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Day #8 Birthday Bash with Eliza Gayle

May 25, 2010

Welcome to Day #8 of JoJo's 30 Day Birthday Bash. Today we have the wonderfully creative Eliza Gayle Author of Lucas. So time to party, celebrate, and get to know Eliza!

Eliza Gayle

About Eliza

~How do you think romace has changed in the last 30 years?

If you were to drag out books from thirty years ago and compare them to today you would see quite a bit of difference. For me personally it's changed a lot. When I was thirteen I was hiding in the stacks at the library on Saturday afternoons reading the likes of Rosemary Rogers. Historicals were everything for me back then. Years later I went through a cute contemporary phase before moving on to romantic suspense.

These days you'll find me reading just about everything except historicals. I think I read to much of it when I was young so it's a rare historical that catches my eye. I'm not a huge fan of the regency era that is so popular, I prefer a more medieval or other odd time period.

I haven't caught the urban fantasy craze quite as much as everyone else which I think is caused by my preference for 3rd person versus 1st person. Although I have read some great urban fantasy. Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep comes to mind...

I actually read and write in the same genres. It makes sense to me to write the genres I love to read. So you'll likely find my iTouch filled with paranormal romance and contemporary erotic romance.

~What are your favorite types of Heros & / or heroines?
I like heroines in all shapes and sizes from kick ass to sweet but when it comes to my heroes I want the alpha male.

~Fav color - Purple

~Fav Scent - I don't wear perfume but I do love the scent of various fruits. Raspberry would probably be my favorite.

~Fav movies - action and comedy

~What are some of your favorite Hero / Heroine names?
From my books I would say Garron and Kian from others books I would have to say Roarke and Valerius.

~Do you read any reviews on your books?
Yes, I read all the reviews on my books. I get that not every book is going to work for every reader but as a writer I find there is sometimes a lot to learn craft wise if you read between the lines.

~Do you read your own books after they make it to final print?
Nope. Never. As much as everyone from the writer to the editor to the proof readers try to catch every mistake, things get missed. We are human after all. And if I was to read a finished book of mine I would find an error and it would drive me crazy. lol

~Do you have a favorite book /series?
I love a lot of series but if I had to choose a favorite it would be the Breed series by Lora Leigh

~How old were you when you began to write?
The first piece of fiction I wrote on my own that wasn't some sort of school assignment was when I sat down and wrote a romantic sequel to Empire Strikes Back. Of course I had no idea back then there was a name to that kind of thing. Fan Fic. But I can tell you that my version turned out NOTHING like Return of the Jedi. lol

After college I didn't write anything other than business writing for well over ten years.

~Is writing your full time job?
No, I have a day job that I work from home. It gives me a flexible schedule so that I can fit in writing when I need to.

~Whats a typical writing day for you like?
As much as I try to set myself a routine, I can't seem to stick to it. So nothing is typical about my day. :)

~Do you set a daily writing goal?
Yes, 6 days a week I write at least 1200 words a day unless I am editing or revising.

~When and where do you like to write?
I most often write in my newly redecorated office, although the love seat in the living room is pretty comfy too.

~Are there any processes you use when writing? Do you keep journals, sticky notes, chicken scratch on the back of receipts?I have an obsession with notebooks which can only be written in with pencil. lol I try to keep one main one for the story ideas each year but more often than I'd like, I find myself without said notebook and then any old paper will do. I have a future paranormal series roughly sketched out on a napkin. On vacation, in a bar, you do what you have to. lol

~What are you reading at the moment?
Bound To Please by Lilli Fiesty

~Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Don't give up and keep learning your craft. You will get knocked down in this business but those that keep getting back up persevere. 

~How man books / series have you written?
I have 23 stories written, 18 of them published with more to come later this year and next. As far as series go...I have 3. Pentacles of Magick, Purgatory and the Black Cougar series.

~Can you tell us about some of them?
The Purgatory series is a contemporary BDSM short story series that centers around a fetish club called Purgatory. Each story explores a different fetish and they are so much fun to write. I've gotten a lot of great reader feedback on these and hope to keep writing them for a while.

The Black Cougar series is based on a clan of cougar shapeshifters hidden in the mountains of North Carolina. Keeping an entire society a secret isn't easy and lends itself to a lot of action and adventure. This one is meant as a trilogy and the 3rd one comes out this summer. Although... I do have plans for more shapeshifter books in this world just with a different family per se on the other side of the mountain. I'm not yet prepared to give away too many details yet. :)

~Is there a Genre you have always wanted to write in but for reasons you have not been able to?
I would love to try writing some suspense/thriller type books

~Do you have a new release, or a new release coming out soon? Can you tell us about it?
I have two books that just came out last month on the same day. Very different books. First is Kane, the second in the black cougar trilogy.

The 2nd new release is Dirty Deeds and while also paranormal it's quite different. Demons instead of shapeshifters and the story centers around Melody, a newly created sex demon who is struggling to take her role seriously. She's a bit snarky. It's also been called a very hot book and considering a good portion of it takes place in a BDSM club, I can't disagree. ;)

~Do you have a webiste or blog that your readers can keep up with you and your books?
Yes! My website is


Pizza or burger
 - Pizza

Dress or jeans
 - Jeans

Highlander or vampire
 - Vampire
Fire or water
- Fire

Up or down
 - Up

Black &white or color
- I love the gray areas

Half full or half empty
- half full

Day or night
- Both

Star trek or star wars
- Star Wars

Sword or gun
- both. I believe in being fully prepared.
Eyes or mouth
- Eyes

Strawberry or cherry
 - Strawberry

Old or new
- New

High or low
- High

Shower or bath
- Bath

Paperback or hardback
- eBook

Desktop or laptop
- laptop

Coke or pepsi

Winter or summer
 - Summer

Dog or cat
- Fish

Movie theatre or movies at home
- theatre

Check out Eliza Here:


My Review of Lucas  HERE:

Thank you so much for being here with us today ELiza
and for helping me Celebrate my 30th Birthday!!

Good NEWS!!! Eliza has given all you lucky commentors the chance
for 1 person to win a copy of Lucas (e-book) and a copy of
Rope Dreams (e-book) Good Luck!

Only Rules:
Must leave a comment, and please include
an e-mail address so the winner can be contacted)

*Open World Wide / Ends June 18th*

26 Hottie Follwers Thoughts:

Emmagan May 25, 2010 at 9:13 AM  

I liked reading this post!
I have not have a chance to read her books but i Want to!! I would love to win a ebook of one of books :)

Enter me

We HEART reading May 25, 2010 at 10:15 AM  

Oh, this sounds like something I would love to read. Great interview and what a lovely person.
enter me please

Victoria May 25, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

Hi Eliza, I haven't read any of your works yet but boy does Dirty Deeds sound yummy. What made you write a female rather than male sex demon? I love cats too, so your cougar series appeals to me.

Way to go JoJo, you're keeping up my interest.

Tori [Book Faery] May 25, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

Nice! Haven't read anything by this author yet.


joder May 25, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

Great interview! I love the differing types of books you write. I like books with a lot of steam and yours definitely sound like my cup of tea. I'd love to win any of your books since I've had the Black Cougar series on my wishlist for quite some time.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

mbreakfield May 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM  

I love shifters, so please enter me in the giveaway.

Eliza Gayle May 25, 2010 at 8:19 PM  

Evening everyone! Thanks so much JoJo for having me over to celebrate your birthday.

Happy Birthday!!!!

Eliza Gayle May 25, 2010 at 8:21 PM  

Thanks to you all for your enthusiastic comments on my post.


as often happens sometimes a book starts with a character and with Dirty Deeds, I immediately thought of Melody. An average plus size woman who trades her soul for the perfect body and face. And then the struggle she goes through when she finds out everything about her new life is not so perfect.

If anyone has any other questions or comments I will be checking in and happy to chit chat. :)


Stacy Stew May 25, 2010 at 8:36 PM  

I like all different heros and heroines too. If the writer is good, you'll fall in love with their characters.

Colleen,  May 26, 2010 at 12:55 PM  

Loved the interview! Your books sound great! :)
greenshamrock AT go DOT com

Jenn May 26, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

Love the cover of Lucas :)
malleybean at gmail

Jason May 27, 2010 at 12:33 AM  

A shifter writer I didn't know about, thanks!

Elizabeth June 1, 2010 at 6:57 AM  

Love the cover! and I love lora Leigh also

Diana (Book of Secrets) June 1, 2010 at 4:17 PM  

I love shifter stories. The cover of Lucas is beautiful!


Leilani @Leilani Loves Books June 1, 2010 at 7:59 PM  

Ohhhh! Me please!
LOVE shifter stories!


A Simple Love of Reading June 4, 2010 at 8:14 AM  

I haven't read Eliza's work yet, but I'm really looking forward to it now! ;)


Anonymous,  June 4, 2010 at 11:04 PM  

She wrote fanfic before it was cool :p Love it.

Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

yeseniah23 at gmail com

Andrea I June 7, 2010 at 6:50 PM  

I haven't read any of Eliza's books, but some of them are in my TBR stack.

booklover0226 June 9, 2010 at 3:41 PM  

The first time I saw this cover, I fell in love with it!

The books sound great and I look forward in reading them.

Tracey D
booklover0226 at gmail dot com

Virginia C June 10, 2010 at 4:04 PM  

Wow, Eliza! That gorgeous cover of "Lucas" featuring cover model Jimmy Thomas and a lavender-eyed black cougar!!!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

JoAnna June 16, 2010 at 8:50 PM  

I heard about Eliza on another blog and added her to my list of to books to get.

Anne June 17, 2010 at 2:57 PM  

We must be about the same age. I od'd on historicals a long time ago, but ocassionally a series or cover will catch my eye. When I first started reading romances, it was historicals if you wanted any "adult" scenes or Harlequins which were incredibly tame except for those spicy, red hot Harlequin Presents (the red hot queen was Anne Mathers who would sometimes put in two scenes) with the one love scene half way through which would be rated PG today :-).

Anonymous,  June 17, 2010 at 5:25 PM  

Great interview. I really like the cover with the haunting purple eyes that just seem to glow.

Stella (Ex Libris) June 18, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

The cover of Lucas looks yummy! :-D Please enter me too.

stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

Spav June 18, 2010 at 5:44 PM  

The book sounds really interesting. Count me in!


jellybelly82158 June 18, 2010 at 5:49 PM  

I haven't read anything by Eliza but Lucas sounds great.

jellybelly82158 at gmail dot com

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