Friday, April 15, 2011
Easter Blog Hop featuring Silver James
I’m so happy to be part of the Easter Hoppin’ Blog Hop. As soon as I was asked to join, I knew which author and giveaway I wanted to feature. I’ve only been blogging for about 5 years. The very first blog I ever visited was The Plotmonkeys blog (www.plotmonkeys.com). I’ve made lots of friends while hanging out in the jungle. I count each of the Plotmonkeys as my friends as well as all of the jungle dwellers. One of the jungle dwellers, Silver James (www.silverjames.com), announced one day in the jungle that she had started a blog and asked everyone to swing by her blog. Since I’d been talking with Silver for a while at that point, I made sure I stopped by her blog. Silver told me I was the very first visitor to ever post a comment on her blog, and her blog is a daily stop for me. I’ve celebrated with Silver on-line when her first book was published and even was lucky enough to meet her in person and hang out with her at the 2010 RWA conference in Orlando.
I pulled Silver’s bio from her website and then asked her to answer a few questions so everyone could learn more about her.
From the author’s website.~
I’m Silver James and I write romance novels filled with magic and mystery! I’m a proud member of the Oklahoma Outlaws – the wonderful ladies of Oklahoma Romance Writers Association, RWA, and ESPAN, the digital chapter of RWA. I’ve been married to my best friend, who also happens to be an attorney, for twenty-seven years. Our wonderful daughter is a museum studies honors graduate pursuing her Masters in history, as love she came by honestly from her dad and me both. Over the course of my lifetime, I’ve been a military officer’s wife, state appellate court marshall, airport rescue firefighter and forensic fire photographer, crime analyst, and technical crime scene investigator. I’ve since retired from the “real world” and live in Oklahoma. I spend my days at the computer with my two Newfoundland dogs, the “lolcat” who rules us all, and myriad characters all clamoring for attention. Eventually, I’ll get around to telling each of their stories.
When did you start writing?
I think I’ve written all my life—or maybe it just seems that way. I scribbled out stories when I was in grade school and I actually wrote a “novel” when I was in junior high—staring my best friend, me, and the two rock stars we had crushes on.
Who is your biggest supporter of you writing?
My husband, aka Lawyer Guy. He’s been my biggest cheerleader for thirty years now. But a close second would have to be my friends and fans, of which you are a main one! (No, I’m not sucking up to you. Really. ;-P)
How did you celebrate your first published book?
Lawyer Guy brought me a dozen roses, a framed print of my cover, and a leather journal that had the Celtic heart symbol embossed on the cover. All together now, “Awwwwww!” He really is a romantic at heart and I’m lucky he puts up with all those sexy men in my imagination.
Who is your favorite author/writer?
Wow. This is a tough one. My “chicken soup” author is JD Robb. I can read her IN DEATH series over and over and those are the books I reach for when I need a boost. There are others on my automatic buy list, like Jennifer Lyon, Roxanne St. Claire, Leslie Kelly/Leslie Parrish, and now Larissa Ione, as I’ve just succumbed to her Demonica series.
Name 5 of your favorite books.
1. NAKED IN DEATH (the first Eve Dallas book – JD Robb)
2. NIGHT MAGIC (Jennifer Lyon’s Wing Slayer series)
3. THE MOONSPINNERS (Mary Stewart – and nothing like the Disney movie starring Hayley Mills)
4. THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (Ian Fleming – and again, NOTHING like the James Bond movie of the same title.)
5. TRINITY (Leon Uris – my introduction to Irish politics in fictionalized form)
Describe your typical day.
Ah, the joy of being a writer! I get up between six and eight. That’s A.M.! The exact time depends on LG and the dogs. Once everyone is cared for, I grab my first cup of coffee and head to my office, switch on the computer and proceed to waste an hour or so on blogs, twitter, and email. Then I get my third cup of coffee, open my current WIP and work for an hour or so. If I need to run errands, I get dressed and head out. If not, I remain in my jammies and keep writing. In the afternoon, I deal with planning dinner, dogs, the lolcat who rules us all, write, and visit on-line with friends. About five, I break to fix dinner, visit with LG when he gets home, we eat, I clean up, and then I either head back to the computer to finish up the scene I’ve been working on or to conduct more research. (Finding menu items for Saturday Brunch is hard work but somebody has to do it! Ah, the sacrifices I make for my friends. ;-) ) Sometimes, I get to view more TV than what LG and I watch during dinner, or I’ll head to bed to curl in with a good book. I never have enough time to read!
When will your next book be published?
My second novella in the Class of ’85 Reunion series comes out April 27th. It’s in digital only. Sadly, I don’t have contracts on any of the current crop of novels. Secret Agent Lady has three different manuscripts and I’m working on more! Hopefully, I’ll have good news to report sooner than later.
What stories are you currently working on (Faerie Fool, hint, hint, hint)?
Ha! Just for you, I opened the MS for FOOL this week and added some new words to it! Are you happy now? Rory and Delaney were not cooperating and I’ve had a running feud with Abhean over the story. That pesky fae will be the death of Iffy yet! (Iffy is my Muse, FYI.) We’ve called a truce though, and I now have a better idea where the story is supposed to go. I’m also working on a steampunk romance with a vampire and zombies and a werewolf anthology about some very…gifted soldiers. Good thing Iffy runs with scissors, right?
I’m a huge fan of Silver’s work. I’ve read everything she has written that has been published, and most of her stories before they were published. I especially love her Tir Nan Óg series. As part of the Easter Hoppin’ Blog Hop, I’m giving away the first two books in the series, Faerie Fate and Faerie Fire, as well as some goodies Silver has agreed to throw in. Due to shipping cost, this giveaway is limited to US/Canada. Please include your email address in your comment if not listed in your profile. I'll post the winner on my blog at the end of the Blog Hop, as well as email the winner. Winner must respond within 7 days or a new winner will be drawn.
If you could go back, do it over again, would you take a chance to find true love? What if you had no choice?
On her fiftieth birthday, the faerie send Rebecca Miller a thousand years into the past to find her happily ever after with Ciaran MacDermot, Chief of Clann MacDermot, the last Fenian warrior in his line. In the twenty-first century, Becca is old enough to be Ciaran’s mother. In the tenth, she’s young enough to be his bride.
The fae forgot to mention one slight stipulation. The lovers must be bound before the Festival of Light, or Becca will forever disappear into Tir Nan Óg , the faerie Land of the Ever Young. Will they discover the binding words before time runs out and they’re torn apart forever? Or will their eternal love defeat their Faerie Fate?
In the second book of the Tir Nan Óg, the feud between the two faeries, Manannan Mac Lir and Abhean the Harper, which has simmered throughout time, finally bubbles over. Continuing the theme of reincarnation and chances missed in the past affecting the present, Faerie Fire introduces new characters, descendants of the families first met in Faerie Fate.
Old grudges. Family secrets. Vows intended but never sworn. Memories of lives entwined then ripped apart…
When Moira O’Connor first touches SAS Captain Duncan Ross time turns topsy-turvy. She recalls memories of a former life, one in which Duncan was her lover—one in which he arrived too late to save Moira’s life as she was burned for a witch.
In their present life, while Duncan faces his own demons, he must save Moira from the Irish terrorist threatening her father, a US Senator. This time he’s determined to save the woman he loves, even if he must sacrifice his life for hers. Will Duncan and Moira survive to say the vows, binding their lives for all eternity?
On Midsummer’s Eve, when the veil between the realms thins, will faerie magic work miracles or will the lovers succumb to Faerie Fire? Without the words, history is doomed to repeat itself.