Full Moon Dating: Aiden and Ben by Julia Talbot


Title: Full Moon Dating: Aiden and Ben
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 38
Characters: Aiden, Ben
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Shifters/Werewolves, Contemporary, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5




Blurb:

When Aiden goes to Wyoming on the dime of the Full Moon Dating service, he doesn’t really think he and country wolf Ben will be right for each other. He just wants some time off from city life.

Ben knows better right away. He and Aiden are meant to be together, despite Aiden’s city ways and cluelessness about being a werewolf. Can he convince Aiden to stay with him, or will Ben, and Full Moon Dating have to write this one off as a mistake?

Review:

For a short novella, this one had surprising warmth, depth, and likeable characters.

A dating agency for paranormal beings? A cool, intriguing contemporary twist. But the best part of the story—hot sex coming as a close second—are the main characters. Aiden, the city wolf, is out of touch with his wolf nature, and he has never been loved, cherished or pampered. He even eats less than he should. Enter the picture Ben, the country wolf cowboy, who is determined to show the little red wolf how to be an animal again, and how to be the object of someone’s undivided attention.

The story moves at a swift pace, yet gives the impression of a leisurely advancing date. The writing reflects this, good and to the point, erotic and sensual. One minor negative to note is the rare use of names. It’s often he this, he that, and after lots of dialogue and action I wasn’t always clear who was saying what and doing what. Use of names could have been more frequent, no law against that.

Aiden’s journey in learning how to be a wolf, not to mention how to be submissive, was done very well, in an engaging manner that was easy to relate to and sympathize with. And Ben? Well, he’s just a whole hunk of delicious man-beast, plus he’s a cowboy. What’s not to love?

Overall, considering the length, a well written, romantic little tale about a date that goes, oh, so right. The bits about wolf life are spicy extra. Recommended.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Home for the Hollandaise by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga


Title: Home for the Hollandaise
Author: Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 49
Characters: Jack, Kent
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Contemporary, Holiday Romance
Kisses: 4


Blurb:

Jack hates going back to the East Texas town where he was raised. Even as a successful chef in Austin, he feels like that awkward gay kid all over again. But his dad is sick, and wants Jack’s famous hollandaise sauce for holiday breakfasts. When Jack finds out his old flame Kent is in town for Christmas, too, he thinks things can’t get much worse. Can Kent convince him Christmas miracles can happen?

Review:

Home for the Hollindaise is a sexy romp that I enjoyed reading. It’s a fast-paced, sexy read that kept this reader’s attention from start to finish.

This is a reunion romance. Several years ago, Jack and Kent, ended their relationship on very bad terms. When both men find themselves face to face in their hometown, old feelings start to arise and before they know it, feelings of forgiveness and a love they thought they’d both lost begin to simmer between them. Will they be able to work out their differences and rekindle the relationship they once had?

Both characters are likeable men. I liked how they both seemed to want to work through past hurts so there could be a possibility of rekindling their love between them. This is a solid holiday story that is an easy, sexy read. If you like reunion romances, this is a book you should consider reading.

Recommended!

Reviewed By: Gabbi

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Fever by Julia Talbot, Aaron Michaels, Sean Michael, Rob Rosen, Mychael Black, Katherine Halle, Kiernan Kelly and BA Tortuga


Title: Fever
Author: Multi-Authored Anthology
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 195
Characters: Multi-Characters
POV: 3rd, 1st
Sub-Genre: Cowboys/Western, Contemporary, Historical, Adventure, MM, Erotic Romance
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Who doesn’t love a cowboy? Especially when he’s in love with another cowboy? With a dash of historical, a cup of rodeo and whole passel of hot men, this anthology features eight short stories with cowboys who are bound to give you a fever.

Stories included in Fever are:
Loose Riggin’ by Julia Talbot
Two Buckets and a Snakeskin Suit by Aaron Michaels
Torn by Sean Michael
Cowboy and Indian by Rob Rosen
Heart of Dixie by Mychael Black
Ready to Ride by Katherine Halle
White Hat/Black Hat by Kiernan Kelly
In the Pocket, a Roughstock story by BA Tortuga

Review:

Loose Riggin’ By Julia Talbot

After an injury that puts him out of commission from bullriding, Baron gets an offer from young rider Arlen that he can’t refuse. Travel together, save money, and Arlen will take care of things. Baron thinks that’s a great deal, but he has a few other things he sure wishes Arlen would take care of, too. Can he convince Arlen that their new friendship can withstand a few kisses?

A wonderful start to this cowboy anthology. Baron is older and experienced, and his old traveling partner gone and left him for a woman. Arlen is young but he’s got mad skills, and his traveling companion did the same number on him. Both feel the attraction, but decide to wait to see if they can both cut it in the big leagues of bullriding. Everything about this story rings true, is sweet as honey and romantic like a bouquet of roses. We’re left off at the fade to black sexual moment but you love these two guys so much by then that you don’t even care you got robbed of the hot sex. Highly recommended!

Two Buckets and a Snakeskin Suit by Aaron Michaels

Sparks fly–along with a good deal of dust and dirt–when a newly-minted Las Vegas lawyer meets a sexy Australian cowboy in Virginia City, Nevada. Marcus never expected to find someone like Vic at the Virginia City Camel Races. Tall and lanky with a strong jaw, a chiseled chin, and an Australian accent to boot, Vic’s the sexiest cowboy Marcus ever met. A guy would do just about anything to impress someone like Vic. Even something totally off the wall, like riding a camel in one of the races. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that plan, right?

This one was a fun story about camel racing cowboys. Vic is a charmer, and Marcus falls for him—literally while trying to impress the cowboy-chiropractor. Being taught to ride a camel in five minutes before the race isn’t so easy for Marcus, and trying to figure out Vic even more so. But Vic knows what he wants and goes after it. There was nothing I didn’t like about this story. The humor, the nice guys, the hot sex, the promise of a loving future. What’s not to like? Recommended.

Torn by Sean Michael

Pistol loves nothing more than the adrenaline rush of riding broncs; well, almost nothing. He loves Bender the most. Injured and tired and not sure if he’s going to be able to ever ride again, Pistol comes home from the rodeo circuit, just hoping that Bender will welcome him with open arms after yet another long absence.

Coming home after a bad injury is one thing. Coming home believing his lover and partner want nothing to do with him is another. Pistol is afraid Bender won’t want either a traveling cowboy or an injured one. But Bender only has eyes for one prize, and that’s Pistol. This story has great sex and two guys who have to learn how to live together when circumstances change permanently. Pistol is stubborn and Bender has a temper, but they have a tender side with each other. I can see these two as old men sitting on the porch watching the sunset long after the story’s done. I liked this story a lot.

Cowboy and Indian by Rob Rosen

Jed is on his way from Tombstone to the rodeo just outside of Tucson for a chance at the fifty dollar bronco bucking prize. Halfway there he encounters a lone Apache warrior, Taza. The two form an instant bond, so Taza decides to accompany Jed on his journey and also try for the prize. Except, as they soon find out, Indians can’t normally ride in a rodeo. Then again, at this particular rodeo, normal is thrown right on out the window. And the fifty dollars isn’t the only reward in store for these two lovers, who, when it comes to cowboys and Indians, are far from normal themselves.

A hot encounter by a creek leads to an extremely passionate affair between a cowboy and an Indian. Jed can’t resist the beautiful warrior, and suggest a partnership. Taza agrees, and they go off to find success in the rodeo. What they find is each other. These two men are rather stereotypical, and we don’t get to know a lot about them, but it doesn’t matter because their connection transcends the physical. Though there’s a lot of sex here, that bond solidifies into a companionship of like-minded men. And I liked that the story didn’t have to end in a shootout but rather on a positive note. Not bad at all.

Heart of Dixie by Mychael Black

Mack Sexton has been the pillar of the Sexton clan since his brother’s death almost six years ago. He’s seen his nephew Robbie find true love, and he’s watched other family friends come together as lovers. Mack has had his own share of fantasies, and they all involve his friend, Les Spencer — recently divorced and straight. Just when Mack gets the notion to call Robbie and ask for advice, Les surprises him in more ways than one.

Dreaming of his best friend, a divorced straight man, for years has made Mack lose faith in ever being with the object of his dreams, Les. But Les is tired of waiting, and he goes after what he wants, risking rejection. This story is warm, with a wonderful family and friends who love and support each other. Les fits right in, and throughout the story I was smiling happily as things worked out so well. Mack and Les took a gamble to change their relationship from friendship to lovers, and it pays off. Recommended.

Ready to Ride by Katherine Halle

Eric is an orthopedic surgeon volunteering his time with the Justin Sports Medicine program, traveling the rodeo circuit two months out of the year. Underneath it all, though, he’s a cowboy at heart and not just because he was born and raised in Texas. He’s a cowboy at heart because Ben Greene, champion Saddle Bronc rider, owns his heart. They haven’t put words to what they’re doing, even though they’ve been together for almost a year. But when Ben is bucked off during a ride, resulting in a season-ending injury, both these cowboys might have to finally acknowledge what they have and what they mean to each other.

These two, Eric and Ben, are a match made in heaven. They complement each other to the tee. Where Eric worries as a logical individual, Ben is wild and reckless, impulsive and more action than talk. They need each other for the balance, I think. This story has a lot of conversations over the phone when the two men have great distance between. But still from every line we get the warmth, friendship and love they feel for one another. I loved the banter and dialogue between them, and when they are reunited, their passion burns. Recommended.

White Hat/Black Hat by Kiernan Kelly

In 1968, Dallas and Stone are two young men from Texas cow country who’ve left horses and cattle behind to pursue their dreams of stardom. They meet for the first time on a Hollywood soundstage, where they’ve been cast to star in a television western. Attracted to one another from the start, they live in a time when same sex relationships, particularly those of lead actors, are kept in the closet, and they go to great lengths to keep theirs a secret by necessity. As the years pass, they continue their charade, until they are ultimately faced with the decision to either slink away into anonymity, or come out and declare their love for each other to the world.

Forty years of being under the spotlight and never being truly yourself? Never being able to publically show your love for a man, and even having to pretend to hate his guts so no one can make any assumptions? That’s rough. Dallas and Stone clearly belong together. Where Dallas is calmer but more sure of his gay ways, Stone has a temper and he’s almost paranoid about getting outed and losing everything he’s worked for. Sneaking in the night, quick blowjobs in the back of limos, never daring to hold hands, let alone kiss, where someone might see them. I felt so bad for these men. The notion that actors have to maintain their heartbreaker role when not filming just so some housewives can get their panties wet is just beyond silly. I wanted Dallas and Stone to find peace—and since their show is over after forty years and they’re about to get lifetime achievement awards, perhaps that time has arrived. At the end, I was so happy for and proud of them. Love is love. It should never have to be hidden.

In the Pocket, a Roughstock story by BA Tortuga

Sterling loves being a bullfighter, and he’s good at it, too — even his hero Coke Pharris says so. So what if maybe he has a crush on Coke, it’s not like it’s affecting his job or hurting anyone. Someone should tell that to Dillon, the clown and Coke’s partner. Colby Tyburn has been watching Sterling for months and hankering to meet the man. When Dillon introduces the two of them, sparks start to fly and just maybe, Dillon’s not only distracted Sterling from his Coke, but done a fine bit of matchmaking while he was at it.

This last story in the anthology starts off really confusing. There are a lot of people mentioned and we even get their points of view though they’re not the leads here. I was utterly baffled. Perhaps fans of the series recognize the names and feel wowed. I wasn’t. For a short story, that approach doesn’t work. Nonetheless, once Colby and Sterling get going, the story takes off to the stratosphere of hotness. Sterling’s a new bullrider and a virgin. Colby wants him. They go to a hotel to get drinks, and one thing leads to another. Great sex follows. Sterling’s eager to learn and Colby has the patience to teach. I liked these two together a lot. I could see them living their cowboy lives and forming a lasting relationship. So, in the end, not a bad conclusion to the anthology.

Reviewed By: Susan

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Moonshine by Julia Talbot and BA Tortuga


Title: Moonshine
Authors: Julia Talbot & BA Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 48
Characters: Jensen, David Twofeathers
POV: 3rd
Sub genre: Fantasy Romance
Kisses: 3.5


Blurb:

Jenson expects all sorts of trouble being a moonshine runner, but he never thinks it will come from a werewolf bite. He’s dealing with all that while getting his next shipment ready, and he thinks he’s doing all right until David shows up.

Confused, scared, and hot as hell, David is just the kind of trouble Jenson doesn’t need, and everything he wants. Can he help David figure out who bit them both, and keep his life on track at the same time?

Review:

Jensen is a ridgerunner who has a moonshine still in eastern Tennessee. He stays to himself ever since he was bitten and turned into a werewolf. He dreams of the day that he can find and kill the guy who bit him. He’s on his way to his cave when he’s attacked by a man who keeps asking “where is he?”. Turns out that the man, named David Twofeathers, was bitten by the same werewolf and that he’s been following the scent of him and that it leads right to Jensen.

Jensen and David find themselves instantly attracted to each other and can’t keep their hands off each other. David has no idea how to be a werewolf and Jensen is happy to teach him. The two men realize that they are mates and figure out that the werewolf that bit them knew that they were mates and led them to each other. They decide not to kill him and just enjoy their relationship.

I enjoyed reading this story. It’s definitely not your average shifter tale and it contains a unique twist of humor and passion. If you’re looking for a fast read with a different twist, this is the one for you!

Reviewed by Pat

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Crazy in Love by Julia Talbot


Title: Crazy In Love
Author: Julia Talbot
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 40
Characters: Keaton, Dakota
POV: 3rd
Sub genre: paranormal
Kisses: 3.5

Blurb:

Keaton is kind of a city wolf, in love with his coffee shops and his Wi-Fi. Dakota tries to convince Keaton how dangerous it is to be so close to non-shifters, but it’s not until Keaton is captured and taken to an asylum that he realizes how reckless it is for a werewolf to stay so close to people. Can Dakota rescue his one true love, and convince Keaton he’s not crazy?

Review:

Kenton is a patient in a medium security sanitarium. The doctors and orderlies are trying to convince him that his claim of being a wolf shifter is just a symptom of his mental illness. The head psychiatrist tells Kenton that he has a new drug therapy that he wants to try on him to hopefully cure him.

Turns out Kenton really IS a wolf shifter who was injured and captured almost three weeks before. His mate Dakota was also injured and left for dead at the same time. Dakota has been looking for a way to get Keaton out of the hospital before the next full moon has him transforming into his wolf.

Dakota is able to bribe an orderly to send Keaton a message that he’ll be waiting outside the building where he’s being held. The two are able to escape from the hospital and make it to a local motel. The doctor and two orderlies are able to track them down but Kenton and Dakota are able to escape into the nearby woods. The doctor follows them in, where they shift in front of him and the doctor starts screaming that he seeing werewolves. The orderlies haul thwarted doctor back to the hospital as a patient and Kenton and Dakota leave to find a safer territory.

I really liked this story by Julia Talbot. She’s able to take the usual shifter tale and give it an original and unique twist that is totally unexpected. If you want a story that is definitely not run of thwarted mill, then you will LOVE this!

Reviewed by: Pat

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Cereus Building by Julia Talbot, Sean Michael, and BA Tortuga


Title: Cereus Building
Author: Julia Talbot, Sean Michael, and B.A. Tortuga
Publisher: Torquere Press
Pages: 195
Characters: Chayton & Kenny, Marco & Stephan, Zee & Daniel
POV: 3rd
Sub-Genre: Paranormal
Kisses: 5






Blurb:

What happens when a besieged and rather small dragon comes to a vampire and says, “I need your help.” Or when that vampire comes to a werewolf and says, “I have a job for you.” The vampire goes and builds a resort for things that go bump in the night, of course. Riding the wave of Julia Talbot’s Bloodrose series, the multi-author Cereus: Building features paranormal romance from three of Torquere Press’ most-loved authors. The stories move from vampire Jonny’s city club to a new luxury getaway in the woods of the Pacific Northwest, where pleasure and pain are the name of the game.

Julia Talbot’s It’s Elemental features construction contractor Chayton, a werewolf who thinks demon decorator Kenny is a little fussy, and a lot hot. They argue about everything from feng shui to sex. Will they be able to resolve their differences? The Third Course, by BA Tortuga tells the story of Marco and Stephan, werecats, brothers, and chefs who meet their match in head-bartender Faelan, who just happens to be a growly, sexy Top. Finally, Sean Michael’s Smoke and Gold follows the head dominant of the club, Zee, who’s dealing with trying to get his playrooms just so, and trying to figure out maddening dragon Daniel at the same time. Who can resist loving a dragon?

Review:

I do believe I could be one of the very few who hasn’t read all of the prior stories in the Bloodrose series and attempting to jump in with a review of this wonderful and amazing ongoing stories. I want to point out that just in case you haven’t read all the prior stories in the series, and you want to jump in as I did this late in the game, you will not at any point feel lost at sea. However, in order to get comfy with the whole idea and characters, I recommend you get the others as soon as possible.

This book is contrived of three stories written by three awesome writers who cover the creation of the new Cereus Resort. The reason for this story is because Daniel, the dragon asks his friend Jonny to build a resort for paranormal creatures and in that, his liar would be protected from the humans and Jonny agrees and puts Daniel in charge of the project.

It begins with Julia Talbot’s story Its Fundamental starring Chayton, a werewolf and and demon Kenny. Chayton is a construction superintendent and responsible for the layout of the rooms, the installation of certain features and working closely with Kenny, who by every sense of the word, is a fussy demon who has Chayton tied up in knots. In a good way of course. Kenny is snippy, demanding, and very sexual, driving Chayton up a wall and until they get to Kenny’s place where Chayton can give that demon a good old fashioned spanking and dinner. The two together are perfect, the each of them amplifying one other’s uniqueness. The two can’t seem to agree on the set up in some of the rooms, where Kenny is a yacker, Chayton is a bit more on the quiet side. They are actually a great match for one another. There is quite a bit of spanking in this story, like the rest in the series, lots of hot sex, and adorable characters.

The Third Couse by B.A. Tortuga is a cute story about twins and their fascination with Faelan the bartender of the resort. Brothers Marco and Stephan are chefs and by chance one day Faelan bumps into the brothers and knows they are more than shifters/chefs. They are both submissive beauties who are in need of a master and he sets out to show them he has what it takes. Fantastic spanking/ sex scenes and the plot works on trust and exploring what one likes and dislikes within. One night on the fullmoon the trio shift and go hunting. Faelan is a wolf, the boys are cats and one of the boys accidently gets in the way of the eating wolf, something bad goes on. This story is the one I liked the most in all honesty. One brother was badly injured mentally and psychically in the past whereas the other brother is very protective and very submissive. They work well together, they are adorable and made me want to hug them both. Faelan has his hands full, but wow the dynamics between these three is awesome.

And lastly we have a Dragon, named Daniel and a Demon named Zee, who is also the head Dom at the resort in a tale of their own. The closer it gets to opening day, Zee is getting antsy, as his biggest concern are the emergency buttons in the playrooms aren’t yet installed by none other than Chayton, who had his own story at the start of this book. Now with Daniel, who was assigned by the owner of the club to oversee the whole operation, finds his match in Zee. Zee considers Daniel a boy, as Daniel considers Zee a boy. Theirs is a funny situation but the sex between the two is hot, literally. And then one day Daniel finds a way to restore Zee’s badly injured horns and finds himself at deaths door. This is where we see Zee’s true colors shine and this is where I fell in love with the story. That’s what I like about this book, all three stories are wove into one big one, written by three authors, using several different characters to show the progress of a new adventure that I’m pretty sure promises to bring us more adventures.

Reviewed By: Michele

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Torquere Author: Julia Talbot is here with news!

Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Julia.

Hi, there! Thanks so much for having me. It’s always great fun here at Top 2 Bottom, and I love to hang out! (Feel free to come by anytime!)

What was your first book and how long did it take to get it published?

My first published novel was Manners and Means. I had been writing short stories for years. It took about a year to publish. I wrote it for Nanowrimo, and then looked for a place. No one was publishing m/m back then, so I had to form a company to publish it! Torquere Press was born. (CLAPS!!)

When did you start writing m/m romance? What about this genre interested you the most?

I started back in 2000. I fell in love with homoerotic books when I began reading Anne Rice and Poppy Brite in the 80s and early 90s. I didn’t know you could write m/m romance for a long while, though. When I finally figure out I could do that, I wrote like a fiend. I love m/m for a long of reasons, chief of which is the pretty. I love the very idea of men touching. I also like that m/m takes me, the female reader, out of the position of having to try to identify with a heroine, which oftentimes I can’t.

How long did it take you to get published? How many books have you written thus far?

Oh, my gosh. I got my first story published when I was about 15. It was a literary journal. I worked in newspapers a good bit, too. Now, as far as my first adult story, I was in my early 30s when I finally broke the market. At this point I’ve had hundreds of ebooks published, but only 20 or so of them are full length novels, I’d guess.

Do you write full time?

I do! Well, and I publish. I was able to quit working for someone else about six years ago, though, which was really exciting! I can work in my PJs and drink mai tais at my desk. It’s the best job ever.

Looking back was there something in particular that helped you to decide to become a writer? Did you choose it or did the profession choose you?

I think I had no choice. My mom was a big storyteller in the oral tradition. She taught me young to love sitting around the campfire telling tall tales. As I learned to read and write, I started to make up my own stories. I really don’t remember the first one. So, I think it was just in me all along.

On a typical writing day, how would you spend your time?

I work on publishing stuff after morning yoga and until early evening. Then I buckle down from five pm or so to midnight. That’s my writing time.

Do you write right through or do you revise as you go along?

I write straight through. I learned early on that if I tried to revise as I went I never got a story done. There was always this tweak or that. Then I hand it off to my partner, BA, and get her to look it over before re-writes.

When it comes to plotting, do you write freely or plan everything in advance?

I’d love to say I have more than a general idea of the plot when I start, but that would be a lie. I’m character driven, and I go where they, and deadlines, take me.

What kind of research do you do before and during a new book?

Depends on the book. Sometimes I do loads of research (always verify your source, folks! I worked in library systems!) and sometimes I wing it, writing what I know, like Colorado mountain boys or Texas cowboys. For new cities, I buy travel guide books. (Colorado! Woot!)

How much of yourself and the people you know manifest into your characters? How do you approach development of your characters? Where do you draw the line?

There’s always me in there somehow. Oftentimes it comes out in what I just experienced. A trip to Boston, for instance, yields a Western boy going to the east coast and discovering how he dislikes Dunkin’ Donuts coffee (sorry, y’all. It’s foul) I put a lot of people I see and hear in books, too, but rarely people I know closely. That way leads to madness if they’re unhappy with the way they’re portrayed.

How long does it take for you to complete a book you would allow someone to read? Do you write straight through, or do you revise as you go along?

Oh, that depends on the book, too. If it’s a novel, it can take a month or six. A short can take a day or a month. I let people read all along the way. They make it better, no matter what. I write straight through, as if I revise as I go, it will never get done!

Writers often go on about writer’s block. Do you ever suffer from it, and what measures do you take to get past it?

I never have a lack of ideas. I do occasionally lack time or concentration. Sometimes I’m too busy. But I’m never really blocked.

When someone reads one of your books for the first time, what do you hope they gain, feel or experience?

I just hope they’re entertained. That’s my job as a storyteller.

Can you share three things you’ve learned about the business of writing since your first publication?

The very first thing I learned is that publishing is not creative. Writing is, but publishing is a cutthroat business. Then I had my first signing, where I learned that loyal readers make it all worth it. Then I learned that I would still be writing, even if I could never be published again.

Does the title of a book you’re writing come to you as you’re writing it, or does it come before you even begin the first sentence?

Hmm. Most of the time I turn to my partner BA and ask, “What should I call my new book? It’s about this guy…

How would you describe your sense of humor? Who and what makes you laugh?

I’m a big goof. I love Muppets. I equally adore fart jokes. Most often, my basset hounds are the laugh inducers.

What is the most frequently asked Julia Talbot question?

When are you going to write the sequel to (any book). Sometimes I even plan to write one and don’t…

What was the best piece of advice you’ve received with respect to the art of writing? How did you implement it into your work?

Write like no one is reading. Sort of like dance like no one is watching, you know? If I let what I think the market wants influence me too much, it wrecks me.

When it comes to promotion, what lengths have you gone to in order to increase reader-awareness of your work?

I have worn corsets to book signings. Ugh. (Brave lady!)

Writing is obviously not just how you make your living, but your life-style as well. What do you do to keep the creative “spark” alive – both in your work and out of it?

I eavesdrop. I travel. I sit at the mall and people watch. People are fascinating.

What kind of books do you like to read?

I love mysteries and serial killer books. I adore romances, though, and never count those out.

If you weren’t a writer what would you be?

A librarian. I worked in libraries for years.

Where did you get the idea for the stories you write?

Everywhere. Rafting trips and horseback riding. Walking to the store and driving to yoga.

When it comes to the covers of your books, what do you like or dislike about them?

I always like something. The characters can never look like they do in your head, but the artists put a lot of effort into my vision.

Aside from writing, what else do you enjoy doing?

I love to stitch (cross stitch and knitting) and of course I love to read. I hike with my dogs and garden with my partner BA.

Any special projects coming out soon we should watch for?

Hopefully! I have a novelette coming out from Torquere Press called Crazy in Love, a werewolf story, and a new Mixed Breeds book from Changeling Press called Tiger by the Toe, which is about big cat shifters.

New writers are always trying to glean advice from those with more experience. What suggestions do you have for new writers?

Write. A lot. Every day. It can take hundreds of stories to find the right one, the one that works and sells, too.

Can you please tell us where we can find you on the Internet?

www.juliatalbot.com – on Twitter I’m @juliatalbot and my blog is at http://juliatalbot.blogspot.com/

Could you please share your favorite excerpt(s) from one of more of your stories with us?


Sure! Here’s a tiny bit from An Itch to Scratch, which is the first in my Bloodrose series at Torquere Press.

“Well, Deacon…”

“Deke.”

The owner of the very exclusive club Deke had applied to smiled at him, making a note in a leather bound folder. The place was like that. Leather portfolios and leather chairs, the smell of expensive booze and tobacco strong, even this early in the day. “Deke, then. Your application looks perfect, and your references are impeccable. So we only have two things to talk about.”

“Okay.” Deke twisted his key ring around his fingers, trying not to look nervous. Normally he wouldn’t set foot in a swanky place like the Bloodrose, but he had this itch that he just had to scratch, and it was getting tough to find a safe place to do it. So, there he was, sitting in front of an amazingly hot guy named Jonny, who had gone over his file with a fine toothed comb. Jonny smiled, revealing a set of tiny, needle-sharp fangs, reminding him that he’d chosen the damned club for a reason that went beyond private membership and a free massage.

“First, we need to decide exactly what you want out of your experience at Bloodrose. It says here that you would like to try to defer your membership fees by entering into an exclusivity contract with one of our current members.”

Deke’s cheeks heated. You didn’t have to be broke to be unable to come up with the kind of fees Bloodrose charged, damn it. “Uh. Yeah. It’s an option on the application. I mean, I assumed people did it all the time.”

“They do. Not to worry. I just want you to understand that, barring any incompatibility, this will lock you into a year’s worth of commitment.”

“I do. Understand, I mean.” That was the reason Deke was there, in fact. With an itch like his to scratch, he ended up at a lot of skanky bars, picking up a lot of nameless guys, and he was getting tired of it. Not to mention the fact that it was becoming dangerous. Oh, he didn’t worry any about disease or anything. That was a fortunate side effect of being a werewolf. No, what he worried about was the weird little packs of vamps and other things that were banding together out there. A man could get himself in real trouble if someone had bad intentions working, and there were more and more vamps out there who would like nothing more than to lock him away somewhere and treat him like their own little Energizer bunny.

“Well, then, we have a few options. I can try to match you with a member and you can do a few interviews. Or, if you really want to go for those membership fees, I can choose more than one patron who might meet your needs, and we can have an auction.”

“An auction?” Whoa. Whoa, what did that mean? He had a sudden image in his head of some dude talking really fast and blabbering on about how he was from sturdy stock and how he could mostly control his wolf shifting, even on the fullest moon. “Wait. If someone… what? Buys me for a year, what if we don’t get along?”

“All auctions have a two week guarantee.” Jonny leaned his elbows on the giant mahogany desk, looking as earnest as a vamp with a three hundred dollar haircut could look. “I also happen to be very good at placing members with partners.”

“And this is the best way to defer my fees?”

“For you? Yes. You’re a valuable commodity, Deke. It also helps me, I admit. You could simply come to the club on a temporary membership and meet someone, thus taking a member away. Instead, you’re willing to allow me to find someone to pay for you to come here.”

“Well, yeah. I mean, that’s kind of the point. I need a safe place to do this, you know?” He didn’t want to take someone to his apartment, didn’t want to go someplace private without a security fail safe in place. Bloodrose had private rooms, good steaks, and lots of vamps to choose from. From what he’d heard.

“Well, then. I’ll get the ball rolling on the patrons. That just leaves us one thing to finish up.” Something in the air changed, the whole feel going from business-like to sexual. Predatory. Jonny went from all business to slinky, growly…

Deke liked it.

Thanks so much for having me! (Thank you for being here!)

XXOO

Julia