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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Author Spotlights Doris O'Connor

Today I'm very pleased to bring you Doris O'Connor. Remember this name because this Lady is going places and you can say you knew her when she just started out. So go grab a coffee or tea and snuggle in with your fuzzy blanket and meet the author of Lure of the Blood.


Marnie's decision to finance her law degree by pole dancing awakens her latent sexuality, and the mysterious stranger lurking in the shadows sends her libido into overdrive.
Realizing her sexy lurker is a vampire is bad enough, but her boss is the alpha wolf of a pack of shifters? Torn between her attraction to both men and surrounded by danger, she has a decision to make. One that will change her life forever.

Purchase link:

Doris is giving one lucky winner a chance to win a PDF copy of one of her books, winner’s choice. Lure Of The Blood, Scandinavian Scandal or Awakening.

Entering to win is easy just leave a comment and follow my Blog: 
The winner will be announced on New Year’s Day on Doris O'Connor's blog.
Other places to find her on the Internet:

Well Doris now that I finally got you here I have a million questions to ask you.

Do you do anything to get you into the zone to write?

Not really. I may re-read the last few lines I wrote before, but mostly I just write when the opportunity grabs me and the characters are talking. 

Which authors inspire you’re your writing?

Every book I read inspires me in some way. Whenever I get stuck, I simply read and then I feel the itch to write myself returning.

What is your favorite book, character and why?

My favorite book ever has to be Gone With The Wind. I read it first as teenager, too many years ago now to own up to, lol. A friend recommended it and I devoured it, literally. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve read it since. I think Scarlett it such a strong heroine and Rhett Butler was the first literary hero I ever fell hopelessly in love with.

Do you prefer to write erotic or sweet?

Erotic. I can’t keep my characters from jumping each other’s bones.

Which famous person, living or dead,  are you drawn to?

Marilyn Monroe, she lived such a tragic life, I think.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Writing full time with an established career and lots of time to write as my youngest will be at school. Hopefully successful enough to be able to contribute to the family income to enable us to move house.

Finish this sentence: I know I’ve made it when_______________?

I see my book in the local Bookshop.

What advice would you give aspiring writers?

Follow your dreams—never give up—strive to improve your craft all the time—finish that manuscript—find a good critique group—submit—keep writing!

What do you see yourself writing in the future?

I would like to try my hand at a young adult book. Not sure whether I could pull it off, but I’d enjoy the challenge, I think.

If you could have one superpower what would it be and why?

Turning the volume down on my children ;-) In love them dearly, but the noise levels—oh MY! We have nine!! And yes I am mad ;-)

What time of the day are you at your best to write?

Evening, night time, because it’s quiet.

And now for something completely different…

What do you look at first with an attractive man or woman, face, body or smile?

Smile, every time. A nice smile says so much about someone.

Explain your perfect day.

Kids happy and occupied an me engrossed in my latest story with my  fingers flying across the keyboard. Failing that, I settle for a nice long soak in the bath with  a good book and sometime just with hubby.

What is the most decadent desert you can’t say no to?

Anything with chocolate in it. I’m a complete chocoholic.

Do you have a favorite holiday what is it and what makes it special to you?

 My favorite holiday is also the most painful to me—Christmas. I was brought up by my gran in Germany and she always made Christmas an extra special time for me. Since her passing many years ago, it just hasn’t been the same. I always shed a lot of tears in the run up to Christmas, because I still miss her terribly and get very homesick. We live in the UK now, and Christmas is very different to what I remember it being like in Germany. But I also really enjoy it, because nothing beats the kid’s faces come Christmas morning J

What key words describe you best?

Mum, passionate, loyal, honest and a bit of dreamer.

Doris I can't tell you how much I enjoyed getting to know you better. I too fell in love with Gone with the Wind as a girl. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to reading all of your books.


  1. Great article. I love learning about my fellow authors.

  2. Doris as i can't say enough you inspire me, and if you try a YA you WILL succeed ... er no bone jumping tho lol

  3. Great and informative interview. Can't wait to read Lure of the Blood. Thanks for the giveaway.


  4. Great interview! Best of luck in 2012 Shannan and Doris.

  5. Great interview. Wishing you the very best of the coming year. :)

  6. Oh wow, I love the cover and boy does it sound so hot. I love that you can't help but have your characters jump each other - LOL Those are my kind of books. I am definitely putting this on my list to buy.

    Wonderful interview, I always love visiting Shannan and am so glad she had you on here today. I look forward to reading your work.

    Ronda Tutt

  7. Gosh, I so love finding new to me authors, and one that writes not only about werewolves, but vampires too?! Oh my Gemini sign likes that VERY much! I can never decide which one I like better, so this solves that problem, haha!
    Thank you SO much for this awesome giveaway opportunity! I would LOVE to read this book!!

    Gena Robertson

  8. Great interview! It's amazing how much you learn about authors doing a good interview.

  9. Shannan, thanks so much for having me. Loved being here today :-)

    Tory, thanks for stopping by!

    Raven, see, that's the problem, lol. Lack of bone jumping ;-)

    Joanne, thanks for stopping by :-)

    Kiru and Lorraine, thanks so much. Can't wait to see what 2012 brings for you as well!

    Ronda, so glad you like the sound of it :-) Thanks so much for stopping by.

    Gena, thank you. See that's my problem too, can never make up my mind who I like more vamps or shifters. They are both so yummy in their own way ;-)

    Thanks Yvonne :-) I loved answering Shannan's questions!

    Good luck in the giveaway everyone, and have a great time seeing in 2012!

  10. Loved the interview and can't wait to read the books. Great way to start the New Year.

  11. Thanks for stopping by Lynn :-)

  12. Great interview,I've just followed the link to your blog as well. I love to find interesting authors I have not read before.
    Happy New Year

  13. Thanks Irene :-) Happy New Year to you too!

  14. Shannan and Doris, thank you so much for the giveaway! I am so grateful for the book!

    Happy New Year!!

    Gena Robertson

  15. Thak you so very much for being a guest on my blog.I so enjoyed your guest spot and look forwar to having you come back again. Humm perhaps some chocolate and coffee cake while the kids are at school???
    What ya say lady, got a new release coming out that neeed a home to pimp at? I'm your girl. Just let me know. Have a wonderfuly new years.

  16. You're very welcome Gena. Enjoy!!

    Shannan, you're on :-) Chocolate and coffee cake sounds yummy and I do have a new release on 12th! Sexy firefighter anyone? ;-)