Archive for May, 2006

And the next interview we have is Lora Leigh. Lora writes seriously hot, erotic romance. Contemporary, paranormal, fantasy… I think she suffers that same short attention span thing I have a problem with.

Her current release is a paranormal, Megan’s Mark. This is a Breed book~the Breeds are genetically altered men and women. You can read more about them at her website.

Now, on to the interview….FYI, if you just stumbled across the blog, the interview questions are from readers of the Scamps loop. We have more authors on the schedule for interview so if you want join in… send an email to


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1) From Pam K

I know you love to fish what is the biggest fish you’ve ever caught. That one is for my hubby. BTW He loves that I read your books. He says they have excellent fringe benefits for him rofl.

Lora~a 15 inch catfish that the hubby wouldn’t let me keep to eat. I love catfish.

2) From Lisa

If you could as your readers one question what would it be?

Lora~What were you thinking five seconds after you had sex the first time. LOL

3) From Christy

I’m not sure how to ask this question but how excited were you to see your first breed book that wasn’t ebook published or in an anthology?

Lora~I was amazed. Excited. And terrified at the same time. Amazed that I was finally in print by a major NY publisher. Excited to see all the book stores the book was in at once. And terrified that no one would buy it. LOL. The emotions I felt were confusing and uncertain in a lot of ways. Its a big step I think for any writer. That first book released from a major publisher. The anticipation and the fears are really intense.

4) From Lucy

I’m SO glad you are writing Dawn’s story and Tanner’s story, but will you be writing Hawke’s story? And if yes…um…when? 🙂 I know I’m a baby, but I’m dying to find out what happens to him and his mate (Jessica) facing death.

Lora~Yes, Hawkes story is coming very soon I hope. I’m trying right now to get the time line in order between the original feline, the wolves and the NY Breeds. So definitely be expecting more coming soon.

*Note from Shi…FYI~I checked with Lora… the NY Breeds…these are the Breeds that are being written for Berkley Publishing.

5)From Jenny

If you can trade places with anyone for a day, who would you pick and why?

Lora~That’s a hard one, because I don’t think I want to trade places with anyone. LOL. I’ve kind of settled into who I am, and I’m enjoying the adventures that life brings me with my husband, my children and my writing. Trade lives with someone else, and I have to trade that part as well. I wouldn’t trade that part of me for anything.

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Today is Mother’s Day and even though my mother is gone for almost thirty years now I can still hear her little pearls of wisdom echoing in my brain when the occasion arises. Like when I really really want those new shoes that I don’t exactly need I can hear her whispering in my ear…Any Damn Fool Can Spend Money.
Is that a great way to raise kids or what!
Or other times when I’m shopping (do you see a pattern here?? Shopping!) I think, gee this new purse only costs ten bucks. I can afford ten buck. Then I hear Irma (my mother’s name) say…Take Care Of The Pennies And The Dollars Will Take Care of Themselves.
Then there’s another favorite. When I wouldn’t finish my dinner I’d get…If You Don’t Eat It Today You’ll Get It Again Tomorrow. If I spent too much time reading I’d get…Go Outside And Get The Stink Blowed Off. (lovely!) And the best one of all is…Because I’m the mom and I said so.
I’d like to think I did better by my kids but, alas, nope. If you’d just say to one of my kids Any Damn Fool… They will automatically fill in…Can Spend Money.
So, what are some of pearls of wisdom you mother imparted to you that you can’t get out of your brain no matter how hard you try? Those little sayings that you swore on leftover peas you’d never say to your own kids and did anyway??
Time to fess up!

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My mind is a little fragmented lately, so don’t expect much in the way of cohesion from this blog. 🙂 I’ve just been thinking a lot obout surprises lately. Life really is filled with ’em. And they come from the most unexpected sources. Hence the suprise element…I guess. LOL

Here’s the thing…when I started writing AND ABLE, I had no idea I would meet a character who would spin off my next Brava series. But the minute Ethan Crane came on screen, I *knew* I was going to write his story.

Then there’s the not so good surprises when some readers dislike something I particularly love about a book. Or when another author leaves a dangler in an epilogue that puts the HEA in question for me.

But then there are more good surprises, like hearing my teenage son down in the kitchen after bedtime only to discover he couldn’t sleep…so HE’S DOING THE DISHES. I guess that goes under GREAT surprises. LOL

Or when I find out my books have been released electronically only because they hit a best sellers list. I needed that surprise right at that minute. The phone call that told me Mom was in the hospital again wasn’t such a welcome surprise, but it goes hand in hand with each day I wake up and know she’s still in my lift. If we listened to her doctors, each of those days would be a surprise. 😉

My best surprise would probably be the day I realized my husband loved me as much as I loved him. I didn’t think it was possible, but every day since has been a gift.

So, what about you? Have you been surprised lately? In a good way? A not so good way, or something in between? Or maybe you’ve got a moment in your memory that will always live as one of your best surprises and you’d like to share that…I’d love to hear!


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Lately, I’ve been in a reading funk. I find plenty of books that sound good but I just can’t work up the interest to read them. Although I do find the interest to buy them. My TBR stack has turned into a skyscraper.

But I’m trying to get myself back into reading. It does recharge the mental batteries and I need all the help I can get.

It really helped that one of the books I picked up to help myself get defunked was this one. Seraphim by Shelby Reed. Awesome. Plain and simple.

Now I’ve had it on ebook since it came out, but lately, I don’t want to stare at the computer screen, or my pocket PC when I’m reading. So I just never got around to reading it. Then I got the print version. This was what I picked up the night I decided I had to start reading again.

It’s a pretty long book for a tradesize paperback, about 350 something pages, I think. Stupid me, I started reading it at like 9pm. When 11:30 rolls around and my eyes started to close on me, I had to set it aside until the next morning. As soon as I dropped kidlets off at their various schools, I devoured the rest of it. I love it when a book grabs onto me and doesn’t let go.

Seraphim is a paranormal romance about warrior angels, old evils…love. Some tear jerking moments and some excellent action. It is an erotic romance~but it’s not as hmmm…risque as some others. Actually an excellent book to try if you’re kind of curious about erotic romance. I’ll even link you to an excerpt.

Shelby did an excellent job with the book, and I think it helped bring me out of my reading funk a little. There’s several books in my TBR skyscraper that seem to be calling my name and since I beat my deadline, I think I can breathe enough to enjoy them.

Any of you all been in a reading funk? What’s brought you out?

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A Thundering Boom!

It’s thundering and lightning here! Not a good time to be working at the computer but it did make me wonder how everyone feels about storms. Does a boom of thunder unleash your inner vixen? LOL

I love storms as long as they don’t get too hairy. Usually, I’ll move to my laptop to write. I think there’s a lot to be said for setting the mood, though. When I write, I usually have fragrant candles or incense going. Definitely music. I always write better if I meditate before I start writing–connect with my characters, so to speak. I concentrate on them when I meditate.

If you’re a writer, do you just jump in and start writing? Do you read what you wrote the day before? Or do you just plow right in.

If you’re a reader, do you read anywhere and everywhere? Or do you have a favorite place to curl up with a good book. What is the strangest/oddest place you’ve ever read a book? I’m not sure about the oddest place, but my favorite one is curled up on the sofa with soft lighting—no overheads, though, candles are okay.

So, tell me how you read or write—whatever you read or write.
Happy Reading,
Karen Kelley
09/06 Texas Bad Boys/Brava

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Her size two waist…
Her twenty-fifth birthday…
Her perky boobs…

Do you see these in a book and want to kill the heroine? I do!
Heck, I’m jealous. I need imperfection. I need pain…my pain that I can relate to.

I’m not saying all my heroines need to be tubby or the big 4-0 but I don’t want them to all be in their 20’s and 30’s either. Having the heroine joining Fat Fighters when I joined Weight Watchers was so much fun to write…we suffered together.
Having the heroin deal with her son (the bum magnet) who brings home less than desirable mates is something I can soooo relate to.

What are you feelings on this? Do you want to read about the twenty-somethings? Thirty-somethings? The over forty gang?
Is there one of these groups you won’t read?


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