Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sizzing Summer Heat

Beachwalk Press's opening its doors July 18th, stop on by for a sample of the amazing talent from its author's today's special guest is Tabitha Rayne author of Mia's Book a sexy, sultry read.

 Hi Tabitha,

Please come on in and put your feet up, share a bit about yourself.

Thanks, glad to be here.

1. What drew you to writing and how long have youbeen writing with publication in mind?

I can’t remember when I started writing, but I have never stopped.I can’t not write – my mind is constantly busy and I’m, always trying to catchup with the physical act of typing it all up. I submitted my first romanticshort story in October last year – it was accepted and I now have five shortsand my novella coming out in July.

2. Why the genre you write?

I experiment with many forms of writing and always start with thestory – sometimes it’s a real surprise when I realize which genre it may fallin to. Mia’s Books is a paranormal romance which completely shocked me – I’vealways been terrified of ghost stories! Luckily the ghost in this book is a veryfriendly one.

3. What's your favorite part of writing a book?Least favorite thing and why?

I love, love, love when I am thoroughly engrossed in a story and amalmost having a love affair with my characters. I get so involved they arealmost real to me. It is an all consuming thing when stories are alive in yourhead, arguing, loving, living. I find it a very exciting process to be part ofand can’t believe it’s coming from inside my own mind! While I am editingthough, I have to divorce myself from them and be utterly ruthless – however, Istill enjoy that part as it always sharpens things up and makes for betterwork. My least favorite part is not in the production at all - I am quite shyand find promoting my work difficult – probably why I only recently startedseeking publication! However, this has been made increasingly easier for methrough meeting other writers – who offer encouragement and enthusiasm – which Ihope to pass on!

4. If you could write any genre you've never triedbefore what would it be and why?

I am going to write a steampunk novel. That is my next challenge.I still don’t entirely know what steampunk truly is but I think my idea doeshave some of the essence. I have also never written anything historical andhave a little idea working its way into my imagination.

5. What's your inspiration for writing your bookthrough Beachwalk?

I had literally justfinished Mia’s Books and was looking for somewhere to send it. I happened to beon twitter and discovered the call for submissions. I thought it would be aperfect match and I was delighted when my novella was accepted. It has been adream to work with Pamela and the Beachwalkers. I have learned so much about mywriting and am very excited to be part of this lovely burgeoning press.

Mia’s Books Blurb

 Ghost loveror mortal—can Mia have both?

Mia has a big problem. She is in lovewith two people, and one of them happens to be a ghost. After a late nightseduction in a deserted library, Mia brings home a haunted book. The bookcontains a ghost which instructs her to seduce strangers on its behalf. Miafalls in love with one of her conquests and finds herself in a romantic tangle.Can she keep both her lovers, or will she have to choose?



To buy at Beachwalk



Tabitha Rayne loves her romance with the heat turned up. Shelives in the country with her partner who has the difficult job of having tolisten to new ideas and help her to focus on one project at a time.

I don’t have a website yet – but I’llsend you details of a FB page when I get one up.

Mia’s Books excerpt

The book had changed colors. Itwas now jet black and lay seductively by the bed. Gently lifting her sheets off,Mia slowly made her way over to it as if she were trying to capture a bird.

Her fingers were trembling. Coldair chilled her hands as she reached out and picked it up. Thick raised letterson the cover gave her instruction. OpenMe. And she did.

Rows upon rows of names andnumbers merged into each other. It was a phone directory. Mia was disappointed,but curiosity kept her flicking the pages, watching number after number fly by.She was about to close it and just go back to bed when she realized the numberswere all the same and the name wasn’t a name at all—it was another instruction.

Call Me.

Mia flushed with excitement. Wasthis her ghost lover contacting her for real? She reached for the phone anddialed before she could change her mind.


Mia flopped back onto the bedand let the phone fall by her ear. She began to ponder the fear that she mightactually be going mad when a voice startled her.

“Hello?” She thrust the handsetto her ear and strained to hear. “Hello?” she repeated, barely able to breathein her excitement.

“Mia?” came a breathy whisperthat set her nerve endings alight.

“Yes?” she whispered back.

“I need to s…” The voice faded,and Mia started to panic.

“What? You need to what?Please...don’t go.”

“...see you.” The sound was sofaint that Mia had to strain to catch it. “Meet me at the park at dusk.” Theline went dead.

Mia was exhilarated. It hadn’tbeen a dream. She was going to meet her ghost lover once more! She hadn’t beenon a date in ages. Not since the insomnia had made her feel like a grumpy oldhag. She suddenly felt young again—young and ready for anything.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Beachwalk Press is OPENING SOON!!

Beachwalk Press, Inc. is an electronic romance publisher. It is our goal to provide readers top quality romance ebooks in a variety of subgenres at competitive prices. All of our books do have a rating of “sensual” or higher.

I'm very excited to be part of this amazing publisher. Pamela, the owner is a lady who knows her stuff and has created a company that reflects the needs of both reader and author...

Stop by all week as we enjoy hearing from the authors and Pamela herself.

 Want to see what's coming? Check out the bookstore and take a look at the amazing covers!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Summer Party Day two

1.      Patricia Bates – Blog:  
2.      Joanne Troppello – Blog:
Kay Springsteen – Blog:
Gabrielle Bisset – Blog:

Heather Haven ~ Have you ever gone anywhere exotic on vacation?
Yes! I’ve been very lucky. We’ve traveled a lot of Europe but I think the Amalfi coast was the most spectacular.  There’s a reason why poets through the ages have liked it the best!

Heather Haven ~ What’s your favorite summer time drink?
Mai tai. Anything with rum!

Heather Haven ~ Do you live close to the ocean? Do you have a favorite beach you used to visit as a child?
Miami Beach as a lot of great beaches. But I have to say, Crandon Park near Miami. Groups of us went there all the time. There’s a zoo, as well. I remember we would periodically hear the lifeguard’s whistle, and have to get out of the ocean because schools of sharks were swimming by. We’d wait fifteen minutes or so, then splash back in. All part of growing up in a beach environment.

Heather Haven ~ Do you even like summer or is winter, spring or fall more what you enjoy?
Love them all!

Heather Haven ~ Have you experienced any damage from summer hailstorms? 
No. We live in San Jose, California. When it rains, they call it a STORM around here.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Summer Blog Party

Born and raised in a California farming community called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. Contact her through her website ( or e-mail (

Joanne Troppello is an author of mystery and inspirational romance novels.  Her second novel, Mr. Shipley’s Governess, was recently released by Wild Horse Press.  She is at work on her next novel, a romantic suspense.  She is married and loves spending time with her husband and family.

BIO: Anne K. Albert’s stories chill the spine, warm the heart, and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. She is author of the Piedmont Island Trilogy series and Muriel Reeves Mysteries.  When not in her home office, she enjoys traveling, visiting friends and family, and of course, reading.  Website:

BIO: Although Stacy Juba specializes in writing adult mysteries and romantic suspense novels, she has also authored books for children and young adults – she pursues whatever story ideas won’t leave her alone. Stacy’s titles include Twenty-Five Years Ago Today, Sink or Swim, and the patriotic children’s picture book The Flag Keeper.
BIO: Heather Haven has written short stories, comedy acts, plays, television treatments, ad copy, commercials, and novels.  Her series, Murder is a Family Business, and A Wedding To Die For are part of the Alvarez Murder Mystery series, and can be found at MuseItUp Publishing, Amazon, Smashwords, and other ebookstores. HTTP:// Follow Heather's blog at:

Delia Latham ~ What’s on your summer reading list for this year? New authors or ones that you love and have read their work before?
My TBR pile is downright scary right now. I got behind while I was on deadline for the Solomon’s Gate Series, and then I fell ill…it’s been one thing after another. So my summer reading will be “duty” reads. Fortunately, most of them look interesting, so I’m not complaining. A few are even authors I really like. I’m particularly looking forward to Vickie McDonough’s Finally a Bride.

Delia Latham ~ Any favorite flowers that bloom in the summer?
I love flowers of most varieties, but I’m not very educated as to names and bloom times. I admire them, but I do not have a green thumb. Passion flowers and fuschia are a couple of my favorites.

Delia Latham ~ Lemonade vs. iced tea: which is the winner for you?
Dr. Pepper. LOL  J/K…kind of. Of these two, lemonade wins hands down. I’m not a tea drinker at all.

Joanne Troppello ~ What do you like most about the summer time?
I love the longer hours to the days. I enjoy planting our vegetable garden and eating fresh veggies. Spending time outside with my family and friends is high on the list.

Joanne Troppello ~Do you plant a vegetable garden in the summer? If you do, what veggies do you grow?
My husband and I have planted a vegetable garden for the last three years. We just got our garden started for the season and we planted Juliet tomato plants, sweet peppers, bell peppers, broccoli, eggplant, zucchini, yellow zucchini and cucumbers. I love having fresh vegetables in the summer time! We’re even thinking about planting a hydroponic garden in our basement soon so we can grow vegetables all year long.

Joanne Troppello ~ Do you like to waterski, go kayaking, boating or do you prefer relaxing on the beach with a good book?
I’m definitely not a water-skier or summer sports fanatic. The craziest thing I ever did was go white water rafting. I had fun. One time while on vacation in Mexico with my family, I went on a banana boat with my husband and his brother and his wife and cousin and his wife. It was going well until my cousin-in-law tipped the raft and made us flip over. I got on one more time, but he flipped us again and then I got into the boat and let them finish out the water ride.

Joanne Troppello ~ Have you ever gone anywhere exotic on vacation?
My husband and I went to Hawaii on our honeymoon. It was beautiful and felt like Paradise even after we just got out of the airport. Of course, it is expensive to live there and I know that not everyone lives the high life in style there, but it’s the one place that I’ve been where literally everyone we spoke to who lived on the islands and worked there, was extremely happy and friendly.

Anne K. Albert ~ What is your favorite summer time memory?
As a child I loved going to the beach, but it was a rare and treasured experience. In my neck of the woods a beach meant miles of soft sand with cool and sometimes cold lake water.

Anne K. Albert ~ Do you like to waterski, go kayaking, boating or do you prefer relaxing on the beach with a good book?
Nothing is more relaxing than reading at the beach, but I’ve also become addicted to fresh water fishing with my husband. We have a small boat and motor and enjoy fishing for our dinner.

Anne K. Albert ~ Have you ever gone anywhere exotic on vacation?
Besides writing, traveling has always been my passion. I’ve toured South America, visited a great number of the Caribbean islands, and traversed Easter Europe while it was still part of the Soviet Union. I’ve also driven across Canada and the USA many, many times, and really love rolling down an interstate.

Anne K. Albert ~ When you go on vacation, do you like to relax or be more active and sightsee?
It really depends on the type of vacation. For a winter break, away from the snow and cold, nothing beats a warm, Caribbean beach. I enjoy just staying put for a week or two and will often not even leave the resort. When we drive cross country, I love the excitement of heading to a new destination each day. When we visit a city, I prefer to spend time at a B&B within easy walking distance of the downtown sites.

Anne K. Albert ~ Beach or the mountains…which do you prefer?
That’s easy--the beach. I actually get anxious when I’m in, near or on a mountain. I have no idea why, but I feel trapped. I’m always on the lookout for a speedy exit…and with mountain roads that can be a major problem. Please don’t get me wrong. I enjoy looking at mountains, as long as they’re 50 to 100 miles away…I just don’t like being on or in them!

Stacy Juba ~ Do you like to waterski, go kayaking, boating or do you prefer relaxing on the beach with a good book? 
I prefer relaxing with a good book, or doing sightseeing.  

Stacy Juba ~ Do you even like summer or is winter, spring or fall more what you enjoy? 
I love summer as I hate the cold.  I'd rather be hot than cold, though having air conditioning is invaluable on a scorching humid day. 

Stacy Juba ~ Where do you prefer to swim: lakes, pools or the ocean? 
Pools. I don't like lakes much, and I don't swim much in the ocean - I mainly jump the waves as long as the water is warm enough.

Stacy Juba ~ Do you like to go on picnics? 
I love picnics at the park. Sometimes we get homemade pizza and desserts from a local bakery and bring it to the park.

Stacy Juba ~ What’s on your summer reading list for this year? New authors or ones that you love and have read their work before? 
I have two suspense novels to read written by author Darcia Helle, who is one of my friends  - No Justice and Beyond Salvation. I'm also on the wait list for Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal, which follows the Sweet Valley High characters 10 years later.  I read the Sweet Valley books in high school, and I'm curious about this new book.