Saturday, April 30, 2011
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Anyway, while driving to SFO (San Francisco airport and why it's called SFO is beyond me) to pick up my arriving house guests, I got a phone call from the RWA chapter in Arizona telling me that Captured has won an award in their science fiction romance category. I guess it's the Golden Quill Contest for published authors.
That's all. Not much else to tell except I made Bolognese sauce with pasta, picked lettuce from my garden for a salad, steamed some fresh asparagus and made a whiskey cake for dessert - old family recipe. Gotta go - up early to get some fresh air before I get snockered!
Tessie: This story is so unique, Kat. Where did the inspiration come from?
Kat: I wanted to write my version of a dark American fairytale with a paranormal twist. I was drawn to the New Orleans setting because its history is soaked in moodiness, joy and mystery. I wanted to write a tale where good clearly triumphed over evil, and I wanted Lark and Valcour to face big physical and emotion challenges. This setting did all that for me.
Be warned there are some dark elements in this story, including very manipulative sexuality and talk of abuse, but as we all know there is some dark stuff at the bottom our favorite fairytales. Facing the darkness and being victorious over it, is the heart of the story.
Tessie: I can’t even imagine the research involved in writing historical novels! When I read this book, I was literally swept away to New Orleans in the 1830’s. Tell us about the process.
Kat: It was exhausting bedding dashing pirates and freeing zombies! Never again, never again! Lol When I read for pleasure, I often pick up some sort of history book. I’ll read books of old letters, diary entries, maps, ship manifests—anything useful. As I read I try to “read” between the lines and look for what’s missing from the historical account. I go searching for the human being at the heart of the matter. I’ll ask myself who were they? Were they lonely? Why did they take this risk? Etc…
I love to put myself in that place and fully imagine what it would feel like to live in that time period under those limitations. For me writing historical fiction is like the ultimate game of make-believe.
Tessie: I absolutely love the ‘eerie’ qualities of SRV; dark magic, zombies…how was it to craft those elements into the story?
Kat: Fun! I think I’d like to try writing horror. I deliberately held back and made the story moody not horrific because “Sugar Roux Voodoo” is a romance, but maybe someday…
For this story I wanted to create an evil twist on a shape-shifter. The Amé Enchanger or soul-swapper is a manipulative man with supernatural powers. He gains control of men during their darkest hour or most guilty thoughts and uses those negative emotions to enslave his victims as zombies. Then he takes on their likeness and goes into the world exploiting the men’s personality and doing bad things. I couldn’t think of a more frightening violation than to have someone borrow your soul and do things to others that you would never do.
I wrote a lot of the eerie Broken Oak Plantation to entertain my husband. He’s was raised in New Orleans on pirate tales and he loves this stuff! He contributed quite a bit to the atmosphere of “Sugar Roux Voodoo”. The oak tree, the Spanish fort and the enchanted moss were his ideas.
Tessie: I’ve tried very hard to keep my questions broad enough not give away any of this fantastic story, but I have to ask about the card reading in the first chapter. I was on the edge of my seat right along with Miss Marietta. What’s real and what’s not??
Kat: First, it’s my job as a writer of fiction to make things up that feel real. I take my make-believe very seriously! Most scenes are a 50/50 mix of real historical elements blended with stuff I just made-up for fun. I’m no authority. I’m just curious about this beautiful world. Always take my writing with a grain of salt—it’s only meant as entertainment.
However, the card deck is a real deck, the Tarot de Marseilles is notable because it was the first tarot deck to be commercially printed and distributed. Here’s a weird bit of American history—the British stamp act, which placed a tax on every scrap of paper-product imported into the colonies would have included such diverse items as books, maps, ledgers, parchments, playing cards and the Tarot de Marseilles. The British wanted to collect a tax on everything that could be used for financial gain, including gambling and tarot cards though I suspect there wasn’t a huge demand for tarot cards in the original thirteen!
Beyond that I mapped out Miss Marietta’s character arch and compared it to the journey my heroine Lark needed to take. I scribbled a brief psychological profile on a post-it-pad of both ladies, and designed a card reading especially for them based on the traditional symbolism behind the cards. Once I understood that the cards were actually playing a third character in that scene, it clicked for me. I found it a pleasure to write the tarot scene because it flowed off the keyboard almost as fast as I could type.
Tessie: One of the many reasons that I’m such a fan of your stories, Kat, is your gift for seamlessly blending fiction and reality! Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse into how this book came about.
Kat: I want to thank you Tessie for taking the time to interview me and for all your love and encouragement during the writing of this book. It’s much appreciated.
“Sugar Roux Voodoo” Available now from Ellora’s Cave Legend Line.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
What woman wouldn’t crave an annual erotic, exotic rendezvous?
With a demanding lover who’s proven over and over again that he’s as scintillating and devoted in bed as out, Corin Campbell tears open her instructions for her yearly tryst with her insatiable Mr. Jones. Eager to experience what heart-pounding excitements Mr. Jones has created for them both this year in Paris, Corin knows that the Chinese love balls, her leather outfit, the masseur, the caviar and the five exhibitionists are only prelude to hours of intoxicating delight in Jones’s arms. What can he teach her this year about the enduring charm of his loving and the delights only he can summon from her?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Cerise Deland put out Me and Mr. Jones, a Quickie, on April 20th.
Amber Skyze has more releases than I can count!
Tessie Bradford recently released Pampering Jessica!
Go...follow these authors! They are awesome!
And maybe Fran Lee and I will have a release in the next few months too!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Are there still seven days in a week 'cause these Thursdays seem as if they're arriving faster?!!
The fashion show last Saturday was spectacular!! My daughter's collection looked stunning on the runway, and I was able to keep my weeping noises below the decibels of the music!
Happy Release Week to both Cerise DeLand and Katalina Leon!
We received more snow on Sunday and Monday! Excuse me, but aren't we in the middle of April? I was looking at the blooming flowers in my front garden as I scraped the ice and three inches of white stuff off my car! Two weeks ago I was threatening to turn on the air conditioning when the temps hit almost eighty degrees.
My two WIPs are slowly but surely taking shape. My writing process continues to evolve, much to my own surprise. In the past, stories hit me like a ton of bricks. I wrote lineally, from beginning to end. If I got hung up on a scene, a conversation, a sentence for God's sake, I stayed at it until it was right enough for me to continue. Now, that isn't working for me. It helps to have more than one story going at a time so that when I hit a hard spot, I have something else to go to. I've even taken to writing random scenes in hope they will work into the story later.
Did anyone watch the first episode of Game of Thrones on HBO? I did, kind of by mistake, and am thoroughly hooked! I just read it's already been picked up for season #2 due to viewer response.
Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Mississippi River, New Orleans, October 1834
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I received final proof edits this morning for Hit Me coming from Loose Id on May 17th. The next few weeks should bring edits for Sex on the Beach, which will be published with Ellora’s Cave. So I HAVE to do something.
I decided to set aside Looking Thru the Glass. I’m about 14k into it, but I’m not feeling the characters right now. Maybe that’s the reason I’m not writing.
This morning I started a new story for a theme line EC is doing. The story I Wanna Sext You Up flowed nicely. I managed to get a little over 1k on paper. Now if I can keep the flow going only 20k more to write…I’m sure it will be longer, but I have a tight deadline.
In between writing I’m concentrating on planting flowers and picking out paint. The DH put five colors on the wall yesterday. As they were drying I liked two. This morning I didn’t like any of them. Off the paint store for more samples!
Hope everyone else is having more productive times than me!
Monday, April 18, 2011
From left to right: What it was, what it was becoming...and what it is now finished!
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
I think Thomas Jefferson and I share a birthday, April 13th. I think Abraham Lincoln died on my birthday. I'm pretty sure some pretty (historical) evil people were born around my birthday too. Yuck. Lots of stuff happens in April - must be the Aries influence. We're pushy buggers.
Happy Easter, Happy Passover, and Happy Spring! love, Julia
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
“New Orleans 1834. Lark La Beau is a green-eyed beauty and respected beneficent voodoo priestess with the sometimes uncooperative gift of clairvoyance. Captain Valcour Curry is a debonair, larger-than-life buccaneer with ambition to burn and a taste for fine things. Following a whirlwind romance with Lark, he disappears at sea, leaving Lark with a riverboat and a child to rear—alone.
A guilty act of piracy causes Valcour to fall victim to a shapeshifting magician who practices the dark art of soul-swapping. For five years Valcour has been enslaved as an emotionless zombie with no memory of his loved ones or past. From dusk to dawn he is cursed to toil in the cane fields while the magician uses his soul.
Lark will risk hell and journey to the oppressive Broken Oak Plantation to break the curse. It’s a terrifying place. Her only tools to call Valcour’s lost soul back to life are beneficent voodoo and love.”
If you’re curious about what a “sugar roux” is, or want to know how to cast a love spell that can pull a man’s soul back from limbo—I’m not telling! You’ll have to read the book and find out for yourself.
Seven Sexy Scribes resident expert Amber Skyze informed me that the gorgeous man on the book cover, playing the part of Captain Valcour Curry is indeed cover model “Angelo”…sigh. I feel truly honored to have a Syneca created book cover featuring Angelo. Thank you Syneca!
Katalina Leon “Sugar Roux Voodoo” will be available
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Monday, April 11, 2011
For years I worked at my own business and wrote novels, articles, lots of non-fiction, even did a weekly business column (shoot me, please) for the local newspaper. With one husband, 3 children and a dog, I ran like crazy.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
No release date yet, but I'll let you know - with bells on!
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Friday, April 1, 2011
Oh yeah! Party time!
Have a wonderful weekend. I intend to!