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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Claw Marks Week on ABA: Sara York Interviews Liz Crowe - Plus Giveaway

Sara: Tell us about your books.

Liz: I have a Brewing Passion series with Breathless Press that includes a “choose your romance” format novel and four short stoires with Breathless Press.

With Rebel Ink I have Player Conference in the Claw Marks Anthology and Vegas Miracle, a contemporary m/f/m romance (novel) both releasing in October.

With Decadent Publishing I have one stand alone short story (Caught Offside—YES it has a soccer theme) plus the Turkish Delights trilogy.  All four release in November.

Sara: What inspired you to write your story in the Claw Marks Anthology?
Liz: I had Player Conference in my head, and then on paper as One Hot Scene that frankly was born of a flat-out fantasy I had about my daughter’s soccer coach.  I love soccer players……..dreamy…..sorry, distracted.  Yeah. So that’s where it began and I wrote the story outwards from there.

Sara: What are you working on right now?
Liz: I am writing a prequel to a trilogy that’s part Decadent Publishing’s OneNightStand series.  It won’t be part of the series, most likely but a historical romance set in 1950’s Istanbul between a diplomat’s daughter and a hot local who then form the base of the Turkish Delights trilogy about their three children.

I also have a trilogy of novels about realtors that I’m polishing up for submission. And I try not to be obsessive/compulsive about the submission I made a few months ago that is a craft brewery intrigue/mystery/romance novel.

Sara: What is the funniest thing that ever happened to you in your writer’s life?
Liz: Easily when fellow author Ann Mayburn was here in Ann Arbor helping her younger sister get settled in at college and stopped by my Tap Room for a visit.  I was not there yet and she asked for “Liz” at the bar.  My bar staff was stumped.  “No one named ‘Liz’ owns this place.”  One of my regulars standing nearby said, Oh, hey, isn’t that “ET?”  ET is my “real name” as The Beer Wench. It’s my initials and I’ve gone by it since college. 

Sara: Where is your favorite place to write?

Liz: On my back patio.

Sara: Do you have a favorite beverage that you drink when you write?
Liz: Yes.  Three guesses and the first two don’t count.  Oh, Ok, not everybody knows about my alter ego I guess.  Craft beer. I start with the hoppiest IPA I can find, move onto a dry crisp pilsner or Kolsch style, will add an occasional Imperial Stout then finish this time of year with my brewer’s Absolutely Amazing Oktoberfest that’s been lagering since March.

Sara: Who would you most like to write a book with if you could choose anyone in the world?
Liz: JR Ward and our new world will be a place ruled by a legion of edgy, impossibly gorgeous,  uber creative and feisty Alpha women who brew beer and the men who, one by one, make them more human. I already see the spin off possibilities for specialty brews and side products.  “Raging Bitch IPA” (I stole this one actually)  “High Maintenance Ale”,  LipStix Lager and my favorite: Wench’s Wheat (Oh, wait, I already make that).

Sara: Do you have a writing schedule or do you just go with the flow?
Liz: Because I have a very demanding “day (evenings and weekend) job” as a craft brewery owner and marketing queen I fit it in when I can. However, when I have a new concept in my head, I’m fairly miserable as is everyone around me until I can Get It Out.

Sara: What do you like most about writing?
Liz: Bringing emotion to the page.  Showing love in all its permutations and forms. And writing the most erotic scenes I can without making it seem like porn.

Sara: Is there anything else you’d like to say?
Liz : Drink Craft Beer!  It’s one of the few American-based industries actually growing by leaps and bounds, thanks to all the folks who have discovered that “beer” is SUPPOSED to have flavor.

Sara: How much do you like chocolate?
Liz: You know, I’m more a salty snack gal.  Works better with my drink of choice.  But when forced to choose I will take the darkest, most bitter kind I can get my hands on.  Preferably on a platter held by Jon Hamm.  And he’s naked.

Sara: If you were locked in a room with three people who would you want with you?
Liz: Since “locked room” implies so much more than “desert island” I have a pretty vivid picture of me Bradley Cooper Spanish Soccer playing stud Xabi Alonso And Alexander Skarsgard Sounds like a nice time. I’d invite Jon Hamm but he’s still panting over in the corner after our chocolate moment.

Liz Crowe
Brewing Up Serious Passion!

Microbrewery owner, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz lives in the great middle west, in a Major College Town.  Years of experience in sales and fund raising, plus an eight-year stint as an ex-pat trailing spouse plus making her way in a world of men (i.e. the beer industry) has prepped her for life as erotic romance author.  When she isn't sweating beer inventory, sales figures or promotional efforts for her latest publication, doing pounds of laundry for her sweaty athletic children, watching La Liga on the Fox Soccer Channel, or trying to figure out what to order in for dinner, she can be found walking her standard poodles or doing Bikram Yoga.  Liz loves her Foo Fighters Pandora station, and watching reruns of Deadwood, when there isn't any decent European football on the telly.  If you want a beer education follow her: www.a2beerwench.com.  For writing related stuff, including her backlist, go to: www.brewingpassion.com.


Coming Soon!  The Tap Room.
A Choose Your Romance Novel
from Breathless Press!

Claw Marks Anthology Coming Oct 3rd from Rebel Ink:

Have you ever considered engaging in an exciting relationship with a stunning hunk of a man who’s much younger? Does your heart beat rapidly as you savor his carved body from across the crowded room? Every cougar can tell you the answer. Entering into new relationships isn’t easy and for some, sharing joy means letting go of a difficult past. Join a talented group of writers from Rebel Ink Press who bring you stories of love and passion transcending age and sometimes tragedy.

Checkmate by SammyJo Hunt – For anchor Clint Watson, keeping a low profile about his sexuality is a must but on one beautiful afternoon over a game of chess, he finds pleasure in the arms of a younger man. Player Conference by Liz Crowe – Jess can’t get past the loss of her husband until her daughter’s soccer coach gives her every reason to try again. The Diver’s Club by Genevre Pierceau – Jilted by her cheating boyfriend, Jill finds solace over drinks with her girlfriends who convince her to turn the tables and engage in a moment of passion with a sexy contractor. Spicy White Chocolate by Cassandre Dayne – During a regular meeting of an erotic book club, the girls enter into a wicked pact to seduce a younger man and the first to do so wins a hefty prize, only Shawna Dupres didn’t count on falling in love. Insatiable Kate by Dawne Prochilo – Kate Winston was angry at being thwarted by the man of her dreams and she was ready to give him a piece of her mind. What she didn’t know was Rome made a promise years before and yet one he was ready to break for the possibility of romance.

Believe by K.T. Bishop – Gabi continues to suffer from the loss of her husband until she finds passion in the arms of a young athlete bent on making a better life for himself. But can his dream succeed against his family’s wishes? Tempting Research by
Sam Crescent – For Melissa Crane, research for her erotic books is everything. Stumped by a scene and facing a tough deadline, she enlists the help of one very sexy masseuse. Carnal Awakenings by Sara York – Anna is not only concerned about her aging looks but her children’s thoughts about her considering another relationship until a secluded vacation and a hot younger man and his male lover convince her an alternate lifestyle might work. Unwrap Me by Cassandre Dayne – Cristal refuses to get over the acts of her cheating ex husband until her best friend provides a special treat under the mistletoe. Fresh Meat by Marcos London – Robin Dahl moved to a small town in Texas to get away from her manipulating ex and pushes all thoughts of romance aside until a sexy deliveryman changes her mind.

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  1. Great interview !!!

  2. HA! Liz, thank you for a good giggle this morning!
    Congrats on all your up and coming releases!!!!

  3. Thanks for arranging this interview series Kiki!

  4. Liz or the mysterious Miss ET or whoever you are I love you and declare you the new Queen Boudica of beer and erotic romance novels! I feel sorry for any meek craft brewers who might fall beneath your roaring chariot wheels at the convention, May your craft brews and new novels reign supreme.
    XXOO Kat
    PS How are you doing all this stuff-really? Admit, you have lean, sinewy Bikram brew slaves working in the back room-don't you? lol


In accordance with the new FTC Guidelines for blogging and endorsements, Kiki Howell of An Author's Musings, would like to advise that in addition to purchasing my own books to review, I also receive books, and/or promotional materials, free of charge in return for an honest review, as do any guest reviewers.