90’s Playlist inspiration
Author Interview , Blogtour / October 12, 2015

Tomorrow, October 13, the anthology 90’s Playlist will be released. My review will also be posted on that same day. But the day before the release the authors of the stories shared with me what inspired their story and why that specific song would fit the story so well. Here is what they said… I have chosen to insert the video of the song so you can listen to it and get in the mood while reading the story. As a child of the 90’s I remember each and everyone of these songs and I think they fit very well with the stories. Brighton Walsh I chose If by Janet Jackson. It was a hard choice, narrowing down which song to use. I had a short list of about 10, and I played out different plots for each of them. And, in fact, I changed my original song I was planning to use. The idea for a plot based on If—“if I was your girl, the things I’d do to you…”—was just too good to pass up. I loved exploring the secret lover trope, and also playing with the enemies to lovers trope. Lorelie Brown My story comes from listening…

Allan Jay Interview – Queer Romance Month
Author Interview , Online Event / October 7, 2015

This mini-interview with Allan Jay is brought to you in support of Queer Romance Month. QRM runs throughout October, celebrating love stories in all shades of the rainbow in all shades of romance. Join us, and over a hundred LGBTQ+ authors and allies, for essays, flash-fiction and much, much more. Allan Jay A queer romance you’d recommend to a newcomer I usually give four recommendations so the person gets to explore the breadth available in queer romance. These are: anything by Con Riley, but particularly the Seattle Series, for contemporary; the Widdershins series by Jordan L Hawk for the always excellent Whyborne & Griffin; everything by K.J. Charles for those who want stories set in the UK; and the Phlogiston set by Alexis J Hall to show the wonderful places the imagination in queer romance can take you. All of these are also brilliant in other ways, but like a crack dealer I’m hoping the new reader will get hooked. Favourite queer romance hero I have a massive confession to make. I mostly fall for, and have as my favourites, the love interest rather than the main hero of a book. These guys are my book boyfriends, and yes that is…

Interviewing Sharlene Almond
Author Interview / August 3, 2015

Sharlene Almond is the author of Initiated to Kill, the book I reviewed on her personal request. The review was posted earlier today. She has been kind enough to answer some questions for me about herself, her book and why she started to write in the first place. At what point in your life did you decide to become a writer? I’ve always enjoyed dabbling in writing as early as I can remember, but things kept on coming up that prevented me from just sitting down and writing a novel. But finally, something happened that allowed me the time to really look at writing a full length novel. About eighteen years old, I finally thought, ‘right, I want to do this’. And that’s when I sat down and decided now or never. Are you working on any new projects right now? I’ve recently finished editing my second novel – The Legend Returns, based on the first female serial killer, Elizabeth Bathory. Then I’ll be focusing on editing my third and fourth books. The third based on the mass suicide at Masada, and the fourth one based around the Bubonic plague.   What do you do besides writing? Currently I am studying for…