Get into Bed with Sara Humphreys (Author Interview)

Sara Humphreys 1Keira: You’ve created a complex and captivating world of shapeshifters in your Amoveo Legend series. For those who aren’t fully familiar, please tell us a little bit about the Amoveo and the books in your series so far.

Sara Humphreys: Thank you! The Amoveo are a secret society of dream walking, telepathic shapeshfiters in search of their one true mate. They are made up of ten different animal clans and if they don’t find their pre-destined mate by the age of thirty they begin to lose their abilities and will die. They can only have children with their mate so for all of their strengths they’re actually a rather fragile race. If you kill one Amoveo, the mate dies and you wipe out the possibility of offspring. Until recently they thought their mate could only be another Amoveo. However, what they discover in UNLEASHED (#1) is that there are human/Amoveo hybrids who have been hidden around the world.

Keira: Let’s imagine that your world is reality! If there are shapeshifters among us, what would be some of those key signs or traits the Amoveo have?

SH: All Amoveo have large eyes, not freakishly big but strikingly beautiful. They’re all gorgeous (hey, why not?) and the men are tall and physically fit. They live among humans but would be secretive and most of them choose to live in rural areas so they can roam freely in their clan form when they want to.

Keira: Your heroine, Layla, has been avoiding her mate and is literally hiding from her destiny! What has made her put up these walls?

SH: She only knows a little bit about the Amoveo and none of it is good. As far as she knows, her mother was driven insane when she found out Layla’s father was a shifter and her father abandoned her. Her adopted siblings, also hybrids but from the Wolf Clan, had parents who suffered as a result of their mating too. Their father was murdered by his own people and their mother died when they were toddlers. Layla is under the impression that hooking up with an Amoveo man won’t end well and she resents that her life is left up to the fates.

Keira: What are some of the things about William you think readers will really love?

SH: He’s a stiff and I think they’ll enjoy watching Layla loosen him up. He’s all alpha-male and fiercely protective of her but he doesn’t force himself on her. I think his willingness to be patient is sexy.

Keira: When you’re not writing, what can we find you doing?

SH: If it’s work hours and if I’m not writing, then I’m working on the business of writing. (marketing, blogs, etc) If it’s home hours, then I’m cooking, cleaning or hanging with my boys. If it’s downtime then I’m diddling around the internet, reading (my TBR pile is huge) or watching a little television.

Keira: We love your videos of reviews and author interviews! Who have been some of your favorite authors to chat with (provide links)?

SH: Thanks! Sometimes I wonder if anyone watches those. My favorites? I can’t possibly pick one! So many of these folks have become my friends and I adore them all. That’s one of coolest things that has happened since I’ve been published. The friendships I’ve made have been such a gift! Here’s a link to my YouTube channel. Come on by! http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUTOaoH2_IDnF8Z8idCZmK7Q

Keira: What’s the most surprising thing that has happened to you since you’ve become a romance author?

SH: Aside from the wonderful friendships I’ve made with readers and authors, I’d have to say the ability to live my dream. I never thought I’d be able to do what I’m doing for a living. I wake up every, single morning and throw a prayer of gratitude to my guardian angels. I’m blessed in so many ways.

Keira: Please tell us where readers can find you on the web, and what’s coming next for you!

SH: I’m working on the fifth Amoveo Legend novel, UNCLAIMED, and the second vampire book from my Dead in the City series (look for book 1, Tall, Dark and Vampire in August 2013). I’m also excited to be branching out and trying a new genre! I have a contemporary romance series coming with Sourcebooks. The Holding Out for Hero series will feature men in uniform and I’m thrilled to try something new.

Thank you so much for hosting me here today! Readers can find me at:

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UNTAMED BY SARA HUMPHREYS – IN STORES NOVEMBER 2012

An ancient race of shapeshifters has lived secretly among humans for thousands of years…they are…the Amoveo

HER WORST NIGHTMARE IS COMING TRUE…

Layla Nickelsen has spent years hiding from her Amoveo mate and guarding a devastating secret. But Layla’s worst fear is realized when the man who haunts her dreams shows up in person …

HE HAS FINALLY FOUND HER…

William Fleury is as stoic as they come, until he finds Layla and his feelings overwhelm him. She won’t let him get close, but then an unknown enemy erupts in violence and threatens everything Layla holds dear…

Praise for the Amoveo Legend series:

“Compelling… Deft world-building and sensuous love scenes make this paranormal romantic thriller an enjoyable journey.” —Publishers Weekly

“The characters haunted my dreams…I thought about this book constantly.” —Long and Short Reviews

“I loved the book. I’m looking forwards to many more in this series.” —Night Owl Reviews, Reviewer Top Pick

“Fast-paced paranormal romance with fantastic world-building.” —The Book Girl

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara Humphreys has been attracted to the fantasies of science fiction, paranormal, and romance since her adolescence when she had a mad crush on Captain Kirk. An actress and public speaker, Sara lives in Bronxville, NY, with her husband, who is very considerate of her double life, and four amazing boys. For more information about her books and to join her street team, please visit www.sarahumphreys.com or follow her on Twitter, @AuthorSara.

Buy: Untamed (The Amoveo Legend)

GIVEAWAY: 1 copy of Untamed. 1 winner, open to US and Canada only. Enter by leaving a comment! Last chance to enter: November 24, 2012.

Review: Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend, Book 1) by Sara Humphreys

Reviewed by Master Llama

Summary: After not making it as an artist in the city Samantha Logan decides to return to her childhood home, which has always been a haven, — but everything changed while she was away!

She has a mysterious new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shape shifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, who is hunting her down. With Malcolm’s help will she survive?

Review: I enjoyed reading this book, even though it wasn’t what I usually read. I liked the new twist on shape shifting, and most of the characters were very well written. However, sometimes everyone in the book seemed just a little to “perfect” on the outside. That said, it was an enjoyable book.

Likes:

  • Unleashed has a great plot. Don’t want to reveal too much!
  • The interesting take on shape shifting. Pretty cool.
  • Sara is very good at writing setting and imagery, you get absorbed in the reading once it gets going.

Dislikes:

  • As I said before, the characters seemed just a little too perfect. They’re all pretty, handsome or models. Of course this is a romance, so I guess it’s expected, but I was hoping for a little more.
  • The beginning was hard to get into which may deter some readers who can’t push through.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Buy: Unleashed (The Amoveo Legend)

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Review: Like a Moonrise by Cecilia Tan

by Sandra Scholes, guest reviewer

For lovers of stories who want a change from reading a whole novel about the same thing, this compendium has the added bonus of having six tales about creatures who can change their shape, and each is as sensual and sexual as the next.

The writers are some of the best around, award winners like Kyell Gold, Rakelle Valencia, and MeiLin Miranda. These and others who have contributed all have an interesting tale to tell, and know how to show the reader what they can do with their respective stories.

So, onto the stories – they are all set in make-believe worlds readers will be only too happy to immerse themselves in, and fantasy does make the immersing a lot easier if only to take a break from work issues, (this is the best place to start.) Fears-Moon Woman by MeiLin Miranda, The Moon, Reversed by Catt Kingsgrave, Cycles by Marie Carlson, On The Run by Kyell Gold, Werewhat by Rakelle Valencia, and The Winter Prince by Aoife Bright.

MeiLin’s story is a treat to read and has a lot of meaning to it, while Catt’s offering is a sensual story of two men, one has a captive and he can’t seem to get enough of him, much to his amazement. She has a way of expressing the inner torment and yearning of the characters in her work. Marie’s story is set in the real world where anything could happen as the main character is a werewolf and mentions what happens to her on a daily basis, and what happens when she changes.

I found it a daunting and strange tale, but that made it even more captivating – read on, it will send shivers up the spine, Kyell’s tale is set in a similar time as Marie’s with a man in love who hides a secret from his family – no not just that he’s gay, but something else that seems to happen when he gets excited during intimate moments! It is erotic, and makes the reader wait for the best parts of the story, and why not – it’s what makes it so good.

Rakelle’s is a comedy that can’t be missed, as Morgan is a shape shifter of a different kind – but unlike the others, he isn’t something to be afraid of being a were pony. Aoife’s goes back into the realms of a fantasy world most know and love, medieval times and not so much fun for Einion, who has to address his own problems after battles fierce and cruel. The setting of this story is perfect, as is the time period it is set in, there is great attention to detail that will be noticed.

For shape shifter lovers everywhere, there is something for you in these six tales, or you’ll love all of them just like I did.

Rating: ★★★★½

Buy: Like a Moonrise: Erotic Tales of Shapeshifters

What Is Under a Highland Wolf’s Kilt, You Ask?

by Terry Spear, guest blogger and author of Heart of the Highland Wolf

Only at Love Romance Passion would the ladies ask me to explain what a Highlander really wears under his kilt, and what else a Highland werewolf might hide under his.

Whenever I guest blog on Love Romance Passion, I’m finding I have to add some disclaimers. So, here goes before I get myself into hot water with the world of shape-shifters.

  1. What I say here must never be repeated to anyone else. Particularly to Scotsman in general and Highland wolves specifically.
  2. I do not claim to have peeked under a Highland wolf’s kilt. (This DOES infer that I might have peeked under several. Whether I got permission or not is not being divulged one way or another. Researcher privilege. For one thing, there are a lot of stiff breezes in Scotland and so if a Highlander wears a kilt, and I happened to be watching with camera ready, it’s not my fault.)
  3. All Highland wolves will not be the same. Should you have the honor to learn what’s under his kilt, you might experience something differently.
  4. A drunken Highlander wearing a kilt and snoring blissfully under a tree makes for a perfect opportunity to discover what is worn under the kilt. (I do not claim to have given him the bottle or two of whiskey to ensure he’s in that inebriated state in the beginning, however. I want to make it perfectly clear that I remain heroic at all times while conducting research.)
  5. Asking a Highland wolf will not always get a truthful answer. Just think of it this way—here you are a perfectly respectable and hunky Highland wolf and a woman you don’t know asks you if you go commando under your kilt. Now let’s say you’re back to being you. That would be like him asking you what you wear under your skirt. Hmm. So he might not feel obligated to tell you the truth. Or, he might say what he thinks you want him to say when it isn’t really the truth. Which means if you’re in the least bit suspicious, you would have to ask him to prove it to you. And then, well, that says you don’t believe him. What happens when you tell a Highland wolf you think he’s lying? You can be in really big trouble. He might even ask you to prove what you wear under your skirt.
  6. I did go into a Scottish tavern in the Highlands where several men sat on high chairs drinking. If they had been wearing kilts and I just happened to drop something on the floor and crouched down to get it and looked up as I did and just caught a glimpse of something under a kilt, well, I’m just saying…it could happen. Very innocently. I do drop things all the times. Ask my coworkers.
  7. What if someone dropped something in front of a chivalrous Highland hunk wearing a kilt, and he very graciously leaned over to retrieve it, and someone else, not me, of course, because I’m perfectly heroic, happened to be sitting somewhere behind him and caught a glimpse of what he wore or didn’t wear under the kilt, why would anyone let such an opportunity go by like that? Not that I would orchestrate such a scenario, but if someone else had innocently come across a situation like this and peeked and let me know what she learned, well, see, it really would all be in the name of research. Honestly.

End of disclaimers. In truth, it depends on the individual! And the company they keep. So just keep that in mind if you ever want to learn the whole truth and nothing but the truth from one of those sexy Scots!

What do you think? Did I write too many disclaimers?? I’m still wondering if I should have written more! :)

Terry Spear

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HEART OF THE HIGHLAND WOLF BY TERRY SPEAR – IN STORES JUNE 2011

Each holds a secret they can’t possibly overcome alone…

Julia Wildthorn is sneaking into Argent Castle to steal an ancient relic, but reluctant laird Ian MacNeill may be the key to unlocking the one answer she really wants discovered…

From brilliant storyteller Terry Spear, modern day werewolves meet the rugged Highlands of Scotland, where instinct meets tradition, and clan loyalties give a whole new meaning to danger…

Buy: Heart of the Highland Wolf

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry Spear has an MBA from Monmouth College. An eclectic writer with a PW Best Book of 2008 (Heart of the Wolf), she writes paranormal romance as well as historical and true life stories for both teen and adult audiences. Spear lives in Crawford, Texas. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com.

GIVEAWAY I have 2 copies of Heart of the Highland Wolf. Open to US and Canadian readers only. Enter by sharing what you think is under a highland werewolf’s kilt. One entry per relevant comment; multiple entries allowed. Last day to enter: June 10, 2011.

Defend Your (Sub-)Genre

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by Susan Sigler, guest blogger

Confession time! I’ve been harboring a secret wish. A hope that someone, somewhere will give me a satisfactory reason to venture outside of my comfort zone.

I’m very content you see. Here in my dark paranormal genre. There’s shapeshifters at every turn and vampires with seductive brooding qualities. In paranormal we can boast about our alpha male werewolves and how they succumb to their raw animalistic sexual needs. During your journey you may even discover psychic abilities you can tap into. With all this power, immortality and raw sexual need; why venture out. Well, maybe I want more power. (LOL) Actually, I’m curious if I’m missing all the fun with all my doom and gloom.

My bookshelf is chock full of paranormal and erotica. (I say this proudly, of course) Yet, dare I believe the grass may be greener on the other side.

Book reviewing recently gave me a metaphorical calling card. I accepted and realized to my utter amazement I now enjoy, dare I say it out loud? I peeked over the paranormal fence to realize; I enjoy regency romance. Hell’s bells, what else have I been missing? If you read other genres, please tell me what exactly drew you in as a reader. I’m still on the fence regarding Inspirational, Young Adult, and Historical just to name a few.

While I wait for your kind input, I’ll be flossing my fangs and deciding which party to attend to in London. What is happening to me? Can a reader really spread their love to extend all genres, much like a mother extends her love to all her children?

You’re a What?

by Ashlyn Chase, guest blogger and author of Strange Neighbors

I’m so glad to have an opportunity to explain how I deal with my very human characters falling in love with shapeshifters and other paranormal creatures. Thank you for asking me to write an article on this for your blog!

Imagine dating a wonderful stranger. The attraction is undeniable and mutual. Passion ignites, love grows. Now, imagine this amazing, brilliant, handsome, loving, special person telling you he’s even more ‘special’ than you could ever have imagined. He isn’t human!

Gulp. NOW what?

Now the fun begins. To make a human being in this situation realistic, he or she must question his or her own sanity. The world you thought you knew is suddenly a much larger, scarier place. If a human can change his shape into an animal, what else exists? Vampires? Fairies? Dragons? Mermen? Elves? Hey, someone check my temperature. I must be hallucinating!

In my ‘world’ there’s always a touch of magic. A relationship between a human and a were usually comes with a ‘sign’ that these two seemingly mismatched halves are indeed the only combination that will achieve the perfect whole.

In my vampire stories, they find their ‘beloved.’ In werewolf stories, it’s their ‘mate.’

So what kind of sign do I give these couples? It varies, but my most frequently used device is telepathy. The ability to communicate wordlessly develops between true mated couples. I’m not talking about spouses finishing each other’s sentences. I’m talking about actually hearing the other person’s voice speaking in the character’s head! So, naturally, the more right you are as a couple, the crazier you’ll seem to yourself.

But one or both can’t give up. Usually it’s the paranormal character who knows the lore and legend behind their particular condition, then they have to convince their partner that, “no, they’re not losing their minds,” and “yes, this is meant to be.”

Why doesn’t the human simply run off screaming into the night, never to be seen again? Well, that’s where love comes in. Love is its own form of insanity. My characters have to fall “madly in love.” It can happen at any stage of the relationship. Sometimes they’re friends first (as in the third book of the Strange Neighbors series.) Sometimes they get off on the wrong foot (as in Vampire Vintage and book two of the Strange Neighbors series.

In Strange Neighbors, book one, there’s no real device. The heroine has to rely on her feelings for and belief in the goodness of her special man. And even though his fate is sealed once he’s made his choice, he still allows her free will to commit or walk away, knowing his heart will be forever broken. That, folks, is mature love. When you want the other person’s happiness as much or more than your own and are willing to sacrifice for them—or as one adorable cartoon illustrated it once; Love is letting your spouse have the last cold tablet.

STRANGENEIGHBORS BY ASHLYN CHASE—IN STORES JUNE 2010

He’s looking for peace, quiet, and a little romance…

There’s never a dull moment when hunky all-star pitcher and shapeshifter Jason Falco invests in an old Boston brownstone apartment building full of supernatural creatures. But when Merry MacKenzie moves into the ground floor apartment, the playboy pitcher decides he might just be done playing the field…

A girl just wants to have fun…

Sexy Jason seems like the perfect fling, but newly independent nurse Merry’s not sure she’s ready to trust him with her heart…especially when the tabloids start trumpeting his playboy lifestyle.

Then pandemonium breaks loose and Merry and Jason will never get it together without a little help from the vampire who lives in the basement and the werewolf from upstairs…

Buy: Strange Neighbors

About the Author

A multi-published, award-winning author, Ashlyn Chase specializes in characters who reinvent themselves, having reinvented herself numerous times. Among her many day jobs, she has worked as a psychiatric nurse, run blood drives for the Red Cross, and now uses her degree in behavioral sciences to avoid writing exhaustive character sketches.  She lives with her true-life hero husband in beautiful New Hampshire.  For more information, please visit http://ashlynchase.com/.

Middlemarch – A Town with a Mission

by Shelley Munro, guest blogger and author of Scarlet Woman.

Hi, my name is Shelley Munro, and I write paranormal and contemporary romance for Ellora’s Cave and Samhain Publishing. Thanks for having me to visit today to talk about my feline shapeshifter book Scarlet Woman.

Middlemarch is a small town in the South Island of New Zealand. A few years ago, there was a special interest item on our news. The town of Middlemarch had a shortage of marriageable females, and in an effort to combat the problem, the locals decided to organize a dance to bring women into the area. A special train traveled from Dunedin. Dubbed the “Love Train”, it arrived packed with single women to attend the dance.

The first dance was a great success, and the next singles ball will take place at Easter 2011. For those who are interested, there’s a contact address on the Middlemarch website. www.middlemarch.co.nz Who knows who you’ll meet during the journey on the Love Train from Dunedin or at the actual dance???

The story of the dance and history behind it fascinated me. When I was looking for a place to set my feline shifter series, I decided Middlemarch would be perfect. In my Middlemarch world, both feline shifters and humans occupy the town. They face a similar problem, having a shortage of females. Saber is the oldest Mitchell brother, and his younger brothers are out of control. The feline council decides to arrange a dance, and Saber hopes to marry off his brothers to keep them out of trouble. Unfortunately, Saber is the one caught in the romance trap, much to the amusement of his brothers.

What do you think of the town’s plan to entice women to Middlemarch? Can you think of any other ways to entice women of a marriageable age to a small country town?


Author Bio:

Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand and loves to write about feline shapeshifters. To learn more about Scarlet Woman and the other stories in Shelley’s Middlemarch Mates series, read excerpts, see family trees and other background information visit her website at www.shelleymunro.com

Excerpt: Scarlet Woman

“Oh, man. Look at the tits on her.” Felix made kissing noises deep in his throat. “I’ve died and gone to heaven. Oh, man. She winked. Yep, heaven.”

Sly thumped his brother on the back. “Don’t think it’s heaven, bro. Can’t be with all that sinful lust shining on your face.”

“Cut it out, the pair of you,” Saber said, trying to scowl his boisterous younger brothers into obedience. Despite laying down the law this afternoon, the four were out of control. He had to get them settled before one of their harmless pranks boiled over into something that threatened them all.

“Yeah, gotta remember, this is punishment,” Leo chided, humor dancing in his dark eyes.

Joe let out a low whistle. “I vote the lady in red administers my punishment.”

Saber relaxed a fraction. Good. His plan was working already. If he managed to get each of his brothers mated, they’d cut out the mischievous shenanigans and settle down to raise a litter or two. And he wouldn’t have to worry about articles in the paper like the one he’d seen last month.

Black panther sighted again.

At least the article had lit a match under the council elders. Finally. Agreement that they needed to do something to help the younger males settle. Saber’s mouth firmed in introspection as he recalled the heated meeting. The council had discussed the lack of females of marriageable age. They knew the causes—the feline families tended to have male offspring while the human females seemed to enjoy the lifestyle offered in the city of Dunedin or farther afield. They attended high school and university in the city and never returned to their birthplace. The human males left too, but they tended to return after exploring a little of the world outside Middlemarch. Until the reporter’s story had appeared, no one had tried to solve the problem of a lopsided gender ratio. The article in the paper had been the catalyst. They’d all swung into action to organize a dance they hoped would benefit both the young shifter and human males living in Middlemarch. The task they’d called impossible suddenly became imperative.

Saber eyed Felix and Leo, the brothers standing closest to him, feeling the tension brought about by responsibility coalesce into a solid lump in his chest. They both strenuously denied taking part in the prank, but Saber wasn’t so sure. He knew his brothers—where there was fun to be had, they were in the thick of it.

Felix nudged Sly. “Big bro’s looking serious. He’s got Mission Mate on his mind again.”

Joe leaned closer and whispered, “Can’t have shape shifters roaming around Middlemarch for the humans to see.”

“Enough,” Saber snapped. His brothers sobered, knowing they’d pushed him far enough tonight. Dammit, he had to find them mates. It was too late for him. But not for them. None of his brothers remembered how it had been between their parents. They’d been too young when they died, but Saber remembered how they’d laughed and played together, how they’d made everything seem like a game, even the work on the farm. Yes, he remembered the intimacy between his parents, and that’s what he wanted for his four brothers.

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