Summer Beach Interview with the Vampire King of New York by Susan Hanniford Crowley

I’ve been so busy writing the next book in the series, that I forgot about Max. I joke when I say Vampire King of New Yorkthat. Vampire King Maximillion Vander Meer is quite unforgettable. I asked for an interview and he said, “I haven’t forgotten about you, Lily.”  He calls me, “Lily.”  Nothing ever prepares me for seeing Max. Tall, blond, and whoa. His choice of clothes is always impeccable, and since he’s the king, he is usually wearing couture, an Armani suit in dark blue is his preference. But this time, since we are between books, we find him at his summer house in Long Island looking out over the ocean. He’s wearing dark blue swim briefs with stars on them.  Oh, my.

Lily: So King Max, now that the book is out, do you have plans this summer? Why do you have a summer house with a beach?
Max: Because I can. (smiles showing fangs) With the right sunblock, I can spend most of the day out here. But I do have to fully prepare for the sun, otherwise I can get hurt by it, and I do have an umbrella over me. I’m only here for the weekend, so it’s lucky you caught me.

Lily: Max, I understand that people have some misconceptions about vampires.

Max: Like what?

Lily: Do vampires sparkle?

Max (laughs a lot): If there are some, I don’t know them.

Lily: Okay. Getting serious now. Are all vampires murderers?

Max: Not in New York, Lily. I can’t speak for the other states, though more and more have adapted civilized ways.  We drink animal blood or donated human blood. Hunting is not allowed in New York. It is the law of the Arnhem Society.

Lily: Max, how can you possibly enforce that?

Max: The Arnhem Knights enforce that. Vampires coming to live in New York must agree to our ways or leave.

Lily: On a lighter note, I heard you make all the vampires take dancing lessons. Is that true?

Max: (laughs so hard he practically falls out of his chair) Who told you that?

Lily: Well, is it true?

Max: (grinning from ear to ear) Absolutely. (Then he laughs again.)

Lily: (He is laughing too much for that to be true.)

Max: I heard that Lily.

Lily: Moving on. Is it true that vampires are the best lovers, and if so why?

Max: (chuckles) Yes, and think about it. We really don’t need to sleep. If we’re not injured, we’re enormously healthy. We have a sense of humor and are wonderfully inventive.

Lily: And modest.

Max: Oh, Lily, you’re funny.  Everyone, if they haven’t already, please, go out and get this amazing fun and sexy beach read called Vampire King of New York.  That way you’ll be prepared for when the next one comes out.

Lily: And they’re learn all your secrets.

Max: That’s very true.

Lily: Here’s a little bit about Vampire King of New York.

Max Vander Meer, is a modern day Viking, CEO of VMeer Industries, and a Vampire. He makes a plea to the Goddess Freya to find the only woman who can heal his heart, the woman haunting his dreams. But, the Goddess strikes a bargain with him. To find this special woman, Max must return to the city he helped build–New York, which is threatened by an ancient terror. When he meets Evelyn, he is astounded. Could she be the one who inhabits his dreams? But Evelyn is haunted by loss and betrayal. How can Max win her love when she doesn’t trust him as a man, and she doesn’t want to be a vampire? If Max returns to Iceland without her, he will be encased in ice . . . forever!

Vampire King of New York
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Lily: Is there anything else you’d like me to share with our readers at Nights of Passion?

Max: Hmm, let me think. Besides a champagne bath?  They tickle all over you know and are so relaxing and fun.

Now it’s my turn to laugh.  Thank you, King Max.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
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My First Facebook Party by Stacy Hoff

You are ALL invited to the BEACH READS & MORE Facebook Party  

Friday, June 5 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm!!!!!

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When I was asked by Merry Holly and Gerri Brousseau to contribute a romantic short story for their romance box set Season of Love, I was excited but overwhelmed. I had never self-published before (unlike these ladies).  In fact, my only other experience publishing is with the publisher of my full length contemporary romances, Soul Mate Publishing, Inc., (who I love, by the way).

Self-publishing seemed so daunting. Since I am not a brave person, I never would have taken the plunge had Merry and Gerry not held my hand while we walked into the pool. There is so much I had (and still have) to learn to keep up with them. And one of these things is doing a Facebook party. Thank goodness they’ll be doing this event with me to throw me the life preserver I’ll need!

The idea behind the party is that us ladies will each take a turn talking to all of you, with some free giveaways along the way. We’ve got fun things coming up. And I’ve got a bunch of questions I’d like to throw out at you.

I’d love to know what you like us to do for my very first Facebook party! Please comment if you can!

Facebook Party Event link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1107617552600689/1107870829242028/               USA Bestselling Author Stephanie Queen, Merry Holly (Marian Lanouette), Stacy Hoff, Gerri Brousseau and Bobbi Lerman invite you to join us in our celebration of love.

AMAZON LINK FOR SEASON OF LOVE ROMANCE BOX SET: http://www.amazon.com/Season-Love-Box-Merry-Holly-ebook/dp/B00X3ZAR3E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431122019&sr=8-1&keywords=Season+of+love+-+stacy+hoff

Find Stacy on Social Media: http://www.facebook.com/authorStacyHoff Twitter: twitter.com/authorStacyHoff Web: http://www.stacyhoff.com https://www.pinterest.com/authorstacyhoff/

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AMAZON LINK FOR LAWFULLY YOURS by Stacy Hoff: http://www.amazon.com/Lawfully-Yours-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00U7U2WCC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1425508177&sr=8-2&keywords=book+-+lawfully+yours

 AMAZON LINK FOR DESIRE IN THE EVERGLADES by Stacy Hoff: http://www.amazon.com/Desire-Everglades-Stacy-Hoff-ebook/dp/B00NFSMCYG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1410289138&sr=8-1&keywords=desire+in+the+everglades.

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What I’ve Learned: Secret #20: Love Yourself and Those Close to You Day!

Writers are a possessed lot. A story gets hold of us, and we can’t let it go until it’s down on Larry and Susanpaper or electronically off to be published. I dream the characters and am constantly writing. If I’m stuck I change the mode–if I was typing into the laptop, I switch into the journal. Sometimes I switch into editing for a while.

The main thing is through all this when I’m distracted, I have people who love me and carry on life matters on my behalf. My husband cooks. Bless him for being adorable too. I have learned that when you have an occupation you love as I do writing, it is wonderful to have people around you that love you no matter what.

It’s important not to become so obsessed with your job or passion, that you forget those people that hold your world together in your absence. We see it in movies about the lives of stars all the time when they do that and their personal life falls apart. Don’t be so obsessed with anything that you don’t see those special people who love you. Make time for them. Be there for them when they need you, and even times when you just want to hang out together just because. Don’t be possessed. Live life. Love others. Tell them you love them. Take care of yourself. Then you will have a life of wonderful deep experiences. It will even pour into your work.

Let’s make Thursdays Love Yourself and Those Close to You Day! every week.  What are you going to do today?

-Susan

Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York published by Soul Mate Publishing and available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Truly Inspired

Have you ever been inspired? Truly inspired? As a writer, it’s the most wonderful thing to TorreyPineshave the words rolling so fast that your fingers can’t hardly keep up. But I’d also say that type of inspiration is definitely a higher degree of inspiration.

“What?” you say. “There are higher degrees of inspiration?”

Well, the truth be told I’m not sure, but I’m sure a Google search will yield you an abundance of information. Still, going off simple feelings I have to imagine there are different degrees. Sometimes a mere video or phrase or photo or image can inspire enough to change your mood. Other times, they can inspire you for days, even more, they can inspire you to make a difference, take some action.

This past weekend, my family and I went to San Diego. We spent a couple days visiting the Torrey Pines Reserve and its surrounding area and I have to say that it left me inspired. I’m not quite sure how inspired yet as I’m still feeling the “waves.” Perhaps it was withdrawal from living in the desert and seeing palm trees everywhere but not water. Or perhaps my time away from writing is getting a little too long. Watching the waves reach forward and dip back made me feel as if they were luring me in, kind of like my writing. Each day it seems to call out a bit more, pulling me in to spend just a bit of time there. I know one day I will no longer have to resist.

Happy writing this week and may you feel inspired soon!

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Books I’m Reading, and an Upcoming Bit of Coolness by Mandy Rosko

Yes, I’m using coolness as a word. Don’t judge me, this is going to be awesome. Awesome might be a tad on the subjective side for those who hear about it when I can finally reveal it, but right now I’m super excited and think this is really sweet :D

Anyway, this will be a short post today about the things I’m up to and how you can find ideas for anything pretty much anywhere.

Currently I’m reading Afterworlds, but Scott Westerfeld, and I’m loving it. The premise is interesting and one I haven’t seen before. A young girl writes a book during Nanowrimo and manages to get it published, so it’s a romance about meeting another writer in New York, going to find an apartment, and then getting on tour and learning all she can from the pros. At the same time, every other chapter is the paranormal romance novel that she wrote, so it’s basically a two in one :D

I love this idea. Rainbow Rowell is doing something a little similar with a spin off to Fangirl, a novel I totally loved because it spoke to my younger self who wrote fanfiction but was embarrassed by it, and then my adult self who still reads some of it today. Carry On will be a whole book dedicated to that fanfiction, which is basically supposed to be a take on Harry Potter, what with the mages, and constantly talking about how those books made everyone’s childhood and so on.

Carry On comes out in October, and I absolutely cannot wait for that book to come out. I need that book. Seriously. I even bought the Chapters special edition of Fangirl just so I could get the different looking cover, the ribbon book mark, the interview at the end, and the first chapter preview of Carry On, though I’ll be honest, I’m somewhat hesitant to read it because I know reading it will just make me crave it that much more, and there’s only so much excitement I can take while waiting five months for something I really want to come out.

Anyway, this got me to thinking, what with my new Wattpad craze, that this is an interesting way to mix in my love of fanfiction with my love of writing original works. Doing them both together. Both novels Scott Westerfeld did were neither of them based on any fanfiction, but I still love the premise, and now want to play with ways of mixing them together.

I’m super excited for this idea and want to start playing with it, but right now I need to update my Wattpad story, it’s getting late ;)

Cheers,

-Mandy

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Memorial Day Paranormal-Scope

Graves at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photo is courtesy of Wikipedia and is in the public domain.

Graves at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. Photo is courtesy of Wikipedia and is in the public domain.

In the United States of America, we are remembering those that gave their lives for our freedom on this Memorial Day. A moment of silence, please, to remember those fallen who loved their families and a whole country. God bless them! I thank them.

Now for the Paranormal-Scope. While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for:

Aries:
Elves reflect on the past and honor their ancestors. This is your opportunity to learn from your past and not repeat a mistake.

Taurus:
Werewolves can sniff out danger. Keep your eyes open and be aware of your surroundings. Avoid trouble.

Gemini:
Dragons love family gatherings. They love roasting hotdogs, hamburgers; they just love roasting. Time to gather with family or friends.

Cancer:
Pixies love joking. Heard any good jokes lately. Time to expand your repertoire of comedy through books or movies that will make your laugh.

Leo:
A kiss from a mermaid has been known to save a drowning man. Someone dear to you is drowning metaphorically speaking. Extend your love, even if it only through a hug or a phone call.

Virgo:
Dragons leave treasure to their young ones. Go over family heirlooms and remember those special to you.

Libra:
Faeries walk through the night woods. Don’t follow. You could get lost when they disappear which they always do. Keep your head on straight this week.

Scorpio:
A mermaid has offered you sanctuary. Honor this gift. Rare is the person who would keep your words and heart safe.

Sagittarius:
Vampires regret. There will be extra flowers on graves as they remember. Just because they can’t die doesn’t mean they never loved. Remember those you love.

Capricorn:
Hobbits want to hug you. Let them. Have fun with those closest to you. Enjoy family events.

Aquarius:
Unicorns witness the world. Spend time enjoying the beauty of the nature with family or friends. Give someone flowers.

Pisces:
Gnomes are cooking all those luscious healthy recipes. Life is more than hotdogs and hamburgers. Try new things. Make a new dish to share.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!
Vampire King of New York available at Amazon Kindle and print, Barnes and Noble Nook and print and in Kobo
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Happy Memorial Day!

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In honor of the holiday, I thought I’d share some facts and traditions about Memorial Day with you today.

  1. Memorial Day began as a holiday in 1868.
  2. It was originally held to commemorate the Union dead in the Civil War. And today, several southern states hold Confederate Memorial Day celebrations.
  3. The holiday used to be held on May 30 until 1971, when it was made one of the “Monday” holidays by the federal government, and is now celebrated on the last Monday in May.
  4. Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day.
  5. Poppies are a symbol of remembrance and on Memorial Day, many veterans’ organizations pass out silk poppies to everyone to wear, to remember those who made the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country.
  6. Memorial Day traditionally begins the summer season, the first of the major summer holidays of Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day.
  7. On Memorial Day, the American flag is raised to half-staff until noon, then is raised to full staff for the rest of the day.
  8. The National Memorial Day Concert takes place each year on the west lawn of the United States Captiol building.
  9. The Indianapolis 500 auto race has been held on Memorial Day every year since 1911.

I hope this Memorial Day you remember and honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

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