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I have been invited by the fabulous Jennifer St George to participate in the Meet the Character Blog Hop. You can read about her chosen character, the fabulous, sexy and mysterious Nicolo Capitini in Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon here. Tempted by the Billionaire Tycoon

Jennifer writes sexy romances set in exotic locations and is one of the rising stars of Destiny Romance.

The rules of the blog hop is that I introduce a character from a book I’m writing or is about to be released and answer the set questions about them. Then I have to tag another person to continue the hop. The character I’ve chosen is River Collins from Healer Moon, the second in the Witch Were Chronicles which started with Dark Moon.

MEET THE CHARACTER 

1.) What is the name of your character? 

River Collins

2.) Is he fictional or a historic person? 

He is fictional – although he feels completely real to me. 

3.) When and where is the story set? 

The story is set just a few years into our future and is set in Melbourne, Australia. 

4.) What should we know about him? 

River is a Werewolf who has had to suppress his true nature for most of his life when he and his twin sister (Skye Collins) were kidnapped from the Pack they were a part of by their grandparents to keep them safe from the people who had killed Skye and River’s parents. Skye is the heroine of Dark Moon, the first in the Witch-Were Chronicles, and when we meet River in that novel he is most definitely not himself. He has been drugged to help him deal with the anger of his wolf at being forcibly repressed for close to 20 years, and despite a few moments of clarity, seems to be living in a fantasy world. He has a talent for and love of gardening and spends much of his time in the garden doing beautiful landscapes.

DarkMoon_cover5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life? 

In Blood Moon, River is off the drugs, but after years of having his wolf repressed, he finds he can’t change into anything but a half-man, half-wolf monster that is so full of rage, it wants to kill everyone, especially the woman who is meant to be his mate, the Pack’s Healer, Bronwyn Kincaid. He is fighting himself at all times and his wolf’s desire to be with his mate – which he knows can’t happen, because he is broken and dangerous. Add to this the fact that the insane Witch from Dark Moon responsible for his parents’ death is after him to use the schism in his nature to help her destroy his people and take all the magic for herself, and there is more than enough for him to be messed up about.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character? 

To save his Pack and his mate and to protect Bronwyn from him and stop the mating from coming into being. He thinks the answer is to get away from them all and kill himself so that he won’t be a part of destroying them – which is more difficult than it sounds, because they are keeping him constantly under surveillance, aware that he is a target. He’d also like to find some way of killing Morrigan, the insane Witch who has made it her life’s mission to destroy the Were.

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? 

It’s called Healer Moon and is the 2nd novel in the Witch-Were Chronicles, the first of which, Dark Moon, was published this year.

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

I am still polishing it and writing Blood Moon and Ghost Moon, the 3rd and 4th in the series, but hope that it will be ready to be submitted next year. 

So, that is River’s story. And next week it will be time to hop to Sasha Cottman’s blog to find out more about her chosen character.

sasha cottman author picAbout Sasha

Born in England, but raised in Australia, Sasha has a love for both countries. Having her heart in two places has created a love for travel, which at last count was to over 55 countries. A travel guide is always on her pile of new books to read.

Five years ago, Sasha accidently enrolled in a romance writing course. Other than Pride and Prejudice she had never read a romance book before. She soon discovered that the world of historical romance allowed her to combine her love of history with the passion of romance writing.

You can find out more about Sasha at: http://www.sashacottman.com,

Follow her on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/sashacottman,

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sashacottmanauthor    

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7136108.Sasha_Cottman

Letter From a RakeSasha’s award winning debut, Letter From a Rake and its follow up, An Unsuitable Match are out now at all major e-retailers.An Unsuitable Match Hi Res Cover Pic

 

 

It is my pleasure to have Leesa Bow on my blog tonight. I first met Leesa on Facebook when she sold her first book, Winning the Player, Winning the Playerwith Destiny. She struck me as one of those people who are never caught without a smile, someone who is positive about life and their place in it, and in the time that I’ve come to know her, I haven’t been proved wrong. I had the pleasure of meeting her face to face at the RWA conference in Sydney this year and she is one of the loveliest people you are likely to meet – incredibly warm and very generous with her time and efforts to help all her friends and other writers. She has helped me out with a lot of promotional opportunities and it’s a pleasure to be able to give her the opportunity to meet new people here.

It seemed appropriate, with this winning attitude (and given she writes about sports stars and their need to win in their personal and professional lives) that Leesa talk to us today about what winning means to her.

Take it away, Leesa.

Leesa Bow Portrait (small)Thanks for having me Leisl! My name is Leesa Bow and I write new adult contemporary romance with a sport theme.

The term winning has always fascinated me. Winning is ingrained into our DNA and our mere existence comes from our ancestors overcoming huge obstacles to survive. People see winning in life in so many forms, not only the winning in sport, which is the central theme in the stories I like to write. From politics to horse racing, sport and celebrations, even an individual achieving a single goal, the power of success drives us to move forward.

But it isn’t just that. Often on social media I see captions of Winning with a picture of someone doing something simple. People are appreciating the smaller things in life without having to rely on an adrenaline rush for success. To me, enjoying life is about winning. I married a football player and witnessed the highs and lows of professional sports players, appreciated the success after months of intense physical work but when my daughter was diagnosed with cancer, winning took a whole different meaning.

To beat cancer is winning.

To have life is winning.

To give life is winning.

Celebrating happiness is winning.

Charming the OutbackSharing the happiness of winning is good for the soul. Sharing creates more than one winner. People love to win and feel they matter, and that they make a difference. When we feel good about ourselves we open our hearts to love. Writing about love makes me happy so I guess writing romance makes me an absolute winner!

So let me tell you about the fun stories I write. My books are about second chance love and the sports hero whose tough exterior is weakened by love.

Winning the Player is about love catching up to you no matter how far you run. The sport theme is football and basketball. Charming the Outback is a second chance love story set in rural Australia, with a mild football theme. Jardine is book one in my cricket series. It is a young romance about first time love, and I am madly writing the sequel, Caught Out so not to leave readers disappointed.

JardineJardine will be released on December 15, 2014.

Blurb:

At eighteen, Ava is sure she has found her soul mate in Jardine. Convincing their friends and family that what they have is more than just a crush, however, is an entirely different story. Jardine’s parents have his life mapped out with plans that don’t include Ava. 

Their plans to get into med school and start their future together crumble when cricket sensation, Jardine, is selected to play for the Australian team and expected to spend most of the year touring internationally. Ava knows since they agreed to follow their dreams, no matter the cost, she has to let Jardine go.

Ava also discovers a new inspiration to move on with her life. But can she keep it a secret from Jardine? If he discovers the truth, everything between them could be destroyed.

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23375169-jardine

Winning with my books is being able to share my stories with readers, and knowing that they enjoy them raises the successful bar. I liken it to a premiership sporting team, and the supporters getting just as much enjoyment with the added feeling of accomplishment as that of the winning team.

Thanks for reading and a big thank you to Leisl for having me!

It was a pleasure, Leesa. And thanks for telling us about what winning means to you. You can find out more about Leesa’s books at www.leesabow.com

 You can buy her books at:

WINNING THE PLAYER

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Winningtheplayer

Amazon AUS: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00J3KF4T0

iTunes: http://bit.ly/WTy7wB

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/winning-the-player

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1s02wpT  

CHARMING THE OUTBACK

Amazon: http://smarturl.it/Charmingtheoutback

Amazon AUS: http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LNSTXJW

iTunes: http://bit.ly/1oiUqpa

Google Play: http://bit.ly/1rW5WGK

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/charming-the-outback-1

 

 

 

DarkMoon_coverI’m a guest over at SE Gilchrist‘s Blog where I talk Trick or Treating, Halloween mythology and why I set Dark Moon’s climax on All Hallow’s Eve/Samhain. I’d love you to visit and leave a comment.

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