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July 6, 2019
By Callie Carmen (Guest Blogger on Lisabet’s Beyond Romance Blog)

My first date with my husband, which I mention in my novel, Patrick, was at a Greek diner. The food there was excellent, so I was happy that he had chosen that restaurant for our brunch. The strawberry cheesecake and Spanakopita there were to die for.

Our next date was at an Italian restaurant which happened to be my favorite type of food - it better be as I am Italian. We shared a quite good pizza, but when my husband asked the waitress for mustard and then proceeded to spread it all over his pizza, I was appalled. I looked him in the eyes, and said, “Please don’t ever do that again when you are out with me.” He smirked then reached across the table with a slice. “Here take a bite then tell me not to do it again.” I leaned in and took that bite, and it tasted great. The smile on his face when he saw that I liked it was adorable.

Also mentioned in Patrick was the first and last meal that my husband had ever made for me. It was a few months into our relationship and was the worst meal I’d ever eaten, and I’ve tried my mother’s favorite food liver and onions which I hated, so that was saying a lot. He never cooked, so his effort in making that dinner was greatly appreciated and sexy.

Patrick did, however take Jaq on a dinner cruise and they had filet mignon, lobster, and wine and it was heavenly.

Nicolas, in my Risking Love series, was raised by his Greek parents that owned a successful Greek restaurant. Their cooking skills rubbed off on all their children, especially his brooding, hot brother Damon. Nicolas made supper for Carlie, and it was delicious. But when Damon, the chef of their family restaurant, cooked a meal fit for a king for her, she was floored. She yearned to be part of Nicolas’s lively, loving, family full of hot, charming men.

I hope you enjoy this Greek food excerpt from my book Nicolas.

Excerpt from NICOLAS

A large shadow hung over me. I looked up and saw who I assumed was another brother—the most gorgeous brother of them all. His shoulders were even broader than Nicolas’s. Even through the white chef’s jacket, I saw he had a strong muscular build. His brooding face and silence were a bit intimidating though. As if that wasn’t bad enough, when we locked eyes I saw that he was judging me. He made me shiver.

Their father saved me from his scrutiny as he swooped in and kissed me first on one cheek, then the other.

“Carlie, it’s so nice to meet you. Welcome to our home away from home. Nicolas has told us so much about you. I hope you enjoy your dinner, and if my Nicky gives you any trouble you come and see me,” his dad said with a wink.

I could see where his sons got their charm. I thanked him and took my seat, completely overwhelmed with the warmth of Nicolas’s family. They were all so outgoing, so accepting, and I could tell they were a close-knit family that loved to razz each other. I glanced back up and found that the shadow-maker still stood there with his stoic stare. Well, maybe they weren’t all warm and accepting.

Nicolas introduced his brother Damon.

“I’ll be making your dinner personally. If you don’t see what you want on the menu, feel free to make a special request,” Damon said, though it sounded more like a command.

“That’s so generous of you, Damon. I appreciate it. Nicolas told me that you’re an amazing chef. I’d love to hear what you recommend.”

I saw a little sparkle in his eyes as he gave Nicolas a smidgeon of a smirk. God forbid he lose the brooding look entirely.

“In that case, I’ll start you off with Garides Tourkolimano Shrimp cooked in a spicy tomato sauce, covered in feta cheese, and served with crusty bread to sop up the delicious sauce, with a drink of ouzo.”

I rubbed my hands together and said, “Yummy.”

“Next, I’ll serve a mix of side dishes and main entrées that you can both share—Souvlaki marinated pork tenderloin and grilled veggie skewers. Also Spanakopita —a rich pie stuffed with spinach, onions, cheese, and herbs in flaky phyllo dough. Then Baked Asparagus and Feta, with lemon and a little chili pepper kick.”

My eyes felt like they were growing bigger by the second as I rubbed my tummy and licked my lips.

“You have to try Chicken Kozani with prunes and onions to lend sweetness; paprika adds a smoky flavor served over steamed rice. Then I can’t let you miss out on Lamb Feta Peppers—a savory combination of lamb, rice and feta cheese, stuffed in sweet green peppers and smothered with sauce. All served with Greek wine.”

“Oh my God,” I gasped.

“And for dessert, Baklava—a rich, sweet pastry made of layers of phyllo filled with chopped nuts and sweetened with honey.”

I slumped down in my chair like I had the weight of the world on my shoulders. How was I supposed to walk after eating all that delicious food?

“Damon, that all sounds amazing, but there’s only two of us. How could we possibly eat all that?”

“No worries. My brothers will stop by and pick at the food, as they torture Nicolas about bringing home a special woman for the first time. Don’t be surprised when Mom and Dad stop by again too. Anything you don’t finish I can send home with you in a doggie bag.”

At that point, my mouth hung open in disbelief. Here I was in a sea of gorgeous Greeks, with a man I’d only spent four hours with the night we met, yet they were treating me like I was someone special. I didn’t even know Nicolas. How on earth was meeting his entire family a good idea for a first date?

Nicolas reached over and gently closed my mouth by pushing my chin up. Then he chuckled.

One dish after the next came out of the kitchen, always with a different member of the family. Each time they’d tease and bust Nicolas’s chops, and the ouzo and wine just kept coming. I enjoyed the food and company so much; I couldn’t believe how relaxed and at home I felt with these boisterous, loving people.

My family was nothing like this. We were less talkative and a lot less outgoing and friendly. We were usually wary of strangers. Of course, in the neighborhood where my family lived, that was necessary, or you could find yourself in a lot of trouble.

One family member after the next had told me a hilarious story about Nicolas—from his diaper days all the way through his high school years. I learned so much about him. The more I learned, the more my heart softened toward him.

My favorite was the one Seth told about when they went to visit the Easter bunny at the mall. Nicolas, eight at the time, had claimed he was too old to believe in the Easter bunny. To prove his point, when the man wearing the suit bent down to pick up little Aaron, Nicolas had pulled the bunny head off the guy. There were screams from all the young children that were standing in line. Nicolas had been so proud of himself for being right that he hadn’t noticed his actions had terrorized all the other kids. He’d stood with his hands on his hips, a smug grin on his face, and eyes that had twinkled up at his mother and father. Priceless.

My sides ached from all the laughing I did. I could only imagine how his brothers were going to pay for their embarrassing storytelling. If they knew what was good for them, they wouldn’t bring a woman home anytime soon. Nicolas would make sure that what they’d dished out would be given back tenfold.

When I stood up to say my goodbyes, my body swayed a bit. Nicolas took me by the elbow and walked me over to each family member. When I reached Damon, he still had a brooding face, but I didn’t care one bit. His food had been too magnificent not to give the man a big hug and a kiss on the cheek to thank him.

He stood there, not making a move, except for a flinch of his cheek when I stood on my toes and kissed him. Aaron and Seth busted his butt, and Nicolas pulled me back to his side mouthing a silent “Mine” to his older brother.

Nicky’s mother smiled at her sons’ antics as she packed up enough food to last me the rest of the week.

I sighed. What I wouldn’t give to have a family like that.

NICOLAS (Risking Love Book 2)

Carlie planned to finish at the top of her class, get a corporate job, and work her way up the ladder. She refused to risk having a life of poverty ever again. Within her plans there was no room for a relationship. So she had sworn off men; especially the good Dr. Nicolas Antonis.

Nicolas had other plans. They included her becoming his.

As if Nicolas wasn’t a big enough distraction; Carlie had to worry about her roommate’s, abusive ex-boyfriend, coming for her too.

Nicolas is the second novel in the Risking Love series. The stories chart a group of friends through life and love. These steamy stories will have you laughing, crying, and have your heart racing.

Buy Link: http://books2read.com/u/mqVGQv

I hope you enjoy this first and last meal excerpt cooked by Patrick.


Excerpt from PATRICK

Oh, my goodness, Patrick's dinner was dreadful. He had fried the thick steaks instead of grilling or broiling them. It was like chewing rubber. I put my right index finger over my eyebrow, and the rest of my hand hung over most of my face so he couldn’t see my expression of revulsion. After gnawing on one piece for a good two minutes, I swallowed. I forced down another two pieces, then moved on to the spinach which I wanted to spit out. He’d poured it out of a tin can, and that was just how it tasted. My appetite was gone.

When I looked across the table and saw the dejected look on his handsome face, I gave him my brightest smile and said, “Thank, God, there's something you're not good at, and more importantly I’m a better cook than you. So there.”

He went from looking miserable to wearing a giant smile, then he leaned his head back and bellowed in laughter. This, of course, filled me with joy.

“You make me happy. I could kiss you.”

“Please do, but first what's for dessert? I'm back to being hungry again.”

He dished out two huge bowls of vanilla ice cream. Poured hot fudge, which was heated in the microwave, all over it.

“Yummy. It looks like you can cook after all.” He bent down and licked some hot fudge off my lips then gave me a sweet kiss. Something so simple yet desire shot through me like raging rapids rushing over boulders. Geesh.

PATRICK (Risking Love Book 1)

Jaq had no interest in a serious relationship because life at an early age had taught her that men weren't to be trusted. But she met Patrick who soon had her thinking about risking her heart. For Patrick the time for Jaq dating other men had ended. He wanted her all to himself. But would she stay if she knew the secrets of his past? Patrick wasn't the only man who wanted Jaq, and the other man was willing to kill to have her. Patrick is the first novel in the Risking Love series. The stories chart a group of friends through life and love. These steamy stories will have you laughing, crying, and have your heart racing.

Buy Link: https://books2read.com/u/3krqEW

Coming This Fall JOSEPH (Book 3 Risking Love series)

Box Set Link: To pick up a deal on Patrick & Nicolas get the box set at https://amzn.to/2NXMDz9 at a discounted price.

About the Author

I started in the book business as a bookstore manager which was the perfect place for me since I was an avid reader. After two years, I moved to the corporate office as a buyer and eventually became a senior book buyer. This was a rewarding career that I loved.

Along the way, I decided to become a stay home Mom. I couldn't give up working around books altogether. I volunteered to run the book fairs in our small farm town, six per year. At the same time, I started and ran, A Child Oasis Company, with the sole purpose of placing a small book library in the homes of all the needy children in the nearby city. As my children became teens, I found I needed more in my personal life than the volunteer Mom for the schools. I sat down at the computer one day and Patrick, book one of the Risking Love series, was born. Book two, Nicolas is now available and receiving five star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

I am lucky that I found my soul mate and married him. Like my characters, I am a firm believer in true love and love at first sight.

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What’s on your desk, Wednesday? Callie Carmen Reveals All…

BY SASSY BRIT, AUTHOR May 8, 2019

Hey Bibliomaniacs,

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for my weekly spotlight features, “What’s on your desk, Wednesday?”, where we take a visit to see what’s on somebody’s desk and have a good old nose around. (No kidding!) So without further ado, let’s meet today’s desk, I mean guest…

Welcome to where stories are created, from the desk of Callie Carmen

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Tell us about your writing routine:

My fifteen-year-old Chihuahua wakes me in the middle of the night wanting to go out. I bring her outside and get back in bed, but I usually can’t sleep because I’m now freezing, wet from rain or wide awake from the lights I had to turn on along the way. That’s true love. I pick up my computer and get some work done. An hour or two later I fall asleep.  

A few hours later I wake up and start my marketing. When the first round of ads is done, I get up and get ready for the day including something to eat and walking the dog. Last week my closest sidekick while working, Misty, passed away in my arms. I’m still working on getting over that. I’m sure it will take some time.

Book three of the Risking Love series Joseph & the woman that drives him crazy Violet.

Book three of the Risking Love series Joseph & the woman that drives him crazy Violet.

Then I get to work on edits my most recent work which at the moment is “Joseph” from my Risking love series or “Dream Catcher” a supernatural anthology from BVS that I’m doing with several other author friends. It should be fantastic as they are all wonderful writers. At some point, I take a break to do some cooking or housework, as little of that as possible. Oops, did I write that? Then another round of marketing. 

In the evening, I get some more edits or writing done during the down time at soccer games or while watching TV with my family. Of course, there are those nights when my honey and I go dancing or to the movies and then I don’t get any work done, but the time away is more than worth it.

Nicolas deciding that he was going the make a change in his relationship with Carlie.

Nicolas deciding that he was going the make a change in his relationship with Carlie.


What’s the weirdest thing on your desk?

I have a list of Nouns, Verbs, and Adjectives for writing romance on my desk. It has lovely words like ravish, swell, and full-bodied. I bet those words would be in a very spicy romance book.

The most useful item?

That has to be my headphones. Since I gave up my office a few months back to my now semi-retired husband, I’m located smack dab in the middle of the family room. In the past, I worked in silence with the occasional song to break up the day. Now I have family members coming in and out of the room, and they use the television. Ugh!

Three words to describe your desk?

Coffee-table when closed.

Where can we find out more about you?

Author Callie Carmen on Alternative-Read.com

I started in the book business as a bookstore manager which was the perfect place for me since I was an avid reader. After two years, I moved to the corporate office as a buyer and eventually became a senior book buyer. This was a rewarding career that I loved.

Along the way, I decided to become a stay home Mom. I couldn’t give up working around books altogether. I volunteered to run the book fairs in our small farm town, six per year. At the same time, I started and ran, A Child Oasis Company, with the sole purpose of placing a small book library in the homes of all the needy children in the nearby city. As my children became teens, I found I needed more in my personal life than the volunteer Mom for the schools. I sat down at the computer one day and Patrick, book one of the Risking Love series, was born. Book two, Nicolas is now available and receiving five-star reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

I am lucky that I found my soul mate and married him. Like my characters, I am a firm believer in true love and love at first sight.

Nicolas showing up at the bank where Carlie works and surprising her.

Nicolas showing up at the bank where Carlie works and surprising her.

NICOLAS by Callie Carmen 
Carlie planned to finish at the top of her class, get a corporate job, and work her way up the ladder. She refused to risk having a life of poverty ever again. Within her plans, there was no room for a relationship. So she had sworn off men; especially the good Dr. Nicolas Antonis.
Nicolas had other plans. They included her becoming his.
As if Nicolas wasn’t a big enough distraction; Carlie had to worry about her roommate’s, abusive ex-boyfriend, coming for her too.
Nicolas is the second novel in the Risking Love series. The stories chart a group of friends through life and love. These steamy stories will have you laughing, crying, and have your heart racing.


Nicolas book two in the Risking Love series.  Nicolas (Risking Love Book2)   https://amzn.to/2GkldCD     books2read.com/u/mqVGQv

Nicolas book two in the Risking Love series.

Nicolas (Risking Love Book2)
https://amzn.to/2GkldCD
books2read.com/u/mqVGQv



I hope you enjoy my latest Callie Carmen Author interview done by Fiona Mcvie. Thank you Fiona.

Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?

Hello, my name is Callie Carmen, and I write contemporary romance and suspense romance novels. The best I can do for my age is say I’m in my fifties.

Fiona: Where are you from?

I grew up in a small New England town that had one stoplight, with four stores on one side of the roadand four on the other. The next village was ten miles away and was where we purchased our groceries. My neighborhood was a twenty-minute walk to town, and there was a farm just down the street. Off the backyard were woods that I loved to explore several times a week.

In the summer, I’d spend every waking moment on the lake that was surrounded by magnificent mountains at my parent’s cottage. When it wasn’t windy enough to take out my small sailboat, I’d be in the rowboat with a fishing pole in one hand and a book in the other. It was heaven on earth.

Now I live in a lovely small farm town in the Midwest.

Fiona: A little about your self (i.e. your education, family life, etc.).

I was lucky enough to meet my soul mate while I was finishing up my economics degree in my senior year in college. We’ve been in love and in like for over thirty years. We have three adult children, two daughters that are graphic designers and our son that is just finishing up his game designing degree. Their talents never cease to amaze me.

Until recently, I had two small dogs. Recently one left me while I held her in my arms. The other is fifteen-years-old, and her health seems to be rapidly deteriorating. I love them very much. They both kept me company while I wrote; now it’s just Chili keeping me company. I will be crushed when she leaves me, too.

Nicolas and the woman that rocked his world Carlie.

Nicolas and the woman that rocked his world Carlie.


Fiona: Tell us your latest news.

Nicolas, the second book in my Risking Love series, was recently published. To celebrate I ran a discounted boxed set promotion with book one “Patrick” and “Nicolas” combined.
I am deep into edits of book three “Joseph.” I’m finding that the edits are going much faster this time than the other two books. I hope that means that my writing has improved.

I just completed my first ever supernatural romance, “Dream Catcher.” It will be on pre-order sale come September 1 as part of the “Mystic Desire” supernatural anthology being published by BVS. Several of my talented BVS author friends will be part of the collection with me. I can’t wait to read their stories.

Coming this fall from BVS “Mystic Desire” Supernatural Anthology including “Dream Catcher” by Callie Carmen

Coming this fall from BVS “Mystic Desire” Supernatural Anthology including “Dream Catcher” by Callie Carmen



Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

Being an economics major in college and later joining the corporate world as a senior book buyer, becoming a writer was not on my radar. After my third child was born, I became a stay home mother. As rewarding as it was being a volunteer Mom running several book fairs a year, being on the athletic board, running the annual auction dinner fundraiser for sports, helping out with the band, drama, soccer, field hockey, football, I was ready for something else. I sat down at the kitchen table and started writing a love story that closely mirrored my own story with my husband. Patrick is of course fiction, but it does have a little bit of my life wrapped up in it too. I’ll never tell which parts. I was an avid reader, so that helped when I did start writing. No one was more surprised than me when I had my first novel published.

Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

When my short story, “The Enemy I Know,” was published in the Craving Loyalty anthology.

Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

For my first novel, the character was of Irish descent, so I wanted to select a typical Irish name. I had attended Saint Patrick’s school during kindergarten, so I chose,“Patrick.” The character’s full name is Patrick O’Connor. You can’t get much more Irish than that.


For “Nicolas” I had to go with a traditional Greek name as the good Doctor Nicolas Antonis comes from a big loving Greek family. Immediately the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding came to mind where the father Gus is introducing the family to the groom’s to be parents. “Welcome to my home. Over here is my brother, Ted, and his wife, Melissa, and their children, Anita, Diane and Nick. Over here, my brother Tommy, his wife Angie, and their children, Anita, Diane and Nick. And here, my brother George, his wife Freda, and their children, Anita, Diane, and Nick. Taki, Sophie, Kari, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, Nick, uh, Nikki, and I am Gus.”

“Joseph” which will be out this fall was named after my father’s. I miss him very much even though he passed away twelve years ago.

Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?

When I first started writing, I thought their is no way I could write a hot, sexy love making scene. Sex wasn’t something I talked about with my family or friends so jotting it down on paper was not something I was looking forward to. I decided to use a first time experience that I had and found that by doing that the words just flowed out of me onto the computer. I had my husband read the scene, and when he was done, he told me,“I don’t smoke, but after that scene, I need a cigarette.” From then on I knew I could do this.

Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

While the six heroines in my Risking Love novels are fictional, they do mirror in some ways five wonderful women that I knew during my college years.

Boxset includes book one & two in the Risking Love series and sells at a sale price   http://getBook.at/CravingLoyalty

Boxset includes book one & two in the Risking Love series and sells at a sale price http://getBook.at/CravingLoyalty

Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?

Not with the Risking Love series because it all took place in the college town and surrounding area where I grew up. I did some online research for legal advice when it came to the charges and penalties for one of my stories. I also had to get advice from an expert in the auto industry for a few of my stories.
“The Enemy I Know” took place in my grandfather’s and father’s tavern during the fifties as well as during the Korean war which my father fought in. Since I wasn’t alive at that time, I had to ask family members to fill in some of the details as well as some research that I did online. I enjoyed learning things about my father’s place and the war.

Fiona: Who designed the covers?

Jessica Greeley https://www.facebook.com/JessicaGreeleyGD/ She is an amazing graphic designer that has designed numerous covers for the Black Velvet Seductions publisher as well as others. I highly recommend her for ads, banners, bookmarks, logo’s, roller banners, websites, covers, etc.

Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

That true love does exist. That working hard for what you want in life often gets you what you want. And that true friends are rare and when you find them keep them in your life even if it’s just a phone call once a year or a Facebook note asking how the family is.

Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.

Richard Savage the CEO at Black Velvet Seductions. He read “Patrick” and said he loved the story but that it needed editing. He explained what I needed to work on and hooked me up with Laurie Sanders a wonderful editor. I’ll always be grateful for his honesty and support.

Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

No not as a career more of a friend that keeps my mind sharp and boredom at bay.

Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Haha. There was one review that I received for Patrick where the reviewer mentioned that I had the characters brush their teeth before making love and she felt that was something we didn’t need to know. She also felt that Jaq who was dating several men at once should have been having sex with all of them. I wouldn’t change the sex issue. But if I could, I would take out the teeth brushing because it really bugged her. I figure if it bothered her that much, then it may have bothered others too.

Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

I am always learning new things. The book that I just finished writing, “Dream Catcher,” required that I did research on dream catchers and medicine men. It ended up being a fascinating history.

Fiona: Any advice for other writers?

A writer must set up their social media sites right away; it is essential for their success. That means before they even finish their first book. That is not to say that it is ever too late to do this just that it has to be done. If they don’t advertise to let people know about their book how will readers know that it exists? Once the media sites are set up,they should promote their books regularly. Set up social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, MeWe, Website, and Goodreads to name a few. They should pick three to start and master those before moving on to others, or they will be too overwhelmed.

They should read the genre that they want to write in. This is important so they can understand what works and doesn’t work in that genre. Of course, they should keep reading other types that they enjoy too.

They should write about things that they know, they like, and the words will come to them more easily. If they write about something that they are not familiar with they have to be sure to do plenty of research, so the story is believable.

Do yourself a favor don’t have several named characters in your book because as soon as the editor gets their hands on it, you will be editing a lot of them back out again.

Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?

I love Italian, Mexican, as well as Chinese food. My favorite color is green, but I only own a few pieces of clothing in green. Mostly, I love green in nature.

I love country music. It is often about true love, lost love, and finding love, and to me, that sounds a lot like most romance novels. I’ve been to several country concerts, and the best one yet was a Blake Shelton concert. I also listen to alternative music like the Broods.

Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?

I would spend it with my family especially with the love of my life, my husband.

Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events, and special offers?

I have a website at https://www.calliecarmen.com/ , and I have several social media sites:

Social media links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100011326206882

https://www.facebook.com/CallieCarmenAuthor/

Twitter https://twitter.com/Callie_Carmen

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/calliecarmennovel/

MeWe https://mewe.com/profile/5aea84c00dc9f110e68a9373

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17829431.Callie_Carmen

Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/callie-carmen-72ba98156/

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Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/calliecarmennovel/

Website link https://www.calliecarmen.com/

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B07BN5PXDF

BookBud https://www.bookbub.com/profile/callie-carmen

Here are some purchase links:

Patrick (Risking Love Book 1) 

https://amzn.to/2D2BJFF

https://books2read.com/u/3krqEW

Nicolas (Risking Love Book 2)
https://amzn.to/2GkldCD
books2read.com/u/mqVGQv

Box set (including both Patrick & Nicolas)

https://amzn.to/2NXMDz9 

Craving Loyalty

http://getBook.at/CravingLoyalty

INTERVIEW WITH CALLIE CARMEN

March 13, 2019 by eileentroemel, posted in author interview

I met Callie through Facebook as I was gathering in authors. I hope you’ll enjoy her interview!

Author Bio

I gave up a rewarding career as a senior book buyer to become a stay-at-home Mom. I had come home from work one day, and I found that the caregiver taking care of our children had slapped my oldest child age four at the time on the side of her head. The next day I went into work and gave my two-weeks notice.

I have always been an avid reader. As my children became young adults, I found I needed more in my personal life than being the volunteer Mom at the local schools. I sat down at the computer one day and book one Patrick, of the Risking Love series, was born.

I am lucky that I found my soul mate and married him. Like my characters, I am a firm believer in true love.

Tell us about yourself

I grew up in a small New England farm town. I spent a great deal of time in the summer months on a lake in a boat reading while waves gently rocked me. In the spring and fall, it was back to the farm town where I’d take long walks in the woods, find the perfect spot, and sit and read or draw the things I was surrounded by. Trees, birds, rabbits, flowers and rolling hills. 

I moved to the Midwest for my job, as a senior book buyer, and found myself in a foreign way of communicating. On the east coast, you learn at an early age to get right to the point. State the facts, possible solutions, make a decision, and then you went and got done what needed to be done as quickly as possible. 

Here in the Midwest, I was a fish out of water. Not because of the town we live in. That is lovely a small farm town similar to the one I grew up around. But I found that they like to talk around the actual problem at hand and have meetings to discuss the last meeting. Only to one day finally, get to why you were really there to solve that one issue. 

That was so hard for my husband to deal with in the auto industry.  He took to saying, “You’ll have to excuse me. I’m from New York, and there we get right to the point. So please don’t think me rude; it’s just the only way I know how to be.”

I found that funny because of course he could have changed and done things the way they do here in the Midwest. He just chose not to. I’m sure they were shocked by this at first, but they’ve gotten used to him over the years.

When did you know you wanted to be an author?

This may sound strange to so many authors out there who knew at an early age that they wanted to be writers, but for me, it wasn’t until my youngest child was in his last year of high school. All of the volunteer work I’d been doing around our schools here was coming to an end as most of it revolved around the book fairs, band, and the sports my children had been involved with. 

So one day I sat down in front of my computer and wrote a love story that was near and dear to my heart. Much of it was fiction, but there was a good deal of my love story with my husband and myself. So the words just flowed out onto the pages. I remembered one of my English professors in college saying write what you know, so I did. I enjoyed it so much that I just kept on going until I got four and a half novels completed. Then asked myself now what do I do with them. I submitted Patrick, book one to four publishers and was lucky to have Black Velvet Seductions pick it up as well as the rest of the series.

What genres do you like to read?  Are these the same genres you write in?

I used to read pretty much any novel that had something to do with the law. For example: John Grisham novels, but a few years back I started reading romance novels.  I’ve been hooked ever since. All of my books are romance novels.

Is your book for adults, young adults or children?

For adults. All of my books are love stories with a happy ending. The lovemaking scenes are hot and spicy.

What is your current release or project?

NICOLAS Book Two in the Risking Love Series it is on pre-order for only 99 cents until the publication day of 3/14/19

Tell us about the key characters

Carlie comes from a life of poverty. She works hard in college and at her job to get away from that depressing life. She has no time to start a relationship, so when Dr. Nicolas Antonis shows interest in her, she turns him away.

Nicolas comes from a successful, outgoing Greek family. He has three hot and sexy brothers. My Beta Readers have already told me that I have to do another series that revolves around the Antonis brothers especially the brooding brother Damon. Nicolas has no intention of following the two-year plan that Carlie is so bent on pursuing. His plan includes her becoming his.

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What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?

Carlie planned to finish at the top of her class, get a corporate job, and work her way up the ladder. She refused to risk having a life of poverty ever again. Within her plans, there was no room for a relationship. So she had sworn off men; especially the good Dr. Nicolas Antonis.

Nicolas had other plans. They included her becoming his.

As if Nicolas wasn’t a big enough distraction; Carlie had to worry about her roommate’s, abusive ex-boyfriend, coming for her too.

The six heroines of the Risking Love series.

The six heroines of the Risking Love series.

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Carlie

I turned back to the dance floor, and to the man I’d been watching. He moved a beautiful woman around like they had been dancing together for years. I hoped that wasn’t the case. Anyone who could move their hips the way he did, and glide a woman around with the ease he did, had to be an amazing lover. I imagined what it would be like to have sex with him and not have to fake an orgasm. My body heated.

Faking it had been required most of the time with my ex. But this man might be worth a bit of my study time. I fanned myself just as he made eye contact with me. I felt a shiver up my spine.

Of course, I shouldn’t have been having such thoughts. Being out with my friends for a bit of fun before diving back into my studies should have been all that concerned me. I’d learned my lesson in junior college that having a boyfriend interfered with my studies. Now, I had straight A’s with just two semesters to go. Thank goodness the transfer credits didn’t affect my GPA. My plan to graduate at the top of the class was definitely in reach. Any distraction could jeopardize that goal.

Yet, as he left the dance floor alone, I couldn’t help but wonder who he’d dance with next.

Nicolas

I’d gone to the club just to blow off some steam after another long medical residency shift at the local hospital. Besides long distance running, dancing was my favorite way to leave work behind. As I spun the woman in my arms around the dance floor, a gorgeous woman with sandy blond hair, dressed in a conservative pencil skirt and white blouse, caught my eye. She watched my every move. The more she watched, the more I wanted it to be her in my arms. When our eyes met, it felt like I’d been punched in the gut.

I wasn’t at the club to meet anyone. I was far too busy trying to impress the powers that be at the hospital. There was only one surgical position available—and I wanted it. It was down to one other resident and me, and I’d already decided I’d do whatever I needed to do to make sure the position was mine. Being a surgeon—saving lives—had been all I’d ever wanted. If I got to do it right here in my hometown, near my close-knit family, all the better.

As the song ended, I thanked the young lady for the dance and then went in search of the woman I’d been drawn to. She was too neat and tidy, with perfect hair, perfect makeup, and a professional outfit. It was almost business attire, except for the killer black stilettos and the extra unbuttoned button showing the start of her cleavage. I headed down the crowded aisle toward where I had last seen her. As I searched, I reminded myself that I was not in the market for a relationship.

Then I spotted her and observed those wary, beautiful blue eyes—and knew I was lost. I made my way through the sea of Friday night partiers. The closer I got to her, the faster my heart raced.

I had dressed in a dark navy suit, and I could see her taking in every inch of my attire. Hopefully, the spark that flashed in her eyes as she looked into mine meant that she liked what she saw and felt the intense attraction between us. I straightened my tie and gave her a slow, sexy smile.

Her eyes darkened.

When we were just inches apart, I took her hand, and spun her around. “My name is Nicolas Antonis. What’s yours?”

She cleared her throat. “If you must know, it’s Carlie Keith.”

Her sharp tone may have turned another man off, but not me. I wanted her.

“Carlie, this next song is ours.”

I tugged her toward me and started for the dance floor. The closer we got, the more she seemed to hesitate. I stopped abruptly and turned to see why she was straining to get away. But then she must have changed her mind, because instead of wrenching away she moved forward and fell into my arms.

Her eyes squeezed closed, and her arms wrapped around me. I told myself that I kept her tight against my body to keep her from falling. What I was actually doing was seeing if my touch could melt a bit of her coolness.

Her eyes fluttered open, and the heat coming from them nearly burned me. I was sure what they were saying was, ‘My name is Carlie Keith. Please take me.’ The fire building between us was melting her frost.

I leaned in and whispered against her ear, “What’s wrong? Don’t you like dancing?”

Her eyes drooped closed, and she gasped as a strand of hair on her neck stirred in the slight breeze created by my breath. Her reaction caused my dick to get semi-hard, and I still hadn’t moved away.

She exhaled and bobbed her head. “Yes, I do, but I’m afraid of looking foolish; I can’t do what you were doing.”

“So you were watching me?”

Do you have a favorite scene?

When Carlie meets Nicolas’s family for the first time. It is at their Greek Restaurant. The entire Antonis family is there to meet her. Carlie is overwhelmed by this, but thanks to plenty of ouzo and Nicolas’s hot brothers she ends up having a good time.

What advice would you give a beginner?

This might not be advice that newer writers want to hear, but it is essential for you to be as successful as possible. Set up your social media sites right away that means before you even finish your first book. That is not to say that it is ever too late to do this just that it has to be done. If you don’t advertise to let people know about your book how will they know that it exists? Once they are set up advertise your books regularly. Set up social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, MeWe, Website, and Goodreads to name a few. Pick three to start and master those before moving on to others, or you will be too overwhelmed.

Read the genre you want to write in. This is important so you can understand what works and doesn’t work in that genre. Of course, keep reading other types that you enjoy too.

Write about things you know, you like, and the words will come to you more easily. If you write about something that you are not familiar with be sure to do plenty of research, so your story is believable.

Do yourself a favor don’t have several named characters in your book because as soon as the editor gets their hands on it, you will be editing a lot of them back out again.

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Box set (including both Patrick & Nicolas)

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Callie Carmen’s Newsletter.
 

Interview With Callie Carmen!

  • Do you consider being a writer a gift or a curse?

No, not a curse; I love writing. Especially, when I’m writing about things that have happened to me in my past. If there is any curse involved, I have put on a bit of weight from the long hours of sitting at the computer writing or working on Facebook and Twitter. Don’t you hate it when that happens!

  • What is something you are good at that only a few people know about?

I’d have to say I’m good at cooking Italian food. It’s all about the homemade sauce. I cook mine for at least five hours. My mother taught me, and my father’s mom taught my mom. My grandmother was married to my Italian grandfather right from Italy, so it had to be a good sauce, or else. Three of my favorite dishes are my lasagna with meatballs, eggplant parmesan, and chicken parmesan. I make a huge pot of sauce and use it for three different meals.

  • What is the best compliment you have received about your writing?

Not that romance novels are all about the love making scenes, but it was what I was most worried about. I strong-armed my husband, with guilt trips, into reading the first book in my Risking Love series. He plays a lead role in that story. After reading my lovemaking scenes, he said, “I don’t smoke, but I sure need a cigarette after reading that sex scene you wrote.” At the time I couldn’t imagine a better motivation to keep writing.

But then I had to turn my book into my male publisher. He had no choice but to read the book. So I asked him what he thought of my lovemaking scenes? To which he replied, “They had the desired effect.” He couldn’t see my reaction because he lives in the UK and I’m in the US. Thank goodness, because he would have seen my happy dance and it’s pretty lame.

  • What is your most favorite line you’ve ever written and why?

That is an easy one. It is the very end of book one of the Risking Love series. It is something that was said by my mother when I was a child, and I continued the tradition with my family. You’ll have to read that book to find out what it is. And no skipping to the end to see. It drives me crazy knowing the ending of a book that I am reading or about to read.

  • How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

Five finished and two half books which are books five and six in my Risking Love series. I need to get better at continuing my writing of the unfinished books, while doing social media, and in edits for my next upcoming published book. If you know any tricks for that I’d love to hear them.

  • Do you google yourself?

I did once to see if my website came up when I keyed my name in. It did, and I was happy about that. I also found out that there was a stripper or hooker with the name Carmen Callie. I was so thankful to see that the name was reversed. Hopefully, by now she’s changed her name to something like Bambi.

  • What is your favorite childhood book?

As a young child, it would have to be Babar books. I used to sit on my mother’s, lap and she would read them to me. After that, the first favorite that I re-read so many times that it finally fell apart on me was Black Beauty the same thing happened with Bridge To Terabithia. Both of those novels made me tear up. But may favorite series was the Gregor the Overlander and Harry Potter books.

  • What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?

Don’t judge. I suppose if I knew it would help my writing I would give up my TV shows. They are all seasonal shows. Let me preface my answer by saying I grew up with parents that never missed the Lawrence Welk Show, Hee Haw, or the Ed Sullivan Show. All of which mostly revolved around singing. So that is my defense why I love, The Voice, America’s Got Talent and American Idol. I might as well embarrass myself further I also watch the Bachelor and Bachelorette. What can I say; I’m a sap for people finding love.

  • Is there one subject that you would never write about? What is it?

Yes, that would have to be anything to do with a child being hurt like rape. I’m a big fan of the John Grisham novels, but when I picked up A Time to Kill and found myself reading a violent rape of a ten-year-old girl by not one but two men I had to put the book down. I couldn’t finish it. I went on to read so many more of his books and years later I got brave enough to go back and finish A Time to Kill. I am so glad I did because I think it was one of his best books.

  • What’s the sexiest accent? And have you included a reference to it in your books.

That would have to be a clear Irish accent. And I love the word lass. I think the movie The Quiet Man sealed the deal for me. Yes, in Patrick in the first book in my Risking Love series Patrick is of Irish descent and belongs to an Irish Club, but he was raise in the US so he doesn’t have the accent.

  • Do you have a day job? If so, what do you do?

At present, I don’t work outside the home. I used to. I had a dream job as a senior book buyer for one of the large bookstore chains in their corporate office. After raising my three children during their younger years I went to work for our local school district running their Community Education Department which was lots of fun because if was all about finding ways to entertain children and adults with sports, art, languages, cooking classes, computer classes, robotics, you name it if it made people happy or educated them in a fun way I had it in the community program.

  • Did you choose the genre you write in or did it choose you?

Both the Risking Love series and my first book The Enemy I Know chose me. Another author saw the request for writers to submit their books for the Craving Loyalty Anthology which had a romance theme with mafia and gangsters. She thought I’d be a good fit for that type of romance. Since my grandfather ran the Siena Tavern during the Korean War period, and some of the mafia gangsters used to often stop by his club in New England, I decided that she was right. I used my grandfather’s daughter as my muse in that setting. In no time, I had my first short story published. Patrick my first book in the Risking Love series just poured out of me because while it was fiction, it also had pieces of my own love story in it.

  • What are your favorite types of characters to write?

That is an easy one. I love to write about men that have a wonderful sense of humor, that are motivated, hardworking individuals, that are strong, confident, and hot as a habanero in and out of the bedroom. Women that work hard and become successful that can laugh at themselves, that are light-hearted, kind, and know what they want in a man.

  • Have you got any writing tips that you would like to share?

This might not be advice that newer writers want to hear, but it is essential for you to be as successful as possible. Set up your social media sites right away that means before you even finish your first book. That is not to say that it is ever too late to do this just that it has to be done. If you don’t advertise to let people know about your book how will they know that it exists? Once they are set up advertise your books on a regular basis. Set up social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Tumblr, Instagram, MeWe, Website, and Goodreads to name a few. Pick three to start and master those before moving on to others or you will be too overwhelmed.

Read the genre you want to write in. This is important so you can understand what works and doesn’t work in that genre. Of course, keep reading other types that you enjoy too.

Write about things you know, you like, and the words will come to you more easily. If you write about something that you are not familiar with be sure to do plenty of research so your story is believable.

Do yourself a favor don’t have several named characters in your book because as soon as the editor gets their hands on it, you will be editing a lot of them back out again.

All the reviews are 5 stars for Patrick on Amazon!

I really loved this book. The characters are great and the story flows nicely. The love between the main characters had depth and passion. The author kept you on your toes with the thriller aspect of a serial killer. I’m not a big horror lover, so I was hesitant to read this. The serial killer pieces are tasteful and just enough to add a thrill aspect with out going overboard. I am absolutely going to buy the next book in this series. Loved the other characters and I can’t wait for their stories. – Jessica

Patrick was a page turner. The combination of thriller suspense alongside a true romance portraying the excitement of real love is intriguing and hard to put down. Can’t wait for the next book in the series! – Jane

Not a book you can put down, will keep you up at night, looking for more!!!!! – Eileen

Patrick makes the hair on your arms stand up, makes you laugh and even may make you cry. It also leaves you wanting the second book in the series so you can find out what happens to Jaq’s five best friends. Oh, I almost forgot you will be fanning yourself during the lovemaking scenes. Patrick is the kind of man that many of us hope to find for ourselves. – Carlie

Just Terrific! – J

GOODREAD REVIEWS FOR PATRICK

45 Goodread reviews for Patrick with a 4.11 rating out of five

Callie Carman certainly puts her M/C through the emotional wringer in this, her first release. From the heady heights of true love to the hot roller coaster of lust. Jaq also has decisions to make; does she commit to her newest beau, or keep her old ones? And if that's not enough, their is drama in the air, as a one-night stand starts to push her to meet him again, but he's not too polite about it, scary indeed.
If you're a romance fan and like lots of spice in the mix. If you like to feel a tingle go up your spine as you read, and that can be for more than one reason, you're going to enjoy this read, but you might want to sit in front of your open freezer door when the action spirals into a tempest. You have been warned folks. 

Charlie B.

This one got my emotions going. Jaq is an independent young woman who knows herself and what she wants. Patrick has less self confidence but he also knows what he wants and isn’t into playing games. Their love story itself was sweet but then we throw in the serial killer. That really kicked it up. I was worried about all the girls, Patrick, and Jaden. Every time I felt like something was going to happen I had to take a break. Overall I enjoyed this story.

Denise GremoryKohta

Patrick offers the contemporary romance reader all the excitement and romance that we've come to expect from these books, but new author Callie Carmen has also added a new level of excitement with a fascinating side story that runs throughout most of Patrick. While he searches for true love, the police search for someone else. A great read. Looking forward to the rest of the Risking Love series as this is book #1.

Author Rita Delude

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THE CRAVING LOYALTY ANTHOLOGY

Publishing publication date March 27, 2018

THE ENEMY I KNOW

by Callie Carmen

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Army Ranger Jake has to rescue his sister from the mob. He needs the help of the woman he left broken hearted. will Annie put herself in danger for the man that left her behind? Will their flame reignite?

Loyalty. Noun. 'A strong feeling of support or allegiance.'

For some, loyalty can be bought. For others, it's earned. But the thing about loyalty⏤ it can change in an instant. All it takes is one act, one decision, and loyalty shifts to betrayal in the blink of an eye...a sin which cannot go unpunished. 

Not in this world.

But sometimes things happen beyond our control, forcing our allegiances to change. Like the mob enforcer who wants nothing more than to seduce the assassin hired to kill him. Or the FBI agent who falls for the woman whose past holds ties with the mafia.

Yet, no matter the reason or motive, the consequences of betrayal are always deadly. Because in this world everyone is... Craving Loyalty.

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PATRICK

Paperback and Ebook Available

Now on Kindle Unlimited and FREE to Members
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Publication Date May 25, 2018  
Prologue and Chapter One:
http://blackvelvetseductions.com/latest-book-patrick-now-l

PATRICK

Book one in the Risking Love Series

Risking Love Novels

Take a risk on the new Risking Love series.
These steamy stories will have you laughing, crying, and your heart racing.

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Will they let the past dictate their future?

Or, risking love, will they find the passion they are missing?

 After Jaq had come off of a three-year relationship that led nowhere, she was determined not to get tied down again. She even convinced the man that she saw that they should both date others. All the while Jaq kept her heart guarded because of her past trust issues.

     Then Patrick O’Conner came along; sparks flew between them. Will her insatiable, sexual attraction to him be enough to make Jaq get over her trust issues? Could she finally let a man get close enough to fall in love, if that was possible, could she forgive Patrick for keeping his heart crushing past a secret?

     She had all that to worry about on top of the serial killer that was on the loose. He may have been closer to home than she’d thought.

     Patrick had gotten his life on track and felt good about his future. He just recently moved on from the woman who betrayed him and was not looking for a new relationship. Then Patrick became overwhelmingly drawn to Jaq Telesco. He had to have her, and he was not willing to share. Now he had to convince her that he was the one she could trust and risk loving. 

 

Social Media Fun!

SURVEYS COMPLETED ON FACEBOOK

 

A special thank you to all of my friends that took the time to participate in the following surveys. I’m hoping that some of you romance writers will find this information helpful. And romance readers will see how their likes and dislikes fit in with some of the other readers.

Callie

Do you tend to be attracted to men in a particular line of work?

If so, what type of job, perhaps an:
Athlete, Cowboy, Farmer, Traveling Writer/Historian, Business, Construction, or other?

 

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RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 74 surveyed, a few chose more than one career.

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As you can see, an overwhelming number of voters liked all of the career choices. One may say, that voters just loved how all of the men looked, and didn’t even take note of the career options. I chose to believe that they like men in general and that it didn’t matter what their career was. Of course, if personality had been part of this survey the results may have been different.

Do you have an eye color preference? 
If so, is it brown, green, blue or gray? 

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RESULTS ARE IN (Out of 136 surveyed)

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The majority of us had no eye color preference. But for those of us that did it looks like the guys with baby blues have a slight advantage over the green and win hands down over the brown and gray. No wonder why so many of us have enjoyed watching the following men over the years.

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Not necessarily the ones in the photo’s below, but which type do you prefer.
Type 1: fit man that's well-defined with visible muscles
Type 2: fit man that's lean, with athletic shape

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RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 172 surveyed several chose both.

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To most women in this survey, it didn’t matter which type of male was chosen. They were happy with both kinds. There were a few that said it didn’t matter at all how they looked they were only concerned with their intelligence and personality. The over all winner was a fit man that's lean, with an athletic shape.

If you read romance books, do you like a hot woman or a sexy man on the cover?

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RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 150 surveyed some choice both.

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*Out of the thirteen chosen for a woman on the cover four of those votes came from men and eight from women that selected either one. Their answers went in both columns. Leaving one female selecting the choice of only a woman on the cover.

I saw this cute survey that Whitney Perry posted on potions.

RESULTS ARE IN

Out of 52 surveyed a few picked more then one.

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Out of the group surveyed it was clear that most people wanted to be able to teleport anywhere at the drop of a dime. That was the one that I picked. The close second was staying young forever. When that had come up in a conversation in the past, I had always thought of family and loved ones in my life. I had felt that I’d be in constant pain having to say goodbye to those I care for way too many times. That was not for me. Now if there was one that gave me the body I had at the age of twenty-five and I got to keep that shape until I died an ordinary death then sign me up. I’d love that, and I bet my husband would too. The one that I had felt was valuable was not one of the choices. It would be to speak, understand and write every language in the universe. Yes, I said universe just in case there are aliens out there and they decide to come to our world I’d like to understand what they are saying. Especially, if it involves taking over the earth. Or they decide humans taste like chicken. Lol.

 

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