Sunday, October 24, 2010

Welcome Author Rhonda Lee Carver

Rhonda Lee Carver
Please help me welcome author, Rhonda Lee Carver. Rhonda is a full-time romance author and a freelance editor. She enjoys writing contemporary, paranormal, suspense, and erotica. Her specialty is bad-ass heroes (charcoal hair, copper eyes, and heart of gold) and smart and sassy heroines. And her favorite subject is…men in military uniform. They make the perfect hero.

Reading her first romance novel at age thirteen, Rhonda was hooked. Her talent of bringing interesting characters to print and shaping happy endings are not only a passion of hers, but a dream career. She thinks the love between hero and heroine should be so steamy that it melts the ink off the pages.

If she’s not at her computer crafting a story, Rhonda enjoys reading romance, hanging out with her loved ones, or watching a movie that either pushes her to tears or has her rolling with laughter…and  preferably both.  She lives in Ohio where she is a mother by day and a sensual writer by night. She has too many pets to name but has a place in her heart for each of them. She believes everyone deserves romance in their life—one page at a time.

Caroline: Who are your favorite authors and favorite genres?

Rhonda: My fave author is Nora Roberts. I also have a soft spot for new authors Tracey Jackson and Lisbon Ferrao.

Caroline: I love Nora, too, but I'm not familiar with the other two. What are you reading now?

Rhonda: Nothing at the moment, but I did just finish Lisbon Ferrao’s KAIHAN.

Caroline: When you’re not writing, what’s your favorite way to relax and recharge?

Rhonda: I like to relax with a glass of wine in hand, the fireplace blazing, and watching a good movie.

Caroline: Sounds relaxing all right. Would you like to share any guilty pleasures that feed your muse?

Rhonda: Nutella. I love chocolate.

Caroline: How long have you been writing?

Rhonda: All my life. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t jotting down a story or creating characters.

Caroline: Where do you prefer to write? Do you need quiet, music, solitude? PC or laptop?

Rhonda: I couldn’t manage without my laptop. It has become as precious as a limb. I need peace and quiet while I write. No tv, no music, no interruptions. And that is difficult considering I have young children and animals.

Caroline: Are you a plotter or a panzer?

Rhonda: A panzer through and through.

Caroline: Do you use real events or persons in your stories?

Rhonda: I like to take the spark of real life and add layers of fantasy, conflict, and passion.

Caroline: Do you research before you begin a new project, or as you go along?

Rhonda: I used to rush into a story but now I have found that spending a little time researching a subject saves time later. And researching also gives me a more creative sense to my story.

Caroline: Tell us about your writing schedule. Do you set goals? Do you write daily?

Rhonda: I write daily. I must write daily, like a chocolate fix. I do set goals, but unfortunately, I don’t always reach them. I try not to be too hard on myself. Working as an editor and raising kids takes a lot of time.

Caroline: Do you write full time or do you have a day job.

Rhonda: I consider myself a full-time writer, and a part-time editor for a publishing house.

Caroline: Positive Thinking! What do you hope your writing brings to readers?

Rhonda: I hope they are filled with a mixture of tears, laughter, intrigue, fascination, and left with a desire to go and buy my other books.

Caroline: What advice would you give to pre-published authors?

Rhonda: Read, read, read. And join a reputable critique group. The feedback you get from published and unpublished writers is priceless.

Caroline: Tell us about your latest release.

From Lyrical Press, Inc.
 SECOND CHANCE COWBOY will be released on November 8, 2010. I am very excited about this story because I think it is my best yet. I fell in love with the hero and women can relate to the heroine.

Blurb: A tumble down the stairs lands Carly back in the arms of her ex-husband.

After the loss of a child tears her marriage apart, Carly vows she’ll never speak to her soon-to-be ex-husband Chance again. On the eve of their divorce, however, Carly takes a stroll down memory lane and calls Chance.

A passionate one-night stand between the two is shattered by cruel light of morning. With reality having set back in, Carly admits to Chance she made a mistake, forcing him to come to grips that there is no hope left for their marriage.

Fate has other plans for them. Carly’s fall down some stairs leaves her with amnesia…but that’s only the start of it.

Can deception bring a second chance at love or will it forever destroy an already broken marriage?

From The Wild Rose Press
Excerpt: G rated

Carly froze. She knew that voice. Knew it well. Husky, rich, laced with a Texas drawl. Her heart pounded and her stomach did somersaults.

What had she done?

Last night’s events wriggled into her consciousness, plowing through her anesthetized, hungover brain. She forced her mind to face last night’s actions, one-by-grueling-one.

Somewhere along her journey to oblivion, she’d made a phone call. She hadn’t intended it as a booty-call, yet that’s how it seemed to have turned out.

Another whisper tickled her ear and all she could do was gulp a mouthful of air.

“Cat got your tongue?”

He should have just licked her from thigh to shoulder, because each time he spoke, it evoked the same slice of heaven.

Stay on track, Carly.

She couldn’t muster up the gumption to turn around and face the imp. She counted to ten...backward, forward, upside down. No help.

Out of all the men in Shelby, how could she have picked him, her husband, to sleep with!

From Lyrical Press
 Caroline: Where can readers find your books?

Rhonda:  and

Caroline: How can readers learn more about you?

Rhonda: By visiting, friending me on Facebook and following me on twitter under Leeferrao

Thanks for visiting with us, Rhonda. Continued good luck with your writing.

1 comment:

Bobbye Terry said...

Nice interview! It's also great to find out what you're writing Rhonda. It sounds great--a nice character-driven piece like I love to read.
Bobbye w/a Daryn