Tuesday, August 25
I’m so very excited to have Lori Foster as my guest today. I have more of her books on my keeper shelf than any other author. I can’t help it…I don’t think she has written a book yet that I haven’t liked. A while back I went through a big Brava kick and read just about every book they published that I could get my booklover hands on. That’s how I first discovered Lori’s books. I can’t remember which one it was, but I know it was a Brava anthology. I promptly devoured her entire backlist. She was the only author that I read for weeks, if not a few months. I never got tired or burnt out on them; in fact I would start a new one as soon as I finished one and relished them all.
I have fond memories of that reading binge, so when Lori started writing as L.L. Foster there was no question in my mind that I was going to at least give them a try. I’ve never really been a fan of Urban Fantasy, but I did not let that deter me, no siree, and you know what… I love them just as much as her contemporary romances. I think Gaby, the heroine in the Servant series, is one of my favorite heroines that she has ever written, and despite being categorized as Urban Fantasy there is definitely romance in this series. After all Servant: The Acceptance, book #2 in the Servant series, made Amazon's Top Ten Best Books for 2008, and was named Amazon's #1 editors' pick in romance. Her newest novel written as L.L. Foster is Servant: The Kindred and releases today. I can’t wait to read it and share it with you all!
In the 3rd installment of the Servant series, Gabrielle Cody finds herself living with super-detective Luther Cross, while also hunting a deranged killer who wants to be a vampire. Blood drained bodies are left in the wake of a murdering spree. Because the homeless, transient and addicted are targeted, it makes it very difficult for Luther and the rest of the police force to track down the villain.
But for Gaby, finding the psychopath is only a small part of the difficulty. This lunatic knows Gaby, in some ways better than she knows herself.
Is it possible a long lost relative has located her? With family ties involved, and Luther’s nearness interfering with her perception of evil, Gaby is up for her biggest challenge – both as a paladin, and a woman experiencing the first hint of love.
(and there is also a bonus excerpt in this post!)
Welcome Lori! I am absolutely thrilled to have you as my guest at Seductive Musings. I am a HUGE fangirl of yours, and every book that I have read of yours, no matter the genre, has made its way to my keeper shelves (and that’s a lot!). For you, what makes a romance novel a great love story? Who is your new favorite find and what's on your keeper shelf?
Thank you so much, Carrie! It still thrills me to meet people who enjoy my work. I’m such a down home person, so “every day,” that I can’t believe the success I’ve found in writing. It’s thrilling – honestly.
I LUV this question about my current favorite because I talk about her everywhere. I think she’s the most talented author I’ve read and I’m totally fascinated by her books. Kresley Cole and her Immortals After Dark. Seriously, folks, if you haven’t read her, you need to! They’re sexy and hilarious and the characterizations are amazing. I didn’t know that I enjoyed paranormal books so much, or that I would enjoy vampires, werewolves, valkyrie, etc... Until I read A HUNGER LIKE NO OTHER. Now I’m hooked, I’ve read them all, and I can’t wait for the next one!
Other “forever” favorites of mine are Jayne Ann Krentz, Linda Howard, Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindsey... too many to name them all I guess.
What book(s)are you most proud of, or feel is/are your biggest personal achievement(s) when you don’t take into account sales, reviews, reader comments, or awards & why?
The books that still touch my heart are WHEN BRUCE MET CYN, because I love the idea of second chances and overcoming the harshest of obstacles, and also that there are caring people out there who don’t judge too harshly against circumstances out of your control.
CAUGHT IN THE ACT just because I fell in love with Mick, the lead character, when he was in other books – maybe for the same reasons as above for Cyn’s story. Both are characters who didn’t let harsh personal circumstances skew their ideas of right and wrong.
JAMIE because I loved doing the research for him and he was such a unique character!
And I love SERVANT: THE AWAKENING because it’s so different from what I usually write in straight contemporary romance, and that made it so much fun.
Your Urban Fantasy novels, and the Servant series, are a departure from the contemporary romances that you are most renowned for. Writing a darker, edgier book in a genre you weren’t previously known for seems like it would have been a bit of a risk. Tell us some of the compelling reasons you had for writing Gaby’s story and branching out as LL Foster.
For me, writing is all about characters – I always let them do whatever they want, so that they’re usually taking me on the journey instead of the other way around. The characters who can kick ass and destroy evil – real evil – are there in my head, so I HAVE to get them on paper.
From my perspective, I didn’t realize that there was still so much romance in them, but when Amazon named my second L.L. book, SERVANT: THE ACCEPTANCE, their #1 Editors’ Pick In Romance, well, I had to accept that no matter what, my romance voice is going to shine through. LOL
Oh geeze, summary is not my strong suit! I’m rather long winded. But in short, Gabrielle Cody (Gaby) is a paladin, a servant of God, and she sees true evil when others can’t. You know how some heinous people look as ordinary as a grandma, or your friendly neighbor? Well, when Gaby looks at them she sees the aura of perversion that surrounds them. Through God, she has quicker reflexes, and keener insight.
She’s always lived alone and stayed estranged from society, but Detective Luther Cross, who first suspects her of murdering innocents, is drawn to her and can’t allow her to stay isolated. What he feels for her is as other-worldly as Gaby’s ability. Little by little she learns to trust him, and to share her responsibility to society with him. They make a pretty amazing couple.
And now, in the 3rd book, when the build-up of sexual chemistry explodes... yeah, it was mega, mega hot and fun!
“Come here, Gaby. Let me help you.”
When he tugged on her arms, she moved as directed, but with a zombie-like void of comprehension. On the tile entry, they both dripped puddles. Luther locked the door and turned to her. Her colorless lips shivered.
A tidal wave of emotion rose to choke him.
Luther hugged her close, rubbed her chilled arms and kissed her throat. She didn’t thaw at all. He needed to get her warm and fast, but he couldn’t, not while she wore cold, rain-soaked clothes.
Kissing her made him feel better, and even now, with her so emotionally wounded, the taste of her satisfied something deep inside him, something he’d never experienced with any other woman.
Though Luther’s ardor grew, Gaby didn’t make a single sound, and he hated that. “To hell with it.” He knew what he wanted to do, the best way to reach her.
Leaving her for only a moment, he went to the adjacent living room and closed the drapes, and then turned on the television. Maybe if she couldn’t see and hear the storm, it wouldn’t bother her so deeply.
Gaby stood frozen where he’d left her as he went down the hall to the guest bathroom to gather up a few towels. When he returned to her he smoothed her dark hair away from her face. With his heart pounding, he kissed her mouth and little by little, her icy lips thawed.
“Gaby.” His mouth still touching hers, he looked at her, and then covered her left breast with his palm.
Her eyelashes fluttered, so he kissed her again, deeper this time as he cuddled her
It appalled Luther that he was turned on while she stood as a supplicant to terror. Maybe it was seeing her quiescent for a change instead of defiant, maybe it was that for once, she didn’t scald him with her acerbic disdain.
Whatever logic he applied, he shook with wanting her. Lust roughened his voice as he spoke. “Let’s get you out of these wet clothes and warmed up.”
For most women, what he was about to do would be unethical in the extreme, even illegal. But for Gaby, it was the only way he knew to help her.
Her shirt stuck to her skin as he wrestled it up and over her head. It hit the tiled foyer with a sodden plop. Luther looked at her, at her small breasts and her nipples drawn tight by cold, and knew he was a goner.
Using one of the towels, he squeezed excess water from her hair and then dried her torso. And because he couldn’t help himself, he kissed her again, on her soft
pale lips, her nose, her chin.
“I’ll have you warm soon, I promise.”
The waistband of her loose, worn jeans curled outward from her thin frame, exposing her narrow hipbones and a tantalizing navel within a concave belly. Around her waist, Luther saw the thin leather belt that held her lethal blade in a sheath concealed at the small of her back. The stark reminder of who Gaby was, and what she did, didn’t faze him. He knew her, and he accepted her.
Cautious because Gaby could be unpredictable at the most unexpected times, Luther unfastened and removed the sheathed knife from her person. Her lips firmed and her brows pinched, proof that even while in a stupor, she wouldn’t like losing her knife.
Keeping his gaze on her, he placed it on the hall table for safe keeping. “It’s okay. No one is here but us. The knife’s not going anywhere, I promise.”
The suffocating fear had such a strangle-hold on Gaby that she offered no further challenge or protest. Now, at this particular moment, she looked small and female and vulnerable when normally those terms could never be applied to her.
The chill room gave her a shiver, and Luther’s gaze again went to her exposed breasts. For only a few seconds, he covered each breast, cuddled her, gave her his warmth. Then he forced himself to keep his brain on task.
Yes, he planned to pay plenty of attention to those pert breasts, but not yet. First he wanted her more comfortable, and that meant removing the rest of her clothes – and his.
You also had two novellas that were released on Aug 4th in a new anthology Out of the Light and Into the Shadow with Erin McCarthy, one as Lori Foster the other as LL Foster. Can you tell us about them and how they are connected?
This anthology is to sort of introduce readers to L.L., because there’s been a lot of misconceptions. I don’t write vampires or shape shifters. Through my initials (L.L.) I write cerebral paranormal/urban fantasy stories. In OUT OF THE LIGHT, I start with a straight contemporary romance – HAVE MERCY – about Mercy Jardine, and then I carry over to her brother, Brax Jardine – TOTAL CONTROL – to feature him. Brax is the L.L. story because he and all the males in his family have a special ability to manipulate emotions. It makes it easy for them to destroy evil. For example, they could twist the emotions of a serial killer so that the killer would jump off a bridge, ending his own life. But they can also use that ability in sexual situations, so it’s pretty fun – and uber hot.
Anyways, enough about me and my serious case of book addiction due in large part to you. My actual purpose for this question was to ask you if there will be another benefit book along the lines of Power of Love, and Tails of Love, and if so what the focus of the stories will be, what authors will be participating? Inquiring minds want to know :)
Thank you for asking! Yes, in June 2010, GIFT OF LOVE will be available. The authors taking part are me, Ann Christopher, Heidi Betts, HelenKay Dimon, Jules Bennet, Paige Cuccaro, Lisa Cooke and Gia Dawn. The focus will be on overcoming obstacles, and the charity is THE CONDUCTIVE LEARNING CENTER, a special local school for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy.
I hope to continue with the benefit books (where all the author proceeds go to a charity of my choice) for as long as readers want to read me!
I always have so many books – new and reissues – that it’s tough to keep track. That’s why I have a downloadable, printable calendar on my site. This year, I have 13 book releases. Craziness, huh?
Coming up, other than the two you mentioned above, are:
November: Reissue of OUTRAGEOUS and RILEY in a new duology titled, BODYGUARD
December: Reissue of DOUBLE THE PLEASURE and a new anthology, DOUBLE THE HEAT
February 2010: BACK IN BLACK, a new single title featuring Drew Black (for those who have been reading the SBC series.)
Hmmm... what type of promo stuff do they like best. I don’t do a lot of promo giveaways but I’m always curious as to whether or not they actually notice the name on the pen, the magnet, the file, etc... LOL
What is your favorite guilty pleasure that you would be hard pressed to give up for just about any reason?
Movies! I LUV going to the movies. I see about 2 movies a week. Getting out of the house, away from my computer and letting myself get lost in a visual plot is so relaxing. Horror movies and action movies are my faves, but I can get into a comedy or sci-fi too, and on rare occasions, a love story. But chic-flicks are my least favorite.
I also really like traveling in our RV. We bought the RV as Chihuahua transportation because my little doggies get car sick, but do fine in the RV. Then we realized how much we enjoyed being in the RV, and I actually get a ton of writing when I’m out and about, so... it works great!
Finally, just for fun…what is your favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one that Stella Cameron recently shared with me while she and I were talking about nice people.
The Dalai Lama said, “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”
So... to everyone out there, remember to fight nastiness with kindness and remember that if you’re being hateful to someone, things can always turn around so that you’re the next target. Karma is a bitch. LOL
Thanks Carrie! This was fun.
Visit Lori's website www.lorifoster.com to get all the latest news on her books, the myriad ways to contact her, excerpts, extras, sign up for her newsletter, there's also a link for a FREE audio download of Stranded, wallpapers, banners, screensavers, and contests....you name it, it's probably there. You can also find her at the Running With Quills blog.
Don’t you just love her! My sincere thanks to Lori for being my guest today. If you’ve never read any of Lori’s books…then what planet have you been living on? Seriously though, pick up anyone of her novels and I can almost guarantee that you won’t be disappointed, especially with the Servant series. I love them and hope you will too.
To celebrate the release of Servant: The Kindred Lori is giving away a bonanza of prizes to one very lucky winner. Here’s what you can win:
- signed copy of Out of the Light, Into the Shadow
- signed copy of Servant: The Kindred
I told you, it’s a bonanza…I wish I could win! How do you enter to win? Simple, just answer the question that Lori posed to readers in the interview.
Ways to earn entries:
- In order to be eligible you must answer Lori's question she posed to readers in the interview, and leave a meaningful comment
- Become a follower of Seductive Musings, and/or mention that you are already a follower in your comment (good for 3 extra entries)
- Blog about this contest on your blog and leave a link with your comment (good for 5 extra entries)
- If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they leave a comment on this post and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries (good for 2 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend)
- Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 20 entries, or 30 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
- You must answer Lori's question and leave a meaningful comment in order to be eligible.
- You can choose to earn extra entries as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment
- Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible
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