Leave a comment to win one of two print copies of The Wolf Who Loved Me–US and Canada only please. Please make sure we have a way to contact you.Long and Short Reviews welcomes Tammy Falkner and Ava Stone of North Carolina, also known as Lydia Dare, whose newest book The Wolf Who Loved Me was released this month. They are currently working on the tenth book in their series—the story of Archer Hadley (one of Dashiel Thorpe’s younger half-brothers), Viscount Radbourne, and Lady Sophia Cole. Each of the authors are also working on their individual series. Tammy is writing the second installment in her Unpardonable Errors series, which will begin with A Lady and her Magic in September, and Ava is writing The English Lieutenant’s Lady, the second installment in her Heroes Returned series, which will be out this summer.

They told me that coming up with their pen name was worse than naming a child. First, they had to agree. Then it had to be something that wasn’t too close to any other author, porn stars, or criminals. The domain name also had to be available. They finally decided on Lydia Dare and it stuck.

Tammy told me she didn’t want to commute to and from work after her youngest child was born—she wanted to enjoy those early years. She gave up her corporate job to stay home and began to read voraciously. Characters began to appear to her, so she wrote their stories. She sold the first book she ever wrote and has been writing ever since.

She also told me she’s never suffered from writer’s block—that as long as she can get her “butt in the chair,” the rest follows.

“Sure, sometimes I don’t know what my characters want to do or where they won’t to go, but that’s not writer’s block,” she admitted, “it’s me being unorganized.”

They don’t plan much when they are working on the Lydia Dare books. They come up with a general topic as well as a hero and a heroine. It’s important for them to cast the characters first, so they both “see” the same people. Ava does a big family tree for the characters, because she has to know where they came from before they can figure out where the characters are going. They decide what their main conflict is and then they start writing, 1500 words at a time. Neither of them know what the other will come up with when it’s her time with the pages, so they just go with the flow.

The titles are usually old movie titles with a paranormal twist, because Ava is a big movie buff.

Ava told me that whichever book she is working on at the time is her favorite, because she has to connect so closely with the characters.

“With that said, there is something I love about my solo book A Scandalous Pursuit,” she admitted. “I think it’s the devilish hero.”

Tammy said the hardest part about writing for her is keeping all the other stories out of her head long enough to finish the one she’s working on at the time.

“I have characters knocking on the door to my mind all the time, and, if I let them, they would move in and refuse to leave until I get their stories on paper,” she explained.

When Tammy’s not writing, she admitted that she’s the ultimate sports mom.

“I enjoy nothing more than following my teenager from place to place so I embarrass him from the stands. And my youngest who is eight just started gymnastics, so I get to learn a brand new sport and follow him around for at least the next ten years. I can’t wait!”

“Have either one of you ever eaten a crayon?” I asked.

” No, not that I am aware of,” Tammy said. “But when my son was small, we had a cocker spaniel that devoured box after box of crayons. She went around snarfing them up like a vacuum cleaner. And pooped rainbows. It never hurt her and she really did love them. She also loved chewing up garden hoses into one inch bits. Crazy dog.”

Tammy admitted to being both a plotter and a pantser. Ava is very character driven, and Tammy is very plot driven. However, they can’t plot too much or they will stifle one another. When they trade pages, they have to know that the story is going to go where it’s going and they can’t control it.

“What was the most embarrassing thing your mother ever did to you?” I wondered.

“I have a sister who is five years younger than me. We look nothing alike now and we didn’t growing up either,” Ava said. “But for some reason, my mother always made us dress in matching clothes. We would end up looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in Twins. I was mortified half the time I left the house.”

Ava was the yearbook sports editor while she was in high school and thought it was perfect.

“I wasn’t necessarily in any cliques. But everyone was nice to me, especially the athletes,” she said. “They all wanted to be in the yearbook after all.”

“What would we find under your bed?” I asked.

Tammy told me, ” Most of the time, you’d find a cat under my bed. But only when I’m in the room. Any other time, they like to wallow all over my bed and spread hair around. When I come in the room, they dive under the bed, particularly the feral one we just inherited when my mother in law died a few months ago. I’d rather have inherited furniture. But she’s growing on me. I just wish she’d grow on our other cats as quickly.”

She also told me that her family is what makes her happy.

“I don’t know where I would be without them. My husband, even after 19 years, still gives me that Tender-Sweet-Sense-of-Belonging. My boys are amazing and there are 9 years between them. (Let me tell you – you do it differently when you’re older!). My parents are a huge part of my life and that of my children. And the memories of those who have passed on support me, even in their absence. Life is like a book you can open again and again and read no matter the time or day, even after someone has left us.”

About the Author:

Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Ava Stone, who have written two paranormal historical romance series. Both Tammy and Ava are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Together they are working on the next book in their new paranormal historical series as Lydia Dare, tentatively titled Wolfishly Yours, set to release in November 2012. For more information, please visit

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Regency England Has Gone to the Wolves!

Lady Madeline Hayburn Has Money Problems…

Specifically, she has so much of it that she’s dogged by fortune hunters, including her bewilderingly attractive, penniless neighbor, with his wild nature and uncouth manners…

Weston Hadley Has An Identity Crisis…

Specifically, he’s just turned into a wolf while Madeline was watching. Now it’s up to the regal lady to tame the wild beast… if she can…


10 Things You Don’t Know About Lydia Dare
So when we received the topic for this blog, I knew (the Jodie ½ that is) that I wouldn’t be able to rest until I wrote my half. As you may or may not know, Tammy and I are very different.
Where she is much more private than I am, my life is an open book. If you have a question, ask it – I’ll answer it. And the stuff I haven’t blabbed about through the blogosphere are things I don’t think is wise to reveal – you know the ever dangerous views on religion or politics. How in the world was I going to come up with TEN things you don’t know about me?
Tammy suggested we write each other’s TEN, but I knew that was a bad idea. Like I said, she is much more private than me. I have TEN things I could reveal about her, but then I’d end up in a pine box six feet underground. Back to square one.
My brain whirled and whirled on this until I had my list complete. Without further ado – the
Jodie’s ½ :
1.      I’m frugal. Actually, Tammy says I’m cheap. I prefer the word frugal. Not to play into stereotypes, but my father’s family is Scottish. And if I’m frugal, my father is cheap. I think I inherited some of his qualities.
2.      I hate shopping. All my girlfriends’ eyes bug out of their head when I say that, but it’s true. If I can’t buy something online (with free shipping, of course – see the note about being frugal) and I have to venture into stores, I have a list of what I want/need to buy, and I buy it in the shortest possible amount of time.
3.      I love poker. I know it sounds like this would go against the frugal thing, but if I can play long enough, I consider it entertainment. And I don’t have a problem paying for entertainment. Besides, if I win – which I am known to do – then I can splurge on something I normally wouldn’t buy AND I got entertained. Winning is win-win for me. But I guess that goes without saying.
4.      I have a crush on Anderson Cooper. I did Twitter about this, but I don’t think most people know it. I don’t know what it is about Anderson Cooper, but he ALWAYS cracks me up. And his Ridiculist is priceless. I think I adore him, because he usually says exactly what I want to say, with a charming smugness that makes him adorable.
5.      I’m the oldest of four. That’s not Earth shattering, but I don’t think I’ve revealed it before. My sister Jill is five years younger than me. My brother Ryan is 8 years younger than me. My brother Nicholas is ten years younger than me.
6.      I handle all of Lydia’s social media. Well, mostly that’s true. Tammy and I do share blog duties. But if you’re reading something  on Facebook or Twitter, I am the one who posted it. And if Lydia has posted a message to someone’s blog – 9 out of 10 times, that was me.
7.      I started out screenwriting.  And regularly attended film festivals at Sundance and Telluride. So I think I am more heavily influenced by film as a medium than I am literature.  With that in mind…
8.      Classic films are my favorite. Some of you may know this. I may have blogged about it at some point. But like I said, I’m an open book and I’m trying really hard to find TEN things. So… there is something amazing about those old classic movies. Whether it’s Casablanca, Double Indemnity or anything directed by Frank Capra – they always catch my attention and I have to watch. Favorite Capra film ever – IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. Coincidence that Lydia Dare’s newest book is IT HAPPENED ONE BITE, you wonder? Wonder no more – Absolutely NOT a coincidence.
9.      Favorite actor ever – Paul Newman. Amazing actor. Amazing person. I don’t have anything else to say on the subject.
10.  Favorite drink –  Sangria. Back during the Washington DC RWA Conference , I made my critique group go all over trying to find a glass. We finally did find a place that had Sangria, but it was SO awful that it turned the rest of them off of ever trying it again. Believe me, I know – I’ve been trying ever since. Maybe I’ll luck out in New York. Hey New Yorkers – where the best place to get a Sangria?
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Tammy’s ½ :
Good grief… how on earth do I follow that?
1.       I’m not frugal.  I’m completely willing to pay for comfort. I’ll have someone park my car for me or pay for more expensive parking at the airport to keep from having to walk so far.  I think of it as an investment I pay toward having a good time. 
2.      One of my favorite activities is people watching. Yes. People watching.  Jodie thinks it’s funny but I like to sit at the back of a room, be very quiet and watch everyone.  You learn a lot about people by watching rather than talking.  Jodie calls it being antisocial.  But I call it smart.  Go figure.
3.      I like loud music.  Loud country music.  When I’m alone in the car, I have to crack the windows to let some of the noise out.  I’m fully aware it’s a public nuisance, and it’s even worse when I have to dance in the car, too.  It’s not pretty, but it’s fun.
4.      I don’t eat meat.  Jodie takes great pleasure in getting the rarest steak she can and then eating it beside me. But I’m not one of those people who care if other people eat meat. It’s just not for me.  So, I’ll never try to change anyone’s mind about carnivorous pursuits.  You’re safe if you want to eat a rare steak beside me. I’ll only complain if it moos.
5.      I ask my teenager random grammar questions.   And I’m tickled pink when he gives me his opinion. 
6.      I live in house full of boys.  I am incredibly grateful my teenager has a girlfriend so I get some estrogen in the air on occasion when she comes to visit.  They still pass gas and act like boys even when she’s here, but it does help to even things out because she’s as appalled by it as I am.
7.      I am the quintessential sports mom. I will sit on the bleachers ALL DAY when my boys are playing. And I’ll scream out the most inappropriate things I can at the most inopportune times.  Do the words “cow bell” mean anything to you?
8.       I’m in my second wave of parenting.  My oldest is sixteen and my youngest is six.  And, yes, even with the same mother and father, they are completely different.  You do everything differently when you’re older.  Small things don’t matter as much, and big things don’t matter unless they smell bad or make you want to heave. 
9.      I have this thing with numbers.  I can’t add 2+2 in my head and get 4, but I can remember number sequences (like phone numbers).
10.  My six-year-old makes me smile. He’s full of life and energy and he laughs so hard that you can’t help laughing with him.  He laughs so hard he snorts.  I want to have that much fun. I usually do. But I don’t snort. Not often. 
There. That’s my (Tammy’s) ten things.  Of course, I’m much too private to give you anything of importance, so I went for funny.  🙂
He’s Lost, Trapped, Doomed for All Eternity
Rich, titled and undead, gentleman vampire James Maitland, Lord Kettering, fears himself doomed to a cold and lonely existence—trapped for decades in an abandoned castle. Then, beautiful Scottish witch Blaire Lindsay arrives, and things begin to heat up considerably…
Unless He can Persuade Her to Set Him Free…
Feisty Blaire Lindsay laughs off the local gossip surrounding her mother’s ancestral home—stories of haunting cannot scare off this battle-born witch. But when she discovers the handsome prisoner in the bowels of the castle, Blaire has no idea that she has unleashed anything more than a man who sets her heart on fire…
Lydia Dare is the writing team of Tammy Falkner and Jodie Pearson. Both Tammy and Jodie are active members of the Heart of Carolina Romance Writers and live near Raleigh, North Carolina. Their next two books will also feature gentleman vampires: In the Heat of the Bite (July 2011) and Never Been Bit (September 2011)! For more information, please visit  

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