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I always felt like I could do something more than just read. Finally, I have found both a creative outlet and a chance to do something meaningful with my reading. This blog was created in appreciation of and tribute to all of the authors who have brought me joy through their books. These reviews are my way of giving back to authors and providing recognition for the hard work that each one completes every day!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Interview with author Xandra James

Interview with author Xandra James

Good morning my lovelies! A week or so ago I told you all about an author I had discovered thanks to the fabulous Sizzling PR, Xandra James.  If you recall, the covers of these books first caught my attention and when I read the blurbs, they sounded like something I would be interested in reading. So I decided it would be fun to interview Ms. James and get to know a little more about her. Please allow me to introduce:

**Xandra James**

Here is a bit about Ms. James:

Xandra James has always wanted to write romance books. Even when she was sneaking peaks at the hot bits, too young to fully appreciate them, she dreamt of writing her own.

Now, older and wiser, she's got the opportunity to project her slightly dark and wacky, British sense of humor onto others, whilst still writing the hot bits - bonus!

When not writing, Xandra is thinking of excuses as to why she shouldn't be doing the housework, looking after a husband and cats that refuse to pick up after themselves and climbing the mountain in her house that's affectionately called her tbr pile.

She currently holds the crown for Queen Procrastinator – something she's very proud of – so you can usually find her online, somewhere, when she really should be writing.


How has your life changed since becoming published?
The only things that have really changed for me is the time I actually spend writing and social networking – they've gone through the roof! I don't feel any different since being published. But it is nice to say, 'I'm a published author' to people now though ;)

I bet! And social networking? If you are anything like me you are on there entirely too much *nods* What is your typical day like?
On the days where I'm home all day, this is kinda what it looks like…

Woken up – usually by a cat. Drink coffee. Look at doing housework. Have another coffee. Sit down at computer and think about writing but actually surf the internet for a few hours and answer email. Go pick at some lunch before returning to computer and think about writing. Drink more coffee and feel a little bouncy from all the caffeine. Realize that it's getting late in the afternoon and hubby will be wondering what I've done all day. Blitz the housework in minutes flat. Get a satisfying word count in for the day by the skin of my teeth before throwing something together for dinner. Hubby's home and I tell him I've had a hectic day! LOL.

ROFLMAO! I like “look at doing housework”. *whispers* I do that daily! Tell us a little about your current release SHADOW JUSTICE.
Shadow Justice is book one of the Moon Magic series. It's an erotic, paranormal romance with lots of action and a few mean demons along the way! Here's the blurb:

Luka was a bounty hunter who just wanted to do his job and get paid. Being a banished Shadow, he'd learnt the bitter lesson long ago that he was alone, after he was expelled from his home world by his own blood. Now, he needed to understand why he was wanted dead whilst his desire for the fiery haired witch erupted, out of control.    

As a rare moon-witch, all she'd ever known was a life of misery under the oppressive Fae-Guard. Nine years ago Cerys escaped the Meta-World after regretting the forced banishment of a Shadow. Now, she leads a normal life without her abilities and all she wants is to blend in. When a bounty hunter wants to take her back for a crime she didn't commit, she's willing to take a chance on her future by trusting the man who had no idea she'd wronged him years before. 

Nice! Any upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?
I've got a short story called  HER DEMON CHARMS in an Evernight Publishing anthology – KEYBOARDS AND KINK, released June 8th. It's about a Succubus who makes a deal with the devil to turn mortal…  I had so much fun writing this one!

Intriguing! How do you keep in contact with your readers?
I'm on facebook and twitter, more often than I probably should be and you can also catch me at my website.

What is your favorite thing about this book?
I love the fast pace of it! There's danger and action but there's also a nice love story there too. Cerys and Luka really are very sweet together.

Fast pace is good. What’s next for Xandra James?
I keep writing. I'm currently plotting a Christmas novella which I'm loving. And I'm also looking forward to my new releases ;)

I love Christmas novellas to read around the holidays. *wink* How do you celebrate when you finish a novel?
Usually I sleep and catch up with the housework that I've neglected! Finishing the actual book is obviously a major part of the process but I celebrate more when it actually gets accepted. Maybe a quick dance around the house or go scare the neighbors by running around the garden, lol.

*snort* Sounds like fun! What are you reading now? Any favorites you tend to go back to?
I'm currently reading an intrigue from Mills and Boon called CRIMINALLY HANDSOME. It was released a couple of years ago but I'm just getting around to reading! The next book I'll be reading is the latest from Kerrelyn Sparks in her Love At Stake series. 

I rarely go back to a book once I've finished it but I do love funny paranormals and contemporaries so they stay on a keeper shelf for a rainy day.

I haven’t read Sparks. I will have to check her out. Any advice you’d like to share for aspiring writers?
Yes. Write, write, write. Read loads too. Keep finishing those stories and submit them – even if you get rejected. You'll learn so much from the experience.

Great advice! Tell us one thing that readers wouldn’t know about you.
I can be unbelievably moody and stubborn! If anyone's into astrology, I'm a Cancer crab. I could be the poster girl for it, LOL.

Ha! Can’t we all at times, Caner sign or not. *nods* What is one thing you know now that you wish you had known when you first started writing?
That you can write the best story out there but if no-one reads it, it's just another forgotten book. If you want to succeed at this, most writers need to work just as hard on promotion and marketing as the actual writing.

Absolutely! I never realized how important the promotion and marketing were until I started the blog. If you could travel back in time, where would you go and who would you meet?
There would be so many places and people I'd like to visit. Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, ancient Egyptians, The Titanic… so many!

Salty or Sweet?

Favorite place you have ever visited?

Boxers or briefs?

M&M’s or Skittles?

Caffeine or Decaf?

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Flowers or chocolate?

Do you have any phobias or fears?

*shudders* Spiders are terrible, Yo! Even if it is the middle of the night, I have to wake my oldest son up to kill one because I won’t be able to sleep if I saw one. ACK! Ms James has two books out that I would like to tell you about today. I told you about them before, but hey, double the pleasure, right?


Luka was a bounty hunter who just wanted to do his job and get paid. Being a banished Shadow, he'd learnt the bitter lesson long ago that he was alone, after he was expelled from his home world by his own blood. Now, he needed to understand why he was wanted dead whilst his desire for the fiery haired witch erupted, out of control. 
As a rare moon-witch, all she'd ever known was a life of misery under the oppressive Fae-Guard. Nine years ago Cerys escaped the Meta-World after regretting the forced banishment of a Shadow. Now, she leads a normal life without her abilities and all she wants is to blend in. When a bounty hunter wants to take her back for a crime she didn't commit, she's willing to take a chance on her future by trusting the man who had no idea she'd wronged him years before.

(adult content)

He watched as she looked incredulously at him and spun on her heel to march down the road in the direction they’d just come from. Her ass—the same ass he’d fantasised about when he hadn’t known it belonged to Cerys Bailey earlier—taunted him. So did that wavy red hair of hers. Luka had a thing for redheads. Who knew?

Cerys turned back to him, a fiery glint to her eye and stalked back toward him, standing toe to toe, “I was happy. For the first time in my life, I was happy. I wasn’t Cerys Bailey, moon-witch. I was Julie Travis, Ms Normal. And then you came along—”

“Technically, you’d already been busted. I was doing my job.” Luka tried not to grin, he really did, but she just looked so cute, all small and angry.

She spluttered for a few moments, the moonlight making her look wild as her hair fell in waves around her face and anger fisted her hands at her sides.

“I could tear you apart, inch by stupid inch if I wanted to.” She stood on tiptoes to face him almost eye to mouth, and Luka was temporarily distracted by the flowery smell that emanated from her hair. “I’m dangerous. Didn’t anybody warn you of that?”

Luka chuckled then laughed as steam practically erupted from her ears. “Sweetheart, if you could do more than heal yourself and look pretty, you’d have done it. I know that. Right now? You’re stuck with me until  we get out of the situation that you’ve got me into.”

“That I’ve got you into? Weren’t you listening? It’s you they want. I’m just a happy little bonus for them.” Luka scratched the stubble on his chin and shook his head.

“Either way, you’re still my bounty until I can figure out exactly where I stand.” Luka watched as Cerys’s mind ticked over and waited for the inevitable reaction, whatever that might be. She wasn’t a natural redhead, but she sure had their passionate temper, and that thought excited the hell out of him.

What he wasn’t expecting from her was a kick to his groin and for Cerys to hightail it back along the track through a cloud of his pain and a mass of her hair. Any blood that had amassed down there retreated to his face and ears.

Luka staggered and he sucked in his breath, pain shooting into his stomach. Moments passed, and he couldn’t move.

“Bitch!” The word was wrenched from the depths of his soul.

As soon as his eyes began to clear from the tears that threatened to fall, he began to run like a drunk chasing a ten pound note in the wind with little focus at first, but slowly he gained on her. She glanced around in panic and stumbled, allowing him to gain precious distance.

And then he switched.

Luka knew the moment it dawned on Cerys that he was no longer playing fair. The look of horror spread across her face as the inky blackness in front of her enveloped her and brought her down to the ground.

Although Luka preferred his human form, his Shadow made him feel alive—allowed him to become one with nature. He couldn’t touch her in his Shadow form but he could manipulate the air around her. It also wouldn’t stop his nuts from throbbing for the next few hours.

Appearing back to her in his human form, his mouth was inches away from hers. Cerys opened it to scream, but Luka took advantage and kissed her hard and fast. The woman was a menace. To herself and to him. The quicker he got to the bottom of all of this, the better.

She moaned beneath him, and any thoughts of resisting her charms, drifted away.

Luka didn’t want to feel anything from the kiss. He was scratching an itch that had been there since the moment he’d met her as far as he was concerned. Yet the more he tasted of her, the more he wanted. And that just wasn’t good.

Her skin was flawless, and he was momentarily taken aback by its perfection as he looked down at her. Luka swallowed as her tongue darted out to moisten her already damp lips. There was no way he should be doing this.

Pushing her away from him, he looked deep into her gorgeous green eyes and saw exactly what he was feeling—a deep longing desire.


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Nash was bound to Sienna completely – by a blood connection and a deep desire. An Enforcer for the Supranormal community, he was obligated to protect his sexy assignment, despite her family devastating his world.

After being betrayed, Sienna falls into the arms of her surly protector; a demon with a secret of his own. But can she face her destiny knowing she's more dangerous than those Nash was protecting her from?

(adult content)

"I don't believe you."

"You don't believe what?" He made himself comfortable in the ratty looking seat and turned to her, his eyes already dismissive of anything she had to say.

"About the hunter thing. Why would you tell me that?"

"I don't lie, Sienna. Your family has been doing this for many years." He turned to look out of the windscreen. "Too many years. And they've hunted a lot of creatures." Nash turned to face her once more. "And even a human or two. Not that your family seems to have many qualms about that." His face had hardened, she noticed, lines appearing around his eyes as he glared at her.

Sienna looked at him hard before actually making herself jump when a gurgle of laughter erupted from her mouth. He frowned at her which made her laugh harder.

"I'm sorry, I really am. But I think you might have inhaled too much gun smoke." She wiped her right eye where a tear had started to form. "I appreciate the save earlier on and obviously we need to get to the bottom of why I was chased, but I really don't think it was ghosts that were behind it all."

Nash looked like he wanted to throttle her. It sobered her slightly but the mirth still hovered. This sexy man was seriously cuckoo. Why were all the pretty ones gay or nuts?

"Ghosts weren't behind it. I believe Strix were."

"And what are Strix, may I ask?"

He hesitated for only a moment before speaking again.

"Vampires who eat flesh with animal ferocity."

Now, that was what she needed to snap her out of her sense of humour. He was talking blood suckers now. Did the police force know he should be suspended on medical grounds? She thought about her dilemma. Here she was, stuck in the middle of nowhere with a cop who thought vampires were real. Although she was pretty sure he wouldn't hurt her – hell, he'd saved her from certain death earlier on – he was still a tad unpredictable. Maybe she could talk to him about it all? Make him think she believed him until he dropped her off at the nearest police station? Mind made up, Sienna smiled sweetly.

"Tell me about these vampires then. Are they like the ones in the movies?"

"They are much, much worse. Believe me." He smiled at her and if she didn't know better, he had figured out she was just humouring him.

"So... can I see one?"

"That wouldn't be your smartest idea, Princess." Sienna nodded, pretending to be deep in thought and ignored the Princess quip.

"Are you one?"


"But you are human though, right?" Nash chuckled again, looking back towards the front windscreen.

"Do I look human, Sienna?" Nash turned towards her and whatever she was about to say went out the window. Her breath caught in her throat and she stumbled away from the car door.

Eyes that were once green now shined in a golden hue, his pupils dilated into slits, reminiscent of a cat. But that wasn't what had caught her attention and made her hair stand on end. As she watched, the once tanned face that she'd admired minutes before was changing. No more was his skin clear but intricate markings had appeared in a line along the side of his face and disappeared down under the collar of his t-shirt. The hand that held the steering wheel caught her attention then and she watched in horror as the nails grew into small points and turned a deep black. 

Nash was a... he was a...

She didn't know what he was.

Sienna's brain finally gave her two choices. Faint, which she longed for to put her into a state of unconsciousness. Or, run.

Her feet made the decision for her.

Let’s talk about the interview and books. What did you all think? Would you be likely to read these books? Have you read Ms. James work before? And … Ms. James has a question for you all to answer below! *points down*


What's your favorite type of paranormal alpha hero? Demon, vampire, werewolf etc… ;)  ~~ Ms. James

*coughs* Do I have to pick just one? I mean who doesn’t love a paranormal alpha hero be he Werewolf, Vampire, Demon, God, or any other paranormal being? But I am curious what the majority thinks, so spill. What type of paranormal alpha rocks your socks? I hope you all enjoyed getting to know a bit about Ms. James and her books! *waves*

Until next time …


  1. Just found you today and following everyway I can. I like shifters. All kinds. I like the idea of the alpha male. I also totally buy into the one true mate. Thanks!

    1. Hi Shelley ~ Thanks so much for the follows! You made my day! The one true mate this is pretty fantastic. Alphas, they are alphas. Enough said. And what kind of shifter haven't I enjoyed so far? A big fat NONE! *nods* Hope to see you around again!

  2. That is such a tough one to decide! I suppose I have a soft spot for vampires, but love to read about pretty much paranormal kinds :)

    1. Hi Alison ~ You had me at Paranormal, right? That about sums it up. Although I too have a soft spot for vampires. Ever since I watched the lost boys as a tween ~ thus began my vampire obsession. But when you say paranormal? Well, there are some pretty fabulous inclusions in that set! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  3. well, I like all the alpha male buat if I have to choose one than it would be werewolf or angel ^_^

    1. Werewolf or angel? That is a pretty opposite side of the spectrum, but I like it. I haven't read many angel books, but I have werewolves. There is just something about an alpha werewolf. It is a balance of raw power and the gentleness shown only to their mates. Love it! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  4. oohh, i love this post so much! and teh excerpts are teasing me :)
    i have to admit that i love shifters and immortal warriors :)
    thank you for the giveaway ^^

    1. Kristiana ~ Good to hear. They were meant to tease and whet the appetite. Sound like job well done. :) Shifters rock my socks. Immortality is awesome in theory, but given the choice, I would be torn. Seems like a blessing and a curse simultaneously. You know? But I suppose if you have your true mate it would be alright. Thank so much for stopping by and commenting!


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