Highlander Hotness and a Giveaway!

by Lori Sizemore on 10.16.2014

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cover1 copyToday, I’m interviewing Landra Graf, whose new historical erotica, With This Kilt, I Thee Bed, hit e-shelves everywhere this week. As I mentioned when I hosted her cover reveal, I love Landra’s stories because she can take unexpected protagonists or situations and make them into great stories. I was excited to share more about her characters, her stories, and what’s coming up next. Oh, and she’s giving away a $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card and a copy of her e-book!

Each of the three brothers in your book is hot and offers something uniquely special. Which brother is your favorite hero?

Such a hard question to answer. If I had to choose it’d be Hamish. He’s rough, but caring too. I loved writing his story the most because he challenged me when finding his heroine.

Which is your favorite heroine?

Athdara, of course. All my heroines are definitely strong women who take charge of their sexuality and don’t believe in letting men save the day. Athdara, she appealed to the tough girl in me. The one who wanted to run through the woods, fish, hunt and so much more.

What makes Scottish men sexier than other men of that time-period?

These men are some of the sturdiest and rugged men. They live in such a cold country and leave their legs bare. Those accents don’t hurt them a bit either. Whenever I think of a Scottish man I think of a tough, brawler who can hold his drink and loves his woman with such a fierce devotion you wouldn’t want to come between them. Wow! I didn’t know how school-girlish those last few sentences sounded until I re-read them, but yeah.

Where did you get the idea for these stories?

The first one came from a submission call for an anthology, which luckily got passed over. Only a few days after submitting the story I came up with the second one, and from there the idea spiraled out into three stories. All steamy, and more steamy then anything I’ve ever written. I really covered the gauntlet, IMO, with this book.

How did you come up with this clever title?

Ha! Funny question because for the longest time I didn’t know what I’d call  the darn thing. My brain likes to marinate on things, my term and it may sound silly, but it’s true. I’ll put a thought it my head and my subconsciousness rolls around with it and then spits out an answer when it’s ready. The title came to me while sitting at my computer working on edits. I’d just finished with edits on the first two stories and boom the thought came. I then polled Facebook, like all good authors do. *snickers* The votes were all in favor, thankfully.

What do you want your readers to come away with when they close your book?

I want them to remember the characters and be inspired by them in some way. Whether by owning their sexuality, being a support for someone, or loving a person they way they are and not asking them to change– those are some of things I try to write in my books and I can only hope readers see them too.

We have talked about what a steep learning curve there was to self-publish. Do you have any advice for writers who want to self-publish?

There’s more to self-publishing then the cover and editing. So. Much. More. Besides a solid marketing plan, there’s a lot of administrative work required, along with some unavoidable expenses. So I encourage others seeking to self-publish to research, research, and ask questions. Give yourself plenty of time to not only get the book in the best shape, but to learn about formatting, the different online marketplaces and the time it will take to get all your work loaded, etc.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on a fairy-tale re-telling of a Grimm story called, The Seven Ravens. My version is going to be diesalpunk romance with an assassin  and a bounty hunter. If there’s one thing I like to do it’s push boundaries and of course, go against the mold.

Thank you Lori for hosting me and my lovely highlanders on your blog today!

I bet you want to know where you can buy Landra’s new book, which is chock full of highlander goodness– three stories, one price.

 Amazon - Amazon UKSmashwordsBarnes & Noble

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Prize: 1 $25 Amazon or iTunes gift card and the With This Kilt, I Thee Bed  e-book 

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DAfRN: Never Marry a Viscount

by Lori Sizemore on 10.10.2014

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2014-09-26_01_56_290001This week, I finished the final book in the Scandal at the House of Russell trilogy by Anne Stuart. This series is my first from Ms. Stuart. I first read her in The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes, co-written with Jennifer Crusie and Eileen Dreyer. I enjoyed it quite a bit and put her on my TBR list. I can honestly say, I highly recommend all three of these novels. First of all, oh my–her heroes. Second, I read through the first two in about that many days and bitterly sat about to wait for my pre-order of the final book to come home to my Kindle.

Enough of all that. Let’s get to what you really came for.

Dating Advice from Romance Novels: Never Marry a Viscount

  1. If you find yourself violating the privacy of some unsuspecting albeit beautiful man, don’t feel too bad. He’s probably your soulmate.
  2. Titled men tend to lose their first wives under suspicious circumstances while pirates, Black Beard not withstanding, do not. So, you know, shoot for second wife status.
  3. Viscounts are apparently skilled in all manner of bedroom activities.
  4. If a viscount asks if you work for Mrs. Lefton, say yes. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. (See #3.)
  5. Your beloved’s half-brother may be trying to kill you. And your sisters, their husbands, your shiny, brand-new fiance, and anyone who gets in the way. Because it’s all part of his destiny. Nothing for it, really.

If you’re enjoying DAfRN or have a book recommendation, I’d love to hear from you! Hit me up in the comments below, on twitter(@lorisizemore), or on my Facebook page. Thanks!




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Me: It smells like smoke or something. Something burning? Husband: I smell it. Check the stove. Me: Never mind. It’s just from me making volcanic ash last night. Husband nods. Not one question.       Tweet: “The One with Volcanic Ash” @lorisizemore http://ctt.ec/GyI17+ Print Friendly

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Cover Reveal! “With This Kilt, I Thee Bed”

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I am so excited to share my wonderful critique partner’s upcoming release cover. It’s gorgeous; the stories are great. And I’m going to tell you a secret that I hope the world realizes very soon: Landra writes unique stories. Oh, that sounds so unimportant, but listen… she can take characters and situations that you wouldn’t expect to see in your typical romance and she writes the hell out of it. I strongly suggest you check her out.

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Mommy Spellcheck

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P: Mom, how do you spell cheetah? Me: *spells word* And even if you’re 72, you can always ask me how to spell things as long as you’re trying to learn. Because we can’t all be like me, and know how to spell all the words. P: No, we can’t. Me: It’s a superpower, really. […]

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“10 Obnoxious Things People Say To Hard-Core Readers – BOOK RIOT”

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The following is from a posting on my FB page. We all get the jokes (that aren’t actually funny) but, honestly, I’ve never much trusted people who don’t love reading. There’s something fundamentally missing. Article Source: http://ift.tt/1pYABCp Add your voice here or on my FB page @ http://ift.tt/1p3Z1eb Print Friendly

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