Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Katana Collins. Thanks, Katana!

To know more about Katana Collins, check out her blog at, or see what she’s up to on twitter (@KatanaCollins). Her latest book, the first in an erotic suspense series, Wicked Exposure hits the shelves on April 28th!

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1) What everyday rituals start your morning?

As a pet mommy, a lot of my “rituals” are more like duties. =) But my husband and I managed to make the mundane more enjoyable. I used to hate the first morning dog walks–I was always half asleep and cranky and especially in the winters, I was just miserable to be outside! But after our dog Red was diagnosed with cancer, it really made both Sean and I stop taking all those little moments for granted. Suddenly, those annoying morning walks were little gifts of time that we treasured. And so Sean and I instated what we call the “coffee walks” in which we make coffee, feed the animals, put the coffee in a to go cup and take the dogs for a 30 minute walk. It’s an amazing start to our day and a great way for us to connect without any electronic distractions. We lost Red to cancer back in June and have since adopted a new puppy (who requires a LOT more walks, haha). But even though Red has passed, the coffee walks are here to stay.

2) Tom Waits or Tom Jones?

I feel like Tom Waits would be the “cooler” answer, but I really love me some Tom Jones!

3) Woodsy cabin or five-star hotel?

Hotel. Now, if you had said a cozy cottage or five-star hotel, I would have had a bigger debate in my head… but I’ve only ever been camping once as a kid and I was sent home early because I spent the whole weekend crying because I saw a spider! Lol, yeah, I hate admitting that story, but it’s true.

4) What is your favorite word?

Ahhh! There’s so many. And it changes constantly. Pontificate is a fun one. Reticent, clandestine. But if you asked my husband, he would say that the F-bomb is my favorite based on how much I use it!

5) Say personal safety is not an issue. What natural phenomena would you like to experience up close?

If I was guaranteed no harm… I would love to be in a tornado. I’d finally know what it felt like to fly and it would probably feel a bit like a roller coaster if you took the fear out it.

Katana Collins splits her time evenly between photographing boudoir portraits and writing steam-your-glasses romances. katanaShe is the author of the best-selling paranormal Soul Stripper trilogy, the erotic suspense series, Wicked Exposure, the graphic novel, Cafe Racer, and the small town contemporary romance Maple Grove series. She and her comic book artist husband commute back and forth between Brooklyn, New York and Portland, Maine, with their ever-growing family of rescue animals (two dogs, a cat, and counting!). She can usually be found hunched over her laptop in a cafe, guzzling gallons of coffee, and wearing fabulous (albeit sometimes impractical) shoes.

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Taylor V. Donovan. Thanks, Taylor!

To know more about Taylor V. Donovan, check out or see what she’s up to on twitter (@taylorvdonovan). You can get familiar with her literary triumphs at her Goodreads page.

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1) What food do you make that’s your specialty?

I actually have two specialties. The first one is lasagna. The second is yellow rice with honey barbecue pork ribs and potato salad, Puerto Rican style. Our recipe includes apples, which is something I haven’t seen anywhere else. It’s delicious!

2) Are you always too hot or too cold?

Too hot, to the point I need to carry a folding hand fan with me everywhere! It’s my signature accessory and makes me popular with the crowds. They all want some of my air. 😉

3) Best weekend: Busy every minute with activities or a snuggled in bed with movies and books?

Snuggled in bed and binging on Netflix documentaries. It’s my favorite thing to do when I need to give my fried brain cells a break.

4) What is your favorite word?

I like the word commitment.

5) Which would you want to have great talent in: Dancing, drawing, or singing?

Drawing is my first pick. I’d love to be able to illustrate some of the things that cross my mind. 🙂

Taylor V. Donovan is a compulsive reader and author of gay romance and suspense. She is optimistTVDically cynical about humanity and a lover of history, museums, and all things 80s. She shamelessly indulges in mind-numbing reality television, is crazy about fashion, and passionate about civil rights and equality for all. When she’s not writing or making a living in the busiest city in the world, Taylor can be found raising her two daughters and their terribly misbehaved furry baby in their home.

Do Good April.15

Every month I feature a way to give back by sharing things I’ve found meaningful to champion. For April 2015 I chose The National Park Service (NPS week is April 18-26 this year!). It’s no secret I love all things NPS– the wilderness and wildlife, outdoor activities, historical places of significance and reverence, and myriad opportunities to learn and discover and go adventuring. The parks represent many wonderful things, including being an invaluable resource for everyone. I’m as happy to support the NPS as I am to get out and explore it. As I say with every park site I’ve visited: “This is just so great!”

Locate parks and sites #FindYourPark || Learn all the Ways To Give


Mission Statement:

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

Since 1916, the American people have entrusted the National Park Service with the care of their national parks. With the help of volunteers and park partners, we safeguard these more than 400 places and share their stories with more than 275 million visitors every year. But our work doesn’t stop there.

We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun.


Happy giving, in whatever way you choose to better your world!

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Elizah J Davis. Thanks, Elizah!

To know more about Elizah Davis, check out, find her on Facebook or see what she’s up to on twitter (@ElizahDavis). Her latest literary triumph is Making Nice and is available here.


1) You can only have one type of shoes for the rest of your life. What style are you going with?

Wow, playing dirty straight off the bat, huh? As much as I love my pretty heels and sandals, for the versatility plus comfort of one shoe type ever after, it’d have to be cowboy boots.

2) Polka dots or stripes?

Polka dots! No, stripes. No, no. Polka dots. Final answer.

3) Cuttlefish or hedgehogs?

Hedgehogs. They are so wee and roly-poly adorable!

4) What is your favorite word?

Indicative. I just love the way it feels when you say it out loud. Indicative.


5) Unlimited budget, but only for one room – which room would you make over?

The bathroom, no question. I sometimes actively fantasize about having a large, super fancy bathroom oasis. One of these fifty bathrooms for example. A gigantic tub and a fireplace, are you kidding me? And heated floor tiles, of course. This is the dream, friends. (#dreamer bathroom?)

Elizah J. Davis has lived in various parts of the United States, but currently resides in the Pacific Northwest, enjoying the abundance of coffee readily available there. Once upon a time she had journalistic ambitions, but switched to creative writing after she realized journalism involved too many facts and not enough unicorns. ShAvatare loves stories of all kinds, but has a particular fondness for romance and fantastical adventures.

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Poppy Dennison. Thanks, Poppy!

To know more about Poppy Dennison, check out her website at, find her on Facebook and Goodreads, or see what she’s up to on twitter (@PoppyDennison). Her latest literary triumph is Creature Feature 2 and is available here.


1) Do you have a routine or habits you always follow when you sit down at your desk to work?

My most important routine involves a vat of coffee and a clear mind. I make lists with daily tasks and make sure a daily word count is included in my goals for the week. I find it difficult to write when I have a ton of other things to do for my day job, so I have to schedule my time wisely so I can both write and work successfully. Some weeks are better than others, but I enjoy the challenge!

2) Wet dream choice–a tall drink of water: Tom Hiddleston or Chris Hemsworth?

Oh this is a tough choice! Not only are these two different in looks, but their personalities seem to be different as well. Hmm. I think I’ll have to go with Tom Hiddleston on this one. He intrigues me and I have a sneaking suspicion that he would charm the pants right off of me. (Here’s hoping, huh? LOL)

3) Wet dream choice–waterfront property: Ocean or mountain lake?

If I think of this in terms of a vacation home, I’d go with ocean property! I live in the mountains of East Tennessee so I get to enjoy their beauty every time I look out my window. I’d love to be able to sneak away for long weekends at the beach from time to time, though! I see pictures of beach cottages in the magazines I love to read and would love to have a little cottage to escape to. I’m sure I could decorate it easily based on the number of pins I have on my Pinterest boards.

4) What is your favorite word?

I embrace the Southern tradition of backhanded insults so my favorites are usually phrases that accomplish that. You’ll catch me saying things like “Bless your heart” and “Isn’t that precious?” And, like many other Southern women, if you hear me say “Oh hell no” you’d better run! LOL

5) You have an eight-hour layover in Anchorage–what do you do with the time?

Well, I suppose that depends on the time of year! If I’m in Anchorage in the winter, forget it. I’m camping out at the airport and finding something to read! (I’m not a fan of the cold…) If it’s not freezing, I’d make some time to go exploring. I’m actually heading to Alaska this summer for a cruise with my family, so I’m looking forward to doing some exploration in the ports along the way. I wonder if my answer will change once I’ve seen the state? I have scheduled intentional long layovers before. Once, I stopped over in London and made sure to have an overnight layover so I could go out to dinner with some friends before hopping back on the plane and heading home the next day. Traveling is one of my favorite things to do, so I’m usually up for some sort of adventure… you know, as long as I’m not cold.

A sassy southern lady, Poppy Dennison developed an obsession with things that go bump in the night in her early years i221v3-poppy-dennison-54f61ec5da82cafter a barn door flew off its hinges and nearly squashed her. Convinced it was a ghost trying to get her attention, she started looking for other strange and mysterious happenings around her. Not satisfied with what she found, Poppy has traveled to Greece, Malaysia and England to find inspiration for the burly bears and silver foxes that melt her butter. Her love of paranormal continues to flourish nearly thirty years later, and she writes steamy love stories about the very things that used to keep her up all night. If her childhood ghost is lucky, maybe one day she’ll give him his own happily ever after.

April.15 Book Rec

This month’s book recommendation: Land of Dreams by Cheryl St John. A sprawling frontier western about finding love–and believing in it when it finds you. Puts me in the mind of the first spring day when the breeze is warm, and you know long days of sunshine and green and growth are finally here.


I discovered Land of Dreams early in my romance novel reading career. While plenty of other titles have been read and redistributed, I’ve always held onto my copy of this book. It’s one I can’t ever quite part with; when I curl up with it for a reread, my impulse of keeping it is rewarded.

There’s a big story that takes place in big country here. There’s some intrigue, some action, and some wonderful sensuality, some great historical details, some great grit, and some great dailyness of the characters figuring out their places as dynamics change around them. But what I enjoy most are the two very real leads at its heart who work to make their happy ending true and deserved. I like who they are–individually and together–and love the life they forge, fight to keep, and eventually settle into.

Brew a pot of tea and enjoy!