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Becki Brannen

Spotlight Posted on Wed, August 28, 2013 13:40:44

My final author spotlight for the month is the fabulous Becki Brannen…
I was born and raised
in the South. I married my high school sweetheart and we have two daughters and
a poodle, Sophie. I enjoy writing ‘chick lit’ with a Christian twist. I hope
you enjoy reading my books, “Breathless” and “Strapless.”
There will be more to come soon!

I’m sensitive, extroverted, nice, feisty, happy,
optimistic, a wife, mother, writer, office-minion, caring, CHRISTIAN. I believe
in happy endings, lessons becoming blessings, and finding the strength to
forgive (myself included). I’m unapologetic in my beliefs, strong-willed,
compassionate and loving. I stand by my motto in 9th grade, when I
broke out of my shell of feeling too fat, too nerdy, too shy, too scared –
“You’ll either love me or hate me, but I think I’m pretty awesome.” Well, maybe
it was a bit more crass back then!

I love it when I let author’s add anything they like because I get wonderful statements like this….Love it! So let’s have a looksy at the interview…

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

I’m me. I think it
was for two reasons initially – being able to see my name on a book cover, and
allowing my friends and family to search for me. I see the benefits of a
pseudonym, such as privacy, but in today’s digital world, real names aren’t
that hard to figure out!

What
made you want to be a published author?
Being unpublished just wasn’t
any fun! I participated in NaNoWriMo 2011 and wrote Breathless, my first novel,
in 29 days. If you finish a book, why not get it published? And if you publish
it, why not try to make a little money while you’re at it? So I did. It’s not
the first book I’ve ever written, but I don’t think the books I “wrote” in
elementary school quite count. After all, some of them didn’t even have words!
I went to a literature/language arts magnet school, and we wrote a book each
year. Nothing to write home about, pun intended, but it definitely gave me a
love for writing!

What
genre do you write in and why?

So far, I’ve written
Christian Chick Lit. Funny, girly books, romantic, not smutty. I wanted to
write something I could tell my dad I wrote, and not blush. He still said, “You
didn’t tell me it was a romance novel!” But it’s not! There is not ONE instance
of a throbbing ANYTHING, unless I gave a character a throbbing headache! My characters
are Christian because I am. It’s such a part of my life that I don’t really
know how to separate the two fully. My upcoming projects are quite different. Peregrine is wistful and descriptive. I
have no idea where it’s going to go, so it’s going to be interesting to write. Running is a suspense with a bit of
romance thrown in. Outcast is YA
paranormal. I feel like such a sell-out jumping on that bandwagon, but since I
love to read it, why not try my hand at it. We’ll see if it ever comes to
fruition. Providence is sort of
country chic romance. Instead of a cowboy romance (and who doesn’t love
those?), it’s a country girl, Southern city boy thing. I wanted a strong female
character, someone who is tough as nails, and that girl definitely will be! I’m
still finding my voice as a writer, so while I’ve loved writing the Breathless series, I’m ready to leave
Carly & Ryan behind for a bit and try new things.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Be assertive. Be YOU.
Quit trying to fit in! I’m so like one of my twin daughters, so outside of any
mold, that I never fit in, and by trying to shove myself into some
society-accepted form, I forgot who I was for a very long time. I’ve felt very
damaged for a very long time, and I did a lot of that to myself. So rather than
try to go back and tell myself those things, I will tell it to my daughters. BE
YOU.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Everyone I’ve ever
read! I think we take a bit of everything we read, watch on TV, hear in the
news, every part of our lives, and incorporate it into ourselves and therefore
what we write. Past experiences beget future works of amazing art. Heather
Huffman has inspired me to want my characters to DO something amazing with
their lives, to be a voice for the voiceless. Amazing YA authors have shown me
that teenagers and young adults can truly conquer the world, and what amazing
concept is that? Sure, vampires might not really exist, but young adults CAN
enact real change in the world in which we live, making it a better place. If
my writing inspires anyone to want to write, or do something amazing with their
lives (for themselves or for others), then I’ve done something great. I hope
that Sleepless gets people to think
about human trafficking. I hope that Running
will encourage discussion about sexual abuse. For that matter, the entire Breathless series touches on dating
violence. (Sorry, I didn’t quite answer the question in the way it was asked!)

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

I wanted to get my
work out there! I submitted my information to a publisher that I love, but was
eventually turned down once they got the entire manuscript of Breathless. It’s okay, it’s not for
everyone. Or maybe they felt like they had too many books similar to it. Either
way, I’ve had great success on my own! At least in the self-publishing world, I
control what I write, and I collect my profits. I’d love to have the access to
marketing, professional cover design and editing, etc. that a traditionally
published author would have, but I think I make a pretty great marketer of my
books & I’ve seen terrible editing mistakes in some of the books of the
best-selling authors of our time. That’s not to say I’d turn down a huge
advance, though!

How
would you rate your writing?

I like it. I enjoy
writing it, and I’ve enjoyed reading it after the fact. I find it hard to rank
it because 1) I’m biased, and 2) there are so many amazing books out there and
no two are the same.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Sob like a baby. No,
really. We creative types are sensitive! Okay, maybe I don’t really cry, but I
do have a sog-fest in my soul for a few days. And then I realize – not everyone
is going to like it. That’s okay! I don’t like every book I read, and that’s
okay, too. People can be constructive without being mean, but even mean reviews
don’t have to bring me down. There are many more people who have read my books
that have said they love it, and THEY are my target audience.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

Modes of
transportation, thus far! A plane, a Jeep (thank you to the local dealership
for the borrow, ha!), and then shoes. It was going to be a set of strollers for
Sleepless, but alas, the shot never
came to fruition. I don’t purchase my shots. I either take them or a friend
does. I have no guarantee of my books selling enough copies to warrant a hefty
price tag, and the emphasis are the words, not the pictures. Otherwise, this
would be a kids’ book, and I could probably just draw it my own self! While I
love gorgeous covers, I’ve been tricked by those before.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

With Breathless, it was all I did, it seemed.
I came home and wrote while my girls played and ate dinner. I wrote until after
midnight, I got up and wrote before work, and I wrote during my lunch break.
Twenty-nine days later, I had a novel. With Strapless,
I was more lenient on myself and took 4.5 months, though I still busted tail to
get it done. With Sleepless, I let
the real world get the best of my writing. It took a year and a half nearly,
but I finished it. My family comes first, my paycheck comes second, and my
writing had to take a backseat. I finished during Camp NaNoWriMo July 2013,
writing about 27k words in a week. That’s almost 4k words a day. That week, I
let writing take over. I feel like a writing anorexic/bulimic, starving myself
of writing for months on end and then gorging myself on words in one sitting.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I mostly plan out my
plots. I have an idea of where I want them to go, what I want the characters to
do, but then I let them have their own conversations to get them there. I talk
a lot in my car. If you saw me, you’d think I was insane, and maybe I am,
because I hold two-sided conversations. I answer myself. I even use accents, if
needed.

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Breathless
is based entirely off of a recurring dream. The characters were in my head for
so long, living out the plot of the book that I had to put pen to paper (or
fingers to keyboard, rather).

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. If
anyone wants to throw some help my way, go for it, but there’s no paycheck
attached. (Hey, at least I’m honest!)

What
are your tips for editing?

Edit as you go, fix
what you can, read and re-read, send to your friends, family and/or beta
readers, and then send it off into the wind. At some point, you really do have
to let it go.

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My WIP is inspired by
a minor character from the Breathless
series. I wanted something that felt entirely different, almost like you’re
watching someone else’s dream.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Hard to say.
Obviously I’ve written a series, but after spending a year and a half on the
third book, I’m going to go with stand-alones. I love Carly & Ryan (my
characters), but after 2 ½ books, I wanted something fresh and new. I had to
really step up their story to make it feel that way, rather than dredging on
for the sake of a trilogy. I think too many people try to aim for a three book
series. I never intended Breathless
to turn into a series, and I doubt I’ll continue past this last book. I’ve read
too many books where the third book felt like an old shoe, and I didn’t want Sleepless to feel worn out.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I would make the
bestseller charts transparent. What gets a book to the top of the chart? I
mean, are millions of people still buying Fifty
Shades
each and every week? REALLY?! There are millions more books with far
greater value than that, and unless a book somehow catches the eye of a
publisher, celebrity, or movie studio, you only ever seem to see it marketed on
indie sites.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Never give up. Write
like the words are your oxygen.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.

This isn’t going to
make any sense until you read the book, but I absolutely loved writing this
line: “Best
ducking wife. Ever.”

I think sometimes we have to get our writing publishing because it deserves it. My book and characters had been bouncing around in my head for years and I never ever though I would be able to write a full length novel but how wrong I was. You’re absolutely right…never give up! And now to the books….

Sleepless:

Carly
and Ryan are married!

But
will baby make three before Carly has a chance to come clean about their
elopement?

Carly
seems like she’s got it all – a dream job and a dreamy husband – but she’s
starting to feel like her dream job is turning into a nightmare. She’s feeling incomplete
and just needs something… more. With the possibility that she’s pregnant, and
her lack of enthusiasm for her job, Carly embarks on a career path that she’s
hoping will leave her fulfilled and feeling like she’s done something to leave
her mark on the world.

You can find all her books here:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Becki-Brannen/e/B006KSJKXY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377692584&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Becki-Brannen/e/B006KSJKXY/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377692734&sr=8-1

Stalker Links…

My website is http://beckibrannen.weebly.com

Facebook is www.facebook.com/beckibrannen.author

Twitter is www.twitter.com/beckibrannen



Teach Me Love by S. Moose

Cover Reveals Posted on Tue, August 27, 2013 12:15:05

Happy cover reveal day for Teach Me Love by S. Moose

Synopsis:

Jacob Greene, sexy multimillionaire CEO of Greene Publishing is a broken man desperate to find reason in his life. Losing Katherine, the love of his life, makes a once gentle and kindhearted man into someone dark and miserable.

Abigail Anderson, single mother, second grade teacher, is tired of living her life alone. But the only man she’s ever loved betrayed her and left her in the dark. Now, three years later, their paths cross. A rocky beginning soon turns into something more. Real. The feeling is mutual and their feelings grow. But secrets always have a way of coming out. Will Jacob and Abigail be able to learn how to to love again or will they suffer alone for the rest of their lives?

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18135095-teach-me-love

My name is Saoching Moose, writing as S.Moose. My debut novel, Reaching Out For You, published on June 8, 2013. This novel is the first of the Never Letting Go Series. I am a self-published author and I love every moment. I have met some amazing people and am very excited about what’s to come.

I live in Webster, NY with my husband. I enjoy being with my family and friends. I graduated from St. John Fisher College with my Bachelor of Arts degree in 2011.

I love writing and it’s always been a dream of mine to publish my work. I’m an avid reader and love reading books with a happy ending-I’m a sucker for romance. I want to inspire others with my words the way I have been inspired through countless works of literature. I think that everyone has a purpose in life, it just takes time to find it.



Logan’s Acadian Wolves by Kym Grosso

Cover Reveals Posted on Tue, August 27, 2013 12:01:00

So this was supposed to have been posted yesterday but my server went down…sooooooooo sorry Kym…but here it is although a day late and I can’t wait!!

Here’s the blurb:

Deep in the heart of New Orleans, Acadian Wolves’ Alpha, Logan Reynaud, rescues a beautiful woman in the dead of night. Intrigued by the mysterious human, the commanding Alpha is determined to elicit all of her secrets, including her deepest fantasies. After tragedy strikes, Logan discovers dangerous adversaries are planning an attack in his city. Driven by responsibility and honor, Logan must protect both his pack and the woman who’s captivated his attention.

Dr. Wynter Ryan, a leading virologist, is fascinated with her charismatic protector. As the chemistry ignites between her and the dominant Alpha, she relinquishes her ties to the past, embracing ecstasy and submission within his arms and intrepidly acquiescing to her own adventurous instincts. Succumbing to desire, she learns to trust her Alpha, discovering what it means to be wolf.

Passion and mystery on the bayou stirs Logan’s wolf, demanding he claim his mate. Yet Wynter’s a distraction he can’t afford when his priority is to lead his new pack. Will Logan surrender to the uncontrollable need to claim Wynter as his mate? And will he be able to keep her alive, finding the killer who threatens the Acadian Wolves?

Kym Grosso, MBA

www.KymGrosso.com

www.AutismInRealLife.com
www.psychologytoday.com/blog/autism-in-real-life
http://www.amazon.com/Kym-Grosso/e/B007P8DNSQ/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0



Together Forever by Vicki Green

Cover Reveals Posted on Tue, August 27, 2013 11:57:17

Today I have for you a sexy cover reveal for Together Forever by Vicki Green…

Book:
Together Forever (Forever
Series, #2)

Author: Vicki Green

Genre: Contemporary Adult Romance

Release
date:
October 1,
2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

After escaping her ordinary life and following her
dream of writing a romance novel, Allie Richard’s finds herself falling in love
with her sexy best friend Shane Barton. But all too soon, her past catches up
to her, trying to tear their budding romance apart.

Finally finding the amazing girl of his dreams,
Shane Barton races to protect what’s his and will do anything to protect her.
This loving and sexy man is tender to the touch but will fight to keep them
together.

Will Allie and Shane be able to withstand what her
past throws at them to put an end to their happiness? Will they ever be able to
be Together Forever?

Author Bio:

Vicki
Green grew up in Overland Park, Kansas and has resided in Olathe, Kansas for
more than 25 years. Along with her husband and two teenage boys, she shares her
home with her cocker spaniel’s Shadow and Mocha. She has been working full time
at the same Company for almost 35 years. Her life has been filled with the most
loving and caring parents, who are both in Heaven now but are still in her
heart and mind daily.

Vicki
enjoys reading books, too many on her Kindle and Nook to count, which is what
inspired her to begin writing this book.

Social Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VickiGreenAuthor

Twitter: @rileyks3

Goodreads Author: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7112966.Vicki_Green

Goodreads Book Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18213325-together-forever

Website: http://www.vickigreenauthor.com/

Other:

OR USE:

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS AUTHOR | WEBSITE |



Dani J Caile

Spotlight Posted on Mon, August 26, 2013 12:53:25

My spotlight today is on the author Dani J Caile….

Dani
J Caile is a teacher and proofreader currently residing in Budapest, Hungary.
After a lifetime of reading clones and a decade of
proofreading coffee table books, he has written 5 fantasy books, ‘Man by a tree’, ‘The Bethlehem Fiasco’, ‘The Rage of Atlantis’, ‘TDX2’ and ‘Manna-X’, all based on his own little neo-plantonic
universe. When not writing, dabbling in Shakespeare, teaching English,
proofreading, washing up, hoovering, and driving all over the place, he is busy
with his loving and long-suffering family.

Lets’s have a looksy at his interview shall we?

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

I
write under the name ‘Dani J Caile’. Seeing as I take a
sardonic view of all sterotypical roles within society, including my own, and
my writing is anti-establishment, in a humoristic way, I thought it would
protect me from all those bigots and narrow-minded people, but it hasn’t.

What
made you want to be a published author?

Too
many books going nowhere, looking for money. I always thought the writer had a
duty to inform the reader and increase their awareness in some way about their
present situation. Just look at Shakespeare, Hemingway, or any other classic
writer. Books on vampires, werewolves and sex just don’t do it for me. So I
thought I’d write down some of my observations in a light hearted way and
everyone who’s read my work, and who is at least a little open-minded, likes
it. I’ve even had priests tell me it’s good, ignoring the theological issues,
of course.

What
genre do you write in and why?

I
would say ‘light humour’, if there was such a genre. As there isn’t, ‘humour’
or ‘fantasy’. Fantasy because my books are set in my own small classic
Neoplatonian universe and not real life. I’d like to move on from that now but
I’m quite happy to do more with it.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Don’t
listen to your English teacher and read the books you want to read. Honestly,
my English teacher told my parents that I was reading books off syllabus (Mein
Kampf, The Tao te Ching, Orlando, etc.) and that I should stop. So I didn’t
read again until I was old enough to realise that I could just go into a
library and borrow them without retribution.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Hemingway
with his sparseness, Woolf with her stream of consciousness, Beckett with his
obscureness, Milligan with his craziness and Shakespeare with his comedy.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

My
experience told me even before I started writing that editors already have
expectations of the future market and know exactly what they need before it’s
even written. Most of the time they ask a bunch of already-contracted writers
to write a certain book and they pick the best one. So I went the
self-publishing way, knowing no publisher would touch me with a barge pole
(excuse the cliché). It’s a lonely and desolate place but at least my work is
out there.

How
would you rate your writing?

Good.
Could be worse. Really. I tried to write seriously and I laughed at my own
stupidity, so I only write with ‘tongue in cheek’ (damn, another cliché).

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Not
very well. Luckily, I haven’t had many, infact only one from an Indian who
couldn’t read or understand my writing. As far as I can see, my readers come
from two groups, those looking for light entertainment and those open-minded
people looking for underlying meanings. Anyone outside those groups will have a
hard time reading my stuff.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

Money.
I don’t have any, so I either go with the ‘Cover Designer’ or try to put
something together myself. And if you look through my covers, you’ll see they
are very simple and one or two colours dominate, along with an image; a green
wood, a sandy infinite desert, water crashing against rocks, skys and clouds,
or rusting technology. The colours and image captures the mood of the book. All
quite cliché (again?), but it seems we’re all living in nostalgia nowadays.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I
steal 5 minutes here and 10 minutes there and a bit at night. I’m a teacher,
father of 2, husband, proofreader and my sleeping hours are short, perhaps 5 or
6 hours a night. There is no balance, I feel if you try that then you’re
missing the point. Live your life and ideas pop out of your head. Scribble them
on napkins and bits of paper and write them up when you find the time. If I set
aside time for writing, nothing happens.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I
start off with a message, the basic plot slowly appears and the characters
twist and change the plot with their actions, dialogue and stupidity…not
necessarily in that order.

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Never.
In my 20s I was a Castenedian and practised the art of dreaming and I know the
significance of dreams. Although he is mostly seen as a chalatan now, I learnt
a lot about awareness and roles.

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I
have no money, so I have to tweet, do the fb thing, anything to get
exposure…such as giving interviews…writing is much easier than marketing as the
latter asks you to completely believe in yourself and ‘just do it’ (Ahh,
another one!).

What
are your tips for editing?

Get
someone else to do it. No, really, I’m a proofreader but I can’t proofread my
own writing, I skip bits which I think are written but aren’t. A lot of others
have said the same, that they are blind to their own pages. So, ask a friend to
read your draft.

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My
current work, ‘Manna-X’ was inspired by mainly mixing the styles of Dan Brown
and Samuel Beckett to create a non-sensical hunt for an infamous object. People are searching for things which they
can’t find or don’t exist, and that’s what it’s basically about. I also have a new free project, ‘Dani’s
Shorts’, possibly out by the time this interview hits the net, which is a
collection of 500 short stories based on the elements given in the Iron Writer
Challenge (theironwriter.com). I won a few of the Challenges and I liked the
concept so much that I wrote my own personal take on the first 6 months of
challenges. You’ll find it on Smashwords under ‘Dani J Caile’.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

No
preference. Other than ‘Dani’s Shorts’ I’ve only written about my little
fantasy universe using the same characters but I’m thinking of taking a few of
the short stories and writing a full novel, so then I’ll be covered for both.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

Nothing.
I would, however, like to change something in the publishing market, and that’s
the blindness of publishers to submissions from non-agents. There are some of
us self-publishers who can write.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Ask
yourself why you are writing. If it’s to make money and be famous then you’ll
have a very long hard struggle, unless you already know someone in a publishing
company who’s dying to see your work. If it’s because you like writing, then my
advice is keep doing it.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.

Tricky,
‘Manna-X’ is filled with them, I wouldn’t know where to start…how about a quote
from ‘Bethlehem Fiasco’, “Is there a right end of a camel
for your head to be in?”..or perhaps ‘Rage’, “I’m so tired I could
watch a dog grow”. There are so many…

I agree with the English teacher thing…read what you want to read or it will put you off reading for a very long time in my case. Are you sure you don’t want to put a few Vampires and werewolves in your books (or sexy Vampires and Werewoves)? Only joking my characters are a little agoraphobic to my own books….so lets see what your books are all about…



Manna-X

“I haven’t come across anything
quite like this…” Debbie Roxburgh (Speedy McCready)
“With your wily work [Dani], I tend to focus on what’s in parentheses. (I also
think you are very misunderstood…and possibly always have been.)”
Eponymous Rox (B.O.T.)
Reginald sends Graham Reader (aka the Grim Reaper), out on a mission to find
Code 237-Manna-X, the Manna Machine after the Overlords warn him of an imminent
(3000 year old) threat against the security of both the physical and
non-physical realms.
Will Graham find the fantastic yet deadly device before anyone or anything else
does?

Dani’s
Shorts

‘Dani’s
Short’s is a collection of 500 word short stories based on the elements given
in the Iron Writer Challenge. These 28 short stories show the complete range of
Dani’s favourite writing styles, including pair dialogues, internal thoughts
and sardonic parodies.

You can stalk him here:

Blog: http://danijcaile.blogspot.hu/

Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Dani-J-Caile/e/B00CDX0HSM

Amazon.co.uk: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Dani-J-Caile/e/B00CDX0HSM

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/DaniJCaile



Mine by Scarlett Metal

Indie Authors Posted on Mon, August 26, 2013 12:34:54

Happy Release day to Scarlett Metal

Book: MINE (Naughty Girl, #2)

Author: Scarlett Metal

Genre: Erotica Romance, Novella

Release date: August 26, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

Alexandra opened her heart and let herself be
vulnerable to Paul. The walls around Paul’s heart were torn down by the feisty
Alex. Both of them are happier than they’ve been in a long time.

Paul’s ex-wife comes to town and turns their
life upside down with news that shakes Paul to the core, making him question
everything he’s ever done. Will Alex be reminded of why she’s never trusted
anyone and leave? Can Paul show Alex that she’s the only one for him before
it’s too late? Or will someone else from their past destroy them beyond repair?

Author Bio:

Scarlett lives in the Midwest with her family.
When she’s not busy writing steamy stories, she can be found with her nose in a
book, camping, or geocaching with her family. She loves Diet Coke, Tina Fey and
Amy Poehler, and 80’s hair bands.

Social Links:

FACEBOOK | TWITTER | GOODREADS
AUTHOR
| WEBSITE

GOODREADS BOOK: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18305941-mine



Tease by Cambria Hebert

Cover Reveals Posted on Mon, August 26, 2013 12:26:31

To start to day I have a cover reveal for you…Tease by Cambria Herbert…


Title: Tease

Series: Take It Off (a new adult contemporary series of stand alone books)

Author: Cambria Hebert

Release Date: September 16, 2013

Format: Ebook and Paperback

Harlow McAlister is a broke college
student. When her tuition assistance is taken away she is faced with a choice:
admit to her mother she couldn’t hack it on her own or make a lot of money
fast.

So she gets a good paying job.

As a stripper.

She thought it would be easy but it turns
out being sexy is a lot harder than she thought. When a few mishaps work in her
favor she manages to hang on to her job and catch the eye of the Mad Hatter’s
best looking bartender, Cam.

She’s also caught the eye of someone who
wants to do more than look, someone who’s decided that she’s nothing but a
tease.

As the clothes come off, Harlow finds
herself caught between lust and murder. The only thing she knows for sure is
that her new risqué job is a lot more than she bargained for.

ABOUT CAMBRIA HEBERT

Cambria Hebert is the author of the
young adult paranormal Heven and Hell series,
the new adult Death Escorts series,
and the new adult Take it Off series.
She loves a caramel latte, hates math and is afraid of chickens (yes,
chickens). She went to college for a bachelor’s degree, couldn’t pick a major,
and ended up with a degree in cosmetology. So rest assured her characters will
always have good hair. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband
and children (both human and furry) where she is plotting her next book. You
can find out more about Cambria and her work by visiting http://www.cambriahebert.com

Stalker links:

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Cambria’s website: http://www.cambriahebert.com



Craig Evans

Spotlight Posted on Sat, August 24, 2013 14:16:41

Today on my Spotlight I have fellow Brit Craig Evans…

I live in South Wales with my fiancée
Teena and cat Millie.

I have always loved reading tales of
strange beings and dark worlds. I began writing my own stories and finally took
the plunge, entering an unknown world of my own in the form of self-publishing.

My background is heavily based around
design, so I was able to utilise these skills to develop my book covers,
website and all other promotional material along the way. I find myself
becoming more and more involved in the fictional world I have created, to the
point that I want to stay there and practice my own supernatural abilities!

To date I have published two books in the
‘Way Family Saga’ series.

So let’s have a looksy at the interview…I think this may be good smiley

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

Firstly thank you for this opportunity, as
a self-published author exposure is everything! I write under my own name – I
am currently working on building my author platform and have already linked
various social media sites to my own name. If I ever branched out into
different genres later on down the line I may consider using a pseudonym
though.

What
made you want to be a published author?

I have always been interested in creative
writing from an early age. I used to love painting pictures (both with paint
and words actually!) and create vivid scenes with my writing. Last year I had
an idea about a supernatural group of families and how they interact with each
other, so I jotted down a few thoughts. Then I kept adding to it until I had
practically plotted out an entire story! I started to flesh out some of my
ideas and soon became fully involved in the process, to the point that I wanted
others to hopefully enjoy my imagination as well.

What
genre do you write in and why?

I have released two books within the
supernatural/paranormal genre. I have been heavily inspired by the television
series’ ‘Heroes’ and ‘The Walking Dead’, as well as films such as ‘X-Men’ and
other Marvel blockbusters. I enjoy not only the plethora of different species
depicted in these stories (with the exception of ‘The Walking Dead’ that simply
tells a brilliant survival tale) but also the way they interact with one
another. In my own work I always try to strike a balance between good and evil,
and try to get the reader immersed in the struggles between the two.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

From a writing and publishing point of
view, I would tell twelve-year-old Craig to start now! I entered the writing
world rather late, so I would tell him to continue writing short creative
stores about monsters so that even more people could enjoy them in the years
that followed! Oh, and not to drink so much beer when he’s older, a pot belly
is never a good look…

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I have been influenced by many authors over
the years. The first writer that I really connected with (and still do) was
Chuck Palahniuk. His style was so different to other books I had read before.
His style has heavily influenced my own, especially the technique in which he
will drop down a line and isolate a single sentence on its own for more impact.
I also love Iain Banks’ very poetic descriptions of his surroundings, and am
just finishing off Hugh Howey’s first novel ‘Wool’ at the moment. His character
development is spot on and really engages the reader, as well as inspiring me
to do the same thing with my readers.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

I am indeed self-published! I became
inspired by reading articles about other self-published authors such as Amanda
Hocking and the aforementioned Hugh Howey. Although the financial rewards
struck a chord, it was the creative control over the product that interested me
the most. Working to my own deadlines seemed very appealing, as I have a busy
career as a designer and a creative yet hectic lifestyle to contend with! I am
currently planning my wedding with my partner so I’m glad I don’t have the
added pressure. I have also been able to design all my own promotional
material, work at my own pace and build my own fan base through self-publishing.
There are obvious benefits with going with a publishing house, however thus far
self-publishing suits me a lot better.

How
would you rate your writing?

I think I have a distinctive style, and
have been told that I paint a scene rather well. In my series of novels I am
coping with dialogue better than with previous unpublished work as well. I
enjoy making characters interactive with one another and seeing what they do
during tense and stressful situations… I put my characters through a lot that’s
for sure! It’s very difficult to judge yourself; I am just so pleased that
other people have engaged in my writing.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I’m not a suspicious person but I’m going
to knock on wood as I answer this! I haven’t received any yet! That isn’t to
say that my work will appeal to everyone, and I absolutely welcome constructive
criticism. If we don’t get regular feedback on anything we do how can we grow
and better ourselves? This isn’t a challenge for someone to write a one star
review of my work, I would just take it on the chin and try to adapt.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

My own ideas mainly. As I said I am
fortunate enough to be able to create my own covers, so I try to pick key
moments in the story to depict on the front cover. I try to create emotions in
all the artwork I create, book-related or not. The book cover to ‘Harm’s Way’
for instance pulls Kieran (the main protagonist) and Sky together in an
empowered stand against their own confusing abilities and adversity. I wanted
to make a point that we can overcome anything we set our minds to.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

This is quite difficult, but not because I
don’t find time for my writing! I need to strike a better balance between
writing and home life I think, because hours and hours will go by while I type
away without me realising it! Writing becomes a very consuming world, so I have to me mindful
of the fact that I am needed in other areas from time to time as well! It’s
difficult but I’m working on it…

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I start out with an idea. Then I develop
the key characters before thoroughly plotting out the novel itself. Other
authors let the idea develop into a full story as they type, but I find that no
matter how long I’ve been away from my writing, I know exactly what the next
chapter has in store and can pick the story up fairly easily. I control every
part of the process so that I never get writer’s block!

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

No, not really. I do wake up at stupid
times in the night some times with a new idea to add to my latest novel! I will
quickly jot it down on my phone and add it in the next day. If I didn’t do this
then it would most probably get lost in my mind, I have a lot of thoughts and
ideas rattling around in there!

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I started this self-publishing project with
zero budget. To date I have only spent a tiny amount of money on hosting my
website. The site itself uses a free web design site so everything has been
done without spending a thing. I know they say you have to speculate to
accumulate but I just don’t have the budget that others do. Everything is done
in-house and I’m proud of how much I’ve achieved without dipping into my
pocket.

What
are your tips for editing?

Again I have another process in place for
this! After each chapter I read through it and make amendments before
continuing. Then I re-read the first half of the book to see how the story
flows. Then I carry on until I reach the end before reading it all again. Then
I pass it onto my partner who is an avid reader in my genre and she gives me
pointers of what to change. Then guess what? I read it again! I have a few people
close to me that also give great feedback so together it’s a well-oiled
machine!

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My current WIP is the third book in the
series, so the actions and after effects of books one and two dictate what
happens to my characters in the third installment. I have an overarching plot
in place for the series so I know where each book is going. I am working on
book three with plans for a fourth book and don’t plan on stopping there!
Hopefully people who have already invested time in the first book will be
curious to find out what happens to my characters in the following installments.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

A series! I do have plans to release a few
stand-alone novels slightly outside the genre in the near future. All in all
I’m just enjoying the writing process on the whole. I won’t limit myself to a
specific series or genre if I have a strong enough idea to turn into a
completely new project. As long as people want to read my work I’ll carry on
writing!

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I think my biggest issue to date is finding
large groups of readers in my genre. I have dabbled with Goodreads and other
forums but don’t want to come across as a spambot. As I said at the start,
exposure is everything. I wish there was a free support service for
self-published authors that don’t have the might of a big publishing house behind
them or indeed a huge marketing budget. It’s very very tough to be seen and get
noticed in a crowded book market saturated with free books. The independent
author has to constantly fight for space and persevere.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Don’t do it for the money! Rich authors,
self-published or not, take years to get that way. Be prepared to put in the
time and hard work, take criticism on the chin and adapt. Don’t ignore your
fans either, if someone messages you about your work answer them! You wouldn’t
be where you are without them.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.

You
have to stare death in the face in order to embrace life. It is not until we reach
rock bottom do we know how to pick ourselves up and start again.” – O51, mind-reading representative of the
Almighty Freya

I don’t think people believe me when I say Indie Authors are humble but I think Craig proves this. We all start out small and get a little disappointed when the book we’ve poured our heart and soul in has limited readers but I have to admit it get’s better and the key is to never give up….and to his books….

Harms Way –
In the small town of Northville all is not right with intelligent outsider Kieran Way. After discovering something incredible about himself, Kieran goes on a journey of self-discovery through self-destruction. However, once he meets the girl of his dreams things get even more chaotic, as family secrets threaten to tear them apart forever.

‘Harm’s Way’ is the first book in the supernatural Way Family Saga series. The eagerly-awaited sequel ‘No Way Out’ is out now!

No Way Out –
Everyone feels her power. Every single family belonging to the network knows her name. Now Kieran and Sky have to live in the house that Freya built, a facility run by a group of mind readers called the Order that was created to rehabilitate supernatural criminals. Follow the personal journeys of the bonded couple as they learn new skills, meet new people and try to find a way out. See how far others are willing to go in order to grant them release.

Welcome to the Control Centre, where every action has a consequence.

‘No Way Out’ is the second book in the supernatural Way Family Saga series.

I know I say this all the time but I’m holding all these great Authors responsible for my one click addiction and these are two new additions! I got a teeny bit obsessed with tv series like Heroes and Alpha’s and mourned when they got cancelled but it looks like I’ve found my substitute.
As for the covers…one word…Awesome! Your are very talented Mr Evans.

You can buy these books here:

Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Craig-Evans/e/B009QO04PW/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

http://www.amazon.com/Craig-Evans/e/B009QO04PW/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1377349864&sr=8-1


And you can stalk him here:

Website: http://www.craigevansbooks.co.uk

Email:http://www.craigevansbooks@hotmail.com

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CraigEvansBooks

Twitter: https://twitter.com/CraigEvansBooks



Bird Of Prey by Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Cover Reveals Posted on Fri, August 23, 2013 13:40:21


Title
– Bird Of Prey

Series – Sémya Slotin Mystery #1

Author – Danielle-Claude Ngontang Mba

Genre – Mystery Romance

Publication Date – November
25th 2013

Publisher – Ever After Edition

Cover Artist – Danielle-Claude
Ngontang Mba

Book
Blurb/Synopsis

This was
supposed to be an easy case…

Sémya Slotin had
spent the last three years living in London with her best friend Polliannah
Koch staying away from solving cases. After Hawaii, she was taking a break from
puzzles, cases and mysteries that could potentially get her killed. Instead, she had been doing her second and
third favorite things, drinking and selling expensive vintage wines and having
earthshattering sex with the mysterious, sexy, beautiful but ever so secretive
Josh Heinz. Life in London was good….until her funds ran out. Too much wine
drinking, not enough wine selling!

When fashion
designer and adoptive mother, Annika Slotin, summoned her back to Paris to hire
her for what Sémya considered being the easiest case of her amateur sleuth
career, all she could think of and seeing was money signs and a well-deserved
Cuban holiday once it was solved.

What Sémya
didn’t see was her stumbling on the fresh corpse of supermodel Johanna Cartier.
She didn’t think that male model turned fashion designer Julian Marais-Caldwin,
who also happened to be Sémya’s ex, would be suspected of brutally murdering
her. Johanna was his girlfriend, his muse and he loved her. Sémya didn’t see
the dead bodies piling up or the conspiracy theories.

Sémya was a little rusty. But then again, it
was supposed to be an easy case and she was going to solve it. One vintage wine at a time… Sémya Slotin was
officially back in business!

Amazon Kindle Link (author profile)http://amzn.com/e/B00BZQHM72

Amazon Paperback Link (author
profile)
http://amzn.com/e/B00BZQHM72

Goodreads Linkhttp://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18224451-bird-of-prey


AUTHOR BIO
:

I
was born in Quebec City, Canada from Gabonese parents but grew up in
Paris and Libreville the Gabonese capital until the age of 18. Are you yawning
yet? I am…

French
is my first language and my next novel Bird Of Prey will be released in both
languages…wish me luck!

I
moved back to Canada in 1999 after high school in Libreville to study
Cinematography and Digital movie production in Laval University in Quebec then
The International Academy of Design and Technology in Toronto. After
graduating in 2003, I decided to sell my soul to the corporate world
and worked in the Benefit Outsourcing Industry for seven in Toronto before
reconnecting with her first passion writing.

I
finally went back to school to study creative writing at Georges Brown
College in 2010 and 2011. I started to write The Coulda
Woulda Shoulda Series
as an assignment and finished Book One in late 2011 before moving
to London.

And
the rest as they say is history… Almost two years later, I’m in London and
wrote three novels. One has already been released This Could Have Been Our
Song! A coulda woulda shoulda ballad… (Book one) the other two will be released
by March 2014.

STALKER LINKS:

Amazon Author Pagehttp://amazon.com/e/B00BZQHM72

Website – http://danielle-claude.wix.com/author-blogger

Bloghttp://danielle-claude.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/DC-Ngontang-Mba-Author/447318948656105

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/weissdaughter

Goodreads
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6920424.Danielle_Claude_Ngontang_Mba



N.L. Echeverria

Spotlight Posted on Fri, August 23, 2013 13:20:50

My spotlight today is shining brightly on the awesome YA Paranomal/Fantasy author N.L. Echeverria…

My name is Natasha
Echeverria and I was born in raised out of Hillsboro, Oregon. I’m 29 years old,
married to a wonderful man, Arturo Echeverria, and we have three beautiful
boys, Sebastian age 8, Preston age 7 and Arty age 4. Reading is my “me” time. I
can’t get enough of it. You will find me in a Barnes and Noble walking up and
down isles for hours, looking through all the incredible books. On Sunday’s you
will find me curled up on my couch with a coffee in hand, listening to my boys
play while I’m writing, reading or just relaxing with my husband. I work full time
as an insurance underwriter but of course my ideal job is to be an author full
time. My husband and children drive me to keep writing and not give up no
matter how hard it gets. I’m blessed to have so many amazing people in my life
and would not change it for anything.

Let’s get this interview started shall we before something paranormal happens…

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

I write as myself however
I do use my initials NL Echeverria. I use my initials because I feel that
between my first and last name it is really long and probably hard to remember.
However I want people to know me as me.

What
made you want to be a published author?

Writing is something I
love to do, I want to write for the rest of my life and be able to of course
make it my career, which is probably every author’s goal. Being published helps
be get one step closer to that goal. I love sharing my work and reading what
people think of it, the good and the bad. It’s an incredible feeling to have
someone you don’t know read your work and tell you how much they loved and then
ask for more.

What
genre do you write in and why?

Both my novels that are
published are YA Paranormal/Fantasy. However I’m currently working on an adult
novel. I hope to be able to write in as many genres as my mind can create a
story in. I believe it’s fun and challenging, but my favorite genre is the YA
Paranormal/Fantasy and I will continue to release novel in this genre. I love
being able to create a world that is all mine and have no limitations on what I
can do with it.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

“You are an incredible
young girl and can do anything you set your mind to.” I would say this because
all young children need encouragement. They need to know they can do anything
their heart desires and there are no limitations as long as they don’t give up.
My 8 year old has written and published his first children’s novel and all I
give him is support and constant encouragement.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Not any author in
particular. All authors and books I read encourage me to write but don’t
influence my writing. I will read anything I can get my hands on and don’t
necessarily have a favorite author.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

I love being a
self-published author. I have all control and it’s been a great way for me to
start out and get my writing out to the public. Yes, I would be ecstatic for a
major publishing company to pick me up and I feel that by putting my writing
out there gets me closer to that happening. I had my first book done and I
didn’t want to sit on it while I waited and hoped that an agency would accept
me. I just wanted to get it out there to share with all the readers!

How
would you rate your writing?

I would be bias if I
rated my own work because I believe it’s fantastic! However I feel and know
that the more I write the better it is. My writing has improved over the years
and will continue to improve.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Of course I’m hurt at
first but not everyone is going to like my writing. Haven’t gotten any nasty
reviews yet but I’m sure they will come. I’m proud of what I have written and
love my series and am glad that there are people out there that enjoy reading
it.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

The story and characters
themselves. Both my published books have characters from the story on them.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

It’s hard since I work
full time, have three children ages 8, 7 and 4, and sports and regular life
events. However I write every free moment I get. Sitting at the park with my
children, I bring my laptop. At night when everyone is sleeping I write or I
read. Breaks and lunches at work, you will find me in our little library area
writing away. I love writing too much to not find time.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

When I write I have a
good idea of the plot. I may not know where it will end but I definitely know
most of the events in the story and then the characters drive the story from
there and take me to an ending. It’s exciting because even when I’m writing a
novel, you will hear me say “I’m excited to find out what will happen next.” My
writing takes on its own world and I’m just along for the ride.

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I have not yet. However
most of my ideas come from daydreaming. I have a scene that is an intense
emotions scene between two characters in my adult novel and it was all plotted
out during a moment of daydreaming and then I scrambled to write it down.

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. Also,
all the help from the Facebook Admins and Bloggers has been huge when it comes
to the marketing of my novels. I couldn’t do it without them.

What
are your tips for editing?

Get several people to
review your book. I went through a professional editor and paid out a lot of
money on my first novel and ended up with many mistakes. I still had several
people review it. My novels are not perfect and I know this. Now, instead of
paying out to have my novel edited, I have several individuals read through it
and do their own editing. The people I have review it are ones with degrees and
backgrounds in writing and are close friends that are brutally honest. I think
you are either a writer or an editor. I know I am not an editor because I am
the worst speller but I love writing a story and could write forever.

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

Almost three years ago, I
was standing in a Barnes and Noble looking at the shelves and shelves of YA
novels, trying to find one that interested me. I couldn’t find one that I felt
I needed to have. I was with my sister when she said “why don’t you write a
book?” We laughed about it, but several weeks later I got an idea for my first
novel Fallen Desire and started writing. A year and a half later it was
finished. Then I spent another year editing and trying to figure out how to
publish it. I then discovered self-publishing and finally got it released April
of 2013.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Series, because I feel
like you can’t get enough when it’s just one book. Especially when it’s a YA
Paranormal. There is so much you can do with it and so many directions you can
go and characters you can bring into the story that one book is not enough.
However, the adult novel I’m writing will be one novel. I do feel that in adult
novels one book can be enough.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

In the self-publishing
process nothing. It was a little difficult to figure out at first but didn’t
take me long to catch on. It’s simple and I have all control of it.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Write, write and write.
Write down every idea you have because it could lead into something big one
day. Carry a journal or your laptop with you even if you know you won’t get
time to write anything. Also, do it because you love it, not because you want
to be famous or rich. Write because it makes you feel good and you want to
share your stories with others. Know that not everyone will like your work but
at the same time consider others opinions when you are writing because if you
do want to publish your work you want to make sure it is something that people
who enjoy that genre will also enjoy your novel.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.

From my first book Fallen
Desire (This is on the back cover) “The
moment I met him my work changed, I don’t know those around me, I no longer
know myself, but what I do know is that only I can save him.”

I did exactly the same…I could never get into reading and it was only when I realised it was because nothing appealed to me that I sat down and started writing. Now I’ve found all these fabulous Indie Authors my TBR pile has grown and I can’t keep up with my one click addiction…so let’s have a looksy at her book…

Fallen Desire (Book One)
Blurb:

“The
moment I met him my world changed, I don’t know those around me, I no longer
know myself, but what I do know is that only I can save him.”

Lindsay, a teen girl from New York City, has recently moved to a small town
outside Portland, Oregon. She meets Kim and Derrick who quickly become her best
friends, but when she meets Ethan, who is extraordinarily mysterious and
gorgeous, her whole world changes.

Avarie, a witch and an old friend of Ethan’s, helps Lindsay discover her powers
and releases her ability to see the auras of those around her. Struggling to
learn her new abilities and fighting her desire for both Ethan and Derrick,
Lindsay will learn the truth behind both of them as they are fallen angels and
she is the soul of the redeemer created to save those fallen who have been
consumed by evil only if they are worthy of redemption.

New Beginning (Book Two)
Blurb:

“For he is my demon, and I am his
redeemer”

“New Beginning” is filled with newfound enemies, friendships and loves.

With a renewed outlook on who she is, Lindsay’s desperation to save Ethan
intensifies as he grows weaker by the day. Saving him becomes her sole mission
and she will face anyone who stands in her way. Now with Derrick as her
Guardian Angel, Lindsay and her friends seek out answers through the book of
“The Redeemer”.

When Lindsay’s faced by Laurence, a demon who wants her dead, the true power of
her abilities are tested. She soon finds many who are loyal to her, including
Yolanda, the head of the Fallen Council and lover to Laurence. Lindsay quickly
discovers that her urge to seek demons and save them becomes a part of her and
something she can’t deny.

A longtime friendship between Derrick and Kim blooms into something much deeper
as Kim has waited for this moment for so long. Discover if Derrick’s
never-ending love for Lindsay will stand in their way.

Secrets lie behind the unexpected as a love causes betrayal. Follow Lindsay as
she finds new friendships and becomes the leader she never thought she would
be. When she’s faced with the true evil of a demon her determination to save
Ethan guides her.

Everyone these are awesome books and you can buy them here:

Amazon.co.uk

Amazon.com

Nook

And you can stalk her here:

http://www.facebook.com/fallendesireseries

http://www.facebook.com/nlecheverria

Twitter: @nlecheverria



Piercing the Fold by Vanessa Kimball

Cover Reveals Posted on Fri, August 23, 2013 12:46:56


For the average human being, seeing dark
auras, hearing ghostly whispers, and witnessing a contortion in the face of a
passerby could easily be chalked up to hallucinations, daydreams, nightmares;
mere illusions in reality. If we look hard enough, we will find explanations
for such paranormal events. However, in this world, there are humans that are
not so average. These humans are part of a bigger plan. Jesca Gershon-Sera is
entering her sophomore year of college in Marietta Georgia, her hometown. She
holds down a part-time job with her best friend, her family is close by, and
school is going well. Everything should be perfect. Except, recently Jesca has
been experiencing strange things; hallucinations, nightmares, daydreams that
she hasn’t experienced in years. Jesca attempts to brush them off as stress
from her new semester at school, but the illusions plaguing her reality
intensify. Jesca “illusions in reality” begin manifesting within her as
supernatural strength and abilities. Could she be losing her mind? Ezra Kahn, a
mysterious professor of Jesca’s, happens to be everywhere she is recently;
since the illusions intensified. Along with the slight fear that Ezra is
stalking her, Jesca fears that he may be the culprit of these illusions. One
night, in the heat of one of Jesca’s grand illusions, Ezra approaches her with
an unexpected revelation up his sleeve. He reveals that she is not losing her
mind, but rather all of the “illusions” in her skewed reality are very real and
cause for inconceivable, catastrophic events to come. Ezra explains to her
that, by birth, she is part of a fellowship of guardians that have inherited
the responsibility to protect our earth and the human race. In Piercing the
Fold: Book 1, “illusions in reality” are as real as you and I through the eyes
of college student, Jesca Gershon Sera, and a fellowship of guardians
predestined to protect humanity. *The Piercing the Fold series is intended for
Mature Young Adult and Adult readers due to the the paranormal and unorthodox
scientific concepts addressed throughout. This series contains a rich mixture
of the paranormal, science fiction, romance, adventure, and suspense.

About the Author:

In 2010, Venessa Kimball was struck by an
idea, a story, that needed telling. Having always been passionate about the
written word, Venessa embarked on writing what would become her debut novel,
Piercing the Fold: Book 1; a mature young adult/ adult crossover, paranormal,
science fiction series. July 2, 2012, Venessa Kimball independently published
the first book in the Piercing the Fold series. Book 2, Surfacing the Rim,
released March 14, 2013.

In August of 2013, Venessa joined the
publishing house, Crushing Hearts and Black Butterfly. The Piercing the Fold
series will be re-published with them beginning with Piercing the Fold: Book 1
on September 3, 2013. Surfacing the Rim: Book 2 will be re-published on
September 24. 2013 and Ascending the Veil: Book 3 will be released for the
first time on October 18, 2013. The final book in the series, Book 4 (Title
TBD) will release in 2014.

As for the future, Venessa is already
filling her Work-In-Progress folder. Two of her future projects are
contemporary fiction and will reflect her diversity as a writer in other
genres. When Venessa is not writing, she is keeping active with her husband and
three children, chauffeuring said children to extracurricular activities,
participating in charitable 5k and 10k races(crazy…but she loves to run),
catching a movie with her hubby, and staying up way too late reading.

www.VenessaKimball.net

http://www.facebook.com/venessakimballauthor

http://www.twitter.com/venessakimball7



Darkest Dawn by E.I Jennings

Cover Reveals Posted on Thu, August 22, 2013 15:09:28

And today I give you the official cover reveal for DARKEST DAWN by me…mememememememeememeemememe…sorry got carried away…by E.I Jennings…

So not trying to sound too biased what’s my fabulous new book about???

*This book is for adult readers only as it contains explicit sex scenes*

The Darkest Days are finally upon us and the Daughters of Eve shall rise again.
Jess sacrificed herself for the people she loved but she now has to pay the consequences for her actions because something dark is coming and it is heading straight for her. She really did not think her life could get any more complicated but when another tall dark stranger walks back into her life she realises she has a decision to make. All she wants is for everyone to leave her alone and let her live the life she thought she once had but things are getting out of control fast. The love she has for Reuban can only ground her for so long and her anger is beginning to spiral out of control. If she tells him how she really feels she could lose him forever or get him killed and that is a risk she could never forgive herself for.
The Council have accepted her for what she is but has she? There is a huge possibility everyone she loves is going to die if she stays, but if she walks away she will have to leave the love of her life behind and that would rip her soul apart.
The only way out is to work with the one person she hates more than anything in this world and that was going to take a lot of self restraint if she was going to get through this nightmare without killing him.
Reuban can see the torment within Jess and it is breaking his heart. He would do anything to ease her pain even if it meant letting her walk away, destroying him in the process. His only hope is to seek guidance from Brigate and finally understand the true meaning of Megan’s Prophecy. It started with a Prophecy and it is there he will find the truth and it is a secret that could tear the Council to pieces.
A fractured alliance will be formed again with a new generation of warriors and Jess is at its centre. The war is about to begin and a destiny will finally be fulfilled!

Other Books in the series:
Rising Dawn
Burning Desire: Juliet’s Story (novella)

My book will be release on 31st August and 10% of my royalties are being donated to Mind’s Creative Therapy Fund which helps people with mental illness through the creative arts. So stay tuned….



M.T Harrte

Spotlight Posted on Wed, August 21, 2013 10:47:15

My spotlight is shinning on the slightly weird and wonderful M.T Harrte today…


Hello World I’m M.T.Harrte , and I live and breathe books. How cliche right? I fancy myself as a werewolf wrangler, troll trainer, and would be vampire victim. On a serious note, I have always had a love of books since I was young. I recently decided to share my weirdness with everyone and I hope you enjoy. Step into my world and be prepared to stay a while because once the door closes….there is no escape!!!(insert evil laugh.)

Ok…it looks like i’m going to have to hide behind my own hunky werewolf Reuban for this interview…as for stepping into your world? I think you may have to hold my hand!

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?
Why?

I write under the pen name M.T.
Harrte. I felt this was the best move for me especially since I plan to write
in more than one genre.

What
made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always
wanted to be a published author, I just never sat down and gave it the time it
needed to flourish.

What
genre do you write in and why?

I currently
only write paranormal for both adults and young adults. I fell in love with all
of the things that go bump in the night and I felt like I wanted to be a part
of it all somehow.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

“Just keep swimming” I wish I could have told myself
to keep all of the things I had written up to that point.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I would say I have
been inspired, but not necessarily influenced. My writing style and story lines
are my part of my own twisted craziness.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

I decided to self publish because it allows me to
remain in control and I’m able to have fun with it. But…I’m definitely open to
whatever opportunities swing my way

How
would you rate your writing?

I think it gets better with everything I write. My
first published novel is “okay”. I’ve grown as an author and I think that’s
important.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I take it with a grain of salt…and
then I go read the bad reviews for my favorite authors. It makes me feel better
to know that they have critics too. My novels, and my writing style won’t win
over everybody, and I’m okay with that.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

Price point is a major concern and
whether or not it catches the eye in the right way.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I make time
where I can. Some days I can really crank out a lot and some days I don’t write
anything because I simply don’t have the time.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

I
tried to plan out my plot once and I failed miserably. I write off the hip. The
story plays out in my mind like a memory and I simply recreate it. When I start
writing I basically know how I want it to begin and end…the rest just happens

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Hmmmm not really because I
never remember my dreams. I do day dream a lot..I mean A LOT…I guess if you
count that then the answer is yes. I try to picture the characters and figure
out where everything is going.

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I’m running a one woman show. I hope
to one day be able to do things on a higher, professional level.


What
are your tips for editing?

Read out loud! If it feels stilted, choppy, and
unbelievable…you have some work to do.

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

My novels
represent different areas of my life. My adult novels are my dark side, and the
young adult allows me to release my sarcasm and fun demeanor.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

Series! You can’t sum up a life in one
book, especially if you have multiple plots going on! I need all of the extra
juicy tidbits so when I think of a storyline I definitely try to see how far I
can take the characters.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

I would
shorten the turn around time for getting things done. I hate the fact that you
have to wait three months or longer to get responses on stuff.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

If you are writing for the money…STOP
RIGHT NOW…do not pass go…you should write because it’s your passion and you
love it.

Share
a favourite quote from your book.
“That
trout-mouth trollop is gonna get what’s coming to her,” sneered Onyx.

I know I say it all the time but I love paranormal! As for being crazy and not plotting your stories…join the club. I do exactly the same…it’s not like I don’t try and plot but my characters have different ideas! So lets have a looksy at her books…

In a sleepy Mississippi town, a
slew of mysterious murders are setting the town on edge, and everyone is
worried they will be claimed as the next victim. Seventeen year old Jessica St.
Claire, a normal girl living in an abnormal place, dreams of finally being
accepted by her world renowned family of necromancers and will do just about
anything to prove she is worthy of the name St. Claire.

The bodies keep multiplying so
the police finally turn to Jessica’s detective brother to aid in the
investigation. When a Do Not Reanimate clause prevents him from using the
family gift, Jessica seizes the opportunity to prove she can crack the case
without it.

Teaming up with
her best friends, she embarks on a mission ranging from questioning a withered
Civil War Veteran to breaking and entering. Her own life ends up in jeopardy
when she stumbles too close to uncovering the truth. Catching a glimpse into
Death’s mirror and seeing her own reflection, Jessica must now call on more
than her wits to stay alive.

The murder
mystery notwithstanding, Jessica must pass all of her classes and avoid another
Saturday detention if she is to graduate.

If her Jessica joins my Jessica…I think they might have a ball of a time…anyhow’s you really need to go and one click your little hearts out on this one…

Here are the links…

Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/M.T.-Harrte/e/B0094GB7GM

Barnes
and Noble
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/M-T-Harrte?store=allproducts&keyword=M.T.+Harrte

Her other books…

And finally her stalker links…

Goodreads Link http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18274913-death-and-detention

Author’s Page www.facebook.com/m.t.harrte

Twitter
https://twitter.com/MTHarrte

Blog
http://mtharrte.blogspot.com/



Karma by Nikki Sex

Cover Reveals Posted on Wed, August 21, 2013 10:21:58

This morning I have the cover reveal for Karma by Nikki Sex…


Book: Karma

Author: Nikki Sex

Genre: Romance

Release date: August 31, 2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

Sometimes
love has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with karma…

Marcy Paget
worked full time putting her husband through university. When he finally became
a success, he dumped her for a trophy wife more than ten years younger than he
was, leaving Marcy to raise their seven year old daughter by herself.

Even though
Marcy knows she is better off alone than with a cheating husband who doesn’t
love her, she is still struggling to make ends meet.

When an
ethical dilemma is presented to her however, she never realizes the karmic
chain of events that will follow her decision….

Author Bio:

Hey there, I’m Nikki Sex and I
write adult romance!

Yes, you are of course correct,
that isn’t my real name. I’m a complete coward where my mother is concerned.
Luckily my mother is in denial. She still thinks I was a virgin when I got married.

I’ve been writing for well over a
year now, and this convoluted little head of mine always seems to have another
story trying to get out. I hope you give one of my books a try!

Social Links:

Facebook | Website | Twitter | Goodreads Author

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18274130-karma



Whiskey Lullaby

Cover Reveals Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 13:04:42

And my next cover reveal is Whiskey Lullaby bu Dawn Martens and Emily Minton…congrats ladies smiley


Book Info:

Title: Whiskey Lullaby

Authors: Dawn Marten & Emily Minton

Blurb: Julie Walker thought she found true love with Jase. Until he
betrayed her in the worst way, with one of her best friends. Devastated and
heartbroken she runs away,leaving behind her family and friends. She starts a
new life filled with secrets.

When Julie meets Dean, she thinks he is the
answer to all her prayers, but Dean isn’t who she thinks he is.

Jase Gibson is a player. Even when he had the
girl of his dreams, he still played. When he lost Julie, his life fell apart.
He turned to whiskey and women, to fill the void. But, only Julie will ever
make him whole.

Nine years later, Julie’s back home, but shes
not alone. What will happen when all of Julie’s secrets are uncovered?
Jase vowed that if he ever got her back, he
would do right by her and never let her go. Will he let Julie’s secret keep
them apart?

When Julie’s ex-husband refuses to be her ex,
Jase must choose to help her or hang on to his anger.
Jase and Julie have to find a way to give their
whiskey lullaby a happy ending.

Expected Publication Date:
September 30, 2013

Goodreads Link:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18192905-whiskey-lullaby


About The Author:

Dawn Martens: I’m Dawn. I co-wrote a
two books(Chase and Kade) with fellow author Chantal Fernando, in the Resisting
Love. We went solo on three of the books, she wrote Ryder, and she is writing
James, and I’m writing Derek.

Also working on a book
currently with my friend Isabella Bearden, called A Second Chance!

AND I’m currently
writing a book with good friend Emily Minton called Whiskey Lullaby.

I drink too much,
Swear too much, and Read too much. Yes I read too much. I don’t have a filter,
and I tend to speak before I think.

I’m a beta reader for
many authors, I’m on a few authors ARC list, because apparently I’m THAT
awesome. 😉 And I also Edit. Not a professional, but I do help a few with that.

I have two children,
5&2, and have another on the way. They bug the shit outta me, but hey,
that’s what kids are supposed to do. 😉 Married since 2007. He’s amazing, but
he’s also a bigger pain in my ass than my kids are.

I love to read. and I
love being able to write stories that *I* want to read!

I couldn’t do this
without the help of some very special friends!

Author Social Media
Links:

https://www.facebook.com/martens.dawn

http://www.goodreads.com/Dawn_Martens

http://dawnmartens.blogspot.ca/?zx=b52a169373dab8c2

About the Author:

I’m Emily. I am the proud mother of
two lovable but irritating teenagers. I have been married for over
twenty years, but I would gladly trade my husband for Tatumn Jackson any day!

If you are wondering who that is, you need to
read Sweet Dreams by KA now. Kristen Ashley is my queen!

I love to read. I am a complete mommy
porn junkie! I have more books on my kindle than most people could read
in a lifetime, but I will get to them all eventually!

I am also an avid blogger. I love to
share my favorite books and pimp my favorite authors.

I hope you all enjoy Whiskey Lullaby!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Emily-Minton/586124878106489

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7171978.Emily_Minton

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorEmilyMint

Blog: http://ratemyromance.blogspot.com/

Playlist:

Link: http://open.spotify.com/user/1293859731/playlist/3DWfaPnbpPs1lNL1yi1wxz

Trailer:

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1GR_tWclB4

Giveaway:

Prizes: Chase and Kade
eBooks and $5.00 Amazon Giftcard

Link: http://lovesongseries.blogspot.com/2013/08/cover-reveal-giveaway.html





Curves and the Sheriff

Cover Reveals Posted on Tue, August 20, 2013 12:41:56

Today I have for you a fantastic cover reveal for Curves and the Sheriff by Jenn Roseton….Yeeee Haaa


Book: Curves and the Sheriff

Author: Jenn Roseton

Genre: Sexy Contemporary Western
Romance – BBW Romance

Release
date:
August 20,
2013

Hosted by: Book Enthusiast Promotions

Synopsis:

When
Libby Grant breezes into Coldwater Springs, the last thing she expects is to be
pulled over on the highway by Sheriff Jake Morgan. Sparks fly when Jake suspects her of being a
con-artist and is tempted to arrest her!

But
when he discovers the real reason she’s in town, he finds he can’t get curvy
Libby out of his mind – or his heart.
Can he convince her that his feelings for her are real?

And it’s now live to BUY: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EN1ZJ5S

Author Bio:

Jenn
Roseton believes that romance and happy endings go together. When she’s not
writing, she indulges in delicious gourmet chocolate. Although she’s spent time
in Wyoming, unfortunately she hasn’t met a sexy cowboy of her own – yet.

Social Links:

Facebook | Website | Twitter | Goodreads Author



Lindy Spencer

Spotlight Posted on Mon, August 19, 2013 12:15:43

My Spotlighted Author today is the mysterious Lindy Spencer…I really want to dress up as Columbo…or Inspecter Clousea…but I’m probably more like Inspector Gadget!


Lindy Spencer currently lives in Oklahoma with her superhero family – Amazing Husband and Super Smart Dog. Her children have grown and flown, and are currently working on populating their own branches of the family tree.

When Lindy isn’t writing she enjoys spending time reading, riding motorcycles, and shooting things with a Canon. Currently she is working on her next novel as well as several other short stories, and she plans to publish a compilation of the collection of photographs she took and were recently on exhibition at the Oklahoma Historic Route 66 Museum.

Her first novel, The Boomerang Effect, is available in print and for e-readers on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords. Lindy loves to visit with her fans and can be found at www.facebook.com/LindySpencer.Author

I feel like a detective on this interview…you know like Inspector Clousea…fake mustache…big magnifying glass and an awful French accent…I love mysteries….

Do you write as yourself or under a
pseudonym? Why?

I write as myself. When I decided to write I felt that if the
story is my work filled with my blood, sweat and tears, it should wear my name
as well. Besides, how fun is it to see
your name on the cover?

What made you want to be a published
author?

While I was reading the forward to a
book by one of my favorite authors a sentence she said stuck with me. “If you think of a story you would like to
read that hasn’t been written yet, you are charged with writing it.” The kernel of my first story, The Boomerang
Effect, came to mind one day and took hold.
I remembered what I’d read and took it as a challenge.

What genre do you write in and why?

My preferred genre is mystery. I want to write what I want to read; murder
mysteries and darker topics are interesting to me. I’m not a huge fan of romance novels and I
don’t believe I would write a good story if reading it wouldn’t hold my
attention.

If you could talk to your 12 year
old self, what advice would you give?

Moving isn’t a bad thing, it’s just
a change; you’ll make new friends.
Junior high doesn’t last forever, hang in there. And the most important piece of advice I
would have to tell me is to keep working hard, it will pay off and you will be
ok, I promise.

Have any other authors influenced
your writing through theirs?

Every book I read influences my
writing; not only the research books, but the fiction I enjoy in my downtime as
well. Everything you take in makes you a
little bit different than you were the minute before.

If you are a self-published author
what made you take this route and what was your experience (good or bad)?

The reason I self-published was so
that I could keep control of my content.
I would rather publish my own story my way than have someone else tell
me they would be happy to publish me if I would rewrite my story their
way. No thanks, all the same. My experience was good; I researched several
companies and was getting depressed by the cost of self-publishing when I heard
about Smashwords. This company doesn’t
charge you to publish your book – they take a small percentage of each copy
sold and that is their fee. Nothing up
front, no extra hidden charges, none of that.
I think their company made my decision into a good experience. If I could go back and do it again, I’d do it
the same way.

How would you rate your writing?

Oh, gosh. I write and rewrite and rewrite again until I
think my writing is the best I can produce, so I’d have to say I rate my
writing as good. I work hard to make it
good. It doesn’t come out that way to
start with, but by the time I’m done I’m proud of it.

How do you react to poor reviews of
your book?

Knowing that my work can’t please
everyone I don’t take the poor reviews personally. For whatever reason they didn’t enjoy their
journey and I respect that. When a poor
review gives constructive criticism, though, I can appreciate it as much as a
great review.

What influences your choice of book
covers?

I take the overall story into
account, pick out important details, and go from there. I like to visit with my cover designer and
let them have some input as well into the design. My preference is to go with something
original and not pick up a pre-made cover that may have been used on another
book somewhere else, or can still be made available for others to use.

How do you balance your writing with
your real world responsibilities?

The writing gets balanced on the
cookie that’s on the plate being balanced on the wine glass. smiley My writing doesn’t get as much time as it deserves; my real world takes
precedence. My writing is for pleasure –
if it takes longer to get the next story out, well, that’s how it goes. I hope my readers understand that writing
isn’t paying the bills (yet) so it sometimes takes the back seat.

Do your characters drive the plots
of your stories or do you plan out your plot?

Both. I plan the plot and then my characters argue
with me. Sometimes they’ve got better
ideas than I had to begin with, so we go with theirs. Sometimes I make them do what I say. Give and take!

Do you ever write what you dream?
Give an example.

Actually, little known fact, the scene
in my book where Tom is talking to Katy and telling her what he had dreamed the
night before was a dream I actually had.
It was recurring, and once I put it in the book it stopped. To know what that dream was you’ll have to
read my book!

Do you market yourself or pay a
professional?

I market myself, though I’m not sure
that’s the way to go. Come January I’ll
be re-evaluating my marketing strategies, reviewing the year, seeing what
worked and what didn’t, and perhaps changing that option.

What are your tips for editing?

Don’t do it yourself. Well, use the spell checker yourself, no
reason to be silly about it, but let a professional do it. Sometimes as the writer we can’t see the
forest for the trees and obvious mistakes slide through unnoticed; don’t let
your work go out the door unpolished.

What inspired you to write your
current WIP or current published work?

My current WIP is a sequel to The
Boomerang Effect. I was inspired by the
constant badgering I was getting by readers who wanted to know what happened to
this person or that person or how would this situation be resolved. They demanded a sequel, so they’ll get
one. Now, I can’t promise it will turn
out the way they would like it to, but that’s yet to be seen.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone
novels or a series? Why?

I’m not sure yet. I’d thought my book would be a stand-alone
novel, but it has turned into the opposite.
I’ve got another story in the beginning stages that I expect to stand
alone. Ask me again after that one comes
out and we’ll talk then.

If you could change one thing in the
publishing process what would it be?

I would require all manuscripts to
contain the code that disallows the work to be shared. I believe that would go a long way toward
getting rid of piracy.

What advice would you give to a new
author?

Don’t quit. You’re closer than you think, just back away
for a few minutes or a few days and let your brain work it out. You’ll get there as long as you don’t stop
working toward your goal. (When you
think you can’t take any more and you want to throw your half-finished manuscript
up in the air and watch the pages flutter to the ground, don’t do it;
especially if the pages aren’t numbered.
Don’t ask me how I know.)

Share a favourite quote from your
book.

“Karma is a well-thrown
boomerang.” ~ Andrea Parker

I agree with the piracy thing…it’s heartbreaking when you’ve worked so hard, put you heart and soul into your story to see it on a piracy website. It’s not like we charge a fortune for the months of sweat and tears and most times our books cost less than a (deep breath) skinny expresson mochachino latte with extra cream and sprinkles! Anyhows lets have a looksy at her book…

Being in the wrong place at the wrong time can end your life – or worse, postpone it indefinitely.

In Aspen Grove, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Katy had everything going for her, until an innocent decision to walk home from school set the karmic wheels in motion. Katy suffered a brutal attack, leaving her comatose. The legal system failed to convict the men responsible for this heinous crime – instead found them not guilty.

They’ve gotten away with it, or so it seems. Darnell and Jerome, then boys, now men, continue on with their lives; Bruce Hanson, the attorney tasked with convicting the two attackers, brushes off his loss and continues his climb up the legal ladder; Office Webster, the policeman who responded to the call for help, the man who destroyed evidence, forgets all about his part in the crime and moves forward in his lazy life; all of this while Katy lies in a hospital bed, still comatose, her life postponed, her loved ones outside of that room hoping and waiting.

Several years go by, bringing us to now. Something, or someone, has found a way to bring these individuals to justice; the perfect murder has been created and is being unleashed on the individuals responsible for Katy’s situation.

Are they accidents? Could it be coincidence? Perhaps long-awaited payback in the form of the perfect murder? Revenge is a dish best served cold… and karma is a well-thrown boomerang.

I love mysteries…whoops my TBR has another addition! So here’s where everyone else can grab a copy…

http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Boomerang-Effect-ebook/dp/B008MC1BV0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376909962&sr=8-1&keywords=Lindy+Spencer+Boomerang+Effect

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1478209518/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-boomerang-effect-lindy-spencer/1112181586

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/180083

And you can stalk her here…

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15745205-the-boomerang-effect

http://www.facebook.com/LindySpencer.Author



J. Winfield Currie

Spotlight Posted on Sat, August 17, 2013 13:29:45

My spotlight today is shinning on the wonderful J. Winfield Currie…

Joan
Winfield Currie grew up on a small working dairy farm in Norwell, a once rural
town on the South Shore of Massachusetts. A graduate of Massachusetts College
of Art in Boston, she has taught art at the secondary level, operated a
part-time freelance design studio, displayed fantasy watercolors locally,
worked many years in retail hardware … and writes.

Daughter
of a taxidermist who loved camping, fishing and hunting, she grew up shooting
skeet in the back fields, skiving hides, riding horses and milking cows: part
of the daily rhythm in farm life. This unique background proved invaluable when
creating different aspects of her novels, especially her heroine’s independent,
earthy, self-sufficient nature.


Homestead Farm
where I grew up, and two of my fantasy art watercolors: ‘Celtic Greenman’ ©1999 J. Currie Virta and ‘Inquiring Mind’ ©1997 J. Currie Virta

Wow awesome artwork! So let’s get this interview rolling…I think this is going to be fun!!

Do
you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write under my maiden name: J. Winfield
Currie Why? Two reasons: It had a nice
‘ring’ for an author of historical fiction, and I also wanted to separate my
writing from my graphic design and fantasy artwork which is all created under my
former married name: J. Currie Virta

What
made you want to be a published author?

Ever since
I was a kid in grade school, I have used my writing as a means of ‘escape’,
beginning with simple, short stories that I illustrated, and graduating to more
serious subject matter as I grew up. As an adult, my stories became much lengthier
and more involved. When I finally created a tale of impressive size, “Beyond
All Reason”, I showed it to several people who suggested that I try getting it
‘out there’ for others to enjoy. That sounded good to me.

What
genre do you write in and why?

Historical
Fiction/Romance set in the Revolutionary War Era: my comfort zone partly due to
where, when and how I was raised. Granite foundation blocks under the Georgian
Colonial Farmhouse I was raised in were set in 1722. My grandmother, Bertha R.
MacLean, purchased the farm from heirs of Revolutionary War Chief Justice Nathan
Cushing. She was also one of the first women to pass the bar in Massachusetts
and helped found Portia Law School in Boston in 1908 with Dean Arthur Winfield
MacLean; the first known husband and wife Team of Law at that time. See
where my unique middle name came from? My grandfather, a direct descendant of
the Union Army General Winfield Scott, ‘Old Fuss and Feathers’ himself. By the
way, Portia Law School for women-only at its founding is now the noted co-ed
New England School of Law.

If
you could talk to your 12 year old self, what advice would you give?

Never give up your dream, or your individual unique
‘voice’. No matter what others might strongly suggest, remain true to yourself.
However, if all you’re seeking is instant success and lots of money, you better
find a good daytime job.

Have
any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

No, I have marched to the beat of a different drum all
my life; I am who I am, and don’t attempt to imitate anyone else.

If
you are a self-published author what made you take this route and what was your
experience (good or bad)?

After realizing all the
time involved in seeking a traditional publisher I decided to self-publish.
I’ve worked with three different self-publishing companies and have had varying
experiences: from good to really bad. But it’s all been a great learning curve;
I try not to repeat the same mistake twice.

How
would you rate your writing?

My goal was to take
many of today’s emotional problems and wrap them in a different era (the
Revolutionary War). Life’s inherent problems are universal, transcending both time
and place; wrapping them in a good storyline with a bit of action, adventure,
and several fascinating characters, had the makings for a great novel. From
reader feedback, many seem to feel I’ve accomplished that. I sure hope so.

How
do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I tend
to ignore reviews of any kind; after all it’s only an opinion. I’ve roamed
through many book stores and thumbed through lots of books bearing a large
‘Gold Seal of Quality’, and have yet to purchase one. Give me a lesser known
author with a unique ‘voice, and that’s the one I’m apt to take home.

What
influences your choice of book covers?

No outside
influence of any kind. From my first book in 2003, I wanted to develop a
stand-alone look—whether it was an ‘in look’ or not. I come up with the concept
and my Graphic Designer (www.ranagraphics.com) tweaks them into
a finished product. We’ve worked together for so many years he doesn’t even
need a sketch: a sentence or two and we’re on the same page. I also like the
continuity that flows throughout all my books; it identifies me.

How
do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

At this point in life it’s easier than when I was working
long hours in retail hardware, which I thoroughly enjoyed for almost 28 years.
I’m a high energy individual with obsessive focus and drive when I’ve set my
mind on a goal.

Do
your characters drive the plots of your stories or do you plan out your plot?
My characters drive me, often changing what I had
pre-planned for them. I have a somewhat off beat approach to writing: no
outlines, write the first and last chapters (not necessarily in that order) and
allow all else to come to life in jigsaw puzzle fashion. As my story evolves, I
immerse myself into each character, becoming that individual as I write; it creates
great authenticity but can be extremely draining at times.

Do
you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Never!
My dreams would give Stephen King nightmares!

Do
you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market
myself as hiring people gets costly. As a graduate of Massachusetts College of
Art in Boston, MA, with a degree in Graphic Design, I create all my postcards,
bookmarks, business cards, posters and flyers for my ‘speaking gigs’. FYI: I
wear my men’s Revolutionary War Era greatcoat, waistcoat, breeches and boots
for all appearances.

What
are your tips for editing?

Write and re-write and don’t
rely on spell-check. The more often you write, the smoother and easier the
flow. Trust in yourself and weigh the odds before following certain ‘dictates’ as
to how one should proceed correctly; they have the potential to rob an author
of their unique ‘voice’ and style. Why would you choose to sound like everyone
else?

What
inspired you to write your current WIP or current published work?

I have always loved the early American era of westerns
and the likes: my comfort zone. But it was the movie “The Patriot” in 2002 that
I became obsessed with. After seeing it numerous times I wondered if anyone as
evil as the Colonel, so marvelously portrayed by English Actor Jason Isaacs,
could become a decent human being? Perhaps a female not from his social status,
a rebel on the opposite side in a bloody war with a fiery passion that
intrigues him … and could I make her believable? A challenge arose and I dove
in.

Do
you prefer to write stand-alone novels or a series? Why?

I started to
write one book, but readers got back to me, wanting to know more about Kathryn
and Jason; once you ‘buy into’ my two main characters, you won’t want to let
them go. One book became three, which I brought together in “The ‘Beyond’
Trilogy” last fall. A Prequel and Fourth Book are well under way and a
Screenplay of Book I, “Beyond All Reason”, is now in the works on the West
Coast.

If
you could change one thing in the publishing process what would it be?

There needs to be more communication and follow-through between
departments within each publishing house; they also need to work on their organizational
skills.

What
advice would you give to a new author?

Stephen
Tyler of Aerosmith got it right. “Life’s a Journey; Not a Destination”. Tell
yourself that regularly and have patience.

Share a favourite quote from your book.
Kathryn, my rather outspoken and opinionated Scottish
lass, has many ‘bon mots’—here’s one of my favorites on aging: “Passion does
not diminish or die with the passing of years; it merely learns to pace itself
out of necessity.”

Lets have a looksy at her books…

“The ‘Beyond’ Trilogy” brings all three novels of my historical
fiction
romance series into an updated, omnibus
edition. A tale of passion,
betrayal, and courage set in the Carolinas during the Revolutionary War—
crackling with
authenticity and grounded in historical accuracy, it is a seamlessly interwoven
tapestry of both real and fictitious characters amidst an unforgettable love
story.

Book I: “BEYOND ALL REASON”: Meet
Kathryn MacLean and Colonel Jason Tarrington, their destinies irrevocably
sealed by an odd twist of fate; driven to succeed in a bloody war they will
ultimately lose. But can they survive? For theirs is a love Beyond All
Reason.

Book II: “BEYOND ALL ODDS”: Scanning
the bloody remains littering the battlefield at Guilford Courthouse, Lt.
Jackson discovers dreadful personal loss. However, his grief must be put aside
for he has a sacred promise to fulfill: save a small child considered to be a
valuable pawn by either side in this ugly war. It was her notorious parents
who led many an English victory in the South.

Book III: “BEYOND THE
HORIZON”:
The Revolutionary War is declared over, yet danger
lingers on all sides. Who to trust? Where to go to start over? Perhaps an
answer lies in the wilderness beyond the horizon. Grim, life changing
choices must be made. A robust tale of enduring passion as a unique couple’s
story unfolds and life comes full circle.

I have to admit I love history and even have a History and Sociology Degree myself! I cant wait to read the trilogy and you can too here :

Amazon.com

Amazon.co.uk

Barnes & Noble

And now her stalker links…

J. Winfield
Currie Website: http://jwinfieldcurrie.com/index.html

J. Winfield
Currie Facebook
Page
: https://www.facebook.com/j.w.currie.3

J. Winfield
Currie Twitter:
https://twitter.com/JWinfieldCurrie

“The
‘Beyond’ Trilogy” You Tube Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM4rszaQzx4

Amazon Author Central
Page
: https://www.amazon.com/author/jwinfieldcurrie

Abbott Press “The
‘Beyond’ Trilogy”
Press Release: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2012/10/prweb9959408.htm



An Undying Oath by HK Savage

Cover Reveals Posted on Sat, August 17, 2013 12:50:34

First of all today I have to fabulous Cover Reveal for An Undying Oath by HK Savage….

An Undying Oath

Author: HK Savage

https://www.facebook.com/heather.savage.39?fref=ts

Published by: Staccato Publishing

http://staccatopublishing.com/Staccato_Publishing/So_that_you_can_write_and_leave_the_rest_to_us….html

Cover Artist: Airicka’s Mystical Creations

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Airickas-Mystical-Creations/462373910480084

Hosted by: Bawaka’s Book Fair

http://bawakas-bookfair.blogspot.com

Synopsis:

Sargent Justin Shaw returned from the war with what
is left of his unit, though instead of being hailed as heroes, they are being
sought as test subjects. Their last mission behind enemy lines to obtain a WMD
ended with them exposed and on the run. Their goal is not only to destroy the
weapon, but also the program being run by their own government. Justin and his
men have sacrificed everything for their mission. Will it be enough? Samantha
James, a girl whose father disappeared almost twenty years ago unwittingly
holds the key. When her father returns bodies start to fall. Sam doesn’t know
who to trust. Both Justin and her father have their own agendas and either one
of them could end up with her dead.

HK Savage has been a voracious reader of anything
she could get her hands on going back to the second grade when she would set
her alarm two hours early to read before school. Her passion for the written
word has continued and flowed into writing going back nearly as far. Her books
have fans in twenty countries on six continents with hopes of attracting
attention on Antarctica if for no other reason than to check a box.

Currently, HK is a mother, wife and black belt in
Karate as well as an avid dressage rider. Her three dogs: a Doberman puppy and
two ancient Doxies keep her busy when she is not writing or working.

HK has been an editor for several newsletters over
the years, her favorite being for Heifer International where her ideas were put
into effect and complimented by those on high. Currently her editing skills,
honed for nearly a decade in advertising media, have been focused on her peers
and clients in the writing world as Founder and Editor in Chief of Staccato
Publishing and new digital imprint, Darkest Night Publishing.

Paranormal is a favorite genre as well as science
fiction and the possibilities we have not yet realized. Her favorite premise:
“what if?”

STALK THIS LOVELY LADY:

AMAZON

http://www.amazon.com/HK-Savage/e/B004OU2LV8/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/heather.savage.39?fref=ts

GOODREADS

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4522217.HK_Savage

WEBSITE

http://www.hksavage.com

OTHER BOOKS BY HK SAVAGE

EMPATH TRILOGY

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hk+savage+empath&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahk+savage+empath

THE ADMIRAL’S ELITE SERIES

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=hk+savage+admiral’s+elite&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Ahk+savage+admiral’s+elite

LIFE BLOOD

http://www.amazon.com/Life-Blood-ebook/dp/B004OR1AAO/ref=tmm_kin_title_popover?ie=UTF8&qid=1376343143&sr=8-1

THE PATH

http://www.amazon.com/The-Path-Veritas-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B004TXQCME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376343180&sr=8-1&keywords=hk+savage+the+path



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