Surprise! Tuesday Guest Post: Wendy Unsworth

Wendy Unsworth is the author of mystery and psychological suspense. She has also written a series of chapter books for young children and has enjoyed the challenges of these very different genres.

Wendy has lived in Ndola Zambia, Nairobi Kenya, in a 17th century Cornish cottage, Lincolnshire and Lancashire in England and now divides her time between Scotland and the wilds of Portugal. In between packing and unpacking her passions are writing, reading, travel, her cat Cleopatra and, of course, her family.

The Berriwood Series of novels follows the lives of ordinary people in a pretty little backwater of the Cornish countryside. This is a place of tranquility, where everyone knows everyone and nothing much ever seems to happen, until…

Amidst  this quiet, idyllic background of rural life Wendy likes reveal the darker side of life, to pitch her characters against the odds, to test their nerve  and see how they react!

There have been two titles in the Berriwood series so far-

The Palaver Tree Following a personal tragedy, Ellie Hathaway takes a teaching job far away from the safety of Berriwood, in the sub-Saharan country of Ducana. She has never done anything so daring before but she believes she has no need to worry, the wonderful headmaster, Gabriel Cole will guide and protect her. Nothing could possibly go wrong while he is around…

But, as Ellie slowly discovers, she is not the only one Gabriel is ‘protecting’ and whose interests does he really have at heart?

From a sleepy English village to the heat of Africa, the truth is out there and someone has to find it.

The Palaver Tree is available for download here:-

getBook.at/Palaver

In Beneathwood ,

Beryl Carroll has lived in Berriwood for most of  her life. It has been so long that people tend to forget she came to the village a young and frightened runaway and no one, not even her husband Gordon, knows exactly what happened to her before she came looking for him.

But someone knows, someone who blames her for her past transgressions and someone who would dearly like to make her pay. Just as Beryl and Gordon prepare to move in to the lovely old house at Beneathwood,  the time for revenge has come.

  Beneathwood is available for download here:-

getBook.at/Beneathwood

 

Dirty Work is the third title in the series.

Appearances can be deceptive.

Take the Duke twins. Pete lost his IT job almost two years ago; he is best known in his native village of Berriwood for his tendency to be found propped up against a bar somewhere… or under it. It has been a tough time for Caroline, Pete’s wife,  but at last, it seems, he is turning his life around.

Nathan is the success story of the family, the darling of the local amateur dramatic society who gave it all up for his high flying directorship based in London. But his wife, Marcie hates the lonely days while he works away and forgetting her birthday is the last straw.

When Nathan invites Caroline and Pete to a surprise birthday dinner for Marcie, to make amends, Caroline has her reservations. She knows if anyone is going to spoil the family party it would be Pete; he has done it plenty of times before. What she doesn’t anticipate is that her husband won’t even be there and that one of the four will very soon be dead. .

Dirty Work will be available for pre-order on Amazon from 15th May 2017 and published on June 16th 2017

All three books in the Berriwood series now have brand new covers to celebrate this latest release

Wendy can be found at her website  wendyunsworth.wordpress.com where she loves to welcome visitors.

 

 

 

 

I’m BACK in BLACK! All books are live & THROUGH GLASS DARKLY is all yours!

facebookBecause my titles have some element of darkness, I thought it was fitting for me to be “back in black” as a title for this blog.

Ozwind Publishing, LLC  and I are proud to present the Between Worlds Series. We would like to thank our partners for such dynamic covers and back-of-the-book summaries. I am eternally grateful for a job well done and am pleased to present this dynamic trilogy to you!

The books are available NOW through Amazon, Kindle, and Smashwords. The first book, The Fine Line is coming back out as a 2nd edition and the ebook is available on Smashwords for FREE!

We know that many of you have been waiting for the last book in the series, Through Glass Darkly. The wait is over!

Covers, synopses, and buy links are below. Social media links for Tracee are included below as well as her bio.  THE FINE LINE and VOICE OF THE DEAD are $12.00 for Paperbacks. THROUGH GLASS DARKLY are $14.50. Ebooks are $1.99 each, and as mentioned, “The Fine Line” is free only on Smashwords!

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2nd edition

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There is a fine line between the world of the living and the world of the dead, and Robin Hillard and her handsome husband Dr. Matthew Gregory are about to cross it. After the two meet in the ER of the local hospital, Robin and Matt begin a whirlwind romance. Matt surprises Robin when he proposes to her in the midst of the beautiful Pikeview Manor, the home that Matt has just purchased for them to begin their lives together. What the newlyweds are unaware of is that by walking through the front door they have walked between the worlds. The couple begins to hear strange noises, find objects moved, and they see the shadows once hidden within the majestic house.Robin has dreams of the past, while Matt struggles with the line between science and the world of the unseen. Matt’s young daughter Olivia begins speaking of the little girl that she plays with in her room, and of the darkness lurking within every board, nail, brick, and tile of the house. The family’s love and strength is tested as they realize that terror is not imagined…its real!

 

 

 

KINDLE: http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Line-Between-Worlds-Book-ebook/dp/B00V7ACJ2O/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427385660&sr=1-4&keywords=tracee+fordSMASHWORDS: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530522 (FREE)

AMAZON (PAPERBACK): http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Line-Between-Worlds-Volume/dp/0692413596/ref=dp_ob_title_bk

 

 

 

FORMERLY IDOLUM

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Dr. Lauren Harris is a brilliant nationally respected forensic psychologist with a secret. She is an empath who can emotionally connect with the spirits of dead, seeing through their eyes, and giving tHaunted Castlehem a voice. When she is called upon by the FBI to help track down and stop The Phantom, a hedonistic serial killer, she is confronted with the one thing she has always feared when she meets Agent Nicholas Bennette.The two find it difficult to work with each other at first due to their differences and the sexual tension building like wild fire between them. As Lauren connects with The Phantom’s victims she finds herself trying to make sense of the visions feeling overwhelmed with the knowledge that so much has been left undone in their lives. She learns that the dead will no longer be silenced when they have a voice through her.  As the body count rises and a passionate romance begins with Nicholas, Lauren discovers that she has been targeted by The Phantom, and she is frightened to learn that she too has left much undone in her life as well.

 

KINDLE http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Dead-Between-Worlds-Book-ebook/dp/B00V7MU762/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427385699&sr=1-1&keywords=voice+of+the+deadAMAZON PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Voice-Dead-Between-Worlds-2/dp/0692413626/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427393261&sr=1-2

SMASHWORDS:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530610

 

 

NEW RELEASE!

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Olivia Gregory, whom we met in the The Fine Line, the first book of the Between World’s series, is all grown up, and despite her stable upbringing, makes life choices that lead her down a very destructive path. Attempting to run from the horrors of her past, these choices lead her far away from her family and the safety of Pikeview Manor.After a near death experience, Olivia is forced to 11039514_10153108166348959_639178523_o (2)look through the glass darkly and her life takes another dramatic turn. Influenced by a special companion, Olivia becomes a cop in the K-9 division. One fateful April afternoon, she stumbles upon the hanging body of a murdered young girl—one of a soon to be long list of victims of the Tic-Tac-Toe killer.

Along with her smoking hot partner, Daniel Knight and Dr. Lauren Harris-Bennette, a nationally respected forensic psychologist and the key crime solver in The Phantom murders, Olivia is drawn into a case that could cost her everything.

 

KINDLE:  http://www.amazon.com/Through-Glass-Darkly-Between-Worlds-ebook/dp/B00V7M1MZ2/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1427385728&sr=1-1&keywords=through+glass+darklyAMAZON PAPERBACK: http://www.amazon.com/Through-Glass-Darkly-Between-Worlds/dp/0692413642/ref=sr_1_3?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1427393261&sr=1-3

SMASHWORDS DOWNLOAD: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/530535

 

 

 

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BIO

Tracee Ford has been telling stories her whole life. Tracee dreamed big and worked to make her dreams come true by becoming an award-winning novelist revamped10363602_10205210472015215_270108344208148385_nand now founder of Ozwind Publishing, LLC. Tracee is a member of the Paranormal Romance Guild. Her first novel, The Fine Line, won a Reader’s Choice Award in 2013 and her second novel, Idolum: Visions of the Undone, was nominated by PRG for Best Paranormal Romantic Suspense novel of 2013, and secured and won second place.

Tracee has walked many paths in her life as a playwright, director, and a puppeteer. She has also delved into the darkest parts of our society and culture with the Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences and Psychology which she earned from Shawnee State University and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of North Dakota. Tracee’s interest in the paranormal, her life experience, and education has given her a keen insight into the shadows that haunt our society making her a brilliant author of thrillers and suspense. Tracee is excited to expand her writing by exploring other genres inspired by her love of such classics as L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With The Wind. Tracee Ford is ready to take your hand and lead you on fantastic and thrilling new adventures.

Links

Websitehttp://traceeford.com

Bloghttps://traceeford.wordpress.com

YouTube channel:  http://www.youtube.com/user/authortraceeford

Social Media connections

https://www.tsu.co/Author_Tracee_Ford

https://www.goodreads.com/httpgoodreadscomTracee_Ford

http://www.shelfari.com/traceeford

http://www.amazon.com/Tracee-Ford/e/B00AXL5538/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1418653415&sr=1-2-ent

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Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Emily Guido

Hello everyone.  The Blog Tour is in it’s final days.  I truly hope you’ve enjoyed reading about all of these fantastic authors.  Tonight, Emily Guido has the state.  She has published several titles and is a sister author for PDMI.  Thanks so much Emily for joining the blog tour!  Enjoy the interview!

By the way, Emily is offering a giveaway, so please go to Facebook to view the event page!  https://www.facebook.com/events/317868315002099/

EmilyGuido_AuthorPic_3About the Author:

Emily Guido is a new Paranormal Romance Author. She was inspired to start writing “Charmeine” because one day she got an idea of two characters that needed to have their story told. Not ever dreaming a week later she would have over a 100,000 words written. When Emily writes, it is similar to you or I watching a movie. She pictures the characters in her head going through vivid descriptions of each scene. There are so many nuances going through her mind that she cannot type fast enough.  The novels “Mactus,” “Accendo,” “Seditious,” and “Ransom,” are the continuation of the wonderful adventures of the inhabitants of The Castle Charmeine!

Emily is currently writing “Conundrum” the Sixth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” She is currently working at a College full time, and pursuing her Master of Business Administration.

YA, PNR, Paranormal Romance, Vampire, Angels, Action and Adventure, Historical

Where to find/follow Emily:

Website: http://authoremilyguido.com/

Website: http://emilyguido.com/

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764521.Emily_Guido

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Emily__Guido

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelightbearernovelist

“Charmeine” First Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095B6IJC

“Mactus” Second Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009D6226M/

“Accendo” Third Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009J7P7E4/

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Can romance develop between a Heavenly Light-Bearer and a Hellish Vampire Blood-Hunter?

“Charmeine” the First Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series,” was released January 2012.

Tabbruis is a Blood-Hunter, he drinks blood to survive. Over millennia Tabbruis has wandered the Earth alone aimlessly living through many historical events.

Charmeine just came to the Earth in 1997, unable to remember anything.

When Tabbruis meets Charmeine the attraction is immediate and passionate. They are polar opposites and clash together in a strongly romantic and dramatic way. When she meets Tabbruis, Charmeine’s powers as a Light-Bearer, one who throws lightning, is triggered and grows exponentially.

Will Charmeine and Tabbruis fulfill their destinies?   Will they realize their importance in both the Blood-Hunter and Light-Bearer world?

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Title: “Charmeine” the First Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series”   
Author: Emily Guido

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Chic Lit, Fantasy
Website: http://authoremilyguido.com/

Blog: http://emilyguido.com/

Social Media connections:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/Emily__Guido

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/thelightbearernovelist

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5764521.Emily_Guido

Release Date: September 22, 2012
Where to buy:

Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095B6IJC

Smashwords :  http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/238502

Reviews:

RAVE REVIEWS for Charmeine by Author Emily Guido

“Emily has created a world of LOVE going so deep, the hardcore romantic within me can totally feel the characters emotions.”

Lovetiggi

“This novel is much more than a book about Vampires and Angels, it was an adventure! I cannot tell you the ending but suffice it to say it will have you turning the page for more and more.”

Kathleen Burns

“Romance between a Vampire and a light bearer is something so new, I had to read this book to find out what the buzz and feel is all about … All I can say is that book didn’t disappoint at all! A must read!”

Fathima Amiruddin

“This is a great read, and a terrific debut novel!”

Susan Ashcraft

“The author’s story got me hooked. I think the readers will feel the same.”

Carol Fitzpatrick

“This story is a fantastically tender, romantic one of timeless love.

This story is well worth a read!”

Melanie Adkins

“The scenes were beautifully described and the plot is creative and intriguing.

The Light-Bearer Series is sure to be the next fabulous Angel series on your

“To-Read” shelf!”

Cassie

“Well done Emily, this is a great debut novel!”

Samantha Adams

Other Work:

“Mactus” Second Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009D6226M/

“Accendo” Third Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009J7P7E4/

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Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

All of a sudden, Charleen felt a warm, wet bolt of lightning going through her which did not hurt. She grabbed him around his waist and pulled him close to her.

Tabbruis did not know why but her blood was exquisite. He had never tasted someone’s blood which fired his passion and desire. He held her close.

She could hear him softly growl as he licked the wound. The sounds didn’t scare her…it thrilled her. She moaned gently with feelings of sexual pleasure. Her chest swelled, and her heart raced.

He fought to keep his fangs in his gums. Her blood was like an answer to his hunger which had burned in him for centuries. Tabbruis felt her power in the blood. Her blood was intoxicating him with sexual want.  His feelings of desire intensified. He could not control the urge to take her into his arms and never let her go until they both had sweet relief.

Charleen moaned louder. The sexual electricity was flying up and down her body. Her body hummed with desire. She dug her nails into his back to draw him closer to her.

Tabbruis knew she was as excited as he was…

At that moment, his fangs appeared. Quickly, he moved away from her turning around and covering his mouth.

Charleen slowly opened her heavy-hooded eyes with a hunger she never had before. She felt a sexual need for this man in front of her. She asked breathlessly, “Why…did you stop? What’s the matter? Have I done something…wrong?”

Tabbruis’ fangs retracted, and he took his hand down. He turned around panting and saw her brown eyes full of desire.

She could see the want in his deep green eyes. His eyes were replaced by rings of smokiness with pinpoints of green in them.

Trying to catch his breath, Tabbruis replied, “In my life, I have never tasted blood so powerful and intoxicating.”

“Powerful? Intoxicating?” She thought, ‘God, he is so damn sexy! Control yourself Charleen! Control!’

Tabbruis was still breathless and tried to explain without revealing his desire which radiated in his pin-point eyes of lust. He blinked a few times and tried to slow his breathing down. He wanted her badly and ached to hold her again. Trying to maintain his composure he answered, “Yes, your blood is very potent. I am sorry. My fangs became exposed while closing your wound. The pleasure was… Again, I am sorry; it was a reflex. I do not want to scare you.”

Charleen shook her head; her chest was still struggling for breath going up and down. She said in gasps, “You did not scare me…believe me. It was something…totally different.” She tried to recover her senses but her attraction to him was making her heart pound through her chest.

Tabbruis was just as breathless with yearning, never wanting anyone more than this innocent Light-Bearer in front of him. He could see in her eyes she wanted him too. As he gradually got control of his senses, he wondered why she would want him. They were from different worlds.

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

I was always a good writer, but never had I written a novel until 2012.  I loved my American and English Literature in college.  I would write epic term papers with no problems.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

Deep down, I always loved to write. Also, I was a musician and play violin and piano and sing.  So, I planned on being a musician until I learned I wasn’t near good enough.  Then I went into business.  Right now, I’m finishing my MBA and plan on continuing to write.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?

I am drawn to Paranormal Romance.  However, been thinking of branching out with another genre of contemporary romance and ghost writing biographies.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

I loved vampire stories ever since I was a little girl.  My sister passed away from Leukaemia. Since I was a kid, I have been fascinated how blood can give life.  It is for her that I write these Paranormal Romances for.  My sis, Connie, would have loved them so much. She was a huge fan of “Dark Shadows.”

5      What has your publishing experience been like? 

I am with PDMI Direct Publishing.  I have liked the experience a lot.  They are very attentive to all my needs and always work with me to get things done.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I love to put my headphones on and just write, write, write.  I usually sit on my couch or my kitchen table.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

Glad you asked!  Each character came from Angels names or Greek Mythology.  I have been asked why did you name your hero Tabbruis (Tab-bree-us) or Heroine Charmeine?  It’s because Tabbruis is the name for the Angel of Self-Determination and Charmeine is the Angel of Harmony.  I went to Catholic School… so the Saints and Angels were used a lot.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favourite character and why?

My favourite character is Dmitri Maximus, Tabbruis’ bestfriend/Brother and Charmeine’s trusted Advisor.  He is the oldest of the Blood-Hunters and very wise.  Also, he is very funny and always has a comment to say… his signature, “Oh my…” cracks me up.  Plus he is so GORGEOUS!  He is 6’4”, long black hair he ties back, deep blue eyes which could melt you to the ground, built with wonderful big muscles and abs… ahh, he’s an Adonis on Earth.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

Yes!  I learned a lot!  I learned that editing can make or break a book.  I have a lot of unedited copies of the book out there, and I regret it.  The book is so good now… but all those unedited books out in cyberspace make me very sad.  However, I stated on Goodreads that I will replace ANY OLD VERSION OF MY BOOKS FREE, if they write my email and ask guido.emily@gmail.com.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work?

I market on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Authonomy, World Literary Café, Romance Writers of America and tons of Linked-In social media groups.  Also, I attend conferences and book-signings whenever I can.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

It was so wonderful to see your name in print. You have no idea.  For all the struggle, heartache, long hours of tedious work and promotion, my book was finally in front of me… God Bless me but I cried like a baby with joy!

12   Favourite authors? 

Bram Stoker, Jane Austen, Mary (Wollstonecraft Godwin) Shelly

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

No, when I write, they story is there in my head.  If I don’t have the story in my head, I don’t even attempt to write, it only leads to frustration and unnecessary angst.  So I literally forget about it until I have it in my head.

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

Just do it!  There is nothing to lose by just writing your story and vision out.  However, never publish without editing.  I did, and I regret those early versions more than you will ever know.  Because inevitably, someone will review an early version… and I just cringe.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

I am working on editing the Fourth Novel in “The Light-Bearer Series” called “Seditious” and it is yummy evil… just so enough to give my hero and heroine a run for their money.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Jill Eisnaugle

Introducing author Jill Eisnaugle.  She is multi-talented with a collection of poetry as well as a novel and contributions to various other publications. Thank you so much Jill for sharing with us!

Enjoy readers!

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Jill Eisnaugle is the author of three collections of poetry: Coastal Whispers, Under Amber Skies, and Beside Still Waters and one children’s book, Simon The Snowman. Ivy Dreams is her first novel. In addition to books that Jill has written—and as a tribute to her father’s past career— her work has aired more than a dozen times on radio stations across the country. Ms. Eisnaugle’s writing has also been printed in Today’s Caregiver magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Hallmark Cards and by various US newspapers. Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Jackson County, Ohio until the age of 11, Jill now calls Galveston County, Texas, where she resides with her family and pets, home. A 2008 Story Institute contest winner, Jill enjoys swimming, fishing, gardening, and helping others through volunteer work or charitable donations made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

 

 

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Author: Jill Eisnaugle

Genre: Sports Fiction
Website: http://www.authorsden.com/jillaeisnaugle

Blog:

Social Media connections: http://www.facebook.com/ivydreams

Release Date: February 12, 2013
Where to buy:  Lulu.com (now), Amazon.com (soon)
Reviews:

“Jill Eisnaugle’s first novel ‘IVY DREAMS’ is very well written and much more than a baseball story. It is a beautiful tale that weaves life’s fouls and curveballs flawlessly with perfect games and home runs.”

 

Other Work:  The poetry books: Coastal Whispers, Under Amber Skies, and Beside Still Waters and the children’s book, Simon the Snowman. I’ve also been published by Chicken Soup for the Soul and Hallmark Cards in two of their books.

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

It is the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series at Chicago’s Historic Wrigley Field. With two on and two out and the Cubs trailing award-winning veteran pitcher, Leon Chapman and his Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs’ and their fans’ dreams of ending the ballclub’s century-plus old championship drought rests on the shoulders of a GIRL? Will 42-year-old Kim Reedeaux become each Cub fan’s shining heroine or sinister villainess? Will her archenemy Leon Chapman take the lightning from the overcast October sky and steal the Cubs’ thunder or will he drown in tears of defeat as he watches his former team live their moment? Follow the twists and turns, hardships and triumphs that have led the Cubs’ ponytail-wearing shortstop to the opportunity of a lifetime!

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing? I wrote my first short story when I was 8. I wrote my first poem at 14. I began writing “Ivy Dreams” at the age of 25.

 

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? When I was younger, I had aspirations of becoming a nurse, but once the poetry bug bit me at 14 and two major events in my life happened afterwards, the course of my future was set.

 

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? 
I mix it up. I have written poetry since 1994 and have written over 2,000 poems since then. I am most fond of non-fiction short stories or realistic fiction.

 

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?
The inspiration for “Ivy Dreams” was three-fold. One, I have been a life-long, long-suffering Chicago Cubs baseball fan. Secondly, I am a small town Daddy’s girl and lastly, my life has known its own fair share of adversity and dreams. So, I guess to say the novel loosely resembles my life would be pretty accurate.

 

5      What has your publishing experience been like?

 I caught somewhat of a break, 8 years ago, by chance, with media in Houston and from the confidence I built for myself from that platform, I have taken chances more willingly and dared to dream big. It never hurts to have Houston media, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Hallmark on the writing resume. But, like everyone else, I started at the bottom and clawed my way forward, catching little breaks here and there that combined have led to not so little breaks. Luck plays a huge role in the success of any writer too. Overall, I cannot complain about my publishing experience. Over the past decade, I have built a rather large following for my writing and therefore, I have found success.

 

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair? It depends on my mood. Sometimes, I write in the quiet. Other times, I listen to music. A decade ago, I wrote Coastal Whispers around fetching sandwiches, Cokes, and packages of crackers for my Dad, during his latter days.

 

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

In Ivy Dreams, many of the places are real locations; some are fictionalized towns that had a ring to them in my mind. As far as character names go, some are first names based on friends, some are just what happened to run through my head at the time.

8      In your most recent work, who is your favourite character and why?

In Ivy Dreams, my favourite character is Kim Reedeaux. She is a fighter. She is strong-willed, a dreamer, a sweet girl with big dreams and a survivor in many ways, but more than that, she still puts her family at the forefront of her mind and heart. That means a lot to me.

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

 I learned a lot about baseball rules and history as it pertains to women. It was very interesting to learn how long women have been around the sport in some capacity.


10   How did you/do you market your work?

With the past knowledge that the market for poetry is not the best for sales, I did not market as aggressively as I plan to market the novel. For the novel, I have lined up newspaper interviews, a social media campaign, other interviews, seeking reviews for the book, etc.

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

 Ivy Dreams was 7 years in the writing process, with ups and downs, personal triumphs and tragedies in the process. Therefore, seeing the published book for the first time really was emotional for me. My father was alive for the writing of the first few chapters (He has been gone nearly 5 years). Friendships that were at the start have faded, new friendships that have come about through the writing process remain, successes that were few then are special now, etc. In many ways, this novel has brought with it such a sense of fulfilment and peace – especially when considering my life’s adversity in the past 16 months.

 

12   Favorite authors?  Jason F. Wright, R.L. Stine, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne and I’d be remised to not mention, Jack Canfield of “Chicken Soup for the Soul” fame.

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? I took an 18 month break from writing Ivy Dreams due to life happenings and a severe case of writer’s block. In this instance, a personal challenge in my life, threw me back into writing this novel as an escape and motivated me so much that I was able to pound out the final 7 chapters (and 30,000 words) in a little over 3 weeks. In other instances of writer’s block over the years, I have taken a walk, surrounded myself with nature and sometimes stared at a blank page for hours, just until a word formed.

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

When the book is the written, the hard part begins. Writing is the easy part; marketing is work. You cannot sit back and expect anyone to do your marketing for you. You are your book’s best marketing mouth and your work is of utmost importance if you want your book to be successful. More than that, however, do not give up. Writing is a worthy field, even if it is a field where luck definitely strikes those who become wealthy doing it. If you approach your writing saying, “I’m the next Stephenie Meyer or Stephen King,” you may be, but you might just set yourself up for disappointment too. If you approach your writing – as I do – from the standpoint of “If I do this, I may inspire someone but I will definitely leave something behind when I’m gone to prove I was here,” then you may just find that your writing career is rewarding and fulfilling.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

I have a new children’s book in the works about a child’s curiosity with regards to a goldfish. I am also working on a second novel about the life of a stray dog longing for a forever family.

 

 

 

Spring Fever Blog feature: Elizabeth James

Today’s blog will feature Elizabeth James.  Another talented author, you can find her on Facebook as well as Twitter.  Thank you Elizabeth for participating in this two-month-long event.

Enjoy the blog everyone!

final cover elizabeth jamesTitle: Love by Design
Author: Elizabeth James

Genre: contemporary romance
Blog:  eajames2013.wordpress.com

Social Media connections:  www.facebook.com/elizabethjamesauthor

    Twitter @ejamesauthor

   

Release Date:  1/24/2013
Where to buy:   Amazon, B&N, Smashwords  Paperback available on Amazon and Createspace
Reviews:  LOVE BY DESIGN was the perfect, curl up on your couch with a blanket on a rainy day read. I read it in less than 24 hours and truely enjoyed it. Being the first book by a new author always makes me cautious but I was pleasantly surprised. I loved the character build. Enjoyed the relationship Callie had with her mother, her optimism was refreshing and made you want to know her personally. The support characters in the book made you want to know more about them and it laid a great foundation for group of people in Asheville that I would love to hang out and sing Happy Birthday with =) I would definitely recommend it to others. I am definitely going to be reading the next book and am looking forward to more by this new author. Melanie Codina on goodreads

First book by this author and let me tell you, she did a great job! LOVE BY DESIGN is a fun and entertainingly touching book. I love Justin & Callie as a couple. Justin is soooo romantic & witty & fun to be with. Hope book 2’s release date is not so far away. Diana Tran on goodreads

LOVE BY DESIGN Really enjoyed this book – the dialogue between Callie & Justin had me reading with a smile on my face throughout most of the book! Great story from this first time author, lighthearted and relaxing with few laugh out loud moments. Looking forward to see what Ms James has for us next! Jodi Negri on amazon

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.  Love by Design (Design #1)

I walked down the hallway and as I approached Justin’s room, the door opened and he was there.  He was dressed in a pair of slacks and a snug soft grey sweater, which only emphasized his gorgeous physique.  He gave me a sexy smile as he took my hand and pulled me inside.

“Wow, Callie…you look absolutely incredible.” He flashed that smile and I melted.

I stood there praying my hand wasn’t sweaty.  “Well, Justin, you look…nice.”

He laughed and I saw those dimples again.

“Ok…nice is good.” He said still laughing.

Now, I felt stupid. “I mean, you look REALLY nice.” I managed to say while looking away.  I was such a dork.

I felt his other hand touch my chin and he pulled my gaze back toward him.  His eyes were mesmerizing.

“I know what you are thinking, and stop it.  You made me laugh and that’s something that rarely happens.  I didn’t expect you to say I looked incredible too but if you still want to say I look incredible, you can.”

I couldn’t help it, I found myself laughing along with him.

“That’s much better, I like seeing you smile.” He said as he led me onto the huge balcony that took up the entire wall of his suite.

A table set with dinner and candles was the first thing I noticed, but I found myself drawn toward the railing, unaware that I was pulling him with me.

“OH!” was all I could manage to say as I gazed upon the night skyline of Charlotte.  “This is absolutely breathtaking!” I finally gasped.

“I thought we’d be more comfortable out here and I’m glad you like the view, because I find it breathtaking as well.”   He said leaning against the railing right next to me.

Smiling, I turned to him and noticed he wasn’t looking at the view.  He was looking at me.  This man was going to be the death of me!

 

Jean profileMini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing? I actually started writing when I was 15 years old.  My father was in the military and we were stationed in Spain.  I felt really isolated due to living off base without any friends in the same area so I retreated to my bedroom with a notepad and pen and started writing a book.  I never finished it but my mother, who’d read it, said why not try again so here I am.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? I guess in my heart I always wanted to be a writer but that was a dream way out of reach.  I’d wanted to be a lawyer when I was in school but when I graduated and started college, I found I liked business administration better.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?    I like contemporary romance and that’s where I’m focused right now.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from? I really can’t explain where this story came from except to say, it’s what rolled out of my mind like a movie…the characters names, the places, everything, came out like that.

5      What has your publishing experience been like?  I’m an indie publisher and was really surprised at how simple it is compared to years ago when the only way you got a book published was after rejection after rejection from a big publisher.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?  I sit on my chaise couch with my laptop and I prefer silence.  I want the story to speak to me and it can’t if there is background noise.  I know some writers like music playing but that is distracting to me.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? My husband and I travel a lot and in Love by Design, I write about Charlotte and Asheville NC, both places I’ve been and fell in love with.  The characters names just popped in my head but later I realized I had a lot of “J” names and was advised to change them but I couldn’t because they were the names that I wanted.  My husband and I have the same initials and I know many families the same way, why not?

 

Life by design Final cover8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why? My favorite character in Love by Design is Callie.  She is most like my personality and I love that she’s an independent woman who really isn’t looking for love but it found her.  In Life by Design, Jane is my hero because she’s a single mom trying to raise her child on her own…another strong woman.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?  I learned that the most important thing is not to worry about “selling” anything, just to write to make myself happy.  I would have been happy to sell just one book but the response has been tremendous and more than I could have dreamed of.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work?  I use twitter and facebook to market my book plus the most important thing of all, word of mouth.  I’ve purchased bookmarks and had giveaways all to stir up interest and it seems to be working.

 11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

I honestly cried.  When I published on Amazon as an e-book, my hands were shaking when I clicked the publish button and when I got my first box of paperbacks, I shed a tear or two.  It’s been such an honor to sign my books for my fans.  It’ll never get old.

12   Favorite authors? 

I have several and I consider them as friends.  Stephanie Rowe, Gina Maxwell, Laura Kaye, R.L. Mathewson, J.R. Rain, the list goes on and on…I’m actually on the street teams for 4 of the authors (only exception J.R. Rain) and that’s how I’ve gotten to know them so well.

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

Not so far.  I’m sure that day will come but the ideas are fresh in my mind right now and I’ve already got another series in my head as a follow-up to the Design series.

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Write but be willing to take the good reviews with the bad.  You can’t please everyone, please yourself first.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it? I just released Life by Design and am working on the final book in the Design series Forever by Design.  This book will wrap up the lives of my characters from the first two books and it is due out summer 2013.  All the favorite characters from the series will be included.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Petteri Hannila

Today’s blog features Petteri Hannila, the author of “Fargoer,” an historical fantasy novel.  Thank you so much Petteri for participating.

Blog followers, enjoy the read!

Author

AUTHOR BIO

I’m a writer from Central Finland, a software designer by day and a dad/husband/dreamer/martial artist by night.

It all began when I was eight years old. I found out that there were books of Tarzan, my childhood hero. My mother started to read them to me, but censored them – all of you who have read them know why. Annoyed by this, I started to read them on my own. Dreams and legends have followed me from those days, as companions on my voyage through life.

Only few years after that I thought about writing for the first time, but for a long time I pushed it away from my mind for supposedly more important things. Finally I understood that none of my stories would ever see the daylight until I got started, and I did.

From the days of Tarzan, exciting adventures and fantasy stories set in the past and the future have been my interest. Thus, the natural choice for me was to start writing science fiction and fantasy. Some years ago the idea of Fargoer made its way into my consciousness, and it hasn’t loosened its grip of me since.

New Fargoer stories and paths of Vierra’s future circle in my thoughts until I write them out. There are so many stories to tell until the end, and that end is painted clearly on my mind.

Title:  Fargoer
Author: Petteri Hannila

Genre: Fantasy (Historical fantasy, to be exact)
Website: http://www.fargoer.com/

Blog: http://www.fargoer.com/authors-blog.html

Social Media connections:

http://www.facebook.com/fargoerbook/

https://twitter.com/Fargoerbooks

Release Date: 3.3.2013
Where to buy:  http://www.amazon.com/Fargoer-ebook/dp/B00BLQZC00

http://www.amazon.com/Fargoer-Petteri-Hannila/dp/1482638576

Reviews: http://www.fargoer.com/look-at-reviews.html

Other Work:

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

From underneath a bundle of cloth that Vierra used as a pillow, she heard a familiar voice. These days it spoke to her every morning.

“Take me out.”

Vierra obeyed. From underneath her sleeping underlay she pulled a long, badly rusted blade.

“Try me.”

Vierra tried. She had kept the blade in as good condition as it was possible. With her thumb she felt the hard, unforgiving edge.

“Shall we do it today?” the blade asked. Its voice had a waiting, anxious tone. “How easily would I cut flesh, draw blood. Set free.”

Vierra didn’t say or do anything. When the blade had presented the same question for the first time, she had thrown the weapon away and forgotten it for a few days. Finally she had set it back under her mattress, though. From that day on the decision had been harder and harder to make.

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

I wrote some poetry when I was in high school and tried few times to start fiction but was unsuccessful. After almost twenty years I started again at 2009 and this time I decided I would not give it up. And I didn’t.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?

As a kid I probably had a different wish every day, but for a very long time I have thought of writing as I’ve loved reading from a very early age. In addition to writing I am interested in science, and if I wouldn’t have become a programmer I probably would have ended up as a teacher of mathematics or physics.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up? 

I would say science fiction and fantasy are my genres. But I think every writer must develop his or her unique voice and approach to writing and mine (at the moment) seems to be combining historical elements with those of fantasy and mythology.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from?

It is not easy to define absolute sources, but I would say Finnish nature, history and mythology as well as old fantasy literature (pulps and such) are the main elements. As I stated earlier, I want to create a unique voice and approach and it is not an easy thing to learn and find. The inspiring elements must be combined just right to make it happen.

5      What has your publishing experience been like?

As an indie author it has been a trip full or learning (and continues to be so). The workload was probably something I could not anticipate beforehand, and without the aid of my brother this level of publication would have been impossible.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

I tend to shy away from restrictive routines, since as a family man I haven’t got too much free time in my hands. For this, I write when I can. Inspiration is the main key, when I have it, I tend to write more and if I don’t, I use the time for editing. During the years I have found ways to manipulate the inspiration and music is one of the best ways to do it. For example today I wrote a poem for the beginning of Fargoer’s sequel just because I happened to listen one particular song that just “clicked”.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?

I try to do historical research over the subject. Often enough I find a suitable list of names from the internet that suit my need and use intuition to pick the ones just right for their parts. Sometimes it works better than others.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why?

I have one main character in Fargoer, so it would be weird if it wasn’t her. So it is Vierra and the reason is twofold. First, even if she is a hero she is far from perfect and second she is developing all the time. In fact, I don’t really know yet what the character will be like after the second book, I’ll just have to write it out and see.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it?

I would say (in light of this first book) it is not possible to write a book without changing yourself, at least as this is my first. It would be impossible to define all the things that I have learned, but I must say I am not the same person who I was when I started.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work?

My brother has done a lion’s share of the marketing of Fargoer, but we use social media, bloggers and other book enthusiasts who wish to help to get the word out there. It is hard work and has no guaranteed results but is the way to go. Self-publishing in Finland is not very advanced at the moment, and here we are sort of pioneers in the field. Hopefully, Fargoer will show the industry in Finland that self-publishing is not only possible, but a viable option to the traditional way.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?

Especially holding the printed one for the first time was quite an experience. A mixture of joy, anxiety and dreams of future.

12   Favorite authors?

There are many and many reasons for why I like them. R. E. Howard for his raw energy and wonder of the lost and the wicked. Tolkien for his immense constructions and love of beauty. Ancient Finnish orators and sages, who we must thank for Kalevala (Lönnrot couldn’t have collected poems if there weren’t any).

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”?

Most definitely. The obvious answer would be to wait it out, read and subject yourself to material that sparks the inspiration again (like music and movies) but this is just logical thinking and it will not reduce the anxiety caused by the block. So, the answer would be, I haven’t found any quick fixes for the problem.

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?

I would say be patient and work your skills. Keep writing even if the text feels bad, it gets better with practice. Read and analyse the texts you like and try to get your own text working, slowly and steadily.

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it?

The sequel of Fargoer is in the works, it is in beginning stages but the ball is rolling. Let’s see where it ends up.