If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
I’d choose St. John, which is one of the US Virgin Islands. I’ve been there on vacation a few times, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. Sunshine, Caribbean blue water and a much slower, relaxed way of life. What’s not to like?
What is your favorite body part on a man or woman?
I have a thing for men’s legs. Toned, of course. Arms are nice too. Let’s just say, I don’t mind either one if they look good.
What dish, when you prepare it, has everyone asking for seconds?
There’s a basic cupcake recipe I found in a magazine, and that’s been my go-to dessert recipe. If I go to a friend’s house and they want me to bring something, I bring cupcakes. They’re just basic, vanilla with different flavors of icing. But when I bring them, they’re always a hit.
Yes or no: Does size matter?
I’d say no, because it’s about knowing to use what you have. If you don’t, the size of it doesn’t matter!
Finish this sentence: My ideal mate must have the following qualities…a sense of humor, compassion, self-respect, intelligence and curiosity. I can’t get with people who are narrow minded or want to bully others.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, what else did you want to do?
As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a writer. From time to time I’ve been sidetracked into other careers, though. For a long time I was a computer programmer and business analyst. But eventually, I came back to writing because it’s what I really wanted to do.
What advice would you give to another author who’s struggling with procrastination?
Often procrastination is fear of doing something. Or we really don’t want to do it, but have committed to it and now we’re stuck. If you keep finding reasons not to write, perhaps a change in what you’re writing will help. Start a new project or do some free writing to get your ideas flowing. Don’t put so much pressure on yourself to be perfect. Perfectionism stops you from being creative.
What inspired you to write your latest release?
Believe it or not, I was inspired by the TV show, Bewitched! I used to watch it back in the day, and I really loved Samantha and her crazy family. It seemed that all the drama was around her family popping in and driving Darrin to distraction. So I wanted to take shape-shifters and drop them into everyday “normal” life. Mackenzie owns a coffee bar and he’s an alpha male lion shifter. His shifter culture has their own rules, while at the same time they do the everyday things we all do. The book isn’t a comedy, but it’s not a dark paranormal either. My theme for the series is, love conquers all. So that idea will carry through to the drama Mac and Zora have to deal with, while they run the business and manage their relationship.
Is there such a thing as too much sex in a romance novel? Explain.
I don’t think so! But it all depends on the story and the type of book it is. For instance, I have more sex in Family Pride than I do in my sci-fi romance series, Hathor Legacy. It was a personal choice based on the mood of the book. Every author has to decide what feels right, and what doesn’t. But I don’t think we should add scenes just to add them. Every reader will have their own ideas, though. You can’t please everyone, so do what you feel is right for the story and the characters.
What can readers expect from you next?
I’m finishing edits for Family Pride: Blood Fever, the second book in the Family Pride series, and that should be out in August. After that I’ll be working on the third book in the Hathor Legacy series. Don’t have a title for that one yet, though!
Business owner Mac MacKinnon is a perfect catch: attractive, ambitious and successful. He’s a member of an old, established pride of lion shape-shifters, but determined to live life as a loner. Except that when Zora Mason walks into Mac’s coffee bar one day and applies for the position of assistant manager, he knows without a doubt he’s met the woman of his dreams.
Can she accept life with a shifter-boyfriend?
Zora knows a lot more about Mac (and the other shifters in town) than she’s been letting on. Falling in love with a sexy shifter is more than she bargained for when it comes to dealing with sibling drama, learning the business, and managing an alpha male who’s used to doing things his way. When a challenge to Mac’s Pride threatens to destroy Mac’s family, Zora has to decide whether to be claimed as his mate in a ritual in front of the pride.
Who knew that love with a lion shifter would be so challenging?
Outside was peaceful, with only the sound of birds chirping. No car horns or city noises. A perfect place to be secluded, especially for a person who wanted his privacy.
“I love it up here,” she said. His property had a trail for hiking up into the hills, and a shrubbery-lined path that circled the house. From the back patio, they could look down on the town below. At night, it was like looking at a grid of twinkling lights.
“Well, I asked you to move in,” Mac replied, stooping down to pick up a stick. “Then you can be here every day.”
She’d been surprised when he’d brought it up, especially since it hadn’t been long after he’d revealed he was a shifter. “You’re used to your privacy.”
“I know, but I told you, lions don’t date for long periods. We see a mate and we move right in.”
“But what if it doesn’t work out?” As much as she hated to say it, she’d had enough experience to draw on. Things always looked great in the first few months, then they’d go downhill. She wasn’t getting on that roller coaster again without being very sure.
“Of course it will,” Mac said.
“Didn’t you say that shifter lions don’t just have one mate?” she asked.
“I said in some prides people have multiple partners. But my father doesn’t, and I don’t want that either. Guess I should’ve kept my mouth shut about that.”
“Let’s give it a bit more time.” As much as she wanted to say yes, she had to be sure. Not only that, but she had to find a way to tell him the truth. Otherwise, they’d have a lie between them.
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Here’s the info on the giveaway!
Prize: Two winners total: they will each receive 1 autographed print copy & 1 mobi ebook copy of “Family Pride: Love and Challenges”
Eligibility: You must be a subscriber to the RNIC newsletter.
How to enter: Answer this question: What is your favorite type of shape-shifter? Lion? Wolf? Bear? Tiger? Mer-man? Etc. And why is that your favorite?
Deadline: 11:59 pm EST on July 31, 2015
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About the Author:
Deborah A Bailey’s Science Fiction & Paranormal Romances include suspense, a bit of mystery and a lot of romantic heat. She’s the author of the Science Fiction Romance novels, “Hathor Legacy: Outcast” and “Hathor Legacy: Burn,” and “Family Pride: Love & Challenges,” book one in her Family Pride Paranormal Romance series. Her short stories have won awards from the Philadelphia Writers’ Conference and have been published in US1 Magazine and the Sun. They’re included in her short story collection, “Electric Dreams: Seven Futuristic Tales.” In addition to her fiction work, she’s published three non-fiction books, and has had articles in publications including Working World Magazine, More.com and CNN.com.
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Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”