Somethin’ to Talk About: A Presence in BlogTalk Radio

Do you believe in fate? I do. I’ve always felt that there’s a bigger plan, but most of you already know that.

I got back from Birmingham, AL last night around 10:30 or so. I was there for the weekend to participate in The Birmingham Public Library Author Expo. It was great exposure and a great networking opportunity for PDMI. I had to leave early Sunday due to Ohio weather and it’s a good thing we did leave. When we reached Greenup County, Kentucky the roads were pure ice and the further we ventured it turned to snow. By the time we were in Ohio, there was at least three inches on the roads. Nonetheless, we made it safely home.

This morning as I sat at my computer trying to brainstorm about what I can do differently, contemplating what activities to amp up and what activities to ax (my Youtube schedule is one of the items on the chopping block), I received a Facebook message from Willow Cross. If you remember, I was a guest on her BlogTalk Radio show, The Paranormal Hour. A phone conversation with her yielded a fantastic opportunity, one that I truly needed and that I believe came with perfect timing. She has asked me to co-host The Paranormal Hour. I am so grateful for this opportunity and cannot thank Willow enough for asking me!

1235496_598030426902544_2062436822_nI’ve updated my website with links to the show and to the Facebook fan page, but I’m going to post them here as well:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/worldofinknetwork/2014/01/11/the-paranormal-hour

https://www.facebook.com/theparanormalhour

My first episode with Willow will be 2/7/14 at 10 p.m. EST. So, if you like the paranormal, tune in. We are going to talk about some pretty neat things.

ALSO, I am trying to organize my street team. The team name is officially Tracee Ford’s Daydream Believers. Thanks to everyone who voted. If you are interested in being a part of the team, please send me an email by going to my website and clicking the contact link (http://traceeford.com). What you would be asked to do is simple: PROMOTE. For more info, just drop a line.

I want to take this opportunity also to say thank you to the library in Birmingham for hosting the author expo. It was a wonderful experience and I loved being able to meet my fellow authors and my publisher. Below are some photos. If you want to see more, just visit my website.

Thanks for reading and I will put links up for the BlogTalk show later this week. Have a great rest of the day.

PDMI provided me with my very own voodoo doll!

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(L to R): Clay Gilbert, Daven Anderson, me

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L to R (back): me, Greta King, Daven Anderson
L to R: Clay Gilbert, Lenora Rogers, Nessa Arcamenel
Center: Tc McKinney

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Reflections 365

Well, here we are, post-Christmas. When I logged into my blog today, I was informed that my very first post was last year at this time. Isn’t it amazing what happens in a year’s time?

Looking back on my last 365 days, I am astounded by the events. This time last year I was preparing to publish my first book. In fact, on New Year’s Eve I learned how to put together a book trailer; that’s how I brought in 2013. I started down the social media road to building relationships with other authors and began my website. My book, The Fine Line, came out in January, filled with glitches and errors; an important teaching experience for me. As I’ve said time and time again, everything happens as it should. If it weren’t for self publishing, I wouldn’t have met Tc and Nessa with PDMI.

I experienced my first radio appearance, experienced my first Facebook party, started interviewing on blogs, and for newspapers. February came and with that my introduction to PDMI Publishing, LLC. Thanks to social networking, another author told me about them as I started looking for a home for my second book. I also experienced my second paranormal investigation. By April, PDMI re-released The Fine Line under the title Between Worlds Series (volume 1): The Fine Line. I had my first book signing as well as my very first author showcase at The Portsmouth Public Library. I hosted The Spring Fever Blog Tour for new and established authors right here on my blog during the months of April and May. More events and signings followed in May, June, and July.

The summer was challenging for me personally. I began utilizing my YouTube Channel to share my paranormal experiences with others. August marked the publication of my second book, Idolum: Visions of the Undone. Following that, I learned I may have breast cancer. I have never faced such uncertainty in my entire life. It changed me in so many ways and it also sparked in me a desire to help with research. I knew exactly what vehicle to use to do it, too: my books.

I underwent a lumpectomy in September. I found out I didn’t have cancer, thankfully. In October, I participated in the Waverly Zombie Walk as Wonder Woman. The money from that event went to breast cancer research. I went to the mysterious land of the MothMan and met some awesome individuals who are also paranormal investigators. I hosted my first online Halloween party and was a guest on Willow Cross’s blog talk radio show where I shared more personal paranormal encounters as well as news about the breast cancer fundraiser.

Since my surgery, I have encountered health challenges, mostly upper respiratory infections. I’ve been sick each month and have been on antibiotics for two weeks at a time. This has angered me, I’m sad to say. I hate being sick. Before my surgery, I had been fairly healthy. I lost a significant amount of weight in 2010 and since then, I’ve been able to doge illnesses; I didn’t get sick. The surgery opened me up to illness; I truly believe that. So, as helpful as it was, it has also had its fallout. However, each time I get ill, I say, “At least it’s not cancer.”

By November, I was involved in yet another author showcase and was able to donate money to The American Diabetic Foundation. My sales at that event were the best they’ve ever been; the money went to charity. I hosted The Autumn Authors Aspiring Blog Tour for self published and unpublished authors.

So here we are; the end of December.

Since the beginning of November, I’ve faced multiple career related challenges. As most of you know, I’m not a full time author; I have a day job to pay the bills. I have been forced to learn many important lessons about myself and about the trustworthiness of others through events at work. I have also learned how to defend myself and my decisions based on evidence-based practice. I’ve also learned I don’t have to go through that journey alone. As difficult as these life lessons are, I must learn fro them because that is what it’s all about. Each life experiences presents to us an opportunity to become better. Things at work have transformed who I am and how I do things. Somewhere, a midst the darkness and corruption, there’s a silver lining.  What I can say is that I appreciate even more the women I worked with at my previous job. Their support and the things they taught me have been very useful in my current situation; I am thankful that I still have them to lean on.

I have been working on my third book throughout the year. I have made new friends through social media, author events, during vacations, and locally. I’ve celebrated life with family and friends throughout the year. 2012 was a transforming experience for me, but 2013 has presented more opportunities for me to learn about my own personal beliefs than ever before. In 2013, I stepped on sacred Mayan land (Chichen Itza) and learned about their culture, gaining a new respect for the ancient people of our world. I enjoyed the luxury of another cruise, seeing other beautiful sites and meeting life long friends. I ventured to the zoo with my beautiful son, enjoying a day just to ourselves, making new memories I’ll cherish forever. I have been to The Great Wolf Lodge twice, once to celebrate my son’s 12th birthday. I have experienced pink eye for the first time in my entire life. I’ve had my first ear infection since the 6th grade and I concluded this year in Tennessee in a remote cabin with my son and husband where I battled yet another upper respiratory infection. Still, I finally went to The Old Mill, took my son to Gatlinburg, Ober Mountain, and ate at my very first Hard Rock Cafe.

Each day in 2013 I watched my little boy grow more and more into a young man. I’ve watched him adjust to a new school. I’ve observed him adjusting to new things and new friends. I felt his comfort during the cancer scare and his relief when he learned I wasn’t going to die. I’ve watched his excitement when we’d attend events together and I watched his face when I told him we’d be going to Birmingham in February and that PDMI wanted to see his comic book sketches.

What a year! I feel like I’ve been talking in circles, so I apologize. But, think about your past year. You brain doesn’t play it back like a video tape. You have to think about each thing that happened and then piece it together.

So what’s coming in 2014? February will mark the Birmingham Library Author Expo and the opportunity to meet my fellow authors through PDMI as well as my talented publisher. April and May will feature the 2nd Annual Spring Fever Blog Tour. May is when I will be attending the Dayton Author Expo, an event I wanted to participate in last year, but couldn’t. After that, who knows? One thing you can count on is more YouTube episodes and my third novel (hopefully in the fall).

Concluding today’s entry, I want to say THANK YOU all for hanging in there this past year, reading my blog, following the tours, riding the waves. I wouldn’t be where I am if it were not for PDMI, my fans, and the support of close friends and family. Have a safe New Year and I wish you love and light for 2014!

What’s Next?

Hi everyone! I know this is my second post of the day, but I wanted to answer the burning question everyone is asking me right now: WHAT’S NEXT?

1236822_195004017340661_815620536_nFirst, let’s look at what’s been accomplished. In January 2013 I self published The Fine Line. By March 2013, that book was picked up by a talented small publishing company, PDMI. They released it under a new title, Between Worlds (volume 1): The Fine Line, through Injected Ink Media. This all happened because I presented them with a copy of Undone for their review. Undone then became Idolum: Visions of the Undone thanks to the creative mind of Tc McKinney. His vision and passion for my work and his wife’s knack for perfected formatting gave wings to my dream of becoming a published author. So what’s coming up?

Right now I’m working on the second installment of the Between Worlds series. It’s title: Through Glass Darkly. The book focuses on Olivia Gregory. For anyone out there that hasn’t read BW volume 1, Olivia is the daughter of Matthew Gregory and the stepdaughter of Robin Hillard-Gregory. These are the two main characters from The Fine Line.

Olivia doesn’t turn out quite the way readers think she will. However, I’m not going to give much more away than that… for now. Although for all of you Idolum fans who are wondering if Lauren Harris and Nick Bennette will have a second book devoted to them, you might be interested to know that in a sense I’m not done with them yet. Lauren and Nick will be teaming up with Olivia in Through Glass Darkly. My hope is to complete the manuscript and hand it over to the capable hands of PDMI by the first part of 2014. Hopefully, readers will have the book in hand by mid-2014. From there volume 3 and/or volume 4 is next on the creative agenda. I am undecided on whether or not I want to devote one book to Hope Gregory (daughter of Matthew and Robin) and a separate book to David Gregory (the only son of Matthew and Robin) or combine to two into one volume. No matter what, you can be sure that more is coming for the Between Worlds Series in 2015.

After that, there are three more books coming, at least that’s my hope, all stand alone.

An Idolum launch party is scheduled for Friday the 13th on Facebook. The Mothman Festival in Point Pleasant will be one of the largest events I’ve ever participated in (I’m crossing my fingers I’m prepared). That is scheduled for mid-September. The Waverly Zombie Walk is next, scheduled for October 12th. That opens the door for the holiday season and books make excellent Christmas gifts, after all. Hopefully I’ll be back at the Tea Caddy and then possible at Baby Cakes Bakery in Oak Hill, Ohio around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Next year the plan is to attend the Dayton Ohio Author Expo in April and another Author Expo in May in New Port, Kentucky. All of the while, I’ll be working on my YouTube channel to bring you new episodes each Thursday night.

Shooo *wipes forehead*

Contests? I’ll see what I can cook up. One thing is for sure, I promised all of the aspiring authors out there that I would be hosting a blog tour just for them and I will follow through on that promise.

As you can see, I’ll be busy, busy, busy, but I’m never too busy for questions and suggestions.

So stick around… things are just getting started.

Breaking into the Crime Novel Genre

Hello folks! I hope you are having a great day wherever you are. I wanted to spread the news that my second novel, Idolum: Visions of the Undone came out yesterday in paperback through Amazon. PDMI Publishing and Injected Ink Media has worked so hard on this book; I can’t thank them enough for their support and commitment to excellence in publishing.

Here is the link to my novel. If you like crime novels sprinkled with a little romance and some paranormal phenomenon, please check it out. It has already been reviewed by Roddy Dyer (I’ve posted the review link here). Also posting an excerpt from the book.

Thanks for your endearing support! A launch party is scheduled for Friday the 13th… and yes, we planned it like that. 🙂

http://www.amazon.com/Idolum-Tracee-Ford/dp/0615865623/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1377983660&sr=1-1

Reviewhttp://voices.yahoo.com/idolum-tracee-ford-novel-review-12255050.html

Synopsis: 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 Harris, 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 Harris 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 Harris finds herself at the mercy of the psychopathic serial killer she realizes she’s left much undone in her own life.

ExcerptRunning became tiring. She felt like she ran for hours. The adrenaline rushed through her veins, making her shake. She saw the full moon very high in the sky and could feel the dirt beneath her bare feet. The wind felt cold against her bare skin; so cold she couldn’t even sweat. She tried hard to catch her breath, but the chase kept her lungs from taking in much air.

Suddenly she felt someone grab her around her waist and lift her off of the ground. She screamed, but no one came to help her. She fought the attacker, but she couldn’t see his face. She swung, trying to use her training to fend him off, but she wasn’t successful. She felt her underpants pull to the side. She knew he would penetrate her one more time. Would she die? She wondered.

She separated herself from her physical body to avoid the pain of violation. No matter what, she still smelled the familiar cologne. Even though she felt as if she stood outside of her body, she clawed at her attacker, knowing if she were found dead at least she would have his DNA under her nails. She knew his carelessness would finally catch up with him. His attraction to her had been personal and his loss of control would finally hold him accountable. This gave her comfort as he continued raping her.

When he was done, he grabbed her by the hair and began beating her head against the cold ground. She struggled to stay awake, but failed miserably with the last blunt blow to the back of her head.

Her eyes opened to blackness. The only thing she related it to was when she used to cave dive in college. It had been the most intense darkness she had ever experienced. She ran her fingers over her body feeling her clammy skin. She felt underneath her, the surfaces were smooth. She knew there would be a lighter somewhere near her. She felt with her fingers and there it was. She pulled it to her and lit it. The darkness vanished momentarily as she looked around seeing dirt. It had happened. He buried her alive, just like he had the others. She didn’t know how long she was out. A day was all she had.

Realizing where she had ended up made her panic, even though she promised herself she wouldn’t. It would take valuable air if she hyperventilated. Still, she screamed in horror and then felt a touch on her arm.

 

Sometimes Fate Needs a Little Push

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Hi everyone. I will start out with some truth for you. I have been teetering on throwing in the towel regarding my writing career. My first novel, quiet honestly, isn’t doing as well as I’d hoped despite the phone calls, emails, blogging, website building, and other marketing tactics. I hope it is simply because it was my first shot at publishing my work. I know my publisher believes in, but sometimes it’s hard to believe in your own work when no one seems to be interested.

My second book comes out this month. It’s a bit darker and a friend of mine even told me that she had a hard time reading it because of the suspense. However, today I received my first review on Idolum and it made me cry. It reminded me of the reason why I write and why I can’t stop. I needed the inspiration, to be frank.

With all that has been going on at work and at home, I can barely find time to breath let alone sit down and compose yet another novel. So, I thought, “Maybe this is it. I did something that I promised myself I’d do. I wrote a couple of books. Maybe I should just be done now.” Now, I don’t think I’m ready to say “when.” There is so much I have to say and so many more characters dying to get out of my mind.

Roddy Dryer helped pull me out of a funk with his beautiful words. The book isn’t even officially released yet, but he got it on Smashwords and wrote a kick-ass review for it. So I’d like to thank him for pulling me up when I needed it most.

I am struggling to complete Through Glass Darkly, the series sequel to The Fine Line. Hopefully this was the motivation I needed to march on.

http://voices.yahoo.com/idolum-tracee-ford-novel-review-12255050.html?cat=38

 

Idolum by Tracee Ford- a Novel Review

A Murder Mystery with a Healthy Dash of Romance Coming Together to Bring You a Wonderful Tale

This suspenseful crime drama begins with a prologue sure to hook you for the remainder of the story. Superbly written by Tracee Ford, this novel deserves a wide and heavily populated following of avid readers seeking that next great mystery. If you’re looking for a writer you haven’t heard of yet and would like to explore a bit away from the mainstream, chances are this is a great place to start. But be quick, as Tracee Ford is going to be a well-known name if she continues writing like this.

While referred to as a Paranormal story, the occasional hints to such aspects of Idolum are quite subtle, which, because of the way this is written, is all that’s required. At first, we get to know several of our main characters while they’re brought together because of the actions of a particularly brutal serial killer. Two of our primary characters are Nick and Lauren. Nick is a tough cop with a military background and a preference for traditional police work, while Lauren is a bit more subtle, with an educational pedigree and psychological background, possessing of an uncanny gift for getting to the solution of a crime. These two can barely tolerate one another at first, but work through the difficulties and eventually become indispensable to one another.

The story jumps right into the thick of things at first as they seek a killer who is quite smart and readily keeping a step ahead of the team seeking an arrest. But there’s plenty more going on in the lives of our characters, and families are large. The killer backs off for whatever reason (the story explains that serial killers often take time to cool off), so Nick and Lauren have their regular lives to live, but now their lives are also coming together as soon a romance kindles between them.

Ford has done an exquisite job in pulling this story together from more than one direction, as we have a mystery to solve and several young women have had their lives taken so unfairly, but we also have a heating romance developing with two seemingly very different people. The time flow of the story can be quick at times, with more than a year passing before passing the first half of the book, but Ford writes in a manner that keeps the reader engaged and truly taking to these rich, vivid characters. The transitions are seamless and it’s easy to keep turning the pages. If I were forced to complain about something, I can say many readers today are spoiled with an extra line break between scenes but there is little or any of that here. That’s the best I have.

Ford did well to bring us so close to the characters and having the reader falling for them, because once the pace picks up and drama unfolds, we become nearly desperate to know just where this could go from one page to the next. Suddenly, Lauren’s staunch confidence and assuredness is put to the test on several levels, just when she was on the verge of bringing a stop to their target. As for Nick, he becomes desperate to do what he can for his love while still maintaining his professionalism as a cop.

From there, the author does an incredible job in placing the readers into the hearts and minds of our characters, bringing our hearts to a race. The concerns and actions they think and feel when things seem to be at their very worst tell us so much more about who these people really are, and the readers are sure to be thankful for that. Ford has well demonstrated an extraordinary ability to weave a wondrous story filled with heart, romance, mystery and drama, and the heartwarming final chapters are certain to ensure we’d know this author’s name when we see it grace a book cover again.

Idolum comes highly recommended. I have become aware that this is Ford’s second novel (her first isThe Fine Line) and I feel every confidence to recommend that one, too, and I have no idea what it’s about.

Roddy J Dryer is the author of Tangled in Climbing Nightshade

http://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/AuthorTraceeFord

http://authortraceeford.injectedinkmedia.com/

Spring Fever Blog Tour featured Author: Emily Guido

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

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

EmilyGuido_AuthorPic_3About the Author:

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

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

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

Where to find/follow Emily:

Website: http://authoremilyguido.com/

Website: http://emilyguido.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Blog: http://emilyguido.com/

Social Media connections:

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

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

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

Release Date: September 22, 2012
Where to buy:

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

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

Reviews:

RAVE REVIEWS for Charmeine by Author Emily Guido

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

Lovetiggi

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

Kathleen Burns

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

Fathima Amiruddin

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

Susan Ashcraft

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

Carol Fitzpatrick

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

This story is well worth a read!”

Melanie Adkins

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

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

“To-Read” shelf!”

Cassie

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

Samantha Adams

Other Work:

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

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

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Please provide a snippet from your most recently released book.

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

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

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

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

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

Tabbruis knew she was as excited as he was…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Mini Interview:

1      When did you first start writing?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5      What has your publishing experience been like? 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

10   How did you/do you market your work?

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

 

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

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

12   Favourite authors? 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Spring Fever Blog Tour: 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.

Bumps in the Night Part 10–My Own Tales of the Paranormal

Welcome to the final installment in the Bumps in the Night Series. You’ve experienced nine weeks of my own paranormal experiences. I’m going to finish up by telling you about my first book, The Fine Line (TFL hereafter) and how it got published.

If you remember from the posts in the beginning of the series, I talked about how I was told that things were going to happen very fast and how I submitted the book to multiple publishers. I also touched on how disappointed I was when I kept getting rejection letter after rejection letter. By October/November I’d all but given up on having the book published. A friend of mine on Facebook suggested I look into publishing it as an ebook. So I started shopping around.

21pAyrVNstL._SS140_SH35_I found BookLocker, a POD company. In case some of you aren’t familiar with this, it means “print on demand.” Because I believe in conserving resources and saving trees this looked like an acceptable way to go. They offered an option to make payments. Rather, when the book sold, the sales went toward the balance owed. Included was a guide on promoting and marketing the book. The cost seemed reasonable, too. However, I really didn’t want to go this route. Nonetheless, I didn’t see any other way at that time. I sent the manuscript and they accepted immediately. Looking back on it I wonder if they even read it.

Anyway, I signed the contract. As I did, the still small voice told me to be patient. I didn’t have peace as I signed on the dotted line. But, I did it anyway. Nevertheless, there were positives that came out of the situation. The marketing guide helped me tremendously in preparing to market my book. That is why I established a blog and a website. Without that guide, I would have been completely lost.

So, I didn’t have an editor. I didn’t have a proofreader. I didn’t have an illustrator. I was working with nothing and very limited funds. I took the cheap way out. I got a plain cover. I proofread myself, which didn’t turn out so great, and I paid extra for the book to be converted in to ebook format. If I wanted a full color book over it was an extra $299 and I just didn’t have it.

All the while, I kept feeling like was heading down a road of no return and one that wouldn’t end up anywhere. Something just didn’t feel right. In December, I got final confirmation on everything and the book came out on January 7th. In order to go on with the publication I had to purchase at least ten books myself. The cost: over $125. Now that I have networked with other authors, I realize how overpriced this was.

I contacted everyone known to God and man once my book came out. I was fortunate enough to be featured in local papers, on a local radio show, and spoke to countless people about stocking the book. Still, the book just wasn’t moving. Then I received emails and people telling me that there were mistakes in the book and they’d proof read for me anytime. I was embarrassed, humiliated, and my desire to market the book died. So, by February I was ready to throw my hands up.

I was glad to make community connections, however. So, as I said, there are positives that came out of it. As I trudged along with little to no sales for the book, I felt very responsible. I felt like if I had listened to my gut I wouldn’t have made such a costly mistake. Granted, I wasn’t really out any money, but I wasn’t making anything either. Don’t get me wrong; I write because I love to. I don’t care about being a millionaire. I’m realistic.

Another positive that came out of the publication was I learned to use VistaPrint. I learned how to network. I learned how to promote myself as well as other authors. I learned how to navigate through a website and build one. I learned how to blog and tweet. I felt like I was on a crash course in technology and networking from late December to late February. I was worn out!

IdolumblueI focused on my second title, now known as Idolum: Visions of the Undone. That wasn’t the original name, however. It was simply Undone. I worked on finishing it. I’d started it years before and then just didn’t finish it. It was way past time. So, I sent a blanket status across Facebook asking if anyone knew of any publishers looking for material. I already started sending the manuscript and was already getting rejections letters. I thought, “Here we go again.”

Virginia Jennings, a PDMI author, contacted me and told me a little about PDMI Direct Publishing. After the experience with BookLocker and realizing that I completely jumped the gun, I was going to research my brains out before doing anything with any other POD publisher. And I wanted someone traditional. I didn’t mind sharing royalties because I wanted my books edited and I wanted an attractive cover. So, that’s what I did; I researched. Then I got in touch with them. It was the best decision I ever made and I have no doubt that there was a spiritual component involved.

I talked to the co-owner and presented my idea. I send a copy of the incomplete manuscript for Undone after I was told about their options. I could have gone freelance if I chose to. They were also POD, but explained the difference in the barcode for BL and their barcode. First off, I was shocked to even speak to a person. Everyone else communicated via email. In fact, BL had a voicemail message making it clear they weren’t likely to return my call.

PDMI-Direct-125I received a phone call the next day from PDMI and they offered a contract for the title. I talked to Tc about The Fine Line and my experiences with BL. We talked about cost and other formalities associated with my first title. As I talked to Tc I felt peace. I knew that there was a relationship there that was meant to be. I knew I had gotten in touch with the right person/company. I knew that the Creator led me to them and they to me. I even told my husband, “This company is on the edge of something big. All it’s going to take is one author to send them soaring. Or several great authors to send them to the top. I want in on this. The ground floor.”

I got to now Tc and Nessa. They took time to talk to me. To learn about my vision and I theirs. We were certainly on the same page. I immediately paid off the balance with BL. The vision for TFL was born. Idolum was also named and I’d finally found a home for my books.Injected-125

People ask me now if I’m self publishing again. The answer is “no.” PDMI offered a traditional route for me. They have been so good to me. I respect their opinion and creative vision for all of their authors. They have taught me so much and what’s better, is spiritually, we’re on the same page. We share much of the same beliefs and we agree that our meeting was no accident. They were meant to be a part of my life, my work, my books, and my forever.

PDMI was sent to me straight from the divine. I found an editor for TFL at no charge! Idolum is being edited under their traditional contract conditions, but because I wanted TFL to be under their imprint fast, they agreed to work with me to get it re-released. So here we are. It was officially re-released as of yesterday with a gorgeous cover. It’s been available in ebook form for a few weeks now. They have promoted their hearts out over this book. Idolum should be out by the fall and I’m working on the second installment of TFL. In fact, Nessa came up with the series name: Between Worlds, The Fine Line, Book 1. The second book is Between Worlds, Through Glass Darkly, Book 2. I can keep writing forever and my books will have a place in the world thanks to PDMI.
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I guess this isn’t much of a paranormal tell, but I’m telling you that I watched the Creator make the best of a mess. I jumped ahead of the plan by enlisting with BL and then I regretted it. However, as the Creator often does, the pieces were picked up, dusted off, and then the best came strolling down the pike. It’s been like breathing with PDMI. I was always told that if a situation is in the perfect will of the Creator it will be easy and it has been. Terminating with BL rendered no drama. Things have literally fallen into place all because the hand of the Creator moved.

My motto is “Dream big.” I truly believe that. I have wanted to be a published author since the age of sixteen. Once I decided to take a more positive turn in my life, everything changed.  I saw things happening and that positive outlook, I believe, had a direct impact on the end results.

So, I want to say “thank you” to all of those who’ve followed this series. I hope you enjoyed the series. If there’s more in the future, more paranormal investigations, more paranormal activity, more paranormal anything, I will share it. Until then, thanks again and don’t let the bumps in the night scare you. The paranormal is not to be feared. It’s to be researched and embraced. Happy haunting everyone!

“The Fine Line” New Cover Reveal & Coupon for Smashwords!

fine line coverPDMI Direct Publishing/Injected Ink Media revealed the new cover of The Fine Line today! It is beautiful!  They did a tremendous job and I couldn’t be more pleased!  They are hosting a release event on Facebook and have provided a coupon for you to pick an electronic copy on Smashwords for $.99!  I have provided the event link as well as information on how to obtain the coupon.

EVENT:

https://www.facebook.com/events/586051088074278/

 

COUPON:

PDMI Freelance Publishing

Boy do we have some news for you!

‘The Fine Line’ is expected for re-release in paperback April 12, 2013! Who is ready?

In order to mark this historic event PDMI is offering coupon codes for the ebook edition available at Smashwords only for .99 till April 12!!!!

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

Want to get in on this sweet action? Contact PDMI for your coupon to this historic one time discount at sweetdeals@pdmidirect.com (Subject: Gotta have Tracee!)

Thanks so much everyone for following the blog and to those of you that get a hold of the book, please feel free to let me know what you think!

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOR THIS UPCOMING MONTH

Wow!  There is so much going on this month it’s hard to know where to begin!  First of all, my new website will be up and running soon.  PDMI Direct offers great prices for setting up websites for authors as well as anyone wishing to have a professional website.  Here is the link to use as a preview to the upcoming website:  http://authortraceeford.injectedinkmedia.com/

injectedinkhatSecondly, the Portsmouth Public Library will be featuring an Author Expo for local authors on April 2, 2013 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. At this event patrons will be able to meet local authors, purchase books, and at my table they’ll be able to place orders for the upcoming re-release of The Fine Line.  They won’t walk away empty-handed, however.  They will received the first copy of the book published by BookLocker and a coupon for a free copy of the re-released book.  Additionally, they’ll be able to purchase a hat featuring my name along with Injected Ink Media’s logo.

Thirdly, as of April 12, 2013, PDMI Direct Publishing and Injected Ink Media will re-released The Fine Line to the world. As I’ve said before, the book has been edited by Richard Sprigg and will have a brand new cover.

Next, on April 13, 2013 I will have a booth set up at the Jackson County Autism Awareness Walk from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.  I will also be donating to the Chinese Auction to help raise money for awareness and research. While visiting my booth, you’ll be able to put in a an order for the re-released book and place your order for the hat. I’ll also have some free goodies to give away.

I also want to take a moment to thank Frank Lewis with The Portsmouth Daily Times for writing yet another beautiful feature not only about The Fine Line being re-released through PDMI/Injected Ink, but also for wetting the appetite of local readers for Idolum: Visions of the Undone coming out in late 2013.  Scan0001

Another important announcement for the month of April and for May is that the Spring Fever Blog Tour begins tomorrow! This tour will be a two month long daily event featuring author interviews ranging from indie authors to traditionally published authors.  Here is the line up:

Georgina Hannan    4/1/2013
Lauren Bearzatto    4/2/2013
Anjanee Sooknah    4/3/2013
AR Von                       4/4/2013
Huni Buni                    4/5/2013
Raebeth Buda            4/6/2013
Miika Hannila            4/7/2013
Jean Findlay Bowden    4/8/2013
Shannon L. Dearing    4/9/2013
Laura Prior                    4/10/2013
Tina Frisco                    4/11/2013
Jill Eisnaugle            4/12/2013
Brandi Fields Kennedy    4/13/2013
Author Diana Nixon    4/14/2013
Amy Richie                    4/15/2013
Louann Carroll            4/16/2013
Hunter S. Jones            4/18/2013
Francine LaSala            4/19/2013
Wendy Nystrom            4/20/2013
A Jacob Sweeny            4/21/2013
Anna Kristell Author    4/22/2013
AJ Lape                    4/23/2013
Sarah Lazowski            4/24/2013
Vallory Vance            4/25/2013
Marissa Carmel            4/26/2013
Krystal McLaughlin George    4/27/2013
Arielle Caldwell            4/28/2013
Rockie Heart            4/29/2013
David Estes            4/30/2013
Kathy Ree                    5/1/2013
Brenda Franklin            5/2/2013
Meg Mims                   5/3/2013
Lawrence C. Connolly    5/4/2013
Nely Cab                    5/5/2013
JD Nelson                    5/6/2013
Clay Gilbert            5/7/2013
Christa Simpson            5/8/2013
Aneesa Price            5/9/2013
Candice Scrooby           5/10/2013
Doree Anderson           5/11/2013
Lindsay Anne Kendal    5/12/2013
Jeffrey Getzin           5/13/2013
Valerie Beth Gilbert    5/14/2013
Nicole Kuhn            5/15/2013
Jessica Roscoe Author    5/16/2013
Cindy Sprigg            5/17/2013
Aaron Michael Ritchey    5/18/2013
Lavinia Urban            5/19/2013
Author Solease M Barner    5/20/2013
Kande Nicho            5/21/2013
Lauren Klever            5/22/2013
Author MR Joseph    5/23/2013
Jim Henry                   5/24/2013
Diane Rinella           5/25/2013
DC McGannon           5/26/2013
Mimi Tulane           5/27/2013
Nikki Sebben Narvaez    5/28/2013
Emily Guido Author    5/29/2013
Chrissy Mobley            5/30/2013
Indigo                    5/31/2013 (6:30 p.m.)
Richard Long            5/31/2013 (7:30 p.m.)

SSU Primary_CLRnavyLastly, for the month of April I will be doing my first official book signing for the re-release at Shawnee State University’s book store on April 23, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

I know!  There’s a lot going on! I will keep everyone informed of anything new that’s happening, but so far I think that’s it!

Thanks for following and get ready for some amazing author interviews everyone! It all starts tomorrow!