Friday, January 16, 2015

Spotlight and Interview with Lea Barrymire- PNR, shifter romance--1/16

Tempering Steel
Book 2 ~ Coyote Bluff Series

Erotic/Hot paranormal romance
55K words
Self pubbed

Preorder 12/3/2014
Releasing 12/17/2014

After months of aching to be with grumpy Sheriff Connor Manning, Margarete Barrie finally gets her chance when a coyote shifter takes refuge in her home. She burns with need every time they’re close, but even she can only take rejection so many times before giving up.

Connor’s resolve to stay away from Margie weakens when she takes in his packmate. Fighting his inner animal and jealousy makes him question his decision to leave women and love alone.

They’re thrown together to catch a trapper or hunter threatening the pack. But once things start to heat up even the possibility of danger doesn’t cool the tension between them.

Series Teaser:
Coyote Bluff is a small, quaint town in the mountains of Virginia. With its diner run by Mama, the police force of one and a single stop light it's much like every other small town in America. Well, until you take a closer look.

Feel free to come visit Coyote Bluff... but keep an eye on the wildlife.

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What motivates you to sit down and write?

My motivation is completely and totally inside my head. My Muse, characters, plot lines and scenes nag me if I’m not writing. I’ll dream about the stories, find myself day dreaming about them. Sounds a little crazy, and perhaps it is, but it seems to work for me.

Where does your inspiration come from?

I find inspiration in pretty much anything. Standing in the grocery line and glancing over magazines, an interaction between a couple in an aisle of Dollar General, a commercial, a dream. It doesn’t take much to tempt my brain with an idea. That’s probably why my idea folder has close to 50 documents so far.

Do you have any writers that you consider mentors?

Absolutely. I’m a newbie of sorts in the field and definitely wouldn’t be where I am without a fabulous group of writers keeping me on the right path. Danica Avet, Anya Richards, Amy Ruttan, and A.M. Griffin are my core group of mentors. We banded together a couple years ago and I can’t imagine life without them. When I’m stuck, down on myself, hating a given WIP, or just need a swift kick in the ass they are there to help.

Do you ever experience writer's block?  How do you get through it?

Writer’s block is one of the worst things that can happen to an author. It’s like getting a head cold for your creativity. Everything gets stopped up and you end up with nothing flowing. If I truly can’t writing on a given project I usually set it aside for a while, work on something else, or read. Reading, especially something in a completely different genre from what I’m writing, seems to loosen up the words a little. Sometimes changing up my location, putting different music on, or digging out an idea I haven’t touched yet makes the characters a little easier to deal with.

Name some authors who have influenced or inspired you?

Wow. There are a lot. But the first authors I read who really got me started in erotic romance are JR Ward, Laurann Dohner, Jeaniene Frost, and Julie Walker. I still preorder everything from these ladies and LOVE their work.

Tell a little about your most recent work. 

I’ve been working on a series of shifter books based in a small town on the mountainside of Coyote Bluff, Virginia. They are typical people, doing normal things… well, other than the fact that they can shift into animals. Each book is centered around a single couple, but you get to meet other folks from the town and hang out with the sexy men of Coyote Bluff.

The first book, Accidentally Yours, brings together a shunned wolf shifter with a human woman. They are funny, cute and downright sexy together. The second book, which released a few weeks ago is ‘Tempering Steel’. You get to meet Margie and Connor in the first book, but we take a walk on the grumpy side in the second installment.

I love each and every one of these characters. The series is a blast to write because I introduce so many of the town’s people. I can’t wait to work on the third book which will finally bring Zeke, the town’s comic relief, to his knees.

Tell us about your favorite character from the book
Favorite characters…. Hmmm…. I love them all, but I would have to say Zeke is my favorite. He’s childish, strong, loyal, funny… I adore him.

What makes a good story?

To me a good story pulls me into the world almost immediately. I want to read the first sentence and get excited about the adventure to come. There needs to be emotion not only between the hero/heroine, but within the other characters, within the environment.

How do you market your work?

Ha. Good question. Right now I’m doing some different things. I’ve tried blog tours, which I still use, FB ads, ads on different websites and using my social media for reader interaction. I enjoy the interaction time more than the rest of my methods just because I love talking to readers. I’ve met some amazing people doing that. I try to glean as much advice and information from other authors as I can and employ different tactics depending on what I want to try. Guess you could say I’m a fluid promoter, using different techniques each time and testing them out.

Do you have a current work in progress?  Can you tell a little bit about it?

I’m currently working on two books. The first is book one of a brand new series for me. The book is called Penemaue. Looks strange, right? That is the hero’s name. He was a Watcher which is similar to an angel. Watchers were discussed in the Book of Enoch, a biblical writing that isn’t currently in the bible. It’s an action-packed novella about Pen’s journey of forgiveness and love. This will release in late January/early February.

The other book I’m working on is the third in the Coyote Bluff series. Zeke finally finds his match and his mate. The book is called ‘Switching Gears’ and should release in the end of March/early April.

Tell us about yourself, outside of writing.

I am a black hole of nothingness outside of writing. Wait. No. LOL I’m a mom to three kidlets ranging from 15 to 7. They keep me running and laughing. I’m married to my middle school sweetheart and will be celebrating our 20th anniversary in May. I’m also a fulltime data guru. I write scripts, run reports, show off my talents in Excel and generally roll around in corporate data. Oh, and I play in science education as well. J So, I’m pretty busy and don’t spend nearly as much time writing as I’d like to.

Thank you so much for taking a minute to learn about me and my work. Hope to find out you’ve read something and loved it. ~ Lea

Author Bio:
Lea lives in Western New York with her hubby, three children, and miscellaneous critters. Before the rug rats, she lived a life of adventure, following her husband all over Europe with the US military. She's slept in a car outside Paris, drove six hours just to see tulips in the Netherlands, and knocked ash from her shoes at Pompeii. Now she spends her time in life's adventures at soccer games, PTA meetings and school plays.

Lea has loved reading from a very young age, spending many sleepless nights devouring books. Science fiction and paranormal were her favorite genres to read as a teenager, and that love bled into her adult life. She started writing during a bout of insomnia, to fill time, and found it filled a creative void. Now she communes regularly with the characters in her head and tries not to laugh out loud when they say something funny.

When Lea isn't reading, writing or corralling kids, she enjoys watching movies and sciencey shows, or just kicking back and listening to some music.

Twitter- @leabarrymire
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First kiss:

“You… you shot me.”

“I did.”


He was already listing to one side and she rushed forward to help me sit against a tree. “Because you needed to calm down. I need to look at this wolf and I can’t do that if you’ve got him all pissed off.”


His eyes drooped. She leaned down and kissed the lines of confusion between his brows. “I know. That’s why I gave him a little more than you. He’ll be sleeping like a cub in about two minutes.”

“Sorry about being mad. She called me that before she left.” Connor mumbled.

The slurred words had her ears perking up like a fox’s after hearing the squeak of a mouse. She. Margie squashed the questions bubbling up. Instead she turned, gathered her gear and slowly approached the downed wolf. In the back of her mind Connor’s words swirled. Someone had hurt him. Some female. A growl of her own laced with jealousy and anger vibrated in her chest.


His gaze swung back immediately and she could see the resolve gleaming from the dark depths of his eyes. “Sorry, Margie. I don’t mean to worry you. I came by for two reasons. First I was going to check on Zeke, but as you’ve said he’s gone. I also wanted to know if you’d accompany me to Cammie and Ian’s mating ceremony on Saturday.”

Her mind froze. Mating ceremony. Go with him? Together? “Um.”

“You don’t have to, but I thought seeing I’d be driving by your house and you don’t know the way to the farm I could pick you up.”

The small flutter of hope died a tragic, fiery death in her chest. “Right. You’re going to be driving by anyway, and me, being a woman and all, might have a tough time following directions. I see.”

Something that sounded close to ‘stupid moron’ fell from his lips, too quiet for Margie to hear. It didn’t matter. She’s taken as much shit from the man she’d craved for over two years as she could take.

“Connor Manning. You will leave my property right now or you’ll be held responsible for my actions. I’ve had enough of your redneck, condescending, male-chauvinistic bullshit to last me a lifetime. I have a fucking GPS in my car and know damn well where the farm is. I’ve been treating you people ever since I moved here. Hell, Skip has a tab account now because I spend so much time out there. And anyway, Zeke already asked me if I wanted to go with him. You don’t need to take care of lil’ ol’ me.”

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