A visit with TR Fischer

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

Changing Sky is my most recent book. Skylar Biondi, a former high school math teacher now works for UPS. On her route, she crosses paths with hard-edged Army veteran Enrique Avalos, a motorcycle mechanic in charge is his late uncle’s ailing repair shop. Enrique is coming off a painful divorce and Skylar is reeling from the sudden end of her engagement to marry a major league baseball player. Skylar encounters a young girl in trouble, drawing Enrique into the fray when she attempts a daring rescue.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Hmm. That’s a tough one, but now that I have some hindsight, it’s easier to answer. I’ll focus on two things.

  • Learn your craft. If you’re not good at basic grammar and sentence structure, get Painless Grammar  and Painless Writing. I’m actually skilled at the basics but those books have been helpful for things I forgot, or gaps that needed to be filled. (Like how to use lie, lay, and lain. Oy!) There are many ways to improve, including networking with other writers, reading books on craft, taking classes and getting honest feedback on your work.

We all start out in a unique place. I had no formal training in writing, so once I got the bug to write a book I took a writing class at my local library. It was both helpful and fun and I made some good connections there.

  • Find the right balance between developing your unique voice and accepting feedback. Chew on it, but don’t allow other’s perceptions of your work to take over. Honestly, this can be a big challenge. I’ve known writers who are unable to see flaws in their work no matter what anyone said. I, on the other hand, took any and all input to heart. As time went by, I was able to discern what kind of input I needed and am now more discerning about whom I seek out for input. Also, my writing has improved significantly so I no longer need as much help.

Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

No! I always loved reading but I hated writing. I’m a little rebellious (okay, not just a little) so I bucked writing assignments. They were often on subjects I had little or no interest in, or there were too many formatting rules to follow. I began writing novels on a fluke. It’s been a circuitous route…and I love it. Vive la fluke!

Do you or have you belonged to a writing organization?  Which one?  Have the helped you with your writing?  How?

I joined a few online groups when I first got started but they petered out. People didn’t follow through with critiques and others always asked for help at the last minute. I joined Pikes Peak Writers a long time ago and that was a great decision. I was able to attend classes on craft that were very helpful, but the biggest benefit to me was connecting with two critique groups. My writing flourished once I joined the second group. Everyone was committed and we had a great vibe. The input I received enabled me to see the weaknesses in my work so I was able to focus on those areas.

What are you currently working on?

I’m working on the second book in my Colorado Tempest series. The working title is Where There’s Smoke. My main characters are a small town fire investigator and his fiancé. I currently have a total of four books planned for the series. It’s been a lot of fun to write. I geek out on research and there’s plenty of that required for the series.

Do you have a view in your writing space?  What does your space look like? 

I have a great view of Pikes Peak out my office window. I can also see our cattle grazing. We live out in the toolies. J Once our daughter left for college, I waited about five minutes to redo the room so I would have a writing space. It’s a mix of country French wall colors and décor, including curtains in black and white toile fabric with a classic pastoral scene in lieu of sliding closet doors. There are two large windows so I get plenty of light. It’s my happy place.

Excerpt from Changing Sky:

“Enrique, this is Skylar,” Bill said enthusiastically, the moment she’d cleared the door.

A man behind the counter got to his feet. He had dark hair, even darker eyes. His yesterday-morning shadow was split by a brilliant smile that probably got him whatever he wanted whenever he wanted it. Gorgeous.

Suddenly the smile fell away and his golden-brown face darkened like the sky in a sudden summer storm. Skylar’s steps faltered at the onslaught of black emotion that emanated from him. She blinked, filled her lungs, struggling to make sense of it. Unsure what to do and fearful she might actually turn tail and sprint out the door, she planted her feet and glanced at Bill. His face fell, his eyes signaling a silent apology. A set-up gone south?

Enrique said nothing.

Skylar slipped on her I-can-handle-this mask and maneuvered the dolly toward the counter. Bill must not know Enrique as well as he thought. He was too nice a man to have done this otherwise. As she scanned the boxes, she silently repeated what she’d said to her reflection hours before. This wasn’t forever. Just until she caught her balance. Found her feet. She passed the scanner to Enrique for his signature. “Any pick-ups today?”

He grunted something that sounded like yes and scribbled his name on the small screen.

Skylar slacked one hip. “So, yes?”

His eyes, now hooded beneath a forest of dark lashes, seemed to telegraph that he didn’t appreciate clear communication. “Yes,” he said coolly.

Skylar wanted to clap and congratulate him for enunciating properly. But he looked to be about thirty, rather than eight. Knowing she would have to come here often, it wouldn’t be wise to stir the pot any more. “Okay.”

Links:

Facebook Author page: https://www.facebook.com/TRFischerAuthor/

Goodreads Author Page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8445393.T_R_Fischer

Amazon author page: https://www.amazon.com/TR-Fischer/e/B00PR7C9A0/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1470100721&sr=1-2-ent

Website: http://www.trfischer.com

Bio:

Author of several titles, including Changing Sky and A Man Around The House, TR Fischer grew up in Colorado. After moving to California and sampling life in San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, TR and her husband moved back to the Denver area. That didn’t satisfy, so the city-dwellers bought some land and took up raising buffalo. Each day is an adventure, on and off the page

 

A visit with Jennifer Perkins

Thank you, Cynthia, for having me back as a guest. I believe the last time I was here was in October. I’m very excited to be back to tell everyone about my newest novella, Daring Return, which is part of the Dare To Love Amazon Kindle World. As some of you may know, my release last year, Forever Yours, was part of another Amazon Kindle World. I’ll be self-publishing again in May with yet a third kindle world book, so stay tuned!

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

It’s actually been an exciting experience. I was originally invited by Roxanne St. Clair to write my story, Forever Yours, in her Barefoot Bay world. This has led to being able to write in other kindle worlds, for which I’m grateful.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

Writing a good story doesn’t end there. After a writer goes through their story and revises many times, they should hire a professional editor. They are an invaluable part in any writing process, because no matter how good an editor you think you are, the professional editor always find something that needs to be redone. Having a published author recommend someone or looking at the acknowledgements in a book is a good place to start the search. Next, they’ll want to have a good cover artist create a professional cover, and they’ll also want to hire someone to professionally format the book if they don’t already know the process. They shouldn’t be afraid to join professional writing organizations to learn as much as possible about self-publishing. There’s a lot involved in self-publishing, and doing it right will help them reach out to readers.

 How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

Haha, that’s funny because I’ve also written a cozy mystery and had someone I used to work with ask if I could put him in my next mystery as the dead body. I recently ran a contest where everyone knew the prize was the winners name in a future book, so that wouldn’t be an issue because it was up front. Other than that, I can see putting people’s habits or quirks in a book. We’re all different and we run across many unique people all the time with the same habits but, other than a contest winner’s name, I wouldn’t write anything that identified anyone. I just don’t know how someone would react.

Do you write every day? Every week? Odd times?

I definitely write every week and try to write every day. I haven’t gotten my routine down where I could tell you I write thousands of words every day. Sometimes the words don’t flow as easily as I’d like. I’m up early every morning writing before breakfast and sometimes I’m even at my computer until 1 in the morning writing. So, I don’t have a set schedule, but I try to get some words written every day.

If you weren’t writing as a career, what would you be doing?

Okay, that’s a joke, right? Ha, I can’t imagine not being able to write! I have so many different story ideas that I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing. I know I said that sometimes the words don’t flow as easily, but that’s different than not knowing what story you have in mind. One thing people don’t know is that I’ve written several children’s stories. They’re not published, but that’s one avenue I’d like to pursue in the near future.

I’d like to thank you for hosting me today and I hope everyone enjoys my new novella.

I’ll end with my book blurb:

Rose Perez is a physical therapist who shares a secret with Miami Thunder halfback, Bruce Hawkins. They also have separate careers outside of their shared world that could become derailed if their secret gets out. Neither had wanted a relationship.

Does Rose have what it takes to look past the life Bruce is trying to portray or is she starting to fall in love?

Bruce decided early in life that true love was something other men wanted. Does he have what it takes to help Rose find real happiness without risking his heart?

EXCERPT

Before Bruce could say anything else, he heard the slam of Rick’s phone in his ear. The noise factor was probably one of the reasons Rick hadn’t used his cell. After the falling out he had with Rose, Bruce decided she’d be the best person to work with. He’d acted as a jerk, not letting her explain what happened. He needed to give her the benefit of the doubt and if he had to, he’d apologize to her. This day couldn’t get any worse. Then Bruce’s phone rang and he saw Randy’s number on the display.

“How much are you looking for or are you calling to tell me you found a real job?”

“That’s no way to greet your little brother,” Randy said.

“You stopped being my brother when you decided drugs, booze, and women were more important than family.” Bruce got out of his car and slammed his door shut in frustration. This was one conversation he’d rather not have.

“That’s why I’m here. So we can bond. Actually, it was mom’s idea. She suggested I crash here with you a while. You know, maybe pick up some kinda inspiration.”

Bruce had just gotten in the elevator and punched the number for his floor when his brother’s request registered with what he said. “What do you mean crash here? Where the hell are you?”

“Sitting on your couch looking at the great views you have. You know you’ve got a really nice place.”

Bio:

Jennifer Perkins grew up in a small New England town where quaint neighborhoods still remain hidden. This combination has led to a sweet mix of her love of family, romance, and imagination.

With a degree in Marketing, she’s held a potpourri of jobs. She’s an active member of RWA. Her two young adult children, while pursuing their careers are, with her husband, her greatest cheerleaders. Jennifer lives in Florida with her husband. When she isn’t dreaming of interesting ways to enable everyone to join in her characters’ lives, she loves to spend time with family, garden, dabble in photography, and go for long walks on the beach.

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

Twitter:      https://twitter.com/AuthorJPerkins

Pinterest:    https://www.pinterest.com/authorjperkins/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/15968745.Jennifer_Perkins

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A visit with Juli D. Revezzo

What is your favorite part of writing?

This is going to sound trite and silly, but I really enjoy making up stories. I once had a writer friend accuse me (lovingly, of course) of enjoying world building more than anything. She wasn’t too far off! J

What is your least favorite part of writing?

Sometimes getting sucked into research can be hard. I mean in that the rabbit holes it can send you down, and in some cases, with some eras, there’s just not enough to be had. Even on eras when there is a lot written, I have a horrid tendency to find the one thing that no one wrote anything about, (or few wrote anything about) and make that an integral part of the story. Those times are when I want to bang my head against the keyboard. *lol* I read widely so can usually find what I’m after somewhere in some form but omg, at times it feels like I’m the only one that every thought of…whatever, in my head, the problem seems to be. Drives my writing buddies insane. They’re constantly asking me “why don’t you pick something easier?” about whatever it happens to be. *eg* What fun would that be?

What is your next project and when will it be released?

My latest project, just released, is entitled House of Dark Envy. It’s a Victorian Romance about the reunion of a couple (Sarahjane and Felix) who split in bad circumstances years ago. Since then, Felix has made his way up in the scientific community in the race between then-prevalent DC power, and the very new form of AC power. Sarahjane, meanwhile, has been dealing with her own art studies while trying to shake off the reputation someone  (so she thinks) *coughcough* branded her with, of being a flirt.

How has your experience with self-publishing been?

It’s been tough trying to make a name for myself; particularly the marketing drives me insane. But I enjoy the other aspects of it, making each book exactly the way *I* want it, when I want it. I’m not sure I’d give that up, just for a “contract”, to be honest.

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

Oh, you never know… ;) I have put a person or two in my books in the past.

What is most difficult for you to write?  Characters, conflict or emotions?  Why?

It seems to change with each book. Sometimes, the characters themselves are difficult, sometimes, there are hardest to deal with, depending. For instance, I have a book I put out last year called Druid Warrior’s Heart. The heroine’s feelings over her father were very hard to write. I can’t say why, because that would spoil it. For House of Dark Envy? The conflict between the Sarahjane and Felix were quite tough. Naturally, I wanted them to kiss and make up, but … yeah, Sarahjane wasn’t having none of it, at first. (stubborn characters!)

Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses.

Felix is a self-made man, a scientist. He’s traveled the world and met some of the giants (or what we know now as giants) in the field of electrical research. House of Dark Envy takes place at the same time as the so-called “Current Wars” when we as a society were trying to find a better way to run our homes than on gas power. Edison and Tesla’s time. Well, Felix is in there working on his own theories, and is just about on to something. J You’ll have to read to see how he does. However, his weakness? Well, it might actually be part of his strength but he was struck by lightning, several years ago, and still has some residual pain from it. For emotional weakness, I’d say Sarahjane’s his biggest emotional weakness. He’s never quite been able to let her go, for all that, because of that incident I mentioned above, she never wanted to see him again.

Tell us about your heroine.  Give us one of her strengths and one of her weaknesses.

Sarahjane, well, she’s still a young lady, still living at home. Which I guess is one of her weaknesses. Because of what someone said about her being a flirt, she just can’t seem to build a real life for herself away from her parents. As soon as she gets a suitor, they hear she’s a flirt and try to take advantage. Poor thing, so she’s kinda been stuck at home, in peril of becoming an old maid. But she’s stubborn too; I’d say that’s her strength. At the very least it gets her traveling the world, and off to York. What happens there, well, you’ll have to read the book to find out.

Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?

No! She’s easily distracted by shiny stuff. So, I never have wanted to lock myself into one thing. I just write where we seem most interested, manuscript to manuscript. Hence, I have a paranormal series (Antique Magic), a fantasy romance series (Celtic Stewards Chronicles), and a few historical romances kicking around out there.

What do you have planned for the future?

I have a couple more books I’m working on right now, the next installment in my Celtic Stewards Chronicles series, is badgering me to get it out. I hope to, sometime this year. And (this might combine two questions) but I’m also working on the next in my paranormal series, Antique Magic. I’ve got some other manuscripts in various stages of finish, as well, including a few more Victorian romances like House of Dark Envy and my previous one, Watchmaker’s Heart. So  there’s something coming on the horizon for just about all readers.

House of Dark Envy

Synopsis:

Surely, lightning can’t strike twice…

1888: When Sarahjane attends Lady Morville’s costume party, she never expects to learn her old beau Felix Gryffith is under the illustrious woman’s patronage and stands on the cusp of making a world-changing discovery. Felix, whose lies disgraced her in the eyes of the London elite by labeling her a flirt.

Felix’s love for Sarahjane has never wavered, despite the scandal that forced them apart. He’s desperate to tell her the truth, if he can convince her to listen.

Fate lurked in the shadows that night, years ago. Has it returned to grant Sarahjane and Felix their wishes, or terrorize them?

Excerpt:

From the Prologue

Sarahjane slipped into the garden, grabbing onto a wrought iron lattice to steady herself. Her

laughter rang through the air. She swung herself around the lattice, and stopped before him, resting her delicate hand on his chest.

Her touch warmed him.

Sarahjane lowered her eyes. “Do it for me, Felix. I’ll give you a kiss, if you do.”

Felix swallowed back surprise and longing, glanced around the garden. Everyone was still inside. He ran a hand down her arm. “I’d love to kiss you,” he said. “But not after. I don’t want to hurt you.”

“You won’t.”

He feared it might be possible. His worry darkened as if storm clouds filled him. “I might.”

Sarahjane laced her arms around his neck. “Now, then. But don’t disappoint me.”

Was she going to kiss him?

She licked her lips.

Young desire warred with his reason.

“Your father will kill us if he finds out.”

“No he won’t. He knows I love you.”

She loved him.

Sarahjane stood on her toes and leaned closer, brushing her lips against his. Lightning tingled from her

lips, into his heart.

Did someone intrude on them? Felix dismissed all but Sarahjane.

He vibrated almost as he had the day the lightning struck him, but this, this was pleasant, in

comparison.

She broke the kiss, batted her lashes. “I do love you, you know. Now. Show me?”

He guided Sarahjane a few strides away from the trellis. Then he returned to it and wrapped his fingers

around the warm, iron bar.

“Felix!” His older brother stepped into view behind her. “Oh,” he said. “Pardon me for interrupting.”

Sarahjane snapped around.

“What do you want, Jackson?” Felix asked.

If you’d like to check it out House of Dark Envy is available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WWM8T8R

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Bio:

Juli D. Revezzo loves fantasy and Celtic mythology and writing stories with all kinds of fantastical elements. She is the author of the historical romances, House of Dark Envy, Watchmaker’s Heart, and Lady of the Tarot, the Antique Magic paranormal series and Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series and more. She is also a member of the Independent Author Network and the Magic Appreciation Tour.

To learn more about this and future releases, visit her at: http://www.julidrevezzo.com

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Thank you for having me here today, Cynthia!

Interview with Elaine Calloway

Tell us about your current series.

Actually, due to insanity running in my family, I have been writing 2 series at once! My Urban Fantasy/Paranormal books, The Elemental Clan Series, is coming to an end this month with the final book, Penance. The series premise is a good versus evil tale, with Elemental beings (those who can wield water, fire, earth and wind) seeking to protect humanity. Meanwhile, the Fallen Angels (very handsome villains) seek to reap human souls to carry out their evil bidding.
My Romantic Suspense/Paranormal series, The Southern Ghosts Series, will have 10 books total and I’m working on Book Four now. Certain individuals can see and talk to ghosts. Sometimes this is a gift, sometimes it’s a curse, but it always makes life difficult for the main character. These ghosts want the hero/heroine to solve their murder in order for the ghosts to pass on to the next realm. What follows is spooky suspense capped off with a bit of romance and Southern humor.

What is your favorite & least favorite part of writing?

Favorite part is when I’m in “the zone” and the characters are talking so fast in my head, I can barely keep up with typing their stories. It’s fascinating when I can surprise myself by what happens in the story. My least favorite part is, when writing the first draft and because I am a pantster, I will occasionally get stuck. On those days, writing is like pulling teeth! I don’t like that aspect, but I know it’s something that I need to push onward to get past.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?  What works best for you?

I always aim for the 80/20 method = 80% writing, 20% promoting. However, like many authors, I often crisscross those numbers. Promotion is a balancing act, for certain. I try to use software tools that allow me to schedule Instagram, Twitter, etc. posts so I’m not doing everything manually. Ideally, I spend my mornings and lunch hours writing, and then evenings doing social media and promoting. My brain becomes mush after about 7 p.m.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish?

This is one of the best times to be a writer, because you no longer have to deal with the gatekeepers of the big publishing houses. That doesn’t mean you can submit low-quality work, just that your work has a better chance of surviving. The readers are now the judge and jury. Readers tend to like books that an agent or editor at a pub house may not respond to, but no matter what, always submit and publish your best work that has been edited.

I’ve created a new blog especially for self-published writers. In addition to talking about writing characters such as villains (I have a few Q&A’s on the blog with actors who have appeared in NCIS, CSI NY, and Leverage), the blog features info that will help authors self-publish their books.

Visit my new site here: http://www.howtoselfpublishyournovel.com/savvy-self-publishing/

 What do you have planned for the future?

I plan to continue my Southern Ghosts Series until I finish all 10 books. There are 3 full-length novels out now, plus a novella. Readers want more so I plan to do a book set in every Southeast state. After that, I have a few ideas but I plan to focus on the Southern Ghosts for a while.

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Yes. Never give up. Stories have been part of humankind and history for millions of years. If you have a story you want to write, do it. Make sure to learn the craft of writing, spend time polishing your book, and learn everything you can about the process and then take the plunge! Whether you go the traditional or indie publishing route, if you have a story, tell it!

What did you want to be when you were a child?  Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Yes! I loved stories of all forms when I was a kid. I used to eavesdrop on my parents, write down random words they said, and then try to make a story out of all the random words. (Yep, I was a weird kid…) While I allowed family and others’ opinions to sway me from studying writing in college (“be practical, study something else…”) I did wind up becoming a technical writer in my day job. By day I write user manuals, by night and weekend I write fiction. My path was inevitable.

Do you have any rejection stories to share?

Yes! This story actually leads into why I began indie-publishing my books. I’m a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) along with other local writing groups. Over the years, I’ve attended conferences and given my elevator pitches to agents, editors, etc. One particular agent I sought out requested I send 3 chapters. I did, she immediately wrote back and asked for the full manuscript.

One week later, she called and left me a message on a Friday, saying she had read the book and wanted to talk to me. Naturally, I was gleeful and figured she would want to represent me and my books.

Alas, Monday morning arrived and when she did call me back, she rejected me – over the phone!

Who ever heard of an agent calling someone on the phone to reject them? I was devastated, but I was glad she said she loved my writing but she was a 1-woman shop and she couldn’t figure out how to market my books. She was, honestly, very kind despite my hopes being stomped on.

So I took the plunge after that, published my books on my own, and have never looked back!

BIO:

Amazon bestselling author Elaine Calloway grew up in New Orleans with a love of Gothic architecture, cemeteries, and all things paranormal. She is currently writing The Southern Ghosts Series, a set of romantic suspense/ghost story tales set across the Southern USA. When she’s not writing or reading, she is helping other writers learn how to self-publish and market their books online. To connect with Elaine Calloway the author, go to www.elainecalloway.com. For those interested in self-publishing, check out her newest blog site www.howtoselfpublishyournovel.com/blog. She currently resides in metro Atlanta with her husband and very spoiled dog.

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A Visit with Sylvia Hubbard

How did you get started writing? According to my mother, I used to lie to her when I was young (about six years old)  and she would punishment me by making me write my lie down. I found that my lies look better on paper than verbally

What genre(s) do you write in and why? I love romance suspense. I love the HEA and then I love pushing people to their limits; not necessarily always in that order.

Tell us about your current book. Currently, I am promoting Tanner’s Devil. A street doctor, former prostitute trying to go legit, but falling in love the her john all the while trying to escape her last pimp who believes if he can’t have her no one will.

What move best describes your life?  Why? I’m bad on paper so I can be good in life.

What inspired your latest book? Putting together a street doctor and an English duke in the 21st century was a challenge. I love challenges.

What is your favorite part of writing? Plotting. Figuring out the problems I’ve caused for my characters and getting them out of the mess the only way they know how.

What is your least favorite part of writing? Not being able to type fast enough or not having enough time to write. If Only I had two more arms.

What is your next project and when will it be released? This year, I hope to come out with Beautiful. It’s about a woman who would do anything for a man to feel beautiful.

What is your typical day like? I get up and do as much of my social media as possible before going to work at a full-time job. I’m a single mom of three kids living in Detroit so that’s an all day responsibility. During the noon time, I write as much as possible. And then I’m a mom again. I blog during the afternoon and then write late at night before going to sleep and starting everything all over again.

How much time do you spend promoting your books?  What works best for you? At least two hours a day goes into some type of marketing for my books. Online or offline.

How has your experience with self-publishing been? I love it! I’m a control freak so independent publishing works well for me. I’ve been at this since 2000.

Where do you get the ideas for your stories? Everywhere actually. I’ve always been a what if kind of person and I want to press the boundaries of the human soul in my characters.

BIO

Detroit Author & Founder of Motown Writers Network, Sylvia Hubbard has published over 40 books on suspense romance.

As a happily divorced mother of three, Sylvia has received numerous awards and recognitions for her work such as the Spirit of Detroit from Detroit City Council and State of Michigan Governor’s Certificate of Tribute Emerging Minority Business Leader Award. She’s spoken all over the United States and Canada about independent publishing, social media, 21st Guide to Marketing for writers and authors, How Readers can make money promoting their favorite authors and even how to be a single mom.

Recognized as an avid blogger by HoneyTech Blogs, Ms. Hubbard runs over five blogs including How To Love A Black and has had five #1 Best Sellers on Amazon. Her current work is Tanner’s Devil and she has six books coming up in 2016, including four live stories on her website. http://sylviahubbard.com

 

Related websites:

www.SylviaHubbard.com

www.MotownWriters.com

www.HowToEBook.org

 

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Book Link

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www.sylviahubbard.com/beautiful

A visit with Gina Danna

What genre(s) do you write in and why? I write Ancient Rome, Regency, Victorian and American Civil War

What inspired your latest book?  This book was inspired by the movie Sweet Home Alabama – I liked the twist of 2 heros for the heroine to choose and the viewer could find both men worthy, so her decision wasn’t set exactly.

What is your next project and when will it be released? The 2nd book in my Civil War series, called Unconditional Surrender

What is your favorite dessert/food? Anything with chocolate; make it dark chocolate and I’ll love it!

Do you have a view in your writing space?  What does your space look like?   My writing space is a nook built into my apartment with a computer desk and bookcase. Like this little nitch.

Do you prefer to read in the same genres you write in or do you avoid reading that genre? Why?  I like reading Regency and English Victorian but American Civil War & Rome I just can’t. These two are usually depicted poorly, not historically correct, especially the Civil War. I’m a historian by degrees and a Civil War reenactor, so it’s gotta be right.

What are you currently working on? Finishing my manuscript for Unconditional Surrender (Book 2 in Civil War series) and then plan to finish the 3rd book in my gladiator series (its about ½ written now)

When did you start writing toward publication?  I started seriously writing about 8 years ago, when my son went to college, giving me the time to devote to it.

 

What is your writing routine like? My writing routine is write as often as I can, even bringing my laptop to work to write on my breaks – not that I always can or do but that’s my goal.

Excerpt – This Love of Mine

“Capt’n!”

Before him, two of his men stumbled into the room, their hands holding a woman’s arms. She fell down, dragging Norm with her.

“Billy, whatever are you doing?” Where the hell had a woman come from? No doubt, one of the men snuck her aboard for whatever reason, though he could guess what. Or worse, she was a runaway who stole aboard to escape whatever issue plagued her—prostitution, irate father, poverty, drunkard, or many more excuses.

“Found ’er in the hold, sir, hidin’,” the taller, bulkier pirate sputtered.

He gave her a look-over, a little deeper than previous. She was petite just in comparing her size to Norm, who was one of the shorter pirates aboard the Equuleus’s crew. Definitely young, her skin was ivory white and her golden sable mane looked as if it had been coiffed up at one point during her voyage, but now, long locks of curls escaped the few hairpins’ hold. Her gown, a striped blue and white garment, held tears and stains of a harsh life but it’s silk material made him wonder if she wasn’t some kept courtesan with a brutal lover she escaped from. Her brilliant blue sapphire eyes stared at him with no hesitation or fear, which surprised him and instantly made him decide she must be a runaway. With a deep inner breath, he would have to correct her plans, for stealing onto a pirate ship was the worst choice a woman could make.

“Who might I be addressing here? Miss….?”

His addressing her seemed to snap her into her position now and she struggle to free herself of the two men. He motioned to them to let her go and once they did, she bounced to her feet—her bare feet.

She stood, glaring at him, anger and frustration reflected in her gaze but somehow, he didn’t think it was necessarily at him. If nothing more, his attraction to this waif was growing, for she didn’t appear the slightest concern at being on a pirate ship.

“The question, dear captain, should be who are you?” She glanced back at her escorts. “To call me to your ship, only to throw me into the grasp of your underlings.”

A visit with Wanda Ann Thomas

How did you get started writing?

Two books were milestones for me prior to my taking up writing. Pride and Prejudice introduced me to the world of historical romance. I was always drawn to historical novels, but adding a romance totally enchanted me. Julia Quinn and Mary Balog books are on my keeper shelf. In my search for historical fiction containing a great love story, I eventually stumbled onto Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I loved, loved, loved Jamie and Claire, and they provided the inspiration for me to try my hand at writing.  As an odd juxtaposition, I had also read the works of the ancient historian Josephus, and fascinated by that time period I wrote several Christian Fiction/Romance hybrid books. Once I had honed my writing skills I published a three-book series – The Herod Chronicles.

The time period limited my word choices, but stretched me as a writer. Most clichéd phrases and similes are too modern to work in ancient times, which forced me to be creative. The Herod Chronicles is a family drama, and I learned I enjoyed creating a world centered around the love, joys, trials, and tribulations of a dynamic family. The experience also taught me that I enjoyed writing the romance more than the history.

 

Tell us about your current series.

When I decided to write Sweet Historical Westerns I knew I wanted to write romance focused stories. I centered the series around a family of adopted brothers struggle to carry on the legacy of operating a cattle ranch dedicated to rescuing homeless boys.  The cowboy heroes of the Brides of Sweet Creek Ranch have been fun to write.  The tone of these books is lighter, a change that is a better fit for me.

 

What genre do you write in and why?

I love writing historical romance for the same reason I love reading it.  The chance to escape into past worlds, with larger-than-life heroes and heroines finding their happily ever after.  If I ever venture outside writing historical romance, the only genre that holds any appeal is a post apoplectic / syfy story.  Which makes a strange sort of sense, as it is an escape into a future world of limitless possibilities.

Excerpt – The Mail-order Bride Carries a Gun – Book One Brides of Sweet Creek Ranch

Ella jumped at the knock on the plain wooden door. The tinkle of out-of-tune piano music drifted up from the saloon. She smoothed the wrinkles of her blue woolen dress. “Come in,” she called, her voice too shaky for her liking.

Ty Haven ducked through the door and removed his hat. Sandy-blond bangs slid over dark perfect eyebrows. “Miss Hunter…ma’am, may I call you Ella?”

Good glory, a justice of the peace was waiting below to make them man and wife. Ty Haven would be her husband before the next song on the piano faded. How was she going to marry the man who killed Johnny? “Call me any name you like, Mr. Haven.”

“Call me Ty, ma’am…um I mean Miss Ella.” A slash of red showed on strong cheekbones and he held out a box tied with a rose ribbon. “A wedding present.”

She backed up and bumped into the narrow bed. Ty Haven’s towering presence stole her breath. “You didn’t need to do anything special.” Heart pounding in her ears, she ran her fingers over the smooth satin bow.

She stared into Ty Haven’s golden-brown eyes for the telltale signs of the man she’d seen twenty years ago. She wanted to snatch up her journal and compare the photo pasted inside with the man standing before her. Could this man who took in homeless boys be the same person who had murdered Johnny?

“What’s wrong?” he asked.

What was wrong? She was attracted to a no-good Yankee devil, and sweating like a thousand-pound hog, and her brain was in danger of turning to mush. She didn’t come to Wyoming Territory for pretty presents. She was here to take back Johnny’s saber.

She shoved the box at Ty Haven. “Are you prepared to uphold our agreement?”

His eyes clouded. “A man doesn’t forget a small matter like agreeing to not consummate his marriage on his wedding night.”

Author Bio

Wanda Ann Thomas is the author of Sweet Historical Western Romances and Historical Christian Fiction. She adores heart-felt love stories, featuring honorable heroes and courageous heroines. Men and women who will brave any danger for loved ones and who struggle against overwhelming obstacles to win their happily ever after.

A native of Maine, Wanda starts each day bright and early at her computer writing and drinking coffee. When the weather allows she and her husband average three rounds of golf a week. She confesses to being overly fond of chocolate chips cookies, winter vacations spent in sunny Florida, and her large boisterous family.

Author Website

www.WandaAnnThomas.com

Amazon Author Page

http://dld.bz/Bookpage

 

An Interview with Dorothy Callahan

What genre(s) do you write in and why? I tend to write in many genres, since the stories demanding to be told don’t care! So far, I can throw my hat into the rings of contemporary, time travel, paranormal and I’m also tweaking a young adult trilogy.

What is your favorite part of writing? Oh, I love writing myself into a corner and then trying to figure out how my characters are going to save the day with only seconds left to save themselves. It’s the ultimate brain-strain and I seriously get a rush when the solution comes to me. Oh! Oh! I know what happens next! Yeah. That’s me.

What is your least favorite part of writing? It’s not my least favorite, but it’s definitely the hardest part, and it’s marketing and advertising. Hard work! Whew!

Where do you get the ideas for your stories? Oh, dear, they honestly come from everywhere. Some are literally from dreams I’ve had, while others have been prompted by newspaper articles. Sometimes it’s a minor character who has caught my attention, and then suddenly I’m trying to figure out who that person is and what they need and who the heck is the perfect match? I don’t seem to lack for ideas; the more I write, the more I want the ideas to gel with the perfect person.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish? Make sure your book is really publisher-ready. Get a professional cover. Hire proofreaders and editors to make sure the story makes sense. Run it by critique partners to make sure the story is coherent. And give yourself plenty of time to learn the ins and outs of the industry.

Do you have critique partners?  Absolutely! I have the two best CPs around. Laurie Gifford Adams, author of YAs, and Lorraine Lander, author of MGs, are my peeps. Seems like a weird combination, since I write romance, but our strengths are such that we can take a story down to a microscopic level and it still works.

Was your road to publication fraught with peril or a walk in the park? It was like crossing the Sahara with two twisted ankles and blistering with sunburn and having only a test tube of water to keep me alive while being chased by poisonous scorpions and then falling down and landing on a cactus. Yeah.

Give us an elevator pitch for your book. Is it possible to forgive and trust the only man who ever shattered you?

Tell us about your hero.  Give us one of his strengths and one of his weaknesses. Matteu MacKenzie is a hot Scottish bagpipe player, a Master Piper for a fictitious traveling band. He is crazy talented and super driven to accomplish his goals, but they always came at the cost of choosing his music over Cora. Now that he’s accomplished his goals, he assumes she’ll forgive him and take him back.

Tell us a little about yourself and your latest book.  I’ve worked with animals in many capacities in my life, and knew I wanted to write about a veterinarian someday. My newest release, Ever Since, happens concurrently with Crazy Little Fling, but they are both standalone novels. In Crazy Little Fling, the veterinarian, Carla, goes on her dream vacation, but something bad happens to her technician, Cora, while she’s gone. So Cora goes home for the Christmas break and finds her family playing the matchmaker with Matty, the man who broke her heart. They have until the ball drops on New Year’s Eve to make the relationship work, or say goodbye forever.

Here’s an excerpt from EVER SINCE:

Matty accepted a plate from Nana and scooped up his slice of lasagna, his full attention on Cora, though she thought she did a credible job of pretending he didn’t exist, even going as far as to suggest some great colleges for her younger cousin to consider, throwing herself fully into the conversation.

But her cousin took one look at Matty’s glower and pushed out of his seat. “Cousin Matty! Here, take my seat. I’ll go sit with my brother.”

“How verra kind of ye, lad.” He set down his plate to her right and almost sat before stepping back into the kitchen.

The sisters exchanged glances. Cora whispered to Sherry, “Was it something I said?”

They chuckled and focused on their meal when Matty returned to her side, holding a sandwich plate with two slices of bread, one lightly buttered and one heavily.

“With a sprinkle of sugar, just the way ye like it,” he said, pointing to the barely-buttered one as he placed it between them.

Sherry audibly sighed.

Cora impaled her with a deadly stare. Not a peep for fourteen months, and his first words to her were about sprinkled sugar? No greeting, no apology, just a snippet that would ensure any of her family would believe he’d never left her side.

Cora seethed at his assumption that she’d blindly play along.

 

About the Author

Dorothy Callahan is one of those authors who annoys other authors by refusing to be tied down to one genre. If a tale demands to be told—even if she’s never read a single story like it—she’ll find a way to write the book of her heart. This is the only way to quiet those demanding characters begging to be heard.

She lives in New York with her wonderful husband, a pride of demanding cats, and two loyal dogs, all rescued from shelters (well, not the husband). Her love of both animals and writing prompted her to start READ AND RESCUE, an organization where animal-loving authors and readers can find one another. The unique aspect to this group is that each author pledges a portion of proceeds to his/her favorite animal cause.

When Dorothy is not writing, she and her husband enjoy shopping for antiques and renovating their pre-Civil War house. If you are interested in learning more about Dorothy or how to help other animals in need, please visit her at dorothycallahan.com, dorothycallahanauthor@gmail.com, Facebook at Dorothy Callahan Author, or Twitter @Callahanauthor.

 

Thank you, Cindy, for letting me join you today. I had a great time hanging out, and hope you did, too. Happy New Year, and happy reading!

A Visit with Alana Lucas

What is your favorite part of writing?

Researching!! I love to research history and learn new things. The problem is, I sometimes (all the time) get sidetracked.

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

A lot of my ideas come from music. I love listening to Beethoven, Big Band, and Depeche Mode. Now having said that, the idea for A Cowboy’s Mistletoe Promise started with a Western themed Lego set.

What is your favorite dessert/food?

My favorite indulgence is dark chocolate and a glass of red wine.

Do you have a view in your writing space?  What does your space look like? 

My desk, bookcase (one of seven in the house), and I have claimed a corner in the living room. I live up in the mountains, so my view is pretty nice.

What genres are you drawn to as a reader?

I read a lot of historical romance.

Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?

My muse has decided we need to add to our repertoire. I recently decided to pen a contemporary. It was a lot of fun and completely out of my comfort zone.

Do you write under a pen name?   Why or why not?

I write under my name. I tried out a couple of pen names, but none felt like me. Plus, I’m not very good at remembering names and thought I might have an identity crisis ;-)

Do you have any words of inspiration for aspiring authors?

Listen to other authors, but do what’s best for you.

Please tell my readers a little bit about your book. 

It took Michaela Akerman years to garner the courage to leave her abusive husband. Sneaking out in the dead of night, she embarked on what she hoped would be a better life. In Cottonwood, Montana, she’s found anonymity and a kind of happiness. Although she longs for more, she is content with her little cottage on a ranch outside of town, and she works for wonderful people who’ve become like a family.

Gunslinger Drake Jaeger has always lived life by his own rules, doing whatever it takes to survive, and now he has the opportunity to seize his lifelong dream. All that he has to do is help a man who once saved his life. All that stands in his way is the fetching Miss Michaela Akerman. And Christmas. Dark secrets are about to be revealed, and to complete his job Drake must put duty over everything—including the sudden allure of all that’s good and true. And love.

What’s next for you?

I am working on a self-pub project with nine other authors that will be out this July. I am completely in love with the hero, Captain Alexander :-)

EXCERPT

“Drake?” She didn’t think she was able to hide the shock from her voice. She opened the door wider. “What are you doing here?”

“Good morning, ma’am.” He tipped his black Stetson with a quick flick of his hand. His other hand was suspiciously hidden behind his back. “I…I brought you a present.”

He stepped aside, revealing the tiniest, most precious little pine tree Michaela had ever seen. It was a perfect cone shape.

“You got this for me?”

“Hunt and me went out this morning to cut down a tree for the house and one for the party. I overheard you and Eva talking about Christmas trees, and I thought…”

“You did this for me?” she asked again, hardly controlling the lump forming in her throat.

“Yes, Michaela.” The sound of her name on his lips sent a thrill straight down to her toes.

Time seemed to stand still between them. Something magical that would’ve happened in one of the stories her mother told her as a little girl floated between her and Drake. Emotions got the better of her, and she was feeling bold—perhaps too bold. She closed the distance between them, went up on her tiptoes, and kissed him on the cheek.

“Thank you,” she uttered, afraid to say more for fear of breaking the beautiful spell.

Drake leaned the little tree against the side of the house, and then cupped her cheek. “If I’d known you’d kiss me for bringing you a tree, I would’ve brought you one sooner, darlin’.”

Links for A Cowboy’s Mistletoe Promise

www.alannalucas.com

https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAlannaLucas/

https://twitter.com/alannalucas27

https://www.amazon.com/Alanna-Lucas/e/B00HPC0MYU

http://boroughspublishinggroup.com/authors/alanna-lucas

http://www.theromancereviews.com/mypageprofile.php?location=Alanna427

http://www.romancebooks4us.com/Alanna_Lucas.html

Buy Links:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N2R8UDB

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-cowboys-mistletoe-promise-alanna-lucas/1125298882?ean=2940153899855

https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/a-cowboy-s-mistletoe-promise

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/687917

AUTHOR BIO

Alanna Lucas writes sweet, spicy, seductive historical romances. When not daydreaming of her next hero and bygone eras, Alanna can be found reading, spending time with family, or plotting her next travel destination. For more information about Alanna and her novels please visit her website- www.alannalucas.com

A Visit with Angelique Armae

What genre(s) do you write in and why?

I write Romances in several genres – paranormal, fantasy, contemporary and historical.   I started writing paranormals, both contemporary and historical, but then I also began writing non-paranormals in the same categories.  I came to find out that I love writing stories where everyday girls fall in love with princes and vice-versa.  In my books, the hero is always a prince, even if he’s a vampire, shifter, or a bodyguard. My everyday heroes are princes in their own right.

Tell us about your current series.

My current series is a Scottish wolf-shifter series – Shifters of Dundaire.  These are contemporary tales of strong heroes in kilts! They just also happen to be a bit different from the average guy. They’re wolf-shifters and vampires.  I just couldn’t resist a shifter in a kilt!

What inspired your latest book? As I mentioned above, I couldn’t resist a shifter in a kilt. But what really prompted me to write my Shifters of Dundaire was that I had done some family heritage research and learned that my Irish ancestors traced their roots back to the Highlands of Scotland. Then I had no choice but to write shifters in kilts!

What is your favorite part of writing? 

Craftwise – creating the characters and the world’s they live in. This is so much fun.  Outside of craft – I love connecting with readers. When a reader tells me how much they loved my book, it makes me really happy that I was able to touch someone’s life.  So many books have done that for me, that if I can give back, it makes me happy. Fans are the best.

Where do you get the ideas for your stories?

Honestly, my ideas come from all over the place. Sometimes it’s just a name that will prompt me to think up a character, other times it’s a scene I have in my head and I know I have to write a book around it.  I love visiting historical sites. I get a lot of inspiration from old houses.

What advice do you have for other authors wanting to self-publish? 

First, you need to know it’s a lot of hard work. Trust me on this!  But if you’re not afraid of that, don’t ever give up because word about a good book does get out and readers appreciate new stories. I would also say to concentrate on series at the moment as opposed to individual single-title books.

What is your favorite dessert/food?

Buttered popcorn!

How likely are people you meet to end up in your next book?

If you’re family, you need to worry lol!  If you’re a reader, you don’t have anything to fear J

Has your muse always known what genre you would write and be published in?

I’ve always had a love for paranormal romance and historical romance, Regency-era in particular.  But recently I’ve been having a lot of fun writing contemporary royal romances, too.

What did you want to be when you were a child?  Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

Part of me always wanted to be a writer. But I studied design and then switched to International Government and thought about going into politics.  I’m glad I decided to follow the writing path instead!

Excerpt from Christmas Wolf by Angelique Armae featured in the anthology, WINTER MAGIC

Greer made little noises, a few oohs and aahs as she searched the boxes on the lower shelves. Her enthusiasm for the task went straight to Rhys’s heart. It sounded almost as if she’d never had a Christmas tree before. “I had planned on coming back early Christmas Eve to put up a small tree in the great room. But since I’m here now, would you mind helping me with that tonight?”

Greer beamed. “I’d love to, though I’m not sure I’d be much good at it as Eithne doesn’t put up a tree, so I’ve never decorated one.”

“Ever?”

She shook her head, her long black hair falling over her shoulders, drawing even more attention to her too tight top.

“Well, we’ll fix that straight away. A beautiful lass such as yourself should not be deprived of doing up a Christmas tree.”

“For a wolf, you’re quite sentimental.”

“That’s the second time I’ve been told so today.”

“Really? What was the first about?”

He let out a deep breath. “The Viking. But I dinna care to go into it.”

Greer offered a sweet smile, her green eyes bright with happiness. “I think you like Vidar, despite saying otherwise.”

“Bite your tongue, wumman. The man calls a kilt, a skirt. I canna be friends with such a beast.”

Says the wolf who was quite the beast earlier.

A pink flush graced Greer’s cheeks.

“That was nothing, kitten.”

Her cheeks grew red. “That thought was not for you to know.”

“I’ll try to be good next time.”

“I don’t think you’re capable of being good.” She turned away and focused on the boxes of tree toppers.

“You, kitten, are a playful little thing.”

A slight giggle fell from Greer’s mouth. “I think we need to concentrate on this angel you’re looking for.” She tilted her head. “That top box looks like it has some gold fabric in it. It could be an angel’s skirt.” A second later Greer’s knee was on the wire shelf, her arm stretching for the container.

Rhys ran over. He placed his hand on the small of her back. “Easy. I dinna need you to fall.”

Heat radiated against his palm, intensified his thoughts about Greer’s damn top. The wumman belonged in his bed. And being this close to her was doing nothing to tame the beast inside. He wanted her more now.  More than he’d ever wanted anything.

Greer was going to be his tonight.

Buy links and website links

Angelique Armae website:  http://www.angeliquearmae.com

Angelique Armae twitter:  https://twitter.com/AArmae

Angelique Armae facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/AngeliqueArmaeFans

Angelique Armae newsletter: http://eepurl.com/bSGTPD

ISBN: 978-1-942346-07-4

WINTER MAGIC – 5 Tales of Paranormal Romance from USA Today and International Bestselling Authors. Enchanting stories perfect for escaping winter’s cold days. Time-travel, werewolves, angels, elves and more all wrapped up in one book for those long, cold, winter nights.

WINTER MAGIC links:

Amazon  https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MY3TKS4

Amazon UK   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Winter-Magic-Rosemary-Laurey-ebook/dp/B01MY3TKS4

Amazon CA  https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B01MY3TKS4

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Kobo    https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/winter-magic-4

 

Angelique Armae – BIO

National best-selling author Angelique Armae / J. C. Makk is a native New Yorker who loves all things royal, can trace her Irish roots back to the Scottish Highlands, is half Italian, and is owned by a long-haired Tuxedo feline. She spends most days writing, unless her cat deems otherwise.