The New Face in Social Media: TSU.co

When Facebook began changing its mission and made announcements about how things would change in 2015, I started researching a website that was recommended to me. When my author profile on Facebook was forced to become a “page,” I delved further into researching.

When my profile was converted, I even went out on a limb and paid for a few weeks so that my page would be seen by more people. As of today I have 6279 followers. Most of those were from my old author page merged to the new one. However, since I have decided NOT to pay for another few weeks, I lose a follower each day. Out of the over 6000 followers I have, only an average of 151 of them see my posts. I find that extremely sad and, most of all, I find it infuriating! It has been said and is obvious within the last month that if you do not pay, you remain hidden to the masses. Those very people you are trying to engage are not seeing a thing you post.

The better question is this: Are the “followers” gained from paying BOTS or real, breathing people? I don’t know the answer to that.

tsu-logo-social-networkSo, I’m posting this today, not only to vent my frustration, but to let you know that there is another website for those of us that are trying to engage people. It is tsu.co. From what I can see, it appears to be the new face of social media or at least that is what I am hoping. You actually get royalties for gaining followers. If you would like to get on the wagon, you can friend me there. Once you do that, you can create your own followers, for which you will receive royalties. Here is my link. Follow the prompts to create your own account and there you have it. A way to reach and engage your friends and followers. https://www.tsu.co/Author_Tracee_Ford

facebook-logoOf course you can follow me on my Facebook page, not that you would ever see my posts unless I PAY to let you see them. You can also ask to friend me on my personal profile.

https://www.facebook.com/tracee.ford.author

https://www.facebook.com/tracy.ricewilson

 

To conclude, I would like to update you on other places you can find me. And I want to send out a big thank you for those that already do follow and engage!

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Goodreads

https://www.goodreads.com/httpgoodreadscomTracee_Ford

 

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Twitter

https://twitter.com/FordTracee

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RebelMouse

https://www.rebelmouse.com/FordTracee/

 

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Google+

https://plus.google.com/+TraceeFord

 

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http://www.pinterest.com/traceeford76/

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

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: David Estes

Hi everyone!  Well, the month of April is ending, but that doesn’t mean the blog tour is over.  Another entire month lay ahead filled with authors and interviews.  To end this month, David Estes is the author for this evening.  Enjoy the read everyone and thank you David for joining the blog tour!

Title: Fire Country (The Country Saga, #1), Ice Country (The Country Saga, #2)
Author: David Estes

Genre: YA dystopian
Website: http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com

Blog: Same as website

Social Media connections:

David Estes Fans and YA Book Lovers Unite: http://www.goodreads.com/group/show/70863-david-estes-fans-and-ya-book-lovers-unite

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/David-Estes/130852990343920

My blog: http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/davidestes100

Release Date: Fire Country- February 2nd, Ice Country- April 4th
Where to buy:  Links to buy Fire Country:

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Country-The-Saga-ebook/dp/B00B7VTXFO/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1359662347&sr=1-1&keywords=fire+country+estes

Barnes & Noble Nook: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fire-country-david-estes/1114268064?ean=2940015975475

Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/280371

Amazon Print: http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Country-Volume-David-Estes/dp/1482055988

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Reviews: Early reviews can be found here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17250818-ice-country

Other Work:

The Dwellers Saga:

Book One—The Moon Dwellers

Book Two—The Star Dwellers

Book Three—The Sun Dwellers

Book Four—The Earth Dwellers (coming September 2013!)

The Country Saga (A Dwellers sister series):

Book One—Fire Country

Book Two—Ice Country

Book Three—Water and Storm Country (Coming June 7th, 2013!)

The Evolution Trilogy:

Book One—Angel Evolution

Book Two—Demon Evolution

Book Three—Archangel Evolution

Children’s Books by David Estes

The Nikki Powergloves Adventures:

Nikki Powergloves—A Hero Is Born

Nikki Powergloves and the Power Council

Nikki Powergloves and the Power Trappers

Nikki Powergloves and the Great Adventure

Nikki Powergloves vs. the Power Outlaws (Coming in 2013!)

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Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

Excerpt from Fire Country

When I’m sixteen and reach the midpoint of my life, I’ll have my first child. Not ’cause I want to, or ’cause I made a silly decision with a strapping young boy after sneaking a few sips of my father’s fire juice, but ’cause I must. It’s the Law of my people, the Heaters; a Law that’s kept us alive and thriving for many years. A Law I fear.

I learned all about the ways of the world when I turned seven: the bleeding time, what I would hafta do with a man when I turned sixteen, and how the baby—my baby—would grow inside me for nine full moons. Even though it all seemed like a hundred years distant at the time, I cried for two days. Now that it’s less’n a year away, I’m too scared to cry.

Veeva told me all ’bout the pain. She’s seventeen, and her baby’s five full moons old and “uglier’n one of the hairy ol’ warts on the Medicine Man’s feet.” Or at least that’s how she describes Polk. Me, I think he’s sorta cute, in a scrunched up, fat-cheeked kind of way. Well, anyway, she said to me, “Siena, you never felt pain so burnin’ fierce. I screamed and screamed…and then screamed some more. And then this ugly tug of a baby comes out all red-faced and oozy. And now I’m stuck with it.” I didn’t remind her Polk’s a him not an it.

I already knew about her screaming. Everyone in the village knew about Veeva’s screaming. She sounded like a three ton tug stuck in a bog hole. Veeva’s always cursing, too, throwing around words like burnin’ and searin’ and blaze—words that’d draw my father’s hand across my face like lightning if I ever let them slip out of my mouth like they’re nothing more’n common language.

In any case, everything she tells me about turning sixteen just makes me wish I didn’t hafta get older, could stay fifteen for the next seventeen or so years, until the Fire takes me.

It’s not fair, really, that boys get to wait until they’re eighteen ’fore their names get put in the Call. I’d kill for an extra two years of no baby.

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

First off, thanks for having me!

Ahh, I have fond memories of when it all began. I started seriously writing in September 2010.  Before then, like so many others out there, I’ve LOVED reading my entire life, more than any other activity. In the back of my mind, I always wanted to write my own books, but I always managed to come up with an excuse—either I’m too busy, too lazy, or I just don’t have good enough ideas—to not do it. Perhaps it was a fear of failure, I’m not really sure. But for whatever reason, I drifted along, reading, but not really writing.

Then I met my wife, Adele, a sweet and beautiful Australian, who encouraged me to put my dreams first. So, while I had a few weeks off before a new desk job in September 2010, I started writing a book using the first idea that came into my head, one about angels and demons that evolved from humans. Six weeks later, Angel Evolution was born!

I’d officially caught the writing bug, and so I kept writing, averaging 2,000 words a day, and slowly moving up to 3,000 words. I finished my first children’s book, Nikki Powergloves, 4 weeks later. Then I wrote Demon Evolution in another 6 weeks and followed it up with a middle grade book called I am Touch, which I have yet to publish. Finally, 10 months after starting Angel Evolution, I completed Archangel Evolution. So I had 5 books written in 10 months, but hadn’t published any of them!

So I just went for it! The rest has been a whirlwind adventure in which I’ve written 14 books in less than two and a half years, 12 of which are now published. On the back of The Moon Dwellers, I became a fulltime author in June of 2012, making what started out as a dream become a reality!

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

I always had dreams of being a writer but I never really took them that seriously. I never really wanted to do anything else. Now that my dreams have come true, I slap myself (literally, I sometimes raise my hand and bring is across my cheeks rather hard) for not taking a risk sooner. So many years lost when I could have been creating novels! Oh well, such is life.

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

Primarily YA dystopian, although I’ve dabbled in YA paranormal (one trilogy) and children’s superhero (one four book series). But since five of my books are YA dystopian, with two more to come in the next few months, I’ll focus there.

In short, I’m OBSESSED with dystopian novels at the moment. You have to write what you enjoy reading and what you can connect with, and for me that’s definitely dystopian. The genre has so much versatility and can be combined with many other genres too, although I haven’t really played around with that much (yet). I also LOVE how real dystopian books can feel, almost like it’s something that could really happen, if you just really think about it.

There’s also a real sense of good versus evil in dystopian books, which usually involves some form of an oppressive government. Bad things happen. People get hurt. But those dedicated to the cause fight on, almost like it’s their destiny.

Finally, dystopians have so much room for world building, which really excites me. Imagine if you could take pretty much a blank slate to the earth and start over. What would you build? What would you create? That’s dystopian. In The Moon Dwellers I decided to build my society underground, deep below the surface of the earth. With Fire Country, I took things back aboveground, but in the middle of a changed world where the sun is hotter than hell, the sky is red and the clouds yellow, and the air full of toxic fumes. Yeah, not the best place to live. And yet….humanity struggles on.

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

 

Because most of my life revolves around writing and books, I’ll give you an idea of an average day for me. I sleep in (yeah, not a morning person) first. Get up around 9am, have breakfast with my wife. Then I start writing, putting in at least two hours in the morning (2,000+ words). Have lunch with my wife and then we try to do something fun together, like if we’re near a beach (which we usually are), we go to the beach, go swimming, read books together, etc. I’ll put in another hour or two of writing in the afternoon, too, to bring my word count to between 3 and 4 thousand, or the occasional 5,000+ word day. We have dinner and spend the evening either at home watching movies, watching our favorite TV shows, or hanging out with friends, or going to watch live music.

Throughout the day and into the evening I do all the other stuff that comes with being a writer, like interviews, blog appearances, answering reader mail, doing blog posts, and publishing my books.

I always read before bed, too, usually 50+ pages of whatever book I’ve currently got my nose in. That’s it! That’s a day in the life. Day in and day out I put in 3-4 hours a day, which is the commitment required to publish a book every 2-3 months. It’s a lot of work, but the flexible lifestyle and creativity of it makes it all worthwhile. And, of course, all the support from my readers, who are absolutely incredible, the best people in the world, and my dearest friends!

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

 

Honestly, I wish I had something interesting to say here, but I don’t really. Most of my character name’s just pop into my head and I know right away that they’re right. I never use name databases or anything like that. I don’t use a lot of place names, but when I do, they pretty much just appear in thin air and hover around long enough so that I can reach out and grab them, try them out on my tongue, on my keyboard.

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

In Fire Country, my favorite character is the main character, Siena, mostly because she spoke the loudest to me. It was incredible how she just started talking to me one day and then she wouldn’t shut up. She’s someone who speaks to you loud and clear, like no one else you’ve ever met before, and she basically just wrote herself, which is a rare and awesome thing. Her language is colorful and interesting and very, very, real, because like I said, she tells me each and every thing she wants to say! Yes, even now that the book is finished, she still talks to me ALL the time.

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

 

Writing is hard! I’ve heard a lot of people say, “I could write a book!” after reading a book by one of their favorite authors. It seems easy when you’re reading it, easy to identify the flaws, where it could have been better. I was definitely one of those people! But since I started writing 3 years and 13 books ago, I’ve learned that writing is extremely difficult and an ongoing learning process that requires years and years of hard work and dedication. There is no easy success to be gained in this industry. Once I recognized that, I was able to focus on improving, on taking constructive feedback, and on moving forward with my craft. Only then did success truly start to come.

8      How did you/do you market your work?

 

I wrote blog post a while back that has become quite popular amongst Indies, called My Dos and Don’ts for Attracting New Readers. Here’s a link for those who might be interested: http://davidestesbooks.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-dos-and-donts-for-attracting-new.html

To boil it down to a few things:

  1. I’ve become part of the ever growing book community, particularly on Goodreads. I’ve made friends, talked about the books I love to read, helped people when they needed it. I love talking to other readers, much more than anything else. I don’t expect anyone to read my books, but many people do simply because I care about them and treat them with respect. And if they like them, they read more. I don’t overpromote because people just get turned off by it.
  2. I giveaway LOTS of free books. This is a great time to be an Indie. Publishing is easy. And giving away books is even easier because of ebooks. If someone doesn’t know who I am, why would they take a risk and buy my book? But if I give it to them for free, they might just give it a read. And if they do, they might just like it, and then I’ve got a reader for life, and likely a friend too (even if they don’t enjoy my books, I’ll likely become their friend too J
  3. I’m active online, but I DON’T only talk about my books. When I post on Facebook, I post about other things. What I’m doing, funny pictures, not just endless crap about buying my books.
  4. Appreciating my readers! I know that most people don’t have an endless budget to spend on books, so I value each and every person who spends even a small portion of it to buy one of my books. I thank as many of them as I can, personally if possible, and try to host lots of giveaways to show my appreciation.

Those are just a few of what I feel to be the most important aspects of attracting readers to my books, but I do lots more!

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

Giddiness. My wife and I were together when the proof arrived. Ebooks are cool, but nothing beats a paperback. We danced around a bit and then went out to celebrate. I still love when I do book signings and see all my books lined up together. Pure joy in seeing all that hard work pay off.

10   Favourite authors? 

 

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is my all time favorite series! I read it a dozen times growing up. But in terms of current stuff, I love The Knife of Never Letting Go (and the rest of the Chaos Walking series) by Patrick Ness, UnWind and UnWholly by Neal Shusterman, and Divergent by Veronica Roth.

 

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

 

To be honest, I find the writing part quite easy.  I have a nutty imagination that works overtime, so I don’t really get writer’s block or anything like that.  My wife always says how she’s amazed how I can just sit down and start writing.  I read the last paragraph or page that I wrote, and just get going.  I don’t worry too much about getting every word perfect, that’s what rewriting and editing is for; rather I focus on moving the plot along, feeling the emotions of the characters, and enjoying the ride.  Occasionally, I will just have a little trouble getting started at the beginning of a writing session, but it’s usually because I’m not in the right state of mind.  To fix it all I need to do it listen to a song I like or read a book I’m enjoying.  That’s it!

 

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

I’m going to cheat because I have way too much to say on this topic. I get a ton of messages from other Indies out there asking for advice and I think it boils down to just a few key things.

1) Write awesome books and always work to perfect your craft. No matter how good you think you are, you can always get better and there’s always someone who’s better than you, so listen to feedback, take on constructive feedback, and strive to make each book your best one yet.

2) Become part of the reading/writing community. Don’t do this to sell people your books! Do this because you love books and writing and want to talk to other likeminded people. People will respect you more as a peer than some omniscient writer who thinks they deserve attention just because they write books.

3) Don’t over promote! This is absolutely crucial, because there are so many Indies out there all shouting for people to read their books. So if you shout, too, you’ll just fade into the noise with the rest of them. Less is more. This goes hand in hand with number 2 above. Be a reader first, be helpful in the book community by recommending the books that you love, and never, ever recommend your own book! If your books are good, people will read them because they respect you as a person, and then they’ll tell all their friends to read them too.

4) Give away LOTS of free books. I know how hard this is, because I’ve been there. You work so hard to write a book and then you should give them away for free? Well, yeah, you have to because no one knows how you are or how good a writer you are. Focus on building a fan base over a LONG period of time. There are very few Amanda Hocking’s or Stephenie Meyer’s out there who will find almost instant success. Give your books away in exchange for reviews and over time, the readers will come. Be patient and never give up.

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

Always! If there’s one thing that’s certain for me, it’s that I’m always in the middle of a new project while trying to publish my old projects. Well, given I’ve just published the sequel to Fire Country, I’m working on the third book in the series, Water & Storm Country. The first draft is complete and with beta readers, so I’m just waiting in anticipation for their feedback. To keep my occupied while I wait, I’ve begun work on the 4th book in the Dwellers Saga, which will consequently double as the 4th book in The Country Saga. Because the two sagas are sister series, they’ll come crashing together in the 7th and final book in the combined series, titled The Earth Dwellers or Glass Country. Confused? So am I!

After that, I’ve got plenty of ideas for my next series, but one in particular stands out, however, I can’t be too forthcoming with information at this time. Just know it has an awesome title and will combine more than one genre within YA.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Marissa Carmel

Tonight I have Marissa Carmel’s interview that I’m sharing. I want to thank her so much for being a part of this event!  Enjoy everyone!

Author Bio:

Me low resMarissa Carmel has been writing since a young age and although it has always been for personal enjoyment, she finally decided breakout and share her imagination with the world. She hopes that her universe is as fun and intriguing to her readers as it is to her. Marissa Carmel is originally from NJ but moved to Maryland several years ago, she enjoys reading, writing, and catching up on her ever growing DVR library. She is currently working on the sequel to iFeel, Gravitational Pull and the third and final installment of the Vis Vires trilogy, Constellation.

iFeel cover3Title: iFeel & Gravitational Pull books 1&2 in the Vis Vires trilogy
Author: Marissa Carmel

Genre: New Adult/ Paranormal Romance
Website: www.marissacarmel.com

Blog: www.marissacarmel/everything-but-the-girl/

Social Media connections:

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5211765.Marissa_Carmel

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Marissa-Carmel/e/B005OKFXXU/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_2?qid=1361243544&sr=8-2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/marissacarmel

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/marissa.carmel.5

Web/Blog: http://marissacarmel.com/

Pinterest- http://pinterest.com/marissacarmel/vis-vires-trilogy/?fb_action_ids=355111804596148&fb_action_types=og.likes&fb_source=aggregation&fb_aggregation_id=246965925417366

Release Date: Gravitational Pull April 4th 2013
Where to buy:  Amazon
Other Work: i Feel, book 1 Vis Vires trilogy

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

iFeel

But every night I dream of him. The same dream, over and over like a broken record in my mind; me, in my apartment, at my ballet bar, a ray of sunlight cascading through the windows, lighting up small flecks of particles floating all around me. I’m dressed in a light pink leotard and a sheer wrap skirt. My hair is pulled up in a tight bun, white toe shoes are laced up my legs. Justice stands in the corner, heedfully watching me through the mirror. Slow piano notes play in the background. He walks up behind me and takes one of my hands. He spins me slowly in a pirouette, like I am his own private dancer inside a music box. His eyes intensely fixated on my body. They burn blue in the sunlight. After one turn, he stops me, and then leans my body out against the bar. My mind is imprisoned by the hold of his stare. He slides one hand up my torso, almost at the same tempo as the music. He looks so pained as he touches me, as if the want of my body tortures him. He cradles my head towards his face. I can feel every emotion he stirs inside me, like it is real. And then, as abruptly as the dream starts, it ends. Every night, like a broken record in my mind.

GP cover finalTitle: Gravitational Pull (Vis Vires Trilogy #2)

Author: Marissa Carmel

Release Day: April 4th, 2013

Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Cover Reveal Host: Lady Amber’s Tours

Blurb-

Touch me, and bring me to life…

How do you move on when you don’t even know where you were going in the first place?

The Spirit Stalker is dead and I have finally started to erect my life. But I quickly discover, that just because the structure is built doesn’t mean the foundation is sturdy. As much as I try to manage my abilities, I can’t completely control them. The physical impossibility of the relationship I have with Justice has reached a boiling point; our fundamental problem is my inability to control myself from absorbing his power, and his fears of touching me because of it.

As if that wasn’t deal-breaker enough, a new threat looms on my horizon – Darklings.

They are grim reapers of the immortal world who surface every five-hundred-years to feed off the souls of magical beings who are weak, aimless, lost; those who have given up and want to move on.

They also hunt power. Which means, they’re hunting me.

Abandoned by the one person I need the most, I find myself in Melenia’s realm.  There, I’m courted by Siberian, a dangerous pixie who covets me, hunted by Death personified; all the while hiding my powers and my ancient bloodline. The pixie prince is alluring, and I feel so broken and vulnerable. I know giving in to him means giving myself over to him. But right now, I don’t care. All I want is to feel anything other than the loss and rejection Justice left me with.

Anything other than pain.

So what do I do when I’m scared to be touched, even though I know it’s the only way to bring my soul back to life?

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing? I can’t even remember, I’ve just always done it.

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? I always wanted to write, but the idea of being a writer was never really tangible to me. I always thought if I wrote a book, it would be in retirement and for fun. But I guess the universe had other plans.

3      What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?   I love writing New Adult.  I think it’s a really important genre because of the age it focuses on. Your twenties are such a pivotal time. I believe, it’s when you really find your footing as an adult. And I think it’s been overlooked in the literary community for a long time. I’m hoping it really establishes itself as a genre.

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from? I don’t know, I day dream a lot. I think my environment; the media along with my personal likes are what inspire my writing.

5      What has your publishing experience been like?  Hilly. Not terrible, but phenomenal either. It’s a long road, and I’m just learning as I go.

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair? I make sure I make the time to write. Even if it’s just fifteen minutes a day. It keeps me focused and motivated. Music is a huge driver for me. It gets my thoughts flowing.

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? Sometimes the names just come to me, sometimes I stumble across them and they fit. The places, I write what I know. The Vis Vires trilogy takes place primarily on the Jersey shore; I’m from NJ originally so I’m familiar with its structure and its culture. It’s an awesome place to live.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favourite character and why? In Gravitational Pull, I wrote this character Siberian, he’s a pixie prince who tries to win over Liv. He’s got a lot of layers, on the surface he’s very charming and alluring, but he also has a dark side that is so sinister. He was really fun to write.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it? I learned writing is so much more then good dialogue. It’s a craft. There’s technique, and if you want to write a good book it needs all the elements. Scene structure, drama, emotion, characterization, plot, ect.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work? My publisher does internet advertising, twitter, Facebook, blog spots, giveaways. Sometimes I use a book tweeting service and there is always good old word of mouth.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time? It was gratifying and at the same time a little terrifying. It’s hard putting yourself out there.

12   Favourite authors?  Jane Austin and Jonathan Swift. I love satires.

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? Yes, and when I get writers block, I take it as my brain’s way of telling me I need to step away. So I do, I know the inspiration will come when it’s ready.

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Make sure it feels right.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it? Yes!! The third book in the Vis Vires trilogy, Constellation.  I can’t give too much away as I’m still writing it, but I can say it has all the elements of books 1 and 2, it’s emotional, funny, heartfelt, dramatic and I’m really excited about the ending I don’t think anyone will see it coming J

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Anna Kristell

Anna Kristell is our featured author this evening folks. She is an Indiana resident and published her first novel in January 2013. Thank you so much Anna for taking the time to be a part of this blog tour.

Enjoy the interview everyone!

small pic of Anna KristellAnna Kristell is a small town gal from southern Indiana with a passion for romance. She has lived in Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas, but returned to Indiana in 2005, where she resides with her husband. An avid romance reader since her teen years, it has always been her dream to create love stories of her own.

Crossroad to Love, her first novel, published in January, 2013 by Lazy Day Publishing, was the beginning of the ‘Fab Five’ series. The Road To Her Heart follows in March and The Road To His Soul in May. Anna is planning to continue the series with several more romances in the coming months.

Rebel Ink Press will be releasing Unlikely Lovers in February and Sunny’s Love in April. Remember Our Promise will be released a few months later. These books are not part of a series. New characters and storylines continue to find their way into her thoughts and as long as they do, Anna plans to keep sharing them with you.

When she is not writing, she can be found at her day job in the billing department of a local community mental health center, reading, traveling, or spending time with family and friends. Anna has a grown daughter and son and three grandchildren.

You may contact her at:

http://www.annakristellromance.com and check out her weekly blog articles at http://www.annakristell6.wordpress.com. Anna can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Title:  Sunny’s Love
Author:  Anna Kristell

Genre:  Romance
Website:  http://www.annakristellromance.com

Blog: http://www.annakristell6.wordpress.com

Social Media connections: Facebook, Twitter, Linked in, Author’s db, goodreads

Release Date:  April 3, 2013
Where to buy:  Amazon, B&N, ARe, and Bookstrand
Reviews:

Other Work:  Crossroad to Love, The Road to Her Heart, and Unlikely Lovers

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

Sunny Drake has had a few bad years.  First she lost her beloved father. Then her long time boyfriend married someone else.  Now the doctor she works for is retiring. When Sunny meets widowed, restaurant mogul Chase Dupont, who is suddenly in need of a nanny, she agrees to take the job, never dreaming the journey it will lead her on.

 

To save his business from being taken over by another company, Chase asks Sunny to marry him. It will be a marriage of convenience but it will be for life. She agrees since she’s already in love with him. But can she make him love her, too?

 

When Sunny suffers a fall and lies unconscious for days, Chase realizes all he’s ever wanted is Sunny’s Love. But a mystery begins to unravel as they realize Sunny’s fall wasn’t an accident. Someone is trying to murder her. Will Sunny and Chase get the chance to admit their true feelings to each other?  Or is it too late?

Sunny's Love cover medium1      When did you first start writing? As early as grade school, but only seriously five years ago

 

2      Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? I’ve always wanted to be a writer.

 

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

 

4      Where does your inspiration for these stories (this story) come from? Some ideas just come to me, some ideas are suggested to me, and some are a combination of ideas

 

5      What has your publishing experience been like?  So far, it’s been great!

 

6      Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair? Since I have a day job, I spend a few hours in the evenings when I can and most weekends in my home office, with country love songs playing and never empty cup of coffee nearby.

 

7      How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? A lot of characters are named after friends and family, sometimes with a slightly different spelling, the places are either places I’ve lived or places I’ve visited.

 

8      In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why? It would have to be Chase Dupont. He’s just a good guy, no two ways around it. Sweet and sexy, he’s a wonderful daddy and a super hot hubby. If you’d have to marry for the sake of saving a company, he’d be the guy you’d want to be married to.

 

9      Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it? I’d never thought about adding mystery until a friend asked me to.  Sunny’s Love was about halfway finished and I decided to try my hand at putting a little attempted murder in it and I liked the end result. I learned that I can vary a little from the straight romance theme.

 

10   How did you/do you market your work? I use the social media and goodreads. I have bookmarks made up for all my books and hand them out wherever I go. I’m also planning to do some book signings soon. I’ve been interviewed by two local newspapers, which has sparked some interest. And of course, I blog, which was a whole new uncharted territory for me when this all began.

 

11   Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time? Wow! That’s my book!

 

12   Favorite authors?  So many, I couldn’t possibly name them all…just a few…Debbie Macomber, Danielle Steel, Nora Roberts, Kathleen Woodiwess, Nicholas Sparks, Sable Hunter…the list goes on forever.

 

13   Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? So far, that’s not been much of a problem. Since my writing time is limited, I usually have ideas stored and ready to write as soon as I can find the time to do it. To celebrate my first release, my friends bought me a “smartpen” so I can record my thoughts and plug it in when I get home and there they are. The times I would consider a “block” have been the times I’ve just not been in the mood to write and have taken time off to do something else.

 

14   What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Never give up, keep rewriting and editing and submitting.

 

15   Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it? I’m always working on something new. J Right now, I’ve just finished the fifth book in my series for LazyDay Publishing and have started a story called, If You Love Me, which will be published by Rebel Ink Press later this year. It’s a twist on the old ‘the one who got away’ theme. Only this time, the heroine finds out that the one who got away is better off staying away. Always wondering what might have been, she realizes too late what she really wants is right in front of her, but convincing him of that is not going to be an easy task, especially with the ex interfering. And that’s all I’m going to say about that for now…

 

Spring Fever Blog Tour: It’s My Birthday!!!!

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Hi everyone.  Because it’s my birthday, I am putting up my own interview not only to share more about myself and my work, but to promote the re-release of The Fine Line all thanks to PDMI Direct Publishing.  Within you will also find some character bios.  So have fun reading and enjoy 🙂

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Tracee Ford is an Ohio country girl turned author writing paranormal romance, romantic suspense, and crime novels.

She began writing at the age of sixteen. Early works included poetry and nonfiction. Ford’s nonfictional writings focused on her areas of study as an undergraduate in social sciences and psychology at Shawnee State University. She completed more nonfictional research and writing while working on a Master of Arts in forensic psychology at The University of North Dakota.

Ford is also a playwright, director, and puppeteer. She has written scripts and directed plays for local churches as well as puppet shows for her local community, focusing on child abuse awareness and prevention.

Tracee Ford is a member of the Paranormal Romance Guild and her work will soon be published through Injected Ink Productions, an imprint of PDMI Direct Publishing. Ford brings to her readers inspiring tales of romance and characters who face insurmountable odds, yet emerge triumphant all sprinkled with the fantastical possibilities of the paranormal, of course.

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Title:   The Fine Line
Author:   Tracee Ford

Genre: Horror, paranormal romance, sci-fi, fantasy
Website: http://traceeford.com

Blog:  https://traceeford.wordpress.com

Social Media connections:

Twitter:  @FordTracee

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

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http://www.facebook.com/tracee.ford.thefineline.2013

LinkedIn:  www.linkedin.com/pub/tracee-ford/63/56/753/

Goodreads:  http://www.goodreads.com/httpgoodreadscomTracee_Ford

RebelMouse:  https://www.rebelmouse.com/FordTracee/

PDMI Direct Publishing:  http://pdmidirect.com/project/tracee-ford/

Shelfari: http://www.shelfari.com/traceeford

Amazonhttp://www.amazon.com/Tracee-Ford/e/B00AXL5538/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1361899330&sr=8-1

Release Date through BookLocker: 1/1/13, Termination date with BookLocker:  4/3/2013

Re-release date:  04/12/2013
Where to buy: 

Amazon:  (ebook)

http://www.amazon.com/The-Fine-Line-ebook/dp/B00C6AA4GM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1365165721&sr=1-1&keywords=injected+ink+the+fine+line

(paperback) http://www.amazon.com/Fine-Line-Between-Worlds-Volume/dp/0615799396/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366200453&sr=8-1&keywords=tracee+ford+the+fine+line

Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/302129

 

Reviews:

“I urge you, dear reader, to immerse yourself in the world created by Tracee Ford. Get hold of ‘The Fine Line’. Lock the door, take the phone off the hook and fall in love with a book, as I did. I’ve only scratched the surface in this review and with good reason; you need to discover the work of this brilliant author for yourself. You’ll be glad you did.”
Nathan de Ravin

 

“Tracee Ford has created a cute, fun and unique piece of ‘paranormal’ writing WITHOUT including vampires OR werewolves which is rare these days. I enjoyed the storyline, it was refreshing and different, even if it was a little jumpy at times.

The characters were believable and lovable. The dialogue flowed smoothly and there was no awkwardness.

I can’t wait to see what Tracee Ford brings out next!”
Skyla Madi, Goodreads

“Just wanted to let you know I finished your book today and it was very very good, I couldn’t put it down. I’ll be looking forward to your next one.”
Joe Collins, Facebook

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“Just finished your book and it was great . Loved the story line and exactly my beliefs of how we got here and where we go from here!!!!Started reading and did not want to put it down. Good job!”
Jan Sturgill, Facebook

“I loved this book because it was the exact amount of fright for me. It made me think and be filled with angst, all without making me sleep with a night-light! This type of book I could devour everyday. The storyline and characters were excellent! The buildup with Robin Hillard, our main character, and Dr. Matthew Gregory was again perfect…  NOT going to say anything else except READ it NOW!! I can’t wait to read Undone which will be out soon!”
–Renee Giraldy, Reading Renee Blog

 

“This was a really good book with many facets! Lots of good twists and turns. I enjoy scary movies, haunted houses ect but the paranormal activity actually scared me! The author did an outstanding job in describing the events. I also think she handled the spirituality of it perfectly!! Read it! You will be glad you did!”

–Kim Tackett, Amazon

“There are just enough paranormal type occurrences to be interesting, and they flow through the storyline of their whole romance story without being dark and scary. She makes us remember that some dark could be out there without making it seem as scary. There are a lot of people that can relate to the characters and their individual beliefs.

I would certainly recommend this story to anyone that loves romance and a happy family ending. It is fun to join these characters in their journey and it is easy to read and follow along with what is happening in the story. It is filled with just the right details to keep it interesting.”

–Lisa Lambson, Paranormal Paranormal Romance Guild

“WOW. The Fine Line blew me away. From the synopsis I knew there is a paranormal twist and I couldn’t wait to dive into it. It is what drew me to read it in the first place…

I really enjoyed reading The Fine Line, such a beautiful story. It had everything that I would want love, angst, scars, spirits, paranormal twist. What more could I want?  My verdict? 4.5 brilliant stars.”

–Trisha Rai, Devoured Words

 

IdolumblueOther Work: Idolum:  Visions of the Undone , due to release in late 2013

Synopsis for Idolum: Visions of the Undone:

A hedonistic serial killer is on the loose targeting and abducting strong, independent college women.  Once he snatches his prey, he sets the woman loose in the woods, hunting her as if she is wild game. When each one is caught again her hope of escape quickly disappears as soon as she awakens buried alive in a plastic sarcophagus.

Lauren Hillard, a brilliant and nationally respected forensic psychologist, is called upon by the FBI to help track down and stop this murderer known to the public as The Phantom. It’s then that she meets Nicholas Bennette, the newly promoted director of the Dayton, Ohio FBI field office. A southern gentleman originally from North Carolina, he finds it difficult to work with Hillard because of her social awkwardness. It doesn’t take long, however, for their trust in one another to grow, realizing that it’s going to take teamwork to track down and stop The Phantom.

To solve the crime, Lauren must not only rely on her training and education, but also her supernatural empathic abilities. Through visions she sees, smells, and hears the crimes through the eyes of the victims and hopes that these fragmented visions will help her bring peace to the dead and stop the killings. The deeper she gets into the investigation, the more detailed the visions become, but she knows she can’t possibly solve the case through paranormal means alone. Lauren confides in Nick hoping he can use both her gifts, as well as, more accepted methods to bring justice to the victims. Yet, this isn’t Lauren’s greatest challenge. Making sense of the visions and trying to understand what the victims are telling her is the most difficult part.  Lauren is overwhelmed to the core because the victims feel so much has been left undone in their lives.

As time passes and the body count continues to rise, Lauren fits the puzzle together and discovers the identity of the killer. She soon learns she’s been targeted by The Phantom and she comes face to face with him. When Lauren Hillard finds herself at the mercy of the psychopathic serial killer she realizes she’s left much undone in her own life.

A snippet from The Fine Line

Chapter Seven

The gorgeous Saturday afternoon gave Matt the opportunity to mow the large yard and gave Robin the opportunity to work on laundry. As she stood folding the fluffy towels, she felt that performing a blessing on the house would be the first step in bringing peace to the home.

Richard had not agreed with her change in her faith, but he respected it. He had always told her he wouldn’t judge her. He had always encouraged her to seek out the truth in her own way and be independent in her beliefs.

She picked up her cell phone lying on the laundry table and dialed. The happy voice of her stepdad boomed from the device. With her head bent and the phone to her ear, she really didn’t have any idea where to begin. So, she made small talk, but after a few moments Richard knew something was wrong.

“What’s going on ladybug? Something’s wrong,” he stated bluntly.

“Daddy,” she started, “the house needs blessed. I thought maybe you could…”

“But I thought…” he started.

“I know. I know.”

“You told me you didn’t believe in all that anymore.”

“Daddy, I know what I said. But I’ve also said there’s a little bit of truth in every religion. How could a blessing on the house hurt anything, you know?”

“Why don’t you tell me what’s been happening baby girl? You sound scared.”

“I just want a blessing done on the house. It will make me feel better,” she answered.

“Okay. Well, tomorrow afternoon okay with you? Me and your mom will make a day of it.”

“The sooner, the better, Daddy.”

“See you tomorrow,” he concluded.

The sun’s heat wasn’t overpowering yet as Matt drove along the property line on the riding mower. The sound of the blades chopping up the grass reminded him of white noise as he zipped up and down the large lawn on the edge of the field. From the corner of his eye he saw Mr. O’Bryan waving and walking toward him. He turned off the mower, hopped off, and with a friendly smile, met him in the middle of the field, hands outstretched for a friendly shake.

Curtis O’Bryan had always been kind to Matt and Robin. He had conveyed a deep appreciation for the land and his family during the times he and Matt had talked. They met one another when the renovations on the house began. Curtis conveyed to Matt how happy he was to finally have neighbors again.

Curtis and his wife, Katie, had made Matt and Robin feel very welcome. The O’Bryan’s had baked pies. Robin and Matt had also been to their home for dinner a few times.

“See ya’all made it through the winter and the spring in that ol’ place,” Curtis said with a smile.

“Yes. Here we are in June already. Can’t believe it,” Matt said with a nod as he brushed the sweat from his face.

“You and the wife doing okay?” Curtis asked inquisitively.

“She’s tired, but we both are. Seems like all we do is work.”

“I remember what that was like,” he started, “Katie was a school teacher; seemed like we never saw each other much before we retired. Don’t know how we found the time to raise three kids. You two expecting any little ones yet?”

“Not yet.”

“I see a little girl playing over there,” he continued.

“She’s mine from a previous marriage.”

“I see. Well our grandkids are at our house constantly when the weather’s warm, so anytime she wants someone to come over and play, well, you just send her our way. We’d love to have her. I know my granddaughter gets awfully bored sometimes when she’s here. My son and his wife are airline pilots, so they’re gone a lot. During the winter months she is usually with her mom’s mom, but during the summer she can’t seem to get enough of us.”

“I will certainly send Olivia over. She’s coming to visit today.” He paused hesitantly as his mind went to a more serious place. “Let me ask you something Curt…”

“Sure,” he answered as he crossed his arms.

“The people who lived here before, did they ever say anything to you about strange things happening in the house?”

Curtis took in a deep breath and then exhaled. “Well, the house sat empty for about 12 years or so when you folks decided to buy it. The people that lived there before kept to themselves. They said ‘hello’ to us maybe twice the entire time they lived there; never said anything to us about anything strange though. Everything okay?”

“I was just curious.” He didn’t hide his unsettledness well because Curtis caught on quickly.

“You sure you two are okay?” he asked with concern in his tone.

“Oh yes. It’s nothing serious, but Robin and I hear things sometimes. And I’ve been feeling a little strange too.”

“I don’t know anything for sure, but that house,” he said as he lifted his chin toward the daunting structure, “has a long history. You might want to research it. Maybe that’ll help you understand what’s happening.”

“Okay, Curt. Well, um, thanks. I better get back to work though. I’ll send Olivia over when she gets here,” Matt concluded as he waved and headed back to the mower.

Diligently, he continued mowing the grass. He saw Sheryl’s car pulling up the drive and watched as Robin walked off of the porch. Her arms were outstretched as Olivia leapt into them. He saw Sheryl wave as she drove back down the long lane to the main road.

Things had calmed down with Sheryl, which delighted him. Time had played a large part in her adjusting to the current situation. Matt figured Sheryl had realized there was no point in fighting about Robin. After all, she had never been a trooper for lost causes and Matt’s hopeless love for Robin would trump anything Sheryl could throw his way.

As his eyes remained fixed on the house, something in the window of the study seemed unusual. Someone stood there. He studied the figure industriously trying to determine whether it was male or female. The figure stared right into his eyes. He felt it.

Without hesitation, he jumped off of the mower and ran up to the porch, throwing open the screen door. After kicking off his grass covered shoes, he flew passed Robin and Olivia, running up the stairs. He heard Robin trailing behind saying,

“What’s wrong? Are you okay?”

He felt the anger swell within him as he neared the study. He burst into the room to find no one.

“What the hell is going on here!”

“Matt, what’s wrong?” she asked calmly.

He plopped into his rolling desk chair and shook his head. Expressionless, he gazed up at Robin who stood in the doorway.

“Okay, Robin,” he began, “I am starting to wonder if you’re right. Something’s going on here.”

“What happened?” she whispered as she walked toward him. She pulled her own rolling chair over and sat facing him, her hands resting his thighs.

The words didn’t pass through his lips easily. His healthy skepticism failed him this time.

“I was in the field. I saw someone here, in this room, looking out the window at me. I got the distinct feeling it was the man that stood in our doorway the other night.”

“My dad is coming tomorrow to bless the house.” Her hand touched his warm cheek. “Everything will be okay after that.”

“There has to be an explanation for all of this!” His training and common sense forced him to backpedal. It wasn’t possible for him to give up on logic yet.

“We’ll figure it out together,” she concluded

The day wore on. Troubled by the conversation with her husband, Robin knew staying busy was her best option for keeping her mind off of things. So she continued with her laundry chores. Standing in the basement at the long table with towels scattered about, she listened to the music playing on her phone. Suddenly, the music faded out and then stopped. She grabbed the device and shook it.  “Damn,” she whispered.  She assumed the battery went dead.

Quickly, the room temperature dropped and the hair on her arms and neck stood up as the goose bumps peppered her skin. The fog from her lungs expelled from her mouth. She realized she was seeing her breath. An invisible strength wrapped around her neck unexpectedly and the gasps for air were futile. Terrified, she clutched her throat trying to remove whatever was choking her. Coughing and panting, the tears began falling down her face. Her feet felt as if they were lifting from the ground and the grip around her neck worsened. Unable to scream or even speak, she realized the urgency of the moment. Finally, she felt the grip release and bent over the table trying desperately to catch her breath. When her ability to speak returned, she screamed for Matt and heard him running through the house. The basement door swung open so hard it shook the drywall at the top of the stairs. He thundered toward her as she continued resting her elbows and torso on the laundry table.

“Robin!” he shouted.

She still struggled to breathe. “I felt like I was being hung.”

“Hung?”

“Yes. My music on my phone completely stopped and the next thing I knew the room got cold. I felt like something was hanging me. I felt my feet lift off of the ground,” she cried.

She stood up and dropped into Matt’s chest, sobbing uncontrollably.

“I’m here now,” he said softly as he caressed her hair. “It’s okay. I’m here.”

With such a terrifying event, Robin knew she needed to meditate and find her balance. Later that night, she sat in the floor of the master bedroom, legs crossed with her eyes closed. She let the peace surround her as she tuned out the stimuli around her. The breathing came easy as she stretched out her hands on her knees.

After 15 minutes, she got up and snuggled into bed. She grabbed a book from the nightstand and began reading.

She felt someone staring at her and looked up, unsure what she might see. It was just Matt standing at the end of the bed with a peculiar look on his face.

“What were you doing?” he asked.

“When?” she asked curiously.

“Well, I walked by and you were sitting on the floor,” he clarified.

“I was meditating.”

“Do you do that a lot?”

“I do it when I have time, but I’ve been trying to make time each day lately. It makes me feel calm and I rest better. After today, I needed it. It seems to help me make sense of things sometimes.”

“Do you pray, too?”

His curiosity seemed heartfelt. Robin didn’t feel he was patronizing her.

“Sort of. I give thanks to the Creator and then I just let the Creator talk to me. I also commune with my spirit guides during my meditation.”

“Wow,” he said shaking his head, “I don’t understand any of this.”

“I have some books about meditation if you want to read them.”

“I think I’ll pass. I don’t know if I’m ready to buy into all this, but if it

makes you feel happier, I’m all for it.”

Matt struggled to find sleep. Disturbed by the events of the day, for which

For which no rational explanation could be found, he knew he had seen a man standing in the study. Then Robin telling him about her encounter didn’t help matters

He glanced over at her as she slept peacefully, but the atmosphere in the room felt anything but calm. In fact, he felt angry and very aggressive.

As he drifted in and out of sleep, he heard talking. It sounded like Olivia. He listened more carefully. She sounded as if she were having a conversation with another person.

Throwing the covers off, he sat up on the side of the bed. He grabbed his cell phone and looked at the clock. It was 4:00 a.m. Matt stood up, walked toward the hallway, and then stood in Olivia’s doorway.

“What’s up princess?” he asked. “Can’t sleep?”

“I was just talking to my friend,” she answered. “She woke me up.”

He walked in and sat on the side of the bed.

“It’s four in the morning Olly. You need to go back to sleep.” Finally, what Olivia said to him registered in his brain. “Who’s your friend?”

“She’s a little girl that says her mommy and daddy don’t live here anymore,” she replied factually as she traced the lines on her comforter.

Matt knew imaginary friends were common among children her age. He even remembered going through such a phase as a young boy. So, he entertained her notion.

“Really? What does your friend look like?”

“She is older than me. She’s got long curly black hair with a really pretty red ribbon. She’s really nice, but sometimes she gets scared.”

“Oh,” he said continuing to humor her.

“She said one of her favorite things is to watch you and Robin dance in the kitchen.”

He felt his heart thump and his stomach sank to his knees as he processed the statement. Olivia had never been in the house to see the two of them dancing; he was very aware of this fact. Sheer panic gripped him, but his face remained calm for the sake of his daughter.

Olivia continued, “She says she misses her mommy really bad, but Robin makes her feel safe. Cookie sees her, too. She likes him. She says he’s funny.”

This was horrific. Matt couldn’t find words as he searched for a way to deal with the information. Something he couldn’t see was forming a relationship with his very vulnerable, young daughter. There seemed to be no rationalization now, especially with the details she gave.

“Olly, honey, is she in here with us right now?”

“No. She left when she heard you get up. You scared her away,” she answered.

“Where does she live? What’s her name?”

“Her name is Emma and she lives in the woods out back.” She continued, “She says she hears you and Robin talking a lot about the others that live here. She said that Robin is scared sometimes and you get mad. She says that the man that lives here sometimes hurts her and won’t let her come in and play all of the time. She says there’s a lady that lives here, too. She said that the lady has asked Robin for help, but Robin won’t help her. The woman tells Emma that the bad man hurt her and her baby. And there’s something else here, but Emma won’t tell me what it is. She said it’s really scary.”

Shock filled Matt’s face as his mouth gapped open. Olivia knew too many details and he didn’t want her to be traumatized by the crazy things going on. He planned to send her away before Richard and Amy arrived.

“Go back to sleep honey. And if Emma comes back tell her you need to get some rest, okay?”

“Okay Daddy.”

Matt walked downstairs very shaken by the conversation with Olivia. Walking to the sink, he felt his body trembling as he looked out the window into the woods. Consumed by fear, he then felt the comfort of Robin’s arms wrapping around his waist. A relieved sigh left his lips as he closed his eyes and reached down to touch her hands, but nothing was there. He felt the embrace, but no warm arms or skin or flesh. He jumped and pinned himself against the countertop, his eyes wide with fear. He felt the color leave his face.

“Who are you?” he whispered. “What do you want from us?”

No one answered, but he heard footsteps coming down the stairs. Then he saw Robin rubbing her eyes as she walked into the kitchen.

“Matt, what’s wrong honey?” Robin walked to him and put her arms around him. “You’re shaking. Baby, what is it? What’s wrong? Are you sick”

“It… it… it touched me,” he bit out as he pulled away from her.

“What touched you?”

He stammered. “I… I got up because I h.. I heard Olly talking. She… she told me that a little girl has been talking to her; said her name was Emma and she lives in the woods. She also said that Emma has watched us dancing… in the kitchen. Olly couldn’t know that.” He shook his head. “Olly also said Emma told her that there was a man here who is mean to her and that there is also a woman on the property. The woman has asked you for help, but you won’t help her. And the little girl told her there’s something else here, but it’s even scarier.”

Robin clasped her hand over her mouth, her eyes wide.

Matt continued, “I was so shaken up, I came down here to catch my breath and get something to drink. I thought you might have followed me because I felt… I felt… I know I felt your arms wrap around me, but… it wasn’t you… it… it was something else. It was someone else.”

“Honey, it’s okay,” she said as she pulled him in close to her again.

His heart pounded against the walls of his chest.

“Daddy’s coming tomorrow. It’s going to be okay,” she assured him.

They embraced quietly until she broke the silence.

“Honey, stop it,” she insisted.

“Stop what?” he asked.

“Stop pulling my hair.”

“Baby,” he began, “I’m not pulling your hair. My hands are right here,” he said as he raised his hands in the air.

“Something just pulled my hair.”

It couldn’t be denied that the activity in the house was intensifying.

“What is happening?” she asked.

“I don’t know,” he answered as he pulled her back into his arms. “I don’t know.”

 

  • How long have you wanted to be a writer?  I started writing at age 16, but I loved writing from a younger age than that.  Actually, I loved storytelling and it sort of developed into a passion for writing.
  •  Have you come up against any hurdles along the way?  Plenty.  Rejection upon rejection from traditional publishers.  Then finding the right publisher.  Many say they will provide this and that, but in all honesty, if you’re an indie I found I was on my own.  Also, writer’s block is also a hurdle for me.  For me there doesn’t seem to be enough time to write when I could get a great flow.  I work full time outside of the home and my family responsibilities take center stage, leaving very little time for much else.  I guess this is why it sometimes takes me years to complete a book; or I start one and then don’t get to finish writing it.
  • (1)72624_512237638819067_97788942_n What would you say is the most difficult thing about being a writer?  As I said, it’s finding the time to actually sit down and write.  I feel like I have so much going on all of the time that there’s hardly any time for me to do what I love most—write.  I am pulled in, what feels like, thousands of directions.  Balancing family, career, and writing… that sometimes takes superhero strength.
  •  What or who inspires you to write?  Situations, people, movies, songs, memories, dreams; all of these things inspire me.  My first book (the one I wrote at age 16, which isn’t published yet, BTW) came from a very vivid dream.  I got up at 3 a.m. and wrote it all down.  The next day I just started writing and there it was.  I found something I could invest in. 
  •  If  your books are a series, how many books do you plan to have in your series?  Right now I am kicking around an idea to expound upon Olivia Gregory’s life.  She’s the daughter of Matthew Gregory from The Fine Line.  I’ve also been thinking about a third book to follow some of the other characters in that book.  I suppose I will just have to sit down and see where inspiration takes me.
  •  Do you have any other writing projects on the go, apart from your current series?  I just finished my second book, Undone, and signed a contract to publish it with PDMI Direct Publishing.  They have offered to publish it under their imprint, Injected Ink.  That particular imprint focuses on darker or paranormal writing, which is a perfect home for Undone. 
  •   What genre would you say your books are in?  On Booklocker’s  site, The Fine Line is lumped into the “horror” genre.  However, it is a cross genre book.  There are also major inspirational components in the book.  I wrote it because I wanted to show that there are possibilities out there; ones that seem unreal.  I wanted people to watch characters face adversities that were tremendous and seemingly insurmountable, but then see them walk through to the other side unscathed with out a scratch (emotionally).  I also don’t consider it to be completely horrific based on the reviews.  There’s just enough paranormal in the book to make it interesting without it scaring you to death.
  •   If you had one wish that I could wave a magic wand and grant you, what would it be and why?  I would wish that my book sales would be so wonderful that I could begin donating to the charities I admire.
  • Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?  No.  I wanted to be a musician or an actress or a model.  Then reality set in and I knew I needed to go to college.  So, once I left high school my writing lay dormant.  When I got married in 1998 I tried picking it up again, but it went no where.  Everything else seems to have always come before writing, but things are different now (somewhat).  It’s funny that I started out wanted to be involved in the fine arts somehow and am in child welfare, which has nothing to do with the fine arts.
  • What has your publishing experience been like?  I am not very good at sugar coating anything.  After being rejected multiple times from publishers and then nearly being picked up by a major publisher and then getting dumped by that major publisher, I guess you could say I was desperate.  I didn’t know what to do or where to look.  I was alone in the author community and I hadn’t started networking yet.  Looking back on it now, if I would have networked I probably wouldn’t have picked BookLocker, but nonetheless, I did. I am also not one to bash companies or individuals, so I’m going to say this to all of you who are searching for publishers:  READ YOUR CONTRACT AND ASK ABOUT COSTS!  I don’t regret completely the decision to publish with BL because if it weren’t for that, I wouldn’t have learned some very valuable lessons and it brought PDMI and me together.  So, it’s all good.  However, with that being said, I also realize that has cost me more money to purchase my very own book compared to others who have published.  I am hearing about authors purchasing their books for distribution for $5.00 to $6.00 a book.  Let me just put it this way:  I pay quite a bit more to purchase my own work then that… breaking the bank here!  But, all is well because The Fine Line is going to have a new home and be re-released by a fair group who believe in personal service and attention to their authors and they don’t believe in hoarding the profit.  When a store pays over $100 for your book and you get $24 of that, that’s not okay.  I know that when PDMI publishes my work, I’ll be much happier and can report a positive experience with publishing.
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  • How did you/do you market your work?  Now that you think I’ve bashed BL, I’m going to give you some positives about them.  They provided to me a marketing guide to help me through bringing attention to my work.  Granted, most of it has not worked well, but some things have.  I set up a Twitter account and have learned (and am still learning) how to use it.  I set up on LinkedIn and joined groups.  Shelfari, Amazon, GoodReads, Facebook, there’s your social networking giants.  I got my own website and this blog.  I also interview with local newspapers after blowing up their phones.  I have announced it everywhere I can that I published something.  I have also held a contest and there is a give-away that I sponsored in the month of March to bring attention to my work.  I also donate SWAG to fellow author events.  I have been involved in local events as well and a radio show.  Interviews and reviews also help get the word out.  My goal isn’t to become rich.  My goal is to give people hope when they read my stories.  So if I don’t become a best seller, I’m okay with that.  I just want to inspire people.  
  • Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time?  Excited.  In awe.  And then I started reading it and found misspellings, errors, and other things that made me want to stomp on it.  Bad, huh?  Which is why I’ve used David Sprigg, an editor friend of mine on Facebook, to go through the book, make corrections, and then present a clean copy to PDMI.  Normally, PDMI provides the editing, but because I want the book re-released ASAP I am using an outside entity to perfect the imperfections.  It’s a poor reflection on me as an author to have errors in my work and frankly, it pisses me off.
  • What piece of advice would you give to a new writer?  DO NOT GIVE UP! And RESEARCH!  Don’t get sucked into something that you don’t have peace about.  Think everything through.  Make sure the decision you’ve made feels right.  If it doesn’t keep looking.  PDMI is my home now and I’ve waited a long time to find them.  I’m not saying they’ll accept what you send them, but I highly recommend them.  They are honest and will do things right.

So enough of the heavy.  Now to introduce you to the main characters of The Fine Line:

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This is Robin Hillard, Gregory, the books main female character.  She is strong willed, yet has significant self esteem issues.   She has been through a lot as a child and as a young adult that has damaged her beyond repair; or so she thinks.  She is a child welfare investigator and very logical, but she also believes in the power of the paranormal.  Raised in a traditionally religious home, she diverges from that path to take on a more open minded approach and she works hard to relay that to her new husband, Matt.  She falls in love with Matt, despite her best efforts not to.  I hope that her character inspires readers because the adversity she overcomes is truly supernatural.

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Matthew Gregory steps into Robin’s life as her attending physician at the ER.  He is kind and compassionate.  He takes an immediate interest in her.  He is confident without arrogance.  Matt works hard to show Robin that he’s different and helps her learn to trust him.  He spends time without her.  He gives her gifts.  He courts her.  He doesn’t expect anything from her physically knowing that this will only scare her away.  He wins her heart and proposes.  She accepts and they begin their journey together.  Unlike Robin, he is a skeptic.  Life as an ER doctor has brought him to the conclusion that there could be no God or a higher power and that after this life, things are over.  However, he quickly learns that his skepticism is no match for the paranormal activity he faces.

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Olivia Gregory is Matt’s daughter from a previous marriage.  She instantly accepts Robin into her life with open arms.  She is an energetic, sweet child who is smart and does well in school.  When she comes to visit her father and step-mother, she encounters a guest she didn’t anticipate: a ghost child with whom she forges a friendship with.  Olivia doesn’t escape challenges in the book and faces a situation that could destroy her.  However, in doing this, her sense are opened up even further and it isn’t long before she is able to communicate with the dead, helping them find their way to the light and cross over.  She is an integral part of the Gregory family finding peace in their home.  It is very possible that Olivia will be the cornerstone of an upcoming sequel where the reader can learn who she grows up to be and what she does with her gifts.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Louann Carroll

Tonight the spotlight is on Louann Carroll, a very talented author. She prefers sci-fi and paranormal romance. Thank you so much Louann for participating in the blog tour.  Louann also has a special offer:  two free e-books each of A Shadow of Time and Gemini Rising, for the first  four people who leave comments.  Enjoy the read everyone!

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 Louann Carroll is a Native Californian living in the Sierra Nevada foothills with her husband, Dennis.

Mother to three children, she is an avid rock, fossil, and gem hunter who enjoys sharing her finds with family and friends. She is a student of alternative religion, archaeology, anthropology, and paleontology.

After leaving her position as C.E.O. in the Bay Area, she has pursued her writing career with much success. Winner of the 2010 Crescent Moon Press award for best novel, she has gone on to write radio talk shows and articles on adoption.

She is the author of Gemini Rising, a sci-fi romance, A Shadow of Time, a paranormal romance, Journeys, The Adventure of Leaf, and numerous children’s stories.

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Title: A Shadow of Time

Author: Louann Carroll

 

Genre: Paranormal romance with a dash of horror

Website: http://www.louanncarroll.com

 

Blog: http://www.louanncarroll.com/blog

 

Social Media connections:

Facebook

Twitter

Goodreads

Amazon Author

 

Release Date: July 2012

Where to buy: 

Gemini Rising @ Amazon, Barnes and Noble,

A Shadow of Time @ Amazon

Other places to purchase:

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?qwork=22170418

 

Reviews:

 

Amazon 5 Star Review by Denna HolmSee all my reviews

This review is for: A Shadow Of Time (Paperback)

A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll was a little different story from my usual read. I seldom have dreams about novels I’m reading, but this one must have hit a nerve. It scared me. Of course, I like someone to try to scare me. 🙂

Kellyn O’Brien has just been widowed, has a young son, and is four months pregnant. Not a position most young women would want to find themselves in. On top of that, she learns her husband lied to her from the start about his family. He told Kellyn he’d been adopted, the same as she had been. After he dies, Kellyn is left pretty much penniless, but she soon learns her son has inherited her husband’s family home. After the shock wears off she learns she could be set up pretty much for life with both children, all she has to do is move into Shadow Ley, a large home located in the California foothills, with her children. Doesn’t seem like much of a hardship, until she gets there.

Shadow Ley is not what it first appears. There is strange goings on there, such as rooms that magically clean themselves, furniture and floors repaired right in front of them. And there could be a djinn living beneath the enormous home named Shenahobet, a guardian of sorts, and he might have evil in mind where Kellyn, her kids, and her new friends, are concerned. Kellyn and her friends soon learn they have more in common than they thought even. All of them have experienced strange dreams about past lives, but after Kellyn’s arrival what were once only strange dreams become realistic visions during the daylight hours. Everyone is at a loss as to the meaning behind them.

A Shadow of Time is a novel one has to pay close attention to because of all the different twists and turns we take, not only in the present, but with lives they may have lived in the past. How much of their past lives are connected to the present, or even the future? Shadow Ley and Shenahobet are the connection Kellyn needs to figure out before one or all of them ends up hurt or killed. Somewhere in the past a wrong was done and if they don’t find a way to correct it, these friends are destined to keep reliving it over and over again.

I enjoyed this story and the twists and turns involved as it escalates toward a surprise ending.

 

Amazon 5 Star Review by M. E. Wilson

This review is for: A Shadow Of Time (Paperback)

A Shadow of Time by Louann Carroll is a rich, complex story. Carroll deftly leads us through, interweaving the past with the present and taking us from the normal to the supernatural. Her characters are realistic and likeable. The heroine, Kellyn, is well written and easy to care about. Kellyn’s love for her son and unborn child act as the catalyst that lands them in Shadow Ley, her late husband’s family home.

Winding through dreams of the past to decipher the mysteries of the present, Kellyn and her friends inevitably move into areas none of them had ever imagined, literally, figuratively and magically.

The story is an easy, fast read that leads to a satisfying and surprising ending. If you like fast-paced, supernatural stories, with twists and turns, this is a very good one. Enjoyable, well executed and fun.

 

Other Work: Gemini Rising, Book One, an apocalyptic romance series. Book Two, The Light and the Flame to be released soon through Crescent Moon Press.

 

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Readers Choice Award

Packed with prophesy, pain and passion; with love, devastation and renewal, Gemini Rising is the memorable introduction to what promises to be an epic intergalactic/interdimensional series that will rock sci-fi readers to the core.  This first book is set in the near future in the United Socialist States. America is plagued with many of the consequences that today’s conservatives believe we will face if our government continues down its current liberal path.  Yet, as frightening as this future world becomes, it didn’t once occur to me to put this book down. Simply put, it’s one of the most amazing, yet unsettling books I’ve ever read.  For Ms. Carroll, it’s a crowning achievement, so masterfully written it can do nothing but win every award for which it’s certain to be nominated.

The mystical love story of Noah and Kate is both sweet and awe-inspiring. It drew so many tears from me in spots that I had to stop reading to mop up the flood. Otherwise, I was completely lost in this book. The ceiling could have fallen in on me and I wouldn’t have noticed. Kate, despite all her initial wailing, resentfulness and depression over each and every danger, adversity and harsh condition she had to face, always rises to the occasion. She is probably a more authentic heroine than we sometimes see in romance novels. Accustomed to Jason’s overbearing and demeaning attitude toward her, she’s a typical woman forced to face adversities so monumental that she’s ill equipped to handle them. Noah, on the other hand, is a complete rock, solid and enduring in his devotion to o Kate and to his mission to save humanity.

Gemini Rising is a truly superb book, arguably the best futuristic novel to come down the pike in quite sometime.  Don’t miss it.  Its anticlimactic ending will leave you with what Ms. Carroll  calls a “haunting echo” of what is to come sometime in 2013 with the release of The Light and the Flame, the first of several highly anticipated sequels.

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

A Shadow of Time

This scene takes place when Kellyn first sees Shadow Ley, the mansion she has inherited from her deceased husband.

After discovering Jackson was more than two hours from San Jose and an hour or more away from a decent mall, the first pangs of leaving surfaced. However, Kellyn was determined to make this work. Day before yesterday she had finally ordered the moving van which left about fifty bucks in her pocket—just enough gas money to get her to the foothills. 

Mr. Shaw informed her that once she arrived, a debit card and checkbook with a balance of five thousand dollars waited for her. She planned on arriving today then hitting the bank tomorrow. After that, it was shopping for them both. Scott needed new pants, plus his shoes were getting small. They would need warmer clothing, too.

The Honda shuddered as it took a deep rut, forcing her to focus. Globs of mistletoe hung from twisted branches scraping the car’s roof. Glancing in the rear-view, Scott gazed at her with concern. Another half-mile and she began to wonder if there was a house.

She downshifted to climb another hill, and as she crested the top, she gasped then pulled over to the side of the road. On a knoll overlooking the city, pines and oaks surrounded the hillock where Shadow Ley reared a gargantuan head. Sunlight streamed onto white clapboards and a meandering front porch. The only part of the house that wasn’t white was the slate gray roof that seemed to go on forever.

Shocked, she stared at the monstrosity. Where was the Victorian she had envisioned: the turrets, tiles, and warm colored paint? Where were the windows shining in the sun and the overgrown garden she was going to lose herself in? This wasn’t a house. It was a giant deformity! It was huge, off center, and more work than she’d ever be able to handle.

​​She cocked her head, examining the architectural monstrosity while trying to make sense of the situation. A rabid shadow shimmered around the periphery of the house that made the creation look ugly, unwanted, and somehow, soiled. Were those gargoyles on top of dormer windows?

Her stomach plummeted as she contemplated rambling around the interior, her fear of large spaces overwhelming her. Long and low slung, the porch hugged what looked like a Colonial mansion with a Georgian flair—a miserable gothic mess with an eclectic sense of humor. The boarded-over windows were dark and lifeless, the lawn out front brown and unkempt. Three chimneys sprang from the roof. Two in front, one in the back.

“Man,” Scotty shouted. “Come here.”

Turning in her seat, she gazed at her son, perplexed. His imaginary friend was as real to him as she was.  

“See Man, Mommy?” ​His blue eyes shined with excitement as he tried to get her to see his invisible friend.

 As usual, nothing was there. Man was a figment of her son’s imagination, brought on by the death of his father, an opinion espoused by his pediatrician.

Exhausted, she gazed at the littered floor of the automobile. Animal crackers decorated the space in-between the door and the seat. She sighed, a strange longing coming over her. I want to go home, she thought. I just want to go home.

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

 

I wrote my first book as a kid.  Scribbled pictures sat atop misspelled words in a child’s attempt at written communication that no one would read. You’d think that would have stopped me. In the early nineties, I wrote my first children’s book, Journeys. Published by Galde Press, the book is available at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. After that, I wrote several more children’s books for my kids and grandchildren. I self-published them as they were more for myself and my family than anyone else, but then people started to buy them.  I left them on Lulu where every now and again someone purchases one. I don’t market them at all.

 

In 2010, I entered the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest with Gemini Rising (under a different name) and made it to the quarterfinals. After that, I submitted the same novel to Crescent Moon Press for their annual contest and won. The rest is history.

 

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

 

I wanted to be so many things. I wanted to be an archaeologist, a palaeontologist, a doctor, a wife, mother, physicist, so I gave up and became a writer. It was/is the only way to feed all my passions. I adore research.

 

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

 

Again, my passions range far afield. I write paranormal and throw in some horror. I write apocalyptic and throw in some horror and paranormal. After the Gemini series is completed, I plan to write paranormal criminology.  I mix it up so I don’t get bored.  (I wouldn’t want to bore my readers, either.)

 

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

 

A burned out house in Jackson, CA, just the fireplace standing started the story of A Shadow of Time. My research into physics finished it. Metaphysical dimensions abound and so do the lives time crosses and re-crosses.  I love old stuff and I adore science. Combining them is so much fun!

 

In Gemini Rising, I used the angst gripping the world today and turned the earth on its ear. Then my characters needed to learn how to survive in an upside down world. After than I threw in some today type mythology, (aliens) and the story took care of itself.

 

In the Light and the Flame, Kate, my MC from Gemini One, must cement her bond ship to Noah. The way to do that is not through love, but through pain. She will confront Belial, crowned prince of Hades before finding her way back home.

 

In Redemption, a young boy with paranormal abilities turns to drug abuse as a way of self-discovery. When he decides to face himself and what he has created, he discovers that life is much more than it seems.

 

51kLCW9qYiL__AA160_5.      What has your publishing experience been like?

 

It has been a wonderfully challenging experience. First off, I had to learn to take criticism from my editor. There were a few belly blows before I got that she was just trying to make my work better. Now, I am very thankful for her.

 

Then, there’s the marketing and getting over the I’m an author? thingy.  It is quite challenging to the ego. I prefer a humble, quiet existence, and I had to learn to put myself out there. I’ve had two mediocre reviews and both came with crushing blows, but I’ve since moved on.

 

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

 

I market in the morning (which includes blogging) and write in the afternoon Monday through Friday. I take the weekends off if possible. I prefer absolute quiet. I’m a write by the seat of your pantser which means I have no idea what will happen next to my characters. This movie starts playing in my mind, color and all, very action oriented, and I just write down what I see. I had this vivid thing happen to me last week that totally creeped me out.

 

While driving home from work, this scene started to play out in my mind. I had this strange sensation that I had opened one eye and peeked into another dimension where all this was happening in real time and I was just recording it. It was so vivid, I didn’t write for an entire day. Just thinking about it gives me the chills.

 

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

 

The places are real places and the character names are the people around me. When I get into other dimensions and worlds, I try to keep them true to mythology, but, occasionally, I make up a name. I love telling a family member they are starring in my next novel. The woman on the front cover of Gemini Rising is my daughter. I had to describe her and the artist got her down totally. I was/am still very impressed.

 

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

 

My main character, Kellyn O’Brien, from A Shadow of Time is my current favorite. Here she is, widowed and pregnant, with a three year-old she has to lug around. She has no money, no job, and no home when she discovers she’s inherited a mansion and a ton of money. The question is then asked, how far will she go to keep what she’s inherited?

 

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

 

In A Shadow of Time, I use theoretical physics as the antagonist, a real theory in which there exists multiple dimensions, through which we cross.  That idea germinated when I read an article about a tiny paddle scientists put into a bell jar. To make this semi-easy to understand, they sucked out all the air from the jar and forced the paddle to vibrate. In one dimension, the paddle stood still and in the other dimension, it vibrated. The observers (scientists) were able to see the paddle as it vibrated and stood still with the naked eye.  Now that got my imagination going.

 

10. How did you/do you market your work?

 

I blog, I guest post on other blogs, I Facebook, tweet, and hang out on Goodreads and Facebook. I also have Crohn’s disease, which gave me my inspiration about my paranormal criminology book. My detective will have Crohn’s disease and 10 percent of all earnings from the series will go to the Crohn’s Colitis Foundation. Not an easy subject to talk about, but I blog each Thursday to my brothers and sisters stuck at home or in the hospital. Thank heaven my job does not require physical work.

 

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

 

I ran in front door, pins and needles following me in my wake, seriously gasping.  My husband had called me at work to let me know the package was there. He didn’t open it, (he’s such a sweetie) and there it lay on the kitchen table waiting….

 

I picked up the box and ran my fingers around the edges, feeling all the bumps and craters in the cardboard, then I tried to rip it open but it was a lot harder than it looked.  Eventually, packing knife in hand, I dug in, ripping and tearing, frustration mounting. Finally, there they were. All ten copies, beautiful color copies, staring at me with my name in print blinding me. Freaked out, I realized there was no turning back. I had suck my name on this book for better or worse.

 

Taking a deep breath, I picked up a book. I reveled in the silkiness of the paperback, the sharp edge, and the ruffle of paper as I thumbed the copy. Each novel fit so nicely into its cardboard container that I hesitated to take another out. The box would look so incomplete. Besides, I might scratch the cover.

 

I kept that box with me for the next several hours. I would pick up a book then put it back until my husband (laughingly) threatened to take it away from me. Eventually, people started to ask for copies and I began to give them away. Yes, I said give. I can’t sell anything to anyone. If I have a copy, it is given as a gift. The last one I had went to the Aircraft carrier USS Stennis. I hear they have a poor library and maybe A Shadow of Time will spice it up.

 

12. Favorite authors? 

 

Stephen King, John Saul, Simon Toyne, and Rosemary Rogers.

 

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

 

I go and write a blog or do something else as long as it has to do with writing. Discipline is the key. You must sit down and write even if you don’t feel like it.

 

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

 

If you love it—write. If you don’t—find something that you do love to do and you will never work a day in your life. Don’t expect financial windfalls. Oh, it happens, but most of the time it is the love of the craft that keeps you going. You will get bad reviews—not everyone will like what you write. Take the good with the bad and learn from it.

 

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

 

As I said, I have just finished The Light and the Flame, the second book in the Gemini series, am working on the third, and last (I think) novel. After that, I will finish the Redemption series.

 

Thank you so much for having me on today!

 

 

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: A.R. Von

A.R. Well is our featured author today.  She writes in the sultry genre of erotic paranormal romance.  Thank you so much for your participation, A.R. and best of luck to you!

Enjoy blog followers!

Wunder CVRTitle:  Wunder
Author: AR Von

Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance

Blog:  http://dreamzofdragons.blogspot.com/

Social Media connections:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AVonGiebel

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6938994.A_R_Von

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ArVonDreamzOfDragons
Personal Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AvaR.von

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/A.R.-Von/e/B00BGAHQ46/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_pop_1

Google +: https://plus.google.com/109873727319307722916/posts

Release Date: 2/14/13
Where to buy: Amazon (everywhere): http://www.amazon.com/Wunder-ebook/dp/B00BG1VMK4/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1362097985&sr=1-1&keywords=wunder
Reviews: (Links to a few reviews Wunder has received)

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/536902907

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/540657960

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/539724616

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/537223898

Other Work: Coming soon!

Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

I’m swaying on my feet, looking into his eyes—at a loss for words. Finally, I find my voice. “Please.”

He takes my mouth with such fervour, my heart pounds harder than after I’ve just run for miles. My legs now feel like over cooked noodles. He holds me tighter while exploring every nook and cranny of my mouth and I answer with the same exploration. He’s making silent promises while grinding his hard length against my body. I bravely slide my hand from around his neck, down between us, past his chest to cup him through his tight jeans.

He groans into my mouth and slowly pulls back to gaze at me questionably, “Wunder?”

My eyes are still at half-mast, drooping as if they would close on their own accord. I gave his jean encased cock a firm squeeze, ‘Yes’ in answer to his question.

He takes my hand, tugging it as he walked toward the back of the club.

I go willingly. Oh—and how I go willingly!

Mini Interview:

When did you first start writing? I’ve always loved writing from when I was young; even just jotting down non sense that popped into my head or thoughts of my day (or a boy crush) in my journal. I wrote poems for my mother every chance I had. I don’t recall if they were all that great. I do remember most of them based on the rhythm of “Roses are red…” lol- What brought me to bring Wunder to life was a ‘request’ for writers to submit a zombie story for an anthology on Halloween, it caught my eye and had me thinking. I LOVE scary movies and always had fun watching zombies dragging their feet letting us know they wanted “BRAINS”. I did not want to go that way though. Not everyone enjoys gore like I do. I needed to do something different, that I’ve never seen, heard of or read. So I wrote Wunder (Originally titled “Because I Am”). I had it sitting around on my desk; just staring at me for some months and finally an author friend of mine (the one and only Leanore Elliot) pushed me, really hard. She told me it was really good and to put it out there and share it with everyone. Now here it is.

Did you always want to be a writer? If not what did you want to be? Not really. While I did/do enjoy it. I always CRAVED excitement and wanted to join the Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard or become a police officer. I’m a total adrenaline junkie.

What genre do you prefer to work within? Or do you mix it up?    I mix it up. Variety is the spice of life!

What has your publishing experience been like?  This is a first for me. So far so good.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? i.e. You listen to music, sit in a certain chair? I always have the music on (full blast actually). I need to have a window near me. I enjoy staring out and losing myself, clear my mind by staring and losing focus until a thought or idea comes to mind. I also always have Orbit chewing gum and a bottle of water on my desk.

How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books? It’s really hard for me to explain in detail. They just develop as the story comes to mind and I note their attributes as they grow. It’s a lot of fun!

 In your most recent work, who is your favorite character and why? So far, Wunder. She’s bad ass and someone I can/would look up to if she was out here in the real world.

 Did you learn anything from writing your book?  What was it? I learned that within my mind lays another voice, one I do not recognize, but greatly appreciate being a part of me. I wish it would speak a bit more frequently 😉

 How did you/do you market your work? I’m working on it, trying to learn the very best ways to do so. Wish me luck?

Can you describe the feeling you had when you saw your published book for the first time? Dreamy. It felt unreal. Still does!

Favorite authors?  Too many to list (they are a combination of both indie and the bigguns) and I do not want to leave anyone out. I WILL say my very first favourite was Stephen King. I’d love to be inside that man’s mind for even 5 minutes to see how it works!

Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? Oh yes! Honestly, I’ll go for a jog, blast my music louder or start singing VERY loudly to get my mind out of its funk. It’s worked for me so far, no matter how silly.

 What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Go for it! It will seem impossible at points, but you HAVE to give it a shot if it’s something you really want to do. Also, NEVER compare yourself to another; find your own voice because it will speak the loudest J

Are you working on anything new?  If so, can you tell me about it? I have another short that’s going to be published in an anthology I wrote specifically for WOCA (Writing Out Child Abuse). It’s nothing at all like Wunder, no paranormal elements or romance. It’s more of a ‘based on real life’ story, it’s very emotional… I’m also working on the next in the Wunder series. I hope to have it out in the next couple of months.

me-AR- author picBio:

My name is A.R. Well, actually it’s Ava to my friends.
I ‘m a 39 year old mother of two entertaining teen boys (as well as a lovely fawn Chihuahua, whom I consider my furry daughter) I’m a wife to a delightfully handsome and amazingly funny man- beast.
I’m an avid reader of many genres which include (but are not limited to) erotica, paranormal, ménage, fantasy, YA, historical and some western (have to love a hot cowboy or two here and there).
I also love to exercise, listen to music, hike, cook and write (titbits, nothing published until now)
I love to dance and write reviews for the books I love.

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: AD Starrling

For the third day of this event, AD Starrling is featured.  She has several extras to share with all of you!  Thanks so much, AD, for participating!

Enjoy the blog everyone!

AUTHOR BIO

author-pic1-1AD Starrling was born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean and came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Paediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing. Soul Meaning is her debut novel and the first in a supernatural thriller series entitled Seventeen. King’s Crusade, the second novel, will be released in May 2013. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the third novel in the series while drinking gallons of tea. She still practises medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name.

To find out more, please visit her at

www.adstarrling.com

http://www.facebook.com/pages/AD-Starrling/382768535066991

http://twitter.com/adstarrling

Email: ads@adstarrling.com

Soul Meaning-400-heightTitle: Soul Meaning (Seventeen Book One)

Author: AD Starrling

 Genre: Supernatural Thriller

Website: http://www.adstarrling.com/

 Social Media connections:

 http://www.facebook.com/pages/AD-Starrling/382768535066991

https://twitter.com/ADStarrling

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15828366-soul-meaning

 

Release Date: 12 July 2012

Where to buy: 

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008L8IU8C

Smashwords http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/204315

iBookstore https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/soul-meaning/id550926620?mt=11&affId=1912803&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Sony Reader Store https://ebookstore.sony.com/ebook/ad-starrling/soul-meaning-seventeen-book-one/_/R-400000000000000764728

Barnes & Nobles http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/soul-meaning-ad-starrling/1112317339?ean=2940044717909&itm=1&usri=soul+meaning+seventeen+book+one

Reviews:

 Amazon UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B008L8IU8C/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt/276-9535929-5366162?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

 Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Soul-Meaning-Seventeen-ebook/product-reviews/B008L8IU8C/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

 Amazon Canada http://www.amazon.ca/product-reviews/0957282605/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

 Kindle Book Review http://www.amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A1UFU1Q1KSSWIY?ie=UTF8&display=public&page=9&sort_by=MostRecentReview

 Parajunkee’s View http://parajunkee.com/2013/01/indies-on-pjv-review-soul-meaning.html

 EXCERPT:

I woke up in a dark alley behind a building.

Autumn rain plummeted from an angry sky, washing the narrow, walled corridor I lay in with shades of grey. It dripped from the metal rungs of the fire escape above my head and slithered down dirty, barren walls, forming uneven puddles under the garbage dumpsters by my feet. It gurgled in the gutters and storm drains off the main avenue behind me.

It also cleansed away the blood beneath my body.

For once, I was grateful for the downpour: I did not want any evidence left of my recent demise.

I blinked at the drops that struck my face and slowly climbed to my feet. Unbidden, my fingers rose to trace the deep cut in my chest: the blade had missed the unusual birthmark on my skin by less than an inch. I turned and stared at the tower behind me.

I was not sure what I was expecting to see. A face peering over the parapet of the glass and brick structure. An avenging figure drifting down in the rainfall, a bloodied sword in its hands and a crazy smile in its eyes. A flock of silent crows, come to take my unearthly body to its final resting place.

Bar the heavenly deluge, the skyline was fortunately empty.

I pulled my cell phone out of the rear pocket of my jeans and stared at it. It was smashed to pieces. I could hardly blame the makers of the device: they had probably never tested it from the rooftop of a twelve-storey building. As for me, the bruises would start to fade by tomorrow.

It would take another day for the wound in my chest to heal completely.

I glanced at the sky again before walking out of the alley. I found a phone booth at the next intersection, closed the rickety door behind me and dialled a number. Steam rapidly fogged up the glass wall before me. There was a soft click after the fifth ring.

‘Yo,’ said a tired voice.

‘Yo yourself,’ I said.

A barely suppressed yawn travelled down the line. ‘What’s up?’

‘I need a ride,’ I replied. ‘And a new phone.’

There was a short silence. ‘It’s four o’clock in the morning.’ The voice had gone blank, devoid of all traces of emotion.

‘I know,’ I muttered in the same neutral tone.

The sigh at the other end was audible above the pounding of the rain. ‘Where are you?’

‘Corner of Cambridge and Staniford.’

Fifteen minutes later, a battered tan Chevrolet Monte Carlo pulled up next to the phone booth. ‘Get in,’ said the figure behind the wheel. I opened the door and climbed into the passenger seat. Water dripped onto the leather cover and formed a puddle by my feet. There was a disgruntled mutter from my left. I glanced at the man beside me.

Reid Hasley was my business partner and friend. Together, we were co-owners of the Hasley and Soul Agency. We were private investigators, of sorts. Reid certainly qualified as one, being a former Marine and cop. I, on the other hand, had been neither.

‘You look like hell,’ said Reid as he manoeuvred the car into almost nonexistent traffic. He took something from his raincoat and tossed it across to me. It was a new cell.

I raised my eyebrows slightly. ‘That was fast.’

He grunted indistinct words and struck a match. ‘What happened?’ The orange glow of a cigarette flared into life, casting shadows under his brow and across his crooked nose.

I transferred the data card from the broken phone into the new one and frowned faintly at the bands of smoke drifting towards me. ‘That’s going to kill you one day.’

‘Just answer the question,’ he said testily.

I looked away from his probing gaze and stared blindly at the dark tower at the end of the avenue. ‘I met up with our new client,’ I muttered.

Reid looked at me expectantly. ‘And?’

‘He wasn’t happy to see me.’

Something in my voice made him frown. ‘How unhappy are we talking here?’ he said guardedly.

I sighed. ‘Well, he stuck a sword through my heart and pushed me off the top of the Cramer building. I would say he was pretty unhappy.’

Silence followed my words. ‘That’s not good,’ said Reid finally.

‘No.’

‘It means we’re not gonna get the money,’ he added, clearly heartbroken by the news of my recent passing.

‘I’m fine by the way. Thanks for asking,’ I said wryly.

He shot a hard glance at me. ‘We need the cash.’

Unpalatable as the statement was, it was regrettably true. Small PI firms like our own had just about managed before the recession. Nowadays, people had more things to worry about than what their cheating spouses were up to. On the other hand, embezzlement cases were up by a third; unfortunately, the victims of such scams were usually too hard up to afford the services of a good detective agency. As a result, the rent on our office space was overdue by a month.

Mrs Trelawney, our landlady, was not happy about this: at five foot two and weighing just over two hundred pounds, the woman had the ability to make us quake in our boots. This had less to do with her size than with the fact that she made the best angel cakes in the city. She gave these out to her tenants when they paid the rent on time. A month without angel cakes was making us twitchy.

‘I think we might still get the goods if you flash your eyes at her,’ said my partner thoughtfully after a while.

I stared at him. ‘Are you pimping me out?’

‘No. You’d be a tough sell,’ he grunted as the car splashed along the empty streets of the city. He glanced my way. ‘This makes it what, your fourteenth death?’

‘Fifteenth.’

Further silence followed. ‘Huh. So, two more to go,’ he murmured.

I nodded mutely. In many ways, I was glad Hasley had entered my somewhat unnatural life, despite the fact that it happened in such a dramatic fashion. It was ten years ago this summer.

Hasley was a detective in the Boston PD Homicide Unit at the time. One hot Friday afternoon in August, he and his partner of three years found themselves on the trail of a murder suspect, a Latino man called Burt Suarez. Suarez, who worked the toll bridge north-east of the city, had never had so much as a speeding ticket to his name before: he was later described by his neighbours and friends as a gentle giant who cherished his wife and was kind to children and animals. That day, the giant snapped and went on a killing spree after walking in on his wife and his brother in the marital bed. He shot Hasley’s partner, two uniformed cops and the neighbour’s dog, before fleeing towards the river.

Unfortunately, I got in his way.

In my defence, I had not been myself for most of that month, having recently lost someone who had been a friend for more than a hundred years. In short, I was drunk.

On that scorching summer’s day, Burt Suarez achieved something no other human, or non human for that matter, had managed before or since.

He shot me in the head.

Sadly, he did not get to savour this feat as he died minutes after he fired a round through my skull. Hasley still swore to this day that Suarez’s death had more to do with seeing me rise to my feet Lazarus-like again than with the gunshot wound he himself inflicted on the man with his Glock 19.

That had been my fourteenth death. Shortly after witnessing my unnatural resurrection, Hasley quit his job as a detective and became my business partner.

Over the last decade we have trailed unfaithful spouses, tracked down missing persons, performed checks on employees in high profile investment banks, took on surveillance work for attorneys and insurance companies, served process to disgruntled defendants, and even rescued the odd kidnapped pet. Hasley knew more about me than anyone else in the city.

He still carried the Glock.

‘Why did he kill you?’ said Reid. The car had stopped before a set of red lights. ‘Did you do something to piss him off?’ There was a trace of suspicion in his tone.

I grimaced and scratched my head. ‘Broadly speaking, he seemed opposed to my existence,’ I murmured. The rhythmic swishing of the windscreen wipers and the dull hiss of rubber rolling across wet asphalt were the only sounds that broke the ensuing lull. ‘He called me an abomination that should be sent straight to Hell and beyond,’ I added drily and paused. ‘Frankly, I thought that was a bit ironic coming from someone who’s probably not that much older than me.’

Reid crushed the cigarette butt in the ashtray and stared at me with narrowed eyes. ‘You mean, he’s one of you?’

I hesitated before nodding briefly. ‘Yes.’

Over the years, as I came to know and trust him, I had told Reid a little bit about my origins.

I was born in Europe in the middle of the sixteenth century, when the Renaissance was at its peak. My father came from a line of beings known as the Crovirs, while my mother was a descendent of a group called the Bastians. They are the only races of immortals on Earth.

Throughout most of the history of man, the Crovirs and the Bastians have waged a bitter and brutal war against one another. Although enough blood has been shed over the millennia to fill a respectable portion of the Caspian Sea, this unholy battle between immortals has, for the most, remained a well kept secret from the eyes of ordinary humans, despite the fact that the latter have been used as pawns in some of its most epic chapters.

The conflict suffered a severe and unprecedented setback in the fourteenth century, when the numbers of both races dwindled rapidly and dramatically; while the Black Death scourged Europe and Asia, killing millions of humans, the lesser known Red Death shortened the lives of countless immortals. It was several decades before the full extent of the devastation was realised, for the plague had brought with it an unexpected and horrifying complication.

The greater part of those who survived had become infertile.

This struck another blow to both sides and, henceforth, an uneasy truce was established. Although the odd incident still occurs between embittered members of each race, the fragile peace has, surprisingly, lasted to this day. From that time on, the arrival of an immortal child into the world became an event that was celebrated at the highest levels of each society.

My birth was a notable exception. The union between a Crovir and a Bastian was considered an unforgivable sin and was strictly forbidden by both races: ancient and immutable, it was a fact enshrined into the very doctrines and origins of our species. Any offspring of such a coupling was thus deemed an abomination unto all and sentenced to death from the very moment they were conceived. I was not the first born half-breed, both races having secretly mated with each other in the past. However, the two immortal societies wanted me to be the last. Fearing for my existence, my parents fled and took me into hiding.

For a while, life was good. We were far from rich and dwelled in a remote cabin deep in the forest, where we lived off the land, hunting, fishing, and even growing our own food. Twice a year, my father would venture down the mountain to the nearest village, where he traded fur for oil and other rare goods. We were happy and I never wanted for anything.

It was another decade before the Hunters finally tracked us down. That was when I learned one of the most important lessons about immortals.

We can only survive up to sixteen deaths.

Having perished seven times before, my father died after ten deaths: he fought until the very last breath left his body. I watched them kill my mother seventeen times.

I should have died that day. I did, in fact, suffer my very first death. Moments after the act, I awoke on the snow-covered ground, tears frozen on my face and my blood steaming as it stained the whiteness around me. Fingers clenching convulsively around the wooden sword that my father had given me, I waited helplessly for a blade to sink into my heart once more. Minutes passed before I realised that I was alone in that crimson-coloured clearing, high up in the Carpathian Mountains.

The crows came next, silent flocks that descended from the grey winter skies and covered the bloodied bodies next to me. When the birds left, the remains of my parents had disappeared as well. All that was left was ash.

It was much later that another immortal imparted to me the theory behind the seventeen deaths. Each one apparently took away a piece of our soul. Unlike our bodies, our souls could not regenerate after a death. Thus, Death as an ultimate end was unavoidable. And then the crows come for most of us.

No one was really clear as to where the birds took our unearthly remains.

‘What if you lived alone, on a desert island or something, and never met anyone? You could presumably never die,’ Reid had argued with his customary logic when I told him this.

‘True. However, death by boredom is greatly underestimated,’ I replied. ‘Besides,’ I added drily after a pause, ‘someone like you is bound to kill himself after a day without a smoke.’

‘So, the meeting was a trap?’ said Reid.

His voice jolted me back to the present. The car had pulled up in front of my apartment block. The road ahead was deserted.

‘Yes.’ Rain pounded the roof of the Monte Carlo. The sound reminded me of the ricochets of machine guns. Unpleasant memories rose to the surface of my mind. I suppressed them firmly.

‘Will he try to kill you again?’ said Reid. I remained silent. He stared at me. ‘What are you gonna do?’

I finally shifted on the leather seat and reached for the door handle. ‘Well, seeing as you’re likely to drag me back from Hell if I leave you high and dry, I should probably kill him first,’ I said wryly.

I exited the car, crossed the sidewalk and entered the lobby of the building. I turned to watch the tail lights of the Chevrolet disappear in the downpour before getting into the lift. Under normal circumstances, I would have taken the stairs to the tenth floor: dying, I felt, was a justifiable reason to take things easy for the rest of the night.

My apartment was blessedly cool and devoid of immortals hellbent on carving another hole in my heart. I took a shower, dressed the wound in my chest, and went to bed.

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

 When I was twelve years old, after my father trashed a creative essay I wrote for school. I started writing even more stories to spite the poor man. It was the most life changing revenge move I ever made. Before I left school, I had written two novels and was on my third.

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

 Being a writer has always been my ‘dream job’. My ‘real job’ aspiration was to work in biotechnology and genetic engineering. I ended up in medicine. Go figure.

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

The first novel I wrote in my teens was a middle grade-YA fantasy. The second novel was a boarding school action-adventure tale. When I resumed writing in 2006, I returned to fantasy once more. Soul Meaning was a bit of a surprise! It started life as a short story that made the top five of the British Fantasy Society Short Story Competition a few years ago. I never thought I could write in that style. When I completed the short story, I knew it could become a novel. Even I wanted to know what happened to my protagonist! Writing an action thriller was challenging and exciting.

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

 The series itself originated from the number 17 written in red paint on a black marker stone in a lagoon in Mauritius. When I came back to this image, I eventually decided to write about a man who could die seventeen times. Generally speaking, my inspiration comes from dreams, images, films, and books.

5      What has your publishing experience been like? 

             When I made the choice to write again in 2006, I researched the publishing industry for several months. When I saw what was involved and how long and hard the road was going to be, I decided to give myself six years before reassessing the situation. By 2012, I had written three novels, a few short stories, almost landed a few agents and publishers, and had received consistently positive feedback on my writing. But I was not getting anywhere in terms of securing a traditional publishing deal. In 2006, self-publishing was, in my eyes, the last resort and a sign of failure. By 2012, the publishing world had changed drastically. Self-publishing is now the first option for many authors, some tired from playing the subjective game of chance that is traditional publishing, some who would never even consider that road and like being in full control of their career. There are also a whole host of professional resources now available to self-published authors that can make their book indistinguishable from a traditional published novel. Again, a lot of research was involved before I committed to self-publishing in 2012. It has definitely been challenging and is hard work, but so worth it in the end. To those who say self-publishing is easy and the option of lazy writers who won’t perfect their craft, I say,

‘Yes, self-publishing can be easy. Write a book, photoshop a cover, load it up on Amazon and Smashwords. There are a lot of self-published novels out there. Some are good, some are great, some have even made the New York bestseller list. But there are also a LOT of awful ones (just as there are among the traditionally published books). Rushed first drafts with poor editing, structure, and flow, shoddy covers and poor formatting. To produce a good quality product that can challenge any novel produced by the former Big 6 publishers is HARD. It takes a hell of a lot of time, energy, and, for many authors who cannot afford/ don’t want to outsource aspects of the process, the acquisition of new skills.’

I am lucky in that I can afford to pay for two editors, a proofreader, two formatters, a cover designer, and website designer, as well as marketing. Although I am doing what I always dreamed of, I also see writing as a business. Any business needs financial investment.

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

             I can write anywhere, but I bought my first desktop computer last year in a deliberate attempt to establish a writing routine. So now, I mainly write in my study. I have a playlist for every book that I write. It’s all American hard rock and some of the songs have actually inspired entire scenes in the books. I have written on planes, trains, in airports, and on nightshifts.

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

 Place names are not difficult as they tend to be real, as in the action will take place in known cities such as Boston or Prague. I tend to look at Google Map and pick a geographically and historically appropriate country and city. Character names come from my Penguin Dictionary of First Names, which explains the origin and history of first names, and baby names lists from the web. I try to be as ethnically accurate as possible in the names that I choose, for example one of the main characters in Soul Meaning is a Czech immortal called Victor Dvorsky. Both the first and last names are of Czech origin.

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

 Most people would assume it’s Lucas Soul. Although I love Lucas as my main protagonist, Reid Hasley ended up stealing my heart in many scenes. For one thing, I would most definitely gravitate towards Reid if I walked into a bar where both men were standing. Reid projects an easy charm that will attract most women. In my mind, he has a very sexy smile. Lucas is the darker, quieter character of the powerful duo. Because of his painful history, he doesn’t let people get close to him. I think Lucas presents a challenge a lot of women would like to take on, knowing that if they get past his barriers, he would be some catch! Now, if you were to ask me who I would give my room key to (not that I do that, of course!), the answer is…hmm…Well, sex with Reid would be smoking hot and mind-blowingly good. Sex with Lucas would capture my body and enslave my soul.

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

 I was shaking it was so goddamn exciting! I came home from a walk to to find a note from FedEx. I jumped in my car, drove twenty miles to the depot, and got there ten minutes before they closed. I then promptly drove to my friends’ house, dropped the parcel in their hands, and told them to open it as I couldn’t! It was an amazing feeling. Also, the quality of the finish was even better than I expected, with a satiny smooth cover and thick, cream paper. Lightning Source printed the paperbacks. The original proof copy sits inside a custom made picture box on the wall of my study. 

12   Favourite authors? 

 Enid Blyton, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Clive Barker, Terry Pratchett,  Tom Holt, Jeffrey Deaver, Neil Gaiman, China Mieville, Kathy Reichs, Clive Cussler, Robert Crais, Janet Evanovich, Naomi Novik, Philip Pullman, JK Rowling, Stieg Larsson, and Stephanie Meyer to name a few. I also discovered the lovely Jade Kerrion last year.

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

 I am polishing the second novel in the series Seventeen, due for release May 2013. It’s entitled King’s Crusade and it will tour with Bewitching Book Tours that month.  I won’t say more than that on the second book!  I think it will surprise people who have read the first novel; they will no doubt be expecting something entirely different. I hope it’s a pleasant shock. I have also started the third novel in the series.

EXTRAS

hayabusa-2008-black-1680

Hayabusa, Lucas’s sportsbike

Jaguar XK120 roadster he uses in France

Jaguar XK120 roadster he uses in France

Lucas's katana

Lucas’s sword

 

 

Blog Hop: Day 1

Hello, and welcome to the Getting to Know You Blog Hop. I was chosen for this event by Vicki M. Taylor, http://vickimtaylor.blogspot.com, an author and blogger.  She created this hop and made it happen for me along with other talented authors/bloggers.

There are an eclectic choice of bloggers for this hop and it will run from today to February 1, 2013, so each day, I’ll be posting something more about myself as well as hopping to my fellow authors’ blogs.  I’d like to thank Vicki for inviting me to join in this exciting experience!

Let’s get started on getting to know me.

Where are you from?  I’m from Portsmouth, Ohio.  It is a very small town on the Ohio River.  My high school graduating class had 32 people in it, if that tells you anything.  I’m a rural Ohio girl turned author.

When and why did you begin writing?  When I was in the second grade, my best friend and I made up skits and presented them to our peers at the end of the day.  In middle school I participated in puppet shows at church.  I’ve been in countless plays, some of which I’ve directed, others I’ve written and directed.

When I was 16 I had a very vivid dream.  I woke up in the middle of the night and wrote down as many of the details as I could.  From that, I wrote my first book.

In high school and college I wrote poetry and more scripts. Post college, I wrote a play for a church in Southwestern Ohio, where I lived at that time, and it was a huge hit.  I wrote skits for church events also.  However, there are many writing projects that have met their end in my moving back and forth between Southern Ohio and Southwestern Ohio.  I had to learn to travel light because I never seemed to stay in one place for long.  That’s what happens when you go through a divorce.

My areas of studies in undergraduate and graduate school focused on writing nonfiction, of course, but once I finished with that, I focused my attention once again on fictional work. 

What books have most influenced your life?  When I was in high school, Emily Bronte’ was one of my favorite authors.  To be honest, though, I didn’t have a lot of time to read for pleasure in high school and college, so I can’t think of any one book that influenced me.  Right now is when I’m forming favorites.  Goodreads,Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn have been very useful because it’s introduced me to new, talented authors as well as veteran writers.

Thank you for reading a bit about me and I’d like to introduce you to other authors along this hop. Their links are below:

http://vickimtaylor.blogspot.com

http://tenthchild.com/wordpress/

http://sfemespiral.com/ego/

http://candacegauger.wordpress.com/

http://pacificrimpressblog.wordpress.com/

http://www.notanotherbookreview.blogspot.com/

http://ninjananny.wordpress.com/

http://www.charleneraddon.blogspot.com/

http://simplifyandsave.weebly.com/blog-save–simplify.html

http://candysmonsters.com/