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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Meet Scarlet!

Please welcome my close friend and author Scarlet Hunter as she talks about her latest. Heaven's Sacrifice.

I’m so glad to be here today, LaVerne! I’m a HUGE fan of your work, so for you to have me here, I’m overly excited and still pinching myself.

You are too funny, glad to have you here. And ditto lady. mwah. LaVerne

So, tell me a little about your book, Heaven’s Sacrifice.
Sure. Percival, the hero in my book, is an angel who’s finally given his first assignment. To go to earth and save a human soul. However, when he gets there, he is put to the test by two sisters. At first, he can’t decide on which sister is in need of saving. Spending time with the two, he learns they both do, but in different ways. Only in time, he realizes which one he must save. And yet, he is pulled toward the other putting him at risk of failing his mission. The outcome, should Percival fail in saving the one he is assigned, will result in him losing an angels most cherished possession—their wings.
So…basically, he must decide…but who will he choose to save?

Tell us a little more about these sisters?
Well, they couldn’t be more different, let me tell ya. They are—Brianna and Ava. They help their uncle run a Beachfront condo resort in Kure Beach, North Carolina. When unfortunate circumstances occur and their uncle gets ill, it is up to them to help keep the resort stay up and running.
Brianna, younger sister to Ava. A flamboyant, wild and arrogant girl. This young lady needs a little lesson in life, amongst other things. She’s too hell bent on getting any and all the men’s attention rather than helping her sister around the resort.  
Ava, on the other hand, is the total opposite of her sister. Quiet, shy, yet loyal and trustworthy. She takes on a lot of responsibility focusing on helping her uncle; not wanting to let him down. She ends up taking care of everyone and everything, except one person—herself. She needs saving, but in a whole different way.

I’d love to share a little teaser, if I may?  

     Materializing on earth, Percival appeared and stood on the sand, next to a long worn-out catwalk. He scanned the countless planks of rotten wood. They undoubtedly needed some TLC in more ways than one. By the looks of the property surrounding it, the newspaper ad was spot on. A skilled handyman was needed for this kind of job. 
     For a moment, he savored the calming, therapeutic waves crashing on shore. The sound felt like an explosion of love over the soul. Percival prayed with thanks, glad his mission had brought him near the Atlantic Ocean.
     Lifting his foot, he placed it on the edge of the catwalk and putting some weight on it, wiggled his leg a few times on the board to ensure it would hold him. Convinced it would, he placed his full weight on the plank and noticed the whole length of the catwalk was covered with pieces of slivered wood, poking out from its depleted state. Thankful his sandals protected his feet, he proceeded toward the building.
     In the heavens and before leaving, the angels were normally briefed about their assignments. Yet, Percival wasn’t given specifics for his mission. He certainly would not question the lack of information, because in Heaven, one never asked questions but is grateful for the facts received. If God thought angels needed to know more, he made sure they did.
     Everything has a purpose.
     When he advanced, he inspected the building. Percival could tell it’d been constructed of the same wood as the catwalk and in the same dire need of attention. As his gaze skimmed up and across its surface, he imagined the structure probably appeared very elegant back in its day, yet now seemed in disrepair.
     Unexpectedly, a squeal came from behind him, catching him off guard. Percival turned to find a small boy pointing at him while tugging at his father’s swim shorts. Funny, how he hadn’t even noticed them when he arrived. He needed to be more careful and assess his surroundings first.
     “Look Pa. That man has wings!”
     Oops, forgot about you two back there. Percival willed his thick, colossal set of feathery, white wings to fade from the mortal eye. He then nodded at the father and winked at the boy, who now displayed a saddened expression.
     “I swear, Pa, he did—just like the Archangel.”
     The father took the boy by the hand and led him toward their car. “Not everyone is a comic book character, son. C’mon, let’s go home.”
     Relieved his carelessness didn’t require him to handle the situation further, Percival watched the two leave.
     The boy’s face remained glued to the passenger window of the SUV until they were out of sight. No doubt, waiting and hoping for the set of wings to reappear.
     Cracking a smile at how he loved the Children of God, Percival returned his attention to his task. He reached into the front pocket of his jeans. After pulling out a piece of torn paper, he glanced at the newspaper ad, then at the building. Confirming the numbers 882 barely hanging above the door’s entrance, he double-checked the name Ava, he’d written under the job qualifications. When she answered his call, the sound of her voice sang like church bells. Soft and angelic, it carried the slightest hint of a twang he’d never heard before. He sensed right off, she was unique by the way she spoke to him. Percival liked her instantly and looked forward to meeting her.

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Scarlet Hunter by day works full time as a Director for a TPA (Third Party Administrator) company for Section 125 benefit plans. Residing in the outskirts of Memphis, Tennessee, when not working at her full-time job, she is found typing away on her laptop. As an avid reader, Scarlet's love of paranormal and fantasy romance, inspired her to pursue her dream of writing. She is currently embarking upon writing a contemporary, so stay tuned. You can visit Scarlet at to find all of her available books and those coming soon.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Featured Author Shyla Colt

I want to thank LaVerne for having me over today. This book is a big deal for me, and  I love giving the inside story about it. They say you have to continue to challenge yourself in your career. Believe me when I say, Spun was a challenge. When I first started writing back when I was about fifteen, I knew I wanted to write Paranormal Young Adult Romance. When I sat down to seriously write almost 15 years later, what came out was anything but suitable for young adult. Despite my muse’s pension for liking things on the naughty side, I held out hope of one day returning to my first love. Then an incredible thing happened, New Adult.

Spun is my very first step into that world. Nevada is a young woman who grew up in the M.C. (motorcycle club) culture. With a self-centered mother, and an absentee father, she’s had no one but herself to depend on. Then she winds up in a situation that requires protection from a brother, and in steps Wizard. I loved Wizard, he was strong alpha male, who knew how and when to bend. Sensitivity might not have come easily to him, but he was willing to learn to keep the relationship developing with Nevada moving forward.
You’ll find a lot of twists, turns, and high emotion in this novel length contemporary romance.

Born to a King of Chaos patch holder with a case of wanderlust and a self-centered mother, twenty-one-year-old Nevada Weber is used to taking care of herself. She's spent her life skating by on her wits and pure determination. When she lands in a situation, she can’t haggle her way out of, she’s forced to rely on another brother for help. 

Club enforcer Gage “Wizard” Carmody has done his job too well over the years. Icy and numb on the inside, he walks around in a prison of his making. When the bright green-eyed girl he helped raise winds up unclaimed and in need of protection he steps in seeking redemption. 
In a life where destruction lurks around the corner, they discover something with the potential to bring healing and happiness. But when you live in Chaos nothing goes as planned.

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Author Bio
Shyla Colt grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, but has lived a variety of different places thanks to her wanderlust, interesting careers, and marriage to a United States Marine. She's always loved books and wrote her very first novel at the age of fifteen. She keeps a copy of her first submission letter on her desk for inspiration.

After a lifetime of traveling, she settled down and knew her time had come to write. Diving into her new career like she does everything else, with enthusiasm, research and a lot of prayers, she had her first book published in June of 2011. As a full-time writer, stay at home mother, and wife, there's never a dull moment in her household.

She weaves her tales in spare moments and the evenings with a cup of coffee or tea at her side and the characters in her head for company. A self-professed rebel with a pen. Her goal is to diversify romance as she continues to genre hop, and offer up strong female characters.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Children of the Waves by LaVerne Thompson

Before I even start this, I have to give a shout out to one of the best cover designers in the business and the people who made these beautiful covers possible. I gave Fiona Jayde the concept for my creatures, found the models, Jimmy Thomas shot by Bruce Heinsius, Shannon Robinson shot by Rob Bampton, and Adam Fletcher shot by FuriousFotog aka Golden Czermak. Then look what Fiona came up with. She FRIGGING ROCKS! So do the models and photographers! Creating a feast for the eyes combination. Okay on to post. lol

Most authors are asked how do you come up with your ideas? I think the better question is, what gives you inspiration? Most ideas have been done, but these in turn inspire you to push a little more. Stray outside of the lines and change the colors of the palette. Hell, change the style of brush. That’s what I did with this series.

I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of mermaids. Seriously, most people with little girls know the story of The Little Mermaid, Ariel. But, stories of mermaids with tails in the sea yet able to walk on land with two legs, predates even that beloved movie. Thus, was my inspiration for Children of the Waves, the idea of people of the sea, but changing the lore to not just those who can walk on land but also in the water. In other words, my sea people don’t have tails, fins, gills, etc. I thought, why should they? Now this concept too has been done, don’t ask me by whom, I can’t remember off the top of my head, but it has.

Anyway, I needed to bring something a little different to my sea people. For one thing I don't refer to them as mermen/mermaids. I call them Sea Children or Children of the Waves. Mine are the sons and daughters of Poseidon, Greek, since he’s in charge of all things in the deep blue seas (as opposed to Neptune, Roman). But I still needed something to make my story stand out. So I created cousins, if you will in my own mind, between mermaid lore with The Wizard of Oz. lol yep. My story won’t have one witch but two. Sisters. The good witch and the bad witch. The Sea Witch and her sister The White Witch. I liked the idea of the white witch being the bad one. *grins* And of course there is always a quest, bad guys, and evil creatures. And in my books a few fight scenes. lol Oh and a little sex. *winks*

From that point I kept the Greek aspects of the story, but tossed in the concept of Hades to the mix. Why not? I added a few more specifics I won’t mention here. You have to read the books. *grins* But to spice things up even more. Well, you know how mermaids/mermen can seem kinda young? I began writing the first book when my kids were about 13 and 14, yes puberty (they're in college now). So I made that part of the story, the angst of being an eternal teen. They were driving me nuts at that time, wanting to be older faster. And me holding them back.

My Sea Children only age until they are thirteen or fourteen, remain in that physical state for years, sometimes over a hundred years. Yikes! The horror. Can you imagine? Yep, I could. I did. My creatures stay that way until they meet their fated brides or mates. At which point, when they touch, even if only by hand, a chemical reaction happens between them. Only then does the aging process kick in again and they begin to age. Thus, they’re referred to as Children because they seem to be forever young. The kicker is they might not always know who triggered the aging process or even exactly when it started. And believe me they want to know. Why? I will leave you on this note. Only their bride or mate can trigger an orgasum. *wicked grin*

Oh and yes. There is a book 4 Sea Child. hehehehehe there is a snippet at the end of Sea Witch.

SEA WITCH- Children of the Waves #3
COMING 06/01/2015

What the hell do you mean I can't claim you?

Aaron is a Child of the Waves and he's searched for his bride for over a hundred years. Always seeking never finding. Then when he finally does, he’s got a choice: claim her and risk the destruction of his people, or let her go and risk the destruction of his soul.

Sienna has always known who her mate was, in fact, she took great pains to never cross his path. Until one day, she could avoid him no longer. As the witch of the sea, she had to warn him of the horror their world would face if she were to become his bride.

They each had a duty to perform, even at the sacrifice of the other. Sienna must pass through the dark depths to enter the very gates of Hades and Aaron must let her go.

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                                           SEA BRIDE- Children of the Waves #1

For 200 some years Xavior, a child of the waves, has searched the seven depths for his bride only to find her on land. How could a landwalker be his Queen, the one destined to stop the wars among the sea tribes? But one touch and he knew he'd defy Poseidon himself to make her his.

Cori Daniels hated the water; she'd been on board the luxury ocean liner for 2 days and hadn't left her cabin. But when she finally ventured on deck she met a man who looked like a sea god and tempted her like no other. But he tempted her to follow him into the sea. 

How could she tell him she feared the water? 

SEA STORM- Children of the Waves #2

Bring on the lightning. 

For so long Des’ life was a lie. She had to hide who she really was from the world. Her survival and that of her family depended on her continuing those lies. But it was never harder than when she had to lie to the man she loved.

She was lying to him. Zek knew the woman in his house, in his arms was the bride he’d searched for all of his existence. But as a son of Poseidon nothing and no one would stop him from claiming that which was his. 

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Featured Author Jamallah Bergman

by Jamallah Bergman

Jackson Belle, the son of a prominent family of landscapers and architects whose work has been the “Showcase of the South”, goes to take what he thinks is a routine job for his father who is soon in bed after a fall. He soon finds himself going to Gladstone Manor, a home well known in town as a house that once would host grand balls and parties for the town. But is nothing more than a shell of its former glorious self. Soon Jackson finds himself diving deep within the mystery of Gladstone Manor and its owner Brooke Langley.
Brooke Langley’s life at Gladstone Manor at one time was wonderful and she enjoyed the many memories she had as a child, watching the many people coming to the parties and balls that her parents would give. But a tragic accident leaves Brooke in seclusion, afraid of what the world outside of the Manor would think of her now. It isn’t until Jackson Belle comes into her life and shows her that someone does care that slowly starts to come out to the world and soon finds true love as well.


Let me ask you this, do you remember Mr. Langley’s daughter?”
You mean, Brooke,” Jackson’s mother interjected as she came in with a tray holding Howard’s lunch.
Brooke, that’s her name, right?”
Oh yes, I remember Brooke, she was such a sweet child. Always smiling and making everybody around her laugh. Such a beautiful child with so much life in her until that evil woman of a stepmother messed her up. I remember Walter was so heartbroken by what happened. He knew they didn’t get along because they were like oil and water, they just didn’t mix well. She hated Brooke because she was the apple of Walter’s eye and a constant reminder of her late mother. She got more of his attention and her stepmother hated her with a passion because of that. When she had the accident, her father had her going to all kinds of doctors and surgeons, even sent her to Europe to see a specialist who dealt with people in her situation. After Walter died, she stayed in Europe for the longest time. Some people thought that she had passed away but then one day, word got out that groceries and other things were being delivered to the Manor.” She stared at the photo of Brooke by the fountain.
That entire day while at his father’s, they both worked on the plans for the garden. He would go from his father’s work area to his father’s bedroom to see what he thought of the plans so far.
Sweetheart, you have a phone call. I think it’s from the Manor,” Nancy said, popping her head in the room while Jackson drew on the blueprint.
Picking up the phone, Jackson said, “Hello.”
Hello, Mr. Belle, this is Brooke Langley calling,” a soft, mellow voice said on the other end.
Hello, Ms. Langley, it’s nice to finally hear from you. How are you?”
Fine, thank you, I talked with Nora and I just wanted to see what your point of view on the condition of the garden.”
Well, I will tell you that it needs plenty of work but it’s a job that I look forward to starting. I am always up for a challenge. I told Nora I wanted you to make a list of things you might want to see in your garden. Have you started yet?”
Yes, I have. I was trying to go by memory, but there’s plenty I want to add. I have to say I’m pretty excited that this is being done. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen the garden the way it was before.”
Her voice entranced Jackson. “I can come get the list from you if you want. That way, I can show you what I have so far.” Jackson replied, hoping she would agree to meet in person.
At first, he heard nothing and thought that maybe she hung up the phone. “Hello? Are you there, Ms. Langley?”
Yes, I’m still here. I don’t think it would be a good idea to meet just yet. I can have Nora give you the list when you get here, if that’s all right?”
That would be just fine, Ms. Langley. But I do hope to get the chance to actually see you one of these days, face to face.”
Take care, Mr. Belle.” She hung up.
The conversation left Jackson with a sense of accomplishment in what he’d done so far. Also, he felt curious, wondering who the woman behind the voice was.

TWITTER: @silentbutloud1

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Writing Process

I was tagged by two lovely ladies both awesome authors, Violette Dubrinsky and Yvonne Nicolas to share 7 things about my writing process. Here goes:

1. I write every day. If I’m not writing something is seriously wrong. Lol I've got to otherwise the damn voices drive me batty and I'd be on Valium or some equivalent. I'll even get up at 2am and write because suddenly a scene is crystal clear and I MUST GET IT DOWN. Doesn't matter if it's something in the end or middle of the story.

2. I don't do outlines, maybe just the bare bones, names, places, appearances, if it's a series and there are multiple parts to it. Why? Because with all the thought and time I take to do an outline I could have finished half the book. And well, my characters also have a tendency to NOT follow any preconceived notions of who they are supposed to be that I might have or what should happen next. Yeah, they have some strong opinions, and that doesn’t necessarily come through until I actually begin to write them and get into their heads. So if I write them according to an outline they will mutiny until I let them tell their story. So no. No outlines. Wait, the only exception but still a barebones outline, is when I’m co-writing work and it’s active writing. Meaning we write the story together or from a particular POV. Still, the story is so much in my head that it’s difficult. My co-authors and I have to understand each others styles for it to really work.

3. My stories can start at the beginning, the middle or the end and what's supposed to happen can come to me at anytime as I write. So I jot the scene down go back to the chapter I'm working on and keep writing until I get to that scene in the story like I'm supposed to. It knows where it's supposed to go I'm just along for the ride.

4. I usually have 2 or 3 documents open at a time I work on. Because I work on more than one story at a time, in different phases, and I might also be editing one or two more. I also write in multiple genres and under 2 names. One because my brain just works that way. I can compartmentalize and my prior profession as a lawyer also trained me to multitask better, so heck 3 or 4 stories going is nothing compared to working 50 cases a week. lol and, Two I firmly believe it's what keeps writers block, at least for me, away. When I get to a point in a story I need to pause or mull things over a bit or when my charrie goes quiet I just go back to one of the other ones. By that point I can see where it needs to go to move the plot/characters forward. The exception like with other authors I’m sure is when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Then I have tunnel vision it’s almost like a frenzy with me. I have to write THAT story and only that one to get to that ending because the characters will not leave me be until it’s done. Yeah, I’ve pulled all nighters to do it too. Lol And after I’m done I treat myself depending on the time of day to a half glass of Chardonnay or a piece of Godiva dark chocolate. *grins*

5. I have a home office and I write there as well as in my bedroom, on the bed or the sitting area, my husband's office, the family room, the basement. I just need to be comfortable. Depending on the scene I’m working on I’ll have the TV on usually reruns so I don’t get drawn in, I just need the sound of voices in the background, sometimes I write to music. When I wrote the first two books in the Ballerina Series I listened to a lot of Eminem and Koolio. The beats were just right. But my music taste is eclectic and depends on my moods and the story. While writing Dante’s story book 3 in the series I listened to a lot of Tchaikvsky. Dante is not Maze so neither should his music be. Besides, like I said, eclectic.

6. I have a note pad where I jot ideas down but I also use my iPad and iPhone to take notes. I have a list of names that I like whenever I come across a name I find interesting I add it to this list. I also make notes of song titles that speak to me, there is a story behind every song. So far most of the homes I describe in my stories I’ve been in. Sometimes I combine features from two or three of them, but others are described as is. That said while I don’t use people I know as characters I do use aspects of their personalities and combine them with others but they’d never be able to find themselves lol. I have used interesting names of friends as side characters and as a nod to them, always in a fun way so they get a kick out of seeing their names in one of my stories.

7. As busy as I am almost without fail I will be in the middle of something and then get a brilliant idea, at least in my mind lol, for another story. I have to stop what I’m doing jot it down or else it’s gone forever. At some point it makes it to my WIP folder. There aren’t many subjects in any romance genre I don’t have an idea already written down about I can pull from to create a story on the fly. Oh and the other thing I back up everything once a week now. I learned that lesson the hard way. I lost 300 WIP stories and ideas in a computer once so yeah.

Whew! I did it! Now I challenge Stephanie Williams Stacy Deanne Gracie Wilson Taabia Dupree Eryn Black to share 7 things about their writing process. *grins*

Share away ladies!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Featured Author Taabia Dupree

by Taabia Dupree

*Taabia Dupree, Amazon Best Selling Author of Jessica's Obsession, wants readers to know that WolfsBlood has mature content.* When Kaine Maccon left the Rocky Mountains, he thought he had turned his back on them forever. As fate would have it, his father falls ill, and he must return to claim his rightful place. Blood will spill, and old lovers will reunite, but for how long? Will he be removed as the true heir?

 Buy LinkWolfsBlood

Chapter 1
Kaine sat at his desk and read his brother Aohdan's letter over.
Kaine! Da is sick! You have to come back home. Aiden was told to not write. I was away and when I returned Da was down. Brother it hurts me to see him this way. I do not know if he will be in this world for long and it worries me. Rua Rainer has stepped up to help the young ones and my fur bunches to think Aiden or I were because of how he is taking care of the young ones. Kaine come home! No more wasting time away. Ma is gone, and Da has been going downhill for years. He tells you only what he wants you to know. He knows you will not listen to anything else. Brother I am telling you, get your ass home. This time listen to me. Rua will take the lead if Da dies and our family will no longer rule these mountains.

Kaine stopped reading, grabbed his keys off his desk and walked out of the office to his car.
Once inside the car he slammed his fist against the windowpane. He could care less that he’d hit the window so hard it shook.

He yelled, "Da, what are you thinking letting that animal come near our clan?"
Kaine pounded the steering wheel. His body was tense, and his blue eyes turned gray. He needed to calm himself he thought.

Author Bio
Taabia Dupree was born in the United States and grew up on the Eastern Seaboard. Her love of books and anything with words came from her parents. As a young person, Taabia read anything she could get her hands on, from cereal boxes, to the Encyclopedia Britannica, to the National Geographic, to the business section of the local newspaper. Yet some of her favorite reads came from writers; L'Amour, Tolstoy, Eddings, Tolkein, Hugo, Wright, Dickens and Hemingway.

In 1999, Taabia started writing erotic fantasy stories for online story groups. She self-published her first erotic story in 2011. Today, Taabia Dupree writes coming of age stories, erotic short stories, mystery & psychological-thrillers, paranormal shapeshifter stories, and poetry.
Taabia enjoys a challenge. Her plans are to write more romance mysteries and shapeshifter books. So, keep watch for her books coming out in 2015, and 2016.

Author Taabia Dupree's books include an Amazon Best Seller Jessica's Obsession, book one in her Anthony Stone Series. This book was recently put on a Barnes & Noble bookstore shelf in Boston. Her book Wolfsblood is releasing March 20, 2015. It's the first in a two part series in the paranormal genre for shapeshifters.