November 19, 2013

E-Book Giveaway-Please Give a Warm Welcome to J.J. Devine

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Please tell us a little about yourself. I write under the pseudo J.J. Devine. When my youngest son was a year old I began trying my hand at historical romance, perfecting my craft for the next sixteen years. A few years ago I added my love of vampires and witches to the mix and took on writing paranormal romance as well. I’ve been married for 28 years to my truck driving husband. We raised three children and now we are enjoying the rewards of grandchildren. I’m a dog lover and enjoy sharing our home with a wonderful, one year old, over-grown, husky mix, and yes, he has his own chair in the living room and will take up most of the bed if you let him.

What is your favorite pastime, other than writing? One of my favorite pastimes is being a grandma. I love running around the yard with the grandkids. Hanging out on the ‘grandma raft’ in the pool with them. Teaching them to plant and harvest the garden. Taking them camping, fishing, and letting the seven year old grandson teach me to kayak or letting the five year old granddaughter do my hair and makeup, or reading a book to my two year old granddaughter before I head out to work. I guess you could say next to being an author my next favorite thing in life is being a grandma.

When did you first get the writing bug? I got the writing bug way back when I was in junior high and high school. I loved writing short stories, poems, and songs back in those days. Then I got married and started having children and put my love of music and writing on the back burner. Eighteen years ago I picked back up my love of writing and my fingers have been locked to a keyboard ever since.

Any advice for new writers just starting out? If you want to write and be an author, then start writing. Don’t fret over whether or not it is        good enough, or if you have talent, or if anyone would want to read what you have to write about. JUST START WRITING!!! Nobody is going to do it for you.

I was very fortunate growing up to have role models in my grandmothers. One waited until her children were grown and she had become a grandmother six times over before she went back to school, got her GED, then went on to nursing school and became an LPN. The day my grandfather retired she began her career. My other grandmother spent her entire life working hard, smiling through life’s troubles, and leaving her mark on the hearts of her grandchildren. These two amazing women proved to me that you are never too old to chase a dream, be who you are meant to be, or follow your heart. Life will knock you down, but I am here to tell you, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and get back at it. Dreams are meant to be chased, BUT the chase isn’t always meant to be easy.

What genre or genres do you write? I write historical and paranormal romance. I adore the old west and Native American history. My darker side enjoys the realms of vampires and witches. I love strong heroines, and heroes that cannot get enough of their women. Their happily ever after is always paved with roads full of twists and turns.

Tell us about your latest release(s) The Cheyenne Bride came out October 2012 in ebook and September 2013 in paperback. 

Here is what some people are saying about my first published work:

Fascinating and enthralling story

Hooked with one look

Kept me up way past my bedtime!

Emotionally Charged

Sizzling romantic tension against a frontier backdrop

I also have a short story in A Soulmate for Christmas, A Vampire for Yule. An anthology put out by Soul Mate Publishing November 2012. It was a great experience and a lot of fun to write.

Here are what people are saying about A Soulmate for Christmas:

A sweet, sexy, playful holiday read

This anthology has fabulous stories. I loved all of them.

Awesome, Definitely worth the download!

A Soulmate for Christmas is a delightful holiday read. Each story is well crafted and enjoyable. I strongly recommend a cup of hot chocolate or tea, and this book after a long day of last minute shopping.

My paranormal romance, Into the Darkness, is currently in edits for publication with Soul Mate Publishing.
Please share an excerpt of your book!

“I see you have now become this white man’s whore.” He nodded toward the cabin door. “I thought you had more pride.”
He grabbed her by the arms, lugging her inches from his face. “Is this what you want?”
“One Wolf, this life is my mother’s vision for me.”
“And your nish ki’s knowledge of your life had nothing to do with a white man,” he reminded her.
“One Wolf, let her go.” Chris’s angry voice filled the night air.
“I asked you to do that once, Chris Davis. Did you not refuse?” His eyes never left hers as he roared his resentment.
“White Deer belongs to me now,” Chris stated, his tone livid.
One Wolf threw his head back, a wicked laugh coming from somewhere deep inside him. “White Deer, is it now? Only months ago you could not accept the Cheyenne blood that runs through her veins. Are you telling me now you can accept that blood?”
One Wolf spun her around to face her lover, gripping her shoulders against his palms. “Look at her! Does she belong in your world? She dresses like us. She speaks our tongue. She is her mother’s daughter. She will please her husband as Cheyenne women please theirs. Is this what you want?”
Anguish strained Chris’s face as his eyes fixed on the image he was painting for him. With White Deer in his arms, shoving the truth back into this white man’s world, even Chris couldn’t deny where she truly belonged.

What’s your current WIP? Currently my first in my paranormal series, Into the Darkness, is in edits for publication and the second book for The Cheyenne Bride (The Acceptance Series), Destiny’s Price, is being revised to send into my editor at Soul Mate Publishing. I am also working on a few other projects, Remember, a demon slayer book, and another anthology is in the planning stages.

Do you prefer your men in boxers, briefs, or commando? Mmmmmmmm, well, to be perfectly honest there is nothing more sexy than a man under a satin sheet (red of course), bare chest, leaving me wondering what lies beneath.
And finally, where can we stalk you?

Tell us about the first time you saw the h/h.
Hero: Nichole was the most beautiful woman I’d ever set eyes on. All that dark hair, ivory skin, and those eyes . . . they were so brown they looked black, and the way they looked into my soul . . . it was definitely unsettling. The moment she walked into Pastor Harris’s parlor, I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. I did, under my breath, have to thank my brothers, who got me into this prearranged marriage business.
Heroine: My nah ko’e, mother to you white men, had told me of the man I would one day marry from the time I was a small child. Imagine my surprise when I walked into the Harris parlor and found the very image of her visions standing in the midst of the room. My heart stopped for a whole minute and guilt ate away at my heart a little more knowing I had never believed her and now here he was, standing before me, preparing to be my husband. I never would have imagined him to be so handsome nor that he could make my heart flutter from the briefest of touches.

What drew you to him/her?
Hero: As much as I was determined to despise Nichole for not telling me about her heritage, I couldn’t. That woman grabbed ahold of my heart and wouldn’t let go from the first moment I set eyes on her. She haunted my every thought, awake or asleep. I couldn’t shake it. And believe me, I tried. But if I had to say one thing in particular that drew me to her, it was her strong will and her devotion to family, that’s two things, isn’t it. Only one other woman I’ve ever known has been such, my ma.
Heroine: I would have to say what drew me to Chris was his deserted soul. It was as lonely as my own. Every time he looked me in the eyes I could feel his need for someone to love him and accept him. Someone to ease the torture of his heart. You’d never get him to admit it, but I do believe he needed me as much as I needed him.

What is your favorite thing about him/her:
Hero: My favorite thing about Nichole would have to be her selfless love and devotion to all around her. My wife is the most giving woman I know. She has brought this attitude to my family, helping all of us to become better people. I couldn’t have found another woman in the whole territory that would have been a better role model for Anna and Lizzi.
Heroine: Chris’s devotion to his family. I grew up an only child, always wishing I had brothers and sisters. To be thrown smack dab in the middle of the Davis clan and seeing my husband interact with each of his siblings, well, this brought back that same old longing. To me there is no deeper bond than family.

Care to share future plans?
Hero: Rebuilding the Bar D side by side with my brothers, wife, and children. I want to leave behind a legacy for my children as my ma and pa did for their children. Of course, this means Nichole and I will need to get busy on more children.
Heroine: Working side-by-side with Chris and his siblings to make the Bar D as successful as it could be. It is funny how once you marry a man, how your dreams of future seem to merge into one.