Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Today I’m interviewing Suzanne M. Sabol.  Her book, Pool of Crimson, is an Urban Fantasy and was released on July 11, 2012.  Midnight Ash, the next in The Blushing Death Series, will be out in November of 2012.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book.    

Pool of Crimson is an Urban Fantasy set in Columbus, Ohio.  Urban Fantasy is a gritty genre based in an urban environment with a paranormal twist.  The undertones are darker, the sex and violence are more graphic and there isn’t always a happy ending.  I write in both Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

How did this story come to be?  
I tend to develop a character first, what his or her problems are and what their reactions would be in any given situation.   Dahlia came about after talking to one of my employees.  This particular woman was named after a flower and it seemed to fit her.  She was sweet and gentle.  I started thinking about a woman who was named after something delicate and beautiful like a flower but hard as nails who saw all the darker things in life.  Since I’m most comfortable in the paranormal genre, I started putting together a story to force her into the preternatural underworld and situations that would test her mettle.   

Did you have several manuscripts finished before you sold? If so, did you send them out yourself?
I had several manuscripts completed prior to Pool of Crimson selling to Soul Mate Publishing.  I had four for this particular series, The Blushing Death Series, completed as well as another dystopian paranormal romance.  I sent out manuscripts religiously.  I always had at least six queries out at a time.  I currently have Pool of Crimson in publication, Midnight Ash (#2) coming out in November, a contract for #3 and #4 in The Blushing Death Series, and requests from two publishing houses to view the dystopian paranormal romance. 

What is your writing routine like?
I write important dialogue and outlines out long hand.  I have notebooks for each novel with important plot points and conversations, as well as post-its on the wall, chalkboard walls filled with information.  I plot out characters, their likes/dislikes, their backstory, fears, and family histories prior to starting the hard work of starting chapter 1.   I also outline chapters so that I know what the conflict is and where the story’s going. 

What sort of promo do you do? Do you have help?
I am very active on facebook, twitter, goodreads, and pinterest.  I have ads running on facebook, romance divas, and    I’m also active on several listservs that help promote my work. 

Having achieved your goal to be a published author, what is the most rewarding thing?    
I think the most rewarding part for me is seeing my work out there, having people reading it and disappearing into the world I created.  I love seeing my name on my work.   Seeing my name on something that is published is a real sense of accomplishment. 

Are you a member of any writing organizations and, if so, have they helped?
I’m a member of Romance Writers of America and my local RWA chapter, Central Ohio Fiction Writers.  My local chapter helped me a great deal.  They have been incredibly supportive, providing moral support, critiques on my work and providing me with the ability to learn with workshops, wonderful guest speakers every month and conferences.  I have met some fantastic people in my local chapter.  I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

What’s next for you?
I’m always writing, editing, and revising.  I’m currently working on The Blushing Death series #5 and #6.  I am also working on my dystopian paranormal romance trilogy.  I started a master’s program at The Ohio State University in August.  This means a lot of course work but it’s very rewarding. 

Killing vampires is easy. Trusting one will be the hardest thing Dahlia Sabin has ever done.

Dahlia has lived a lonely existence as a killer of the undead. Known as The Blushing Death to those that fear her, Dahlia uncovers a plot by Columbus’s Master Vampire, Ethan. He intends to raise a demon from the depths of hell to destroy the city, cement his power, and take control.

In her pursuit to stop a demon from manifesting, Dahlia sinks deeper into the city’s supernatural underworld and discovers that vampires are not only deadly; one in particular could be dangerous to her very soul and her heart. Patrick, the Master vampire’s second-in-command with dark penetrating eyes and a cool, deadly sophistication, can’t stay away and Dahlia can’t tell him no. There’s something that neither of them knows; Ethan wants Dahlia’s unleashed power for himself and is willing to do anything to get it.

Dahlia is in a race against time to send the demon back to hell, at war with her better judgment, trusting a dark and intriguing vampire with his own agenda, while struggling to save her own neck. As the portal to hell opens, Dahlia has only herself to rely on in order to survive, if she can …

A little bit about the author
Suzanne M. Sabol began writing at a young age, completing her first full-length novel at the age of 17.  Her love of everything paranormal and romance began shortly thereafter.  She is an avid reader and writer, focusing mostly in the urban fantasy genre.    She loves reading anything from contemporary single title romance to detective noir as well as the classics.
Suzanne published her first novel Cursed in 2009, Pool of Crimson in 2012, and Midnight Ash will be available in November of 2012.  She is a graduate of The Ohio State University with majors in Criminology, International Studies, Russian and Political Science.  She is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Administration at the John Glenn School of Public Policy.  She works full time as a Human Resources Professional and Fiscal Officer.
Suzanne was born and raised in Eastern Ohio where she was more likely to see a deer on the road than a sports car.  She currently resides in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Ross.  When she’s not working, writing, or reading, she’s spending time traveling and looking for the next great story.  She is a member of Romance Writers of America and Central Ohio Fiction Writers.

How can my readers buy your book?  
Readers can go to the publisher’s home page at 

You can find more information about Suzanne M. Sabol and my book, Pool of Crimson by
visiting my website, or

Just a few fun questions to answer if you don’t mind.

1)    What’s your favorite movie?
a.     The Thin Man with William Powell and Myrna Loy
2)    What is your favorite TV show?
a.     Once Upon a Time
3)    What is your favorite thing to drink?
a.     Iced Tea
4)    Who is your favorite author to read?
a.     Jane Austen
5)    What’s your favorite vacation spot?
a.     Barcelona, Spain
6)    What’s the best piece of advice you have been given?
a.     It’s not brain surgery.  Everything else can be fixed.

Thank you for allowing me to interview you here. Good luck to you in your future!!!

Saturday, October 6, 2012


Today we're joined by author Cynthia Gail talking about her new book, Winter's Magic. This is Cynthia's first appearance at The Blue Rose and I hope you will make her welcome. So, Cynthia...take it away.

Thank you for inviting me to join you and your fans today. I’m so excited to finally reveal the cover to my debut novel, Winter’s Magic. It’s the first in a four-book series called Music City Hearts.

It’s kind of ironic that I decided to keep the cover under wraps until my contest launch, because I’m rarely able to keep secrets. When I was in grade school, I was the daughter who snooped around in closets before Christmas, trying to find out what my presents were, before Mom had time to get them wrapped. Maybe that’s why I love to read romance so much. I can enjoy the story – all the ups and downs, the tears and laughter, breakups and black moments – without anxiety, because I know the end is always happily-ever-after.

So, the wait is finally over.  I’m kicking off a month-long contest with the unveiling of Winter’s Magic:

Back Cover Blurb
Owner of La Bella Vita, a five-star day spa nestled in the affluent suburbs of Nashville, Tennessee, Beth Sergeant knows her elite clientele first hand. She attended their private schools. She was even engaged, although briefly, to one of their most recognized bachelors. But she never fit in to their social-elite world.
After losing his parents to a car accident at a young age, Nick Chester was raised by his grandfather, the wealthiest man in Nashville. When he chooses to socialize, he has a never-ending list of exclusive events and beautiful women vying for his attention. Yet he never lets himself forget that everyone has an agenda.
Beth can’t resist Nick’s charm and accepts an invitation to dinner, despite her deep-seated insecurities. She proves she’s nothing like other women Nick's dated and learns to trust him in return. But just as the last of their resistance crumbles and true love is within reach, challenges from Nick's past threaten to destroy everything and force Beth to reveal her most guarded secret.

Did you catch that? There’s a secret!
But I’m not going to tell you what it is.
I can’t.
I won’t.
No matter how hard it is to keep it inside, I have to make you wait until October 24th, when Winter’s Magic goes on-sale, so you can read the book, meet Beth and Nick, and experience their story first-hand.

In the mean time, I’m hosting a fantastic contest. All you have to do is follow my blog or like my Facebook page!/CynthiaGailRomance (you receive an entry for each) and you’re automatically entered in the drawing.

The prizes? I CAN tell you what those are: 5 copies of my ebook, a $25 Visa GC, and a $50 Visa GC. Oh, and of course lots of swag. (If your name is drawn and you’ve already purchased my ebook, I’ll give you one copy of any ebook from the Soul Mate Publishing website.)

But that’s not all. Join me at my launch party, November 2nd from 3pm – 6pm EST, on Facebook. We’ve got lots of games lined up – each with more great prizes. And at the end of the launch party, we’ll announce the winners of the October drawing.

So, tell me - Do you peek or wait?