2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: Elodie Parkes

6f0db595ElodiePElodie Parkes is a British author writing romance, erotic, contemporary, and often with a twist of mystery, paranormal or suspense. Her books are always steamy, cool stories and hot love scenes.

Elodie lives in Canterbury with her two dogs. She works in an antique shop by day and writes at night, loving the cloak of silent darkness that descends on the rural countryside around her home.

Elodie writes for, Hot Ink Press, Moon Rose Publishing, Eternal Press, and Evernight

She has also released titles as an individual indie author.

 

Find Elodie online: Blog  Tumblr  Facebook  Twitter  Google +  Pinterest  YouTube  Amazon USA  Amazon UK  Smashwords  Barnes and Noble  ARe  Bookstrand  Evernight  Manic Readers  The Romance Reviews

 

Forever Blue, released by Hot Ink Press, December 20, 2013, erotic fantasy romance

 

foreverbluecoverRGB98forbloggersClaudie loves living in the countryside and close to the forests. She’s a film maker and works for the wildlife trust. One night she steps onto her patio and sees a man sheltering there. She confronts him and he runs away.

Jasper has watched Claudie for a year. He fell in love with her, but he has a secret, one that might mean he can never approach her.

Will love and fate find a way?

 

 

How much time are you able to devote to writing?

I try to write every day. The reality is sometimes I only get to do a read through, or edit of the previous day’s writing. I write in any time I have, typically at night. I would estimate I have two hours a day which I can devote to writing.

 

Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.

I’ll talk about Owen from, Forever Blue, because of how I ‘met’ him.

Owen is a forestry worker. He falls foul of a woodland sprite and her actions change his life. Fate has something in store for Owen when he comes across Claudie, a woman who lives in the countryside near the forests.

I had Owen in my head for a long time before I wrote his story. I have a big glass door that leads to my patio and garden. One morning on the glass was the strangest thing. A white face shape had appeared overnight. Not a whole face and not frightening in any way it sparked the notion that something ethereal and supernatural had looked into the room in the night.

I live near forests and drive through them to work. I’ve seen forestry commission workers in the woods taking care of the trees. One morning, a particularly attractive man stopped work as I passed. He watched as I drove by, and took off his work gloves to push his hair from his face. He was suddenly Owen for me, the man who disturbs the woodland sprites.

Of course, since I write romance he was given a happy ending.

 

Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?

Stories drop into my head as I go about life. A sign post, a building, a person, a place, suddenly spark an idea and now I write the story. For the longest time, I kept them in my head, but now I find I must write them.

I always give this answer, because nothing ever changes. Marketing is the biggest struggle, actually getting a book noticed by readers. It’s the most enormous time consuming activity and never ending.

 

What is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author?

The best reward has been when people tell me how much they love my work. Reviews are great to get, but often a message is left on my blog, or Facebook. A reader told me my stories were beautiful a few weeks ago in a message on Facebook. A comment was left on my blog that said the emotion in one of my stories was incredible. Those things are the reward, because authors don’t really earn a living, (smiles) not unless you’re very famous, or one of those rare phenomenon authors.

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: E. G. Gaddess

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E. G. Gaddess is the pen name of a young adult author who lives in Norfolk, Virginia, with her husband, daughter, big dog and the cat that rules them all.  “E. G. Gaddess” was chosen in memory of her grandparents.  They would have been proud of her.

Born in the U.S. but raised in Canada, she spent six years in the United States Navy, where she met her husband, got married, and had a child.  She didn’t see much of the world, but she got her B.A. in English (because she always loved to write) and a job as a technical editor.

She still takes classes in creative writing.  There is always something new to learn, another skill to master.

One day, she’d like to live off the money she makes from her writing.

Photo – attached to e-mail

Book Cover Art – attached to e-mail

http://www.facebook.com/eggaddess

@taramoeller69

http://www.eggaddess.com

http://www.taramoeller.wordpress.com

http://www.dreampunkpress.com

Buy Now (page on Dreampunkpress.com):  http://www.dreampunkpress.com/teens/dhampyr_journey/

Answers to questions:

How much time are you able to devote to writing?

THUMBNAIL_IMAGE_Dhampyr_JourneyWell, I have a full-time job and a disabled mother that now lives with my family, and my  writing time is getting less and less all the time.  I love to write, though, and squeeze in the time as much as I can.  Usually, I find about an hour in the evening before I go to bed.

Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.

Edwin, the main male character in Dhampyr Journey, was born as Simon in Dhampyr Journey.  I didn’t like him much, and I couldn’t get into his character, until I renamed him after my grandfather.  Once his name was Edwin, he became real to me, and wound up getting his own book when so many folks who read my first novel wanted to know what happened to him

Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?

I’ve always written stories, even back in elementary school.  If I wasn’t reading I was writing.  When I hit a certain age, I decided I need to start publishing what I was writing.  I chose self-publishing after a couple of agents told me I either had to ditch the vampire or the positive Christian theme in my book, and that was not something I was prepared to do.  I know that my vampire books aren’t going to be mainstream hits – but I love that a few people read and love them.

What is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author (i.e., personal satisfaction, monetary gain, networking)?

Personal satisfaction.  I have a couple of local teens who are true fans and love my books.  A couple of adults, too.  That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love more folks to read my books.  But knowing someone – even if it is just a few people – like my stories and get something out of them, is wonderful.

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: Lisa Rayns

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I’m mainly a paranormal romance author, but I’m expanding to different genres. I have an urban fantasy out, and this year, I’m also hoping to publish a psychological suspense along with a new romantic comedy series. I live in South Dakota, so the cold weather has been ideal for staying in and getting more work done.

 

    • How much time are you able to devote to writing?

 

I devote a lot of time to writing, plotting, and research. I consider it an extension of who I am, and I’m always striving to succeed and get noticed in this business. When I’m not working, I’m hanging with my wonderful kids.

 

    • Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.

 

wvbbTara is the main character in my latest book, Wanted: Vampire – Bad Blood. She was actually born in book 1 of the Trilogy. As that heroine’s best friend, she had to be supportive but tough, and she’s definitely rough around the edges. She was never a good girl, and she has a dark side that made her a lot of fun to write.

 

    • Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?

 

I write because I’ve always wanted to be an author. My love of books must have begun early in life because my mother always told me that I taught myself to read before I started school. Of course, I didn’t do anything about that dream until 2007 when my life was at its absolute busiest. Since then, I’ve tried to keep my writing a high priority.

I’ve had plenty of struggles in publishing. It took me four years of hard work and learning on my own before my skill was good enough to receive a contract from a small publisher. After that it became easier because I learned about things like writing groups and critique partners. Beyond that, the main struggle is always marketing, marketing, marketing.

 

    • What is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author (i.e., personal satisfaction, monetary gain, networking)?

 

The biggest reward I’ve received as a published author was my first contract with The Wild Rose Press. I felt like a real author for the first time, and it was amazing. Also, I love connecting with readers, and some of their reviews just leave me breathless. Most days, I believe I am doing what I am meant to do.

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: Grace Augustine

Grace 055 Facebook link:

www.facebook.com/pages/Grace-Augustine-Author-Romance-With-a-Touch-of-Grace/1396718353891536?ref=hl

Twitter link:

https://twitter.com/mallidalli

 

Blog link:

http://graceaugustine.weebly.com/blog.html

 

Website link:

www.graceaugustine.weebly.com

Purchase link:

http://www.amazon.com/Bittersweet-Acorn-Hills-Grace-Augustine-ebook/dp/B00FO98ZXQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389043688&sr=8-1&keywords=grace+augustine

 

My name is Grace Augustine and I am proud to say I am an internationally known author of a  new genre of romance, that being the “salt and pepper” genre…life stories and romance for those of us over 50 years of age.  I’m a native Montanan who moved to Portland, Oregon in the late 70’s then to Iowa in the 80’s. And here I reside. I’m the mother of two fabulous adult sons and a Jill of most trades. My hobbies include creating unique beaded jewelry, raising African violets, watching old movies and Celtic music. Along with being a writer, I am a floral designer, part time, for a local flower shop and affiliated with Blues and Roots Radio as a representative for Wee Dan’s Hoose.

In 2003 I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. I am an active advocate for MS through support groups by educating the public about MS. Because of this disease, I have had to modify my lifestyle several times. With each exacerbation comes finding a “new normal.”  While that may seem like something easy to do, trust me it isn’t.

Bittersweet_Cover_for_KindleI try to follow a schedule, I don’t always succeed, but I live my life from lists and calendars so I don’t forget the important things. Mondays are devoted to administrative things…blogging, updating my website and Facebook author page, tweeting, contacting new likes and phone meetings with my Marketing Rep. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are devoted to my Work In Progress.  Thursdays and Fridays are my work days. Saturdays and Sundays are my music responsibility days with some writing/editing tossed in as well.  I guess you could say that any spare time I have is spent writing. I still have 3 books to get out this year. That will complete the Acorn Hills series then I will be ready to begin the Second Generation in January of 2015.

It is very difficult for me to choose just one character out of those I’ve created to be my favorite. Each character is a different facet of me.  In Bittersweet, book 1 of the Acorn Hills series (published October 2013) the story line parallels a time in my life when I had a “Jake.” While the overall personality of Jake is that of a very good, savvy businessman, his philandering tendencies are enough to make you want to throw up! The penchant for running from woman to woman for sexual diversity was a very real part of my life. I guess you could say that I wrote this book as a type of therapy to deal with what was going on in my own life.

I’ve written for as long as I can remember. I have file folders filled with poems and one-line inspirational quips.  Writing is the easy part, waiting for the edits for the re-writes…well, that’s another story.  That has been my biggest struggle.  Patience!  Currently I am working on the last chapters of re-writes for Book 2, Mystic Capers, which is to be live for sale in mid-March. I self-publish through Createspace. What a wonderful, helpful bunch of people! So formatting and getting the manuscript to them is a piece of cake.

This whole thing has been such a heartwarming, humbling experience. One of my fears has been wondering what my friends would think of me, of my writing. When you bare your soul, when you write explicit, steamy sex scenes, you truly open yourself up to those who read your work. The personal satisfaction so far has come in the love, support, and encouragement of those who have read Bittersweet. The 20+ five star reviews on Amazon, the kind words in those reviews, the questions of when the other books will be ready to purchase…all of that has made me say “yeah, I can do this.”

I have more stories to tell. I’m just thankful there are readers who want to know what is going on in the fictitious town of Acorn Hills and surrounding area!

 

 

Spiritus Walking with Tracee Ford: Seers

Tomorrow night’s episode is about seers. In researching this topic, I found that the general definition is pretty simple: a seer is a person who possesses the ability to look into the spiritual realm. According to Wikipedia, a seer is a prophet. In fact, the resource indicates that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is where the idea originated. This wasn’t at all what I expected, so I kept researching. My disagreement led me to looking at other avenues of thought, so the results of my findings will be discussed tomorrow night.

So, tune into tomorrow night to learn more!

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: Felicia Starr

blue.pspimage (2)Author bio:

Author Felicia Starr lives five miles from her favorite Jersey Shore destination with her amazingly supportive family.  She loves to spend time creating special memories with her husband and two young boys.

Everyone expected her first publication to be a cookbook, but her love for writing has surpassed her love for cooking.

Felicia graduated magna cum laude from Kean University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a post baccalaureate in elementary education. She is a licensed real estate sales person, a certified yoga instructor, and most importantly, a stay-at-home mom.

Always thinking and dreaming in scenes…

 

 

Facebook link

https://www.facebook.com/FeliciaStarrAuthor

Twitter link

https://twitter.com/FeliciaStarr111

Blog link/Website link

feliciastarr.com

Buy link – I published 2 books last year but I am re-releasing them in March and April I won’t have a buy link for you until 3-11 they are still on Amazon.

TAKEN (Breaking the Darkness #1) re-releases 3-11

Dark and Dtormy re-releases 4-8

 

get-attachment.aspx-2Interview

I try to write every day. Of course there are some days where it is not possible. I have some days where I get a few paragraphs down and there are other days I can write around 4 thousand words.  I try to shoot for around 2 thousand words a day but am happy if I get over a thousand and super proud if I get over three thousand.

The main character in Taken, Kasha Alexander was born from a question I had after reading another book. In that book the mc did not know who her father was. That left me with a vast imagination of story lines that could be bread from just that one question. The question that begs to be answered through out this series is whether or not the readers or Kasha will ever meet her father. Do I know who he is? Of course I do!

I have always been a writer, growing up I journal about my life and about how I wanted my life to be. I wrote endless notebooks of poetry to help cope with life’s struggles and pleasures alike. Now I take all of that energy and pour it into someone else’s story.

My biggest struggle in publishing is time management and learning to juggle my family life, writing, and marketing. Once I get on line or Facebook to look something up I can get very distracted from the task at hand. This is a battle I hope to win. I think once my children are in school full time I will be ale to work a better schedule for myself.

The biggest reward I have had so far was finishing my first book and being able to hit publish. I wasn’t sure if I could really do it. I had the support of a few authors that I admired that pushed me and answered endless questions.  I try always offer the same help and support to others who have come to me looking for advice.  The funny thing about the praise that I have received from readers makes me a little bit embarrassed and I still blush when I read their emails.  I also love hearing my kids call me an author, that is truly priceless.

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: KATIE SALIDAS

KatieSmallKatie Salidas is a Super Woman! Endowed with special powers and abilities, beyond those of mortal women, She can get the munchkins off to gymnastics, cheerleading, Girl Scouts, and swim lessons.  She can put hot food on the table for dinner while assisting with homework, baths, and bedtime… And, She still finds the time to keep the hubby happy (nudge nudge wink wink). She can do all of this and still have time to write.

And if you can believe all of those lies, there is some beautiful swamp land in Florida for sale…

Katie Salidas resides in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mother of three, wife, and author, she does try to do it all, often causing sleep deprivation and many nights passed out at the computer. Writing is her passion, and she hopes that her passion will bring you hours of entertainment.
Blog
http://www.katiesalidas.com/

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Katie-Salidas-Author/214780936916

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/profile?viewProfile=&key=58814031&trk=tab_pro

Twitter
http://twitter.com/QuixoticKatie

Publisher
http://www.risingsignbooks.net

Amazon:
http://www.amazon.com/Katie-Salidas/e/B003APXXWO

Amazon UK:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Katie-Salidas/e/B003APXXWO

Barnes & Noble:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/katie-salidas?keyword=katie+salidas&store=allproducts

Smashwords:
http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/KatieSalidas

All Romance Ebooks:
http://www.allromanceebooks.com/storeSearch.html?searchBy=author&qString=Katie+Salidas

 

Peaceful beach sceneHow much time are you able to devote to writing?

 

Back when I began writing my first book, all those years ago, I was able to devote as many hours as I could stand. I only had one child at the time. She was in school and I had the house to myself for a glorious 6 hours a day. No interruptions, no other demands. I was able to just focus and write. Words like rushing water flowed freely pouring from a unending stream.  During those heady days I was able to churn out three full length novels, and 3 shorts: Immortalis Carpe Noctem, Hunter’s & Prey, Karma & Melodies, House of Immortal Pleasures, Halloween fantasies, and Pandora’s Box.

Then came child number two. Things slowed a bit then. Sleepless nights do not make for the most coherent writing, but I pushed through with what few moments of writing I could steal. Soulstone, Moonlight, Dark Salvation, and a few joint stories with my Erotica writing partner Willsin Rowe were completed during those hazy days.

Now that number three is here time is extremely short in supply. I’m lucky to have two, maybe three hours a night to complete any non-kid related tasks before I pass out at the computer.

Though time is short, writing is my passion so I take advantage of what I can. Just recently, I released Dissension, the first book in a new series for me.

 

Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.

 

Alyssa is near and dear to my heart. I’ve watch this character transform over the years. She came to me way back before I had the idea to write and publish a novel.

Spunky, headstrong, and a little naïve, she demanded to have her story written. As close to me as any of my real life friends, Alyssa has become a staple in my life, and her character has grown throughout the years we’ve known each other.

When I first chronicled her transformation in Immortalis Carpe Noctem, she was annoyingly stubborn and headstrong. I’ve gotten quite a bit of flack over the years for choosing to write her this way. She’s not entirely likeable as a main character for these qualities, however, as a character, she is ripe with real flaws, something that makes her very real. Sure she’s annoying at times, but she’s also got plenty of room to grow as a character. And grow she has, through 6 books in her series. Not only has she learned the ways of being a vampire, but she’s become a good friend, a good lover, and even a leader among her small coven of vampires.

It has been so much fun to chronicle her journey and her growth as a character. She can be found in Immortalis Carpe Noctem, Hunters & Prey, Pandora’s Box, Soulstone, Moonlight, and Dark Salvation.

 

Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?

 

It’s really not a question of “why” I write. As a writer, it is part of me. Writing is something I just do. Stories form and play out like movies in my mind. I see the characters. They beg for their chance in the spotlight. I can’t help it, writing happens.

That said, it is not always easy. Sure, it sounds it. Sit your butt in the chair and start typing, right? Not really. If you only knew the amount of time I spend staring blankly at my computer screen, you’d laugh. Actually, I am pretty sure my husband has gotten many a good laugh at me, especially when I am talking to myself… running character dialogue out loud.  Nothing like walking in on a conversation about disposing a dead body. If you didn’t know me, you might think I was a serial killer. I have been known to be very quick to kill off characters. No one is safe in my books. I’ve broken a few reader hearts with my choice in character death. But, back on topic. A lot of the actual writing time is spent in the preparation of writing.

Now, to the topic of publishing troubles… I have to knock on wood before I say this. After about 5 years of trial and error, I think I might have worked out the kinks in publishing books. Marketing still baffles me, but I can get my books in print and in ebook retailers fairly quickly. I even wrote a book on that very topic: Go Publish Yourself!

The putting the book on sale bit is pretty straight forward, but as I said, the marketing is the hard part. Without spamming, without begging, without being a non-stop “hey I published a book,” cheerleader, how does one get new readers? It’s a fine line that I, after 5 years of practicing, is a skill I’ve yet to master. But I’m willing to learn from my betters. I’m always watching authors, learning from what they do, and constantly putting new methods into practice.

 

What is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author (i.e., personal satisfaction, monetary gain, networking)?

Honestly. As cliché as it sounds, the biggest reward I think any author can receive is praise from their readers. Putting your work out there to the public is akin to walking out bare bottomed to your graduation. Like the old frightful dream of suddenly being there, in front of your peers in the nude. Rather than being laughed at. You get a standing ovation. That is a little of what reading a good review is like.

So, when I’ve put myself out there, naked and raw to the world with a new book, the moments drag on in crushing anticipation until I finally see a review. Good or bad, I’m happy that people are reading, but to receive a happy note from a reader saying they understood, appreciated, and even liked my work, is pure heaven.

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