Good morning, Diane and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today…


DIANE: Thank you so much for hosting me.  I really appreciate this awesome opportunity!


MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about Diane Escalera?


DIANE: Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, I relocated toSouth Florida, a sultry paradise I instantly fell in love with.  I’m married, have two children and a super cute Dachshund I can’t get enough of.  I write hot contemporary romance, and I’m published with Kensington Publishing and Lyrical Press.   


MBA&M: What if anything made you decide to write this genre?


DIANE: I love Contemporary Romance.  It’s what I read and write.  Of course, it has to be sexy.  Okay, hot!  I like to write about things that occur in real life, problems that readers can relate to.  Sometimes bad things happen to good people, and I try not to shy away from the darker side even if it might be unpopular.        


MBA&M: What are some of the challenges in writing a Hot Contemporary Romance?


DIANE: Probably the greatest challenge is coming up with fresh ideas.  But that’s where imagination comes in.  For instance, my last book, Dangerous Desire, featured a dogfighting plot, which has never been done in a romance.  In my new release, Still Hot for You, the hero and heroine are already married.  It’s about what happens after the happily ever.  I try to find a unique twist to keep things interesting, but at the same time, the story still has to be sexy.  And romantic!


MBA&M: If you could be any of the characters in “Still Hot for You“, who would it be and why?


DIANE: The heroine, of course!  She gets to be married to a gorgeous man with a long list of attributes, and yet he believes that she is the prize in the relationship.


MBA&M: What are some of your favorite genre to read?


DIANE: I really like romantic suspense.  Dangerous Desire has a strong element of suspense, and it’s one of the things I enjoyed most when I wrote the story.


MBA&M: Who would you contribute your love for writing to and why?


DIANE: Unlike most authors, I didn’t know I was destined to write.  In fact, I worked in banking for several years, but deep down knew that it wasn’t my dream job.  At the young age of thirty-five, my sister died of an illness.  I realized the same thing could happen to me.  There are no guarantees.  I couldn’t waste another moment doing something I didn’t love.  Writing was one of my greatest joys when I was growing up.  I decided to enroll in an intensive course where I learned everything I could about the craft.  It didn’t take long before I left the bank to pursue a writing career.

MBA&M: What 3 top reads do you feel influenced your writing style?


DIANE: It’s hard to zero in on a particular book, but my go-to authors are Linda Howard, Lori Foster and Jill Shalvis.  I devour their books!


MBA&M: Diane, tell our readers where to find you and where “Still Hot for You” is available?


DIANE: Still Hot for You is available at Lyrical Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Digital Bookstores everywhere.


Please visit to learn more about my sexy tales.  I love to interact with readers!  Like my fan page on  Follow me on


Diane, do you have anything you would like to add?


DIANE: The hero in Still Hot for You has a sinfully sexy brother and cousin.  I couldn’t let Christian and Nico go without a happy ending.  So… I’m working on two more novellas featuring these delicious men.  Stay tuned for more Latin Heat!


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The pleasure was all mine!





Publisher:Lyrical Press, Inc. (March 15, 2012)


Coming March 19, 2012
Lyrical Press
Digital ISBN: 9781616503628

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: March 15, 2012
Want to get your man talking? Give him booty!
Desperate times call for desperate measures. And Shay LaCosta is pretty desperate. She’s wrecked her blissful marriage of five years by demanding she and her husband Dylan have a baby. What the hell was she thinking? She knows she was wrong and she’s ready to set things right, if only Dylan will let her. Bet he can’t shun her Booty Camp offer: delicious, white-hot sex in exchange for what’s going on inside his brain.
Dylan may be macho and stubborn, but he really does miss his wife. A little of Shay’s pushing gets him past their estrangement and into her web of seduction. She seems to have an erotic week mapped out to perfection, and who is he to complain? Their marriage is meant to be, so they’ll fight with each other, and they’ll fight for each other.
WARNING: Racy Language, Hot Sex, Seduction.



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Dee Davis (DEADLY DANCE)and Jami Alden (RUN FROM FEAR)!!!



Dee Davis has a BA in Political Science and History, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration. During a ten-year career in public relations, she spent three years on the public speaking circuit, edited two newsletters, wrote three award winning public service announcements, did television and radio commercials, starred in the Seven Year Itch, taught college classes, lobbied both the Texas State Legislature and the US Congress, and served as the director of two associations. Her highly acclaimed first novel, Everything In Its Time, was published in July 2000. Since then, among others, she’s won the Booksellers Best, Golden Leaf, Texas Gold and Prism awards, and been nominated for the National Readers Choice Award, the Holt and two RT Reviewers Choice Awards. To date, she has sold eighteen books and three novellas, including Chain Reaction and A Match Made on Madison. She’s lived in Austria and traveled in Europe extensively. And although she now lives in Manhattan she still calls Texas home.

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MBA&M: What made you decide to write romantic suspense? 

DEE: I have always loved the combination of heart-pounding run-for-your-life stories and romance.   I initially in love with the genre reading Mary Stewart books.  My Brother Michael and The Moon-Spinners kept me sitting on the edge of my seat rooting for the couples involved.   And on top of that, Stewart showed me that heroines could be strong women, standing on their own two feet and yet still find that elusive happy ending.  So for me, romantic suspense is the best of two worlds.   And when I decided to write—picking the was a no brainer.  Even my very first novel, Everything In Its Time, is at its heart a romantic suspense, even though it’s a time travel set in fifteenth century Scotland.

MBA&M:  What do you feel the appeal of romantic suspense is for readers, especially, black-ops CIA heroes?

 DEE:  I think it’s the Alpha male.  The guy who is always going to keep trying.  To push harder.  To make sure that the good guys win the day.  And it’s also I think the idea of watching the heroine reach out to this guy and show him that it’s okay to open your heart.  That some things can’t be achieved by brute force alone.  One of my favorite writers, Linda Howard, always has such amazingly strong heroes.  But no matter how Alpha they may be, there’s something vulnerable about them as well. And that is my idea of a perfect hero.

MBA&M: What is on the horizon for Dee Davis? 

DEE: Next up for me, the sixth book in my A-Tac series.  Double Danger.  Featuring A-Tac member and ex-SEAL Simon Kincaid.  Simon is forced to face not only the threat of a terrorist act in Manhattan, but also the return of the woman he once let get away.





Mass Market Paperback:400 pages

Publisher:Forever; Original edition (April 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0446582940

 As the intelligence officer for A-Tac, a black-ops CIA unit masquerading as Ivy League faculty, Hannah Marshall is used to working behind the scenes. But when a brutal murder hits too close to home, Hannah finds herself in the middle of the action, falling in love while racing to outwit a sadistic mastermind. … more.


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Jami Alden is the Holt Medallion nominated author sexy romantic suspense. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her socially well adjusted alpha male husband, her sons, and a german shepherd who patiently listens to dialog and help her work out plot points.

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Jami Alden (RUN FROM FEAR)

Mass Market Paperback:464 pages

Publisher:Forever; Original edition (March 1, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0446572811

 With each step she takes, he tracks her every move, waiting for the perfect time. The perfect revenge. Until then, he’ll watch her . . . RUN FROM FEAR More than anything, Talia Vega wanted to leave behind her harrowing past. Moving eight hundred miles away, she succeeded . . . until the one man who knows her darkest secrets wanders into the restaurant where she works. Now the agonizing memories come crashing back-along with an undeniable desire for Jack Brooks, the ex-Green Beret who rescued her from a sadistic monster two years ago. … more.

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Good morning, Eric and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!
MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?
             I am originally from Anchorage, AK and recently moved with my amazing girlfriend and her adorable little dog to Seattle, WA. The most important thing about me is that I love the rain and the grey. I am in my early twenties (for another year) and I love to write. It is my favorite past time other than video games. I also love talking to strangers, which I know I shouldn’t do, but I find it fascinating.
MBA&M: What made you decide to write a paranormal romance?
            Honestly, writing a paranormal romance sort of started out as a parody of paranormal romance. I thought the silliness and absurdity of a girl falling in love with a zombie would fit my style of comedy and would be something different. However, when I started writing the book, I realized that what I was writing was actually completely realistic. If there truly was a zombie apocalypse, every zombie that you met (or killed) would be somebody’s father, sister, son, husband. And so the book took on a new level of truth, and I began taking the story much more seriously.
MBA&M : What where some of the challenges in writing “Zombie Love”?
               The biggest challenge for me was walking the line of comedy, while trying to keep my book from being one big “joke”. The book is meant to make people smile and laugh, but at it’s heart, it is a possibly accurate portrayal of a zombie apocalypse.
MBA&M: What are some of your writing habits?
               Headphones!!!! This is the most important thing for my writing. The world has to go away so that I may live in my world, which is essentially in my head. Some times I turn on my noise cancelling headphones with no music playing.
MBA&M: Who is your hero/heroine in your world?
              This is going to sound cliche, but it’s my mom. She raised three kids by herself for many years and still to this day is the kindest, most loving person on the planet. She does no wrong.
MBA&M: If you could step into another world or time,where would it be and when? Why?
              Oh my gosh, so here comes the nerd side of me. I would give almost anything to live in The Elder Scrolls universe! i have spent so much time in that world as it is, I feel like I could really fit in there and would love nothing more than to be an adventurer and explore dungeons.
MBA&M: What top 3 reads/author,do you feel most encouraged your writing?Why?
              Top three are Stephen King, Terry Brooks, C.S. Lewis. These are not necessarily my current favorite authors, but I have been reading books from them for over a decade, so I feel that they really molded not only the way I write, but my desire to create.
MBA&M: Who do you feel your writing is most like,which author?
              I am going to be an optimist, and say Stephen King. I like to think that I have a similar style of pacing and way of diving straight into the action, even if that action might be kind of gross.
MBA&M:  What’s next for you and your writing career?
              Next up are Books 2 and 3 for the Zombie Love Series!! I am working on the second and am already so happy with where the story is going, and how the characters are changing. After the Zombie Love series is done? Don’t worry, I have plenty of ideas. Not sure which direction I will go yet, but humor keeps me going so everything I do will probably be weird and fun.
                   Eric, you do have anything else to add today?
               I would just like to say thank you so much for your time, and I hope that everybody checks out the book! I would also just like to say thank you to Kyle Morrow for creating the cover art for me. It is my favorite part of the book. Thank you!
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!!

Paperback:188 pages

Publisher:Jericho Publishing (August 8, 2011)



ISBN-13: 978-0615523965

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: August 8, 2011
Zombie Love is the story of a widespread virus, in a way that has never been done before. As people lose loved ones, some decide that sometimes the people you love are the only ones worth fighting for. As factions form, and the world crumbles, people must choose sides. Help or destroy. When a virus is developed as the ultimate cure all by reversing death itself, the world is plunged into a crisis of faith, dedication, and love. In book one we meet Summer Strom, a normal high school teenager who is thrown cruelly into a set of circumstances that nobody should have to deal with. She has to fight back against everybody she knows as she battles for the only thing worth fighting for. Love.


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Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today!!

MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about yourself?

JOSEPH: I was born in raised in New Jersey, went to college in Atlanta, and then have lived in New York ever since. I love cooking and photography. I’m an avid television watcher. I worked at the Ground Zero recovery site after 9/11 and then as a nanny for five years. I like scotch. Also? I just decided I really like the word tidbit.


MBA&M: What made you decide to write “Probability Angels”?

JOSEPH: A few years ago I decided that my writing was getting too predictable and felt forced. So I decided to do a writing project where I wrote a new short story every two weeks for a year. 26 Stories in 52 Weeks is the catchy name I made up. Anyway, the first part of Probability Angels was one of those short stories. As soon as I finished it I knew I could get a lot more out of the world I had created and I continued pushing it and out popped a book.


MBA&M: Where did the idea of “Probability Angels” come from?

JOSEPH: As I said, I was doing this crazy writing project where I needed a new short story every two weeks. Which was madness. I didn’t have time to be picky with what I was writing, I usually had to go with whatever my first idea was in order to have it finished by my deadline. My initial thoughts when I wrote the short story that grew into Probability Angels were of a man in a tuxedo at a wedding making a deal with the devil. But then I started wondering if it would be possible to make the devil into a good guy. It seemed like fun to try and turn that concept on its head. Well out of that came the notion that often our strengths and our moments of growth come out of the bad times in our lives. So what if this devil character was bringing on bad moments but for a good purpose? In a nut shell that’s what the Probability Angels do. And the man in the tuxedo turned into Matthew, the main character.

MBA&M: What where some of the challenges in writing “Probability Angels”?

JOSEPH: In these books I have characters that can travel instantly to anywhere in the world, so keeping my time zones straight was beyond tricky. I also tried to draw from a lot of different cultures, since they’re basically immortals I got to make up any character back story I wanted and still have them running around in the present day. That part was fun but it was a double edged sword because I wanted to get it right so I had to read up on Japanese culture and ancient Rome, for example, in order to make sure I was flavoring my characters correctly.


MBA&M: Who is your “real life” hero/heroes? Why?

JOSEPH: There are a lot of them. I like anyone who makes a stand for what they believe in or has the courage to create something and show it to the world. Trust me, that’s not easy. So I guess I try and find heroes in the everyday people around me…or does that sound cheesy?


MBA&M: What is on your “To Be Read” pile?

 JOSEPH: I’m currently reading even more about ancient Rome in order to prepare for the third book in this series. After that I have a history of clothes to read.


MBA&M:  If you could step into a book and that world where would it be? Why?

JOSEPH: God there are so many. I’d love to be in any world where I could have an adventure that isn’t possible in this one. The Narnia books or Tolkien or something along those lines. If I had to pick one, though? I guess I’d go with Harry Potter, because I’d get to have the adventure but then come back to New York City. I’d hate to be stuck in a world without this place in it.


MBA&M: What is one of your biggest regrets? Why?

JOSEPH: Tough question. I think most of my regrets involve women. If you have to ask why you might need to get out more. 🙂


MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Probability Angels” can be found?

JOSEPH: All my work can be found at and Probability Angels is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats as well as in most every other e-reader’s store.

Joseph, would you like to add anything else today?

I’d love to tell your readers about the two contests I’m currently running.

The first is The Great Typo Hunt. I encourage readers to email me if they find a typo and if it checks out they can win a signed copy of one of my books:

The second is my Annual Fan Art Contest. There’s a lot of great prizes to choose from for simply submitting art based on my books:



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Probability Angels by Joseph Devon

Matthew knows that he died twenty years ago. He has, after all, been bouncing around New York city ever since, causing mischief and having fun as a supernatural being. But recently some problems have been cropping up: not only is he hallucinating things in garbage cans, but his mentor doesn’t think he’s working up to his full potential, his best friend can’t offer any solace but drunken confusion, and his wife is dying in Central Park. See, the past twenty years haven’t meant a thing because now it’s time for Matthew to make his second choice and become a tester of humanity. And that’s all before the zombies show up. Come explore the world of Matthew and Epp and see what a samurai from Feudal Japan has to do with the course of modern physics, what a two-thousand year old Roman slave has to do with the summit of Mount Everest, and what a dead man from Brooklyn has to do with the fate of the world.

 Probability Angels

 Author: Joseph Devon

Genre: Fiction – Urban Fantasy

Published by: CreateSpace (January 7th, 2009)

Age Recommendation: 18+ for sexuality and graphic/mature themes

 Format: eBook & Perfect Paperback

ISBN13: 978-1441403865

Number of pages: 382

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Good morning Katherine and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….


MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about yourself?


KATHERINE: Hmm. About myself… I was born in Hollywood, where my father was a staff writer for Cecil B. de Mille, I grew up loving the stories from the movies’ researches, things that never got onto the screen. Real history seemed so much more interesting than fictions. The screenwriters were not so entranced with the research assistance the often had. I recall that the Indian advisor on the film “Unconquered”, whose name was Chief Rain-in-the-Face, they referred to as Chief Stick-in-the-Mud.”


MBA&M: Where did the idea of “Montfort” come from?


KATHERINE: Actually, I was escaping from the demise of my fine art print publishing company by writing about fairies in a garden in Salisbury Cathedral Close. I kept coming to the year 1258 and thought I really ought to know something of what was happening in England then. So I hauled out my old Encyclopedia Britannica, and there was an article on “the Barons War” led by Simon de Montfort. I looked up Simon, and found an article that seemed peculiarly negative. Perplexed by my reaction to the article, since I knew nothing of this person and who was I to judge the Britannica, the matter lingered in my mind.


About a week later, attending the reopening of my local public library, the Ottendorfer, on New York’s Second Avenue, I noticed, at a distance from me, a set of books in green bindings. Going to them and taking one at random from the shelf, I let it fall open. The book opened to a page describing Simon’s death at the battle of Evesham — from the point of
view of someone who thought very highly of him. I decided the next thing I would do was research the life of this man who was not well known but could evoke such opposite responses.



MBA&M: What do you feel the appeal of “Simon de Montfort” is to your readers?


KATHERINE: It’s an extraordinary, real story of adventure. Simon’s life was a series of dramatic reversals in the extreme, riddled with battles — he once led 100 English knights against his best friend Saint Louis’ army of 30,000 and won the battle. Another time he engaged a whole army single-handed because he was a mile ahead of the troops he was leading —  they were still on the far side of a hill. You don’t get action much better than that.

And there is intrigue, complex relationships that fester over years in the bottled-up society of a royal court. In a work this long — Montfort is four volumes and a total of 1,585 pages, you get something of the effect of a series where the audience knows the characters so well that nuances become potent.


But on a deeper level, this is the story of how modern democracy first came into being, and an interpretation of the life of the man who made it happen.

I say interpretation because, while I’ve been at pains to follow what my research into the original 13th century documents record, those documents, like any eyewitness reports, can be at odds with one another. One must chose what to follow, consider it in light of the culture of the period and the people’s past behavior, and choose the meanings that seem most consistent and sensible for each event. This is not material that offers simple “facts” but that, for the most part, reflects the views of partisans who loved or hated Montfort.


MBA&M: I see “Montfort” is a series. Tell our readers how many books are in the series and a little about them?


KATHERINE: There are four volumes — of what is actually a single book.


The first volume, Montfort The Early Years 1229 to 1243, deals with Simon’s arrival in England from France (he arrived as a French youth with an old Norman claim on the earldom of Leicester.) He is befriended by King Henry III and begins a stunning military career by fighting the Welsh. Romance is a major issue, ultimately causing Simon to flee England with his pregnant wife and young baby, and go into exile, then on crusade. It is in Palestine that his military fame becomes so great that Henry must forgive him what he suspects is the most treasonous of crimes in order to gain his service in fighting France.


I differ most from other writers in this book, but I always base my views on an in-depth consideration of the documents of the period — rather than the works of modern historians. To aid the reader, each book is supplied with a thorough, scholarly bibliography and an Historical Context section that amounts to footnotes with source references and also small articles that might be of background help, such as the history of the city of Leicester prior to Simon’s arrival.


When I embarked on researching and writing Montfort, I sought the help of my history professor, Dr. Henry Pachter, and then the guidance of Dr. Madeleine Cosman, founder of The Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the City University of New York. I traveled to all the places Simon went (except those in Palestine) and studied the original documents in the Bibliotheque Nationale and London’s Public Record Office and British Library.


The second volume, Montfort The Viceroy 1243 to 1253, deals with the period when Simon was forced by King Henry to bring the barons of England’s French duchy of Gascony back into submission. Developing the knowledge of how to dominate a country with only a small force at his disposal, Simon learns the skills that later will enable him to conquer England for the Parliament. But that is a future unforeseeable as yet, as the Gascons entangle him, and persuade King Henry to accuse his own Viceroy of treason. Battles, connivings and courtroom drama galore.

In the third volume, Montfort, The Revolutionary 1253 to 1260, Simon has managed to survive Henry’s ill will again, but has been sent out of the way as England’s ambassador to the Court in Paris. He’s quite content, life in his home environs is good — until Prince Edward, the heir to England’s throne (and perhaps Simon’s natural son), commits an atrocity and Henry sends the boy and his friends, ill armed and bereft of adequate military training, to fight the battle-hardened Welsh. Raising a mercenary army of his own in France, Simon goes to the boys’ rescue.

In England again, Simon is drawn into a determined effort by a small group of lords to resist the king’s rule. Vowing to support one another, they force King Henry to permit a meeting of the lords and clergy at Oxford, where they will be free from Henry’s ruthless pressuring. The idea is that there they will come up with the taxes Henry demands, but instead they frame The Provisions of Oxford, a document that outlines the form of the first modern democracy, including representatives elected by the common, and with power over the Crown. Simon, as the one man responsible for putting this new government into effect, exposes himself to charges of treason again.

Volume IV, Montfort The Angel with the Sword 1260 to 1265, begins with Simon’s second trial for treason — this time held in France and judged by Queen Margaret. He succeeds, with amazing sange froid and Gallic humor (I use the actual trial notes for the dialogue) in turning the king’s accusations to comedy and Henry is forced to withdraw the issue.

But an odd thing has been happening. The common people in England have come to believe that the creation of the Provisions of Oxford and the establishment of a democratic Parliament (which King henry has succeeded in suppressing) mark the beginning of a new thousand-year World Era: the Age of the Holy Ghost, when kingship, nations and the Church will dissolve into a single world society, led by a government elected by the common people. And the people believe Simon to be the Angel with the Sword heralding this Apocalypse.


Simon, considering these ideas heresy, is eager to return to Palestine, but he is persuaded to go to England secretly and see the forces gathering to reestablish the Parliament. At Oxford he’s drawn in by the earnest commitment of the Parliament’s partisans and agrees to lead them. “It’s as well to die here fighting faithless Englishmen, as to die in Palestine for Holy Church.” (actual quote.)

Miraculous victories follow; all England and the royal family are in Simon’s hands as he re-establishes elective government and tries to regain peace from the turmoil of peasant insurrections. But the lords are jealous of his power.

Banding together against the very government they helped to create through the Provisions, and led by Prince Edward — who fears to commit the sin of Absalom by raising his hand against his father, King Henry — they recapture the king and defeat Montfort’s modest guard at the battle of Evesham. Simon is killed, his body desecrated, but where his torso is found by the monks of Evesham Abbey, a new spring flows with miraculous healing waters. (The spring can still be found on Evesham’s field, in a spot not unlikely to be where Simon died.)

A cult arises that worships Simon as the Angel with the Sword, or perhaps the Risen Christ. To suppress it and it revolutionary doctrine, King Henry makes it a hanging crime to speak the name Simon de Montfort.


MBA&M: When you started researching “Simon de Montfort”, what attracted you to his story and why?


KATHERINE: What attracted me was that the story of this man, so key in the development of the form of government shared by most of the world today, was so unknown, and that in the few modern sources I could find he was usually abused. I began my research in 1977 and have spent 34 years at it.



MBA&M: Who do you feel is the greatest hero, other than Simon de Montfort? Why?


KATHERINE: Greatest hero in general? Well, since I’m fairly committed to Western culture I have to say Jan Sobieski for the battle of Vienna and/or John of Austria for the battle of Lepanto. Had they not won those battles,  Islam would probably have prevailed over Europe. But, then, Admiral Ho is pretty interesting too, for sailing his armada of massive junks up the Red Sea and opening the Arab-Chinese trade.

MBA&M: Who is your greatest hero, be it person, character or animal? Why?


KATHERINE: Of course I have to say Simon de Montfort — for giving us the template for an actual, working democracy.



MBA&M: Which character in “Montfort” do you most identify with and why?


KATHERINE: I don’t think I identify with any of them. Exploring the personality of an intelligent, highly educated man who also kills people in hand-to-hand combat, someone whose life and expectations are so very different from my own, has been fascinating — and has held my attention for 34 years,.



MBA&M: Can you tell our readers what scene in “Montfort” most stands out to you and why?


KATHERINE: That changes with my mood from day to day. Right now it’s the scene in Montfort The Viceroy when Simon and his wife attend the wedding party of Prince Richard. Customarily a traveling lordly household took their furniture along with them, and in this scene a number of grand, curtained beds, containing some of the most powerful lords of England and their wives, are set up in one room with ribald conversation resulting.


But of course, the scene of the Battle of Evesham was the greatest challenge. We know exactly what happened and when, and that there was a terrific rainstorm throughout much of it. Capturing the full horror of the day in words — for that matter even facing up to having to write the scene after so many years spent with Simon — was so stressful that I pounded on my laptop’s keys so hard I mashed the motherboard. My computer got through the scene and saved it but never functioned again.


MBA&M: What’s next for Katherine Ashe?


KATHERINE: A book titled The Fairy Garden that I was writing when I discovered Simon — that book associated with the garden at Salisbury Cathedral that sent my on my first inquiries into the 13th century. I’m in process of doing a final edit. Then, after it’s in print, perhaps a book on Simon’s son Guy and Prince Edward.


MBA&M: Katherine, please tell our readers where to find you and where “Montfort” is available?


My personal website is


Incidentally, I’m not to be confused with KathArine Ashe, the writer of romances!


There’s the book’s website at


There’s my Facebook page:



And Simon’s Facebook page, where his documents, in their original old French and Latin are posted along with photos of places he knew:

And the books are available from Amazon:


Montfort The Early Years:



Montfort The Viceroy:



Montfort The Revolutionary:


Montfort The Angel with the Sword:




Katherine, do you have anything to add today?


Thank you for having me here! Your questions have been fun. And I hope your readers find their way to Montfort and enjoy it.


Thank you Katherine for visiting with My Book Addiction and More today…





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Good morning Glynnis and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…


MBA&M: Tell our readers a little about Glynnis Campbell and your other pen names?


GC: First, thank you for the invitation—I love talking to fellow reading addicts.  Most people are surprised to find out about my checkered past!  In addition to romance writing, I’ve been a ballerina, a film score composer, a singer in The Pinups—an all-girl CBS rock band, a typographer, and a voice-over actress for MTV’s “The Maxx” animated series and the video games Diablo and Starcraft.  I’ve been writing historical romance for a little over a decade as Glynnis Campbell, Sarah McKerrigan, and Kira Morgan.  I live in L.A., and I’m married to a rock star (but I grew up in a little town with no stoplights, and my rock star husband was my high school sweetheart)!


MBA&M: What made you decide to write historical romances? Especially, “Passion’s Exile”?


 GC: I’ve had a lifelong love for towering castles, trusty swords, and knights (and damsels) in shining armor. As a girl, I read Howard Pyle’s King Arthur and Robin Hood books till they were in tatters. History lets me create larger-than-life characters, and I love doing research. I was inspired to write “Passion’s Exile” when my kids were studying “TheCanterburyTales” in school. I decided it would be fun to set that kind of traveling-in-an-entourage story inScotlandand work a romance into the journey.

MBA&M: Have you always wanted to be an author and what made you want to be an author?


GC: Writing always came naturally to me, but I never really considered it as a career option (possibly because I was busy being a ballerina and a rock star?) until I’d finished writing three books and decided to share them.  What keeps me writing is insatiable curiosity about the world and the past and a desire to go on adventures with my characters and my readers.

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing with two other pen names?


GC: My husband tells people he’s on his third wife.  Seriously, the hardest part about having pen names is losing touch with loyal fans.  No matter how many announcements I make, there are always readers who don’t realize I’m still writing, just under a different pen name, and I know they’ve been left behind.  It was the publisher’s choice to give me a nom de plume, and though it was with good intentions, I’m very glad to be able to return to my real name.


MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing “Passion’s Exile”?


GC: I almost painted myself into a corner with “Passion’s Exile”!  I placed my hero and heroine, Blade and Rose, in the middle of a pilgrimage with twenty other people, staying at male-female segregated manor houses.  Blade has a faithful sidekick, and Rose cares for a crippled falcon.  Finding a time and place for them to be alone to, ahem, rendezvous was almost as frustrating for me as it was for them!

MBA&M: How do you feel your writing has changed in the years since you wrote your first novel?

GC: My writing has become more fast-paced, because reading has become more fast-paced.  Readers are very good at painting mental pictures from a few well-placed brush strokes—they don’t really need or want to know where every tapestry, flagon, and sword was manufactured—so there’s less need to fill in all the blanks for them and more time to spend on the action and dialogue.  I’m also writing more accessibly, I think, without sacrificing authenticity, by using a bit less dialect, which most people find difficult to read.

MBA&M: Out of all the books you have written, including your other pen names, what is your favorite and why?

GC: This is truly as hard as picking out your favorite child!  Honestly, it’s usually whatever I’m working on at the moment, and currently I’m very excited about “Passion’s Exile.”  Blade, a self-exiled mercenary, is one of the darkest heroes I’ve written, and pitting sweet, fresh-faced, convent-bound Rose against him was endlessly entertaining.  It was also a treat to have a big ensemble of colorful supporting characters to write for.


MBA&M: If you could step into one of your books, which would it be and why?

GC: I almost DID step into “Passion’s Exile”!  I considered making the heroes’ journey—a 10-day pilgrimage from Stirling toSt. Andrews—for research.  It didn’t quite work out (though my author friend Lauren Royal and I commandeeredRoslinCastlefor a few days, which was a blast).  I think it would be fun to tag along as one of the pilgrims, walking through the beautiful Scots countryside, staying in medieval manor houses, sampling hard cider and meat pies, telling stories, and watching Rose and Blade’s romance unfold.

MBA&M: Which character in “Passion’s Exile” do you think you most identify with? Why?

GC: I most relate to Blade’s sidekick, Wilham.  I think probably all of us have a friend or relative who’s on a self-destructive path, and there’s nothing we can do for them except give them our love and support.  That’s what Wilham does for Blade.  Though he gets frustrated with Blade’s self-loathing, he is loyal to a fault and stands by him through thick and thin.

MBA&M: Now, Glynnis, please tell our readers where to find you, your other pen names and where to find “Passion’s Exile”?

GC: “Passion’s Exile” is available as an ebook now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble!  And watch for new ebook Author’s Editions of my backlist—My Champion, My Warrior, My Hero, Lady Danger, Captive Heart, Knight’s Prize, and Danger’s Kiss—coming soon.  If you don’t have an e-reader, don’t despair.  You can download FREE Kindle and NOOK software from Amazon and Barnes & Noble that allows you to read books on your computer or smartphone.


          Glynnis, do you have anything else to add?

GC: The single best way an author can succeed is through word-of-mouth and recommendations from friends.  I’m so grateful to avid readers like you at My Book Addiction who spread the good word and allow me to continue writing and taking you along on my adventures!

Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More today!!



Publisher:Glynnis Campbell (January 25, 2012)


Haunted by an unforgivable crime, the once noble swordsman, Sir Pierce of Mirkhaugh, now wanders Scotland as the sword-for-hire known as Blade.  His latest mission—to unmask two assassins among the pilgrims bound for St. Andrews—goes awry when spirited Rosamund of Averleigh joins the entourage, tempting Blade from his solitude and making him believe in redemption.  What he doesn’t know is that Rose is fleeing for her life.  With an abusive bridegroom tracking her, her only hope is to seek refuge as a nun…until she meets Blade, who awakens her passions and destroys her best-laid plans.

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(from the author’s website)

Good morning Dorothy and welcome back to My Book Addiction and More today…
MBA&M:Dorothy, tell our readers a little about yourself,for those who do not know you as of yet?

       DOROTHY:  I’m a wife, sister, daughter, friend, human mom to 2 golden retrievers. I love the history that I weave into my novels, love traveling to the places that wind up in my stories. Before I began writing inspirational fiction for adults, I published more than a dozen novels for preteens and young adults. I’ve lived all over the country, but mostly in Texas, which I consider home. I’ve just taken up the piano again after a lifetime away from it. I have a lot of make up work to do. But I love it.

MBA&M:  What if anything was your inspiration behind writing “Beauty For Ashes”?

    DOROTHY: I’ve always been interested in the dynamics of families, and that interest finds its way into many of my novels. My books usually are concerned with matters of family, friends and faith.  Even though they are set in the South of the 19th century, I hope they reflect the concerns of  women today.  The title comes from a verse in the book of Isaiah in which God promises to give us beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning.  It was a perfect fit for my protagonist, Carrie Daly, who has seen a lot of grief in her life and desperately needs that grace.

MBA&M:  How do you feel your writing has grown through the years?

    DOROTHY: I hope I’m more observant of human behavior and emotion than I was in my 20’s. I think it’s sometimes necessary to mature before one can tell certain stories. I hope I continue to grow.

MBA&M: Can you tell our readers how many books will be in the “Hickory Ridge” series and any tidbits into the next installment?

   DOROTHY:  Sure. There will be a total of three. I’ve just finished the third one, called EVERY PERFECT GIFT.  If you’ve read the first book, BEYOND ALL MEASURE, you’ll remember Sophie, the little mixed race girl who lives at the Hickory Ridge orphanage, until Wyatt and Ada Caldwell take her to live with them in Texas.  In the third book, she is all grown up, a newspaper woman who returns to Hickory Ridge to revive the town paper, the Gazette. Her first interview is with Ethan Heyward,  the handsome architect and manager of Blue Smoke, the luxury resort that’s opening atop Hickory Ridge.  The story is about the secrets they keep from each other and how they find their way to each other. I loved writing it.

MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “Beauty For Ashes”?

   DOROTHY:  Since it’s the second Hickory Ridge book, there was less research than for the first one. Most of it revolved around horse racing and training thoroughbreds. I learned a lot about thoroughbreds, the beginnings of the Kentucky Derby, how a colt is trained for the track.

MBA&M:  What do you hope to accomplish in writing your Southern Historical Romance?

    DOROTHY: I was born and raised in the South. Much of its history is lost or buried or distorted. I hope to shed some light on the amazing, fascinating, maddening, tortured, graceful past and at the same time, tell an entertaining and uplifting story.

MBA&M:  Now, Dorothy,tell our readers where to find you and where they can purchase “Beauty For Ashes”?

    Anywhere fine books are sold!

         Thank you Dorothy, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to visit with My Book Addiction and More and our readers..Is there anything else you would like to add today?

    Just that I so appreciate your hosting me here. Thank you!!

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ISBN-13: 9781595549013                       

Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.

Publication date: 2/28/2012

Pages: 336

Series:A Hickory Ridge Novel

(from the author’s website)

She’s a beautiful young widow. He’s a charming Charlestonian with a taste for adventure. Both need a place to call home.

For Carrie Daly, life seems to consist mostly of mourning and ashes. Widowed when her young husband died at the battle of Shiloh, Carrie has spent the intervening years living quietly on her family’s farm with Henry, her older brother. But then Henry marries Mary Stanhope, a difficult widow with two rowdy sons in tow. Feeling that there is no longer a place for her on the farm, Carrie moves to the genteel but shabby Verandah Ladies Hotel and takes a job at Nate Chastain’s book shop, intending to make a new life for herself.

But a chance meeting with Griff Rutledge, a newcomer to Hickory Ridge, changes everything.

It will take a leap of faith on both their parts to redeem the hurts of the past and claim God’s promise of beauty for ashes.



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Microbrewery owner, multi-published author, beer blogger and journalist, mom of three teenagers, and soccer fan, Liz brings 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) to her life as erotic romance author.  When she isn’t sweating inventory and sales figures for the brewery, she can be found writing, editing or sweating promotional efforts for her latest publications.


Otherwise, look for her doing pounds of laundry for her athletic children, watching La Liga on the Fox Soccer Channel, or trying to figure out what to order in for dinner. Liz loves her Foo Fighters Pandora station, and watching reruns of Deadwood, when there isn’t any decent sports on the telly (like during “golf season”).  Her beer blog is nationally recognized for its insider yet outsider views on the craft beer industry. Her books are set in the not-so-common worlds of breweries, on the soccer pitch and in high powered real estate offices.  Don’t ask her for anything “like” a Budweiser or risk painful injury.  She is a long-time proponent of the Bikram Yoga practice.  And holds an honorary spot in the “back left corner” of the Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor practice room at 6 a.m. three times a week.  (It’s the coolest spot in the 105 degree/50% humidity plus room, trust her.)


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  A Day in the Life of The Realtors

A “behind the scenes” moment

Early one Tuesday Morning….

Sara trudged up the flight of steps behind Jack. “God seriously Jack, it’s five thirty in the morning. Who gets up to exercise at this hour? Christ.” The closer to the top of the steps she got the more her nose wrinkled at the onslaught of a sudden, truly foul odor. “Good God, what is that stench?”

            Ignoring her, Jack sprinted to the top of the steps and held open the door to a hallway, patting her ass as she passed through it.  Within seconds she’d turned and headed back down the stairs.  “No. No way. That place smells like the inside of Blake’s soccer bag. Disgusting. I’m going to have coffee like a reasonable human being.” Jack laughed and grabbed her arm, tugging her into his strong embrace.

She took deep breaths of him, letting the familiar odors of leather, sex, and the leftover citrusy aura of his cologne suffuse her senses and cover the horrific smell of the Bikram yoga studio.  “I’m not going. You can’t make me. I’ll puke or something and embarrass you.”

            He tilted her chin up, pinning her with that sapphire blue stare that always brought her to her knees.  “Don’t be a p***y Sara.” She jerked out of his arms.

            “Don’t be an a** Jack. Is that a challenge?” She crossed her arms, the too-early morning fog clearing from her brain a little.

            “Why yes, my little morning desert blossom, it is.” He indicated the open hallway.  “After you, my love.”

            She held her nose and walked in, noting the various nearly naked bodies arrayed around the lobby, chatting and laughing entirely too vigorously for such an unnatural hour.  He got her signed in, and held open yet another door. The intense heat hit her like a velvet covered baseball bat, making her take a step back, already making excuses.

            “Oh hell no you stubborn woman.” He took her elbow and guided her into the room that smelled like dirty feet and armpits, covered in baby vomit.  She tried not to gag as she spread out her mat and towel.

            “So how long does this last?” She asked in a not too quiet whisper. “I have to put my face even closer to this disgusting carpet?”

            “Shhhh…” an angry, obviously starving woman gave her an eye-bulging glare. Sara shot Jack a look. He shrugged and lay down, feet facing the back of the room, ignoring her.  Sara mirrored him. Fine. Whatever. Gotta be Zen or something.

Probably be hard to stay awake anyways.  But the bright lights switched on within seconds and no soft music played. Just an instructor, and a room full of people dressed in as little as possible. And the ungodly heat.  And the humidity. And the smell.

            After the first three “postures” Sara could hardly breathe. When the instructor said: “Okay, warm up is over…now let’s get to it,” she nearly threw up. She kept sneaking glances at her fiancé who seemed to have gone into some kind of freakish yoga “zone.”  Sighing, she tried to follow, frustrated and exhilarated at the same time.  After an hour, her body started to shut down but her brain kept firing on extra cylinders. This was incredible. Like crack cocaine only good for you.  But it still stunk to high heaven.

            Sweat ran off her body in rivers. She had to skip half of the floor series or risk death by asphyxiation and nausea.  But as she lay in “Savasana” or “dead body pose” (pretty bloody aptly named, Sara mused as she tried not to die) she discovered something about herself.  That the natural competitor in her would not let him win at this.  She’d come back tomorrow. And the next day too.  Because the subtle changes she felt in her bones and muscles, already strong from years of running, were making her brain buzz with energy. 

            The bastard was right. Bikram Yoga was “yoga for type A personalities” for sure and she was hooked. She hated it when he was right.

            The trip home was quiet, punctuated only by the sounds of them gulping water and breathing heavy. And the sex later? Beyond extraordinary.  Which was saying something, considering their history.

            “Yeah, I’ll be going back,” Sara whispered later, as she stretched out over his strong lean body, letting sleep take her for a few moments before hitting her busy day.

            “Told you so,” he mumbled, holding her close and kissing the top of her head.

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The Realtors:  Life in the House Lane

Love is an easy word to use, a hard one to demonstrate, and sometimes impossible to trust. 

The Realtors is a sweeping epic, encompassing over ten years in the lives of two people who know how to love with their bodies, how to please and get pleasure, to control and be controlled.  When it comes to the deeper meaning of the one word they both need however, their strong personalities get in the way. While their physical connection sizzles they continue to disappoint one another emotionally.

Jack Gordon has it all–money, success, a string of women—but sustains a deep longing for something more. When he thinks he finds it with Sara Jane Thornton, his world is never the same again.  Sara releases his natural Dom, a side of him he’d thought buried out of frustration and unhappiness. Sara learns a true submissive must trust implicitly, something she cannot associate with him, no matter how many times she tries, and he fails.

                With a rich cast of secondary characters, including a young man who presents a near-perfect foil to Jack’s intensity, and who falls hard for Sara; The Realtors series is a romantic saga with an emphasis on contemporary life and love, with a healthy dose of white-hot eroticism. Modern, busy, driven characters living lives of purpose and real-time stress, seek the ever-elusive and highly coveted combination –a friend, lover and trusted advisor who will be there for the long haul.




Floor Time (The Realtors – Book 1):

Jack Gordon is Ann Arbor’s most delectable bachelor.  At age thirty-five, he’s made millions as a top-selling Ann Arbor real estate broker and has the right connections to close a deal by any means necessary. With his rugged good looks and compelling personality, he has a virtual black book most men would kill for and he uses it often, never settling for one woman for very long.

While his D/s past remains buried, exactly where he wants it, an undercurrent of boredom and dissatisfaction runs through his life now.  A disastrous experience years earlier made him swear off the whole scene, but the more Jack suppresses his natural Dom, the more his frustration grows.

Sara Thornton, a rookie in the real estate game, has fast-tracked herself to the top of the Ann Arbor market. Her life reflects a disciplined and focused routine, exactly the way she wants it.  However, as her career takes off, the fulfillment she seeks remains inexplicably out of reach.  The one thing she knows for sure, she will not join the Jack Gordon groupies in her company, no matter how tempting that might seem.

A chance encounter, then a difficult transaction, throw Jack and Sara together and the sparks fly high and hot and often. Forced to confront the compulsions that gain momentum with each sizzling encounter, their relationship seems to spiral out of control until Jack finally admits what he needs, and shows Sara what she’s been missing.


Sweat Equity (The Realtors – Book 2)

Jack Gordon thought he’d finally made it.  He had a wildly successful career, money in the bank and even returned to his life as Dom, putting an end to a string of unfulfilling sexual encounters. Now that he’s made the ultimate commitment to Sara Thornton, he believes all is right in their world. However, a series of misunderstandings and a dose of self-fulfilling prophesy bring his perfectly crafted house of cards tumbling down around him, forcing him to confront lingering misgivings about marriage and trust.  Could those be the only two things he can never achieve?

Sara struggles with her intense need for Jack and her desire for less volatility in her busy life, two goals which appear to be mutually exclusive. Although willing to put in the time and emotional effort to make their relationship work, she finds it futile and frustrating, littered with clashes thanks to near-identical personalities and temperaments. Given Sara’s history, easing back into the comfortable status quo becomes easier than fighting a war with the one person who should be her safe haven. But will the easier choice satisfy her the way only Jack can? Is her “war” one that comes from without or within?

Buffeted by circumstance, temptation and distraction, Jack and Sara’s tenuous relationship crumbles, sparking a continuous quest for the ever elusive: trust, love and acceptance. By the time they rebuild a foundation for renewal, fate has other plans. This leaves them both reeling, once again questioning their destiny.


Closing Costs (The Realtors – Book 3)

Love conquers all? Not likely, according to Sara Thornton. She’s spent eight years coming to terms with the new parameters of her life while resigning herself to the idea that “happily ever afters” are best left to fairytales.  Sales manager for her successful real estate office and juggling an added element of responsibility she never thought she’d face, Sara continues to struggle with the men in her life.  Love, for her, has only meant hurt, broken trust and anger; all of which she’s completely banished from her life, so she claims.

Jack Gordon has come a long way since his early days of obsession with Sara.  As the general manager of Stewart Realty, his own level of responsibility for the well-being of others has ramped up. He’s even honed his caretaking skills, now that he has someone who loves him unconditionally.

Continuing to invest effort and rebuild their relationship, he and Sara grow close as friends. Despite this, his ultimate question remains unanswered; the one he keeps asking, no matter how many times she says no. Sara isn’t prepared for the keen focus of his need–to have her back, once and for all. Her stubborn resistance nearly rips both lives apart

The epic conclusion to The Realtors series, Closing Costs brings Jack and Sara truly full circle. Proving that the heat of lust and obsession; the need for control and to be mastered in many areas of life can lead to love —surprising you when you least expect it – if you will only allow it.


 *We hope you have enjoyed our A Day in the Life of The Realtors/A “behind the scenes” moment from Liz Crowe,and “The Realtors*

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Good morning, Leslie and welcome to My Book Addiction and More today….

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a little about Leslie Hall Pinder?

LESLIE: I grew up in Canada’s prairies.  From an early age (about eleven) I started to write poems and short stories, and I found my passion.  After my undergraduate degree, intending to pursue a writing career, I needed a job. I started working for the police department, thinking that I would be exposed to gritty and interesting material. That did happen, but what also occurred was I became fascinated with the legal process: the astonishingly dramatic dynamics of the courtroom, the way that the law seeks to establish the “truth”. I went to law school.  In my first job at a large, prestigious firm I was told that because I was a woman, I had to enter the firm’s exclusive men’s club by way of the servants’ entrance. I went through the front door. My employment ended.

Eventually I set up my own firm with two other women and for over twenty-five years we worked for Canada’s indigenous peoples in their fight for recognition of their rights. When you come to know what happened to the native people, and the governments’ attempt to extinguish them, you want to make amends as soon as possible, using all the tools you have. But it was a difficult, and sometimes bloody struggle. We persevered case-by-case.

I was able to publish two novels while practising law. I am now writing full time. In retrospect, I realize that the law is a character in all of my books. Some protagonists in the novels seek the truth, others want to bury it. As one of them says, “The law will never be able to establish the truth but it is guaranteed to root out and expose the lies—guaranteed.”

MBA&M: Why did  you decide to write “Bring Me One Of Everything”?

LESLIE: I had been told by a native man about twin stone masks which were used in ritual performances in northern British Columbia, around the turn of the 20th century. One of the masks was “sighted” with eyes that would never close, and one was “blind” with eyes that would never open. I began researching these fascinating artifacts, and learned that the twins had been “collected” (ie. bought and sold) and had ended up in two different museums, the museum of civilization in Ottawa, Canada, and the Musee de l’homme in Paris. The masks were separated, and still are to this day.

I also knew knew about an expedition in 1957 which went to a remote island off the coast of Canada to remove the largest stand of totem poles in the world; they were barged about 540 miles to be housed in a museum.

After many literary adventures, I decided to write a novel about an anthropologist who, like the one who led the real expedition in 1957, cuts down the totems and brings the twin masks together. He commits suicide. I created a character, Alicia Purcell, who is obsessed with finding out why.

MBA&M: Why write suspense/inrtrigue/anthropologist?

In my legal career, anthropologists have functioned as the cultural translators between the indigenous world and the courtroom of the western world. They act as a kind of Hermes, moving between the past and the present, bringing the two together. They are the psychiatrists, not of individuals but of communities. My fascination with the work of anthropologists is summed up in Bring Me One of Everything:  “To choose to enter another culture, you have to leave part of yourself behind. To do it in good faith, you end up with people’s souls.” I wanted to develop a character, Austin Hart, who took the ethical obligations of anthropology seriously — and he’s also someone who makes the esoteric and spiritual realms of indigenous peoples and their cultures understandable. Then Hart does something which sends him morally and physically “over the edge”.

Having an anthropologist at the center of the novel served an important theme. We all have a deep tendency to be collectors: of objects, memories, lost loves. The things we keep, also keep us. The collecting impulse is really a desire for the immutable—in effect, the longing for permanence and immortality.

In many ways, I’ve created Austin Hart as the standard bearer for our age: an age of acquisitiveness and greed.

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing not only a suspense, thriller but also anthropologist?

LESLIE: Because Austin Hart killed himself many years before the main action of the novel, I needed to find a vehicle to make Austin Hart’s journey urgent, compelling (and understandable) to the reader. Rather than flashbacks, I used contemporaneous journals written by Hart. Alicia Purcell discovers Hart’s secret diaries and is led onto the same path as he, directly experiencing what he discovered about native spirituality as manifested in their art. I also use the mechanism of having other characters in the novel (who knew Austin Hart) teach Alicia the many things she needs to know about native customs.

 MBA&M: How much research is required in writing a story with anthropologist?

A great deal. I read all the historical and anthropological evidence I could locate — some of it dating back to the 1850’s — to find out about these strange twin masks, and what had happened to them. I travelled to Ottawa and to Paris so that I could see these masks first hand. In Ottawa I was able to actually wear the unsighted mask for a few minutes.

I also spoke to native elders from many native nations about their communities’ experiences when the potlatch and the spirit dances were outlawed by the government.

Finally, I had one native man who became almost like a guide for me in writing the novel. His contribution was invaluable.

MBA&M: Can you tell our readers a few tidbits about you next project(s)?

LESLIE: I am working on another novel called Indulgence—Indulto—in which I go back to the courtroom in a case involving a well known actress who is charged with child abduction. The scaffolding of the novel is the bullfight as reflected in the arena of the court. For each character there is something which corresponds to the cape for the bull: distracting, the place they shouldn’t go, the thing they shouldn’t be enticed into, but they are. It delivers them into real danger.

The judge on the case is one of the main characters. He is very likable, and he gives us the access to the really difficult and troubling parts of the case. It’s quite like another mystery. It will be completed soon. After that, I’m going to join the throng of writers who are writing their memoirs—mine mainly centered on the legal work I did. The provisional title is Every Lawyer Should be Sued.

MBA&M: What does a day of writing involve for you?

LESLIE: I wake up fairly early. The day (or night) before I try not to have completed the implementation of an idea, so that in the morning I have some clue as to what I’m doing. Otherwise I face the dreaded blank screen. I have a habit of sitting at my desk and immediately getting up and going to lie down. My best ideas come when I’m prone on the couch.

I have tried every approach I can think of to the task of writing. In the first book, I had a single premise which kick-started the work. I began with the first sentence and a year later finished the last sentence. In the next one I worked from character, two of whom were massively antagonistic towards one another, and the plot unfolded from there. In the third I set out the plot on large charts, made pages and pages of notes on the characters and scene development—and scrapped it all. I haven’t a clue what works.

MBA&M: How do you decide who will be the hero/villian and who the heroine will be?

LESLIE: In this book, more than the others, I’ve learned that I must trust the process of writing—trust it blindly. If I don’t force it, the story I really want to tell will emerge. It requires a great deal of integrity (which I sometimes lack).

In every book I’ve written, I began with a firm conviction of who was the hero (heroine) and who was the bad guy. However, as the writing progressed, surprising things happen. In the first draft of Bring Me One of Everything Alicia’s mother wasn’t even mentioned in the work. A writer friend of mine read the draft and said she didn’t understand why Alicia did things. I thought: that’s easy to fix. The reader will meet her nasty mother. I wrote her in. Gradually she became one of the central characters who’s transformation in the novel is definitely from evil to good mother.

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “Bring Me One Of Everything” is available?

At the moment, the book is available at and The publisher intends to bring out an ebook version.

We’ve produced a trailer for the novel which (along with interviews and a reading from the novel) can be found at

I’m on Twitter (@lesliepinder) and Facebook.



Paperback:348 pages

Publisher:Grey Swan Press; 1st edition (February 6, 2012)



ISBN-13: 978-0983490012

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: February 6, 2012
Bring Me One of Everything is a novel which weaves real-life facts and fiction into an eloquent tale of suspense and intrigue. The title of the book is based on what the management of the Smithsonian is said to have demanded when sending ethnographers to native villages to gather artifacts for its collection: “Bring me one of everything.” The novel is several layered stories centered around a troubled writer, Alicia Purcell, who has been commissioned to create the libretto for an opera about an anthropologist named Austin Hart. He earned fame in the 1950s for cutting down and bringing back to museums the largest remaining stand of totem poles in the world. They belonged to the Haida tribes who inhabit the Queen Charlotte Islands in British Columbia. Hart’s subsequent suicide creates the mystery Alicia attempts to solve as she consults present-day tribe members, Hart’s friends and family, and his personal journals. Added to the complications of her search are Alicia’s imperious though ailing mother, a cast-off lover, a narcissistic composer, and her own demons of disaffection. But an overarching question dogs her and the reader: why she is so obsessed with Austin Hart and this quest?



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