Monday, September 12, 2011

Lila Munro & BethAnn Buehler

A swap is a swap, but some swaps are better than others. 
Take for instance this week...
This week I will be visiting Lila Munro's blog and she will be visiting here....bwuahahaha, I certainly have the better guest, especially since I get TWO for the price of one! (Just don't tell her she got the short end of that stick)
Lila has been here before, but this time she's brought along a partner in crime!! 
Yep, you read it right!! Lila brought a friend. 
Please welcome BethAnn Buehler!!!
We have a busy week ahead of us, so grab a chair and get comfortable... and when you're done, hop over to Lila's blog and continue your visit with ME!! 
Come on, you know you love me!! =^-^=
Today, we're gonna get to know each author a little better and check out their "baby"...
Force Recon!!
     After surviving the vacation from hell in Beacon Bayou, the Force Recon team finds themselves one relationship, one fianc√©, one child, and one marriage more than before they left Camp Lejeune for leave. But before they have a chance to process how a few days so completely changed their lives, they’re called away to Somalia, a hot bed of pirate activity. Their mission--rescue an embedded female marine taken prisoner.
     Being a female marine isn’t easy for Allison Blaise. Choosing a life that's all about proving herself worthy of being one of the few and the proud right alongside her male counterparts, Alli volunteers for every special assignment that comes down the pipeline.  This time that "go-to" attitude has landed her a stay as a prisoner to a few unsavory Somali pirates.  After watching her four man extraction team be virtually destroyed before her eyes, Alli finds herself inexplicably drawn to the team leader, Brogan Baker. But that part of her that would normally heel to a Dominant man’s been damaged, and she fears it may be permanent. 
     Eric Ryan, AKA Chaos, has only been with the team a few weeks when he realizes he's got a few problems on his hands. Not only is he replacing a dead man, he’s vying for control of a team whose current leader knows all his dirty little secrets. While he’d like to be topped by the man in charge he knows it’s probably impossible and Eric’s discovered something in him is attracted to the woman attached to Brogan's side every waking minute. 
     With their team in a constant state of change and under duress, Aaron finds himself struggling to accept the notion that he's worth being loved and unable to impress his soon to be grandfather -in-law.  Worse, he can’t shake the guilt that’s haunted him ever since the botched rescue in Somalia. But Aaron’s not the only one with problems. Gabe thought his life was under control until Ros reveals yet another secret, one he’s so distracted by he almost doesn’t survive the trip home from Somalia.  A secret Ros may not survive either.
     Just when they thought they were strong enough to make it through anything, the Force Recon team is once again faced with enough to either make them or break them.

Meet Lila Munro:
     Lila Munro is a writer of contemporary romance currently residing on the coast of North Carolina. She is a military wife and takes much of her inspiration for her heroes from the marines she’s lived around for the past fourteen years. Coining the term realmantica, she strives to produce quality romance in a realistic setting. When she’s not writing, she enjoys reading everything she can get her hands on, trips to the museum and aquarium, taking field research trips, and soaking up the sun on the nearby beaches. Her works include The Executive Officer’s Wife, Bound By Trust, Destiny’s Fire, A Slower Lower Love, Salvation, Force Recon: Beacon Bayou, and Identity Crisis. Currently she’s working on sequels to several series to be released throughout 2011-2012. She’s a member in good standing with the RWA and Passionate Ink. Ms. Munro also works as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Rebel Ink Press. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted via her website http://lilamunro.weebly.com , her joint effort website http://www.wickedmuses.blogspot.com or through Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Lila_Munro  You can also contact her via email at lilasromance@gmail.com   For more information about Rebel Ink Press please visit their website at www.rebelinkpress.com
Questions and Answers:
     How did you feel when you got your first publishing contract?

Elated, scared and skeptical. It was an immense thrill to see that contract land in my inbox, however, it then occurred to be that my work would be out there for the entire world to scrutinize and that was terrifying. What the hell had I done? Then skepticism set in as unlike most writers I hit it on the first try out of the gate. This told me two things, either I was that good, or the publisher may have been desperate for releases. I’ve found out since then I may have been that good in that publisher’s eyes but I had a ways to go and have spent the last eighteen months learning from my mistakes and honing my skills.

How do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter?

A little of both I suppose. I start out with this great plan and timeline, and I have notes and everything all in a row, then at some point during the creative process, my characters get the wise idea that they are in control and there goes the plan and all of a sudden I’m flying by the seat of my flaming drawers.
With my husband anywhere. Some seedy motel for all I care…seven months is a long ass time to be separated and we have seven to go before this deployment is over.
Do you have another career besides writing? What is it?
Yes I do. I’m the Marketing Director over at Rebel Ink Press, which I love as much as I love my writing. Helping other writers achieve their dream can be as thrilling as achieving it yourself.
If you had the opportunity to say one thing to your readers, what would that be?
Thank you. I truly mean it. Without their support and encouragement there would be no writing career.
*Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup?
Sounds like I could be a human sundae…I vote all three in layers.
*What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public?
Let’s see….Well, my husband thought this was pretty sexy…his Commanding Officer not so much. See, in true Marine Corps style we met at a bar…big surprise there right? J At said bar they had these bar stools literally made out of saddles…heheheee…Yes, I was a tad inebriated. Anywho, I thought it would be extremely cute and sexy if I took a running leap and landed on the saddle from the back much like a cowgirl would in the Wild West. Oh it was cute and sexy alrighty.  The hubs loved it and it earned me a great big kiss complete with his hands bracketing my head…oh, I’m getting warm thinking about it. Forgive me, he’s been deployed for some months now, memories sometimes sustain me. Anywho, I suppose his Commanding Officer wasn’t as thrilled with my performance as MarshFox was as it earned him a dressing down right there. Sorry, honey—the kiss was incredible though as was the fu…ahem…the stuff we did later on. J



Meet BethAnn Beuhler:

      My world revolves around my family, my friends, and my love of writing. When I'm not working on my next story, I can most often be found having breakfast at a local restaurant with my parents, enjoying a caramel latte with my girlfriends or neglecting my responsibilities as a wife and mother because I'm thinking about my next story. Jeans can be worn for a week if you don't spill anything, right? And Spaghettio's are fine for dinner most nights, aren't they? Does anyone really notice dust on the baseboards? If you do, either don't come over or don't tell me!
      I write romance with an erotic bent and get most of my ideas from talking with my friends about what everyone really wants for Christmas---the perfect mate. Of course we all know people like that don't actually exist, but it's certainly fun to create them on paper!
      I love music and would probably need therapy if I ever lost my iPod. When I'm not writing, I enjoy the occasional hobby such as digital scrapbooking, cardmaking, reading, and playing tennis. As for TV, I count Army Wives and Glee as two of the best shows out there but need a dose of Man vs. Wild and The Dog Whisperer thrown in every once in a while.

      I'm a proud winner of the 2009 NaNoWriMo challenge and a member of the Indianapolis Writer's Group as well as the Romance Writers of America, Indiana Chapter. I live on the north side of Indianapolis with my awesome husband, gorgeous little boy and two rotten Silky Terriers.

Questions and Answers:
   What has been your biggest influence on becoming a writer?  
I'd have to say my love of the written word. 

How did you feel when you got your first publishing contract? 

I cried like a two year old for about a minute then started emailing everyone I could think of that knew what I was trying to accomplish so we could celebrate.
How do you categorize yourself: pantser or plotter?  
Total last minute pantser.
What makes a book great in your eyes? 
I'm all about the man versus himself struggles in life and how people overcome and find their way.  I love the underdog and I love a good love story.  Someone that can take all that and tie it together well impresses me.       
What is the biggest piece of your advice you can give a beginning writer?  
You have to put yourself out there.  You have to keep trying.  Letting go of something you've written is literally asking for the world to judge you.  While none of us like being judged, it's a necessary evil. 
Do you have any guilty pleasures?  
Reading (when I should be writing)!  I also play tennis, scrapbook my son's life, manage the PTO at his school and sneak into my studio to craft as time permits. 
Name one thing readers don’t know about you.  
I'm dreadfully afraid of the dark.
What are you working on now? 
Force Recon 3 is underway and Broken Identity is still waiting.
Who is your favorite all-time author?  
Seriously--I have to list three:  Robyn Carr, Maya Banks and Lora Leigh
Are love scenes easy/difficult to write?  
It depends on how technical or how fetish they are.  Research is key here and I will admit, I have to be in a certain mood to write my softer, sexy scenes.  Same goes for a fight scene.  If someone makes me mad, I guarantee my characters are going to fight when I write that day.
How do you deal with the dreaded writer’s block?  While I write every day, I don't work on every work in progress I have going every day.  This summer my son has been home so I've been a mom first and a writer second.  There are days when I don't get much more done than research, which might include studying the origins of a character's name or the setting (town) where my stories are set.  Some days the words can be hard to find.  When I struggle with that, I read.
To date, which is your favorite story? Which one did you have the most fun writing?  Broken Together was the hardest to write because of the foundation that had to be built to create the series.  It was also where I began my research into the BDSM lifestyle.  Broken Destiny was the easiest--it nearly wrote itself.  Broken Identity has been incredibly hard as I don't want to say goodbye to Rebel Canyon.  I feel myself dragging my feet to finish the series.
If you had the opportunity to say one thing to your readers, what would that be?  
Thank you for taking a chance on me.
*Whipped Cream, Strawberry Sauce or Chocolate Syrup?  
fat free cool whip on evreything--even chips
*What is the craziest/sexiest thing you have ever done in public?  
as a teenager--lit a table at a restaurant on fire.  as an adult--spanked my child.

I'd love to hear from you. Please feel free to contact me at bethann@bethannbuehler.com

Be sure to come back tomorrow as we dive deeper into Force Recon and meet two very interesting characters...
Allison Blaise and Eric Ryan!!

3 comments:

  1. Hi Ladies. Great stories. I love to hear more about you. Loved the saddle story as I am a cow girl from way back. LOL

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  2. Thanks for stopping by, Eden! Stick around this week, we gave more fun planned!

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  3. Hi Eden! Thanks for coming by--I got an email earlier about the saddle story...lol. Thanks for having us over, Robin, always a joy to be here...

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