Launching Romance into the stars.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today!
Thanks for guesting.

You all know if I’m here that obviously I’m an author. I primarily write paranormal romance, but lately I’ve been dabbling in suspense non-romance. I’ve been married for 26 years to a wonderful and very supportive man. We have three great kids 16, 20 and 24. When I’m not writing I like to work on the yard, taking care of flowers. I also love to draw and if you check out my website you will see some of my work.  This past spring and summer I took a screenwriting course and learned so much.  

Today I’m here to share with you my latest release, The Naughty Angel. Its part of a series through Decadent Publishing called 1 Night Stand. Want to learn more about it, check out the website. We all know that opposites attract. There is nothing more opposite than Demons from Angels. I thought it would be fun to pare the two and see what happens.  Check out the blurb and enjoy this mismatched couple.
Even the good turn bad sometimes.

A life of servitude to God has left Ariel Raine feeling worn out. Being an Angel isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Day in and day out of the same routine tends to get tedious. Wanting some spice in her life, she sets her mind on discovering the allure of a sexual encounter. With the help of Madam Eve and her 1 Night Stand dating services, Ariel is about to have her world rocked.

Only problem is…her match is a demon.

Edison Grey has relied on dating services to claim minions for not only him, but for his master Satan as well. 1 Night Stand just happens to be this week’s preference. No use wasting a good service, Edison decides to have a little fun while he’s at it.

Stripping an angel of her purity is an added bonus.

What happens between Ariel and Edison is a surprise to both. Even with the threat of punishment looming over top of them.


“You’re a demon!”
“And you are an angel.”
“There’s no need to say it with such disdain.”

He leaned one arm on the door, resting his body against it and lifted one eyebrow as he responded. “It’s fitting for how I feel for your kind.”
“My kind? You are the scourge of the earth.”

“Right. And your kind is perfect. I think not.”
“We do not claim what is not ours to take.”

“No, you just possess the bodies of innocent souls to do your bidding.”
“They offer their service to the Lord.”

“Yes, ‘offer’.” He made quotations with his index fingers. “I think we should discuss this in privacy.” He motioned to the couple standing by the door across the hall.
Reluctantly, she stepped inside and he closed the door behind her. “This is a mistake. Surely the woman in charge, this Madame Evangeline, has made a mistake. I couldn’t possibly be fitted with such a detestable creature.”

“Pot calling the kettle black there, sweet cheeks.” She touched her face, confused. “Not those ones.” He motioned to her backside and instantly her face flush with warmth.
“How dare you!”

“What? You came here for sex, right?”
She was aghast at his candor. “Must you be so vulgar?”

“It’s how I roll, sugar. Did you expect your date not to admire your body?”
“I did…well, I assumed he would. That’s not the point.” She stiffened her shoulders. “Keep your eyes to yourself.”

“Happy to.” He let out a long breath. “So…now what?”
“I leave.”

“Good luck with that. Storms brewing and they’ve shut the roads down until it clears. I hear it could be several days.”
“I have other ways of leaving.” All she had to do was wish herself elsewhere. No storm could prevent her from returning to heaven.

“Huh, that’s a new one. A cowardly angel.”
She stiffened in response. “I am not a coward!”

Why do you write?

I would go insane if I didn’t. LOL With all the voices in my head demanding to have their story told I’d explode if I didn’t tell their tale. It’s also a great release mechanism for stress.

What were your early influences in writing?

I can’t say I had any influences early on. I didn’t even read much as a child. But I had a vivid imagination and loved to regale my friends and family with stories.

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

Hmm, I don’t know the specific moment. I never really had any aspirations to be an author. I didn’t even read much. That is until my older sister lent me her V.C. Andrews books. I was hooked from the start. Still though, I didn’t have the desire to become a published author. I always wrote stories that would pop into my head, but never once did I think I had what it took to have them published. Then I picked up a Nora Roberts book and I saw she wrote similar to what I wrote and thought, hmmmm, maybe. At this point I had written over forty books. They sat in a closet, collecting dust. My hubby tried to convince me to send some in to a publisher but I was chicken. With his insistence and persistence I finally gathered enough courage to send some in. Then I received rejection after rejection. It almost took me down but my hubby kept at me to think positive. And here I am today. J

What are you favorite scenes to write?

The comedic ones. I love being sarcastic. Most of my work is rather dark involving demons, vampires and ghosts. I like to add some levity to the situation to break it up.

Do you have a favorite character?

I could never chose one character over another **whispers** Trinity Ford from Seducing the Darkness. She is a kick ass female who doesn’t take shit form anyone. She doesn’t mind getting dirty, yet inside she’s a softy.

Do you have any favorite lines in your novels?

I have plenty, here are just a few.

Embracing the Darkness:

“Anyone want to suck on this for me?”

Desiring the Darkness

“You don’t want to drink me. I’m anemic. I won’t satisfy you much,”

Seducing the Darkness:

“Hello, sexy. How may I service you today?”

Awaken the Demon

“Why is it I get the strangest urge to rip those clothes from your body and see what's hidden beneath all that black?” She ran a finger along his lapel. “Yet, at the same time, I want to vomit at your feet.”

Please, tell us about your books. (Paste blurbs and excerpts. Be sure to include the buy link and mention the publisher’s name. Any covers you can provide will be fantastic.)

Wow, you really want me to tell you about every one of my books. Do you have a week? LOL How about I give you a glimpse at a few? J

Awaken the Demon BK 1: Blurb:

Running from an abusive Fiancé, changing her name, Missy Green is looking for a new life. Taking temporary refuge in a group called The StarrGazers, she does her best to blend in. Problem is, the owner, Draco Starr has put his sights on her.

Born and raised in the pits of hell, Draco was sent to earth to collect souls for Satan. Having served his time he starts his own business. When word gets out that a child born from demon and human is alive, he is determined to find her and make her his own.

Discovering who Draco really is terrifies Missy, but it’s nothing compared to finding out she too is a demon. Coming to terms with who she is, dealing with her attraction to Draco, Missy begins to embrace her new life. Until her fiancé enters the picture and changes her life forever.
Bk 2: Offer the Demon

Seducing the Darkness: Bk 1 in the Darkness series.

An outcast by her kind, Trinity Ford has learned how to live on her own. And it isn't easy doing so, considering she is a Vampire.
Once a fragile girl, taken by a powerful vampire prince, Trinity had relied on Basil for support. But finding him in the arms of another woman was more than she could take. On her own, she has decided to protect her city from the predators of her kind that prey on the innocent. Another tough thing to do when you're heart is broken. She's had to learn fast, how to be tough, how to survive, how to stay alive. And she's doing a pretty damn good job of it. Until Basil walks back into her life.
Basil Hawthorn has been the reigning prince of vampires since banishing his father to the Realm of Darkness decades earlier. When his father comes to him in a dream, threatening Trinity’s life, he knows the only way to save her is to push her away. Doing so is not easy, especially when she is the only woman he will ever love.
Rumors in the underworld talk of raising the vampire King and blotting out the sun. Basil knows that if his father rises, he will be put to death for his betrayal. Trinity knows that if the King returns, no human would ever be safe again. Despite the betrayal and the threat, neither can stay away from the other. But can the two work together to stop the Ritual before the King is resurrected?
Or will the darkness capture them both?

Desiring the Darkness, Embracing the Darkness, Charming the Darkness, Tempting the Darkness, Penetrating the Darkness, Consuming the Darkness, Surviving the Darkness

Discovery in Passion: Bk 1 in the Passion series.
Nothing is ordinary in the small town of Passion, especially the love.

Wanting to start fresh, Cassie Evans relocates to the small town of Passion where she moves into the home of her dreams, complete with dreamy next door neighbor, artist, and handyman Thomas Healy. The only problem is, the house she bought just might be haunted.

Thomas Healy lives a life of solitude and that suits him just fine. Then Cassie Evans moves in next door and begins to turn his peaceful live upside down. He tries to ignore her, but ignoring a woman as beautiful as Cassie isn’t so easy, especially when she shows up at your door, naked, begging for you to paint her. Thomas’ first mistake was to agree to it, his second was to take Cassie to bed, now she’s all he can think about.

When their blossoming love is overshadowed by a ghostly haunting, the curious Cassie launches an investigation into the life and death of her home’s previous owner, uncovering a mystery and attracting the attention of a killer. Where will Cassie’s discovery lead her, to the love of her life or to death itself?
Welcome to the town of Passion.
Escape in Passion, Mercy in Passion

Horsing Around:
Carnal Desire’s: We've got a match for all your sexual pleasures.
Sara Miller needs a real man. One who can give her what she desires in and out of the bed. So far, none have met her expectations. She’s hoping all that will change after submitting her application to Carnal Desire’s Web dating service.
The owner of several prize-winning horses, more money than he knows what to do with, Andy McDonald has it all. Except for the love a good woman. He’s sick of flighty bimbos wanting only his money and not satisfying his sexual desires. After a friend pressures him into looking on line for a woman, Andy gives in and submits his application.
Sex takes on a new twist when Sara and Andy get together and nothing is taboo.
A Taste of Humanity: A 1 Night Stand series:
One night of passion could be lethal!

Wanting some excitement in her life, Penny Parker heads to Vegas. She’s hoping the guy Madame Evangeline has set her up with will give her more than a thrill.

Cade O’Donnell is a virgin…of sorts. Wanting something he’s never had before, he signs up for the 1NightStand service. Deciding to meet his match in Vegas seems the right setting for his tryst. What better place to have a fling than in Sin City.

Thrills are abundant when Penny and Cade get together. But will it be more than she bargained for? Has Cade bitten off more than he can chew?
Do you have a writing tip to share?
Write from the heart. Don’t force it, just let it flow. And keep learning the craft. There is plenty of information on the internet to guide you to be a better author. Read up on it and know the current trends.
This last one is for fun. Everyone’s idea of what is hot and a great kiss, varies from person to person, and it’s always fun to see a romance author’s individual interpretation. Since it all starts with a kiss, in 200 words or less, write a five alarm first kiss scene.
He grabbed her by the arms, pushed her against the wall. Her heart was hammering so loudly she could barely hear the words he whispered.
“I want you now.”
His eyes penetrated her as if he were reading her soul. Then he pressed his lips to hers. Fireworks in every bright color exploded inside of her mind. His lips were hot, and when he dipped his tongue ever so slightly between her lips, her heart skipped a beat. Cupping her head in his hand, he angled her and took the kiss deeper. She felt awkward yet the sensation of his mouth on hers made her knees weak. So soft, so giving yet so demanding. Like a dream, she let it capture her until all she could manage was a sigh.
This was one hell of a first kiss.

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Jessica E. Subject said...

A great interview, Shiela! I loved that excerpt from The Naughty Angel. :)All the best!

Ana Lee Kennedy said...

Very clever pairing an angel with a demon!

Barbara Elsborg said...

Very interesting! I'm a sucker for angels - oops wrote angles and had to change it! Why does that happen every time??

Shiela Stewart said...

Hi Jessica, thanks for stopping in. It was so much fun to write these two characters.

Hi Faith,
At first I thought about making the Angel the dominant one and the demon more passive, but it just didn't feel right. LOL

LOL Barbara, I do the same thing. Same with from and form. Thanks for popping in.

Shiela Stewart said...

Thank you so much you guys for popping in and giving me some love. I'm feeling generous today so I have decided that all three of you are winners.

I'll be in contact shortly.