Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Five Card Stud tour with Gem Sivad

Hey, peeps! Please join me in welcoming author Gem Sivad to my blog today!

Hi, Lisa. Thanks for having me today. I’m talking about Five Card Stud with you, celebrating both its win in the Passionate Plume contest (historical category) and its status as a Finalist in the 2012 Epic Awards (historical category).

1.     Congratulations on being a 2012 EPIC AWARD Finalist for your book, Five Card Stud. Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Thanks for the congrats, Lisa. Five Card Stud is a title in my Eclipse Heat series published by Ellora’s Cave. The hero, Sam McCallister is to date, the roughest, most alpha male I’ve written. He’s a tough talking, devilishly handsome bounty hunter interested in work, women, and cards. 

2.     Poker, while widely popular over the years, has become increasingly so as of late. Are you a poker fan? What prompted you to write this particular story?

I  frequently play cards with friends and poker is one of our games. I’m also addicted to the poker tournaments on television and an avid fan of poker player, Phil Ivey.

3.     Eden sounds like a strong character. Can you tell us about her?

Eden Pace is the woman who puts a stop to Sam’s philandering ways. She’s a lady gambler, working her way around Texas as she follows the trail of her husband’s killer.
Imagine Sam’s chagrin when he finds that he’s no more than a tool for her to use in and out of bed. Eden isn’t interested in love—she’s grieving for her murdered husband.

4.     What is it about Sam that will make readers fall in love with him?

He’s a bad boy who finally gets his come-uppance when he falls in love with Eden. He doesn’t know if she’ll ever love him back, but he plans to spend the rest of his life making sure she’s safe in his arms.

5.     Which of your characters do you relate to the most, and why?

Eden because even focused as she is on her goal, Sam manages to slip under her defenses and take charge of her heart. I think that fits my relationship with my husband very well.

6.     Did you have a character or scene that you struggled with?

Yes, the scene where Eden rejects Sam, telling him that he’s no more to her than a one night stand. I didn’t want her to say that. I wanted her to grab hold of him and beg for his help. 

     7. How were you able to push through?

I had to go back to my story arc, reminding Eden that she had a ways to go before she and Sam could have their HEA.

8.     If you were able to spend an evening with one of your characters, who would you choose, and why?

Right now, I’d spend time with Dr. Grace Souter, coming soon in my Eclipse Heat title, Whispering Grace.  I’m working in this wip right now and Grace is revealing her secrets slowly.

9.     Do you have any writing quirks? 

I hate letting go of that first draft, even to crit partners. I’ve been known to revise as many as six times before I submit to other eyes.

10.     Favorite author?

My favorite author changes often. Right now it would be Patricia Briggs.

10. Favorite book?

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs.

11. What are three things your readers don’t know about you?

I have a degree in psychology, another in journalism and a third in English.

12. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Ramps—wild onions that are delicious when fried, but leave you reeking with the smell for days. 

13. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

Flown to St. Louis to meet a blind date. As it turned out, my date later became my husband. 

14. If  Five Card Stud were made into a movie, who would you like to see cast?

Josh Holloway  and Jennifer Garner.

For those who might enjoy a further taste of Five Card Stud, here’s the link for the trailer now available on the Gem Sivad YouTube Channel. 

Stop by my FB Fan page and click the “Like” button to go in a drawing for a copy of Five Card Stud.

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Thanks again for having me, Lisa.



Five Card Stud is a 2012 Epic Award Finalist in the Historical Romance category


When bounty hunter Sam McCallister sees Eden Pace playing poker for the first time, he loses all interest in the cards; instead, the thought of playing stud with the lady gambler stirs his cock to life. Eden’s the prettiest woman and the best card sharp Sam’s ever met. Good thing he has a few cards up his sleeve.

Eden’s doing her own outlaw hunting. She’s on the trail of her husband’s killer and Sam’s in her way. To get free of this hardheaded, softhearted, gorgeous man, Eden tries strip poker and naked truth-or-dare, but when Sam ups the stakes, carnal submission and desire are unleashed.

When Sam discovers Eden’s wanted for murder, he figures his bed is the safest place for her. But taking Eden prisoner isn’t as easy as Sam expects. He’s in a high-stakes poker game with lust on the table and his heart on the line, because one taste of Eden just isn’t enough.

About the author:

Gem Sivad is a multi-published, award winning historical romance author currently devoting her writing time to capturing the essence of the Old West.

Expect some sizzle and spice in Gem's books along with a gritty landscape of red dust,sage brush and the lawless flavor of 1880's Texas.

Visit Gem's Place at for her current projects and books coming soon.

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Sizzling PR said...

Thank you for hosting Gem today. Great interview.

Alanna Coca said...

Great interview! 5 Card Stud is a wonderful book.

Trina M. Lee said...

This was a fabulous read. Very bad ass and sexy. Great interview, Gem.

Gem Sivad said...

Thanks Alanna and Trina. You both suffered through the angst and hand wringing with me as I wrote Sam and Eden's story.

Great crit partners who are awesome!

Julianne said...

Popping in late on this, but congrats on your Epic final, Gem. The story sounds wonderful. :) I look forward to delving into it!

Jennifer Lane said...

Fantastic interview, ladies! I'm intrigued that Gem was a psychology major and met her hubby by flying to St. Louis for a blind date! How cool is that? Good luck with your writing, Gem and Lisa.

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