Monday, May 20, 2013

Blog Tour: Interview w/ Milly Talden!


Want to know about her? Milly Taiden (aka April Angel) was born in the prettiest part of the Caribbean known as the Dominican Republic. She grew up between New York, Florida and Massachusetts. Currently, she resides in New York City with her husband, bossy young son and their little dog Speedy.

She’s addicted to shopping for shoes, chocolate (but who isn’t?) and Dunkin Donuts coffee. She loves hearing from readers so feel free to connect with her.

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The_Book_Queen: Hi Milly! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 
Milly: Sure. I love writing sexy alphas and mouthy heroines that love them. They tend to be curvy, outspoken, bossy and most of the time Latinas. It’s fun. I’ve been told I write females that resemble me a lot. Though I refuse to admit to being bossy (but I am referred to as the Smut Queen…go figure).
TBQ: :) Sound like my kind of books then! Who doesn't love a sexy alpha?
What made you decide to start writing? Why romance?
M: I love writing. I love writing romance because I am a romantic at heart. I always want to see a happy end on everything. It’s why I don’t watch soaps or drama. I need the dose of HEA (happily ever after at the end). It’s like an addiction. My books have to end on a sappy note or I’m not smiling.
TBQ: I completely agree. HEAs make my day, every day, all day long. :)
Your newest release, Caged Heat continues the Black Meadow series. Can you tell us a little bit about this book, and why readers are going to love it?
M: Caged Heat is Ry (Riel the enforcer) and Sam his (human?) mate. These two have been attracted for years but with Sam traveling it made it hard for Ry to claim her. Heck, it made it hard for him to even talk to her. Unlike Sharp Change, where we focused on Sophia and Chase, we still see the alpha pair, but this is all Ry and Sam.
TBQ: Are there other genres you would like to write about?
M: I also write contemporary erotic romance as April Angel. I just love writing.
TBQ: Why do Riel and Samira belong together?
M: It was love at first sight. A lot of people believe in that and a lot will scoff at it. I will to test the theories in all my stories. Ry has ignored all females from the minute he saw Sam for the first time. He knew she was for him. And that made it really special to me. Side story: My husband said the first time he saw me, he told a friend I was going to be his wife. Here we are 12 yrs later. I am most definitely his wife. LOL. Don’t think he knew what he was getting into with my personality, but he asked for it.
TBQ: Ah, I'm happy to hear that you had your own HEA like that! :)
When writing each novel, do you listen to certain songs, like a playlist for the story? If so, what was the playlist for Caged Heat?
M: I do not listen to anything when I write. I am kind of particular about having quiet and being able to lose myself in the story without any distractions.
TBQ: In 5 words or less, describe Samira for us. And let's not forget Riel—what's he like?
M: Samira: Kind, Sweet, Sassy, Sexy and Loving.
Riel is… Courageous, Fighter, Loving, Caring, and Faithful.
TBQ: Sam has the three S's that every woman wants to be! :)
Do you have a favorite part from Caged Heat? (If spoilers are involved, you can be vague.)
M: I have to admit there is this scene where Sam is trapped in her house, tied to her bed by some bad guys. What followed made me cry a few times.
TBQ: I know we all hate this question, author and reader alike. :) But I have to ask: What are a few of your favorite books and/or authors?
M: Well this is tough because I LOVE to read. I love reading a bit of everything from erotic romance like Cynthia Sax, Mina Carter and Dianne Duvall to horror like Thomas Harris, Dee Pratt, Catherine Cavendish and action like James Patterson. I have wide tastes.
TBQ: Nothing wrong with wide tastes--variety makes everything better!
We've all fallen for a hero (or two, or three, or....ahem).  Tell us one hero that you've fallen for—who is he and what drew you to him?
M: OMG. His name is DARCE. He’s an officer in Mina Carter’s Perfect Mate book. And can I just say (since she is my best friend) I got to read Darce’s story (Blood Mate) which is coming in Aug. from Samhain and Oh my frickin’ goodness!!!! I LOVE THAT MAN!!!! OK fan girl moment over. Seriously, I am 100% in love with him.
TBQ: Wow! Well you've sold me, I'm definitely adding Carter's books to my list! :)
What's next-- Can you tell us a little bit about your upcoming releases or WIP?
M: I’m working on a few books right now. Current as Milly Taiden I am writing Scent of a Mate which is a great fun caught by the wolf story.  As April Angel I am writing An Unexpected Chance which is a deeper look into a broken marriage and the things a couple who wants to work things out have to deal with.
I have an upcoming release called Lucky Break as April Angel. It’s my 3rd Sizzling Encounters book. Next as Milly release is Fever I believe. Interesting take on going to sleep and waking up a paranormal. (Ooh, they all sound sooo good!)
A day on a secluded island OR a day at the spa?
In the spa. In fact, I’ll take it right now please. (Me, too! *sigh)
Reading a spicy romance novel OR a sweet “my-heart-skips-a-beat” one?
Spicy romance
Which would you rather have an affair with: a sexy highlander OR a devilishly handsome English lord?
Sexy highlander. I have a thing for wild men. LOL (LOL. Even better if he's a Highland shifter, right? *smiles*)
Hot summer days OR cold winter nights?
Cold winter nights
Where would your dream house be: in the city, where all the action is OR nestled in the mountain where you can enjoy the quiet and the wilderness?
I think in a quiet area I can use the scenery for inspiration.
If you could live in any time period, past or future, which one would it be?
Probably future. I think I’m too outspoken for the past. I’d get into a lot of trouble. (Hehe--oh, but think of all the fun you could get into!)
Cover Lover OR Blurb Fan?
Cover lover. If it doesn’t look good I don’t even read the blurb.
Steamy Novella OR Sweet Novel? (aka, Quickie or Slow Build Up?) Steamy novella
Quick—name the one food that you cannot live without?
Chocolate! (Life is not worth living without chocolate... :D)
And finally, tell us 3 unique/wacky/fun things about yourself:
  • I’m ambidextrous
  • Apparently I make very corny jokes 
  • I call my dog needy speedy (husband says he gets the needy from me).
The_Book_Queen: Thanks so much for stopping by, Milly, and please know that you are welcome back anytime! Do you have any questions for our readers—something to spark a good discussion? :)
Milly: Thank you so much for having me!!
I’d like to know what do you enjoy seeing in a good paranormal shifter book?

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Caged Heat by Milly Talden
Publiher: Etopia Press (April 3, 2013)
Series: Black Meadow Pack, 2
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Everyone has a bit of a beast inside…
After five years travelling through third world countries to teach impoverished children, Samira Suarez has returned home to Black Meadows. What Sam didn’t expect was to be instantly consumed by desire for the one man she’s wanted since she was a teen, Riel Karven. As Sam’s need for Ry grows, it becomes overwhelming, almost as if…she were in heat. But she’s a human…isn’t she?
Werewolf Riel has been patiently waiting for Sam’s return. For five long years he’s watched her come and go. But now that his mate is back, he’s taking a stand. Unfortunately, there’s more at stake than just getting her into bed. Sam is the heir to her grandmother’s estate—a very large estate—and it seems that someone in the family is willing to kill for it…



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Caged Heat by Milly Talden

“Troy, you done interviewing Nat’s tonsils?” Riel joked.

Nat jerked away from Troy. Sam’s curiosity over the two was beyond piqued. Why hadn’t Nat mentioned Troy in any of their video calls? Hell, the way it looked, if they were given any more time she definitely would have walked in on some private playtime.

Troy stared at Nat as if she was a pork chop and he was meat deprived. “I think we can continue this later on. Don’t you, sweetheart?” He grinned.

Nat sat down on one of the stools in a huff. “Have you lost your mind? I already told you I don’t want anything to do with a playboy like you.”

Troy gave her a shit-eating grin. “Sweetheart, you don’t just want me.” He licked his lips. “You want me so bad you were ready to tear at my clothes a few moments ago.”

Natalia rolled her eyes. “Oh please! That was just a moment of temporary insanity.”

They argue back and forth. It shocked her. Sam grinned when she realized why her friend was so prickly with Troy. Nat wanted the sexy blond but refused to give in to her hormones. Boy, she was in for some long, battery-operated nights.

“Since I can’t show Sam what a great catch I am with you two arguing, how about you behave for a few minutes and we get back to the problem at hand here?”

Sam peeked up at Riel. He was grinning at the couple, while the bar of his really hard cock pressed against her ass. She wiggled until the thick length was nestled between her cheeks. Maybe she could find a way to ask Troy and Nat to leave so she could get better acquainted with him.

Riel’s head dropped, his voice low by her ear, “If you keep doing that, I will drag you upstairs, tear off your clothes, and lick you until you come. Then I’m going to fuck you so hard, you’ll be limping for days.”

Good god! The visual he’d given her sent her temperature soaring. She’d never known he was such a dirty talker, and dammit she liked it. She wanted to be upset with him for interrupting the live soap opera in her kitchen, but her thoughts were all in the gutter, way in the gutter, so deep down there you’d need a flashlight to find them. It was better to watch Nat argue with Troy than to delve into what just happened in her living room. She would take anything over dissecting how she’d let Riel fondle her just steps from them and how badly she wanted him to continue what he’d started.

She strode toward the kitchen table and sat next to the cold food. Hunger pangs made her stomach grumble. She ignored the noise her gut made and focused on the conversation. Her gaze strayed back to Riel. He’d moved into the kitchen and was actively washing his hands, hands that had been all over her body just moments before. She gulped. He turned, winked at her, and grabbed a bag of sliced bread off the kitchen counter.

“Troy, you look into any of the teenagers around the area. See if any of them might know if this was some kind of prank.” Riel placed the bread in the toaster.

Troy gathered the dirty dishes and started loading them into a dishwasher.

Toast popped out with a ding. Riel grabbed the dark slices and buttered them. She glanced at Nat, who was grinning over both men’s domesticity. Sam was much more interested in figuring out what the heck Riel was up to, acting like her kitchen was his personal domain. Not that she minded. Hell, any man that knew how to cook and was as sexy as Riel was more than welcome in her home. And if she got him out of his pants, all would be well in the world.

Riel pushed the plate of buttered toast off to the side. He opened up a carton of eggs on the counter and started breaking them into a bowl. He mixed them with a fork, his naked arm muscles shifting with each movement, drawing Sam’s attention to his sexy back. The wolf tattoo was even more amazing up close. He turned to face her, moving the bowl by the skillet. “I’ll look into the relative connection.”

“What relatives?” Troy asked and pulled some juice out of the fridge.

“The ones that may or may not have something to do with the dead animal that was left outside.” He cooked the eggs and glanced up, his piercing gaze meeting Sam’s eyes. “Ginny’s will left everything to Sam, and they’re angry. I’ll have a look into what might be going on there.”

Sam wondered if Riel and Troy forgot they were in her house. Interest had replaced shock that they were cooking. She waited to see what each would do next. Riel placed bacon in a frying pan, and Sam’s stomach growled louder. Troy made fresh coffee, and Nat cleared the table. Meanwhile she just sat there, like a moviegoer watching the latest suspense flick, unable to move.

Nat shrugged and grinned at Sam’s most likely dumbfounded expression before placing clean cutlery on the table. She added her two bits into the conversation. “Those people were always so miserable. All they have ever wanted is Ginny’s money.”

“I know.” Riel scooped the food onto two large platters. “She told me often enough that she wished she could disinherit them all and start over.”

Sam thought Ginny must’ve felt comfortable with Ry. She glanced up when Ry placed a plate piled with breakfast in front of her.

“Eat.” He had that really hot, panty-melting smile and sat down next to her. As if in agreement, her stomach grumbled.
It was still surreal that he’d cooked for her. A warm, soft feeling settled into her heart. Could it be possible things were looking up for her in the personal-life front, except for that dead dog issue? Maybe she was finally being noticed and wanted by the man she’d been going gaga over since she was a kid. The latter sounded good to her.

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Thanks for stopping by, Milly, I will definitely be putting all your books on my list! :) I have Caged Heat waiting for me right now, and I think I may reach for it in the next few days.

Don't forget Milly's question:

I’d like to know what do you enjoy seeing in a good paranormal shifter book?


Until Next Time,


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