Friday, 7 August 2015

Author Spotlight Melinda De Ross with her The Coriola Series

Book 1 in the Coriola Series
Mirage Beyond Flames
Gerard Leon and Linda Coriola fight for the same cause. The attractive, noble, dedicated French doctor and the beautiful, sensitive Italian sculptress both donate their time and money to Hope – a clinic for children’s cancer research and treatment.
From the moment they meet, even the air between them crackles with intense attraction. But her past makes it difficult for Gerard to understand her scars and battle with her demons.
In search of a cure for cancer and armed with an innovative treatment themselves, they leave for Transylvania, that enigmatic land hidden in the heart of the Carpathians.
There they get lost and have a bizarre  experience in the Hoia-Baciu forest, nicknamed The Romanian Bermuda Triangle due to all the inexplicable paranormal phenomena happening in its depths.
But no one believes them, because they don’t have any proof of said experience. Or do they?...

*Mirage Beyond Flames is the sister-story of Dante’s Amulet.


Book 2
Dante's Amulet
Italian businessman Giovanni Coriola and English target-shooting trainer Sonia Galsworthy have only two things in common—a sizzling chemistry and no desire for commitment. When they meet in London, the world starts spinning faster and they quickly become addicted to each other. The incendiary passion between them skyrockets into smoldering, once-in-a-lifetime love.
Just as they thought they had things settled, a strange discovery triggers a mysterious spiral of events that puts their lives in danger more than once, with no apparent reason.
What connection could there be between an ancient amulet, a secret society and the long-dead poet Dante Alighieri? A sinister, complicated conspiracy that gradually catches up with the characters. And of course, one last twist before the ending.
*Dante’s Amulet is a follow-up of Mirage Beyond Flames.
Melinda De Ross (real name Anca-Melinda Coliolu) is an international author of Romanian origin. She writes in two languages, and her books combine the elegance specific to the European style with the modern appeal of the American culture. Her favorite genre to read and write in is Romance, and anytime she prefers to watch a classic movie instead of going to a noisy club.
She loves to hear from her readers, and you can find her at:

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Cover Reveal and Interview with V. L. Locey

Author Interview: V. L. Locey


Hi Vicki. Thank you for being with us today. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

It's my pleasure! Thank you for having me. I'm an erotic hockey romance author who pens both M/F and M/M romances under the non de plume of V.L. Locey. I live in the mountains of Pennsylvania on a small hobby farm with my husband of 24 years, my daughter the college sophomore, 2 dogs, 2 cats, 3 steers, and countess numbers of domesticated poultry.

Please tell us about Venom series, and what inspired you to write it?

When I was about halfway through my Wildcat series, I knew I had to make a decision about how many books to write. I had laid out enough for 6 and truly didn't wish to go much further than that. But gosh darn it, I wasn't ready to leave Philadelphia and the characters of the Wildcat series behind. So I came up with a new series about a woman's pro hockey team coming into the City of Brotherly Love. And the Venom were born!

How much research did you have to carry out for this book?

Anyone who writes sports romance needs to know the sport they are writing about or they'll be in trouble quickly. I'm not saying you have to be an expert but a general knowledge of the sport is really needed. Since I'm a HUGE hockey fan, research can be as wonderful as watching hockey! It can also be as dry as spending hours sorting through NHL by-laws. Every book has a new wrinkle that needs researched and Clean Sweep was no different. There are rules for women's hockey that differ from the NHL, so I had to know what they were as well as knowing the basics of ice hockey.

What is your writing process like? To what extent do you plan and how much do you just let the plot and the characters speak for themselves?

I am a huge seat of the pants writer. I generally lay about a light plot with a beginning and end. I also make character bios. Other than that the book belongs to the characters and they take it where they wish.

Are any of the characters in your novels based on people you know?

Most aren't although there may be personality traits from people I know that I incorporate into a character. Real hockey players have inspired quite a few of my fictional players.

What is the best thing about being an author? What do you find the most challenging?

The best thing is being paid to put down the stories that rattle around inside my brain. And there is a never-ending supply of them! The most challenging is trying to simply keep up with the incredible amount of work that goes on behind the scenes of a book. If only the authors job ended when they typed "The End"!

What type of books do you like to read? Have you any favourite authors?

I read a wide range but erotic romances are my weakness. A few of my favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, J.R.Ward, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan, and Armistead Maupin.

Can you tell us about what you working on at the moment?

Sure! I'm working on a M/M hockey novella called Crashing the Crease that will be part of this year's Seduced by the Game cancer charity collection.100% of all proceeds will be donated to the NHL's Hockey Fights Cancer charity organization.

Have you any advice to give to aspiring authors?

There are two important things for aspiring authors to keep in mind. 1-Your book will not get written if you don't have your butt in the chair. 2-Don't let anyone ever tell you that you are too old, young, fat, skinny, rich, poor, tall, short, straight, gay etc. to write that book.

And finally, have you a message for readers?

I'd like to thank every single person out there who takes the time to read and review. Without reader support we authors couldn`t do what we do. *hugs*

Thank you so much for giving up your time to answer these questions for us. We wish you best of luck with Clean Sweep and your future work.


Clean Sweep

Coming 17/8


Fiery, flame-haired Jane Bratkowski is catapulted from a small college town to Philadelphia to become head coach of a new women’s hockey team, The Venom. It’s a life-changing opportunity, a dream come true until – in a cruel twist of fate that could turn into a nightmare – she comes face to face with her ex-husband Tore Ahlberg, the Wildcats' head of European Scouting.


Suddenly, Jane’s faced with more challenges than she bargained for: Will she let him distract her -- and derail her big chance to coach pro hockey? Can she build a team of relatively inexperienced, irrepressible young women into champions? Can she and Tore triumph over the gut-wrenching tragedy that ripped them apart -- or will the shocking truth of their passionate past threaten to destroy them once again? 

Where to buy
You can find Liz and Veikko`s book, A Most Unlikely Countess, here: (It is recommended that you read the series in order)
Secret Cravings Store
All Romance eBooks
B & N

You can find Pink Pucks & Power Plays, the first book of the To Love a Wildcat series, here:
Secret Cravings Publishing
All Romance eBooks

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, belly laughs, anything romantic, Greek mythology, New York Rangers hockey,  comic books and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, a steer named after a famous N.H.L. goalie,  a pig with the same moniker as a famous President, and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

V.L. is a self-published and conventionally published author. She is a proud Torquere Press and Secret Cravings Publishing author. When not writing romantic tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand, writing, or cheering on her beloved New York Rangers. She can also be found online on Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads.
I love to meet new friends and fans! You can find me at-