Passion in Portland. (For more info click HERE) Over the next few weeks, I’ll be introducing you to some of the AMAZING authors who will be at PiP signing their books and sharing their love of all things writing and romance.

First up is a very dear friend of mine, Miranda Mayer. (You can also find Miranda over on Facebook.) Miranda writes amazing fantasy with a touch of romance and a dash of Regency (among other things)Miranda Mayer

Miranda, what sparked the idea for your latest novel? Was there a specific “Ah—ha!” moment?

Sometimes, my mind will just manufacture an image or a mood, and it grows from there. This latest book (at present still untitled) I thought of a heavily haunted house, and how its residents would cope with it, and the story evolved from there. I go in spurts of inspiration started from that little seed.

Tell us about your hero and heroine? What makes them and their story unique?

Dae is an introverted, befreckled girl. She’s got a hidden strength about her that doesn’t come to light until her parents are arrested by the crown, and she and her younger sister are sent to live with a dotty old aunt in a haunted old manour. She finds herself being haunted by a violent, angry ghost, and in her quest to determine why he is trying to harm her, she discovers with the help of a handsome ‘ghoster’, that there’s a great deal more to her story than she ever imagined. Dae takes a great deal of painful truths in stride, and carries a great burden on her shoulders. Although she’s quiet, she’s also determined and strong, even when she has to make difficult decisions.

Why do you write Romance? Why your specific sub-genre of romance? (Note: Please include the sub-genre(s) you write.)

I write mostly (but am never restricted to) Fantasy, Fantasy Romance, the occasional Post-Apocalyptic ditty, and am working on an Alternate History Romance.

I do it because that’s what’s going on in my head. I’ve always been a world-builder, and I have always had unique and intriguing universes floating around in my overactive brain. I’m a daydreamer, and my books are my daydreams in print.

What’s the funniest thing that ever happened to you at a signing?

I haven’t done many signings. However, I’ve done conventions and shows, and the funniest (or most bizarre) thing to happen was signing a book under my nom-de-plume, and realizing that I actually went to High School in Brussels with the person buying the book. It took a moment for us to realize we recognized one another.  It’s a small world, to run into someone at a comic convention who went to school with in a city on the other side of the world.

Now for the Lightening Round! Answer these fast and quick (ala the Hot Seat questions on Inside the Actor’s Studio)


Chocolate or vanilla?

If it’s ice cream, Vanilla. But I would probably brain someone for a good quality chocolate bar.


Where do you write?

Sometimes (preferably) on my laptop at the table, looking out at the squirrel feeder. But most of the time these days, I’m tapping out my books on an iPad Air at 2AM in bed, with my kid and husband wedged up against me.


Favorite romance novel plot device?

Finding out that the underdog was the right guy all along.


What trait in a man do you find most sexy?

I find men who are taciturn but quietly intelligent very sexy. I also love seemingly gruff men who are gentle with animals and children.

Least sexy?

Whiny guys; or an overwhelming momma’s boy.

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For the Wizard King (I already figured this one out): For Ynith, Vanessa Morano. For Arnsword, it would be Adrien Brody.

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I haven’t figured out who looks most like Dae or Figson, or Amdreus yet. But I’m working on it.

Thanks so much, Miranda! You can get a copy of The Wizard King over on Amazon!

What To Read Next: Sunwalker Saga and Beyond #paranormalromance #urbanfantasy

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Readers frequently ask me “What should I read next?” This is usually right after they’ve finished the six books of the Sunwalker Saga. They’re mourning the end of Morgan’s story and desperately wanting more. I get it. I wrote the series and although the particular story arch that made up the main series of Sunwalker Saga was finished, I just couldn’t give up the world and its characters. They were too much fun. There were so many more stories still locked inside my head, yearning to get out. So, yes, I wrote more.

Sunwalker Saga: Soulshifter Trilogy

One of my very favorite characters ever is Zipporah (aka Zip), the djinn girl from Kissed by Smoke (Sunwalker Saga – Book 3). I won’t spoil things for new readers by telling you what happens to her in Book 3, but let’s just say that was not the end of her story. So, I wrote this trilogy of novellas that take place after the events of Kissed by Smoke, and before the fifth book, Kissed by Ice. Basically, while Morgan is chasing vampires around Paris in Kissed by Moonlight, Zip and Mick (Mikey from Book 3) are chasing demons around Portland. As you do.

Shoulshifter by Shéa MacLeod
Shoulshifter by Shéa MacLeod

The books in reading order:




You can find them all on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood

After the events of Kissed by Eternity (Sunwalker Saga – Book 6), I realized there was a LOT more story to tell. Particularly about the witches that helped Morgan and the gang stop the evil conspiracy perpetrated by…oh, that would be another story. ;-) You gotta read the series! Let’s just say there were vampires, magic, and other shenanigans involved!Spellwalker03_200x300

Anyway, I knew the Emory Chastain, leader of the coven of witches, needed her own story. So I wrote the first book of the new series, Spellwalker. Technically, you could also view it (chronologically speaking) as Book 7 of the series as it takes up pretty much (more or less) where KbE left off. More Haakon! More witches! More magic and mayhem!

Readers loved Spellwalker so much, I wrote a second Witchblood book: Deathwalker. And now I’m working on the third, Mistwalker (out later this year). There will definitely be at least 1 more book in the series. Likely 2.

You can find the Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood novels on Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo.

Also available in paperback.

But Morgan isn’t finished yet… And neither is Kabita!

Kissed by Eternity_300dpiI’ve got lots of plans for the future. Morgan will get at least one more book. It will have a NEW story arc, but you’ll get to find out what happens to her AFTER KbE. (There may even be a wedding. HINT! HINT!) I don’t have a date on this yet, but it WILL happen. Probably early 2016.

Kabita Jones is going to get her own story. It may or may not turn into a series. And it may or may not involved the delicious Trevor Daly. Stay tuned…

Finally there will be some further adventures in this fantastic world of Sunwalkers, sidhe, vampires, demons, djinn, Titans, Ancient Atlantis, Templar Knights, Amazons, and things that randomly go bump in the night. I’m definitely toying with ideas set in the Regency (history geek!) and the far future (scifi geek!). And, of course, Jack is still on my mind… ;-)

I hope you’ve found this information helpful and I hope you enjoy the various adventures in my little world. If you have more questions about the Sunwalker Saga, Morgan Bailey, Inigo Jones, Jack Keel, vampires, djinn, or anything else, really, please leave a comment and I’ll get back to you!

Happy reading!