Welcome, Heather!! It’s a pleasure to have you on my blog. Can you start by telling us what genres you write in, and what appeals to you about those genres?
HL: I write in multiple genres from urban fantasy to paranormal romance to erotic romance and romantic suspense. I love the opportunities for characters in different settings and facing different challenges. I also like stretching the boundaries of genres and marrying them such as a paranormal historical western romance.
What titles do you have published?
HL: The Fortunate Buddha
The Love Thieves (Romantic Suspense) – Max Sauvage is a security expert who wants to get closer to the woman who eludes him at every turn. Anya Swift is a professional thief and a good one; she eludes him at every turn, until he sets a trap
Fevered Hearts (Paranormal Western Romance)
Marshal of Hel Dorado – Meet Sam Kane. The oldest brother, the steadfast son, the confidant marshal – he’s never met a problem to hot to handle.
Brave Are the Lonely – Meet Cody. Wolf brother, wild cowboy, wicked lover – he’s never met a woman who can handle him
Forbidden Legacy (Menage, Paranormal Romance)
Cassandra’s Dilemma – Media consultant Cassie Belle was thrilled to be making the reveal of the century until a bomb ripped her world apart. The danger puts her on a sensual collision course with Fae Lord Helcyon and Special Agent and Wizard Jacob Book. Her passion for her protectors reveals a forbidden legacy that threatens all of their futures.
Always a Marine (1Night Stand, Erotic Contemporary Romance)
Once Her Man, Always Her Man – Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade long abandonment in one cold Texas night?
Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here – Three Marines, one night of passion. They’ve shared everything, but will one night be enough?
Tell It To The Marine (May 2012) – James and Lauren share an unmistakable connection, but when one of James’ patients suffers a crisis, Lauren more than proves her mettle. Can one night turn into happily ever after for this Marine and his movie star
Do you have any recent or upcoming releases?
HL: Jacob’s Trial (May 30, 2012) – Wizard Jacob, Fae Helcyon and their paramour Cassandra have set up a household together. The Fae are trending world wide, but the escape of Michael, the condemnation of the Wizards and the revelation of forbidden secrets surround them in intrigue. Helcyon and Jacob are determined to keep the woman they love safe, but danger lurks at every turn and the old guard threatens their future.
Proud To Serve Her (June 2012) – Sparks fly, wine pours and what follows is a total seduction of the senses as Damon prepares a birthday that Helena will never forget.
They all sound great! I already have the first two stories in your Always A Marine series, and I’m going to add some more to my TBR pile. Can you describe your daily writing routine?
HL: I am usually up by five, settled into the garage with my laptop and dive into the day’s 3 to 5 k sans any Internet distractions. There’s always a little wiggle room because I have to let the dogs out or nudge the kiddo to get ready for school.
I get up at five as well, but I never seem to get enough done. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
HL: Once upon a time I would have said definitely pantser. Today, I’m somewhere in between. I start with a plot outline, a definitive beginning, middle and end. That said, I’m also flexible if the characters change something on me mid-stream.
Yes, my characters like to change the plans as well. What genres do you enjoy reading?
HL: Pretty much anything that isn’t horror and even in the horror category there are some that I like.
Where do your best ideas come from?
HL: Everyday random events. A lyric in a song. A sight seen while I’m out shopping. A line of dialogue in an exchange with friends or on a television program.
What is your favorite book that you’ve read?
HL: Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series. My favorite is always the most recent one, but I read them over and over and over again.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to aspiring authors?
HL: Don’t ever give up. Be true to you. Write. Write. Write. Writing is like exercising, the more you do it, the stronger you become.
Great advice! Is there anything else my readers should know about you?
HL: For me the most important part of the book is the character. It’s their journey, it’s their trials. I go back again and again to see characters I love and that’s what I am hoping to build in my books.
Where can my readers find you?
Where can my readers find your books?
HL: Always check my website, I keep it up to date with links to where you can find them and what’s coming up next.
Fulfilling a favor and executing a business plan, Luke Dexter arrived at Dallas’ Sybarite Club for a one-night stand. He never imagined that in the darkened club with bluesy strains of jazz playing he’d come face to face with the woman he left behind a decade earlier.
Rebecca Rainier fell in love with Luke Dexter in high school and was crushed when he dumped her to join the Marines after 9/11. Now, waiting for a date her best friend and business partner set up, she’s unprepared when Luke walks in.
Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade long abandonment in one cold Texas night?
Once Her Man, Always Her Man excerpt:
Luke Dexter handed his keys over to the red corseted valet driver, gaze skimming the generous globes peeking up from the open buttons of her white shirt. The Sybarite Club offered the Dallas area generous access to every pleasure. He slipped a card out of his leather wallet and displayed it to the doorman. The doorman, a tall, lanky figure dressed in topcoat and tails exuded a sense of elegance that the club’s exclusive clientele enjoyed.
The doorman examined the card, scanned it with a small device in his palm. Luke admired the cageyness of the action. The pen scanner would be out of place with the old world atmosphere encouraged by the man’s uniform. “Good evening, Mr. Dexter. Welcome to the Sybarite Club.”
Accepting his card back, he passed through the opening doublewide doors. The gothic style doors were dark cherry, aged like a fine wine and a decorated with wood cut carvings of a man and woman engaged in cunnilingus and fellatio. The joining was subtle, the each left crying out in pleasure when the door opened, only to be joined again when the doors closed.
Amused by the door carving, he smiled as he plunged into the velvet darkness of the club’s jazz infused atmosphere. Every night featured a different style of music, but Fridays were reserved for jazz. Old world, cool smooth jazz with smoky voices, haunting guitars and lonely horns played to the soul. The doors barely closed behind him when his phone buzzed inside his breast pocket.
How did the woman know these things?
Pulling it out, he thumbed it on, a new message from Madame Evangeline of the 1Night Stand exclusive online dating service populating the screen. She’s dressed in green silk and sitting at the bar. Life doesn’t always offer a second chance…
Clicking the screen off, Luke walked down the four red-carpeted steps into the lounge proper. He’d only agreed to the dating service only to support the men in his unit putting themselves out there. The last thing he’d expected was the invitation to the Sybarite Club. His gaze roamed the room the room, coming to a halt as they fastened on a pair of to die for tan legs at the bar. The sweet length of them, one crossed over the other ended in black heels with crystals glittering around dainty feet.
A green skirt skimmed her knees. While he appreciated the legs, he studied the line of her back, curious about the rest of her. His gaze slid higher to the pile of unruly auburn hair fighting to escape a pair of matching crystal hair combs.
As though sensing his appraisal, the green cloaked mystery woman turned on the bar stool and his heart tripped.