Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Author Spotlight: Alicia Sparks!

Author Bio

Alicia Sparks is a Southern girl with a flair for all things a little naughty. From writing about sensual ice cream to sexy tigers, her stories all contain a high level of heat, which she blames on her Southern surroundings and her smoking hot husband.

She has been writing for ten years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon!

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Book 1 in the Memphis Mayhem Series: Penalty Kill

        Becca Bramlett finished her Ph.D. and flew to Vegas to celebrate with a friend. She had no idea the Stanley Cup Championship was being played in Sin City or that the hotel where she’d be staying would be swamped with loud, obnoxious hockey players. One in particular caught her eye and irritated her beyond belief when he and his buddies decided to party in the hallway at 3 am. As soon as she confronted him, jabbing her finger into his sexy chest, she knew one touch would never be enough. And God, could the man touch! Nothing had prepared Becca for Axl or the hot weekend they’d spent together. What they did together in bed would be burned in her mind forever. But, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – or so she thought…. Ten years later - Nick Hartijay’s team, the Memphis Mayhem, is poised to become media darlings, a success story of an underdog NHL team who makes it to the Cup. The only problem is - Nick’s temper is getting the better of him.
         With heavy fines and suspensions, it’s difficult to focus on his game. The team’s owner has a solution to the problem - bring in a fresh face, someone new to the hockey world that can help the team with their media image. Becca is that person. As soon as Becca sets eyes on Nick, she realizes he’s THE ONE from so long ago, the guy who set her on fire and left her wanting more - Axl. Why does he pretend he doesn’t know her? Or was the weekend not as memorable for him as it was for her? Confused by her feelings, the new job, and the sexual longings running through her body, Becca knows the only way to keep her sanity is to stay away from the handsome blue-eyed coach. The only problem is - the harder she tries to stay away, the more she wants to end up in the penalty box with him!

Start the Soulbound Series with Book 1: The Fallen 

         When Genesis Martinez went into Lake Ponchartrain and died, her nightmare was just beginning. Resurrected and soulless, she falls victim to wandering souls seeking a body. Cassius Ramirez went into the Lake sixty years ago and knows he died, but when he woke up in the morgue, everything has changed. Something is killing people in New Orleans, and Cass knows he’s responsible. But when he meets Gen, he knows he will do anything to protect her. Cass isn’t the only man who feels a connection to Gen, and when his brother Craven catches her scent, all bets are off.

        Detective Brick Parker has seen a lot of things in his years with New Orleans Police, but he's never seen anything quite like what's happening now. Bodies torn to shreds, brains missing, creatures roaming the night, victims with human teeth marks in their flesh. Worse of all, his partner, Jules, has been throwing around a Z word usually reserved for late night horror movies.

     As creatures roam the streets of New Orleans, Gen's very existence is on the line. She's unleashed a creature unlike any other and now she may have to pay the ultimate price. There's a cure, but it may cost her even more than her soul.

Author Spotlight 
1. Tell us about your book/books? Right now, I have three series with Beau Coup Publishing. The Memphis Mayhem series is my hockey series, and book one, Penalty Kill, is out now. Book 2, Sin Bin, will be out soon. I think we are going to do a free weekend for Penalty Kill in June, so be on the lookout for that. Another series is my shapeshifter series, the Primitive Series. Book 1 is Primitive Fix and follows tiger shifter brothers Nik and Kenyon on their adventure in the Louisiana swamps. Book 2, Primitive Need, gives you more information on the big bad that will weave through the whole series. I am half way through with Book 3, Primitive Craving, which picks up where Book 2 left off. The series I love the most is my Soulbound series. Zombies and romance? Hey, it can happen. This series is also set in New Orleans. It follows Gen, a woman who is a conduit for lost souls, literally. They possess her body and she has to reunite them with their bones. However, she doesn’t realize that when they reanimate they are becoming an army of undead. The romantic element is when she meets Cass, a boxer, and Craven, a guy who has so many secrets even he has a hard time keeping them straight. I’m warning you, it ends on a massive cliffhanger and the second book will be out soon.

2. How did you get started as a writer? I think I’ve always been a writer. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing something. But I didn’t become serious about writing novels until I was pregnant with my now 12 year old.

3. What’s a typical day like for you? When I’m at the day job, I carry around a black binder at all times. When I get an extra minute or two, I read my notes, edit a page or two or work on outlines and lists for future series. When I’m at home, I am chasing around four boys, four cats, a husband, a disastrous dog and trying not to lose my mind. I carry the black binder around at home too, working when I get a chance. I do most of my typing in between everything else. It really amazes me that I get anything done!

4. Describe your workspace. Chaos. LOL. My kitchen table is my workspace. I have a bulletin board over the table that tells me what I’m working on now, what’s next and what kinds of promotions I’m doing. I also have pictures of my characters printed out and tacked up there. My son gave me a Walking Dead calendar for Christmas, so it’s up there too. I have a stack of research books on a table next to my workspace. There’s always noise, music and action.

5. Favorite books? All time favorites or current favorites? I love Chuck Palahnuik and Fight Club is one of my all time favorites. I also love Gone with the Wind. What Southern girl doesn’t. I cut my teeth on Beatrice Small’s books and read all the classic romances from the 80s. Right now, I keep citing Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim as my favorite recent read even though I read it a few years ago. I’m difficult to please. I also love Alexandra O’Hurley’s quarterback series. Good, hot stuff!

6. Tell us 3 interesting things about you. I am sorta psychic and read tarot cards and do other weird, psychic type things, like having dreams that come true. I am wildly in love with my husband, like sickeningly so. I teach high school Spanish even though I’m not fluent and have been an English teacher for thirteen years.

7. Favorite quote: I’m going to get two new tattoos soon. The first one will say “The Rest is Silence” from Hamlet. The other will say “What is normal to the spider is chaos to the fly” from the Addams family.

8. Best and worst part of being a writer? It is the exact same thing. The best part is I have a hundred voices in my head all at the same time, each one screaming for attention. The worst part is I have a hundred voices in my head…

9. Advice to writers? Don’t. Ever. Stop. I actually stopped writing a few years ago after some upheaval in my personal life. I was burned out and doubting my abilities, so I stopped. Cold turkey. I really regret that and don’t see how I managed to do it for so long. Now that I’m writing again, I don’t think I’ll ever stop. 

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