Wednesday, 15 September 2010

BBAW Giveaway (Worldwide): Lori Brighton Interview (The Ghost Hunter/Wild Heart)

It is that time of the year again, Book Blogger appreciation week, and I wanted to post something, to celebrate and then everything fell into place. So at the bottom of this interview is a worldwide open contest for 2 books by Lori Brighton. The Ghost Hunter and Wild Heart. So help me welcome her today :)

She will be stopping by so be free to ask her any questions you want!

Tell me something about yourself, so that new readers will get to know you.
I started reading romance when I was around sixteen. I still remember the book, Guardian Angel by Julie Garwood. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I was obsessed after that, staying up all night to read her books. It wasn’t until I was in my upper twenties that I decided to try and write my own book. Seven years and many rejections later, I finally sold two books to Kensington Publishing, both historicals with a bit of paranormal. 

Your newest book is called The Ghost Hunter; can you tell me what it is about?

Sure! The Ghost Hunter is a contemporary paranormal romance. Here’s the blurb:

When Ashley Hunter inherits the Inn where her father mysteriously vanished years ago, she jumps at the chance to finally uncover the truth about his disappearance. But soon after taking ownership of the decrepit building, Ashley realizes she’s in for far more than she bargained. Not only has she inherited answers to many sought-after questions, she’s also inherited spirits, demons and even fallen angels! Then Cristian arrives, a gorgeous man who insists he merely needs a room to rent. She believes him, until one by one her ghosts start disappearing.

As a fallen angel destined for a life of servitude, Cristian Lucius is relegated to protecting earth from unwanted spirits. But he can’t accomplish this daunting task alone. He requires assistance from the very woman who frustrates him as much as she intrigues him. Cristian is determined to ignore his intense attraction for Ashley, and focus on his mission. If they don’t work together, they won’t have a chance in hell of defeating the demon threatening their lives. The problem is getting Ashley to trust him. No easy task, for Cristian is the very man responsible for her father’s disappearance.

How come you decided to self publish, and what makes it great?

There were a variety of reasons I decided to self publish. I’d just gotten my heart broken trying to sell a book. I had a lot of interest and a lot of editors who wanted to read it, then reread and send to their bosses. I was so sure it would sell. But for some reason, after waiting months and months and months for these editors to decide, it ended up being rejected. Unfortunately, it’s typical of the business.

I felt like I’d wasted so much time writing a book no one would read. And it wasn’t the first wasted book. Then a friend of mine, Edie Ramer, told me about self publishing. She’d met Zoe Winters, a woman who has had huge success self publishing ebooks. Obviously I was interested. I told another friend, H.P. Mallory, about it. That week she posted two of her books on Amazon and Smashwords. Immediately she started selling and making money. Meanwhile, The Ghost Hunter was just sitting patiently on my computer, so I figured why not try self publishing it? Who knows, maybe it will become a bestseller and be turned into a movie. I can always dream. It was thrilling and empowering to realize I didn’t have to wait around for months (even a year at times) for editors to get back to me. I could write the book the way I wanted to. Also, if you notice the release dates for my two printed books (see below) you’ll see they’re 16 months apart! Way too much time between, especially not good for a new author. So it’s nice to have another book out. It doesn’t mean I won’t publish print again. My goal in life has always been to have a job which I enjoy. I love writing, but I wasn’t making any money. This is another option for me to get my work out there and make some actual money doing it.

Could you tell me about your two Kensington books?
Sure! Wild Heart was my debut book out with Kensington in November 2009. The second book, Wild Desire, will be out March 2011. It’s a series; both are historical paranormals, although Wild Desire has a bit more paranormal to it. Here are the blurbs:

Wild Heart:
Leo Edmund is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined--and completely untamed. . .until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo's mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing. . .
What manner of man he may be, Ella does not know. Yet he fascinates her and she must know more. Capturing Leo's reckless heart is about to free her in ways she never dreamed of and his sensual touch releases the deepest yearnings of her body and soul. . . 

Wild Desire:
In what feels like a moment, Beatrice Edmund goes from being a proper lady cooped up in a stuffy Scottish castle to traveling miles from anything she’s ever known, in the midst of the wildest adventure of her life. And at the center of that adventure is the most infuriating, puzzling scoundrel on earth. She cannot take her eyes off him.

Colin Fitch cannot deny he’s drawn to Beatrice—but lust is all he could possibly feel for the sharp-tongued minx. Still, if there’s a chance she can help him stop the madman he pursues, he must withstand her obvious disapproval. Yet withstanding the longing he feels for her is growing more troublesome by the second… And Colin has never been terribly good at staying out of trouble…

Who is your favorite hero or heroine from your books? What makes them so special?
I know everyone says this, but it’s usually the hero/heroine I’m writing about at the moment. 

Any advice for aspiring writers?
Keep finding ways to improve. Trust your gut; you’re going to have a lot of people telling you their opinion. At the same time, keep an open mind and if you repeatedly get the same opinion over and over, there might be something there. Most importantly, never ever give up. I could have given up on The Ghost Hunter. And there were a lot of fellow authors who thought I was crazy to even think about self publishing, but I did what I thought was best for me. Fingers crossed it works!

And now for some short ones:
Vampires or Weres? 
Vampires. Werewolves have too much hair. With a dog and a cat, I already have enough fur balls in the house. Plus a Werewolf would always be licking himself.

Winter or summer?
Both! There’s something very quiet and magical about winter. Especially in the North of the U.S., where there’s plenty of snow. But summer is summer. Beaches, warmth, blue skies. How can you not love it? 

Tea or coffee?
Neither! Hot tea is okay, as long as it’s really hot. Coffee is okay with lots of milk and sugar. But I rarely drink either. And I hate iced tea! Although since I’ve moved to the Southern part of the U.S. I’ve learned to keep that a secret.

Books or tv?

Both! But probably more T.V. Because I’m working on my own books, in the evening I like to relax with some mindless T.V.

Favorite book genre?
I’ll give anything a try, but I mostly read romance of any kind. The world is bad enough as it is, I want a guaranteed happily ever after when I read.

Who would you take with you to a deserted island?
Hmm, I should say something sweet like my husband or son. Or maybe I should say something smart like some specialist in wild life survival. But let’s be serious, I’d rather take Alexander Skarsgard from True Blood. He was in the military, so surely he knows something about survival. Considering I’d be the only human female on the island, I might actually have a chance with him ;)
I have to agree with you on Skarsgård ;)

And lastly I asked Lori if she had anything to say to book bloggers since it's BBAW:
Whether you’re published with a New York Publisher or Self Published, authors are pretty much responsible for promoting their own books. You can spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on ads in magazines and on websites. Or you can interview and review with book bloggers which is free and in my opinion, gets your book to more readers. The internet is amazing! I’ve met so many wonderful bloggers all over the world through the internet. Especially with Self Publishing I need bloggers more than ever to help promote my books and I’m so incredibly thrilled and grateful to the amazing bloggers who are so supportive. In all honestly, authors can’t have careers without bloggers. So thank you to all of the supportive blogger friends! We certainly would not be here without you!

Thanks Lori, and good luck with your books!

Are you curious about something, just ask Lori :)

On to the Contest:

1 winner will get an e-copy of The Ghost Hunter and a Print copy of Wild Heart.

The rules are simple.

1. Open to ALL (yes everyone on this planet)
2. Please leave your email if it is not in your profile (or just email it to me Blodeuedd)
3. A winner will be drawn on September 19th.

And congrats all you BBAW winners :)

Lori's webpage
Ghost Hunter on Smashword (where you can read big parts for free)


  1. But only open to people on this planet. Sorry Extraterrestrials :(

  2. Yes it's very sad, I am sure the would LOVE to read your books on Mars, but nope ;)

  3. This a great and very fun interview! It's great that you asked her both questions about her work and her pastime, this really gave me a good idea bout Lori Brighton. Hehe, she'd take Alexander Skarsgard to a deserted island - a woman after my own heart.;)

  4. Great interview! I agreed with everything you said -- even your winter/summer answer. I'm so eager to read Ghost Hunter. Don't enter me in the contest, though. I'll buy it myself, and I already have Wild Heart.

  5. Such a great interview! I loved it...please include me in the giveaway! (Oh, and Skarsgard is mine haha)


  6. Great interview! Count me in for the giveaway please
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  7. Great review and Selp Publishing becomes more and more a common phenomonom! The Ghost Hunter sounds great and I really hope your SP adventure becomes a great success!

  8. great interview! Thanks for the contest!

  9. I never realized how difficult it is to get a quality book published. Kudos to the author for going ahead and doing it on her own!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Please enter me.

  11. I know you're right about book bloggers getting the word out about new books and self publishing.

  12. Awesome interview!

    I would love to be entered.


  13. Please sign me in!!


    anto_90_5 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  14. Great interview Ladies... and what a brave move for Lori going self Pub...

    I will definitely support your contemp stuff over as Smashword...

    Thanks for the heads up Blo...


  15. Thanks Irena, I thought it would be fun if I threw in different questions. Glad you enjoyed it.

    Hi Edie :)

    Ooooo I can see a fight coming on lol

    thanks for stopping by!

    Do come back and hear my thoughts later this month, I'll tell you all about the ghosts.

    Nana, Misha, Lucy hiya!

    I know, the business seems to hard.

    Grace, Annie :)

    I am happy that we do :=)

  16. Can't wait to check it out. Hot cover! :)

  17. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! I really appreciate the support. This was a fun interview and I really enjoyed answering the questions.

    And I meant what I said, authors need bloggers more than ever. Interviewing certainly gets my book out there, but most importantly, I love that I've met so many interesting people!

  18. EH
    I would think so, but then there is nothing to loose :=) Hoping for the best for her.

    Hi Aaron :)

  19. Lori
    I did have a question..ok now I remember. Do you believe in ghosts? And if so have you seen one?

  20. Ohhh, Linda, good question. :) I'm not sure.

    I do know that I saw a lot of weird things in a certain house we lived in when I was a child. Could have been an overly active imagination. But it was the only house I saw things in. Objects moving, people who weren't there.

    My father died when I was in my 20s. I didn't realize he was in the hospital or even sick. For a brief moment I thought I saw him at the museum where I worked. I brushed it off and didn't really think about it until that night when I got a call saying he'd died.

    so who knows. I guess I probably do to some extent. although the rational side of me scoffs at it.

    What about all of you? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the subject.

  21. Great interview. I snorted my drink all over my screen when I read why she prefers vampires. Struck me as hilarious!


    Please stop by and enter my giveaway.

  22. Oh, I'd love to read The Ghost Hunter. Spirits, demons and fallen angels are my kind of characters!

    I love Julie Garwood too. Her book RANSOM is one of my all time favorites.


  23. Thanks for having this giveaway! Please enter me.


  24. Lori
    That is one story for sure. I am not that certain, my rational mind says no, it also say that if then eww, are ghosts watching me while I am naked?!
    Then again, perhaps...

  25. Nise,
    Lol, I loved that answer too, made me re-think my pro werewolf thing

    I know, all good things in one book, awesome

    Arceli, thanks for coming by

  26. Gonna open up the comments now and put on word check instead if you all wanna post while I sleep :)

    Thanks for coming by today Lori!

    Perhaps I should leave you with a question.

    How did you come up with the story? Your inspiration?

  27. Enjoyed the interview - love to hear self-publishing success stories and the books sound wonderful!

  28. I'm not entering, but I'll mention it Friday!

  29. I actually came up with the idea while on the Haunted Mansion ride at Disney World. We go there a lot. My mind was wandering. lol.

    Then I started wondering if I could come up with a different book for every ride...

  30. Hi Lori,
    Congrats on the release of "The Ghost Hunter." I really enjoy stories with fallen angels. I also can't wait for Colin's book.

  31. Hey ladies! No need to enter me, I am just stopping by to show my love an support honeies!!!! Hugs to you!!

  32. Thanks for stopping by Alyssa :)

    Thanks Chris!

    Good luck :)

    Thanks for the support hon! :=)

    Lol, one book for every ride, must have been a lot of ideas swimming around in your head afterwards :)

  33. Thanks for the shout out, Lori! And congrats on your book! Your cover looks great! :)

  34. Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

    Nancye Davis
    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  35. Hey, Lori, how about us who hail from West of Mars?

    Actually, I self-pubbed, too. I'd love to knock heads and help you get the word out about what you're up to.

    One way I do that is with my Win a Book blog, which is where I've posted about this give. No need to enter me, however. My TBR mountains are taking over my office again...

    Thanks for the e-mail, Blodeuedd!

  36. Great interview, Blodeuedd and Lori! I don't blame you, Lori, for needing to relax with tv instead of books :) Thank you for the contest, i've been wanting to read Wild Heart since it was released!!

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

  37. Hi Zoe, Nancye :)

    You're welcome Susan, I was just 30 seconds from Mars ;) Ok, my bad joke from the week, lol.

    Then I wish you good luck!

  38. I am a new GFC follower.

    giveawaymommy at

    Melissa R. New Jersey, USA, Planet Earth

  39. Great interview!

  40. I'm not entering the contest, but just wanted to say that this was a great interview! I'm reading the Ghost Hunter now and am really enjoying it.

  41. Thanks so much for all the support everyone! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it :)

  42. Great interview and the books look wonderful.

  43. Please enter me - I can see that I will love Lori!

    baychriz at gmail dot com

  44. Hi B!

    Almost missed your giveaway!

    Wow, the thing authors have to do, lol, but worth is for the readers!!

    I'd take a little of Eric Northman on a deserted island, yummy!

    Count me in!!


  45. I enjoyed the interview; it was nice.

    I look forward in reading your works, Lori; they sound great.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  46. Great interview! The Ghost Hunter sounds really good. So do the Kensington books.

  47. Enter me, thanks.
    caliblue7 at gmail dot com

  48. Great and funny interview! Count me in.

  49. Thanks for entering everyone an coming by :D

  50. Thanks for stopping by everyone! I do love coming by here. You guys are great!

  51. I enjoyed the interview. You sound like a fun person.

  52. Hi!
    I just want to say that I think you are very strong and brave for self-publishing.
    I'm not an author or anything but I have a friend who is an author in Greece (I'm Greek) and he has had a difficult time trying to get published.
    It's wonderful that you had the chance to self-publish. It really is a very bold move.

    The Ghost Hunter sounds like a really awesome book. If it has tension and romance, I am so THERE. *g*

    Please sign me up for the contest. :)

    Kelly /

  53. This contest is closed, and the winner is Melissa (Iswim)


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