2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: NINA PIERCE

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USA Today bestselling author, Nina Pierce, resides in New England with her high school sweetheart and soul mate of twenty-nine years and several spoiled cats who consider her staff. She spends her days at the keyboard writing romance stories, blissfully creating chaos for her characters by throwing in a villain or two, a little murder and a whole lot of mayhem as they struggle toward their happy-ever-afters.

 

You can check out all her information:

website http://www.ninapierce.com

facebook http://www.facebook.com/author.nina.pierce

twitter http://www.twitter.com/ninapierce

 

BUY LINKS:

Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00H2BBPNG

Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-his-eyes-nina-pierce/1117544616?ean=2940148950561&itm=1&usri=nina+pierce

Kobo: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/in-his-eyes-5

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/in-his-eyes/id776156164?mt=11

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I came to writing unexpectedly. I had the job of my heart teaching science at an outreach nature museum when the multiple sclerosis that had been percolating in the background of my life reared its ugly head and made teaching impossible. As a voracious reader it only seemed a natural progression to turn my love of romance into a career. I now write fulltime. I love using the logical thought processes of science to create suspense stories that twist and turn.

 

My most recent release, IN HIS EYES, is actually based on a real life couple that rented my parents’ beach cottage. They were going through a trial separation and the story of a serial killer focused on the wife was born. At the time of the writing I was actually living in the cottage where the story was based and it was both creepy and thrilling to imagine the killer in the rooms while the story unfolded on the pages.

 

For me, the most difficult part of writing is letting go and letting the characters tell their story. Words don’t just flow from my fingers. I pull them with great effort out of the ether, bleeding every paragraph, every page, and every chapter onto the page. And now that the book is receiving 4 and 5 star reviews it makes all the long hours writing worth the blood and sweat it took to mold this story. There’s nothing like the thrill of having a reader tell you how much they enjoyed your writing and that you kept them guessing until the last page.

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: Maggie Thom

Me - 2014 4x4.6Maggie Thom’s Bio

 

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first suspense/thriller book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win 2013 Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than to take a book, hike to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and read. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape. “Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!” InDtale Magazine

 

She can be found at:

Website: www.maggiethom.com

Blog: http://maggiethom.wordpress.com/the-write-to-read/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authormaggiethom

Twitter: www.twitter.com/maggiethom2

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6549592.Maggie_Thom

 

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tainted-Waters-Maggie-Thom-ebook/dp/B00CJGTSME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393872627&sr=8-1&keywords=tainted+waters

 

TaintedWaters-newcover 800x1200How much time are you able to devote to writing?

This really varies throughout the year but honestly, I write every day, minus a weekend here or there. When I’m not writing a novel, which is usually only when I finish one and I am working on the marketing of it, I am writing something – a short story, a scene, plot ideas, articles, something. When I am writing a novel, I tend to write for longer periods of time during the day, anywhere from two to six hours or so. It all depends on how well the story is flowing and whether my hands, arms and body have had enough of sitting and being overused.

 

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

One of the most memorable characters, for me and for some of my readers, is Geoffrey. He came to life in Captured Lies but is also in the sequel Deceitful Truths. He is an evil, warped man. I think he really came about as the culmination of bad people out in the world. I wanted to know why he was so bad though, what made him so revengeful and angry. His back story started to come to life – born to a wealthy father who couldn’t keep his pants zipped, so he became an embarrassment for his step-mom who agreed to raise him. She never let him forget he wasn’t hers and was from lesser stock. He was abused mentally, physically, emotionally. Once I got the idea for him, he just came to life and really took on a life of his own. He’s a rather dark character with a very mean and devious streak in him.

 

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

I think, way back when I started to write in my youth, writing was a go to place for something to do on those days when I wanted something different. Over the years as I’ve opened myself to getting more and more creative with my writing, I find that I have so many ideas for novels, for characters, for settings, for stories that I have to write them down. I now write because I love it. I love the whole process of inventing, creating, taking an idea and developing it into this full blown, intriguing, compelling story.

 

Some of the struggles with publishing have been many. As an Indie author everything falls on me to get done. There is a lot to keep track of, from formatting the books, to how to upload them – doing them a little different for each book seller, pricing them and making sure that the public finds out I have ebooks out there. So there have been steps missed, there is the feeling of overwhelm at times and the feeling of needing to be everywhere at once.

 

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

I think the greatest gift I’ve been given is the connections I’ve made. The people who I know are there if I need help with something, the people who support me, encourage me, share with me. It’s awesome.  I have met some incredible people, some are authors, some are bloggers, some are readers, some are reviewers, some have nothing to do with the book world at all. I have been so impressed with the willingness of others to help by giving advice, reading, reviewing, voting, hosting or as in your case Tracee by hosting authors on your blog. I think the other big part for me is that I get to pay it forward, I can help others out as well.

Thank you very much for hosting me on your blog today, Tracee, I really appreciate it.

2ND ANNUAL SPRING FEVER BLOG TOUR: MIKE HARTNER

1014027_10152037637414882_2079711721_n (2)Mike Hartner (1965-) was born in Florida and lives in British Columbia with his family. His interests include: Skiing, surfing, scuba diving, writing, soccer, and cheerleading his son’s teams.
Facebook link facebook.com/MhartnerAuthor
Twitter link @MHartnerAuthor
Blog link  http://goo.gl/DI0iGZ    and   http://goo.gl/eXZu5p
Website link www.mikehartner.com
Buy link  http://goo.gl/qiXO5S

    • How much time are you able to devote to writing?
      • I devote evenings and sometimes weekends to writing.  My first priority is, and always has been, my family.  So, after the doctor’s appointments are done, after the sports practices, and the evening cleanups, after the house programs, and all else, THEN I can devote some time to my writing.  It’s a good thing that my writing is the stress-relief for the day, since by that point I certainly need it.
    • Tell me about one of your characters and how that character was born.
      • Walter Crofter was the second surviving son of a London merchant.  He was born into a lower middle-class family, just as the family’s downward slide was getting started. Older brother Gerald left when Walter was six, and Walter left at 11.   The difference would be the attitudes and mores of the two boys.
    • Why do you write and what struggles have you had in publishing?
      •  I write Romantic Historical Fiction.   I, Walter is historical romance, and that is the genre that is bringing him the most attention.  I have self-published.  Because of that, my biggest challenge is getting sales and exposure.   This has been a daily challenge especially getting reviews.
    • cover-hartnerWhat is the biggest reward you’ve gotten as a published author (i.e., personal satisfaction, monetary gain, networking)?
      • The biggest reward I’ve received is personal satisfaction.  A very close sister of mine described I, Walter as helping her to escape from her daily stress. To me, that is the greatest compliment. For what is a story if we can’t wrap others in another world, and let them become a part of it, even for a short time?

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.

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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!

 

 

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