Interview with Guest Author
Imagination is a Light That Never Burns Out
Thank you for stopping over to visit, L.J. In case my lovely readers don’t know who are, I thought I’d do a little sit-down visit with you and help us all get to know you a little better.
What makes your stories different from other authors out there?
L.J.: Oh boy. I don’t know! I think that everyone who writes something writes in their own unique way, whether that’s a turn of phrase or a character or a plot. I think too that perception comes into things a lot, because if you put several people together and ask them each to describe the same one item, say a rose, for instance, you’ll get several different answers. Because we all think differently, I think what we write and what we read is always going to be unique in some form or other.
When did you first consider yourself an author?
L.J.The first time I got an email from a reader who loved my books and wanted to let me know how much he’d enjoyed them, and how he was looking forward to the next ones. It’s the most incredible feeling to hear that from a reader and to know that something you’ve created has touched them in some way. That’s when I first thought that yep, I’m an author, I think.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do to get past it?
L.J.: Most definitely! I find that going to stand in the bathroom gets rid of it. I call the bathroom the Room of Wisdom or RoW for this very reason! I don’t know what it is, but just standing in there, or brushing my teeth or brushing my hair, taking a shower, anything—the RoW will provide inspiration.
LOL 😉 I was recently asked a question and thought it would be fun to hear what others would say when asked… If your writing was translated, which would be your preference: TV, movie, play, or Broadway?
L.J.: I’m going to be greedy and say TV if it’s HBO or Showtime and film.
That’s not greed, that’s… seeking out the most creative outlet. Right? Does your family know what you write, and if so, how did they react when you first told them what and how explicit your writing would be?
L.J.: Yes. They’ve been nothing but supportive. My mum reads my writing but asks that I mark where the sex scenes are because she doesn’t like reading sex—and that’s across all types of novels, not just because these are M/M romance. My cousin doesn’t read them, but is supportive and positive, my nieces think it’s the best thing ever and my brother keeps telling me that he’s really impressed that I do this. So I’ve been very lucky, and I count my fortunes there, because so many others aren’t as lucky.
Sadly, I have to agree. Many families aren’t supportive. Glad you have them! Have you ever met someone in real life, or a stranger, that you turned into a MC?
L.J.: MC, no. Tertiary character, yes.
Who is your favorite author and why?
L.J.: Argh! LOL! This is such a tough question! To be honest, I don’t really have a favourite author. I have books that I love, and I’ll read stuff by those authors regardless, but sometimes those authors may write books that I loathe. To name a few, in no particular order: Cate Ashwood, Meredith Shayne, M. Cates, Aldous Mercer, Manna Francis, Sergei Lukyanenko, J. K. Rowling, Douglas Clegg…
Oh, some great stories / authors! So… boxers, briefs, commando? What’s your favorite way to “dress” your man?
L.J.: Briefs or commando.
Do you as an author concentrate on one genre? Or do you feel like you should try to find your voice amongst the genres?
L.J.: I don’t really want to stick to just one genre, so I’ve tried a few now. I’ve written a lot of paranormal, some contemporary and some historical. I’ve got a sci-fi I need to clean up and submit sitting in my WIP folder, and I’ve written one mystery novella. I’d like to do some more historicals, actually.
And just because I love to tease 😉 what are you working on now, and what is coming up from you next?
L.J.: Well, right now, I’m working on a few things. I’m working on my second collaboration with Cate Ashwood, which is a contemporary and I’ve got to write the summary and format my sci-fi long novel. I’ve just started a new paranormal, totally unconnected to anything else I’ve written in that genre, and that has a were-coyote and a psychic who fall in love.
As for what’s coming up next, well, my current release is book seven of “The Archangel Chronicles,” and soon, my contemporary novel, “Waiting for the Moon and You” will be out. Also coming out this year will be books eight and nine of “The Archangel Chronicles,” and those are the last ones, with those two out, the series will be finished and done. My first collaboration with Cate Ashwood will also be out, and that’s a contemporary called “Brick by Brick.” Finally, I have a long novella in a collection called “Piece Us Back Together” which has the theme of healing, and I join talented authors Raine O’Tierney and Cate Ashwood for that. That’s also contemporary. Phew!
And on that wonderful note, I thought I’d share a little from A Shot In The Dark. So sit back, relax, grab a drink, and enjoy!
A Shot In The Dark
Sequel to The Bone Cup
Archangel Chronicles: Book Seven
M/M Paranormal, Angels / Demons
Publisher: DSP Publishing
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Release Date: March 9, 2015
Length: 210 pages / Novel
After the theft and recovery of the Holy Grail, saving all of creation from destruction, and almost losing Michael, Archangel Gabriel devoutly hopes for nothing more dangerous than a stubbed toe. So when Archangel Michael sends a pack of his Venatores and two of Gabriel’s trackers on a rescue mission, Gabriel believes it’s purely routine.
No one is prepared for the danger and terror the Venatores find. What they face is torture, kidnapping, medical experiments, vivisection, and the enemies’ desire to remove all nonhumans—including shifters—from Earth forever. The supposedly routine rescue mission turns into a struggle for survival, and Gabriel and Michael face a terrifying new foe, and a threat to not just their existence and love but to the existence of everything they know. If the Brotherhood of Archangels and their allies can’t prevail, all will be lost.
Liam tasted of coffee and donuts, and Baxter kissed him hard, wriggling back to lie down and pulling Liam with him. Liam sighed softly into the kiss, a breath of passion and desire, and he ran a hand down Baxter’s side as Baxter slid his own hands down Liam’s back. It took them only a few moments to shuck the scant clothing they wore—Baxter preferred to sleep naked and Liam was only wearing sweats—and then they caressed each other’s bodies, rocking into each other and kissing more and more artlessly. Baxter fumbled for the bedside drawer with one hand, trying to find the tube of lube he kept there, but Liam’s reach was longer and it was he who grabbed it first.
“Condom?” Baxter panted as Liam broke the kiss to get the tube open.
“No,” Liam shook his head as he squirted a generous amount of lube onto his fingers. “We’ve had the tests, remember. We’re both clean. Unless you want to use a condom?”
Baxter shook his head, spreading his legs wide apart as he could. “No. No, I want you to fuck me, and fuck me now.”
Liam grinned at him, and stroked himself, smearing the lube over his cock. Baxter grabbed a pillow and shoved it beneath his own hips. He reached for Liam even as Liam moved to kneel between his thighs, and as Liam positioned himself, Baxter reached down to tangle his fingers with Liam’s. Liam slowly pressed into him and Baxter cried out, relishing each second of delicious friction as Liam stretched and filled him. Some men, Baxter knew, preferred to be stretched by fingers or toys prior to the main event, but he didn’t. Unless they were involved in mutual masturbation, Baxter preferred Liam to fuck him without fingering him first.
Balls deep inside him, Baxter let out a low moan as Liam leaned down and kissed him. He lifted his legs and wrapped them around Liam’s hips and the two of them moved together in a dance as old as time, the rhythm being the beating of their hearts and the crescendo being their rapid pace towards orgasm. As Baxter raked his nails down Liam’s back, Liam moaned raggedly, his thrusts stuttering a little as he lost the rhythm. Each time he was completely inside Baxter, Baxter clenched down around him, and a moment later, he felt Liam’s hand on his cock, stroking him hard and fast, in time with his thrusts.
“Liam,” Baxter panted, “Liam, fuck, yes, Liam, Liam!” He gave voice to a shout and came hard.
Liam moaned once more, ragged and rough, and came a few moments after Baxter did. They lay together, slowly coming down from their orgasms, holding each other in a tight embrace.
The mood was shattered by a loud pounding on the door of Baxter’s apartment. He groaned and squeezed his eyes shut. “Tell them to go away.”
Liam laughed and slowly pulled out of Baxter’s body and got off the bed. He tugged on the sweats and looked at Baxter, who hadn’t moved. “I’ll see what they want.”
“Okay.” Baxter sighed and sat up as Liam left the room. The banging on his door hadn’t stopped; if anything, it had gotten louder, and he had a sinking feeling that meant there was a job to do and he and Liam wouldn’t be able to have any time alone together for quite a while.
L. J. is a French-Australian, who was born during the Witching Hour, just after midnight. From this auspicious beginning, she has gone on to dabble in many things! She wrote a prize-winning short story about Humpty Dumpty wearing an Aussie hat complete with corks dangling from it when she was six years old. From there, she wrote for her high school year book, her university newspaper and in her early teens, produced a fanzine about the local punk rock music scene. She loves music of all kinds and was once a classical pianist; she loves languages and speaks French and English with a teeny-tiny smattering of Mandarin Chinese, which she hopes to relearn properly very soon. She enjoys TV, film, travel, cooking, eating out, abandoned places and researching.
L. J. loves to read complicated plots and hopes to do complex plot lines justice in her own writing. She writes paranormal, historical, urban fantasy and contemporary Australian stories, usually m/m romance and featuring m/m erotica.
L. J. lives in the city of Adelaide, and is owned by her cat.
Publications include an essay written for the now-defunct Veinglory publication produced by Emily Veinglory, in the 2003 issue and a short story for the 2004 issue. A research paper on medieval women that L. J. wrote has been used extensively as a reference and guide for other writers and is referenced at ‘All About Romance Novels’ in their ‘Ask An Historian’ section as well as other places. L. J. has had fiction published by Dreamspinner Press, Freaky Fountain Press and Less Than Three Press.
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