THE JAMES GANG
Each month I interview a writer who has "James" in his/her pen name. My July James Gang interview is with Liza James.
1. Let’s get the most important question asked first: Why James?
Liza James is a pen name, and I wish the story of how it came about was more exciting, but here it goes. <grin> I’m a huge fan of the show, Little House on the Prairie, and the name Eliza Jane wouldn’t get out of my head. So I kept saying it aloud until it sort of morphed into Liza James. I loved it, and that was that...LOL
2. What fiction genre(s) and/or sub-genre(s) do you write?
As Liza James, I write mainly contemporary erotic romance (short stories), although I have written one short historical erotic romance, Branded, which happens to be my favorite.
3. Tell us about your latest release.
Game On released January 16th from The Wild Rose Press:
Desperate for her husband’s attention—particularly in the bedroom—Bree Winters purposely drops her wedding band down the sink in hopes of luring Shane upstairs for the seduction of his life. Only the Super Bowl is on, which proves to be a bigger draw than her charms.
When Bree threatens to entice the neighbor over with promises of sexual favors, Shane discovers the thought of watching his wife with another man is a surprising turn-on. And maybe just what they need to jump start their stalled sex life. The big game suddenly holds no interest, because in the master bath, it’s GAME ON.
Lying Eyes released January 10th from Red Rose Publishing:
Melissa Gibson is devastated when she receives emailed pictures of her husband having sex with another woman—from the other woman! Tony swears he has no memory of it as it happened at his bachelor party, but Melissa kicks him out and tells him their short marriage is over. Enter the hunky neighbor, Ryan, who’s wanted Melissa since the moment he met her. He consoles her over a few drinks, and Melissa asks Ryan to take her upstairs for a little revenge sex. Only Tony returns and catches them in the act...with some very surprising news of his own.
4. Is there a core story and/or a theme(s) in your books?
Emotion. I believe a love scene is enhanced so much by the emotional intensity between my hero and heroine...even in my ménage stories. ;-) And, needless to say, by a happily-ever-after.
5. Do you have a favorite hero and/or heroine in your books and why?
I’m sort of partial to Keith from my first story, Only Man For the Job. I just love that when the opportunity fell into his lap, he took full advantage and fought for the woman he’s always loved and had never been able to forget. Will and Shari from Mischief in the Dark are my favorite couple. They’re just so much fun. I even wrote a short FREE READ titled Mischief in the Garage, which picks up where Mischief in the Dark leaves off. It will be available soon from the Wild Rose Press. And Bree from Game On is my favorite heroine. She's spunky and really loves her husband, which is why she “sacrifices” so much to make him happy...LOL
6. What do you enjoy most about being an author?
I really love creating new characters and then building a story for them. There’s something so exciting about creating a new world, and nothing more satisfying than hearing from a reader who loved your story and can’t wait to read the next one.
7. Do you have any awards, reviews or kudos you’d like to tell us about?
I’ve been blessed with wonderful reviews. Most recently I had a review that was so glowing I couldn’t wipe the smile from my face. It was for Game On from Whipped Cream Reviews (sister site of Long And Short Reviews):
“...This story was a brilliant, one-two punch combination that blindsided me and left me glued to the pages. The chemistry between Jeff, Bree, and Shane is amazing, so fiery hot, my eyeballs felt blistered! Combined with the lines of sweet love between husband and wife (and the all around dirty dialogue) and you’ve got a brilliant story that blows your mind away in just twenty-one short pages. This one’s for those sultry summer nights...”
I’ve received four Reviewer Top Picks from the wonderful Diana Coyle of Night Owl Romance for Only Man For the Job, Branded, Mischief in the Dark, and Game On:
“Ms. James has a wonderful talent with her words and I just love her characters. You will fall in love with her writing no matter what story you choose to read of hers. Great job, Liza!”
And Julie Kornhaus, owner of Simply Romance Reviews said:
“Liza James certainly left a favorable impression on me after reading her 2008 release, Game On. I am lucky enough to have had the chance to read an earlier erotic book of hers called Lying Eyes. Lying Eyes is another super sexy short story! Liza James has officially become one of my favorite erotic authors.”
8. How do you promote your books and your author brand?
I have a Web site: www.LizaJamesAuthor.com, a MySpace page: www.myspace.com/LizaJamesAuthor and I also do promo on the loops whenever I can, posting blurbs and excerpts. I’m also a member of EroticCravings, a new group made up of myself and three amazing authors, KyAnn Waters, Meagan Hatfield, and Eden Rivers: www.EroticCravings.com and http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EroticCravings.
9. What is your next project?
I have a story titled Hot For Teacher, which is being considered by eRed Sage, and I also plan to write a story for Ryan from Lying Eyes. But for the next several months, I’ll be concentrating on my Donna Marie Rogers’ titles. My first print book, Welcome To Redemption, an anthology I wrote with my good friend, Stacey Joy Netzel, has received some amazing reviews including a 4-1/2 star review from Romantic Times BOOKreviews, so we’ll start writing the sequel later in the year. And right now I’m working on a story that won first place in Karin Tabke’s First Line contest and was requested by Hilary Sares of Kensington. This story is my first paranormal, so I’m very excited about it.
10. Do you have a bit of wisdom you’d like to impart or a favorite quote?
My favorite quote is one I read many years ago as a child and never forgot. I read it on the calendar at a friend’s house:
“It is better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” -- Abraham Lincoln
Words I try to live by. LOL
Thanks, Liza! Next month, I’ll interview Elle James!
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