Saturday, February 12, 2011

Author Spotlight & Giveaway - Lori Brighton

I wanted to say a big hello to Lori and thanks for coming by my blog today. I've been really lucky to chat a little with Lori and I have to say she's an amazing author. I only just finished reading her soon-to-be-released Wild Desire and guys... it is HOT and had my heart racing the entire time! Great news to - at the end of the interview you'll find a wicked giveaway where TWO lucky winners will get to take home some of her books.  Without further ado... I give you Lori....

1. Can you share something about yourself.

Hmm, let’s see. I love to travel and I love history. I studied Anthropology in college. Oh, here’s something I don’t tell many people, I took all my classwork and even wrote most of my thesis, but never finished my Master’s in Anthropology. So close, yet I didn’t finish. It’s very annoying for me. Probably the one thing in life I regret. Out of college I got a job as a natural science curator and so my interests sort of went from history to natural science.
2. How did you decide you wanted to write and why romance?

I was never much of a writer, but I’d always had a huge imagination. I wanted to be the female Indiana Jones. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m addicted to T.V. So I’ve always loved stories and adventure. I read my first romance (Julie Garwood) when I was about 16. I totally fell in love. The romance, the adventure, the emotion. I was enthralled and read every Julie Garwood historical I could find. Often, instead of doing homework. I wanted to read nothing else. I needed that Happily Ever After and still do. There are so many horrible things that happen in this world, at least we can count on our romance novels to end happily. It doesn’t mean the characters won’t go through rough times, but in the end it all works out and isn’t that what we all hope for? Otherwise, what’s the point?

3. You currently have 3 books released - The Ghost Hunter ( an adult paranormal), The Mind Readers (a young adult paranormal) and Wild Heart (a historical romance). What was it like writing each of these stories and which was your favorite?

As you’d except, writing each book was a rather different experience. Wild Heart was the first book published. It started out as a straight historical but to make it more unique and I hope, interesting, I added a little paranormal. Of course the author’s voice and writing style is a lot different with historicals; more formal, and there is more internal thought and internal conflict, I think. You also have much more research to do. And you definitely have to research; historical romance readers know their history!
The young adult (The Mind Readers) was difficult in that I had to find the right balance when writing the main character, Cameron. I didn’t want her to seem to seem too old and didn’t want her to seem too immature either. Writing the book made me realize just how long it’s been since I was a teenager. I wasn’t sure if certain expressions were still in use! And, of course, you have to be careful romantically, about how far your characters go. Sex, no sex? I’m still not sure how far you can take it!
Funny enough, it’s the contemporary paranormal (The Ghost Hunter) I’ve learned the most from. Readers like paranormal heroines to be kick ass and you don’t get that very often in historicals. In historicals a heroine is often repressed in some way and she learns to break free, so her journey is more emotional and internal. In contemporary paranormals it seems like the heroine’s journey is more external. So it’s been interesting learning what readers like and don’t like.
As for which book is my favorite…it’s usually the one I’m writing at the moment.

The Ghost Hunter

1. How did you come up with the idea behind the story?
It was while on the ride, The Haunted Mansion, at Disney World. I wondered what would happen if a woman inherited a haunted house.
2. What's something readers don't know about Cristian and Ashley that you'd think they'd love to know?
Honestly, everything important about Cristian and Ashley is in the book.
When I started writing, I learned the romance way… to have deep internal as well as external conflict. So basically that means my characters have a lot of backstory that has influenced their emotions, how they behave and what they think. It’s something they really harp on in romance writing. With that said, I think the thoughts and desires of my characters are pretty clear in my stories. For people who read paranormals that are more action packed, they might be used to books with less internal. But I try to make my characters real, with real problems and realistic reactions to those problems.
My heroine, Ashley was locked in a mental ward as a teen by her only relative, her mother, because Ashley could see ghosts. Realistically, that would totally screw with a person’s self-confidence. She doesn’t want her powers because they have always caused her problems. To me, that makes sense. That’s realistic. But to some readers, they see that as wimpy. Same with Cristian, my hero. The poor man is exhausted. He’s been on earth for decades, had to watch his friends and family die off, seen how terribly humans treat each other. He desperately wants to leave earth, but can’t. So of course he’s gruff and a bit angry.
So there’s as much internal as there is external conflict in my books. I always have reasons, which I hope are stated clearly, as to why my characters act the way they do.

3. Was there a scene or a line in the book that left you sighing with a goofy grin, if so which one?
lol, I’m too hard on myself. I could keep working on scenes over and over again; I never think they’re perfect. But…let’ see… there’s a part at the end of chapter 8 that always makes me laugh when I read it. My heroine has just come home to find the hero is moving in without her approval.
He was silent for a moment, watching her like he was trying to unravel a mystery. “Are ye sure ye aren’t merely angry because you’re attracted to me? Are ye worried we might…ye know.”
Heat shot straight to her cheeks because deep down she knew exactly what he was implying. “What the hell are you talking about?”
He shrugged, blinking those ridiculously thick eyelashes at her. “Well, it’s obvious. I’ve caught ye looking at my arse more than once.”
                She gasped. The nerve!
                 He quirked a brow and made his way to the ground floor, stopping only feet from her. Close, too close he towered over her. Her mind fogged with his nearness, with his earthy scent. “I’m just saying, it’s all right to look, as long as ye don’t touch.”

Wild Heart 

1. How would you describe the story to someone interested in reading the book?
Tarzan or the Jungle Book meets the show Heroes. lol. Here’s the blurb, which is probably better than my explanation:
Leo Roberts is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined--and completely untamed. . .until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo's mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing. . .
What manner of man he may be, Ella does not know. Yet he fascinates her and she must know more. Capturing Leo's reckless heart is about to free her in ways she never dreamed of. . .and his sensual touch releases the deepest yearnings of her body and soul . . .

2. What was your favorite scene between Ella and Leo and why?
Hmm…. There’s a part in the first chapter that I love because it’s the first time we meet Leo and he seems to feral that it makes your heart patter! Here’s a tiny excerpt:
“It is nice to meet you,” she somehow managed to get past her lips.
His eyes narrowed into slits and his nostrils flared, his breath a soft whisper as he inhaled deeply. Slowly, he moved around her as if she were prey and he the hunter. He stepped close, too close. With his chest hot to her back, his essence seeped into her skin. His fingers brushed her nape, wrapped around a loose lock, and the fine hairs on her neck stood on end. She heard the distinct intake of breath, as if he smelled the strands. Paralyzed from fright and from another foreign emotion, Ella couldn’t move. Her heart hammered in her ears, drowning out every sound but her own harsh breathing.
He leaned forward, and the side of his face, rough with a day’s growth of whiskers, brushed against the sensitive skin of her neck. She closed her eyes, feeling every muscled contour of his body, every heated limb, every soft breath he took. Strange physical sensations pulsed through her veins, a deep aching need for only God knew what. Want, desire, anger so intense, her knees quivered and she feared she would sink to the ground in a dead faint.

3. What kind of man would you prefer - a civilised gentleman with all the right manners or a wild and savage man with an intensity that makes your heart race. Why?
Someone in between, would that work? You want someone intense; someone who will fight for you. Like a knight from the Medieval era. But at the same time you also want someone who knows how to use utensils and won’t pick a fight with every man who glances your way. So yes, definitely someone in between. 
The Mind Readers

 1. How did the idea for the storyline come about? Was there anything that inspired it?
It was in one of those moments when I wondered, ‘wouldn’t it be nice to know what he/she was thinking?’ And I paused and realized, actually, maybe it wouldn’t be so great. You’d know when people thought you looked like crap, or if you looked fat in your jeans. It might not be so great for your self-confidence!
2. What were some important traits you wanted Cam and Lewis to have when you wrote them?
The thing about Lewis that I hope readers understand is that he’s very honorable. He is doing what he truly believes is right; what he has been brought up to believe is right. It’s the same with Cameron. She has hidden her ability because she truly believes she must for her own safety. They sort of bring out the best and worst in each other. Both end up realizing that what they think is right isn’t so clear cut. They learn, I hope, to open up their minds and expectations, but also to stand by their beliefs when they need to.

3. If you could have a "special" power, what would it be and why?
The ability to heal would be great, of course. To be able to cure the ones you love and even strangers. I’d love to be able to travel with the blink of an eye! Wouldn’t that be great?

What are you working on now?
Right now I’m finishing a historical paranormal for adults. This particular paranormal part is something new for me, although certainly not new to the writing world…vampires! I’ll tell you a secret, it was originally a straight historical, but I decided to turn the hero into a vampire. lol. I know, it sounds crazy, but it’s actually worked well so far. It’s the last 100 pages I’m having problems with. But hopefully that book will be out in a month or two.  
And in March, the second book in the Wild series will be out, a spinoff to Wild Heart. It’s called Wild Desire and it’s available now for preorder!


I am REALLY excited about this giveaway because it is HUGE! For TWO lucky winners, this is the great prize pack you can win...

One e-copy of The Mind Readers
One e-copy of The Ghost Hunter
One paperback of Wild Heart
One e-copy of Wild Desire

That's FOUR amazing books everyone!!

To enter for your chance to win, all you need do is be a follower of this blog, leave a comment with your email and have a serious craving for YUMMY, DELICIOUS romance!!

Giveaway ends February 21st at midnight


ChrisS said...

Thank you for giving us a sneak peek at these books. They all sound exciting. The Ghost Hunter has really caugh my interest though and what a great cover! This one is definately going on my tbr list.

BLHmistress said...

LOL you know I always have a craving for Yummy romance, I have had my eye on her books since I seen them float around last week or so Not sure which one has got my attention more, Wild Heart or The Ghost Hunter. I like she put a bit paranormal in the historical :).


Lisa said...

I am always up for romance!
I am also a follower.

LuAnn said...

What a wonderful prize package.

I'm a follower.
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Meredith said...

I'm always up for some yummy romance!!!

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donnas said...

Great giveaway. Looking forward to reading her books. Thanks for the chance!

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Ladybug07999 said...

Girl, I have read many a books that you have suggested and you haven't steered me wrong yet! Winning would just help to further your influence over here, lol. Plus I'm always on the look out for new and exciting worlds to dive into! Crossing fingers for this one, this would be an awesome win!!!

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BooksforCompany said...

This giveaway is AMAZING!!

Celine said...

Don't we always have that craving?

Wonderful interview too (: I always love hearing authors talking so proudly about their books.


Rie Conley said...

Those are some awesome books!! Thanks for the giveaway.

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LenaM said...

What a great give away....I am always looking for new great authors. I would love to win this one. Thanks!!!

Aislynn said...

Great giveaway! Always love a good romance!

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Cialina at said...

Well, good thing I'm always in the mood for yummy romance! Count me in. :) I'm a follower.


Cindy L said...

Wow! I want to win some yummy romances!!


justpeachy36 said...

Great interview! I always love to learn more about an author.

Please enter me in the giveaway.
I am a GFC follower.

Alexa said...

The books sound so good I love adult romances. Thanks for the giveaway I'm a gfc follower.


Crystal ♥ said...

Oh, yes. Yummy romance, right here please!
These all sound very yummy indeed. =)
GFC Follower

Tore said...

Great giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read these books.

Amy said...

I always have an appetite for yummy romances. Just need more of that in real life ;)


Deea said...

Wow! Yummy books, with yummy and delicious romance and yummy guys? Why didn't I enter this giveaway already?:)) I'm in, of course! *drooling*
Thanks or the giveaway!


YA Vampire Books said...

Awesome giveaway!
I've read Wild Heart and really like it, so I can't wait to read more of Lori's work!

Andrea I said...

Great giveaway!

GFC follower - Andrea I


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