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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hiya from Donna Dalton and Shara Lanel!

Hey there,

I’m Shara Lanel, and I’m here with fellow author Donna Dalton. We’ll be here all week—thanks, Kiki, for inviting us!—talking about movies, books, and writing.

But, before I get into all that, I want to let you know about a special contest we’re running, just for those of you hanging out with us on the Authors by Authors this week. We’re giving away a $20 Amazon gift certificate to one of you, readers, just for commenting on our topics this week. Comment once, and you’ll have one virtual raffle ticket in the hat. Comment all 5 days, then you’ll have 5 entries for us to draw from. Really easy, right? [TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES: solved! Thanks, Kiki! So leave us some comments--we want to hear from you.]

So let me tell you a bit about myself. I write hot—one might say, erotic—romances with a lot of humor, a lot of suspense, and a lot of sex! I have nine novels and novellas published with Loose Id and Liquid Silver Books. My most recent print release is a steamy, cozy mystery called Finding Mr. Right is Murder. Leanne Aimes finds a dead man in the freezer and a very alive PI in her sleeping bag. Reviewers say: “Fun, fun, fun from start to finish…”

Then there’s my werewolf book, Blame It on the Moon. Kitty Lazarus can’t help reading the new pub owner’s mind—that’s her gift—but his thoughts always involve stripping her naked and doing…things to her, except for that one time where she “sees” him sprouting fur and fangs. Reviewers say: “The sex was spicy to begin with but when you add all the wicked thoughts floating around, the book positively sizzled.” Check out excerpts at www.SharaLanel.com.

Thanks for joining us this week! --Shara

Here’s Donna…

Hi everyone, Donna Dalton here - I’m the other half blogging at Authors By Authors this week. Thanks to Kiki for having us.

I write spicy historical romances set in America circa 1860 to 1880. I have three books published with The Wild Rose Press. THE CAVALRY WIFE was my baby, my first completed manuscript. It’s the story of a dedicated Cavalry Captain forced into a shotgun wedding after he’s caught in bed with President Grant’s cousin. Readers who like a bit of history along with familiar historical figures woven throughout will enjoy this adventurous tale. My other two books are IRISH DESTINY and its sequel IRISH CHARM. In IRISH DESTINY, an Irish Barrister has come to Boston seeking revenge for the death of his brother. He doesn’t count on a lovely golden-haired obstacle bent on stopping him. IRISH CHARM is the story of a rival detectives searching for clues to a murder. You can visit my website www.donnadalton.net to read more about my books and see the wonderful reviews they have garnered.

I have always loved writing, but only became serious about my vocation after my two boys moved out. Empty Nest. Woohoo! That's when I joined the Virginia Romance Writers, a subchapter of the Romance Writers of America ®. I've been dabbling in a few contemporary stories which I'll debut later this week.

I hope you’ll check in each day as Shara and I have a week of fun-filled events planned. –Donna

And here’s a conversation starter—let’s talk about movies and TV. Anyone addicted to True Blood? Who’s your fave? I must say, I’m liking Godric and Lafayette quite a bit right now. And what’s the last movie you've seen? For myself, it was the 6th Harry Potter.


  1. Hi Donna and Shara!
    Thanks for being here this week!
    I personally love True Blood, but an a few weeks behind right now.

  2. Thanks, Kiki, for helping us with the text stuff, and thanks for the welcome. Another paranormal show I like is on BBC--Being Human. Love the vamp!

  3. I'm a big fan of True Blood. I won't give away any spoilers, but last night's episode showed another side to Eric. I'm beginning to like this arrogant alpha vamp who has a tender side he tries to keep under wraps.

  4. Hmmm. Don't have cable or dish, so I don't get True Blood to watch.
    So I've never seen it.
    Last movie. Someone lent us Hidalgo with Vito M., it was pretty darn good for a B movie.

  5. Hi Donna and Shara! The last movie I saw was "Harry Potter 6" as well. But, I have to admit, I am more addicted to "Twilight" than to "True Blood". My heart belongs to Edward.

  6. Don't get HBO, so haven't seen Tru Blood. Might have to rent the DVD. Love most paranormal shows. Looking forward to Fringe coming back. And have been watching Eurika and Warehouse 13 on SyFy. And The Closer on TNT. Love the strong woman.

    Unfortunately, haven't seen any movies lately. They are gettin expensive, and I need to find a job before I can afford movies again.

    Just found this blog. Looks like a great site and will definitely be visiting often

  7. Mary, though I haven't seen it in a LONG time, I really enjoyed Hidalgo.

    I must admit I signed up for HBO just to get True Blood. Sad but true.

    Debra, I just read all 4 Twilight books straight through after watching the movie. The first one is my favorite--all that tension.

    Leslie Jane, I'm so glad Eureka's back on! Something light but good. I've been watching Warehouse 13, but still undecided. Closer rocks.

  8. I'm with you Leslie Jane - I pay enough for cable that I can't justify the expense of going to the movie theatre. I ususally wait until they come out on DVD or if I can wait long enough, for them to be released (freebie) on-demand. I just watched Australia. Just looove Hugh Jackman.

  9. I have not seen True Blood. I do not watch much television. I have seen it advertised, looks good, but haven't had time to check it out.

    The last movie I watched was The DaVinci Code. I don't watch many movies either:)

  10. Judy, are you going to check out the sequel, Angels and Demons? I'd like to catch it on DVD.

  11. I don't have cable but I have seen Twilight and it was great.
    Debby Creager

  12. Shara,

    I have already ordered the book, I have not read it yet. I like to read them before I watch the movie.

  13. Judy, that's a great idea--I read all the Harry Potter books first and am glad I did, because they leave so much out of the movies.

  14. I don't have HBO so I had to wait until True Blood came out on DVD. I borrowed the entire first season from the library and after watching the first episode I was hooked! I can hardly wait until the second season comes out on DVD - I want to see what's happening NOW! LOL! I've also been watching the tv show Being Human on BBC. I've only seen two episodes so far, but it looks interesting. The last movie I saw was The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

  15. Annalisa, I understand waiting for the DVDs at the library. I did that for 6 Feet Under and I had to wait like 6 mos. before I got off of the reserve list for the last season. Yeah, I'm hooked on Being Human and am finding the vamp hotter and hotter with each episode.


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