Monday, January 24, 2011

Summer Lovin' - Interview with Mel Teshco & giveaway

Welcome back to Strange Candy Reviews, Mel. It's great to have you here. Can you tell us about your books?
Thanks for having me again Jo-Anne, it's great to be here!
My books are a little dark and sensual, my characters a little bit 'out there' even in my contemporary stories. (I mostly focus on paranormal). I've written gargoyles (a series for Ellora's Cave) a vampire and dhampir (Harlequin Nocturne Bites) and werewolves (Ellora's Cave) as characters. In my contemps I've written about a stripper, and a bitter divorced woman. At present I'm writing and almost finished a trio of alien heroes and their earth woman (g) and another ms, a co-authored book about a psychic girl in and out of a mental hospital, and her brilliant doctor brother, trying to repress that same gift/curse. I have quite a few other's on the go too LOL!

Where would you want most to go for summer if money is not an object?

I'd LOVE to hire a car and explore Europe with some of my family, with no particular itinerary other than visiting where my grandparents lived in Germany, tasting the food in Italy and drinking wine in France *sigh*. That has been a dream of mine for a long time. Of course, I'd also love to explore the great open spaces of my own country, Australia has so much to see. 

Do you prefer the ocean or a pool?

I love the ocean, there's something peaceful yet powerful about the sea that draws me. Of course, I have my own pool, have always loved to swim laps and just generally muck around in the water. But definately the ocean =)

Where do you think Cray and Loretta(from Stone Cold Lover) would spend their summers?

I imagine Cray would take her into the mountains where he could take her in his arms and soar through the skies, sight unseen. (*sigh* so romantic!)

What's the best way to spend a summer day?

Relaxing with a bourbon and coke in the arvo, a family bbq and perhaps a swim. A few hours of uninterrupted reading or writing and then maybe watching a good movie. And perhaps a horse ride to top it all off.

Why do you think we love romance novels so much?

It's the escapism from our 9 - 5  jobs, the sometimes harshness of reality. And who doesn't love a Happily Ever After?

What’s your perfect summer date?

My husband buying me a Thai Beef Salad, (or pizza) sharing a couple of drinks and a laugh. 

Surfer Boy or Cute Lifeguard?

Ummmm.... Lifeguard. One who has a brilliant career when he's not volunteering at the beach (g)

Who are five people you would invite over for a BBQ?

My husband, my three daughters and my mum. But if my loved ones weren't allowed, it'd be Stephen King, J.R Ward, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, and a barman LOL

Do you have a favourite romance author?

I love paranormal romance, so I guess J.R Ward would come under that category. Go the Black Dagger Brotherhood!

What summer food can’t you live without?

Where do I start??

If you could pick any three items that you could have when stranded on an island, what would those items be and why?

endless pen and paper (for that soon-to-be best seller once I'm rescued), lots of fresh water (perhaps a waterfall LoL) and an orchard

Which would you like better: A mojito by the pool with cabana boys or wine overlooking the ocean with your friends?

ah, what's a mojito?? (will have to google) so I guess it's wine overlooking the beach - hopefully sparkling wine!!

You can find out more about Mel and her books on her website.

Mel is giving away a copy of her next release, Moon Thrall to one lucky commenter. All you have to do is name your favourite romance author. Don't forget your email. Giveaway ends Feb 2nd.


  1. Great blog post, loved the interview. My favorite romance author...hmmm, hard question because I have so many of them. But if I had to pick just one....I would have to say Christine Feehan because of her Dark series of books, that series got me hooked on paranormal romance and I've loved each and every book she's written.

  2. I enjoyed the interview. If I have to just name one, it would probably be larissa ione.

  3. I absolutely love the Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost. Cat and Bones are one of my favourite couples of all time!


  4. JR Ward. OMG, I love her so much.

  5. Just one??? I have sooo many :) I would have to say the one is on my auto buy is Larissa Ione and I have to throw Susan Elizabeth Phillips in there too :)


  6. Hi Mary,
    I agree, Christine Feehan is wonderful, love her shifters =)

  7. Hi Debbie,
    so glad you enjoyed it =)
    I have heard a lot about Larissa Ione, will definately be checking out her work.

  8. Winnie,
    the Night Huntress series is yet another I will put on my list! Thanks for stopping by =)

  9. Danielle,
    welcome to the JR Ward fan club (g)

  10. Jolene,
    another Larissa fan - what have I been missing!!?? And yes to SEP =))

  11. My Favorite Romance Authors are a tie between Sherrilyn Kenyon & Christine Feehan

  12. Stacey,
    great choices!! There are so many great authors out there =)

  13. Hey Mel :) Great interview.. loved the part about a barman in BBQ ;) Hope he's a hunk ;)

    My fav romance authors are too many, but I usually wouldn't be able to put down an Anne Stuart or Rosemary Rogers ....

  14. Hey Mel, rounds like you'll be doing some celebrating today on Australia Day if going by some of your preferences in your answers! Lounging by the pool with your family with a lifeguard on duty an a JRWArd book in hand! LOL

    My Gosh, do we have to restrict this to just one? Oh, you don't have enough room to list all, OK...umm, for now I'm going with Joss Ware, she has a fantastic post apocalyptic romance series out.

  15. hi there Ju!
    yes, have to have the barman!! LOL and of course he'd be a hunk (g)
    Nice author choices btw =))

  16. Hi there Kylie!
    LOL - that visual is perfect!!
    Joss Ware, another one to catch up on. Looks like I'll be busy ordering through the book depository next week LOL

  17. That's a fun interview!
    My fave romance author is Jeaniene Frost - PR
    Thanks for the giveaway ladies!

  18. Hi Crystal,
    it's so hard to choose just one fav isn't it? =)

  19. Traveling with no itinerary sounds like heaven!=)

    Love your stranded island picks... would love to read that novel too!!=)

  20. LoveLiveLife - no particular destination would be bliss, exploring all the villages and un-touristy places. *sigh* a girl can dream =)
    And you can read my novel/s anytime!

  21. I agree with the others too, if you haven't read Larissa Ione, you should. I love her books as well.

  22. Hi Mary.
    I just read one of her free stories - and you're right, she's a wonderful author =)

  23. Hi Mel, It was great meeting you the other night in chat. I can't wait to read your books!!!


  24. Hi Brandy,
    great to meet you too! hope you enjoy the read =)

  25. Hi
    it's so hard to choose just one favourite I have sooo many , Lisa Kleypas, Elizabeth Hoyt, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Larissa Ione...

  26. Hi Welzen,
    it really does show the number of great authors out there, I'm looking forward to reading some of these recommendations!

  27. Love all the recommendations. I have a few new authors to go put in my wish list now too.

  28. I like Diana Gabaldon, Lisa Kleypas, and Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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  29. Mary - ditto!

    And Thanks Meredith, a couple more for our TBR lists =)))