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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…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

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!

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Being unpublished just wasn’t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!

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.

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

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!)

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

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).

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!)

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.

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.

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.

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
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.

advice would you give to a new author?

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

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….


and Ryan are married!

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

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.

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Dani J Caile

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

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

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?

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

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.

made you want to be a published author?

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.

genre do you write in and why?

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.

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

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.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

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

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

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.

would you rate your writing?

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).

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

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.

influences your choice of book covers?

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.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

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.

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

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.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

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.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

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!).

are your tips for editing?

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.

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

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 ( 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’.

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

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.

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

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.

advice would you give to a new author?

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.

a favourite quote from your book.

‘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…


“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


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.

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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

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

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!

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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

a favourite quote from your book.

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.

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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…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

influences your choice of book covers?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

“For he is my demon, and I am his

“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:


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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!

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

influences your choice of book covers?

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.

are your tips for editing?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

a favourite quote from your book.
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…

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Her other books…

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Author’s Page



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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…

And you can stalk her here…

J. Winfield Currie

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

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

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.

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!!

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

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.

genre do you write in and why?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 ( 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.

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.

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.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

My dreams would give Stephen King nightmares!

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.

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

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

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

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

advice would you give to a new author?

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
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

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

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.

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 :

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Samantha Long

Spotlight Posted on Fri, August 16, 2013 13:23:15

My author spotlight today is Samantha Long an awesome YA author…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write as myself.
I’m not sure why, lol, I’ve just never thought about using a pseudonym.

made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always wanted to write.
I would stare at books and know that one day I would have a book up on
that shelf too. It’s a passion.

genre do you write in and why?

I write in young adult paranormal because I’ve always been
fascinated with the supernatural. Ghosts, magic, werewolves, vampires. It’s fun to believe that there’s more out
there than we know.

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

Don’t worry so much about what others think. You’ll get a boyfriend. Haha, and you’ll eventually be happy.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Definitely Nora Roberts.
I love the way she writes, the worlds she makes. The relationships between the people seem so
real to me.

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

I’m self-published. I
picked this way so that I would have more control over what I write and how it
looks. A lot of authors I know are
self-publishing and love it.

would you rate your writing?

Oh Lord, lol, that’s a hard question. I’m my own worst critic.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I get upset for an hour, eat some junk food, cry on my
husband’s shoulder. Then I try to see if
there’s anything constructive in it. If
not, I move on.

influences your choice of book covers?

I like covers that are eye-popping and mysterious.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

Sometimes the house is a mess and dinner is pb&j, lol,
but I try to write after everyone’s in bed or before everyone gets up so I can
focus. Four kids and the noise, I can’t
block it out.

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

I plan out my plot, I’m a definite planner. But sometimes my characters do what they

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

All. The. Time. I
have very vivid dreams, and the entire Guardian series is actually formed from
dreams I had as a teenager.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I’m lucky to have friends who are GREAT at marketing. They help me out and give me tips, so I
haven’t had to pay yet.

are your tips for editing?

Do it. As many times
as you need. Your book can always get
better. I like to edit and then take a
break to do something around the house so that I don’t burn out and lose
interest. Then I go back to it.

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

My dreams. I wanted
to share the Guardian dreams with people and I love to write.

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

I love to write series because I love to read them. I love to bring characters back and explore
their motivations and personalities more.
Maybe change things around and surprise people.

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

OMG. I hate ebook
formatting. I wish there were people who
did it for free, or a program that automatically does it perfectly.

advice would you give to a new author?

Write. Don’t stop, no matter what your inner critic
whispers naughtily in your ear. It’s not
garbage. You can do this.

a favourite quote from your book.

“I thought no one could hurt me worst than she did, but
you proved me wrong.” HIs bitter tone struck her. ” Being connected
to you made the pain a thousand times worse.”

to main character Sophie

one person that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Easy. My best friend, Nina. We met in Texas. I let her read it and she loved it. She also was honest with what needed
work. She’s the biggest reason I’m at
this point today. When I wanted to give
up, she wouldn’t let me.

I love everything paranormal too…it’s a great genre to write in and opens up a world of possibilities because as the author we have to create a complete new world. As for editing I share you pain smiley

So let’s have a looksy at her book…

When Sophie moves to Boston to get away
from the people who ridiculed her for her psychic talents, she wants to start
fresh. But when a demon attacks her
study group at the library, she has no choice but to reveal her abilities to
warn the others.

She learns the attacks won’t stop until
she’s dead. To stay alive she joins forces with the other students and a secret
society that has battled the demons for centuries.

The last thing she wants to do is be a pawn
in the war of good and evil. When her visions start showing events from a past
life, she can’t ignore the connections it shows. She has no choice but to acknowledge the
bonds that tie her to the other students, even if some of them refuse, to have
the strength to defeat the demon that hunts them down.

Will she survive long enough to stop the
demons from destroying everything and everyone she loves?

Seriously I would buy this book on the cover alone…well I already have…geeze my TBR pile is getting bigger…and BIGGER…Thank god I have my 32gb Kindle!!!

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Tony Rand Scott

Spotlight Posted on Thu, August 15, 2013 12:33:37

My author for today’s spotlight is the brilliant Tony Rand Scott…

Tony rand Scott, is a native Floridian and lives
near Tampa, Florida with his family.

Ok let’s have a nose at our interview…

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

I always wanted to be a published writer. I
have always written in spiral notebooks, I have about 20 of them from the last
two or three decades full of stories, notes, poems etc., but I was always too
self-conscious to try to publish anything. I was also kind of lazy, not really
putting forth the effort to put a complete story together and seeing it
through. Thankfully, old age as helped with that. I guess the answer is two
part; one reason is I am still very self-conscious and this allows me a little
comforting anonymity. The second is that I feel if I was going to publish under
my real name, I should have done it years ago. Basically, as weird as it may
sound, my real name is the albatross around my neck, and publishing under the
pseudonym is me throwing it off the ship.

made you want to be a published author?

I was a peculiar child, shy and not very outgoing.
I was reading the small, illustrated books they used to publish of the
classics; at 5 I was reading telltale heart, Fall of the House of Usher, Cask
of Amontillado, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Moby Dick. By age 8 or 9, I
was reading Tolkein, the Xanth series and Stephen King, so I guess I was
twisted early on. I wouldn’t say I was more intelligent, but just mature
intellictually at an early age. I had few friends, so I read constantly. I
always had a very active imagination, so I guess that kindled my creativity
with the desire to create my own stories.

genre do you write in and why?

My current book series is science fiction
with Steampunk elements, but I am also working with some ideas for Asian and
anime inspired fantasy series and a standalone physiological horror book. I
actually have read very few science fiction books; I always gravitated towards
fantasy and horror. I always got my science fiction fix from movies and T.V.
like Star Wars, Dr. Who, and Star Trek. I just write what I enjoy reading or

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

Stop sneaking Dad’s Playboys and write
more. Just kidding, but at 12, I was actual in a pretty good place, at least
emotionally. It is the 17, 18 year older me that needs talking to. I should
have paid more attention in school and actually focused on my writing more

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Edgar Allen Poe, Stephen King, J.R.R.
Tolkien, PC Hodgell, Terry Brooks, Piers Anthony, Robert Jordan, Dean Koontz.
Also many poems from Poe, Blake, and Coleridge. There are probably several
others but those come to mind first.

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

As mentioned before have almost no
self-confidence. I have gotten to a point where I can be thick skinned enough
to publish it, but not patient or brave enough to try to go through the
traditional route.

would you rate your writing?

I think it is good, but like I said I lack
self-confidence, so it is hard for me to honestly say, “yeah this is the
greatest book ever written”, even if I felt it was. I think there are many cool
ideas in my writings, they have stayed with me my whole life, so obviously they
resonated with me to last that long. Maybe they just need to ferment, and now
like a wine, it is their time.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

If it is constructive criticism, I normally
consider it as a chance to improve. I know that not everyone is going to like
something, no matter how polished, so I take most with a grain of salt.

influences your choice of book covers?

I like covers that grab your attention,
even if it is not immediately obvious what the book is about. If a cover makes
you pick up a book or scroll down to read the description it had done its job.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

Unfortunately, my writing suffers
sometimes. My kids are all in their teens and ready to go out on their own, so
there is a lot going on with them and my job is demanding. I would like to get
to point where I could write full time but I realize that will take time, and
also some success publishing the books I am writing now.

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

Both. I always create a very basic plot
from start to finish but I have tweaked or altered parts to fit the characters
as they mature and became more developed in my mind.

My parents divorced when I was 4, and my
mother raised me by herself for many years before remarrying, so I tend to
write female characters very strong but put them in difficult situations,
because I have witnessed firsthand the strength of a women. My male characters
are always strong has well, but I tend to give them fundamental flaws because
they mirror the males in my life growing up.

I also try to have a diverse character
pool, racially and sexually. I am a white, heterosexual male but at least in my
life experience, I have to interact and coexist with all people of different
races, cultures, religions and sexually orientations. I have always had an
eclectic tastes in music, movies etc. I don’t necessarily have to understand
something to appreciate its value. I don’t have any tattoos, but I am
fascinated by tattoos and I love the suicide girl look. The same with the
Gothic look; if you saw me you would think I was more suited to listening to
John Denver than My Chemical Romance (one of my favorites), so I don’t feel I
need to participate in a culture to appreciate it and to think it is beautiful.
And I don’t think I have to be black or gay as two examples, to be able to
portray them as an integral and important character in my stories.

you ever write what you dream?

To my knowledge no.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I am marketing myself, with the help of
some Facebook friends who have blogs etc. and help Indie authors, Nerd Girl and
Budget Books to name two. I am considering using some of the pay services in
the near future.

are your tips for editing?

I self-edit in conjunction to having 5 or 6
friends read and edit the material. Even after all that, I have found mistakes
that all of us missed the first time. I plan on continuing that method, but if
I have enough success to afford a professional copy edit, I will. If you can afford it, get a professional copy

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

I actually wrote and published a Kindle
novel called Amidst the Slumber of Dreaming Gods. (It is currently unpublished,
a lot of the material is going to be refined and repurposed for my current
series.) I tried creating a story about multiple worlds with a hastily and weak
crafted premise. One of the worlds was a Steampunk style world of dragons and
flying ships. After reading my edit copy, a friend, who is also a
Steampunk/cosplay photographer advised I should write a Steampunk novel. That
was all it took, I remembered an old idea I had about a steam driven city of
automatons that was shaped like a giant gear and everything started clicking
into place.

I also like to allude to real world issues
if pertinent to the story. Gyre, the world of my story, is very rigid and
draconian, what you would expect from a world run by machines and populated by
robots. But as some of the citizens revolt to be more human, I make allusions
to same sex marriage, racism, sexual bias and other core issues that America
and the world is struggling with.

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

I have no real preference, it depends on
the idea, though most of my ideas are usually suited for series. Why? Probably because I become attached to
characters and want to write about them across multiple books.

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

The only real issue I had is there are some
sites that require certain amount of reviews or sales to feature or promote
Indie author. If you are a struggling Indie author this seems to exclude you
from some of these resources, but I guess with the quantity of self-publishers,
and for the sake of quality control, it is a necessary evil.

advice would you give to a new author?

Just write and publish. No matter if you
self-publish or submit to establish publishing house, just do it. Rejection
will be better than regret, and no one will ever want to read your writing if
you don’t take a chance and put it out there. From recent experience I know
people are a lot more supportive and interested in helping you than you think,
so don’t listen to all the reasons you give yourself no to do it.

a favourite quote from your book.

One of the story arcs is that over time the
Gyrelins have successfully petitioned for male/ female sex designation. There
is a character Mica, who has been constructed with the ability to be both, to
choose what sex it is. Leonor, who is
Mica’s mentor, kind of the Gandalf of the story, tells Mica “Never be
afraid to be what you were programmed to be!” To me this touches on being
comfortable with your own sexuality despite what society thinks. On a minor
note, it also touches on my own fears of publishing

I have to admit i’ve never read Steampunk but I will soon as i’ve just downloaded it…lets see what they’re all about…

“The Chronologies of Gyre: The Gregorian Part 1: Industrian Revolution” is an intensely written nightmarish vision of a steam-powered world inhabited by automatons. Tony Rand Scott paints a detailed and convincing alien universe and successfully transports the reader to a new reality. Gyre is a meticulously constructed alien society run by robots with as much personality and sensibility as individual human beings. It reminded me of the ‘Matrix’ movies in its devotion to verisimilitude. This is a must read for any fan of hard sci-fi. A lot of authors attempt world building but very few pull it off. I can’t wait to read the next installment set in this dark, disturbing dystopia.”

“Truly an inventive story of an alternate reality in which humanity is but a cog in a steam-driven universe, leaving the reader riveted to the Machiavellian designs of a mastermind in a robot-driven world. Tony Rand Scott captures the imagination and leaves us hungering for the next installment of this creative new series!”

Go out and but it now!!!

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Kris Austen Radcliffe

Spotlight Posted on Wed, August 14, 2013 12:17:13

I would like to welcome Kris Austen Radcliffe to my author spotlight…I may need a suit of amour for this interview…

As a child, Kris took down a pack of hungry wolves with
only a hardcover copy of The Dragonriders of Pern and a sharpened
toothbrush. That fateful day set her on a path traversing many storytelling
worlds—dabbles in film and comic books, time as a talent agent and a textbook
photo coordinator, and a foray into nonfiction. After co-authoring Mind
Shapes: Understanding the Differences in Thinking and Communication
, Kris
returned to academia. But she craved narrative and a richly-textured world of
Fates, Shifters, and Dragons—and unexpected, true love.

Kris lives in Minnesota with her husband, two daughters,
Handsome Cat, and an entire menagerie of suburban wildlife bent on destroying
her house. That battered-but-true copy of “Dragonriders”? She found it
yesterday. It’s time to pay a visit to the woodpeckers.

Ok, it looks like I really do need to put my armour on and grasp my broad sword while we have a little talk and spar…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write under my own name. It seemed like the best thing to do at the
time. Plus, I have a writerly name, so I
might as well run with it.

made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always had my head in stories and
narratives. A couple things happened in
my life—not all of them good—and it worked out that now became the time to

genre do you write in and why?

Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon, my current
series, is Urban Fantasy with Strong Romantic Elements. My next will be a Sci Fi Action
Adventure. I write the stories as they
present themselves to me, no matter the genre.
But I am a Sci Fi nerd girl,
so I lean toward the speculative and the uncanny.

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

Start now.
Don’t wait. Write every day.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Ann Rice, because of her brilliant setting
and environmental descriptions. Ann
McCaffrey’s Pern novels sparked my love of mixing fantasy and science
fiction. Neil Gaiman, for his flow and
his exquisite character building.

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

Right now, with the changes going on in the
industry, I think it’s the best choice for an author. My experiences have been good, but I did a
lot of research before I started. I
hired an editor I whom LOVE (Annetta Ribken at
and a copy editor I know and trust (Terry Koch at I set up my own company, invested in the
software and equipment I needed, and now I’m streamlining my process.

would you rate your writing?

Brilliant and entertaining. 😉

I don’t write super-hot scenes, but it’s
definitely adult.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

You mean the “It didn’t download so I
giving your book 2 stars!” reviews? I
roll my eyes.

For the most part, I just shrug. People have different tastes.

influences your choice of book covers?

I do my own covers. I shoot my own photos and do the design
myself. I have a design background and
I’m a photographer, so I know what I’m doing.
You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Covers, I can do.

When designing a cover, you also need to
conscious of genre, of course. And
design elements, placement, tag lines, etc.
I also happen to know some good-looking men, which helps helps.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

My family understands I work a job. I have my own business and I put in a full 40
hour week, every week. We work together
to get done around the house what needs to get done.

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

I aim my characters at certain scenes I know need to be there, usually
the major plot points, and let them go at it.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

My dreams are either too banal to make them worth the effort, or too
damned weird and I haven’t figured out yet how to translate the images into

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I’m an introvert, so I hire help, Vicki at Innovative Online Tours, She’s a big help.

are your tips for editing?

Put it in another format. Print it, move it to your Kindle,
whatever. Just get it off your computer

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

My heroine has Attention Deficit
Hyperactivity Disorder, plus an assortment of other anxiety issues. It’s not a characteristic you see often in
fiction. But it’s a real issue for many young
woman, including someone I love dearly.
I wrote “Games of Fate” for her.

“Flux of Skin”, book two of the series (out
Sept. 3) touches on another issue important to me: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. In this book, my hero’s past is beginning to ooze
up through his floorboards. So, as a
whole, the series is for everyone who has struggled with pain and anxiety. I’m giving them characters who are dealing—an
I’ve wrapped it in a nice high-action candy-coating of Shifters and Dragons.

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

Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon will be a
long series—I have four trilogies planned.
My next series will be an ongoing, episodic adventure, much like a
television show. But I also have a
stand-alone I hope to get to in early 2015.

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

I hate formatting and I hate the final
proofing stage, were you need to find all the typos. I have a “proofing crew”, people who help
with the last read-throughs after copy editing.
They’re invaluable. I also hate
all the uploading business, and the “business” business, like taxes and
bookkeeping. I hope to someday be able
to hire office staff.

I’m also an introvert and I can tell you, I
don’t like social media. It’s
overwhelming. I basically stick to
Facebook because it’s the least stressful for me. I don’t Tweet, nor do I Pin or use any of the
other outlets. I do not like Goodreads
at all. Updating my web site is a
chore. That’s why I hired Vicki to help
with promotions. I’m terrible with it. I’m dreading attending cons. But Vicki’s set up one, the ARC cons ,
and she’s basically taking care of me, so I should be okay.

advice would you give to a new author?

Write a good book. Then write another one. Then write another one after that. You’re a writer, so write.

Indie publish what you write, but know what
you’re doing. Write a good blurb. Don’t put an ugly cover on your book—and make
sure it’s genre appropriate. If can’t
figure it out yourself, ask for help.
And hire who you need. You’re
running a business, so think of it that way.
I’m in this to be successful. You
should be, too.

a favourite quote from your book.

Here’s one from Games of Fate:

Twenty-three centuries he and Dragon had
fought battles and dealt with Burners. Twenty-three sets of one hundred year
intervals, a meaningless measure of time for someone who’d lived through so
many of them. Yet, they’d persevered and done what they were supposed to do.
Every single one of those actions and reactions dropped onto their heads like a
grain of sand blown in from the desert. Twenty-three centuries and sometimes
Ladon wondered if he still had the strength to move through the dunes of his

“Mom,” Rysa whispered.

The young woman clinging to his arm carried
no such weight. Yet the boulder of her new existence would smear her flat if he
and Dragon did nothing—or worst, the minimum necessary to finish this job.

He’d been annoyed by her questions in the
van. Irritated when he realized she was Jani. But she didn’t deserve this. No
one deserved vile insults hurled at them, especially from a parent.

So Ladon folded her tighter against his
ribcage, his arm around her shoulder and his hand spread protectively across
her shoulder blades.

Rysa wasn’t the terrible things Mira spat
from her Burner-confused mouth. The beautiful, overwhelmed woman he held cared
more for her mother than he’d ever seen a Fate show. More than her mother had
earned, now or ever.

More than he would merit, if she cared for

And one from Flux of Skin:

After twenty-three centuries, he should be
better at this. Countless wives who needed attention in ways he understood
intellectually, but emotionally made no sense to him. They always needed to
hear the same words again and again, but if he was going to repeat himself,
he’d rather do repeated physical actions.

He walked into the little room, his boxer
briefs low on his hips, doing his damnedest to keep his physical interest in
her company under control.

“Well, now.” She looked him up and down
from her perch on the side of the tub, her gaze first stopping at his chest,
then at his bellybutton. “I think I won the man lotto.” Her gaze dropped lower
still, moving down his trail of body hair to his groin.

From one introvert to another…you are born to write!!
So let’s have a looksy at your books…

Here’s the first trilogy:

Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon

Trilogy One:


Prelude Stories of Fates Fire Shifters and Dragons


It’s not a good love story
until something explodes.


Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon novella of binding and compulsion


Shifters understand fury. Now they learn

Available September 3, 2013


February 2014


and Daisy’s story.

March 2014

~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon
crosses genre
boundaries, mixing strong Romantic Elements with the New Adult themes of
transitioning away from school and parents into an adult life, all with an
Urban Fantasy framework. The series also
carries touches of Science Fiction and Thriller—with a heist or two thrown in.

Here’s Games of

Contains Adult Sexual Content and some violent imagery.

Rysa Torres misses information. Loses
concentration. Her attention problems randomize her life but she
pushes forward anyway, doing the best she can—until monsters activate a part of
her she didn’t know she had.

As visions of the future whip inside her head, Rysa realizes
the truth: She’s a Fate.

And she will set fire to the world.

All her options explode. Her family ripped away,
what little control she had destroyed, Rysa is left with one choice: Will
she die to stop the coming flames, or will she allow the man and the dragon she
loves to die in her place?

Games of Fate begins Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon,
a New Adult Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic Elements by Kris Austen
Radcliffe. Set in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa
and Ladon—and Ladon’s companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by
unfamiliar creatures: Fates with the ability to see past, present,
and future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and
acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And
two dragons who speak with color and pattern.

It starts here, now, with one young woman’s fight against a
burning future—and against the death of the man she loves.

Here’s Flux of
, available September 3, 2013:

Contains Adult Sexual Content and some violent imagery.

of Skin
, book two of the Fate ~ Fire ~ Shifter ~ Dragon series, picks up Ladon and Rysa’s
story four hours after the events of book one, Games of Fate.

many loves must Ladon watch die?

Ladon thought he controlled the rage. He thought he left his past—and his
violence—behind. But the Shifters take
Rysa and now no one is safe…

Ladon wanted a gentle life. But century after century, the call to battle
malicious Fates, Shifters, and Burners always won. The world needed him. So he fought.

War took its toll and now, sometimes, his
scars show. When it happens, Ladon
ruptures—body, mind, and soul. And the
world pays.

But he’s found a new way: a modern life with his beloved Rysa. He won’t give her up. Not because of family strife. Not because of the issues twisting her life
into a raging cyclone. And definitely
not because of war—until a new group of Shifters rain death onto everyone he

Every Shifter understands fury. Now they learn rupture.

FLUX OF SKIN, book 2 of the Fate ~ Fire ~
Shifter ~ Dragon series, a New Adult Urban Fantasy series with Strong Romantic
Elements by Kris Austen Radcliffe, continues the story of Rysa and Ladon. Set
in the open spaces of America, the series takes Rysa and Ladon—and Ladon’s
companion beast, Dragon—through a landscape punctuated by unfamiliar
creatures: Fates with the ability to see past, present, and
future. Ghouls called Burners who devour with fire and
acid. Shifters who shape much more than their bodies. And
two dragons who speak with color and pattern.

FLUX OF SKIN, available Sept 3, 2013.

All I can say is WOW!!!

Want to stalk and buy her books? Here you go…stalker links…

Amazon page:

Games of Fate:



Kris Austen Radcliffe Street Team:

Most of the fun
happens on the Facebook Group:

Information at the
Six Talon Sign web site:



Web site:

Fan Page:

Facebook Profile

She’s also a photographer…is there nothing she can’t do?

Six Talon Sign
Media LLC Photography:

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Seth Beth Cole

Spotlight Posted on Tue, August 13, 2013 12:35:20

My spotlight today is shinning on the fabulous author Seth-Beth Cole…

Cole lives in Southeastern Michigan with her husband and two children along
with her rescue dog, Rufus, and cat, Clara.
She enjoys sunshine and reading and combines the two as often as

And now i’m donning my trench coat, put on my hat, turning my spotlight in her eyes and asking my questions…

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

of. My first name is Sara-Elizabeth, but
that wouldn’t fit on the front cover, so I only used Sara-Beth. That’s what my family always called me

What made you want to be a published author?

would have to blame the authors I read in my childhood. I loved reading so much and still do. I think it was that love that made me want to
be a part of someone else’s childhood.

What genre do you write in and why?

write young adult. I think mostly
because that was when I began writing, as a young adult. Sometimes it’s fun to think like a kid again,

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

would tell myself not to let what other people think affect my goals in
life. I had people telling me back then
what I should do as an adult and I tried to listen to them, but it didn’t work
out. Now I do my own thing and I’m so
much happier.

Have any other authors influenced your writing
through theirs?

Definitely. YA authors like Christopher Pike and L. J.
Smith were my favorites in school. Their
stories still stay with me after all these years.

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

am self-published. After a weak attempt
at traditional publishing a previous novel, I did some research and talked with
authors both traditionally and self-published.
The process is much simpler with self-publishing and I love it so far!

How would you rate your writing?

a horrible self-critic. On a scale of
1-10, I would probably put myself somewhere around a 6 or a 7. The best part is that one can always improve
and I feel like I’m doing this with my new projects.

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

gotten a three-star review before and, for a few minutes, I felt deflated. Then, I remembered it was only a single
person’s opinion and that, as I said in the above question, I’m always

What influences your choice of book covers?

story and how I see it in my mind. The
cover of Falken’s Woods is a forest with an image from the story, a necklace
charm the main character wears.

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

Horribly! My husband has to remind me sometimes that
there’s laundry and errands to run. It
gets worse during the school year because I’m also a student. I try to maintain a couple hours in the early
morning for writing, but when the bug hits me, I sometimes wind up writing all

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

characters definitely speak to me and tell me the story. I’ve tried plotting and planning, but I wind
up losing interest in the story before I even begin to write. I’ve found that it’s more effective if I just
stay silent and listen to what the characters have to say to me.

Do you ever write what you dream? Give an

Yes! I had a dream one night that a waitress in a
restaurant had tiny sparkly, shimmery snails in her hair. I’ve actually added that scene from my dream
into my next novel.

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

Both! John Hofmann at Hofmann-LaForest &
Co. helps me when I need him. He’s made brilliant posters and bookmarks for
my book signings and booked me for events to promote myself and my novel. I’ve run contests through my website and done
other things through social media myself.

What are your tips for editing?

is a careful balance in editing. If you
under-edit, then you’ll have a book with so many problems that no one can
really get into reading it. If you
over-edit, you’ll get so sick of it that you want to trash the story. Find the middle ground and stick with
it. Hiring an editor can be costly, but

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

Woods was inspired by a commercial for a television show. It was an image of a cabin overrun with
wildflowers. My WIP came to me while
weeding the garden, although gardening is completely unrelated to it.

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

have to let you know on that one.
Falken’s Woods is a stand-alone novel.
My WIPs are books one and two in a series. I’m not certain which I like more yet.

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

waiting. It seems to me that, whether
self-published or traditionally published, authors to a whole lot of
waiting. I’m not a patient gal and I
found myself pacing a lot while working on publishing Falken’s Woods.

What advice would you give to a new author?

when things get hard and you realize there’s so much more to writing than just
writing, don’t quit. Remind yourself
that this is your dream and your passion and you are one of the lucky few who
get to live their dream every day.

Share a favourite quote from your book.

actually getting a quote from my novel tattooed this winter. This is the one I selected:

A persons heart is the only force
strong enough to make them step outside their comfort zone.

We share a few things in common and I have to admit i’m always dreaming of my characters. They never shut up in my head and planning my stories are also a problem. If my character’s don’t want that story line they steer me away…sometimes I feel a little schizophrenic….

Let’s have a looksy at her book….

losing her mother, Regina Holler moves to a small town with her estranged Aunt
Liddy. In between making soap and learning about her peculiar family history,
Regina stumbles across two brothers with problems of their own. Jason and
Landon swear that the woods she wanders through aren’t haunted, but it seems
the ghosts of Regina’s past are set on colliding with the ghosts of Falken’s

Go out and buy it here:

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Bethany Daniel

Spotlight Posted on Mon, August 12, 2013 13:27:41

My second author of the day is the awesome…Bethany Daniel…

Bethany Daniel lives in Texas
with her husband and 2 boys. She enjoys reading, photography and of course,
writing. When she’s not doing that she spends a lot of time chasing her 3 and 4
year old!

And now my favourite part of the spotlight…the interview…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I use a pen name. I chose to use a pen name
because I didn’t want my real name out there if my book was a huge flop lol.

made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always loved writing. It’s something I
used to do all the time but got pushed back when I got married and had babies.
Once the idea got in my head for Reconnected, I just had to write it.

genre do you write in and why?

New Adult, Contemporary Romance. It’s the
genre I most connect with.

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

Don’t be so shy, get yourself out there.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

There are several authors that I look up to
in their writing, but I don’t know if they so much influence my style as much
as inspire me.

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

I chose to self publish because I sent my
story to several publishers and got the generic “this doesn’t fit our wants
right now, we wish you good luck” response. So I decided to just put it out
there myself.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I appreciate constructive criticism more,
because I can learn from it. The one that just try to trash the book or me as
an author really agitate me, but I don’t give those people the benefit of
responding to them.

influences your choice of book covers?

I don’t want a cover that everyone else
has, there are so many books that have the same covers out there that it
confuses readers when they see the same picture appear somewhere. My covers
have been created by designers that made a personalized covers that connect
with my story.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I’m a wife and have 2 kids under the age of
5, so at times I can be difficult. But the times that the kids are being good
or are just asleep are good times to sneak in a few lines here and there.

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

The characters do. I don’t plot out, I just
have a general idea of how I want It to end up and just let them steer me

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I haven’t yet!

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I do it myself. I’ve contacted hundreds of
blogs since I first released Reconnected asking them to post about it.

are your tips for editing?

Take your time. Go over everything and then
hand it to someone else to do the same!

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

always been someone to follow Hollywood gossip and I thought it would be fun to
write something in that world.

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

Reconnected was my first ever book and at
first it was going to just be a stand alone, but after writing it, I felt like
writing Liam’s side of the story gave more to the readers, and since
Reconnected has been out so many people have said they love Krista and Scott so
I decided to give them their own story too.

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

The frustration of sending out queries and
having to wait so long to hear back, especially for the turn downs.

advice would you give to a new author?

Don’t let rejections make you give up your
dream, just because a publisher doesn’t want it doesn’t mean that there aren’t
people out there that will love your story.

Share a favorite quote from your book.

There’s an excerpt from
Disconnected that is my favorite Liam/Katy scene: I pull her
close and sigh. “I know you’re still hurting, Katy. Just know that I’m
here, ok? You can talk to me, even if it’s about Lucas.”

She frowns as she looks up at
me. “Are you sure?”

I nod. “Yes. I might not be
Krista, but I can at least listen. I love you Katy, and I love how big your
heart is. I know Lucas holds a piece of it, and probably always will and I’m ok
with that.”

Katy sniffles as she looks down.
“I miss him. A lot.” She wipes her eyes. “He was just always
there, you know? Someone that I could turn to for any reason; one of my best
friends.” She takes a deep breath. “When we became more then friends
it felt good. I hadn’t really felt much of a connection with anyone since you.
He made me open my heart again.”

I rub her back in soothing circles
and hold her tighter against me. Lucas might not have been my favorite person,
but for him to love Katy and to make her open her heart and live again makes me
grateful for him. I wish I had gotten the chance to know him better. Maybe over
time we would have become friends, but now we’ll never get the chance because
of a woman out of her mind with jealousy.

“I’m sorry Katy,” I
whisper into her hair. “You don’t have to be strong in front of me. Cry if
you need to, you’re allowed to miss him.”

Her sniffles turn into gasps as she
cries into my chest. I hate that she’s been holding all this in for my

I rock her back and forth as her
tears continue falling down her cheeks. I wish I could just take this all away
for her.

“I just…feel
so…guilty,” she whispers between cries. “It’s not fair. He was
supposed to graduate, go be this amazing architect and find a great wife, have
a couple kids.” Katy shakes her head. “Now he’s just gone. Now he
doesn’t have a future. Why did he have to die, Liam?” She looks up at me
with red puffy eyes and I reach out to rub some tears away.

“Sometimes there are no
answers. Sometimes things just suck and all you can do is yell and scream and
be pissed off. You can be mad, you can try and make sense of it all, but
in the end the why of it doesn’t matter, Katy. In the end you’re left to just
deal with it and keep living.”

“I know,” she
whispers taking a deep breath. “But it really sucks.”

I smile softly and wipe the last of
her tears away. “I know it does, but you have me to help you through it,
ok? If you need me, I’m right here.”

Katy pulls me down to her for a kiss
and leans her forehead against mine. “Thank you for loving me even when
I’m broken.”

I kiss her again and hold her
tightly against my chest. “Always.”

Now for the books…

Reconnected Blurb:

Katy Warren had
it all. A new husband, who was a successful theater actor and their whole lives
ahead of them. But then Liam got discovered and once whisked off to Hollywood, he changed. After a night of being ignored for
“business”, Katy decides she can’t handle it and leaves. Taking back
her maiden name, and deciding to go for a Psychology degree she leaves Liam
Warren and his celebrity behind, but she never got a divorce and Liam hasn’t
stopped looking for her. When their paths cross again, Liam does all he can to
fight for their love even with Katy fighting against him


This is the
retelling of Reconnected from Liam’s POV.

A Fast Paced Love Story!

Liam and Katy were high school sweethearts.
Shortly after they graduated they ran off to Vegas to get married. Liam does
theater acting and it’s there that he is discovered by Excite Entertainment and
flown to L.A.

Once he’s in L.A his marriage takes the backseat
to rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s biggest and brightest. One night Liam throws
a big party and Katy comes into their house filled with half dressed women.
When Katy says she’s going to leave, Liam doesn’t believe her until he comes
home from filming and finds a note that tears him apart.

Four years later, he’s tried to move on but
never let go of the love he has in his heart for his Katy. It’s in a little
town they are filming in that their paths cross again and Liam has to try and
convince Katy that their love is worth fighting for.

Here I go again…my TBR list is getting BIGGER…AGAIN!!!

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Derek White

Spotlight Posted on Mon, August 12, 2013 13:13:04

After a nightmare of a weekend with no internet I can finally introduce you to Derek White…

Bradford Yorkshire 24.04.1936. At
Worcester Royal Grammar School took 5 ‘O’ level and 4 ‘A’ levels at one
sitting, the A’s being Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Biology without ever taking a
book home. (I always managed to do all homework within the school day. At
Leicester University (hard though this may be to believe) I tried to do the
same, remembering every word taught etc. Unfortunately no one told me that 60%
of the syllabus had to be studied by me alone. So I failed end of year exams
and though offered the chance to continue I declined as I would always be the
guy who took 4 years to qualify instead of 3

Service, during which I qualified as Dance Teacher, was followed by teaching
and then running my own school. Dancing used to be the traditional way of
meeting the opposite sex but discos replaced dance halls and schools so I lost
everything, then took up selling double glazing, working with my father-in-law
as a general builder, ending as a conservatory surveyor until the three firms I
worked for went out of business due to the recession. Now retired except for

1974 I married Maureen (10 yrs my junior and one of my part time teachers) and
we have a daughter Melanie, my editor, and a son Matthew an IT expert par
excellence who works for KPMG. Melanie lives in Rochester NY, Matthew and his
wife in Snodland, Kent

And now the interview…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write as myself. I would only use a
pseudonym if there was a reason.

made you want to be a published author?

Originally I wanted to be published in
paperback and had the usual story of rejection slips even though I had as
connections the Editorial Director of Harper Collins and an introduction by
Anne McCaffrey to her agent. I eventually fell for the con-artists PublishAmerica
and signed a contract. Publicity was only what I chose to do and pay for, so
very little. I originally wanted to get rich, apart from enjoying writing.

genre do you write in and why?

I write halfway between Sci Fi and
Fantasy as that is what comes naturally to me. When a child/teenager I read
mostly technical sci fi (Asimov etc) until I found the works of Anne McCaffrey
and have now read everything she has written.

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

I would advise my 12 yr old self to give
up the idea of getting a Chemistry degree and researching plastics as I would
never finish the degree course and would become a professional ballroom dancer

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

As two separate reviewers on Goodreads
compared my work with Anne’s I have to accept that she has influenced me (She
personally liked the first two books in paperback and they are probably amongst
Todd’s possessions now) I also enjoyed the Blue Adept series (7 books) by Piers
Anthony, which were also both sci fi and fantasy, but with a few exceptions his
other work I don’t enjoy.

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

My daughter advised letting the
PublishAmerica contract expire and then try the e– book route. She edits and
publishes for me.

would you rate your writing?

don’t rate my writing – that is for others, but I will be very surprised if you
find spelling, grammar or continuity errors, especially if Melanie (my
daughter) has been involved.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

reviews are rare. If someone doesn’t like the book why should they review it? I
have enough good reviews that the odd bad one I ignore.

influences your choice of book covers?

I leave to Melanie. The two that were in paperback; the covers were done by the
art department of publisher.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I am retired, balancing writing and work does not arise.

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

used to allocate a time for writing and I stuck to it. I had the outline of the
story of what became the whole three books in my head before I typed the first
word. It was a trilogy as my contacts
advised that about 80,000 words was the ideal for a first novel. The story
naturally breaks into three sections as you will agree when you read them.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

am sorry to say that I do not remember my dreams.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

covered above, it is done by my daughter. Currently the earnings from the books
she mostly ploughs back into publicity. The balance I donate to her as pay.

are your tips for editing?

very self critical. First read through should pick up all grammar or spelling
mistakes (assuming your English is good enough – if it isn’t you shouldn’t be
writing.) Next read through look for continuity errors and inconsistencies.
Then when you’re satisfied give it to your editor and be prepared to
listen. Personally I do the above
chapter by chapter as I write.

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

readers who had finished the trilogy pointed out that my statement in Book III
that Refuge and its unicorns were now safe was untrue. The story is now
completed with Unicorn Witch IV (at present being edited by Melanie). I am also
writing short stories for my blog which are serialized, usually in four parts.
They feature characters from the Trilogy and often are in answer to readers’

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

I prefer long stories when reading, I obviously like writing a series.

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

I would ‘uninvent’ the word processor
and go back to the days when a publisher (I am quoting my friend at Harper Collins)
would get for each reader twenty at the most manuscripts per week. Now when
it’s so easy, everyone thinks they can write. Result- – – – they get two thousand per week to read.

What advice would you give to a new author?

that if someone opens a bookstore and stocks every book currently published,
they will need forty six feet of extra shelving next week, and the week after
etc. So if you can’t get published it is not necessarily because your work is
not good enough. The most important paragraph in your book is the first one. It
absolutely must make the reader want to read on.

a favourite quote from your book.

previous answer. I did dozens of rewrites until I thought I had done this for
my first book. Here is the first sentence:-
The eighteen year old girl riding slowly down Midwitch main street would
have attracted the attention of every red-blooded male and the admiration or
envy of quite a few of her own gender even if she hadn’t been riding a white

Books any one?

put together two things under the heading ‘what if they were both true?

wherever you go in the world there are legends of unicorns, dragons and others.

wherever you go there are legends of Gods amongst men, particularly in the
Norse regions and the Greek Islands.

postulated that many thousands of years ago Earth was visited by a space-faring
race and their visits account for one of the above. There really were unicorns
etc and as they were hunted to extinction my race, The Godhe, established
colonies of them on a distant world now known as Refuge so that they would not
be lost. When a mutation of homo sapiens started showing telekinetic powers and
they too were hunted as witches they too were taken to Refuge to save their

This is still going on, accounting for the
occasional disappearance and/or flying saucer sighting.

the beginning of Unicorn Witch dozens, mostly teenagers have been waking up
having lost their ‘magic’ powers. The job of investigating is given to Tyana
Counter, unique in that she is the only witch on the planet to have a unicorn
as a familiar. It turns out that a hormone is being stolen from the victims and
sold as a drug by Godhe criminals. Tyana and Marcus (ex detective sergeant from
Chicago) solve the problem. They contact the Godhe homeworld and the criminals
are sent for rehab. In Unicorn Witches
seven years later the criminal mastermind comes back, having avoided rehab, and
his intention is to harvest all the theurgen on the world and kill its
inhabitants. There is a battle between the advanced weaponry of the Godhe and
the inherent magic of the Refuge witches. (No prizes for working out who wins.)

III (subtitled return to Earth) sees a party return to recruit a geneticist to
cure a problem the Godhe males have. Also Marcus gets to deal with the mafia
boss who put a price on his head and indirectly caused him to be taken to

IV (with Editor) Our heros realize when they deal with a threat to the
stability of life on Refuge that it will be necessary for them to take control
of the Galactic Patrol and make it and the council of twelve Old Ones
incorruptible. Only then will Refuge and its unicorns be safe.


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Andrea Barbosa

Spotlight Posted on Fri, August 09, 2013 13:28:08

Today under my spotlight is Andrea Barbosa

Andrea Barbosa was born in Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Tourism. She loves to travel
and write. She maintains two blogs and is a contributor on Yahoo Contributor
Network and Yahoo! Voices websites. “Massive Black Hole” is her debut
novel. Her work has been influenced by contemporary authors Paulo Coelho,
Fernando Sabino and Joyce Carol Oates, among others.

I have to admit i’m starting to love Brazil and have a few friends there
now thanks to my own books…lets see what else she confesses….

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

I write as myself, for now. As this is
my first published book, I decided to put my name to it.

What made you want to be a published

Since I was a child, I’ve always
dreamed of being a writer. I decided it was time to give a try.

What genre do you write in and why?

I like general fiction, because you can
write and create worlds that are not real and be more flexible with your

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

Keep going, don’t give up your dreams
and think positive, always. Everything’s always working out for you.

Have any other authors influenced your
writing through theirs?

Paulo Coelho, and Brazilian author
Fernando Sabino, for his chronicles and short stories, Erica Jong and Anne
Rice, to name a few.

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

The difficulty in finding a publishing
house to accept your manuscript. The experience has been good, I have had the
flexibility to choose my own cover, book format, and distribution markets.

How would you rate your writing?

Good. Not excellent because there’s
always room to improve.

How do you react to poor reviews of
your book?

All reviews are based on a reader’s
personal opinion and what a writer is trying to convey may not be interpreted
the same way by all readers. Controversy is good, so it’s all a learning
experience and I do not take it personally.

What influences your choice of book

The theme or title of the book, as long
as it is aesthetically and artistically pleasing.

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

The real world is writing!

Do your characters drive the plots of
your stories or do you plan out your plot?
The characters drive the plot most of
the time. I start with an idea and suddenly they have a life of their own and
take it over.

Do you ever write what you dream? Give
an example.
No, I hardly ever remember my dreams.

Do you market yourself or pay a
Right now, I’m marketing myself. Maybe
in the future I will use a professional.

What are your tips for editing?
Set the book aside for at least 1 week,
then pick it up as if you were a reader, and start reading it aloud. You will
find a lot of mistakes and sentences that don’t make any sense when you give
them a voice.

What inspired you to write your current
WIP or current published work?
I was sitting in traffic one day and
started thinking about who the other drivers would be and what they were doing
in their lives. Then an idea was born.

Do you prefer to write stand-alone
novels or a series? Why?
I prefer stand alone novels. I would get
bored with the same character appearing in several books. I prefer to create
new personalities.

If you could change one thing in the
publishing process what would it be?
My self publishing adventure went on
well enough, right now I’m satisfied with the results.

What advice would you give to a new
Write and read. The more you read the
more you will write.

Share a favourite quote from your book.
“It was a brutal, endless descent
into an inferno, a familiar yet repulsive, loud and chaotic place she had seen

So let’s have a looksy at her work…

Three women from very different backgrounds begin an unlikely friendship.
Cibele is Brazilian and she dreams of a life in New York. Agatha’s ambition is
to become a famous fashion model. And Amy is a young scholar whose goal in life
is to study sciences and astrophysics. While trying to achieve their goals,
they question the meaning of life, death and the existence of hell. A series of
unfortunate circumstances prompt them to play with each others’ fate, and the
outcome is a challenge to their conscience, values and beliefs – until there is
no more redemption to their unexpected awakening.

I swore to myself that I would avoid Amazon’s one click…but here I go

So you want to stalk Andrea? Here you go….

And I leave you with two of her proudest moments…

Patricia Eddy

Spotlight Posted on Thu, August 08, 2013 13:26:56

I know I’m being kind to you today by already giving you a cover real and now i have fellow author Patricia Eddy under my spotlight…

Patricia D. Eddy doesn’t know how to relax. Really. She’s tried. But
between a full time job, running, cycling, swimming, writing, reading, and the
occasional movie or trivia night, it just doesn’t happen. Despite routinely
telling her mother that her life is boring, what she really means is that she
doesn’t have enough free time to get bored. She wouldn’t have it any other way.
She lives in Seattle with her husband and three cats. She has been known to
participate in clandestine coffee bean exchanges in corner shops and is
happiest when she’s mixing the perfect Manhattan.

And now I get nosy…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write
under my own name. I have a number of tech books published and so I never saw
much need to hide what I do from a fiction perspective. I’m proud of what I’ve
written and I don’t see a need to hide it. That said, I’m toying with
some…darker pieces and I haven’t ruled out a future book being published under
a pseudonym.

made you want to be a published author?

I suppose it would have to be the joy I get
from books. A book can take you away to a whole other world and there are times
when I think we all need that desperately. So when I first started being able
to finish a complete story (this took me a while…years in fact), I realized
that I had the possibility to do that for someone else. I could make someone
I’d never met before happy. I could help reduce their stress. So why not?
Especially with how easy self-publishing can be.

genre do you write in and why?

I primarily write paranormal romance. I
didn’t set out to write romance. I actually wanted to write
mystery/fantasy/thrillers. But it seemed that whenever I tried to write, my
characters would end up falling in love and having sex. I’m fascinated by the
process of falling in love, the uncertainty, the passion, and of course, the
sex. After my first book, when I realized that the sex scenes were some of my
favorite to write, I started to accept what it was that I was doing and just go
with it. I’m still hoping to release some books that don’t involve sex at some
point, but for now, I’m going with what feels right.

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

I’d tell 12 year old me that she should
spend more time writing and less time telling herself that her writing wasn’t
anything she would ever do professionally. I’ve been writing stories since I
was maybe 8 years old. I’ve always had them in my head. But at some point I
decided that living in my head like that wasn’t appropriate and I stopped for a
long time. It wasn’t until I was closer to 30 that I really got back into
writing and accepting that these scenes that would float into my head at random
times weren’t unwanted intruders but something I could work with. They became
something I embraced even.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I read a lot. A lot. And I will read almost
anything. There have only been a couple of books that I picked up and didn’t
finish in the past ten years. I can find good things to say about almost every
book I’ve read. I’m not sure that I’ve been overly influenced by any particular
writing style. I think I take a bit of influence from all writing styles. But I
will say that my decision to take the plunge into self-publishing was probably
started by Lindsay Buroker. She’s one of my favorite authors and she’s an indie
author. When I got a Kindle about 2 years ago, I asked friends for
recommendations. One of them recommended the first Emperor’s Edge book. It was
free, so I said, why not? It was probably the best book I’ve read…still is. Her
characters are rich, flawed, and fantastic. She’s built a wonderful world. And
her characters are funny. I really suck at writing humor. Her books are better
than most of the traditionally published books I’ve read. So I think she was
the one who really helped me to see that this was something I could do.

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

I love
self-publishing. I went this route for a number of reasons. First of all, editorial
control. No one tells me what I should and should not put in my books. I
consider this a double edged sword. Sure, editors are great and honestly, I
have a fantastic one. I listen to almost everything she says. But I’m free not
to. I know some authors who go the traditional publishing route who’ve been
told that they have to edit their stories to fit X, Y, or Z. I don’t have to do
that unless I want to. I follow one traditionally published author on Twitter
who at one point tweeted something along the lines of “I have the perfect
ending for this book, but I can’t write it. It puts me over my word count.” I
found that just heartbreaking. Sure, my books might be better (or more
marketable) if I went the traditionally published route. But they wouldn’t be
the same books and that would make me sad.

Also, I make a higher percentage on every
sale going the self-publishing route. There was a study that was surfaced on
Goodreads a few months ago that said a self-published ebook at 3.99 makes as
much as a traditionally published ebook at 7.99. I want my readers to be able
to get the book for 3.99. Not 7.99.

would you rate your writing?

I hate this question. I think every author
goes through phases where they think their writing is pure, unadulterated crap.
I’m no different. But I know my stories, my plots, have promise. I can write
decent sex scenes. My action scenes are passable. So I’d say I’m a fair writer.
I can always improve. My writing is perhaps simpler, more straightforward than
I’d like, but it’s also approachable. It’s also always evolving.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

Uff. It
depends. There are reviews that say they don’t like the story or that it just
didn’t speak to them and I’m fine with those. Not every book is for everyone.
But then there are the reviews that are more vile or attacking. Those are
harder to take. Note: I haven’t had any of those yet and I’m crossing my
fingers that I don’t. But I dream about them. I had a dream just last night
about a horrible review of my book. The reviewer was hateful and accusatory and
outright lied (whoever it was said that I spelled naked wrong. Apparently in my
dream they said I spelled it nacked). I fear the day that I get a review like
that and I’m pretty sure that one day it’ll happen. My full time job is in tech
and I’m very familiar with the concept of online trolls. Some people are just
never happy and want to make sure the world knows it. So I fear reviewers like
that. But if you just didn’t much care for my book? That’s ok. We can still be

influences your choice of book covers?

I’m fortunate to have a killer cover
designer. I love her. She’s hit the nail on the head both times. I write strong
female characters, so they are always the primary concern for me. I usually ask
my beta readers if there are scenes that stand out to them in the book as
particularly emotional or representational of what the book is about. From
there, I’ll give my cover designer two or three options and see what she comes
up with. She’s never disappointed me. She’s also amazing at finding models on
the stock photo sites that fit my characters’ descriptions to a T. That said,
my girlfriends and I do tend to have at least one alcohol and chocolate fueled
evening spent at my dining room table looking through pages of hot men for the

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I don’t sleep. Seriously. My best writing
time is between 8pm and 1am. This is probably the hardest part of the writing
process for me. The balance. I have words and scenes in my head all the time. I
joke with friends that if I’m staring off into space, I’m likely composing a
scene in my head. I carry a notebook with me all the time and I’ve been known
to excuse myself from places, grab the notebook, and go huddle off in the
corner for five minutes to jot things down.

I suppose the fact that I’m a multi-tasker
and that my day job is rather analytical helps with the writing. I can really
stretch those creative muscles at night. But it’s hard. I get…anxious if I get
busy and can’t write for three or four nights in a row.

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

My characters drive the plot. When I start
a project, it’s usually because I’ve got one particular scene in my head. For
example, for Secrets in Blood, the vampire novel coming out next month, I had
this one scene in my head for a few weeks. The vampire was imprisoned behind
silver and the human discovered him. She didn’t agree with why he was
imprisoned and so she fought to free him. From there, it turned into a whole
mystery that will span three books and cover prejudice, religious extremism,
and love.

For Fates, I had an idea for a short little
novella about abuse and recovery. It was going to be really raw and dark and I
didn’t even think I was going to publish it. I just wanted to write it for me.
But then it evolved and softened a bit. I toned the abuse down. I added more
characters. And then one of my beta readers suggested turning it into a full
length novel. And that’s how that series was born.

For Fates, I had no outline at all. For
Secrets in Blood, I did outline once I had that first scene down. The second
two books in the Fates trilogy are already outlined and I will start writing
them soon.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Oh yes! I was staying with my parents for a
few days last year and I had this vivid dream about a woman baking bread.
Someone came into the kitchen where she was working and threw a bowl of flour
at her. It hit her and bruised her cheek. She then kicked the guy’s ass. But
another guy came in the room right afterwards and got all alpha male “who
bruised you?” with her and she told him it was none of his business. From
there, it evolved into this novella that’s about halfway done in a post
apocalyptic Las Vegas.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I pay for editing and cover design. Not
marketing. When you’re starting out, you don’t make a profit if you want to
have your work professionally edited, so I can’t afford to pay someone to
market the books for me too. But I think that I’ve learned a lot with the first
book and the second should be a lot smoother.

are your tips for editing?

Tips? I’m not sure I have tips. I don’t
edit like “they” say you should. I keep hearing advice to write first
and edit later, but that just doesn’t work for me. I tend to write a chapter,
sleep on it, go back and edit it, then write another chapter. Shampoo, rinse,
repeat. I do think that you need to give yourself a deadline or you’ll never
stop editing. I take notes while I edit in Scrivener’s project notes section so
that I can keep all of my changes straight.

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

honestly don’t know! By the Fates, Freed was started on a very bad weekend for
me. I had some personal stuff going on that was overly stressful and those are
the times when I feel the need to write the most. I just sat down in the middle
of a movie theater (it was during a film festival and I was hanging out in an
empty theater for an hour before the show) and started to write. It was an
escape for me. I think I finished the draft in about 3 weeks. I don’t recommend
having a really stressful life event in order to get inspired though.

Secrets in Blood I wanted to write something modern and I knew I wanted to
explore vampires, but I didn’t want to do it the way everyone else did. I
didn’t want the vampire to be the one in control. In this work, it’s the humans
who are in control for most of the book. I also didn’t want to follow all of
the standard vampire canon. My vampires can walk in the sun, eat garlic (and
other food), and most have no desire to sire another vampire.

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

I prefer series. I spend so long with the
characters in my head that I just have a really hard time letting them go. I
feel like I know them by the time I’m done and to let them go after a single
book…it seems cruel. To them and to me.

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

I’ve had
a really great process overall. So not much. I suppose better communication
over sales would be good.

What advice would you give to a new

Write, write, write, write, write, write. You’re going to write crap at first.
You’re going to make mistakes. Find a good network of beta readers. Don’t JUST
rely on friends, or if you do, make sure they know what you need from them. I
had to tell my friends that they needed to be harsh. They had to give me
honest, real feedback, not stroke my ego. And get a good editor.

a favourite quote from your book.

This little exchange tickles me every time
I read it. It’s in editing now and I really hope it stays in.

“Where could you possibly get the idea that
I hated you?” Evangeline asked.

Nic practically growled his answer. “From
you! ‘I’m not a fucking vampire’. Those were your words. Clearly fucking a
vampire doesn’t translate into caring for one.”

me something quirky about yourself?

I’m an amateur bartender. My husband and I
have a well-stocked bar and our friends tend to congregate at our house because
of this. I’ve been told that I make a better Manhattan than just about anywhere
in town.

Favorite writing related quote:

“Writers turn caffeine and alcohol into

An ancient prophecy. A tortured witch. A powerful warlock protector. A
devil clan, desperate to stop the prophecy from coming to pass.

The devils bind the witch, taking her name, her voice, and her magic.
Shackled inside the cold, stone walls of the devil’s prison, she prays for a
death she knows will not come.

The warlock
has always felt unfulfilled. His casual promise to his king’s Council results
in a life-changing discovery. The imprisoned, nameless witch is his mate — the
one witch he is fated to love for all eternity. He must free her or his very
life will be over.

Freed, the
witch must learn how to trust again. But the kind warlock with the face of a
dark angel is hiding something — a secret that will give the witch the strength
to help her to fulfill her destiny.

As she
comes into her power, she will discover a pure truth that allows her to save
herself and the man she loves.

This is the
first book in the By the Fates trilogy.

This book contains disturbing and potentially offensive scenes including forced
imprisonment, rape and physical and mental torture. Suitable for adult
audiences only.

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Jessica MacIntyre

Spotlight Posted on Wed, August 07, 2013 13:04:23

I’m loving my Author spotlights! How about you? Well today I torture…sorry INTERVIEW Jessica MacIntyre…

Jessica MacIntyre was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia and raised in the tiny rural community of Soldiers Cove. A habitual daydreamer, MacIntyre was sent to the principal’s office many times during her school years for not paying attention in class. In 1998 she moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband and began writing seriously a few years later. Her first novel, “The Vampires of Soldiers Cove” is available now on Amazon and is the first in the “Vampire Island” series. MacIntyre has also published a set of Paranormal Erotica books titled, “The Slave Queen” and “The Slave Knight”, also for sale on Amazon.
She lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband and two children.

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write as myself. I decided early on that
I would put my own name on everything I write. No pseudonyms. My name will be
on my work and I’ll be proud of both. I write erotica as well and use my own
name, something a lot of people seem to have trouble doing when it comes to
erotica. I feel it’s important for me personally to own everything I write as

made you want to be a published author?

I love to write and to entertain people. I
like being able to take people away from their daily hum drum lives and into a
world of fantasy and adventure.

genre do you write in and why?

I write in Fantasy. I love the break from
the constraints of everyday existence. There are fewer rules and much more room
for the imagination to flourish in the Fantasy genre.

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

You’re much better than you think you are,
and although you are getting the blame for a lot of the problems you’re having,
a lot of them aren’t your fault. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with you no
matter what anyone says. There’s nothing wrong with how you look, how you talk,
how you behave or how you dress. You’re a good kid, even if some of the adults
in your life don’t think so. You are good and you will be ok.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I’m influenced by everything I read even if
I don’t particularly like it. You can learn something from every book, even if
it’s just what you DON’T want to do.

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

I have had a very good experience with
self-publishing so far. The indie author community is very supportive of one
another and I have met lots of great people over the last 4 months since The
Vampires of Soldiers Cove has been published. It’s more time consuming than I
had anticipated, but generally I love it. I like having control over every
single aspect of my books.

would you rate your writing?

I don’t rate or judge it. I write as well
as I can with my aim always being to grow and learn. I feel I am a very good
writer, and have been told as such, but I feel strongly that an artist
shouldn’t really judge or rate their own work. It’s for me to create, and for
others to rate. And while they are rating me, in the meantime, I’ll keep

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

One of my favorite books of all time is,
The Diary of Anne Frank. Whenever someone gives me a bad review or says
something negative about my book I go to Amazon or Goodreads and look at the
one star reviews for that book. Once you get through about five or six of those
you realize two things. 1. People are stupid. 2. If that book can get one star
reviews and have nasty things said about it there is no hope for mine. Some
people will hate it, but a lot of people have absolutely loved it and I
appreciate the hell out of those people.

influences your choice of book covers?

I have a graphic artist (JennLaa Digital
Art) that I work with who is brilliant. I describe what I want and she works
with me every step of the way. I felt like we created the cover together as
opposed to her doing it for me. As long as I am involved in the process I’m

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

I write a lot at night after everyone falls
asleep. I don’t get an abundance of writing done every night but I get there,
one night at a time. When I have things I have to finish by certain deadlines I
will kiss everyone goodbye, give them pizza money for dinner and set up shop at
Starbucks. I’ve done a few marathon sessions there recently and that’s really

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

I think my stories are largely character
driven, but plot is crucial. Your characters can be as interesting as you want
but if they don’t have anything to strive for or rail against all you’ve got is
a bunch of interesting people tying their shoes for hundreds of pages. Who
wants to read that?

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I don’t. My writing all comes from my

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. It’s a struggle sometimes
but the people I know who have paid professionals have all said it wasn’t worth
the money.

are your tips for editing?

I think the key is to walk away from your
work for long enough so that it looks strange when you go back to it. It should
look like someone else’s writing. You should never write something and then
turn around and edit it right away. I put my books into what I call a ‘coma
phase’. It has to sleep undisturbed for a while before I can look at it again
and be objective.

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

Vampires have been used as tools to explore
things like addiction and isolation. I wanted to use them to explore mental
illness. The main character has an illness called Psychotic Depression, which I
also have, and it was sort of my way of processing the whole experience.

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

I don’t have a preference. I like a series
because if I’m really loving the story I can explore it more fully over a
longer period of time. I like stand-alones because the story is more defined.

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

I’d make marketing easier. That’s been the
biggest challenge so far. I don’t know what I’d do to make it easier but that’s
what I’d change.

advice would you give to a new author?

You don’t need to be perfect. Don’t wait
until you can do something perfectly before you do it, otherwise you’ll never
do anything fun or cool. Just write, do the best you can and don’t judge it.
Some people are writers and some people are critics. You’re a writer, so write
and don’t worry about how other people perceive it. If they like it great, if
they don’t, oh well. Someone else will get it.

a favourite quote from your book.

“I screamed with pain
and pleasure. He lost all control of himself and began thrusting hard, over and
over again like an animal. Suddenly his mouth clamped down on my neck and I
felt his fangs sink deep into my flesh. He bore down as hard as he could and I
thought I was going to faint from the extreme bliss. On the night Gavin had transformed
me this same act had felt only like pain, but now it felt like heaven. I never
wanted him to stop.”

This is one of the reasons I love being an Indie author, we’re incredibly honest and share our inner thoughts. I agree about writing under your own name because I do it for the same reason. If i’ve spent months writing something then my name is going to be stamped proudly on the front and I know I write erotica but i’m incredibly proud of all my very naughty scenes. Then of course there’s my daily battle with my own depression and I completely understand how writing calms the demons…Jessica YOU ROCK GIRL!!

So less of my ramblings and more of Jessica’s books…

I still think this is an awesome cover! That’s the thing about Indie’s we can change our book covers whenever we feel like it! But what’s it about?

When 24 year old Rachel Landry, who suffers from a debilitating mental illness, receives a knock at her door one night from a stranger she gets an offer she can’t refuse. The chance to live as a vampire, gaining eternal life and relative sanity seems like a great plan. Soon she comes to realize she has been turned for a specific purpose and her vampire existence may be short lived. Also the handsome stranger may not be as much of a stranger as she thought. Facing her demons along with new enemies she must come to rely on her own strength to save her life, and the life of her new clan.

This woman looks like she has massive attitude! Love it!

After being chosen by a King to be his bride, Lady Iliya is taken to a castle far away to be wed to King Roman. On the night of her wedding, just as she is about to discover the mysteries a man holds, she is kidnapped and taken to an underground world full of strange creatures. The Satyr King, Ramses, wants her not just to be a Queen in his strange world, but to be a sexual Queen in his bed both with him, and others who he will choose. Now it is up to King Roman, with the help of his knights, including young Sir Henry who is also in love with the Queen, to rescue her.

Yet again my TBR list has grown a bit more!! I strongly advise the purchase of these great books…

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And just because I know her obsession and it’s Wednesday…HAPPY Schmidsday!!

Brooke Williams

Spotlight Posted on Tue, August 06, 2013 11:30:39

My Author spotlight is shining on…Brook Williams…

Brooke Williams graduated from college with
a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a double major in Mass Communications and
Religious Studies. She then spent 12
years in radio as a Production Director and on-air host. Once her first daughter was born in 2009 she
cut back her hours and put being a mom first.
After a year of the long commute to work, she decided to find something
she could do at home. Her freelance
writing career took off and she has since written everything from
travel-related articles for a company in England to blogs for Goodbye
Crutches. She has also written dozens of
first chapters for Chainbooks as well as several complete novels of her own.

Brooke completed her first novel during her
career in radio. The prologue for
“Someone Always Loved you” came to her and would not leave her alone until she
wrote it down. Afterwards, she proceeded
to complete the book. This novel is
still one of her favorite pieces. Brooke
has also written several shorter novels for Blue Ribbon Books and she recently
began writing short “choice” stories for Silk Words, an upcoming romance
website. She is also currently in the
contract phase with The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House for a romance
novel she wrote a year ago.

Brooke has been married to her husband Sean
for 11 years and they have two young daughters Kaelyn, age 4 and Sadie, 6
months. Brooke writes fast and it is a
good thing since her daughters allow her very little time…and she wouldn’t have
it any other way.

And now for my questions…let the nosiness commence…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write under my own name…Brooke
Williams. I feel that writer names
should be easy to remember and melodic.
My name is already easy! I was in
radio for the majority of my career and I chose a radio name to use on the
air. Back then, my maiden name, which
was not Williams, was harder to pronounce and remember. I ALMOST chose Williams as my radio name. Then I later married a Williams. I think my name sounds decent and is easy to
remember. Plus, I like the idea that people who already know me know for sure
it’s me that wrote the book. My name is
established around here so I feel it would be harder for me to work under a pen

made you want to be a published author?

I’ve always loved to read and writing is
something that is fun and entertaining for me.
I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a little girl. Once my first daughter was born I left radio
and started a freelance writing business.
I wrote articles on every topic under the sun. If you have spent any time online, you have
probably read something I wrote. J However, my true passion has always been
fiction writing. After all, who doesn’t
want to get paid to make stuff up? After
success in the freelance world, I branched back into writing full books. Most authors want to have their stuff out
there for the public to enjoy!

genre do you write in and why?

I write a little of everything. The first book I self-published is a family
drama. I also have a self-published
thriller. I have had recent success in
the romance genre. I like to write
stories that are fictional, but have bases in every day life. They are things that could really happen, but
that allow the imagination to wander as well.

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

I would tell me not to give up on writing
and to keep at it because it is something I’ve always loved. I would also tell her that discouragement
will come but not to let it get to her.
Not everyone is going to love everything you do but as long as you love
it, it was worth writing.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I find that my writing is influenced by
whatever I’m reading at that moment. One
book I wrote definitely has the tone of a Richard Paul Evans book while another
is more Karen Kingsbury. I also have
some James Patterson in me and perhaps even a little Danielle Steele.

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

I self-published the first novel I Wrote
because I took it to agents and never did secure one. I had several ask for more information and
ultimately reject me. Eventually, I got
discouraged but I felt like the novel itself deserved to be read and not stuck
on file on my computer. I wanted to at
least make copies for family and friends.
I also self-published another novel I wrote because I didn’t want to
spend time trying to find a publisher, but I wanted to put it out there. Self-publishing is fun, but it’s really hard
marketing-wise. I’m not a marketing expert
and I don’t feel the books I self-published will ever get much
recognition. However, I have published
e-books with Blue Ribbon Books and those are getting read regularly. I also have a publishing contract in progress
with The Writers Coffee Shop Publishers and I’m excited about that.

would you rate your writing?

I have no idea. J I think it’s decent, but I wouldn’t write if
I didn’t. Sometimes what I have written
in the past makes me tear up or get goosebumps.
I relate to it. I should! I wrote it. J

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

They make me sad and they sting, but many
of them have relevant points and it’s a learning and growing experience for me
to read what others think of what I have done.

influences your choice of book covers?

For my self-published books, the storyline
influences it most. For published books,
the opinion of those putting the book out means quite a bit. I’m a pushover for advice from people who
really know what they’re doing.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

My life is a constant balancing act. I have two young daughters who demand most of
my time. They are 4 years and 6 months
old. I try desperately to line their
afternoon naptime up so that I can get some writing in. Some days it works and other days it
isn’t. Though I always feel better about
life on the days I can write, my daughters are my first priority. Their needs come above anything else. The plots remain in my head until I have the
chance to get them out!

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

Maybe a little of both. I usually have a general idea or I’ll get a
prologue stuck in my head. I absolutely
HAVE to write that basic idea down or it drives me nuts. Once I have the beginning down, I figure I
should finish it, but I don’t usually know where it’s going to go. I usually have just as many questions in my
mind as a reader might later. I let the
characters and the original situation I put them in guide me as to where the
story should go. People often ask how I
came up with this or that and I never know how to answer because I really
didn’t think about it too much in advance.
It just happened as I was writing.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I have had ideas come to me in the middle
of the night. I don’t think I’ve ever
written out a dream. But one idea I have
is about a man who can interpret dreams.
I’ve always been fascinated by dreams and what they might mean. Mine are usually nonsense so I can’t imagine
beginning to try to describe them!

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself at this point, though
various publishers help in terms of the books of mine they have put out. I run my own facebook page and am currently
having someone build a website for me.

are your tips for editing?

My biggest tip is one that I don’t often do
myself…let it sit! My biggest editing
problem is that I want to go back and read it right away so I can fix it up and
forget it. However, I often read what I
meant to say and not what I actually said.
So the best thing I can do for my editing is to let it sit a while so I
can go back and look with fresh eyes.

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

The book that I am working on editing with
The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishers was inspired by a conference I attended
last November. They had a variety of
workshops that helped push me to write a novel in a specific manner. I already had the idea for the book, but the
way in which I wrote it was new to me. I
think it worked because I had interest from several publishers! I’m excited to see it come out.

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

I prefer to write stand alone novels. It is hard for me to remember the details I
laid out before and I don’t want to get anything mixed up. I like to get one character’s story out and
then let it be. So far, I haven’t
written anything that I feel needs to be a series. Though I have a few series ideas in mind for
the future so we’ll see!

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

I would make it easier for new authors to
break in. How…I’m not sure. J It seems like publishers
often only pay attention to people with big names. Those people may write great or only mediocre
books. There are tons of authors out
there who have striking novels and no one will pay any attention because they
don’t have a big name.

advice would you give to a new author?

Enjoy what you do. The minute it becomes actual work, stop doing
it. Writing should be fun and
fulfilling. Also, don’t give up. There’s a place for you in the writing
world. You just have to find where you
fit in!

a favourite quote.

“It is better to be loved by one person who
knows your soul than millions who don’t even know your phone number.”
Paul Evans
, The Walk

What a cool interview. I know exactly what Brooke means about getting emotional when reading your own writing. I can cry like a baby at some parts!! So let’s have a looksy at her work shall we?

Someone Always Loved you synopsis:

His first day on the job, ambulance driver
Jay has a horrible accident. The victim of the crash is thrown into a coma and
Jay keeps vigil by her side. As their lives, past and present intertwine; a
story of love through time unfolds. An intricate drama including adoption,
love, suspense, and plenty of questions, Someone Always Loved You is a novel that
keeps the mind churning and the soul alive.

Check Brooke out here : Link

I swear my TBR list is getting bigger by the second…too many great books!!!

Want to become a stalker?? (in progress, not
up yet)

(Link to first self-published book)

(link to one of the books from Blue Ribbon

Jennifer Sivec

Spotlight Posted on Sat, August 03, 2013 14:12:08

Hello everyone to the next Author Spotlight…today I have for you Jennifer Sivec

is from Oberlin, Ohio and is married to her best friend and love, who keeps her
laughing and focused. They have two energetic little sons who give them purpose
and much happiness.

is a full time working career mom, playing the delicate balance between family,
work, and personal passion.

at an early age, Jennifer was an avid reader, losing herself in any story she
could get her hands on. Writing has been her saving grace, quieting the turmoil
and making sense of the chaos, in a sometimes tumultuous life.

Eva” is Jennifer’s first complete work, and has been several years in the
making. It deals with many difficult issues such as abandonment, adoption,
child abuse, drug abuse, and ultimately Love.
Jennifer is currently working on the sequel to “Leaving Eva” and has
several other projects in process as well.

can be contacted at You can connect with her
@jennifersivec on Twitter, Jennifer Sivec on Facebook and Goodreads.

And now we know more about her I turned on my spotlight and shined it in her eyes while I paced around the room in a beige trench coat and trilby hat…

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write under my own name. I think that if I were writing more risqué
material that I would probably write under a different pen name. I think it would be more fun that way.

made you want to be a published author?

Writing a book was always on my bucket list. I just wanted to share my work in the hopes
that it would entertain and inspire.

genre do you write in and why?

It’s hard to pin it down to a genre. My writing could fall under chick lit and/or
general fiction.

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

12 was my awkward phase.
And I mean REALLY awkward
phase. I’m embarrassed to say that I had
a strange aversion to bathing at that age so I had zits and greasy hair. I would tell myself to A) Bathing is
important so just do it! And B) When you get older, there are going to
be times that life is going to suck, but you don’t. Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid.

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

I think that every author I have ever read has influenced
my writing in some way. I’ve always felt
incredibly inspired after reading a book because of the magic that the Author
is able to weave. I love reading various
writing styles and the fact that an Author can create something from nothing
never fails to amaze me.

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 my goal was simply to
make my book available for others to read.
I have always been more of the independent type in everything that I
do. It has been a great experience so far. I’ve learned a lot, met some incredible
people, and have been having a lot of fun.
There are so many things to learn along the way and it’s been such an
amazing adventure. The only thing that I
wish I would have done is to have employed an editor for my first book, which I
am doing for my second.

would you rate your writing?

I think that my writing is strong, but I know that there
is always room to grow. I am excited
about how this process is making me a stronger writer.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

So far, there haven’t been any poor reviews posted. The feedback from the reviewers has given me
some wonderful and constructive feedback, but they loved the story and the
style. My book is still getting out
there, so a lot of people who have read it are people that I know, and I think
they like me too much to tell me they don’t like it. I suppose that how I would react to a poor
review would depend on what they said about it.
But I know that my book or style won’t appeal to everyone and that art
is subjective. I don’t like every song,
book, picture, painting that is out there, but I appreciate the Artist’s
willingness to share it.

influences your choice of book covers?

The Leaving Eva cover was chosen because Dandelions
symbolize loneliness and I felt it was a fitting choice for this story. In the future, I have a wonderful graphic
designer who will be working with me which I am totally excited about.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

Sometimes I rock it out and sometimes I suck. I’ve been balancing all of my life, so it’s
just another factor to consider. The
writing is really for Me. It soothes my
soul, it heals my wounds, and it makes me feel complete and whole. So even if I only get to write for a half an
hour a day, then I’m usually good. I’ve
been writing more often to try and sharpen my skills and to complete my second
book. My family understands which is
wonderful. But every day is a new day to
try and work things out.

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

I start writing with a plan and then the characters take
over. I love that they do that because
then I don’t have to stress out about it as much. A good friend once told me to “write what I
want to read.” I try to abide by that always so I don’t typically plan things
out. I trust that the characters and the
process will take me to a place that I want to be.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

I haven’t so far, but I do make notes. I have some crazy dreams and sometimes they
stay with me for days.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I market myself. A
professional wouldn’t work for what I can pay them right now (haha).

are your tips for editing?

Take it a piece at a time, then read it through as you
would if you were a reader picking up your book for the first time. Then hire someone!

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

My first book was inspired by my own abandonment as a
child. T hen the characters took over and it became more than what I ever
imagined it would be. Abandonment has
been a theme in my own life, so it inspired me to write “Leaving Eva.” My current work is the sequel, and it
provides closure to my Eva characters. I
felt that they needed to have closure after everything that I put them through
in book 1.

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

So far, I have only written series. I have another series started, but shelved it
so that I could work on the Eva sequel.
I don’t know yet which I prefer.
I think that I have some growth to do as a writer before I can answer
that question appropriately.

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

I love the Indie
route because of the freedom that it entails.
I don’t think that I know enough about the entire publishing process to
really speak about it with any true knowledge.

advice would you give to a new author?

Write for you.
Don’t write for anyone but you.
And enjoy the entire experience!
If you stress about how many books you did or didn’t sell for the day,
it takes all of the fun out of it. If
you enjoy the process and work hard, you have to trust that you will get there
one day and then be content if you don’t.

a favourite quote from your book.

Brynn she loved his hair so
wavy and thick, and thought about how she loved to take her hands and just bury
them in it. She used to do it every chance she got whether absently while they
lounged, or intensely when they made love. She loved the thickness of it
between her fingers and it gave her comfort. Brynn melted when he moaned,
almost purred when she played with his hair, which made her want to do it all
the more. But that almost seemed like a lifetime ago.

They were so disconnected from each other now. Had it been two months, three
months, six? She was so caught up in her work and with Rose. When
did we stop looking at one another?
She could feel him slipping away from
her slowly like the tide, gone a little at a time until he was gone completely.
She felt helpless.

Abandoned as a child, Brynn is adopted into
a violent and tumultuous world under the deceptive guise of a Mother’s
love. She accidentally discovers a
secret way to survive which disguises her brokenness. Brynn is left to fend for
herself, as those who are supposed to love and protect her most, fail.

In High School, Brynn unexpectedly falls
for sweet, handsome Adam. He tries to
teach her that she can have hope and happiness, if she only will embrace it. As an adult, it appears as though Brynn has
her life together. No one except for
Adam really knows her secret pain and history has an unkind way of repeating

Suddenly she is faced with destroying her
greatest love, and the need to confront her own fear before it swallows her
completely. In the end, Brynn discovers
a truth about herself that changes everything, and gives her the freedom to
accept the beautiful possibilities of what life can be.

So what are you all waiting for??? Go out and buy it now!!!





K.J Colt

Spotlight Posted on Fri, August 02, 2013 14:21:46

the second day of my Author Spotlight I have the fabulous K.J Colt. Please remember to support all these awesome
Authors by buying their books and LEAVING A REVIEW. Blood, sweat and tears go into all of our
novels and the reviews help us to get noticed and it’s the greatest thanks you
could ever give us!

So ladies and gentlemen I
now give you K.J Colt and an exclusive cover reveal…

J. Colt lives on the west coast of Australia in the sprawling city of Perth and
has been writing for three years. Her favourite writers are Kristin Cashore,
Robin Hobb, Trudi Canavan and Maria V. Snyder. She has an honours degree in
psychology and counselling, enjoys road trips, gaming
(Skyrim/Civilisation/Assassin’s Creed), music festivals (electronica), playing
pool, yoga, bushwalking, and gobbles up anything fantasy-related. Her favourite
fantasy shows include Game of Thrones and Trueblood, and she is currently
reading Robin Hobb’s Blood of Dragons.

you write as yourself or under a pseudonym?

I write under a pseudonym that is very
close to my own name. K.J. Colt is my pseudonym, and my name is Kylie and my
middle name does start with a J (good luck in guessing what it is). The only
thing different is the last name although it is very similar to my real last
name. Why did I bother changing my name at all? I have a background in mental
health (blogging, article writing etc) so I try to keep fiction and non-fiction
separate. I should note that I intend to write under another pen name in the
future for contemporary fiction and new adult fiction (that’s more of a
business choice so readers aren’t confused about my genres).

made you want to be a published author?

Why wouldn’t I want to be a published
author? I love what I do and I cannot stress that enough. Love it! I love
people. I love watching them (in a non-creepy way), listening to them,
analysing them and I find humanity in general, fascinating and wonderful, so my
style of writing is intensely character focused.

Given my education in psychology I tend to
find beauty in both the dark and light side of our emotional experiences and
this fuels my writing. Don’t get me wrong, I love writing action as well.
There’s nothing like a suspenseful fight scene with swords and daggers. But
mostly I strive to peel back the layers of human nature and show its raw
complexity and beauty.

genre do you write in and why?

I write in the Epic Fantasy genre for
the moment. Why? Think of these movies. The Dark Crystal, The Labyrinth, Fantasia, The Neverending Story, Willow, Alice in Wonderland, The Princess Bride, Jack the Giant Killer, The Chronicles
of Narnia, Watership Down, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter.
Not to
mention the works of Hayao Miyazaki –
Spirited Away, Ponyo, Arriety, Kiki’s Delivery Service,
My Neighbor Totoro.

I love fantastical themes because they are fun and out of this world.

love making everything up from scratch. Granted, I do use a lot of very
familiar human themes and I often write in medieval times based settings. But
it’s when I add a twist of magic that I get drawn into the wonder of my books.
Magic changes the structure of the societies, the customs, the priorities of
those in the world as well as sending my protagonists on grand voyages they
never expected to go on (and often taking me along for the ride). My worlds
become a place of discovery and it’s that sense of adventure that excites me
about fantasy. It’s also why I don’t like sticking to the conventional rules of
Epic Fantasy, if you read my Healers series, you’ll find out why.

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

I was raised by strict Christian parents, and while
they encouraged my reading it never occurred to me to write about anything but
God. Even as a teenager it never occurred to me to write stories (even though I
wrote dark angsty teenage poetry about love and all-consuming dramas *sigh*).
It was only when I was in my early 20s a friend put the idea in my head. So I
guess I’d go back and tell my 12 year old self to start writing then, because
my head was constantly filled with fantastical ideas that as a young girl I had
trouble separating from real life by writing them down

any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

My favourite authors are Kristin Cashore,
Trudi Canvan, Maria V Snyder, Robin Hobb and I’m slowly building up my
admiration for other authors. Those four are the core influencers of my style.
In terms of emotionality of my writing, I’m constantly influenced by Imogen
Heap’s courageous creative style. For anyone who doesn’t know her, she’s a
musician who uses sounds from real life to make her music (she recently added
her newborn niece’s heartbeat into one of her songs). Even as a musician she
writes and sings about humanity in a very profound way. She captures humanity
in her songs and in the future I wish to do that with my writing.

As for authors, I mostly relate to Kristin
Cashore whose life just seems so completely perfect (I have read all of her
blogs). I think she understands people extremely well and has a fragile yet
beautiful sense of what it means to be alive. She writes characters with real
and relatable emotional experiences. Robin Hobb speaks to the intellectual in
me. Her world building is fantastic and the world is reflected in every
character she writes. Trudi Canavan reminds me of Robin Hobb but with a focus
on extensive magic building rather than world building (not that her worlds
aren’t convincing also). She also captures the tense relationships between
cerebral characters perfectly, especially diplomats and political figures. Maria
V. Snyder writes colourful worlds with warm characters with strong morals and
belief structures. Yes, colour, Maria knows how to write richness rather than

So all of these writers influence me in different ways… although my style is more
like a mix between Maria and Kristin.

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

I think the majority of self-published authors
would tell you the experience can be both positive and negative. The onus to
work hard and produce is all on you, the writer, and so you should not take
that role lightly. My experiences have been great so far, I’ve only been
published for about 7 weeks, and I have low expectations as a result, but
already I’ve had excellent reviews, heartfelt fan messages and a lot of praise
for my stories (I honestly became teary when I got my first fan praise). I want
my readers to connect with my characters and to see parts of themselves
reflected in my protagonists.

If I make any sort of living from this down the track then I will be the
happiest person in the world. I’ve always felt like it’s a calling for me to
either tell other’s stories, or listen to people’s stories, both fictional or

would you rate your writing?

I’m not really sure what this question
means. Rate in regards to what? If we’re talking a 0 – 10 with ten being the
best writing ever… then it’s probably my job as a business owner to say 10 and also to shout “Quick! Buy my

But the genuine part of me, the artist who is attempting to discover the truth
in the world, sees herself as a developing author with a good fifty years of
writing left (I’m 28). And so compared to the writer ten-twenty-thirty years
into the future. My writing is probably at a 6. As a story-teller, I would say
my rating is much higher already. I know people. I know conflict. I know the
western societies traditional story arc structure like the back of my hand. Can
I write good stories? Yes. Can I write them as well as they could be written?
No. But not because I don’t try, but because I’m still developing – and
probably always will be developing—the techniques of a proficient writer.

do you react to poor reviews of your book?

I haven’t actually received a bad star rating at
all. I’ve received negative feedback but people still seemed to really enjoy my
stories. I think I’m quite insulated from the disappointment experienced by
other writers in regards to reviews so far because I haven’t received a 1 or 2
star review. If I ever worry about them though, I’ll go to a book listing by Robin
Hobb, Kristin Cashore, Maria V Snyder or Trudi Canavan. I’ll read their bad
reviews and laugh, because I know they are brilliant writers and I aspire to be
like them. So if someone can give them bad reviews and be nasty to them, then I
think I am just as likely, if not more, to receive a bad review. It’s a matter
of when, not if.

influences your choice of book covers?

I pick my covers but my cover artist puts
them together. I have some idea of what my covers should feature, but I have no
idea what I want in them until my cover artist designs it. He gets it right
every time and if you are curious as to who my cover artist is it’s Glendon
from Streetlight Graphics. Phatpuppy art does my Klawdia series. Both are
extremely talented and I’m lucky to have worked with them.

do you balance your writing with your real world responsibilities?

(This is a lot of questions at this point,
I hope you’re picking and choosing the best ones because I’m going to just keep
on answering them at length :–)

Real world, what’s that? *grins* Okay okay,
well, up until recently I ran my own online business. I intend to begin a PhD
next year so I’m taking a hiatus to write full-time, but it will end soon and
up until that point I’m writing and publishing like a mad woman.

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

Both. I get a vision of one or two scenes, a
feeling will spread through my body and completely captivate me until I start
writing and the muse creates an all-consuming flow state. But the muse is
fickle and will fade the more I write, once that happens my characters take
over and write the story under my logical and critical guidance.

you ever write what you dream? Give an example.

Rarely do my dreams influence my writing. I have an
overactive imagination and don’t need dreams to guide me in creating ideas. I
have had an idea for a short piece of sci-fi fiction before. About a young girl
wandering a post-apocalyptic landscape and is protected by a robot that kills
everyone she comes into contact with. It’s probably been done before, and I’m
probably not going to write it, but I really felt her sorrow and it’s the kind
of passionate, yet strange, feeling that spurs me into writing my books.

you market yourself or pay a professional?

I try to market, I do it all myself. I think I’m a
pretty personable and chatty person and I think that kind of warm engagement is
what readers are looking for. I try to invest time in both my readers and my
beta readers. I’m a very introverted person and while I love people, and I am
totally energised and fascinated by them, in general I don’t seek out a lot of
human company.

are your tips for editing?

Push through. Be meticulous. Be ruthless. Editing
is the hardest part, it sucks, but you need to do it so no complaining… your
fellow writers understand your pain.

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

The idea for
the Healers of Meligna series came to me while I was at the doctor’s office for
my annual check-up. An impression imprinted on my mind, and I realised I wanted
to write something controversial, yet still in the genre of Epic Fantasy. I
wanted to build a world full of loveable characters, and interesting societies,
that when forced together, create conflict and tension based on differences of
beliefs, rather than alluding to cliches of good and evil.

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

I have no preference. I just write what
needs to be written.

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

The editing. I wish I could clone myself and have Kylie.2 (that’s pronounced
Kylie-point-two) come in and take over so I can put up my feet and catch up on
television shows or books (of which I have hundreds!)

advice would you give to a new author?

This is not for the
faint hearted. Dig deep and pull out every ounce of hard work you have within
you, and use it to improve your craft, learn the industry, and write, write,
write. Don’t think you’ll find relief on the other side of publishing your
book, you won’t. When one goes out, there’s the pressure of releasing the next
in the series. Don’t procrastinate on your work. Set time schedules and take
care of your health, but mostly, don’t ever give up.

A small blurb of what your current WIP or published piece is about.

“There was an illness much worse than anything I had ever seen, and that was the sickness of my country.”

Fourteen-year-old Adenine is the last carrier of the Death Plague that wiped out thousands of her country’s people twenty-five years ago, she must avoid contact with the outside world.

When her mother fails to bring her food one day, Adenine begins to starve. Driven by hunger, Adenine ventures into the house and discovers her mother bedridden and sick. Despite her terror of infecting others, Adenine fumbles her way out into the streets of Borrelia in search of the town’s doctor.

Soon, she is surrounded by new friends… and enemies she never knew existed.

a favourite quote from your book.

“I know you don’t
want this, Katsa. But I can’t help myself. The moment you came barreling into
my life I was lost. I’m afraid to tell you what I wish for, for fear you’ll…
oh, I don’t know, throw me into the fire. Or more likely, refuse me. Or worst
of all, despise me,” he said, his voice breaking and his eyes dropping
from her face. His face dropping into his hands. “I love you,” he
said. “You’re more dear to my heart than I ever knew anyone could be. And
I’ve made you cry; and there I’ll stop.”
Kristin Cashore, Graceling

Po from Graceling is one of the most beautiful male characters I’ve
ever read. He’s truly a marvel.

agree so much with You K.J Colt! Being
an Indie is hard work and stumbling onto this world was purely by
accident. I have had many days when I’ve
thought ‘woe is me’ but I carried on.
I’m also relatively new to all this but I’ve found so many great Authors
like yourself. As for editing, well I
feel your pain. I wish you all the luck
in the world with whatever you write because you love it just has much as me!

for what she’s writing now…I have GREAT pleasure in unveiling her new
cover. You will all be one of the first
in sharing this cover as by the time this is posted it will be Saturday in

how awesome is this cover???

Please go and check out her other books…the links take you to her Amazon Author page…

Promotional links:

Recent Youtube Video Featuring Me Talking
About My Books:

Tara Barnacle

Spotlight Posted on Thu, August 01, 2013 13:42:21


The Author Spotlight is running throughout August in celebration of the launch of my new novel Darkest Dawn on 31st August (the 2nd book in the Jessica Dawn Series).

I want to CELEBRATE all Indie Authors because of the hard work and dedication they put into their work and it truly becomes their baby. To many people Authors are just a name on a book but we are REAL and this is a glimpse into their lives.

SOOOOOO……on that note…..

We are starting with the AWESOME……drum roll please….TARA BARNACLE!!!

Tara Barnacle lives in sunny South Australia, and dreams of walking on wild wintery Atlantic shores. She worked in a Library in another life, but had to quit before her book addiction reached epic proportions..well, almost before! Blood, Bone and Stone is her first fiction book.

SO this is Tara! But I wanted more so bombarded her with questions…

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

As myself, although I’ve dropped the second part of my double barrelled surname so that it fits on a book cover in a decent sized font!

What made you want to be a published author?

I wrote the story because I was looking for a way to define and express a profound experience. I published it because I wanted others to share in it.

What genre do you write in and why?

I’m not sure really! Archaeological fiction? Paranormal fiction? Historical Fiction?

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

Very, very soon…it’s going to feel like boys are the most important thing in the world. Run…….and keep running til you’re 40. No, not really! What I’d like the chance to tell myself would be this…You know you’re the only kid in the class who doesn’t mind being set an essay for homework? That’s because you’re meant to be a writer…put down the paintbrushes, back away from the guitar…a writer!

Have any other authors influenced your writing through theirs?

Um, I mostly read nonfiction, so I hope not! Although, I do suspect that it sneaks in, that fascination with Facts.

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

I had already published in the non-fiction genre in the traditional way, with my first novel I wanted a clean break from that identity, and to try something completely different. I freely confess to being a bit of a control freak, and the idea of having my way at every step of the process was alluring too.

It’s been interesting, the toughest part of the process is publicity for sure!

How would you rate your writing?

Well now, THAT’S a tough question! I enjoy reading what I write, if that’s any kind of answer?

How do you react to poor reviews of your book?

It’s a multi layered reaction really. Step one. Throw myself on the ground and cry, howl indignantly, maybe a little vomiting..

Step two. Try and reread it calmly and see if there is any constructive criticism that might actually be anything helpful to future books.

Step three. Move on.

Step four. Feel proud I’ve moved on, then spend the rest of the day sulking.

Really, you can’t allow yourself to be bent out of shape by them. In all likelihood, it just probably wasn’t a good fit between reader and book. I know why we allow ourselves to be so crushed by them though, out of all proportion to the joy we feel when we read a good review. Because we really do love writing, and a bad review is like having your favourite child come home from school with ‘REJECT’ stamped on their forehead. True?!

What influences your choice of book covers?

Well, part of my reason for choosing the self-published ebook route was for exactly that. I wanted to use something of my own creation. Control freak..remember?! The cover for Blood, Bone and Stone was a photo that I took of the Ring of Brodgar in Orkney, and I edited it myself too. I love how atmospheric it is!

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

Where I live, we have cold winters, and scorching hot summers. I hate the heat, so I spend the summers inside writing like a maniac in front of a fan, and catch up on the outside chores when the days turn cooler. I know, I know, but it’s a plan, right?

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

I have no clue who’s in charge sometimes! I definitely have a plan, but quite often I find myself having to do more research because a character had taken me into uncharted waters. I call it the art of Zen writing – you don’t know where you’re going, but you end up where you need to be!

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

Never. I save my dream time for predicting lottery numbers. Oh, and Gerard Butler in a kilt.

Do you market yourself or pay a professional?

My strategy so far has been to get some professional help with each stage, like facebook, or a web page, which is my current focus, then I take over myself once I’m up to speed. I’m only a recent covert to Facebook..a Blog seems very far off still! It’s a bit like using a professional editor, sometimes you need to take a step back, otherwise I for one would find it a bit daunting. Anyway, I’d rather be writing than learning the fine art of web page design!

What are your tips for editing?

Simple. Do it yourself til you just can’t face it any more…then give it to friends, and finally hand it over to a professional editor. It’s their job, they’re not worried about your feelings. It’s good practice for releasing the finished product too, and remembering it’s only yours until you’ve finished it, then it belongs to the readers.

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

This is my favourite question! I had my Mitochondrial DNA tested, and, at the risk of sounding all New Agey, nothing was ever the same. I was a highly contented adopted child, with absolutely NO sense of lacking roots, or a family connection. Zero. Finding out which ancient female clan I belonged to gave me the deepest sense of a family connection I hadn’t known I was missing! All I did, when writing Blood, Bone and Stone was to superimpose my feelings of wonder at the test results onto my other passions…Prehistory, Orkney, Archaeology.

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

A series! The next one in the Orkney series is about Vikings…and YDNA! I thought it would be an interesting challenge to write about the male experience of DNA inheritance. And..c’mon..who doesn’t love Vikings!? Why a series? I write what I would like to read…and I love opening a new book and revisiting a place and characters I’ve already engaged with.

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

That we could go back to the good old open minded, cashed up publishing house days of the eighties. I know, what a dinosaur!

What advice would you give to a new author?

Write something every day, believing that one day, someone will be glad that you did.

Share a favourite quote from your book.

Iona snorted. ‘You bloody Pagan!’ Finn gave a delighted grin in response. ‘The old ways never die. The old Gods don’t fade away just because we ignore them!’ ‘Oh yes’, sneered Iona, ‘very Wicker Man.’”

Anyone else laughing?? I really think Tara is as mad as me!! But seriously this is just a snippet into why we write and it’s true what Tara said, the book is only ours until it’s published, then it becomes the readers! Never let those bad reviews get to you…well ok sulk a little but get up and shake it off!! Oh and Tara if you could send your Gerald Butler in a Kilt dream my way I would REALLY appreciate it!

Ok lets see what Tara writes shall we??? I think so!!

The story spans the millennia between modern day Oxford and Bronze Age Orkney, with the mysterious town of Glastonbury floating somewhere in between, combining modern day archaeology and ancient history, cutting edge DNA research and reincarnation, and blurring the borders of life and death..

Iona is an archaeologist who is burying herself in her work in an attempt to forget her guilt and grief after the death of her mother. When the team uncovers the skeleton of a Bronze Age woman in the sands of an Orkney beach, Iona is about to discover the true nature of life and death, and the enduring nature of love. Sometimes, when we uncover the past, we discover ourselves.

My advice…go out and buy it before I beat you with a stick!

Blood, Bone and Stone is available from Amazon Kindle, Nook, the iBookstore, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, Gardners…in fact, wherever you get your eBooks!


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