Sunday, October 30, 2011

For Halloween: Is It Paranormal, Supernatural or Preternatural by Elijana Kindel

Is it Paranormal, Supernatural, or Preternatural?

Did you know that there's a difference between being paranormal, supernatural, and preternatural?  When I sat down to write this blog, I had no idea there was a difference.  But after doing some research on (one of my favorite sites) Wikipedia, I made up my mind that this was the topic I wanted to share with you.  Before I get into discussing my thoughts on each, let's look at Wikipedia's definitions for the paranormal, supernatural, and preternatural.

PARANORMAL...that which lies outside the range of normal experience or scientific experience.

SUPERNATURAL anything above or beyond what one holds to be natural or exists outside natural law and the observable universe.

PRETERNATURAL…that which is outside or beyond the natural and is believed to have a rational explanation for its occurrence.

Is it just me or do each of those definitions look similar?  Yeah, I thought so, too.  Which is why after I read (and re-read) them, I had to sit down and figure out just what the heck they meant. To me. As a writer of paranormal romance.

Here's what Imanaged to figure out.

First up, let's get on the same page about what exactly is meant by scientific explanation.  The word science is derived from the Latin scientia, meaning knowledge.  To my mind (which has been trained as a research scientist with concentrations in cellular biology and chemistry), scientists study the natural world in order to decipher what is its normal behavior.

Which leads me to the idea that if you don't have enough scientific data to rationalize the behavior of a given entity, event, or phenomenon in the natural world according to laws of that samenatural world, then guess what… it ain't normal.  And if it's not normal, then it's outside the hallowed grounds of scientific explanation which makes it… paranormal.

To hammer that point home, let's look at an example--Ghosts.

I believe ghosts exist.  I believe this, because I've watched enough episodes of Ghost Hunters and Ghost Hunters Internationalon the SyFy channel (along with having my own personal experiences) to know that ghosts happen.  In my mind,ghosts are natural--they happen in the natural world.  Butare they normal?  Do I have enough empirical/scientific data that prove or make the ghost phenomenon reproducible and predictable?  Nope, I sure don't. So if I don't have enough data to normalize the behavior of the natural ghost phenomenon, then it is a natural occurring event that lies outside the realm of scientificexplanation. 

Ergo, ghosts are a paranormal event, entity, phenomenon.

But what about supernatural and preternatural?  If you go back and look at the definitions for these two categories, you'll notice that neither one of them mention anything at all about scientific explanations.  The reason for this is that you can't observe, record, and report scientific data on something that isn't tangible to the point where you can collect it from the natural world and hold it in your hand.  Knowing that, we now enter the realm of imagination… and faith. 

In Latin, the word super means above.  Therefore, to be supernatural means to be above the natural.  What types of entities are often considered to reside above our natural world?  God, gods, and goddesses.  What types of powers are typically associated with these supernatural beings? Infinite.  Is it rational to believe that supernatural entities have infinite powers?  Not according to myscientific mind, but that doesn't mean they don't have them or exist. How can I say that? Well, according to myopen-minded approach to life, liberty, and the universe… everything is possible until it is proven otherwise by scientific means. So supes and their supernatural presence… may not be rational, have no grounded scientific explanation, but they exist as long as you have faith in them.

To hammer that point home, think about some of the books you've read that may have had gods and goddesses in them.  Did you ever notice that the power of the god or goddess was directly proportional to the amount of followers who believed in them?Or even better… think about the evil god in that story you read or wrote.  Did that evil god grow in size and power as they collected more villains to propagate their cause?  And what impact did the growth of the evil god have on the power base of the good guys and their good god/goddess?  If you noticed an impact on the power base, then the author of that book did their homework (IMHO) and made the power of the god directly proportional to the amount of faith and followers funneled into their godhood.

Now, I want to go back to thegood guys mentioned up above and, yes, I'm talking about the tricked out warrior boys who fight the good fight for the gods they follow.  These tricked out warriors fall into the preternatural camp.  And here's how. 

Preter in Latin means beyond.  Ergo, preternatural describes that which is beyond the natural.  Again we're faced with the fact that we can't prove the existence of preternatural beings because they are not tangible which means we cannot collect empirical data to support their existence.  But we know they exist, because we have imagination and faith. 

So what the heck is the differencebetween preternatural and supernatural beings?  It has everything to do with the wording in the definition from Wikipedia and the phrasing that preternatural…is believed to have a rational explanation for its occurrence.Aha! There must be a rational explanation for the preternatural.  If there is a rational explanation, then there must be a rule by which it operates.  And where there are rules… there is a finite range of actions. Which means the preternatural can be normalized in its behavior beyond the natural world.

If you're scratching your head at this point and wondering what the heck I just said, don't worry. You're not alone. I had to read it several times myself and consider an example before it sunk in and made sense.  The easiest example of the preternatural is… Angels.  You have faith they exist.  They work for the supernatural God.  They have a finite range of powers and abilities.  By finite, I mean… angels are not God and do not have infinite power over life, liberty, and the universe.  Angels have a butt load of powers, yes, but they cannot… oh let's say, do the create the world thing.  Same thing with demons--but opposite.  They have mad powers, but do not possess the infinite ability to destroy the world. Only their evil god has that power.  Doesn't mean a group of demons can't descend upon the world and use their finite powers to muck up things to the point that it looks destroyed… but they cannot totally eradicate the Earth and make it disappear from existence. Only supernatural beings can do that.

And there you have it.  The difference between paranormal, supernatural, and preternatural.

I hope you enjoyed today's post and perhaps found some inspiration or clarity to help you craft your own paranormal world or understand the world you've already built.  Thanks for joining me today and I'd love to hear your thoughts on what today's post--or even better… do you have a favorite paranormal, supernatural, or preternatural character you've ever read, wrote about, or imagined? If so, I'd love to hear about it.

Until next time… take care and happy reading, writing, and musing!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Six Sentence Sunday: Lady Silver

This is the first Sunday I've had a chance to participate in Six Sentence Sunday in a few months. I've had to devote the weekends to finishing up Lady Silver. It's a historical romance set in New Orleans in 1814 and this snippet has the heroine, Nicole, preparing to go meet her contact, Captain Jesse Cross.

“Don't worry about me.” She gave Colette a peck on the cheek and reached for the silver mask on the dressing table. A filigree band of crystalline gemstones trimmed the outer edge of the silk mask. Their prisms winked in the candlelight. It was a flirty mask that was meant to be worn by a lady in a ballroom. Not by a servant girl on a secret mission.
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Sweet Saturday Sample Oct 29th

This Saturday I'm participating in Sweet Saturday Sample. My post is the introduction to the heroine, Natalie, in my WIP. The working title is The Heart Doctor, because the hero is a cardiologist. That will probably change.

Hope everyone is having a great fall day!  I love this time of year.   Check out other samples by clicking here:  Sweet Saturday Samples

I won’t die here today.  Natalie Layton whispered those words to herself, thinking that maybe if she said them enough, they would come true.  She managed to crawl out of the overturned Land Rover, which contained the bodies of a French diplomat and a British colonel.  Bullets splintered off the metal and the scent of the melted tires almost overwhelmed her.
“Incoming,” a solider yelled.
After that explosion, Natalie could no longer hear the melee surrounding her on the dirt road to Kabul.
            She fumbled with her camera case.  Her camera was her livelihood.  One picture is worth a million words.  She had that motto framed and hanging in her office at MacKinley Media in London.  Sitting on the ground, she felt strangely numb.  She could see her photographs.  Those she had taken of the destitute and dying all over the world.  Disasters, both natural and man-made. Serbia,  Iraq, Indonesia, Dafur, Sudan, Mumbai.  She had photographed what most people were lucky enough to never see. 
She lifted the camera from the case.  Her hands trembled.  This was supposed to be her last assignment in dangerous territory.  She had not wanted it but Ian MacKinley had asked her because she was his best. This was to be a short trip where she would be in the company of diplomats and dignitaries. 
The earth rocked with more explosions.  Crawling, she made her way to the rear of the Land Rover and looked through the clouds of smoke and dust.  Trapped beneath the wreckage from an armored vehicle, a young soldier screamed for help.  Three of his comrades braved flying bullets to rescue him.  Valor.  Yes, that would be the name of the photograph that chronciled their unselfish efforts.  She pushed to her feet and started taking pictures.  The shutter release snapped as sudden pain seared through her left shoulder.  Blood soaked her khaki shirt and she dropped to her knees.
I won't die here today.  Her scattered thoughts were old memories of home.  Or what was once home.  Lafayette Springs, Mississippi.  Sunrooms and weeping willows.  Azaleas in the spring and pumpkins in the fall.  Home to the Layton family, small-town aristocrats.  She was the black sheep of the family.  The one who had left over ten years and never returned. 

Friday, October 28, 2011

Sunflowers on a Rainy Day

On this rainy Friday, I decided to post the sunflower photos I took last Saturday while I was on the road. The field of sunflowers drew my attention from the highway and I pulled over to take photos.

Sunflowers definitely brighten up the day!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Bookshelf: Check out Resurrection, an urban fantasy and The Angel and The Prince, a historical romance by Laurel O'Donnel

The purpose of The Bookshelf is to spotlight a book and let readers know about it. The book, the author or the genre may be new to you.  If you are interested in knowing more about the book, reading reviews or buying it, I am including a buy link as well as the author's website.

Resurrection is the first episode in the exciting new urban fantasy series by Laura O'Donnell.
Christian Thompson is killed in a car accident but refuses to pass into the afterlife because of his protective need to shelter his daughter, Aurora, from her cruel mother. He soon discovers there are others like him, other wandering spirits trapped between the world of the living and the dead. He joins this larger group of Lost Souls in their struggle to destroy the evil endangering their existence.

Unholy creatures threaten both Christian’s new world and his old. They are entities called the Changed, beings who were once Lost Souls but who are now dark, dangerous and disturbed monsters. Their ultimate goal is to return to the land of the living by possessing the body of a human.

Little does Christian realize his decision to refuse his own death will endanger the very life of the daughter he has vowed to protect.

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In this exciting medieval romance, the French lady knight known as the Angel of Death wages a battle of wills and desires against her dreaded enemy -- the English warrior known as the Prince of Darkness.

Ryen De Bouriez is a French warrior, dedicated to protecting her country against the hated English. In place of glittering ball gowns, she wears shining armor. Instead of practicing the gentler arts, she wields a sword. Those who whisper her name in fear and awe call her the Angel of Death.
Bryce Princeton is the Prince of Darkness, an English knight sent by his king to find and destroy their most hated adversary -- the Angel of Death. Little does he know that his enemy is no man at all, but a beautiful woman who will challenge his heart and honor at every turn.

Forced to choose between love and honor, the Angel and the Prince wage a battle of wills that challenges everything they have ever believed in.

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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monday's Meet the Author: Carla Swafford

This Monday I am featuring one of Avon Impulse's new authors, Carla Swafford. An Alabama gal, Carla inherited her love of books from her dad and his father. Growing up, she read every book with a horse on the cover until the age of twelve when she read her first romance. Tired of waiting for her favorite authors to publish more books, she decided to write one. She joined Romance Writers of American and was the finalist in several writing contests. Currently, she works in a male-dominated occupation at the same company with her husband. You can find out more about Carla and her books at  I've known Carla for several years and she's a true gem! Plus, she has graced us with some pretty cool answers to a few probing questions.

Thanks, Patricia, for asking me to post on your blog.  I’ve always loved hanging out with you.

If you were about to be served your last meal, what would be on your plate?

Oh, that’s easy. Sesame chicken from The Palace in Trussville, AL. Their other dishes are wonderful as my daughters try different ones when they go with me, and I take a bite of theirs. Several times I’ve planned to order something else, but I always order the same dish. And on Saturdays they have egg drop soup that is delicious along with their crispy egg rolls. Now I’m hungry for it.

If you could be any fictional character (books, movies) who would you be?

I’m going to cheat a little on the question because I would love to be Renee Russo. She’s not fictional, of course, but she played some great fictional characters. Who can forget her in Lethal Weapon Three when she and Mel Gibson’s characters fought over who had the most scars. Or The Thomas Crown Affair, when her character falls in love with Pierce Brosnan’s billionaire thief. Oh, my, lucky girl. Heck, lucky guy too.

While writing Olivia in Circle of Desire, I thought of Ms. Russo. Many of her roles were of strong women with strong men. She always holds her own.  Olivia does the same.

You’ve just been handed a one-way ticket to where?

To Seattle. I love the city and its atmosphere. Something that proves not all characters are like their authors. Olivia disliked Seattle and the rain as she couldn’t wait to move on to her next job in Denver. But every time I’ve visited, I’ve found something more to love. The relaxed atmosphere, the coffee shops where everyone has a book opened at their tables. The people are polite and nice. I often teased the people I know there that they’re misplaced southerners.

If I were rich, I would have a summer home there as too many of my family members live in Alabama for me to move away permanently.

What is your guilty pleasure? 

I’ve been on a diet for four months so all of my guilty pleasures are centered on food. The sesame chicken I mentioned earlier and malted milk balls. Every since I was a kid that has been one of my big weaknesses.  I usually settle for Whoppers, but my favorite is from Brach’s. Must. Stay. Away. From. Candy. Aisle.

It’s raining men! What kind of men?

Oh that’s easy. I like all shapes and sizes. In several of my unpublished books, I have men under six foot to those as tall as six five with coal black hair to sandy blond.

In Circle of Desire, the hero looks like a young Hugh Jackman. For some of the other fellows, I thought of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Vin Diesel.  There’s even a Pierce Brosnan as one of the older guys in Circle of Danger that’s coming out next year.

Do you still remember your first kiss?

Wow! I haven’t thought about it for years. I guess my first real kiss was at the age of twelve. I was very mature (I thought). My cousin set me up with his girlfriend’s brother. The four of us met at the movies. It was 2001: Space Odyssey. Yes. I’m really telling my age now. Anyway, he kissed me, and I remembered I didn’t know what to do with my hands. You know, the movies (at the time) didn’t really show that. It was always a close up of the characters’ faces, and I never paid any attention to where they placed their hands. Needless to say, my cousin teased me about waving my hands in the air.

 What do you love most about being a writer? 

Making stories up. Creating a life for people I’ve never met but know so well. Meeting people with a similar drive to become published and being successful at it. You know, writers have voices in their heads reciting fascinating stories that needs repeating with ink and paper. It so nice to know I’m not alone.

I think writers are open minded, willing to find something redeemable even in the bad boys of the world or something frightful in those too good to be true girls. Writers look at all the angles and find beauty or horror in the oddest places. 

Being a romance writer is even more special. We are eternal optimists with our happily ever afters. I wouldn’t want it any other way.

We are glad you stopped by and if you have time, leave a comment. Carla would love to hear from you. Tweets are appreciated.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Monday's Meet the Author: David Russell

Hello All! This Monday you get to meet David Russell. Born 12 June 1940 and living in West London, UK, David is a writer in all genres, including poetry, fiction, and criticism, and he is a guitarist and singer-songwriter. Some of David's erotic poems have been featured in anthologies produced by Forward Press. He has a collection of poetry and prose entitled Prickling Counterpoints, that has been published in many magazines. He has written two novellas: High Wired On (speculative fiction) and Self's Blossom (romance). The latter, together with the short story Explorations, have been published by Silk's Vault. His albums include Bricolage (Hangman Records, 1992) and Bacteria Shrapnel (Posterity Recordings, 1997).

Below are David's answers to seven random self-revealing questions. I have to say David is the first guy who has answered the questions. It is no surprise his answers are brief and come with no explanation. LOL!

1.What movie best describes your life?  Giant (starring James Dean)

2. How are you going to celebrate Halloween? I may go on an expedition with my flashlight camera, and take a picture or two of the masks.

3. If you were about to be served your last meal, what would be on your plate? Mildly curried greens of all kinds, lentils, sweet potatoes, rice, paratha. Apple juice and low-fat strawberry yogurt.

4. If you could be any fictional character (books, movies) who would you be? Joseph K in Kafka’s The Trial/Beach hero in From Here to Eternity

5. When someone cuts you off in traffic, how do you react? I either get extremely edgy and exasperated, or I appreciate the meditative time/headspace.

6.  You’ve just been handed a one-way ticket to where? Madagascar

7. What do you love most about being a writer?  I can make wild speculations, enact unfulfilled desires, and get de-stressed.

Any comments on his answer to Number 7?  Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

How Do I Have Such A Mess?

This kitty photo is one of my all-time favorites. Right now, I feel like the kitten looks. It's been an exhausting day. Well, actually, two days. I've been running nonstop. I think I need memory pills because every time I went out, I forgot something. And, how can my house be such a wreck? It is actually a case of neglect and I had a bad habit of being a clutter butt until the day comes when I have to put everything back where it belongs. During those days, I think I walk about 50 miles a day, in my house, going from room to room, taking stuff back.

I have a ton more stuff I need to do, especially in my writing room where there are multiple file cabinets and drawers and the closet that all needs to be gone through since I've done that in how many years?  I dread even starting it. But, I know I need to do it before I die. Over the past few years, I've seen what it is like to leave behind your stuff for someone else to deal with.  Of course, I have a new time suck on the way. Photoshop Elements 10. I'll have that to play with and I'm going to revamp my blog next month. Those file cabinets may have to wait a bit longer.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Duplicating the Arby's Chicken Pecan Salad Wrap

If you miss the Arby's Chicken Pecan salad wrap, here are the ingredients I used to make it. Chop up a Jonathan apple,some red or black grapes and celery. Mix together with Tyson's packaged chicken. Add a couple of tablespoons of Kraft Regular Mayo. (Don't use a thin mayo) and add about a half cup of chopped pecans. Stir and chill. Serve on a wheat wrap with ruffled lettuce.

That's all folks! And it makes a great-tasting wrap.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Monday's Meet the Author: Taryn Kincaid & Win A Book!

Today I've got a terrific Meet the Author post, featuring Taryn Kincaid, who lives with a varied bunch of characters in the northern suburbs of New York City, in the historic and mystical Hudson Valley, only a hop, skip & jump from Sleepy Hollow. She is a former award-winning newspaper reporter and columnist, and now haunts courthouses. Don't ask me what she is doing haunting courthouses, but, hey, it sounds interesting. 

If you're looking for a good October read, check out Sleepy Hollow Dreams, her paranormal romance. She also has a Carina Press title available, Healing Hearts, which has been nominated for a 2012 EPIC Award in the Historical Romance category. 
Now for some fun!!  Taryn's characters answered the questions for her!

Thanks so much for inviting me in, Pat.  Thrilled to be here. Unfortunately, the interview questions were sitting on my computer a few days and, as usual, my characters decided to take over. (This is what happens when you procrastinate.) And sometimes some of them are pretty unruly. Or…highhanded lordly: One’s an English viscount, one’s Lord of the Dead and one’s Lord of the Deep. Then there’s the sexy dream voyager and the cool FBI agent… And that’s just the men. Only their heroines can get them to shut up. Sigh.

1. What movie best describes your life?
Adam (Viscount Riverton, HEALING HEARTS): What’s a movie?
Emma: You know, my dear. When the earth moves. When you make –
Adam: Indeed? Time to retire, my love. I think there’s some furniture we haven’t yet broken!
 2. How are you going to celebrate Halloween?
Ryck Van Winkle (SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS): Well, it is our anniversary.
Katy: Give or take a week or two.
Ryck: Come on, sweetling. Like I might ever forget the first time we were together, flesh to flesh.
Katy: [Blushes.] Talk about earth shaking! [Runs fingers across Ryck’s Smashing Pumpkins T-shirt.] But maybe this year we can just spend a quiet night at home? Without demons chasing us into Sleepy Hollow Cemetery?
 3. When someone cuts you off in traffic, how do you react?
Cole (WIP): The mo’fo better be in hot pursuit of terrorists or I’m taking him in.
Lara: And trust me. G-man here drives like a madman. Competent and in control, but a madman nevertheless. You do not want to be the one he’s chasing.
Cole: Hold on, Ace. [Gives her a cool, icy-eyed stare.] You do not want me chasing you?
Lara: Like it a lot better when you catch me, Irish. [Offers him a sultry wink.] Especially if there’s a hot tub involved.
 4. If you were about to be served your last meal, what would be on your plate?
Aidon, Lord of the Dead (WIP): If you’re a live babe visiting my realm, I suggest you forgo the pomegranate seeds.
Stephanie: I dunno, Big Guy. That sort of worked out for us didn’t it?
Aidon: They weren’t exactly on a plate, Stef.
Stephanie: Right. C’mere a sec. [Tugs on his arm. Examines the squashed seed on his cheek.] I think we missed one.
 5. What movie best describes your life?
Surfer Dude, Lord of the Deep (Aidon’s younger brother) [WIP]: The Poseidon Adventure.
Mia: Ignore him. He’s just being silly.
 6. If you could time-travel, where would your first stop be?
Adam (HEALING HEARTS): We would like to have tea with that Taryn Kincaid woman. We have a few things to discuss.  
Emma: (HEALING HEARTS): Now, Adam. She did bring us together, after all, my dear. But we don’t suppose she has adequate tea things. So if we are about to travel to the 21st century, please tell her we would like to make a quick stop at Harrod’s or Fortnum & Mason first.
Ryck: (SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS): I’m so over time-traveling.
Katy: (SLEEPY HOLLOW DREAMS): It’s been 300 years for Ryck. So, if it’s all the same to you. Now that he’s home. I’m keeping him here in Sleepy Hollow with me. In 2011. Good times.

(Read more about these characters on Taryn Kincaid’s site,

Healing Hearts is available from Carina Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books on Board, and other digital booksellers.
Sleepy Hollow Dreams is available from The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, DigiBook CafĂ©, Fictionwise and other digital booksellers.

GIVEAWAY:  Leave a comment. Tell us which one of Taryn's character you liked best or just say Hi! You will be entered in the drawing on Wednesday for your choice of Taryn's books and a set of that book's romance trading cards. If you comment under Anonymous, please leave an email address.  

Thanks again for stopping by from Patricia, who is trying to make Mondays suck a little less...

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Rocks!

I love Friday. It is the short day at work and we can wear jeans. Plus the weekend follows and I live for the weekends. Plus, Supernatural is on tonight! I'm loving this season. Last season was my least favorite as they got away from what made this series really good in the beginning, which was the monster hunting and the family dynamics. It appears they are heading back that way as they have ancient monsters to hunt plus plenty of angst. I'm cooking pizza tonight and fellow fans, Leeann and Keith are coming over to see what happens to the Boys who were last seen in the back of ambulance.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Enjoying My Favorite Season

The leaves haven't turned yet, but within a couple of weeks, they should begin. October and November are my favorite months. I love the color and the warm days.  Although I'm not fond of cold mornings.

I have a couple of short trips planned during the next few weeks. I hope to go to the Renaissance Festival and I'm going for a scenic day drive up the Natchez Trace.  I really need to get out, mostly due to some unforeseen personal issues. You know, the old saying, Life's a bitch.

My other goal is to get Lady Silver off to my beta reader and move on to a new project for the winter. Yay!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Monday's Meet the Author: Alice Gaines & Win a Free Book

Today I have author, Alice Gaines, who writes historicals for Carina Press. She also writes contemporary, paranormal and erotic romances. Besides writing, her passions include cooking and gardening. She is a fan of America's Test Kitchen and the soul band, Tower of Power.

Alice lives in Bumpcity, aka Oakland, California, with one ornery backyard cat and, are you ready, a pet corn snake, Casper. I should have had her send me a pic of her and the snake.  As it is, she did send some splendid answers to the following questions and I'm so envious.  She's been to LOTR land, New Zealand!

1.What movie best describes your life? Harvey, because I’m constantly accompanied by imaginary friends and I probably should be locked up somewhere. 

For the under sixty set…Harvey was about a man named Elwood P. Dowd whose best friend was an invisible, six foot tall white rabbit named Harvey.  I’ve spent my entire life immersed in the fantasies that go on in my brain.  About twenty-one years ago, I decided to start writing them down in hopes that someone would publish them.  Now, people pay good money to read my daydreams.  What a kick. 
2. How are you going to celebrate Halloween?  
I’ll pass out candy to kids who come to my door.  I may get the snake out to greet them, but the last time I did that, it scared the snake.  
3. If you were about to be served your last meal, what would be on your plate? 
Eggs Benedict and hash brown potatoes served with plenty of champagne to wash it down.  Actually, my favorite food in the whole world is homegrown heirloom tomatoes.  Give me a ripe, juicy Brandywine tomato, and I’m in heaven.  I eat tomatoes like apples or sometimes with salt.  Also, slice them and put them between two slices of good white bread with lots of mayo.  In my climate, I can only grow Early Girls, but they’re delicious, too. 
4. If you could be any fictional character (books, movies) who would you be? 
Jane Eyre, but I wouldn’t leave Mr. Rochester when I found about the wife in the attic.  I’d go with him to France or wherever he wanted and live happily ever after.  Can I have Timothy Dalton as Mr. Rochester? 
5. When someone cuts you off in traffic, how do you react? 
I used to try to figure out a way to get in front of them and cut them off.  Luckily, I only ever did that once or twice.  These days, I occasionally flip them the bird.  Mostly, I try to tell myself that it isn’t personal and they probably behave like a-holes with everyone.  That helps me to relax.  Given the way people drive in California, you really have to learn to let the anger go, or you’ll bust a gasket at the rudeness you encounter on the freeways. 
6.  You’ve just been handed a one-way ticket to where? 
New Zealand.  I went once, and I wanted to cry when they made me go back home. 
If there were some measure of units of beauty per square mile of land, New Zealand would win with the next country a very distant second.  The people are warm and welcoming.  I’d go back to stay in a heartbeat. 
7. What do you love most about being a writer?   
I get to create my own worlds and invite people to join me there.  The most rewarding part comes when readers tell me they fell in love with my characters.  The characters are all me in one way or another.  If someone loves them, they love me.  Plus, all my sexy heroes are mine.  Mine, mine, I tell you!

Okay, so we know not to mess with her heroes and that she likes Timothy Dalton. And, if you would like to sample one of her heroes free, she is giving away the print edition of ALWAYS A PRINCESS. This book was re-printed with some revisions by Carina Press. So, leave a comment and your name will be entered in a drawing on Wednesday. 

Also learn more about Alice and her books here: Alice Gaines