Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Welcome Back Guest Spotlight Authors Mike & Cynthia Arsuaga

Welcome back!! 
   Well yesterday was a lot of fun and I for one was tickled pink about Mike and Cynthia Arsuaga's new release, My life as a Dog!!! 
   Novels like these make me excited to be an author and even more thrilled to know that the paranormal genre is so broad and open for interpretation that even a Yorkie can steal the spotlight away from the authors. 
   I'd bet the cover model, Thumper, is one hell of a diva and now expects Evian mineral water in the bowl instead of water from the tap. 
   I know I would. But then again, I would probably end up as some sort of animal nobody would want to domesticate, if I were a shifter. 
   Not all of us can be lions, tigers and bears, oh my...and guess what? According to Drake and Kady, it's probably best that we don't.
   That being said, here's a reminder of what all the barking is about...
My Life as a Dog!!!

Drake Martin—private investigator, ladies’ man, shape-shifter—Yorkshire terrier, named Precious. Enter six-year-old Kady Hartley and life changes. Years later, they meet again. Still a PI, she's FBI. Follow them on an adventure tracking the Russian mob involving human trafficking through the streets of New Orleans and watch the fur fly.
Following Kady to New Orleans where she is on assignment he knows it will be easier to watch over her if he stays in the shadows, keeping his shifter abilities hidden. He hooks up with the local Sufi, head of the shifter family clan, but eventually engages in a bloody battle with the Russians. But, there is another enemy in their midst, one who won't rest until he destroys their chance at everlasting love...
Drake has fallen in love. Can Kady love him for who he really is, or will she leave him upon discovering the truth?
Oh boy!
   Just as I had hoped, Cynthia and Mike are gonna share a bit about themselves and I for one can't wait for you to get to know this wonderful couple...I personally love them to pieces!!!
   Thanks for sitting in the hot seat again! 
   Could you remind me what's been your biggest influence on becoming writers?

   My life experiences and my husband, Mike Arsuaga are my biggest influences. He is the one who originally inspired me to write. I began reading his stories and proofreading/editing his work. We collaborated and co-authored My Life as a Dog which can be found at Secret Cravings Publishing. So yes, I’d say without my husband supporting me I couldn’t be doing what I’m doing. I think Mike could say the same. (He’s writing now and I can’t disturb him to ask.)

   How did you feel when you got your first publishing contract?
   I felt surprised. Truly. Based on the experience my husband and others I read about, getting published is not easy. So I figured I needed a few rejection letters under my belt or plastered on my wall before I could call myself an author. Boy was I surprised and shocked when the first novel I wrote submitted to the first publisher was accepted. Then the second one and a third. I hope I have the same success with the ones I’m writing now. You never know. Nothing is ever guaranteed. All I can do is write the best I can and hope someone likes my stories and style.
   Mike got his first contract on his birthday July 2010. What more can he say? Wow!
How do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter?
   We both write this way: A hybrid if there is such a category. I do “write by the pants of my seat” but I also plan out once I get a story idea. I have a beginning, middle, and end. Everything is fluid though and I have been known to change my mind on how everything works out in the end. But, that is what I enjoy about writing. The creativity and imagination can take the characters anywhere.


What are you working on now?

   I’m almost finished with Born to Play with Born Again in Dreams following close behind. I have a sequel to another story I have releasing in April, A Cougar and Her Vampire, I’m calling A Vampire in Paris, with one of the secondary characters from The Cougar, and I have planned a third, but that’s definitely way in the future. I have another shape shifter set in Egypt and that’s all I’ll say on that one and the Christmas with a Stranger free read short story I am interested in expanding into a full-length novel and re-releasing for next Christmas 2012. That’s my goal anyway. We’ll see if the publisher is interested. Of course, between now and the next release, who’s to say another idea won’t pop in my head and another story will be “born”. 

ke is finishing up on the fifth installment of his Subspecies series for MuseItHot Publishing, call the LaGrange Point. He is kicking around ideas for a sequel to My Life as a Dog too.


 sequel? Yayyy!! 

e love scenes easy/difficult to write? 

   I always find writing the intimate scenes the most difficult. I want them to be just right and “feel” right. In the one I’m working on now (Born to Play), it took me over a week to get the two chapters of the first encounter between the main characters perfect. One chapter was from his POV the second in hers from the same scene. Each chapter was at least ten pages long. Intense to say the least. Mike wouldn’t you agree? 

I h
ave no doubt that he would! 

Uhh, excuse me, Cynthia, does he often lick himself like that...oh sorry, please allow me to clarify that I was referring to Thumper, not Mike. Awkward!


Well that leads me to my next question which I'm sure Mike will appreciate, tell me, if
 you could be anywhere right now, (other than here) where would you be?

ike and I both agree on this one. Ideally, Crete, Greece or anywhere in Greece. Love, love, love the country. But, it’s too cold right now. So, as a secondary choice, we’d pick somewhere in the Caribbean soaking up sun, surf, and a cocktail with a paper umbrella in it. Yeah, that sounds good right about now, doesn’t it?


es, it does! You won't get many arguments on that. 

   My last two questions are for the nosy readers we love so much at Sealed With A Kiss.... inquiring minds want to know...
Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup? 

   Chocolate Syrup with Whipped Cream and Fresh Whole 

Strawberries, no sauce, in bed on a rainy day with hubby. 


e love that here too!!! 
   Finally, one last question then you are free to run... 
   What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public? 
   Oh, blushing, I, um, did a striptease on the dance floor at a nightclub in Ft. Lauderdale for my husband with strangers watching. We were celebrating our First Anniversary. Yikes, did I say that? I think I might use that scene in the story I’m writing now, it’ll fit! See how well Mike and I work together?   

ell I bet everyone loved it. No one here would object if you get a little tipsy and reenacted it for us sometime...in fact, maybe Mike can whip up some Margaritas and bring them along tomorrow when Drake and Kady back you both into a corner and ask you both some really good questions about the story behind their story. 
   Ya'll be sure to drop back in Wednesday... Cynthia and Mike will be back and if all goes well...Cynthia may get arrested...or at the very least, make enough tips to get back home!! 
Thanks again!!!
You can find "My Life As A Dog" at the following link...



  1. Robin - great interview and blog site!
    Cynthia and Mike - you sound like the couple every writer wants to be. Your book sounds fun too - I want it. So guess I'll be shopping today. It's awesome you're also part of the Muse family too.
    Kay Dee

  2. Thanks for stopping by today, ladies. I wonder of Mike will ever return after the teasing he got today? I just love them!!

  3. Thanks Avril and Kay Dee.
    Miss Robin, Mikey is a big boy and is a tease too, so he knows not only how to dish it out but can take it too! The man never shys away from a challenge. He's my hero. Even caught a snake on our back porch the other day with his bare hands and threw it back in the lake behind our house. OMG! I was freaking out.