MF: Gena Showalter’s Awaken Me Darkley and Sable Hunters Cowboy Heat.
NG: I love Gena Showalter too! What genre(s) do you write and why?
MF: I write paranormal and contemporary romance. I try to write the things that I read myself and what I am most passionate about. I love my fantasy world and I also love my military men. Two subjects I have written books on and will continue to as long as my characters speak to me.
NG: What draws you to erotic romantic novels?
MF: I love the desire the characters have and the way an author can string words together to make you think and want everything they write about.
NG: Are there any particular authors you enjoy reading or that have influenced your writing?
MF: J.R Ward by far. From the first time I picked up one of her harlequin novels I fell in love and knew I wanted to be just like her. She writes with so much passion and really brings each character to life.
NG: I agree, she's another one of my favorites! Describe your writing process...are you a careful plotter or laid back pantster?
MF: I could never plot, I am horrible at trying to map things out. I work much better knowing the type of story and just letting it flow word by word. I like to be surprised by my writing and sort see what my characters decide to do.
NG: Has your writing process changed since your first book was published?
MF: I think my craft has changed, I think I write much better now of course. We always improve with each book we right and get stronger in our craft. So far I have three books and am finishing up my fourth and I really feel like so much has changed with myself as a writer that even I'm surprised.
NG: What are you working on now?
MF: I am finishing up my contemporary romance about a Navy Seal sent to do a recon mission and ends up finding out he has to bring more than a bad guy home, but had to save the life of woman he has always loved.
NG: Let's talk about your latest release, Midnight Assassins! What's this paranormal romance all about?
MF: It's about a vampire sworn to protect his kind. A sadistic hunter wanting the blood of vampire. One beautiful human caught in the crossfire.
NG: What inspired you to pen this sexy tale?
MF: My love for vampires of course!
NG: Which movie stars would accurately portray your main characters?
MF: Oh this is a good one, lets see Isla Fisher for Annie and I would have to say, Paul Marron the model for Nicholie.
NG: Nice! If you had to add a song/soundtrack to your manuscript what would it be?
MF: Saving able or evanescence, maybe even throw in a few bad company songs and tribute it to Jude who will be making a huge entrance in book 2.
NG: Were there any creative challenges faced and conquered before you wrote, 'The End'?
MF: Oh boy I jumped a huge hurtle here. I was so attached to the main characters that I did not want to end the book itself. I basically had to talk myself into it and tell myself there will be more of them in book 2.
NG: Give me three reasons readers will love Midnight Assassins.
MF: The humor, the intimate love making, and most important the characters.
NG: What's the one thing readers can always count on when picking up one of your books?
MF: Oh good question. I write from my heart. I try so hard to pull the readers in with the Alpha male that we all dream of. So they can expect a lot of desire, action, and most of all an amazing plot that you fall in love with.
Blurb: Annie was definitely not ready for the life that was about to be handed to her. She was dealing with a job she liked, but a boss she hated. She had no family and only one true friend. One horrible day took her life by surprise. Beaten and almost dead she finds her life in the arms of a handsome, over bearing vampire and wants nothing more than to stay put there forever, but can't seem to let go of her past.
Nicholie was definitely on a mission in his life; to kill the hunters that killed his sister Emma, and maintaining his life as an assassin which was more than time consuming. Closing in on a lead, he ends up finding Annie instead, and falls head over heels with this breathtaking human that he wants to make his own, testing his very belief system as a vampire.
Caution! Scintillating Excerpt Below:
His boots crushed the ground beneath him, “One step at a time.” He told himself. “She will make it.”
His heart clenched and cracked like trees in a thunderstorm. The blood was dripping down the side of his arm and rushing to fall to the ground. Even something as simple as her blood and the scent that came from it made his fangs elongate, his nose tickle with excitement, and the bulge in his pants throb. He had to put those thoughts away because she was dying, he could sense it.
“That fucker is gonna die.” Nicholie’s patience was wearing thin, he knew that Jude had it covered but also knew that one kick to that mother fucker’s skull was not good enough for him.
He had to get her to the doc though and only had a few minutes left. She had been beaten hardcore the way his daddy used to beat him and his sister.
There was something about the woman he carried in his arms, something that made his heart beat out of order. Something that made the very core of him want to protect and keep her all to himself. Knowing she was human though made it out of the question. As he braced her body and ran fast toward the mansion, he knew without a doubt as soon as she was well, he would have to let her go. That’s if everything went the way it should but fate just might intervene against his will.
Nicky couldn’t even begin to feel the burn the fast pace was placing on his bones and skin, his muscles were working overtime but his mind was on the woman.
Within five minutes, he had made it fifty miles and up into the mountains where they lived. Stopping long enough at the gate to be buzzed in, Nicky ran straight for the building behind his house where the doc’s quarters were. Passing the rose bushes, he hit the front door, slammed it into the wall and knocked it off its hinges.
“Nicky what the hell are you doing?” As the doc rushed to help him with the woman, he grabbed at Nicholie’s arm and rushed him over to a table in one of the rooms.
The house the doc lived in was about three stories and each level had its own purpose. They however were on the middle level.
“I found her behind the hospital, just behind Shadow Lane. I got the damn bastard right before he pulled his jolly out of his pants.” His breathing never wavered, even though he had run faster than he ever had before.
“Jesus Nicky, you might have got her here right in time.” The doc rushed to his cabinet and pulled out a nineteen-gauge syringe with all the trimmings. As he went back to the woman’s side, he pulled her shirt away from her neck and stuck the needle in the jugular vein. “This will help calm her for a little while so I can examine her.”
He never asked questions when the doc did his duties, but for some reason, him being close to her made his body tense up. As the doc began to check over the woman, he knew he could hear the soft growl rising up in his throat.
The doc looked Nicholie in the eyes. “Steady there tiger—you okay?” Nicky felt the doc’s eyes on his every move, watching the expression on his face, Nicky knew he would get an ear full later. He was already so paranoid about the woman, and for no apparent reason. Just as he watched the doc reach the woman’s arm, Nicky went into panic mode, his chest heaving, a growl rising, suddenly he bared his fangs, “Nicky, I’m not going to hurt her I need to examine her and make sure we can get her to pull through this, okay?”
The growl stopped and his eyes eased back to normal.
“I just—shit, I’m sorry. I don’t know where that came from.”
“She’s human Nicky, you know that right? I mean I can help her and I will just considering the facts but—”
“But nothing, look I know the rules. I will give her head a wash and return her as soon as she’s well.”
Nicky watched as doc returned to the woman’s lifeless body to check her vitals. Right as he reached to take off her clothes, so he could examine the rest of her body for damage, Nicholie grabbed his hand and forced him to stop. This is my woman. Although he knew the doc needed to put a gown on her to begin using the hardcore machines, he felt it was within his territory, that it was his job. “I’ll do that, turn around,” Nicholie snapped faster than a two year old throwing a temper tantrum.
“Are you serious? Look I can’t do my job if you keep stopping me, Nicky, I can’t save her, now let me do what I have too. Get your emotions in check or I will be forced to make you leave. Don’t think I don’t have back-up.”
“I will help then, I will do what needs to be done physically, I don’t want you seeing her naked. I mean you don’t know her—I mean look, just let me take her clothes off and put her gown on then you can turn around.” The doc inhaled a deep breath.
“If it helps, but you mustn’t think I won’t ever see her naked, Nicky. Look what if she needs surgery?” As Nicholie nodded to the doc then took in a nice deep breath to get his emotions under control for the second time. The doc shrugged his shoulders and began to sit his supplies down. “Then do as you wish, Nicky, but as a doctor, I have morals and one of them is to not check out patients.”
“Fine, but do me a favor and stop saying my name so damn much, you’re making me hate it.”
“Good we agree then—I will do my job?” Nicholie nodded.
They both took off what was left of her clothes, and then he stood there in shock. Yes, he knew the human race, but to be honest, he didn’t know one human being was capable of surviving with this many bruises to their body, her tiny, delicate body. His heart wanted to cry but every single part of him stayed strong as they put her gown on and the doc hooked up her I.V.
“I will keep her on a slow drip of fluids and get an x-ray to see if anything is broken, judging by the look of her head, I would say that she at least cracked her skull. She will need an MRI to make sure that there is no swelling of her brain or other organs for that matter.” Nicholie brushed his finger over the side of her cheek and whispered softly into her ear.
“I don’t know you,” he said, “but I promise I will fix you.” Then stood straight up, knowing he couldn’t keep her even though there was something about her that felt like home.
“She is in good hands, Nicky, you know that.” He gripped the docs arms tight then pulled him closer in a tight embrace and watched as he backed away and bowed to him.
“Why do you do that?” Nicky’s brows burrowed.
“I’m more concerned with our race’s manners and behavior—” Dr. Woods shook his head, “Never mind, it’s called respect,” he said then walked away from Nicky, to the side of the human.
Midnight Assassins will be available July 4th with Secret Cravings Publishing!
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