You asked Elizabeth Lennox and she answers!

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When I first approached Elizabeth Lennox  and asked if she would be willing to answers questions submitted for her she didn’t hesitate to say yes.  She said it sounded like fun and was an open book.  Her enthusiasm and gung-ho attitude told me she had an adventurous soul just as many of her female characters are written.  I also found Ms. Lennox has a wicked sense of humor!  I had so much fun getting to know Ms. Lennox through our emails and can truly say she is a wonderful, funny, helpful and very kind person.

Thank you Elizabeth Lennox for taking the time to answers the great questions that were submitted.

These are the questions submitted and Elizabeth’s answers.  I hope you enjoy them!

Wynde

Let me start off by saying I love your books! Especially your sheik books. Thank you for the opportunity to ask a question. I have two. 1. When will your next sheik book be out? 2. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned to date about writing?

  • My next sheik book will be part of the Montana Men series.  I know – where’s the connection with Montana and tall, dark, arrogant sheiks, right?  Well, Droon had to run away from his homeland – his aunts were trying to kill him so that their children could take over the country.  Droon ran away and discovered Samantha and Charlie DeBron’s ranch (Samantha and Charlie’s romance will be a free novella coming out in October).  Eventually, he must leave Montana and go back to reclaim his throne.  His story will be told in the series along with Vince, Joe, Halley and Fleur.
  • The most important lesson? Goodness, I don’t know about THE most important lesson.  There are so many things I’ve learned and some of the lessons have been hard to take.  I think the most important lesson was to avoid reading any reviews until I’ve finished (or at least started) writing another story.  I’ve received many good reviews (thank you!) but the negative reviews really get to me.  Sometimes they are pretty harsh and I could have become discouraged by some of them.   So I tell all new writers to avoid reading reviews until they are at least halfway through their next story.  Always keep writing – no matter what people say.

 

Carrie Marie 

What is the hardest part of writing for you? What’s the easiest?

The hardest part of writing would definitely be the editing process.  Most people don’t realize that writing the story is only about twenty-five percent of the effort.  The next several weeks or months will be editing, polishing, re-editing, tweaking your story.  You’re never really “done” with a book.  There’s always another edit that can be done.

What is the easiest?  The beginnings!  Goodness, those beginnings are fun to write and just fly out of my fingers.  I love writing the beginnings – all the sexual tension, the intense awareness, the instant lust…it is so much fun!!

Shellie

How do you come up with all of your ideas for stories?

I get asked this question a lot.  In fact, it is always the second question people ask me.  And the answer is – I don’t know.  I always have a story in my mind.  It might not be a viable plot.  I might start it and realize it is stupid or unworkable.  But yes, I always have a story ready to go.  I can sit in a coffee shop, stare at the other customers and come up with a story about them.  Driving down the street?  Music on?  Story pops into my mind.  Love it!!

 

Ruth

Have you ever written a story that we haven’t read? Are there any that you have written that you don’t like?

Goodness yes!!  LOL – I have dozens, maybe even hundreds of stories that didn’t work out.  Or stories that I started and abandoned because a better idea came along and I just forgot about the previous one.  It is crazy – but yeah.  Lots and lots of stories.

And then there are the stories which I know are horrible.  The Montana Men was going to be a six book series – six siblings, six stories (plus the parents).  But Rico’s story just didn’t flow properly.  I’ve started writing his story about seven times, one of which is about thirty thousand words.  It isn’t good enough.  I will come back to it in a few months or years and work on it again – because I like the premise for the story – I just couldn’t make it work correctly.

My sister is an English professor and she said that’s one of the hardest lessons a writer has to learn – just let go of something that isn’t working.  Sometimes that means deleting thousands of words.  Yes, that is heartbreaking, but it has to happen.

I won’t release a story that isn’t good.  If I don’t like it, you ladies won’t see it.

Liz 

Have you ever written any other genre besides Contemporary Romance? If not, would you want to? What genre would it be?

I have written some erotica and I have plans to write a romantic series with magical elements to it.  I don’t know when that will work itself out in my brain, but yes.  More is coming.  I also have some ideas about a series for young adults, telling the stories of pre-teens or teenagers, dealing with some of the issues they are facing.  Again, I don’t know how that will work itself out, but that is another possibility.

I’d also like to challenge myself to write romantic mysteries but contemporary romance is still my favorite.

Wynde B

Do you have a favorite time of the year to write? If so, why?

Interesting question – I’ve never thought about that.  But now that you’ve brought it up, the fall.  If you have ever been to Washington, D.C. in the summer, you know that the heat and humidity here is oppressive!  It bogs one down like a thick, wet blanket (filled with mosquitoes!).  So summers are hard for me – I struggle to write, to meet my deadlines.

But when September rolls around this area, the humidity lessons, the heat seems to cool down and the world is a different place.  I seem to com back to life in the fall.  My mind is freed up, my body feels better and the stories just fly through my mind.  I can sit outside (as long as the spiders stay away) and enjoy the sunshine while I write and life is good!

Sally

I love the way you always create your heroines with a strong sense of self. Even if they have…issues. What is your motivation behind this? IF there is one

LOL – I think that we all have “…issues”.  I definitely do!  Just ask my husband or family!

But all the women in my stories – and the men – have issues that they need to resolve in order to make way for love.  The women are all strong, all have good careers and challenge the world.  Or at least, that’s my intent.  Why?  Because women are strong.  Women all have issues, but we step up and get done what needs to get done.  Period.  We don’t mess around, we don’t wait for someone else to fix our problems.  We just…get it done – whatever “it” is.

My books reflect the power that all of us have inside of us.  Yeah, we might not like the issues we have to deal with.  And there are many times my characters just want to grab a bag of chips and sit on the couch to avoid the world.  Don’t we all?

But in the end, they face up to their issues and get them resolved.  So do you, right?

Miranda

I can’t wait for your Bold Alaskan Men Series. Have you ever been to Alaska? Is this what motivated this series?

Yes!  I went to Alaska twice – in 2015 and 2014.  I loved that state!  It was incredible!  So the whole series is based off of both those visits.  The oceans, the whales, the crazy things that Alaskans do – like bore tide surfing, skiing down impossible mountain sides, living in a world that goes dark for all but a couple of hours during the winter…!  (Apparently, it is harder to get used to the endless light in the summer months – who knew?!)

Loved Alaska!  And in addition – my family and I flew into Seattle in order to get to Alaska – so there’s a series based in that city as well!  Oh – I love the northwest area!  So completely different from Washington, D.C.!  And cooler!  (except when I’m there – I tend to bring heat wherever I go!)

Katelyn

What books are YOU reading right now?

I just finished Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance (and got a great idea for a plot out of that book!) and Malcom Gladwell’s “Outliers” – there will be a funny story about this one in a book too!  Over 4th of July weekend, I read Janet Evanovich’s “The Job” (great series, by the way) and I was honored to read (ahead of the release) Liz Scott’s “You Promised Me Forever” – awesome story!

Skye

Which writers inspire you? How?

This is going to sound crazy, but good and bad writers inspire me.

When I write a good story, I want to do it better.  I want to twist the plot around so it is more interesting or write better dialogue, better emotional connections.  I love good stories from fabulous authors because they challenge me, inspire me to write better, to set my standards higher.

But I also love bad stories because the writer might have an awesome plot, but she or he might completely fail to live up to the idea.  I want to do the idea better, to make the plot more complicated or more emotionally compelling.  I want to make the characters more real.

So good or bad, I’ll use that to emphasize my strengths or challenge my weaknesses.  I love a writer with good words or with a twist that really grabs me.

And readers – believe it or not – readers inspire me!  When I read the reviews from you ladies, that creates a lot of pressure to do it again, to write better, to replicate a good story.  I never take my readers for granted.  I know how easy it is for romance readers to find a new favorite.  I currently have 4.5 star ratings on almost all of my books and that’s a huge amount of pressure to maintain!  I won’t release any book I don’t think is good enough because I don’t want to lose that average rating.  It is incredibly important to me that my readers like the stories I put out there.

Barbara

Who does your sexy covers!

I do!  I search around for photos on the various photography sites until I find just the right picture.  Sometimes I’m sitting on my bed with my husband reading next to me, flipping through all of the buff guys and my husband just grunts occasionally.  He’s a sweet guy – and endures all of it!

 

Thank you all for taking part in this blog spot with Elizabeth Lennox.  Remember, her newest book of charming alphas and amazing women has just released today.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake, book 1 in the Bold Alaskan Men Series.

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Ask Elizabeth Lennox!

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Elizabeth Lennox is, in this blogger’s opinion, the queen of alpha men and fiery women whether found in the romantic shifting sands of the desert kings, the board room of corporate America or the farthest reaches of the wilderness. I know many of you are avid readers of hers and absolutely love her stories as I do.  I am also sure that at some point you thought of a question that you would have loved to ask her.  Well, here is your chance!  Woo Hoo Elizabeth Lennox has graciously agreed to answer your questions!

From now until Tuesday, July 12, 2016 you can enter your questions in the comments of this posting.  Please read the previous questions to keep duplicates from happening.  On Tuesday your questions will be forwarded to Elizabeth and her answers will appear on Friday, July 15 to celebrate the release of her newest series.  Now is the chance to ask and stop wondering! Enter your question for Elizabeth Lennox!  

As another special treat for her readers, Elizabeth will be submitting her own post here on Sunday, July 10th. Please check in to see what she has in store for us.  If you don’t know much about Elizabeth then you need to read her post where  she will share a little of her self with us.  It is a great time to find out  about the fabulous woman behind these sexy alpha’s we love!

And remember that on Friday, July 15, 2016 the first in the new series, Bold Alaskan Men, will be released.  The Billionaire’s Beautiful Mistake is currently available as a pre-order so grab your copy and be a part of this new series with Elizabeth.

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Don’t Miss this chance to ask Elizabeth your questions and get the answers directly from her!  Submit your questions here until Tuesday, July 12, and read the answers on Friday!  Check in on Sunday, July 10, to read Elizabeth’s post and read what she has to tell us

If you haven’t already found Elizabeth’s website I would suggest taking a look to learn more about her books and Elizabeth herself. Check out Elizabeth’s website:  http://www.elizabethlennox.com   and follower her on Amazon:   http://www.amazon.com/ElizabethLennox/e/B008KSC084/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

I am so excited with this opportunity to spend some time with one of my favorite authors. I hope you will be a part of it with me!  Let’s celebrate the release of her new series…

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Interview with Natasha Thomas author of the Devil’s Spawn MC Series

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As a special challenge to myself I wanted to try an author interview as a posting.  I have to tell you I had a great time doing this.  My victim of choice was Natasha Thomas author of The Devil’s Spawn MC Series.  Natasha jumped right on board with my request and is truly a wonderful and open person to work with.  I enjoyed her responses and I really believe you will as well.  Thank you Natasha for being such a great sport and doing this interview with me!

Natasha has a large following of readers with her Devil’s Spawn Series which she has given us a look at Alpha males that will do anything to protect those they love. Her other biker series is that of the Vengeance MC which she introduced in Devil’s Spawn.  I love the bad boy biker alpha and can’t help but being drawn to Natasha’s character’s….who can resist a bad boy!

You can find Natasha at Amazon  click and on FaceBook click

Please welcome Natasha Thomas!

 

1.Tell us a little about yourself and your background?

I was born in New Zealand, but moved to Brisbane, Australia when I was 7. I met my husband just after I turned 15 and we have been together ever since, getting married 4 days after I turned 18. I know, crazy right? My beautiful daughter, Sarah was born 8 months before we got married, and my only son, Christian 18 months later. Having got a job offer he couldn’t refuse, we packed up and moved to Sydney in 2005 and haven’t looked back. The baby of our family, Chloe was born that very same year. I’ve always loved to read, but let me tell you, late nights, early mornings, and all-nighters with a sleep resistant infant meant I had plenty of time to catch up on my TBR list.

 

2. Being a published author is somewhat new for you isn’t it? Can you share a little about your experiences with us?

It’s true, being a self-published author is somewhat new to me. I only released my first eBook, Burnt in the January of 2015. Everything about publishing was new and scary to me at first. I knew nothing about what it took to be an author. The grueling hours, finding a proof reader and editor, managing Facebook, author, and amazon pages, marketing, printing, and finding author swag was all very overwhelming. To some degree, it still is. I love it though. Every stressful second.

  1. What has been the best and worst experience in publishing your books?

I’d have to say by far the best part about self-publishing are my readers. I have received so much encouragement and support, heartfelt messages and emails that it has kept me going through the harder times in between. The worst, well, that’s a more difficult question. If I had to name one thing, I would say the reviews. Occasionally there is a negative review that will get to me more than others, and those times I have to remind myself that it’s just one out of the many positive responses.

 

  1. When did you decide to become a writer?

I’ve always enjoyed creative writing, but I decided to make it a career when my thirteen-year-old son had a severe accident which would mean that I would have to be a stay at home mom until he’s much older. That was eighteen months ago now.

 

  1. Why do you write?

Writing is a stress reliever for me. I have so many ideas for plots, characters, and stories that are fighting to be set free, so letting them take shape on the pages in front of me helps to clear my mind.

 

  1. What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?

Putting cursor to page for the first time came about when I was sitting in the hospital with my son and couldn’t sleep. I wanted to do something that wouldn’t interfere with caring for him but would still stimulate me, be challenging, and I could be proud of.

 

  1. How much research do you do?

How much research I do is dependent on where I am in a series. If I’m at the beginning, book 1 for example, there is hours of research that goes into it before I even sit down at my laptop. At a guess, at least 2-3 weeks.

 

  1. Where can we buy or see them?

All of my eBooks are available exclusively on Amazon. Paperback copies are in the works currently, and will be available through my website, CreateSpace, Facebook, and Amazon.

  1. How did the idea of Devil’s Spawn MC come to you?

Devil’s Spawn MC wasn’t actually the first book I ever wrote, Call Me…Vengeance was. However, I wanted to introduce people into my style of MC writing gently, so I created Devil’s Spawn in order to do just that.

 

  1. What draws you to this genre?

I have met and am lucky to call a few bikers who are active in motorcycle clubs friends. I wanted to tell the stories of men who are more often than not misunderstood. I love alpha males, and who better to portray one than men dressed in leather, riding chrome beasts, covered in tattoos and piercings who would protect the people they love at all costs.

 

  1. Devil’s Spawn has some very intense experiences for some of the characters such as Adelyn. How is for you as a writer to develop these scenes.

Adelyn was a difficult character for me to write, but not for the reasons you may be thinking. She is a culmination of my own experiences and that of a dear friend of mine. It wasn’t easy to relay to my readers her mindset or how she struggled, but it was worth it. I fell in love with her courage, strength, and her ability to love unconditionally throughout the process. It was hard going, and there were definitely times I wanted to shut the lid on my laptop and not go on, but I felt I would be doing her a grave injustice if I did. When I tackle scenes like hers, I take a step back and put myself in the reader’s shoes. I think about how they will react, what I need them to know in order to convey the feeling she is having, and what they will take away from it. As I said, it isn’t easy but it is rewarding.

 

  1. I personally would like to know how you created such bad boys who in the story make men quake in fear but they are passionate about their families. They are alphas but they love their families and will protect them at all costs. How were you able to develop this balance in your alpha males? What inspired their particular traits?

The alphas in my books aren’t based on real life people, but some of their traits certainly are. I’ve had long talks with the men I know who belong to MC’s, their family and friends, and some of the people who hang around with them on a regular basis so that I could get a clear picture of how they live. Personally, I don’t think there is anything sexier than a man who can protect his family but in doing so be gentle and compassionate at the same time.

 

  1. Do you have any surprises in store of your Devil’s Spawn followers?

I do have a surprise for my Devil’s Spawn MC devotees. One of the characters introduced in Forged, Tucker will be getting his own book. I’m not saying it will be soon, but it will happen.

 

  1. What are you working on now?

Currently, I’m working on both the Vengeance MC series; book 2 Fury’s story, and the second book in the Patricks’ Brothers series, Eye See You.

 

  1. What’s it about?

Eye See You is a continuation of the Patricks’ Brothers series, a family of 7 brothers and 1 sister who together run a private security and investigations company. Fury’s story isn’t only a continuation of the Vengeance MC series; it is also a story about second chances and overcoming pain with all the odds stacked against you.

 

  1. 1 Give us an insight into your main character. What does he/she do that is so special?

This question is a harder one to answer, so I’ll focus on Fury because otherwise we would be here all day. As Vengeance’s Enforcer, Fury is no stranger to violence and pain, nor is he adverse to it. In book 1 of the series you learn that he lost his wife ten years prior and hasn’t come to terms with how she died as yet. Fury’s story will follow him as he learns to let go of things he cannot change, and fight to change the things he can. His dedication, loyalty, and the love he’s capable of make him more than worthy of his very own HEA.

 

  1. When do you expect it to be available to readers?

Fury will hopefully be available to readers at the end of the first week of February or the start of the second.

 

  1. If you could place your favorite character of any of your books in to a movie, who would you see as the actor?

My favorite character is still and will always be, Reaper. Finding someone to play him in a movie would be extremely difficult because I don’t know if there is a man alive who could do him justice. But, in a pinch I would have to cast Jason Statham. I may be a little based here, but I love everything he’s acted in and think he could bring my man Reaper to life like no other.

 

  1. Which of your books was your favorite to write?

Favorite book to write? That is a toss-up between Captive, book 4 in the Devil’s Spawn MC series, and Call Me…Vengeance, book 1 in the Vengeance MC series. I loved writing both of them but for very different reasons. Both of the main male characters have a special place in my heart.

 

  1. Do you have any plans to branch in to different genre?

Branching out into different genres started with the Patricks’ Brothers series but I am in no way finished with it. I have another project in the works, but it’s a secret (shhh) until I’ve released the last Vengeance book.

 

  1. Do you like to interact with your readers and if yes how can they best contact you?

There is nothing I like more than hearing from my readers. Facebook messages, emails, PM’s, posts to my page, I’ll answer any and all messages I get as quickly as I can. I find it easier to communicate through email on a whole, though. I tend to ramble on sometimes making my PM’s too long for some people, so if you want to get in touch with me, feel free to email me at  natashathomasauthor@gmail.com

 

  1. Favorite things:
  • Place; Denver, Colorado
  • Color; Hot pink
  • Book; Motorcycle Man, by Kristen Ashley
  • Movie; Transformers, Dark of the Moon
  • Author; Kristen Ashley
  • Band; Metallica
  • Song; One, by Metallica
  • Animal; Rottweiler, mine to be specific
  • Food; Anything Mexican
  • Season; Winter
  • Accessory; My tattoos (I have too many to count)
  • Car; 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 in silver
  • Motorcycle; Harley Davidson V-rod in matte black

 

Here is a look at Natasha’s series…..

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A Patrick Brother’s Novel Book 1

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Vengeance MC  Book 1

Thank you Natasha and I look forward to reading Vengeance! I know it will be great!   Click on the links above to enter Natasha’s world of MC’s and to connect with her on FaceBook!