Archive | August, 2012

Feature Friday with Author of Hot and Spicy, Patricia Macias.

31 Aug

Feature Friday with Author  of Hot & Spicy, Patricia T. Macias

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Hot & Spicy.

Okay start off with the basics.

Tell us about yourself?

Hola, I’m Patricia T. Macias. I was born in San Jose, California. I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management/Administration. I currently live in Sacramento, California with my husband and children. My family is my pride and joy. I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends. I do have a day job.

I always dreamed of writing romance novels. I wanted to write since I was in elementary. I loved reading about the romance, the heroes, and lovely ladies.  I love to write after work and on weekends.  All my characters are my new best friends.  I love writing about my new friends’ issues and love life. They’re always talking and living in my mind and dreams.  I am delighted to be achieving my dream.

Author-Patricia T. Macias

Tell us about your book?

Hot & Spicy is my debut novel. The novel is the first novel of a twelve novel series. The novel can be a standalone.  Their stories transpire in the same time frame

 

Jose Enrique De La Cruz is the eldest and is totally in command of the empire. He doesn’t have time to commit to a chica, not until he meets Jessica Maria Cortez. Jessica rocks his world and unchains his alma (soul).

 

Jose Enrique De La Cruz, CEO of the De La Cruz, Inc. needs a fiancée in time for the company’s 25th anniversary celebration. La familia is anxious to meet his fiancée, but he doesn’t have one.

His hermana (sister) Patricia agreed to obtain una novia for him. Paty enticed her amiga (friend) to pretend to be his loving fiancée. Jessica Maria Cortez agreed to be his fiancée for two reasons: one, she has always loved him and prays she can make him love her and two, this is  a great opportunity to achieve her dream of working as an interior decorator design manager. In no time at all, Jose Enrique and Jessica find themselves budding up into a relationship with tantalizing ecstasy

Hot & Forbidden is my next novel that will be out in Oct. 2012.   

 My Twist.

Jose Enrique confronts the evil menace from the Mexican Cartel and wars to protect la familia and his amor (love).  The entire family is forced into an ocean of nightmare and chaos

 My favorite question that is mostly consistent is do you have to have it quiet or noisy when you are working on your story?

I do prefer to have my surroundings quiet.   

What do you think has been the best thing to occur to you after starting to write for others to read?

I love it when people truly enjoy my story and want to read more, lol. Several people have commented “I love your story and it’s awesome.”

What book do you think has offered the most influence in your writing?

I love is Acheron by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

If you were to be a character in your book, but not as a lead character, who would you like to be and why?  

Oh my, I would love to be Isabella De La Cruz or Patricia Elizabeth De La Cruz. They have strong personalities, extremely intelligent, and are confident women that know what they want. Isabella and Patricia are the two female attorneys in my series. Oh yeah, of course they’re hot, lol. 

If one of your books could be turned into a movie which would you prefer it to be?

Oh my, I want the entire series to be turned into a movie or television series. I believe that the De La Cruz series has all the ingredients to captivate and excite. It has romance, pasión, action, suspense, secretes, taboo, and danger. The stories have the Mexican cartel pressuring la familia to associate. La familia wars the cartel. Each cousin has their own individual love story and heartaches. The stories are in Spanglish. The Mexican culture, traditions and family dynamics are displayed. The story portrays a successful Mexican familia achieving the American dream. Several government agencies assist the De La Cruz familia.

Okay so everyone in the books clothes is only one color what color would that be?

Black

So your book is a romance novel, describe it as if you were ordering it as a drink?

Hot, smooth, red, spicy, delicious, intense

Why did you pick the romance genre to write and what genre besides romance do you like to read?

I decided to write romance genre because I love romance, passion, and happily ever after. I want to write paranormal romance. I enjoy reading romance and paranormal romance stories.

What TV or movie character would describe your leads? 

Harvey Spector is similar to the alpha males in my novels. He portrays the intellect, attitude, confidence, appearance, and will that’s captivating. 

What do you think makes the difference from a book being classified as Romance versus Erotica? 

I believe that a romance novel is based on the emotions and relationships of the characters.  The Erotica novel stories are focused on the sex.

I want to thank you for your interest,

Patricia T. Macias 

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Review-The Last Train Home and Other Stories by Erin Lawless

29 Aug

The Last Train Home and Other Stories

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Erin Lawless

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The Last Train Home and Other Stories.

The Last Train Home and Other Stories by Erin Lawless

Erin Lawless

About the Book

This is a short short story book, which is 61 pages of 16 different stories.  The stories offer a variety of artistry in each read. 

Good

The book has some real good stories that draws you into the story.  The author has a very good way of defining the character and story with the use of little words.  If you like to have a small read and on to the next story then this would be a great book to have.  You are able to go from story to story and if you put it down you are able to pick up to a new story. 

Bad

The following is my opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt.  The bad of this was that some of the short stories were too short and what I mean they were so good I wanted more of the story

 

Review Rating 

I use three ratings

Read NOW: Pick it up now and read.

Put it in the stack: This represents the stack of books you have that are not a priority.

Put on the bookshelf: Every story should be read.  These sit on your bookshelf and sometimes you have nothing in the stack, so you go to the bookshelf and pull it out.  A bad book is better than good tv.

This book receives a Read NOW, which would be the equivalent to 5 star for those who are wondering.  There were too many of the short stories that I thought were very good and needed to be read than to give it a Put it in the Stack. 

Enjoy your day and read as you will have a new story to live in. X

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The Push is on for our lineup!

28 Aug

We have had an overwhelming response as some of you know to our FEATURED AUTHOR program over these last eight going on nine months now. Do you know why? We are the only non-profit out there that does this for FREE! Yes you read that right-FREE! We have continually worked with all of our authors and supported them hour after hour day in and day out for FREE! Although we would love donations, we don’t ask for them from our authors. 

2013-Going to be a great year!

Our lineup for 2013 is coming along nicely. We have heard from over 20 authors thus far.  Spots are still available for 2013 as we still need confirmation from some of these authors.  We have had some great success with this program but things are changing for this new year. Since we have been assigned a non-profit status we have to cross all our T’s and dot all our I’s so we now have an application. We also have decided to create this application to weed out any authors out there that might not value their time or OURS. We understand that this might seem a bit strange but we take your feature with Hotlit Books very serious and so should YOU! If you would like to be part of our program we expect you to work with us as a team. Which means that you follow our posts and you post as well. You like our page and you tweet about your feature. I know this seems simple, but trust me it obviously isn’t. 

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Feature Friday with Author Charlie Daye

24 Aug

Feature Friday with the author of The Gypsy’s Dance, Charlie Daye

The Gypsy’s Dance-Charlie Daye

How did you come up with the idea for your book?

Don’t laugh but I actually came with the idea for Gypsy’s Dance because of an article of clothing in my closet. It’s a belly dancing hip scarf covered in coins. I just thought  – how cool would it be to write a story about a gypsy dancer and Oralia was born.

How often do you write and normally what is the setting like (I write with music in the background or some kind of noise)?

I prefer quiet when I write and tend to write as often as I can. On my days off I usually write for about 8-10 hours.

How many times did you reread your book, before sending it for publishing?

I actually went back and read everything I wrote previously before continuing on with the story to make sure that I still liked what I wrote. It takes longer to write that way but I think it makes for a better story.

If you could sit down with someone from your book who would it be and why?

It would have to be Markus. He’s Niko’s older brother and I am completely infatuated with him.

How do you think the conversation would go?

I could only hope that it would go well. He’s the eldest of the five brothers and is definitely the strong silent type. The way I see him he would be passionate about whatever topic we chose to discuss.

Do you have a similar true life story, as with Tobias and Niko in Gypsy’s Dance fighting over Oralia? Have you caused two men to fight over you?

Ha Ha. I wouldn’t say fighting over me per se… but I have had two men vying for my affections at the same time and as a young… I mean younger woman I enjoyed the game.

What was the hardest part about writing this story?

Trying to keep Oralia faithful to Niko and it had nothing to do with the character it was just me crushing on Markus and wanted him to find his HEA (Happily Ever After). But not to worry, Markus will finally get the girl in book 3!

What motivates you to write a story?

Writing for me is what reading is for most. It’s an escape. Now don’t get me wrong I absolutely love to read. I even have my own personal library started but I like that I create the worlds that draw you in. My motivation is the stories I have to tell and the desire to share them with the world.

On research, The House (a paranormal story) all the reviews I read received great reviews, so how do you think you would deal with a bad review?

I actually have received a couple of not so pleasant reviews and honestly it’s frustrating and painful. People don’t seem to understand that a book is an author’s child so to completely berate the book is like telling a parent their kid is ugly.*Sigh* But you just have to learn to accept that everyone has an opinion and not everyone is going to like the story you  have to tell. Once you’ve accepted that – it really doesn’t matter.

Any tips to other authors on writing?

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, use whatever you have in your life that motivates you and never give up. Writing a book is hard work that takes long days and several months but in the end it’s worth it!

Author-Charlie Daye

What would you like everyone to know about you?

Dean Koontz is my all time favorite author, Walt Disney is my inspiration, my grandfather was the greatest man I ever knew, I have a 70lb American bulldog named TinkerBell, Melissa and Amy (the two characters from my Curse Breaker’s Trilogy) are based on my two best friends, my favorite color is blue, my favorite movie is Practical Magic, I’m half Spanish, I love the paranormal and happily ever afters… and in my books you’ll always get both! I hope you love my books and take a chance on a new indie author!

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3 Days and Counting….

21 Aug

Yes you read that right! We will be officially moved over to this blog in 3 days.

We are really excited about it. We can’t control ourselves. We are jumping up and down!!! (Exclamation points are supposed to show how we are jumping up and down). Well as most of you know over the last nine months (wow I can’t believe it has been that long), we have made a lot of changes. We started with a small site and now going in to our eleventh featured authors, seven reviews, and four feature Friday authors under our belt I think we have done pretty well. 

We are not saying that we want to toot our own horn or anything but that means that we have helped twenty two authors in nine months time. WOW! We ask ourselves everyday what it is that we can do to make things better for our authors. This is where you come in. We would love to hear from you. Tell us what exactly you would like to see from Hotlit Books or is there something we could be doing better? Let us know. We would like to make things GREAT for our authors! That is why we started this organization to begin with. We are in love with the literary arts. 

We would like to take this time to tell all of you who have supported us over the last nine months. Thank you all so much. We appreciate all of you! Without you we wouldn’t be here so thank you!

Stop by our site today and see all of the wonderful things we have been up to! 

Review-Brett Gets Hammered, Author David D. D’Aguanno

20 Aug

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Brett Gets Hammered

Brett Gets Hammered by David D. D’Aguanno

About the Book

A story from the Brett Cornell Series of a private detective and a case that he is invited to find out if a murder occurred.  He jumps in and thinks he will bed one of the children of the deceased that hires him to find out if there was a murder  for an inheritance reason.

Good

The story jumps right in with great character development of the lead man who is incorrigible (A conceited ***).  He is so full of himself and believes, in my words, he is the ladies’ man of ladies men It was the first time reading something from the series and also from the author and I enjoyed it very much.

There was a great play with the main character of making others pissed at him and what made me even think he was an arrogant person.  This was great writing and a story that pulled you into the story and being part of what was actually occurring.

Bad

The following is my opinions and should be taken with a grain of salt.  I found myself going oh boy this character is too over the top but realized that there are people out there like that so it should not be a real bad thing, just hopefully I never run into someone like this character.  I will say that it was a great read but parts of it, like most good stories, had a point which would have progressed a bit faster.  It was not enough to make me put the book down though.  I am not the grammar or punctuation police, but there were a few errors that even I noticed, but nothing to take away from a great story.

Review Rating 

I use three ratings

Read NOW: Pick it up now and read.

Put it in the stack: This represents the stack of books you have that are not a priority.

Put on the bookshelf: Every story should be read.  These sit on your bookshelf and sometimes you have nothing in the stack, so you go to the bookshelf and pull it out.  A bad book is better than good tv.

This book receives a Read Now, which would be the equivalent to 5 stars, for those who are wondering.  I enjoyed this book and will be on the look for more in the series and will make sure to start at the beginning of the series, even though with this book you do not need to have read earlier stories.

Enjoy your day and read as you will have a new story to live in. X

Reviewed: Xavier Zyta

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