Wednesday, 27 May 2015

AUTHOR INTERVIEW: THE MAUSOLEUM ROAD AFFAIR BY PATRICIA MILLER

Hey guys. Today we have an awesome author by the name of Patricia Miller. Her book The Mausoleum Road affair is a fantastic erotic romance novel that we love here at Dark Readers. Today we wanted to give you guys a treat and have Patricia answer some of our questions! so here we go!

Book Summary: Frustrated mother of two, Brianne Hunter, escapes her bland life in rural Fennelton by embarking on a weekend away shopping with her best friend. On the drive to her friend Darlene’s estate, Brianne crashes her Jeep off the Mausoleum Road, and makes her way, bleeding and injured, to a stone ranch seeking help. There she encounters Dr. Robert Moss, whose spouse is in Europe spending their money. Thus begins an immediate attraction, and a wildly sensual coupling that essentially changes them both.


When the weekend tryst ends, Brianne returns home to the demands of her predictable life. Shortly thereafter, life-changing losses occur for both Brianne and Dr. Moss. Then comes the day when Dr. Moss pays Brianne a house call, attempting to reignite their union; however, a revelation he delivers may be more than Brianne can accept. Yet Brianne cannot deny her heart’s passion, and returns to the ranch to deliver a disclosure of her own. In the end, the pair must decide if they will follow their passionate fate together or not.


1. Tell us about your novel!

Tell you about my novel, eh? Yay! My book tells the saucy, atmospheric love story of a frustrated, pretty, freckle-faced mother of two, Brianne Hunter, and a sexy, firm-bodied, to-die-for blond surgeon, Dr. Robert Moss, who meet as a result of a car accident. Robert discovers Brianne when she crash lands on the stoop of his stone country house on a horse ranch off the Mausoleum Road. They’re both married yet lonely. They shouldn’t do what they do. The pair spends a HOT HOT HOT weekend together that forever changes their lives. They’re naughty alright, but their love is real.

Writing this erotic tale was a blast because the characters showed me their faults, not just their strengths. It’s not your typical romance, it’s a bit messier with twists and surprises, and that’s what is cool about the story. Brianne and Robert rescue each other, but it’s not all perfect flowers and clear blue skies along the way. Life isn’t always easy. People are complicated and imperfect. Love can be complicated and imperfect. The path to happiness can be bumpy. That’s why this story is interesting, think NIGHTS IN RODANTHE meets THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY meets UNFAITHFUL, along those lines. I hope romance readers enjoy it, too

2.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

 I first realized I wanted to be a writer when I was in grade four. I discovered it was fun to write stories on the black board in our country kitchen after school. I’d recite my words to my parents before dinner; bless their hearts, they always listened. My folks taught me to believe in myself and keep writing. I’m ultra grateful


3. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?


I’d say my interesting writing quirks are 1) I always write on a teeny-tiny laptop that fits in my purse and 2) I devour popcorn with salt and vinegar flavoring dumped all over it when I’m editing, and whole pots of coffee, and a few chocolate bars from our kids’ Halloween candy stash, but they’re only snack size, so they don’t count, right?


4. What do you think makes a good story?


I think what makes a good story is the presence of complications and obstacles, both physical and emotional, between the main characters. Real life can be tricky and peppered by mistakes and regrets, so I like to see characters in books face challenges; that way, the reader can totally savor the sweet ending when they get one.


5. How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?


I’ve published one book so far, THE MAUSOLEUM ROAD AFFAIR, so it’s definitely my fave. Right now I’m fine-tuning my second book, SOPER’S HOLE TRYST, so that task is keeping me out of trouble and well caffeinated.


6. What authors do you like to read?


I like romances by Danielle Steel and Nora Roberts, especially in the summer when I look for a sweet book to read on the dock with a glass of bubbly blush wine in my hand. I loved TWILIGHT by Stephenie Meyer. I’m a fan of Timothy Findley’s writing, and I adored his novella YOU WENT AWAY. I enjoyed FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley even though I bawled because I’m a giant, mushy sap. I enjoy most books with a witch in them, because I have a little witch in me now and then. I like Stephen King’s work. And I lost myself in THE HOBBIT. Oh, I could go on, and on, and on … stop me now!


7. What’s the earliest memory you have of writing a story?


 I remember being in early grade school and writing a story about a boy who saved a fluffy duckling that lived in a pond. One night, the moon fell from the sky into the pond and made a giant wave. The boy rescued the duckling by moving her to another pond. I made a cover for my story out of orange construction paper. I remember cutting a moon out of grey felt and gluing it on the paper. I was fairly young because I recall thinking the felt moon was a pretty big deal. Felt’s always a big deal, right? :) Hey, I just rediscovered my love of felt. You can bet I’ll be searching for felt crafts on Pinterest tonight lol.


8. What is your least favourite part of the writing process?

My least favourite part of the writing process is being interrupted when I’m home alone writing an intense scene, like when the front door bell rings and it’s someone trying to sell me a water heater I don’t want, or a telemarketing phone call from a duct cleaner. I try to reduce distractions and carve out quiet writing time at home whenever I can because our house is a zoo most of the time. We usually have our two kids and their neighbourhood friends running in and out of our place with freezies in their hands and a pet or two in tow. I’ve learned to write amid a buzz of activity, knowing a loud house is a blessing, but those unsolicited interruptions when the house is finally quiet totally get to me. Grrr. Can anyone recommend a good witch story? Because now I’m in the mood for one.



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Monday, 25 May 2015

Choc Lit Treats - Jane Lovering - Yorkshire Surprise

Happy Bank Holiday one and all. Hayley again! 
Choc Lit are an awesome publisher who not only publish fantastic books by awesome writers but they also send out little treats and chocolates. Yes I did in fact say chocolate.

The latest treat comes in the shape of Jane Lovering's Yorkshire Surprise, now if you have been reading Dark Readers for a while you will know that I am a huge fan of Jane's writing. A Vampire State of Mind came to me when I was having book issues nothing was holding my attention until I read this stunner.

Hubble Bubble was the next read that I devoured from Jane and I loved it :) My Hubble Bubble appreciation :)

Jane has been good to us at Dark Readers and we have featured her a few times this was in the lead up to the release of Falling Apart the continuation of Vampire State Of Mind Jane was our guest.

Jess and Sil really did get under my skin check it out here

So back to now....I am subscribed to choc lit so I regularly receive treats. Every single short I have read has made me adore the author even more or find more amazing authors to love. As I have already stated Jane is a favourite of mine, she never lets me down. The Yorkshire Surprise was a treat that made me love Rupert and Sarah and now I would like to know more about them. Thankfully Jane says they may get their own book one day. What I loved about this was the twist, what it taught me is never judge a book by it's cover. Everyone has their own hang ups and reasons for acting and being a certain way and unless you know their story NEVER EVER judge.

This post is also to apologise to Choc Lit I have been kind of quiet where they are concerned and I hope to change that as I love love love them. If you would like to receive these treats then make sure you sign up by emailing info@choc-lit.com and don't forget the website they can also be found on Twitter.

Now I must organise my time so I can get on and read Jane's latest offering How I wonder What You Are....


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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Awesome books that need new homes....

Hello all Hayley here. As you know us lot at Dark Readers are bookworms through and through. As much as I would love to keep all my books it is not always possible. So I thought that I would give you guys the chance to snap up some of my faves that deserve a good home, where these stories can be reread and enjoyed again.

Blue By Lisa Glass - Was one of my favourite reads from last year. Blue Review - If you haven't already devoured this surfing based treat then get on and do so before book two emerges.



Bird By Crystal Chan - Bird Review I attended a Blogger event at Random House and I was so excited for this book that I started it almost instantly. Bird is a book that will stay with you forever more.



SIGNED COPY - This Is Not Forgiveness By Celia Rees. What a read here is my Review



I have no name for the girl that won my copy of Pretty Thing. I have emailed you but if you notice this please check your emails so I can get your book sent over to you.

I hope you all have a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend as I type this I am listening to an awesome Tudor based audio book. So if you are interested in any of these fantastic titles tell me what makes you want to read said books.
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