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by Dee Gentle
Leslie Tramposch: Managing Editor - Sara Reyes: Marketing and Publicity

May 2007 Issue

 
No Time Like the Present
Spotlight on Contemporary Paranormal Romance

Featuring 
 
Interviews with:
Jennifer Ashley | Raine Delight | Sylvia Day | Sable Grey
Jackie Kessler | Richelle Mead | Natasha Mostert | Joy Nash | Robin T. Popp
 
Special Features:
IMMORTALS:
New multi-author series from Dorchester
 
THE COLLECTOR:
New multi-author series from Loose Id
~Featuring Q & A with Series' Authors~
 
 
Chat with Featured Authors
at PNR CHAT, monthly - 3rd Monday, 9pm Eastern


 
Although an archaeologist of much renown, The Collector is an enigmatic figure, secluded from the rest of the world and driven by a singular purpose - to locate the many relics needed to reintegrate the legendary artifact known as - the Love Totem.

Chasing nuggets of evidence through history and folklore, he works behind the scenes to assemble the magical components from all over the world with which he hopes to right a tragic wrong. Adventurers are chosen - men and women - to work on his behalf, people who are prepared to go to the edge in the name of love!

Each book in the series recounts a new search for one of these magical items. Each story brings together lovers - since the union of lovers is the vital component of this quest - no matter which part of the Love Totem is sought.

Come with us now on a journey to magic and romance! Look in the very center of this mystic adventure - and there you will find fascinating glimpses of... The Collector!
 
Visit the Website http://www.collector-series.com
 
Series Note: The books in The Collector series are linked, but may be read in any order, and individually.

 

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Loose Id
October 17, 2006
ISBN-13
9781596323483
ebook

 
 
Chloe is having a terrible day, where everything that can go wrong does, until she's offered a chance at much-needed money by the Collector. All she has to do is fetch him an artifact. Easy enough, right?

Wrong. The totem is with her ex-husband, who didn't appreciate a vase tossed at his head during their last fight. They never did anything halfway, sex or fighting.

Drake is a retired magician who can do real magic. But that didn't help him to keep his wife when she tired of all the secrets he kept about the family legacy.

When Chloe tries to take off with his totem, Drake realizes that of all the stuff he'd amassed, only one thing ever mattered, and he'd lost it.

Striking a deal with Chloe, he agrees to give her his totem in more ways than one if she gives him a weekend to rekindle the current between them.
THE COLLECTOR BOOK 1: MAGICAL CHANCES

by Mechele Armstrong

Mechele started writing stories with the crayons in her Crayon box and hasn't stopped since. She played in several genres before coming back to her two first loves, things that go bump in the night and romance, having grown up on a steady diet of Stephen King and Kathleen Woodiwiss. Her first novel was born in a trial by fire while she learned the writing craft. Currently living in Virginia, she writes while playing Mom to two girls and a bunch of naked Barbies

PNR: The premise for the series is very intriguing. How were you
approached to join the project?

Mechele A.: Kai Anderson put out a call for authors interested in doing a multi-author series.  I was intrigued so I joined.  We all came up with the premise and got busy.

PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

Mechele A.: My contribution, Magical Chances, centers on Chloe, who's having a
terrible day, but it picks up when she's hired by The Collector to find an object for him.  Only problem is, she figures out it's with her ex-husband.  Drake lost Chloe because he can do magic, the real kind, but couldn't tell her. While they are reuniting, a rival magician is attempting to steal Drake's abilities.

The relic in Magical Chances is an undefined crystal. We were able to choose what relic we sought.

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

Mechele A.: We had a lot of freedom.  The concept and the involvement of the Collector in some way were really the only guidelines.

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many talented authors?

Mechele A.: It has been a wonderful experience. One of the things I'm proudest of in my writing career.

PNR: If you hit a writer's block, did you brainstorm with the rest of the authors?

Mechele A.: I was lucky in that Chloe and Drake knew where their story wanted to go and had no problems taking me there.  Had I had writer's block, I would have gone to the group. They are all highly creative and talented.

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

Mechele A.: I think the biggest challenge we faced was weaving the Collector's story through all the books.  We had to keep him (and his assistant, Audra) consistent over the books and move him through his story.
Absolutely, I would do it again.

PNR: What advice would you give to an author looking at being part of a series like this?

Mechele A.: Find a great group.  I think that's what made this work.

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?

Mechele A.: Thank you so much for having us!

The Collector series has its own website, http://www.collector-series.com

My website is http://www.mechelearmstrong.com where readers can find out all about me.
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Loose Id
November 14, 2006
ISBN-13:
9781596323544
ebook

 
 
Kieran specializes in business dealings of a delicate nature. The sort that require an intimate knowledge of target and goal. And he’s very, very good at his job.

A mysterious collector asks Kieran to carry out a simple task--to acquire a mysterious antique object called the lovestone from Joshua Brassington, a Vancouver businessman, whose old money wealth and self-possessed charm are the epitome of everything Kieran loathes.

When his purely financial offer for the artifact is unsuccessful, Kieran plans a simple, mercenary seduction. Cold and meticulous, Kieran has no place in his life for facing the ghosts of his dark past or seeking love in his future. But Joshua finds Kieran worthy of acquisition, and he, and the lovestone, have other plans.
THE COLLECTOR BOOK 2: GRAVE HEART

by Emily Veinglory

PNR: The premise for the series is very intriguing. How were you approached to join the project?

Emily V.: I saw a note on the Loose Id authors list, and I always was a joiner….

PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

Emily V.: Everything was done collaboratively.  In my case I choose a stone that can show a person their heart’s desire.  But sometimes out heart needs us to face up to some very dark things.

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

Emily V.: I sure hope it was left wide open, because other than the basic outline of who the Collector was and what he did I just got the bit between my teeth and ran!

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many talented authors?

Emily V.: It has been a great way to meet up with other writers but I must admit it can get a little confusing at times J  A common metaphor I have heard for organizing writers is ‘herding cats’.

PNR: If you hit a writer’s block, did you brainstorm with the rest of the authors?

Emily V.: I really have my own way to go about things so once I had my deadline I was good.  There may well be such a thing as writer’s block but I don’t let myself think so.

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

Emily V.: I really can’t think of anything that felt challenging.  I would certainly do it again.  Writing is pretty much a solitary activity but a shared world is the next best thing to collaboration… sharing ideas without having to actually let anyone else onto my pages (mine, I tell you. Grrrrr.)

PNR: What advice would you give to an author looking at being part of a series like this?

Emily V.: Go for it.

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?

Emily V.: All things veinglorious can be found at veinglory.com

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Loose Id
December 26, 2006
ISBN-13:
9781596323759
ebook

 
 
Actress Kate Susadi and Harvard academic Matt O'Brien are summoned to the residence of the enigmatic Collector, lured by a promise of wealth and adventure. Yet when the pair meet it's loathe at first sight. Matt thinks Kate's a beautiful ditz with some pretense at smarts: She thinks he's a patronizing WASPish stuffed shirt (although the shirt is stuffed with a mighty fine body…)

The Collector sends the pair to Galway, Ireland on a mission to recover a legendary artifact and find his old friend Thomas, Kate's grandfather, missing – presumed dead - for thirty years.

On the Galway shore they locate an ancient burial mound which holds the key to finding both man and relic – but when they enter it they get more than they bargain for. Powerful sex magic plunges them through a strange portal into the legendary world of Eirin, a lethal and unforgiving place where gods and heroes walk the land and magic abounds. Somewhere here lies the Cauldron of Fire, the relic they must find to get them home – but there're plenty of people who have a vested interest in keeping it just where it is. Kate and Matt's own squabbling and bickering doesn't help their cause – until they begin to see the real person within the other.
THE COLLECTOR BOOK 3: CAULDRON

by A.J. Matthews

A native of Norfolk, England, A J (45) attended a school in a village
right on the North Sea coast before moving on to further studies at college and university.  After an early career in the leisure/tourism industry, he worked in the Inland Revenue and local government, before starting his own courier business. His hobbies include history and archaeology, science and technology, and home-brewing root beer.  On occasion he gets the urge to dress as a fighting Highlander together with like-minded others to re-enact the French-Indian Wars of the 1750's-60's. He has traveled in Britain, the USA, Canada, Hungary and France.  He lives within a stone's throw of the beach with his two adorable dogs, Ellie and Suzy.

PNR: The premise for the series is very intriguing. How were you
approached to join the project?

A.J. Matthews: Kai Anderson came up with the idea for a collaborative series and sent out a general message on the Loose Id authors' loop for anyone
interested in joining her. The concept sounded so intriguing I couldn't resist, so I leapt at the chance! I'm really glad I did, it's been an exuberant roller-coaster ride and one I wouldn't have missed for the world.
 
PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector
series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

A.J. Matthews: My book in the series is titled The Collector 3: Cauldron. The story is centered on and around the Cauldron of Fire, a magical artifact
belonging to the legendary Queen Maeve of ancient Ireland. Every author has the freedom to choose the nature of their relic providing it has powers to affect the human emotions - mostly love and lust!

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

A.J. Matthews: We devised the overall story arc between us, a process that we took time and care over in order to get common fixed reference points just right. The only names common to all our books are The Collector, Andrew Bryden Martin and his able assistant Audra Phelan.

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many
talented authors?

A.J. Matthews: It's been an incredible, very rewarding experience working with so many creative, lively minds! The support we give each other through some of the occasionally trying times that crop up is worth its weight in gold. The concepts the others have come up with have been so original, and so intriguing!
 
Special mention must be made of the artist Christine M. Griffin, who has created the wonderful sexy artwork that graces the covers of the series!

PNR: If you hit a writer's block, did you brainstorm with the rest of
the authors?

A.J. Matthews: Thankfully I didn't hit a block worth the name, but the others were always there if I had a query about a particular point or story idea. Turning our collective brain power onto any problems soon solved them. That's another advantage of being in a team - help is there when you holler!

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

A.J. Matthews: The biggest challenge was getting the canon of the story arc just right - and remembering to stick to it! The most rewarding was seeing our team pick up ideas and run with them to the most unexpected and wonderful places. If given the opportunity to do the whole thing over again I certainly would do it again - and maybe we will...

PNR: What advice would you give to an author looking at being part of a series like this?

A.J. Matthews: Put your name forward early, and don't be afraid to raise any ideas you may have.

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?

A.J. Matthews: Thank you! It's been a pleasure.
 
My website is http://ajaymatthews.com

The Collector 3: Cauldron can be found at:-
http://www.loose-id.com/detail.aspx?ID=363
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Loose Id
January 30, 2007
ISBN-13:
9781596323865
ebook

 
 
Luke Cordova is one of a kind. The last of an ancient race, exterminated by wealthy treasure hunter Carson Cordova, the man who found Luke and raised him as his own, and who now holds Luke firmly under his cruel thumb.

Austin Bell is nothing if not a survivor, but his luck is running out. Jobless, penniless and about to lose his home, Austin needs a change in his life, and he needs it fast.

When Austin finds Luke naked and injured in the surf on Cat Island, Mississippi, there’s an instant connection. Both men feel they are fated to be together. But Carson Cordova won’t let Luke go that easily. He needs Luke’s unique abilities to recover a treasure he has chased for nearly thirty years: a crystal octopus, rumored to possess the power to grant the heart’s truest desire. Afraid for his life -- and Austin’s -- if Carson finds it, Luke turns in desperation to the one man who can help him. Dr. Andrew Martin, a.k.a. The Collector.

With Dr. Martin’s help, Luke and Austin set out on a quest to steal the idol out from under Carson’s nose. Working in secret from within Carson’s recovery expedition, the two find not only the idol they seek, but the love they each crave. As they learn how intertwined the two truly are, Luke and Austin discover that finding your heart’s desire comes with a price. One that might be too high to pay.
THE COLLECTOR BOOK 4: EIGHT ARMS TO HOLD YOU

by Ally Blue

PNR: The premise for the series is very intriguing. How were you approached to join the project?

Ally B.: One of the other authors, Emily Veinglory, mentioned it during an online conversation. I thought it sounded like a fantastic project and expressed my interest in getting involved. Em added me to the list, and that was that :)

PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

Ally B.: My book centers around a crystal octopus which will grant the first person to touch it their heart's truest desire. The group had already laid the foundation of The Collector's quest by the time I came on, and all relics do have some aspects in common, but I was able to choose the form and specific powers of the relic in my book.

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

Ally B.: Other than the characters of The Collector and Audra Phelan and their quest which underlies the entire series, I had complete freedom over the development of characters, concept, and plot. I think it's wonderful how the series has so many different types of characters and situations, while still revolving around one man and his quest. That variety gives readers many different perspectives on the character of The Collector, which ends up making him an incredibly rich and fascinating person.

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many talented authors?

Ally B.: It's been absolutely wonderful! With such a collection of imagination and talent on tap, details which we all needed in order to be consistent were quickly worked out, and that made it easier for me to set the stage for Eight Arms to Hold You.

PNR: If you hit a writer's block, did you brainstorm with the rest of the authors?

Ally B.: This was actually one of the few books I've written where I never had a bout with writer's block LOL. But if I'd had that problem, I certainly would have turned to the other authors in this series. I did come to them many times with questions about details of The Collector's life, and they were always able to help me.

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

Ally B.: The biggest challenge was definitely being consistent in all of the details regarding The Collector and Phelan. Nothing was too small to consider important, which meant every time I had to write down, for example, how The Collector might walk, I had to make sure I consulted my fellow authors in order to get it right. It's very hard to remember to do that every time, when you're used to making things up as you go :D

The most rewarding part for me has been being associated with this group of authors. I love being able to say I'm part of a series which includes these people! Also, I loved being able to write a nail-biting adventure/romance that not only stands on its own as a book, but serves as a building block in what I think is a unique series.

Would I do it again? Yes, in a heartbeat. It was a wonderful experience, and in my opinion helped me turn out one of the strongest works I've ever written. It HAD to be strong, to keep up with the rest of the series!

PNR: What advice would you give to an author looking at being part of a series like this?

Ally B.: Find out as much as you can about the proposed series - premise, timeline for story completion, etc - before you commit yourself. That way you'll know whether or not it's a good fit for you. A series with a premise you can get behind, and authors with whom you'll be able to work well, can be an enriching experience. You'll learn a lot, and have fun doing it.

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?

Ally B.: My current and upcoming books are listed on the Books page on my website:
http://www.allyblue.com/
I also have a bunch of free short stories listed on the Stories page. Be warned, I write male/male erotic romance, so if you don't like the manlove you probably shouldn't look <g>

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Loose Id
February 27, 2007
ISBN-13:
9781596324138
ebook

 
 
Abby Foster, owner of Nannies, International, has been commissioned by the secretive Collector to obtain the Crystal Flacon, believed to have been in the possession of the infamous Lucrezia Borgia and to contain a magical aphrodisiac. But why should a nanny be set such a task? Seems Abby has secrets of her own. She also runs Finding Justice, an organization dedicated to returning art and other treasures lost during WWII to their rightful owners. With the specialized skills she's gained, getting the Flacon should be easy. She isn’t counting on channeling Lucrezia through visions and dreams or falling for Antonio, duke d'Este, the present day owner of the Flacon.

Antonio d'Este, the direct descendent of Lucrezia Borgia, is a modern man with modern problems. A recent widower, he needs a nanny to take care of his five year old daughter while he prepares for the launching of "Lucrezia", the new scent for Borgia, the family-owned perfumery. Inspired by the stunning Crystal Flacon that contained a rumored magical aphrodisac, Antonio focuses everything on making “Lucrezia” a success. He has no time for the distraction posed by the beautiful nanny or the strange effect making love with her has on him.

When someone attacks the perfumery, destroying property, disrupting projects in an attempt to ruin the company and killing innocent people, they both need a change of plans. Together, using Abby’s skills honed in while working for Finding Justice, they must find the saboteur, before everything they love is lost.
THE COLLECTOR BOOK 5: THE CRYSTAL FLACON

by Jeanne Barrack

My love of romance novels started when I read the galley proofs for a steamy Rosemary Rogers novel. For a brief delirious time, my hubby and I owned a children's book store in Minneapolis and at our first American Booksellers convention we gobbled up any freebies we got, including stuff we'd never sell, like Rogers' book. What a sexy thrill it was - warts and all! It was the beginning of a love affair that has never ended.

Then, dealt a double whammy in 1997 by my mother's death and being downsized from my job, I turned to my dreams for solace. Lo and behold, I created "Silver Fire", a story that combines my two loves of fantasy and sensual romance. Rewrites, edits and writing contests followed. Life and other projects put it on the back burner until 2004, when all spiffed up, I sent it off to Loose Id publishers where we found a home.

PNR: The premise for the series is very intriguing. How were you approached to join the project?

Jeanne B.: Kai Andersen put out an open call to Loose Id Authors to see if anyone would be interested in participating in a multi-author series. I jumped at the chance to be involved with something so unique.

PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

Jeanne B.: We were all involved in the premise and story line. My book is centered on a Crystal perfume Flacon owned by Lucrezia Borgia. It contained a magical aphrodisiac but it was actually the flacon that was the important element. We were given free rein for our portion of the love totem.

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

Jeanne B.: We were given total freedom as long as our information about the Collector and Phelan was consistent with the other stories. This flexibility is one of the best things about the series because the stories -- especially the first five books -- are true standalones. It also allowed us to write love stories that showcased our individual talents and we were able to take the reader on a trip around the world!

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many talented authors?

Jeanne B.: Fantastic! We each brought so much to the mix. It was great to talk about our stories with each other.

PNR: If you hit a writer’s block, did you brainstorm with the rest of the authors?

Jeanne B.: I never got writer's block while writing this story. What we brainstormed on was the conception of the Collector, Phelan and the love totem

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

Jeanne B.: Keeping the information about the Collector, Phelan and their quest consistent. Working with some of the most talented authors was so rewarding. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.

PNR: What advice would you give to an author looking at being part of a series like this?

Jeanne B.: Make sure you're comfortable working with a lot of input from other authors. Make sure you truly like the idea of the story.

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?

Jeanne B.: They can visit at my website http://www.jeannebarrack.com

And at http://www.loose-id.net/searchresult.aspx?CategoryID=29

http://www.leagueofamazingwriters.com/index2.html
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Loose Id
May 15, 2007
ISBN-13:
9781596324503
ebook

 
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The Collector offers Marianne a desperate chance, a slim hope for a cure - a statuette purported to possess healing powers - with one condition: she must retrieve it together with Nicholas Trent, the man who'd stolen her heart and crushed it beneath his feet, a man who'd left without a word of goodbye seven years ago, a man who still affects her in the most basic way.

Nicholas aches to hold his violet-eyed beauty once again, but he can't blame her for hating him. How can he tell her that he'd turn into a blood-sucking vampire, that leaving her then was the best thing he could do?

As Marianne and Nick journey to retrieve the statuette, events unfold in ways they never imagined, and never could they have suspected that a final betrayal is waiting for them...

THE COLLECTOR BOOK 6: LOVE CURE

by Kai Anderson

I grew up in a very ordinary family, with two younger brothers and parents who hold boring jobs.  I am single and live in a small flat near the sea. I have been writing stories in my head since I was young, but it was only in 2003 that I sat down before my laptop and completed several manuscripts.
 
These days, writing is my stress-buster from the heavy pressure of the SDJ. Oh yes, I'm also still looking for Prince Charming, if anyone's interested. LOL

PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

Kai A.: My story is entitled "Love Cure", and it chronicles the journey of a woman and her vampire lover as they retrieve the healing statuette. Nicholas had left seven years ago without a word of goodbye, and hurt by his betrayal, Marianne didn't want to go on the mission with him, but she was given no choice by the Collector. She was even more disconcerted to realize that her desire and love for Nicholas now warred with her sense of betrayal, creating lots of angst-ridden conflicts between the two of them. But that wasn't the
worst of her problems.

Intrigued?  Read "Love Cure", coming soon from Loose Id!
http://www.loose-id.net/detail.aspx?ID=446

I thought for a long time what relic I would be focusing on, before finally deciding on that of a fertility goddess with powers to heal. Actually, the relic jumped out from the story, so you could say it was thrust upon me.
J

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

Kai A.: A lot of freedom!  We did have a central theme-that of the totem and how it came to break up into several pieces, and the background of the Collector. Aside from that, we had the freedom to create and develop whatever story we can imagine. And so, what we have is a wonderful collection of stories across different genres as diverse and myriad as there are authors in this series.

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many talented authors?

Kai A.: What was fun about this collaboration was that we all have a part in its making. Each of us contributed to the shaping of the series-we argued on the central theme, voted on the Collector's name, developed the background of the totem, etc.  You wouldn't believe the number of emails nine of us were able to generate on the list! I don't think I could've come up with such a magnificent idea if it were not for this collaboration. This series is more than a year in the making and we're very happy and proud that it has come to fruition at last.

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

Kai A.: The biggest challenge was in making sure the facts of our stories
corroborate with one another. I'd had to email the group stating that my character said this or that the Collector was in this place at this time, and would that conflict with anyone's story? Most of the time, we were able to iron things out through much communication/email. Now you know why we were able to rack up thousands of emails at the list, with just nine of us!

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?

http://www.kai-andersen.com or join my low volume email
at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sensual_indulgence/
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Loose Id
June 2007
ISBN-13:
9781596324732
ebook

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THE COLLECTOR BOOK 7: THIS TIME FOREVER

by Lucynda Storey

 

 

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Loose Id
Summer 2007
ISBN-13:
not available
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THE COLLECTOR BOOK 8: UNNAMED

 

 

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Loose Id
Summer 2007
ISBN-13:
not available
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Brandon King is a LA police detective intimately involved with his older male partner. Brandon longs for a stable relationship with his abusive lover, but when a mysterious stranger offers him a chance to have his heart's true desire, he rebuffs the unbelievable offer.

Then circumstances change and he fears loosing what he thinks he wants the most, he accepts the offer and takes on a deadly assignment that has him traveling to the isolated jungles of India in the company of hunky archeologist Christan Carter, who is intent on achieving his own heart's desire, as well.

Combining Brandon's police skills with Christan's knowledge about ancient cultures, the two make an unstoppable pair, but will that winning chemistry carry over into their budding personal relationship and interfere with their quest?

THE COLLECTOR BOOK 9: THE LOST TEMPLE OF KARRTIKEYA

by Laura Baumbach

Laura Baumbach is the author of fan fiction, screenplays and numerous short stories, novellas, and novels. Her favorite genre to work in is manlove or m/m erotic romances. Manlove is not traditional gay fiction, but erotic romances written specifically for the romantic-minded reader, male or female.

She works as an emergency trauma nurse by night and an author by day, with her husband and two sons filling in her free hours.


PNR: The premise for the series is very intriguing. How were you approached to join the project?

Laura B.: There was a general call for interested authors on the LooseId author list. I answered it because I was interested in trying a group project. I'm usually not much of a joiner. Don't do critique groups or have writing partners.
 
PNR: Could you tell us about your contribution to The Collector series; what relic is your book centered on? Were you able to choose or were you told what relic to seek?

Laura B.: I got to choose my symbol piece. I have friends who are from India and who were traveling back there at the time we started the series so I picked that country as my exotic locale. They also brought me back a pair of turquoise and silver earrings from an Indian street vendor to offer as a contest prize for readers. They are beautiful.

My relic is an ancient statue of the Hindu God Karttikeya. It's hidden in a cursed temple in the middle of the India jungles.

PNR: How much freedom were you given in developing your installment of the series? Were you given an outline, names, etc. or just the concept to develop?

Laura B.: We worked out the basic premise in a group discussion over a few weeks, creating the basic plot and characters that had to be the tie between the novels, then we each set out to build our portion of the myth. When we had synopsis written, we shared it with the group and got a general kind of 'okay, this will work' thing going. After that each book was the authors responsibility to bring it to life and still remain true to the original premise and outline.

PNR: What has been your experience collaborating with so many talented authors?

Laura B.: Lots of creative input and idea sharing. It made all the books better
because of it. You got unexpected POVs and it turned scenes on their ears sometimes, giving you new roads to take it down.

PNR: If you hit a writer's block, did you brainstorm with the rest of the authors?

Laura B.: I'm fortunate. Writer's block isn’t a problem for me. Finding time to write down all the stories in my head is. But if I did have it, the group was there for support and guidance. It was a terrific experience.

PNR: What was the biggest challenge you faced working on the series? The most rewarding aspect? Would you do it again?

Laura B.: Biggest challenge was getting an idea n my head for something but not being able to go that direction because it conflicted with prior books. I write fairly detailed synopsis for all my works but the story rarely stays completely on track. Doing this I had to stay in the underlying plot perimeters. So I worked it out. That's what writing growth is all about.

Most rewarding aspect is getting to be in a series with such talented authors beside you. You have to work to their higher standard of excellence to keep up. It elevates your work by the company you keep. Do it again? In a heartbeat.

PNR: What advice would you give to an author looking at being part of a series like this?

Laura B.: Make sure you have something to offer the series. Be comfortable in the group because there will be a lot of interaction. Make sure the topic of the novels is something you're interested in. Nothing is more boring than having to write something you don't like.  Be as flexible as you can.

PNR: Thank you for giving us a peek at this exciting series, where can readers find out about your work?
 
Laura B.: My work is on two sites. My own author site at:
http://www.laurabaumbach.com

and on my all M/M publisher site:
http://www.mlrpress.com

Thanks for chatting with me!
Laura

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