So we'll jump right on in. Can you tell the readers a bit about yourself?
Sure, Melissa, and thanks for giving me this opportunity to talk about myself! Ha- my kids are getting tired of hearing about me. I am a happily married mom of two boys who are way too smart for their own good. They scare me and I hope they use their powers for good one day. But enough about them….I’ve been writing for some time although my writing dreams have only come to fruition in the past year. When I’m not writing, I spend my time working in the local library and haunting the stacks. However, I’m not one of those old-school librarians who wear rubber-soled shoes and who wave their bony fingers at you if you get a fine.
Ha, yeah, I totally have never gotten that impression of you as a librarian. How long have you been writing? Is there anything in particular that inspires you to write?
About ten years now. As far as what inspires me, it’s love, plain and simple. I always get carried away by a sweeping love story. And when the imaginary boyfriends in my head start making me obsess, that’s when I know it’s time to give them their own books.
Have you ever received any piece(s) of writing advice from someone(s) that have always stuck with you and spurred your determination to write?
My writing journey has always been a solitary one. I was always too intimidated to join writing groups, etc. However, I have always been a big believer in “Write what you know.” There’s something in each of my books that has come from my life. I would love to write a cowboy story, but likely never will. Here in Toronto, Canada, I don’t get to rub elbows with a lot of cowboys (more’s the pity!)
Perhaps a vacation is in order to some working ranch somewhere? Is there anything about your publication process you would have changed or done differently?
No. Liquid Silver Books, my publisher, has been superb to me. They have provided great guidance and even provide writing craft workshops and chats for their authors. It took me a while to get to this place, but I wouldn’t change it now that I’m here.
That's awesome you've had a great experience. I'm happy for you. So you’ve been a busy lady and had three books, For the Love of a God, Up in Flames, and Sweet Hell, release this year. What else is in the works for you?
Thanks for asking! My newest, The Selkie, comes Sept 6! Selkies are Scottish seal shapeshifters from the isle of Orkney, and are reputed for their lovemaking abilities. So…I had to write about one!
Ooo I do love the Scots. Can you share one of your favorite scenes from your latest release, Sweet Hell? And why is it one of your favorites?
There are a couple that I’m really proud of, and that I had so much fun writing. There is a scene in the basement of Josie’s bakery that involves a huge amount of cannoli…I can’t even say any more than that! It would spoil it! There’s also a cute scene in which Josie insists Dionysus prove he’s a god. Let’s just say she makes him do it in an unusual, touching way…and that it involves a very odd, little creature.
Well, I've gotta read it now. :) I have to say, I love the covers of your books. Did you have any control over the design?
Thank you so much! I’m really proud of them. Liquid Silver Books gives us 100% input on these covers, and the cover art process if so much fun. We receive a sheet in which we detail all our desires for the cover, from fonts to colors to what the characters look like and how they interact. The graphic artist interprets our wishes and makes them come to life. My artists, Amanda Kelsey and Valerie Tibbs have been amazing!
From a previous review, I read you were a singer. That’s a neat bit of information. What exactly did you sing and are you still doing so?
I trained as a classical soprano for many years, and went to university to study vocal performance. I sang with a chamber ensemble for a couple of years and loved it. However, it’s a very hard career to have with a family, and do it wholeheartedly. I reached a stage where I knew I was okay to give it up. I’m still available for weddings and funerals! LOL.
Ha, I'll keep that in mind. I’m just going to put this one out there, and let you decide what to do with it. Coronation Street??
Now, Melissa…listen to me on this one. I know you’re in Alabama, and you probably don’t get Coronation Street there. It’s a British soap opera that’s been on for, like, 100 years. Seriously. Check it out on the web. It’s super addictive, once you get accustomed to the accents. Because Canada is still very British in some ways, it’s HUGE here. In Australia too. It’s not like All My Children. It feature regular people on a regular British street…and like every other soap opera, they all ending up sleeping with each other at one point. It’s my crack.
Oh trust me, I know Coronation Street. Along with East Enders and a couple others. I was just surprised you really loved it. Now, Rosanna...it’s also come to my attention you are a notorious Nutella addict. :) If you had to convince someone to try it, how would you do so?
There is only ONE way, and you must never deviate from my method. Use a teaspoon, or a tablespoon if it’s been a bad day. Insert spoon into Nutella jar. Scoop out heaping portion and insert into mouth. Close eyes. Dream. If necessary, lather, rinse and repeat.
You know, just today I picked up a sample of Nutella to try. I've learned not to take everyone's word until I sample things. I remember I tried that with Vegemite. :\ Now since we are discussing fiction after all, if you woke up tomorrow and found yourself Queen of the enchanted land of Nutella Island. The roads paved in chocolate-nutty goodness, a sun-baked Nutella crown with a gold plated hazelnut, you know, that sort of stuff. What sort of laws would you mandate for your followers?
I’m sorry…I’m still imagining me as Queen of Nutella Island…ah! There is only one law there. Feed the Queen.
Hahaha sounds like the only important law to me. :) Thank you so much for dropping by, Rosanna. It has been a pleasure having you. I wish you success with all your releases, present and future, and hope to see you back here soon.
One day, the peace at Maia's beloved museum is shattered when a new director arrives. A man who looks exactly like her image of Eryx. As Maia watches, he manages to upset her ordered museum world, at the same time he inflames her with unwanted desire.
Maia does not know that her new boss is actually the god Eryx, disguised as a mortal so he may work in antiquities. Although he is the god of love, he has forsaken his sexual nature because of a curse that has killed any woman he's dared to love. Though he fights it, Eryx is drawn to Maia with a force he's never experienced in a thousand years. But can he convince her of his true identity? And can he protect her from a vengeful goddess who seeks her destruction?
Luckily, her sister has found Jules a boarder. Easy money, right? Not when she realizes the boarder is Captain Shane Gaskill. Not only is Shane a firefighter, he’s the town's hot new fire captain.
Jules is determined to hate all firefighters. After all, the men of that precious brotherhood protected her cheating ex. Shane, however, proves he’s different from the start. He's protective and kind, and she can't stop looking at his smoking, Viking-hot body. She learns, though, that Shane isn't so willing to love again either. He's been hurt, too. They both fight the sexual chemistry, and resulting tenderness, between them. But when a stalker begins to target Jules, they realize they can't fight their desire forever.
As the threats escalate, Shane and Jules are thrown together. The resulting passion overwhelms them. But are they willing to trust each other and surrender to the flames of love?
Josie, a Toronto baker of Italian heritage, is not looking for love or lust. Especially not with Dionysus Iros, the most aggravating, demanding customer she'd ever had to serve. With his rippling muscles and sexy, knowing eyes, he's obviously trouble with a capital T. Unfortunately, he's also the star of her every X-rated dream. She’s known players like Dionysus before, and one of them almost got the better of her. Josie determines she will not fall for his considerable physical charms, come hell or high water.
But Dionysus turns strangely protective when a sinister character arrives at Josie's bakery, and they can no longer deny their unwanted feelings for one another. They are forced to embark on a bizarre, sexually-charged journey to hell itself, which threatens to either change them for the better, or destroy them.
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