Thursday, January 1, 2015

Interview and Giveaway Rory’s Love by Donna Butler

Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

I live in the Kansas City area with my husband, my daughter and 3 cats. I have two children and one grandchild who is three. We have a blast together. She has a great sense of humor. When I’m not writing I like to garden and read. Until Rory’s Love I was writing literary women’s fiction. I don’t use a pen name. 

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

Rory’s Love is a paranormal romance about a psychic medium who falls in love with a client. Aurora (Rory) Alexander is a gifted medium whose clients are celebrities. Some of her clients are spoiled and eccentric, but Rory manages to satisfy their paranormal needs. Curtis Love is a platinum selling recording artist and producer and a client of Rory’s. He’s wealthy and a bit arrogant, but sensitive and honest. When he and Rory fall in love, he’s determined to spoil her lavishly. He’s also determined to protect her from danger, but in Rory’s line of work, danger is a risk she’s come to accept. The two strong willed lovers clash when Rory puts her life on the line to save a client.

Do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting?

It has always been difficult to juggle writing and parenting, even though my children are in their late twenties. There’s always that tug of war between writing and family, writing and housework, writing and cooking. One of my cats bites me when he feels I’ve been writing for too long. Staying up late works for me, although that carries consequences. You have to steal the time however you can.

Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life?

Rory’s Love was inspired by Kanye West’s courtship of Kim Kardashian. However one may feel about Kim and Kanye, his courtship was one of the most romantic I’ve seen. It gave me goosebumps and made me smile.

When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?

I like to play online games with my granddaughter. For a 3 year old, she’s awesome. I watch a lot of reality television. I love to read and garden.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I would love to someday write a horror novel. I adore Stephen King and the way he uses language to set an ominous tone. He can make the most mundane objects seem terrifying. I would love to give that a try.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Right now, I am just so in love with Curtis Love. He’s funny and sexy and bossy and sweet and sensual. He’s just adorable.

If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?

I’m working on Chasing Mr. Love, the sequel to Rory’s Love. There’s more romance, ghosts and thrills to come.

What is in your to read pile?

Deeply Odd by Dean Koontz and Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving.

Rory’s Love
Aurora, Psychic For the Stars
Book One
Donna Butler

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ISBN: 13-978-1503377257

Number of pages: 197
Word Count: 60,547

Cover Artist: Donna Butler and Sander Cha
Book Description:

As a psychic medium to the stars, Aurora Alexander believes her life is about as full of glamor and excitement as it can get. Until she falls in love with a client, the multi-platinum selling performer and record producer, Curtis Love. Even though Curtis has a girlfriend, he and Rory share an attraction that proves to be irresistible. Once Curtis breaks up with his girlfriend and they give in to their passion, the story takes them from St. Tropez to Manhattan, Maui, Paris, Milan and elsewhere. Rory’s life becomes every woman's dream come true, filled with designer clothes, jewels, glam squads and a personal bodyguard. But in spite of all the glamor and globe-trotting, Rory can’t outrun the suspicion that Bella, one of her clients, is in grave danger.

Rory's devotion to her sometimes dangerous line of work begins to cause friction in her relationship with Curtis. Despite Curtis’s warnings, when the ghostly victims of a serial killer come to Rory for justice, she can't help but chase down their killer. But as she puts her life in jeopardy to expose a killer and rescue Bella, she also jeopardizes the greatest love she's ever known.

Available at Amazon


When we got back to the hotel, he was still amped up and wanted to make love in the Jacuzzi in our suite. What should have been a romantic interlude turned into a lot of playful splashing, dunking and laughing. We’d wrestle for a little, then make love, start wrestling again and suddenly that would turn into more lovemaking. By the end of it, we were soaked and exhausted.
Later that afternoon, I spoke to Bella again and we settled on dinner at her boyfriend’s restaurant at seven. On the drive over, Curtis and I were cuddled in the backseat of the rental car like childhood sweethearts when suddenly I felt a familiar tightness in my chest. Breathing deeply didn’t help. Predictably, I started trembling and began to feel weak.
“Are you shaking, baby?” Curtis asked. “Dave, throw me one of those bottles of water.” Unable to speak, I watched, as if from a great distance, as Dave passed a bottle of water to Curtis. Curtis grabbed my purse and pulled out several bottles. He selected one containing the fast acting, anti-anxiety pills. “Open your mouth, baby,” he told me. He slid a pill into my mouth, opened the bottle of water and held it to my lips until I drank. Then he held me and stroked my forehead until the pill took effect. “Any idea what caused it?”
I shrugged. “I feel like it has something to do with this dinner. Or Bella. I don’t know.” I sighed. “I just got a bunch of warning signals all at once.”
“Do you want to call her and cancel?” Curtis asked.
“No,” I said, pausing to cough. “I need to be there.”

When we walked in, Bella was waiting at the hostess station looking camera ready in a form fitting, black mini dress. Her bright red locks had been flat ironed to perfection, and her makeup was flawless. She grabbed a stack of menus and quickly ushered us through several elegant dining rooms and up a small flight of stairs. On the way, I noticed the brass railings that edged the upper level dining rooms. “You okay?” Curtis asked when I stumbled on the stairs.
“I’m fine,” I said as we continued to a private dining room near the back of the restaurant. I knew that brass railing. I knew it from that awful dream.
Now that Curtis had gotten through the place unrecognized, there was time for greetings and introductions. “I’ve seen you work,” Curtis told Bella as he removed his sunglasses. “You’re very good.”
“Thank you,” Bella said with an enchanting smile. “I’ve seen you in concert six or seven times. Australia, England, Germany, New York. You rock, man. You just get out there and spit fire. And the things you do with beats are sick. Hey, why don’t you guys have a seat and I’ll let the chef know you’re here.” She grinned and headed off to the kitchen.
When she returned with her boyfriend, I reached over and grabbed Curtis’s hand as we stood for the introductions. My heartbeat was so violent, I imagined it was visible through my dress.
“Rory, Curtis, this is my boyfriend Cliff Wexler.”
I took in the dark hair on his head and on his knuckles when he reached out to shake my hand. I nearly drew back my hand when I saw the manicured fingernails. Cliff. Cliff? How could Bella have ignored that? “Pleased to meet you,” I said as a sea of blood roared through my ears. He was pleasant looking, in the way a conservative Republican politician can look pleasant. He had dark brown hair, a high forehead, close set brown eyes and thin, thin lips.
“Yeah, pleased to meet you Cliff,” Curtis said as he instinctively took my arm and allowed me to sag against him. To me, his voice sounded like it was coming from the far end of a ten mile tunnel.
Cliff’s eyes widened as he stared at me with speculation.
Suddenly, two female spirits appeared on either side of Cliff. They were nude and foggy white. Each wore a gruesome necklace of blood that dripped down, past their breasts. As my eyes moved lower, I saw that, unlike the white hair on their heads, their pubic hair appeared in lifelike shades. One woman had been a brunette and the other had had black hair. Then I noticed huge clots of blood sliding from between their legs. 
“Rory is such an awesome medium,” I heard Bella say, from what seemed like a thousand miles away. “Dead people contact her all the time with warnings for the living. She’s amazing.”
 Every ounce of strength left my legs as I blacked out.

About the Author:

Donna lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and three cats. She wrote her first novel at fourteen and has had a love affair with writing ever since. In addition to writing, she loves gardening, laughing at reality television and playing with her three-year-old granddaughter.

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