Hi! I’m Rochelle Weber, and I write the Moon Rock series. In Rock Bound, Jake saved Annie’s life. Now slaves on that God-forsaken rock, the Moon, how will they survive? In Rock Crazy, Katie McGowan's abandoned, pregnant, bi-polar, and going crazy on that God-forsaken rock, the Moon! When Kristen got help for her obesity, she never expected to fall in love—let alone with a rock star. You can get Rock Bound at Amazon. Both Rock Crazy and The Thin Person Inside are at MuseItUp Publishing, Inc.
Starla Kaye wears
many hats professionally and as a writer. She is the community coordinator for
a Midwestern accounting firm, a gerontologist who volunteers with an active
group of senior adults, a mentor/teacher of writing, and a multi-published
She has been writing
and publishing in different romance sub-genres and lengths for twenty years.
Her first published book, Tug of Love,
was a “sweet” romance published with iUniverse. Now she mainly writes edgier
romances with an erotic or slightly naughty focus.
Starla enjoys writing
about strong-willed, independent women who butt heads with equally determined,
self-confident, and slightly domineering men. Her belief in relation to her
heroes is to find them their perfect match, but make him really work for the
happily-for-now or happily-ever-after with the woman who wins his heart. Of
course, she likes her heroines to be challenged as well. Love isn't easy.
To date she has
published twenty novels, thirty-eight novellas, eight anthologies, three audio
books, and eighteen short stories. Starla writes for Decadent Publishing, Black
Velvet Seductions, and Blushing Books.
Kendra spends her
days and nights running a business, sculpting, and leading a Tahitian dance
group in Kauai. She can’t squeeze anything else into her life, but she dreams
of cowboys. Sexy, hot cowboys in tight jeans, low-tipped Stetsons, and dusty
boots. Men who know all about how to please a woman. She enjoys her fantasies,
but can’t imagine ever settling down. But one night with one would be so nice.
Surely that would get her dreams of a white knight cowboy sweeping her off her
feet out of her system.
Because of an
accident that Shane believes left him “less of a man,” he doesn’t see a wife
and children in his future. Carson, his ranching partner—and sometimes
lover—thinks Shane is wrong. Carson refuses to let Shane settle for a life of
rodeo bunnies who only want a romp in bed with a bull rider. Shane deserves more
than that. He manages to sign Shane up with a matchmaking service to,
hopefully, meet another kind of woman, maybe someone who will appreciate Shane
for the man he is. Except Madame Evangeline expects both of the cowboys to go
on this special one night date. It doesn’t take long for either cowboy to
realize that one night with the purple-haired, hip-shaking beauty in Kauai
might not be enough.
can’t do this!” Kendra moaned and glared at Alexis in the dressing room mirror.
She had one boob in a coconut cup and one boob that refused to go in the other
bra cup. “I can’t!”
walked over and calmly pushed Kendra’s hands out of the way. She lifted the
problem coconut shell cup and gently guided the uncooperative breast into
place. “Situation resolved.”
threatened and Kendra’s stomach churned. “That was only part of what’s wrong.”
been stressed ever since learning about this arranged meeting between her and
the two cowboys from Kansas. She’d been dreaming about a fantasy, sexy cowboy
for so long. But two at the same
time? What if neither of them met her visualization? Would she be soured on all
cowboys? Would her fantasies be ruined forever? She didn’t have time in her
harried life for more than the occasional fantasy. She needed it.
exhaled deeply, wincing at the slight movement of the rough shells over her
tender breasts. She still hadn’t gotten around to replacing the felt lining and
she would pay for that negligence today. “My fantasies are all I have. If this
goes wrong…. If they are—”
could be far better than those dreams of yours,” Alexis chastised with a frown.
“It’s two cowboys.”
paced away and fluffed out her skirt. “Could
be being keywords.”
tear trickled down her cheek and she dashed it ruthlessly away. Then her
shoulders slumped and she mumbled miserably, “I should never have agreed to any
of this.” She glowered at Alexis. “You pushed me into it, all of it. Agreeing
to spend some kind of night with two
cowboys is bad enough. But you accepted this dance show without discussing it
with me. And they are supposed to meet me here.”
paced across the small room again, fluffing the sides of her grass skirt again.
“First impressions are a big deal, you know. And here I’ll be shimmying my ass
around wearing a pink skirt made of fake grass and bouncing my boobs in a
really dumb coconut shell bra.”
her disgust, Alexis laughed. “They’ll think themselves the luckiest cowboys in
almost has the perfect life. She almost has a job. She almost has a boyfriend.
She almost has a future.
good thing she has friends.
sunny day in June, the entire world steps sideways into a new reality—out of
this chaos, almost a third of the human population find themselves transformed
into Elves, Dwarves, Goblins, and Trolls. Olivia is now a Dark Elf mage, and
her new girlfriend is one sexy kitty.
magic, however, come monsters and things that draw blood in the night—and now a
werewolf is carving a path of pain and terror through the park next to Olivia’s
home. The old Olivia would have been hiding under her sister’s bed.
Olivia is going hunting.
is the forge of the soul. For Olivia, today is Forging Day.
Character Interview: Olivia
your story/back story? Why would someone come up with a story about you?
O:Before the Change I kind of drifted. I made
bad choices in college getting my art degree. After college, I never had a real
job and I lived with friends.
the Change happened and I became a Dark Elf mage, I found my purpose: Might for
right. Suffer no guilt. What did I do today to make the world a better place? Someone
described me as a trouble magnet. No matter what I do, adventure seems to find
you tell us about your hero/ine?
O:My sister, Cordelia, is my hero. When our
parents passed away, she put aside her own dreams and raised me and Leo, and
trust me, it was not an easy job.
problems do you have to face and overcome in your life?
O:I’ve had to learn that I have value as a
person and that I don’t have to do things that make me feel bad just to make
people like me. When something doesn’t feel right, I’m learning to speak up.
you expect your hero/ine to help or is s/he the problem?
sister helps just by being my sister.I
don’t expect her to solve my problems. It’s enough that she’s there, and she
RIW:Bubble baths or steamy showers? Ocean or mountains?
Puppies or kittens? Chocolate or caramel?
choose? Life offers so many pleasures. I’ve never limited myself to just one
choice. The important thing is who you enjoy things with.
RIW:What is your secret guilty pleasure?
the nanny take care of the kids and having a decadent evening with my husband,
Frank and wife, Yuri.
RIW:Cherries or Bananas? Leather or lace? Black or red? Mud
Bath or Oily Massage?
Leather. Black. Massage.
RIW:If you came with a warning label, what would it say?
mess with my loved ones. I will destroy you.
RIW:Satin sheets or Egyptian cotton?
RIW:Party life or quiet dinner for two?
dinner for three.
RIW:That’s all the questions we have for you.
Thank you for speaking to us.
O:Thanks for speaking with me. I enjoyed it.
Author Interview: Noelle
RIW:What kind of research do you do for a
NAM:The Crucible of Change series, starting
with Forging Day, is set on an
alternate version of Earth and slightly in the future. I use Google maps to
explore specific locations. A lot of the action in Forging Day is around Cheesman Park in Denver, so I read online
history about the park, printed maps so I could mark specific locations and
researched housing in the area. Book Five of the series in set in the Amazon
rainforest. For that I ordered a map and travel guide to begin with. I read
blogs about trips to the area and researched tourist activities and locations.
My companion novella to Forging Day
is from the perspective of the military unit my main character’s brother serves
with. Part of my research for that was speaking with people from work who had
been in the military to get their perspective. It was quite educational.
RIW:Tell us about your latest book. What
motivated the story? Where did the idea come from?
is the first book in the Crucible of Change series. My main character, Olivia,
and her brother and sister have been in my head for over fifteen years. Olivia
was my character in a Dungeons and Dragons group I used to game with before I
had my daughter. I guess Olivia wanted more of her story to be told. The story,
as with all of my stories, starts with the question, “What if…?” I like
exploring the idea of taking ordinary people and throwing them into an
is a twenty five year old woman who is struggling with finding her place in the
world. An event happens that unleashes a Change across the world. About one
third of the population becomes other than human and magic becomes very real.
In Forging Day, Olivia starts out a
victim and becomes a hero, but not without earning a few scars along the way.
RIW:Do you feel humor is important in fiction
NAM:Humor is essential to my writing. There are
some very dark points in Olivia’s story and it needs her slightly off-beat
sense of humor to lighten it up. In this excerpt, Olivia is recovering from her
first (and nearly her last) combat experience after the Change.
that I mind getting my arm fixed and not bleeding to death, but why didn’t you
use the glowy-light thing like you did on Mikah? My arm is killing me and I’m
completely useless like this.”
looked troubled. “I tried. I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. I couldn’t get it
to work with Mike either. And why didn’t you shoot those little balls of light
like you did before?”
forgot. I panicked and I forgot.” We both sat there, looking glum. “Oh my god,
Berto. We’re noobs. We’re not even first level adventurers. We’re those idiots
trying to figure out the tutorial—and I always skip the tutorial.”
better not skip this one. Our lives might just depend on it.”
when I dreamed about becoming a fantasy adventurer, I was always a max-level
character with epic gear. Look at me. I’m wearing vendor trash.”
RIW:Generally, how long does it take you to
write a book?
NAM:A full length book takes me two to three
months from when I begin the research. I wrote my last novella (about 30k
words) in twenty days. Last year I did NaNoWriMo and finished in about three
weeks. On the other hand, I have a book I’ve been pondering for a while that I
write snippets for. It’s been in the back of my head for a few years now. I
guess I’m just not ready to write it. It’s going to be called Princess of LaLa
Land and will be about my experience of raising a daughter with autism.
RIW:How do you come up with story ideas?
NAM:I’m always coming up with story ideas. I need
to beat them off with a stick. Here’s an example: watching Survivor the other
night, I thought what if Lord of the Flies was done Survivor style with the
confessional interviews interspersed. I saw an odd looking car and driver on
the way home from work one night and I imagined the rough outlines of a murder
mystery. I don’t know how not to come up with story ideas. They just happen.
RIW:Do you ever ask your Significant Other for
NAM:My husband is my best supporter. He is also a
writer. We commute to work together since we work in the same building. Our
drive each day is our own little writers group. We talk about our ideas and
brainstorm together. I have been known to ask for his input on my stories. What
I’ve learned when he offers advice is to think about whether his suggestion
will benefit my story before I respond when sometimes my contrarian instinct is
to reject it right off.
RIW:How many books have you written, and how
many have been published?
NAM:I have written five books and one novella in
the Crucible of Change series. Forging
Day is the only one currently in stores but the others are under contract.
I have a chick lit story under contract and a spicy short story coming out
October 16th called Trick or Treat.
RIW:List two authors we would find you reading
when taking a break from your own writing.
NAM:I love the Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster
Bujold. I reread them regularly. I have all of them in print and also as
other go to series are the three Crystal Singer books by Anne McCaffrey. I
really enjoy the progression of the characters. I wish there were more. These I
also have in print and then repurchased them as eBooks.
RIW:What is the single most important part of
writing for you?
NAM:It’s critical to me that my characters feel
real and relatable. You may not like them, but I want you to feel that the
character, even if he or she is not human, is acting and reacting in a
realistic fashion. With Olivia, my main character in the Crucible of Change
series, it was important to me that she not come across as perfect and a
know-it-all. She has vulnerabilities. She needs her friends and family. If she
gets into a battle, there’s every chance she’ll get hurt. Olivia makes mistakes.
Sometimes she has bad judgment. In the end, her heart is always in the right
RIW:What do you hope readers take with them
after reading your work?
NAM:I want readers to come away from my work with
a feeling that different doesn’t mean wrong. Judge a person by how they treat
others; their actions and not preconceived notions of race, religion or sexual
orientation. More importantly, I hope they come away entertained and wanting
RIW:Thanks so much for joining us today, Noelle.
By the way, I love the Vorkosigan series, too. I met Lois at MarCon, a sci-fi
con in Columbus, Ohio. Someone asked her what to do when you bog down in the
middle of a book. She said, “I ask myself, ‘What’s the worst that can happen to
these people?’ and then I write it.” That bit of advice has helped me so much!