I’ve gathered some questions I’ve received from emails and interviews and listed them here…don’t hesitate to ask me if you have other questions.
1. How do you pronounce your name?
Lee-ah. Oh, you mean my last name. Bray-mel, with the emphasis on the ‘mel’.
2. I don’t own an ereading device; how do I read your books?
Funny you should ask, I just happen to have written a post about that. Go to this page to read about the various ways you can read my ebooks.
3. I just read Texas Tangle and loved it…I took it there was more going on with Brett and Dillon than they both realized. Just wondering.
LOL, I left that completely up to the reader to decide.
4. Come on, that’s a cop out — what’s the real scoop about those two?
When you first meet Dillon, he comes across the confident one, the player. But as you get to see the two of them in action, and especially once the two of them begin interacting with Nikki, you’ll come to realize that Brett is the one who is more experienced, who has tried things Dillon never has despite all his talk. Okay, so I’m still not answering your question, am I? All right, admittedly, while I was writing Texas Tangle, I did toy with the idea that perhaps the fight they had when they were in their teens was out of jealousy, that perhaps Dillon wasn’t jealous that Brett kissed Nikki, but that Nikki kissed Brett. But when it came to writing them as having some latent feelings, it just wasn’t coming out properly so I decided to leave that to the readers’ imagination. It was one of those issues that might be addressed as they settle into the relationship, but that’s for the future, and one place where they shut the bedroom door on me.
5. In Texas Tangle Dillon asked Brett “You’re not gonna want to cross swords, are you?” What does that mean?
It’s a euphemism for two guys letting their dangly bits touch.
6. Will I have to have read Perfect Proposal to understand Hidden Heat or any future books?
No. Perfect Proposal is a follow-up, an epilogue of sorts, to Personal Protection. I loved Sam and Rosie so much I wanted them to finally have their HEA, but I didn’t want to divert attention from the heroes and heroines in the other books to revisit them. But if you’ve read Personal Protection, you may want to read Perfect Proposal to see what happened to Sam and Rosie after they finally get together.
7. What is the chronological order of the Hauberk series, including the short stories?
- First Night — a short story that gives you a snapshot into how Mark and Jodi’s affair began.
- Private Property (Mark and Jodi’s story, introduces Sam)
- Personal Protection (Sam and Rosie’s story)
- Deliberate Deceptions (Chad and Lauren’s story)
- Perfect Proposal (Sam proposes to Rosie–refers to events in Deliberate Deceptions)
- Hidden Heat (Troy and Sandy’s story)
8. How long will the Hauberk series be?
Originally I’d planned for the series to be five, possibly six books long, ending with Scott’s story. But writing is also a business and I’ve had to make the tough decision to put it on hold while I write the Grady Legacy series.
If you like the Hauberk series, and wish it to continue, please let me know through the contact form. I’d love to write one more book in the series, but it really does depend on whether anyone is waiting to read it.
9. I love Texas Tangle but will it ever be available in print?
At the time Texas Tangle was released, Carina Press was digital-only. While they’ve since begun to print some of their full length books, I don’t know of any plans (yet) to print Texas Tangle.
10. Why is Private Deceptions out in print but not available in digital format?
Both stories in Private Deceptions are available in digital, and have been for several years. Samhain’s policy is that a book over 50,000 words goes to print a year after it is released digitally. Since neither Private Property nor Deliberate Deceptions meet that quota, they would only be available in digital format. So after Deliberate Deceptions came out, I asked my editor if Samhain could combine the two shorter books as an anthology so readers could own the entire series in print.
11. I’m an author and I’d love to be featured on your blog.
While I do feature other authors as part of my Pay It Forward Friday segment, those are authors I have a personal connection with and the feature is a way for me to thank them. Unless I know you personally, I’m not hosting authors on my blog. Any messages sent via my contact form asking to be hosted will go unanswered. There are plenty of professional blogging sites who would be happy to host you. Please contact them.
However, you never know when I’m going to feature you — it may be that you’ve posted something on a site I read regularly, or are part of a group I’m also a member of, so you may have shared some insight that resonated with me. I have, unfortunately, had to not feature some people I wanted to thank — because, to my disappointment, when I’ve gone to gather their information from their website, I’ve discovered their website is woefully out of date. I look for your latest title, your upcoming titles, if you have a series then list of what order it should be read in (since I prefer to feature the first book in the series to give my readers a place to start), your social media links: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest; and most especially where and what format I can buy your book. All that information should be easily available on your website — not just for me, but for your readers.
12. I have a story idea — could you write it for me?
No. I have enough of my own ideas that I’m backlogged for years to come. Why don’t you try writing it yourself?
13. I’m a beginning writer — could you critique my work?
Unless you’re part of a class I’m teaching (and I have your name on my attendance list), no. In this litigious world, I’m not willing to open myself up to lawsuits claiming I’ve stolen your ideas.
14. I can’t afford paying 99 cents for your books — where can I get them for free?
Seriously? How much did you pay for that coffee at Starbucks or Timmies every morning? And you really expect me to believe you can’t afford my books? Especially since Carina tends to put my books on sale regularly? Okay, there is a way you can get them for free — visit your local library. Or use the Overdrive app you can download and find a library you can join that does have them. (And if your local library doesn’t have them via Overdrive, ask them to make them available.) There’s more information about it on this blog post.
But before you download any authors’ books from that torrent site that you think makes you so clever, know that many authors have stopped writing series because of pirating. If the books aren’t making legitimate sales, publishers and authors cannot afford to continue investing time in writing and publishing more books in that series. So just stop it. You’re hurting all the fans of that authors’ series by stealing those books.