Monthly Archives: May 2008

Sharon Sala Behind The Scenes

There is a lesson in the Sharon Sala video.  A lesson you can clearly see when looking at me.  It’s better to film scenes where you’re wearing a hat AFTER you film the scenes without the hat.  My hair is not big at all, which, if you’ve seen our very first AT Extra, you know I prefer my hair large.  

Or the warning could be not to wear the big hat and hunter gear and acting silly in the car on the way to a taping.  I could issue this warning, but acting silly always trumps looking good.  

Despite refusing to wear that really cute horse costume we so happily brought along, Sharon Sala is the nicest person you’d ever want to meet.  Dinah McCall, well…say it with me.  Dinah McCall is kind of a bitch. It’s been said that authors will take some part of themselves and use it in a book – Dinah clearly asserted herself in The Healer, because just like the hero, Dinah was apparently raised by wolves.  She got irritated with the most harmless of questions.  

But Sharon’s lead character, Jonah Gray Wolf has the power to heal, and so someday, maybe he can use those skills on Dinah.

The Healer by Sharon Sala

All his life, Jonah Gray Wolf has had an uncanny connection to animals and the power to heal the sick and wounded. Driven from the only home he’s ever known by those who wish to harness his gift for profit, he becomes a drifter, working in out-of-the-way towns, never staying long. It’s a lonely life, but Jonah knows he’s still being hunted—he can’t afford to get close to anyone who might learn his secret.

In West Virginia he finds Luce, a tough but beautiful loner who knows all about keeping people at a distance—a kindred soul with whom he might dare to make a life. But the hunters have caught Jonah’s scent again. Danger is coming to their mountain refuge—a confrontation that will be decided only by a force of nature.  

You can visit Sharon (and Dinah) on Sharon’s website here. Buy The Healer here and pre-order Aftershock, from Silhouette Nocturne here

That is clearly the sounds of a wood chipper I’m hearing in the background when I’m signing off.  I think I got out of there just in time before Dinah really got mad!

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Sharon Sala Author Talk Interview #8

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it at least five times, authors are difficult interviewees.  Here you get two authors for the price of one.  Since the price is free, I’m not sure what kind of a bargain you’re getting.  Anyway, you get the first author Sharon Sala, but you’ll also get Dinah McCall, who quite frankly acts like she was raised by wolves…  


Look for Behind The Scenes Next Week!


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More Interpretive Dance – Author Talk Extra #3

Today marks the release of Kresley Cole’s 5th book in her Immortals After Dark series.  If you haven’t watched the original video, you can view it here.   

Usually when we shoot an Author Talk, we have about 20 minutes worth of material.  I prefer a 4 minute video…something I’ve not yet managed, but a girl can dream.  Most of this extra footage is just re-filming the parts where Gena curses, but sometimes we have just too much of something.  Here’s more of Gena’s interpretation of Kresley’s career through dance.

Kresley tells me she’s a Rita Winner, but I have my doubts.  In Dark Desires After Dusk she tells the story of a vampire.  Yeah, I know.  I’ve never heard of them either. 

Kresley Cole's Dark Desires After Dusk

Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

You can find Kresley on the web here and buy Dark Desires After Dusk here.

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How Author Talk Began

Author Talk Special Correspondent on the Scene, Gena Showalter, has been interviewed by the wonderful ladies at Raven Radio.  Several questions centered around Author Talk, and Gena shares the story about how Author Talk began.  You can hear to the interview here, and view the lineup of authors who’ve been interviewed in the past by visiting here


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CJ Lyons Behind The Scenes

As a writer, wardrobe is an important concern when going to work.  Pajamas?  The robe?  Sweats?  This interview with Dr. CJ Lyons provided a new options – scrubs.  I cannot believe how comfortable they are.  Plus, there are all these pockets – a million places to stuff thing.  It’s really a whole new world.  

But the best thing about scrubs…when you wear them, people think you’re important.  Try it – go to the grocery store in scrubs.  Hit the mall – no one thinks you’re underdressed, they just think you’re cool.  

I borrowed my scrubs from a friend, a dental hygienist.  Dr. Lyons pointed out a rather large stain on the pocket, which she said was against OSHA standards (as it should be).  Of course on the way home, I had a really hard time focusing on my driving because I just couldn’t stop thinking about that stain.  What heinous procedure performed on some sad soul caused such a potent bodily fluid to leave its permanent mark on the top? (Ugh – I’ll be right back.)

I did try to tell CJ that the human body had 2006 bones, but she was pretty sure that there were only 206.  That’s probably the kind of stuff you learn in medical school.  I’m sure at one point during the interview, Dr CJ was thinking to herself, “I passed my MCAT, years of medical school, crushing student loans and residency…only to be interviewed by these two?”

But to make CJ feel better, we reminded her that she’s a Romantic Times TOP PICK, and Publisher’s Weekly said, “A spot-on debut….Lyons delivers a breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller.” 

Lifelines by CJ Lyons

About LifelinesThe lives of four women will intersect as they meet the challenges of saving lives, finding love and developing friendships despite their differences and the secrets they each try to protect.

The bonds these women form surpass mere friendship as they become each other’s heroes, helping to save lives, avoid heart ache and face their worst fears.

You can visit CJ’s website here, her blog here and most importantly, purchase Lifelines by going here.

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CJ Lyons Author Talk Interview #7

Jill and Gena interview Dr. CJ Lyons about her cutting edge (yes, I said cutting – she’s a doctor, right) medical thriller.

From Lifelines: July first, the most dangerous day of the year.

I only thought authors were dangerous, but couple that with a writer doctor and you have one scary situation.  Look for the Behind The Scenes on Monday.


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Warrior Riiiizing

Warrior RiiiizingPC Cast’s Warrior Rising, or Warrior Riiiizing as more commonly pronounced, was released this week.  In it, PC retells the story of the Trojan War.  Now before you jump to conclusions, this book is not about THOSE kind of Trojans.  Rather, it’s about some war that took place in China or Africa, a horse may have been involved…I don’t know.  I do know that PC Cast is a fabulous writer and she can make a book, even if it’s not about THOSE kind of Trojans fantastic.

PC and her daughter Krissy were in our third Author Talk video.  The comments Gena and I receive about this episode are varied, but one thing is for certain – teenagers hate me.  I’ve been called anything from rude, stupid to a mahjor bitch (yes, that’s the spelling used).  Feel free to join in on the fun of calling me something nasty by visiting here.

You can purchase PC’s book here and visit her website here.

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More Romance Novel Crime

Riding Wild by Jaci BurtonTo make James happy, here’s another book illustrating the crime that IS romance novels.  Today we’re looking at Jaci Burton’s Riding Wild.  Just look at it – with a name like that – it just screams crime Crime CRIME!

Throw in the motorcycle and, well you see the problem!

But wait, we haven’t even come to the back cover blurb.  Check it out:

He’s a Harley-riding ex-thief…she’s a gun-toting ex-socialite. Together they’ll take the ride of a lifetime in this erotic romance from “an undoubted master.”

Mac Canfield was the last man Lily West expected to see again, never mind aim

 her gun at. But there he was, the bad boy who’d broken her heart years ago-still a thief, hijacking a priceless artifact-and it was all she could do to push aside the memories of how it felt to have his perfectly chiseled body next to hers.

To read James’ comment in all its glory, you can watch the first AT Extra Video by clicking here.

You can buy this book here and visit Jaci’s website here and her blog here.

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The Brenda Novak OnLine Auction

Although no one specifically asked (other than my mother) what I was saying while Gena thoughted all over me in our last video, AT Extra – Questions From Jane, one of the things I mentioned was the great romance community.  

One of those great members is Brenda Novak.  Not only is Brenda Novak an amazing writer, she also organizes an auction with the proceeds going toward Diabetes research.  Many authors have donated items, including AT’s own Gena Showalter.

You can check out the 4th Annual Online Auction by going here

Look for more Romance Novel Crimes and a new author video next week! 


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