1. For those who might not be familiar with you, would you be a dear and tell the reader’s a little about yourself? How did you get your start in the writing business?
(Isobelle) Hello! First of all, thank you for having me guest in your blog.
For those who don’t know me, I am Isobelle Cate and I write contemporary and paranormal erotic romance. I live in Manchester, England just beside the park which has been one of my inspirations when writing my books. I started writing when I was still very young but was
only able to pursue my dream of becoming a published writer last year. My first published novella was under Secret Cravings called Love in Her Dreams while the Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series –
Rapture at Midnight and Forever at Midnight – was published under Beau Coup Publishing. I also write historical fiction and I’ve just released Lakam also under Beau Coup Publishing.
2. All writers fear the dreaded “block”. Please tell us how you handle it.
(Isobelle) Wow, this is a tough one. I can’t think at the moment. 😉
When this happens I take a break from the computer and clean the house or walk in the park to allow my brain to reboot. If that doesn’t work, I read.
3. Contrary to what some people envision about a romance writer’s life, it’s not all glitz and glam. Well not for the majority of us. With that bubble sadly busted, when you’re not writing, how to do you spend your time?
(Isobelle) Oh you are so right here! I have a day job where I write a lot of technical reports, quite the opposite of writing erotic romance. When I’m not writing, I still have to clean the house, do the laundry, do the groceries, help with the homework, cook when I can. I’m just fortunate that my husband likes cooking, too.
4. I know many writers, such as Dirk and myself, keep their pastime/career a
secret. Do those close to you know you write? If so, what are their thoughts?
(Isobelle) When I first told some of my officemates that I had published an erotic romance novella, they were happy for me but you could see it in their faces that they were flabbergasted that tiny me (yup, I’m pretty short), was into writing erotica. My current boss knows that I write and he has been very supportive of my writing. He was impressed that I still had the time to even write at all after putting in a long day at work.
5. Will you share with us your all time favorite authors? If you’re like me, it’s
a long list so give us your top ten.
(Isobelle) Wow, I have loads! Let’s see…..
Paranormal Authors: Donna Grant, Tina Folsom, N.J. Walters
Cowboys: Sable Hunter, Randi Alexander
BDSM: A.N. Roquelaure, Gray Dixon, Katherine Rhodes
Military Romance: Natasza Waters
Classics: Kahlil Gibran
6. Would you care to tell us what you’re working on now? That is if it’s not top-secret information. If so, just whisper it in my ear. I swear it’ll go no further.
(Isobelle) Of course! I’ve just sent the manuscript for the 3rd book in the Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series, Midnight’s Atonement to the publishers for consideration. I’m now in the middle of
writing the 4th book of the series (no title yet) and putting the finishing touches on the second contemporary romance novel, Be Mine which I am writing with Ms Sable Hunter.
I’ve also just recently finished co-authoring Embracing Desires with Author Holly J Gill for Secret Cravings Publishing.
I have another paranormal romance series which I am developing but readers will just have to wait for it. 😉
7. Where can we find your stories and is there a particular reading order?
(Isobelle) Love in Her Dreams, my contemporary erotic romance novella can be found in the following links:
The Cynn Cruor Series is in the following order:
Rapture at Midnight (Book 1):
Forever at Midnight (Book 2):
Lakam, my historical fiction novel can be found on Amazon:
US http://amzn.to/1dUfj19 / UK http://amzn.to/1dhi0fy
8. Would you please share how your present and future fans can contact you?
My social media links are:
9. Before we conclude this enlightening interview, do you have anything else you’d like to share? The stage is all yours.
(Isobelle) I’d like to thank you both for having me guest in your blog. If your readers would like to get a taste of my kind of writing, they can go to Amazon and read a snippet. I hope you’ll like the story of Alec and Tamsyn in Love in Her Dreams; the stories of Finn and Eirene, Roarke and Deanna for the Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series, and the story of Lakam and Joaquin in Lakam.
Thank you very much.
Book 1 in The Cynn Cruor Bloodline Series
There is an on-going war between two breeds of immortal warriors who carry human, vampire, and werewolf blood, the Cynn Cruor and the Scatha Cruor. The Cynn Cruor wants to live in harmony with the human race. The Scatha Cruor wants to enslave them. Finn Qualtrough, a Cynn Cruor warrior is on a mission to find Dac Valerian, the leader of the Scatha Cruor responsible for the deaths of many, including his parents. When he pursues three Scatha warriors who can lead him to Dac, he happens upon a woman who awakens a desire within Quinn to claim her as his own.
She is the very essence of his immortal life.
Eirene Spence is an insomniac and a computer genius who loves walking in the park at midnight. She stumbles upon the Scatha Cruor and is almost killed until a handsome stranger rescues her. His touch ignites a hunger inside her that only he can satisfy.
He is her soul.
By some twist of fate, one of Eirene’s clients is Dac Valerian. She is able to tell Finn and the rest of the Cynn Cruor where Dac is hiding. Now Dac wants her dead.
Will Finn be able to keep Eirene alive and at the same time fulfill his mission? Will Eirene’s wish to be part of Finn’s life come true knowing that he is destined for someone else?
Excerpt: *Warning: intended for mature audiences 18+*
Eirene screamed when she felt a hand—no, a claw—grab her hair. She thought her hair would be pulled right out of her scalp. Her stomach heaved at the stench she smelled underneath the expensive cologne. It smelled of sewage and stale sweat and it was coming from the man’s skin. She shuddered in disgust, her heart fluttering in fear when she felt him sniff her, then lick her nape. His smell was familiar, but she couldn’t quite remember where she’d smelled it before. She struggled, trying to twist around to whack him on the head with her baton, but the hold on her hair was excruciating and she dared not risk moving for fear of literally having her hair torn out by the roots.
“I like the smell and taste of your fear,” the man said, his voice guttural. But before he could do anything more, Eirene heard a feral growl before it launched itself at her attacker, pushing her away.
Eirene didn’t wait to see who or what it was that came to her aid. Instead, she sprinted to where Devon lay. He moaned, moving his head from side to side, but remained unconscious. Eirene looked back at the fray. A man’s figure stood out of the shadows, fighting the men Devon had spoken to earlier, but he looked outgunned. Both men were attacking him simultaneously. She had to do something. Then she remembered the piercing whistle she used to break the glass. She fumbled in her pockets and grabbed it. She pressed down hard on the button. The men snarled, momentarily stopping the brawl.
“Let’s go,” her attacker spoke harshly to his companion, covering their ears as they whizzed out of the office at an unbelievable speed. She turned to look at the man left behind. She released the button and the man fell on all fours.
“Did you have to keep your finger on the button? My ears are killing me,” he growled.
Eirene’s eyes widened, then she frowned in irritation.
“You’re welcome, you ungrateful asshole,” she muttered. Standing up, she left the room to switch on the lights from the fuse box inside the janitorial room. The first thing she saw when she returned was the man’s back as he easily carried Devon to his office and lay him gently on the leather sofa, flushed against the left wall of the office. He straightened up and turned to face her. Her eyes widened.
This man was Finn Qualtrough.
Suddenly, everything she hadn’t been able to remember in almost seventy-two hours came back to her in a rush. Air whooshed out of her as though she took a kick in the gut. She walked backwards until she felt the bookshelf behind her. She gripped the lip of a low shelf to keep herself upright. Panic seared through her while she felt something else, something more.
His midnight blue eyes bored into hers. Even with her body suffused with anger and humiliation, his eyes still sent a message that seared her insides with an aching need. She sucked in her breath at the intense arousal she felt. It made her stomach quiver, her knees weak, and her womanhood throb. His pupils dilated like he knew the effect he had on her. Eirene saw tiny gold flecks appear in his eyes. They sent shafts of desire through her entire being. Even with his body several feet away from hers, she could feel his heat as if he was just a few inches away. She had never met a man who would ignite her body the way he did. Just being near him sent her imagination into overdrive. In her mind’s eye she felt his hands caress her again, shape and cup her breasts before his mouth sucked and worshiped her nipples. That was what had happened in the park. Her mind stung with the memory of her shame. He had rejected her.
Finn took a step toward her.
“Don’t,” she choked. Her throat was so dry, she thought she wouldn’t be able to swallow.
She finally remembered.
Now that we’ve wet your whistle with the excerpt on “Rapture at Midnight”, how would YOU like to WIN THIS BOOK?
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All you have to do is drop the author a note (comment) below and you’re entered to win the prize. Easy peasy!!
This amazing contest will run from today until Sunday, midnight central time. Monday, Isobelle will post on a comment who was the lucky winner and be in touch with them.
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