Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fantastic Forty: Janis Susan May #Romance #RomanticSuspense #MFRWauthor

~Janis Susan May~

Author name(s): Janis Susan May (romance and other things) or Janis Patterson (cozy mysteries) or Janis Susan Patterson (childrens) or JSM Patterson (non-fiction and scholarly)
Twitter:  @JanisSusanMay

Fave food? Anything Mexican, or a really good steak.
Fave drink (non-alcoholic)? Diet Dr. Pepper—the national drink of Texas!
Fave candy bar? Snickers—or, failing that, the closest one.
Fave flower? Pink Roses
Fave gemstone? Diamonds, preferably in quantity.
Fave day of the week? Today (Remember, today is called ‘the present’ for a reason!)
Fave time of day to write? Anytime—I tend to write whenever/wherever I can.
Fave season? Autumn
Fave holiday? Christmas!
Fave color? Red
Fave animal? All of them! (We currently have two cats and a dog, but in the past in addition to cats and dogs I have had a rat, a boa, a chipmunk…)
Fave hobby? Making jewelry, sitting in the hot tub and vegging out in front of the TV.
Fave sport? Really! Isn’t this a family-oriented blog? Oh—you probably mean organized sport. To tell the truth, if organized sports ceased to exist tomorrow, someone would have to tell me that it had happened. Many years ago I used to like to go to hockey games, but that was just so I could wear my then-new fur coat inside. Once in a while I like a good horserace, especially if I know someone who has a horse running.
Fave song? Mi ch’iamano MiMi (La Boheme), If Tomorrow Never Comes (Garth Brooks), Nessun Dorma (Turandot), Climb Every Mountain (Sound of Music)—there are lots more, even though I am much    more of an instrumental person. If instrumentals are included, anything by Chopin or Beethoven.
Fave TV show? Criminal Minds, CSI, The Unit, Endeavour, New Tricks, Magnum PI
Fave movie? American Dreamer, Mrs. Miniver, The Women (1939 version), Singing in the Rain, any Indiana Jones except the second one.
Fave book? Whichever one I’m currently working on.
Fave author? Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters/Barbara Mertz, whichever incarnation she puts on the book.
Fave word? Fave WORD? How can you choose just one? There are so many luscious words…
Fave quote? Writing is easy; all you do is stare at a blank screen until drops of blood form upon your forehead. 

Lightning Round:
Coffee or tea? When? Coffee in the morning, iced tea in the afternoon.
Cake or pie? Whatever is in front of me!
Chocolate or vanilla? Chocolate!
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Veggies or fruit? Fruit
Owl or lark? Sleeping habits? Both—when I’m working on a book I can’t sleep—will get out of bed at an obscenely early hour because I get fidgety and disturb The Husband. When I’m not working on a book I tend to fall out of bed at the crack of noon.
Plot or not? Pantser all the way.
Desktop or laptop? Laptop—4 of them actually, stationed here and there around the house and a little bitty one I carry with me.
Pencil or pen?  Pen—a blue marbled Waterman fountain pen, fine nib, with blue ink—liquid ink, of course, not a gel or ballpoint. Someday I dream of owning a top of the line Mont Blanc.
Rain or sun? Rain
Land or sea? Land—most of the time. I love the occasional cruise.
Plane or train? Depends—flying commercial isn’t really fun any more, so I would either drive or take the train whenever possible. However… if I can beg a flight with someone who has a private plane, I could stay aloft for days. European trains are nice, though, and I try to use them when I’m abroad.
Run or walk? Walk, and that only when I have to.
Casual or dressy? Dressy when seeing others, casual working at home.
Indoors or outdoors? Indoors
Reading: EBook or paperback? Ebook—and that’s a habit newly acquired, mainly out of self defense. I live in a house with three libraries.
Reading: Novellas or novels? Novels
Theater or rental?  Rental
Vampire or shifter? Neither—hate them both.
Jedi or Sith? Jedi (Handsome men in capes and tall boots… Yum!)

Tell us about your new/latest release:
Okay, this could get complicated. As I have been in a publishing blitz releasing two new books and all my backlist—one book every two weeks between 30 June and 30 October—I could inundate you with new releases. So—I am going to talk about my favorite in the blitz batch, one of the new ones and one that is set in one of my favorite places in the world.

Title: The Egyptian File
Genre: Romantic Suspense-Adventure

Melissa Warrender is trying to solve the strange death of her art-gallery owner father. Her father’s partner in Warrender’s Fine Art, Melissa’s specialty is paintings of the 17th and long 18th centuries, while her father primarily dealt in antiquities. Driven by an unexplained  phone call which may or may not have come from her late father, she goes to Cairo to retrieve a mysterious file, not knowing that she is a prime suspect of a special task force set up to stop antiquities smuggling.

David El-Baradi is a professor of Egyptology in London, in Cairo on sabbatical to help the task force. Forced into masquerading as a taxi driver who befriends Melissa, he finds himself attracted to her and, eventually, becomes convinced of her innocence. David cannot reveal his true identity, especially when it starts to seem that the treasure is an undiscovered royal treasure. As the pair lurch across Egypt, dodging the murderous son of Warrender’s chief rival and unable to call on the task force for help, they finally decipher the cryptic clues and solve the mysteries of THE EGYPTIAN FILE, almost sacrificing their lives to do so.

The railroad station was smaller than she expected, but just as hot and dusty as the streets. Melissa thought she had never been so hot in her life. The muffling niqab was like a shroud, keeping away whatever breeze there was. Her hair was getting sweaty and clinging to her head and neck in warm, damp clumps.
Plus she was thirsty, as thirsty as she had ever been. How did women stand this mobile sauna? More importantly, how did they drink under this hood? Just breathing was hard enough.
She would get Gerard for making her endure this, she thought venomously. Once she got back to civilization she’d fix his little red wagon good. She wasn’t quite sure how such a satisfying end could be reached, but she would find out how.
And she would do it!
David went to the ticket window and Melissa followed, keeping a little closer now. She didn’t want to risk being separated in the crowd, which seemed to be just about twice too large for the space available. He jabbered in Arabic, then pulled out a thick wad of Egyptian pounds from the small breast pocket.
He must, Melissa realized, have changed the hundred I gave him when he bought the clothes. Good idea – American dollars would attract attention. Now there would be no need to dig into the money she had gotten from the ATM.
Two long, flimsy pieces of paper in his hand, he stepped away from the window and, without waiting to see if she followed, walked out to the loading platform. They were on the shady side of the station, for which a roasting Melissa was grateful, but if possible it was a little more crowded out here. A train had just pulled in and there was a half-comical mad scramble as just about as many people wanted to get off the train as wanted to get on.
Using the noise as a cover, David leaned forward and whispered very softly into her ear, “We have tickets for Cairo and leave in about two hours.”
“Can we get something to drink?” Melissa whispered back, preparing to complain about her thirst but stopping when suddenly David tensed. He didn’t move, and the expression on his face didn’t change, but within a heartbeat he was as taut as a bowstring and positively radiating danger.
Melissa had never known that fear was a tangible thing that could wash over her like a thick draft, but it was. It was like in the horror movies, when the monster comes up behind the unsuspecting heroine, ready to pounce and she can’t do anything about it.
Only it wasn’t a monster. It was Gerard Thenardier – a battered and angry Gerard, his nose swathed in a bright white bandage, cuts and bruises all over his face. What was truly frightening, though, was the expression of pure hatred on his face and the look of murder in his eyes.
Eyes that were looking straight at her.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Fall into #Romance #BlogHop Winners!!

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all had a fun weekend!! I had a great time and I hope you’ll return for more fun over the next few months! There are two more hops scheduled for this year (Oct & Dec) and the October hop is just for paranormal authors!! Both hops should be a blast!! You can find out more info (like dates, prizes, and how to sign up if you’re a romance author or book blogger) on the Hops with Heart Blog: www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com!

And now for the winners!!


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Until next time, Happy Reading!!


Friday, September 19, 2014

Fall (in LOVE with a #Shifter!) #Romance #BlogHop #Paranormal #Giveaway

Hi Everyone!!

Welcome to the FALL INTO ROMANCE Blog Hop!!

**At the end of this post, learn all about the hop and enter the Grand Prize Giveaway!!**

Shifters are my all-time fave books to read, and if you haven’t checked out my Chestnut Rock Series yet, why not give it a go? You’ll fall in love with the quaint little town in the Pacific Northwest that is home to wolves, bears, bunnies and more! 

There are seven books total (each book can be read as a stand-alone, but includes characters from the other books), and if you prefer the feel of a paperback, you can pick up one (or both) of the bundles!

Here’s a complete list of the series:
JENN’S WOLF (Book 1)
TROY’S FOX (Book 5)
MAX’S SKUNK (Book 6)


**Now for the GIVEAWAY!!**

I’m giving away an awesome CHESTNUT ROCK Swag Pack (pictured above!!) It includes a tote, composition book with some of my covers on the front, sticky notes, buttons, keychain, pen, postcards, Facebook card, and bookmarks!

For a chance to win, leave me a comment below and tell me your fave animal!! Don’t forget to leave your EMAIL so I have a way to contact you if you win! I’ll choose one Random winner on Tuesday, September 23!


If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below for the Grand Prize Giveaway for the entire hop! The prize is a $75 Amazon Gift Card!

**More HOP fun!**

There are nearly one hundred authors and bloggers on this hop! Be sure and go back to the main hop site, ROMANCEBLOG HOPS WITH HEART and visit each and every one of them for more giveaway fun!

Happy Hopping Everyone! :)


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall into Romance in 4 Days! #HopswithHeart #Romance #BlogHop #Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

The Fall into Romance Blog Hop starts this Friday, September 19 on the Hops with Heart Blog!

Readers: Mark your calendars and join over 100 Romance authors and bloggers for a weekend full of giveaway fun!!

Authors: If you signed up for this hop, I’ve already sent an email with all the info you need to write your post—including the Grand Prize Rafflecopter Code! If you haven’t received it, check your spam/junk folder! If you still haven’t received the info, email me at:

I can’t wait for Friday—I know this is going to be a great hop!! :)


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Cover Reveal: A Warlock’s Destiny #PNR #Witches #Romance #MFRWauthor

Hi Everyone!!

Today I’m sharing the cover for A WARLOCK’S DESTINY, Reluctant Mates, Book 4!! A WARLOCK’S DESTINY will be available on October 10—just in time for Halloween! ;)

Here’s the blurb:
Isabelle Turner, a librarian known as the only powerless witch in the Mythical Realm, has been on more human dates than she can count. Unfortunately, the evenings always end the same, with her wishing she could turn her date into a toad. When she receives a summons from the Council, she’s convinced they’re going to push her into the human world for good. Instead, they force her to take a mate.

Liam Waverly is the most powerful warlock in the Mythical Realm. When the Council brings up mating, he knows their choice will be an accomplished witch to match his strength. When they try and force him to mate with the powerless witch, he decides to seek out his own mate, but fails.

In order to sustain the numbers of all mythical beings, the Council, the governing body of the Mythical Realm, intervened and found prosperous matches for several of their subjects. Rather than create an act of treason, punishable by death, Isabelle and Liam agree to mate. The mating bond is sacred, but several disastrous incidents push them apart, starting with Liam’s desire to mate with another. When Liam finds out Isabelle’s secret, they agree to work together, but it will take more than a tentative friendship to keep evil from destroying them both.

And here’s the fabulous cover:

Each book in the Reluctant Mates series is set in the same world, but is a stand-alone romance featuring a new couple!

Here’s the complete series in order:

Find them all on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and All Romance Ebooks! :)