Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is lyric apted. Thanks, lyric.

To know more about lyric apted, you’ll have to actually find her at some conference selling books in the Dreamspinner booth, being as she has no online presence despite (or maybe because of) the fact that she’s been working on, in and around the internet for almost as long as it’s existed. Her ongoing triumph is working as the Review Coordinator and a production assistant for Dreamspinner Press, DSP Publications and Harmony Ink Press.

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1) If you could design your own Lego set, what would you want?

Something huge and elaborate, like Disneyland in legos.

2) Flower garden or vegetable garden?

Both, but only if someone else cares for them. I’m rubbish with plants of any kind.

3) Broadway show: tight drama or rollicking musical?

Musical. Absolutely.

4) What is your favorite word?


5) You have developed the ability to talk to animals but only one species. Which?

I want to say something horribly interesting, but in fact I’d have to say house cats. I live alone with my beloved Isabella and it would be nice if we could have an actual conversation. Though I fear it would consist a lot of her asking why I wasn’t feeding her Right Now and me apologizing.

lyric apted is the Review Coordinator and a production assistant for Dreamspinner Press and its two imprints, DSP lyricPublications and Harmony Ink Press. She has been with Dreamspinner since 2012 and doesn’t plan on ever leaving. Though she has lived most of her life in the Pacific Northwest, she spent seven years as a Kiwi and has a NZ passport to prove it. She believes there is nothing more important than love and a good story.


Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is HeatherK. Thanks, Heather.

To know more about Heather, see what she’s up to on Twitter (@dentistheatherk). Her ongoing triumph is maintaining, an all-romance review site.


1) Did you watch Saturday Morning Cartoons growing up?

Oh yeah, I was a HUGE TV junkie. My brother and I watched hours of cartoons every weekend. Oddly enough, I rarely watch TV now.

2) A day hike or a spa day?

Oh my god, spa day, any day of the week. For my 30th birthday I took my closest friends and family to a destination spa and we spent the entire weekend being pampered. Bliss.

3) The Caribbean or The Mediterranean?

Probably the Mediterranean. I’ve been to the Caribbean before, so I’d like to try something totally new for me.

4) What is your favorite word?

That’s a tough one. I have the mouth of a church lady (a Jewish church lady??), so I never curse. I just feels wrong to me! My favorite word would probably be… love? I like “love.”

5) If you could all-access explore any house in the United States, which would you choose?

I would most likely pick some random celebrity. I think it would be exciting for about five minutes, then start to feel kind of creepy.

Heather is a part-time blogger/reviewer, full time wife and mother, part time dentist, and full time sleep-avoider. HeatherShe first discovered romance a few years ago and then gay romance in 2012 and has been hooked every since. Now she spends most of her time with her nose in her Kindle, mainlining coffee, and trying to balance life and work. Heather’s mottos are honesty and loyalty, and though she looks innocent, she has a love of everything smutty, smart, and kinky. Her husband has his hands full.

Do Good June.15

Every month I feature a way to give back by sharing things I’ve found meaningful to champion. For June 2015 I chose Hailey’s Harvest. “For a few dollars, Hailey’s Harvest can easily change lives by sheltering and feeding the homeless.” It often doesn’t take a lot to make a huge difference, as Hailey’s ongoing–and inspiring–mission proves.

Hailey's Harvest

Mission statement:

We exist to help those in need. Fresh Food: Most of us are fortunate enough to just head to the grocery store or farmer’s market for fresh food. Many people have difficulties affording or finding fresh, healthy food. Meals: Empty stomachs hurt. They break concentration and make the future seem impossible. Giving food is essential to creating health. Shelter: Although these structures are not permanent, it provides a safe, dry, and warm place to sleep and store valuable possessions.

Hailey’s Harvest is committed to helping feed and shelter the homeless in Western Washington as well as providing a personal story of those in need.


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

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Lyla Bellatas. Thanks, Lyla.

To know more about Lyla Bellatas, check out or see what she’s up to on twitter (@LylaBellatas). Her latest literary triumphs: She’s shopping No Fear, her first book in the Racing Hearts Series, and Spell Bound, her first book in The Enchanted Candles Series and hopes to be published soon.

Racing Hearts

1) Which season do you enjoy the most?

I love Autumn. I love the colors. The leaves, the cloudless blue skies and cool Canadian breeze. Besides my birthday is in September.

2) Armadillos or sloths?

Definitely Sloths. With resting happy face and smeared eye liner they look like they had a wild night and could not care less what other people think. No walk of shame for them. And with Taurus Rising I can’t help but admire their ability to make hanging out a priority.

3) Hostess or Drake’s Cakes?

Drakes except I haven’t had one since I was in elementary school. I used to love Ring Dings and those CoffeeCakes. Unwrapping a Ring Ding was such a sensual act. All that chocolatey goodness in a compact tin foil wrapped package that was surprisingly weighty. Yum.

4) What is your favorite word?

The first word that came to mind is egregious! I know… it’s a strange one to pick but so perfect, unfortunately, to so many things these days. From a sound perspective I like the way it rolls off my tongue.

5) If you could relive one day from your past, when would you go back to?

The birth of our daughter was a tremendous day, but the prevailing emotion was relief. Joy, yes but mostly relief like at the end of a grueling marathon. I actually fell asleep on the operating table after she was born. The doctor and her staff had a good laugh. She said she’d never had a mother fall asleep. I said I hadn’t slept for over a year trying to conceive her and throughout the difficult multi-911-call filled pregnancy. Even the birth ended up in an emergency C. So after we counted her fingers and toes I fell asleep.

The day I would love to relive was our wedding day. The emotion that best describes it is Pure Bliss. It was a spectacular day; it rained a little in the early morning and then the sun came out and it was gorgeous, which was good because our reception was outside at my parents’ house. I was so happy and excited. I had waited such a long time to find my husband–scoured endlessly searching–and once we met I knew that moment I’d found him and I couldn’t wait to be married.

I asked my husband which day he would relive… he wanted to relive our two-week honeymoon. I said you can only pick ONE day! He said our wedding day. But we absolutely need to have a honeymoon do-over. The Greek Islands and Lake Lugano are stunning.

Born Armenian American on Long Island’s Gold coast, Lyla defies convention. Lyla BellatasShe plays like a man in a man’s world but is always a woman. In a time where style often matters more than substance, she’s fierce, fun, and fearless. Lyla’s passions have led to many outlets. She is a high-performance race car driver and driving instructor, poker player, and loves to shoot pool. She was gifted her first tarot deck during a chance encounter in an elevator. Innately empathic and claircognizant, tarot unlocked the natural witch within. Lyla has taught tarot and pessomancy (reading stones), and read professionally, collecting stories along the way. She still reads with or without a deck when the moon shines just right. Lyla writes contemporary and paranormal romances with strong female heroines that shatter gender boundaries while following their own line, and the men who respect and love them. They are bold and fierce navigating the duality of being strong, powerful, and ever divinely feminine.

June.15 Book Rec

This month’s book recommendation: Taming The Beast by Amy J Fetzer. The beauty and the beast set-up is one of my favorite tropes, and this book does an excellent job with its modern take on the fable. A tortured, growly beast in his darkened castle. A sensitive yet practical beauty who disrupts his embittered isolation. And a sweet, not-too-precocious kid tossed into the mix for good measure.


Beyond the easy-sell premise for me, I discovered a nicely fleshed out world with likable characters who each carry judged on appearance alone scars of their own. There’s a reason the heroine relates so well to the beast, and it isn’t simply a matter of instant attraction; this adds depth to the relationship and both leads, and makes their fit and happily ever after with one another all the more believable. There’s palpable physical heat between them as the plot develops, which adds great spice, but there’s also personal longing to be accepted and understood, which adds solidity to their arc.

With strong secondary characters and organic forces of conflict, Taming really comes together in a satisfying whole.

Brew a pot of tea and enjoy!

Friday Fun Five

Happy Friday! This week’s guest is Mary Calmes. Thanks, Mary.

To know more about Mary Calmes, check out her website here or her blog here. Her latest release is Sultry Sunset and is available at Dreamspinner Press.

Forging The Future

1) Best Halloween costume as a kid?

I used to watch Emergency! when I was a kid, (which tells you exactly how old I am), and I wanted to be a fireman so bad and live at Station 51 with the guys that I dressed up like a fireman three years in a row.

2) Sweet or unsweet iced tea?

It depends on the restaurant I’m in. If they serve flavored tea, raspberry, mango, peach, then I would probably get that but as a rule, unsweetened is what I chose 9 times out of 10. It’s funny though, now that I live in the South, I’m spoiled with tea as an option. When I was in Orlando for the DSP workshop back in March, I asked for tea at a restaurant and nope, they had none. That’s crazy. I’m so used to my options being sweet or unsweet that I take it for granted.

3) High peak observation deck or cave tour?

Before visiting Mammoth Cave last summer I would have said observation deck but now I’m definitely a cave tour person. Interestingly enough, Mammoth Cave is the longest known cave system in the world and it’s in Kentucky where I live now. It was incredible, we were hundreds of feet underground, with lanterns, and in the fall you can take a boat ride on the underground river. I’m a cave geek now, it’s wild.

4) What is your favorite word?

Splendid. It’s a great word and not used nearly enough.

5) You get to design your dream beach house. Which beach will this house front, and what has to be inside?

My dream beach house would be on the island of Capri on Marina Grande harbor and therefore would be technically more villa than house. I’d need my family, my cats, friends to visit, my computer, all my books, WiFi, NetFlix, wine (red), my Keurig, my electric kettle for tea, and a fabulous interior decorator who would make the whole place look good enough to be in Architectural Digest. Sounds fabulous, I’m ready to go. 🙂

Mary Calmes lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and two children and loves all the seasons except summer. Mary[1]She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature. Due to the fact that it is English lit and not English grammar, do not ask her to point out a clause for you, as it will so not happen. She loves writing, becoming immersed in the process, and falling into her work.