Archive for November, 2013

Author Stephanie Dray

Dear Readers,

I’m so excited for this pre-Christmas sale on the book that started the series. Lily of the Nile is now, for a limited time only, on sale for all e-readers for only $3.99.

With almost 400 5-star reviews on Goodreads, this first book in the series is on sale in anticipation of the imminent release of Daughters of the Nile, on December 3rd, so if you start reading now, you’ll be all caught up!

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Cover for Lily of the Nile, by Stephanie Dray

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With her parents dead, the daughter of Cleopatra and Mark Antony is left at the mercy of her Roman captors. Heir to one empire and prisoner of another, it falls to Princess Selene to save her brothers and reclaim what is rightfully hers…

In the aftermath of Alexandria’s tragic fall, Princess Selene is taken from Egypt, the only home she’s ever known. Along with her two surviving brothers, she’s put on display as a war trophy in Rome. Selene’s captors mock her royalty and drag her through the streets in chains, but on the brink of death, the children are spared as a favor to the emperor’s sister, who takes them to live as hostages in the so-called lamentable embassy of royal orphans…

Now trapped in a Roman court of intrigue that reviles her heritage and suspects her faith, Selene can’t hide the hieroglyphics that carve themselves into her flesh. Nor can she stop the emperor from using her for his own political ends. But faced with a new and ruthless Caesar who is obsessed with having a Cleopatra of his very own, Selene is determined honor her mother’s lost legacy. The magic of Egypt and Isis remain within her. But can she succeed where her mother failed? And what will it cost her in a political game where the only rule is win or die?

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avamilesAva Miles, Author of Nora Roberts Land

Ms. Miles burst onto the contemporary romance scene after receiving Nora Roberts’ blessing for her use of Ms. Roberts’ name in her debut novel, NORA ROBERTS LAND, which kicked off The Dare Valley Series and brought praise from reviewers and readers alike. Much to her delight, BlogCritics says “It [NORA ROBERTS LAND] captures the best of…a Nora Roberts novel,” while USA Today’s Happily Ever After blog praises the series noting its “wonderful, idyllic setting… [and] great characters.” Ms. Miles continued The Dare Valley Series in FRENCH ROAST, which Tome Tender says “raised the entertainment bar again” and then THE GRAND OPENING, which reviewer Mary J. Gramlich says “is a continuation of love, family, and relationships.” She has recently released the fourth book in the series, THE HOLIDAY SERENADE, with her recognized wit and charm, creating happy endings with humor and heart.

TRI: Tell us about Ava Miles, the woman and the writer.

AM: It’s great to be here with you and my fellow members. I’m from a small town in the Midwest, which is why I wanted to write a small town contemporary romance series. There’s something so special about them. I’ve been telling stories since I could speak, writing them down since I could write. My mother is fond of saying I was born with words in my mouth. I released my first book in July called Nora Roberts Land, which is linked to our own Washington Romance Writer legend, Nora Roberts herself. I am so grateful to be a part of WRW because if I hadn’t been a member, I would never have been able to receive Nora’s blessings to use her name in the title and premise and write Nora Roberts Land.

TRI: That is awesome. Do you have philosophy for your writing career or life?

AM: My philosophy is to be an inspiration, a healer, a force for love and peace and blessing. I consider writing a sacred charge, and love to have the themes of empowerment, transformation, love, and forgiveness run through my books. I want readers to come away with what they needed in their lives at that moment.

TRI: Never thought about it that way. It is refreshing. What drives you to write?

AM: An inner passion to share the stories I’m given. The characters come to me in my imagination. Their stories are like our own. They have disappointments and victories, connection and heartbreak. I want to share our human experience through my stories.

TRI: How much of your writing is driven, influenced by your readers?

AM: I am always hoping my stories speak to the reader exactly where they are. Perhaps they are divorced like my sister was and need to believe in happily ever after again, which is part of the premise of Nora Roberts Land. My intention is for the readers to connect with something in themselves that allows them to come out of the reading experience changed. And after some laughs too since my characters have quite a sense of humor like I do.

TRI: Is there something that you would like to share that your readers or peers do not know about you?

AM: My total bad boy crush growing up was on George Michael when he did “Faith.” Don’t judge.

TRI: I promise I won’t. Who is your favorite romance author? What draws you to this writer?

AM: Well, with my book’s premise being about Nora Roberts, I would have to say her. I have read her since college. The thing I valued the most about her books is that I could take them to war zones and read them when bombs were going off or the city was blacked out, and it would help me pass the scary night in my hotel room. I am grateful to Sea Swept and so many others who passed the time with me.

TRI: I love her books. I have always called her the female version of Stephen King, but for romance of course. He is an amazing story teller and so is she. We know authors love all of their creations, but is there one of yours that is your ultimate favorite? Why?

AM: I would have to say Nora Roberts Land. It came from my sister’s experience of her ex-husband telling her that he blamed their divorce on her reading Nora Roberts. We were all so shocked, but then a story came through for me.

TRI: That is fantastic. Tell us a little about Nora Roberts Land.

AM: The story is about a newly divorced journalist who returns to her hometown to debunk her ex-husband’s notion that Nora Roberts’ novels ruined their marriage. She intends to write an article about her attempts to find Nora Roberts Land, what her mom calls happily ever after. She dates all of the Nora Roberts-like heroes in the small town from the forest ranger to the firefighter. Then she meets Tanner McBride, and well, that’s when it gets really good. Tanner has been sent by her ex to stop Meredith’s story because he’s afraid it will hurt his run for the US Senate. And that’s when the sparks fly.

TRI: Tell us about discipline in your writing career?

AM: Discipline? What’s that? I am a pretty organic person. I try to do what’s in front of me in terms of priority, with an eye toward the longer horizon. I like to work in chunks, so will devote blocks of time to something rather than flitting from one thing to another.

TRI: As a writer do you feel you have come full circle?

AM: As a newly published writer, I am still learning what my new normal is. The main thing for me is to keep feeling fulfilled by what I am doing. That is the key to happiness for me.

TRI: Any words of wisdom for newbies?

AM: Listen to your characters. Trust them. They know the story. And they are your friends. Savor your time together.

TRI: I like that. Good advice. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me.

AM: It was my pleasure.

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