Welcome to the Grand Finale of our celebrations for the wonderful and talented
Today, we're featuring a few more of Barbara's books, plus our Q&A with her, and one more chance to win a copy of her books!
The Trueblood series
The Consolation Prize
Chloe hopes the naked man in chains is part of the spa package she's won. She just needs to fend off a load of horny vamps, a step-grandmother from hell and find a decent set of bolt cutters to get to him. Piece of cake. Right?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Same-sex interaction (male/male, female/female), and violence (including rape and torture of hero by female villain).
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Falling For You
Jo's life plummets in an unexpected direction when she falls into the lair of a badly injured vampire. Alek can't believe his luck. Dinner and sex in one cute package. Trouble is, Jo's a werewolf.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, violence.
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Lightning In A Bottle
Lightning isn't supposed to strike twice, but when the electrifying Erin Markov whirls into Felix's life she gives him more than his destroyed family home to think about. Erin's exciting and unpredictable, in and out of bed, if only he could get her to stop dancing in thunderstorms, rollerblading in the middle of the night, and leaping around on unsafe roofs. Plus she has this annoying habit of biting his neck.
Erin wishes she could remember who she is. The couple who claim to be her parents leave her in a dilapidated stately home with supplies of a revolting energy drink and instructions not to go out in the sun. Then she discovers sculptor Felix living next door and life becomes far more tasty.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable; anal play/intercourse, violence.
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It's not easy being a faerie. Holly would know. She's the laughing stock of Fae, useless at magic and has wings that never cooperate. She can't understand why a high-born faerie she hardly knows would want to marry her because she certainly doesn't want to marry him. The mortal world looks far more enticing.
Being a vampire bites. Crippled with guilt over his part in the death of his twin, Dominic is estranged from his family. When he rescues an injured werewolf on the run from his pack, he sees a kindred spirit in the damaged outcast.
What use is a werewolf who can't scent or track? Victim of his conniving brother, Jay is viciously attacked by his pack. The wolves might not want him but once he's living with Dominic, they won't leave him alone.
After a night of passion with Dominic and Jay, Holly's ready to move in with them. But their enemies are intent on keeping them apart and the trio of misfits find themselves in a fight for survival. If they can't figure a way through the web of lies and deceit that bind them, they'll lose more than their families. They'll lose each other.
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Fight To Remember
What’s my name?
With a twist of his body, Rhyl avoids being staked in the heart but not being shoved toward hell. Trapped between slabs of rock, he has to drink the blood of rats to survive. It’s a desperate fight to stay sane.
What did I do last night?
For eleven long years, Piper has awakened every morning with no idea of who or where she is. How can she find someone to love when she can’t remember their face or name after she falls asleep? Life is a long, lonely battle.
When will this end?
Werepuma, Keir Sparks, is bound to a demon who forces him to fight in her club. If Keir refuses, the demon will go after his brother. There can only be one outcome in the ring. Someone has to die. After seven wins, Keir hopes eight is his lucky number.
Three worlds collide and the trio discover happiness in each other’s arms and beds. Life suddenly becomes worth living until they learn the price of their love: the only way to keep two safe is for one to die.
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM theme and elements (includes/not limited to bondage, whipping, etc), dubious consent, male/male sexual practices, ménage (m/m/f), violence.
Rhyl stared at the piece of artwork sticking out of his chest. Three striped fish quivered level with his eyes. Malin had grabbed the driftwood from a shelf and struck so fast, Rhyl only had time to twist so the demon didn’t hit the center of his heart. Pretty damn close, though. Pain radiated through Rhyl’s body as Malin’s vaseels tightened their hold on Rhyl’s outstretched arms.
The words you missed hovered on Rhyl’s lips, but being a smart-ass was what had got him into this mess in the first place. In any case, far better that Malin didn’t know his aim was off.
“You’re worthless to me, boy,” Malin snarled. “You don’t amuse me, and you’re boring in bed. Unlike your brother, you can’t suck cock to save your life. If you had been able to, maybe it would have saved your life.”
Rhyl was fairly confident there was nothing wrong with his cock-sucking skills, only with his attitude toward sucking Malin’s cock once he’d realized what a poisonous fucker he was.
“Nothing to say?” Malin asked.
“Fuck. You,” Rhyl gasped. Shit, hard to speak.
Malin stepped forward until his face was right up against Rhyl’s, his fetid breath hitting Rhyl’s parted lips and washing down his throat. “I never wanted you. I only wanted your brother. You’re fucking nothing. I don’t even remember your name.”
Malin nodded to the men holding him, and as they released him, Rhyl found himself falling backward. He expected to hit the cellar floor, but he kept going. Oh, not good. While he still could, Rhyl wrapped his hand around the piece of wood and yanked it out of his chest. Christ, that hurt. His fingers snagged one of the fish and held tight.
“My name…is Rhyl Markov!” he shouted as he fell, the sound echoing off the rock. “Remember it…demon…because I’m going to kill you.”
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Our Q&A with Barbara...
1. What inspires you? What gets you writing?
I suspect I’m no different from any other writer in that everything inspires me. It might be a view, a line of dialogue in a TV program, an overheard conversation, a news item, a video, a message from a reader, a good looking guy. It’s impossible to pin it down to one thing but I’ve always wanted to be a writer, have always written and don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. What gets me writing? Apart from a mug of black coffee and the desire to be a millionaire? Oh no, scrap that last one. I don’t write for the money or I’d have given in long ago.
I write because I adore living in different worlds, ones of my own making. I started writing as a teenager because I was unhappy and I could make myself not be unhappy in my stories. I’m not unhappy now, but I still love immersing myself in other worlds, hoping readers will enjoy doing the same. Life’s not easy for many people. Not everyone is lucky enough to find love. I think romances allow you to believe love is possible even in the most difficult of circumstances. If you don’t have it in your own life, you can escape for a while into a world where there is always a happy ever after. At least in my books that’s true.
2. What's your writing process? Seat of your pants, lots of sticky notes, complex spreadsheets?
I plan nothing. I start with the germ of an idea, come up with two names – either girl and guy or two guys, occasionally two guys and girl and start writing. I make notes in a different doc on things that occur to me – scenes that might work, lines I like, backstory, possible plot points but most of what I write just happens on the spur of the moment.
It’s a complete shock to me when things come together in a way that looks planned and yet it hasn’t been. But I know the story will end happily. I might have thought of the final scene right at the start, but I let the book drive itself, the characters develop organically and I go with the flow. I do need to keep a time line – but anyone who has read me will be aware that generally my stories happen over a period of few weeks and progress in a linear way. I don’t have huge jumps in time.
3. Which character from your books is your favorite, and why?
Oh my goodness. How can I choose? I can’t. I’ve tried. I just can’t. I love them all. But, I will settle on one because I owe this character a lot. Charlie from Strangers. Charlie is a famous pop star who turns being a bad boy into an art form. Mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right into a suicide attempt. Charlie is bad, good, foul-mouthed, funny, kind, cruel—a total mess. But I love him for that and the book is my best seller. Most of my heroes have a touch of Charlie in then. I think I learned a lot writing that story and Charlie will always have a special place in my heart. If I wasn’t already married and he really existed, I’d have him in heartbeat!
4. Which character is your least favorite, and why?
Least favorite because he or she is a bad guy or because I didn’t do a good enough job in drawing them? I don’t think there are any characters I’ve created that I now feel I did a bad job with. One I had the most difficulty with was Ethan in Crossing the Line. He’s an FBI agent and in the early days of the book, I had a love triangle between Ethan, Katya and Aleksei. But I’m not keen on love triangles and I felt less and less comfortable with Ethan so I made it a story of unrequited love as far as he was concerned.
Least favorite as far as being a bad guy? Then that would be Jack in Chosen who’s a sociopathic monster. He’s the most vicious character I’ve ever created—that’s not paranormal. In the early version of the book I started the story with him killing his psychiatrist with a baseball bat by shoving it up his backside. I took that bit out! Bit too gruesome.
5. If you could go back into one of your books and change one thing, what would that be? And why?
I don’t reread my books once I’ve sent off the final version. I think I’m too afraid of seeing things that I WOULD change but it would never be anything major, more tweaks of dialogue or plot. I can’t think of anything in my books that makes me cringe or wish I hadn’t written or included. I hope that doesn’t sound big headed. I don’t mean it to. I know my writing limits. I’m not good at lots of aspects but by the time the book is released, it’s the best I can make it and I’m always happy with it. Less happy of course when I get reviews that drive the knife in but I absolutely know I can’t please everyone.
6. What's next for you? What amazing book are you working on?
I have Breaking coming out at the end of July – which takes up the story of Conrad who featured in Falling. I have another MM due out in February with Samhain– called Give Yourself Away. It’s about one guy who can’t take a risk and the other who’s an adrenaline junkie. What could they possibly have in common? Apart from sex!
What I’m working on is yet untitled. I find I either get a title before I start writing or I’m still struggling to come up with one by the time I’ve finished. For this one I have three titles that would work so I’m waiting to see how the story pans out. It’s two thirds written. Fyn, who’s just fired Libby, realizes he’s overreacted, and follows her out of the office only for them to be caught up in an explosion and the building collapses on top of them. That one might well be out before Christmas if I find a publisher that wants it. Or I might go it alone. Not sure yet.
7. Anything else you'd like to share with your readers?
I’d like to thank every person who’s ever read any of my books, every person who’s left me a review, sent me an email, befriended me on Facebook, or given me advice or encouragement. Those readers who squealed when they met me at the RT conference in Dallas, those readers who just read and smile and don’t say anything. I’d like to give virtual hugs to everyone who’s played a part in my publishing journey. (Even those bastards who told me I’d never make it because that just made me more determined.) Critique Circle not only helped me hone my skills but gave me friends for life. One of whom, Arlene Webb, who has been my beta reader from the beginning, fits me in around her full time job and her own writing. She is an angel and not read enough.
I’ve picked up other beta readers on the way and I value every single comment they make. I love to hear from readers. I always respond personally.
email@example.com if you’d like to go on my list to be told of future releases or to tell me I need to see a shrink. I’ve heard it all! I don’t have a crew behind me, no PR team helping. It’s just me and comments like the one that follows that appeared in my inbox today makes everything worthwhile. It’s a comment about the final scene in Falling involving Conrad.
This amazingly erotic, heart touching scene moved me to tears because that was unconditional love in its most selfless form. As a grown man, I teared up many times during the story and lost it at the end of the book. I never felt myself so present in a story forgetting my horrid day at the office.
That’s why I write!
Thank you, Barbara!
More about the author:
Barbara Elsborg lives in West Yorkshire in the north of England. She always wanted to be a spy, but having confessed to everyone without them even resorting to torture, she decided it was not for her. Vulcanology scorched her feet. A morbid fear of sharks put paid to marine biology. So instead, she spent several years successfully selling cyanide.
After dragging up two rotten, ungrateful children and frustrating her sexy, devoted, wonderful husband (who can now stop twisting her arm) she finally has time to conduct an affair with an electrifying plugged-in male, her laptop.
Her books feature quirky heroines and bad boys, and she hopes they are as much fun to read as they are to write.
Our thanks to Barbara, and everyone who visited this month to celebrate with us. We hope you found some new favorites among Barbara's books.
Until next time, happy reading!!
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