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Chill out at The Lounge with your favorite authors. Grab a drink and a chair and chat away!


Edie (author)
Hi everyone!

Happy Sizzling Summer Reads month! Thanks to TRR for inviting me! I thought I'd start by talking about fairy tales. Dragon Blues was sparked by a fairy tale, Beauty & the Beast. Noah Long, my saxophone-playing dragon who'd changed into a man 2500 years ago, made the perfect Beast. When I tried to write it, though, Beauty didn't fit my story. She was too… passive. I don't care for passive heroines. Instead I went the opposite way and made Lila Fox a martial arts expert and an assassin. As I revised, I turned Lila to a vigilante, and then I changed her again to someone who'd killed only two men who totally deserved it.

I haven't used the Cinderella premise yet, but I've read many books that do. Jayne Eyre. Harry Potter - especially in the first book.

Do you have a fairy tale you'd like to see in a book?
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Edie (author)
Donna, Hansel and Gretel would be interesting. I think it would have to be the beginning of the story. Maybe a romantic suspense. It really is a creepy story, isn't it?
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Edie (author)
Suzanne, I'd forgotten about The Flying Dutchman and had to look it up on Wikipedia. If the sailors on it all look like Johnny Depp, I'd like to read that book.
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  Donna/BLHmistress
I am not sure if this one is done but Hansel and Gretel
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Stacy Juba (author)
I'll be back in a couple hours with more about Sink or Swim, being a writer, and my free short story download. Feel free to leave me some questions to respond to when I'm back at my desk, and remember, if you leave a comment or question, you'll be entered into my drawing. I'm giving away 3 Smashwords downloads of my new release Sink or Swim.
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  Stacy Juba (author)
Thanks for reading, Tracey!
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Tracey D
Loved both the excerpt and the blurb. Thanks for sharing.
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  Stacy Juba (author)
And here is an excerpt from Sink or Swim.

Cassidy sat poised in her chair as former contestants filed onto the soundstage at WBC in New York. Together, the studio audience and television viewers had watched the recorded footage of her walking the plank. Gabriel would now interview the competitors from the inaugural season one final time. More importantly, he would announce her prize. If it erased most of her debts, then it would at least make this whole embarrassing experience worthwhile. Cassidy's heart kicked in her chest and sweat moistened her brow.

As one of her old teammates entered, her heart rate skyrocketed for a different reason. Josh Sanchioni slid into a bucket seat, carrying himself stiffer than normal in his sharp gray suit. Studio lights caught his sunbleached strawberry blonde waves, brightening the reddish gold tints. Cassidy slipped her gaze to his leather shoes. If Josh hadn't been engaged, they could have been an item. Instead, they'd been good friends until that
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Check out an excerpt from FALLEN, my work in progress:

Rue watched her leave. Slouched at a table next to the window of the Artist's Café, he watched her walk down the street. Her pink gym bag swinging behind her, her red hair pulled back into a bouncy tail at the back of her head. He warmed his hands on the cup of coffee he didn't want to drink. The last thing his system needed was more stimulation.
He closed his eyes for a moment bringing the early morning back into focus. His body sprang to attention. In all his centuries he didn't know you could feel so alive. Temptation had never tasted so sweet.
"Contemplating sin?"
Rue opened his eyes at the gravelly voice. The tall man, skin the color of polished ebony, eyes of shimmering amber dropped to the seat across from him. "Feel free to sit down," the fallen angel muttered.
Azriel snorted taking Rue's untouched coffee for his own. "You're treading a thin line, Rue."
Rue shrugged feeling his wounded shoulder pull in response.
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Tracey D
Oh that is great to hear!!
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  Rebecca L Frencl (author)
ETA? I should be done with the writing in about a week or two at most. You guys make me want to just plow through the draft so I can start polishing it up to get into your hands :) It's very inspiring to see your enthusiasm. It's really keeping the prose flowing!
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  Kati R
Will be checking this out and putting it on my wish list. Thanks for the excerpt.
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Edie (author)
Hi, again. My first book Cattitude was inspired by two things. At a place where I once worked, a bunch of us were on break when the question was asked "If you could be any animal, what would it be?" The answer around the table was overwhelmingly "Cat." At the time, my husband & I just had dogs, and I said "Bird, because they can fly."

That stuck in my mind. Then when we got our cat, I felt an instant love for her. I couldn't help but wonder what would happen if that question was switched around. What she'd be like as a woman? I knew she would keep her cat personality. That gave me a premise and a character. As usual with my books, all I needed then was the plot.

It's a good question, though. If you could be an animal, what would animal would you choose?
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  Donna/BLHmistress
I know its not a real animal but I always love unicorns so I would say unicorn, real animal horse
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Edie (author)
Jackie, now that I have a cat, I can see how good they have it. If I can't be an eagle or a dolphin, I'd go with a cat, too.
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Edie (author)
Dale, I'd love to be a dolphin, too! There's a video out with a dolphin and a cat playing. I've watched it about 10 times, and I love it. In our family room, we have a framed photo of my husband and me, swimming with dolphins. That was so cool.
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I misread a question and chose the wrong answer. D'oh!
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infinitieh
Thanks, Kati R and Donna!
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  Donna/BLHmistress
Congrats on winning a book :)
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  Kati R
Congrats infinitieh!!! On winning the book, not misreading the question. lol.
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i would like to see the story of rumplestilskin done in a book somehow. not sure how but i love how he looses at the end and the heroine wins. good premise for a romance novel!
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Good morning everyone! The weather looks lovely here in the Chicagoland area-- a great day to grab a book and read by the pool.

I hope a few of you choose RIBBONS OF MOONLIGHT for your book of choice. If you like time travel, a clever heroine, a leading man with a sharp brain and liquid silver eyes I hope you'll check it out. Or enter my contest. Answer my question tomorrow and be entered to win your choice of a print or eversion of RIBBONS.

So, a question for all of you out there . . . RIBBONS is set it England 1773, if you could travel to any time period at the snap of a finger, where would you go?
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Jackie (reviewer)
Regency! I want to see all those ball gowns and dance at Almack and meet all the dukes and marquises and maybe snag one for myself. LOL
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  Rebecca L Frencl (author)
I haven't read ECHO IN THE BONE yet. I do have to say that Lynn Kurland's Scots do a nice job of satisfying any need for hot guys in kilts too. I also like her dePiaget bunch. Started my Kindle collection off with her latest :)
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  Kati R
I'm not sure about that one. I'd love to get lost a la Lost in Austen style in some of my favorite historical books (which range in time periods). lol
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Is anyone else getting an error when they try to look at the book for today's question #2, or is it just me?
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infinitieh
Scroll down to read the blurb for "The Genie's Curse".
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Cathy M
I finally got it but it took a bit of digging.
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Jo
If you click the link, it shows you a different book but if you scroll down there is a blurb for The Genie's Curse. But if you try to go to the link for the book itself it does not work.
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RomCon sounds like a fun time! Anyone attend last year?
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  Kati R
RomCon or Bust =) I mean, don't you want to know what Chocolate Mangasm is all about? I'd love to Strip a Hero. =)
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Tracey D
I haven't been to a convention either but would love to. They sound like so much fun. I think I would faint if I got the chance to me some of my favorite authors!!!
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  aobibliophile (reviewer)
i've never been in a book convention before! its moments like this when i wished i lived Stateside! lol. i hope to go to one and meet all these awesome authors someday! c",)
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Just finished HOW TO SEDUCE A SCOUNDREL by Vicky Dreiling. What a riot!
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  Kati R
It's a must read. Not that I'm totally biased or anything =)
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  aromagik
That's on my wish list!
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A Rogue of One's Own by Evie Dunmore (Romance - Top Pick)



Well Met by Jen DeLuca (Romance - Top Pick)